Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Birthday Cards | Noel Mignon

Hi thee!  I had some goodies left in my August Noel Mignon kit so I decided to put some of it to good use to create a couple of birthday cards.  One I needed immediately and the other I tucked into my stash.


Oh I just love these lacey Maya Road flowers and wanted to feature this one on my card.  I also used the gorgeous Jen Hadfield gold wood grained patterned paper - swoon!  The rub ons are from Pebbles and were pulled from my stash.


Here is a little close up, you can see I tucked in a flag from Pretty Little Studios and a sticker from We R Memory Keepers, the pink polka dot patterned paper is also from WRMK.


This second card feature Simple Stories patterned papers and Bradz, plus a flag from Pretty Little Studios and a sticker and die cut from We R Memory Keepers. I also used a sketch that I found on the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog. 

Thanks for visiting! 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Hello My Love | Jillibean Soup

Hello!  I have a new layout and process video to share today!  I did a little stash busting to create this page and used a new cut file that I created, which I love!  I actually created this cut file first as more of a square shape for a background, which I was going to give away as a freebie a few months back, but then I noticed that two online friends that have cut file shops also had similar cut files so I didn't feel right about giving it away.  I reworked it into a heart shape for this layout and I love it even more now!


I love this wood grained paper for a background, I did some machine stitching to "frame" my design which gives it a nice bit of texture.  I was going for a little feminine and whimsical for this layout and I think I pulled it off nicely.

I die cut the patterned flowers as well, fussy cutting around the fine white cardstock cut files is just so hard for me, with my limited vision.  Actually, adhering the patterned paper pieces behind the cardstock die cut is even extremely challenging, but I am nothing if not stubborn! lol.


I wanted to draw attention to my photo without adding too many layers, without making my layout  overwhelmingly busy, so I layered a die cut tag and printed doily behind it in solid colours.


I love the look of these combined elements that created my title!  I used a while pen to help some of my page elements pop.


Each of the four patterns that I used to back my flowers with got treated to its own style of embellishment.


You will notice in the video that I struggle with this section of my layout.  I see why you may think that is silly since it really isn't much, but I wanted it to be perfectly minimal.

I added a few splatters of white Mr. Huey's mist to finish up my page.  I really love the way it turned out!

I would like to share my process for creating this layout with you via a new video, but I feel the need to offer a disclaimer.  While I am quickly becoming a process video addict and am watching loads of them, and I am loving learning about creating them; it is really challenging for me to film them.  I am debating on purchasing an extension arm for my tripod in the hopes that the legs of my tripod will be out of sight and out of my way.  But I am hoping to decide if creating these videos are really something I can continue to do.  For those of you that do not know, I am quite visually impaired, what this means for me is that I am blind in one eye and cannot read the giant "E" on the eye chart with my other eye (with my glasses on). Crafting in general is a challenge but, it is something I am super passionate about and scrapbooking has given me so much that it is not something I am willing to give up.  So back to the videos, I have to sit really close to my work to be comfortable with what I am doing otherwise I am sort of doing it without seeing more than colours (videoing my process so far has meant that I cannot sit close enough because the tripod is in the way). I am trying to figure out how not to get the back of my head in every frame - suggestions welcome!  I am also trying to figure out how to tell if I am filming in focus, I had to toss four videos that I filmed out of focus! LOL!

You can watch my video below or hop on over to my You-Tube channel.


Supply List:  Jillibean Soup "Red Raspberry Soup" and "Soup Staples III" patterned papers; Jillibean Soup "Red Raspberry Soup" soup labels, pea pod parts, wood veneer and label stickers; Jillibean Soup "Mushroom Medley Soup" labels; Recollection enamel dots; misc. sequins and buttons; Robin's nest dew drops; DMC floss; Steadtler pen; White Uniball pen; Fancy Pants small alphas; white Mr. Huey's; misc. thread; American Crafts cardstock.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Family Time | Noel Mignon

Hello! I am up on the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog today sharing a layout using the Vintage Charm Classic Kit and this week the design team is showcasing projects that document Family Time.

In my house family time is not usually any one type of activity, it can vary depending on the day of the week, the weather, the season, and even which of my boys is home for the weekend.  Favourite activities include games, movies, boating, kayaking, hot tubbing and the list goes on.

