Sunday, June 27, 2010

Thank you

I would like to extend a special THANK YOU to Marieke and Rachel for putting the kits together for 2010. I feel a huge debt of gratitude for your efforts and boundless creativity.

Thank you for inspiring me.

Note on July: I'm actually working early! I have three layouts already done... and I'm going to work on a 2-3 more projects. I haven't even gotten to my 'favorite' materials in the kit yet. This has been an exciting year - and from the looks of what you ladies sent... it's only getting better.

Claudia: welcome to the club! I can't wait to see your crafts for July.

Love & Happy Scrappin' -

Friday, June 25, 2010

Theresa's June Results

This month was a little wacky for me. I really liked the papers and materials this month. I feel like I had a hard time using them though. I *really* went a little nuts with the rub-on sheet. Just.... stop me next time. :-)

Needless to say, I was inspired by the friendship theme to dig back into some files and use some pictures that had not yet been properly scrapped. They are now in my ORMV book to stay!

I made a birthday card for A's mom... but I was so excited to send it that I forgot to take a picture before I dropped it in the mail. The next time we're in SC, I'll snap a shot and edit this post.

Layout 1

Layout 2

Layout 3 (oh boy. no more rub-ons for me.)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Marieke's June Results

Well, I had grand plans for posting early. Oh, well. This month I'm making no promises for next month.

Originally, inspired by Theresa's ferry building card, I was going to make some cards from this month's kit but scrapped (pun intended) that idea and decided to go with another layout. I really need to finish this album and get it out of my life, so I am working toward that for the next day or so and I'm going to push hard to finish it. This layout is one step closer to being done.

I think the cards I had in mind would have turned out really cute, so I may try to do something similar in the future. I was going to use some vintage patriotic images like the one below and make a shabby chic, stitched together card. But I need to finish up Kurt's album, so I decided to go with another layout.

If you are interested in more patriotic vintage images just click here.

Here's the layout I ended up doing:

In general, I love how this layout turned out. I think the only thing I would change would be to mat the photo collage on plain blue with a thin border. I was inspired by Rachel's layouts to put together a photo collage. It's a great way to get a lot of photos on one page. I like how the Seattle postcard is a photo collage, too. I like how they resonate. There were a couple of other postcards (one with Cyn's handwriting on the back which I wasn't about to paste down), a polaroid similar to the car driving through the tree photo, and a menu from their tea at the Empress Hotel. I decided the best thing to do would be to make a pocket for those items.

Here's something pretty ironic. I got the idea for stitching the pocket and the idea for folding back those pieces on the border from that Creating Keepsakes video I bitched about on my blog. After watching it, I was tempted to keep it, pay the $7 and receive more of them. It was actually pretty awesome and packed with ideas. Here are a couple awesome tips from the same video:

1. Use the back of a mouse pad for the cushion under your paper when piercing.
2. Use your paper piercer to open the little tabs on the back of a brad and roll the handle of your paper piercer between them to smooth them down. It's awesome!!!! Brads don't hurt my fingertips anymore.

I also like the maple leaf. I found an outline of a maple leaf image online and figured out a short cut for tracing it. I laid the printed out image over the red paper. Then I simply took a ball point pen and pressing firmly, I traced the image. When I lifted the paper with the maple leaf image, an impression of the pen marks was pressed into the paper. No need to cut out the image of the maple leaf first, no pencil marks to erase. I decided to add some black outlining to the leaf to tie in the black title. I am getting so sick of black printing. A color printer is at the top of my wish list.

Okay, so I just have to say that I am so excited to do next month and play with the vintage materials Rachel put together. Yay!!!!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Rachel's June Results

I can't believe it's already June!

This month I did one layout and four cards. Here is my layout:

Red and blue were just too perfect for all of the recent photos from our trip. Here is a closer look at the title:

I spent way too much time trying to make the the letters look like Lego bricks. I hope it worked.

Here are my cards:

This one is my favorite:

Here is a look at the inside:
Here are the others:

Here is a closer look at the inside:

Friday, June 4, 2010

June Kit

Better late than never, I suppose...

This month's colors:
Main: red & blue
Accents: (none)
Neutrals: White

1. Paper - 4 Sheets (2 patterned and 2 plain)

patterned: floral damask & blue circles

plain: blue & red with blue crosses

Extra paper: tags

3 red scalloped square journaling spots with unattached white square layers & 1 red rectangular tag

2. Ribbon

2 fat: blue organza & red grosgrain

3. Brads and Bling

Brads: 4 silver & 4 red

Bling: 1 dragonfly charm, 1 wire word "dream", and 6 gemstones (3 red & 3 blue)

4. Embellishments

1 red crocheted flower, 3 off-white Prima flowers, & 1 sheet of rub-ons

5. Titles

1 Silver metal word "imagine" & 1 die-cut word "Friends"

6. Sentiments & Phrases

1 sheet of quotations

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Rachel's May Results

Apologies for the delay. May was a crazy month for me but I am happy to finally be able to post my layouts for this month. I love this kit!

Layout #1:

I have been wanting to do a then and now layout for a while, and the juxtaposition of these two photos made it all fall into place.

Layout #2:
This layout was a big risk for me. I wanted to play with white space and a hand doodled border. And I finally got to use the white doodling pen! Harder than I thought, but I'm happy with the results.

Layout #3:

Did I mention that I love purple?