Friday, September 22, 2017

Nature Girl | Scrapbook & Cards Today

Hey there!  I wanted to share two layouts and a bit of fun news with you today!  Fist off, have you heard that the new issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today is out?


Isn't that cover gorgeous?  I was so honoured to be invited to apply for the cover girl spot of this issue!  No that is not my layout, I did not make the cover - even after two attempts! lol. It was still lovely to be asked though! This layout is by Sheri Reguly, her and Summer Fullerton and I all created layouts using the same photo, journalling and title. We were also asked to keep our pages fairly simple, something that would inspired a beginner scrapbooker.

I was also fortunate to get another layout picked up for this issue, I will share that another day. For today I thought I would share the two pages I created for the cover.


This is my first take, I wanted to incorporate all of the rich colours from the photo, along with nature inspired accents with a bit of a nod to fall.  As you can see I failed at the "keep it simple" part of the task.  Those embellishments get me every time, I just had to add more because I love them so!


I used my Copic markers to add colour to these pretty wood veneer pieces.  I love the way they look, but yeah definitely not beginner! Oh and the stitching!  What was I thinking!


I repeated some elements on the left side of my photo, thinking that less is simpler.  But I am guessing that adding the journalling on top of a photo may not be something beginners may be comfortable with.  I did that for my title, too. Another strike!


This part though, works.   At least I think so anyway.  Very simple layers, right?

Thankfully Susan Opel gave me another chance! She was kind enough to tell me she liked my page, though.  So I was not too terribly crushed!  Lol!  I completely understood actually, and went back to the drawing board.


This take is definitely simpler, it has similar layers, a richer colour palette and the embellishing is kept to a minimum.  Well for me anyway! 


I moved the title, but did put my journalling on top of the photo again.


Buttons are simple though, right?


Oh yeah, and stitched on this one, too!

The bottom line is I do love both pages for many reasons.  And I really was thrilled to be asked.  I have been very fortunate on my papercrafting journey and each opportunity whether it turns out the way I hoped or not is still something to be proud of!

Layout 2 Supply List: American Crafts and Canson cardstock; Lawn Fawn, Pebbles and Echo Park patterned papers; American Crafts Thickers; Teresa Collins Chipboard; Jillibean Soup tag sticker; Hemptique button twine; Gutterman gold thread; MAMBI gold glitter leaves; misc. button.

 Layout 1 Supply List: American Crafts and Stampin' Up cardstock; American Crafts, Lawn Fawn, Pebbles and Echo Park patterned papers;Pebbles wood veneer; Echo Park enamel dots; We R Memory Keepers die cuts; American Crafts vellum and Thickers; Lille B acorns; MAMBI gold leaves; Your Next Stamp twine; Sharpie pen; Copics (R56, RV34, YG21, YG23, YG25, YG67).

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lucky Thirteen | Stash Bash

Hey there! It's time for a new Stash Bash You-Tube hop, and for the month of September we are focusing on Project Life or cut apart cards!  While I am not a project lifer, I do tend to use up the cut apart cards that come in collections.  Today I would like to share with you how I use some of these cards.

Keep reading to the end for a list of the talented ladies hopping this month.

Both the checkerboard and chevron patterned papers used on this page have cut apart cards on the other side.  I often look for this type of versatile paper when I am choosing patterns to purchase. I also cut my tag from a cut apart card.


Cut apart cards and pocket cards also make great layers for photos.  I really love that one of these card has notebook lines on it, and used a notebook punch to reinforce the look.


I stretched the Stash Bash concept a bit and used this cute cut apart page tab, too.


I added a bunch of messy stitching to this page, adding it both in a vertical and horizontal fashion.  I used the horizontal lines to "hold" my title.  Again using a multi font title and a bit of my stash as this word "lucky" was cut long ago for another project but ended up not being used. It was great to get it onto a page.


I didn't do a ton of embellishing but what I did do was definitely stash bashing as well, since most of this stuff is a few years old now.

As with all of our Stash Bash pages, this one includes a process video, you can watch it here or over on my You-Tube channel!


And now, here is a list with links to all of the You-Tube channels, of those of us participating this month, for your hopping pleasure!


