Friday, September 28, 2012

Edited with Carta Bella Winner: Introduction on American Crafts Blog

the winner of the Carta Bella Blog hop for my blog is:

{Kristin Kingrey}

Kristin, please send me your address to along with your choice of one of the following available collections:  Christmas Day, Merry & Bright, Alphabet Junction, All Hallow's Eve, Paris Girl, or Beautiful Moments.
Note:  Winter Fun and Traditions are not available yet.  


Sharing here on my blog, the introduction to the American Crafts design team post from yesterday.  And I still can't believe I just wrote that.  American Crafts design team...I would have never thought.

For my intro post, I did a card (which I am loving to do lately) and a layout.  The card was made with the Dear Lizzy stamp set (all the supplies are listed on the post).  I used a mix of Shoreline and Dear Lizzy.  I took the banner stamp and stamped over and over again on the pattern paper, cut them out, and placed them around to look like a flower/sun burst.  Pop dotted a cut out doily and one of the Dear Lizzy flowers and sticker on top.
 For the layout, I wanted to mix all the techniques that I love to do all on one layout:  masking and misting, splattering with mist, sewing, die cutting with silhouette, stamping and embossing (and most of my layouts have journaling unless the title says it all)...and last but not least...just about every project I do has pop dots somewhere.  I like to create depth and texture.  And I also love color and contrast.  This is a mix of Shoreline, Dear Lizzy, and Sketchbook.  And it is a layout about my daughter looking in on an older ballet class.  I was wanting to see if she would like it because Mom's don't go in the classroom.  She did not want to leave, and she loves her the layout is about her growing up.  She has always been a very clingy little baby and girl.  Very proud of her...
Yay for Friday...hope everyone has a great weekend...last weekend of September...

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tribute to the Nook Using the Last Kit

First of all, I have to again say thank you to Pam, the owner of My Scrapbook Nook, and to Leah, the coordinator, for giving me a chance to design for this amazing kit club.  The kits were fabulous, but the members are the heart behind making the forum the best forum I've ever been part of.  Thank you Nook for letting me on the team these few shorts months.


This was my last tutorial over at the Nook.  And I'd like to share here as well all of my projects using this last kit filled with Echo Park For the Record 2 goodness.

I played around with my die cutting machine and created the I {heart} U with my own handwriting. I saw this tutorial and had to try it. Need to play around with it more, but I liked it.  http://lifeinprintphotography.blogsp...ut-layout.html

So the layout started with that cut out. And I layered different strips of patter paper on cardstock to lay the cutout on top. Before I adhered the background pattern paper to the cardstock...I cut about 1/2 an inch from the sides, flipped it over, and misted the edges of the cardstock. Then flipped the pattern paper back over to adhere.

The next thing I did was use a background stamp over the I {heart} U. I liked how it added texture, but it added so much texture, that now the I {heart} U was hard to read. I kept looking at the layout, and you can see it in the photos as I worked on it that it didn’t stand out anymore, so the last thing I did was take the positive cutout of the I {heart} U, embossed it and layered back on top.  (also, you can see the misted edges in this photo below).
I had these silly photos we took of us during the hurricane Isaac with my FujiInstax camera, so I placed those on the layout. I started adding my die cuts from the die cutting machine, some of the stickers and chipboard from the kit until I liked the placement of everything.

Hope this inspires you to get creative with your diecutting machine, stamping, and misting. Here are photos of the final layout with the I {Heart} U embossed...
 The next projects, a layout and two cards were completed during Scrapfest.  
This one is very plain and simple...I left it (very hard for me to do), but I still felt like it needed more...that's just me though.  I wish I could scrap like this all the time, sure is fast!

 And the last two projects are cards.  The inspiration came from fellow Design Team Lily Bee member, Anna-Maria.  I did not do exactly what she did, but the diagonal strips were influenced by her tutorial.  This is my tribute card to the Nook...

 And one last card...another quick one...
 I used the sheet with borders so it looks like lots of different pattern paper but it's not.  I only added the brown ledger paper I border punched on top, added some stitching and the chipboard and stickers.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Feeling Like Fall

{If you here for the Carta Bella blog hop, please click HERE.}

I can't believe we are in Fall already...and even though our Fall is over as soon as it starts here, we are seeing leaves falling.  Now if a cool front would come rather than being in the 90s it would be perfect ;)

This week, the design team for Lily Bee will be sharing with you projects using Autumn Spice.  I have two that I have done to share with you...this is one for be sure to stop over on the Lily Bee blog to see more of this gorgeous collection.

For this first layout, I cut out the 9-point stars first, then misted the negative cuttings on the cardstock...then put the positive cut outs of the stars in between the misted ones...did some stitching and layering.  I had the photo picked out already, but the design of the layout started with the 9-point stars.
Then I added different rows of pattern paper (that skinny strip is leftover from the border punch, just the reverse side of the pattern paper), used my border punch, and rounded the corners of small pieces of pattern paper, then stamped and layered on top.  The stamp set for Autumn Spice is so fun to of my favorites.  I used the "Details" as a border...the first image is stamped directly after inking, then the lighter stamped image is not the effect.
I cut out the "Play" and the arrow with the Silhouette.  Lily Bee has the best letter sizes for long titles...
Such a fun layout to put together.  
And here is my second layout.   I cannot believe I did not scrap these photos.  And now looking back, which these were taken exactly a year ago, I see a little baby look still in her sweet!
I cannot get enough of these colors from this collection.  They are so gorgeous and stunning.  That dark woodgrain is just incredible.  I took the circle stamp and repeated circles and embossed that look of embossing on the dark paper, and will be doing again.  The large "flowers" are from an overlapping circles pattern I cut out, but instead of using it as a background, I just cut the "flower" part, pop dotted and added a button.  Have them leading up from the main photo to the top of the page.
I used a 1" circle punch and punched about three different circles in different patterns, put one on top of the other, and stitched down the middle to add as a little border under the main photo.  I thought they looked like little pumpkins ;)
A beautiful collection...this is just day two of inspiration using Autumn Spice on the Lily Bee blog.  The design team will be showing head over to the Lily Bee blog

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fallin' For Flair

(if you are here for the Carta Bella blog hop, click here)

A new theme is up for the next two weeks at Paper Issues.  Link up anything you have using flair.  The sponsor for this week is A Flair for Buttons.  

I have a page I did with Instagrammed photos from my husband's birthday celebration.  
 Instead of cutting each photo out, I left them like they were and trimmed the photo paper around them. So that started the design...then I took neutral color papers, tags, and tape to layer.
Just photos I wanted to scrap and sometimes I have a hard time coming up with a unique title since it is just another I just simply called this "b-day" real original, but it worked!
so...head over to Paper Issues and link up and see some inspiration for this theme from:

And while you're there, check out the shop...Cassie has lots of new Ready Set Go from Amy Tangerine is in as well as Pink Paislee Portfolio, Studio Calico, Washi Tape, you name it...more is always coming in.  Use my code PATRICIA and get 20% off!  Happy linking and shopping!
And one more important thing, while you are there at Paper Issues...the Sponsor A Flair for Buttons is offering this prize:
You just have to leave a comment at Paper Issues and Like A Flair for Buttons on Facebook.  

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Carta Bella Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome to the Carta Bella Paper Design Team Blog Hop! Join our Design Team on their individual designer blogs as they share their current projects using Carta Bella Paper products. Follow the blog hop list below to hop from one blog to the next. ONE winner will be selected from each blog to receive a Carta Bella Paper collection kit of their choosing. To qualify for the drawing, please leave a comment on each corresponding blog. All comments are due by midnight EDT on Thursday, September 27 to qualify. Winners will be announced on each blog on Friday, September 28 to be sure to check back to see if you won!

I hope you read that right...there will be a winner from EACH of our blogs!!!  So you have 6 chances of winning the collection of your choice!

Here is a layout using the new All Hallow's Eve collection.  What is so cool about this collection are the neutral colors.  It is so easy to work with and I used it here in a 2-page (8 1/2 x 11) layout using Instagrammed photos from a recent cemetery tour here in New Orleans.
 I will share a tip of how this layout came together so fast.  I grouped the photos onto a blank document using Photoshop Elements...then printed them on an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of photo paper.  I DID NOT cut each one out.  Nope...I just cut around the entire piece to glue down.  No piecing them back together, except for across the two pages.  Super simple and quick! 
 I don't know which of the new collections from Carta Bella are my favorite, but they have been so much fun to play with.  The texture of the 12X12 papers is like cardstock.  

