Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lucky | SpiegelMom Scraps

Hey there!  I am back sharing another page and process video for SpiegelMom Scraps

I wanted to document this photo in such a way that it speaks to our youngest son being born on St. Patrick's day without doing an actual birthday page, so I created a shamrock background cut file and pulled in some patterned papers with softer rainbow colours as well as some SpiegelMom Scraps sequins in coordinating colours.

I added some green distress ink through a wood grain stencil and some white texture paste through the same stencil to add a bit of interest to my base paper, prior to layering on the cut file.

Parts of the cut file were backed with patterned papers and some were backed with clear plastic so that I could insert sequins behind them.  On my last SpiegelMom Scraps layout, I shared how to make sequin shaker elements a design feature on a background.  For this page I wanted to do something similar but different, this page does not need dimensional adhesive (although I have added some in another area of my page) to achieve the look.  You can see how to recreate this look by watching my video.

I tucked this little wood veneer frame behind my photo making it another layer.  As an after thought I stitched words into it and I am so glad I did I love the look!  The frame is from the SpiegelMom Scraps shop.

I have had this large foam Thicker word in my stash for quite some time now, I am so glad that I was finally able to use it as it is perfect for this page!

I used some of the SpiegelMom Scraps "I Cork U" Hearts to create a shamrock that is layered over my title.  I love the way it looks and that I was able to use my goodies in a variety of ways!

I also used large cork hearts to create a larger shamrock, onto which I have layered a flair.

My third embellishment cluster also uses cork (I like the repetition) but this time in the form of a cloud shape. The cloud is from the SpiegelMom Scraps shop as well and is called "Corky Cumulus".  A die cut sun, a fun flair and some more sequins round out the cluster nicely.  As a last step I added in some black rub ons (super old from my stash) I think they balance the black title out nicely.

As I mentioned, I have a process video for this layout,  you can watch it below or on my You-Tube channel here.

Supply List:  SpiegelMom Scraps  I cork U hearts, corky cumulus, white doily, glassine bag; Pandora's Ombre sequins, Green Acres sequins, What's Up Buttercup sequins; Amy Tangerine wood frame from the SpiegelMom Scraps shop; Accent Scrapbooking flair; Amy Tangerine patterned paper;  American Crafts vellum and cardstock;  Amy Tangerine "today" word sticker; Imaginisce rub-ons; Sharpie[; Ranger Texture Paste; Tim Holtz mask: Tim Holtz distress ink (peeled paint); Tim Holtz stencil;  Tattered Angels mist (splash); Smooch Spritz mist (yellow); Mr. Huey's mist (taxi); misc. ticket.

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to use coupon code 15LAURA to get 15% off of your order until the end of March!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Good Times | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there!  I am sharing another layout as well as a process video today.  This page was created for  My Creative Scrapbook using the March main kit!

I love the blue and orange combination of some of the elements in this month's kit, so I combined it with the fun bird and chicken elements also in the kit to document this story of the time my youngest son got to visit the school my husband worked at before his retirement, to play with the baby ducks they were hosting.  Our son was homeschooled at the time so this was a real treat!

After creating the layers of photos and patterned paper behind them off of my page, I used it to determine where to add the mixed media on my background. First I came in with some Faded Jeans Distress Ink and afterward I added some Ranger Texture Paste, both with the same polka dot stencil that came in the kit. I was hoping to achieve a light and bright look to my mixed media elements.

I love layered and clustered embellishments so of course I had fun with the die cuts and puffy stickers from the kit!

I also added in some machine stitching for another fun bit of texture.

Feeling like my page was missing something, I added in a corner element with some patterned paper and a small cluster of embellishments.

I also added two strips of patterned paper to the bottom of my layout and stitched them in place.  Final steps were a splattering of orange paint and yellow mist, as well as some handwritten journalling.

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

Here is a look at the kit contents!

Supply List: (from the kit) Simple Life patterned papers {Blue Meadow, Bike Ride, branding strip from Growing Floral}, clear stickers, puffy stickers, phrase stickers, and die cuts; Heidi Swapp Polka Dot Stencil. (from my stash) Hemptique twine; Ranger Texture Paste; machine stitching; Faded Jeans Distress Ink; American Crafts white textured cardstock;Plaid orange acrylic paint; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Gathered Twig Distress marker; yellow Smooch Spritz.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Those Eyes | Stash Bash

Hey there!  It's time for a new Stash Bash You-Tube hop, and this month we are focusing on wood elements! Whether it be wood-grained papers or die cuts or wood veneer alphas or embellishments, it's your choice, so hop along and join in on the fun and then create a page of your own!

Here is my page, once again I am using my stash kit, which included lots of wood elements!

I began my page with this cut file that I created that incorporates both my title and my photo. This photo was left over from last Christmas, if memory serves me correctly I opted to use a black and white photo for the story I told when I originally scrapped it, however, as I was tucking this photo into a draw I decided that I wanted to tell another story with this cop of the photo.

This boy has the most beautiful eyes with long lush lashed and is constantly getting compliments, because I am visually impaired it is not something that I often notice except for when I have a beautiful photo like this blown up on my computer screen!

I cut a second copy of the word "eyes" out of a navy patterned paper to make that part of my title pop!

I also added lost of water colour paints and mists to my layout, over the background, die cut and patterned papers.  Although, later on in the process I did regret covering the die cut so I went back and painted it white.

And then I dug into my embellishment stash kit, pulling in teals, reds and navy to speak to my choices of patterned paper (which is actually all from the same half sheet of patterned paper).

And wood - of course I pulled in several bits of wood for this page!

I actually love the way this page tuned out (well once I painted the circles white again), it is messy and fun and cool and has a great colour combo and is so perfect for my little dude!

Final steps include journalling, sprinkling more mist and tracing my die cut element with a pencil to help it pop.

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

Here is a list of those of us participating this month, for your hopping pleasure!

Supply list: Simple Stories Urban Traveler #2917 patterned paper; Carta Bella Rough and Tough patterned paper; Echo Park Jack and Jill patterned paper; Simple Stories and Evalicious wood veneer; Simple Stories enamel dots and bradz; Evalicious clip, puffy stickers and flair; Simple Stories, Freckled Fawn and Echo Park stickers; Memory Makers rub-ons; misc. buttons and flags; Hemptique twine; Leows water colour paints; Sargent Arts Gesso; Mr. Huey's, Smooch and Heidi Swapp mist; American Crafts cardstock.

If you like, you can see more of my stash kit layouts here, some of them are for this challenge and others are not.  Thanks so much for visiting!

Sparkle Today | Scrap the Girls

Hey there!  I am so exited to be guesting over at the Scrap the Girls challenge site today, so I have a new layout and process video to share with you!

I was given this inspiration board to play with.

I love that it is fun and whimsical, but not over the top girly. Although, I did decided to use pretty colours and flowers on my page - just because I could!

I had this fun photo of some friends and I taken while we were at a scrappy retreat a couple of years ago. As you can see, the photo was taken outside which inspired me to use all of the nature inspired elements from this collection call "Posh" by Simple Stories.

I began with a very simple background design, layering and stitching strips of various widths to my ledger paper background.

I used a cut file that I created a while back to create a focal area for my photo, once I backed it with pretty paper.  I love the way the coral colour pops on this layout!

I also wanted to use elements from the collection to create my title, which is where these chipboard and die cut words come in and fit the bill quite nicely!

I pulled in pretty much every flower die cut, chipboard and sticker piece I could find to adorn my page.   I love how it turned out, fun whimsical and feminine.

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

Supply List: Simple Stories Posh patterned paper, cardstock stickers, clear stickers, bit and pieces, bradz, enamel dots, clip, 4x6 stickers, chipboard;  Simple Stories Sn@p Basics ledger paper; American Crafts cardstock; Heidi Swapp gold colour shine; WRMK stapler; Ikea clip.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I Love Us | My Creative Scrapbook

Hey there! I am sharing a layout today which I created for the sketch challenge over at My Creative Scrapbook using the March main kit!

Oh do I ever love this butterfly and text paper and knew that it needed to be a main part of my design, an easy solution to that is using it as a background. I was super inspired by the sketch, but felt the need to shrink down the elements just a bit to suit my own personal style of incorporating white space onto my pages.

I opted for hearts instead of the suggested squares on the sketch to suit my photo and colours.  I love, love the pink floral and red gingham paper and knew they would be perfect for my page! I machine stitched my hearts down the centre to give them the illusion of some movement.

I combined a puffy word sticker and some of the Pink Paislee alphas from the kit to create my title, you know how much I love multi font titles.

I added a bit of green embroidery floss to my tag. Some black line doodling helps to define my layers. I used some of the gold Pink Paislee alpha stickers to embellish my layout: I have a thing for ampersands plus it is nice to use up as many of the alpha stickers as possible so pulling in the ampersands as embellishments is a fun way to do that. The little gold chevron arrows on the left side of my photo are actually x's cut down.  I mean really how often do most of us use x's, so this was a great way to use them, too!

I typed out my journalling and cut it into strips before adhering it to my page. I have been making an effort to try to change up how I am adding my journaling to mix up my look. To finish off my page, I added in a few clear stickers and some splatters of Heidi Swapp gold Colour Shine.

I also added in the little dots / periods from the gold alphas stickers to the centre of some of the clear flower stickers - again it felt good to use up the goodies!

Here is a look at the sketch, I hope you play along and link up over at the MCS sketch blog.

Supply List: (from the kit) Simple Life patterned papers {Bougainvillea, Barn Wood, Wildflowers, Leafy Sprigs}, phrase stickers, clear stickers, puffy stickers and die cuts; Pink Paislee Memorandum alpha stickers. (from my stash) DMC floss; SpiegelMom Scraps doily; machine stitching, Heidi Swapp Gold Colour Shine, WRMK Typeset typewriter, American Crafts white textured cardstock; black Sharpie.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Eat Play Sleep | Stuck?! Sketches

Hey there!

It is time for a new sketch challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches so today I am sharing both my newest sketch and my take on it!

Sometimes I like to create sketches (and layouts) with teeny tiny photos.  I love to mix up the way my pages look; change keeps things fun and interesting!  This sketch suggests four tiny photos, which is perfect for the times we take sequential shots of our loved ones.  However, if you pop on over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog you will see that our DT has provided inspiration for many ways to interpret this sketch!

I am playing with the Cool Kid collection from Crate Paper today, to document these photos of  my grandson.  I got down on the floor with him while he was playing with some little vehicles over the Christmas break, we had some fun and I got some great pics, too!

The sketch suggest three embellishment areas, I took the liberty of lowering the one to the immediate right of the photos to be able to nestle the title in better for my page design. As usual, I layered up embellishments, in this case die cuts and stickers.  I also added some machine stitching to my page.

I tore the edges of most of my papers for a bit of added texture and to have the white edge, 

The collection had some really fun acetate pieces in the die cut pack, like this little road map!

I also pulled in some wooden cogs from Creative Embellishments  and used some Distress Crayons to colour them to coordinate with my layout. As a last step, I matted my layout onto this orange patterned paper and sprinkled around some mist.

Here is a look at our sponsors for this challenge, pop on over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog to learn more about them and see the prize details!

Supply List:  Crate Paper "Cool Kid" patterned paper, ephemera, chipboard, stickers and puffy stickers; Creative Embellishments wood veneer cogs;  Tim Holtz Salty Ocean and Candied Apple Distress Crayons; Heidi Swapp Silver Texture paste; Black and Real Red Mr. Huey's mist; misc. crochet thread, vellum and cardstock.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Domestic Bliss | Simple Stories

Hey scrappy friends! Today I am sharing my last post as part of the Simple Stories design team.  It has been an amazing year designing for this wonderful and generous company.  I consider it one of my many blessings and have happily crossed off a major item off of my scrappy bucket list!

I have created two layouts as well as a fun altered item using some of the new Domestic Bliss collection, which I was lucky enough to get hot off the press before the recent CHA/Creativation event!   I created this first layout (along with a process video) and the little altered room for the event and the second page was created afterward for this post.

Don't let the name of this collection fool you, it is for a lot more than documenting your chores! When I created this page, I wanted to share how versatile this collection is and how easily you can use it for every day life.  This photo of my youngest son and our new (at the time) puppy was just perfect for this collection, because of course being in the arms of someone that loves you is HOME.

I really wanted my layout to include a larger and multi font title, it was the jumping off point for my layout design, even though I added it to my page later in the assembly process.  I used a chipboard word from the Domestic Bliss collection, as well as some alphas from a SN@P Basics sticker sheet and the word "feels" that I die cut myself to create the title.  I love the way it looks!

As always, I took advantage of my design to add a few embellishment clusters. This collection has a super fun colour palette and includes all of our favourite types of embellishments!! If truth be told, I thought I was over stickers but Simple Stories had me falling in love with them all over again.  Stickers are so simple and versatile to use! I will be buying stickers for a long time to come!

As I mentioned, I created a process video for this page you can watch it below or on my You-Tube channel here.

Of course, I felt the need to document something to do with daily routines, as well. Well actually, I wanted to document how different some of the chores are now that we only have one child at home.  The "to do" lists are much lighter.  As my journalling says "I can hardly complain..." as back in the day when all three of our boys were at home, and we had four foster children in the house I would easily have 35 loads of laundry a week!  Now I often struggle to fill our weekly white load!

Anyway, about the page, I began by adding some Gelatos and Distress Crayons to my background as well as some splatters of mist.  I just felt like working on my technique on this particular day, I am still very intimidated by these products.

Then I cut a large laundry basket with my Cameo.  This cut file is available in the Silhouette store. It comes with several shapes that represent folded and layered laundry. I cut some of them from patterned paper, and wrapped others with some of the fun Washi tape, from this collection.  I added a bit of foam between the pile of "laundry" and the basket to give it some dimension.  Once adhered to my background, I hand stitched around it for fun!

I love adding tags to my layouts, its a bit of a thing really as I hardly ever write on them I just like the shape! I hand cut this pretty yellow one from a patterned paper and dolled it up with some crochet thread and a clear sticker.

I was on a roll with long titles the day I created this page too, using stickers and another die cut word to assemble it.

While this collection has plenty of "neutral" embellishments it also has some of the cutest themed embellishments!  How adorable are these laundry room inspired goodies!

I love combining die cuts, stickers, chipboard and brads to create my clusters and am especially fond of these clear stickers! I am so glad that Simple Stories has added them to their line up!

I went a little overboard and used 4 clusters of embellishments instead of the typical three to create a visual triangle but I think it still works and I really love this page!

I also wanted to share this fun little laundry room altered item that I created for the Simple Stories booth at Creativation.

I picked up the wooden house form at the dollar store and painted it out with a minty colour chalk paint.

I adorned most of the interior walls and the exterior walls with pretty patterned paper.

I also added some cork to the back wall inside the house.  I like the way the enamel dots look like they are little pins holding the bits and pieces in place.

I made multi patterned "shingles" for the roof by stitching rectangles of papers to a base piece of cardstock and then adhered the whole thing to my house.

Inside I used fun chipboard and ephemera pieces to create a little scene.

I popped up some of the elements with foam to create depth.

I even added "art" to the walls of my little room!

This project was so fun to create and I adore the way it turned out! 

Supply List:
Domestic Bliss 7800 Collection Kit ,7814 6x12 chipboard, 7816 Bits & Pieces, 7817 Enamel Dots, 7818 Domestic Bliss Clear Stickers, 7819 Domestic Bliss Epoxy Metal Clips, 7820 Domestic Bliss Decorative Brads, 7821 Bless This Mess Washi Tape, 7822 Home Sweet Home Washi Tape, 7824 Domestic Bliss Roller Stamp.

Other Supplies: American Crafts white cardstock; misc. cork: Americana Decor chalk paint; CTMH waxy flax; CTMH black ink; Hemptique button twine; misc. thread; mic. cardstock and vellum; crochet thread; Tiny Attacher; Tim Holtz peacock feathers Distress Crayon; Faber- Castell aqua dolce and banana Gelatos; Mr. Huey's water cooler mist; Smooch Spritz yellow mist.

Thanks so much for hanging out with me today!  Be sure to follow Simple Stories on Instagram for loads of inspiration!