Tuesday, May 31, 2011

June reveal - ScrapMuch?, American Crafts,

Hello blog friends,

It's June 1st!  I can't believe how quickly May flew by, and how many rainy days we had.  But this summer promises to be a great one, which means lots of outdoor play time for the kiddies!  and better lighting for all those great summer photos we take!  Which means much better material for scrapping!

Anyway, back tot he point of this post, to reveal my creations for June 1st!  This month the ladies at ScrapMuch? gave me the 'Peachy Keen' collection by American Crafts to play with.

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Now this collection has generated some talk, some of the people the owners of ScrapMuch? and I, have spoken to aren't really sure about it.  Well I am gonna tell you I love it, even though peach is not one of my favourite colours, I still had a great time working with this collection.

My first layout is a 'boy' page.  I love this photo of Timmy, he's "all that" !
I kept this layout fairly simple, using only the blues and greys from this collection.  The coordinating embellishments are really fun.  I add brads and gems from my stash and sprinkled them around the page.  And then I created a few of my own embellishments, the sun and the cloud.





Yes you can use hot pink when you are scrapping a little boy, why not? It's a fun and bright colour just like little boys are!  This photo was taken of Timmy and I as we are taking a dinner break at Disney's Animal Kingdom and trying to cool down.
 I love using several patterned papers on my layouts, at least three, usually more.  This layout also features "Sew Easy" stitching and 'lollipop' flowers.  Don't forget to cluster your embellies, the hold more attention when they are grouped. I also did a bit of doodling, albeit with a ruler!




I'm sorry the photo on this layout  is so hard to see, it is a picture of my husband and our Timmy on the Dumbo ride at the Magic Kingdom.  I really like how the retro feel of these papers lends itself so well to the retro-ness (I know that's not a word ;) ) of Dumbo.
 In lieu of a large scalloped boarder punch I punched several circles and layered them down in a row, slightly overlapping each one and also alternating colours.  I really like this effect and will use it again.  All of the little flowers are hand cut, it's not as intimidating as it looks, and a great thing to do while watching tv or chatting.  These really only took me a few minutes to cut out.  I added gems and 'blobs' of Glassy Accents to my flower centres.  And some piercing along the bottom of the layout.  All pierced holes do not need to be for stitching, some times it's just fun.




I love this photo I found while cleaning out my Mother-in-law's house.  Actually we found what amounts to 2 of the largest Rubbermaid totes full of photos.  This was taken of my in-laws in 1953, here in Hamilton, while their parents were visiting them from England.
 The old black and white photo really stands out nicely on this peach patterned paper.  Some punched butterflies, stitching and doodling, give this layout some charm and a sort of vintage feel.




This is a fun, spring-ish Mother's Day card I created using this collection.
I love these Iris fold flowers and how easy they are to create.  You can even add more layers with smaller circles.


This is a birthday card I made for ScrapMuch? owner, Anita,  I love the way my little doily die goes so nicely with these papers and that the browns makes it a little more 'now'.




This is a coordinating pillow box that I decorated to match the card, which held  a little gift I gave to her.



See doesn't this paper just make you want to create now? I think you can find creativity and a use for almost every type of paper there is on the market.  So don't dismiss something just because it doesn't speak to you right away, sort through your pictures you may surprise yourself!

Thank you for stopping by and reading right to the end of this very long post!
Laura xoxo

Monday, May 30, 2011

Some Fun News

Hello all!

I have some fun news to share!  This past weekend I attended the Copic Certification course that was offered in Toronto!  So now I am Copic certified!  Woo Hoo!  It was so exciting and I learned so much.  I can't wait to share what I learned.  What for details on potential classes with ScrapMuch? .

Right now I am hoping to cross some stuff off my to do list so that I can go play with my markers!  I have already warned my hubby that I will be wanting to take the next level of training! ;)

Thank you for popping by today, I hope you have a COLOURFUL day!
Laura
xoxo

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Renos

Hello all!

As promised I have a few reno photos to share, these pictures are of the three upstairs bedrooms.  They all have had wallpaper stripped, carpet pulled and fresh paint and new hardwood.....

Timmy's room before

Timmy's room after

Master before (while Timmy was stripping wallpaper)

Master during

Master after

spare room before

spare room after.
Now when I say 'after' that  is not completely accurate. as we are going to add quarter round, update the switches and  outlets, change the lighting and add window coverings.

So far we only have one working bathroom, but it has been partially gutted. And the kitchen is completely gone.  This weeks to do list is supposed to included buying a kitchen and choosing tile for the bathrooms.

We do have a contractor adding a bedroom and bath in the basement for us to accommodate our big boys, and that is coming along too, he completely framed it in two days, tomorrow electrical will be run and he says it will be drywalled by the end of the week!  He is a great guy, who works hard and has great ideas.  We are excited to see the bathroom come to 'life' it should be cool with the planned walk through shower!

Thanks for stopping by !
Laura
xoxo

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Retreat Reveals

Hello all!

Wow I cannot believe how behind I am with all of my blog posts.  I intended to catch up last weekend while we were at the trailer, however, the wi-fi isn't what you would call quick or reliable.  So here I am trying madly to get caught up.

While I was at the ScrapMuch? spring retreat I created the following layouts....

 Thanks to my friend Chris for giving me this picture, I love it!  As a scrapper that doesn't get to use pink often, I knew I wanted to use it with this layout, but I also knew that I wanted to keep it simple.



 This layout combines papers from several collections, I was looking for a colourful, eclectic, and slightly ethnic feel to go with the theme of these pictures, that were taken at Disney's animal Kingdom park in the Indian village area.  What do you think, did  I hit my mark?



 Love  this Jillibean soup collection, and adding the stitched hearts was super fun!



 The pool at our resort in Disney, was so cool, I knew I had to do a layout about it.  I layered rubon  flowers with paper flowers for a fun summery look.



 This layout is based on a Pagemaps sketch that was given to us at the retreat as part of a challenge.



Thank you for stopping by to see what I have been up to.  I am hoping to have mor fun shares in the next day or two.

laura
xoxo