Thursday, March 25, 2010

It's Almost Easter!

...so I figured I needed to get last year's photos scrapped!  I used the new Cricut Seasonal Easter Cartridge for the all cuts on this layout (other than the bead border which is a Quickutz die). 
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I've had this Basic Grey Lemonade paper in my stash for months now (not too many occasions to use it with a house of boys). I love scrapping Easter photos because it allows me to pull out some pink and flowery paper!  Here is a close-up of the title.  I used Ice Stickles to add some sparkle.
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Here is a close-up of the basket and bunny.  I added more Ice Stickles to the basket cut-outs.  The eggs were all cut from the Easter cartridge as well - I cut the zig-zag at 1" and adhered it to the middle of the egg.
I had an open area so I added a few butterflies from the CM Micro Maker punch and decorated them with my Copic Spica glitter markers so they weren't so flat.  I also added a small circle to the center of the bow and colored it with the glitter markers again for the same reason.  The grass was outlined with a Copic sketch marker, and I used a touch of fluid chalk on the outside of the other cuts.
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Finally, here is my favorite cut from the cartridge - this beautiful Easter Cross.  I love the detail (but note this does not cut very well at small sizes).  I added the Ice Stickles here again to add some sparkle.  I couldn't quite capture all of the sparkle with my camera, but you get the idea!
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I also did a layout for our egg dying from last year.  For this layout, I used my Quickutz Silhouette and cut the tile and eggs.  I'm on a stickles kick lately because I added them here too...hehe.  The papers are from the American Crafts Dear Lizzy line and I just love the little chicks in the egg print paper.
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I used a True-type font called Boyz-R-Gross for the title and added a double layer of shadowing.  The eggs are digital design downloads from the Silhouette Gallery.
I still have one final LO to do for some other Easter pics so hopefully I will have that up soon!
Thanks so much for stopping by!!
Jenn

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Rare Page Without Diecuts (almost)

I wanted to showcase some October Afternoon papers for a Scrap-Mart blog post a few weeks ago, and I acutally used the die cuts that came with the collection.  This is so not typical of me!  I did have to add some die cut scalloped and bead borders, but the title and cherries are die cuts that came with the collection.  The cherry paper is just delicious, don't you think?
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The striped paper is from Scenic Route that matched up perfectly with the colors in the cherry paper.  The layout of this page was started with a Page Maps sketch that I altered to fit my needs.  I'm not sure if you can tell (maybe if you enlarge the pic), but I took my black Copic Glitter pen and went over the title to give it a bit of sizzle.  Both the title and the cherries are adhered with popdots to add some dimension.

I'm trying to make cards with my scrapbook layout scraps.  Here I took a mini die cut card that came with the collection, another cherry die cut and a strip of the Scenic Route striped paper.  This would be a great little gift or note card.
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Thanks for stopping by today - have a great day!!
Jenn

Monday, March 22, 2010

Baseball Layout - super fast scrapping

If you have a lot of photos for a page, but are short on time, consider using a 'cluster' for your photos.  Well, 'clustering' is what I call it, but I've been seeing variations of this colorblocking technique being used in magazines quite a bit of late, so I decided to give it a name.  Notice the left, right and top edges of my photos line up, with the bottom edge being random.  I will add some journal strips above the baseball guy.
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The photos were all very busy and had lots of different colors, so I decided to keep the layout background largely solid.  I didn't want to crop out all of the detail in the photos - that's what I was trying to document!  I have a pet peeve when I see scrapbook layouts that are of an event or place, but the photos are ALL only closeups of faces with the backgrounds blurred out.  Don't blur out all your backgrounds in every pic - those are the details you will love to examine in the future! Ok, I'm off my soapbox now...hehehe.
I used up some of my old Creative Memories shortcuts (I've almost tossed them many times but I'm glad I didn't because they worked great here).  The baseball guy was cut with the Cricut Baseball Solutions Cartridge - my oldest son just loves those sketchey baseball guys on my layouts.  I cut the title with Quickutz Khaki font and the bead border is a Quickutz die as well. 
My boys are off on spring break this week and I am juggling the days with my husband and our babysitter, so I hope to sneak in a bit of crafting this week too.  Have a great day!

Jenn

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Read To Me Layout (Post Updated to Add Sketch)

I just loved these photos of my son with my niece.  After always being the younger brother, it was nice for him to get a chance to feel like the big kid when my sister's family came to visit. 
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These new Jillibean Soup patterned papers were perfect for this layout.  You can find them at http://www.scrap-mart.com/ of course!  I distressed the edges of the book page paper with my Heidi Swapp distressing tool and a little Quick Quotes chalk.  The Bookworm is a Bosskut Die that is one of my favorite dies in my collection (also available at Scrap-Mart).  I'm always so happy when I get to put him to use.  Here is a close-up of him [click to enlarge]:
The title was cut with Quickutz Marigold font and I chose it because I thought it matched a book-type font more than any other font in my die cut collection.  Thanks for stopping by today - hope you are having a great weekend!!

ETA:  Look I made a sketch!  If you like to work from sketches, here is one for the above layout:
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I'm going to try to do more of these in the future - it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be - I just used PowerPoint and was able to colorize the image as well.
Jenn

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Inspiration is everywhere...

While I craft most of my layouts around the photos I am working with, when I am stuck for an idea I sometimes turn to sketches.  This layout is based on a Becky Fleck sketch which I also saw used by Karen in the Quickutz Community Gallery for a Halloween layout.  I did my own variation of it here, adding the circles in the upper right hand corner to balance out the pages and to carry the polka dot paper to the right hand side.
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Yes, that is my husband dressed up as Darth Maul and boy did that ever make Halloween the best for my youngest son - haha.  The patterned paper is Rusty Pickle from a Halloween and an outdoors collection.  The orange is Creative Memories.   I cut the title on my Silhouette using a Harry Potter knock-off true type font.  I love how easy it is to make the perfect title by using my Silhouette.  As with most of my layouts, this page is pretty simple but I really love how it turned out.  I will definately be using this pattern again.  Thanks so much for stopping by today! 
Happy Crafting!!
Jenn

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Simple Double Page Layout

Here is a layout I put together quickly to showcase the action shots of my son's 'trampoline dodgeball' birthday party. The lighting was odd and I was having issues with my camera settings so none of my photos turned out great. I decided to block mount them to give the photos more impact and to show the action from the party. I plan to add my journaling in a straight line under the photos.
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The striped paper and decorative circle stickers are from Basic Grey, but the background and accent paper are Creative Memories. The colors paired together perfectly and I love how the circles mimic the dodgeballs. I cut the Sky Zone title on my Silhouette using the Star Wars font - it was similar to the actual logo and worked well for my title. Thanks for stopping by!

ETA:  I love posting my layouts here because I get to view them in a different manner.  After looking at this layout agian it now looks unbalanced to me - too much weight on the right hand side.  I'm thinking of tearing off the bottom left corner and replacing it with a bit of the striped paper, but I'm not sure yet.  I think I will add my journaling first and see how it looks.  Hmmm.....need to think about this more....

Jenn

Friday, March 12, 2010

Easy Cupcake Pocket Cards

The Silhouette library has all kinds of card designs you can purchase and download so I thought I would give this Cupcake Pocket Card design a try - always good to have a few birthday cards on hand.
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The stickles were still a bit wet when I took the picture,  but you get the idea.  These were super easy to cut and assemble, but they were kind of plain.  To add some shizzle, I simply ran the cards through my Sizzix texture boutique using a Swirly Cuttlebug embossing folder for the top portion of the insert (simply leave the rest of the card hanging out of the folder), and using the Swiss Dots embossing folder for the wrapper.  A little chalk to accent the swirls, a Happy Birthday stamp, and a dab of stickles and I was done.

My dog Tabitha kept me company and I couldn't resist snapping this photo of her sleeping to the sound of my Silhouette humming.  Isn't she precious??
Thanks for stopping by.  I hope to get some scrapbooking done over the weekend as we have rain predicted and I love to hang out in my Nook when it is raining.  I'll be back with more posts soon!
Jenn

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Weekend Scrapping

Trying to get caught up of my 10 year old's album, so I was working on scrapping his 9th birthday yesterday.  This layout turned out a bit busier than I had intended but sometimes you just need to call it good and move on! 
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The title was cut from the Cricut Storybook Cartridge and the rest of the elements were cut from Cricut Sweet Treats.  Oh, and I did use a Quickutz border die for the scalloped edging.  Here are a few closeups of the elements, stickled of course!

I need to go back a fix the title because it started lifting up from the stickles and I didn't notice until I looked at this photo.
The paper is the delish Basic Grey Lime Ricky with some Creative Memories papers tossed in to complement.  I like using the CM papers because they don't bulk up my albums.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of your weekend!  I off to Mass followed by a Mother-Cub Pancake Breakfast this morning so I better get moving......
Jenn

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Relax!!

Here is a quick card I made using some of the new Spellbinders dies released at CHA.  In order to get the Impression to look right, I found that inking up my Sea Scape Impressabilities stencil die before I ran it through my machine worked to give me the best result.  I used my new favorite chalking inks by Quick Quotes in Mango Mai Tai. 
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If you have never used the Impressabilities stencil dies before, I shot a video not too long ago showing how to use them in a Sizzix Big Kick/Big Shot machine.  A link to that video (look for Video #9) is HERE.

The umbrella is from the Spellbinders Surfs Up Shapeabilities set.  The Relax sentiment was cut on my Silhouette using the font from the Jingle Portfolio.  The ric rac strip across the bottom is a piece of cardstock I cut using the Sizzix Hello Kitty Ribbons Decorative Strip and then inked up with the same Mango Mai Tai ink.  All of the supplies can be found at http://www.scrap-mart.com/ of course!
I don't know about you but I am sooo ready for summer!
Jenn

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Drumroll please.........

I'm pleased to announce the winner of the Blog Candy giveaway is "Helen" who is CricutMom from the Cricut message board.  Congrats!! I just sent Helen an email to let her know.  Thank you so much for everyone who left a comment to enter - I truly appreciate it!  Have a fabulous day!!
Jenn

Monday, March 1, 2010

Exciting News!!

I'm very excited to announce that I was selected as one of the Club Ruby Designers for Above Rubies Studio!  Click here for a link to the official announcement.  I'm very exicted to work with Megan and the great team she has put together.  Also, I will be announcing the Blog Candy winner sometime on Wednesday, so be sure to check back then!  Thanks to all who have entered so far and if you haven't done so yet, the details can be found here so check it out!  Have a great day!
Jenn