Tuesday, May 31, 2011

June kit at The Scrapping Spot

 its my last month on the Design Team for The Scrapping Spot....I am sad, I really love their kits, but since I have been on the team for over a year I cant complain.......  The June kit, available tomorrow June 1st, features Basic Grey's Lauderdale...check it out:

Isn't it fabulous????  I have to say I really enjoyed working with it!! So yep this kit is BG Lauderdale, great colors, kind of a tropical kind of feeling but can be used for other things as well! I loved the little coffee filter circles!!

So let me share what I did with the beautiful June kit:

my one and only Hawaii layout this month features a photo I took of my daughter Kari on the balcony of the cruise ship early one morning (I did add the little piece of rick rack for the banner from my stash) The little banner chipboards are the add on from Jenni Bowlin:

and here is an example of not going tropical with the kit....my grandson Jeromy, in a tree....I love these colors!!! I misted the coffee filter paper circles and then I spattered with real paint and on the bigger one used some alcohol inks too:

using more than one photo on a layout? here is an example for ya:

and this last one (added a little piece of rick rack again) Trevor has already claimed this one......"I really like this one" he says ;)

And the last thing I always do when I finish up with a kit is to make a few cards from the remains on my scrappy counter...usually Thank You cards because those get used the fastest :) Usually nothing elaborate, just something simple:

So there you have it, my last full reveal! I am looking forward to seeing what the new talent will do with these amazing kits!!!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Digital/Hybrid Challenge for May at Webster's Pages

Just a few days to get your entries in!!!  The challenge this month is hosted by Steph and is super simple, check it out:

hey guys

I echo Dena when I say I can't believe that it's May already.  May is one of those months that signals the middle of the year..... when did that happen !!!???

Well I have a fantastic challenge for all those traditional scrapbookers that want to dip their toes into the hybrid world and create something really different on their pages.

I would love to share my hybrid page with you .....

See the gorgeous arched border ... that's a Webster's Pages Digital Brush.  All I did was opened my photo editing software (in this case it is Photoshop 5) and opened a new document.   Then I selected the brush tool, and then selected the arched border.  By duplicating this brush a couple of times I made a long line of arches.   My final step was to print it out, at home, on transparency.  Easy !!!!!!!

I cut out the strips and adhered them onto the page with double sided tape.  As you can see the effect is amazing !!!!!

The beautiful frame under Madi's photo and elegant black roses are digital brushes as well. I used the exact same proceedure as the arched border, but adjusted the size of the images.  As you can see the black is striking.  You also have the option of changing the color of these brushes as well.  They are sooooooo adaptable.

So my challenge to you is to go ahead and use Brandin's beautiful Brushes on your project. You don't necessarily have to print them onto transparency like i did, any surface is effective and fun to do.  You can use cardstock, textured papers or even print straight onto your photographs.  You are only limited by your imagination......

Here are the details:
1. The majority of your project must contain products from Webster's Pages.
2. Your project must contain Webster's Digital Brush.
3. You must post your project in the gallery under the file name "May Digital/Hybrid Challenge - (title of your project)"  and post a link HERE.
4. The challenge will be open from May 1 to May 31, 12 midnight PST.

Have fun everyone! I look forward to all the inspiration we will get from this challenge!

Steph xo

I took Steph up on her challenge and created this layout using Webster's Pages Yacht Club collection and my stamp is the little blue wave that runs across the page near the photos:
You can find the Yacht Club digital collection HERE and the brushes HERE.  Hope you will give it a try...you could win a digital collection of your very own!!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Make A Splash with Best Creation Inc Blog Hop!!!!

In honor of the new release from Best Creation Inc, Splash Fun, the design team decided it was time for a blog hop featuring this fun new line!!!  Getting you ready for fun summer times and lots of water play!

Grab your suntan lotion and a towel and
get ready for a fun Summertime Hop to get some great ideas
to get caught up with old summer photos and lots of ideas
for inspiring you for this summer too!! 

I am sure you all know that Best Creation Inc is known for its generous giveaways, especially during a blog hop so be sure that you comment on the Best Creation blog, become a new follower for Best Creation Inc's blog, or comment on the Facebook page and of course us designers love to feel the love from your comments on the individual blogs!  I hear tell that giveaways are full collections from the new June releases and 6 x 6 mini pads!!!

You have arrived here from Tina's blog, and if you happened upon this post without coming from the Best Creation blog.....chick HERE to start at the beginning!

And now I would love to share with you what I cooked up with Splash Fun:
My daughter Rachel has this awesome pool in her backyard which has several waterfalls, one of which has a bench that you can sit on BEHIND the waterfall!  As you can see Trevor thinks that is the coolest idea ever!!!

Anyhow, let me share some details of this layout that make it special (besides Trevor and Jenna and my daughter Kari, lol).  My adhesive of choice is Helmar Adhesives, more specifically the Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, which works great with the glitter/embossed surfaces of the Best Creation papers, the Helmar Quick-fix Permanent Adhesive Runner, and one of my all time fav's Helmar ZapDots, I love me some dimension!!!!
And then I made those cute little glittery water droplets epoxy's with my Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Round 14 tool.  Using the basic glitter cardstock and the Epiphany Tool, I got the perfect embellishment for my layout!

