Do you enjoy using sketches as inspiration for your layouts? I know I do. Recently a sketch from Scrapbook & Cards Today popped up in my email, and I knew I needed to use it for a layout. The color choices for this photo may seem odd, but it is for a scrapbook I have begun making for myself. A scrapbook of random memories and happy moments of things important to me. This photo is an older photo, but the story behind it is one I cannot forget and one I want my family to remember.
As I try to recall some of the stories behind older photos, I find it hard, at times, to remember. (My memories are beginning to fade as badly as some of my photos.) This is the reason behind my own personal scrapbook. To keep alive those memories that have faded so family members to know the story when I can no longer tell it.
If you would like to recreate this spectacular layout, you can use the sketch I used from Scrapbook & Cards Today. I did not have as many photos as shown, but I was able to use this delightful sketch as a base for my layout.
On this layout I used paper patterns from both the Central Park and Beautiful Friendship collections. I love the color combination of blue and pink along with neutral grey tones. I also pulled from both of these complement collections. I liked the simplicity of the “Fun” title from our Beautiful Friendship set. After punching out the letters, I used some paper from Central Park to highlight the word. The remaining complements came from Central Park and fit this layout perfectly along with a few random pieces of Bashful Glitter Paper.
This layout will tell a story – a story of why taking photos of loved ones is important. A photo telling them that time is fleeting, life goes to quickly, and you need to savor each adventurous moment. I hope you are inspired by this sketch and take some time to record memories you want you family to remember. I can’t wait to see what you create!
Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 2 Blog Hop,where we will be featuring products from our amazing Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog . If you haven’t had a chance to view this catalog, you can do so online or receive one free when you place an online order in May. If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished here, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.
For this Blog Hop, I was able to do three things I love: Join a blog hop full of talented ladies, create some cards for my wonderful downline, and join in a Color My Heart Dare challenge. I just love the Sapphire, Smoothie, and Heather combination in our Beautiful Friendship collection. I have been seeing this color combination everywhere lately. How awesome is it that Close to My Heart is “in the know” when it comes to seasonal color combinations?!
And those tea cups….oh, my gosh! I have fallen in love with the Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking set. I just love those little flowers that you can add to the Cup and Teapot, not to mention that adorable little Teabag.
Here are a few techniques I used on this card:
- The Sapphire background was created using one of the PML cards from the Beautiful Friendship Paper Packet. I always end of with a few of these leftover and they make great backgrounds for cards.
- The “Create” sentiment is from another one of my favorite stamp sets – We Are Makers. I just love all these crafty sentiments that can be used on cards, scrapbook pages, or in a frame with Cricut® flowers.
- The “Steam” was stamped with Heather Ink using the second-generation stamping technique. This prevented it from competing with the sentiment, yet still gave another layer of depth to the card.
- The “Teacup” was stamped in Black Ink, then I added the Flower design with Smoothie ink. I wanted to add a little blue, but I was too lazy to color the flowers, so I added some dots with a ShinHan™ Twin Touch™ Marine Blue Marker.
- Both the Teabag and the Teacup were cut-out using our matching Thin Cuts. You can purchase the Beautiful Friendship Cardmaking stamp set as a bundle with these Thin Cuts dies.
- For another layer of texture, I stitched the “Banners” along the right side of the card using a Ruler and Piercing & Embossing Tool.
Just in case you wanted to re-create this card, I have included a complete list of the supplies I used at the very bottom of this post. You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from almost twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using our products from the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog on their blogs.
Now “Hop” on over to Alayne Fleming’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! If you would like a free Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog, contact your CTMH Consultant, or send me a message on my website. I can’t wait to see what you create!
Have you ever tried using a PageMaps sketch as inspiration for your layouts? This year, to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day, Scrapbook & Cards Today challenged it’s readers to create a layout using this NSD PageMaps Sketch. As you know, I always love a challenge.
I also like to inspire you to use stamped images to enhance your scrapbook pages, so for this “Fresh Summer Lemonade” layout I chose to use both the Postcard Perfect and the Classic Summer Bash stamp sets. This layout reminded me of the days when my children would set up a lemonade stand for the neighborhood. I am not sure if the lemonade was very tasty, but everyone was always a good sport and supported their efforts.
You can find the complete list of supplies used at the very bottom of this post.
Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ Bashful Cardstock, 12″ x 12″ Dotted Vellum (Postcard Perfect), 10″ x 7″ B&T Paper (Beautiful Friendship)
Techniques Used on This Layout:
1. To create the stitching around the page, I used a Ruler with our Piercing & Embossing Tool to create the holes, then used Pink thread for the border.
2. The “Jute Twine” was created by pulling apart the White Burlap Ribbon into individual threads. Three of the threads were wrapped around the B&T paper. The three remaining threads were used to create the bow.
3. The Lemon & Flower border was created with images from the Postcard Perfect and the Classic Summer Bash stamp sets. After cutting out the images, they were placed onto the page using Thin 3D & 3D Foam Dots.
4. The “Tags” were stamped using Smoothie Ink. I added the paper strip from a piece of the “True Story” PML card, punched a hole, and added threads of White Burlap Ribbon.
5. The “Straw” was stamped using Pixie ink, then I re-stamped the rim of the “Jar” along the top, and added the “Straw” to the “Jar”.
These exclusive, summer-themed stamp sets and the Postcard Perfect products that I used on my layout are only available during the month of May. You can purchase each of these by visiting the Promotions Tab on my website, but they are only available while supplies last so make sure you grab them before they are gone. I would love to see what you create using this sketch or these exclusive stamp sets. Feel free to post your work on my Facebook page for all to see. I can’t wait to see what you create!