Thursday, September 24, 2009

Limited Edition Kit - MCS

Here are some projects I finished using the Limited Edition kit from My Creative Scrapbook. This kit was from July. It was chock full of Graphic 45 Fashionista paper and Prima goodies everywhere. The more I play with Graphic 45 papers, the more I really like them. Enjoy the projects below.

These are 2 of my best buds and frankly I think this paper line was made just for them. If you like using your papers as die cuts, you will enjoy Graphic 45. They have a lot of full page, big designs that allow you to pick and choose what you like, such as my 11" lady in red and the grouping of ladies in the bottom left.

You don't need too many extra embellishments with this paper as it works to create dimension for you.

And the second project. This is my husband and I on our wedding day. Our photographer decided to switch to black/white film for our departure and I'm so glad he did. We got these great vintage looking "old school Hollywood" type photos (hence the film reel).

I paper pieced the curtains at the top of the page. The key to realistic paper piecings is layers and lots of shading. Each swag is 3-4 pieces. I off-centered the design on the paper, in each swag piece, to give movement in the curtains.

Since I love multi-photo pages, if I can, I'll try to find little ways to add more photos. Below, I made little charm photos of other parts of our wedding day and added them into the film reel. The film reel is pieced and inked with Distress Ink (Walnut Stain) and finished off with Perfect Pearls (Pewter and Antique Gold).

I still have so much left in this kit, that I can probably get 2-3 more layouts from it. Time on the other hand, is something I can't seem to get more of...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

This project was such a "Hoot" to work on.

So I will save you from all the "fowl" puns and instead "tweet" you to this cute project I've been working on this past week. Tammy, from Lil' Lambs Boutique, sent me the cutest line of paper, called Lullaby of Birdland, by Scribble Scrabble. I knew as soon as I opened it up that I wanted to make a card set. The Card Holder is made, using the Card Couture template by Lauren Meader, from PaperTrey Ink. A friend of mine has been making the cutest things using Lauren's templates and I had to try one. I think I might be hooked.

This project makes an excellent Birthday, Christmas or just Thinking of You gift, from anywhere between $5-$10, depending on the type of paper and embellies you choose. The templates are easy to use and once purchased can be used again and again. I recommend buying a collection of paper; then you don't have to worry about matching papers. The whole card set will naturally flow together. And most paper kits will still have plenty of paper leftover to create a few more projects.

Below are close ups of the individual cards. I used some of the scraps to dress up the envelopes. If you haven't tried it, it's pretty easy. Take the back edge of an exacto knife and carefully slide it along the sides of the envelope to carfully separate the glued sections. After separating the folds, add accent papers to the inside edges and back flap. Another alternative is to add an inside liner instead. Glue the separated flap back into place and now you have cute coordinating envelopes.

Thanks for taking a look. And remember, Christmas is just around the corner. Start your gift making now.

Monday, September 7, 2009

I labored on Labor Day

Ok, so technically it was the night before. I took a night off from my right brained number crunching side and engaged my left brained creative side. If you've never made a mini album, I think it's something you should definitely consider trying. I popped this 10 page booklet out in 4 hours and I'm a slow scrapper. The book is a 3" square and a great way to use up scraps. I'll be using this as a wedding gift topper. The papers are Basic Grey's Wisteria paper kit. The hinges are Grungeboard from Tim Holtz's Idea-ology collection. I inked them with Walnut Distress Ink and finished off with Antique Gold Perfect Pearls. Below are close ups of each page.

If you have any questions about product or technique, feel free to leave your question in the comment section. I'll be glad to answer it for you.