Saturday, December 09, 2017

Days 5 - 8 | December Daily / December Memories 2017

Hi there!

I am back sharing my days 5 through 8 in my December Daily today, along with a process video and a free cut file!

Days 5, 6 and 7 all document a story about each of my sons,  timing is funny that they all had an event right after each other but I love that I got a page about each of them in my book!


I created a number pocket card for this page and pulled in a coordinating car sticker from Echo Park to help tell the story of this page.  Since this page is non Christmas themed, the puffy star stickers worked well as accents.


I am loving the way day 5 coordinates with day 4!


I created this fun journaling card with the thoughts of using it to document us all doing something festive, but it also worked perfectly to document how much we enjoyed our youngest son's hockey game the other night!


I used a bright red Sharpie to journal and red number Thicker to add a pop of colour to my spread.  I also added an Avery page tab, and stamped "naughty" and "nice" on it using a roller stamp from Simple Stories.


This page documents my middles son's 26th birthday, I love that I was able to use up a "26" wood veneer left over from a previous year, to mark his age.


I also used an "o" alpha stamp to encircle the "7" on my calendar to mark the date. A fun photo taken by my daughter-in-law of the dance party they had after going out to dinner and movie with their son is the perfect addition to my page!


Day 8 is a little different and documents me have a holiday meltdown.  Yup, I am bound to have one each holiday season.  This one came about while setting out the nutcrackers and really had nothing to do with the nutcrackers and everything to do with me putting pressure on myself to "get too much stuff done".  This page is a good reminder to myself to take it easy, Christmas will be perfect whether the house is decorated to the nines or not, whether there is a ridiculous amount of baked goods or not, whether the gifts are wrapped to perfection or not!


I created all of the pocket cards and the photo overlay, intending them to be a reminder that Christmas will be great regardless.

Here is a cut file for some numbered pocket tags that I am sharing as freebies today, click on the image to be taken to my download page.  Numbers 1 through 31 are included.! You can see how I used one in my precious video here.

https://app.box.com/s/2g85llmzt00h8n8u442upy5uch5d379l

You can watch my process for these pages below or here on my You-Tube channel.


Supply List: Simple Stories album, pocket pages and roller stamp; American Crafts Thickers; silver Colorbox ink; grey Staedtler pen; black CTMH ink; Elle's Studio puffy stickers and cut apart strip; my own cut apart 3x4 card designs; Avery page tab;red Sharpie; misc rubons and metal rimmed tag; Freckled Fawn wood veneer; Echo Park sticker; CTMH stamp.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Friday, December 08, 2017

Christmas Tree Farm | My Creative Scrapbook

Hi there!

I have a fun new layout and a process video with a tutorial in it for My Creative Scrapbook today! As you probably know by now, this month's kit, features the Crate Paper "Fa la la"  collection, and I just could not stop creating with it.  There were so many fun elements that triggered ideas to create!


Today's page was sparked by an idea that came about when I saw this fabulous stamp and die set that was included in the kit!


I had so much fun stamping the little trees and cutting them out, be sure to watch the video for a fun tip!


I used some regular ink pads and some Distress Oxide ink pad to create my treess.  I stuck to pinks and teals but used a couple of shades of each. It was interesting to see how the different inks stamped up.  I also used a pretty gold metallic in to add the pattern to my little trees.


Then I layered then all on my page, at first I thought I made too many and would have some to save.  But in the end, I used them all!  I love the way they look like a tree farm - just exactly what I am documenting!


I added a multi font title, because you know how much I love them!


I also tucked in a few other pieces of ephemera, chipboard and stickers, and then sprinkled around some sequins and some gold colour shine and soft teal Prima mist.

As mentioned, I have a process video for this layout, you should watch it!  Here or on my You-Tube channel, which ever you prefer!


Supply List: Crate Paper "Falala" patterned paper, ephemera, cardstock stickers and chipboard stickers; Teresa Collins " Tinsel and Company" alpha and label stickers; Hampton Art Christmas Tree stamp and die set; Studio Calico sequins.  Other Supplies: Gutermann gold thread; Sharpie pen; Heidi Swapp gold color shine; Prima soft teal Color Bloom; Annie's crochet thread; Colorbox gold ink; Worn Lipstick and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Inks; CTMH inks (juniper, breeze, twilight, pink carnation and sorbet).

