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Life Pages Spread by Ewa

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Hello Gossamer Blue people, it’s Ewa today. I’m a little bit nervous because it is my first time here!  🙂

I’m here today with my a Life Pages spread. When I create my spreads I like to be spontaneous – I put many embellishments on the cards and try to do creative and fun work.

With the September kits and add-ons it wasn’t hard. I loved everything in those kits…really!

Ewa Kujawska for @gossamerbluekit

Supplies: September Add-On Kit #3 , September Life Pages Main Add-On, September 2014 Life Pages Kit, September 2014 Main Kit

Week #8 wasn’t as photo heavy as previous weeks so I add blank PL cards with words. It is a good solution if you haven’t got many photos! 🙂

PL#008 2 for GB

PL#008 3  for GB

PL#008 4  for GB

That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping by and have a amazing day.

Ewa-Cursive

Spotlight : August Exclusive Stamps

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It’s Michelle on the blog today and I’m sharing a little love for the August Gossamer Blue exclusive stamps.  Every month there is a small stamp set in the Main Kit and larger set in the Life Pages Kit.  They are designed to mix and match and coordinate with one another. This month, many of the phrases from the Life Pages stamps fit into the scalloped circle in the Main Kit stamp set.

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After I’m done creating most of my projects for the month, I like to mix all my kits up and create something just for fun. This month it was gift packaging to keep on hand.  I reached for some brown paper sacks and gold doilies from my stash then I went digging through my kits.  I selected some pretty papers from the Bits & Pieces Kit for backgrounds and also reached for the gold foil embellishments from the Life Pages Add-on #3.

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The wood accents from the Main Add-on Kit are great for packaging too, especially if you like to keep the bulkier items for special projects.  The Bits & Pieces Kit also had a fun selection of glassine bags.

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I began staging, or layering, my embellishments in a pleasing manner onto the sacks. Sometimes I snap a photo at this point so I will remember what I did.

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Next I filled all the glassine bags with sequins from the Life Pages Kit.

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I did a little stitching to keep items in place, added a little adhesive here and there and then tied my tags around the sacks with baker’s twine from my stash.

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Lots of pretty layers, perfect for some special gift packaging.

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I love to keep a few of these on hand for teacher gifts and it’s so much easier than scrambling at the last minute.

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I’ll use these for little chocolate candies, greeting cards, notebooks and more.  Usually it’s something handmade that I tuck inside.

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All lined up, it’s not too bad for a day’s work.

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Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by the blog today.

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Pattern Play

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Howdy everyone! I just got back from Hawaii and had the most wonderful vacation with the family.  Waiting on my door step when I got back was the box full of the incredible Gossamer Blue August kits.  I immediately dug into my box to find so many summer papers and embellishments, mixed and matched to perfection. Once all the post-vacation dust settled, I gathered up a few of my favorite photos and got a little creative for this month’s Pattern Play…

Heather Leopard for @gossamerbluekit

Supplies: August 2014 Main Kit, August Main Add-on Kit , August Add-on Kit #2August Add-On Kit #3

I set out with a plan to mix various 2×2 pieces of pattern papers with a 5 – 6 photos. Once I started placing papers and photos, I doubled the amount of photos to 12. These are my top 12 photos from this particular day at the beach and I couldn’t not include them all.

The hardest part of this entire layout was sizing the photos so that I could cut them in the diamond shape.  TIP: in order to cut my photos as a 2×2 diamond, I printed them as 3×3 squares, keeping the subjects mostly in the center or slightly offset so I could have some of them running off the page.  If you have fancy photo printing software, you can also create the shape and place your photo in the shape, which is much easier since you can see the diamond outline and size your photo right in the software.

Enjoy the Day Embellishments by Heather Leopard
I intentionally left a lot of space in the middle for an offset, funky design and I love the amount of white space it created.
Enjoy the Day Title by Heather Leopard

Of course I couldn’t leave that white space well enough alone. I had to fill it with mist, embellishments and the title but I LOVE it. I chose to scatter the embellishments throughout this space. Why get all symmetrical when I’ve gone this far already??? I got soo lucky that the title fit perfectly along the row of photos and paper. I didn’t pre-measure and really lucked out. If you try this, you may want to design your pattern with this in mind.

Of course, practically all of my projects include machine or hand stitching and this grid style layout  is no exception.

I made an effort to use patterns and embellishments that would not draw attention away from the photos. I hope you like the design and how I mixed the photos and the papers together. Who’s ready to give this one a go with me?!?!

Heather Signature