Friday, April 16, 2010

I submitted to the Glitz Designs DT Call!

Wow! I have been waiting for this opportunity for awhile now! I fell in love with Glitz Designs when they first showed up on the scene a few years back. Their papers are so fun, the bling is awesome (I have the border in every color I think) and their rub-ons I feel are some of the best on the market (they go on like butta'). So you can't imagine how pumped I was to find out they were having a Design Team call. So I went ahead and submitted - hit the "send" button tonight. Wish me luck!

Here are my top three favorite Glitz layouts to date...

This one won second place in a Glitz Designs contest at Scrap 4 Life (site now closed). I had fun with this one using Glitz papers, mesh, bling & rub-ons!

I love this Glitz Design paper - it says so much on it's own, the layout didn't need much more. Just add some foam adhesive to the paper for dimension and accent with Stickles & you're good to go!

Had fun playing with more Glitz papers, bling & the awesome grid rub-on!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Check out the mini album I made with the Crop Addict April Kit!

To be honest, I never really used to be a big fan of mini-albums. But they are definitely growing on me for sure! I mean, how could you not love this cute elephant mini from Maya Road?

With this mini and the addition of bright, fun papers from American Crafts, Jillibean Soup & Scenic Route (plus a ton of coordinating embellishments) I was able to make this mini to give my best friend. She just gave birth to her second daughter, Cecilia Marie, on March 2nd!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I am so proud to say...I won the Treasured Scrapbooking We Love Our Member Contest!

Every Spring, Treasured Scrapbooking hosts their We Love Our Members Contest. It's four weeks with a layout challenge each week. This year Erin really challenged all of us by taking what she's been learning in her art classes and having us apply various design principles in our layouts. Man, it was tough but I learned a lot!

Here are the four layouts I created for each week of the contest. I am happy to say they are now four of my favorite layouts ever!

Week #1 Challenge:
  1. Create a layout where the focal point follows the rule of thirds.
  2. Include ONE photo, also using the rule of thirds.
  3. Include an example of hierarchy - embelly cluster, paper layering, the way you do your alpha, etc.
  4. Unify with color, either a palette, monochrome, complementary, etc.
  5. Keep those eyes moving! Create visual movement.

Week #2 Challenge:
  1. Pay attention to negative space.
  2. Unify through color.
  3. Add something to your photo- whether it is journaling, your title, an embelly, overlapping cluster, etc.
  4. Get a little distressed - use some sort of distressing on your layout, scissors, ink, tearing, painting, sanding, whatever you choose!

Week #3 Challenge:
  1. Play with symmetry & give a description of what type of symmetry you used.
  2. Play with complementary color pairs (doesn't have to be the primary version of the color, can be any shade, tint or tone): Red/Green, Blue/Orange, Yellow/Purple. Choose one grouping and have those be your dominant colors, but other colors are allowed also.
  3. Keep it balanced!! Focus on the overall balance on your layout. Make sure that what you think is important about it shows as what is important!

Week #4 Challenge:
  1. Use what you've learned from the prior weeks and include a description of what you used/learned.
  2. Include ONE photo.
  3. Get a little distressed.
  4. Keep it all balanced.
  5. Include at least one thing that is hand made by you. It can be ANYTHING at all.

And, it was just icing on the cake when I found out...I WON THE GRAND PRIZE!! I received my prize package today which included a Treasured Scrapbooking March card kit, a bunch of fun embellishments and a $25 gift certificate to the Treasured Scrapbooking store which I immediately spent on a ton of new Helmar adhesives. I can't wait to play with my new goodies!

It's Cheery Spring With The Crop Addict April Kit!

Spring is in the air with the Crop Addict April Kit! The Spring Surprise monthly scrapbook kit features bright and exciting brand NEW double sided papers from American Crafts' Dear Lizzy Collection and Jillibean Soup's Egg Drop Soup Collection. Six sheets of coordinating Bazzill cardstock are included. Kit embellishments include American Crafts Thickers, a Maya Road mini-album, Basic Grey rubons, Maya Road butterflies, and goodies from Heidi Swapp, Luxe, ZVA, Making Memories, We R Memory Keepers and Queen and Co.

BONUS EXTRAS include a Creative Imaginations Transparency, Making Memories stickers, Scenic Route stickers, papers from American Crafts and Scenic Route and ribbon from May Arts.

Value of this kit is $48.00; our price is only $32.00!

Also available is a fun April Kit Option. This kit add-on package includes Polar Bear Press Cardstock Alphabet and Numbers, Queen & Co Alpha Betty and a Making Memories Flocking Kit - all which coordinate with the April Kit! Pick up your kit option now for only $14 while supplies last!

Below are the layouts & cards I created with the kit, but be sure to check out the April kit gallery to see what the rest of the design team did with the kit!

Need to chase away the April Showers? Pick up your kit today!