Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hello Sea Turtle | Noel Mignon

I am up on the  Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog today sharing my last layout using the Summer Lovin' Classic Kit!  This week the DT was challenged to create a layout with an older vacation photo, and as luck would have it I have a few still waiting to be scrapped from a cruise we took a few years back.

I got the idea that it might be fun to fill a turtle shell with a variety of patterned paper bits, so I modified a cut file that I had previously purchased from the Silhouette store to create an open shell design.  After cutting it out of the bright green cardstock that came in the Classic kit, I started to fill in the shell with a variety of patterns.

Once I adhered the turtle to my page, I added a bit of Gesso and some water color paint effect using the Peacock Feathers Distress Crayon, to create a bit of movement and represent the water that you might find one of these guys in.

I also pierced holes and stitched around the outer edge of the turtle, using some embroidery floss from my stash.

I cut a few clouds out of cardstock for a previous layout and had one left which I added to this page after wrapping it with the Washi tape from the kit.  I love that this adds another fun pattern to my page!

The sun was fussy cut from one of the Elle's Studio cut outs.  I also used a couple of the Elle's Studio labels behind my photo after punching along the edge with a notebook punch.

I used a Jillibean Soup "soup label" and the Amy Tangerine alphas to create my title, adding some stitching just for fun after adhering them to my page.

For a finishing touch, I added lots of puffy stickers and a few chipboard pieces to my layout. And then added in some orange splatters created with a second Distress Crayon.

I had so much fun with the Summer Lovin' Classic Kit and am so looking forward to playing with the August kit

Supply List:  (from the kit) Simple Stories, Imaginisce, Echo Park and Photo Play patterned papers; American Crafts cardstock; Elle's Studio cut outs and puffy stickers; Echo Park Washi tape and chipboard; Tim Holtz Distress Crayon; May Arts ribbon; Amy Tangerine Thickers; Jillibean Soup label; (from my stash) DMC floss; black fine tip Sharpie.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Summer Favorites | Noel Mignon

I am up on the  Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog today sharing a new layout, the DT is challenged with a High 5 theme!  Which translates to using 5 manufacturers on one page or documenting your 5 favourite things about summer.  Weill, you probably know by now that I love to combine manufacturers and that I am trying to journal more - so I went for a double challenge on my page!

My new favorite thing is kayaking, and so I really wanted to use a photo of me in my kayak to document my favorite things of summer.

From there I wanted to make a super sunshine-y page, so I started with this cut file that I designed - which was cut from American Crafts white cardstock (from my stash) and backed with orange and yellow patterned papers, from the kit.

I knew that I wanted to do a list style journal area for my 5 favs so I did a little embellishing under my photos to tie the journaling and photo together, visually.

These Imaginisce alphas are translucent and look great as a tone on tone accent, plus they are the perfect size for my "list"! My list is not in order of importance, just in order that they fit into the spaces the best.

The word 'favorites' was created using a Jillibean Soup 'soup label' that says "favorite" and piecing an "s" from a second Jillibean Soup 'soup label' onto it.  They were originally a pretty green but not quite the right colour for my page, so I coloured them with a pink permanent marker and then added a glitter effect with a 'clearstar' Gelly Roller pen. It is a little hard to tell in this photo but it is so pretty and shimmery.

I finished off my page by adorning the left edge with patterned paper, brads, labels, ephemera, chipboard and stitching.

I used patterned papers from 5 manufacturers, and embellishments from 5 manufacturers, plus five journal points and that my friends is a big old High 5 triple threat!

Supply List: (from the kit) Simple Stories, Elle's Studio, Imaginisce, Echo Park, and Photo Play patterned paper; America Crafts cardstock in Geyser; Maya Road resin flowers; Imaginisce alphas; Jillibean Soup "soup label"; Elle's Studio Jonah labels; Imaginisce ephemera; Freckled Fawn wood chips; Echo Park brads and chipboard; (from my stash) America Crafts cardstock in white; Clearstar Gelly Roller; pink Bic permanent marker; black fine tip Sharpie.

So glad that you visited today! Don't forget to pop on over to the Noel Mignon blog to see what the rest of the DT is creating, you will not be disappointed that you did!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sweet Summer Time Treats | Noel Mignon

I am up on the  Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog today sharing a new layout using the Summer Lovin' Classic Kit! I am seriously in love with this kit, the colours are so juicy!

