Friday, July 01, 2011

Today's the day! It's BasicGrey's 2011 Summer Release!

Today's the day! Are you ready?! I'm so excited to do this!
But let me warn you now...this is going to be a looooong & photo heavy post so sit down with your coffee (or in my case a McD's diet coke) and get comfy and let me introduce BasicGrey's CHA-Summer 2011 release:
Old-world whimsy and tradition. Classic country freshness. Bold, independent bohemian. Elegance and grace. BasicGrey's CHA-S 2011 release captures four distinct and evocative styles with patterns and colors designed to pique your creativity and illuminate your projects.

First up is Indie Bloom. The swish of a skirt, the sound of heels on mosaic tiles, the addictive rhythms playing somewhere close - you're experiencing the devil-may-care style of Indie Bloom from BasicGrey. Go barefoot on an unexpected and delightful journey in juicy guava, pomegranate ruby, flamingo pink, natural ivory and sharp black.


*Tutu Sweet*
photo by Ursula Page

I adore this line. The bold colors just speak to me and having that black to contrast all the brights is just heaven! You might notice on here a new product in our Felt Flowers! Aren't they cute?! And they only come in colors to coordinate with this line (for now :)). There's also the new Metal Flowers (orange) that are actually to go with Picadilly but as you can see, they're pretty versatile! Love them! They just stick on with a pop dot so there is no puncturing your page.
And I know I don't have to comment on just how adorable those wee ballerinas are, but I will. The one right in the middle is my friend Ursula's daughter, Harper. They're so precious! (Man, I need a girl!)

*Perfect Piggies*
photo by Shelby Valadez
based on a sketch by Becky Fleck

This is my friend Shelby's little cutie, Anna! And I'm with her, I adore a little girl in piggy tales! So sweet. And I love how this line as so many different color sets! It can be so versatile. In the first layout it was puples/pinks with a splash of orange. This one is a warm red infused with aquas and pinks. So yummy! And those petals? How cute are they?! I have to admit I didn't understand them at first, but now I can't seem to get enough. And so I look for ways and places to use them! (Hey, a girl in a house of all boys has to do what she has to do!) I also have to give a shout out to our Olio rub-ons. Our full color rub-ons go on like butter, are opaque AND have such stinkin' cute designs. They're truly one of my favorite embellishments.

Now on to our holiday line for this year. Get cozy with Nordic Holiday! With lovingly-knit sweaters, warm-baked gingerbread, snowflake kisses on pink cheeks, and traditions that stretch back before days you remember, you've got a lift ticket to ride into the holiday season...Nordic style! Wrap yourself up in all the snowy whites, icicle blues, holiday greens, and merry reds and revel in warm fuzzy holiday memories.


*From, Carson*
This year was the first year my youngest decided he wanted to send out his own Christmas cards. He painstakingly filled them out and signed each one "from, Carson." I adore that he wanted to do this and loved documenting it with these gorgeous papers. The Pop 3-D stickers from this line are wonderful (you'll see I used it in both pages) and they have just enough sparkle for the holidays. And did you know that the chipboard shapes for this line are going to have a little sparkle as well?! Yum!

*Happy St. Nick Day*
Again here you see more of the Pops, our awesome 3-D stickers as well as Pieces (holding the title) and the gorgeous stitched brads for this line. I have to admit, I usually don't like scrapbooking the holidays, but this line made it alot of fun! I mean, really - just LOOK at that little Swiss chalet! My boys were thrilled with their wooden shoes from Holland and all the goodies St. Nick brought them so I'm thinking this is going to be a new annual tradition for us. Love when that happens! :)

These two lines we just reviewed - Indie Bloom & Nordic Holiday - will be the two lines that will ship first in our staggered program. They'll both be available in AUGUST!

Now for the two lines that will ship in OCTOBER and perhaps my favorite two lines from this release - Little Black Dress and Picadilly.

Throw on your Little Black Dress from BasicGrey, and descend the marble staircase in classic white pearls, satin gloves, lace trimmings and all the finery. This collection is a smashing symphony of jaw-dropping lace, shattering-the-rules damask, and menswear plaids in bright white, smooth grey, rich blacks, apricot and creams.

Little Black Dress:

*Simply Beautiful*
photos by Stacy Beard
I don't know if you realize how much I love our Pieces. They (and our element stickers) are always my favorite cheap embellishment from any line. They're just so darn versatile. Here I used Pieces, some Pops and the Olio Rub-ons. The colors in this line are just divine. Since they're all neutrals, there's almost no way to go wrong - projects just come together beautifully! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this line! And I'm super excited about a new embellishment we're releasing with this collection - they're paper pom flowers and they're just too cute!

photos by Stacy Beard
based on a sketch by Becky Fleck

This layout might be my favorite. Not only were the photo subjects just precious and so in love (thanks, Stace!), but the patterns just go together so easily that it makes everything look good. Here I used quite a bit of our Chip Sticker shapes and Olio rub-ons (have I mentioned how much I love those?! ;)) but also another new product in those white rose buttons! Aren't they gorgeous?! They actually come with an assortment of vintage looking buttons and are so cute. I simply punched a hole through my layout then used a wire to thread it onto the back rather than sewing because we all know I just don't sew!

A hot cup o' chicken soup, warm buttermilk biscuits, and cherry pie with a mound of fresh whipped cream on a glistening white countertop: you're experiencing Picadilly by BasicGrey. A symphony of sweet American coziness and down-home country-fresh flavors in lemonade yellow, cherry red, cornflower blue and new grass green.


based on a sketch by Becky Fleck
Oh my boys. My silly, stinky boys - they are perfect for this line and all the summer fun they get into. More of my favorite Petals on this project along with a new product, Yo-Yos! Do you see that fabric rosette with the button in the middle of the flower? That's a yo-yo! They're really fun and I think you can do just about anything with them! And before I head on to the next layout, isn't the color palette for this collection just divine?! I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE the colors, especially the cornflower blue and corn yellow. (I'm addicted to yellow lately - it's a sickness, really!)

*Apple of her Eye*
This is my gorgeous best friend and my sweet Lydian Jane. These two are two of the most important people in the world to me. I love them so and was so excited to see them on Father's Day when I took these sweet photos. The large tree is actually one of our Element stickers for this line. I know, right?! It's awesome and I love that it has a variety of apple patterns that work so cute with it. The red polka dot strip is also an element sticker and you'll see a few glazed brads thrown in. This whole line just reminds me of my grandmother in all the best ways and I can't get enough of it! OH! And I keep coming back to this post to edit things I forgot (I'm THAT excited!) but wait til you see the new wooden buttons with this line! Seriously - they are divine! My gram would totally approve!

And finally...last but not least...MY BABY! The 2012 edition of the BasicGrey calendar! I say this every year, but this year's is by FAR my favorite! :)
This calendar will ship in August as well so you'll have plenty of time to make one for yourself or give as gifts for this holiday! I promise you won't be disappointed!

There is so much more that I couldn't even touch on here, but to see all the full releases, go to BasicGrey and click on "Scrapbook" then "Collections" and then be prepared to loose a few hours staring in amazement ;)

Have a wonderful holiday weekend (Happy Canada Day today to my dear Canadian friends and Happy Independence Day on Monday to all my US folks) and stay safe, everyone!

OH! And P.S! Today is my 5th Anniversary of blogging (seriously!?!) and almost my 500th post! Stay tuned in a day or so for a giveaway blow-out celebration!


Anya said...

Kelly you are SOOOO incredibly talanted! Your work is absolutely amazing!!! It's not the papers, it's your designs that make me want these collections. I've been a fan of yours for a looong-long time and you never dissapoint me. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

nancy said...

oh, Sigh.... the lines are to die for!! Especially Indie Bloom... be stil my heart!

Scrappy Kapers said...

Loving the new releases

Kelly said...

great release!

darlene said...

LOve Love the new release-can't wait to start working with these thanks

jennmom2000 said...


Shirley said...

Love all the new lines! Happy blog anniversary!

Kelly Massman said...

LOVE what you did with the new lines!!!

Michelle said...

Oh these are all so pretty!! LOVE your pages!!!

Jen said...

wow!!! Basic Grey never disappoints! :) And your layouts are absolutely gorgeous!!!

Bellaidea said...

No way I could make a choice, love all!

djp said...

another great release! Can't wait for the calendar, one of my fave projects to do!

Romy said...

Oh my gosh, these BG releases are all gorgeous, but above all...your work with them is stunning!! You always make every collection look beautiful and I totally love all the pages you created. The monochromatic brown collection is definitely my fav. It will be so perfect for sepia toned pictures, I think.

MiaS said...

Oh, your layouts are totally gorgeuos!!! Love the Nordic line :)

Jenn said...

Gorgeous layouts and I love that Indie Bloom line!

shelby valadez said...

there's my girl! I love this Kelly! Thank you so much!

Jane said...

You blow me away with your awesome layouts!!! LOOOOOOOOVE all the Basic Grey goodies!

scrapinbabygal said...

WOW!!! All of these collections are amazing and your layouts are just stunning!!! You always make the best doodled stitches and layered embellishments!! You are incredible! Thank you for sharing these!

Stacy said...

beauty-full!! :) love them all, kelly!! what a treat!!

Shawninaz said...

Thanks for the great post, love it all! I always get the calendar, you do great work:)

Cynthia B. said...

There were a lot of ooo's and aah's coming out of my mouth just reading this post! Thanks for sharing your beautiful layouts - and TFS the new BG lines - YUM!

Debbie G. said...

The new lines look great! I especially love the snowman paper! Basic Grey has the cutest snowmen ever!!

Abby said...

I've been waiting forever to see these, definitely worth the wait! Gorgeous collections! Way to go, BG!

Kelly, your projects are stunning, as always! :)


Sue said...

My favourite's Picadilly followed by the monochromatic Little Black Dress.

Sandy Ang said...

Little Black Dress looks wonderful. Happy 5th blogging anniversary !

Lisa P said...

Outstanding! That about sums it up. Looking forward to August and October. Happy Anniversary. Love your blog.

Melanie said...

Fabulous layouts!

I can't wait for Picadilly and the Calendar...yay!

thescrapmaster said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the new Christmas line! All of it is beautiful, but the Christmas line is gorgeous!

Julie Howard said...

All of the lines are wonderful... but I think I'm most drawn to Indie Bloom. You know how I love working with bright, happy colors. :) And, of course, your LO's are simply the best! You always manage to inspire.

Random. My word verification is reese. Mmm... reese cups.

Brittney said...

Oh, BG never fails - gorgeous collections. And you definitely know how to rock them!

mommyof5kidz said...

WOW! Absolutely Gorgeous stuff! I love everything and can't wait to get to use some of it! And of course...your layouts are Phenomenal!

Julie M said...

These are gorgeous lines - thanks for showing them, Kelly. I think my favourite is Little Black Dress, but it's hard to pick one out when you've showcased all four lines so beautifully.


Molly said...

Yum, yum and more yum! I am in love with it all! :D

Courtney Walsh said...

These pages are BEYOND cute, Kelly!!! Wowza!

aloha37 said...

As usual...such beatiful colors and such wonderful patterns. Love your designs. So inspiring!!

Rachael Funnell said...

WOW! they all look Gorgeous....

darlene said...

WOW Can't wait for Strawberryfields(LSS) to get this in love the little black dress and picadilly!!!