Monday, February 8, 2016

Destination Album

Hey Friends!

Today, I wanted to share an album I created recently for CHA. I used Frank Garcia's French Riviera collection newly released by Prima. This collection is vintage style by the sea-it reminds me of some things I would see in Cape Cod back in the days...the old days.

For the base-I used one of the Memory Hardware albums by Frank Garcia-it's a heavy weight  chipboard album with lots of pages inside-ready to customize! 


I transformed my album into a vacation book, ready for family vacation photographs at the beach! I spent a lot of time working on the cover-I wanted it to look beachy and whitewashed...



My boys have collected shells from our previous vacations over the years. I decided to incorporate them into the design-they add an organic touch and they were hand picked by my children which makes it even better!


I love the texture from the burlap and raw trims as well as the metals with the rust finish. They look like they have been weathered for years by the sea. French Riviera is what I used throughout the book for the seaside theme.



This is a peek at the inside cover and first page. I always like to layer ephemera, paper pieces and fun bits to make up the pages for a unique look. Adding splatters and spots make everything more interesting too.



Another shot of the cover so you can see some of the dimension added to the front with handmade flowers, die cuts, stickers and more. This is probably one of my favorite projects to date...now all that is left to do is add some special photos.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Prima Lanties and a nursery

Hey friends-
Today, I wanted to share some pics I took with my brother, in Lili Wren's nursery with the new Lanties. Prima sent me a set to try out and I knew they would look perfect in her room. 

These lovely lights are battery operated and they come in several styles (14 to be exact). The set I got is called Green House. The shades are made of a really strong coated paper, patterned with little buds of pink flowers. They can be displayed just about anywhere your heart desires!


I had to show them to her and see what she thought! She LOVED them- and tried to eat them. This photo gives you an idea of the size per lantern.  


They take three AA batteries and I can honestly say-they light up a lot brighter than I thought they would. The lanterns never got warm-they stay cool to the touch at all times.







We tried them out in three different ways to see how they would look in her room. First, we hung them loosely on her mirror above her dresser. I love how they look lit up against the glass and the setting is so sweet with the handmade dolls by Dawn's mom.






Next, we decided to hang them across the window on the curtain rod.  I personally think they look great even when they aren't lit because of the design and colors of the little shades. 


Here is a shot with them lit up. This was difficult to photograph with the light in the window but I think in this photo, you get the idea. 



Ok, so this third idea-we went a little crazy
We thought it would be fun to hang them on the metal birdcage shelf and it was!  I attached them with wooden clothes pins and framed in the shelf...







The beautiful strings of decorative lights will be shipping out to stores in just a couple of weeks. 
Here are a couple more of my favorite designs-Mason Jars with cork tops, Mercury Glass style light bulbs and Paper Maps....









I could see any of these used for photo shoots, birthday parties, weddings and more...the possibilities are endless!

Thanks for stopping by-have a great day!
xoxo Cari





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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Frank Garcia Design Team Blog Hop!



Hello friends! 
Welcome to the Frank Garcia Design Team blog hop!

Today-I am sharing a layout I created, along with a set of tags using Frank's "A Victorian Christmas" collection, plus other goodies from his memory Hardware collection too! 



I just love this photo of Matt and Dawn (my brother and sister in law)-this was one of their engagement photos from last December. Aren't they cute? The chipboard accents, lush flowers, pearls and papers made this Christmas layout shine! I added splatters of paint and Color Bloom spray to add interest and texture to the background



See the details in this close up photo, where I layered all of the elements within my clusters. The snowflakes were punched from one of the papers and tucked in to the flowers. I love sprinkling the pearls from the Memory Hardware collection within my design for shine and dimension.  Have fun with your embellishments!



I created this set of cards and tag using the leftovers from my layout. The chipboard pieces and designs on the papers are perfect for small sized projects like these. Again, I used the chalkboard paints for the splatter effects and just had fun with the embellishments. These are almost too cute to giveaway. 





To win this fabulous prize, please comment on the blog hop posts and follow each blog! Frank will announce the winner on his blog. Have fun and enjoy the eye candy as you visit each blog. The projects are truly inspiring! Thanks for stopping by and good luck!


START: Frank http://www.frankgarciastudio.com/new-blog-1/

Trina www.trinamcclune.typepad.com


Jennifer http://scrap-escape.blogspot.com/


Delaina delainas.blogspot.com


Cari meandmymaryjanes.blogspot.com


Lisa Nazario Gregory http://what-a-beautiful-mess.blogspot.com/


Beatriz http://iralamija.blogspot.com/


Lisa Novogrodski http://lisas-livingincolor.blogspot.com


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