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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Using Stamps with your Kiwi Lane Templates

Howdy! I'm here today with a few tips for using stamps with your Kiwi Lane Designs templates.

I know you’ve seen all the cute cards, pages and projects over the years with stamped sentiments, titles, journaling spots or other images. But, have you ever wondered what the process would be to use your stamp stash with your templates? While we all have a little bit of our own spin to the process, I’m going to share a few tips and tricks to help you create your own stamped template shapes.

The first step (and the most time consuming) is matching a stamp and a template shape. This is where the translucent property of the templates comes in handy. You can place your template directly over the stamp to see if it’ll fit, like this:
Once you have your template matched with a stamp, you can start Playing to Create using your Kiwi Lane templates. Here’s my framed card:
To get a perfectly centered stamped image, first stamp the image on your paper. Make sure you leave enough space around the image to accommodate the template you want to use. Once your stamped image is dry, place the template over the image (again- the awesome translucent property at work!) and trace like so:
Next, cut out your shape:
And now you’ll continue building your card as you normally would- tracing, cutting, inking and adhering- until you have your finished card:
Here are a couple more cards that I made using the same process: 
And a quick note- the stamped tickets on the cupcake card are removable coupons for hugs- how cute!!

I hope this little tutorial helped! Now you can work some stamping into your projects when you use your Kiwi Lane templates and the Play to Create System!!

Do you use stamps in your scrapbooking? Have you already begun combining stamps and Designer Templates? If so, please share in the comments section below!

Templates used:
Celebrate 2,3,5
Tiny Celebrate 2T
Delight 3
Tiny Shapes 4T,6T
Tiny Floral 2T
Card Strips

All paper is Simple Stories. Stamps by Making Memories, Studio G, 3 Bugs in a Rug.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Scrap Your Stash Using Kiwi Lane Designs!

If you're anything like me, you have approximately 245,000 sheets of scrapbooking paper in your stash, give or take a few sheets. Well, it seems like that many. And most of it is old. Really old. My goal lately has been to use up those partial collections that I have left in my stash. But every once in a while, I come across a full collection that I had been hanging onto. Such as the "Laurel" collection from Scenic Route. The collection was released in 2006 and I'm almost positive I bought it as soon as it came out. Which means it's been in my stash for about 10 years. It's about time it saw some action, right? Well, here's the photo-ready layout I made using my Kiwi Lane templates:

Along with the older paper, I also used brads from My Mind's Eye collections that were released at least 3 years ago, Doodlebug paper frills that are at least 9 years old, and Bazzill flowers that I've had for at least 8 years. Wow. I'm more of a supply hoarder than I thought!!

It's fun to buy new stuff, and I'd never ask you to give up the joy of shopping for new paper, but remember what you already have and use your Kiwi Lane Designs templates to breathe new life into your old paper!

Templates I used:
Abbie Road 3A,3B
Scallops 1A,1B
Madison Avenue 2A,2B
Tiny Wildflowers 1T,4T
Nature 1
Tiny Nature 1T
Tiny Brackets 4T
Wacky 2
12" Strips

**Love this layout? You can own it! Head over to my Etsy shop to purchase it- but hurry! It's one of a kind and won't last long!**