Thanks for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

24th | 12 Days of Scrapping

Hi there!


I was invited by TinaGale and Heather from Heather's Crafty Life to participate in their 12 Days of Christmas Scrapping You-Tube series.  Sort of like the song, each day someone will work with the "gift" of the day; ie. a cut file, punches, etc.  And there are prizes so be sure to watch the videos to find out how to win!

I was asked to bring a sketch as a gift, you can see it below and it is what I will be using for my page.


My layout came together pretty quickly, I dug into my stash and used up some of the last of my Simple Stories leftovers from last Christmas. Clearing out goodies makes me so happy lately!


No big surprise but I transformed the suggested triangle element into a tree, which is cut from vellum and holds a bunch of sequins thanks to some pretty gold stitching.


I also added some red stitching for the suggested circle element.


My title is super simple, these photos were taken on Christmas Eve last year, so 24th it is!  Also, since I did a December Daily album into which I put one of these pics and told a story, I opted to skip the journaling for this page.


Once the sequin tree was complete and I layered on my patterned papers, pictures and title; I got to have a bit of fun embellishing my layout!

I used up some of the embellishments that I also had leftover from last year, repeating the colour gold around my page. Although, the flair is older but new to me.


I also added some splatters of Heidi Swapp gold color shine around my page.  I love that stuff and I am really enjoying the new larger bottle as the large nozzle leaves larger splats!

As mentioned, I have a process video for this layout, you should watch it!  Here or on my You-Tube channel, which ever you prefer!


Also, please be sure to watch the videos that these two crafty ladies created!  And check out their other daily guests! Don't forget, there are prizes!

  
Supply List: Teresa Collins and misc. patterned paper; Simple Stories patterned paper, die cuts, chipboard stickers, pocket cards, bradz, Sn@p numbers, and Sn@p alphas; misc. and American Crafts sequins; American Crafts enamel dots; Fancy Pants flair; Heidi Swapp gold color shine; misc thread.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Believe in Santa | My Creative Scrapbook

Hi there!

It is reveal day over at My Creative Scrapbook, which means I get to share the gorgeous December main kit with you, as well as a layout and process video, too!

This month's kit, features the Crate Paper "Fa la la"  collection, which was so fun to work with, I loved that it has lots of pink in it, lately I am loving pink in with my Christmas goodies!  I took a few afternoons to play with this kit and created 6 pages and process videos to share.  I have a few goodies left and hope to use them to create a couple of other pages for other obligations.

Check out the main kit contents.


This first page is a fairly simplistic design, and I really like that about it, cutting in to a new kit can be daunting at times and starting with an easy design definitely helped.  Plus, there was one sheet of cut apart cards by Kaisercraft in the kit and I challenged myself to feature them on this page.


Using two 3x4 cut apart cards as my main patterned papers really helped to balance this 4x6 photo that I wanted to document.  I don't often work with 4x6 photos and this designed made it super easy to work with this photo size, and allowed me to get this particular picture out of my "to be scrapped" pile.


I layered my photo, and the two cut apart cards onto some vellum, from my stash, after adhering it to my page I added some machine stitching with gold thread.


Then to keep things from being too boxy, I added some ephemera pieces to my layout, placing them so they sit partially of my main design.


I treated this pretty "ho ho ho" piece like a tag, punching a hole in it and adding some crochet thread.


My final step was to add a sprinkling of sequins and gold glitter chipboard stars.

You can view my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here!


Supply List:Kaisercraft "Mint Twist" cut apart cards; Crate Paper "Falala" patterned paper, ephemera and chipboard stickers; Studio Calico sequins. Other supplies: Gutermann gold thread; Sharpie black pen; Annie's crochet thread; Core'dinations vellum; Colorbox gold ink.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Monday, December 04, 2017

Days 1 - 4 | December Daily / December Memories 2017

Hi there!

I am sharing my first few days in my December Daily today, along with a process video and a free printable!


Day 1 documents the story of my Christmas urn on the porch, something I have typically done on the first of December for the last few years.

Our son helped me navigate the woods behind our house to gather some evergreens, he did all the chopping and cutting of the greens, too!  He was so helpful and we had so much fun!


Day 1 features a fun sequin pocket and a tag number that I created.  The 3x4 cut apart cards are my creations, too.


