Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Welcome to Our 2015 Team - Week 12

We are so excited to announce our new 2015 Design Team!  Each of these ladies is talented and we can't wait to see what they come up with to help inspire you to use your stash and make some amazing layouts each week!  Here's a little more about them: 

Hi my name is Felicia Young and I have been a scrapbooker for 18 years now.  I am a mother of three adult children and two grandchildren.  My husband and I have been married for more than 21 years and we enjoy each other's company.  Scrapbooking has been my passion as well as photography, which I am a certified photographer (that is my second passion).  I love to travel, take photos, and listen to a variety of all kinds of music.  When I am not scrapbooking or doing photography, you can catch me watching classic musicals and movies.  

I first started with a bunch of photos of my children when they were babies and younger. It was then when I wanted to do something different with my photos, so I went to Target and there I found a box with a photo album and a bunch of die cuts, paper, stickers, a mini punch, and decorative edged scissors and I took it home.  That was my first kit!  

Now I do more scrapbooking than ever, I am also a Project Lifer since Becky Higgins came out with the project life and it is now going on my 6th year! I have also developed quite a few techniques over the years and since my style of scrapbooking is clean, I incorporate the new styles as well as with some old school and new techniques and that is the way I stay fresh and motivated.

My name is Jen Stokes and I have been scrapbooking for about 15 years.  I am currently a WAHM and homeschool our 2 boys, aged 12 and 10.  I have a wonderful techy husband who loves photography.  We moved to the stunning Victoria, BC Canada about 3 years ago and in our adventures as permanent tourists and a busy family, I never run out of topics to scrap about.  I would classify myself as a fairly "clean" and linear scrapbooker, but I am always trying new things and do like to get messy once in a while.  I am quite active on social media and started doing process videos this year for both layouts and Project Life.  I scrapbook to tell our stories.  To capture our memories.  I used to only scrapbook the big events but now I relish telling the small moments, the things I don't want to forget or that I want to look back on in life and will make me smile.

Jennifer will be popping in every once in a while with a great layout for us!

My name is Nicole Mantooth.  I live in southern California with my husband Jacob and our 3 kiddos.  Little Jacob is 10, Caleb is 7 and Chloe is 5.  I love photography, scrapbooking, I am a project lifer, and making wood signs.  I also love to read.  I love spending any free time we can find with my husband and the kids.  I love going on walks and watching Lifetime movies.  I love being crafty and can most often be found in our office working on something.  I am looking forward to sharing layouts with you while I am here.

Hello!  I am honored to be serving as the design team coordinator for Layout-A-Week!  I have been scrapbooking since 2003 and I haven't looked back.  It's my creative outlet and with a military husband and two girls and two dogs, I have plenty to document!  We are currently stationed at our fourth base, in New Mexico, and my husband and I are both originally from Florida.  I am a stay-at-home mom and wouldn't have it any other way.  I do process videos on YouTube and I also am active on social media.  I hope to help inspire and spark some ideas for you and get inspired in return with our awesome team!

We are so excited to bring you a new layout with stepped out tutorials and videos each Tuesday.  We hope you join us each week, we'd love to see what you make!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

In the Garden - Week 11

 Since my husband and I were talking about this years garden I thought what better time than to document last years garden.
I started with some green background paper and cut out "polaroid" shapes from kraft color with my silhouette cameo.  I printed my photos in squares and framed them with the polaroid cut outs.
 I cut double notched flags from vellum and hand wrote what each of the fruits and vegetables were.  I adhered those and added a rhinestone on each side just for some added pops of color.
Then I filled another poloaroid with some patterned paper and topped it with vellum to give it a more muted look.  I wanted the pictures to be the main focus, so added the vellum still gives the pattern but not as bright.  I did this for another polaroid and added a welcome spring sticker over that.
I made a few flag banners and layered those in the top right corner.
I added vellum to another polaroid and wrote my journaling inside of that.
 For my title, I used another 2 polaroids and filled those with corrugated paper.  I cut my title using my silhouette cameo, in a patterned paper in a light blue stripe and also in black.  I layered the black behind the light blue, for a bit of a shadow look.  I think it gives the blue an extra pop.

On the bottom of the journaling polaroid I added the hashtag #mantoothgarden because when I share on instagram that is the hashtag I always used.

One thing I just realized is that I forgot to add the date on this layout, so I am going to make sure I do it right away so I can compare from year to year, what we had and what grew and didn't grow so great.

Hope you enjoy my layout, and this really makes me want to get out there to our garden this week and get it ready for new seeds.

Thanks for stopping by and you can always find me on my blog RANDOM RAMBLINGS or on INSTAGRAM HERE .

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Card Inspiration - Week 10

Recently I taught a card class and did a very simple design and one of the girls in the class suggested it would work lovely for a layout...So thanks Kat, I did just that !!
Always start in the centre, I cut 5 2" strips and made banners from 4 of them and left one full length.
Then with the bits you cut off, snip a few chevron shapes out of them
And adhere on the page leaving a gap between each one.
Next, I painted up a few stars and punched out three black circles from my Big Bite, to make a 'Mickey' logo on one of the stars, seeing as it was a holiday to Florida and the land of Mickey mouse.

Then I simply tied some twine around the photo and added some tickets to finish it off.
And there you have a very simple but effective layout.

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Week 9: Back to School

Hello everyone!  How about we go back to school....in March.  I have this school picture of my daughter and just had to make a layout with it.  She's growing so quickly!  I used some great Heidi Swapp products and I absolutely love the way it turned out.  I encourage you to pull out your child's current (or past) school pictures and highlight them on a layout.  Here is my process:

Aqua cardstock
Patterned Paper: Heidi Swapp, Webster's Pages
Stamp: Ali Edwards
Ink: VersaFine
Alphas: Sassafrass
Clear Stickers: Freckled Fawn
Enamel dots: My Mind's Eye
Wood Veneer: Freckled Fawn
Paperclip: Freckled Fawn
Stars: Studio Calico
Other: square doily, yellow paper pad, flowers

Thanks for joining us today and please let me know if you have any questions.  I'd love to see you over on my blog: The Scrap Angel.  

Have a great week!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

2015 Design Team Call

I'm looking for SCRABOOKING designers for the Layoutaweek blog!!

You would create one scrapbook page (single or double page layout, Project Life style is ok, must be 12x12 or 8.5x11 - no mini book pages), once a month to post on the http://Layout-A-Week.blogspot.com blog. It must have a tutorial with either a video or step out pics. There is no monetary compensation at this moment BUT I will send you a box of STUFF to create with AND promote you on social media AND add you to the Hydrangea Hippo designer group where we chat about design stuff. 


- You must have a blog
- 1 post a month of a 12x12, 8.5 x 11 scrapbook single or double page layout (Project Life style ok). This post will be on the Layout-A-Week blog
- Must be tutorial or video showing at least a technique - does not have to be the whole project, just a technique
- Multi-photo layouts encouraged
- Be active on social media. Sharing your work on social media is a plus!
- Good photography is a plus
- Term: 6 months


- GENEROUS Box of crafty supplies
- Promotion on Hydrangea Hippo and Layout-A-Week social media accounts
- Access to the Hydrangea Hippo designer group where you can get feedback, mentoring, and more
- Bio on the Layout-A-Week Blog
- Opportunity for cross promos and blog hops (possible)


Send an email to jennifer[at]hydrangeahippo.com with:
- a link to your blog
- a short bio (max 300 words)
- a link to a video or stepped out tutorial you've done in the last 6 months
less than 300 words about why you want to be on the Layout-A-Week team

Deadline to apply is March 5, 2015. Thanks!

Together with Sewing

Hi everyone!  Nancy here today to share with you a fun technique that will add lots of texture to your scrapbook pages, sewing.
Supplies Used:
Cardstock, Kraft and Yellow - Darice
Patterned Papers, Embellishments - Crate Paper Open book
Sequins - Unknown

The process for this project was really quite simple.  After cutting my kraft cardstock to 10" square, I added just a bit of adhesive to the back of my kraft cardstock in the middle to hold it still, then ran the stitches from my machine around the edge twice. Don't add adhesive where you plan to sew or it could gum up your needle.   Don't worry about being perfect with your stitches here, the little bits of wandering just add more interest.
From here I layered my patterned papers and photos.
Added a few embellishments
The last step was adding a few sequins for a bit of whimsy and sparkle.
I really love the interest that the stitches added to my page, and hope you give this technique a try.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Green is a colour I love working with, especially if it's TEAL green LOL !!!! but this time I've really pushed myself and used sage green.
Start by painting and when I say painting I mean pop a bit of paint on a baby wipe and rub onto the cardstock.
Next spritz a bit of a water based spray onto your resist mat and using the lid, make some circles on the cardstock.

With the ink still wet, sprinkle on some Embossing powder, shake off and heat set

Next, using a piece of watercolour card, spritz with a lighter ink, then lay a stencil over and spritz with a darker ink. Dry with a heat tool.

Whilst I had the embossing powder out, I inked up a few flowers and a polaroid frame and embossed those.

Added a few splatters with the ink before sticking it all down.
Thanks for looking
Marion xxx