Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Quilted Heart tutorial

Hello Friends!

Today I would like to share with you how I created the quilted heart on my 'Work of Heart' layout. 

This month I am using Creative Kit which features the Creative Agenda collection from Echo Park.

I started by using my silhouette to cut out a large heart from my base patterned paper. If you don't have an electronic die cutting machine you could certainly draw a heart freehand and cut it out by hand. I then used embroidery floss and stitched around the entire outside of the heart.

Next I placed the paper with the cut out heart on top of a sheet of white cardstock and traced the heart shape with my pencil


 I took a bunch of scraps from layouts I had already completed and cut a whole bunch of 1.5inch squares. You could use a square punch if you have one but I just used my paper trimmer. I then cut each one in half diagonally so that I got two triangles.

 I then began randomly sticking the triangles down to the white cardstock in the pattern you see below. I really didn't have a plan for which triangles I stuck down, except for that I didn't want any of the same patterns to be touching each other. 

I was not covering the whole white paper with triangles...only where I had traced the heart. I also left a bunch missing from the bottom right corner as you can see, because I knew my photo was going to go there and cover that space need to waste paper, am I right?!?!

 When the heart was all filled in I simply attached the patterned paper with the cut out heart on top and added my photo.

 I finished off the layout with a title block, journaling and a few stickers and embellishments.

 And here again is the finished product! A great way to use up small scraps, and you could use all kinds of different shapes for the cut out...maybe a star!....oooh, I've gotta try that.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were able to find some inspiration.


Monday, September 8, 2014

MCS Sept Creative Kit Projects part 2

Hello friends!

I'm back with part 2 of my layouts created with this months Creative Kit from My Creative Scrapbook kit club.

In case you missed my last post you can find it here, and as a reminder this kit features the Creative Agenda collection from Echo Park.


The first layout I'm sharing today is actually one about me! I rarely scrapbook myself but I have been slowly working away on a school album of my school years. The Creative Agenda goodies in the kit worked perfectly for me to add another layout to the album.

I used the 'School' die cut word from the kit as a mask instead of just attaching the die cut to my project. I used some temporary adhesive to attach it to my page and then gave a few good sprays with some white ink.

I attached some the stickers down the side of my Gr 5. Portrait...and check out that background behind me...can you say 80s?!?!?!

I did a little bit more spritzing and splattering of the white ink in the top right corner to add some symmetry.  I love the papers with the days of the week and months of the year on them...perfect for school layouts...and the + signs and check 'em!

See that white cardstock that looks like it is torn from a book? or maybe I used an edge punch to get that look? NOPE! I just made it myself. I punched a line of circles down the edge of the paper and then made a little snip in the paper from the edge of the paper right into each circle...easy peasy!


I'll tease you a bit with my next layout. I'll share a pic of it with you but I won't be sharing any details right now. But please check back later in the month if you are interested in how I put this layout together. I'll have a step by step tutorial to share :)


My last layout has more of a boyish feel to it. I love that the Creative Agenda collection worked so well for boyish and feminine layouts.

I used the trick I mentioned above for making your paper look like it was torn from a coil book again on this layout.

I cut a strip of the camera paper to make a border below my photos. I loved how the little blue camera sticker was the exact same size as the camera on the paper so I just stuck it over top. A little cluster of stickers, buttons, and papers made a nice focal point.

These little word stickers in the kit were fun for making your own sentiments 

 Just another little cluster of stickers to create a visual triangle of embellishments on the layout.

Well that is all for this kit, I look forward impatiently until the next one arrives!

I hope you were able to find some inspiration.

If you are interested in finding out about the MCS kit club you can find all the details and see past kits here! And don't forget to check out the DT Gallery while you are there for a TON of great inspiration for each kit.

Have a great day

Sunday, September 7, 2014

MCS Sept Creative Kit Projects part 1


I'm excited to finally get to share some of my projects from this months Creative Kit by My Creative Scrapbook kit club.

This month's kit features the Creative Agenda collection from Echo Park! It was a fun one to work with!

My favorite paper in the kit was this fun floral and I knew right away that I wanted to make it a focal point on one of my layouts.

 The Prima flowers in the kit were so fun. I thought about altering them and adding color, but I really liked the raggedy look to them and the bright white, so I added brads from the kit to make the middles of the flowers special but left the flowers themselves plain.

My daughter's name is Raegan and we call her Rags for short, so that is where the title of my layout came from.


For my next layout I knew I wanted to base it on this quote I saw on Pinterest once. "I'm so crafty I make people" I thought it was funny and kept to use with one of my pregnancy photos one day.

 One of the patterned papers in the kit had this Kraft looking paper on the back. I love to build layouts on Kraft paper so I used it as my base.

I just loved this sticker with the paint pallet. It was perfect for this layout. 

The buttons in the kit and some white ink splatters added a fun 'crafty' touch to the layout as well.

Make sure you check back over the next few days to see what else I have to share with this fun kit.

And head over to the My Creative Scrapbook DT Gallery to see what the rest of the team have done with this kit as well as the other three kids that MCS has each month.

Have a great day

Friday, September 5, 2014

My Creative Kit

I got to play with the fun Creative Kit from My Creative Scrapbook kit club this month. This kit features the new Creative Agenda collection from Echo Park.

Here is the kit and a little look at the layouts I created with it. 

Check back all this week to see full posts on each of my layouts.

MCS Sept Kits REVEAL!!!

She has done it again.

Yep, My Creative Scrapbook owner Pam Rangel has knocked it out of the ballpark again with a fabulous lineup of kits for September.  Just wait until you see all of the beautiful things that Pam and the design team have prepared for you.
Presenting the September My Creative Scrapbook kits:
September 2014 Main Kit
September 2014 Creative Kit
September 2014 Limited Edition Kit
*Limited numbers available*
September 2014 Album Kit 

That is not all... check back for the Add-ons to be added to our website mid-month.


If you might want need to have these kits, we encourage you to hurry over to our website and reserve yours before they're all gone.

While you're on the website, we hope you'll take a few moments to soak up the amazing inspiration in our design team gallery.


Once again, we have fabulous guest designers this month!
Returning Guest Designer
Wendy Antenucci

Hi my name is Wendy Antenucci and I am from FL.  I am married to my wonderful hubby of 14 years and we have 6 kids, ranging from 12-11 months.  I started scrapbooking shortly after my first child was born in 2002.  I am a SAHM and homeschooler so I tend to scrap during my kids rest time; it helps clear my mind and get me through the rest of the day.  My style has developed, over the years, until I am confidant to say I am a scrapper that adores white space with lots of layers and I am always on the lookout for the perfect way to embellish my pages that connect with the memory I am telling.  I design for Bella Blvd and Simple Stories.  I have been published in Creating Keepsakes, Cards, Create, Scrapbook Trends, Scrap365, PaperCrafts & Scrapbooking, Scrapbook & Cards Today and various online publications.
You can find me:


Guest Designer
Kim Watson
Kim Watson lives on a mountainside with her family, in the beautiful seaside suburb of Kommetjie just outside of Cape Town, South Africa. She is married to her best friend who is ever patient with her need to mess with paper & glue, as well as have a camera present whenever possible. Her sweet children & life next to the ocean surrounded by nature, give her an endless source of content for her pages, which she describes as being full of texture, layers, color & not forgetting her trademark stitching. She has enjoyed the privelege of scrapbooking professionally for 7 years, designing for American Crafts, Carta Bella Papers, Pink Paislee, Bella Boulevard, Cocoa Daisy kits, Creating Keepsakes magazine for 5 years as a Dream Team member, and 4 years with Fancy Pants Designs. 
Kim loves more than anything knowing that the time & love put into her scrapbook pages will help her children remember how good their childhoods are & that even the ‘not so good times’ leave us with lessons learnt & wisdom gained.
Watch for Kim's designs to be revealed later this month!

Don't forget to visit our website to reserve your kits and to see our design team gallery for oodles of samples!
Also, we hope you'll join our sketch challenge (beautiful prize package involved)!

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Sneak Peek!!!

It's time for our September sneak peeks!
We're SUPER EXCITED for you to see the kits that are coming your way for September.

Pam has once again put together a spectacular set of kits that are going to FLY OFF THE SHELVES, so if you've been thinking of subscribing, now is the time to hurry over to our website to reserve your kits.
Today we have sneak peeks of each of our September kits for you... we know you're anxious to see them, so let's get to it!
Have a little look at our September Main kit:
(as always, you can click on the photo to make it larger)

and because we know you want to see more... here are a couple of Main kit layouts:

by Jodi Wilton

by Nicole Doiron
Next, check out our September Creative kit:

 and here are a couple of Creative kit layouts:
by Alicia Giess

by Lynn Shaffer
Next, feast your eyes on our September Limited Edition Kit:

and check out a few layouts that the girls made with the Limited Edition kit:

by Marilyn Rivera

by Maiko Kosugi
by Marta Lapkowska
Last but not least, take a peek at our September Album kit:

and another peek at the Album kit:

by Kristin Greenwood

Don't forget to reserve your kits while supplies last!
*** See you for the full reveal on the 5th! ***