Monday, August 31, 2015

Cherry Blossom Photo Frame

The cherry blossoms bloom around the tidal basin in Washington DC every year and they are a sight to see!  For years I would haul the kids down and get an annual picture of them surrounded by those glorious pink blooms!  I hate to put them all away in scrapbooks so I created a little photo display using Washington DC Cardstock Stickers from Paper House.

 The base is a 5x7 acrylic frame.  I centered a 4x6 photo on green cardstock and slipped it into place.  Next I added a border of self-adhesive light pink pearls from Want2Scrap.  They come in 12" long strips so I just cut them to size and adhered them on top of the frame - super easy!
 I used one of the dies from Spellbinders Fancy Tags 2 and the Cherry Blossoms paper to create a title element.  The paper looks like the marble that is so prevalent in Washington DC and it matches the cardstock sticker I wanted to use:

I added the coordinating pink pearl Nestabling from Want2Scrap on top of the tag - perfect!

The cardstock sticker sheet has lots of tiny versions of Washington DC landmarks to choose from.  I selected the ediface of the Supreme Court and Abraham Lincoln from the Lincoln Memorial.  I tucked a small cherry tree behind him and then added a cherry blossom sprig on top of the pearls in the bottom right corner of the frame.
 The cardstock sticker sheet also had a long narrow star-studded marble sticker.  I cut it apart and added a border around the bottom half of the frame.

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

Supplies:
·         Paper House Cherry Blossoms 12” Scrapbook Paper
·         Spellbinders Shapeabilities Dies, Fancy Tags 2
·         Acrylic photo frame, 5”x7”

·         Green cardstock

Friday, August 28, 2015

Summertime Carousel Layout

Summertime means amusement parks and amusement parks mean carousels!  At least they do when you are a kid!
I used the Le Cirque Collection from Graphic 45 on this page.  I love seeing all the words in the background to define the ride - Nerves of Steel!  Death Defying!  Mayhem!  Perhaps it is overstating it a little bit for this ride, but it certainly captures the fun and excitement of the moment!  I matted each of the layers with black cardstock and added simple journaling with my Dymo labelmaker.

I used the 12" Sleek Strip Red Rhinestones from Want2Scrap to accent the inner frame of this die cut:.

Baby Bling Red Rhinestones were just perfect in the center of each of these die cut florals:

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

Supplies for Carousel layout:

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Time for School with Want2Scrap

Time for School!!  Are you ready yet?

Today I am sharing a school themed mini album I created for a friend.  I used the Old Time Alarm Clock chipboard album from Want2Scrap as the base and painted it with red, black and metallic gold acrylic.  After the paint dried, I applied a few layers of UTEE to create a smooth, dimensional surface.
 
Next I backed the cover with scrapbook paper that looks like the writing paper we all remember from kindergarten.  I added a title and a 3D bus sticker from Paper House:
Inside the album I left the chipboard untreated.  I used the Grade School Stack from DCWV and Spellbinders' Grand Nestabilities to cut circles as a background for each page.  I found some school stickers from Momenta that had great graphics and sentiments and I sprinkled them throughout the album:
On this page, I added a photo mat and embellished with stickers and 8mm Yellow Enamel Dots.

Here are the rest of the pages:

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

Want2Scrap Supplies:

Other:  Paper House School Stickers, Momenta Back to School Stickers, DCWV Grade School stack, Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel

Friday, August 14, 2015

Wrestling Life with Paper House

Today I am sharing a Wrestling layout featuring my favorite go-to collection for sports layouts:  the Noir Colorways Collection from Paper House Productions.  

My boys were both wrestlers and the grungy feel of the papers is perfect because it reminds me of the endless weekends we spent in stinky gyms waiting for matches!
The use of metallics in scrapbooking is a trend that I absolutely adore!  I loved adding gold metallic touches to my layout using the Amazing Life Rub On Transfers.  The pack has a mix of phrases and design elements that create nice little accents when scattered across the page. 

I think of this particular Rub On as the title of the page.  During the season, wrestling really is “the life”, demanding a huge commitment of time. 
 

The Rub Ons transfer just as well on photos as they do on paper.  
Here I created an embellishment cluster by mixing in die cuts from the Noir Accent Pack.  I cut the film strip out of the Trimmings 12” Scrapbook Paper,  layered on a rub on, then finished things off with a single rhinestone from Want2Scrap Baby Bling!

I went through my stash and found this really cute gold metallic washi tape from Little B. With arrows and the word “love” they really coordinate perfectly.

You can see below that I added another bit of gilt to the layout by swiping the edges of the black photo mats with gold ink:
Finally, I matted one of the photos with gold paper before tucking a tag behind it for hidden journaling. Done!

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

Supplies:
·         Paper House Noir Accent Pack
·         Little B Specialty Gold Foil Tape:  Arrows, Love
·         Tsukineko Delicata Gold Glitz Ink



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Elegant Card with Love My Tapes Washi Tape

Today I am sharing an all occasion card I created for Love My Tapes.  It features an elegant black & white color scheme and a sentiment that I have come to embrace in my everyday life.

The washi tape that I used on this card may be found in the Love My Tapes Etsy store.
Wide Black and White Music Note Butterfly washi tape
 I started by covering white cardstock with strips of the washi tape.  
I cut it to size and rounded the corners before adding a crisp white doily.


The sentiment is from a set of clear stamps from Kaisercraft, which I stamped and heat embossed with black embossing powder.


I trimmed out the sentiment, inked the edges and adhered it to the front of the card using foam tape adhesive to pop up the word "and" for a little dimension.  Finally I adhered the finished panel onto a black card and rounded the corners of it as well!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play (with washi tape) today!
~ Susie

Friday, July 24, 2015

Makin' Waves with Paper House Summer Blog Hop

Today I am joining in on the Paper House Summer Blog Hop!

I love the Endless Summer Paper Pad from Paper House!  It has 24 double sided pages that are a nice mix of photos and graphic art.  As I flipped through the pad I chose this paper for the background because the color was a good match for the photos I wanted to scrap.  The Gulf of Mexico definitely had a greenish hue that day and the grey-blue of the sky was echoed in the artwork on the paper.
The first thing I did was to use a craft knife to fussy cut around the wave and banner in the lower left corner so I could slip a matted photo underneath.  I also created an embellishment cluster on top of the artwork using a Diecut sticker, a Cork sticker and a Snapshot sticker.

I created another embellishment cluster next to this photo by layering (2) stickers from the Nautical Stickers and adding a shorebird from the At The Shore Snapshot Sticker Pack.

I “popped” up this sign from the Serene Beach Diecut Sticker Pack to add a little dimension to the layout.  The cork starfish also brings in some texture.

The finishing touch was this Snapshot sticker with the sand dollar image.  I love the little word tag clipped onto the corner!

If you haven't seen all the summer themed projects the DT shared this week on the Paper House Blog be sure to stop in and take a peek!

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

Beach Layout Supplies:

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Swim Team Fun with Paper House

Swim Team is one of our annual summer traditions.  This layout was fast and easy because Paper House has plenty of stickers and papers to capture all the fun!

On the left side of the layout, I used the Emerald Mosaic Paper from the new ColorWays release. It looks exactly like the tile you have seen in any number of swimming pools, and it was the perfect match for my daughter’s team suit! The Swim Team 3D Sticker pack is filled with a great assortment of accents for this sport, like these three swim stroke titles:
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Under the stroke stickers you can see a couple of strips of washi from Love My Tapes.  The vintage watch tape is so appropriate for a swim meet because the swimmers are racing the clock!  I also included my daughter's swim team medal and ribbon.  I love incorporating real ephemera in my layouts!

In the title area, I created a small embellishment cluster using the 3D Stickers and added some Want2Scrap bling that reminds me of splashing water!

On the right side of the layout, I created a little collage. I just played around with the placement of the photos and the 3D Stickers until I was happy with the arrangement. I added the word "fun" from the Paper House Explore Puffy Sticker pack and slipped in a couple more strips of washi!
 

I love the new Rub-On Transfers from Paper House and added the “here we go” sentiment so that it overlapped one of my photos. I also included an arrow Rub-On to point out my daughter swimming backstroke. I decided the black didn’t show up well enough against the background. No problem! I pulled out my white gel pen and colored over it!


Be sure to check out the sports-themed products from Paper House for all the athletes in your house!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Swim Team Layout Products: