Sunday, August 20, 2017

2 Elegant Layouts: June Birds of a Feather and July Country Chic Kits

Hi there, lovely scrappers! 

Sandi here with you today and I'm so glad that you dropped by! 
I'm excited to share my first project created with the July Scraps of Elegance Kit "Country Chic."

"Branching Out"

This gorgeous Kit features the new 49 and Market papers and co-ordinating elements, Cottage Life. 49 and Market is creating some of the most gorgeous collections ever! Of course the Scraps of Elegance Main Kit is chock full of bits and bobs to create with and use as embellishments. For this project, I've also used the Elements Add-on, the Floral Add-on and the mist from the Color Add-on.

My photo is of sweet family member Olivia during her bridal shoot a few years ago.  I've scrapped it before but it certainly bears scrapping a second time ... so perfect for these photos!
I prepped my background on the Branching Out paper and used Provence as a second layer, then did some stenciling, shading and mist/paint splattering. When that was dry, I began organizing my florals and embellishments. Some of the embellishments were fussy cut from the Cut Outs sheet. Layering the 3D embellishments along with the one dimensional was fun to do!

Here are a few close-up for you to enjoy:

Squealing over the 3D elements this time, especially love the circular branch!
From there, I began tucking other things in. 

The sweet basket was created with a fussy cut element along with 3D. I had to include some butterflies as this sweet girl loves all sorts of natures creatures.

I super close look at the basket and florals. And the wonderful Lindy's mist found in the Color Add-on.

I included this photo because the wee cluster on the right side of the paper is just really gorgeous! Hats off to the graphic designer on this paper collection! And see the little bee?

Here's one of the angle shots ...

And here's another!

I hope you were inspired today! And you are enjoying your own Kit.

Here are some photos of the Kit and add-ons.

Main Kit

Elements add-on

Floral add-on

Color add-on

Here's a link directly to the STORE for you to see everything that Melinda carries! 


Hello, scrappy peeps! 
Thanks for coming by the blog again today. 
Hopefully you'll find some inspiration or a new tip or trick to incorporate into your scrapping! 

It's Sandi here sharing my fourth project using the June "Birds of a Feather Kit" for Scraps of Elegance Kit Club. I still have so much product leftover that I'm sure there will be many more personal projects completed from this one Kit and the add-ons!    
When cleaning up, I realized there were several items left untouched that I had intended to use and just forgot! 


This Kit and the add-ons really took me by surprise in how much I loved it!

 My favorite paper from the BoBunny Serendipity collection is surely the gorgeous "Love" paper. It's a pink pattern paper with sweet bird images and it snagged my affections from the get-go. Now, if you know me, you know that pink is definitely not my "thing." However, this paper is just extra special ... and after seeing team member Annie Carnigan use it,  I knew I couldn't resist it any longer!

Of course, I prepped my background with clear gesso and did a lot of white gesso work before working with my photo and embellishments. I also adhered my paper to chipboard to prevent any warping due to moisture of the wet media. With heavier papers this isn't a necessary step but with thinner papers it's a must if you plan any wet media.

I tore a vertical section of the "Life" paper and adhered it slightly offset to the left on my layout. Tearing paper is current my favorite technique. As I created my layers, I grabbed some of the BoBunny die cuts that co-oridinate perfectly with particular paper. These are found in the ephemera (Noteworthy) pack in the Main Kit. I also incorporated some of the co-ordinating chipboard stickers from the Kit.

My florals are all from the Kit and Floral add-on with the exception of the small blue flowers. 

Here you can see the dimension of the layout. I love texture. I've also used the gorgeous Memory Hardware spoon which goes so well with my colors. I've also snagged a black and silver piece of netting from my stash to bringing out the black and charcoal tones. 

And from this angle you can see the florals from the side. I also did some stamping with a random stamp on my desk and that adds a bit of depth as well. As a finishing touch, I added some small art stones from my stash. 

Don't you love that sweet bird die cut? He's perfect for this particlular layout. My photo is one I took of a Bergdorf Goodman store window photos on my NYC trip back in December. I love it so much that I am currently using it as my desktop photo. 

This June Kit has such a wide variety of colors and embellishments! I can see lots of projects in my future! 

Here's a look at the June Kit: 

The last time I checked it was not yet sold out, so hurry on over to the STORE and do some shopping! 

Thanks again for coming by! 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Mixed Media Layout Tutorial: July The Wayfarer Kit

Hello there!
It's Cindy Brown with my first Tutorial for Scrap and Darkness.

For this post I used the Scraps Of Darkness July Kit : The Wayfarer.

For the first time I decide doing simply layout in my color TEAL! I used the beautiful products in a magnificent kit.

First I chose my paper. After, I chose my embellishments. I added little touch of Gesso with Water. And finally I used my beautiful Lindy's sprays for splatters. Don't forgot to see the video below.

Here is my layout:

Some close-ups:

And my video:

List of products
Scraps Of Darkness July Kit, The Wayfarer:

Blue Fern Studios Wanderlust 12x12 Printed Chipboard (19 pieces)
Blue Fern Studios Laser Cut Chipboard Word: Memories
49 and Market Vintage Shades Flowers: Yellow Bouquet
One 6x6" burlap paper sheet
Blue Fern Studios Wanderlust Collection:  Calling Cards
Blue Fern Studios Wanderlust Collection:  Petites

Scraps Of Darkness July Kit Coordinating Paper Add On:
49 and Market Vintage Artistry Paper - Specimen

Scraps Of Darkness July Kit Floral Add On:
49 and Market Dusty Shale Garden Blooms
Blue Fern Studios Wanderlust Lilies

Others products:
Lindy's Starburst: Opal Sea Oats
Lindy's Starburst: Shabby Turbine Teal

It's a pleasure to inspire you here. 

Cindy xxx

Friday, August 18, 2017

Tutorial - Create this gorgeous baby layout - June Birds of a Feather kit

Hi everyone, It's Tracey here to share a mixed media layout with process video tutorial. Our little granddaughter just turned 6 months old, and I had a little photo shoot with her. This is one of the darling photos I took that day with her mommy standing behind me to get this precious smile!

Some of the techniques I share include: creating a mixed media background with Distress Oxide Ink along with visual texture using the 49 and Market Scripted Square Stamp; chipboard with layered heat embossing, how to create your own DIY glitter medium; coloring resin elements; and adding texture with prills and glass glitter.

Enjoy the video!

Supply List

 From the June Scraps of Elegance Main Kit:
BoBunny Serendipity Collection: Treetops
BoBunny Serendipity Noteworthy Die Cuts
BoBunny Serendipity Stickers
Blue Fern Studios Garden Blooms Flowers
Tim Holtz/Ranger Mermaid Lagoon Mini Distress Ink Pad
Queen & Co Blue Irridescent Bubbles
Prima Rose Quartz Alicante Butterflies

From the Elements Add On:
BoBunny Serendipity collection Printed Chipboard
Blue Fern Studios laser cut chipboard: Curling Corner
49 and Market Gabrielle Pollacco Clear Stamp: Scripted Squared

From the Floral Add On:
49 and Market Blue Hawaiian Floral Mixology
Prima Glenna Flowers
Prima Montse Flowers

Color Add On:
Tim Holtz Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink
Blue Fern Studios Summer Breeze Embossing Powder
Items from our Store:
49 And Market Roses: Aqua/Teal
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard - Circle Flourish Small
Blue Fern Studios Glitter: Mermaid
Prima Art Basics Mixed Media Essentials - Gesso, Clear, White
Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium - Matte
US Artquest Prills - Minnie Pearls
US Artquest Prills - Hot Mama
BoBunny Secret Garden Brads
Blue Fern Studios Embossing Powder: Snow
Not currently available, other embossing powder can be found HERE:

Previous Kits:
March 2017: Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Honey Resin Kit (Silicone Tool)
January 2017: Kaisercraft: Love Themed Wood Embellishments
July 2016: 1 small white doily
November 2015: Prima - 1.5 Yard Lace Trim - Plumeria

 Sharing photo details:

Thanks for dropping by today.

~ Blessings ~

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Two amazing vacation layouts - July Wayfarer & June Seaside Kits

Hello Everyone!!!
It's another cold and rainy summer season in Anchorage.  As I have said before, it makes for some really cranky folks in the middle of the Winter.  They don't get enough Vitamin D.  LOL!

Here's my first layout using the Scraps of Darkness, July The Wayfarer Kit.  This kit is filled with Blue Fern Studios and 49 and Market, in the most delicious colors, perfect for Alaska photos.  This first layout features my youngest grandson Cameron fishing, and could you look at the size of that's almost twice his size.  

I chose one of the Blue Fern Studios "Wanderlust" papers for my background, which I mounted on cardstock.  I did a little stamping around the page using the Gabi "Script Squared" stamp (it was included in last month's Scraps of Elegance kit, and is also available in our store).  

I layered several of the papers from the Main Kit to mat my photo.  I tucked in the bird image which I fussy cut from another BFS paper, and then added the border chipboard included in the Main Kit to the right of the photo.  

The flower clusters were created using a BFS flower from the Floral Add On and the turquoise flowers from previous kits.  On top of the cluster at the bottom left I used another chipboard from the Main Kit.  

To the bottom right of the photo I added some of the emphemera goodies from the Prima Traveler's Journal in the Main Kit.

The title was cut from a Wanderlust paper.  I added lots of Prills from a previous kit around the layout to give it more texture.


I'm back with you dear scrappy friends with my 4th project using the Scraps of Darkness June Kit "Seaside".  As I've mentioned before we have so many rivers and lakes Alaska, as well as coastline, it would be impossible to visit them all.  The main problem is access.  A lot of them are only accessible by water or airplane.  This layout is my baby girl with my sweet grandsons taken at the Deschuka River near the Talkneetna Mountains, north of Anchorage.  The picture was taken in August, so it was getting pretty chilly.  You can see how the leaves have turned on the trees in the background.  

I started by using the Kaisercraft "High Tide" Overboard paper for my background.  There is another paper from that collection that is striped in the Coordinating Paper Add On, which I cut apart to form the border elements on the lo.  I inked around the layout using the Prima Color Philosophy dye ink "Summer Vibes" from the Color Add On.  

I used a notecard image for the photo mat and title from the Patterned Paper Add On.  The photo is framed with a Creative Embellishment chipboard from my stash that I left naked.  I like the texture and color for the layout.  

To create the flower clusters I started by making die cut leaf branches.  I used 3 different Kaisercraft papers to get some depth and variety of color.  The Prima beige flowers come in the Floral Add On.  The blue ones from 49th and Market are included in the Creativity Add On.  I tucked in some beige netting which came filled with cantaloupe lol!!!  I tucked in little shells, stickers from the Main Kit, a giant starfish and a twine bow.  I also used some aqua gems that come in the Scraps of Elegance June Kit.  

Last, I went wild with brown Prills from a previous kit all around the layout.  I found a paintbrush that works really well for adhering the Prills.  It has very short bristles that are straight at the ends.  The bristles are about 1/4" long and really help placing the beads.  

Hope you enjoyed my creative process today.  Don't forget to check back in for more design team inspiration.  

Take care and have a wonderful day!!