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Gerry van Gent Kit here!

Picture Perfect by Gerry van Gent

WOW it has been entirely too long since our last blog post. Lot’s of changes and exciting things to come.  Since that last post, we officially moved. We’re in a temporary hold so to speak as the official warehouse is being converted and set up. hoping to have it all done in the next few months. good news is we are back up and running and orders are pretty much all caught up on. Expected ship times are not back to 2-3 days out. We also have lots of fun new things coming in. More chippies, papers and embellishments!!!

Did I forget to mention kits!!!!!!!  What would TSD be without our designer kits?

This of course brings me to the fabulous announcement that we have a new kit from the one and ONLY Gerry van Gent!  Gerry is not only a fabulous designer but a good friend.  If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting her, you just want to hug her. She has that way about her.  Have I mentioned this before? Probably. 🙂

Gerry’s projects are ALWAYS filled with detail upon detail. Each element and technique she uses all add up to create a special page.  I could watch her videos over and over. Each one, something a little different and something outside of the box.  In addition to loving Gerry’s work and technique, I also have to say how much fun it was for me to work with the Flower Fairy™ papers as this was the first chance I have had.

 

Picture Perfect by Gerry van Gent
Picture Perfect by Gerry van Gent

Layers and details for sure!!!!  And you can create any title that works for your photo as Gerry created her own banner with a printed out title and some scrap papers. Perfect idea when you don’t have the right title on hand!

With some left over cut outs and a few extra’s, I made this bonus page. Can’t wait to add the perfect photos because these layouts are sure to get hung up in my new office!

Bonus Sample for Picture Perfect MMK181
Bonus Sample for Picture Perfect MMK181

Oh so much fun if you are a fussy cutter lover!!! I find it so therapeutic and hope you do too. These papers are just begging to be cut out and layered.

Thank you Gerry!!!  Great layout and kit!!!!  Can’t wait for you next!!

What else is going on here? Always something it seems like. We have more Dusty Attic and 2Crafty that recently arrived. Will be sure to get posted online real soon.  We will also be ordering Maja’s new holiday line for sure. I can never get enough Maja Design papers. New kits – I am so behind!!!  Lots in the works from all your fav’s – Gabi, Di, Pascale, Nathmael and Elaina! Next one will be form Gabi as I am a bit behind posting a beach layout but better late than never so get those beach photos ready.

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Unconditional Love by Gerry van Gent

Unconditional Love by Gerry van Gent (MMK159)

Gerry van Gent has a new kit for us!!!! Did you hear me scream that? 🙂  I love Gerry and her work! As is usual with Gerry, her latest tutorial shows you some tips and tricks as she once again maximizes products and produces and amazing layout that packs a punch with color pops.

Unconditional Love by Gerry van Gent (MMK159)
Unconditional Love by Gerry van Gent (MMK159)

Was I right? Beautiful as always! The layout features the beautiful House of Roses papers from LemonCraft. These have been quite popular and for good reason.  So versatile and beautiful you can mix and match in any color combo (or just about) for beautiful results! When you purchase the kit, you will get access to the online tutorial as well as materials needed to follow along.  Be sure to read full product description as we are offering a basic, plus and complete kit depending on your needs. Plus includes the ink, complete inks and stamp set. Please note the stamp set was used to create the beautiful frame around Gerry’s photo. If you have the inks and need/want the stamp, you can always buy he basic kit and add the stamp on. We try to include links where possible to make life a bit easier when ordering.

Didn’t need much extra to create the bonus page – a sheet of paper, title and a few flowers. Here’s what I came up with…

Cherish Bonus Sample MMK159
Cherish Bonus Sample MMK159

It’s been so grey here in New York that I didn’t get the best photo for color purposes but hopefully you get the gist of it. I have to say – LOVE how it turned out. Humble aren’t I? 😉

Thank you Gerry for a fabulous tutorial and layout!!!!!

We have so much planned. I never did a recap of CHA did I?  To be honest I can make it short and sweet. I LOVE going to CHA because I love getting to catch up with people that share the same passion and creative inspiration. Nothing beats it. I mean I got to meet Joanne Flannery from Embellish It in New Zealand. Been in touch for over a year but to get to meet face to face is wonderful. Frank Garcia – well, we got to pal around a bit. Vicky Boutin – LOVE –  a bright soul who makes you smile!  I did miss my Gerry – Gerry and I met at CHA 2 years ago and consider her a deer friend ever since.  Too many people to really start naming them all but point is – such a great time and wonderful opportunity to meet new and old friends.

That being said – new products is also a lot of fun. To be honest though… not so much for me – for us. Prima – of course! Ordered a lot of it! Crafters Workshop – for sure! We have some new companies that will be coming in – Creative Couture – a die company from Australia with some stunning designs… Flowers – lots of flowers coming. New Ranger – yes, we will have Tim’s new Distress Crayons and a bunch of fun new distressed mediums that add aging and cracking…. I am sure there’s more but honestly can’t think about it. We will post as new things come in so be sure to check in often.

New kits… well – we have a lot lined up! Next will be a kit from the ever so talented Gabrielle Pollacco – look for it on Monday.  After that we’ll have new kits from Delaina Burns, Rachelle Sigurdson, Pascale B., Maja Nowak and Di Garling! – and those are just the ones coming in the next 2-3 weeks. Even more after that.

Thanks for checking in. Hope you enjoy!

