Friday, July 17, 2015

Project Life® spreads featuring Color Cast Designs

I wanted to share real quickly two Project Life® spreads that I made using product from Color Cast Designs June release.

The first spread I made was for some recent June photos. I love the new summer set called Solstice. Blue and Yellow is one of my favorite summer color combos so this set was a total no brainer for me. Paired with the Here and Now wood veneer set that was a colab with Kellie Winnell gave me just what I needed to help tell this spreads story.  If you haven't checked out Kellie you can find all her amazing work and a link to her stamp store on her site here. The phrases she picked for this set were new and fresh and very on trend which I love.

I really loved the new iridescent acrylic that Jessica used this month in the Solstice set and you can see it up close above. It's really amazing person. I also loved the mirror acrylic that she put in the set as well. You can see it below it's the blue today piece.

My second spread was from back in April and it was a half spread. It pairs up with the spread I shared awhile back for Easter. It only covers four days so its really simple. I just embellished the photos with a few more of the veneer from the Here and Now and also included a few items from previous launches like the Coffee Lovers, the Basically Basics Gold shapes and the Confetti Stars. The gold glitter Right Now that I used on the title card was new for June and I loved that piece.

I love the way the title card turned out. I'm super partial to anything white on white embossed these days so I love how this kind of mimics that look.

I had just the right colors of the confetti stars to make a little rainbow, I love this tiny accent.

The July releases went up yesterday so I hope you check them out. I'll have projects to share with some of them very soon. You can see all of the new stuff right here and if you use the code 'barbara' (lower case without the quotes) you can save 10% off your order.

See you soon.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sew Simple │ Typewriter Cover

This past weekend we went to a local Antique Fair and I picked up the coolest little typewriter table for $20. Normally my typewriter was kept on a shelf out of the way so it got very little use. We recently removed a piece of furniture in the bonus room adjacent to my office so I knew this piece would fit perfectly. I love that I can now keep it out so it will get more use, but it definitely needed a cover or something to keep the dust out of the inside. I thought it would be super cute to make one out of fabric and a quick google search lead me to a great blog post on The Magic Margin. Their pattern was super simple and the instructions were well laid out and I was pretty confident I could tackle this project in a few hours.

I stopped first at Joann's for some fabric but wasn't finding anything that I loved. I was hoping to find a decorator weight fabric so I didn't have to do the interfacing step but all of the patterns of those seemed too bold for the size of my cover. I decided to try Hobby Lobby because my store usually has some pretty on trend fabric choices and was pleased to find several that would work for my needs. I ended up picking this grey and cream Woodgrain print and because it was 100% cotton I decided it was best to do the interfacing step. The fabric is from Brother Sister Designs and the code on the fabric is B52-OWR-P46 and its stamped 2013 if you are interested in tracking it down. Using the pattern from The Magic Margins as my guide I measured and adjusted the pattern to fit my typewriters dimensions. I determined that 1 yard would also be enough for my machine and I purchased the same amount of interfacing. For the interfacing I picked up Pellon mid weight fusible interfacing because I wanted to add a little bit of weight to the fabric. This ended up being just enough to give it some rigidity so it would stand up correctly when placed over my typewriter.

My typewriter is a pretty standard Smith Corona Coronet Super 12 that I understand is pretty easy to find. I purchased this a few years ago from someone on Craig's List and I only paid $10 for it. The only thing I have done to it is blow it out with some air and replace the ribbon and its works great. If you happen to have a similar model and want to make a cover for yourself here are the measurements I used for my pattern pieces.

It was lots of fun sitting down and sewing something again and I have enough of the woodgrain fabric left over to make something else, maybe a pouch or a book cover or something. Another positive is this typewriter has gotten some serious use in the past few days, my daughter is loving it and sits down often to write stories and play office. That's a total win win!

Until next time,

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Featuring Clearly Kelly │ June 2015

We are heading back out of town soon and as you know I take documenting my travels fairly seriously. This won't be a super long trip and its not really a road trip like we have taken in the past so it won't be days in the car like before. I knew I still needed something to hold all my notes and I also had quite a list of places to go to while we are in Portland which lead me to making my own travel planner per say just for this trip.

I used one of Kelly Purkey's Wallet Album that she designed for the Clearly Kelly Line and I think these things are totally genius. You can use them for so many different things. I dressed up the album cover using stamps from the PNW is Best set and one from the Destination stamp set. The lable on the front was cut using the Documented Stamp & Die set.

