Monday, August 24, 2015

Shabby Chic @ Chairish...

As you know, I'm knee-deep in the middle of a whole-house renovation, so, it follows that I'm obsessed with all things Intererior Design right now.  As you also know, I'm a die-hard vintage lover, and am choosing vintage designs for all the rooms in my home. 

So, when the people over at the vintage shopping site, Chairish, asked me to design a Shabby Chic styleboard, I was all over it!

Without further ado, here is my Shabby Chic bedroom styleboard:

Shabby Chic is known for its emphasis on heavily distressed finishes, as well as its pleasing combination of both the rustic and the refined. 

For this bedroom, I went ultra-romantic, with heavily layered neutrals and lots of metallic patina.  The touches of color start with the delicate upholstered headboard, and pop around the room with the one-of-a-kind bench, floral bedding, and mosaic breakfast tray.

A definite show-stopping centerpiece of the room is that knock-out of a chandelier, and I just love the antique glass in the oval mirror.  I can just imagine sinking dreamily into the super-soft bed, with a Jane Austen novel in my hand, and a cup of tea on the bedside table, can't you?

The design is still soft and Shabby Chic, but with some bold combinations that satisfy a more modern design aesthetic for this style.  I loved creating this look - if you are a Shabby Chic fan too, check out the gorgeous vintage offerings over at Chairish, and begin dreaming up your own retreat.

 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Beachy Nostalgia with BoBunny...

The day is sadly here...my final post for BoBunny.  I have adored each and every moment of my two years on their design team. But for now, my focus needs to be on Year Two of this endless home renovation - thus, my hesitant yet necessary resignation from the team.

But, on a happy note, let's take a look at my beachy project:

Find Your Paradise Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using BoBunny Boardwalk Collection


















Since I just cannot get enough of the BoBunny Boardwalk collection, I have added to my Oregon Beach album that started HERE.  I utilized some of the designs from the double-sided Misc Me cards, and to unify everything, edged everything in Gold Pearlescents and glitter.

Find Your Paradise Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using BoBunny Boardwalk Collection


































I added dimension with brads, chipboard, and buttons.

Find Your Paradise Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using BoBunny Boardwalk Collection


























Along with the glittery gold edging, I detailed each rectangle with machine-stitched gold thread.  I love the beachy-glam look it gives to the Boardwalk papers.

Find Your Paradise Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using BoBunny Boardwalk Collection


























This is my very favorite image from the Boardwalk collection - perfect for both my little bathing beauties and their beach pics.

Find Your Paradise Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using BoBunny Boardwalk Collection


































Another fun Misc Me tip, especially for vacation albums, is to add envelopes in between the pages of your albums.  Even with the 12x12" Misc Me, you'll see that two of the punched holes still line up, and you can add an envelope right into the larger album size.  These envelopes are easy to customize with some cute accents, and can hold all the vacation ephemera, souvenirs, receipts, or extra photos that you'd like to keep.  I love the way they look in the larger albums too.  It's a fun way to add a variety of sizes into your 12x12" albums.

Find Your Paradise Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using BoBunny Boardwalk Collection


























Find Your Paradise Misc Me by Keri Babbitt using BoBunny Boardwalk Collection


























I love the feeling of catching up and adding more pages into an ongoing album like this one.  The Misc Me products really do make it easy to quickly add a page or two in at any time.  Love that!

A gigantic thank you to BoBunny, and to all of you who have shared comments and emails on this crafty blog of mine.  Much love and creative vibes from me to you!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Wild West Mini with BoBunny

Happy soon-to-be July to all you crafters out there!  This month with BoBunny, I combined the Juliet collection and the Penny Emporium collection to create a deliciously vintage mini album, showcasing our "Wild West" tradition for Father's Day and Dad's Birthday every year.  I had fun combining elegant images and heavy distressing techniques with tongue-in-cheek photos from this year's Father's Day bash.  Let's take a look!



































The front cover is steampunk-elegant with a neutral color palette.  The gold rub-ons adhere to the fabric album binding fabulously, and the layered chipboard accents give great dimension.


Obviously, these photos are meant to be funny and silly - a rootin' tootin' Old West card game with their Daddy, pretending to talk all Cowboy-like with their Sarsaparilla and candy cigs, lol.

The new Misc Me pocket squares are double-sided, so I can get both pages' designs with no bulk or pattern waste.  Brads, stickers, and jewels finish off the look.

I love that printing press paper in the background, and the distressed edges of the photo mat are heavily inked with blue and brown ink.  The initials on each page coordinate with the Cowboy Criminal names the kids made up for this Wanted-Poster photo shoot.  (This little one went with Franny Thinwrists McCoy, in case y'all were wonderin').

Do I look like a sneaky, murderous gold miner, heh?!  More inking and layering with rub-ons here, and here's a final look at the detail on that gorgeous steampunk chipboard accent:

Monday, May 18, 2015

Romeo to my Juliet...

The latest and greatest from BoBunny includes a brand new romantic collection, Juliet.

I love that this collection is rich with color and design - a gorgeous set of designs for any type of crafty project.  Here is the layout I made, the very SECOND I got this beautiful collection in my hands!

My Beloved Layout by Keri Babbitt using BoBunny Juliet Collection


































This circular background paper is definitely a new favorite, and is a great frame to showcase a focal photo.  All the gorgeous new embellishments add pops of color, and the dimension needed to finish off this family page.  I can't wait to frame this one!

























Monday, April 27, 2015

Fairy Book Basket with BoBunny

As you may be well aware, I'm a definite lover of all things Fairy, Garden, and Fantasy.  So, for this month's out-of-the-box project for BoBunny, I created a woven fairy basket, full of tiny books:



























Using the Garden Journal collection, I fussy-cut some tiny postcards from the 6x6 paper pad, and stapled some blank paper inside each book.  Then I went to town distressing the covers, with ink, rub-ons, and jewels.  Each mini book has a bookmark inside, along with a title page:



























For the bookmarks and the basket, I cut paper into strips and then lightly coated each strip with Pearlescents.  This coating strengthens and adds a metallic sheen to the strips, which can then be easily woven or bent for bookmarks.  The coating makes the basket quite sturdy, and allows the bookmarks to hold their curved/creased shape.



























My daughters can't wait to fill these little beauties in with fanciful fairy stories and field-guide facts.  And I can't wait to see them traipsing around the yard doing so!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Pandas on Safari with BoBunny

My youngest daughter is in LOVE with panda bears, so our trip to see some in real life was a vacation highlight for her.  She took many photos as she happily stood entranced, watching the pandas rest, walk, and eat bamboo.  Here is a page highlighting her favorite photo, using the new Safari collection from BoBunny:



































I love the instant dimension of the glittered, layered chipboard accents.



























And check out these diecut cloud shapes I layered with glitter paste.  The white part is glitter-covered too, so in real life the whole thing just sparkles.



























For my vacation album, this showcase page will be the cover page, and the rest of the panda pics will be added in a more simple pocket-page style.  I love this system of scrapping when I have lots of photos, but still want a bit of fun with lots of product layering.  It makes the entire process less overwhelming, while still having creative fun with my scrapbook stash. :)

Monday, February 23, 2015

New Product Gorgeousness - BoBunny

The newest BoBunny release is truly gorgeous, and right on trend with all kinds of mixed media, romantic, gold goodness!  Here is a layout featuring their mixed media products and a new collection - Sweet Life:

Titiana Layout by Keri Babbitt using BoBunny Sweet Life


































Just look at the new stencils, pearlescent & glitter paste colors, and those gold rub-ons - I'm loving it.

Titiana Layout by Keri Babbitt using BoBunny Sweet Life


























I had fun mixing all sorts of color on top of the heart stencil, and the new licorice pearlescent is such a bold statement with the clock stencil.  The lovely flowers have been customized with sugar glitter paste, and gold & silver glimmer sprays.  I know this is a collection I will be using again and again. And again, lol.

Titiana Layout by Keri Babbitt using BoBunny Sweet Life