Monday, July 2, 2012

Paper Made Bakery: July Kit Reveal + Blog Hop + Giveaway

The Hop:
Welcome to Paper Made Bakery's July release blog hop! If you've just arrived from Ryann's site, then you've come to the right place. If you would like to start from the beginning, please hop on over to Paper Made Bakery's blog. If you are lost, this the blog hop order:

Michelle (←you are here)

The Kit:
July's Fresh Baked Kit entitled Tea for Two features an exclusive stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop made especially for this month's kit. The kit also contains Cosmo Cricket's Tea for Two paper mini-deck and element deck, and tiny text sentiment sticker sheet. In addition to the Tea for Two elements, there are also May Arts twill, authentic baker's twine, button shaped brads plus more. This is the biggest embellishment pack that I've seen yet. 

The Reveal:
This month I wanted to challenge myself by trying to make a double paged layout using a card kit where the largest patterned paper is 6 x 6". I added two sheets of 12 x 12" white cardstock as the base and my photos, and everything else is from the kit. The mini-deck is actually a perfect fit for a layout as two sheets fit across one page, creating a central strip from which to build your layout. 

Two a Tea Layout
The Details:
I was inspired by an Allison Davis layout that I saw 16 months ago. I knew I wanted to also create a grid of handmade mini-embellishments and have just been waiting for the perfect opportunity. And the time is now.

Tea Bag Embellishments
I stamped the tea bags using the Sweet Shop Stamps onto the Cosmo Cricket papers which I cut out. I stapled on the baker's twine to the tea bags and on the other end glued on a piece of the heart patterned paper to create a tea label. 

One of the sentiments in the set reads, "You and Me To a Tea" and the tea shop I went to was called, "Two A Tea." I took a picture of the name of the shop and made that my layout title.
I stamped the "You and Me" part of the stamp and added that to the photo to recreate the whole sentiment. The stamp was actually too small so I enlarged the stamped image on my scanner and printed it out on cardstock. Don't let the size of a stamp limit you, feel free to reduce or enlarge it to fit the scale of your project. I didn't even have to use my computer to do this part, I just pressed some buttons on my all in one printer. 

I cut my 2 x 6" title photo into three 2 x 2" squares to match the 2 x 2" photos on my other page for a more cohesive look. I framed the title with two sheets from the Cosmo Cricket element deck. Since all the sheets in the pack are the same size, I cut the second sheet in half and spread it out so that it would be larger than the top piece. 

By this time I had 9 hand-made embellishments and 11 photos so I was running out of room for the journaling. I decided to go with something simple and just typed the date and location. 

I printed out the journaling and cut it into a rectangle, and trimmed the edges to make a mini-tag which looked like a tea bag label. I connected a piece of pink baker's twine from the journaling tag to a teapot I cut out from an element deck. It was very satisfying to create my own embellishments and to try and utilize the kit to its full potential. I encourage you to create a varied assortment of projects with your kits. 

The Giveaway:
As a way to say thank you for participating in today's blog hop, Paper Made Bakery is giving a tea-rrific goodie bag to one lucky participant. You can enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Good luck to all! Your next stop is Lisa's blog. Remember there are daily inspiration projects and tutorials on the PMB's blog all month long. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I'm also entering this in The Ribbon Reel's Let's Have Tea challenge. 

Thanks for stopping by,


Shannon Fralish said...

Wow, Michelle, this is FANTASTIC! I love the tea bag elements and what a perfect layout -- theme, location, EVERYthing! Wonderful job!

Annie Rose said...

This is AWESOME! All those tiny tea bags! Squee! Seriously great job :)

Annie Rose

Maria said...

love the layout

Mary Jo said...

Very pretty details and layout! :)

Jennifer Grace said...

Cute layout, I love all the little embellies! x

julie e said...

oatmeal raising cookies.

Ashley Newell said...

Super cute layout! These pictures are PERFECT for this kit! Very nice!

Unknown said...

Loved yor LO. Those bags are too cute

Jackie Randolph said...

WOW!! A Gorgeous layout!!! Simply adorable with your tea bags as a grouping!

Hannah said...

This is amazing! I don't even know where to start. I love all the hand-stamped embellishments.

Elisa K said...

Oh I love this 2pager.. I love the tea bags.. hehe thanks for sharing.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

wow this LO rocks!!! I love the use of the tea bags and how you have the tea pot pouring into your picture! This is awesome!

Becky said...

I love all of the awesome details! The embellishments you made are adorable! Amazing LO as always. ;)

~amy~ said...

I love it!!! wow...such fabulous details on your great layout!

Message Keeper said...

I like the way you arrange the tea bags and its strings! So clever and creative!

Pat K said...

Love the tea bags, great work!

Ravengirl said...

Such a great layout! Love those handmade tea bad embellishments!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

WOOOOOOOW! You went all out on this reveal! LOVE the tea bags and all the twine/embellies! YOU ROCK:)

Pauline said...

Great tea themed layout, i love those coulourful little tea tags!
thanks for joining us at The ribbon Reel this week! said...

Wonderful layout and love all your details!! Great idea to do a layout, too!

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