Saturday, June 13, 2015

Projects made with the May Swirlydoos kit, Spring Chic

Happy Saturday! I'm excited to share my projects that I have made with the beautiful Swirlydoos May kit, Spring Chic. I love the Spring colors and the feminine feel to this kit, featuring the Kaisercraft "So Lovely" and Bo Bunny "Garden Journal" collections.

"Shine" Layout

This is my layout based on the monthly sketch. When I first took a look at the kit, I was a little overwhelmed with all the pink- I am not a pink girl! So, I thought I would start with a NO PINK layout.

The picture is of my daughter- this was her 4th grade Spring school picture that I edited to coordinate with the colors of the papers and embellishments, which was a good starting point for me. I used faux stitching on the layers and cut the large paper where the patterns on the bottom changed, then stuck some black lace from a past kit in between. 

A love the black stripes on my daughter's dress, so I wanted to add lots of black elements like the silhouette, lace, and the flourishes, which were all cut using different dies from my stash. I also outlined the title with black. 

Gold was a fantastic highlight color for the teal and black, so I added the gold Kaiser mist from the mediums add on to the background, as well as on the chipboard frame.

"Isn't She Lovely?" Layout

I LOVE this wood heart frame from American Crafts! I cut up a lot of the papers to fill up the different spaces, and I love how it came out. It's a busier page than I normally make, but the patterns and colors just work for a frame like this, and really create a lot to look at on it's own. I loved using all these different shades of pink!

I inked the fairies with black chalk ink, then used the pink Zazz on their wings. 

"Sweet Girls" Layout

This layout came together so quickly- these papers were just so easy to work with! The large paper is perfect, and the Collectibles that coordinate with it had a nearly identical flower cluster that was at the top left, so I tried to replicate the cluster on the bottom right. I wanted a darker pink flower, so I used the pink mist from the mediums add on. Also the dark pink and top blue flowers are from the same set as the ones that looked larger, but I needed them to be a little smaller in diameter, so I tied them at the base with a rubber band. The butterflies are from Angelica's Etsy shop, and went perfectly with this kit. 

"Precious Moments" Flip Frame

Lastly, I have started my flip frame from the project add on. I love this frame- what a sweet way to display projects. This will be a mini album for my daughter when I finish, but so far, I have made the base and the "cover."

So, here is a quick tutorial on how YOU can make a base for your flip frame:

To start out, you will need a 12X12 paper (I used black), a ruler, pencil, a hole punch, and paper trimmer (not pictured). 

The size of paper that works best for the inside of this frame 3 1/4 X 5 1/4. You can get six panels from a 12X12 piece of paper.

Once you have cut your panels, you will need to cut to holes for the rings. In the picture below, on the black panel, you can see a line- I measured a half inch down and drew the line. Then a half inch in on each side, I marked where the holes should be, then hole punched, using the smaller hold on the Cropadile. I did the same thing on the paper I used to cover the panel.

Here is a picture that shows how straight it is:

But, it all depends on where the rings are placed on the frame. If the middle of the clasp, where the bolt is, is in a different spot, it can look like this:

That is the same panel that I measured and cut, but those rings move and it won'y always look perfect!

In this picture you can see that I cut the top of the blue flower die cut. Even thought I loved the look, the top interfered with flipping that panel over, so when you design your panels or pages for your flip frame, just be aware of putting embellishments at the top can be in the way for a good "flip." However, the sides and bottom can have over flowing items with little trouble.

Thanks for letting me share my projects with you, as these will be the last I make for some time, as I prepare for a big move. I hope to be back to being an active Swirly Girl by September! 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!

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