Saturday, August 31, 2013

Exciting news - LGS is going to print!

Hello all!


I have some fun news to share with you!  Let's Get Sketchy is going to print!  Now is the time for all of our followers to submit their fantabulous creations to have a chance at getting published for the world to see!

You can click on the image above or here, to be taken to the Let's Get Sketchy site for more information!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, August 30, 2013

Surf Board Cut File - Boys Rule

Hi there!

I created this Surf Board Silhouette cut file for Boys Rule, and thought some of my visitors might like it too!  Enjoy!

click on image to go to my download site
Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Pie Chart Die Cuts Tutorial - Boys Rule

Hey there!

I have a new tutorial up on the Boys Rule blog today!  I decided to work with pie charts as we are still seeing pie charts trending in the scrappy world and I thought it was high time I figured out an easier way to achieve the look that didn't frustrate me to all get out.  This method is easy and fool proof.

You want to start out with several squares of papers, double sided is great as you will need about 8 pieces in total and each square will give you 2 pieces so 2 patterns.

The size of the die cut you want to have adorn your project with determine the size of the squares you need to cut.  I started with 3 inch squares but then decided on a smaller die cut so I cut my squared down to 1.5 inches.
 Cut each square in half so that you have 2 triangles.
 Now layout out your triangles like this, and create a pleasing colour pattern.
 Now you can do this next step one of two ways.  If you are like me and are using a shape you do not have a die for, adhere your triangles to your die cut.  If you will be using a die, go ahead and adhere the triangles to a scrap square of paper.
 Here is a view of the back of my die cut with the triangles adhered.
 I am cutting my pie chart out by hand using the die cut as a pattern.  If you have a die you could just run yours through your Cuttlebug.
 This is what it looks like from the front.
 And this is my little pie chart die cut used on a card!
Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Monday, August 26, 2013

Memory - Let's Get Sketchy - My Mind's Eye

 Hi there!

Happy Monday!  It's my team's turn to create over at Let's Get Sketchy this week, and I am here to share my layout with you!

 This is waaaay girly for me, and did I ever have fun!  That's a picture of me when I was wee way back when we lived in Germany, were I was born.
 It has been a while since I have used actual blooms on a layout, I am loving the colours of these.
 What???  Vellum leaves, love!
 Stitching and sprinkled brads, why?  Because they are fun!

And here is the sketch to inspire you to create!
 Now it's your turn, pop on over to the Let's Get Sketchy blog to see what the rest of the 'Team B'  DT created and link up your take on the sketch for your chance at this month's prize!


Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Smile - Whimsie Doodles

Hey there!

I am getting ready to wrap up our last week of summer holidays before my youngest returns to school.  I cannot believe that it is over for another year.

We are officially still on summer sabbatical over at the  Whimsie Doodles blog, but there is just too much cuteness available there not to play.


 I thought I'd make a a little pick me up card.  My papers are from Fancy Pants.

You can find this sweetie and more here, in the Whimsie Doodles store.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, August 23, 2013

Sketch-y Friday - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I have a new sketch up on the ScrapMuch? blog today, I hope you will join us and play along!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tutorail Wednesay and Scrap Pink - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!


Happy Wednesday!  In just about a month ScrapMuch? is hosting it's annual  Scrap Pink Crop!  On top of being a great day of cropping, they are also raising funds and awareness for a cure for Breast Cancer.  We all know and love someone affected by this devastating disease, and this annual crop is a really easy way for you to help out.

While I was in Las Vegas at CHA last month with ScrapMuch?, we started gathering fun prizes for the event.  Buying raffle tickets for fabulous prizes is a great way to donate to the cause.  Here is a peek at just some of the goodies we brought back.


Since then, Elaine (ScrapMuch? co-owner) has been busy at home gathering prizes from other sources, and let me just say she is doing an awesome job ... you will not be disappointed!

So why don't you plan on helping to raise some more funds and surpass ScrapMuch?'s goal!  You can register online here or by calling ScrapMuch? at 905-730-2673, and you can find our more details here

Now on to today's tip, I have been playing with my Washi tape looking for fun new ways to use some of my stash.  I will have a few different Washi tips over the next little while, some will be scrapbooking tips and other will be general crafts.

Today I am sharing a fun little fridge magnet craft.

 You will need a roll of magnet tape (adhesive on one side it fine, mine is from the dollar store) and a selection of your favourite Washi tapes.
 Cut off a piece of magnetic tape about 2 inches long.  Adhere some Washi to it.  If you tape is a little see through go ahead and add a second layer of tape.
Trim off the excess Washi at both ends and sides.
 Now, for the fun bit, using scissors cut the ends of the Washi covered magnet so that the ends look as if they have been torn off a roll of tape.

Now your notes will have the look of being taped to your fridge or magnetic board, but your Washi is reusable because it is a magnet!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Caught a Big One - A New Cut File for ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

Today I am sharing a new cut file that I created for the ScrapMuch? blog, thought my readers might enjoy it too!


Hope you enjoy it!
Laura
xoxo

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Best Day Ever - Boys Rule

Hi there!

Today is my turn to share a project over on the Boys Rule blog,  have a look at what I created using the current super awesome kit!

 This photo of my youngest catching his first fish has been in my 'to be scrapped' pile for a long long time now.  This collection was just perfect for it.  I love the combo of blues and oranges and all of the summery details.  The background page is so fab with it's side strip of faux layered elements.

 I added a few more elements to the edge of the background paper to create a little dimension.
 Look at that perfect built in journal spot!
 And the title was half done for me!
Loads of layers and a little stitching to finish off the job.

Thanks for looking!
Laura
xoxo

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Island Paradise - Boys Rule

Hi there!

There is a new Extreme Challenge going on over on the Boys Rule blog, Laura-Lee is challenging us to create a layout with an off the page theme.  Meaning one or more elements of your project should go off the page.

Check out mine....

I kind of went a little wild and so I have all kinds of things going off the page.
 ...like this stitched circle
 ...my photo and this striped paper
...another larger stitched circle
...a large die cut, and more patterned papers

Honestly, I really was unsure how to handle this challenge at first, but in the end I embraced it, went with the flow and I am loving this layout!

Now how about you?  Why don't you pop on over to the Boys Rule blog and play along!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, August 16, 2013

Sketch-y Friday - ScrapMuch?

Hello all!

I have a new sketch up on the ScrapMuch? blog today, so of course I wanted to share it here too!


 Why don't you hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and play along, you may even win a prize or try out for the Guest Designer spot!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ocean Waves - Inspiration Elevator - Fancy Pants

Hello there!
Inspiration Elevator

You may recall that the purpose of this challenge group is to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow. You can view all of the challenges our new Inspiration Elevator Blog, here.
This month, the very creatively-minded Christa issued the challenge and here's what she wrote:

"Part of growth is learning new techniques. And I do mean NEW. Sometimes we are afraid to try something or get in a rut..but for the August reveal I am asking that you find a technique WITH a video and include the link in your post. Learn something new. Share where you learned it and then share what you learned and your creation. I hope this is challenging for you...it might take some time to think about!

You do not need to make your OWN video just share the one you used to create your technique. If possible be sure to get permission from the maker of that video so we can be respectful!

Pinterest has some great videos."

Well, doesn't that sound like fun!  I had an idea of what I wanted to create, so I went searching on You-Tube and came across this video.  It has a really good walk through to create your own masks, using Tim Holtz blank masks.  I was super excited because I wanted specific mask designs for my layout, that I do not own.  Just one problem .... during the 2 weeks prior to this post, I was up at my trailer / little vacation spot with very limited craft supplies.  Well, I had to ad-lib a bit, I created two disposable masks (not ideal, but they worked in a pinch).  I will definitely be shopping for the right stuff soon!

Anyway, here is my layout.....

 I created a large sun mask and a palm tree mask.  I used the sun mask to mist a sun onto the background of my layout, using various shades of red, orange and yellow Mr. Huey's spray mists.  I think it looks pretty cool.  Then I used washi tape to temporarily attach the palm tree mask onto my background page and using Martha Stewart texture paste (which I am still fairly new at using)  I applied a set of dimensional palm trees to my page.

Here is a bit of a close up view of the details created with my masks.

 And a couple more detailed shots.

I must say, I had a lot of fun with my mists and texture paste, and given my current tight quarters and limited supplies, I really didn't mind not having to deal with cleaning masks in tiny sinks!  Oh, and I finished one more layout for my cruise album!  Sweet!

I hope you will stop by and see what the  rest of the incredible Inspiration Elevator designers have created:

If you feel inspired to play along with Christa's challenge this month, please share it using the linky tool on our Inspiration Elevator blog and/or our Inspiration Elevator Facebook page. We'd LOVE to see what you made!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Happy Birthday - Designed to Color

Hi there!

I have my monthly Designed to Color creation to share with you today.   This month the Rainbow Crew is challenging you to create a project using an inspiration photo!  Our sponsor for the month is Alicia's Little Shop, who were generous in giving the DT images to play with! I really wanted to do a soft sort of shabby chic card and colour scheme, but something always happens when I try to colour light watery colours, I guess I just don't know when to stop and they become more bold.

don't tell her but she was going to be a blonde! ;)

Medium: Copic
hair: YR20, 24 E33, 35, 37
eyes: G21, black multiliner 0.3, white uniball gel pen
skin: E0000, E00. R20
shirt: R20, R11, R00. R000
Jeans and Bow: B000, B00, B02, 0
Earring: R20, R11, Sakura gelly roller Clear Star
dog: E41, 43, 55, E13, 15, 17
shoes: E22, 37
Image: Alicia's Little Shop 

Paper: Crate
Kraft paper, bling: Misc.
ribbon and twine: Stampin' Up
other: Silhouette


I created the design of this card on my Silhouette, setting up holes in the polka dot paper to weave my ribbon through, though I do know it is a little hard to see it in the photo.

Now it's your turn, you have two weeks to play along and link up your creations over on the Designed to Color blog, for your chance at the prize!   Here is the inspiration photo to get you started......


Thanks for visiting!

Laura
xoxo 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Amazing Friend - Whimsie Doodles

Hey there!

I have a card up on the Whimsie Doodles blog today, check it out!


I love this sweet girlie, you can use her for just about anything  I thought I'd make a friendship card.  My papers are from Fancy Pants.

You can find this sweetie and more here, in the Whimsie Doodles store.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Altering Metal Embellishments with Alcohol Inks Tutorial - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

Today's tutorial is super quick and super easy and just happens to be a follow up or second tip from a previous project.

Do you remember this card?  Well, when I was creating it I only had silver bells which were a little harsh for this distressed looking patterned paper.
 So I pulled out a rusty coloured Copic (any alcohol ink based medium will work) and simply coloured it up.  This is only one coat, you have achieve a darker look by applying more coats.
I actually also added a bit of ink to my sequins, they were just a little light - so I fixed that!  Is your mind racing with thoughts of all the metal embellies in your stash that you can alter?

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo


Monday, August 12, 2013

You're braver than you bellieve - Let's Get Sketchy - Fancy Pants

 Hi there!

Happy Monday!  It's my teams turn to create over at Let's Get Sketchy this week, and I am here to share my layout with you!



I loved these papers from Fancy Pants.... just perfect for this photo taken of my littlest boy his last day of school.... it was the best school year for him in a long time.

I used lots of purchased elements and a few die cuts that I created, plus mists and even some doodling... thrown all together for a fun mix.

This sketch was great for creating lots of dimension, just the way I like it!
 Sometimes it is just too fun layering up lots of bits and pieces for no reason other than you love them.
I had a lot of fun creating the suggested long title on my silhouette using a quote from Christopher Robin of Winnie the Pooh.

Here is the sketch, created by Janessa from our DT.....


I loved this sketch, and yes I know it is sideways... I thought I would present it as I used it! ha!

Now it's your turn, pop on over to the Let's Get Sketchy blog to see what the rest of the 'Team B'  DT created and link up your take on the sketch for your chance at this month's prize!


Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo