Tuesday, April 27, 2010

{i}NSD – International Scrapbooking Day!

This wonderful day for celebration begins over at JessicaSprague.com on Thursday night.  There will be a whole weekend full of challenges, freebies, prizes and sales.


Monday, April 26, 2010

Young and Fancy Free

young and fancy free scangallery

This layout features photos from Brandi’s spring break trip with Max and Kim to Santa Cruz, CA, this past March.  I thought the Kamari Beach Papers/Elements and A Wonderful Day template would best showcase the pictures.  Also, I just had to get my hands on the Vintage Cameras and Fabric Covered Buttons Kits from Kitschy Digitals.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to be using the date strip from iKari Designs on a regular basis—so versatile.  To give the layout a hybrid touch, I used some pop dots to add a dimensional feel to the vintage cameras.   Also, once I printed the fabric-covered buttons, I applied them to the tops of real buttons and actually stitched them to my layout.  In addition, I pleated a piece of the Kamari Beach papers with my sewing machine and stitched that to my layout as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by. 



The Queen of Quirk--Kamari Beach Paper Pack

In the Making Design--A Wonderful Day Template

Kitschy Digital Designs--Vintage Cameras Kit

& Fabric Covered Buttons

IKari Designs--Save the Date Vol.2--Date Strips

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A New, Creative Adventure

Last week, I held my breath, took the plunge, and submitted some projects below to a Creative Team Call put out by the Jessica Sprague (JessicaSprague.com).  If you’ve been scrapbooking for a while and use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you probably know the name.  Jessica Sprague has been a leader in the digital and hybrid scrapbooking education for the past few years and is responsible for any success I’ve accomplished in using these two programs to create my projects.  She also writes a monthly column for Creating Keepsakes and special digital scrapbooking issues, which I own all of and will continue to purchase when new ones become available.  These issues have been a constant resource for me over the years.  She also teaches live classes around the country.  Her website features classes, forums, a fun-loving, sharing community, and digital products from brilliant designers that I can’t wait to get my hands on—yes—hands!  I can’t wait to print these papers/elements out and introduce them to my scrapbook room, home, friends, relatives—well you get the picture.  I’m beyond thrilled for my new adventure and hope you come back often to see what I’ve done with these new goodies.

Spring Break

(I used Give-A-Hoot, Street Signs, Winter Woodland Cricut Cartridges, DesignStudio, and the basic black Cricut Pen with Digital Papers to make the above layout.  Also, incorporated my Singer Futura-250 for the embroidery stitches)

Kindle Case Front

(The above is a picture of my new Kindle Case I made to hold the Kindle I got for my birthday—Thanks Kids!.  I used the custom shape tool (the grid) in Photoshop Elements to insert various digital patterned papers, printed it onto Fabric Stick, and used a combination of a couple of tutorials from The Sometimes Crafter and One Pearl Button to help me put it all together.)

crown-themed home decor ensemble

(There’s that Fabric Stick again.  I printed a dingbat font (Crowns and Coronets from Fontspace) image on some Fabric Stick and made a pillow; printed the same image on some white cardstock and adhered it to chipboard, cut other chipboard pieces to the same size, covered with black cardstock, which I then binded using a Bind-It-All, to make a photo book for a coffee table; printed the same image again, onto white cardstock, and adhered it to black coasters and sealed it with outdoor modpodge to make coordinating coasters).