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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Pumpkin Fest Layout by Nicole

Hello Lovelies!
Nicole here and today I have a two page 12×12 layout in my Project Life album to share with you. This layout is featuring the lovely October Freckled Fawn pocket cards, papers and embellishment kit!  The kit is full of beautiful fall chipboard stickers, the most amazing cork and gold stickers and the cutest heart puffy stickers.
My family and I recently went to a pumpkin festival and we had the most beautiful weather! Seasonably warmer than what we should be having…but I’ll take it! When we were there, we took the most beautiful, scenic hay ride that I’ve ever been on.  The landscape of the fields were beautiful. Half way thru the ride, we were dropped off out in the middle of the fields to pick our own pumpkins. It was a truly amazing experience!
Here is a look at my finished layout…

I really love the red cards with the larger white hearts.  I used my white gel pen to add a matching, detailed boarder around it.

The papers this month have a smaller pattern to match the 3×4 card….and the white alphas match perfectly!

One of my favorite elements from this months kit are the cork pumpkin and leaf stickers with gold accents.

Thanks for joining me today!
Be sure to check out the October Freckled Fawn embellishment kit over in the FF Shop!
XO,


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Fawntastic Friday #39

Hello lovelies!

Today we’ve got another Fawntastic Friday for you. It’s been really fun to see what y’all have done with the new October kits!

Big congrats to Anna @kaffekananna for being this week’s Fawntastic Friday feature!

Congrats again, Anna! 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
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Halloween Inspiration by Megan

Hello everyone! It’s Megan here and every year I get really excited for Halloween! One way I harness that excitement into productivity before the holiday is going back and catching up Halloween moments I haven’t documented yet! Right now that’s Halloween 2016 and, lucky me, the Freckled Fawn October kit seemed like it was made to match my family’s costumes last year.

I really love the photo of my kids and I together, so I decided to combine a 12×12 traditional page with a pocket page so I could include both a large 8.5×11 print of my favorite photo and lots of additional photos too.

My home printer’s largest print capability is 8.5 x 11 inches, so I designed the traditional side of the page around that photo size. I grabbed two of the Freckled Fawn October 8.5×11 papers that happened to match the kids’ costumes perfectly–the red hearts (Same color as Ava’s Little Red Riding Hood!) and green plaid (The same as Jonas’s werewolf shirt!) to use on the four inches remaining on the left side of the page after I added the photo.

I thought I might use the white space underneath the photo for journaling, but decided a card from the October journaling cards on top of the green plaid would be better balanced. So I decided to add a strip of washi from the September kit to get in more of the black vampire Eliza and I were wearing with a partial strip of plaid scallop chipboard sticker.

I knew right away I wanted to add the “10 October” chipboard sticker to the upper left corner, but I still felt this page needed a little more pizzaz. I decided to add puffy heart stickers to every heart in the pattern, offset to the right.

I started the journaling on this journaling card and continued it on a journaling card on the pocket side. I decided to cover up the phrase on this card with a chipboard sticker to tie it to the pattern on its companion journaling card.

The journaling reads:

“This Halloween, the kids opted for scary costumes. Eliza was a vampire–things she found in the play clothes and new plastic fangs. Jonas loved a werewolf costume. We thought Ava would be a witch, but the Little Red Riding Hood costume Jake found was too perfect with Jonas’s wolf. She thought the scary costumes were so funny. They all had a blast trick or treating in our neighborhood!”

My husband made sure to take these family and individual shots of us in costumes before it got dark. It was dark by the time we were trick or treating, but I still love the blurry photo of them going up to a neighbor’s door. I also made sure to grab a shot of my favorite house in the neighborhood–they have a haunted path to the back! I made sure to note what that photo was about with a label sticker. Including a pocket page to show off more details and a traditional page to highlight a favorite was a perfect way to tell this story!

I kept the pocket page very simple, but a pumpkin Autumn cork sticker in the middle of a card helped to support the Halloween theme, since I went with a costume-centered color scheme instead of a traditional Halloween-y vibe.

Do you dress up for Halloween or other events or holidays? How do you document your costumes?

XO,
Megan




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Fall Hike by Odessa

Hi! Odessa here with a 6×12 pocket page full of fall-y goodness using the October Freckled Fawn Kit. Anyone else loving those new papers? They are so gorgeous and go perfectly with the kits. I cut out a 4×6 card from one of them for the top pocket on this page. This layout is a little insert in my weekly pocket page album from a fall hike we went on.

I cut down one of the papers to make a 4×6 card and attached one of my favourite photos from the day to it. I added on the October wood veneer because it’s just so pretty. I finished it up with some word stickers and one of the chipboard stickers to make a good title card. And a cute puffy heart of course!

