Echo Park fun!

It’s been awhile since I played with my Echo Park paper collection ;) so I thought it would be fun to join them in their National Scrapbook day challenges.  I wanted to share the two that I completed for challenge 2 and 4.

Challenge 2 – Layout of Love

I-love-you-2,-3,-8

When my daughter was first learning her numbers, I was also trying to teach her how to respond to her dad when he said “I love you!”  I would say, “T, now you say – I love you too!”.  After a few days, she started to respond on her own…but she obviously mistook my “too” for the number too, as it came out “I love you two, 3, 8!”  It was awesome at the time, and it is still the way she responds to her dad’s “I love yous” a couple of years later.  I have  been waiting for an incentive to scrap this family tradition, and this seemed like a great challenge. for it!  For the layout, I used the awesome For the Record 2 collection – I thought the combination of feminine patterns with more masculine colours was perfect for this daddy/daughter layout!

Challenge 4 – 10X the Love

Fun-in-the-Sun-closed

Splash has always been one of my favourite EP collections!  I love the playful colours, and the embellishments are awesome!  I was excited to pull it out again to scrap this picture of my hubby and our youngest on one of her first visits to the beach. The challenge was to include 10 of something, so I made sure there were 10 waves in the background, 10 banner pieces behind the picture, 10 rhinestones at the top of the banners, and 10 words in my subtitle.

Splash was also the collection I used when I tried my first ever interactive layout more than 2 years ago, so I had to make sure there was an interactive element to this one too:

Fun-in-the-Sun-open

The photo lifts up to reveal another picture and a spot for more journaling.

Well, that’s it for me today!  I hope you had some time to get crafty this weekend too!  Thanks for stopping by!

Paper Flower Tutorial – PART 5

My own little garden in my scrappy corner. The Echo Park paper makes these little blooms pop!

So today is the last day of my week long flower power tutorials!  It’s been fun to create all of these along the way, and I think I have saved the best tutorial for last!

A few nights ago, while I was watching a Startgate Universe with my hubby, I decided to see how many different flowers I could come up with only using my trusty circle punch and some pretty paper.  Two episodes later, 6 pretty flowers were in bloom around me!  I’ve picked a few of them to share with you today.

So, all you need for these pretty daisy-like flowers are circles, circles and more circles.  You will need two different sizes – I used 1″ and 3/4″ for the tutorial, although you can make them any size you would like!  And since the printable pdf tutorials have been popular this week, I decided to do one more in that format for you!  Take a look here for your copy.

I call these "Flower 1". Original, isn't it!?

Over at Scrap a Little, you can find a cute origami flower that would make a great flat embellishment on a project.  Go check it out! And if you are looking for a great, simple design with no special tools needed, check out this post at scrapbook.com.  CrimsonMama was kind enough to share her step by step guide with me for my post this week!

I hope you have had fun this week making flowers with me!  Be sure to visit again soon because I think I need to come up with some projects with flower embellishments now! Have a great weekend everyone!

August CropChocolate Project – SPLASH! A pop-up layout

Top view of Splash Layout

So it was “Something You Have Never Done Before” month for the Crop Chocolate Design team.  We had to try out something new and then put together a video to help you figure it out too!  Although I have made pop-up cards before, I have never tried to incorporate a pop-up into a layout, so I thought I would give that a try!  And since I just recently received the super cute Echo Park Spalsh paper from Crop Chocolate, I thought they would make a good combination!  So, here’s what I came up with:

Splash Popup Layout - Popup component

Hidden underneath the photo on the layout...a SPLASH!

This little pop-up component actually splashes up and outwards behind the little photo I cut out.  It took a bit of cutting to figure out just how to get it to work, so here’s a little video to make it easier for you:

Now, having said all of that, I have a little secret to share with you – there is actually a bit of MME paper in there too!  I made the splashes on the pop-up out of a piece of Surf’s Up paper I received in a cardstock grab bag I purchased through CropChocolate.  It went so well, I just had to use it up on this layout.  The only problem was…

Splash Popup Layout - Closeup

Splash Popup Layout - Closeup of embellishments

I need to learn to put my pages away quickly after I have created them.  This one suffered a tragic accident (namely split bubbles) the day after I shot the video I had to redo the background page, but was lucky enough to be able to save the pop-up (although I guess I could have just watched my own video to figure out how to make a new one! ;))  I wonder how many more pages I will see suffer an untimely demise in my days scrapping at the kitchen table! :)

Give it a try!  It really is a neat project, and not nearly as challenging as it appears!  And how fun will it be to have people interact with the pages you create?!