Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June Simple Stories Layouts

I have two new layouts to share with you today, using the two newest collections--Sunshine & Happiness and Bloom & Grow.

For the first layout, I used Bloom & Grow to create a quilt pattern across the page. I was inspired by this image on Pinterest!

To create the quilt pieces, I used a square punch and cut them in half from corner to corner. I started in the middle, and just copied the quilt design until my background was complete. I stitched the triangles down to add to the quilt look, and give dimension to my page. Once I was done with the background, I added my photos, title, and embellishments!

For my second layout, my goal was to mix Sunshine & Happiness with You Are Here!

I cut strips from the patterned papers of both collections, and varied them in size and length. I arranged them on my page, and then sewed them down. I left the ends of the thread dangling for a messier look. The theme of the page was Disneyland, so I kept the colors bright and cheery. I used the You Are Here! frames for my photos, as well as a cute phrase from Sunshine & Happiness.

 I loved the travel themed wood veneers, and added them to my page. The colors from the two collections coordinate so well!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are having a great summer and that you feel inspired to create!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Summer Lovin'

I have a new layout on the Elle's Studio blog!

This layout started with a cut file. I used a "nesting" shape, but this could easily be replicated from any shape using the "offset" button in Silhouette Studio. I cut out the shape from several patterned papers to create my background.

Once I had the background in place, I added my photo and title. I love the Summer acrylic word! I chose to balance out the layout by adding lots of words on either side of my photo. I used the Bits & Pieces, the wood veneers,  the Word Labels, and the cut apart patterned paper.

After I added in all the words, I used the Sunny Days Stamps and Puffy Stickers to add more interest to the layout. A few splatters of mist and the layout was complete!

Friday, June 10, 2016

June Elle's Studio Layouts

Hello friends! June is here already and it's time for a new release with Elle's Studio! This one is extra special because it includes the June Exclusive Kit AND the new Sunny Days collection!

I created two layouts using the Sunny Days collection, along with some items from the June Kit and exclusive extras.

For my first layout, I weaved 1/2" and 3/4" strips and stitched them down. I was going for a plaid look! My favorite part of this layout are the puffy stickers and acrylic stars! So pretty!

For my second layout, I used my Cameo to cut out a sun shape. I backed it with yellow paper, and added as many yellow, orange, and grey embellishments that would fit!! I love all the sunshine themed pieces!

The June kit is super great and it's making me extra excited for Summer!

Stop by the shop to check out all these fun new items, and don't forget to see what the other design team members have created in the Inspiration Gallery!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sunshine & Happiness Layouts

I have two new layouts on the Simple Stories blog using the NEW Sunshine & Happiness collection! I love all the bright cheerful colors that have me in the mood for summer!

For the first layout, was instantly inspired by the High Five patterned paper. I cut it up and repieced it back together to create a dimensional background! I added sewing around the triangles to really make them pop. Once I had my photo down, I used the Bits & Pieces included in the SN@P! pack to create my title. I added pop dots to the bottom of "HAPPY" for extra dimension!

I added a few more embellishments to complete the layout--the Bradz are my favorite!

For my next layout, I used the Happy Day paper and some watercolors to create a fun effect.

I loved the flowers in the corner of the Total Crush paper, so I cut the corner from the page and used it as a base to my layout. I layered with fussy cut flowers from the Happy Day paper, and added Bradz and enamel dots on the centers.

I also used chipboard and some of the Bits & Pieces for variety. Once I had everything down, I used watercolors and a waterbrush around the edges of my layers. I alternated between pink, orange, and yellow watercolors.

Using a waterbrush allowed me to have more control over the look. I cut out the quote from the 4"x6" Horizontal Elements paper, then placed it beneath my title. I completed the page by using the watercolors to add splatters!

Thanks for joining me today, I hope you feel inspired to use the new Sunshine & Happiness collection! 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Simple Stories April Layouts

Hello there! I have two new layouts to share using the Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness collection!

I created this layout based on an image I found on Pinterest. I loved the handwritten script look and the quote it used, and decided to create my page around it.

I used my own handwriting to draw out the words onto different patterns. I lightly sketched with a pencil and played around until I was happy with it, then cut them out. I aligned them on my page, glued them down, and then erased the pencil marks. Gluing them down first prevented me from tearing the smaller parts with the eraser.

I dotted my "i's" with Bradz and added lots of stickers, chipboard, and die cuts!

My only regret is that my letters were too big to fit more product on the page--I just love it all and wanted to use every bit!

For my next layout I used the Bloom & Grow collection! 

As soon as I saw the "You Make My Heart Happy" strip, I knew I wanted to make my layout about my husband! I started by gluing it to the top and building my layout below it. I also loved the banner on the Fundamentals Sticker sheet, and decided to replicate it with twine and patterned paper.

I also love all the cute flowers throughout this collection! The wood grain balances out the floral and keeps a masculine layout from looking too girly. Gathering inspiration from the title, I added a few more "Happy" elements to the page.

I am crazy about these two new collections, and I hope you will enjoy using them as much as I am! Thank you for joining me today!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Photo Op {Elle's Studio Layout}

Hello everyone! I have a layout to share using the NEW Documented exclusive products from Elle's Studio!

To create this layout, I started with the Documented journaling cards. I particularly loved the 4"x6" chevron pattern, so I used two of them across the page to create a patterned paper. I  added other strips of patterned paper to the top of the page, and then sewed them all down. I stamped across the rest of the page with the Documented stamp to create a textured looking background.

Next, I added my photo and used it to anchor a cluster of phrases that applied to the layout! I especially love the acrylic world and the "Good Times" which was cut from a Documented journaling card.

To title my page, I used the Marie Alphabet Stamp. I am actually quite terrible at stamping, To remedy this, I often use black ink so that I can color in any inperfections with a pen. It's a great tip to make your stamping look perfect! I place my layout onto a piece of craft foam (like the green one in the picture) before I stamp it. If I'm coloring in the image, I leave the foam under the layout. It makes the coloring easier and smoother!

There you have it! Thanks for joining us today, and don't forget to stop by the shop to check out the new Documented products!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

May Elle's Studio Layouts

Hello everyone! It's time for the May release from Elle's Studio! I had so much fun creating with the fun purples and greens, and I LOVE the ice cream themed items!!

I created two layouts with items from this month's release:

For this first layout, I used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe, as well as the May kit and the May printables. I cut the "sunshine" title from one of the journaling tags included in the may kit. I love the colors!

For my next layout, I used the Little Moments collection along with The Good Life acrylic title!

If you want to purchase a kit, keep in mind they are limited and once they sell out they will not be restocked! Look for a new kit each month on the 10th at 8:00 am PST, and as a special bonus to celebrate launch day, kits will be on sale for $9.99 for today only, regular price after that will be $11.99. These kits can ship first class: shipping for USA residents will start around $2.00 and go up from there, depending on the weight of what is in your cart. For overseas, it will run about $6+ depending on your location. US orders of $50 or more can get free shipping using the code SPRINGUSA and International orders of $75 or more get free shipping with the code SPRINGINT!

Please stop by the Design Team Gallery to see lots of gorgeous inspiration! Have a lovely day!