Friday, November 28, 2014

Sketch Friday

Hallo everyone, it's Janine Langer here again. :)

Today it's Friday and time for a new sketch!
Most of the times, I create a layout and then I create a sketch out of it, but sometimes I create the sketch first. Today is one of those times. I was thinking about the layout for Chic Tags,
when I was working on my computer.

I knew I wanted to creat a layout about our son and his school times. Our son's a smart kid, he never had to learn to get good grades. But now, that he is in his sixth school year, he has to learn, 
otherwise his grades are bad. 
As he never learned how to learn, he has had quite hard times the past few months. But he realized now, that it's not working without doing something for it, and we are really proud of him. 

That's what I wanted to document, and I wanted to use Chic Tags'
adorable School House Collection for it.

So - when I sat in front of my computer suddenly an idea crossed my mind. What if I could incorporate school grades? First you need to know that in Germany the grades aren't A-F, they are 1-6, at least in the sixth school year. When I had that idea I grabbed printer paper and a pen and started sketching, so I wouldn't forget the idea. That's the sketch I've been drawing in a hurry.

I scanned it to show you the process. :)

A few days later I started the layout. First I wanted to create it in 12x12 inch, but when I arranged the numbers in my graphic programm to prepare them for my Silhouette, I realized that it would look better in 8.5x11 inch. I also knew I wanted to add some structure to the background, as I wanted the numbers to be white on a white background. So I added some modeling paste with a mask. The rest of the layout came together really quick, and this is the result:

Of course also some close-ups:

I am really happy with the result, love the yellow and the white together! One of my favorite color combinations right now.

Here's the final sketch, matching the layout. I hope I could inspire you to use this sketch and create some layouts. If you link it in the comments, that would be great. Would love to see it!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Favourite Product | Story Teller Flair Buttons

I have a secret. I'm a scrapbooking supply hoarder. Hoarder! Okay, maybe it's not really that much of a secret, but sometimes I feel like I need an intervention. One of my weaknesses? Flair buttons. Oh, how I love these adorable little metal circles. But here is where the hoarding comes in.. I rarely use them! I love them so much, that I just can't stand the idea of parting with them! I keep them all in bead boxes and it's not uncommon for me to dump them all out and sort through them just for fun! Though my favourite way to use them is to add them right in the middle of a piece of 3x4 patterned paper and add them in with my pocket scrapbooking.

These exclusive Story Teller flair buttons are some of my most favourite! The black and white striped on with the hot pink heart is pure perfection. I wish I had dozens of these. I've mentioned before about how I love the entire Story Teller line because the colours are exactly what I like. Bright and bold! The flair buttons with the words on them are also so great, who doesn't want a flair button that says "Fierce" on it? I highly recommend picking up a set of these - and if you're anything like me, you might want two sets.

Thanks for stopping by to check out these adorable flair buttons! To see more things I create, you can check out my blog and follow me on Instagram and on Pinterest!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday Tip | Fall Exclusive Kit

Hello! Jennifer on the blog today to share a fun tip using the Fall Exclusives Kit and a Chic Tags
 cut file!  Using a die cut and some spray mist, I inked my cardstock to create a fun background!

Showing the after effect!  You can apply your spray ink as thin or thick as you prefer!  Another idea is to move the die cut and repeat the patterns!

And here is my layout! I used the Exclusive Fall 3x4 cards along with  Fall Die Cuts, Exclusive Flair, and Wooden Veneer Embellishments to create my page.

I love that there are not only warm, traditional fall colors in this collection but also a beautiful shade of blue!  This "Thankful" card is perfect as a title card!  I paired it with a wood veneer pumpkin on the corner of my photo. 

Here, I added a cluster of the cute leaf flair, along with the "give thanks" die cut, and a leaf wooden veneer. You can also see one of the 3x4 Journaling cards underneath.  

Showing another piece of the Exclusive Die Cuts along with a leaf wood shape.  I added a Happy Place phrase tag for my journaling, as well.  
Thanks for looking today! Check out the Chic Tags shop for more Exclusives including the Christmas Cheer Kit!  Have a great day!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pocket Pages with Chic Tags EXCLUSIVES!

Hello, there Chic friends!  Jennie here and I am so excited to share week 44 (Halloween, anyone?) in my pocket page album.

I loved all of the fall and halloween exclusives for this particular week.  These bits were the perfect embellishments for my festive photos.  It even made me step out of my simple comfort zone and dress up my pages a little more.  Let me show you.

Here's the left side of my layout:

I couldn't help myself, I had to add some Autumn Days labels and speech bubbles, as well.  (But how cute are those Halloween cards?!)

The RIGHT side:

Keeping with the same theme of the left side.  Except, this time I added a dressed up card in the lower right hand spot.  I added a couple of those cork embellishments + some washi tape.  They ended up being just what this card needed.

The whole thing:

Fun, right?  What about a process video?  Do you like watching them and seeing how a layout came together?  If you do, you're in luck -- I have one for you!  If you would rather watch it on my channel you can do so right here.

Hopefully you can see how fun all of these exclusives are -- I know I loved using them for this week!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fall Favorites!

Hi guys! It's Mary Ann here today with new layout to share, using a few of my favorite pieces from the exclusive Fall collection

I used the cute pumpkins hayrides & friends 3x4 card, and as you can see, I added it behind my photos so the word friends was covered. Since this was a picture of my hubby and son I decided to "hide" the word friends, and then layered on the memories made with you die cut.

Below the photos I sprinkled on a few of the leaf die cuts, did some quick machine stitching right on top of them, then added the cute Hello Fall flair button.

Oh and notice the date? Yep, the year 2004 is right. Somehow I never did scrap these photos way back then. How are you on your Fall/Halloween photos? Are yours caught up, or do you need to go back a few years like I did? ;)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Color Crush | Fall With a Pop of Teal

Hi everyone, Diane here for Color Crush Monday! It's fall and what could be better than fall colors, like brown and orange with a splash of blue?! That is exactly what you will find in the fun fall exclusives at Chic Tags. Throw in a touch of gold and you have the perfect colors for your fall projects.
This card will find it's way to a special someone with a little Starbucks gift card tucked inside, because really, what goes better with fall than a holiday drink from Starbucks, right?!

What colors are you into this fall? Whatever it is make something with them for a loved one. It is sure to brighten their day!

Friday, November 14, 2014

One Sketch, Three Takes | Take 3

Happy Friday everyone! Suz back here with you today to share the final installment of my One Sketch - Three Takes posts with you. The past two weeks I translated my sketch design to both a home decor holiday project as well as a card. (If you missed these posts, they can be found here and here.) 

As a reminder, here is the sketch:

Here is how I translated into a traditional layout. Rather than one large element, I stretched the design across the page into a small collection; two journaling cards and one photo. I kept the words and title work/sentiment in approximately the same place as depicted in the sketch and added falling leaves in place of the cascading smaller stars. 

I used a little gold embroidery floss to stitch the travel pattern of the leaves. Sadly, the photos don't do the stitches their due justice! Don't you just love that little cork owl?! It's a Chic Tags exclusive and is available here.

*other items are October Afternoon; Daily Flash Apple Cider Collection

Have you had a chance to play along with this sketch? If so, please share on Instagram with the hashtag #chictagssketch and tag me @SuzMannecke so I can see! 

Have a great weekend!