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Lawn Fawn + Punky Sprouts: LOVE

Summer Love mini album cover

I love mini albums. For me they’re sort of a hybrid between cards and scrapbooking: I’m all about the smaller form factor. So, when Lawn Fawn teamed up with Punky Sprouts (whose mini albums I’ve ALWAYS loved), I was so on board. (Soooo on board!) I chose to work with the Soul Sprout album, and made just a few minor modifications: I went with a horizontal orientation and went from 4 o-rings down to three. As such, I eliminated the first small scalloped page and, well, you’ll see what I did with the canvas page a little later on in the post!

For this album, I went with a simple summer theme, lots of embossing, and lots of die cutting using Lawn Fawn’s new Lawn Cuts dies. Love! I primarily used Daphne’s Closet patterned paper with one itty bitty strip of Pink Lemonade on the last page. The Narrators stickers are from both Daphne’s Closet and Pink Lemonade. I totally dig the grapefruit and turquoise combo in one project!

For the cover, I heat embossed Lawn Fawn Chevron Backdrops in white, and then spray inked the whole page using Studio Calico Mr. Huey in Lemonade. The cardboard page soaked up the ink; the page is barely tinted yellow. But it adds a little extra warmth. I then die cut “love” using my Quinn’s ABCs Lawn Cuts and stuck the negative on the page with some Narrators and a little label. Then, I stamped a sunshine from Lawn Fawn’s Partly Cloudy and embossed that, too.

Hindsight: If I’d thought about the sun earlier in the process, I would have masked off a circle when stamping my chevrons to have a clean spot for the sun. Still, it looks cool.

Always tag mini album page

More Partly Cloudy on this page! I love the combo of the greeting from this set plus the alphabet stickers. I die cut the heart from the tag using my Hearts Lawn Cuts, and then added a few Daphne’s Closet die-cut hearts to the tag, too. (The spray ink looks like wet sand… don’t you think?)

Jack mini album page

I kept my nephew’s page super simple. Lots of embossed arrows from Sharp Backdrops for a background, some Daphne’s Closet and a die cut heart. I just love his expression in this photo. Yes, buddy, parades are kinda scary…

Walkin on Sunshine mini album page

Here’s where things get a little wild. The mini album came with a canvas page, but it got bent during shipping, so I was going to iron it. And then I thought: Hmmm…. wonder if Lawn Cuts will cut canvas…. The answer: Yes. Yes, they will! If the canvas is nice and lightweight. You may have to help out with your scissors on some stubborn threads, but for the most part, you’re golden!

More die cut hearts, heat embossing, and spray ink here. I just love the little sun from Partly Cloudy. I also love that you can see this sunshine peaking out when the album is closed.

Together mini album page

The last page… oh my heart! The kids were having the best time with the Slip ‘n’ Slide. The background for the layout turned out beautifully with some emboss resisting using October Afternoon Sprinklers spray ink and Lawn Fawn Interlocking Backdrops hexagons.

I used A Little Birdie Told Me Lawn Cuts to create some cute canvas speech bubbles and gave two of them a spritz with Mr. Huey’s. A few more hearts, and this baby was done!

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Have an amazing day!

Lawn Fawn: Introducing Summertime Charm

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I can’t even tell you how excited I was when Lawn Fawn announced this set to the design team. I’ve been wanting a cute mason jar stamp for ages, and with all the extras that Lawn Fawn packed into Summertime Charm, well, I’m tickled pink!

My first project is a simple card with a surprising pleated background using Lawn Fawn’s new Daphne’s Closet 6″ x 6″ paper pad (a little sneaky peek for you guys). Don’t you love that subtle aqua color? The plaid pattern from this paper collection makes a pretty label. And the “Hello” sticker from Lawn Fawn’s Pink Lemonade collection made for a quick and easy greeting.

A little about the paper pleating, because I bet some of you are going to want to know: I learned this technique from Online Card Classes’ Clean & Simple Card Making 2. Jennifer McGuire does a fantastic job demonstrating how this is done, in case you’re interested in learning.

And back to Summertime Charm:

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Yes, this stamp set is fab for scrapbooking! I love how it coordinates with the cute printed jars on the Pink Lemonade paper. And the combo of Summertime Charm and Pink Lemonade is simply the sweetest thing ever! I just knew I had to scrapbook this picture of my niece enjoying her icy frappe at the 4th of July parade last year. She looks so grown up!

Another quick note about this layout: I double stamped some of the hearts, starting with the outline image, and then stamping inside the outline with the solid image. That created a solid image with a nicely defined edge, which made it easy to cover each of the solid images with Glossy Accents.

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I hope you enjoy Summertime Charm and Pink Lemonade as much as I do! I’ll be back tomorrow with even more Pink Lemonade fun. Really, this release just had my name written all over it. Whoo hoo!

