Following Up on Fall Inspiration

With the year coming to an end, I am starting early on my resolutions to get my layouts off my desk  and on the Blog. A couple of weeks ago, I finished up a fall layout using the fantastic Chickannidy Scrumptious Collection. This layout is definitely a deviation from my heavily layered slanted design but got to shake it up a little to keep it fresh. I just love the bright and yet appropriate fall colors. That coupled with the typography and graphics makes this one of my favorite collections this year. I even have some left over to make another layout which I suspect will focus on the floral patterns in the Collection (I know surprise surprise).   Enough talky… layout!

The Patch

The Patch 2 The Patch 1  The Patch 3

Thanks for stopping by. Onslaught of Holiday layouts to come. Celia

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Title: The Patch. Cardstock: Core’dinations (Caspian). Patterned Paper: Chickaniddy Crafts- Scrumptious (Check Please, Friends and Family, Corn on the Cob, Frolic in the Leaves, Back to School, 6×6 paper pad) Stamps: Kelly Purkey (Hello Fall). Die Cut & Punches: Lawn Fawn (Large Stitched Journaling Card); Memory Box (Marvelous Maple Leaves); EK Success (Maple Leaf). Embellishments: Chickaniddy Crafts- Scrumptious (Die Cut Tags, Alpha Stickers); Misc. (Enamel Dots). Inks: Stampin Up (Smoky Slate).

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You’re Not the Boss of Me: Fancy Pants November Sketch

I am sucker. I can admit it gleefully and happily. I cannot get enough of the Fancy Pants collections. The Meology collection is a perfect example of a mix of typography, florals and graphic design that leads to scrapbook magic. Like most of the 2014  Fancy Pants collections, the Meology collection had Brag Cards which worked perfectly with the November Sketch challenge. I added some interest to the top portion of the layout with a slant to highlight the black/white typography. Paired up some Copic colored florals with a flower punch and to unite the floral brights on a diagonal.

The Sketch:

Fancy Pants November Sketch Contest

 

The Layout:

She is Me Cover  She is Me4

 

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Title: She is Me. Cardstock: Stampin Up (Primrose Petals), American Crafts (Ocean, Evergreen). Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants- Meology (Oh Snap!; In Her Words Attitude, 6×6 paper pad). Stamps: Stampin Up (Secret Garden). Die Cut & Punches: Stampin Up (Secret Garden, Bird Builder), Martha Stewart (3 in 1 Hydrangea). Embellishments: Fancy Pants- Meology (Sticker Fundamentals, Patterned Envelopes &Folders, Brag Cards); Freckled Fawn (Enamel Dots); Doodlebug Design, Inc, (Sprinkles-ladybug); My Mind’s Eye (enamel dots); Misc. (brad). Markers: Copics (R21, R22, R24, RV23, RV25, RV29, YR12, YR15, YR16, YR27, B0000, B000, B00, B01); Wink of Stella (Fine Glitter Dust). Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot); Momento (Tuxedo Black); Stampin Up (Old Oliver).

 

 

You’re Not the Boss of Me: Scraptastic July Sketch Challenge

I wanted to pop in to share the layout I did for the July Sketch Challenge with my Scraptastic July Kit. I stuck pretty close to the actual sketch this time around with only a couple of design deviations that actually work better for my pictures, patterned paper and embellishments.  This sketch is probably one of my favorites I have done so far because it just allowed me to incorporate all of my favorite layout design elements.

