Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Creating A Layout With Patterned Papers I Designed

Last summer I took on the challenge to see if I could learn how to design patterned papers. I had been playing around with the idea for about a year but never got serious about it until Queen and Company decided to add patterned papers their amazing and adorable shaker kits. I dove into teaching myself how to use Inkscape and Adobe Illustrator and learned all kinds of things about designing I never knew before. My first collection was lots of fun as I was given the chance to design anything I wanted to. That collection was called Picture Perfect and was sold with the Camera Shaker Card kit. I loved working with it! I created several cards and a layout with it...and it was a huge thrill to be working with patterns I dreamed up first in my head, then on screen, and finally on actual paper! After that collection came a super cute and fun Christmas line called Christmas Cheer...and then finally a few weeks back my third collection, Heart Throb, was introduced as part of the Heart Throb Shaker Kit. It's my favorite of the three that have been released. The colors are so bright and cheerful and fun with patterns that are playful and sweet without being too pastel or boring. I like energy and a vibe of playfulness in my papers!

In fact I really like those same vibes in my layouts as well! So, as you can imagine putting together this layout about my daughter's love of eclectic dress up outfits with the Heart Throb papers was really enjoyable!

I loved the papers so much I worked hard to get as many of the different papers on the layout as I could without overwhelming it. I think I fit in eight or nine different patterns out of the twelve in the collection. I cut out my title on my Cameo as I wanted it to be big and eye catching since it was an important start to the layout's story.

The heart shaped foam in the kit makes creating shakers so amazingly simple and easy. I think I made this one in less than two minutes and added it to my page as a playful focal point embellishment. Aren't the heart and flower shaped Toppings from the kit inside the shaker the cutest? I just love them! So far I've made 4 cards and a layout from my kit and I can't wait to make more!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Thinking of You Shaker Card

I have another shaker card to share today made with Queen and Company's Heart Throb Shaker Card Kit. For this card I really wanted to show off the papers that I had so much fun designing so I picked out a few of my favorites and cut them into strips and added them diagonally across the card front. That was a quick and easy way to have a lot of different patterns all on one card without overwhelming it and making it look cluttered. 

Here is the entire 6x6 Paper Pad for this line. I can't help but be pretty proud of it! (And yes, you can purchase it individually if your'e not interested in the whole kit.)

The shaker heart was easy and simple to put together! Just peel off the liner from the foam heart. Stick it down on some pink card stock, fill with the included and adorable little hearts, diamonds, and flowers, peel off the liner on the other side of the foam heart and add the pre-cut acetate cover. Then I ran the stitched heart die through my Cuttlebug and glued the heart frame to the front of the shaker. The whole shaker took me only two minutes to make!  The included hello die and stickers also made adding my sentiment super fast and easy! I cut the hello out  a  few times and glued them together for extra dimension.

Look how cute the tiny heart and flower Topping are inside the card! These are my favorite of Queen and Company's new Toppings.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Queen and Company

I feel bad having neglected my blog this long. I'm sure there are many people out there who think I may have stopped paper crafting and scrapbooking...truth is though that making cards, layouts, and designing products for Queen and Company along with being the president of our ward's Relief Society at church has kept me so busy that a few things like blogging have had to take a back seat for a bit. I still make cards and layouts almost every day though so I'm going to make an effort to try a do better job at showcasing some of my favorite projects here. 

One of my favorite new experiences recently has been to design paper pads and stickers for Queen and Company's new Shaker Card kits! I've been able to design 7 collections so far and it is by far the most fun I've ever had designing! Today is the launch of the latest kit, 
In this kit I was able to design the papers, stickers, and line art for the word dies and acrylic shapes.

The kit is chalk full of amazing new items like the tiny heart and flower shaker elements that are just so stinking cute! The included dies make it very easy to customize your shakers or sentiments with any color  or pattern you like. 

