Friday, June 27, 2014

American Crafts DT June Gallery Layouts

Hi everyone,
I have a couple of layouts to share with you that I made for the American Crafts June Gallery

Live In The Sunshine Layout
For my first layout I used the #SUMMER collection.  I love how bright and colorful this collection is.  To create my background I chose this rainbow colored paper from the collection called Road Trip

and then I covered it with several die cuts I cut out using this adorable ampersand cut file that Paige Evans made for Studio Calico

supplies: Turf (71567) - Cardstock, Road Trip Paper (SUMDS-66948) - #SUMMER, Swimsuit Paper (SUMDS-66956) - #SUMMER, #SUMMER Wood Veneer Shapes - Vacation (366964) - Bits, #SUMMER Flair Adhesive Buttons - Picnic (366966) - Flair, #SUMMER Die-Cut Acrylic Shapes -Ice Cream (366968) - Bits, #SUMMER Photo Overlays - Shades (366969) - Bits, #SUMMER Delights Pinwheels - Adventure (366970) - Delights, #SUMMER Cardstock Die-Cut Shapes - Sunscreen (366971) - Bits, Essentials Chipboard Shapes Cameras/Green (ESS-CHP-32090) - Studio Calico, Essentials Chipboard Shapes Pink/Stars (ESS-CHP-32095) - Studio Calico,

For my second layout, I used the Boys Rule collection from Crate Paper
Don't Want To Forget This Layout

supplies: Blue Jay (AM710-72) - Cardstock, Boys Rule Crate Paper 6X6 (683475) - Paper Pads, Cool Kid Paper (683446) - Boys Rule, Boys Rule Cardstock Die- Cuts Ephemera (686464) - Crate Paper, Boys Rule Resin Shapes (683469) - Crate Paper, Boys Rule Die-Cut Vellum Shapes (683471) - Crate Paper, Boys Rule Photo Overlays (683472) - Crate Paper, Boys Rule Plastic Letters (683474) - Crate Paper

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my American Crafts June Gallery layouts!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

American Crafts Fabric Yo-Yo Circles Tutorial

Hi there,
Today I am sharing a tutorial for American Crafts that went up on their blog yesterday.
One of my favorite circular embellishment to make are fabric yo-yo's. Combined with the cute binder clips from the Amy Tangerine collection they help keep me organized around the office and home.

Supplies: Duet Patterned Paper (PLUDS -66817) - ,Combo Patterned Paper (PLUDS -66804) - , Amy Tan Plus One Adhesive Metal Badges (366906) - Flair, Binder Clips (366851) - Details, Mini DayBooks (366644) - DIY Shop, Narrow Wooden Tags (DIY-TAG-66643) - DIY Shop, Cutup Crafts Scissors (AC64201) - CUTUP, To That (AM617-13) - Adhesive
To create these fun fabric yo-yo's first gather up your supplies. To make these you will need fabric, scissors, needle, thread, and buttons or other embellishments.

First, cut a couple of circles out of different patterns of fabric. Don't worry about your circle pieces being perfect, once you sew them you won't notice any imperfections. Depending on how big or small you want your yo-yo to be, you can tweak the measurement of the width of the circle a little bit. The wider it is the bigger the yo-yo will be.

Now take a needle and thread and make a stitch along the open edge lengthwise. Just one simple stitch is all you need to do. It doesn't even have to be perfect. Just be sure that you do not have a whole lot of length between the stitches or your stitches aren't too long and try to have them somewhat evenly spaced.

Continue stitching around the outer edge and scrunch your fabric as you go. When finished, take the needle and thread left over and pull up while pushing down the material making it gather into sort of a ruffle, scrunching it down.

Now that it is all gathered and tight, sew the ends together starting from the gathered end working up toward the edge and then back along the edge to the middle. This forms your ruffled round yo-yo. Knot it and cut the thread and voila! You have a yo-yo!

Your yo-yo is done and now all you have to do is add your embellishment to the center. Some ideas to use for your embellishment are buttons or brads.  

For my finished yo-yo's I added flair from the Amy Tangerine Plus One collection. These are so cute finished and can be added to a card or scrapbook layout for a 'homemade' feel. For my project I decided to make magnets out of them to use on a magnet board in my office so I continued adding to them.

Next, I adhered my finished fabric yoyo's to some fun wooden tags from the DIY Shop collection.

Then, I adhered some magnets to the back of my embellishments. 

I then embellished these cute little daybooks from the DIY Shop collection by adding some cut patterned paper and binder clips. 

These cute little daybooks and magnet board will help keep me organized in the office and around the home!

What a fun way to spruce up a magnet board!

I hope you enjoyed my fabric yo-yo circles tutorial!  I'll be back on with some new projects for the American Crafts Gallery later this week!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Guesting for

I've been so excited to share this.... a couple of months ago I was asked to guest design for  I was given the assignment to create a 'graduation' themed scrapbook page, since I don't have a lot of my own graduation photos I borrowed some from a friend.

 When documenting special events, I like to keep my design simple and keep the emphasis on the photos. I choose my products based on color matching the photos and like to add in hand journaling and machine stitching to give it a personal feel.

 I used the April Bucket List Kit from Scrapbook Circle to complete this page.   I also added some Studio Calico essentials pieces and thickers from American Crafts.

thanks for letting me share my guest design layout with you, to see the full blog post go here

Scrapbook Circle Creative Team

soo excited to share that I have been asked to join the.....

I have been a subscriber for the last 3 months and I just love their kits!  Their kits are right on trend and they are so organized and professional, I can't wait to work with them!  To see examples of layouts that I have made with their kits go to this post.  And stop by their website to pick up your own kit today!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Crazy Cool Fun

Hi everyone!

I hope your day is off to a great start.  I have been busy working on Design team projects for American Crafts that I am not able to share yet.  So, I thought that I would post a few layouts today that I did just for fun.
I recently picked up the June kit from Scrapbook Circle.  This is such a fun kit to play with.  The mix of colors and patterned paper in kit are so on trend.

Hello There Layout
I used a circle punch to cut out some circles and then I divided them in halves and used them to create a background for my layout.  I added some stitching, a title and the fun embellishments included in the kit and my layout came together in a snap.

and here is a second layout that I made with the June kit this month...

Be Yourself Layout

I love mixed titles, so I thought that it would be fun to create a title from the alphas and die cuts included in the kit.  

I used a Silhouette background file to cut out all the fun triangles used behind my photo.  I really had a lot of fun creating this layout with all the fun embellishments included in the kit.  I love that little lightbulb paper clip.  It is crazy cute :)
Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my 'just for fun' layouts.  Have a Crazy Cool Fun week!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

May DEBATE TEAM Layouts for The Paper Bakery

Hi Everyone,
Good Morning!  I hope you are all having a wonderful day today.  I have a few layouts to share with you using the really fun May DEBATE TEAM Scrapbook Kit from The Paper Bakery.  Everytime I hear the new song "Let's Take a Selfie" I think of my teenage daughter.  She is permanently attached to her phone and is always taking 'selfies' on it.  I had these fun new photos of her taking selfies on her phone so I decided to create my first layout about it.

Let's Take A Selfie Layout

I started off my layout by using the really cool brown woodgrain paper from American Crafts that comes included in the kit (I just love that texture).  Next, I backed the vellum bow paper with some white cardstock and stitched it onto my page.  Then, I trimmed the large triangles from the Pink Paislee "Rain Boots" paper and adhered it down.  I fussy cut all the fun speech bubbles and added my embellishments (rub ons, tags, puffy stickers).

On my second layout I used the wonderful white woodgrain paper also included in the kit.  I just love that we got two really fun textured papers in the kit this month.  I added a little bit of spray mist to it and the paint picked up the texture of the woodgrain beautifully, I love the look.

Hello Darling Layout

To build my background I cut a large heart from Pink Paislee's "Rain boots" paper and then added some hand stitching around it.  I framed my photo with lots of embellishments and some fussy cut hearts.  I added some rub ons to create my title and voila my layout was done.

The coordinating embellishments and papers in the May Debate Team Scrapbook Kit this month make it easy to put together fast trendy layouts.  Thanks for joining me today!  I hope you stop by the store and pick one up today!