Monday, September 15, 2014

1 layout 2 ways

Hi friends! Today I want to share how you can take one layout design and use it to create multiple pages that look similar yet very different.

Every year I have some layouts that I create that have a similar (if almost identical) theme. This usually happens when scrapbooking my kids...sports, school, etc. For example, first day of school layouts. I wanted to create one for each of my 2 kids that are currently in school yet there's no reason that I have to come up with 2 totally different designs for the same theme.

Let me show you what I mean...

This first layout is for my oldest daughter's 1st day of school. I used a layout I found on Pinterest as inspiration (found here). You can see I kept the basic layout design of the original but then made it my own.

I stuck with one 4x6 photo as the focal point, adding embellishments around it. I also found those great chalkboard printables on Pinterest (found here). I used those in both of my layouts.

And here is the layout I created for my son's 1st day of school.

Again, you can see I kept the same basic layout but then made it look totally different for him by using more masculine papers & embellishments.

And you know what the best part is? I used the same kit for both layouts (Tea for Two) and yet they look totally different and, I think, have a totally different feel to them! This goes to show just how versatile these kits are. The Tea for Two kit has a very girly feel to it but you can definitely use elements of it to create pages for those boys in your life!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

You Are Loved: A Challenge!

Ok guys, I have to confess that scrapbooky-type challenges are not my favorite thing. I know. Fail. So when I saw that this week was going to be about turning the tables on us, and getting us to challenge ourselves instead of YOU I was a little...meh. So Becky graciously gave me the "use five patterned papers on your layout" challenge. And I love her for that.

So here's what I came up with. And may I just say, I used EIGHT patterned papers?! Yes, I did.

I used the woodgrain paper to cut a heart background with my Cameo, then backed some of the insides of the hearts with various scraps I had from the kit. And it always feels good to use up those babies, dontcha think? That took four patterned papers. And although they don't photograph well, that little gold foil confetti is amazing! It worked perfectly to scatter it over the pink splatters that are already printed on the striped paper.

I cut apart the 6x6 butterfly paper from the Daily Diary kit and placed a few of them around the page. I also finally used a few of the butterfly wood veneers I've gotten in past NM kits. On this one, I used that adorable "this life" rubon, and can I say, I see a lot of this technique in my future?! Under the butterflies is the back side of the kraft/white diagonal striped paper. I just cut out the strip I had leftover and love that it looks like a file folder! On top of that I layered and stitched the designed side of the label strip on one of the Pebbles papers.

I am so out of practice with my pop-dotting these days, since I stay away from them in my Project Life albums. So I am having this great feeling of YEESSSS getting to pop up that cute circle, over which I layered over the "smile" vellum piece from the Crate Paper Notes and Things ephemera pack. And you can also see a sliver of that floral paper I layered under my photo.

And can I tell you how much I LOVE that I was able to use up the last of the MME brads from the Sweet & Simple kit? I leave all of my favorite embellies in a little container to carry over to new kits, and I get such a thrill when I use them all up! Here you can see just a hint of the journaling tag tucked under the photo.

And here you can see it pulled out, Brittny-scrawl all over it.
And that's it for me! Thanks for the challenge, Becky - I had a great time doing it!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Challenge: the crochet tape 3 ways!

Happy Friday everyone! I'm wrapping up Challenge Week with a set of cards all using the Maya Road crocheted tape that came in the Tea for Two kit. What you'll notice about this tape is that while it looks just like crocheted ribbon it IS in fact got sticky tape already attached to the back of it.  And if you've ever tried to attach lace to a layout, you'll know that this is a good thing!

So while I was still trying to figure out how to use this new found tape, I realized that I could use it almost exactly like ribbon, and THAT spurred on the creativity! I started using the tape as I would a ribbon.
First I chose to make a lace rosette, where I punched a circle out of cardstock and then began to wrap the tape around the circle starting at the outside and working my way it.  I ended up creating 2 of these for my card, one is larger and has a different look than the smaller one. The size of the circle beneath the tape effects the look of the rosette. Here's how those turned out.

Next I chose to cut my lace tape in half down the middle. Word to the wise--it's so much easier to cut BEFORE you peel the backing off the tape. If you peel the backing off first, then start to cut, the lace starts to shred at the edges and the adhesive makes it hard to cut. Once I'd cut 2 full lengths of lace, I tucked one set underneath the edges of my patterned paper. Then I layered the second set of trim on top of the paper. It created as simple way to add lots of texture to my card.

And for my last card I chose to weave strips of lace together to create a foundation for my embellishments. Again, I was hoping to use it in a different way to add texture and interest to my card.  Tip: just like above, it's easier to weave the lace BEFORE you peel the adhesive backing. Once you've gotten the woven look that you want, then cut the backing off each end of the trim. Don't try to take the backing off the entire thing. The ends will be sticky enough to keep the whole piece in place. Here's how that one turned out.

And here they are all together again.

Thanks for joining me today and learning more about the crocheted lace trim. I really love that it's adhesive backed, because that made it so much easier to work with! I can't wait to see your creations using this trim.  Please show us on our FB Community, we'd love to see! And if you end up using one of these techniques, please tag me in the comments section so I won't miss it!

Have a happy Friday and a great weekend!!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Challenge: use washi tape in a new way!

 Hi friends! The design team asked the members of our facebook community to give us a challenge, and one person challenged us to use washi tape in different way! 

It brought to mind something I saw on a blog post by Patter Cross about using up all those tiny little washi tape scraps leftover from projects. I loved the idea- she uses hers to make tiny little embellishment scraps. It got my mind to thinking about how it would look cute as title work or a greeting on a card! Here's the process:

1. Gather some cardstock, washi tape, and scissors. (Not pictured: mod podge & a foam brush)

2. Tear off little scraps and stick them to a square of card. She does this over a course of time and explains this on her blog. 

3. Coat the card with mod podge or another clear sealant to keep the ends glued down.

4. Cut out whatever shapes you'd like! 

I used my letters to make a simple but funky little greeting on a card made with a few things from the Tea for Two kit (Sold out- but you can check out some of the new arrivals that were in the kit here!)

Because the design is so busy, I kept the rest of the card really simple (and let's be honest... card making is not my forte`. LOL). I hope it'll brighten someone's day! 

Thanks again to Patter Cross for the inspiration!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

playing with spray mist/Back to School DT Challenge

This week our design team is going back to school!

I chose to create my "Silly Goose" layout this week using spray mists, something that some use on everything and some are too scared to try. I also used the "Tea For Two" kit from this month. 

I actually really like to use spray mists and use them in some way on just about every layout that I create. I like the artsy feel and while sometimes the spray doesn't go exactly where I want it to these "mistakes" end up being more like "happy accidents" and you can always cover up what you don't like. 

I used spray mists in three different ways on my page.

First of all, I used the spray as perhaps the manufacturer intended: I just pushed on the nozzle and did spots of mist in various colors. This may be hard to see as a lot of it got covered up by paper and photos.

The second way that I used mist was by removing the spray nozzle from the bottle and shaking it lightly on my page at an angle. This is what gives the look of the splatter droplets. 

This is the way I most often use the spray mists. I feel like I have more control over the amount of spray on my page by using this technique. 

The third way that I used spray mist on my layout was by "painting" the edges of my cardstock using the straw from the nozzle as a sort of a paint brush. I like that it helps to define the edge of the cardstock so that it doesn't get lost on the background paper. 

What do you think? 

Do you want to give it a try? 

You can find lots of paint, glitter and spray mist at the Noel Mignon store here. 

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, September 8, 2014

baby sister // back to school DT challenge

Good Monday morning! Last week Virginia asked all of you to give us DT members a challenge or something you would like us to create. One of the challenges suggested was to use frames on a layout. And since the Tea for Two kit had several fun little frames in it I thought this would be the perfect challenge for me to tackle!

Although, I will admit that I did have a little scrappers block at first. Maybe it's because my kids went back to school last week so I'm still adjusting to the lack of sleep! ha!

But after thinking about it for a little bit I took inspiration from Britt's beautiful layout she posted here. I loved how she used all kinds of little bits and pieces from the kit to fill in the lower portion of her layout. So I started with a few of the frames from the kit and then began adding bits and pieces from the kit.
I love patterned paper that has a mixture of images that you can cut up & put on your layout so that's exactly what I did with some of those.

To finish it off I added some stitching here and there and also around the outer edge of the layout. If you don't sew you could always draw some free form lines around the edge.

I've found the easiest way to tackle a layout with frames is to create a sort of grid on your layout & work all of your embellishments around it. So give it a shot!! And be sure to post your creation on the Noel Mignon facebook group page!!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Little Sketchy

Hey guys! Happy Saturday!
I decided to take a break from the pocket pages yesterday to make a traditional layout. I saw this sketch over at Studio Calico awhile back, and I knew that the cut-apart page and mix of ephemera from the Tea for Two (sorry, sold out) kit would be perfect to tackle it! I am using a mix of the Classic and Daily Diary kits here, and I gotta say, I LOVE IT!

This is a totally different style of layout than I am used to, and I love that I was able to get it done. Printing the photo at a full bleed onto 8.5x11 photo paper made it easy to piece everything together at the bottom. Just a little gluing, stitching, and some embellies and VOILA!

Well, that's all for me for today! Off to do some shopping for Baby Reed and maybe even stop over at the park to wear that kid out before bedtime. I Hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far!