Thursday, June 27, 2013

Design Team Blog Hop-Close to my heart

I am taking part in another Design Team.   This time, it is Kathy "Kat" Ancheta's team, and she just started her Close to My Heart business.

The Paper:

Kat sent me some paper's to make some projects, and I had a blast making these project.   Out of a pack of 12 x 12 sheets of My Reflections paper called Avonlea, I made 2 layouts (12 x 12 and 8 x 8), a pocket, 8-3 x 3 note cards, and a card holder (which held the note cards).   I am going to be honest and say that I am not crazy about the colors.  I am a bright and cheery color person (mostly pinks and reds), but when you are on a design team, you may never get to work with you choice palette, and that is something that every designer, no matter what profession you design for.   The purpose is to show those who do like the color combination and make it work for them.   On to the projects.

12 x 12 layout.

The purpose of 12 x 12 layout, in my opinion, is to put as much stuff on the paper, right?   It depends.   For me, it is the perfect size, and I like to fill every inch of space out there.  

I purposely did not fill this page full of embellishments, because who knows what type a budget a person has.  I filled it with just a simple white gel pen.  It still allows you to look all over the page, not in just one area of the page.   I worked with all the greens I have, with little specks of  brown.
My first tip for you is do not throw away the labels on your 12 x 12 sheets, you may never know what you might find on it.  The top of one sheet gave me what I like to call, "a Treasure Trove"  I found the words, "Yesteryear" and "Family" on it.   So I fussy cut them and place d them under and next to two of the pictures.  The Journaling reads:

"There is nothing like a Parade at Walt Disney World.  It does not matter if it a Caravan of Characters (Epcot Pic #1), a hyper Tigger and his sad Eeyore friend, or a bunch of prince an princesses.  Everyone always loves a parade.

8 x 8 Layout.

Some people do not like big pieces of paper to do their layouts on, but for me, it is a challenge, and I won.

I cut the off white piece of paper down to 8 x 8, and the green pattered paper down to 6 x 6 and put it as close to the center as I possibly could.  I placed a picture of me and my father almost in the center, and placed a cut out word "Family" On top (I know, I should have added ink around the edges-it looks better in person).   the paper pack came with stickers, which was not so sticky.  I had to add more adhesive (glue) on the back of some of the stickers.  Also the word "Ties" was from the same pack of stickers.


If you make mini books like I do, you will appreciate this next element.   A pocket.   I was looking on You tube, and ran across this pocket, followed along, and produced this pocket:

I love this project, and it is so easy to make.   there are a number of YT videos that show this particular card, just click on the link.

Note cards

I love make 3 x 3 cards.  just cut one 12 x 12 sheet into 3 x 6 strips, fold in half.   Simple.   Don't forget to decorate your tops and add envelopes along the way.

I decorated mine by fussy cutting the circle from another piece of Avonlea 12 x 12 paper and used the We R Memory Keepers corner punch (Scallops and  clouds (using the scallops side) )  Again, these cards are good as a gift or for a quick note inside.

Card Holder:

I ran across this on Pinterest and had to try it,   again super simple.  the pattern is from the Splitcoast Stampers site.

Take a piece of  12 x 12 sheet of solid cardstock and cut down to 5 x 12. take your score board or trimmer if you do not have one, and score at 4 1/2 ans 6 1/2.  take a punch and make a handle for both sides.   Take a corner rounder to round off the corners (again used the We R Memory Keepers punch)   two pieces of paper  2 3/4" x 3 3/4", and score at 1/4" and 1/2" .  Use score tape or other double-side tape and put on the inside.   secure it down.
I decorated the out side with the designer paper and with a windmill stamp that was given to me.   I tamped with Mementos black ink, and colored with copic markers  G-82 (Spring Dim Green) and B-97 (Night Blue).

I hope you enjoyed this post, and to close out, I will show you a video about the two layouts.

Have a blessed day.


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