Friday, November 16, 2018

Happy News + new scrapbook layout share!

Hey friends...yes, I know its, been quite a while since I posted, but I have still been busy creating and I have some new projects and news to share!
Recently, I was asked to be a guest designer for My Creative Scrapbook Kit Club for the next few months! yes, I know, awesome...I am very excited to be receiving their kits....They offer several different kits featuring different products that really cater to different scrapbookers...personally, I love each type of kit, but there is something for everyone!
Each month, I will be sharing a minimum of (4) projects using the Main Kit and the November kit was packed with Pebbles "Along the way" collection.  I love the papers and die cuts in this collection. 
The main kit also includes alpha stickers and some ribbon trim which I was definitely able to incorporate!
Below is one of the layouts I created...and actually it was the fourth layout I created, but this was my favorite and I recorded this one so you could see the process and how I created the background.

Make sure you check out my YouTube video linked below to learn how to create this quilted background!
 This is layout #2....I didn't use as much patterned paper and embellishments for this one, but I did use one of the exclusive sets of free cut files offered this month...I backed the flowers with patterned papers and vellum from my stash.  I layered some of them and used my sewing to stitch threw them in order for the edges to lift.  I also incorporated some of the matching die cuts and used the gold thicker word as my title.
I did use white gesso to white out the center of the black patterned paper so the flowers would stand out more and I could add some watercolors.  Then, I finished it off with lots of matching splatters.

This is layout #3....and I created this layout based on the monthly sketch provided as inspiration....It isn't an exact take on the sketch, but it got me going and that's all that matters!

I started with the branding strips from all of the lovely patterned papers in the kit and I knew I wanted to use the die cut circle, that has "love begins at home" on it.  From that, I pulled out and fussy cut any of the houses I found and thought it would be fun to layer them horizontally with my photo.
I machine stitched through each strip along the bottom and added a layer of white gesso on the background paper in order to add a little mixed media behind my photo.

My last layout using the main kit also uses another exclusive free cut file offer by My Creative Scrapbook Kit Club. The cut file actually started as a doily shape, but I removed the outer cut border in order to keep the shape in the white cardstock.  This allows me to back it with some beautiful patterned papers. 
For a border for the layout, I gutted one of the gorgeous floral papers so it appeared as though it was a frame....I add some machine stitching for texture and then started adding embellishments to coordinate with each color doily.
This picture is of my daughter and husband and it was taken before her first band concert.  That said, there was a program for the event that I wanted to include with my journaling, so I tucked it in behind my photo with some die cut tags from the kit.  To finish up, I added some splatters and my title using the alpha stickers from the kit.

Thanks so much for checking out my projects this month for My Creative Scrapbook Kit Club.  I love the way they turned out and hope you are inspired to try some of these techniques on your next project.  Also be sure to check out the different kits available this month...before you know it, it will be December and they will be gone so don't miss out!
Have a great week! 
xoxo Heather

Monday, October 29, 2018

12x12 scrapbook layouts - Incorporate your stamp and dies //Butterfly Reflections Ink

Hey, crafty friends...I have two scrapbook layouts to share with you showcasing a matching die and stamp set.  I love using my stamps and dies to create my own backgrounds and embellishments.  Using your dies and stamps makes it easy to personalize your projects!
Plus, they are usually the more expensive items in your stash, therefore, the more use they get, the better!
So, I know we are days away from Halloween, but I was so excited to use these Concord & 9th products , I am skipping ahead to Winter...just temporarily...
I love snowflakes and the Concord & 9th Snow Flurry stamp set and matching die is one of my favorites!
 The first layout was created using the Snow Flurry stamp set on my background.  I started with a piece of white cardstock and added gesso to prep it before adding mixed media.   

First, I stamped the snowflake images randomly with versamark ink, then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  To make them visible and for subtle details in the background,  I used Picked Rasberry Distress Oxide Ink,  Shimmerz paints and the smooshing technique to add some color which makes the snowflakes pop!
 My title was created with Paige Evans thickers that I partially painted to make sure they stood out from the background.  The other part of the background was stamped with Archival black ink and an apha stamp from Elles Studio, but here is a comparable one from the Butterfly Reflections Ink shop -  outline alpha stamp set, then partially painted with Picked raspberry distress oxide ink.  I used Archival black ink because it is waterproof and won't smear when I added paint to it.
 The large snowflake is a Paper Issues free file cut on my Silhouette Cameo. I hand stitched the outline with pink embroidery thread and backed it with patterned paper.  I also added some little snowflake sequins from Spiegelmom Scraps inside the snowflake.
For finishing details, I included some Neat & Tangled sequins and white Nuvo drops.  
The die cut embellishments are from Pretty Little Studio and the flair is from A Flair for Butttons Etsy shop & Cuts2Luv Etsy Shop.
The patterned papers are from Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa collection. 
The second layout used the Snow Flurry die set to add dimension and texture. 
First, to create my background I added gesso to prep the patterned paper, then used Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Ink to add color that would peek through the snowflakes.
 I used a snowflake Just Nick Studios file to cut on my Silhouette Cameo from patterned paper, then I cut several snowflakes from the die set.  I love this die set because even though there is only two actual dies, it cuts three pieces and can be layered multiple ways.  I cut them in patterned paper and layered them over my large snowflake cut file, then to add some shimmer, I used my Nuvo glue pen to adhere Distress vintage platinum glitter dust on the edges.
This picture is of my daughter while in my craft room with me creating Christmas cards which I cherish always.  Therefore, I had quite a bit of journaling I wanted to include and decided to tuck it in behind my "title" and picture and secured it with a tiny paper clip.

For finishing touches, I added Pinkfresh Studio heart stickers and Neat & Tangled sequins.  The flair button are from Cuts2Luv Etsy Shop and the patterned papers are from BoBunny.  Lastly, I used my Tonic Aqua shimmer pen on just about everything I could add it to!
  I hope you enjoyed all of the snowflakes and are inspired to head over to the Butterfly Reflections Ink online shop to check out all of the lovely holiday goodies!!  Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below. 
Have a spooky week!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

"Autumn Faves" mini album///Pink Paislee Auburn Lane//Butterfly Reflections Ink DT

Hey crafty friends....I have another mini album to share....I know, I know, I have been on a mini album kick lately...and actually, I have a whole container full of pictures and ideas for all of the mini albums I want to make....I will be done with that list in a few years! :)  This mini album features the Pink Paislee Auburn Lane Collection and includes all of my favorite memories made during the fall season!
Before I get in to the details and pictures...I am sad to say this will be my last design team post, but I want to share my gratitude for the opportunity Vanessa provided me by accepting me as part of the Butterfly Reflections Ink design team.    It has been so much fun and a dream come true!
OK...enough with the mushy stuff and on to the crafty stuff!
This mini album was definitely a labor of love, but totally worth it in the end...I started with matting my photos and planning my pages with the 6x8 paper pad including the cover and back.  I decided to do something different with this mini album and incorporate some old denim from my stash.  I added some charms to the binding ring and tied some white ribbon on.
The cover was created with a card from the ephemera pack that I hand stitched as well as the Pink Paislee Gold Thickers.  I absolutely love these foam thicker alphas...they are the perfect size and these colors! 

I started with the traditional pumpkin patch and hay ride photos of my family including my parents, nephews, and brothers....It is a tradition we try to do together every year!  I used cut files from The Cut Shoppe throughout and added quite a bit of hand stitching as well which is not my forte, but I love the texture and dimension it adds.

Next in line is my birthday which is in October and that definitely deserves documenting.....My husband always showers me with gifts and my entire immediate family meets for dinner. 
To add to the Auburn Lane embellishments, I pulled stamps and dies from my stash as well brads & flair buttons.

My husband, daughter, and I have been making holiday crafts since she was older enough to hold a glue stick...I have a box of  all of the holiday crafts we've made over the years and its a tradition I like to document every year.

I used lots of different types of materials to incorporate into this mini album to keep it interesting through to the end....look through your stash and pull out vellum, acetate, tissue paper, baggies, fabrics, etc....they all can be used and visually, it keeps the eye drawn in!

Lastly, fall includes Thanksgiving and couldn't be left out...
For finishing details, I added metal charms, sequins, & ribbons including little shaker pockets in a 4 x 4 pocket page sleeve...

Each year, I ask my husband and girls to write down what they are grateful that year...before they are allowed to eat...and I provide them with cute little cards of course and I keep them and definitely think they are worth documenting...they are tucked in the glassine bag above....


There are more pages and details to see, however, if I included all of the pictures, this would be the longest post ever!!
To see a flip through of this album as well as more details on how it was made and the products used, please check out my YouTube channel linked at the bottom of this post.
Please see the below list for the products I used that are still available from the Butterfly Reflections Ink online store....

