Inspired By My Loves…

 

Every year, I create a mini album all about what I am loving right here, right now about my family. February is the month I do this, as it is the month of love, after all!

So, with the little Chipboard album included in this month’s kit, I set to work crafting up a book all about “My Loves.”

I painted most of the album white, then covered the front and back with that awesome frame paper from the kit. Then, I layered it up with some stenciling using the Molding Paste and the Prima Stencil from the kit, followed with some layered chipboard, thread, and sequins (from my stash).

The interior chipboard pages were covered with personal photographs, layered with chipboard pretties. And, I made sure to leave room for journaling!

Lots of fun fussy cut flowers, and I had to put a bird on it too 🙂

Lovely, indeed!

Maybe this has inspired you to make a mini about what you are loving right now! Happy creating!

Over the Rainbow Love

This page was totally inspired by those beautiful bohemian flower halos and crowns that are so beautiful and colorful.  I was using a photo of my husband and I at a fancy anniversary dinner we had on our 15 year anniversary cruise.  The dress I was wearing was very colorful and abstract so I wanted the page to reflect that color and the love and feeling we were experiencing at that dinner.

I came across this beautiful photo of a couple, presumably a wedding photo.  The woman was wearing a wonderful flower crown.   This is the feeling I had that night, and perfect inspiration for this page!

photo credit: www.margheritacalati.com

This is the page I made from that inspiration…

To create the flower crown look, I got to work looking through my stash and found a great stencil that worked well with my gesso.  I applied the gesso with a pallet knife and once dry I was able to paint it with the Tattered Angels paints from the kit (the gold is from a previous kit) and I accented the leaves with some green water color.

Next I wanted to add some dimensional flower accents to the page.  I removed the center from one of the silk flowers in the kit and used just one layer of it.  I folded it in half and applied a generous layer of Bad Girls Couture gesso to the flower.  Next I layered a little of the teal Tattered Angels paint for added color and depth.  Then I mixed some texture beads and gesso and applied that to the outer edges of the flower and gave the entire thing a little watered down brown acrylic paint touch with some finger painting.  I sewed the flower down to the paper to secure it and add some interest.  For the center I just painted a couple of the chipboard cutouts with the Tattered Angels paint and dabbed a bit of the textured gesso mix with my finger.

The title is a couple of the 7 Dots stickers, layered with an American Crafts foam glittered word from last month’s kit.

I did the same treatment as with the flowers on leaves at the bottom with the textured gesso mix and give it a brown wash as well.

Using a photo or an object is such a great inspiration since we have so many beautiful things around us to inspire us and these 7 Dots papers are so colorful and versatile that they can go from muted to blazing color!  That’s enough to fuel your creativity!

 

Off the Beaten Path

There is so much inspiration in this kit!  I mean look at these beautiful colors in those 7 Dots papers!

The deep saturation of teals and greens inspired this page.  I absolutely had to use this beautiful paper “Aquamarine” 7 Dots paper as a bold colorful background.  As I was thumbing through my already printed pics that are waiting to be scrapped I found the perfect match.  This picture of my husband and I sitting on the dock of a beautiful Mexican cenote just jumped out at me and the colors of the paper really brought me back to that day when I placed the photo on it.  I was smitten and completely inspired!

In order to carry the color and feeling of that experience through to the entire page I used a layer of one of the flowers to create a great dimensional grouping.  I folded the flower layer up so it looked more like an emerging bud (I stapled it at the base to hold it in that shape) and painted the entire thing with Bad Girls Couture gesso.  I was just about dry before I added a brush of color with some of the teal Tattered Angels paint then I applied some watered down brown acrylic paint to give it a more blended, muted effect.  After that had pretty much dried I brushed the tips with some Mod Podge and applied some thick glitter.

I added layers of the 7 dots papers cut into great flower and leave shapes with my Sizzix.  You can see I used a few left over Prima flower buds from a previous kit that seemed to work perfectly with this little flower.

And how handy where those 7 Dots Word Stickers?!  I loved them, really!  I choose two that best described that day and adventure and used one as a title (applied to another 7 Dots sticker and then pop dots added for dimension) and one as an accent at the bottom of the page.   The lace border is created using a Fiskers punch and the 7 Dots paper.

Oh and how can I forget the Hambly velum?!  It really gives depth and softness to the page.  I love it!!  And of coarse I had to ink it all up with some brown ink.

~Michelle Sanders

Inspiring Pilgrimage

Every year, my mother and I go on a tour of historic homes in our little town… The Holiday Pilgrimage. It is so fun! I don’t have a photo, as they don’t allow you to take pictures. But, I do have the program from the tour and wanted to scrap up a page about this fun time my mom and I have together.

To get started, I was equally inspired by the architecture of the tour and the fun little drawings from the old book page included in the kit…

That little girl kinda sums up how you feel on the tour! You are excited, and tired… all at the same time! HA!

I layered that book page up on some of the 7Dots paper that reminded me of architecture and created a pocket that the tour book could go in, along with my journaling.

I also cobbled together a mix of alphas from my stash and doodled some houses on top for added whimsy.

A flair badge from the kit, along with some paper that I scribbled on and a few sequins from my stash, pulls it all together.

Oh, and of course… some stitching and some of the chipboard paint splatters help to reinforce the movement of the little girl on the book paper

And there you have it!

I hope this has inspired you to get artsy today!

Family

Good morning! Happy Monday! I have another bright and colorful layout to inspire you with today. I used this image from Pinterest. I love white, teal and orange together and there was plenty of it in this month’s kit so I had fun with it!

For the background, I used the watercolor paint from the September kit. Once the triangles were dry, I took the blue watercolor paint and tapped the brush all over the paper to create a fun, colorful background for my layout.

Here is what I came up with. Lots of layering here. Initially, I was going to paint the white “family” thicker, but decided to leave it white. I think I have enough color on this layout, what do you think?

I used the same ribbon technique as last Monday! Totally, fun.

Here are some close-ups:

I cut the heart from the patterned paper and painted it with blue watercolor to use as an embellishment for my layout. I think it frames the photo nicely with the felt flower and button.

Here is a closer look at the painted triangles. Don’t they look cool? I think I need some more of these 12×12 stencils by Prima!

Thanks for visiting today!

We Love This

Happy New Year!!! It’s hard to believe that another year has flown by. What the heck happened to 2017? It seems like I blinked and now it’s 2018. Today, I have a colorful layout to share with you using an image I found on Pinterest as inspiration.

I was inspired to use lots of blues and pink on my layout! Oh, and I LOVE that butterfly pillow. GORGEOUS. I wonder if I can find that pillow somewhere. For the background of my layout, I sprayed white cardstock with light blue mist. Once it was dry, I used a stencil and a darker blue to create a fun Damask background.

I love ribbon! I used the green and blue ribbon to add a little funk to this layout. LOVE how it looks. I used a mini stapler to staple the ribbon on to the bottom of the card. I stapled one end, then pulled back the ribbon to cover the staple, stapled randomly a little to the left of the ribbon, then pulled the ribbon right and repeated the process again to create the ripples.

Here are a few close-ups. This layout is so pretty. Well, at least, I think so. It’s so different from what I am used to creating… Every now and then, I like to mix it up a bit. I layered the felt flower with a purple flower from the September kit.

I didn’t like how the end of the blue ribbon looked without the button. It looked too plain so I pulled a blue button from my stash and some pink ribbon and hand sew the button on to the ribbon. It turned out just how I saw it in my mind… Love when that happens.

I hope you have a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by.

Inspire Me! Old Archie and NEW Archie!

Hello everyone!

It’s Rae, and today I am sharing a mini album I made that came in the December Kit. This mini album is simply AMAZING- real vintage Archie comics for the pages! This is so unique, and I loved it so much, I almost felt guilty for covering up the pages! However, out with the old and in with the new, as the saying goes! And that’s what came to mind when I was thinking about what I would do with the album, and it was actually quite easy- I was inspired to make a fan book of the TV show Riverdale, which is a new twist on the Archie Comics- same characters, new time period and way more modern stories! My daughter is a huge fan of this show, so I thought it would be fun to make this for her.

Take a look:

I love how the felt flowers and gold and white Thickers from the kit coordinate so well.

For these first pages, I added some pictures of the main characters of the show to the Melissa Frances envelopes and tags. I doodled on the them for an added effect with a white acrylic paint pen. The tags are blank for now- I figured that I would let my daughter write what she wants to about the characters in there. I added black and gold twine from my stash, then clipped them all in the album using the colored clips from the kit.

Here are a couple of random pictures I grabbed off of the internet of the characters. I added the Thickers from the kit and added some of the blue glitter (also from the kit to match the hearts on the paper I used to mat the photo on the left. I cut up some of these letters and flipped them around to make my own words from the phrases.

I really did try to keep the design simple so you could still see the old comics, and I think it works well to keep the details to a minimum, which isn’t typically how a go about making projects, but I am happy with the results!

It was fun to try to pair the comic pages with the characters from the Riverdale show.

 

Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog post today- if you didn’t already get a December kit, be sure to check out the shoppes to see if there are any still available- you don’t want to miss out on the entire kit, but especially the handmade Archie mini album!

Paris

Happy Monday, Candy here to inspire you with some European flair!
Who is not inspired by Paris?  The city, the lights, the romance and of course, the Eiffel Tower!  I was so pleased to find so many Paris themed papers and elements in the November kit to play with and this picture frame, whoa, so perfect.  My fireplace mantel in my living room has Paris themed items on it and this is perfect to add to it.  Have you ever been to Paris?  It is most definitely on my BUCKET LIST and I will get there someday soon!

 

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Map of Paris

Map of Paris, France

This finished frame is sitting on my mantel.  It is so cute.

Techniques To Enhance Any Project:
I love old school and new techniques and like to incorporate whenever I can on many projects.  Here are a couple of techniques to keep in mind:
– Use wax to enhance the frame to give it an even more weathered look than it already had
– Fussy cut elements from patterned paper, like these girls and use a dimensional foam dot to add dimension
– Roll cut pieces of paper around a pencil and glue together.  Then line up and add to your project.  Here I added it directly to the frame.
– Add fussy cut elements to other parts of your project to give it dimension

Magic Time

What inspires you? You never know where inspiration comes from ….? When the inspiration comes to you? I was inspired by the first snowflake in this photo))) This little snowflake and so beautiful ….

To select a photo, I put it on the substrate, and added a few snowflakes of chipboard on the top of the photo. I love making statement elements like this interact with my photo because it makes my photo part of the scene.

A piece of lace and wool knitwear added warmth and comfort. This lace of a set of November is very textured, and beautiful! Composition strip of paper is complemented with a wood pattern.

Snowflakes began to snow-white after painting premium white gesso on @Bad Couture girls. A few bumps and give a little time to dry.

I used the name of chipboard «Magic Time» I love the headlines in the newspaper))) This header is painted using wax pearly silver color!

The strip of patterned paper under light wood texture background will be for the title. I like this almost monochrome composition. It looks stylish and expressive due to the texture of different materials. Knitted piece provides comfort and warmth in this scheme. Small buttons look incredibly cute. 

I kept this cute cup piece of wood from Prima for so long. She was in for a long time and waited for this page … LOL   I added a little red dot, to attract attention)))  Rich set of textures complemented stripe lace pastel colors. Roll lace complete November, it was very useful))) My favorite part of the page is a cup on a knitted wool flap.

Page was really about winter. For the background, I used a wonderful sheet from the new collection Zella Teal from Prima. Color on the photos and circles on the patterned paper perfectly match. I like the layouts on a light background, they give a lot of opportunity for using different urksheny and shadow. The first snowflake is documented for memory and this layout will store memories of this day.

Thanks for stopping by today everyone and I hope you’ve been inspired!

4/29

Happy Monday baddies! I’ve been having so much fun playing with this month’s “Joie De Vivre” kit and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. There’s so many different things you can create with this kit! I don’t know how Wendy does it… she’s da bomb! For today’s layout, I used a photo from Pinterest to inspire me!

When I first came across this image, I immediately thought of using the frames in the kit. I decided to make my first Christmas present! I will be framing this layout for my sister.

For the bottom of the layout,  mixed some blue watercolor paint from the September kit with the gesso then gently painted the gesso and paint over the screen. LOVE how smooth the Bad Girls Couture gesso is! It’s so nice.

I let the gesso dry overnight. Then I used the Wax Paste to  paint the corners of the Prima frame.

I added the brass clock from my stash then framed the larger frame with the flowers.  The butterfly is a Prima stamp I have in my stash. I used markers to color the butterfly then I glued a silver pearl to the center of the butterfly. I stamped the 4/29 on to patterned paper then I cut it into a banner using a pair of scissors.

Here is a closer look of the screen print. Isn’t it beautiful?!

I cut the key out from the stencil package to use as a die cut for my layout. I added some wax to a little copper heart charm I had in my stash then stamped the xoxo onto paper to add to the charm.

What do you think? I hope my sister likes this as much as I do. A lot of love went into this layout. Here is the layout framed. I had to take the metal ball off of the butterfly because it was too bulky. Next time, I need a deeper shadow frame…

Thanks for visiting today!