For the inside I decided to make two separate books for myself. The front book would hold all of the places that I hoped to visit so I made the sheets inside the book a little smaller so I could add the tabs for each section. I love the dies in the Stamp & Cut set and laid out the text first in Photoshop Elements and printing it out onto cardstock and then I ran them thru my die cut machine to cut the tab shape. I layered two of the tabs for each section just to make them stronger since it was just cardstock that I was using. I love the pop of green that carries over from the cover. I used stamps to dress up each divider and the coffee and donut are from the PNW is Best set. I also made up a few journaling cards to tuck into the front pockets of the wallet to jot down some stories as they come up. The stamps I used on these came from the 100% Me stamp set.

Here is a glimpse inside the To Eat section. I just made simple lists of all of the places I have heard about online and in my research. I don't plan to hit them all but at least all the ones I would like to hit are in one place and I can check them off if we go there.

For the second book which would hold all of my notes from the trip I just added the simple frame and noted stamps from the Documented Stamp & Cut set, More pops of green from the layered green cardstock underneath to keep things cohesive. The stamp I used on the card on the left is also from the 100% Me stamp set.

Here is what the inside of the notebooks look like. I made the inserts myself in Photoshop Elements. They are just simple dotted grey lines spaced about 1/4" apart. I printed them out myself at home on 32lb. paper so they had enough weight to hold up to lots of writing and wouldn't have a lot of bleed thru. I recently purchased a long arm stapler from Amazon and I love this thing. I know I'll be making little booklets a lot more now that I have figured it all out. For reference this book is 15 sheets of the 32lb paper and the cardstock cover and it stapled easily. As you can see here it was just about all the regular staples could handle. I think the limit on the stapler is 20 sheets but this is a bit thicker than standard copy paper so it worked out. I can't wait to fill up this section with all of our travel notes!

Because I was on a roll using the tab dies I decided to make a Project Life® spread about our camping trip. I wanted to pair one spread up with the layout I had already made and since a mini album will also be made I didn't need to worry too much about getting it all in.

I used all three of the tab dies in the Stamp & Cuts set and one from the Scored Tabs set and love how these look. I added text to one and the top and the others were stamped on using stamps from the 100% Me set and the Get it Done stamp set. I love how the flag die looks layered on top of each other and wanted to mimic what I had done on the layout. Adding in that simple layer of flags on my journaling card makes me all kinds of happy. I love when just a simple touch can make a card sing.

Here you can see some of the tabs a bit closer and in more detail.

I hope you have fun playing with these tab dies too. They really are super versatile and can be used for more than just a tab or a label.

Because of our trip I'll be taking a bit of a blog break and will be back after the July 4th holiday to share some more stuff with you all. I'll be posting to Instagram as always so if you don't already follow you can find my feed here.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer fun with Color Cast Designs

It's been a crazy whirlwind around here, as you know we went camping recently and right before we left on that trip I whipped up an album cover because I knew that I would have lots of great pictures and wanted to make a special album for them. And luckily for me the Color Cast Designs May release had the perfect items to help with that cover.

I suppose once a Scout always a Scout because lying in bed crazy early one morning the thought popped into my head to turn the Happy Trails Triangle set into badges like I had on my Scout sash when I was a kid. I love how this turned out and adding in the acrylic pieces from the Wanderlust set really made the cover complete.

I always love the dimensions these pieces provide and on an album cover its that much more awesome.

My second project was a Project Life® spread that had one side pockets and the other side a full layout. I always love adding in full size layouts and the yellow Sunshine from the Summer Love set just needed to have its own moment.

I added in some hand stitched sun rays to help ground the page and love how that extra pop of yellow plays off of the acrylic piece.

I kept the pocket side really simple. I made a really quick template in Photoshop Elements to mimic Polaroid prints so that I could add in veneer pieces from the Summertime kit and also add in some printed text so the whole look would be cohesive. I really love that Jessica is now offering acrylic alpha's and the Lemon Zest alpha was the exact match to the Sunshine piece. It makes for the perfect title card and love carrying some of that yellow over to the right hand side. I used a few pieces from previous releases on this side that are still available. If you love coffee I suggest you grab the Coffee Lover's set before they are gone for good and the Hashtag set is super cool and fun to add to your projects.

I hope you have a great summer I'll be back soon with more stuff to share as I keep catching up with all that I am behind on.
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