Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Elle's Studio: August

It's the 10th of the month and that means it's time for the reveal of the exclusive August Kit from Elle's Studio!







This month, I felt a renewed energy to tackle my personal album and documented some of what I have read this past spring using a combination of the August products as well as the new Read Mini-Collection that Elle's Studio recently made available. Here are my projects:



For this first layout, I pulled the color scheme from the cards included in the Read Collection-red, pink, turquoise, and navy blue-and found complimenting pieces from both the August Kit and the Sunny Days colleciton.  My favorite piece on the project is definitely the wood veneer books. 



Next, I made a pocket page that could showcase some more of what I have read.  I relied heavily on the Read Collection, but was able able to work in the "Happy Mind Happy Life" journaling card from the kit because it really fit my book themed page. 




Remember, a new gallery is also live at Elle's Studio and I encourage you to head on over and take a look to see what the rest of the DT created!

Michelle



Sunday, July 10, 2016

Elle's Studio: July

July 10th means it is time for a new kit and and co-ordinating goodies from Elle's Studio! This month when I opened up my box, I was pretty darn happy. The colors and products for July are amazing and colorful, as usual!





Pretty great, right??  I think so! The fun and bright cards from the kit were where I drew most of my inspiration from and with thoughts of summertime in my head. Here is what I made:


I really fell in love with the both the camera and lemon journaling cards from the kit. I also could not resist adding the wood veneeer "Good Times" tab.



For my second project, I did a quick pocket page for my daughter's album that documented a few, everyday moments:


Part of the reason I really like kits from Elle's Studio, is that they are so incredibly colorful and pair nicely with my photos.  Occasionally though, things get a little too colorful for my liking and to fix this I will often print one or two photos in black and white. 



Well, what do you think?? Are you digging the fun colors like I am?? I don't know about you, but these colors pretty much represent my life--a big, happy rainbow:).

Remember, a new gallery is also live at Elle's Studio and I encourage you to head on over and take a look!

Michelle







Thursday, June 16, 2016

Gossamer Blue: Swim Style

One of my favorite pieces of paper in the June Main Kit from Gossamer Blue, is the hearts and graph paper combo from Pink Fresh Studios. I really like the rainbow colors on the bright white background along with how the graph paper creates a natural spot for photos and embellishments. When I cut this paper down to 9x12, I decided I didn't want to go for my usual paper layering. Instead, I wanted to fill the blank space with the cute frames and square stickers from Simple Stories using a grid design.



As I was working on the grid using my photos and frames, I did not like the weight of the classic 2x2 grid and how it was "overfilling" my page. My solution was to modify my grid and only include 3 squares. After making this change, I felt much better about my layout and it reminded me that it's okay to let go of ideas that just aren't working for you.




Thanks for stopping by today!

Michelle

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Cut Shoppe: Crazy Hair Day

Hello! Michelle back with you again and today I am showcasing the super fun background cut file Quirky Quads from The Cut Shoppe!

The Quirky Quads background cut file is available in 8.5x11 & 12x12 sizes for your scrapbooking and papercrafting projects.

Recently I have been playing around with more mixed media, spray inks to be more exact, and when I went searching through the cut files I was looking specifically for something that would allow for the color from my inks to peak through. The Quirky Quads cut file, which is avaialbe in both and 12x12 and 8.5x11, was just perfect!


For my layout I didn't need the entire background, so I cut just a few rows out to layer underneath the photos. To adhere the quads to the cardstock I used just a little bit of glue and then machine stitched through them.



Wishing you the best day!

Michelle

Friday, June 10, 2016

Elle's Studio: June

June 10th means it is time for a new kit and and co-ordinating goodies from Elle's Studio! This month when I opened up my box, I was in scrappy heaven. Not only are the colors and products for June amazing and colorful, I also had the bright and happy Sunny Days collection in my possession! Yes!


Yep, the Sunny Days collection is now available to purchase right along side the June Kit which looks like this:


And don't forget all the co-ordinating goodies:




Pretty great, right??  I think so! The fun and bright cards from the kit were where I drew most of my inspiration from and with thoughts of summertime in my head, I reached back to a year ago and documented a quick day trip to Santa Monica with my family:


This PL style page was created with mostly the kit plus a few pieces from the Sunny Day's collection--the two really go well together. (And just an FYI, I had visions of creating Fourth of July pages with the June Kit and acrylic stars, but I did not have any past photos to do this.)


My style for this type of memory keeping is pretty simple and you can see that also in my next project:


What I really love about the journaling cards in the kit, is that there is a good balance of cards that require no extra embellishment and cards that give you room to embellish. One of the reasons for my failed attempt at a full on Project Life album, was that I simply did not know how to create beautiful cards with lots of details for EVERY pocket. Having fun cards that are ready to slip right into a pocket really takes the pressure off! Instead of stressing over every single journaling card, I can have fun jazzing up one or two.



Well, what do you think?? Are you digging the fun colors like I am?? I don't know about you, but these colors pretty much represent my summers--a big, happy mess of red, blue, yellow, and green :).

Remember, a new gallery is also live at Elle's Studio and I encourage you to head on over and take a look!

Michelle






Thursday, June 9, 2016

In The Scrap: June Challenge

Hello! This past month I officially joined the design team at In the Scrap--a challenge blog based in Spain!

This invitation came to me at a really good time-you see, I had been feeling a little lackluster creativity-wise. I wanted to scrap, but my brain felt a little dried up.  What I had been doing just wasn't working anymore for me. Surely, I am not alone with this feeling?? This little slump really had me thinking that maybe I needed to revisit some of the things I used to do, such as participate in online scrapbooking challenges--something that I used to do on a regular basis. I Then along came the invitation....Funny how things work out sometimes!

Like I said earlier, In the Scrap is a great place to find lots of scrappy inspiration. For example, on the first of the month a new challenge is issued and the design team provides their takes on it. This month the challenge is a mood board type of challenge:


When I saw the "My Celebration" themed images I was excited! There were so many ways to take the theme and I was super excited to look through my stash to find products. When I create a project based off of this type of challenge I always start with making a list of all the things that stand out to me and here is what I wrote down:

Celebrate; gold foil; lights, wood grain; pink thread; ballons; 
blue, ruquoise, and pinks; banners; string lights; hearts; and arrows.

Having a written list really helped me zero in on specific products as I was looking for things to use. It's always nice to shop your stash!  Here is what I came up with:


When it came down to putting the inspiration from the image to use, I really embraced the whole theme of celebration. From my photos of my daughters on the youngest's birthday to the birthday themed embellishments, it's is obvious I went pretty literal. 


I love the little details that this challenge inspired, such as the addition of the pink thread and the foil hearts. These were two things that I probably would not have thought to add if not for the challenge and I just love what these minor details brought to my page!

One of my favorite parts about scrappy challenges is seeing what others do. There are just so many possibilities and I invite you to head on over to the blog to see what the rest of the design team did with the challenge :). 

Michelle 


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Cut Shoppe: The Sweet Life

Hello! Today I want to share a new layout featuring the A Way with Words cut file set from The Cut Shoppe.

The A Way With Words cut file includes 13 hand-written words, that can be used for your scrapbooking and papercrafting projects.

This cut file set has to be one of my faves for the simple reason that I love cursive writing. This set mimics a natural written alphabet and it is just plain pretty.  When I sat down with these two pictures of my daughter a lady bug, I thought this cut file would be a good compliment to this sweet story. Here is what I did:


When cutting out words and phrases that are in a thinner font, I find it almost imperative to cut it out of a bold or dark color. Something light could have definitely gotten lost on this busy layout, but since I chose a black polka dot paper the title is able to stand out.


I really had a lot of fun putting this layout together. I went and pulled out some "older" papers and mixed them with some newer embellishments. I so enjoyed this that I am going to double up my efforts to use more of my stash. 

Wishing you all a great day!