Thursday, February 11, 2016

Black, White, and Silver Layout

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 I love using lots of color on my layouts, but once in a while it's fun to play around with the absence of color on a layout. Today, I have a black, white, and silver layout.


I started with a Bella Blvd Clear Cut. I loved the black arrows and adventure words for my travel layout. Since the paper is clear, I backed it with a piece of simple white card stock.


To bring in some interest, I matted each of my photos with shiny silver card stock. I carried more of the silver throughout the layout with the help of some silver Therm O Web Deco Foil and some Heidi Swapp Minc Insta Cards.


 Finally I added a few more touches of black, white, and silver with some We R Memory Keepers Clearly Posh Ephemera and We R Enamel Dots and Shapes.


 This black, white, and sliver layout is a nice break from my normal bright colors. It has a fun, modern and sophisticated feel, and successfully tells the story I wanted to tell! 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Belle Vie Layout

Hello! Tuesday I shared a layout from one of Photo Play Paper's new collections, Paper Dolls, but that's not the only great new collection designed by Julie Nutting. Today I'm sharing a layout created from Photo Play Paper's Belle Vie.


For this super feminine collection, I once again had to reach for a photo (taken by Candice Berman Photography) from my niece's 1 year photo shoot.


This lovely collection has a bit of upscale, Parisian feel to it, so it lent itself perfectly to a bit of gold. In the photo, my niece's shirt, bow, and birthday banner all have gold in them, so I mirrored that with a bit of gold textured card stock.


The Hello Beautiful journaling card was meant for this little girl's photo, and it served as the perfect title, too. This elegant collection just seems to call for clean lines and simple embellishing. 


Bella Vie is another knock out collection by Photo Play Paper and Julie Nutting!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Paper Dolls Layout

I was lucky enough to win a giveaway from Photo Play Paper, so I got my hands on their Paper Dolls and Belle Vie collections by Julie Nutting straight off the press. Needless to say, both of these collections are gorgeous, and I couldn't wait to create with them. I've been busy playing with both of them, and today I'm sharing a layout I created from the Paper Dolls collection.


My sister just gave me some of my niece's 1 year photos (taken by the talented Candice Berman Photography). When these new Photo Play Paper collections showed up, I knew I would be using them to scrap my niece's adorable and elegant photos.


Paper Dolls is such a soft and elegant collection. It has a touch of vintage, but pops of bright pink and shades of blue keep the collection feeling fresh.


Pretty layers of patterned paper help draw the eye to the photo and are a great way to use all the different patterns instead of having to just chose one! Since I usually scrap my boys, it's not too often that I get to dig into my stash of lace trim and Marion Smith vintage inspired gems and flowers. For this layout, however, all my pretty, girly embellishments were perfect! My style tends to lean towards clean and simple, so I just added a few clusters of the embellishments.


This Paper Dolls layout was so fun to create. The patterns coordinate so well that it makes the papers super easy to mix and match. Now I just need my sister to send me more photos so I have more reasons to scrap with Paper Dolls!


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Getting Started Bible Journaling

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As you probably know, Bible journaling is really popular. The moment I saw it, I fell in love with the idea of it...but here's the thing, I'm no artist. I'm a paper crafter, but I don't art journal, I can't draw, and I don't even have very good handwriting. I decided, though, that it doesn't matter. I want to journal in my Bible. There are some amazing Bible journaling artist out there, and my pages aren't going to look like theirs (not now, and maybe not ever), but that's okay. Today's post is just a bit of encouragement and a few things I've found helpful for getting started Bible journaling.


First of all, if you're already a  paper crafter, I'd encourage you to use what you have in your stash. Have lots of inks? Use those. Love Gelatos? Use those. Like to stamp? Then by all means, stamp in your Bible! Then start building on your stash as you find your groove and learn what you like to use. A few things I do suggest having are:
1. A journaling Bible or if you're want to start with something a little less permanent, a pretty journal, or a Bible Study Book (I love the ones from She Reads Truth, and they're great for journaling in).
2. Some good pens. I love the Illustrated Faith Pen (that I bought specifically for Bible Journaling), and I use a handful of colored American Crafts Precision Pens (that I already own for layout journaling).
3. Something to place behind the page you're working on to keep the ink/paint/whatever from bleeding into the rest of your Bible. I started by just using a thin piece of cardboard, but as soon as I could get my hands on an Illustrated Faith Bible Mat, I got that (you can see it peeking out from behind my pages in some of the photos below). It really helps to protect your Bible.

That's all I bought to begin. Everything else I have been using for the past 6 months or so has come from my craft stash. Now, I'll show you how I created the page above.


