Pinch me – I am feeling so lucky to be working with the amazing team at Scrap Shotz. One of Canada’s oldest and most established online stores and kit club AND all around just an amazing small, local business that throws their heart into their business and our amazing memory keeping hobby!
February was my first month as a Design Team Member and I have been spending a bit of time everyday (15 mins or an hour or more, whatever I can carve) creating. I am so inspired by the product and feel so supported by the wonderful community Scrap Shotz has online.
One of the things I want to do during my tenure as a Scrap Shotz Design Team member is was showcase each month’s kit, how much I was able to create with the kit goodies, and how much I have left to bless my stash with.
Let’s start with February. I know, I know February has been over for a few weeks but I have been so busy creating with my March kit that I just have not had a chance to pop up this post. Well I better get on it or March will wrap up on me and I will be really behind!
Here we go! Here is the Scrap Shots Scrapbook Kit I received in February:
The kit was focused on the Pinkfresh Studio, Indigo Hills 2 collection and included everything from pattern paper to embellishments and was paired with some fabulous matching cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper cardstock. I had tried to get my hands on this Pinkfresh collection when it first came out and was unsuccessful. Imagine how excited I was to find out it was in my first Design Team kit. Eeeek.
Out of the gate, I created a layout all about my backpack. Maybe an odd subject for some but this pack has been to many countries with me and in it was everything I had against the world on my hiking trips to France, Spain, Portugal and Scotland. Also, I had to use this pattern paper from the kit (my favourite) and the circle embellishments (also my favourite – I love circles!) which screamed backpack photo to me!
Next up, I used a free cut file from the Pinkfresh Studio Facebook group and the wonderful ombre pattern paper in the collection to create this feminine 12×12 layout of me and my very good friend. There is a blog post up on Scrap Shotz about this one, February Kit Club and a Few Tricks.
From here I challenged myself to do two things .. create a more masculine or at least less feminine layout with the kit, and 2) participate in the Creative Scrapbook Magazine (CSM) monthly sketchy challenge. All of us Design Team gals participate in the CSM sketchy challenges. Full disclosure, I do not find the CSM sketches that easy to work with but it is great to play along with a sketch and really work to make it my own. I have a blog post up on Scrap Shotz about this one too, February Scrapbook Kit and Creative Scrapbooker Sketchy Challenge.
Another 12×12 layout was up next for me. I really loved the orange or dark peach products in the collection especially when paired with the greys and whites of the pattern paper in the kit. With this in mind, I created another layout inspired by just these colours. The wood veneer I used had a touch of gold in them so I was inspired to bring in some gold stems from some Pinkfresh Studio gold puffy stickers in my stash. I love how these contrasted with the fussy cut and puffy sticker flowers. I used a little bit of white Liquitex Gesso on the wood embellishments to soften the peach color a little (thanks for the tip Missy Whidden!)
Well after fussy cutting some of the florals in the pattern paper of the collection for the above layout, I knew I wanted to fussy cut some more. I found some great deep purple stems on one of the papers and used it to inspire this purple, mixed media background layout. A great opportunity to use the Prima Marketing purple crystals in the kit. They are so gorgeous!
The force of fussy cutting is strong! I was on a roll and had to keep on using my wee baby scissors to make floral die cuts from the pattern paper. I used my newest fussy cut flowers and another of the ombre style papers for one more 12×12 layout. This one was all about clustering as I had a couple regular size photos and a few smaller 2×2 photos to play with.
I had one almost full in tact 12×12 pattern paper left and I was itching to create a project with it! This was one of my favourites of the kit and of course I hoarded it till the end photos to set the stage for this amazing memory.of the month – when will I learn to spend out, use the prettiest stuff first, not hoard!? Well I am glad I did save it as I was inspired to scrapbook one of my wedding photos thanks to how well it matched the cardstock sticker “You are my greatest adventure” (an Add On in the kit).
To wrap up the month I of course created a couple of Traveler’s Notebook (TN) layouts. I had some amazing embellishments and scraps of paper left. I was particularly in love with the puffy stickers, cardstock stickers and more that had “happy thoughts” on them. These were perfect for launching a new TN idea I wanted to start all about documenting quotes and photos and stories that make me happier – a TN to read on cloudy, down days! I created both the TN cover and the first page too.
Well that wrapped up February’s Scrap Shotz Scrapbook Kit for me. I was able to create 7 12×12 traditional layouts, and 2 TN layouts. Wow! All of these projects and still I have so much left in my kit.
I bet I could get another couple of 12×12 and TN layouts out of my February kit and plan on doing so … but for now I have to move on to my amazing March kit!
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