Beautiful Day with the June kits

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Several days ago I received my July kits from Gossamer Blue to begin making projects for the July release. And normally, when I get new kits, the old ones get taken apart and put away with all my other supplies.

But I love the June kits so much that I couldn’t bring myself to put them away. Not yet. I really wanted to make a few summer layouts with the June kits, since they are so fitting for summer themed  projects. I have this layout and three more to share with you yet before we get into the July kits. And I still haven’t put the June kits away. Who knows? Maybe I’ll make a few more before I finally decide I’m done. Or maybe the June kits will have a permanent spot in my craft space, since I love them so much and all!

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I recently ordered a bunch of my Instagram photos from Persnickety Prints in this 3″x4″ size. Since my Instagram photos tend to be pretty random with only 1 or 2 photos from each event, I wasn’t sure how I wanted to scrapbook them.

Maybe you’re wondering why I would scrapbook them at all? Well, my iPhone is my go-to camera most of the time, since that is what I most readily have available and it’s easy to carry. So my iPhone photos tend to be some of my favorite, since they are in the moment. I could just scroll through my Instagram feed and enjoy them that way, but I love the process of putting a photo to a page, especially ones that are my favorites. That stack of freshly printed Instagram photos makes me so happy! I LOVE to flip through them and see all my favorite Instagram moments right in front of me.

So I decided my Instagram photos will be going into an album just for me, and mostly for my own enjoyment. I’m using an 81/2″x 11″ size, since I ordered smaller sized photos. It’s been a while since I’ve done an 81/2″x 11″ size album, so I think I’ll enjoy it for something different. This album will be kind of like an all about me album, I guess. It will be filled with all the things I love. My favorite moments, things, people, and events.

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Even though the June kits were bright and full of color, I was able to pull out some more neutral colors to use on this page about my daughter and her friend by the ocean. I love this photo so much! The ocean always makes me happy, and my beach photos are some of my very favorites. I love the colors in this one. I love how their swim suits match the colors of the sea and how they are standing by the water’s edge. This was also a new friendship beginning between my daughter and the other girl. This beach trip was the first time they had met. I wonder what they’re talking about there by the water’s edge.

Have you been enjoying the Gossamer Blue June kits as much as I have been? I hope so. I’ll be back to share more June kit projects over the next few days.

 

Young, Wild, Free

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It’s been a while since I’ve done some scrapbooking. But when I had the Gossamer Blue June kits and a handful of new photos of my kids on my desk, I took the opportunity to make a few pages.

The kids and I headed out for a photo shoot a few weeks before school was over. I had planned to take their photos near the beginning of the school term when all the school pictures were being taken. The only school photo I order is a class photo, because I have a thing against paying an outrageous amount of money for less than stellar studio photos that I could do a better job on for a lot less money.

But, as things go, I didn’t get around to taking them in the fall. Then winter came, and I thought we could head to a nearby train station and take some nice indoor photos. But that never happened either. So, when the end of the school year rolled around, and my son had just turned 16, I gave myself a kick in the butt and finally took a Saturday afternoon to take some photos. And it was really fun! At these ages, the kids are nice and cooperative. Haha! No candy bribes needed, although I did reward them with frozen yogurt afterward, since getting photos taken is still a dreaded task that took waaaay too long for some of them!

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My 16 year old, with his beloved guitar. he’s always strumming and singing, sometimes late into the night and I have to get bossy with him about it so he gets the sleep he needs. But it’s cool that he likes to play so much.

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I love the colors in the June kits. They are SO. me! I love how they look with the black and white photos. The colors and black and white play off each other. I had fun arranging all the little bits and pieces from the kits. Tags and wood veneer, and chipboard accents. So fun!

And this time my scrapbooking felt right. probably because I love these photos of my son so much.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

 

 

Gossamer Blue May Design Team Inspiration blog hop

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Hey guys! How’s it going? springtime is just whizzing on by, isn’t it?

Since today is the 15th, that means it’s time again for an inspiration blog hop with the Gossamer Blue design team.

This time I created a scrapbook page to share with you for the blog hop. I feel very rusty with my scrap booking. I don’t know….I used to feel a lot more comfortable with scrapbooking such a large space. But the more I work with cards and smaller areas, the harder time I have knowing what to do with such a big space. I just need to do more scrapbooking so I feel more comfortable again, right? That’s what I think.

