Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Love This Life | Working Process

Hallo everyone, it's Janine Langer here again. 
Today I'd love to show you the working process for this layout:

But first I want to tell you a bit more about the picture that I printed. I'm sure most of you already know the App called Collect (you can get it in your App Store). I love to manage all the everday snaps that I take with my mobile there. There's also the option to send it to your PC/Mac to print it, so that's what I also did with this picture. I printed it as 3x4, but then realized, that it was to big for what I was going for. So I cut off the journaling part and used it separately.

As I wanted the layout to be very light and girly I used a lot of white cardstock, vellum and some paper as well as embellishments mainly from the Cloud 9 Collection
I love this collection, it's so fun and cheery.

Here are some closeups:

If you wanna see the working process for this layout, here is the link to the video.
Unfortunately it was raining while I was creating, so no bright light. 

I hope I could inspire you to grab some of the wonderful Chic Tag Goodies and start scrapping. Thanks for watching and have a wonderful day! :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Green and Gold

Hello and happy Monday everyone! Suz back with you today to share some fall football colors that I particularly crush on this time of year; green & gold (Go Pack Go! Sorry, diehard Cheesehead here!) ;)

First up is a fun, happy little card I created using bits and pieces from the Cloud 9 and Happy Place collections. (BTW-I am still crushing over the Chic Tags wood veneers!)

I also thought I'd share this extra layout I created for another DT assignment as it uses a bunch of the Let's Go wood veneer along with some gold thread and gold star rub ons. Although, the ones used here are from Jenni Bowlin, the Good Tidings gold star rub ons would work perfectly for this!

Little bits of aqua-green come into play with the Crate Paper patterned paper on the die cut United States map.

So what colors are inspiring you of late? Feel free to share your latest color combo favorites in the comment section below.
Have a great week!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Love This: Sketch Challenge with Cloud 9

Hello friends! Jennifer up on the blog today with a sketch I created for you to play with!  I like a lot of white space on my pages, but feel free to make it your own! 
And here is my layout using the Cloud 9 collection. I love the bright colors and patterns of this line, as well as the fun embellishments! 
I used a Cloud 9 Mini Icon, as well as the cute sequins Rub Ons and Wood Veneer pieces.  I snuck in a gold foil Tidbit from the Let's Go line!  I am loving the gold trend right now! I also added a gold paper clip I bought at a local office supply store! 
More of the adorable rub on and wood veneer sequins! I love using them on my projects!
This cute hexagon Cloud 9 Clip is a perfect addition to my picture.  I love the variety that comes in the package and the fact that you receive two of each! 
I am a big fan of the Cloud 9 Acetate Tid Bits!  I paired this one with a hand punched pennant from one of the patterned papers.

I hope my sketch inspires you to do some crafting!  Also, be sure to check out the rest of the Cloud 9 collection as well as Let's Go and the upcoming Storyteller line! 
Have a great day!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Project Life | Summer Days

Hey everyone, Tracy here again! I hope you all have been having an amazing summer, whether you've been off with your kids or stuck at work (like me)! I'll be completely honest, summer isn't my favourite season, actually.... it's my least favourite. BUT that doesn't mean I don't enjoy the extra daylight and not having to wear a coat! My dog Sophie loves going out in the sun, even with her fur coat, she'll lay in the sun until I drag her back inside.

This Project Life spread screams summer to me. I used various pieces from the Let's Go collection - everything is so bright and bold and fun! I do Project Life in a 6x8 format which allows me to include full 6x8 photos or in this case a mini-scrapbook layout. I used the Adventure patterned paper from Let's Go as my background because the colours went well with  my photos. 

I wanted to keep the photos simple and I didn't want them to compete with the layout on the right so I just added a couple wood veneer shapes right over top. Happiness Found is from the Places set here and the Sun is from the Cloud 9 Bloom set here

To embellish the mini layout added some Let's Go Tidbits and Cloud 9 Mini Icons which are so adorable! My favourite part is the My Sunshine flair badge from Cloud 9, I have a soft spot for these metal beauties and tend to hoard them instead of actually using them! But I always say Sophie is my little sunshine girl, so this flair worked perfectly! I hope you've enjoyed a little peak into my Project Life album! Be sure to check out my blog here and you can follow me on Instagram here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cards or Layouts??

Cards or layouts, which do you like making best??  Hi friends, it's Mary Ann here today, and although I always seem to gravitate toward 12x12 layouts, making cards has actually become something I enjoy. They're quick and easy to make, and a great way to use up those leftover scraps of paper.  I have 2 cards to share with you today, both were made with left over scraps of paper and like I said before, quick and easy to make too!

For this card, I started with my cardstock base, then added the polka dot paper (which is part of the packaging for journaling tags) and did a bit of machine stitching around the edges. I really wanted to use the You & Me mini icon, and liked the gray chevron and the yellow fab icon also, but the "fab" just didn't work. So here's a little tip for changing it up a bit.
I decided to use my heart punch to punch out the word "fab", but it was hard to hold it in just the right place to get the design all within the punch. So, to help make it easier, I used a piece of washi from my stash to tape the "fab" icon to a scrap of paper.
 This made it easy to punch, and the washi is easy to remove.

Once I had the heart punched, I added it along with the cute wood veneer sequins, and a few teal sequins from my stash. Remember when I said easy, yep, it really was!

For the next card, I again started with my cardstock base, added the pretty sequin paper, then using another scrap of paper, layered on the polka dot piece that I cut into a banner shape. The "Doing a Little Happy Dance" square was added next with a row of zig-zag stitching, and then the darling bow tie flair button on top of that for a bit of dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and be sure to stop back by tomorrow to see what Malika has to share!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Color Crush | Bold and Bright

I love using bold and bright colors on my projects. Today I decided to showcase pink, yellow and orange from the Cloud 9 collection. I love the bright colors with the small touches of gold in the collection.
For my layout I enlarged a photo from a recent trip to Waikiki Beach to 8x12 and used the 4x12 space for a large title. I used the white space in my photo for embellishments and journaling.
I colored the floral wood veneers with mist ink to coordinate with my color scheme.
For the finishing touches I used some flair, mini icon pieces and label stickers to embellish the top right corner of the sky and added a row of gold dots from the Goodness patterned paper along the right edge of the layout.
I used the empty space in the sand to add my journaling strips.

What are some of your favorite colors to use? Do you like bold bright colors, soft and romantic or a little of both?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hallo, it's Janine Langer here today with my first post on the Chic Tags blog. 

Three years ago, we went on a winter trip to South England and there I took one of my favorite photographs ever! But unfortunately I never had the need to create a layout with it. When I first saw the wonderful Let's Go Collection by Chic Tags I immediately thought of that photograph and felt so inspired to create something with it. As the result was a layout that I love, I thought about turning it into a sketch.

So, first of all, this is the sketch, based on my layout.

As you can see, the main focus on the layout is the photograph. I am obsessed with large photos on layouts lately. That's the chance for all your favorite photographs to get a special place, not only in your heart, but also on your scrapbook layouts!

I decided to use the Let's Go "Missing You" Pattern Paper as a background, because it is neutral and doesn't take the focus of my photograph. But I cut off the stripes and adhered them seperately on the top and the bottom of the layout and sewed over it. 

The title of the layout is printed directly on my photo, using the Chic Tags - Cut File - Summer Titles, as well as the journaling. Then it was all about embellishments. I love wood veneer and you hardly see a layout I created without using at least a few Cloud 9 Sequins, because it adds such a wonderful interest and texture on your layout. Also wood veneer ist versatile, you can change colors in a heartbeat!

I hope this sketch inspires you to get creative and tell us something about your favorite pictures that need to be the center of the layout. You are invited to leave a link in the comments, I'd love to see what you come up with! :)