Friday, May 22, 2015

Day in the Life with Crate Paper

Hello and welcome! Today I am sharing a day in the life layout using Crate Paper's Poolside collection chipboard frames.

Although these frames are part of a summer themed collection, they really work for any type of project.

Here is the layout I created -- I started with the frames, arranging them down the layout in a grid fashion. As you can see in the photo above, I used a ruler to place my title letters before laying it on the layout. This is a great tip to get a straight title with any alpha letters.

I also used a few elements from Craft Market - some chipboard and ephemera pieces. I pulled in some sequins as well as enamel dots and wood dots from the Poolside collection.

I resized my photos and printed them so they would fit inside the frames. In the frames that I didn't have photos for, I added embellishments.

I always love making layouts like this and they are so fun to look back on! Be sure to document the everyday. Things that seem small will be big in a few years. I have a few layouts like these and it is always so great to reminisce about how life has changed.

I hope you have gotten the chance to pick up some of the new Poolside collection, and I hope you will try making a layout like this soon. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today, have a great one!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Crate Paper Poolside Mason Jar Embellishments

Hello and welcome to today's blog post all about the new Crate Paper Poolside mason jar embellishments! These mason jars are so unique, I just don't think I've ever seen anything quite like them! Here is a closer look.

The chipboard jars come 6 to a package along with some other  embellishments - tags, twine and gold sequins. The size of the jars is about 3"x4", they fit perfectly in a 3x4 pocket page protector.

Here's a look at what you'll get inside the pack. 6 mason jars with gold stitching and acetate pockets, some plain and some with gold wording. You will also get these cute tags and glitter embellishments, along with twine (not pictured) and some gold sequins.

Here is a fun idea for the sequins - pop open the pocket on the mason jar and sprinkle a few in! They stay put and it looks so fun.

Here is a closer look at my title work. I added 3 jars to this 8.5x11 layout along the bottom under my photo. I put some sequins in a few of the jars, and tags in the other. After that, I added a gold glitter foam word from an earlier Maggie Holmes collection.

I used a large photo for this layout, printing it in black and white at 8.5" wide so it would stretch across the top half of my page. I also added a wood veneer and pinwheel embellishments from the Poolside collection.

And here's another view of the finished project! These jars are so fun. I hope you can get your hands on them for your summer projects! They would be fabulous on all types of projects....not just scrapbook pages. It would even be fun to use them as a tag on a mason jar gift of some sort. The possibilities are endless!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, hope you have a great day!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Elle's Studio May Kit

Elle's Studio exclusive May kit is now available! The colors are so fun this month! I love the addition of purple.

Here's a project life spread I created with the kit. The lilac photos were perfect with these colors!



And here is this month's printable. I love it!

I also made a quick father's day card using some of the tags in the kit along with watercolors.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to pick up your kit today or tomorrow for $9.99. Have a Happy Mother's day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Focus on Acetate Alphas with Crate Paper

Hey there! Jennifer Chapin here, and today on the Crate Paper blog I am sharing a layout focusing on the fabulous acetate alphabet letters in the Confetti collection. As I was searching through my box of Crate goodies looking for inspiration, I came across these letters and thought it would be fun to use them as a big statement on a page about my daughter. They measure 2" x 3" so when blocked together, it takes up a good bit of the page.

I decided on the phrase "just be you" and arranged them on a piece of white cardstock. After deciding where to place them, I carefully added glue dots under the non-transparent areas and stuck them to the page. I added some mini staples for a little added texture.

I wanted the photos to fit in with the letter tiles, so I printed one at 4" x 3" and the other at 2" x 3" and added them to the collage. I also picked this gold vellum rose and acetate leaves from the ephemera pack to use as an accent, along with chipboard shapes from the Craft Market collection. And the puffy gold circles are from Confetti! They are so versatile and go with almost any project.

For the journaling, I used my computer and a typewriter font and cut strips that would fit just under and over the collage. I wanted it to blend in with the design of the page.

Thank you so much for stopping by the CP blog today! I hope you've enjoyed this little tutorial and that you are getting some great use out of these awesome letters as well. Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring into Color with Crate Paper

Hello! Jennifer Chapin here today, and I am super excited to be contributing to Crate's "Spring Into Color" theme this week. Lately I have been so inspired by bright colors, so I decided to make my own sort of inspiration board using some colored clipboards and items from my scrapbooking stash.