For the rest of the pockets I had 3 photos and then used one of the coordinating journal cards this month. They’re a great mix of cute cards and cards with space for journalling which was just what I needed on this page. The colours all go so well together that it was easy to pick one to pop in my layout and get some writing on.

 

I embellished my pictures with a mix of word stickers, those oh-so-useful label stickers to get some more words down. The word stickers are great for emphasizing something – I used them to talk about how spooky the woods were. Once I got all those words down (there are a lot for me on this page) I added a few cute things. Some more heart stickers, chipboard pieces and one of those adorable wood button stickers. I’ve already said this, but this month’s kit coordinates so well! I could use anything I loved from this kit and it would all work well together which made this layout so easy to put together.

Have a lovely day!

XO,
Odessa




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Week 38 Project Life by Jennie

Hey Everyone! Jennie here! I am super excited because now Freckled Fawn has subscriptions for Embellishments & Journaling Cards and Embellishments & Papers
To journal I stamped the numbers on the photos using an old Freckled Fawn stamp and in 2 of the Freckled Fawn Journal Cards I wrote the journaling.

To embellish I used the October Oh Deer Me Kit Embellishment Kit but I also pulled out a few old Freckled favorites! These kits sell like hot cakes make sure you subscribe to them so you don’t miss out! I’m a sucker for arrows and I used the ones in the Autumn Chipboard Stickers. I like that chipboard stickers offer a little dimension without being bulky.

To make the title card I used one of the papers from the October Papers. I love this heart pattern and the colors! For the numbers of the week I used the Large Acetate Numbers. I love when the kits come with labels because I can use them to stamp the dates. The one I used on the title card is from the October Label Stickers.

I love to layer little word stickers with washi and the October Plaid Washi is gorgeous!! I put a vellum phrase on top of the October Label Stickers and the effect is super cool! On the bottom right photo I used the Autumn Cardstock Alpha Stickers.

I LOVE button stickers! I remember that my first Oh Deer Me Kit a few years ago had some like these and I probably bought them 3 times! In this journaling card I used a cute coffee mug from the Autumn Epoxy Wood Button Stickers. I love cork stickers and this kit is perfect for them. I used one leaf from the Autumn Cork Stickers with Gold Foil Accents and a few hearts of the Foil Cork Heart Stickers.

I hope you enjoyed these fall pocket pages! The October Oh Deer Me Kits with Journaling Cards and Papers are already sold out! Save your spot for the November Kits! You won’t regret it! Take Care!
XO,
Jennie



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Fawntastic Friday #38

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 @fuichin525 for being this week’s Fawntastic Friday feature!

Congrats again! 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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Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi Freckled Fans! Welcome to the Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop! You probably came from Emily’s Blog. But if you stumbled across this blog make sure you go to the Altenew Scrapbook Blog to start this crafty journey!
I’m Jennie, one of the design team members from the Freckled Fawn. Our friends from Altenew asked us to share a project inspired by our favorite crafters. I love Dearly Dee and Kelly Purkey. They inspire me to use my stamps on photos. Since we are playing with Altenew goodies is the perfect moment to be inspired by them!

I LOVE alphabet stamps! The Modern Deco Alpha Stamp Set is one of my favorite sets ever! They are really cool. The set has numbers AND they work perfect on photos! My title card is incredibly simple but I love it so much! I just used one of the papers from the Reflections 6×6 Paper Pad and the Modern Deco Alpha Stamp Set. I also added a few stickers and the October Plaid Washi. I used the Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive to glue the Words Wood Chips on the left card.  I colored the wood veneers black so they would pop using the Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker.

I used the Invisible Alpha Stamp Set in 2 of the cards. For the photo I stamped in white first and then black. I love this effect! I also used the stamp set My Family which is perfect for Project Life and it fits my style perfectly! I also added Heart & Star Puffy Icon Stickers.

For the 4×6 cards in this spread I used the Reflections 6×6 Paper Pad and the 3×4 cards are Freckled Fawn Journaling Cards. I used a bunch of White Puffy Hearts and Plus Signs around this layout and I staples them which is a genius idea I got from Jen Schow. I also used the Crafty Friends Stamp Set which is perfect to document my crafty adventures! My daughters are also very creative so it’s perfect for adding quotes and phrases on photos.

For “My Messy Home” I started by stamping “messy” with the  Modern Deco Alpha Stamp Set. I inked part the “MY” of the stamps from My Family to stamp on the top and then I cleaned it and just stamped  “home”. To fill my Currently card I used a Tombow TwinTone from the Pastel Set.

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