Tuesday, February 01, 2011

February DT Reveal - ScrapMuch?, My MInd's Eye,

Hello, wow I can't believe it's February already!

As you are reading this my first ever CHA trip, with the great girls at ScrapMuch?, is nearing an end (I did this post in advance, so I can't tell you what I am doing right this minute, but I know I am having a great time!).  I am sure we will be buying all sorts of wonderful things for the store and meeting lots of crafty people.  I can't wait to tell you all about it!

In this month's DT kit, the ScrapMuch? ladies, included a few items, that they have fielded customer questions about.  They asked me to use them, so that we can demonstrate ways to use these products.  Good idea, right?

So here goes, included in my kit are the following items from My Mind's Eye "Lost and Found" collection....

beautiful double sided papers


 great die cuts and embellishments
mine had gold glitter not red
fun stamps

and chipboard mini album covers

And here are my creations.....

My brother took this picture of my hubby, on Christmas day, I adore it!  I knew it would be on the scrappy table as soon as I went out and got it printed.  But, I actually ended up printing it at home (something  I don't do very often as I print so many pictures) because I wanted to use it right away.

As well as the items in my DT kit, I added a heart doily (from the dollar store) which I misted with Glimmermist to tone down the bright white, and a little crochet heart that I made, they are for sale at the store.

I love this layered fan-fold flower....

And this beautiful button.....

Not to mention all the die cuts available with this line.

Whenever there is a beautiful image on my page that I do not want to cover up (like this "love" emblem) I cut around it with my craft knife and tuck my photo or patterned paper underneath.

Here is a fun way to use those banner alphas.  I simply punched a small hole in the two upper corners of each letter, strung them on some baker's twine and swagged them across my page.  You could do this anywhere on your layout.  It makes for a super fun title!  I am loving banners right now.

Next I created this double page layout, it is fairly simple, so even though it is fun and glittery it is totally cool for the boys in my world.....

Page one features a 5" x 7" photo, another dollar store doily again with a bit of Glimmermist to age it (and add more sparkly! hehe).  I layered one of the die cut phrases over the heart and added a beautiful button tied with some baker's twine. The red die cut looking shapes at the top and bottom of the photo were actually hand cut from one of the patterned papers. I also stamped the star burst shapes on the lower left side of page 1, just because I loved the stamp so much.  I will definitely be using this stamp set again and again. 

The 'charming' die cut on page two, was  also hand cut from one of the patterned papers.  I stamped the 'fun' ticket onto a scrap of patterned paper, and then stamped the pointing finger right onto my layout.  There is also a swirl stamped onto the text paper above the picture of my littlest guy.  I think I used more stamps on this layout than I have in ages and I really enjoyed using them differently than I usually do.

Lastly I created this mini album, This was one of the items, some of our customers seemed not to know how to use or what to do with.  So hopefully this inspires you.  It comes with the front and back cover and the two jump rings as well as a bit of ribbon.  After that you are unlimited to what you can add to it, put in it or how you can decorate it. You can have as many pages as you want and use pretty much anything you want.  For the last couple of months, I have been wanting to do a mixed media album, so I approached this with that in mind and used a few different things as my 'pages'.

I decided to do a family album, and approached the design of each page very simply and similarly.  Letting the pictures be the focal point, while still using lots of great products.

For the first page, I simply used a piece of patterned paper as the base, it is a heavy enough weight to stand up to this.  I cut it slightly smaller than the cover and then using the cover as a guide punched the holes for the rings. Yes I used the same picture of my hubby, I told you I loved it!

Some pattern paper, a border punch, another stamped ticket, a die cut image and a button... done!  I also decided I should have tabs on my pages, and went with punched circle tabs since there were so many straight lines in the book already.  I punched two of each style of circle and adhered them back to back on either side of the pages so that each page had the 'good' side facing out.

Now for my page, another photo from my brother... wanna know a secret? It is very rare my mouth is closed in a photo, I am either always talking or eating, ha!  Anyway, I like the picture just the same.  I thought I'd glam up my page a bit with some of this fun crepe paper ribbon, love it!  I followed the same basic principles with each page.

For this page of my son, Chris, I used 'clear stock' a heavier weight acrylic.  I've had some in my stash for a while, with the intention of using it in a mini album.  It is super fun to use.

Here is another picture of the same page without looking through to the next page.

And here is the back of the clear page with a layout of my middle son. Jon.

Timmy's page base, is pattern paper again.  I cut out the part of the paper that I liked the best, with the little bird cages on it.  And had to use another little crochet heart of mine.

Included with the die cuts was this nice one with a great phrase about family, so I thought it would make a perfect last page.

Next, I added an envelope to my book to store any little mementos that might need a home. More crepe paper ribbon, love it!

And just for fun I dolled up the inside of the back cover.  The Eiffel tower image is actually a piece of packaging , which I then layered with this die cut.  It occurs to me as I finish typing this, that there is one more thing that I should add to my mini album and that is the year.  I will definitely do that, so as I make more (and I know I will) we can keep track of who looked like what when!

I love the aged and distressed look of MME's Lost and Found line.  I actually purchased a fair bit of the blue collection and now I can't wait to work with that.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and checking out what I have been up to this month.  I truly appreciate the time you take to come and visit me!


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