Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sketch Me If You Can!

So, I know I have lots to share with you for the Kit of the Month this month, but I also have lots of other things I haven't shared yet that need to be! I'm starting with this one because there is a deadline to share and I'm late getting this up thanks to back-to-school drama.

I think you all know by now how much I L-O-V-E sketches. And I particularly love the sketch books and downloads from Scrapbook Generation. Their online magazine, Create, has been continuing to gain in popularity and I've been submitting (and awesomely, being published) about every other month lately. So here is the layout I had published in the August issue:

This layout was a great fit for some Lego party pics I had waiting to be scrapped. And the Echo Park Paper line I used was perfect too! SG just seems to always know what I need in a sketch and it works out great.

This sketch featured a nice large area for a title, and I chose to use a large patterned paper to feature a stamped title for my page (stamps are discontinued from CTMH). That awesome border is all made with stickers and chipboard pieces from the EPP All About a Boy line. I just added a few brads and some twine.

I love the pennant banner trend and hope it sticks around for good! A good way to use some paper scraps, and I added the B-O-Y pennant chipboard shapes along with a few gear stickers and twine.

The sketch called for a tag for journaling, so I used the center of a 3x4 "Project Life" style piece and trimmed off the corners. I just added the hole reinforcer sticker and some ribbon/twine. Easiest embellishment ever!

So, want to try your hand at some of their sketches? You can download them for free from their online store, and if you want to submit, the deadline is September 5. All submission instructions are on page 203 of the August issue of Create.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Time has been flying as we prepare for back-to-school here, but I have several new projects to share with you in the next couple of weeks. Since my last project was a layout, I thought I would share something completely different this time.

Here's a perfect example of the versatility of the Chalk It Up designs.  Even though, this treat bag would be great for your favorite student (or teacher) to find in their lunch box, this would work for anyone.  I tucked a packaged large cookie inside, but all kinds of things would fit.

I cut this belly band and paper circle with the Artiste Cricut cartridge. It's meant for a card, but works great for this project! I added a zip strip from one of the papers, a chipboard embellishment, some white enamel stars, and a couple of puffy stickers from the Chalk It Up Assortment. Voila! Star power in a flash.

This is all part of August's featured "Kit of the Month", so be sure to check out the offers I have when you purchase select items this month. Direct links to all of these products are on the linked Kit of the Month page.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

This Is Going To Be a Wonderful Year! - New Product Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Close To My Heart new product blog hop! If you've arrived here from Melinda's If You Bling It blog, or if you are just starting out, you are in the right place. If you get lost along the way, there's a complete list of hoppers right here.

Based on my opinion of our brand spankin' NEW Annual Inspirations catalog, this truly IS going to be a wonderful year. There are so many beautiful products, I know it's hard to choose where to start. I decided to start at the beginning of the catalog with the beautiful new Chalk It Up products. And FYI, even though the chipboard Complements are totally school themed, the rest of the products are pretty neutral and you can use them for all kinds of projects!

Having three kids myself, I chose to use the school theme to its fullest with a layout featuring pictures from the first day of school.

True to its name, Chalk It Up is great for a chalkboard technique. It's easy to make Black cardstock look like a chalkboard - just use a sponge to swipe on White Daisy pigment ink and let it dry.  It takes just a little practice to get this easy look. If you get a little too much ink on the paper, just wipe it again with a clean section of sponge! I also used a Sponge Dauber to add some Black ink around the edges of all of my photo mats for a little extra contrast.

I love these Chalk It Up Complements, as well the Chalk It Up Assortment (they're puffy stickers!! who remembers those?!) and the White Enamel Stars.  And do you see that Lagoon Heart Washi Tape below? These accessories add just the perfect touch to a Chalk It Up project. In fact, I love it so much, this is my featured Kit of the Month that I will be showcasing all month long. (4 projects completed so far and ready to post soon!)

A little bit of strip journaling, along with more of those great accessories, and your eye is pulled right across the layout, just the way it should! Oh, and do you see that photo on the left side?

Ta-da! It's a Flip Flap to add a couple more photos to the layout. Talk about easy - I can now base my layout on any sketch I want! I used Pattern 6 from Make It From Your Heart Volume 2, because it worked well with the majority of my photos.

