It’s a Scrappy Blog Hop For the New Year!

Last month I was totally honored to be asked to participate in today’s Scrapbook Steals Blog Hop.  They were going to be featuring page design templates from Kiwi Lane Design Borders and, since I had never tried them out before, I thought it would be a blast to give it a go.  Especially since I knew I would have all my new Spring Catalog goodies to play with too!  The awesome thing is that these templates can be used with anything you have in your stash, so use them on old – new- thick – or thin!

Well, I have 3 projects for you today and hopefully you will get some new ideas for trying out border templates as well as catch a glimpse of some new Spring catalog (and Sale-a-Bration sneak peek!) items in my samples. Smile

1.  The 12×12 Scrapbook Page

You may not think much of using a template for a 12×12 layout, but the neat (at least to me) part is that the templates I was given to use are the “Madison Avenue mini” templates, which means they are only 8” long!

What is a 12×12 purist to do??

Well, after careful investigation of my templates, I discovered that two of them fit together seamlessly to give me a 16” curve to do with as I pleased!

extending kiwi lane templates

So I found an interesting curve line, used Post-it notes to tack down the templates, and traced away!  I decided to cut out the vintage-y flower pattern from the Twitterpated designer paper… and what you can’t tell at all because of how I ended up placing my pictures, is that the curve lines exactly match at the top and the bottom of my page.  I meant to do more with that but the matting for the photos got too big.  Oops!

I loved the line though, and so I decided to ruffle some ribbon, following the curve at the top of the page.  To achieve the look, I just ran some tape along the same path as the template that I used to trim my paper.
TIP – If you are going to do this, you really want to use Sticky Strip / red backed double sided tape.  I tried using my ATG for the adhesive thinking that was really strong but in less than a week, the ruffles were popping up and off the page.  So go for the tough stuff!!  Go redline/Sticky Strip!

(psst – this may be one of the free ribbons coming available during sale-a-bration. ;)).

And since I wanted to do some journalling but thought a straight edged rectangle would look wrong in my curvy layout… I grabbed one of the templates I used for the top of the page and used the curve to cut my journalling block.

using kld templates for journaling 

Psst – check out more SAB sneak peeks!  (Button, stamps, punch!)

2.  An 8×8 Layout

Since my templates were the mini version and 8” long, I decided “what the hey!” and figured I’d put together an 8×8 page.  The curvy lines made me totally think of hills and so I thought it would be perfect for a park picture of my daughter Caitlin from this summer.

I couldn’t decide where to do my journalling so I, again, went with the whimsy and wrote it out following the curves of my hills.

And if you are curious, the background paper and the sun are all created out of the new Tea for Two designer series paper.  The circle that is the middle of the sun is an element on one of the patterns, so I just cut out two circles and chopped one up into wedges – pizza style – to make the sun’s rays.  I LOVE how it turned out!

3.  A Card with Masking

Finally, I wanted to break out of the scrapbooking shell and use my templates in a totally different way.  Since sets contain “A” and “B” pieces that are just a rectangle with the patterned line cut through the middle, that means you can just slide your A and B sides a little apart and make a cool area for masking!

I did my masking on grid paper so I could slide the templates down the same amount each time so I could make my own background pattern.

masking with KLD templates

And speaking of backgrounds, can I share that this card was totally inspired by my 2012 Stampin’ Up! convention bag sitting on the floor across from me?  Smile  Can you see the similarities?



So, my projects are simple compared to some of the amazing scrapbooking layouts you will see with these templates, but I love how easy they make a touch of whimsy in my projects!  I will also admit that I get a lot of my scrapbooking ideas from Scrapbook Steal’s weekly MidWeek Mojo sketch challenges; but I didn’t realize how much mojo you can get from stacking and playing with these templates that give you lots of fun shapes and curves to work with!

Alright! So I’ve shared a lot with you today and I hope you enjoyed them!

Please, leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my projects and first foray into designing with border templates!  Plus, Scrapbook Steals will be giving away a $20 gift certificate to one lucky commenter from across all of the blog hop sites.

And now, check out some of the other awesome ideas shared by some SUPER TALENTED ladies!  Thanks again, Kerys, for the invitation and the chance to participate in the blog hop this month!

Go hop and be inspired!

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12×12 Scrapbook Page Supplies
Pretty Petites (SAB), Ciao Baby, You’re Amazing

Ink: Basic Grey, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Versamark
Paper: Twitterpated designer series paper, First Edition specialty dsp, Basic Grey cs, Whisper White cs, Calypso Coral cs
Accessories: Sycamore Street ribbons & button pack (SAB), Petite curly label punch (SAB), Natural Trim ribbon, heat gun, white embossing powder, embossing buddy, glue dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Madison Ave mini Kiwi Lane Design border templates

8×8 Scrapbook Page Supplies
Lucky Limeade ink pad & marker (for journaling)

Paper: Tea for Two designer series paper, Lucky Limeade cs, Melon Mambo cs, Basic Grey cs
Accessories: Bitty Punch Pack, adhesive pearls, Sticky Strip, corner rounder punch, sponge dauber, Madison Ave mini Kiwi Lane Design border templates

Convention Bag Card Supplies
Made For You

Ink: Basic Grey, Summer Starfruit
Paper: Whisper White cs, Vellum cs, Summer Starfruit cs
Accessories: Two-Tone Ribbon (Basic Grey/Basic Black), adhesive rhinestones, glue dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Madison Ave mini Kiwi Lane Design border templates

79 responses to “It’s a Scrappy Blog Hop For the New Year!”

  1. A fellow NW scrapper! I love how the ribbon traced the shape and that card inspired by the bag…wonderful!

  2. Jennifer – you did a great job of de-mysifying those 8″ templates for me! I have several 8″ templates and I just really think that I could do a 12 x 12 page – you totally knocked it out of the park!

  3. This is awesome Jennifer! I love the layouts and how you adapted an 8″ template for a 12×12 layout! And such a great idea to use them for masking!!! Thank you so much for being a part of this blog hop! 🙂

  4. Love it! Especially loving that card! You should post on our Kiwi Facebook fan page for everyone to ooooh and ahhh over!

    LOVE IT!

  5. Love your idea of putting the templates to get a longer one. I will have to use that next time I scrapbook. I also liked how you used it for masking, so creative! Cute 8×8 layout!

  6. Love the use of the 8″ template and how you find your inspiration LOL . I have used paper towel designs before, the layout from your Stamp’n Up bag was a great idea. Thanks fr sharing

  7. I have the mini and 12″ size of most of the templates and I’ve never thought to combine them like you have or use them for a journaling block, either! Love seeing other people use products outside of the box when I wouldn’t think to do it…helps to teach me that you aren’t limited by the size of the item! Great layout, too!

  8. YOU are amazing! I love the gathered ribbon–and thanks for the tip! I’m sure I’ll be that idea and needed to know what adhesive works best 🙂

  9. That baby is so darned cute I barely noticed the lo! LOL. I do love the yellow card though. Super creative 🙂

  10. You really did a fab job with this post today, I learned a lot! You know, you could use washi tape to hold down the templates too… the ones you don’t like so much, of course!

  11. I think you did a great job on all three projects. I am normally a 12 x 12 layout gal and loved how you made the kiwi lane borders work for it.

  12. Thanks for the tips on how you adapted these for use.
    I immediately thought that using these as masks was the way to go.

  13. Love your layouts… especially the ribbon following the curve! And the masked card is perfect! Fabulous!

  14. Love how you followed the wave pattern from your kiwi lane with ribbon! I’m always looking for ways to use ribbon on my pages.

  15. Great projects, I love seeing the versatility of these templates – gives me even more reason to decide that I NEED them!

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