Hip Kit Club: Color Challenge & Process Video!





Hi Friends! 

Welcome back for more Hip Kit Club inspiration!
 Today I am sharing my take on the HKC color challenge! 
I had so.much.fun! 
The April 2020 Hip Kits are nothing short of ahhh-MAY-zing, but rather than rave, 
here's a look at my take on the Color Challenge: yellow, pink, dark pink & aqua....

"Sweet Happy Summer Days"


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Oh.my.heart!!! 
As soon as I saw the Carta Bella: Summer Market collectionpick-up truck filled with flowers, I knew I would have to create one of my very own! I mean seriously, does it get any cuter?!! And how sweet with my two darling's photo positioned in amongst all those gorgeous florals! 
Love it!

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The Crate Paper: Maggie Holmes: Sweet Story: Sweetest pattern paper was too pretty to refuse and I just had to have it for my layout background! Soft and pretty pink papers are one of my faves! The Carta Bella: Summer Market: Summer Day Floral paper from the April 2020 Main Scrapbook Kit was just begging for fussy cutting, plus the colors in the florals matched the color challenge. Needless to say, I snipped them out to 'fill' the back of my truck!

To create my pick up truck, I sketched up a quick stencil template in plain paper, and checked I had my proportions correct. Once happy, I overlaid the template onto the Bazzill Sparkle Bling Cardstock (April 2020 Cardstock Kit)and cut away! For the rear window and tires, I used some black cardstock from my stash - but you could easily paint or color the Bazzill White Cardstock to get the same result. I used a white gel pen to add a few highlights to these features too!

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The Crate Paper: Maggie Holmes: Sweet Story, 'HAPPY' Ephemera (from the April 2020 Main Kit) was the perfect adornment for the truck's number plate. I faux bolted it onto the trailer with the Carta Bella Summer Market Enamel Dots. Sweet! 
Such a simple idea, but so effective!

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I also used the Sweet Story Ephemera to back my photo onto, and create a frame. I embellished my lovely photo with an ephemera bow and Summer Market Adhesive Brad, as well as more fussy cut florals and the 'favorite' Summer Market Chipboard Sticker.

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To add more playfulness and whimsy to the page, I adhered that cute Chipboard bee Sticker, and some of the Sweet Story Layered Butterflies to the page as well.

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For finishing touches, I added the Sweet Chipboard & Sunny Days stickers to my title and embellished with a few more Carta Bella Adhesive Brads

You can see my page come together in my process video below. 
I really hope you enjoy watching it!
Please watch my process video here:



Thanks so much for watching! 
I hope I have inspired you to get creating with your Hip Kits & the HKC Color Challenge today!
Til next time,


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Elle's Studio: May Kit - Pocket Pages Inspiration!





Hi Friends! 

Welcome back for more Elle's Studio inspiration!
Today I am sharing something a lil different and out of my comfort zone - pocket pages!

I have always admired pocket page documenting, but I've always been daunted by having to fill so many pockets with photos and text. I mean, I'm kinda minimalist when it comes to this sort of thing and if I do have lots of photos, I tend to make a one-off mini album. 
Not to mention, I just don't have the time to fill a 12 x 12 double pager every.single.week - eeek! 
I'm hyper-ventilating just thinking about that level of commitment! 
Fast forward to today, & the smaller format pockets and albums now available are winning my minimalist heart! 
Finally I can document the 'everyday' moments with quick & simple pockets in a matter of minutes, plus I can still add in the occasional 'paper' page as well! 
The Elle's Studio May Kit and new release products are so beautifully coordinated that they make this form of memory keeping so easy! 
At last, I've found my pocket page heaven! 

Here's how I am documenting the special guys in my life....

"The Boys" Everyday Moments Pocket Album



Other Supplies: Staz On - Black Ink, Staples, Life Crafted Album - Sapphire Blue. 

So awesome! 
As my album is dedicated to documenting 'The Boys' everyday moments, I opted for a more masculine color scheme with blues, black , white & gray. 
To add a pop of color I also introduced yellow into the mix - but not on the opening pockets. 


As a scrapbooker and mini album lover, I couldn't resist creating a opening cover page for my album too! I used the blue paper from the Flourish 6 x 8.5" Paper Stack as my base and layered it with the love this story 6 x 4" notecard from the May Kit, followed by more Flourish papers and two of the 3 x 4" note cards. I stapled the die cut stars from the May Kit onto the note cards, and then embellished with black Puffy Heart Stickers, and my Cerulean Blue Puffy Alphabet Stickers title. Cute!

Here's a close up of this cover page....


As you turn the cover page, you'll spy that I lined the back of it with another of the Flourish papers. Rather than waste this page, I ditched my intended pockets and simply adhered my 3 x 4" note cards onto it. So pocket page creating without the plastic pocket! That said, I was careful to align these note cards with the actual pockets on the opposite page - so everything looked cohesive and flowed!


