Monday, October 29, 2012

Two Page Tuesday

Good Morning crafters a couple weeks back I posted an entry I titled Two Page Tuesday. Two page Tuesday was all about the double page layout. I decided this would be a great reoccurring post on my blog. So today is my second installment of Two page Tuesday.

In honor of Halloween I have layout that was previously published in Scrapbook & Cards Today. This one happens to be a favorite of mine and was based on a Becky Fleck sketch. I really love the focal photo and the grid design with fin layered elements.


(Supplies Used: Cardstock Bazzill, Patterned Paper Echo Park/Bella Blvd/Crate Papee, Alphas from Jillibean Soup, Buttons Jillibean Soup/Jenni Bowlin, Jute Embellishment Jillibean Soup, Halloween Embellishments Making Memories, Punches Marvy/Stampin Up, Silhouette Cutting System/Image, Stick Pins, Jillibean Soup Twine, and Veteran Typewriter downloaded from the internet) 



I don't have the original sketch to post however you can see it in the fall 2011 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today.

Thanks for joining me today for what I hope will be a regular feature at least once a month. If you were able to join me from the east coast please stay safe and dry. Happy Crafting!



Friday, October 26, 2012

Relay for Life/Breast Cancer Awarenes Raffle from PageMaps

Good Morning today I am taking off from my regularly scheduled nonsense to share a little something from my friend Becky Fleck the founder and creator of PageMaps. Becky is holding a Think Pink raffle, the prize package totals over $200 in scrapbooking product. Tickets are only $2 a piece. Here's a peek at the product you could win ... 


Becky has a bunch of close up photos on her blog and you can buy your tickets via Paypal. The drawing will be held on 11/5 so don't miss out.


Thanks for stopping by today have a great weekend.



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

It's in the details ... MISTED felt

A week or so ago I shared this Lily Bee layout. I wanted to take a some time go a little more into detail about my title treatment on my layout.


As I have said many times I am totally addicted to using the negative space from cut out titles and images. I backed this title with quilted misted felt technique. I really loved the quilted felt look I first used it on a card I did for Lily Bee titled "Happy Hello". So I decided to take my idea to the next level.

Today I am sharing a quilted misted felt technique. I started off with white felt but I thought it was a little harsh for my title. So I decided to colorize the felt with some mist. For this project I used Wheat Beer from Tattered Angels. I took this photo right after I misted the felt once it dried it lightened up.


The next step is sewing the misted felt to my background paper using a lattice pattern. I know you are thinking wow such staright lines ... all I did was use my pressure foot as a guide it was pretty easy once a baseline stitch is in place.


Once the lattice pattern is completed and the thread trimmed I simply layered my title on top.


This is a super fun technique. The felt really absorbed the mist and once it was dry it did not come off onto my hands. Since my stitching is white the detail of this title treatment gets lost in translation.  Note to self: try this technique using a darker mist so there is more contrast.

You can check out my original post about this layout here and see the full supply list. Have a happy Thursday friends.



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Now & Then featuring Jillibean Soup and Silhouette

I recently was going through some older photos and stumbled upon a shot from 2006 of my kids. It's amazing at how the years seem to pass so quickly. So I figured it would be cool to compare the old photo to one I had just taken on the first day of school.


(Supplies Used: Cardstock Bazzill, Jillibean Soup Patterned Paper/Tag/Soup Labels/Stickers, Tim Holtz Paper Clips, Silhouette Cutting System/Jillibean Soup Image, Punches Fiskars/Stampin Up, Corner Rounder We R Memory Keepers and font Veteran Typewriter-journaling and Stencil-title downloaded from the internet)

Please note that the some of the hexagons are stickers while others were cut using my Silhouette and Jillibean Soup hexagon studio files. If you were not aware yet Jillibean Soup started selling studio files through Silhouette at the end of August. 

Thanks for stopping by today ... happy crafting :)



Sunday, October 21, 2012

the ADD crafter

Happy Monday ... I am wondering where all my time seems to going lately. Oh wait my crazy to do lists are sucking the life out of me. Lately I have felt like the ADD crafter trying to make time for projects in between having my car serviced, shuttling the kids around, and general daily nonsense.   

I am starting the week off with a couple of Lily Bee cards. Both of these cards show off a couple of different uses for die cuts. Happy Together is a simple card that just layers a couple of pennant die cuts. Top off with a little twine and a couple of staples and viola instant card.



