Monday, October 31, 2011

Dreamin' of the Paper Trail Blog Hop

Dreamin' Swirl
Welcome to the November edition of our Paper Trail Blog Hop. If you have arrived here via Vicki's Blog, Wizard's Hangout, then you're on the right track. If you have started here, you can still follow the trail around to check out this month's artwork!

While this month's featured paper pack, Dreamin', is chock full of rich autumn colors such as Chocolate, Goldrush, and Honey, when you check out the addition of Pacifica, you will find a combination that is just as much at home for those end of summer photos that are waiting to be added to your scrapbook.

This month, my artwork offering features a favorite make 'n' take project- layout elements. Start with a few shapes cut with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, stamp up some of the leaves, and with a wave of your wand, you have layout elements. When added to your base pages, you have a layout waiting to come to life!

Look closely at the Dreamin' Swirl above and you will see how I've added some Olive ink to the pallette. The leaves have edges sponged with Chocolate ink and distressed with scrunched paper and a bit of Sunset and Chocolate inks. Pop on a few Mocha Opaques and you have a swirl worthy of any layout.

Dreamin' Pumpkin
For a second layout element, use your imagination and cut a shape meant to be an ornament. Once it is cut from Dreamin' papers, all it takes is a pair of scissors to trim the bottom and reveal the Dreamin' pumpkin pictured on the right! Use your scrunched paper and inks again to add some pumpkin personality.

For a bit of dimension, adhere your pumpkin to the tag element with 3-D foam tape. The tape also gives a great place to tuck in a Foundry Metal Pin Clip stem and another Mocha opaque! Need leaves on your pumpkin? Trim apart an extra Olive leaf and tuck the bits around the stem.

There you have it... Your two elements are ready for action. Picture them added to the top left-hand and bottom right-hand corners of a double layout and you are all set to add autumn photos galore. Use the Dreamin' Pumpkin for a bit of journaling, a small photo, or a great quote.

Are you ready for a bit more fun? Hop on over to Pam's blog, P-Inks and check out her Dreamin' creation!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

An Elemental Journal

As promised, here is the third in a series of four seasonal journals. Each is created with a different paper featured in the Autumn/Winter 2011 CTMH Idea Book and this version has been crafted using papers from the Elemental collection. By concentrating on the papers using predominantly Pacifica and Sorbet colors, the piece can easily represent the bright sunny days of summer! 
Did I mention that by creating four covers, you can have a personal journal that spans the year and yet is changeable by season? This is my favorite part of this project! Of course, if you love, love, love one of the papers, you can surely create your journal in just one design. 

By tying long, knotted ribbons to the top coil of the journal, I have the option of using them as bookmarks to lead me back to a favorite page or simply to mark the point at which I should continue my thoughts. Enjoy!