Thursday, April 23, 2015

Patriotic Picnic Layout by Melinda Spinks

Hands up those of you who've purchased an entire themed collection just for one layout? We all get a little carried away when it comes to buying pretty papers and embellishments because they are just so darn irresistible, yes? Well today I'm going to share a layout I created using the Patriotic Picnic collection and as you can see... it doesn't have a thing to do with July 4.

My littlest man is just learning about critters and often comes inside with a snail or two so when he proudly 'catched a ant' I wanted to capture the moment for him. And, how delighted was I to see the adorable 'family picnic' patterned paper with ants all over the flip side.

TIP: Most themed collections come with a neutral or alternate pattern on the reverse side which gives you an opportunity to create outside of the theme.

Patriotic Picnic colours are very much attuned to the red, white and blue however there were hints of yellow, orange and green mixed in so I decided to add a small splash of yellow as an alternative pop of colour.

And as for the wee little ants... I just had to use them on my layout seeing as they were the main focus to the entire story and because they were just too darn adorable!

Thank you for stopping by today! I hoped I've given you ideas in how to work with ALL your papers, regardless of the theme. It sure does make your products stretch further and you can have lots of fun along the way.
Thanks for stopping by today! Melinda

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sunkissed layout by Wendy Sue Anderson

Hi Doodlebug friends - it's Wendy Sue here today!  One of my favorite songs says "Oh, what do you do in the summertime?" And it goes on to talk about all of the fun things you might do (swim in a pool, count the clouds, etc.).  When I first saw the "Sunkissed" line, the song popped in my head, so it was basically mandatory that I create a layout with the song as the title.

These photos are just some quick pics I snapped one day last summer when the kids were just hanging out in the back yard (3 of  my 4 kids), but they pretty much encapsulated what we do on so many of our hot summer days - just hang out in the yard and relax and enjoy each other!

The banner was easy to create with the stickers and some foam adhesive dots.  Adding a bit of doodle twine was the perfect finishing touch.  Oh, and did I mention how much I love the new Skinny letter stickers?!?  VERY much - that's how much!

And the strips of embossed vellum are so light and airy and bright and pretty - I had to add several of those strips. :)

Check out the sprinkle shapes too - seriously, how fun are they?!?

Of course, I had to layer a sunshine doodle-pop right over the coordinating print...and the sunglasses fit too perfectly not to add them.  Doesn't that sunshine just make your day?

Do you have a favorite summertime song?  How about creating a fun layout with the song title or lyrics included?  If you do it, please link it in the comments - I'd sure love to see it!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Patriotic Picnic: 4th of July Layout by Kathy

Hi Everyone, it's Kathy today with some brand spankin' new Patriotic Picnic!  This collection is full of fun patterns, and stickers.  It's perfect for all of your patriotic projects!  Even better, it coordinates with last year's Patriotic Parade!  I used some papers from both collections to scrap this adorable picture of my daughter and her doll all dressed up for the 2003 4th of July parade in Chatham, MA!

I LOVE the new Red, White & Blue Sprinkles Vellum!!! I die cut some fun stars from it and scattered them on my layout!

I think the new word stickers on the This and That Sticker Sheets are my favorite new Doodlebug addition.  I love clustering them!  They add the perfect touch!

I used some Ladybug Chippers and some Blue Jean Jack and Jill letters for my title.  I love the "big title" look and the Chippers make it so easy!

That's it for me today...make sure to keep stopping by the Doodlebug Blog for more Patriotic Picnic inspiration from the Design Team!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Patriotic Picnic: Uncle Sam Decoration by Jennifer

Hello Doodlebug fans! Jennifer here with my Patriotic Picnic project.
I decided to create an Uncle Sam decoration to sit in a alcove I have in my home's front entrance. The Uncle Sam image used for the piece, is a Silhouette file. But if you don't have a cutting machine, you could easily create something similar on your own.
I wanted my Uncle Sam to look pretty thick and solid, so I cut the front and back out of chipboard, then sandwiched 2 inch foam pieces on the inside. Strips of thin chipboard were glued to the sides, bottom and top. The piece was then covered with Patriotic Picnic patterned papers. 
The hat was embellished with chipboard pieces, buttons, star sprinkles, a border sticker and pixies.
The right side of Uncle Sam's beard was embellished with sprinklesstar sprinkles, star jewels and stickers. For some more detail and texture, a pinwheel was also added. 

Washi tape and twine were attached to the bottom of the beard, to add some color along with the letters "USA".
Here's one last look of the finished piece.
Happy Crafting! Jennifer

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sunkissed Collection: Colorful Mini Album by Silvia

 Hello, hello!!
Today I'm coming to show you the fabulous "Sunkissed" collection,
 this is a really beautiful and colorful collection, I enjoyed using it.
 I desingned an acrylic mini, and with my Cameo cut the same shape in the patterned paper.
  This mini has the shape of a simple flower, in the top I used Sprinkles for the center of the flower.
The Washi Tape and the Fancy Frills looks so beautiful!!
 Summer colors!!!
 The Mini Paper Doilies are gorgeous!

This Mini was thinking for small pictures,
they will look great on it!


 Look, the Doodle Pops are so cute!!

This collection is so friendly, all the papers match
great with all the embellishments!!

The sunglasses in the sun!! So fun!!

 I used tulle, Doodle Twine ana Jewel to decorate the ring.

I hope you enjoy this collection as I did.

Thanks for stopping by,

and remember I love to read your comments!!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Patriotic Picnic: Sparkling Good Time Layout + Washi Tape Organizer by Mendi

Hello Doodlebugs!  It's Mendi here today with a layout featuring the happy new Patriotic Picnic collection.  I couldn't wait to scrapbook these photos which I knew would be a perfect match for the darling heart with the flag print found on the 4th of july double-sided cardstock!
To create my layout I used a sketch from the upcoming Summer issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today which called for 4 photos.  I decided to steal one of the spots reserved for a photo and turn it into an embellishment opportunity, creating a little scene with some fun stickers from the collection (and one teddy bear sticker from last year's collection).
I created my title block mixing Doodlebug's newest Skinny Cardstock Stickers with my old favorite Love Letters stickers.  Together they were a perfect fit for the space I had to work with.
While I had these yummy papers out I couldn't resist using them on a home decor project that's been on my "to do" list for a couple months now.  I purchased two of the Kaisercraft Beyond The Page 3-drawer Storage Units for my craft room to store all of my washi tapes and I knew the Patriotic Picnic papers would be a great compliment to my space.
I love how well these units stack to save on space.  I am a bit embarrassed to admit I've already filled them, but I did make sure to get units that would be large enough to allow for a bit of growth.
I used Sizzix dies to cut labels from both my paper and chipboard and created custom drawer pulls by stacking Doodlebug buttons with flat white buttons below which I mounted with E6000 adhesive.  I embellished the top of each drawer using Doodlebug's Fancy Frills stickers.
Here's a peek at two of my drawers sorted by color.  Can you tell which two colors are my favorite?  I think it might be time for me to remind myself to "just say no" the next time I'm at the store.  ;)
Here's another look at two of my favorite drawers sorted with Doodlebug's yummy array of novelty washi tapes.  I love how each drawer will hold at least 36 standard rolls which adds up to space to hold over 108 rolls per unit!
I can't tell you how excited I am to finally have all my tapes together in one spot and easily accessible.  No more fishing them out from the bottom of a jar.  I hope my projects today have inspired you in your own crafty endeavors!  :)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Patriotic Picnic: Home of the Free Layout by Stephanie

Hi everyone! Stephanie here to share my layout made with the new Patriotic Picnic collection. This was a fun one to play with, I like when there are lots of different collection bits and pieces to to choose from and this one has a ton! My little embellishing heart was very happy making this.
Home of The Free, By Stephanie Buice:

For this layout I decided to scrap a picture of my little niece, she looks so happy sitting there in that hammock and I can't wait to add this layout to her keep sake book.
I decided to do an angled design on top and keep the bottom Straight.

I really had fun layering in so many different patterns on this one. At first I was afraid that it would be a little busy so I kept the rest of the layout very clean. I added in lots of stitching and couldn't wait to use one of the Mini Pinwheels and Pixies. I used some of the Pixie Straws to anchor them down and some Mini Doodle-Pops to give it a little something extra.

If you're a scrapper who likes to make sure all your patriotic holiday are in the books this is the collection for you!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

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