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Friday, 28 June 2013

Last Sketch-y Friday for June!

Man, this is a busy month for me!
It got busier 4x over within the last week! Craziness, I tell ya!

Anyway, here is my entry into the last ScrapMuch? sketch-y Friday for June. :)

I think I'm sort of learning to incorporate more than one company's papers into a layout... I typically play it safe and just use a collection or kit or something.. This time, I started with a kit, and then I started adding from other crafting companies (Started with a Pink Paislee kit, added Jillibean Soup extras).

My scrapping process is changing with the change in the setup of my "new" crafting space... I'm keeping more scraps out and picking through them as I go, as opposed to having scraps in a case overhead and never remembering they're even there.... Hmmm... Out of sight, out of mind indeed!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Thursday, 27 June 2013

Studio Calico Kit Subscription is a Go!

By now, anyone who's seen/read my blog in recent times, has an idea that I'm a huge fan of the ScrapMuch? crew and their scrapbook kits!

While I do *love* their kits, as they're well put together and always contain papers that I love to use, I have found that they are too "scrapbook-y for me.  Being a company that specializes in scrapbooking, this doesn't come as a surprise at all! I'm glad I subscribed with them and was able to take advantage of their kits and recommend that scrapbookers all over the world try them out, since they have VERY reasonable kit prices & shipping for such great product!

Seeing as I'm more of  technique kind of gal, I decided to try out Studio Calico kits for the more varied type of product they offer. While ScrapMuch? kits were very easy to use and go through without issue, I think I will enjoy the challenge of Studio Calico kits since the product offered in the kits are not as streamlined and thus will likely make it more challenging for me to go through them as fast. LOL

To summarize what I ordered, here's the high level detail...:
  • 20 sheets of cardstock, 10 in Kraft colour
  • 16 sheets of patterned paper
  • 10 sheets of vellum
  • 19 different types of embellishment packs
  • 3 stamp sets

Check out the list below for an in-depth look at the kit and add on products I got with my subscription for July!:

  • Valley High (the scrapbook subscription kit to which I'm subscribed)
    • Cardstock
      • Flamingo (American Crafts) 
      • London Fog (Bazzill) 
      • White (American Crafts) 
      • Kraft ( American Crafts)
    • Patterned Paper
      • BG Paper 1 for SC (Basic Grey) 
      • Stamp Book (October Afternoon) 
      • Day to Day (One Little Bird Designs) 
      • Tiny Love (Paislee Press) 
      • Hello Love (Paislee Press) 
      • Limitless (Studio Calico) 
      • Homemade Hello (Studio Calico) 
      • Say What? (Studio Calico)
    • Embellishments
      • Alpha Stickers (Basic Grey) 
      • Kiss Kiss Dots (Queen & Company) 
      • Abbreviated Pack Picture Perfect Die Cuts (Basic Grey) 
      • Cork tags (Life-Love-Paper for Studio Calico) 
      • 1x6" Love Hello Stamp Set (Amy Tangerine for SC) 
      • Cork Thicker Alpha (American Crafts) 
      • Confetti (American Crafts)
  • Matthew Scrapbook Add-On
    • Embellishments
      • Chalkboard Thickers (American Crafts) 
      • Travel Girl Word Stickers (October Afternoon) 
      • Travel Girl Designer Brads (October Afternoon) 
      • The Pier Clothespins (Crate Paper) 
      • 2 Acrylic Airplanes (Studio Calico) 
      • 2 Manila Shipping Tags (Studio Selections) 
      • 4x3 "oh the places " Stamp Set (Studio Calico)
    • Patterned Paper
      • Blue triangles (lifelovepaper) 
      • Train Case (October Afternoon) 
      • Subway Token (October Afternoon) 
      • Casse Cou (Kesi Art)
  • Molly Scrapbook Add-On
    • Embellishments
      • Junebug Charcoal Thickers (American Crafts) 
      • Travel Girl Label Stickers (October Afternoon) 
      • Placement Circles (Pink Paislee) 
      • 1/2 pack Travel Girl Buttons (October Afternoon) 
      • Rosebud Washi (Freckled Fawn) 
      • Sequin Mix (Studio Selections) 
      • Cabochons (Studio Selections) 
      • 4x3" Sunkissed Stamp Set (Studio Calico)
    • Patterned Paper
      • Guide Book (October Afternoon) 
      • Staccato (Studio Calico) 
      • Hope Chest Cross-Stitch Roses (Anna Griffin) 
      • Key Lime (American Crafts)
  • More Kraft
    • 10 sheets of 12x12 kraft cardstock
  • More Cardstock
    • Cardstock:
      • Painted Desert (Bazzill) 
      • Candlelight (Bazzill) 
      • London Fog (Bazzill) 
      • Flamingo (American Crafts) 
      • Mediterranean (American Crafts) 
      • Boysenberry (American Crafts)
  • More Vellum 
    • 10 pieces of transparent 12x12" Vellum
As you can see, the list of items is quite extensive, and my total for everything came to $102.00 USD Including handling charges, since shipping to Canada is free with orders > $99.

I hope I will like these kits as much as I loved ScrapMuch? kits, but with anything new, there will be some kind of adjusting to be done! I'll be doing an unboxing on camera and will post the video here once it's done! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you have any opinions on the SC kit, please feel free to leave them in the comments section!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Friday, 21 June 2013

Not so much a Sketch CHALLENGE...

But here is a layout I made based on the sketch over at October Afternoon's blog!

I used up all that was left of the full sheets of the Jillibean Soup collection I've been using recently, and now there are literally JUST 1 - 2" scraps left... I should mention that I also used some of the larger scraps to start a few cards. ;)

Okay, so here it is. :)

Please parden the light , it's natural light coming from my window, and since my desk is now in a corner of my bedroom, this is the angle of the natural light coming in.

Hope you like the way I took this layout and made it "my own". I truly do love sketches for this purpose!!

Happy scrappin'!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Wednesday, 19 June 2013

And now, I'm all caught up!

Here is the last of my ScrapMuch? sketch challenge entries for tonight. :)
I still have papers left from my Jillibean soup collection, so I might sneak in a layout for a different challenge, but I'm all caught up with the ScrapMuch? challenges now!

Y'all are gonna be so proud of me... I used black cardstock! :D

For this sketch I rotated the whole thing clockwise, and  scraplifted the guest design team member's idea (You can check out Corrina's blog here) for using a journaling type card as one of the photo spots! :)

I'm not a big fan of all the space I ended up with to the right of the layout and I will probably added an actual journaling spot there later on... Maybe... Maybe not. LOL

Okay, that's all! Thanks for dropping by!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!

Simplicity Never Looked so... Simple?

That's right!
I went simple with this entry to this ScrapMuch? sketch challenge. Tried to use up as many scraps as I could from my Jillibean Soup collection without causing layout overkill. :P

I don't know why, but I just don't do well with including cardstock on my layouts! Patterned paper all the way!

Maybe I need to make my own challenge to not use any patterned paper... That would  be sooooo weird.. I'd have to actually maybe use stamps or die cuts or something! Ah!

Thank you for dropping by! Please also go show the ScrapMuch? crew some love! They keep me actively making layouts, month after month. :D

Krafty Kerry signing off!

It's About that Time Again...

Where I try to haul ass and make sure I get as many entries into the ScrapMuch? sketch challenges for the month!! LOL

Here we go with the first sketch of the month - A double page sketch!
One thing I love about the sketch challenges at ScrapMuch is that there's ALWAYS a double page sketch for me to play with. :) I rarely do double page sketches, so it's a welcome challenge!

Here is my entry!

I used the Jillibean Soup Neopolitan Bisque collection for this double page spread. I love Jillibean Soup's collections, and find that I can get a lot done with the collection kits they offer!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Guest Tipster over at ScrapMuch?!

Thank you for stopping by on this extra special day!
You may or may not be aware that I'm a guest tipster over on the ScrapMuch? blog today!

I made a YouTube process video using their June kit club kit and it is being featured on their blog! Here is the written walkthrough of the process video, as I know it's quite fast and it's easy to miss things in it (for which I apologize)!

Here is a list of items I used in making this layout!
- ScrapMuch? June kit
- Medium-weight chipboard
- Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Hula Hoop)
- American Crafts Bazzill Basics black cardstock
- Scotch Quick Dry adhesive
- Liquitex Modeling Paste
- Pink Paislee Mistables Misting Mask
- Tim Holtz Tonic Paper Piercing Tool
- Tim Holtz Tonic Distress Tool
- Paper Trimmer
- Gesso
- Trim
- Flowers
- Bling

First, I created my shadow box by cutting 4 - 1.5" strips from a 12x12 piece of chipboard.

Using 8 - 1" x 12" strips of the black cardstock, I created corners for the shadow box sides by scoring lengthwise at 1/2" and adhering this "hinged" strip to both the strips of chipboard and the large 12x12" background piece of chipboard, on all 4 sides, on both the outside AND inside of the shadow box.

I used 8- 2"x .5" strips to form the corners of the shadowbox to keep the sides from falling down. I scored these in half widthwise at 1", and then adhered them to all 4 corners on both the outside and inside of the shadow box.

Because the shadowbox was just a smidge smaller than exactly 12"x12", I had to cut about 1/8" from the edge of the backgroud paper all around for it to fit snugly.

I used my tim holtz distress tool to scuff up the edges of the background paper I chose.
I later on end up covering those anyway. LOL

I then used the acrylic paint dabber that came in the kit to add colour to my edges and paper in a random way. I sprayed some water on the paper using my mini mister to try and tone down the green-ish colour from the dabber. That didn't make much difference after the fact. 

I used my Tattered Angels Hula Hoop glimmer mist to add some sheen to the background paper.

After adhering the background paper to the shadow box, I cut some strips of another paper that came in the kit to add to the edges of the shadow box on the inside edges. Then I used the same dabber to add some colour to the chipboard edges of the shadow box.

At this point, I still found the green dabber colour too vibrant for my tastes, so I took some gesso and added it randomly to the background paper to cover up some of the dabber colour.

I then used some of the modeling paste and the misting mask to add some texture to the background.
I figured since this was a shadow box, I should try to avoid making a "flat" layout.

Off camera, I used one of the polaroid frames that came in the kit, and framed an image of myself and some classmates from college "studying". The die cut title that came with the kit was perfect for this layout as it said "Hip 2 be square"!

Using my paper piercing tool, I made 2 holes at the top right corner of the shadow box so that I could use the twine and banners that came in the kit to make a little bannered corner in the box. :)

Because I wasn't a fan of the corners in the box as they were, I covered them up with some trim I had in my stash. It also added a lot of texture to the corners.

I layered some of the stickers that came in the kit onto some black cardstock, so that I could add even more visual dimension to the layout.

Because the layout was going to be so chunky, I added a pocket behind the polaroid framed photo so that I could add journaling to the layout afterward if I wanted to.

After laying the parts of my layout out on the background, I didn't like that my photo, embellishments and title were "floating", so I grounded it all with the same paper I used for the inside edges of the shadow box.

I used foam tape on the back of the photo to give it a raised look from the rest of the layout components.

And then I just finished off with some bling, flower and mini tile embellishments!

I hope you enjoy this video as much as I enjoyed making this layout. It was my first shadow box layout and I hope it's not my last!

Please feel free to post your questions and comments, if you have any, and I'll be sure to get back to you ASAP!

Thank you all for dropping by!!

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Thursday, 6 June 2013

I'm going to be a Guest Tipster over at ScrapMuch?! (I'm honoured!)

No way! NO WAY!

Okay, but seriously, all jokes aside, I am actually going to be a guest Tipster over on the ScrapMuch? blog next Wednesday, June 12th, 2013!

I know I didn't post about it here earlier, but I was part of the YouTube Layout Hop for May 2013, and I made a process video for it, featuring the June ScrapMuch? kit club kit! While it's a tad late to enter to win, we also had 2 sponsors last month since it was the YTLH's 2nd year anniversary! They were:

Kiwi lane Designs

If you were reading this on time (Sorry!), what you would have needed to do, to have a chance at some winnings, is comment on each YTLH video and subscribe to all the YouTube participants' channels, after which a draw is done. The winner is drawn from the number of users who commented and subscribed as noted previously.

The ScrapMuch? team encourages their followers & subscribers to send in photos and info about their projects, that were inspired from or use the products that ScrapMuch? posts to their blog and/or sells!

I sent in my YTLH video link to them and lo and behold, they asked to share it with their members!

Thank you to the YTLH members who encourage me to get at least one layout done a month and thank you to the ScrapMuch? team for allowing me the opportunity to share my process with their followers/subscribers! I'm honoured and excited about this!

Please drop by my blog on June 12th, 2013 to check out the walkthrough of the process video that was posted for the May 2013 YTLH!

As always, your support, constructive criticisms and positive motivations are hugely appreciated!!! **HUGS**

Krafty Kerry signing off!
Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Stuck in a rut...

It's been days since I felt craftily productive... It's as if my craftiness has been sucked out of me.
I'm scouring online to see what kind of productive crafty goal I can set for myself, but so far nothing has really grabbed my attention...
I think I may do a layout a day or something along those lines - we'll see what happens.
It's just a crappy feeling overall and I needed somewhere to express it, so here I am. LOL
Krafty Kerry signing off!