Saturday, December 10, 2016

December Memories | You-Tube Hop

Hey there!

I am super excited to let you know that I am participating in a  December Memories You-Tube Hop!


There are 13 of us all together, sharing our takes on our December documenting.  You will find many styles of albums and reasons why, different philosophies and perspectives, some processes, some flip-throughs and a whole lot of inspiration!

I will be sharing the process of how I decorated my cover and a flip through of my first wekk.


The hop starts at noon today, and you will have until December 24th to participate, be sure to comment on all of the videos for a greater chance to win one of the amazing prizes Jennie, our leader, has garnered for the hoppers!


If you want to know more details about the prizes be sure to visit Jennie's You-Tube channel, where our hop begins.

Jennie Garcia: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCleRn6UONL6rDvtgGr4mBtQ
If you get lost, you can head back to my You-Tube channel for a full list of participants. http://www.youtube.com/user/LauraWhitaker100.  I am sharing a process video for my cover and a flip through of my first week!

You can watch my video below, or on my You-Tube channel!


Thanks so much for visiting today and have fun hopping!

Christmas PJ's | Noel Mignon

Hey there!

It is my turn to share a layout over on the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog and today I am sharing my first page using the 'Oh What Fun" December classic kit!   This week the DT members were given the theme of "Plaid Tidings" to inspire their creations!  This month's kit came with a few great plaid papers and even ribbon, I chose to use the Fancy Pants Designs plaid from the Merry and Bright collection for my page.


As I was scrolling through our Christmas and December photos from last year, I came across this photo of our youngest in these fun Christmas pj's.  My husband and I picked them up for him while we were out doing a little holiday shopping.  They are super cute and even have a trap door ;)  When we gave them to him, he loved them and decided they would be worn for pj day at school!  Along with the elf hat, of course!  Fun, right?  And funny too, the poor kid is so skinny, he looks like a stick in pajamas!

Anyway, on to my page!


I created a cut file for this page, with simple rows of trees, which I wanted to back with plaid paper and an alternate pattern too.

I also wanted to frame my layout in plaid.  I had a bit of a challenge as there were only two patterns in this collection, but I made it work!  I ran into a few snags - mostly my own fault - you can find out a bit more about that in my process video, if you care to watch.


As you know I love multi font titles and titles that include super awesome fun words like these acrylic ones from Pretty Little Studios are even better!


I am so in love with the puffy stickers by Elle's Studio that were in the kit! I created a few stitched circles to anchor my embellishments on this bold red paper.


Pretty Little Studio flair and Elle's Studio cut aparts work so well together, especially with some Heidi Swapp sequins thrown in for good measure.


I wrapped things up with some journaling and stitching!

As mentioned, I have a new process video today, you can watch the video for this layout below or here on my You-Tube channel!


Supply List:  Fancy Pants "Merry and Bright" patterned papers; American Crafts Cardstock; Pretty Little Studios vellum, flag stickers, acrylic shapes, flair; and alphas; Pebbles die cuts; Elle's Studio "T'is the Season" washi stickers, cut apart tags, and alphas; Heidi Swapp sequins; Echo Park "I love Christmas" chipboard; May Arts burlap ribbon. (From my stash: Simple Stories Classic Christmas roller stamp; CTMH back ink; Staedtler pen; fine tip Sharpie.)

Thanks for visiting! 

Friday, December 09, 2016

Have Your-Elf a Merry Little Christmas | Christmas Cards

Hi there!  I am back sharing a couple more mail friendly Christmas cards today!  I loved this little elf image from Whimsie Doodles and so I coloured him up.  I was originally thinking that I would use a pun about and elf selfie for my sentiment and thus I added a Polaroid to my card, but in the end I swapped out the sentiment.


I created this in a couple of colour combos!   I need to get back to the drawing board now and create several more cards for the mail!