Smile takes a different approach to the dies. I created a circle template in my Silhouette program then I used foam squares add dimension. The circle windows show off patterned papers and die cuts. The scallop borders were added to dress up the circle windows I created these by using punches. If you don't have a Silhouette cutting system try using an anywhere circle punch.



Both projects feature all products from Lily Bee Designs. The scallop punch was purchased at Michaels and is made by Recollections. Time to work on my to do list for the day ... cross your fingers I am hoping today is productive. Happy Crafting


Thursday, October 18, 2012


I am trying something new it's what I am calling Insta*Friday. I really like Instagram, the fun filters and square frames simply make me happy. So I thought I would take time out on Friday's to share a little bit of life from Instagram ... hence the name Insta*Friday.  

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I snapped this shot yesterday and truthfully I don't like lists (don't know why) but I have come to learn I do so much better with them. I am giving myself a big ole pat on the back because by the end of yesterday I crossed off at least 90% of this list. 

For some great Instagram tips check out my Pinterest Photography board. Stay good and be happy ... have a fabulous weekend :)



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Confessions of a reformed stamp-a-phobic

I used to say I was afraid of stamping. To be honest stamping intimidates me but you know what I like to keep pushing myself to grow as a designer and try new things. So yes stamping scares my pants off and I rarely stamp directly on a project for fear I might ruin something (anal scrapbooker alert).

You might find it ironic that the self professed stamp-a-pobic does freelance work for Technique Tuesday (their offices happen to be about 15 minutes from my house). Well I did say I was reformed right. Today's layout is one of my favorite stamping focused layouts I have ever done.

(Supplies Used: Cardstock Bazzill, Patterned Paper Basic Grey/Bo Bunny, Buttons Fancy Pants, JoAnn's Stick Pins, Stampin Up Scallop Punch, White Floss, Black Ink/Embossing Powder, Fiskars Punch, Spellbinders Pennant Die, Corner Rounder, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and Stamps from Technique Tuesday)

This layout combines 5 different stamp sets from Technique Tuesday: Go Team, Baseball, Cheer, Soccer and Who What Where Ali Edwards. If you look closely all the stamped images were stamped onto paper then added to my layout. I still think my stamping is pretty basic, I tend to grab black ink and stamp on white paper. Boooring right ... there is still much growth potential here don't you think? I probably should have added something about expanding my stamping horizons to yesterday's bucket list (mental note made).

Happy Crafting ... today's goal stepping outside of my comfort zone. 




Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Creative Bucket List ... revisited

It's been a while since I put one of my Creative Bucket Lists down on paper so I figured it was best to throw some of the ideas that have been floating around in my head down on to paper (so to speak). A Creative Bucket List is exactly what is sounds like ... simply a list of all kinds of things I want to accomplish be it scrapbooking or sewing or just about anything that fills my creative void. I usually try to put my list to paper at least 2x a year but it's probably been forever since my last one so I am well over due (btw click on the link above to see one of my old lists). So here goes ...

  • TAKE MORE PHOTOS (this one is always on my list I often feel like I don't taken enough photos at the right times)

  • Work with some of my instagram photos (use that tutorial I pinned)

  • Mist (this one has been on the list forever and it I feel like I just started scratching the surface)

  • Go monochromatic

  • Sew a holiday table runner (yeah yeah this is a carry over item I never got around to making maybe this year)

  • Hang the monogram letter in my living room (it's only been sitting there for over a year)

  • Create a foodie album (again another long time idea that just hasn't made it to paper)

  • Stop Scrapbooking so "literally" (I think I need a whole post dedicated to this)

  • Clean out some old product from my office I know I will never use

  • Use more of the 30+ Washi tapes I have accumulated over the last 6 months (apparently I have issues)

  • Freshen up my blog

  • Re-Organize my Pinterest Boards (they are a hot mess)

This list is a work in progress and will change and morph to fit my mood. If you ever wonder I do cross items off my list ... the last item I crossed off my list was a creating December Daily.

Apparently I now have a list of things to do better get crackin'




Monday, October 15, 2012

Two Page Tuesday

This last weekend I had the pleasure of traveling up north to teach for Jennifer Edwardson and Scrapbook Adventure's in Parksville British Columbia. One of my classes was a 2 Page Layout Workshop featuring some of my favorite Jillibean Soup products.

Layout #1 Fall 08'(sorry for the bad image) while this layout is rather simple the intent of it is to show off a great grid design. This type of design can easily be manipulated to hold more or less photos to the grid. Fill up the cardstock base with additional 3x4 cards to get even more out of this design option.


Layout #2 This layout is built of the strip. Simply build your layout by tucking elements under the strip. Modify the design by adding photos below or making the layout 1 page.


