Wednesday, May 24, 2017

I Love Being Your Mom | Simple Stories

Hey there! I am  sharing a layout and process video today! I was invited to join a Facebook event that is focusing on Rediscovering your stash with 40 days of no spending, which I believe is open for anyone to join.  Technically, I failed before I started as I have two collection packs on order already! Whoops!

I have been following along with the posts on the event page but haven't really felt like scrapping lately.  I had been, however, cleaning up my scrappy space as it had gotten a little out of hand.  In the process I pulled out my bin of scraps, which is basically just a basket, I toss papers in here from collections or kit clubs when I don't really have enough to make a layout. I decided maybe I should somehow sort the scraps in this bin, and decided to sort by manufacturer.  I thought that might help me to use up some of the scraps since often the colours from each manu sort of coordinate.

Low and behold, I was inspired to use some of these scraps and a couple of days later I created this page!


I basically had a little over a half sheet of patterned paper and a couple of half sheets of cut apart cards from this Simple Stories "Hey Mom" collection left over, so that was my jumping off point.  I also pulled in a couple of other scraps from other manufacturers just in case.

I also decided to use coloured cardstock as my background, since I have a fair amount of it and never seem to use it!

I have never done the mixed media thing on coloured cardstock, well not that I recall anyway. I like the way it turned out but wish I had feathered the edges of my gesso a bit better.


I backed my cut file with the patterned paper I had from this collection and also a scrap of paper from Crate Paper that matched fairly well.


After working on my title and photo, I started building a few small embellishment clusters.  I fussy cut a bunch of elements, mainly flowers and hearts, from the cut apart cards to use as embellishments since I didn't have any for this collection. Actually, it just occurred to me this second that I have a few stickers for it, duh!


I pulled some flair, by Accent Scrapbooing, from my stash.


And some sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps, too!


I typed my journaling onto a cut apart card with my WRMK Typecast typewriter.


I added some gold stitching, and gold and white mist to finish up my page.

You can watch my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here, if you like.


Supply List: Simple Stories and Crate Paper patterned papers; Accent Scrapbooking flair; American Crafts cardstock; Shimmerz Coloringz "Oh Say Can u Sea" mist; Glimmermist "pearl" mist; Mr. Huey's opaque white" mist; Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine mist; aqua dolce Gelato; Sargent Arts white Gesso; WRMK Typecast typewriter; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; SpiegelMom Scrap "spring fever" sequin mix; The Twinery bakers twine; Evalicious puffy alpha stickers; Creative Memories gold pen; pink BIC marker; DIY Thickers.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Ocean Love | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there!  I am sharing a new process video today showing how I created this page using the My Creative Scrapbook May main kit! I think this may be my favourite page of the month!  Mainly because it turned out exactly how I had hoped and that rarely happens!


I had this photo on my desk for a few months and in my "to be scrapped" pile for a few years.  So I was super excited to see the tropical flowers and flamingos in the kit this month!

I started my page by cutting a semi circle from the yellow polka dot paper to use as a sun.


And then I stitched all around it and added in some rays.  The rays alternate in length for a bit of interest.


I decided that this blue and white chevron paper might make fun "waves.  I opted to leave a hint of the white on the top of them, thinking that is sort of looked like white caps.  Yes, it is a bit of a stretch but I am taking creative license! ;)


Next came embellishment cluster and there was so many gorgeous pieces to choose from!  My most challenging part is narrowing it down, but not too narrow!


I wanted to balance the white stitching and the white in my title so I added a tag hand cut from scrap cardstock.


A die cut piece and the DIY Thickers combine to make the perfect multi font title - you know how much I love those!  I opted to leave the Thickers plain old white on this page and I think it works perfectly!

Final steps included journalling and a sprinkling of white mist.

You can see my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here.


Supply List: (From the Kit) Jillibean Soup "Bowl of Dreams" patterned papers {bite sized bits, day dreaming, think with purpose, pie in the sky}, pea pod parts, puffy stickers and label stickers; DIY Thickers; Pink Paislee "take me away" buttons. (From my stash) Mr. Huey's mist {opaque white}; crochet thread; Staedtler black fine tip pen; CTMH black ink; One Canoe Two date stamp.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Summer Scene | Stash Bash

Hey there!  It's time for a new Stash Bash You-Tube hop, and this month we are focusing on chipboard or die cuts! I opted to de-stash a bunch of naked chipboard and had a ton of fun doing it! Keep reading to the end for a list of the talented ladies hopping this month.


I also dug into some of my leftover "Sunshine and Happiness" goodies from Simple Stories.  I just love the bright colours and used them as my jumping off point.


I have been sitting on this photo of my youngest son and I for a long, long time.  I think the colours of his life jacket and swim shorts were turning me off. Orange and royal blue, bleh.   I pulled the orange from this collection and ignored the royal blue hoping I could disguise it somewhat.  However, I did want to get this story documented.  It is not a big story, but back when we had our trailer, we always took a cruise around the lake before going back home and to reality on Sundays.

As you can see, I dug deep into my older stash of Bazzill chipboard flowers, plus I pulled out a Maya Road chipboard word and one that I don't even know who it is from as I have had it so long!


I started my page by adding some mixed media to my background cardstock.


Then I used the striped patterned paper to inspire a colour palette and embossed the chipboard pieces to coordinate.


I layered and layered these fun flowers to create a cluster that suited me.  It is so fun and yes, quite chunky.  I ended up loving it much more than I thought I would!  I didn't have the right colour of "blush" pink embossing powder, so I mixed up a small batch by blending baby pink, yellow and orange.  I think it turned out well - slightly speckle-y but pretty none the less.


I also die cut some leaves and painted them with some green mist to colour match them to the patterned paper, too.  Then I added in a bunch of small elements from the collection.

You can see my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here.


Here is a list of those of us participating this month, for your hopping pleasure!


Supply list: Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness patterned paper, 4x6 stickers, cardstock stickers, ephemera, enamel dots, chipboard; America Crafts cardstock; Maya Road, Bazzill and misc chipboard; Sharpie pen; Versamark ink; Zing Butter, Aqua, Powder, Apricot and Rose embossing powder;Aqua Dolce gelato; Mr. Huey's opaque white, taxi yellow and bookworm green mist; Shimmerz Coloringz pink stiletto and oh say can you sea mist; IKEA clip.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Love at First Sight | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there!  I am popping in to share a layout and process video that I created using the My Creative Scrapbook May main kit! In case you missed the reveal, this amazing kit is made up with a bunch of Jillibean Soup "Bowl of Dreams" goodies! And let me tell you I had so much fun playing with it!


I love the colour combination of this collection and that the "pea pod parts" or ephemera is suited for so man themes!

This photo is not very good quality, it was taken with an older iPhone in low light, but it is the only one I had that documented when m youngest son and husband brought home a new puppy, so I had to make it work.

Mostly I chose it because our puppy is orange and she was wrapped in a coral coloured towel Oh and there were so many love themed bits in the kit, of course!


As I love the do, I created a multi font title, beginning with a die cut from my leftovers bin, adding in some DIY Thickers from the kit that I custom coloured; as well as a free hand "1" and "st" stickers. I love the way it turned out, it just pops!  The tag was created with scrap cardstock.


I wanted to add a cluster of embellishments beside my photo but felt they needed something to host them, so I also dug this heart out of my leftover die cuts bin. I think this grouping has much more presence now.


I finished off my page with a couple of strips of patterned papers along the bottom and one final, but smaller cluster of goodies.  Then I added in some Ranger Enamel Accents, from my stash, around the page.

You can see my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here.

 

Supply List: (From the Kit) Jillibean Soup "Bowl of Dreams" patterned papers {day dreaming, think with purpose' pie in the sky, make magic}, pea pod parts, puffy stickers and label stickers; DIY Thickers; Becky Higgins Project Life currently chipboard frames; Pink Paislee "take me away" buttons. (From my stash) Ranger Enamel Accents; Mr. Huey's mist {real red, taxi yellow}; white and black American Crafts cardstock.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Anniversary Card | Teresa Collins

Hey there! I am sharing an anniversary card today, that I gave to my husband on Monday when we celebrated our 30th!


I wanted to create something fun and settled on a pop up box card.  It came together pretty quickly as I had designed this cut file a couple of years back, for a class.


I pulled out an old Teresa Collins 6x6 paper pad, thinking I would pull in only the blues and greys. But soon enough I decided to add in the yellow, it just needed some pop.


