Welcome to the Creativity in Motion Blog Hop

It’s National Stamping Month and we are celebrating with Creativity in Motion. 118698173_10157792632757686_706124891864027141_nThis animated stamp collection has been paired with some bright six-inch papers, tab dies, and fun animation sheets – all of which our team will be featuring today.  If you have come here from Darlys Recker’s Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished taking a look at my Simple Butterfly Box tutorial, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


For the past three months, I have been creating quite a few animated projects using the Creativity in Motion collection, so, today, I decided to go a little rogue and feature the Bright Paper stack instead. I chose to create a simple little box using those bright six-inch papers, the Border Tab dies, and the Butterfly Kisses stamp set. 

I even had time to create a little video tutorial for you, but before you scroll down to the video link, I want to tell you about this adorable little box. 

As you can see, it was created primarily from the papers in the Bright Paper stack which is a collection of six-inch papers made from some of our favorite patterns scaled down to fit the smaller size.  In the video, I show you how to make this box using a single sheet of this paper. 

All of the tags, tabs, and embellishments were also created using those adorable little papers.  The back of the box has a pull-out insert that was created using some polka-dot paper, white cardstock, and cut with one of the Border Tab thin cut dies. 

Those fun little Border Tabs are designed to help “move or pull” the animated images on your Creativity in Motion Projects, but I have found that they also make great tag toppers, hidden journaling tabs, and box tops.  There is even a little stamp set designed to go with the tabs that you can get at a discount when you buy the Border Tab Bundle

The butterfly image is one of the lenticular stamp images in the collection that is designed to “move” with the animation sheets. This one was leftover from the butterfly layout I created earlier in the month and it fit perfectly with this design. 

Alright…..enough yammering. Time to show you how you can make one of these boxes using some Creativity in Motion products.  This process video will walk you through step-by-step so that you can create a simple little box using some six-inch pattern papers. 

Once you have finished making your little boxes, you can fill them with post-it notes, a fancy pen, pampering goodies, and, of course, coffee & chocolate. I hope that today’s project inspired you to use a few of your Creativity in Motion products. If you haven’t ordered any yet, make sure to stop by my website or talk to your consultant to learn how you can save 20% on the bundle during the month of September. 

Now ‘Hop” on over to the talented Katy Taylor’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 using products from the Creativity in Motion collection.  

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Create a Floating Butterfly Layout

In July,  I was blessed with a sneak peek of the new Creativity in Motion collection of animated stamps and was asked to create a few projects showing you how to use them.  Today, I am sharing a scrapbook page I made with floating butterflies that were stamped using those animated images.  I have also created a simple process video for you to enjoy so that you can learn some tips and tricks for creating your own Floating Butterfly layout. 

When I first saw the Creativity in Motion collection, I honestly wasn’t sure if I would be able to use it.  I have a condition that does not allow me to see certain dimensional art as intended which is probably why Van Gogh and Signac are two of my favorite artists. 

These lenticular stamps are designed to work with the striped acetate sheets to create a image that appears as if it is moving.  I recently created a slimline butterfly card showing how these images appear animated. If you missed it, you can view it here


llen·tic·u·lar/lenˈtikyələr/ (adjective) images with an illusion of depth, or that appear to have the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles


As I opened up my box of goodies, I fell in love with these butterfly and dragonfly images. The distressed images with worn lines made them appear like little works of art. I just had to find a way to use them.

I decided to create a layout that was bright and full of fun♥, just like the photo, and went to town creating this playful page. In the video below, I show you how I created the texture paste background and heat embossed butterflies, and I give you a few tips and tricks for layering elements and aligning your foam letter stickers. 

Not only did I use the butterflies from the Creativity in Motion bundle, I also used those adorable bright paper patterns and the Border Tab thin cut dies. The bright paper stack is full of all sorts of patterns you can use on your cards, scrapbook pages, and Cricut projects. 

I chose to layer multiple pieces behind my photo to match the fanciful polka-dots and flowers on the girls’ clothes. Each piece was edged with black using our blending tools. This is the first time I have edged a paper with black ink and I am liking how it looks. I may have to try it again soon. 

The journaling for this page is hidden behind the photo on a little card that I created using the Border Tab thin cut dies and stamp set.   I also used this die on quite a few pages in my Disney album, but at the time the product was still “top secret”, so I couldn’t tell any of you what I was using.  You can’t imagine how hard that was.  I had quite a few questions asking me how I made those mini-album pull-outs and now you know.

To complete the page, I needed a title that wasn’t too bold or busy, yet matched these three cousin’s personalities, so I chose to use our Foam Alphabet along with my label maker and a sentiment sticker to create a phase that describes these three girls perfectly.

I hope that today’s project inspired you to try something new and look at the Butterfly Kisses stamp set in a whole new way.  The Creativity in Motion Bundle is available at a discount during the month of September. Make sure to stop by my website and take a look at all the components in this kit so that you can join me for the Free Virtual event.  

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

A Happiest Place Mini-Album|Video Collab

Our Creative Design Team has a special treat for you this month.  We have added a second round of videos featuring the Happiest Place collection.  Once again, this group of consultants did an amazing job creating projects for you to enjoy using the papers, foil cardstock, stamps, and the digital collections from our Happiest Place collection. 

For my video collab project, I chose to tackle a Disney Vacation album that has been on my to-do list for quite a few years. This album has an emotional element wrapped into it, so it took me some time to process the grief before I could create it.  I am happy to say that it is almost complete after using a large amount of elements from the Happiest Place collection. 

The album itself is a Story By Stacy Short Story album.  When I first went into the basement to grab everything from this trip, I was brought to tears by the lack of photos we had.  At this time in our lives, we were still processing the film for photos and, unfortunately, did not have as many as I had hoped. 

With only thirty photos to chose from (most of which were not very good), I decided to follow Stacy’s philosophy and focus more on the story. I began pulling elements from the Short Story album kit and the Happiest Place kits, and began creating our album. 

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In this video you will learn how I created three of the layouts and get a view of the entire album in the mini-album walk-though.  For those who want to know more about some of the pages I have created and the stories behind them, you can keep reading. 


Like I said, I started out with only thirty photos and a handful of memorabilia, so I knew that I didn’t need to create a large album. Instead,  I chose to use this six-inch black checked mini-album kit along with some bits and pieces from the Happiest Place Cut-Above kit. 

In my video, I show you two ways to create pages for this album – the traditional way and the “Stacy” way – so that you can see how simple each page was to make.  When I first started to make this album, I was a bit resistant on the “Stacy” way, but, after trying it, I realized that it made creating pages go so much faster and allowed me to complete the whole album in two days

As you view the album walk-through, you are going to see a fair amount of interactive elements on the pages.  In the midst of designing this album, I happened across another envelope of photos which again brought me to tears.  I decided to stick to my original mini-album plan, but knew I would need more space for photos. This is where all those flip-flaps came in handy. 

When I add flip-flaps to my creations, I like to add tabs or ribbon for the viewers to use to lift the flaps.  On the Happy page, I used a star tab sticker from the cut-above kit that I stamped with some black hearts. 

I often use elements from other kits to add to my creations.  Our Happiest Place 8½” x 11″ cut-above kit is so full of goodies, that I could help but dig through and grab elements for my album.  A good deal of my pages use elements from this kit. On the page below, I combined the tags from the kit with stickers from the Happiest Place sticker sheet and tabs from the Short Story Kit. 

There are pages in this book that are dedicated to each child and their vacation stories. This layout is dedicated to our daughter and her desire to ride the roller-coaster.  She almost wasn’t tall enough to ride and was very hesitant to go at first, but once she rode the ride, we couldn’t get her to stop

As one friend said, This book is “flip-flaps on steroids“.  All throughout the album, you will find photos to lift, tags to pull out, and books to unfold.  In my video, I also show you how to create this three page interactive layout with a fold-out accordion book. The light parade was one event we had plenty of photos for, but I wanted to keep them all together on one layout, so I created a six-inch flip-flap and this adorable little book decorated with an acrylic castle and checked ribbon. 

In the photo above, my husband is trying to console our daughter. She spent two days looking for Snow White and hadn’t found her, yet.  She had refused to have any other character sign her little autograph book until she had found Snow White. 

In the layout below, I tell the story of how she possibly offended Minnie Mouse.  Each time her brothers would get a signature, we tried to convince her to get one, too. We even tried to hand her book to Minnie for her, and she took it back and wouldn’t allow Minnie to sign her book. She wanted Snow White’s to be the first.

This set of pages is all about character autographs. There are pull out tabs with autographs that I created using our Tags & Tabs Thin Cuts, a little book of flip-flaps, and the story of how happy our daughter was to finally see Snow White.  

Our album is full of stories of our children’s Disney adventures – from the sobbing children in the airport, to the matching red sweatshirts, the rainy day ride we rode WAY too many times, and the child with a single autograph.  This is what scrapbooking is all about. It isn’t about the number of photos you have or the stickers on the page – it’s about telling the story.  After my husband flipped through the album, he thanked me for creating it (again I cried). 


I plan on showing another video showcasing this project in the near future. The front cover is going to be decorated with the Happiest Place digital images and HTV iron-on and I want to make sure you see how I do that.  If this is something that interests you, make sure to subscribe to my channel so that you are notified when the video is added. 

Make sure to also check out all of the other creations made by the Creative Design Team and grab yourself a few of the Happiest Place products while they are on sale. These bundles are 20% off throughout the month of July & August, and are available while supplies last, so make sure you grab yourself a few bundles so that you can create a project that you were inspired by in our video collab. 

 

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today