Monday, October 20, 2014

Creating With Sketches V3

It was a pleasure being asked to contribute to Kristine Davidson's brand new sketch book: Creating With Sketches Volume 3.  Her sketches so often pull me out of my comfort zone and lead to fun designs, I otherwise, would not have come up with on my own. Sketch #60 from this latest collection of sketches was no exception.
A new sketch, and a new sketchbook deserved a new collection to work with.  For the first time in a long time, I purchased some Belle Blvd papers to work with.  With the current changing of the leaves, and the scenery around me, I really wanted to create a Fall themed layout.  This collection has Spring written all over it.

My love addiction with doilies and tags, is still going strong as you can see.

These Jillibean sprinkles, like giant wood-backed enamel dots, are hoard worthy, I love them so much.  If you know me at all you know that there's not much I hoard.  I am a fan of only buying what I KNOW I'll use, and using it up on a couple of layouts, and then moving on.  So you know it's a great product when I don't actually want to use it all up.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the word fall out of some of the Bella patterned paper, and backed it with some scrap cardstock.

The Sketchbook has some really great sketches, and examples.  I have my e-copy, and you can get 10% off yours by using my code: V3SHERRI in Kristine's bigcartel shop here.

Go get yours friends, it's got so much insop, and if you've got a smartphone it's a great little resource to have on you when you're out at a crop.  Paper copies are also available. Pin It

Friday, October 17, 2014

Breathe

With all that's been going on in the Funk household over the past couple of weeks, it makes me even more nostalgic for the dog days of summer, especially ones spent at our friends' cottage with a view like this.


I used my favourite piece of patterned paper from the Pink Paislee Solstice collection.  I cut it apart and machine stitched it back down to create a new background for my layout.  When you're able to create so much visual detail with a simple piece of background paper you don't need much more to complete a layout, even when layers and clusters of embellishments are your "go to" design.  These sweet gold foam shapes are a perfect compliment to the colours and design. And how great is it when manufacturers create some cross-over in colour scheme so you are able to mix and match from one collection to another?  The alphas from my title are from the Switchboard collection.  Just another reason why I like to create my layouts using primarily one manufacturer.  I'll do anything I can to reduce my average time of 1.5-3 hours to create one layout. You can see all the latest Pink Paislee collection in the Paper Issues shop right here.  Including the gorgeous Merry & Bright.
This will be my December Daily collection of choice.  

Use code:SHERRI to save yourself 20% off your entire purchase. Don't forget that all orders $60 and over before discount qualify for FREE shipping within the us.

Okay enough with the Christmas talk, I am really not ready to welcome the snow and cold, as per usual.  It feels like we've barely had a Fall to speak of, and we certainly didn't have much of a Summer season to boast about either.  We really did get the short end of Mother Nature's stick this past year.  The Winter season promises to be as horrid as it was last year, the only upside this year is that we will be heading to Disney for 10 days at the end of January.  Can't wait to see some new sights this time around, and hit up Universal and Islands of Adventure again.  What about you reader, any Winter holiday plans in the works?
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Monday, October 13, 2014

PI +Pinkfresh Studio

It's another new Issue over at Paper Issues.  We were lucky enough to partner up with Pink Fresh Studio this week.  I grabbed some of my True Friend goodies, and set to work using a Fall theme for my pages.
This is one of my most favourite photos ever, I'm pretty sure I've scrapped it at least once before, and I know I for sure have another layout upcoming to share with you using this as one of two photos on the layout. We had just finished our little family photo shoot last Fall when we decided to gather up as many leaves as we could off the path and create some "fun" photos to end the shoot.  I just love the look of joy on the girls' faces.

The gold foil alphas (spelling 'Fall') are pretty cool, sorry they just don't photograph well.
The Pinkfresh embellishments were so easy to incorporate into my design, and the colours were a perfect match.  Hop over to the Paper Issues Blog to check out all the details of our Woodn't You Know It's Fall Issue, and see some other gorgeous uses of the Pinkfresh products.  there are some fun ideas for projects you can link up, and remember your projects do NOT need to be brand new for the issue.  Linking up will earn you a chance at a Pinkfresh Studio goodie bag.  You have until October 26th to link up.

Thanks for stopping by today friends.  I apologize that I've been MIA for the past couple of weeks. For those that follow me on Instagram and Facebook you will know that life has been a bit of a roller coaster around here with Théa's health scare almost two weeks ago, as well as another situation that I haven't yet shared with my social media friends.  I haven't quite had the time, nor the presence of mind to really figure out how to put it all into words and document it all.  I just want to reassure the few of you that follow me here on my blog,  that I DO NOT plan on shutting down my blog, I just have had a lot going on in my personal life.  With that said, I also wanted to say how very grateful I am for all of the love and support that you all have sent via text, private message, IG comment, even phone calls and cards.  From meals, to flowers, to most importantly, your prayers.  My family feels the love from around the world, and I can not thank you enough.  Théa is healing wonderfully. It's almost hard to believe that she even went uneer the knife only one and a half weeks ago.  The results of the pathology report should be available for us in a couple of weeks when we go in for her post op appointment.  Someday, when I'm ready I'll share all about this crazy chapter of our lives.  Until then, please know that I have a few scrappy projects lined up to share through for Paper Issues and {aflairforbuttons}, aaaannnnd a really fun scrappy secret that I'll let you in on in a few weeks, it's a good one!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Sometimes It's Winter

This past year has not been an easy one for me.  A lot of changes that all seemed to happen at once, some emotional stresses, some financial stresses, and some physical stresses helped to throw things out of whack for me.  I felt down quite a bit, lost, like I wasn't sure what I was suppose to be doing, and just generally in a funk.  It didn't help that Winter in Manitoba seemed never ending, the cold and the snow just kept coming, and the sun shone very little over those months.  I was determined to scrap about this time, and it has taken me a while to be able to do so.  I wanted to document what that season felt like, as I think it's important that our albums reflect our real life, all the little moments that happen in between the birthdays, and vacations.  I think when we look back at our life it's important to see all the events that helped to shape us and make us who we are.  It took some time to feel healed from that dry, grey season, but I know now that I am finally through that season and moving into a new chapter of life.

I titled this page Sometimes it's Winter.  To me the thought of winter conjures up feelings of cold, and loneliness, as everything around these parts are just that, dead and cold, and colourless.  I took the photo one afternoon after I had gotten home from work, and just sat quietly in the house, alone with the dog on my lap (even Wilson looks like he's being contemplative).
When I saw the Lovely Words 6 set by {a flair for buttons} I just knew they would be perfect for this layout.  To me they are the perfect representation of all the things I wanted to strive for during this grey time.  Joy, Love, and Freedom.  All of the images scream of the love and faith that anchors us, and the hope of something new and wonderful to come.

I intentionally kept my colours pretty washed out looking, to evoke a sense of dullness, and gloom.


I decided to keep my text in the open for this layout.  For starters there was a lot to say so hiding would have been a little tricky, and I think there's something powerful about telling your story and putting it there as a reminder of where we've come from and where we're headed.  It's something to be proud of, it means there has been growth.  It means there's always more to the story.

I hope I've inspired you to get a little more of your story "out there".  We have so much to learn from one another, and this is a wonderful way to be able to love and encourage one another as we  journey together, no matter what season we may find ourselves in.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

She's All Mine

I love all things embellishment related when it comes to scrapping, and the August Swag Bag from Paper Issues provided all of that and more.

Eden is such a ham, always has been.  A couple of weeks ago she found her dad's cowboy hat and appeared in the doorway of my scrap room striking all sorts of poses.  So of course the only natural thing to do was to grab my camera and snap away.  I told her that if she were releasing a country cd sometime soon, that, that cute photo on the top could be her cd cover.  

