Friday, July 31, 2009

Blue Ribbon Layouts

This is the perfect layout to end this month of July! I should recognize the kids in these pictures, but I don't (Alas!) so give me a holler if these layouts are yours so I can give you credit!

These layouts use the Blue Ribbon paper pack and the easy instructions for them can be found in the Imagine book from CTMH. The artist used Dutch Blue cardstock as the base and 3 different B&T papers along with mattes from Holiday Red to give just enough accent to make the pictures pop. The American Pride is a sticker from Me and My Big Idea company and is accented with decorative brads.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

From Cindy Hardy

Cindy Hardy shared her designs from a collection of pictures from a recent vacation. She used 2 full sheets of B&T from the Simple Pleasures pack as her base page here, and tore a Desert Sand card stock in half (with extra tearing) to make the "beach" part of the layout. The cardstock was also wrinkled slightly and distressed with Cocoa ink on the raised areas as well as the white torn edge.

In keeping with the look, she tore and distressed the journaling card and the matte for it. She added some stamped, distressed images and Cricut lettering for the title.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sarsaparilla Layouts

Yes - Stinkin' Cute! The left layout was a make and take from one of my Open Houses. It was super simple! Just a 4 x 11 B&T with a 3 x 10 plaid B&T overlapping it - all vertical. A Bamboo cardstock strip 2 1/2 x 12 goes horizontally across the other two pieces.

(I think this is Alissa's layout, but if you recognize it as yours, let me know!) She continued the theme onto the second layout, using larger pieces (7 x 12 and 7 x 7, but the same overlapping genre) and matching stick ease throughout both layouts.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Layouts using leftovers

Some of my customers save every single scrap of paper they cut. It occurs to me that they can be terribly valuable and this layout is a perfect example of what you can do with just a little bit of old paper.

First, Lynn started with Topiary cardstock. She had a scrap of old paper (the one with squares) that was about 1 1/2 x 12. Using Creative Memory cutting system, she cut the strip almost in half with a wavy edge and made a parallel cut on the larger of the pieces.

For the top, she used a piece of retired mono-chromatic paper (also topiary), but you can duplicate this look by random stamping with white daisy. Our pigment ink comes out very opaque, and will be totally dry in a couple of hours. (Or use the heat tool to set the color in a couple of minutes!)

Lynn brought in a second color (sunny yellow) with the Cricut letters and the mattes for the picutures.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Kym Glass Layouts

Kym used some level 1 papers from the Majestic Blue paper pack. Level 1 packs can make scrap-booking so FAST and EASY!

When I first started my Close to My Heart business, I used Level 1 kits to make 112 layouts for my daughter, Breana's, book. It took 9 days - not 216 hours, but 9 regular days where I cooked and took care of my kids and taught classes and ran errands!

So take a look at these layouts. There's a Cricut double title at the top of one, some stamping from the "New Horizons" paper pack on the right layout, a little ribbon at the bottom. In fact, aside from those accents and some matting she added, there's only one other piece of paper she cut - the 8 x 6 (or thereabouts) B&T under the picture on the right layout.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Precious Baby!

Special thanks to Lisa Navarre for sharing these precious layouts!

Lisa used the Boom-di-ada paper pack to scrap-book her precious baby girl. I love the way the pinks in the clothes is drawn out from the pinks of the "boom" paper.

The layouts here are deceptively simple. The right was created with a 7 x 12 piece of B&T (design) paper on a 12 x 12 Garden Green cardstock. She added some matching stick ease and a matte and accents drawing in some orange to the layout. The right layout was even simpler, using a 4 x 12 cut of striped B&T on a 12 x 12 Garden Green cardstock. She added a couple of pieces of stick ease here as well and matted one of the pictures in Hollyhock.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Well-Rounded Layouts

This double layout was the workshop activity that I had for a recent retreat. I had a LOT of fun putting this one together! I used the big circle and the regular circle templates from coluzzle and mixed a couple of different paper packs to complete it. I used the dot paper and the striped paper from the Good Times paper pack. I coupled that with the paisley paper and the multi-colored dotted paper from the Magic Moments paper pack.

With some many colors, virtually anything could've worked well as the accent color, but I had cranberry. Cocoa would've been a better choice, but sometimes I have to use what I have! The sweet leaf is the back side of one of the papers.

As for techniques, they are rather self-explanatory. Except for the largest circle, (where I used a dinner plate as a template) I used the coluzzle. On the journaling spot in the upper right, I folded the paper first and aligned the fold on the inside of the circle I was cutting so it would remained attached.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Layout by Cindy H.

Cindy used a B&T from a required paper packet coupled with some brightly colored cardstock to get this look. I love it!!!

The file folder was a coluzzle template. The small letters are the mini-type font stamped in white. She used a spiral clip and a library pocket and book card for her journaling with a star paper clip (from Office Depot) and some polka dot ribbon.

Her larger letters are from the Boutique font.

I LOVE the way all these primary colors blend together on this page. It makes for a great layout!