July 31, 2013

A Monochromatic Layout

I'm a bit obsessed with aqua (and mint) at the moment, so when I saw the CHA challenge at 2 Peas in a Bucket to use one color, I had no problem choosing.
I used a mixture of collections here, which is much easier to do when scrapbooking with just one color. Although in this case I have to say it was a little bit challenging getting the right shade. Monochromatic layouts are also a great way to use your scraps.
Here's the finished layout:




I had one and a half sheet of that lovely background paper from Studio Calico Heyday collection, so I cut a few circles from the half sheet, and adhered them exactly on the same spot in the full sheet, to create that raised circle effect. I used pp from the Fourteen collection by Crate Paper (it's that lovely ledger paper above the title), some vellum from the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection, and a 4*6 piece from a cut apart sheet also from Dear Lizzy, this time the Lucky charm collection. There are quite a few embellishment here, from Amy Tan, Crate Paper, My Mind's Eye and Dear Lizzy. I really love those slide frames from The Pier, and that overlay from DIY Shop, both by Crate Paper.
The page is just about how much we loved traveling with a camper-van (which is like a very small caravan, just a bed, tiny tiny kitchen and a little bit storage space). In 2007 we traveled for two months in NZ and Australia. I've done some longer traveling before, but this was the most fun and relaxed trip I've had. We talk about it so often, and really look forward to doing something like that again, this time with our daughter.
Here are some close-ups:





I think layers and texture are really important in a monochromatic page, so things like vellum sheets or vellum stickers really help to add some depth, while brads and chipboard are great for adding dimension.
Check out the challenge page at 2peas for some more monochromatic inspiration!

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July 28, 2013

A 12*12 Layout Using BasicGrey's Knee Highs Collection

I'm really enjoying the few items I have from this BasicGrey collection. I have the 6*6 pad, and a couple of the embellishments packages.
I wanted this layout to be simple, since it's the summer vacation, no kindergarten, so I don't have much time to scrapbook.
I chose two pink patterns and one yellow, and cut it down to 3*3 squares. Then arranged them in a grid design on some pale pink cardstock-



I inked the edges with a light brown disress ink. Up until this point, I didn't know which picture I was gonna use, but assumed it would be one of my daughter's, since the papers are so girly and fun.
Here's the finished page:


A very typical picture of Ella, making funny faces for the camera. I just wanted to write a little about how much we wanted a house surrounded by nature. Here she's getting ready to explore the forest just outside our house with her dad. I grew up in a city (and not an exciting one), and I really love it that Ella has nature as her playground.
Added a couple of simple embellishment from the sticker sheet and some chipboard pieces.



Here you can find another layout I made with the Knee Highs collection.
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July 25, 2013

Scrapbooking Kit For An 8 Year Old

My niece will be 8 in just a few days, and this year I really wanted to get her a few goodies from my world, that is, scrapbooking goodies! She's very creative, so I'm really hoping she'll enjoy my picks.
Aside from the album, everything can be used for other projects, like drawings, card making etc. I do plan on showing her how to create a page with photos and the products, but in case that does not appeal to her, nothing will go to waste.
A couple of months back I opened a thread at the 2 Peas In A Bucket message board about assembling the kit, and got lots of great ideas.
So here's a picture of most of the kit, followed by a list of all the products. I bought almost everything from Simon Says Stamp while it was 20% off.




 Completely new:
1. Sn@p! binder in Pink from Simple Stories.
2. My Mind's Eye 6*6 paper pad My Girl collection- just a sweet and happy collection!
3. My Mind's Eye My Girl stamp set- I thought it had some really nice images, that can also be colored.
4. Memento dew drops set- I chose this one because it has black and grey included.
5. My Mind's Eye washi set from the My Girl collection.
6. My Mind's Eye buttons set from the My Girl collection.
7. BasicGrey chipboard pieces from the Knee Highs collection.
8. Foam adhesive.
9. Cotton Candy Stickles.

Used or partial (a.k.a. things from my stash):
1. Martha Stewart punch (I have another one just like that, that came with the base piece for the American Craft punch).
2. Some Doodlebug twine.
3. Cupcake resin pieces from Freckled Fawn.
4. Some 6*6 papers from my stash.
5. Samples of American Crafts' glitter tape (not shown).
6. Acrylic block for using those clear stamps (I had an extra one)(not shown).

I will try to get some letter stickers in Israel, since they have to be Hebrew.
Thanks for visiting! Feel free to leave comments with what you would pick, I have a daughter and two nieces, so it will probably be very useful in the future!

July 20, 2013

A Three 4*6 Photo Layout

Here's a really simple way to scrapbook 3 4*6 photos on a 12*12 layout. I mostly scrap 4*6 pics, and when I use 3 photos on one page, they tend to be placed on one side of the page, like here. But this time I thought I'd try something different, and place them right in the middle.  I wanted a plain background, to let the pictures really pop. I took these photos way back when in 2010. We were hanging out at my parents garden, playing with Ella, and she was just so cute, and just fascinated by those flowers. I have many pages with photos from that day, so here I just wrote a little bit about how Ella never put stuff that wasn't food in her mouth as a baby, which really made life easier for us. I don't know what was so appealing about that flower, but she chose to make an exception for it...




I used some die cuts and stickers from American Crafts' XOXO collection (a valentine collection). I matted the layout on black cardstock, which really brings out all the elements on the page.
Here are some close-ups:




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July 18, 2013

A 12*12 Layout using BasicGrey's Knee Highs Collection

For this page I used the 6*6 pad from the BG Knee Highs collection. I don't have any 12*12 papers from that collection, so I used an American Crafts paper from the XOXO collection (a valentine's collection), called Love Is In The Air. The color was a perfect match to the Knee Highs color theme. From the 6*6 pad I chose one floral pattern, one graphic black and white pattern, and one circular dark pink pattern. Then I created a 9*9 square with those patterns, cutting them down to size, and separating the floral into two rectangles. I inked all the edges with black ink.
Like many of my pages, I used also here 2 4*6 photos. I have many pictures from that particular afternoon at the park, and I have written a lot about it, so this page has no journaling, just showing photos I love.





To embellish I used some chipboard pieces, stickers, brads and buttons, all from the Knee Highs collection. I think those black Thickers really fit the feel of the page, playful and fun. Here are some close-ups:






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July 16, 2013

Create A Background With Mists & Stencils

For this layout, I used two 12*12 stencils to create the background. This one from The Crafter's Workshop (it comes in 6*6 and 12*12 sizes), and this cute camera one from Prima. The Crafter's Workshop stencil is really perfect for getting that splattered look, without the risk. And I love cameras on my pages. Always.
I used Heidi Swapp's Color Shine in Primrose and Gold. For the camera one, I only misted in the spot where I wanted the pattern. It's a subtle effect, but adds interest.
Here's the finished page:



Crate Paper The Pier.
Could there be a more perfect summer line? I think not. This page is mostly embellished with chipboard pieces and die cuts from The Pier. That cute jar I used for the journaling is from Lucky Charm by Dear Lizzy. And a few enamel dots are always good. I matted the white cardstock onto two layers of patterned paper, to frame the page. There are a couple of vellum pieces behind the photo and the papers matting it, it adds softness and creates a delicate layered look.
Looking on the page now, I think I should have used a different color for the journaling, that black is a bit too strong for the other colors on that page. Next time:)
Here are some close-ups (that stencil is sooo great!):



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July 14, 2013

THIS IS HOME NOW

I'm taking Ali Edwards' online class at Big Picture Classes called Hello Story. It's only been one week, but so far I'm loving the content. I feel like I'm in a good place with the creative (and fun!) side of scrapbooking, but I really want more stories about my family, my life, and myself in my albums. Week one was about timelines, which is a really good place to start to get some facts onto pages. I made a few layouts this week inspired by that theme, and here's one of my favorites, about all the places I've lived in since I was 20. I moved quite a lot (few cities, two countries), until a year ago, when we bought a house (it's really a dream house...) of our own in Austria, so hopefully no more moving for many many years...


I started with that strip of wood-like patterned paper from the Composition & Color collection by Alison Kreft for Webster's Pages. I loved how it looked, and I thought it fit the subject of the page. I added some Dear Lizzy papers, from 5th&Frolic and that cute yellow paper from MME.



The embellishments are a mix of 5th&Frolic, that cute frame from The Pier by Crate, a circle die cut from Yes, Please by Amy Tangerine and some buttons and brads from my stash.


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July 12, 2013

Vienna With Some Watercolors

I made this page, about a place I love, in a city I love. Vienna has a special corner in my heart. Because my husband and I were both students when we met, we had to finish our studies before one of us could move. We had a long distance relationship for two long years. I was living near Tel Aviv, and he was in Vienna. Every time I came to visit we would explore the city together. And somehow we would always end up having coffee in the MQ.
I used again watercolor paper and masking fluid (if you want to know more about masking fluid, check out this previous post). I splattered some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold and Teal, and let everything dry.



I used for the first time the Amy Tangerine Embroidery stencil from Yes Please. It's so easy to use, and adds a lot to the page.


 I embellished a bit with some gold and teal washi tape, some wood veneers, puffy stickers (also from Amy Tangerine) and stamped flowers that I also colored with watercolors and cut out.




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July 10, 2013

Simple 12*12 Layout with 3 4*4 photos

Here are the supplies I used for this page (+one white cardstock):



Start with white cardstock. Pick your image, I used that lovely camera blueprint stamp from Tim Holtz, and embossed it with ZING! Grapefruit embossing powder.




 Cut it down to about 11 inches, and pick a patterned paper to use as a frame. I picked one of my current favorites, an Alison Kreft paper from the Composition and Color collection for Webster's Pages. I used 3 photos, that were originally 4*6, and cut them to 4*4. They were all taken when we drove to Slovenia last autumn. The colors of the leaves and trees were just magnificent.



I added a few stickers from My Mind's Eye Kate &co collection, and one heart chipboard piece from the Basic Grey Knee Highs collection. Here's the finished page:









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July 8, 2013

PRINT PHOTOS ON THE SILHOUETTE PRINTABLE STICKER PAPER

I love the look you get when printing pictures on different materials. Vellum, cardstock, patterned paper. And I especially like the look of printing over patterned paper. But the problem is, you can't know in advance exactly how it will look.
So I printed my photos using the Silhouette Printable Sticker Paper. I found the quality of the print was excellent. And peeling off a small area, I could check and see how it looked on top of different papers (be careful though, I think if it sticks to the paper by accident, it can be very tricky or impossible to take off without ripping the paper). Another advantage is that you don't need adhesive (I guess this would work great also printing on transparencies, but then you might have to get a bit creative with the placement of the glue), because the paper is sticky.




After trying out a few options, I chose this beautiful paper from Cosmo Cricket Summer Love. Luckily I got two sheets of it, so I could use the other side as background (I cut a big piece out behind the part that's covered with the photos. I love that paper).



The pictures and journaling is about that one day. What we did, how the weather was (sun, pouring rain, sun again) and just small moments.



I used embellishments from The Pier collection by Crate Paper, and some Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm.



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July 6, 2013

Combine Old(er) & New

Don't you just love it when something in your stash fits just perfectly to exciting new collections?
I have been scrapbooking for about two years, so I have to say I don't have a lot of older collections. And my "scrappy memory" is also not that long... I mostly discover older collections through Shimelle Laine's classes and videos. That's how I discovered Sassafras Lass, a company that sadly no longer exists. But I was lucky to get a couple of papers, stickers and one set of embellishments. I got it at Danipeuss, a German based online store.
I started making this layout using some lovely Cosmo Cricket papers from their newer collection, Summer Love. I don't have any embellishments from it, just a few papers. Well, I am happy to report, that they look great with the Sassafras Lass embellishments.
Here's the finished layout:



I used a couple of washi tapes, and a 6*6 paper from the Crate Maggie Holmes collection. The word stickers are from My Mind's Eye. I took one photo overlay from Crate Paper's DIY Shop collection and tucked it behind that bottom flower. Some gold splatters using Heidi Swapp Color Shine, Ombre Yellow Enamel Dew Drops from Freckled Fawn and that's it!
The page is basically about how my daughter was waiting for summer, so she can wear her sandals (that she picked. She's very opinionated, and knows exactly what she wants) and a skirt.
Gotta love summer:)




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