Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Working with Watercolors....

It's taken me a while to work up the confidence to use watercolors directly on my layout, but I LOVE the way this turned out!! It was just cardstock, so I knew I could throw it away if it didn't turn out like I liked it - but I like it a lot!! :) I've been watching lots of Wilna Furstenburg videos for pointers - then I just dove right in!

I diecut the pebble shaped background piece with my Silhouette Cameo and white cardstock and then layered the cut piece on top of another piece of white cardstock. I was just going to fill a few of the open spots with different embellies to give it a "collected beach shells" look, but then I thought it might look cool if all the spots were filled to look like sea glass. I worked up my nerve and just started filling in the hole with different shades of aqua and yellow. I even backed my vellum sun (cut on my Silhouette) with watercolor. I then did the unthinkable (at least to me) and smudged some on my patterned paper (under the photo spot). I definitely got the feel that I wanted on this layout with my photo I took on the beach while on vacation a little over a week ago!!

Give watercolors a try - it's easier than you think!! Have a great day!! :)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Guesting for Pinkfresh Studio....

I was recently contacted by Kinnari Zaveri, the owner of Pinkfresh Studio to create some projects using some her gorgeous products and I was thrilled to work with some of her fab and fresh washi tapes, resin shapes, and  Fresh Press cards.
The beautiful title card was my jumping off point for this layout. I wanted a kind of rainbow effect to my layout and the resin hearts were the perfect touch!
You can see some of the washi tape peeking out the left side of the layers - I covered a tag with the grey and yellow ombre tape then layered a piece of the plano circle tape down the center of it.
 Again, the beautiful title pressed card was the starting point for my layout - perfect for my daughter and her roller derby photo! I layered the ombre and plano washi tapes down the center of a piece of white cardstock then layered the rest of my products and photo on the top of it. I just love that ombre tape!!
I used some of the "finger snapping kind of day" washi tape as an accent under all my layering on this layout.
The saying is just precious and the color is stunning, and the perfect pop for my layout!
 I couldn't resist making one more project - a card using one of the Fresh Press cards and the Triangle rows washi down the side. This came together so fast with the ready made sentiment and the matching tape!

I had so much fun using these lovely products!! Make sure you go and check out Pinkfresh Studio Shop.

Thanks for stopping by!! Have a wonderful day!! :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

My first Colorbok/Making Memories blogpost!

I'm so excited to show you a layout that I created using some very fun products that have a bright and summery feel to them.
I love lots of layers on my projects (yes all of my albums are very lumpy!) and there are so many products you can choose from that mix and match so well using Colorbok products!
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I used a piece of the pink Primary Pizazz Textured Cardstock as a base piece for my layout and then layered a piece of the neon yellow diagonal Craft Paper Neon Pop on top of that. Whenever I layer one piece of paper on top of the other I always cut out the center piece of the bottom piece (the part that doesn't show) so I haven't wasted a whole piece of paper where you only see around the edge. I used that bottom center cut piece (the pink cardstock) to cut out my title using my Silhouette Cameo and let me just say that the cardstock cuts like butter on my Silhouette!
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I continued to layer some pieces from the Heidi Grace Sunshowers Collection. I used a page from the chipboard album (the aqua page) and started layering on top of that. I always seem to have an extra page or two when I make a mini album (too chunky if I use all of them!) but I hate to just waste the one page that I may have leftover, so I try and incorporate them into a layout or card. I threaded a piece of ribbon through the side holes and then started layering some paper from the 6x6 paper pad, a photo mat, a file folder frame which houses a photo of my daughter and some journaling inside which I tied shut with some twine, some layered fabric flowers with a brad center, and some stickers and a button scattered around to complete my project!
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I hope you've enjoyed seeing the fun way you can mix and match Colorbok products to create bright summer project! You can find the Textured Cardstock and Neon Pop Craft Paper pads at Walmart and the Heidi Grace products are available at Joann's.
Have fun creating!! :)
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Friday, July 12, 2013


 This is a layout I made using a photo of my daughters - one of my faves of them!

First I did some misting over a mask, then I wanted to create a quilted look across the center so I cut several different patterned paper rectangles into triangles and layered down the sides. I then machine sewed along the "seams" of each triangle.
After attaching my photo and doing a little layering down each side using my hoarded Amy Tangerine leaves I used one of my hoarded Jenni Bowlin rub-on butterflies(only 2 red ones left). I stamped my sentiment, used some Thickers for the title and then applied some of my hoarded Pebbles buttons and Jenni Bowlin acrylic hearts. LOL...It felt good to use up some of the stash that's been cluttering up my scrap space for years!!

Thanks so much for looking!! Have a great day!! :)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


This is a layout featuring my oldest daughter while we were having lunch one afternoon while she was visiting. It was just a quick shot on my Iphone that I had instagrammed. I seem to use and prefer the photos I take using my phone much more than the photos I take using my big camera. The phone photos just seem much less posed and more in the moment.

I used products from one of my Studio Calico kits (I forget which one!!) and several diecuts from my Silhouette that were provided during an online class that I took through Studio Calico.

Thanks for looking!! Have a great day!!