Friday, June 15, 2018

One Perfect Moment with Louise!

Good morning Quick Quotes readers, Louise here on the blog today. I'm playing along with this month's "Celebrate the Graduate" challenge. My son graduates from middle school next week and this page is about the 8th Grade Dance. You can find the challenge here.


All of the patterned papers on this are from the Spring Showers Paper Pack. Although this collection does contain floral patterns, the blues, greens, and woodgrain patterns can be combined to give this masculine feel. The papers are edged with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Deep Sea, except for lighter blue photo mat which is edged with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Bermuda.

The journaling spot is stamped with dye ink and colored with a waterbrush and PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Capri Blue. I use the ink's cover as a pallet as shown below and wipe it clean when I am done.  After I fussy cut the journaling spot, I inked the edges with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Midnight Confessions. This makes it stand out more and hides imperfections in my cutting.



I made my own embellishments using PowderPuff Chalk inks and stamps. I stamp the image, fussy cut it out, and then edge it with the same shade of chalk ink. The camera and one circle are stamped with Midnight Confessions PowderPuff Chalk Ink and the other circle embellishments are stamped with Capri Blue PowderPuff Chalk Ink. The camera is raised on foam adhesive.

The title and saying at the bottom are from the Earth Wind Fire 500 sheet. I liked the title "One Perfect Moment" because that's how long the boys stood still for this photo. I chose the Phrase "Simply Amazing" as a comment on how much these boys have grown and matured.  I added some more journaling on plain white cardstock  to explain this. Both sayings are edged with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Deep Sea and raised on foam adhesive.



Quick Quotes Products:
Spring Showers Paper Pack
Earth Wind Fire 500
PowderPuff Chalk inks: Bermuda, Capri Blue, Deep Sea, Midnight Confessions

Other Products:
 Acrylic Stamps from Heidi Swapp and Scrappy Cat
Dye ink from Your Next Stamp
Generic White Cardstock
Foam Adhesive
Waterbrush from CTMH

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A journey together with Louise!


Good morning Quick Quotes readers! Louise here on the blog with a vacation layout using the Far and Away collection.


With summer quickly approaching, I really want to finish scrapping my vacation photos from last summer. I had 3 photos that I wanted to use and didn't want to crop them so a lot of space on the page would be used for photos. 

I wanted  a border around the photos but I didn't want a large photo mat because I needed to use the remaining space for embellishments and journaling. My solution to this was to mount the photos on a piece of white cardstock cut 1/8" larger than the photos and heavily inked with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Deep Sea. 


The quotes on the Adventure Awaits 601 strip said exactly what I wanted to say on this page so I used 3 of them.

I really liked the "Explore the world, Read the map..." quote so I trimmed it down and matted it with Far and Away 104. I still wanted it to stand out more so I die-cut a circle from the Far and Away 103 paper and placed it behind it.

I  used a couple of items from the Far and Away 12" x 12" Quotes and Phrases sheet  for the cluster in the lower left corner.


Sometimes I like to hide little things on my pages. As I was finishing up this page, I happened to notice that some of the little destination stamps on the Far and Away 100 paper said  "Toledo, Ohio" and my photos happen to be from Toledo, Spain. I decided to fussy cut a couple of these images and layer them such that only the word Toledo shows. I did this in 2 places on my layout. I don't know if anyone will notice this, but it makes me happy to know it's there.

All of the patterned papers on this page are from the Far and Away paper pack and all of the edges are inked with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Deep Sea.

Quick Quotes Products:
Far and Away Paper Pack
Far and Away 12" x 12" Quotes and Phrases
Adventure Awaits AD601
PowderPuff Chalk Ink: Deep Sea

Other Products:
generic white cardstock
metal circle die from Spellbinders

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Afternoon Tea

My sister and I always enjoy going out for Afternoon Tea.


This page is my entry to the Spring Summer 2018 coffee lovers blog hop.  I used birthday bash challenge #2 from sketch-n-scrap.

Patterned paper from Basic Grey and CraftSmith, stamps from Kaisercraft and Your Next Stamp, using Your Next Stamp black olive ink and colored with copic markers. Edges are inked with Quick Quotes Powderpuff ink in Fuchsia.

Thanks for looking!

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