Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Silhouette Cut File - Boys Rule

Hi there!

I am sharing this free Silhouette Cut File with my friends at Boys Rule and thought you might enjoy it, too.


Thank for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Storage Tutorial - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I have a fun and easy storage tutorial for you today.

 To get started you will need a jar in any size or shape that you wish to recycle, masking tape and some chalkboard paint (I am using Martha Stewart's brand as I had it in the house already).
 Mask off the top portion of the jar, at about the 1/3 mark.
No go ahead and paint above the tape, a foam brush works well, this will take a couple of coats.
 Now embellish it up, just for fun!  I am using mine for a piggy bank, but it would make great scrapping storage and with the chalkboard label you can reuse it forever!  Think buttons, ribbon, flair or wood veneer - the possibilities are endless.  Hmmm, I think I will be making a few more!

Thanks for visiitng!
Laura
xoxo


Monday, October 28, 2013

Poppa's Boys - Let's Get Sketchy

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 not sure exactly why, by I had this overwhelming feeling that my layout should be vintage / nostalgic this week, so this is what I cam up with.


I used random elements form my stash, creating sort of a vintage rec room feel.




These pictures were taken about 20 years ago of my late father in law and my big boys, he was such an incredible man and was our man caregiver to my eldest and second for many years, while we were a two working parents home.




This is our sketch of the week, created by the talented Ashley Horton.

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

Treat Tubes - Boys Rule - Tutorial

Hi there!

I have a tutorial up on the Boys Rule blog today and of course I wanted to share it here too!

This is a super easy little treat tube, that would be perfect for Halloween or birthday parties.

 You will need a sheet of paper (patterned or solid) that measures 4 1/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches.
 App;y adhesive to one short side and 1/2 of each long side.  (I highlighted the areas I added adhesive so you can see it better.)
Now roll the paper into a tub and adhere the 2 short sides together.
 Seal one end.
 Add candy or other treat.
Seal the other end, but this time seal it so that the seam sits in the opposite direction.
 This next step is optional, but if you have a paper crimper you should really do it, it adds and air of authenticity to your project.
 Crimp both ends of your tube.  My apologies mine are crooked, I had a hard time crimping and snapping pictures at the same time.  But you get the idea.
 Now you just need to create a little tag to add to your project in the theme of your choice.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo



Friday, October 25, 2013

Sketch-y Friday - ScrapMuch?

Hello all!

I have a new sketch up on the ScrapMuch? site today, why don't you joi us and play along!






I will leave you some love if you join us!

Have a crafty day!
Laura
xoxo

Thursday, October 24, 2013

This Bud's for You - Whimsie Doodles

Hi there,

It is my turn to post over on the Whimsie Doodles blog, and I am super excited to share with you!

I decided to play with  'This Bud's for You' found  here in the Whimsie Doodles Shop .  He is just so sweet and makes me smile!



Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Glitter Paper Tutorial - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I have another super simple but waaay fun tutorial for you today, that I am sharing over on the ScrapMuch? blog as well!

We will be making our own glitter paper, so go ahead and grab your supplies.
 You will need some paper of your choice.  It could be patterned, it could be solid, it really is up to you.  I had this striped paper on my desk from another project so that is what I used.  You will also need adhesive tape and glitter.
 Add rows of adhesive tape to your paper so that you create and alternating strip.
 Trim the adhesive tape eve with the edges of your paper.
 Now remove the backing of the tape.
 And sprinkle glitter.
 Ta da,isn't that pretty!
 
 This is how it looks on a card front.
And I know you have seen this card a few times now, but while I created it I used so many techniques that I wanted to share with you, it just keeps coming back! lol

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Monday, October 21, 2013

Stuck?! Sketches

Hi there!

Have you played along at Stuck?! Sketches recently?  There are 2 sketches ready for you, and 3 fabulous prizes up for grabs! 




I hope to see you there!
Laura
xoxo

Spider Cut File - ScrapMuch?!

Hi there!

I am sharing a cut file on the ScrapMuch? blog today so of course I wanted to share it here too!  It is a festive one in honour of Halloween being right around the corner!

Enjoy and thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Creepy Cute - Tiddly Inks

Hi there

Tiddly Inks has a great Creepy Cute challenge going on, I couldn't resist playing along with this sweetie....



I stayed up way too late last night organizing my craft supplies, when my space was all tidy I really wanted to created ... that is how this little gal came to be!  I know it is hard to tell but the dress, hat and tree all have glittery accents.  I love the big distressed moon.  All papers are MME.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura

Friday, October 18, 2013

Buddies - Boys Rule

Hi there!

I have a project up on the Boys Rule blog to share with you today!

 These photos were taken about 3 years ago and I have been waiting to scrap them, this seemed like the perfect time.  I know these stickers and tags were meant for documenting a relationship with a human friend, but I am taking creative license as these are the photos I thought of when I saw them!

As always Laura-Lee creates great kits and includes some really fun embellies!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Sketch-y Friday - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

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






Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Twine Bow Clip tutorial - ScrapMuch?!

Hi there!

I have a tutorial up on the ScrapMuch? blog today, so I am sharing it here, too.

 To start with you will need a paper clip, twine and a button in the colours of your choice.
Create a loops with the twine, about an inch and a half to two inches wide.
 continue adding layers.
 And more layers.
 Next wrap the end around and secure with a knot.
 You will end up with something like this.
Thread some more twine through a button and use the ends of that twine to tie the loops onto a paper clip.  You will end up with a cute embellishments like this!  Can't you just imagine how sweet this will look on a page or card?

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Nostalgia - Inspiration Elevator - My Mind's Eye

Hi there!

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.

We are also pleased to welcome Denise Morrison and her stunning artistic style back to Inspiration Elevator. Our challenge this month comes from the very talented Lisa Spiegel . Here's what she had to say in her very own words: "October is my favorite month of the year. Hands down. The temperatures here in Southern California finally start to drop, we wear a light sweater, maybe even a little boot. We pull out the scarves and the jeggings and put away the capris and tank tops. Leaves begin to change and we prepare for Halloween! My whole house is decorated, from top to bottom, and it is no small feat. I even swap out my dishes and serving ware in preparation for Fall and Halloween and I love to just keep the festivities going all the way through the Thanksgiving and then holiday season. My house will not return to "normal" until January. So, Lisa, tell us, how does this relate to a scrapbooking challenge? Well, what I've found over the years is my scrapping even changes over the holidays. I layer more. Reach for the bling and really dig deep to embellish with meaningful objects. Journal my thoughts and stories and feelings. Fall just make me nostalgic. So here is the challenge. Create a layout that is nostalgic...the feeling should be evident from the title, the visible journaling and the embellishments you choose. Choose deliberately and with purpose to tell your nostalgic story. I can't wait to see how you interpret this challenge!"

This is the page that I created:


So here's my "story",  I decided to scrap about something that I feel nostalgic about and something that still makes me a little sad, almost a year later.  Yes, I feel silly feeling this way, but it is what it is.  Each and every year since my husband and I were married, 26 years ago, he has given me one or two special Christmas ornaments in my stocking.  It is something I look forward to with anticipation and he enjoys sourcing out the perfect one(s) for that year. A few years into our marriage, I joined in on this and gave him one every year.  Then when the kids came along, they got one every year, as well.  I can tell you we had amassed quite a collection of 'special ornaments'.   Last year in a sad Bulldogge vs. spider incident I lost almost all of them.  I was crushed.  I feel silly / guilty about being so sad as they are just things, however they were purchased in the spirit of giving and family memories and they were meaningful to me.


Now I will share some nostalgic touches on my layout, first off I used this MME Christmas line which is rustic looking and has muted colours.  My husband and I both love rustic elements and muted colours.  With touches of wood and a bit of sparkle.



The yellow/gold in this paper is almost exactly the colour of the walls in my home.  And doilies remind me of grandmas, which should be nostalgic!


I used the current Stuck?! sketch to create my page.


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

Guest Designer Denise Morrison 
 
If you feel inspired to play along with my 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