Monday, September 30, 2013

Thumbs Up - a Free Silhouette Cut File

Hi there!

I am sharing this cut file with my friends at Boys  Rule today, but wanted to be sure to share it here too.


Enjoy!
Laura
xoxo

Happy Fall - Let's Get Sketchy

Hi there!

Happy Monday!  We have something fun going on at Let's Get Sketchy, this week marks the fifth Monday of the month, so we have a bonus challenge for you!

We are challenging you to create a Halloween or Fall card.... this is mine.....


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

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Creativ Festival with ScrapMuch?

Hi there!
 
I am super excited to be heading to Creativ Festival with ScrapMuch? next month.  I have been busy preparing class and make & take kits.  Creativ Festival will be held in Toronto on October 25th, 26th and 27th! 

Here is a video about Creativ Festival, so you can see what it is all about in case you have never been....



The show is located at the  Metro Toronto Convention Centre - South Building  222 Bremner Blvd. Toronto, ON Canada M5V 3L9 .


Join me at 4pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Scrapbook &  Cards Today Interactive Studio where I will represent ScrapMuch? and help you create this make and take layout entitled 'this moment" ...

... spaces are limited each day.

I will also be teaching this class called "cherish"  which features Texture Effects, masks, and mist, as part of a joint effort and 3 part workshop.  The work shop starts Saturday morning at 9am.


You must pre-register for this class.  you can do so here.

You can find more information about the show in general, here.

I would really love the see you there!
Laura
xoxo

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Pop Up Card Tutorial - Boys Rule

Hi there!

I have a tutorial up on the Boys Rule blog today and I thought I would share it here too!   I needed a birthday card for my son and thought that a pop up card would be fun to try.  As I often like to do, I grabbed the camera and snapped some pictures to turn my first attempt into a tutorial.

 I started out with a 10 x 5 inch base and scored it to make a 5 x 5 card.
 You will also need a strip of cardstock measuring 1/2 inch x 4.5 inches.  Score this at 1 inch, 2 inches and 4.25 inches.
 Add a piece of patterned paper that measure 4.75 x 4.75 to the front of the card.
 Now add two more pieces with the same dimensions to the inside of the card.
 Adhere the small strip of paper as shown in the photos.
 
 You want to be sure that the card closes flat.
 And opens all the way, with this piece in place.
 Now decorate the front, I used lots of bits and pieces as well as some alpha stickers from the current Boys Rule kit.
 
 Now for the inside, we have our pop up 'mechanism' in place so now we have to add something to pop!  I added a little scrap of cardstock to mount all of my elements to.  This is optional.
 ...side view....
 And now some fun bits and pieces, also from the current kit.
 
 Here is  a better look at the inside.
 And outside.  Cute right?  I hope he likes it!

Don't forget to pop in at the Boys Rule blog and see all the great inspiration over there! Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Friday, September 27, 2013

Stuck?! Sketches DT Call

Hello!

Just a reminder, there is still time to apply to the Stuck?! Sketches design team, there is just over a week left and we are looking for your applications!  Read on for the details.

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
  • post our badge on your blog
  • become a member of our private Facebook group (this is how we communicate as a team)
  • post the Stuck?!  sketch and your layout, along with a link to the Stuck?! blog on your blog  on the day of our reveal (the 1st and 15th of each month)
  • share your blog posts on your Facebook
  • comment on entries according to our team schedule
  • you do not need to be exclusive to Stuck?!, you can belong to one other sketch DT or unlimited 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 November 1st,  2013 until April 30th, 2013. No compensation is provided.


To apply, create a layout using the sketch below.  Send it along with the following information to me via email at iwhitaker@sympatico.ca, before the October 7th, 2013 deadline.  Please put Stuck?! DT Call in the subject line.
  • 2 of your favourite layouts
  • past or present DT experience (though none is necessary)
  • a link to your blog
  • your full name and address

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Sketch-y Friday - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I have a new sketch up at ScrapMuch?....

 ... is it okay to admit that I created this sketch months ago, that my style has changed a lot since then, that this sketch stumped even me!


But since it was my turn to create a sample, I gave it my all.  Sometimes when I am not feeling crafty or am too tired to pull out crafty stuff I play with my Silhouette software.  That's exactly what I did here.  First I made a film strip cut file, because I had been wanting to for a while.  I am not gonna lie, it took a little while to create, but I love making my own files so it was fun, too.  Then I started laying elements down, sort of like a mock up, combining cut files I have purchased with ones that I have made, keeping to the layout of the sketch.  This is a screen shot of what I was working on.


Then I set to, cutting out the elements and creating my layout......

..... um yeah, I kind of like how this turned out!

It is clean and crisp, but still has some fun factor.  Have I told you how much I love this machine???  Well, I love the software just as much!

 Here are a couple of close up shots.

Thanks for visiting, you know I love it when you do!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Paint Stamped Backgrounds Tutorial - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

It's time to share a new tutorial at ScrapMuch?,  today I thought I would share this fun painted background tutorial. It is quick and easy and you can use it on anything from cards and layouts to altered items.

 Gather up your supplies, some acrylic paint and a large stamp.  I am altering a plain gift bag but this would look great on a layout background too.

Add some paint to your stamp and well, just stamp!  It is that easy!  You can lay it down neat and tidy or kind of messily like I did.

Since mine is a gift bag, I will share how I embellished it further.  Do you recognize the flower from my tutorial a couple of weeks ago?

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Frank's Girl - Whimsie Doodles

Hello all!

It is my turn to post over on the Whimsie Doodles blog, and I am super excited!  Have you seen all of the new and awesome Halloween digis over there?  Well you should check them out... now, it's okay I will wait!

I decided to play with Frank's Girl, you can find her here in the Whimsie Doodles Shop



Isn't she the cutest!  I can't wait to colour up more of the new images!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sunshine Wishes - Let's Get Sketchy - Fancy Pants

 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!

I am still working on my cruise album when I get a chance, this photo was snapped at the hotel we stayed at the night before our cruise ship departed.  We booked this cruise in a moment of "I cannot wait for winter to be over I need sunshine", so that is what the title is referring to.

 I am loving this colour combo!

Here are some detail shots.....




And here is this weeks sketch, by Tabitha Triplett.

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, September 21, 2013

24!

Hello friends!

Today my first born turns 24, I am not even sure how that happened!





I do not know where the time goes, I can't fathom how I came to be the parent of not one but two adults. What I do know is this has been a good year for him.  He may not have chosen the path that his father and I would have wished for him.  Bu, in this moment he is happy.  It is deserved and such a long time coming, so for that we are thankful.

Enjoy your day Bud, and  know that you are loved.
xo
Mom


Friday, September 20, 2013

Happy Friday Minions

Hi there!

I  know a few people have been waiting for this, my apologies for the delay.


Pop over to my cut file page to read the terms and grab the file.

Have a good one.
Laura
xoxo

Sketch-y Friday - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I have a new sketch up on the ScrapMuch? blog, I hope you will hop over and play along!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo



Wednesday, September 18, 2013

You are too cute - Boys Rule

Hi all!

I have been loving the new September / October kit from Boys Rule, which is full of manly bits for the season!  Every time I sit down to create I have so much fun mixing up the colours and patterns of all of the yummy papers!   It is my turn to share a project over on the Boys Rule blog today, this is what I created....

 These pictures have been sitting around for a couple of years, I am super happy that they worked so well with this kit from Boys Rule and I could get them scrapped!

 There were some really cute embellies int the kits, I always have fun with those... you can never have too many! Right?



I used the current sketch from Stuck?! Sketches for this layout.

I know you can purchase scalloped borders but I really like playing with the software to see what I can create.  To create this scalloped strip I welded a bunch of circles together and then cut them in half lengthwise.  I am a Silhouette nerd I have way too much fun with the software!

Thanks for visiting!  Don't forget to check in at  Boys Rule often to see all the fun stuff going on there!

Laura
xoxo


Mini Album Tutorial - ScrapMuch? - Fancy Pants

Hi there!

Happy Wednesday to y'all, I have a little mini album tutorial for you.  This would be a great little gift for someone you love for no particular reason (the best kind of gifts to give and get)  or it would make a  nice little brag book for your purse.

It doesn't take much product to pull this together, just a great sheet of patterned paper (like this one from Fancy Pants) and a few embellies and ribbon. I went with about a half sheet of 2 patterns, but you really only need one full sheet.

 Start by cutting down your patterned paper to 5.5 x 12 .
 You can see both sides of the pattern in these two photos.  I am going to use the plain side for the outside and the pattern for the inside, since we will be covering the outside anyway.
 With whatever scoring tool you have, score  at 3 inch intervals across the paper so that you have 4 sections.  Then score 1.5 inches up from the bottom of your paper.
 Snip the score lines from the bottom until you reach the score line going across the length of your paper, do not cross this line.
 Now you will fold up the little flaps that you created, we will be turning these into pockets.
 I hope you can see it in this photo, add some adhesive (the tape style works best for this application) to either side of each flap, staying close to the edges to make your pockets as wide as possible.
 This photo just shows you that you should still be able to insert things into the pockets.
At this point you will have something that looks like this little accordion  folded doodad.
 Apply some adhesive to the back of your pocket page and set it aside for a minute.
Now cut a piece of paper that measure 4 x 12 and score it at 3 inch intervals.
 
 At this point I got a little ahead of myself, but the next step is to create book fold.  So add adhesive to the middle two sections, so that you can adhere them together like the photos below.
 Now join the middle sections together to create your book.
 Run some adhesive across the middle of the outside of your mini book and adhere some ribbon along it.  This will act as a way to hold the booklet closed.
 Now the fun part, embellishing the front and inside, then filling those pockets.
I added some tags (to add some notes) and a few embellies here and there.
 
 A little envie for some mementos.
Now all I have to do is tuck in some photos and give it away!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo