Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Collection Disconnection | Little by Little #2 - Magic Adventure

Hey friends! Welcome back for the second installment of my Collection Disconnection series where I take one paper line (Shimelle Little by Little) and create several layouts with different themes and color schemes and techniques.

Today, my intention was to be inspired by the inspiration behind the collection - children's books. And I was inspired to tell a story about reading, but I also decided to show you how I tackle the idea of using a bold and bright patterned paper for the background of your layout.

I find that the best way to make sure your photos stand out while still letting your bold pattern shine is to break it up with a solid color. I tend to gravitate toward white and in this case, I used notebook paper.

I combined a few words from the Thickers set to create my title, "Magic Adventure". I like that the title is white and I think if it were a different color it would compete with the background paper.

I pulled elements from the die cuts and sticker sheets to lend to magical, fairytale, getting-lost-in-a- good-book, feel and finished with a little bit of gold mist because, gold=magic.

You can see how it all came together in the process video!

I've linked to all available products below and don't forget to check out the other videos in this series on my YouTube playlist!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Collection Disconnection | Little by Little #1 - Wild Wonder

Hello friends! Today I'm excited to bring back a popular YouTube series I've done in the past - Collection Disconnection. This is a series where I take a single manufacturer collection and make 10 different layouts. The goal is to show you how to "disconnect" the collection and demonstrate ways you can make layouts using a single line look different from each other while showing you some fun tips and tricks along the way.

This time, I'm using the Shimelle Little by Little collection. If you didn't see it on my channel yesterday, I posted a video showing you the products I'll be using and how I store them. You can check that out here.

Today I'm happy to bring you the first layout, where I focused on using papers from the 6x6 paper pad and tried to use the icons I thought would be most difficult for me - the adorable animals!

I decided that the best thing to do would be to focus on the outdoors because animals are outdoorsy, right? I purposely chose a photo that didn't have a person in it because I think that half my problem using embellishments with faces is that they compete with the photo. No worries about that here!

I used three papers from the 6x6 paper pad to create a photo mat and one more (cut in half) to create a strip of pattern behind the running the length of the layout.

I also added in floral die cuts and leaves cut on my Silhouette Cameo (you can find those cut files in my shop here). I created a title from Thickers and the word "wonder" fussy cut from that awesome patterned paper - it's the only part of the layout where I didn't use my 6x6 pad!

Of course I sprinkled in a few puffy stickers and other embellishments. You can see the whole process in the video below!

Be sure to check back next week for another layout using the Shimelle Little by Little collection!

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Elle's Studio | June 2017 Release

Hey friends! It's the 10th of the month, which means that there are fun new products in the Elle's Studio shop. I had fun working with this month's kit and the extras are some of my faves!

Yes, there are new puffy stickers! And check out that Stanley Alphabet in a solid AND and an outline?! Swoon...

Here's a layout I created using this month's kit. I loved using that alphabet for my title and I repeated one of the tab cut files to create a background.

If you want a closer look at the releases for this month, watch the video below and be sure to head over to Elle's Studio to check out the fun new products and see how the rest of the design team is using the products this month!

Monday, May 15, 2017

AE Digital Projects | May 2017

For some reason May always seems to be one of the busiest months for me. So glad I was able whip out a couple of simple, story-filled, hybrid layouts in under an hour using some of the Ali Edwards May digital releases.

The first uses the May Digital kit and I was so excited to see a bit of a self-care theme running throughout the cards and stamps. I've been walking almost every day since it's been warm enough outside and it has been a true escape for me. I can think, or clear my head. I notice the beautiful things around me. It's good for me too. Based on my shoes it's obvious I'm not doing this for cardio but it's the best thing I can do for myself right now and I'm loving it.

I printed my photo at 6x8, but before I did, I added a digital stamp and some journaling in Photoshop.

I gave my photo a white border, trimmed my patterned paper down to 6x8 and added a date, a chipboard circle from a past Story Kit™ and a few florals from Maggie Holmes.

One down.

The next layout uses the new Pets Digital stamps. I had to tell the story of my finding out my boy kitten was a girl and that she got knocked up. Haha.

Again, super simple, but the story got told. I created an 8.5x11 canvas in Photoshop, used a digital stamp for my title (I added the color using the paint bucket tool), added my journaling to the bottom and printed it out on white cardstock.

I printed my photos in black and white at 4x4, added a strip of patterned paper and a chipboard circle (again, from a past Story Kit™) and called it finished.

I seriously love the layouts these products inspire me to create and I'm grateful to be on Ali's design team because it gives me a gentle push to tell stories that matter.

You can find these products on Ali's website here.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Elle's Studio | May 2017 Release

Hey friends! I am excited to share another round of fun products coming to the Elle's Studio shop this month, as well as a few projects I created using them. :)

Lots of fun sunshine-filled products to brighten your day. I really love the additional coordinating products this month as well, specifically that awesome Today stamp set and the Fun Outdoors wood veneer words.

So far, I've created two projects using these new products, and I'll have another one + a process video later in the month.

First is a layout using the May products + some of the new Live Laugh Love collection. Kind of loving this yellow + orange + light blue color combo.

I also completed a spread in my 6x8 Project Life album. Love the way the days of the week from the Today stamp set look on the sun card! I also painted one of the wood words white to add to a 4x6 photo and I'm digging that look as well.

If you want a bit of a closer look at all of the new stuff hitting the shop, check out my unboxing video!

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to head over to Elle's Studio to do some shopping!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

AE Digital Projects | April 2017 Digital Kit

Hey friends! Today I wanted to quickly share a couple of projects I created using the fun April 2017 Digital kit from Ali Edwards. It's full of printable journal cards, digital stamps (great for putting on photos or cutting on your Silhouette), and digital embellishments!

I created two projects. The first is a spread in my 6x8 Project Life® album. Kept it super simple. Mostly words + photos. I added a few digital stamps and some journaling to some of my photos before I printed them.

This week was full of gorgeous photos of blue skies! It makes me happy to look at it. I stamped the date directly below the April Stories digital stamp and love the way those large Elle's Studio stamps turn out every time.

I needed just a bit of extra room, so I added a flip up pocket from Simple stories to include another photo and more journaling.

The second project was super fun to create. It's an 8.5 x 11 hybrid scrapbook layout where I incorporated a fun technique using a floral wreath included on one of the digital journal cards.

I have a tutorial on how to separate the wreath from the card and add a photo to the middle in the video below!

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I added some stitching around the wreaths and used the Easter Joy digital stamp as a cut file for my title.

I added a little word sticker to each photo and some handwritten journaling and called it done.

I hope that you'll check out this digital kit - it's been one of my favorites so far!

Thanks, as always, for stopping by!