Hey everyone! We just wanted to let you know about a freebie day going on at the Missouri Star Quilt Company! They came out with a cool little tumbler to use on Jelly Rolls and the Mini Charm packs and they are giving it away for free on their daily deal page. Check it out here!
Jamaica: This was a challenge for me—circles are way outside my comfort-zone. Unsure where to start I decided to die-cut the circle pattern from the Blueprint out of white cardstock, thinking it would be fun to fill the circles with a mix of patterned papers and photos. I realized after filling all the circles with photos and scraps of patterned paper that it was looking, and feeling, an awful lot like Connect Four. It was way too busy, I needed to do something to soften it.
Layering the die-cut over another sheet of the same paper, I emptied half of the circles and started moving the remaining pieces around until I found a configuration I liked. Needing something more, I punched a handful of smaller pieces to use in the open circles but ultimately ended up layering them on top instead forming a “constellation” of sorts. The transparencies in the opposite corners, pencil-written title and green-on green lettering all add subtle detail but doesn’t distract from the rest of the layout.
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Home: on the Central Coast of California Workspace: In my office which does double-duty for work. Favorite Color Palette: White + color which usually includes some pink, anywhere from fuchsia to neon. It always looks good paired with kraft or charcoal gray and a sunny yellow. Social Media Preference: Instagram Playlist: Nothing, I get too distracted by music or movies. Inspiration Source: Traveling is always inspiring for me. From hotel design to window displays and even menus, inspiration is everywhere. Being in a new place helps you see things in a new way. My best advice for creative blocks… walk away. If you need a quick fix, go for a walk or cruise the magazine section at your local bookstore. For sustained creative blocks… do something completely different. Sewing, baking, knitting, gardening—anything that will keep your hands busy and put you in a different frame of mind. When my scrapbooking mojo leaves me I turn to my other love, sewing, and by the time I’ve finished my sewing project I’m about ready dive back into paper. Early Bird or Night Owl: Early bird BG Product You Hoard: Micro mono alphas (from the first time around!) and patterned paper from the now retired Obscure line. Three random facts about you: 1) I don’t drink coffee, 2) I have never been to Jamaica, and 3) I am currently obsessed with sci-fi/fantasy books Advice for Newbie Crafters: Stop looking at the internet and just make something. There’s too much to look at online, you’ll never get started and it’s easy to get overwhelmed or discouraged.
When we asked Kelly Goree to make a project featuring a trendy technique, we had no idea what she had in store for us. Instead of focusing on just one trend, Kelly went above and beyond and incorporated seven inspiring techniques on a single layout! Needless to say, we were blown away by her creativity and we’re positive you will be too!
Kelly: I have a confession: I am admittedly not overly trendy when it comes to my scrapbooking though I do try and incorporate the occasional “new hot thing” every once in a while. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a Pinterest account and see and LOVE some current trends! Just some of those that I have been noticing include gorgeous multi-layers (especially in photo matting), ink splatters, chevrons & arrows, Silhouette negative cuts AND die-cuts, fresh color combos like aqua & orange or yellow & grey, flair (both real and digital), and metallics. So I decided to challenge myself and see just how many of those fun trends I could use on just ONE layout (without it going over the edge! ;))
For this project about one of my favorite vacay photos ever, I used the gorgeous Carte Postale line and honed right in on the aqua and orange (trend #1!) papers in that collection. I definitely wanted to layer color under my fun photo, so I selected an accent color of yellow and created a banner with edges that I curved up for added texture (trend #2! I’m on a roll!).
And if you have seen the new Carte Postale wood veneer shapes, you’d have to have used those too! So I did! I grabbed up the cute geotag and the chevrons (wait – a trend within a trend! Does that count for 3, 4 AND 5?!), inked them with a bit of chalk ink and added them for a fun accent. And as my friend Mary Kay told me, flair is the new “flowers for boys” so I had to add a bit of it on there, too. I thought it looked really cute as the “O” in “explore” and gave me one more trend to add to my list (I think we’re up to 6!).
And finally…because I’ve always wanted to try it and fellow BG gal Marinette makes it look SO cool, I broke out my mists and added a few splatters. I so obviously need practice and I won’t tell you about the mess I made, but it did finish up my layout with a total of SEVEN (whoot!) trends! I promise I won’t ever do that many again, but I hope that it’s inspired you to do something a little different yourself!
Tell us your favorite trend right now and we’ll send someone the brand new Carte Postale collection pack to play with.
Today Jana Eubank is here to share a beautiful layout just in time for summer break!
Jana: With the end of the school year quickly approaching, I get the urge to work on my children’s school scrapbooks. Aside from our chronological scrapbooks, I create an album for each of my children containing layouts of that child’s activities for each school year.
Above is a page of my son proudly showing off his artwork displayed in the school lunchroom. His dad is a local TV meteorologist and he decided to decorate his bunny to look just like him, which I thought was pretty darn sweet. :) I used mostly the Hey Boy! Collection with a little bit of Hello and Hey You! mixed in.
The sunburst background, clouds, umbrella and rabbit were created using an electronic die cutting machine. I used foam squares to pop up a couple of the clouds and every other letter in the word “rabbit” of the title. There are just 2 short weeks until my kids are home for the Summer. I wonder how many more school pages I can get complete by then?