Saturday, February 16, 2013

February Card Kitchen, Part 2

The rest of the cards I made with the awesome February Card Kitchen kit ...

Have I mentioned how much I love this month's kit? Get one HERE. Learn more about the Card Kitchen HERE. Stay tuned HERE for peeks and reveals of future monthly kits.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

February Card Kitchen, Part 1

Hello, my friends, have you seen the February Card Kitchen kit? Oh MY! I am so in love. What's in it?

I tell ya, the blue/green/yellow color combo makes me happy, happy, happy every single time, so this month's kit delivers in a big way! I love the embellishments, too -- wood buttons, twine, chevron twill ribbon, corrugated card board, metal clips, etc. The Card Kitchen kits come with 8 card bases, but there's always so much left over that you can easily make more just by adding some of your own card stock. I did 10 cards this month, and could have kept on going!

Here are the first few of my kit cards:

On these first two cards, I fussy cut some branches and birdhouses from one of the Pebbles patterns to make some cute little accents, which I popped up on some foam dots for some added dimension.

It's easy and fun to customize the "thinking of you" sentiment stickers that are in the kit with some of the family pennant stickers (also in the kit), which is what I did on these last two cards. I chose "dad" and "mom" for these, but there are other good choices, too ... son, daughter, cousins, etc. And check out that metal bird clip on the mom card. LOVE!

For more info, visit the Card Kitchen home page, The Card Kitchen blog, and/or The Card Kitchen on Facebook. You'll also get to see some delicious eye candy from Kimber McGray and guest designer Laurel Seabrook. They rocked this kit!

Thanks for visiting,

Monday, February 4, 2013

Scrapkit Studio: The Good Life Mini Album

Hola blog friends! I'm so excited to share a mini album project with you today. I've been lucky enough to play again with one of Scrapkit Studio's mini-album kits. If you're not familiar with Scrapkit Studio, I highly recommend taking a peek at what they have to offer. Melinda, the owner,  does an amazing job designing mini-album kits, complete with supplies and detailed instructions. Because her kits and instructions are so comprehensive, they are completely do-able by a beginner, and because they are so filled with the latest and greatest product, they are also perfect for experienced papercrafters who want the convenience and ease of a kit, with room for putting their own spin on the album. 

The kit I worked with this time is called The Good Life, and it is filled with cheerful and fun goodies from the The Good Life collection by Fancy Pants. I filled my album with an assortment of general, everyday family photos from last year. As I was looking through my 2012 family photos, I noticed something interesting -- my 12-year-old son seems to show up only for sports and cake. I would complain, except that I myself didn't seem to show up on the other side of the camera at all! So, go figure, our 2012 family memories do not include mom. I hereby vow to be more intentional about a) taking more photos of my oldest son and b) getting myself out from behind the camera and in the photos more often.

Shall we take an album tour?

For the cover, I took my lead from the title page provided in the instructions, changed the background paper, and added a few twists. The title is built with a pre-made, layered "The Good Life" sticker, topped with the word "loving," a chipboard heart accent, and two layered fishtail pennants. Behind it, I made a simple accordion-fold rosette. I then added a subtitle, "fun family memories 2012," using various stickers.

On the left page, I was faced with a mommy dilemma ... I had no photo with all five of us and really no suitable photo of the other four even. But how could I favor one child over another here on the opening page? I couldn't. So I created a little tri-fold attachment, which gave me enough room to include a photo of each child doing his or her happy "thing." The labels "play," "create," and "have fun" are done with letter stickers from the kit. I love the black polka dot envelope on the right - a perfect place to include extra photos and any memorabilia. Here's a look at the tri-fold open:

This next part is best viewed as a two-page spread:

The title begins on the left with "life is a journey" and continues on the right with "enjoy the ride." The photo of my youngest riding his bike was perfect for the bicycle sticker border along the bottom. Everything but the doily is included in the kit.

On the left page, I used a pre-made, layered bicycle sticker in the bottom left corner. Following Melinda's example, I made a darling little flag with a tiny stick/dowel and a pennant sticker.  The "life is good" word sticker is one of many on the included sticker sheet. And the chipboard star-shaped button is one of many buttons in the kit. The right side is a pocket page, which comes already die-cut and ready to just fold up, adhere, and embellish with a simple sticker strip and two buttons.

Inside the pocket is a 4x4 chipboard coaster. I covered it with paper, then added my photo and embellished with a tab top and some word stickers.

On the back side of the pocket page, I added a large photo and a quick embellishment cluster made of a leaf sticker and two stacked chipboard buttons. On the right side is a shaped chipboard page.  I covered it in blue crackle-looking paper (already die-cut to match the chipboard), then added a pocket and a corresponding tag (both already die-cut for you). On the tag is a photo of my daughter zip-lining at a friend's house.

On the back of the shaped page is a photo of my boys on my youngest son's birthday (note the presence of cake, and therefore elusive, pre-teen oldest son as well <grin>):

The title, "good times," was done with a combination of a tab sticker, a word sticker, four pennant stickers, and the circular letter stickers.

I love having little odd-size bits within a mini-album. One of the Fancy Pants patterns had a bunch of awesome cut-out components, including this "The Good Life" element. It was too wide to add to one of the album pages as a horizontal element, so I just punched two holes and added it vertically as its own mini-page of sorts.

On the back, I filled the space with overflow from the right-hand photograph and a portion of a long sentiment strip. (Pardon the photo print quality - the printer was running out of ink.) The right page is the back side of another pocket page. I love the "so grateful" flair in the upper right!

For the pocket page, I added a folded over doily (from my stash, not in the kit), a layered kit sticker, and a pull-out tabbed insert. On the right is a photo of my youngest son's preschool graduation last May and some sentiment stickers. Here's a look at the pull-out ... top photo is of younger son, airborne, about to belly flop on older son, bottom photo is of younger son and daughter playing a game of concentration.

Here, I've featured a photo of my husband and daughter, along with sentiment flags and stickers. To help the sentiment flags pop against the colorful background pattern, I added a red cardstock die-cut tabbed tag from my stash and topped it with a kit button. On the right ... another envelope page topped with a layered flower sticker. Basic Grey magnetic closures hold these envelope flaps closed, by the way.

Another easy spread: large photos, border stickers, button embellishments, and some word stickers.

On the back, I cut out "the good life" medallion from one of the Fancy Pants patterns and accented with tab stickers and a chipboard button.

Hope you've enjoyed my mini album tour. Head over the Scrapkit Studio if you're interested in having one of these, or a different style mini-album, for yourself!

Thanks for visiting,