after the initial mind-boggling shock of discovering there actually is no pumpkin in the famous "pumpkin spice mix" i went gourd crazy and decided to at least put my beloved squashes back into this "pumpkin spice mini kit" ;)
it's basically a set of all the little scraps i've been making thoughout the month. hopefully you find something fun to play with inside. enjoy!
so for this months blog train i'm sharing a 12x12' magazine style layout template in .psd which i hope inspires some of your future scrapbook pages. it includes a couple warped shadows for a fun pop effect, a cool inky scribble and suggestions on element and journal placement.
for maximum effect i recommend playing with layer modes. try various blending options (multiply, overlay, burn...) and tweeking the opacity of the layer until you get the desired look.
in the middle of a havoc that is my life, art seems to be the perfect outlet. so once again i resorted to a pen and a sketch pad. two days later this adorable mini kit came together. my favorite to date. a bit worn, torn and grungy. just like me at the moment. but still warm and eager to please your scrapbooking appetite.
this month i had a chance to take part in a great two week designer challenge hosted by the lovely ania at pixelscrapper.com- "pass the kit- spring edition"!
it's a really cool project where a group of design enthusiasts get together on creating a scrapbook kit by feeding off of each others creations and ideas. brainstorming, sharing real-time feedback and thinking on the go were the highlights for me!
elizabeth, holly, jody, loriene and i decided to create a little hommage to spring and all its charms. and that translates outdoors. because we all enjoy those first warm sunbeams and fresh air. the blooming nature invites us to go for a stroll, tend to our gardens, get more active and- have a picnic!
that was my angle (since it involves food and i'm totally big on food) :D
admittedly, i don't actually do picnics. but i do bring my plate outdoors every chance i get. because food always tastes better al fresco!
there is something very romantic about packing up a picnic basket and spreading a plaid tablecloth on the grass, though. in a nearby park. nibbling on tiny strawberry pies over a glass of chardonnay. with bird song and kids play as soundtrack. a bit breezy, but still warm, and the air that smells of lilacs. all of which, i think, this kit portrays very well!
to avoid having a kit full of sugary romantic cliches just described (cause that really isn't me) i mixed in a couple retro sporty graphics. just to make it more cool! and they play together real nice, if i may say so myself :)
also, i have a little premier for you guys- my first ever alpha set! including a full upper, lower case, numbers + some basic symbols in wood veneer style. nothing fancy- i like my alphas basic, legible and easy to combine in various projects.
hope you're in a party mood cause i'm giving away some fun handcrafted prompts to help you decorate those festive pages.
be it birthdays, anniversaries or just surviving yet another day. there's always reason to celebrate! and scrap about it ;)
and what's a party without cake?
this theme inspired me to try my hand at something new. and so, without further ado, i proudly present to you my first ever layout template!
this 12x12' layered psd file comes with some predefined arrangements, shadows and elements which you can easily tweek, rearrange or replace anyway you like. play with it, build up on it and make it your own!
this template was tested and approved by two lovely and brave ladies. holly and sonia, a very kind thank you for volunteering! *kiss*
once upon a time there was a dwarf named harry.
he and his girl, henrietta, were super happy strolling the forest together. until one day she decided she'd rather go mushroom picking with his best mate, hans.
oh, poor harry was devasted! for days on end he just laid in bed, feeling all sad and blue, eating nothing but chocolate.
but little did harry know this was no ordinary comfort treat. no, it was a bitter sweet piece of magic!
when harry finally got out of bed, on that misty tuesday morning, the reflection in the mirror shocked him. the chocolate he's been drowning his sorrow in has made his beard grow all long and thick and shiny with glitter!
"oh, dear, oh my, oh no", harry cried, "all the fellas are gonna make fun of me now, i look like a clown."
and so, off to the barbershop harry rushed. soon along the way he began to notice a strange commotion. for, you see, he couldn't just sneak through the village unseen. that giant mushy beard of his glowed like a lantern through the mist.
it was the ladies, a whole bunch of them, and they were following harry all amazed and bedazzled. "oh, wow, look at that mighty beard", you could hear them gasp. "harry, you're so cool and hype! can i scratch your man hair?"
from that day on, harry was known as the coolest hipster in all the forest and never had no lady problems ever again.
* disclaimer: all characters and events of this story are fictional. the author in no way encourages humans who wish to grow excess shiny facial hair to consume large quantities of chocolate vulgaris- tests have shown that doing so results only in pimples, constipation and weight gain.
what do you say we kick this new year off with some fresh scraps?
sounds good? ok.
i've prepared a lovely little set for all you crafotoholics out there, both the skilled and the clumsy! it's a classic mish mash of craft supplies and paper snippets portraying, well, basically, the mess. mess on the desk, floors and walls left after a good night of crafting!
as a hobby enthusiast myself, i know how proud i get over a well made, finished project. and also how much i have to laugh over those less successful attemps! truth is, there's something genuinly rewarding about working with your hands. it just makes you feel good. so good, infact, that it's not enough to just create someting- you also want to show it off, brag a little and scrap about it! am i right?
hopefully this kit will come in handy (pun intended) for just that ;D