Vintage Vogue Altered Photo Tray

Happy Saturday everyone!  First things first, I have a winner to announce from my Echo Park giveaway.  And the lucky gal is ...

Congratulations Rebecca! Please email me at lghahary(at)cevant(dot)com with your mailing address.

And now for another project I created as the guest designer for Glue Arts this week.  Pink Paislee had some amazing releases this CHA and Vintage Vogue is hands down my favorite of the bunch.  I love the color scheme and so many of the embellishments included in this collection.  For my project I decided to alter a 7Gypsies photo tray with pictures I took of my brother, sister in law, and sweet little niece Gia at Easter. 

I had so much fun creating each altering each of the boxes in this photo tray.  Here are some close up images so you can get a better look ...

To see a complete supply list and read my step by step instructions for this project be sure to visit the Glue Arts blog. Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Happy Go Lucky Cards

Hey everyone!  Just wanted to share a pair of cards I created today for the Pebbles blog using the Happy Go Lucky collection.  This is one of my favorite Pebbles collections - I just love the fun colors and patterns!  I loved the idea of pairing some of the brightly colored patterned papers against a kraft cardstock background.  My first card uses the "bonus" strips that you find at the bottom of each 12 x 12 piece of paper.  I simply cut the strips to varying lengths and stitched them along one edge. 

My second card uses some scraps from previous projects along with one of the embossed flower stickers.  I love the font of the lime green Thickers from American Crafts - they are a perfect match to the Happy Go Lucky collection.

That's it for me today.  I have a brand new project using the Vintage Vogue collection from Pink Paislee to share tomorrow so be sure to check it out!  Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Echo Park Guest Designer plus a GIVEAWAY!

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to share some fun projects with you today I created as the July Guest Designer for one of my very favorite manufacturers - Echo Park!  I seriously LOVE Echo Park paper.  Like big time scrappy crush love.  I do believe I own every single collection they have ever released.  I just find their papers really easy to use and very, well, ME!  LOL! 

The first layout I created uses several different collections including Little Girl, Candy Shoppe, and Metropolitan.  I snapped this photo of my sweet little niece Gia at her 1st birthday party a few weeks ago.  She became completely overwhelmed when it came time to eat her birthday cake and let everyone know just how unhappy she was.  I had to document her sweet little crying face on a layout - just look at those pouty lips!  I laid my papers out in a grid design and placed them against a bright white background - I love how these colors just POP!  A few splatters of coordinating colored mists, some embellishments and bright pink and white baker's twine, and this layout was done.   

Summertime means lots of time outdoors enjoying the sunshine.  This year we joined the local beach and were so thrilled to find out they have a water park there.  On this particular day my littlest guy Brandon spent hours upon hours running through the different water features.  He had so much fun!  Of course I had to use the Splash collection on this layout - the colors were just perfect for my photos.  I used the large wave sticker as the base for my title and popped it all up with some dimensional adhesive.  I love the movement and dimension it adds to my layout.

Finally I created a trio of cards using the Country Drive collection.  For my first card I used the picnic basket sticker as my inspiration.  I cut out the postage stamp border from one of the journaling cards and backed it with the tiny print found on the reverse side.  A little red flower to embellish my picnic basket adds a pop of color while the "a perfect day" sentiment (also cut from one of the journaling cards) finishes things off. 

For my next card I just loved the adorable raspberry postage stamp sticker in the Country Drive collection so I created a mini card to highlight it's sweetness.  The base for my card is a paper from the Splash collection.  I love that the colors coordinate across Echo Park collections - makes it really easy to mix and match!

And finally I created this mini card using the cute little birds on a wire border strip.  The two birds together and the one bird apart prompted my "miss you" sentiment.  The letter stickers are from the very first Echo Park collection in my stash - Sweet Summertime.  I love the fun font of these stickers!

So how about an Echo Park giveaway?  If you'd like to win the adorably sweet Country Drive collection that I used to create the above cards just leave a comment on this blog post and let me know what your favorite Echo Park collection is?  I will leave this contest open until Friday midnight EST and post the winner on my blog on Saturday morning.  Good luck! 

Glue Arts Guest Designer

Hi everyone! Not too long ago I was asked by the super sweet Julia Sandvoss to be a guest designer on the Glue Arts blog.  They are teaming up with Pink Paislee all this week (and last) so of course I said heck yeah!

Truth be told I had never used Glue Arts products before but after designing with them this past weekend I can say without hesitation that they are fabulous.  I love the size of the Glue Glider Pro and the U Cut It Foam Adhesive is just perfect for a gal like me that is addicted to dimensional adhesive.  I created this altered gift box using the brand spankin' new Nantucket collection from Pink Paislee and lots of Glue Arts adhesives. 

To see a complete supply list and read my step by step instructions for this project be sure to visit the Glue Arts blog.  And while you're there check out another Pink Paislee project I created using the adorable Hometown Summer collection. 

OC Vacation

Hey everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  I am still recovering from a cold I brought home with me from Ocean City last weekend.  It really took a lot out of me so much so that I lost my voice about mid-week last week.  That was great fun when I was trying to yell at the boys to stop fighting.  Let's just say I got really good at charades these last few days.  LOL!  Thankfully my voice is back although I do sound like a raspy old man when I talk at times.  Kinda fun when I answer the phone and people aren't expecting it.  Hee!

Okay enough about that!  How about a layout share?  This layout just went up in the Garden today at Two Peas In A Bucket.  Our monthly theme was summer and since we had just returned home from our annual summer vacation to Ocean City I figured I would scrapbook a few of my favorite photos from the trip.  Definitely the highlight of our vacation for my boys is getting to spend time with their cousins.  My whole family (sister, brother, mom, etc) all go down to Ocean City together and it's such great fun to spend the week with everyone.

This layout is copyright Two Peas in a Bucket

I used a muted color palette on this layout which is pretty unusual for me since I tend to gravitate towards bright colors. I combined lots of different patterned papers from several different manufacturers including Basic Grey, Crate Paper, Making Memories, and My Mind's Eye using the center strip with the surfboards as my color inspiration. The softer colors coordinated nicely with my beach theme and the colors in my photos.

For my title I used a sticker from the Wander collection by Basic Grey as my base.  The letter stickers are also from Basic Grey (Nook & Pantry collection) - I colored them with one of my Copic markers since they were not quite the right color for my layout.  I do this a lot and it is a great way to customize stickers to fit your needs.  I then stamped the word "vacation" right below and slightly overlapping my stickers using Brown Sugar ink from Jenni Bowlin and the Are We There Yet stamp set by Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday.  I LOVE adding these stamps to my titles, journaling, etc and it's so easy to place them since they are clear.  

I printed my journaling on a piece of Making Memories ledger paper that I've been hoarding for a few years now.  I have an 8x8 pad of these papers and I will probably give a good, long, hard cry when they are all gone.  They are just perfect for journaling!  So be prepared and don't say I didn't warn you, k?  ;)  I added some stickers from My Mind's Eye and October Afternoon to my journaling along with a brad from Crate Paper (Toy Box collection) and a beloved mini clip from Tim Holtz

And a few more October Afternoon stickers with the date to finish things off!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  :)

Pink Paislee Sneak Peeks!

Hey everyone! I just returned home from a week long vacation with my family in Ocean City, NJ. We had a GREAT time - the weather was beautiful and spending time with my mom, sister, brother and their families is always a treat. While I was away the good folks at Pink Paislee were busy sharing sneak peeks of their Summer CHA releases. And what an amazing assortment of goodies it is!

If you haven’t already downloaded the Summer 2011 Look Book be sure to do so now.  Just CLICK HERE to preview the entire new release including the following collections:
And as if those collections were not enough to get your mouth watering and fingers itchy to play with paper and glue check out this special sneak of Pink Paislee's mid show release Snow Day set to hit stores in October 2011.  Pretty cool huh?  (pun intended)  :)

school days

Hey everyone!  I am still so giddy from sharing my fun news about becoming a Garden Girl.  Thank you all so much for the sweet comments.  I appreciate it so much!  If you want to get to know a little bit more about me head on over to the Garden Girl blog - you can read more about my childhood ambitions, wildest dreams, and everything in between. 

I also wanted to share my first layout as a Garden Girl.  I created this layout using photos of Darian from the first and last days of school this past year.  Isn't it amazing how much he's grown?  My journaling not only makes note of the physical changes but also how his personality has grown as well.  To view this layout on Two Peas in a Bucket click here

This layout is copyright Two Peas in a Bucket

I used lots of school themed elements on this layout from my primary color scheme to cork, staples, and mini paper clips.  Oh and of course I threw in a chipboard apple for good measure.  ;)

The letter stickers from Basic Grey for my title were not quite the right shade of red so I used a Copic marker to color them and make them a bit darker.  This is one of my favorite techniques since I am a bit of a "matchy matchy" person when it comes to colors on my layouts. 

I chose a primary color scheme using papers from Bella Blvd, My Mind's Eye, and Echo Park.  The label stickers on my layout are from October Afternoon.  I seriously have TONS of these label stickers.  In my opinion you can never have enough and I probably use them on every single layout I create!  The brads are actually old Making Memories brads from my stash.  I love being able to sprinkle in some older products with my newer goodies. 

And here's a fun way to add a little detail to your layout.  I punched a small tag with my son's initial on it and used the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher (one of my favorite tools) to staple it to a star I die cut from a cork sheet.  Just something fun and unexpected.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  :)

New FRESH GOODS collection from Pebbles Inc!

Hey everyone!  We've been revealing our new summer releases this week on the Pebbles blog.  Check out yesterday's post here to see what's in store for the New Addition collection this summer.  Today's release is my favorite of all ... Fresh Goods! 
Fresh Goods was inspired by the look and feel of a frontier mercantile store. This collection is heavy on florals, dots and stripes with phrases reminiscent of vintage storefront signage. A bold color pallete and a hint of kraft paper makes Fresh Goods the perfect line for scrapbooking those nostalgic memories of yesteryear.

Here are some of Fresh Goods’ patterned papers and embellishments:

Isn't it just beautiful?  And there are a lot more goodies that go along with this collection as well.  I can't wait to get my hands on these gorgeous papers.  And to top it off there is an amazing giveaway over on the Pebbles blog today for your chance to win this collection before it hits stores.  So what are you waiting for?  Get on over there and enter for your chance to win!  :)

New MISTABLES collection from Pink Paislee!

Hey all!  I wanted to share a fun project I created with you today using the new Mistables collection from Pink Paislee.  Here's some more information about Mistables ...

  • Mistables are high quality craft products that work perfectly with misting sprays and inks. You can convert these "blank surfaces" into a work of art by adding your own favorite colors.
  • These products were developed to accept misting sprays and paint mediums perfectly! They are great for scrapbooking, card making, general crafting, home decor and more!
  • When you combine our mistables product line with your favorite colors you will be inspired to create quick, stylish designs that are uniquely yours!

And here's a shadowbox frame I created using this fabulous new collection.  And yes that shadowbox IS part of the collection - how cool is that?

And here's a closer look at some of the details ...

To see what two of my very talented fellow design team members created with the same shadowbox frame head over to the Pink Paislee blog and check it out!  Thanks for stopping by! 

BIG news to share!

Hey everyone!  I have some BIG news to share today.  A few weeks ago I received an email from the sweet Jamie Sorenson over at Two Peas In a Bucket.  I read and then reread (about a hundred times over) the message of the email.  Could it be?  Was Jamie really asking me if I would like to join the Garden Girl team?  Two Peas is my scrappy home on the internet.  It's the first place I visit each morning and the last place I visit each night.  It is the end all be all for me in terms of scrappy inspiration and I have learned so much over the years from the Garden Girls and Two Peas members alike.  To be a part of something so wonderful and so inspiring would be like a dream come true ...

And so, dear friends, I am here to say that dreams really do come true. I am thrilled, honored, and still a bit amazed to be joining the Garden Girl team at Two Peas In a Bucket.  Now can I get a heck yeah! ;)