All the bits and pieces in the August Swag Bag were so much fun to place on this layout, the colours, the shapes went so nicely with the rest of the elements I chose for the layout.  Using only the Swag Bag, a piece of background paper, a label sticker, and Cameo cut doily, I completed this layout in under an hour.  Thirty minutes to layout it out, and a few more to sew a little here and here and stick it all together; BAM!  $9.99 sure can pack a punch, and each month you're in for a new bag of goodies.

I'm not sure if ribbon is still trendy or not, but I'm still a fan, and how cute is that yellow piece that was included in the kit.  I cut a piece of Doodlebug vellum and added it the layout, I like the way the browns compliment each other.

All in all, I've got a cutie-pie kid who makes me smile everyday, (among other emotions that is), and a pretty cute layout all thanks to the Paper Issues Swag Bag.  

Here is what's on the way for September
You can get your hands on one right here in the Paper Issues Shop.  Use my code and save yourself 20%, on the Swag Bag and anything else you may want to add to your cart.
Don't forget about our current Issue on the Paper Issues Blog.  I'm linking this one up, as it has a die cut on it (the hey there tab).  You can check out the Issue prompts here, and link up one of your own, for your chance at a Jillibean Soup goodie bag.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sweet & Simple

Today, I want to share with you a couple of sweet & simple layouts using the Penelope collection by Elle's Studio.  As a scrapper who likes to add a lot of layers and embellishments to my layouts, I found that there was really not much that needed to be added with these layouts as the papers are already so detailed. They made for a couple of quick and easy layouts featuring some of my favourite kids.
There are so many sweet saying on this piece of background paper that I really wanted to showcase it on this layout.  Adding a bit of the graph paper helped to ground my photo and journaling, so as not to lose any of their details.

I hand cut these hearts from one of the sheets and added some 3D foam dots to make them pop.

One of my favourite things about Elle's papers is the printed tear strips, they make for fun extra elements to add to your page.  Both the star and scalloped strips here, are just extra little tear strip pieces.

Next up, I wanted to use this pre-printed background sheet. I added a piece of patterned paper from the collection to the inside of a glassine bag to tone down it's boldness and get it to work with my chosen colours, and design.
Meet our little neighbour girl. She has 2 brothers and on this particular play date she snuggled up to Eden and exclaimed to her mother that she wished she lived with us so she could have sisters.  Little sweetie.

I thought I needed just a touch of pink on this layout, and the packaging from the little polaroid frames provided just the touch I needed. 

Once again the tear strip from the bottom of this sheet made for the perfect touch on my layout.  Add a couple of buttons and baubles, and done.


I hope this encourages you to dig into your stash and revive an older collection while you wait too.  If you're all caught up and ready to get your hands on some new product, hop over to the Paper Issues shop, where you'll find all sorts of new goodies waiting for you including Lawn Fawn dies, and papers Kelley Purkey's Second City Collection, and Crate Paper Notes & Things, with more arriving all this week. 
Thanks for stopping by today friends!
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Jillibean Love

I had the opportunity to join a few Paper Issues girls this week for a fun Jillibean Soup sponsored issue.
This sweet photo was taken a few weeks ago on our way through Holland, a small Manitoba town.  The windmill was beckoning so, of course we had to make a little pit stop. These girls so adore their daddy, and this photo speaks right to that in a big way.

Jillibean products have always drawn my eye, such fun colours and playful elements.  How cute does that Mini Placemat look set atop that chevron Bitty Bag?  I used the bag to tuck my journal tag into.

This has turned out to be one of my favourite layouts of the year.  Such a sweet little moment captured, and documented with fun supplies.  Looking at it makes my heart happy all over again.

Hop over to the Paper Issues blog to see what the other's did with the Issue, and perhaps link up your own creation using one of the prompts. There is a fabulous Jillibean Soup goodie bag up for grabs for one lucky winner.

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