Friday, September 30, 2011

Slip 'n Slide

I have a clean and simple layout to share with you today. I created this one at the "crop" that Lissette and I set up in our hotel room when we went to CKC. Since our space was limited, I kept my supplies to a minimum. Here's our cropping space:
Not bad for a hotel room. We had everything we needed -- even the M&Ms!

And here's my layout:

Since there was so much white space in my design, I trimmed my card stock 1/4-inch on two sides and adhered it to the yellow cardstock leaving a 1/8-inch border on each side. I thought that this served to add a little pop of color while grounding the elements in the layout.

I found the journaling spot on the Cut Outs patterned paper. To personalize it, I added the "Hello sunshine" stamp. In addition, since the art from the journaling spot had "staples," I decided to add my own for more texture and dimension. I love the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. The journaling reads: Melissa, you wanted a slip 'n slide for the longest time but the stores were always sold out when we thought of it. Finally, you got it with birthday money in 2009! Here's a closer look:

To mimic the dimension of the "splash zone" embellishments, I dry embossed the splashes on the patterned paper. (I did this at home so as not to travel with my Cuttlebug.) After fussy cutting the splashes, I popped some using foam adhesive. Finally, I used a brad for the dot over the "i" and wrote the "'n" on a pre-made embellishment using my white Signo pen.
Cardstock: American Crafts;
Patterned Paper & Embellishments: Bo Bunny (Sun Kissed);
Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Awesome Days of Summer by Ali Edwards;
Ink: Stampin' Up (Dusty Durango);
Tools: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Seeing Spots);Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; EK Success Border Punch (Postage Stamp); EK Success Corner Rounder; White Signo Gel Pen.

Monday, September 26, 2011

I Will Always Remember

As many of you know, I am not a chronological scrapper. And, I don't consider myself an event scrapper either. Yes, I do scrap trips and pictures from birthdays and Christmas but I do those pages as much to tell a story about that period in time more as I do to tell about the particular event. Maybe this is why I have had so much trouble doing a layout about Melissa's first day of school. You see, her first day of school was September 11, 2001. I have always felt a need to do a layout about this day but I have never been able to capture the emotions of that day on paper. That is, until this year. Possibly it was the magnitude of the 10th anniversary or the inspiration I drew from the My Mind's Eye sketch and their American Made collection, but I finally felt ready to create this important layout for her album.

Here's the sketch:

And here's my layout:

To create this layout, I started with the blue on blue stripe from the Lime Twist collection. (The white that you see is the background where I photographed my layout.) I pretty much followed the sketch using patterned papers from the American Made collection and then I got to the journaling. I knew it had to be typed since I had so much to say and I thought that two columns, commemorating the Twin Towers, would be appropriate. You can double click on the photo above if you want to enlarge it and read the journaling.

To create my title, I combined American Craft Thickers with a stamped image. I fussy cut the word "remember" and adhered it with foam adhesive to give it the same dimension as the rest of the title.

I didn't want to add a lot of embellishments. After all, this layout is about the journaling. However, the layout needed something. I thought butterflies would do the trick. I first tried punching different sized butterflies from the patterned papers but they all looked to fussy. Then, I pulled these Jillibean Soup corrugated shapes, distressed them with some mists and added the buttons and twine. Finally, I found the small word stickers in my stash, added them using foam dimensional adhesive and drew a dashed line around three sides of my page.
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye (Lime Twist; American Made);
Vellum: The Paper Company;
Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Studio AE -- April);
Ink: Stampin' UP! (Night of Navy);
Letters: American Crafts Thickers (Sweet);
Mists: Tattered Angels (Frost): Studio Calico Mister Huey (Calico White; Calico Shine);
Tools: EK Success Border Punch (Double Embossed Dotted Lace); Fiskars Border Punch (Scallop Sentiment);
Misc.: My Mind's Eye Accessories (American Made); Jillibean Soup Corrugated Shapes (Corrugated Butterflies); Doodlebug buttons (Ladybug); twine (recycled from my stash); word stickers from Girl's Paperie.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday -- Frosted Images

I have a second post today -- a card I created using the Frosted Images technique highlighted in Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday video from last week. Here's my card:

As Lisa Johnson explains in the video, I stamped my images first using a grey ink and then after quickly swiping my stamp on a wipe so as not to ruin my ink pad, I stamped the image over the first using Vintage Cream. I did not "frost" the sentiment. Another clean and simple card today. Don't know what has gotten into me LOL!

