Thursday, April 30, 2015

We R Memory Keepers Cakes and Candles | ScrapMuch? DT Projects

Hi there!

Today I am sharing my monthly reveal for ScrapMuch? a day early so that their weekly sketch challenge doesn't get buried.

I was given some papers, wooden stickers and die cuts from the Cakes and Candles collection by We R Memory Keepers to play with. I love that while the colours are basically primary colours, they are more muted and not really so juvenile.  They are perfect to document birthdays for any age group!

I created a few birthday layouts and a card to share with you, though I am sure you will see more of this fun collection in future projects from me.

This first page celebrates my husband's 50th, which we did in Cuba, thus the Cuban band in the background.  They played several songs for him!

I couldn't resist sticking the party hat die cut to his head!

I added some twine from my stash to tie up these fun die cut balloons, as well as a few brads for a sprinkle of colour. The journal card was cut from one of the patterned papers.

I used the die cut numbers to create my simple title, and some floss from my stash to stitch a few circles - I love the texture they add.

More die cuts adorn the lower corner of my page, one is popped up for dimension.

This second page celebrates our puppy's second birthday (he will always be a puppy to me, I think). Timmy likes to buy the dogs special birthday treats and the boys had fun trying to get him to blow out the candle - Yes he totally did, in one big old Bulldogge snuff! Fun memory!

I used a mask to add distress ink and Gesso to the background, though I did this step almost last, just before adding the enamel dots. (Enamel dots were from my stash.)

I had fun adorning my opposing corners with die cuts and faux stitching !

Another trimmed journaling card and the number two to document Max's age.

The wooden stickers are so much fun, I jut love them!

My last page documents my middle son's 23rd birthday. I die cut a large open balloon shape with my silhouette in lieu of a circle, for some birthday fun!

The title was die cu, too and then grouped with die cuts from the collection and enamel dots to create a secondary focal area.

I flanked the photo with elements to draw the eye to my main focal area.

I used the centre of the die cut balloon from the layout above to create this LARGE card, adorning it with more die cuts and a large enamel piece from my stash.

You can see that I used small alpha stickers from my stash to change the phrase on the die cut so that I could use it for a birthday card.

Supply List: We R Memory Keepers: pattern paper, wood stickers, ephemera pack; American Crafts cardstock; misc. twine, floss and brads; My Mind's Eye enamel dots; Staedtler pen; Tim Holtz tiny attacher and distress inks; Smooch Spritz; Gesso; Crafter's Workshop stencil.

Thank you for visiting today!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Modifying Album Inserts for a Different Album - Tutorial

Hi there!

I have a tutorial to share today, another one from my recent Simple Stories mini album.

When I created this mini album, the only one I had in my stash that was not slated for another project was this one.  It was plain white chipboard, I think it is from an older Teresa Collins line and measures 8.25 x 9.5 x 1.5", and came without inserts.

I did have some extra Simple Stories inserts in my stash, but as you can see the holes do not line up with the binder rings inside the album.

I figured I could fix that, and thought that I would share the process in case you are ever in the same position.  Note, this tip is not just for mini albums.

First, I measured the width of the hole punched edge of the inserts.

And then trimmed two pieces of paper at this measurement, in my case .5" wide, one for the front and one for the back of each page

I used my regular adhesive to adhere these paper strips to the edge of the inserts, effectively covering up the old holes, so that they would not be visible and ugly.

And trimmed them to length with scissors.

Next I created a template to punch new holes.

I used my big bite to add the holes to all of my album pages.

And now they fit this album just perfectly!

Thanks for joining me today!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Washi Flag Tutorial - Boys Rule Scrapbook Kit Club

Hi there!

I am sharing a super quick and easy tutorial over at Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits today,  so grab some toothpicks and the fun Washi tape from your kit and let's play!

Tear off a piece of tape and lay it over the tooth pick as shown below.

Then wrap the tape around and adhere the two side together.

Now trim a little banner shape from the end, by snipping off a triangle shape.

Make lots!

And add them to your next layout!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hap-bee birthday!

Hi there!

Just sharing a card made for fun today.

Supply List: Patterned paper: Lawn Fawn; Staples cardstock; Hemptique button twine; CTMH ribbon; Recollection resin flower; misc. button; Express-it cardstock for image: Doodle Garden digi stamp; Copic colours: E11, E00, E00, R20, B0000, B02, Y32,35,38, C7,C5,C3, R11, R21, E37, E29,E33, YR15,Y23, Spica (twinkling like stars).

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Crocheted EOS balm pouches

Hi there!

I thought I would pop in quick and share these little EOS balm pouches that I crocheted for some friends.

 This one has a sweet little flower on it that I also crocheted.

 This is supposed to look like an owl for my owl loving friend.

 A little felt butterfly, love the pop of aqua and on the black pouch.

Then I decided that I needed little gift boxes for them, so I created a cut file for a butterfly topped box.

Here is a little close up.

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Sketching for ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

Today I am sharing a page with my friends at ScrapMuch?.

I would love for you to pop on over and check out the DT reveal, and stick around to play along!

Thank you for visiting!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tickle My Fancy | Evalicious

HI there

I am sharing a new DT project for Evalicious, I have been having so much fun with the Field Notes collections it has been just perfect for documenting all our little adventures!

This layout features photos taken at a zoo near our trailer, this funny camel loved to be tickled and then tossed his head back and laughed every time, it was the cutest thing!

I really wanted all the colours in the embellishments to pop, so I started with a white background, adding some Distress Ink and then mounting it onto this fun MME polka dot paper.

You can see my trademark of lovely little clusters of embellishments around the page. These wood veneers are just amazing!

Clips, puffy stickers and page tabs adorn both sides of my central focal point.

A bit of stitching and doodling, round things off.

I love how the colours in this collection, play off my photo.

Evalicious Product list: (click on the images to be taken to the shop location for these items)

Other products: Patterned paper - My Mind's Eye; Cardstock: American Crafts; Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Amy Tangerine floss; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Smooch Sprtiz; Staedtler pen.

Also, I wanted to let you now that whenever you place an order with Evalicious, you can type in the code LAURAWHITAKER15 to obtain 15% off your order.  Just a little perk for following along with my crafty adventures and sharing my love of Evalicious goodies!

Thanks so much for joining me today!