Friday, July 29, 2011

Sketch-y Friday

Hello blog friends and happy Friday!

As always, I have created a new sketch for ScrapMuch? and I am sharing it here too.

Lot's of ScrapMuch? purple in the sketch today, love it!  But you know you can interpret it any way that suits you and your photos.

Have fun with it!

Thank you for popping by for your weekly sketch!

Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tip and Technique Wednesday

Hello Blog Friends!

It's Wednesday and I'd say we are half way through the work week, or something to that effect, but I am on vacation so I hope the week is long and peaceful!  However, I do have a tutorial for you.  This one is all for me, though I do hope to inspire a few of you at least.

I really wanted to create a silhouette of my little guy to hang in my scrap room, why I wanted to do it right now is beyond explanation as my room is a mess and not looking to be organized any time soon!  All I can say is, I'm sure you, my fellow addicts will understand!

Anyway, I set about creating this silhouette and thought I should document it to share with you.  Bear in mind, this is what I came up with, of course you can do what ever you think will work for  you.

 First, I took a picture of my son against the window, to have a better contrast of the outline.  (Look the one time it doesn't matter if your child's hair is messy!)
 Then using the photo editing software that came with my computer, I converted it to black and white and played with the brightness, contrast, shadows and highlights of the photo a bit to make the photo more dramatic.  This just makes for easier cutting.
 I decided to print my photo as a 5 x 7, you can do what suits you.
 Next, start trimming out the outline of your image (this is when you can trim off any messy or wild hair if you choose).
 This is what you end up with, I kind of like this image, I may need to do something with it for a future project.  But for now it will serve as a tracer.
 Depending on which way you want your silhouette to face, you can lay it right side up or upside down onto a sheet of black cardstock (I say black as silhouettes are typically black, but you could have some fun with different colours too.
 This is the traced outline.
 Next trim out that outline.
 Since I was using white core cardstock, I decided to further enhance that by sanding the edges of my silhouette.
 Next I added a subtle pattern paper to a dollar store 8 x 10 canvas, and inked the edges.  I knew I wanted my finished project to be black and white, so I embellished it accordingly.
 Here it is hanging on the wall.
Here is a close up of the fairly simple embellishment cluster.  I made the flower using a technique in a tutorial I demonstrated over a year ago, you can see how to here.

Now i just have to finish unpacking my scrap room and start hanging things on the wall so I can hang this too!  My DH says he'll dedicate a day of his holidays to building furniture and hanging stuff in my scrappy space, I am so looking forward tot hat day!

Thanks for coming by the blog to see what I have been up to!

Laura
xoxo

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Happy Birthday

Hello all!

I created this card for my friend Chris (Happy Birthday girl) .....




based on a card I saw on this site, a while ago.

Thanks for popping in.
Laura
xoxo

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sketch-y Friday

Hello and Happy Friday!

I am off to the trailer for a week later on today, but I have a few chores and errands to attend to today.  Not the least of which is to take my middle guy to a pre=op appointment for a surgery he is having in a couple of weeks.  I also wanted to make sure I posted this week's sketch so that you have something to play with if you get some scrappy time on the weekend.  I am taking some basic supplies with me to the trailer in case I find some time ;)

I thought I'd change things up a bit as far as the photo is concerned, but you know the drill .... it's your creation and you can do what you like to make it your own.

Have a great weekend.!

Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tip and Technique Wednesday

It's Wednesday! Yeah!
That means I am back with another tip for you.  As promised last week, I am going to show you how to use a layout sketch to create a card.  It's a great way to use up your scraps before tidying up at the end of a scrap session.  You can skip adding a sentiment and leave the card blank, if you are adding it to your stash of cards.  Sentiments can be added later when you decide who the card recipient will be. 

I used the same sketch as last week, from July 1st......


 This card was created at the same time as the layout I featured last week.  Using up some of my scraps is something I have been doing recently, it means I have to store less and I have a few cards in my stash for emergencies ;)
 


The layout is basically the same, but I chose to do less layers for my card as well as  fewer embellishments due to the smaller space.

