butterfly cards and winners

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Hello, I’d like to thank everyone who visited Laurel Lane on Friday & over the weekend for the exciting ScrapbookSteals Blog Hop.  It was such fun to participate in this event and most of all I really loved “meeting” so many new people through all of the comments on the post.   

It’s really exciting to see how by just taking photos of your crafty work you can share with so many people around the world.  One my favorite things about scrapbooking is being able inspire others to want to use a particular product, create new things and get ideas.  I really love it and would love to see the results when you try out Mr. Huey’s mists or the wood veneer shapes.    Please do “lift” anything that you see, as a result I’ll have a big smile on my face. 

Also, thank you to all of you who decided you’d like to see more of my projects and started following Laurel Lane!!  (Heidi, Miriam, Karey, Mo, Cathy, Ruth, Jen, Cathryn, Jessica, Ashley, Gail, Cindy, Deborah, Marcia, Megan, Brenda, Beatrice, Sandi, Deb, Laura, Kathy, Kerys, and Beatrice L.)  I love interacting with other scrapbookers through this blog and can’t wait to get to know you better. 

Congratulations to Megan Smith who won the $20.00 gift card from ScrapbookSteals.com!  I am sure it won’t be hard to use that gift card on one of the upcoming awesome steals! 

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Now on to the winner for my drawing…. I exported all of the comments into excel and picked a random number from all of the comments by followers. 

Ashley Starkey your comment was selected!

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I am going to send you a box with some scrapbooking goodies. Including card #3 made with the boss lady color mist and the wood veneer butterflies. (photo below)   Hooray for you!

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Later this week, I’ll be sharing a few photos from the misting process and some tips I learned.  I also hope to try out some of the other wood veneer shapes (arrows, hearts, cameras) soon.  I just need to find some good papers to pair them with.  

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ScrapbookSteals Blog Hop – Mr. Huey’s Color Mists

Today I am excited to take part in the ScrapbookSteals August blog hop.  I’ve made some cards and a scrapbook layout to share with you.  You should be coming here from Dana Tartar’s blog, if you’d like to start from the top of the blog hop list visit Scrapbook Steals for the link to the start.    There are fun prizes to be won!   

For this project we were each sent a particular scrapbooking supplies from Scrapbook Steals to use in a project.  I am thrilled to be able to introduce you to Mr. Huey’s Color Mists by Studio Calico.   This is an amazing product that you are going to LOVE having in your scrapbook supply closet (if you don’t already)! 

I was received a pinkish/reddish color called Boss Lady Rose Patronne.  Here’s a picture of the spray.

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The first thing I did was do some research to figure out how to use the color mists.  I have not tried them before and I am so glad that I was introduced to color mist (finally!).  I decided that it would be fun to use the wood veneer shapes (butterfly & stars) also by Studio Calico to show the power of the color mists.  You could also use die cuts from your punches, masks and really any shape as the item that you mist. 

Card #1-A Tiny Bird with a Big Song

For this card I arranged 4 butterflies and then misted the entire sheet of paper.  I wanted to highlight the negative space that’s created by using the mist. The large size of the butterflies makes the background stand out.  

After doing the spraying, I wasn’t sure how I’d use the pink misted portion of the paper with the butterflies and I was thrilled when I found some paper that matched the pink almost exactly!   Then I trimmed the pink panel down to be part of this 5×7 card and added two strips of pattern paper.   The supplies for these first two cards are actually from a past ScrapbookSteal purchase (My Minds Eye-Follow Your Heart Collection).   I love that there was a butterfly button in the MME collection to add to the butterfly theme going on with the wood shapes. 

The fun part about misting is the unevenness of the spray. On the left bottom side of the card and the right side it’s not evenly colored and it gives the paper a nice handmade/antique look. 

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This card is smaller than the first so I used only two butterfly silhouettes and for the third I used an embellishment.  The entire pink part was created with the mist spray.  I was excited to use the shiny pearl brads in the middle of the butterflies.  Spraying the paper & the butterflies was a really beautiful process and plan to do another post showing some of the step by step photos.

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Card #3-Hooray for You

I used the same Boss Lady mist here but you can see when the mist is applied to the wood it’s darker than on the paper above.  It is almost red here.  It was really easy to spray the wood and the color absorbs quickly.  Once the shapes were dry I glued them to the front of this card to create dimensional card. 

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After seeing the red mist I knew I’d like to try a few others so I decided to use Buttercup and Heirloom Blue.  Having a few colors will give you the opportunity to mix the colors as I have done on this next set of projects. 

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Card #4- Thanks a Million

I sprayed the butterflies and when they dried stacked them on top of each other to add to the front of this card.  They create a nice effect when combined together like this.  I was excited to find some paper (Cosmo Cricket Social Club) in my stash that would work well with these colors.   

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Card #5 – Just a Note

For the next card I wanted to use all three colors together so I started with the blue, then added the yellow and pink.  I love how the colors mix and you see there’s even some green where the blue & yellow mixed. 

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Card #6 – I Love Remembering

For this last card I did the same thing as the card above but this time I wanted to keep the wood veneer butterfly in place on the front of this card.  There’s a nice white outline around the wood after you spray and it creates a fun effect to make them pop out.  If you make a mistake and have to start over while spraying you can flip the wood shapes over and use the other side.  Each item created will never be the same as another! 

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Layout – I’m a Big Brother Now

Last I’d like to share a two page scrapbook layout.  I used two page sketch #15 found at Sketch Support for this layout.   Originally I wanted to use a masking template (studio calico bubbles or circle graph) that creates a background but I had a hard time figuring out how to make it work on a layout.  I didn’t want it to overpower all the patterns in the papers.  I think the masks are great for cards because then I can control the size/shape better.  However, I do hope to find a layout where I can try them with other patterns too.    

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In order to use the color mist in this layout I sprayed the wood veneer stars and glued them to the bottom edge of the pattern paper.  I love when you can take embellishments (wood stars) from one collection and mix them with a totally different collection such as this Amy Tangerine star/stripe paper & thickers (Get Around, Work In Progress, Stars Stripes & Stiches).    The wood stars vary in size and are close to the same size as the stars on the pattern paper.  I thought they created a nice border and tied in well with the “big brother” pajamas the boys are wearing.    One last thing I went back and forth about was spraying random blue mist spots across the bottom wave of the white paper.  What do you think?  Should I add more mist to this layout? 

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Thanks for coming to Laurel Lane, taking the time to read through and view my projects!    I hope you’ll give these awesome Mr. Huey’s color mists by Studio Calico a try.  There are so many possibilities!  One of the thing I like the most is the size, they are nice & compact.  After making a few projects you can use up the bottle giving you room to try other colors. 

Please leave a comment below if you’d like to be entered to win a $20.00 gift certificate to ScrapbookSteals.com.  Comments need to be posted by Sunday, August 12th at 11:59 PM MST.   Winner will be announced on ScrapbookSteals.

Also, I’ll be announcing a separate LUCKY winner of some great scrapbooking supplies.  In order to be eligible for this prize become a follower of Laurel Lane (only if you’d like to see my posts regularly) and leave a comment below.  I’ll select a random winner from the followers & commenters.    

Next Up Visit:   Rebecca Ednie’s blog to see her amazing creations with Mr. Huey’s Color Mists.

  1. ScrapbookSteals
  2. Rebecca Keppel – My Cluttered Corner
  3. Joan Borgelt  – The Gov’s Place
  4. Dana Tatar  – They Call Me Tartar Salad
  5. Laurel Geisbush – Laurel Lane  (You are Here)
  6. Rebecca Ednie  – Eclectic Endeavours  (> Go here next >>) 
  7. Julie Odil – Muddy Paws & Inky Fingers
  8. Patricia Flores – Harmony, Health & Faith

We hope you enjoy the blog hop!  Happy Hopping!   Thanks for your comments!!

Sketch Support Feature

I’d like to THANK Allison Davis for featuring my Love card on the Sketch Support site back in February.

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I am a HUGE Sketch Support follower and have loved seeing Allison’s work since she was featured in Creating Keepsakes Magazine many years back.    Her sketches are great because they give you an outline to start your layout.  They save so much time with the planning process and you can jump right into creating your page.  I connect so much with her style because the photos are the main element, they tell a story and they show emotion.  A few years back I ordered all 5 of Sketches for Scrapbooking books and I use them all the time.   

Back in April, I participated in the Sketch Support blog hop where you hopped around to all 20 of the deign team members blogs.   It was a lot of fun to learn more about the design team and their scrapbooking motivations. 

I left comments on all their sites and I was excited to find out I won a copy of  One Page Sketch’s for Scrapbooking Vol 2 from Katrina Hunt’s super creative paper. scissors & glue blog.    Yay!!  This book was on my list as I don’t have the one page sketches or the card sketches.  If you are interested, you can order a copy of this book or any of the others  at the Scrapbook Generation site.   

Katrina also sent me a huge supply of twinery twine, 14 different colors!  I didn’t have any twine yet and I am super excited to add it to my upcoming pages.    Another very exciting recent thing about Katrina is that she’s made the summer design team at Scrapbook Steals.  Congrats Katrina!!    As you may have noticed from my recent cards & layouts, I like to follow the Scrapbook Steals sketches & challenges.   There are a lot of fun things shared on their blog & great deals everyday for new scrapbook supplies.    I can’t wait to see what Katrina & the other talented ladies create for Scrapbook Steals

Speaking of Sketch Support, I finished this layout last night when Tara came over to scrapbook.  It’s based on Two-Page Sketch #18.  

“Hold on Tight"

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I used paper & felt embellishments that are part of the City Park Collection by American Crafts.   Same supplies I used for the spring cards.

Here’s the sketch:

Variations: 

  • Instead of adding detail & journaling box on the far right, I added two more photos.  I wanted to share one of daddy spinning Gavin and thought it was important to have a vertical view. 
  • Changed the border and kept mine straight, this tree & flower park paper is super cute and it was perfect for one of our first days of spring this year
  • Underneath the 6×4 photo I used 3 vertical photos that are 2×3.
  • Since I had room to the left of the photos I added a 4 1/2 x 7 block of paper to frame the page and to use more of the great patterns.

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The felt embellishments in this line are so adorable!  The flower & hot air balloon are my favorite.    With stitching & buttons they are so beautiful.

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I have one or two more layouts I am going to do with other papers in this line and I’ll be all caught up with my Easter layouts.  This might be the first time I’ve done a layout w/in two months of the photos being taken, it’s fun to do super current events!

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Supplies:  Pattern paper & felt embellishments -City Park collection by American Crafts, Letter stickers-felt Thickers & Amy Tangerine Lovely Thickers , Mini letters-Tiny Type by Cosmo Cricket, cardstock-paper bag color

 

Thanks to Allison Davis for all the inspiration & positive presence you’ve played in my scrapbooking obsession. 

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Here are a few more cards that I made this weekend to play along with Monday Card Madness #84 from last week.  

Here’s the sketch: 

I like that there are multiple layers of paper & patterns used in this this sketch.  I used my 6×6 What’s Up paper pack (BasicGrey) and there are only a few solid papers so I tried to work the patterns together but not make it too busy.    The best thing about the 6×6 paper packs is that they print the patterns smaller so that they work really well for small sized pieces like cards. 

Next time I have so many patterns, I’d like to try the opposite look and keep a simple white background as the main stage.  Then add just a touch of pattern for accent. 

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I used the flair stickers on the bottom left of each card and they are nice & thick to give great dimension.  They remind me of those pins the wait staff wear at TGI Fridays but they have a sticker on the back.  A fun idea for an embellishment!

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Next I want to do a 2 page layout with this paper so I stopped by Ben Franklin to get a few 12×12 sheets (it was interesting to see how much larger the patterns are on the full sheets).   For the layout, I am going to use the same flags you see here but expand it across both pages. It will be fun to see how it turns out. Not sure if I can use some photos of Gavin or if there will be too much purple/pink for boy photos. We’ll see!

Supplies:  Pattern Paper, Brads & Flair Stickers-What’s Up Basic Grey Collection, Stamps-Stampin Up, Black ink pad

Sweet Baby Girl Layout

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This weekend I did a layout for the weekly sketch challenge at the Scrapbook Steals blog.

The interesting thing is that this is the FIRST layout I’ve done for baby Gwen (already 11 months old).  I am not planning to start her albums till the fall but I was inspired to do this layout and I didn’t think boy photos were going to go well with the colors here.

I made the layout first and then decided these would be great photos to use with this paper.  I  had just printed copies of these photos to give to family members for her upcoming birthday so I was thrilled to have them all ready to go.

All the supplies are from the Follow Your Heart collection by My Mind’s Eye (purchased from Scrapbook Steals). The subtle pink, green, ivory & peach are perfect for a baby girl layout.

Here’s the original sketch:

I liked this sketch because of the circles and the pennant pieces. I knew right away I’d have to extend it to a two page layout. I rarely do one page layouts because I have too many photos that I want to put on each layout. I have to make a concentrated effort to narrow down photos when preparing for a layout so they all don’t have 20 on them!   (not exactly but you get the point, editing is crucial for me)

I added buttons to the chipboard pieces and then cut strips of paper to put behind.    I threaded the twine through the buttons with a thick needle and also put a cute pink/white bow through the blue button.  This is my first time using twine.  Love it and can’t wait to use again.

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Variations:

  • Extended the layout to two pages
  • Tried to have the 1/2 & 1/4 circles hanging above/through the banner but it didn’t work.    I added some straight strips of paper to attach the hanging banner so that it would be grounded to the layout.
  • Carried pennant across both pages and changed the shape of the pieces.
  • I put a larger title where the journal block was placed.
  • Skipped journaling on this layout because all the room the photos take up. The large one is 5×7 & the other three are 4×6

I punched small holes in the top of the pennant pieces and then strung the twine through.  Glue dots worked perfectly to secure all the little pieces.  I considered adding buttons to some of the pennant pieces but then decided not to.  There’s a lot going on in the photos with the pearls, flower headbands & hats and I didn’t want to take away from the lovely photos (taken by our favorite photographer)

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Supplies:  chipboard accents, twine, decorative buttons, pattern papers-My Mind’s Eye Follow Your Heart collection,  cardstock-Bazzil, black letter stickers-Making Memories, cardstock letter stickers-Thickers

I am planning to do one more layout and then some cards with this beautiful Follow Your Heart line.   I have yet to use the shiny & colorful decorative brads that are  that will be GREAT on some cards.

Layout Page Kits

Recently I’ve ordered a few page kits from Scrapbook Generation and wanted to share one that I’ve completed.   

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This is the Girl Crazy Page Kit from a few months back.  It’s  made with the lovely Pebbles Fresh Goods Collection.     I love the colors in this kit and that such large pieces of pattern paper are used, it crates a nice backdrop for photos from our trip to the San Juan Islands. 

Page kits are a great way to keep up with your layouts because everything that you need comes in the kit so they are very FAST to complete.   The only thing you need to do is select the photos, edit/resize to fit sizes in the layout.   

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Do you have a huge list of layouts on your list?   and you’d like to get caught up?   I recommend you try this shortcut for some of your layouts.  Also my good friend, Tara, swears by page kits and pretty much uses them exclusively these days and is very caught up with her scrapbooks.    On the Scrapbook Generation website you can see all the different themes/versions they offer.  The best part is if you sign up they automatically come each month. 

For this sketch there are there are 3 4×6’s, one 4×4 (top middle) and then the far right called for a 4×6 too.  I love when there’s room for so many large photos.

I decided to change the far right from a 4×6 to 6 smaller photos (a few 2×2’s and 2×3’s) so that I could get a few more photos in this layout.  With Allison Davis’ sketches she always mentions that you can change the photo block to make it fit the photos you’d like to share.

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After completing the layout, I had just a few leftover pieces and made a simple spring card that could be used for for any occasion (spring, Mother’s day, simple note to a friend).    I was inspired by the MCM Sketch #83 at Scrapbook Steals.   Since I only had a few small scraps left I didn’t follow the sketch fully. 

Spring Hello Card

For this beautiful colorful spring/summer paper I think simple is best to let the patterns shine.   For the final touch, I added some leftover ribbon from the birthday pennant banner that is the perfect color for this card and the inked the edges.

To respond to Shawna’s question of “what are you doing with all cards you’ve been making?”  I need to start mailing them to my friends & family.    If your address is in my outlook then there’s a good chance you could get one.  :) 

Spring Cards

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Most often I create cards from left over paper scraps.  This time I decided to start with the cards first (before the scrapbook pages).  I used American Crafts City Park Collection for everything on the cards.  I only had one pack of embellishments though so they are all featuring the same circles. 

These cards are based on the simple Monday Card Madness Sketch #48 found at the ScrapbookSteals Blog.    It’s a simple sketch and it caught my eye because because it opens from the bottom and has rounded corners. 

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#2 Flowers

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#3 Trees

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Supplies:  Patterned Paper/Embellishments- American Crafts City Park Collection, corner rounder 1/2 inch- W R Memory Keepers, word stamps- Stamp it UP. 

I love how fast making cards can be when you have simple designs.  Now I am going to use the rest of the paper (10 sheets) to do the rest of my spring layouts from Easter festivities this year.  I don’t have any more embellishments though so luckily I found some of the rest in this line at Amazon. 

Which card is your favorite?