Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Sneak Peeks!

It's time for our November sneak peeks!

Oh how we love this time of the month. We are so excited for you to see the kits that are coming your way.

Pam has once again put together a fantastic set of kits, so if you've been thinking of subscribing, now is the time to hurry over to our website to reserve yours.

Have a look at our November Main kit:
(as always, you can click on the photo to make it larger)


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Check out our November Creative kit:


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Feast your eyes on our November Limited Edition Kit:


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Last but not least, take a peek at our November Album kit:


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WOW, right?!

Don't forget to reserve your kits while supplies last!

*** See you for the full reveal on the 5th! ***

Friday, October 31, 2014

Get to Know DT Member Sandi Clarkson + A Detailed Look Through Sandi's October Kit Work

As we wrap up another month of fabulous kits along with brilliantly beautiful layouts, cards, mini albums, and projects from our design team, we thought it'd be fun to shine a spotlight on one of our design team members.

DT member Sandi Clarkson stops at nothing to include beautiful details in her work. Read on as she walks us through many of her details of her October Limited Edition kit work.

We hope you will also enjoy a little question and answer session with Sandi at the end of the post!

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Hello, My Creative Scrapbook Kit Club fans!! I am so happy to share my October projects with you! I had the privilege of using the always gorgeous Limited Edition Kit and I must say that this month's kit contents really got the mojo flowing. 


"Relax"
Firstly, I created a layout using a vintage photo of my mom (curlers and all) and dad enjoying a cup of coffee on their front porch. Since this Kit featured Prima's Coffee Break collection, I just couldn't resist! Even though I'm a big coffee drinker myself, I always associate it with my parents. LOL 


I've used my  favorite distressing technique on this one ... burning the edges! Be very careful doing this one, girls! I always do this using the flame of a candle BUT over the kitchen sink WITH a stream of water running ... just in case! And ALWAYS when someone else is home. You can never be too careful! Those are my THREE cardinal rules and I don't break them no matter what!! Sink, water, third party at home! It's a must! 


So, here is one pretty cluster. I adored all the lovely flowers in the Kit this time but the black and white striped one was a special fave of mine! De-lish! And aren't those glasses just the cutest things? You can see a bit of my stamping in the background. 


In this close-up you can see where I've used molding paste with The Crafters Workshop stencil from the Kit and then used the Prima Coffee Break stamp over it. 


This is the same technique but on the other side of the photo.  Of course, the white gesso over the middle of the page provides a nice base. 

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"The Big Street"
Next, I created a pink layout using a photo I found on Pinterest of Lucille Ball from a movie she did called The Big Street. I had no idea that she did dramatic roles before she did comedy.  Anyway,  I wanted to do something just a little bit different and so, I dug out my punches. They don't get much use these days!  I had a tutorial on this earlier in the month. 


In this cluster you can see the gorgeous Prima vine with the pearls and leaves. Oh so pretty! I've tucked both the sheer ribbon as well as some of the sequined trim into the cluster. Off to the side is another sequin from the embellishments package.  Loved these! 


I wanted to demonstrate that the TCW stencil could be used with inks as well as with molding paste and that is what I've done here in black. You can see the somewhat circular pattern to the right of the photo cluster. To help with contrast, I've primed my pink paper with a white gelato from my stash. My large alphas were altered with chalk ink. 


In the upper left corner, I've again used ink with the TCW stencil in the weaved pattern and this time with a charcoal grey. I've done this randomly across the page. It's very faint but adds a nice touch! 


I wanted to show you the pretty wooden piece from the Kit. I loved these and for the most part left them bare except for this page. Here I've used some Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder from my stash to give it a nice shine. To create the bubbles you see in the background, I just used a stencil from my stash along with the stencil from the Kit. Bubbles seemed appropriate for this oldie "movie" page. You can see more of the black ink-work done with the TCW stencil also. 

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"Today"
Oh my, this one was so hard to photograph! But trust me, there is about a 1/4" of a polka dot edge all the way around that is just too cute. The rest is pretty simple with banner and layers of notecards and embellishments. 


It's very hard to see but I've again used the TCW stencil with the charcoal grey ink and then followed that with my own ledger stencil and some molding paste. To add color I've used Lindy's Stamp Gang's Grab a Guy Gold and let the mist run down the page.  See that spoon and the sweet little cup? Adore! I figure this girl of mine could use her coffee while studying! 


And the same thing over on this side. Loving these wooden embellishments! 

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"Zoe"
I've had lots of comments on this layout during the Blog Hop which struck me as humorous because I seriously made this one from tiny leftover scraps! I did plan ahead on the flowers and one of the papers but the rest was sheer luck! Whew! Having a cute photo helps! 


At first I wasn't sure about this hand embellishment but I thought it looked adorable here on top of the pretty flowers with the sequins off to the side and the twine and sheer ribbon underneath it all. And of course, pointing to the newest member of our family.  It was so fun tucking in the teapots, coffee cups and other trivia here and there ... just finding a spot for everything that was left over from the kit.  I think I feel in love with sequins all over again! 


You can barely see in the background that I've used a stencil from my stash along with some molding paste and mists for a dash of texture and color contrast. I colorized my alphas as well. Don't you love that nice, large Prima flower? I distressed the edges of the flower a bit with my scissors just to change it up! 


Here you can see some of the layers of cards and embellies. As I mentioned earlier, I was dead-set on leaving these wooden shapes "naked" because I loved the contrast they provided against the colors. But they are easy to alter with paints, mists or embossing powders … whatever you choose. 

Thanks for letting me share! I hope you have received your Kit by now and are having fun! If you haven't joined us yet, click on this LINK to get more information!

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And now, let's get to know Sandi!

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How did you get started with scrapbooking? 
I started scrapping after my older daughter made an idle remark about not remembering doing anything "memorable" for Easter. She was teasing me but naturally I wanted to set the record straight! So, photo documentation seemed the way to go. I knew I'd seen scrapbooking "stuff" at the local big box stores, so off I went. Oh my! I wandered aimlessly for hours. Thank goodness for those things called kits! I had no idea what to do with my supplies once I bought them but I sure did put my heart and soul into that silly album. And my daughter now remembers ALL about Easter ... on many levels. It actually touched her very deeply.

What is your favorite subject to scrap?
Favorite subject? That's easy! My grand babies, of course! I'm also fond of scrapping wedding photos. Or anything candid that really touches the soul and tells a story.

What is your favorite technique to use lately?
I love playing with my molding paste, stencils and colors of all kinds ... whether mists, gelatos, water colors or whatever you like. I love building my background.

What advice do you have for someone brand new to scrapbooking?
New? First of all, don't go overboard buying things. You'd be surprised how little you need to make a fabulous project! Tools are almost a thing of the past. Today, at least for me, it's more about the art supplies, gesso etc. Join a Kit club and get plugged in. Follow our Blog. Look for inspiration online. It's everywhere. For free!

Do you have any other hobbies?
I've always been a big reader! Books are like buried treasure. Love them. Decorating is a fun past time for me. There's always one more thing to do. I also love gardening although this years' garden is looking kind of sad. Long story! And I crochet just enough to be able to pass that talent on to the next generation. I used to sew all the time but now I just sew on paper! LOL

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Happy Halloween to those celebrating.
See you right back here tomorrow for our November SNEAK PEEKS :)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Scrap Space Organization by Angel Rodrigue

Angel Rodrigue is sharing some awesome scrap space organization ideas today!

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Today I wanted to show you how you can store your big eyelets along with your mini eyelets and brads.. I will also show you how I store my sequins, punches and mask as well.. I hope you find inspiration and  I help you with ideas as to how you can organize yours as well..

Here below is the one of the Bead cases I had gotten to store all my Brads, and Eyelets In.


Here is a closer look at them filled... The first Picture is the bead jar containers and the second or the smaller ones as shown above.You can get many different size bead containers its a atter of what you are putiing in them.



They store in your drawers so easy and can be stacked on top of each other to save space.



As for my sequins I used the shaker bead containers. I love this way to store them..They also store easy in drawers. and very easy to take to crops just throw them in your crop bags...



I like to store my punches in the big alex drawers from Ikea as well..They hold up nicely.. I have a whole unit full of punches...:)



Last thing I wanted to show you all was How I store my Mini Mask Templetes.. I got the clip it up version from Hobby Lobby and and clipped them up. I like to be able to see what I want and they at easy reach too.. No stuffing them in a drawer for them to get bent and creased...


I hope my organization can help some of you get ideas.. I love my New Room and its so easy to find things when they have there own home..

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You can see Angel's beautiful kit work in our Design Team Gallery!

We invite you to join us and experience the possibilities that our coordinated monthly kits offer. To purchase a kit, please visit our website, here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How to Use Your Scraps to Make Pie Charts by Brenda Cazes

Brenda Cazes is featuring our October Main Kit today with step by step instructions for creating pie charts!

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Hi everyone!  I’m going to show you how to create pie charts like the ones I used on this layout.


Normally, I would have used my Silhouette Cameo to create these, but I thought to myself – not everyone has an electronic die cutting machine – therefore, I made them by hand…so you can too!

I started out by cutting a 3 7/8” circle out of very heavy cardstock.



Next, I cut the circle in half.



Then, using a ruler, I drew lines dividing the two halves into five sections.  You can make them any size you like.



Cut them apart and number them so that you know how they will fit perfectly back together.



Place your pie chart patterns over your paper and carefully cut them out.




Cut out another circle to use as the background for your pie chart.  This circle should be 4 1/8”.



Glue your pie shapes to the background circle being sure to put them in the correct order so that everything lines up.



I created two different pie charts, although you could use the same template for both and just rotate them so they aren’t perfectly aligned.



Now, you could just leave them as is, but I decided to use my sewing machine to do a zig-zag stitch between each section and then a straight stitch around the entire circle.




Pie charts are such a fun way to use up all those scraps that we just don’t want to throw away!

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You can see more of Brenda's beautiful work in our Design Team Gallery!

Here's the October Main Kit:



We invite you to join us and experience the possibilities that our coordinated monthly kits offer. To purchase a kit, please visit our website, here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Look into Design Process by Becky Litz

Becky Litz is featuring our October Creative Kit today with a look into her design process!

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Hello friends!

Today I would like to share with you how I put together my Love This layout. This layout was made with the October Creative Kit and features the super adorable Forest Friends collection from Doodlebug.

I'm not really into the Pocket Style of scrapbooking for the most part, but sometimes the simple style of it appeals to me. Rather than use a page protector with pockets, I just adapted the style to fit on a typical 12x12 page so it would fit in my regular sleeves.


The Jillibean cards in the kit work perfectly for this style of scrapbooking. They are the perfect size.

I layered some patterned papers in the negative spaces on the card to create my title, and then layered the heart sticker over the arrow. Now of course I can't have things too linear or flat so I offset the sticker of the flower on the card and popped it up with a pop dot. I added the little tag of ribbon to add some texture.


I used one of the small flowers from the kit to create an embellishment cluster in the center of the layout. The flowers are actually two layers glued together, but I carefully took the layers apart and used just one flower on this layout. I used the other on a different layout.  I tucked the owl sticker under a button and used a pop dot under the sticker to add a bit more depth and dimension there.


The is my favorite part of my layout. I wrapped a piece of string around the purple card I cut and strung a bunch of the little tag stickers onto the string. I put a pop dot under each (I love pop dots! I can never leave stickers flat). then I tied a little piece of the orange ribbon from the kit in between each of the tags.


..it's super adorable.


Finally I loved the circle/bubble card in the kit so I added it in the last section. I liked how the white cards are on opposite corners of the page. It helps to create balance.

And again, I just can't have things too linear so I offset the cute little owl journaling sticker and added a button for dimension.


So that's it from me today....  
Hope that list gave you some ideas for your next project!
Thanks for stopping in today!
~Becky

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You can see more of Becky's beautiful work in our Design Team Gallery!

Here's the Creative Kit:


We invite you to join us and experience the possibilities that our coordinated monthly kits offer. To purchase a kit, please visit our website, here.