Supply List: Copics (E000, E00, E11, R20, E25, E29, E07, E09, YG91, YG5); clear Wink of Stella; Fancy Pants Designs, My Mind's Eye, Bo Bunny, Lawn Fawn and Pebbles patterned paers; misc cardstock; Shimelle and Echo Park enamel shapes.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Thursday, December 08, 2016

My World is You | ScrapMuch? Class

Hi there, I am sharing a second class that I created and taught at the November ScrapMuch? Fall Retreat, today.


I love the way this page turned out, and I always love using themed kits in other ways.  We played with the "Old World Travel" collection by Carta Bella and I know the ladies appreciated the aged / distressed feel of this collection.


I created this heart background piece especially for this class, we did some stamping onto it with the fun script-ish "xoxo" stamp using 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation stamping.  Then we added splatters of a pretty soft teal mist to it. Everyone's looked amazing and slightly different - I love that!


I also created this title cut file for this class and the die cut globe, too!  I am learning to make my own custom die cuts and loving it!  Some I am making from scratch, like this globe.


And others like this flower is a digital scrapbooking embellishment, that I imported into the Silhouette software and made into a print and cut. The cork buttons were die cut (manually) from Tim Holtz adhesive cork material.

We also made these fun heart charms to adorn our pages, I know the ladies got a kick out of doing this!

Supply List:  Carta Bella patterned papers; American Crafts and Staples cardstock; misc. stamp; misc. gems; Kristmess Designs and Laura Whitaker Designs digital scrapbook elements; Hemptique twine; Glimmermist spray ink; Tim Holtz cork: Shrinky Dinks shrinkable plastic.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Dashing through the Snow Cards | My Mind's Eye

Hey there!  I have a couple of Christmas Cards to share today!  I cannot believe how far behind I am in my cardmaking this season. I created these cards yesterday and need to get them in the mail today, I think! And speaking of mailing, since these were created to go through the postal system, I kept them pretty flat.

I have been wanting to make spinning cards for a little while now and today seemed like a great idea, however, I didn't plan on how time consuming they are!  Good thing they are fun and cute!


Digital stamps are the perfect option for this type of card since you need a mirror image to sandwich the centre cord with.  This reindeer from Tiddly Inks is just too sweet, imagine him flying in circles like Rudolf does in the cartoon!


I used a 6 x 6 paper pad by My Mind's Eye called Christmas Wish, which included some pretty purples.  I think this purple Christmas card is a first for me!

Supply List: Copics (W00,W1, W3, E70, E71, YG91, YG95, E07, E09, R20); My Mind's Eye "Christmas Wish" patterned paper; clear Wink of Stella; Pink Paislee and Shimelle enamel shapes;  DmMC gold thread; misc cardstock.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Winter Publications | Creative Scrapbooker Magazine

Hey there, today I am sharing two pages that I was lucky enough to have published in the Winter issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine!


This is a fabulous issue and so jam packed full of inspiration!







Both pages were created with Bo Bunny products as DT work for  ScrapMuch?, check out this original post for more details if desired! 

Thanks for visiting and have a great day friends! 

Monday, December 05, 2016

Believe | Scrap Affairs Magazine

Hello!  A few months back I was asked by Kyla Rennie, the editor of Scrap Affairs Magazine (out of South Africa) if I would be interested in creating a sketch and sample layout for their December issue, for a new-ish international sketch challenge section of the magazine.  Well I can tell you I was so excited and jumped at the opportunity and began creating a sketch right away! Today I would like to share them both with you.


While I was creating, we were in the middle of a grey and rainy week, so I was really wanting to keep my page clean and bright. I opted for a crisp white background and knew that the fun and whimsical colour combination of the Simple Stories Mistletoe Kisses collection would help keep things lively!


I stuck pretty much exactly to the sketch, just adding a few more layers around my photos. And speaking of my photos, not many of our family pictures turned out well from last Christmas (our family room is in need of a makeover, the lighting is not good, nor is the paint colour especially for taking photos! But you have to scrapbook the photos you have not the photos you want, so I played around in Photoshop Elements tying to clean them up a bit.  I converted them to black and white, with the exception of anything red in the pictures, which was pretty much just a bit of my sons pj's and some of the gift wrap.   Printing them out in a smaller size also helps disguise the poorer quality of the pics.


With the journalling and title close together there is more emphasis on the words.


My sketch suggests a secondary journalling area which is where I placed these fun phrase die cuts and stickers from this collection.


Here is a peek at the page my sketch and layout are on!



I have created a process video for this layout, you can check it out below or here on my You-Tube channel!


If you would like to play along with the sketch, feel free to linkup your layout on teir Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/scrapaffairs.

Supply List: Simple Stories Mistletoe Kisses patterned paper "Christmas Magic" and "3x4 journalling cards"; Simple Stories Mistletoe Kisses bits and pieces and 4x6 stickers; Simple Stories Say Cheese II enamel dots; Teresa Collins Christmas enamel dots; America Crafts cardstock; Steadtler pen.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you get a chance to check out this magazine!

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Holly Jolly Elf | The Studio Challenges

Hey there! I am guesting over at The Studio Challenges this month and today I am sharing my first of 2 layouts with you! For this first challenge we are playing with a sketch which I am posting below. I have used the Mistletoe Kisses collection from Simple Stories, which  I seriously adore and am quickly depleting my stash!


The sketch suggested two photos which was perfect for these two photos of our Elf on the Shelf, taken last year. I included Buddy in our December Daily album last year, but I do not believe that I have ever scrapped him and since he is not returning to our house this year (he left to watch over our grandson), it seemed high time he made it onto a page. Plus there are these super cute Simple Stories elf embellishments that I needed (like really needed) to use!

I swapped out the circle shape on the sketch for this string art style Christmas ornament die cut that I created just for this page.


I backed the cut file with a mix of patterned papers, washi tape and a few of the square stickers from the 4x6 sticker sheets, leaving some of the spaces empty.  Once that was done, I stitched around the shape and backed it with foam for dimension.  I coloured the ornament topper with a silver marker, opting for this lazier method of colouring it, than embossing would have been. I am super happy that it is still shiny, or else I may have had to have gone with plan B. Prior to adhering the cut file to my background, I added some water color paint splatters in teal, pink and green for a bit of colour


I relocated the title to the upper left side of my layout, because I opted for one that was a little larger than the sketch suggested.  These letters were part of a die cut from the Mistletoe Kisses ephemera pack that read "believe", I modified one of the "e's" to be an "f" by trimming off the bottom piece and adding back the white border with a white pen.  I love the way it turned out!


I did a small embellishment cluster including a phrase sticker where the title was suggested, to act as a subtitle of sorts.


And ten I played with more embellishments, creating a triangle around my photos.


Before calling this layout done, I added in some Smooch Spritz, hand journaling and some stickers beneath it.

As promised here is a look at the sketch..


Let me tell you why I love it and why it inspired me.  First off, it suggests using two smaller photos and I really like using smaller photos, but you could easily use one larger photo, too.  Secondly it has a large circular element and I love circles, but I also love changing up large shapes for other fun elements like the Christmas ornament I used - which is technically a circle, I know!  And lastly, it left the embellishing up to me which is my favourite part of scrapping! Ha!

I an sharing another process video today, you can watch the video for this layout below or here on my You-Tube channel!


Supply List:  Simple Stories patterned papers Oh What Fun!4x6 Horizontal Elements,  Holly Jolly and HO HO HO from the Mistletoe Kisses collection; Simple Stories Sn@p color vibes light in Blush, Combo Cardstock Sticker, 6x12 Chipboard, Bits & Pieces, Enamel Dots, Stickers, Washi Tape, and Decorative Clips all also from the Mistletoe Kisses collection; American Crafts textured white cardstock; Smooch Spritz in 'ice rink"; Leows water color paints; fine tip Sharpie for journaling; Le Marqueur silver marker; Hemptique twine; misc. crochet thread and buttons; string art Christmas ornament die cut by me; sketch by The Studio Challenges.

Thanks so much for visiting today and I hope you play along!