Friday, August 8, 2014

Another Wanderful Layout - A Workshop on the Go!

As you can imagine, the story of our flight was only the first of many from that trip. For this layout about an evening visit to Epcot, I decided to emphasize the world travel theme. The Wanderful Workshop on the Go was perfect!

Here are all of the items included in the workshop kit:
I love workshops on the go for many reasons. Here are the top four.
#1 The design is done for me!
I love the way the title, photos and journaling work together to tell the story on this layout. I modified the photo placement from the layout described in the brochure because I had different photos, butthe design still works! The paper elements on the layout laid a good foundation that made it easy for me to add my photos.

#2 Each workshop comes with a kit exclusive stamp set that coordinates perfectly with the papers!
I love the airplane, the journaling card that looks like notebook paper, the arrow, the title! All of these images were designed to coordinate with this paper and it works! Did I mention that this stamp also coordinates with the Artbooking Cricut cartridge? And the workshop kit is the only place to purchase this cool stamp!

#3 Each kit comes with more than one coordinating embellishment!
This kit included the Wanderful Assortment set of flair and the arrow washi tape which is quickly becoming my favorite. As with the stamp set, these products were designed to coordinate with the papers so they are easy to use and really help to tell the story!


#4 The workshop kit is a great value!
 Perhaps this should have been number one. Each workshop kit is a great value. You receive the paper pack, the exclusive stamps set, two coordinating embellishments and the brochure with measurements, full color artwork and additional ideas. Even after creating this layout, I have lots of paper left, about half of the flair and most of the roll of washi tape. Oh, and don't forget about the stamp that I will be able to use for as many projects as I like! I am sure you will see these products again!

This workshop on the go made it easy for me to tell my story of an evening at Epcot. I didin't have to agonize over pattern books or sketches to choose a design. I didn't have to dig through my stash to find stamps or elements that coordinated. All that I needed was to select my photos and tell my story! That is my kind of a layout!

What is your favorite workshop on the go in this idea book? If you don't know, why not check out the Annual Inspirations Idea Book online to see which one might help you tell your story! Don't forget to come back here and tell me which is your favorite! One lucky responder will win a prize!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Explore - Featuring new paper Wanderful

Each month I feature a particular paper pack for my layout club. This month, we are playing with Wanderful.This cheery travel-themed paper pack includes the new color Flaxen as well as Gypsy, Crystal Blue and Honey. Since blue and purple are two perennial favorites in my house, this paper is a sure favorite!

The travel theme of this paper inspired me to dig out photos from a trip two years ago. I used a pattern from Make it From Your Heart Volume 2 to create this layout about the plane trip.

We had a very early flight. I snapped these photos before the plane even took off. I love the contrast of the looks on my two kiddos faces.

The left side of this layout was perfect to feature these three photos. One of the things I love about using CTMH pattern books is that it is easy to adapt the layouts to my photos no matter what the size!

I didn't have any other photos of our flight or the preparations, but I had tickets! Using memorabilia helps to tell the story on my page. I don't have to include our destination or the specific time of the flight because it is on the tickets!
*Tip: One way to keep your photos safe when using memorabilia is to include them on two separate pages of the same layout.

The fun camera title is a stamp from the Wanderful Workshop on the Go combined with a Cricut cut from the Artbooking Cartridge. One of my favorite things about the Workshops on the Go kits is the exclusive stamp set. Even after the workshop is completed, I can use them again and again!
Do you see that Crystal Blue paper with the arrows? Background paper I created with another stamp from the Workshop set!

Check out this great new paper pack on my website. If you'd like to make this layout yourself, join us for layout club!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Annual Inspirations Idea Book is Live!

It is August and that means the new Annual Inspirations idea book is live!

This book features nine new My Reflections paper packs, nine new Workshops on the Go and five new exclusive colors!

In addition, there are three new My Crush books and five new Picture My Life sets .

There are also three new Designed Decor products, and three new styles of Base and Bling wearable crafts!

And don't forget the new Cut Above collections! Check back next week for more information about these simple kits!

I've been playing with these new products for a week now and I have say, one of my absolute favorites is this black arrow washi.
If you would like to see more of these fun products check out my website! If you would like to create something of your own, come to one of my events this month. You'll get a chance to play with the new products, and if you place a $30 order, you'll receive a complementary copy of the Annual Inspirations!

Check back tomorrow for artwork using Wanderful, my featured paper of the month!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Family with Florentine

I recently found this layout almost finished. The title was a make and take from a crop. The design was done. The photos were attached. All that was left was the journaling. (Please tell me I am not the only one with layout like this.) The problem was, I didn't remember what my original plan was for the journaling. Here is what I came up with.

Perhaps it is not the original journaling, but at least it is recorded and headed to an album as opposed to an in progress pile.

I do love the stamped sentiment. I think this may have been one of my first rosettes. Perhaps there's another scrapbook page in that story!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Someday - Using Picture My Life Cards on a 12X12 layout

Someday. It is a word full of promise. I recently created a layout about one of my dreams of “someday.” The design was inspired by Shimelle.

The journaling that was the genesis of the layout is brief, but it captures an important dream of mine right now. Since I was documenting my dream, I included a photo of myself. 

I emphasized the time elements that started with the title by not cropping the clock out of my photo and using a pocket scrapbooking card with the months of the year. I used other cards to emphasize my dream of feeling free.

I ended up including six different cards on this one page (five are from CTMH's Avonlea Picture My Life). I cut the cards for the cluster on the bottom of the page which allowed me to use both sides of one card in smaller pieces. I loved combining the cards with papers from Timberline and Balloon Ride.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Models - another layout with Balloon Ride

Today's layout has a lot in common with the one I shared on Tuesday: I used Balloon Ride paper, I included three photos and the story is prominent in the design. There are also a couple of major differences: I focused on the browns in the paper, and I used a one page design.

I emphasized the brown (Saddle) from the paper pack many ways on this layout. I used Saddle cardstock for my base page and chose to feature one of the pattern papers that is a simple pattern in Saddle ink.

I also did all of my stamping using Saddle ink.
* Quick tip: choose one color ink to use throughout a whole layout. It simplifies your stamping and your clean up!

I chose to use these three photos on a single page to emphasize the similarities. The photos work together as a group to tell the story so I wanted them grouped together on the layout.

The story I'm telling is important to me on this layout just as it was on my layout on Tuesday. (As it is on a majority of my layouts, really.) The design emphasizes the story since the journaling is the same size as the photos and is aligned with them.

So there you have it, my two very different takes using three photos and the same paper pack. 

How do you take on a three photo layout? What choices do you make? I'd love to hear about your process!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Paper Trail - Balloon Ride

Welcome to the paper trail!  This month we are hopping along with the Balloon Ride paper pack. You may have arrived here from Diane's blog or this may be your first stop. Either way, I hope you travel our circular path to see some lovely creations with this paper pack.

Although I've never been in a hot air balloon, I was immediately drawn to the soft colors of this paper pack. Something I appreciate about Close to My Heart paper packs is that themed packs also include papers that coordinate but don't extend the theme. For me this means if I like the colors, I can use the pack no matter what the theme. This month it meant that I could use thus vintage travel themed pack to tell stories about my kids in our own yard.

 My layout this month plays on the blues and pinks in the paper.

It seems I often end up with three photos of an event and then I debate: one page or two? For this layout - design inspired by Cathy Zielske - I spaced the three photos over two pages. This let me showcase the paper and still focus attention on the photos. I also like that this design gives the story the same presence as the photos.

I punched circles from other papers in the pack to accent the layout and included a bit of Metallic Baker's Twine for sparkle.

I had some circles leftover when my layout was finished so I decided to make a coordinating card. (This is one of my favorite quick and easy, supply saving techniques.) Here is the card I came up with:


I love the variety in this paper pack. The pinks and browns look so different without the blue. Come back Thursday to see another layout that focuses on the browns! In the mean time, I hope you'll hop on along to Linda's blog to see what she created. 

Happy crafting!