July 29, 2015

Club Scrap Blog Hop - Cantina

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Welcome back, fellow crafty friends!  I hope you have been enjoying the weather and getting some craft time in between getting outside and taking vacations.  I was lucky enough to get some scrapping done with Club Scrap's newest collection, Cantina.  I was able to create three 2-page layouts and two 1-page layouts, complete with photos, journaling, and embellishments in about 3 hours, start to finish!  And I have video to prove it...

If you traveled here from Donna's blog, then you are following the hop! If you've lost your way or just want to see all the links in one place, head over to the Club Scrap blog to see a list of all the talented bloggers participating today.

There are a great many things that I love about Club Scrap - the texture of the paper, the quality and designs of their rubber stamps, the amazingly unique kits they produce each month...but my favorite is the Assembly Line Scrapbooking (ALSB) instructions included in the kits each month.  I (nearly) always save my Lite kit to assemble the four 2-page layouts because the instructions are designed to use almost everything included in the kit - no waste!

Some may think that by following the ALSB instructions, you will end up with layouts that look like everyone else's - but the fun thing is matching the photos to the papers and adding embellishments to make the layouts your own unique project.  And to show you how you can do this, I created a process video of how I completed all eight pages of the Lite kit, ready to go into my albums!

I know we all are very busy and while I would love to watch scrapbooking process videos all day, I find that I don't always have the time.  So if you are interested in a particular Lite layout, you can find the direct link to that section of the video here:

This kit was so fun to work with, and as you can see in the video and the pictures below, so versatile!  My first layout showcased some of my fashion choices in childhood:

I loved the bottlecap embellishments included with the Lite kit and I always love incorporating circular elements into my layouts - really rounds them out, don't you think? (Aaaaahahahahaha.)  Add some glittery ribbon and thickers, and you have yourself a wonderfully fun and girly layout.

I mention this in the video, but I sincerely love the versatility of these kits each month - who would have thought that this kit would go perfectly with my New Zealand album?  The bright colors of this spread really makes the blues of the ocean pop.

I love taking cues for types of embellishments from the existing patterns on the layouts - here I used a combination of circles and arrows to pull both sides of the layout together.

I love the combination of the pink and aqua in the next set of layouts, and it went so well with my pictures of me as a water baby back in the day.  I ended up changing the shape of the photo mattes in the left hand side because of the pictures I had on hand, but it just shows how easily customizable these ALSB layouts are.

I didn't have to add too much extra embellishment here, but it helps that I have the perfect letter stickers to go along with the colors of this kit!

I ended up turning the last set of layouts into two separate layouts for my album - these layouts won't be sitting next to each other, but both work great as stand alone one-pagers.

When looking through your kits and seeing how you can embellish your layouts further, don't forget that you can make easy embellishments out of paper - I cut the sun image from a sheet of the patterned paper and made it into a layered embellishment on this layout.

Last but not least, the "Happy Hour" sentiment certainly went well with these pictures of our night on the town in Auckland. It was the perfect layout to include that adorable stamp in homage to the drinks we may have imbibed that night...

The theme of banners on the patterned papers in this kit really inspired me in my embellishments - just a few snips of the scissors and you have a little cluster of banners on your hands!

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my video and my layouts!  I'm hoping to get into the habit of documenting my scrapbook process - it was certainly fun to make and I hope it gave you some ideas on how to finish your existing ALSB layouts!

Run, don't walk, over to Tricia's blog to see what she has come up with this month - I'm pretty sure it will be astounding.  Be sure to check back next month for the Artist Team challenge and blog hop when we're knot complaining that we get to work with the Woven Strands collection.  (Oh, I am too much.)


July 23, 2015

Club Scrap Minions Challenge!

Happy Thursday everyone!  Thanks for stopping by my rather quiet blog - things got unexpectedly busy, but I've been able to take the time to get crafty this week, even though I've been on the road!  This month, Anne Marie challenged us to have some fun and be inspired some of her favorite creatures, the Minions!  She gave us a few pictures to get started with:

So, even though I've never seen any of the Minion movies, I thought these pictures were so fun and festive.  I loved the colors and it seemed like our Minion friends were having a great beach party - and I was inspired to make something equally as festive:

Oh yeah, nothing says party like presents.

The Club Scrap kit this month, Cantina, was a perfect match for the festive inspiration pictures.  I made the gift box, the pillow box, and the card just using elements from the Deluxe kit.

The gift box was really fun to make and a challenge to see how many elements from the Deluxe kit I could incorporate into one project without being too overwhelming!  I made a 4x4 inch box using the handy-dandy directions found on my scoreboard, then attached elements to the removable lid of the box.  No unwrapping needed!  I stamped several images from the Collection, Borders & Backgrounds, and Art Nouveau stamps onto white paper to make my own "wrapping paper", then used a few ribbons from the Embellishment pack to add a few more layers of texture.  The tag was simple to make and I used a sentiment from the Collection stamps to create the message.  An enamel shape and a fiber to attach it to the gift finishes the tag off!

The icing on the cake...er, the cherry on the sundae...no, the BOW on the PRESENT was the most fun to make.  I first stamped the stripes image from the Art Nouveau stamps on a 4x12 inch strip of the Yellow paper using Topaz ink, then scored down the middle vertically.  I then cut this into 1x4 inch strips.  I adhered the ends closed to give them a little volume, then staggered the pieces into a bow shape.

The next layer is a handmade rosette using the Aqua patterned paper.  This is a 1.5x12 inch strip that was scored every half inch, then formed into the rosette.  Rosettes are great, but VERY hard to adhere.  I had to bring out the heavy duty adhesive - hot glue - for this guy.

Finally, I stamped the flower image from the  Art Nouveau stamps onto the Pink paper with Fuchsia ink and fussy-cut three flowers out for the very top.  I love the combination of patterns and colors in this kit!

I had so much fun withe the first gift box, I had to make a second!  This time I made a pillow box with the help of the pillow box punch board - I never knew I needed this tool until I bought one!  I made my own patterned paper by stamping that wonderfully wonky stripe stamp on to the Orange paper, then I followed the instructions on the pillow box score board to make an 8-inch box.  I made a floral layered belly band to slip around the box  - this was totally inspired by the tropical flowers the Minions were wearing!

I did A LOT of fussy cutting for this present, but it was worth it because I love the results.  I used the flower, vine, and leaf stamps from the Borders & Backgrounds and Art Nouveau stamps with Fuchsia, Neon Orange, Topaz, Ocean, and Leaf inks to create all of my layered elements, then arranged them together and decorated the flowers with the button brads from the Embellishment pack.  I stamped this amazing sentiment from the Collection stamps on a strip from the cutaparts - I love figuring out different ways to incorporate cutaparts in my projects!

Finally, what's a present or two without a card?  I was so impressed with Kay's post here using the amazing stencil from the Deluxe kit that I had to try my own hand at it.  I added a few hand drawn details - I used a thin marker to outline all of the images and to draw a purposely wonky frame.  I didn't have the Greeting stamps with me, so I opted to try my hand (no pun intended) at a hand-lettered sentiment - and I love the results!  Those enamel shapes came in handy again to add a little dimension and shine to finish the card off.

Now all I need are some Minion-related items to fill the presents with, and I should be good to go!  I hope you might try making your own gift wrap using some of the ideas here, and if you are looking for some more Minion inspired craft, be sure to check out the lovely ladies below!


Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to stop by next week on the 29th to see what I've created for the Cantina blog hop - it's going to be a fun one this month!
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