Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Starry eyed for the April Gossamer Blue kits.

Sharing a layout I made with the April Gossamer Blue kits, thanks to a specific item I found within all of the fun new products. Often, I find that a specific item grabs my attention not necessarily because of color, but maybe it's shape. I am a sucker for stars, and while sifting through the contents of my kits, I zeroed in on all of the star elements...more specifically, the vellum and the cork.


(I confess, I may be hoarding the rest for future use)
;)

I decided to use white cardstock with the vellum, as I love how vellum looks against white. After cutting down my 12x12 cardstock to 8.5x11, I reached for my star punch and went to town.

After randomly scattering the stars I had punched around the layout, I added 2 layers of the vellum as a photo mat. The 'No 2' die cut was perfect to use as a title, and when you punch it out, you're left with a cool negative to use again. All I needed were a few red + blue + gold elements at opposing corners of my photo, and I was all set!

Almost.
;)

I decided to stitch the center of each star and lift the edges up a bit, just to add some dimension. Then I noticed the 2 tiny stars stamp from my Life Pages kit and stamped each star...again, it fit perfectly with the theme of this page.

My name is Nicole, and I am addicted to stars.
The first step is admitting you have a problem, lol. 
:)

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Inked Rose...a brand new line from We R Memory Keepers.

I’ve been so eager to share a project using the brand new Inked Rose line!! I am immediately drawn to navy blue, so when you add the green + yellow into the mix I was on cloud nine. I’m sharing another pocket page today using the Albums Made Easy system…let’s have a look. :)


I am using the back side of the same page protector I shared last month, with (4) 4×6 pockets and (3) 4×4 pockets. As I mentioned in my last post, I rarely stick to the ‘intended’ layout of a pocket page…I love slipping 3×4 cards into a 4×6 pocket to switch things up! This time around, I wanted to stress that it is perfectly OK to allow one of the AME cards to shine all on it’s own. As I tell people over and over when teaching classes using this system, I love pretty paper!! And when I find a card that I love the design of, I sometimes just slip it right into the sleeve.


 On the left of the above photo, you can see where I layered one of the metallic vellum cards underneath a die cut 4×4 Inked Rose card. I am head over heels for the vellum line, as it pairs easily with ANY other AME items you already have…just spruces them up a wee bit by adding some trendy metallic.


Again, that butterfly card? Straight out of the set…just a splash of gold spray ink and a bit of washi + some doodling. The polka dot card was perfect for my traditional ‘this week was’ card…I usually include this as a summary for anything I may not have focused on somewhere else on the page. All of these cards are pretty ‘plain’ other than a strip of washi and an enamel shape or two. Remember, not every pocket has to be a ‘masterpiece’ that you spend tons of time on!!
Make sure you check out the brand new Instagram Albums Made Easy sets…there are a ton of great 4×4 and 2×2 cards in each, including die cuts!!

***We R Memory Keepers is offering a giveaway for one of their brand new Instagram mini albums + a Corner Chomper + the Inked Rose Instagram set!!! You can enter HERE and the winner will be announced on Monday, April 7th. :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sharing a secret...so excited!!!

I still am kind of pinching myself...the brand new Spring issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine was released on Friday while I was away teaching at an event for them in Moncton, New Brunswick. I always look forward to seeing all of the beautiful projects that are offered with the release of a new issue, but I was just a wee bit more excited than normal for this particular issue...for this reason:
I am 100% STOKED to share my approach to pocket-style documenting in my own article in each issue of SCT this year!!! Having completed my fifth event with them just this weekend, where I share my ideas/take on this style, while explaining that it doesn't mean you have to choose between 'traditional' layouts and pocket pages...there is absolutely nothing that feels better than when I have an attendee approach me afterward and I see that 'spark' that is encouraging them to dive right in.

I certainly don't profess to have reinvented the wheel, lol...but sometimes, hearing from someone how this style of journaling day to day events has refueled their love of this hobby is just the jump start you need to be off and running. In one respect or another, we are ALL busy. We have jobs/kids/families/homes/ourselves to take care of. No one of us is any 'busier' than the next. Whether you are working full time outside of the home or a stay at home mama...WE.ARE.ALL.BUSY. Setting aside time to keep yourself sane is huge, and for me this has afforded me that outlet.

The fact that I get to share those concepts with other people is the icing on the cake :)

I have partnered with WeRMemoryKeepers to share this love of pocket style scrapbooking...they are a wonderful company with what I consider to be the best products out there to use as a base for your albums. They have been ridiculously generous in their offerings, and I am thrilled to show off their great designs to as many folks as possible at these events, as well as on their blog. Their Albums Made Easy system just makes me happy, and the designs on their AME sets literally make me want to sit down and play...projects honestly fall together whenever I reach for those cards. I look forward to having the chance to represent them in the future :)
One last bit of news...I am flattered to stand alongside this team of creative ladies as part of the 2014 SCT Design Team. Each issue, they knock it out of the park with innovative ideas and design...PLEASE go check out the FREE DOWNLOAD of the new Spring issue HERE.

