Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Get It Scrapped: "Farm Fresh" Style

Hello Scrappy friends and Happy 2018!

I'm up at the Get It Scrapped blog with this cheery double pager inspired by the "Farm Fresh" style that has had a resurgence lately.  And yes, I'm incorporating some of that in my new home decore! ;) I'm leaving some pics here, but all the meaningful details along with other fabulous farm fresh inspiration can be found at the GIS blog.

Papers, stickers, chipboard and ephemera: Carta Bella ‘Welcome Home’ collection;
Alphas: Fancy Pants Designs ‘Attwell’ collection

left side

right side

And here is the process video. :)

Happy 2018 crafting...

xxx Iris

Saturday, January 6, 2018

GOODBYE 2017...

If a flip-through is your cup of tea, head on over to see a round-up of MY crafty things 2017. It was a slow and steady crafty year for me. 33 1/2 ish layouts, a minibook, 1 quilt (still in progress), and a homemade Traveler's Notebook + inserts. I think not bad for a year where we had so much going on! Here's a quick look at just the layouts...

And 2018 will my year to PLAY...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

STORY + DESIGN: Get It Scrappped Class

I did a thing. A very exciting thing.  I am extremely honored to be a guest designer in the Get It Scrapped December STORY + DESIGN class.  My very first class contribution! :D

I joined THE Debbie Hodge, Amy Kingsford, and Jennifer Davis in telling stories of INTENTION using the design concept of CONTRAST to support the story.  There is a 71 page ebook chock full of inspiration and design tips, videos where we each talk about how we interpreted this topic and go through our process in creating our layouts, and even sketches based on our pages!  

I wrote about the ongoing roller coaster of setting goals and resolutions. #thestruggleisreal  It was cathartic to put my feelings into words and take the time for introspection.  I think it helped me work out some issues and I am hopeful moving forward.  This is a membership class so I can't yet share the whole layout, but here are a couple of sneak peeks.

Lots of fun colors and black and white photos make this a playful page.  That butterfly is actually a REALLY OLD Mrs. Grossman's sticker! 

If you are not a member of Get It Scrapped, now is a great time to join and take advantage of the humongous library of ebooks, classes, webinars, sketches, and templates from the past 7 years.  There is a 20% discount in December and you always have 30 days to cancel.

Thanks for stopping by,

xxx whimsy

Friday, December 8, 2017

WHK | December sketch layout | Love This

Here is the full reveal of my layout for the Wild Hare Kit December Sketch challenge.  There is a full writeup at the WHK blog here, and I did manage to post a process video.  I think this is going on record as one of my all time favorite layouts I've ever made!

Oh one thing I forgot to mention in the writeup and video, I totally forgot to add the little tab on the right, which I'd planned for all along.  Ooops! LOL  I'll probably do that soon - with the date, or a little roller stamp phrase - when put away the layouts that need to go into albums.  I want to go through my stack of layouts I've made this year - more than any year before - and film a little flip-through video and share my thoughts on how joining challenges and design teams has spurred my creativity.  :)

Here are the process video and pretty pictures. xxx Iris

Papers: Pinkfresh Studio "December Days"; AC "Sweater Weather"
Embellishments: Pinkfresh Studio "December Days"; AC "Sweater Weather", Bella Blvd "Ice Mix"
Sketch made by me, see previous post

Monday, December 4, 2017

My very first Scrapbook Sketch!!!

I'm pretty savvy at Photoshop, and I like to play around, but one thing I never thought I'd ever make was a sketch.  But now I've gone and done just that!  

At The Wild Hare Kits, we have a sketch challenge every month, and different design team members have been volunteering to make the sketches.  No one had done one for December and since I had a sketch post due right at the beginning of the month, I thought I might as well give it a try.  That way I could tailor it to what I actually wanted to do with my kit! ;)

The hardest part was coming up with the concept.  I wanted to do a circular layout, but didn't want to use circles or wreaths.  I had a vague memory of a layout I'd seen some years ago with triangles pointed inward forming a circle that I'd always wanted to try.  And I have a quilt pattern that's similar that I also have been wanting to try. So I started with that.