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I actually had started on this page once before, didn’t like it at all, ripped it all apart and started all over again.Another thing I’m struggling with regarding scrapbooking lately is that I’m having a hard time with my photos. The ones I’m working on are snapshots of my kids that I took years ago. I love them, but a lot of them are busy and distracting, which makes it hard to scrapbook. I think I’ll be converting some of them to black and white to make it a little easier.

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I used the Main Kit, Life Pages kit, and Life Pages themed add-on for this page.  The wood veneer words and the alphabets are from the main kit, as are the patterned papers. The stamp is from the Life Pages kit.

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Those chalkboard stickers are great, aren’t they? They’re from the Life Pages kit.

Journaling reads: These boys love to pick beans! And they love to eat them. I’ll never forget the time I saw them run up to the porch with handfuls of beans and bow their little heads to pray before they ate them. So, so cute!

Goodness, I feel like I have so much to share with you guys, but no time to blog!! I’ve been a mad woman, with outside work, throwing a gigantic 16th birthday party for my son, and trying hard to finish up a few things before summer begins. But I have some fun things coming. I promise.

But for now, head on over to visit the blogs of these amazing ladies for lots of fabulous inspiration for today! And thanks for stopping by!

And, just because it’s blog hop time, and because I’ve been a blog slacker lately, I’ll give away a fun package of paper crafting goodies to one person who comments. I’ll ship it out anywhere in the US.

Anabelle O’Malley
Beshka Kueser
Brenda Weaver <<< You are here.
Caylee Grey
Cindy Liebel
Diane Payne
Emily Spahn
Erin Taylor
Eunyoung Lee
Heather Leopard
Jill Keller
Joy Taylor
Katie Ehmann
Laura Rahel Crosby
Tara Anderson

Thanks for stopping by! I hope your day is amazing!

Gramercy Road layout

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Do you love the Gramercy Road line from Gossamer Blue like I do? It is such a beautiful collection. The colors and elements are geared more towards the fall season, but I think it can work beautifully with other seasons as well.

I really wanted to use this line for a page, but I didn’t have any fall themed photos to work on. So I decided I would make it work for a summer layout.

The pale pinks, blues and greens in this line work so beautifully for other seasons too. Even though some of the elements are fall themed, there are plenty of others that work for any occasion.

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I especially love the chipboard shapes and the ephemera that comes with this line. There are lots of fun phrases and icons to work with. Here I used a camera, some phrase die cuts, and s couple of the stamps from this collection.

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The Gramercy Road collection does come with a pink rose foil alphabet sticker set. But I chose to use a black sticker alphabet here. Here you can also see more of the chipboard shapes, a leaf die cut, a label sticker, and some of the fabulous enamel dots.

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More chipboard shapes and enamel dots.

I’m making it quick today. I’m off to shop for clothes for my two sons who will be away all week next week for a student convention. Every time I blink they are a few inches taller, it seems. Lord, help me. My wallet can’t take too much of this! Haha! Anyone who thinks parenting is a breeze must not ever have tried keeping teenage boys in clothes that fit! I am thankful, though, that my oldest has grown a pant size since last year. Finding size 27″ waist in the stores is virtually impossible.

Wish me luck!

 

 

One Little Word update

Now that we’re nearing the end of March and we’re almost a quarter of the way through the year, I thought it would be a great time to give an update on my One Little Word, or word of the year, progress.

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If you’ve chosen a word for this year, are you still keeping it at the forefront of your mind? Or has it kind of slipped away in all the business of life? Maybe it was just a fun thing to do at the beginning of the year, because everybody was doing it. I know those things we plan and promise at the beginning of a new year have a tendency to slide to the background of our minds where they remain as a distant thought.

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I really didn’t want that to happen to me with my One Little Word project. After all, it seems like a silly waste of time and energy to come up with a word to define our year and serve as a guide or inspiration point if we’re never going to so much as give it a second thought once February rolls around. It’s pointless to do it just because everyone else is.

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But, as I said in my previous blog post, we’ve gone through a very busy and stressful season in our lives, and I felt like I was not able to focus on my word for the year (I chose the word Cultivate, for those of you who may not know). With my schedule stretching me to my limit, barely finding time to do everything i needed to, much less to do the things I wanted to. It was challenging enough to find the time to cultivate my relationship with the Lord. Almost impossible to cultivate any creative areas in my life. I felt like I was just hanging on.

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In my Bible study I was learning about cultivating an ear that can hear the words of the Lord. Along with that comes cultivating an obedient heart. Because it’s not enough to have a listening ear. One must have an obedient heart to be willing to follow what the Lord tells us to do.

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Our Bible study is a study of the life of King David and how he had a heart after God’s own. It was good to dig deeper and take a closer look at the heart of David. By studying the Word of God and digging deeper into a man who loved the Lord so passionately I am also learning to cultivate a listening ear and an obedient heart.

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Not only was the Bible study a great way to grow in my walk with the Lord, but it has helped me to learn to know some other women better. Hearing their hearts and listening to them, learning from them, has developed a closer relationship with other women, some of which I hadn’t really known before. Cultivating relationships like that is definitely on my list of things to cultivate this year.

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So, looking back over the first few months of the year, when i thought to much cultivating has been going on, I realized I indeed was cultivating areas in my life. Specifically the following:

Cultivating faith: Through the Bible study and more in depth study of His Word, in praying over specific needs in our lives and watching God move and provide in those areas, in spending time in worship (even if it’s just during my time in the car), in choosing to allow God to work in my heart and make it more like His.

Cultivating friendships: I’ve had many opportunities to connect with beautiful, special friends over the last few months. Some fun days of spending time with girlfriends. But also, having a schedule that was full made it possible to interact with others more and get to know some wonderful women better than I did before. I feel blessed to have gotten the the chance to know them better. If my schedule would have been routine, I would have spent lots more time at home alone. That full schedule was a blessing in disguise when I look at how I was able to connect with others because of it.

Cultivating hospitality: In spite of my busy schedule, I was able to cultivate hospitality a time or two. I hope to be able to do that more as the weather turns warmer, but I was glad to look back and feel like it hadn’t been entirely neglected.

Cultivating trust: There were some opportunities in the past few months where we just had to learn to trust. That everything would work out. And if it didn’t, that God knew what He was doing. That He is good, no matter what.

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There are a few other ways I’ve found myself cultivating the other areas I’ve wanted to focus on, some in small ways. But I was encouraged to feel like all had not been lost. In looking back I felt I was able to see specific ways that the Lord has been working on me when i wasn’t really aware. Isn’t that often how it is?

I had to think that perhaps the cultivating process goes through seasons too, just like everything else in life. And sometimes we can’t control what season we are in. I’d like it to always be the season for cultivating my creativity, but maybe sometimes we need to put some things aside so that other areas can receive the attention they need.

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Maybe we won’t know what cultivating has been going on until sometime later. In the middle of a really tough time it may feel like there is no cultivating, just ugly weeds spring up all around us. It may look like our lives are being destroyed. But even in those season there is an opportunity for cultivation. Faith, hope, courage, trust, dependence on the Lord, humility, patience. The tough times are prime times for cultivating those kinds of things in our lives. It’s important to remain focused on God and allow Him to work in us, no matter what the season.

Thanks for joining me today! I’d love to hear your thoughts on what God has been doing in your life. Or your progress on your One Little Word and how it has impacted you so far this year. Or anything else you’d like to share or any questions you may have about this post. I love reading your comments and hearing from my readers!

 

Make Your Own Pocket Page Scrapbooking Cards

Hey guys! I shared this post over on the Gossamer Blue blog yesterday. But in case you missed it, I’m sharing it here as well.

Pocket Page scrapbooking is a really big deal these days. And each month you can get your own exclusive Gossamer Blue pocket page scrapbooking card inserts with our Life Pages kits and add-ons.

But what about the times when you just don’t have the right one in your stash that you’re looking for? Well, it’s very simple and easy to whip up your own in no time at all. I’m going to share some fun and easy ways to create your own Life Pages cards to perfectly coordinate with the theme and /or color scheme of your page.

Stamps:

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Each month the Gossamer Blue kits include an exclusive stamp set. And many times these are perfect for making Life Pages cards.
Here I used just one of the stamps from the Life Pages kit stamp set and stamped it multiple times to cover my entire card. I use a different color ink on two lines for a little interest and added some cute little enamel hearts. Easy peasy, right? This is a great way to stretch those smaller stamps a little further too. This is only one of the stamps from the set, so you could repeat this idea with all the other stamps in the set, or come up with other ways to use them on your life Pages cards.

Watercolor:

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This is probably my very favorite way to make my own Life Pages cards. I love watercoloring, and making a fun watercolor card to add to your album is so simple and fun.
I pressed an ink pad onto my acrylic stamping block, then used a wet paint brush to brush it onto a 3”x4” piece of watercolor paper that I had already made wet with my paint brush. You can watercolor onto a dry piece of paper, but I wanted an ombre look, and the wet paper helps the watercolors to move across the paper better.

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After my watercolors were dry, I added a little stamping on the lighter section of the card.

But don’t waste the excess ink you have on your acrylic block! All that wet, blotchy ink is perfect for smooshing onto another card to make another water color effect.

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Make sure the inks are nice and wet. Spritz your block with a little more water if you need to. The more water you use, the less vibrant your inks will be. But don’t use too much, or you’ll just have a wet mess. You want just enough water to cause the inks to be able to move around on the paper. You can also dry the paper with your heat gun and then smoosh it into the ink again. Do it as many times as you like until you achieve the desired results. The fun thing about this effect is that you really have no idea how it will turn out. It’s always a surprise.

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Handwriting:

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Pull out some of your large brush or calligraphy pens and hand write the perfect phrase on your Life Pages card. You may want to practice first on a scrap piece of paper, but this is a fun way to add a personal and unique element to your album.

Confetti cards:

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I love confetti and shaker cards in my albums! They are just so much fun! And this month there were some fantastic sequins included in the Bits & Pieces kit, which were just perfect for making a sequin shaker card. I pulled out some printed vellum from a previous kit, and some plain vellum from my stash. I stitched the two pieces of vellum together on three side, added my sequins, then stitched the fourth side shut.

Layers:

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I tend to like to keep my pocket page scrapbooking cards a little more on the simple side, but if that’s not your thing, feel free to add lots of layers.
Here I added a few pieces of patterned paper, a cork tag, a die cut heart, some enamel shapes, and a tiny tag from the On My Desk collection. The cool thing about making your own Life Pages cards is that you can make them as simple or complex as you desire.

Die cuts:

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Our Gossamer Blue kits come with a fantastic selection of exclusive die cut files each month. The little cards included with the March cut files are just perfect for creating your own die cut Life Pages cards. It doesn’t get an easier than this! I simply cut mine out and layered it over another piece of card stock. You could also add some embellishments, but I chose not to.

I added all my cards to my Word of the Year album. I plan to use them here and there throughout my album as I see fit. Here’s a look at them all together.

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See how easy it is to create your own Life Pages cards to add to your albums and other projects? I hope you’ll have fun making some unique and interesting Life Pages cards of your own. I’d love to hear which technique you’d most like to try.

One cut file, two ways

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Hello! Welcome to the Gossamer Blue Design team Inspiration Blog Hop for the month of April. We bring you these blog hops to give you even more inspiring ideas for using your kits, just as they are arriving at your door.

Today I thought it would be fun to share a couple of ways to use some of the exclusive cut files that come with a Gossamer Blue subscription. There are some really great cut files and printables available to subscribers each month, and I thought it would be fun to take just one of those cut files and create two projects from it.

One is a scrapbook layout, and the other is a card. But they both use the same cut file and the same basic layout.  I wanted to show you how one cut file can be used in different ways to achieve different results.

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I used the cut file that’s like a Life Pages card with the holes cut out. I love that one. I enlarged it enough to cover the front of a card and cut it from some of the patterned paper from the Bella Rouge collection from pink paisley. This one is from the 6″x 6″ paper pad that comes in the Bits & Pieces kit.

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I adhered the cut out design to my card using foam adhesive to give it dimension. Then I tucked some small embellishments from my kits into the circular openings. I also added a sparkle and shine sticker, also from Pink Paislee), and then added some silver paint splatters over the entire card.

For the scrapbook page,  I enlarged the cut file to about 11 1/2″ on the longest side and cut it from a sheet of card stock.

Sweet & beautiful scrapbook page:

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You can see I used the same layout design on the page as I did on the card. The photos take the place of the sticker sentiment on the card.

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I also tucked some smaller embellishments into the cut out circles, like I did on the card.

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This was a fun way to use up some of the smaller embellishments.

Isn’t it fun to see how different the cut file looks, just by changing the size? This is just one way to stretch out the use of your exclusive designs each month.

So, here’s a challenge for you. Find at least two ways to use the same digital exclusive. Either a cut file or a printable design. If you do, I’d love for you to share your results with me.

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment below and I’ll chose one random person to receive a small package of paper crafting goodies.

Be sure to check out everyone else’s blogs for more inspiration. And thanks for joining me today!

Anabelle O’Malley
Beshka Kueser
Brenda Weaver– you are here!
Caylee Grey
Cindy Liebel
Danielle Flanders
Diane Payne
Emily Spahn
Erin Taylor
Eunyoung Lee
Heather Leopard
Jessica Lohof
Jill Keller
Joy Taylor
Katie Ehmann
Laura Crosby
Mel Blackburn
Rebecca Luminarias
Sabrina Alery
Tara Anderson
Yana Smakula