Supply List: American Crafts cardstock; Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks (fossilized amber, iced spruce, cracked pistachio) and rub-ons; Heidi Swapp and The Crafter's Workshop stencils; Crate Paper and Echo Park cut apart cards; Evalicious 3x4 cards, puffy stickers, page tabs and wood veneer; Elle's Studio puffy sticker; Pretty Little Studio sticker; Amy Tangerine "goodness" Thickers; Fancy Pants 3x4 cards; MME and Simple Stories washi tape; Freckled Fawn clip; Imaginisce patterned paper; Studio Calico chipboard camera; Copic Marker (YR18); Becky Higgins frame; misc. crochet thread.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xo

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hello Love | Mini Album with Video Flip Through

Hey there!  I was recently approached to create a commissioned mini album, the lady had gathered photos with hand-written messages to her husband, photographed in various gorgeous places around the world!  Such a cool idea! A great example of the internet used for wonderful, fun and loving things!


The cover is the only place that I added any hint of mixed media.






When I created the album, I wanted to have a nod to a sense of travel without it feeling like a travel album, since the couple did not actually leave home. 


I pulled in some goodies from Echo Park's "Getaway" collection and used embellishments from many other companies to round out the look so that the whole project wasn't too theme-y.


I also aimed to mix up the style of the pages, incorporating some small album sleeves, some interactive pages and some chipboard pages.


Some of the pages look more like traditional layouts, just on a smaller scale.


And other have a fun twist.


Like the little envelope pocket with tabbed pull out photos.


I also tucked in a couple of extra little things here and there like this tag.


This envelope was fun to make, I like the way it is simply embellished, too.


It opens for a fun little surprise.


A mini accordion fold album!


The back of the envelope gave me a spot for another mini layout.


I also incorporated some waterfall sleeves, to layer photos.


A few pocket page cards here and there, helped to fill in a few spots.


Flaps are fun, easy and a great way to add an extra photo or two.


Simple embellishing keeps things from feeling too heavy.


I added a little spot for a note or two, as well.


Which gave me space for more pictures.


I trimmed down a 12 x 12 die cut page and made a just for fun page for the album.


I really love this page, the bow adds a soft touch.


And when you open it up, there is room for a lot more photos.


How fun is that!


At first I though there were only 15 photos, in the end I was sent 25.  Which is why I had to get creative with adding them to this mini album.


I love this clear page!


I mirrored it on the back to hide adhesive and the back of elements.


Finally, I have one last flap page.


With one last layout.

The album turned out super cute, I love the mix of pages and designs.  I also was able to de-stash a lot of goodies!

I have a flip through video if you'd like to watch here, or on my You-Tube channel.


Supply List: CTMH accordion fold chipboard album: Patterned paper, cardstock stickers and chipboard accents from Echo Park's "Getaway" collection; Amy Tangerine "Today Thickers;  SpiegelMom Scraps "& then what" cork ampersands, "I cork U hearts", and silver doilies; Simple Stories "Life in Color" chipboard accents, clear stickers, cardstock stickers and ephemera; Teresa Collins label stickers; October Afternoon label stickers; cardstock stickers from Echo Park's "Times & Seasons 2" collection;  cardstock stickers from Echo Park's "This & That" collection; Simple Stories "Legacy" cardstock stickers; One Canoe Two "Hazelwood" cardstock stickers; MAMBI black and white shapes and label stickers; Teresa Collins "He Said, She Said" cardstock stickers; October Afternoon "Saturday Afternoon" stickers; American Crafts, Core'dinations Kraft-Core, and misc cardstock; Echo Park "Go See Explore" patterned paper; Jillibean Soup "Mushroom Medley" soup labels; Jillibean Soup pea pod parts; Heidi Swapp word stickers; Pretty Little Studios "Oakley Avenue" word and heart stickers; Evalicious "Dennison labels and misc. pocket cards; Martha Stewart, Hemptique, and misc. twine; misc. Washi tape; "Pumice Stone" Distress Ink; misc. wood buttons; American Crafts and Echo Park enamel dots; Jen Hadfield "Heart of Home" ephemera;   Kaisercraft "Lucky Dip" wood embellishments; misc. 6x6 album sleeve; Fuse Waterfall Photo sleeve; misc. tag; misc. die cut numbers page; Maya Road Kraft envelope; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; WRMK Big Bite; Core'dinations vellum; misc. reinforcements; misc. ribbon; Studio Calico 7 Paper silver striped acetate sheet; Fancy Pants Designs envelope; Pebbles cardstock stickers; Mr. Huey's black mist.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo



Monday, September 18, 2017

Too Cool for School | Free Print and Cut File

Hey there!

I am popping in today to share a new free print and cut file.  I shared this with a group of Facebook friends a couple of weeks back, we are all aiming to do a no scrappy spend month so I thought it would be fun to create us all some free embellishments.  Since it is September I opted for a back to school theme!

https://app.box.com/s/kaj0g3jwvu4q12fpn1sabggs0tdvicdt
as always click on the image to be taken to my download page.

Unfortunately, due to my limited skills this set is only available for use with the Silhouette software. However, if  you do not have a Silhouette machine there is still a way for you to use this as a print and "fussy" cut option.

Since the Silhouette software is free for everyone to download, from their site, once you have the software you can choose the print option and then simply hand cut these little elements.

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

Enjoy and thanks for visiting!
Laura
xo 

Friday, September 15, 2017

My Heart | Stuck?! Sketches and My Creative Scrapbook

Hello there!

It is time for a new sketch challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches and we have something special going on for our September 15th challenge! So keep reading to find out what all the excitement is about!

But before you scroll down, here is a peek at the sketch!


And this is my take on it, using the gorgeous September main kit from My Creative Scrapbook, which features the Heart of Home collection by Jen Hadfield for Pebbles Inc., it is so gorgeous!  I love that it is warm, earthy and homey without being too Fall.  Just perfect for the transitional month that September is.


I love this wood grained paper so much and knew that I would not want to cut it so I saved it to use as a background.  It ended up working perfectly for this page!


The embellishments are so versatile, I had a lot of fun sprinkling them around my page.


To keep things fun I added doodling and splatters of mist.


I trimmed the word "heart" from one of the glitter phrases in the kit and then combined it with the alphas from the kit to create my title.

I love that this page combines both masculine and feminine elements for a perfect mother/son page!

AND NOW for the fun news!  Along with the reveal of a new sketch challenge, and 2 amazing sponsors, we have loads of bonus inspiration for you, in the form of a blog hop which begins over at Stuck?! Sketches and includes the design team from our friends at My Creative Scrapbook!!


Designers from both Stuck?! Sketches and My Creative Scrapbook are teaming up to bring you a super fun blog hop, to share loads of inspiration and to give you an extra chance to win their prize!  The My Creative Scrapbook design team members will be using a variety of their fabulous September kits to showcase our sketch. Each of the blog hop commenters will earn a ballot and have the opportunity to win one of My Creative Scrapbook's gorgeous September main kits (shown below)!  Read on to find out how you can earn a second ballot to win this prize!



As usual, we have a second sponsor! Thank you also to the amazing, supportive and long-time friend to Stuck?! Sketches, Creative Embellishments  who are also sponsoring this challenge with a $25.00 gift certificate to their online shop for our second randomly chosen winner!


ALSO, as always, all entrants have an opportunity to be chosen to be a guest designer at Stuck?! Sketches!


And now here is your hop order!










You can also earn a second chance to win the My Creative Scrapbook September main kit by playing along with our September 15th sketch challenge and linking up your entry as usual!  As always, all winners will be chosen randomly, though we will be doing a random manual draw for the My Creative Scrapbook prize, and our usual random.org draw for the Creative Embellishments prize.

Before I let you go, I wanted to share a process video with you.  You can watch it here or over on my You-Tube channel!


Supply List: (from the kit) Jen Hadfield "Heart of Home" patterned papers (Painted Dots, Krafted, Family Tree, Heirloom Floral, Bless the Nest, From Me to You, Love of Home, Gatherings), ephemera, and accents stickers; American Crafts Thickers "Family" phrase stickers; Amy Tangerine "goodness" Thickers. (other) Recollections white cardstock; Mr. Huey's white mist; misc. pink thread; misc. bakers twine; Tim Holtz "gathered twigs" Distress Marker; Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo