Monday, October 30, 2017

Fall Fair | My Creative Scrapbook

Hello there!

I am sharing my last layout of the month using the October main kit from My Creative Scrapbook! This time I decided to document my son's two most favourite things about the local Fall fair; the rides and the bunnies he can cuddle!


I began my page by playing with a bit of mixed media, namely my Distress Oxide inks.  I thought I did too much at one point, but as you know most of it gets covered up anyway. ;)  


I love the way both the Simple Stories elements from the kit and the Jillibean Soup elements blend so seamlessly together. 


You know I love my clusters and layers of embellishments so I played with the kit elements a bit to create  look that speaks to me.


I was also able to create my favourite title style, a mixed font look.


Oh and I could not resist stacking these sweet farm animals!

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) Simple Stories "Happy Harvest" cardstock stickers; Jillibean Soup "Farm House Stew" patterned paper (goodness gracious, hold your horses,bless your heart, rise and shine, bite sized bits), die cut alphas; coordinating label stickers, pea pod parts; rustic twine. (Other Supplies) Tim Holtz 'fossilized amber'  and ' cracked pistachio' distress oxide inks; Tim Holtz spiced marmalade' distress crayon; 'aqua dolce' and 'banana' Gelatos; Sharpie pen; American Crafts cardstock.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Happy Rockstar | Just for Fun

Hey there!  I am sharing another just for fun layout today, this one features a cut file that I designed just for this page!


I recently rediscovered a cut file that I created a while back, made by tracing a star that I drew.  I decided to turn it into a background design and came up with this fun design.


Of course, I needed to use it right away, so I pulled out some fun Bella Blvd papers from my scrap bin.  I actually had next to nothing in the way of patterned papers left but I did have a fun sticker sheet that I wanted to use for my title, so I rolled with what I had!


After backing the cut file and deciding where it should sit on my page, I used a combination of Gelatos and Tim Holtz Distress Crayons to add some colour to my cardstock base paper. I also added some splatters of Shimmerz in a pretty teal colour and white Mr. Huey's mist.  Then I stitched around this whole "mess" with some orange thread!


I mounted my cut file with foam and did the same for my photo, once they were both adhered to my page, I added my title with the stickers and some fussy cut letters.


After that it was just a matter of tucking in a few stickers and some fun enamel shapes here and there.


Supply List:  Bella Blvd patterned paper, clip and stickers; American Crafts cardstock; Gelatos; Tim Holtz Distress Crayons; Shimmerz and Mr. Huey's mist; Freckled Fawn enamel shapes; Becky Higgins flair; digital cut file designed by me; misc. thread.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

I Love You More | My Creative Scrapbook

Hello there! I am excited to share another new layout and video with you today!  Today's page features goodies from the My Creative Scrapbook October main kit, with a focus on the Simple Stories "Happy Harvest" papers!



I played with a new stencil and some Distress Oxide inks on my background. I am so glad I added a few of these to my stash they make creating a mixed media background super simple!


Then I trimmed these argyle shapes from one of the patterned papers, so that I could place them where I really wanted them on my background.  I also added some stitching over the printed faux stitching lines.


Afterward, I fussy cut this cute fox and the star from other patterned papers.  I love the way this page turned out.  It is simple but still has lots to look at!

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) Simple Stories "Happy Harvest patterned papers (3x4 and 4x6 journalling cards, Happy Fall), Jillibean Soup "Farm House Stew" bite size bits patterned paper, coordinating label stickers, puffy stickers, pea pod parts; Echo Park brads. (Other Supplies) Mr. Huey's brown mist; Tim Holtz 'fossilized amber' distress oxide ink; American Crafts cardstock; Plaid stencil.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Monday, October 23, 2017

Fall Trees | Free Digital Cut File

Hey there!  I have a new freebie for you today!  This one is available in Silhouette, SVG, PNG and PDF formats.

https://app.box.com/s/3s6lxs18gzimt9qv3snf4isc8ldplquv

As always, click on the image to be taken to my download page.

Enjoy and thanks for visiting!
Laura
xo

Friday, October 20, 2017

Good Times | Stash Bash

Hey there!

It's time for a new Stash Bash You-Tube hop, and for the month of October we are focusing on 6 x 6 pads! I have mainly used my 6 x6 paper pads for cardmaking, so it's high time I pulled some out for creating a layout!


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


I picked up this 6 x 6 pad on clearance for $5 a while back, mainly because I received the coordinating sticker sheet in a kit and still had some left over, and since we spend a lot of our summer on the lake I figured this collection would be perfect!  I just never got around to creating a layout with it, so this months push was just what I needed!


As you can see, I cut several patterns into squares and then triangles.  I laid the triangles out in a pattern on my background paper, leaving the area where my photo would sit open.  And then I stitched along the tops of each triangle.  The goal was to make the triangles look somewhat like nautical flags or banners blowing in the breeze. I added a little bit of foam under the lower tips of the triangles to create a bit of a shadow and to make them look more free flowing.


Then I got to work on the rest of the page, adding a couple of layers behind my picture and then embellishing around it.

My title is a wood veneer piece that I heat embossed.


I added some stickers, a die cut journal piece and a tag to the right side of my photo, I really like the way it looks now but I struggled with it a bit at the time.


Since I have a ton of photos of us and the kids and dogges on the lake, and they do not all have an amazing story, I opted to use these phrase stickers as my journaling.


A few more stickers and another wood veneer piece as well as some acrylic stars, finish off my embellishing.

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


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

Christy Harriman:https://youtu.be/Vzsj0aTD6no 

Supply list: American Crafts cardstock; DCWV patterned paper; Pebbles Inc.  patterned paper and stickers; One Canoe Two date stamp; Simple Stories, Jillibean Soup, and Echo Park stickers; Fancy Pants wood veneer; Mr. Huey's and Shimmerz mist; Hemptique bakers twine; misc. resin stars; Tim Holtz tiny attacher; MME die cut; CTMH black ink; DecoArt acrylic paint.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Laura
xo

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bridal Party Thank You cards | Cards

Hey there!  I am popping in today to share some Bridal Party Thank You cards that I made for my son and his new bride to give to their wedding party.

Both of these cards were fun to put together!  This bridesmaid card was inspired by a shaped card that I saw on Pinterest. After creating a cut file for it, to easily mass produce it, I decided to create a pretty vellum overlay for the "dress" portion of the card.


I used fine gold cord to create a sash, of sorts, for the dress.



Supply List:  Recollections and Staples cardstock; misc. vellum; DMC metallic thread; PaperTrey Ink sentiment stamp; Colorbox gold ink.


The groomsmen cards were also inspired by a Pinterest find, And again, I created a cut file for this card, which was super easy to make. I repeated the vellum overlay, this time on the tie, to coordinate both sets of cards.


I also used some fun textured gold foil paper to create the pocket square.

Supply List:  Recollections cardstock; American Crafts card base; misc. vellum; DCWV gold foil paper; Scrapbook and Cards Today sentiment stamp; Colorbox gold ink.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Monday, October 16, 2017

Farm Memories | My Creative Scrapbook

Hello there!

I am thrilled to be sharing another layout for My Creative Scrapbook, as well as a sketch and process video!  The October main kit was so fun to create with, especially with these sweet photos of my grandson!


This layout was created based on the monthly sketch challenge at My Creative Scrapbook, which was created by yours truly!  I am thrilled to be creating sketches for them for the next while!

I love the way the kraft paper background (from my stash) helps all the pretty colours pop on this page!


You know I love a multi font title, and this one packs a punch with the oversized die cut alphas from Jillibean Soup!


Oh and these sweet farm animal die cuts, I am such a fan!


As suggested in the sketch, I added some stitching but I kept mine more on the boxy side.

Here is a look at the sketch for you!


I would love to see you play along, you can link up over at My Creative Scrapbook.

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


Supply List: (from the kit) Jillibean Soup Farmhouse Stew patterned papers (bless your heart, goodness gracious, bite size bits), die cut alphas, label stickers, puffy stickers, pea pod parts; Echo Park brads; rustic twine. (Other Supplies) Mr. Huey's brown mist; Tim Holtz 'gathered twigs' distress marker; misc. paper clip; Bazzill cardstock.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hello Friend | Stuck?! Sketches

Hey there!  It is time for a new sketch challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches, which means I have a new sketch, layout and even a process video to share with you today!

Here is a look at the sketch, it is a pretty simple single photo design. 


And this is my take on it!


I have had this photo printed and in my "to scrap" pile for quite some time now.  I really wanted to document this story, but the colours in the photo were not so inspiring to me. But this month, I was determined to get it done!

I pulled out some old Bo Bunny "Happy Tales" collection goodies thinking that some of it might work on this page but other than the papers, which I used, the embellishments were too cat and dog specific.  Which meant I had to dig around in my stash to find a few generic thing that might work.


I ended up using some Crate Paper "Cool Kid" stuff, because I was hoping that the yellows and teals would tone down the harsh blue in my photo a bit.  I also loved that I finally used these plus sign stickers, I will admit they stumped me for a while.


I pulled a couple of stickers to create my title and a random flair, as well as a couple of Charm's Creations felt elements to embellish this area.


We have two fantastic sponsors for this challenge, all winners are chosen via a random draw.




As I mentioned, I also have a process video, you can watch it here or on m channel here.


