Please welcome our paper GCT for September..... averys_mom! Mandi got to work with the new Sassafras Lass Indie Girl line. Get to know Mandi better and check out the amazing projects she created!
Name: Mandi Spangler
Family members: Dh- Eddie and Dd- Avery
Pets: 1 cat
Birthday: September 16
Favorite television show? Glee
Favorite movie? Way too hard to pick just one!
Name 3 of your favorite candy bars. Twix, Three Musketeers and Snickers
Name 3 musical artists you enjoy. MercyMe, Casting Crowns and TobyMac
Favorite (NSR) store to shop? Costco
Favorite (NSR) magazine publication? Food Network Magazine
Name 2 of your favorite colors. Red and Turquoise
Favorite thing to do with your family? Go to the beach
Favorite thing (non-scrap related) to do without your family? Cross stitching
What's your favorite scrapping tool to use when scrapbooking? Cricut
Name 3 of your favorite SB companies/lines. American Crafts, My Mind's Eye and Echo Park
Name 3 of your favorite embellishments to work with. Thickers, flowers and bling/buttons
What are your favorite adhesives? Glue Glider Pro High Tac and Glue Dots. Sakura Quickie Glue pen for small Cricut cuts.
What is your top two fave holidays? Christmas and Halloween
What's the one thing you must have readily available when you sit down to scrap? Cutterbee Rotary trimmer
What would you like the ACOT members to know about you? Hello Cherries! I am beyond thrilled to be the Guest Creative Team member for September! My birthday is this month, and I couldn't think of a nicer birthday present than to be GCT! I am a stay-at-home homeschooling mom to my almost five year old dd, Avery. My dh, Eddie, and I have been married for 10 years, but we have known each other since the 4th grade! I have been a crafter for as long as I can remember and a scrapbooker since 2001. I became really serious about scrapbooking in 2008, found ACOT that year during the February crop and have been here ever since!
I chose Sassafras Lass Indie Girl for my reveal. This line was way outside my comfort zone! Normally I scrap using bright colors, pinks, purples and turquoises, so the muted colors were definitely a challenge to me.
For my first layout, I converted a color photo of my dd to sepia. I had been wanting to use the lyrics of the song "Find Your Wings" by Mark Harris for quite some time, and this photo seemed to work perfectly for that. I used the backside of the Free Spirit paper for my background. I cut out a set of wings using my "Once Upon a Princess" Cricut cartridge out of glitter cardstock, trimmed it down and embossed it with my Cuttlebug. I attached the wing to my photo and used KaiserCraft bling to embellish it, then matted the photo on metallic DCWV cardstock. I printed out the song lyrics and double matted them on the backside of the Headphones On paper and pink cardstock. I used a combination of the border strips and the border stickers to create a layered strip along the bottom of the song lyrics and photo. I used a combination of the Chocolate and Pink glitter alphas for my title, which is the last three words in the song. Then I finished off the page with Prima bling and flowers with Creative Charms vintage brads for centers.
For my second layout, I wanted to go with a more whimsical feel, so I chose a photo of my sister and myself when we were kids. I used the backside of the Eclectic Elegance paper for my background. I loved the stitching on it, so I found embroidery floss to match it and chose several places to stitch over the printed stitching. I took a Maya Road Tree Album chipboard piece, Smooch Spritzed the trunk with Log Cabin and cut out the tree top from the Affection paper. I added clouds cut using the "Graphically Speaking" Cricut cartridge and the Headphones On paper. I outlined them with backstitching, then stitched a sun peeking out from behind the clouds. I added a banner to the tree from the Flag Banners sticker sheet and embellished it with floss and an acrylic bird. I used Tiny Type letters by Cosmo Cricket and the Chartreuse glitter alphas to spell out my title and then placed a few flowers around the base of the tree.
For my third layout, I was inspired by the backside of the Mellow paper. It felt very Art Deco to me, so I chose to use it to scrap my Great grandparents wedding photo from 1923. I used the backside of the Pocahontas and Me paper to mat the majority of the elements. I used Log Cabin Smooch Spritz on a Technique Tuesday chipboard frame to frame my photo. I layered stickers from the Flag Banners sticker sheet with older Making Memories ribbons to create a strip along the bottom third of the page. I then clustered Prima flowers, gave them KaiserCraft pearl centers and layered a Prima Say It With Pearls corner over the flowers and the chipboard frame. I used Making Memories Passport alphas for my title and the Chocolate glitter alphas for my subtitle.
For my fourth layout, I had an idea for a handmade flower I wanted to use, so I chose to use it on a layout about my mom. I kept this one really simple. I added the border strips from the Mellow paper to DCWV cardstock and matted the photo and flower leaves on a piece of the backside of Eclectic Elegance. I used a Bazzill stitching template to stitch the swirl alongside the photo. For the flower, I used one of the early Flowers on Friday tutorials and then added in stickers cut apart from one of the banners on the Flag Banner sticker sheet for additional petals. I used a Prima flower and a Creative Charms brad for my flower center. The title letters are the Pink glitter alpha.
After I finished my layouts, I wanted to do some altered projects. I had this frame just laying around begging to be altered, and a rub on quote that went perfectly with my photo. I base painted the frame brown, then decoupaged the backside of Free Spirit onto the frame. I Smooch Spritzed two different sizes of chipboard photo corners, one in Log Cabin and one in Navy Twinkle. I used a photo corner punch to punch corners out of the Pocahontas and Me paper, then layered all three photo corners together. I cut a piece of acrylic to fit my rub on quote and adhered the rub on to it. I backed the acrylic with a piece of vellum to make the writing show better. I added a few Prima flowers centered with Pebbles, Inc. Candy Dots and done!
For my last project, I wanted to get a start on some of my Christmas gifts! I hadn't used the front side of the Free Spirit paper yet and wanted to find a way to do so. I cut squares of Free Spirit and the backside of Affection slightly smaller than 1.5"x1.5" and adhered them back to back. I sandwiched the papers between two pieces of Memory Glass and added a Memory Frame. A jump ring, and chain and a clasp and I had a reversible necklace!
I hope you enjoyed my projects and thank you so much for letting me be GCT for September!