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What About Wednesday: Monochromatic Layout with Layers

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Aloha my scrappy friends!!  This past week the weather here in Washington has been so nice, high forties, sunny. It has me thinking about nature. All the photos I have been taking this summer/fall of nature around me.

Also lately I have been in a monochromatic mood. I really have been enjoying mixing different shades of the same color together. I really have been loving focusing on a couple colors that match or compliment each other and use just that. Picking out embellishments that match is like a scavenger hunt in my stash.

This fall I took some photos of the pinecones from our yard. I have been really into taking nature pictures of the things around us. Trying to get creative with my shots and take pictures of things I see everyday but don’t always capture. These are usually things that inspire me when I sit down at my scrap desk.

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I started off using my Shimmerz sprays with a paint brush for different size drops on top of White card stock. I like using a medium size brush so I can get bigger drops but also tap the brush for small splatters. I used Shimmerz Vibez Eggnoggin’ and Bamboo Leaf. I also used Tinsel from Heidi Swapp Color Shine to get a black gray color.

I knew the color would work with the outline I doodled along the outside of the layout. I also knew I wanted to use the black and white line crossed paper from Maggie Holmes Gather Collection to mat my two photos.

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I used lots of layers on this layout. I really wanted a natural feel to them, to mimic the images. I used a past kit from Clique Kits that had similar colors and a fall theme. I Used white doilies, ripped washi tape and Studio Calico wood chips in the layers for a chunky look to my layers.

Like I mentioned I wanted a monochromatic look, so I stuck with green, gray and orange tones throughout my layout. The Evergreen Bough Sequin mix was perfect for this layout. Paired with the Dear Lizzy chipboard Thicker plus signs it added a fun scattering of embellishments that I think didn’t over power the layout.

I added Pretty Little Studio word phrases and labels from a past spring line that was very nature themed. I even made a banner with bits from the labels in the layers.

The felt Evergreen Trees were given to me by a friend and they are so fun and look great tucked in next to my clusters. I used them with some baker’s twine and Maya Road white tassels. I love this element. It really draws your eyes to the photos.

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I really just love how it all turned out and really helps showcase these two really fun and cool pictures of pinecones from my yard. One during the summer when they were covered with sap, and in the fall fallen apart ready to drop seeds for future pine trees. I love that my kids are super thrilled to play and experience this nature around them, by collecting them and examine them.

I love that I get to remember their excitement for learning and experimenting with nature. I hope they don’t lose their wanderlust! Their joy for the beauty and world around them.

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I really, really love these Dear Lizzy Thicker word phrases. I couldn’t help but use one for the title. I layered it on top a Dear Lizzy cut apart that says Bliss Ave. With plus signs and sequins scattered around it, it really is a big focus.

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What is it that you love around you? What inspires you to pick up your camera and take a picture? Are you creating layouts or projects with those pictures. Are you sharing the theses around you that you see everyday and brings a smile to your face? I encourage you today to share what makes you smile with someone you love today!!

That is what scrapbooking is about, sharing the things we love, the things apart of our lives, the things that make up the stories in our lives.

Have a wonderfully inspired day!!!

Hannah

 

You can also watch the process video of me making this layout on my Youtube Channel and here.

 

 

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Cheers Girls!

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Hello everyone!  Jody here again with another layout using metal dies to create the look of using an electronic die cutting machine.  Last weeks layout used the circle stitched die set from Kaiserkraft, which I just LOVE!  It’s different than the other stitched dies on the market because the stitches are on the circle that is die cut out, and not on the negative part, or circle punched in the cardstock/paper.  You can see the faux stitching on my die cut journaling circle.

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Instead of using just one type of Kaiserkraft metal die, I used a couple! I used the Nesting Stitched Circles and the Icons metal dies to create my layout, along with the fabulous Pink Paislee Fancy Free collection, sequins from the shop, 2 glassine bags and some Amy Tangerine Thickers words.

To create this look on your page, you’ll need a couple things:  A Big Shot or similar die cutting machine and your favorite metal dies!  Since a 12×12″ sheet of cardstock or paper won’t fit through a Big Shot, you’ll need to cut your cardstock or paper down to either 6×12″ or 5.75×5.75″, as I did today.  I wanted to mount them onto a piece of white American Crafts Cardstock to really help it pop.  I easily could have left my paper 6×12″ but I wanted the faint look of the grid in the background so I cut them down to  5.75 by 5.75″ so the white cardstock would show around the edges of my layout.  To get the placement I wanted, I simply played with where the die cut circles to be on my layout.  After I had those placed where I like them, I added the Kaiserkraft Icon dies as accents.  Tip: When running the metal dies through my Big Shot, I used a small piece of washi tape to keep them in place. 

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After I had everything die cut out, I create some shaker windows with glassine bags and sequins.  This was super easy to do! I used a large glassine bag for the two circles on the upper right of the layout and a medium glassine bag behind the largest circle.  To keep some of the Magical Ocean sequins stuck throughout the circle (so they didn’t all fall to the bottom) I opened up the bag and drizzled some tacky glue inside. Then, I just poured in the desired amount of sequins to fill the space.  This next step is pretty technical.. I smooshed around the sequins until they were inside the circle where the peaked through the die cut window.  Super technical right! LOL!  To finish it off, I folded the glassine bag over and sealed it with some tacky glue as well and then adhered it to the back of the 6×6″ Fancy Free paper.  I repeated this for the other die cut circle using the Spring Blooms sequin mix.  

