Tuesday, September 1, 2015
An exciting day for us at Swirlydoos as we are adding two fabulous new designers to our team starting in October! Thank you to all of the ladies who applied to be a part of our team. You all made it very difficult for us! Please give a warm welcome to these very talented ladies!

Cindy Brown
 
My name is Cindy Brown alias Talkis on some Quebec forums. Those who know me say I am a dynamic girl. Hyperactive by nature I channel my energy into lots of scrapbooking projects. 
I have a boyfriend that I love and two dogs that I love. No children but waiting, one day. I am very close to my family. I get my artist inspiration from my grandma talent. She follows me even on Facebook.
Scrapbooking entered my life in 2006 because I wanted to make an album of my dogs. I found my lss and since then I am a compulsive buyer! I love discovering and trying new products especially. I want them all !!!!!
I love watching everything around me and inspires me to create. Making the rounds of blogs and Pinterest is also a joy for inspiration.I started this passion by making pages and then I‘m exploring the mixed media to return to pages by adding a touch of mixed media. I can not say I have a particular style,what I can say is that I like to explore all avenues.
Can't wait to show you my creations with the Swirlydoos kits during my term.
You can check out Cindy's beautiful designs on her blog: http://talkis23.blogspot.ca/ 
Bec (Rebecca) Genet


Hi I'm Bec, a New Zealander who now lives in Brisbane Australia with my Husband and Daughter. I started scrapbooking after my daughter was born in 2006 and my passion (and obsession) has grown every year since then. In the last couple of years I have fallen in love with mixed media scrapbooking and altered art projects and I spend every spare moment I have in my craft room. My scrapbook style is very feminine, I love adding tons of flowers, pearls, glitter and lace to everything I make. I can wait to start on the Swirlydoos team and create with these amazing kits. 

 You can check out Bec's beautiful designs on her blog: Becgenet.blogspot.com

And, we are pleased to announce that we will be adding some guest designers very soon!  

Congrats, ladies! We look forward to working with you!

Monday, August 31, 2015
Thanks to all who participated in our August blog hop!

Here is the winners:

Paula, you have won this Glitz paper pack!


Carla (cghundley), you have won this Kaisercraft paper pack!


Marylou(marylouh), you have won the Creative Embellishments Gift Card! 
 
Congratulations to all our winners. Please email Kim@swirlydoos.com with your info. As always, thanks for hopping along with us.  
Sunday, August 30, 2015
I love travel layouts! This one by Hanne is awesome!
The design is detailed yet it lets the pictures take center stage! The tipped smaller square pictures really draw your eye to the larger photo. The embellishments are just perfect for the theme!
Congrats, Hanne!
Saturday, August 29, 2015
So, I'm back with another edition of "Scrap your Scraps" today. I was down to the last bits of paper of the August kit and wanted to share my final layout with you. Usually the last bits of a kit lend a more CAS layout or a grungy layout. But, this time I was able to do a "swirly" style layout as I still had some flowers left over from the flower add-on this month.

Here's what I had on my messy,scrappy table to start.



Now, I only have two good size pieces of paper left. I did find some smaller strips by my cutter later. Just start playing around with the larger pieces, maybe cut them up to make them look like they are actually larger. I do this a lot with my paper to make it go farther. Just make sure you line up the design in the same direction if you cut the paper!



Of course, distress the edges and ink them up. Now, on to some more paper layering. Remember, you can use the cardboard from the box your kit came in to pop up the paper layers.

I added some Smooch Black to the background before laying down the yellow pieces. I just unscrew the top and pull out the spritzer. Then, just use the spritzer to splash color on the page. I usually don't actually use the spritzer nozzle to spray on my pages. Also, added a tad of gold glitz with a rub-on from the embellishment add on. The black trellis is actually a die cut. (Thanks to Kim for letting me borrow the die while we were at camp!)


Next, I popped up the picture on some more of that free cardboard and began adding banners and fiber.


Next, add the vines using the die from the die add on this month. Top the vines with the remaining flowers.


Still needs something...
I added some stickers from the sticker sheet, a butterfly that I had left over from punching it for a previous layout, and that blingy yellow heart.


Now, title or journaling?


Using one of the journaling cards, I added,"I had 2 tickets to the Rams' football game. Brandon didn't want to go, so Allison went. We had fun until the game was over and I couldn't find the car!"

Yes, you read that right! I could not find the car. It was late at night and we were by ourselves. We finally found a police officer who pointed us in the right direction. Thirty minutes after the game was over we finally found the car! What a night!

Finally found my flowers--still packed from Swirly camp. Had to add more flowers!


Well, that is the end of my kit. Anxiously waiting for the next gorgeous kit to arrive.

Thank you for visiting the Swirlydoos blog today! I would love to see what you scrap with the scraps of your kit!


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Welcome to:
Swirlydoos Kit Club 
August Scrapbook Kit Reveal & Blog Hop!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful August collection:

SUN-KISSED

And check out the coordinating add-ons that perfectly compliment our August scrapbook kit.





Here is a video tour of the August 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 August kits 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*


 Never miss one of our kits again!



We have some absolutely beautiful scrapbook projects for you to see today!!  Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! 



Make sure you've "LIKED & FOLLOWED" us on Facebook to get sneak peeks and coupon codes good for the brand new, must have CHA goodies in our online store!

And, join our Facebook online gallery for amazing inspiration from both subscribers and designers using all of our monthly kits! 



Our education team has created some altered jars with the project/technique add on kit: 








Angelica has prepared an awesome tutorial that you can find in the "Anatomy of a Layout" section of our forums on how you can create this page:





SKETCH CHALLENGE!!!


August Sketch, created by our amazing sketch artist, Beggahuna!




This beautiful sketch is your inspiration, now get creating! Our August sketch challenge runs until September 15th, and is open to EVERYONE! Upload your layout into the " Sketch" section of the Swirlydoos Facebook Gallery and you will be entered to win a fantastic prize pack from Swirlydoos! Check the sketch challenge thread in our forums to see what the designers and other members have created using this sketch for inspiration!

This is the sketch challenge prize:




And, now for the prizes to be won during the Swirlydoos August scrapbook kit reveal blog hop!!!!!

Swirlydoos and some of our manufacturers are proudly offering up the following blog hop prizes:



Creative Embellishments is offering:




So, let's get started! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! 

You have until midnight, eastern time, on 8/28 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on 8/30. 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.


The party starts on Kim's blog.

Blog Hop Order

Monday, August 24, 2015
Peggy’s Swirly Girl Challenge about favorite books is really getting some great submissions! I just fell in love with this one by Ginny!
I just love this design! From the layers to the stencilling, this is such a sophisticated page! The placement of embellies is great, and I love the picture of the book! Congrats, Ginny!

Hi everybody! I have been working some more with the amazing July kit, Belle Fleur, and have one more layout to share. I simply adored this kit!!

And, this will also be my last DT-project for Swirlydoos. I have had so much fun designing for this fantastic kit club, the best kit club ever!! I will continue as a member of the club and hang around the forum, so this is not a good bye.

Anyway, here is my layout:


I did a lot of paper layering, stamping, misting, stenciling and painting on this page. The chipboard gates was painted white, stamped on using the stamp from the embellie add-on, and finally painted with clear gloss varnish. 

A couple of close-ups for you:



Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you have got some inspiration!

xoxo
Helena




Saturday, August 22, 2015
Hello Savages! Today I have a quick and easy tutorial to share on how to make your leaf dies 3-dimensional.

You can use any leafy vine you like. For this tut. I use the (spoiler alert) August Die of the month, Spellbinders Romantic Vines. If your perma you should be getting your die really soon! If not, check out the boutique on reveal day, August 25th.

Step 1:
 
Cut out your dies using a thick white cardstock.

 
Step 2:
 
When coloring white cardstock I always like to use a light mist to get a variegated look.

 
Step 3:
 
Mist with a green shade.


 
Step 4:
 
As you can see I used Heidi Swapp Mist and Silks Paints. I used the paint on just the tips of the leaves along with some hand tinted glitter glass.
 
Close up of the details

 
Step 5:
 
When the vine are partly dry use a paint brush and wrap the tips around. You can also pinch and roll.
 
Also lift the swirls


When they are completely dry it will hold the shape.
 
Hope you can put this tutorial in use on your next project!
Sunday, August 16, 2015
There were LOTS of posts in the gallery this week- YAY! One layout really stood out to me, and it was this one:
This is one of Cheryl’s amazing layouts she did at camp last week. I was lucky enough to see this in person, and peek in on her process! I love the soft, subtle look of this layout! It immediately draws your eye to the picture and and then you start to notice all the wonderful details, from the layers and flower placement to the stenciling and die cut border, this layout was perfectly executed! Congrats, Cheryl!

Saturday, August 15, 2015
Happy Saturday! It's Rae with you today to share the inside of my mini album that I have made using the August 2015 project add on kit. For our July reveal, I shared how I made the cover of this album:

If you haven't seen the video yet, you can check it out below:


And, if you have seen it, and want to know how I finished the inside, watch this video:

PART 2



I have some tips and tricks for how I like to arrange a mini album, giving it an introductory page:


Some ideas for adding dimension but keeping the book "flat" enough to close:



And some ways to add some interactive elements:



I hope you get a chance to check out the video! And, if you are a subscriber, and you get the project add on, we'd love to see what you do with it, so share it in the forums and in the Facebook gallery!

If you’re ready to start getting perfectly coordinated, top of the line scrapbook kits delivered to your door, please visit us at www.swirlydoos.com. Mention my name (Rae) when you subscribe and you’ll receive 10% off your first kit, AND a coupon good for 30% off your entire purchase in the Swirlydoos.com store!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!




Monday, August 10, 2015
I found this in the gallery, and was stunned!
This is Paula’s entry for the SGC challenge this month, and it’s AMAZING!The colors are so striking, and the layers are awesome! I love the design so much, and the floral clusters are so pretty!
Beautiful page, Paula! Congrats!
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
There was some stiff competition for LOTM, but this stunning layout created by Ginny H is our winner. Ginny created this layout based on our sketch of the month. 

Here gorgeous clustering and perfect use of mixed media is really what caught the judges eye. Not to mention her great use of all the other embellishments.

Great job Ginny and congratulations.

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