I am a tool gal and I especially love my punches. I fell in love with Fiskars limited edition Jenni Bowlin punches the moment I saw their baby blue color; then I took a closer look at the designs and I haven’t put them down. Seriously, the ‘Tab’ shape has been on every layout I’ve created since I opened the package, starting with this one.
My loving hubby took us to Cape Cod in February to celebrate my 1 year “Healthy Life Anniversary”. The weather was surprisingly beautiful for February and I took tons of pics. This ‘artsy’ one of our shadows was a favorite. The picture along with the meaning behind our weekend getaway and lyrics from the Beatles “I Will” song, reminded me that yes, things were hard, but now we can celebrate and take Flight above it all.
I covered the two flight birds with glossy accents and they really seem to fly off the page! I added some hand-stitching to match the beautiful detail on Little Yellow Bicycle’s ‘Saturdays‘ collection. See the Tab punch on the photo? I’ve added a sticker to it; and in the lower right I have a cluster of embellishments that includes Grandma’s Doily.
This 2nd layout is a collection of some favorite pics from our Cape Cod vacation last summer. (In case you haven’t guessed, Cape Cod is my most favorite place!) I treated each 3.5″ square as a mini scrapbook, which allowed me to use lots of these fun punches. Using the same paper collection (LYB’s ‘Saturdays’) and black ‘n white photos really helps to unify the design.
The most fun was using the Ticket Please punch on both sides of the paper. (Stay tuned, I’ll be adding a ‘How To’ post about it this week. 🙂 ) I added 2 pop-dots and some alpha stickers to really make it stand out, or up! My punches got quite the work out on this layout.
I hope you feel inspired to use some of your own punches on your creations.
I am a tool girl. I love playing with my paper tools and figuring out different ways to use them beyond the package directions. And I really love it when I can use my tools to make something that is a current trend, like chevron stripes.
To make these chevron stripes, I cut six 3/4″ wide pieces of paper that were about 6″ long. Then I put them through my paper crimper on a diagonal. Three strips went in starting on the right, and 3 went in on the left so that the directions of the stripes were alternating. I glued the stripes on to a scrap of paper being sure to alternate the direction of the diagonals. As a final touch, I lightly sanded the crimped ridges to show the detail of my faux chevron stripes.
I really like how this turned out and am sure I will try it again on future projects. How about you? Will you give it a try?
(All papers and embellishments are from Little Yellow Bicycle’s Paradise collection.)
One of my favorite companies, Little Yellow Bicycle, is hosting a contest at Two Peas in a Bucket where the grand prize is an actually little yellow bicycle.
I would just love to win a little yellow bicycle. I’d add a big basket on the front and a thumb bell and bike to the preschool everyday. I was so excited about the possibility of winning an actual little yellow bicycle that I quickly created this entry:
I Love this quote… “If You want to know how much I love You, count the waves.” To make it work, I broke up the words on the LYB cardstock stickers and used them in a ‘ransom note’ way. This was one of those times when the end result turned out exactly the way I pictured it.
And here is a detail shot of the Epiphany Crafts custom epoxies that I love so much!
The contest ends Sept. 15th and details are here. I hope you get a chance to enter, too!
I love Cape Cod. I am lucky enough that we get to spend a week there every summer, but I would LOVE to live there! This year we had an amazing week with perfect beach weather, so of couse I had to create a mini-album right away. Now we can re-live our vacation anytime.
The first thing I did was select a paper line and coordinating embellishments. This was the easiest part! I chose Little Yellow Bicycle’s Boardwalk collection. The papers are such a good quality, they feel almost like linen or canvas. And the embellishments went perfectly with our story.
I took a Cloud 9 board book that I’ve had for a while. It can be challenging to scrap with this album because once you start adding ‘stuff’ to your pages, the book doesn’t close. I decided to cut the book apart, drill a hole with my Fiskars hand drill, and use a binder ring to hold it all together.
And this cute little button heart is an Epiphany Crafts custom epoxy button.
Another custom epoxy shape. (Did I mention that I am on their design team? This is such a fun tool!)
“I wish summer would never end.” Such a perfect sentiment for me. I love all 4 seasons, but I best enjoy lazy summer days at the beach.
Don’t be jealous that I’ve already scrapped my vacation. I’m a non-chronological scrapper. Some days I scrap yesterday, some days I scrap last year (and belive me, I have a lot of last year, and the year before to scrap). This vacation and the LYB papers inspired me to start And complete this project and I just LOVE how it turned out.
Hope you feel inspired to get crafty today!