Thursday, July 20, 2017

Life is a State of Mind | Stash Bash

Hey there!

It's time for a new Stash Bash You-Tube hop, and this month we are focusing on twine or ribbon! I opted to de-stash some Washi tape!  This was a perfect challenge for me as I do not use a lot of Washi on my layouts.

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

I wanted to create a layout, that was more my own personal style this month, which for me usually includes layers on patterned papers. 

I wanted to translate that to Washi tape, so I adhered the tapes I chose to use to scrap cardstock.  That way I could layer them like paper and I didn't run into any issues of them being translucent in spots that I didn't want them to be. It also allowed me to do a bit of border punching!

I also took the liberty to de-stash some older brads.

I added a bit of Washi to the edges of a tag, not only did it give me the opportunity to use more tape, but it allowed me to use the green tape / colour in three areas on my page.

I also had a bit of fun with painted circled, which I stamped using plastic cups in a variety of sizes.  Super fun technique and I love the look!

Final steps included splattering paint around my page.

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!

Supply list: American Crafts ad Coredinations cardstock; Freckled Fawn, My Mind's Eye, Jillibean Soup, Fancy Pants Designs and IKEA Washi tape; Decoart paint; Simple Stories tag; October Afternoon stickers; Tim Holtz rub-ons and Tiny Attacher; My Mind's Eye brads; Amy Tangerine word Thickers; Badges  and Buttons flair;  Studio Calico chipboard camera; IKEA clip; Eyelet Outlet enamel dot; Copic Y23; EK Success punch;  Shimelle wood button; Sharpie pen; Gutermann thread.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sum Sum Summertime Chill | My Creative Scrapbook

Hello! I am back sharing another layout and process video for My Creative Scrapbook, I was in the mood to play with my water colour paints when I created this page.  Although, I did keep things very simplistic.

I took my cues form the  "sum sum summertime" cut apart card, when adding paint to my page, attempting to mimic the look.

It was fun to create and is a great alternative to using a lot of patterned paper, which is a nice way to mix things up sometimes.

I used that cut apart card, and a sticker to create my title. I embellished both pieces just a little bit, for impact.

Adding embellishments to journaling is a great way to make it a main feature of the page.

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

Supply List: (From the Kit) Photo play "Summer Bucket List" pattern paper ( Splish splash, fun day) and ephemera; Simple Stories "Summer Days" card stock stickers, bits and pieces, 4 x 6 stickers, and pattern paper (4 x 6 vertical elements). (From my stash) artist loft watercolour paint; crochet thread; sharpie pen; miscellaneous thread and buttons.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Strawberry Ring | Free Cut File

Hey there!  I created a fun cut file back in early June, to share with you this month, I wanted to get a head start on my July posts since we took a vacation earlier this month and I figured time may be tight upon our return.  When I came back from holiday I discovered that the Just Nick store released a file with an identical theme, so I felt it was only fair to nix my share and create a new one.

Hope you enjoy the file!

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

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Let's Play | Stuck?! Sketches

Hey there!  I am sharing a new sketch, layout and a process video for Stuck?! Sketches' July 15th challenge today!

Here is a look at my sketch:

And this is my take on it, I love the way it turned out and the bright colours but if you watch my video you will see that a few things gave me the run around while creating!

As you will notice I flipped the sketch to better suit this photo of our grandson, I could have flipped the picture but I didn't think of it when I printed it. Plus most of my layouts sort of face the other way so it is nice to have some looking the opposite way when they are in albums.

I recently picked up the ephemera, decorative brads, puffy stickers and enamel dot packs for the "Toy Box" collection by Carta Bella, I figured I could probably get away with combining them with papers from my stash as I really didn't see myself using all of the elements.  I raided my stash of Echo Park patterned papers and pulled some that coordinated well enough, and then chose this lined paper from MME as my background. I matted the whole layout on a piece of blue cardstock, I like the way it helps my photo to pop plus it is a good way to use some of my coloured cardstock that just seems to sit around taking up space.

Once I had the paper layers done, I added some machine stitching and then got busy with the embellishing!

I also pulled in some puffy stickers, acetate pieces and chipboard from the Crate Paper "cool kid" collection.  They seem to work well with the Carta Bella elements.

I moved my title from where the sketch suggested because I wanted to use these puffy stickers that read "let's play" and they seemed to get lost in the other area of my layout.

As a final step I added some doodling and rubons.

