Saturday, November 30, 2013

Santa Grinch Cut File - Boys Rule

Hi there!

I am sharing a new freebie cut file on the Boys Rule site today,  I thought you might enjoy it too!  I was trying to decide a cut file that I could create to share that was grouchy and grungy - you know, boyish!  This is what I came up with.

https://app.box.com/s/4b1zmnk4mjwn6pe7cuvl

Hope you have fun with it!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, November 29, 2013

Sketch-y Friday - ScrapMuch?!

Hello!

I have a couple of card sketches up on the ScrapMuch? site today .....

... leave me a link if you play along, and I will pop by for a visit!

Thanks for checking in!
Laura
xoxo

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Fabulous Trip a Project Life Inspired tutorial - Boys Rule

Hi there!

I have a tutorial up on the Boys Rule site today, sharing a fun way to create a Project Life inspired traditional scrapbook layout.  I love all of the Project Life and SN@P products, but I am a traditional scrapper, so how can I combine the two?  This is what I came up with.  I do not need special pocket page protectors, and I had everything I needed in my November / December Boys Rule kit!


To get started, I decided on a base page that was fairly neutral, you will not see much of this, and a stash of the SN@P cards and random embellishments.  As well as a handful of photos that I could crop down.  This was the perfect opportunity for me to scrap some random (and not great) photos of a trip we took to Kalahari water park a few years ago.


Next I created a grid on my page, with a pencil and rule, making 12  3" x 4" sections.  You can choose at this point to have your page sit so your sections are portrait or landscape.  I am working in a landscape mode.  Keep your pencil marks light and you will be able to easily erase them later on.


Now crop down your photos so they sit just inside of your grids, approximately 2 7/8" by 3 7/8". Then decide where you would like your photos to site, you ccan use as many or as few photos as you wish.


Now we need to fill in the blank spaces with those SN@P cards.


Trim those SN@P cards down to the same size as your photos as well. You will notice I trimmed down one of my photos a little smaller so that I could mount in on a SN@P card for some extra interest.


Now round all those corners.


And adhere everything down.  Go ahead and erase those pencil lines, too.


This is the fun part, add on those embellishments!  Layer them, pop them up, add staples ... have fun.  Don't forget a bit of journaling, too! 





Here are a few close up shot of my embellishing.

I hope this inspired you to try something fun and new on your next layout that you have a few photos for.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Post-It Note Holder Tutorial - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I have a tutorial up on the ScrapMuch? blog today and as always I like to share it here, too.

I thought these little post-it note holders might make cute little co-worker gifts for the holidays.



Here is the 'how to' ....


Start with a 10.75" by 3.5'" piece of double sided paper, either patterned or cardstock works just fine.


Score at  3.5", 3.75", 5.5" and 7.25".


Now add adhesive between the 5.5" an d7.25" score lines, I have highlighted my adhesive so you can see it better.


Now adhere your post-it note pad to the first section, then fold over the last section, like the picture shows. 

 Your project will look like this from the side now.

 

And like this from the front.


Now for the fun part, cute-ifying it!


Just the perfect little thing for someone you want to remember over the holidays and such a great way to use up the left over bits from that last collection you bought. Just about 1/4 of a sheet of paper and a few embellies and you have a sweet little project!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy day

Hello friends!

I wanted to share a card I created for my sweet friend, Eileen.  I would love to tell you that this gorgeous design was all me, but alas it is not.  I completely lifted this card as I was inspired by the tone on tone diecutting.


You can find the original card here.

Thank you for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Monday, November 25, 2013

Family - Let's Get Sketchy - Fancy Pants

Hi there!

Happy Monday!  It's my team's turn to create over at Let's Get Sketchy this week, and I am here to share my layout with you!


I decided to scrap another cruise photo, I am down to just a few more, you are probably happy about that!  Which means I also used my Fancy Pants 'Down by the Shore' collection that I have used for my entire cruise album.  I also decided to have one of my pattern pieces be a little bag so that I could add a few mementos into it, like our room keys.


I had fun adding some ink to a canvas butterfly and my background for interest.


I also added a bit more in terms of embellishments and circular accents to my page, as I was having so much fun!


And here is the fab sketch created by the lovely Ashley Horton.



Now it's your turn, pop on over to the Let's Get Sketchy blog to see what the rest of the 'Team B'  DT created and link up your take on the sketch for your chance at this month's prize!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Ginger and Cup - Whimsie Doodles

Hi there!

It is my turn to post over on the Whimsie Doodles blog, As soon as I saw this sweet image, found here in the shop,  I knew it would make the perfect Christmas card for my youngest son. I decided to make him into a spinner card, I know he will gt a kick out of it.  Can you believe I have never made one of these before?  I totally missed the boat on that one!. I used this tutorial to create it.



