Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday Technique: Doily Dresses!

Thanks for stopping by!  Here's a post that I have on the BOAF Blog today....

Hey there, everyone!! It's Tuesday and here at BOAF, that means it's time for a tutorial!

One of my favorite elements of this kit is the sweet little doilys! They are so dainty and cute! I wanted to make one of those little doily dress cards that I've seen on Pinterest, so I decided to figure it out.

First, start with your doily face down and fold it almost in half:

Now fold one third of the doily over:

Fold the third on the other side over and adhere it down.
Fold the point down and adhere it:

Now, make the top of your dress. Adhere a doily to a piece of cardstock. I used white, but a color might look cool, too. You need to do this because the doily won't punch well without it. Once it's adhered to the cardstock, cut it with a heart punch.

Now, use a little adhesive to stick the bottom of the dress over the bottom of the heart as shown.

Now, add a color "belt" to hide where the two pieces together. Most of them I've seen done with ribbon, but I wanted red and didn't have a thin enough ribbon, so I used some patterned paper from the kit and a sweet little red flower that's from the kit, as well.

Now, your dress is done, just add it to your project! I wanted to keep my card really simple so that the focus stays on the sweet little dress. I used some of the little wooden pieces from the kit extras for the sentiment. I dabbed a little white paint on them so they would match a bit better. The gold pieces in each corner are from the gold thickers that are available as kit extra, as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by tonight! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and that you're inspired to try one for yourself! If you don't have your February kit yet, there's only ONE left! Hurry if you want to make it yours!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Loving the BOAF February Kit!

Hey there, everyone!! Here's the post I have up on the BOAF Blog today!

 I'm so excited to finally share my first projects with the incredible February kit! It's so full of incredibly beautiful papers and embellishments! I wouldn't call it a Valentine theme... I'd call it a LOVE theme! I've really enjoyed cutting into it and playing!

Usually I share my layout first, but today I want to share my card first! I knew that I really wanted to feature one of the awesome doilies, so I started with one of those as my center. Then, I added a few layers and used one of the sweet wood pieces from the extra embellishments as my sentiment. I dabbed a little pink ink on it to make it match the card a bit better. I love that the card has so much dimension and that it can be used for a number of different occasions (wedding shower, valentine, baby girl...).

And now for my layout. I wanted to create a layout with another of the photos of my grandparents. We estimate that this photo was taken around 1959 or 1960. I love how the black and white photo works with the pinks and reds of the papers. Oh, and I used the sketch that is part of one of the challenges of our crop that's going on right now!

Here's a closeup of the center portion of the layout. The flower is from last year's February kit, I believe! I love how the blingy swirls work with it. I acutally cut the swirl in half and added a space in the middle of it (under the flower) so that it would work better with the size of the flower. You can see that I also used another fabulous doily!

I am loving this kit so far! I can't wait to dig back in and keep on playing! Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out our crop! There's still time to play along. You can find all of the details HERE.

Looks like there's only ONE kit left in stock! Just click HERE if you want to make it yours! Don't miss out!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Welcome Baby Avery!

Here's a fun post that I shared on the AWDML Blog last week!  Check it out!

Happy Scrappy Wednesday, Everyone!
We have some very exciting news in our family! My cousin and his wife welcomed baby Avery into the family just yesterday. We are over the moon in love with her, and we haven't even met her yet!
Now that's she's here and we know her name, I wanted to make a special card to send to them. Look how cute it is!

To make the baby bundle, I started with a 3 inch square of kraft cardstock. Then, I placed it on my scoring board. I placed one corner at the 3" mark and made sure that the opposite corner was also on the 3" line. Then I made a score line 3/4" on either side of the 3" mark.

Now, turn the square 90 degrees and make one score line 1/2" to the left of the 3" mark.

Next, fold on each of the three score marks and add adhesive to each flap as shown.

Now, fold in the flaps and press to adhere.

Now, use a 1" circle punch to make a small light pink circle. Draw on a face and use some ink or chalk to give the face some pink cheeks. Then, simply tuck the face into the little bundle.

Now, add the baby bundle to your card! I decided to add some twine and a tiny little tag with the baby's name on it, as well.
I hope you liked today's project and that you're inspired to give it a try the next time you are lucky enough to be able to welcome a baby.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

An Oldie But A Goodie!

