Monday, February 27, 2017

Sharing my Sketches | Lasting Memories

Hey there!  My friend Sandy is hosting a birthday themed challenge over at Lasting Memories this week and she asked me if I would provide her with a sketch!  I am always thrilled to be asked and happy to help out!

You can see the sketch below and pop on over to Lasting Memories find out how you can play along!


Thanks for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Party | Black and White You-Tube Series

Hey there! I am participating in another You-Tube series, this one is about scrapping with Black and White and throughout the series we will be focusing on using Black and White in different ways on our projects.


For our first project we are using black and white for our backgrounds,  I personally had a couple of options in my stash, like a pretty and tiny black and white polka dot; but that didn't seem like much of a challenge as it almost reads like a solid.  Then I found a large scale black and white striped patterned paper by Amy Tangerine in my stash.  I love it, but I would never have opted to use it as a background - well, until now that is.


I am documenting a photo of my grandsons third birthday party taken last month.  I am bummed because I forgot the good camera and all my photos are of lousy quality.  But they still remind me of the fun we all had and how cute he was and of what an amazing cake my daughter-in-law made, so there is that!

Aside from the background, I am playing with loads of Simple Stories "Let's Party" collection. I used a bit of patterned paper to back my photo and a bit more to make the teal tag, but otherwise I used cut apart cards and embellishments only on this page.


I wanted to use this large number border sticker to adorn the bottom portion of my page,  which I embellished to highlight the number three.


 I kept my title simple, utilizing this chipboard word.


Theses cute presents were fuss cut from one of the cut apart cards. I love the way all of these colours pop off of the black and white background!

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


Oh and just so you know, Christine Meyer has organized this hop and has a fun opportunity for you to win a prize, pop by here You-Tube channel here and watch her Black and White video to find out how you can win!

Supply List: Amy Tangerine Plus One "counterpart patterned paper;  Simple Stories Let's Party
5311 4x6 Horizontal Elements, 5312 4x4 & 4x6 Vertical Elements, 5314 Teal Streamers/Orange Stripes, 5302 Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers, 5327Bradz, 5329 Bits & Pieces, 5331Enamel Dots, 5338 Chipboard Frames; My Mind's Eye bakers twine; Ikea clip; Tim Holtz peacock feathers Distress Crayon..

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Spring Publications | Creative Scrapbooker Magazine

Hey friends!  I thought I would pop in  and share my Spring Publications today! I was lucky enough to have 4 layouts picked up for the most recent issue of  Creative Scrapbooker Magazine!

This first one is probably my most favourite!  You can read all about it, get the cut file I was giving away at the time and see the amazing sketch by Kristine Davidson here.


I love this next page too, created just for fun and to help me practice my process videos!  You can check out all the details and watch the video here.


This next layout is another fun page that was created as a tutorial for ScrapMuch?, which focused on stash busting by colour!  You can read all about it here.


And last but not least is this fun page created as a DT assignment while I was with Imaginisce.  You can read more about it here.



Thanks so much for visiting today and letting me share my happy news with you!
Laura
xo

Monday, February 20, 2017

Always | Stash Bash

Hi there!

It's time for another  round of our You-Tube Stash Bash Hop!


This month we are bashing enamels dots, gems or other small embellishments! Since I use enamel dots often, I am not overly concerned about having them in my stash, in fact I replenish them regularly.  However, I have had several packages of pearls in my stash for years and have not dipped into them in at least a couple of those years! So I decided that is what I will bash in this episode.

This is my page, using a couple of colours of pearls and some random other goodies form my stash.


I have to say I had a lot of fun making this page, I found a way that I can get messy and play with mixed media that works for me and I ended up with a project that I love!


  I tucked black and white pearls in amongst my other embellishments.


I even used up some resin flowers that I had kicking around for a while, too.


I also love these small wooden embellishments from Dear Lizzy, though I am not too concerned about bashing them from my stash since I only have a few and I can totally see myself using them again.


It was nice to use my gelatos, even though I only have 4!  I love the effect I created so much that I have ordered a dozen more! Hey, you bash some, you stash some!

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: Dear Lizzy Documentary Patterned papers (Fancy Free, Love This, Happy Dance) and wood embellishments; Maggie Holmes Bloom patterned paper (garden part); WRMK Wildflower ephemera; Sargent Art Gesso; Gelatos (banana, blood orange, squid ink, aqua dolce); Tim Holtz Distress Crayon (peacock feather); Leows water colour paints; Decoart white paint; Heidi Swapp gold color shine; Glimmermist (dragonfly); CTMH black pearls; Zva Creations white pearls;  Jen Hadfield Home+Made rubons; Recollections resin flowers; misc. crochet thread.

Thanks so much for vsiiting!
Laura
xo

Thursday, February 16, 2017

#Summer Fun | Stuck?! Sketches

Hey there!  It s time for the February 15th reveal at Stuck?! Sketches; which means I have a new layout to share today, along with a sketch and process video!

Today's sketch suggests a single square photo, but of course you are welcome to make it your own!


I used some of my Simple Stories "Sunshine and Happiness" stash to create this page.  I was craving some summery goodness since we are having an abundance of snow in my neck of the woods.  I am calling it a mini break in the form of paper!


I stuck pretty close to the sketch for the upper portion of my page, but couldn't resist adding in a little embellishment cluster at the bottom of my layout - I am blaming it on a "need" to use those little swim shorts!


I created this large sequin shaker sun with a Silhouette store cut file and some SpiegelMom Scraps sequins.  In case you missed the news, I will be guesting over there next month and couldn't resist dipping in the my GDT kit just a little bit to make this page!

My title was created with two stickers, and I have substituted a few more stickers in lieu of journalling.


Aren't these swim trunks darling?  You can see why I had to use them. right!


As a final touch I added some splatters of mist and a few more SpiegelMom Scraps sequins.

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


We have two fabulous sponsors for this challenge!





Supply List:
SpiegelMom Scraps "What's Up Buttercup" Sequins
SpiegelMom Scraps "Strawberry Bubblegum" Sequins
American Crafts cardstock and baker's twine
Mr. Huey's mist in bookworm green and taxi yellow
Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness patterned paper
7204 #Summer,  7208 Oh Yeah!, 7209 High Five, 7210 3x4 Journaling Card Elements, 7215 Tangerine Stripe/Lemon Stripe, 7202 Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers, 7227 Bradz, 7228
6x12 Chipboard, 7229 Bits & Pieces, 7232 4x6 Stickers

Thanks so much for visiting today, I hope you come and join in on the fun!!
Laura
xo

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

#Whatever | Simple Stories

Hello friends, I am sharing two layouts using the oh so fun #Whatever Simple Set on the Simple Stories blog today!  If you haven't had the opportunity to check out this collection yet, you really should!  The colours are so pretty and the fun text on the various elements of this collection speak so well to all of those funny photos we take!

Both of my pages are about silly moments, like this first one that documents a terrible yet hysterical photo of myself on a day I pulled my sunglasses out of my purse and one lens was missing!  I don't like having my photo taken but couldn't resist snapping this pic.


I am currently enjoying designing layouts with larger titles that are a feature in their own right on my pages, and this layout has just such a title! As I mentioned earlier, there are fabulous colours and terrific phrases in this mini collection, too!

I also drew some leftover goodies from my stash of the Life in Color collection to help embellish my page, the colours coordinate so nicely.


This word bubble was cut from one of the cut apart sheets, I love using them in a variety of ways! Layering stickers onto fussy cut elements and tucking in small embellishments like enamel dots and shapes is a favourite technique of mine.


Of course, this sticker word had to make it onto one of my pages and it is perfect as a title and feature resting upon a pretty strip of paper! The circle element was punched out of another cut apart card.


I cut this floral sticker in two so that it could have twice the impact on my page, nestled in amongst other stickers, chipboard frames and enamel dots.


I think journalling deserves a bit or prettiness too, and being able to embellish it motivates me to write it! ha!

My second layout features a funny photo of our son and puppy, she loves him so much and cannot snuggle close enough!


For this page, I began with a die cut of multiple heart outlines, thinking it would look great with water colour looking splotches of the #nailedit patterned paper backing them.  I also added a little bit of mixed media to my background.


I trimmed down this cut apart card and used it as an anchor for my photo, and then embellished around both of these pieces with some stickers, chipboard and enamel dots.


I added a fairly large embellishment cluster including this fun paint swatch banner to the upper right side of my layout to give it enough visual wight to balance my photo area. I love the way it turned out!


And as a last step, I added my journalling and a bit of embellishing!

I have a process video to share for the second page, you can watch it below or on my You-Tube channel!


Supply List:
2081#Whatever 6x12 Stickers
2082 #Whatever #nailedit
2083 #Whatever #hahahano 
5027 Life In Color Bradz
5028 Life In Color 6x12 Chipboard
5029 Life In Color Bits & Pieces 
5033 Life In Color Clear Stickers  
5038 Life In Color Chipboard Frames 
5036 Life In Color Clips 
4535 I AM Washi Paper Tape
6831 The Reset Girl Enamel Shapes & Dots
6231 You Are Here Enamel Dots 

Other Supplies:  American Crafts white textured cardstock; Hemptique button floss; Sharpie pen; Art Alternatives Gesso; Leows water colour paints; black Mr. Huey's mist.

Thanks so much for visiting today! 
 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Angled Hearts Background | Free Digital Cut File

Hey there!  I am popping in quick this morning to share my free monthly cut file.  It is available in Silhouette, SVG, PDF and PNG formats.

https://app.box.com/s/7qnr9pdr60g9es8diz6w882k0k7oinwo
As always click on the image to be taken to my download page. 

