Saturday, December 30, 2017

Days 24 and 25 | December Daily / December Memories 2017

Hi there!

Today I am sharing the last two days in my December Daily album.  I had originally thought that, like last year, I may continue on until the end of December but I am ready to put Christmas to bed for 2017.


I had a few stories that I wanted to add for the 24th, this first one documents our grandson and our youngest son decorating gingerbread cookies to leave for Santa. 


I made a simple vellum tag with a Washi tape topper to add my Jillibean Soup corrugated numbers onto an envelope that I added as a bonus page.  The envelope has a pretty inside (not that you can see it) and came with a fun card in it from my son for Christmas.  I utilized a piece of embossed cardstock from my scrap bin to tuck into a pocket and layered the chipboard word "joy" on top of it.
 

The second story that I wanted to tell for the 24th, is all about our tradition of putting out a finger food buffet dinner and watching The Santa Clause movie. We have done this for many years now and all of the kids look forward to it.  I didn't get a very good photo unfortunately, but I made do. 
 

The pocket card documents the day and is one of my own creations.  I added a cork heart and a bradz to embellish my photo and cover up some "ugly" stuff.

I cut down a pocket page to make one that is about 4x6 to hold another photo and this fun "definition" pocket card that I created. I embellished the front of it with some Washi tape and a long piece of chipboard.


On the back I added a piece of frufru ribbon, maybe a little too frufru for this album, but that's okay!

 

I also made this large half circle cut apart printable, just to have a different shape in my album.


I backed the back of the half circle printable with some pretty patterned paper from Echo Park. I included this tag, (which I made) that was on a gift I received from my youngest, in my album.


This is another printable cut apart that I made, I love the design of it.  When I cut it too short, it left me with an opportunity to add some pretty sparkly silver Washi tape and a flair! I am using it to represent my "number" for the 25th.


On the back of the "25" page, I added a large photo of my grandson cheering after opening one of his presents from Santa.  It is so cute!  But a little busy, as most Christmas morning pictures are.

I added a tag that flips open, to read the journaling, to help cover up some of the business of the photo.


I also added the word "cards" with some Thickers to this envelope that I made back when I started this album.


It now holds the Christmas cards that we received from friends and family.


My last step was to tie a few jingle bells and a metal "w" to some twine to embellish the outside of my album  I also added the year, using my label maker.

For my final December Daily freebie, I am sharing these print and punch chalkboard circle numbers.  I have used a few in my own album and love how easy and versatile they are to create with.  They print out in groups of odds and evens and are 2 inches in diameter so they are super easy to punch out with a 2 inch circle punch or die.  Of course, you could free hand them too!

https://app.box.com/s/wm1ioabc2ziy1fl5l0hpcixq6xh8unpi

https://app.box.com/s/2jbzlrvg3p3qix4i0f9e3o14i3d6d1c7
As always, click on each image to be taken to my download page to grab your files.

I have a process video for today's pages, watch below or on my You-Tube channel.


Supply List: Simple Stories album, pocket pages, chipboard, Washi tape, enamel dots, bradz, and clear stickers; American Crafts stamp and Thickers; PaperTrey Ink stamp; Staples and Recollections cardstock; Echo Park patterned paper and enamel dots; misc. acrylic snowflake, jingles bells, twine and ribbon; IKEA washi tape; Jillibean Soup corrugated numbers; CTMH ink; Making Memories "w";  Teresa Collins die cuts and chipboard; black and silver Sharpie; Tim Holtz tiny attacher; my own cut apart 3x4 ,and 4x6 designs; Elle's Studio die cut; Accent Scrapbooking flair; SpiegelMom Scraps cork hearts.
 
Thanks so much for visiting today!

Laura
xo

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Fa la la | My Creative Scrapbook

Hi there!

I have a new layout to share today, created with the December Main kit from My Creative Scrapbook along with a process video!

If you have visited previously this month, you will know how much I was inspired by this kit, and how it helped me to create so many different layouts.  Today's page was inspired by all the little chipboard and die cut ornaments in the embellishment packs.


These photos, were the ones I started with when I created my "Christmas Tree Farm" layout.  But as you know I ended up putting them aside when creating that page.  I did want to scrap them though, and they happened to be perfect for this page.

I also also hummed the whole time making this page, fa la la la la........!


Because, um glittery falala's make you sing!


I turned one of the ornaments into a shaker element and filled it with some of the sequins from the kit.  I love it!


I also turned this "Holly Jolly" circular element into an ornament, because I just had to have one more! I created the topper by cutting off a little piece of the gold tag from the chipboard sheet.


My gold stitching and ornament hangers also add a pop of bling!

I have a process video for this layout, you should watch it!  Here or on my You-Tube channel, which ever you prefer! 


Supply List: Crate Paper "Falala" patterned paper, ephemera, cardstock stickers and chipboard stickers; Studio Calico sequins; Carta Bella washi tape; Teresa Collins "Tinsel and Company alpha and label stickers.  Other Supplies: Gutermann gold thread; DMC metallic gold cord; Sharpie pen;  Prima soft teal Color Bloom; Hemptique bakers twine; Stampin' Up treat cup; American Crafts cardstock.

Thanks for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 Top Ten Layouts + Giveaway | Blog and You-Tube hop

Hey there!  I am so excited to be participating in the 2017 Top Ten Favourite Layouts Blog and You-Tube Hop, along with a bunch of other crafty talents, it is great to be participating a second year in a row!


I am offering a prize, which is sponsored by Kareen at Accent Scrapbooking.


Kareen is offering a goodie bag of her gorgeous flair, valued at $25.00 (CDN$) to one lucky commenter.  To be eligible for the draw, leave a comment here and / or on my You-Tube channel.  You may comment both places for two chances to win! Plus I would love for you to subscribe to me on You-ube!  I would also love you to show some love to Kareen on her Facebook page.

Comments must be made by midnight EST on January 6th 2018, I will post the winner on January 8th. 

Since it is holiday season, I am saving myself a bit of time and just posting the video here (opposed to uploading all of the photos), as well.  You can see my 2017 favourites by watching the video below.  I would love to know your favourite layout!




Your next stop in the hp is Anita Mulcahey.

Here is our full blog hop order, in case you get a little lost along the way.  Visit my You-Tube channel for the You-Tube hop listing order.

I would like to thank Christine for inviting me to join in on the fun, be sure to hop around and check out all of the participants.  Some of the other crafters are also offering prizes. 

I also want to thank Kareen for helping me out and sponsoring my portion of the hop.     

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Days 20 to 23 | December Daily / December Memories 2017

Hi there!

I am sharing Days 20 to 23 of my December Daily today, I am enjoying sitting and working on a few days at a time.  It seems easier to carve out an hour every few days than 20 minutes each day.   Odd, I know! That said, I still need to mindful of looking for a story each day. I am okay, if I do not have a story for every day though.  In fact, I have a list of "generic" or non time sensitive stories that I hope to tell as well, so I can always fill in a few days with those.

I am sharing basic information here and you can watch my process video for more details.


For the 20th, I documented how much I am loving Christmas music this year.  To the point where I am binge listening for hours on end!  I am listening via internet radio - a new thing for me.


I created a graph paper tag to host my photo and just added my journaling and the number on the back of the page from day 19.


Day 21 documents and bit of an impromptu holiday party we had with our friends in the neighbourhood.  And also tells the story about some pretty little plates we used which were inherited from my husband's mother.


I had several photos for this page, so I printed them in a variety of sizes making use of 3 of the four pockets and the tag to hold them.  I cut my 4x6 picture in half to fit the 2 lower pockets - which suited me fine and the reverse of this page is a perfect set up for the next story.


Day 22 is weather related, telling all about all the snow we got over night and how our sons last day of school before Winter break became a snow day.


I made these pocket cards and I love how the bold black and white looks with these photos!


 For Day 23, I used this really old bingo card to hold a photo of my grandson with Santa.


It measures 5 x 7, and I was so happy to finally get it out of my stash.


I had fun embellishing both sides of it, too! 

This is today's freebie.  I have used the 3x4 "Merry and Bright" card in today's series and have cut the others out to use on future pages.

https://app.box.com/s/3mj761x3mlwivy8zhe991xyrxj7cuimp

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

I have a process video for today's pages, watch below or on my You-Tube channel.


Supply List: Simple Stories album, pocket pages, patterned paper; bradz and stickers; American Crafts cardstock and Thickers;   Echo Park stickers; Staples cardstock; misc. twine;  Heidi Swapp glitter tape; CTMH fabric labels; Making Memories tag;  Teresa Collins ribbon,  patterned paper die cuts and chipboard; grey and black Staedtler pen; black and silver Sharpie; Tim Holtz tiny attacher; my own cut apart 3x4 ,and 4x4 designs; my own cut file designs.Pretty Little Studios sticker; Accent Scrapbooking flair.
 
Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo
 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Let's be Merry | Christmas Card

Hi there!

I am sharing a little Christmas card today.


I created this for my husband, it is a little girly, but also sweet.  I think he will like it.  And it was fun to make.

I picked up this stamp and die set from Hampton Arts at Michael's a few weeks ago.  It just spoke to me, I have a thing for snowmen!  It was on sale, too!

I really wanted to use pink and blue - I was in the mood for some non-traditional holiday colours.  I didn't spend too much time on the colouring and this card came together pretty quickly.

It was a lift though, I got the idea here, but I didn't do anything fancy with my background.

The sentiment was typed up on my WRMK Typecast typewriter, because I didn't have a sentiment stamp that had this phrase and really wanted to use it.

Supply List: Hampton Arts snowman stamp and die set; Memento tuxedo black ink; Copic markers ( R83, R81, R20, R29. R24, B12, B14, C0, C1, C3) Spica "twinkling little stars" pen; Wink of Stella "clear" brush pen; MFT, Spellbinders and misc. dies; Cuttlebug embossing folder; Staples cardstock; Copic X-xpress Blending cardstock; Simple Stories patterned paper; SpiegelMom Scraps sequins (wedding bells, rockin' pink ombre, magical day in the park}; misc. acetate and glitter cardstock; Hemptique twine; WRMK Typecast typewriter.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Bubby's First Noel | My Creative Scrapbook

Hello friends!

