Sunday, December 04, 2016

Holly Jolly Elf | The Studio Challenges

Hey there! I am guesting over at The Studio Challenges this month and today I am sharing my first of 2 layouts with you! For this first challenge we are playing with a sketch which I am posting below. I have used the Mistletoe Kisses collection from Simple Stories, which  I seriously adore and am quickly depleting my stash!


The sketch suggested two photos which was perfect for these two photos of our Elf on the Shelf, taken last year. I included Buddy in our December Daily album last year, but I do not believe that I have ever scrapped him and since he is not returning to our house this year (he left to watch over our grandson), it seemed high time he made it onto a page. Plus there are these super cute Simple Stories elf embellishments that I needed (like really needed) to use!

I swapped out the circle shape on the sketch for this string art style Christmas ornament die cut that I created just for this page.


I backed the cut file with a mix of patterned papers, washi tape and a few of the square stickers from the 4x6 sticker sheets, leaving some of the spaces empty.  Once that was done, I stitched around the shape and backed it with foam for dimension.  I coloured the ornament topper with a silver marker, opting for this lazier method of colouring it, than embossing would have been. I am super happy that it is still shiny, or else I may have had to have gone with plan B. Prior to adhering the cut file to my background, I added some water color paint splatters in teal, pink and green for a bit of colour


I relocated the title to the upper left side of my layout, because I opted for one that was a little larger than the sketch suggested.  These letters were part of a die cut from the Mistletoe Kisses ephemera pack that read "believe", I modified one of the "e's" to be an "f" by trimming off the bottom piece and adding back the white border with a white pen.  I love the way it turned out!


I did a small embellishment cluster including a phrase sticker where the title was suggested, to act as a subtitle of sorts.


And ten I played with more embellishments, creating a triangle around my photos.


Before calling this layout done, I added in some Smooch Spritz, hand journaling and some stickers beneath it.

As promised here is a look at the sketch..


Let me tell you why I love it and why it inspired me.  First off, it suggests using two smaller photos and I really like using smaller photos, but you could easily use one larger photo, too.  Secondly it has a large circular element and I love circles, but I also love changing up large shapes for other fun elements like the Christmas ornament I used - which is technically a circle, I know!  And lastly, it left the embellishing up to me which is my favourite part of scrapping! Ha!

I an sharing another process video today, you can watch the video for this layout below or here on my You-Tube channel!


Supply List:  Simple Stories patterned papers Oh What Fun!4x6 Horizontal Elements,  Holly Jolly and HO HO HO from the Mistletoe Kisses collection; Simple Stories Sn@p color vibes light in Blush, Combo Cardstock Sticker, 6x12 Chipboard, Bits & Pieces, Enamel Dots, Stickers, Washi Tape, and Decorative Clips all also from the Mistletoe Kisses collection; American Crafts textured white cardstock; Smooch Spritz in 'ice rink"; Leows water color paints; fine tip Sharpie for journaling; Le Marqueur silver marker; Hemptique twine; misc. crochet thread and buttons; string art Christmas ornament die cut by me; sketch by The Studio Challenges.

Thanks so much for visiting today and I hope you play along!

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Ready*Aim*Shoot | Noel Mignon

Hey there!

It is my turn to share a layout over on the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog, today!   This week the DT members are creating projects using a recipe - 1 sheet of cardstock, 2 alphas, 3 photos, 4 patterned papers, and 5 embellishments.  As is typical for me, I over achieved a little on the embellishments!


I went with a pretty simple layout for my three photos, keeping them central to my page and linear, then adding layers behind them.


I had fun playing with embellishments and forgot to stop at 5!


I had cut a tag from patterned paper to incorporate that 4th pattern.  I love the way it looks layered in behind my photos.


I struggled coming up with a clever title for this layout and settled on this "to the point" title.


A small cluster at the bottom finishes off my layout.

I have another process video today, you can watch the video for this layout below or here on my You-Tube channel!


Supply List: (from the kit)  Simple Stories 'warm and cozy', Pebbles 'autumn day', Jen Hadfield 'sprigs' and Carta Bella 'family gathering' patterned papers; American Crafts Cardstock; Pretty Little Studios "Oakley Avenue" patterned vellum paper, acrylic shape, vellum tape, flair, stickers and alphas; Queen and Co. buttons; Jen Hadfield rub-ons; Simple Stories die cuts and chipboard; Echo Park chipboard; Maya Road wood buttons; Tim Holtz Distress marker. (from my stash) Mr. Huey's brown mist; Hemptique twine.

Thank you so much for visiting today!

Friday, December 02, 2016

Crushing on Buffalo Check | Christmas Tags

Hey there!  I recently learned something new and used it to create Christmas tags to adorn our packages this year. I am seriously loving the buffalo check print!


First I created the buffalo check print in Photoshop, and then I created a bunch of Christmas icon png files in Photoshop, I combined the two together to make a bunch of buffalo check holiday icons.

I loved the way they turned out and wanted to incorporate them onto some tags for Christmas wrapping.  So I opened all the images in my Silhouette Studio Software, created a two layer tag that flips up (just below the buffalo check border) to reveal a not so hidden space to write a holiday message, and added the images to the fronts.  I also added the check borders and reinforcements at the holes.

As a final step I turned the whole lot into a print and cut file, so it is super quick and easy to make a bunch of tags!  Mine are printed on 66 lb 8.5x11 inch cardstock and come 5 to a page.

If you are into print and cuts and you want the file, leave me a comment with your email address or email me at iwhitaker@sympatico.ca with "Buffalo Check Tags" in the subject line and I will forward you the file.  Note - It is only available for Silhouette machines, so sorry to those of you needing other formats..

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Thursday, December 01, 2016

HO HO HO | Stuck?! Sketches

Hello!  We are revealing a brand new sketch over at Stuck?! Sketches today, Here is a peek at the sketch...


I seriously had so much fun creating my page! As you can see, I opted for a tree shape instead of a star, which I painted with water colours and added droplets of gold Color Shine. Then I stitched it to my background page which was also treated to some mixed media techniques.


I played with the Mistletoe Kisses collection from Simple Stories which is so so sweet! I love, love, love it! It seriously makes me giddy!

I converted my photos to black and white, except for Santa's red suit and the red ornaments on the tree. It is a fun look, and helped to hid the fact that our family room is currently boring and ugly!

I love that we have a photo of Santa leaving presents under our tree.  Last Christmas I knew our youngest was beginning to not "believe" - I know where does he think the presents come from?  Crazy kid!  Anyway, I saw an ad that offered this type of photo using a picture you send of your tree and decided to spring for the $5.  I was hoping it would help to convince him he is wrong. And I think I love it as much as he does, maybe more. Even though he broke my heart ;) and told me he no longer believes after the last holiday season, he still asks me how I captured this photo!


Anyway, I stuck pretty close to the sketch and used a journalling card between my two photos, adding the title there, as well.


And then I played and played with embellishments, I added what seemed like ton!  I couldn't help or stop myself!


But the pastel colours on the white background help to keep it from looking too busy.


I went a little beyond the "visual triangle" but it still sort of feels like there is one around the photos.


I finished things up with a bit of gold color shine.  Love that stuff! Does Heidi Swapp make a silver color shine?  Do you know? I think I may need it!

I have created a process video for this layout, you can check it out below or here on my You-Tube channel!


Supply List: Simple Stories Mistletoe Kisses 3x4 Journaling Card Elements, 4x6 Horizontal Elements, HO HO HO patterned paper, 6x12 Chipboard, Bits & Pieces, Stickers, Combo Cardstock Sticker; Simple Stories Say Cheese II enamel dots; American Crafts cardstock; Freckled Fawn wood number; misc wood snowflake; Accent Scrapbooking flair;  Leow water colour paints; leaf green Mr Huey's; light teal Gelato; Heidi Swap gold colour shine: Art Alternatives clear gesso.

We have two fun sponsors for our December 1st challenge, play along for our chance to win a prize or GDT spot!



Thanks so much for visiting, and please go check out the DT reveal, they knocked it out of the park this time!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

You | ScrapMuch? Class

Hey there!  I thought I would share a layout today that I taught as a class at a recent ScrapMuch? retreat.  I had fun using the Echo Park "Happy Summer" collection to create this page, and incorporated a few techniques for the ladies to try.


Some of my ladies were well versed in getting messy when creating, and others were newer to it.  But they were all super open to diving in and giving it a go!

We began by covering our pages in clear Gesso, even though the clear is a little gritty, I like that it doesn't make my bright white cardstock yellow-ish, like white Gesso can.


We set that aside to dry and worked on building our layers.  I always try to cut pretty much everything to the exact sizes we need to save my ladies time.


I designed the page so that it could easily be taught with drying time, as the layers were easily assembled off of the page and adhered in place once our backgrounds were finished.


I know it is a little hard to tell in the photos, but if you look closely you will see that we random stamped butterflies on our backgrounds which we heat embossed with clear embossing powder.


This allowed us to add water colour paints via a brush and the packaging technique, and get a resist effect on our butterflies.  We also added in sprinkles of mist.

