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Monday, February 25, 2013

DT Doodles With Kiwi Lane and We R Memory Keepers (and a Giveaway!)

It's Monday.... and I really can't decide if that's a good thing or not.  I'm not a fan of Mondays, but my daughter loves them because it means she gets to go to school... weird kid!  Well, whether you're glad it's Monday or not, you should be glad that it's time for another DT Doodle!  And I should mention the chance to win a $25 gift code in the Kiwi Lane Shop if you play along... that should help you get going today!

This month, instead of doing a few card sketches, I chose to do one sketch and use that sketch for both a layout and card or two.  I just really wanted to show how versatile sketches can be with the Kiwi Lane templates, no matter the size of your project.  So here it is:

And here's my layout using We R Memory Keepers' "Crazy for You" collection:
Supplies: cardstock (DCWV, Provo Craft); patterned paper, ribbon, twine, bottle cap, metal flower, die cut (We R Memory Keepers); white alphabet stickers, brad (Doodlebug); black alphabet stickers (Making Memories); ink (Ranger); shimmer mist (Tattered Angels); date stamp (7gypsies)

Kiwi Lane Templates:  Clara Lane 1B; Scallops 2A; Sweetheart 3, 4 & 5; Tiny Sweetheart 3T, 4T & 5T; Tiny Accents 4T & 5T; 12" Strips 1/2"

I used the Sew Easy Ribbon- Scallop tool from We R Memory Keepers to punch the scallops for the ribbon to be threaded through- such a fun look with the Kiwi Lane Scallop!  I'll give you a quick tutorial on the tool at the end of this post... and give you a chance to win it!  I also used the twine a few different ways- I made a bow with a double strand and put it under the metal flower embellishment, made a flower with a single strand to put under the bottle cap embellishment, sewed around the smaller heart with it, and separated the strands to get just the purple to sew along the Clara 1B border.  I love how thick this twine is and the different ways you can use it!

Here are a few close ups of the layout:
Now for some cards:
Supplies: cardstock (Provo Craft); patterned paper, ribbon, twine (WRMK); flowers (American Crafts); ink (Ranger)
 Kiwi Lane Templates: Thoughtful 2B; Adorn 3B; Tiny Sweetheart 2T; Tiny Accents 4T

For this card, I mimicked the border at the bottom of the page and added a few of the shapes from the top right of the layout, used the Sew Ribbon tool again, added some twine and flowers and TA DA! A card based on a layout sketch!  Easy, right?  But what if you want your card to be rotated?  You rotate the sketch, of course!  Here's another card, still based on the same sketch, just rotated a bit:
Supplies: cardstock (Provo Craft); patterned paper, ribbon, twine, button (WRMK); ink (Ranger); jewel (Doodlebug)
Kiwi Lane Design Templates: Sentiments 1B; Adorn 3A; Tiny Accents 1T & 2T

I used flowers on this card to mimic the flower on the layout.  I also used twine for one of my flower centers by twirling it onto a 1" Glue Dot and finishing it off with a self-adhesive jewel.  Easy, peasy!

Alrighty... the moment you've been waiting for! ;)  Here's how to do the Sew Ribbon punch tool:

 It comes with a two sided punch that has magnets that hold it together over the paper:
 It really is easy- you just use the punch thingy and stick it through the holes in the punch template thingy:
 Then you thread the ribbon through the slits like so:
(And I know that fuchsia and kelly green don't go together... I was using scraps and that's what I pulled out of my box.)  This is quite a fun tool and goes hand-in-hand with the Kiwi Lane Templates!  I love how it adds just a bit more texture and a bit more dimension to your projects and layouts.... and I love how easy it is to use!!

So wouldn't you love to have one of these fancy schmancy tools to add to your scrapbook supplies??  Well, you can win one... this one, in fact!  That's right- I'm giving it away to one lucky blog follower.  All you have to do is become a follower of my blog (if you're not already) and leave a comment letting me know that you're a follower and what you would use this Sew Easy Ribbon Punch for!  You have until 11:59 p.m. MST on Sunday, March 3rd to enter.  I'll announce the winner here on my blog on Monday, March 4th 2013. (I had to modify the dates to better correspond with the blog hop... sorry to those who were counting on it being earlier!)

Don't forget to make a project based on this week's DT Doodle for a chance to win a $25 gift code for the Kiwi Lane Shop- head on over to the Kiwi Lane Blog for the details!  

That's it for now - Happy Scrapping!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Baby Layout for Kiwi Lane

Last month, Kiwi Lane had a little contest going on that went along with the partnership they had with Authentique.  The design team and crew were invited to make a layout using photos of us as a baby, or our child as a baby.  I just happened to know where the disk was that had a bunch of photos from my parent's photo album (C needed some photos of her through the years for a church activity, so I had just gone through all the photo disks and happened to notice the one I needed for this project), sent them to Walgreens for printing and started composing a layout. (I won't go into detail right now about how it went against every cheap-o bone in my body to pay FULL PRICE for photo printing... even though it was only 19 cents.)  I used paper from a baby girl paper pack from Authentique that I picked up at Oh My Crafts and I even used some of the featured templates for the month of January.  I completed my layout and this is what I had:
which I was totally happy with.  Then I let it sit on my desk... staring at me... begging for more embellishment.... and I HAD to comply! ;)  So I added some more buttons and twine, a brad and some glitter glue and here's the finished product:
Supplies: patterned paper, die cuts, stickers (Authentique); buttons (DCWV); twine (The Twinery); jewel brad (My Mind's Eye); glitter glue, ink (Ranger
Kiwi Lane Templates: Winter 2, Tiny Strip 1", Tags 1 & 5, Tiny Tags 1T & 7T, Tiny Shapes 7T, Adorn 3B

I do want to say that I didn't hate the layout before the little extras were added, I just thought it could be a bit better with a bit more embellishment.  So what do you think?? Did I over-embellish?  Do you like the original one better? (not that it makes much of a difference because I can't really remove glue dots or stickles...) Or do you agree that adding a little bit more to this layout really made it pop? (These are not rhetorical questions, people... I want some feedback!)

Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Have you ever....

Nope, we're not playing some sort of strange game involving a cup and M&Ms! (I'm not the only one out there who remembers playing that game during awkward get-to-know-you events in high school and college, right?) I want to know.... Have you ever held onto a photo (or a bunch of photos) for years, waiting for the right paper to come along and be perfect?? I have!! I've had these photos from my son's baby blessing day three and a half years ago, and I've gotten them out a number of times intending to put them on pages and into an album, but the paper wasn't quite right and back into the photo box they'd go.  I was starting to think I'd never get these poor pictures in a scrapbook, until I came across some paper I bought on a whim at the last Scrapbook USA Expo in SLC (in September).... It was My Mind's Eye's Kraft Fun Day line and it worked so well with the brick background and the "Dr. Suess clothing" I had J dressed in (my older brother claims I dressed my babies in brightly colored striped sleepers which made them look like Dr. Suess characters... I just don't see it ;)  ) along with all the other clothing and colors going on in the photos.  So I got to work scrapbooking and here's one of the pages:

And some detail of the upper right side:
Supplies: patterned paper, twine, brads, chipboard (My Mind's Eye); ink (Ranger); pen (ZIG)
Kiwi Lane Templates: Rings 2 & 3 (traced for the stitched circles), Tags 1 & 7, Tiny Tags 1T & 5T , Adventure 1 & 2
On a side note: soooo glad I keep index cards in with my photos that tell the date and any other info of the event (I make them right after I print my photos), otherwise I'd have spent HOURS trying to find the date for these pics!

I did do more pages, but don't have photos of those.  I'll post when I get them done...

Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping!