Saturday, June 23, 2012

Design Team: Summertime

Hi, Pages Peeps!

It's Lauren here to share with you my Design Team projects this month.

I created this Summertime mini book to be filled with beach and summer photos. I loved how wonderful We R Memory Keepers Down the Boardwalk line's colors and papers are! They also have matching card stock so you don't have to worry about finding the right match. Below are photos from the book.

When I was done with the pages, I hole punched them, put some eyelets in and binder them with a ring. It's an easy book to make and would help make your beach memories last longer - or would be a great gift!

We R Memory Keepers Down by the Boardwalk:
     Ocean 12 x 12" Textured Card stock
     Sea Weed 12 x 12" Textured Card stock
     Coral 12 x 12" Textured Card stock
     Gone Surfin 12 x 12" Paper
     Reef 12 x 12" Paper
     Down by the Sea 12 x 12" Paper
     Layered Chipboard Tags
Yellow 1/2" satin ribbon
Corner rounder
Hole punch
Ring clasp
Mini stapler
Washi tape
Seahorse punch

Hope you enjoyed the album! I still had some paper left over when I was done with the album so I thought I'd make a summery card to match. :)

I used a chipboard piece that says "I hope that you have a splash splash kind of summertime" and can be used for any occasion - as long as it's in the summer!

We R Memory Keepers Down by the Boardwalk:
     Ocean 12 x 12" Textured Card stock
     Reef 12 x 12" Paper
     Down by the Sea 12 x 12" Paper
     Layered Chipboard Tags
Yellow 1/2" satin ribbon
Corner rounder
Washi tape

I hope you enjoyed these summer projects and are inspired to create!
Have a happy summer!


Friday, June 15, 2012

Design Team: Simple Stories Mini-Album

The Reveal
Hello Pages Peeps, this is Michelle here to share with you my last project for this month. I had the pleasure of working with Simple Stories' 6 x 8" Mini-Album. It is a sturdy alterable chipboard binder with a fabric spine. I used it to document my recent trip to Korea, but you can use it for any purpose. It is like a cross between Smash Books and Project Life, where you experience the benefits of both. You have a lot of room to store your collectibles like postcards and pamphlets while still being able to display numerous photos and journaling cards in various sizes. 

Simple Stories Mini-Album

Here is the unadorned version. The album also contains dividers, page protector and document pages.
The Interior
I ended up making over 20 double page spreads, but I'll only share a few here. If you would like to see the rest, please visit the store to see this and many other wonderful samples from the design team. 

For the title page, I used a blank calendar document page and filled it in with the travel itinerary. I decorated it with a metal bookmark and some stickers. For my final page, I made a pocket to hold some pamphlets I acquired during the trip. I decorated the pocket with some patterned papers and part of a Korean card I cut out. 
Title and Final Page
The two main components of the album are the page protectors and document pages. The page protectors come in various designs so you can use 3 x 4", 4 x 4" and 4 x 6" photos. The document pages are 6 x 8" and you can journal on it directly or adhere memorabilia and embellishments. This shows a page protector of four 3 x 4" photos on the left and a document page with some journaling and memorabilia on the right. 

You can also put photos on the document page (left) and journaling cards inside the page protectors (right). I also made a collage so I could get 5 photos into the space of one 4 x 6" photo. 
Journal Card and Collage
You can also print out a larger photo and cut it to fit into several smaller pockets (left) so don't be limited by the pocket sizes. I also completely cover the document page on the left with a menu I picked up, so you don't have to be limited by the designs on the dividers.

I had some receipts I kept so those when on a document page. I downloaded some free Simple Stories journaling cards (right) which matched my color scheme.

I found that one of the best things I did in preparation for the album was to bring a few journaling cards with me on the trip. I filled out one a day which documented what I did and the names of the places I visited. I'm glad I didn't have to try to recall details and spelling of foreign names weeks or months later, in which I would have forgotten most of it.

I find that the things I collect from a trip which I intend to scrap, like the train ticket below (left) and metal bookmark (right), never get scrapped. They make a layout look too busy and ruin the aesthetic, so I end up not using any of the things I brought back, and only use the pictures.

This system reminds me of old school scrapbooking, like when I was a kid. You can just stick anything onto the document pages and not have to worry about layout design, negative space, balance and proportion. 

The purpose is more about documenting your life and less about design principals. I ended up using 100% of all my souvenirs and travel memorabilia, which has never happened before. Also I could document the entire trip unlike the one 12 x 12" summary page I usually do for my regular albums. 

The Supplies
Note to Self Collection
Featuring Echo Park's Note to Self Collection
& Simple Stories' Mix & Match Mini-Album
6 x 8” Album: Simple Stories Mix & Match
Album Pages: Simple Stories This & That
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Echo Park, Simple Stories
Journaling Cards: Simple Stories Free Downloads
Stickers: Echo Park, Sanrio
Alphabet Stickers: Echo Park, Making Memories
Washi Tape: K & Co., assorted
Souvenirs from Korea: bookmarks, gift wrap, cards, stickers, thimble

You can find some Simple Stories free downloads here and here

If you have something you want documented, I encourage you to try this system. It is less daunting than a 12 x 12 album. 

Thanks so much for stoppin' by and see you next month,

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Design Team: Zoo Layout

The Reveal
Hello Pages Peeps, this is Michelle back again to show you my second of three projects for this month. I showed you a card already, today is a layout and my next reveal will be an altered item, so there is something for everyone.

L.A. Zoo Layout
I went with my husband to the L.A. Zoo where we took a lot of animal photos so I wanted to find a way to showcase multiple photos on a single layout.

The Details
The quality of the photos weren't the best as the animals were kind of far away. To remedy that, I printed the zoomed photos in a 2 x 2" size since the quality is less distinguishable in a smaller photo. I printed two non-zoomed photos in a slightly larger 3 x 3" size. I added a black border and printed them as squares instead of rectangles to simulate the look of Instagrams. I thought that would look cute to scrap as I don't take cell phone photos. 

Simulated Instagrams
The design that actually caught my eye and pushed me towards choosing this collection was the page of ViewMaster reels. I cut out three of them and layered it by my title. I added some Glossy Accents on the black squares to give it the look of film. 

The paper in the Note to Self collection has so many fun elements. There is the rating of your day design that I cut out. I paired it with a Tim Holtz game spinner so the arrow really spins and you can adjust the rating depending on your experience. It adds an interactive elements to the page.

Since I think of the zoo as an earthy place, I thought natural twine was a better fit than elegant ribbon. I used a notebook trim border punch on a strip of brown paper. I wrapped the twin around each punched hole for a decorative effect. I also tied a bow around one letter in my title to bring twine to another part of the layout. 

The Collection
For all the patterned papers, I used Echo Park's Note to Self collection kit. This is my new go to kit because it can be used for any occasion as the theme is documenting life. 

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Papers: Echo Park Note to Self Collection
Alphabet Stickers: Echo Park, American Crafts
Ink: Clearsnap
Washi: K & Co., assorted
Game Spinner and Brad Set: Tim Holtz
Clear Medium: Inkssential
Pen: Pentel
Twine: May Arts
Border Punch: EK Success

To see this and all the other design team projects in person, please visit Pages from the Heart.

Thanks so much for stoppin' by,

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Design Team: A Cute Card for Father's Day

Hello Pages Peeps, this is Michelle here today to share with you my June projects this week. I made three projects and I'll be posting one a day.

The Collection
I worked with Echo Park's Note to Self collection which has a documenting life theme. I really like this theme as it encompasses all occasions and can be used for any photo. If you were to just purchase one set of papers, this is the one to get. The colors are also very warm and can be used for masculine or feminine projects alike. If you would like to look at individual papers or to see the entire collection, please go here.

For all three of my projects, I used the handy dandy all inclusive Note to Self Collection Kit. 

The Reveal
With Father's Day coming up, I really wanted to make a masculine card. A lot of Father's Day cards show a shirt with a tie, but I was imagining a whole row of multi-colored ties. I also wanted the ties to be 3D in stead of a 2D cut out, so I searched for an origami fold. I found this diagram online. Each tie is made from one 3 x 3" square of pattern paper. 

After I was done, the ties looked like they were just floating in the air, so I thought to use a skewer from my kitchen to simulate the look of a wooden closet rod or a tie rack. I adhered it to the card base using some Fabric-tac. 

For the sentiment, I cut out a raffle ticket from the patterned paper and hand wrote a song lyric. I backed it with a few pieces of washi tape which repeated the patterns in the paper.  Since I wrote, "to a man of distinction," I decided to make the tie above the sentiment a bit more distinct from the others. I punched a circle and a star. I added some Stickles and Glossy Accent to the star and popped it on the tie like a tie tack.  

This card really wasn't that complicated to make, despite the fact I don't usually fold origami. 

Featuring Echo Park's Note to Self Collection

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Papers: Echo Park
Shape Punch: EK Success
Corner Punch: WE R Memory Keepers
Washi Tape: K & Co., assorted
Pen: Pentel
Glitter Glue: Ranger Ink
Skewer: Charcoal Companion

Thanks so much for stoppin' by,
Lot's of new goodies arrived this week.  Stamps from Taylored Expressions, October Afternoon's "Cakewalk", Ranger Dylusion Sprays...just to name a few.  I just love new product.  It never ceases to make me smile!!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

We just ordered stamps and dies from Taylored Expressions new release.  They should arrive next week!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

We still have 2 seats left!!

This & That Mini-Album - Join Andi and create a masculine and handsome mini-album full of "This & That". Album is made from chipboard pages, covered in cardstock, Echo Parks "This & That" line, embellishments, dew drops, flags, banners, tickets and more! You'll even have extras on your embellishment sheet to take home and make more albums or cards... whatever you can think of! Mini album has 8 pages, front and back. Different page shapes include scallop edge, file folder, bracket and rounded edge. There also additional pockets and small pages. Book is bound with file rings, so you can open the book and turn it into a banner as well! Perfect for boys of all ages!

Teacher – Andi  $30.00
Saturday, June 9th   2:00pm - 5:00pm