Monday, December 29, 2014

Scraptastic Club | Heartbeats...

Hello Everyone!  It is almost the end of the year and  today I want to share with you a little super fast inspiration, using the gorgeous December Heartbeats kit from Scraptastic Club.
December is a really busy month in my household, but it doesn't necessarily mean I stop being creative!  To keep myself from going a little nuts during the holiday season, I love to play with pretty paper and shiny things!! And the Heartbeats kit has plenty of both.  But remember that part where I said December is really busy?  To keep myself from stressing even more (by starting something I can't finish!) I often take inspiration from a layout, to also create a card.  It's a two for one deal!
I've kept my layout simple, highlighting my photo with embellishments and layers.

products used: Scraptastic Club Kit - Heartbeats; Add On - Heartbeats; Stamp Set - Heartbeats; Cut Aparts - Heartbeats; tools - hand stitching, typewriter.
The patterned paper guided my placement for the photo with it's vignette.  The darker grey around the outside edges, frames the photo.  Using a black and white photo takes away all the guess work when it comes to selecting a color palette.  I have chosen a complementary teal to work with the grey and then added bright pops of yellow for fun!
Hand stitching can sometimes be time consuming, but by using the Heartbeats clear stamps as a guide, I can quickly make the stamped image a feature.

I've finished my layout by journaling directly onto the Heartbeats cut aparts and mounting it onto foam dots for more dimension.
The clear stickers have been placed directly onto white cardstock and then embellished with puffy stickers from the kit.
After creating this layout, I had plenty of leftover supplies already sitting on my desk.  Instead of putting them away with my kit, I quickly used them to my creative advantage.

products used: Scraptastic Club Kit - Heartbeats; Add On - Heartbeats.
I've stayed true to the layout by using the same color palette and patterned papers.  But I've also adapted similar techniques, such as hand stitching, placing the clear stickers onto white cardstock and adding a triangle to the corner of the card. 

To create the hand stitched flourishes, simply draw some elegant swirls with a pencil and then pre-pierce the paper.

Thanks for joining me here today.  I hope I have managed to share a few simple ideas to keep you creative during this busy season..x

ps - all this information has just been repeated over at Scraptastic! Ha!  Word. For. Word.  I told you it was a busy, time consuming month and at the moment, I'm all for taking short cuts! *grin*  I hope you don't mind.


Chantal Vandenberg said...

Oooh how lovely! Great hand stitching - looks really cool!

Lizzy Hill said...

Oh, yes! I can imagine it's a VERY busy time for you all:) LOOOVE the pops of yellow & especially the hand stitching! Looks wonderful :))) happy new year - hope it's a great one :):)

Lizzyc said...

Oh I am with you.. a little creative time to good to help stop going completely bonkers at this time of the year.. love the layout and the card is so sweet.. and love the addition of the stitching too.. Happy New Year!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow wow wow! These are gorgeous! I loveeeeeeeee the stitching you did!!!!!