I gathered up some elements.....pink, yellow and blue. Some of these items are new and some are vintage.

I also included some paints as part of the color spectrum.

Clips, thread and buttons found their way into my inspiration photo as well.

Here is the layout I created using the color inspiration photo. I used the new Poolside collection for this project. The colors were perfect! I used a color grouping technique and kept elements within their color for a tone-on-tone effect.  Let's take a look at the individual colors.

Pink - this palette is bright and fun, drawing a few different shades of pink together.

I pulled in pink tags, stickers, enamel and chipboard to complete the look.

Layering up these elements was so much fun. I also got to use one of the new chipboard frames, these are my favorite.

Next up, yellow. So bright and warm. My favorite accent color for scrapbooking!

This was my favorite section to create! I used a few die cuts as well as the gold glitter sun found in the ephemera pack. I was also able to incorporate the yellow clip from my inspiration photo.

Another fun sticker about flip flops. So perfect for those summer photos!

And last but not least....blue. Well, this palette is more of a blue-green, but I stuck with a more traditional blue color scheme for my project.

The patterns in this collection are so fun. These blue pieces look like water! So neat. I also added in some wood enamel dots, a pinwheel, acetate, and some stickers.

Thanks so much for stopping by the Crate Paper blog! I hope you can get your hands on some of the new Poolside collection. It really is great to create with using those summer photos. Have a great day!


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Crate Paper Journey

Hello hello! Today I'm sharing a travel themed layout using the new Journey collection by Crate Paper. It's just perfect for documenting vacations, road trips, and anything in between! A few years ago, we went to Las Vegas for my 30th birthday. It was such a fun getaway, and we got to go with friends and had a blast. Believe it or not, I have not documented too many photos from this trip! I started a mini album with good intentions, but it is still sitting on my shelf about half done. I thought I would dig out a few photos to pair with this collection and make a 12x12 layout.

Recently, I purchased a Fujifilm Instax printer. I have one of the cameras which is fun too, but this appealed to me as I could print photos that were previously taken on my phone. This printer is even small enough that you could take it on a trip with you and scrap on the go. How fun would that be? I found a few photos from my trip and transferred them over to my iPhone.

There are a lot of vacations when I don't even take my big camera with me. Depending on where we are going, many times it is much easier to just take my phone and not quite as intrusive. Don't get me wrong, I love the photos I get from my DSLR. But especially now with all the new editing apps, the iPhone is great too. And you know the saying.....the best camera is the one you have with you. So don't let that deter you from taking pictures on your next trip!

After I printed my photos, I started on the page. I knew that I wanted to use the big chalkboard letter stickers from the Journey collection. I used a ruler and a pencil to draw an even line across the page, then placed my letters on that as a guide. I later erased the pencil line. I also mixed some fonts by adding some of the beige Thickers from this collection.

After my title was complete, I added my photos and started filling the page with bits and pieces. I used chipboard, ephemera die cuts, vellum and wood veneer from the collection, working from the title and around the page.

Here is the completed layout! I love how it turned out. I even got to use one of the adorable gold chipboard states from the collection and added an enamel star where Las Vegas its.

 As you can see with all the different textures this makes for a really striking page. The white background is also nice as it doesn't compete with any of the colors or elements that I used.

I hope by now you have gotten your hands on some of this great collection and scrapbooked some of your own vacation photos. If you have projects please link them up in the comments, I would love to see them.

Thank you for coming by and have a great day!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Elle's Studio April Kit

Hey there! A new monthly kit by Elle's Studio was released on April 10th, isn't it pretty? You can pick up this kit at the Elle's Studio shop along with lots of other goodies.

Also make sure you check out the cut file and printable too!

I created this layout using the kit along with the new Cienna collection. I used my 2" circle punch and punched circles from the different patterned papers, then layered them up with tags from the collection and April kit.

The word stickers that are out right now are some of my favorite embellishments ever. I love using them for titles.

I also created this pretty Mother's Day card using the kit along with the Cienna collection.

I used some enamel dots, a paper clip and stitching for texture.

Thank you so much for stopping by and make sure you pick up this fab kit before they are all sold out! I am looking forward to making some PL spreads with it too :)