LOVE & STUFF - Scrapbook Circle January

Friday, January 13, 2017

This week on the Scrapbook Circle Blog, I participated with DT member Kelly Holbrook in the 1 Product 2 Ways post.  Using the Simple Stories ‘Love & Adore’ stickers from the January ‘Love Notes’ kit, I used the stickers in a traditional layout.  

I love the watercolor stripes in this paper from Simple Stories, and as much as I loved the fragmented heart graphic, I really wanted to focus on the paint stripes.  I cut out the heart, saving it for another project, and adhered a piece of plain white cardstock behind it.

   I added both pieces to another piece of patterned paper for a border.  Using the color from the border and matching it as much as possible, I painted a watercolor stripe across the layered background and foreground of the heart.

Then I layered all kinds of the Simple Stories stickers, color blocking, with the printed paint stripes.  I added a couple stripes of paint at the bottom to add my title with the Simple Stories Alphas, part of that same sticker package.

 I hope this approach inspire you to use the the Simple Stories stickers in an interesting or graphic way!  Thanks so much for stopping by and have an amazing weekend!

best ever - Scrapbook Circle 1 Product 2 Ways

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hello my friends!  I have been sitting in the sleet rain and "snow" of the Winter Storm Helena, which didn't amount to much, writing blog posts  This one, part of the 1 Product 2 Ways post has been a total ray of sunshine.    Along with DT member Allie, I used the Jillibean Soup Label Stickers from the December ‘Everyday Stories kit to create a colorful layout. 

I wanted to use the stickers, almost as a banner description, for each of the photos.  I printed several photos, throughout the day, from my son’s birthday last year.  I added a square piece of patterned paper being each photo as well as a vellum ‘banner’ that I placed the sticker onto.

  I wanted to create a fairly light page, keeping the focus on the Jillibean script stickers.  I added a couple other color coordinating stickers around each photo and used the exclusive SC acrylic words for my title…’best ever.’

Still playing catch up from some of my December projects, so I thanks for stopping by!!
Have an amazing day and stay warm!

VERY VERY VERY MERRY - The Crafter's Workshop December

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Hello everyone!  We are just coming out of one of my favorite times of year…I love watching the anxious faces of our children, always ready to start decorating for Christmas.  Regardless of crazy schedules, parties and activities, we always make time to hang with the cousins!

I used both sizes of the ‘Christmas Lights’ Doodling Template to create a colorful background for my photo from Christmas Eve last year.

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own.

Christmas projects, layouts and decor scream metallics to me!  Gold Gesso is the perfect answer!  I gathered several inks, my photo and this Gold Gesso from The Crafter’s Workshop.

I started with a white cardstock base, wanting to keep the focus on the vivid colors and gold in the inks & gesso.  I used a round paintbrush to paint through the 12×12 stencil and the large block font words.

After the gesso dried, I used a small black gel pen to outline the cord of the Christmas lights & the bulbs themselves.  Using a green marker, I colored the inside of the wire cord.  I used several colors of ink pads to color the light bulbs  adding more color around one edge, to give the bulb dimension.

I also inked the holly leaves and berries, taping off pieces as needed to keep the design clean.  After all the inks dried, I used the same stencil, but in the 6×6 size, to add more of the words around the layout.

I added 2 more ‘VERY’s and another ‘CHRISTMAS’ at the bottom of the page, since the large one was covered by the photo.

I decided to outline the Gold Gesso letters with a black pen too, keeping the elements consistent throughout the page.

To finish up the page, I added a piece of patterned paper as a border at the top and bottom and some gold thread under the photo.

I also added some glitter Stickles to the holly berries and journaling along the cord.

These large scale intricate backgrounds are great to use for a layout, or any other project that makes the most of a lovely composition!

Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today!

