Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I-Top Intensive Mini-Blog Hop Day 3 {Layouts} AND The Story Matters January!

OK so I owned an I-Top before I was ever on the Imaginisce design team, because I thought it was brilliant.
I could make a brad that matched my project any time out of the paper I was using.
Since then, there are button "daddies", badge/pin "daddies", magnet "daddies", snap "daddies", twist "daddies"... SO many things to make completing projects all that much easier!
That works for me.So when this blog hop was set up, I was sure to jump on board the layout day! I'm a layout girl!
But before we get to my layout-this is how it works:
You can win an I-Top for yourself JUST by "hopping" the three designers of the day
Penny Smith’s blog (you are here) …
Cari Locken’s blog
(AND leaving a comment),
and then "hopping" back to the Imaginisce blog and commenting there!


In addition to the chance to win an I-Top today, there is ALSO a GRAND prize on Friday...
The prize hasn't even been announced yet!
So be sure to join us for inspiration AND a chance to win through Friday!

So here is my layout:
(click to see larger)I misted using a mask... a mask like this can EASILY be made by using the leftovers from Cricut cutting!
I used three colors. Green, yellow and pink. I sprayed green, then moved the mask a bit to the right, sprayed yellow, then moved the mask to the left of the green spraying and sprayed pink.
I made sure to over spray on the top and bottom too.
I put down a chipboard bird too.
He's subtle, but he's there.

The I-Top brads were a way to add the striped paper as an accent, without it being overpowering.
It was also a way to add different sized matching brads to the layout.
I also added a few I-Rock Glam Rocks "Rhinestuds" that match Garden Party PERFECTLY!

The NEXT stop on the hop is
Robyn Schaub!
Don't forget, to be eligible for today's prize you must "hop" and comment on all three blogs AND the Imaginisce blog!
Thanks for "hoppin'" by!
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January The Story Matters Reveal

I will say that with this kit I was hopeful, but I was not sure how I would do with it...
But I was lucky. The creativity was flowin'!
I love that.
When you see a paper or embellishment and an idea pops in your head!
AWESOME!
Wish it happened every day.
I'll take what I can get.
I ALREADY have four layouts from this kit, and I hope to have more with the challenges ahead!
I haven't even used my cute date tags yet!
(See some of the other designers LO where these are highlighted!)
They were an etsy find!

These first 2 layouts were when I got my "punch all over the page" punches by Martha.
I pop dotted around the back edge of the punched shape to the paper was set back and it gave dimension.
So maybe it is time to move on from Christmas... but there is plenty of conversation still going on about whether it is OK or not to have the tree down yet on Facebook... so just one more Santa layout!
The star is also a new Martha punch...
This picture... I LOVE this picture of us! It is SO us! Each and every one of us!
I just put my camera on the trunk of the car, and set the timer, and I will ALWAYS be glad I did!
I will have this picture hanging on the wall at the nursing home! It's priceless!
This is a very simple LO, but I just LOVE this picture of my son, and it worked with the size of the cards and the childlike simplicity of the LO.
(OK, I might be laying it on thick with that comment.)
Notice I haven't gotten over my sewing phase yet? :)
So that's what I have done so far! LOVE it!
You can buy one kit of TSM, and cancel before the next month comes out...
(after sneak peeks so you can check it out first!)
No cancellation fees. No paying extra for one kit. Plain and simple!
Try us out!

Now go check out the other designers/"Authors" creations!

132 comments:

Amanda said...

Amazing layouts! TFS

Mary Pat Siehl said...

love it!

Chelle said...

Gorgeous layouts. Love how you used the brads, they add a subtle look to the layout.

stephanie said...

Beautiful l/os

Kim said...

BEAUTIFUL!! I LOVE the i-topped brads, TOO CUTE!! TFS! I am a follower and SO enjoying these little hops! Have a GREAT Day,
Me-Ma Kim

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

love all your lo's ... love the misting on the first one, very cool idea to make your own paper to match what you need. Love the itop, need one...my fingers are crossed!!!!

Staci
Staci412 at optonline dot net

Dawn said...

Great layout, love how you used the brads to bring in the paper accent to your page.

M.J. said...

Cool technique on your layout.

KarenB said...