Once I did a rough sketch on 12 x 12 graph paper, I measured out the triangles and figured out that if I cut a rectangle at 1 1/2" x 2 3/4", marked off the midpoint of one of the short sides, and then cut from the corners to the midpoint, I would have triangles that fit the layout.  I used the shape tool to approximate that, and then had the tedious job of replicating it 16 times and coloring them four separate shades of grey.  After that, the rest was easy peasy. I LOVE the result!

I have a hard time doing things half measure, so I even designed myself a little signature logo. :)  I'll be sharing my resulting layout soon!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Get It Scrapped: Contrast in Title - Style

Hello Scrappy Peeps! I am so unbelievably excited to see one of my layouts on the GIS blog!


Here is the link to see my writeup there (different info than here), and the other fabulous layouts showing four ways to add contrast in your titles: https://debbiehodge.com/2017/11/scrapbook-page-titles-with-contrast/

Daddy’s Little Gamer Buddies by Iris Fox | Supplies: Papers: Cocoa Vanilla Studio, Crate Paper, Lawn Fawn, DCWV, Paper Pizazz; Embellishments: Cocoa Vanilla Studio, Crate Paper, KandCompany; Fonts: Game Over Shaded, Orange Juice
It all started out with the assignment to make a contrasting title and with some REALLY OLD KandCompany gaming dimensional stickers.

Needing to come up with a high contrasting title, I perused my fonts and settled upon the Game Over font.  It's very pixelated, bulky, and shaded, and I knew it could contrast with just about anything.  So I pulled out the old gaming stickers, found some photos of my husband playing (many, many hours) with the girls.

I picked the background paper because the circles reminded me of the way the interface of one of the games they all played together, Civilization, is laid out, showing the different territories.  Technically they were laid out in hexagons, but I'm claiming artistic license on this one. LOL

So anyway, the circles seemed like a good place to house some clusters of embellishments, and then I got the idea to make little pie charts within some of the circles.  They are symbolic of dividing up time between the different activities and games.

I wanted to use some of the empty circles to just list in a spiral a bunch of the different games they've played over the years, but that much black writing would have distracted too much from the title.  So I stuck to one semicircle of journaling.

This layout was pure fun to make!  I love the primary colors, the kid-like font and gamer font, the little bit of stitching to add texture, and all the cute embellishments.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


I haven't had a chance the past couple months to give this blog any attention. There's a whole long story about home repairs, selling not one but TWO houses, and finding my dream house.  I've shared bits and pieces on my Instagram and FB, though most days I'm just too exhausted and don't want to rehash all the nasty surprises, insane amount of work and repairs, and the drudgery of paperwork.  All boring stuff, and we're finally getting our keys tomorrow for dream home, and we currently are in escrow for the old home, so we are in the home stretch...

But today I had to come share this news that I've been dying to share.  I was asked to join the Get It Scrapped Creative Team for the upcoming year - #squeeeeeeeeeeeee - and the official announcement was today!
I'm still not exactly sure how this happened. I mean look at all those AMAZING creatives that have years and years of experience designing and teaching, and I'm a total newb.  I am beyond honored to be joining this inspirational team and look forward to a year of creative growth and play, and of sharing and connecting.

Get to know all these lovely ladies in this post

I'm seriously going to need to get this blog updated! LOL It's in the plans, honest.  Just have to get settled into the new house, which should be happening at the end of this month. 

xxx whimsy

Thursday, August 31, 2017

August Roundup

Here are the projects that I've made for The Wild Hare Kit Club in August! Click on the link under each one to go to the corresponding process video, which also includes closeups. :)


Friday, August 11, 2017

That time she made a process video.

This year has been quite a one for firsts!  Here is my very first scrapbooking process video. With my first The Wild Hare Kits kit.  On my first design team.  Woop, Woop!!!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Youtube roundup

Lots of updates and improvements will be needed to get my blog up all updated, but all that has to wait while we sell/buy/move (see my previous post).  So I thought I'd just do a quick roundup post of my Youtube videos.  Instagram link is on the sidebar.

Products from Ali Edwards' Story Camp 2017 #AEstorycamp 

The Wild Hare Kits Unboxing - first kit Aug 2017 

Mini Album: Only My Dad and Me - Part 1 

flip-thru | mini album | Only My Dad and Me | long version