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Monday, February 6, 2012

February Guest Creative Team Member 12 comments  
      
   

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Hi Cherries. My name is Jenn and I am so excited to be the GCT for this month. I have so much in my life to be happy about and am thrilled to be able to share a little bit of that with you. I am engaged to the most wonderful and amazing man who has taught me so much about love. Between us we have 3 awesome children, one little angel in heaven, and 3 cats that are just as spoiled as our children are! My family keeps me busy and is usually the focus of my scrapbooks. If I am not hanging out with the family, you can usually find me scrapbooking, reading, watching sports, or baking.

I started scrapbooking as a young girl. I loved to cut pictures and articles out of magazines and glue them into other books. Thankfully my scrapbooking as evolved greatly since then. I love all styles of scrapbooking, but tend to gravitate towards more simple and clean pages. My favorite scrapbooking companies are Basic Grey, DCWV, Pink Paislee, Prima, MME, and Echo Park. My scrapbook pages are usually not complete unless they include some type of bling and Thickers!

When I think of February, I instantly think of love and Valentine’s Day. So for my reveal I wanted to showcase some of the people and things that I love. What better way to do this then with Basic Grey’s Kissing Booth collection? I love the colors of this line and found it to be very versatile. I love how the colors and designs blend and coordinate with each other, making it very easy to work with.

For my first layout, I wanted to share with you the love of my life. I choose the background paper (Oh Darling) because of the outdoor feel to it. The picture was taken while we were camping so I thought it was perfect. I used the back of xoxo, the back of we belong, as well as the back of kiss to help accent the picture. To add a little bit of depth I used stickers from the Kissing Booth Elements sheet. I love that the alphabet sheet came with three different fonts in three different colors. I used all 3 alphabets from the alphabet sheet to make the title. In order to help make the stickers and alphabet pop I outlined them with a fine tip marker. I also wanted a little bit of contrast between the papers since they blended together so nicely. In order to create that effect, I inked all of the edges using chestnut Cat Eye pigment ink by Colorbox.

For my second layout I wanted to focus on my love of my children. I am so blessed to have 3 awesome kids. I really wanted the focus to be on the pictures of the kids so I choose to work with more subtle papers and only 1 pattern paper. I used the back of Hugs for the background. I also used the front of we belong, the back of kiss as well as the back of xoxo. Once again I used ink to help contrast the papers. I used Chianti cat eye ink by color box. The deep red helped to bring some pop of color to the dark subtle papers. In trying to keep the focus on the pictures, I used the lovely mini pink alphabet to add names to the pictures while using the browns for the title. Did I mention how much I love this alphabet sheet? I used the element sticker sheet and the layered banner sticker sheet to create a couple of accents on the page. The flower stickers were a great way for me to hide my adhesive on the vellum!

For my final layout I wanted to do a snapshot of things that I love. Pink is my favorite color so I wanted to incorporate lots of pink into this layout. The way these papers coordinate are awesome. I used the back of Truly, the back of kiss, the front of butterfly kisses, the back of XOXO, the back of we belong, and the back of butterfly kisses. I inked all of the edges using chestnut Cat Eye pigment ink by Colorbox. Using the element sticker sheet, the alphabet sheet, and the layered banner stickers I created a visual triangle to help bring focus to the list of things I love.

When I was finished with my layouts I realized I had some nice sized scraps to work with. I hate to throw anything away so I used the scraps to make a couple of Valentine’s Day cards.

 

 

Products Used in this Reveal

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Friday, February 3, 2012

February Challenges 13 comments  
      
   

Posted by megamay

So how are those new year's resolutions coming? Are you scrapping up a storm to meet your goals? If not, here is some incentive: all the new products from CHA will be arriving in the store soon. So, get scrapping and use up some of your stash to make room for all the fun new products! Here are some inspiring challenges to help you do just that!

Remember:

- only one LO per challenge will enter you into the points drawing

LOs cannot be entered into more than one challenge category

- *please* only enter LOs that meet the specific challenge instructions  


Ad Inspiration Challenge by MamaK321 (Kristianne)

(paper, digital, or hybrid challenge)


All About Me Challenge by milmomma (Brittney)

(paper, digital, or hybrid challenge)

This months AAM Challenge is all about a typical day. Tell us your favorite part, or tell me what your usually day is, or whatever you want to tell me about your day. I chose to give a photo story of my typical Tuesday with a touch of journaling telling about my favorite part.


 


Card Challenge by FairyMouseMom (Egle)

(paper, digital, or hybrid challenge)

(1) Create a card where you actually cut out a portion of the front cover to reveal something on the inside.
and
(2) Use PINK somewhere on the card in honor of "the love holiday" this month.

 


Color Challenge by Art_Teacher (Laura)

(paper, digital, or hybrid challenge)

February brings to mind Valentine's Day and a color that I find I don't use very often in my scrapping, anymore: pink. I used to use it quite alot, when I was scrapping my goddaughter as a baby. She still looks great in pink, even though she is a pre-teen! So, for this month's challenge, you must create a layout with at least 50% pink in it (any shade you like).


Countdown Challenge by sarahwhithers (Jennifer)

(paper, digital, or hybrid challenge)

For this challenge you will create a layout using a countdown method of items. I will list five different kinds of things (eg. elements, papers, photos) for you to use in your layout. Every month there will be five new items for you to use. And for February, since it's the month of love, I want you to scrap about something you love! Be it a child, a husband, some pets or even chocolate, I want to see it!

5 - Flowers
4 - Hearts
3 - Tags and/or journaling spots
2 - Patterned Papers
1 - Punch out (for paper, use a punch or cut out, for digi, use the cut tool!)

You are welcome to use more than these items (eg. 3 papers instead of 2 is fine) just as long as you meet the required list and numbers asked for each. An example is seen below.


 


Digi Do-Able by Smiley-Scrap8 (Ronny)

(digital challenge)

Get the digital template free in the digi shoppe! Find the digi doable templates HERE.

example


 


Guest Creative Team Challenge by Scrapy1967 (Janet)

(paper, digital or hybrid challenge)

Sports Challenge 

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a sports fanatic. For this challenge I want you to use sports as your inspiration. Make a layout about your favorite team, your favorite sport, your favorite athlete, or maybe a team your child or relative plays on. If you aren’t into sports use a team’s colors as the color scheme for your layout! This is my example:


Manufacturer Challenge by 4peasinourpod (Pam)

(paper challenge)

Graphic45

I waited until the last minute to get my challenge in to pick a winning project/layout from CHA.

I chose Graphic45, they have the most AMAZING booth.

add all of your projects to the challenge gallery for a chance to win points!


Movie Buff Challenge by Mommybruno (Cassandra)

(paper, digital, or hybrid challenge)

February Movie Buff Challenge: 
For this challenge we'll be drawing our inspiration from a movie. I will supply you with the movie and a pic of the movie poster. The rest is up to you. And there is lots of inspiration available - from the poster, the title, the soundtrack, the theme of the movie, the actors, movie quotes, you name it! Just be sure to note in your description what it was that inspired your layout.

This month's movie is: Love Actually

example


Music Challenge by Mommybruno (Cassandra)

(paper, digital, or hybrid challenge)

February Music Challenge: February means Valentine's Day, so this is the month of love. In keeping with that, for the Music Challenge this month you will need to incorporate a love song somewhere on your layout - lyrics, title, etc. I used the title to the song Oh Darling by Plug In Stereo. If you haven't heard it, take a listen. It's awesome!

 


One Word Challenge by Jenn Kellams (Jennifer K.)

(paper, digital, or hybrid challenge)

 


Photography Challenge by nun69 (Angie)

since Feb is the month of loving, show us the ones you love...whether it be kids, spouses, significant others or even just your fur babies. We want to see them!

Mine happens to be my crazy family along with our new furbaby Vader :)


 

Pinterest Inspiration Challenge - By SarahA (Sarah)

(paper, digital, or hybrid challenge)

Pinterest is a treasure trove of quotes and sayings! Find one and use it for your next layout title. Even if you aren't on Pinterest, you can still look around using their search function and find something to use. Please show us the piece that inspired your title, too!


Scraplift the GCT Challenge - By Carrie123 (Carrie)

(paper, digital, or hybrid challenge)

Choose a layout from the Guest Creative Team member's gallery and scraplift it. 

Here is her gallery: http://www.acherryontop.com/gallery_show/,27490,cid


Sketch Challenge by happayscrappay (Rachel)

(paper, digital, or hybrid challenge)

and here is Rachel's example

 


Trends and Techniques Challenge by Megamay (Meg)

(paper, digital, or hybrid challenge)

Chevron (or zig zag) is everywhere these days. So this month I challenge you to use some chevron on your layout. You can use paper that has chevron on it, or create your own. Ive seen a couple different tutorials on how to create chevrons. Here is one from Jess Mutty showing you how to make your own chevron pattern using triangles. http://scrapgoo.blogspot.com/2011/12/fresh-air.html

and here is my example. I used some amy tangerine paper that was preprinted with chevrons.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Stitching on your paper projects, cards and scrapbook pages 2 comments  
      
   

video tutorial showing tips for machine sewing on paper

Posted by megamay

This month I decided to show you some tips on adding stitching to your paper crafted projects. I seem to add sewing to just about every layout and card that I make. Most of the time I use machine stitching because it's fast, easy and I like the texture that it adds. There are other options though - hand and faux. If you are interested in hand sewing, Rachel wrote two articles on using the 'sew easy' tool to help with hand sewing. Here is an example that I created for hand sewing without using the sew easy tool. This technique is best for odd shapes, like the sun I created on this card.

I drew the sun in the corner of this card with pencil. Then I used my paper piercer to make the holes, before erasing the pencil lines. Then I hand stitched using the holes I just created. 

I also used some faux stitching on this card. I just used a brown pen to draw the 'stitches' around the border of the card and of the sand dune. There is another We R Memory keepers product that can help with faux stitching - the sew stamper. It is a rolling stamp pad, just like the sew easy, but with ink instead of piercing. Be sure to check that out if you prefer faux stitching for a super quick easy way to add another layer to your projects.

Like I mentioned before though, my preferred method is machine sewing. Here is a card that I created with machine sewing.

sewing on cards

I know a lot of people are intimidated my machine sewing, so I created this video tutorial to show you some tips to make it more effective. As I mention in the video, in my opinion, the hardest part is threading the machine. So, don't get discouraged if you are having trouble right up front. Look in your manual or if you dont have a manual look around online for instructions for threading your machine. It's important to do it correctly so the thread doesn't get all bunched up. After you have done that - machine sewing on paper is easy as pie!

 

Products used in this reveal

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

January Challenges 15 comments

Posted by megamay

It's a new year! I just can't believe that it's time for 2012! Here are the challenges for January so you can start the new year off with a scrapbooking bang!



Monday, December 26, 2011

Smash Book Planner 3 comments

ideas, lists, calendars and more

Posted by megamay

 

Have you seen the new



Thursday, December 1, 2011

December Challenges 13 comments

Posted by megamay

Here we are in December! Can you believe it?! Since this is my first month doing this challenge article, bear with me, I hope I am doing it right!



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Scrapbooking Design Principles - Proportion 1 comments

using proportion effectively in your scrapbook layouts

Posted by megamay

Last month I discussed the first of five design principles - balance. This month I am moving on to proportion. Proportion isn't as easy to explain as balance. Who am I kidding? I have trouble spelling it! However, it is definitely worth taking the time to learn about because it is a very important aspect of design ...



Thursday, October 27, 2011

Design Principles - Balance 4 comments

Using the design principle of balance to improve your scrapbook pages

Posted by megamay

Today I am going to introduce you to the design concept of balance and how you can use it to improve your scrapbook pages. The purpose of balance is to create a visual display that is pleasing to the eye, so you may find that a lot of these concepts are things that you have noticed naturally already ...


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Christmas Card Crop Class 4 comments

Featuring Prima North Country

Posted by megamay

I love making cards! LOL - I have no idea when things changed from me saying that I don't enjoy making them, am not any good at it, and only do it because I 'have' to, but now I really do like it! I love that I can make a card in a short amount of time, which allows me to fit something creative into my day even when I am busy ...



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

3 Bugs in a Rug Ashtyn 5 comments

fun colors and motifs

Posted by megamay

This month I got to work with 3 Bugs in a Rug's Ashtyn. This line is just adorable! I love the mix of colors and the mix of prints. It's great because there are solids, small prints, big prints and even a faux die cut paper. I couldn't wait to fussy cut that big floral paper ...



Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Stitching, Punching An Altered Mini Chest 4 comments

Pebbles Happy Go Lucky and Floral Lane

Posted by megamay

This month I got to work with a manufacturer that I havent worked with much in the past: Pebbles. I have no idea why though because I LOVED these products! The sweet soft colors of



Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Imaginisce Happy Camper 5 comments

you'll be one happy camper when your pages come together in record time!

Posted by megamay

I honestly don't know if I have ever worked with Imaginisce before, but I just loved the colors of this line, Happy Camper.  Since we were going campin ...



Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Webster's Pages Ladies and Gents 11 comments

soft, pretty and sometimes sassy!

Posted by megamay

When I first saw this line I was enthralled with the Groomed Traveller paper. That double frame on the back side is just amazing! I love the colors and the pattern - everything! 



Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Webster's Pages Country Estate 10 comments

Lovely and Sweet

Posted by megamay

This month I had the pleasure to work with Webster's Pages Country Estate. I adore Webster's Pages for the beautiful floral papers that lend themselves to fussy cutting ...



Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sweetly Smitten by Sassafras Lass 12 comments

bright cheery spring-like colors

Posted by megamay

This month I was lucky enough to work with Sassafras Lass' new 'Sweetly Smitten' line. The colors in this line are just divine! I love the bright, but not garish, oranges and yellows mixed with the pinks and a pop of teal. 

for my first page, I used a pagemaps sketch, and a photo of my daughter with blue cotton candy ...



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