Just don't blame me if you get lost in the pages for a bit.
;)

Friday, February 07, 2014

Color Challenge: February, Gossamer Blue

Carrying on my new idea of selecting one paper from the latest Gossamer Blue kit and using it as a starting off point...here is the paper I fell in love with this month:

Love the orange and yellow that Elle's Studio threw into their Love You More collection...it was the perfect addition. This specific piece of paper makes me smile...just like this photo of my mama on her 65th birthday. Instead of using the paper, I just grabbed elements on my desk from the February GB kits that coincided with the color scheme. Here is what I came up with...

I. love. GREY. I know that isn't very exciting, lol...but I love it. As a base, as an accent and on this project, as a title block. I made a rectangular box in my Silhouette Cameo software and then just added a line of text to the top of it and welded them together. I had set aside the acetate hearts from Crate Paper because I loved them so much...so much that I never got around to using them on my other projects this month ;) So I kind of scattered them on the cardstock and started adding bits & pieces around both them and my photo.

Love how it turned out, but love this fun photo of my sweet mama even more :)

I would love to see your projects if this color combo inspires you…please post them in the Gossamer Blue member gallery and then link it in the comments on this blog post.

Have a great weekend!!
xo

Monday, February 03, 2014

Gossamer Blue + Elle's Studio Blog Hop :)


Sharing one of my Life Pages layouts from the February Gossamer Blue gallery...love LOVE all of the Elle's Studio products that were included!! I have long been a fan of Elle's details, and am so very happy to have the chance to use them :)


The additions of yellow + teal to her new line was perfect...it added a fresh spring feel instead of the typical 'love'/valentine themes you see so often. I also am digging her journal cards with the tabs on them...they look fun hanging out of the top of a pocket. :)

***
Don't forget to stop by the Elle's Studio blog http://ellesstudio.blogspot.com/ and the Gossamer Blue blog! http://www.gossamerblue.com/blog/ Each company is giving away some great prizes on their blog. Leave a comment on their blogs telling us what inspired you along the hop to be entered!

Here is a list of blogs to visit for TONS of inspiration from this kit!!

Anabelle O'Malley- http://anabelleom.blogspot.com
Juliana Michaels http://www.17turtles.com/ 
Kim Moreno- http://www.livingthecircuslife.blogspot.com/
Nicole Harper (you are here)- http://seriouslybrains.blogspot.com
WaiSam Ho http://happie-scrappie.blogspot.com/ 
Yuki Shimada http://lovetodaybyluvbear.typepad.jp/love_today/

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Stamp Sale...Round 2 (alphabets, Project Life sets and backgrounds)

THANK YOU.
Thank you for your interest in the first round of stamps that I sold last week!!
I am shipping them out in the morning, happy to know that they are going to people who will love them to bits :)

I listed another round of stamp sets this evening...primarily alphabets (including the ever hard to find Nadiya script and Stepping Stone solid + outline), Project Life sets (including the 'Epic', 'Awesome' and 'Adventure' sets!) and backgrounds (both red rubber cling mount and clear). You can find them here on ebay:

Seller odie517

And once again, the bulk of the proceeds are going to a cause that has meant an awful lot to my family this last year...more info here on last weeks blog post. Once again, I will offer this same deal:

 Most of these stamps were barely used...in fact, many were never used at all, or I used one or two off of the sheet. All are in excellent condition.

As an incentive, please note that if you win any 5 or more of these sets, I WILL SHIP THEM TO YOU FOR FREE!! I am happy to ship internationally...and the free shipping offer is included for overseas friends :)
This is a great chance to snag some sets you've been looking for...and I will be listing more in the next few weeks, so please check back! Also, if you have any questions at all please shoot me a note at brains32192@aol.com

Thanks in advance...your support is much appreciated.
xo

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Stamp Sale...Round 1.

It's a funny thing, this hobby.
You kind of amass fun/pretty things to use on projects and then suddenly...you're overwhelmed.
So you start to sort things into piles, and before you know it you realize not only are you out of room to store everything...but you feel intimidated by all of it sitting in front of you lol.

Or maybe that's just me?
:)

I. LOVE. STAMPS.
But I only have a very few sets that I reach for again and again...so I'm offering lots of fun sets to you all.
I have had SO MANY folks reach out to me about purchasing these in the past, that I thought I could do a bit of good for something that means an awful lot to me right now.

If you have seen my work, or follow me anywhere on social media you may be aware that my sweet Grandpa was diagnosed with Alzheimer's late in 2012. He resides in a lovely facility with other adults who suffer from this disease and despite many hurdles and heartbreaks...is thriving. Thriving for him means doing ok medically + minimal disruptions in his day to day routine. We are grateful that the rocky transition has eased up a bit, and that the staff that takes care of him adores him as much as we do. There are angels in this world...and I'm convinced that they work with dementia patients. They are a blessing that is immeasurable.

So.
I am hoping that this first round of sales goes well, as the majority will be donated to a group that helped us get through some of the hardest times we faced as a family. I am trying the eBay route this go around, just because I was unsure how to tackle the logistics of everything.
.
You can find my listings here: ebay seller odie517
Most of these stamps were barely used...in fact, many were never used at all, or I used one or two off of the sheet. All are in excellent condition.

As an incentive, please note that if you win any 5 or more of these sets, I WILL SHIP THEM TO YOU FOR FREE!! This is a great chance to snag some sets you've been looking for...and I will be listing more in the next few weeks, so please check back! Also, if you have any questions at all please shoot me a note at brains32192@aol.com

Thanks in advance...your support is much appreciated.
xo