January 30, 2012

5 minutes layout-step by step

Here's a layout I created in record time (for me, anyway...). I usually take my time planning, changing things around, creating my own embellishments, stamping, die cutting, well, you get the picture. But since time has become a bit of an issue nowadays, I wanted to do something faster. No stamping (that was hard!), no die cutting. Let all the wonderful products out there (and in my crafting zone) do the work for me!
I started with this beautiful American craft grey and white paper from the Peachy Keen collection (I got it recently from Two Peas, it's on sale now). Trimmed 1/4 inch from each side and adhered it to Brown Bazzill cardstock.

Then I took this lovely fabric paper from Amy Tangerine and inked it with Jenni Bowlin lavender sachet ink. You can see in the photo how it looks without the ink, also great, but not really fitting to my color scheme.

Then I added the photo- I use templates from Kerri Bradford, highly recommended.

Next I used some Amy Tangerine die cuts.

And then came alpha fun with different font stickers, mostly from the SC  kits. The last ones, on the bottom row, I colored with markers because the original color wasn't really working with the rest of the layout.

Final touches with some more Amy Tangerine embellishments:) secured it (and the fabric paper strip) with my tiny attacher.

And the finished page:

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January 26, 2012

Get it Done

Lately, I haven't had as much time for scrapbooking as I would like. I'm back in German course, so my free mornings are gone...
Anyway, I really wanted to create a layout for these pics of my daughter in the Kindergarten. I didn't think too much about it (unlike what I usually do)... Just played with the paper, a few buttons, October Afternoon label stickers (love those, use them all the time), mostly from the SC January kit and add ons. You can check it our here, I think it's still for sale (the main kit anyway, Add ons sell out pretty fast).
The title was, of course, misted with Mister Huey's mists... I used this AE set-Kids Are cool, with colors I thought went well with the pp, all Jenni Bowlin inks: Chicken Feed, cough syrup, lemon drops and soap powder (I bought mine at Two peas and SimonSaysStamps, links on the right). Most of the stamping elements in my layouts, I learnt from Nichol Magouirk class last year in Two Peas, it's really great.

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January 20, 2012

Studio Calico's January kit is here!

Finally, I got the January kit! And it has some really cool stuff in it... I also ordered a couple of add ons, they had pp and stamps that were just irresistible...

That rainbow paper is absolutely gorgeous...

So I went ahead and started to play around a bit, and here's what I came up with:
First layout was created for this challenge in SC:

I went through all of my pp to find enough black-grey-white patterns, not an easy thing for someone who loves color... I found what I need in this Basic Grey 6*6 pad ( I used that one a lot for journaling) and the Echo Park Yours Truly 6*6 pad.

The beautiful camera strip below the photo and the cargo sticker at the top left are from the SC January kit. Thickers are from the December kit. I printed my journaling on this Russel and Hazel paper (on sale now at two peas). The flower embellishment is an Amy Tan stamp that I cut, put a brad and attached with a pop dot. The brad at the bottom left is from MME Lost and Found collection.

Second layout is a bit different from my usual style, but I thought it was fitting for the photo. The photo was taken in NZ ( I've been digging in my older photos... needed a bit of a change from family pics:) traveling is a bit different when you have a toddler!) a few years ago. It was a rainy day, and the whole place had these wonderful muted winter colors.

I misted pretty much everything that I had around me! The craft paper I used as base, the white paper and the title. And then just to be sure I misted the whole thing (minus the photo) with some Mister Huey Shine. I don't think you can see it in the photos, but it gives the page a really pretty shiny effect, that compliments the waves in the photo.

The stamps (except this one) are from the January kit, and so are the numbers (which were misted, obviously). I also used one of these cute inspiration SC cards they always send with the kit, cause it just seemed to fit perfectly with my color scheme! I used Jenni Bowlin Brown sugar, Weather Vane and Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Soft Stone for the background stamping.
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January 15, 2012

Venice-Sketch Wednesday

For this layout I used CĂ©line Navarro's sketch:

And this is what I came up with:

I stayed very close to the original sketch, used colors that compliment the photos from lovely Venice. Now that I'm living only a few hours away, I should really visit it again...
Here are a few details from the page:

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January 13, 2012

Stamp stamp stamp all around

OK, so i thought i would try something different. I'm usually not a big white fan, don't use so much white cardstock, but i thought it would be interesting to try something. As I wrote a few days ago, I love the Hero Arts Shadow Inks. So I thought I'd try something with all of them! I do like a lot of contrast in my pages, as well as in my photos. I took a really cute black and white photo (thank you Target MN for the panda hat!), and made it the center of my layout. The background was made using a cute stamp from this set, going from the center out, using all the shades of the Shadow Ink. Of course I misted it lightly with Mr. Huey's in white and clay (lovely soft shade, use it all the time).

 I used some Thickers for the title with Glossy Accents to make them shiny. Used the same stamp, this time in black, and put a brad in the middle. I stamped the date with this AE set, and used a Fiskars punch all around the page. I matted it on black cardstock, and that was that! Actually quite fast and simple once I knew what I wanted to do.
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January 12, 2012

Coming Home (well, for one of us)

This layout is about the things we  (or mostly my husband) missed when we were living in Israel. And also the things we miss now that we're living in Austria. You can't have it all:)
The basic idea for the layout is fairly simple. I am a big fan of "clean" design. I like to let the paper do the work for me, so to speak. Here I went for bright patterned paper, but I chose retro colors. I thought it compliments the photo. I have to congratulate myself for buying him those glasses, they are a (n amateur...) photographer's dream.

 The background paper is My Mind's Eye (B side, of course) from the Good Day Sunshine collection. I trimmed it and matted it on a cream colored card stock. The smaller ones are from the Brooklyn Flea kit from Studio Calico, and so are the buttons. The rest of the PP is scraps. Of course I misted the page with some White Mister Huey's ink... I used a cute label sticker from October Afternoon Boarding Pass collection, and ran it through my printer.

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January 10, 2012

Spotlight-Hero Arts Shadow Inks

Let's start with a confession: I have them all and love them all. I bought them at Simon Says Stamp (I live in Europe and they have the best delivery times, and also a flat rate). Hero Arts describe them in their catalog- "Subtle wash of soft color, ideal for backgrounds"- which means they are great for bigger stamps with a large stamped surface, like this one, for example:

 They dry evenly, with no blotches of ink. I actually don't have many stamps like the one above, but I love to use them with my "regular" stamps, and get that soft, not so sharp look. You should, however, take under consideration, that you will lose some of the details in your stamped image (which may be exactly what you want).
My favourite colors are Soft Blossom, Soft Brown and Soft Stone. The Soft Apricot and Soft Pool are slightly brighter than the other ones.
Here's a comparison I made between the Shadow Ink and a regular Ranger Adirondack Ink:

You can clearly see the difference in the details.
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