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Precious by Maiko Kosugi

Precious by Maiko Kosugi (MMK154)

Make Kosugi is back with another shabby chic layout that is beautiful as always.  This beautiful layout features some of the bright papers of the Frolic Collection from Blue Fern Studios yet Maiko tones them down to a pastel masterpiece.

Precious by Maiko Kosugi (MMK154)
Precious by Maiko Kosugi (MMK154)

As usual, Maiko adds small details that all make up so many pieces of the puzzle to make it really special.

You can find all kit details here.  Be sure to read the full product description as we are offering a basic, plus and complete version of the kit.  Only a few things aren’t included and are pretty basic and most likely in your stash. When you purchase the kit, you will gain access to Maiko’s How-to Tutorial showing all of her steps.

In addition, we added a few extra pieces so you can make a second layout. Here’s a look at my bonus sample…

Treasure the Moment Bonus Sample MMK154
Treasure the Moment Bonus Sample MMK154

Had fun but then again I usually do when working on our designer kits. What’s not to like?

Lots coming.. next kit from Pascale B.  It got pushed back because I didn’t have one or two things but we are on track now and hoping for Friday. After that… we’ll have more kits from Rachelle Sigursdon and Gabrielle Pollacco.

Thanks for checking in. Hope the holiday season is a joyous one.

Janene

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Happy when Grey Skies by Maiko Kosugi

Happy When Grey Skies by Maiko Kosugi (MMK124)

As promised, we are on a roll with brand new kits from the best the world has to offer!

Maiko Kosugi from Japan joins The Scrapbook Diaries roster of amazingly talented artists. Not sure that was the right words since we have already seen some of Maiko’s work in the last Beauty and Grunge Mega kit but this is her first exclusive.

As is typical of Maiko’s designs, this layout is STUNNING!  Maiko has a way of layering pieces and mixed media elements in such a calming way. This may be the case because of the way she incorporates her materials or splashes some gesso at the end to tie it all in… I don’t really know but I do know I had a lot of fun following her along on her tutorial and making a similar one myself.

Happy When Grey Skies by Maiko Kosugi (MMK124)
Happy When Grey Skies by Maiko Kosugi (MMK124)

Beautiful right?  There’s a lot of product in this one.I kind of mixed up the way we usually offer kits on this one. We are offering Basic and Basic Plus.  Basic as always includes the papers, flowers, trinkets, etc.  I did choose to include 1 Chalk Edger (Dry Sand) in the basic because I felt the hue is PERFECT for bending the printed chipboard in to the page.  In addition, two stencils were used which are available a la carte (Static Stencil from Prima is in very low stock and not available anymore). The other stencil, Optic Impressions from The Crafters Workshop is among one of my favorites (always plenty on hand). But as you can see in the layout, the stencil work is subtle and can easily be replaced with other stencils you may have on hand.  The Basic Plus kit includes 3 Chalk Edgers, Mist and Texturez paint as well as a small stamp from Prima.  These colors and stamps are what Maiko used but the colors too might be similar to items you might have on hand. We try to make it convenient so if you don’t have these colors… order the Plus… Whatever works for you. Hope my ramblings make sense.

With a few extra sheets of papers and a few trinkets, here’s the bonus sample I came up with (i love it if I do say so myself). As you will see I added a bit of blue to the layout – for no reason other than there was a leftover blue flower that couldn’t go to waste.  The fabric flowers from Prima used in this kit are one of those ones I hordes from last year. They are no longer available so we have to make sure they go to the right use. Maiko is always worthy! 🙂

Now and then Bonus Sample (MMK124)
Now and then Bonus Sample (MMK124)

Really happy with both the layouts iI created on this one. Always fun to see a new designer join us and get a look in to their creative process.

Happy to say I have a lot of that going on this week/next…. Next kit coming (Monday) will be from Pascale B from France!  You may know her from teams like 7Dots Studio, Mixed Media Place or Maja Design. Pascale applies mediums and textures in a way I haven’t seen before. It’s these small details that set her work apart. I guess I should save all my kind words of admiration for her post.

