Thursday, July 21, 2016

072116 WM#218 Bokeh


A favorite of Lisa's, bokeh is the effect from the way a lens renders out-of-focus 
points of light. Most of us have seen this in holiday photos, perhaps of 
strings of lights on a tree or garland. It creates a magical, dreamy backdrop.


WM#218 be inspired by bokeh inspired me to find a way to mimic the effect with paper.
I used vellum & punched an array of sizes of circles, arranged to simulate sunlight streaming in.
I'm not in love with the result but it was fun to experiment!
I used a spray adhesive which unfortunately remained visible.
(I have a note on my desk for a different adhesive to try for vellum... suggestions welcome!)


I mostly used my July "Hot Mess" CKC counterfeit kit, but grabbed a few 
ribbons & stickpins for my journaling tag. Another fussy-cut bee from my October 
Afternoon bug paper makes an appearance. This page will join others from a rest & relaxation 
beach vacation in May so I don't feel the need to give a Who/What/Where narration.


If you've seen my kit you may be wondering where that riotous floral paper came from!
B side, baby! This is the flip side of the Webster's Pages puzzle patterned paper...


I really tried to dig into what was left of my kit.
Even the sentiment under the title was the branding strip from the yellow star paper!

Don't forget that there is a list of over 200 past WM prompts to 
choose from when looking for interesting inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, July 18, 2016

071716 WM#217 inspired by "Your Tribe Attracts Your Vibe"






This was the inspiration for Whimsical Musings #217.

I knew that I wanted a page about my scrappy Design Team peeps over at 
Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog, using their black & white head shots.
I resized them to 2" width & laid them out in a grid in blog hop order.

It was then that I received some happy mail -
our own  blog leader, Lisa Hausmann, had sent us CKC flair!

SO. COOL.

 I'm a little ashamed to say that I promptly 
deconstructed her cute card to use on my page!
What could be a better accent along with a CKC flair?
Oh - and a tiny sprinkle of sequins that were included,
plus a little dash of Lisa with the coil of twine : )



These lovely ladies are indeed my "tribe" of Master Forgers.
We stretch our creative muscles each month and create a papercrafting
kit from our own stash based on  a current trendy kit offering.

It's a great way to re-imagine some of our forgotten 
or tired scrap stash & get it onto a page or project.
Please join us at the link above!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

071616 CKC July Challenge #3


Pebbles Happy Day "Puzzled" paper
 Challenge #3:  Inspired by - Sitting in the Shade

Why not be inspired by word games, like crossword puzzles, anagrams, jumbles?  
 Or if you are a numbers person, how about Sudoku? 
They all make for relaxing fun when it's too hot to be doing much else.  

Yet another prompt that well suits my recent beach vacation photos!
My poor chicken white Michigan skin spent a lot of Florida beach time
under an umbrella with my dog & I took this offbeat photo to document it.


I would have loved to have had a book of Sudoku puzzles with me!
No complaints - it was still a delightful way to relax :)
 



I used the Webster's Pages Hall Pass puzzle paper in my kit, & began to layer strips of the Kaisercraft Timeless definition paper & the knotted rope B side of the Basic Grey striped paper on top of a kraft background, but it was a tad boring. I tried subbing in a white background, intending to add some inks/paints, but felt that created too much contrast.

Back to my stash... the background Studio Calico multi-stripe reminds me of beach umbrellas.
I made it custom by adding four different poems about the beach on the white lines

It's not cheating if you buy a kit & combine it with your stash, now is it?
Then my stash is fair game when using my Counterfeit Kit. Scrap on!

Take the challenge & make sure to add your creation to the Linky HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!



Friday, July 15, 2016

071516 WM#219 be inspired by independence


Whimsical Musings #219 from last week:
 Be inspired by independence.

"This prompt can be as wide or as narrow as you wish to make it. Make a page all about your own Independence Day celebrations - possible for many countries around the world. You could talk about the first time you tested out your own independence or someone you know. You could make the jump to the independence of time alone. What about your love of Independence Day - the film? Or a layout about some element from a typical Independence Day celebration such as fireworks, bbq's or a family get together. Make it fun, make it meaningful, make it your own!"

I had a myriad of inspirations from this prompt which I may revisit, but the obvious 
here in the U.S. was our 4th of July celebrations. When I built my July CKC kit 
I had kept that in mind, so this prompt made a good marriage of the two. Here's my kit:


The multi-stripe paper & the blessings PL card both make an appearance,
but the star of the page is that "crazy family" card, which just jumped out of 
the kit with all of the red/white/blue in our photos : )

Of course, I had to dress it up a bit...


... and toss in a lot of stars..


... and some stitched doodles for a border!
 

You can see how crazy they are, lol!


Love the tradition of a patriotic small town parade.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

071316 Date Day: Out of Our League But Enjoying the View


Spur of the moment today: mini-road trip to Great Lakes Crossing/Bass Pro Shop.
After our browse through we realized it was time for lunch... let's keep going south to P.F. Chang's...




First stop? Papyrus...


Oh. My.
Gorgeous music boxes from Wooderful Life.


 Love this : )


Great fun gift for a grownup!
(I know I would absent-mindedly try to take a bite, sooner or later...)


 Restoration Hardware = steam punk-esque eye candy.
This store has certainly changed from years ago...


Riveted stainless steel with leather seat - looks like
an airplane wing, and there's a matching desk...


Loved the neutral colors of these napkins!


LOL - we have one of those amplifier horns around here somewhere (totally not kidding)


Someone is making this for our house - what a guy!
It's oversized & mounted on a lazy susan.


Swoon - this is a GIANT desk in a trunk!


Isn't this mall just totally over the top?


Oh, yes!





This window caught my eye - can you see that wallpaper inside???
Love the sentiment in the window as a page title.
Posted especially for my scrappy bff, Lynnette : )


One for the road...


Loved the graphics in this display.


Special gift from my sweetie from Papyrus <3
(yep - it's a fox!)


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

071216 CKC July Challenge #2



Challenge #2 Inspired by Cool Waters in Hot Weather 
Check out this fabulous color scheme where the cool colors 
of the water balance the warm yellow and orange - nicely.  
Purposefully combine cool and warm colors together,  
take a cue from the photograph itself, or even use something liquid 
when making your project ( ink, mist, paint, gesso, glossy accents, etc.)

 Susanne certainly hit the perfect inspiration for me 
while I was working on my beach hopping vacation mini-album,
or so I thought. I changed course when I found this wet photo from 2015:

Oh. My.

A quick look in my "Hot Mess" July kit didn't yield any of the orange color I desired, but don't forget about your secret stash - the "B" sides of your papers, that often yield what you have need of.
The butterfly paper had the orange color used in the double mat of my photos.

Kit reveal blog post HERE

During the course of putting my page together I cut away a hidden section of the background
October Afternoon bug paper so I could fussy-cut a few of those cute bugs for embellishments!

(You won't tell, will you?)

As the page progressed I needed just a little something...
These came to the rescue with another pop of orange & the perfect sentiment.

I think I managed all of the colors in the inspiration!

Sometimes I have a tough time deciding when the page is done,
but with a busy background there isn't much extra real estate!


One of three insects fussy-cut & popped up for emphasis.

Now YOU go find something to scrap that is cool/warm or wet!
Make sure that you post your creation to the CKC Linky HERE
Happy scrapping!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

070616 CKC July Challenge #1



CKC CHALLENGE ONE Inspired by Beach Reading 
Take a cue from the covers for subject, title, colors, layout or any other way
that sparks your imagination. These are from the Popsugar website here. 


Having just returned from a beach-hopping vacation, the beachy view
on the cover of The Rumor prompted a page with a toes-in- the-sand/my viewpoint photo.


I used a very light dripping of three different Heidi Swapp Colorshines.  I used the large border punch below on the teal gingham to create the little wave shapes & large circles from the off-cuts! The Dear Lizzy chevron paper was transformed into the little banner top left.  I used a small hole punch on the pink ombre paper to make some more small circles & scattered them in the same ombre colorway down the left hand side of the page, plus a few other bits & bobs from various makers as shown below.


A closer look...


 
Although I didn't use my kit for it, the sign on Mary Kay Andrews' Beach Town gave me
the perfect design for my vacation mini-book cover. Show & Tell on that when it's done!

Find your inspiration & grab your scissors & glue.

Thanks for stopping by!