Monday, August 29, 2016

Hello My Love | Jillibean Soup

Hello!  I have a new layout and process video to share today!  I did a little stash busting to create this page and used a new cut file that I created, which I love!  I actually created this cut file first as more of a square shape for a background, which I was going to give away as a freebie a few months back, but then I noticed that two online friends that have cut file shops also had similar cut files so I didn't feel right about giving it away.  I reworked it into a heart shape for this layout and I love it even more now!

I love this wood grained paper for a background, I did some machine stitching to "frame" my design which gives it a nice bit of texture.  I was going for a little feminine and whimsical for this layout and I think I pulled it off nicely.

I die cut the patterned flowers as well, fussy cutting around the fine white cardstock cut files is just so hard for me, with my limited vision.  Actually, adhering the patterned paper pieces behind the cardstock die cut is even extremely challenging, but I am nothing if not stubborn! lol.

I wanted to draw attention to my photo without adding too many layers, without making my layout  overwhelmingly busy, so I layered a die cut tag and printed doily behind it in solid colours.

I love the look of these combined elements that created my title!  I used a while pen to help some of my page elements pop.

Each of the four patterns that I used to back my flowers with got treated to its own style of embellishment.

You will notice in the video that I struggle with this section of my layout.  I see why you may think that is silly since it really isn't much, but I wanted it to be perfectly minimal.

I added a few splatters of white Mr. Huey's mist to finish up my page.  I really love the way it turned out!

I would like to share my process for creating this layout with you via a new video, but I feel the need to offer a disclaimer.  While I am quickly becoming a process video addict and am watching loads of them, and I am loving learning about creating them; it is really challenging for me to film them.  I am debating on purchasing an extension arm for my tripod in the hopes that the legs of my tripod will be out of sight and out of my way.  But I am hoping to decide if creating these videos are really something I can continue to do.  For those of you that do not know, I am quite visually impaired, what this means for me is that I am blind in one eye and cannot read the giant "E" on the eye chart with my other eye (with my glasses on). Crafting in general is a challenge but, it is something I am super passionate about and scrapbooking has given me so much that it is not something I am willing to give up.  So back to the videos, I have to sit really close to my work to be comfortable with what I am doing otherwise I am sort of doing it without seeing more than colours (videoing my process so far has meant that I cannot sit close enough because the tripod is in the way). I am trying to figure out how not to get the back of my head in every frame - suggestions welcome!  I am also trying to figure out how to tell if I am filming in focus, I had to toss four videos that I filmed out of focus! LOL!

You can watch my video below or hop on over to my You-Tube channel.

Supply List:  Jillibean Soup "Red Raspberry Soup" and "Soup Staples III" patterned papers; Jillibean Soup "Red Raspberry Soup" soup labels, pea pod parts, wood veneer and label stickers; Jillibean Soup "Mushroom Medley Soup" labels; Recollection enamel dots; misc. sequins and buttons; Robin's nest dew drops; DMC floss; Steadtler pen; White Uniball pen; Fancy Pants small alphas; white Mr. Huey's; misc. thread; American Crafts cardstock.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Family Time | Noel Mignon

Hello! I am up on the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog today sharing a layout using the Vintage Charm Classic Kit and this week the design team is showcasing projects that document Family Time.

In my house family time is not usually any one type of activity, it can vary depending on the day of the week, the weather, the season, and even which of my boys is home for the weekend.  Favourite activities include games, movies, boating, kayaking, hot tubbing and the list goes on.

I began my layout with the intent to add as many photos onto my page as possible, doing the things we do when we are together.  I remembered that I had created a View-master type cut file a while back and considered using that for this page.  However, I really wanted to embrace the "time" aspect of the challenge as well, so I created a new clock cut file with the numbers 3, 6, 9 and 12 welded into four of the spaces, leaving 8 spaces open for photos.

I layered my clock onto a pretty Maggie Holmes patterned paper from the kit.

I wanted to create a tone on tone title, using the same cardstock that I used for my clock as well as the pretty Heidi Swapp alphas worked just perfectly for this!

These pretty glittered dot embellishments from Queen and Co. were sort of a blueish teal and white stripe until I coloured them with a Copic marker to coordinate better with my layout colours.

I opted for black and white photos to avoid a really busy page.

The wood words from Jillibean Soup are so perfect to adorn my little snapshots, I added a few other embellishments to my tiny trio of embellishment clusters.

I backed each of my clock numbers with a different patterned paper, and used a combination of of fussy cut flowers and flower stickers for my large embellishment area in the centre of my clock face.

I loved that this layout helped me to scrapbook photos that may not have otherwise made it onto a page.

I created a process video for this layout, you can watch it below or hop on over to my You-Tube channel.

Supply List: 'Blissful' patterned paper from Maggie Holmes Bloom collection; 'Moments', 'neighborhood' and 'family ties'  patterned paper from We R Memory Keepers Honey I'm Home collection; Pretty Little Studios cut apart garland flags; American Crafts Cardstock in 'Robin's Egg' and 'Cricket'; We R Memory Keepers Honey I'm Home collection die cuts and stickers; Queen & Co. blue glitter striped dots; Jillibean Soup wood words; Heidi Swapp Alpha Stickers. (from my stash: Staedtler fine tip felt pen, Copic BG13).

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Celebration Sneak Peek | Stuck?! Sketches

Hello friends! I have some exciting news to share! Stuck?! Sketches is celebrating it's 3rd anniversary!

Beginning September 1st and running all month long we will be celebrating with more prizes, more sponsors and more fun!

I hope you decided to celebrate with us!  See you on the 1st!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Stuck?! Sketches DT call reminder!

Reminder! It is that time again! Stuck?! Sketches is having a DT call!


I am super excited to announce that Stuck?! Sketches is having a design team call!  We are looking for an undetermined number of team members. If you are a loyal and committed scrapper that loves using sketches as a jumping off point for your layouts, read on.....

Design Team Requirements:
  • create 2 layouts per month, using the sketches provided
  • submit good quality and closely cropped photos of your pages on time (for your DT call submission as well) 
  • post our badge on your blog with a link  to our blog
  • become a member of our private Facebook group (this is how we communicate as a team)
  • post the Stuck?! Sketches sketch and your layout, along with a link to the Stuck?! Sketches blog on your blog  on the day of our reveal (the 1st and 15th of each month) at 7 am EST
  • share your blog posts on your Facebook and any other social media forums you would like to
  • comment on entries according to our team schedule - this is very important, if you are not willing or able to do your share of commenting please do not apply
  • you do not need to be exclusive to Stuck?!, you can belong to other DT's, however you must be loyal and committed to promoting Stuck?! and our sponsors
This call is open to scrappers around the world, you do not need to have Design Team experience to apply, all applications will be considered.  The term will run for 6 months, from October 1st, 2016 - March 31, 2017 - with a possibility of continuing on. No compensation is provided.

To apply, please complete the following requirements:

1. Create a layout using one of our current challenges and enter it into our challenge.  Yes, you are eligible for the current prizes.

2. Send a high quality photo of your layout along with the following information to Laura via email at, before September 7, 2016.  Please put Stuck?! Sketches DT Call in the subject line.

3. Include:
  • one layout based on any of our current sketches (as per above )
  • 2 of your favourite layouts, we would love to see what you think best represents your style!!
  • past or present DT experience (although none is necessary)
  • a link to your blog
  • your full name and address
Selected entrants will be notified via email, by September 14th, 2016 and will be announced on September 28th, 2016 on our blog.  New team members will be expected to participate in the October 1st  reveal.

I am looking forward to seeing your application, Good Luck!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Take Me to the Beach Title | Free Cut File

HI friends!  I have a new freebie cut file to share wit you today!  I created this title to use on a recent Simple Stories design team layout and I received a lot of nice comments about the title, so I thought you might like to play with it, too.

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

Here is a reminder of the layout that I created using this title...

Enjoy and have a great day!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Soft and Strong | Noel Mignon

Hello! I am up on the Noel Mignon Scrapbooking Kits blog today sharing a layout using the Vintage Charm Classic Kit! I am having so much fun with this kit and am challenging myself to try a few different styles when creating. This week the DT was challenged to create a project with an "I've been framed" theme, basically using up some of the frames in the kit in a fun way.

Today I am scrapping a layout for a friend, when I saw this photo on her Facebook feed I knew I just had to "borrow" it.  I have been doing that a fair bit lately, but in my defense photos really inspire me.

I used frames on my page in several ways; such as a photo mat, an embellishment (the epoxy piece and die cut piece), and stamped as an anchor for the gold Thickers that personalize the page.

This heart was the off cut from the focal area of my first Noel Mignon layout for this month, and was just perfect to doll up for this page.  I used some Ranger Texture Paste from my stash and mixed in some of the Heidi Swapp color shine to create a soft gold past.  Then I used the Heidi Swapp polka dot mask from this kit to add a patterned to my die cut heart.

I knew I wanted to create a very long title about girls being both sweet and strong, so I poked around the internet looking for an appropriate phrase and came up with this.  I added in the ' until you' part.

I loved using the mixture of hard and soft embellishments.  I finished off my page with sprinkles of Color Shine, stitching in several areas and outlining around my title with a felt tip pen.

I have another process video to share with you today as well,  I hope you have time to watch (it is just under 10 minutes) and maybe give it a thumbs up if you like it!

Click here to watch it on my You-Tube channel (and to see my other videos).

Supply List: (from the kit)  Patterned papers "delighted" and "flutter" from Maggie Holmes Bloom collection; "moments" patterned paper from We R Memory Keepers Honey I'm Home collection; "let it grow: patterned paper from Simple Stories Bloom and Grow collection; We R Memory Keepers Honey I'm Home stickers; American Crafts "Happy" gold Thickers; Prima crochet flower; Pink Fresh Studios foiled epoxy stickers; We R Memory Keepers printed wood pieces; Heidi Swapp pretty things mask; Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine; Prima Stamp; Pretty Little Studio paper frames; Jen Hadfield gold glitter tags; Prima label stamp. (from my stash) Ranger Texture Paste; Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad; American Crafts brown Precision pen; grey Staedtler pen; Clear Star Gelly Roller.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Engaged | CAS Card

Hey there!  I have a super clean and simple card to share with you today.

The digital stamp and sentiment on this card were both created using cut files that I designed in the Silhouette Studio software.  It is such a great tool to help round out your stamp collection!

Thanks for visiting!