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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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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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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Loved Layout by Niki

Hi there, Niki here today with a 12×12 layout using the very beautiful October Embellishment Kit, together with the October 8.5×11” papers and the October Journal Cards.

Traditionally I like to scrap in 12×12 size and therefore I have done exactly that but also incorporated a sheet of the 8.5×11” paper. The patterns are super gorgeous and I chose one of the more subtle ones to add to the left side of my layout.

I cut an Autumn themed cut file out of white card, and backed each aperture with the Journal cards or patterned papers. This is a technique I really love as it brings in lots of colour, pattern and interest to a layout. Once filled I added this cut file to my layout.

I the positioned one of the Journal cards to the right side of my layout – I often use journal cards as layers under my photo or cut bits from them but on this occasion I have used the card in it’s entirely, as a feature on the layout. I just loved the cute ‘Autumn’ letters and their arrangement, so cute!

 

I embellished the layout using lots of lovely things from the October Embellishment kit: those golden leaves add such a gorgeous pop of gold to the layout. I used a number of stickers from the chipboard sheet, as well as the wooden buttons and gold infused Cork Stickers and some of the labels.

Thanks so much for stopping by to see my layout, what Autumn themed things will you make with the October kit?

Happy scrapping!

XO,
Niki



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October Fun Layout by Lisa

Hi guys,
It‘s Lisa on the blog today!
I‘m sharing a layout that I made with the super cute, fall-coloured October kit.

I was so excited when we were told that we were going to get patterned papers in the kit… LOVE!!! 🙂

So the main focus in this layout is on the leaves. I cut them with my silhouette machine and then backed them with the different papers. Then I arranged them in a sort of grid design.

I then pretty much used a bit of all the embellishments from the kit to put on or under the leaves… puffy heart stickers, wood buttons, cork stickers… and the adorable gold leaves and October wood veneer!!!

I finished the layout with some red and gold sprinkles of color and the cute garden gnome that I had in my stash and that fit in there perfectly! 🙂

I hope you like it and if you wanna see exactly how I did everything, just check out the process video on YouTube coming soon!

Thank you guys
Lisa

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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

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  • Tag us on Instagram @shopfreckledfawn and use the hashtags #freckledfawn and #fawntasticfriday
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October Scrapbook Process Video by Jen

Hi friends! It’s Jen Schow here with a layout + process video using the October kit. I love this kit like crazy and was so happy to be able to include the first Freckled Fawn patterned papers on my layout!

I knew right away that I wanted to use the wood veneer “October” + the cardstock letter stickers for my title. I also knew I wanted to incorporate all of those gold leaves. So I decided to add a bit of gold to my title with a DecoFoil pen + gold foil. I just did it on half the word for a modern look and I like how it is a bit imperfect. It looks distressed and I like it!

I added all of the leaves on the bottom of my photo kind of haphazardly. Because I wanted to overlap them, I peeled them off of the white wire they came on. You can also see that I punched circles out of the heart paper and used them as embellishments on my layout along with some of the puffy hearts and wood buttons.

I used almost all of the blank speech bubble stickers for my journaling, kind of bouncing them back and forth to the left side of my photo. I kind of love when I can use a bunch of something to make an impact.

If you want to see how it all came together, please watch my process video! I have loved seeing all of your projects using this kit this month!

Watch on YouTube

XO,
Jen




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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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Autumn Layout by Nicole

Hello Lovelies!
Nicole here and today I’m featuring the beautiful October Embellishment Kits in my Travelers Notebook. I’m sure you know by now that the papers were new this month and honestly, I’m in love!!  I love the colors, patters and just the overall quality of them. If you haven’t had a chance to check out these papers yet, it’s a definite must!!
This month I have been inspired with nature and fall…and autumn in general. Trees are changing, it’s getting cooler outside and the sun is still shining! I’ve been blessed to have many moments with my family and my boys recently, but today, I focused on me. This is something I think us mother’s don’t do enough. On this day, I took time to stop and reflect on myself…even if it was in the car! lol!! We have to take the moments when they come! Here is a look at my TN spread:
I added layers of the new papers on the left page along with this month’s alpha stickers, washi tape and chipboard stickers.  The big red heart was fussy cut from one of the 3×4 pocket cards. The right page I tried to keep more of a clean and simple feel since the left side was so busy. I layered more of  3×4 papers behind my photo, washi tape and a cardstock sticker with my date.  The coffee cup was fussy cut from this months 3×4 cards as well.  I finished off the layout with adding a chipboard sticker at the top and a word phrase sticker from my stash that says “smile every day.” Here are more close ups of my final layout:
Like I said earlier, if you haven’t had a chance to try these papers, be sure to grab them soon! They are just beautiful!
Until next time, have a “BE-YOU-TIFUL” week!
XO,
Nicole




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