Altenew Scrapbook Kit Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there! I am so excited to be participating in the Altenew Reflection scrapbook kit release blog hop today, and if this is your first visit to Brioche and Blessings, thanks for stopping by! I had so much fun opening and creating with this beautiful kit! 

The bright and vibrant colors in this kit will take you back to all those happy moments captured at home or abroad. From trendy watercolor painted papers, to beautiful cityscape postcards and a wide assortment of embellishments, this kit is perfect for creating gorgeous layouts, wall art, mixed media projects, and many more!

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The kit contains: 

  1. 48 sheets of 12”x12” patterned paper (two of each design)

  2. One 8.5”x11” cardstock sticker sheet

  3. Two 6”x12” alphabet puffy sticker sheets

  4. 20 8.5”x3.5” watercolor cityscape postcards

  5. One 2x3 photopolymer clear stamp set

  6. 20 epoxy buttons with adhesive back

  7. 34 cardstock and acetate die cuts

  8. 12 origami wood veneer shapes

  9. Two white resin decorative frames

  10. One 8.5”x11” chipboard sticker sheet

  11. One rubber roller stamp

The travel-themed elements of the kit had me pull out a couple of favorites from a family trip to Paris in 2014. I gravitated toward the beautiful green and blue watercolor designs, which worked perfectly with the beautiful, blue sky in my photos and accented with pops of bright pink.

There are SO MANY embellishments to choose from in this kit, but I was drawn to the the "let the adventures begin" wreath chipboard. It inspired me to add four circular elements to the right side of my photo mat.

With so many different elements in this kit, the bright colors and clean design, the Reflection kit is definitely one that should be a treat to yourself this Christmas! 

There are so many talented ladies who also have gorgeous projects to share using the Reflection scrapbook kit, so be sure to hop along all of their blogs: 

Altenew

Jessy Christopher

Stephanie Buice

Eunyoung Lee

Vincenza Gudor

Flora Monika Farkas

Raquel Bowman

Aimee Dow

Kim Stewart

Lilith Eeckels

Meghann Andrew < YOU ARE HERE > 

Ashley Horton

Evelyn Yusuf

Want to win your own Reflections scrapbook kit? To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Wednesday, December 14th at 11:59pm EST for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Thursday, December 15th.

You can also leave a comment here by December 15th at 5pm EST to win a $30 gift certificate to the Altenew shop! Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check out all of the lovely inspiration along the hop today! 

Talk to Me About Titles!

Adding a title to my layout is one of my favorite parts of the design process, however, I understand that it can be a source of frustration for some of us scrapbookers! I'm brainstorming something new and exciting over here, and I'd love to have some feedback from you, my lovely blog reader!

Talk to me about titles.

Answering the questions below in a comment is all you need to do to be entered into a drawing to win an Ali Edwards Click Story Kit! 

  1. Do you always include a title on your layouts? If so, do you plan this alongside your photos/supplies, or is it typically an afterthought?
  2. Do you find titling difficult? What do you find hard about adding a title to your page? The actual title itself, or choosing the products that make it up? 
  3. Do you have a hard time coming up with the words of a title, typically, or do you find that it comes easily with the story you want to tell? 
  4. Think of your favorite layout, and how this title just worked for your page. What makes a "good" title to you, both the words of the title, and design-wise?
  5. What is you #1 favorite product for creating titles? (For example, a Silhouette Cameo, or Thickers alphas

Giveaway will remain open until Friday, November 18th at 9am CST, and is open to internationals!

Thanks so much for your feedback and I can't wait to read your answers!

Using Diagonal Lines with Shimelle Products!

Yesterday, I had a new layout featured on the Shimelle.com blog, and it's a favorite one of mine! 

I typically tend to shy away from bold paper, like this Ranger pattern in the Starshine collection, but when I realized I could use it to create emphasis on my photos, I was excited to take advantage of those bold diagonal lines.

All of my embellishments were placed along the diagonal, so that I didn't break up those lines. I also tried to color block the red embellishments to the red lines, and the blue embellishments to the blue lines, so that there was a sense of continuity.

My favorite part of the layout is the placement of this acetate arrow, which really draws attention to the vertical row of photos and houses my title. It was definitely one of those "happy accidents" that it fit perfectly on top of the photo of the Beefeater, the pointed to my journaling.

I was so excited about creating this layout that I created a process video: 

Be sure to check out all of the Shimelle products used in this layout. I love how the different collections work perfectly together! 

Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend! 

Elle's Studio November Exclusive Kit Reveal!

Can you believe it's November, and the year is almost over? That means there's only two Elle's Studio exclusive kits left for 2016, and the November kit is spectacular! 

Document your November and get ready for December with the November 2016 exclusive kit, in which fall colors pair with Christmas classics. You'll also want to check out all of the awesome add-ons that coordinate with the kit this month: 

From top to bottom: Thanksgiving Acrylic, Love Wood Veneer, Merry Christmas Acrylic, Large Acrylic Stars, Good Cheer Stamp, Joy Journaling Tags, Acrylic Snowflake, Gingerbread Wood Veneer, Acrylic Christmas Trees, Stars and Hearts Frosted Acrylic, Christmas Wood Veneer Attachers, FaLaLa Acrylic, Bah Humbug Acrylic, Twinkle Acrylic, Deck the Halls Wood Veneers

My first project this month is a combination of an 8-1/2"  x 11" layout with an adjoining pocket page, and I combined this month's kit with the Sunny Days and the Autumn mini collection for an autumnal spread.

My second project is a 12" x 12" layout with a Christmas theme, featuring a series of three fun photos of my little family.

Supplies | November 2016 exclusive kit, Stars and Hearts Frosted Acrylic, ’Tis the Season 12” x 12” paper collection, Family acrylic, Malia alphabet stamp.

In addition to the kit and add-ons this month, there are also some new 2017 products to plan your Project Life album for next year that you'll want to pick up in the shop.

From top to bottom: Monthly Wood Veneer Tabs, 2017 Large Black Acrylic, 2017 Large White Acrylic, 2017 Small Black Acrylic, 2017 Small White Acrylic, Date It Stamp, Right Now Journaling Tags, 2017 3" x 4" Calendars, Monthly Journaling Tags

Check out all of the new offerings in the shop this month, perfect for all of your end of year documenting! Happy creating! 

Elle's Studio October Exclusive Kit Reveal- With Subscriptions!

I am so excited to share the new October exclusive kit from Elle's Studio with you this month, not only because it is gorgeous, but also because this month is the first month that Elle is offering kit subscriptions with NO CANCELLATION FEE. How great is that? Anyone who subscribes today will  also receive a free acrylic gift, so check out all of the amazing new products in the shop! 

You will definitely want to start your subscription this month! Take a look at the October kit!

Those gorgeous colors and patterns definitely won me over! The add-ons, which include the Autumn wood veneer, Autumn wood veneer attachers, Family acrylic, Family Fun stamp, Autumn leaves acrylic mix and Autumn journaling tags, are perfectly designed to coordinate with your kit, and will inspire you to document your October memories!

And, get more "bang for your buck" by ordering the October cut files and Love My Tribe printables

My first layout turned out exactly as I had planned- crisp and clean, but still with an autumnal feel.

With just a few supplies, I created this layout about how much I yearn for fall each year! By backing the die-cut cardstock page with a stamped and misted piece of cardstock, I created a lot of texture on my background, and topped it with pieces from the exclusive kit and add-ons. 

My second layout has a much more playful feel.

There were so many lovely smaller tags in the the kit this month, along with the digital cut files and acrylic pieces- I just couldn't stop layering! 

Have questions about the new subscription format? Check out the ES blog for any questions you may have. Grab your kit via subscription before they're gone- these lovelies are sure to sell out fast! 

Jot Magazine Issue 15: Everyday Magic

Hi there! Jot Magazine Issue 15 has been out for almost two weeks now, and if you haven't checked it out, you won't want to miss all of the inspiration in store for you there! Today I'd like to share a layout I created for the first gallery in this issue, the Sparkle gallery! 