If you want to see the details on any of the products I used, or if you want to shop, my photo list below has links that open in a new window so that you can also stay right here and continue the hop. Before going to see more inspiration, I'd love it if you'd let me know what you think of this project. Then let's head on over to Priscilla's Paperie and see what awesome project she has for us this month.

Chalk It Up Paper Packet
Chalk It Up Complements
Chalk It Up Assortment
Black Cardstock
White Daisy Pigment Ink Pad
Round Sponge
Black Ink Pad
Sponge Daubers
White Enamel Stars
Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape
Flip Flaps
Make It From Your Heart Volume 2

Friday, August 1, 2014

Picture Perfection With Picture My Life!

During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95 USD/$27.50 CAD, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a
coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3 you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure!

*Offer valid August 1–31, 2014 while supplies last. No tax will be charged on the free item(s). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free item(s) ($9.95 USD). Qualifying Memory Protectors include: Design 1, Design 2, Design 3, Design 4, Design 5, Top Load,
Side Load, and Variety Pack.

Now, I'm going to show you samples of all 13 of the available Picture My Life programs down below. But I thought you might like to see more examples of one in action. I shared these pics of the Later Sk8r version when the Picture My Life program first came out, but now is a good time to share them again. I'm leaving them in small size, so just click on any you want to see larger.

Title Page
Back of title page on left
I just love how fast these come together and how great they look! The memory protectors give you lots of different options for arranging things, too. Now here are samples of some of the cards included in each PML Scrapbooking Program. You can click on the link under each picture to go directly to the order page for that style. As always, if you have any questions, just let me know!

Chalk It Up
Pear & Partridge
For Always
Laughing Lola
Later Sk8r
Surf's Up
Ballon Ride

Thursday, July 31, 2014

What a Hoot! - August Stamp of the Monoth Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the first Stamp of the Month blog hop for our new 2014-15 Annual Inspirations catalog & idea book.  If you've arrived here from Carla Creates, or if you're just starting out, you're in the right place! Just hop along in a circle until you come back to where you started.

This month, our stamp set is What a Hoot - a fun set of 17 owl-icious stamps, especially well-suited for Halloween and Fall projects. I wanted to play with both options, using only cardstock and ink, and here are the results:

Now how cute did those turn out?! The simplicity of cardstock and ink opens up a ton of possibilities for colors and patterns, but I did actually use two of our new paper collections as color inspirations for these.

For this card, I got my color inspiration from the new Scaredy Cat paper - Black, Sunset, Thistle, and Colonial White. I didn't have any Thistle cardstock yet, so I used the Dot Embossing Folder on some Colonial White cardstock, then used a Sponge Dauber to swirl on Thistle ink from the stamp pad. I stamped the owl image directly on a Colonial White panel in Black. I then stamped the swirls directly in the image, using a post-it mask to keep them all inside the lines.  I stamped the image again on Sunset and cut out the "caped" portion, then adhered it directly on top of the original image. I also stamped the mask image on this piece.  I stamped the "bat wings" in black and swirled on Thistle ink. After cutting out the wings, I mounted them with 3-D Foam Tape.

For this card, I got my color inspiration from the new Pathfinding paper line. The pattern paper is random stamped with the flower image in the stamp set and Olive ink. I colored in the images using the Blending Pen and ink from the stamp pads. The card base is Chocolate cardstock run through the Woodgrain Embossing Folder. Everything else is just plain cardstock with sponged edges. I added Bronze Shimmer Trim, some flowers from my stash, and a couple of Gold Assortment Bling Gems.

If you'd like to shop for any of the products I used, there are links underneath each picture below. The links open in a new window so you can continue the hop from right here! Otherwise, if you're ready to hop along, let's head over to Shirley's Mom N Me Scrap and see what she has to share this month!

What a Hoot - Stamp of the Month
Cardstock - in Sunset, Colonial White, Chocolate, Barn Red, Champagne, Lagoon, and Olive
Dot Embossing Folder
Woodgrain Embossing Folder

Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

Sponge Daubers
3-D Foam Tape
Bronze Shimmer Trim
Bling Gems Gold Assortment
Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads in Thistle, Sunset, Black, Chocolate, Barn Red, Lagoon, Olive, Glacier
Blending Pen

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