I’m loving all the projects that have come out of our sketch swap with Let’s Get Sketchy! They most certainly challenge me. When I’m not thinking it up in my own brain it feels more difficult.
I started with a hot pink Basic Grey paper. I love how it brings out the pink in that bouquet of flowers. I dripped some Vibez in Blushing Bride to add some interest to the paper. I opted to create my focal point with four 3 x 3 pieces, one picture and 3 squares of patterned paper. I made sure those squares coordinated without being too busy – I hoped to avoid that as best I could with this page. I cut square and rectangular scraps from various pieces of paper, mostly from the “Gather” collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper & paired it with some ephemera from Pink Paislee “C’est La Vie.” The vellum came from my stash. I cut out everything before I adhered anything down. It was so important to play around with placement in order to get the balance correct. I wanted to incorporate some peachy-orange into my page and so I used some Dazzlers in Coral Me Crazy on a paper scrap. Once I knew where I wanted all my pieces, I adhered them down. I added some stitching to a few pieces to create dimension. I put pop dots on the backs of my 4 center pieces to ensure they stuck out well. I then layered that chipboard word, also from the Gather collection, on top. To finish off my page, I added sequins from the shop, a few plus sign chipboard pieces, and puffy gold pieces by Lawn Fawn. Those little phrases are some of my favorite embellishments ever. Occasionally, Crate Paper comes out with new ones and I absolutely adore them!
I love how this page turned out! For some reason, it seems almost like it’s a little “burnt” around the edges. I hope you’ll play along with some sketch challenges, we’ve got 2 more this month!
Today I get to share my interpretation of this week’s sketch! You may have heard, we at SpiegelMom Scraps have teamed up with our friends over at Let’s Get Sketchy for the month of November. You can visit their site for the sketch or check it out here in the 15 minutes 2 Scrap Facebook group.The fun sketch Sara designed included butterflies and no matter how hard I try, I can’t figure out how to incorporate butterflies into my projects. Ugh! Strangely, I think it’s because I don’t have kids yet. So in place of those I’ve included some heart punches. My whole post was inspired by the gorgeous new sequin mix in the shop: 2 Cool 4 U. I absolutely love this mix! And while many of the mixes in the shop coordinate well with popular lines – I’m on a crafting budget, so I’ve chosen to use some papers from my stash. I stitched my punched hearts onto some paper from the Dear Lizzy Saturday collection, backed against white cardstock. I then splattered some Shimmerz Vibez in Egg Noggin’ for a little shine. I layered this picture of my sweet German Shepherd onto some vellum and gold-foil polka dotted paper.
That triangle shaped shaker pocket full of sequins found its place stitched on the corner of my patterned paper. To make this: I first trimmed an extra page protector scrap into my desired triangle shape. I then used my Fuse Tool to seal the sequins in.
I used a few pieces of wood veneer on my page including a mini clothespin, We R Memory Keepers “Honey I’m Home” title piece, and a heart from my stash. To finish off my page I included a cloud feltie from the shop, and a brad from the Simple Stories “Posh” collection. I added my journaling and then I was done! Stay tuned this month for a new sketch every week!
Happy Friday, friends!
Today I’m talking about a fun layout inspired by thankfulness and grace. Fall encourages me to breath in the crisp air and slow down a little. I took the photo in this layout while on a church retreat at a monastery. Talk about experiencing slowed-down stillness.
I started with white cardstock and splattered some Shimmerz Coloringz in Moody Mauve across the middle section of my page. I then added some scraps of wood grained papers horizontally with the paint.
I stamped some plus signs in silver before I layered some Crate Paper “Gather” ephemera underneath my picture, along with some Pink Paislee “C’est La Vie” ephemera. I was a little hesitant to mix that teal with the mauve but I love how it turned out. I also really love the gold accents from those collections.
After I had my picture where I wanted, I began embellishing – my favorite part! I used some cork confetti and sequins from the shop, along with some wood veneer stars stamped silver + some gold enamel dots.
I finished off my layout with some stitching, the perfect finishing touch! I hope this layout has inspired you to seek grace and gratitude during this beautiful time of the year. Be on the look out for some new releases in the shop. I can’t speak for every DT member but I will certainly be including some gorgeous new products in my next project.
P.S. I did a brave (and scary!) thing and ventured into the world of filming process videos. You can check this quick video out here.
Although it’s a freakish 85 degrees here in NC as I write this, I’m still gazing at the fall foliage from inside my air conditioned home and enjoying the beauty of it. Because many of the fall activities for this year have yet to come, I put together a short mini from 2015 – I just couldn’t wait!
For the front and back covers, I used two pieces of thick cardstock mod podged together, nothing too fancy.The title was made with some alphas from my stash (I love pairing white + gold). For this mini, I didn’t necessarily care that the pages were different sizes. I liked the eclectic feel. I wanted the first thing you saw when you opened the mini to be a gorgeous shaker pocket page. I paired some exclusive Autumn Joy sequins with some cork die cuts from the shop. *Remember that time I told you I’ve been using these sequins with everything and they last FOREVER? Visit here for another project using this mix. It’s perfectI like to include little journaling cards in my mini albums – Can you see that one peeking out from the bottom? These pictures of our sweet dogs are two of my very favorites. On projects I love to give the effect that clothespins are holding pictures in place. I love getting fancy Starbucks coffee in the Fall, and so I tucked one inside a glassine bag turned pocket envelope. I used a lot of products from the Basic Grey Barista line on this project. Tags are the perfect addition for adding interest to mini albums!
Our 2nd anniversary is November 1st. I can’t wait for 100 years worth of fall-inspired anniversary pictures with my sweet hubby. Hope you enjoyed this mini!
Hi from Rachel!
Last week I got a shipment of really gorgeous fall colored Shimmerz products from the shop. I knew immediately I wanted to use them on some Hip Kit Club leafy cut files. Above is how they turned out.. so gorgeous! But they sat there piled on my desk for a week without any direction. I soon remembered that I had felt challenged to use a black background for an upcoming layout. And so it went… The leaves were inked/painted/splattered with these Shimmerz products: Vibez Egg Noggin’ + Texturez Mari-Gold Digger + Coloringz Moody Mauve + Dazzlers Coral Me Crazy *You can use coupon code Rachel15 at checkout to get a discount on these products!
Hint: I left the cuts on my Silhouette mat as I painted (and used my heat gun to dry each layer) to help prevent curling.
To begin my layout I backed my photo with a glassine bag and some ephemera from the Gather collection. I knew I wanted to mix in the leaves included in the ephemera pack to balance out the colorful painted ones. After I played around with placement a little, I stitched all of the leaves in place. I then added a few Thickers from Pink Paislee’s Take Me Away collection – including my title. Underneath the heart I bunched up some string for a little dimension. The “happy place” chipboard is also from the Gather collection. I love how it looks on top of that postcard ephemera. To finish off my layout, I added a few gold embellishments.
I love fall so much! I really can’t get enough of colors that remind me of this changing season. I hope you’ll challenge yourself on a project soon! Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Friday, friends!
With my project today I’m using neutrals to highlight bright pops of pink and magenta. You know I’m always loving white backgrounds. However, recently I’ve been inspired by designer Terhi Koshen to go “no white” so be on the look out for that 😉
For my paint-splattered / smudged background I used Shimmerz Vibez in Blushing Bride and Dazzlers in Spun Sugar (for the stenciled circles). I also added some gold Project Life rub-ons for a little shimmer.
The ephemera layered behind my photo comes from Pink Paislee’s C’est La Vie collection
I stitched on a cork heart from the shop and a wood veneer heart to help bring out the natural colors in the ephemera (& offset the bright pinks!) I also added a tiny wooden clothespin for this same effect.
I finished my layout with sequins from the shop – Magical Day in the Park and Pinky Pie Pinks – they coordinate perfectly with the paint colors I used!
Can I just say that Blushing Bride is a perfect color for fall!? I can’t wait to play with it more. Use coupon code Rachel15 at check-out for 15% off your purchase! Thanks for stopping by!
September Challenge = Old + New
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Better late than never! I love the concept of incorporating old and new products (and photos) into one project – What a great way to use some things I haven’t thought of in awhile. I wanted to use a photo of me and my friend Jordan from our first year of college and one from after we had graduated. Though not many years passed between the photos, I love showing the stages of our friendship!