Supply List: Bo Bunny patterned paper; Simple Stories, October Afternoon, Fancy Pants, Echo Park, Pretty Little Studio and Crate Paper stickers; Crate Paper chipboard; Charm's Creations felt elements; Stampin' Up clip; Freckled Fawn clip; M Mind's Eye twine; misc. flair, washi and acetate arrow; Sharpie pen; "iced spruce and "fossilized amber" distress oxide inks. 

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xo

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Wedding Wishes | Wedding Card

Hi there! You are probably tired of hearing about it by now, but my son and his beautiful fiance are got married yesterday! I made a little card for them and thought you might like to take a peek!


I created the wine glass cut file a while back and shared them on my blog here. To create this die cut card, I released the compound path of the taller wine glass cut file, removed the outer (largest) shape, and then grouped the rest of the pieces back together. Then I duplicated this shape.  After that I created a rectangle that measure 4" x 5.25" and placed the two wine glasses where I thought looked best.  Finally, I clicked on all three shapes (the two wine glasses and the rectangle) and created a compound path. 


I backed the stems of the glasses with gold cardstock, and then added acetate behind the upper portion of the wine glass.  ScorTape or Red Line tape works best for this.  Once that was adhered, I added dimensional foam tape around the bowls of the wine glasses, giving me a spot to hold the sequins.
 

After pouring in some pretty sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps, I removed the backing form the foam tape and placed a scrap of white cardstock over the openings.  You want to be sure to seal the space between the glasses so that the sequins don't all end up in there instead of in the glasses.


Next I mounted this all onto a card base covered in a subtle but pretty patterned paper (this paper was given to me by my friend Bev). Finally, I stamped my sentiment and added a few pretty gems.

Supply List: SpiegelMom Scraps sequins ( wedding bells, spring fever); Paper Trey Ink sentiment stamp from Enjoy the Ride set; ColorBox gold Ink; Blue Fern Studios "bourbon street" patterned paper from the Courtship Lane collection; Fancy Pants Designs gold paper; American Crafts and Recollections cardstock; digital cut file created by me; Queen and Co. clear bubbles.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Everyday Rad | Simple Stories

Hey there! I am sharing a layout today of my middle son, he is getting married TOMORROW! I pulled out an older photo of him and played around with a few of my older Simple Stories "So Rad" goodies ad a Jillibean Soup placemat.


I trimmed my cardstock base down and matted it onto this fun large striped patterned paper from the So Rad" collection.  Then I backed a few, as in a very few, opening in the Jillibean Soup placemat with a few different patterned papers.


This wood veneer word is by Heidi Swapp, it's an older piece.  I "painted" it with some navy Color Shine. I also sprinkled the Color Shine around my page.


I used "So Rad" cardstock stickers, some random Simple Stories clear stickers and Tim Holtz rubons to accent my page.


I also pulled in a few Jillibean Soup label stickers, a hand trimmed tag and an Evalicious flair to finish off my look. I really like the way it turned out, masculine but still fresh and clean(ish)!

Supply List: American Crafts cardstock and enamel shapes; Simple Stories patterned papers and alphas from So Rad and clear stickers from Posh; Jillibean Soup placemat and stickers; Evalicious flair; Tim Holtz rubons; Heidi Swapp navy Color Shine; and wood veneer; Artist Loft paint; misc. crochet thread.

Thanks for visiting!
Laura
xo

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

XOXO | Just for Fun

Hey there!  I am popping in for a quick post today to share a just for fun page I created recently.  I have been having trouble creating and I got to wondering if it was because almost all of my creating lately is for various DT assignments.  So I decided to just play a little a see what comes of it.

For this page, I kept things fairly minimal, in product and in colours. 


I really like the way it turned out!


I started by splattering my background with some acrylic paint, it was the only medium in this shade of pink that I had, and I really like how it looks.


As you probably guessed the flowers are fussy cut from a patterned paper.  The leaves started out punched but were too large so I trimmed them down by hand to get them to just the right size.  I used a water colour pencil to colour the centre of the flowers to match the leaves.  I considered colouring the flowers too, but in the end preferred them white for this page.


The tag and frame are also hand cut.  As are the hearts, some of which I also coloured with a water colour pencil.


I used a thin strip of cardstock to pull the pink to the top of my page, since I didn't have any in the patterned papers that I pulled out.


I had one pink flair in my stash, thankfully it worked!  I think I might need to order a few more for when I do the kids a wedding album!


A hand cut title, a bit of journalling and a few stickers finished off my page.  Of course, I had to add a sprinkling of something so I dipped into my Jillibean Soup sequins.

Supply List:  Bella Blvd patterned paper and stickers; American Crafts cardstock; CTMH water colour pencils; DecoArt acrylic paint; Jillibean Soup sequins; Becky Higgins flair; misc. crochet thread.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura
xo