Friday, September 29, 2017

Snuggle | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there!  Today I am back sharing my last layout and process video using the fabulous September main kit from My Creative Scrapbook!


As you well know by now, the kit features gorgeous elements from the Jen Hadfield "Heart of Home" collection which of course makes it super homey and sweet!  My son snapped this picture of my grandson napping with our puppy when he was here visiting and it was so darn cute I just had to make a page for it. This puppy is friendly to a fault and ironically our grandson likes our dog that is more aloof much better.  I don't even think he was aware she snuck up and snuggled into him while he was sleeping!


I opted for a split design, mimicking the same layers on both side of my page, but using one set to house my photo and the other to house my title.  I also added a bit of journaling under my title.


Along with my pink, green and brown layers I wanted to add some pops of blue.  So I pulled out the few embellishments that had a bit of blue in them and tucked them into my layout.  For another hit of blue, I added some water colour paint to the butterfly die cut. I think it turned out so pretty!


I also added some splatters of gold mist and blue water colour paint to my background.  They are such a pretty combination of colours and finishes. Oh and I did a bit of stenciling too! 

You can view my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here, to see how I went about creating this page!


Supply List: (from the kit) Jen Hadfield "Heart of Home" patterned papers (Forest Botanical, Love of Home, Bless the Nest, Gatherings), ephemera, and accents stickers; Amy Tangerine Goodness" Thickers. (other) American Crafts white cardstock; Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine; misc. pink thread; Annie's white crochet thread; Tim Holtz "old paper" Distress Ink; Leow's water colour paints; Tim Holtz "gathered twigs" Distress Marker; Heidi Swapp stencil.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Happy Birthday | Card

Hey there!  I have a birthday card to share with you today, this is another commissioned piece and I love the way it turned out!


After adding some light stenciling using "cracked pistachio" Distress Oxide ink, I splattered some more "cracked pistachio" Distress Oxide ink and then added my embellishment and pre-stamped sentiment label.  As a final touch, I added splatters of "fossilized amber" Distress Oxide ink.


I really enjoyed making this card and having it come together as I imagined.  I am looking forward to trying another colour combination.

Supply List:Artist Loft water colour paper; Recollections cardstock; WRMK wood veneer birthday hat; Jillibean Soup label sticker; PTI sentiment stamp; misc sentiment stamp on inside; Studio Calico chevron stencil; Memento tuxedo black ink; Distress Oxide inks in cracked pistachio and fossilized amber.

Thanks for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hello Grade 5 | Just for Fun

Hi there! Today I would like to share a layout that I recently had published in the Readers Gallery of the Fall issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today.


I created this layout at a crop I attended this past summer, although I did add the stitching once I got home.

I made a mini stash kit to go with this photo before the crop, using up some bright coloured papers and a few school themed stickers, along with a few generic coordinating embellishments.


I love the sort of patchwork style this has!


This main embellishment cluster is the largest and references all the colours that I used around my page. This is a great way to tie the various elements together.


I really liked that I was able to utilize so many left over goodies. I have been trying really hard not to hoard lately.


I love the way my title area turned out.  It looks so fun and definitely says school!

You can read this magazine online if you like, just follow the link above!

Supply list: Simple Stories patterned paper and stickers; American Crafts Alphas and cardstock; October Afternoon stickers and chipboard; Evalicious flair and cut apart label; Echo Park enamel dots; black Mr. Huey's mist; Heidi Swapp acetate word.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo


Monday, September 25, 2017

Grow Together | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there!  Today I am sharing a new layout and process video using the fabulous September main kit from My Creative Scrapbook !


This layout was actually inspired by the glittery gold title piece, it reminds me of something my husband and I have discussed about being married.  Especially if you marry young like I did.  We all grow and change as we age, and we need to make a conscious effort to do that together, so as not to grow apart.  Not that things are always sunshine and roses, but working towards the same goal or end game is a big step in the right direction. Anyway, as I said that phrase inspired the page so I printed out a recent selfie. and had some fun with the gorgeous kit elements!


Did you see the free cut files from My Creative Scrapbook this month?  If not check them out, because they are gorgeous!  I used the florals on this page. I cut them from white cardstock and backed them with vellum (both from my stash) to add a soft look to my page. They also helped ot break up the patterned paper a bit so my other embellishments wouldn't get lost.


I love the juxtaposition of the light floral paper and the darker text paper, I think they are gorgeous together and a great blend of patterns that could be construed as masculine and feminine.  Which works really well with the theme of this page.


My final touch to this page was a few splatters of white mist. I love the look of white mist on darker papers.

