Monday, November 23, 2015

#Challenge52Kits Roller Rink - October 2012

Welcome to the Roller Rink from October 2012!

ABOUT ROLLER RINK | Roller Rink was an interesting one for me, it seemed like it had a lot of white mixed in with some reddish-oranges, yellows, and greens. I didn't purchase a whole lot at the time, but when I went to use it, I fell in love with the kit and the contrast the white provided, and hello - I think this was the first kit we saw enamel dots appear!

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A LAYOUT | I started by printing some pictures, and since I just loved these pictures I took of my daughter, I printed them big! So I went with a simple grid structure, which also helped since I didn't have much in the way of patterned papers leftover.

NEXT UP | Sock Hop from November 2012… I must admit, the end of 2012 really ended with a bang for me and really enjoyed Roller Rink and Sock Hop, so I'm excited to see what I can make with Sock Hop for next week!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

#Challenge52Kits Central High - September 2012

Welcome to September 2012!

ABOUT CENTRAL HIGH | I wonder if I squealed with excitement when Central High was first previewed - all that Amy Tangerine goodness from her Ready Set Go collection! Loved those big numbers in the add-on kits and so this month I got 3 of the 4 add-ons!

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A LAYOUT | For my layout, I was planning to find a nice school picture of Natalie, but ended up printing this one of her sitting on the four wheeler. Then I wanted to make this layout for my husband's album, so I decided to make 8.5x11 layout and used a sketch template from Simple Scrapper! It was so quick and easy with the template. I added a half border on two sides of the page because I wanted to include one more patterned paper and give it some contrast!

NEXT UP | Roller Rink from October 2012 - it will be very interesting what I come up with because I didn't buy very much that month plus I made a lot of layouts and cards with it after taking it to a retreat weekend with me. Actually, that was the last retreat I went to since I found out a few months later I was pregnant with Natalie and haven't been back since!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

#Challenge52Kits Summer of '69 - August 2012

Welcome to Summer of '69, the kit from August 2012!

ABOUT SUMMER OF '69 | I felt like this would've been counted as yet another mostly pink, girly kit, except for the dramatic navy blue and clouds mixed in! Either way I would've loved it and I did love this kit!

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A LAYOUT | For my layout I used this free cut file from a few months ago on the Basic Grey blog by Lisa Dickinson! At the time I had cut it out of white paper and decided to save it for a time when I would be crunched for time and would need make a layout without fussing over the design etc. This way I was able to just get right to work on cutting the circles and my pictures and not worrying so much about planning the layout!

To print and cut my pictures, I measured approximately the diameter of the circle I wanted to fill in the template with my ruler, then I made that size circle in Photoshop. I used it to mask my photo, and made sure to leave some extra space around the people in the photos in case part of it was covered up once I put it behind the template. I did a rough cut around each circle by hand, then taped it to the back of the template, super easy! I did a similar thing for the papers, except I traced them on the front, then did my rough cut, then erased the pencil lines before taping.

NEXT UP | Central High, and more Amy Tangerine goodness!

#Challenge52Kits Elmwood Park - July 2012

I am definitely a bit behind here, but still keeping up with my layouts… so here is Elmwood Park from July 2012!

ABOUT ELMWOOD PARK | I loved all the bright colors from this kit and wasn't sure what direction to go, but then I had this picture of Natalie with all her babies, bears, and Elmo laying down and since it had so many colors also, I figured it would pair well with this kit!

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A LAYOUT | For this layout, I really loved the big letters on the one piece of paper that I ended up using for the title, but wanted to use the blue-ish back side of the 2nd piece I had (from More Patterned Paper)… except Natalie has 2 A's so I went with a different background paper and decided on the yellow. It really brightened up the page and added more color! The stamp from the Four Square add-on was one of my favorites from this month so I decided to use it again.

NEXT UP | Summer of '69 from summer of 2012, but I ended up using it to make a layout from fall of 2015 :)

Monday, October 26, 2015

#Challenge52Kits SoCal - June 2012

Hello SoCal, sunshine state/area in a kit from June 2012!

ABOUT SOCAL | What's not to love about this kit? The fresh orange shades, the pinks that somehow don't look awful against the orange, the sky blues… Loved this kit and still do!

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PICKING PHOTOS | I had these pics of me and my daughter but our shirts clashed, and even her outfit that she ended up in after her 2nd day of school didn't seem like it would translate well to a color photograph and layout. But then SoCal comes along and captures the feel of that afternoon last month! We were having fun playing outside, just being silly, talking and giggling together. She was in a good mood despite having spilled water on herself at school and not liking to be wet, she asked her teacher to change her outfit. So 2nd day of school, and the extra change of clothes I packed into her bookbag already got utilized haha! They really know what they're talking about when the school lists what to pack in the bookbags!

A LAYOUT | I started with the 2nd paper from the bottom, orange with the pink hearts and thought that would go perfectly with the pictures. Then I started grabbing a few more sheets of paper, and suddenly I had 5 sheets in my hand… and it looked so pretty in my hand I thought I would use them as strips just like that for my layout! But wasn't sure what else beyond that. I ended up grabbing a piece of grid card stock from my stash for the background, then to add some interest to the paper strips I was planning, I used my Silhouette to cut out some wonky hearts on each piece of paper. After that, I decided to fill in the hearts with a bit of light watercolor paint and then embellish on top!

BONUS PROJECT | I knew I should definitely find a way to use up the heart cut outs from the strips of paper, so I made this simple card base and sewed some lines on top with some gold thread. I'll try to remember to come back and update this post when I finish it up and use it!

NEXT UP | Elmwood Park from July 2012, lots of red, blue, orange, green, and yellow - sort of reminds me of a paint palette with all the basic colors!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

#Challenge52Kits 35mm - May 2012

OK, so you can tell what kind of weekend I had based on how late in the week my blog entry occurs ha! Just kidding, it was mostly just busy, but good busy!

ABOUT 35mm | Well let's see, the camera fad makes its way into our kits, and as a child of Kodak, this kit looked awesome! The funny thing is, when I ordered this kit at the end of April 2012, I was at Miami beach with Chris… literally on the beach, so I had to go all the way back into the hotel room, plug in my computer, and do the Studio Calico presale dance when the latest kits went up at noon! How committed is that!?

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A LAYOUT | I made this layout starting with a sketch template from Simple Scrapper's Premium Membership and some photos of Natalie in front of the elephants at the zoo. I used my alpha roller stamp to stamp out some of the phrases she was saying/laughing while we were standing there watching them! Overall, I was surprised how "light" I was able to get this layout with the yellow background paper, considering how much brown was part of this kit. I think that's why when I received the kit, it seemed harder to work with than I had thought it would be.

NEXT UP | SoCal from June 2012 - how orange should be! This one is very summery and was perfect for getting started on that Florida trip 3 years ago, but hopefully I can find some good pics to go with this even though we're getting into fall season and cooler weather here!

Monday, October 12, 2015

#Challenge52Kits City of Lights - April 2012

Welcome to the City of Lights, aka Paris!

ABOUT CITY OF LIGHTS | Beautiful, lovely, girly colors, a nice contrast to the previous month's Story Hour. I loved the feel of this kit, but ended up using most of for cards.

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A LAYOUT | I sort of "tossed and turned" with this one, once I printed out my photo and then added the frame. I switched the background papers several times, and even decided on this final one but then gave up and went another direction, then went back to this selection. I ended up sort of half-scraplifting my December Daily 2015 cover page (see Instagram) for the butterflies part to fill a bit of space.

NEXT UP | 35mm - at the height of the camera icon phase in scrapbooking, which has somewhat continued to this day! Photography and scrapbooking go hand-in-hand and this kit was no exception!

Monday, October 5, 2015

#Challenge52Kits Story Hour - March 2012

Story Hour, yay!! The nerd in me, and the more "boyish" colors loved this kit at the time when it was just me and my husband!

ABOUT STORY HOUR | Lots from the Crate Paper collection called Storyteller, which I loved, and oh those white foam thickers from the Illustrated add-on, yes please! I bought 3 add-ons for this month and actually made 9 or 10 layouts with it, so it wasn't all to waste! But I def have plenty of leftover!

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A LAYERED TEMPLATE | I bought this set of layered templates from Studio Calico in a digital sale at some point but never used it, so figured I'd give it a whirl since I could make use of multiple patterned papers and those were probably my favorite part of this kit! So I quickly dropped my photos in, then printed up just the photos all on an 8.5x11 sheet and cut them out.

A LAYOUT | Once I cut out the squares (diamonds), it was just a matter of cutting some papers and filling in the rest - super simple and fast! I made the title and added my journaling and done!

WCMD CARD | I finished my layout a day early so I could work on some cards for World Cardmaking Day, so my first card was this one, inspired by the layout I had just made and instead of photos, I just got to use more pretty patterned paper! I cheated a little bit with this one though - I had also purchased the Storyteller 6x6 paper pad from AC Moore I think, at a later date, so I used those smaller patterned papers which work better with the cards anyway. I made just did a quick stamp for the thank you and stamped twice below it without re-inking to get the ombre/faded look. Quick embellishment and done!

NEXT UP | City of Lights from April 2012. Prior to this kit, I did not know that Paris was called the city of lights, there I admit it, I can go to sleep at night.