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The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

LIGHT - Scrapbook Circle November - Take 2

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow and more than that, the Holidays are around the corner!  The thing I do like this is the time of year, is that I can look back at previous holiday celebrations and start to get into the spirit for the coming season!
Recently, I used Creative Team member Jung’s LO from the Spring, in honor of her being on maternity leave with her sweet new baby girl!  This is my page below, using the new November “Wonderland” kit and highlighting some Instagram pics of our decor.
Jung’s layout below is so fresh and bright and is a great inspiration for any page.  I love the subtle alignment she creates between the edges of her photos and the title and embellishments.  It may look random at first glance, but it is beautifully deliberate.
Jung's One Fine Day ideas
I thought the wood grain background with tiny snowflakes would make a nice contrast to the white cardstock.  Jung punched a lot of her shapes and embellishments that bridge the background and photo cluster.  I used stickers, and shapes from Pinkfresh Studio & Crate Paper to create the same effect.
I used a snowflake punch and snowflake die cut to create some additional pieces using the Pinkfresh Studio 6×6 pad that is part of the “Hot Cocoa” Add-On.  I also used an acetate square from Pinkfresh instead of a 4th photo in my grid.
 I love this LO because it is a bridge of fun embellishments over photos that tell a story. Thanks for the inspiration Jung!
I am very grateful for being part of this amazing team for my patient family who humors my need to create and provides lots of scrapbook fodder!!  Thank you for stopping by the Blog today!  Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving!

La Rosa - The Crafter's Workshop November 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Hello and Happy November!  I love this time of year for reflecting on our blessings and trying to take time out of the chaos that is our life to be thankful.  I also love the light this time of year; it always prompts a photo shoot.
My daughter’s middle name is Rose, so I knew this stencil would be used for something all about her!
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project.  The opinions I share are solely my own. 

I also used several of the new mediums, the Clear Gesso being my current fav!

I added a thin layer onto white cardstock because I knew I would be adding a good bit of water onto this page.

After the gesso dried, I used the thick Modeling Paste to stencil the rose from the 12×12, and the smaller one from the 6×6.

I used my watercolors to paint on top of just the modeling paste.

I was interested to see how the watercolor would react on just the portion with the paste, not all over like an Art Journal page…the paste created an uneven surface which provided lots of places for the paint to puddle and react.

 That is what I love most about watercolor…having to let go enough to allow the paint to do what it’s own thing!  I also added a very light wash of turquoise to the background.

 Wanting to keep it the page light, I used a few Distress Inks in the lighter blue range to stencil the text, overlapping and using both sizes.

I finally added my photo using dimensional adhesive and a little chipboard sticker.

I hope you enjoyed this look at my use of various mediums!  Thanks so much for stopping by the Blog today!
TCW649 – 12×12 Doodling Template La Rosa
TCW9007 – Clear Gesso
TCW9005 – Modeling Paste

give thanks - Scrapbook Circle Digital Cut Files - October

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hey there!  I love the Fall for so many reasons;  football season, cooler weather, Fall colors and the Holidays!  Looking through my scrapbooks, November is notably a time of reflection and acknowledging the blessings in my life.  I focused on the Digital Cut File, part of the monthly subscription at Scrapbook Circle, to create a layered, textured background for this page.

I knew I wanted to use this photo and after sifting through the kit, I decided to print it in black & white and use the black and white chevron patterned paper behind my cut file paper.  The cut file is a triangular pattern that I randomly folded both back and front, giving the piece texture and a peek at the pattern behind.

I also used the black and white drawn leaf patterned paper and watercolored it using yellows, oranges and peach colors.  Fussy cutting a portion of that painted pattern, I layered it under the photo as well as a white tag and some other embellishments.

I also used the exclusive Scrapbook Circle acrylic script word embellishments, which are clear, and colored the pieces by painting the back with a matching Copic marker.

I love the warmth this layout conveys and more than that, I love the story that the photograph tells!   Thanks for stopping by the Blog today.  You can see the original Blog post HERE!

capture - Scrapbook Circle October kit

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Can you believe it is November?  Time seems to be slipping by faster than normal this past several weeks...An even better reason for trying to slow down and 'capture' a moment!  This was a LO I made using the Scrapbook Circle October kit, 'The Weekender.'

I did lots of fussy cutting between the patterned paper from Shimelle and the metallic gold cards from Pretty Little Studio, cutting leaves.  I created a cascade of the leaves to highlight the theme and background of my photo from a Fall photo shoot.

I made a photo mat using another of the metallic cards and a piece of the paper from Pretty Little Studio from the Oakley Avenue collection.  I added lots of the cut apart tags from the Oakley Avenue collection and some of the gold foam American Crafts Thickers.

The 'capture' title was perfect for this day, this time of year and the reason for memory keeping itself!
Thanks for stopping by the Blog today.
Have a wonderful weekend!

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