Sunday, March 6, 2016

Crafty Maven Channel Design Team!!

Exciting news!!!  If you know me, you know that I LOVE YouTube.  Love watching videos, love posting videos and love the community found there.  So when I saw that the Crafty Maven Getaway channel was holding a design team call - I jumped!!  I was very nervous to apply, mostly because I feel like a very different style than what is currently trendy especially on YouTube.

BUT I know that the way I scrapbook is like a lot of others out there, and I am glad that my videos are entertaining those who have subscribed to my channel.  I love to watch all kinds of scrapbook videos, even those who have a very different style than my own and will often watch more for the chit chat than the actual crafting!

So you can imagine how excited I was to get an email back from Hannah not asking for more information or a simple "thank you.  we will get back soon..." but a YES!  Woohoo!

My first video went live on Saturday.  I chose to contribute during the throwback to Two Peas week.  I love lifting layouts from Nichol Magouirk and Jennifer Gallacher so I knew that was a perfect fit for ME.  So I played along with their Scraplift Saturday series and continued on with my current project of getting 2014's Month in Review style pages done.  I had already been using Nichol's style as an influence for those pages so it was a perfect fit for me.

Here is the video that went up on Saturday:

If you haven't already subscribed to the Crafty Maven Getaway channel, be sure to check it out.  There are usually TWO videos posted each day of the week so there is sure be something to inspire you during the week.

You can find me on YouTube HERE on my channel, ColieBing for my own scrapbook process videos and other scrappy projects.  

I will leave you with some close up photos of the page below!

Nicole :)

Friday, March 4, 2016

Let's see if I can remember how to blog...

Hello, hello, hello!

I am attempting to get back into a habit of sorts with blogging.  Lots of things are going on RIGHT NOW in my crafty world so I feel the need to share and write things down.

1)  My local scrapbook store closed this week.  I am thankful to this store, as it taught me so much over the years but it also started me on my teaching journey.  Shortly after I had my first baby I was talked into teaching classes and they took off.  Fast forward FOUR years later and those wonderful customers are still in touch and sad that they will not be able to take Disney layout classes with me anymore.  I am still debating about some options with that, but I think I am still in mourning.

I did get my hands on some clear paper shelves (like I need MORE room for paper...) and have those set up and am using them to sort some projects I have in various stages.  More on that later.

2)  Last month I applied to the Design Team call for the Crafty Maven Getaway channel on YouTube - and they picked me!!!  I am so excited!!  I watch more YouTube than television or Netflix so it's a good fit for me.  My first video is scheduled for tomorrow and I am a little nervous about that.  Just looking at the album where we upload our projects on the private facebook group - I am VERY different style-wise compared to the other girls on the channel.  I am hoping this a good thing, and that variety is something viewers are looking forward to.  I will have a blog post up tomorrow with all the information on that and a link to the video.

3)  My scrappy hangout of choice for years has been a private message board (Hi Peeps!!) and the last two weeks of March we are going to be doing a speed scrapping challenge!  I am using this challenge as a kick in the behind to get through some Scrapbook Generation kits that are seriously piled up way to high (I am even considering cancelling my subscription for a few months, and you KNOW how much I love my SG kits!).  So I am all ready for that and excited to challenge to myself to see how many layouts I can get done during those two weeks.

4)  With the closing of my local scrapbook store, I found myself lost as far as what to do about teaching.  I enjoy the teaching aspect, but not the prep that was involved with the particular classes that we were doing.  I am in the process of developing my own online class, and will hopefully be able to offer it for purchase through this blog.  I am still researching the technical aspects of this, but have already outline a class course and complete the first layout.  I will be posting a class description and more information pertaining to that here as well.  BUT I can tell you that the focus of the class is using uncropped 4x6 prints.  We all have tons of those laying around waiting for inspiration to hit us.  I am structuring the class to provide sketches that I created, as well as a way for anyone to take their prints and figure out a layout based on what they specifically have to use and what their style and needs are.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

@ Mt Charleston

Happy Sunday!

Today I am sharing a double page layout I made with my August Trio Kit from 3 Scrappy Boys and Sketch #331 from Nuts About Sketches.

The nice thing about using a photo collage (this one is from Kerri Bradford Studio) is that you don't need a whole lot paper or embellishments.

The Trio Kit came with some textured white cardstock and instead of using it as my base pages like I normally would, I chose to use it for some of the new print and cut shapes by Simple Stories in the Silhouette Store.  The feathers, journaling spot, compass and arrow are all print and cut shapes. 
I used the second sheet of white cardstock to make some "polaroid" type frames in place of the 3.5x5 photos that were shown in the sketch.  I loved the added interest they gave the page.
The Trio Kit came with another set of the Jillibean Soup alphas that I love.  They make for such quick titles.  I added a few travel phrase stamps and was all done.  This was probably the quickest double page layout I have ever done!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nuts About Sketches #326

Hello!  Today I am sharing the layout I made for the Design Team at the Nuts About Sketches blog.  New sketches and design team inspiration go up every Monday, so be sure to check them out if you love using sketches.

I usually gravitate towards to sketches that allow for a large amount of photos.  So as soon as I saw #326, I immediately knew that I wanted to use a photo template/collage for the suggested 8x10 photo in the sketch.  I used a template from Kerri Bradford and really love how easy they are to use and that I can get so many photos into a page.

All of the supplies are from my July kit from 3 Scrappy Boys. 

I also have a process video for this page with some detail photos at the end and how to make the ribbon/circle embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 21, 2014

December 2013 kit is killed!!

I am still playing catch up on my blog as far as all of the kits I have been working through.  Today I am sharing ALL five layouts I put together with the December 2013 Super Sketch Club kit from Scrapbook Generation.  For more information about these kits and my challenge I issued to myself, see this post.

Lets take a look at the contents of the kit and items I pulled to add to it:

First up are the three Super Savers.  I LOVE how fast these are to put together and am constantly amazed at how nice the pages look with only 4 sheets of pattern paper for all three pages!

And here are the two Sketch Day layouts.  I had a lot of fun incorporating little bits and pieces from my stash to help make these more of my own design in a way. I love how they turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Playing Catch Up

I really need to get better about updating my blog and having this be the "home" for all of my different scrappy things.

I already blogged my finished layouts from the Super Savers portion of my May 2013 (yup, 2013...) Super Sketch Club kit from Scrapbook Generation.  Today I am going to share the last two pages from this kit.  These are the sketches that Scrapbook Generation calls Sketch Day 1 and 2.  Both pages have process videos in case you want to see a look into how I personally assemble these kits and what I add to sort of put my own stamp on these pre-designed pages.

Here's the process video:

And then the fifth and final layout for my May 2013 SSC kit:

I am so glad that I was able to pair up photos to all five layouts and get an entire kit assembled and added to my albums.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

3ScrappyBoys - newsletter project

Hello!  If you are currently subscribed to the 3 Scrappy Boys newsletter, than you already saw today's layout.  If not, you can sign up HERE

When I first received my March main kit, I was a little stumped on how to use what all was in it.  I have never been a big fan of Studio Calico's papers, so I was starting to sweat when I had 6 sheets of the stuff in front of me and no creative thoughts coming forth.  SO, I ran to an online community and through out the Peep signal asking for advice on what to do or even just some suggestions based on the kit photo, found HERE

I played around for a bit and made some cards and let my mind process what all was scattered across my desk.  I discovered that the patterns were more appealing to MY eye in smaller doses.  And with that thought my mind was off on the creative brainstorming wave.

I have mentioned before that I find a TON of inspiration from other crafters and am trying to really make an effort to try new techniques or even scraplift others to learn new things.  Boy did I learn a lot on this page!

I LOVE the film strip pages that Nichol Magouirk has been posting on her blog over the last few months so I tried to incorporate those and I liked the result a lot.  I even pulled out a sheet of grey cardstock from a previous kit (December maybe?) and tried the double layer on the die cuts...LOVE!  I've taken her True Scrap classes and learned a LOT about stamping so I also did some of that - the tone on tone for the orange cardstock, and the blue.

I keep all my previous kits together in one iris container, and I was sooo glad I did because for this page, I went digging through for lost treasures I hadn't had an opportunity to use before and I found some things that really matched well - the blue cardstock, camera charm, orange polariod, grey cardstock and the ledger pattern film strip.

I even went WAY out of my comfort zone and tried some "messy" stuff.  I sanded the orange coordinates cardstock to tone down the brightness of the shade.  I used the stencil that came in the kit with some orange ink and sort of smooshed a sponge dauber into the pattern to make a little pattern peeking out from behind the film strips.  Totally learned that from youtube!  I then sprayed some Studio Calico shine mist for an extra layer with the stencil.

I loved those Tim Holtz rub-ons that came in the kit this month.  Since they were the only black element(s) on the page at that point, I colored some of the wood veener hearts with a black copic marker and the camera charm (which was from an older kit) - learned that little trick from Nicholjones911 over on youtube!

I hope this inspires you to find new techniques and skills from all those amazing scrappers online!