Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall is Here - Doodlebug Design "Friendly Forest" layout

I just love playing with the bright and whimsical designs that Doodlebug Designs creates.  The Scrapbooking Studio sent me Friendly Forest (their fall line) to work with.  One of the best things about this line is it's got a good mix of masculine and feminine elements and colors - today I am going to share a layout that focuses on the more masculine side.

This was actually the last project I created with the line and was working mostly with scraps.  As I started to lay things out I could see a vertical focus and went ahead and built from there.  The "Fall is Here" is a silhouette cut.  I fussy cut the bottom triangles from the same paper that is the picture matte.  After building the whole thing up the center and a lot of mixing and matching of patterns - I knew I needed to keep the embellishing simple.  A couple of leaf clusters and a couple stickers around the photo made that easy.  Don't you just love coordinating stickers?  I'll be back with more from this line over the next few days!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug
Stickers: Doodlebug
Enamel Dots: Doodlebug
Wood: Studio Calico
Twine: The Twinery

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Elf on the Shelf - I'm Back Box

Christmas Eve is two months away and this busy mom is gearing up by getting some things ready!  I actually have my box ready for our Elf on the Shelf to make his exciting return on Thanksgiving Weekend.  I've never done anything like this before, he usually just appears, but I got inspired and decided to create something fun and it is featured over on the SRM Blog today!



My plan is to put this little box out on Thanksgiving night (or at some point that weekend) as we begin our annual visitiation time from the Elf on the Shelf.  I decorated the outside of the box using stickers from  We've Got Your
Border/Christmas (polka dot border), Live Life Christmas (red arrow), Quick Cards/Believe (santa), Say it With Stickers/Christmas (santa's little helper),  and Sentiments Happy Holidays (santa claus is comin' to town).  I also cut out the words "I'm Back" using glossy vinyl in Lime Tree Green.  And of course there are some of those fabulous Punched Pieces that we all love so much!


I plan to stick him inside like this so it won't be obvious what's in there until they open it!  


Tucked nicely beneath him will be a package of marshmallows and four bags with hot cocoa in them.


The 4 X 6 embossed kraft bags  are the perfect size for holding one package of hot cocoa! Punched Pieces and Take 2: Stickers by the Dozen/Christmas decorate the outside of those bags as well as the side edges of the big box above.


Any variety of SRM's clear containers would work great for marshmallows but I opted for the A2 Card Box.  I decorated that with stickers from Say it With Stickers/Christmas and Live Life/Christmas.

It's little moments like this that help make special memories for the holidays!  I can't wait to see their eyes when they find it!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Layout using Debossing

I always love the opportunity to get a favorite picture onto a layout and stored as a lifetime memory - today I have a fall layout to share with you featuring products from Core'dinations, Xyron, and Petaloo that does just that.  Core'dinations is teaming up with Xyron and Petaloo with a week full of inspiration and prizes!  You need to head there to get in on some great prizes!
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Give Thanks Layout Supplies:
Here's how I created this layout:
Step 1: Emboss your tags and then deboss them by using your Sand-It Gadget.
Step 2: Cut out the center of the Seasonal Impressions cardstock - leaving just a one inch border.  Sand the border and use the Xyron Mega Runne to add Spotted Cardstock underneath as the base.
Step 3: Add Tags and Red Cardstock to create the center of your layout use the Xyron 3 Inch Sticker Maker.  Add Petaloo trims to the Xyron 3 inch Sticker Maker and then attach them above and below.CorePetalooXyron 6Step 4: Run the vellum quote thru the Xyron 3 Inch Sticker Maker.  This is the best way to attach vellum because it doesn't show up at all! Add the vellum to the tag.CorePetalooXyron 2Step 5: Put the picture on top of the Kraft cardstock and center it.
Step 6: Add a die cut banner and Embellish the corners with Petaloo Darjeeling Flowers. Xyron's High Tack Adhesive Dots make attaching small flowers like this an easy job! Products like this make it both easy and fun to put together a layout that we can cherish forever!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Happy Halloween Layout