The DT has been challenged to document "summer sweets"!  I had some photos of our puppy commandeering my sons Popsicle, taken the other week that I knew would be just perfect!

As I was prepping to begin my layout I knew that I wanted to use this fun paper by Imaginisce as a background.  I love that it looks as if it is covered in sprinkles!  I also knew that I wanted to create two focal areas for photos.

I cut the circle elements out of yellow patterned paper using my Silhouette Cameo, and printed up my photos to fit inside the circles.  Once I knew where they were going to sit on my layout I added a bit of Gesso to fade out the pattern a bit, behind each focal area so that it would not look too busy behind my photos and embellishments.

And the rest is the fun part, adding in great embellishments! Like fun acetate, chipboard and wood pieces.

Great epoxy title stickers and Thickers for title work!

Labels, brads and epoxy stickers!

And puffy stickers, too!  I went back in with a bit of Gesso and a sponge to add some extra texture to a few of the page elements and my photos.  It's pretty subtle but I love the look. I also used a Distress Crayon to make a bit of "paint" to flick onto my page.

Supply List: (from the kit) Imaginisce Ice Cream Parlor patterned paper from the Sunny Collection; Echo Park Sunshine Rays, Vacation Time and Kite Flying patterned paper from the Summer Party collection; Imaginisce die cuts from the Sunny collection; Maya Road clip; Queen & Co. headliner;  May Arts ribbon; Jillibean Soup tag and Soup Label from the Mushroom Medley collection; Echo Park brads from the Summer Party collection; Freckled Fawn wood chips; Elle's Studio cut outs and puffy stickers from the Sunny Days collection; Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers Distress Crayon; Amy Tan Memento puffy letter stickers; (from my stash) Gesso.

Thanks so much for visiting today, I hope you pop by the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog to see what the rest of the team is creating!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sweet Moments | Stuck?! Sketches

Woo hoo!  It is time for a new challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches and I have a layout and the inspiration sketch to share with you today!

First a look at the sketch, as you can see it suggests three photos but of course you can mix things up with little cut apart cards or whatever you like.

I decided to go with three photos, to help document taking our puppy for a walk for the first time.  She could not make it around our whole loop and ended up riding in the wagon for most of the trip!

I also made the entire focal area slightly smaller than the sketch suggests, I really like the "white" space that this created.

I often add a reference to stitching to my sketches, mostly because I love to use it on my pages.  I also love to see how others interpret it onto their pages.

I combined two types of puffy stickers for my title, I really love mixing a script with a non script font!

I distressed the edges of some of my papers ever so slightly and added a bit more stitching.

Other than a few small embellishments around my title I kept the embellishments on this page fairly simple and confined to two small clusters. I like how simple and clean the page looks with it's minimal layers and tidy embellishments clusters.  I know I often use many more but some times it is fun to change things up!

We have two fabulous sponsors for this challenge at Stuck?! Sketches, Creative Embellishments is offering a $25.00 gift certificate to their store

and DCWV is offering a free paper stack to another winner.

Supply List: Echo Park patterned paper, chipboard and stickers; Heidi Swapp chipboard; Copic marker; Mr Huey's white mist; DMC floss; Freckled Fawn and misc. wood veneer; Making Memories and Tim Holtz rub-ons; Evalicious and misc. flair (I believe I picked up the dog flair at a booth at CHA several years ago but cannot remember which one); Simple Stories enamel dots; Fancy Pants and Evalicious puffy alphas; Dear Lizzy date stamp; Staedtler felt tip pen; misc. corrugated hearts.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Enjoy the Ride | Evalicious

I have a "just for fun" layout to share today!  And a confession!

A few weeks back my husband suggested giving up my craft room so that we could use it as a second guest room.  He also thought that if I crafted in the family room I would be less isolated and that we could all be together doing what we each wanted to do.  I admit, I was skeptical for a few reasons:  I am not a tidy crafter (I know some of you can relate) and lighting is so important to me because I am visually impaired, and he loves to watch tv in the dark.  But the not being isolated part really did appeal to me!

I chose some new pieces of furniture from IKEA to create a space along the one wall of our family room, planning for a couple of lighting styles and places to stash all my goodies as well as any works in progress should I feel the need to totally clean up.  Thankfully the space is not visible from the front door, which would stress me out, if I was being messy.

