Friday, March 21, 2014

Retirement Sale... and a Walk Down Memory Lane

I love a good sale, and there's a great one going on at The Lilypad right now. Sadly, several products are being retired to make space for new ones.. and the good news is that there's plenty of deals to be made!

Here's one font that is just adorable:

It was perfect for this page I made to scrap this week's events:

So Very Lucky To Have You

Lucky by Valorie Wibbens and Micheline Martin

Fonts: EM Deck the Halls by Emily Merritt, The Golden Friends fonts by Heather Joyce

There are so many of my favorites in the retirement pad! So let's take a stroll down memory lane and see what I created with them in the past.

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{all images are linked}

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mini Album with the Citrus Twist March kit

I'm up on the blog today with a mini album project. For the month of March, the team has received kits from different kit clubs and used them to make a mini album. My turn was with the March kit from Citrus Twist, and let me tell you - I had a blast!! I had never used a kit from Citrus Twist before, and when I opened my box I was amazed by the gorgeous combination of product. The colors were right up my alley, and made working on this project an absolute joy!

The wood veneer and stamp for the kit weren't available yet when they shipped me the kit, so I got a previous add on stamp and some wood veneer arrows instead. The only thing I haven't used in my album is the black washi tape. In addition to the album featured on the blog, done exclusively with the Citrus Twist kit (plus doily + tags from my stash), I have added some stamping and a couple embellishments in the final version of my album, shown here.

Bamberg mini album

The kit's pretty colors and embellishments are especially suited for spring, but I had in mind to scrap a winter vacation we did back in 2005, and I thought the kit worked great for it too!

Bamberg mini album

The album is 6"x6", and I bound it using my Cinch binding machine. One of my favorite things was coloring the letters for the cover. Rather than using the mistable thickers with mists, I painted them with my watercolors.


As you may know, I love color, so I went with a gradation from pink to blue for my title. :)

Now, I will walk you through the pages of the album. There are fourteen double spreads, so sit back and relax. ;)

In most pages I used 4"x6" photos. I did all the journaling using my typewriter. The stamping (mostly sold out stamps from Studio Calico) was done with Hero Arts shadow inks.

On this spread I used my mists in several way. To recolor the wood dots and wood veneer arrow, to add some droplets, and to mist the cardstock background on the right.

I also cut out some of the hearts from this pretty Dear Lizzy paper to use as embellishments throughout the album.

Mostly, I let the photos take the stage. Bamberg is such a magical town! 

This paper was so pretty that I ended up using it on both sides of this spread.

The fun ribbon included in the kit was perfect to add texture to this page!

I love the bold statement of this paper by October Afternoon on the left paired with the Crate Paper one on the right- they matched my photo perfectly!

I love the pop of color on the paper I used to mat this photo. The little vellum stickers words from Studio Calico were perfect to add a little something to my pages.

It has been nine years since we took this trip, and we could only remember a couple of the things we did. So I looked for some facts on the internet about the buildings we visited. I am so happy to have this trip documented now!

I loved both sides of the Studio Calico Lemon Lush paper I used to mat my photo on the right, so I decided to fold the corners to show both sides. :) I love the pop of color!

I made a photo collage on the left using templates by Designs by Lili to feature a collection of neat sightings from around town. On the right page, I cut a few strips from the Lemon Lush paper and sewed them down with gold thread.

I love the chipboard cameras in the Studio Calico Essentials line!

It was funny to see how few picture of us we took on this trip. Well, what can I say? Our picture taking habits have certainly improved since I became a scrapbooker. :)

And that's it! Thirty seven pictures and one epic trip documented.

Thank you so much to Citrus Twist for this opportunity!