February 28, 2014

Scrapbooking with the Scraptastic February Kit -Part 2

February's Feel Again kit and add on are full of pinks reds and aquas, colors that I just love to use all the time, and not just on Valentine's day related layouts.
With this next layout I went with an almost monochromatic look, using lots of aqua/turquoise  and neutrals. Here it is-

Everything on this layout is from the kit and add on.

I love all these transparencies from Crate Paper's Love Notes collection, but sometimes I struggle with using them. Here they worked out nicely and they look really great when layered.

I have almost nothing left from the January kit, but I found a couple of vellum pieces from Studio Calico's Printshop collection that coordinated well with the color scheme, and used them as layers behind the die cuts.

The residual effect of my January Focus on mists is that I use them a lot more, and here I splattered some (more than some), and also painted the edges of the patterned paper behind the photo with mist (using a simple paint brush).
Adhering die cuts with foam adhesive (or any dimensional adhesive) adds dimension to the page.

The second layout for today is very clean and simple-

This clean minimalistic design is not my usual style, but I always like to try something different. It just sort of happened. I managed to capture my daughter mid-jump, and the photo has so much movement that I felt the rest of the page could be more static and calm. Everything on the page is from the February kit and add on. I used some stamps from the coordinating stamp set to create a very subtle tone on tone effect on the background cardstock. It is very subtle and hardly visible on the photo here, but in reality it adds to the overall look of the page.
I'll be sharing another layout I made using Distress products and a few layouts I made using some brand new products from Maggie Holmes and Dear Lizzy next week.
Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

February 26, 2014

February's Focus- Distress Products with the Scraptastic's February Kit

I thought since I'm using mostly the Scraptastic kits these days, I'd try to combine them with my monthly focus. So here's a layout I created using the February kit- Feel Again and some Distress products.

Not surprisingly the February kit is full of hearts and love themed products, so I thought I'd use an older picture of me and my husband in Jerusalem sometime in the previous decade.

I used three Distress markers to color a sunburst stamp by Studio Calico, spritzed it with water and stamped it on watercolor paper. That is definitely one of my favorite techniques to use with the Distress markers-coloring stamps.

Everything else on the layout is from the kit and add-on. I also got the stamp set that goes with the kit, it's so versatile, I'm really enjoying it. The set is available to purchase separately, but as a subscriber there's a discount. 
I'll be sharing more layouts using the February kit and using Distress products this week.
Thanks for visiting!

February 25, 2014

Scrapbooking with the Scraptastic January Kit- Part 5 (and last)

Today I'll be sharing 4 more layouts I created using the Tongue Tied kit, and that will enable me to move on to February's kit.
I think that using cardstock as background allows me to play more than I normally would with patterned paper. Here's the first layout for today-

I used a stencil and Dylusions ink sprays in funky fuchsia and cherry red to create the background.

But after everything was laid out I still thought it needed a little something so I doodled a bit with a white gel pen. I really like how the white looks on that hot pink cardstock.

The papers are from the kit, but the embellishments are from my stash, I did not have a lot left from the kit after making already many pages with it. Couldn't have a page without bows it seems. These ones are from Maggie Holmes for Crate paper. The puffy stickers are American Crafts. I think I've never tried this design with the two photos on different sides of the page, but I do like it, especially when using one landscape and one portrait picture, since they don't look that great side by side.

Next layout- the messy layout. 

I've already used this patterned paper on another layout, so when I used the second sheet I felt braver:) I used some gesso to messily (is that a word?) paint a square shape in the center of the page.

I basically used the leftover embellishments I had for this page. The photos were cut down a little bit, so that I'd be able to use papers from the 6*6 Printshop collection paper pad as photo mats.

And yes, that would be another bow.

The next layout is completely different, and only the background paper is from the kit.
I call it- The odd-ball layout-

That watercolor-like beautiful patterned paper came with the kit, and I really loved it, and really wanted to use it, but could not make it work with the other products in the kit. I saw other people use it with the kit, but it just did not work for me for some reason. So I took it to a completely new direction. I had a photo that I had wanted to scrap for a long time, of my daughter's first room. Preparing her first room, and she being our only daughter, so everything, and I mean here the experience, was brand new.  We've moved twice since then, so it's really something I wanted to write about, since she won't be able to see that room any other way.

I used some puffy stickers I had in my stash, and chipboard elements from one of my all time favorite collections, Dear Lizzy 5th&Frolic.

the glitter feathers were created by simply applying Martha Stewart glitter glue to some Prima wood veneers feathers and then adding lots of hearts and stars shaped glitter, also from Martha Stewart.

