Friday, February 28, 2014

Sketch-y Friday @ ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

Happy Friday!  I have a new double page sketch up over at ScrapMuch?, I hope you join in on the fun and play along!


My sweet friend Sandy is guesting over there today, so be sure to check out her layout.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Scraps and Chipboard, a tutorial - Boys Rule

Hi there!

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

I was playing around with some of the scraps from my January / February  kit and a piece of chipboard and this is what I came up with.

So go ahead and gather some scraps and trim them down to about a 1/2", then grab your chipboard piece (one with a cut out in the middle) and you will also need a scrap of cardstock.

Trace your chipboard shape onto the cardstock and cut it out.  It does not need to be perfect as no one will see it.

Then start layering your strips of patterned paper onto the cardstock piece, playing with the patterns and adhering as you go.

 Now adhere the chipboard shape on top of the patterned strips.


The last step is to trim around the chipboard piece, you will want a nice clean cut.  I also added a bit of ink to the edges of mine.  Now it is already to add to your project.  I made this little tag with mine, which I can add to a future project or gift.


Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Accordian Fold Butterfly - Tutorial - ScrapMuch?

Hi there!

I have a new tutorial up on the ScrapMuch? blog today, I would love to share it with you here, too.

Start with a 3" x 3" square of patterned paper.  (Well, really any size you want to create.) You will also need some twine or floss.

Fold the paper in half.

Now trim it into a sort of vase-like shape.  You can free hand cut this or pre-draw it with a pencil, it does not have to be perfect, so do not sweat it.

Open up the paper and score at 1/4 inch intervals, across the width of the shape.

Fold up along the score lined and secure in the centre with some floss.

It should look like this. Be sure to leave some lengths of floss for antennae.

Then gently pull open the folds on either side of the centre tie to create your butterfly.

How is that for cute and simple!  And no special tools, you gotta love that!

Thanks for joining me today!
laura
xoxo

Chill Out ~ Boys Rule Kit Club

Hi there!

I have one one last layout to share with you all using the January / February Boys Rule kit.  I can tell you that these kits have a lot of bang for their buck,  you can just keep on creating!


 I loved these little mitten stickers and felt they needed to be a feature. Hanging them from a snowflake seemed to do the trick!

 I had some fun layering up some of the cut stickers in the kit.

I used these stickers a little differently than may be expected, the round one is actually a bike sticker, but I wanted a circular element for behind my photo and turning the bike on its side worked just fine!

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sail - 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 this is the layout that I created using this week's sketch.


Adding these triangles to the corners of layouts seems to be trendy right now, but I can tell you it is definitely out of the box for me.  It was fun to give it a try, not sure if I would do it often though, angles do something to my symmetrical sensibilities! haha!


I played around at stitching a title, kind of fun. Again, not so sure I would do it again.



All in all, I enjoyed creating the layout, loved using the sketch, it is always so nice to try out different styles and learn something new and move a little out of your comfort zone.

Here is a look at the sketch, created by DT Lanette.


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

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Super exciting, most awesome-est news!

Hi friends!

Friday morning while lying in bed checking my Bloglovin' feed, I saw a post from Jillibean Soup.  So I opened it up to see who the lucky scrappers that are going to be our source of inspiration for the next term are. I always love the see how many Canadian friends are on the list, and this time there are 4! That is super exciting! Reading on I see they listed Guest Designers for the year.  Now I am not going to lie, I threw my name into the ring and applied for a designer spot. Not really expecting anything to come of it, but I made a deal with myself that I would try out for a couple of teams.

Well, I darned near fell out of bed when I saw my name at the end (almost) of the list. What a complete and utter shock!  I was so excited I was vibrating!




How cool is that? I want to share this card that I entered, sorry I cannot share the rest of my projects just yet....


 Thanks so much for visiting!
 Laura
Xoxo

Friday, February 21, 2014

H20 - ScrapMuch? - Fancy Pants

Hi there!

I have a sketch and a layout to share today.  I created this sketch and sample for my friends over at ScrapMuch?,  they have a weekly sketch challenge, you should pop on over and play along!

Here is my layout ....
Remember those textured alpha from my tutorial on Wednesday?  This is how I used them.

 And here is the sketch....
 It is a great sketch it you have scraps of your favourite papers that you want to use up.

thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo


Still time to play over @ Stuck?! Sketches

Hi there!

Just  a quick post to remind you that there is still time to play along, over at Stuck?! Sketches.  

There are two sketches for February, and you can play along with either or both until the 26th at midnight.

Here is a reminder of the sketches.....

February 1st sketch

February 15th sketch
We have 4 fantastic sponsors this month, so we will have 2 winners per sketch!!





Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Easy Texturized Alphas Tutorial

Hi there!

Happy hump day, I have a little tip to share with you today (that I am sharing over on the ScrapMuch? blog), maybe you can use it on your next page.....

Are you a fan of dimensional alpha stickers like I am?  Do you have a huge stash of them? Well, I have a quick tip to share with you for an easy way to add a bit of texture to them.

 This tip works really great with the foam Thickers, but you can use others as well.

 Decide on the letters you need and reposition them to a spare piece of the sticker packaging, as shown above,  Using paper is not an option as you will not be able to peel off the stickers once you are done.

Now using an embossing folder run the letters through your embossing machine.

This is how they will look coming out of the embosser.

And this is how they look on my layout.  You can check back on Friday to see the rest of my page.

Thanks for visiting,
Laura
xoxo

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Trouble / Boys Rule

Hi there!

I have  a new layout, that I am sharing over on the Boys Rule blog, have a look ....





I have been having so much fun with this kit!
Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xoxo

Monday, February 17, 2014

A new Sketch for Let's Get Sketchy

Hi there!

I have a sketch to share today, it is being used over on the Let's Get Sketchy site, and even though it is not my week to create, I wanted to share my sketch, and send you all to play along!






Thanks for popping in!
Laura
xoxo

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Perspective ~ Inspiraton Elevator ~ Stuck?! Sketches ~ Authentique

Hi there!

I have a project to share with you today, that combines two challenges for me.....

First off, I used the current challenge from 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 extend ourselves. You can view all of the previous challenges our Inspiration Elevator Blog, here.

We are thrilled to welcome back Audrey Yeager (a previous DT member) this month as a guest designer!  Audrey recently became the new of My Scraps & More, an online store, and has graciously offered a prize this month! Read on to find out how you could win!

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Our challenge this month comes from the very talented Michelle Hernandez. Here's how she expressed this month's challenge:

"Inspiration Elevator Challenge February- Phoenix Rising.  I'm going through one of the toughest times of my life right now. Huge changes, dashed expectations, embarrassing set backs- it's all overwhelming, all the time. I have the love and support of my family and my health- so it could be worst but still - it sucks.  My challenge for February:  Tell a story visually or through your journaling that speaks to your greatest challenge and most importantly how you dug yourself out. This should be a celebration of your faith, personal resilience and/or creativity. A story you'd like to tell your kids, grandkids or yourself when things get rough. "

For me, it was easy to decide what story to tell,  that's not to say that I have only ever had one challenge to overcome but there is really only one that I am willing to share on the WWW.  Here is my layout....


Oddly, I snapped this photo of my eyes upon returning from an eye specialist appointment, after I had received some good news.  At the time, I had no thoughts that it would get scrapped, but it worked out perfect for this challenge.  I started off my layout with the current Stuck?! Sketches sketch, but added my journaling to the background using my Silhouette.  I was a little disappointed that my bronze pen ran out part way through the journaling, but it is what it is and my gold pen made a decent substitute.  I guess I just had too much to say!


I used papers from Authentique, but had fun adding embellishments from MME and Pink Pailsee, rub-ons from Tim Holtz and some Mr. Huey's mist.

 

I created the title by combining a pair of glasses and the giant 'E' from an eye chart and the word 'perspective', I think it turned out kind of fun!

In case you are interested, this is what my journaling reads, but I won't be offend if you skip on past it and get to the more important details!


"It’s all about perspective, becoming visually was life changing to say the least.  I lost more than just my vision, but also my job, and a part of my identity.  Re-inventing yourself at the age 33 with little more than the support of your husband (I am so very grateful for that man), is so scary.  Determined to still have a life, be productive and happy necessitated trying new things.  Being stuck at home all day everyday was oh so boring.  That is when we became foster parents and took care of many, many little ones, giving me something to do and to keep self-pity at bay.  Though it seems odd, I also re-embraced my long love of crafting and started scrapbooking, at first for our foster children and later for me. 
The other week I found out that a cure for my sight issue is on the horizon, which is exciting but a little scary all over again.  When it is my turn to have the surgery, I will begin a journey of re-inventing myself once again. 

If you ask me would I change the path my life has taken, I will most assuredly answer no.  It has been hard, don’t get me wrong.   But it was my journey to take and along with the pain and challenges, there was so much joy; in the form of one sweet little boy who came, and stayed.  And in the amazing people I have met through my hobby."

Now it is time to see what the other ladies have created, I hope you will pop on over to their blogs and check out their creations.

Guest designer: Audrey Yeager

We would LOVE to see your take on Michelle's challenge this month, so if you play along, please share it using our linkup on the Inspiration Elevator blog,
here

So, how do you win Audrey's prize? It's simple - leave a comment! Audrey will choose one random comment from one random blog to win the $15 gift certificate to My Scraps & More.  You have 1 week to comment.  Thanks so much, Audrey!

And speaking of  My Scraps & More, I have a coupon code to share with you!  If you enter this code upon check out you will save 30% on your order!  And yes Canadian friends My Scraps & More does ship to Canada now with flat rate shipping, too!  Please use coupon code ILOVEMYSCRAPS30 .

Thank you for visiting!
Laura
xoxo



Perspective - February 15th Stuck?! Sketch - Authentique

Hi there!

There is a brand new sketch up on the Stuck?! Sketches blog....





Here is my take on it ....


As you can see, I incorporated a lot of journaling onto the background of my layout.  I combined the sketch with the most recent Inspiration Elevator challenge, which you can read more about if your come back after 11am today.

We have 2 really fabulous sponsors for this sketch, both of which are new fro us and I am really excited to share them with you!

First up is Buttons and Badges, a really great Etsy shop with loads of cute Flair!  I have recently placed an order and I am just so in love with my purchases! Elisabeth, the shop owner is offering a $20.00 gift certificate to one of the winners of this challenge!


Next up, we have Scrapbook & Design by our very own Lucia Barabas, this is another fabulous Etsy shop offering digital papers and custom blog work.  Lucia is offering a second winner for this challenge all 4 of the digital paper collections in her store!

I hope you play along with us, I cannot wait to see where this sketch takes you!

Thanks fro visiting today!
Laura
xoxox