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For the other two sections, I used the super cute Icon dies to create the design elements and backed them with scraps of Pink Paislee Fancy Free papers to compliment the messy layers behind my photo. I used both the negative space from the Icon dies and the die cuts they punched out.  Using dies is a great way to get so much more out of your papers and really stretch your stash!  Just think of all the possibilities!  

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 I’m so happy you stopped by today to check out the blog!  Remember to follow SpiegelMom Scraps here using Bloglovin’, on Instagram and Facebook!  Today, I’ll be contacting the remainder of the new Design Team members I’ve chosen and giving them the good news!  This was so difficult you guys!  There were a ton of wonderful ladies who applied and I really appreciate all the time you took to submit your applications!  If you weren’t chosen this time, please feel free to email me with any suggestions for improvement for next time! Sometimes, it’s just a matter of photography which can easily be improved with some tips!   Again, thank you SO much everyone and I’ll see ya’ll very soon!

Hugs! Jody

DIY Die Cut background – no Silhouette needed!

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The first thing I did was cut a piece of white American Crafts cardstock down to 6 x 12″, which easily fits through my Big Shot for die cutting.  Next, I chose which metal dies I want to use to create my background, or partial background like I did here.  I laid out a few of my Kaiserkraft stitched circle dies, which are fabulous and on sale now!! I love how they cut!  I also really like that the stitches on the die are actually on the circle that is die cut out from the rest of the card stock or paper.  I kept the Kaiserkraft dies in place with small pieces of washi tape and ran the 6 x 12″ card stock through my Big Shot.  I did two pieces of the 6 x 12″ card stock at the same time since I just cut a piece of 12 x 12″ card stock in half.  When I was first planning out this layout, I wasn’t sure if I was going to place each of the 6 x 12″ pieces side by side to create a full background or what exactly. As you can see, I only used one of the 6 x 12″ sheets and filled in the other side with different pieces of Pink Paislee Fancy Free collection (there are only 3 paper pads left in the shop right now!)  

This is a very simple way to create a die cut background with your Big Shot!  If you wanted to put both of the 6 x 12″ pieces of card stock together onto a layout, that would look so awesome!  Just think of all the die cuts you can combine, mix and match!  If you want to see what that looks like, be sure to come back next for another die cut layout!  Here’s some close ups of those lovely die cut circles!  I adhered pieces of Pink Paislee Fancy Free papers behind the circle for a fun effect!  There was also no foam adhesive or craft foam behind this layout. I’m actually shocked that I didn’t use any!

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As usual, I added a bunch of layers behind my photo and a then added some fun felt embellishments (Cloudy Days Felties & teal Felt-Fetti Hearts).  I also used some sweet Spring Blooms sequins upside down to add some sparkle!  Thanks again to DT Sparkler Sarah for the Sequin > faux enamel dots inspiration! I also mixed in some Simple Stories I Am, Bella Blvd stickers & a piece of DIY ephemera cut out from some Heidi Swapp packaging. 

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Thanks so much for visiting the blog today!! I hope I’ve inspired you to bust out your metal dies & Big Shot to create some die cut backgrounds! Be sure to share them in our 15 Minutes 2 Scrap Facebook. We love to see what you create!

See ya next week. Until then, go be creative!!

Jody

Shake those shaker cards!

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Hello my friends!! Jody here today with a quick & easy card share. I created this card for a recent birthday & love how it turned out. I started by embossing a 4.25″ by 5.5″ piece of white Neenah card stock with one of my favorite polka dot embossing folders. Next, I ran it through my Big Shot using one of the Kaiserkraft Stitched Circle dies.  In order to have the stitches NOT show on the card, I ran two sheets of that size cardstock through the Big Shot on the side opposite the raised dots.  I positioned the metal die where I wanted to create the shaker window and used washi tape to secure it in place.  I totally killed two crafting birds with one stone!  Now have another card base ready to go for my next card.

After I had my window cut out on the cardstock, I trimmed down a piece of white craft foam and lined up where the window would go. I placed the metal die where I wanted it and again secured it with washi tape before running the foam through my Big Shot. Then I adhered a piece of acetate directly behind the embossed cardstock to create the front of the window.   I followed up by adhering the die cut foam on the backside of the embossed cardstock which created an area to add my sequins.  I poured about 2 teaspoons of Pinky Pie Pink sequins into the window area and added a few random pink hearts from the Hearts on Fire sequin mix. 

After adding my sequins, I put adhesive all around the edge of the circle to create a seal when I added the patterned paper backing to my window.  For the finishing touches, I added a wood veneer word from Michael’s Craft Store and some fabulous Maggie Holmes Gold Glitter Thickers, which I’ve been hoarding big time!!  Easy peasy!!  

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Here are photos of the products used to create this fun shaker card!!

Thanks so much for checking out the blog today!!  Being the shop owner and always thinking of more ways to accommodate my customers, I’m thinking about adding a few options for cardstock to the shop.  What do you think about SMS offering 8.5 by 11″ Neenah white cardstock and 12×12 American Crafts white and kraft cardstock in single sheets?  This would affect some shipping methods and costs slightly due to the size of the box needed.  I’d love to hear your feedback!

I hope you all have a creative day!

Jody