Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Swirlydoos Kit Club January kit reveal!

Welcome to:
January Scrapbook Kit Reveal!

Thank you for joining our blog hop this month! If you came here from Helena's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there.  Make sure you leave a comment on all blogs for a chance to win a prize! And, make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful January collection:


And check out these coordinating add ons that perfectly compliment our January scrapbook kit! 

Are you a subscriber? If so, your kit is on it's way if you don't already have it! If not, check out the Swirlydoos store to see if there are any January kits or add ons in the store!

Has it sold out? - become a subscriber and not only will you never miss a kit again, but you'll also pay less for your monthly scrapbook kits!
*Mention this blog hop and save 10% on your first kit*

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We have some absolutely beautiful scrapbook projects for you to see today !!  

I must say, this is one gorgeous kit that includes Blue Fern's Sanctuary papers and chippies! Here's my sweet princess, Nika.  I've misted the background a bit and stenciled on a doily.  The blue flowers and stems are from the kit and the feathered flower is from an old Swirlydoos kit that I've been hoarding now for several years. It's about time that I used it!

The Prima wood icon is from an earlier Swirlydoos kit and that lovely rhinestone crown was a gift from my Secret Santa sister Heather.  Thank you Heather, I love it and it was perfect for this layout!

I nestled some burgandy roses from I am Roses into the kit Petaloo stems.

I touched the petals on the KC blue flowers with tan and white paint so that they would blend in nicely with the Petaloo Botanical stems.

I painted the chipboard white and then sprinkled on some really fine glitter and added some Prima crystals.

Patterned paper: Blue Fern Studios Sanctuary: Base - Meadows of Time, rectangle - Bontanica Garden, (all from the kit)
Letters: Prima wooden icons "My Sweet Princess" (from a prior kit), I Am Roses
Chipboard: BFS Boston Lattice,  (all from the kit and addons)
Flowers: Petaloo Faux Dried Flowers Epherma Grey/Blue ( from the kit and/or addons),, Kaisercraft paper blooms iceberg (from the kit and/or addons), Prima Guava Peony Etude, Petaloo Spring Berry Cluser Yellow/Green (Both from previous kits)
Mist: Prima Pressed Petal
Masks: Prima Doily 3
Masking paste: 13 Arts Ayeeda Gesso
Paint: Claduia Hellmuth Blank Canvas, Traditional Tan, Pastel Yellow
Other: Prima SIIC 573218, (from a previous kit), white cheesecloth (from the kit)
I did a little masking on the background of this layout with two different masks. I tore some pieces of cardboard and painted a whitewash over them to layer under my photo and flowers.  The photo was taken shortly after we were married some 22 + years ago.  Wow, can't believe its been that long!

The smaller roses that you see on my layout are from the kit while the larger pink roses are from my stash.  The brown ones are from a previous kit.  

I love the Prima Shabby Chic resin birds in the kit!

Corrugated paper Fancy Pants (from a previous kit)
Patterned paper: Blue Fern Studios Sanctuary: Base - Bountiful, cut out corners - Conservatory (from the kit)
Chipboard: BFS Tweet Friends (from a previous kit)
Flowers: Prima Rodanthe 577742 (from a previous kit), Prima Charme Rose Almanac (from the kit), I Am Roses
Ink: Distress Gathered Twigs
Mist: Lindy's Moonshadow Mist Long John Silver
Masks: Prima Decor 1, Memory Box Rings and Puddles
Masking paste: 13 Arts Ayeeda Gesso
Other: Prima Shabby Chic Birds, Heidi Swapp word stickers (both from the kit)

This is my mixed media mayhem layout for the month, LOL!!  I've stamped on a lot of gold and white paint as well as created some drips with watered down paint.  This style of work is not easy for me but I like to push myself with one layout each month using mixed medias.