All products used on each of these layouts are Jillibean Soup with the exception of cardstock and twine. I'd like to thank all the lovely women who took my classes this weekend. Happy Crafting :)




Sunday, October 14, 2012

October Colour Suite

Welcome to the October Colour Suite a monthly color challenge I put together for my friends at Scrapbook & Cards Today.


(Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, Patterned Paper Lily Bee/My Minds Eye/Pink Paislee/Basic Gray/Simple Stories, Lily Bee Die Cut, Jillibean Soup Alphas/Sticker Label, misc buttons, Doodlebug Rhinestones, Clip Tim Holtz, Tiny Attacher Tim Holtz, Decorative Brads My Minds Eye/Making Memories, Mist Maya Road, Punch EK Success, Wood embellishment Studio Calico, Silhouette Cutting System/Image and font Veteran Typewriter downloaded from the internet)



Guess what I have a new design inspiration ... triangles. This layout just shot to the top of my favorite list. I have been toying around with triangles. If you caught my Christmas card last week I made presents from triangles. This layout shows off the same idea on a grander scale.

To read more about this month's colour suite or to catch up on the older challenges make sure you stop by the Scrapbook & Cards Today website.

Happy Crafting



Friday, October 12, 2012

Lily Bee Design Team Blog Hop


Good Morning everyone welcome to the Lily Bee design team blog hop.


This week at Lily Bee we have been showing off different ways to combine the latest releases into one project. We decided to continue this theme for our blog hop. I combined Autumn Spice and Persnickity on my layout.

(Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, Lily Bee Patterned Paper/Alphas/Stamps, VersaFine Black Ink, My Minds Eye Enammel Dots, Doodlebug Rhinestones, Making Memories Star brads, misc buttons, Silhouette Cutting System/Image, Tattered Angeles Mist, felt, and font Veteran Typewriter/Lobster/OldSans downloaded from the internet) 



you are HERE Summer Fullerton (


Thanks for stoping by today and HAPPY crafting :)


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

December Daily Class

I am getting ready to head north for a couple of days to teach a couple of classes at the 6th Annual 'Scrapbookin' Adventure in British Columbia. One of my classes is a December Daily tag mini album. I have to say it's one of the cutest projects I have ever made and I am so excited to get back into the scrapbook classroom again. 


(Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, Jillibean Soup Patterned Papers/Stickers/Die Cuts, Technique Tuesday Stamp, Black Ink, Twine, hole punch/corner rounder, and binder ring)


Here are a couple of close up photos from the album. I decided to take the stress out of creating a December Daily simply add your wallet sized photos and journaling at your convenience.



For my local friends I am teaching this class here in town at Life's a Scrapbook on November 4th. To register for learn more call 503-625-1193.

Happy Crafting



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pebbles Projects ... Part II

Happy Wednesday ... as promised I have more Pebbles Inc. projects to share with you today. So I have come to the realization I am quite a literal scrapbooker. I tend to make layouts like this one: birthday papers with birthday photos, DUH.


(Supplies Used: Cardstock Bazzill, Pebbles Patterned papers/alphas/stickers/flowers/sequins, floral stick pins JoAnn's, Marvey Circle Punch and font Veteran Typewriter downloaded from the internet)


The next layout features the line Sunny Side. This layout is comprised mainly of patterned paper from the 6x6 Sunny Side pad. So for those of you who think 6x6 pads are only for card makers I say no way they are often the best part of a release.


(Supplies Used: Cardstock from Bazzill, Pebbles Inc Patterned Paper/6X6 Pad/3-D embellishments/Stickers, Twine, Stampin Up Scallop Punch, Silhouette Cutting System, and fonts Veteran Typewriter and Stencil downloaded from the internet) 

My daughter really enjoys going through old photos with me. She even helped with this layout by coming up with the creative title. Thanks for stopping today by and happy crafting.



Monday, October 8, 2012

Pebbles Projects ... Part I

Good Morning ... so at the end of August I did a guest spot for Pebbles and I thought it was about time to get the projects up on my blog. Today I am going to focus on the cards (continuing the theme from the weekend) and tomorrow I will show off the layouts.






All 3 projects feature Pebbles Patterned Papers and embellishments from either the birthday line Hip Hip Hooray or the summer line called Sunny Side. I am not going to do the usual supply lists for these cards if it's not a Pebbles product it's something pretty generic like ribbon or cardstock. If you are curious about the bow card I made it from a template you can learn more about it here

Happy Crafting