Welcome Guest Designer Stephanie Buice!

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We are thrilled to share the beautiful, eclectic scrapbooking style of Stephanie Buice, our guest designer for August! Stephanie chose BasicGrey’s Tea Garden and when you see her pages, you’ll see how she took this romantic, nostalgic collection and gave it a contemporary fresh look on her pages. We love what she created and know that you will, too!

 

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Stephanie lives in a small town in central Alabama with her husband and three-year-old son, Brady. She’s a stay at home momma who loves God, her family and papercrafting. Stephanie began scrapbooking in 2001 and her first project was to scrap her senior year of high school. She tells us that she is a “middle-of-the-day” scrapper because that’s when Brady naps, and considers that creative break her most relaxing time of the day. Stephanie is a member of several manufacturer design teams and says, “I love the friendships I have made along the way in this amazing industry.”

 

We are glad she is a new friend to BasicGrey and invite you to take a look at the pages she created for this guest spot!

 

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Pulling from the pale blues and soft yellows in the Tea Garden collection, Stephanie created this heartwarming page. We love the oversized title and sparkling sequins!

 

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Inspired by a crazy quilt, Stephanie patched several paper pieces together at different angles, then sewed in the “gutters” between each piece. What a fantastic look!

 

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Stephanie’s asymmetrical style is so eye-catching! If you create a page like this one, it will give you the opportunity to use up  scraps of your favorite papers.

 

Aren’t those pages beautiful?! Before we let Stephanie go, we asked her the BasicGrey Baker’s Dozen questions:

 

BAKER’S DOZEN:

Favorite color: Black

Buttons or brads: Buttons

Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz: hahah Dr Who?

Dots or stripes: Stripes

Mac or PC: Mac

Ribbon or twine: Twine

Ninjas or pirates: Both, I have a three year old boy

Google or Yahoo: Google

Sweet or salty: Sweet

Chipboard or wood veneer: Veneer

Mountains or beach: Mountains

Dog or cat: Dog

Cake or pie: Cake of any kind

 

Stephanie, thank you so much for being our guest designer this August. We love the pages you created!

 

To see more of Stephanie’s beautiful work, visit her blog at: mybitsofsunshine.blogspot.com

 

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BG Home Decor

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AudreyPettit BG Adrift SetSailCrab If you’re looking for unique, one-of-a-kind home decor pieces, the unfinished wood department of your local craft store is a great resource. They always have lots of great basic pieces to alter all year round. And often, there will be seasonal offerings as well, like this adorable wooden crab. Best thing is, these unfinished pieces are a fraction of the cost of ready-made decor. And you’ll get to have all the fun of adding your favorite BasicGrey papers and embellishments.

 

AudreyPettit BG Adrift SetSailCrab2 If altering a wooden shape seems intimidating, rest assured it is really quite easy. Simply lay the piece (face down) onto the back side of your paper, and trace around the section you wish to cover with a pencil. Cut it out, and adhere to the wooden piece using a strong liquid glue like Mod Podge or an acid-free glue stick. You can leave it as is, or I like to sand the edges with a nail file to remove the excess overhang. Then because I’m a shabby chic girl at heart, a little white paint around the edges is a requirement.

 

AudreyPettit BG Adrift SetSailCrab3 Last detail is some ribbon ties and a couple of easy hang tags. The tags are your spot for embellishment, so go ahead and add your favorite stickers, chipboard, and die cuts. And there you have a truly one-of-a-kind art piece to add some festive fun to your home for the summer.

 

Enjoy!

 

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Freebie Friday

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Shellye McDaniel: Give the coffee-lover in your life a special treat with a beautiful “Barista” coffee box!  All you need is a wooden box, the Barista Collection and your favorite coffee cup svg file or template.

 

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I purchased this wooden box from Hobby Lobby; it measures approximately 6.25”W X 5.5”H X 5”D. Start by spray painting the box (inside and out) with black.  After the paint is dry, cut strips of paper to cover the outer slats and glue them in place.  I traced the sides and the cut-outs for the handle onto paper and then trimmed out.  Use a sanding block to distress the edges if desired.

 

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Apply medium-sized black Candy Dots to the outer edges of the slats so that they resemble nailheads.

 

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For the coffee cup embellishment, I used a free svg file that I found online.

 

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The embellishment was attached to the front of the box with foam adhesive.  I filled the inside of the box with paper shred and my mom’s favorite coffee!

 

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