Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Elf Party Invites + Free Download

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Our annual Elf Party is coming up in early December. 

We didn’t have it in 2013 due to our vacation to Hawaii, but this year Elf Party IV will be back!  This past weekend I made some invitations for the party.  I wanted to hand-letter my favorite quote from the Elf movie, so I drew some pencil lines and sketched out my lettering in pencil first.  Then I went over it with my Sakura Micron pens.

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After I erased my pencil marks and fixed up my lettering a little more with my Microns, I was happy with what I had.

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I scanned it and then pulled it up into Adobe Illustrator to digitize the lettering.  I used the Live Trace function to digitize it.  Then I changed the colors of the digitized lettering for my invitations.

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I printed them onto matte photo paper in A2 size. 

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I trimmed them and adhered them to red cardstock.

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I was pretty happy with how they turned out!  Not bad for a Saturday’s work!  I’ve sent out the invitations to our Elf Party friends.  Now I need to get started on my party favors!

If you like this digitized version of my hand-lettering…

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I’ve made some downloadable printables for you!  Please remember it’s for personal-use only and not for resale in any form.  You can download them here:  3x4, 4x6, 8.5x11

Enjoy! :-)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Paper Issues | We Are Buckeyes

Hi Everyone!  I’m sharing a new layout today on the Paper Issues blog, using the new Amy Tangerine Stitched collection for the current issue “Get Your Game On”.

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Todd and I met during college at Ohio State, so we are both diehard Buckeyes.  Even though we moved from Ohio to California many years ago, we still try to get back to Columbus for a game once every couple of years. 

I used the “Alternate” camera paper as my background.  I created a vertical and centered composition and layered different papers the same width across the layout.

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I love this XO diecut in the Ephemera pack!  I propped it up with foam adhesive so it pops. 

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I centered my title using my photo as a guide, using the awesome After Glow Alpha Thickers and Today Foam Word Thickers.  I love the combination of the fonts and I can see myself using them for titles a lot on layouts!  I added handwritten journaling to the strip of the “B” side of the “Repeat” paper.

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I sewed across another strip of paper and curled it up.  Then I layered some diecuts and stickers to the left.  I like to create clusters of embellishments around my title or photo.

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Those shaped enamel dots are also a favorite! 

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I hope you enjoyed a look at my sports-themed layout using American Craft’s Amy Tangerine Stitched collection!  You can get it for 20% off with my code LISTGIRL in the Paper Issues store!  (Code is good for 20% off anything in the store!)

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Thanks for stopping by!  Don’t forget to link up your layout to the current issue “Get Your Game On” if you would like a chance to win a $20 gift card to the Paper Issues store!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

American Crafts | So Grateful Guest Designer

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I’m so excited to tell you that today I am the guest designer on the American Crafts blog for their So Grateful Week!  It has been a dream of mine to be a guest designer for American Crafts, so I was over the moon when Paige emailed me to invite me to play with American Crafts products for So Grateful Week!

I created five projects for American Crafts:  three layouts, a card, and a mini album. 

SCRAPBOOK LAYOUT | Grateful For Us

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Supplies:  Autumn Crisp (366518) - Walnut Paper, Cardstock (71081) - 12x12 White, Autumn Crisp (366527) - Oakleaf Red Thickers, Autumn Crisp (366521) - Willow Paper, Autumn Crisp (366515) - Acorn Paper, Autumn Crisp (366516) - Maple Paper, Autumn Crisp (366519) - Park Paper, Autumn Crisp (366517) - Cherry Paper, Autumn Crisp (366522) - Grove Paper.

I used my Silhouette to cut out the heart shapes with white cardstock.  Then I filled the heart cutouts with patterned papers.  This was a great way to use lots of different patterned papers!

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SCRAPBOOK LAYOUT | Furry Friendship

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Supplies: Shimelle (368152) - Haynes Paper, Shimelle (368151) - Baxter Paper, Shimelle (368156) - Leavitt Paper, Shimelle (368158) - Dowdy Paper, Shimelle (368145) - Herschel Paper, Shimelle (368157) - Granville Paper, Shimelle (368143) - Earhart Paper, Shimelle (368165) - Dimensional Stickers, Shimelle (368175) Wood Veneer, Shimelle (368164) - Letter Stickers, Stitched (368977) - Shaped Paper Clips, Stitched (368983) - Painted Rub-On Transfer Sheets, Stitched (368975) - Die Cut Acrylic Shapes, Autumn Crisp (366536) - Oak Matte Puffy Accents, Autumn Crisp (366534) - HIckory Decorative Paper Clips, DIY Shop (369055) - Gold Twine, DIY Shop (369056) - Gold Glitter Tape, DIY Shop (369065) - Bulk Rhinestones.

I love this photo of Noodle so I knew I had to create a layout with it. I’m grateful for his furry friendship! 

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I created a centered composition by cutting a piece of patterned paper with big patterns and adhering it to the center of the cardstock background.  This is great for vertical compositions.

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SCRAPBOOK LAYOUT | Grateful To Live Here

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Supplies:  Shimelle (368152) - Haynes Paper, Shimelle (368151) - Baxter Paper, Shimelle (368156) - Leavitt Paper, Shimelle (368158) - Dowdy Paper, Shimelle (368145) - Herschel Paper, Shimelle (368143) - Earhart Paper, Shimelle (368141) Hopper Paper, Shimelle (368165) - Dimensional Stickers, Shimelle (368164) - Letter Stickers, Stitched (368977) - Shaped Paper Clips, Stitched (368983) - Painted Rub-On Transfer Sheets, Stitched (368975) - Die Cut Acrylic Shapes.

I love living in San Diego, so I decided to create a layout with many photos of scenes from San Diego.

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Grid layouts are always in style and simple to create.  I filled each part of the grid with photos or papers/accents.

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CARD | So Grateful For Your Friendship

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Supplies:  Autumn Crisp (366521) - Willow Paper, Autumn Crisp (366524) - Poplar Paper,  DIY Shop (369056) - Gold Glitter Tape, Shimelle (368164) - Letter Stickers.

I created a shaker card and filled it with diecut stars and punched glitter sequins.  I really like using letter stickers and typed journaling cut into strips to make easy sentiments on cards.

 

MINI ALBUM | So Grateful

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Supplies:  DIY Shop (369047) - Mercantile Tags, DIY Shop (369055) - Gold Twine, DIY Shop (369056) - Gold Glitter Tape, Autumn Crisp (366521) - Willow Paper, Autumn Crisp (366515) - Acorn Paper, Autumn Crisp (366516) - Maple Paper, Autumn Crisp (366519) - Park Paper, Autumn Crisp (366517) - Cherry Paper, Autumn Crisp (366522) - Grove Paper, Autumn Crisp (366524) - Poplar Paper, Autumn Crisp (366536) - Oak Matte Puffy Accents, Shimelle (368165) - Dimensional Stickers.

I created a mini album using the tags from the DIY Shop collection, plus lots of papers and embellishments from the Autumn Crisp collection.  My tip for creating a mini album is to keep it simple by making all the page designs the same.  Use different papers and accents, but the same design will make the project look cohesive.

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Thanks for checking out my projects for American Crafts and sharing in my excitement!  Please make sure you check out their blog post of my projects too.  I’m so grateful for this opportunity!  :-)

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