Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sharing my Scrap Space

Hey there!  I am sharing my scrap space today!  I don't know about you, but I love looking at the spaces of other crafters.  I love getting storage ideas, furniture layout ideas - even ideas on the types of furniture other crafters use.  I just love scrappy spaces in general!  I used to have my own scrap room, but I gave it up about a year or so ago, and now create in our family room.  There are pros and cons to this, the pros definitely out weigh the cons though. The biggest pro is that I am closer to the family so we can all hang out together even if we are doing different things, which means guilt free crafting!  The only real con, is feeling like I need to keep my space fairly tidy most of the time. Although, if truth be told, I am the only one that cares!


Here is a view of my work space, it sits along the left wall of our family room (left of the tv viewing area).  The desk areas measure about 10 feet long, which should be plenty of space - but you know us crafters usually never have enough!  I have a thing about cords hanging everywhere, so I made little skirts to hang under my desk to help hide them.

These drawers aren't quite 12 inches wide, which is a bit of a bummer, but they are really long and hold a ton.  I was able to make them work for me and I am really happy with them.

I would really like to create a slipcover for my chair one day, but it never seems to happen.

I usually craft where my computer is sitting.


This is a view from the other side of the space, I have two Kallax units and a large IKEA Pax armoire to store larger items.


I have really great under cabinet lighting, which makes my space nice and bright even when all of the lights are turned of in the rest of the room.  They are one of my favourite features.

You can see my hanging "tripod" above my computer, which I use for making process videos.


This pull out shelf in the armoire is my most favourite feature, it houses my Silhouette and photo printer.  The ability to pull it out means the paper being cut in the Silhouette has plenty of space to move forward and backward.  I picked up extra long usb cables from Amazon, which will reach all the way over to my computer.

You can watch my full scrap space video, that includes information on how I store my various scrap stuff, below or on my You-Tube channel here.


Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Simply Wonderful Birthday | Birthday Card

Hey there!  Yesterday was a very sweet friend's birthday, so I made her a little card!


I had an idea to create sequin shaker balloons as the focal area for the card, onto which I thought I may layer some stamped balloons.  I have been all about the sequin shakers lately! I designed my card in my Silhouette software and used foam tape and acetate to hold the sequins in place.


The stamped balloons didn't really add much to the design, so I nixed them and added a Simple Stories brad and some chipboard.  I like this look much better. It has more fun factor, the doodling adds to the whimsical look, to!



I also thought I got lucky discovering a balloon string stamp in my collection, and thanks to my Mini Misti, I was able to line it up perfectly on my card.  Something I never would have attempted before getting a Misti, mainly because I find most stamps need to be stamped two or three times to get a good solid and crisp image on textured cardstock.


I also pulled out an old MFT stamp set that has the sweetest sentiments, and is still one of my favs!

Supply List: American Crafts cardstock; Crate Paper Pretty Paper" patterned paper: Simple Stories "Carpe Diem" chipboard; Simple Stories "Let's Party" bradz; SpiegelMom Scraps sequins (Rockin' Pink Ombre, Believe in You); CTMH Pink Carnation ink; Memento Tuxedo black ink; Lawn Fawn "Hello Sunshine" stamp; My Favorite Things "Polka Dot Greetings" stamp set.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Monday, August 28, 2017

Road Trip | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there!

I am sharing a new layout and process video today, which I created with the August main kit from My Creative Scrapbook!

I had so much fun with this page, trying to bring a design idea to life!


The "road trip" sticker from Photoplay Paper inspired me to scrapbook this funny photo of our pup.  (Please note, as soon as I snapped this photo, she was put back into the backseat and settled into a safer position.)


The background idea was born from the Heidi Swapp diagonal stripe stencil that was included in this month's kit, I had the idea to try to create a  large chevron pattern with it, pointing from top and bottom toward my photo.

I love the final result, although it was a bit of a learning process so I probably should have experimented first.  The biggest tip I have is to clean your stencil well between steps!

You can watch my process video to see how I achieved this look.


I had a lot of fun with this kit, especially the sticker sheets.  It is amazing the look you can  achieve by layering a few stickers!


I tried to keep most of my design central to my page so that the stenciling "pointed" to it, including my journalling.


But of course a bonus cluster was "necessary", ha! It does sort of serve a purpose though, as this patterned paper from Photoplay helps to tie in all of the colours used around the layout.

Final steps included adding a bit of navy mist sprinkles around my page.

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


Supply List: (From the Kit) Photoplay Paper "Boarding Pass" patterned paper (jet set) and element stickers; Echo Park "Go See Explore" cardstock stickers; Heidi Swapp stencil; Becky Higgins frame and flair. (Other Supplies) Sharpie pen; Tim Holtz pealed paint Distress Ink; Heidi Swapp navy Color Shine; white craft paint; American Crafts cardstock.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Shine Graduate | Back to School You-Tube Hop

Hey there! My scrappy friend Christine Meyer invited me to be a guest on her "Back to School Crafty You-Tube Series", today is day 7 so if you haven't been following along on her channel you should go check it out, Rebecca Keppel is another guest today so visit her, as well!  You can find links to both ladies in my video and in my comment section, too. Christine is offering a big Back to School themed prize, so be sure to watch her video to find out how to win!


I decided to scrapbook my youngest son's Grade 8 grad photo, mainly because I already made a few school themed layouts this summer and wanted to do something a little different.  With this photo I could easily avoid the typical red and yellow, backpack and school bus themes, opting for stars instead.

I decided to go black and white with a pop of colour, after finding this old collection from Fancy Pants in my stash. I have been super mindful of trying use up old goodies lately.


After deciding on a vertical focal area on my layout, I pretreated some American Crafts white cardstock with clear Gesso. The next morning, I played with some teal mist trying to create a watery looking column of colour with the packaging technique and a paint brush.  I also added in some misting and splatters, too.

I love the way it created a backdrop for the sprinkling of die cut paper, wooden, epoxy and enamel stars (and dots)!

I decided some stitched lines would further enhance the look.


I created a sequin shaker using some SpiegelMom Scraps sequins and more wood veneer stars. This chipboard camera was the wrong colour for my page, until I coloured it with a Copic marker.


I kept my title simple using an acetate work and tiny Echo Park tile alphas.


I also added in a hint of doodling for another fun nod to school.  Were you a doodler?  I sure was!

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 "Etcetera" patterned papers, flair, tag, decorative clips, and die cuts; Simple Stories patterned paper; Echo Park stickers and alpha stickers; Fancy pants glassine bag; Heidi Swapp acetate word; Studio Calico wood veneer stars and chipboard camera; Copic (Y35); Shimelle enamel stars, misc. SpiegelMom Scraps sequins (gold stardust and Believe in You)chunky grey epoxy stars; Your Next Stamp enamel dots; Shimmerz "Oh Say Can You Sea: Coloringz; misc. thread; American Crafts and Coredinations cardstock; Authentique die cuts.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Friday, August 25, 2017

Simply Amazing Adventure | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there! I am sharing a new layout and video, created with the August main kit from My Creative Scrapbook, I have already created two layouts with older photos and one with newer photos, and today's layout features newer photos, as well.


I had a vision for this layout and loved that it turned out pretty much as I had hoped. We snapped these quick pics during our recent trip to Disney.  This first day was a busy day of travel for us and I wanted to document it but as you can probably tell, not all of our photos turned out great.  I solved this, somewhat, by printing my photos in a smaller size.


My process video (below) shares how I printed and cut my photos in the shape of cameras using this month's free cut file from My Creative Scrapbook.


I love this large chipboard word from Creative Embellishments, which I embossed with red embossing powder.  Or tried to anyway, I think my powder expired because it turned out more of a salmon colour than red.  I coloured over the top of the heat set powder with a red Copic marker to achieve the look I was going for,

I also tucked a Becky Higgins frame, which I cut in half, in behind my lower row of photos and this chipboard word to create my title.


I layered in just a few embellishments, keeping my layout quite simple.
 

I couldn't resist adding this roadway border sticker and the fun chipboard car!

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


Supply List: (From the Kit) Echo Park "Go See Explore" patterned papers {World Traveler, Tickets, You are my World, Let's Pack and Go}, element stickers and chipboard elements; Creative Embellishments chipboard word; Becky Higgins "Explore" chipboard frames.  (From my stash) Crochet Thread; Versamark Ink; Stampin' Up embossing powder; R27 Copic marker; CTMH black ink; One Canoe Two date stamp; Sharpie pen.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sharing Your Joy | Wedding Shower Card

Hey there!

I have a wedding shower card to share today, this one for my daughter in law (to be), created for the shower this past weekend.


I lifted the idea to make a tulle shaker card from Jennifer Maguire, I loved her idea as soon as I saw it on her You-Tube channel.


After die cutting my card base and the top piece of paper using my Silhouette. I sandwiched two layers of tulle between these two pieces of paper and added some SpiegelMom Scraps sequins to the centre.


A simple stamped sentiment and some pretty embossed vellum flowers with button centres and plain patterned paper leaves finish off the card perfectly. I must say this card makes me super happy, the photos really do not do it justice.

Supply List:American Crafts cardstock and vellum; Fancy Pants green patterned paper; Your Next Stamp sentiment; Colorbox silver ink; Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder; SpiegelMom Scraps sequins {wedding bells, green acres}; misc. buttons and tulle.

Thanks so much for visiting today! 
Laura
xo 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Diagonal Flowers | Free Cut File

Hey there!  I created a fun cut file to coordinate with my August 15th sketch for Stuck?! Sketches, to share with you this month.

Hope you enjoy the file!

https://app.box.com/s/zoi7szsciiqpnxjmd06n55wzgvg9yq1b


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

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xo 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Smile Sweet Friend | Stash Bash

Hey there!

It's time for a new Stash Bash You-Tube hop, and for the month of August we are focusing on stamps! Of course you can't really de-stash stamps (unless you sell or give them away) but some of us, like me, need the reminder to use them once in a while - especially on layouts!

 Keep reading to the end for a list of the talented ladies hopping this month.


I love the way my page turned out, even though I had fun with inks and mists and got a little messy, this is still a bright and fresh page.  I am so glad that I took the challenge and "de-stashed" some stamps!


To begin my layout, I stuck a round journal stamp upside down on my stamping block, so that I could stamp a solid circular shape using distress ink.  I did this with both a 2 inch and a 1 inch stamp.  I love that the stamping came out mottled and inconsistent looking, it offers great texture to my page!

Then I went back with similar sized round stamps from Bo Bunny and some black Stazon ink and stamped "frames" around my first set of stamped shapes. I didn't worry about lining up the stamps perfectly, in fact I like them better misaligned.

Later I stamped tiny little black circles, that look more like splatters of black mist.


Once my background stamping was finished, I sprinkled on blue mist in two colours.  When I am almost finished my page I will add some grey mist.


I also used a few Evalicious phrase and word stamps, to create a triangle around my photo.



After adding layers of patterned paper behind my photo, I added a few fun embellishments, a title, and some journalling to my layout.

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


Here is a list with links to all of the You-Tube channels, of those of us participating this month, for your hopping pleasure!


Supply list: American Crafts cardstock; Lawn Fawn patterned paper and flair; Bo Bunny, Evalicious, One Canoe Two and misc. stamps; Tim Holtz tumbled glass distress ink; Stazon black ink; Sharpie pen; Adornit, Jillibean Soup, Fancy Pants stickers; Fancy Pants puffy word; Studio Calico wood hearts; Mr. Huey's, Smooch and Tattered Angels mist; My Mind's Eye brads; The Resin Rainbow resin; Pretty Little Studios flags; Evalicious clip; misc. button and twine.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Great Adventures | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there! I'm sharing a new layout and process video for My Creative Scrapbook today, using another one of my Cruise photos from ages ago that I never quite managed to get through! (In case you missed it, the reveal can be found here.)


This polka dot paper is pretty bold because it is so colourful, but I really wanted it to be a background.  Since my photo has mostly neutrals in it, it really helps keep things from being overwhelming

I tried  a few colours of matts for my page, but the green really made my photo pop!


I love this frame from Becky Higgins and knew that it would help bring interest to my photo and create a perfect title.


Layering cut apart cards, with stickers, chipboard and flair give my page great dimension!


Do you layer stickers?  I love this trick and often add in dimensional adhesive for extra pop!


I trimmed this arrow from a larger sticker, that felt awkward to me and used it to document the date of this photo, with my One Canoe Two date stamp.


This little post card was cut from a patterned paper to become a perfect spot to add my journalling.

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


Supply List: (From the Kit) Echo Park "Go See Explore" patterned papers {You got a Postcard, You are my world} and chipboard elements; PhotoPlay "Boarding Pass" patterned papers {Ticket to Fly and Jet Set} and element stickers; Becky Higgins "Explore" chipboard frames and flair.  (From my stash) One Canoe Two date stamp; Stazon black ink;crochet thread.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Adorbs | Stuck?! Sketches

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

Here is a look at my sketch:


 And this is my take on it, I had a lot of fun with  the diagonal design!
  

I love this photo of my son and his fiance, they are all glammed up for a friends wedding!  I thought the Posh collection from Simple Stories would suit the photo nicely, even those the blues didn't quite match.

I opted to use two patterned papers of the same colours for my background, I love the tone on tone look!


I created this cut file for this layout (spoiler alert - I will be sharing it here on my blog on the 21st of this month) I love the way it reinforces my design! I used mainly small pieces of patterned papers from cut apart cards and a bit of vellum to back the cut file with.


I struggled a little bit with embellishing this page, mainly because I wanted to use up as many goodies from this collection as I could.


But I do like the way it all came together in the end!

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



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


Supply List: Simple Stories Posh patterned paper, chipboard, clear stickers, cardstock stickers, bits and pieces, bradz and epoxy clips; misc. doily; American Crafts cardstock; die cut by me.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sharing a Sketch | Heather's CraftyLife

Hey there!  One of the best things about scrapbooking for me has been the vast number of friends that I have made, whom I would never have met otherwise.  Lot's of these crafty friends I have met in person and some I have only "met" online. A fairly recent friend is Heather of Heather's CraftyLife, she is a super fun You-Tuber and posts loads of inspiring videos. Today she is live streaming (which sounds super intimidated to me BTW) and has asked me to share a sketch with her so she could run a challenge on her channel.

Here is the sketch...


Pop on over to Heather's You-tube channel and watch her live stream to find out how you can play along!


Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xo

Friday, August 11, 2017

Adventure Apprehension | My Creative Scrapbook

Hi there!

I am sharing another layout and process video, created using the August main kit fromMy Creative Scrapbook.  I gave myself many challenges for this kit, in my last layout I challenged myself to use a large photo, for today's page I am using some older photos from a cruise we took.  I ran out of steam for the album, I think in part because I used the same collection for what I had competed thus far in the album.  Using new goodies made it exciting again!  The second challenge to myself was to use the large cut apart sheet, as I often opt for the "B" side of these types of papers.


Even though, these aren't your typical cute cruise pics, I really wanted to document this story.  Our youngest was decidedly nervous when it came time to board the ship!  I managed to capture his emotions fairly well in these photos.


As you can see I used one of the 2x12 cut apart pieces on my page, including it as part of my title.  I used my Silhouette to cut out the second half of my title.


Because this design is a little out of my norm, it felt a little awkward and the title seemed overwhelming.  So I wrapped embellishments all around my photos to ensure that is where the focus went.


I used lots of the Echo Park "Boarding Pass" goodies to create some clusters and layers.


My journalling could have been a little tidier but I am glad that I captured the story.

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


Supply List: (From the Kit) Echo Park "Go See Explore" patterned papers {Let's Fly Away, Border Strips, You Got a Postcard, Let's Pack and Go}, sticker elements and chipboard elements;.  (From my stash) crochet thread, Sharpie pen.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo