Scrapbook & Cards Today Published Layout

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Day Three of 12 Days of Christmas on Laurel Lane.

imageI am so very excited to share that I have a layout published in the recent Winter 2012 Scrapbook & Cards Today issue!! This is my first ever published layout and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  

It’s a beautiful issue with many great layouts, cards and ideas.   The best part is that you can view the entire magazine online!  My layout is on page 58.    You can also find this magazine in the stores too.  Have fun checking it out!

The title of my layout is “may your Christmas be Merry & Bright.”  It features 19 photos and a journaling block that could also be a photo. Yes 19 photos on a 12×12 two page layout!  17 of them are 2×2 and the other two are 4×6’s (trimmed one down to a 4×4).  The sketch I used one of Allison Davis’ from Sketch Support, love her sketches!  I always find with Christmas layouts I want to use more photos on the so that I can tell the story.    This sketch will help you fit them all in!

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Here’s a link to the layout from a prior post and more details about the products used.    Thank you Becky Fleck & Catherine for publishing my layout!  I hope to have many more in your magazine.  Smile

Are you getting lots of time to decorate, craft and bake for the holidays?  I’d love to know what you’ve been doing.   I love the weekends and wish they lasted longer.   We just finished getting the red/green/white lights up outside on the trees today.  The lights on the house were put up during the week and now it has all come together.   It feels so good once the inside and outside is decorated for Christmas! 

My sister, Claire, thinks I am going to be blogging on Christmas eve because I’ve committed to doing 12 posts.  I LOVE a challenge especially when someone thinking I can’t do something, it motivates me even more!  I told her the risk is not that I’ll be blogging lets just hope that I don’t am not still scrapbooking to complete this challenge!  Here’s my secret….this next week is my last week of work till 2013 so I plan to have some quality crafting time set aside. 

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Fun at the patch layout

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Tonight I’d like to share a fall layout with photos from one year ago.  We have a fun tradition to visit the patch with another family.  It first started when the boys were just 6 months old and now we’ve been going ever since.  Today we went once again (our 5th year!) and so I thought it would be fitting to share this layout.  I do have to say that this year it was not dry and we got very, very wet.  The rain was wonderful though, the boys all had a great time and even baby Gwen didn’t mind getting wet.    After looking at how dry and nice it was last year I see how lucky we were on this day!

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I love this American Crafts Halloween paper that I picked up on clearance a while back at Paper Zone.  The only problem is that I had all big patterns.  I didn’t have any small patterns and I really needed one for the layout.  A purple polka dot paper was what I was searching for but I couldn’t find any so I settled for cutting out the patterned pumpkins from the paper to give it some variety.  Since finishing this layout I’ve found a digital pack (Lori Whitlock) online that I think will be just right for next time.  

I love that this layout offers the use of 9 photos and when they are in a block like this they make quite the statement.  I added a orange stich around the outside of the papers and see I need to work with my tension (see the corner) next time I sew.  My sewing machine had to go in for service and I’ve just gotten it back and I am determined to figure out how to use it better.

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The arrows are from a Pebbles pack of accents, love that they are the same company so the colors from the two lines match.  I picked up a cute remarks sticker pack from this collection too.  Now that I have some smaller patterns I’d like to try a few more layouts with the rest of this paper.

I love that both A & A have on their purple clothes that match this paper so well!

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Hope you enjoy your Halloween festivities!    Here’s a link to another year when we went on the pumpkin patch excursion with our friends.   

Supplies:  Pattern Paper-American Crafts (All Hallows Eve, Transylvania, Charms, Creepy, Grimm, Horror, Sweet), White Bazzill Paper, Stickers-remarks American Crafts, Chipboard arrows-pebbles chips, Distress Ink-Tim Holtz, Thickers-Amy Tangerine Hello, Thickers-Tinsel (black), Pop Dots-All Night Media

Handmade Flowers

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Today I’d like to share my paper flower bouquet with you made via the Silhouette.    Now that I have a tool to help cut out the shape of the flowers this is one of the first projects I couldn’t wait to complete.    I wanted to make these for Gwen’s birthday back in June but this was the one thing on the list that didn’t get completed.  Since I have the Silhouette I am glad I waited because I like how these turned out much better than when I cut my own flower shapes.  (it’s possible to do it but much harder)

I’ve said this before…but I really LOVE this collection of paper (Sketchbook by Amy Tangerine) because of the bright cheerful colors but it also has a great mix of not just shapes but also the geometric patterns.  I am so happy with how these flowers turned out.  You see the hearts and flowers on one side then geometric partners on the back sides.  This collection is also great because of the black and white patterns mixed with the bright colors and the black pencil sketchs too.

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I used two different shapes from the Silhouette store for the flowers.    The 3d paper rose (Alaa’K) & the 3d rolled spiral flower (Lori Whitlock).  I enlarged each flower so that it was as large as it could be for a 12×12 sheet.  This produced nice sized flowers for a medium sized vase to be a table centerpiece.

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I glued them together and then used floral wire as the stems.    I tried scrunching up the paper, like last time, but didn’t like how it turned out so I stuck with keeping them nice & crisp.   I had to make a small tighter spiral for the inside because the flowers were so open.  I used scraps from the big flowers, twisted them up and glued to the middle of the large open flowers.

My favorite three flowers are seen below:  the inside with the rainbow of hearts, the bright yellow inside with the big flowers on the outside and Gwyneth’s graph outside with the black and white floral on the inside.

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The two flower shapes used here are similar but Lori’s rolled spiral flower has more of a scalloped edge so these shapes work well together to give a slight variety to the overall shape/size of the flowers.   

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I’ve tied some Sketchbook ribbons to the top of the vase to enhance the colors in the bouquet.  We’ve now got the bouquet sitting in the center of our dinging table.   The real roses my husband got me for our anniversary last week are just about done but we’ll have this lovely bouquet to enjoy for a long time!    

There are many, many more flower shapes I want to use on future projects with smaller sized flowers in a big grouping.  I can’t wait to try some new things!   Here’s a link to my other projects with the Sketchbook collection.   I’ve almost used up the paper pack, just enough left for one more layout & 2 cards.  

Supplies:  pattern paper & ribbons-Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection (American Crafts), die cut flower templates-Silhouette store (3d paper rose – by Alaa’K & the 3d rolled spiral flower – by Lori Whitlock)

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Rolled paper flowers are really beautiful and they always catch my eye.  I am THRILLED to finally have a tool (Silhouette) to make paper flowers.   I used the 3d rolled rose pattern and then added some leaves.  It’s so much easier making these with a die cut than by hand!  See the paper flower board I’ve created on Pinterest to keep track of the flowers I love.  Alice, Virginia and Joy have created some flowers that totally inspire me- thank you ladies!! I can’t wait to create more!

Last weekend my husband saw them sitting on my craft desk and commented that he liked the way they turned out.  I love when he likes what I make and I smiled.  We celebrated our 7th anniversary earlier this week and so I thought these three flowers would be a good accent for his “Happy Anniversary” card.  The best part about giving cards to him is that I get to see them sitting on his desk for months.    Luckily I was able to find some background paper (from a different collection) that seemed to work with the yellow dot flowers and are somewhat male colors.

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I was planning to sew a border around the card with blue thread but turns out my machine needs to get service.  So I added a black mat & the black/white pattern to the base before adding the panel front of the card because it needed something else.

I just love how the flowers look when rolled & glued together.  I had fun taking these photos of them and can’t wait to do more.   The Silhouette comes with a gift card for the digital store and I used it to buy all paper flower templates.

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This tag from the Sketchbook collection was just perfect with the blue “the best FEELING” sentiment to go with this LOVE card.    Added a brad and a touch of twine and it was a quick card.    I also made a vase of large paper flowers with this same paper that I’ll be sharing next.

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Supplies:  Pattern Paper, Tag & Brad-Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection (American Crafts), Sentiment Love Sticker-SRM Press, Yellow Rolled Paper Flowers-Echo Park Dots & Stripes.  Flowers (3d paper rose -Alaa’K) & Leaves (3 flower leaves & flower leaves by Lori Whitlock)- cut via the Silhouette.

