Wednesday, July 31, 2013

August Spellbinders | Pagemaps

Good morning crafters today I am taking a break from my CHA recap to share my August Pagemaps project.


(Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, Patterned Paper Jenni Bowlin & Elle's Studio, Jillibean Soup Alphas, Enamel Dots My Minds Eye, Decorative Brads American Crafts/My Minds Eye, Stars Basic Grey, Washi Tape Bella Blvd, Tag American crafts, Dies from Spellbinders, black pen and font Veteran Typewriter downloaded from the internet) 


I love the look of the pen lines on the sketch but the idea of taking a pen directly to my layout scares me to death. That being said I am totally addicted to adding the dashed lines to my titles.

Take it easy and have a great day!

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Monday, July 29, 2013

CHA Summer 2013 | Chalk Board

Good Morning crafters. If there was any one trend or theme from the summer show it was chalk board. I have been seeing this trend in home decor for months so it's not surprising it has crossed over to scrapbooking. I would say probably 80% of the chalk board elements I saw at the show were featured in Christmas lines.

This first line is from Lawn Fawn and is called Peace Love and Joy. I love it's simplicity and use of light blue.


This line is from Heidi Swapp and is called Believe. I am a huge sucker for 3x4 journaling cards even though I don't do Project Life. This line also has a chalk board paper made from Heidi's handwriting called Peppermint Stix that I adore (sorry forgot to photograph).


This final Christmas line is from Studio Calico and I loved how they achieved such a wonderful washed chalkboard effect to these papers. Okay and let's get real I love the little stick trees.


My Minds Eye showed off tons of chalk board items from their latest Halloween release to their new line called Chalk Studio and a little something in between. Chalk Studio almost 100% embodies the idea of chalk board from the papers, to the stickers to the washi tape (shown below).


My final look at chalk board takes us to Fancy Pants. These chalk board tapes and labels are totally customizable for your needs. They used Marvy bistro pen to write on the samples (photo below).


This is just the tip of the chalk board iceberg. I cannot leave you today without telling you that Prima had chalk board flowers and Jillibean Soup has a new stampables line featuring 2 chalk board items: banners and mini chalk boards.

Thanks for stopping by today, be good, be safe and happy crafting.

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CHA Summer 2013 | Die Cuts

Good morning crafters I took last week off while I was away at CHA. I normally work the show for Jillibean Soup but we didn't exhibit in Vegas so I decided to take this opportunity to do something I haven't done in a million years (dramatic over exaggeration), walk the show floor. Today I wanted to show off a few of my favorites in the category of die cuts.

Die cuts happen to be a favorite of mine. They are versatile, I love to dress them up with foam squares and extra embellishments. I am love the variety that are offered from manufacturers. 

What I have noticed with die cuts is each every manufacturer calls them something different but let's face it they are all die cuts. This first pack is from Elle's Studio. Elle calls hers "Bits and Pieces" these were from her newest collection called Penelope. I love the mix of easy to use pieces in this set ... tags, circles, tabs and word bubbles are a no brain-er when scrapbooking.


The die cuts below are from Pink Paislee and they are called "ephemera". These are from a super cool line (it's one of my favorites) called Hey Kid. Pink Paislee packs a serious punch with this pack that contains over 90 pieces made from both cardstock and vellum.


The next die cuts are from Bella Blvd and are called "paper pieces". I love the mix of components that make up this die cut pack. I think it's the polaroid frame I am totally addicted to these darn things.


These next die cuts are from Simple Stories and are appropriately called "snap cuts". What I love about these is their versatility. Because they are cardstock they can easily be mixed with just about any patterned paper. Also because I am such a linear graphic designer I love the lines of these cards ... can you say grid layout.


Chic Tags calls these little cuties "photo toppers". I have to admit I am so smitten with the arrow nature of these die cuts. I can't wait to get a hold of some of these little guys. (Sorry for the bad photo)


No matter what you call them these die cuts are all on my to buy list along with more from several other manufacturers. Make sure you join me for further CHA updates throughout the week.

Happy Crafting

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Memorabilia Mini Album | Jillibean Soup

Good Morning Crafters I am super excited to share my Memorabilia Mini Album with you today. Through June I took a break from my standard Jillibean Soup work and put together tutorials instead. This project is my tutorial from June and the last one I put together. I have since gone back to my regular monthly layouts.

Okay I am warning you there are tons of photos for this project so be prepared to be overloaded.

(Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, Jillibean Soup Patterned Paper/Alphas/Stickers/Die Cuts/Corrugated Shapes/Clear Stamps, Twine, Black VersaFine Ink, Paper Straws, Corner Rounder from We R Memory Keepers, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, and font Veteran Typewriter)

I have tons of photos to share of this project. First I am going to show you the mini ablum deconstructed (before I added the binding).








When I do mini albums I have to have a formula it makes the process so much easier for me. The formula I followed for this mini album was cover the fronts of the pockets with Polaroids. Then I created an inside pocket with another Polaroid. Once I created a base then I topped the pages off with die cuts, sticker and stamps.

Here are a few more close up photos of the mini album once it was put together.






To see the full tutorial on how to make your very own Memorabilia Mini Album make sure you check out the Jillibean Soup website.

Happy Crafting!

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

July Colour Suite

Welcome to the July Colour Suite a colour challenge I put together for my friends at Scrapbook & Cards Today. This month's colours took on what I consider a rather traditional typical July feel.




(Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, Patterned Paper Crate Paper/Studio Calico, Washi Tape My Minds Eye, Label Jenni Bowlin, Wood Veneer Studio Calico, Fiskars Border Punch, Decorative Brads Crate Paper, Resin Flower Jillibean Soup, Chipboard Embellishment My Minds Eye, Twine, Silhouette Cutting System & Image, TIm Holtz Tiny Attacher, and fonts Veteran Typewriter/journaling and Old Sans Black/Title)



This month I invited my friend and fellow Scrapbook & Cards Today designer Christa Paustenbaugh to take the colour suite challenge with me. Make sure you check out her take on the challenge at her blog. I am sure you will love what she did just as much as I do.

Thanks for joining me today for the July Colour Suite. To read
more about this challenge or to check out my past challenges don't
forget to make your way over to the Scrapbook & Cards Today website and Blog.

Thanks for joining me today happy crafting!

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