Friday, April 29, 2016

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | April 29 2016

I am sharing a new double page sketch with my friends at ScrapMuch? today for their very first challenge of May. I would love for you to play along!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ribbon Storage | Tutorial

I have a bit more of a tip than a tutorial to share today.  I am revamping my craft room - very, very slowly. And so, I spent a bit of time reorganizing my ribbons.  I am switching back to a storage method I have used in past and then couldn't use it when I switched rooms.  I am now able to go back to this method and am excited about it.  It is so much better than all my ribbons being thrown into a large bin which is what I have been doing for the last year or so. I will spare you a photo of the tangle mess it was in.

I was reminded of this storage method when I recently re-found this pant hanger in my house.

It actually looked like this when I purchased it, years ago (but still available).  I removed the foam grips so that the ribbon spools would fit onto the bars.

I tidied up each spool (most were almost all the way unwound - I am hanging my head in shame - and knotted with other ribbons) and stuck a straight pin into them to keep them tidy and from unwinding on the hanger.

I quickly filled up most of the hanger.

Loose ribbon that was more than a couple of feet long, was wrapped around the bottom (stationary) bar of the hanger.  It worked out perfectly.

Anything shorter than a couple of feet long was put into this basket for quick access.  I am hoping to remember to check here first, when I need ribbon, to use up my scraps.

Now I just need to clean out the closet in my scraproom to make space for this! :)

Have a great day!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Sandcastles & Sunshine | Imaginisce

I have a new layout up on the Imaginisce blog using the super fun Sunny collection today!  

While scrolling through a bunch of photos trying to decide on one (some) to use for today's reveal I came across this one taken last summer of my son making sandcastles at the beach in a park where we used to have a trailer to spend our summers.  The photo had me thinking that I should create a sandcastle cut file, which then led me to create this truly whimsical layout.

I began my page by cutting this large sandcastle outline and a coordinating solid sandcastle.

Then I matted my photo and added a few simple layers behind it including the 3x4 cut apart journaling card, which called for some fun beachy embellishments!

I also cut a large sun from some of the yellow and red patterned papers - I am so loving how vibrant this collection is, it makes me happy and dreamy for summer days!

Next I created my title area, using some of the Sunny collection alpha stickers and phrase stickers.  I love mixed font titles!

One last embellishment cluster in the top left hand corner to complete a visual triangle.

To finish off my page, I sprinkled some yellow watercolour paint around my page.

Supply List:  Imaginisce patterned papers, ephemera, alphas stickers, phrase stickers, 3 dimensional stickers; American Crafts cardstock, brown Precision journaling pen and orange sequins; Artists Loft water colour paints.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | April 22 2016

I am sharing a new single page sketch with my friends at ScrapMuch? today. I would love for you to play along!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Z Fold Card | Tutorial

I have a new tutorial to share today.  I thought I should start using up some paper scraps and random leftover embellishments - card making seemed liked a great way to do this.  But of course, we want to keep things fun and interesting so I decided to create a different style of card than I usually do.

Begin with creating your card base, I am using kraft paper and making mine "tent style" as I prefer the way they stand.  So I am starting with a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of card stock and scoring it at 5.5".

To make the Z part of the card, you will need another piece of cardstock that measures 4 x 10 1/4.  I am using white but of course you can use whatever suits you.  Score this at 2 1/2 and 5 as shown above.

Fold along the score lines to achieve the look in the above image.

Now adhere this to the face of your card.

Now it is time for patterned paper, your first piece should measure 3 1/4 x 5, go ahead and adhere this to the front of your card, as well.

Cut a coordinating pattern to 2 1/4 x 3 3/4 and adhere it to the front of the Z.

Next cut a piece of cardstock, the same colour as your main card base, to 2 1/2 x 3 1/2, then cut another coordinating pattern to 2 1/4 to 3 1/4.  Do not adhere these two pieces together yet. I say this because you may want to use staples or brads on your embellished area and you can hide the backs if you hold off adhering these two layers together.

Embellish the front of the patterned paper, I am using leftover chipboard and some enamel dots, as well as a rub on sentiment.  However, this is the part that anything goes.  If you like to make paper flowers, add a cluster of them instead, maybe a stamped or die cut butterfly, or do you colour?  How about a coloured image - the sky is the limit!

Once you have finished embellishing, adhere these two layers together, mine is pretty heavy so I opted for a liquid adhesive at this point.

Now go ahead and adhere your embellished layers to the front of the card, be mindful to not put adhesive above where the decorative panel adjoins to the front of the Z.  Again I opted for liquid adhesive here.

Now your card is all ready for giving!

Supply List:  Recollections and Staples cardstock; Crate Paper patterned paper and chipboard; Simple Stories enamel dots; Pebbles rub on.

Tanks so much for visiting!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Retro RAD | Stuck?! Sketches

Woo hoo, it is mid April!  I am hoping that true Spring arrives soon!  In the meantime, a new challenge at Stuck?! Sketches starts today!

Here is the sketch that I created for the challenge:

I recently came across this photo of my older boys from about 13 years ago.  Actually I found an 11x14 photo, because you know go big or go home!  Man were they cute!  I do not think I have ever scrapped this photo, I wonder if I even ordered a smaller size? So I scanned it and printed out a black and white picture to play with for this page.

I started my page by adding some Gesso to the text background paper, just in the centre area because I wanted to add in a bit of colour there.

I only own 4 Gelatos, but they happen to work perfectly with the SO RAD collection by Simple Stories which is what I chose to play with.  I used the packaging technique along with some teal Gelato and added color the the background, I repeated this step with some yellow Gelato.  I do not actually own an orange Gelato but I blended my red and yellow together to make orange and applied that the same way.

Then I added a few splatters of black Mr. Huey's, although I wish I had waited until my page was finished to do this, as I smudged a few areas.

The sketch actually suggests a fairly simplistic central focal area, which was my next step.  After building that up with patterned papers and my photo, I added some stitching.

Of course the embellishing is always the fun part, I love how embellishments turn an ordinary page into a layout with interest and depth,

Once all my embellishments were stuck down, I added a bit more Mr. Huey's splatters, this time in a soft teal colour.

I hope that you decide to play along with us at Stuck?! Sketches, the DT has created some gorgeous eye candy to inspire you and we have two amazing sponsors offering prizes to two lucky scrappers!

Supply List: Simple Stories So Rad patterned paper, stickers and bradz; Simple Stories Say Cheese II enamel dots; Mr. Huey's mist in "black" and "water colour"; orange, teal and red Gelatos; Faber Castell Gesso; Tim Holtz "life quotes" rubons; Buttons and Badges flair; Crate Paper chipboard; Creative Embellishments wood veneer.

Thank you so much for visiting today!

Must {heart} The Lake | Imaginisce

I am up on the Imaginisce blog today sharing a page using the fun and fabulous Sunny collection!

As the outside temps are starting to rise in my neck of the woods, we are daydreaming about all of the summer fun we have planned.  High on the list is time on the lake, which is what inspired toady's layout.

I aimed for a fun, bright and airy page that feels like summer. This layout hit the mark and was super quick and loads of fun to put together.

 Note - This layout was published in the Summer 2017 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine! 

I started my layout by cutting the layers that my photo and title are sitting upon.  Knowing that I wanted to use a 3x4 cut apart card to hold my title gave me my basic layout. Prior to adhering my layers down I added some sprinkles of water colour paints to my white cardstock background. Then I added a bit of machine stitching for a fun bit of texture and next I got busy creating my title.  I love the way that these translucent letter stickers look, and they layer great with my large die cut "lake" word to create a multi font title.

After arranging my title, I added in a cluster of embellishments.  The sun was cut from a 3x4 cut apart card and the little crab was part of a larger dimensional sticker element that I took apart.

I created a second but smaller cluster of elements below my photo, so that my journaling had a pretty place to land!

One last, and smaller still, embellishment area to the top left of my photo completes my visual triangle.  This phrase was created by trimming down a dimensional sticker, I saved the other half for a future layout.

As a last step, I added some splatters of Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Citron.

Imaginisce Supplies: Sunny collection patterned papers, 3D stickers, die cuts, letter stickers, and phrase stickers.

Other Supplies: American Crafts Cardstock; Leow's watercolour paints; Heidi Swapp Color Shine in in Citron; Hemptique button twine; MME buttons; Staedtler fine tip felt pen.

Thank you for visiting! 

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | April 15th 2016

I am sharing a new single page sketch with my friends at ScrapMuch? today. I would love for you to play along!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Font Preview | Tutorial

Today I am cheating a little bit with my weekly tutorial, you see I ran out of time last week when I was suppose to put one together for today's post.  So you are getting a quick tip instead of a full tutorial - but a really COOL tip!

This is super handy for those of us that own electronic die cutting machines but also useful for anyone that uses the computer to type up journaling or Photoshop to add text to photos.

What is it you ask?

A free website, the you can type any word into and it will give you a visual of what that word will look like in EVERY font on your computer!

No downloading, and super quick, too!

Check it out yourself at  .  This is what your screen will look like when you open the page.

Type a word of your choice into the box that says "wordmark" and click the green "load fonts" button.

This is a sneak peek at my first few fonts when I typed in the word "sunny"  yes I checked - it loaded all the fonts that I have on my computer, I had to scroll way dwn - and took a mere second!

This is going to save me huge amounts of time scrolling through all my options looking for something that feels right!

Once I decide on the font that I want to worth with I can choose it before I start typing in Silhouette software.  So coll!  So time saving!

Thanks for your visit!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Let's Party | Simple Stories

I am up on the Simple Stories blog today sharing two layouts using the super fun and whimsical Let's Party collection!


My first layout documents my youngest son's most recent birthday, he became a teenager last month!  He is my last teenager, and therefore he was my last little kid - that is just a little sad for this mom.

I can't tell you how much fun I had playing with this collection!  I let the playfulness of the patterned papers and embellishments guide me through the creating process.

I love graphic look of this patterned paper and wanted to be sure to highlight the numbers that run across the bottom of it, so I stitched a scrap of red paper above it to frame it in.

Which created a great spot for this embellishment cluster and my journalling.

Once that was done, I worked on creating some layers to frame my photos, front and centre.  I started by die cutting this circle element.  I kept some of the circles to flip and adhere into every second opening.  These colour play so nicely off of one another and are so perfect with my black and white photos!

On top of the circle element I added a strip of 3x4 cut-a-part card to anchor my trio of photos, which were popped up a bit so that I could nestle some embellishments behind them.

I love that some of the elements look as if they are glittery, and the clear stickers with black graphics help to anchor my black and white photos.

I layered a large sticker element with some alpha stickers to create my title, then I did some more machine stitching to add texture to my page, of course another embellishment or two helps as well! The very last step on this page was to sprinkle on some black Mr. Huey's mist.


My second page is all about my husband, he was so excited to turn 54, which put him one year away from retirement and now the countdown is officially on!

Again I kept my patterned paper layers pretty simple, choosing to pull the grey tones from the collection for a bit more of a grown up look, while still maintaining the playful nature of the collection via my embellishing.

After running some strips of patterned papers in a variety of sizes, vertically across my page,I machine stitched some messy circles. This created the perfect focal area for my photo.

I used some chipboard frames to "catch" some embellishments.

I have created text in three areas so I suppose any of them really could have been the title for this page, but I am going with this clear sticker combined with number stickers as my official title.  I just love the variety of fonts and styles of these products, and the clear stickers are magic layered over patterns.

The cardstock stickers, clear stickers , and chipboard stickers layer up so nicely with each other and the ephemera pack.  There is something for everyone in this collection, or if you are like me you might just have to play with it all! 

Simple Stories Let's Party Collection Supplies:
Other Supplies: Mr. Huey's black mist; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Thank you for visiting!