Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saying "Hello Today" with some summer fun layouts!

Hello all! I am sharing my latest Frosted Designs projects today on this wonderful Saturday exactly halfway through August! That's right...we are halfway through the last true month of summer. Seriously, where did the time go? So today, I am holding onto summer with a tight grip as I share two sunny, fun, summery layouts I created using the gorgeous Heidi Swapp Hello Today collection. Although this collection would be great for scrapping just about any topic, it was the shades of blue and green mixed with pops of bright color then all pulled together with a sandy kraft neutral that made me think of the beach. So I sought out photos with sand, water and sky!

My first layout features a photo of my parents taken last August at Cannon Beach, Oregon when they came for a visit. I purposely used the American Crafts yellow cardstock to anchor my photo and help it stand out more against all the fun patterned paper. Every sheet of paper in this collection is awesome and I had such a tough time deciding which ones to use first. I also have the "hoard it" syndrome and don't like to use my favorites right away. Luckily, this paper pad comes with two sheets of each design so I was able to use one sheet of my favorite patterns, the multi-colored stripe and the arrows on kraft, and hoard the other sheets for later. This is also the first project I've used the new Prima wire thread on (here I just used a bit to detail my pink button) and I have to say it is a fun product and I'm looking forward to playing with it more in the future!

My second layout is a new favorite not only because of the awesome products used, but because of how special these photos are. We have been living with my in-laws for almost six months while we've been house-hunting for a new home. Although it can get tight at times, moments like the ones in these photos would be harder to come by if we weren't all living together right now. My father-in-law loves taking Liam for walks, especially down to Big Bay Park nearby. This day, I tagged along and managed to hang back and snap these photos. I had lots of fun creating the wonky photo mat of paper strips behind the photos on this layout. I also really love the fun sequin rub-ons in this collection and used them here in sort of a cascading affect down and across the page. Another detail I wanted to point out is that I inked all the edges of the all the papers on this page because this collection does have a lot of white in it and I didn't want all the different papers' white areas to "bleed" together. 

And here are a few closeups of these two layouts so you can get a better sense of exactly how funky and fun these products are!

I hope these bright, summery layouts have inspired you to get out and enjoy the last couple weeks of summer! But, before you rush out the door, be sure to swing by the Frosted Designs store to stock up on some Hello Today goodies for yourself so you can document all your fun memories when the cool weather hits!

Products used from the Frosted Designs Store:

Friday, August 1, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 9 (and a new Frosted Designs Challenge!)

Another week of Project Life is done! This week was NUTS. Just NUTS. I had a really hard time narrowing down the photos for this one, so I used the Design K and Design F page protectors so I had lots of pockets and I just accepted the fact that this layout would be very photo heavy. I also completed this layout for today's Frosted Designs Friday Challenge - "Three Words." The three words are mask, stamp and paper clip - you must use all three on your project, whatever it may be (layout, card, altered art, etc.) Be sure to link up your project to the Frosted Designs blog by Wednesday, August 13th at noon Central Time for your chance to win a prize!

And now for a closer look at the left side. I know I've said it before, but I love, love, love the Design K page protectors. One this side of the spread, I used three different Elle's Studio stamps to fulfill the first challenge requirement and then added a navy blue paper clip to the Body Back photo to complete the second challenge requirement.

 Here's a better look at the right side. I kept this week's recap card super simple because I had to make the font teeny tiny in order to get everything on there. So, the "today sucked" journaling card stands out. But, I'm glad it does because it's true. There were multiple days this week that sucked as we left a much-loved home in Portland and started a cross-country road trip only to be stranded for three days in Missoula, Montana because of a blizzard. So, this filler card is quite appropriate. And Project Life is about LIFE - the good, bad and ugly. The other filler card in the lower right corner I created with some mist and a Heidi Swapp stencil/mask thus completing the third challenge requirement.