Hey, there everyone!!  Here's a challenge and project that are up on the BOAF blog today!
I have a Sunday Scrappy Challenge for you! You are welcome to use this as a BONUS challenge for our Winterfest Crop going on now! If you get this challenge posted in the BOAF Gallery and linked to THIS thread by the end of the day on Wednesday, you'll go into a drawing for a RAK along with those who complete my other crop challenges!

So, what is this challenge you ask?! Well, the challenge is simple: Use a photo that is at least 10 years old.
I used the gorgeous January Kit and another photo that my aunt and uncle gave me last year after my grandmother passed away. It's from their wedding. Since this uncle is my father's brother and this aunt is my mother's sister, the parents in the photo are also both sets of my grandparents! So, this is a very special photo to me. There are not a lot of photos that have all four of my grandparents in it! (Not 100% sure that the date is correct, but I'll double check... ;)  )

Here's a close- up of the gorgeous flower and the banner pieces that I used. There's also a piece of chipboard from the kit extras that worked perfectly here!

And, finally a close-up of the photo. From left to right it's my Grampy (my mom's dad), Grammy (my mom's mom), Aunt Sharon (my mom's sister), Uncle Nelson (my dad's brother), Memere (my dad's mom) and Pepere (my dad's dad). Can you see where E's red hair came from in Grammy's big poufy hair?!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you'll participate in the challenge!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The whole family....

Hey, there everyone! Here's a post I'm sharing on the BOAF Blog today!

 I've so enjoyed this kit! There's plenty of awesomeness no matter what you're trying to scrap! There's plenty papers that would work with boy themes, girl themes, heritage, black and white or color, winter-- you name it, this kit can do it! The kit also works perfectly for cards!

I am finally feeling the urge to scrap a pile of photos that my aunt and uncle gave me over a year ago. When my grandmother passed last December, my aunts and uncles put together a collection of photos for a dislpay at the funeral. I saw many photos I knew and loved, and several I'd never seen before. My aunt and uncle were so sweet to make copies of many of the photos and gave them to me last Christmas. They have sat on my table, just waiting for the right inspiration. My inspiration arrived in my January kit!

This photo was taken around 1959 and features my dad with his four siblings and his parents. In the photo, my dad is the tallest and has the most hair. Now, it's the exact opposite!!

Here's a closeup of the photo. I was able to get the names of everyone in the photo written underneath.

And, the butterflies-- I fussy cut a bunch of the butterflies from one of the Echo Park papers in the kit to add dimension, color and balance to the layout.

I also created a card to share with you today! I love the chalkboard look to the paper and it looks so cool when using white heat embossing powder with your stamps! And, isn't the color of the flower just GORGEOUS?!?!

Thanks so much for stopping by the BOAF blog! I hope you enjoyed my projects. There are only TWO January kits left, so be sure to grab yours NOW!  Check it out HERE!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Jumping for January Joy!

Hey, scrappy friends!  Sorry I've been a slacker on updating by blog lately.  I had surgery on BOTH of my feet back in December and the road to recovery has been a bit longer than I anticipated.  But, I'm getting my energy and my mobility back slowly but surely.  Thanks for sticking with me!  Here's a post I shared on the Birds of a Feather blog today!

What do you get when you cross rich, beautiful jewel tones with sweet patterns and incredible embellishments? The January 2014 BOAF kit, of course!!! Seriously, this is an amazing kit that is chock full of amazing colors and easy to use embellishments that are perfectly coordinated. The add-ons make it even better!

I have a simple, but pretty layout to share with you today. It features a photo of my daughter taken on her 10th birthday. She's so full of beauty, energy and big dreams.

Here's a close-up of the title and some of the embellishments that I used. Aren't the colors faulous?

I also made a card to share with you today! These flowers (available in the extra embellishments) come grouped together in sweet little bouquets. They made me think of sending someone flowers, so that's exactly what I wanted to do with my card. The patterned paper you see here is part of the extra patterned paper add-on. See the extras are SO worth it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my projects and that you are inspired to order your BOAF kit TODAY!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Merry Christmas Morning

Hey, there everyone!  Here's a quick article I shared in this week's AWDML newsletter.  If you'd like to be getting these newsletters full of inspiration and prodcuts, just click HERE!

 A really popular technique to use when you would like a page to come together quickly is "blocking." Blocking is when you use blocks of color or patterned paper to balance your design. When creating a scrapbook page, the photo(s) would be included as one (or several) of the blocks. There are many, many examples of this technique available for inspiration. 

For my layout, I used a very simple, but very obvious blocking design.

The red block of paper is the same size as my photo in order to create balance. The journal cards are smaller than the other blocks but balance eachother in the design.

I used quite a few of the stickers from the collection, along with some foam tape to create dimension on the page. On this photo, you can also see the beautiful script for the title cut from Memory Box dies.

Here, you can see the "Nice List" featuring everyone in our family (including the dog) using some of the alpha stickers included with the collection.

And, finally the journaling block with the tree. I added the "merry memories" stickers for balance and dimension.
I definitely suggest trying out some blocking when you would like to create a fun, simple and quick page!
Products Used:
Patterned Papers and Stickers: Simple Stories December Documented
Stickers: Thickers
Adhesives: Sco th Quick Dry Glue and Best Creations Foam Tape

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my layout and that you might consider trying this technique out!  Have a great day!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

We Wish you a Merry Kissmass....

Hey, everyone!  Thanks for stopping by today!  Here's a fun post I shared last week on the AWDML Blog as part of their 12 Days of Christmas event.

Happy Scrappy Wednesday, everyone and welcome to day 11 of our 12 Days of Christmas event! I have a fun and simple project to share today that would make a great gift for teachers, classmates, office friends, postal carriers, bus drivers and anyone else that you like to give a little "something" to every Christmas.

Start by printing the sentiment on your printer. You can use any word processing program and it should end up being about 2" by 3". The sentiment I used was "We wish you a Merry Kissmas and a Chappy New Year."

Now, cut a piece of patterned paper to 3 1/2" by 4 1/2". Using a craft knife, cut two 1 1/2" slits that are 1 1/4" from the top and bottom edge and about 1/4" from the left edge. See below. The RED represents the cuts.

 Once your slits are cut, simply slip your tube of chapstick in and adhere your sentiment.

You can leave it simple as you see above, or you can dress it up a bit more like this....

I hope you enjoyed today's project that you're inspired to make a few gifts!

All of the products for this project are available at A Walk Down Memory Lane!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Tree Ornament

Hey, everyone!  Just sharing my project from last week on the AWDML blog!  Enjoy!

Happy Scrappy Wednesday! Today I want to share a fun and super easy Christmas ornament that you can make for your own tree, or as a gift for someone else. These would also be great to add to a package or gift bag!
First, cut a strip of patterned paper 12″ by 3 1/2″. Since we’re making a Christmas tree, I would suggest using green. Now, measure and mark along the bottom of the strip every 2 1/2″. Along the top, measure 1 1/4″ then move your ruler over to that mark and mark every 2 1/2″ from there. Once you’ve gone all the way across, connect the marks to look like this:


Here’s a closeup of what the measurements should look like:

Now, cut carefully along the lines to make eight triangles. Place a triangle on your scoreboard and score at 1 1/4″. It should end up going right down the middle. Repeat for each triangle.

Now, fold each triangle in half with the side you want showing on the inside of the fold. Then, ad adhesive to one side of the back of the triangle and adhere it to another triangle matching the edges as much as possible.
Continue adding triangles until you’ve used them all (or until you are happy with the result- I would recommend at least six). Then, add a ribbon, as shown.
Now, adhere the two final sides together to close up the “tree”. The ribbon shold be coming out the top like this:

Now, you can add some additional decorations such as pearls or gemstones, or just leave it simple.
(You'll have to excuse the photo... we didn't have our Christmas tree up yet, so I used one of the houseplants instead!  LOL!)

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you enjoyed the project and that you’re inspired to try on of your own!  All of the materials for this project are available at A Walk Down Memory Lane!

Come back again next week for another fun Christmas project!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Just Because...

Hey there, everyone!  Here's a layout I shared on the AWDML Blog last week!

Happy Scrappy Wednesday, everyone!!
I decided that I wanted to use some papers from my stash today-- something that I've had for a while. So, while looking through, I came across the Just Because collection from Little Yellow Bicycle. I LOVED this line when it first came out and I {might} have hoarded it because I didn't want to cut it. I know....I know....
So, today I'm using it and I'm super happy with the layout that I made. I used the title of the collection as inspiration for my title.

And, here's a close-up of the title where I colored the DIY Thickers with a Copic Marker to match the layout perfectly!

I hope you enjoyed my layout today and that you're inspired to run to your scrappy stash to create something beautiful... just because!

Thank you for stopping by!