I also used products from Pretty Little Studio, Shimmerz paints, Bramble Fox & Tim Holtz.
Thanks so much for sticking with me on this post and I hope you are inspired to create your own "Autumn Faves" mini album or project!
Please feel free to leave a comment or any questions you may have below...I'd love to know what you think!
For a flip through and more details...You can check out the video linked below on my YouTube channel...
Thank you. xoxo Heather

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

"Love, Home, Family" Scrapbook Layout //Butterfly Reflections Ink DT

Hi, crafty friends....I am back with another a scrapbook layout to share with you for the Butterfly Reflections Ink design team...I had a great time making this and hope you like it too!
The picture is of myself, husband, and daughter and I love the Pink Paislee Auburn Lane collection with it!  I started with a piece of white cardstock and really wanted to play with my new Shimmerz Paints because they match this collection so well.  I used the paints on the background and the  cut file title I cut on my Silhouette. Specifically, when skies are grey, so sappy, pip-pip cheery-o, and sage it isn't so. I got the title from a file available for free on the Hip Kit Club website and the circle is from 17turtles/Juliana Michaels blog.
I matted my photo on a couple patterned papers from the 6 x 8 paper pad and popped it up on some adhesive foam.
To add texture, I machine stitched my title and the circle cut file to the background. 
 To embellish my layout, I used the cute little puffy stickers, rub ons, and stickers from the 6 x 8 sheet of accent stickers.  To back the embellishment clusters, I used a couple of pieces from the cut apart patterned paper from the paper pad.
Lastly, I tucked in a few of the vellum gold flower die cuts from the Floral Ephemera.  I love those flowers and there are so many included in the pack!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you are inspiring to get a little messy on your next project!  I'd love to know what you think.  Please feel free to leave a comment or question and I will get back to you as soon as possible. 
Make sure you head to the Butterfly Reflections Ink shop now to take a look at all of these goodies and all of the new stuff being added everyday!!
Have a great week!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

"DWTS" mini album //Butterfly Reflections Ink DT ///Paige Evans cut file & collections

 Hi,  crafty friends! I have a mini album to share with you for the Butterfly Reflections Ink store....I used a Paige Evans mini album cut file with a collection of products from Pink Paislee Paige Evans.  I created the album for pictures taken at a Dancing With The Stars Live show earlier this year. It was super fun and had too many pictures for just a scrapbook layout! Using the cut file made it easy to create the album and Paige Evans provides a helpful tutorial on her YouTube page. 
To embellish the front, I used a combination of Pick Me Up ephemera and alpha stickers from my stash.  The flair is from an etsy shop called Cuts2Luv and she has beautiful flair pieces.
To enclose the album, I glued a piece of twine around it and also adhered tiny velcro circles from my stash. 
To make the base of the album and tags, I used Pink Paislee Take Me Away 6 x6 paper pad and the Pink Paislee Pick Me up 6 x6 paper pad . The charms attached to the outside of the album are a mixture of pieces from Tim Holtz, Elle's Studio and Crate Paper.
I decorated the inside with Pick Me Up puffy stickers, Pick Me Up Rubons and Pinkfresh Studio The Mix puffy stars.   Some of the layers and details were fussy cut from papers included in the Pick Me Up Mini Swatch pads. I also snuck in a few stars from Freckled Fawn puffy stickers.

To create texture, I used border punches and machine stitched a lot of the pages and tags.
I also used some ribbon and brads from my stash. 
 The cut file is designed to fold up like an accordion which also means there are two sides to decorate and add photos!

I tucked in as many stickers and die cuts that would fit.  That is the beauty of working with a full collection because you know everything already matches!  I pulled pieces from the Pick Me Up Accent Stickers, Pick Me Up Journaling Spots, & Take Me Away Ephemera.

To mix up the design and matting of my photos, I stapled a few pictures together with my mini attacher.  They were pictures I wanted to use, but not ones with a big story behind them so I didn't mind having some hidden. 

One of the reasons I  love making mini albums so much is because it gives you the freedom to print and crop your photos in all different sizes.  I think it is so much fun and keeps it interesting from start to end!


I created a fold out mini in my mini...yeah, that's a little corny, but I used another little velcro circle to secure it and added one of the Pink Paislee Take Me Away paperclips
To finish up, I adhered some pretty Pretty Pink Posh 6mm clear sequins and Pretty Pink Posh 4mm clear sequins with glossy accents in my Precision Tip glue bottle.....boy, do I love that glue bottle!!
There are still so many details to mention, but if I did, this post might be the longest post ever!!  I did create a short flip through video on my YouTube channel though where you can see all of the tags and interactive elements as well!
click here.....
Thanks so much for taking a look! I hope you are inspired to create your own mini album...maybe for pictures you took at a family celebration, a day trip, or a show you saw!  If you do, I'd love to see! Please feel free to comments or questions below.
To pick up these products for yourself, head over to the Butterfly Reflections Ink online store.
Have a great week!  See you next week.
xoxo Heather

Sunday, August 12, 2018

"The heart of my home" Scrapbook layout //Butterfly Reflections Ink DT // Pink Paislee Auburn Lane

Hi, friends...I have another scrapbook layout with you for Butterfly Reflections Ink DT..
...and I realize its still Summer, but this time of year, I am counting the days until fall!  I love is my favorite season....therefore, I couldn't wait any longer to use the gorgeous Auburn Lane collection from Pink Paislee...This collection was released a couple of months ago and can be used for any occasion, but there are definitely fall accents and the colors are beautiful!  The picture is of my two daughters sitting at our dining table last year on Thanksgiving...My husband hosted dinner that year and I love presenting the food on a festive table!
The background is a Kaisercraft wood grain patterned paper from my stash and fits right in with the dusty fall colors of this collection.  I added a layer of clear gesso and then started on my mixed media, anyone who likes to create mixed media backgrounds knows that in the end, most of it is covered by the photo and embellishments, but I like the way it peaks out from behind it all. 
I used several Distress Oxide inks with a paint brush to add color as well as splatters.  It was a little bit of a challenge to find inks that matched exactly, but Tattered Rose, Iced Spruce, Stormy Sky, and Evergreen Bough work well.  I actually mixed Evergreen Bough and Black Soot to create the dark teal color in the rub on sentiment to the bottom right of the photo. So don't be afraid to play with your inks to achieve the color you are after!
After the mixed media is dry, you can start adding embellishments and your photo.  I matted my photo on a couple of patterned papers from the 6 x 8 paper pad.

To create texture and interest to the background, I spread some embossing paste through the Echo Park Picnic Blanket Stencil..yes, the name of the stencil doesn't fit the theme of my page, but the pattern is gorgeous and not really theme specific.   Once that was dry, I stamped floral and leaf images from the Honey Bee Country Bloom stamp set with Archival black ink.  because the flower stamps remind me of the flowers in embellishments from this collection.  I use Archival black ink because it is waterproof and won't smudge. 

This collection also includes Puffy Stickers and Rub Ons and would have put all of them on my layout if I could! I used a couple of flowers, hearts, and tiny images from the rub ons and love the flat detail it adds.  I used a handful of the puffy stickers including the hearts, buttons, and a sentiment. Honestly, I have the hardest time with puffy stickers because I love them so much!  I want to use them, but don't want to because they will be gone....who knows that feeling?? I know, I know..crafty problems!

 The Auburn Lane Floral Emphemera pack of flowers are absolutely to die for!  There is a mix of cardstock die cut flowers, vellum with black flowers die cuts, and vellum with rose gold flowers die cuts as well as leaves in all different shades.  I created clusters of these flowers surrounding the photo and tucked in several leaves.  To make sure the flowers and leaves have some dimension, only add a little bit of liquid adhesive on the edge of the die cut.  To take it a step further, add a little piece of fun foam or pop dots to the edge so it doesn't flatten out when put into a page protector.
I created my title using one of the phrases from the Pebbles Heart of Home gold thickers and added the words "the" and"my" from the Pinkfresh Peach Alpha Puffy Stickers from my stash.  I felt as though adding those words made the title more personal to me.  I also added the year with those same peach alpha stickers to a sticker label underneath my photo.
To tie in to the sentiment of my title, I used the houses from the 6 x 12 Accent sticker sheet and popped up one with fun foam. 
To finish up, I added some splatters of Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine and adhered some Pretty Pink Posh Rose Gold sequins with my Precision Tip applicator and Glossy accents
To watch my process, you can check out my video on YouTube linked below...
Thanks so much for taking the time to read about my project today and hope you are inspired to dive in to fall (even though its technically still Summer) and get crafty today!
To get these products in your hands, head over to the shop now before they are gone! 
Have a great week!

Happy News + new scrapbook layout share!

  Hey friends...yes, I know its, been quite a while since I posted, but I have still been busy creating and I have some new projects and ...