Hello! Long time no post. It's been a busy start to the school year (my last semester of courses, EVER!) and crafting was my last priority. I'm struggling to figure out how to document September in my Project Life album as I have grand total of 2 photos. This month, I've been trying to take more pictures and I might just move on to start that instead of letting September hold me up.
Today I wanted to share the rest of the projects I created last month with the Gossamer Blue kits.
I loved all of the different patterned papers in the kits and wanted to try out the large plus sign trend, so I handcut several of my favorite papers and tried to arrange them in a random fashion. The title card is from a cut-apart paper and I thought it was a great reminder to remember to step away from the little stresses in life that add up.
Most of the time, I tend to layer a lot of paper on my pages. For this one, I wanted to focus on layering embellishments instead. I used some tags and my photo to create a loose grid shape, and added smaller stickers and tabs to each section.
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Monday, September 15, 2014
Another page with the September Gossamer Blue kits. This one documents some of the laughter from my sister's trip. We tried to take some nice photos together, which resulted in a lot of hysterical giggling.
I mixed up the kits and layered some of my favorite patterned papers and embellishments. I loved that there were so many tags and other ephemera in the Crate Paper Notes and Things embellishment pack.
Underneath the layers, I added the silver rub-on stars for some extra shine. For extra dimension, I used pop dots to adhere the layers and curled up the edges.
When I was finishing off the page, I thought about adding some stitching for more texture, but ultimately decided against it. I thought that the dimensional adhesive and curled edges added enough extra texture to the page. I added my title to the bottom corner, and placed a patterned paper in the opposite corner to balance it out.
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Friday, September 12, 2014
This is the last few bits documenting my sister's visit. I usually keep my spreads quite simple, and using kits with coordinated cards and embellishments helped make the process even more efficient.
The yellow journaling card is from the main Life Pages kit (unfortunately sold out now). I used it to write down some currents, like what we've been watching and eating. The date stamp is from the Bits & Pieces kit (unfortunately also sold out now), and is from Shimelle's new line. On the right is a photo I took while my sister drove us to the mall. She hadn't driven in this city for around 4 years, so it was a fun adventure that resulted in only 2 car honks. Underneath the photo, I added a pink phrase sticker from Shimelle's line.
Why hello there cute cat! It was hard to get a non-blurry photo of him, too speedy. On the other side is a photo taken from the upstairs window, a view my sister hadn't seen in a while. I added a wood veneer piece to the white space in the photo.
I love the blue in this journaling card, such a lovely shade. It was perfect to balance out the light blue from the sky photo on the other side of the spread. I added some journaling about the last few days of my sister's visit. The left side is a family photo, to which I added a simple cork heart embellishment.
When I sent my photos for printing, I sent a few 4x6 sizes that I thought I may want to use for a scrapbook page or other project. I ended up wanting to use this one in Project Life instead, so I cut it into two pieces. I could have just used a different page protector, but I already planned out the next few spreads and they didn't require the 4x6 slot. To the bottom corner, I placed some embellishments and a tag.
Thank you for passing by! If you'd like to see what the amazing design team made with the Life Pages kits and add-ons, head over to the Gossamer Blue galleries.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
There were so many lovely papers from the Crate Paper Notes and Things 6x6 pad in the September Gossamer Blue Bits and Pieces kit. I wanted to get a chance to use some of them up, so I decided to create a mini book. The front cover is the specialty gold foil dot paper that comes in the main kit. It's a real standout, and I knew it'd make a great cover for a mini.
When I was putting the mini book together, I was having a hard time trying to think of how to add journaling. I wanted to add more than a small label could fit, and I didn't want to use the backside of the pages since the machine-stitching was showing through. To add a light layer, I ended up printing out journaling and a few filler cards on vellum.
For this page, I layered a few patterned papers from the 6x6 pad. I like having different sizes of papers peeking out of the pages, so I made sure that they went off the edges of the white cardstock. The wood veneer was perfect as a bold embellishment underneath the photos. I added some more hand-journaling to vellum and placed them as strips.
The Life Pages themed add-on had a lot of fun nautical items. I've never been sailing, but I liked that most of the pieces could be used for more general subjects. I used a filler card layered slightly underneath the photo, and added some of the number stickers from the Shimelle sticker booklet since there were definitely a lot of "1, 2, 3" countdowns as we tried to coordinate our jumping. The cork banner is from the main scrapbook kit.
Another page printed out on vellum documenting some memorable quotes from my sister's trip.
The photo had a lot of greens and browns from the trees, so I pulled patterned papers and embellishments from that color palette. It's probably a little hard to see, but we're wearing deerstalker aka Sherlock hats! My sister gave me one for my birthday and we knew we had to take photos with them on while she was here! The touch of British in Shimelle's embellishments were perfect for this page!
There were so many fun little embellishments in the kits this month. I used some to create a banner next to the photo of Billy, who was super awesome about taking photos of us.
Another vellum page recording some of my thoughts about her trip.
Following the format of the other pages, I picked out a patterned paper to place behind the photo and then added some coordinating butterfly stickers. Getting some bubble blowing pictures with our Sherlock hats on was a must! We happily hummed the theme song as we waved the wand around like maniacs.
Thanks for taking a look! I think that this was my favorite project I made with the Gossamer Blue kits. If you want to see the design team's work, you can check it out here: layouts, Life Pages, and cards and other projects.
Monday, September 08, 2014
The yellow patterned paper by Traci Reed was my favorite in all of the kits, I used it in most of my projects this month. It's the perfect shade of yellow! I'm looking forward to the Gossamer Blue product lines hitting the stores so I can pick up a few more sheets of it. This page uses an older photo from a photoshoot that was an anniversary present from Billy. We rarely have photos together when he's always behind the camera, so it was a nice treat!
One of my favorite color combinations is yellow, light blue, and red, so I pulled out various sheets from the kits and started layering. To create subtle dimension, I pulled the corners of the papers upwards so they didn't lie flat.
Since the right side was more colorful with the patterned paper, I added a line of embellishments to the left to help balance it out. The page has nothing to do with sailing, but I loved the cork in the Life Pages Themed Add-On and wanted to use it. I tried to arrange and spread the embellishments out in a random fashion to prevent having a straight vertical line. To add more color to the left side, I placed embellishments in the top corner and stitched through them to create a banner.
Thanks for stopping by! If you'd like to see what the Gossamer Blue design team did with the kits, the galleries are over here: layouts, Life Pages, and cards and other projects.