Sunday, September 14, 2014

I Heart Pumpkin Spice

Oh yes, I am definitely one of those people. I love me some Pumpkin Spice lattes from Starbucks and as far as I'm concerned it's just not autumn until I've had one. I thought it would be fun to document my first PSL of the season and decided to pull out my Silhouette machine and use a cut file on my layout.

I recently purchased a bunch of cut files from The Cut Shoppe on Etsy and noticed that they host a monthly challenge on their blog. For the month of September, the challenge is simply to use any cut file available at The Cut Shoppe and one lucky winner will receive a $10 shopping spree in the store - that's easily five or six files! It was too good to resist.

I used the 12x12 X File cut to create my layout and papers from the Grand Bazaar collection by Basic Grey. I also used some hot pink coffee-themed flair badges which are available in the Skyline Paperie shop.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

What's For Dinner? A Potluck Layout ...

This layout reminds me of a potluck dinner - you know, a gathering where each person brings a dish to share and you end up with a rather eclectic plate of food … potato salad, teriyaki noodles, tuna casserole … but somehow it still tastes delicious and you end up going back for seconds.

My layout is a potluck because it features bits and pieces from a bunch of different collections … there's sequins and wood veneer, utensils and music notes, arrows and speech bubbles. There are at least 8 manufacturers featured on this layout including Basic Grey, American Crafts, Crate Paper, Carta Bella, Studio Calico, Teresa Collins, Freckled Fawn and Evalicious. Talk about mixing and matching!

I  really love how this layout turned out and thought I'd share a few tips on how to create a cohesive design when using a variety of products and manufacturers.

Tip #1 ~ Work on a relatively neutral background. To avoid having a layout that looks really "busy" pick a solid color for your background or a paper with a subtle design like graphs or stripes. You'll be adding lots of color with your papers and embellishments, so stick with a simple background to avoid stimulation overload.

Tip #2 ~ Create a visual triangle of three matching items to pull the page together. If you look at my layout above, you'll see that I have three red elements - the label that says July, the round tab with the utensils and the speech bubble journaling tag. I did this intentionally to draw the eye in toward the photos and create a sense of unity on the page.

Tip #3 ~ Don't be afraid to play around and experiment. Take some time to play around with your papers and try mixing and matching different elements … you'll never know what works well together if you don't take risks and try something new.

Have fun! Be sure to link up your mix 'n match creations over on the Counterfeit Kit Mister Linky!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Something's a brewing, about to begin …

A few weeks ago, I sent in my application for the Clique Kits design team. I knew some of the other ladies who were applying and I knew they were all crazy talented, so I didn't think I stood much of a chance …. but I'm a firm believer in "nothing ventured, nothing gained" so I sent off my application and waited. Imagine my surprise when I got an email from Lacey offering me a spot on the team. I screamed, totally startling my poor husband. 

I made the Clique Kits design team!! 

I feel honoured to be part of their inaugural varsity team. I love the Clique Kits … I was their guest designer back in June and enjoyed my experience there so much I subscribed to their monthly kits. The owners (Jody, Erica, Lacey and Gia) are incredibly sweet and down-to-earth, and the kits are just overflowing with awesomeness. I mean, have you seen September's kit, Study Abroad?!

I'm so excited to share my passion and excitement for this company with you all! 

Also, while we're on the topic of announcements and new ventures, I wanted to let you know that I've started a 2nd blog all about books and reading. I'm challenging myself to read a book a week for a year (52 books in 365 days) beginning today, September 1st, and I'll be blogging about my progress and the things I've read here. If you're a fan of books or an avid reader I invite you to check it out.

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