Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Gallery Standouts

Hi everyone! Zakirah here with my very first post on the Sweet Caroline Studio blog.

I love perusing the galleries, searching for inspiration. And the last time I took a trip down the galleries, I found a lot of really inspirational layouts using Celeste's products from customers and CT members. Too bad I can't showcase them ALL here (because if I do, this will be a super long post), so I handpicked my favorites and lay them out below. I hope you find them inspirational!

1. Family by ErinTaylor, using Honeysuckle

2. Life's Little Moments by Tinkelbel, using Noted and Silver Lining

3. Live, Laugh, Love by raquels, using Honeysuckle


5. You're the Best Ever by EmilieStevenson, using In Bloom Papers

6. What I Love by laceybittner, using Silver Lining

Aren't they stunning? I hope you're inspired by them! Have a great week <3

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Using washi tape to create layered paper stacks

Hi everyone,

Samantha here with a tip/trick for your pages using Celeste's Happy Tape Brushes!

I have created two pages using both the brushes and the PNG files that come with it.

I used the brushes as a mask and clipped the paper to them, here is a quick rundown on how I made the second page which also used Celeste's most recent kit Cameo.

Step 1
So first I added my photos to approximately where I wanted them to go, with the journal card that inspired my whole page from Cameo.

Step 2
Then I after looking at all the different tapes I could choose from I place this one under my photo and resized it until I was happy.

Step 3

Next I placed a paper over the top of the tape layer and kept my finger on the shift button whilst doing this so that the paper centred automatically onto the page.

I then used the quick keys Ctrl+G (Win) / Command+G (Mac) to clip the paper onto the tape - that easy. 

Step 4

Continue adding tape and papers. Resize, rotate etc.. until you are happy.

You can also use the Washi tape to stick down your photos as I did next.

Step 5

Next I really wasn't happy with the size of all my photos and papers, they were taking up too much of my page, So I selected all the layers of tapes with the top photo and made them into a group and resized them, making them smaller. I then did the same with the bottom group of photos and tape and then move both groups further to the corners of the page to create more white space in the middle.

Then I continued to add elements from the Cameo kit until... well I am not really sure when, but at some stage you just kinda realise that anything else is just overkill :) Until I had my final product.


I hope this tip/trick has shown you a new use for Celeste's Happy Tape or your own stash of Washi!

Friday, May 16, 2014

New Release | Cameo - Win it!

Cameo is inspired by the mood board created by Lorry during a challenge at Pixels and Company.  Her board focused on soft colors and classic patterns and the theme of mothers. This makes Cameo perfect for your recent Mother's Day pictures or for heritage pictures of mothers, grandmothers and the other women in our lives.

The full kit is available at a savings over buying the individual pieces separately, but those are available as well.

The Creative team has been hard at work, and have some beautiful inspiration layouts for you.

by Bea                                      by Zakirah     
Layout by Be a Layout by Zakirah

by Lorry                                by Samantha
Layout by Lorry Layout by Samantha

by Lorell
Layout by Lorell

Now for your chance to win it! 
Complete the following items for entries to win.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Hybrid Goodness: Cupcake Holder

I recently had a birthday and thought that it would be cool to make a decorative holder for the cupcakes we made.  This idea came to me while working with "With Love" a cute mini-kit by Sweet Caroline Studios (perfect for your mom pages).  The floral print paper is a favorite of mine and I knew I had to create something cute with it.

This is the template that I used(which I found online and printed on my printer on matte cardstock)

Since the paper is so pretty, I decided to lightly embellish it and choose a white lace for the edge.

I used adhesive to join the ends and added a bit of bling so I didn't take away from the beautiful paper.

This is so quick and easy to do!!!  
Download the template here.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Digi Dare # 366 with Sweet Caroline

This week Celeste is being featured over at Digi Dares and if you hop over there, you can join in, get a discount coupon and maybe even win a Gift Certificate to the shop!

The Digi Dares is a great place to stretch your wings and jump into the digi world. Every week they feature a new designer and you can participate for prizes or snag coupons for discounts on the designer's products. The darers are creative peeps! They create some awesome sample layouts and have a wonderful community that is open to anyone in digi-land. If you sign up for their newsletter you can download a sweet little gift after you confirm your subscription!

Post a link to your layout here in the comments for even more chances to win a Gift Certificate for sweet caroline studio designs. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Video tutorial: Editing layer masks

Did you know you can add shapes, text, and images to layer masks? Yup, it's easy!

I use Celeste's Company Stash products for this month, With Love wood veneers, patterned papers, and journalers on the layout in my demonstration. The floral element is from Silver Lining.