Sunday, January 15, 2017

Simply Irresistible | Stuck?! Sketches

Hey there!! It is reveal day over at Stuck?! Sketches which means I get to share a new sketch and layout with you!  I also have a process video to share for this page!

I broke out my stash kit once again, boy does it ever make it so much easier to use up some of my goodies without have to dig through drawers and bins!  I am contemplating putting together a second kit with a different colour combination.  They are super easy to pack to take along to crops, but are also great for scrapping at home when you are short on time!

Anyway, on to the sketch!


This is my take on it, I often struggle with diagonal layouts so this was a fun challenge and the DT provided me with amazing inspiration!  (Which really means I was behind in pulling my page together!)


I stuck really close to the sketch which made for a really clean and simple page.  Although, this doesn't always translate to fast as you well know!


I have been hoarding this rub-on for an embarrassing amount of years, so it was really great to be able to use it up!


I added layers of papers pretty much exactly like the sketch suggested, and then beefed up my embellishment clusters which are my thing, as you know!  Although, even these clusters are a little more clean and simple than I often do.


I love layering stickers behind other elements.  It is also fun to use embellishments in other ways, like the clips on this page, for example.

We have two amazing sponsors for this sketch!



As I mentioned, I have a process video for this page.  You can check it out below or here on my You-Tube channel!


Supply List:   Shimelle, Photoplay, Echo Park and Simple Stories patterned paper; October Afternoon stickers; Deja Views rub-ons; Evalicious flair and puffy stickers; Accent Scrapbooking flair; Echo Park and Michael's enamel dots; Heidi Swapp navy Colour Shine; Evalicious and Simple Stories clips; Jillibean Soup kraft tag; Maya Road calendar die cut; Bo Bunny Chipboard; My Mind's Eye washi; American Crafts and Recollections cardstock; misc. crochet thread and button.

Be sure to play along for your chance at a prize! And seriously, check out the DT inspiration here!

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Frosty Friend | Simple Stories

Hi there, today I am sharing my second layout for the month for Simple Stories I am documenting this photo so my grandson and his little snowy friend friend, that was send to me by my son.  Normally I scrapbook about a year behind, but I couldn't resist adding this photo to a page immediately!



I loved this notebook lined and snowflake scattered patterned paper and definitely felt it needed to be a background.  I added gold texture paste "snowfall", created with a mask from My Favorite Things, to reinforce my wintery theme and draw the eye to the centre of the page.


I created this die cut of a snowman just for this page, and love how it looks cut from this gorgeous dark wood-grained paper.  I couldn't resist adding some seasonal flair to his hat with Washi and a die cut!


My photo is tucked into the snowman, to which I layered chipboard, die cut and sticker elements, as well as a tag behind and around.  All of the snowflakes that I used got a little enamel dot in their centres. I love the pops of colour they add!


My title is a combination of a cardstock sticker and alphas stickers, both from the collection.  I layered them together and added an embellishment cluster above them.


To finish things off, I added a small cluster to the upper left side of my page and some journalling.

I cannot tell you loud enough how much I love this collection, it makes me so happy and that says a lot as I am not a lover of winter! Ha!  I think this is a definite must have if you have winter photos to scrapbook!

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


Simple Stories Supply List:

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Other supplies: Heidi Swapp gold texture paste; Mr. Huey's teal mist; Sharpie; Guttermans gold thread; Annie's crochet thread; MFT snowfall mask.
  
Thank you so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Friday, January 13, 2017

Adventure Awaits | Noel Mignon

Hey friends! This week the  Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits design team is challenged to create a layout that reflects our goals, resolutions, one little word or the like for the new year. Since I am not much of one to make resolutions and I do not really do much with my one little word, I opted to document a goal I have for 2017 - which is to have more adventure in my life.  Now I am not speaking of far away exotic adventures, but more taking time to get out and enjoy life a little more! And I really hope I remember the camera!

After giving some thought to the theme of my page, I struggled a bit as to how to document it. Then as I was sifting through my kit I was inspired by the 6 x 6 paper in the Gather collection that a grid of little rectangles. I found this photo of it in 12x12 format on the Scrapbook.com site. (Forgot to snap a picture of my piece.)