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Fine Linen);
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Botanical Silhouettes);
Ink: Stampin' UP! (Basic Grey);
Ribbon: American Crafts (Grey)
Misc.: Queen & Compan pearls (Black & White)

PTI September 2011 Blog Hop & WMC69 Challenge

It's time for another Papertrey Ink Blog Challenge. The challenge this month was to create a project based on the photo inspiration.

When I saw the inspiration, I knew I wanted to play along since I had two masculine birthday cards to make. As I was definitely short on time this weekend, I decided to keep my card clean and simple and use patterned paper which just happened to be the Scrappy Saturday challenge at Wee Memories. Here's my card:

I wasn't kidding when I said it was clean and simple! To create it, I cut a standard size card. Next, I cut a piece of white cardstock to measure 5" x 3.75" and embossed it using a PTI embossing plate. I cut a strip of patterned paper 1" wide and a piece of Terracotta Tile cardstock 1/4 inch wider. I adhered the patterned paper strip to my embossed cardstock, stamped the sentiment and then adhered that piece to the card using foam adhesive. It doesn't get easier than that! Here's a close-up of the embossing. It didn't photograph as well as I would have liked it but it definitely adds interest and texture to the card.

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Stamper's Select White; Terracotta Tile);
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye (Lime Twist);
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Fillable Frames #1);
Ink: Stampin' Up! (Soft Suede);
Misc.: Papertrey Ink Impression Plate (Linen & Canvas -- Side 1)

Friday, September 23, 2011

CR84FN Challenge & A Winner

Hellooooo! Is anybody here? That's probably what you have been wondering. It has been a whirlwind this past month. Since I wrote my last blog post, I have experienced an earthquake (a rarity in New York); prepared for Hurricane Irene; spent hours on the phone (mostly on hold!) rearranging our travel plans because of said hurricane; went on a wonderful 7-day cruise to the Western Caribbean; had said cruise turn into a 9-day cruise because of Tropical Storm Lee; and missed the first day of school because 7-day cruise was now a 9-day cruise. You get the point. It seems like we jumped off the high board into the deep end of the pool this September. There was no time to gradually get back into the swing of things so blogging has taken a back seat. It's taken a month, though, but I think I can come up for air! So finally, I have a project to share.

Today's card uses the colors from the CR84FN38 challenge.

Here's my card:

My sister is a francophile and her home pays homage to her love of all things French. There are Eiffel Towers everywhere. (She even has a purse shaped like an Eiffel Tower!) She loves Paris as much as I love scrapbooking and if I tell her that I am going to Paris this weekend, she knows that I am scrapping! On a recent visit to her home, Melissa and my niece, Sarah, went from room to room and counted more than 75. It was their own version of Where's Waldo! So, you can understand why I hoard any papers or embellishments that picture the Eiffel Tower to use on her birthday card each year. The paper on this card was from Echo Park's 2010 Be Mine collection. (Yes, I've been saving the paper for that long!)

To create the card, I cut a piece of Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow cardstock to a standard size. I cut the white cardstock 1/2-inch smaller on each side so that the finished card would have a 1/4-inch border. Next, I cut a piece of patterned paper 1/4-inch smaller and stamped a background image on it. For the focal point, I matted the journaling card onto a piece of Smokey Shadow cardstock. I used Distress Stickles to add some bling to the Eiffel Tower as well as the ornate trim along the top of the card. Finally, I stamped the "Happy Birthday" sentiment, added a row of pearls to the top of the mat, adhered it to the card using foam dimensional adhesive and added a ribbon from my stash. Here's a closer look:

Now for some unfinished business.... Last month, I participated in the August Sketch Blog Hop and I offered a little blog candy for those who left a comment and became followers. At last, I have a winner. Drum roll please! The winner is:
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That means the winner is photochic!
photochic said...

I LOVE the paper! So cute! Great layout.

Please e-mail me with your name and address so that I can get your prize to you. I will be putting in an extra goodie or two to thank you for your patience!

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Stamper's Select White; Smokey Shadow);
Patterned Paper: Making Memories (Sabrina); Echo Park (Be Mine);
Stamps: Hero Arts (Classic Fabric Design); Papertrey Ink (Birthday Basics);
Ink: Stampin' UP! (Basic Grey); Ranger (Black);
Embelishments: Pearl Stickers (Recollection) Stickles (Diamond); Ribbon from stash.