Wednesday 31 August 2011

Jillibean soup...

Morning everyone....i was very lucky to be on the Jillibean soup team for a while....and i was even more honoured to be asked to design a page and a card to put on the wall at CHA a few months ago.

I used all the new gorgeous papers from the line called Watermelon Gazpacho soup but i forgot to show it on here...have you used it yet? It is perfect for all those summer pictures that you took!

and here are some close ups...

I also made a card with this line as well...

and some close ups...

I Know that the new Jillibean soup is due to come out soon and i cannot wait for it to be around to buy...have you made anything out of Jillibean soup recently? Email me to let me know and i can add them on the blog here!

Monday 29 August 2011

Got Nuts? - with KI Memories

Good morning and welcome to another post, featuring the wonderful papers from the Love, Elsie product line - which came out at the beginning of 2007.

Today's layout features a combination of old and new, showing that it can be so much fun to breathe some new life into some older papers.

Let's start with the new, as I sprayed a generous helping of various Cosmic Shimmer mists onto a piece of white cardstock, and also onto the flip side of the Forrest Ranger paper. On the screen it looks kind of cream but in reality it is BRIGHT yellow and would have taken the focus away from the photographs.

After the mists dried, I started layering my papers, added the pictures and highlighted one of them with a metal tag frame.
A few fussy cuts from the paper and a random arrangements of pearls, bling, brads and buttons and the layout was finished.

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So, what do you think? Do these papers really look THAT old? I think they are still as awesome and fun to work with as they were in 2007.

If you have some papers left in you stash from that year, show us what you do with them - we'd love to see!

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Friday 26 August 2011

Golden Oldies with KI Memories

Today I would like to take you back a few years in time - four, to be exact.

What do you remember of the year 2007?

In sports: Lewis Hamilton made his Formula 1 debut
In music: Rhianna took the Number 1 spot in the UK charts for a total of 10 weeks with her hit Umbrella
In foods: a pint of milk was available for 42p, a loaf of fresh bread for £1.04, a pint of beer for £2.25

And in the crafting world the fun and funky paper collection from KI Memories -  Love, Elsie - had everyone squealing with delight. In 2011 we all get excited about Echo Park and Bella Blvd but it really was Designer Elsie Larson (formerly Elsie Flannigan) who got us all hooked on cute and whimsy.

This month I want all of you to go a rummage through your old stash - dust off those papers from years gone by and see for yourself that they are not really that outdated. The Love, Elsie collection is as fresh looking as it was four years back.

For my layout I mixed and matched papers from the Claire, and Jack & Abby collection and added quite a few of Elsie's adorable chipboard buttons and stickers.

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What I really loved about the packaging for the chipboard buttons, is the fact that you get a 3.5" x 4.5" piece of cardstock with a lovely grid pattern, which you can re-use - as I did here:

So, are you gonna join me this month in using up your old supplies?
I always find it a good enough reason to go shopping for some new stuff afterwards :)

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Wednesday 24 August 2011

Tag along - with Jillybean Soup

Hello everyone, it is Kim here with you again.

Today I would like to share a quick post on how to create some easy embellishments from your scrap left overs.

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The above three tags were all done using scraps and stickers from the Watermelon Gazpacho line of Jillybean Soup. They can easily be used to adorn layouts, minibooks or cards - just make sure you chose your sentiment stickers accordingly.

Here are now the tags individually for you to view.

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Monday 22 August 2011

Me & Mom

I loved working on this layout about me and my mom. I don't tend to scrap myself much but need to do it more often.. As you can see this is a simple layout with layered card stock and patterned papers. Most of the embellishments are hand made too, so it is definitely a cheap layout to achieve .. I placed some patterned paper behind the doily, and was pleased with how effective it is.

Wednesday 17 August 2011

Layer Up!!

Hi, It's Lisa with you today.

I've made a layered LO to show you.
I love the layered look. I love the process of adding colour and texture as I create.
This page 'Best Buddies' has been made using the My Minds Eye 'Lime Twist' papers and stickers, some Paint, Mists and homemade stencils.

Our first layer is paint. I like to use the Jenni Bowlin Acrylic Paint Dabbers here. But I don't dab with them. On this page, I have tipped the dabber up to empty some where I would like it to go on my cardstock.

And then I've taken a piece of card and started spreading from the top and move the piant down the page towards me. I like this effect.

Once the paint is dry, I layered up some of the Lime Twist Papers forming a base for my photos to go on. I've also added some of the matching stickers.
I then decided to add some random misting.
I took a small hole punch and punched out some holes in a 6x6 piece of pp. Then laid this on my page where I wanted to mist. I covered up the rest of the page first as I didn't want my photos to get misted and then lightly sprayed over.

When you remove the punched piece of paper, you are left with this look.

I have then done the oppisite at the bottom of the page.
The circles that were punched out have been placed on the LO (the rest of the page covered up again) and then misted over.

I also like to layer up my stickers. I've stuck the stickers onto the coordinating papers and cut around and some of them have been stuck onto the page using 3d foam tape for extra dimention.

I punched out some more circles from the Lime Twist papers and printed my journal strips on the pc.

I hope you like the layered look and feel inspired to give it a go : )

Thanks Lisa x

Saturday 13 August 2011

The London Look - Jillybean Soup

Hello everyone, it is Kim here with you today sharing my recent Jillybean Soup creation.

Whenever I work with a paper collection that at first glance "dictates" as to what kind of projects you should use it for, I tend to rebel against it.

Take the Watermelon Gazpacho Line from Jillybean Soup for example, with its watermelon and swimsuit designs. It pretty much screams "summer", "juicy", "hot" and "fun" and you wouldn't really use it for anything else but Summer/Beach layouts, right?


There is SO much potential in such papers, just think out of the box and embrace the flip-side, which is more often than not of a less prominent design.

I decided that the pictures I took of one of the guards at Rosenborg Castle would be complimented perfect by the above papers, wouldn't you agree?

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And while I was in my "rebel-phase" I thought might as well go really mad and do what it generally seen as a "no-no" these days - to cut the object of the picture out of the photograph...yeah, I know: shocking!
But I LOVE using photographs as embellishments and this way my layout does not look dwarfed by including two photographs.

I simple raised the cut photograph with the help of some Stix2 Adhesive Foam Pads and stuck it on top of the other picture.

Another fun tip to make parts of your title stand out a little bit more from the background is to add some highlights to individual letter with the help of a White Signo Pen.

I hope my post has somehow inspired you to embrace your inner scrapbook rebel and to look for the alternative use of some themed papers.

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Wednesday 10 August 2011

COSMO CRICKET odds and ends

My daughter didn't want this stacker box in her bedroom so when these beautiful paper collection came through my door i thought what a perfect way to give them a revamp..... Needless to say when my daughter saw the finished product she was only too keen to make the stacker boxes a new feature on her desk.... I always love altering products it is so easy to do and the finished project is always so rewarding... have a go ......

Find the new Cosmo Cricket Odds & Ends collection that was used here!

Sunday 7 August 2011

Summer Lovin' - with Jillybean Soup

Hello everyone and welcome to another blog post with me, Kim.

Do you sometimes look at some of you new crafting purchases and just sigh because you cannot seem to find the necessary inspiration? It can be frustrating if you are stuck and are just hoping for anything that may trigger your creative process.

Well here is how I usually snap out of it:

Take the papers that you have decided to work with and just lay them out in front of you.

More often than not you will find a recurring dominant colour scheme within your papers, in the case of the Watermelon Gazpacho line from Jillybean Soup the blues and greens stuck out to me the most, so I decided to go with blue as my main colour and add a touch of green. To help kickstart my creative juices I went to search for images on the net, via Pinterest and found these two beauties

Browsing for the colour combination "blue and green" and looking at the pictures - which my search returned - got me straight into creative mode and this is the result.

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Once I started there was no stopping me and I was pleased with myself that I managed to even come up with a little embellishment money saver along the way! See those flowers on the right bottom corner, the ones with the twine and buttons?

You could spend a pretty penny and buy them ready made (which incidentally may leave you with a pack of flowers in a colour you don't really want to use again), or you can grab some of your older stash such as American Crafts Greenhouse Lucy Flowers
and some WRMemory Keepers Bakers Twine in coordinating colours
and just wrap this across the flowers (which are actually scored along each petal, so it makes it super easy to fasten the twine).
Finish it off with a button on top and you have a very unique embellishment.

The other rosette flower on the left bottom corner was created from the cut off-strip of paper which I usually have left over from trimming the 12 x 12 papers to my favoured size of 8.5 x 11.

I love those rosettes, as they are really easy to make. Recently I have created a step-by-step tutorial on my personal blog on how to create the rosettes. Hop on over and have a look if you don't know yet on how to make your own rosette flowers.

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Thursday 4 August 2011

Lime Twist Wall Art


Lisa here with you today and I have this piece of wall art to share with you.

Here's what I started with.
A small canvas
My Minds Eye 'Lime Twist' 6x6 papers
My Minds Eye Lime Twist Love Journal Card
My Minds Eye Twine

To make my heart embellishment (which could be used on all kinds of projects) I took a plain piece of paper, folded it in half and cut out my heart template like this.

I decided which of the patterned papers I wanted to use. The 6x6 pad was perfect for this. A great size. I cut my papers into thin strips and covered the heart template with pva glue.

Then I covered the heart with these strips, each one overlapping.

You end up not seeing the heart at all.

Turn this over and this is what you will see.

You can then cut around the heart, to give you a multi coloured heart shape.

And it should look something like this.
I inked the edges and doodled fake stitching along each paper join. You could also stitch if you have a machine.

Then layer your canvas up. I used 3d foam tape to the journal card and the heart for extra depth. The twine was wrapped around under the heart.
I stuck the pins into the foam tape that is attached to the journal card.

And once finished I took 2 different mists and just flicked the ink.
And this is the finished piece.

I hope you like it : )
Lisa x