Friday, August 21, 2015

This Line is "So Fancy"!

I LOVE this paper line!! This beautiful color-rich line is full of gold foil “pops”. Color and foil? It’s a perfect combination! Then add a watercolor feel, cool geometrics, and lots of texture, and it is a truly stunning line!

Kate Russell had fun crafting day with this line last week. She did a few traditional layouts and a Project Life styled layout…


Kate used the cut apart sheets exactly the way they are designed to be used...and it is just gorgeous. Several of these panels have also been embellished with stickers and washi strips. See the watercolor elements? The fun vintage accents, the dots, and the color...irresistible!

This is the other side...beautiful!

I love how this pocket style of scrapbooking allows you to quickly, yet beautifully, document a day or occasion.

I love how Kate does groupings of paper and embellishments to anchor a picture. Let’s see...I spy Washi tape, chipboard stickers (with gold foil!), enamel dots, stickers. ( Love that globe sticker!) You would be surprised how much of this is simply the paper!

Isn’t this a funny group of pictures? The title is perfect! Kate used the alphabet sticker sheet for the title (that makes it easy!)...and added enamel dots and chipboard stickers as well as regular stickers to add interest to her page.

This embellishment was new to me...a washi pack. The paper stickers are pre-cut into strips and circles. You just peel and stick! Or cut into banners...or whatever shape, but the package has 12 different patterns! That’s a lot of options!

If you like what you see, better get in and get what you want! It’s going fast!

PS...For all you scrappers of boys, we also have:

Look at this project idea using the chipboard frames as a mini album!

See you soon!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

It's Still "Summertime" at the City!

October Afternoon Summertime is looking vintage and playful in the store!

Scrap Club members are in for a treat this month! Gina has created 6 fun pages with this line…







I am loving the color and the mix of patterns...that grey stripe and aqua-blue polka dot favorite!

Amanda Hillard and Dixie Cravens have also been creating with this line!

Amanda Hillard created this energetic layout with bright strips of the papers...perfect to support the Slip’N Slide photos! She added a few "Summery" stickers and enamel dots...and perfection! (That polka dot paper just calls to me! I want to paper an entire wall with it!)


I saw this sun and cloud paper and had the Lawn Fawn Rainbow die in was a match made in...the store! I cut the rainbow in white AC cardstock and quickly added color by swiping a Distress Ink mini across the paper arch. The sparkle is from my favorite Wink of Stella pen...clear. A few clouds were cut from the left over 12x12 patterned paper and popped up with dimensional adhesive...voila la! Easy! (Clouds with scripty writing...true love!)

If you would like to see more, here is a cute mini book made with this line on October Afternoon’s blog.

See you soon in The City!

PS...VIC shopping day is next week! Do you have your blue card yet?


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Do You Have a Teacher's Pet?

New line in the store!

For all those new school year pictures you have...Echo Park’s Teacher’s Pet is here!

Amanda Hillard created an amazing layout to showcase this line:


Aren’t these papers perfect for school related themes? Look closely at the blue paper full of muted math equations and symbols. The geek in me is thrilled! I love the way Amanda stacked the word stickers from the 12x12 sticker sheet to anchor the photograph. And those arrows...and the stars… I am loving everything about this layout!

If you follow this link to Jen Gallacher’s blog (the designer), she has more inspiration for you. I love to see the way she grouped the papers and stickers would be a great starting point for a scrapbook layout. Check it out!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Look at July Projects

What’s new to look at around the store? Lots of new paper...and lots of new projects!!

The Design Team has been busy creating masterpieces...and we at the store have been busy messing around with a new software package...I’m a little behind in blog posts! Here is a quick catch-up on all the wonderful pieces the Design Team has created.


Amanda Hillard has a new little treasure at home...and she used Echo Park’s “Pirate’s Life” papers to document his arrival. I love the little pieces of patterns that come together in the hexagon shapes...lots of color and interest, without being overwhelming. This would be a great way to use up scraps! And that is about the sweetest baby boy picture I have ever seen!


Amanda kept with the Pirate theme...Peter Pan theme...but with a completely different look and feel. I love the warmth that the wood patterned paper brings to the layout. The strips of pattern paper keep it fun and playful.


Amanda Hillard used Echo Park’s “Bundle of Joy” line to create this clean and simple layout...I love it when the picture is the star. Amanda used pieces of paper from the line as well as stickers from the sticker sheet to create a frame/banner behind the photo.