I began my layout with the intent to add as many photos onto my page as possible, doing the things we do when we are together.  I remembered that I had created a View-master type cut file a while back and considered using that for this page.  However, I really wanted to embrace the "time" aspect of the challenge as well, so I created a new clock cut file with the numbers 3, 6, 9 and 12 welded into four of the spaces, leaving 8 spaces open for photos.


I layered my clock onto a pretty Maggie Holmes patterned paper from the kit.


I wanted to create a tone on tone title, using the same cardstock that I used for my clock as well as the pretty Heidi Swapp alphas worked just perfectly for this!


These pretty glittered dot embellishments from Queen and Co. were sort of a blueish teal and white stripe until I coloured them with a Copic marker to coordinate better with my layout colours.


I opted for black and white photos to avoid a really busy page.


The wood words from Jillibean Soup are so perfect to adorn my little snapshots, I added a few other embellishments to my tiny trio of embellishment clusters.


I backed each of my clock numbers with a different patterned paper, and used a combination of of fussy cut flowers and flower stickers for my large embellishment area in the centre of my clock face.

I loved that this layout helped me to scrapbook photos that may not have otherwise made it onto a page.

I created a process video for this layout, you can watch it below or hop on over to my You-Tube channel.



Supply List: 'Blissful' patterned paper from Maggie Holmes Bloom collection; 'Moments', 'neighborhood' and 'family ties'  patterned paper from We R Memory Keepers Honey I'm Home collection; Pretty Little Studios cut apart garland flags; American Crafts Cardstock in 'Robin's Egg' and 'Cricket'; We R Memory Keepers Honey I'm Home collection die cuts and stickers; Queen & Co. blue glitter striped dots; Jillibean Soup wood words; Heidi Swapp Alpha Stickers. (from my stash: Staedtler fine tip felt pen, Copic BG13).

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Celebration Sneak Peek | Stuck?! Sketches

Hello friends! I have some exciting news to share! Stuck?! Sketches is celebrating it's 3rd anniversary!


Beginning September 1st and running all month long we will be celebrating with more prizes, more sponsors and more fun!

I hope you decided to celebrate with us!  See you on the 1st!
Laura
xo

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Stuck?! Sketches DT call reminder!

Reminder! It is that time again! Stuck?! Sketches is having a DT call!

DESIGN TEAM  CALL

I am super excited to announce that Stuck?! Sketches is having a design team call!  We are looking for an undetermined number of team members. If you are a loyal and committed scrapper that loves using sketches as a jumping off point for your layouts, read on.....

Design Team Requirements:
  • create 2 layouts per month, using the sketches provided
  • submit good quality and closely cropped photos of your pages on time (for your DT call submission as well) 
  • post our badge on your blog with a link  to our blog
  • become a member of our private Facebook group (this is how we communicate as a team)
  • post the Stuck?! Sketches sketch and your layout, along with a link to the Stuck?! Sketches blog on your blog  on the day of our reveal (the 1st and 15th of each month) at 7 am EST
  • share your blog posts on your Facebook and any other social media forums you would like to
  • comment on entries according to our team schedule - this is very important, if you are not willing or able to do your share of commenting please do not apply
  • you do not need to be exclusive to Stuck?!, you can belong to other DT's, however you must be loyal and committed to promoting Stuck?! and our sponsors
This call is open to scrappers around the world, you do not need to have Design Team experience to apply, all applications will be considered.  The term will run for 6 months, from October 1st, 2016 - March 31, 2017 - with a possibility of continuing on. No compensation is provided.

To apply, please complete the following requirements:

1. Create a layout using one of our current challenges and enter it into our challenge.  Yes, you are eligible for the current prizes.

2. Send a high quality photo of your layout along with the following information to Laura via email at laurawhitaker50@gmail.com, before September 7, 2016.  Please put Stuck?! Sketches DT Call in the subject line.

3. Include:
  • one layout based on any of our current sketches (as per above )
  • 2 of your favourite layouts, we would love to see what you think best represents your style!!
  • past or present DT experience (although none is necessary)
  • a link to your blog
  • your full name and address
Selected entrants will be notified via email, by September 14th, 2016 and will be announced on September 28th, 2016 on our blog.  New team members will be expected to participate in the October 1st  reveal.

I am looking forward to seeing your application, Good Luck!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Take Me to the Beach Title | Free Cut File

HI friends!  I have a new freebie cut file to share wit you today!  I created this title to use on a recent Simple Stories design team layout and I received a lot of nice comments about the title, so I thought you might like to play with it, too.

https://app.box.com/s/ing83wmcr395qzskz74r67m1vrm9sg6g

As always, click on the image to be taken to my download page.

Here is a reminder of the layout that I created using this title...


Enjoy and have a great day!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Soft and Strong | Noel Mignon

Hello! I am up on the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog today sharing a layout using the Vintage Charm Classic Kit! I am having so much fun with this kit and am challenging myself to try a few different styles when creating. This week the DT was challenged to create a project with an "I've been framed" theme, basically using up some of the frames in the kit in a fun way.

Today I am scrapping a layout for a friend, when I saw this photo on her Facebook feed I knew I just had to "borrow" it.  I have been doing that a fair bit lately, but in my defense photos really inspire me.


I used frames on my page in several ways; such as a photo mat, an embellishment (the epoxy piece and die cut piece), and stamped as an anchor for the gold Thickers that personalize the page.


This heart was the off cut from the focal area of my first Noel Mignon layout for this month, and was just perfect to doll up for this page.  I used some Ranger Texture Paste from my stash and mixed in some of the Heidi Swapp color shine to create a soft gold past.  Then I used the Heidi Swapp polka dot mask from this kit to add a patterned to my die cut heart.


I knew I wanted to create a very long title about girls being both sweet and strong, so I poked around the internet looking for an appropriate phrase and came up with this.  I added in the ' until you' part.


I loved using the mixture of hard and soft embellishments.  I finished off my page with sprinkles of Color Shine, stitching in several areas and outlining around my title with a felt tip pen.

I have another process video to share with you today as well,  I hope you have time to watch (it is just under 10 minutes) and maybe give it a thumbs up if you like it!


Click here to watch it on my You-Tube channel (and to see my other videos).

Supply List: (from the kit)  Patterned papers "delighted" and "flutter" from Maggie Holmes Bloom collection; "moments" patterned paper from We R Memory Keepers Honey I'm Home collection; "let it grow: patterned paper from Simple Stories Bloom and Grow collection; We R Memory Keepers Honey I'm Home stickers; American Crafts "Happy" gold Thickers; Prima crochet flower; Pink Fresh Studios foiled epoxy stickers; We R Memory Keepers printed wood pieces; Heidi Swapp pretty things mask; Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine; Prima Stamp; Pretty Little Studio paper frames; Jen Hadfield gold glitter tags; Prima label stamp. (from my stash) Ranger Texture Paste; Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad; American Crafts brown Precision pen; grey Staedtler pen; Clear Star Gelly Roller.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Engaged | CAS Card

Hey there!  I have a super clean and simple card to share with you today.


The digital stamp and sentiment on this card were both created using cut files that I designed in the Silhouette Studio software.  It is such a great tool to help round out your stamp collection!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Family Adventure | Stuck?! Sketches

There is a brand new sketch challenge up over at Stuck?! Sketches and I would love for you to play along!  Here is the sketch...


And this is my take on it...


I used lots of goodies from the Jillibean Soup Mushroom Medley collection.  I loved the earthy and nature inspired elements for this photo of my son, his fiance and and their little one, taken at the little local zoo.  And the colours couldn't be any more perfect for their outfits!!


I used some CTMH waxy flax to create a wonky twine circle element as was suggested in the sketch.


After layering some patterned papers beneath my photo, I then layered in some fun ephemera, wood dots and enamel dots to embellish my page.


I also added in a bit of mist and stitching for extra texture and layers.

We have two fabulous sponsor giving away prizes this month..



Supply List: Jillibean Soup patterned papers (Soup Staples II, Mushroom Medley Soup), wood dots, label stickers, soup labels, pea pod parts; Tim Holtz textured surfaces corrugated paper; CTMH waxy flax; Evalicious cut apart tag; Mr. Huey's mist; Doodlebug and Simple Stories enamel dots

Thanks for visiting! 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Happpy Home | Noel Mignon

I am up on the  Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog today sharing another layout using the Vintage Charm Classic Kit!  This is my second month on the team and I am just blown away with the kits that Noel creates!  The mix of patterns and manufacturers, embellishments and the mist in the kit are stunning! This week the DT was challenged to create a project with a "home" theme, whether we use a house on our project, scrapbook about our home or create a home decor item the choice was ours.  I was really tempted to create a home decor item, but I have also been wanting to start a scrapbook about our home.

