Thursday, February 21, 2013

We Belong

I have a new layout up over at Scrap It With A Song today to share with you!

February is all about love songs at SIWAS and this week the Rock Chicks were challenged to use "We Belong" by Pat Benatar as our inspiration! As a teen in the 80's I loved Pat Benatar (she was so cool!) and this song was always a favorite at dances as it seemed to capture the intensity of feeling we had for our high school romances!

I used some pics of Shane and I (from 5 years ago!) with the refrain from the song - "We Belong Together" - as the title.




I used papers, tags, sticker letters and paper ribbon from Creative Memories "Rugged" Power Palette (retired) for this layout to complement the outdoor setting of the photos.  But since there are no flower accents in this Power Palette, I thought I might try my hand at making some. I'm glad I did, because I love the way the ruffly flowers contrast with the masculine papers and textures!

The flowers were made by folding a scalloped border back onto it's centre and attaching some punched circles to hold the folds together. Here's a mini-tutorial for you.

1) Punch a 12" border using the Border Maker and the Scallop Stitch Cartridge


2) Hold one end in your left hand, and with your right hand fold the next segment of the scallop shape foward on a diagonal. The top edge of the border will start to curve into a rounded petal shape. Pinch the folds together with your left hand, and continue folding the scallops back onto themselves with your right hand.




3) Once you have completed a circle, trim off any remaining border on an angle and use a dab of adhesive or a glue dot to hold the first and last edges together, lining up the scalloped edges if you can to form the last petal. 



4) Circles are the magic that will hold these flowers folds together. I used a 1" circle punched from scrap paper as the base. I covered it with adhesive and pressed the flower down onto it. I added a smaller 3/4" circle to the top of the flower in the same way. This top circle also acts as the centre of the flower.  On the bigger flowers I layered another 1/2" punched circle on top for decoration only. 

Use lots of adhesive to the back of the circle base to add the the flowers to your layout for a pretty dimensional embellishment. (Note: You can make the flowers bigger or smaller  by varying the width of the border strip before you fold them. My larger flowers started with a strip that was 1 3/4" x 12". the smaller ones were 1" x 12" and 3/4" x 12".)



I hope you get a chance to try this easy and fun technique on a layout or card soon. Don't forget to pop over to Scrap It With a Song to see all the fabulous Design Team Layouts and add your own take on any of this months' song challenges!

Have a great day...



Saturday, February 16, 2013

February Layouts

Remember my 2013 Memory Keeping Goals? I am happy to report I am staying on track this month...especially when it comes to scrapbooking at least 10 personal pages!

When I am doing my personal pages for my albums (vs doing sample pages to showcase CM products and tools for the blog or for my customers) I allow myself a little leeway and enjoy using some products from other manufacturers (although I'll never use any other album than Creative Memories!) and I experiment with styles ranging from minimal to more decorative. Here are a few I've finished off this month.

SWING:

I used an old Workshop on the Go kit from Close to My Heart for this one - the collection was called "Lucky".  I followed the included layout suggestion pretty closely - there's no need to reinvent the wheel when you have a great layout already planned for you. I love CTMH's selection of  papers and workshop products and I love co-hosting our Calgary Crops events with Carla so I can get my CTMH products! The photos are from a couple of summers ago when we first installed the swing-set in our backyard.




SMILE:

This was a super fast layout! I pulled out these photos from my 2012 storage binder and knew right away I had paper to match some of the colors in Grayson's shirt (Old CM Bright Baby Boy collection). I had no sketch or layout in mind - I just moved things around for a few minutes until I had a design I liked. I trimmed a couple of strips and place them on white cardstock. One photo got adhered to a pre-made photo mat..the others got trimmed into squares. I used the pre-made journaling circle that was in the kit and then cut another circle the same size for balance. The title was a single cut on the Cricut using CM's Cheerful Seasons Cartridge. This one only took me 20 minutes, tops.





CAMP EVERGREEN:

I have a few go-to layouts that I use often when I have certain types of photos. Since I had several vertical photos from this particular Beaver camp, I knew I would line them all up in a row, place some pattered paper above and below them and leave some white space at one end for some visual breathing room. I used brown cardstock for the base and all other components came form the Rugged Power Palette (now discontinued). It always faster to make a layout when you have coordinating items in one place - I love power palettes!




I also did some Naked pages (tee hee - she said "naked"!) that I share with you another time so I can explain the Naked Page Philosophy to you.

