Lilac Obsessed

April 26th, 2017|cuttables, stamps, travelers notebook|

Lilacs.

They are one of the most gorgeous, fragrant, short-lived, springtime pleasures. And last week I just couldn’t get enough of them….which was why it was such a focus in my journal for the week.

 

The smell. Oh my goodness! I had to bring some in since it’s been too cool to open the windows. I strategically planted the bush by the window where I sit most often and usually get to benefit from them, but this year…not so much.

And my white-edged lilacs, which corner the the other end of our house, inspired the four-petal flower design in the all-new April Showers kit.

 

 

I copied four of the original open design, then released the compound path on one of them and removed the center petal pieces to give me a solid background and copied it–cutting four of each style. I adhered the the solid pieces on my page with mini glue dots in the center and layered the open pieces a little less evenly using mini glue dots as well. I liked how they sat just a little off and how, by using glue dots, it allows the petals to be ‘loose’ on the page giving it more dimension. I finished the look with some enamel dots.

Another tip is to have one set with smooth side up and one set with the texture side up. That adds even more dimension to the ensemble, particularly when white-on-white is involved. The flowers were cut at 1″ using my favorite American Crafts cardstock. Works great on my delicates!

I stamped the word LILACS using the Maxwell Outline stamp and layered ‘I Love Right Now’ from the Fresh Air stamp set under it. I love mixing stamps to create your own unique titles! You know me and words. :) I also stamped the ‘wonderful world’ phrase from the Found stamp set onto an Instax photo.

Keeping it simple. Getting it done. This spread came together so fast!

And now, I’m afraid I’m going to lose my lilacs by the weekend. That will be a sad day. I’ll just have to enjoy the iris as they come and then my favorite–yellow roses. :)

April Showers Bring New Designs

April 23rd, 2017|cuttables, printables|

 

Spring is my second favorite season. Love the new life. It’s like every day is a mystery as to what will pop up or out next. It’s such a wonderful feeling seeing more and more color every day.

Of course, this time of year it’s also a mystery as to what weather we’ll have. Rain? Snow? Sun? Major wind? All of the above in one day? Yup. That pretty much sums up the Utah ‘sprinters’.

All of this had me inspired to create this cute little kit under the umbrella (haha) of April Showers bringing May flowers.

 

 

Just a sweet little set of designs to spring up your projects. Of course I had to put in two of my favorites–a yellow rose and a design like my white-edged lilacs. I look forward to them every year.

And the umbrella design does include a cut file so you can use the umbrella alone or even change the colors within Silhouette Studio or Cricut Design Space to print it. It also includes six color variations for quick printing. I printed mine in black on my laser printer and Minc’d it with orange to make a 3×4 Project Life style card. Love how it turned out!

Capturing ‘Your Squad’

April 11th, 2017|cuttables, photo templates|

In this day and age of selfies, a great many more photos can be–and are–taken of ourselves. Yay! I think the tweens+teens utilize this feature much more than us adults (haha), but I love that more and more are finding themselves in front of the camera because they can.

I love that it helps us to document life more regularly. But what do we do with all these photos?

Well, take a look at what Laura has done with all the children she tends to….her squad.

 

 

[ Designs |  Storyboard #1 / Weathered Door [all] / Borderlines #1 (flower border). Stamps | One Fine Day ]

 

This is so wonderful that she’s captured all these little people with herself! They grow up so fast! And for her, they come and go. What a great way to remember them all! I also adore her color choices and the mix of flower mediums!

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I was scrolling thru my Instagram photos the other day, and came across a photo of myself with several of my daycare kids. I had written something about how I ever had a “squad”, these little people would be my squad. I’ve been better about getting in the photos with the kids here and there, and I knew that some of those photos would make a great layout.

I used a template from Kerri’s Storyboard #1 kit to collage my photos together. I left one space in the template empty, knowing that I wanted to add either my title or my journaling there instead of another photo. I simply trimmed a piece of cardstock to fit over that area on the template once it was printed and adhered it in place.

I used the Weathered Door [all] kit to create my title, die cutting it from blue patterned paper, and completed the title with a few alpha stickers and Kerri’s One Fine Day stamps. I also wanted to add a little something along the left side of my photo collage, so I die cut a flower border from the Borderlines #1 kit, and tucked it under the edge of the collage.

 
Perfect all around!

The Birds Are Back!

March 7th, 2017|cuttables, pages|

One thing I’ve noticed the past few [warm] days is the significant change in the bird noise level. Yay! It’s a beautiful sound, is it not? A wonderful sign of spring.

And when more birds flew my way via Paige Evans, I was all a-flutter!

Like….mind….blown.

Take a look:

Tell us all about this Paige!

DESCRIPTION: Jane is OBSESSED with birds. Mostly pigeons. She called them “chickens” from about the age of 2-3.5. This love of fowl must be documented.

JOURNALING: You are fascinated with birds and love to chase pigeons in every city we visit. “1,2,3,4,5,6,7!” (inside joke ;) Maybe someday you can have a pet bird.

HOW TO: Die cut the birds from all different patterned papers. Die cut the entire Birds On A Wire (This+That Lucky) from white cardstock two times.

Adhere the patterned paper birds on the white cardstock birds then adhere the other white cardstock birds to the back of the first. Adhere the birds on a wire onto the B-side of Paper 21. Trace the birds on wires with a black pen.

Create a title split into 3 with the Oh My Heart Thickers and stitch them in place.

Layer a photo over a die cut, tuck a scalloped washi sticker under the right side, then stamp a trio of hearts in black on the bottom left corner.

Fussy cut three birds from Paper 03, add them next to the title, then place a chipboard bird sticker over the photo. Journal at the bottom to finish.

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What a perfect pair–the bird on a wire design with Paige’s Pink Paislee Oh My Heart paper line! Wow! I think these birds of a feather and should always flock together. ;)

If you ‘d like to see Paige wield her magic, check out her YouTube video HERE.

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Now I know there are many of you heading to the beach for spring break. Am I right? Perhaps this little design might help you document all those sunny moments. You can find it in the store HERE with the rest of the spring designs on sale through the week (see yesterday’s post for details).

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All Those Photos!

February 23rd, 2017|cuttables, pages, photo templates|

If there’s one thing there seems to a lot of (besides sweets) at Christmas time, it’s photos. Pictures of family, pictures of the gifts, pictures of family opening gifts, eating…all sorts of photo ops.

That’s a whole heckuva lot of real estate in an album….unless you do it Laura’s way!

Laura has a gift for getting many photos into a couple pages using KBS photo templates. This girl rocks the photo templates!

Take a look.

[ Designs |  Out Of This World (stars) / Yuletide Greetings (hello christmas) /
Photo Strips #1 / Storyboard #7 ]

I’m sorry…it has to be said…oh my stars!  love the white-on-white hand-drawn cut stars!!!

Ack! My favorite!

Let’s see what Laura has to say:

After working really hard last year to catch up on years worth of Christmas layouts, and with Christmas 2016 just days away (when this was written), I figured I had better get to documenting last year’s Christmas photos. If you know me, you’ll know that I’m all about getting as many of my photos on the page as I can. So for something like a Christmas family get-together, I turned to one of my go-to two page designs, getting 22 photos on the spread.

If this design looks familiar, it’s because I have used it more times than I can count! I even used it on a few previous Christmas layouts. I use a full 12×12 photo collage on one side of the spread, and a smaller photo collage on the other side, leaving me plenty of room for my title, journaling, and sometimes, even a few more photos. Kerri’s Stoyboard templates are my go-to choices for creating photo collages, and the only ones I even use anymore. While I often tend to use the same ones over and over, she’s got tons of choices to fit whatever your needs are, as far as how many photos, and size and orientation of photos.

I like to keep with a white background on the top half of my first page, since the two page spread is so photo heavy. Rather than a plain white background, I die cut a ton of stars from Kerri’s Out Of This World kit, using white cardstock. The white on white adds interest, without being overwhelming. Kerri has SO many choices for Christmas titles, so it can be a little hard deciding which to use. I usually start by looking for one that fits the space I have left for my title, as that usually narrows things down a bit. I decided on the “hello Christmas”, from the Yuletide Greetings kit, and cut it both from patterned paper and black cardstock, to layer together for a little shadow effect.

Twenty-two photos on two pages.

Twenty-two!

I love this! Miss Laura is my hero.

December Daily, Maggie Style

February 22nd, 2017|cuttables, travelers notebook|

We’re here today with another blast from Christmas past with the ever-so lovely Miss Maggie! This cute thing decked the halls of her Heidi Swapp album with some KBS goodness in preparation for documenting all things Christmas.

 

Here’s what Maggie has to say:

My first step was to decorate the cover of my album…I chose one of my “NOEL” cuts and a little poinsettia embellishment. I decided to trace inside the letters with a journaling pen – just to give the design a little more depth – and I love the way it turned out. Is it a bit messy? Yep. But that’s just fine with me. I think it really helps the “NOEL” to stand out against the stripes and dots on the cover.

 

I added my little embellishment and then I laminated the 2 pieces. In the past I have found that when I adhere paper layers to the front of an album they don’t always stay stuck. I’m hoping that having just one piece attached to the cover will be a better option for me.

The next thing I did was cut a small 4×4 template from a piece of cardstock to create a “photo frame” on each of my pages. Then I simply traced around my template…easy peasy. I’m so glad I did this…not only have I decided on the size of each of my photos, but I’ve also eliminated the stress of having to figure out where the photo will go and on which page.

Next I added a title page to my album using one of my Christmas tree cuts. Here again I traced around the inside of my tree, just to make the image stand out a bit more.

 

Once I’d finished that I was ready to add some numbers to my pages.

 

As you can see my pages are quite plain. And that’s OK! I’m not worried about how fancy they are…I’m more concerned with getting those memories documented. I will add some journaling and a few more embellishments as our days play out, but, for right now, they are just perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m so so excited for next month to get here so that I can start filling in these pages! This is further along than I’ve ever been in a December album at this time, and I’m really confident that I’ll be able to stay on track.

 

[ Designs | Christmas Countdown (elements). Stamps | Twinkle.

(To see this all come together, check out Maggie’s Instagram feed in December 2016 @maggiemassey )

 

Okay…those trees! Love the trees! And I love how Maggie took many of her components from the Christmas Countdown and turned it into an amazing album!

Well done, my friend!

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Got Christmas?

February 21st, 2017|cuttables, pages, printables|

In November, when all signs pointed to being ‘home for the holidays’, I had my creative team whirl their Christmas magic on some wonderful projects. As the days passed by and it appeared my Christmas wish wasn’t coming true, I shared their beautiful creations on social media.

Now that we’re back and live, these lovelies need to be in their permanent home–where they should be–with all their little details.

So let’s start with Miss Paige, shall we? Cutting–and stitching–this digital stamp tree just totally knocked my Christmas stockings off!

[ Design | Oh What Fun (tree) ]

 

Do you still have socks on your feet? Amazing, right? And all the beautiful colors that she put behind the trees? So bright and cheery! I love it!

Let’s see what Paige has to say:

DESCRIPTION: I’ve made a lot of “1 large icon” layouts recently so I branched out a little bit and made a bunch of slightly different sized images. :)

JOURNALING: I absolutely love our 2015 family photos that we had taken in the uber cute town of Weiden during the Christmas market – so festive and the perfect ambiance!

HOW TO: Trace the Christmas tree from the “OH WHAT FUN” digitals in a new Silhouette Studio document, copy and paste 5 trees, and make them all different sizes.

Cut the trees from white textured cardstock then adhere the die cut page onto colorful striped paper from the Crate Paper SNOW & COCOA collection (everything I used on this page is from that lovely line!).

Cut out the trees leaving about 1/4″ all around, poke holes through the trees, then backstitch through them using white thread. The whole stitching process took about 5 hours… but I LOVE making my own embellishments and stitching is something I enjoy! If stitching aint’ yo thang, just skip that step, or use a sewing machine, or just leave them as is and carry on!

Tear patterned paper strips and adhere them onto the bottom edge of robin’s egg blue cardstock to make “snow hills”. Layer and adhere the trees on top and tuck in a photo. Embellish with chipboard and sticker Christmas trees. Drop white paint in three places at the top, dry, then add die cut and sticker snowflakes to the mix. Journal on the tree and place a few sentiment stickers around to finish.