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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 18:15

December Sketch: Wreath Layout

 

Happy December! I am here today to share with you my layout from the Stick it Down Single Page Sketch.   When I saw the sketch I was puzzled, I wasn't sure how I was going to pull this off.  So I looked at the other design team layouts and thought I would follow suit and use a cut file.  As I cruised through the Silhouette Store and added about 12 wreath files to my cart it had then occurred to me that a few months back my friend sent me a home decor image of someone who folded papers around tied twine to form a wreath for a decoration.  So I went with that in my head and came out with this: 

 

 

 

I absolutely love how this layout turned out! I may even frame it for the holidays and then add it to my album after!  For this layout I cut strips from multiple paper packs ranging from 2.25-1.25 inches wide and then varied the height of the flags from 2-2.5 inches long.  I then laid the papers out how I thought I wanted them to go. 

 

Once I was satisfied with the basic layout of the papers, came the hard part.  I didn't feel like they popped enough off of the light background so I used an old school technique and inked each flag.  First I had to decide which flag was to be flat on the page and start there, and work in sections.  I would add pop dots to the back to add dimension and then added in a third height by doubling the pop dots.  

 

Once the wreath was complete I simply used a bow template and enlarged it to make a BIG paper bow.  I used gold glitter washi for the center and then decided to add glitter Stickles around the edge of the bow.  Once I began the with the Stickles I couldn't stop.  So I added simple clear glitter around each of the flags for some fun and festive sparkle and shine. 

 

Here is the bow template I used.  I just made it the size of my 8.5x11" paper in word and printed it out.  Then I easily fussy cut it out of the red grid paper and assembled. 

 

Once the Layout was dry I added in the year and the banner title.  I played around with some enamel shapes and rhinestones but I didn't think they added anything to the layout so I took them off... I know I am shocked too!  

 

And that is my layout and process for the December Sketch. You can see the sketch below and participate by making your layout and adding it to the blog here.  Be sure to post it for prizes and giveaways!  Can't wait to see what you make!  

 

                                    

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Monday, 09 July 2018 14:32

Promotion day: July Single Page Sketch

For this months Single Page Sketch on Stick it Down I decided to really think out side of the usual.   As soon as I saw the sketch I was slightly confused by what I was going to do, then I saw a bag of 2018 confetti and "ta da" so here is my take on the sketch you can find here on the Stick it Down blog.

 

 

For this layout I started with the Simple Stories "Congrats Grad" paper pack, I didn't like the bottom where it said "way to go" (I thought it would be too clashy with the giant 2018) so I tore it off.  I love to tear my paper and have that rough edge, I fall back on that technique a lot.  It makes me look "whimsical and creative" while still being a straight arrow ;)  I used another 12x12 paper with stars and dots for the top but it felt too busy so I tore that one too and added my go to grid paper in the center.

 

 

 I used a very basic font on my Silhouette and created the "2018" and the shadow and cut them from a complimentary glitter paper from The Paper Studio Glitter paper pad.  I love this paper and use it a lot, it does not flake, it is easy to cut or punch, and it adds just enough shimmer for me! 

 

Instead of using the banner as the sketch shows, since my inspiration was a packet of confetti I decided to make a shaker banner.  I used the bottom of my graph paper and drew out an outline and then used my fuse tool to trace the banner.  I stuffed it with some micro beads, congrats / grad confetti, seed beads, and glitter, and adhered that over the top of the "2018."   

 

My daughter was promoted with a high GPA and they provided her a cord to honor her status and I wanted to incorporate that into the page so I took some similar colored embroidery floss, braided it and frazzled the ends beyond the knots and voila.  I wrapped and used micro glue dots to adhere this to the number 1.  I love this ultra personal touch on the page!

 

 

Finally, because I cannot just leave a page "flat" I punched some stars from the glitter paper and adhered them with foam dots and found a stash of rhinestones to make the top of the page more interesting.    

 

I am loving that I am keeping up with current events and getting the stories down when they are fresh versus trying to catch up the past stories.  I will get there, eventually, but this is really keeping me happy!   

 

Thanks for stopping by!  

