This ‘week’ (8 days) we went to Belfast to visit Ken’s family. The friend that kindly let us stay for a month need us out for a few days, so it was the perfect opportunity to pop up.
Truth time: of all the pages I made using the Studio Calico Brimfield cards and my September Grab 5! products, I made this week’s pages last, even though they are second in the album. I knew that there was a ton of photos/pages/inserts and I didn’t want to run out of product with most of the month left to do. In all, this week has two spreads, two 6×12 inserts, and a Design G 10×12 insert. Because it is so long, I will share one spread (plus inserts) this week and the other one next week. Still, it is a pretty long post…
I decided to try something new (to me), and share the inserts in line with the adjoining pages. I am hoping this way is a bit faster than having all of the individual sides and, honestly, when I lay out the pages/cards, this is the way I visualize it. Let me know if it invokes strong feelings of any sort.
This title card from the SC Brimfield add-on was love at first sight (ok second sight. I had been eyeing up the original at In A Creative Bubble for a while). Tags and Airport codes? Totally my jam. I may have done these pages last, but this card definitely went in first. The ‘Belfast’ letters are my favorite QK studio mini and I used the Theresa Collins alpha for the other letters. It still needed a little something, so I dug up these gorgeous SC canvas cameras. I am pretty sure they are meant to be misted, but I like them just as they are. In fact, I used a few more this month, so they are an unofficial 6th addition to Grab 5! Also, large enamel dots make fun lenses.
A teal and white chevron gets me every time. No brainer. Added a doily scrap and a couple partial labels.
I love the convenience of online check-in. I hate that the boarding passes are so freaking ugly. Oh well. The background card is a 4×6 from SC Brimfield with little pink dashes all over it. Pink is not my color of choice, but I figured it was mostly covered here. I cut a piece of vellum to 4×6 and then in half diagonally to create the pocket and act as a base for the embellishment cluster. The plastic arrow is also Studio Calico, and the geotag is a SC free download. For a girl that doesn’t subscribe to their kits, it seems as though I have a lot of the product on here!
Because the only word that can possible come after that many ‘more’s is BACON. Truth.
The left hand card is from the amazing Christine Herrin and available in her shop. I am a total fan girl and have to print multiples of all her cards. She is also a super nice person, so sign up for her newsletter and shoot her some fan mail. Trust me. It is worth it.
The next inserts hold the photos from a visit to a family park/farm thing near Ken’s family house. It was a gorgeous day and a gorgeous property, so I took way too many photos. Though I am usually pretty set in my horizontal 4×6 and vertical 3×4 ways, it is nice to have the option of Design G when I just really love some vertical photos.
This card gave me no end of trouble. Originally, the title cluster was in the middle of a card from the SC Brimfield kit, but no matter what I added or subtracted, it just wouldn’t work. Finally, I hacked it off the other card in one piece (the back is not pretty) and stuck it to the corner of a card from my stash (BH Sunshine?). I like it much better, but it still elicits feelings of rage at the memory.
Due to the card drama of above, I had to shift some things around to make them work with the bold teal stripes. I really didn’t want these filler cards right next to each other —I feel like the placement of the clusters is too similar—but I loved them both, so they stay. I am learning to live with it. The teal watercolor is from SC Brimfield and the grey woodgrain was cut down from a 4×6 Midnight title card.
The combination of the 3×4 card, doily and AE banner came together very easily, but I wanted something else a little darker to pull the layout together. I had already used the phrase stamp a lot (yay me!) so I just wrote out a word in tiny letter stickers.
How can you not be charmed by a fairy woods? So freaking cute.
I like cards with check boxes (this one from SC Brimfield), because they are a really good place to add some color or texture with enamel dots, sequins, or brads. I didn’t really have anything to write on this card, so I just added another couple photos. It’s random, but it works.
Grab 5! Roundup:
Number of cards using this product: 4
As mentioned, this was one of the last spreads from this kit, and I had already used almost all of my prestamped labels. However, I did have a few tabs with the inserts, which are my typical place for phrase stamps, so that worked great.
Number of cards using this product: 4
Because I had used up all my phrase labels, I found myself using the tiny letters to write words in an embellisment cluster where I would have used a label. I also find that with the black backgrounds, I tend to make them intentionally wonky, and I am not quite sure why.
3. Misc Paper Clips
Number of cards using this product: 0
I only had three total in the kit. Some weeks just don’t get any.
Number of cards using this product: 5
Oh enamel dots, I may be obsessed. By this point I was pretty low on tiny ones (the greatest of all enamel dots!), but the camera lenses were a great way to use up some of the freakishly large ones.
Number of cards using this product: 6
I feel like I may need to back away from the doily after this month. They are cheap, plentiful, and kind of neutral. But do I really need to stick them to every card?
Wahoo, another week documented and blogged! Man that feels good. Have you tried Grab 5! yet? Let me know!
Want to see the rest of the September 2015 Grab 5! series? Check it out:
September Grab 5! (Intro/Overview)