Create – dt layout for Creative Embellishments

It’s Thursday, so I’m up on the Creative Embellishments blog with a layout to share. 😀 CE is sponsoring the Stuck?! Sketches January 15th challenge, so I decided to play along. Webster’s Pages has also had a different challenge posted each day this week on their blog, so I combined their day 1 challenge (monochromatic) with the Stuck?! sketch. 😀

For my take on the challenges, I decided to go with a pic of 3 of my kids coloring, drawing, cutting and pasting. They love to create and tend to do something artistic every day. The Creative Embellishments Create set was perfect for what I wanted to portray and the steampunk light bulbs helped illustrate their innovative, creative ideas. Here’s what I came up with:

Create

Materials:

Creative Embellishments Create set
CE Steampunk Light Bulbs
CE Conversation Hearts bg stamp
WP Western Romance pp, bloomers, sparkler, whimsy heart and bow
gesso
gelatos
Pitt big brush artist markers
acrylic paint
white sharpie

Stuck?! Sketches January 15th sketch:

january 15

TFL!

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The Christmas Tree – dt layout for Sketchabilities

Sketch #105 at Sketchabilities is now live! Be sure to stop by and check out the dt’s amazing examples! For my take on the sketch, I used some fabulous laser cut chipboard pieces from Creative Embellishments and older papers from Echo Park and embellies from Webster’s Pages. Here’s what I came up with:

The Christmas Tree

Here’s Karan’s fabulous sketch we got to work with:

sketch 105

Materials:

American Craft cardstock
Creative Embellishments Ornate Frame
CE Christmas Bulbs
CE Chipboard Snowflakes
CE Funky Alphabet
CE Merry Christmas title piece
Webster’s Pages bloomers, clips, sparklers, charm, sequin dots and trims
Echo Park A Boy’s Life papers
Acrylic ink
Gesso
Ranger paint
Acrylic paint

I also entered my page in the Flying Unicorn Use Your Stash challenge.

TFL!

"Smash" Book – My Version WP July challenge

I really like K&Co’s Smash books and accessories and think they’re a wonderful idea. They’re obviously not the only ones to have this idea, nor are they the first, but they did a great job with designing their line and incorporating trendy and fun accessories to go with the books. The concept is actually as old as scrapbooking IMO, but they’ve introduced it with a modern edge and made it so simple/easy that anyone feels they can use it and end up with something fun and creative.

Well, Jaz challenged the Inspire Me members this month to create any project (layout, card, tag, altered item) that uses a majority of WP products and features their bloomers and papers. I thought about this for a couple of days, initially intending to alter a box for this challenge, but then after seeing the Smash book again recently, decided to create my own version of the Smash book using WP papers! How gorgeous would that be? Though I’d wanted to go digi/hybrid with this, I can’t get my printer to produce the print quality that would be necessary for this type of project. So if you want to make on of these yourself, I do recommend going with the WP digi files and going hybrid. It would be a lot more cost effective and the pages would be completely customizable.

Working with that limitation, I still managed to produce a book that I really like. 😀 Lucky for me, I have horrible hoarding tendencies where Webster’s Pages is concerned, so I easily rustled up enough of their 12×12 papers to create the following album:

Here’s the pocket I created inside the cover to store smaller pockets that I can adhere to the pages:

Here are a few of the little pockets I made that can added to the pages to hold memorabilia:

Here are some inside pages where I created a 2 page spread:

Here are a few where I had an “A side” matched with a coordinating “B side”:

I also have a few spreads that pair 2 “B sides”…here’s one example:

Materials:

Webster’s Pages Postcards from Paris 12×12 pp
WP Nature’s Storybook 12×12 papers
WP Life’s Portrait 12×12 papers
WP Seaside Retreat 12×12 papers
WP Hollywood Vogue 12×12 papers
WP Spring Market 12×12 papers
WP Country Estate 12×12 papers
WP Ladies and Gents 12×12 papers
WP Trendsetter 12×12 papers
WP Yacht Club 12×12 papers
WP Bloomers
WP Spring Market Princess Petal

Spring Market trims (inside the cover)
Unity Stamp for the sentiment
Wrights Creative Classics fused pearls
8″x10″ Canvas panels for the covers
Stazon Ink
distress ink

Adhesives:

Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrapdots
Helmar adhesive runner

Tool:

Cinch
1 1/2″ binding wires

TFL! If you’d like to create a layout, card, tag or altered project for the WP July challenge too, see this link for all the challenge details and instructions on how to post your entry: July Traditional Challenge

For digi and hybrid scrappers, Mitsue has also posted a challenge specifically for you! See details here: July digi/hybrid challenge.

Paper Secret’s May Challenges

The May challenges have been posted on Paper Secrets. Enter any or all of the 4 challenges to be entered to win the monthly prize! One is a card sketch challenge with a twist. The twist is to use a bare chipboard piece on your project and alter it in some way. For my card, I used a Maya Road butterfly and coated it with a Viva Pearl Pen (kind of like liquid pearls). Here’s what I came up with using Webster’s Pages, new Trendsetter 6×6 papers, bloomer, trims, pins, and their sparklers from last year:

Another is a layout challenge based on a pagemaps sketch. I combined it with a “something old/something new” challenge on Sketches4All that also required you to add sparkle and dimension to your project. For this one, I went with MME’s original Lush line (the light blue patterned paper, trim and brads) and mixed it with Lush 2 (the fuchsia and navy papers and journaling spot). The buttons were also old, as were the WP and Cosmo Cricket alphas for the title. Here’s how it turned out:

The journaling is just explaining how incredulous we were when when Matthew was an infant (he was early too) and Madison was a year old (90th percentile for height and weight), how often we were asked if they were twins. Ha! 😀

The last example I have is for the stash/supply challenge. For this month, all you need to do is use 3 or more rubons on your project. For mine, I used a Kraft base, scraps for the matting, American crafts trim, yarn from my stash, and Bo Bunny rubons. Since I wanted to add dimension w/the rub-on images, I adhered them to plain cardstock, fussy cut them, then popped them up with foam dots. Here’s my example:

The overall design was a scraplift challenge on another site. The fourth challenge is a manufacturer challenge. This month’s featured manufacturer is Glitz. Unfortunately, I do not have any of Glitz’s fab products, so I wasn’t able to create an example for this challenge. Hope you stop by and join in on some of the great new challenges and don’t forget, we have a wonderful event scheduled to take place this Saturday, May 7, 2011 (National Scrapbooking Day), as well as the Scrap Your A** Off contest starting May 13th (sign up before May 12th to join in). HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! 😀

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