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Inspired By the Obvious with Michelle

 

We all know inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere!  But sometimes we overlook the obvious.  Sometimes we get our kits or our new scrapbook supplies and we just get so excited by how pretty they are we immediately just try to “match” them to our pictures without really taking a good look and getting inspired by them.  This month when I got my kit I saw that 7 Gypsies paper with the big graphic numbers on it and was inspired to use them as big bold title pieces.  I knew I had just taken the boys back to school pics and they would be perfect to use for that.

So basically the entire page was inspired by those big graphic letters!  I built the whole page around them.  I love how the bold graphic of the letters were still simplistic enough to allow the photos on my multi photo layout shine, which was important to this layout.  And they really do pop on that robbins egg blue card stock that I adore!  All all it really took was cutting the letters out of the paper, inking them up and stapling them on, yes I stapled in my scrapbook…I told you i’m a rule breaker!  LOL!  I added some ribbon to give some texture and I love the effect that added.

So I hope this has inspired you to look more closely at your papers and supplies and truly get inspired by them and get to cutting!

Recycling trash into a beautiful mini album

Hello everyone. I have a fun mini album to share with you today. I used Bad Girls Couture’s September kit to create this adorable mini. As soon as I saw the adorable Carnival patterned paper from Crate Paper and popcorn bag, I knew exactly what photos I’d use to create a cute little mini album. I took several photos last year at the fair and never really scrapped them. This is nothing new for me. Sometimes, I’ll hold onto certain photos until I have the right papers and embellishments to scrapbook them. I do not scrapbook in chronological order. I scrapbook photos that inspire me at that moment.
I am an avid re-cycler. I recycle anything I have at home so that it doesn’t need to go into the trash. It makes me feel like I am helping our community! My husband just shakes his head at me. Having said this, I hate throwing away pretty packaging. This month, I decided to re-cycle the packaging from the embellishments into a cute little mini album cover or insert. I used the packaging to trace onto the patterned papers to create my insert pages so they were the same size then cut them out using a pair of scissors.
I tore the Bingo Card in half to use with on a layout last month so that I could use it on more than one project. I like to stretch my embellishments as far as they will go.
I painted the Twinkling H20’s onto the paper by Prima Marketing Inc. using the Sea Spray and Playful Peony watercolor paints. This is such a pretty color combination. These paints look so vibrant once dry. I am thinking I am going to need lots more of these Twinkling H20’s.
Once I had my pages cut down, I punched a hole at the top of each page then used the ribbon from this month’s add-ons to bind the album together.
I used the tickets throughout the mini album to keep a nice balance between the pages.

 

I cut the puffy word sticker in pieces to stretch it out.
What do you think? Are you inspired to create a mini album of your own?
Thanks for visiting today!

 

Thirty-eight

Hi everyone. I am soooo excited to share this colorful layout with you! After I finished prepping the layout with gesso and it was dry, I immediately started painting the background using the orange and pink Twinkling H20’s. Once the watercolor paints were dry, I splashed blue watercolor paint on top of the pink and orange to make it more messy. I actually messaged Wendy the beginning stage of this project and said, “I hope this doesn’t look like shit when I’m done.” LOL… Have you ever started something and thought, “uh, I don’t know about this.” Sure, the idea in my head looked good, but getting it on paper is a bit tricky.

I am seriously loving how vibrant these watercolors are on this layout! Just a heads up, you may want to get some gesso before you start using these babies because it really helps prevent the paper from warping and it helps make the watercolors keep their color!

For the flowers, I used the ribbons from this month’s add-ons. LOVE THEM. Ah, they are so pretty and I am so lucky that I was able to play with them. Thank you Wendy! I forgot that I had these Glubers in my stash so I decided to pull them out. These adhesives make it so easy to create flowers from ribbon! It’s been awhile since I’ve made my own flowers so I though, why not since I had all of these pretty ribbons.
The Glubers are easy to use. Simply pull the top plastic off of the base. Then place the end of your ribbon to the center of the Gluber and twirl the ribbon around in a circle, pressing down every so often so the ribbon sticks onto the glue. Once you’ve covered the entire Gluber with ribbon, you might need to cut the ribbon and tuck it behind the flower.
Aren’t these flowers gorgeous? I am not normally a flower girl, but these ribbons had me thinking… and they look gorgeous against the orange and pink background. And since I love the orange Prima flower that came with the kit, I decided to use it. These colors look so vibrant against each other.
I  used stamps by Altenew to create the leaves for the flowers and I used the sentiments for my journaling. I was lucky that I had magenta ink in my stash! It worked so well for this layout. And because I am totally digging the chipboard, I used the number “38” which, now that I think about it, buy the time this post goes live, I will be 39, but Oh well.

I decorated the center of the flowers using enamel dots of different colors, sizes and shapes. They really makes the flowers pop. I painted on the Prima Coloring Paper and cut a piece out to mat my photo. This coloring paper is awesome! I used it on three of my projects this month, using bits and pieces here and there.
Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope I was able to inspire you to use those Twinkling H20’s and ribbon (if you bought them) on your next project.
Have a wonderful day!
 

Dripping watercolor paints onto cardstock

Hello everybody! I am soooo excited to share my first project using Bad Girls Couture’s gorgeous September kit  I am loving the gold puffy stickers, Prima flowers and Twinkling H20’s. So naturally, for my first layout, I decided to play with all of the above. For this layout, I used this image from Pinterest as my inspiration. I really like how the paint drips down the image…

Pinterest Inspiration

Before I started dripping the watercolor paints down the page, I covered a piece of White cardstock in white gesso and let it dry over night. Once the gesso was completely dry, I added lots of water at the top of my Twinkling H20’s (Playful Peony, Sea Spray, Ancient Coin) and let them sit for 15 minutes so that the water soaked into the paints. Once the water set into the paints, I gently mixed the paints using a small paintbrush then I poured the paint down the page using each color. Then I started the process all over again so that I created several watercolor lines down the page.

I hand-cut the frame from the Prima coloring paper and painted it using the Ancient Coin and Sea Spray Twinkling H2O’s then cut it in half to use at the top of the layout. Since this is a 8 1/2×11″ the frame as a whole would have taken up the entire layout so I decided to cut it in half.

I printed two small photos to add to the frame and hand-cut the “Date Night” sentiment from the Crate Paper and tucked it behind the photo. Then I added the adorable metal clip with the hearts, the flower and puffy sticker! I love the vintage appeal of this layout. It’s so very pretty with the brown and blue with the touch of gold.

I stapled a piece of ribbon from this month’s add-ons at the bottom of the layout to create a fun border for the layout. I used a gluedot in the middle of the ribbon to keep it In place.

Here is the final layout. Seriously, this was such an easy layout to create once the gesso and paint dried. When dripping the paint down the page, down worry if it looks messy! That’s part of the charm!

Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope I was able to inspire you to use your Twinkling H20’s this month because they are a lot of fun!

September Design Team Challenge

Welcome! We decided to see just how bad our girls can be when we challenged them to try something new on their projects.  This month, we are focusing on ColourArte’s Twinkling H20’s. These beautiful watercolors are a must have and we think after you’ve seen what these bad girls have been up to this month, you are going to want to be bad too! I like to tell my scrappy friends, there are no rules when creating projects with the Twinkling H20’s, other than have fun and enjoy the process!  No stressing. Just remember, there is no such thing as making a mistake when creating art.

 

Please don’t forget to check out our gallery for more inspiration. We would love it if you would follow us on Instagram (BadGirlsCouture2007) so you don’t miss a beat! Here is what the team created. We love how everyone thought outside of the box to create such beautiful projects. If these aren’t inspiring enough, we aren’t sure what is?!

Elena Olinevich

Zoey Scarpelli

Nicole Martel

Rae Moses

 

Michelle Sanders

Irina Volzhina

 

Thanks for stopping by today! We hope you have a wonderful day.

 

 

 

Bringin’ it back y’all!!

Today our theme is “bringing sexy back” so how am I bring it back?  Well remember those old paper bag books we used to make years ago that were so fun and cute?  Here is the BGC version of it using the retro popcorn bag in this month’s kit!

This book was so fun to make!  I used a lot of the scraps from the wonderful papers in this kit and pulled a few bits and pieces from my vintage paper stash to mix in to create the pages.

It was constructed by simply folding all the pages in half between the popcorn bag and securing it with the polkadot ribbon include in the kit.  The ribbon was a little too bright white for the vintage look I was going for in this mini so I distressed it up a bit with some brown ink.

Finally, I made a couple little slide out cards to slip in the pocket that was created in the opening of the bag with some card stock and a scrap this awesome 7 Gypsies Architextures paper as the tab.  You will notice I just used staples to secure these pieces to make the tabs on the card stock so they can withstand being pulled in and out, plus I like the additional texture it gives.  You can also cut a slit in the back cover to make another pocket for another slide out card as well.  Then finished it off by embellishing it with that OH SO CUTE Prima flower and some hand cut leaves.  Ink it all up (cause it wouldn’t be complete without ink) and I was done!

Hopefully you are inspired to bring this sexy lil number back because it is certainly one you will LOVE to create!  Happy Scrapin’!