Sunday, April 23, 2017
Congratulations, Donna! This layout is gorgeous. Love the paper you chose for your background. It works so well with those pretty blue flowers.



Saturday, April 22, 2017
Hello, scrappy people!

I've been anxious to share how I made the Kaiser heart shelf that was part of the February Swirlydoos technique add on.

Here's some close ups so you can see the texture. I mixed mica powder with the clear crackle medium to create the look.

Here's a close up of the paper clay leaves using an IOD mold.


And, here's the video tutorial.



This is a Design Team project I created for Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit Club. If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at www.swirlydoos.com. Mention my name (Jan) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the Swirlydoos.com store!



Sunday, April 16, 2017
Congrats to Rae for LOTW. That chippie is just perfect with the beautiful flower cluster surrounding the photo of her gorgeous daughter.


Saturday, April 15, 2017
Good Saturday morning, Swirly Savages!
Grab your favorite edge punch, a bit of scrap packaging and your basic tools - we're going to make a mini using the gorgeous "Indigo Dreams" March Kit and Add-Ons from Swirlydoos!

The colors, patterns and embellishments that make up the "Indigo Dreams" kit  are perfect for a series of photos of my son and daughter-in-law and their children that were taken by Emily Blatt in July, 2014 and beyond a few basic tools, everything I needed to create a quick and easy mini!

For the basic mini assemblage, I've created a tutorial on Snapguide; here's the link
Below, I've shown how each page and components came together.


I took the photos that I wasn't going to glue down and matted them with scraps of pattern paper. I added bits from the Kaisercraft Ubud Collectables that came in the Embellishment Add-On and placed the photos in various pockets.


On the left, stickers from the Embellishment Add-On.
On the right, gems from the Main Kit on the bottom corners and wood people icons from the Embellishments up top. (You'll be seeing more of the people scattered here and there throughout the book and on the cover; I fell in love with these little guys.)




The flap opens up to show photos of my granddaughter and her parents. On one side, I placed a title banner from the Kaisercraft Collectables from the Embellishment Add-On. The wood heart on the right is one of three that were included in the Project Kit.




The pocket contains a few journaling cards that I fussy cut from the Scrapberry's Cards 2 sheet that came in the Main Kit. The glittery cork hearts are from the Embellishment Add-On.
 Also from the Embellishment Add-On is the sticker on the bottom of the photo.



The pearl heart is from the package of pearl swirly stickers from K & Company, again, part of the Embellishment Kit.



And now for a boy page, featuring the twins; I've simply double matted the photo with contrasting cardstock and adhered a border that I fussy cut from the Scrapberry's Cards 1 sheet from the Main Kit. 
I left the facing page pretty simple - a few more of the cork hearts and two of the Kaisercraft Collectables are all I needed.



Another pocket and another simple waterfall; I slipped a journaling card in with the photo and embellished the outside of the pocket with a Kaisercraft Collectables title banner and a few of the wood icons.
Another piece from the Collectables package perfectly describes my feeling about the photo!




Another sticker from the Embellishment Kit and one more of the Project Kit wood hearts go so well with this photo...




A Kaisercraft Collectables tag with a bit of twine and a few more of the wood people icons, all from the Embellishment Add-Ons are all I used on the left page; I wanted the dreamcatcher image to show.
The Collectables title makes a good tab....




...and flip it over to see this photo embellished with the last of the wood hearts from the Project Kit.




This pocket was made from the same sheet as the page on the right. I cut it 3" from the bottom and fussy cut the top to create the border. One more Collectables title tag with twine and a cork heart on the outside and a couple of matted photos tucked in complete the inner album. 
(I left the last page alone. The beautiful graphics need no embellishment!)



I always do the covers last; they get moved around and flattened so much while I work on the pages that they actually take quite a beating.
First, I used the bit of the Darice doily tape that was left from the Project Kit to cover the edges of the paper that makes up the binding. I also used some of the ArtC semi-gloss paint on my wood people icons. (The ones on the inside are untreated.)
The title piece (another of the Kaisercraft Collectables) was adhered to a bit of chipboard before being glued to the cover to give it a little dimension. I've added a few pearls from the Project Kit to two of the corners.
The cardstock images beneath the flowers were fussy cut from the Scrapberry's Cards 1 sheet from the Main Kit.
And I finished it all off with 49 and Market blooms and butterfly, again from the "Indigo Dreams" Swirlydoos Kit.

And there you have it - a quick and easy mini album made with the March Kit and Add-Ons and a few basic tools.

I hope that I've inspired you to gather up your scraps and leftovers and to see what you come up with!


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Monday, April 10, 2017
Hey savages, Kim here and boy do I have lots of challenge highlights for you! You can always stop by the Challenge Forums to play along and chat it up with all the other players!

First up with have out Monthly Sketch Challenge. Anyone can play, so come and join us! This challenge will run until April 30th.




Here is a gorgeous example from Ginny.




