Monday, November 20, 2017

This is Love | Stash Bash

Hey there!

Today I am sharing a new layout for the Stash Bash You-Tube hop, we are having fun using up some of our mists this month!

I wanted to use mists in a unique way, a way that would make more of an impact than how I would typically use them.  I decided I would try my hand at painting with them!

It took a couple of tries, but within a few minutes I was able to create a shape that somewhat resembles a nondescript flower, lol!

After I created one that I liked, I turned on the camera and created another one as part of my process video.  The first couple of flowers took about 10-15 minutes each to create, after that I got a little more brave and worked faster.  Funnily, I liked the flowers that I didn't stress over better!  Anyway, I created a handful of flowers in a couple of sizes, opting for an orange and goldish yellow colour scheme. Why I chose these colours, I cannot tell you, they are a little out of my norm, maybe because it was dark and gloomy the day that I created this page!

Once I had my flowers finished and let them dry for a few minutes, I fussy cut them out and set about creating my page, featuring one of my son and daughter-in-laws engagement photos.

Other than these bright flowers, I kept things pretty simple, embellishing with a few small ephemera pieces, rubons, puffy stickers and gems.

I do love this large gold word as my title, it holds the perfect amount of punch for this page.

I finished up by adding some messy stitching and some splatters of mist. I love the way it turned out!

You can watch my process below or on my You-Tube channel here!

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

Christy Harriman: 

Supply List: American Crafts Cardstock; Jillibean Soup "Farmhouse Stew" patterned paper, ephemera and puffy stickers; Jen Hadfield foil phrase sticker; Tim Holtz rub ons; Kaisercraft gems; misc. crochet thread and sewing thread; Heidi Swapp gold color shine; taxi yellow, bookworm green, warm calico, real red, and plum thumb Mr. Huey's mist.

Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fall Fun | My Creative Scrapbook

Hi there!

There is a fun sketch challenge going on over at  My Creative Scrapbook, and I created the sketch!  Along with a peek at the sketch, I am sharing my take on it and a process video with you today!

As you can see the sketch features 3 small photos and lots of paper layers. I hope you decide to play along, I would love to see your take on it.  The sketch challenge is open to everyone not just kit club members.  You can link up your layout on the MCS Inspiration Facebook group.

This is my layout, I love that I was able to balance loads of pattern with some white space!  I also had fun with some mixed media as the sketch suggested!.

These photos are so funny to me, we were trying to get our pup to pose for the camera, he was not very cooperative, looking everywhere but at me!  My husband kept trying to help him but it just wasn't working. We did manage to get one or two not too terrible pics, though.  The photos on this page are the out takes, I thought it would be fun to document them.

I combined two stickers for my title, adding a fish tale edge to one.  I moved it slightly from where the sketch suggested so that I could incorporate it into this cluster.  I love that the tree and house create a little scene!

I added two colours of mist and some white textured paste, which I put through the stencil that came in the kit, to speak to the sketch suggested mixed media, along with paint rings.

I also added more journaling than I could fit in the area that the sketch suggested so I created a new area for it and added a little bit of embellishing around it. I really love these small phrase stickers for this purpose.

This embellishing area is fairly simple, just a die cut and a couple of stickers.  I am glad that I could use the twig, as I wasn't sure I would ever use it, but it works perfectly on this page!

You can view my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here!

Supply List: Simple Stories Vintage Blessings patterned papers (So Very Blessed, So Thankful, Warm and Cozy, Homespun Happiness, Love & Laughter, Happy Life, 3x4 journaling card elements), cardstock stickers, bits and pieces and 4x6 stickers; Echo Park ZigZag stencil.From my stash: Ranger texture paste; DecoArt burnt umber paint; Prima soft teal mist; harvest orange Glimmermist.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

DHS | Stuck?! Sketches

Hi there! It is time for our mid-month challenge at Stuck? Sketches, so that means I get to share a new sketch, layout and a process video with you today!

Here is a look at the sketch:

It is a single photo page, but hey, do your thing!

This is my take on it:

As you can see, I flipped the order of the journalling card and photo, but kept everything else pretty much the same.

I added a fun set of stitched Mickey ears in lieu of the suggested circular element, I love the way they look!

I also added some stenciled stars and mist splatters.

My title features really, really old Jenni Bowlin alphas, I was totally hoarding these - time to use them up!

My embellishing is pretty simple on this page, well for me anyway!

I opted to use this fun banner sticker instead of the suggested strip of paper.  I even added some machine stitching along it!

As promised here is my video, you can watch it here or on my You-Tube channel.

We have two fabulous sponsors helping us out this month...

Supply List: Echo Park Magical Adventure patterned papers and stickers; American Crafts Cardtstock; Jenni Bowlin alpha stickers; Tim Holtz tumbled glass Distress Ink: Plaid stencil; Smooch "ice rink" Spritz; Queen & Co. "magic 3" flair; Carta Bella "snow fun" enamel dots; Jillibean Soup buttons; EK Success Mickey Ears punch; misc ribbon and thread; Sharpie pen.

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Disney Sn@p Mini Album | Video Flip Through

Hi fiends!  I have a Disney Album flip through to share with you today!

You can watch it here or on my You-Tube channel here.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sharing a Sketch | Redefined Kreative

Hi there!  I am sharing a sketch with my online friend Khristina Sorge from Redefined Kreative today! Khristina has started a new small business, called the Secret Not Secret Kit Club (you can read more about that here) and each month she runs an online scrap party, today's sketch is for the November scrap party!

You can visit Khristina's You-Tube channel or the Secret Not Secret Instagram account (@thesecretnotsecretkitclub) to find out how you can participate! 

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Welcome Fall | My Creative Scrapbook

Hi there!

I am sharing another layout and process video with you today!  This page was created with the gorgeous November Main Kit from My Creative Scrapbook!  The kit is amazing, featuring goodies from the Simple Stories "Vintage Blessings"  collection.

While my last two pages were bright and airy and light on pattern this layout features rich Fall colours and plays on many of the patterns in the kit!

The colours were pulled from this sweet photo!  I wanted to use this brown plaid paper as a background and layer in some other patterns, but didn't want to get too much clashing going on, so I used the other patterns minimally in the form of some hand cut triangles. I also layered in a couple of strips of one of the striped papers to tie in all of the colours.

As I love to do, I created a multi font title using the Jen Hadfield stickers and a Simple Stories sticker.

From there I worked on a couple of embellishment clusters to carry my featured colours around my page.

I briefly wished that I had two brown buttons to use on my page, and then quickly realized that I could rectify this by colouring a white one with a brown Sharpie, it worked like a charm!

I also added in a bit of machine stitching for added texture.

You can view my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here!

Supply List: Simple Stories Vintage Blessings patterned paper (4x6 horizontal elements, warm and cozy, happy life, love and laughter, homespun happiness), 4x6 stickers, chipboard pieces, cardstock stickers, bits and pieces; Jen Hadfield Home+Made foil phase stickers; Jillibean Soup buttons. (From my stash) misc thread; brown Sharpie

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Home is Where our Story Begins | My Creative Scrapbook

Hi there!  

I am sharing another layout and process video with you today, using the November main kit from My Creative Scrapbook!  The kit is amazing, featuring goodies from Simple Stories "Vintage Blessings" collection, I know you will love it! I really enjoyed creating with is for both Fall and everyday layouts!

Last week, I shared a Fall layout so today I am sharing an everyday layout.  I loved the little houses in the kit and paired a pretty one with the word "home" from the Jen Hadfield stickers that were also included in the kit for this layout.  I was further inspired by the vintage roses from this collection for this page, but wanted to keep things from being too heavy so I opted to use the stickers opposed to the patterned paper, which felt much heavier to me.  I think I achieved a more modern take on the vintage rose.

These gold words are so gorgeous, they have shimmer but not too much! The small flower and heart stickers fill in the trapped space I created and also serve as my third embellishment cluster.

I used minimal pattern on my layout, which helped to keep it clean looking and not too heavy, opting instead to add the pattern to the back of my page in the form of the pretty pink polka dots.

I did use pattern in the form of that scalloped border sticker and a very narrow strip of striped paper which sandwich the lace that came in the kit.  If you look closely you can see that I added some gold stitching here and around my page.

I stacked phrase stickers and tucked in a rose sticker to create my first cluster.

My second cluster was created by layering a sticker onto a DIY tag and tucking in a couple of chipboard pieces.

You can view my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here!

Supply List: Simple Stories Vintage Blessings patterned paper (gather together, 4x4 elements, 3x4 journaling elements), 4x6 stickers, chipboard pieces, cardstock stickers, bits and pieces; lace; Jen Hadfield Home+Made foil phrase stickers; Jillibean Soup buttons. (From my stash) American Crafts cardstock; misc thread; Tim Holtz 'gathered twig' distress marker; crochet thread..

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Pumpkin Fun | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there! It is reveal day over at My Creative Scrapbook, and that means I get to share the awesome November main kit with you, as well as a layout and process video, too!

This month's kit, features the Simple Stories "Vintage Blessings"  collection, which was so fun to work with, I carved out a crafty day for myself and just went to town, creating 7 layouts in all!  I will be sharing them with you over the course of the month!

Check out the main kit contents.

And here is my first layout.

This layout turned out exactly as I had hoped!  I love this photo of my grandson, snagged off Facebook, it has what appears to be a vintage-y filter on it and I thought it was so perfect for this kit!

I wanted my page to be bright and airy with a fun title element!

I die cut my title with my Silhouette, you could easily do this with a craft knife if you choose block letters, then I backed the area with green patterned paper and added the cut out letters back onto my page using foam adhesive.  I completed my title with a sticker that reads "fun".

 After adding my journalling, I embellished below it, creating my first of three clusters.

I also added a small cluster right on top of my photo. I used orange and blue in each area to help my photo pop.

Aside from the green patterned paper beneath my die cut letters, this strip of paper is the only really visible patterned paper on the layout.  I stitched along the edge of it and added my third embellishment cluster, repeating the blue and orange colours here, too.

I also used the stencil from the kit and some Ranger texture paste from my stash to add texture to my background, I considered adding splatters but opted to keep things white and bright.

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:  Simple Stories Vintage Blessings 'warm & cozy' patterned paper, 4x6 stickers, cardstock stickers, bits and pieces; Jillibean Soup buttons; Echo Park ZigZag stencil.  From my stash: American Crafts cardstock; Ranger texture paste; Tim Holtz 'gathered twig' Distress Marker.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

You Documented | Stuck?! Sketches

Hey there!

Wow, November!  You know what that means? Yup, a new sketch and layout from me for Stuck?! Sketches, along with a process video! 

Here is a look at the sketch, it features three small photos, but you can of course switch it out as you wish.

And this is my take on it.  I pulled out some older photos of my middle son.  These are school photos from grades 5, 6 and 7.   It wasn't until I saw them all sitting in my drawer together that I realized there was a story to tell other than the typical back to school theme. This layout became about my son's outward changes and efforts to find his own personal style. I loved these years, he was a super cool pre-teen; smart and sweet and still happy to hang out with us! ha!

I pulled out some older "Jack and Jill" from Echo Park for this page, as I was trying to work with the blue background in these school photos.  I also pulled in the wood grained paper from Echo Park's Fall is in the Air" collection. I hate those blue backgrounds, but I think I made the page work.

The journaling and title form an integral part of the design of this page, so I put the journaling down early in the process so that I could work around ti.

I also added in two bonus clusters, because, well because I am me and that's what I like! The first one is shown above and the second one is below.

I found a few more embellishments in my stash that worked well for this page, like the stars from Freckled Fawn and the wood buttons from Shimelle.

And I love these little Studio Calico (super old) clips - so perfect for documenting the grades he was in in each photo.

You can view my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here.

Supply List: Echo Park "Jack and Jill" patterned paper, stickers and chipboard; Echo Park "Fall is in the Air" patterned paper; faded jeans Distress Ink, Plaid stencil; DecoArt "tropical blue"acrylic paint; Your Next Stamp twine and enamel dots; Studio Calico clips; Freckled Fawn acetate stars; Shimelle wood buttons, Simple Stories "Legacy" letter and phrase stickers; October Afternoon tab; Am Tangerine wood frame; Accent Scrapbooking flair.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fall Fair | My Creative Scrapbook

Hello there!

I am sharing my last layout of the month using the October main kit from My Creative Scrapbook! This time I decided to document my son's two most favourite things about the local Fall fair; the rides and the bunnies he can cuddle!

I began my page by playing with a bit of mixed media, namely my Distress Oxide inks.  I thought I did too much at one point, but as you know most of it gets covered up anyway. ;)  

I love the way both the Simple Stories elements from the kit and the Jillibean Soup elements blend so seamlessly together. 

You know I love my clusters and layers of embellishments so I played with the kit elements a bit to create  look that speaks to me.

I was also able to create my favourite title style, a mixed font look.

Oh and I could not resist stacking these sweet farm animals!

You can view my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here, to see how I went about creating this page!

Supply List: (from the kit) Simple Stories "Happy Harvest" cardstock stickers; Jillibean Soup "Farm House Stew" patterned paper (goodness gracious, hold your horses,bless your heart, rise and shine, bite sized bits), die cut alphas; coordinating label stickers, pea pod parts; rustic twine. (Other Supplies) Tim Holtz 'fossilized amber'  and ' cracked pistachio' distress oxide inks; Tim Holtz spiced marmalade' distress crayon; 'aqua dolce' and 'banana' Gelatos; Sharpie pen; American Crafts cardstock.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Happy Rockstar | Just for Fun

Hey there!  I am sharing another just for fun layout today, this one features a cut file that I designed just for this page!

I recently rediscovered a cut file that I created a while back, made by tracing a star that I drew.  I decided to turn it into a background design and came up with this fun design.

Of course, I needed to use it right away, so I pulled out some fun Bella Blvd papers from my scrap bin.  I actually had next to nothing in the way of patterned papers left but I did have a fun sticker sheet that I wanted to use for my title, so I rolled with what I had!

After backing the cut file and deciding where it should sit on my page, I used a combination of Gelatos and Tim Holtz Distress Crayons to add some colour to my cardstock base paper. I also added some splatters of Shimmerz in a pretty teal colour and white Mr. Huey's mist.  Then I stitched around this whole "mess" with some orange thread!

I mounted my cut file with foam and did the same for my photo, once they were both adhered to my page, I added my title with the stickers and some fussy cut letters.

After that it was just a matter of tucking in a few stickers and some fun enamel shapes here and there.

Supply List:  Bella Blvd patterned paper, clip and stickers; American Crafts cardstock; Gelatos; Tim Holtz Distress Crayons; Shimmerz and Mr. Huey's mist; Freckled Fawn enamel shapes; Becky Higgins flair; digital cut file designed by me; misc. thread.

Thanks so much for visiting today!