Monday, April 21, 2014

Creating a inspirational note book Tutorial and FREE calendar download to fit the album kit by Cheri Piles

Hey There! I don't know about you but I am loving playing with all of the new BASICALLY ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS  This is the ALBUM KIT. I love how fun this is and all that you can do with it, it is seriously so cute! I have completely gone to town with it using the new MODELING PASTE and STENCILS. The cover has a decorative frame on it which I love all of the frills but I wanted to add some more depth so I layed the scallop stencil over the page and only applied ink to the outside of the frame. Then I used another stencil and added the days of the week using the paste, once dry I went over it with an ink pen. I added a few embellishments and Voila!! Pretty perfection! 

I really wanted to create... and yes.. I know, this is soooo OLD SCHOOL of me but when I'm teaching I really need a visual date book to keep track of when I have to ship class samples, create class samples and traveling... And a computerized calendar just doesn't work when I'm planning many months ahead and need to see more than one calendar at a time so this was/is, for ME, the PERFECT SOLUTION... A VISUAL but simple and SUPER PRETTY date book... it's the perfect size at 5x7 too!!

I added a little of this and a little of that from the Daily stories collection, although this is an album kit and it COMES WITH everything you need to make it your own. But like I said, I kinda went a little crazy with filling it up. So on the left I added flip pages from the file folder package. Then on the right is a super cute decorative lined half page. I added an extra journal card using a paper clip, I figured I might need to take notes so I added many cards and tags throughout the book. 

I love how put together things look when you match them up, for example I corner rounded this dot page then added another card to the upper right but I corner rounded JUST the upper right corner of the card - imagine the difference if I left it square - It would be FINE, there are no rules, but I do like it rounded. 

OK, so on the left is a pocket photo sleeve - there are two pages included in the book! Each pocked is 3x4. I decided for this book I wanted photos that make me happy and that are cheerful, so I printed them off. Most are from Better homes and gardens - I love flowers!! I will give a link to my pinterest board below my signature. These sleeves would be a good place to also hold BUSINESS CARDS, yeah cool!!
I am loving the extra tags for notes later on! I created all of these blank calendar pages and have a download for you below and instructions on how I added them to my book.

I am loving how pretty my little book is!! I love the decorative shaped pages, so so cute!

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Have you noticed all of the stamped flowers yet? I think it's my most favorite stamp in the Daily Stories stamp set. I also stamped all of the months stamps from the "Calendars stamp set" Teresa made with FISKARS.

 This quote is awesome and I love the contrast that this page offers this book, again so supper cute!!!

To create the fun decorative clips to hold your tags in place in your book simply glue your gems back to back on the end of your paper clip using the clear hold adhesive from Teresa's adhesive kit from Xyron.

To add additional pages to your book as I have done with my calendar pages punch holes using the larger eyelet punch from We R Memory Keepers, then with fine tip scissors cut the centers of the circle then you can add your pages to your pre-made book and they don't fall out!
Ok, so if you are looking for blank calendar pages to fit this book you can save this image and print it out. You will need to trim the bottom off to make it 7". Then trim the right side off for 10" then fold in half and you will have enough room on each end for your holes to insert the pages into your book.

I love how pretty the book turned out and it's nice to see some of my favorite pictures regularly!! Here is a link to my pinterest board - "my favorite pretties"

I hope you found some inspiration to create one of your own, this sure was a fun album kit!!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bejewelled Cards by Tessa Wise

Hello!  Today I have a couple of cards to share- both are heavy on the shiny stuff!  I think I may be addicted to sequins lol!  My first card was inspired by a sketch by the team over atScrapbook Generation's Create Magazine-  it was part of the Teresa Collins Designs feature in the March issue:

TC Sequined Circles Card 1- Tessa Wise

I started with a white card base and cut the striped paper to fit in the center.  I used my Teresa Collins eBosser along with some nesting circle dies to first cut out a circle from the striped paper and next to cut two circles out of mint and coral cardstock.  I used dies that were slightly smaller for the inside layers.   Once they were cut, I added the striped panel to the center of the card using foam adhesive squares for depth.  I cut a bit of the left side off of each of the circles so they would line up with the striped panel when I adhered them down.  The coral piece is adhered straight to the card front.  The mint piece was stamped with the beautiful sentiment from the Save The Date collection stamp set.  It was then adhered to the card with more foam adhesive squares. 

TC Sequined Circle Card 2- Tessa Wise

The jewels and sequins were added next- I wanted them to look like they were sprinkled around the focal point.  I used my Teresa Collins’ Clear Hold Adhesive by Xyron to glue each of the sequins in to place- it works perfectly for this!!

My second card is a little different.  I was just playing with my Basically Essential stencils when I made this one- it was inspired by the bokeh photo effect:

TC Love You Stencil Card 1- Tessa Wise

I started with a white card base and Stencil pack #3.  I layed down the hearts stencil over the top of the card front and lightly colored in a few hearts with two pink colored pencils.  Next I pulled out the stencil with the large heart and love you sentiment.  I added the heart first, using pink ink and a foam applicator.  I was careful to not get pink ink into the other parts of the stencil and used removable tape to hold it in place as I worked.  I love the soft look this creates.  Next, I taped down the sentiment over the heart.  Black ink on a white background is easy to mess up so I worked slowly, adding a little ink at a time until I got the look I wanted.

TC Love You Stencil Card 2- Tessa Wise

To finish off this look, I splattered a bit of pearly mist over the card front.  Then I added my sprinkling of sequins- this time in gold and clear.  I again used my Teresa Collins’ Clear Hold Adhesive by Xyron to glue them down- you can see how nicely it dries under those clear sequins! 

Every card looks pretty with a little bit of bling!  I hope I've inspired you to add a sprinkling of jewels and sequins in your next project!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hello Love layout by Yvonne Blair with a bonus!

 Hey there...Yvonne here to share a quickie layout and tag idea. 

For the layout I used Hello My Name Is...
This was inspired by a sketch challenge from Scrapbook Generations Magazine. 
Did you see the issue in March? 
If not click is full of more Teresa Collins inspiration!!!
And below is a tag from another challenge taken from that magazine! 
I hope you are inspired to do some quick and easy layouts or tags! 

Until next time! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Shabby, Sweet Cards & Tag - Melissa Phillips

Shabby, Sweet Cards & Tag - Melissa Phillips

Hello there.  I'm happy to be back with you today sharing a few cards made with the ever so lovely Daily Stories and Save the Date collections.  These are both so beautiful on their own, but easy and effortless to combine together.

My first card uses Teresa Collins papers with my die cuts to create a flower filled with layers of patterns, colors, paper, and trims.  I also used Decorative Tape across the bottom of my card to bring in some of the pink found in the papers, and attached my flower, wood piece, chipboard, and brad to a die cut tag.  These make such great focal points.

 I finished by adding a few Enamel Dots to add some fun and whimsy.  
This card as well as the tag that follows were both created for the Scrapbook Generations online magazine and are based on sketch you can find there.  Their sketches are amazing, so detailed, and so much fun to play around with.

Daily Stories was used here again and I couldn't stop myself from adding bits of everything including, Decorative Tape, chipboard, Enamel Dots, die cuts, and stamping using the sweet Daily Stories collection.

It was so much fun being challenged to stray from my usual design style and incorporate some circles for a change.  

Shown here is my tag for Scrapbook Generations using the Save the Date collections and once again I  used a little bit of everything.  

I made my sentiment just a bit playful by adding a button in to the mix of chipboard letters.  And, the fun die cut banners and sequins create lots of movement and playfulness, but as with anything Teresa Collins creates, all things combined create a very elegant feel.  
Enjoy your day and thanks for visiting.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Basically Essential and Daily Stories by Christie Bryant

Are you loving Daily Stories? There are endless possibilities for this line, especially when you combine it with the Basically Essential line. 

On this layout, I really wanted some additional texture and another layer while keeping a minimalistic feel. The Basically Essential Modeling Paste and Stencils came in handy. 

Check out the amazing texture that I was able to create on this black frame:

I used the tree stencil to create some added dimension on the bottom of my layout. I love the way it turned out.

What do you think? Do you love to play with the Basically Essential line too? 

Thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful day!

XOXO, Christie

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Story Seekers by Stacey Michaud

I love to share our daily stories via scrapbook pages.  Today, I am sharing an everyday life page that features the Daily Stories collection.  It is about my son's love for reading.  That boy always has a book, or three, with him. 

I started with an Instagram photo and built a page from there.

To make this page, I started with the ledger paper base.  I build my layouts from the photo out after I decide on a base.  I grabbed the Notes card and the Currently card, layering them with the picture.  I like how it gave the photo a home.  I then added the tan circles paper to add some subtle color.  Whenever I use a strong horizontal piece of paper, I like to frame it with smaller strips along the bottom and top of the rectangle.  I added the chipboard Jan-June border right near my son's face so it draw you in.
Then I started adding small touches.  I placed down the chipboard arrow and then built an arrow of my own with the wood veneer piece and the two enamel dots.  I hand cut the Picture This saying and place pop dots underneath. 
I used the large Story chipboard letters to build my title.  The wood veneer star gives the title a starting point.  I used my Xyron Clear Hold Adhesive to place my star down.  I just got this TC and Xyron product and I am in love!  I added a small banner from the brad package along the top right of the tan rectangle and journaled right on top.
Creating clean and simple layouts is super fun and easy when using Teresa's products!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mothers Day tutorial with Cheri Piles using the Basically Essentials Instagram Banner Kit

Hey there! Mothers day is right around the corner and I wanted to share with you a quick and easy project that would make a great little gift. I don't know about you but my daughter has been taking "selfies" so I went to her instagram page and printed one of her selfy pictures from 2012. This would work for any age!!
I wanted to create something fun and unique so I used the new Basically Essentials instagram banner kit. This banner kit is so fun and as you know with scrapbooking there are NO RULES!! So I switched it up and created a mini album with 6 of the pages, it comes with 8 pages, beautiful papers and ribbon. I corner rounded each of my 6 pages.

I wanted my book to have a cover so I cut a 4"x12" strip from the Daily Stories "ombre circles" paper. Gently fold it in half - and slip it into your new Teresa Collins Xyron 2 hole punch and punch your holes. Corner round all of your corners.

Then using a score board score 1/2" between each of the holes to create the spine of your book. Decorate your cover using embellishments from the Daily Stories collection. I used the journal card from the "currently"' paper and corner rounded the right sides. Then I added the thin monthly word strips from the side b of "ombre circles". I layered washi tape above the word strips. I added the layered butterfly sticker to top right of washi tape in upper frame of card. For some added fun I stamped in black ink the "this is me" in the bottom of the frame. For some "shine" I added a few sequins. Simple and quick! :)

Now, this is important to remember, when you punch your instragram pages from the kit do not slide them all of the way in so your holes on your pages will line up with the holes on your cover. Then using washi tape of choice from the Daily Stories collection, wrap a strip down the center of the openings. 

I printed all of my daughters photos 3"x3" then matted them onto white cardstock that I cut 3 1/2" x 3 1/2".  I rounded all of the corners of the photos and the white cardstock. Then adhere over your open space and add a second photo to the back. You will have a 1/4" of OPEN SPACE around your photo, This is what makes this so neat to look at!!

The back of the Ombre circles papers and months. So cut them into strips to create page "tabs", to make the wide tab cut just above the months of one line, skip a row (the row that you will use for your tabs) then just below the next row. Then cut between every other month so you have January & February together and so on. Then fold, corner round (only if you want, it's kinda tricky to corner round them because they are small...treat yourself to a piece of chocolate at this point) then adhere them to your pages. 

I started putting the tabs on the ends and working my way in so they were all evenly spaced.

Once you are done with your tabs cut 12 strips 4" x 1" from a sheet of paper from the collection. I used the "floral" paper. I corner rounded one side to match the edges then adhered them to the wide space. Add your rings and tie your ribbon to the top ring and trim excess away and you are done!

This was such an easy project using just the banner kit and two sheets of paper but you could use just the one sheet of "ombre circles" paper to complete it! I made it while watching a movie, super quick and easy! 

I hope you are inspired to re-create on of your own!

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