Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Swirlydoos May Reveal and Blog Hop!

Welcome to:
May Scrapbook Kit Reveal & Blog Hop!

If you came here from the Swirlydoos blog, then you are on the right track. We have some amazing projects for you to see today!! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! Make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful May collection:

Bohemian Spring

And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our May scrapbook kit!

Are you a subscriber? If so, your kit is on it's way! If not, check out the Swirlydoos store to see if there are any May kits or add ons in the store!

Has it sold out? - become a subscriber and not only will you never miss a kit again, but you'll also pay less for your monthly scrapbook kits!
*Mention this blog hop and save 10% on your first kit*

 Never miss one of our kits again!

We have some absolutely beautiful scrapbook projects for you to see today !!  

Oh my word! I am soooo in love with this kit! I have been yearning for Spring, and it was so much fun to play with this kit, Bohemian Spring, because it is full of color! Here's what I've made with the kit so far.

Faux Glass Acrylic Mini Album

When we were at Winter CHA, we saw an amazing album in the Clear Scraps booth, and that was the inspiration for this month's project add on. I had so much fun trying this "faux glass" technique using "Goosebumps" texture spray; I will definitely be use it again. I LOVE how it looks!

Here's a close up of what the texture looks like. I added some alcohol ink to the Goosebumps spray. 

I used a couple of Memory Box dies for the frame. 

Here's the back of the album.

And, this is the side view.

I have a video tutorial on how you can create this faux glass look, and do the embellishing using the Bohemian Spring collection here: 

And, on May 10th, be sure to check out my Saturday tutorial on the Swirlydoos YouTube channel to see how I finished the inside of the mini album using more of this fabulous Bohemian Spring kit! 

"Fly" Layout

This is my take on the monthly sketch:

This month, I am doing the monthly Swirlydoos feature, Anatomy of a Layout. This layout was created using ONLY the main kit, and I have step by step instructions with LOTS of pictures and closeups on the Swirlydoos forums here for the Bohemian Spring Anatomy:

This picture is of my cousin's daughter. She is a lovely young woman, and when I saw this picture she posted on Facebook, I immediately snagged it to use for this kit! 

"Awesome Ends with Me" Layout

When I first saw this kit, I had so many ideas about some elegant, feminine pages, but I kept thinking about how a lot of the elements in this kit would be PERFECT for masculine layouts! So, I decided to host a "masculine" page challenge using this Bohemian Spring kit. All of the ladies on the design team have made masculine pages too, and they are amazing! If you are getting the kit this month, be sure to play along. The challenge will be posted on the Swirlydoos forums. 

I used every product from the mediums add-on on this layout! I started out with the cardboard piece from the main kit, and tore off the first layer of it. I painted it with gesso, and while it was still wet, I sprinkled some of the dry Lindy's from the mister bottle on to it and gave the gesso another swipe. I added some black ink over it to give it the distressed look I was going for. 

For the top layer, I used the Prima stencil. I applied both the Izink and Art Anthology Sorbet paint to the stencil with a sponge in random spots as if I were stippling it. Then I rubbed the sponge to BLEND the two media. The Izink is SUPER blendable!

The trim poking out from the bottom layers came in the embellishment add on. The chipboard circles are from my stash, from Blue Fern Studios. The cattails are die cuts from a fabulous Die~Namites die!

The picture is of my Owen, getting ready to go to school. He's awesome. :)

 "Living the Dream" Layout

I'm doing double duty for this layout, as it is my submission for the Swirlydoos Round Robin Challenge for week one. :) The twists are to use lots of flowers, and flower patterned paper, so I've done that. I also added some white flower trim for good measure. I have twelve flowers, and used two different pieces of pattered paper that have flowers. 

Here's a close up so show some of the details.

The black layer was made with the Martha Stewart "Cherish" punch, and I used white thread to hand stitch around it, using the punch as a guide. It's time consuming, but I adore the look, and it's been a while since I added some real stitching to a project. I love the look of it. 

The frames under the picture are from Sizzix. I couldn't decide which color I wanted to use, so I used them both. :) The other frame, the green bling circle (Hey, that rhymed!) is made with some bling from the embellishment add-on. I used a piece of Blue Fern Studios chipboard (nested circles) as a "template" for placing the bling. 

To complete the look, I added some pearl trim from the embellishment add-on to the flower cluster. I also added some stenciling with a Heidi Swapp stencil and Wendi Vecchi black embossing paste inside the circle. 

The picture is one a snapped of my Audra a few weeks ago. She's awesome. :)

I hope you enjoyed checking out my projects, and I can't wait for you to see what the other ladies have made! 

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Tuesday 5/6 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Monday 5/7. In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:
1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.
2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down. 
Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence. 
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected. Can't wait to hear from you.

My special words are: If you

The party continues over at Tracey's blog. Have fun!









Sandi Clarkson said...

So many great projects! Can't pick a fave!

Nancy said...

Rae, your projects are so beautiful and I really love your album cover you created!

Dawn - Decorating Days said...

Love the Awesome page!

Barbara J. said...

sewed your way into my heart again this month. stitching is always fun.

Merrihew said...

Rae, you outdid yourself this month! I absolutely LOVE every single project your created!!!

Paula Calvanico said...

Rae, each one is gorgoeus! What a handsome man your Owen is :) Great fb pic to make a lo with! Love your RR piece. Awesome stuff lady! Man I am so glad I'm a member :D


Ginger said...

Rae First of all they are all great, but I really like that you describe how you did each of them. I really appreciate that. And Owen is Awesome, looking cool for school (look I rhymed too), lol.

Maggi said...

Beautiful work Rae ! Love what you did with the mini.

Paulien van den Bosch said...

Oh Rae... I soooooo love your beautiful projects. The texture, the goosebump gave is amazing and I love your fabulous detail work.

Linda Pekrul said...

Eeeek! I LOVE the effect you created with the Goosebumps. Thanks for the video! Awesome layouts! Love the stitching on your RR. I never take the time to hand stitch, but when I see it on your layout, it sure gives a WOW factor!

L. Akins said...

Gorgeous projects!! I can't wait to see your faux glass technique video!

Gayle said...

What a wonderful project & video!! I'd have never thought about Goosebumps on acrylic [and a special thank you for the tip about removing StazOn]! Looking forward to watching more of your videos - and thank you so much for the chance to win the goodies!!

langeatheart said...

Rae you are awesome talented! Usually I have a favourite but I love every project you did! The album is gorgeous definitely worth exploring! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful creations!

Leona Folkerts said...

love them all!

Carrie Sedlack said...


Kim said...

Wonderful projects. Love the anatomy and masculine pages.

Amarilys said...

Wowzers! Loving all of your projects this month! That masculine page is awesome & the anatomy page is gorgeous!

Unknown said...

Awesome album. I can't wait to check out the video to see how you created it!..All of your projects are fabulous!!

Heather said...

oh my Rae, So many great creations here. You must have been busy! They are all so bright and detailed. I am envious.

Hanne said...

Love the album, and the layouts are so beautiful. The stitching on the last one looks great.

Graphicat said...

Wonderful projects you've created. I love them all but the boy layout is especially unique! Great job!

cghundley said...

Beautiful work!
Love your album
and your other
Carla from Utah

Kimberly said...

Wow Rae!!!! You really outdid yourself on those pages, and Oh my gosh...I loved your tutorial on the mini album cover...What you did was gorgeous!!!

ionabunny said...

Gorgeous faux glass. Amazing LO's Just gorgeous

Unknown said...

Wow gorgeous projects Rae! Love how you made 2 girly LOs and 1 fantastic masculine page! So talented!

Sambobud said...

Oh Rae - everything is so pretty! I'm so intimidated by acrylic albums! Your inspiration is helping though! Thanks!!

Unknown said...

Hi Rae, all of your projects are awesome. The detail that you put into them is outstanding. How long did it take to hand stitch the last layout? that's labor of love. I've seen rubber stamped and machine stitching but not hand stitching. good job!

Peggy Giovanetti said...

Gorgeous layouts, love the "Awesome", your album cover is amazing!!!!!

csparky61 said...

Stunning projects, you have amazing talent! I love the "faux glass" album,I wish I could paint like that.

Nikki said...

Those are all beautiful love all the greens in this kit hugs Nikki

Robin B. said...

Wow, your mini album and layouts are stunning! Thanks for the inspiration.

UTs Hobby Time said...

Absolutely stunning. Love all your embellishments.

grammypat said...

WOW Your projects are great Thxso much for sharing

Amy Voorthuis said...

Oh wow so much awesomeness on your blog!! What a STUNNING kit you are totally right about being loning for spring. me spring is the BEST part of the year! You did wonders with this kit I ❤ all the hard work you put in to this layouts thank you for the amazing inspiration hugs Amy

Joy said...

AWESOME layouts!!

Anonymous said...

All of the layouts were great but I especially liked the faux glass. It is so elegant and beautiful.

Debra Peloso said...

The faux glass album is absolutely amazing.

Tracey Gregory said...

These are all so great but I love the carefree green circles and your daughter's sweet smile in the RR page!