Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Getting the most out of your kits using paper strips

Hi everyone!  Good morning!
I have a post up on the Paper Bakery Blog today to share with you one of my favorite techniques for using up leftovers from my kits.  For the following projects I used extras I had leftover from the March SCRAPBOOK kit called Daylight Savings!
When I really want to stretch my kit I use leftover punched pieces that I may have from a prior project and paper strips.  Using paper strips to create a visual design is a great way to use up your kit.  To create my first layout I layered several paper strips together in a horizontal fashion along the right side of my layout.
 Family Forever and Ever Layout

I used paper strips in different lengths and widths and layered them together.
Because I had so much going on on the right side, I kept the left side of my layout minimal so that the layout would not seem too cluttered.  It is always a good rule when working with several patterns to allow your layout to have ‘white space’.
To finish off my layout and frame my photo I used a few punched star pieces that I had leftover from another project.

For my second project I cut a chevron background file using my Silhouette Cameo and then backed several pieces with paper strips
in a diagonal fashion.
Love xoxo Layout

I used a variety of pattern papers but also left some pieces of my design empty to allow the background cardstock to show through.

I added some journaling below my photo and also tucked behind on a small shipping tag.  I embellished my layout using
a fun combination of wood veneers and chipboard pieces included in the kit.

I hope you found some inspiration here for using your paper scraps creatively, effectively, and efficiently!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Incorporating ombre into your projects with the paper bakery

Hi , good morning!
I have a post up on the Paper Bakery Blog today and I would  like to share with you how I incorporate the ombre trend into my projects.  The ombre trend is very popular right now in both the fashion and scrapbooking industry.  Using their March Daylight Savings Scrapbook Kit I am going to show you two ideas to get you started.
To create an ombre effect with embroidery, start by choosing 3 or more gradual colors.  For my project I chose to work with white, gray and black.
I used a stencil to poke the holes for my project.  Then, I started threading them in order using the white thread first, and then the gray, and then the black.

Here is a look at the stitching and full layout:
Happy 2gether layout

I also added some simple stitching to my title.  Because I wanted the stitching to really stand out I kept the rest of my design modest.

I also created a card using the same ombre technique.
Smile card

Because of the large title I decided to keep the card simple and just added two borders and machine stitching.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

American Crafts Banner Tutorial

Hi everyone!  Happy Wednesday!
I had a tutorial up on the blog yesterday that I would like to share with you.
I love using the Knock Outs punches on my projects.  They are very easy to use,
and small and portable enough to take with me to crops.

1. Cover pieces of smooth cardstock with DIY shop washi tape.  
Using Knock Outs punches, punch out several shapes.

Inspire Banner Tutorial

2. Gather punched pieces and DIY shop banner and pennant pieces.

3. Using a sewing machine stitch the punched pieces onto the DIY shop
     banner and pennant pieces.

4. Using Knock Outs 1.5" and 2" circle punches, punch out several pieces
from DIY shop paper.  Layer pieces together, adhere and then use scissors 
to fray the edges to create paper flowers.

5. Adhere glitter tape across the top of the pennant and banner pieces.
Embellish by adding paper flowers, fabric flowers and thickers.

Inspire Banner

supplies: Knock Outs Punch 2" Circle (KOP63112) - Punches, Knock Outs Punch 1.5" Circle (KOP63100) - Punches, Knock Outs
Triangle Banner Dear Lizzy Punch 2" (KOP63123) - Punches, Knock Outs Punch 2" Banner (KOP63117) - Punches, Knock Outs
Punch 1.5" Star (KOP63102) - Punches, Glitter Paper Tape Gold (AC-GT-96039) - Ribbon, DIY Black & White Washi Tape (DIYWT-66615) -
Washi Tape, DIY Gold & Silver Washi Tape (DIYWT-66613) - Washi Tape, DIY SHOP Kraft Notch Banner (DIY-BAN-66649) - DIY Shop, 
DIY SHOP Chalkboard Pennant Banner (DIY-BAN-66651) - DIY Shop, Maggie Holmes Glitter Foam Letter Stickers Daiquiri Gold
(MH-TH-81354) - Thickers, On Trend Fabric Flowers Pom Poms (683062) - Embellishments, DIY Shop Paper Pad 6X6 (366983) -
Paper Pads,  Smooth Cardstock White (AM71-793) - Cardstock, This To That (AM617-13) - Adhesive, 

Make sure to check out the American Crafts store to see their wide selection of punches.  I started with just a few and now I have a large collection of them.  I love their cute little shapes and ease of use.  Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Nesting dies with American Crafts

Hello all!  Yesterday I had a post up at American Crafts with a couple of layouts featuring the new nesting dies that came out at winter CHA.

Love This Layout

I had fun with this layout.  I had this sweet photo of my dog Lilo and I just had to use it on a
layout!  Nesting dies are a great way to jazz up your layouts.  I use them to create fun titles and embellishments.  I also love that they are small and convenient so that I can take them along with me when I go to crops.

supplies: Dear Lizzy Daydreamer dies (366731) - Dies,  Daydreamer 6x6 Paper Pad (366767) - Cardstock,
Puffy Matte Stickers- Hearts (366777) - Dear Lizzy, Daydreamer Wood Veneer Shapes (366781) - Accents & Phrases,
Adhesive Back Enamel Dots (366785) - Dear Lizzy, Daydreamer Chipboard Shapes (366789) - Bits, Daydreamer Cardstock
Stickers (366776) - Accents & Phrases, Daydreamer Adhesive Metal Badges (366795) - Flair, Scallop Heart Border Punch 
(KOP-63000) - Knock Outs, Spiral Notebook Border Punch (KOP-63054) - Knock Outs, Tiny Alpha Cardstock Stickers - Typed
Transparent (366065) - Remarks, Wood Buttons & Epoxy Accents (85598) - Buttons, Textured Cardstock (AM710-468) - 

To create this layout I started off by using watercolor paints on a white cardstock background.  I then used the nesting die hearts (that come in two sizes) to make my fun colorful background.  I placed the smaller heart inside the larger heart before die cutting to get the double heart cut.  I loved playing with these shapes, so cute!

