Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Dreamin' Big With An Interactive Layout

Recently, I was looking for a fun layout to teach at my upcoming retreat.  I was struggling to find something fun and different.  That's when I turned to Close To My Heart's How To book - Magic.   I've had this book for a while and used several patterns in it but as of late it has just been sitting on my shelf.  How could I forget all the fun layouts in it!

I used the Magic pattern called Crystal Ball.  You can create the layout with an interactive wheel that turns and reveals additional pictures or journaling.  Here is the layout I created with Dreamin' Big paper. (PS Sorry for the glare - I have the layout in Memory Protectors to show how the interactive wheel works.)

I used my Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge to cut the large flower.  It was cut at 8 1/2".  I  used two stamp sets with this layout.  The Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Thin Cut Bundle includes the stamps and the Thin Cuts for the butterflies, dragonfly and beetles. The 2nd stamp, Journaling Prompts (B1548) was used to reveal the journaling under the wheel and for the title.

The journaling circle is attached the layout but the wheel is attached to the OUTSIDE of the memory protector with a brad.

I love this paper pack!  I was able to design the layout so that my class attendees could choose either bugs or flowers as their design just by choosing which side of the paper they wanted to show!  Here is the same layout with all the pieces flipped to the other side.

There were 2 sets of zip strips with words that coordinated with each of the layout designs.  I used these to add along the right page on both layouts.

Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Thin Cut Bundle (Z3303) - Includes stamp and 4 thin cuts
Stamp set can be purchased separately (C1674)

Products Used:
Dreamin' Big Paper - X7218B
White Daisy Cardstock - 1385
Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Thin Cut Bundle (Z3303)
Journaling Prompts (B1548)
Black Exclusive Ink - Z2805
Poppy Exclusive Ink - Z2852
Saffron Exclusive Ink - Z2851
Juniper Exclusive Ink - Z2865
Slate Exclusive Ink - Z2873
Marvy Luchida LaPen Journaling Pen - Z1979
Whisper Thick Twine - Z3095
Dreamin' Big Sequins - Z3315
Mini Stapler - Z2027
Top Load Memory Protectors - Z1984
How To Book: Magic - Z9040
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (retired) 
Big White Brad (retired)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Springtime Wishes

Have you ever created a layout and later (like DAYS later) changed it?  Well I did.  This was one of the first layouts I put together when I received my 1st order from the new Seasonal Expressions 1 book.  Instead of using White Daisy for my base pages, I used Juniper.  After I finished the layout I had it laying out on a table to photograph the next chance I had. Every time I walked past the layout it bothered me.  I kept thinking that something about it was just not right.  I couldn't quite put my finger on it.  Then I had one of those 'shower' moments. You know - the best ideas come to me when I have hot water pouring down on my brain. haha..... Anyway I quickly (and carefully) pulled everything off those Juniper base pages and reattached to White Daisy.  Suddenly I felt that all was RIGHT in my scrappin' world.  I did add some strips of Juniper to add a bit more splash of color.

This layout uses the Springtime Compliments that are in the new Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog. These compliments coordinate with the Whimsy Paper Fundamentals. Recently I shared another layout I created using the compliments.  If you missed it, you can see it here:  Twins Rule Springtime Layout 

For this layout I used the papers featuring the Pixie, Smoothie and Juniper colors.  The layout is Pattern #7 from the How To book - Make It From Your Heart Vol 1.  I added ribbon from the Whimsy Ribbon Pack.  You can see a close up of the compliment cluster below:

Products Used:
Whimsy Paper Fundamentals - Z3255
Juniper Cardstock - X5752
White Cardstock - 1385
Springtime Compliments - Z3307
Whimsy Ribbon Pack - Z3287

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Twins Rule with Springtime Wishes

I had so much fun creating this layout of my twin great-nieces with two new products in our Seasonal Expressions catalog - Springtime Compliments and the Twins Rule stamp.    The Springtime Compliments coordinate with the Whimsy Fundamental papers and include 2 sheets of stickers and white chip-board die-cuts - some with gold foil!

I really like the gold foil die-cuts so using gold embossing for stamping was just a given!  I used my Shin-Han markers to color the images to match my papers.  Here are some close ups of the clusters I created with the stamps and die-cuts.   To finish the layouts I added a few of our new Gold Glitter Gems.

These girls were so tiny then!!

This one is my favorite clusters!  I love the sentiments on this stamp set.  I stamped this sentiment on one of the plain white die-cuts and then heat embossed it in gold.  

Twins Rule - C1675

Stay tuned!  I've got another layout to share of these sweet babies with the Springtime Compliments!

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Products Used:
Whimsy Paper Fundamentals - Z3255
Thistle Cardstock - X5769
White Cardstock - 1385
Springtime Compliments - Z3307
Twins Rule - C1675
Gold Glitter Gems - Z3312
Peony Purcple ShinHan Touch Twin Marker - Z2462
Cherry Pink ShinHan Touch Twin Marker - Z2450
Ranger Gold Embossing Powder - Z2066
VersaMark Ink - Z891

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