Thursday, June 27, 2013

Layout Love - June 2013

June is just about past us and that means it's time for Layout Love! Wait.... what? No Linky?
Ah yes - you read that right! 
This month marks 18 installments of #LLL - that's 18 rounds of tags and random RAK. Not to mention hundreds of fabulous link-ups from all of you!

But, it's time to change things up. 
With this post we say goodbye to #LLL....
And hello to a new little something that we will call "Monthly R and R" - 
the R and R standing for Roundup and Recap.

But before we get to the details on all of that, let's take a look at some unblogged layouts!

June was full of scrapping fun...
I pulled some more leftover letter stickers to create title prompts:

And dove right into Camp Scrap with May Flaum...
Using inspiration from all things Campy and Scrappy, I created some album cover pages:

 Put my stamps to use:

 Played around with layering:
 Used some sketches:

Put some of the stash to good use:
 Focused on telling some important stories:

 "Stepped" out of my comfort zone:

Scrapped some ephemera:
 And Lots...
 And Lots...

Of ephemera...
And I just had the best time!
Whew! That was a scrappy month full of fun!

And so marks 18 months of Layout Love Linky and 18 months of tag fun:

I won't stop making tags. I am thinking a tag tutorial will still end up in The Mailbox from time to time :)

That tag up there on the bottom right will be sent out to our lucky winner, Katie! I just love the fun colors and textures in her mini. Katie blogs at Be sure to check it out!

Katie, I will also be sending you the Travel Girl ephemera pack from October Afternoon...
Just a little thank you for reading here at The Mailbox and for linking up :) Katie, please email me: soaphouse at gmail dot com - with your address, so I can send you your goodies!

Now - what's this Monthly R and R (#MonthlyRR) that I speak of?

I'm so glad you asked! A lot happens in a month, ya know? Cool things on the web, brilliant and inspiring blog posts, new products, favorite techniques, and layouts that didn't get their own blog post here at Purple Mailbox. 

So.... #MonthlyRR will be a newsletter of sorts, highlighting all of the above and maybe just some random fun. The Roundup and Recap will be posted once a month toward the end of each month. It is destined to be a longer post - much like this one! HA! 

You all are so inspiring. I have so enjoyed visiting your blogs and seeing your favorite projects each month. And... I look forward to highlighting some of your awesomeness in future Roundups!

And while I am babbling about all of this... any requests? I would love to know what you are most interested in seeing in a monthly review of this sorts. Let me know in the comments below!

Alrighty! Here's to a great July - we shall review it soon... in the first edition of Monthly R and R.

See you soon!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

No More Floating Flair Series Continues...

Hello there! A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of introducing a new series over at A Flair For Buttons.... "No More Floating Flair" For our first installment, we took a look at how to Use an Existing Pattern or Design Element to Ground That Flair. Be sure to check that post out for all the details on this series.

For the next installment, we are taking a look at:

Be sure to head on over to the A Flair For Buttons blog and check it out!

Remember, we would love to see your creations. Feel free to leave a link to your project in the comments over at A Flair For Buttons. And, if you are sharing on social media, use #NoMoreFloatingFlair when posting.

See you next time here at Purple Mailbox for a very special Layout Love Linky! Don't forget to link up your projects - you have just a couple of days left!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Weaving Some Stripes...

Happy Monday! And, happy new challenge day over at Simon Says Stamp and Show. This week we are all about stripes...

Thick to thin, multi-colored or monochromatic, stripes are all over the place in any crafter’s supply stash. You can make your own out of strips of cardstock, buy papers, or even get a background striped stamp. If you’re feeling really adventurous you could cross your stripes and create a plaid.

And that's exactly what I decided to do! I have had tons of fun lately with paper weaving and I think today is another good day for that.

First, I just did a simple color wash on two sheets of white card stock using pink, orange, and yellow watercolors:

Then, I cut them into strips using my scissors. No measuring... just cutting...

And now for the weaving! All I did was take another sheet of white card stock, run adhesive on the top and the right side, and weave....

Ta Da! Oh, I LOVE how that looks!

After stitching a grid along each strip, I had fun just pulling bits and pieces from my stash to compliment my chosen photo:

Layering up...

Can you see those there? They are clear die cut butterflies that I created during my Heidi Swapp handmade embellishment extravaganza. I think the subtle effect of them will compliment this soft woven pattern nicely:

And indeed they do!
Some title work and stamping...
Along with some mist and such...

And there we have it!
A fun layout about my hubster's b-day...

Full of textured stripey goodness!
Alrighty! Now it's your turn to play. I can't wait to see how you interpret this fun challenge. Don't forget to link-up with us!

Remember... one lucky winner is chosen at random each week to win a $50 shopping spree from
And, as always, if you would like to try something like the above, a complete supply list is below: (affiliate links used)

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