Friday, September 9, 2016

Life is Ruff Layout

Good afternoon fellow scrappers!  Today's post is a page that was created for The Nifty Pixel.  This page is based on one of the July Page Drafts sketches release titled: Tucked In V.1.

Here I am with what I like to call my 'eldest son'.  :-)  This is me taking selfies with my pup Toby.  He's my faithful companion & little shadow.  He's all about the photography as well.  I've been taking photos of him since he was 12 weeks old which is when we got him.  So he's a total ham when it comes to taking selfies.  

Here's the July Page Drafts release.  Click on this link to find out more info on these versatile sketches.

The background of my page was made with a combination of stamping, masking, ink splatters & by randomly adhering red & blue sequins.  Papers used is from the 'Felicity' collection by Authentique.

I've used my favorite method of journaling which is by storing my thoughts on a small scroll that also serves as a unique embellishment on my page.

I've used a couple of Prima stamps to create the faux stitching along the borders of my page.

I've made a brief tutorial on how I go about making these scrolls.  If interested you can find that tutorial here.   

To add some dimension to my page I've adhered several of the embellishments with dimensional foam and/or pop dots.  I've always been a fan of adding a bit of dimension to my layouts.

Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Flowers - Prima, I Am Roses, Flair - Panda Eight Designs, Stamps: Prima Marketing, Masks: Prima Marketing, Mists: Heidi Swapp, Other - Sequins, Glitter Tape, Polaroid Frame, Black Doilies

Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Baby Girl Flip & Fold Mini Album

Today's project is a small one but packs a big punch.  This fold out mini album measures 4" x 3" inches but can hold up to 9-10 wallet sized 2" x 3" inch photos.  I've used the 'Cuddle: Girl' collection by Authentique.

I found a tutorial on YouTube for making this type of mini.  You can find the tutorial here.  It's in French & I've also changed it up a bit--but this is what I used for my inspiration. 

I've created two minis in this style both utilizing papers from the same collection.  One was given to a friend & the other is currently for sale in my Etsy shop 'The Kraft Nook'--if interested, feel free to visit my shop here.

In addition to using the papers from the 'Cuddle: Girl' collection, I've also used life cards that come with the collection.  I trimmed them down just a bit & used them to mat several pages in this mini.

In the center of the mini I've created two pockets holding two tags each.  These can be used for journaling or for writing down dates/thoughts and/or sentiments.

Supplies: Paper - Authentique

Since it's a bit hard to fully photograph this mini, I've created a video showcasing how the mini folds out.  Enjoy!


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

1st Day of School Layout

Good morning fellow crafters!  Today's page is one that I made for The Nifty Pixel.  I've used one of these fabulous sketches from the 'Passport to the World' collection to document my son's first day of school.  Well technically, it's a hybrid version of school.  He's only 3 so he's in a 'Preppers' class where they're pretty much 'preparing' him for pre-school--hence the name 'Preppers'.  He started just this past January & as you can see from this photo...he was ready!  No tears, no pouting, no crying or tantrums.  He was actually the opposite, very excited about starting something new in his life.  :-)  Now almost 5 months later, he's thoroughly enjoying it, loves to learn & has made lots of new little friends.

Papers used for this layout is the 'Studious' collection by Authentique.  It's a school themed paper which went along perfectly with my son's first day of school photo.

You can find more details about these sketches & on how to purchase these digital templates on The Nifty Pixel blog here

As is customary with my pages, I've given many of my embellishments a bit of dimension by adhering them with pop dots or dimensional foam tape.

The floral cluster is a combination of mulberry paper, fabric & burlap flowers.  I enjoy using burlap flowers on masculine pages.  It's a way to incorporate flowers on a masculine themed project without making it too 'girly'.  It also helps to tone down a page.  I may still sneak in a more feminine flower here n' there--but the burlap flower helps keep the 'rustic' theme that I'm looking for.

I've written my journaling/thoughts onto this tag which I've stored into this mini kraft bag.

Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Die - Cheery Lynn Designs, Doily - Michaels, Flowers - The Kreative Korner, I Am Roses, Michaels, Embellishments - Tim Holtz, Authentique, Other - Mini Kraft Bag, Tulle

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy the rest of your week.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Baby Boy & Girl Accordion Zig Zag Mini Albums with Tutorial

Today's mini is a DT project I made for Authentique.  I've used the 'Cuddle' collection both Boy & Girl for these minis.  I created the Baby Girl mini first & loved the simplicity of it so much that I created one for my own little guy--and that's how I ended up with the 'twin' minis.  :-)

The mini albums measure  5 3/4" inches by 2 3/4" inches & have a 3/8" inch spine. The inside is composed of zig zag accordion style pages that can hold up to 11 wallet size photos (3" x 2" inch photos). There are two pockets within the mini along with 2 tags in each pocket for journaling purposes.

For my mini, I've included photos of my son from his first year only.  So they are mostly baby pictures of him.

The covers of the mini are made from heavy weight 110 lbs black card stock.  It's an alternative to thin chipboard & I prefer it for this type of small mini.  The covers are still sturdy & I don't have to take out the rotary cutter since I can cut the card stock right on my regular paper trimmer.

I've decorated the cover with a mini flocked teddy bear, fabric flower, heart shaped rhinestone & a small spray of mulberry paper flowers.  The sentiment is part of the sticker sheet from the 'Cuddle' collection.

Here's the girl version.  I've kept the decoration on the cover pretty much the same for both minis.

The Baby Girl mini is for sale in my Etsy shop, 'The Kraft Nook'.  If interested feel free to visit my shop.

Below you'll find the video tutorial I made for this mini.  It's a fairly simple album to make & makes for a quick gift or keepsake.



Thursday, March 31, 2016

You Are So Loved Layout

Today's page is a simple one--made with one of Authentique's latest collection - Cuddle: Boy.  As soon as I saw this baby boy themed collection, I knew I had to document one of my little guy's first photos.  He was just a few days old when this photo was taken.

I kept the design simple with a few embellishments adhered with pop dots to add a bit of dimension.

For once I decided to add my own flair to the design paper & simply scribbled onto the background of the page with a fine tipped black marker.  I actually like the random end result!

With some stamps & rhinestones, I added more interest to the background & added a sentiment along the center of the page which is exactly the thought this photo of my little guy brings to my mind.

With the photo itself, I wanted to do a puzzle sort of effect.  So I cut the photo into three random squares/rectangles--matted them & then pieced them back together.  It added a different effect to the photo.

Supplies: Paper - Autthentique, Stamps - Technique Tuesday, Sodalicious, Embellishments - Authentique, Other - Spiral Paper Clips, Rhinestones, Brads

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy the rest of the week!


Friday, March 4, 2016

Dream Big Layout

Today I'm sharing a page I made a few months ago & have not posted till now.  It's been a rough Winter health wise for me this year.  I've been sick on & off for the past month or so.  Not sure what crazy bug is going around--but it's not a pretty one!  I can finally say that I'm recovering after three different rounds of antibiotics...phew!

So, this would be my little guy celebrating his 3rd birthday just this past November.  Time is flying by way too fast for my liking.  He's getting so big & developing an even bigger personality to go along with him.  :-)

I've mostly used papers by Authentique & the design of my page is based on a sketch by The Nifty Pixel.  

Here's the sketch by The Nifty Pixel that I've used as the design for my page.  The link will take you directly to the 'Life of Pie' projects & will show case several other 'pie' themed sketches & the design teams interpretations of these fabulous sketches.

I made the circle embellishments with the use of some leftover scraps.  I made them uneven on purpose.  These are one of those elements where the more uneven they are, the better they look.

Paper clips.  Now that's something I wouldn't have thought would make a nice random embellishment...but as you can see here--I've inserted one in between my circles & it actually works!

One of my trademarks on layouts is to use a combination of several different random bits & bobs.  I've used a combination of all sorts of flowers, from burlap to felt--chipboard elements, arrows, epoxy stickers & one mini felt teddy bear. 

Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Random Left Over Scraps, Flowers - The Felt Shoppe, I Am Roses, The Kreative Korner, Embellishments - Prima, Tim Holtz, Arrow Paper Clip - Freckled Fawn, Other - Mini Felt Teddy Bear, String, Paper Clip, Wooden Banner, Burlap Flower

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy the rest of the week!