Gossamer Blue | blog hop...

hello there and welcome to Gossamer Blue's first inspiration blog hop where the GB team has come together to bring you inspiration using October kits.

if you've arrived from Brenda Weaver site, then you're in the right place! have you been having fun creating with this months kits? i know i have. i really loved the bold colors and geometric patterns in this months collection. today's inspiration layout is a little something extra i wanted to create because i loved the kit that much and because it felt great to create a little something extra all for fun!

Supplies used to create this page can be found in October's main kit, bits & pieces, main add-on kit and life pages kit.

for my page, i kept it simple and combined bold colors with simple graphic patterns, stripes and polka dots to compliment my family photo. the wood veneer frame was perfect and i used simple accents to surround it and the photo. the 'L' wood veneer anchors atop the frame to complete the sticker phrase. then i colored it with a gold metallic pen to continue the gold accents throughout the page.

i rarely use hidden journaling, so this was a fun addition to my page using like colors as the background. combined stamps from both main and life pages kits. the title treatment for the layout design is cut out from my Cameo wrapped around and framing the 8x8 design. this was fun and i love how it turned out. adding the bold yellow cardstock really balances out the overall page design perfectly.

thanks for stopping by and taking a peek into my page... hope it inspires you to play with titles. next up is Danielle Flanders... head on over to her page for more inspiration.

here's a complete list to keep you on track with the blog hop...

Gossamer Blue | comfort foods...

as i begin typing this blog post, i just realized i never did did take out meat this morning to thaw for dinner tonight... guess i will be winging it with whatever we have. though, i can always whip up a vegan meal or have breakfast for dinner... hmmm!

so, i am obsessed with the October kits pattern papers this month  and created a page where i randomly added sheets around the outer edge of the page. then i machine stitched around the each piece. i created a grid style photo and centered it around the randomly angled patterns. images i used were part of a documentation series called, week in the life (by Ali Edwards) and i wanted to document my favorite 'healthy' comfort foods i enjoyed during that time. there were more to add but then i wouldn't have any room left to showcase the awesome pattern papers...

it's a busy page, but i like how the lines flow in so many different directions. it was fun playing with patterns and colors to coordinate with the photo images. the script title takes away just a tad bit of the linear, geometric design and it was the only place i felt the title would work for this page design... ha!


Page Maps | October halloween sketch...

i'm SO ready for HALLOWEEN!

totally inspired by Becky's October layout sketch this month on PageMaps. i was super excited to create my page and used up some goodies from Gossamer Blue's October theme kit to make my page. AND, did you see Becky's brand new die shapes and stamp sets by Penny Black? WHOA!, talk about awesome. i love using dies and stamps together and these sets are perfect for your everyday and theme projects.

ok, so the sketch... i kept with the sketches overall design including the little details. added a fun little banner in gold foil cardstock that i embossed and used old Halloween ribbon by Martha Stewart... glad i held on to those. as you can see, i played around with lots of layering, well a simple approach to layering and tossed in a bit of blues i pulled from my daughters costume.

bunches for stopping by... i hope you like the outcome as much as i enjoyed making it. and don't forget to stop by PageMaps to check out the rest of this months awesome pages and a downloadable pdf file to reference... xo!

Gossamer Blue | new October kits...

hello October...

how are you? wow, did September seem long or what? so glad it's officially fall. i am enjoying our cool and semi-warm days... it's been nice having the windows open feeling the nice cool breeze circulate throughout. my favorite time of year, minus the allergies that come along with it.

it's a new month and that also means new projects and products from Gossamer Blue... YES! the October main kit is was packed with a variety and with a unique color palette to create your fall and everyday stories. another great month of creating, that's for sure.


this month, i played around with angles, layers, shapes and textures... i intended this layout to use a bunch of triangles but instead, i used circles as my main accent. i framed the photos, stickers and rub-ons behind the open circles and used the leftover circles to fill in the backgrounds white space.

added dimension to title treatment with that tone-on-tone feel and accented it with hand-cut flowers from a package of pre-made diecuts.

thanks to stopping by... make sure to stop by the Gossamer Blue store to pick up your copy of this months treasures... xo!

Gossamer Blue | a sketch + October sneak...

as i was ready to submit my layout to our Gossamer Blue design team coordinator, i realized that i created my sketch layout using October kits products and NOT September kits products. i was on such a roll and completely forgot to pull out this months products to complete my assignment. but hey, it happens to the best of us, right?!

the fun part, you get to see a little more of what is coming (subscribers) and (non-subscribers) in the next day or two.

i LOVE it. i'm a total sucker for using repetitive titles and elements throughout a page design and i fell in love with Heathers sketch. Inspired me to use photos I had laying around that went perfectly with October’s color palette… hence the sneak peek details of my page.

now, head on over to today's September sketch challenge blog post for your chance to win a $10 Gift Card to Gossamer Blue's shop. it's a fun challenge and you will be inspired to create with one amazing sketch... xo!!
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