Friday, October 31, 2014

Project Life | Autumn Days

Hey there! It's Tracy again! I wanted to share this Autumn spread with you guys! Autumn is my favourite, I love the cooler days and warm colours. Also, yay it's sweatshirt weather! 

The Fall Exclusives are so cute. Seriously, look at that "hello fall" cork embellishment! I was so tempted to hoard that! The journal cards are adorable as well. I used a mix of the Fall exclusive and Halloween exclusive journal cards and the colours worked really well together!

I also added a little extra to the photo of the fallen leaves by using one of the Fall exclusive diecuts which work really well with the colours from the rest of the exclusives. And then because I just love flair badges - but always seem to hoard them - I used an adorable little leaf flair from the Fall exclusive flair badge set. The colour scheme is out of the norm for me - no pink or gold!! - but I'm really happy that I decided to step out of my comfort zone!

Hope you enjoyed another peek into my Project Life album! To see more, you can check out my blog and follow me on Instagram!

Sketchy Friday with Suz| Holiday Card and Decor Preparation

Hello everyone and happy Friday! I can't believe it's the last day of October already! While I am sad to see the leaves nearly completely fallen off of the trees, I am happy to know that means the holiday season is upon us! I took the fallen leaves as a clue to get a jump start on my holiday creating and today I am sharing a sketch design that can be translated into several different types of holiday crafting; card making, traditional layouts, or even home decor!

First up, the sketch:

I created this sketch with the intent to create some Christmas cards with it (and I still plan to do just that) however, I opted instead to mix it up and make a home decor item instead.

First, I misted a bunch of Cloud 9 wood veneer sequins a holiday green and adhered to some card stock along with a few other colors for pops of color (and to mimic ornaments on the tree). Then I glued the sequins down to some scrap card stock (in retrospect I wish I would've used a green card stock-ah well...) 

Then I trimmed away the excess card stock from around the perimeter of the tree. I adhered the tree to the background paper (which I think resembles some pretty mod wallpaper!) and applied gold star rubons as well as the "twinkle" sentiment to the bottom of my design. Next up, the fun candy striped paper that makes for some creative "carpet." For the tree topper star I applied a larger gold star rub on to some card stock, trimmed excess card stock and then added a pop dot for dimension.

Here a full close up to see a bit more of the details as a whole: 

Shop Items Used: Cloud 9 Wood Veneer Sequins, Good Tidings "Twinkle" patterned paper, Good Tidings gold rub on transfers, Good Tidings "Frost" (B side) , School House "Teacher's Lounge" patterned paper (B side)

I can't wait to see your take on this sketch! Please share with the hashtag #suzchictagssketch  on Instagram and tag me @SuzMannecke! You can also share on @chictags Facebook wall or simply link me up here in the comment section below! ;)

Happy Halloween and happy holiday crafting to you all!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Color Crush | Blue

Hey everyone, it's Janine Langer here. Today I'd love to show you a layout I made, using blue accents. That doesn't sound very spectacular, I know, but for me it is. I am not a huge fan of the color blue, I love teal and turquoise, but you'll hardly find blue accents on my layouts, in our house or in my wardrobe (except blue jeans). It's just not my color.

But when I saw Chic Tags' Halloween Exclusives, I surprised myself. I immediately fell in love with the blue 3x4 card and the blue flair. Honestly, I didn't see that coming! I wanted to create a layout with those beautiful blue accents, but - I live in Germany.
Halloween is not really a big deal here yet. Fortunately I remembered that my son went to a Halloween Kids' Party at our neighbour's house some years ago and I was lucky enough to find a picture of him, dressed as a horrible, frightening vampire. ;)

It doesn't look like a Halloween layout immediately, but that's been the effect I 
wanted to achieve. I used muted colors in this layout to bring out the blue accents even more
and I really do love how it turned out. :)

I also fell in love with the little pumpkin wood veneers that made a perfect addition to this layout.

I also added some string and two of these cute cork embellishments as well as a bit of stitching. Simple, but effective.


I hope I also could inspire you to use some colors on your layouts that you wouldn't go for at first.
Have a great day! :)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Story Teller | Sketch

Hi everyone, Diane here, sharing another layout made with the exclusive Story Teller collection. I was able to pull this layout together quickly using the 3x4 cards and the acetate words.

I made little captions with the acetate words by adding some adjectives with a small alpha stamp set. These captions are a main design element to my page.

I placed my photo in the center of the design and one 3x4 card on each side. The 3x4 card on the left contains my title and is accented with the exclusive flair and die cuts.

To finish off my design I added some ink splatters, candy dots and more flair

I created a sketch of my layout. I think you will find this helpful when creating with your 3x4 cards.
Thanks so much for visiting today and make sure you check out the Chic Tags shop to pick up your Story Teller exclusives and some fun new fall exclusives too!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Favorites and an Organizational Tip!

Hi everyone, it's Mary Ann here to share a layout just in time for Halloween, and an organizational tip too! First up, a layout made with some of my favorite pieces from the new exclusive Halloween collection.

Don't you just love those flair buttons!!! I especially like the "cutest costume ever". Both of those paired up with the "trick or treat" 3x4 card were the perfect additions to my layout!

I also added in the Happy Place phrases to use as my journaling spots, and then did a little machine stitching to add just a bit of texture.

Oh, and how about a  little organization tip for while you are scrapbooking...

As I am pulling things from my stash to possibly use on a layout, I use this divided dish to keep the small embellishments in. It works great to have the pieces close at hand while working on my project, and keeps them from getting lost in the paper scraps.

Thanks for stopping by the Chic Tags blog today!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hello, Fall!

Hello, there!  Jennie here to share a new page I created with lots of the new exclusive fall items that are in the shop!  I really am smitten with these items, they are warm and perfect for this season with their textural items and beautiful colors.

I paired the fall fair buttons, fall wood and cork embellishments and the fall die cuts with some beautiful papers that coordinate perfectly.  It was a fun page to put together.

I love how all of this goes together perfectly and looks like it was made to go together!

Do you like to watch process videos?  If so, I have one for you!  

If you prefer you can watch it RIGHT HERE on my YouTube channel.  I hope you enjoy it and you can see just how fun it is playing with these exclusive products!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Color Crush | Pops of Color

Hey guys! Tracy here again! I'm excited to bring you a little something different this time around. Instead of showing you a spread from my Project Life album, I'm going to show you a 6x8 layout that I created! 

I love this Let's Go World Traveller gold foil vellum paper, I've been hoarding it big time for months. I'm saving one piece for a special project down the line, but I decided it was finally time to cut one down (since I don't work in 12x12). I thought that the splotches of gold would be a pretty cool background and with photos and embellishments over top, at first glance it doesn't look like a map. Awesome! 

Next up, I took some pictures of Sophie (my dog) and I that I had taken on Friday night and in Photoshop I turned them into a makeshift film strip. It measures about 6 inches high and 1.75 inches wide. Then it was time to add some embellishments. I used a variety from Story Teller including a flair badge, acetate words and a cute little tag. I also used a journal card from Cloud 9 and cut the words out from it.

Be sure to follow me over on Instagram and check out my blog to see all of my other Project Life pages!