Please hop over to the rest of the the amazing design team to see which collection they have created with.  Leave comments on each one.  All comments are due by midnight EDT on Thursday, September 27 to qualify.  Good Luck!

Blog Hop Order
Patricia Roebuck - You are Here

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Lily Bee Persnickety

While I was at Scrapfest this past weekend, I brought all the brand new collections of Lily Bee with me and had a blast.  I had to try embossing that doily stamp onto the dark navy denim with the look.
 This collection (Persnickety) is both charming and could be bold or it could be soft as well as feminine or masculine.
 As the card above using some repeating patterns, I did the same with the butterflies and circles.  I also repeated the "thanks" sentiment and hearts from the same collection.
 I don't think I've tried masking and misting on a card...this was my first try at it for a card.
 This card using only the 6x6 tiny tablet, journaling index card and the sticker...all I added were the trim, twine, and stitching.  
 Beautiful Collection to work with and can't wait to play more with it.
Please go over to the Lily Bee blog and see what the talented, Ursula did with this collection...such a cute and unique idea.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Do You...Know

If you were to look through my gallery, I don't know that there is a lot of consistency to my layouts.  But one thing I have paid more attention to as far as my texture.  Whether it's paper, stamping, paint...I usually have to create some type of texture to my layouts...and most importantly...color and contrast. 

I love to try new things.  I wish I could scrap all my work the same, but I can't do it.  Scrapping is more about me and a creative outlet.  This is another layout I did for American Crafts.  This style and design is my absolute favorite.  Most of my older work has this look and it is fast and easy for me to put together, especially with one photo.  It is totally not white space or using minimal product...for me it's about color, contrast, layer, and texture...but still having all the focus on the photo.
Do You...Know
Jen Jockish's Studio Calico Pop Off the Page class at Studio Calico has rekindled my love of lots and lots of layers.  This was probably about an hour to put together because as I was cleaning up...that brown floral paper from Dear Lizzy had never been cut into...Why?  I don't is my favorite and maybe I was secretly hoarding it.  So it started with that brown piece of paper...then I grabbed another piece of Dear Lizzy and liked the look of it...more and more I grabbed...
Do You...Know
I started laying pieces down so they could peek out just a little while placing the photo to see how it looked...snapping a photo with my iPhone, then taking it all off, misting the background with white mist, and gluing everything back down...
Do You...Know
This was pure fun to put rules...not worrying if someone else likes it or not...
Do You...Know
...but the photo still takes center stage...right where my chickadee should be ;)
Do You...Know
Patterned Paper:  American Crafts 

Brad:  American Crafts
Letters:  American Crafts
Button Flower:  American Crafts
Adhesive:  American Crafts
Die Cut Machine:  Cameo
Mist:  Studio Calico
Stapler:  Tiny Attacher
Wood veneer:  Studio Calico
Die Cuts:  American Crafts
Corner Rounder:  Martha Stewart
Stamp:  Date Stamp by American Crafts
Jewel Star:  Misc.
Tape:  Freckled Fawn

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Project Life with Lily Bee

I have been keeping my project life to one page mostly, using photos that summarize the week. When there isn't a lot going on in our week and just everyday things, one spread is plenty.  But even when there isn't a whole lot to our week, those are my favorite...just the oridinary everyday...

 Check out the Lily Bee blog post from Friday.  Melissa Mann shares her Project Life and I also share a video on how I select and print my photos for the week.  It has really become a habit for me now...

I had a "me" kind of weekend...went to my local Scrapfest and met my scrap buddies, Tonia and Stacy, and a new friend I met through blogging and through Studio Calico...Deb Duty.  She designs for Becky Higgins' Project Life and has a giveaway to Becky's class at Big Picture Scrapbooking.  You can find out more about how to enter the giveaway on her blog.  It was uninterrupted time of just scrapping...loved every minute of it and the delicious food that Tonia brought!  Will be sharing lots of what I got accomplished this past weekend! 

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