Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Easy A (Echo Park Creative Agenda)

Just in case you can't tell, I'm kind of obsessed in love with Echo Park's new Creative Agenda collection. It's fun, it's colorful and works for so many different topics. I've used it on layouts about Disney, Alexa decorating her school locker and now one about Alexa's first day of school. I'd say that's pretty versatile.

Did you notice the wise little owls I snuck in? They're Doodlebug Doodle-pops from the Paper Issues store. Aren't they adorable? I thought they went well with the back to school theme.

I also used some tags and a chipboard frame from Crate Paper's Notes & Things collection.

I'm down to just a few Creative Agenda embellishments, but maybe (just maybe), I can manage to pull off one more page...

Have a great day!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Paper Issues: You're Sew Cute, You Keep Me In Stitches with May Arts Ribbon

A new linky party has started at Paper Issues. It's called You're Sew Cute, You Keep Me in Stitches, sponsored by May Arts Ribbon.

This is the project I contributed. I'm a wee bit addicted to May Arts chevron twill ribbon and use it every chance I can. :)

These were so easy to put together:

1. Wrap ribbon around each votive's metal holder. Cut to length.
2. Add adhesive to the back of each ribbon strip (I used my Xyron X). Adhere around the metal holders.
3. Thread buttons with embroidery floss. Add a Glue Dot to the back. Adhere over the ribbon seam.
4. Light and enjoy!

Check out the Paper Issues blog to see some amazing design team ribbon projects and get all of the details about what you could link up for a chance to win four (yes, four!) rolls of May Arts ribbon.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Let's Talk Turkey on the Shelf (Simple Stories Sweater Weather)

Some of you may remember Gallop, our Turkey on the Shelf. If not, here's a post about his origins and arrival. This year will mark Gallop's third visit (at Alexa's request). He gets into all sorts of trouble and shenanigans, much like the ever-popular Elf on the Shelf.

Since Gallop starts his visit on November 1st and leaves the night before Thanksgiving (because he doesn't want to end up on our dinner table), I end up with many photos of his antics. The first year I assembled all of the photos in a mini album. For last year's photos (above), 
I used Simple Stories Sweater Weather collection. I plan to use the layout above as a title page, followed by the pocket-style pages I shared with you last month. 

You'll find more information about this page, along with some detail shots, on the Simple Stories blog.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

All Heart (Simple Stories Sweater Weather)

Happy fall! To commemorate the start of the new season, I have a Simple Stories Sweater Weather layout to share with you.

Believe it or not, this photo was taken in the spring. I put off scrapping it because the colors said "fall" to me and I didn't have any product on hand that worked well with it. I'm glad I waited, because this collection worked perfectly.

I created the first part of the title, "ALL", by dropping the "F" from the chipboard word "FALL" (see below). I'll just plan to use the "F" on another project. Maybe it will become a monogram for the word "family" or even "fall". :)

For more information about this page, and to see some detail shots, please visit the Simple Stories blog.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Disney Darling (Echo Park Creative Agenda)

Last week I shared a back-to-school layout made with Echo Park's new Creative Agenda collection. Today I'm showing you how I used this collection for a Disney page.

I used the Dots washi tape (one of the many embellishments available with this collection) in two different spots. First, as a border on my photo and second, to create the tiny bow on the ink bottle. I have to give Alexa credit for the bow idea. She loves making bows from all sorts of materials. It was the first thing that came to mind when I asked her how she would use washi tape in a fun way.

There's also a bit of stamping on here (the vertical row of numbers running down the side of the check mark paper). 

If you'd like more information about this page, the products I used or you'd like to see some detail shots, please visit the Echo Park blog.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Locker Exhibition (Echo Park Creative Agenda)

A few days before school started, Alexa had a chance to fill her locker with the loads of school supplies we had to buy (can you believe nine binders were on the list?) 

Of course no locker is complete unless it's decorated (at least according to Alexa) so she put together a collage on the locker door that included clothing tags, depleted gift cards, quotes, and photos of family, friends, and her cat, Butterscotch. She collected the items over the summer, knowing she was going to use them in her locker. She's a planner, that girl! :)

Turns out the start of school, and this photo op, couldn't have happened at a better time because it coincided with the release of Echo Park's new Creative Agenda collection. How perfect are all of the art-themed embellishments, references to the days of the week, and other day-to-day elements? I love it all!

If you're interested in this collection, it's available in the Paper Issues store. From what I've been hearing, it's not available in many stores. The code LISA20 will get you 20% off everything you buy when you check out. My little back-to-school gift to you. :)

I'll be back on Monday to share another Creative Agenda layout. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your week and have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Halloween Treat Bag (Whisker Graphics)

Yesterday I shared an altered Whisker Graphics bag designed to store travel photos. Today I'm sharing a 5" x 8" Halloween treat bag.

I topped a larger bag with a bitty bag, tucking an orange shipping tag inside. I also added embellishments from a variety of Paper Issues Swag Bags.

How cute will this be stuffed with tasty Halloween treats? I think they'd be a hit at class parties!

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