Fall Inspiration by Kristin

Hello, lovelies! Kristin here. I have two fall themed projects to share with you today. I used the October kits on both projects.

Autumn Recipes

This autumn journaling card was the perfect base for the cover of this mini-recipe notebook I created. I added a strip of washi tape along the left side and alphas along the bottom to spell out the word recipes. I haven’t decided if I’m going to use this myself or give it away as a gift, it’s just too cute.

Fall Fail

This mini art journaling page was created to commemorate the start of the terrible season of my New York Giants (football). The red heart journaling card, foil cork leaves, and button were perfect embellishments for the page.

I hope that these fall themed projects help jumpstart your creativity today.

XO,
Kristin



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9 Ways to Stretch Your Kit with Megan

Hi everyone! Megan here, and I’m on a serious roll with my October Freckled Fawn kit! I’ve already completed 13 projects using the kit and I’d say I have room for a few more.

Of course there’s nothing wrong with loading up a few projects with embellishments, but if you are looking to inspire yourself to make a bunch of projects and want some tips on how to stretch your kit, this post is for you!

Here’s how I was inspired to use the October 2017 kit:

1. Stick to the kit

For my first project with a kit, I usually jump in with whatever photos it reminds me of first, without worrying much about how much of the kit I’m using. I like to challenge myself to only use the kit, which makes the project come together quickly, since I’m not looking through my supplies. This project is for play mode, not stretch mode! The October journaling cards made it super easy to stick to the kit for this spread!

How I used the kit:

I started by placing pocket cards–I knew I wanted the “Autumn” card in a prime spot and that I’d need plenty of journaling space on the other cards. Because the journaling cards are all 3×4, I often adhere two together or cut one in half and frame another one to stretch the cards if I need them in 4×4 or 4×6 spaces. But this time I took advantage of the October 8.5×11 papers and trimmed one of those as the background for my title card!

I used alpha stickers and a label sticker to add my title, decorated the title card a bit more with chipboard stickers, added a visual triangle with epoxy wood button stickers, and used more label stickers to turn a filler card into a journaling card.

You can see more of this spread here: September 24-30

2. Embellishments only

It’s easy to stick to the kit with paper or journaling cards, but using just plain white cardstock and the embellishments from the kit is a fun challenge! I love that this challenge helps me to think of ways to use embellishments to create elements that seem like patterned paper and can help me to figure out how to make pages with LOTS of photos come together.

How I used the kit:

I started with a label sticker to add in a tiny bit of journaling. Then I made a title in the space in the middle row. I mixed Autumn Alpha Stickers and handwriting for the title and added a row of plaid puffy hearts in the leftover space. Two strips of plaid washi tape between the rows finished things off!

You can see more of this spread here: Cider Hill Apple Picking

3. Focal point

Pick an embellishment to be the star of the show! You might use a large embellishment from the kit, a cluster of similar smaller embellishments, or make a smaller embellishment stand out by raising it with foam adhesive, matting it on white cardstock, or pointing other embellishments to it. This is especially a helpful technique to show a viewer where to start on a busy page or to create a stand-out spot if you are using a lot of repetition.

How I used the kit:

I used the October wood chip as a focal point for this pocket page, coloring it black by rubbing an ink pad directly onto the chip. I used the kit to make a title card, using the papers for the background and a label sticker to write the rest of the title.

You can see more of this spread here: 31 Scary Days Part 1

4. Start with one item

See if any of the items in your kit inspires a story that you want to tell. Start with that embellishment or paper and let other things from the kit fall into place afterwards!

How I used the kit:

I started with the October journaling cards–I knew I could use the one with the word “October” on it for my title and filled in the rest of the 3×4 pockets with other journaling cards, alternating the colors. I finished the title by spelling the word “Reads” with the alpha stickers. I filled the 4×6 spot with one of the October 8.5×11 papers and made it a decorative filler card with a strip of washi tape and a line of Autumn cork stickers with gold foil accents.

You can see more of this spread here: October Reads 2016

5. Forget the theme

Themes in kits are a great starting point for your stories, but there are often neutral items in the kit that can be used for different things! See if isolating a few non-themed items can inspire you to tell the story or look through your photos and see what projects might work well with some of the kit’s colors.

How I used the kit:

The gold silk leaves (which were a bonus item only in subscription kits) reminded me of a laurel, so I thought they would be perfect to use to document my daughter’s Greek play! The leaves have bendable wire stems, so I twisted the stems together, layering the leaves, to form the laurel for the title card. I used the resulting laurel shape on a 4×6 background cut from one of the October 8.5×11 papers and made a title by centering alpha stickers in the middle of the laurel. The rest of the page was simple photos + October journaling cards. I paired down the colors from the kit and only used the greens, browns, and gold / yellows, which removed the autumn feeling from the kit’s theme for this non-autumn page!

You can see more of this spread here: Greek Play

6. Mix old and new

Raid your stash to see if products from last year work with your kit for now! Oftentimes products from the same season share themes or have colors that will work together, so I like to look at my leftovers from the same month in past years.

How I used the kit:

Unfortunately, many of my past Freckled Fawn kits were stolen, but I still had Freckled Fawn journaling cards from an autumn past! I knew I wanted to use the chipboard “October” sticker, but it didn’t show up well on the yellow plaid patterned paper background I chose. I decided to use a stash card from last year to house the title, and then I had some extra journaling room too! I clustered chipboard stickers, a cork leaf, and numbers to form the title.

I found homes for more embellishments throughout the spread, mirroring the embellishing of the 2×2 collages on each side of the page, adding a label sticker and half of puffy heart stickers to the photo. Chipboard stickers and epoxy wood button stickers found homes in the center of other photo collages and I nestled a chipboard flag sticker on a card. The journaling cards are a mix of October journaling cards and cards from past Freckled Fawn kits.

You can see more of this spread here: October 1-8 2016

7. Get as Far as You Can

Mixing together things from different manufacturers can be a lot of fun, but scrapping with a kit is a lot less time consuming because you aren’t spending your scrap time raiding your stash to find coordinating supplies. At a certain point, though, trying to stick to a kit becomes restricting as you use up your supplies! Try filling in everything that will work with your kit first, then raiding your stash to find pieces to fill in the gaps.

How I used the kit:

I built a fun title card with my leaves picture using a October 8.5×11 paper for the background, label stickers with alpha stickers for the title, lines of some older Freckled Fawn enamel dot stickers, and the leaf epoxy wood button stickers. I added a chipboard sticker to one of the photo collages, cut down another of the patterned papers to 3×4 to use as a card, and added another label sticker so I’d have room for journaling on one of the patterned cards. I also used some Freckled Fawn past kits here–a card and felt leaves. I filled in the rest of the gaps with supplies from my stash from Kelly Purkey, Studio Calico, and Ali Edwards.

You can see more of this spread here: October 9-16 2016

8. Mix two kits

When you’ve used up a big portion of your kit and you’re at the point where it’s hard to stretch the supplies to cover a whole project, try mixing it with one other kit! Working with two kits at once will help you to finish off your dwindling kit and finish a project in much less time than trying to combine your leftovers with lots of items from your stash. Try finding another kit that has some colors that will work with the colors you have left in your Freckled Fawn kit.

How I used the kit:

For this page, I was down to my second to last October journaling card! I based the page around the “Finally Fall” card and made a spread about the first official week of autumn. I knew the colors I was using with my Freckled Fawn kit would mix well with this year’s September kit from Kelly Purkey! I made a 4×4 journaling card by combining one of the October 8.5×11 papers with white cardstock, used three Autumn cork stickers with gold foil accents around the title, added an epoxy wood button sticker on a card, and added a puffy heart sticker to the center of a photo collage.

You can see more of this spread here: September 17-23

9. Leave your kit out

Leave the last bits of your kit out on your workspace so you see them while you are working on other projects. That way you’ll be likely to reach for those supplies when they’ll work on your project–a sure way to “kill your kit”!

How I used the kit:

I used my last October journaling card (the pumpkin card) and I backed a 4×4 photo with one of the October 8.5×11 papers trimmed to 4×6.

You can see more of this spread here: October 23-31

I had so much fun stretching this kit and I’m excited to challenge myself to use the last few bits I have leftover.

I’d love to see how you stretch your kit too!

P.S. Other projects I’ve with the October kit so far: Halloween 2016, December 30 Lists Base, Our Last Thanksgiving, and 31 Scary Days 2016

XO,
Megan



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Christmas Inspiration by Odessa

Hello, lovelies!

It’s a bit of a sad day for the FF team as we are losing one of our lovely design team members today. This will be Odessa’s last project with us! We have loved working with her and seeing her beautiful inspiration. Good luck in all that you do, dear Odessa!

XO,
Sami

Hey guys! Odessa here. It’s that time of year where I get so excited about working on Christmas projects. But then I remember I still have to finish last years. Oops. I’m trying to play some catch up right now and when I got to this spread I knew this month’s Freckled Fawn Embellishment kit would make the page perfect!

The page has one large 6×8 photo and 4 smaller 3×4 pockets – 2 with square photos mounted on 3×4 cards, 1 with an Instax picture mounted on a 3×4 sleeve and one with a tag mounted on a 3×4 sleeve. I went super simple for the cards the photos were mounted on because there is a lot going on here in terms of visual storytelling.

On the large 6×8 photo I went simple. I used one of the veneer days of the week as a main focal point and title for the page. I added in a journaling spot and a sticker from the vellum sticker sheet and that was enough. A bold photo with simple graphic embellishments to match.

On the other side of the page I had two stories going on, one across the top and one on the bottom. The top is an Instax photo of an ornament I picked up. It’s not the best picture, but there’s just something about the quality of instant photos that I just love. Next to it is a tag from the ornament. I used the washi tape from the kit, cut in half, to tape down the Instax photo and one of those cute puffy heats as an accent on it. Under the tag I used a sentiment from the vellum sticker sheet.

On the bottom are actual photos. Both are square photos with some room for journaling underneath. I picked a word from the journaling to highlight and used the black puffy alpha to emphasize it. I added some enamel triangles, vellum stickers and a puffy heart and my layout was all done. Using just the embellishments from the kit made it really easy to put together a quick cohesive layout to get my last December album closer to finished.

XO,
Odessa



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Black and White Pocket Page by Odessa

Hello lovelies! Odessa here!

I’m usually all about colour, but I’ve been loving playing with desaturation lately. Opening up this month’s Freckled Fawn Kit was a delight! All those dreamy black and white embellishments! I had a layout that I knew would go perfect with the kit so it was easy to break it out and get to work! All embellishments used on this page are from the kit – they all work so good together!

I grabbed some black and white journal cards, laid everything out and got busy sticking and gluing. i KNEW it had to include one of those wood veneer days of the week – they are just so pretty. I used a white chalk marker to colour it in and keep the black and white theme going and glued it down. Next to it I stuck one of the super cute resin camera pieces on a journal card to fancy it up along with a phrase from the vellum sticker sheet.

In the middle I had a dorky cute picture of our family hamster. I added some of the black script puffy alphas as a story title and some of the silver epoxy astronomy stickers for more cuteness. I really like using the black script puffy alphas on photos – they’re cute enough to add some fun, but they’re light and not distracting. I use them a ton. It’s a pretty bright picture, but I figured the two other photos on the layout are pretty low contrast to balance that out. I tried to leave it out but I just couldn’t.

I went simple at the bottom. I had a picture of my husband that I just added some washi and a puffy heart sticker to and a simple XO using the puffy alpha. On the journal card next to it I added some of the cute triangles as arrows and another of the vellum stickers.

On the edge I used the washi from the kit to cover up the holes – the ones on this protector didn’t match my album. I like to use that as an excuse to break out cute washi and add even more pattern and fun to a layout. It really pulls it together.

XO,
Odessa




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Fawntastic Friday #41

Hello lovelies!

Today we’ve got another Fawntastic Friday for you. I’ve really been loving seeing all your wonderful projects shared around the net!

Big congrats to Dana @danasweltundso for being this week’s Fawntastic Friday feature!

We just love the way you used the washi as your background. So beautiful!

Congrats again, Dana! You have won a $15 gift card to the Freckled Fawn Store. Please email Doe to get hooked up with your gift card prize! doe@freckledfawn.com

A special thanks goes out to everyone who continues to share the Freckled Fawn love. Keep creating and keep sharing! You might just see your project here next week.

~Sami

Want to be featured here? Simply create a project using Freckled Fawn products & share it online! I’ll be searching the net for new Freckled Fawn creations. In order for me to find your projects, do any of the following:

  • Tag us on Instagram @shopfreckledfawn and use the hashtags #freckledfawn and #fawntasticfriday
  • Share your project with us in the Freckled Fawn Fanatics group.


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Great Match Layout by Megan

Hello lovelies! Megan here to share another layout with you today!

I used a large photo with a smaller supporting photo. I used a photo of my husband Jake and I that I loved. We’re wearing matching shirts, which I thought was a silly accident but turned out to be intentional on Jake’s part to annoy his older brother–hah!

I used lots of elements from the September kit: washi underneath the smaller photo, puffy icon stickers for the heart and star shapes, and the black script puffy alpha for the title. White Vintage Doily Acetate Diecuts were a nice subtle touch against the white cardstock.

For my journaling, I used a ruler first to add lines, then wrote it down. I like free-handed journaling often, but floating in white space it was more of a design element, so I decided it needed a bit more structure.

This was a quick and fun layout and I’m so glad to showcase a photo of Jake and I that I love!

What’s your favorite size photo to scrap?

XO,
Megan



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Fall TN Layout by Nicole

Hello Lovelies!
Nicole here and today I have a travelers notebook layout featuring the beautiful October Freckled Fawn papers and embellishments! The papers this month have been absolutely beautiful! I love how the labels and washi tape even match them!
Today’s insert was inspired by a quiet drive that I took alone…which doesn’t happen all that often. I had a random day off during the week when the kids were in school and my husband was working and honestly, it just felt good to be alone… and drive….in quiet…lol. The scenery that day was just beautiful, so I had to stop and take a few snap shots. Here’s a look at my final spread:
I decided to keep this spread more on the simple side because I knew I wanted to do a lot of writing, documenting what I did that day to remember it. Here are a few close ups of my final spread:

Thanks so much for joining me today!
Be sure to head over to the FF Shop to pick up these beautiful fall embellishments!
Have a great week ahead!
XO,
Nicole


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Hello Autumn by Lisa

Hey guys,

It‘s Lisa again.
I got a fun and whimsical layout for you today. This style, where I get to create cute animals and stitch around them, is my favorite!

For this fall-themed layout, I used a picture I took a year ago, when I went to a field trip in the woods with my class. I think it‘s so cute and it was a perfect fit with the colors of the October kit.

I started by doing just a bit of mixed media on the background with some sprays.
For the fox, I first drew it on a white sheet of paper, then I cut it out and retraced the different parts on the different patterned papers from the kit. The red paper was perfect for the fox!!! 🙂

When I had all the pieces, I glued them together and I stitched around everything with some orange-red thread.

I used the beautiful floral paper to cut out some flowers and use them as a head band for the fox.

Since I don‘t do project life, I used the project life cards to mat my picture and to cut out some of the cute shapes. I loved the one with the word “autumn“, I cut the letters out too.
I added some ephemera pieces from my stash and topped those with the wood buttons from the kit. I also used some of the alpha stickers to write “hello“.

I hope you like the layout and got inspired to make some cute animals too.
If you want to check out the process video, I’ll have it up on my channel shortly!

Have a great day
Lisa



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First Chess Tournament Layout by Megan

Hi everyone! It’s Megan here with a layout inspired by the black and white September Freckled Fawn kit, all about my daughter’s first chess tournament last Spring! Sometimes working with a kit can be so motivating–products can be a great jumpstart for ideas.

I found black and white paper in my stash for a background and used the bag from the kit (cut into two pieces) behind my main photo!

I wanted to use the black and white puffy stickers for my title, but it was a little tricky with the busy background and thin letters. It took me a few tries–good thing this alpha is easily to reposition!

Outlining the white alpha in black pen helped a lot, but my white gel pen wasn’t cooperating, so I couldn’t do the same for the black alpha. Instead, I backed it with washi tape and scraps of white paper. I also layered a few vellum stickers under the scraps.

A few embellishments–another vellum sticker, resin camera, and glitter enamel triangle sticker–brought the title all together.

I didn’t embellish other areas of the page quite as much–with all of the busy patterns, the main embellishment cluster belonged with the title. But more glitter enamel triangles kept the focus on the main photo! Another vellum strip and a puffy icon sticker helped to ground the label sticker I used for journaling.

I alternated more of the label stickers to get in the story of my secondary photos–my daughter playing dominos and making stop motions between games, playing bughouse (which is a fun team chess game), and her cool participation medal. I’m so proud of her for having fun at her first tournament. She was playing with WAY more experienced kids and the timed games stressed her out, but it was still a fantastic day.

Try thinking about black and white things in your life–a game, an outfit, a to-go coffee cup, home decor–that could jumpstart a story for you!

XO, Megan



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Happy Today Layout by Nicole

Hello Lovelies!
Nicole here and today I have a quick 12×12 layout featuring the Freckled Fawn black and white kits.  Yes, this kit seems to still find it’s way on my desk with every project I do lately.  This time around, I focused on keeping my layout entirely monochromatic and I love how it turned out!
Here’s a look at my completed layout:

Before I began this page, I searched thru my entire collection and pulled out lots of black and white papers, chip board pieces, ephemera, frames and so much more.  I wanted to use up older items that I’ve had in my stash for a while, but use the black and white kit to bring my layout more current. This ended up being one of my most favorite that I’ve made recently and I just love how this all came together. Here are a few close ups of the final project:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Until next time, have a fab week!
XO,


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