I will be back a little later with a layout share!  Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xo

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Ombre Valentines | Cards

Hi there, I have a couple of fun ombre Valentine cards to share today!  I wanted to create a couple of not so feminine cards for my husband and our youngest son since Valentine's day is just a couple of days away.  I found this tutorial by Jennifer Maguire where she shares tips on creating easy ombre backgrounds and I thought it would be a perfect technique to incorporate onto my Valentine's cards.


Basically you stamp the background, with either a background stamp or a random stamping technique  etc. and emboss it with white embossing powder.  Then you start adding in distress ink in any colour you wish, adding more ink and more pressure at the bottom of your card front panel and lightening up the ink and pressure as you move to the top of your card front.

This first card is for my husband, and I really wanted to use blue tones, I was just in the mood to play with that colour on this particular day!


I also stamped and embossed my sentiment and added the same colour of distress ink in a more solid application.  Jennifer Maguire mentioned this was a good way to have a perfectly coordinating piece of cardstock for your sentiment. Another great tip!

Supply List:  American Crafts and Staples cardstock; Market Street background stamp; Pink Fresh Studio sentiment stamp; VersaMark ink; Stampin' Up embossing powder; SpiegelMom Scraps "Spring Fever" sequins; Cuts2luv flair; Tim Holtz "peacock feathers" distress ink.

My second card is for our son, I was thinking of going grey and slightly more grungy with this card.  Then I found this fun flair in my stash and thought I would also pull in some soft blue and create sort of a two toned ombre effect.


I like the way these two colours blend together and yet still create a subtle ombre effect. And I love this distressed bubble wrap stamp!


How darling is this flair from Accent Scrapbooking!

Supply List:  Recollections and Staples cardstock; Kaisercraft background stamp; misc. sentiment stamp; VersaMark ink; Stampin' Up embossing powder; SpiegelMom Scraps "purple rain" sequins; Accent Scrapbooking flair; Tim Holtz "pumice stone" and "tumbled glass" distress ink.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

December Daily Part 3 | Simple Stories

Hey there!

I am finishing up with my 2016 December Daily album sharing today - better late than never I hope!  Unless otherwise mentioned this album is comprised of goodies Simple Stories' Classic Christmas collection.

Scroll down if you would like to skip past the still shots and go right to my flip through video.


Part way into December, I decided it would be a great idea to crochet stockings for all nine of us!  Ha ha!  Only 5 got finished the other 4 are my project for the rest of the winter!


I created a little pocket on the back of this 3x4 card to house my little journalling tag.


Our 24th Eve usually consists of a movie, and a finger food dinner.  This year the three of us went to the neighbours for a visit first and then came home and had our own little celebration.  I loved that I was sent a photo of my middle son and his fiance and their son in matching jammies - which of course had to make it into my album!

The pretty chevron bag is from Michael's and houses more photos.


I die cut the words "Christmas Eve" , then embossed them and stitched them into this pocket page with a few sequins.  The sequins are from the dollar store, I think.


This page is interactive, with flip outs that reveal another photo and some journalling.


I included another photo sent to me by my middle son, of a Christmas present he and his fiance put together for their little one.


I wanted to add a large photo on this page, but didn't have any large photo paper in the house, some smooth cardstock worked well and let me carry on with my album!


I snapped a fair amount of photos on Christmas day, which was a very different Christmas day celebration than usual for us.


We even did a bit of hot tubbing and had a camp fire, I also indulged in a nap.


I love snapping a photo of our nicely set table, and meal.  I also love, love this photo of my boys that were not here with us.  I cannot tell you how much it means to me to have photos sent!


I added my journaling onto the back of this photo.


A few days after Christmas, my husband and I drove into town to get some groceries and spend a gift certificate,  we found a We R Memory Keepers typewriter on sale at Homesense and brought it home with us!  I even used it for the journaling on this page!


I created a flip out interactive page to document this little story of my oldest arriving home and him and my youngest rearranging the family room and tv's to have a video game marathon!



We affectionately called New Year's second Christmas this year as this is when all of our kids were home, so I began a new section in my album with a fun little divider page, and a photo of our tree loaded with gifts for a second time!


Christmas morning began with our oldest making breakfast pizzas for the lot of us and me making mimosas! I used some sequins from Teresa Collins and wood veneer hearts from Studio Calico to fill a couple of the pockets on this spread.


I snapped some more present opening photos, our youngest had some fun with me by posing with each of his stocking stuffers and making faces depending on how exciting he thought they were!


I tucked the journaling under the last photo.


I also documented some of our dinner festivities.  The second page was created from a half of a pocket page to which I added a couple of tags to loop through the binder rings.


I documented a couple of my favourite gifts, like these hand painted ornaments from my grandson and the light box from my son and daughter in law.


I couldn't resist adding a few photos of my grandson playing throughout the day.


My very last page is a pocket that I created....


... to house the Christmas cards that we received this year!

You can watch my flip through video below or here on my You-Tube channel.


In case you missed it, you can see my first week's post here, and video here, which includes a process video for my cover.  The second week's post here and video here.

Supply List:

7327 Bradz

7332 Stickers

Thanks so much for visiting today!