Friday, January 27, 2017

Love at First Sight | Noel Mignon

Hey there!  I have made the tough decision to leave the Noel Mignon design team, so today I am sharing my last layout using on of Noel's great kits!.  The design team was challenged to use a sketch this week, any one of our choosing!  I opted for sketch #302 over at Creative Scrappers (see sketch below) and modified it slightly to make it work with the Daily Diary kit that I am playing with this month, which includes a lot of pocket cards and 6 x 6 papers.


If you check out the sketch below, you will notice that it suggests that the design encompasses the entire page, however, since I am working with 6 x 6 papers I needed to shrink it down for my interpretation of it.  So my focal area measures about 6 x 6 with a 3 x 3 photo.  I have matted this onto some white cardstock that I added some inks, paint and mist to in pinks and teals.  And then I matted that onto white cardstock and a large piece of patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes "Gather" collection that I had in my stash.


I swapped out the locations of both the photo and the title on my page as well.  I felt that I could only really pull of a single photo for my compact focal area.  I loved mixing up the stickers from both the Hazelwood and Echo Park "Just be You" collections to create my multi font title - which you know I love!  I added a bit of machine stitching just for fun and texture.


I also had to shift the embellishment cluster on the lower right of my page over just a bit so that it didn't cover my photo.  But I was still able to keep the embellishment triangle in tact!  This cluster combines layers of stickers, flowers and pieces cut from pocket cards with some sequins and a button added in.


The embellishment cluster on the lower left is much more minimal as is suggested in the sketch; sequins, a sticker and a cut apart flag are just perfect here.


The cluster on the upper left also got shifted over slightly and tucked behind my focal area.  This cluster also features layers of stickers, pocket cards, a hand cut tag and some sequins.

Here is a look at the sketch by Kristine at Creative Scrappers!


I had a lot of fun with it and knew that it could easily be modified to suit the products / kit that I am working with this month!

Supply List:  (from the kit) Echo Park "Just be You" and American Crafts"Hazelwood" stickers; Fancy Pants "Joy Parade" pocket cards; Crate Paper's Maggie Holmes "Gather" 6 x6 papers; Pretty Little Studios "Hey Heather" pocket cards and cut apart flags; Jillibean Soup pink grapefruit sequins; May Arts Ribbon; Prima flower. (from my stash) American Crafts Texture cardstock; Staples cardstock; Hemptique twine; misc. button and crochet floss; Maggie Holmes "On Point" paper from the Gather collection; Tim Holtz Distress ink; Mr. Huey's mist.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Happy Birthday | Simple Stories

Hey there!  I have a fun and vibrant card to share with you today!



I had so much fun creating this card for my husband's recent birthday, using up some fab goodies from Simple Stories' Let's Party collection!


Die cuts, stickers, chipboard and bradz - oh my!


Love, love the way this turned out and he loved it, too!

Supply List:  Simple Stories' Let's Party cut apart cards, patterned paper, chipboard, cardstock stickers, clear stickers, ephemera, bradz; Recollections cardstock.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Monday, January 23, 2017

Snowman Outline Background | Free Digital Cut File

Hey there!  I have a new free cut file to share with you today.  This one is inspired by the crazy amounts of snow that we have been having in my neck of the woods!

https://app.box.com/s/k6xalyy9qcbkvwhelr59axqv4lw5l3j0

As always click on the image to be taken to my download page. This file is available in Silhouette, SVG, PNG and PDF formats.

Have a great day!

Laura
xo

Friday, January 20, 2017

Shamrock Fizz | Stash Bash

He there!  I have something fun to share today!  Most of he group of crafty people that I hopped with  on You-Tube for our 2016 Top Ten Favourite Layouts hop, have gotten back together to create a bi-monthly hop!  We will hop on the 10th via Instagram and on the 20th via You-Tube, each month, in a new series called Stash Bash!  We will be focusing on different items in our stashes to bash for each event.  We are keeping this very fun and very loose.  As in,  any of the team that is available to hop will and if they are busy, that is okay, too!  As you know I have been working through a bunch of my stash (I am trying super hard not to hoard and free up space in my crafty area) so this group is so perfect for me!


For our first, installment we are bashing stickers!  I have been personally on a mission to do this lately as well, so again this is perfect for me!

Here is my page, using my stash kit and lots of types of stickers...


I am documenting a fun birthday tradition but not specifically a birthday, confused yet? Ha! My youngest was born on St. Patrick's day, so we try to do something fun and festive each year. On this particular birthday a couple of years back, we made shamrock fizz drinks, so that is what this page is about!

 

I began with creating a cut file with columns of circle, some of which have shamrocks in them.  And then I backed some of the circles with scraps of patterned papers.  I sized the circles to coordinate with the size of one of my punches to save time!

I also added a bit of mixed media to the background and then stitched on my circles and traced around them with a pencil to help them pop a little bit.


I created three clusters of embellishments on my page (nothing new there) .


But I focused on stickers; whether they were chipboard stickers, cardstock stickers or puffy stickers.


I also used alpha stickers (they count too right?)  I have a ton of them and never seem to use more than a few of them. I also loved using several of these little word stickers!

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!

Laura Whitaker (you are here)

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo

Sweet Times | Noel Mignon

He there!  I have a new layout to share today for  Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits.  The design team had an open week, so anything goes for us!  Since I am playing with the Daily Diary kit this month, which includes a lot of pocket cards etc., I opted for a grid design for my page.  Of course, I needed to pull in some 12 x 12 paper from my stash, too.


The Pocket Cards from the Simple Stories Reset Girl collection have a fun vintage vibe, so I pulled out this photo of my oldest son, my mother in law and myself from way back in 1990. And as luck would have it I had a couple of 12x12 sheets of this collection left over from my Simple Stories design team kit, so they were perfect for my background!

I trimmed down my photo to 3 x 3 and matted it with some cream cardstock.  Then I trimmed down three 3 x 4 pocket cards to 3 x 3, as well.


I kept one card fairly plain so that I could add my title and journalling to it. Of course, I added in an embellishment or two, too!


This photo was challenging because there are so many different colours going on in it.  This was taken long before I thought about scrapbooking!  But I think I made it work.  You can see I pulled in the twine and the Heidi Swapp gold color shine from a previous Noel Mignon kit.


Each quadrant got fancied up, in some small or not so small way.  This one got layers and layers of stickers!


I cut this large ampersand from another pocket card and popped it up on this pretty floral card.  I  love the way it looks and it was a fun way to use it!

Supply List: (from the kit) May Arts ribbon; American Crafts Hazelwood stickers; Simple Stories "The Reset Girl" pocket cards, enamel shapes and phrase stickers; Echo Park Just Be You stickers; (from my stash) Simple Stories "The Reset Girl"patterned papers (6819, 6810); The Twinery gold and cream bakers twine; Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine; Staples card stock.

Thanks for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Simply Irresistible | Stuck?! Sketches

Hey there!! It is reveal day over at Stuck?! Sketches which means I get to share a new sketch and layout with you!  I also have a process video to share for this page!

I broke out my stash kit once again, boy does it ever make it so much easier to use up some of my goodies without have to dig through drawers and bins!  I am contemplating putting together a second kit with a different colour combination.  They are super easy to pack to take along to crops, but are also great for scrapping at home when you are short on time!

Anyway, on to the sketch!


This is my take on it, I often struggle with diagonal layouts so this was a fun challenge and the DT provided me with amazing inspiration!  (Which really means I was behind in pulling my page together!)



I stuck really close to the sketch which made for a really clean and simple page.  Although, this doesn't always translate to fast as you well know!


I have been hoarding this rub-on for an embarrassing amount of years, so it was really great to be able to use it up!


I added layers of papers pretty much exactly like the sketch suggested, and then beefed up my embellishment clusters which are my thing, as you know!  Although, even these clusters are a little more clean and simple than I often do.


I love layering stickers behind other elements.  It is also fun to use embellishments in other ways, like the clips on this page, for example.

We have two amazing sponsors for this sketch!



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


Supply List:   Shimelle, Photoplay, Echo Park and Simple Stories patterned paper; October Afternoon stickers; Deja Views rub-ons; Evalicious flair and puffy stickers; Accent Scrapbooking flair; Echo Park and Michael's enamel dots; Heidi Swapp navy Colour Shine; Evalicious and Simple Stories clips; Jillibean Soup kraft tag; Maya Road calendar die cut; Bo Bunny Chipboard; My Mind's Eye washi; American Crafts and Recollections cardstock; misc. crochet thread and button.

