Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hopping fun with Evalicious

Hi there!

If you don't already, you definitely should follow me on Instagram - fun things are happening today with the Evalicious team!

You can find me by searching @whitakerlaura and you should follow @shop.evalicious too!

Supply List for Evalicious Products:

Other Supplies: Versamark. Stampin' Up black embossing powder, Staedtler black pen, Lawn Fawn patterned paper, Staples cardstock.

Thanks for checking in!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Imagine | Boys Rule Scrapbook Kit Club

Hi there!

I am sharing my first reveal with the May / June 2015 Boys Rule Scrapbook Kit Club contents today.

This layout documents a 2012 Remembrance Day assembly that my youngest participated in. His class sang a beautiful rendition of "Imagine" by John Lennon. I am telling you all those sweet little voices singing that song, brought tears to my eyes. I printed my photos quite small (3 x 3) as it somewhat disguises their lousy quality.

I began this layout by creating some interest on that already pretty and distressed looking teal background paper by Bo Bunny.  I wanted to add even more colour and distressing to the background, so I began by drawing on the black circle elements with a Sharpie, then adding red and black water colour paints to bring in the colours of the other patterned papers by Kaisercraft that will be added, some circles of white paint and finally some splotches of white paint, black Mr. Huey's and gold Smooch Spritz.

Next I cut the Kaisercraft "Audience" paper into strips, tearing some and adding distress ink to all of the pieces. I then layered a couple of strips along the bottom of my page and folded the film strip piece and stapled it to the top of my page.  After adding paint to the edges of my photos I matted them onto the "tune" striped paper and tucked it behind the lower layers on my page.

From there I added in ephemera here and there,


and trimmed out some speakers from the "Tune" patterned paper - which also got treated with some white paint.

 My journalling is on the post card, tucked behind my photos.

Finishing up the page, I added the gold clip, tucked in the guitar,

added the gold rub on stars and last but not least, I did a little more doodling with a black Sharpie.

Supply List : (from the May / June 2015 kit) patterned papers: Bo Bunny (Safari), Kaisercraft (On Stage); ephemera: Echo Park (Jack and Jill); rub on stars: Paper House; sticker: Jillibean soup (Sight Seeing Stew); alpha stickers: Doodlebug Inc.; gold mist: Smooch Spritz ( gold Glow); misc: guitar, gold clip, red string.

Other Supplies: white paint, water colour paints, black Mr. Huey's, black Sharpie, Tim Holtz Tine Attacher, Pumice Stone distress ink by Tim Holtz.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sketching for Let's Capture our Memories

Hi there!
I have 2 new sketches up at Let's Capture our Memories today.....

layout sketch

card sketch

I hope you pop on over and check out what the DT has created and stick around to play along!

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Hey Bro! - Stuck?! Sketches Reveal - Echo Park

Hi there!

Stuck?! Sketches has a brand new challenge up, and ScrapMatts and DCWV are each offering a great prize for this challenge.  Pop on over to Stuck?! Sketches for all of the details.

Right now, I would like to share the sketch and my take on it with you.

I used a trio of silly photos I took of our boys one night at dinner, sometimes it is nice to put 3 photos on a single, even if they take up a ton of visual space.  It is just nice to have a variety of styles of layouts in an album.

I started by die cutting the large narrow circle and then took some time stitching the brown and orange circles.

Then I laid down my bands of paper across the middle, and added in my photos. My title was die cut with the Silhouette and then doodled around after adhering to the page.

Then the fun part - adding in the embellishments!  I used brads, chipboard and rub ons.  I then added a bit of journaling.

My last step was adding in some distress ink with a mask and then  I splashed on some Smooch Spritz.

Supply List;  cardstock: american Crafts;  patterned paper, brads and chipboard: Echo Park; rub ons, distress inks and mask: Tim Holtz; floss: Iris; mist: Smooch Spritz.

Thank you for visiting me today, I would love to see you join in on the Stuck?! Sketches challenge!

Sketching for ScrapMuch?

Hi friends!

I have a new sketch to share with you today, this one created for my friends at ScrapMuch?, follow the link to play along, we would love to have you join us!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

We R Memory Keepers Cakes and Candles | ScrapMuch? DT Projects

Hi there!

Today I am sharing my monthly reveal for ScrapMuch? a day early so that their weekly sketch challenge doesn't get buried.

I was given some papers, wooden stickers and die cuts from the Cakes and Candles collection by We R Memory Keepers to play with. I love that while the colours are basically primary colours, they are more muted and not really so juvenile.  They are perfect to document birthdays for any age group!

I created a few birthday layouts and a card to share with you, though I am sure you will see more of this fun collection in future projects from me.

This first page celebrates my husband's 50th, which we did in Cuba, thus the Cuban band in the background.  They played several songs for him!

I couldn't resist sticking the party hat die cut to his head!

I added some twine from my stash to tie up these fun die cut balloons, as well as a few brads for a sprinkle of colour. The journal card was cut from one of the patterned papers.

I used the die cut numbers to create my simple title, and some floss from my stash to stitch a few circles - I love the texture they add.

More die cuts adorn the lower corner of my page, one is popped up for dimension.

This second page celebrates our puppy's second birthday (he will always be a puppy to me, I think). Timmy likes to buy the dogs special birthday treats and the boys had fun trying to get him to blow out the candle - Yes he totally did, in one big old Bulldogge snuff! Fun memory!

I used a mask to add distress ink and Gesso to the background, though I did this step almost last, just before adding the enamel dots. (Enamel dots were from my stash.)

I had fun adorning my opposing corners with die cuts and faux stitching !

Another trimmed journaling card and the number two to document Max's age.

The wooden stickers are so much fun, I jut love them!

My last page documents my middle son's 23rd birthday. I die cut a large open balloon shape with my silhouette in lieu of a circle, for some birthday fun!

The title was die cu, too and then grouped with die cuts from the collection and enamel dots to create a secondary focal area.

I flanked the photo with elements to draw the eye to my main focal area.

I used the centre of the die cut balloon from the layout above to create this LARGE card, adorning it with more die cuts and a large enamel piece from my stash.

You can see that I used small alpha stickers from my stash to change the phrase on the die cut so that I could use it for a birthday card.

Supply List: We R Memory Keepers: pattern paper, wood stickers, ephemera pack; American Crafts cardstock; misc. twine, floss and brads; My Mind's Eye enamel dots; Staedtler pen; Tim Holtz tiny attacher and distress inks; Smooch Spritz; Gesso; Crafter's Workshop stencil.

Thank you for visiting today!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Modifying Album Inserts for a Different Album - Tutorial

Hi there!

I have a tutorial to share today, another one from my recent Simple Stories mini album.

When I created this mini album, the only one I had in my stash that was not slated for another project was this one.  It was plain white chipboard, I think it is from an older Teresa Collins line and measures 8.25 x 9.5 x 1.5", and came without inserts.

I did have some extra Simple Stories inserts in my stash, but as you can see the holes do not line up with the binder rings inside the album.

I figured I could fix that, and thought that I would share the process in case you are ever in the same position.  Note, this tip is not just for mini albums.

First, I measured the width of the hole punched edge of the inserts.

And then trimmed two pieces of paper at this measurement, in my case .5" wide, one for the front and one for the back of each page

I used my regular adhesive to adhere these paper strips to the edge of the inserts, effectively covering up the old holes, so that they would not be visible and ugly.

And trimmed them to length with scissors.

Next I created a template to punch new holes.

I used my big bite to add the holes to all of my album pages.

And now they fit this album just perfectly!

Thanks for joining me today!