Monday, April 29, 2013

Social {Media} Butterflies Blogapalooza with Chic Tags!!

Hello everyone! Super excited that this month's SMB featured sponsor is Chic Tags!! I was fortunate enough to meet with and to get to know the sweet and talented Veronica and Albert Milan, owners and creative geniuses of Chic Tags at CHA this past January. I can tell you first hand they are true gems! Seriously lovely, inspiring people! So, before I get to my designs, I want to give a personal shout out of enormous thanks to Veronica (&Albert) for their generosity in sponsoring the Butterflies this month both with supplies, giveaways, and freebies too! Thanks so much for your support of SMB Milans!!

If you are just getting started on this blog hop please go to Chic Tags here to begin your journey. (You don't want to miss out on opportunity to win some fabulous giveaways along the way and perhaps pick up a few freebies too! ;)

**If you have been following along the hop, you arrived here via  Jenny's blog.

Now, on to my design:

There were so many awesome tags to play with included in the Road Trip line, that I had difficulty choosing just one! {So I used 12 to get started}  ;)

I set up a grid pattern with the numerical journaling tags and traced lightly around them with pencil onto the orange patterned paper. Then I sewed over the pencil lines as an outline to the tags. I used an exacto knife to cut out inside the machine stitches and layered various woodgrain Studio Calico patterned paper beneath/behind each stitched area.

(*Click on any pic to view larger).
 From there I added photos and snippets of journaling of current things my youngest son was/is into on his "road trip" to the ripe ole age of 12. (He's got about a half a year to go to reach it!)

I wanted to be able to add many pictures to this layout so I placed some on the top of tags as well as beneath by piercing the patterned paper and adding brads so that the tags could swivel away to showcase the pictures and woodgrain paper beneath.

 To add repetition of theme to my layout, I used some roadway washi as well as using a white Signo pen to draw in the dashed lines of a roadway on the number 12 journaling tag.


>>>>>***Next up is on the hop is CT Creative Team Member, Magda! Be sure to hit every stop along the way and leave a little love (comment) to give yourself a chance to win some of the fabulous  giveaways including this awesome Chic Tag cut file (one of a set of 6 rad designs you are sure to love) that I am giving away to one lucky winner!

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY FOR THIS CUT FILE and 5 more here's what you need to do:
 **Please leave a comment here for a chance to win and I will enter your name an additional time if you follow me and/or comment on my #smbigbloghop posts on Instagram and/or Twitter. My user name is "SuzMannecke" no spaces. 

Winner/s will be announced on Friday, May 3 so be sure to stop back here and over at Chic Tags and/or Social {Media}Butterflies blog to see the list of winners! 

Good luck and Happy Blogapalooza! I hope you find yourselves amply inspired along the way! Be sure to stop back regularly this week here and on Instagram as I will be posting more creations made with Chic Tags Road Trip and more in preparation for National Scrapbooking Day!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Come on Get Crafty | Sharing Some Exciting News

Super excited to begin a new scrappy adventure with COME ON GET CRAFTY!


Come On Get Crafty is a fabulous new online crafting supply store that stocks much of the latest product trends in scrapbooking and crafting as well as tried and true crafting supplies! Head on over (here) and check out the variety of inventory available for purchase and while you're there, check out the inspiration gallery and blog to see what fellow Creative Team members 


                          and Diane have created with products from the store. Lots of inspiration to be found there! :) :) ;)  

Happy Thursday y'all! 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Surprise: Studio Calico Class This Is Me | Featured Layout of the Week

A few sweet Studio Calico friends of mine (thanks Amy, Lacey, and Corinne) tipped me off to some fun news this morning. My #thisisme Intro page was chosen/is highlighted as the Studio Calico Featured Layout of the Week! It was such a nice surprise and really brightened my Monday. 

For my family and friends who don't frequent the site but still like to see what craftiness I have been up to, here is the layout:

I knew I wanted to highlight a few titles or roles that I play in my family's life and mine, and that I wanted to use the awesome woodgrain Studio Calico patterned paper along with a Silhouette spinner wheel die cut that I have owned for quite some time. (This is actually my second layout I have used it on, so I am getting some good use out of it!). I love that the spinner really works and that the layout has dimension and texture with stitching, the cork sticker,  chipboard October Afternoon Polaroid frame and SC wood veneer elements.

Really starting to make some progress on my This is Me album and I promise to be back soon with some of my pages from it.

Hope you have a great week!
Be back later!
xoxo Suz