August 2012 : flickr Friends Reveal

Here we are on the last day of August which means 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 “typography”.  Our newly released Clippings collection contains several great examples of type used creatively – we hope it provided some inspiration for your projects this month!

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


Using stickers as a mask for mist or paint?  Awesome idea!  Perfect for when you don’t have all of the letters needed for a title and you can mix and match to get a perfect end result.


A perfectly pulled together layout where the focus remains on the photo, even with all of the typographical items used from our Clippings collection.

sand and surf We loved the graphic nature of this layout that she created by housing photos within her title.

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 September’s theme to be posted next week!

BasicGrey Altered : Backpack Gift Boxes

Backpack Gift Boxes | Lisa Storms

With school starting back up, I wanted to come up with a cute way to send in a little teacher treat or gift. I figured a backpack fits perfectly with a “back” to school theme. Here’s how to make one of your own:

Start with fun papers and brads from the Paper Cottage line. You’ll also need a small, recycled box (Crystal Light is a good size), sandpaper or sanding block, extra strength glue stick, corner rounder, and paper trimmer.

Gently sand the entire surface of the box for a good surface to adhere your paper.

Cut patterned cardstock to 4.5 x 8.5 inches. Completely cover front of box with glue stick and place down centered onto back of paper strip and allow to dry. Crease at all corners and finish adhering paper around perimeter of box.

Cut a 2.75 x 8 inch strip from another patterned cardstock and round two corners with a punch.

Adhere strip to back of backpack with non-rounded corners at bottom. Once dry, crease at front and back of top of box and add brad centered at front.

Cut four .5 x 8 inch strips of patterned cardstock and glue wrong sides together in two sets to form straps. This allows the straps to look the same from either side. Glue straps to top of back as shown and once dry, fold the end of the straps to form a tab to adhere at the bottom of back.

You can add little self-adhesive Velcro dots to keep it secured close if needed. And that’s all there is to it!


What A Week : BasicGrey Paper Cottage

Welcome to another installment of our What A Week blog series!  This month, we’re showcasing our Paper Cottage collection.  We’ve asked Marcy Penner to join us this month.  She and I have each created a layout documenting a week in our lives using the same products.  We’ll also be giving you a chance to win the same products for use on your own weekly layout!

This month, I chose to document the 22nd week of this year – the last week of May.  Even though I’m about three months behind – note I had a baby three months ago and I’m using that as my excuse! – I absolutely love the end result of having each of these weekly layouts in an album to document our daily lives.

[Left Page] First time smores.  Suggested baby name.  Grocery receipt.  The weather on the date our third child was born.  A mama/daughter date at Starbucks.  Fun with raspberries.

Probably my favorite piece of this weekly layout – a combination of our Paper Cottage collection and Marcy’s Simple Vol. 2 journaling cards.  So easy to put together and the colors worked so well with one another.

A close second on my favorite part of this weekly layout is this journaling card containing a quote by our oldest daughter on what we should name our third child.  I love the dotted alpha included in the Paper Cottage alphabet stickers as they really make a statement when outlined with a black pen.

To add journaling to this photo pocket, I used a die cut and personalized it with our Let Them Eat Cake stamp set.  Stamps are such a great product to use in weekly layouts as they can easily be personalized using whatever color of ink you’d like.

I chose to use another of Marcy’s journaling cards to hold a grocery receipt for the week.  I personalized it by cutting a small circular sticker in two and placing them on either side of the card title.  Easy!

[Right Page] Pregnancy stress test #2.  A trip to the library.  Tags from new baby clothes.  A bag that was attached to the bottom of a balloon.  A birthday party attended by our oldest daughter.  Colleagues of my husband that visited us in the hospital.

You don’t always have to include embellishments within the pockets of your weekly layouts.  Here I chose to use a Paper Cottage Flair Sticker on the outside of my page protector to embellish tags from my son’s clothing without adding extra bulk to the actual tags.

[Insert – Front] The birth of a child definitely deserves an insert!  I wanted to uses minimal embellishments to maintain focus on the photos.

Creating a personalized title card for my insert was easy using one of Marcy’s journaling cards and the Let Them Eat Cake stamp set.  I love that banner stamp and can’t wait to use it on other projects as well.

[Insert – Back] Yet more hospital photos.  I like that using an insert with a certain number of spaces forced me to select only my absolute favorite photos from the hospital.

My children refer to my husband’s sister as their Aunt Cuckoo (long story).  I embellished this photo by trimming one of the Paper Cottage Titles Stickers to size.  The sticker had a small bird on it which was perfect for what I was documenting.

I used another Paper Cottage Flair Sticker to embellish the photo of my son in his carseat before heading home from the hospital.  I thought the “Fly Free” sentiment was fitting and love how versatile these stickers truly are.

Now that you’ve taken a peek at what I created, how about taking a look at what Marcy came up with?  Click here to visit Marcy’s blog and view her What a Week layout created with the same products I used.

But before you go…

We’d love to give one lucky BG fan the chance to use the same products we utilized to create their own weekly layout – with plenty of product left over for other projects!  See the giveaway box below for your chance to win.

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Extra Inspiration : Paper Cottage

Paper Cottage Card and Wallet | Lisa Spangler

Today we’re sharing a technique and project from our August 2012 BasicGrey Guest Designer, Lisa Spangler.

Hi there. It’s Lisa here, and today I’m going to share one of my favorite stamping tricks: stamping on felt. As soon as I saw the Paper Cottage Felt Trims I just knew I wanted to pair them with some felt stamping! So, grab a cuppa, sit back, and watch the video to see how it’s done!