Wednesday, July 28, 2010

August Kits are Up

Just a real quick post tonight before I toddle off to bed ...

The August kits are up in the store and ready to roll. Lots to choose from this month.
The main kit, "Snowcones" ...
The project kit, "Travel Album" ...
Add-on #1, "Lotza Paper Girlz" ...
Add-on #2, "Lotza Paper Boyz" ...
You'll also find oodles of extra coordinating embellishments, alphabets and some Glimmer Mists if you feel like beefing up any of the kits.
Visit the Gallery to see what this month's designers have already done, but expect much more as the month goes on. I'll be sharing a bit more about August's designers in a future post.
Any kits ordered early tomorrow will go out tomorrow afternoon. I'll be off baking pies most of the day on Friday, so anything ordered after tomorrow won't go out until next Tuesday due to the holiday on Monday.
Let me know if you have any questions :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

More "Thrifty Business" with Lisa Wilkinson

I just realized that I hadn't posted these beautiful projects Lisa did with the July add-on kit "Thrifty Business".
I wouldn't have thought of using a black background for a beach layout, but it allows the colours to really shine ... And you can never have enough sweet, simple cards on hand. Love the scalloped layers ...
There are still a few of these kits available in the store :)

Sassafras Mix & Mend

I love this time of year ... getting a look at all of the new lines to be released at CHA. Sassafras has been at the top of my list for the last few years and I was instantly smitten when I read this post yesterday, which showed off one of their newest lines "Mix and Mend".
It felt comfortable and familiar, yet unlike anything that is currently available. Now I know why. One of our July Guest Designers, Michelle Clement, announced on her blog yesterday that she had designed it! No wonder it grabbed me the way that it did.
In case you're wondering, you will definately be seeing this line in an upcoming kit. I don't know when, but as far as I'm concerned ... the sooner the better :)
handmade hobnob ...tailored sweetly ...delicate olio ...alterations ... free composition ...
fancy free ...flag banners ...journal tags ...

sweet treats ...
kelly green glittered alphas ...
6 x 6 wee bundle ...I'm curious to know what your favorites from this line are? I seriously love it all. I've never used the wee bundles from Sassafras, but I think these designs would be lovely on a smaller scale for cards and minis.
Slip on by Michelle's blog and leave her some love for this fabulous line. I just think it's so beautiful and cannot wait to get my hands on it.
I see that Sassafras is showing another of their new lines on their blog today ... "Count Me In".
Such a retro vibe to this line ... all of those oranges, yellows and pinks from the early 70's. Reminds me of our family room at the time ;)
* all images taken from the Sassafras blog *

Monday, July 26, 2010

August Peeks

I'm back and thoroughly camped out. The kids didn't want to come home, but I was pretty much done. It was a good trip ... lots of sun and the boys had a great time with the other kids.
I managed to squeeze a little bitta scrapbooking in while I was gone too. There really is nothing more pathetic than scrapbooking while camping. People thought I was insane. Maybe so ;)
I was using the August main kit "Snowcones" ...
and the Lotza Paper Boyz add-on ...
I hadn't thought about using the main kit's embellishments with the add-on's papers, but they work perfectly together ...
The full reveal will be on the 29th, but if you've purchased from me in the past, you should have received an e-mail today. Let me know if you didn't receive it :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Off Again ...

We're off again this afternoon to camp for a few days. I think this will be the end of our overnight trips in the trailer for the summer. So much else to get done before school starts ... we haven't spent a night in the cabin yet and we usually spend a few nights at my mom's park. The summer will be over before you know it.
So before I finish packing up, I wanted to do a quick share of another layout from the July kit. Very simple, but sometimes less is definately more. All the focus should be on that beautiful face. A face that we'll be seeing in a few hours as it happens :)Just a note ... I won't be returning any e-mails until Sunday :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

August Kit Sneaks

Hey Everyone! I've been getting the kits organized for August and wanted to give you a few sneaks.
From the main kit "Snowcones" ...
The project kit "Travel Journal" ...
Also available this month are two "Lotza Paper" kits. These kits are heavy on the paper with less embellishments than you would find in the main kits. The idea being that you can use your leftover embellishments from past kits with them.
The "Girlz" palette ... and the "Boyz" ...
All of these kits will be available on July 29th to purchase. Come back then for the full reveal and beautiful inspiration from our August Guest Designers!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Girl of Craft from Michelle Clement