Be sure to play along for your chance at a prize! And seriously, check out the DT inspiration here!

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Frosty Friend | Simple Stories

Hi there, today I am sharing my second layout for the month for Simple Stories I am documenting this photo so my grandson and his little snowy friend friend, that was send to me by my son.  Normally I scrapbook about a year behind, but I couldn't resist adding this photo to a page immediately!



I loved this notebook lined and snowflake scattered patterned paper and definitely felt it needed to be a background.  I added gold texture paste "snowfall", created with a mask from My Favorite Things, to reinforce my wintery theme and draw the eye to the centre of the page.


I created this die cut of a snowman just for this page, and love how it looks cut from this gorgeous dark wood-grained paper.  I couldn't resist adding some seasonal flair to his hat with Washi and a die cut!


My photo is tucked into the snowman, to which I layered chipboard, die cut and sticker elements, as well as a tag behind and around.  All of the snowflakes that I used got a little enamel dot in their centres. I love the pops of colour they add!


My title is a combination of a cardstock sticker and alphas stickers, both from the collection.  I layered them together and added an embellishment cluster above them.


To finish things off, I added a small cluster to the upper left side of my page and some journalling.

I cannot tell you loud enough how much I love this collection, it makes me so happy and that says a lot as I am not a lover of winter! Ha!  I think this is a definite must have if you have winter photos to scrapbook!

I have created a process video for this layout, you can check it out below or here on my You-Tube channel!


Simple Stories Supply List:

7509Bundle Up

Other supplies: Heidi Swapp gold texture paste; Mr. Huey's teal mist; Sharpie; Guttermans gold thread; Annie's crochet thread; MFT snowfall mask.
  
Thank you so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Friday, January 13, 2017

Adventure Awaits | Noel Mignon

Hey friends! This week the  Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits design team is challenged to create a layout that reflects our goals, resolutions, one little word or the like for the new year. Since I am not much of one to make resolutions and I do not really do much with my one little word, I opted to document a goal I have for 2017 - which is to have more adventure in my life.  Now I am not speaking of far away exotic adventures, but more taking time to get out and enjoy life a little more! And I really hope I remember the camera!

After giving some thought to the theme of my page, I struggled a bit as to how to document it. Then as I was sifting through my kit I was inspired by the 6 x 6 paper in the Gather collection that a grid of little rectangles. I found this photo of it in 12x12 format on the Scrapbook.com site. (Forgot to snap a picture of my piece.)


Anyway, I cut up the paper into the little rectangular pieces and started playing with them, spreading them around on my desk and laying out a grid design. Grid designs are a little out of my comfort zone, so I challenged myself to go with it!

There were 12 little rectangles on the page, so I figured if I added 4 photos I could do a 4 up, 4 across grid.  The next step was to sift through my massive amount of photos to find a few that spoke to my theme.  I didn't really pay much attention to the date they were taken as that isn't really important to my story. Instead I focused on what was going on in the photos and picked ones where I was on an adventure, whether is was near or far, or photos of people or scenery didn't really matter.

After printing the photos, and integrating them into my grid design by placing one photo into each row, my design felt a little too structured, so I pulled one little rectangle from each row, varying the position that I pulled it from.  This created a blank space, which to me felt like a little resting spot in the design. 


Once these main elements were adhered to my page, I stitched around their perimeter with my sewing machine.

Next, I gave some thought to embellishing, I knew that I could tuck small embellishments anywhere on my page.  But what about larger ones?  I pulled 3 large-ish stickers from the Hazelwood stickers sheet and removed one more rectangle from my spread and added in an extra column, for each sticker I would add.





After adding my journalling which I hand wrote on a scrap of paper and taped it to a little rectangle with some of the washi from the kit,  I then proceeded to add in small embellishments.


 I splattered on some gold and navy Heidi Swapp color shine to finish off my layout.


My layout was feeling a little blah and lost so I mounted in onto the pretty polka dot patterned paper from Echo Park (the back of the cut apart cards) that came in the kit.  All in all, I kind of like the way it turned out, and I only used 1 partial sheet of the 12 x 12 paper (as I gutted it) and 3/4 of the 6x6 paper - kind of fun when you think about it!

Supply List:  From the Kit - Echo Park just be you 4x6 journalling card paper and sticker sheet; Hazelwood 6x6 paper, washi tape and sticker sheet;  Pretty Little Studio Hello Heather cut apart flags and Belle pocket cards; Simple Stories The Reset Girl enamel shapes and phrase stickers.  From my stash - Tim Holtz Kraft Core cardstock; Heidi Swapp gold and navy color shine; Fancy Pants Flair.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Winter Wonderland | Simple Stories

Hey there, I have created two layouts to share using the gorgeous Winter Wonderland collection which I have created for Simple Stories! Toda I would like to share one of them with you. I am loving the colours in this wintery collection, of course it has traditional cool blues and grey, but there are also beautiful soft honey yellows and a lovely warm coral which is such a cozy addition to this palette!


I am documenting this photo taken of my backyard facing into the woods behind us.  I have a fascination with photographing the woods since moving to this house a year and a half ago.  I love watching the changes that occur here throughout the seasons.

 

I started my page by die cutting a large snowflake from white cardstock and then used Gelatos and mists to add some subtle colour to it. It is hard to tell in this photo, but thanks to the addition of some clear but shimmery Glimmermist, it really sparkles.

You can get my snowflake cut file free here.



I was really inspired by this large chipboard element to document this story, so I knew it had to function as the title on my page.


I added a strip of birch tree patterned paper on top of this pretty snowflake paper to create the basis for my entire page.  I layered the large die cut snowflake, my photo and title centrally on my layout to create my focal area.  Next, I layered up some ephemera bits and pieces as well as some stickers to create a trio of embellishment clusters. 


I repeated this beautiful coral colour and some stitching in all of my clusters.


I finished off my page with some journaling and some gold mist splatters

I have created a process video for this layout, you can check it out below or here on my You-Tube channel!



Simple Stories Supply List:
Other Supplies:
Mr. Huey's manilla mist; Heidi Swapp gold color shine and gold texture past; Annie\s crochet cord.

Thank you so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Beach Bum | Stash Kit

Hi there, today I am sharing a just for fun page using my stash kit!  In case you missed it you can see how I compiled my stash kit here, as well as a couple of other layouts that I have created so far with this kit.

Back when our pup was just a couple of months old, I did a little photo shoot with her.  She was so good and I like to think we had fun! ha! One of the shots included a beach- scene and that is the photo that I am documenting today.



I created this cut file just for this page, I love that it allowed me to use lots of the patterned papers in my stash kit. After backing the cut file I adhered it to my page with only a few dots of adhesive to hold it in place while I stitched down the centre of the hearts.  I wanted the sides of the hearts to be "free floating" so to speak.


Then I worked on added a couple of embellishment clusters, making sure to pull lots of red elements in. I have a larger cluster to the right of my photo.


And a smaller one to the upper left of my picture.


Lastly, I worked on my title, which is a really old rub-on, tat I was happy to use up.  I added some interest here with stickers and washi tape.

I kind of love the happy look I achieved on this layout!  And it is always nice to do a just for fun page!

Supply List: Fancy Pants, Heidi Swapp, Photoplay, Crate Paper and Echo Park patterned papers; American Crafts vellum and cardstock; Simple Stories, Eco Park and Jillibean Soup stickers; Cuts2Luv flair and label; Scenic Route rub-ons; Evalicious puffy stickers; Simple Stories chipboard and enamel dots; Mr. Huey's and Heidi Swapp mist; Staedtler pen; misc clip.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Monday, January 09, 2017

2016 Top Ten Favourite Layouts + Giveaway Blog, You-Tube and Instagram Hop | Winner



Hey there!  I am a few hours behind schedule but it is still the 9th so it counts, right?  As promised, I am popping in today to announce the winner of my 2016 Top Ten Favourite Layouts + Giveaway Blog, You-Tube and Instagram Hop prize!! If you recall, Nicolle of Creative Embellishments generously gave me a $30.00 gift certificate, to her shop, to give away to one of my followers on my blog, Instagram and/or You-Tube channel!  To qualify, you just had to comment on any or all of my social media sites and become a follower to that site (or all of them) for the pertaining posts prior to Sunday the 8th at midnight EST.


I decided to do my draw via video, so you can watch it here on my You-Tube channel, or below.


The lucky winner is Wendy, who coincidentally commented and followed via You-Tube!


Congratulations Wendy! And thanks so much to everyone that hopped along with me!  It was so much fun to participate in Christine's hop!

Have a great night!
Laura
xo