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Scrapbook Soup | Instagram Layouts, Part 2 [Giveaway]

And we’re back with the second part of my up close and personal look at my layouts from my Instagram segment for the new season of Scrapbook Soup!

Since Instagrams are square, they lend themselves perfectly to making grids. Before stitching, I measured and drew my grid very lightly in pencil. When I was done stitching, I erased with a white eraser in any areas where the pencil line was too dark and was visible through the zig-zag stitch.

For this grid layout, I combined an assortment of photos from the entire month. It provides a good overview of the high points of our month for May. There’s my birthday, our family time on my husband’s weekend visits, my daughter giving thumbs down in the dressing room to something while going birthday shopping for her…

I filled the leftover empty spaces in the grid with vignettes that I created (with the exception of the title block) with a recipe of patterned paper, a text element, and a chipboard element. All the major elements are from collections – the patterned paper is all from a Maggie Holmes paper pad, and the chipboard is from the Color Magic collection by Heidi Swapp. Each element also has some Recollections pearls added to tie them all together as well.

The edges of the patterned paper blocks are edged in white paint with a dry brush technique that I used a make-up sponge to apply. It softens the harsh line of the grid and ties the white stitching to the blocks a bit. It also mimics the vignetting on the edges of most of the Instagram pictures.

The label next to the big blue butterfly is from Martha Stewart’s line for Avery, which is a Staples exclusive. I have a big basket of those labels in my drawer right next to me when I’m working and I use them a lot!

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Scrapbook Soup | Instagram Projects, Part 1 [Giveaway]

Today, in part one of this week’s series on my Scrapbook Soup projects for season 3, I’m going to share a close-up look at my Project Life layout from episode #9, about using Instagram photos, along with some thoughts about it that are not in the segment. (Bonus content!)

You probably recognize the location – it’s Disneyland! During my trip to the Craft & Hobby Association show in January, I actually stayed at Disney’s Paradise Pier hotel, right next door to Downtown Disney, so I got to experience a lot of Disney when I wasn’t at the convention center. The layout is dated with the day that I spent most of at Disneyland, but a few of the pictures of the hotel and Downtown Disney were actually taken on other days.

Disney is such a unreal world anyway – it’s the perfect place to use Instagram and turn your photos into surreal, filtered dreamscapes. You can also use Instagram to improve a photo of something special that was taken under bad lighting conditions. I did this with my night time and indoor shots. It gives a poor shot an “I meant to do that” appearance.

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Project | 2013 Week In The Life (Monday)

I worked hard all week last month during “Week In The Life” at capturing a photo record of our family’s life, and since then I’ve been plugging away at assembling that record into an album.

I’m choosing to do this project entirely digital because I know that it is the only way I’ll ever get the whole thing done is by using the templates because of how slow I create. I’m using the Week In The Life Vol. 5 template set by Ali Edwards from Designer Digitals.

I started out my creating by doing all of my photos for my left pages, choosing which photo I wanted to highlight for each day.

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The Silhouette Stamping Kit with Project Life!

One of the biggest responses I got from readers of CHA Summer coverage was when I wrote about the new products in the Silhouette booth – and specifically the Silhouette stamping kit. The kit lets users of Silhouette machine cut their own custom acrylic stamps using their machines, and generated a lot of excitement.

I myself was very excited to try it so was delighted to get one from Silhouette to try for this promotion. The stamping kit comes with stamping material, 3 stamp blocks, a cutting mat, and an ink pad. There’s also a card that allows the user to claim special stamp images for their Silhouette library, and a how to dvd.

What I found was actually surprising. I had somehow thought that the stamp kit was going to be hard to use with some special steps that had to be done. I was pleasantly surprised to find it was quick and easy, like cutting any other medium on the Silhouette.

The only real difference to cutting the stamp medium is that you have to use this special mat in the machine with it. Here it is, all loaded and ready to cut with a half sheet of stamp material:

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Winner | Silhouette Portrait Giveaway!

Someone is the lucky owner of a Silhouette Portrait machine! Who is it?

The lucky winner is…Sheri M!

Congrats, Sheri! Check your email for instructions on how to claim your new Portrait machine!

If you weren’t the winner of the machine, there is still time to get a great deal on one through the Silhouette promotion, or if you have one already you can get the fun sketch pens to play with for a great deal!

The machine packages come with a $25 gift card, a three package assortment of sketch pens, and the pen holder that lets you use other kinds of pens with the machine! This deal is impossible to beat anywhere else!

(1)    CAMEO plus sketch pen starter pack, metallic and glitter collection packs, plus a $25 gift card and a penholder for $269.99 ($88.96 off the retail price)

(2)    Portrait plus sketch pen starter pack, metallic and glitter collection packs, plus a $25 gift card and a penholder for $129.99 ($108.96 off the retail price)

(3)    Sketch pen starter pack, metallic and glitter collection packs, plus a penholder for $19.99 ($13.97 off the retail price)

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To Get These Offers, Click Here & Use Code “UPDATE” at checkout!

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Giveaway | Silhouette Sketch Pens Promotion!

Silhouette is offering another one of their great promotions if you use this link and enter our code “Update” at checkout in their online store. This time around, in addition to the Cameo and Portrait machines, you can get great deals on their Sketch Pens.

My Portrait machine is still a new enough addition to my scrapbook room that I hadn’t had a chance to try the pens yet until I got a chance to try them through this promotion. I’d been eyeing some sketch art in the Silhouette online store that I wanted to try though!

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