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Finding What the Bunny Left

Hey there!

I’m back with another Easter layout for Ashley Calder and the Things That Shine.  I used Ashley’s Spring Showers kit, handmade feathers, and a few sequins from her Pop of Color in Neon Green.  I really love the BE AWESOME card included in the Spring Showers kit and knew I wanted to include it in this layout featuring my son showing off his Easter Egg Hunt loot.

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Now for some details…

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Here I layered a few sequins form the Pop of  Color in Neon Green over these lovely silver lined labels from the Spring Shower kit.  I added a little bit of light blue acrylic paint on the labels to relate back to the BE AWESOME card.  I misted the dictionary page that is part of the kit packaging with a bronze mist.  Who says you can’t mix metals!  I also did rows of machine stitching to bring a subtle texture to the background.

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A close up of the wonderful handmade feathers by Ashley.  They made me want to get some paint on my page too.  So I grabbed this parchment color and dry brushed it on.

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Like I said, I totally love this sweet “awesome” card and wanted it to really stand out on the page, so I used a walnut ink dabber to color cream photo corners to frame it.

Be sure to check out Ashley’s shop here, because it is so wonderful to work with things that inspire you to get even more creative!!

Thanks for visiting today!  I am taking a bloggy break and will be back the first week in September.  I am just about done with another Things That Shine pocket page and I can’t wait to share it!!  And for more fun things to look at, you can  follow me on Pinterest.

:)  Evie

**Linked up at Stephanie Makes and Paper Issues.

Scrapbooker’s Blog Tour

Hi everyone!

Recently I was tagged by Ashley Calder to be part of this fun and amazing Scrapbooker’s Blog Tour.  Being new to the scrapbooking online world, I first discovered Ashley’s blog a few years ago.  Her blog was so inspiring to me and I remember distinctly sitting at the computer and showing my DH and saying to him, “This is what I want to do”.   Besides Ashley’s blog inspiration, I totally admired her style, which I would describe as artistic, methodical, and soulful.  I just love her layers upon layers, handcrafted embellishments, and little surprises (a bit of ink here, a stroke of paint there, and a little sparkle).  I count Ashley among the group of artistic scrappers whose work gave me the confidence to bring my own artistic flair to my pages.

So now it’s my turn play along:

1. What am I working on right now?

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Right now I am working on a layout for Ashley Calder and the Things That Shine.  I love designing with Ashley’s kits full of unique and beautiful scrappy  goodness.

2. How long does it take me to create a project?

“Don’t rush your art”, said Claudine Hellmuth I’m probably paraphrasing, but that is one of the things that stuck with me from Claudine’s Composition for Collage class.  I try to remind myself of this when I’m feeling rushed while creating my scrappy projects, because I approach my layouts as little works of art.  But, to answer the question I’d say three to four sittings, which usually translates into days, in which I spend an hour or two at a time.

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?

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and inks and paints.

4.  How does my creating/writing process work?

As I said earlier, I approach my layouts as little works of art.  I have a fine arts background and this is what comes natural to me.  Everything I learned from studying art and all my acquired scrappy skills come into play.  When I’m stitching  a line, if straight or purposely crooked, I am drawing with my sewing machine.  When gluing sequins down on a page, I feel as if I am painting with them.

As for the writing or journaling on my pages I too try to let that come natural.  Sometimes I just write a few lines, sometimes I write a story, and sometimes I get poetic.  Right now I am loving word stickers, phrases, and sometimes incorporate them into my journaling.

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

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My guilty pleasure….many, many, home décor magazines!!  I look at them every morning when I wake up and every night before bed.  Other inspirations are found purusing and pinning on Pinterest, looking at other scrapbookers and crafters beautiful work, and of course the adventure that is my DS.

6. What is my signature style?

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Because it seems I am always trying things that are new to me on my layouts my style is ever evolving. I do think my pages have a certian look, although I don’t know if I can put it into exact descriptive terms.  For me the photo is the most important; it is what I want to stand out, so I usually chooses papers, patterns, colors, and embellishments to enhance it.  I love layers and seeing through.  I love combining the old with the new.  I love a softness, but a richness to my colors.  I love putting it all together like a puzzle to lead the viewer around the page.  I love bits of journaling and quirky titles.  And I just love telling the story through my eyes.

And now it’s my turn to tag a two of my favorite scrappers to continue the blog tour.  These talented ladies pages and projects continually inspire me:

They will have their posts up on Monday, August 18th.

Thanks for looking and reading!

:)   Evie

A Simple Tradition

Hi all!  I’m super excited to share with you a new layout I created with Ashley Calder and the Things That Shine embellishment kits.  In the layout featuring our colorful Easter eggs from this year I used Ashley’s beautiful Spring Showers kit, her handmade feathers, and Pops of Color packs in Neon Yellow and Neon Pink.

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The items in the Things That Shine kits are so dreamy and I just love how the various kits work together.  Also, I love how the kits are wonderful on their own, but can also bring your stash to life.  Here I chose some patterned papers from my stash that weren’t too old, but now they feel brand new.  The feather pattern from Studio Calico make the eggs feel like they are in a nest and so I pulled out this gorgeous silver feather handmade by Ashley that goes perfectly with the label and other hints of silver in the Spring Showers kit.

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I just love how the tip of the feather appears to have been dipped is chunky silver glitter.  Behind you can see a bit of the pink gingham fabric.  This is actually one of three patterns of self-adhesive fabric tapes that come in the Spring Showers kit.  I just cut this one in half and stuck the pieces down to go underneath each side of the photo. These pink sequins, from the Pop of Color in Neon Pink pack, are so pretty I felt like I was painting with them as I placed them over misted drips.

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When I first saw the pale aqua blue tulle from the Spring Showers kit I thought of Easter dresses, so I created a ruffly little banner at the bottom of the page.  I hung these tags, also from the kit, and adorned them with the included bits and pieces.  The star tag in the center is made by Ashley; I just added the turquoise bow.

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I just adore these hand painted tags from the Pop of Color in Neon Yellow pack and with the addition of the cute hearts that also come in the Spring Showers kit I created two more tags for my banner.

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And one more detail of the sequins because I just have to share my hand stitching.  I really love the look of this embroidery floss hand stitched over the machine stitching.  Ashley includes the perfect amount of coordinating floss in her kits and I just love the soft feel it brings to my projects.

Why not treat yourself with one of Ashley’s beautiful embellishment kits; just pop over to her shop and see all that she has to offer for your scrapbooking and crafting needs.

Also, you can follow me on pinterest, where I created a Things That Shine Kits and Project board where I not only pin my shiney projects, but the shiney kits that I am currently working with.  That way you can get a sneak peak, before the actual sneak, lol!

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a fun and crafty day!  Stop back by on Monday when I will be posting my addition to the “blog tour”.

See ya then!

:)  Evie

 

*Linked up  at Paper Issues New Issue: Mix Tape.  I used a “mix” of products from one company (etsy shop), sequins, and fabric tape!

*Linked up at shimelle.com.

 

A Things That Shine Pocket Page

Hi everyone!  Today I’m excited to share with you my very first pocket page and I created it with items from Ashley Calder and the Things That Shine Kits.

When I look at Ashley’s kits I see so many possibilities: traditional layouts, cards, art journals, Project Life, etc.  Even though I don’t do Project Life I am intrigued by the process and have wanted to try some pocket page scrapping for myself.  I had recently done two layouts from the same camping trip, but I still had some photos left that I really liked.  One layout #catch was for JBS and the other You Love to Camp was for Things That Shine, so I blended the look of both layouts using mostly items from the First Days of Summer kit and the Electric Blue and Neon Green Color packs and created and insert using the Becky Higgins Design A pocket page.

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Here’s the back:

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Details:DSCN3786This super cute camera stamp, star and green washi is from the First Days of Summer kit.  I love this little camera and stamped it on some patterned book print paper to give it more texture and depth.  I adhered the star to the outside of the pocket page.

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I created some of the 3×4 cards with leftover patterned paper from the two original layouts.  This is a sort of a title card with thickers and stitching around the edges.

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This corrugated tag and colorful twine is from the First Days of Summer kit.  It lays over and envelope (also from the kit) that you can see from the other side.  I was so excited to make a see through shaker pocket which you can see a peak of here. It contains sequins from the Electric Blue Color pack.

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Here is that pretty envelope from the First Days of Summer kit.  I just trimmed it so it would fit the pocket and stitched the bottom closed.  It holds the business card from the candy store I refer to in the journaling.  I added three gems from the Neon Green Color pack to the fun shaker pocket.

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This pretty little fabric heart is from the First Days of Summer kit.  I added it to the outside of the pocket and I just love the dimension it brings to the page.

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This tag, thread, and this sweetest little camera charm also comes in the First Days of Summer kit.  The 3 relates to the three trees and the journaling from above.

Here are the two layout this insert goes with.  I can’t wait to get them all together in my album.

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I had so much fun doing this pocket page, I already have plans for another one.  With all the bits and pieces that come in the kits from the Things That Shine you can customize  and personalize pocket page filler cards that you have, make your own unique and beautiful cards, and embellish your photos.  Visit Ashley’s etsy shop by clicking here to see all the shiney goodness for yourself.

One last thing, I just have to give a shout out to Niru and Stephanie., two project lifers that I follow.  Their beautiful PL spreads are what inspired me to try pocket page scrapping for myself.  Yay!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and see ya soon for more shiney projects!

Also, I am linked up at Paper Issues new issue, Say Cheese.

:)   Evie

 

Four Corners

Hey everyone!!  I’m super excited to share that today my Guest Designer post is up over at the Jenni Bowlin Studio Inspiration Blog featuring this layout, Four Corners.  Be sure to  pop over there and read a little more about me and see some favorites from my crafting area.  Here is my favorite layout I made with the JBS July Kits:

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In this layout, Four Corners, the photo says it all.  My son had each appendage
in a different state!  I gessoed the kit exclusive patterned paper and had fun
with gold spray ink for the background.  I created a medallion of sorts by
layering the wood veneer dominoes, flair, and metal star.  This was such a fun
layout to do and actually the “proof we were here” tag inspired the whole thing.

Details, details…

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I had so much fun documenting my vacations this month with the JBS July Kits.  Thanks JBS for having me!!  You can see the three other vacation layouts I created for JBS: July 4th, 2012, #catch, and Musee d’Orsay.

Thanks for stopping by!

:) Evie

Two Shiney Sneaks

Hi everyone!!  Today I’m sharing with you two sneak peaks of projects in progress for Ashley Calder and the Things That Shine.

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This project is something new for me and I can’t wait to share it with you.  I’m using the Things That Shine First Days of Summer kit and the Pops of Color Embellishment Packs in Electric Blue and Neon Green.

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I am having a burst of creative energy working with Ashley’s kits.  Here I am using the Things That Shine Spring Showers kit.  I can’t wait to share this one either!!

Check back next week for the reveal.  In the mean time shop for shiney things at Ashley Calder and the Things That Shine.  Her kits and bits will definitely get your creative juices flowing!!

:)  Evie

 

You Love to Camp

Hey there!  I’m finally posting my first Things That Shine layout today!!!  It has been a stressful few weeks of major computer problems leading to a not so sudden death last Thursday.  Ugh!!!  But, as you can tell I’m up and running, which means major dollars forked over for a new machine  and thankfully a techy type guy to transfer all our data over to this new beast.  So, on to the layout.

DSCN3769I used the first days of summer kit from Ashley Calder and the Things That Shine to create this layout.  This wonderful kit full of fresh greens and aqua blues was perfect for this camping layout.

DSCN3755This woodsy washi tape is a perfect back drop for my title.  I love the contrast of the masculine feel and the lovely sentiments.

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To coordinate with the washi, I used walnut ink to customize plain cream photo corners.  The layer of dictionary paper is actually part of the kit packaging.  I just dry brushed some acrylic paint over it to coordinate with the green embellishments from the kit.

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And last but not least, I had to include this detail, similar to my sneak post, of this super cute wood veneer tree and hanging birdie.  I placed the star embellishments around the tree to really give the feel of camping under the stars and also for my star camper!

So, pop over the Ashley’s etsy shop Things That Shine a get this wonderful kit for yourself.  It is perfect for capturing your summer memories; bike rides, picnics in the park, long walks, and more.  Actually I’ve got another project waiting in the wings I made with this kit and I still have left over goodies.

See ya soon with more Shiney Projects and visit Ashley’s shop so you can get Shiney too!!

I’m linked up to Paper Issues newest issue: Say Cheese!

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