Oh, and be sure to visit the Lawn Fawn blog for a chance to get your hands on some super sweet goodies and take a peek at what else you can do with Summertime Charm.

Check This Out

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week: August 2012

It’s here! It’s here! Lawn Fawn’s Dewey Decimal is here! Oh, I can’t tell you how much I love this collection. It makes this librarian’s heart go pitter-patter. I went a little overboard with my projects for this inspiration week. But I told myself “no library themed projects”. I wanted to make something that would be applicable to more than just… well… me and my life. Something to inspire you guys, right?

I’ve gotten a couple of questions on this, so let me post it here:
Stampin’ Up! colors that coordinate with Dewey Decimal are Pool Party, Ridinghood Red, Island Indigo, and More Mustard. Hope that helps! I love coordinating my SU collection with Lawn Fawn. {Grins}

Now, on to the layouts!

A Part of History

For my travel layout, I created mock file folders for my “history” files as a backdrop for a layout about exploring the Freedom Trail in Boston. This collection was perfect for this: it’s full of classic, structured patterns that create a wonderful timeless feel…and fun, trendy colors for a modern twist!

Next up — an everyday, guy layout. Honestly, my fave part of this layout is the sideways, shrinking banner border. I had a lot of fun with that! Here, I combined Dewey Decimal with papers from the August Studio Calico kit. Oh my heart! And the library-inspired Check This Out stamp set really set the mood for this layout!

Check This Out

Be sure to check the Lawn Fawn blog this week for loads and loads of giveaway opportunities. You’ll love this month’s release (available tomorrow!!)

Stash & Dash Bags for Cyn

Amy Butler Stash & Dash Bags

Stash & Dash Bags for Mandy

Sometime last March, I picked up the pattern for Amy Butler’s Stash & Dash bags. Super cute! I’d never sewn much more than simple lines before, but I knew it would come in handy sometime. Skills? Totally unnecessary, right? Hee!

Then back in November, I had the pleasure of going to Seattle with Megan for a Creating Keepsakes Convention. While we were in town, we stopped at Pacific Fabrics, a fabric and yarn shop in Bellevue packed with all kinds of textile-y goodness. Now, my mom is currently teaching me to sew, so I was a little out of my league surrounded by all those gorgeous bolts of fabric. But then, behind the counter, I saw the new Lotta Jansdotter fabrics. I’ve been coveting them since I saw sneak peeks on the Purl Soho blog. Kill me now! So pretty! And . . . perfect for my friends! I picked out four prints and happily hauled home about a half a yard each in my tiny overnight bag.

Stash & Dash Bags for Cyn

The combo resulted in a fantastic holiday gift for my good friends, Cyn and Mandy, and some fun time spent with my mom while making them. And bonus? New skill! What new hobbies, skills, and challenges have you guys been tackling?

Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations

Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations: Giveaway!

Two giveaways in a row?! What?! You guys are going to love the latest special issue from Creating Keepsakes, dedicated to showing you great ideas for scrapbooking all your celebrations.

Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations

Not only is Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations packed with ideas for the holidays, it features plenty of inspiration for scrapbooking birthdays, weddings, and new babies too! All those great moments in life that you want to celebrate.

Here is one of the fun layouts I had the pleasure of creating for this issue–it documents the moments right before my youngest sister’s wedding. I was in back with my sisters and the photographer, and Chris snapped these pics of my nieces and the setting sun with his iPhone. Totally scrapworthy!

Want to see a bit more of all the fantastic ideas in this issue? Take a peek:

CK is letting me have a copy of this issue to give away on my blog. Hooray! Just leave a comment here by Wednesday, November 23, and I’ll randomly select a winner.

Cheers!

Scrapbooking with Fabric & Notions

Scrapbooking with Fabric & Notions: Giveaway!

Over the last six months or so, I’ve had the extreme pleasure of working on a “sew” special issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Scrapbooking with Fabric & Notions is packed with so many cool ideas for “using buttons, fabric, thread, and other materials from the sewing world” on layouts, I want to try them all!

Below is the cover, featuring a stunning layout by the talented Piradee Talvanna!

Scrapbooking with Fabric & Notions

To give you a taste, here’s a sneak peek of a layout I created for the issue, featuring just one of the fun ways to use zippers on your layouts:

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Want to see a little bit more? Check out CK’s sneak peek!

Creating Keepsakes has generously offered to give away one copy of Scrapbooking with Fabric & Notions to my blog readers. Just leave a comment here, along with your e-mail address so I can contact you. On or around Monday, November 14, 2011, I’ll randomly select a winner and post their name here by Wednesday, November 16. One entry per person, please!

For another chance to win, check out the Creating Keepsakes blog.

Good luck, and happy scrapping!
Kim

Pickles!

A couple of weekends ago, I had my first experience making pickles; it was a total success! We had quite a few cucumbers on hand from our CSA. First, I have to say that getting involved with community supported agriculture (CSA) is one of the best things Chris and I have done regarding trying to establish ongoing healthy eating habits (french fry-eating binges not withstanding . . . it happens). Most nights we enjoy farm-to-table dinners, which has completely altered our relationship with food, the weather, and our community. If you don’t have the space, time, or energy to devote to your own garden, I encourage you to look into finding a CSA in your area.

Okay, getting off the soapbox now, and back to pickles! In the August issue of Bon Appetit, there was an article about canning, complete with some delish looking recipes, like the one I used here for Bread and Butter Pickles.

While we don’t generally love sweet pickles, these particular ones promised to be both sweet, sour, and spicy, but not too sweet. I figured, well, we’d only have three quarts, so if we didn’t really care for them, we could easily give away three quarts and never use the recipe again.

You start by chopping up a ton of cucumbers and onions and covering the whole thing with salt and ice. Then you walk away for two hours.

Then it’s all about getting the vinegar, spices, and sugar boiling, then adding the cold veggies. Cook them for a bit, and then bottle them up. Place the bottles in a big stock pot filled with boiling water.

Make sure the water fully covers your bottles, but make sure you don’t have too much water either. Once the bottles were in, I had to scoop out a bunch of the water because I knew that when it got boiling again, I’d have water everywhere. Yikes! So out came about two cups of hot, hot water. I’m so glad Chris didn’t see me doing this. (Shhhhh!!)

Okay! Crisis averted. And now to bring the water to a rolling boil. Remember: do not start your timer until the water is rapidly boiling again. And if you’re in Utah, you have to adjust your time for altitude (i.e., add 5 minutes). Then you wait, and nervously hope that your bottles don’t crash into each other and shatter.

Pro tip: Next time, add a clean dish cloth to the bottom of the pot to help keep everything stable. Yup.

Ding! Pickles are done! I turned off the burner and waited another five minutes for all the boiling to stop and for the contents of the jars to chill out. Lifting them out was a bit of a challenge because I didn’t have cool jar-lifting tongs. Again, I’m glad Chris didn’t see me screwing around with dish towels and regular tongs. But not burning myself for the win, right?

Pro tip: Get jar-lifting tongs.

And there you have it. Pickles! For the record: They’re spectacular. Bon Appetit comes through for us again! We’ve almost polished off a full quart of these babies.

Last weekend, I made dill pickles from our mountain of CSA zucchini. These dill pickles had to sit a week before you can taste them, to give them time to pickle and soak up the dilly goodness. They should be ready for a taste test tonight! Hooray!

Branching Out Scarf

Back in May, I promised my mom a knitted project for her birthday/Mother’s Day. Three months later, I finished this scarf based on the Branching Out pattern from Susan Lawrence, the same local designer who wrote the pattern for my Ragtop Gloves. It’s my first lace knitting project, and it took me some time to get going on it, but I’m happy with the result. I love the leaf-inspired pattern, and I think that it will block quite nicely. The pattern will become more defined. The scarf itself will be a little bit wider and longer. And the wool-silk yarn blend will become slightly less nubby. My mom loves lavender, so the color is just right. Hooray!

Branching Out Scarf
Needle size: 6
Yarn: Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool in Antique Rose
Pattern: Susan Lawrence

In progress:
Strafford Tee by Amy Christoffers
Sackets Harbor Pullover by Hannah Fettig

Welcome, Jack!

Welcome to the universe, my sweet little nephew! I think you’re going to like it here, Jackson. Oh, and this is what we call scrapbooking. It’s pretty cool, and you’re going to have lots and lots of pages made about you. I promise.

Welcome to the Universe recipe: Kits from Studio Calico, June 2011. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: Crate Paper and October Afternoon; Stickers: American Crafts, BasicGrey, Crate Paper, and October Afternoon; Die cuts: October Afternoon; Buttons: October Afternoon and Pebbles; Paint: Jenni Bowlin Studio for Ranger Industries; Spray ink: Studio Calico; Embroidery floss: DMC; Adhesive: American Crafts and Tombow.

Jen’s Baby Shower

My older sister, Jen, is due to have a baby boy in June. The second boy in our family after my cousin Mimi’s little boy–but he lives in Texas, so we never get to see him. We’re beyond excited that we’re finally going to have a little boy in the mix on a regular basis. We held a family-only baby shower for Jen last weekend to get her set up with “boy things”. Thanks to Chris, I took a photo of the card before I packed it up with the present.

Congrats Card recipe: Cardstock and stickers: American Crafts; Patterned paper and brads: Crate Paper; Coffee filter: Fancy Pants Designs; Punch: Marvy Uchida.