Tuesday, August 25, 2015

One Little Bird Hybrid Blog Guest

One of the raddest thing about sharing my work online is the opportunities that have come from that sharing. Case in point is a recent email that I received from Christine over at One Little Bird asking me if I was interested in being a Hybrid Blog Guest for Peppermint Granberg. Heck Yes! Is what I believe my response was. Peppermint is one of my favorite digital designers and I have lots and lots of her items in my Digital Scrapbooking library so I knew that finding something of hers to work with was going to be no problem. Coming up with what I felt was a worthy project that could stand up well enough to her teams work was the challenge.

While perusing her store over at The Lilypad I was mainly focused on the products I did not already own. I wanted items that were new to me so that whatever idea I came up with it would be fresh. I ultimately ended up choosing her recent line called Nosh. Mainly because I don't usually have any problems creating work that is centered around food. I mean...its a fact.

I ended up making a little dimensional pocket to create a sort of mini album of all of my favorite food photos from a recent trip to Portland that I took with my husband. I haven't had a chance to work with my photos from this trip yet so it was the perfect way to at least document what we ate since it was a trip very much about food and shopping.

I don't want to give away the whole project but wanted to at least share a few of the images from the blog post with you here. I made little postcards using one of the digital cards for each of the meals and drinks that we had on the trip and they slipped nicely into the dimensional pocket. I dressed up the inside with several items from the Nosh set.

Working hybrid style some of the elements were printed flat digitally but some of the elements were also printed and then cut for dimension like traditional scrapbooking.

Working on this project was an absolute blast and I am so thrilled that I was asked to do it. I would love it if you would pop over to Peppermint's blog right here to read and see the whole feature.

If you are interested in the supplies I used they are listed there but I will also list them here for you.

Thank you again to both Christine and Peppermint for asking me to contribute to the blog it was an awesome experience and I hope you all love the project as much as I do.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Going Digital with Kelly Purkey digital kits

I really love that Kelly Purkey decided to release her kits in digital form this past month. As you might know the Reading List kit sold out in record time which is awesome but because of that she offered up the Reading List Digital Kit. It includes the digital stamp and the printable cards. This really opened up even more options for using this kit which is so cool. I really hoped to made a mini album with the kit but I just didn't have the time but I did have an hour or so to sit down and make this digital layout that I can slip into my daughters school album.

I used the on my nightstand and the book digital stamps to create my background using the Pattern tool in Photoshop Elements. I then layered several of the Reading List cards on top of each other. I adjusted the opacity way down so they would be slightly see thru. I added the rating card digital stamp to each card and added in the text. I made sure to highlight some of my daughters favorite books from this time period and especially the book she is reading in the photo. I added in a few of the other digital stamps in the areas that were open and needing another little touch. I left one of the Reading List cards blank to add in my journaling and another was a mat for my photo.

You can see all of the digital offerings that Kelly Put up right here. She even put up some of the most popular recent stamp sets which is so awesome.

It was so much fun using the kit digitally that I hope I can continue to share something each month. I can't wait to see what's coming for August's release!
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Featuring Color Cast Designs │ July releases

I wanted to make sure to share the two projects I made with Color Cast Designs July releases before the August product hits the shelves next week. The first project I made was a layout documenting a recent trip to Lake Tahoe. I was heavily influenced by the colors of the sand and the blue tones of the water and the sky so I got out my watercolors and just started laying down some paint to mimic the two distinct areas of the photo. Lake Tahoe is my daughters favorite place so I knew when we got there I wanted a photo so I could document her love of the lake. I used the white Right Now piece from the Currently set and mixed in some of the blue sea glass stars from the Twinkling Stars set because the color was just right. After the paint was dry I taped my photo right on top with a plain piece of masking tape.

I used the Peerless Watercolor Papers in Warm Sepia and Robin Eggs Blue for the background. The journaling was typed on vellum and adhered with my tiny attacher.

I love the sea glass accent against the blue.

My second project was a Project Life® spread for July 3rd and 4th. I loved the new items Jessica made for the fourth so I used the 4th of July set and the Stars, No Stripes set and I also added the 'this moment' circle is from the Currently Set to complete this half spread.  The flag card I used is from Studio Calico's July 2014 addon, the diagonal text card is from this years July 2015 addon. I sprinkled in some gold and silver glitter stars along with a blue star from Jessica's store. The gold glitter Lucky is from the Lucky Me set that is sold out.

I just loved the interchangeable circles and stars and had fun playing with different combos to dress up my cards.

Jessica has already shared some sneaks of what is coming for August you can check out her Instagram feed here for more of those.

Remember when you shop to use the code barbara (all lowercase) for 10% off your order.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Featuring Clearly Kelly │ Holiday Stamps

Hello everyone, as promised I wanted to share with you the two Project Life® spreads I made featuring Kelly Purkey's new Clearly Kelly Holiday Stamps. They are available for pre-order on her site right now and you can see all of the sets right here.

The first spread that I made started out one way and then half way thru took a u-turn and completely changed. I actually kind of love when that happens, its pretty cool and I don't usually mind redoing parts if I need to. This spread started with photos in color but after completing the left side the colors were kind of all over the place, some inside, some outside and at night you know the drill. Darks and lights don't usually mix well for me so I decided to go all black and white. I love how the pop of red stands out against the photos and something like this could easily be done with any color you like.

I used stamps from the following sets; All Decked Out, Fa la la la la, Noel and Yeti on this spread. I love the mix of the graphics and the script text and they all just work so well together. And how cute is that Yeti.

I decided to emboss the title card with red glitter embossing powder just to make it stand out just a bit more and I love the sparkle it adds.

My second spread was part layout and part pockets because the previous week had a large layout that I had made so it didn't have pockets on the left side. One of my favorite trends right now is printed masking tape so I thought it would be cool to try to make my own. I purchased plain masking tape that was 3/4 of and inch wide and I also purchased 2" which was fun to play with too.

I stamped the making spirits bright sentiment from the Fa la, la, la, la stamp set and one of the tiny snowflakes from the S'no problem stamp set repeatedly on to the tape and laid it out as my background. To do the stamping I laid the tape onto a non stick craft mat so that I could easily remove it. When it was time to fit in my journaling I wasn't sure what to do. I decided to see if I could print on the tape and it worked. I'm not sure how long it will last but I love how it looks here. I just printed my text on a piece of thicker vellum, carefully laid my tape on top of the text and ran it back thru my printer again. I carefully peeled up the tape and put it in position. It didn't stick badly to the vellum which was great.

The rest of the spread was filled in with some cards left over from Ali's 2014 December Daily kit and I used more stamps from the All Decked Out and the Fa, la, la, la, la sets.

I stamped one more piece of masking tape for the title card to carry it over to the other side using stamps from the Fa, la, la, la, la set.

I hope you have a great time with these stamps when you receive them. They are shipping mid August which is just in time to get started making cards are working on last years pages that might not be done yet. They are going to be perfect for this years December Daily if you are doing that project too.

See you soon,
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