Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Stuck?! Sketches April 1st Reveal

Hi there!

There is a brand new challenge up at Stuck?! Sketches, we hope you join us in the fun we have two amazing prizes from wonderful sponsors to give away!

Here is the sketch, it is pretty versatile and also a favourite style of mine....

 And this is my take on it....

I used the greys, greens and browns in the photos as my colour cues adding in blue because I know the sky was bright as are my boys eyes. All these papers are from Jillibean Soup, as are many of the embellishments though they do come from several different lines.  Did you know that Jillibean uses the same tone of their main colours from line to line so that you can mix them nicely?  Me neither til recently!  Such a great idea.

I began my page by adding Gesso with a wood grained mask and distress ink through another mask.

Then I used a variety of circular lids to add some pain to my page.

Then the fun bit begins - adding in all the goodies and layers!

I have been loving rub ons lately and used some from several different packages on this page.  These sweet Studio Calico butterflies seemed just perfect for this masculine and rustic boys page.

This mini placemat has the greatest phrase on it and I was super pleased to use it on my page.

Layered elements and brads from my stash. I have been clearing these out lately!

And more!

And still more.

I find that I lay down the photo and patterned paper pretty quickly on my pages but it can take me a while to get the embellishing to look the way I want it to.

Lately, I have been pulling out a bunch of embellishments that might work on my page, and going through the packages and adding what feels right, it is fun and sort of feels like shopping!

Product List: papers: die cuts, wooden nickel, mini placemat, and stickers from Jillibean Soup; rubons by Kaisercraft and Tim Holtz; Basic Grey frame; Studio Calico butterflies; DecorArt paint; Tim Holtz distress ink and tiny attacher; Faber Castell Gesso; Staedtler pen; DMC floss; and misc. brads.

Thanks for visiting!  Hope to see you at Stuck?! Sketches!

April Reveal for ScrapMuch? - Simple Stories

Hi there!

I am sharing my monthly reveal for ScrapMuch? today!  I was so fortunate to get to play with the "I am" collection from Simple Stories - it is amazing!

The colours and the add ons are just gorgeous!  I used these products in two different ways, first off I created a couple of layouts about me, and then I used it a little different and created a  mini album  about a day trip my family took.

This first page is  my take on the "I am " movement  I should remind myself of this more often - I am super hard on myself.  I thinks that is why I enjoyed creating this page so much, it is simple but effective.

I used some pop dots under these stickers for a bit of dimension.  The washi tapes from this collection is packaged in a really unique way, giving you just enough of each pattern, with a variety of widths and shapes.

Very simple and clean layers.

I added a few enamel dots form my stash.

Some fussy butting for a butterfly and some Liquid Glass added randomly to some of the sequins printed onto the page.

This next page i created to document what I am currently up to, nothing heavy really - but loads on my mind.

I fussy cut some flowers and added a sticker layrs as well, I love the effect.  Yo will also notice a little doodling.

I added enamel dots to this page as well, and some stitching too.

 More fussy cut layers.

And here is a little close up of my journaling, like I said nothing deep.  

It can be hard to scrapbook yourself at the best of times, never mind when you have a lot on your mind but gorgeous product sure does help!

Next up is the mini album I created....

It might seem like overkill to do an entire mini album for a day trip, but we did so much it seem like a great way to compile all of our memories together.  And there were many elements int he collection that reflected upon journey so I used them literally.

This is the front cover, obviously, which I had a lot of fun creating and I will be sharing a bit of a tutorial about the techniques and products used on it later int he month.  In the meantime, here are a couple of close up photos.

I decided to do an album that consists of mostly pocket pages , because Simple  Stories makes really great and versatile products that work perfectly for this application.

I like to add buttons and enamel dots, plus washi tape and stickers both on the inside and outside of my pockets.

I continued on with this simple repetitive style, but also added in a few other elements too like this fun fold page, on the right.

This is the inside of that page.  It is simple but I really love it. I will be sharing some tips on how to add these to your albums later in the month, as well.

I loved this post card - such a perfect spot to add some journaling.  I used a variety of sizes of pocket pages for interest and this election had a fun little insert for each size!

Then I created this fun pocket, it is a great way to add tickets and hidden journaling to an album.

Love the glob, and the pops of gold - we didn't travel far from home but an adventure is an adventure, right?

I also used one of the 4x6 cut apart cards, to document some of the things we did and saw that day.

Near the back I added two mini layouts.

Thanks for joining me today and sticking with me right to the end to see my story! Are you telling your story?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Birthday Polaroids - A Free Silhouette and SVG cut file!

Hi there!

I am sharing this cut file with my friends at Boys Rule today, available in both Silhouette versions and SVG for those of you that use another type  of die cutting machine. hope you enjoy it....
Silhouette and SVG files

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Water Colour Paint Tutorial - Boys Rule Scrapbooking Kits

Hi there!

I have a fun little tip to share with you today, that utilizes my water colour paints and the fun black and white birthday paper from pebbles Inc. that was included in this month's Boys Rule kit.

All you need are a few colours of paint and a brush of some sort, I am really liking my water brush for use with my water colour paints.

I started out by picking three colours of paint that I wanted to work with, by pulling the colours from the patterned paper that I would add to my page later on.

Then I just got busy adding colour to my title first, painting in every third letter....

... and then adding some colour randomly around my page.

I repeated this for all three colours, and went back and added more of each colour wherever I thought I needed it.  With bad eyes and a shaky hand, it is by no means perfect but I love the effect so I am happy with it.

And then I created my page, adding a few simple layers and embellishments.  i did not go too crazy, since this page is pretty busy to begin with.

Product List:  Patterned papers - Jillibean soup and Pebbles; Die cuts - Jillibean soup and Pebbles; Stickers - Jillibean Soup; Washi - Doodlebug Designs; Other - water colour paints, Sharpie marker, Liquid Glass, Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

Thank you for visiting!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Climb High - Evalicious

Hi there!

I am sharing a new DT project for Evalicious, documenting a photo of my youngest climbing trees in our yard.  This kid gets so much "happy" from the little things in life, definitely a lesson I should remember more often myself.  Plus he is very accommodating about letting me snap photos while he plays!

I started my page, by just simply swiping on some water colour paint, onto a piece of textured cardstock.  My goal was just to add a layer of a couple of colours as a base for my layers to come.

Once that was dry, with a little help from my heat gun, I added a layer of "pumice stone" grey distress ink with a wood grain mask. I love that shade of grey, it is so warm.

Then I began adding some layers of papers in greens and blues, scraps from two older (okay one is really old) My Mind's Eye lines.  Next I added my photo.

Because I love it so much, the "Field Notes" flair (badge buttons) came next!

Then the "Field Notes" labels and page tabs, I love these for journaling snippets and adding the date to my pages.

The wood accents and puffy stickers came next.

This is the point where I felt I needed some texture and a darker colour to help ground things so I added some random stitching.

I sort of thought I was done and went to do something else, then I glanced at my page and realized that I had omitted a title, duh! I fixed that up super quick with these super awesome puffy alphas in a wood grained look.

And lastly, I stamped and embossed the phrase "LIFE DOCUMENTED" onto the upper left portion of my page, and stamped the camera onto a scrap piece of paper, heat embossed that, added some water colours and fussy cut it out to adorn my page.

Evalicious Product list: (click on the images to be taken to the shop location for these items)

Other products: Patterned paper - My Mind's Eye; Cardstock: American Crafts; Tim Holtz Distress Ink; water colour paints; Tim Holtz wood grain mask; DMC floss; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Versamark ink, Zing white embossing powder; Staedtler pen.

Thank you for visiting today!