Love it!
To keep everything looking unified, I limited each note card to no more than 2 types of embellishments. I also ensured each card had some black ink journaling - mostly using the Currently Icon Stamp, but also with die cuts, or the pre printed journaling on the cards I chose. As the photos feature our sweet doxie pup, I couldn't resist the paw icon stamp - so sweet!

Here's a look at the next pockets in my album, 


Those pops of yellow are really striking! 
However, I was limited by my color palette.
To keep everything uniform, and maintain my color scheme, you'll notice that I cut a triangle of the blue Flourish pattern paper to cover the red/pink on my 'rise & shine' 3 x 4" note card.  I also made the most of the Eat, Sleep, Repeat Printables too! 
Simple, easy pocket pages with the May Kit & Elle's Studio new products!

Oh, and if this style of pocket documenting doesn't appeal to you, the note cards could be easily arranged into a more traditional pocket page style, as shown in the images below...








Fab-u-lous! 
No matter your pocket page style, Elle's Studio has got your memory keeping supplies covered! 
I hope my non-traditional approach has inspired you! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today,
til next time,

Elle's Studio: May Kit & New Releases Inspiration!





Hi Friends!

Welcome back for more Elle's Studio awesomeness! 
 The May Kit is all kinds of amazing - 
but rather than rave, have a look for yourself....




Told you it was amazing!!! 
And the new release items are pretty impressive too....


And let's not forget the May Digital Cut Files and Printables....




Yep! There's no denying it!
Another fabulous month of memory keeping with Elle's Studio!
***Shop ALL the new products HERE***

Here's what I've created with these fabulous products so far....

"Love You To The Moon & Back, And Then Some"


Wow! Such an awesome page for my darling boy's album! 

Other Supplies: Bazzill Cardstock - Avalanche & Lemonade

Let's take a closer look at my layout...


So.much.fun!!!
I just adore this sweet page! 
You'll spy that I used the label cut file from the May Digital Cut Files to create my title. I enlarged this label to 9 inches wide & backed it with the blue pattern paper from the Flourish 6 x 8.5" Paper Stack. I embellished this title with black pen outline, Puffy Heart Stickers and one of the Cerulean Blue Puffy Alphabet Stickers. 

SO cool! I love how effective this large title looks!


I used the same Elle's Studio Black Pen to draw the strings of stars on my background, and then embellished these 'strings' with more stars - die cut ephemera & fussy cuts, veneers, stamped stars and even Acrylic Stars to complete the look!


I positioned my darling boy & puppy's photo onto an array of layered note cards from the May 2020 Kit. I also tucked in a few pieces of coordinating Flourish papers too! 
I covered the large moon wood veneer (from the To The Moon And Back Wood Veneer pack) with smooth yellow cardstock, and placed it onto my photo so that it appeared to 'cradle' my son. 
For finishing touches I added that amazing mirror Acrylic Star, and a few more Puffy Stickers. Awesome! 
Simple. Striking. Perfect for my boys!

And now it's time for something for my sweet girl!
Here's the layout I've created for her album, 

"Story"


Wow!
So light, fresh & contemporary - love it!!!

Other Supplies: Bazzill Cardstock - Avalanche, Staz On - Black, Tissue Wrap, Pom Pom Trim, Sewing Machine & threads. 

Here's a closer look at my layout....


Grid designs are always for the win, but combined with stacked note cards from the May 2020 Kit, and embellished with all.the.things - well, it's a guaranteed recipe for success! 
To add a point of interest, and bring the quadrants closer, I distressed the left hand side of the page and machine stitched in a few of the Flourish 6 x 8.5" papers
I even tucked in a few die cuts and an Icon Chipboard Sticker to enhance this feature! 
But its the grid quadrants that have my heart - there are just so many pretty details in each stack!


Life is good, indeed!
Each stack is positioned onto a peach watercolor base, and contains a mix of layered May Kit note cards, & tissue paper. I have embellished with Puffy Heart Stickers, Icon Chipboard Stickers, Die Cuts and even a few Printable elements! So cute!


How amazing is that Hello Sunshine Wood Veneer?!! 
So impressive that I had to give it it's own stack, lol! 
Adore this veneer! It would look amazing on cards or pocket pages too!


Such pretty details, and loving this color scheme to no end!


La la love this note card! 
From that incredible Story Acrylic to the fabulous stamping - it's truly taking journaling & story telling to a whole new level!

Ahh-MAY-zing!!!


There are SO many possibilities with this month's kit and new release items.
Please be sure to check back here a lil later in the month for many inspirational ideas! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
til next time, 

Shimmerz Paints: May Color Kitz plus Process Video!






Hi Friends! 

Welcome back for more Shimmerz Paints inspiration!
Let me tell you,  The May Collection: Color Kitz is simply exquisite!!!!
If you haven't seen it yet, it looks like this....


Told you it's gorgeous!!!
Here's a better look at those sweet paint colors...


Swoon! Aren't they just divine?!
And how beautiful is the exclusive NEW color: A Bright Fuchsia Coloringz - LOVE!!!
Race to the Shimmerz Paints store to secure this limited edition Color Kit HERE

Here's what I've created with these beautiful paints, 

"Here & Now"

Oh.my.heart! 
For the love of color!!! 
The May Collection Color Kitz is swoon worthy to say the least!

Let's take a closer look at my scrapbook layout.....


Sigh! Such bright and pretty details! 

***You can watch how I created this stunning page in my process video at the end of this post***

To begin with, I sprayed the large geo heart with the beautiful new A Bright Fuchsia Coloringz. 
Once dry, I hand stitched the outline of it using the silver embroidery thread (which is also included in the Color Kit). On some watercolor paper, I traced around the geo heart with a pencil, and then painted up this heart with the super shiny Angels Kiss Inklingz, followed by splatters of Paradise Punch Creameez, Moulin Rouge Shimmerz & Vibez Mustard Seed. I cut this painty heart out and then adhered it to the back of the silver stitched, fuchsia, geo heart. Simple, but so effective!


Before foam mounting the pretty painted geo heart to my cardstock base, I traced around the heart with a pencil. Using the packaging technique with the vibrant Vibez Mustard Seed, I created that stunning base to layer the geo heart onto. For added interest, I also applied lots of splatters and droplets in Paradise Punch Creameez, Moulin Rouge Shimmerz and A Bright Fuchsia Coloringz. 


With my geo heart in place, I then embellished with lots of fussy cut blooms and embellishments from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Happiness collection. 


The exclusive butterfly stickers and You Make My Heart Soar Dotz were the perfect adoornments to add that finishing touch to my page! 


So super beautiful!



Watch these beautiful paints in action in my process video HERE



Thanks so much for watching! 
I hope I have inspired you to get creating with the beautiful  May Collection Color Kitz! 



Til next time, 





Elle's Studio: April Sketch Day!






Hi Friends!

Welcome back to the Happy Arty Days blog!
I am so excited to share today's fabulous sketch for Elle's Studio!
It's such a fun design, and I've even made a process video of this one too 
but before I get too carried away, here's what the sketch looks like...


Told you it was fun! Love this!

Sketches are a great way to remove the 'I don't know where to start' vibes, or even loosen up a design block! They discourage overthinking, and allow us to just simply enjoy the creative process! Here's what I created,

"Love This"


Love this, indeed!


Other Supplies: Bazzill cardstock - avalanche, watercolors, sewing machine, cotton thread, & doily.

Here's a closer look at my layout....


Gosh, this is so pretty!!!
The colors and designs in the April Kit are really something!

When it comes to creating with a sketch, I always approach it with my photograph as the focus. For this particular layout, my photograph encouraged me to rotate the sketch by 90 degrees. You'll notice that my darling girl is positioned on the right hand side of my photo, & looking out to the left. By rotating the sketch I was able to compliment the movement in my photo, and flatter the directional flow. 


My photograph also dictated the color scheme for my layout too! 
When I looked through the April Kit note cards and the Flourish 6 x 8.5" Paper Stack papers I noticed that there were lots of coral & vermilion reds, peach, and mauve patterns which were not only really pretty, but also complimented my photo. The 'let the good times roll' sentiment card was the perfect descriptor of the memory associated with the photo plus it was also a clever camouflage to hide the join of the butted together pattern papers
 (A great trick for maximizing the 6 x 8.5" papers for 12 inch scrapbook pages).


At this point in my creating, I decided to 'mix things up' again and I rotated that sentiment card back to its original position. I diverted from the original sketch to make the design work better for me, and my storytelling. And that's the great thing about sketches - they get you 'started', but there's no rules and you can make it what you want! 


To add a bit more interest to my page, I machine stitched & foam mounted the mauve pattern paper layer. This soft and subtle texture really lifted the design. I also foam mounted my photo cluster for added dimension. Following on from the sketch, I embellished with lots of the Beautiful Day Die Cut florals, and Lovely Puffy Stickers. 


I mimicked the banner at the top of the original sketch with the floral banner note card, which I further embellished with more of the Lovely Puffy Stickers and some cotton twine. 


For finishing touches, I ventured away from the sketch once more. I featured a bit of journaling with the Life Right Now Stickers, and the Lovely Puffy Stickers and added lots of watercolor splatters to complete the look. 

For a more detailed approach including all the paper measurements, and to hear more of my thoughts on creating from a sketch, please watch my process video here: 



Or watch in Full HD HERE 

I hope you enjoyed watching my video and feel inspired to create along with today's sketch! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
til next time,