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Friday, May 31, 2013

Blog Hop with Frosted Designs


Welcome to the Frosted Designs Blog Hop!  The hop started at the Frosted Designs site, so if you didn't start there, please head over there to get started!

Since you are here, you must have come from Channa's blog.  Wonderful inspiration right? Her layout is beautiful! Well, here is my take on our hop sketch.  
For my techniques, I incorporated misting, die-cutting, and computer journaling on a tag.
I also incorporated a little twine around the entire edge of my layout.  Twine might be my new favorite scrappy product :)

For the misting, I wanted it to look like water spray from the pool. I held my paper flat out in front of me and sprayed across the top, rather than down on it.  

We have some wonderful sponsors (Molossi and Graphic 45) for this hop, so please stop by their sites and show them some love!

I am offering a prize here at my site too! To qualify for the Artsy Albums prize, you must leave a comment below and like Artsy Albums on Facebook (not on Facebook? become a follower here at Artsy Albums instead)

The winner of the Artsy Albums prize will win an Artsy Albums mini album kit! (Check out the current kit collection on the tabs above this post.)

Thanks for stopping by today!  
The next stop on your hop is 
Sandra's blog!  
Have fun !

Friday, May 24, 2013

Punch Challenge with Frosted Designs

It's challenge day over at Frosted Designs and I am loving this one!  The challenge is to create a project using punches.  So before you head over there to check out all the fun inspiration and link up your own punchy project...I have a tip for you :)

I love my punches but I often don't want to mess up an entire sheet of 12x12 paper to punch out one little butterfly or banner.  Yes, I do save and use my scraps....but I have also started saving the packaging that comes with my paper packs.  The colors match exactly, and the images are usually just smaller versions of the actual 12x12 sheets.  

Here's an example of how I used the packaging sheet from my Bo Bunny Surprise pack:
I used two different punches in various areas of the paper so that I could get different patterns that matched my layout.  I used some for the banners, and I used others to "fill-in" the rectangles on my film strip.  Fun, easy, and it saved me from punching up all of my 12x12 sheets!  Here is my finished layout:
I used three punches on this page:
EK "film strip", Stampin Up "Pennants", and Fiskars "in stitches".


I was going to add a banner to the bottom of my page using these cute triangle punches, but when I started playing with the design, I wanted a round element at the bottom of the page.  I like the way this turned out...kind-of reminds me of birthday cake slices! ... and oh my goodness, how cute are Rian's dimples?   :)

So visit Frosted Designs and check out other design team members' projects.  Then pull out your own punches and get busy! You might win a fun prize if you link up your creation with us!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Father's Day is June 16!

Father's Day (Grandpa too!) is just 3 weeks away!  If you are like me, I have the hardest time buying my sweet dad something new and different every year.  But every parent loves photos -- of their kids, their grandkids, their hobby....

Consider giving Dad a memorable gift this year!  Make (or give) him an album full of photos that he can keep and share for years to come.   Available pre-made, or as a do-it-yourself kit.  It's unique, it's different...and Dad will love the memories!





Purchase this pre-made or DIY gift album here:  Hats Off To You Dad Album

Monday, May 20, 2013

Loving Lori Whitlock's Designs

This has been a month full of birthdays, graduations, and weddings so instead of buying cards, I always like to make them.  Now, if you follow my blog, or know me at all, you know mini albums are my favorite project, so I guess it makes sense that I like to make mini cards too.  You know, the little gift notes that aren't really cards, but are big enough to tuck onto a gift with a "to" and "from".  I love a 3x3 size, so when I was stalking around on Lori Whitlock's wonderful site, I came across an adorable 3x3 card box.  I decided to make a few cards, tuck them into the box, and have them handy for upcoming gifts!

Lori is sharing this project over on her site today, so I hope you will pop over to her blog and check it out.  Here's a sneak peek -- head to Lori Whitlock's site to see the entire project :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, May 19, 2013

"My Sister, My Friend" Mini Album

This new mini album is available as a DIY kit ($39.99) or pre-made ($44.99) and will make a wonderful gift for a sister or friend (both titles included)!

  

You choose the title -- "My Sister" or "My Friend". This album features adorable pattern paper and sticker accents by Little Yellow Bicycle. Give it as a gift, fill it with photos of twin sisters, your own sister, or a sweet friend.

The blue, red, and aqua album is embellished with beautiful chipboard accents, stickers, ribbon and acrylic pieces. It has 12 pages (6 front and back) and spots for 18 photos and journaling spots.

