Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Elle's Studio February Kit Reveal




Guess what? The Elle's Studio February Kit + exclusives are now live (you should definitely go check it out) and that means that the design team gallery is live too...and I get to share two layouts with you! My favorites by far this release are the wood veneer circles. They are so fabulous!


The evidence of my love for those wood circles is evidenced in my layouts, for sure. :)


This layout about my favorite guy plays up the circles in the stamps, wood, and die cuts and I even did a little hand-stitching. 


I used the speech bubble cut files to record something funny my daughter said. And more circles. I couldn't help it!

You can see close-ups of my layouts over in the Elle's Studio DT Gallery, as well as links to the products I used. Remember that the kits are $9.99 on launch day, but go up to $11.99 after that and are only available while supplies last. 

This month we also have a free shipping special! Orders of $50 or more ship for free with coupon code LOVEYOU and this includes international orders!

Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for stopping by!


Monday, February 8, 2016

Sunday Script + Uplift: Mean It

The first Sunday of each month, I share an uplifting or inspiring quote that I hand script over on my YouTube channel (I linked to the products I used at the end of this post). I share my thoughts on the quote as I script it out. You can watch yesterday's video here:


Every Monday (that's today!) I share a free printable download of the quote I scripted in my shop, and I love the way this one turned out. It's available below or you can head over to my shop to see the other printables (free and purchasable) that I have available.



Thanks so much for stopping by!


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

10 Tips & Techniques for Stamping in Scrapbooking (plus some bonus tips)



Hello! Since I finished up my Stamping in Scrapbooking series on my YouTube channel last week, I thought it would be nice to do a little roundup of tips or techniques you can use in your scrapbooking. Each photo is linked to the process video connected with it - just click it to see the video!

1. STAMP ON PATTERNED PAPER

This is a great way to make your stamps look like they are part of the paper and blend right in.

2. USE STAMPS IN PLACE OF DIE CUTS OR EMBELLISHMENTS


Stamped  images work great as embellishments. Beautiful icons like this floral are great, but you can also make little tabs, labels, and banners out of word stamps like the "Monday Routine" label shown above.  I think it helps to cut them out and layer them up to give them more dimension and interest.

3. CREATE A SHAPE OUT OF STAMPED IMAGES


You can see I created a circle or wreath-like look with these stamped leaves, but this could work with any larger stamps and in other shapes like hearts, stars, chevrons, etc.

4. CREATE AN INTERESTING BACKGROUND WITH A COMBINATION OF STAMPS



Using a combination of wheel stamps and textures in a few ink colors creates an interesting and appealing background.

5. USE ALPHABET STAMPS TO CREATE BOLD TITLES



Stick to a few fonts that compliment each other well. You can stamp directly to the background or stamp and cut them out to create a sticker look.

6. STAMP WITH DIFFERENT MEDIUMS



In the layout above, I inked up my stamps with some water-reactive markers, spritzed them with a bit of water and then stamped them for a watercolor look. You don't get a completely clear image, but you get an interesting look and when you use more than one color, they blend nicely.

You could also try stamping with paint, spray mists, gelatos, etc.

7. CLUSTER YOUR STAMPS TO CREATE A FOCAL POINT ON YOUR LAYOUT



In lieu of a patterned paper strip down the side of my layout, I added a bunch of stamped circles in rainbow order as a focal piece.

8. CREATE YOUR OWN PATTERNED PAPER WITH STAMPS



You can use word/phrase stamps or icons repeatedly on a piece of paper to create a pattern. This layout uses stamped paper in place of traditional patterned paper.

9. ADD INK/PAINT AROUND YOUR STAMPS USING MASKING FLUID TO PROTECT THE STAMPED IMAGE BELOW



This is a bit more of a fun technique than a tip. After I stamped the sketchy circle + words, I painted masking fluid over them, let it dry, added a bunch of distress ink + water, peeled up the masking fluid and the stamping stayed white and protected. This is one of those techniques with wow factor and a big reveal, which I love!

10. CREATE A STAMP EXPLOSION



Really didn't know what else to call this, but this is another fun technique. Basically, you paint with acrylic paint and then stamp with the same color ink so it looks like it's exploding from the paint. So fun.

Those are the techniques and tips I focused on in the videos, but here are a few bonus tips.
  • Stamp with a few colors of ink on the same stamp to create an ombre or blended look
  • Stamp the same image several times without re-inking for a variety of shades of one color and an interesting texture
  • Overlap different colors of dye ink to create new shades
  • Stamp in color to make your stamps blend in to your layout and in black to make it pop and look "stamped"
  • Use your small stamps as a finishing touch or to scatter amongst your embellishments
  • Color in outline stamps with watercolor, markers, or other inks/paints
  • Give a little bit of interest to plain vellum by stamping - either with a quick drying ink or heat embossing
Hope that you've enjoyed my tips! If you entered last week's giveaway, check out the video below to see the lucky winner. 




Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wednesday: Words + Photo

Last night I taught a class to some ladies at my mom's church about what to do with your photos and why I'm so passionate about pairing stories with your photos. In an effort to share a bit more with you all, I thought it would be fun to do a little blog series on Wednesday's (maybe not every Wednesday, but sometimes) where it's just a photo and a story.


This is not the most amazing iPhone photo ever, but it's special to me.

Malia is obsessed with science. All aspects of it. The other day at school her teacher asked her if her parents were scientists because her love for science is so evident. We aren't, but I always wanted to be a Geologist, so there's that.

She decided to make a science journal where she could log experiments. This is the first one in her journal and I absolutely love the detail of her entry. And she's so excited about it. She keeps asking Philip and I if we want to see her experiment and reading us all of her notes.

Her enthusiasm is awesome. I always tell her she can be anything if she puts her mind to it. Maybe we'll have a scientist...


Friday, January 29, 2016

New Print & Cut Files in my shop + Layout share!

Happy Friday friends! Hope you have exciting plans for the weekend. Or that you are up to a whole lot of being lazy. I have a little of both ahead of me. ;)

Today I wanted to share some new cut files that are in my shop. They are watercolored words and phrases that are print and cut files and I just love how they look when you print and cut them out!


It comes with both .svg and .png files as well as a PDF with an outline you can hand-cut if you don't have an electronic cutting machine.  As you can see above, the words are scripted in black, but you can change them to any color you want with Photoshop or other photo editing softwares!

In this layout, I changed the cut files to a pinky purple shade, printed them on watercolor paper, and cut them out on my Silhouette Cameo. The title fits perfectly with these gorgeous Maggie Holmes die cuts.


And here is a bit of a closer look:


Cool, right? I created a little video showing you how to use the print and cut files and also how to change the color. You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel.



If you have any questions or any ideas for future print and cut files, leave me a comment below! And don't forget to head over to my shop if you would like to purchase these for yourself. Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Stamping in Scrapbooking #10 + Giveaway!

My Stamping in Scrapbooking series is coming to an end and I have a final layout for you. Today I kind of want to talk about how not everything we create has to be a masterpiece.

This layout was all about trying a technique that I saw my friend Suse Fish do (much better than I), and honestly, it kind of got away from me. I still wanted to share it with you because I want to let everyone know that perfection is absolutely unneccessary.

The most important thing, for me, will ALWAYS be the story. And this layout has a good one. So here you go...


I used this mostly black photo of my daughter in the car and used black paint to kind of make the photo blend into the layout. I think it looks kind of cool.


The whole idea for the stamping on this layout was to kind of make it look like the stamping is an extension of that paint. I used a ton of my Felicity Jane kit stamps in words and phrases that added to the story I wanted to tell.


I balanced the black with some bright pops of color from the January Susie kit from Felicity Jane.


Stitching is always a fun way to add a bit of detail and texture and I added it all around the layout, including some journaling lines.

If you want to see how this layout comes together, watch the process video here or over on my YouTube channel!


I've linked to all available products below. Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to watch the video to see how you can enter to win a $20 Simon Says Stamp gift card! I'll be back next week with a round-up of tips for stamping in scrapbooking as well as to announce the winner. :)






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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Stamping in Scrapbooking #9: Zebra Love

Hey! I'm back with another Stamping in Scrapbooking layout. I've been using masking fluid in my brush script lately and wanted to incorporate it on a layout with stamping.


I used this printable as inspiration and  created that journaling card on some watercolor paper with stamps + distress ink + gold color shine.


The masking fluid protected the circle while I layered all of the color onto that card. Cool right?

My photo had a bunch of empty space on it, so it made a nice home for my title.


I also ended up scattering a bunch of heart stamps all over the layout, which if I'm being perfectly honest, I kind of regret. But my memory is documented and that's the most important thing.

You know how sometimes two elements come together to make the perfect embellishment? That's what happened with this little chipboard envelope + gold heart. I love it.



If you want to see how it all came together, watch the video here or over on my YouTube channel.


I've linked to all available products below. Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to come back next Thursday for the last video in this series + a giveaway!!






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