Sunday, June 28, 2015

Chipboard Alpha Packaging Stencil | Tutorial

Hi there!

If you are reading this as soon as it goes live I gotta say I hope I am sleeping in ;) - catching up from a sleep deprived week.

Today I am sharing a quick and simple tutorial over at the Boys Rule Kit Club blog, one that I sort of hinted at in my post for my "have CHIPS will travel" layout.

Other than the project that you want to add this technique to, you will need a leftover partially used, or completely used chipboard alpha sheet (never throw anything out, lol), a pencil, a ruler and a marker.

This is a super easy technique, just trace out the letters you would like to use in your title.  If you need a letter that you still have the actual sticker for, just pop it on out, backing sheet and all and then you will be able to use it down the road.  I just store them in the original packaging with the main sheet.

I do have a few more tips though, to help you get the look that you want.  I like to start at the last letter, so I can have my title end in the exact location I want it to be positioned - this takes out some of the spacing guess work and /or math! Tracing first in pencil allows you to make changes as needed.  After I get the first (which is really the last) letter where I want it, I use a ruler to draw in a light line to help make sure all my letters line up.

Then I finish tracing my letters in pencil, making any changes or corrections as needed. 

Next I retrace in marker.  I like Sharpies, they come in lots of colours, can be applied on multiple surfaces and don't mar when I erase around them.

The last step is to erase all my pencil lines. A white eraser works best.

Oh, and of course, you may want to add mini alphas to it, because we love multi font titles!  These minis are from the May / June kit.

Here is a reminder of what my completed layout looks like.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sketching for ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I have created a new sketch for the weekly sketch challenge over at ScrapMuch?, I would love for you to pop on over and check out the DT creations and join in on the fun!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Baby Card | Simple Stories

Hi there! 

Last night my husband, Timmy and I had dinner with our niece who is expecting a baby boy in 9 weeks.  Since I am unable to make it to her upcoming baby shower we took her out for dinner and brought her a gift.  It was such a nice evening and so good to catch up with her.

Today I thought I would share the card.

I played with some of my leftover goodies that I had from the Simple Stories "hello Baby" collection.  The elements make it super easy to create a quick and cue card!

Here is a little peek at the gift, Ian and I had so much fun in the baby boy department (boy has it been a long time since we have shopped there) -  tiny little onesies, sleepers, socks, hats outfits - oh my.  A few sheets, receiving blankets, towels, snuggley blankets, body wash, wipes, soothers, and toys to round things out.  We tried really hard to pick useful things even though there is so much cuteness available out there.

Thank you for visiting me today!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

File Folder Mini Album | Tutorial

Hi there!

Today I am sharing a fun and easy mini album using a plain office supply file folder. Then of course, we will make it pretty!

Start by laying your file folder wide open onto your table. 

Then fold the bottom up at the 4 inch mark. You will want to score your folds for a nice clean look.

Now fold from the left hand side toward the centre, the goal is to have the outer edge of the file folder  aligned with the centre fold. Note - your tabs will go over the centre seam if you are doing htis correctly.

This is a side view for reference.  { Yes it is upside down ;) }

The right side of your file folder will look and fold slightly differently, as this is where the tab is.  Basically you want to fold it over so the section that you have already folded sits nicely over the right side of the folder.

The edges on the left side should all be evenly lined up to one another.

  The right side of the fold / last page will  be wider than the others.

Now for the fun part!  I used some My Mind's Eye "Nostalgia" collection that I had just a few scraps of, as well as some brads, stickers and die cut shapes.  Using one of the larger scraps. I added a panel of patterned paper to the front of my mini album, and layered up some embellishments on it, as well as a scrap of Dear Lizzy ribbon.

I used my largest scrap to cover the back of my album, cutting it an inch wider than I needed it so that I could wrap it around and over the edge of the front of my album.  This turns it into more of a book style album.

Here is the inside view now.

And this is the first two pages, after I decorated them. I added a brown patterned paper matt to  each page.

And the third and fourth pages. The pockets are a super fun way to tuck in mementos from an event or trip.  I did add a bit of adhesive to the right side of the pocket on the fourth page so that anything I decided to tuck in will not fall out the side.

Another look at the front.

The side view, I love a chunky mini album!

This whole project came together really quickly.

I love that I was able to use up some scraps to create this cute project!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Happy Memories | Evalicious

HI there!

I am sharing a new layout created for an Evalicious DT assignment today.  I am really enjoying using a minimal of patterned papers and just letting these gorgeous Evalicious stamps, tags and embellishments shine!

Back in 2011 my husband, little guy and I were fortunate enough to spend Halloween at Disney World with our friends.  It was an incredible experience.  My husband dressed up as Indiana Jones and our son was his son "Mutt" Jones.  I, of course, did my own thing and dressed as one of the Disney princesses.

I added colour to these great wood veneer using water colour paints, I love how easy it is - the paint takes really well and dries super quick.

I also added some paint to this page tab to help it pop of my white background.  Aren't the badge buttons (flair) and wood veneer so cute!

Another veneer with a different colour of paint.

I love using these large tags on my layouts, they are really pretty and graphic - plus they remind me to journal the story behind the photo!  I used one of the stamps from the "this way"  collection to document the day of the week the photo was taken, super fun!

Evalicious Products:

Other Supplies: American Crafts patterned papers; American Crafts cardstock; Staedtler pen; Leows water colour paints; and CTMH Ink.

Thanks for visiting be sure to check out the Evalicious blog often to see what the rest of the team is up to!!

Loopy Borders | Freebie Cut File

Hi there!

I am sharing a new Silhouette and SVG freebie cut file today!  Click on the image to be taken to my download page!


Saturday, June 20, 2015

have CHIPS will travel | Boys Rule Scrapbook Kis

Hi there!

I am sharing a layout over at Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits today, using the May / June 2015 kit.  This kit has so many great elements and is just perfect for scrapping your everyday photos.

 Like this one of my youngest, he used to think that boating time was a perfect time for snacks and that was most often chips!

The kit includes great stickers and ephemera from both Jillibean Soup and Echo Park.

Add pop dots ad some button twine for texture and dimension is a favourite trick of mine.

Adding in some doodling and layers is my signature touch.

And a fun title, stay tuned for a tutorial about this title.

Supply List:
Kit Contents - Echo Park patterned paper, ephemera, and stickers; Jillibean Soup stickers; Simple Stories alpha stickers and Smooch Spritz.

Other Supplies - Sticko dots (from a previous kit); Doodlebug alpha sheet (from a previous kit); Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher;  Hemptique twine; Sharpie; Staedtler pen.

Thank you for visiting!