Sunday, September 9, 2012

Layers and Layers

I'm obsessed with layering right now.  Thanks, Jen Jockish for being a GIANT inspiration in this realm.  My pages are getting fat and are going to make album storage even more of a nightmare than it already is! 

That said, today's layout is probably my very favorite of all time.

Whack a Mole

I started out the the chevron mask from Studio Calico for a very subtle effect behind my paper layers.
These star wood veneer are to DIE for.  I want to use them on everything now!
I was happy to pull out a couple of my stamp sets for this layout.  I always forget they are there!!  And how cute are those arrow paperclips??

Washi is pretty much a staple of mine on every layout.

I've had some doilies lying around and have been using them on a bunch of layouts lately.
Supplies:  patterned paper - Studio Calico, October Afternoon, Echo Park; letter stickers - Pebbles, October Afternoon; wood veneer - Studio Calico; flair - Ormolu; stamps- My Mind's Eye, Studio Calico; notebook tag - Studio Calico; die cuts - American Crafts, Elle's Studio; tape -  Bazzill, Freckled Fawn; buttons - My Mind's Eye; brad - October Afternoon; mask & spray ink - Studio Calico; ink - Ranger (Jenni Bowlin & Tim Holtz) other - doily, twine, pink tag

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Herringbone Arrows

I wanted a fun accent for this silly layout about my girlfriend's freakish ability to always beat me at air hockey. Or maybe I just have a freakish knack for losing...hmmm....something to consider!

Air Hockey Queen

 I love this herringbone pattern paper from Echo Park's Everyday Eclectic collection and thought to myself: "hey! I can cut some arrows out of this stuff!". So cut out arrows I did. I added a little bling to each one in the form of a variety of Doodlebug pearls.


I don't think I've done a layout in the past two weeks that didn't feature some sort of tin pin or flair.  I absolutely love these little guys!  I think they are so cute and give a little bit of pop to the page.  These two buttons are from Ormolu, one of my favorite recent discoveries.  Everything that put out is just awesome and fits my style perfectly.

Supplies: patterned paper & stickers- Echo Park; letter stickers - Basic Grey; pearl accents - Doodlebug Designs; flair buttons - Ormolu

Thanks so much for reading!

Monday, September 3, 2012

October Afternoon Obsession

Hi all! Happy Labor Day to my fellow Americans.  I hope you are also enjoying a day off today!  I've been super MIA due to school starting back up. For those of you that don't know, I teach third grade. Teachers went back a couple of weeks ago and the kiddos came back last Monday. I really want to get back to my regular blog features with some consistency, but as I'm getting back into the swing of things, I'm just going to post a few layouts these next couple of weeks.

If you are a regular reader at all, I've no doubt you know that my absolute number one favorite scrap manufacturer is October Afternoon.  I love all their papers and little bobbles and thingamajigs and I think it's pretty evident on this layout.  If I were to assign a percentage, I'd say this one is 85-90% OA's 9 to 5 line.  I also have to say it is a rare, rare, RARE layout that I don't use at least one thing from OA.

Now that I've gushed about my adoration of this company's products, here's my layout.


This layout features a little toy that Lisa and I acquired with our ticket winnings at a trip to Dave & Buster's a couple of years ago.

I had so much funning layering these papers a la Jen Jockish!  The vast majority of which are from October Afternoon's 9 to 5 collection.  I also threw some Bella Boulevard, Echo Park, Basic Grey, and Cosmo Cricket in there for good measure!
I used lots of circle shapes in this layout.  Most of them from Ormolu or October Afternoon (surprise, surprise!)
I spent lots of time inking the edges of pretty much every piece of paper on here!  lol  I used some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Dye.  I've had it for at least 7 years and was concerned it would be all dried out.  Nope, it was juicier than most of my newer ink pads. 
My new embellishment obsession are the little wood veneers from Studio Calico.  I've collected a variety of these from their kits over the past several months and am using them on pretty much every layout I do lately.


Supplies: patterned paper - Basic Grey, Echo Park, October Afternoon, Studio Calico; die cuts - October Afternoon, Ormolu; wood veneer - Studio Calico; flag, letter stickers - October Afternoon; flair pin - Ormolu; spray ink - Studio Calico, October Afternoon

Thanks so much for reading!