Happy Place Layout

I also die cut the love and xoxo words and the small camera.  Photo is of my two children featured right with their two cousins.

supplies: Buddy (PLUDS-66812) - Cardstock, Assistant (PLUDS-66806) - Cardstock,
Pair (PLUDS-66821) - Cardstock, Counterpart (PLUDS-66807) - Cardstock, Doubles (PLUDS-66808) - Cardstock,
Party of Two (PLUDS-66815) - Cardstock, Match (PLUDS-66819) - Cardstock, Twosome (PLUDS-66820) - Cardstock, 
Friend (PLUDS-66825) - Cardstock,Peer (PLUDS-66826) - Cardstock, Puffy Matte Stickers (366842) - Remarks, Die-Cut 
Shapes (366849) - Bits,Fabric Brads (366852) - Elements, Plus One Associate (366860) - Dies, Plus One Adhesive Metal 
Badges (366906) - Flair,Typed Transparent Tiny Alpha Cardstock Stickers (366065) - Remarks, Polka Dot Party Epoxy 
Stickers (366198) - Accent & Phrase, White Textured Cardstock (AM710-81) - Cardstock, Wood Buttons & Epoxy Accents 
(85598) - Buttons, Dear Lizzy Daydreamer dies (366731) - Dies,

I hope you enjoyed my nesting dies post.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, March 31, 2014

#Spring Break American Crafts March Gallery layout

Hi friends,
Hope you are having a great Monday so far.  It is is cold and rainy here and we are just itching for some warmer weather.  Last week I received a fun box from American Crafts filled with their brand new #Summer collection.  This collection is so fun and bright and filled with cheer.  Even though this collection is summer themed I thought it would be fun to use them on a spring break layout of my daughter and her friends.

#Spring Break

I started off my layout by cutting several tag shapes with my Silhouette Cameo and adhered them in rows to my layout.  Next, I painted a heart using white paint and then stitched over it using embroidery floss.

 I finished off my layout by adding my photo journaling card and lots of fun embellishments.

I hope you enjoy my layout today, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Daylight Savings Projects

Hi there, I have some projects up on the The Paper Bakery Blog today that I would like to share with you.  I made these layouts with the new  March Daylight Savings Scrapbook Kit.

The Good Life Layout

I love the triangle trend that is so popular right now.  I often use triangles on my layouts.  To create this layout I started by printing a large photo of my dog.  This photo always makes me smile, I love how happy she looked when we were out for a walk one day and we let her off her leash. I backed the large photo with cardstock and then punched out several triangle shapes and stitched them down. 

 I love the fun embellishments that are included in the Daylight Savings Scrapbook Kit.  I added some enamel hearts and chipboard heart to my photo and a wood veneer arrow underneath.  I dug in to my Paper Bakery supply stash to add a geotag flair from the You've Been GeoTagged set.

You Right Now Layout

I  started out my layout by cutting a triangle background with my Silhouette Cameo, then I backed several of the shapes with pieces of pattern paper from the kit.  I added a few fun wood veneer pieces from the March Daylight Savings Card Kit and Aztec Inspired Wood Veneer set, and flair from the December Times Square  Card Kit.

To finish off the layout I added a few sequins, paper clip and some light journaling.  This layout was so fun to make and came together quickly.  I love the mix of pattern papers that are included in this kit, they coordinate well when combined together.   Such a fun kit to play with!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my projects :)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring Cards with American Crafts

Hi!  Yesterday, I had a trio of Spring cards go up on the American Crafts Blog using the new Dear Lizzy Daydreamer collection.  I cut each card shape with my Silhouette Cameo and tried to keep the design simple.  I just love how they came out!

Let's Fly a Kite card

supplies: Hula Hoop (DAYDS-66760) - Daydreamer, Skipping Along (DAYDS-66761) - Daydreamer,
Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Chipboard Shapes (366789) - Bits, Puffy Matte Stickers Hearts (366777) - 
Daydreamer, Puffy Stickers Cherry Cola (42397) - Remarks, Fabric Bows (331741) - Printshop

It's a Spring Day card
supplies: Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Paper Pad (366767) - Paper Pads, Lemon Drop/Aqua Glitter Foam
 (DAYTH-66769) - Thickers, Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Sticker Matchbook (366778) - Accents & Phrases,
 Laser Cut Wood Veneer Shapes (331714) - Printshop, Puffy Stickers Cherry Cola (42397) - Remarks, 
Love Notes Cardstock (DAYDS-66764) - Daydreamer, Kick Ball Cardstock (DAYDS-66747) - Daydreamer,
Treasure Hunt Cardstock (DAYDS-66747) - Daydreamer,

Sweet card
supplies: Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Chipboard Shapes (366789) - Bits, Dear Lizzy Daydreamer
Paper Pad (366767) - Paper Pads, Hide N Seek Cardstock (DAYDS-66746) - Daydreamer,
Puffy Stickers Cherry Cola (42397) - Remarks, Glitter Cardstock Gold (AM714-17) - Cardstock,
Glitter Cardstock Blush (71433) - Cardstock,

I love the patterns and embellishments in the Dear Lizzy Daydreamer
collection, they are so sunny and fun.  They could be used to celebrate

spring as well as everyday occasions.

Thanks for stopping by!