Friday, December 6, 2013

Kiwi Lane Blog Hop

I am very excited to be participating in this Kiwi Lane Blog Hop!
They ask for volunteers a few months ago and so I sent my name in all the months were full so I was added to the December Blog Hop. Yeah I know I am crazy doing this in the busiest month of the year in my busiest week of the month.  I have a quilting software class I teach every first Saturday of the month.  Wait until you see what my project turned out to be and you will know I am certifiably crazy.

Be sure to read until the end of the post to find the links to the other Blog Hop participants and the find the wonderful give away for a $25 gift certificate to Kiwi Lane.  Just in time for Christmas.
As you know I have been using Kiwi Lane Design Templates since April and I really enjoy using the templates and how wonderful they make my pages look.  They can also be mixed and matched with other techniques so they are very versatile. 
Kiwi Lane sent me the Large Bracket Set to work with.  Now this is a set I didn't own and since I don't usually make 12 x 12 pages it really challenged my creativity.
I had one idea and I went with it!
 Two page layout with mini pages!
You can double click on the picture to see a larger view. I will do another post where you can see each mini page individually. In this post I want to focus on some techniques and the Blog Hop. 
You see when I really go all out; I go all out.  Yup that is a two page layout with 6 individual mini pages, 3 on both sides.  It holds a total of 18 pictures.  There could be more but I ran out of pictures. 
I made it to chronicle all the years my daughter and her husband have been together for Christmas.
So anyway! 
My first step was to place my Large Brackets on my page.  Like so!
Since I don't have photo templates or photo mats templates I placed some pictures to give me an idea of how it would look.
Because I am very visual and hands on I made some plan paper templates just to make sure my ideas would look OK without cutting my good paper.  These white papers are the inserts from the sleeve protectors. I am showing them here with color paper between them so they will be more visible.
Once I had my mini pages on my background paper I started adding templates and pictures to the mini pages. I worked on each mini page as it's own page.  
I use different design templates for journaling. To make sure the text will fit in the shape I plan to use.  I hold the template right over my text on the computer screen.  Make sure your view is at 100%. It actually prints just a wee bit smaller than seen on the screen but not enough to be a problem.   
So you are wondering how am I going to get these pages in an album. I have a solution for that also.  Cut down the outside edge of the sleeve, the edge opposite the spine for this two page layout.  You can see me holding it up the sleeve protector below.  That journaling card is the same one pictured above.
Then I use a brag to hold the sleeve in place.  The brag goes through the front of the sleeve, the background page, the folded over edges of the mini pages and the back of the sleeve. Here is a picture of the back of the sleeve with the brag.  If you want to add a page to the back side of this you will need to open the brad to get the new page in and then reuse the brad.  

I will do a second post so you can see each mini page. 
Here are close ups of the two sides.
Left Side
Right Side
The Templates I used:
  • Large Bracket Templates 1, 2, 3
  • Bracket Template 2
  • Tiny Bracket Templates 1, 2
  • Tag Templates, 1,2, 5, 7
  • Tiny Tags Templates 5, 7
  • Tiny Holiday Templates 1, 3, 6, 8
Now for the Blog Hop Details
  • The blog hop will run through 11:59 PM MST on Sunday December 8th.  So between now and Sunday visit each of the ten blogs and leave a comment.  Enjoy your trip!
  • A random winner from ONE of the participating blogs (including the Kiwi Lane blog), will be given a $25 gift certificate to the Kiwi Lane Shop, for leaving a comment and will be announced on the Kiwi Lane blog on Thursday, December 12th.  I won a gift certificate in the first Blog Hop I did.  It was so fun to go shopping.

  • Here is the blog hop lineup!
    1. Kiwi Lane
    2. Mary Hartmann-Bowden  You are here!!
    3. Janie McKissick  Go here next!!
    4. Carrie Bryant
    5. Amy Berrett
    6. Cassandra Henson
    7. Carrie McDaniel
    8. Apryl Holland
    9. Erin Colby
    10. Brenda Smith
    Have Fun and Good Luck!! 


    carrie said...

    I love the way you used your large brackets. I'm definatly "lifting" that idea. Merry Christmas.

    carrie said...


    TheresaH said...

    Cute pages would have never thought of doing that.

    scrapsofmine said...

    Love the idea of mini pages tucked into a 12x12 layout! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

    Cassandra said...

    Nice Job Mary! I hadn't thought to double check my journaling on my screen prior to printing... I may use that in the future!!

    Carrie McDaniel said...

    What a great idea for pages with lots of photos! I'm going to have to try this!

    dale88jr said...

    Thanks for the great tip on how to use the template on your computer screen to see if it fits"

    TINA said...

    Wow! That is a LOT of pictures! Great idea to expand a layout :)

    cghundley said...

    Great use of the
    templates in your
    Carla from Utah

    juliem said...

    Great job on your project.

    juliem said...

    Great job on your project

    Stephanie said...

    like the concept of pages on a layout.

    Julie Ann Cordero said...

    Brackets are one of my favorite templates! Awesome ideas!

    lindanell said...

    So many ideas. Thank you for the inspiration. It is good to see a large project in completion.

    Robin B. said...

    What a neat idea, I love how many photos you were able to use! Thanks for the inspiration.

    Scrapping Nana said...

    Great idea. Love the black and silver snowflake paper.

    Scrapping Nana said...

    Great idea!

    Scrapping Nana said...

    Love the idea!

    Lori A. Geise said...

    Merry Christmas to me...I hope I win!!

    Natalie said...

    How incredibly creative! Love the large brackets set.

    Natalie said...

    How incredibly creative! I love the large brackets set.

    terylswife said...

    those brackets are one of my favorite sets. Your layout is amazing - more like a mini album in a single layout!

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    C'est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC said...

    Excellent hop! Thanks for the inspiration. I am a follower of the KLD blog and have commented on all the participating blogs! Thanks for the giveaways!!

    La-Vie B.
    Follow me at C’est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC

    Gail said...

    What a wonderful way to fit more photos onto a layout- add more pages using the bracket templates! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

    Gail said...

    What a wonderful way to get more photos on a layout- add pages with the bracket templates! I love it! Thanks for sharing!!