I used one of the first stamps I ever bought from Close to my Heart many years ago.  And also used up some gold Jen Hadfield rub-ons.


I did intend to keep this card pretty simple, although it did scream for a few extra goodies like the gold cardstock accents I pulled out of my Fancy Pants stash.


I love the way these cards look and that they stand up and celebrate right along with you! I also love that I used lots of stash goodies!

Supply List: American Crafts and Recollections cardstock; Teresa Collins "Summer Stories" patterned paper; Jen Hadfield rub-ons; Fancy Pants die cuts; CTMH stamp; Memento Tuxedo black ink; Simple Stories, Echo Park and Shimelle enamel dots and shapes.

Thanks so much for visiting! 
Laura
xo 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Live Laugh Love | Stuck?! Sketches

Hey there!  I am sharing a new sketch, layout and a process video for Stuck?! Sketches' May 15th challenge today!

Here is a look at my sketch:


This type of sketch is one of my personal favourite styles, so I really enjoyed creating this layout from it.


For this layout, I dug into some goodies that I picked up from the "Life is Beautiful" collection by Fancy Pants, but hadn't had a chance to play with.  I really, really loved this patterned paper with the text, water colour and misting sort of look so of course it had to be a feature on my page, as the background.

In lieu of the suggested doily, I cut out a flower element with my Silhouette Cameo.


Once that was done, I began layering up pieces of patterned papers and embellishments.


Some machine stitching to create a border, hot pink splatters of water colour paint and black rubons help to ground things.


Hand printed journalling and some doodling really makes the area that I have my title pop.

We have two amazing and super supportive sponsors this month over at Stuck?! Sketches



As I mentioned, I have a process video for this page, you can watch my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here.


Supply List: Fancy Pants "Life is Beautiful' patterned papers, flair, tags and puffy stickers;  Fancy Pants 'Good Fellows" die cuts; misc. buttons; crochet thread; Leow's water colour paints; Tim Holtz rub ons; Recollections enamel dots; Sharpie felt tip pen; Staedtler fine tip felt pen; My Mind's Eye alpha stickers

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Smile Sweet Bunny | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there! I am sharing a process video with you today, all about how I created this page using the May Main kit from My Creative Scrapbook.

Have I mentioned how much I love this kit!  The colours are amazing and it is chock full of Jillibean Soup "Bowl of Dreams" goodies!

I was inspired by the chipboard circle frames by Creative Embellishments that were in the kit, to create this page.  I also used the free alphabet cut file available at My Creative Scrapbook this month to cut out the "x's".  But of course you could use any font or die or even free hand them.


I chose the largest circle from the set and then every other circle until I had 5 frames to work with. I like working with odd numbers.


I cut out an "x" the same height as each circle element that I chose.  Then I embossed the circles with white embossing powder so that they match my "x's".

I backed the largest circle with my photo (actually it is my friend's granddaughter, I asked permission to use it as soon as I saw it - they are very accommodating to my craft!) and then I used patterned paper to back all of the other circles.  I opted to leave the "x's" plain.


Then the fun bit begins, yes you know I mean the embellishing!  I actually only used two main embellishment clusters on this page, but also added a tiny bit to the left of the photo.  It is not really a full third cluster but it does help balance things out.


I customer coloured the DIY Thickers with a couple of colours of mist and layered them with a couple of puffy stickers to create my title, which is resting on a scrap of a doily from my stash.


You can see my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here.


Supply List: (From the Kit) Jillibean Soup "Bowl of Dreams" patterned papers {dream big, think with purpose, pie in the sky, aim high}, pea pod parts, puffy stickers and label stickers; DIY Thickers; Creative Embellishments chipboard circles; Pink Paislee "take me away" buttons. (From my stash) Heidi Swapp Color Shine {gold}; Mr. Huey's mist {taxi yellow}; Shimmerz Colouringz {pink stiletto}; American Crafts white cardstock; Staedtler black fine tip pen; CTMH black ink; One Canoe Two date stamp.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May Flowers | Free Cut File

Hey there!  I have a new cut file to share today!  This one is a little different in that it is a print and cut ephemera set.  Here is a little peek at some of the goodies included in the set.