 You'll notice that I changed the scalloped strip to sit on top of what would have been the photo mat.  I am using the photo mat area as a place to hold my sentiment instead of placing it where the title was.  If you wanted to use a stamped image on your card you could place it where the photo was and add your sentiment where the title was.  Again, the possibilities are endless.


Embellishments can be related to your card's theme or a basic flower.


Thank you for stopping by this week to see what I have been up to!

Laura
xoxo

Monday, July 18, 2011

CHA

Hello blog friends!

I am super excited and oh so fortunate to be heading off to Summer CHA in Chicago today.  I have never been to Chicago (of course I had never been to California until this past Winter CHA) and I feel so lucky to be invited to join the Anita and Elaine of ScrapMuch?.  And this time Eileen, our computer and finance genius is joining us, so the four of us will for sure have a great time!

I can't wait to see all of the spectacular booths and drool over all of the stunning new collections.  There are several booths that are on my must see list.

I will pop in here and on the ScrapMuch? blog when I can to give you some sneak peeks, until then keep your parts crossed for a turbulent free flight for this chicken of a flyer ;) now I am also thankful I will have lots of hands to hold!

Have a great week and thanks for popping in!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sketch-y Friday

Hello blog friends!

Happy Friday to you all, I for one am super excited it's the weekend!  As always, I am sharing the sketch here, that I created for ScrapMuch?






If you create a project based on this sketch and you would like to see it featured on the ScrapMuch? blog, pop on over to read how you can make this happen!

Thanks for popping in!  Happy scrapping!

Laura
xoxo

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Fun in the Kitchen

Hi again friends!

I am back again with another quick post to share a fun idea to do with you kiddies this summer.  Timmy and I just did a science experiment and made ice cream!


It is super yummy!   We got the idea from a class Timmy is taking this summer from Big Picture Classes.  Here are the deets:

Put these 3 ingredients into a small sandwich sized ziploc bag:
-1/2 cup milk, cream or half and half (we used cream as it was leftover from another recipe)
-1/4 tsp vanilla
-1 tbsp sugar

Next, fill a large ziploc bag with ice cubes and 6 tablespoons of rock salt and place the smaller bag inside as well.  Now shake for 5 - 10 minutes until the mixture sets.  Wash the rim outer edges of the small bag before scooping out the ice cream to avoid any salt transfer.

Note, this only makes a single serving so if you have a couple of kidlets you may want to let them each make their own batch.  We added fresh raspberries from our garden to ours to make it extra yummy.

Thanks for popping in again!
Laura
xoxo

Timmy Scraps

Hello blog friends!

Today I am popping in with a quick post and picture of a layout my DS (Timmy, 8 years old) created yesterday.  He loves to craft, and has been working on a summer 'scrapbook'.  But yesterday he decided he wanted to add a layout to the scrapbook he has been working on for a while now.

He chose the picture he wanted to work with and then asked me for some red and blue papers.  After that he went to town with his creation, rading his stash and mine for just the right touches.  About 20 minutes later he brought this to me.





This is a photo of him 'graduating' from kindergarten.  He loved this teacher.  And I love this layout.  The felt flower he chose came from a stash of handmade embellies that I had in a little box.  Timmy went through the box and admired each one, he is so sweet.  He has scooped several to put into his stash ;) - if you want to see how to make this felt flower you can check it out here.

Thank you for popping by to see what I am up to.  Still unpacking, wishing my creative space was more organized, but it'll come.  DH says he will dedicate a whole day to helping me put together furniture and hang stuff so that I can function in there!

Hope you have some time to create with someone you love today!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tip and Technique Wednesday

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

It's tutorial day on the ScrapMuch? blog and this week I am sharing a few tips on working with a sketch.  Next week I will show you how to use the same single page layout sketch to create a card.  As always, I like to share my tips here.

I started with this sketch from July 1st......


And this is the layout I created......

