Freebie Friday, Jan ’23!

I love learning, creating and sharing. That is why I offer freebies up to you each month. I have both a layout sketch (in printable pdf as well as editable psd) and an electronic cut file (in svg) for your electronic die cut machines. Here is some further exciting news… new for 2023 are PRINTABLES.!! You can print them at home, cut them apart and use them to embellish your projects. This month I was inspired by the New Year holiday and the Pantone color of the year. You can see all the details in my reveal video, or read on for the short version.

Sketch

Here is a closer look at the sketch. I created a layout with this sketch in mind in a separate video!

Cut File

If you are a cut file lover, I’ve got you covered too! My video covers any details for this file and any tips and tricks I have to share. Be sure to get all the info by watching above.

Printables!!

I’m starting off January very simply, but I have bigger plans moving forward so I hope you’ll stick with me. Be sure to watch the video to get the tips on how I will be setting up these files to make ease of use for you a priority.

These files come to you in an 8.5×11 inch format for easy at-home printing. Keep in mind that monitor/screen colors and printed colors will NOT be the same! Screen colors often appear more vibrant. Colors even vary from printer to printer.

Download…

  • Sketch: printable pdf version here,
  • Sketch: Photoshop version here
  • Cut File: svg version here
  • Cut File: for Silhouette here
  • Printable is here

Or… head over to my Freebies Page to peruse the catalog of files I have offered in the past. And if you have any ideas for sketch or cut files, I’d love to hear your ideas. I can’t make promises but I can take suggestions!

Until next time, have an artful day.

CKC Challenge #2, Jan ’23

It is challenge time over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Our hostess for the month, Lisa, has been taking us back in time with our challenges. Remember the popularity of double page layouts from times past? That was challenge #1. This time we are heading to our old favorite techniques to bring the past back into the present.

This layout is definitely a mix of the old me and the current me. Old me used a three-photo cluster almost all of the time. Plus old me would ink and distress edges much of the time. New me adds more layers of pattern papers, homemade embellishments, and watercoloring. Both of me still turn to the classic rule of threes for embellishing.

New me also likes to use wording in my journaling that hints at some of the product selections. If you enlarge the journaling above you’ll notice I refer to how an audience “circularly reinforces” the energy of the performers. That wording is a nod to the circular elements I used on the page!

If you want to hear more of my thinking behind layout decisions, check out the video.

I hope you can check out the other designers takes on this challenge! Don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge. We love to see your work!

Until next time, have an artful day.

CKC Challenge #1, Jan ’23

It is challenge time over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Our hostess for the month, Lisa was inspired by a double page sketch offered over at the Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine from 2010 . You can find that post here.

Are you a double pager? I used to be a dedicated double page girl. I did not like flipping pages in my album to see two discordant layouts side by side. I have no idea how I made the switch to doing single pages. I’m sure some of the industry trends played an influence. Some of it was a slow down in my own photo process. Definitely part of it was time allotment! At any rate, I have been a single pager for many years now, with just the occasional double. So it felt good to take on a double page this time.

First here is a peek at that sketch….

And here is my interpretation. I replaced some of the photos with clusters of photos. I adjusted some of the paper blocks with mixed media (details shots below). Finally, I turned my title and journaling block to be horizontal instead of vertical. Simple changes and I have a different layout.

Here are a few more closeups of this one.

There was a lot of “making” on this layout. Not only did I use glitter paste mixed media to make a background, but I created all of the embellishments. Previously I made the snowflake paper and the title card. I die cut foliage, watercolored & stamped snowflakes, and added a bit more other stamping., If you want to see the whole process of pulling all these pieces together, I’ve got a video for you.

I hope you can check out the other designers takes on this challenge! Don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge. We love to see your work!

Until next time, have an artful day.

MUM, January ’23

I love a bit of mixed media every now and then. There are two mixed media inspiration groups I play along with once or twice a month. (More info on those at the bottom of this post!)

To begin the month, on the second Monday the Piece Craft Love facebook group holds a member hop. The project there is called Mix It Up Monday or MUM for short. So let’s dive into this mixed up layout…

We always start with a sketch and then add in our own mixed media bonus. Now this sketch had some messy spatters, but that isn’t enough! I turned all those strips into watercolor strips. You’ll have to look closely as my layout is jam packed and those stripes are hiding behind everything.

I did get in festive splatters and stars too. Bonus mixed media? I made those numbers with alcohol ink techniques back in December for my 2K subbie celebration hop (coming in just 24 hours!).

So. Much. Fun. I’ll have to do a video on that alcohol inking sometime soon as well.

Of course I have a process video for this layout as it was part of the monthly hop.

Hope I inspired you to pull out some paints or inks and get messy! Until next time, have an artful day.


So if you are inspired to play with mixed media, you can join in on the fun with either group.

  • Piece Craft Love Facebook group offers the Mix It Up Monday challenge (aka MUM) on the second Monday of the month.
  • Mixed Media Mayhem Facebook group is for all the love of mixed media. There is plenty of weekly inspiration over there and a once a month hop that let’s members play along.

CKC Bonus Challenge

It is challenge time AGAIN over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Normally we have just two layout challenges a month, but since our fearless leader Lisa is hosting this month — in her birthday month! — we get a bonus birthday-inspired challenge. We are going to play with bows or ribbons.

