Monday, April 17, 2017

Doodlebug Fairy Tales Birthday Scrapbook Pages for Girls

Doodlebug Design Fairy Tales Birthday Scrapbook Pages for Girls by Mendi Yoshikawa

Hello Doodlebugs!  It's Mendi here today with a set of girly birthday layouts using my newest favorite:  Fairy Tales!  It epitomizes everything I adore about Doodlebug and fulfills all my childhood fantasies in one happy collection.  I have several birthdays for my daughter that I never got around to putting into albums so I decided to spend my weekend scrapbooking not one, but three fun pages.
Doodlebug Design Fairy Tales Girls Birthday Scrapbook Layout by Mendi Yoshikawa

Up first is a layout based on a sketch with a polka-dot border down the left-hand side.  I love the pops of color against the white and how they work to frame some of the adorable images and sprinkle shapes from the collection.  I cut apart the word birthday from the odds & ends set and popped it up using foam tape for some extra dimension.  I love the bit of shadow the extra height creates!


Doodlebug Design Fairy Tales Girls Birthday Scrapbook Layout by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my next layout I wanted to use all the adorable banners and balloons from the odds & ends set to create a happy balloon bouquet.   

Doodlebug Design Fairy Tales Girls Birthday Scrapbook Layout by Mendi Yoshikawa

After my balloons were adhered to my page, I used some solid white doodle twine from a twine assortment pack with a big needle and a paper piercer to stitch my twine around each of the balloons (taping the extra to the back of my page).  It was so much easier than trying to tie them around each one and I love how much the little detail adds!  When I was done I tied the loose hanging strings with a spare piece of twine to secure them together and glued the knot to my page with some liquid adhesive, hiding it all with a ribbon bow.

Doodlebug Design Fairy Tales Girls Birthday Scrapbook Layout by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my last page I wanted to create a border of sorts between my photos using the adorable stickers and die-cuts from the collection.  My only regret is I ran out of space to include even more cuteness!

Doodlebug Design Fairy Tales Girls Birthday Scrapbook Layout by Mendi Yoshikawa

I paired the celebrate die-cut from the collection with the word "friends" which I cut out on my Silhouette using THIS cutting file.  I adore mixing fonts and a sans serif font always looks awesome with scripty fonts like the ones in this collection.

Doodlebug Design Fairy Tales Girls Birthday Scrapbook Layout by Mendi Yoshikawa

If you're like me and have several birthdays that never got put into albums, why not print those photos and get them scrapped with this adorable collection?   I swear you'll be transported right back to the 80's with all these yummy rainbows and unicorns!  ;) 



Interested in the products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

Supplies Used (available at Scrapbook.com)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Stamping Backgrounds with the Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform

I'm so excited to have the opportunity to test drive the new Tonic Stamp Platform by Tim Holtz!  I came across their booth just as Creativation was coming to a close and I was immediately impressed by it's weight and heavy duty nature.  While I love my other stamping tools, I've experienced some form of cracking on all my acrylic lids, however at 5/16" thick this looks like it will stand up to a beating.  ;)
Snippets By Mendi: A Review of the new Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform

I was brainstorming what type of project I would like to do with it for my post today and I realized the large size makes it ideal for working with so many of my 6x6 background stamps that I've neglected.  I don't know about you, but I have issues with getting good clean impressions with large background stamps, even when using them on their own without a block. I frequently have issues with getting complete coverage or dropping my stamp in the middle of my cardstock accidentally due to their bulky size.  
Snippets By Mendi: Stamping card backgrounds with Cling Stamps & the Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform.

The other issue with this type of stamp is you generally have one shot to get it right.  Forget trying to stamp it repeatedly in different colors.  

Well, with the new Tonic Stamp Platform, I was able to stamp it repeatedly with a rainbow of colors.  Normally I would have to muddy my ink colors on their stamp pads by blending the inks on the rubber stamp itself, but by using the platform, I was able to ink a portion, stamp it and clean it off before applying my next color.  I love that I was able to repeat these steps as many times as needed until I had the coverage and blending I was after.


Snippets By Mendi: Stamping card backgrounds with Cling Stamps & the Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform.


When I was done with my stamping, I thought it would be cool to use those same ink colors with my favorite jumbo daubers to sponge on a soft rainbow background over the stamped polka-dots.

Snippets By Mendi: Stamping card backgrounds with Cling Stamps & the Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform.


I generally have one jumbo dauber dedicated to each color family.  I use my daubers A LOT so they take a ton of abuse from me (as you can see), but I truly love the smooth blended results I get from them.

Snippets By Mendi: Stamping card backgrounds with Cling Stamps & the Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform.


Another feature I love about the Tonic stamp platform is how easy it is to switch between clear and cling stamps.  As you can see by this picture the lid easily lifts out of it's track and can flipped over.  They've printed on the lid in red in the top left corner to help you know which side to use for which.  ;)   

Snippets By Mendi: A Review of the new Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform


Here's a full look at my finished card.  I paired my background with some fun new layering stamps I'm sharing over on the Sunny Studio blog today which are available for purchase on Friday morning.  I hope you will stop by to join in the festivities over there.  I'm giving away a new $25 gift card to Sunny Studio store every day this week for a total of five chance to win.  :)
Sunny Studio Two Scoops Layering Ice Cream Card with Polka-dot Background by Mendi Yoshikawa



Just to recap here's my favorite features of the new Tonic Stamp Platform:

  • Heavy duty design with thick 5/16" acrylic lid
  • 1/4" etched grid on lid that won't wear off
  • Lid easily flips for use with both clear and red rubber cling stamps
  • Large 8.5" x 8.5" Stamp base is fully magnetic
  • Comes with full foam anti-slip base and two strong magnets
  • The open edge design allows for use on larger projects like stamping on 12x12 scrapbook pages
  • A competitive retail price
While I may not pull this out for small jobs like stamping a card sentiment straight (even though it's fully capable of doing the job) this is a welcome addition to my craft tool arsenal.  I'm looking forward to trying it out on my scrapbook pages next!

Look for the stamp platform to hit Scrapbook.com and other stores sometime later this month. ;)


UPDATE: Tonic Studios has announced there is a delay and these will now ship out to retailers in late May.



Interested in the products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

The exact Impression Obession polka dot stamp I used seems to be discontinued so I have linked up several others that I think would be really fun with this technique.

Supplies Used (available at Scrapbook.com)

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