Since I'm not great with drawing, I love to add color and drama to my pages with inks and watercoloring. I thought I'd combine the two by doing some watercoloring with my Distress Inks. I just pressed my inks in Cracked Pistachio, Squeezed Lemonade, and Picked Raspberry directly onto my Sticky Thumb Splat Mat. Then I used a Water Brush to pick up the inks and paint then directly onto my Bible page.


Next, I used a Penny Black stencil to add some dots to my journaling space. I placed some washi tape on the stencil to block off the area of the stencil that I wanted to use. I sponged some Picked Raspberry ink directly onto the paper through the stencil. 


 I finished up by adding my journaling, some washi tape, and a few stickers.


My finished page isn't perfect, but it's my thoughts on this part of Genesis written down in a way that makes my creative heart happy.


 Have you tried out Bible journailing? What are some of your favorite techniques to use?

Friday, January 22, 2016

Scrapping a Large Piece of Memorabilia

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I've found that when we travel (whether it's a short weekend trip or something longer), I not only end up with lots of photos to scrap but lots of memorabilia like maps and tickets, too. Today, I'm sharing a layout that shows how I dealt with scrapping a large piece of memorabilia - a city map.


I decided to treat the map like I would a large photo. I let it take center stage on the left hand side of my 2 page layout. Since the map is such a big embellishment, I kept the rest of my embellishments on the page pretty simple. 


Because the map is black and white, I decided to go with some of the more colorful papers from Pink Paislee Atlas. Adding some pops of red, blue, and green helps brighten up the dullness of the map.


The right hand side of my page is also full of bright colors. Since the photos on this page are in color instead of black and white, I matted the photos with a bit of green paper to make them stand out and draw your eye. 


Since I had a little more space on the right hand side of the layout, I added a few more embellishments and a bit more layering. 


Scrapping a large piece of memorabilia definitely worked better for me when I treated the map like a large photo. Do you like to keep maps, tickets, and bits of non photo memories too? 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Disney Cruise Door Decor

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It's not too long now before we head out on a Disney Cruise. Not only is my family going, but my parents' and my sister and her family, too. One of the fun thing about a Disney cruise is that people decorate their doors. Of course, I eagerly volunteered to create our Disney cruise door decor.

 

 We will be in 3 separate rooms (close by each other) so we wanted to have similar but different decorations for our doors. We thought it would be fun to make Mickey Mouse inspired heads representing everyone going along. I wanted to utilize my Silhouette Cameo to do the heavy lifting for me, so I found an Etsy store (Miss Addison's Closet) that had the cutest Disney inspired cut-able heads. 


After deciding on a theme for each of our doors, I cut the heads from card stock. Then I used my Cameo and Silhouette software to create a word sign that goes with the them for each door. We get Star Wars. 


My sister's family gets Snow White (I still need to make a Grumpy inspired mouse head for their door...but I couldn't wait to share what I have done). 


And my parents get pirate Mickey heads. 


Finally, I wanted one piece of door decor that would be the same for all of our doors, so each door gets one of these. The cruise ship is a cut file from the Silhouette store. Then, I created the words to go along with the ship.
We're getting pretty excited for our trip now!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Travel Pocket Layout

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I don't do a lot of pocket style scrapping, it often just doesn't come naturally to me. I have found, though that there are times pocket pages really help break up the look of an album, especially when you have lots and lots of photos of the same thing. For example, I'm still plugging along scrapping photos from our trip to Ireland. For some of these photos, I have a about 1 spot worth of journaling to 10 or 20 photos. Breaking up the photos upon photos with a travel pocket layout really helps give your eye something different to look at and helps get those piles and piles of photos into an album.


I like to mix my pocket pages in with "regular" pages in my album. You can really see the difference between the 2 style of pages here, even though the layout of the pages is similar. The page on the left is a standard page, whereas the page on the right is a pocket page.


To keep the pages feeling a bit congruent, I used the same paper collection (Pink Paislee Atlas) on both pages, the same font for creating words, and pops of the same silver and teal foil on both pages.


I created my foiled titles by cutting custom words out with my Silhouette Cameo from Heidi Swapp Minc Toner Sheets. Then I covered the words with either silver or teal foil.


Then I added more pops of foil with Minc stickers, journaling cards, and patterned paper.


For me, using pocket pages for this travel pocket layout was a bit outside of my comfort zone, but in the end it really pays off. Using a pocket page really breaks up the look in my album, and gives your eye something new and different to look at. 

So, how about you? Do you love using pocket pages, or are they a bit outside of your comfort zone, too? I'd love to hear about how you break up pages and pages of travel photos!