Following Pascale’s debut, we’ll have another debut – the ever fabulous Di Garling. Another name known throughout the industry. Di hails from Australia and has graced industry teams like 2Crafty and Scrap Around the World. In addition, she does a lot of teaching in Australia.

No idea when I am fitting them all in and only naming the countries they are from as I have somehow turned this post in to the United Nations of scrapbooking… Gabrielle Pollacco (Canada), Garry van Gent (Netherlands), Elena Tretiakova (Russia), Nadia Cannizzo (Australia). Have I left any other designers who I currently have projects for out? I hope not. I know we have others coming real soon.

Thanks for stopping by,

Janene

 

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Beauty & Grunge Mega Mixed Media Kit Sample Pages

Smile by Maiko Kosugi

Yesterday we unveiled the second installment of Beauty and Grunge Mixed Media Mega Kit.  As announced, this edition has another batch of internationally known designers who are turning this mixed media kit in to a mega, four designer/four layout kit. When you purchase the kit, you get video tutorials from: Georgia HealdStacey YoungMaiko Kosugi and Olga HeldweinYou can follow the videos along and create your own layouts as they are showing you step by step how they created theirs.

In the event you more “Beauty” than “grunge” or more “Grunge” than “Beauty”, we had each designer create a second layout using another designers products. We didn’t give you a second video or instructions but after watching the designer videos, you’ll get a sense of their style and process. So inspiration is all around.

Time to show you those amazing layouts? Makes you want to buy two sets of the kit, right? And just wait till you see Mona Pendleton’s sample pages tomorrow – you might want a third set. 🙂

Stacey Young uses products from Olga Heldwein’s selection:

Stacey Young Bonus Sample Happy
Stacey Young Bonus Sample Happy

Olga Heldwein used products from Maiko Kosugi’s selection:

Olga Heldwein Moment Layout
Olga Heldwein Moment Layout

Georgia Heald used products from Stacey Young’s Selection:

Is it just me or can Georgia rock the softer side of things just as well as the hardcore and darker stuff? Just sayin’

Bonus Sample by Georgia Heald Sample
Bonus Sample by Georgia Heald Sample

Maiko Kosugi used products from Georgia Heald’s selection:

Smile by Maiko Kosugi
Smile by Maiko Kosugi

 

Seriously not sure which layouts I like better but I do know that these designers ROCKED this kit and so can you!!!!  There’s so much packed in to this kit you might be seeing flowers when you finish it. 🙂

Reminder – International customers… so seldom we throw this out there but for our Beauty and Grunge Mixed Media Mage kit, we are offering you a shipping included rate. It’s a little higher than our US customers are paying but a great deal since shipping on a kit this weight tends to be around $33-38 depending on location. Be sure to click “Bill Me actual Shipping” at check out – we won’t bill you.  We do ask that you not add other heavy items to the order. If adding other kits or album kits, we will have to charge you the difference.  If you want a piece or two of laser chipboards, stencils or stamps… fine to add at no additional cost.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the look in to this special kit. Tomorrow we’ll be posting pages from Mona Pendleton.

And when we get a moment, we NEED to add all that new Blue Fern Studios – we have Sanctuary in stock as well as a bunch of other fabulous new chippies!  Also have a box of ScrapFX sitting around that we need to add and another box on it’s way. And have I mentioned lately that 13Arts is coming soon!  So much going on.

Reminder – Please note we will be closed for the holiday weekend next Thursday/Friday – November 27/28th.

Thanks,

Janene

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Beauty and Grunge Mega Mixed Media Kit is Here!

Smile by Georgia Heald (B&G Nov 2014)

Finally the wait is over!!! The second installment of Beauty and Grunge Mixed Media Mega Kit is here!  Our next edition has another batch of internationally known designers who are turning this mixed media kit in to a mega, four designer/four layout kit. You will get video tutorials from: Georgia HealdStacey YoungMaiko Kosugi and Olga HeldweinYou will easily be able to make 4 layouts if you follow along with our designers and their online tutorials plus there’s going to be a bunch of extras so you can do even more!

Are you more “Beauty” than “grunge” or more “Grunge” than “Beauty”?  No problem – we have you covered! Each of our designers created a second layout using another designers products. We didn’t give you a second video or instructions but after watching the designer videos, you’ll get a sense of their style and process. So inspiration is all around.

And as if that weren’t enough… we had a friend of ours do another 4 sample layouts that were created by the ever talented Mona Pendleton!

Just to be clear since I tend to ramble, the kit is intended for you to make four pages in total. You’ll have the ability to pick and chose which layouts and styles you want to create.

Is that enough? Even though that answer is a definitive yes…. we bring you more!As we previously announced, we were able to pull together some special components for this kit. First, we have an exclusive stamp set that was mainly designed by Georgia Heald with a little added from me.  Georgia created some hand drawn stitched circle stamps that are a must have an only available in this kit!  Please note the stamp was mis-marked but theres no mistaking Georgia’s style on it.  In fact should we give you peek….

Beauty and Grunge November 2014 Exclusive Stamp Set
Beauty and Grunge November 2014 Exclusive Stamp Set. Designed by Georgia Heald / Janene Meyerowitz

LOVE IT!!!!!  So obvious which pieces Georgia designed!  Can’t wait to use it!!!

Next up, we prepared an exclusive 12″ x 12″ stencil for it but when we submitted it to The Crafters Workshop for them to cut it for us, they loved it so much that you’ll be seeing this as a stencil under their label in January. The 6″ x 6″ is going to be fun!  So the one we have for you in the kit is a pre-released stencil! Who doesn’t love getting their hands on something a little early?   Here’s a peek….

B&G-Nov-2014-Stencil-web
B&G-Nov-2014-Stencil-web

We also had our friends at Blue Fern Studios laser cut us an exclusive set of chipboard for this kit. I won’t who you that as we have to leave a little to the imagination don’t we?  Titles include: Happy, Smile, Just a Glimpse and This Moment.

What else could be included? lots to say the very least. You can find a complete list of products here.

So the moment you have all been waiting for… the layouts….

Smile by Georgia Heald (B&G Nov 2014)
Smile by Georgia Heald (B&G Nov 2014)
This Moment by Maiko Kosugi
This Moment by Maiko Kosugi
Olga Heldwein Beauty & Grunge Layout
Olga Heldwein Beauty & Grunge Layout
Just Us by Stacey Young
Just Us by Stacey Young

What do you think?  Each of the layouts above When you purchase the kit, you get full access to limited viewing of the four tutorials above. We’ll also send you color photo step-by-step directions for these four layouts.  The other layouts we’ll show do not come with direction but after viewing the designer videos, you’ll have a better sense of their process.

Hope you like. Kits are limited. We are offering it in 2 different formats for our US based customers – complete and basic. Only difference this go around is the complete includes 2 bottles of Color Bloom Sprays from Prima – Tea Stained and Pressed Petals.

International customers… so seldom we throw this out there but for our Beauty and Grunge Mixed Media Mage kit, we are offering you a shipping included rate. It’s a little higher than our US customers are paying but a great deal since shipping on a kit this weight tends to be around $33-38 depending on location. Be sure to click “Bill Me actual Shipping” at check out – we won’t bill you.  We do ask that you not add other heavy items to the order. If adding other kits or album kits, we will have to charge you the difference.  If you want a piece or two of laser chipboards, stencils or stamps… fine to add at no additional cost.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the loo in to this special kit. We’ll post more int he coming days – including the other samples and pages from Mona Pendleton.

And when we get a moment, we NEED to add all that new Blue Fern Studios – we have Sanctuary in stock as well as a bunch of other fabulous new chippies!  Also have a box of ScrapFX sitting around that we need to add and another box on it’s way. And have I mentioned lately that 13Arts is coming soon!  So much going on.

Please note we will be closed for the holiday weekend next Thursday/Friday – November 27/28th.

Thanks,

Janene