At this point, the page was ready to dry and assemble.  Drying time was super quick.  I added journalling to finish off my page, which I managed to smudge because I didn't use my Sharpie :( , oh well!

I am so thankful for the ladies that took my class(es), we always have a lovely time.  It is a great way to chat with a group and we all end up learning a thing or two from each other!

Supply List:  American Crafts Cardstock; Echo Park patterned paper: misc. kraft paper and sequins; Freckled Fawn cork embellishments; misc. stamp; Studio Calico wood veneer; misc. crochet twine; Imagine clear embossing powder; Art Alternatives Gesso; Leows watercolour paints; Tattered Angels mist; Staedtler pen; Tim Holtz tiny attacher; misc. sequins..

Thanks so much for visiting today!


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Autumn Traditions | Noel Mignon

Hello there!

It's Saturday today which means it is my turn today to share a layout over on the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog!  This week the DT members are creating projects about traditions. Our family doesn't have much in the way of Thanksgiving traditions, other than to enjoy a nice meal together.  So I opted to document one of our Fall traditions,  which is to find fun places to go for walks to absorb all of the colours of Autumn.


I had fun making this page, although parts of it got away form me (or my original vision) and other parts were a bit of a struggle.  But that is all part of the journey, right?

After layering up the three patterns that make up my background, I applied Gesso to my page to fade out some of the pattern and make it easier for me to add some paint and mist.


I laid down a base of teal water-colour paints using both a brush and the packaging technique. Once that was looking how I had hoped, I went in with some green, teal, and brick coloured mists and added some splatters to pull the colours from my photo.

Then I used the mask from the kit and gold texture paste from my stash to add  leaves onto my background.  I was going for a "blowing leaves" sort of look, although I am not quite sure I got there.


After my background was complete, I layered my photo onto patterned papers and worked on a main embellishment cluster.  I used a combination of die cut leaves and elements from the kit to adorn the right side of my photo.


My title combines chipboard and alphas stickers, just the way I like it!


I create another smaller cluster on the top left side of my page, I love the way this pulls the colours from the other cluster over here.

I an sharing another process video today, you can watch the video for this layout below or here on my You-Tube channel!


Supply List for the kit:  Simple Stories  Warm & Cozy patterned paper; Pebbles Woodland patterned paper; Jen Hadfield Sprigs patterned paper; Carta Bella Family Gathering and Fall Forest patterned papers; American craft cardstock; Jen Hadfield rub-ons; Pretty Little Studio Oakley Avenue alphas stickers, vellum sticker tape and flair; Maya Road wood buttons; Prima Felt Leaves; Tim Holtz Distress marker; Echo Park brads; Carta Bella Crisp Autumn stencil;. (from my stash:  Sargent Gesso; green and teal Mr. Huey's; Brick Glimmermist; Leow's water colour paints; Heidi Swapp gold texture paste and Color Shine).

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thankful | Simple Stories

Hi there!  I am back today sharing my second monthly layout for Simple Stories, this time I am focusing a little more on the food elements of the Gather Together mini collection.  As I was trying to decide what photo to scrapbook, I realized that I take many photos of food and not very many of us enjoying the food or the company at dinner - I think I need to change that! Anyway as I mentioned yesterday, we opted for a smaller non-traditional Thanksgiving meal this year, and if our youngest is choosing the menu it is usually something to do with steak!


Once I decided on my background paper and the oh so pretty plaid as a secondary paper my layout, which features large and small focal areas, was also pretty much decided by the way I used these papers.


My first focal area includes my picture and title as well as a few embellishment clusters. Once again I pulled in a few flowery embellishments from the Hello Fall collection. I love the way these collections work so well together.


This smaller cluster at the bottom right of my page mimics my focal area, with the exception of the photo. I love the way this area turned out!  The pumpkin cluster was fussy cut from another sticker so it was missing some of the white border around it, I disguised this by doodling around the upper portion of it with a white pen. I love the way it turned out!


I added one more small area to the right of my photo so that I could have a spot for my journalling, not to mention an excuse to use a few more sweet stickers! I love the way this page turned out, although I do wish I had thought to add some machine stitching, but I think it is just fine without it.

I do have another process video today, you can watch the video for this layout below or here on my You-Tube channel!


Supply list: (from Simple Stories)
4662 Gather Together 6x12 Sticker sheet
4331 Say Cheese II Enamel Dots
(other supplies: misc. buttons, DMC floss, American Crafts brown Precision Pen, Versacolor Pinecone ink) 

Thanks so much for popping by!