We moved in last summer and have been working really hard to make it a home, and a place for family and friends to want to gather.  So the thought that this is the perfect time to start a 'Home" album won out.


To tie in the DT challenge, I not only scrapbooked a photo of my home (or part of it, I cropped off the garage), but I also thought that I could create a little scene with houses in the background.


I began by die cutting this wood grained paper from We R Memory Keepers, cutting out some clouds from the upper area and trimming it down to 11 x 11 inches.

I backed this with a Maggie Holmes paper that is a wispy blue and white colour and reminded me of summery clouds.

I also layered some dry embossed white cardstock die cut clouds over top. And then added in a die cut butterfly and a sticker heart.


This vintage patio lights sticker is so cute, it reminds me of the lights we have on our back deck a bit, so it had to adorn my page!  I toyed with layering it over my photo but string it along the roof-line of the die cut houses seemed too perfect!


I used lots of the stickers from the We R Memory Keepers Honey I'm Home collection sticker sheet, above and beside my photo.


I love the way these Simple Stories bradz look in the centre of these flower stickers.


My title was created by colouring the gold Thickers and a wood veneer wood from Jillibean Soup from the kit with a navy Copic. I love the way the Copic coloured the glittery alphas.  The still have sparkle and a hint of gold, but they suit my page a bit better.

I have another process video to share with you today as well,  I hope you have time to watch (it is just under 10 minutes) and maybe give it a thumbs up if you like it!


Click here to watch it on my You-Tube channel.

Supply List;  We R Memory Keepers Honey I'm Home "lights out" patterned paper; Simple Stories Bloom and Grow "chin up buttercup", "Bee Happy" and "let it grow" patterned paper and bradz; Maggie Holmes Bloom "delighted" patterned paper; We R Memory Keepers Honey I'm Home sticker sheet; American Crafts gold Thickers and white and honey coloured cardstock; Jillibean Sup Wood veneer words; Pink Fresh Studio foiled epoxy stickers; Pretty Little Studios garland flag, cut a parts and die cuts. From my stash: brown American Crafts Precision Pen; B39 Copic.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Happy Mower | Simple Stories

Last week I shared a page that I created with the Simple Stories Bloom & Grow collection, and today I have another one to share with you.  I left my goodies on my desk when I was finished creating my last page so when I had a bit more time to create a few days later it just seemed like a great idea to pick up where I left off!

My husband recently picked up a ride on lawn tractor at a garage sale and our youngest son is enjoying learning to use it. So he is the subject of today's layout.


I am almost out of patterned paper for this collection, but I didn't let that stop me.  I cut down some scraps to create a variety of sized strips and layered them along the left side of my page.  I didn't worry about whether they were uniform width or if the lengths formed any sort of repeating pattern - which is huge for me!  I just had fun layering and then stitched down the centre for some added texture.

I balanced this with some larger strips down the right side of my page, and added some stitching there too.


I love the little gnomes in this collection so I definitely wanted to create a little cluster beside my photo using one of these cuties.


The other cluster, on the opposite side of my photo, is quite a bit simpler than I have been doing lately and I love how it looks!


My title is a mixture of alpha stickers and a word sticker that I layered on to a label fussy cut from a cut-a-part and embellished with toadstools and flowers.

Usually I use only one colour of enamel dot on my layouts but I didn't have enough left of any one colour to adorn the entire page, so I used a variety of colours and really love how they look.  I will definitely have to do this more often!

Simple Stories Supply List:
7132 4x6 Stickers 
7127 Bradz

Other Supplies: Doodlebug bakers twine, Staedtler felt tip pen and Mr. Huey's mist

Thanks so much for visiting! 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Stuck?! Sketches Design Team Call

Guess what?  It is that time again! Stuck?! Sketches is having a DT call!

DESIGN TEAM  CALL

I am super excited to announce that Stuck?! Sketches is having a design team call!  We are looking for an undetermined number of team members. If you are a loyal and committed scrapper that loves using sketches as a jumping off point for your layouts, read on.....

Design Team Requirements:
  • create 2 layouts per month, using the sketches provided
  • submit good quality and closely cropped photos of your pages on time (for your DT call submission as well) 
  • post our badge on your blog with a link  to our blog
  • become a member of our private Facebook group (this is how we communicate as a team)
  • post the Stuck?! Sketches sketch and your layout, along with a link to the Stuck?! Sketches blog on your blog  on the day of our reveal (the 1st and 15th of each month) at 7 am EST
  • share your blog posts on your Facebook and any other social media forums you would like to
  • comment on entries according to our team schedule - this is very important, if you are not willing or able to do your share of commenting please do not apply
  • you do not need to be exclusive to Stuck?!, you can belong to other DT's, however you must be loyal and committed to promoting Stuck?! and our sponsors
This call is open to scrappers around the world, you do not need to have Design Team experience to apply, all applications will be considered.  The term will run for 6 months, from October 1st, 2016 - March 31, 2017 - with a possibility of continuing on. No compensation is provided.

To apply, please complete the following requirements:

1. Create a layout using one of our current challenges and enter it into our challenge.  Yes, you are eligible for the current prizes.

2. Send a high quality photo of your layout along with the following information to Laura via email at laurawhitaker50@gmail.com, before September 7, 2016.  Please put Stuck?! Sketches DT Call in the subject line.

3. Include:
  • one layout based on any of our current sketches (as per above )
  • 2 of your favourite layouts, we would love to see what you think best represents your style!!
  • past or present DT experience (although none is necessary)
  • a link to your blog
  • your full name and address
Selected entrants will be notified via email, by September 14th, 2016 and will be announced on September 28th, 2016 on our blog.  New team members will be expected to participate in the October 1st  reveal.

I am looking forward to seeing your application, Good Luck!

Monday, August 08, 2016

Sunshine & Happiness Part 2 | Simple Stories

Today I am sharing two more layouts on the Simple Stories blog using the fun and fabulous Sunshine and Happiness collection! I love every little thing about this collection and just had to keep on using it, I am down to the bare bones, but hope to get another page out of it at least!

My first page is called "Hello SONshine"


This page was created to document a big event for this youngest boy of mine. July 5th was the 11th anniversary of his adoption day!  We always celebrate this day with a special dinner out, but since his dad was out of town this year we postponed dinner and he and I made up some fancy drinks (Shirley Temples) and had a fun night celebrating with just the two of us!

I am totally happy to use pink in a bold way on a boys page, I love to use papers and embellishment that suits the mood of my photo over the gender of the subject.  And hot pink is just plain fun!


I used a sticker, alpha stickers and part of a die cut to create my "HELLO Sonshine" title and I just love the way that it turned out!  I added a bit of machine stitching just for fun!


There were so many embellishments in this collection that made it very simple to  accent my page, like this pop bottle and a variety of fruit stickers.


I added a small cluster of embellishments to the top left of my page, which starts my visual triangle and draws the eye to my photo on the right.


I really wanted to use this 4x12 cut-a-part on my page as I do not typically put these pieces to good use.  I layered on a few phrase stickers and doodled around them with a black felt tip pen for a bit of pop.


The last point in my triangle is this small cluster at the bottom left of my page, with is highlighted by a triangle of patterned paper.

My second layout is called "There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy"


Yes that title is a mouthful!  But so very perfect!  As I mentioned, I had challenged myself to use up the large cut-a-parts in this collection and when I pinched this photo off of my son's Facebook page I knew this particular cut-a-part would be exactly right!

I layered it over the yellow patterned paper and added a bit of striped paper to the right side of my layout to tie in all of the colours.


This butterfly was fussy cut from another cut-a-part; to the Native Americans butterflies symbolize change, joy and colour which made it perfect for my layout which celebrates these three special people that have become a little family as my son and his new fiance recently got engaged.


This phrase was also cut from a cut-a-part card which pretty much acted as perfect journaling on my page.


I have been simplifying my embellishment clusters lately and this little one at the top of my page is indicative of that.

Supply List:
Sunshine & Happiness 7200 Collection Kit
Sunshine & Happiness 7227 Bradz
Sunshine & Happiness 7228 6x12 Chipboard
Sunshine & Happiness 7229 Bits & Pieces
Sunshine & Happiness 7231 Enamel Dots
Sunshine & Happiness 7232 4x6 Stickers
Other supplies: Staedtler felt tip pen and My Mind's Eye bakers twine.
 
Thanks so much for visiting today!