Love Your Smile Layout

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Today I’d like to share a scrapbook layout that I completed over the long weekend.  I was inspired to do this layout from the Sunday Sketch posting on Studio Calico this week.     I’ve wanted to use these cool wood veneer cameras on a layout and this was the perfect opportunity to mix them with some Amy Tangerine Sketchbook paper.    I considered misting the wood but with this paper it looked better keeping them natural, they have this beautiful warm color to the wood that’s so lovely.  I’ll mist some for another project. 

Here’s the sketch:  (based on Amy Tan’s layout)  I like the way this sketch has multiple borders and was inspired to do a layout.  I was creating some paper flowers Sunday night  so when I saw this it was a good distraction and break from that project.

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Here’s my layout:    I expanded it to a two page layout.  I always have more than a few photos I want to use so I rarely do one page layouts.    Moved the journaling to the far right side and then made a nice box to contain all of the wood cameras. 

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I sure love the bright colors and sketchy designs in this collection.   It might not immediately pop out as being something to use for baby girl layouts but it sure is perfect!    This blue graph paper on the background is called “Gwyneth’s Graph” and I am going to say it was named for our baby Gwenyth. (not really but fun when there’s a connection like this)   All the more perfect to use for Gwen’s layout!    I hope Amy will do more collections with bright colors in the future because I can’t get enough of Sketchbook (made a vase of paper flowers with the Silhouette that I’ll share soon). 

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Supplies: Pattern paper – Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection (American Crafts), Wood Veneer Cameras- Studio Calico, Letters-Thickers (American Crafts) and Making Memories

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!!

Colorful Sketchbook Cards

Happy Independence Day!

I wanted to THANK Amy Tangerine for featuring the owl gift bags & the mini album up on her site last week!  It’s been fun to get visits from her blog readers to Laurel Lane.  I love meeting new people, especially when they love crafting!

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Today I’d like to share three cards I made with the Sketchbook collection.  

I was inspired by the stitching and cut out circle in Laura Craigie’s “Wonderful Card” @ the American Crafts Blog.  It’s a beautiful card!!  Now that I just sewed the fabric banner I am in the mood to do more sewing on my cards so this was a great opportunity.  Here are the three cards that I made. 

#1 – I LOVE Cameras:  I used the sewing machine on all three cards to add some stitching detail to the outside border.  I also did some cut outs of the shapes from the pattern paper and popped everything up to add dimension.   On this first card I love this pattern so much that I decided to keep it intact and just cut out a circle for the message. 

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At the top of this card, I used a strip of paper that from the backside of the barcode product label.  This is one of the first lines I’ve seen that made the product strip usable by printing a smaller pattern on the backside.  It’s 1/2 inches wide and is an extra strip in addition to the 12×12 piece of paper.    It’s also a smaller aspect ratio so it’s great for borders & trim. 

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I love cameras and I thought this was a great message to put with the cameras.  People smile for cameras, people simile when looking at photos taken from cameras and this colorful set of cameras makes me smile! 

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#2 – Clouds:  During this last month in Seattle we have NOT seen summer.  It’s been gray or rainy every day.  I felt “hello from Seattle”  was the perfect message to add to this cloudy card.    We are lucky because today the sun is out and it’s wonderful to see!

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I love the blues found in these ribbons and thought it looked nice to add another texture other than the paper.   My office walls are painted “spa blue” that’s very close to the middle ribbon.

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#3 – Picture Frames with hearts:   

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This heart paper is adorable and I thought it would be cute to cut out hearts from the pattern.  I used my creative memories double heart punch, sewed them together and then added the hearts to the picture frames.  

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I was glad to be able to use the pink sparkly thickers for the sentiment. 

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Supplies:   Heart punch-Creative Memories, white cardstock, pink/blue thread, sewing machine used for all stitching, pop dots, glue dots, corner rounder-We R Memory Keepers.    All pattern papers, thickers, heart brad, ribbons-Amy Tangerine Sketchbook by American Crafts