Friday, September 4, 2015

Sketching for ScrapMuch? | September 4, 2015

Hi there!

Today I am sharing this sketch with my friends at ScrapMuch?, the DT has done a great job of providing inspiration so please pop on over and check it out!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

DIY Chalkboard Key Fob Tutorial | ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I am up on the ScrapMuch? blog today sharing a little tip/tutorial just to remind you that you can use your scrappy supplies for other household projects.

As you probably know, I recently moved, and with that move I inherited a whole bunch of new keys.  One of the first things we hung up in the new house was a pretty chalkboard / key hook that we picked up pretty inexpensively from Home Depot.  Of course, you know I needed to have the keys look cute too, right?!

So I grabbed these little black plastic tags that have been in my stash forever and this white Galaxy Marker from American Crafts that I got at ScrapMuch? which writes really great on dark mediums.

How cute do these look?  And oh so quick!

Now I just have to figure out what all these other keys unlock!

If you do not have any cute little plastic tags, You could make them easily enough with your manual die cutting machine and a smaller scale label die (or really even a simple circle die would be cute).  You could recycle some plastic or even grab a cheap plastic duotang (since they are all on sale now for a buck or two) in the colour of your choice.

Simply cut the duotang into smaller strips that will fit through your Cuttlebug or similar machine and your will have several tags in no time!

Thank you for visiting today!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Riding the Waves | Stuck?! Sketches

Hi there!

Today we are launching the newest sketch challenge at Stuck?! Sketches.  Here is a look at the sketch:

For this challenge, we are teaming up with the DT over at Scrap our Stash, who are challenging us to de-stash using the letters from the word L-A-Y-E-R-S!

You have until the 29th to link up with one or both challenges!

I picked up the Simple Stories"So Rad" collection at the last ScrapMuch? crop that I attended, I LOVE it! So much awesome "boyness" in one package! And the colour scheme is so versatile.

This is the page I created using the sketch and this collection:

As you can see I added lots of extra embellishments, I had a ton of fun "shopping" my stash!  I also played with some pale blue Gelatos and a circle stencil on both my cloud and my background paper.  Here are a few close up shots:

I added a bit o black fine line doodling around some of my page elements.

This is how I incorporated the Scrap our Stash portion of the challenge:

L – life preserver
A -  arrows
Y – yellow embellishments
E – epoxy brads
R – “riding”
S – stencil, sun, Silhouette, stars, stickers

Wycinanka and Lawn Fawn are sponsoring the challenge at Stuck?! Sketches this time around, offering a great prize each!  Be sure to pop on over to see the DT reveal and play along!

Supply List:  Simple Stories patterned paper; Simple Stories and Evalicious stickers; Evalicious puffy stickers; Studio Calico cork; Fancy Pants and Amy Tangerine ephemera; Simple Stories adhesive brads; Dear Lizzy date stamp; CTMH black ink; Gelatos; Magenta stencil; Staedtler pen; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

Thank you so much for visiting today!

ScrapMuch? Monthly Reveal | October Afternoon

Hi all!

Today I am sharing my monthly reveal for ScrapMuch?, and in the interest of full disclosure, I am not gonna lie - this month I was totally flying by the seat of my pants (or PJs, which is my usual late night scrapping attire!).  As I was working on these projects, it had been over a month since I played in my scrap room.  Well, with the exception of packing it all up at one house and unpacking it at our new home, but that is not really playing is it?

Anyway, I digress!  I was lucky enough to get this collection pack by October Afternoon to play with:

plus these extra sticker sheets:

They are super cute and kitschy!  I love that even though they are different collections, the colours work great together - so one paper pack and extra stickers gives you a variety of scrapping theme options!

I started with this layout, documenting my youngest sons love for breakfast foods.  He is our fussiest eater (although he likes a wide variety of foods especially eggs and vegetables, he is fussy about what he eats when and often lets himself go too long between eating) but boy will he pack away a big breakfast, which helps to ease away our worries, as his parents!

Dig In

Supplies: October Afternoon Patterned Papers, buttons and stickers; American Crafts cardstock; Hemptique button twine; American Crafts Precision Pen in brown; Silhouette Store cut file.

This next page documents our back to school photos from last year, it was our first full year of homeschooling and we were excited to see what the year would bring!

