Saturday, August 29, 2015

Hello Autumn | Canadian Scrapbooker

Hi there!

A couple of months back, I was invited by Jackie Ludlage of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine to try out for the Fall 2015 Cover Challenge.  I must admit I didn't even know this was a thing, I guess I just assumed that they chose from the regular entries.  Silly me. Now, you can imagine how honoured and excited I was to read the invitation!  I don't know if I am allowed to share specifics, but several scrapbookers were invited and as you know, there is only one cover, so just getting the invite was more than enough for me.  Jackie mentioned that a few other takes on the cover challenge would be published inside and that we would be asked to send in our layouts if we were chosen to be published at all.  So when my layout was asked to be mailed in I was kind of excited! Still not really believing or knowing if it was going to be published................

As you can see, I didn't make the cover - no surprise really, this page is stunning, love the flowers and stamping! Jackie made the right choice for sure.

But I did make the inside!  Along with Kristine Davidson, a scrapper I admire!

For the challenge, the magazine provides the photo (cute girls, eh?) and journalling; as well as layout and photo size specifications.  Being new to creating 8.5 x 11 layouts  (new as in I created my first and only about a week before the invite) I was a little intimidated, but totally up for the challenge.  After all, what did I have to lose!

I chose my colour palette from the tones in the photo,  wanting my layout to reflect the soft colours of Autumn.  Just before we get the full blown golds and russets, as the leaves change. These papers from My Mind's Eye were just perfect.

I pulled some embellishments from several manufacturers, I just love doing that.

I love layering embellishments, as well as adding several clusters.  Because of the size of the layout I struggled with this a bit - and then it came to me and I had fun with it and really liked the way it turned out.

Simple journalling per the challenge.

Supply List:  Bo Bunny cardstock; American Crafts cardstock, vellum and alpha stickers; My Mind's Eye patterned paper, brads and die cuts;  Fancy Pants "3" die cut, decorative bag; Evalicious flair; misc. wood tag, flower and washi.

So glad you stopped by!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Tidy Twine | Tutorial

Hi there!

I am sharing a little tip for card makers today, but in all honesty scrapbookers can utilize this tip as well.

Have you ever had trouble getting your twine to stay in place on your project?  Wll grab a small hole punch and follow along.

Mark off either side of your project, where you would like your twine to sit.

Punch a half circle, or notch,  on one side of your project and repeat on the other side.

Now when you wrap your twine, it will sit exactly where you want i!

Thanks for joining me today!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Paper Clip Embellishments | Tutorial

Hi there!

I have a fun little tutorial for you today, to create some DIY embellishments for your projects, and to use up some of your scraps and stash!

I gathered up some supplies; a few packages of leftover ephemera from various companies, my bin of spare parts (ie. left over die cuts), a couple of small punches, a variety of paper clips, my tiny attacher stapler and some pop dots.

Then I began assembling, first adding a tag or banner to the paper clip with a staple, and then embellishing in a variety of ways, keeping things really simple.

Next I played with one of the clips and a few other elements, creating the basis for a focal area on a future layout.

These clips are super fun to create and oh so easy!  Go ahead and give it a try!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, August 24, 2015

You & Me Circled Heart | Freebie Cut File

Hi there!

I am sharing a new freebie cut file today, in both Silhouette and SVG formats.
click on the image to be taken to my download page

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | August 21 2015

Hi there!

Today I am sharing the final August sketch for the challenges over at ScrapMuch? I hope you decide to play along - you can jump in at any point during the month!

There is a largish area dedicated to journalling, I hope this reminds you to tell your story.  Remember it is yours to tell!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

You Float my Boat | Boys Rule Scrapbook KIts

Hi there!

Today I am sharing a couple of cards, created with the July / August Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits goodies!

They came together pretty quickly and I love the way that they turned out!

Supply List:  Kit contents - Simple Stories and Bo Bunny patterned papers;  Fancy Pants ephemera;  Simple Stories, Echo Park stickers and alphas. Other supplies  misc. twine and enamel dots.

Thank you for visiting today!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Altered Magazine Files Tutorial | ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I have been slowly, really slowly - like to the tune of 10-20 minutes a day, working on putting my new scrapbook room together.  So today's tutorial is a nod to my scrap room.

I decided on a colour scheme for my room shortly before my move, mint and gold!

A little odd for me because I am not a flashy person and I have almost nothing in a gold colour in my home.  However, I was so inspired when I saw this  WRMK album in the store at ScrapMuch?, it made my heart happy and I thought about it long after I left the store, so I decided to run with it! 

But, I really wanted to use things I already owned.  Like these wood magazine files from Ikea.

They are really great for stashing away my lists, notebooks and other day to day papers.  They would also be great for scraps of patterned paper or cardstock. Of course they work for scrappy magazines too ;)  but I like that they hide my clutter.

I pulled out my Americana Chalk Paint in a pretty mint colour (available through ScrapMuch?) and painted three sides of the files.

I left the leading edge unpainted as this is where I wanted to add my pop of gold! (I also left the bottom unpainted because why waste pretty things.)

I used some scraps of papers from My Mind's Eye and Teresa Collins with gold foil on them to adorn the leading edge.  As luck would have it these wooden files are just about 12 inches high.  I cut the papers to slightly wider than the files, just in case they were not actually square from top to bottom.  Then I adhered them using Modge Podge because I have that in my stash, but likely any liquid glue would work.

I used a mini spatula to make sure I got any bubbles out from behind the papers.

I also added some clips to the top edge while they dried to make sure the papers were stuck tight.

Once the Modge Podge was dry I trimmed off the excess width of the paper. Then I repeated the process for two more files.

And popped them onto my shelf! This project was very quick, chalk paint dries super fast especially on these untreated wooden magazine files, as does the Modge Podge.  I worked for ten minutes twice to complete these three file boxes.

I love the way they look! I will likely be sharing more of my room as I go along, I have a goal in mind to get my room ready to use by the time m husband goes back to work towards the end of the month - cross your fingers!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Sailboat Rings Background | Freebie Silhouette and SVG Cut File

Hi there!

I am sharing a new free Silhouette and SVG cut file today with my friends at Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits and of course here with you too, I hope you like this summery file!

click on the image to be taken to my download page

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

For the Love of Chess| Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits | Stuck?! Sketches

Hi there!

I am sharing a layout created to combine two DT assignments today, back in late July just before I packed up the last of my scrapbook room before my move I was doing a bit of double duty trying to get a head start on a few August projects.  I just knew that my scrap room would not be set up yet!

Anyway today's page is a layout created with the July/August kit contents from Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits and the August 15th sketch for Stuck?! Sketches.

The summer  Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits contents were just so perfect for creating this page for my Cuba trip album - even though it was technically winter time! The papers are so vibrant and work for this tropical setting and I had fun with many of the alphas in the kit creating a multi font title!

This is the sketch for the August 15th challenge at Stuck?! Sketches.

There are two great sponsors giving away 3 prizes this month at Stuck?! Sketches, please pop by the blog to check out all of the details and stick around to play along!

Supply List:  Kit contents - Simple Stories and Bo Bunny patterned papers; Crate Paper cork elements; Simple Stories, Echo Park and Kaisercraft stickers; Studio Calico Washi stickers;  misc. star clip. Other supplies  Mr. Huey's mist; Staedtler pen; Tim Holtz Distress Ink; We R Memory Keepers floss; Doodlebug enamel dots.

Thank you for visiting today!

Friday, August 14, 2015

DT Call | Stuck?! Sketches

Hi there!

I just wanted to fill you in on some exciting news!

Stuck?! Sketches is having a DT Call!!!  Check out all of the info on the blog!

Have a great day!

Sketching for ScrapMuch? August 14, 2015

Hi there!

I am sharing a new sketch with my friends at ScrapMuch? today!

I hope you pop on over and check out the DT reveal and play along!

Thanks for visiitng!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Punched Washi Shapes Tutorial | ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

For this weeks technique I will be showing you how to create punched Washi tape shapes!  Did you know that you can use Washi tape with your favourite punches? You sure can!

Grab some of your favourite shapes punches and Washi in your favourite patterns (wider tapes work best for this tip) and some waxed paper.

Lay down a couple of strips of tape onto the waxed paper.

And punch through both layers with your punches.

You can easily peel the punched shapes off of the waxed paper and use them on your projects.  I am sharing a photo of how I used my shapes on my day planner, but of course you can use this technique on layouts ad cards as well.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 07, 2015

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | August 7, 2015

Hi there!

I am sketching for my friends at ScrapMuch? today...

In case you missed my monthly double page sketch, you can find it here.  I hope you decide to play along and link up you creation at ScrapMuch?.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Good Tmes | Boys Rule


This page was created for Boys Rule, using the July /  August kit contents, I am loving all of the summery goodies.  I decided to scrap a couple of more photos from the big Sandcastle building competition that is hosted annually and our trailer park.  Timmy teamed up with his friends Rachel and Aaron for this event and they created a masterpiece!


I began this page by adding distress ink through a mask with a variety of sized circles on it. To that I added in some sprinkled mist, and then began layering up my papers.  Once I decided where to place my photos, I stopped ad hand stitched a large circle.

Of course, after that it is all fun and games placing cute embellishments here and there around my page!

Here are a few close ups....

Supply List:  Kit contents - Simple Stories and Pink Paislee patterned papers;  Fancy Pants wood veneer and ephemera; Simple Stories, Echo Park stickers. Other supplies  Mr. Huey's mist; Staedtler pen; Tim Holtz Distress Ink; We R Memory Keepers floss.

 I can't wait to share my next Boys Rule project with you!

So glad you stopped by today!

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Sketching for Boys Rule

Hi there!

I have a new sketch that I created for Boys Rule Scrapbook Kit Club monthly sketch challenge!

I hope you pop on over and join in on the fun!  Fellow DT member, Aurelie, has created a gorgeous page to inpsire you!

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, August 01, 2015

August Reveal | ScrapMuch? | Stuck?! Sketches | Teresa Collins

Hi there!

Today I am sharing a few layouts created for my ScrapMuch? August first reveal.  I was given Project Pink and Collector's Edition, both from Teresa Collins Designs, to play with.  I am a sucker for the gorgeous gold foil on these collections and had so much fun playing with them. 

Be You  Tiful

I "borrowed" this photo of my friends daughter a while back, after seeing it on her Facebook wall.  I just couldn't resist, it is such a lovely photo of a beautiful girl.  I knew that the perfect collection would come along for it!

I did a bit of cheating and added some flowers from my stash, I couldn't  help myself this photo seemed to call for it and  I hardly get an opportunity to use them.  I used a circle punch to create the leaves in just the perfect size.

The sticker sheet that coordinates has lots of perfect  phrases, and the 'hello' was punches from a patterned paper.

I die cut the title with my Silhouette out of a scrap of black cardstock.

I added quite a few layers, including a vellum one.  I love layers even if they are subtle.

I punched several small circles in varying sizes from the gold foil paper and adhered them using both a glue pen and pop dots to mimic enamel dots.  An easy way to create a simple embellishment.

Supply List - patterned papers and stickers from Teresa Collins' Project Pink collection; Prima and misc. flowers; Fancy Pants doily; Colorbox ink; other: gold pen and black cardstock; American Crafts vellum.

You are Gold


This next page is a joint page for me to save a little time, which I was short on in July.  I combined this reveal with the August 1st sketch challenge reveal for Stuck?! Sketches. {Be sure to pop on over there for more inspiration and to find out how you can win some great prizes!}

I wanted to document this story, not sure why I haven't yet.  Often we take the dog and kid(s) for hikes (read leisurely strolls)  through  some nearby woods and trails.  Every single time, for our 28 years, my husband has picked me wildflowers on our walks.   Sometimes I end up with a good sized bouquet and other just a sprig or two.  Whatever catches his eye.  I think it is a sweet tradition.

Even though I still used lots of gold foil, I tried to keep this page on the more masculine side by using lots of graphic shapes and straighter lines.  I started my page by using the Tim Holtz Spritzer tool and a gold-ish Copic marker and spritzing through a starburst mask, that is supposed to span outward from my central focal area.  Then I added lots of Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine.

... more DIY foil dots.

This heart was had cut form a patterned paper.

A cluster of stickers and foil dots, using pop dots helps to add depth to stickers.

Supply List - patterned papers and stickers from Teresa Collins' Collectors Edition collection;  Colorbox ink; Copic Y28; Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine;Tim Holtz Spritzer tool; Sketch from Stuck?! Sketches August 1 2015 challenge; Colorbox and Memento ink; Dear Lizzy date stamp; Staedtler pen; other: gold pen.

Love Us

 I have scrapbooked this photo from our cruise before, but I had this photo printed and it looks great with this collection! 

I used a combination of die cut and punched words (from a patterned paper) for my title, I love that it is bold.

Again I used some flowers from my stash, and this time I also used enamel dots form my stash.

Supply List - patterned papers and stickers from Teresa Collins' Collectors Edition collection and Project Pink collection;  Colorbox ink; American Crafts vellum; Simple Stories enamel dots; Fancy Pants doily; Prima flowers; Staedtler pen; other: black cardstock.

Thanks ScrapMuch? for giving me this super gorgeous collection to play with! I have more product left so you will be seeing more from me using these collections, but I really needed to pack my scrapbook room up for our recent move.

Thanks for visiting!