I am sharing a new layout and process video for My Creative Scrapbook today!  And yes, I am still totally enjoying playing with the December main kit!

As I mentioned the other day, this month's main kit, features the Crate Paper "Fa la la"  collection, and I totally love it!


I had this photo of our youngest son from his fist Christmas, in my "to be scrapped" drawer and couldn't resist pulling it out to use with this month's MCS kit.  Truth be told, I have likely scrapped it long ago, around the time it was taken, but I really wanted to use the picture again, so I DID!
 

If you have been visiting here for a while, you likely know that our youngest was adopted and while we were lucky enough to have had him since birth (as a foster babe), he wasn't ours until he was 2 1/2 years old, so at the time this photo was taken he was just something we were wishing about.   Which is why, he only went by the nickname "Bubby" as we had not given him his name yet and we didn't want to use his birth name.  Everyone called him Bubby, he was even registered in swim lessons under that name as it was the only name he responded to. Which is why the layout is titled as it is.


I cut my base cardstock down a bit to add some pattern to the right and bottom edges of my layout.  I also added a bit of an extra cluster of papers and embellishment to the right hand side, too.


I opted to add a bit of texture to the background via a really pretty stencil, that is sort of reminiscent of a doily, and some Ranger texture paste.


I also added some sprinkles of gold color shine, and soft teal Prima mist as well as these pretty little stickers that sort of look like pom poms.

As mentioned, I have a process video for this layout, you should watch it!  Here or on my You-Tube channel, which ever you prefer!


Supply List: KaiserCraft "Mint Twist" patterned paper; Crate Paper "Falala" patterned paper, ephemera, stickers and chipboard; Studio Calico sequins; Teresa Collin's "Tinsel and Company"  alpha and label stickers; Carta Bella washi tape. Other Supplies: Heidi Swapp gold color shine; Prima soft teal Color Bloom; Ranger Texture Paste; DocoArt stencil.

Thank you so much for visiting!
Laura
xo

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Days 15 to19 | December Daily / December Memories 2017

Hi there!

I am sharing Days 15 to 19 of my December Daily today, I am playing a little catch up as we were busy and I became somewhat behind. I did know most of the stories that I wanted to tell though, so that made getting back on track easy.


Day 15 documents a fun story that happened when I sent my grandson photos of the reindeer food that I made for him to sprinkle on Christmas Eve (via his parents), his response was so cute that I took a screen shot of it and decided to document it for us to remember in years to come.


 This is how the page looks in my album.


Day 16 documents a fun soak in the hot tub on a snowy day, hot tub toques and all!


And this is how that page looks in my album.  You can get the "let it snow" card (and others) free here.


Story 17 documents all of the baking I did for th holidays, or well some of it anyway.


I had this file folder from Teresa Collins in my stash for years and was happy to finally use it up!


I layered up my recipes and stapled them together so that they could be flipped through.


Then I created a separate folder for the photos of my cookies, they are now sort of hidden but I am fine with that.  I like the interactive element in my album.   And it is fun to have a mixture of page styles.


 This is how it looks in my album.


For Day 18, I had to work with the backside of the folder.  Of course, I could have left it blank and used a pocket page but I only had one photo so it was a perfect spot for it.
 

I created a flap for this page, so that I could hide my journaling somewhat.  This is a day we visited my mom in the nursing home, it was a little sad. Although, she is doing pretty good.  Just not remembering much at all.


This is how that page looks in my album.
 

On the evening of Day 19, I played a card game with my youngest.  It was a new game that he got in his advent countdown thing called "Monopoly Deal" and it is super fun!

I used a pocket page that has 2 4x4 spots even though I had only 1 3x4 photo.  I really wanted to use a different style of pocket page. To solve the problem I added a border of patterned paper to my photo.

Then I created a clear element with some alpha stickers and a piece of acetate.

Finally, I added sequins and beads to the 2x8 pocket and fused it shut.  It also has one of the cut files from today's freebie.

You can get the free label print and cut file here.


And this is what that page looks like in my album.

This is today's freebie.  I have used the 3x4 "December" card in a previous video. I used the longer word "December" in today's series and the "twinkle" card makes a brief appearance.

https://app.box.com/s/6ifskayfj1hq88sqnpkkt33kl7xgbb93

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

I have a process video for today's pages, watch below or on my You-Tube channel.
 


Supply List: Simple Stories album, pocket pages, insert page, and stickers; American Crafts  Thickers;  misc.  wood veneer, beads and twine;  Teresa Collins patterned paper, folder card, sequins and chipboard; grey and black Staedtler pen; red Sharpie;  Recollection card stock;  Tim Holtz tiny attacher; my own cut apart 3x4 designs; my own cut file designs.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo