Tuesday, November 29, 2016

You | ScrapMuch? Class

Hey there!  I thought I would share a layout today that I taught as a class at a recent ScrapMuch? retreat.  I had fun using the Echo Park "Happy Summer" collection to create this page, and incorporated a few techniques for the ladies to try.

Some of my ladies were well versed in getting messy when creating, and others were newer to it.  But they were all super open to diving in and giving it a go!

We began by covering our pages in clear Gesso, even though the clear is a little gritty, I like that it doesn't make my bright white cardstock yellow-ish, like white Gesso can.

We set that aside to dry and worked on building our layers.  I always try to cut pretty much everything to the exact sizes we need to save my ladies time.

I designed the page so that it could easily be taught with drying time, as the layers were easily assembled off of the page and adhered in place once our backgrounds were finished.

I know it is a little hard to tell in the photos, but if you look closely you will see that we random stamped butterflies on our backgrounds which we heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

This allowed us to add water colour paints via a brush and the packaging technique, and get a resist effect on our butterflies.  We also added in sprinkles of mist.

At this point, the page was ready to dry and assemble.  Drying time was super quick.  I added journalling to finish off my page, which I managed to smudge because I didn't use my Sharpie :( , oh well!

I am so thankful for the ladies that took my class(es), we always have a lovely time.  It is a great way to chat with a group and we all end up learning a thing or two from each other!

Supply List:  American Crafts Cardstock; Echo Park patterned paper: misc. kraft paper and sequins; Freckled Fawn cork embellishments; misc. stamp; Studio Calico wood veneer; misc. crochet twine; Imagine clear embossing powder; Art Alternatives Gesso; Leows watercolour paints; Tattered Angels mist; Staedtler pen; Tim Holtz tiny attacher; misc. sequins..

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Autumn Traditions | Noel Mignon

Hello there!

It's Saturday today which means it is my turn today to share a layout over on the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog!  This week the DT members are creating projects about traditions. Our family doesn't have much in the way of Thanksgiving traditions, other than to enjoy a nice meal together.  So I opted to document one of our Fall traditions,  which is to find fun places to go for walks to absorb all of the colours of Autumn.

I had fun making this page, although parts of it got away form me (or my original vision) and other parts were a bit of a struggle.  But that is all part of the journey, right?

After layering up the three patterns that make up my background, I applied Gesso to my page to fade out some of the pattern and make it easier for me to add some paint and mist.

I laid down a base of teal water-colour paints using both a brush and the packaging technique. Once that was looking how I had hoped, I went in with some green, teal, and brick coloured mists and added some splatters to pull the colours from my photo.

Then I used the mask from the kit and gold texture paste from my stash to add  leaves onto my background.  I was going for a "blowing leaves" sort of look, although I am not quite sure I got there.

After my background was complete, I layered my photo onto patterned papers and worked on a main embellishment cluster.  I used a combination of die cut leaves and elements from the kit to adorn the right side of my photo.

My title combines chipboard and alphas stickers, just the way I like it!

I create another smaller cluster on the top left side of my page, I love the way this pulls the colours from the other cluster over here.

I an sharing another process video today, you can watch the video for this layout below or here on my You-Tube channel!

Supply List for the kit:  Simple Stories  Warm & Cozy patterned paper; Pebbles Woodland patterned paper; Jen Hadfield Sprigs patterned paper; Carta Bella Family Gathering and Fall Forest patterned papers; American craft cardstock; Jen Hadfield rub-ons; Pretty Little Studio Oakley Avenue alphas stickers, vellum sticker tape and flair; Maya Road wood buttons; Prima Felt Leaves; Tim Holtz Distress marker; Echo Park brads; Carta Bella Crisp Autumn stencil;. (from my stash:  Sargent Gesso; green and teal Mr. Huey's; Brick Glimmermist; Leow's water colour paints; Heidi Swapp gold texture paste and Color Shine).

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thankful | Simple Stories

Hi there!  I am back today sharing my second monthly layout for Simple Stories, this time I am focusing a little more on the food elements of the Gather Together mini collection.  As I was trying to decide what photo to scrapbook, I realized that I take many photos of food and not very many of us enjoying the food or the company at dinner - I think I need to change that! Anyway as I mentioned yesterday, we opted for a smaller non-traditional Thanksgiving meal this year, and if our youngest is choosing the menu it is usually something to do with steak!

Once I decided on my background paper and the oh so pretty plaid as a secondary paper my layout, which features large and small focal areas, was also pretty much decided by the way I used these papers.

My first focal area includes my picture and title as well as a few embellishment clusters. Once again I pulled in a few flowery embellishments from the Hello Fall collection. I love the way these collections work so well together.

This smaller cluster at the bottom right of my page mimics my focal area, with the exception of the photo. I love the way this area turned out!  The pumpkin cluster was fussy cut from another sticker so it was missing some of the white border around it, I disguised this by doodling around the upper portion of it with a white pen. I love the way it turned out!

I added one more small area to the right of my photo so that I could have a spot for my journalling, not to mention an excuse to use a few more sweet stickers! I love the way this page turned out, although I do wish I had thought to add some machine stitching, but I think it is just fine without it.

I do have another process video today, you can watch the video for this layout below or here on my You-Tube channel!

Supply list: (from Simple Stories)
4662 Gather Together 6x12 Sticker sheet
4331 Say Cheese II Enamel Dots
(other supplies: misc. buttons, DMC floss, American Crafts brown Precision Pen, Versacolor Pinecone ink) 

Thanks so much for popping by!  

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Grateful for Us | Simple Stories

Hello friends!

I  have a two layouts up on the Simple Stories blog today,  which were created with the Gather Together Mini collection. Even though we Canadians have had our Thanksgiving under our belts (no pun intended) for some time now,  American Thanksgiving is just a few days away and so this is a perfect time for me to share pages that express Thankfulness and Gratitude.

Our family celebrated a very small and somewhat nontraditional Thanksgiving this year, as our older children could not make it home for the holiday.  We opted not to do a typical large meal, and spent the extra time doing fun activities and prepping more relaxed meals together.  We made the best of it and had fun, even though we missed our older boys, daughter in law and grandson terribly.

I am sharing my first page here today along with a process video, which documents how much we love to take fall nature walks and how my husband makes sure we all take this time to enjoy the fall colours, outdoors and time together each year.  I love that about him so much.

I was inspired to use a large, as in 12 inches tall, photo for my layout.  The only problem is I do not own a 12 x 12 printer, or 12 inch photo paper!  So I faked it, sort of.  Several years ago I shared a tutorial showing my readers the really cool effect of printing onto textured cardstock.  I thought I would revisit that technique so that I could create a photo that measures 4 x 12.  I printed it in both black & white and colour, and I love both, but for this page I opted for the black and white as you can see.  I did this because I wanted this story to be about gratitude and not the colours of Fall. The photo is not perfect, actually it is slightly grainy, but I really love that it has a sort of "aged" look.

I love this pretty heart paper and wanted it to feature heavily on my page, so I kept the other patterns to a minimum.  Then I created further impact with embellishments.

I used florals (mainly from the Hello Fall collection) and a few fussy cut feathers and other nature inspired stickers from the Gather Together Mini collection to create a beautiful cluster to the lower right side of my photo, it has such great impact!  My title is layered over the lower portion of my picture and I love the way it pops, and feeds into the embellishment cluster.

On the top right side of my page I added a spot to journal by cutting down a 3x4 cut apart card and adding embellishments around it.  It balances the first cluster really nicely.

For a last little bit of pop, I added a small cluster to the upper right of my photo, which completes my visual triangle.  I love that this page turned out pretty much exactly as I had imagined it!

As I mentioned, I have another process video today, you can watch the video for this layout below or here on my You-Tube channel!

Supply list: (from Simple Stories)
4662 Gather Together 6x12 Sticker sheet
4331 Say Cheese II Enamel Dots

(other supplies: white Mr. Huey's mist, American Crafts brown Precision Pen, American Crafts white textured cardstock)   

Thanks so much for visiting today! I will be back tomorrow with another layout and process video!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Words of Autumn | Free Digital Cut File

Hey friends!  ere is your November freebie!


