Thursday, July 23, 2015

Swirlydoos Kit Club July Blog Hop!

Welcome to:
July Scrapbook Kit Reveal!

Thank you for joining our blog hop this month! If you came here from Kim's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there.  Make sure you leave a comment on all blogs for a chance to win a prize! And, make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful July collection:

Belle Fleur

​You will LOVE this July kit loaded with Prima and Blue Fern Studios paper and more! After taking a month off to move, I was super inspired by this kit! Here's what I've made so far:

Untitled Layout

This is was my first project I made with the kit. I have a step by step tutorial that will be up on the Swirtydoos forums in the Anatomy of a Layout section by Thursday afternoon, so you can see all of the detail there!

What a Wonderful World Layout

I took this picture at a cemetery in Denver last fall. I've scrapped it before, but I really love it!

This is based on the monthly sketch. It kind of took on a life of it's own! I just used the rectangles and circle elements on the sketch and rearranged them and added a couple of layers. 

I used translucent embossing paste on the window stencil that we received in a past kit, and then used blue distress ink to highlight it. The black swirly chipboard aligned with the picture is from my stash, but you could easily add a similar element from a die cut.

The outlined flowers are a Memory Box die that I cut out of cardstock from the cardstock add on, and inked with a dark moss color.

The white circle was cut from one of the notecards in the main kit. The lower left cluster with the brad has a pink paper with a frame- that's one of the matchboxes from the embellishment add on kit that I cut up. 

"Love" Card

I used a paper rolling technique for the base of this card. The bottom layer has two different stencils with the circles and then the butterflies, which is from Crafter's Workshop.

I love those rolled flowers from the flower add on! They are quite chunky! I added some minor elements form my stash- a gold button, some white flower trim, and some whispy strands from the floral section at Michaels. 

I finished off the card by softening up the design with gesso, and Silks paints.

"Beauty is True" Layout

For this layout, I followed the July Blue Fern Studios sketch. To pull this off, I used the Boston Lattice chipboard from my stash, but we did get it in the January kit. I painted it with a white paint dauber, then randomly used the silver gelato from the mediums add on to give it a distressed white look. 

I used Prima and Kaisercraft stencils with black embossing paste under the floral clusters. 

The title is from the embellishment add on- it's one of those cute matchboxes!

Garden Fable Gatefold Album

This is the album from the project kit, which I LOVE! Garden Fable is a perfect summery line! I have a video on how to prep the album and decorate the cover. Part two will be coming soon and that will be all about finishing the inside this album!

You can check out part one here:

I hope you enjoyed checking out my projects for Swirlydoos! If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at Mention my name (Rae) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the store!

Are you a subscriber? If so, your kit is on it's way if you don't already have it! If not, check out the Swirlydoos store to see if there are any July 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!

You have until midnight, eastern time, 7/24 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 7/28.  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 word is : is

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

Blog Hop Order:

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Swirlydoos Kit Club Design Team Call!

WooHoo! The best kit club is having a design team call! 

Swirlydoos Kit Club - Design/Education Team Call
Are you passionate about Scrapbooking? Do you enjoy teaching and inspiring other crafters? Can you gab with the best of us? Swirlydoos Kit Club is looking to add amazing talent to our outstanding Design/Education Team for a 6 month term that will run from our September, 2015 kit to our February, 2016 kit. We will be adding 2-3 fabulously creative Designers who are energetic, outgoing, talented, versatile individuals and who are committed to the beautiful art of scrapbooking.

 Our designers must be able to devote the time necessary to our community, to our members, and to their artwork. We are especially interested in designers who make awesome video tutorials!

This DT call will close at midnight MST on August 15th, 2015. 
This call is open to talented scrapbook designers/educators all around the globe
Design Team Requirements:
  1. You will create a minimum of 4-5 layouts/projects, and as many cards, tags etc as you can per main kit sent to you.
  2. Create at least one tutorial (video or photo. Video preferred) per month, and add content to our tips, tricks and techniques area in the forum.
  3. Create a minimum of 3 “blank” cards during your 6 month term to send in to the home office.
  4. You must upload your projects to all major scrapbook galleries and blogs you are affiliated with, along with Facebook and Pinterest.
  5. Advertise for Swirlydoos kit club with Blinkies, blog banners, badges and other social media tools.
  6. BE EXCITED about being on the team! Be very ACTIVE on the forum and in our Facebook gallery!
  7. You will participate in our monthly blog hops, plus challenges and special events (NSD, WCMD) on our forums.
  8. You will occasionally be asked to send us some of your completed projects for display at trade shows that Swirlydoos is participating in.

An ideal candidate for being on the design team will:

 -Have the ability to take excellent, clear pictures of projects.
 -Create educational videos to be added to our YouTube Library using Swirlydoos main kit, Project add-on kits or products form our Swirlydoos boutique.
 -Be dedicated to promoting the kits and personal projects to social media on reveal day,      including Facebook and Instagram. 
 -Already have an active blog, Facebook and accounts
 -Be an active member of our community on the forums and commenting in our Facebook gallery at  least four times a week
 -Be willing to partake in design team duties and help with any other promotions or contests we may have

If you are interested in joining the DESIGN TEAM - Send an email to "" with "DESIGN TEAM CALL" in the subject line. Include all of the following information:
  • Your name
  • address
  • telephone number
  • email address
  • blog address
  • any online galleries where we might see more of your work
  • YouTube address and or UStream Channel link,  if you have one (preferred, but not necessary)
  • 3 samples of your current work that best reflect your style
  • a list of all design teams you have been on, past and current (prior experience is not necessary)
  • Please tell us what you consider your strengths (where you excel) and why you would make a good designer for the Swirlydoos community.
What you can expect from Swirlydoos:
An honest, fun, dedicated team who supports you and your art and encourages you at every turn.
A FABULOUS tight knit community of smart assed, super talented scrapbookers from around the world
CHA invitations and passes
Free monthly main kit for Design Team
50% discount on all other kits and store purchases during your term

The new design team will be announced August 30th on our blog