I will share my space once it is totally complete, but I will tell you this.  I love it and I am crafting way more often!  My youngest son, Timmy and I like to watch movies at night and I am crafting while we do that, it is working out perfectly.  Guilt free crafting is the best kind!

So in light of all of that I thought I would share a "just for fun" layout that I created with some new Evalicious goodies, that I ordered.  Some of the elements that I chose are marketed for planners, but I love that they are great for scrapbooking, too.  After all, putting your deets down onto pretty things is always a win!

I am still working on a vacation album from several years ago, can you believe it? These photos were taken of my boys posing on a train in Havana.

I created a few layers using patterned paper, vellum and a die cut to mount my photos on top of. I like the variety of textures and how the vellum softens things up.

I really wanted to use this large(ish) car die cut it is just so cute!  Eve has had had fabulous die cuts, and wood veneer, not to mention puffy stickers and flair for a while. But the epoxy stickers and washi stickers are newer for her shop and I am loving them!  The "wanderlust" piece in this photo, as well as the heart in the photo below are epoxy stickers. Swoon!

I like spreading out my journaling, date and location on a variety of label stickers, it creates a fun flow.

I painted some of the wood veneer pieces on this layout with water color paints to coordinate with the patterned papers and ephemera. And speaking of ephemera, how much do you love that floral piece with the pop of red!

The heart and circle elements on this close up shot are both epoxy pieces and you can see a bit of a text print washi tape sticker behind them.

I added a bit more pattern along with some stitching to the bottom of my page to help balance my layout.

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;  Amy Tangerine "Plus One" patterned papers; Leow's water colour paints; Staedtler fine tip felt pen; misc. vellum; American Crafts cardstock.

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Flower Circle Background SV | Free Cut File

I have a new freebie for you today!  Another background file, I hope you like it!

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

I used this cut file on this page that I created for Simple Stories, I had a few enquiries about it so I thought I would share! 

PS - SV stands for "short version" in case you were wondering, as I do have a full page version of this file.

Tanks for visiting!

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Summer Daze | Noel Mignon

I am up on the  Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog today sharing a new layout and a short video.  The DT was challenged to use water-colours in some way on their projects this week.  How fun is that! I used water-colours in three ways on my page, so let me share them with you.

Summer Daze

This page documents the day my son and I took a few minutes away from unpacking to explore the beach at our new home, after our move last summer. I could not resist using this gorgeous patterned paper from Echo Park's Summer Party collection as my background, I just love that it looks like it was hand painted with water-colours! So that is the first way that I incorporated the water-colour challenge.

I used the "Peacock Feathers" Distress Crayon from my kit to add a water-colour look to the die cut clouds that adorn my layout.

I just love the way they look, the colour is so rich!  Here is a quick video to share my process.

That was the second way that I incorporated water-colours into my page!

The embellishments in the July kit are so super fun, the die cuts from Imaginisce blend so seamlessly with the puffy stickers from Elle's Studio and the brads and chipboard from Echo Park.

Just a tip, the acetate pieces from Imaginisce have a clear protective film on them that needs to be removed.

I haven't added ribbon to my layouts in quite a while, simply because I never remember to, so I am a bit out of practice.  This is why kits are so fabulous, everything is all together and it reminds you to use up your goodies!

The third way that I added water-colors to my layout was to use some of the leftover "paint"  from my clouds to "flick"onto my page

I used the washi tape in the kit as another layer and tore strips of it to tuck under my paper layers.

Supply List:
(From Kit) Echo Park Summer Party patterned papers "swimming fish", "beach love", vacation time"; American Crafts cardstock in Geyser; Elle's Studio Sunny Days cut outs and puffy stickers; Imaginisce Sunny ephemera and alpha stickers; Echo Park Summer Party chipboard, washi tape and brads; Tim Holtz Distress Crayon is Peacock Feather and Spiced Marmalade; ribbon. (From my stash) Tim Holtz Tiny Atacher; Dear Lizzy date stamp; CTMH black archival ink; Staedtler fine tip felt tip pin grey.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, July 07, 2016

You Are Here with Heart | Simple Stories

I am sharing two pages today on the Simple Stories blog today, using two fabulous collections!

I Heart You

I used the Heart collection for my first layout.  I just love the colours and sweet theme of this collection and couldn't resist pairing it with a photo of our puppy.

I started my page by die cutting hearts from a variety of patterns and adhered them to my background, to mix things up a bit I used one of the hearts as a stitching template and added in some hand-stitched hearts. I really love the water-colour look of this patterned paper and so I liked being able to leave more of it visible through the open hearts.

From there I layered my photo onto a couple of layers of patterned paper, and some die cut circles.

I focused on a title next, which is something that I often "wing" as I finish my page, but this time I really wanted to used the "heart" sticker, I love that it looks glittery.  I flanked it with another sticker that I cut up to finish off my title.

I kept my embellishing to a minimum (well for me anyway, lol) adding a small cluster to the top left of the photo.

I also added in these great wood veneer hearts, from the "Life in Color" collection to each of my stitched hearts, and then topped them off with a navy enamel dot from the "Bloom and Grow" collection.

I also added a small cluster to the lower right side of my layout, I really love the way the colour of the wood veneer meshes with the gold-yellow colour of the Heart collection.

Take me to the BEACH

This layout is a little "more", more pasterns and embellishments and much more vibrant and was so super fun to create! I started by cutting a few circles from this fun orange polka dot paper and stitching them to my background.  Then I layered up my photo with a few of the cut apart cards and some foam dots.

I just loved the Washi tape from this collection and wanted to find a way to use it all! Ha!  I created this cut file to use as a large focal point on my page.  I covered the insides of each letter (the part that you might discard) with a variety of Washi tape patterns.  I so love how it looks!

And then I added in my embellishments.  This time going bold with these fabulous summery colours! I adorned the left side of my photo  with a large cluster.

A more modest cluster sits atop my photo.

And a smaller cluster adorns the bottom of my title.

Wanting to add a bit of journalling necessitated another small cluster. Simple Stories always has fabulous stickers and "bit and pieces" for their collection that are so perfect layered together, and make this fan of clusters so happy!

"I Heart You" layout Supply List:
2066 Heart Collection Kit
5041 Life in Color Wood Veneer
7132 Bloom and Grow 4x6 Stickers
7131 Bloom and Grow Enamel Dots

"Take me to the Beach" layout Supply List:
6200 You Are Here Collection Kit
6235 You Are Here Washi Paper Tape
6228 You Are Here 6x12 Chipboard
6229 You Are Here Bits & Pieces
6231 You Are Here Enamel Dots 
6241 You Are Here Wood Veneer
6238 You Are Here Chipboard Frames
6233 You Are Here Clear Stickers

I am so glad that you visited today! 

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Enjoyin' All the Good Stuff | DCWV

A little while ago I was sent two gorgeous paper stacks by Megan at DCWV , they have been sitting on my desk waiting to be opened up and played with ever since! Yesterday while I was poking around Facebook I saw that DCWV posted their July sketch challenge, I have been meaning to play along with their monthly challenge for a while now so last night I got my scrappy butt into gear and created a page with the water colour stack. It is a really pretty and tropical feeling collection with great pops of gold.

I loved the sketch, great for two photos of course but I wanted to feature one of the cut apart cards from the stack to use as my title so I put that in place of the second suggested photo. As you can see, I flipped the sketch to better suit by picture.

I wanted to use a few different patterned papers so on top of the suggested paper pieces in the sketch,  I matted my background onto a patterned paper, and tucked a few pieces behind my photo layer, as well.

I started my page with white cardstock, to which I added water color paints and Distress Crayon using the packaging technique.  Once my page was complete I also flicked on some pink water colour paint to show off some of the pinks form the papers.

The sketch suggests a cluster of small embellishments below the photo.  I pulled out several little embellishments from my stash.  Honestly, I didn't love the way it looked it kind of seemed too busy and after leaving it over night, I ran downstairs and added more to it.  Because more is always the answer for too busy! lol!

I also had this pineapple flair in my stash from Accent Scrapboooking which is so perfect for this collection and my page!  How lucky that I place an order form them a couple of weeks ago!

I am also linking up the the July "This or That" challenge on Rochelle Spears blog, I used a clip (or 2).

Supply List: DCWV patterned paper and envelope; American Crafts cardstock; Accent Scrapbooking and Evalicious flair; Heidi Swapp chipboard; CTMH and Jillibean Soup wood veneer flowers; misc. tissue paper and flowers; Freckled Fawn clips and brads; Michaels and Doodlebug enamel dots; Leows water colour paints; Tim Holtz Distress Crayons; Staedtler black pen.

Thanks for visiting!