Janene

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XOXO by Jacqueline Moore

XOXO by Jacqueline Moore (MMK147)

Jacqueline Moore brings us her debut kit for The Scrapbook Diaries! This beautiful mixed media layout combines vibrant pink, purple and orange in a spectacular way! She shows the way for painting on a “blank canvas” – ok in this case it’s a piece of heavy white cardstock.  Jacqueline mixes the Twinkling H2O’s to create a beautiful mix and pop of colors.

XOXO by Jacqueline Moore (MMK147)
XOXO by Jacqueline Moore (MMK147)

Love how Jacqueline mixed the colors and elements in to a seamlessly beautiful layout.

In additional to the featured layout from Jacqueline, we added just a few more things so you can make a second page with your leftovers. Just wanted to see what would happen if I changed up the background so I chose a perfectly coordinated patterned paper from Maja Design. Didn’t even know how perfect it would be till I added that Jasmine H2O to it. Love how it worked and think this layout played well to showcase the complimenting look on a darker background.  I must confess, I did go back and add more color after taking the photo – thought it needed a bit more on the bottom.

Bonus Sample for XOXO (MMK147)
Bonus Sample for XOXO (MMK147)

When you purchase the kit, you get access to Jacqueline’s Online Tutorial detailing her steps as well as printed direction. Please read kit description for full detail here.

You can buy the kit in basic form with all papers, flowers, etc or in the plus form with the Mini Twinkling H2O’s, Gold Pen and small patterned stamp.

Hope you like as much as I do! Thank you Jacqueline!!!! Greatt kit!

Coming up real soon…. a new layout and debut kit from Rachelle Siggurdson!!!! Hoping to post tomorrow. Why waste time right? We have so much coming the ball is just rolling! Rachel’s layout is nothing short of beautiful!

Next week… kits from Marta Lapkowska and Gabrielle Pollacco! I hate saying it bt I don’t th ink you guys are going to want to miss any of these. Our designers just get better and better and shine like nobody else!

And if that isn’t enough… we have lots f new Dusty Attic chippies that will be added tot he store soon as well as other yummy good stuff coming in!

thanks,

Janene

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Enjoy the Moment by Gerry van Gent

Enjoy the Moments Scrapbook Kit by Gerry van Gent

For once in my life I am on time and as promised posting a kit when I said I would. 🙂  I must confess my excitement for this lit is above and beyond (not that I am not always excited to post kits). It’s just Gerry van Gent has an eye for composition and detail that I have never seen.  This layout is filled with amazing layers, tips and techniques for really making the layout pop. I thoroughly enjoyed every last second as I followed Gerry along on her journey.  The video tutorial that accompanies this kit is nothing less than a class. only difference is you can take Gerry’s class at home and not have to travel to Amsterdam (of course if you are going there, you should really inquire as to whether or not she’ll be holding any workshops in her studio during your stay).  Gerry’s work is always brimming with detail but when you watch her step by step take you through the process you are just in awe of the detail and the mind… How does she come up with these ideas?

I could keep going on but before I do, let me show you what I am talking about…

Enjoy the Moment (MMK117)

Enjoy the Moments Scrapbook Kit by Gerry van Gent
Enjoy the Moments Scrapbook Kit by Gerry van Gent (MMK117)

Where do I beging?  It’s got fussy cutting of course, stamping, stenciling and oh so much more. One of the things I loved about this layout, no down time, no dry time.  With the exception of a coat of gesso on your chippies, the only other medium used was ink.  An array of beautiful colors that mix and match to make a unique project look seamless.

I for one am hanging this one up in the house! Of course I will need to find the perfect pic like Gerry did. How cute is her daughter and how perfect does it look here?

All this being said… I could totally follow Gerry along but when it came time to creating a bonus sample I was beyond baffled as to how could I come up with something comparable. Truth is, I can’t.  The details and composition Gerry used were just beyond my taunts that I had to do something similar but… I don’t know the words. I do love my bonus sample but took it in a complete opposite direction. I did use left over elements from the Blue Fern Studios papers. In fact, all that’s added to the kit for the bonus sample is one sheet of patterned paper, a sheet of solid card stock, 5 small flowers and a single word chipboard title. Bascially I am trying to say I didn’t add much to make this happen.  The whole thing did get turned completely by my choice of patterned paper for the background… I used a sheet of paper from there Timeless Memories collection from Prima. yes it is grungy. Not sure how I thought I would wind up with something as pretty and delicate looking as Gerry’s but in the end I like the end result. Hope you do too….

Memories the Make You Smile Bonus Sample MMK117
Memories the Make You Smile Bonus Sample by Janene Meyerowitz (MMK117)

You’re totally scrolling up and down going how does this go, right? 🙂  I warned you – polar opposites.

OK, so there you have it.  Quick note, we also added Gerry’s Distress Piercing Wheel to the store. Limited quantities right now but we have more on order. This is a nifty tool that pierces paper amazing when used over a foam mat. No need to pull out the sewing machine if you don’t want to.

Thank you Gerry for this amazing kit!  I know I have said it countless times but SO HAPPY TO HAVE YOU BACK!  Love seeing all your works!

Can you believe we have more lined up this week? Not sure when I will find the time to create, post and fill orders but we’ll make it happen… A double kit from Gabrielle Pollacco this Friday!! that means 2 pages with 2 videos plus 2 bonus layouts!  I think you might like these A LOT!!!!!!!!

Thanks for checking in.

Janene