Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Child's Garden with Want2Scrap and Susan K. Weckesser

Hello and welcome!!  Today I am sharing a flower-filled scrapbook layout using the bright and whimsical papers from the Live In Color collection designed by Susan K. Weckesser.
Not long ago, I thumbed through a copy of  A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson.  The title inspired me to scrap this spring school photo in a garden filled with flowers...and advice!  I used some of my favorite quote stamps and black Archival Ink.

The sentiments - stamped in crisp black ink - really pop off of the background created by the brightly colored blooms.

I highlighted the black dots on this large flower with black rhinestones from Want2Scrap.

The butterflies on the layout are also from Want2Scrap.  After I adhered them to the page, I painted inside the sections of the wings.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Want2Scrap / Susan K. Weckesser Products Used on Flower Garden Layout:

Other products: Cardstock, Archival Ink, Misc stamps, washi tape, Distress Inks, alpha

Monday, April 14, 2014

Serendipity and Love with Quick Quotes

Hello and welcome!  Today I am sharing a layout  featuring Quick Quotes *new* Serendipity collection.  I love the combination of blues, greens, and lavender that make up this line and decided to use it to scrap an engagement photo of my husband and me...so appropriate given the definition!

ser-en-dip-i-ty  noun the occurence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way

I started by die cutting and embossing hearts from each of the papers in the line. You have 8 patterns to choose from since the papers are double sided.  I varied the size and shape of the hearts and mixed in pieces from the Calypso Chipboard Die Cuts.
The die cuts were sanded to reveal the white core.  I added dimension with Steel Blue bling from Want2Scrap.

I die cut and embossed a vellum sentiment from Quick Quotes and layered it over white cardstock...
... which I had inked with PowderPuff Chalking Ink, using the Spellbinders Labels Four die as a stencil.
To create a frame for the sentiment I used Spellbinders Gold Labels Four dies to cut and emboss Serendipity 100 paper.  The paper has a white core, which is easily revealed with a little sanding.
For the finished piece I actually chose to use a different quote and added Want2Scrap Teardrop Bling accents.

If you are interested in seeing how I created the stenciled banner across the bottom of the page, I prepared a short video - enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  

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    Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    Moxxie Design Team Call 2014

    I have exciting news to share today!
    Moxxie is having a Design Team call!  

    I have been working with them for the past two years and it has truly been a joy!  They have great products in a wide variety of themes:  sports, family, vacation, children. pets, holidays and seasons.  Something for everyone!

    If you have been thinking about applying for a Design Team, this is a wonderful opportunity to work with a generous, supportive, professional company.

    You can find all of the details HERE!

    Here are a few projects I created using some of their fabulous collections:
    At The Ballpark Collection

    Nautical Collection

    Reach for the Stars Collection
    Winterland Collection

    As always, I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    At the Beach with the Calypso Collection from Quick Quotes

    Hello and welcome!  Today and I am so excited to share a layout using Quick Quotes' new Calypso collection! It just screams summer and beach to me!

    I created this embellishment cluster in the center of the layout by combining a piece of the Chipboard Die Cuts with a couple of the sentiments I trimmed out of the CA500 paper.

    I also trimmed out a couple of the mini banners from that sheet.  Below you can see the "Scatter Joy" banner.
    I added the scalloped piece from the Chipboard Die Cuts under the main photo and then finished things off with a white pearl flourish and some hand stitching in orange thread!

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    Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!
     - Susie

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

    Always and Forever Wedding Printer's Tray with Paper House Productions

    Good Morning!  Today I want to share a quick and easy project using Paper House Productions *new* To Have and To Hold Collection.

    I love using my paper crafting to create gifts and I *love* the sentiments on the Dreams Come True paper! The paper has 4x6 tags that work perfectly in the openings of this printer's tray.

    The collection also includes a coordinating sheet and that is where I found the banner that runs across the top of the tray.

    The designs of each tag are so beautiful that they require very little embellishment.  In this opening I added some rhinestones to the wedding cake sticker and tinted the roses at the top before adhering it with 3D foam dots.

    The only embellishment I added to this tag was the entwined gold wedding bands from the sticker sheet
    Everything you need in one collection - it really couldn't have been easier to create!

    Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

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    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    More Down on the Farm with Moxxie!

    Moxxie's new Down on the Farm line includes Journal Cards that are ideal for creating Project Life style pocket pages.  These pictures are actually from one of our visits to the local pumpkin patch in the fall.  There are lots of farm animals and equipment around, so this collection is perfect!
      Moxxie Down On The Farm Project Life Tractor layout by Susie Bentz with Spellbinders You Are Here Arrows
    First thing I did was to create a title block by layering some stickers over the coordinating green striped papers.  The edges of the photos were distressed and inks.
      Moxxie Down On the Farm Project Life Susie Bentz 1
    My oldest son, Brian was working at the pumpkin patch and was manning the top of one of the slides.  I used the coordinating check paper to create backgrounds for these 2 photos...can you believe how well my daughter's shirt matches?!?
    Moxxie Down On the Farm Project Life Susie Bentz 2
    I customized this title card with stickers and a small photo - close up of my son on the tractor fits perfectly into the next pocket.
    Moxxie Down On the Farm Project Life Susie Bentz 3
    This card has such a strong, fabulous graphic - it is my favorite!  I journaled a little on this photo before I printed it out, then distressed and inked the edges.
      Moxxie Down On the Farm Project Life Susie Bentz 4
    I used Spellbinders You Are Here die set to cut and emboss both of the arrows on this layout.  I used this one to direct attention from the tractor photo to the tractor card!
    Moxxie Down On the Farm Project Life Susie Bentz 5
    I love this picture of my son.  I can not count the number of times I have seen this exact expression on his face!  Plenty of room for  journaling on this card.
    Moxxie Down On the Farm Project Life Susie Bentz 6
    Pocket page scrapbooking is fast and easy, but there are still ways to creatively personalize the elements.  I hope this has inspired you!

    Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play!  Susie

    Moxxie Down On the Farm Products:

    Other Products:  Spellbinders You Are Here, Dymo label maker, Ink

    Monday, March 24, 2014

    Cycling with Quick Quotes

    Today I am sharing a layout that combines (2) lines from Quick Quotes:  Baggage Claim and Dusty Road Collections.  I also wanted to point out a design principle I often use to balance my layouts.

    To start with though, I have to say I really love the bicycle themed paper in the Baggage Claim collection and decided to use it to create a layout about me for a change!

    The first step was to die cut and emboss the paper, then sand the edges to reveal the white core before adhering it to a sheet of paper from the Dusty Road collections. Next I layered on the photos and created this little embellishment cluster - this red became the perfect accent color against all the blue tones in the layout.

    I used the Blue Moon PowderPuff Chalking Ink to stamp onto 2 different colors of cardstock.  I heat embossed using clear embossing powder then stacked them together before adding sticker and chipboard embellishments.
    The bicycle chipboard is from the Baggage Claim collection, but the words are from the Dusty Road Sticker sheet.

    I must admit to being a bit of a washi collector so I was thrilled to use 3 or 4 different tapes on this layout.

     Designer's Tip:  When I am done with a layout and something seems "off", the first thing I do is check for a visual triangle.   One of the easiest ways to define a visual triangle is with color, as I did on this page.
    You can see above where I pulled the red from the chipboard on the top right of the layout and added the bits of red washi tape on the left side and bottom of the layout.  It made a huge difference!

    Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

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