I am thrilled that I have completed 8 pages in the first couple of weeks of the month. I plan on doing a few more this weekend (its a long weekend here in Alberta), and surpass my goal of 10 per month.

Are you working on scrapbook pages this weekend? Have fun!



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Last Minute Valentine Treats

I looked at the calendar yesterday morning and did a double-take..."whaddya mean it's February 12th? How did THAT happen?"

Well, I guess I've so been busy doing other projects (a few scrapbook layouts, which I'll share soon, and a major sort job on three Rubbermaid bins of photos from my parents house) that I hadn't even noticed V-Day was creeping up - yikes!

After seeing the date, I knew I better get my craft in gear and figure out something for the boys to take to school for their classmates. I made a quick trip to the local drug store and purchased Valentine Hershey Kisses and some Heart shaped lollipops to create treat baggies with toppers. Hey... not the most original idea, but I figured I could make 'em cute.



Yup - cute AND fast & easy. Here's what you need and what you need to do:

Materials:
  • Baggies and treats of your choice. (You can use sandwich, snack or other baggies. Mine were in my stash, but I think they were originally purchased from the dollar store.)
  • White and Red cardstock from your stash
  • Paper trimmer
  • Border Maker System with Scallop Stitch Cartridge (or other border punch)
  • Scallop Punch
  • Circle Maker
  • Heart Punch (I used a retired CM mini-heart punch)
  • Valentine themed stamps, ink and stamping block (I used the CM Stamp sets which are now retired, but you can use any heart/love themed stamps for your project.)
  • Regular and Dimensional adhesive

Directions:

1) Measure your baggies to determine the size of your topper. My bags were 4" across the top and I wanted about a 1.5" fold after the border was punched, so I trimmed and used a piece of 4" x 4" white paper for each baggie.

2) Use the Border Maker System and the Scallop Stitch cartridge to punch a decorative edge on both sides of the paper. Score in the middle to fold over top of the baggie.



3) Punch a Scallop circle from red cardstock. Stamp a ring of hearts using a stamping block and red ink ("Real Red" from Stampin' Up) onto the scalloped circle.



4) Punch a circle from white cardstock. Stamp a heart image or saying on the white circle.



5) Layer the white circle onto the red scallop circle using a foam square for a little pop. Set aside.



6) Fold your topper along the scored line and turn it over. Use a To/From stamp or simply write To/From on the back side.



7) Turn the topper over to decorate the front. Adhere one of the layered scalloped shapes to the left hand side, lining up with one of the border scallops.

8) Punch a small heart from your red cardstock scraps. Adhere this to the right hand side of the border. (You could also stamp a little red heart instead.)



9) Have you child fill in the "To" and "From" on the back side. (Or in Sammy's case, just draw all over it!)





10) Fold the finished topper over the top edge of the filled baggies and staple in place.



If you have lots of Valentine's to make its easiest to do them in assembly line fashion....cut all the white paper strips, then punch all the paper strips, then fold all the paper strips etc. If you do each step separately, you'll find it will take much longer. Once I decided on my design it took about an hour and 10 minutes to get 35 of these cut and assembled, then 15 minutes more when the boys came home from school to finish them off with names etc.

For the boys teachers I did something different, but still very fast and easy. Instead of treat bags, I thought I would give them some grown-up chocolate! I found little boxes of yummy Lindt Milk & White Chocolate Truffles at the drugstore, and although they were already packaged in Valentine themed boxes I decided to up the cute factor a little bit. I wrapped them in some pink/white/red striped cardstock, then added a white border punched with the same Scallop Stitch cartridge. I wrapped them with red and white baker's twine (Martha Stewart) then tied on a pink tag I punched with my Tag Maker. I added the same layered embellishment that went on the kids Valentines to the tag, and a few of the same little punched hearts to decorate the border. (Yeah...these were so easy I can't really called them crafts...it was more like fancy wrapping!)



I'm glad to be done just in time, but next year I'm putting "making school Valentines" on the calendar in January! If you're like me and have left it to the last minute...trust me, there's still time to whip up something sweet in time for tomorrow!

Happy Valentines Day!



Thursday, February 07, 2013

First Design Team Layout for SIWAS!

I am so excited - today there is new reveal over at Scrap It With A Song and it's my first time up as one of the Rock Chicks Design Team!

The song this week was Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This"... her first single from waaaaay back when she won American Idol! And even though the song is perfect for a romantic themed layout (which is our theme this month at SIWAS), I knew it would be a great song to use as inspiration for some baby photos of my younger son Sam. We tried for a long time to have a second child, and when Sam did finally arrive, it was as if a lifetime's wait was over.


I had these beautiful newborn shots taken by my talented friend Tracy MacLeod (sorry she doesn't have a website) that I have been wanting to scrap for awhile now. I used our Reflections Power Palette - the turquoise, yellowy-green and pale gray created such a soft color scheme - perfect for these photos! I punched the border with the Scallop Stitch Border Maker Cartridge for below the main background paper, and added a strip of Paper Ribbon (from the Power Palette kit) above it. The letters were cut from the photos mats (also in the Power Palette kit) using the two different fonts on the Divine Wedding Cricut Cartridge. I finished the layout off by adding my journaling along with some Epoxy Gems from the Enchanted Power Palette. Here are a couple of detail shots in which you can see the beautiful, subtle patterns of the papers and the gems a little bit more clearly.





I loved working on this layout and I can't wait for the next Rock Chicks challenge in two weeks! I'd love to hear your comments and make sure to check out all the great DT layouts here. If you play along with this challenge, make sure to upload your layout based on this song by the end of February!

Have a great day!





PS...I'm also super excited today to start the "Finding Photo Freedom" Class with Stacy Julian over at Big Picture Classes! I can't wait to get back into my system and tweak it to make it work even better! It's not too late to join the class...visit this page for all the details!

Monday, February 04, 2013

February SOTM

A new month means it's time for a new Sketch of the Month (SOTM)!

Each month this year I will be providing you with a new sketch you can use for inspiration, and of course I'd love to see what you come up with! If you have a blog, you can post your finished layout on your blog and link up to the post using the linky tool at the bottom of this post. No blog? No problem! Simply email me a jpg of your layout! All layouts linked or emailed will be entered into the random draw at the end of the month.

This month I thought I would give you a 2 page layout, using a super easy 1-2-3 formula.


You create the base of this layout with 1 piece of 12 x 12 double sided paper, 2 pieces of cardstock and only 3 cuts with your 12 inch trimmer! Add your photos, title and any type of embellishments you like, and you'll have a great layout in minimal time. Here's a look at how my sample layout came together.

The double sided paper and embellishments I chose to work with my photos came from the lovely Enchanted Power Palette. I love the colors, textures and look of this collection, and it's great for scrapbooking so many different occasions and types of photos. I used white cardstock as my base.



Here's the diagram to trim your single piece of patterned paper...only 3 cuts will give you the 4 pieces of paper you'll need.



First trim the two .5 x 12  inch strips, then trim the remaining piece of paper at 2.5 inches to be left with an 8.5 x 12 piece at the end.





Now decide which side of the patterned paper will be the dominant side and which will be the accent side. I flipped the two small pieces to the dotted black and white side to provide contrast.



Now take your photos (2 horizontal and 2 vertical) and cardstock and assemble the layout.
Place the 8.5 x 12 piece, dominant pattern up, along the right edge of one piece of cardstock and adhere. Place one of the two .5 x 12 inch strips, accent side up, along the left edge of the 8.5 piece and adhere. Place your two 4 x 6 landscape photos on top of the patterned paper, again lining up along the right edge and adhere. Set this page aside.




Next line up your two vertical 4 x 6 photos along the left hand edge of the second piece of cardstock and adhere. Place the 2.5 x 12 piece of patterned paper, dominant pattern up, right next to the edge of the photos and adhere. Finally, place the last piece of .5 x 12 paper, accent side up, butted right up along side the previous piece and adhere.


The base of your layout is done and now you can embellish. Since I was using one of CM's all inclusive Power Palettes, I had the coordinating photo mats, embellishments and stickers right there. I trimmed up one of the cream damask photo mats into strips for my journaling and overlapped them onto the patterned paper. I chose to use one of the Enchanted stickers for my title, then added some of the gorgeous paper flowers topped with the lovely epoxy gems for a little bling! About 15 minutes and I was done (in fact, I dropped my son off at his 40 minute karate lesson, came back home, cut the paper, assembled the layout, added embellishments and journaling AND took the pictures for this post before I had to leave to pick him up again! I love it when I can fit scrapbookng projects into my day!) Here's the finished layout and a couple of detail shots of the dimensional paper flowers and bling.





I would love to see what you come up with and hear how long it took you to complete your layout! Be sure to link up or email me your layout. You have until February 28th to link or email me your layout, and the prize this month will be a mini-kit of papers and embellishments from the Enchanted collection.

I hope you have fun with it!