September 2012 : flickr Friends Reveal

Here we are at the end of September 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 is “arrows”.  Our newly released Soleil collection contains arrows in many of the embellishments.  Arrows are also super trendy now – a perfect opportunity to give them a try!

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

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The arrows in this layout blend effortlessly with the banners and other embellishments.  We did a double take trying to find them upon first glance!

912arrows - BG Sept Challenge

What an amazing layout!  A mix of vintage BasicGrey as well as BG packaging.  The arrows used are perfect to draw attention to the layout’s photo.

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 October’s theme to be posted next week!

Product Spotlight : Die-Cut Paper & Canvas Flowers

Girl Talk | Lisa Dickinson

Layered flowers are one of my favorite ways to embellish a page and the Die Cut Paper & Canvas Flowers make it a cinch to create a virtual flower garden on your page (even if you have don’t have a green thumb in other gardening endeavors!)

Because my photos, title and journaling were all matted on a simple block of graph paper, I wanted to add lots of design punch by surrounding them with floral details. The hues in the Serenade Die-Cut Flowers were perfect and the variety of colors and patterns look fabulous layered together. The pack include both canvas and paper flowers, and layering them with dimensional adhesive adds lots of texture (without a lot of work!)

I added a few of Lucille Stitched Brads as centers to my flowers, as well as few leaves and vines, cut from the Serenade paper Avalon.

So the next time you want to add impact to your page (or just some perfect little details!) try the Die Cut Paper & Canvas Flowers to make your design bloom!


Vintage BasicGrey : Sophie and Dawson

Like most scrappers, I have a tendency to favor newer products when I scrap. However, this month’s Vintage assignment reminded me why I fell in love with BasicGrey all these years ago: the colours, patterns, and textures are amazing. Years after their release, BasicGrey papers do not look dated in the least.

This layout below uses the Sophie collection. Along with the Dawson collection, Sophie put BasicGrey on the map for me. The pinks are perfect for little girl layouts while the orange and aubergine kept the papers from feeling too baby-ish. I loved creating with this vintage collection once again and I encourage you to dig into your stash to find your own vintage BasicGrey papers. I bet you will have just as much fun creating with them as I did!


Think Technique : Deconstructing Embellishments

Hi there BasicGrey fans! Lexi Bridges here with an easy technique. One thing I’m not afraid of is to take apart product that doesn’t work how I want it and change it up into what I need. So today, we deconstruct and rebuild ;)

I knew I wanted to make a funky banner and I knew I wanted to use lots of embellishments to create it. The Paper Cottage Accordion Stickers were first on my hit list. You can see in the photo I pulled some apart. The newspaper print one got the banners from the cute stuff one. The word label was set to the side. A jewel and big blue die cut piece were taken off. I added the Paper Cottage Stitched Brads to the center of them all, as well as some chip alphas and even a few vellum stitched ribbon pieces.

When it came to the Paper Cottage Flags I knew I was going to be running them through some twine so the wooden stick came out and a button was added. Once I get the banner complete one of the flags gets a date stamp :)

Clippings Garland was added and then I busted out some eyelets. Yep. You read that right. We are going to use them! If you add an eyelet from one side to the other (here, top and bottom) it becomes a great place to anchor down some twine for a banner. I punched out some paper buttons to combine with the chip ones.

This really had nothing to do with the deconstructed banner. I threw it in because I cut out this little title and couldn’t tell if I should use the patterned one or the solid one. You’ll see I used both.

You see that black circle? It’s covering up a ginormous hole! Fortunately in the same place an eyelet was going anyway. Pulling a Tim Gunn here and “making it work!”. Thread some embellishments through and run your twine between the two eyelets, tying them together on the back of your layout.

The “sweet” medallion goes perfect with an orange flavored mustache, don’t you think? ;)

Date stamped on a banner flag. Kind of unexpected and fun.

There’s that double die cut title. Maybe I should have outlined with pen it to make it stand out more, but it’s done and is paired with the label that we took from an accordion sticker.

The final result.  The banner has a little bit of everything, but when it is all clustered together I think it works. Deconstructing elements and making them your own creates an even more unique project!

I hope you have enjoyed this run through of ways to make embellishments work for you. Maybe next time you’ll deconstruct and rebuild your own funky banner :)

Thanks for joining me and have a great day!