 

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 19:23

June 2018 Stick it Down Challenge

For the June Sketch Challenge I decided to break the mold and do an all out "magical" layout.  I pulled out all of the tricks in my book here and I really love the end result.  I need to get out of my comfort zone more often because pages like this really make my heart happy! 

 

I am providing a link to the sketch here for you to play along! 

 

For my layout I turned the sketch 90 degrees because the photo I chose was not vertical.  Once I make a move like this I tend to muddy the whole sketch and do my own thing but I stuck to the basics pretty well! 

 

 

I used a 12x12 piece of Cricut acetate from their "Pastels and Patterns" pack  that had some light blue circle images imprinted on it.  I whipped out my sewing machine and alternated between a standard stitch and zig zag stitch to adhere the acetate to the base pattern paper.  Before I closed it up I added in some shaker items: sequins large chunky glitter and micro beads.   I originally wanted to pop up the hexagons but the dimension the shaker base provided allowed me to just adhere everything pretty flat and keep my eyes happy.    I used the We are Memory Keepers "anywhere" hexagon punch to punch the hexagons out of The Paper Studio Glitter paper pad.  After lining everything up I decided to break the rules and add circles in with the hexagons, I used random circle punches and blue tinted mylar paper found at Michaels in the specialty 12x12 single paper selections.   

 

Other than the entire page being a shaker page, the real magic of this page is using my new LifePrint photo printer to add a still photo to my layout but when using the app allows the photo to play a video.  I LOVE THIS PRINTER!  I typically add video to my layouts using QR codes, and I love the option of having videos saved and documented with the stories... but this is a whole new ball game!  If you are interested I used the BIG 3.5x4 photo photo printer (here is a link if you want more info).  I also have the 2x3 one (here is that link) and I can see myself using these two printers A LOT!  

 

 

 

 

 

 Here is a close up view of the mylar bubbles overlapping the layered papers.  You can also see the stitching and the shaker contents behind the photos here. 

 

 

I added a scrap of acetate behind the Thickers title "Bubbles" because I loved the different opacities and how well they seemed to be working together on this page!  

 

 

I used up the last bit of scraps to create cohesive to the matting of the main photo banners and layered them behind the 2x3 base photos and used a standard date stamp to add the date. 

 

Thank you for looking!  B

 

 

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 17:57

Stick it Down May Single Page Challenge

I am trying to get back into scrapbooking.  I have so many photos and stories that I need to catch up on.  To help I have found a new group Stick it Down who provides challenges and has given me that motivation to jump back into the rhythm.    I used their May Single Page Sketch to create this layout of what life looks like for my teenager right now.  

 

I used their sketch found here to create sections of this pie chart representing things she loves: basketball, her music, art, friends and family, "I'm so bored" aka chores and school, and sleeping.  

 

 

For this page I used a combination of papers:  Close to My Heart school collection (for the base page, the black hearts, and the art section)  I used Doodlebug "Slamdunk" 6x6 paper pad for the basketball portion and finally Recollections "Rad" collection for the music tapes, the sleeping eyes, and the "I'm So Bored" paper. 

 

 

 For the embellishments I used Making Memories alpha block letters for "A-R-T" and stamps by Kindred Stamps for the mandalla and the art splotches.  I used starburst stickers from a Recollection sticker pack at Michaels. 

 

 

 Here I added some Simple Stories emoji stickers from their Emoji collection, some enamel dots, and finally some Thickers with silver striped letters for the title "Taryn at 14" 

 

 

To finish off the page I hand doodled inside the frame with a silver Gelly Roll pen.  Then I added some Simple Stories hearts and Tim Holtz word stickers. 

 

This was a fun page and a great way to show off what life for my teen is like.  I am pretty happy with how it turned out! I do want to show the "real" side of scrapbooking as I tried to add paint and mixed media to the all black background but it seemed like it just washed things out.   Not every layout comes together super quick and simple!  Here was my first attempt: 

 

 

After some thinking it seemed to washed out and didn't make sense.  So I cut the pie out and made a frame from the black and placed the frame on the grid paper (you can see some of the dots and paint still on the frame and I like that touch).  I LOVE grid paper for pages, it's clean and simple and allows for a lot of creativity!

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