Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sports Inspiration with Louise

Hello! Louise here with another project using this month's amazing Club Q kit. The layout kit contains everything you need to make two double page layouts. In my family, each season has its sport and in the Spring it's track. By combining papers from both page kits and using the prints on the reverse sides, I was able to quickly assemble this Spring Track page.


I am making a single scrapbook for my son's high school years. I like to make a double page summary for each sports season with a few photos and his best times. He likes to chose some of the photos for these pages. The boys on his team typically take some fun posed shots at the last track meet of the season. I left some space on the right for those.

All of the papers in this project are edged with PowderPuff Chalk ink in Navy, Cactus, or Lipstick.  Here is a close-up of the left side:



High school sports are as much about the friendship and the experience as they are about the sport itself. The quotes and phrases included with the kit express this perfectly. (The journaling spot and the phrases come from the Earth Wind Fire 500 paper which is included in the altered project kit). I also added some chevrons which I die-cut from extra pieces included with the kit.


Here is a close-up of the banner. The large pennants came from the same phrases sheet. I like to tie knots in the twine along the top of my banners. I get the knots to line-up with the corners by working slowly and adhering the twine to the paper as I proceed.



This design can easily be adapted to any Spring sport. I cut the large red ring in half to symbolize the rounded end of the track oval. If I was scrapping a sport with a ball, I probably would keep the ring whole and put it elsewhere on the page.

There is plenty of product included in this kit, so after making this page, I have enough papers left to make another double page layout similar to the ones in the instructions and all of the altered projects.

I have really enjoyed working with this month's Club Q. I hope I have shown you how wonderful and flexible this kit is.

Quick Quotes Products:
May Club Q
PowderPuff Chalk inks: NavyCactusLipstick

Other Products:
Metal dies from Quickutz, Spellbinders, and WRMK
Twine from Twinery

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise

Friday, May 11, 2018

Club Q with Louise!

Good Morning Quick Quotes readers, Louise here today. Mother's Day is two days away, are you ready?  Here is a Mother's Day gift I made using this month's awesome Club Q kit.


The box book is very easy to make by following the instructions that come with the kit. The kit actually makes 2 boxes and 2 books so you can mix and match the pieces to get the color scheme that you prefer. My Mom likes green better than red, so I chose to use more of the green pieces on this one. All the papers in the box are edged with PowderPuff Chalk ink in Navy or Cactus.

You can see the box construction in these photos:


The box contains a little accordion book which can hold 5 photos. I chose photos from the past few months that are special memories for my Mom.

In the past, my Mom displayed the mini-albums I gave her in her living room. I wanted her to be able display the accordion book with the photos showing, so I made it horizontally.


I wanted some of the photos to be larger than others, so I cut some of green mats larger than indicated in the instructions. There was plenty of green paper in the kit so this wasn't an issue. In case you want to do this with your kit, the larger mats are 3 1/2 by 5 inches.

I added lots of phrases from the quotes and phrases sheet that came with the kit, it was easy because they said all the right things.



I made the matching card using scraps leftover from this project. I added the red flower from one of the layout kits in this month's Club Q. There are still plenty of flowers left that I can use on the layouts, and I thought it added a lot to the card. The petals are inked in Lipstick PowderPuff Chalk ink.  I stamped the word "Mom" with Navy PowdePpuff Chalk ink.


Quick Quotes Products:
May Club Q
PowderPuff Chalk inks: Navy, Cactus, Lipstick

Other Products:
Mom stamp from Powerpoppy
Generic card base

Happy Mother's Day!
~Louise

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Enjoying Life with Louise

Good morning Quick Quotes readers! I'm up on the Quick Quotes blog today to share a layout using the Navigator collection. These photos of my kids and husband playing in the pool are special because my Mom was with us that day as you can see in the lower photo.


Using a coordinated collection like this makes it very easy to create a scrapbook layout. I like to stamp and decided to stamp a flourish directly onto my background paper using an acrylic stamp and PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Deep Sea. I often use a foam mat under my paper when I stamp with acrylic stamps to make the image a bit darker.


An easy way to design a layout using a coordinated collection is  just to make horizontal stripes across the page using different papers. I move them around until I like how they look as you can see in the image below.  I used a title phrase from the Farmhouse 500 paper. Even though it is from a different collection, the colors match perfectly. I decided to add one vertical stripe on the right to balance the stamped image.


The long banner is a leftover die-cut from my February Club Q. Many of the die-cuts in these kits are neutral colors so they can be saved and used later. I used 3 colors of PowderPuff Chalk Ink and a blending tool to color the banner. Working light to dark, I started with the Bermuda ink dabbing it lightly in different spots on the banner. Next I used the same technique with the Key Largo ink and Deep Sea ink. Finally, I inked the bottom edges of the banner with Deep Sea. (I didn't need to ink the top of the banner since I was planning to cover it with my other layers).


At this point I had a bunch of scraps sitting on my table. I used a light colored area of one for my journaling and punched tags from some others. The chevron paper in the lower left was a scrap from the new Secret Garden collection that was leftover from a previous project. The phrases are from the Navigator Quotes and Phrases sheet. Before adhering the page together, I inked all edges with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Deep Sea.


Quick Quotes Products:
Navigator Paper Pack
Navigator 12" x 12" Quotes and Phrases
Farmhouse 500
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Bermuda, Deep Sea, Key Largo
Brads - Copper
Secret Garden 105 (Coming soon)
February Club Q

Other Products:
Acrylic stamp from Fancy Pants
Acrylic block
Tag Punch from EK Success
Ink Blender from Ranger

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Graduation card with Louise

Good morning, Quick Quotes readers. I'm up on the Quick Quotes blog today with a tri-fold graduation card I made for my son. He will be graduating from middle school this year.  This card is made from the reverse sides of several papers in the new Secret Garden collection. The moment I saw these chevron patterns, I knew they would be perfect for my teenage sons. I love collections like this where the colors and patterns can be used for both masculine and feminine projects.





All the sentiments and sayings on this card come from the Farmhouse 500 paper. Many of the sayings on this paper are perfect for 8th grade graduation and the colors matched well with the Secret Garden papers. I cut out more sayings than I ended up using, figuring I will save the rest for a Graduation scrapbook page.
  • I chose a card size of 5 inches high by 6 1/2 inches wide since this size fits well in envelopes. To make the tri fold card base, I cut two 5 inch strips from generic white cardstock and scored them at 6 1/2 inches. 
  • I trimmed the flaps unevenly so the left flap is 4 1/2 inches and the right flap is 3 1/2 inches. 
  • Next, I cut pieces of the chevron patterns from the back of Secret Gardens 105 (blue) and 102 (red) to fit the various faces of the card.
  • The blue card face shown below is cut from Secret Garden 105 with a strip from Secret Garden 100. I fussy cut the pennant around the pattern of the chevron paper. This is a very easy way to cut a balanced pennant shape. 
  • I decided to mat a couple of sayings in the blue from leftover pieces of Secret Garden 105 that were sitting on my table. 
  • Next I moved all the pieces around until I decided on an arrangement. I inked around the outside edges of all the papers the card with Deep Sea PowderPuff Chalk ink. The sayings are edged with PowderPuff chalk ink in either Cactus or Deep Sea. 
  • I added a small piece of white cardstock (with Deep Sea ink around the edges) where we can hand write a personal message later. 


Here is the inside of the card:



Finally I had to decide which saying to put on the front. I used a clear block to hold the card closed and looked at it with each of my 2 options. I preferred the look of the orange saying, but in the end I decided that the blue one "You were made for amazing things" was what I actually wanted to say. I added a scrap of white cardstock behind the flap to make it a bit stronger. 




Quick Quotes Products:
Secret Garden 100, 102, 105 (Coming soon)
Farmhouse 500
PowderPuff Chalk inks: Deep Sea, Cactus

Other products:
Generic white cardstock

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise

Friday, April 13, 2018

Secret Garden with Louise

Happy Friday the 13th Quick Quotes readers. I'm up on the Quick Quotes blog today with the  new Secret Garden collection. This collection has beautiful bright colors with bold floral patterns. The reverse sides of the papers have more subtle prints including chevrons and solids. These papers are perfect for a wide range of Spring and Summer themes, but I chose to use them for a scrapbook layout about Chinese food.



My children have a variety of food allergies and have never been able to have Chinese food until last week at this funky little place we found over Spring break.  Of course, they loved it. I thought the bright colors in the Secret collection went perfectly with the restaurant paint job and my Mom's shirt.

The Secret Garden 100 and 105 papers have the same floral pattern with different background colors. I stitched them together with the patterns matching up, but chose to fussy cut around one flower so it wouldn't have a seam through it.


