Monday, March 19, 2018

March Club Q creates multiple Layouts

Hello Club Q fans, I can totally see why you would fall in love with March’s Club Q.  Neva here today to share with you how I stretched the contents of the March Ultimate Combo kit into seven layouts!  When I opened my kit, I was delighted that it featured the new Spring Showers, as the coordinating side not shown in the Club offering is all these lovely floral motifs.  Along with the more masculine diamond pattern, I planned to make coordinating Mother and Father Day layouts.

First up is the layout that will go in my album for Mother’s Day.

o   The centers of the blue sheet and floral sheet have been trimmed to be used as the center mat.  With the double mat layout, it is all hidden! 
o   Smaller accent photos are matted with the center of the die cut circles as well as circle die cuts from additional paper in the kit.
o   The title is stamped in Capri Blue on vellum timmed to the banner shape, and heat embossed with iridescent embossing powder.   
o   Capri Blue and Island Orange are used to ink the layers. 
o   The flowers are shaped slightly before adhering to the layout.
o   The vellum adhered with glue behind the stamped area and the right edge under the circle. 
o   All the photos are journaled on the frame edges. 

A close up of a floral arrangement:

Next I created layouts that will go into my boys’ albums.  As you can see, even though they feature different Spring Showers papers they coordinate beautifully.  The design and colors are similar, a great feature of scrapping with a kit!
o   Again, the centers are trimmed and used in the layouts.
o   The Mother’s Day photos are journaled on the frames.
o   The Father’s Day photos are matted and have small journaling strips.

 A close up of the title for the one page Mother’s Day layout:

o   A shaped frame from the kit is trimmed into two sections.
o   The sentiment is stamped in Capri Blue on vellum and is placed over the center tag. 
o   The shaped frame is adhered over the top.
o   The fabric flower base is formed over a large glue dot with die cut flowers added to the center.  (The fabric was cut into two sections, one for each layout.)
o   A die cut butterfly is inked in Capri Blue and Island Orange. 
o   I think these two elements hide the “unfinished look” of the top edge of the title and add a nice balance to the layout.

 A close up of the floral arrangement:

The Father’s Day title is less involved and decidedly more masculine!

o   The sentiment is stamped in Capri Blue.
o   Raffia is wrapped around the top of the banner. 
o   Thin sections of raffia are threaded through the button and it is adhered over onto the banner.

Yes, I did scrap three identical layouts for Father's Day, one for my album and one for each of the boys' albums.   With careful trimming I was able to use the two layout kits and the mini album kit to have enough matching papers! 

Here are the two single page Mother's Day layouts I created for my boys' albums.  They may not appreciate girly layouts in their scrapbooks right now . . . but I know they will appreciate having these photos in years to come

I have one more layout that I will share in a future post, to finish off the Ultimate Combo kit.  This is what I have left over . . . perhaps a card or two?  It is fun to finish off a kit, and know that you really spent your money well!

My favorite part of the March Ultimate kit was the altered Canvas.  I  used the photo from our photo Christmas card greeting sent out for 2017 and the colors for the canvas were perfect!

I swiped the large blue paper for the layouts above, but center section trimmed from behind is large enough to make the canvas.  The photo mats were adjusted to fit the photo I choose for the canvas.  I also used up the rest of the pearl embellishments to add a little extra bling.  This is now proudly hanging in my home!

By mix and matching from all four kits I was able to create duplicate layouts in record time.  Thanks for stopping by today and see what you can create from the B side of the Club Q kits!

Quick Quote Supplies:

Club Q Ultimate Kit
Powder Puff Chalking Ink:  Capri Blue, Island Orange , Deep Sea, Cactus

Other Supplies:
Vellum by Glama Natural
Hello Sentiments by Joy Clair
Date Stamp by Illustrated Faith
Celebration Sentiments by Hero Arts
Happy Birthday by Ms. Sparkle & Co.
Chili Pepper and Ocean pens by Zig
Standard Circle Large by Spellbinders 
Raffia from my stash
F is for Family, Home is stamp sets by Technique Tuesday

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Happy Birthday and Tic Tac Toe at Retro Rubber

I just love a good game of tic tac toe, and the Retro Rubberchallenge will allow you to play along with a great set of prompts!  Check out all the wonderful combinations the Design Team used to create their examples.

I started with the diagonal of Embossing, Die-Cut and Birthday.  But when I finished I realized I had also used the Embossing, Green, and Vellum column.  How cool is that?

I started with the Spellbinders Music embossing folder and Coordinations Black Magic Green cardstock.  A bit of sanding brought out the design.  Happy Birthday from the Birthday set by  Sizzix Stephanie Barnard from 2014 was stamped on vellum in Versa Color Charcoal Grey.  The vellum has little confetti inclusions that sparkle.  The sentiment is heat embossed with iridescent embossing powder.  The little gift is a Quickutz die cut, cut from both sides of the Black Magic Green cardstock.  The black ribbon is pounced with Versa Magic and heat embossed with iridescent embossing powder.  The vellum is wrapped around the card front and adhered to the A2 card base.  The gift is adhered in place to finish this quick and easy card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Come join our challenge at Retro Rubber and play along!  Remember to use a stamp at least one year or older, enter up to 10 challenges, and have fun!

I am delighted to enter this card in the following challenges:

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Berlin Bound for Quick Quotes with a hidden journal panel

Good day Quick Quotes fans!  Neva here today to share with you a layout that tells one story AND includes a hidden story!  There are times when the story behind an event is not something to be shared with everyone who might sit down to look through your scrapbooks.  There are other times where it is an important part of the event, BUT you don’t want to make it the focus.  This layout is intended as the opening page for a trip my husband and I made to Germany in the spring of 2016.  You can glimpse the gist of the renewing the passport story in the following photos.  Suffice it to say, don’t let your passport be within 3 months of expiration and try to travel internationally!

I wanted the focus to be about the flights we took and the cool photo I had of the map projected to the seat-back screen.  What a great way to show the flight!

This is the layout with the hidden section extended that tells the behind the scene story that it took to get on our flights, a day late!

I designed the basic layout and determined the area I had available for an extendable pull tab section. I started with Far and Away 101 and trimmed it to 12” x 8 ½”, I wanted the plane section to be part of the layout without being covered by photos so I used an Exacto Knife and carefully cut around the nose section of the plane and part of the engines.  Next I used a mustard colored strip from Far and Away 105, and a quote from Far and Away 500 in the same color, as well as a quote from Far and Away 600.  All the elements were inked with Cool Grey.  With those embellishments selected, and the photos backed the Far and Away 104 (inked with Deep Sea) I was ready to start working on the hidden panel.

To create the hidden panel, I trimmed Far and Away 100 to 6 ½” x 8”.  After composing and designing my journaling in MS Word I printed a test copy to check for spacing and alignment.  (Truth be told I printed this one about 5 times because I wanted the journaling to align with the photo!)  Once satisfied I used temporary adhesive to adhere the Far and Away 101 to the test copy and printed it out.   I find that when the width is less than 8 ½" I get better results with this method and I avoid printer jams.

Using an envelope punch board, I punched notches 2 1/8” from each edge.

The remaining outside sections are trimmed away to create a perfect pull tab.  All the edges are inked in Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Cool grey. 

A second sheet of Far and Away 101 is the base of the layout.  I placed the slider 3” from the outside edge with the other side 4 ½” from the outside edge.  It is drawn in using a black marker for clarity, normally I use pencil.  An Exacto Knife and metal ruler is used to cut the slider.

Using an Exacto Knife and a ruler two notches ½” apart and centered at the bottom of the hidden panel.  As you can see my cuts are not precise but will work well. 

The slider is inserted through the notches and secured with an additional section of cardstock.  This also is adjusted to allow the hidden panel to not slide too far behind the main layout.  All the parts of the layout are adhered in to place.  The top edge of the pocket for the hidden panel is adhered to within ½” of the panel.   I did make a slight adjustment to the top of the slider as the panel needed to extend a bit farther.  It is better to make the slider longer AFTER the layout is put together as it is easier to make this correction than to make it shorter!

The title “Berlin Bound” is die cut from white cardstock that has been inked with Cool Gray.  This is a close-up of the title and selective trimming of the airplane to accommodate the edge of the photo. 

Now you are ready to create your own behind the scenes journaling hidden panel!  It takes a little planning ahead of time, but is a great way to add a fun element of surprise to a layout.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Quick Quotes Products
Far and Away 100, 101, 104
Powder Puff Chalking inks:  Deep Sea, Cool Gray


Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Star Mini font by Quickutz

Monday, March 5, 2018

Back to School for Stick It Down

I know, it is not the right time of year for back to school, unless you are in Japan!  Any way I had a few photos that would work for this double page spread so I went with it!

This is what I came up with, each of my sons have a layout that features their first day photo.  This is actually my older son's last first day of school because he is a senior.  Next it will be his first day of college . . . I wonder if he will let me take a photo?

I started with two sheets of green Recollections cardstock to complement the grass and tree colors of the photos.  I pulled three patterned papers from the Me & My Big Ideas Boy collection from 2009 for the accents.  A bit of red cardstock that matched the red of the patterned paper was used for the die cuts by Elizabeth Craft Designs Entwined Circles.  A few of the shapes from the patterned paper were fussy cut or die cut with circle dies.  A hand-held Paper Shaper Corner Punch by EK Success was used to create the chevron arrow.  It is hard to see in the photo, but the square patterned paper and all the photos are die cut with the Elizabeth Craft Design Stitched Rectangles.  Frankie Classic Shadow font by Quickutz is used to create the large title.  I like the overall look and balance of the layout, and am pleased to have another one done for my soon to graduate son!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Take Ten published Succulent Card

It is always exciting to receive a new crafting magazine in the mail, but even more so when they come for free because you have a card published!  Then comes the fun of hunting for the card that was selected for the publication.

This card was part of the collection I sent in last April, it wasn't punny enough to go with this set of cards Take Ten published last fall.    I am glad they still liked it!  I guess it just goes to show you that they may take awhile to select a card for publication.

This is the front cover, my card is located on page 60 of this issue. 

Thanks for stopping by to share my excitement!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Every Seashell card for Quick Quotes

Hello Quick Quotes fans, Neva here today to share a card featuring Powder Puff Chalking Inks.  Sometimes you need a “just because” card, and this card is just one of those!

I really liked the saying from the Navigator Quotes and Phrases 500, Every Seashell Has a Story and thought it deserved to be the sentiment for my card.  I continued to build my theme from there.

To create an underwater feel, I used several of the 2018 Powder Puff Chalking Inks.  Starting with the lighter colors and working to the darker colors I inked up an acrylic block.  Purple Rain, Key Largo, Bermuda, Capri Blue, and a very small amount of Deep Sea create to look.  Water color paper trimmed to 5 ¼ x 3 ¾ is spritzed with a small amount of water and then pressed into the ink on the block.  After the paper dried the edges are inked with Deep Sea.

Next I die cut the three seashells and the coordinating overlays from watercolor paper.  The overlays are inked using ink daubers in the darker colors Deep Sea, Kokomo, and Capri Blue.  The seashells are shaded with using ink daubers in the lighter colors Bermuda, Tropical Punch, and Key Largo.  To complete the scene, I tore the edge of another piece of watercolor paper and inked it with Vanilla Cream, Sandy Shore, and the edges with Kokomo.  A slight mist of water directly on the paper is another method to blend the inks.

A section of Navigator 103 is trimmed to 6 ¼ x 4 ¾ and inked with Key Largo.  The sentiment is also inked with Key Largo.  The scene is adhered together with the sentiment lifted with dimensional foam adhesive as is the center shell.  The card seemed to be missing that extra little bit, so Bakers Twine is wrapped around the top section with a triple lopped bow to top it off.  The whole card is put together on a 6 Bar Kraft card base. 

Quick Quotes Products


Watercolor Paper 300 Series Cold Press by Strathmore

Shells Large by Elizabeth Craft Designs

6 Bar Kraft card base by Recollections