And there you have my creation using the great partner products from Best Creation Inc, Helmar Adhesives and Epiphany Crafts!  Your next stop on the Blog Hop is Jodi's blog!

Thanks for sharing your time with us and for visiting my blog....I appreciate YOU!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Rockin' the Digital layouts with Webster's Pages!!!

I love all the new things that Webster's Pages is adding to their digital collections!!  They have brushes and the digital format of all their stickers, ticketsalphas, journaling cards, buttons, transparencies  and trims for the newer collections!!!  So of course I have to play!!!  And I love to share :)

Here I used Nature's Storybook:
 And here one of my favorite collections because I love love love the red, teal, off white color combination, using the WonderFall collection:
 Here I used one of the new collections, Yacht Club....just love those Journaling spots!!!
This is a lift of our amazing Guest Designer this month, Nadia Cannizzo! I used
the Seaside Retreat collection and added trims and buttons and tickets and frames and stickers and journaling cards from several of the other collections!!!  So much fun!!!
I love that Webster's Pages has made a digital format for all of their collections...can you imagine having these goodies to print out when ever you want, how ever you want and as many times as you want???  Genius I tell ya!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Helmar, Best Creation Inc and Epiphany Crafts, oh my!!

 Today I am sharing with you two Helmar products that I literally use on pretty much every layout I create.  I am sure that you all are familiar with the products and these two are probably something you too use on all of your layouts but I wanted to share my creation process with you.
I bet you are still guessing which two products I am speaking about right?  Well my overall favorite, go to product is the Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive and next in line are the Helmar ZapDots and those are the two products I am going to use for my super easy layout along with some yummy new paper from Best Creation Inc, called My Robot.
I am a big texture and dimension lover and the Helmar ZapDots make this technique for me super easy......I get those little white squares flying in my scrap room!!    As a matter of fact I am noticing a loose one in the picture above, lol!!  Anyhow, with this layout I decided that I wanted the photo to sit above the paper instead of right on the paper so I matted it and then gave it the dimension I wanted by using the ZapDots:
Next I decided that I loved the design of gears on the bottom of the paper but I wanted to pop some of them up, so that calls for a little fussy cutting:
and then you simply put one of those awesome little ZapDots on the back and you are ready to add to the design:
I used the Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive for everything else because I don't want anything to fall off......ever!!  I don't know about you but I just love the American Craft Thickers but I know that they do not stick for the long term, so I have learned that just a dot of the Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive will hold them in place forever., so no more loose letters floating around your scraproom or laying at the bottom of your page protector!!  And this is my newest layout called "Rocket":
Julie-rocket-layout My grandson Jeromy has had a fixation with Little Einsteins from day one and he has had a Rocket always.....here he took it with us to Disneyland when he was about 3, I saw him the other day with a Rocket, and he is now almost 6!  Something we definitely want to remember.  If you are not familiar with Best Creation Inc paper, this is the one that has glitter embossing on every sheet.  The paper is two sided but the glitter is only on one side.  Since the glitter is embossed it doesn't flake...the perfect way for glitter designs to be!  The embossed glitter accents make for paper that is not flat, therefore needs a strong adhesive and I find that the Helmar 450 Quick Dry is perfect for these papers.  I also added a couple of custom round epoxy shapes near the rocket sticker that I made from the paper I was working with and my Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio!  I love the tone on tone look which gave my layout what I was looking for without looking too cluttered.
Let me share with you the dimension I got using the Helmar ZapDots on this layout:

So there you have it.....Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive and Helmar Zap Dots in action in my scrap studio!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Webster's Pages Sneak Peaks!!!!

There are some new Webster's Pages collections coming out!!!!  And I really think you will love this sneak peak :)

I really just cant wait to get my hands on this one!!!!  Check out the blog for more info!!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The May kit at The Scrapping Spot!!

Jill and Cathy...they are always on it, putting out a great kit month after month.  Perfect size, great embellies and new papers, cant ask for more!  This month the kit is featuring Bella Blvd Family Dynamix and I found it to be so versatile for just about everything!!  Great colors, great graphics, lots of stuff to cut up and I love that they included bakers twine in the kits!!

Check out the Kit:
You can get one here....but hurry they sell out super quick usually!!

So I would love to share my layouts with you!!
Trevor....such a cutie, I actually did this layout after watching all that Royal Wedding coverage...probably where the title came from, lol!!  The alpha in this layout was not included in the kit, it was from a previous kit ;) I used some Helmar Zap Dots to raise up some of the flowers in the cluster to give it dimension, love those things, lol!!
 Trevie and his Guinea pig:
 I used the cards that corresponded with their ages :)
 Family at a singing program at Jenna's school:
And while I am creating I almost always make a few cards from the scraps laying on my table...simple, but quick and fun and perfect to have on hand to mail out as needed!
 Added both alpha's above and also made a custom button with my Epiphany Crafts Button Studio!
The sentiment here is from a Cricut folder that I inked before I ran it through the machine :)

I want to thank you for stopping by and sharing your time with me!!