Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Lake Tahoe

My husband and I had the opportunity to get away. Leave the hustle and bustle of city life and breathe in the fresh air. Since we really only had 48 hours to get away, we drove up to Lake Tahoe in the Tahoe National Forest. We found the most adorable lodge to stay in and unwind. The lodge has it's own beach access to the lake where we took a stroll at sunset. I took some amazing photos of our small day trip and hope to share more soon. It was exactly what we needed!
Club Scrap paper, stamp. American Craft letters. Woodpile birch discs.
I couldn't resist using these birch discs on the layout!
This layout was created using the Let's Get Sketchy September Sketch in mind.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Faux Wood

Happy Monday!
I hope you enjoyed the Artist Team Blog Hop last Friday. Since I love being outdoors I tend to find myself using lots of wood and natural embellishments. Today I wanted to share how I made my faux wood paper.
Create hot glue lines and "V"s on a cardstock mat. 
Turn paper over and score every 1/4 inch.
Turn paper back over with glue side up and begin rubbing distress inks.
 I used three different browns.
Spritz with water to blend.
Finished panel
I like to make several panels at once since I'm making a mess anyways.
You can make the browns as dark or light as you want. You're the boss!
Club Scrap papers, tags. Want 2 Scrap pearls. Tim Holtz distress inks. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Into the Woods

Welcome to the Club Scrap Artist Team Blog Hop.  We're finally reaching one of my favorite times of the year! I love being outdoors when the air is cool and crisp! So what a better way to help convey the outdoor theme than a wood challenge. Join us on the hop to see what this gifted team has created for this event.  If you've arrived here from the very talented Donna's blog you're in the right spot. If you'd like to start at the beginning head over to Club Scrap see what Karen has created for you. 

One of my good friends got married on the beach in a small ceremony. She had some beautiful and special photos that I wanted to display.  Knowing that this layout was going into a shadow box frame allowed me to use some larger embellishments.  Driftwood was an ah-ha moment for me when I was going through the photos for inspiration. I even found a piece flat enough to stamp "LOVE" on it.

 Club Scrap papers, stamps, leaves and stencil. Thrift shop denim. Recollections burlap.
 Hobby Lobby driftwood. Queen&Co pearls. Sizzix die. EK Success punch.
Wedding photographs by Tammie Gilchrist.

I'm loving the stencil for this month. I love how the words interlock by just shifting the stencil a bit. Here's a tutorial for using it.  I figured out a way to stencil without stray inking. I use washi tape to cover holes and spaces I don't want to ink and use scratch paper on the edges. It takes me a little bit longer, but I've been really happy with the results.

I couldn't just stop with this layout but didn't want to be a blog hog ;).
Please join me next week for two more wood projects.
Thank you for joining us today. Please continue on to see what spectacular project Tina has created for you.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Grow Love

One of my dear friends was married in a small ceremony on the coast. She shared some amazing photos by her photographer Tammie Gilchrist. The colors and softness of the photos work perfect with the Garden Shed collection.
The layout design is part of the ALSB (Assembly Line Scrapbooking) instructions provided with the kit with some minor adjustments. These designs allow for creative interpretation and personal embellishing.
CS papers, tags, stamps, stakes, buttons and stencil. Unknown twine.
Check back tomorrow for the Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge Blog Hop!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Garden of Friendship

Ah...Washi tape...how do I love thee?! Yep, I'm an addict. I can't resist a cute washi tape. I love the fact that you can add it to a layout or card like ribbon without it adding much bulk. But it has many other great values. Just Pinterest it. You'll see. Here I used the tape to cover some bright purple buttons. This wood washi tape is one of my favorites since I love being outdoors. I honestly don't know the makers of many of these tapes. I recently learned of an awesome idea from Arlene P: Write on the inside of the roll who makes it or from what collection its from. You should join the Stash Challenge over on the Club Scrap Forum and share your projects using washi.

Club Scrap papers, tag, ribbon and buttons. Darice embossing folder. Unknown Washi.
Tear washi into two pieces if one doesn't fit.
Fold over sides and trim closely to the back.
This keeps the washi tape from bunching at the sides.
Poke holes if you want to keep the button appearance.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Recycled ATCs

Every so often I like to just create art panels. Sometimes I'll just break out the Color Bursts or the Gelli plates and get messy! When I do make a mess with these art mediums, I tend to make lots and lots of panels. Some good, some not so good. Unfortunately those panels start to pile up and I have to do something with them. I decided to let go of formalities and just start using up items being neglected. That led me to creating ATCs with these orphans. Sometimes art work looks better in a 2.5 x 3.5 format!
This first set was created using Color Burst panels that didn't make it into a project.
I simply added some rub-ons or stamp, sequins, charms and staples.
This second set was created with Gelli print panels I originally created for the Boardwalk collection but didn't make the cut.
I was able to use up remaining tags with just a simple ribbon behind them. 
Don't be surprised if you see these floating around Retreat next month!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Matt & Haley's Wedding

Here's a sweet digital layout using a Monthly Freebie template by Fiddle-Dee-Dee Designs. She just happens to be one of my favorite template makers ever and I love that she now offers a "Dressed Down" version. I seriously have over 200 of her templates! I usually do some sort of altering with most templates to make my photos the highlight of the page.
This layout is using her September free template. That combined with the Garden Shed digital collection and a little tweaking of colors I came up with this wonderful layout documenting Matthew and Haley's wedding that I was unable to attend. I'm sure you've noticed that I'm not much into journaling (gasp) so I am very thankful for tags!