Ooooh I'm a layout girl too, so I know where you're coming from! I love the look of the brads on your LO - what a lovely finishing touch. (and I love your misting too!)

Nicolle Kramer said...

What beautiful work you do!!..I love your LO's. The brads work perfect on the first page.
nicolleatnicollelovesscrapbooking
dot com

Kristal said...

Thanks for sharing your inspiring layouts.

Stampin'Piper said...

WOW, beautiful work! I wish I have more time to scrapbook ... But I will do this in 2011 ;)

TFS, Hugs from Germany, Tanja

Brittney said...

Your layout design is soo pretty

GiGi said...

Those are all wonderful layouts! I've never tried spraying my pages with masks...looks interesting!

Drayia said...

Love how the glimmer mist looks...have not tried this product before but might have to pick up a bottle or two. The Brads are amazing and I agree with the itop the more I see that it can do the more I want one.

Janet Z said...

Love the brads with striped paper!

Jenn said...

Great layouts!

ddinak said...

Love the layout and how you used the brads for the pop of color! Thanks for sharing.

Manhattan Mandie said...

Wow! Not only is your i-top LO gorgeous but I love the others too. It's funny, when I saw the one you made with Martha's punch I could hear her saying "with my - PUNCH - alloverthepage" seriously that plays like 100 times a day in Michael's and I crack up every time she says it :) Anyway, AMAZING work :)

joni said...

Beautiful layouts! I love the striped brads..what a great tool! TFS
hugs,
joni

Scrappymama Elaine said...

Stunning layout! WOW! is all I can say! TFS! oh and btw, thanks for the nice music too :)

esigmon@cox.net

Cindylu2u said...

Fantastic LO's, beautifully done!!

Dawn, RI said...

I like the 1st layout for the blog. Its interesting how each element lets your eyes move around the page without being too over whelming. Dawn RI
abosoffit at hotmail dot com

Kelly Sas said...

Two terrifice LO's! Great misting and thanks for sharing how you did it. Also LOVE using the striped paper on the i-top brads!

PamS said...

Wonderful layouts...I love the misting and striped brads.

Carol said...

Fantastic! I love the misting and the bird is awesome! I don't have the i-top but it IS on my list of MUST HAVES! Love what I have been seeing from this hop! TFS all your wonderful layouts!

Lesabe said...

Nice layout - Thanks for sharing =)

HeatherC said...

Love the Garden Party layout Penny! And yes, isn't it cool that the color fusion glam rocks match the Garden Party colors perfectly. Great hop.

Chereazy said...

Super Cute!! I love what you did!! Thanks for sharing, I love getting inspiration from other bloggers!

Erika said...

Fabulous layouts!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Kath said...

Great job! Love the brads and your LOs.

Heather said...

Love the layouts!

yougotmel said...

those brads as accents are PERFECT!

Cari said...

Beautifully done. Love all the misting!

Donna said...

Beautiful work, thanks for sharing :)

Jenny Gibson said...

I love the layouts. The first one with it's colors caught my eye. TFS.

sleeplesswonder said...

I love your layout, I love the cut out and set back behind it, looks awesome.
I am now a follower. I love these little hops, introduces me to so many wonderful designers, like you.
mkds312@hotmail.com

creative patti said...

I am so loving this tool! This is such a fabulous layout! Great job! Thank you for sharing.

Khristen said...

My gawd, the I-Topped layout is gorgeous! Just love all of your pages, TFS!

Paper Dolls said...

Your layouts are beautiful! Thanks for sharing them with us!

KayTee said...

Beautiful layouts! Thank you so much for sharing your talents!

Reneeleeak said...

Your layouts are so nice. I liked how you used the different sizes of i-top brads to decorate your first page.
Thanks for sharing with us!
reneeleeak at yahoo dot com

Larissa Heskett said...

THANKS for the fun LAYOUT!! =) I can't wait to play and create some of the FABULOUS IDEAS!! HAVE A FABULOUS DAY!! =)

Auntie Ang said...

Yes the story does matter how cool

Lara said...

Great layouts! I am waiting this tool more each day. THanks!

greenmama said...

I love all of the texture on your LO. It is so springy and bright!!

Kimberly said...