Products used from the Frosted Designs Store:
Elle's Studio Cameron - Tidbits
Elle's Studio Everyday Moments - Stamp
Elle's Studio Everyday Moments - Cutouts
Elle's Studio Letter & Number Stickers - Teal
Studio Calico Thataway Plastic Die-Cuts - Stars
Studio Calico Printshop Wood Veneers - Hearts
Studio Calico Wood Veneers - Cameras
Basic Grey Capture Wood Veneer Die-Cuts
Um-Wow Diamond Confetti
Heidi Swapp Mini Stencils - Shapes

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 8

Still plugging away at Project Life...and loving it...no matter how far I am behind in it. I'll catch up...one day.

Time to share 2014 Week 8 with you. This is another favorite spread of mine. I love the variety of hybrid and traditional scrapbooking elements, the balance of photos, journaling and filler cards and the variety of photos on this spread.

Now for a closer look at the left side. The "Favorite Photo" overlay is definitely a favorite of mine. I also really like the journaling card on this one too.

And here's the right side. This was the week we did our family portrait session and I decided that since many (if not all) of the photos from that session will end up on traditional spreads and in the opening and closing pages of this years Project Life album, that I would instead include a couple of the candids from that day that my friend Ashley took. I thought that was more appropriate for a Project Life spread anyways. And I am sure I've said it already, but I am really loving the Design K page protectors.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Frosted Designs Friday Challenge: Flowers and Stitching!

TGIF!!! It's time for another Friday challenge at Frosted Designs. Today, it's Anita's turn to issue the challenge.

She says "Hi everyone. It's Anita here and today it is my turn to host the challenge! I thought and thought about what to make the challenge, we have so many talented ladies on The Frosted Designs Team that we have some great challenges; I wanted to make sure I was hitting the mark!

I finally decided on two of my very favorite things to create with:
STITCHING and FLOWERS: Just add flowers to your project, and some stitching (machine, hand, or faux) to be entered to win a fabulous prize from our sponsor!"

So there you have it! Easy, peasy! All you need to do is create a project using flowers and stitching and post it to the Frosted Designs blog by Wednesday, July 30th at noon Central Time for your chance to win a $30 gift certificate from Scrapmatts!

And here's a little inspiration from me...it's not a project I created specifically for this challenge but for one a few months back. But it's a personal favorite, it features the Glitz 77 collection available in the Frosted Designs store and has both stitching and flowers...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Scrapping the Everyday with Bella Blvd!

Hi all! Today, I am sharing a couple layouts using older but yet still trendy and relevant products from Bella Blvd that are still available in the Frosted Designs store! The Daily Chevies and Snapshots collections are both full of trendy patterns and sentiments and are also bursting with bold, bright colors which are perfect for scrapping your summer moments. These collections are also very focused on everyday scrapping, which makes them extremely versatile and perfect for scrapping any subject.

Here is the first layout I created with these collections. When I saw the bright, fun colors in these papers, my mind went immediately to these photos of my son on the beach in this striped sweater. I layered several of the papers from the Snapshots collection and then finished it off with a banner-cut strip of paper taken from the heart paper found in the Daily Chevies collection. I then finished off the layout with several Snapshots die-cuts and stickers, some Queen & Co trendy tape and those awesome plastic stars from Studio Calico.

I didn't start Project Life until last year; instead I did Project 12 to document our daily life in a chronological fashion by creating a 2-page recap spread for each month. I only have one more layout to do and then I am totally finished with Project 12. I had been sitting on creating this November 2012 spread for one main reason - I had a TON of different colors in my photos. Well, one of the great things about the Snapshots and Daily Chevies collections is that they have every color in the rainbow in them as well as several neutrals, so they coordinate with almost any photo! I really love how to big bold chevron patterned paper from the Daily Chevies collection offsets the busy, fun camera patterned paper from the Snapshots collection. These two collections really were meant to compliment each other!

And here are a few closeups of the above layouts. In the first closeup, you can see that I covered the die-cut hearts in some liquid glass for added dimension and texture. And in the last closeup, in case you are wondering, the font I used for my computer-generated journaling is CK Becky, which can be downloaded for free here from Creating Keepsakes.




So there you go! You seriously need to get your hands on these happy, fun collections. And to help give you an excuse to go do some scrappy shopping, everything from the Bella Blvd Daily Chevies and Snapshot collections are on sale in the Frosted Designs Store! So what are you waiting for? Happy shopping!