SCT Sampler Kit Unboxing, May ’22

Getting my SCT Sampler kit in the mail each month is a bright spot. This small affordable package is just enough newness + surprise to keep me satisfied. This month the package contained products from Vicki Boutin and Pinkfresh Studio. Take a look…

I wouldn’t want to leave you wondering just what to do with these supplies. So I almost always make a project as soon as my box arrives. That way I am sure to use it instead of just showing it off. This time around I made a mixed media layout featuring the included stencil.

Of course if you want more information you can watch my YouTube video to get a better look at the kit products AND this project.

That’s it for this time. I hope you have an artful day!

Interactive Layout: Lift-a-flap

I was inspired by 1) the sheet of paper from Pinkfresh studio pictured below and 2) a prompt from the LOAD challenge to tell a story about community. Those two prompts came together to create a very fun interactive layout!

PinkFresh Studio, Life Right Now Collection, “Weekend”

All the little locations on that map paper reminded me of favorite spots in my own town that I wanted to document. I knew I wanted to add lots of little photos to each of those spots. But I didn’t want to cover up all of the fun map paper. What to do?? Create 15 flaps on the page to open up to reveal the photo beneath!

All the details are easiest to see in this video. But I do have some still shots to follow that I try to explain the process.

Page with flaps closed
Page with flaps open

I used a square punch to create a template to trace on my layout. I cut only around three sides of each square to create all the flaps. Once I cut those flaps through my pattern paper I did have to back it with another sheet of paper. That way I would have somewhere to glue my photos and not just lots of holes through my paper! In the process I sandwiched a binding strip in between those papers. This strip has holes punched in it to fit into a ringed album, and it is thick/sturdy enough to stand up to plenty of touching. Since this layout is so very interactive, it can’t slide into a page protector! You can get a better look at the binding strip here.

On the back of the layout I created a pocket with vellum to tuck in about 3 pages of journaling! Yes, I can get wordy, but this IS a layout about an entire town over 20 years of experience!

I hope this project inspired you in some way to tell more stories in your life. If it did spark an idea, leave me a comment and let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

LOAD Day 3 process

I’ve got a layout to share today as part of the Layout A Day challenge. If you don’t know what LOAD is the quick version is we scrapbook every day for a month. There are some other bits and bobs about it but that is the basics.

While we have prompts for LOAD I was inspired by the inspiration for the prompt and not the prompt itself, that being an aquaduct located in Wales. This aquaduct connects parts of the UK’s canal system. Canal were used historically to moved goods about the region until trains were invented and became dominant. Today canals are recreational and are still traveled by similar boats, called narrow boats. Let me tell you more in the video as I craft and chat!

I’ve pulled out some brand new Vicki Boutin Sweet Rush papers and chipboard as well as just a tiny touch of Heidi Swapp’s Sun Chaser paper to create my layout today. There are also a few other unknown travel themed embellishments on there. I grabbed my photos from YouTube channels that are all about narrow boat life. They were printed to ~1.5″ by 5.5″, which is an odd photo size. But creating a grid layout on the watery background paper all adds up to a nice project. I hope you think so too.

While I have the basics of the layout in place, I do intend to add more journaling on the card tucked into the existing journaling pocket. I’ll likely add an accordion folded journaling note since I feel like I have a lot to say. I’ve done this technique before in this video if you want to really see what I mean.

That is it for now. I’ll be back to share what I create over this upcoming (i)NSD weekend. I hope you have some fun crafting to do this weekend as well!

Forgery on the Fourth, April ’22

As a design team member over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge group I play along with as many of our monthly inspiration challenges as I can. The FOF — Forgery on the 4th — project is definitely one I enjoy! So let’s go ahead and dive in to what I have for you this month.

We are inspired by this kit from Scrapbook Doodle from back in 2015. The kit focuses on Bo Bunny’s Sweet Life collection.

Diving deeper into the embellishment pack, I was drawn to the butterflies, especially the white on craft and the text print ones.

I pulled out my butterfly die set and got to work. As you’ll see from the below photos I went a bit wild with creating… not only butterflies but other shapes as well. See the whole process on YouTube, or keep reading for the short version.

Of course the CKC blog has more forgery examples to check out. I hope this gave you some ideas on how you can create forgeries of your favorite products with supplies you already have on hand. Don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge.

Kit Build: CKC, May ’22

I love kit building and I am on the design team for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge project. We take an inspiration kit each month and proceed to replicate it, or as we say, counterfeit it. This is a free, friendly group that helps inspire you to use up supplies you already own. We are not about needing to buy the latest and greatest thing (though we won’t stop you if you enjoy new crafty goodies😉 ).

This month’s inspiration was chosen by team member Kate and the kit comes from Scrapbook Doodle from back in 2015. The kit focuses on Bo Bunny’s Sweet Life collection. Along with our host Kate, we have guest designer Dawn playing along with this kit. So be sure to give them big thanks for taking care of us with their inspiration.

Since this kit was really the Bo Bunny Collection I did have a peek at their full line to see what other ideas I could come up with. Particularly I wanted to look at the B sides of the pattern papers and closer looks at some embellishments.

I knew from all this I wanted to incorporate striped pattern papers, buttons, and film strips. So lets look at the papers first. I was excited to incorporate old Basic Grey and Scenic Route papers along side brand new Simple Stories and Heidi Swapp. That is the joy of building your own kit!

For embellishing I pulled plenty of things straight from the inspiration: butterlies (or at least a way to create them!), enamel dots, flowers, tags and ribbons. Then I added in doilies, film strips and buttons (oops, the photo doesn’t include the buttons; trust me, I have them.)

There is a tradition over at CKC of titling our kits just like companies do. So I’m calling mine Life Past and Present for the mix of supplies I have incorporated. And hey, maybe I can even do some then & now layouts!

You can hear the thoughts that went into each choice in my video.

I hope you can follow along with the other designers and see how they interpreted their kits.

Here’s the full hop link list

Have fun kit building and don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge.

8.5 x 11 Scrapbooking?

So I’m new to this size and I want to share my adventure using it with you. First off, why use this size of layout? For me this came down to several reasons, in no particular order.

  • Scrapping myself more often means I have fewer photos and need less “real estate” on my layouts.
  • This size product is so easy to find and doesn’t hold a specialty item price tag (think binders and page protectors available at any office supply store.)
  • They can still fit in 12×12 albums if I don’t stick solely with this size or if I find it isn’t really working for me.
  • I’m exploring more hybrid by printing my own pattern papers and I don’t have a wide format printer (that pesky budget thing again)
  • This size album sits nicely on a shelf along side my 12×12 albums. I’ve explored other smaller sizes (6×6, 6×8) and the type-A side of me hated those albums squatting awkwardly on a shelf next to a jumbo 12×12 album.
  • Using that much less paper and plastic is that much more environmentally friendly. I know my hobby is a resource hog and is by no means environmentally friendly. But the whole reduce part of the r”educe, reuse, recycle” mantra is one I can focus on now. I’m already good at the “recycle” part, and the “reuse” part will have to be tackled another day.

There are some drawbacks to this size, but I’ll hold those thoughts for another post as I’m sure the list will grow over time! For now, here are a few of this size that I have done so far. Stay tuned for May 22 when I can reveal a new one that I made as a guest designer.

The one of the left is the most recent and I have a process video up for it. I’ll admit that this one could have used more real estate space but since I was using hybrid and printing my own, this is what I ended up with. In person it looks less crowded, but online I can see it is a very busy page! But that is me anyway, so I’ll go with it. The funny thing… they ALL have hidden journaling. So again, that real estate thing is rearing up. Hmm. Things to think about.

I’m curious to know how you feel about scrapbook sizes? What do you use now? Have you had any thoughts on other sizes? Let me know.

Freebie Friday, April ’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 the birds in my garden! 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.

You may have noticed that I have a hummingbird cut file on the layout above. Sure enough, that is the cut file I have to offer you this month. My reveal video covers how I colored my hummingbird. Of course you could always back the bird with pattern papers.

Download the pdf sketch here, the psd version here, the cut file 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!

SCT Sampler Kit Unboxing, April ’22

Getting my SCT Sampler kit in the mail each month is a bright spot. This small affordable package is just enough newness + surprise to keep me satisfied. This month the package contained the monthly die, which says Lovely, a Gina K stamp featuring daffodils, and collections from Echo Park and PhotoPlay. Take a look…

I always do a project when I open up my new goodies. Since I’ve been making so many cards lately, this time I felt like a layout was in order. I decided to go with a double pager since I had 5 4×6 photos to show off. I think this page is simple but pretty. I’ve used many things from the kit included mixing and matching the pattern papers, using the die as decorative elements as well as for my title, stamping as subtle border and creating some of my own embellishments.

Of course if you want more information you can watch my YouTube video to get a better look at the kit products and my project.

CKC Challenge #2, April ’22

It is challenge time over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Our hostess for the month, Lisa was inspired by the large sentiment elements that are in the kit, especially the Vicki Boutin die cuts. So that lead straight into the second challenge…. go big with your title. Here is a peek at the entire inspiration kit again. See those phrase elements?

It was really easy for me to go big with my title. I’ve done it before and like the effect. The real challenge this time? I didn’t include many of the phrase elements into my kit! I build my kit around the inspiration of Vicki Boutin and Jen Hadfield and I had phrase’s from Jen. But I was really looking for the Vicki sized title pieces. So I did something I don’t normally do, I went and pulled more stuff for my kit. I grabbed more of the Fernwood collection and ended up pulling the puffy phrase sticker sheet to add to this kit/layout.

It feels a little like “cheating”, but you know what? What rule of the universe says I can’t grab something else to add in? There are no rules! So I got over it and did what I felt was right for this layout!

If you want to see the entire process, including a few tips on working with prhase stickers and some small design tips, you can see it all in action in this 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!

New Pinkfresh

A couple of weeks ago I shared an unboxing of the two new Pinkfresh scrapbooking lines over on my YouTube channel. If you haven’t seen that, you can go check it out. Today I’m sharing the first layout using the Happy Heart line from that new release.

I was really pleased with how this layout turned out! Take a look at the closeups.

Not only is it a lovely layout, but it was super fast to pull together! I’m a fan of Pinkfresh products and I’m happy to share my love. I hope you’ll check them out if you aren’t already a fan.