Scrapbook Layouts

Goodbye Summer Mini - Goodbye Sale-a-bration

There's just one week left of the gorgeous Summer Mini Catalogue, and one week left of Sale-a-bration, our busiest and most exciting time of the year!

Orders for items from the Summer Mini Catalogue and your Sale-a-bration Freebies, must be finalised by 11pm Saturday 31st March. If you normally order from me, and have been holding off, please don't wait. Email me today, as I'd like to get your order in comfortably before Saturday!

I'd love to share with you another 12"x12" scrapbook layout, using some of the lovely bright products from the Summer Mini Catalogue.  I have used the Fabulous Florets Stamp Set and Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper, teamed with Wild Wasabi & Very Vanilla Card stock.

Beyond the Garden Layout

This layout was inspired by a two week online class that I did earlier this year with Big Picture Classes, called Ten Tips for Better Type with Cathy Zielske. This was a great class to do on top of TWELVE as it freed me up from adding all sorts of embellishments. I really do like adding lots of layers and textures, but following this class I did three 12"x12" layouts without any of the frills.

Beyond the Garden Layout2

The title and journalling were printed from the computer, which is also something I don't do often.

Beyond the Garden Layout1

I have also just completed the other two layouts, so during the week I will bring them to you - you won't want to miss them, as both layouts contain sneak peak products from the brand new Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue which will be out on April 1st.

See you in a couple of days - and don't forget, if there was anything you wanted from the Summer Mini or Sale-a-bration, please let me know sooner rather than later!

Email: kathryn@katlodesigns.com


Altered Book - Slits, Slots & Holders

My little treat for you today is another layout I created in an Altered Book many long moons ago. This book from what I remember, was titled Myths & Fantasy and the project for the month had to contain Slits, Slots & Holders!

Wow, what a challenge!

I decided on the story of Elaine - or The Lady of Shalott.  If you're an Anne of Green Gables fan, you will know immediately who I mean!  If not, it's a sweet story that ties in with the Lancelot and Guinevere legends of King Arthurs day and there are thousands of different versions, probably the most famous of which was rendered into a haunting (very long) poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson - The Lady of Shalott.

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I decided that slits & slots would be covered by making Elaine's River for her little boat to float down, just as it did - floating silently into Camelot.  I cut the slot through several pages of the book to strengthen it, then attached the boat in such a way that you could slide it up and down the river.

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For holders, I created a ribbon holder for the tiny book which contains the words of Tennyson's poem (in tiny print you can barely read!), and a cd holder embedded into the facing page. I then burned a copy of a gorgeous, musical rendition of the poem onto the cd so that it could be listened too and placed it in the book.

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The gorgeous floral image behind the clear cd holder is a sticker, and I printed a famous "Lilymaid" image onto a cd label to place on the cd.

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A final touch was to create an extra pocket behind the layout into which I slipped another version of the story of Elaine, taken from the book "The Sacred Lake" which was largely about the love between Gunievere and Lancelot. Unfortunately it was so long ago, I can't remember the author of this book - but I will look into it!

Hope that inspires you today, and if you don't have to go to work today like I do, then I wish you just enough time in the day to also enjoy some happy creativity!


A Blog Hop & A Lighthorseman

Welcome to our little blog hop - hope you've been enjoying the journey so far. You may have just arrived here from the blog of my friend Di Dunk - or if you're just starting here, enjoy the little tour! Our group today has focussed on products that are FREE during Sale-a-bration - bet you're lovin' that Designer Series Paper?

I am madly in love with that DSP and today I wanted to do something completely different with it - so I have gone for a masculine layout. YES! With all those pretty florals, I have done a complete backflip from my usual style .

A Lighthorseman

The layout title is GRANDFATHER DOBSON and I have used ACROSTIC POETRY as a way of journalling some memory triggers - quite a few of which only family will understand.  For each of these words there is a long story and many years of memory creating, far too much to put on one 12"x 12" layout.

I am quite tempted to see if I can dig out a few other photos and do some accompanying layouts to complete the story, but of couse, the red truck and the appletrees are now long gone and in those days photos were few and far between . . .

A Lighthorseman 3

The main colours used here are Soft Suede, Peach Parfait and Lucky Limade with Early Espresso ink. There are some quite symbolic images in the stamping too. The forest of trees, the oak tree and the oak leaf and acorn were all very much significant in my grandfather's life.

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This little snippet of the main photo blows me away! When I went to load it up, there were my youngest cousin's eyes looking straight out at me!  Not bad for about 70 years between!

And since this blog hop is about Sale-a-bration, here's a close up of that gorgeous DSP!

A Lighthorseman 2

There is actually a tiny finishing touch left to add to this layout - an antique brad in the middle of that largest flower!

Well, that's it from me for today, thanks for visiting! Before you "hop" off to the next person, please leave some blog love in the form of a comment, as I really appreciate your feedback, and then off you go to visit the delightful Sue Madex.


Stamp & Scrappin' Clubs 2012

Hi all,

Hope Cupid has been good to you today, if that's what makes you happy?

I am very excited to introduce my Stamp & Scrapbooking Clubs for 2012.  All the dates are on my Classes & Events Page, and all the details are on my Club details page

We are kicking off in March and I need 6 ladies for each club. So have a read through the details, and email me to register!  Email kathryn@katlodesigns.com

If there's more than enough interest, we could create a Saturday afternoon group too, let me know your preference.

Topsy Turvy Celebration Card BL1


Inspiring Ideas from the Catalogue

Often when I am stuck for ideas for a simple but cheerful card, I will turn to the Stampin' Up! Ideas Book & Catalogue and see if a particular card jumps out at me.  Then I will usually take some design elements from the layout, select my own stamp set and colours and create away.

This month, my sister said she wanted to make the cute Easter card on page 29 for one of her classes, but what else could she do in the class?

I thought this was a great card to team with a 6"x 6" layout for a lovely gift, and if you don't own Easter stamps, who cares?  There are so many other special occasion stamps you could select!

I love the Petite Pockets in Wisteria Wonder on the same page of the catalogue too, so I had a look around for a stamp set, and then decided to create away - pretty much re-creating the card as shown, with a different stamp set, putting together a co-ordinating layout, and making the Petite Pocket. Lots of fun and quite simple when you don't have to spend days thinking of how to put it all together.

Case from Catalogue BL4

My stamping friends who saw the elements of the card in real life, before I assembled it, think I am totally insane, for inking up that tiny stamp with markers! LOL that's one of my favourite techniques for multi-coloured stamping.

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Now, as for that rosette, lovely touch, but that IS madness!

Now it happens that two of my lovely Stampin' buddies have just been promoted to the design team at Just Add Ink which is VERY exciting for them! Just Add Ink is a great challenge site, and this month their Scrapbook Challenge is Holidays!

So, even though this layout could be any old day out at the beach, a little tab added to the top of the photo reminds us that it was a) school holidays and b) I was on holiday visiting my gorgeous nieces & nephew.

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A close up of the embellishments & DSP -see, really simple, with lovely cheerful colours :

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Here's a close up of the Petite Pocket, as once again, I have inked up the stamp with markers - I really do love the effect of it, even if it is fiddly!

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Thanks for having a look at what I've been doing - and be sure to check out Just Add Ink, and leave some love for Christine Blain & Tina Gillespie, my talented stampin' friends!


Summer Mini Blog Hop - A Touch of Spice!

Welcome to another little hop around stampin' land, to see the inspiring work of my lovely creative friends. All our projects today feature products from the Summer Mini Catalogue which are available to purchase right now, and all orders over $100 can receive free Sale-a-bration goodies.

There are seven ladies involved in today's blog hop - a nice little journey. You may have just come from my lovely friend Alisha Watson's blog, or you may be starting here, welcome! It's easy to join in the blog hop, just follow the link at the bottom of each post, to take you to the next one.

Anyway, what have I been making?  I have fallen in love with the gorgeous designer series paper Spice Cake which is on page 10 of the Summer Mini, and have created a 12" x 12" layout and a mini tag book with these gorgeous prints and the amazingly large co-ordinating Spice Cake buttons which are also in the mini.

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The tags are cut from Very Vanilla Textured card stock, punched with the corner rounder punch.  The round tab punch was used to cut Spice Cake DSP scraps for the tag tops, and Stampin' Up! Seam Binding Ribbon added as a final touch to each one.

Spice Cake Mini Tag Album BL1

My 12" x 12" layout is my second creation for my journey in the on-line scrapbooking class "Twelve" which consists of 12 colours, 12 categories, and 12 months of layouts for 2012.  This layout falls into the category "Personalities" where I had listed this very cute little boy.  He has so much personality right now, although the photos I have used are a couple of years old, but they certainly add to the story.

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This layout is very much inspired by the sample in the Mini Catalogue. I love all the texture that is created by weaving the strips of DSP and it's a great way to show off both sides of the gorgeous patterned papers.

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The buttons are fantabulous!  At first I was shocked at the size, but I love them for their simple, uncluttered look - and how you can rustic them up with a bit of linen thread.

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The shiny chipboard letters came out of my stash from about 5 years ago - I knew they'd come in use one day! And I am glad I remembered them for this layout.  In TWELVE, the online class I am doing, I have matched "personalities" with the colour Rich Razzleberry, and there is a requirement to put a splash of this awesome bold colour onto every layout you complete for this category. 

When I was putting the finishing touches to this layout, I suddenly remembered this and rolled my eyes in horror at the thought of Rich Razzleberry trying to blend with River Rock, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Soft Suede and More Mustard.  Then I spotted a scrap of Rich Razzleberry Seam Binding Ribbon and noticed how closely it matched with some of the shades in the old non-Stampin' Up! chip board letters!  Pheww! Not such a clash as I had expected after all!

Spike Cake Layout BL4

Well, that's an awful lot of photos and hopefully a good bit of inspiration for you!  So now I must send you on your way to the next blogger in our blog hop.  But before I do, please, please, please leave a comment for each of the ladies - there's usually a comments tab right at the bottom of the post - we SO love to hear what you think of our creations, or of the products themselves!  Thanks so much.

Now off you pop to visit Di Dunk, who never ceases to amaze us with how much amazing work she always puts into these projects! Enjoy the journey and have a nice day!