Some of the fun sayings throughout this book are: 
-- You Make Me Smile
-- Together
-- You are Wonderful
-- Remember This
-- The Good Life
-- Sweet Friend

Pre-made:
If you order the album pre-made, it will be shipped completely assembled and ready for photos or gift-giving. The album measures 6 x 6 inches. 

Do-It-Yourself Kit:
You can also order this album as a do-it-yourself kit!
The pre-cut scrapbook kit includes all of the materials and instructions to make this beautiful 6x6 inch mini album for your sister or a friend! A beautiful gift, a wonderful keepsake!

Included in the Kit:
6x6 chipboard covers with two binding rings and ribbon
Precut pattern paper (by Little Yellow Bicycle) and photo mats
12 pages (6 front and back)
Coordinating Chipboard Shapes 
Coordinating card stock stickers
Coordinating clear cut shapes
Twine 
Full Color instructions 

Tools & supplies you will need to complete this project:
Paper trimmer and/or scissors
Adhesive -- wet and dry
Pop Dots or other dimensional adhesive
1/4" hole punch

Quantities are limited on this one -- so follow this link to order yours today!  
"My Sister, My Friend" Mini Album at Artsy Albums







Thursday, May 16, 2013

A Fun Silhouette Tutorial

Hi everyone!

Today I want to send you over to Lori Whitlock's website.  I have a fun tutorial posted over on her site.  If you have a digital cutting machine like a Silhouette SD, or Cameo, you probably enjoy cutting shapes out of your paper.  This tutorial will show you how to cut shapes to pop up from the page.

As you can see in this sweet layout about my adorable niece, Hannah, the border and the butterfly, pop up to show the paper underneath!  So head over to Lori's website to check out how to do this with digital cutting files on your own pages!




Friday, May 10, 2013

Black & White + One Other Color

I always love challenge day over at Frosted Designs and today is no exception!  This week, the challenge is to create a project (layout, card, mini album, altered item) using black and white + one other color.  So head over to Frosted Designs.  We have some fun inspiration for you on the site and a chance to win an awesome prize from Spiegel Mom's Scrap Shop one of my fellow Etsy sellers :) !

Here are a couple of ideas to get your creative juices flowing....





Tuesday, May 7, 2013

"Fern & Forest" mini album with Little Yellow Bicycle

I'm excited to be sharing a fun project over on Little Yellow Bicycle's blog today!  As I told everyone over at LYB, with two boys I rarely have a chance to create with really girly paper collections like Fern & Forest Girl.  So when these goodies arrived in the mail, I was beside myself.  I spent the whole day playing with pink and purple :)

I started this album by die-cutting chipboard pages into lots of fun shapes.  Then after covering each page with the adorable papers in this collection, I started adding embellishments.  Some of my favorite things about this mini:

  • Little Yellow Bicycle's White Canvas "Naturals" embellishments (especially the tags and flowers)
  • The glitter on the clear cut mushrooms, butterflies, and titles
  • Journaling cards -- always one of my favorites for tucking behind

Please visit Little Yellow Bicycle for lots more wonderful inspiration and project ideas using this adorable collection.  Thanks for stopping by today!!







Monday, May 6, 2013

A Perfect Summer Mini Album

Summer will be here before we know it! (Although I know, for some of you, spring just arrived...and some of you still have snow on the ground...Yikes!)  but as hard as it is for me to believe, it's already May!  So when I discovered Lori Whitlock's adorable album over on her site, I knew a summer mini was calling my name.  

This fun cascading album is one of my favorite new digital cutting files from Lori.  She has several of these cute albums, and they all have different edges.  If you got each design, you could mix and match scallops, zig zags, pennants, and lots of other cute edges.  


"The Perfect Summer Day" title, and Echo Park papers and embellies were also designed by Lori.   I am loving that little blue fish! 



What would an Artsy Album be without a pocket?  I'm not sure because almost all of my minis have pockets and tags.  I love Lori's library card pocket because it has a cute little tab on the side, and it's the perfect size for tucking in a journaling card.  Don't worry, I've given you links to all of the cutting files that I've used through the book, right at then end of this post!






Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  Please don't forget to visit Lori Whitlock's website (or Silhouette) where you can find all of the fun files listed below. 

Digital Cutting Files:

Paper and Embellishments:
White card stock, Bazzill
Ribbon, American Crafts


Saturday, May 4, 2013

National Scrapbook Day Coupon

Happy National Scrapbook Day!  
Saturday, May 4


Enter coupon code at checkout here:  Artsy Albums