Next, we have the *Indigo Dreams* All That Flutters Challenge that runs until April 30th. Members Have recieved their kits, so we are looking for some amazing layouts from you. So, here a DT example.







Bec has a her monthly card challenge going on. This month's challenge is to make mini cards. Here are Bec's cards.




Our April round robin is all about less is more. We had an amazing first round. It was tough for some ladies to use less and leave some white space, but they did it.  Now on to round 2. Here is a stunning layout by Rae.

Please stop by our challenge forum to check out the gorgeous work in any of these challenges or to play along. You don't have to be a subscriber to join in on the fun.
If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at www.swirlydoos.com. Mention my name (Kim) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the Swirlydoos.com store!
 



Sunday, April 9, 2017
Congrats to Hanne for this beauty!

She does a great job creating double layouts. Remember when that was how we all scrapped? I miss that sometimes. And, I really like how they look in an album.

She created a perfect mixed media background to showcase her amazing photos.


Saturday, April 8, 2017
Hi everyone, by now you have all seen the gorgeous new kit Indigo Dreams and today I have the projects I made with this kit to share with you.

Baby Book


To start with I have a video tutorial on how I made a baby book from the Heidi Swapp Memory Files Folder in the main kit. I used the the Scrapberry paper Primavera and coordinating cardstock to make the inside pages plus a few embellishments from the embellishment add on kit.



Here is my video:





Project Kit - Carousel


This month I received the Project add on Kit and in it was this amazing Carousel. 
I had a lot of fun making this and it turned out better than I could have imagined.
A string of lights came with this kit which I installed inside the Carousel so it can turn into a pretty night light. 
The paper used was the Kaisercraft paper from the main kit, I used the flowers and pearls in the Project add on kit along with a few extra flowers, chipboard and butterflies from my stash. 








I Choose Happiness Layout


This is the layout I made for the Sketch Challenge this month. I used the papers, gems and doily from the main kit, flowers from the Flower add on, plus the Kaisercraft collectibles, Cork hearts, twine and wooden people from the Embellishment add on kit. I also added a few extra flowers from my stash. 

Here is the sketch
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and my close ups:





#blessed Layout


My next layout was made for the All That Flutters Challenge with butterflies fussy cut from the Scrapberry paper in the main kit.
Also from the main kit I used the feather chipboard and 49 & Market flowers, then flowers from the flower add on, and from the Embellishment add on kit I used the adhesive pearls, twine and word stickers. The paper doily and extra flowers are from my stash. 






Mini Cards


Finally today I have the cards I used for this months card challenge. These were made using all the left over bits from the kit



If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at www.swirlydoos.com. Mention my name (Bec) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the Swirlydoos.com store!






Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Hello, Swirly Savages!

Don't you just love the beautiful blues in the gorgeous March kit? And, what about that sketch Kim put together for us? I know I loved it! So, let me share my interpretation of the sketch.


I used water distressing technique around the edges of the background paper. There is some random stamping and splats of Smooch in black on the background as well.


There is some stenciling done with 3D Gloss Gel.


Just a close-up of the flower cluster. 



Who got the carousel? I had a few glasses of wine with this one!



Both sides of the panels were decorated. So, I rotated them so you could see both sides. The string of lights are nestled inside with some cheesecloth.




 Here's a close-up showing the random stamping and the paper clay flowers using IOD molds. The panels were painted with Finnabair white crackle paint and an acrylic paint in a teal color. The molds were painted with Sparks and touched with the new Finnabair waxes.

Just a close-up showing the stenciling, stamping, and splats.


 Another IOD mold...
Here's the top of the carousel.

Close-ups of the top.




Here's a short video showing how the panels were decorated.



Wow! That was a lot of work!

Here's my ATF entry for this kit.

The chippy is treated with Prima Color Blooms, Perfect Pearls, and several colors of embossing powder then dusted with some micro beads.

Here's the butterfly close-up.


This is a little mini album that I will use for some of my favorite inspirational quotes or scripture.

Here's a few of the inside pages. 




The back.


Just a peek at the spine.


Ok, here's another layout. I finally used my new Cricut Air to cut the envelopes.



And, here's what I did with the file folder. I want to fill it with photos of different parks that I plan on hiking this summer. It's a smash book of sorts.

Here's the cover.


And, the inside.














Here's a video tour of the finished file folder.

Wanna know how I made it? Here's a video of the process.




I was just playing around with the die that came in a previous Swirlydoos kit and made this little card. The dogwood blooms were cut from vellum using a Heartfelt Creations die.





Here's a close up of the vellum flowers that were embossed with white embossing powder and then water colored on the back.


Ok, I just couldn't stop! I made a one page wonder mini album.

This is the album partially opened.

This is the mini completely opened and the tag removed from the pocket page.



These are Design Team projects I created for Swirlydoos Scrapbook Kit Club. If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at www.swirlydoos.com. Mention my name (Jan) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the Swirlydoos.com store!










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