You can view my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here.


Supply List: (from the kit) Jen Hadfield "Heart of Home" patterned papers (Song Bird, Heirloom Floral, Bless the Nest, From Me to You, Gatherings), ephemera, and accents stickers; American Crafts Thickers "Family" phrase stickers; My Creative Scrapbook digital cut file. (other) American Crafts white cardstock and vellum; Mr. Huey's white mist; misc. pink thread; Annie's white crochet thread.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Friday, September 22, 2017

Nature Girl | Scrapbook & Cards Today

Hey there!  I wanted to share two layouts and a bit of fun news with you today!  Fist off, have you heard that the new issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today is out?


Isn't that cover gorgeous?  I was so honoured to be invited to apply for the cover girl spot of this issue!  No that is not my layout, I did not make the cover - even after two attempts! lol. It was still lovely to be asked though! This layout is by Sheri Reguly, her and Summer Fullerton and I all created layouts using the same photo, journalling and title. We were also asked to keep our pages fairly simple, something that would inspired a beginner scrapbooker.

I was also fortunate to get another layout picked up for this issue, I will share that another day. For today I thought I would share the two pages I created for the cover.


This is my first take, I wanted to incorporate all of the rich colours from the photo, along with nature inspired accents with a bit of a nod to fall.  As you can see I failed at the "keep it simple" part of the task.  Those embellishments get me every time, I just had to add more because I love them so!


I used my Copic markers to add colour to these pretty wood veneer pieces.  I love the way they look, but yeah definitely not beginner! Oh and the stitching!  What was I thinking!


I repeated some elements on the left side of my photo, thinking that less is simpler.  But I am guessing that adding the journalling on top of a photo may not be something beginners may be comfortable with.  I did that for my title, too. Another strike!


This part though, works.   At least I think so anyway.  Very simple layers, right?

Thankfully Susan Opel gave me another chance! She was kind enough to tell me she liked my page, though.  So I was not too terribly crushed!  Lol!  I completely understood actually, and went back to the drawing board.


This take is definitely simpler, it has similar layers, a richer colour palette and the embellishing is kept to a minimum.  Well for me anyway! 


I moved the title, but did put my journalling on top of the photo again.


Buttons are simple though, right?


Oh yeah, and stitched on this one, too!

The bottom line is I do love both pages for many reasons.  And I really was thrilled to be asked.  I have been very fortunate on my papercrafting journey and each opportunity whether it turns out the way I hoped or not is still something to be proud of!

Layout 2 Supply List: American Crafts and Canson cardstock; Lawn Fawn, Pebbles and Echo Park patterned papers; American Crafts Thickers; Teresa Collins Chipboard; Jillibean Soup tag sticker; Hemptique button twine; Gutterman gold thread; MAMBI gold glitter leaves; misc. button.

 Layout 1 Supply List: American Crafts and Stampin' Up cardstock; American Crafts, Lawn Fawn, Pebbles and Echo Park patterned papers;Pebbles wood veneer; Echo Park enamel dots; We R Memory Keepers die cuts; American Crafts vellum and Thickers; Lille B acorns; MAMBI gold leaves; Your Next Stamp twine; Sharpie pen; Copics (R56, RV34, YG21, YG23, YG25, YG67).

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lucky Thirteen | Stash Bash

Hey there! It's time for a new Stash Bash You-Tube hop, and for the month of September we are focusing on Project Life or cut apart cards!  While I am not a project lifer, I do tend to use up the cut apart cards that come in collections.  Today I would like to share with you how I use some of these cards.

Keep reading to the end for a list of the talented ladies hopping this month.

Both the checkerboard and chevron patterned papers used on this page have cut apart cards on the other side.  I often look for this type of versatile paper when I am choosing patterns to purchase. I also cut my tag from a cut apart card.


Cut apart cards and pocket cards also make great layers for photos.  I really love that one of these card has notebook lines on it, and used a notebook punch to reinforce the look.


I stretched the Stash Bash concept a bit and used this cute cut apart page tab, too.


I added a bunch of messy stitching to this page, adding it both in a vertical and horizontal fashion.  I used the horizontal lines to "hold" my title.  Again using a multi font title and a bit of my stash as this word "lucky" was cut long ago for another project but ended up not being used. It was great to get it onto a page.


I didn't do a ton of embellishing but what I did do was definitely stash bashing as well, since most of this stuff is a few years old now.

As with all of our Stash Bash pages, this one includes a process video, you can watch it here or over on my You-Tube channel!


And now, here is a list with links to all of the You-Tube channels, of those of us participating this month, for your hopping pleasure!


Supply List: American Crafts cardstock; Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks (fossilized amber, iced spruce, cracked pistachio) and rub-ons; Heidi Swapp and The Crafter's Workshop stencils; Crate Paper and Echo Park cut apart cards; Evalicious 3x4 cards, puffy stickers, page tabs and wood veneer; Elle's Studio puffy sticker; Pretty Little Studio sticker; Amy Tangerine "goodness" Thickers; Fancy Pants 3x4 cards; MME and Simple Stories washi tape; Freckled Fawn clip; Imaginisce patterned paper; Studio Calico chipboard camera; Copic Marker (YR18); Becky Higgins frame; misc. crochet thread.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xo

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hello Love | Mini Album with Video Flip Through

Hey there!  I was recently approached to create a commissioned mini album, the lady had gathered photos with hand-written messages to her husband, photographed in various gorgeous places around the world!  Such a cool idea! A great example of the internet used for wonderful, fun and loving things!


The cover is the only place that I added any hint of mixed media.






When I created the album, I wanted to have a nod to a sense of travel without it feeling like a travel album, since the couple did not actually leave home. 


I pulled in some goodies from Echo Park's "Getaway" collection and used embellishments from many other companies to round out the look so that the whole project wasn't too theme-y.


I also aimed to mix up the style of the pages, incorporating some small album sleeves, some interactive pages and some chipboard pages.


Some of the pages look more like traditional layouts, just on a smaller scale.


And other have a fun twist.


Like the little envelope pocket with tabbed pull out photos.


I also tucked in a couple of extra little things here and there like this tag.


This envelope was fun to make, I like the way it is simply embellished, too.


It opens for a fun little surprise.


A mini accordion fold album!


The back of the envelope gave me a spot for another mini layout.


I also incorporated some waterfall sleeves, to layer photos.


A few pocket page cards here and there, helped to fill in a few spots.


Flaps are fun, easy and a great way to add an extra photo or two.


Simple embellishing keeps things from feeling too heavy.


I added a little spot for a note or two, as well.


Which gave me space for more pictures.


I trimmed down a 12 x 12 die cut page and made a just for fun page for the album.


I really love this page, the bow adds a soft touch.


And when you open it up, there is room for a lot more photos.


How fun is that!


At first I though there were only 15 photos, in the end I was sent 25.  Which is why I had to get creative with adding them to this mini album.


I love this clear page!


I mirrored it on the back to hide adhesive and the back of elements.


Finally, I have one last flap page.


With one last layout.

The album turned out super cute, I love the mix of pages and designs.  I also was able to de-stash a lot of goodies!

I have a flip through video if you'd like to watch here, or on my You-Tube channel.


Supply List: CTMH accordion fold chipboard album: Patterned paper, cardstock stickers and chipboard accents from Echo Park's "Getaway" collection; Amy Tangerine "Today Thickers;  SpiegelMom Scraps "& then what" cork ampersands, "I cork U hearts", and silver doilies; Simple Stories "Life in Color" chipboard accents, clear stickers, cardstock stickers and ephemera; Teresa Collins label stickers; October Afternoon label stickers; cardstock stickers from Echo Park's "Times & Seasons 2" collection;  cardstock stickers from Echo Park's "This & That" collection; Simple Stories "Legacy" cardstock stickers; One Canoe Two "Hazelwood" cardstock stickers; MAMBI black and white shapes and label stickers; Teresa Collins "He Said, She Said" cardstock stickers; October Afternoon "Saturday Afternoon" stickers; American Crafts, Core'dinations Kraft-Core, and misc cardstock; Echo Park "Go See Explore" patterned paper; Jillibean Soup "Mushroom Medley" soup labels; Jillibean Soup pea pod parts; Heidi Swapp word stickers; Pretty Little Studios "Oakley Avenue" word and heart stickers; Evalicious "Dennison labels and misc. pocket cards; Martha Stewart, Hemptique, and misc. twine; misc. Washi tape; "Pumice Stone" Distress Ink; misc. wood buttons; American Crafts and Echo Park enamel dots; Jen Hadfield "Heart of Home" ephemera;   Kaisercraft "Lucky Dip" wood embellishments; misc. 6x6 album sleeve; Fuse Waterfall Photo sleeve; misc. tag; misc. die cut numbers page; Maya Road Kraft envelope; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; WRMK Big Bite; Core'dinations vellum; misc. reinforcements; misc. ribbon; Studio Calico 7 Paper silver striped acetate sheet; Fancy Pants Designs envelope; Pebbles cardstock stickers; Mr. Huey's black mist.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo