Friday, November 21, 2014

SEI: Howling Good Time

Hello! Today I have my first post up over at the SEI Lifestyles blog (yay!) I've created a page using one of my favorite photos of my son, Oskar with our dog, Elsie using the super cute Furry Friends collection. I love everything about it, especially the muted backgrounds, and the build your own 'furry friend' elements.

Howling Good Time

Furry Friends ( River Wash, Swizzle Stick, Furry Friends, Branches); Fall Bouquet (Sundries); Chalet (Sundries); Summer (Paper Doilies)

For my layout, I used kind of a layered grid design...which is something I do often. I started by matting my photo, choosing a journaling card, and cutting a 4x6 piece of patterned paper.

I picked out a coordinating Summer Doily, and arranged them all together on an 8.5x11 piece of background paper. I chose some embellishments, and threw in some elements from the Fall Bouquet and Chalet Sundries. I finished my layout by adding the 'Howling Good Time' sticker for my title, and stitching some striped patterned paper along the top and bottom edges.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bella Blvd: Thursday Trends

We're focusing on the confetti pocket trend over at the Bella Blvd Studio Blog, today...I chose to create a birthday themed layout using the Molly collection...

Make a Wish

Molly: Refuse to Sink, Sketch with Style, Unlimited Text, Treasures&Text, Candid Cards, Paper Pieces; High five Alpha Stickers: Color Wheel; Classic Calendars: Treasures&Text; Designer Tape: Chevron Combo; Flags: Birthday Girl 1, Birthday Boy 2

Confetti reminds me of birthdays, and I thought the Molly collection was perfect for a birthday girl themed layout. For my confetti, I punched some shapes from patterned paper, and combined them with some of the little 'bits' from the paper pieces. I used a memorabilia pocket to hold the confetti, matted it on patterned paper, and stitched on a polaroid frame.

Be sure to check out all of the other gorgeous confetti pockets over at Bella Blvd.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Imaginisce: Family Fun Collection

We're sharing projects made with the new Family Fun collection over at Imaginisce this week. 
The Family Fun collection features deep grassy green, classic blue jean, bright red, and pops of yellow....and is full of classic icons for arcade games, movies, crafts, and clean family fun. 
I had so much fun digging through all of the fun embellishments, and settled on a page about cooking with my girls...

My Twin Chefs

Supply List
Imaginisce: Family Fun (Baking, Die Cut Cardstock Shapes); i-Rock Tool and Rocks 
American Crafts: Black Fun&Games Thickers

When I saw that there were both a blond and a brunette long haired girl paper doll, I couldn't resist doing a page like this. My very fraternal twins love to help me out in the kitchen, and of course...I love to document it! The paper doll embellishments are quite large, so I made use of the chefs hats for my title space. Also, keeping the background simple keeps the page from looking too busy so everything can stand out.

Be sure to stop by the Imaginisce blog all week long to see the other great projects made with the Family Fun collection!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Bella Blvd: Bella Buzz November Newsletter

The Bella Buzz November 2014 Newsletter is available today, and you can download it HERE. If you would like to sign up to receive each issue in your inbox, you can do so HERE

I am super excited to be featured in this month's issue. We were challenged to create a layout using feathers, crochet hearts, and designer tape. Here is what I came up with...


Supply List
Hello Autumn: Daydream, Perfect Pick, Borders, Falling into Fall, Treasures&Text, Trinkets, Paper Pieces; Amorie Chipboard Alphas: Amorie Brownie; Feathers: Surf n' Turf Feathers, Pony Feathers; Crochet Hearts: Saltwater Hearts; Designer Tape: Navy Dot

I chose to use two feathers, and actually punched two holes into the orange background paper to secure them down. I wove the feathers between the two holes, and used the empty space on top for an embellishment cluster including one crochet heart. I incorporated one color of designer tape to help mat my photo.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bella Blvd: What's New Wednesday

Yesterday, we shared projects using the newest collections over at the Bella Blvd Studio Blog. I chose to use the Tiny Tots collection....again. I can't help it, I think it's my fave!

Little Man
Tiny Tots: Alphabet Soup, One Fish Two Fish, Toy Chest, Busy Bee, Daily Details, Treasures & Text, Trinkets, Paper Pieces, Chipboard Icons; Designer Tape: Orange Stripe

I wanted to add some extra texture to my background. Since I only have a Cuttlebug, I couldn't run a full page in an embossing folder through my machine. So, what I did was use the large side of a stylus from the old school dry embossing stencils, and just laid my embossing folder open behind my page. I had to be careful to line everything up evenly, so I only did a small section to make it a bit easier. The big embossed polka dots compliment the Tiny Tots collection nicely!

Be sure to head over to Bella Blvd to check out the other gorgeous projects using the Hello Autumn and Christmas Cheer collections...some more of my faves ;)

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