Sunday, September 25, 2011

Lots of photos to celebrate the little things

It's Natalie again, and I'm back with another two-page layout. I love to make two-page layouts because I can fit so many photos onto them!

There is a huge farmer's market in our city, and Husband and I finally made it up there to sample its goodness. I took lots of photos the first time we went, and the patterned papers in the September Lucky Girls kit with their homey, small-scale prints were perfect to fill in sections of my photo grid. I used my sewing machine and some butter-yellow thread to give the patterned paper sections a little border.

I wanted to embellish these patterned paper blocks a little more, so I pulled out a couple of the corrugated hearts that came in this kit, inked their edges with some brown ink, and pop-dotted them in the pink sections. I added a couple of the foam dots from the Thickers set to tie in the aqua color from the title.

For the kraft sections, I made layered flowers by cutting three circles of increasing size out of two of the floral papers with my pinking shears, inking their edges, and crumpling them. I punched two holes and tied the layers together with twine. I think they are pretty cute!

A Jillibean Soup label sticker was the perfect place to add the date above my title, and I framed the journaling with a large bracket die cut with my Silhouette.

Supplies from the Lucky Girl Crafts September 2011 kit, "The Little Things That Count"
cardstock: Bazzill (White, orange peel texture)
patterned paper: Jillibean Soup Staples (White Macaroni), Jillibean Soup Sweet & Sour Soup (Sauerkraut; Crushed Tomatoes)
embellishments: hand-cut/layered paper flowers with twine from Jillibean Soup Bean Stalks Twill Polkas, Jillibean Soup Sweet & Sour Soup Labels, Jillibean Soup Corrugated Shapes
alphas: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Merry Mermaid Foam Thickers

other supplies:
alphas: October Afternoon Farm Fresh Mini Market Stickers (red & cream), Echo Park A Walk in the Park 12x12 alpha stickers
Silhouette SD: bracket_1007
brown journaling pen: American Crafts SlickWriter
brown ink for edging: Stampabilities
foam adhesive: Therm O Web
sewing machine stitching

sketch: Project 12 July 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A two-page layout with the September kit!

Hi all, Natalie here again with a two-page layout that I created with the gorgeous September 2011 Lucky Girls kit!

Husband and I have made it an unofficial goal to see as many of the waterfalls in our area as we can while we live here. Earlier this summer, we traveled about 20 minutes from where we live to see Chittenango Falls. It was a beautiful little hike, even if it was a grayish sort of day.

The papers in the September Lucky Girls kit were perfect for the photos I had from our afternoon at the falls. I am a B-side kind of girl, so I immediately was attracted to the gray houndstooth side of the Bite Sized Bits paper. And probably my absolute favorite paper in the kit as the kraft-background White Macaroni. I cut my title and the scalloped border from that paper!

The polkadot twill tape was the perfect continuation of the circle theme... and I added the vintage buttons tied with some of the twine. To highlight the photo of Husband and I, I traced a small plate and hand-stitched along the pencil line with more of the twine. As a warning if you try this yourself-- make sure you pierce nice big holes ahead of time! Stitching with twine is not for the faint of heart, haha!

Supplies from the Lucky Girl Crafts September 2011 kit, "The Little Things That Count"
patterned paper: Jillibean Soup Staples (White Macaroni), Jillibean Soup Sweet & Sour (Bite Size Bits: B-side)
embellishments: Jillibean Soup Bean Stalks Twill Polkas, Jolee's Boutique Parcel Vintage Round Buttons, Jillibean Soup Sweet & Sour Soup Labels

other supplies:
white cardstock: American Crafts (journaling cardstock unknown origin from stash)
Silhouette SD: custom-created scalloped border design, title font: HoneyScript
photo corners: Scrapbook Adhesives, "dyed" brown with pigment ink pad by Stampabilities
brown journaling pen: American Crafts SlickWriter
lime green Sharpie for edging journaling strip

sketch: Project 12 August 2o11

Friday, September 23, 2011

Lucky Girl Crafts is saying goodbye

Dear Lucky Girls,

I write you today with a very heavy heart. Nearly 18 months after first deciding to take a leap of faith, I have decided to close Lucky Girl Crafts. Our tough economic times and saturated market have proven too much for my little company to conquer.

Over the past year and half, I have been so blessed by Lucky Girl fans and friends who have made their way into my life. I tried to bring a kit club to the scene that provided inspiration to beginners and experienced crafters, and due to the help of an amazing design team, I feel like I met that purpose. I wanted to provide a kit that had a wide variety of beautiful items for every crafter, and I feel like that was also accomplished.

I hope that you continue to join us throughout the month for more inspiration from Natalie, as well as a quick posting of my favorite Lucky Girl projects from you, our fans, from the past year.

I hope that you've enjoyed the ride as much as I have. I have been so humbled by your responses to the kits and by the friends that I've made. Thank you for staying with us. Thank you for being there. Thank you for being you.

I have quite a bit of stock on hand that needs to go - much of it has already been marked down 25-35% off. My loss is your gain, however. Head on over to the store and you'll receive an EXTRA 25% off any purchase (making your total savings 50-65% off!!!) by using code LUCKYME at check out.

For those with prepaid subscriptions, please watch your emails for details.

Thank you all for such a wonderful time.

Many blessings and happy wishes for you and yours.

Much love,
Jessica Stott
owner, Lucky Girl Crafts

Twin Bing-- a fun little thing

Hi everyone, it's Natalie!

I started out as an "event" scrapbooker... where all of my pages were about holidays or trips or "big" life events. As I've progressed over the years, I have started to add into my albums pages celebrating the "little" things, too. You know, the random everyday life stuff... and it captures what "real life" is like, sometimes even more than the big events.

This is one of those pages. Even though it took place at the beginning of a Thanksgiving trip, I still wanted to include this fun episode as a separate Little Things page. The name of September's kit, "The Little Things That Count", was a great reminder for me to pull out these photos and scrap them!

Twin Bings are a favorite candy of Husband and his family, and they are made by a company native to his home state. When he and his sister found out that I'd never had one, they decided that this must be remedied as soon as possible! Of course, I had my camera with me, so I made sure to document the whole experience!

These pom pom picks are so fun, and perfect to accent my title!

The journaling is on tiny strips to caption each photo. I added some red bling I had in my stash (haha get it-- Twin Bing... bling... okay, so I thought it was pretty funny :)) for a bit of extra sparkle to go with the pom poms.

Supplies from the Lucky Girl Crafts September 2011 kit, "The Little Things That Count"
cardstock: Bazzill (Black Beetle, criss cross texture)
patterned paper: Jillibean Soup Sweet & Sour Soup (Sauerkraut)
alphas: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Merry Mermaid Foam Thickers
embellishments: Jillibean Soup Red & White Journaling Sprouts, Crazy 3.5" Pom Pom Picks

other supplies:
white cardstock: the Paper Company
alphas: October Afternoon Farm Fresh Mini Market Stickers (red & cream)
gems: the Paper Studio
photo corners: Scrapbook Adhesives
journaling pen: Sharpie Ultra Fine point
foam adhesive: Therm O Web

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wonderful Perfect {YOU} - Jillibean Soup layouts!

I'm a big fan of details. Small little things make my day. When I went to play with this month's kit - especially the brand-spanky-new Jillibean Soup Sweet & Sour collection - I was in heaven.

On this first layout, I trimmed out a bunch of the Jillibean Bite Size Bits to fit the needs of the layout - can you find the three bits that I used? The bright colors of the Sweet & Sour papers and coordinating embellies from the September kit just POP against that printed kraft background. Love it.

I also took one of the Journaling Sprouts and punched a big ol' circle out of the center, leaving a bold outline for the BE YOU statement I wanted to make for my girl.

The title work is one of the Bite Size Bits trimmed in a manner to make a long and skinny block.

On my second layout I used another one of my favorite Bite Size Bits, some Soup Labels, and some of the Sauerkraut papers against the vintage-feel of the Bo Bunny Et Cetera paper.

The polkadot heart from the Anna Griffin paper and the silver buttons complete the traditional feel.

So, what are your favorite bits from this month's kit?

Two-fer Tuesday - Jillibean Soup's Tomato Soup

Ana does a magnificent job with taking one sheet of paper from our current kit, "The Little Things That Count" and creating two totally different, fabulous projects!

Check out how she used this Sweet & Sour Soup - Tomato Sauce paper from Jillibean Soup

To create this gorgeous layout:

and this simply fantastic card:

Aren't these projects divine?!


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