June 2012 : flickr Friends Reveal

Here we are on the last weekday of June which can only mean one thing –  we have another round of flickr Friends to reveal!

Each month, we provide a theme for you to use on your projects and then upload to our flickr pool. At the end of each month, we select a few of our favorites to post here on our blog and send them some BasjcGrey goodies as our way of saying thanks.

The theme for this month was “chevrons”.  Hello trendy pattern ! We’re seeing chevrons everywhere as of late, including our PB&J collection. We couldn’t wait to see how you interpreted this month’s theme!

Without further ado, some of our favorites from our flickr pool using this month’s theme :

Glamour Girls-612chevron

'612chevron'- Little Lady

We couldn’t choose which of these two layouts created by Topazork1 was our favorite so we made it easy on ourselves and picked both!  We love how she used chevrons so differently – and effectively! – on each one.  In her first layout she used them to draw attention to her photos while in the second they’re utilized more as a design element.

You're special

This stamped card from Kailash29 used a chevron background stamp as the base of this gorgeous card.  A perfect choice as it doesn’t distract from the rest of the surrounding design but instead simply adds to it.

A BIG thank you to all of you who uploaded your projects – we love being able to feature your work here on the BG blog.  Winners keep an eye on your flickr mail as we’ll be in touch shortly to arrange your prizes.  Look for July’s theme to be posted next week!

BasicGrey Altered : Hot Air Balloon Centerpiece

What’s Up Balloon Centerpiece | Lisa Storms

I am completely obsessed with the hot air balloon trend for parties (or anything) and have been looking for a reason to have a party where I could use it. It is such a versatile theme. Graduates could “soar” or “oh the places you’ll go” or the “sky’s the limit”. Wedding showers could feature “love is in the air”. Baby showers could feature a “special delivery”. You get the idea! The next party I have coming up is for my soon-to-be seven year old son. I pitched the idea and surprisingly he loved it! We are doing all things that fly with a “growing up up up” theme. First up is this fun hot air balloon centerpiece.

I wanted something that didn’t need to be suspended from the air since the room the food will be in is two stories high. I also didn’t want to use an actual balloon. There is a helium shortage where I live, and I also want to be able to keep the centerpiece long after the party is over for a little storage box in my office!

To create this balloon, you will need the template provided, a six-inch Styrofoam ball, three rubber bands, a marker, straight pins, four bamboo skewers, a small recycled square container and a hot glue gun.

Let’s get started!

1. Print out the template onto cardstock and trace nine times onto the back of four different papers. Be sure to set page scaling to “none” so template prints at correct size. Tip: Trim paper to same height as template for quick cutting. Cut out traced pieces.

2. Place three rubber bands around Styrofoam ball as shown above to find the top, bottom, and equator. Mark the top and bottom as well as around the center with a marker. Remove rubber bands.

3. Stack two sets of alternating cut pieces and pin to top of ball as shown.

4. Beginning with the bottom of the stack, use two straight pins to tack each strip along the equator, overlapping each previous piece. Once completed, pull up pin one inch to add flag.

5. Repeat for the bottom half and adhere flag bunting stickers around center to cover pins.

6. Use a rubber band to mark the recycled container two inches from bottom and trim with scissors or craft knife.

7. Adhere patterned paper around box and fold excess inside.

8. Trim bamboo skewers to five inches long and hot glue into corners of box with pointed ends facing up; insert into balloon top. (Add glue when inserting for stability.)

9. Fill with goodies and enjoy!

The What’s Up Flags make cute cupcake toppers to fit the theme, and the PB&J Alphabet Stickers make quick work of a banner when stuck to a simple piece of string.


Design Team Spotlight : Nancy Burke

As it’s been awhile, we’re happy to once again be spotlighting another design team member and their talent in an effort for you to get to know them a bit better. BasicGrey fans, let me introduce you to Nancy Burke.

“My name is Nancy Burke and I live in the beautiful desert foothills of the Owyhee Mountains in Idaho with my amazingly patient husband of 18 years and our two busy and beautiful teenage daughters.  I am also animal wrangler to three ornery cats, three (yes three) rambunctious black labs, and a crazy mini Australian shepherd.  My family and I love to travel all over the country to fun and interesting places to see and do new things. We do so as often as possible because we believe that when you work hard, you should play hard!  I have been scrapbooking for 14 years and have worked professionally in the scrapbooking and crafting Industry for over 11 years.  I am proud to be a Designer Member of CHA and have been on numerous design teams for manufacturers, retailers and magazine publications as well as been a contributing designer to several books.  I just recently had my own book published- “CardMaker’s Hand Lettering Workbook”. I eat, drink and breathe scrapbooking and I bleed mono adhesive.  Besides scrapbooking and any other crafty venture, I love shopping, gardening, photography, dancing, cooking, hiking, woodworking and Skyping with my crafty friends!”

We’re thrilled to have you as part of the BasicGrey team, Nancy!  Now on to a little Q&A :

Where do you scrapbook?

When we built our house, I designed a scrapbook room/office with lots of built-ins and file drawers made for 12×12 paper, as well as a counter-height work desk, so that is where I do all of my scrapbooking.

What do you listen to/watch while scrapbooking?

I listen to a wide variety of music really loud! As long as it is upbeat and makes me want to sing and dance, I will listen to it.

What is your favorite theme to scrapbook?

My favorite theme to scrapbook has got to be our many trips to Walt Disney World and other family trips. Those are our favorite times spent as a family and I want to document every minute of it.

What is your favorite thing about scrapbooking?

Patterned paper, and lots of it! I love the endless possibilities of what can be created with just a few sheets of paper.

Do you have a scrapbooking goal?

To simply never stop scrapbooking!

What are your three favorite BasicGrey products?

  1. Bloomers
  2. Pins and Tags
  3. Alphabet Stickers
And for a bit more inspiration, here’s a new layout from Nancy :

Oh The Places You’ll Go | Nancy Burke

Nancy says, “For this page, I knew I just had to use this favorite photo of my daughters from a recent vacation. I used a variety of lettering stickers to create the simple sentiment Oh, the places you’ll go! This phrase holds a double meaning to it. Not only does it express how much I hope they continue their love of travel as they get older, but it also expresses that I know they will continue to be successful in all they do. I wanted to have the embellishments trailing up the page to help convey the upward movement I hope they have throughout their lives as they set goals and reach them. This page is now framed and hanging on the wall outside their bedrooms so they see it daily. It serves as a positive reminder for them to not lose sight of their dreams of one day traveling the world and being successful women. For a few of my embellishments, I disassembled some left over bloomers from older Basic Grey collections and added embellishments from the new “What’s Up” line to coordinate with the papers.”

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Nancy a bit better! We’d love it if you took the time to welcome her to the BG team. Leave a comment for Nancy below and we’ll select one lucky commenter at random to receive her three favorite BasicGrey products! Comment must be posted by 11:59p MST.


Collection Collision : Plumeria + PB&J

Wonderful Day | Kim Jeffress

I have had this favourite photo of my family for almost two years now just waiting for the perfect papers and embellishments. When I received this assignment I knew exactly which two collections I would use – Plumeria and PB&J.

I love that bright orange herringbone pattern from the Plumeria line which complements the bright floral paper from the PB&J collection beautifully. I added some of the delicate transparent elements from the Diecuts and Transparencies pack to complete my layout.

I look forward to seeing what you come up with when you combine two different collections. Be sure to upload them into our BasicGrey flickr pool!