This weekend is my annual weekend away with the girls to scrapbook. Spending time with my mom and girlsfriends + scrapbooking makes me one happy girl. I have a freshly printed pile of photos on my desk including Thanksgiving and Christmas from last year. Whoa. Time to get caught up that’s for sure!
When scrapping for myself versus an assignment, I usually use sketches and inspiration pages to speed up the process. Here are a couple of designers that are inspiring me. I will for sure be lifting their ideas this weekend to make some quick and easy pages.
First up, Anabelle O’Malley. Another great designer who uses color really well. I love this Project Life layout she made with my stamps and dies. It almost looks like a regular layout. I have a bunch of back to school photos from August and her PL spread will translate well into a 12×12 page. See this project and more right here on her blog.
Diane Payne – this talented scrapper whipped up not one but three standout layouts that I so adore. If you look closely you can see the amazing amount of detail she includes in her work. Lots of little stamp and diecut details make the cutest accents. See more of the above page My Travel Bucket List here.
But make sure to check out more of her pages including Last First Day here. Love the orange and yellow with the blue. Love.
And of course this fantastic masculine page Senior Class List. Amazing.
Hope you have a great weekend. I know I am going to have a blast. No cooking, no work. Just spending time with friends, sharing our favorite hobby!
Summer Fullerton and I became close friends through our involvement with Jillibean Soup. Although we only get to see each other twice a year at CHA, we stay close and connected through text messages and emails. She makes me laugh and I love bouncing ideas off of her.
Summer stays busy and crafty working with many manufacturers including Jillibean Soup, Lily Bee, Technique Tuesday. She is also a Design Team Member at Scrapbook and Cards Today and hosts a monthly challenge called the Colour Suite.
For this month’s challenge Summer used my September release stamps and Die-namics from My Favorite Things. She’s another one of my scrappy heroes because of her clean and graphic style. I always love her color choices and creative title work. Head on over to her blog to see more of this amazing back to school page!
1. I’ve been buried under CHA Winter design work for the last month. Teka and I have been working with Jill developing three of the absolutely best collections Jillibean has ever released. I can’t wait for January. You’re going to love them. Promise.
2. The My Favorite Things October release will go on sale Oct.8 at 10pm. Teaser Time has started so head on over to see the new stamps and dies. My friend Suzy Plantamura has joined the awesome lineup of designers and illustrators so be sure toe check out her new Sunny Day Doodles stamps! My latest set will be revealed later this week so stay tuned…
3. Daniela Dobson created some great projects with my August MFT stamps and dies release. Make sure to go check out her full post. I love her use of color and graphic style. She’s a real talent not to be missed!
4. Keisha Campbell. Each month I have the priviledge of sending out some of my new stamps and die-namics to many different talented designers. I love what each and every one of them creates. (I know that I will since I hand pick them from their galleries hehe!) I love seeing their different approaches and techniques. Keisha blows me away. Her use of neutrals with a simple pop of color is absolutely stunning. Her approach is so different and sophisticated and I love everything she creates. Go read her blog and check out everything she shares. It’s a visual treat.
5. Despite being work busy I’ve actually been scrapbooking again at night. Just for fun, no pressure, no deadlines, no pub worthy projects. I’m not even going to scan them. Just making pages for my sons’ books. Sometimes it’s really good to just make something for the sake of doing it. I get way too caught up in worrying about the quality instead of having fun. It’s a good reality check for me.
Shut the front door! Yes. It’s true…I finally am getting back to crafting once again. School is in session, Max is settled in at Case Western, the house is finally back in order and I finally made time to get back to my favorite hobby.
My friend Laura Vegas asked me back in the Winter if I would like to be a guest for Bella Blvd. this fall. I’ve always been a huge fan of Stephanie’s art but after seeing the summer release from Bella Blvd, I was even more excited! The Snaphots and Daily Chevies Collections are so versatile, clean and colorful. And like everything else they release, the colors coordinate ensuring the papers can be used over and over again.
I also got to play with Bella’s Trick or Treat Collection with is absolutely adorable! It came in handy to get my Halloween pictures from last year scrapped. Yep, I’m that behind.
Head on over to the Bella Blvd. blog to see these new collections and my Guest pages!
I have another amazing designer to share with you today…Keri Babbitt. Keri’s work is simply stunning. She is a gutsy stamper and isn’t afraid to get right in there and create. I need to take some cues from her and use my stamps more as backgrounds. Hop on over to Keri’s blog Kensington Design to see the full reveal of her work and enter her GIVEAWAY of one of my stamp sets!
See some familiar stamps and dies? She used a ton of products to create this vibrant, well detailed page! Make sure to stop by this post to see the full page reveal.
I’m pretty crazy about this page too…Orange vellum die cuts? Oh yeah.
Keri creates beautiful cards as well..a multi talent crafter.
What’s not to love about teal, orange and feathers?
Meet my new scrap crush…Melissa Mann. I absolutely love this girl’s work. She creates the right amount of messy versus graphic. She uses such great pops of color and her layouts are so fun and vibrant. I wanna be just like her. You can check out her pages here!
Doesn’t seeing this bullseye heart stamp from Right on Target just make you want to go stamp on kraft paper?!?
Take the time to stop on over to Melissa’s blog to see how she completely rocked my stamps and die-namics! You won’t be disappointed!
It was my turn to share on the Creating Keepsake blog yesterday! I created this page using my newest collection at Jillibean Soup – Happy Camper Stew! Everyone needs some cute paper to turn their icky fish photos into something pretty. Head on over to the CK blog to see how I created this and grab this free cutting file while you are there.
Ready to meet another awesome designer? I had the pleasure of meeting Diana Waite at CHA Anaheim last January. As soon as I got home and saw her blog, I knew I wanted to have her try out my MFT stamps and die-namics.
Diana created two pages for us to admire…she even used my new favorite – the Hunger games inspired stamp from Right on Target!
Hop on over to Diana’s blog to see the full reveal of these pages, all the details and product used to create!
It’s the best part of the month...Teaser Time at My Favorite Things! This month I am debuting two new stamp and two die-namics. Be sure to stop on over to the MFT blog to see the fabulous MFT Design Team creations. Be sure to enter the giveaway while you are there too!
Named after my #2.
Document all of your summer adventures with Enjoy the Journey!
Hit the Road is the perfect accent for vacation cards and pages.
My pages aren’t complete without little icons to support the story. I have always wanted to create a die like this and think World Traveler will come in handy for a long time.
All of these products will be available in the MFT shop beginning tonight August 6th at 10pm.
It’s going to be a very busy week for once on this quiet little blog. I have three guest designers that will knock your socks off.
Today’s featured artist is Patricia Roebuck. Patricia used my MFT Stamps and Die-namics to create a beautiful scrapbook page as well as a Project Life spread. I love her color choices on both and her daughter is so adorable!
You can see more of these projects and what she used to create them right here on her blog!