Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Life Loves Album Part 4

Time for installment 4 of my life loves album! This video focuses on my love of the ocean, and more specifically, Cannon Beach, Oregon. This page became one of my favorites, mostly because of the way I used cardstock to create the illusion of waves. Hope you enjoy it!

Here are the products I used on this layout:

7 Gypsies bookboard (12x12)
Foam dots
Basic Grey alphabet stickers
Basic Grey June Bug collection paper
1 ¼” punch
Basic Grey olio rub ons
Claudine Hellmuth paints (sky blue, white, black and gesso)
Dabber paint (black and white)
Blending tool
Tim Holtz distress ink (dusty concord, broken china)
Tim Holtz Flourish mask

I highly recommend the Tim Holtz mask, its one of my favorite tools to use for scrapbooking, especially with paint!

Have a creative day! :)

~ Kristin

Monday, September 28, 2009

Melanie's Monday Column 9-28-09

It's true...if you take a voyage you'll discover something new and will probably love the end result!

I used to be a clean, straight line scrapper and one I day I felt the need for some grunge on my page. I have never look back since that day. I love the look of torn paper, pictures with sanded edges and using bits and pieces of "stuff" on my layouts. Go ahead and try something new, get out the distress inks out and play, play, play!

Today's layout, "Take the Voyage and Discover", is from the Shining Madonna kit

I used a Tim Holtz compass mask on this page. It's the perfect embellishment! I used it twice, once on the tag and the bottom of the page. Using some foam dots gives my page a little more texture, they are are a must have for me!

Speaking of texture, check out these papers, totally layered and distressed!

Take a peek at the photos, all the edges are torn and distress with the Tim Holtz distress inks (a color combo of 3 colors--one day I will do a how to technique on this.) I often get asked if I burn the edges, but no, it's all in the ink and technique of applying it. At one time these pictures were bright and full of color (they were taken at a playground.) I printed them off and changed the tone to a "warm" tone and by adding the distress inks they match my page a lot better.

Using some of the leftover packaging from Melissa Frances, I made this embellishment as an arrow, perfect for my page and a good way to go "green". I applied gesso over the surface to make it usable and used a few colors of Tim Holtz distress inks for the grunge appearance and of course to match my page. Again, adding the compass mask to coordinate my page.

To make my long title seem a little more colorful and add some interest to it. I mixed in some Pink Paislee alpha's.

Finishing off the page with the map coordinates of N, W, E and S really is an extra bit of detail that finished off the "map" page.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting! Make sure you stop by the BlueMoon store, there's lots of fun stuff coming in everyday! Also, check out the gallery-lots of eye-candy in there.

Have a great week!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Storage + Buttons

I love to organise things, & I love buttons!!

One of my favourite childhood memories is running my hands through my Mum's huge icecream tub full of spare buttons! I loved the colours, the shapes & they way they almost acted like a liquid!

A few months ago, I bought myself a big bag of pastel buttons to give my tiny button collection a huge boost! I'd been looking for some reasonably priced, but lovely, glass storage for them all, without much success... till I spotted these lovely, super cheap!!, glass jars in my local chemist - viola!! I'm a happy chappy!

How do you store your lovely buttons?

Leave a comment & share your ideas!

Wendy ;]

Monday, September 21, 2009

Melanie's Monday Column 9-21-09

Hi! Happy Monday to you!

Each Monday, I'll be coming at cha' with some inspiration from the kits, showing you my take on them, along with a little explanation of what I did and how I did it.

This month I'll be using the kit titled "Shining Madonna," which is available right now!

One of my favorite techniques is cutting apart pattern papers. The Graphic 45 papers are awesome just for that. They have a ton of really cool elements on them which you can use as embellishments for your pages rather than a piece of paper. I loved the "curtain" from the Graphic 45 paper, it really adds a lot of interest to my layout. To finish off the curtain, I added a Prima Flower! The flowers are so pretty, the have beautiful rhinestones already attached to them. Sure makes embellishing simple!

Again, using certain elements from the paper makes a really easy and pretty backdrop for my page. I love this "old" writing on this paper. I knew I had to use it somewhere on my page.

On one of the Graphic 45 tags, I used Tim Holtz's Rock Candy over the top to really give it a beautiful "cracked, aged" finish. I can't wait to try this finish on my pictures. This is a must have for your vintage pages.

The Prima flowers included in the kit are amazingly beautiful! (I did add 2 stick pins I had around, but there are some pins available in the store like these Maya Road pins, changing the color of clear top to match your project is really easy too. You can do it by paint pens, staz-on ink or alcohol inks.) I topped the flower off with the a Prima Pebble.

That's my first layout from the kit. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll follow up on them soon.

I hope everyone enjoys their week and once again, I'd like to thank Lisa and Scott, the terrific owners of BlueMoon, for this opportunity!


Friday, September 18, 2009

Checking in to say Hello!

Hi Everyone! I wanted to pop in and introduce myself. My name is Melanie Stanczyk and I am the newest addition to the BlueMoon Scrapbook design team. I'll be working with the wonderful kits and lots of the supplies from the store. I'll be creating layouts, projects, cards, etc with the kits and posting them here, on the design team blog. I hope to show you the techniques I used in my layouts and post tutorials.

Let's see a little about me...Lisa did a great job posting an intro about me one on the regular blog. You can check that out here!

I invite you all to stop at my blog, leave a comment here and say hi! I can't wait to meet you all!

Here's just a peek using my very first kit called the Shining Madonna, which is available now in the store.

I'll be posting my first layout here on Monday evening!


Life Loves Album photos - last videos coming soon!

Hello again!

Things have been crazy in my neck of the woods lately - but I promise, the last of my Life Loves Album videos are coming to you very soon! Here are photos of my last three layouts. Their themes are my love of the ocean, enjoying nature, and my dream job, teaching.

I've used more of the same great Tim Holtz, Basic Grey, and Claudine Hellmuth products, and I'll list them for you with the videos. I hope all of you have been inspired to create your own album, for yourself, to remind you of the best things in your life!

Have a great last weekend of Summer! :)

~ Kristin

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Basic Grey Lemonade LO

Basic Grey Lemonade range + my pink & cream Cupcakes... what better match?

I was inspired by

this cupcake icing tutorial to try my hand @ a bit of piping, & I loved the results so much, I took a million photos!! When I saw the luscious lime green, pink & yellow colour pallette of the Lemonade PPs, I knew I had to scrap my cupcake photos!

Q - How to fit lots of photos + lots of gorgeous patterns into one simple, clean LO??
A - Grids!!

I cropped my photos to square ratios, then chose the print multiples, contact sheet option in the print dialogue box, & out came 5 perfect 2" x 2" square photos!

Here's my video - enjoy! ;]

btw, I did some digi work on the photos prior to printing - a little square border + text. I was inspired by
this great video [watch it, you'll love it!].

Don't forget to check out these amazing products @

Wendy ;]

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Basic Grey Lemonade Favour Boxes by Wendy

e Basic Grey has come up with a wonderful concept - punch out & fold up a tiny gift box, place a tiny gift inside [chocolate is good..., jewellery is also good!], and you're done!

e I've put together this little video so you'll have no trouble assembling these BG Lemonade favour boxes - pause & rewind q and we can work on them together!

e They're such good value - so beautifully decorated, inside and out, with lots of bonus die cuts - flowers, tags + journalling spots. Head over here to to buy your own! ;]

Thanks for stopping by!
Wendy ;]

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Life Loves Album Part 3

Hi all!

Wow, this album sure is going to have a lot of videos! I hope you enjoy watching the interior pages come to life as my videos are posted. This one features my husband Greg and I, complete with some awesome Basic Grey paper and elements :). Since my album is chipboard, I love keeping these layouts 3-dimensional, as you can see in the video with the letters, grungeboard and flower embellisments. I've listed the items I used below - head on over to to get some Basic Grey and Claudine Hellmuth products for your own projects!

7 gypsies bookboard (12 x 12)
Basic Grey Kaleidoscope paper (Junebug collection)
Basic Grey designer cardstock
Basic Grey Olio rub-ons (Junebug collection)
Basic Grey Chipboard letter stickers (Junebug collection)
2" round circle punch
1.5" square punch
Tim Holtz square grungeboard
Tim Holtz distress ink (Fired brick, vintage photo, dusty concord, broken china)
Tim Holtz blending tool
Foam dots

I hope you enjoy the video! Thanks for watching, and as always, I love to hear your thoughts or comments :).

~ Kristin