I'm excited to introduce our Shoreline Guest Designer: Melanie Blackburn!
Short bio: Hello fellow crafters! My name is Melanie Blackburn, I’m a proud mom to two wonderful girls, soon three (I’m due in a couple of weeks!), and I'm married to my high school sweetheart Dan. I work full time outside of the home and when I have some free time I like to get crafty which includes, scrapbooking, photography, and gardening. It has been a dream and an honor to guest designer for American Crafts!
How did you get started scrapbooking? I started scrapbooking after the birth of my first daughter, which was almost 8 years ago. I fell in love with this hobby and haven’t stopped since. I have met so many wonderful people because of this hobby and I am so thankful to be a part of it.
What is your favorite American Crafts product? This is such a tough question! I love a lot of the products and embellishments, but I’d have to say that I have a sweet spot for Thickers, any kind and any color! I have quite the collection to prove it.
My inspiration for this card was the cardstock die cut shapes; I loved the snow cone and thought it would be a perfect accent on a card. I framed the shapes by creating a Polaroid frame which I then adhered to the card using foam dots.
Supplies: Paper Pad 6x6 (35743) – Shoreline, Cardstock Shapes (85585) – Bits, Pelican (42248) – Remarks, Boardwalk Fineberry (53365) - Thickers
This frame was inspired by a quote I saw on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/pin/218635756880531662/. I thought it would make a nice teacher’s gift. I used a 8x10 frame, printed the quote on white cardstock, added some decorative stitching, and an embellishment. This makes for a quick and easy gift!
Supplies: Seaside Pinwheels (85586) – Delights, Boardwalk Cascade (53363) – Thickers
The accordion flowers were my inspiration for this layout. I decided to add multiple circles of various sizes to complete the accordion flowers. I love how the sun sticker fits perfectly in with this theme.
Supplies: Newport Paper (35724) – Shoreline, Solana Paper (35738) – Shoreline, Oceanside Paper (35727) – Shoreline, Venture Paper (35731) – Shoreline, Vero Paper (35719) – Shoreline, 6x6 Paper Pad (35743) – Shoreline, Surfboard Paper Flowers ( 85584) – Delights, Die Cuts Sand Dollar (85585) – Bits, Flamingo (42249) – Remarks, Sandpiper (42247) - Remarks, Boardwalk Honeycomb (53364) – Thickers
To create this layout I decided to cut out the rectangle shapes from the Santa Monica paper. I randomly placed them on my layout to create a fun pattern, and then they were embellished with stitching and various embellishments from the Shoreline collection.
Supplies: Santa Monica Paper (35723) – Shoreline, Vero Paper (35719) – Shoreline, Melbourne Paper (35718) – Shoreline, Malibu Paper (35722) – Shoreline, Pelican (42248) – Remarks, Boardwalk Pool (5336) – Thickers, Boardwalk Honeycomb (53364) – Thickers, Flamingo (42249) – Remarks, Sandpiper (42247) – Remarks, Cardstock Shapes (85585) – Bits
For this layout I really wanted to create a fun page that reflected how much of a blast my girls were having at the beach. To create little cluster of embellishments I used a lot of the cardstock die cut pieces and accordion flowers; I thought it added a playful touch to the layout.
Supplies: Belmont Shore Paper (35736) – Shoreline, Sea Isle Paper (35732) – Shoreline, Pelican Bay Paper (35733) – Shoreline, Pacific Beach Paper (35737) – Shoreline, Vero Paper (35719) – Shoreline, Boardwalk Taffy (53362) – Thickers, Cardstock Shapes (85585) – Bits, Surfboard Paper Flowers ( 85584) – Delights, Flamingo (42249) – Remarks
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