Thursday, March 31, 2011

That's My Girl - Kaisercraft Digital Freebie!

I was browsing the Kaisercraft blog this morning when I came upon a challenge to "try your hand at making a girly layout from a predominantly masculine collection".  I had just been looking through their Digital Scrapbooking section and there was a kit called "Tag This" in their freebie section...definite boy material.  So I downloaded and started to play. I think I found the perfect picture of MC...what do you think?

The "Tag This"  Digital kit is really terrific.  It has 12 background papers - brads, buttons, flowers and ribbons for embellishments -  and some really cool transparencies and brushes. It has a grunge rock vibe going on.  Check it out!

The challenge said it had to be posted by the 31st...but I think it must mean the 31st in Australia as I am unable to add a link to the challenge post.  Oh well, I still got a cute layout out of the deal!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fairy Explosion Box

I absolutely love the "Once Upon a Springtime" paper from Graphic 45!  All the fairies and flowers inspired this Explosion Box.  I think it would make a lovely baby shower gift  - someplace for the new mom to tuck away memories and pictures from baby's 1st year!  I have some new pocket designs that I am excited to share.  The sample is available at the store - you won't believe all the detail!  I'll be teaching this class on Sunday, May 1st, 2p-6p.  Class size is limited to 12 and registration closes on April 17th. Contact Scrapbooks Plus for more details.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

"Once Upon a Springtime" Growth Chart

I love making growth charts as baby gifts.  Scrapbook papers these days are designed with such fabulous images and such a wide variety of themes, it is easy to create a very personalized gift.  For this example I used paper from Graphic 45's "Once Upon A Springtime" line.  There is room at the top to add a child's name.

Each of the 4 frames spaced along the measuring tape are meant to hold pictures of the child as she grows.  They open to reveal a place for journaling or additional photos...and the best part about them is that they are attached with velcro so that they may be removed at a later time and used as scrapbook elements!

Since this is intended to actually be used in a child's room, I try to keep the  embellishments to a minimum - little fingers love to touch - and as much as I love the idea of dimension - safety first when it comes to the kids!  Fortunately, the paper at the bottom of the growth chart has such detail and beauty, adding anything to that would have been "gilding the lily" as my mother would say!

Again, since the growth chart is meant to be used, I leave plenty of space along the measuring tape to mark dates and growth.  A few green swirls are spaced along the length to suggest vines and leaves - and to provide a perch for the fairies, of course- beautiful and functional!

Graphic 45 Design Team

Sad to say I did not make the first cut for the Graphic 45 Design Team.  I will be re-posting each project with more comments in the near future.  I have already been asked to teach both of the exploding boxes as classes at Scrapbooks Plus, so I will let you know when they are on the schedule.

In the meantime, cross your fingers for Karen Bearse and Robin Shakoor as they continue in their quest!  They are both such talented ladies I have no doubt they will succeed.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Graphic 45 Design Team Projects

 I am trying out for the Graphic 45 Design Team.  The following projects are created using primarily their papers and are for the first round of consideration.  Enjoy!
Wedding layout featuring the le'romantique line of papers.
Featuring papers from Christmas Past.  I am going to let my daughter do the strips journaling in the bottom right.
2 page layout with removeable mini-book on the first page - it is attatched with velcro!
I used one of the tickets from Curtain Call along with some of my own custom designed tickets.
The post card is from the Once Upon A Springtime line with a stamp from Curtain Call.
I also sprinkled in some buttons from Fashionista.

Graphic 45 is perfect for Home Dec!  The tray is from 7 Gypsies and is decorated with papers from Graphic 45 Botanicabella.  Not bad for a project created from leftover scraps!

I did some fussy cutting, matting and popping!

I love metallic accents. 
Growth Chart
Once Upon a Springtime
These are designed to hold photos of the child as she grows.  The vellum quote is there really as a placeholder for a photo.  This opens up to reveal hidden journaling inside.  It is also mounted on velcro so that eventually it could end up as an element on a scrapbook page.  As much as I love embellishments, this is meant to be functional and safe - little fingers love to touch - so I kept the dimension to a minimum.   There is a place to add a child's name at the top and space along the measuring tape to mark growth and record dates.
You can customize this card for just about any occasion.  (Fashionista papers)

Inside view. You can tell I love to use edge punches - a simple way to add an elegant touch!

Papers from Christmas Past work so well on this tri-shutter card.  The little angel is a dimensional element.  Embossing the cardstock added depth and detail without detracting from the focal images.  I just love this card!

Stickles added some shine to this post card from Christmas Past.  It made a vey nice easel card!

This is the front of a Joy Fold card.

Inside/open view. A personal note can be added in the center section and a wallet sized picture can be added to the right side panel.
I love exploding boxes!  They are my version of a mini-album.  This one incorporates papers from
A Proper Gentleman and Renaissance Faire
There are tags and cut outs from a few other lines on the pocket inserts.
The metal flowers were embossed in a Cuttlebug, and layered with some copper flowers I cut out myself.

This exploding box was made primarily with the 8"x8" paper pad  from Once Upon A Springtime and the tag sheet.

This Shadow Box commemorates my parent's honeymoon and features the On the Boardwalk collection.  I also used one of the new metal brads from Graphic 45. 

There are 2 mini-books inside...
This one is attached with velcro and has simple photos and journaling blocks inside.
The other mini-album slips behind the mini-shadowbox in the bottom right corner. A few pages below...
 I only found out about the DT call about a week ago, so this was all a bit of a rush.  I made a point of using as many different paper lines as I could, and tried to have a variety of projects.  I think it is a good example of my style - using layers, dimension and detail without a lot of frou-frou - maybe tailored is the best word to describe it. Challenging but not too intimidating.
Wish me luck!  We find out in a few days if we are moving on to Round 2.
Good luck to all!