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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Friday, August 29, 2014

My Graduate

This was my final layout for Chic Tags.  I shared this post on their blog a few weeks ago, but never shared it with you all, so thought I would do that today.

I was super pleased with the way this layout turned out.  I had a picture in my head, and it actually looks as I had hoped, don't you love when that happens?  I wanted to try my hand at a little more messy technique than usual, and had been wanting to scrap this photo of Belle and I the evening of her Grade 9 grad celebration.  My baby is growing up so beautifully, sometimes she takes my breath away.  This photo is one of those moments.
My intention was to use tiny tags to create my photo base, and only colour mists to create my background, rather than patterned paper.  Talk about easy, and fun.  I started by choosing some of the cards from the Cloud 9 Collection, and one journal card from the Let's Go Collection to act as my base, and ground everything.  After that, I simply sprayed some Heidi Swapp Color Shine (in mustard) near the area where I wanted my photo cluster to be, and then dropped some coordinating colours around the outer edges of the yellow.  I then took my long narrow date stamp and placed it just off center to the left of the page.  From there I placed my yellow journal card to be the base around which everything else was layered.

A few Mini Icon cards scattered around with some coordinating buttons and enamel dots, and my layout was complete.

Mixing in just a touch of gold from the Cloud 9 label stickers, and (last year's) Good Tidings Christmas rub-ons, helped to tie in the the gold glitter alphabets that I knew I wanted to use for my title.

I have so enjoyed my time with Chic Tags.  Albert & Veronica are two of the kindest, most encouraging people you will meet in this industry.  They love each of us as designers and most importantly as people, and have been a huge inspiration for me with their innovative and trendy products.  I can't thank them enough for allowing me to go on this wonderful adventure with them.  I wish them all the best in their endeavors, and want to thank each of you who so faithfully popped in to see how I might inspire you to use Chic Tags products.

Have a wonderful last hoorah before school begins (for some of us anyway) friends, thanks so much for popping in!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

She's 11

This week at Paper Issues is week 2 of our Ticket To Ride Issue using Fancy Pants Designs products.  I created this layout using a carnival ticket from the Everyday Circus Collection to document Eden & Théa's mini party.  
Because my girls' birthdays always fall smack dab in the middle of Dance Competitions/Recitals we never really have time for a "friend's party".  To surprise them, hubby and I decided to arrange to pick up 2 of their friends each, and take them all for some trampoline, bouncing fun at SkyZone.  It was a nice way to celebrate, and made even more special by just having their 2 closest friends present.

A little 3D adhesive action for dimension here.
Again with my favourite journaling pockets.
Did you know you could win your very own Everyday Circus collection, simply by linking up a layout that fits our theme in the Ticket To Ride Issue? 
Hop over here to see some other takes on it, and get more ideas of all the types of projects that would qualify for link up.  The best part, is that your projects do not have to be newly created.

And if you're just up for shopping for scrappy goodies (all new Crate Paper, Kelly Purkey, Pebbles, and Pink Paislee are all in the shop), don't forget to use my code and save.
Thanks for popping in today friends.  I look forward to seeing what you create!
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Playing with Vellum

If you're anything like me, you tend to go a little overboard when you fall in love with a newly released embellishment, or product line.  I'm usually pretty good about only purchasing small quantities of product, but every once in awhile I let loose and "get it all".

The Doodlebug Sprinkles vellum was one such purchase.  The rainbow of colours was simply too tempting to resist.  They looked so pretty all stacked up together, that I actually had a hard time cutting into the first sheet for quite some time.  I've been using it rather sparingly until this layout. I finally had the nerve to use most of a sheet at one time, and designed my layout around a cut file I created.
The vellum is quite thick, but cuts like buttah.  I placed my blade on a depth of 5 and a speed of 5 to get a nice clean cut.

I also used a couple of punches to create a few shapes in coordinating colours.

Now, what to do with all the scraps?  
I used a lot of scraps to create this patchwork background.
This one was pretty fun for this Type A personality.  I punched several 2" squares out of random scraps (and some non-scraps), I then went to town putting them on the background willy-nilly, and not overly concerned about what colours were next to one another.  Doing it this way allowed me to get the background cut apart, and stuck down in only 20 minutes.  The sewing of them took about another 20 minutes (I'll be honest - a little tedious, but a really fun look), again I was not at all concerned with which pieces were sewn which way, I just kind of went for it.

I used a scrap of regular vellum for the butterfly, which I cut with my Silhouette.

My journaling is tucked away on a Chic Tags card. Simple, and fun, and a great way to use up some of those gorgeous colour and styles of vellum. 

The vellum and lots of new goodies, including Pink Paislee, Crate Paper, and Shimelle products are all currently available in the Paper Issues shop. Use my code at check out, and save yourself 20% on all your paper crafting needs.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Her Grade Six Grad

I fell in love with Chic Tags products a few years ago when all they were were great little tags to tuck here and there onto your projects.  They were great for adding journaling, little details like the date, and made great little embellishments.  Today, in addition to those great tags they've also added paper collections, wood veneer, transparencies, label stickers, rub-ons, and flair buttons.
This photo is of my Théa daughter and her two besties on the morning of their Grade 6 graduation.  They say time flies, and boy do I ever believe them.  
You can see how simple this layout really is, boasting just a few pieces of patterned paper, and using mostly embellishments to add detail to my page.

That veneer cloud is so cute, add a little ink, and voila, you've made it even cuter.


This collection is available right here in the Paper Issues shop. Use my code at checkout to save yourself 20% off your entire order.


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