 
I kept this layout fairly true to the sketch, but the beauty of a sketch is that you totally have creative license to make it your own.  It truly is a starting off point and you can take your layout wherever you want it to go.   For instance you can  turn the sketch side ways or up side down.  You can use a few small photos instead of one large photo.  You can use patterned paper or card stock where ever you would like. You can use edge punches instead of having straight lines.  You can use more or less embellishments.  The possibilities are endless.


As the sketch suggested I used a circular embellishment around the title and placed the title on this semi circle above the photo.


The sketch had butterflies on it, but flowers and a bumblebee worked better for me, you can choose to use which ever embellishments you would like, to help reinforce your theme.  The sketch helps suggest locations for embellishments that will help to balance your layout, but again you can do anything you like to make it your own.


The sketch suggested a large scalloped edge punch along the lower portion of the layout, but I chose to use a few semi circles in the same pattern as my large semi circle to help tie the colours together and repeat the shape.  A bonus tip, I used a green flower as 'leaves' for my crocheted flower by cutting off a couple of petals.

Adding dimension also helps to make the layout your own.  You can decide where your project needs a little or a lot of pop.

I love seeing how we all interpret a sketch and the varied end results.  Don't forget each week you can send your layouts created using my sketches here, to have them featured on the ScrapMuch? blog.  Read how to do this on Friday's sketch post.

Thank you for popping by to visit!  I hope you have a scrappy day!

Laura
xoxo

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

ScrapPink

Hello all!

Just wanted to let you know where I will be on September 17th,  I will be attending and helping out at ScrapMuch?'s ScrapPink event!   I am super excited as it promises to be a great event for a very good cause.  I hope you can join us.  You can sign up here.

Thanks for popping in today!
Laura

Friday, July 08, 2011

Sketch-y Friday

Hello friends!

Hello and Happy Friday!

Today is Sketch-y Friday over on the ScrapMuch? blog and as usual I am sharing my sketch here, too!

Hope you like it!


If you want an opportunity to have your layout based on this sketch published on the ScrapMuch? blog, you can go here to find out how.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Laura

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Tip and Technique Wednesday

Hello and Happy Hump Day!

I do have a technique for you today but you will have to pop on over here to see it!  I am trying to save time 'cause I am supposed to be packing but I am sneaking a few minutes to line up a few posts so you don't feel ignored during my move!

Thanks for checking in with me, be back soon!

laura
xoxo

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Hmmmm

Hello!

I have one question for you, where is a girl to start?





This is what my scrappy space looks like at the moment.  I am trying to figure out where to start, it seems so overwhelming.  I think my little man, Timmy, and I will start tackling it today.  And hopefully bit by bit it will come together.

So now you know what I will be up to, what are you up to?  And if you have any scrappy space suggestions you want to pass along to me, please leave a comment and let me know.


Thanks for popping by today!
Laura
xoxo

Monday, July 04, 2011

Happy Happy Everything!

Hello blog friens!

I just wanted to pop in and wish my American Followers a Happy 4th of July!  I bet most of you don't know that I lived in the U.S. for a portion of my childhood.

And while I am here today, I will wish my brother a Happy Early Birthday!  Hope you have a great day tomorrow Jim!

And I want to wish my little shining star, Timmy, a very happy Gotcha day tomorrow.  I cannot believe you have been ours for 6 year!  Your brothers, Daddy and I are so blessed you are with us! Daddy is taking the day off work tomorrow, hopefully we can do something fun!


LOVE YOU BUNCHES
Thanks for popping by today!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, July 01, 2011

Sketch-y Friday and July Reveals - ScrapMuch?, My MInd's Eye,

Hello and Happy Canada Day to all of My Canadian Followers (and Happy Birthday to me) !

My family and I are getting ready for our big move tomorrow.  Most of our renovations are done but we still have a few bits and pieces to do over the next little while, most of which will wait until my dh is on his summer vacation in two weeks!  Love that he gets 6 weeks off to spend with us!

Today is Sketch-y Friday over on the ScrapMuch? blog and as usual I am sharing my sketch here, too!

Hope you like it!

If you want an opportunity to have your layout based on this sketch published on the ScrapMuch? blog, you can go here to find out how.


