Monday, August 31, 2009

My Treasured Hunt Round #4 Layout.

So I made it to round #4! I am so excited to have made it this far and the challenges just keep getting harder. This round the requirements were to create a one or two page paper (no digital) layout with one photo only, real stitching (no faux), at least three leaves, some sort of recycled packaging and the phrase "I am not willing to..." in the journaling.

Here is my take on the challenge...

Monday, August 24, 2009

My Treasured Hunt Round #3 Layout.

So here it entry for Round #3 and I think it's my favorite so far. This week's challenge was to create a one-page paper (no digital) layout with one or two photos (no more, no less), paint, ric-rac, at least one handmade flower made by you and the phrase "I'd rather..." somewhere in the journaling. I really enjoyed this one and I think it's my favorite of the three so far. Hope you like it!

This week's Crop Addict challenge: Back To School!

It’s that time of year again! So let’s see those layouts all about going back to school. And, if you don’t have children, such as myself, think outside the box and create a layout about yourself when you were in school or a layout about higher education. My example is all about my husband going back to school to earn his MBA:

Upload your layout into the August 24th - 31st Challenge Gallery by midnight PST on August 31st and post a link here in the forum.

Monday, August 17, 2009

My Treasured Hunt Round #2 Layout.

Well, I made it past round #1 and had the opportunity to work on round #2 for the Treasured Hunt. The challenge requirements for this challenge were to create a one-page paper (no digital) layout with at least three photos, 2 colors of cardstock (no more, no less), 4 different patterned papers (no more, no less), at least one arrow, buttons or beads and somewhere in the journaling you had to have the phrase "if I were honest with myself." Here is my take...

Monday, August 10, 2009

Shape It Up Layout Contest at Serendipity Scrapbooks!

Check out the monthly contest over at Serendipity Scrapbooks (sponsored by Core'dinations Cardstock)! The grand prize is your choice of one of Serendipity Scrapbooks awesome kits plus a package of Core'dinations Cardstock (Value $75). The runner up prize is a Core'dinations Cardstock pack (Value $40). The requirements for this contest are simple...
  • Create a layout using shaped die cut paper as the background.
  • There must be a clear title.
  • There also must be some cut work and some height by using dimensional adhesive.
  • Must include either hand or machine stitching.
Your layout can be any subject you like. The contest ends August 31st, 2009 at midnight. Only 1 layout per person. Read the rest of the rules here.

My Treasured Hunt Round #1 Layout.

Well, the Treasured Hunt (Treasured Scrapbooking's big yearly contest) is in full force and I have completed my first round layout. The requirements were to create a one-page paper layout with only one photo, at least one circle larger than 3", torn paper and the words "I wish someone had told me that..." somewhere in the journaling. Here's my take on it...
Now time to wait until those moving on are announced tomorrow - wish me luck!

And while your at it, check out the Crop Addict Monthly Challenge!

I am honored to be the featured DT member for August and I have a fun monthly challenge for you!

Have you checked out the Totally Technique forum at Crop Addict? If not, click here! The Design Team posts lots of fun scrappy techniques in this forum on a weekly basis and the inspiration is amazing! So my challenge for you this month is to create a layout using one of the techniques found in the Totally Technique forum. When you link your layout back to the monthly challenge thread, be sure to tell us which technique you used! Here’s my example using the Bellagio Flowers technique I posted a couple months ago.

Upload your layout into the August DT challenge gallery by midnight PST on August 31st and post a link in the August DT challenge forum also.

Have fun!

This week's Crop Addict challenge: Fussy Cutting!

There are so many awesome papers out there on the market that are begging to be cut up and used as prominent parts of gorgeous layouts. So for this week’s challenge, let’s see some fussy cutting. You must include at least three fussy-cut pieces of paper on your layout and you have to use foam adhesive to give these pieces of paper some dimension! Here’s my example:

Upload your layout into the August 10th-17th Challenge Gallery by midnight PST on August 10th and post a link in the August 10th - 17th weekly challenge forum also.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Masking With Stamps

It's technique time again. This time I'll be reviewing how to mask with stamps!

1. Gather your supplies: Stamp(s) to mask, stamp(s) to use in your background, cardstock to create the design on, inks (two colors), spare piece of cardstock, micro-tip scissors, repositionable adhesive.

2. Stamp the design you want to mask on the spare cardstock. Don’t worry about the image being perfectly stamped – it’s going to serve as your mask.

3. Cut out your mask(s) using your micro-tip scissors. Be precise!

4. Adhere your masks to your cardstock with the repositionable adhesive. Proceed to stamp your background image over your mask(s).

5. Remove your masks carefully and then stamp the same image you used to create your mask in the negative space left by the mask.

6. Now you’ve got a masked image over a background stamp without the two overlapping!

7. Use your stamped design on a project!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Crop Addict August Kit Is A Must Have!

Debbie put together another awesome Crop Addict kit this month. If you have some vacation or road trip photos that need scrapped, then this is the kit for you! Chock full of travel-themed embellishments and fabulous papers from Basic Grey and Little Yellow Bicycle, this kit is the perfect accompaniment for those travel photos. Half kits and kit options are also available. Check out what I did with this kit below!

Save the Date - It's Crop Time!

Our next crop at Serendipity Scrapbooks in scheduled for the weekend of August 21st! Be sure to mark your calendars because it's going to be a great one. And if you are wondering as to the theme, here is a small clue for you (it's my avatar over at the Serendipity Scrapbooks board).

American Crafts Galore!

My last (sniff, sniff) review projects at Serendipity Scrapbooks featured bright, bold colors and lots of funky and cool embellishments and patterns. I had the chance to work with the Amplified collection papers, some awesome chipboard Thickers, Flair badges and mini-marks rub-ons - all from American Crafts. My projects are below and you can read my full review here!