Everyone has a story to tell, here's mine sprinkled with some creative projects along the way.
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Monday, July 16, 2018

"Soak Up The Sun" (The ScrapRoom Flavors of the Month kit)

Hi friends. Here's my 4th page using the TSR Flavors of the Month kit. I made a double page layout because you know that's just my JAM. :)
Title: Soak Up The Sun
Designer: Grace Tolman
Products used: Simple Stories Hello Summer
Stash items used: Brown ink for edge distressing; Foam blending tool; Date Stamp; Black Ink pad
Notes: This one was my favorite project with the kit. I love creating double page layouts and incorporating the Simple Stories’ products was very inspiring. I loved all of the papers and couldn’t decide which ones to highlight so I used them all. In order to add all of them without taking away from my photos, I created a ‘quilt’ type of border on the bottom half of my page. Cutting our papers in shapes other than the typical rectangle or square can add a different look to our pages. 
I also cut out some solid color papers from the striped pattern paper to add the solid paper strips behind my sun title. They repeated the colors used on the pattern papers on the bottom of the page without having to add any additional design or ‘busyness’ in the page. 

And here's the process video from start to finish....


and here are the close ups....




Thank you for stopping by.

I hope to get some other layouts shared within the month.

Till next time,
Grace

Friday, July 13, 2018

10 Handmade Cards, 1 Homemade kit (The Last 5 cards)

And we are on the last share for my latest homemade card kit. Have you been inspired by this series? If this is your first time to ever see this, make sure you check out my YouTube channel (with the link on the right panel of this blog) to check out my whole playlist for older 10handmade kit series. 


You can watch the video of the last 5 cards here...


And here are the close ups of the cards...

Card #6



Card #7



Card #8




Card #9



Card #10



And here are a couple more cards that I created as my "bonus" cards from this kit...

I hope you guys have fabulous weekend. 

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

10 Handmade Cards, 1 Homemade kit (The First 5 cards)

Happy 'hump' day everyone. Today I'm sharing how I created the first 5 cards using some specific items that I've gathered from my own stash. The picture below shows ALL ten cards that I was able to make with my supplies. 
And here's the video for today...


And here are the photos of each card created in the video...

Card #1



Card #2




Card #3




Card #4





Card #5




Thank you for stopping by and stay tune for the next installment in this card share. I will post in on Friday.

Till next time,
Grace













Monday, July 9, 2018

10 Handmade cards, 1 Homemade kit *July version*

Hello friends and happy Monday. Today I'm sharing my latest homemade card kit and the contents that I've included in it. By the way, here's the photo of the 10 handmade cards that I was able to create. 
To see what I've included in the kit, check this video out...

Come back on Wednesday to see how I used these items from my stash to create my first 5 cards.


Have a crafty day.

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

"Because of Love" (The ScrapRoom Flavor of the Month kit)

Happy Independence Day to all of my American friends. Still in need for some "red,white, & blue" inspiration? Well I got one for you today, using one of the mini kit from the TSR Flavor of the Month Kit. 
Title: Because of Love
Designer: Grace Tolman
Products used: Photoplay Paper Red, White & Blue
Stash items used: “love” die cut title cut with glittered cardstock using Silhouette Cameo; Date Stamp; Black Ink pad
Notes:  I didn’t have any “4th of July” themed photos on hand but the papers were so versatile that I was able to use them on this page of me and my husband. The colors of our clothes happen to be red, white and blue and that inspired me to match it with these products. Sometimes the color combinations of our photos can allow us to use “themed” products in a totally different way. The flowers were so gorgeous too; I couldn’t help but use them on my page. 
Because the stickers were very patriotic, it did not match my photos. To overcome this dilemma, I cut one of the word stickers to just spell ‘because of’ then added my homemade title cut out with my die cut machine. 

And here is the process video from start to finish....


And the close ups...



Thank you for stopping by.

till next time,
Grace

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

"Gather Together" layout (The ScrapRoom Flavor of the Month Kit)

Hello again. I'm here sharing my second page for this month's TSR Flavor of the Month kit


Title: Gather Together
Designer: Grace Tolman
Products used: Illustrated Faith All People All Nations
Stash items used: Scallop circle punch; 1” circle punch; Black pen for journaling; Date Stamp; Black Ink pad
Notes: I wanted to frame my whole page but I also wanted to utilize the papers as much as possible. So I created a 1” frame around my page by piecing together some paper strips. I also wanted to use the arrow die cut piece but with the way I designed my photos, it was better to have the arrow going vertical. I was afraid the lines within the arrow would conflict with my title sticker but it actually worked out ok because it added some subtle design on the back of the title. 

And here's the process video from start to finish.....


Plus some close ups....



Thank you for stopping by.

till next time,
Grace

Monday, July 2, 2018

"Pool Therapy" layout (The ScrapRoom Flavor of the Month Kit)

Hello friends. I could not believe that it's been more than a month since I last shared anything here. I gotta say, I didn't even know it had been that long. It can get pretty old hearing this, but "time sure flies!" 

Well I have some fun news to share today. If you have been visitng my blog for a while  now you know that I love to participate in The ScrapRoom Kit club blog's challenges. I love their sketch and "freaky fast Friday" challenges. Well I was honored when the owner, Rochelle Spears, asked if I would like to be a part of their design team. Wow! I couldn't even believe it. So needless to say it was a no-brainer and so for the next 6 months, I will be working with the monthly Flavor of the Month kit. If you wann see what they have in store this month, check them out here

Now here's my first layout....


Title: Pool Therapy
Designer: Grace Tolman
Products used: Carta Bella Summer Splash
Stash items used: Large circle cutter; Edge distressor tool; Black pen for journaling; Date Stamp; Black Ink pad
Notes: I created this page with this month’s sketch as my inspiration. I love how the papers all blend together. I tried to use the papers with bold designs (flamingo and flip flops) behind the photos so it didn’t over power the important aspects of my page. I also matted my photos to make sure it stands out against the pattern paper background. 

And here's the video of the layout from start to finish...


And some more close ups....



Thank you for stopping by.

Make sure you stop by again soon as I will be sharing another layout made with this month's kit.

Till next time,
Grace