Monday, August 21, 2017

Diagonal Flowers | Free Cut File

Hey there!  I created a fun cut file to coordinate with my August 15th sketch for Stuck?! Sketches, to share with you this month.

Hope you enjoy the file!

https://app.box.com/s/zoi7szsciiqpnxjmd06n55wzgvg9yq1b


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

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xo 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Smile Sweet Friend | Stash Bash

Hey there!

It's time for a new Stash Bash You-Tube hop, and for the month of August we are focusing on stamps! Of course you can't really de-stash stamps (unless you sell or give them away) but some of us, like me, need the reminder to use them once in a while - especially on layouts!

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


I love the way my page turned out, even though I had fun with inks and mists and got a little messy, this is still a bright and fresh page.  I am so glad that I took the challenge and "de-stashed" some stamps!


To begin my layout, I stuck a round journal stamp upside down on my stamping block, so that I could stamp a solid circular shape using distress ink.  I did this with both a 2 inch and a 1 inch stamp.  I love that the stamping came out mottled and inconsistent looking, it offers great texture to my page!

Then I went back with similar sized round stamps from Bo Bunny and some black Stazon ink and stamped "frames" around my first set of stamped shapes. I didn't worry about lining up the stamps perfectly, in fact I like them better misaligned.

Later I stamped tiny little black circles, that look more like splatters of black mist.


Once my background stamping was finished, I sprinkled on blue mist in two colours.  When I am almost finished my page I will add some grey mist.


I also used a few Evalicious phrase and word stamps, to create a triangle around my photo.



After adding layers of patterned paper behind my photo, I added a few fun embellishments, a title, and some journalling to my layout.

You can see my process video 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!


Supply list: American Crafts cardstock; Lawn Fawn patterned paper and flair; Bo Bunny, Evalicious, One Canoe Two and misc. stamps; Tim Holtz tumbled glass distress ink; Stazon black ink; Sharpie pen; Adornit, Jillibean Soup, Fancy Pants stickers; Fancy Pants puffy word; Studio Calico wood hearts; Mr. Huey's, Smooch and Tattered Angels mist; My Mind's Eye brads; The Resin Rainbow resin; Pretty Little Studios flags; Evalicious clip; misc. button and twine.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Great Adventures | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there! I'm sharing a new layout and process video for My Creative Scrapbook today, using another one of my Cruise photos from ages ago that I never quite managed to get through! (In case you missed it, the reveal can be found here.)


This polka dot paper is pretty bold because it is so colourful, but I really wanted it to be a background.  Since my photo has mostly neutrals in it, it really helps keep things from being overwhelming

I tried  a few colours of matts for my page, but the green really made my photo pop!


I love this frame from Becky Higgins and knew that it would help bring interest to my photo and create a perfect title.


Layering cut apart cards, with stickers, chipboard and flair give my page great dimension!


Do you layer stickers?  I love this trick and often add in dimensional adhesive for extra pop!


I trimmed this arrow from a larger sticker, that felt awkward to me and used it to document the date of this photo, with my One Canoe Two date stamp.


This little post card was cut from a patterned paper to become a perfect spot to add my journalling.

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


Supply List: (From the Kit) Echo Park "Go See Explore" patterned papers {You got a Postcard, You are my world} and chipboard elements; PhotoPlay "Boarding Pass" patterned papers {Ticket to Fly and Jet Set} and element stickers; Becky Higgins "Explore" chipboard frames and flair.  (From my stash) One Canoe Two date stamp; Stazon black ink;crochet thread.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Adorbs | Stuck?! Sketches

Hey there!  I am sharing a new sketch, layout and a process video for Stuck?! Sketches' August 15th challenge today!

Here is a look at my sketch:


 And this is my take on it, I had a lot of fun with  the diagonal design!
  

I love this photo of my son and his fiance, they are all glammed up for a friends wedding!  I thought the Posh collection from Simple Stories would suit the photo nicely, even those the blues didn't quite match.

I opted to use two patterned papers of the same colours for my background, I love the tone on tone look!


I created this cut file for this layout (spoiler alert - I will be sharing it here on my blog on the 21st of this month) I love the way it reinforces my design! I used mainly small pieces of patterned papers from cut apart cards and a bit of vellum to back the cut file with.


I struggled a little bit with embellishing this page, mainly because I wanted to use up as many goodies from this collection as I could.


But I do like the way it all came together in the end!

We have two amazing and super supportive sponsors this month over at Stuck?! Sketches



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


Supply List: Simple Stories Posh patterned paper, chipboard, clear stickers, cardstock stickers, bits and pieces, bradz and epoxy clips; misc. doily; American Crafts cardstock; die cut by me.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sharing a Sketch | Heather's CraftyLife

Hey there!  One of the best things about scrapbooking for me has been the vast number of friends that I have made, whom I would never have met otherwise.  Lot's of these crafty friends I have met in person and some I have only "met" online. A fairly recent friend is Heather of Heather's CraftyLife, she is a super fun You-Tuber and posts loads of inspiring videos. Today she is live streaming (which sounds super intimidated to me BTW) and has asked me to share a sketch with her so she could run a challenge on her channel.

Here is the sketch...


Pop on over to Heather's You-tube channel and watch her live stream to find out how you can play along!


Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xo

Friday, August 11, 2017

Adventure Apprehension | My Creative Scrapbook

Hi there!

I am sharing another layout and process video, created using the August main kit fromMy Creative Scrapbook.  I gave myself many challenges for this kit, in my last layout I challenged myself to use a large photo, for today's page I am using some older photos from a cruise we took.  I ran out of steam for the album, I think in part because I used the same collection for what I had competed thus far in the album.  Using new goodies made it exciting again!  The second challenge to myself was to use the large cut apart sheet, as I often opt for the "B" side of these types of papers.


Even though, these aren't your typical cute cruise pics, I really wanted to document this story.  Our youngest was decidedly nervous when it came time to board the ship!  I managed to capture his emotions fairly well in these photos.


As you can see I used one of the 2x12 cut apart pieces on my page, including it as part of my title.  I used my Silhouette to cut out the second half of my title.


Because this design is a little out of my norm, it felt a little awkward and the title seemed overwhelming.  So I wrapped embellishments all around my photos to ensure that is where the focus went.


I used lots of the Echo Park "Boarding Pass" goodies to create some clusters and layers.


My journalling could have been a little tidier but I am glad that I captured the story.

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


Supply List: (From the Kit) Echo Park "Go See Explore" patterned papers {Let's Fly Away, Border Strips, You Got a Postcard, Let's Pack and Go}, sticker elements and chipboard elements;.  (From my stash) crochet thread, Sharpie pen.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Travel the World | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there!

I am a little later popping in today because I decided to switch things around on my blog this morning.  It has been super quiet here because life has been busy, but I really wanted to share this page - so I made some time!

I created this page using the main kit for August from My Creative Scrapbook, which has a fun travel theme.  We do not actually vacation a ton, but I still had pics left to scrap from a cruise we took several years ago, plus we also recently went to Disney and we live by a lake so this kit is perfect for all of that, too!

Today's page feature a photo of our cruise ship, I think this page would make an excellent cover page for the album from that trip!


I was really inspired by the Heidi Swapp stencil that was included in the kit, and wanted to create a soft stenciled effect on my background.

I kept my patterns to a minimum, using only two and one is my background.  However, the stenciling acts almost as a third pattern.


I combined a couple of stickers to create my title; trimming the words "the world" from a larger sticker.


I really love the positioning of my title and that it allowed for room to nestle my journalling right below it.


Of course, this chipboard ship needed to make it onto this page!


The flag banner also inspired this page, creating the colour palette and the light and airy look.  I really wanted the flags to look as if they were blowing in the breeze!

Final steps included a sprinkling of two colours of mist, onto my background.

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


Supply List: (From the Kit) Echo Park "Go See Explore" patterned papers {Explore the World and 3x4 Journalling Cards} and chipboard elements; PhotoPlay "Boarding Pass" element stickers; Becky Higgins flair; Heidi Swapp stencil.  (From my stash) Tim Holtz faded denim Distress Ink; Tattered Angels sky mist; Heidi Swapp navy Color Shine; misc. thread.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Explore Together | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there! It is reveal day over at My Creative Scrapbook, and that means I get to share this month's awesome main kit with you, and a layout, too! In fact, I also have a process video for you! I am really enjoying making these videos!

I loved this month's kit travel themed kit, filled with goodies from the Echo Park " Go See Explore" collection and a few goodies from the PhotoPlay "Boarding Pass collection!  It was a super fun kit to play with and as I will share over the course of the month, I created a ton of pages, and used some new and some older photos.

Check out the kit contents.


And this is my first layout share....


This particular photo is so new, that I created with it on the day that I took it!  Outside of December daily, I never do this.  I challenged myself, when creating this page, to use a larger scale photo.  I typically use smaller pics, as you know, so this was a fun test for me.

And while the layout deviates a fair bit from my usual style, I still like the way it turned out.


I combined the chipboard flags with a die cut word to create my title, hanging the chipboard flags from a piece of the rustic twine that was in the kit.

I also incorporated my journaling as a main design element on my page.


I layered up a couple of patterned papers in my background and added some machine stitching for texture. I also like the way that it helps to frame my page. And speaking of framing, I halved a Becky Higgins frame from the kit, to flank and draw even more attention to my photo.


I layered stickers in two areas of my layout, creating clusters and topped this one off with a flair from the kit.

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


Supply List: (From the Kit) Echo Park "Go See Explore" patterned papers {Snap Photos and 4 x 6 Journalling Cards} and chipboard elements; PhotoPlay "Boarding Pass" element stickers; Becky Higgins "Explore" chipboard frames and flair; rustic twine.  (From my stash) American Crafts cardstock; One Canoe Two date stamp; CTMH black ink.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Paddle A While | Stuck?! Sketches

Hey there! I am sharing a new sketch, layout and a process video for Stuck?! Sketches' August 1st challenge today! Here is a look at my sketch:


And this is my take on it, I love the bright colours, the way it turned out and that I used up some stash!


I think my layout ended up slightly more girly than the subject of kayaking warrants, but I had fun using up some feminine stash products!


I pulled in some older Simple Stories embellishments and a few other small items to round out this Fancy Pants collection.


I also fussy cut several flowers from one of the patterned papers to use as more embellishments. It is an easy way to gain a few more embellies!


My journalling talks about how kayaking is a good way to clear my head and while away some time.


I had another title in mind but this one fit the space better, can you tell my second "e" is created by combining an "f" and an "l"?

As a final step I added some splatters of water colour paint.

We have two wonderful sponsors offering prizes this month over at Stuck?! Sketches:



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


Supply List:Fancy Pants life is Beautiful patterned papers, flair and tag set; Jillibean Soup butterfly die cut; My Mind's Eye and Echo Park brads; Shimelle wood buttons; Leow's water colour paints; Simple Stories SN@P alphas, Life in Colour chipboard and clear stickers.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo