Monday, October 31, 2011


Did "eye" scare you??!
Just wanted to wish you a very happy Halloween!

I made both this tag and card with scraps of paper and a sticker from the Study Hall kit and characters from the "Too Cute to Spook" line from Bella Blvd.

Have a great day!!
Be safe!
And don't eat all your candy at once!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Gettin' Sketchy with Gretchen's sketch!

I've known my friend Gretchen for quite some time, and one of the (many) things she's wonderful at is creating a great design, so I was so excited for her to create our sketch this week for our challenge

I used the great "Something Wicked" kit for this layout and it just fell together. 

Please make sure to join in on our sketch challenge!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Lift Challenges are ALWAYS so inspiring!

Hello everyone!
It's been such an honored to be joining you all this month as a Guest Designer! Thank you for all the sweet comments and support you have shown me! :)

I wanted to share with you all this fun challenge that Noel put up for us to do.
She picked this FABULOUS layout by Erin Stewart for us to all lift. Perfect for this "Something Wicked" kit...and isn't this baby just tooooo cute?

Here is what I was inspired to create from Erin's layout.
I LOVE how it turned out!
Making this title was a bit of a challenge, but fun too!

Thank you all so much again for having me join the fun here with the blog and MB for the month. I enjoyed it very much, and plan on sticking around. I love all the friendly people on the boards.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tricks or Treats This Way

This week I have a Halloween layout to share using the "Something Wicked" kit and a great sketch by Gretchen on the challenge blog. We got the girls some super cute Halloween pajamas this year and I just can't resist a pajama photo shoot especially when they are cooperating so well! The ribbon and bow on the left of the photo is actually a piece of cheesecloth that I cut up and distressed with black ink.

I dug into my Halloween kit from last year too and cut up a mini Jenni Bowlin bingo card. The leaf punch is by Martha Stewart. 

Also, please check out the tips and techniques blog this week for all the details on these cute footprint ghosts I made with the girls and a spooky frame to complete the look.

See you next week!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Down the Rabbit Hole

Happy Wednesday everyone! It's only 5 more days until our little ghosts and goblins get to wonder the streets in search for candy. Today I am going to share with you how I interpreted the sketch for this week's sketch challenge.

I kept the basic design of the sketch but instead of keeping my pictures in a row on the bottom, I bunched mine on the right side. The stars in the sketch are the flowers and circles in my layout. What I love about sketches, is that you can interpret them how every you like. For me, my layouts hardly ever look exactly like the sketch. I have a habit of throwing a little curve in my design to fit my style.

So don't worry about whether or not you are following the sketch exactly. Let your creativity flow and see what happens. Now stop hesitating and come join us in the sketch challenge.

Happy creating!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hudson Valley Pre-Order

Good Morning Friends. Here is the link for the Nov. kit pre-order. I am just waiting on my box of October Afternoon Farmhouse, which will round out the kit. And don't forget the 2 free gifts for all pre-orders. Those 2 items will go in all kits ordered before the full reveal when the OA get's here. Also, the pre-orders will be shipping the day I receive that last box! CLICK HERE to order yours!

Free Gift #1

Free Gift #2

A Little Sketchy...

We've got a new challenge this week! It's a sketch designed by our very own Gretchen and it's too cute!

Here's the sketch:

Here's my take:

Be sure to hop on over to the challenge blog to see what all the other girls made using this sketch!

Oh, and also - don't forget to register for the Mini Madness class that I'll be teaching November 7-12! It is going to be lots of fun! I've been working on some adorable printables this week for you to keep to make up some awesome projects and I can't wait to show you!!

If you're interested, just send me an email to brittnykvilhaug at yahoo dot com and I'll take care of the rest.

Click here for the details.

Happy Scrappin'!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Blog Hop Winner

Hi guys! I wanted to pop on and announce the winner of the blog hop! It's MaryAnn! Congrats friend!

Hi V - I think the word from the blog hop is "costume."

That was fun!


I also wanted to remind you all that the new kit, Hudson Valley, goes up for pre-order in the morning.

I have spent today bagging this one up and it is just so pretty and cozy. I am waiting on my October Afternoon box, which will complete this one, so we will have a few days to wait on that, but as a gift for your patience I am offering up 2 free gifts with all pre-orders. These 2 goodies! So don't delay, get yours ordered, and just as soon as that box arrives I will begin shipping out!
Free Gift #1

Free Gift #2

Sketch challenge!

There is a new challenge up today!
And this is an easy one!
It's a sketch challenge!
Here's the sketch:

I stayed pretty close to the sketch when I made my layout, but I did change a couple of things.
I only used 1 picture instead of 3.
And I really tried to use stars but I couldn't make the stars look right on a "nature-y" layout!
But the sketch was a good jumping off point for me and this layout only ended up taking me about an hour.
{and that is really good for me!}

I used the Study Hall kit for this layout.
{once again, not just for school pages!}

Now come play along with us!
Make something using the sketch and share it with us in the challenge forum.
Happy Monday yall!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Blog Hopping Time

Welcome to the first stop on the Noel Mignon Spooktacular Blog Hop! This will be a two day event, so be sure to join us both Saturday and Sunday to join in on all the fun.

Each member of the design team has created a fabulous tag with a letter featured prominently on it; collect a letter from each blog and unscramble them to discover a word.

Be sure to leave comments along the way.... once you've collected all the letters and think you've unscrambled the word, email Virginia at 2blackflipflops at gmail dot com with your entry. We'll draw one random name from the correct entries for a fun My Mind's Eye Halloween prize pack!

The Hudson Valley kit goes up for sale bright and early Tuesday morning! Get your order in early, as this one has the lines that have been getting a lot of attention since they debuted at CHA, and it won't last long!

Your next stop is with Jill Cornell! Head on over to her blog and collect another letter.

Have a great weekend!

Displaying Halloween Memories of the Past

We've been having a great time at Spooktacular Week on the message boards... come join us if you haven't had a chance to pop in yet! 

I wanted to be able to display Halloween pictures from the past years in my home during the month of October, but because this ends up being an insanely busy month for us (as I imagine it is for you too!), I needed to make something simple and that perhaps could be used for other projects down the road. 

I had a couple of old wooden frames in my trunk (what-- isn't that where you store random stuff?!). These are actually supposed to be canvas stretchers, but I just used what I had on hand. You could use old thrift store frames or whatever works for you! 

I spray painted them with this paint- it was just a couple of bucks at Walmart and I still have plenty left for other projects. 

Then I hot glued on some twine & buttons from the Something Wicked kit. Make sure to lay these flat to do that and to hold the twine taut as the glue dries. 

I used odds and ends of stickers, brads, and patterned paper from the kit to lightly embellish photos of Halloween from the past 6 years. I found all of the photos by going through my blog and just downloading the pictures straight from there, rather than going through all my backed up photos on cds. It was a lot easier since I know my blog is archived and I can just click on the month of October! I turned all the photos black & white and upped the contrast a bit in Picasa to make them bolder. Next time I go home I plan to get some old photos of myself from Halloween to add to our display. 

Tiny clothespins from the craft section hold the photos up. You can stack the frames like this....

Or do them side by side! Whichever way appeals to you more....

The great thing with this project is that I can change it out for Christmas time as well! :)


Don't forget to join me tonight!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Happy Halloween Memories!

Hello friends! I hope you are enjoying Spooktacular Week on the message boards and all the great projects from the design team! I LOVE scrapbooking Halloween and something I've done every year now is to create a recap layout with my favorite photos. 

First I'll show you my recap layout for 2010 and then what I did the previous year. I used the "Something Wicked" kit for this layout. I printed out 14 photos that are 1.5" squares and then printed a larger photo (about a 3" square) but when I cut it, I left about an inch border on the bottom to make it look like a Polaroid. This larger photo is THE costume photo I sent to family, etc. I decided to place all the photos on black cardstock because I wanted them to just pop off the page. The rub-on in the corner is by Fancy Pants.

I embellished several of the photos with the Authentique Paper word stickers and a Fancy Pants button (with twine) and an American Crafts rosette.

The filter circle is by Fancy Pants, American Crafts dimensional felt sticker and Authentique Paper alphabet and word stickers.

And here is the Halloween recap layout I did for 2009 using Noel's Halloween kit from last year. You can see I repeated the square grid design but changed it up a little bit. 

This type of design would work well for any event or holiday you have a lot of photos from and would be fun to look back on as well from year to year!

See you all next week!