Scrapbooking started out as a way of preserving memories and in the last few years has taken a turn where it is more of an art form that memory preservation.  While I love the art side, I want to combine the two so that while I am exploring my inner artist, I am also preserving memories and telling stories.

Here is my journaling:
In the fall we always take a trip to the mountains of NC and one of the things we really love doing is visiting Barber Orchard in Waynesville to buy apples. This year we bought 4 bushels, 2 for us and 2 for Mom and Dad. I canned 20 quarts and 32 pints of applesauce and 24 quarts of sliced apples! Some of the sauce was for Mom and Dad. It really is a lot of work but we enjoy the bounty all year long and its so much better than what you can buy in the store!

To treat the chippy, I first dabbed silver paint all over creating a texture with the paint, then I randomly applied gold embossing enamel here and there and heat set.

To create the drips and splats, I watered down red paint and dripped it on the page.  To create the splatters, I gathered paint on my brush and then just tapped the brush over the page.

Patterned paper: Blue Fern Studios Sanctuary: Base - Correspondence, circle - Conservatory (from the kit)
Letters: Pink Paislee Artisan Elements
Chipboard: BFS Beaded Flourish (from the kit and/or addons) painted with silver dabber and gold embossing powder
Embossing powder: Stampendous aged Gold
Diecuts and punches: Spellbinders Gold Labels Four
Flowers: Petaloo Chantilly Hydrangeas (from the kit and/or addons), Petaloo Chantilly Mixed Blooms Red Burgundy
Ink: Stazon gold,
Masks: Prima Decor 2
Masking paste: Art-C dark green
Paint: Art Anthology Red Velvet watered down for drips (from a previous kit), Claudia Hellmuth Blank Canvas, Ranger silver dabber
Other: Burlap Ribbon (from the kit and/or addons)

You have until midnight, eastern time, January 8th to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 1/10. In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:
1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.
2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down. 
Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence. 
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected. Can't wait to hear from you.

My special word is : encouragement
The party continues over at Maja's blog. Have fun!


  1. It's funny how we tend to hoard papers and embellishments that we think are so pretty and don't want to see go away. Putting them in a layout would make them more visible but we don't think of that. The layouts are beautiful. The use of the flowers is so pretty.
    thanks for sharing some wonderful layouts and some beautiful photos of nature's bounty.

  2. Maggi, I LOVE the layers on these layouts, the composition is just perfect on each and every one!

  3. So beautiful!! Love the canning photo's!!

  4. Gorgeous, gorgeous layouts Maggi! I really love the one of you and your hubby and I can't believe you canned all of those apples!

  5. Beautiful layouts!! I love the different perspective you gave with this kit!

  6. Your so sweet Maggie. I love the layout, such a princess. This is an awesome release. Such a reward putting all that hard work into those apples. Great pictures.

  7. All your work is so pretty,
    I'm loving those flowers
    and the white bird!
    Carla from Utah

  8. I love the pops of dark red on your first page!

  9. Sweet Nika, jars of your delicious preserves and you and DH: what wonderful memories to scrap and you've done it all so splendidly!!!!! I love the masking and feathers and bling - so fit for a princess - and your splashes and splats and layers and cluster of flowers and birds. Most of all, I love your fun with mixed media and your gorgeous choice of colors that make those yummy photos pop!!!! (BTW, applesauce goes VERY well with ham and sweet potato casserole. Just sayin'.)

  10. Maggi, I love all of your work! The canning looks familiar! I did green chile yesterday. Love your pages!

  11. Maggi, everything is great, but I especially love the stenciled doily.

  12. Gorgeous layouts. Love the work on the backgrounds and on the chippie on the last one.

  13. I love how vibrant and alive you make your layouts! They are fantastic. Your princess is so adorable!

  14. Wow! Absolutely stunning creations, Maggi!

  15. Lovely layouts Maggi, especially the one of you and your hubby, beauifull!

  16. These are so wonderful....with the top being my fav. go figure...puppy love


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