Finished at last!

Album-closeup2Last year, when CropChocolate carried the My Mind’s Eye Fine and Dandy collection, I went a big crazy!  I loved it and thought it would be perfect for two mini albums for my daughters – one about my oldest’s first year as a big sister, and the other one for my youngest to commemorate her first year as a little sister.

Well, the collections have been sitting for awhile now, so when I picked up the awesome Lulu and Libby stamp set from Kraftin’ Kimmie this week while thinking about the top ten challenge, I knew the time had come to tackle at least one of the albums.  Lulu and Libby are two characters from the talented artist Cheryl Alger, and I love using them for projects for my girls!

So each day this week, I tacked another set of pages and I am happy to say that the BIG SISTER album is complete:

Album-front

Album-2

Album-3

Album-4

Album-5

Album-last

And of course, a little interactive element that I created by modifying the last page:

Album-open

Album-closeup1I wanted to make sure that my colouring of the stamped images really coordinated with the album, so I tried something a bit new for me.  After stamping all three with Momento Tuxedo Black ink, I actually fussy cut each image before I coloured them.  I then placed a small piece of paper underneath, and then placed both of those on top of one of the patterned pieces of paper from the collection (one that had all the colours I had planned to use in the album).  It was almost like surrounding the stamped image with a pallet of colour, so it was super easy to match what I wanted to do on the pages with the way I was colouring the image.  I’m pretty happy with the way it all came together! Now I just need to get the second album done! ;)

So, wish me luck!  I still hoping to earn one of those guest spots for Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps in March!

As always, thanks for stopping by!!!

Yahoo for Scor-Pal!

When I joined the DCWV Design Team this last summer, there were a few generous companies that sent me goodies to work with during my term.  Scor-Pal was one, so I was really excited to be a part of a fun event this week featuring projects made with DCWV’s Autumn Melody Stack and our fantastic Scor-Pal products.

Today is Day 3 of our cross-promotion with Scor-Pal.  When it comes to using a scoring board, I wouldn’t be without one for interactive cards and scrapbook elements!  Making sure the folds are tight and crisp is a big part of elements that actually work and last, like the ones on this page:

This fall themed layout has a little surprise underneath that cute Trendy Twine bow…more photos!

Think of the possibilities – hidden journaling, an additional pocket for mementos, more design embellishments - the sky is the limit!  And by scoring the strip of paper evenly with your Scor-Pal, the folds will be even (because heaven knows, I can’t seem to fold evenly to save my life)!

Another fun element I added with the help of my Scor-Pal was a little banner of paper, scored and folded to add some texture.  Simply cut a strip of paper (mine was 1″ X 12″), and score at the 1″ and 1 1/4″ marks.  Continue down the strip scoring at the whole number mark, and the 1/4″ mark after.  Fold the whole number mark back on itself, and then the 1/4″ that follows out on itself and you are all set to go!

So, why don’t you head off to the DCWV and Scor-Pal blogs to see what else the designers have up their sleeves!  And if that’s not reason enough, there are chances to win your own Scor-buddy!  Go check it out, and thanks for stopping by!

Trying something new!

This week, the challenge over at CropChocolate was completely open – we could do whatever we wanted to do!  I used this as an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone and get in on the Kraftin’ Kimmie challenge this week too!  It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to do some colouring, and there are no stamps that are more fun to colour than KK stamps!!  So yesterday, I grabbed my Copics and the super cute Goldilocks stamp, and had some fun!

Echo Park’s So Happy Together collection was perfect for this little gal and her friends!

I also thought this would be a great chance to try something new, so I thought I would tackle paper piecing Goldi’s skirt.  If you have never paper pieced with a stamp before, it is really easy!

  • Simply start by stamping your image once onto your colouring paper, and decide which parts of the image will be pieced.  Colour your image as desired. This will be your base stamped image.

    From this angle, you can see the layers on her skirt how the bows actually stick out from her hair!

  • Stamp the image again onto patterned paper (for this little gal, I actually used two different patterned papers so I stamped her 3 times).
  • Then, use some great scissors to fussy cut the shapes from the patterned paper that you would like to adhere onto the black and white image.  For Goldi, I cut out each of the diamonds and partial diamonds as well as the bow for her hair.
  • Glue the patterned paper shapes on to the base stamped image.

Goldilocks and her three bears! I love this stamp!

For this little gal, I also wanted the bows in her hair to sick up a bit, so I only glued down the centre to create more dimension.  However, this also meant that I had to colour a bit behind the paper piecing so you wouldn’t see white.  I also wanted to create a bit more depth on the layers of her skirt, so ended up cutting and paper piecing the ruffle at the bottom edge of her skirt, and then layering them under her skirt, but over top of her bloomers.  I love the effect –  the truth is that you can create the effect with colouring shadows, but I love that this adds a bit of texture to the card as well!

If you haven’t tried paper piecing a stamp before – GO FOR IT!  It was a bit of work for this gal, but I think it was worth it!  What do you think?

One+Sun=Fun

A few weeks ago, I came across a monthly challenge hosted by DCWV (Die Cuts with a View). I love challenges because they often give me that extra little push to get a layout or card finished, and often even challenge me to try something new!

In this case, I have had a layout sitting partially finished for over a year now!  Actually, if I’m being completely honest, “partially” is a bit of an overstatement.  The truth is that I had my paper pack chosen, my pictures mounted on white paper, and…well…that was about it!  Since the paper I had picked out was the super bright and cheerful Cotton Bloom Stack from DCWV, I used this as the little (???) kick in the rear that I needed!

So I grabbed the sketch that was provided for the challenge, and went for it!  Although the sketch was great as is, I decided to have a little fun and try turning it 90 degree clockwise!  It actually worked a bit better with my pictures (the emphasis changed a bit), to I stuck with it! This is actually a great tip if you are working with a sketch that just doesn’t quite fit for the project you are working on – try rotating or even flipping it and see what happens!  It took my brain a few minutes to comprehend where all the embellishments would be, but the fun thing about sketches is that anything goes – they really are just designed to be an inspirtation, not necessarily a specific map that cannot be changed or altered!

So with the help of some buttons, the Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge, some Trendy Twine in Kraft,  and my handy-dandy- scissors for some fun fussy cutting (need some tips and tricks for handling fussy cutting???  Have I got a post for you!), One+Sun=Fun was created!

This was T on her first birthday enjoying some fun in the sun with her Oma and Opa!

Now, it kind of feels like a layout isn’t complete right now unless there is a little hidden element somewhere in there, so let’s see if you can spot the difference:

Oh wait, I’m not quite finished:

So, a little hidden spot to place some jounraling and an extra hidden tab for another picture and I was ready to clean up my scrappy space…just remember, clean is in the eye of the beholder!! ;)  My goal was to try to create as much dimension as possible without having the elements stick up, and I think it was pretty successful!!  Oh, and I think I finally understand why banners seem to be all the rage right now – what an easy way to use up scraps and tie all of the colours together on your layout!  I think I see more banners in my future!

As for other things in my future, I think I will take on the July DCWV challenge as well for another layout I have had on the backburner for awhile!  How about you?  Care to join me?