Color Philosophy Inks

Prima has a brand new ink line called Color Philosophy. The colors are amazing and the selection of colors will keep you in crafting heaven.

My Prima Planner - In the Moment

Here is my "In the Moment" planner all dolled up for January.

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My Prima Planners

Have you gotten your new My Prima Planner? They are absolutely amazing!

Frank Garcia's Memory Hardward

I created a lovely photo album using Prima's Memory Hardware journal. Click the "read more" tab to see the entire album.

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Christine Adolph Stamps

I love to use stamping to add interest and texture to my crafting projects. I will be sharing my latest project using Prima's new Christine Adolph stamps.

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Scrapbooks Plus November Kit - Giving Thanks Album

Can you belive that it is November eve?  Where has the time gone?  This month at Scrapbooks Plus the Design Team kit features the beautiful Giving Thanks collection from Teresa Collins.  The first project from this versatile collection is this wonderful mini album. 

I purchased the mini album kit and I am so glad that I did.  It comes with step by step instructions which was wonderful.  I followed them and then eventually strayed from the path as always.  While it required quite a bit of prep work it is well worth it in the end.  The kit has a chipboard cover and back.  I used the cover as a stencil to cut the album pages.

The subject of the album is my daughter's graduation.  Most of her graduation photos features her wearing red which goes perfectly with the color palette of the collection.  This is the inside cover and first page of the album.  This wonderful quote of gratitude come with the kit.  I added Prima crystals to give some pizazz!  The second page is my daughter striking a serious pose.  I love it!  I cut the flourish from papers in the collection and finished the page with a flower from Petaloo and decorative brad from My Mind's Eye Lush collection.

Pages three and four are simple, yet elegant.  The flourish paper in the collection is breathtaking!  I bought five extra sheets.  I have no idea what I am going to do with them, but I knew I had to have them!  Page four features tags and quotes from the collection as well as Zva crystals.

 Pages five and six are fun.  Yes, I intentially used the same photo on both pages.  I liked the look and it allows you to see the smaller photo close up.  Page five features a sentiment from the collection and Prima bling.

Pages 7 and 8 showcase the most dramatic photos from her photo shoot.  Heck, when I was in school you were lucky to get a drape and cap and gown photo, let alone multiple wardrobe changes and props. 

The quote on page 9 is from Quick Quotes.  I purchased bunches of vellum quotes from the Great American Scrapbook Convention and have been waiting for the perfect moment to use them.  Now is the time!  Page 10 is a photo of my daughter who was a distinguished honor graduate. I am truly a proud mama bird.

Pages 11 and 12 made me want to cry each time I started the journaling.  Those of you with little ones, take lots of photos.  Time passes by so quickly.  Page 12 is a photo of her school's campus.  I love the beautiful bluestone buildings.

Well page 13 is sure to make my husband cry.  It is a photo of the two of them.  They have always been inseparable.  When we took her to college for the first time it was extremely hard for him.  I trimed their photos in ribbon which can be found in the collection.  Page 14 is a small page with a simple message "Count your Blessings" which is also part of the collection.   

Here we are at the end of the album.  There is a photo of the packed car ready to drop my daughter off for her first year of school.  The month tag is from the collection.

Thanks for joining me today.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Us - Pink Paislee Parisian Anthology


I am in heaven with the new Parisian Anthology collection from Pink Paislee.  This versatile collection allows you to add your own colors to the resist papers which allows you to create a one of a kind masterpiece. 

I chose to use blue based on the beautiful blue ribbon which comes with the collection.  I designed the layout using that one element.  The rest just fell into place.

The great thing about the new Parisian Artisan papers is the resist factor.  I used Distress Ink in Broken China to add color to my page. 

Here is the finished product.  I kept the application of the ink very light.

I added two large chipboard frames to the page.  I painted one blue and I left the other it's natural color.

The butterflies were cut from ribbon by May Arts.

I used ribbon from the collection to create the double layered circle.  I placed my chipboard element from Dusty Attic on top, then added ribbon from the MemrieMare on Etsy.  The chunky crystals are also from the Parisian Anthology collection.

Thanks so much for joining me today.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Boo! Mini - The Girls' Paperie and Graphic 45

I am really beginning to love mini albums. They are fun to make and they make wonderful one of a kind gifts. This month at Scrapbooks Plus the design team was given the Toil and Trouble collection from The Girls’ Paperie. This is one elegant Halloween collection. The envelope album is from Graphic 45. I removed a few pages since I knew I would be adding heavy embellishments.

I love, love, love the cover of this album. The letter stickers are from Pink Paislee. They are beautifully glittered and the best part is the glitter doesn’t come off! I love that! I added Prima bling and a beautiful green Prima flower.

These are the first two pages of the book. The velvet bat is totally awesome and is made by My Mind’s Eye.  On the right page I embossed a sentiment using Stampin’ Up’s embossing powder in white.  The stamp is from Inkadinkado.  The clocks were cut from patterned paper and mounted on foam squares.  I added crystals from Bo Bunny to the center of each clock.

Each page of this album is an envelope.  I thought I would create a beautiful flap by cutting a design from the patterned paper.  I wanted to add magnetic closures, but I thought about it a little too late.  I would highly recommend adding them to your next project.  Basic Grey has wonderful magnetic closures which are perfect for mini albums and cards.

I like to leave a few pages blank throughout the album.  This allows you to place odd sized photos and memorabilia. You can also write on the black paper using an opaque white pen.  This would add a nice touch to the page. I used two types of trim on the left page. 

These are my favorite pages in the album. I used beautiful velvet Halloween stickers from My Mind’s Eye. They really give an elegant look and feel to the page. Adding different textures to your projects creates interest and excitement. When I finished the book I kept going back to each page and running my fingers across the velvet embellishments. Love it!

Maya Road creates some of the greatest embellishments around. Their doilies are fantastic! I used several throughout the album. You can cut, ink or paint them making each one your own little work of art. In the photo above, I cut the doily in half and placed each half on either side of the spiral binding.

I love these last two pages. The Prima crystals are my favorite. I added velvet spider stickers and black lace trim. The alpha stickers are from Graphic 45.

Supply list

Envelope Album, Graphic 45; Patterned Paper and Embellishments, The Girls’ Paperie; Embossing powder, Stampin’ Up; Inks, Colorbox and Distress Ink (Black Soot); Velvet Stickers, My Mind’s Eye; Ribbon and Fabric Trim, May Arts (Orange Stripe), The Girls’ Paperie (Black Lace, Orange Ruler, Orange Crochet); Doilies, Maya Road; Stamp, Inkadinkado; Crystals and Flower, Prima; Alphabet, Graphic 45

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Girls' Paperie - Toil and Trouble

The Scrapbooks Plus Design Team had the pleasure of working with the newest line from The Girls' Paperie.  The Toil and Trouble collection is one of the most beautiful halloween collections around.

This was one fun project to create. I do not have too many Halloween photos of my daughter, but the few I found were a perfect match for the Toil and Trouble collection. The Girls’ Paperie really did a nice job with their Halloween line. The designs are fresh and clean with a hint of elegance.

I put my Silhouette to work to create the bat, spiders and webbing. I painted each die cut with black stickles to create a beautiful shine. I then mounted each spider and the bat using foam squares.

The tags and scalloped circles were created using Spellbinder dies. I used a 2” circle punch for the smaller photos. The lettering is from Pink Paislee. They have the most wonderful glittered alphabet!

Patterned Paper - The Girls’ Paperie, Bo Bunny
Spiders, Web and Bat Die Cut – Silhouette
Tag Die Cut - Spellbinders
Stamp – American Crafts
Alphabet – Pink Paislee
Punches – Martha Stewart Crafts
Crystals - Prima
Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black; Distress Ink – Black Soot

How fun is this? While surfing through Teresa Collins’ website I came across this wonderful design. It was simple, yet elegant. I put a scary twist on the design by adding lots of fun embellishments and a “spooky” title.

The bat lamp post is a die cut I created using my Silhouette. The Silhouette design store had so many great Halloween themed designs that it was hard to choose. I wanted to put something fun against the more serious damask design of the paper.

I love using green as an accent color. It worked perfectly with my black and orange theme. The letters from Pink Paislee are beautifully glittered and come in great colors. My leaves are stamped using a leaf stamp from Heartfelt Creations and I used Memento Ink – Rich Cocoa to stamp the leaves.

Paper and “Happy Haunting” embellishment – The Girls’ Paperie and Prima
Ribbon – May Arts
Ink – Memento – Rich Cocoa
Flowers – Prima
Bat Lamp Post Die Cut – Silhouette
Stamp – Heartfelt Creations Swirly Leaf Stamp
Alphabet and small green flowers – Pink Paislee

Toil and Trouble! This layout is based on the October sketch by DT member Kathy Young. I love this photo of my daughter. Those scary fingernails are the best and check out those wonderful sleeves!

I used Bo Bunny’s ribbon roses straight through the center of the page. As soon as I saw them I knew they would be perfect for this collection. I cut the Prima bling and arranged it so it looks a spell is being cast.

The title was cut using my Silhouette. I tell you, I love that machine!

Cardstock – Bazzill
Patterned Paper and Embellishments – The Girls’ Paperie
Ribbon Roses – Bo Bunny
Crystal’s – Prima
Lettering – Silhouette
Tools – Creative Memories circle template

Can I just tell you how much fun the Silhouette Digital Cutter is? It’s WAY fun! Look at this adorable Jack-O-Lantern card base. When I saw it in the design library I knew I had to purchase it for my October card projects. The “Boo” sentiment is also from the Silhouette design library. It is my “go to” when I get stuck for title designs.

I wanted the card to be fun, yet classy. I am not really into cutesy anymore since my little one is all grown up. Sigh…. I hope you like it.

Cardstock – Bazzill
Patterned Paper and Embellishments – The Girls’ Paperie
Lettering and Card Design – Silhouette

Trick or Treat! I love this sentiment stamp from Stampin’ Up! I couldn’t wait for this time of year to come around so I could use it. I didn’t use embossing powder, but I should have! Hindsight is 20/20.
I used a color combination of black, green and orange which scream Halloween! The crepe paper embellishments are fabulous. I liked them so much that I bought two packages.

Black card stock is one of my favorite things to work with. Using it as the card base makes the design pop! The black scalloped circle was cut using Spellbinders.

Patterned Paper and Embellishments - The Girls’ Paperie
Card Stock - Bazzill
Scalloped Circle Die Cut - Spellbinders
Stamp – Stampin’ Up
Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black; Distress Ink – Spiced Marmalade

Not everything about Halloween has to be scary. I am loving Maya Road’s doily transparencies! This card is very simple, yet the addition of the two transparencies makes it much more substantial. The card base was created using patterned paper from The Girls’ Paperie Toil and Trouble collection. I then embossed a piece of black card stock using a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The “Trick or Treat” embellishment is also from the Toil and Trouble collection.

Cardstock – Bazzill
Patterned Paper and Embellishment – The Girls’ Paperie
Embossing Folder – Cuttlebug
Transparencies – Maya Road

Thanks for joining me today.