And now for my monthly reveals for Scrapmuch?, this month I was fortunate enough to get to play with Lime Twist by MME.  Actually, the ladies at ScrapMuch? mixed it up for me and I got some of the 'Happy Go Lucky' collection and some of the "Out of the Blue" collection.  And both are super fun to play with, the colours are fun a vibrant and as you can see from my layouts, both collections are very versatile.  Here is a little sneak peek at the line.

 (you can click on either picture to see the full lines on the MME website)

And now for my reveals....

 I knew when I saw this line that I wanted to use it for this photo of Timmy with 'Goofy'.  I thought that the purples were so pretty but that there was enough teal and blue in the papers that it wouldn't be over the top girly.

 I added some of the bakers twine that coordinates with this collection to my 'lollipop' flowers.  I think they are a super fun addition to this layout.

 The title strip that came with this collection said 'this is a perfect day' which would have been perfectly fine, but I knew I wanted to use the word 'Goofy" in my title, so I altered the title strip by adding a matted banner and some small foam Thickers.


This is the second layout that I created.  The two sweeties in the photos are the daughter, Zoe, and pet, Stella, of ScrapMuch? owner, Elaine.  I think the pictures are perfect for this layout. I love the acrylic overlay on the larger photo.
These flowers were fun to create and are a variation the lollipop flowers.  Who knows maybe a tutorial is on the way!

 This layout features photos of Timmy and Zoe taken recently when a bunch of us got together for a nice dinner and a performance of The Lion King in Toronto.  Nope, I know it looks like it but we did not coordinate their outfits to match each other or this paper line! lol
 Some tiny little leaves turn a button into a flower.  And glitter is always a good thing, I used Stickles to add the sparkle to these leaves.
A punched butterfly, more glittery leaves and a bit of doodling just for fun.

And now for the more masculine line....

 I have been sitting on this photo for a while and was thrilled to see some train paper with this line,I like that it is not over the top theme y. 
I added pop dots and Glassy Accents to these stars stickers to give them more presence on the layout.

The ticket border strip was created with a die and some stamps.
 Again the title element that came with the line wasn't quite what I wanted to I added another layer to it and then adhered a title using the mini alpha stickers that coordinate with this collection.  I love doing this,  it makes it more personal and it's easy to do.


 More photos I have been sitting on for a while, they were taken when my now 19 year old turned 16, the photos were not what I wanted, they were taken by someone else besides me, which is unusual and I don't mind that I am in them, which is also unusual!  But there was too much background 'chaos' as is typical with  birthday parties.  Also, there weren't enough shots of the birthday boy himself.   But they did capture the side story of my little guy jumping on my 16 year old and blowing out his candles 'for him'.  So I sort of went with that in my layout.  This is what the journaling reads.... 

"I cannot believe it  has been 16 years since you were born.  You are turning into an amazing young man.  I love the kind of big brother you are, completely playing along when Timmy 'tackled' you and blew out your candles!  Continue to shine and share your true self with those around you."
 Buttons and layered stickers create a nice little embellie cluster.
 The 'sweet' sticker came with this collection and I hand cut the '16' out of the number patterned paper.  An easy peasy title.


 I loved the hot air balloons in this collection and I also really wanted to scrap this photo of Timmy, for no other reason than that I love it.  This layout is fairly simply so that the images on the background paper can still be seen.  And go figure, this time I left the title intact, but I did add some dew drops to it.
 I layered the little star stickers onto buttons and topped them off with a layer of Glossy Accents to create an epoxy like embellishment.

 I drew and hand cut the clouds, then ran them through my Cuttlebug to emboss them and added some seafoam coloured chalk ink to enhance them a bit.  I thought it would be fun to add a couple of more clouds to give this page another layer of dimension.

Next I made couple of cards, one masculine and one feminine.


 I love the look of using the acrylic overlay on the solid card base and then adding the die cut piece.


This die cut phrase and butterfly were perfect for this card.


Glassy Accents makes the phrase shine.


Thank you for sticking with this post til the end, i know it was a long one!

Laura
xoxo