Adding Glitter Splatter with Carrie

Hello Everybody!  It's Carrie here with my first post using the gorgeous Hello Beautiful Kit, as well as my first post as an official design team member : )

Today I'm sharing a 6x12 layout that I've now placed directly into my 6x12 Project Life album for April. Yay!!  We recently did a little exploring here in Seattle, and I snapped a few photos from a visit to a lovely Japanese Garden.  The actual photo on the layout was taken just outside the gardens, but it is currently sitting next to photos from inside.  It was such a beautiful place to visit I'm already looking forward to going back!

To start out creating this layout I took the colorful striped sheet of 12x12 paper from the kit and cut it down to 6x12.  Then, I used some watered down Martha Stewart Crafts Pearl Paint and splattered it all over my paper using a paintbrush.  Before the paint dried I added this ultra fine iridescent glitter to the paint to create a "glitter splatter".  To keep the glitter from rubbing off once it dried I sprayed a clear archival sealer all over.  Works like a charm every time!

Next, I added my full size 4x6 inch photo directly onto the paper and popped it up using a rectangle piece of foam paper I trimmed to size using scissors.  Since the green in my photo was a different shade then the green on the paper it was an easy decision to place it there.  

With my husband and daughter in the background of my flower photo I decided to use the "you are my favorite" die cuts from the phrase die cut pack.  I also popped them up but this time used foam adhesive.  I think having the pink words next to the pink paper creates pleasant movement for the eye, so that was another easy choice for me.

At this point I decided that the large butterfly from one of the planner inserts would be a great statement piece, so I fussy cut it out.  To add a little more interest to the butterfly I used yellow and lime green Stickels to color in a little here and there.  At first I was worried about there being too much glitter, but the background splatter is so subtle that it ended up working out just fine.

Before attaching the butterfly I ended up using embroidery thread along two lines at the top and one at the bottom of the layout.  To make the process as quick as possible, I used my speedy sewing machine to do the hard part of making the straight lines of holes in my paper.  Then, I just matched up the different shades of blue and yellow and embroidered while I watched some Netflix.  Because my layout is so busy but yet still somehow simple, adding in the matching thread adds that little extra element without it being too much.

To finish the page I added my butterfly, popping up the edge of the wings with foam adhesive and that's it!  All in all other than the photo, I think my favorite part of the layout is the glitter splatter.  I haven't used that technique in a while and I just love the way it pops through the different elements on the page.  I hope you enjoyed today's post, and I'll see you next time!

Adding Patterned Paper to Project Life with Carrie

Hello Everybody!  Carrie here, today!  Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner I thought it would be fun to share a spread in my Project Life album inspired by love and hearts and unicorns!!  

This spread is also one example of how I like to add patterned paper into my 6x12" Project Life.  I don't know about you, but patterned paper might be my favorite scrapbook product, and since there are so many gorgeous papers in the Everyday Wishes Kit I'll take any chance I can to add it in ; )

As you can see the left side of the page is a full 6x12" photo, but you could easily replace it with three 4x6" photos if you like and I think that would also look great.  On the right side I used the lovely unicorn patterned paper from the Everyday Wishes kit to fill up the whole page.....and I think I should mention, I don't always embellish on top of a full patterned paper page.  Sometimes I only add a single embellishment in the middle or a number or a word.  However, for this spread I knew I wanted to add in hearts since I love my daughter to bits, along with the phrase "You're a limited edition" to go along with my quirky photo.

The kit came with these awesome black and white word die-cuts and two of them were "you" and "are".  So I decided to change my phrasing just slightly to "You are a limited edition."  I used some older Dear Lizzy thickers for the rest of the words, and I like how they are gold with pink underneath to compliment the rest of the purple on the page.  To help make it all stand out, I also cut some white bits from one of the patterned papers and layered them under a few of the thickers with holes.

The unicorn theme was perfect for this spread since I was talking about a "limited edition", so to emphasize it I popped up the unicorn die-cut towards the top of the page.  Next, I started cutting a bunch of different hearts out of matching papers from the kit.  For the solid blue and solid purple, I used one of the cut apart sheets, and for the hearts with the unicorns on them I used the second half of the background patterned paper.  They are all layered with most of them popped up.

At this point I knew I was pretty much done but wanted to add in a little more black.  So I found this little blue script heart die-cut outlined in black and tucked it into the "y" in you....and that's it!  I know it's simple, but I don't make the time for proper layouts these days.  So a photo, pretty paper, a simple phase, and some hearts in my Project Life album feels great!

Thanks for taking a look, and I'll see you next time.  
Cheers! Carrie

Carrie's January Project Life Spreads

Hello Everybody!  It's that time of the month where I start to work on my Project Life spreads for January!! 

Over the years I've found that since I don't take photos very often I enjoy a monthly format of documenting best.  I tend to take photos of events I want to remember, meals I like, my current favorite mug, get the picture.  So today I have a couple spreads from the end of January where I showed my daughter Fantasia 2000 for the first time, as well as a bouquet of flowers we put together to remind us of Spring.

Above you can see this first layout has a couple photos from watching Fantasia 2000.  My daughter is laying on the floor in her jammies.  The lady in green is a photo I took with my camera of the TV screen during one of our favorite songs / scenes.  The 6x12 photo is actually a double photo where I took another picture of the TV screen and layered it over a photo of our living room with the bouquet of flowers in the foreground.  I layered them together using Photoshop, and once printed added a thin strip of purple paper to the bottom.  I can't believe how well the product from the Everyday Wishes Kit matched up with the colors of my photos!  In case you didn't know, I'm all about color, color and more color lol!!  This spread was a dream to put together!  Here are more of the details:

The two 3x4 pockets are filled with lots of layers!  I used a yellow ticket from the cut apart sheet and curled the end up, tucking it under the die cut camera.  The gorgeous transparency is layered under it all while resting on top of a tag from the cut apart sheet.  I added an eyelet to the tag for fun.  Here you can also see a peek at some of the green shimmer stitching around the border of the photo at the bottom.

I used the shimmery green thread for the two photos I took of the TV, and the yellow for the pic with my daughter.  (The pink thread is used on my next spread.)

Adding this extra touch of thread to the borders of my photos made them all pop just a little bit more.  Plus, I love the added texture ; )

Here's a better look at both 3x4 cards.  I believe the card with the rainbow is cut down from a planner insert.  It is layered with the die-cut rainbow and the script word "love".  The left side of "love" is popped up while the right side isn't.  I did something similar with the yellow tag.  To add just a little journaling, I used my typewriter and some white cardstock.  Most of my journaling for this "event" will be on a spread that comes before this page (which is not yet completed), so I wasn't worried about adding a lot of text here.

And that's it for the first spread!  On to the next!!

This spread is actually next in order in my album!  There is a 6x12 photo of my daughter acting all moody and cute.  We had all woke up with colds this day and I think her face says a lot : )  Across the page I made a tag out of two of the planner inserts adhered back to back.  All I did cut cut the corners at the top and add an eyelet.  Below it is a close up of our flower bouquet.

Here you can see some of the pink thread I used around the border of my photo.

Love the quote Andrea used for this!

This is what you see when you flip the tag over.  I used a 6x8 planner insert and cut it into a 4x6 and two 3x4 cards.  The piece of paper with the pink stars on blue is part of a border strip that I added in between the yellow and blue of the 4x6 card.  I don't always play the rule of three, but the added pink from the stars makes a triangle of pink across this spread. Plus, it's more stars which goes great with the quote!

I also popped up a die-cut heart between the blue background and star strip.

And here's a closer look at the back of the tag.  How cute are those ice cream cones!?!  Anyways, I used my typewriter and white cardstock to add journaling about our bouquet and tucked the bottom under my little photo.  You can see there's pink thread around the border of this photo as well.

Since this is my first time having my photos printed on glossy paper, I wasn't loving all the fingerprints.  So, I made a custom size pocket for my mini photo using the Fuse tool.  It's closed on three sides and still open at the top so I can take it out if I want.  

And that's pretty much it.  Hope you enjoyed a look at some of my Project Life for January.  See ya next time : )

Cheers!  Carrie