Friday, July 27, 2012

Shabby Tea Room #124 Oh So Pretty In Pink

I adore the challenges at the Shabby Tea Room.  I love all things shabby.  I loved going to the various tea houses and having our own teas with my mom.  The challenge this week is pretty in pink.

I came up with a thank you card with one of my favorite flowers--a peony.

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I turned a short piece of lace into the lace bloom and dyed some seam binding for the side.

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I have fallen back in love with heat embossing.  Specifically for the resist qualities to it.  I started my card by heat embossing my simple sentiment and then I was able to rub off the ink as I built the background.

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July at The Paper Mixing Bowl

The July recipe at the Paper Mixing Bowl was strawberry shortcake.

I don't usually have Fourth of July pictures to scrapbook.  I seem to forget to get the camera out and usually we are just watching or shooting fireworks and they just don't photograph well for me.  I thought these pictures from a summer birthday (rocket themed) we attended would fit the bill.

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I used several of the "utensils" from this recipe.  I made a banner for the title on the lead page.  I strung the banner on a piece of twine.  I am really loving all the banners out there right now.  I also used star shapes cut from various patterned papers and included my journaling on a star.  I worked with contrasting patterns and created a couple of die cut stars out of corrugated cardstock that I pained cream.

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I rarely find scrapbook layout sketches that include a second page and our lives are too busy to fit on just one page.  I find it easy to allow a great sketch become the lead page and the second page a complimentary page. 
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For this second page I blocked my photos in the center of the page.

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Then I pulled some of the elements from the first page with star die cuts from the various patterns.

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Paper: Bazzil (Red) October Afternoon (Rocket Age) Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream)
Tools: Papertrey Ink Dies (banner builders, stars) Stampin Up! punch (notebook border) Fiskars (bracket punch)
Other: Papertrey Ink (button twine) Deadbeat Designs (alphabet) Slice (Basic Shapes 3)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lady In Red---Scrapbook Thursday

I loved the photos our friend took so much that I had to find multiple ways to scrapbook them.  I'm not sure I'm finished yet.  There's some of me and Fletcher that might make their way on to a single page layout. 

This layout is the Lizzy pictures.  Simon pictures were here and the family pictures are coming up.

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There are a lot of details on this layout.  I used up a ton of gems!  I cut a heart out by hand and then placed the gems around it to achieve this look.

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I think vellum is making a comeback.  I have always loved the look of vellum.  It's a softer, more elegant look.  There is a trick to using it, both because of it's drying properties and transparency.  It's worth the extra steps though!

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I used more gems here.  This time I pulled out my bling template by Bazzil.  It's a swirl shape with holes to place the gems through.  I use for stickles too!  It's a go-to tool for me lately.

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I cut the title with my Slice.  I bought a bunch of cartridges when they were clearanced out to $2 at Michaels a couple months ago.  I wanted to jazz them up a little so I ran them through the Xyron and covered it with chunky black glitter.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Dessert at the Paper Mixing Bowl

I found out some fun news today when I finally got around to checking the internet after our annual pilgrimage to Misouri. This layout was chosen as a dessert at the Paper Mixing Bowl for the June challenge.

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I orginally posted the layout here with all the details.  I loved how it turned out and I'm glad at least one other person liked it too!  I'm hoping to steal a little time away this week to attempt the July challenge!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

50's Day--Scrapbook Thursday

Aaah 50's day.  It seems our school has a lot of dress up days!  I somehow was roped into making a poodle skirt on the fly (no pattern, no sewing skills) for this year. This layout was pretty simple.  The title is cut from a Slice cartridge and the records were made with nestabilities.  The kids didn't even know what a record was. They thought they were DVDs (we don't really have CD's for music).

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Two!--Scrapbook Thursdays

Sometimes pictures say it all for you.  I try to keep my layouts focused on the pictures and the journaling.  This picture of Lizzy is one of those pictures that really don't need any journaling.

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I like to use big pictures when I want to put just one picture.  I know white space is all the rage and I like some white space but I've seen a few that has one little 3x3 picture and all card stock. Just not my style!

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I kept the embellishments simple too.  A title cut from the Slice and covered in glitter...

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Some pre-made chipboard hearts and ruffle ribbon.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Family Photo Shoot--Scrapbook Thursday

Here are the family photos to go with the layouts of Simon and Lizzy.  Some of the photos are repeats but this layout will go in the family album and the other two in their albums.

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I pulled out the Bazzil bling template again.  This time I used gold liquid pearls.  If you haven't checked out the new colors of pearls available, it's worth a look.  They have more rich colors and brights than before.

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I also used lots of ribbons on this layout.  I love to bunch the ribbon on a strip of scor-tape to make a no-sew ruffle.  The rosette trim is from American crafts and is a stunning look on a layout.

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Seriously, if you don't have the bling template and some liquid pearls, run out and get some!  You won't be sorry.

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I have been on a mission to use up supplies I already have.  I inherited a lot of stickers.  I had pretty much stopped using stickers but Mom had a ton that were really cute.  I find that if you add to the sticker it helps make it less flat and stickerish.  I used this great title and added some brads to bring it up to the next level.

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I have been adding lots of layers to layouts lately.  I think it's a trend right now but I'm happy to jump on that wagon as it makes for beautiful layouts.