Guest Designer | Nicole Nowosad

BasicGrey Guest Designers
BasicGrey | Highline

 

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today we are so lucky to have the talented Nicole Nowosad sharing a handful of inspiring Highline projects (including a 3D pillow tutorial!) with us. Enjoy!

 

BasicGrey | Highline | Guest Designer: Nicole Nowosad

 

For this card, Nicole used strips of Highline vellum tape stickers and and stitched them together to create a quilted effect.

 

BasicGrey | Highline | Guest Designer: Nicole Nowosad

 

We love the way the machine stitching paired with the transparent stickers creates multimedia perfection!

 

BasicGrey | Highline | Guest Designer: Nicole Nowosad

 

By placing various letter stickers + phrases on top of a chalkboard wood tag, Nicole has taken her card to the next level…literally!

 

BasicGrey | Highline | Guest Designer: Nicole Nowosad

 

For this layout, Nicole used a handful of Highline patterned papers, Snippets, chalkboard wood tags, title stickers, and alpha stickers to create a patchwork-inspired masterpiece.

 

BasicGrey | Highline | Guest Designer: Nicole Nowosad

 

Layering is one of the best ways to create visual and physical texture on any project.

 

BasicGrey | Highline | Guest Designer: Nicole Nowosad

 

So many fun details to discover!

 

BasicGrey | Highline | Guest Designer: Nicole Nowosad

 

This layout is one of those that you have to look at several times before you can really see all the details! We love the way Nicole mixed patterned papers with smaller embellishments to create such a stunning project!

 

BasicGrey | Highline | Guest Designer: Nicole Nowosad

 

Her hot pink die cut title stands out prominently amidst the mix of the papers thanks to it’s large scale and dimensional backing.

 

BasicGrey | Highline | Guest Designer: Nicole Nowosad

 

Brads, wood veneers, and chalkboard tags…gorgeous!

 

BasicGrey | Highline | Guest Designer: Nicole Nowosad

 

 3D Pillow Instructions:

 

1. Trim patterned paper to 1.75” and 2” squares using various colors and patterns from the Highline collection.

 

BasicGrey | Highline | Guest Designer: Nicole Nowosad

 

2. Flip the 1.75″ pieces upside down and add dimensional adhesive to the back center of the shape, leaving 0.75″ around edge to allow for stitching.

 

BasicGrey | Highline | Guest Designer: Nicole Nowosad

 

3. Remove adhesive backing and layer over larger sized squares.

 

BasicGrey | Highline | Guest Designer: Nicole Nowosad

 

4. Adhere with a small amount of adhesive to cardstock or a light patterned paper and stitch along all four edges of the square shape.

 

BasicGrey | Highline | Guest Designer: Nicole Nowosad
BasicGrey | Highline | Guest Designer: Nicole Nowosad

 

5. Your 3D pillows are complete!

 

BasicGrey | Highline | Guest Designer: Nicole Nowosad
BasicGrey | Highline | Guest Designer: Nicole Nowosad

 

Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us, Nicole!

 

Guest Designer | Shellye McDaniel

BasicGrey Guest Designers

 

Today we are so fortunate to have paper crafter extraordinaire Shellye McDaniel here to share a handful of beautiful cards and a DIY paper embellishment tutorial with us!

 

BasicGrey | Shellye McDaniel
BasicGrey | Shellye McDaniel

 

Shellye: Hello, my name is Shellye McDaniel and I’m very excited to be guesting this month with Basic Grey! I’m living the country life in a small Texas town with my husband of (almost) 23 years and two of our three kiddos. The oldest son is away at college; I would have never dreamed that seeing him come home on the weekends with a basketful of laundry to-do would make my day! The other two children are very active in sports, dance and church activities, so we stay pretty busy. I work PRN as a Labor & Delivery Scrub Nurse and the rest of my days are filled with all sorts of crafting, blogging, reading, flea-market hopping, camping and on occasion I do sit around and do nothing LOL I’m currently on several Design Teams and am the Social Media Coordinator for my local scrapbook store.

 

BasicGrey | Shellye McDaniel
BasicGrey | Shellye McDaniel
BasicGrey | Shellye McDaniel
BasicGrey | Shellye McDaniel

 

BasicGrey | Shellye McDaniel

 

 Instructions for making a folded paper embellishment:

 

BasicGrey | Shellye McDaniel

 

1. Cut desired paper into 3 x 3″ square.

 

BasicGrey | Shellye McDaniel

 

2. Score the square on the diagonal (will form a triangle when folded); open paper and score in the opposite direction.

 

BasicGrey | Shellye McDaniel

 

3. Open the square so that it is flat.

 

BasicGrey | Shellye McDaniel

 

4. Pinch in at the right and left sides of the folds until a triangle is formed; smooth the paper until it lays fairly flat.

 

BasicGrey | Shellye McDaniel

 

5. With the triangle laying flat in front of you, fold in the flaps of the top layer until the edges meet at the center of the triangle.

 

BasicGrey | Shellye McDaniel

 

Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us, Shellye!

 

BasicGrey + Hero Arts Blog Hop

Blueprint No. 015

BasicGrey Blueprint

 

Today the one and only Lisa Truesdell is here to put her own spin on the latest Blueprint installment. I am always so impressed with the way Lisa can layer and her layout today is the perfect example of that! Enjoy!

 

Hammerpress

 

Inspiration Source: Hammerpress

 

BasicGrey | Blueprint | Lisa Truesdell

 

Lisa: This was such a fun inspiration piece!! I’m a big fan of grid designs on layouts, and actually thought I’d interpret the design more literally. But once I started working on my page, I zero-ed in on a couple of small details from the crests- the large triangles on the one on the bottom right, and the rows of triangles on the one in the middle. I brought similar elements into my page, but kept them tone on tone. They add some interest and texture to the background, but don’t steal the show.

 

BasicGrey | Blueprint | Lisa Truesdell

 

I love that you can use an inspiration piece in so many ways. This one has an awesome color scheme, the cool crest shape, and a zillion other fun details. With a piece like this, it helps to focus on one or two details instead of worrying about creating something that *looks* like the inspiration.

 

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BasicGrey | Blueprint | Lisa Truesdell

 

Home: I live in Omaha, NE – in a 90 year old house with lots of character and not enough space.

 

Workspace: My workspace is just off our dining room – and unfortunately has no doors. Which is a problem, given how messy I am. ;) Most of my storage is repurposed vintage pieces, and I love my little room!

 

Favorite Color Palette: Aqua, yellow and any other color.

 

Favorite Form of Social Media: Instagram.

 

Playlist: Now that school has started again, I’m enjoying creating in SILENCE. Ahhhh.. quiet.

 

Inspiration Source: I love browsing Pinterest. I keep an “inspired” board for any piece that strikes me as a jumping off point, and turn to them when I find myself stuck. I find the best way for me to get over a block is to walk away for a bit. When I come back to my desk, I can usually work through the problem in no time.

 

Early Bird or Night Owl: Neither. I’m more of a 10am, just dropped the boys off and finished going through email person.

 

BG Product You Hoard: The die cut and transparency packs! LOVE. Also, the entire “Hello” and “Hey Boy” lines.

 

Three random facts about you:
1. I HATE to talk on the phone.
2. I am almost always barefoot at home.
3. I can never say no when my boys ask for books or art supplies.

 

Advice for Newbie Crafters: Do it for yourself. Do it because you love it. Do it because the supplies make you happy. But most of all, DO IT, and just see where it takes you.

 

BasicGrey | Blueprint | Lisa Truesdell

BasicGrey | Blueprint | Lisa Truesdell

 

Follow Lisa here: Blog | Instagram | Pinterest

 

Capture | Melissa Stinson

BasicGrey | Capture

 

Today Melissa Stinson has gone above and beyond (we love her!) and is sharing just how versatile the Capture collection truly is! Enjoy!

 

Melissa: I’ll admit it right up front- I’m absolutely in love with Basic Grey’s Capture system, especially the Waterfall Theme Packs and the Snippets pads. Even though the items are designed for Capture albums and page protectors, they also work perfectly for traditional layouts, and my first project to share today is a layout using the Carte Postale collection with just a bit of Capture thrown in.

 

BasicGrey | Capture | Melissa Stinson

 

I love the earth tones in Carte Postale, and I made sure to use plenty of brown and orange on my page, setting it off with just a hint of mint green for contrast. I’ve used elements from the Carte Postale range within the Capture system- the Pages Flags and a Snippets journaling card- and there’s even a bit of Hipster here along with other embellishments from Carte Postale.

 

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With the Capture collection being so perfect for Project Life layouts, of course I had to use it on one of my weekly spreads, too!

 

BasicGrey | Capture | Melissa Stinson

 

I’ve mixed a little bit of lots of different lines here, including chipboard, Snippets and flair from Carte Postale, a floral die cut from the Occasions Waterfall Theme Pack, and of course journaling cards from several different Snippets pads.

 

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My last project is also my biggest, and the one that I’m most excited about in this bunch! Ali Edwards will be running her popular Week in the Life project on her blog September 9-15, and I’ve already got a Capture album set up and ready to go for it.

 

BasicGrey | Capture | Melissa Stinson

 

In the past I’ve done a great job of taking notes and photos for this project and been somewhat lacking on followthrough to finish the album, and I’m hoping that by keeping things simple and having an album partially assembled before the project begins that I’ll actually finish it this time.

 

I started with the Ledger Capture album and set up a tab for each day. With just five tabs in the album and seven days in the week I had to get a little creative to fit it all in, but with a few tabbed label stickers from the Capture collection I was able to turn some of the journaling pages from the album into tabbed sheets quickly and easily. I also set up an eighth tab at the end labeled “Home” since I like to include photos of what our house looks like, just to get a snapshot in time of how things change.

 

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The idea for documenting each day is simple. Each tab has two divided page protectors behind it, and I’ve even started pre-filling them with bits cut from Snippets pads- just one or two for each sheet since this will be a mostly photo-based project. At the end of each day I’ll take the photos from my camera, choose, and print to size based on the available slots.

 

BasicGrey | Capture | Melissa Stinson
BasicGrey | Capture | Melissa Stinson

 

I’ve also scrapped a “mini layout” for each day on the front of that day’s tabbed divider. These are super simple- just a few bits of paper and an embellishment or two, with space for one photo. I cut some scraps of white cardstock down to my standard go-to photo sizes when scrapping these, which will make it easy to choose and print a photo to the proper size when I’m actually assembling the rest of this album.

 

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I’ve also left space for journaling, though I had to get a bit creative about that, too! Week in the Life documentation is usually pretty long, and I knew I wanted to include that information on the back of each day’s tabbed divider. Some of the patterns are a bit busy to put text right on top of, though, and my solution for that is to layer a sheet of vellum over those prints, allowing the pattern to show through but giving the text a semi-opaque layer to sit on. I’ll be printing these pages (each is 5.5″ x 8.5″, or half of a letter size sheet) on my home printer, then attaching them to the tabbed page with a piece of the Vellum Tape from the Capture collection.

 

BasicGrey | Capture | Melissa Stinson

 

After working on these projects, I’m even more smitten with Capture than before, and I can’t wait to start filling up my Week in the Life album with more little bits of it as that project goes on!

 

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