The flowers at the bottom were fussy cut from the unused sections of the white paper. The subtle pattern on the bottom is from the reverse of Secret Garden 104 and the horizontal stripe (which matches my Mom's shirt perfectly) is from Secret Garden 103.


The quotes are from the Adventure Awaits and Farmhouse collections. The quotes and photos are adhered with raised foam to help them stand out. All edges are inked with PowderPuff Chalk Inks.


Quick Quotes Products:
Secret Garden 100, 103, 104, and 105 (Coming Soon)
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Buttercup, Key Largo, Lipstick, Navy, and Peach Tree
Adventure Awaits Quotes and Phrases
Farmhouse 500

Other Products:
white cardstock
thread
enamel accents from Wendy Vecchi

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spring Snow with Louise

Hello! This is Louise hosting the Quick Quotes blog today with the new Spring Showers collection. I was very excited to use this collection to scrap photos of Spring flowers that started popping through when we were hit with four winter storms during March. Luckily, the colors in this beautiful collection are also perfect for snow photos.


I chose Spring Showers 103 paper for the background because the colors are perfect for snow. The wood-grain layered over it is from the reverse of Spring Showers 102.  I think the vertical grain in the wood emphasizes the falling snow in the photos. The wood-grain is trimmed on the left with a strip cut from Spring Showers 101. This paper is a multi-color stripe, but I just cut the strip from the color I wanted, the greenish-blue. The edges of these papers are all inked with Powderpuff chalk ink in Deep Sea.

The snow-flakes were die-cut from the reverse sides  of Spring Showers 100 and 105. I inked the edges both manually and with my blending tool, using Bermuda PowderPuff Chalk ink for Spring Showers 100 and Key Largo for 105.


To finish the snowflakes, I covered them in clear adhesive and sprinkled some loose glitter on top. 


Here's a close-up of the snowflakes over the stripe and wood-grain papers. 



The title is die-cut from the same 2 papers as the snow-flakes.



I hope I've inspired you to use the beautiful Spring Showers collection for many different seasons.

Quick Quotes Products:
Spring Showers : 100, 101, 102, 103, and 105 (Coming soon)
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Bermuda, Deep Sea, Key Largo

Other Products:
Metal dies from Quickutz and Spellbinders
Loose glitter
White cardstock
Blending tool from Ranger

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise


Friday, March 23, 2018

Hollywood with Louise

Good morning, Quick Quotes Readers! My sister took my son to Southern California while I stayed home and froze, but she was nice enough to send me some photos. I created this page using the Far and Away collection and PowderPuff Chalk inks.


My favorite part of this page is the the starburst I created using a template, modeling paste, and PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Tropical Punch.

  • First, I tape the template in place using remove-able tape, adding pieces of scrap paper to protect a larger area. 
  • Since this process is messy, I work on wax paper, using a plastic spoon and an old hotel room key (or other plastic card) as my tools. 
  • The modeling paste is white, I use 2 methods to color it, both using the PowderPuff Chalk ink in Tropical Punch. 
  • For the first method, I stamp down with the ink pad onto the wax paper. Then I spoon a small amount of modeling paste onto the colored area and mix them together. Since I want a marbled look, I don't mix too thoroughly.
  • When I like the color of the ink and paste mix, I use the card as a palette knife to spread the lightly colored paste over the template. 
  • Before anything is dry, I carefully remove the template and wash it and all the tools with water.


After the starburst is dry,  I use my blending tool to selectively apply the PowderPuff ink to the raised surfaces of the starburst. I add the color a little bit at a time until I have the effect I want.



In this close-up of the starburst, you can see the marbled effect I achieved using the PowderPuff ink to color the modeling paste.  I really like how well it matches with the patterned papers.


The flowers on the left of my layout were die-cut from the Navigator 100 paper and shaped with water. The flowers centers are pearls leftover from my February Club Q kit. The flowers on the right were fussy-cut from the Far and Away 101 paper. To finish the page, I added a couple elements from the Far and Away Quotes and Phrases.

Quick Quotes Products:
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Tropical Punch, Bermuda, Deep Sea, and Peach Tree
Far and Away 100 and 101  *Coming soon
Far and Away 12" x 12" Quotes and Phrases
February Club Q
Navigator 100

Other Products:
Blending Tool from Ranger
Modeling Paste from Brea Reese
Template from Tim Holtz

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise