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Now that everyone’s gotten a peek at June’s kit, Candy Shoppe, can I say how inspiring the color palette is? It screams “SUMMER,” don’t you agree?
My favorite thing about the kit are the pops of teals, yellows, oranges and reds. These are the colors I have around my house, and I can’t seem to get enough of them. In my search for decorating inspiration in our new home, I’m seeing these colors everywhere!
Hi, Daisies! Mandie here to give you a little tour of my scrap room. (the “IE” Mandie – just to be clear. I know there are 3 of us! ha!) Well. It’s my current scrap room, anyway. I haven’t talked about this too much outside of Facebook and Instagram, but about a month ago we found out that we will be moving to Germany this summer (and we are SO SO SO excited! Living in Germany is a life long dream for me!) As a result, I’ve started to really pare down the amount of stuff I have. I just don’t know how much space I will have over there – we won’t be living in base housing. It seems silly to store it for several years here in the States. But also, silly to take it all not knowing if I will have room. If you want to see pre-purging you can go here on my blog. Many things are very much the same. There is just a lot less stuff! Okay…. so here we go! It’s photo heavy. Bear with me!
here you have a full look into my room. It’s right off of this odd front room when you come into the front door of my house. So… unfortunately, you can always see it. It is actually the formal dining room. We lack formal furniture; so scrap room for me! lol! (please know that I lay ZERO claim to that ugly chandelier. We are renting.) See that giant pile in the corner by the window? That is stuff for the consignment sale at the local crop here next month! Yikes!
(hey…. there is a sneak of things to come in these photos too…. but my lips are sealed. hee hee.)This is kind of another view of what you have seen already. On the left, the white shelf is now empty. The top drawer has mini alphabets and label stickers. The bottom drawer houses a ridiculous number of thickers. ( We don’t need to get into that….) The small Expedit next to it has random things. A mostly empty spinning organizer, a box full of handmade cards, notebooks with sketches, a box with extra adhesive refills, typewriter ribbons, etc and a photo with 2 of the ladies that I consider to be some of the most wonderful people on earth (my friends Taryn & Angela). The large Expedit houses all of our albums. The top just has some knick knacks and prints. The little Expedit on the other side is filled with random items.
Coming around the room…. Ahhhh…. the lovely pile. Please ignore. It’s ugly. LOL! This Expedit has some punches on display, magazines I have things published in, a basket with Pebbles buttons, rub ons and stamps. The big pink boxes contain photos, cross stitch stuff and miscellaneous scrap tools – such as my embossing gun… That kind of thing. On top is another spinning organizer that is pretty empty now (aside from washi tapes & zing ), my very much used typewriter and a 3 Tier basket that has wooden stamps and lots of twine.Coming around the corner, I have these shelves that I painted grey. They are falling apart & won’t be making the move with us. Right now, it has my pattern paper, cardstock, Pebbles design team products, my page protectors, more boxes with photos, a shelf with my scoring board, smaller trimmer, etc. On top of the shelf, I have my photo printer, Silhouette and an iPod dock. I also have a stack of layouts I need to put away. No one else has one of those, right?
In the corner, I have an Alex cart from Ikea. In this cart, I keep my kits.Here is the drawer with last month’s kit in it. (You didn’t think I’d show you this month’s, did you? hee hee) I have all of my pattern paper and bigger items like Thickers on the left. On the right, I have an organizer from the closet section at Target with all of my smaller items in them.
And then… to my Raskog carts. My favorite things! I recently rearranged them during the big purge to be more functional.
This is another fun new post that will be showing up on the blog monthly. Two Design Team members will be paired up and challenged to create out of their element. We hope you like it. First up are the two MKs.
What happens when you ask two Mandys to create out of their element? You get 2 page layouts. We don’t know about you, but 2 page layouts can be very intimidating. We don’t mind using multiple photos on a layout but using enough for 2 full pages on the same subject we both agreed it can be hard for us. As you’ll see below Mandy’s tend to think alike we both used some of the same products but we still kept with our very own styles while creating out of our element.
MandyKay Starner created this awesome 12×12 2 page layout
MandyKay says: I have found that one way to fill up a 2-pager is to do a “year in review” type page. I did just that for my 2012 layout. I printed a slew of my favorite moments from 2012, in varying sizes; gathered the last bits of my Double Feature kit, and my Cameo to cut the free View Master cut. I layered up my last sheets of patterned paper, cut my View Master slide in its original size, and started laying out my photos in a random order. After gluing it all down, I added a few of the Pebbles tags, some cameras from the KI borders, and a handful of the wood arrows, going in different directions. I topped it off with a KI banner sticker, backed with a bit of the red/orange trim from the Starring Role add-on, and a couple of the red pearls… for the top of my layout sundae. It came together a lot quicker than I ever thought it could and it turned out to be not-so-intimidating after all.
Mandy Koeppen created this awesome 8.5×11 2 page layout
MandyK says: I have to admit that I redid my layout three times. The first two were a hot mess and totally not me. I now realize the problem with the hot mess layouts were that I didn’t use my one rule while creating: keep the focus on the photos. Once I stopped over thinking this challenge and got back to the MK way, my final layout came together rather quickly. I used a mix of photo sizes from my crazy everydayness along with a large journaling block. The journaling block is the packaging from the KI Memories borders (which I still can’t use, the glitter just doesn’t work for me no matter how far out of my element I try to go). I used some of my other leftover pieces from the February kits too: the Jillibean Alphas, KI border stickers (camera), Echo Park Label stickers, Pebbles pockets & tags, the stick pins, and that cool Ormolu flair.
Do the Mandy’s have you thinking outside your element? Take the challenge create something outside your element and be sure to share it with us!
We are introducing a new monthly feature today. It’s called ‘Teaming up with…’.
Each month there will be a small group of the girls designing together all using one of the same design elements using the monthly kit.. It’s going to be really fun and interesting to see how each designer works this challenge in their own way and style. We hope you will find it fun and inspirational too.
The idea came whilst we were in CHA. There were 5 of us, Stephanie, Denise, Sharmaine, Mandyk and myself that got dressed up and had a laugh in the ‘Me and My Big Ideas’ photo booth. We all came away with the same photo. I thought it would be so much fun for us all to scrap with this photo and see what we each came up with. So that’s how this new monthly feature came about.
So let’s see how we all worked that photo then.
Here is Stephanie’s layout.
Stephanie trimmed her photo down and rounded the corners for a softer look. I love all that white space and the stitching. Those vintage cameras are so cute.
Sharmaine has also trimmed her photo down but left the corners square. The golden stars using this months stamp are a perfect touch and I spot some hidden journaling there too in a mini enevlope.
Here is Denise’s layout.
Denise’s page is wild and fun. She cut the photo into four squares and has used this months arrow stamps.
Here is Mandyk’s.
Mandy has scanned her photo and changed it to black and white and turned it into these cool photo strips. I love how Mandy has used the white alpha stickers from this months kit against the white cardstock and outlined them in black. So cool!!
And lastly mine.
I left my photo whole and just stuck three sides down turning it into a pocket. I’ve then slotted some bits and pieces from the day inside and added some journaling cards. I also used Ronda’s Crafters Workshop mask from the main kit around the outside.
I really hope you love this new monthly blog feature. We already have something fun planned for next month : )