Monday, March 30, 2015

Hi =) It´s my turn to show you what i have made with the March kit " Garden Romance" and tell you about my process with the kit. First of all it´s a long waiting for the kit to arrive beacause it has to travel over the seas... When I finally get my kit in my hand I start with looking through the add ons. I always have the flower kit, embellishment kit and mediums kit. Then I look at the main kits embellisments and last at the papers. When I go through the papers I plan which papers I will use for which of my 4-5 projects. The photos are already printed ;).

Then I have to wait again for the weekend to come. I only scrap at weekends. I really can´t find the time during the week. When I sit down I often start with the sketch but not always. The papers for each layout is allready sorted out so I start cutting or tearing the papers so I get the papers in right place, but not gluing them, that is done quite fast. Then I come to the embellishments and if I use mixed media it´s here where I start to plan what to do and where on the page. I never glue anything before I have seen the whole design of the page. the emellishing part takes some time. I move them around the page several times before I decide where to put them. When that is done I start to glue everything on the page. If I have lots of layers with papers and embellishment I take a photo with my cellularphone so I can see how I had put everything on the page.

Well enough talking. Time to show my layouts. This month I started with the sketch, but I have mirrored it.

For this layout I have used the Main Kit, Flower Kit and Embellishment Kit.
My next one is made by only using one patterned paper and a small stripe from another. I quite often scrap like this, with few papers but lots of embellishment.

For this page I have used the Main Kit, Flower Kit and Embellsihment kit.
From my own stash the resin bird, doillies and small white flowers.

Now to my number three. For this layout I´ve used the chipboards that comes with this kit.

 For this page I have used the Main Kit, Flower Kit and Embellishment Kit.
From my own stash small white flowers.

My next page is a CAS page. I don´t do these kinds of pages that often but when I make a page of my teenage son the pages often goes more clean and simple.

For this page I have used the Main Kit, Flower Kit and Embellisment kit.
From my own stash stamps.

My last page is for this months RR challange in our forum. As I don´t use that much patterned papers when I scrap I still had some left which I used fort his page. But I´m out of flowers from the kit so I have used some from my own stash.

That was all from me this time. Hope you found some inspiration. 

Thanks for stopping by =)
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Saturday, March 28, 2015
Happy Saturday! I have a tutorial using the project add on kit to share with you today, and I'm also sharing the rest of my projects that I made with the Garden Romance kit, and walk you through how I used the kit.

I'm super lucky, because I always get my kit before anyone else: the perks of living a few miles away from the Swirly Queen! Once it's in my hands, I take everything out and hang it up on my "kit" carousel so I can see exactly what I have and GET STARTED playing as soon as I can!

I typically start with the sketch when I use the kit. BUT, this month was my turn to do the anatomy tutorial, and that is done using only the main kit, so I decided to do my tutorial page first, which you may have already seen on reveal day:

And you can check out the tutorial HERE.

For my next project, I used the sketch:

I recently celebrated my 38th birthday, and I'm feeling really awesome about a lot of things in my life and I wanted to commemorate that with a layout! I tried to do some journaling, but decided to just do that on the back. 

I started out by doing some faux stitching around the large layer. It's one of my favorite techniques! That large paper layer is such a beautiful piece of paper, I couldn't cover it up. I love layers, but I really wanted to see as much of that paper as possible, so I kept this layout simple. 

I used my Crafter's Workshop circle template on some grey cardstock for the large circle, insanely distressed it, and added some lace from my stash to tuck under the circle. 

The flowers from the add on are just gorgeous, so I used a lot of them. I added some of the grey pearls to the center of the large flower. I also aded a few grey roses from my stash, and some chipboard swirls. The pearls are BoBunny from the embellishment add on. Here are a couple of closeups of the small details:

And you can see that beautiful pink dragonfly from Angelica's etsy shop!

When I finished the sketch page, I was in a layout making mood, so I moved on and made this one to hang in my daughter's bedroom:

I used a doily and some older Prima vines from my stash, tucking in the Martha Stewart berry stickers and flowers and rose leaves from the kit this month to make the flower cluster. 

Here's a closeup of that and also a piece of chipboard that I bought when we had a Dusty Attic special order. I covered that with the rose gold Liquid Pearls from the embellishment add on.

In this closeup, you can see the chipboard title, also from the embellishment add on that I heat embossed with some shabby pink embossing powder. AND, look at that little fairy! It's also from Angelica's etsy shop. (Can you tell how much I LOVE her store?)

And, lastly, I made my acrylic box from the project add on this month:

And, I will let you see how I made that here in my video:

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
I love the days when my kit arrives on my doorstep, it's kind of like opening a Christmas gift!  The first thing I do is take the embellishment and flower addon kits and put them in a plastic shoe box container and label it.  I always keep two months of those addons in a plastic shoe box.  That way the embellies and flowers are contained but easy to sort through.  I have plastic drawers underneath my scrappy table and that's where the papers and anything that won't fit in the shoebox go.  All of this happens, of course, after I have looked over all the pretties in the kit!

I can't work in a mess and so, when I start to work with the kit, the embellies are put in one basket and the flowers in another.  I pick out some photographs and start playing with the papers seeing how the papers will go with my photos.  I will usually pick 3 to 5 papers that I think will work and put the rest of the paper back in the drawer.  After pushing paper around for a few minutes a design starts to form in my head and I go ahead and cut some of the paper and lay  them out.  Then I sort through embellies and flowers and push those around on the papers.  I select what I think is going to work and they go into yet another basket.  Yeah, I am an organization freak and in spite of these measures I still manage to routinely lose things on my desk.  Well now really, I don't lose them, that damn scrap fairy comes and takes them!!  Eventually, the layout comes together and I repeat the process all over again for the next layout.  Like Kim, I usually start with the sketch and get that out of the way.

If I am doing the anatomy page I deviate from the above method and put everything but the main kit away and work with that only since the anatomy page is done with the main kit only.

Enough about all that, let's look at some layouts!  This is an old photo, but I love it so much!  This is Fifi and she was the flower girl at our poodle's breeder's daughter's wedding.  She carried that sweet little basket down the aisle like a little princess and held it in her mouth for about 20 minutes and then very calmly set it down in front of her.  She never made a sound or moved about during the entire ceremony!  Her brother poodle was the ringbearer.  The wedding was outside  and was just beautiful.  I think I loved it so much because as a child I always dreamed of a wedding gown with a really long train and my dogs to help carry the train, LOL LOL!!  I think I must have gotten that from a Disney movie.

The kit features Fabscraps Elegant Chic papers and a couple sheets of Blue Fern Studios Love Story.  For this first layout I used all Fabscraps and flowers from the main kit and add ons.

I embossed the chippy with Stampendous Shabby Pink embossing enamel.

This layout was done with the Blue Fern Studios papers in the kit.  Most of the red roses are handmade rolled roses done with two different dies.  I cut the Love Story title from the edge of the paper.

Here's a quick and easy card you can make in less than a half hour with Fabscraps.  I've included a Snapguide tutorial.  The lace flowers are from a prior kit.

Check out How to Create a Simple Card With Fabscraps Elegant Chic by Maggi HARDING on Snapguide.

And finally, a fun little Easter basket.  This is easy to make and it's something you could make with your children or grandchildren.

I have a video that shows you how to make this basket too.  Here's a link to the video.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Hello friends! It's my turn for Designer Spotlight using the March Kit, Garden Romance. We didn't have blog hop this month, instead we are doing a designer spotlight.  I'll be sharing my projects and tell you bit on how I work my creative process.

The hard part is the wait! I'm constantly checking my CNS to track where my package is. My mail comes late...hate that! Usually right when I'm in the middle of cooking dinner for the family. The door bell rings and one of the kids brings in my box of goodies. When they see Swirlydoos on the shipping label they know to put it on Mommy's scrap desk! Now, I know it's here but can't rip it open until dinner is served, eaten, and cleaned up. Once everything is done, I  head to my scrap room and begin the petting! I pull out all the  packages and open all the add-ons first and the Main kit last. I admire and organize  all the flowers, papers, and embellishments. Then leave it! I can't scrap at night. The next morning is when I pick and edit my photos. I print them out and begin!

I always scrap the sketch first. For the March kit I used the sketch twice. I pick the papers I'm going to use. Always a cardstock for the Cardstock Add-on and usually 2-3 pattern papers. I love to layer and distress the paper so I get the Pattern Paper Add-on as well.

March Sketch

Once I have design done with layering of paper and mixed media,then I add all the embellishments. I love flowers and other goodies so I also get the Flower and Embellishment Add-on.
On my fourth page,  I start to run out of embellies and honestly....ideas! LOL! So, it's usually what I like to call a "lighter page".

It takes me about 3-4 hours to complete a layout. So, when I'm pinched on time I'll make a card with left over scraps. Making a card takes about an hour.
Thanks for taking reading about my creative process!
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Saturday, March 21, 2015
Hey Savages it's Kim here, today I am sharing my projects I created with the March *Garden Romance* Kit. Instead of a blog hop this month, we are doing a designer spotlight. Not only will I be sharing my projects, but I will tell you a bit of my process when working with the kit. Plus, I will be revealing a new challenge for March/April.

First off, let's talk about how I use the kit. When I get my box of goodies, I take it and go to a quiet room in the house. I don't like too be disturbed when I am opening my scrappy goodies. I start with my add-ons first and save the main kit for last as that is always the surprise.

Once I have gone through everything, I combine it all into one kit. Then I start planning my pages. Since I already have an idea of whats in the kit from the add on reveal, I already have specific pictures in mind. I typically start my scrapping with the sketch of the month. Have you seen this months sketch it is a beauty.

 Here is my interpretation of the sketch. This kit is perfect for me to scrap more of my wedding photos. Can you believe my wedding colors were pink and grey. How lucky was that? 

I used the mostly the main kit for this layout. The chippie, resin and a few of the pink flowers are from my stash.

For my next layout I continued on with the romantic feel. I love this photo of us and really wanted it to shine. Again, I used mostly items from the main kit, the flower and embellishment add-ons. I also grabbed a few items from past kits. The chippies and resin once again came from my stash.

Next up is the acrylic box from the project add on. Typically I don't get my project add on done right away, but this box is so cute. It was just calling to me.This project didn't take much time at all. There are these wonderful stencils in this kit, I used those and some shimmerz dazzlers to do the design on the top of the box. 

The big grey and pink roses came from my stash. The small grey flowers and the vine are in the kit. I did some stamping on the sides of the box. The chippies are also in the kit, I mixed 3 colors of embossing powder to get that look on them.

Now I would like to announce another challenge for March/April. This is going to be a color challenge. I just love the colors of this kit, so why not do a color challenge. Here is the color palette for this challenge.

Hold on my savages there is more to this challenge than just color. You will have to create your own ephemera to use as well. How you say? with stamps, that's how. Never fear, I have created a video (gasp did I just say video) tutorial on using your stamps to create your own ephemera. Please be kind, this is my first ever video, I promise to get better. 
You can check out the video you tube..

Here is my sample for the challenge. All the details of the challenge are posted here.

If you have gotten this far, thanks for hanging in there with me. I hope you enjoyed my projects as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you.

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