I love how this card turned out and cannot wait until I can share it with my son.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, November 22, 2013

Sketch-y Friday - ScrapMuch?

Hello all!

I have a sketch up on the ScrapMuch? site today,  I hope you will join me in playing along with this challenge.


Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Come play with us at Stuck?!

Hello all!

It is almost the weekend and I hope you all will have some scrappy time, why don't you join us at Stuck?! Sketches, play along with this sketch ....





... for your chance to win a gift certificate from the awesome Whimsical Twist store!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Silhouette Tutorial - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I have a Silhouette tutorial up on the ScrapMuch? blog today.  I am sharing it here too.  A little while ago I created this card....


... and I had several inquiries asking how I created the 'Jingle' piece, and if it was a metal die.  It was created with my Silhouette Cameo, and today I thought I would share how to make it.

 I always like to design my entire project in my Silhouette software, even the parts I will not be using the Silhouette to cut.  It helps me see what the finished project will look like and if the sizing is appropriate.    So I started this project by creating a card base that measures 4.25" x 5.5", sitting in a portrait orientation.  Now I know that my card base in actuality will need to measure 4.25" x 11" to account for the fold, but at this point I am planning to make my card base with my paper trimmer and not the Silhouette.

 Then I set to work creating my 'Jingle" piece.  First up I decided that I wanted to work with all uppercase letters, then I typed out the word and applied colour.  (Applying colouring is optional but it helps me to differentiate between cuts or layers when I am layering my designs to create my project.)

 Then I determined the approximate size my word should be.  This is purely personal preference, but mine sits about 1.5" tall.  At this point I rotated my card base, it just helps me visualize better, and is optional.

 Now, I know that my base is 4.25" x 5.5", and I know I want this 'Jingle" layer to be 1/4" smaller both vertically and horizontally, so given that my letters are 1.5" tall and I want this layer to be 4" tall and 5.25" wide, I created a rectangle that is 5" wide and just a smidgen over 3" tall.  I need this layer to slightly overlap the text for the next step.

 Now using the section tool (shown circled on this image) select both the word and the newly created rectangle, by clicking and dragging a selection box around them.  Now right click and select weld.  This will join the two pieces together creating one piece you can die cut.

 This newly created text / rectangle layer should measure 4" tall and 5.25" wide, but if not you can tweak it using the scale tab,

 Next i turned my layers back the way that I will be using them.  And created a new rectangle that measures 2.63" x 5", this is about 1/4" smaller that the rectangle that is welded to my text.  This piece is represented by the patterned paper on my card.

Now I really could be done here.  I could stop and cut our my pieces, add my colored image, or a cluster of embellishments instead of a coloured image and call it a day.  But I wanted to take it one step further.


 I decided I wanted to add the 'all the way!" text with a sketch pen, to finish off my sentiment.  So I moved the rest of my card pieces off the 'mat' and got to work.  (Side note - did you know when you are cutting anything that is in the margin or off the 'mat' is not cut.  I like to use the margins as my working space.)  Anyway, I digress, I typed out "all the way" hitting return after each word as I wanted them stacked on my card.



 Then I selected the text, and clicked on the Text Style window, by clicking on the large 'A' at the top of your screen, shown circled on my image above. Here I chose the font I wanted (knowing I will be using the sketch pen to add this to my card, I wanted a thin font. 

 Also, within the text style window I aligned the text to the right.  Then I went to the colour fill window and changed the text to black.  This does nothing as far as using the pen is concerned, the colour of the pen determines the colour that will be written on your project.  It simply helps me to see my text better.

 Now pulling my card pieces back onto my 'mat' I lined up and sized my newly created text.  Then I sized it, just using my eye to make sure it looks good visually.

 Now that I decided to add the sketch pen text to my card base, I decided to also cut my card base using the Silhouette.  So I created a new base measuring 4.25" x 11", and layered my newly created text on it, to ensure it is 'written' in the right spot.

Now I need to remove the blade and insert a sketch pen in my Silhouette machine.  I also need to move the card base to the sidebar of my software or else the outline of it will also been drawn with the sketch pen.  Now I can select cut and change the setting to sketch pen.  Do not remove the mat from the machine yet.

Click undo, so that the rectangle go back exactly where it was aligned previously.  And then move the text off to the side bar.  Change the pen back to the blade and click cut and change the settings to blade and the appropriate type of paper, in my case it is cardstock.

Now my base is created, and I can cut out my 'Jingle' piece and the other rectangle piece and adhere them together to create my card.

If you haven't tried this with your machine, you really should.  It gives you a great finished project and it is not at all difficult.

If you do not have a Silhouette but are contemplating one, you can download the software free here and play around with it a bit,  it will definitely help you make up your mind to invest in one!

Thanks for visiting!  and please let me know if there are any other Silhouette tutorials you would like to see.
Laura
xoxo