Hard to believe Halloween is coming quickly and it's gonna be time to move on to other fall crafts! Before that I still have a little more Halloween crafting in me to share!  Today it is a layout on the Samantha Walker Blog.
My tutorial there today focuses on title work and using the negative space when you have a more complicated negative space than usual (eg spider webs). If you want to see a quick little tip that doesn't require you to have extra supplies, check it out over there. After doing my title work pretty much in the center, I decided to do pictures below it and continue to build up my title above. I hand cut a cute little ghost to add and used SRM Border stickers as an accent piece throughout.  I think I am finally done scrapping 2012's Halloween pictures - now to finish off that pile from 2013 :)

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Design, Pebbles Inc
Stickers: SRM Stickers, American Crafts
Cardstock & Tags: Core'dinations

Friday, October 17, 2014

Give Thanks Harvest Wreath

It has been a long time since I made a wreath but I have seen so many awesome paper ones lately that I knew I wanted to make one this fall.  I pulled out my Core'dinations supplies and got to work making a Harvest Wreath with some non-traditional colors. For a full supply list and links you can check it out at the Core'dinations blog here.

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Step 1: Choose 4 colors of cardstock and cut 7 strips that measure 1 1/4" X 12" in each color.
Step 2: Sand the cardstock bringing out the core color.

Core step out wreathStep 3: Add adhesive to the back side of the strips and then begin to loop them around the wreath (I used a 10 inch wreath).  Overlap slightly so that the wreath form doesn't show. Notch the end of each strip as you go.

Core Step out wreath 2Step 4: Die Cut a banner and leaves and add them to the wreath.

Core-Harvest-Wreath-CU-2Step 6: Add flowers, twine, buttons, or other small embellishments to bring in some additional textures.
Core-Harvest-Wreath-CU-1Don't you just love all the decorating possibilities you have when you play with paper!?!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Monster Bash Home Decor

Paper House Productions has some of the cutest and spookiest stuff for Halloween.  Today I am sharing a little home decor I made using their 3D Stickers.

My frame is a simple 5 X 7 one from a dollar store.  I added a cloudy vellum to the background of the frame - I like this vellum because it looks kind of like fog - has distressed areas that make it different from a traditional vellum.  I then used the large Haunted House for my base and added Monsters and other 3D stickers to that.  I can't get enough of any of there monster stickers, so I jumped on the chance to use these ones too!

Supplies Used:
Stickers: Paper House Productions
Vellum: CutCardStock


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Disney Pocket Page

Today is my last post for Leaky Shed Studio - I have really enjoyed my 6 months with them!  One of my favorite things that they make are all the great Disney themed pieces. I am going to share how I incorporated them into a pocket page today.
I love pocket pages because they leave lots of room for you to be as creative as you want to be or have time to be - you can go big or go simple  Today I added lots of personal touches to mine.

For my title pocket I used both Memories with Ears and the Mouse Frames to make it personal and have some awesome dimension that chipboard provides.

I also thought it would be fun to create a shaker pocket using the bigger sized Mouse Frame and some coordinating sequins.  I glued the frame to the back of the pocket page.  The shaker box is going to be visible on both sides of the pocket page so that means the back side gets to be Disney too!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Simple Stories
Chipboard: Leaky Shed Studio
Sequins: Teresa Collins, American Crafts
Enamel Dots: Simple Stories

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Doodlebug Ghouls & Goodies Projects - The Scrapbooking Studio

If you visit this blog regularly you know that Doodlebug Designs is one of my favorite companies and I frequently do projects with their goodies.  This month I got to do samples for The Scrapbooking Studio using their whole Halloween line : Ghouls & Goodies!  I love how fun and whimsical this line is and I love that purple is a big part of it!  Here's what I created:

First up is a shaped card that I created using my Silhouette Cameo.  It was very simple to cut out and then I just created little scenes within each letter.

I love this cute little monkey and decided to frame him in some good old Polaroids.  Banners allowed me to incorporate lots of patterned papers.  Isn't that background paper that looks like sprinkles soooooo fun?  

Truthfully this is probably my favorite of the bunch - it is a 12 X 12 canvas!  I punched circles in 1 inch, 1 1/4 inch, and 1 1/2 inch sizes and layered them behind the tree branches.  I outlined either with pen or stickles to make everything pop a little more.  The 3D Doodle-Pops are the perfect stickers for a project like this - not overpowering but with some dimension to still make them pop!

For my last layout I knew I wanted to go with a circular focal point.  After cutting out the center polka dot paper I went ahead and did some machine stitching to create a bigger circle border.  Then I added more circles inside before creating my scene of embellishments.  I used a couple different fonts to create the title - partially because I liked it and partially because I was running out of letters in each set :)

Swing by The Scrapbooking Studio to pick up your own pieces to Ghouls & Goodies!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Samantha Walker Creative Crafters Team Blog Hop: Halloween

Welcome to the  
Samantha Walker Creative Crafters Team Blog Hop!
You should have arrived here from Nicole Stark's Blog!

For my project this month I used the same cut file to create two different cards - this was so much fun!
I used Card Halloween & Bats (#49920) and kept some things the same but made others different.  

I love the look of a 3D card that has some transparency to the front.  To create this card I simply opted to leave out the square of cardstock behind the front cut.  I also turned it to be a vertical card.  I decorated it using the bats that are part of the file.  Outlining them with black stickles made them more dimensional.  I also added some simple stars and gems and surrounded them with white sentiment stickers.  I cut out the Eeeeek from cut file #33314 which has a whole series of fun Halloween words!

I cut the base of this card from a vellum cardstock that has a blurry feel to it - I thought it looked like spooky clouds!  I added gray under the vellum.  The bats and embellishments are all similar to the other card but has different words.  Have you ever tried cutting out a card and using different mediums?  This was really fun and a good mojo burst for me!  I am also going to share this on the SRM Challenge Blog!  Have you played along there yet?  You know I love their stickers :)!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Stickers: SRM Stickers
Vellum: CutCardStock
Patterned Paper: Carta Bella

Thanks so much for stopping in today! The last stop on the hop is to head to Samantha's Facebook Page!  You can get to her blog by clicking on the picture below!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Core'dinations Halloween Layout

Today is my very first blog post as a design team member for Core'dinations!
Core-dinations DT 2013

I worked with the Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions Paper Pad as a base for the whole layout.
You've seen this picture before on a Paper House Productions layout.  But Paper House owns that layout and I needed one for myself!  For this layout I focused heavily on the embossing/sanding techniques that makes Core'dinations cardstock so unique.  The background paper has a Kraft core and the spotted papers have a colored core.  To check out lots of detail shots and all the supplies I used - head on over to the Core blog

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Enamel Dots: Simple Stories
Twine: The Twinery

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Disneyland Layout

I love to scrap Disney photos and am always on the lookout for some new items to play with.  Did you know that Leaky Shed Studio has some different items perfect for doing your Disney photos?  Today I am hosting their blog with this Disneyland Layout!

This clean and simple layout came together fairly quickly and I love that I had the chipboard "Disneyland" to add as my title.  I misted it with black mist to give it some color and then added it to the layout for some different texture and dimension.  Later this month I will be sharing a Disneyland pocket page using more of the Leaky Shed Disney goodies!  The rest of this layout is made up of pieces from Simple Stories "Say Cheese" line which is themed towards Disney projects.  I recently got my hands on it and LOVE it!  

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Simple Stories
Chipboard: Leaky Shed Studio
Twine: The Twinery
Stickers: Simple Stories




Friday, October 3, 2014

Baby's First Birthday Layout and a Giveaway Winner

First of all a huge congrats to: Mary Lou Holshouser for being the winner of the Adornit Giveaway! Please shoot me an email at practicalscrappers@gmail.com and I will get your prize squared away!

Today I have a new blog post up at Paper House Productions featuring a first birthday layout!

I feel like I'm always doing birthday layouts!  I guess that's what happens when there are four kiddos. I was excited to see some new 3D stickers released by Paper House Productions specifically for the 1st birthday. I combined those with papers from the Animals paper pad to make a cheery boy birthday layout.  I wanted to use the dot striped paper but knew it was too busy to combine it too closely with the stickers.  I opted to use it as triangles in two of the corners while my photos cascade up the page in a diagonal.  I used some more monochromatic colors under the pictures and then brought in some circles to break up all the lines.  Then I got to embellish and the stickers made that an easy job!

I think the bunch of balloons is my favorite of all the stickers!  Good thing there was green in there too to match up with all that crazy frosting!  I still have a few more shots from this birthday to scrap but this layout gave me a good start on getting it done! To find all the supplies for this layout you can head to Paper House Productions.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Baby Pocket Page Layouts

I have four kids, four, it's a lot.  Pocket page scrapbooking has become a new part of my routine if for no other reason than I have a lot of pictures and I want them treasured but can't get to scrapping each and every one!  Today I have two pocket page layouts up on the SRM Stickers Blog!  I'm going to share a couple of sneaks but would love for you to head there and check them out!



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fall Cards for Imaginisce

Last week I shared some fall themed cards over on the Imaginisce blog.  Imaginisce doesn't currently have a fall line so I pulled from other collections to make these to share! Love it when you can repurpose and still make it work!  My Silhouette Cameo definitely got a work out with these!


I love this Silhouette cut of birch trees - it will definitely make another appearance in winter!  

I added IRocks to the trees and also used an older Imaginisce owl stamp to add to the fall feel.  

This one was a little trickier to create - I had a first attempt that I just wasn't happy with.  The way the leaves lay and making the colors line up is different than anything else I've done.  Finally I settled on sewing the flowy part of the leaf on and I like the look that gave me.  

I love the dimension and flow to this card and it is another awesome cut from the Silhouette Store.  There are a variety of gorgeous ones available there for fall - both new and old!

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Imaginisce
IRocks: Imaginisce
Cardstock: American Crafts

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Converting Raw Chipboard to fabulous Gold!

  As a clean and simple style artist, I often struggle with what to do with raw chipboard.  A lot of times I leave it alone or just paint it white.  But today I stepped out of my comfort zone a little bit while still staying true to my style.  For today's layout I covered my raw chipboard using Ranger Perfect Pearls.

This layout needed a perfect gold accent and the Fern Flourish was just what I was looking for!  I needed something with some curves and flow to it to break up all the straight lines.  

To cover it with Perfect Pearls, I simply worked slowly straight from the bottle.  Slowly letting liquid out and fill it in more as needed.  It dried beautifully and I love the shimmer it adds without being to feminine.

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye
Stickers: My Mind's Eye & Heidi Swapp
Chipboard: Leaky Shed Studio
Mist: Heidi Swapp

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Tour of my Scrapbooking Room

I recently got to redo my scrapbooking room because my old one had some flooding issues.  So when my friend, Kelly, asked if she could tag me to show my room I thought it was the perfect chance to finally share these pictures with you!

I live in a parsonage - which means I live in a house that is owned by the church where my husband is Pastor.  Our house has ample room for all of us and rooms in the basement which allows me to have my own scrapbooking room.  I know that is a luxury and am very thankful for that!  My room is very functional for me - all my design team products have specific homes as do products from my favorite companies.  I am a big time purger - so if it isn't being used I get rid of it. I try very hard to keep things organized because I think it makes me much more efficient and creative!   It's not fancy and is almost entirely made up of pieces from yard sales - but here it is - my scrapbooking studio :)

Throughout the room I have different altered pieces that I have made - ones that haven't found a home elsewhere yet and help to make the room my own.  This first shelf holds my Thickers container up top and next to it is a crate where I store 12 X 12 sticker sheets and papers from miscellaneous companies.  The second shelf is all my punches.  I don't have a lot, I only keep what I use regularly.  The next shelf is my design team box for Samantha Walker and small paper pads for Paper House.
The bottom shelf is class supplies and cards that I have made.

This shelf just got reorganized!  Up top I have all my 12 X 12 paper pads and smaller paper pads.  The two shelves with bins are now filled up with different supplies from Core'dinations.  The bottom is mostly containers of ribbon - that is an area that I need to do some more purging!  

This little dresser holds design team goodies - one drawer is all Leaky Shed, one drawer is my Imaginisce tools, and the other two a mishmash of other design team things that I couldn't find a good home for!

I've always wanted a display wall and this time I made one.  The lower level is made up of my favorite cards and some published cards.

The top level is some of my favorite layouts.

I no longer had a use for a changing table for my kids so I moved it into my room!  The top is used for my Cinch machine and my Cuttlebug.  The bottom is just general storage.

I really needed a good way to store my Paper House Stickers so I knew what I had to work with - I used this beat up old peg board for that.  I love the color and happiness I see when I look at that corner :)

This storage rack is the best thing I have ever found at a yard sale - I got it for $10!!!  I use it for drawers for some of my favorite companies products - each one gets a drawer so I can keep them all together.  The bottom and biggest drawer is just scraps.  Above it I have two racks - one is full of cups with miscellaneous storage (dies, punches, etc) and the second is all my Kiwi Lane Templates.

I also store my washi tape up there on what was intended to be a dish drying rack.
  
This is my desk - more cups on racks full of miscellaneous embellishments and tools are hung above it.  I have a lazy susan where I keep my most used adhesives and tools.  I also have a tray with 8 1/2 X 11 papers and a another shelf for pictures.  The drawers on my desk are reserved for design team product - I have one for SRM Stickers, Imaginisce, Paper House Productions, and The Twinery. As my teams change so do the drawers.

I haven't found a better solution for my wood veneer pieces so I keep them here in an old tupperware container.

On top of this dresser I keep all my mists and drawers with little embellishments. 

The biggest change that came with this room was adding in an extra table.  This has been great because it gives me multiple areas to work and I can bounce between projects.  It also makes it so there is plenty of room for someone else to join me!

Underneath the table I keep my cardstock, another scrap basket, and a rolling cart that has stuff my daughter is allowed to use in it.

Lastly I'll show my Raskog which my hubby got me for my birthday last year.  I love this thing!  It looks like a mess but each little compartment is home to little things that I needed to organize - from chipboard pieces, to silhouette cuts, to rub-ons.  It has made me use all those little details way more!

Now on to a few questions about me:
1. What am I working on right now?
I have a huge list of design team work for the week but am most excited about something I am doing with a new product from SRM Stickers!

2. How long does it take me to create a project?
An hour give or take - unless it's something big.  If my kids are helping, who knows :)

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
Bright and colorful patterned papers, anything gold, and fun lettering

4. How does my creating process work?
I usually start with the product or photo I want to use and then work from there. I don't usually have  a plan laid out I just let my brain and creativity go where it goes. 

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
Looking at blogs, facebook, and pinterest.  I am very visual so studying patterns and designs for fresh ideas. Having fresh product on hand also really helps!

6. What is my signature style?
This has always been a tough question for me! I have a clean and whimsical style that incorporates bold color choices and dabbles in product and design trends. Here's a few projects that I think show off my style well:




Today I am tagging my two friends Erin & Lyne to share their Scrapbooking Rooms and a little about themselves!  You should definitely head back over and check out Kelly's room too!





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