Anyway, I cut up the paper into the little rectangular pieces and started playing with them, spreading them around on my desk and laying out a grid design. Grid designs are a little out of my comfort zone, so I challenged myself to go with it!

There were 12 little rectangles on the page, so I figured if I added 4 photos I could do a 4 up, 4 across grid.  The next step was to sift through my massive amount of photos to find a few that spoke to my theme.  I didn't really pay much attention to the date they were taken as that isn't really important to my story. Instead I focused on what was going on in the photos and picked ones where I was on an adventure, whether is was near or far, or photos of people or scenery didn't really matter.

After printing the photos, and integrating them into my grid design by placing one photo into each row, my design felt a little too structured, so I pulled one little rectangle from each row, varying the position that I pulled it from.  This created a blank space, which to me felt like a little resting spot in the design. 


Once these main elements were adhered to my page, I stitched around their perimeter with my sewing machine.

Next, I gave some thought to embellishing, I knew that I could tuck small embellishments anywhere on my page.  But what about larger ones?  I pulled 3 large-ish stickers from the Hazelwood stickers sheet and removed one more rectangle from my spread and added in an extra column, for each sticker I would add.





After adding my journalling which I hand wrote on a scrap of paper and taped it to a little rectangle with some of the washi from the kit,  I then proceeded to add in small embellishments.


 I splattered on some gold and navy Heidi Swapp color shine to finish off my layout.


My layout was feeling a little blah and lost so I mounted in onto the pretty polka dot patterned paper from Echo Park (the back of the cut apart cards) that came in the kit.  All in all, I kind of like the way it turned out, and I only used 1 partial sheet of the 12 x 12 paper (as I gutted it) and 3/4 of the 6x6 paper - kind of fun when you think about it!

Supply List:  From the Kit - Echo Park just be you 4x6 journalling card paper and sticker sheet; Hazelwood 6x6 paper, washi tape and sticker sheet;  Pretty Little Studio Hello Heather cut apart flags and Belle pocket cards; Simple Stories The Reset Girl enamel shapes and phrase stickers.  From my stash - Tim Holtz Kraft Core cardstock; Heidi Swapp gold and navy color shine; Fancy Pants Flair.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Winter Wonderland | Simple Stories

Hey there, I have created two layouts to share using the gorgeous Winter Wonderland collection which I have created for Simple Stories! Toda I would like to share one of them with you. I am loving the colours in this wintery collection, of course it has traditional cool blues and grey, but there are also beautiful soft honey yellows and a lovely warm coral which is such a cozy addition to this palette!


I am documenting this photo taken of my backyard facing into the woods behind us.  I have a fascination with photographing the woods since moving to this house a year and a half ago.  I love watching the changes that occur here throughout the seasons.

 

I started my page by die cutting a large snowflake from white cardstock and then used Gelatos and mists to add some subtle colour to it. It is hard to tell in this photo, but thanks to the addition of some clear but shimmery Glimmermist, it really sparkles.

You can get my snowflake cut file free here.



I was really inspired by this large chipboard element to document this story, so I knew it had to function as the title on my page.


I added a strip of birch tree patterned paper on top of this pretty snowflake paper to create the basis for my entire page.  I layered the large die cut snowflake, my photo and title centrally on my layout to create my focal area.  Next, I layered up some ephemera bits and pieces as well as some stickers to create a trio of embellishment clusters. 


I repeated this beautiful coral colour and some stitching in all of my clusters.


I finished off my page with some journaling and some gold mist splatters

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



Simple Stories Supply List:
Other Supplies:
Mr. Huey's manilla mist; Heidi Swapp gold color shine and gold texture past; Annie\s crochet cord.

Thank you so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Beach Bum | Stash Kit

Hi there, today I am sharing a just for fun page using my stash kit!  In case you missed it you can see how I compiled my stash kit here, as well as a couple of other layouts that I have created so far with this kit.

Back when our pup was just a couple of months old, I did a little photo shoot with her.  She was so good and I like to think we had fun! ha! One of the shots included a beach- scene and that is the photo that I am documenting today.



I created this cut file just for this page, I love that it allowed me to use lots of the patterned papers in my stash kit. After backing the cut file I adhered it to my page with only a few dots of adhesive to hold it in place while I stitched down the centre of the hearts.  I wanted the sides of the hearts to be "free floating" so to speak.


