Articles by 4peasinourpod
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Crate Paper. It was the talk of the show at CHA this summer. All of their lines this time are fantastic, but I fell in love with Farmhouse. The rustic, down home country feel is perfect for my simple style. As usual, Crate Paper has incredible embellishments to match their outstanding paper quality. I actually did a layout without using any paper at all!
My first layout is of an experimental photo shoot I did of Kendall. The shoot was at a nearby farm. I converted the photo to black and white, and used a lot of the chipboard and other embellishments.
This next layout uses ONLY embellishments. Every Saturday, Delaney and I meet some of my girlfriends and we go to our local Farmers Market. I wanted to to a layout highlighting this tradition.
The folowing two layouts are of Kiley's birthday celebration. She chose to go to a local stir fry restaurant, and brought her best friend, Becca.
This line is bold, versatile, and truly a joy to work with. Thanks to ACOT for allowing me to play!
Monday, September 5, 2011
We at A Cherry on Top want to extend a warm welcome to writerlady, our lovely Guest Designer for the month of September! She used the incredible Christmas line from Karen Foster Designs. WOW!!! So fabulous! Please pull up a chair and learn a little more about her!
Name: Sandy Lewis (aka writerlady)
Favorite television show? I can't pick just one, so - in no particular order: Castle, Fringe, Covert Affairs, Kitchen Nightmares and Project Runway.
It's an honor to be the Guest CT for September! ACOT sent me these fabulous Karen Foster Christmas papers, stickers and brads. I have been putting off the Christmas layouts for a few years. Mostly because I had no real ideas on how to scrap them. When I saw these fun papers, I was suddenly filled with inspiration! Thank you so much ACOT, for letting me play with these awesome products!
Next, I sure do love Snowmen - and I squealed out-loud when I saw this fabulous snowman paper by Karen Foster. I wanted to do something special with it and I didn't want it to compete with anything. So - I cut a bunch of circles out of it. I inked the edges and layered them across the page. I used some foam tape to raise some of them up. I inked around the paper, as it looked too white. It actually has flecks of color in it, and I thought they looked like snow. I used a wonderful sticker that says Season of White as my title. I had photos off some of my favorite ornaments, and I journaled about my love of snowmen and ornaments. I used the really fun snowflake brads across the bottom of the page.
Next is a layout I have been thinking about for a long time. I've wanted to record some of the things we do at the holidays. This great sticker made part of a fun title for this page. I love the stocking paper so much! The Bazzill cardstock went well with it, as promised. I had another snowman circle left, and it fit really well with my list. I printed a photo of my fireplace, and I stuck the stocking stickers from 2 different sets on it. I think it looks really cute in person. I used 3 other stickers to illustrate my numbered items. I also cut out one of the gifts from the gift paper and a square from leftover from another layout. I used a snowflake brad to hold that square onto the page. Those brads are so darned sweet! I also used Sassafrass Lass Chartreuse Glitter Alpha stickers. Now I have a bit of our traditions recorded.
My last layout was inspired by Cindy aka Kimandasmo's reveal "Making the Grid". I thought the Quild Grid was so cool - so ... here is my version. The papers went well together, and I love how the blue Bazzill cardstock picked up the blue in the printed paper (which you will see more of it a minute). I punched lots of squares of 4 different papers, using my Marvy Uchida square punch. I used my ATG to attach them in a grid pattern to the cardstock. I then drew stitches on each square, to simulate sewing. I double matted the photo and the title, which is a sticker. I matted my journaling on blue and the same cardstock I used for both the title and the photo. I wanted to play a bit more, so I used the Joy sticker and the adorable penguin sticker - I put them under my tree! This is, for sure, my favorite layout of this reveal. It is so bright, colorful and fun in person.
Since I had some scraps of paper left, along with a few stickers and a couple of brads, I thought I'd make some Christmas or holiday cards. I ended up with 5 total. The Have a Very Merry Christmas card uses a wonderful and fun sticker, along with the gift paper. I found a Sassafras In A Stitch Green Blossom in my stash that went well, and I added a bow with a ribbon that matched perfectly. This is my favorite card.
Next is Peace on Earth. This uses the tree paper, the Peace On Earth sticker, a border punch and some Prima flowers - with the white one Spritzed. The card with ribbon was so easy. It is a piece of the text paper, a bit of Stickles and a ribbon tied in a knot. Don't have a closeup of the 4th card, but it is simple. Base of neutral cardstock, Bazzill scraps, tree paper and a sticker. Lastly, the sparkly Joy card. I had small scraps of the stocking paper, not enough to even make a card front from one piece. So, I cut it into strips and then wove a small mat for the front of the card. I topped that with the sparkly Joy wooden letters from my stash. I don't remember what brand they were. Whew... I'm done with this reveal now. I had a lot of fun making everything.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I have been traveling a lot lately, so when I saw Boarding Pass by October Afternoon, I was excited to use it for my reveal. (If you look closely, however, you will see that only one of these layouts is about a recent trip. Apparently you need to actually PRINT the pictures from those). The line is in true October Afternoon style. There are a few travel related papers, and then they compliment the rest of the line with versatile and complimentary papers. As always, the embellishments from October Afternoon are incredible. I bought almost everything that they carried, and used almost all of it in my layouts. (Well, except the things that said PARIS, as I have never been there. )
My first layout is of a trip that I took in January. I met up with three AMAZING women and we stayed right on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico on Captiva Island. Even though the trip was in January, we set up a Christmas tree in our cottage, and one morning exchanged gifts. Jules gave us all stockings with different "toppers" . Mine had a reindeer, Janet got a sock monkey and Clare's had a COW. (Which I think I should have gotten, because I am from Wisconsin, but apparently she loves Clare the best.) The "Palm Beach Girl" from Florida was perfect for this layout.
This next layout is from last year's family vacation to South Dakota. I LOVED the car chipboard, except it reminded me of the 16 hours in the car each way. Then I didn't like it so much. (Actually, I still did love it!) I also loved the little touristy guy with the mountains. I loved ALL of those chipboard guys, as you will see.
This layout describes a trip to visit Jules and Gene a couple years ago. When I looked at the variety of stickers, rubons, and other embellishments, I got the idea to do a fun and different kind of layout - telling a story through embellishments. Here is the story: I went to the airport. (airplane). I got stopped in security, and got frisked because I was bringing a gift of spices to them for letting me stay at their home. Security thought I was a drug dealer, and searched me, my bag, and wiped all the spice containers with a special wipe to see if I was traveling with illegal drugs. Me. The mom of 4 who doesn't even have time to breathe, much less deal drugs. So...I got to go. I had to run to the gate; got on the plane, and arrived in Paradise (see the palm tree?)...and was picked up by my friends. See how much fun a layout of mostly embellishments can be?
This next layout is about a girl that is near and dear to my heart. She has drive and ambition, and strives hard to achieve every goal that she sets for herself. She is an inspiration to me and to all of my children. She set out to get her motorcycle license and then bought a motorcycle with money that she earned. I used the world map paper to signify that she's able to go anywhere with her determination.
October Afternoon has kept their usual quality and diversity in this line. I highly recommend it for any traveling layouts that you are going to be scrapbooking soon. Just remember to print out those pictures.
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