Sunday, February 1, 2015

Scraps of Elegance 3rd year anniversary kit and an off the page tutorial!

That's right, it's February 1st, and that means not only a new kit, it means it's our 3rd Anniversary Kit! (our first Scraps of Elegance kit debuted on February 1, 2012).  And even better, a little further down in this post, you will find a video tutorial by Lisa Novogrodski (and by the way, our new kit is NAMED in honor of Lisa!).  Lisa will show you how to make a gorgeous, romantic mixed media mini album from scratch!

On to the kit premiere!

As we mentioned last month, each of our designers will have a kit named after them this year, and this month, we're honoring our Design Team Coordinator, Lisa Novogrodski!  A few of Lisa's favorite things:  the color red, Blue Fern Studios paper and chipboard, and anything mixed media - so we've got them all in this month's kit and add ons!  Our February kit features Blue Fern's BRAND NEW Love Story collection, Marion Smith Designs' Romance Novel 2 collection, and Prima's Epiphany collection, plus so much more, all perfect for creating those romantic Valentine's Day projects!

These are the patterned papers you will find in the kit, and the are also available to purchase alone, in our Patterned Paper Add On:

And I'll share just one more of this month's available add ons before we get to the tutorial.  This is our Creativity Add On, and it always features fun mixed media items - use it alone, or pair it with our Main Kit and other add ons, and Create Something Beautiful!

If you'd like to see more and/or purchases these and our other Lisa's Love Letters kit add ons, please stop by the Scraps of Elegance Kits section of our store.

Ok, and now on to the good stuff, a new tutorial!

This is the mini album Lisa created - she shows you how to make this from scratch - not a purchased mini album that you just decorate, but one you can make yourself!

And here's the tutorial:

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you are finding time to Create Something Beautiful this weekend!


Friday, January 30, 2015

Anna's Texturific Layout

Good morning everyone!
It's Friday!
We were hit with a bit of snow last night, and it is really windy causing some visibility issues.
I am supposed to be taking my stepson to work, but I think he may just have to wait till the roads get a bit better!

So this morning I am doing my blog post and making myself feel better by enjoying this gorgeous piece of art by Anna using the Scraps Of Elegance 'Renea's Charm' kit

I love all the textures and background work!

and that photo is so adorable!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, January 29, 2015

My last three wonderful wintery and glittery Northern Lights layouts!

Good morning everyone!

Today I am sharing my last 3 projects from the Scraps Of Darkness 
'Northern Lights' kit

'I love Snow'

I love the look of determination on Tylers face- he was really enjoying himself making the snowdragon! (a snowman is not as much fun lol)

I cut the 'I Love Snow' from the patterned paper, used a dabber on the snowflakes
and flowers!

this is one of the clusters

I love the little metal snowflakes!

'Crisp and Cold'

This is the boys with the finished 'snowdragon'

I used gesso, mist and ink on the chipboard mittens from Blue Fern Studios!

'Winter Wonderland'

Sometimes summer toys can be as much in the winter!
Ty was having so much fun sliding down the slide into the snow (even though he had slightly outgrown the slide)

I used the flowers from the floral add on, some I bought from the SOD store and a couple from my stash

I scattered the Bo Bunny pearls randomly and also on the snowflakes

The buttons from the embellishment add on were so cute!

Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Rena's projects abound with romance, beauty, techniques and even a Diva moment!

Good morning - It's hump day!
We are half way through the week!

Today I am going to share three stunning projects Renea!

And I do mean stunning

'Diva Moment'

During a recent photo shoot Renea's God daughter got tired of having her photo taken, and so she face planted into her blankie and had herself a "Diva Moment"-LOL! 

She layered a piece of the kit paper over a floral piece of the kit paper, and then did some tearing and paper curling to expose the print. She used a brick stencil and some Ranger Texture Paste to add lots of texture and visual interest, then used some matching paper to form the photo matte, distressing and paper curling it before adding on that precious photo. 

At the top corner, she took the FabScraps Chipboard frame from the kit and distress painted it white then took a Prima Resin Heart and added one of the pieces from the Embellishment Add On "Dreams" inside the frame. She added on some past kit flowers, cheesecloth and one of the little wicker hearts from the kit.

She formed a large flower layer at the bottom corner of the photo by adding flowers from the kit, Floral Add on, and lots of past kit flowers along with stash foliage, floral stems and cheesecloth. I then took a Resin Cameo Frame and added a "Precious" piece from the E.A.O. 


In the large tear at the bottom, she added one of the paper gates from the kit and topped it with another wicker heart from the kit and some past kit flowers.  

'Love Letters'

She started with a paper mache Book Box and coated it with Gesso. She then layered on papers from the kit, some Lace, paper Doilies, some of the tissue paper from the kit and then clipped a Vintage Image to it with a past kit piece. I distressed and inked the pieces with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink to get that aged look.


Next I added on a Brooch, a flower from this month's Floral Add On along with some past kit flowers and leaves, and then created a bow out of the alphabet trim in the Embellishment Add On and tucked it in. 

 She added on the little Prima metal mail box with letters on it from the Embellishment Add On and more flowers beside it and at the top of my photo corner. added some letters, and then popped on a set of Salted Caramel Butterflies.

For the back of the book, I inked in layers of Tim Holtz Tattered Rose and Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Inks.
Tore pieces of the tissue paper from the kit and Mod Podged them on, inking over them with the Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I then painted randomly with Tim Holtz Rock Candy Distress Crackle, let it air dry then inked over it with Tim Holtz Black Soot Distess Ink. 

 For the "Binding" side of the book, She covered it with some more of the tissue paper sheet from the kit, and inked over it.
She created "pages" using Ranger Texture Paste,  then sprayed with Tim Holtz Tarnished Brass Spray Stain, painted over with Gesso, and then inked with the Vintage Photo Stain to get the look of worn pages. The book is held closed with a ribbon and velcro closure system.

She finished the book out inside with papers from the kit and inks.

'Extra Special Times'

She did lots of tearing, distressing, paper rolling, and layering of the kit papers to get that edgy look. She then stipple painted and did some gesso drops that I coated in MicroBeads and Glitter Glass. The chipboard latice, I tucked under the corner tears is from a past kit. 

She used one of the Fabscraps Gates, and the Prima Resin Fountain to add dimension and give the layout an outside garden look.

She laced the wooden hearts from the kit into the pattern on the paper using the textured trim that was also in the kit, and added a piece that she fussy cut from the Fabscraps pieces in the kit for the title "Extra Special Times". 

The burlap flowers were from the kit and the smaller flowers were all from past kits.
You can see all the layering and painting texture and dimension at this angle. 

More flowers, hearts, layering and texture.

 A close up shot of the lacing and paper rolling that she did to add in lots of dimension and texture. 


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Scraps of Darkness: A new kit and a new designer!

Good morning!  I know many of you are experiencing (or are supposed to, as of when I'm writing this), a major winter storm.  I'd just like to say that I hope everyone is safe, indoors, and warm today.

We have a new kit today, and some exciting news to share...

As we announced with our January Scraps of Elegance kit, "Renea's Charm", we've started something new in 2015 - We have an AMAZING Design Team - not only are these ladies talented, they are dedicated, great friends, and a joy to work with, so I wanted to do a little something to honor them.  In 2015, each of our designers will have a kit named after them.
So our first Scraps of Darkness kit in 2015:  Karen's Valentine

Yes, it's Valentine's Day, Scraps of Darkness style!  A love themed kit with an edge, we've included BoBunny's Star-Crossed collection, Carta Bella's Words of Love collection, some lovely Black Modeling Pate, Blue Fern Chipboard, and so much more!  Stop by our store and get yours before they sell out - and while you're there, check out this month's kit add ons!

And we move from a new kit... to a new Designer!
We are thrilled to announce that Tracey Gregory has joined our Scraps of Darkness Design Team!

Hello! My name is Tracey Gregory and I live in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts with the love of my life, my husband Gary. I have been blessed to be the mother of four children: Hayden (23), Austin (21), Lukas (16) and the "baby" girl, Naomi (14). I am also a proud auntie to my adorable niece, Vivien.
When I'm not creating, or at my daughter's Drama/Voice events, you'll find me serving in my church in the nursery, Sunday School, directing the Worship arts team or doing mission work. To support my scrapping habit I work as a Quality Assurance/Staff Educator RN for  Hospice of Western Massachusetts.
I am definitely a shabby chic style scrapper. I love all things vintage, tattered and worn. I like to play with Mixed Media and off the page projects as well. My family is the focus of much of my scrapping. I have been fortunate to have been published in both online and print magazines. I've served on multiple Design Teams and currently design for Leaky Shed Studio. I'd love for you to stop by my
blog for a visit.
 I am so excited to be a part of the Scraps of Darkness Team and for the opportunity to create along side the talented DT!  I look forward to getting to know everyone better!

Please be sure to stop by Tracey's blog, and while you are there, sign up as a follower, so you don't miss any of her beautiful work!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and please stay safe today!


Monday, January 26, 2015

Michelle's Frosty creations!

Good morning!
Its another Monday....

Today I have three projects to share from Michelle using the
Scraps Of Darkness 'Northern Lights' kit!

First up is this beautiful OTP!

Fabulous details and use of elements

I just love that little fox!  What a fabulous frosty project!

great scattering of the snowflakes!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Just a note

Due to all the happenings with CHA, we had a late shipment, and our January Scraps of Darkness kit will premiere on Tuesday, January 27th.

We apologize for the delay, and thank you for your patience... be sure to stop back on Tuesday to see the new kit!