Unfortunately, due to my limited skills this set is only available for use with the Silhouette software. However, if  you do not have a Silhouette machine there is still a way for you to use this as a print and "fussy" cut option.

https://app.box.com/s/auc26ie2hsmjbi04y2hg9pvyblqw8t1o

Since the Silhouette software is free for everyone to download, from their site, once you have the software you can choose the print option and then simply hand cut these little elements.

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

Enjoy and thanks for visiting!
Laura
xo

Monday, May 08, 2017

Make Today a Colourful Day | TrimCraft

Hey there! I have a new layout and process video to share today!  I am playing with the "Storyteller" paper pad from TrimCraft. 


This is the second paper pad that they sent to me and it is full of gorgeous jewel toned patterned papers.  You can read a little bit more about how I received these papers here as well as see the first layout I created with the other pad I received, and see another layout here, too.


I created this cut file just for this page, wanting something circular and something that suggested movement.  I was inspired by this photo of my friend's daughter and her soccer team mates. I pinched it off Facebook last summer (with permission) waiting for just the right papers to cross my desk before using it! I was super excited when I opened the package this paper pad was in as I knew I would finally get to use this picture!


After backing the cut file with 6 different papers, I added it to my page using a bit of craft foam for dimension. I further enhanced the circular theme and suggested motion by adding several stitched circles around this focal point.


You know how much I love multi font titles, right?  This one was created using parts of a cut apart card, alpha stickers and a die cut.  Love that!


I created these circular label die cuts with my Silhouette and colour matched them to this collection.  I adorned each one with a rubon from an old, as in super old, Bo Bunny collection.  Love that I could destash them!

I also destashed some  colourful wood veneer pieces I picked up at Michael's several years ago. I had exactly 6 left, so that worked out perfectly and they make a cute mat for each of these little round labels.


I adorned each rubon with a sequin from the SpiegelMom Scraps shop and then added in a few My Mind's Eye die cuts because I felt the page needed just a bit more.

Final steps included a splattering of pink and yellow mist.

As I mentioned, I have a process video for this page, you can watch my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here.

 

Supply List: TrimCraft patterned "Storyteller" papers; American Crafts cardstock;Cuts2Luv flair;  Simple Stories Life in Color die cuts and clear stickers; M y Mind's Eye "Jubilee" die cuts; Imaginisce alpha stickers; Shimmerz Coloringz "Pink Stiletto" mist; Mr. Huey's "Taxi Yellow" mist; Recollections wood shapes; Bo Bunny rubons; SpiegelMom Scraps sequins (believe in you, green acres and spring fever);  digital cut file and label die cuts created by yours truly.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo

Friday, May 05, 2017

Dream | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there! It is reveal day over at My Creative Scrapbook, which means I get to share this month's amazing kit with you, a layout and process video, too!

I can't tell you how much I loved playing with this month's kit. It has loads of goodies from the Jillibean Soup "Bowl of Dreams" collection and it just spoke to me!  Check out the kit contents.


I cannot wait to share more of my pages with you, but for today I will start with this one called "dream" which features a photo of my daughter in law and grandson, I love this picture so much!


I wanted to use the Project Life frames from Becky Higgins that were in the kit as layers for my photo, on this page, so I kept other patterns to a minimum. I trimmed down the largest frame ans used the leftover piece as a banner below my title.


I found this quote online and it was so perfect for my page,  a little machine stitching across it adds nice texture. I also did a little pencil outlining to help it pop.


I ruched  up the ribbon and used it to adorn the area of my page where I joined two patterned together. Isn't this dream catcher paper the sweetest!


As is this dream catcher die cut, I love all of the different shapes that are included in the "pea pods parts" sheet for this collection.  They are so versatile and work with so many different themes!


To finish off my page, I added a few SpiegelMom Scraps sequins and some platters of white Mr. Huey's mist.

As mentioned, I have a process video for this page, you can watch it below or on my You-Tube channel here.


Supply List: (From the Kit) Jillibean Soup "Bowl of Dreams" patterned papers {day dreaming, aim high}, pea pod parts, puffy stickers and label stickers; Becky Higgins Project Life currently chipboard frames; Pink Paislee "take me away" buttons; ribbon. (From my stash) opaque White Mr. Huey's mist; SpiegelMom Scraps "believe in you" sequin mix.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo