NEW double page layout in honor of class!

In honor of my class starting today at Big Picture, here’s a double page layout made just this morning, and in under an hour. YES! it can be done!! Double pagers can be fun, embellishment filled, and quick if you want them to be. They can be anything a single pager can be!! Here’s the new page from this morning:

*LOVE* the Happy Days collection from Echo Park Paper that I used here. I’ll admit… at first I thought “meh”… that was until it showed up at my house after CHA. Once I opened up that paper pack I fell in LOVE!! I created this layout THIS MORNING – it’s a favorite formula of mine – just scrap straight across the page. All my photos are 4×6, the little ones at bottom are 2×2 Hipstamatic prints from my iPhone.

Such a happy playful line – and photos I had to work with!

Here’s a huge tip: only have single sheets of patterns you want to use on a double page layout? Save your patterned paper! Use a cardstock base (most of it gets covered anyhow!) and then you can make the most of the single-sheets of paper in a paper pack. For this layout I used stickers and the patterned paper I used is just 1 1/2 x 12 (ads/print was white I used stain to make it yellow) and 1/2 x 12 (red dots over that). EASY!

The sticker elements, the papers… independantly or together I really like how they work. Yep, I’m a big fan of this Happy Days line!


Love double page layouts? Join us!! My new Big Picture on-line class started today – registration is still open!! Check it out here:

Are you in class? How are you liking it? What’s your favorite thing this week? Do share!!

I’ll be back (as Arnold would say) with more soon…

Victoria Gardens: video tutorial

How do I work with kits or coordinated product? Good question. I’m taking an in-depth look at Echo Park Paper’s Victoria Gardens and sharing my ideas, projects that I make, and (hopefully) helpful suggestions too. Today I have a video to share, that documents the process I went through making my first layout with this paper line:


After the video ended, I added some buttons, a few stickers, and dots of distress stickles (in picket fence) to complete this page:

this layout is also the debut of my new favorite mist biscotti (Ranger Perfect Pearls) – I’m loving it’s cream-colored goodness!!

It’s also a great example of a “what I do with my hipstamatic app photos”! Using that camera phone to make a layout!

If you have questions about this project, or working with collection kits in general feel free to ask! I’m going to be doing more of these kinds of posts in future – hope you enjoyed!

Product love: Country Drive line by Echo Park Paper

I very rarely buy an entire collection pack. I’m more of a cherry pick it kind of girl. Pick out my favorite designs, choose the pieces that will work best for me. That said, when I found Echo Park’s Country Drive at a scrapbook store I grabbed the pack – I couldn’t think of being without any of it’s lovely pieces!!

It sat here for a few weeks… just patiently waiting for it’s turn to be played with. Well, last week I had an assignment from Ella Publishing to do a layout based on a sketch. Guess who came out to play?

You can check out the article here. I love that the papers and photos work so well for this Easter layout, and would work equally on a summer, girly, or even a boy page as there is lots of green, yellow, and blue papers as well. All those little heart and butterfly stickers on the sticker sheet were my favorite element to work with – you know I love my hearts & flowers!

The glitter in the center of my flowers is distress stickles in tumbled glass, and this layout came together in 37 minutes. I know, fast! LOVE that about working with a single line of product, things coordinate so there’s less time finding the right stuff, more time playing and going on to do more stuff!!


Best of CHA: part 2

I’m having a fan-girl moment here. *sigh* Seriously excited about how my favorite companies just keep getting better, and shipping product to stores in the near future. Here are three specific examples:

I need to take a moment to love on Echo Park. The Christmas themed goodies, Victoria Garden, the Halloween line… oh there is so much to love. The *squeals* from me will come especially because they are taking it out of the paper realm and into brads and chipboard accents with this release as well. This extra bonus from a brand that is frequently among my favorites is most welcome! I’m looking forward to these brads in particular from the Holly Jolly Christmas line. I love using decorative brads in so many ways, and these are timeless and for the most part will work on both holiday and non-seasonal pages.

The Crafters Workshop showed us a lot of “WOW!” this show – and their teaming up with rock star mixed media artist Julie Fei-Fan Balzer for some new templates takes the company to a whole new level. With mists, paints, multi-medium, and a number of other ways to use them, these stencils will give added dimension to all kinds of projects. I’m obsessed with getting my hands on the “Punchinella” template shown above in particular. You will be seeing a lot of their templates both in my future classes *and* right here. So in love.

I am a fan-girl when it comes to Webster’s Pages trims as well as most everything they put out. They are always the most amazing on the market, and this show was no exception. With the wonderful textures and colors, variety of widths and materials, I’m always excited to see what’s next. I’m anticipating the arrival of all of the new ones, but most especially the “Western Romance” line trims pictured above.

10 projects for Christmas: Echo Park gift box

I LOVE decorating sturdy little boxes for gifting. Done right, they become re-usable as well as unique and fun!

For this one I used paper as a ribbon, and loads of little paper strips to make a bow. This slides off the box easily so it too can be re-used.

I used lots of fun Echo Park Paper stuff as well as some glass glitter + tinsel trim. For the papers I used Crafty Power Tape and/or Tape Runner (By Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L) – there was no need to seal and/or get liquid involved.

The snowman was a sticker, but I turned him into a to/from tag. How? I applied a bit of PPA to the back and let it dry. This made the sticker part non-sticky (once dry) while creating a write-able surface. Acrylic paint might work for this too.

This is going to make such a fun gift – no matter what I stick inside!

Next time you see a box with a lid… think about converting it to become a fun gift box!