Thursday, August 20, 2015

100 Wishes

The ladies over at Bella Blvd challenged me to create a layout based on the Pinterest inspired image shown HERE.

I embraced the feathers from the image and incorporated them as the key feature (aside from my photo) into my design using them as a border across the page.

I focused in on how the feathers were layered over each other. I also stitched over them like in the Pinterest image. I simply cut a dozen small feathers out of various pattern papers, layered them in different directions overlapping each other and stitched them across the page.

I added the photo and its layers of coordinating pattern paper, a title and several embellishments to complete the page. I love the background paper for many reasons but especially the wonky lines which were great for journaling.

So that's how I was "PINspired" by the image above.  Head over to the Bella Blvd blog to see how it inspired the other talented ladies.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Summer Mini Album and Free Download

Summertime is so fun here in the Leopard house. It's filled with swimming, camps, trips, reading and a ton of fun so I thought it'd be great to make a mini album to document the highlights and tell our stories. I'm offering a free download to recreate one for your summer adventures.

How to:

Step 1: I created this 4" x 6" mini album with the help of my Silhouette software and CAMEO. You can DOWNLOAD the cut file HERE. Cut your cover out of pattern paper and set aside.

Step 2: Cut 3 - 4 pieces of pattern paper for the inside pages of the book.  This is included in the cut file so it's all pre-measured. Stack them on top of each other, making sure the patterns are in the right directions. Upside down hearts are cute and all but I prefer mine right side up.

Step 3: Stitch the cover to the inside pages. Again, make sure the cover and pages are all in the same direction.  Add a strip of paper to the cover if you prefer.

Step 4: Embellish the inside with sentiments, frames, accordion pull-outs so you can include many photos on one small page, etc.

Supplies: Rise & Shine collection: (370000) – Rachel Paper, (370002) – Kylie Paper, (370008) – Stella Paper, (370011) – Lucy Paper, (370017) – Samantha Paper, (370038) – Bits Die Cut Cardstock Shapes, (370032) – Remarks Accent & Phrase Stickers, (370034) – Remarks Epoxy Stickers, (370035) – Remarks Alpha Stickers, (370045) – Ticket Memo Pad, (370054) – Chipboard Frames

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sunkissed Summer

Howdy friends! Welcome to the (oh so hot) August blog hop with the Gossamer Blue design team.
We are asked each  month to create a project using only the Main kit. I love how each designer creates something so unique with the same kit.  Here's my take using the Main kit only.

I took this photo at the beginning of summer on a road trip at a wall near a gas station of all places.  I just couldn't resist snapping a few photos while daddy pumped the gas.

Make sure to head over to the Gossamer Blue store and grab any August kits that may be remaining.  And be on the lookout for September kits.  I have mine and it's AMAZING!

Now, head on over to Jill Cornell!

Friday, August 14, 2015

My Sweet Forever

I sure do love my patterns and I especially love repeating them over, and over and over again. So when I received a box from American Crafts full of their latest collections, I was in Heaven, so to speak!

My first assignment was to work with the Documentary collection.  I'm loving the new color palette but I especially like all the geometric elements of it. I decided to embrace them and created this sweet layout.

How to:

  1. Cut six of your favorite circle patterns from the Confetti paper and set them aside.
  2. Print 3 photos and cut them into a circle in 3 different sizes - 3", 2.5" and 2".
  3. Select 3 tags from the Minc tags included in this collection.  If you have a Minc, use different colors of foil for them all.
  4. Arrange your pattern circles, photos, tags and rosettes on the page, making sure many of them overlap each other.
  5. Next, hand stitch around the pattern circles.
  6. Add a title using a combination of Thickers and die-cuts and even leftover bits from the foil resist.
  7. Once everything is in place, add mist and embellishments, like puffy stickers, die cuts, rub-ons.

Supplies: Documentary collection: (340296) - Confetti paper, (340305) - Fancy Free paper, (340206) - Rosettes, (340204) - Dir-cut cardstock shapes, (340201) - Puffy stickers, (340203) - Rub-on transfer sheets, (340207) - Wood buttons, (340205) - Cork Bows, (340202) - Desktop puffy letter stickers, (340217) - Min Tags, Minc foils: (369980) - Teal, (369973) - Gold, (369982) - Hot Pink

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sweet Summer Treats | PageMaps Sketch

Hello friends.  I went out of pocket some some downtime and a much needed vacation with my family but I am back and wanted to talk about the Gossamer Blue August kit and a special feature we did with PageMaps.

I created this fun little layout about the delicious shaved ice from Matsumoto's store on Hawaii's North Shore. Several members of the Gossamer Blue team had the opportunity to work with Becky Fleck's PageMaps. Being one of the lucky ones, this was based off of her sketch, which can be HERE, along with 9 other great sketches.

The August Gossamer Blue kits are some of my favorite ones. You can still pick some of them up but they are selling out fast so scurry on over there.