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.

Thanks for stopping by today friends.

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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.

Thanks for stopping by today friends!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

We Are Jets Fans

It's a brand new week at Paper Issues, and today we have a brand new Issue for you called: "Admit One"
I went with the "use a ticket on your layout" prompt for first take on the Issue.
You might remember me talking about scrapping even the "poor photos" a while back.  This would be one of those photos.  I love it, because I remember the moment, and that's what's of the most importance to me.  It was my birthday, and we spent it by doing one of our favourite things in the world: going to watch the Winnipeg Jets play, at the MTS Center.  We even met up with my friend Tara and her hubby for a drink before hand.  The team lost, but the night was nice nonetheless.  I welcomed 40, in a fun way that involved the one I love, some friends I adore, and a team I will always stand behind.

These journaling pockets are my favourite thing about the new Fancy Pants Designs Collections.  I tend to hide my journaling behind my photos a lot anyway, this allows me to keep it a part of the actual page design.
I used teeny tiny pieces of 3D adhesive to pop those large letters off the page.

As you may have guess, this Issue is being sponsored by Fancy Pants Designs.  The lucky winner will get their very own Everyday Circus collection.
Check out how fun this collection is.  It even comes with the alphabet sticker sheets and several sheets of corrugated cardstock.  Hop over to the Paper Issues blog to check out how some the other DT interpreted the Issue, and link up your own take.  I can't wait to see what you create.  And if you missed it, I had a Product Spotlight post up this morning featuring Doodlebug Vellum.  You can see that post here.  And don't forget, if you use code:SHERRI at check out in the Paper Issues shop you will always save 20% off your entire purchase.

Thanks for stopping by today friends!

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