WOW! Who wouldn't want a i-top...that is a fantastic tool. Thank you so much for sharing.
www.canadaiancraftcorner.blogspot.com

Becky Dunham said...

Wow, love these layouts! Thank you so much for the tip on masking - using the cutouts from the Cricut - now why didn't I think of that? I have always avoided masking but not anymore :) I love these mini-hops!
rdunham@q.com

McVic said...

Great layouts- Im a layout girl too!
TFS!
kacee

marla said...

Awesome Layouts. Thanks for sharing. Love how you added the personalized brads to your layout!!

Elisabeth said...

REally like the idea of the masks. Cool way to use the itops! Love it!

Rhonda Miller said...

What great layouts. I love how you used the i-Top. TFS.

Glynis said...

Wow!! So many beautiful layouts! I love how you randomly spaced the brads to add whimsy to the page!! TFS :O)

KimR said...

Love your LO with the brads--but really everything in that post is beautiful!

Karen AKA Soccerboyzmom said...

Layouts are fabulous. I love how you use the I-top for an accent.

Liz said...

Lots to layouts love it and that tool is a must have on my list this year

Karen Pinsonat said...

Gorgeous layout, love the masking!

Sophia said...

Great projects all round...

Jill P said...

Love the layouts and the iTop!

Tonya said...

Wonderful layouts, the brads added just the right amount of stripe.

Davina Jaggard said...

Beautiful layouts! Can't wait to see more!

Court said...

Fabulous layouts Penny!!!

Snips and Snails said...

Beautiful layout!

Kathy said...

Love your misting/masking, and I spotted the bird right away! The brads add great color and pattern to your page, too!

dlwidder said...

Fabulous lo! TFS love the mask and misting too.

Tabitha said...

Lovely layouts. Love what you did with the iTop and that new paper kit. Thanks for sharing, now hopping along....
tabitha4cm at yahoo dot com

HeidiK said...

Your layouts are so beautiful. You are really talented. Thank you for sharing!

The Dinner Spot said...

Love the I top brads and how versatile they are. Thanks for sharing your LO.

alwayscharlie said...

It's been fun to see all the different projects using the i-rock. I think you rocked your layouts!

Anne P said...

Wow, these are fabulous.

Amanda said...

LOVE these! Thanks for sharing!

amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

{VICKI} said...

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

TFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Debbie said...

Love all of your layouts! The one you did using the i-top is great! Love the brads and misting!

Heather (goldiecar) said...

I really like your misting. You've inspired me to get off my butt and actually try them!!

lesleyw1 said...

what a beautiful layout, and i love the way you incorprated the brads, great!!

BrendaB said...

Wow, I love your layouts! The misting you did on the first one is just amazing!

scrappin_in_AK said...

wonderful pages

KellyG said...

Love your work! Your layout are rockin'!

My Hideaway said...

Wow that is beautiful! I love the look that the misting technique gave.

Olivia

Aimee said...

Lovely LOs! I love the misting on the first one. It's so pretty!!

aw62101 at hotmail dot com

Melissa D. said...

Loving these mini hops! Thank you! Wonderful work!

Ann Edwards said...

Love the layouts and the way you used the creative I-top brads.

Debc06 said...

Your layouts are wonderful and your directions for misting seem so easy, I have some glimmer mist so I will be trying this, however I don't have an I-top so I will be hoping I am lucky enough to win one. Have a great day.
http://craftywizard.blogspot.com/

Sherri Thompson said...

Gorgeous layouts! I love how you used the leftovers from your cricut cutting for a mask-what a great way to use leftovers!

Linda said...

Great ideas!

Anonymous said...

Love the layout. I'm a layout girl as well
Kristy

Manders said...

Love the layouts.. Very cute

*Linda-saved by grace* said...

Wow!!! Great job on your LO!!! I love the masking technique you used. TFS!!!

Kelly Massman said...

All of your layouts are great! I love the Imaginisce lo for it's misting and the way you fussy cut and/or placed all the cute paper!

Denise said...

Great layouts! I love the i-top!
DeniseB

Julie said...

While I know this hop is all about the I-top and the the brads you made, I have to say what I really love about this layout is the misting! So Cool! I loved the bird technique.

thanks for giving me another technique to try out!

