Sunday, July 28, 2013

Project Life Layouts - Cinnamon Core Kit

How lucky was I to receive a portion of a project life kit to play with.  Awesome right?  I got to play with pieces from the Cinnamon Core Kit.  To be honest this is really not my style, but some great things come from stepping out of my comfort zone.  As it turns out I had some great pictures that were perfect to use with this collection and it is great for lots of different themes.

Beach Theme

First up is a beach themed spread from a trip we took the coast a few years ago.  My daughter's shirt adds a splash of color, and this collection complements these pictures well.   You'll notice I rounded all the corners with a 1/4" corner rounder to match the rounded edges of all the project life cards.
Here's a close up of page one.  For the top left slot I cut out a square from one of the cards in the kit and stuck in in the middle of a square on the card with the stripe down the middle with pop up adhesive.  Then I layered that on top of a the larger 4 x 6 card. 
Close up of the second page.  The rhinestone flourishes I got at my local Craft Warehouse and cut in pieces to use on different areas of the layout.  I love using flourishes like this, it's very rare that I need a large flourish, so I often them cut them in smaller pieces,  I get more for my money since I can use them on more than one project.

Wedding Theme

I've had these pictures from my brother's wedding for awhile now.  I never really did anything with them because they weren't of my wedding and at the time these were taken I was just starting to get into scrapbooking.  I'm so glad I got this collection so I could utilize these photos in a meaningful and creative way.  Again, I used small pieces from larger flourish pieces.  I used thickers to add my brother and sister in laws names to one of the larger cards.

Graduation Theme

Finally I created this layout with pictures from my college graduation.  Again this core kit is great because of the neutral colors, it works for so many things.  I thought the wood veneer stars were a nice touch to this simple spread.  Simple, quick and as easy as choosing your pictures, Project Life cards and a few embellishments.  I'm loving Project Life!  I'll definitely need to get my hands on more of these Core Kits.
Supply List
Project Life - Cinnamon Core Kit
Project Life Page Protectors
Crystal Flourishes - ZVA
Glitter Chipboard Letters - American Crafts Thickers
Wood Veneer Stars - Studio Calico
All product available from Craft Warehouse
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Black With 2 Design Team Announcement

It's official!  I'm now officially a design team member for the challenge site Black With 2!!! I'm so excited for this new opportunity and look forward to creating for the monthly challenges.  Click on the link to get all the details and meet all the new designers and check out the other design team members and their work.  Check back August 1st for my first layout created for the August color challenge. 
They are still looking for a few good layout designers too.  If you think you have what it takes, check out their design team call too.
There's still time to enter this months color challenge, here's the pallet.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Maya Road Giveaway!

Hey all, happy hump day!  It's time for another giveaway!!  Today I have a selection of goodies from Maya Road's.  All new in package items, the stamp set is new and arrived as you see it, not in a package.  Enter for your chance to win below.  Good luck!!

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Baby Shower Gift

I was invited to a dear friend's baby shower today.  She's expecting a little boy the beginning of September.  I wanted to give her something handmade and practical.  So in addition to diapers I found a soft handmade swaddling towel, it was a micro fiber towel on the inside with a hood and a fleece layer on the outside. 
I purchased a plain white gift bag and dressed it up with a handmade card and paper ribbon.
Cut thin strips of paper 12" long and wrap around a round object like a straw or pencil.  You can see an example here.  I used 10 strips of two different double sided papers.  Then I tied them together using a piece of baker's twine, not too tight but so the paper doesn't fall out. 
Make sure the baker's twine is long enough and you can tie it to the handle of the bag. 

 For the card I used a template that I found here.  Print it out and trace or tape the pattern to the patterned paper with artists tape and cut out the pattern.  Cut, score and fold as shown.  I added the blue lace ribbon bow and taped the middle flap to the two side flaps.  Then I used a paper piercer to make a whole and hung the card with baker's twine from the bag.

I also made a box to place some onsie cupcakes in. 

You could even add paper ribbon curls to the box for a cute little gift box.  Great for any occasion.
Supply List
Patterned Paper
Score Board
Paper Trimmer
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Friday, July 19, 2013

Pure Bliss Layout

Today I wanted to share with you one of my older layouts.  I made this as part of a challenge to create a monochromatic layout.  This is actually one of my favorite layouts and it is framed and hanging in our house.
I traced a circle using a plate and layered the flowers around the picture, using the line I drew as a guide.  Then I alternated two sizes of rhinestones for the flower centers. 
Supply List:
White Cardstock
Flower punch
White chipboard alphabet stickers
Clear rhinestone
Round object (to trace circle)
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Friday, July 12, 2013

Cousins Layout

I made this layout using the Mama-Razzi 2 line from Bo Bunny.  I love this collection, great colors and patterns.  I admit this picture is not the greatest, but I think it's pretty good for being taken with the camera on my phone. 
I took inspiration from my niece who loves bling and matted the photos on black glitter cardstock.  The flower is made from lace ribbon.
Supplies used
Patterned Paper - Bo Bunny (Mama-Razzi2)
Glitter Cardstock - Michael's
Glitter Chipboard Letters - American Crafts (Thickers)
Flower - lace ribbon
Lace Doily Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Black Ink - CTMH
Paper Trimmer
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Monday, July 8, 2013

A Mom's Shadow Box

A while back I found this awesome tutorial on the Scor-Pal blog.  It was for a shadow box made from a piece of 12 x 12 cardstock.  I fell in love with it and had to try it for myself. 
Here is a view for the front, when it is closed.  I made the shadow box and then covered the front and with an extra piece of cardstock and patterned paper.  Then I embellished the cover.  The flowers are from Prima and all were originally white (with the exception of the little yellow rose).  I used glimmer mist to add color.  The sprayer on my red mist was clogged so I used a paint brush instead. 
Here's the inside.  I made two shadowboxes using the tutorial found here.  For the banner pieces I used some chipboard shapes from Maya Road's as the template and cut the shapes from patterned paper.  I wanted this to be able to close flat so didn't want to use chipboard. 
Details from the left page.
Details from the right side.
Supplies used
Cardstock - Sierra Pacific
Patterned Paper - Echo Park
flowers - Prima
Rhinestone / Pearl Flourishes
Beaded Floral stems - Prima
Glimmer Mist - Tattered Angels
Paper Trimmer
Score Board
Adhesive / Pop up adhesive
Micro Tip Scissors
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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Project Life Layout

I've been hearing a lot about Becky Higgen's Project Life lately.  The little I new about it, I really didn't think it was for me.  I love the creative process of making a layout and picking out premade coordinating cards and sliding them into pockets takes most of the creativeness out of it.  But then I attended a demo at Craft Warehouse during one of their scrap club meetings and let me tell you, my outlook changed.  Jeanean Brown did an excellent demonstration of how basic Project Life can be and how you can incorporate the creative aspects of scrapbooking to make quick and easy layouts. 
Each month for club we are given a challenge to create a page using at least a piece of everything provided.  This month's challenge was to create a Project Life layout.  Everyone received one page protector, a Project Life pen and five cards (we got to choose our own).  Here's my very first Project Life layout.

I selected cards from two different kits and I added a variety of things to the different cards.  The top left, I added ribbon, brads and pins.  The pink flowers on the left middle section is a rub-on.  I added acrylic flowers to the "Love This" card and the butterflies are actually attached to the outside of the page protector.  I really enjoyed creating this spread and I love how quickly it all came together.  It helped that I had pictures that worked with the paper. 
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Friday, July 5, 2013

Project Life Giveaway *WINNER*

Hi Everyone and happy Friday!  Hope you all had a fun and safe 4th of July!  Welcome to all my new followers, I hope you enjoy what you see here at Memory Garden Designs. 
Now for the news you are all waiting for....

The winner of the Project Life Holiday Mini kit was selected via  There were 24 comments and comment number 13 was selected as the winner.

Congratulations Jeana - you are the winner, please contact me at wofford_mm (@) comcast (dot) net
  1. Great giveaway! I'm a new follower of your blog :) Thanks for the chance to win :)
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Father's Day Frame

I know that this is a bit late for Father's Day but I still want to share it with you.  I actually gave my husband an 8 x 10 collage print for Father's Day and told him that his gift was going to be something made with the photos.  My youngest daughter's birthday falls the week before Father's Day so any crafting gifts get set aside until after the party and I simply didn't have time to make anything in time.  However, I do think it was worth the wait for him, Here's what I made.
I found these photos on the computer that my hubby had secretly taken with our daughters.  I loved them and knew I had to do something with them.  I ordered a collage print with 8 photos, 4 with each daughter, but only used 6 photos on the frame.  I used a Tim Holtz Distress Stain on the wood frame and covered the inside with patterned paper.  I matted each photo with brown cardstock, the two larger photos are flat on the paper, the other 4 are attached with pop up adhesive. 
While searching my stash for suitable embellishments, I came across a coiled paper clip.  It was perfect, so I stole some extra paper clips from my hubby's office, and bonus, I found that yellow rubber band just lying around coiled up like that so I used that for a punch of color.  Perfect for a more masculine frame.
Supplies Used
Unfinished wood frame - Sierra Pacific Crafts (Craft Warehouse)
Patterned Paper - October Afternoon
Cardstock - American Crafts
Distress Stain
Chipboard letters - Thickers (American Crafts)
Adhesive / pop up adhesive
Don't forget your chance to win a project life mini kit, click here.
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