“Everyday Magic” Supplies | Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned paper: Studio Calico. Journaling cards: Project Life. Stamps: Elle’s Studio, Studio Calico. Dies: Elle’s Studio. Embellishments: Ali Edwards, Studio Calico, Evalicious, Studio Calico, Color Cast Designs, Pink Paislee, American Crafts. Ink: Stampin’ Up, Tsukineko.

This layout was inspired by a beautiful moment I shared at my daughter doing an ordinary thing: pushing the shopping cart (or trolley for my British friends) from the store to the car, and since the parking lot was empty that morning, racing as fast as we could down the aisles. I was lucky enough to have my phone in my hand at the time to capture the moment.

The beautiful star background cut file, created by Elle's Studio, was backed with silver POW! paper from American Crafts, cut from a sheet of white cardstock. To add a bit of color, I painted teal watercolor paint around where I would place my photo and journaling. I love the dreamy quality it gives my background.

Next, I started layering. I pulled the gorgeous blue patterned paper from the Wink Wink scrapbook kit from Studio Calico. It had that gorgeous watercolor paper feel that I was looking for. To offset that dark blue, I chose reddish-orange cards from the Project Life Everyday Edition core kit (one of my favorites!), and my color scheme was nailed down. 

Although this was not a color scheme that I've used before, I found it quite easy to find embellishments in my stash to match. My title was created with a mix of Pink Paislee glitter alphas, that were a long-ago exclusive from Studio Calico, and the "magic" acrylic word, from the Ali Edwards Magic Story Kit, one of my favorites. I also used a few pieces of chipboard from this kit that were perfect for this story, especially the "magical ordinary moments" circle.

This could possibly be one of my favorite layouts of the year. Simple and so my style- documenting a magical moment with my little. 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Monday! 

Elle's Studio September Exclusive Kit Reveal!

Can you believe it is already September? I always find this month strange- summer is not quite over, but I'm yearning for fall, and the Elle's Studio exclusive kit this month has the best of both seasons! Take a look at this beautiful kit!

There are SO many embellishments that coordinate with the kit this month, including the vellum hearts, foodie wood veneer, Right Now stamp, Collecting Moments acrylic, Best Ever acrylic, Fall acrylic, Autumn acrylic, Awesome acrylic and Autumn stars.

Lastly, the Hello Autumn printables and September cut files are a must-buy! 

I was so excited about the herringbone pattern in the digital cut file this month, that I made it the focus of the design on my first layout.

I absolutely love the simplicity of this layout. Although it was a bit time-consuming backing the cut file with tiny pieces of colorful paper, the outcome is so worth it to me! This is easily one of my favorite layouts of the year.

My second layout was created for my Disneyland album, which is always a work in progress!

Supplies | September exclusive kitSeptember cut filesSunny Days 12" x 12" paper collection, Sunny Days puffy stickersEveryday Labels puffy stickers- gray, Marie alphabet stamp, Autumn acrylic stars

I again used the September cut files to cut "documented" to place under my photo, which I then placed on top of the bold stripe on the "Adventures" pattern from the Sunny Days collection. Because I wasn't using orange in this album, I simply cut out the orange stripe and adhered the design back together on my background! 

The title was so much fun to create, and was stamped with the Marie alpha stamp in multiple colors. I then stitched over the letters, so that the title looked like a banner, and added some puffy and acrylic stars.

Watch out for another project from me coming next week, using the September kit and add-ons!

This month is very exciting, because Elle is doing a free shipping offer! Any orders $50+ shipping  to the U.S. should use code SHIPUSA and international orders of $75+ use code SHIPINT. Happy shopping, and happy creating! 

Jot Magazine September Mood Board

I am so excited to be the guest pinner for the Jot Magazine mood board this month! 

I am really loving sunset colors and aztec patterns right now, and this mood board certainly reflects that. My layout started with a photo of my daughter and goddaughters on a walk through  the woods.

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Going through my stash, I began pulling patterned papers with the colors and patterns that reflected the mood board. My favorite image of the painted leaves, had to be used on my layout, so I grabbed a BlockWalla wood leaf stamp, along with my acrylic paints to fill in some of the spaces.

There is a lot of layering of colors and patterns on this page, and with all of the layers surrounding my photo, I kept my embellishment very simple, using a lot of old items from my stash, including this last piece of the Amy Tangerine fabric leaf border.