Julie
everybodylovesaparty.blogspot.com

mimisimon said...

Great layouts. Love those i-top brads.

Steph B said...

Great colors! Love the masking!

Erica said...

Love your clean style. and you're right using the striped paper on the brads does add the right amount.

pdrnc said...

Love the different size itop brads. The misting looks great too.

Karen S. said...

Love all of your layouts! Especially your i-top blog hop idea! I love seeing how you can use the brads on layouts! I'm now a follower also!

Elaine said...

Great page! Love the colors. I really like the misting. I have never used that before.

thanks for sharing

ExpressionsByElaine.blogspot.com

Sam said...

Gorgeous layouts! I love the strip brads ands the masking, very effective!

Eva said...

This is one GORGEOUS layout all the way...Love all the embellishments you added!

ellen s. said...

oh these are all so great! i love how you used the i top to move your eye around the layout.

the kit looks fab, too ;)

Karen said...

Great layouts. Love the mist technique

Ann said...

great misting work and those brads are a super accent to add a little punch!

Amy said...

Those brads are the perfect touch! What a great LO, TFS!

mommyof5kidz said...

I am loving your layouts! I also have made myself tell the story...because THE STORY is what matters most! I mean...it is THE REASON we choose the photo we choose...because of the story behind it...well...TELL that story!=) THANK YOU for all the inspiration!!!!

Colleen said...

Love the layout and also the kit reveal. Just wondering when I am going to have a chance to get down and pick it up. Still haven't gotten Decembers kit.

Lesley from WI said...

Love these LOs. Super cute!

Kathy said...

Beautiful layouts! I love the dimension that the brads give! Love the i-Top! Thanks for sharing!

pattyb said...

Your first layout is beautiful...I am so nervous to try misting but your layout is inspirational!

VinDeeLoo said...

Very nice layouts.

VinDeeLoo
vndlewis at rocketmail dot com

Pamk said...

love that layout

Carlene said...

Oooooooooh I love the idea to use the leftover cuts from your Cricut as a screen for spraying!

I love my i-top too!

Beautiful layouts!!!

Pammejo said...

cute layouts

Amy C said...

Great layouts!! I really like your style. Thanks for sharing the tips on misting with us.

Hugs,
Amy ♥

Melx:) said...

You are amazing!!!! Love the iTop brads on your layout - Mel:)xx
melfield.blogspot.com

Jodi said...

Love the layouts!

DeeDee said...

The coloring on your first layout is so gorgeous! Citrusy and bright.

Carrie said...

Beautiful layout! And thanks for the tips not only on using the ITop but the mist as well.

CheckerBeads said...

Love your layouts!! Just precious pictures too.

anne

Ashly said...

LOVE layouts too!! This is really cute! thanks for sharing

scrappinhero said...

your layouts are GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing.

Kim. said...

Beautiful layout, love how you used the mask it really creates a lovely background. The brads work beautifully with this layout's colours and embellishments.
Kim xXx

Lori Allred said...

Beautiful layout Penny...you always do such a beautiful job!

Got2BCrafting said...

You are amazing! These LO's are gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing with us all!!
Lori
http://got2bcrafting.blogspot.com/
got2bcrafting at gmail dotcom

shanna13 said...

Your layouts are wonderful and I love the touch the brads added to them. TFS Susan shanna13@frontiernet.net

chignon said...

I love your layouts! I hope to try the misting technique but for sure I am going to be adding some itop brads! I love the little bit of dimension and a lot of design to the page.

My Crafting Time said...

Your layouts are absolutely beautiful. tfs

stacy at mycraftingtime dot com
www.mycraftingtime.com

Kim said...

Layouts are my favorite thing to do and I am so glad to see some ideas for using this tool on layouts, thanks for sharing!

stefeni said...

Wow, you are really talented with layouts! That's my resolution, to scrapbook more. Definitely know where to come to for inspiration.

spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

Brett said...

Wow, so pretty! Thanks!

Fleursbydesign said...

Beautiful layouts - love how you used the brads!

jeff.ellison said...

May be too late for the blog Hop comments, but I wanted to say great job on the layout. You always amaze me with your combination of products. Love the I-top brads too!

Martine Labelle said...

amazing LO! absolutely love your misted background!!