School Days

Supplies: October Afternoon Patterned Papers and stickers; American Crafts cardstock; Hemptique button twine; American Crafts Precision Pen in brown; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Evalicious Stamp; CTMH black ink; misc. buttons.

Fall isn't anywhere near as fun if there are no leaves to jump in, and our little one is all too eager to help mess up a freshly raked pile!

1 2 3 Jump

I took some inspiration for this page from this post by Paige Taylor Evans, although I used Gelatos instead of water colour paints (mostly because they are brand new to me and I wanted to play with them), I have been following her on instagram for a little while now and am loving her unique style.

Supplies: October Afternoon Patterned Papers and stickers; American Crafts cardstock; Hemptique button twine; American Crafts Precision Pen in brown; Sharpie in brown; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Maya Road clip; The Paper Company Vellum; Gelatos; misc. buttons.

I also created 3 birthday cards, I just couldn't resist using up some more of the stickers, so I searched for some silly phrases to turn them into cards!
 Birthday Card Trio

Supplies: October Afternoon Patterned Papers and stickers;  Hemptique button twine; American Crafts Precision Pen in brown; Sharpie in brown; misc. buttons and cardstock.

Thank you for visiting me today, I will be back a little later to share another post!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Hello Autumn | Canadian Scrapbooker

Hi there!

A couple of months back, I was invited by Jackie Ludlage of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine to try out for the Fall 2015 Cover Challenge.  I must admit I didn't even know this was a thing, I guess I just assumed that they chose from the regular entries.  Silly me. Now, you can imagine how honoured and excited I was to read the invitation!  I don't know if I am allowed to share specifics, but several scrapbookers were invited and as you know, there is only one cover, so just getting the invite was more than enough for me.  Jackie mentioned that a few other takes on the cover challenge would be published inside and that we would be asked to send in our layouts if we were chosen to be published at all.  So when my layout was asked to be mailed in I was kind of excited! Still not really believing or knowing if it was going to be published................

As you can see, I didn't make the cover - no surprise really, this page is stunning, love the flowers and stamping! Jackie made the right choice for sure.

But I did make the inside!  Along with Kristine Davidson, a scrapper I admire!

For the challenge, the magazine provides the photo (cute girls, eh?) and journalling; as well as layout and photo size specifications.  Being new to creating 8.5 x 11 layouts  (new as in I created my first and only about a week before the invite) I was a little intimidated, but totally up for the challenge.  After all, what did I have to lose!

I chose my colour palette from the tones in the photo,  wanting my layout to reflect the soft colours of Autumn.  Just before we get the full blown golds and russets, as the leaves change. These papers from My Mind's Eye were just perfect.

I pulled some embellishments from several manufacturers, I just love doing that.

I love layering embellishments, as well as adding several clusters.  Because of the size of the layout I struggled with this a bit - and then it came to me and I had fun with it and really liked the way it turned out.

Simple journalling per the challenge.

Supply List:  Bo Bunny cardstock; American Crafts cardstock, vellum and alpha stickers; My Mind's Eye patterned paper, brads and die cuts;  Fancy Pants "3" die cut, decorative bag; Evalicious flair; misc. wood tag, flower and washi.

So glad you stopped by!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Tidy Twine | Tutorial

Hi there!

I am sharing a little tip for card makers today, but in all honesty scrapbookers can utilize this tip as well.

Have you ever had trouble getting your twine to stay in place on your project?  Wll grab a small hole punch and follow along.

Mark off either side of your project, where you would like your twine to sit.

Punch a half circle, or notch,  on one side of your project and repeat on the other side.

Now when you wrap your twine, it will sit exactly where you want i!

Thanks for joining me today!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Paper Clip Embellishments | Tutorial

Hi there!

I have a fun little tutorial for you today, to create some DIY embellishments for your projects, and to use up some of your scraps and stash!

I gathered up some supplies; a few packages of leftover ephemera from various companies, my bin of spare parts (ie. left over die cuts), a couple of small punches, a variety of paper clips, my tiny attacher stapler and some pop dots.

Then I began assembling, first adding a tag or banner to the paper clip with a staple, and then embellishing in a variety of ways, keeping things really simple.

Next I played with one of the clips and a few other elements, creating the basis for a focal area on a future layout.

These clips are super fun to create and oh so easy!  Go ahead and give it a try!

Thanks for visiting!