Here’s a twist...not your typical baby papers, are they? This is such a beautiful, classic layout for a sweet baby photo. Amanda used the Pinkpaislee “Citrus Bliss” line of papers and embellishments to put this charming page together. I love that she isn’t afraid to use floral patterns and glitter on a boy page...because she makes it work every time!


I am so glad to see these beautiful My Mind’s Eye “On Trend” papers put to use! Rachelle created a fun, happy, classy layout...and let the paper do most of the work! I love how she turned a sophisticated paper into something a little more playful.


Here is another perfect example of letting the paper do a lot of the design work. Isn't this fun and energetic? I love how Rachelle offset the gold foil numbers from the circles.


One more My Mind’s Eye layout by Rachelle! (You rocked this paper line, Rachelle!) I love how it all comes together...Pops of gold dots, flowers in the design and picture, fun accent pieces and color. It’s a beautiful page!


Look at this playful page by Kate Russell. I love that she incorporates fun stamped images onto her scrapbook page! (I know many find it difficult.) She then used a bright and interesting Distress Ink technique and makes the whole thing pop by backing it with black paper! I love the title :)


Did you get the chance to see Margaret Sidenstick make this card? Maybe you came by and let her show you how to make it?  This was our July demo! Margaret colored this stamped image with Distress Inks and a paint brush to get a watercolor look. I love this card!


This is another Margaret Sidenstick creation! She also used Distress Inks to get a beautifully soft watercolor look for the background. The rest of the card is a combo of dies and punches. So interesting!


Hallie Hearnes has mad cutting skills! I love how the pieces for each square are cut out and popped up. What a fantastic idea! This is a gorgeous card! I love this bright colorful Carta Bella “Soak Up the Sun” summer line.

I hope you enjoyed a look at some of the fun projects that popped up in the store in July! More still to come! Thanks Design Team!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Clearly: a Design Team Challenge

The Design Team challenge for June was “Clearly!”. Each member was challenged to use a clear or translucent element on a project. I have already posted most of these projects, but I wanted to show you the challenge pieces all together. I think they rocked this challenge!


Do you see it? Jan Bintz used a white polka dot printed piece of acetate to make a rattle embellishment.
Here is a closer look: 

Kate Russell had a fantastic idea using clear page protectors and a heat tool (like the Fuse), to create “bubbles” of glitter. 

 The bubbles are completely see through, so Kate created a matching backside:


What a great idea!

Look at this design element by Rachelle Keck (now Gianaris!).


The silver embossed vellum paper is perfect on this page about a trip taken by plane. Here is the full page:

So much color and playful pattern mixing makes for an exciting page!

I love what Hallie Hearnes did with this shaker card!


Instead of glitter or beads, she used cut paper pieces. Genius! Her clear piece is the aqua polka dot acetate on the front. I love that it adds to the overall design.

 This is also Hallie Hearnes, and the cloud piece is called “Invisibles”. It is a thicker plastic that is translucent.


This piece is a perfect pairing with the hot air balloon.

  Isn’t this pretty? Kate Russell used her heat tool and created a little round pocket for glitter on this tag.


I love that you can see through to the inside of the tag.

Look at this beautiful, gorgeous page! Jan Bintz created a work of art!


Jan used a 12x12 vellum paper to mute the floral paper and bring softness. The vellum also allows the picture to be the center of attention.

Rachel Steiner had a fabulous idea and painted the back of one of the Bella Blvd. Invisibles so it wouldn’t be translucent.

But instead of white, like Rachel used, you could paint any color...isn’t that a cool idea! I love that it completely changes the look...and this Invisibles piece is the perfect border.

I used another Invisibles these multi-color hearts! 


The happy birthday card is a window with the happy birthday actually stamped inside the card and showing thru the hearts piece. The hello card uses the Invisibles piece as a filler for the negative space to add a pop of color.

Margaret Sidenstick made a fancy coffee cup card using beads and clear acetate (did you know that we sell clear acetate by the 8.5x11 sheet?).


I love all the very specific details she included...the wrap, the lid, even a logo.

This new layout by Rachel Steiner is so clever!  


She cut out this typewriter printed acetate sheet into letters, and to help them really pop off the page, Rachel then traced around each letter. She is one clever scrapper!
Here is a closer look at her work:

That was a lot of information and inspiration! Thank you Design Team for your participation and hard work!
Wait until you see July’s challenge! I have to get to work on my project!