Saturday, August 30, 2008

Up Close with the Fall Survival Kit!!

Have you signed up yet?? Time is running out.Here are some more detailed pictures of the Fall Survival Kit

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And - Don't forget the luscious Add-ons!!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Week 6 Challenge Sketch - Let's See the Layouts!

The Sketch!

The Designer
Audrey Tan - Cookie Monster

ScrappySoccerMom - Expression of Antigua

Melaniestan - Lil' Smore Chef

LisaNRoxy Sharing A Story

How FUN! I love seeing the different takes on the same sketch!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Eye Spy Time!!!!!!!!

I was strolling through the new uploads in the Summer Survival Users Gallery and came across so much EYE CANDY!!

Here are just a few:
Scrappy Soccer MomMelanieStanMelRansom RosePooch

Let's give it up for the talented Summer Survival members - WAHOO!! great job ladies!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Technique Tuesday by Leena Loh

Technique Spotlight! Multi Photo Layouts!!

Some people say that a picture is worth a thousand words. I have to agree with that saying. I always love to photograph people, things or an event that capture moments and enable me to reminisce the story behind the pictures. Creating multi-photo layouts is one of my most favourite - and easiest - techniques, and anyone is able to adapt it as well. I do enjoy the process of putting pieces of photos together and I believe you will feel the same! In this particular layout that I created, I printed a series of photos of my son that show the different expressions that reflects his emotion. They always put a smile onto my face whenever I look at them!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Summer Survival Spotlight: Kim Kwan!! Week 5

The Inspiration Behind the Layout
Ok..the brother again. As their over-indulgent, too-much-money-and-not-enough-common-sense, 41 year old single surfer uncle, my brother is a hands down favorite of my girls.

While still in the womb, my eldest started receiving insane gifts such as a titanium Trek mountain trike. At age two, he custom ordered a princess tent from FAO Schwartz in Germany for her and at age three she received a hot pink pre-paid cell phone (which I then programmed with ALL of his home, work, cell and pager numbers…and then proceeded to encourage her to call him at all hours of the day and night).
When Olivia was one, he bought the girls a HUGE bounce house and had it shipped to my house, and when she was two, he gave the girls a commercial size cotton candy maker! He taught Olivia how to tap a keg at 18 months and brought Alexis home from an “Uncle date” puking up blue slushies and candy.

Most of his antics are done simply to get a reaction out of me, but he is the one adult in their lives who consistently (and skillfully) breaks all the rules…and they absolutely ADORE him. “As soon as you girls were old enough to speak, we taught you to recite “Uncle Steve is a bad influence.” Most people might be offended, but your goofy uncle wore it as a badge of honor!”(P.S. I used hot pink and foofy stuff all over this just to annoy him!)Designer Notes:
As you’ve probably guessed by now, I love using office supplies in my scrappy projects! They probably are not AF/LF, but they are fun, cheap and always available! Go ahead…dig through your kids’ backpacks and swipe a few sheets of notebook paper, or if you’re really bold, hijack a few (gasp!!) Crayons or markers! J (If you’re nervous about page longevity, use copies of your cherished photos.)

If you run out of certain alpha stickers (I ALWAYS do!!) make your own! I ran out of the letter “e”, so I took used the letter “c” instead, then cut up a lower case “v” and MADE myself two “e’s” for my title!
Also, don’t be afraid of using girly motifs and colors on layouts about men. I think they look great and if you’re really lucky, your brother…ummm, I mean subject…will definitely not approve!

Please note: All Kimberly Kwan designs and content provided for the Homegrown Scrapbooks Summer Survival Program are copyrighted by Kimberly Kwan.

It's not too late to join the fun! You can still sign up for the Summer Survival Program Only! Click now to join the fun. You will be granted to the private forum where you can access weeks 1,2,3,5 and 5Lessons as well as the Summer Survival Gallery chock full of awesome layouts by members!! Don't miss another minute of the fun!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

More Chocolate Truffle LOVE!

Kathleen Taylor created two incredible layouts with the Just Because Chocolate Truffle kit:
This Stunning layout is just that!!

Get your Just Because kit here

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Saturday Challenge!! Week 6 Sneak Peek Sketch!

Here it is ladies - your sketch challenge for this week. This is a sketch from the week 6 Summer Survival. We will peek at it this week. Then see the designers layout on Friday.

Your challenge - do a layout using the sketch before Friday. Post a link to the blog here before 11:59PM Thursday. On Friday - I will post the designer layout - the sketch and YOUR creation!

Please join the fun so I can showcase your work rigth here on the Homegrown Blog!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Week 5 Challenge Sketch - Let's See the Layouts!

We posted a week 5 sketch last saturday and challenged you to make a layout before the Designer's layout was revealed!

The Sketch

The Designer
Kathleen Taylor

The Results
Kim - BassetnBrits
It Doesn't Get Better

Thanks for playing KIM!

Check in tomorrow morning for a Week 6 Sketch Challenge!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Just Because!

Here is a lovely layout Kathleen Taylor made with the Chocolate Truffles kit.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Technique Wednesday? YoYo Flowers

Sorry guys - I was a little preoccupied with my new friend Fay. It was a bit windy and rainy here in Southwest Florida on Tuesday. So I am posting my technique today.

I learned this technique from wicked cool scrapper Martha Bonneau. Check out her blog - she is a rock start scrapper!

Step 1 - trace a circle on your fabric
Step 2 - Cut out the circle
Step 3 - Straight stitch around the outer edge of the circle.
Step 4 - Pull the thread gently to gather the edges together.
Step 5 - Your yo yo should look like this now.
Stitch a button on top, through the circle and you are done.

I love this flower and it is so very easy! Please share pics if you decide to make one!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Summer Survival Spotlight: Kim Kwan!! Week 4

The Apple WonThe Inspiration behind the Layout
After watching my youngest daughter, Olivia, try to eat an apple the other day without her two newly missing bottom teeth, I knew the October Afternoon patterned paper would be perfect for a layout about my tooth-less sweetie pie! While this layout is certainly far more “linear” than my normal style, after adding a few simple cuts with a deco scissor and a little bling, I’m already excited to add this one to her scrapbook! Designer Notes!
I love using scraps to create my own embellishments and accents, and quite frankly, I love finding uses for all those little bits and scraps!

For this layout, the simple act of hand-cutting one of the cute little apples from the patterned paper then popping it up on a stack of scrap circles really dressed up the layout.

Adding some cardstock strips cut with a deco scissors and gussied up with a little bling was also an easy way to accessorize.

Also, if you can’t find “just the right” alpha sticker or rub-on for your project, why not just print it out on your computer? For this layout, I simply typed my text into Microsoft Word, printed it onto white paper and snipped each letter out individually. Cheap and easy custom text!

Please note: All Kimberly Kwan designs and content provided for the Homegrown Scrapbooks Summer Survival Program are copyrighted by Kimberly Kwan.

It's not too late to join the fun! You can still sign up for the Summer Survival Program Only! Click now to join the fun. You will be granted to the private forum where you can access weeks 1,2,3 and 4Lessons as well as the Summer Survival Gallery chock full of awesome layouts by members!! Don't miss another minute of the fun!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Fall Survival Add-ons

Thickers - $46.00

Just Me - $26.00Contents List:
Prima Just Me Clear Acrylic Stamp Set
American Crafts Cool Flair
7Gypsies 97% Complete Life Stickers

Down Home - $10.00
Contents List:
Prima Down Home Line: 1-12"x12" plain sheet, 1-12"x12" die cut sheet, 4-6"x6" sheets, 5 ribbons (1 yard each), 10 flower pieces.

Fresh Baked -$16.60
Contents List:
Maya Road Cupcake Chipboard Album
American Crafts Cupcakes Details
Tsukeniko Memento Rich Cocoa Dew Drop Inkpad
Making Memories Chocolate Felt Alphabet

Special Occasion - $33.00
Contents List:
Prima White Glitter Swirls 12x12 Transparency
7Gypsies Carolina Journey Dots Flocked Paper
7Gypsies Journal Clear Acrylic Stamp Set
7Gypsies French Ribbon Pack: Hudson Valley
Making Memories Silver Mini Shimmer Alpha

Falling Leaves -$30.50
Contents List:
Sassafrass Orange In a Stitch Blossoms
Prima Say It In Crystals Thanksgiving
Kaiser Copper Pearls
Kasier Bronze Rhinestones
Chatterbox Artsyliscious Chocolate Trims
Making Memories Brown Mini Shimmer Alphabet
Maya Road Copper Mist (not shown)

More Alpha - $36.00

Contents List:
Basic Grey Offbeat Sweets Mini Monograms Alphabet Stickers
Basic Grey Piper White Chocolate Chipboard Alphabet
Fancy Pants Daily Grind Chipboard Alphabet Box Set
American Crafts Aqua Chloe Remarks Alphabet Stickers
Chatterbox Artsyliscious Choclate Fine Letter Press
Making Memories Black Puffy Alphabet

Take A Hike -$36.00

Contents List:
Cosmo Cricket Mr. Campy Ribbons and Trim Card
Cosmo Cricket Mr. Campy Clear Acrylic Stamp Set
Creative Cafe Lucky Price Tag Cut-Outs
Cosmo Cricket Mr. Campy Rub-on Book
Sassafrass Hog Heaven Framed Chipboard Stickers
Creative Cafe Calendar Cut-Outs

Young at Heart - $29.00
Contents List:
2 x Kaiser Sheriff's Star Gems: Clear
Maya Road English Ruler Singleton Stamp
Maya Road Gear Chipboard Album
Making Memories Red Puffy Alphabet
Kaiser Red Pearls
Prima Youth Brads
Prima Youth Epoxy Stickers

Feeling Lucky- $12.00
Contents List:
Creative Cafe Lucky Phrases Cardstock Stickers
Prima Denim Lollipop Flowers
Creative Cafe Lucky Labels Cardstock Stickers

Free Falling - $29.75

Contents List:
We R Memory Keepers Nonsense Chipboard
We R Memory Keepers Nonsense Trims
American Crafts Chit Chat Tangerine Puffy Thickers
Creative Cafe Lucky Teal Felt Pocket
Prima Mixed Album - contains pages from heart, star and square page sets

Remember - add-ons will be live in HERE at 7:00PM EST today.