My background paper is from the Dear Lizzy Saturday collection. I usually shy away from using patterned paper but I wanted to push myself a little on this project. To soften it, I used a floral stencil from Heidi Swapp with some texture paste. I used some Shimmerz Dazzlers Sea U in the Mornin’ to highlight the textured flowers.
To bring out the teal color even more, I used string and a brad from the Simple Stories Posh collection.
For my older supplies, I used some papers and embellishments from the Crate Paper Style Board collection. I layered a few scraps under and around my pictures. I also incorporated a gold foil doily from the shop for a little shine & to bring out the gold detail on that PinkFresh Studio wood clip from the Indigo Hills collection.
For the finishing touches I used a few different embellishments. The black and white AC thickers plus signs at the top coordinate with the pattern on the background. I also couldn’t resist stitching on some cork chevron confetti .. LOVE. Lastly, I added a few sequins from the Let’s Be Mermaids mix.
I’m happy with how this project turned out! It really pushed me to utilize products from different collections.
Recently, SMS DT member Lisa came up with a great idea to utilize some of the often-ignored scrapbook products we hoard in our craft rooms. Lisa compiled a list of these products and each week will randomly select a few to use on a project. GENIUS!
All of this takes place in the private SpiegelMom Scraps Facebook group 15 Minutes 2 Scrap – if you aren’t a member yet, ask to join!
My layout for today was inspired by this list of products: Shimmerz products, Distress products, paper punches, embossing, and mists
To start, I punched 2.5″ circle punches out of papers from the Crate Paper Cute Girl and Dear Lizzy Saturday collections. I used some Shimmerz Coloringz in Mandarin Mai Tai to splatter some ink drops against a white cardstock background. I also added a few stenciled dots of Shimmerz Dazzlers, Sea U in the Mornin’, and once it dried I adhered the circle punches. I did this temporarily so that I could ensure placement of my circles and draw lines with a ruler to follow with my sewing machine.
Side note: Only a few short months ago I dreaded using my sewing machine. To anyone feeling this way, just keep on doing it. Pull it out here and there for some little things – it WILL get easier. And don’t be ashamed to use a pencil to help get straight lines!
I used some Distressed ink in Walnut Satin to distress my gift tag so it wouldn’t clash with the white background. I finished off my tag with some gray twine and tucked it and a cute white doily behind my picture. I used a mini clothespin to “hold” my picture in place.
The background dominated this layout so I only needed a few additional embellishments. I scattered some star sequins from the Cute Girl collection and some exclusive SMS A Day in the Woods sequins around my page. Also from Cute Girl is that adorable wood heart embellishment. Oh, and can’t forget that chipboard heart from Maggie Holmes Gather collection and of course a cloud feltie.
I love how this layout turned out! Thanks for stopping by! Be sure and check out some of the new Shimmerz colors in the shop.
Sometimes layouts are the most impactful when comprised of a pretty photograph and a few embellishments. It’s like the eye can linger instead of searching and processing details all over the page.
I’m such a believer in minimalist projects, and so I’m excited to be sharing mine today! I think the colors in this layout perfectly capture this somewhere in between summer & fall time. The picture featured was actually taken in January – Bare trees make for really gorgeous silhouettes.
I started with a white cardstock background and used some periwinkle paint to define the space I would be using. I splattered a little bit of darker paint around to add interest. Once it dried, I layered a few random pieces of paper from my stash and some Halloween themed washi tape by American Crafts over it. I lined up my photo after I had my paper arranged so I would know how big I wanted my shaker pocket. I used my Fuse tool to create this shaker filled with the Autumn Joy sequin mix. [Side note: These mixes go so far, this is my third project with this mix and I’m still going]
I painted those wood veneer shapes by Jillibean Soup in a slightly darker color than the background. I just love how it contrasts with the oranges in the sequin mix!
To finish up, I stitched on a Night of Navy heart feltie and added a little cork star from the shop. When I include a large gathering of sequins together on a layout I always add another singular one (or two) somewhere else to help balance my page.
And without too much fuss my project is done! I really love how it turned out.
Thanks for reading, y’all!
I’m SO thankful I managed to squeeze in some scrapping inspired by this month’s challenge before August ended (WOW it has flown by). Thank you, Lisa for the inspiration. I realized after it was too late that I forgot one portion of the recipe – the doily. In case you missed it:
3 embellishments – doily, sequins, banner, 2 colors from the mood board, 1 sketch
My husband and I keep a journal with a running list of all the things we want to do. Of all the things, traveling some place where we can see the Northern Lights is at the very top. I thought it would be perfect to scrap this for this month’s Bucket List Challenge.
I started with some amazing constellation inspired paper by Basic Grey (an older collection) and used a speckled stencil in combination with my Shimmerz Dazzlers texture paste in Spun Sugar. It resembled a perfect smattering of stars..swoon. I layered some sequins over top to of the texture paste to draw the eye in. I then added a few pink and blue paper scraps and some vellum + star patterned acetate paper. I really couldn’t get enough of the stars for this layout!
I used my Silhouette Cameo for the first part of my title, and combined it with a Project Life card. For some reason I forget to utilize my Cameo – but I love the versatility it provides titles. The banner was made by threading some light pink string through punches from a glassine bag and a few sequins from the Shop. The mix I used, Wedding Bells went perfectly with this mood board inspired layout.
I finished this layout off with a few Heidi Swapp puffy stickers and stitched-on acetate stars. Oh, and of course a handful of sprinkled sequins. I really believe sequins have a place on every craft project ever.
Thanks for checking out my latest project! Hopefully one day I’ll have a chance to scrap my own pictures of the Northern Lights. Does anyone have a view of this gorgeous phenomenon from their home?
Today’s post comes from Florida, where my hubby + dogs & I are spending a week in beach heaven. I wanted to share this somewhat minimalist page, which I designed with a desire to focus on a few different products. Combining them was a challenge I was willing to tackle.
- A large glassine bag, with which I toned down that colorful photo of my stack of journals and used as a pocket for a really perfectly coordinated sequin mix. *Side note, journaling is something I value so much. I’ve done it for many years.
- Shipping tag watercolored a dark grey
- A really beautiful gold-foil doily
I started by layering a square of white cardstock over some paper from the Crate Paper Hello Love collection, tucking in a strip of gold washi. I painted the gift tag, and sewed my picture and sequin mix into two separate glassine pockets. The mix I used, Magic Day in the Park, is a SpiegelMom Scraps exclusive & you can find it in the shop! These bags are perfect for creating subtle sequin pockets.
I cut the doily in half and layered it under the stitched “Happy Thoughts” title die-cut phrase by Dear Lizzy. I accented with a few printable pieces from Claudia Van R Designs Hot Right Now collection, found here.
A few arrows, enamel dots, paint specks, and an adorable cloud feltie + journaling finished off this page.
What are some products/elements you’d like to combine on a single page?
Hey crafty friends! Rachel here sharing a layout that came together quickly thanks to some gorgeous products and a fun + easy shaker pocket. I’m always looking for new ways to utilize my Fuse tool (Check out the bottom of this post for a fun giveaway!) and since sequins are perfect for adding dimension to any project, I combined the two for this 12 x 12 layout of me with my in-laws.
I started with some AC white textured cardstock and spritzed it with Shimmerz Coloringz in Mandarin Mai Tai. What I love so much about this spray ink is that it can easily be used with a stencil too. I really like combining messy and clean lines, so I used both techniques here. Once that dried I added a layer of Shimmerz Dazzlers texture paste in Spun Sugar with a similar arrow-like stencil.
I stitched on the “Such Great Times” title and layered a perfectly proportioned paper lace doily (say that 3 times fast) and some papers from Claudia Van Rooijen’s Hot Right Now printable collection, under my photo. Check out all of her gorgeous designs here!
Enter gorgeous shaker pocket: I fused a simple rectangle of exclusive sequins in Sunny Smiles + Pinky Pie Pinks and combined it with my other layering elements. Perfect!
I finished this layout with a few Illustrated Faith She Blooms Icons, some ephemera by the Hip Kit Club, extra sequins + enamel dots and simple journaling off to the side for a little balance. I love how easily this came together. Now I’m challenging you to use a shaker pocket solely as a layering element on an upcoming project, you’ll love it!