Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Europe 2016: Copenhagen Picnic

We ended up having an impromptu picnic as we walked the streets of Copenhagen and ended up sitting on a lovely bridge watching the people, birds, and boats go by.
Once again my layout is very simple to focus on the 8 photos I used.  When I am creating my own layout design, I like place two sheets of card stock on my work space for the two page bases.  (In this case, I used Whisper card stock.)  Then I start laying my selected photos on the pages.
These three horizontal photos looked great all in a line.  I ended up using the retired Florence collection because the Poppy and Saffron work so well with these photos.  Even the touches of blue in the embellishments complimented the water.
On the right page I placed the three vertical photos in a row with a horizontal one above them.  I ended up trimming down the arrow photo to fit the row.  That cut did not detract from the focus of my photo.  Because there was a gap to the edge of the page, I added another pretty piece of Florence paper to finish the row.

Don't be afraid to design your own layout!  It is easier than you think!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Europe 2016: Christianborg Palace, Copenhagen/H2H Challenges: Fabulous Fonts

The next series of photos from our Europe trip are of our visit to the tallest tower in Copenhagen.  (One really cool fact about Christianborg Palace is that it is the only place in the world where all three branches of government are housed together.)

WARNING: This post is long!

Because I had so many photos, I ended up creating four pages (2 two-page layouts).  The center two pages are a Picture My Life page where you just slip your photos and journaling boxes into the page protector following its design.
Here are page 1 and page 4 without the Picture My Life protector in the middle.  This layout is a simple sketch from Reflections.  It is very symmetrical and allowed me to use 8 photos plus add some journaling.  My color scheme is White Daisy, Juniper, and Sorbet.  The text patterns of our B&T may be a challenge to use on your projects, but I love how it adds interest and texture to my layout but still allows the focus to be on my photos.  Because of all the text, I wrote my journaling by hand.
 Here is p. 1 with p. 2, the PML page.  You can see the coral shimmer trim that I used plus some retired stickers that matched.  I made my own journaling boxes with Whimsy Fundamentals paper plus I also incorporated a few retired Surf's Up PML cards.
Page 1 and page 2 close ups
When you use the Picture My Life page protectors in your traditional scrapbook, you have to plan out both sides so that your scrapbook flows from layout to layout.
The PML cards uses a variety of fonts so again, I just wrote what I needed to say rather than stamped or typed my journaling on this layout.
 The spire on the old stock exchange building is four dragon tails intertwined and was installed in 1625!  So cool!

Thanks for allowing me to share our trip and a few scrapbooking tips with you!  Don't be afraid to mix fonts and especially don't be afraid to include your own handwriting- as imperfect as it may be- in your scrapbooks.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Europe 2016: Layout 7 (Copenhagen)

This layout features some of the lovely sights that we saw walking through Copenhagen from one famous monument to another.
This Slate and Saffron color scheme with touches of Rose Gold really complemented these photos.
 The embellishments are from the retired Florence collection.
Because I have so many photos that I didn't really want to trim down, you'll find that my layout is very symmetrical and balanced.  This sketch is my own design because it worked so well with these pictures.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Europe 2016: Tivoli

We had such fun our first day in Copenhagen visiting Tivoli Gardens!  It is the second oldest amusement park in the world.  I took tons of pictures there over two days because we went back the next night at dusk (which is very late in Denmark) to watch the water and lights spectacle.  The "takeaway" from this post is to use flip flaps to add more photos and journaling to your layout and to make your layout interactive!
If you've been a CTMH customer or consultant for a long time, then you are going to recognize that this paper collection is OLD.  In fact, I made this layout (minus photos & journaling) at the CTMH Convention in Washington DC in I believe 2010.  I just never did find the right pictures for it until now. LOL  This two page layout opens up thanks to the flip flaps to basically incorporate another two pages!  We made the base pages and then cut them into pieces for the flip flaps.  (Not all of these flip flap sizes are still available, but I am sure that you can find plenty to suit your needs.)
Now for the close ups...
Here is the left page, closed.  I added retired Lagoon and Bronze shimmer trim and used the current July 2017 stamp of the month, Storybook Alphabet, for my title, stamped in Chocolate and then colored with my turquoise Shin Han Twin Touch marker and embellished with some retired sequins.
The left flap measures 8"x12" and the right flap is 4"x12."  The left flap only is open.
Now the right flap is also opened.
Here is the right page with the two 6"x12" flip flaps closed.
Now the top flap is open.
Finally, both flaps are open.

I went back and counted how many photos I was able to place on this layout.  What's your guess?  Feel free to count them and post your guess in the comments!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

So Hard To Say Goodbye Blog Hop

It is time to say goodbye to some of our favorite Close To My Heart products that are retiring at the end of the month (available while supplies last).  We hope that you will enjoy this hop! (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Cat's blog.  From here, you'll visit Brenda next.)
When I first saw the Memo Fundamentals paper pack, I knew that I had to have it!  The map paper was going to be perfect for scrapbooking some of our Europe trip, and as a teacher I of course love the other patterns in this pack too.  Well, it's been a year since our trip, and I am finally making time to scrapbook our memories.  I had to use the map page in its entirety as our album title page.
Once I created my banners (using some of my favorite retired alphabet sets), I laid them out on the photo mat and layout where I wanted them to go.  I used a strip of washi tape to hold them together.  I could then pull the entire collection off of the mat and stick it down under the mat.
 The mat completely hid the washi tape and everything was where I wanted it.
The School 7-12 Complements, black and white dots, and black shimmer trim were fun ways to add some artwork and sparkle to my layout.
If you look closely, you can see the airplane that I cut out with my CTMH/Cricut Artbooking cartridge.  I doodled in the flight path and tried to mark on the map our major stops.

Thanks for hopping by!  I'd love a comment before you go to Brenda's blog next!  Don't forget that everything featured in this hop is only available through the end of the month.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Prickly Pear Blog Hop

Each month, Close To My Heart features a paper pack, and July's focus is Prickly Pear.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Gerri's blog.  From here, you'll visit Erica next.)  I wanted to share some different ideas with this collection!  I have two projects that fit the theme and one that you probably wouldn't think would be made with the Prickly Pear Workshop Your Way collection.  (I always get the Workshop Your Way because you get great coordinated products at a great price.)

First up are my projects that you would probably expect from Prickly Pear.
We had a taco bar family fiesta for our daughter's 16th birthday, so this collection was perfect to highlight our photos of her special day.  I used Sea Glass card stock for my base pages.  (We will be making this layout at my class on Sunday.)
In addition to using the Complements and the embellishments from the Prickly Pear Workshop Your Way, I stamped the title with the July stamp of the month, Storybook Alphabet.  After stamping the title with black Momento ink, I used my small waterbrush to color in the designs with Poppy, Lemon, Emerald, and Sapphire ink.
You can see how I used a large Picture My Life journaling box for my journaling and a small one as a mat for my smaller photo.

Since the CTMH/Cricut Flower Market has cacti cut outs, I knew that I had to try them out for our fiesta.  (These are all made with one key on that cartridge.)
This intricate cacti can all be cut with one push of the Cricut button.  (I set it at 6", the largest it would actually cut.)  I used Willow card stock (not part of Prickly Pear) because I thought that it was a pretty authentic color.  I cut a square base to adhere this one to so that it would stand up easily.

This little guy started with three identical bases cut from Emerald card stock (set at 3") and then the corresponding overly cut from the Sea Glass strip in the Prickly Pear collection.
I folded each cactus in half and then glued the three of them together so that it would stand up.
This one measures 9" tall.  It did NOT want to stand up so I folded up the bottom pieces a bit and glued them to a square base.

My final project isn't your typical Prickly Pear layout.  I did use the Emerald, Sea Glass, and Sapphire color combo found in this collection.
The pretty Sapphire border is a pair of zip strips (the decorative piece that you cut off of the 12"x12" paper.)  I used aqua shimmer trim and pieces of the Prickly Pear Complements to embellish my layout.
The bike sticker is actually from the School 7-12 Complements that I added after I had taken a picture of the two pages together. I used a retired alphabet stamp (The Works) for my title info.

I hope that I've been able to give you lots of ideas with this fun paper pack!  You don't have to have live in the Southwest or throw a fiesta to enjoy this paper pack.  I'd love to know what you think of my projects before you go on to Erica's blog.  Thanks for hopping!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Europe 2016: Garden Layout

Since I have been working hard to scrapbook our European photos, some of my layouts have been a little less creative than others.  I had a really good time making this one with four pictures from a garden near my cousin's apartment.
The Live Beautifully paper pack was the perfect collection to use with these pictures!  (It is still available while supplies last HERE.)
Because my typed journaling covered up a lot of the pretty Sea Glass floral paper on the far left, I decided to copy the sketch idea (below) and cut the lines of text into strips and then adhere them.  I really like how that turned out!
Rather than use the coordinating stamp set, I cut a gorgeous gold foil flower out of one of the sheets of card stock.
I used a mix of gold and retired aqua sequins to embellish this layout.

My layout is based on this pretty sketch:
Thanks again for letting me share our epic adventure with you!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Stampaganza Blast from the Past Blog Hop

Close To My Heart has such a fun special this month!  Stampaganza is back (buy 2, get 1 free) with a bonus: CTMH is also offering a selection of retired stamps, including the amazing Word Puzzle sets, THIS MONTH ONLY!  (You can find see them all HERE.)  This blog hop is throwing back to these "blast from the past" sets with a variety of old and new artwork to inspire you.  (If you're already hopping then you've probably arrived from Melinda's blog.  From here, you will visit Michelle's blog next.)
One of my faves in in the group is the lovely Paper Bird set that I am featuring in this hop.  I actually used it recently to make a set of thank you cards.  All of my cards used the recently retired Dreamin' Big paper pack.  As you can see, this set includes a lovely butterfly in addition to the bird and heart.

Before you head on over to Michelle's blog, you might enjoy a few of my older creations with this set.

You can read more about all three of these cards HERE.

Thanks for stopping in.  Please leave a comment before you go.  Now it's time to get more ideas at the next stop on the hop at Michelle Loncar's blog.

{Click HERE for all the hop participants and their blogs.}


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