Buried Treasure – Layout for Dusty Attic’s June Challenge

Though I’ve known for quite some time that Dusty Attic runs monthly challenges, this is my first time playing along there.

We recently went on our first family vacation…it was a weekend at the beach at the end of March. Most of the kids had never been to the beach before and we all had a great time. 😀 Christian was in heaven…though we went at a less than ideal time of year to enter the water, he kept trying to run right in…shoes and all! 😀 For my take on the June sketch, I went with pics of him after he’d buried himself in the sand.

The June sketch at Dusty Attic:

Materials:

Webster’s Pages papers (Sunday Picnic, Spring Market, Everyday Poetry)
WP trim (Spring Market)
WP Fabric ribbon (Palm Beach)
WP script alphas (In Love)
WP sparkler
WP charm
WP sticker
WPJournaling card (Palm Beach)
WP Silhouette
WP Petite Roses
WP Dazzle Me Gems
mini alpha stickers from my stash
Dusty Attic chipboard frame
DA chipboard title piece
DA flowers
May Arts vine trim
Distress inks and stains

Adhesives:

Scotch ATG
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar zapdots (foam dots)
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

TFL! If you’d like to check out the Dusty Attic challenge or gallery, CLICK HERE!

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"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.

Inspirational Journal Challenge for Tracy/Helmar

Soooo, back at the beginning of May, Tracy Weinzapfel of Helmar USA threw down a challenge to join her in creating a personal Inspirational Journal. You can see the recorded Ustream video clip on her blog here along with further details: Tracy’s awesome blog. The challenge was from the beginning of May through the end of June, to complete this album. Well here it is with less than a week of June remaining and I finally finished my COVER. Yes, my cover. lol So, here we go…

I knew that I wanted to use this one perfect image off of the Webster’s Pages diecut paper from the Spring Market collection. I knew I was going to use this specific quote with this image from the first moment I saw the paper months ago, so when Tracy announced the Inspirational Journal project, well I already had an idea in mind…but how to make it look like I imagined? Not a clue. Here’s what I ended up with instead. This is a 2 part cover here’s the outside/cover of the entire album (the quote reads, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning to dance in the rain”:

When you lift the acrylic cover, this is the inside page/second part of the cover which actually illustrates the first part of the quote (the fussy cut image from the WP diecut is coated in iridescent medium, but you can’t see it in the pic):

So as you can see, it’s a bit backwards, but so am I…so I think that’s about right for me. 😉 If you’re thinking hmmm…that acrylic looks kinda hazy…you’re right! It’s not your eyes and it’s not me trying to get a photo on a castover day, it’s diluted acrylic paint that I coated on the backside of the cover to make it look like a hazy, rainy day. TFL!

Materials:

Webster’s Pages Spring Market diecut
Winsor & Newton Iridescent Medium
Folk Art Acrylic paint
Strathmore watercolor paper
Kaisercraft large square acrylic album
Stazon ink
Stamp by Victorine Originals

Adhesives:

Helmar 450 Quick Dry (make sure to test before use on acrylic)
Helmar Zapdots
Helmar Acid Free Glue

Giveaway – Webster’s Pages Late Season Release Spring Market – giveaways all week on their blog (Jan 3-7)

Webster’s Pages just released Spring Market…and it is GORGEOUS!!!

Complete paper collection (6 double-sided 12×12, vellum and diecut) and tons of fabulous new embellishments including chipboard sticker buttons w/twine, FABRIC FLOWERS!!!!, petite berry bouquet, and luscious ribbons and trims and MORE! This is a “mini-release” so the full CHA release is going to have FIVE TIMES as many embellishments!!! Can you believe that?!! For your chance to win an assortment of NEW Spring Market Goodies, just CLICK HERE and leave a comment on their blog.