If you are new to shaker cards, or just new to the way Queen and Company has revolutionized shaker cards you should know that they are super easy to make thanks to the self adhesive foam shapes included in each kit. Simply pull off the liner, stick down your foam, fill with fun shaker toppings, remove the second liner and cover with the clear acetate cover. Done! 
If you want you can then die cut a paper cover for your shaker with the included dies. In this kit there is a super adorable stitched heart die that really adds the perfect final touch to the shakers. 

Kit contents: 

6 heart foam pop up shapes & acetate covers

4 metal dies (1 heart shape and 3 sentiments)

1  6 x 6 paper pad

1 Sentiment sticker sheet

3 acrylic sentiments

1 sheet of enamel dots

8 different shaker toppings

 Just look at all these amazing tiny flowers and hearts! Incredible! Pulse there are some clear diamonds for adding a touch of sparkle!

 These new acrylic words are so pretty and add the perfect touch of dimension!
 I have created four cards so far with this kit and they were amazingly fun and easy to make!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

My Creative Scrapbook Kit March Blog Hop

Welcome to the My Creative Scrapbook March Kit Reveal Blog Hop!

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I had the great pleasure of guest designing for My Creative Scrapbooks this past month. As part of their reveal they are doing a blog hop with awesome prizes! You can check out all the details below.

My Creative Scrapbook is thrilled to celebrate the reveal of our beautiful March kits with an inspiration-filled blog hop complete with beautiful PRIZES!  The design team has prepared a spectacular assortment of projects for you, so be sure to visit each blog to soak up all of the inspiration.

Several prizes are up for grabs!

*** One lucky winner will receive a March Limited Edition kit! ***

*** One lucky winner will receive a March Main kit! ***

*** One lucky winner will receive the assortment of chipboard below, courtesy of our fabulous friends at Blue Fern Studios! ***

>>>>> Here is how you can win <<<<<

Simply visit each of the participating blogs and leave comments along the way. You’ll find the links to the participating blogs at the end of this post.  The prize winners will be randomly chosen from the comments!

Presenting the My Creative Scrapbook March kits:

Here is what I created with the main kit: 

Journaling reads: "Claire, if there is one thing I hope you know about yourself is that you are a daughter of God. I want you to know, that I know, that long before you ever came to be a part of our family, you lived with your Father in heaven. That he is the father of your spirit just as He is mine. I want you to know that as His daughter you are truly royal and divine. That as His daughter he loves you even more than I do, and like me, He always will. Always remember that you are not here to find your worth, but that you brought it with you. You are not ordinary, but extraordinary due to your divine heritage and I know that as you live your life true to that knowledge you will do amazing things. Remember, when you hear us call you princess, it is because you truly are a daughter of a king. Photo July 2012, Journaling Feb. 2015."

Journaling Reads: "These are some of my absolute favorite “mom moments.” Moments when we are just hanging out together, when I’m pushing some of my kids on the swings, jumping on the trampoline together, or maybe dancing around the house, or even just listening as one of you tells me about your day. I love the simple times of fun and joy that we share. I truly love being mom to you four! Fall 2013"

Journaling Reads: "Oh little Claire, what an artist you are! Today you colored all over yourself with markers and you were so excited to show me how “pretty” you are. I’m not sure how, but you even managed to color on the back of your neck. Good thing they were washable markers! 8/30/14"

Journaling Reads: "Claire, my Grandma Bosen made this pink knitted blanket for me when I was born. When we found out we were expecting a girl I was excited to use this very special blanket with you! I made certain we used it in some of your newborn photos as I hoped you will someday know how much I admire and love your great grandma, and feel hope that you will feel her love for you. July 2012"

My Creative Scrapbook is currently accepting new members!
Subscription information can be found here: http://www.mycreativescrapbook.com/kits.htm

Before you go, remember to leave a comment to be entered into the prize drawings!

We would love it if you would follow us on Facebook, too.

The blog hop ends on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
Winners will be announced on the My Creative Scrapbook blog.

Here is the complete blog hop lineup:
Mariusz Gierszewski: http://scrapkiart.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Guest designing for My Creative Scrapbook Kits

Well, it is not my intention to update my blog so infrequently...but this past year has been by far the busiest year of my life, which has kind of moved blogging to the back burner. It does not mean that I haven't been scrapbooking though--quite the contrary! I still love to scrapbook and I still update my gallery at scrapbook.com regularly as well as my "By Me" Pinterest board, so if you are looking for more regular updates of my work, be sure and check those two spots out. I also do quite a few assignments for Queen and Company, so you can look there as well. :)

Today though, I do want to share a little peek at what I've been up to as a guest for My Creative Scrapbook kits. I mentioned before just how busy I have been lately and that means less time to say yes to guest design opportunities, however, I just couldn't say no to this. I've had the pleasure of working with My Creative Scrapbook Kits a couple of times in the past and every single time I had a fabulous time working with a kit I absolutely loved!!!! They have several types of kits to chose from each month and cover a variety of styles which is really rare in kit clubs. I happen to be a huge fan of their Creative and Main kits. They tend to be just my style with lots of bold color and fun embellishments. This month I played with their March main kit and made four pages I am really excited to share. The "reveal" is on the 5th, so be sure and check back then to see the full layouts!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Guest Designing for Basic Grey

Basic Grey has long been one of my favorite scrapbooking manufactures, so I was completely thrilled when they asked me if I would be a guest designer for them this month!

They sent me big box just packed with all the many different papers and embellishments from one of their latest lines "Grand Bazaar."

(These little beauties were my favorite embellishment.)

I had a wonderful time working with their "Grand Bazaar" line. It was a great fit for some of my favorite photos of Claire.  Here is one of the layouts I completed with it and my favorite newborn photo of her. 

You can see my guest designer feature and all of the projects I created for Basic Grey by hopping over to the Basic Grey Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Birthday Boy

My last several posts featured layout using Doodlebug's Sugar Shoppe line and today I have a couple of layouts to share using Doodlebug's boy birthday line "Hip, Hip, Hooray." I adore this line! It is perfect for little boy birthday photos, and the cute little monster washi tape and stickers are so adorable!

I was so excited that I got my hands on this line just as a mini miracle occurred and I found photos of Blake's first birthday that I thought had been lost. Blake will be 10 this year, and we thought we had lost them just after his first birthday so it's been many years since I'd even seen these photos. They turned up on a CD that was labeled as something else that I thought was unimportant--at least until I checked it out to see if I should trash it or not. Thank goodness I checked!

Anyhow, here are two layouts about his first birthday: (Side note--I can't believe how much he looks like Claire!)

This first layout is simply called Birthday Boy and is about his birthday cake smash.

The journaling reads: For many years Blake, we thought these photos of your first birthday had been lost. Amazingly though, they turned up on a mislabeled CD recently and I was so excited to see them! I loved watching the video of you poking at and daintily picking at your first birthday cake until you realized how good it tasted. Once you knew you dug in with excitement and made a real mess. I’m s glad to have these memories back! September 2005"

And this one titled "Birthday Gifts" about the presents he received that year. For some reason my photo shows this layout kind of crooked, but I promise it's straight in real life!

The journaling on this layout reads: "You received lots of fun presents for your first birthday Blake, but I think one of your favorites was the mop and broom set we picked out for you. You always liked to play with the real versions--imitating me as I cleaned--and you were very excited to have your very own miniature set! --Sept. 2005"

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cake Smash

My last layout using the Doodlebug Sugar shoppe line was this layout about Claire actually smashing her cake. For accents I made some paper flowers from various papers in the line by punching "petals" with my triangle banner punch (Stampin' Up) and used some old glittered buttons from my stash for centers.

The journaling reads: "It was so fun to watch you Claire, dig into your first birthday cake. You daintily poked at it at first, but before long you were grabbing fistfuls of cake in order to feel the frosting squish between your fingers. You were more interested in playing with it than in eating it, but you did take several bites before the cake tipped over. I think your favorite part was all the attention you received as we all cheered you on! July 2013"

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Birthday Balloons

Another layout I did using the super cute Sugar Shoppe collection from Doodlebug. I adore the papers and elements in this collection! Because of the theme of this layout I also cut out a few balloons on my Cameo using SVGs from Miss Kate Cuttables. At first I struggled with how to add the three photos with two horizontal and one being vertical to the design I had in mind. Using the paper strips to make each grouping a square solved that problem!

The journaling reads: "The morning after your birthday Claire you had just about as much fun playing with this big bunch of balloons as you did playing with your new toys! You laughed and smiled as you touched them and climbed over them! It was super cute! 7/13"

Friday, May 9, 2014

Party Time!

I have been waiting for a really cute line to come along to scrapbook Claire's first birthday photos. I knew the Sugar Shoppe line from Doodlebug was the perfect line the moment I saw it! It was a great match not only for the colors in my photo but for all the fun girly birthday embellishment in the line.

This is the first layout I did with the line.

I really enjoyed adding the enamel dots and sequins as well as cutting out my own hand drawn title on my cameo as accents. I used a simple and inexpensive VisTablet PenPad along with the free program inkscape to draw and clean up my handwritting (and save it as a svg), then I imported my svg into silhouette studio and cut it out from some of the pink patterned paper in this line.

The journaling on this layout reads: "Planning your first birthday party was so much fun for me Claire! Thanks to Pinterest I had some very cute ideas on how to do your first birthday cake smash. I had a great time making your giant cupcake, decorating the backdrop, and in picking the perfect outfit for you to wear. It was worth all the effort as you seemed to have a wonderful time with it all and I was able to capture some of my all time favorite photos of you Claire! 7/13"

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Guest Designing for My Creative Scrapbook May Kits!

Last month I had such a good time designing for My Creative Scrapbook Kits that I decided to come back again for May. Yet again they have put out another simple beautiful creative kit and I feel so lucky to have had the chance to play with it.

Here are the four layouts I made with the kit:

The journaling reads: You kids can really have no idea how much I love to see the kindness and caring you have for each other! The way you older boys care for and help both Spencer and Claire warms my heart! And the fun that I see between both Spencer and Claire, and between Ty and Blake is one of my favorite things to watch. I love that you are friends! I hope that as you get older you will continue to be good friends and to always watch over and take care of each other. April 2014

The journaling reads: "Yes, my family is everything to me! I love each of you so much, and find so much happiness and joy in the love our family has for each other. My favorite moments are ones that we spend together doing fun activities and in just being with each other. I am so very grateful for each and every one of you! April 2014"

Journaling reads: "I just loved seeing you two girls together during Savannah’s recent visit to Texas Claire! The two of you explored the zoo, shared toys, “talked” to each other, and went down our small slide together. It was really cute to see. You two are only a few months apart in age and I hope that means that over the years you will get to be close friends. March 2014"

Journaling reads: "Spencer and Claire, you two have quite a funny relationship! Ty and Blake just adore you Claire and pretty much put up with whatever it is you are up to with a smile. Spencer loves you lots as well and frequently you play and laugh together, and are adorable as you chase each other around the house giggling. However, Spencer is not a softie for your big smile and cute face like your older brothers are. He loves you lots and finds playing with you to be lots of fun, yet he still will get upset with you if you mess up his trains, eat his food, or get into something of his that you shouldn’t. He will tattle on you and give you dirty looks, and pick you up and move you away from his stuff. Still, after all the trouble you can cause him, he will still lovingly kiss you and hug you and bring you toys. It’s clear that you two have a much more traditional sibling relationship than your adoring older brothers do with you and yet it’s also clear that Spencer loves you very much! March 2014"

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easter Bunnies

A friend and I love to get together and make small gifts we can take with us when we go and visit ladies from our church (our church calls it visit teaching). This month we decided to make these cute little bunnies from the Silhouette store (by Pebbles). The ears are made from paper by Pebbles and the embellishments are by Queen and Company. We stuffed them full of yummy chocolates! Hopefully their recipients will find them as fun to receive as we did making them!