Day 2 tells the story of me finally finishing our Christmas stockings, a project that I began last year but didn't finish.  Although, I now think that is a good thing because  I found a super cute pattern for stockings for our pups and made them coordinate, opposed to being the same.


Day 2 is super simple and takes advantage of being able to see the sequins from Day 1.


Day 3 documents the putting up of our kids tree.  And how our youngest son  asked his dad to pick him up so he could put the topper on the tree, just like old times. Even though he is taller than his dad now.  An idea he had, that he thought would be so funny and he asked me to be ready with the camera!

A small number, documents the day without  distracting from the design I created on this cut apart card.


Sometimes little embellishments make a lot of pop, like these puffy stars on my cut apart card.


Day 4 is all about finishing up my Christmas cards and getting them ready for the mail.  It gave me a bit of grief as I only had one photo and four pockets.  In the end, I love the way it looks.


I took advantage of the white space on my photo to add a clear sticker.


Pretty flair is always a good thing!


My number needed a little partial circle to help it pop!


I combined alpha stickers and the sentiment on this pocket card to create a title, of sorts.

These are the cut apart cards that I am sharing as freebies today, click on the image to be taken to my download page.  Print them up and trim them down to size!

https://app.box.com/s/tb2n4q62oigbxdy1i196e8hyaz33m531

You can watch my process for these pages below or here on my You-Tube channel.


Supply List: Simple Stories album, pocket pages, patterned paper, cardstock and clear stickers; American Crafts cardstock and Thickers; silver Sharpie marker; grey Staedtler pen; black Sharpie pen; Teresa Collins sequins; misc. beads; Elle's Studio puffy stickers; Accent Scrapbooking flair; my own cut apart 3x4 card designs.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Sharing a Sketch | Lasting Memories

Hey there!

My friend Sandy is running a challenge today over on the Lasting Memories challenge blog, she asked me for a sketch for their followers to play with.  You know how much I love sharing my sketches! 

I was in the mood to create a fairly girly sketch, but I know you super talented scrappers can adapt it if need be, check it out....


Pop on over to the Lasting Memories challenge blog to play along!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xo

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Love Captured | Bramble Fox

Hi there!  I have a sweet little layout to share with you today, along with a new process video!  I was recently sent some goodies from my friend Morag over at Bramble Fox.  If you haven't heard of them, you should definitely check them out!  She is out of the UK and has the sweetest acrylic pieces called Perspectives, along with some great flair! I am lucky enough to be guesting with her this month, so along with today's page I will be sharing another, later this month.  And in case you missed it scroll down to yesterday's post - I used some of her Perspectives on my Stuck?! Sketches reveal, and Bramble Fox is sponsoring that challenge plus offering a 15% discount to our fans this month!


This photo is another of my son and daughter-in-law's engagement photos, I love this one I chose for this page for it's beachy vibe.

I opted to design with a lot of white space.  It is making me so happy lately to create this way.   The photo also has a lot of white space, so I think the design works well with it.

 
I bought this Webster's Pages paper that I used for my background specifically to use as a background, although not with this photo in mind. I love the wood-grain and ombre look of it. I also like that it has a slightly beach-y vibe in a drift wood sort of way.

I opted for a bit of a unique colour scheme, choosing red, pink and turquoise.  We don't often see red and pink together but I think they can complement each other depending on how they are used.


I pulled out the "love" perspective and "currently" flair  from the Bramble Fox goodies that I received and dug through my scraps to pull a few coordinating, of sorts, papers.  I also pulled in some other random embellishments and a couple of die cut and vellum backed flowers that I had leftover from another project.  I liked how romantic they felt,


After making some layers of various shapes and sizes and tucking in some embellishments here and there, I adhered the "love" perspective and then added some stitching.  A little mist and my page was done.  I love how airy it looks and the pops of red with the pink and gold are so different for me and I really love them! 

You can view my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here, I hope you like it!


Supply List: Bramble Fox "love" perspective and "currently" flair; Webster's Pages, Trimcraft, Fancy Pants; Simple Stories and Amy Tangerine patterned papers; Evalicious epoxy and puffy stickers; Simple Stories tag, frame and enamel dots; American Crafts cardstock; Core'dinations vellum; My Creative Scrapbook kit club cut file;  Scotch gold washi tape; Heidi Swapp gold color shine; Mr. Huey's white mist.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo