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.)
I’ve only been blogging a few weeks, but I already have learned so much! Like how to upload my LOs to Flikr and upload the image to my blog and how to link without cutting and pasting a URL (I even understand what I just wrote!) It’s a good think, too, because the way I was doing it was using up so much of my available ‘Free’ Space.
I’m happy to report that I am still part of the LOAD challenge. Here are my LOs from the last 2 days.
Day 16 This sketch is from Fiskarscrafts and I used the Fiskars Embossing Border Punch-Scalloped Daisy. I also backed some clear buttons with coordinating patterned paper. This one took a little bit of time (mainly because of the buttons) but I love how it turned out.
Day 17 was another sketch at Fiskarscrafts. I used two flower punches and random patterned paper. More buttons and hand stitching so this was another time consuming LO. But I’m so glad that I got this memory down on paper.
Well, we are at the almost 1/2 way mark for the LOAD (LayOut A Day) Challenge and I am still in.
Here’s my LO for today.
This is all Heidi Grace.
I love this photo because my DD Never falls asleep on the couch…never.
Well, you can tell I’m new to this blog thing. One week has gone by and I haven’t posted anything.
I’m still keeping up with the LOAD challenge, so I have 7 new LOs to share.
Day 9 This was a class Cheryl Waters taught in San Antonio.
Day 10 This was for May’s Squeeze Punch Challenge
Day 11 I completed this for May’s LO Challenge
Day 12 This was for May’s Shiny Challenge
Day 14 This is Stacy Julian’s Pencil Lines Sketch 66
Hopefully I can remember to post my new LOs here right after I upload them to the BPS Gallery.
Thanks for Looking!