 

The Sketch:

2014-07-Scraptastic_grande

 

The Layout:

Story of Today cover

Story of Today detail 1

Story of Today detail 2

The rose floral stamps are an older Die-Namics die and stamp set that I recently discovered and it has quickly become one of my favorite to incorporate in my crafting. I have some other Wrapped Up Wednesday ideas that these stamps and dies will be making another appearance so stay tuned. Thank you for stopping by. More to come. Celia

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Title: Story of Today. Cardstock: American Crafts (Black); Project Life (Midnight Edition); Neenah Classic Crest (Cream); Stampin Up (Lost Lagoon). Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants-Burlap& Bouquets (Fresh Bouquet, Chic Burlap, Together, 6×6 paper pad- Floral Wreath, Vision, Variety, I Heart You, Love Arrows) Stamps: Stampin Up (Beautiful Bunch); Technique Tuesday (Today Banners); Kelly Purkey (Calendar); Papertrey Ink (Clip Tips); My Favorite Things (Contemporary Roses); Blinks of Life; Hero Arts (Brush). Die Cut & Punches: Silhouette Design Studio (Carta Bella Banners #33147, 3×4 Journaling Card with Scallop Overlay #46843); Stampin Up (Fun Flower); Die-Namics (Contemporary Rose, Layered Leaves); Memory Box (Tabbed Pocket, Bitty Blooms, Bitty Blooms, Arched Stems); Impression Obsession (Layered Flower Set); Technique Tuesday (Banners); Papertrey Ink (Memory Clips); EK Success (Swiss Cheese). Embellishments: Jillibean Soup- Cold Avocado Soup (Flashcards); Chic Tags- School House (Journaling Tags); Studio Calico- South of Market (Alpha Stickers), Wanderlust (Mini Clothespin). Markers: Stampin Up (Bashful Blue). Inks: Stampin Up (Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Primrose Petals, Crisp Cantaloupe, So Saffron, Hello Honey); Momento (Tuxedo Black).

Color Challenge: Color Story Inspiration with a Sketch Twist (CSI Case File #122)

CSI Case file No. 122: With the CSI challenges, you must use all five colors in the scheme, at least 2 elements in your layout from the evidence list and at least 1 element from the testimony. And this week they threw in an extra twist by adding a sketch.

122

Case Solved- The Layout: This was a really fun color combination and let me dig into my patterned paper stash for a layout that combined several different companies and collections (from Teresa Collins, Basic Grey to Simple Stories and My Mind’s Eye). The sketch was actually quite interesting and I liked the large white space with the suspended pictures and embellishments. I stuck to the sketch except for I had to put my spin on it by titling the white patterned foundation paper.

Girl Code Cover Update

The Evidence: The evidence list of this challenge was just made for my scrapbook style so I incorporated five items in the layout scheme. (1) Flowers- I used several die cuts to create a floral swag. (2) Something Transparent- I layered the black cardstock butterflies with a patterned vellum on top. (3) Cursive Font- I used a cursive font for the die cut title. (4) Circles- The white foundation paper was a little distressed but a little to0 stark white. So I created a circle mask and stamp and ink circles onto the foundation paper to create some more graphic texture. (5) I added a floral sprig on the black swag and leaves to the flowers.

Girl Code Detail 4

Girl Code Detail 3

The Testimony: This was a little more tricky for me- the picture is one of my favorites from my law school friend’s wedding. And lucky enough I was wearing my favorite orange dress and all my girlfriends looked fabulous and elegant.

Thanks for stopping by. More to come. Celia

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Title: Girl Code. Cardstock: Project Life (Honey), American Crafts-POW (Honeycomb); Core’dinations (Forest Moss, Bundled Sage). Patterned Paper: Teresa Collins- Something Wonderful (Black Stripes Paper); Basic Grey-Hopscotch (Four Square), Clippings (Flannel Suit, Cotton Dress), Green at Heart (Sage); My Mind’s Eye- Lime Twist (Fly a Kite Spring), Stella And Rose (Mabel So Sweet), Lost & Found (Sunshine Memories Blossoms), Lush 2 (Orange Damask), Necessities Black & Grey (6×6 paper pad), Sweetest Thing Tangerine (6×6 paper pad); Simple Stories- Snap (6×6 paper pad); Studio Calico- Darling Dear (Hepburn). Stamps: Kaisercraft (Stains); Hero Arts (Brush); Technique Tuesday (Best Banners); Impression Obsession (Borders, Beauty Text). Die Cut & Punches: Lifestyle Crafts (Lemonade); Memory Box (Petal Party); Silhouette Design (Flowers-Retro #45256, Flowers #55045, Three Vines with Leaves #54802, Set of 12 Leaves #55158); Impression Obsession (Butterflies); Stampin Up (3/8 Circle punch, punch); EK Success (Scalloped Scallop, ½ Circle punch); Marvy Uchida (5/8 Circle punch); Martha Stewart Crafts (Monarch Butterfly); Fiskars (Small Flower punch); Recollections (Mini Starburst, Mini Flower punch); Studio G (Mini Flower punch). Embellishments: Chic Tags (Happy Place-Phrases); Freckled Fawn (Washi Tape); Recollections (Washi Tape); Studio Calico (Die Cut Shapes, Color Theory Enamel Dots); My Mind’s Eye (Wicked-Enamel Dots, Lost & Found Halloween- Brads); Basic Grey (Fact & Fiction – Alphabet Stickers); Spare Parts (Brads); Misc. (Pearls, Washi Tape). Inks: Momento (Tuxedo Black); Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Wild Honey, Dried Marigold).

Flower Power: Colored Pencils

The great thing about paper crafting is being able to color! Now, staying in the lines is a must but not so hard when you have beautiful floral stamps (Heartfelt Creations.. swoon) and matching dies.  So for this Flower Power segment I played with colored pencils. Not quite the Crayolas from my childhood but a selection of Prismacolor artist pencils.  My amateur Copic abilities have been highlighted on more than one occasion on the ole blog. Practice definitely makes perfect when blending with Copics. Colored pencils with the magic of gamsol is an altogether different story, even I can come across as a blending professional. A couple of swipes with the colored pencils in two shades blended with gamsol really set off the flowers in this layout. Another great effect of colored pencils is the more muted effect  that works better with the color profile and cream tones of the Fancy Pants Design papers in the As  You Wish collection.

This layout is one of my favorites- it is the perfect pairing of floral prints, stamping and paper layering.

Destionation Cover

Destination Detail 1

Destination Detail 2

Destination Detail 3

Thanks for stopping by. More to come. Celia

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Title: this is my destination. Cardstock: Stampin Up (Primrose Petals), American Crafts (Ocean, Evergreen). Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants- As You Wish (Dreamer, Today, 6×6 paper pad-Dictionary, World Travels). Stamps: Heartfelt Creations (Striped Sun Kissed Fleur, Flowering Carnations 1 and 2); Stampin Up (Petite Petals); Kelly Purkey (Let’s Go); Impression Obsession (Cover a Card Fluff). Die Cut & Punches: Heartfelt Creations (Sun Kissed Fleur); Spellbinders (Carnation Creations); Studio Calico (Heart Geotag); Stampin Up (Petite Petals, 3/8 circle punch), Silhouette Studio Design (8-petal flowers #17645, 3d chrysanthemum #43491); EK Success (Scalloped Scallop; Mini Punch Flower; ½ Circle punch); Marvy Uchida (5/8 Circle punch). Embossing Folder: Quickutz. Embellishments: Fancy Pants- As You Wish (Sticker Fundamentals); Studio Calico (Wood Veneer); American Crafts (Mayberry- Chalkboard Stickers); Basic Grey (What’s Up- Flair, Basics- Enamel Dots); My Mind’s Eye (Cut & Paste- Enamel Dots); Twine + Ink (Enamel Dots); October Afternoon (Woodland Park- Tidbits); Simple Stories (Snap Collection- DIY stickers). Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Pine Needles); Momento (Tuxedo Black); Prismacolor pencils.

 

Flower Power: Ink and Embossing Powder

If you have paid any attention to the meanderings and layouts featured on this blog its pretty obvious that I gravitate towards floral patterns. There is just something so beautiful and lovely about showcasing florals on layouts and crafts projects. Now, this could all be me over compensating for the fact that I have the worse green thumb imaginable. My only true gardening success was by happenstance and just plain ole dumb luck. One of my favorite design elements is to incorporate die cutting or stamping of flowers that mimic the floral patterned paper. Now, here is the caveat- I am no technique diva. So I am so happy that my embossing and inking florals turned out beautiful. The My Mind’s Eye Now and Then Collection had some serious gorgeous florals in my all time favorite color scheme of dusty pinks and teal.

So full frontal:

 

Cover 2

 

And a couple of detail shots to see the flower power up close and personal.  The MME Paper had these rose florals that I mimicked with an old die cut from Quickutz and these scribble stamp set from Papertrey ink. I stamped and embossed in white and then used the Tim Holtz Distress Inks to ink over the die cut circle and the embossed scribbles resisted the ink. With a light swipe with a baby wipe to take away any ink these florals came out a perfect match to the background floral paper. I did the same die cut, ink and emboss technique on the daisy and leaves. For the stem and berries, it was quick work to find a Silhouette cut mirrored the background paper with a little Wink of Stella glitter pen to give it that extra…umph!

Detail 1

 

Detail 2

 

Detail 3

I added the journaling behind the photo with a pull tab.

Journal 1

 

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Title: This Moment. Cardstock: Bazzill (Blue Calypso); Neenah Classic Crest (Natural White); Core’dinations (Crushed Olive). Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye- Now and Then Mildred (Hello Loved, Girls Garden, 6×6 paper pad), Collectable Remarkable (Day Daily), Collectable Unforgettable (6×6 paper pad), Necessities Teal (6×6 paper pad). Stamps: Freckled Fawn (June 2014 kit); Papertrey Ink (Scribble Circles, Leave it Be); Recollections (Heart Background); Technique Tuesday (Sentiment Tabs). Die Cut & Punches: Lifestyle Crafts (Hello. Goodbye.); Papertrey Ink (Leave it Be); Silhouette Design (12 Posies #39579, Branches and Berries #19185); Marvy Uchida (5/8 Heart punch); EK Success (Scalloped Scallop); Studio G (Mini heart punch). Embossing Folder: Stampin Up (Ampersand). Embellishments: My Mind’s Eye- Now and Then Mildred (Brads), The Sweetest Thing (Enamel Dots), Cut & Paste (Enamel Dots); Glitz- Love You Madly (Giant Rhinestones); Crate Paper- Flea Market (Frames); Studio Calico-Color Theory (Coral Bay letter stickers). Inks: Stampin Up (Pistachio Pudding, Blushing Bride, Pool Party); Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Festive Berries, Peacock Feathers, Worn Lipstick, Crushed Olive); Versa Mark (Watermark).

 

 

 

Color Challenge: Color Story Inspiration with a Sketch Twist (CSI Case File #118)

 CSI Case file No. 118: With the CSI challenges, you must use all five colors in the scheme, at least 2 elements in your layout from the evidence list and at least 1 element from the testimony. And this week they threw in an extra twist by adding a sketch.

118flat

Case Solved- The Layout: I love  bright color schemes but the bright red with the soft seafoam green and yellow kinda sorta threw me for a second. But as I have said before, sometimes the inspiration comes from the pictures. The pictures here are of me feeling confident and happy wearing a fun red dress with some teal and red applique flowers. SO bam- I was able to connect the red with the other soft colors. Picture- check.  So now patterned paper. As I was going threw my stash I came across this pretty floral from Basic Grey’s Freshly Picked collection. Patterned Paper-Check. But ahh ease up there killer- neither the pictures NOR the background floral paper had that element of yellow required for the color scheme. I know I needed enough soft yellow to draw the eye but without distracting or seeming like a last minute thought forced into the layout. So…. drumming fingers on craft table.. A HA! I pulled out this beautiful bokeh paper from Glitz that had all of the colors in the scheme. That patterned paper paired with a small cut from a yellow gingham My Mind’s Eye patterned paper did the trick. I also tucked and smattered other yellow elements like the small butterflies and yellow vellum under my pictures to make the color scheme and design look cohesive.

Drink Up Cover

 

Evidence: I had to be a little more clever with the evidence this time around- (1) Jewels- on the butterflies and the mini pink flowers (2) Hearts- Patterned paper on the scallops and the vertical piece (3) Arrows- Pointed chevrons (4) Fabric- Peekaboo tulle under the pictures (5) Fibers- Sewing on the layout (6) Pockets- The journaling is tucked in aenvelope pocket.

Drink Up 2

Drink Up 1

Drink Up 3

Testimony: I was able to hit two elements. I tucked my journaling in a pocket and my journaling was inspired by the word “confidence.” Because of the personal nature of the journaling I am keeping it tucked in the envelope so I can pull it out to remind myself that everyday I should choose happiness.

Thanks for stopping by. More to come. Celia

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Title: Today-Choose Happiness. Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest (Solar White); Core’dinations (Lei Flower, Polar Ice, Pastel Yellow. Primary Yellow). Patterned Paper: Basic Grey-Fresh Cut (Violet Garden); Glitz- Hello Friend (Stripe, Bokeh); Tim and Beck (Item #SC10022); Fancy Pants- The Good Life (Good Times); Cosmo Cricket- Salt Air (Deck Chairs); My Mind’s Eye-Follow Your Heart (Be Amazing)- Collectable (6×6 paper pad); Crate Paper- Close Knit (6×6 paper pad); Carta Bella- Alphabet Junction (6×6 paper pad). Stamps: Heartfelt Creations (Majestic Morning, Vintage Morning); Stampin Up (Secret Garden). Die Cut & Punches: Silhouette Design (Today You #15144); Heartfelt Creations (Majestic Blooms); Penny Black (Dancing Leaves); Hero Arts (Long and Cute Tag); Stampin Up (Secret Garden, 3/8 Circle punch, Chevron Border punch, Decorative Label punch); EK Success (Embossed Curve, ½ Circle punch); Marvy Uchida (5/8 Circle punch, Petite Butterfly punch); Fiskars (Small Flower punch); Recollections (Mini Flower punch); Studio G (Mini Flower punch). Embossing Folder: Sizzix-Tim Holtz Alterations (Bricked); Embellishments: Chic Tags (3/4 Card and Circle Diecut from Monthly Kit); Project Life (Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic); Studio Calico (Paper Clip); Two Peas in a Bucket (Flair); My Mind’s Eye (The Sweetest Thing- Brads; Find Your Wings and Fly Sky’s the Limit– Brads, Enamel Dots); American Crafts-Dear Lizzy Fifth & Frolic (Accent & Phrase Stickers); October Afternoon (Woodland Park-Tidbits); Prima (Anna Marie Sugardot Stickers); October Afternoon- Daily Flash (Eggnog Enamel Stickers); Doodlebug Design (Sprinkles Spring); Stampin Up (Jewel Basic); Queen & Company (Candy Shoppe Jellies); Misc. (Tulle Fabric). Markers: Copic (R20, R22, R29, Y13, Y15, BG10, BG11, BG13, BG70, BG72, BG75, Spica Buttermilk); Wink of Stella (White). Inks: Momento (Tuxedo Black).

You’re Not the Boss of Me: My Creative Scrapbook Sketch Contest

Yes, it is true folks. I have become a sucker for sketches. This sketch contest was definitely a different turn for me because it was a complete deviation of my scrappy style. But when the pictures are right, the story is true and the patterned paper is bright then no sketch can get in my way. So I am calling this one a win.

 

The Sketch:

apr14_12x12g

 

The Layout:

Drink Up cover

The Details:

 

Drink Up 3

Drink Up 1

Drink Up 4

Drink Up 2

 

Thanks for stopping by. More to come. Celia

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 Title: Drink UP. Cardstock: Project Life (Sunshine, Midnight); Core’dinations (Primary Yellow). Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants- What A Wonderful Day (Remarkable, Strips, This Way, Swell, 6×6 paper pad). Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Favorite Geotags, Are We There Yet). Die Cut & Punches: Silhouette Studio Design (Arrow Words #33793, 3 tabbed borders #19323); Technique Tuesday (Die-This Arrow Card); EK Success (Round Binding, Binding Edge); Stampin’ Up (1’circle punch); Fiskars (Jenni Bowlin Tab, Postage Stamp). Embossing Folder: American Crafts-Amy Tangerine Plus One (Camera). Embellishments: Fancy Pants- What A Wonderful Day (Sticker Fundamentals); American Crafts-Amy Tangerine Plus One (Stitched Vellum Pockets); Project Life (Sunshine); Studio Calico-Thataway (Diecuts); Chic Tags (Tabbed Journaling Card); WRMK (Enamel Shapes Warm); My Mind’s Eye-Cut & Paste (Enamel Dots); Twine + Ink (Enamel Dots); Doodlebug Design (Sprinkles Ladybug). Inks: Stampin Up (Basic Gray).

 

Manic Diecut Monday: Take a Picture it Last Longer

Not for nothing, there is a reason why I call my blog Just The Paper. Its all of the beautiful patterned paper that made me fall in love with scrapbooking. But once you get pulled into this subworld of adhesive, stickers and glitter you glom on to all the other wonders like Stamping and  Die Cutting. If you are reading this blog, then you likely know all the different ways (manual and electronic) you can make wonderful scrapbook embellishments with die cutting.  Personally, I am totally bicurious when it comes to die cutting. Although I have a Silhouette and a Cricut, I also still have tons of old Quickutz, Lifestyle now We R Memory Keepers, Spellbinders, Impression Obsession, Memory Box, Papertrey Ink and Simon Says Stamp dies and I don’t seem to be slowing down in my acquisitions (hoarding, collecting depending on whose asking).

So with all the above said,  I wanted to dedicate a Theme on the blog to my love of die cutting with all of the paper wonders that scrapbooking has to offer. First up for this Manic Diecut Monday is this layout:

Snapshot cover

Die Cut Details: What initially inspired the layout was the Dear Lizzy patterned paper with the cameras. I thought that a little die cutting would just turn up the fabulous of this patterned paper. This week I concentrated on Silhouette diecuts but stay tuned for more.

Snapshot 1

Snapshot 4

Snapshot 3

Thank you for stopping by. More to come. Celia.

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Title: SNAPSHOT. Cardstock: American Crafts (Ash. Denim); Neenah Classic Crest (Antique Gray); Stampin Up (Raspberry Ripple). Patterned Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy-Polka Dot Party (Picture Perfect, Fascinating Friends) – Lucky Charm (6×6 paper pad); My Mind’s Eye-Cut & Paste (Charm-Carefree); Echo Park- All About a Boy (rough & Tough). Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Life in Pictures); Maya Road (Snapshot Words). Die Cut & Punches: EK Success (Dotted Wave); Silhouette (Love Heart Circle #39214, Photo Viewer #5525), Kerri Bradford (Life Additions #2). Embellishments: American Crafts Dear Lizzy-Polka Dot Party (Large Tags)- Lucky Charm (Printed Chipboard Shapes) -Fifth & Frolic (Brads)- Amy Tangerine-Yes, Please (Remarks Letter Sticker Book- Life); Freckled Fawn (Washi Tape, Camera Paperclip); Basic Grey- Capture (Label Stickers)- Kneehighs & Bowties (Brads)- Basics (Candy Buttons); October Afternoon-Eggnog (Enamel Dots); Tim Holtz- Ideology (Chitchat Stickers, Filmstrip Ribbon); Misc. (Camera Charm, Twine). Inks: Stampin Up (Costal Cabana); Hero Arts Shadow Ink (Soft Graphite).