Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Layout Love Linky - April 2013

Here we are at the end of April and that means it's time for another Layout Love Linky!

So, if you have been hanging around The Purple Mailbox for a bit, then you know what this is all about so... feel free to scroll on down and get the party started!
But, if you are new here and have no idea what this LLL is that I speak of...

Read on...

LLL is a bit like a virtual craft club... A show and tell of sorts.
We all (well, most of us) upload our projects to online galleries and/or blog about them.
But, they do tend to get lost in the shuffle sometimes, don't they?

One of my favorite parts of blogging is the sense of community within the scrapbooking world. I love this network of sharing ideas and inspiration, documenting our successes and failures, and commiserating with one another through our hobby.

One of the best ways to get to know a crafter is through what she is most proud of, yes?

Perhaps you did that one layout that just blew your socks off and you can't stop smiling at it.
Or maybe you tried something new and your project survived the process!
What if you only had time to scrapbook 1 page last month, but that is 1 more than usual?

So, you uploaded said project to an online gallery, or your blog, or both. And then....
Not much happened?

That doesn't mean anything, really!
There are SO many scrappers sharing their work every minute of the day.
This really is a great thing.
A good "problem" to have.
But, there are only so many hours in a day and well, things just get lost in the shuffle of cyberspace.

What am I getting at here?

It's show and tell time, that's what!!!!

THAT is the heart and soul behind Layout Love Linky.

Sharing, inspiring, learning, and growing our little scrappy cyberspace community. I just love it when I click on a link-up to leave some love and I see a comment that says, "I came over here from Layout Love and really enjoyed your layout!"

See? A virtual craft club!

Every month, a winner is drawn at random and will receive a fun scrappy prize and a little tag made by yours truly :)

Now, let's get this party under way! Here are some of my unblogged layouts:
This month, I continued working my way through my "kits" ....
 Many of my layouts included multiple photos, so I incorporated more interactivity...

I also found myself using more paints and mediums as I worked my through some older papers...

 I'm trying to use my stamps a bit more too...
 Lots of fun with some favorite patterns...

 More interactivity....
 Soooo glad Elle's Studio is making papers...
 Hooray for using older stash....

 And scrapping about my first crop, while at my second...

And there you have it!

We had some amazing link-ups last time - I just love seeing all of your creations! The lucky winner is... Margie!
I just love all of those banners and the awesome layering on your layout, Margie! Please email me at soaphouse at gmail dot com with your address so I can send you some fun goodies:
Congrats to Margie!!!


So, now it's your turn.
Anything goes here!
Layouts, cards, altered art, art journals, mini books.
If you love it and want to show it off to a few more like-minded crafty peeps, link-it-up!

Oh yeah, and if you want to be entered into the giveaway, all you have to do is be sure to mention in your post or gallery entry that you are linking up here.
Also, please link up the direct URL to your post so that when people click the thumbnail to view your fabulousness, they can find it.
That's it!
Easy peasy!

What's the prize for the next winner? It's a surprise. But I have a feeling it will be lovely!

Oh, yeah - don't forget to check back all month long to leave comment love for our scrappy friends. Remember, just click the Layout Love Linky button up there on the right hand side bar and it will take you right to this month's post!

And if you tweet or share on Instagram, use #LLL for all things Layout Love :)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Passport to the Beach!

It's all about travel this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Whether you have two tickets to paradise or you really just want a reason to create something with your Tim Holtz travel blueprint stamps this is the week for you! We invite you to join us in creating something travel themed in some way. Perhaps a card inspired by the colors of the tropics? Going to use that postmark stamp you never seem to find on your projects? Want to wish someone bon voyage or decorate a notebook for your next road trip?
You’re cleared for take-off on this week’s challenge!

Our annual family beach trip is just a few weeks away. I typically bring some sorts of artsy craftsy goods with me to play with, but I have never had a little book to journal about the trip as it happens. This is the year to change that!

To get started, I have an assortment of Lily Bee, Studio Calico, and SMASH 365 papers...
I want this awesome camera paper to be my cover. To give it a little body, I just adhered a sheet of sticky back canvas to the back:
 I do love these cameras, but I want a brighter, more beachy look. So, a little white paint...
Smooshied and dabbed around...
Gives me this! You know what else? This paper did not warp... not one bit! Hooray for Sticky Back Canvas!!!
 Now, to bring back those cameras. A little outlining with my Bold Pitt Pen...
 And some highlighting with some more of that white...
 And then I just sprayed, spritzed, sprinkled, and played...
 Until I had this:
All cut in two and ready to become my covers! See how flat those are? Seriously. All of that wet medium play and not one bit of buckling or warping! I will definitely be using that Sticky Back Canvas trick again.
While that completely dried, I simply took all of my papers and cut them into various sizes:
 Then, I stacked them all and clipped them together:
 Then punched my holes:
 And added my rings:
 OK! With my book all bound and together, it's time to embellish. First.. the cover:
Then, the inside. I just grabbed all of my offcuts from the papers I worked with for the interior pages...
 Along with some envelopes and washi...
And just set about adding little bits here and there. 
Along with some stamping...
 And a little bit of wax too...
With sequins embedded:
Lots of lovely little papers and bits:
Ready for some beachy creative play:
And ephemera collected along the way:
I can't wait to start adding my memories:
And enjoying all the little things:
 While away at the beach...
 St Simon's, here I come!
Okie Dokie! You know the drill. Now it's your turn to play. Go get crafty and link-up with us!
Remember... one lucky winner is chosen at random each week to win a $50 shopping spree from SimonSaysStamp.com:

Oh, and if you would like to try something like the above, a complete supply list is below: (affiliate links used)

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