Our first September Designer Gallery is bursting at the seams with more creations than we know what to do with. The CP Gals have certainly demonstrated an enthusiasm we hadn't seen coming, and for that, we've a whole bunch of amazing handmade-y items to spotlight today. Some of them include a brief, personal note direct from the artist. Do take a moment to find out what they've to say - sometimes, a fresh perspective is all that's necessary to discover a new idea not thought of before, and who doesn't love that? First up, is a confetti-fun project from our Crate Paper designer, Tami Gookstetter...
CP Designer: Tami Gookstetter
"I love confetti sprinkles. In this instance, I made my own paper version using a 1/4' hole punch and several pieces of Crate Paper patterned papers. I like things a little imperfect, so I just sprinkled the bits onto my background and glued them down wherever they landed with my Martha Stewart ball point tip glue pen. I really enjoyed playing with all the bright colors for this page and the sprinkles look totally real!"
Another from our photography expert, Tami Gookstetter. She's brought to light our Little Bo Peep collection via a warm, beautifully captured image that matches almost perfectly with the collection's color pallete.
"For this layout, I really wanted to capture how Charlotte spent most of her time as a itty-bitty infant. She was 6 weeks preemie and all she wanted to do was sleep the first month. I remember many tried and failed attempts to get her to open her eyes and interact with us and fellow family members. To showcase this, I knew I wanted to do a clock showing all the hours on the clock from 1-12 to really drive the point home and grabbed some of my favorite photos of her snuggled and sleeping away."
"Recently, my dear friend gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She has two sons already, eight and ten, so Grace is a beautiful blessing and addition to their family. I wanted to create something special for her and knew that the Little Bo Peep line would be perfect! I decided to make an album that would include envelopes to hold notes from each member of the family. (I used some pre-made envelopes, but you could easily create your own, or just make some pocket pages) They can welcome her to the family by sharing their thoughts about her arrival, the day she was born, their thoughts about having a sister, etc. I created an envelope for each of them. Additionally, I added transparency pages for them to add photos and keepsakes. I hope that one day Grace will be able to cherish the mementos tucked into this little album."
"The title of my layout is "The Trade". I creating this fun grid-styled layout, I used both the Little Boy Blue and Little Bo Peep collections. Some of the items fall "off" the grid, such as the wood shapes. As to the grid itself, I stitched parts of it and added pop dots beneath a couple of the sections to provide volume. The journaling is typed on white cardstock and then I machine stitched underneath each line. As a finishing touch, I framed the layout via Little Boy Blue's yellow chevron patterned paper."
"I love creating handmade gifts and I want that same personal touch to come through when I get a request for a photography gift certificate. Using the Little Boy Blue & Little Bo Peep lines, I not only created the gift certificates, but two cards to hold them as well. The 6" x 6" paper pads, wood veneer shapes, as well as the layered embellishments made quick work of this simple, yet beautiful gift."