The last layout for today, and for the January Scraptastic kit is the all about the story one-

The photo is not really important here, I just took it and used it to remind me of those few hours. Last April I spend a weekend in London (my favorite city) with my best friend. Now that I live in Austria and she in Israel we don't get to meet for coffee as much as we'd like, but we try to make the most of the situation and spend some real quality time with each other when possible.
We share a passion for traveling, for London, for drinking coffee, and for having LONG conversations about, well, everything and anything.

I'll be starting to post some of my February kit layouts soon.

Thanks for visiting!

February 12, 2014

Scrapbooking with the Scraptastic January kit-Part 4

The February Scraptastic kit landed on my doorstep a few days ago, and I have been playing with it ever since. And since I've been very productive, I think I'll be posting all the layouts I made with the January kit this week and call it done for January. I totally killed that kit, and really have nothing left of it.
So here are a few more layouts I made using this great kit- Tongue Tied and it's add on.
First up is probably my favorite layout of the month-

And it's because of that photo. My husband took it, and it's gotta be one of the cutest things I've ever seen!
OK, back to scrapbooking:) This is a simple design, and works great with kits, because the hardest part is choosing the patterned papers. Since usually everything in a kit coordinates so nicely together, that part is already done!

I used the wooden frame (a kit exclusive) as a place for my title. Added a few embellishments and bows, some ink splatters and that's it! The fabric bow is Maggie Holmes, and the resin one is Amy Tan Cut&Paste. The camera flair is one of the kit exclusives, and thankfully the flair can also be bought separately which is awesome. I love flair. The vellum embellishments are from the Printshop collection, by Studio Calico.

Sometimes kits have certain products that might be challenging to use. I love photo overlays, and Crate paper have come out with them for many of their collections lately. So I do have a couple of packages in my stash, no need for hoarding:) But I find that I mostly use them as layers behind my photos and not on them. Somehow many times the photos look better as is, and the lovely patterns on the overlays get lost on the photo (unless it's a really white or light photo with not a lot going on). 
Here's the next layout-

The other thing was that I didn't really find a good match to that background patterned paper from the other papers in the kit. So I just used overlays.

I added some little details with stamps (and gold ink, a new favorite)-

I'm naturally attracted to the patterned papers, so usually I'll do a few layouts using patterned papers as background before I move on to using the cardstock. But eventually I do, because using cardstock has it's advantages. Usually I can play more with it, and I rarely use it just as it is.
Here's what I mean-

I used here gold acrylic paint and a circle foam applicator to create the background. The letter stickers are form my stash (Crate paper), as well as those cute metal clips from 2Peas in a Bucket. 

Now that I look at that close-up those splatters look a bit bloody... I assure you no one was injured or harmend in the making of this page.
I'll post the last 4 layouts I made with the January kit in the next days, along with another post sharing a layout I made using my February Focus-distress products.
Thanks for visiting!

February 10, 2014

February's Focus- Distress Products-Part 2

Last Friday I posted a layout with a pattern I created on white cardstock using Distress inks and stains. You can find it here. Today, as promised I'm sharing the second layout I made using some of that pretty watercolor-look pattern.
Here's the finished layout-

That dotted strip was created with the same inks used for that bigger paper. Here they are again-

After I made the big paper, I noticed I had a lot of ink leftover on my craft mat. No use in letting it go to waste.

 I used a cute circle stamp, dipped it in the ink on my craft sheet and stamped it twice, making sure to turn it around the second time I stamp, so that the overall image would go from pink to blue and then blue to pink.

As I did with the other layout, I really kept it simple. One piece of patterned paper, and a couple of embellishments from two Dear Lizzy collections.

Cameras are definitely one of my favorite motifs to use. Love them. This pretty chipboard piece is from the 5th&Frolic collection.
Thanks for visiting! On Wednesday I will share more layouts I made using Scraptastic January kit. Have a great week!

February 7, 2014

February's Focus- Distress Products

I have to admit that deciding on a product for this month was much harder than I expected! But the vote is in, and I've decided to explore my range of distress products. I know Distress inks have been around for many years now, but I've only been scrapbooking for about two and a half years now, so everything is kinda new for me... I'm not so much into the distressed, vintage look, so at the beginning I wasn't really drawn to the products. But after seeing many YouTube videos (always dangerous), I noticed there were a lot of colors that were bright and fresh, and much more my style. Fast forward to today, and I have a little stash of Distress products, like inks, reinkers (which I use to make my own mists), stains, paint and even a few markers. I do love combining different media on my layouts, though sometimes I struggle with getting the final look that I like. Sometimes it's just fun to play with ink and paint, but I don't necessarily like the end result, or the combination of the custom made things with the ready made products. Less talking, more showing. Here's the layout I created, followed by a couple of step-by-step photos and instructions-

What I like about this page, besides that adorable photo that make me smile every time, is the combination of the products. I feel like this layout has the right balance for me, for what I find aesthetic and  pleasing to the eye. More on that in a minute. Here are the Distress products I started with-

As you can see, I used here inks and stains. Worn Lipstick is my favorite shade at the moment. It's gorgeous!
I applied some ink and stain on my craft sheet and spritzed some water.

Then I put the paper on the inks, moving it around but trying to keep the pinks on one side and the blues on the other.

This is a super easy and fast way to create an interesting watercolor-like background. I've seen this so many times on so many different blogs and videos, and I think it's a great technique.
Here's the end result-

Next I tried to use the whole 8.5*11 paper on a 12*12 layout. And that just did not work for me. So I cut it in half-

That brings me to that important point of balance. I found that for me to like the result, I needed the rest of the page to be very clean, modern, graphic, even somewhat minimalistic.
The background patterned paper is from Studio Calico, the other papers are 6*6 papers from Heidi Swapp's Mixed Company collection. 

That gorgeous camera piece is from the Flea Market collection (Maggie Holmes for Crate paper)-from the 12*12 chipboard sheet.
A couple more enamel dots and I call this finished.

On Monday I will post the layout I made with the other half.
So I hope you're inspired to play with your distress products, I'd love to know how you like to use them, so please share:)
Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

February 5, 2014

Scrapbooking with Scraptastic Tongue Tied Kit-Part 3

I've already posted 4 layouts I created with the January kit, where the patterned paper was really the star. Still with that in mind, I created this page-

Yes, I have a thing for those script papers from Studio Calico Printshop collection. The white on hot pink version is also a favorite of mine. Here I didn't want to use it as a 12*12, but still wanted it to show. This is a good page to make using a kit, because you don't need a lot to make it, but thanks to that patterned paper it still looks rich and interesting. The light blue star paper is from the 6*6 pad of the Printshop collection, the rest is from the kit. Super simple, super fast.

The next page is also simple, and to make it I used leftovers from the other pages. There are only 3 pieces of patterned paper here (plus the photo mat) and the hot pink cardstock.

The Scraptastic main kit come with 6 sheets of cardstock in 3 colors. I ordered a couple more of each color, in order to have more flexibility. Cardstock is cheaper than patterned paper, and I love using it as a frame, like here, as a mat for the photos, or on my layouts, just like patterned paper. I used it here also for my journaling spot, since the patterned papers all had white on them, and I didn't want to bring in a dark color, like brown or black for the journaling.
Lately I really love adding little details like those dash lines. I find it makes the whole layout look more detailed and interesting, plus, it's fun:) Everything on this layout besides the resin bows (cute! Those are Amy Tan from the Cut&Paste collection) is from the Tongue Tied kit and add-on.

So I hope I managed to share a little bit more on how I use my kits, and to show layouts can be fun also when using few papers. More layouts to come...
Thanks for visiting!

February 3, 2014

Scrapbooking with Scraptastic Tongue Tied Kit- Part 2

Today I'm sharing a couple more layouts I made using the January Scraptastic kit.
Still at the beginning of using a kit, I use my favorite 12*12 patterned papers as background.
Like here-

I love that paper from Glitz Designs (Wild and Free collection), so I knew I wanted to use it as the background. The rest are just scraps and pieces of the other papers in the kit and add-on. Like most of the layouts I make with kits, this was also fast, and came together really easily. Having a limited amount of supplies really cuts down the time I spend making a layout, which is great in my book.

Some close-ups. Love the flair this month. And the bows. I'm all about the bows lately.

When a great unique paper comes my way, sometimes I just have to create something a little bit different. That is how I felt about this black and white script paper from Studio Calico Printshop collection. Yes, I have feelings for my papers:)

I had that photo of my daughter from a party, I love how happy and dynamic it is, like the paper! A little moment captured. So I tried this design, where the paper covers more than two thirds of the page, to create a real statement.

More pages to come this week. Using up a kit requires getting more and more creative with remaining supplies, and I'll share what I like to do when left with fewer items to choose from.
Thanks for visiting!