Tuesday, April 22, 2014

3D layout video tutorial

Hi everyone! Jen Chesnick with you today with another video tutorial.  This month I focused on how I create 3d shaped layouts.  In the layout below I will walk you through how I set them up and cut them out with my Cameo.  After you watch the video check out the photos below for close ups of the process of putting it all together!

So once I had my paper cut I got set to make it 3D.  I use a couple things to achieve this.  I always pick up the corrugated card stock intending to use it and I don't!  So I use it as filler between my pages.  I also stock up on kids craft foam.  I use it for loads of stuff that I don't want to use my expensive 3D dots and strips on.

I cut pieces out and adhere it beneath each layer.  I use liquid glue, but tape runners also stick to the foam. 

You can see the nice dimension you get with just that little bit of foam. 

Since I added depth between the layers that means I build up my elements a ton.  For my photo I added foam and foam strips to make sure it didn't' sink into my star.  

Hope you enjoyed!  

Monday, April 21, 2014

Suz's Saturday (4/19) April Giveaway Winner is...

>>>>>        ...Blogger Karen H said...

I don't have an Instagram account but I am a fan of Chic Tags on Facebook and I love your blog also. I'm only too happy to let my friends know they should check this out for inspiring ideas and great giveaways too! Thanks so much!

Congratulations Karen! Please email me your USPS address to: mannecke (at) msn (dot) com and attn: "Suz's Chic Tags Giveaway" in the headline. Thanks! Suz

Staycation Mini

Hey there...Jamie here...finally getting around to some Spring Break photos. Well, o.k...so I have started the cover. I'll take credit for that. Cause ya gotta start somewhere!!!

My husband and daughter were away for Spring Break. My oldest son was working. So it left just me and the littles hanging out together for their time off of school in March. And while we did not do any wild and crazy spring breaking, we did hang out around our town and had friends over and did a few things different from our every week routine. And I wanted a special mini album just for those photos.

This little book is sized to only about 6-inches wide. It is intended to slip into a pocket page of my Project Life album that pertains to this week.

As the April Kit (did you get yours?) is so springy and bright and playful, I put a lot of those elements to work on the cover.

I love die cut anything. So that 'staycation' die cut card was for sure going on the front of the album. But with a little twist. The card was folded in half. Two sides sewed up: the bottom and the open side. This left the top open. Then a tag was created from the School House Lessons pattern paper. This tag is sized perfect to slip inside the pocket, and it's cute dots now show through the die cut words. The pocket is adhered to the front of the mini album and will hold hidden journaling. Using the April Kit stamp, the banner image is stamped to graph paper and folded over as a little tab on the tag. Love it!

Something else I love about Chic Tags is how so many tags and stickers work back into the monthly kits. Here I mounted a few stickers from the School House Label Stickers onto card stock. I like the added height it gives. Then I inked the edges with pink mist, and added them to the front on the notched journal tag and pocket.

Have I mentioned the flair? I love the flair from this kit. It is just that...FUN!

Hoping this inspires you to tell a story you haven't yet. The April Kit has plenty to offer a 'go somewhere' vacation or a 'staycation' kind of story.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

April Exclusive Kit

Hey everyone, Happy Easter!  Today, I am thrilled to share some of our designer's creations using the April kit, which is fabulous.  Take a look.

I hope you were one of the lucky one's that managed to grab one before they were all sold out.  Let's take a look at some amazing projects!


Jennie also created a You Tube video of how she made this fabulous pocket page, which you can check out here:





Here is a layout she created using this month's kit & April's sketch challenge. (You can read more about the sketch challenge and see the sketch design here.)

This was a fabulous kit to create with!  Hope you have a blessed Easter!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Pocket Page Scrapbooking with April's Chic Tag Exclusive Kit + Giveaways!

Hello everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend (and the 3 day weekend for those who have one in celebration of Easter!)

Suz here with you today to share my Pocket Page spread created with April's exclusive kit (now sold out!). I found this month's kit perfect for documenting the first days of spring here as well as some theatre fun with friends and time spent at home enjoying the warmer days & sunshine.

Here is the full layout highlighting the week of April 7-13. I cut down the 4x6 "Staycation" card and stitched it over the base of my 4x6 photo located in the lower left of my two page spread.

*Click on any image to view larger.

The "radiate" flair was perfect for the photo of the "silver lining" cloud formation I happened to catch one lovely evening with my iPhone. 

As I mentioned earlier, I loved the spring themed cards this month and made the most of them  celebrating that (hallelujah!) spring was finally here. (Really sorry for those of you who just got dumped on again with a ton of snow. Unless, of course, you enjoy it--then yay you!)

 I tucked the "April" 3x4 card beneath this Cocoa Daisy card below (after trimming out the inside oval with my craft knife allowing the text to peek through).

 Stitching around the heart geotag below added a bit of interest and helped form an exclamation point for a little added fun to this happy layout. Then I used the April kit stamps to add the "right now" and the flag/banner stamp on the "status" card.
 I like how the darker photos are offset by the brighter pastels and yellows from the Gerber daisy in the "staycation" photo along with the yellow tag and how the black flair, "hooray" arrow, and black geotag complement the whole layout as well.

Since April's kits are all sold out, I am wondering whom of you have been creating with them already?  I would love to see what you are creating with the kits and by sharing your creations, you could win some more Chic Tags goodies! Sound fun?!


*(Please US and Canada residents only. This is due to high shipping costs that would exceed the value of the giveaway).

Here's how to play along:

1. Link us up with your creations here in the comment section below and/or:

2. Post a photo on Instagram of your creation and use the hashtag: #suzsaprilchictagsgiveaway 
(This is so we can easily find who is playing along and so we can see your creations!)

3. Follow both @ChicTags and @SuzMannecke on Instagram.

NOTE: **If you don't have an Instagram account, no worries, you can leave a comment here and tell a friend too so they can share in the fun and play along! Good luck! I will post the winners back here on Monday, April 21 and will notify the winners via Instagram as well.  I will do my best to mail out the goodies within 1-2 days of the giveaway's end.  

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cookies & Milk

Hey guys! Mary Ann here with a layout to share, using a mix of fun papers, tags and stickers. I especially love that wood grain paper!!
My layout started with the cute "cookies & milk" card from the Good Tidings collection. Since the photo is of my daughter making cookies, I just had to use it! It originally said "for Santa" on there too, but I just cut that part off ;)  I used my Silhouette die cutting machine to cut the circle mat, then cut the wood grain paper to fill some of the circles. I also used the backside of the same paper to fill in some circles too. To add a bit more color, the teal cardstock was added to match the cookies & milk card.
A few buttons added here and there to bring out the pops of red in the stickers, and my layout was complete!
Supplies Used:
Good Tidings collection - card and label stickers
School House collection - mini icons and Teachers Lounge patterned paper

Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Book of Lists

Hey everyone...Jamie here...
this past month was my birthday...yep. I was born on the first day of spring. What a great day to be brought into the world.
So for the month of March I decided to do a book of lists. A mini album of just lists sort of telling the what and why of me right now.

So with the help of the March Kit as well as the Polkadot Numbers I created a mini journal with plenty of room to write my lists based on some prompts I decided on.

I thought the MARCH 4x6 journal card was perfect as a cover. I sprinkled that with some teal mist, added a die cut butterfly that was cut from the School House Lessons Paper, and then layered the butterfly with a vellum for a real soft look. The 'true fact' is from the March Kit, and was a good addition to the title of this mini.

The inside is a mix of some of the 6x4 and 3x4 journal cards. The stamp from the kit was a great way to save the date, as if my age was not a give away already. And Happy Place rub ons were used for the divider tabs. Thought they were perfect for the theme.

The prompts were typed out and then trimmed like journal strips. Those were glued on the 3x4 cards as well as several grid cards I printed out for this journal.

The format for each page is laid out just like the above, the left side is pattern paper, and then clusters of stamps and embellishments are included. The right side was kept very simple, with plenty of room for me to answer my prompt.

This is going to be one of those journals I will look back on in a few years and say "really?". Ha! Well, maybe or maybe not. But I always think they make for great reflections to remember how I was thinking right now in years to come.

So how about you, have you ever created a book of lists? If not, I challenge you to do so. Enjoy.