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Monday, July 8, 2013

KLD July Blog Hop Winner!

I hope everyone had a great weekend- especially on the Kiwi Lane blog hop!  And I hope you were able to walk away with your creative well filled to the brim with inspiration!  Now for what you've come back for- the powers that be (at have chosen the winner of a set of Wacky templates-
who said:
What a great layout! It fit a lot of pictures without looking busy. I tend to shy away from "action shot" pictures. I always go for the pictures where they are looking at the camera being cute b/c they are easier. 

You lucky duck, you!  You have until Monday, July 22, 2013 to email me at with your mailing address.  If you don't respond, I'll draw another winner.

Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Happy July!! Kiwi Lane Blog Hop

Howdy!  I know you probably have something great planned for this beautiful July weekend, especially if you live in the States.... but I sure am happy you took some time to make your way through another fan-tab-ulous Kiwi Lane Blog Hop!  I hope you've been enjoying yourself thus far and I'm betting you've seen some great stuff.  You should have come here from Jessica's blog.  If you didn't, hop on over to the Kiwi Lane blog and start from the beginning.  I'm the last one on this hop, but make sure you leave a comment on my blog (and all the others, including the Kiwi Lane blog!) for a chance to win a prize- a $25 gift code to the Kiwi Lane Shop!  Hooray!!

Here's a list of all the blogs in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Kiwi Lane
  2. Monique Liedtke
  3. Jennifer Budge  
  4. Cari Locken 
  5. Jennifer Nicholes 
  6. Regina Mangum 
  7. Becki Adams 
  8. Julie Ann Cordero
  9. Jessica Laureano 
  10. Gail Owens    (You are HERE!!)

Do you have photos of certain things that you don't scrapbook very often?  I have a LOT of photos from family fishing trips and they tend to get pushed to the back of my box and skipped over for photos that are "prettier."  Let's face it- girly pages with all the glitter, jewels, flowers and frills are just more fun!  So the fishing photos sit and wait while I work with photos that can have flowers and bling, but that's not going to be the case from now on!  Why?  Because I have the Happy Trails, Paradise, Wacky and Tiny Wacky template sets from Kiwi Lane.  Between those 4 sets, I have everything I need to make a fantastic (non-girly) fishing page:
I used some super old (but still loved... by me!) paper, embellishments and letter stickers from Scenic Route to make this layout.  And instead of cutting the Happy Trails into, well.... trails, I used just one edge to get a wavy line border.  I did the same thing to the strips by the photos on the left page.  See how multi-functional the trails are?!  Love them!  Here's what my page looked like when I "Framed" out my layout:
Sorry for the crappy cell phone pic!  

And here's a detail of one of my fish with the twine/fishing line:

Kiwi Lane Designs Templates used:
Tiny Wacky 1T, 2T
Paradise 1, 5
Wacky 1, 2, 3
Happy Trails 1A, 3A, 3B

I hope this inspired you to pull out some photos you don't often go to, along with your templates, and see what you can come up with!  Do you think you need another push towards being inspired?  How about if a prize is involved?  A template set, maybe?
One lucky commenter on my blog will win a set of Wacky Accessory templates.  Just let me know in your comment what photos you tend to shy away from because they aren't what you typically like to work on. (It doesn't have to be a separate comment- one comment will enter you in both drawings.  You have until Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 11:59 PM MST to leave a comment.  Must be a resident of the United States or Canada to win template set.) Can't wait to see what everyone says!

Remember to leave comments at every blog along the hop to be entered to win the $25 gift code from Kiwi Lane!  One commenter from one of the blogs will win!  You have until Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 11:59 PM MST to enter.  

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Write from the Heart with Kiwi Lane.... and Downtown Tape!

Supplies: patterned paper, small letter stickers (Simple Stories); washi tape (Downtown Tape); brad (American Crafts); glitter letters (Creative Imaginations); ink (Ranger); pen (Staedtler)

Kiwi Lane Templates used: Paradise 4, Tiny Accents 1T, Tiny Wacky 1T, Happy Trail 3A

Do you every have "leftover" photos?  You know, the ones you print thinking you'll use them on a layout, but they end up just not fitting?  What do you do with them?  I usually give them to my daughter and let her use them for her layouts, but I kept finding these fun photos of her and her cousin that I just couldn't let go of.  I knew the day would come when I could put all those random extra photos together- and I was right!  

My brother and his family are moving to Guam this month- and this includes my daughter's BFF cousin.  I wanted to make a page with some of those photos as a glimpse into their friendship.  I set to work with my templates, some fun paper by Simple Stories and some marvelous tape from Downtown Tape- an awesome trio!  First I chose my background paper and started to lay out my page.  It looked something like this:
Of course, I always end up moving things around and changing some photo sizes while I'm making the layout.  For instance, I had a flower covering most of a head, so I moved it.  One more reason I love using the Kiwi Lane templates is this planning process!  I knew I'd need a pretty big space for journaling and the templates helped me plan around that space without guessing where things would end up.  I was able to cut my large piece of lined paper (I'm a big fan of lined paper for hand-written journaling!!) and plan around it! No guessing and cutting and wasting pretty paper!  Love it!!  And this is the journaling I ended with:
When I'm planning on doing large sections of hand-written journaling, I cheat and write it all out first on scratch paper, making corrections along the way.  Then I use that to read off of and do my journaling on the page.  I still make mistakes when I'm doing my writing, but my thoughts are a bit more organized.

I loved using the washi tape from Downtown Tape as I would use ribbon- looped behind the top right photo for some added embellishment.  Did you know that you can keep the tape from sticking to itself (making it look more like ribbon) by dusting it with talcum powder?  This is what I did to keep my loops from completely flattening out.  I also made sheets of washi out of the tape that I could trace a template on and easily cut it out- the layered flowers on the page are both made using that technique.  Here's how:

Lay strips of washi (long enough to span the width of the template you intend to trace) sticky side up, slightly overlapping the edges.  When you have enough laid out to accommodate the size of the template, start laying strips of washi tape sticky side down and perpendicular to (or criss-crossing) the washi that is laying sticky side up.  It should look something like this:
Now give it a good rub to make sure it's all stuck together.  Then place your template on top and trace:
I used a pencil to trace and found that it worked quite well and didn't leave dark marks that I had to make sure I cut off.  I also found that cutting the exposed tape off your washi sheet made for easier cutting (nothing extra got stuck to me or the scissors that way).  Here's what my flower looked like:
And I loved the finished look because it has kind of a transparent/plastic/paper look that is hard to see when it's laying on the mat, but this is what it looks like in the light:
Kind of fun!  The orange one had more of a grid pattern because it was lined washi tape.  And here's what it looked like on my page:
And, of course, I had to make a cute little card with some of my scraps:
Kiwi Lane Templates used:  Tiny Floral 3T, Tiny Wacky 2T, Thoughtful 2A

I used the same washi tape layering method to make the pink fluff behind the sentiment.  I love how it just gives a little bit more dimension to the card without adding too much bulk!

Are you as obsessed with washi tape as I am? ;)  Try giving this technique a try!  I'd love to see what you come up with so don't forget to comment with a link to your creative endeavor!

Don't forget to stop by on Friday- Kiwi Lane is doing their monthly blog hop and I have a 2 page layout to share... and maybe a prize will be involved... ;)

That's it for now.  Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!