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Friday, 10 May 2019 15:50

May 2019: Birthday Girl

Hip Hip Hooray, I am the featured single page designer this month for Stick it Down!   I actually designed the sketch this month and they featured my layout for the design team.  

 

Here is the sketch:

 

 

This is the layout that I created: 

 

I absolutely love how fun this layout is!  I used the Stampin Up! scallop edge punch and layered the paper strips but felt like it needed a little bit more dimension.  So I dug through my dusty and forgotten about ribbon bin and found some fun lace and ruffled fibers and layered them in between the paper strips.  I just used my HTG gun to adhere the ribbon and paper strips.  

 

 

 

I cheated and simply drew the banner lines because the bakers twine I was going to use just didn't "fit" on the page.  I used scraps and punched the banner pieces out and glued them flat onto the page. 

 

For the frames, I just cut 3x4 rectangles and used my paper trimmer to cut out the centers with 1/4 inch borders at the top and then 3/4 inch base to make them appear like Polaroids.  I adhered the photos on the back and then added pop dots for dimension. 

 

Finally my favorite part, the bling.  I just used random sequins and mini glue dots.  I used some thickers packs of bright pink foam letters for "Birthday Girl" and black glitter number pack for "5"

 

 

And voila, I have a super fun and dimensional layout that my daughter keeps begging me to hang in her room.   Um, no kid this is mine!  

 

I hope you create something fun and share it on the Stick it Down blog here for a chance to win a prize by our sponsor Cheapo Dies

 

Thanks for stopping by! 

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 16:47

Now and Then: A decade of Love

I am so excited to share my layout this month because I also designed the sketch!!!  

 

Here is the sketch I designed and used, you can also find it and the link to post YOUR layout to win prizes on the Stick it Down Blog.  As a creature of habit I stuck to the lovey hearts and cute theme of the month.    I love that this sketch allows you to use up your supplies like washi or ephemera or scraps of paper that we have laying around without having to dive too deeply into new supplies or needing to buy new things!  I hope you utilize this opportunity to use up what you have too! 

 

 

Here is my layout, I kept it pretty simple.  I knew as soon as I was looking through photos what I was going to do.  Right now the whole "then and now" challenge thing is huge on social media.  "Post a photo of you 10 years ago and then now."  Since my husband and I recently went on a date I knew we had a now picture... and since we had just started dating 10 years ago I knew it would be easy to find a "then" picture!  Ha.

 

 

To create this layout I cut a giant heart out of pink ombre paper and then simply chopped it half.  I then cheated and used the other half to cut out a vellum piece. I did this because I *knew* the washi would not stick to the glitter base for the heart.  Once I adhered the heart to a large piece of glitter cardstock, I hand trimmed around the heart for the matting.  I didn't really care or want it to be perfect. 

 

 Once my heart was set, I literally got out my "love" themed washi box and just went to town.  I started with the center and worked my way up angling and adding washi as I pleased.  Some ends I tore, some I cut into banner shapes.  

 

 

Once I was pleased with the result, I sewed around the heart (sloppily) to make it look messy and imperfect.  then I added a few embellishments and decided that the photos needed to have the rose gold matting also.

 

 

Finally I added the 2009 and 2019 letters from Making Memories Alphabet set and the "Now and Then" title from a Recollections alpha set I had stashed away!  

 

I hope you enjoyed my layout and process!  Please feel free to share yours with us on the Stick it Down blog for some prizes and giveaways!

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Monday, 14 January 2019 19:31

Happy New Year 2019

I am this year off with bang so far two weeks in and my planner is up to date and I am already scrappin' events as they happen!  WHOA!  

 

For my first layout I have been generously allowed to stay a part of the Stick it Down Design team!  I am still on the Single Page Layout team, but I also have been desinging a several of their double and single page sketches, YAY! So, for the first layout of 2019 I used the Stick it Down Sketch found here

 

 

 

I kept this layout as simple as I could so that I could focus on the pictures and story.  If this layout looks scary to tackle, let me help you.  Pick 4 pattern papers and cut them into 4x4 boxes.  Then cut the boxes in half diagonally.  **HINT:  don't use paper that has / needs direction.  Stick to simple patterns where you can turn the image and it won't effect the pattern!  

 

I used the Simple Stories New Year kit for 2019.  Once I decided to tear the countdown off the edge (because I didn't want the whole background to be the whiteish paper) I realized I would have to change the sketch and flip it the other direction.  So I shrunk the obvious 4x4 boxes into 3x3 boxes leaving space for my edge. 


I cut my boxes just a smidge smaller than 3x3 so I could have a border around them and used that lovely holographic paper behind the triangles.  

 

I then placed my photos on gold shiny foil paper for a matting and voila.  I added the 2019 with MAMBI glitter letters and numbers and then kept it as simple as possible by adding in some jeweled stars and shiny enamel stickers.

 

 

And that my friends is my 2019 New Year layout!  I hope you play along with us on the DT and post your layout to the Stick it Down blog for a chance to win some prizes from our sponsor Cheeky Studio. 

 

Happy New Year, this is going to be a fabulous year!  

 

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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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