I don't know how she does it, but Michelle just has a way of using product in such a different way. Every time I look at one of her layouts, I see a little something that I've missed before. Everything looks so random, and yet, you just know that each item has been placed with purpose. Sigh. And I still haven't managed to pick up any walnut ink yet. I've got to get some to play with soon. Can you tell that I want to be Michelle when I grow up? :)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

More July and some August Sneaks

Hey everyone! I'm back from camping with a few new layouts using the July main and add-on kits.
I've been going through old photo albums and I guess I'm feeling a little nostalgic. This photo is of my parents and a couple they used to go around with from the time they were first dating. Both men have now passed on and Velma was up to visit my mom a few weeks ago. Lots of laughs, but also a few tears ... recalling all the good times they've shared over the years.
I loved how Michelle trimmed lines of text from the October Afternoon paper, but I'd already used my sheet that came with the kit for another layout and couldn't get a whole quote. I used a sheet from the 8x8 Thrift Shop pad instead. The text is a bit smaller, but still works.
The letter stickers are from the July add-on.
To dress up one of the Maya Road envelopes from the add-on kit, I gently removed the bosher tabs, trimmed a piece of patterned paper to fit the front and slapped on some of the Old Soot Crackle Paint on the flap. If you spread the paint such that some is thick and some is thin, you will get a variation in the cracks. Spread thinly, you get smaller cracks and left thick, you get the large cracks. Re-apply the tabs with a bit of glue to the centre and then you can rewind your string.
The top of the page looked a little lonesome, so I used a small portion of the Pink Paislee rub-on and embellished it with a small K&Co. jewel.
I'm so used to doing boy pages that even when I put together a girlie layout, it's base is blue. Most of the supplies for this layout come from the July add-on ...
I wanted to include a splash of red at the bottom, and used another sheet from the 8x8 Thrift Shop pad so that the pattern would be on a smaller scale.
I used the chipboard letters from the main kit, but didn't want the harsh black. I stripped off the top layer from the chipboard, covered them with a layer of the Old Paper Crackle Paint from the main kit and gave them a spritz of Glimmer Mist. It's difficult to see from the photo, but the Glimmer Mist settles down into the cracks and gives a really nice effect.
Now for a little sneak from the upcoming August kit, "Snowcones" ...

And one from the Project Kit, "Travel Journal" ...
These kits will be going up on July 29th.
I'll be back tomorrow with another gorgeous layout from Michelle Clement.
Until then, stay cool :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day and Lisa Wilkinson

Happy Canada Day! And Happy Birthday to my husband Dave :)
We're heading off to camp this week and we're leaving today, but I wanted to do a quick post introducing our second guest designer for July ... Lisa Wilkinson.
Lisa has previously worked with the March kit, and since I knew she adores the Thrift Shop line, I asked her to play with Thrifty Business this month. And as this is the second time Lisa has guest designed here at Up The Street, she has now earned the new title "Recurring Guest Designer" :)
Lisa has had a lot on her plate this month that she wasn't expecting, so I was really touched that she was able to get these beautiful layouts done for me when she could have spending her time otherwise. Thank you so much Lisa :)

My name is Lisa Wilkinson. I live in Tamworth, NH. I am married to the love of my life and am the mommy to 5 amazing children from ages 2-11. I have been scrapbooking for over 12 years and have been addicted ever since I started. I am an everyday scrapper. I scrap everyday things everyday. I love to keep it simple, yet add my own unique touches and embellishing to make the pages truly my own. I love to “mix it up” and use each item to the fullest. The reason I scrapbook is to create something lasting, something that will help us remember all the memories we have created as a family and all the beauty that is around me.
Here are a few layouts that Lisa sent me last night ...
Such fun beach shots! I'm just itching to get some beach photos this year. Our campsite is right down near the lake this week and the weather is forcasting beautifully. Look for an overabundance of beach layouts in the very near future from me ;)
I love the effect that the layers of velvet scalloped trim create ... like waves coming in to shore.
I have mentioned time and again that I cannot get enough of these Maya Road envelopes. And here is another great use for them ... journaling spots.
Lisa has cut the large yellow doily sticker in half to frame the top and bottom of her photo. Such a great way to make the most of your supplies.
Another Maya Road envelope ... this time painted, sponged and misted while wet. So fun :)
These decadent white Prima flowers are lovely left as they are, but inking the edges bring them to a whole new level. And I love how Lisa has made a sweet little wrapped blossom with the dark teal ribbon.
So that's all you'll be hearing from me for the next few days. The campground we're camping at is nearby, so I'll be popping home in a few days to check on things. If you send an e-mail, you should expect a response on Monday or Tuesday.
Until then ... have a great holiday weekend :)