Wednesday, May 27, 2015

JIllibean Soup Guest Designer

Hi there!

I was so fortunate to be invited to guest for Jillibean Soup, in fact it was almost a year ago when I was invited and the exciting guest spot took place last Tuesday, yesterday and today.  I would love for you to check out my projects here, here and here.

Thanks for visiting!

Therm O Web Sticky Dots Tutorial | ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I was recently given a package of ThermOWeb Sticky Dots for Die Cuts to play with from ScrapMuch?, if you haven't seen them, this is what the packaging looks like.

I hadn't used this product before, have you?  I was anxious to give it a try though. 

Turns out they are super simple to use, check it out.

you start by removing the waxy cover, from the sticky back paper.

Place your die cuts onto a section of the adhesive paper.

Lay the waxy top cover back over your elements.

And give them a little rub with your finger, pressing the die cuts into the adhesive.

Now remove your die cuts .

This is what they should look like on the back - loads of adhesive on them!  You can rub off the little bits that over hand your die cut simply with your fingers.

Now place them onto your page or card. this is super wonderful for skinny elements that regular adhesive would be too wide for.  Plus the entire die cut is stuck firmly to your project.

I also found out that this adhesive holds sequins pretty great too!

Here is a little photo of my finished card.

I am thinking that we could cut this adhesive into strips and apply glitter to the strips to embellish a project.  What do you think?

Supply List - ThermOWeb Sticky Dots for Die Cuts; We R Memory Keepers patterned paper and ephemera; American Crafts Cardstock; Staedtler pen.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sketching for ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I am sharing a sketch with my friends at ScrapMuch? today.

Please stop by and check out the DT reveal, and play along for your chance at the prize!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ride | Boys Rule Scrapbook Kit Club

Hi there

I am up on the Boys Rule Scrapbook Kit Club blog today, sharing this layout using the May / June kit contents.

I began my page by adding some large splotches of white Mr. Huey's mist to the background, I love the way it looks against the black cardstock.  Then I added some of the gold Smooch Spritz form the kit.After adding a few narrow strips of patterned paper (which were inked with yellow ink), I pop dotted my photo and began embellishing.

The arrow clip was too cute to hide so I stapled it onto my page.

I added some of the gold rubons, loving the phrase to do with travel or adventure for this photo.

I also layered a bunch of die cute and stickers, adding a bit of super messy doodling to some of them to pull in the black background.

Kit Club Supply List - Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee and Echo park; Ephemera: Jillibean Soup and Echo Park; Stickers: Jillibean Soup and Echo Park; Gold Rubons: Paper House; gold mist: Smooch Spritz, misc: cardstock and arrow clip; Doodlebug alpha stickers.

Other Supplies: Mr. Huey's white mist, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Hemptique button twine, CTMH yellow ink.

Thanks for visiting! 

Washi Tape Dispenser Tip | ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I have a super easy tip for you today, which has the added bonus of recycling, too!

Tape an empty tape dispenser.

And instead of throwing it out, do this.

Recycling, practical and so pretty, too!  If you are super clever you could trace and cut out the label onto a piece of coordinating patterned paper - or white cardstock covered with the Washi tape that is in the dispenser.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Double Ruffled Flower and Leaves Cut File

Hi there!

I have a new freebie cut file for you today, available in both Silhouette and SVG format.

click on the image to be taken to my download page


Friday, May 15, 2015

#love | Boys Rule Scrapbook Kit Club

Hi there!

I have a new layout and sketch to share with you for my latest DT assignment with Boys Rule Scrapbook Kit Club

Here is the sketch.

As you can see, I am a little circle happy right now!

Here is my take on the sketch...

I started my page by layering my photo onto punched and torn strips of paper, that were inked with black ink. Next I created a backdrop for this focal point by adding some water colour paints in a few splotches around the page, then I stamped randomly with a mesh stamp and StazOn ink, and finally I added paint circles using a variety of sizes of lids as stamps.  I like to keep a random supply of these in my craft area.  As a final step for my background, I added black Mr. Huey's (from my stash) and some of the gold Smooch Spritz from the kit.

Next I added some of the gold rubons around my page, I love that they are slightly distressed looking.  And don't those fun little glasses look cute!

This little plastic clip is perfect on my photo, it was a little slippy so I added some Washi tape on the back to hold it in place.  PS I seriously love that little face!

I trimmed off one of the phrase strips from one of the patterned papers and adhered it to the bottom of my page.  I then added a journaling tag from the ephemera package, and a little banner clip, as well as another rubon.   

Lastly, I added my title with the great Simple Stories alpha stickers, and a few Doodlebug enamel triangles that I had left over from the last kit.

Supply list:  Kit contents - Echo Park patterned paper, die cuts and packaging used for photo mat; Smooch Spritz in gold; Kaisercraft gold rubons; misc. cardstock, glasses, Simple Stories alphas, plastic and wire clips.

Other: Decoart and Anita's acrylic craft paint, Leow's water colour paints, black StazOn ink, Tim Holtz tiny attacher, black Mr. Huey's mist, Doodlebug enamel triangles (from prior kit); Bo Bunny mesh stamp, Staedtler black felt tip pen.

Thank you for visiting today, I hope to see you play along with us at  Boys Rule Scrapbook Kit Club!

his spotter | Stuck?! Sketches

HI there!

There is a brand new sketch challenge up at Stuck?! Sketches ...

... and we have two amazing sponsors!  Both,


are ready to give two winners a prize!

I would lie to share my take on the sketch with you...


Our dog Mollie, was always ready to supervise her boy in his activities!

I pulled out some scraps of Jillibean Soup papers that I had left over from another project because I like the colours with these photos. I decided to use paint, ink and stamps to creative the vertical elements of the sketch, and then layered on some Washi tape and part of a Jillibean Soup place mat.  I also added splotches of water colour paint here and there using an easy technique that I will be sharing soon.

After layering my photos onto patterned paper, I had fun with embellishments.

I drew on the circle elements and added the title as me last steps.

Supply List:  Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper, die cuts, cork, place mat, wood veneers, alphas and stickers: Jillibean Soup; Washi: Freckled Fawn; Tim Holtz distress ink; Leow's water colour paint; Staedtler pen; Kaisercraft stamp; Hemptique twine; Mr. Huey's black mist; misc. buttons.

Thank you for joining me today, I hope yo join us over at Stuck?! Sketches for your chance at the prizes!

Sketching for ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I have created a new sketch to share with my friends at ScrapMuch?, i hope you pop on over to check out the DT reveal and stick around the play along!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hazel and Ruby alpha masks tutorial | ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

A while back I picked up a set of these Hazel and Ruby alpha masks, and today I thought I would share with you how they can be used and just how fabulous they are!

Back in March when I created my April reveal for ScrapMuch?, I ordered this set, knowing that I would want to use them on my mini album.  FYI There are many fonts available.

These masks work great with a variety of mediums, I decided to used chalk paint and distress ink for this project, which is going to be the cover of the mini album.

I started out by placing the alphas needed onto the area of my page that I wanted to mask off, they are adhesive.

Then I painted over the entire page with chalk paint.

Next, using a mask and distress ink, I added another layer of colour to my page.

You can see that I was sort of strategic about where I added the ink.

Finally I carefully peeled off my alphas, once the page was dry - which really doesn't take any time at all with chalk pain or distress ink.

Now you can get a feel for how they work.

My masks came clean quite easily with a baby wipe.  I then stuck them back into the package for future use.  As with most masks, they can be reused over and over again.

Here is my finished cover page, you can see that I traced around my title with a black Sharpie for a little more definition, and then embellished it.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Flowrider | Evalicious

Hi there!

I am sharing my latest DT page for Evalicious today.

As always I started my layout by cutting and pasting my patterned papers into place, finding inspiration from a recent PageMaps sketch, this step most often comes together really quickly for me.

Then I spend some time playing with embellishments.

And with the great products at Evalicious,  it really isn't hard to find a fun combination of wood veneers, badge buttons and puffy stickers etc.

As you can see, I love layers of patterned papers AND layers of embellishments.

You know that there is a story behind every photo, so remember to journal even if it's only a bit.  The story for this page is about a boy that wanted to ride this Flowrider so desperately, it was  pretty much the first thing he did when we took a Caribbean cruise back in 2013.  Children were only allowed to go up onto their knees (no standing allowed), he was the first child to try - and many adults were there trying to decide if they should try.  After only a few minutes he was able to move up onto his knees, no small feat mind you.  The crowd cheered and applauded, it was awesome for him!  Almost worth the price of the cruise right there! ha!

Don't forget to use code LAURAWHITAKER15 when you shop in the Evalicious store to save 15% off your order!

Evalicious Products;

Other Supplies: Jillibean Soup, Echo Park and Carta Bella patterned papers; American Crafts, Staples  and CTMH cardstock;  Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and Distress Ink.

Thanks for visiting!