Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Song Of Spring

 "Hello" Today I'm sharing a Cricut-Stamping fusion card that was published in Cricut magazine in March. There are a few key elements I used making this card that you can add to your technique arsenal. Lets start with a the imagined barrier that seems to loom over stampers, Cricut gurus and scrapbookers alike, and that is that  the three papercrafting styles don't mix. Its way past time to put that myth to rest, mixing a scrapbook title with a stamped sentiment is not only doable, its downright fabulous!
 How about using a Cricut designed frame as a card base? Those intricate lacy cuts in yellow are gorgeous, and would be stunning cut at 11" to create a layout background! Concentric cut shapes layered and framed create a nesting look that is super fast for stamped images, cards, and scrapbook pages as well.

If you love paper, {and I know you do} than push away any crosscropping stigmas you have about mixing styles,. Stampers, scrapbookers, and 3 dimensional artists all have a common bond. Paper, beautiful, thick, delicate, scrumptious paper!  If you want to expand your world beyond the limits, say "hello" to mixing, mashing, and making the most of all papercrafting supplies! Break a few rules, have a little fun, be a rebel and do it all!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

That's Where Dreams Live

For most of us its the tail end of the school year, graduation parties are being planned, and the sweet dreams of summertime are being spun in our hearts like cotton candy! I am enjoying some rare and luxurious free time, and feeling a bit intoxicated by the idea that I don't have to wake up at 5:30 AM for a while! {inwardly doing a happy dance} 
 Like most end of the school year celebrations, pre-K or Kindergarten graduation is a really big deal for both the newly promoted child and their proud parents, so of course documenting those memories will be in order! I loved the chance to make a layout with nontraditional graduation colors and instead focus on Brooke's personality. Letting her sassy sunny disposition lead me to my paper choices and colors, I used the playtime collection from my little shoebox. And fun fonts from the Type candy Cricut cartridge.

Lots of stitching, and small sticker alphabets add to the dimension and interest of the page. You guys know I like a lot to be going on when I create a project and even though it is sometimes an accident....... usually I do plan where I want all the jazz to be happening! Placement of embellishments is important, it helps tell the story, or enhances the photo...but please please don't get too hung up on technical scrapbooking!! chant to yourself "this is supposed to be fun" "this is supposed to be fun"  *grin*

I have a hard time with page titles, and find myself wanting to add a boring or cliche' title such as " Pre-K graduation" and although that tells the story it lacks emotion, or the ole razzle dazzle as my grandfather loved to say! Titles can be generic and that's fine, or they can beckon you look further, stop you in your tracks and tell a more meaningful story.  Make them funny, or romantic, or even half written so the journaling or subtitle finishes the sentiment, in short make sure your layout gets really looked at! After all, as a documentor of life events that's what you are working towards!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Graduation Photo Booth Props

These no doubt that graduation is one of the biggest days of a teens life, and a big celebration is a great way to top off 13 years of homework, studying, and school lunches! One of the most popular growing party trends in the last few years has got to be the event themed Photo Booth.For good reason, they are fun, and everyone loves to participate! Its the perfect way to make sure you have a photo memory book!
 I cut out several of these bright and happy bow ties for Katrina's' { my cousins daughter} graduation soiree next week.  

I used the Billionaire cartridge and cut the ties from varied bright double sided papers, hot glued them to sticks and used a 3/4" circle punch to cover the stick attachment point on one side of the tie. Seriously fast, and seriously adorable! "Bow ties are cool" Dr.Who

In contrast to the cheerful bow ties are these super silly face pieces and parts. Eyes, mustaches, glasses and lips! How much fun are these!?

Big foam hats, and glasses were also cut with the Cricut using 3mm foam. Cut any shapes that work for the theme of your part, foam is budget friendly and comes in every color imaginable! A dab of hot glue and a package of sticks and you're finished! 
What to do for the rest of the photo booth? 
A poster or a backdrop in your school colors can serve as a simple photo booth background, or if you are the super creative type build a themed prop and go all out! Either way photo booth silly sticks are a fast and economical way to add a real boost to your graduation party!