Summer Hair

Posted on August 23, 2014 by

Hi there. It's Malika on the blog. Here is another new layout done with August’s Main Kit and Add On Kit. I really enjoyed all the patterned vellum in these kits. I love that they can be used as a layer yet, the original layer still shows through. Here I used the polka dot vellum as a mat for my pictures. I decided to go with a different shape on this layout to change things up. I used my Cameo to cut a large circle in the card stock. I used it as a frame to put my photos, title and journaling in.

I machine stitched around the circle frame. I have learned that you will never be able to stitch perfectly even around the circle…so in order to make it look good, stitch around twice! Allow the lines to cross each other. This gives the stitching a hand drawn sort of look.

The pinked circle die cut said “Our Trip Highlights” These pictures were just around home yet I wanted to use this die cut. I altered it by using the small sticker letters from the main kit and spelled the word “Summer” right over top. Now it worked for my layout. That is the beauty about scrapbooking. Make it work for you!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Posted in August 2014 Kits, Malika Kelly

New Friends

Posted on August 18, 2014 by

Hi Paper Camellia friends! Today I want to share a layout by our own Malika Kelly with one of my favorite design elements...repetition. Malika used it to perfection in this design featuring the August kits. It is super versatile...any combination of related pattern papers will work. The  pattern repetition of rounded corner squares with the different  paper triangles creates a background that is visually interesting, yet allows the picture to shine.

Simple, clean design with lots of impact!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Posted in August 2014 Kits, Malika Kelly

Family

Posted on August 12, 2014 by

Hello Paper Camellia fans. It is Malika here on the blog. Today I have a layout with my take on the August sketch. I love lots of white space on a layout so I was quite happy with this sketch and stuck fairly close to it. The little vellum tags on the vellum cut out page are absolutely lovely. I wasn’t really sure what to do with them. I didn’t want to cover them up and hide them. I decided to make a border at the top of my page with these tags. I just ran them along the top of my layout and machine stitched right down the middle. All but one of the tags is facing the same direction. I like how the two punched holes meet at approximately one third of the way along the horizontal line.

I have always been attracted to small patterns. These skinny black and white stripes were perfect for the strips of patterned paper running down the sides of the sketch.

The little sunshine “Favorite" die cut shape actually says “Favorite Vacation” I wanted to use it, but this photo was on our front steps….no vacation here. So I tucked the portion that I didn’t want to use under some patterned paper and was still able to use the part that I wanted.

I’d love to see your take on the August sketch. Add a link in the comments section with your layout or upload your layout to our Gallery HERE for a chance to win a $10 GC to Paper Camellia Shop. Winner will be picked at random from all entries through August 28th.

Posted in August 2014 Kits, Malika Kelly, Sketch Challenge

R & R

Posted on July 19, 2014 by

Hi there! It is Malika back on the blog today. I am really enjoying working with the July kit and I hope that you are too! I love that it has a travel/ summery feel to it, yet doesn’t have to be used for that at all. In fact, most of my layouts from this kit have not been travel themed. Here is one of my non travel themed layouts:


I am still in love with that bottle cap paper from Crate Paper and I am finding every way possible to use it! It makes a great border for the top or bottom of a page.

Pairing a photo and a journaling card side by side is a nice and easy way to start a layout. Layer your favorite patterned paper behind your photo and journaling card and then embellish!

On most of my layouts, you will find clusters of embellishments. Don’t be afraid to layer or group embellishments together, it is usually quite pleasing to the eye! And really, you can’t go wrong when you are working with a kit!

Working with a kit, where the papers and embellishments are pre picked has been an awesome challenge. I look forward to working with the Paper Camellia kit each month. Make it your own! Use the kit in ways that work for you… and feel confident that the pieces all work together!

Posted in July 2014 Kits, Malika Kelly

July Sketch Challenge

Posted on July 05, 2014 by

Hello Paper Camellia fans! It's time for our monthly sketch challenge. I hope that you are enjoying your summer. The weather has been great around here and with kids home and all the activities, it is hard to find quiet moments to scrapbook! At times like this, I often turn to a sketch to help me get started on a layout. Sketches make a great baseline. There are no rules that you have to follow, but they can really help you put together a layout quickly.

Here is my take on the July Paper Camellia sketch:

I love this woodgrain paper found in the Add On Kit and thought it was perfect for a background. The pattern is subtle and not too distracting. I used a circle punch to punch out some journaling spots from the grid paper (the B side of one of the journaling cards patterned papers).

The Crate Paper bottle cap patterned paper was one of my favorites from this kit and so I found a couple of appropriate bottle caps to punch out and used them as embellishments. I stuck one up with foam tape to give a little dimension. These circles, along with my journaling circles and the round embellishments all tied the layout together.

Whether you follow closely to a sketch, or just use it as a place to start your layout, sketches are so helpful in scrapbooking. I would love to see your take on the July Paper Camellia sketch! Join us in this month's sketch challenge for a chance to win  $10.00 toward your next Paper Camellia purchase. Just upload your layout based on this month's sketch to our Community gallery HERE or link your project in the comments of this post. Challenge winner will be drawn at random from all entries on July 28th, 2014 10am PST.

Posted in July 2014 Kits, Malika Kelly, Sketch Challenge

A Little Rain

Posted on June 23, 2014 by

Hi again, Paper Camellia fans! It is Malika here today with a layout that just sort of came to be! I love when that happens…. not a whole lot of planning, but a layout that easily falls in to place! I loved the subtle sun burst on this piece of patterned paper found in the June Main Kit. I knew I wanted to use it as my layout background and figured I’d be adding some other patterned papers to it. As I worked along, I started gathering blues and golds in embellishments from both the Main Kit and the Add On. I scattered them around my photo and decided I didn’t need any more patterned paper. I used my sewing machine to stitch along the edge of a handful of the sunburst rays…and wished I had thought about stitching before I had started sticking things down… but oh well! Sometimes I like to make my journaling my title. I didn’t have much to say about this picture. I just liked it and wanted to document this every day moment.

A couple of close ups… I gathered stars up here on the right hand corner

And the circles seemed to gather down on the bottom left side…

And just like that, it came together! Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Posted in June 2014 Kits, Malika Kelly

Crazy Do

Posted on June 10, 2014 by

Hello Paper Camellia blog readers… It is Malika on the blog today. I used the June sketch for today’s layout. I love how then main piece of patterned paper was cut up in to 3 unequal parts. I decided to use the piece of striped patterned paper as this broken up pieces and then stacked another couple of papers on top, along with my photos. Though it is difficult to see in the pictures, there is a piece of gold polka dot vellum underneath. Printed vellum is one of my favorite layers to work with. It is super fun to stick it partially down and have bits and pieces show through. You can add a lot of depth to a layout by only adhering parts of your layers down. You can see that the corners of these patterned papers are not stuck all the way down.

Here are a couple of close up pictures. I embellished with lots of little bits and pieces along side my pictures. I liked the tiny little number 8 sticker because that is the age of my son. I also loved how the stripes of the polaroid camera ran the same way as the stripes on the patterned papers!

I made my own journaling spot by punching a circle and hand drawing some lines.

I’d love to see what you do with the June sketch! Join us in our June sketch challenge for a chance to win $10.00 towards your next Paper Camellia purchase. Simply upload your layout based on the June sketch to our Community Gallery HERE to be entered to win. Or you can also link your layout to the comments of this blog post. Contest runs through June 27th, 10pm PST. We look forward to seeing your layouts! Thank you for stopping by the blog today!

Posted in June 2014 Kits, Malika Kelly, Monthly Sketch

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