We have two wonderful and long term sponsors offering prizes this month over at Stuck?! Sketches

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

Supply List: Echo Park and My Mind's Eye patterned papers; American Crafts cardstock;  ephemera, decorative brads and puffy stickers from Carta Bella; Crate Paper puffy stickers, acetate ephemera and chipboard; Tim Holtz rub-ons and tiny attacher; Sharpie pen; misc. button and crochet thread.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sweet Sumer Days | My Creative Scrapbook

Hello! I am back sharing another layout and process video for My Creative Scrapbook, this was actually the first layout that I created with the kit! I love this picture of my friend's little one, I recently created her first birthday invitations with this photo and requested the right to use it as my "fee"!

I must have been tired when I started this layout, as I created several strawberry themed cut files for this page - and then just before cutting them out I remember the photo featured this little one with watermelons not strawberries! ha!

So I opted for a large die cut heart instead, which was fine since I really wanted to feature this gingham paper on my layout! After adhering the heart to my page, I added some machine stitching for texture.

I layered a fussy cut label to 'house' my title and a main cluster of embellishments.  

A second and mid sized cluster rests above my photo.

And the last and smallest cluster sits to the left of my page, and the heart.

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

Supply List: (From the Kit) Simple Stories "Summer Days" patterned paper (lazy days, soak up the sun, 4 x 6 vertical elements, 4 x 6 horizontal elements), cardstock stickers, 4 x 6 stickers, bits and pieces.  (From my stash) Other Staedtler pen and miscellaneous thread.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Summer Adventures | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there! It is reveal day over at My Creative Scrapbook, and that means I get to share this month's awesome main kit with you, and a layout, too!

I loved creating with this month's kit, it has loads of goodies from the Simple Stories "Summer Days" collection and a few things from the Photo Play "Summer Bucket List" collection in it!  And I was definitely in the mood to create summery pages!! Check out the kit contents.

I feel like there is a pattern happening with my MCS DT pages, my first share is once again the third page that I created! There is sort of a method to that though.  I have committed to doing two process videos a month for the team, so I try to do that first, just in case something goes wrong with a video or layout.  That way I can always make another if need be.

I really wanted to use this bold orange dotted paper prominently on a layout, it was just so juicy and happy looking! I decided to make it my background, but added in a bit of white cardstock to keep the page from being too overwhelming.

I added in narrow strips of striped paper to each side of the cardstock panel and some stitching, too.

I used this chipboard banner along with the alpha stickers from the kit to create my title. I embellished my title with some machine stitching and a few phrase stickers, plus this little camera sticker.

My journaling was written on a tag that I hand cut from a cut apart card, and reads "Kayaking to a little island and lunching on a rock is a new summer fav!"  I tell you this kid never went kayaking without a couple of sandwiches in tow, last summer!

This sun element is a combination of a fussy cut piece with a die cut embellishment layered over top of it.  I sandwiched craft foam in the centre to give it a little pop.

I used three embellishment clusters around my photo, but also added a small one on the top right of my layout. Once I had everything arranged on my page how I liked it I added some teal Gelatos and Distress Crayon to the white cardstock to make it a little less stark and slightly more reminiscent of water.

Supply List: (From the Kit) Simple Stories "Summer Days" patterned paper ( gotta make shade, so much fun, 4 x 6 vertical elements, 4 x 6 horizontal elements), cardstock stickers, 4 x 6 stickers, chipboard, and bits and pieces. (From my stash) crochet thread; Aqua Dolce Gelatos; Peacock Feathers Distress Crayon; Oh say can you sea Shimmerz mist; American Craft kraft cardstock

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Summer Vibes | Scrapbook & Cards Today

Hey there!  A few months back Nicole Nowasad, the blog coordinator for Scrapbook & Cards Today emailed me to ask if I would be interested in being a guest on the SCT blog for the monthly free cut file feature!  Well you know I jumped at that chance!

Once Nicole sent me the file, I was super inspired to start immediately!  Check out her free files...

.. you can grab them here on the SCT blog if you like.  Of course, you do!

The sunglasses cut file really spoke to me and I know it would make both a fun title and focal area for my photo.

After die cutting the piece from white cardstock, I backed it with a variety of patterned papers and my photo.

I love the way it looks, so super fun!

I coloured around this focal piece with a variety of colours of Gelatos.  I struggled a bit with getting the right tone of colour but in the end I really like the way it turned out.  I also added in some hand stitching to further frame this area.

I used the beach ball cut file as an embellishment.  As well as the sunshine cut file, which I turned into a sequin shaker.

I balanced all of the colour and accents at the top of my page with a few more embellishments at the bottom of my page.

