Sunday, September 25, 2011

Easy card/envelope tip!

You know what drives me crazy??
I get so annoyed when I go to mail a card I've made and I can't find an envelope to fit!
I try to make standard sized cards, but I am always running out of standard sized envelopes.
You now what I do have a ton of though??
I do have tons of these ugly legal-sized envelopes!

These legal-sized envelopes measure about
4 inches wide x 9 1/2 inches tall.

And now I think I will make cards to fit these envelopes!!

To make a card to fit, I cut a piece of black cardstock
8 inches wide x 9 inches tall.
Then I folded it in half to make a card measuring
4 inches wide x 9 inches tall.

Then I pulled out my Study Hall kit to decorate the front of the card.

When I am done, I have a pretty card that fits perfectly into
my legal-sized envelope!

So if you are like me and always run out of your smaller, cute envelopes, try changing up the sizes of your cards to fit the envelopes you do have!
Just something to think about!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Chevron Stripes & Stitching

One new trend that I'm seeing everywhere is chevron stripes. Today I have a really simple tutorial on how to create this look on your own projects and layouts. The "Study Hall" kit was perfect for utilizing this type of technique and my subject is far from "back to school" but all about being a "scholar." :) Little Miss Lily loves to make her "thinking" face all the time and says "Hmmm...." while bringing her finger to her lips. Another little quirk captured! :) Here's a peek at what I created with this technique. 

The first thing I did was select a variety of patterned papers and then traced and cut out diamond shapes from them. (You could also use a die-cut machine for this as well.) 

After inking all my diamonds, I laid them out so I could see what it would all look like before doing any adhering and stitching. 

Finally, I threaded up a needle with embroidery floss and did a very rough, running stitch of white and red floss on the top and bottom of the chevron stripe. The key here is imperfection! I also machine stitched along the patterned paper on the inside of the stripe, which you can see more of in first photo. 

And, here's my finished layout! 

A close-up of the title (pretty sure I'm in love with the Fancy Pants chalkboard stickers)...

My journaling on an Elle's Studio pennant. 

And that's it! Give this one a try...it was really simple! :)


Monday, September 12, 2011

Split Splat!

Hiya! I hope you all had a great weekend!

I've got a tutorial for you today about the different mediums and techniques you can use to make splatters on your layouts. Now, this is obviously not a science - do whatever works for you - but these are some of the things I do to get that effect.

Untitled from BrittnyKvilhaug on Vimeo.

Here's how that final technique turned out. LOVE IT.

So now go find all the liquids in your studio and play around to see what cool things you come up with.
Happy Scrappin'!!