Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Memory Makers Magazine April Blog Bounce

Hello everyone!  Welcome to this month's blog bounce!

If you've been hopping along in order, you may have just arrived from Lain Ehmann's blog, Layout a Day.  If not, feel free to keep going after my blog, or head on back to the Memory Makers Magazine blog to begin the blog bounce!

Our theme this month is "_____ Blooms", using some products from the Making Memories Dilly Dally line.  I decided to showcase my favorite insect - the butterfly.  Butterflies always remind me that change is inevitable, yet can be a good thing.  Butterflies instill hope within me, and allow it to "bloom", if you will. :)

I used this sketch here by Becky Fleck, punching my patterned paper into scalloped squares, and sewing grid lines to complete my arrangement.  I added a couple of border strips from the Ice Cream Parlor DSP & Quick Accents Pack (retired, from Sale-a-bration 2011), then sewed around the perimeter of the layout.

To create my title, I inked the chipboard letters with Whisper White Craft ink, then covered them with White Stampin' Emboss Powder and heated the powder to melt.  I repeated this a couple times to give the letters a nice and smooth look.  "In Bloom" is a rub-on, as is the journaling section.

The Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon was gathered by pulling a thread in the middle of the ribbon, then sewed onto the layout.

Don't you love the pink butterfly?  It's a sneak peek of the Strength & Hope stamp set (also contains the words below the journaling and the "H-hope" in the circle on the left of the layout), which will be available in the Summer Mini Catalog on May 1st.  Stampin' Up! is donating $2 of each purchase of the Strength & Hope stamp set or digital kit to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a wonderful way to help make a difference.

Hope you enjoyed reading about what "blooms" for me! :)  Your next stop is Susan's blog.. I hope you enjoy the Blog Bounce, and thanks for stopping by!

"hope in bloom" scrapbook page supplies:
All supplies by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted
Stamps:  Vintage Vogue, Strength & Hope (available May 1st)
Ink:  Old Olive, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Whisper White Craft ink
Paper:  Whisper White cardstock, Botanical Gazette and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper, Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents Pack; other patterned paper [Making Memories]
Accessories/Tools:  Alphabet Soup Chipboard, White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Springtime Vintage Big Designer Buttons, Brights Designer Buttons, Neutrals Designer Buttons, Fleurettes II Accents & Elements, Pearl Basic Jewels, Early Espresso Baker's Twine (available May 1st), Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon, 1-1/4" Circle and Scallop Square Punches, Beautiful Wings Embosslits die, Big Shot, sewing machine and kraft thread; rub-ons, fabric flower, and plastic flower [Making Memories]


  1. So pretty, Melissa! I love the placement on this. And those cute stacked buttons!!! Your theme idea is a great one, too. This is wonderful!!

  2. Love all the butterflies, Melissa! Very cool to use your punch on the patterned paper, and then sew in between!

  3. Love all the butterflies! Your sewing is perfection! Great layout. Love the border strips!

  4. I just love your layouts and this one is no different!!! Beautiful!!! I will be featuring this layout on My Crafty Picks #12 on 4-17-11. If you wish to decline please email me at trbauer@insightbb.com

    Take care

  5. Absolutely incredible! Love that seam binding and the button groupings.

  6. This is beautiful! Love all yhe butterflies!

  7. Gorgeous layout. Has scrap lift written all over it

  8. Wow I agree this is a gorgeous layout! The butterflies are so pretty.

  9. This is just beautiful, the pg looks alive!


  10. What a terrific layout! I saw this on Tiffany's Crafty Picks and just had to check out your blog. Your scrapbooking is just exquisite.
    I'm adding you to my "favorite blogs" list at http://itsnotjustpaper.blogspot.com/

  11. Has anyone told you lately how utterly amazingly talented you are?

  12. This page is Fabulous! Love everything about it.

  13. You have such a way of taking everything not only the next level but a few levels above that. Truly beautiful work here on this lo. You are a master of details.

  14. Just came across your blog and love the layouts and cards. Great job.


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