Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Saying Farewell ~ All Smiles {Maja Design & Dusty Attic}

Hello friends, I'm happy today to share with you all a very special project that is dear to my heart.  As many of you know I have been with the Maja Design team for over 4 years now.  Today will be my last post for this wonderful team.  It was very hard for me to come to this decision as I have very much enjoyed creating with these beautiful papers.  But as I have a lot on my plate as of late, I felt it was time to make a few changes.  I decided to end my journey as I began.....the very first project I did for Maja Design was using their signature blue's and today I finish my journey using these classic colors.


As always I used a variety of collections in one layout (5 in all), but I mainly chose papers from the Life by the Sea collection.  I drew my inspiration from the navy and white stripe top my oldest daughter is wearing in the photo above of her and our dog.  These are the papers I used on this project:

Maja Design Papers used in this project:
~ Life by the Sea (Seaside Cottage, Bottle Message),
~ Vintage Summer Basics (1945-bs),
~ Vintage Autumn Basics (XXIII-bs, XVI).

Dusty Attic Chipboard used in this project:
~ Chains
~ French Flourish
~ Lattice (small)
~ Vintage Frames #4
~ Word Strips
~ Mini Captions #9
~ Mini Tabs #2
~ Clear Gloss Varnish
~ Dusty Attic Blossoms (Blue Bonnet)

  All Smiles closeup1

I chose the fresh and pretty 'Seaside Cottage' strip paper as my matting paper....and the softly scripted 'Bottle Message' paper as my background.  I decided on my photo and embellishment placement and then softly tinted the surrounding area with some Colorbox Mixed Media Inx in a Patina color.

  All Smiles closeup2

Before adhering my background paper to the matting paper, I added a little accent by tearing the two papers and curling back the edges to reveal the pretty check paper from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection with a little peek of lace as well. I added a small zipper pull from Prima Marketing to finish the look.  I also sandwiched a strip of burlap between the two papers before I finally adhered the two pieces together.  As an added finishing touch I added two 'hinge' designs by cutting a Dusty Attic 'French Flourish' chipboard design in half and glued them to the top and bottom of the right side.

  All Smiles closeup3

I double matted my photo with papers from Vintage Autumn Basics and Vintage Summer Basics, sandwiching the Dusty Attic 'Vintage Frame #4' between the two layers.  Then I added some butterflies (just some images I printed off from the internet), blossoms and clock images that I fussy cut from the Vintage Autumn Basics XVI paper, and applied with pop dots, adding a border with Platinum Stickles (glitter glue).

  All Smiles closeup4

I also added some randomly cut sections of Dusty Attic chipboard Lattice.....and as a final touch used some Dusty Attic Clear Gloss Varnish to attach some seed beads in around the lattice (Prima - Licorice seed beads).  To add another bit of curvy design to the page, I slightly bent a strip of Dusty Attic Chain under the photo and attached it with a 'screw' brad.

I hope you enjoyed checking out my project as much as I enjoyed creating it!  It has been my absolute pleasure being on this wonderful design team and want to thank Marie Janson for her kind generosity and support all these years, as well as Camilla Lillieskold, our awesome design team coordinator and Jennifer Snyder, our social media coordinator for all their hard work on our behalf. Suffice it to say I will be using all the lovely product I still have in my stash for years to come! xo

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Cherish ~ New Kit & Video Tutorial {The Scrapbook Diaries}

Hello friends! I'm so happy to share with you all today the latest kit page I've made up for The Scrapbook Diaries, so much fun to scrap this pic of my sweet little great nieces! I always feel so fortunate to get to have such lovely products to play with in creating my scrapbook pages....and I feel even happier that all the products I use are available to everyone to create the same or similar pages through The Scrapbook Diaries Kits!

Janene Meyerowitz (Owner of The Scrapbook Diaries) always looks far and wide for the newest most exciting products on the market....yup, doesn't matter if the products need to be ordered from as far away as Poland or Australia, she brings them in so we can play!  Here you can see some of the lovely layered wood embellishments she brought in from a company called Scrapeniec in the delicacy of these pieces!  

Included in this kit are these wonderful new Shimmerz Paints products, Strawberry Fields Creameez and Ruby Lost Her Slippers Inklingz!  Love these colors combined!

I'm a sucker for butterflies on scrapbook pages, this kit includes a beautiful two-sided cut-out strip of butterflies....the hard part was picking my favorites for this page!

Another fun cut-out strip in this kit is a lily floral design.  I love these, with just a little bit of fussy cutting and some foam adhesive tape, you get a really unique and pretty page embellishment!

As always, the kit comes with all the products included on my sample page....I'm crazy about those adorable little LemonCraft buttons!

And that vine!  One of my all time favorite Prima Marketing Vines.....Janene was able to get in a limited number of these vines, so if this is a kit you want, be sure to move fast on it as this particular kit is quite limited and will go fast!

Also included in this kit is the Organic Matter stencil I designed for The Crafters Workshop!  As always Janene offers the kit in Basic and Complete kits so that if you happen to already have certain items in your stash you can save a little money by taking the Basic kit.

And of course, this kit also comes with unlimited access to a private online video tutorial to show you how this page was made so that you can follow along and create the same page for yourself or you can tweak it to suit your own style! She also provides you with enough materials to create a bonus page (be sure to check out the bonus page Janene created with this kit! It's so beautiful!).  I know you will have a lot of fun with this one! You can order your kit at The Scrapbook Diaries today!  Fair warning, this one is quite limited so act quickly if you want it! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, I always appreciate the kind comments and feedback I get from my friends! Happy Scrapping!


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