So I grabbed my CKC kit. Here is a reminder of that…

Then I grabbed a bow die from my stash. This little bow came from a Doodle Bug holiday stamp and die set that I got as part of an online event. If I can find. Then I got to work building little bows. I lined them up and built the rest of my page around that.

And here is the full process…

You can find more takes takes on this challenge over at the CKC blog! Don’t forget to play along with this challenge and show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge. We love to see your work!

Until next time, have an artful day.

Mixed Media, Nov ’22

I love a bit of mixed media every now and then. There are two mixed media inspiration groups I play along with once or twice a month. More info on those down at the bottom of the post!

This time around I’m sharing layouts from both groups. First up I played with the Mix It Up Monday group. We had a sketch with plenty of circles. I stretched it to two pages and created a Halloween layout.

You can catch the video if you want to see how I created my circles with masking, spray inks and stamping.


Next up is a layout process with Mixed Media Mayhem. Our inspiration was from Janet Fritz of Galaxy Girl Creations. You can find her at her YouTube channel. My interpretation focused in on the pattern of her mixed media as opposed to any other elements.

And of course I have a process video for that too. This video also includes some experimentation I did with a new-to-me color product.


So if you are inspired to play with mixed media, you can join in on the fun with either group.

  • Piece Craft Love Facebook group offers the Mix It Up Monday challenge (aka MUM) on the second Monday of the month.
  • Mixed Media Mayhem Facebook group is for all the love of mixed media. There is plenty of weekly inspiration over there and a once a month hop that let’s members play along.

CKC Challenge #2, Nov ’22

It is challenge time over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Our hostess for the month, Lisa was inspired by all the harvest festivals that incorporate gratitude. So that is our theme this time: Gratitude stories! First off, let’s remember how all our kits started off with an inspiration image. That was offered by a German company called Scrapbook Werkstatt, but it has since been taken down. But we always try to give credit where credit is due!

If you haven’t seen my kit build yet, head over to check that out.

With kit stuff out of the way, back to the challenge… Challenge accepted, with a bit of a twist. I am scrapping Christmas photos with more of a Thanksgiving/Fall color vibe. But since this story is very homey and has to do with food, it all works for me!

This layout included some hidden journaling behind that little “living room scene” (center photo above). The red banner is stapled to a small card to pull out for the words. The other things about this embellishment cluster that I was a little too pleased about. See that butterfly button? In my little scene, the green pattern paper is “wall paper” on the “wall” behind that armchair, and that button is “art” hanging on that wall! It is an embellishment with a larger purpose.

So if you want to hear more about my goofy thinking here is the full process video.

I hope you can check out the other designers takes on this challenge! Don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge. We love to see your work!

Until next time, have an artful day.


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Mix It Up Monday Hop

For this month’s participation in the Mix It Up Monday (aka MUM) hop hosted by Piece Craft Love Clubhouse Facebook group. We take a sketch and add in our mixed media touches. This time the sketch is from Lanette Erickson on the Scrap Our Stash blog.

Notice the sketch already has some mixed media qualities to it. I took that idea and expanded on it.

My layout used shimmery spray inks over circle masks to create my circular shapes. I think filled in the circles with some stamped Halloween images. A bit of pattern paper and a few stickers and the layout is good to go.

See all the details in the video!

I hope you will go and check out all the creatives on this hop. Most of them are on YouTube, but we have a couple of Instagrammers joing in too. Find the details below.

Until next time, have an artful day.


PRODUCTS USED^^

^^ Disclaimer: I offer affiliate shopping linked products when possible. This shopping won’t cost you anything extra, but I get a small kick back from the companies for sending business their way. It is an easy way to tell me “Thank You” for the content I provide. I appreciate you using my links!

Two Interactive layouts!

Last time I showed you some tip-out elements to make for creating interactive layouts. Tips out are simple small paper elements that are adhered to the page in a way that they can tip or flip open to reveal more space. I’ve been obsessed with this technique for a couple of weeks now, so I’m bringing that obsession right to you!

Layout 1: Uses one of the tip outs I made with only a bit of adjustment to it.

Layout 2: Creates a tip-out from scratch using slightly different techniques! I had lots of lots of journaling and a few more photos, all while still allowing “white space” on the front of the layout.

I hope you enjoy these interactive layouts. Until next time, have an artful day.


Freebie Friday, Nov ’22

I love learning, creating and sharing. That is why I offer freebies up to you each month. I have both a layout sketch (in printable pdf as well as editable psd) and an electronic cut file (in svg). This month I was inspired by a photo I took out my kitchen window of a lovely fall tree.

You can see all the details in my reveal video, or read on for the short version.

Here is a closer look at the sketch and the project I created based on this sketch. This one is in 8.5×11 size format.

If you don’t do 8.5×11 sizes, I also have the 12×12 expanded version of the sketch for you. Notice it is pretty simple with the base 8.5×11 added to a 12×12 and then extra embellishments included with that.

So that large title block I designed specifically to fit my cut file for this month.

While I did cut that title at a small(ish) size, it is designed to fit a full 12×112 layout if you want to go large with it.

Download Files below…

Or… head over to my Freebies Page to peruse the catalog of files I have offered in the past. And if you have any ideas for sketch or cut files, I’d love to hear your ideas. I can’t make promises but I can take suggestions!

Until next time, have an artful day.