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


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Family is Sometimes Furry | Noel Mignon

Hello there!

It is my turn today to share a layout over on the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog!  This week the DT members are creating projects with a "family" theme.  I usually scrap about a year behind, so that I can work with photos that suit the current products I am given, unless of course something really speaks to me and today is one of those days.

I snapped this photo the other night, while my son and I were snuggled in watching Netflix in our PJ's.  Of course, if Timmy is stretched out somewhere our pup Max is usually at his side.  Well our baby, Ruby, is now deciding she does not want to be left out.  The pair of them cannot get close enough as they vie for his attention, so you can imagine how cozy is it for this 90 pound kid when he has two 70+ pound bulldogges on his lap!

When I saw that we were scrapping families this week, I knew I had to document about furry family members!

I also knew I really wanted to work the the green glittery alphas in the kit as well as the colour orange (because we have one orange dogge), so I pulled as many orange and green elements together as I could and got busy.

I fussy cut some hexagons from the Simple Stories "warm and cozy" patterned paper, they are so pretty and offer just the right amount of pattern for this page.

I used these pretty alpha stickers from Pretty Little Studios to create the second part of my title, I love the golden green colour of them!  I kept my embellishing pretty simple but still managed to create a visual triangle.  The distress marker in the kit was perfect for journalling as well as scribbling onto my date stamp to stamp the date of the photo.

I have another process video today, you can watch the video for this layout below or here on my You-Tube channel!

Supply List: Simple Stories Hello Fall chipboard and "Warm and Cozy" and "Autumn Delight" patterned papers; Jen Hadfield "Daisy Margarita" patterned paper; American Crafts "cricket" cardstock and "Eclair" Thickers; Pretty Little Studios "Oakley Avenue" golden ABC's and vellum sticker tape; May Arts leaf ribbon; Echo Park "I love family" brads; Tim Holtz "gathered twig" distress marker.  (from my stash; DMC floss; Doodlebug twine; "harvest orange" Glimmermist; Dear Lizzy date stamp.)

Thanks for visiting! 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Love Happily Ever After | Wedding Card

Hey there!  My husband and I attended a beautiful wedding this past Saturday, it was a lovely event and it has been such a long time since we have attended one!

Of course, I had to create a card for the special couple!  At first I thought I should use their wedding colours, but I was inspired by wedding gowns to create someting white and clean.

I started by die cutting the front panel of my card with a scalloped edge and a heart shaped cut out.  Then I layered that over my card base sandwiching some foam in the middle to create a sort of shadow box frame.  I stuck with a white on white colour scheme for a classic look.

I shopped my stash for small white and silver (white metal) embellishments,.  This included buttons, enamel dots, gems, pearls and bubbles.

I filled in the heart outline with all of these goodies.   I just love the way it looks!  Since we hand delivered this card, I was not worried about it being bulky.

I did not have a great wedding stamp, so I combined two to create this sentiment.  Then I finished off my card with a pretty bow.

Supply List: Copic Express-it Blending paper; misc. ribbons, buttons and heart shaped gems; Michael's white enamel dots; Your Next Stamp glittery silver enamel dots; Queen & Co. clear bubbles; Zva creations pearls; Memento Tuxedo black ink; CTMH "classmate" alpha stamp and "card commentary" stamp.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Pretty and Posh | Stuck?! Sketches

Hello!  Can you believe it is mid November already?  This month is flying by and I do not even want to know how many more weekends until Christmas, I am just dabbling at the gift buying as of yet!  I may need to get my game face on in that department soon! Ha!

I have a new sketch and layout to share today for a brand new sketch challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches!

This is my take on it, I had fun using some of the Simple Stories Posh collection!

These photos are of my middle son (Jon) and his fiance (Christina) and little Dylan, taken this past Valentine's Day just prior to them going out for a lovely dinner together.  Since this photo was taken they have gotten engaged and have booked their wedding reception at this very same location!

A couple of the accents on this page were added because of what I know now about them, that they didn't know way back then!

I knew that this cut apart card would make a perfect title for this layout, and how lucky for me the work and the idea were already taken card of! I flanked it with several embellishments to help draw attention to it.  (As if it needed it! ha!) There is a very subtle clear sticker in the shape of a diamond that I placed onto the page because they have become engaged.

On the left side of the photos I added another small cluster, part of which is this pretty mason jar of flowers die cut.  Christina is thinking of having mason jars with flowers in them on the tables at the wedding reception. I am loving that idea and that this collection is allowing me to customize this page so effortlessly!

I kept things pretty simple at the top of the page.

After I added my journalling, I added a stamped date, some Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine and a bit of machine stitching.

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

I hope to see you play along at  Stuck?! Sketches,  we have two fabulous sponsors offering prizes to two lucky winners!

Supply List: Simple Stories Posh collection pattern papers (laugh lots, 4x6 horizontal cards, 3x4 journalling cards, follow your dreams, simply amazing, 2x12 4x12 6x12 remnants), washi, clear stickers, bits and pieces, epoxy metal clips, chipboard; Simple Stories Snap Basic patterned paper (hickory and cream grid) ; American Crafts bakers twine; Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine; Simple Stories "I Am" enamel dots; Simple Stories "life in color" bradz; Accent Scrapbooking flair.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Hope You're Feeling Better Card | Noel Mignon

Hey there!  I have another card to share today using some leftover goodies from my October Noel Mignon "Falloween" kit.  I had so much fun playing with this kit, and even though I had put it away to move on to the November kit, I just couldn't resist pulling it back out again and again!

Supply List: American Crafts cardstock and Remarks Halloween wood button; Pebbles Woodlands Forest "gnome home" patterned paper; Echo Park Fall is in the Air "Autumn Bunting" and "thankful owls" patterned paper, enamel dots and chipboard; Bella Blvd "Jackolantern" pattern paper; Your Next Stamp "Oh Deer" sentiment stamp; CTMH twine.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Fall Love | Noel Mignon

Hello friends!  I am sharing a new project over on the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog!  I had some fun with our weekly DT challenge, which was to feature stitching or a patchwork on our pages!  I am creating with the gorgeous November "All Fall" kit, here is a little peek at it for you.

You can read all about the contents of this kit and order it here.

I began my page by adding loads and loads of mist droplets to my background in a variety of colours to mimic the fallen leaves in my photo. Then I created some simple layers with "patches" of papers which I stitched around prior to adhering to my page, primarily because I was saving time and continuing on with my layout while waiting for the Gesso to dry on my cardstock.

I wanted to use this sweet acrylic piece as part of my title and love the way it looks adhered right to my photo.  When I cropped my photo I left space next to my son just for this reason.

I used a combination of chipboard, rub-ons and brads to create a small cluster to the left of my photo. I love the way that the floral chipboard pulls so many of the colours from my picture.

I basically repeated this embellishment recipe in two other areas of my layout...

...giving me my visual triangle around my focal area.

I finished up my page with gold color shine and my journalling.

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

Supply List: Carta Bella patterned paper "all forest" and "family gathering"; Pebbles patterned paper "autumn day" and "pumpkin patch"; Pretty Little Studios Oakley Avenue (by Ashley Horton) golden ABC alphas, Fall Leaves acrylic shapes, and vellum stickers; Jen Hadfield rub ons; Simple Stories Hello Fall chipboard pieces and die cuts; Echo Park "I love family" brads; May Arts ribbon. (from my stash: American Crafts white card stock; Sargent white Gesso; Heidi Swapp gold colour shine; Mr. Hue's mist in water cooler and evergreen; Glimmrmist in harvest orange, brick and pine cone;  Leows water colour paints.)

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Thinking of You card | Noel Mignon

Hi there,  I am sharing a card today, that I created with some of the leftover goodies from my October "Falloween" Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kit.  I needed a card to send to an online friend and instead of pulling one from my stash, I was inspired to make one - this kit just kept calling to me to play with it!

That floral paper from Pebbles is so so pretty!

Supply List:  American Crafts cardstock and Remarks Halloween wood buttons; Pebbles Woodland Forest wood accents and Fall Florals patterned paper; Echo Park Fall is in the Air enamel dots; Your Next Stamp "Plant some Kindness" sentiment stamp; May Arts ribbon. (from my stash: Hemptique twine; Versacolor brown pigment ink).

Thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Happy Fall | Noel Mignon

Hello there!  It is my turn today to share a layout over on the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog!  This week the DT members are challenged with a "3-1" theme. You know "31", as in the date of Halloween but we using the number as a jumping off point, to create with 3 of one type of item and 1 of another on our projects.

As you can see I am using 3 flowers and 1 photo on my layout. I started my page by die cutting pumpkins in a grid pattern from this fab wood-grained paper.  Then I layered strips cut in a variety of widths from patterned papers behind it.  Once that was done I added the stitching.

After layering my photo onto the page, it felt very busy and the patterns seemed to be competing with my picture, so I muted the colours of the patterns by rubbing a bit of white gesso over them.  The verdict is still out on whether I like it more now, but I don't dislike it so I am calling it a win!

I pulled in some fun Echo Park chipboard to create my title, I am so loving these warm colours!

I love these felt flowers from the kit, and created them so they would be slightly open so that I could nestle these wood buttons into them.  You could however roll them tightly as well.

As a final step I sprinkled on some brown Mr. Huey's mist from my stash.

I am trying to create a process video for each of my Noel Mignon DT assignments, you can watch the video for this layout below or here on my You-Tube channel!

Supply List:  Carta Bella patterned papers "haunted words" and "falling leaves"; Bella Blvd patterned paper " pumpkin day"; Pebbles patterned papers " fall flowers" and "apple cider"; Echo Park patterned papers "thankful owls";   Echo Park Fall is in the Air chipboard and washi; American Crafts cardstock, leaf doily, Halloween wood buttons and flair; May Arts ribbon; Pebbles wood accents; Queen & Co. felt flowers; Bella blvd clip. (from my stash: DMC floss, Sargent white gesso; misc buttons; Hemptique twine; brown Mr. Huey's).

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Road Trip | Evalicious

Hey there!

I had a bit of time to play the other day, and some goodies from Evalicious on my desk, coupled with a desire to play with my water colour paints, so you have to know a layout was born! Ha!

I snapped this photo of my husband and I with a really old cell phone, so the quality is not great - thus the black and white small print - but it still captures the memory so of course it will end up in the album!

In June of 2015, a few weeks before we were to close on our new (to us) home we had to drive the 3 hours north to attend the home inspection (it was to be a big move).  So we decided to make a weekend of it and stay at our trailer which was super close to the new house (and what inspired the move).  Of course, our youngest wanted to come with us, but we ditched him left in the very capable hands of his older brothers, and had a grown ups weekend!

I am playing with the "On our Way"  collection from Evalicious which is super fun and happy, I had loads of fun pulling the colours from the collection to make my page fun and happy, too!

I began by designing and cutting out this large title from white American Crafts cardstock, I also cut out the coordinating solid for the title, which I added water colour paints to.  I had fun mixing paints to get the "right" colours.  The title came together super quickly and I loved the process!  It is intentionally not perfect, instead I opted for different degrees of coverage, giving a bit of a mottled look to the finished piece. Before adhering anything to my background, I splattered on some of the same colours on to it.

After that I played with embellishments for a bit, pulling my layout together with a few small clusters.

To finish off my page, I added some random stitching and journaling.

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

Supply List: Evalicious "On Our Way" travel die cuts, planner washi stickersplanner label stickers; epoxy stickers, wood veneer V1, wood veneer V2, puffy stickers V2, planner page tab stickers; Evalicious flair; Simple Stories "Vintage Bliss" teal chevron paper; Simple Stories |Say Cheese II" enamel dots; Leow's water colour paints; Staedtler fine tip felt pen; American Crafts cardstock; Art Alternative clear gesso; Sargent white gesso.

Thanks for visiting today!