Then I worked on added a couple of embellishment clusters, making sure to pull lots of red elements in. I have a larger cluster to the right of my photo.


And a smaller one to the upper left of my picture.


Lastly, I worked on my title, which is a really old rub-on, tat I was happy to use up.  I added some interest here with stickers and washi tape.

I kind of love the happy look I achieved on this layout!  And it is always nice to do a just for fun page!

Supply List: Fancy Pants, Heidi Swapp, Photoplay, Crate Paper and Echo Park patterned papers; American Crafts vellum and cardstock; Simple Stories, Eco Park and Jillibean Soup stickers; Cuts2Luv flair and label; Scenic Route rub-ons; Evalicious puffy stickers; Simple Stories chipboard and enamel dots; Mr. Huey's and Heidi Swapp mist; Staedtler pen; misc clip.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Monday, January 09, 2017

2016 Top Ten Favourite Layouts + Giveaway Blog, You-Tube and Instagram Hop | Winner



Hey there!  I am a few hours behind schedule but it is still the 9th so it counts, right?  As promised, I am popping in today to announce the winner of my 2016 Top Ten Favourite Layouts + Giveaway Blog, You-Tube and Instagram Hop prize!! If you recall, Nicolle of Creative Embellishments generously gave me a $30.00 gift certificate, to her shop, to give away to one of my followers on my blog, Instagram and/or You-Tube channel!  To qualify, you just had to comment on any or all of my social media sites and become a follower to that site (or all of them) for the pertaining posts prior to Sunday the 8th at midnight EST.


I decided to do my draw via video, so you can watch it here on my You-Tube channel, or below.


The lucky winner is Wendy, who coincidentally commented and followed via You-Tube!


Congratulations Wendy! And thanks so much to everyone that hopped along with me!  It was so much fun to participate in Christine's hop!

Have a great night!
Laura
xo

Friday, January 06, 2017

Hello 2015 | Noel Mignon

Hi there!  I am up on the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog today sharing my first layout using the January Little Bird kit.  This month I am playing with the Daily Diary kit, typically put together for pocket style scrapbooking.  Because I am not a pocket scrapper and do not wish to start this style of scrapping at this time, I challenged myself to create 12 x 12 layouts with my kit.

For my first share I did have to add in some cardstock to the kit, one piece to act as a base, and a second piece to create a die cut for my page.


Since we have started a new month and a new year, I decided to scrapbook about New's Eve a couple of years ago.  My husband and I went out to a dance with some friends and had a great evening!


I started my page by creating this cut file, after that I added some water colour paint to my background.  I created a sort of colour blocking look using three colours.  Then I added some machine stitching.  I wish my stitching was a little more straight but it is what it is!

I layered up some pocket and journalling cards under my photo to create a focal point, cutting one into a tag shape to create a bit of interest.


I knew I wanted to use this "hello" sticker as part of my title so I paired it with some number stickers to create "hello 2015".


I punched out the "enjoy this" from a pocket card, using a circle punch. Then cut the "beautiful moment" phrase from another card. I kept my embellishing to a minimum using only a few stickers and enamel dots, plus a couple of buttons form my stash.


I hand wrote my journalling and added a couple of hearts to accent it.


Then I decided my page needed just a bit more, so I cut another pocket card into a square, and then into two triangles, and added one each to two of my corners.  Afterward, I stitched on some ribbon as a final touch.

I definitely had to be creative to use the kit for a 12 x 12 page, but I love the end result!

I also have a new process video today, you can watch the video for this layout below or here on my You-Tube channel.


Supply List: From the kit - Pretty Little Studios Belle and Mon Ami pocket cards; Fancy Pants Joy Parade journalling cards; Echo Park Just Be You alpha stickers; Simple Stories enamel shapes; Hazelwood shape stickers, date stamp and washi tape; May Arts pink silk ribbon.  From my stash - American Crafts cardstock; my cut file; Leow's water colour paints; Sargent gesso; Heidi Swapp gold color shine; misc buttons; Annie's crochet thread.

Thanks for visiting today!
Laura
xo