Welcome to today's Frosted Designs post... It's Joni here today and I'm going to share some fun things I've been playing with.... OUR KIT!!! -- And, I'm still playing with April's kit so just because it's June doesn't mean we can't still use up our older kits, right?
So, first I wanted to share a layout that I created using only a few items from the April Beauty of Nature kit, and mixed with items from my stash. (who says you have to only use items in the kit together, right?)
Inspiration: I had remembered that last year when I was in Ohio, there was praying mantis on my parents front porch that I had taken a few photos of. And...the April kit has Chipboard creatures from UmWow studios and one of them is a praying mantis.
So, I started with one of the 7 Dots papers (sorry, I cut off the name before I realized I probably would want to share that with all of you) - from the April Kit and one of the Heidi Swapp frame stencils shown here... the one that says "today" (yea, now you know why I highlighted those words above...lol!) --
I figured out where I was going to put my photo, and then I used the green Lindy's Magicals from the April kit, mixed with water and brushed that over the stencil. I knew I was only using the bottom of the stencil so that's all I worried about. Then I "cut out" the top of the letter D in the word "today" with my craft knife.
I also went over the background paper with the Lindy's Magicals, green and brown, both mixed on my craft mat with a spritz of water.
I then used a PHOTO OVERLAY from Project Life to cover the larger photo...perfect sentiment and subtitle for my layout.
Embellishments include: Arrow die-cut from the April kit, UmWow Studios Grasshopper from the April Kit, Prima Flower from the April kit (highlighted with the brown Lindy's Magicals), Maya Road Metal Camera clip, Prima canvas borders (highlighted with the green Lindy's Magicals). I added some Washi tape, Jute and paper leaves from my stash.
Another layout using the April Beauty of Nature kit --
Inspiration: The sheet of Marion Smith paper named "Photo Op" from the "clean option" that is blue on one side and cameras on the other side . While I'm a fan of the camera paper, I find it hard to use because of the size of the pattern. And to be quite honest, I'm not a fan of the blue-ish back side at all....so, my challenge to myself is to figure out how to use it...and LIKE IT!!
I figured I'd better go with a linear design for this one...so I used the "Photo Op" paper that I mentioned above (front and back sides) and used the Marion Smith heart paper called "Cloud 9" (my fave) all together!! I LOVE how this kit matches with Kraft color so perfectly, so I used that for my background.
Found a fun "small" photo of my parents with their grandsons...
I used the flowers, buttons, wood elements and die cut pieces from the kit, along with some twine from my stash.
Now...I wanted to share a little fun thing I learned about the chipboard.
That flourish is also in the April kit...and as I was figuring out how I was going to "color it" for my layout, the Pearl Pen from the MAY kit was sitting right in front of me...so I gave it a shot.
I applied a thick layer by running the paint along the top of the chipboard...it was pretty "raised" and I just made sure it was even and covered. It dried and is soooo gorgeous..it looks like an epoxy or enamel embellishment!! Guess what I'll be using on chipboard more often in the future?!!
1) don't forget to go back and use your older kits up...
(and mix them with other kits or even your stash)
2) find inspiration in weird things like bugs and papers that aren't "your style"
3) don't be afraid to try something new
I've been playing with my April kit too... I'll be sharing a few of those layouts too!! Both the April Beauty of Nature kit & May Simply Sweet kits are still available in the store-- get yours quickly!!
The April kit has been my favorite kit so far that Debbie and Barb have put together!!
(and it's "just my style")