The Jot Girls projects inspired by this board are so amazing! Be sure to check them out and upload your own creation for a chance to win a fantastic prize! 

Pink Paislee Guest Designer: Birthday Week!

I am so excited to announce that I am the guest designer on the Pink Paislee blog today during birthday week! I had such a fun time making these creations using the new Birthday Bash collection, and I hope they inspire you to document and craft your next party! 

To create all of these projects, I worked with a few simple supplies:

Let's take a look at what I created! 

This 12" x 12" layout came together quickly by using a grid design. I made sure to run my elements both vertically and horizontally to create a lot of interest. Don't forget to document your own birthdays, and your hopes and fears for the upcoming year, as I did here!

I so love bunting, hanging at a party or on a layout, and my photo was framed twice- first by the bunting at the top and bottom of my page, then by the die-cut elements and watercolor surrounding the photo of my daughter getting ready to blow out her candle.

I started making one card, but had so much fun with it that I made three! These cards have an extra element of surprise for your recipient, given that each has an acetate window that carries part of the sentiment through to the inside of the card.

I just had to die-cut a balloon background to document this photo of my daughter, taken on her birthday with a bunch of balloons. To make the balloons stand out, I backed them with patterned paper, all from the Birthday Bash collection, then outlined the edges with watercolors, and stitched the balloon strings. This is my favorite project from my guest post! 

If you've been following me here for a while, you know that I'm a big fan of throwing a party, and I especially love making things for kiddos that they can call their own. These fun party hats were cut with this digital die-cut file, then embellished with two rows of crepe paper, sewn on at the bottom and cut with Martha Stewart fringe scissors. I also fringe cut more crepe, rolled it up and stuck it in the top of the hat. To customize each hat, a simple die-cut ephemera piece, topped with an initial and a sequin finishes them off quickly! 

Thanks so much for checking out my projects! Be sure to take a look at the Birthday Bash collection, currently on sale at Scrapbook.com! 

Elle's Studio August Exclusive Kit Reveal!

I'm so excited to tell you that the Elle's Studio August exclusive kit and add-ons are now available in the Elle's Studio shop! August is typically one of my favorite kits of the year, and this one definitely did not disappoint! 

The kit is full of great colors and awesome sayings. Also, the die-cuts are now being packaged on 4" x 6" sheets, ready to be easily punched out, and I created a short video to show you how easy they are to remove from their sheets, which make them so much easier to see all together in one place.

Don't forget the digital printables and cut files that coordinate with the kit! 

I started my projects out this month with a double pocket page spread! It's been a LONG time since I created one of these, and I just added a few stamps and items from the Sunny Days collection. There is so much packed in the kit that I had plenty of tags left to create a layout and still have leftover supplies! 

I just had to use the Read stamp to include these colorful little stamped books on the "sunshine and ___" tag! 

For my second project, I went back to my roots and created a 12" x 12" layout! The "long hot summer days" tag was my muse for this layout, and I printed out photos from an impromptu splash pad encounter this summer.

These are definitely some of my favorite photos from the summer, and this kit was perfect to document them! 

Be sure to stop by the Elle's Studio shop to check out all of the new items this month, and be sure to check out the sale items in the shop this month! 

Elle's Studio: Today You Are Three

Yesterday on the Elle's Studio blog, I shared a recent favorite layout with a photo that I've hesitated scrapbooking since January- that was until I pulled out my Documented mini collection

Elle’s Studio Supplies | Documented journaling tagsDocumented stampLittle Moments 6” x 6” paper stackSunny Days 12” x 12” collection packSunny Days 6” x 6” paper stackThe Story Of stamp.

This photo, taken on Lizzy's third birthday back in January, just always had me stumped. Because Lizzy was wearing fuchsia, I really didn't have any product that would go along with the photo, and almost made the photo black and white to scrapbook it. That was, until I pulled out my Documented journaling tags

The colors that I found in these journaling tags couldn't have been more perfect with this photo! By layering the Documented journaling tags with Little Moments 6" x 6" papers on a clean, white background, this layout came together so quickly! 

To mimic the balloons that Lizzy was holding in the photo, I punched circles from a Documented 3" x 4" journaling tag, the purple polka dot paper from Little Moments 6” x 6” paper stack, and a die cut from the Project Life Everyday collection. I taped bakers twine to the back before adhering them with dimensional adhesive, then tied them all together with a knot before adhering the knot to my journaling tag to keep it in place. 

I wanted to add some weight to the top and bottom of my layout, and the More Stars paper from the Sunny Days 12” x 12” collection pack was perfect to go along with the Documented supplies. To create my title, I used both the The Story Of stamp and the Documented stamp to stamp "today you are" before adding silver Thickers to finish off the layout. I kept the rest of the layout simple by adding a few acrylic, and puffy stars, and a bit of shimmer mist droplets. 

Be sure to check out the exclusive Documented products in the Elle's Studio shop before they disappear! 

Shimelle.com: Taking Inspiration From Planners

Today on Shimelle.com, I'm sharing a new layout that I created, taking inspiration from my favorite planner, my Get to Work Book!

I had so much fun creating this layout. For the full post, as well as to see Shimelle's lovely page that was also inspired by planners, check out Shimelle.com

Jot Magazine Issue 14: Once Upon a Time

Jot Magazine issue 14 has been out for a few weeks now, and if you haven't checked it out yet, I'd love to share a layout I created for the Storytelling section. This month's theme was "once upon a time," which immediately made me think of our trip to Disneyland at the end of last year, so I decided to create another 8-1/2" x 11" layout to add to my Disneyland album.

Supplies | Cardstock: Bazzill Basics. Patterned paper: Simple Stories. Journaling tags: Project Life, Elle's Studio. Stickers: Simple Stories, Crate Paper, Studio Calico. Stamps: In a Creative Bubble, Studio Calico. Wood veneer: American Crafts. 

When we first arrived at the park, the first ride we came to with a short line was the Flying Dumbo ride. Walking up to it, Lizzy was just amazed. I was so happy that I had my camera ready to capture the joy and excitement in her face. 

I loved the floral & sequin paper from Simple Stories that I chose for my background, but when I cut it to 8-1/2" x 11", the gold "I am" words were still visible in the right corner. So I simply covered that area with sequins and flowers cut from another corner of the paper. I continued my red, yellow, turquoise, white and black color scheme from the rest of my Disney layouts throughout the page, layering tags, washi, and stickers to create a whimsical, girly layout.

Title work is always my favorite part of a layout, and I had fun creating this one with Crate Paper Thickers, an older alphabet stamp from Studio Calico, and epoxy gold alphas from Studio Calico.

I'm loving having this memory documented in my Disneyland album! What will you create with the theme of "once upon a time?"

Elle's Studio July Reveal!

Today's the day! The Elle's Studio July exclusive kit is now available in the shop, and you won't want to miss out on it, or the other amazing deals going on over there- including 20% off on all stamps! (No coupon code needed!)

The July kit is super bright and colorful! I love the abundance of navy blue, and the camera icon is my favorite! 

Wow, there are so many extras to add to your order this month! Featured from top to bottom, left to right: Favorite acrylic, vellum hearts, Yum acrylic, star circles acrylics, Good Times tabs, So Awesome stamp, acrylic pie chart, wood veneer camera.

If you're looking to add some new digitals to your library, check out the July 2016 cut files, star background cut file and the Relax printables

This month, I created two colorful layouts with the kit, along with the fun Sunny Days collection. As soon as I saw the photo from a trip last year in San Antonio, with all of the multicolored umbrellas in the background, I knew that it would be perfect for this kit.

I hand cut five different umbrellas from both patterned papers in the Sunny Days collection, as well as tags from the kit to create the fun bottom half of my layout, using my sewing machine to create umbrella poles. It was so fun to create! 

My next layout uses a completely different color scheme to create a layout all about an awesome brunch shared in Savannah, Georgia.

There were quite a few food-based tags included in the kit, and paired with the Yum acrylic piece, it was the perfect basis for creating a foodie layout! 

Stop by the Elle's Studio shop today to see all of the new products available for July, as well as pick up some of the awesome stamps on sale at 20% off! Oh, and if you missed out on the Sunny Days puffy stickers last month, you'll be happy to know that they're back in stock! Happy shopping! 

Jot Magazine July Mood Board

A new month brings a new mood board over at Jot Magazine, and this one, created by Kim Jeffress, will leave you feeling full of sunshine! 

I am a huge fan of yellow, so it was pretty easy to find supplies to create this layout based on the mood board. I started out with a photo that I knew would work perfectly, from Easter 2015, when my father and daughter were both wearing yellow for an Easter egg hunt.

Supplies | Crate Paper (woodgrain paper, bunting, ampersand & star die-cuts, tag, arrow, "thankful" and bird stickers, bow clip, fabric brad.) American Crafts (chipboard "today"). Carta Bella (background yellow geometric pager.) Studio Calico (yellow floral.) October Afternoon ("smiles" tag). Stampin' Up! (twine). Other: enamel dots.

In addition to the yellow and warm wood tones from the board, I also included a tiny bit of mint, which I introduced when I chose the large tag tucked behind my photo. 

I have been hoarding this October Afternoon 4" x 4" tag from the Daily Flash collection for ages, so it was about time to use it! 

Since the mood board included hanging bunting, I also added a bit in the top corner of my layout. I love all of the layering in this corner- with lots of different patterns and textures to keep it interesting! 

Be sure to check out the other Jot girls layouts on the mood board page, and upload your own creation using the mood board as inspiration to win a chance for the Jot girls to choose your layout this month! 

Scraptastic Club Farewell: Capture Beautiful You

This week, I'm wrapping up my May kits from Scraptastic Club, which means I had to create another layout with the Cake by the Ocean kits (both sold out, but check out the contents here.)

This beautiful photo that I took of my goddaughter last fall was just screaming to be documented with these kits. The bright colors in her dress deserved bright products, too.

These kits were full of the Fancy Free collection by Paige Taylor Evans and Pink Paislee, and the exclusives, like this star die-cut and those fun circles, worked so well with the collection. 

For my journaling, I pulled a card from my May 2016 This Life Noted kit. The "big things often have small beginnings" saying was perfect for her. 

As I typically do to make things a bit more interesting, I used three different elements for my title- Pinkfresh Studio's acetate words and word stickers, as well as the glitter Thickers from the Fancy Free collection. Using the tone-on-tone pink dot paper behind my title helped to ground it and make it stand out more.

With this layout, I say goodbye to Scraptastic Club. I've been designing with their fabulous kits for almost two years now, and I felt that it was time to lighten my load and make a bit of a change this summer. I'll be watching their fabulous design team create beautiful projects in the future, though! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!

Documenting May

No matter how many traditional layouts I create, I still LOVE my monthly pocket page spreads. They allow me to get so many more photographs in my album which I don't have time to create layouts for, and document a huge portion of our daily lives as a family. 

For the month of May, I got to work on my Project Life spreads, using the May 2016 This Life Noted kit and add-on from Scraptastic Club.

I started off with a double page spread, using a red, pink and yellow color scheme. The majority of my journaling was done with the Collect App. I kept my pockets fairly simple, using die-cuts from the kits, and filling a lot of spaces in with the This Life Noted stamp, included in the kit.

This month included Mother's Day, so of course I had to include the "cool mom" card in my spread!

Spread two for the month has a blue, teal and yellow color scheme. Using yellow on both spreads ties them together, even though they have very different color schemes.

There were so many fun embellishments included in the kits this month! I especially loved the Project Life Currently Ephemera included in the add-on. The little cameras were perfect for adding a little something to my cards.

To add a bit of a title to my spread, I used the Fancy Free Thickers from the Cake by the Ocean kit (sold out) on my 4" x 6" card.

Page 5 again uses yellow, but with just teal this time. I used very simple embellishments on this page, but I love how it all turned out. I will use the same color scheme for the beginning of June, which will go to the right of this page.

Thanks for stopping by! How are you doing with your pocket page album? So far, I've been able to keep up, with help from the Collect App and my Scraptastic Kits! 

Jot Magazine Issue 14: Make Something Beautiful

Have you ever had a photo that you loved, so much, that you just held on to it until you had the perfect products to scrapbook it? Well, this was my photo, and when challenged with the "stencils" category in Jot Magazine issue 14, I finally pulled it out and got a bit messy to document it. Well, messy for me! 

Supplies | Cardstock: Bazzill Basics. Patterned paper: Studio Calico, Scraptastic Club. Stickers: American Crafts (alpha), Studio Calico (dots, crosses). Stamps: Scraptastic Club. Die-cut shapes: Studio Calico (blue circles), Scraptastic Club (red vellum brushstroke). Rub-ons: American Crafts. Digital files: Studio Calico. Die-cutting machine: Silhouette Cameo. Font: Rough Typewriter. Other: Golden modeling paste, Studio Calico spray ink, Project Life date stamp.

To create my title, I cut the word "beautiful" out with my Silhouette, using a freebie Studio Calico digital file that I received ages ago. Doing this isn't very tricky, if you have Photoshop. You can simply save the digital file as a PNG, erase whatever you don't want from the background, then save and drag the file into your Silhouette software to trace. 

After I cut the word "beautiful" from cardstock twice, I adhered the two pieces together, so that my stencil could be a bit thicker. I then adhered the stencil to my background cardstock using temporary adhesive, and colored three different spoonfuls of modeling paste with pink, yellow and teal spray ink, filling in my stencil and picking it up as soon as I was done. 

However, I wasn't too happy with the edges of my word. The stencil wasn't close enough to my background cardstock, causing some of the modeling paste to seep out from the edges. How did I fix this?

I didn't want to do it over again, especially since the stencil was a "one time use" item, so I just waited for it to dry, then cut the word out, cutting off the messy edges! I then adhered it to my new white background cardstock and finished off the page. Since I'm not the messiest scrapbooker, I opted to use vellum die-cuts and stamped ink blots instead of actually making them myself with ink! 

I absolutely love this colorful page, with a lot of white space, just like my daughter's artwork in the photo above. If you're like me, and are not a messy, mixed media scrapbooker, be brave and try this stencil technique this weekend! Also, be sure to check out the other awesome layouts in the stencil section of Jot Magazine issue 14

Have a great one, and happy creating! 

Elle's Studio June Reveal!

It's here! It's here! The June exclusive kit from Elle's Studio is now available in the shop! This colorful kit is perfect for documenting a variety of subjects- from summer activities to what books you're reading on the beach!

The digital cut files and printables offer so many awesome additions to the kit!

The patriotic stars, exclusive Shine Bright stamp set, popsicle acrylics, "summer" acrylic and summer star acrylics will embellish you project perfectly.

And, to top off all of these goodies, the Sunny Days collection is now available to ship in the Elle's Studio shop! I'm loving working with this bright, cheerful collection. My first layout, uses it along with the exclusive kit and add-ons- and they all work together seamlessly!

As soon as I saw the sunglasses cut file, I knew I wanted to put photos in the lenses. I found two similar photos of my husband and my daughter catching waves while on Tybee Island last summer. These products were perfect for documenting that day at the beach! 

My second layout this month has a completely different color scheme, using the same exclusive kit and Sunny Days products

Does anyone else have summery tractor photos to document? No? This kit was perfect for documenting this photo of my daughter on my parent's John Deere. I stuck with green and yellow to match the tractor and threw in orange to make it extra summery! 

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out the rest of the design team's inspirational projects using the June exclusive kit and Sunny Days collection

Jot Magazine: June Mood Board

The June mood board at Jot Magazine is live, and its neutral, natural feel will make you want to create instantly!

I felt like this mood board held so many creative possibilities. I started with a kraft, black and white palette, then added in tiny bits of dark green. Once i knew what I was documenting, my favorite homemade breakfast treat, I threw in a tiny bit of orange, too!

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned paper: Studio Calico, Crate Paper. Project Life cards: Project Life (striped), Scraptastic Club (orange). Die cuts: Crate Paper (leaves), Pink Paislee (citrus). Chipboard: American Crafts (love, alphas), Crate Paper ("find what makes you happy.") Other: thread and enamel dots.

How will this mood board inspire you? Create your project based on it & post at the mood board post for a chance to win a bundle of scrapbooking supplies!