Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thankful: Using Up Your Bits & Pieces

Hello and happy Friday... it's Melinda with you today and I'm continuing with the 'thankful' theme by not only sharing my layout but also adding a few ideas to help you get the most from your product.

Firstly, let me introduce you to my Mum and my littlest man Teddy. I'm incredibly grateful they share such a loving bond because Teddy only has his Nanna (on my side) and sadly never met his Poppy.

DESIGN | Now, let's work on making the most of every inch of product! Design plays an important role because the right design will enable you to use left over pieces of paper no matter what the size or what collection. By adding punched shapes or strips of patterned papers you are able to use up even the smallest of left overs as long as you keep the colours complimentary.

ODDS & ENDS | I mounted my photo onto several pieces of plain card stock as I had a few odds and ends of stickers that I wanted to slip behind each layer and then add a mini paper clip to tie it all together.

ALPHAS | I don't know how many times I've thought of a wonderful title for my page and then realised I didn't have enough alphas to create the words which is extremely disappointing. Your title doesn't always have to be the largest font on the page so drag out those rub-ons or smaller stickers and come up with a subtle title for your page. Whatever works for you!

CLUSTERS | Adding clusters of embellishments to your work is another way you can make good use of your supplies and helps to add dimension and interest to the page. I layered the leaves using foam pop dots which was an ideal way to hide the fact that two of the underlying leaves had been cut in half to use on another project.

Sometimes its good to sit down and go through your supplies and look at what you actually have hiding away in those drawers and cupboards and hopefully I've given you a couple of ideas to get you started.

Happy Camper Collection
Friendly Forest Collection
Rub-on Sentiments & alphas
Mini Paperclips

Winter Wonderland Wreath

When I received my box of new goodies from the sweet people at Doodlebug I fell in LOVE with the Mix & Match Snowmen from the Frosty Friends Collection. These are just too cute and fun - I had to make something that everyone could look at all the time. 

I started off with a foam circle wreath (from Michaels) and wrapped it with white yarn (also from Michaels). I secured the ends of the yarn using a touch of glue with a hot glue gun. It probably took me about 15 - 20 minutes to completely wrap the wreath. 

Next I picked out a patterned paper for the background in my wreath and cut a circle using my Cameo. Before I glued the paper to the back of my wreath (using a hot glue gun again) I added some snow along the bottom of the circle cut from white cardstock. I choose a few prints from the coordinating 6x6 paper pad to cut out some fun trees and added some sparkle with pretty chunky Doodlebug glitter. 

Once I had my background complete, I added my awesome little snowmen onto the front of the wreath. When I put these guys together I layered them using foam stickers to give them really fun dimension. I love that you are able to mix and match all their accessories! 

I used the super fun new Mini Clothespins to hold my banner. I love to use them to hold my twine! 

My kids were super excited about this project and we are going to love having it on display in our living room!! 

I hope you were inspired to create today!! Thanks for checking out my project using the super fun Frosty Friends Collection

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Frozen Inspired Layout "Warm Hugs"

Hello Doodlebug friends! Aimee here today with a layout that I'm so excited about. My family and I recently went on a Disney cruise and were thrilled when we found out that Elsa and Anna were on board! Well, maybe not the boys but my sweet girl and I were! I was even more excited when I realized the colors of the Frosty Friends Collection matched my photos perfectly!

Have you all checked out the new Chippers? They are so easy to use and a perfect addition to all of the Doodlebug alphas! I just love to use all of the different sizes of alphas to make a unique looking title.

The new glitter Sprinkles are so cute and adds so much to any project! I love the look of them!! And check out the "frozen" tab.....perfect for my layout!

Aside from all of the gorgeous pattern papers in this collection I LOVE all of the glitter.....glitter on the papers, glitter in the Sprinkles, and glitter on these adorable little snow covered trees!

Thanks for joining us today! I know you have been lovin' all of inspiration the Doodlebug girls have been showing! This collection is gorgeous and fun to use! Be sure to get yours for all your wintery projects!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thankful: Combining Friendly Forest & Happy Camper Layout

Today I'm sharing with you lovely crafters on how the Happy Camper & Friendly Forest lines go so well together. As the theme for the projects revolve around being thankful, I'd like to share with  you'll a layout I created featuring the two blessings in my life, my baby girls :) I am thankful for having them in life. They bring immense joy and never fail to lift my spirits on a trying day. Here's my layout featuring them..

Some Close Ups

Materials Used:

4364: friendly forest this & that sticker
4370: friendly forest icon sticker 
4371: friendly forest fancy frill sticker
4436: fall mini clothespins 
4327:fall festival double-sided cardstock
4477: happy camper this & that sticke
4475: happy camper icon sticker
4486: field of flowers double-sided  cardstock

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thankful 4 My Sous Chef Layout

I LOVE the colors in both of these collections and as soon as I saw that beautiful shade of purple I immediately thought of these pictures with my sweet girl in her purple and blue pajamas helping me cook. I had to have a turkey and love how he turned out using the 6x6 pages. The eyes are Beetleblack mini jewels and the nose is from the Bumblebee Arrow Sprinkles package.

Another eye catching title using a couple of the different Doodlebug alphas!

I needed some more embellishments to dress up my layout so I pulled out all of the stickers and Sprinkles from both of the collections and can I just say "WOW!"

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed another example of just how gorgeous both of these lines work together!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thankful for Home Decor

Hey doodlebug lovers! Courtney from Court's Crafts here with a couple little home decor projects for you!

Family Key Holder
Our assignment was to create something that represented "thankfulness". Well, I am SUPER thankful for my tiny family. I am not so thankful when my husband steals my car keys because he cannot find his own and then hides them somewhere like in his jacket pocket. Inevitably I need to run out the door and my keys are no where to be found. SO this was a reminder to be thankful and not to get angry.. even if I am staring at an empty key holder because mine were abducted. When it comes down to it, it doesn't matter. At. All - There are quite a few people out there wishing they had a husband to steal their keys and are still waiting for "the one". I am so thankful I have him. 

Okay okay, enough of the sappy. Onto the post!  

I have been meaning to use these mini flowers for a while now. They have stared at me forlornly from my craft room wall just begging to be used. Then - suddenly - home decor! I could stare at this sweet flower all day! :) I added some twine to the middle of the "button" and lots of pop dots. Presto. 

I cut the shadows out of doodlebug colored cardstock. love it. The individual patterns came from 6x6 paper pads of both Friendly Forest and Happy Camper. They are totally interchangeable - like one huge happy collection! 

Check out the "L". I HAD to get that fox paper somewhere in my house. Cutest. Little. Foxes. Ever. If you have boys find a way to make this into wall paper for their rooms or something. So cute.

Aww... Look at that little raccoon rascal. Isn't he so cute holding that acorn? My dad used to feed feral raccoons out of his hand. (I know; not smart. But hear me out.) He would wake me up out of bed as a kid and keep me inside behind the sliding glass door while he fed them an apple. I thought my daddy could do ANYthing. He tamed while beasts! haha. 

Thankful Banner
I needed something to dress up my candelabra tree that I put in the middle of my dining room table for this season - Halloween through Thanksgiving. I wanted to give it a splash of color. I won't lie - I made doily toilet paper owls first... they were cute.. but something about toilet paper rolls on my dining room table just didn't suit. Doodlebug to the rescue! 

So I literally stood in my craft room saying to my 8 month old (because talking to your 8 month old is WAY cooler than talking to yourself... which is what I was really doing... out loud...), "Man, Charlotte, wouldn't it be great if I didn't have to cut out banner pieces for this? I should tell doodlebug to make them." Then I flipped through my fancy frills... and there they were... just waiting for me. So I again talked to my 8 month old, "Charlotte. Remind me to thank doodlebug later." Thanks doodlebug!!!! So smart.  

 This project was so easy! I simply used the banner pieces that already came on the fancy frills in the Friendly Forest collection and added teensy type letters in lily white. The faux stitching is already part of the banner! 

I punched some holes because I wanted to flash a little twine - That's basically like the old-fashioned way of flashing a little leg in a black and white movie... but for crafters... (insert cat-call) Check.Out.That.Cute.Twine!

Decor for Thanksgiving table? Done. :) 

bugs used for family key holder:
doodlebug: happy camper: 6x6 paper pad (4387)
doodlebug: friendly forest: 6x6 paper pad (4384)
doodlebug: happy harvest mini flowers (3944)
doodlebug: doodle-pops: forest friends (4426)
doodlebug: doodle twine: bon bon (2993)
doodlebug: cardstock: dolphin (3393)
doodlebug: cardstock: maple (3406)
doodlebug: cardstock: mandarin (3380)
doodlebug: cardstock: sweet pea (3389)

bugs used for thankful banner:
doodlebug: friendly forest: fancy frills (4371)
doodlebug: doodle twine: bumblebee (3208)
doodlebug: teensy type in lily white (3435)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

So Thankful for You Layout

Hi Everyone, it's Kathy today with a layout I created combining both the Happy Camper and Friendly Forest Collections.  I can't get over how well these two lines work together!  Take a peek:

I decided the best way to showcase how well these collections coordinate was to create a quilt-like background. I found my Hexagon Sizzix Die and got to work!

Even the stickers mixed and match perfectly.  The flowers and leaves are from Friendly Forest and the border strips are from Happy Camper. I also used some Fall Sprinkles and a Fall Mini Clothespin which are part of both collections!

I love the fact that these collections work so well together!  It gives me so many more options when I'm creating!  That's it for me today.  Make sure to keep stopping by the blog to see more inspiration from the Design Team!  Thanks for stopping by!

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