The journalling was typed with my WRMK Typecast Typewriter.  Finishing touches are a splattering of mist and some machine stitching.

I also created a process video for this layout and would love for you to check it out below or here on my You-Tube channel.

Supply List:  Echo Park patterned paper and stickers; Simple Stories enamel dots, alpha stickers and stickers; Nicole Nowasad cut file; Freckled Fawn enamel dots and shapes; SpiegelMom Scraps sequins; Shimmerz mist; Sargent Arts gesso; Gelatos (red cherry, tangerine, lemon, green tea, cotton candy, aqua dolce and coconut); CTMH black ink; One Canoe Two date stamp; WRMK Typeset typewriter and crochet thread.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Documented | Echo Park

Hey there! A while back I was contacted by Amy Little, the owner of Scrap the Boys challenge site, requesting a couple of sketches for upcoming challenges.  I always love to share my sketches, so of course I said yes!  Today they are sharing the first sketch on their site, so I am joining in on the fun.

Multiple photo sketches are always fun to use for sequential photos, which is exactly what I used when I decided to play with this sketch at a recent retreat I attended.

I used a plain white cardstock base, and added a hint of mixed media in the form of water colour paints to it.  First a wash and then some splatters.

I kept my title simple since I was retreating and worked with a chipboard element that I had packed.

As usual I added three clusters of embellishments.

I also decided to tuck in these number stickers, mainly because I had no idea how else I would use them - but I also love the way they look!

This little cluster is a bonus cluster - necessary for keeping in tune with my rule of threes!

Supply List: Echo Park patterned paper and stickers; American Crafts cardstock; Simple Stories chipboard, plastic clip and enamel dots; Evalicious flair and  arrow clip; misc. wood veneer and acetate arrow; Leows water color paints; Sargent Arts Gesso; My Mind's Eye washi; lack Mr. Hueys mist.

I hope you find some time to play along over at the Scrap the Boys challenge site!
Thanks so much for visiting today!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Surf's Up | Stuck?! Sketches

Hey there!  I am sharing a new sketch, layout and a process video for Stuck?! Sketches' July 1st challenge today!

Here is a look at my sketch:

And this is my take on it, I had a lot of fun with my large title!  

This is my friend's son, these pics were taken when they visited us last summer.  I thought I would give all three of her kids some layouts featuring photos we took last summer, when they come visit us this summer!

I cut my title out of my blue background paper and backed it with white cardstock to help keep it from looking too busy.  A little bit of white stitching looks really cute around it!

I was able to use up some old Fancy Pants papers, and embellishments, as well as some fun Carta Bella stickers and Imaginisce puffy stickers!

Final steps included adding some brads (yup old school) and splatters of white mist.

We have two amazing and super supportive sponsors this month over at Stuck?! Sketches

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

Supply List: Fancy Pants patterned papers, die cuts and flag; Carta Bella and Echo Park stickers;Imaginisce puffy stickers; Bazzill chipboard flower; Zing embossing powder; Jillibean Soup tag; Freckled Fawn clip; Mr. Hues mist; misc. crochet thread, brads and wood veneer.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Donald and Me | Magical Memories You-Tube Hop

Hey there! My scrappy friend Christine Meyer is hosting a Magical Moments You-Tube hop and she invited me to join in on the fun!  Ironically I am in Disney right now!  (Or at least I hope I am as I am writing this in advance and we were due to arrive yesterday.)

The idea was for all of us hoppers to create something Disney themed.  I thought I may share the Travelers  Notebooks that I shared yesterday, but opted to create this page using an older photo of my son in Disney, instead!

I began by  using a pencil to trace around some Mickey head die cuts, and then went over each pencil line with some black craft paint.  I also added some messy stitching with red thread over the paint lines.

Next I turned this camera sticker into a fun sequin embellishment!

I created a die cut for my title, I do not usually opt for this kind of title but I think it works on this page.

My last embellishment cluster also includes some journaling. Final steps included a sprinkling of yellow mist.

The hop starts here at Christine's You-Tube channel!  You can watch my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here.

Supply List: American Crafts cardstock; Queen and Co. patterned paper; Queen and Co., Echo Park and Carta Bella stickers; Simple Stories SN@P 3x4 cards; Simple Stories, Recollections and American Crafts enamel dots; Queen and Co. flair; Mr. Huey's yellow mist; SpiegelMom Scraps sequins {What's Up Buttercup and Purple Rain}; misc. red sequins, mickey mouse brads and red and white crochet thread; Anita's Craft black acrylic paint; Sharpie pen; Uniball Signo white pen.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Laura xo