Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Echo Park For the Record: Double Page India Layout

I promised that I would have multiple layouts this week! This is a new style for me. Normally, I tend to keep photos straight on my layout and everything tends to be neat and geometric. Collage style scrapbooking has come into vogue and so I figured I would try my hand at it.
The banner is made from chipboard accents from the Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 line. I punched holes in the chipboard using my Crop-i-dile so that I could string some twine through. I've been using clear nail polish to seal the ends of the twine, but I know it isn't acid free. I saw on another blog how a woman tied a small knot at the end of the twine to keep it from raveling. Genius! Why didn't I think of that? 
 The majority of the paper is from the Echo Park For the Record line: 

I really like the wood letters: 
The vintage tassels are from Jolee's: 
 Aren't the mini scrabble tiles the cutest? 

Here are some of the products that I used: 

Monday, January 30, 2012

Close to My Heart Magnifique: Double Page Scrapbook Layout

I really have to give kudos to the scrapbookers who maintain regular blogs and post items daily. That was of course my intention with this blog, but it's tricky when you work full-time. That said, I have tons of layouts to share, so this week I will post a lay out every day! I thought that the Close to My Heart Magnifique line was perfect for these photos from India: 

 This is such a beautiful peacock stamp that I embossed and added jewels to: 

The date and surrounding frame were cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge. 


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Another 7 Gypsies Photo Tray Wall Hanging

I love these photo trays. They are such a sentimental and creative gift. Whoever thought of them is a genius! This is the one I made for my sister using Dear Lizzy and Close to My Heart Mayberry paper. 

The dress and overalls hanging on the clothesline are from the Cricut Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge. I cut a thin strip of brown paper with scissors to look like a rope and then found images of the clothing I liked from the cartridge. The socks are from the Cricut Country Life Cartridge. I placed tiny buttons on the overalls from Lasting Impressions. The "Love you, Doll" sentiment is a stamp from Papertrey Ink. 
Notice the miniature Scrabble tiles that spell, "Sister." I just love those!
Aren't the cupcake brads adorable? I also like the metal "forever friends", "sister", and "true friends" metal plates. 
The handle has some cupcake printed ribbon tied it it. :) 
Hope you enjoyed!


Sunday, January 1, 2012

I'm Alive! New Project! 7 Gypsies Tray Idea

Hello! After a 3 month break from blogging, I'm back! Sorry for the lack of posts, but I moved from sunny Arizona to the east coast. Most of my scrapbooking supplies have been packed up for months! And with everything that goes along with a move, I haven't had time to craft! :( I am so happy to have all of my things in order and to finally get back to my hobby. I've missed it so much.

My family was here for Christmas and I hadn't finished making gifts for my mother and sister. Don't worry, they received plenty of store bought items on Christmas day, but I wanted to make something special. It was my absolute last night to finish this project (their flights departed at 6am), so I stayed up until 3:30 finishing these 7 Gypsies Photo Trays. What a crazy night! I am sad that the coloring on the photos is a little off, but I didn't have any natural light to work with at 3:30am! Haha. I finished these gifts just before I had to drive my family to the airport. Whew. Oh, and of course I took photos of them opening their gifts to scrapbook later. They may not have been happy having their picture taken so early in the morning! *Only a true scrapbooker would make such a request. 

Here is the tray that I made for my mother:
 The colors of the project are actually red, white, gray and black, but appear more cream colored in the photos. You can use your imagination, right? :) My mother thought this gift with some of my favorite childhood photos was very heart-felt.  
Initially, I wasn't sure how I was going to find pictures small enough to fit inside the tiny windows. A good solution was printing wallet-sized photos at Costco for the larger windows. For the very small windows where a wallet sized photo was still too large, I simply did not crop the photos on a photo editing program first. This allowed me to use my paper trimmer to crop the photo. This allowed me to get the images small enough to fit, especially on full-body shots. 

I will post my sister's gift tomorrow.