Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Meet Miss Personality

I take a whole lot of photos and I print a whole lot of photos. It would probably not come as a surprise to you to learn that I sometimes forget what photos I have available to scrap! LOL Imagine how happy I was to find these photos to scrap one day!

My youngest daughter is a fun loving child who is happy 99% of the time. She is a very emotive little girl and quite frankly I love that about her! It is only fitting that I create a layout about her sweet ebullient personality!

Supplies:  Collage Press (pattern papers); Pink Paislee (butterfly); Sizzix (flower die); Imaginesce (petal roller); Prima (pearls); Studio Calico (Mr. Huey mists); Tattered Angels (glimmer mist, chalkboard mist); Prima (alphas); EK Success (circle punch); WRMK (chomper); Hemptique (hemp)

And a few up close and personal shots of the layout...

Here is a look at the hemp I used from a company called Hemptique. If you haven't tried them out, go try their products; they are fabulous!

Some Hemptique for drool over!

Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Scrapping with Scraps!

Recently I started a new feature on the Scrap Shotz blog titled Scrapping with Scraps. It came about one day as I was cleaning my off cuts bin and desk! All I had were bits and pieces of a favorite Scrap Shotz kit. Rather than toss out or recycle the bits and pieces, I challenged myself to make a layout using the scraps. Here is the result! It is based off sketch #98 created by Valerie Salmon of Got Sketch.

Supplies:  Bazzill (cardstock); Jillibean Soup (pattern paper, die cuts); Little Yellow Bicycle (dimensional accents, fabric banner); EK Success (border punch)

And a close-up of the accents...

I am happy with the results and thus a new feature for the blog was borne!

What do you think?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Everyday

There are days when I wish I led a more exciting life; do you ever have days like that? It isn't that I don't appreciate my life; not at all. Some days it is easy for me to get bogged down in the quagmire of everyday - school lunches, homework, after school activities, cleaning, laundry and working outside of the home! What is so exciting about that? Nothing, really...

But then I'll look back at layouts and mini albums I have created of my every day life and I find myself grinning from ear to ear. Why??? Because my life may not be glamorous or exciting to me some days or even to others but I am nonetheless grateful for what I have, for the people I spend my day to day with and for the experiences and memories I have had. That is what scrapbooking is all about for me; knowing that is exciting!

So here is a little bit more of my every day life to we have the oh so cute and impish princess!

Remembering the days when my youngest was feeling under the weather...

Supplies:  Bazzill (cardstock); BoBunny (pattern paper); stitching; American Crafts (alphas); Websters (ribbon roses); WRMK (chomper)

Or being a part of the journey my oldest took during a creative writing class...

Supplies:  BoBunny (pattern paper, alphas, die cut stickers, die cuts); stitching; American Crafts (pen for faux stitching)

Definitely not glamourous but certainly special and momentous!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Colour, Colour, Colour!

Do you love colour??? I absolutely adore colour - in fact, some days I think the brighter, the better :-) For me, colour adds an extra zip and depth to my layouts. For me, I like the "emotions" I feel when I see bold and vibrant colours; in fact, they make me feel happy, light and joyful. With muted subtle colours I tend to complement my photos but not emphatically draw attention to my photos. Colours for me is an easy way to enhance my projects.

Here is an example of bright, bold and vibrant! Using a sketch from Valerie Salmon's Got Sketch 107 class, I knew immediately I had to scrap photos of my water loving daughter using the fun bright bold colours of Echo Park.

Have a look at my interpretation of Sketch #4...

Supplies:  Bazzill (cardstock); Echo Park (pattern paper, die cut stickers); American Crafts (alphas); Queen & Co (pearls); Cosmo Cricket (chipboard accents); Fiskars banner punch

And here is an example of layout using muted hues; isn't it amazing how colour plays a role in your projects?

Supplies:  Bazzill (cardstock); Echo Park (pattern paper, die cut stickers); American Crafts (alphas); Queen & Co (pearls); Cosmo Cricket (chipboard accents); Fiskars banner punch

Thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Simply Smashing!

You guys may not know it but I am completely smitten with smash books. I love everything about smash books, from the concept to the cool and funky accessories that accompany these gems! When smash books first hit the market, I whipped up 2 of the standard sized books but I knew all along I wanted smash books for my girls to put together. When K&Co came out with the smaller size, I knew it was perfect for my girls.

Here is a smash book I prepared for my youngest. It will be filled with details from our trip to Knoxville which she will share with her class upon her return. Plus, it is the perfect size for her little hands!

For the cover, I sprayed some Tattered Angels glimmer mist with a Prima compass template. Then I adorned the corner with some American Crafts alphas and Little Yellow Bicycle travel themed embossed stickers.

The K&Co fabric tabs have Cosmo Cricket mini alphas defining each section. Throughout my album, I took the opportunity to use up all the travel themed rub on and sticker remnants I had been saving...for a long long time...

One of my favorite K&Co smash items are the various pattern tapes used to attach the journaling notes, stickers and soon to accumulate memorabilia from our trip. The black and white polka dots are my favorite.

Throughout the book, I used mini alphas primarily from Glitz Designs and Cosmo Cricket. There are fun rub ons from Fancy Pants, Autumn Leaves and Little Yellow Bicycle.

What to do with all the leftover numbers from your alpha sheets??? Try using them in your smash books like I did!

I can hardly wait to fill these wonderful plastic "zip loc" baggies that are held in my smash book with the coolest magnetic clip. The paper flag tab and clip are fabulous markers within the album.

These pages are ready for my munchkin to fill in with the dual sided pen and glue stick.

Throughout the album, I added mini folders (that have been in my stash for years!!!!) With a few left over dimensional stickers from Little Yellow Bicycle, the folder looks totally hip and happening! Don't you agree???

The next few pages showcase the various journaling notepads from K&Co. I love each and every one of them :-)

These mini envelopes are perfect for the mini folios. A few rub ons and voila a customized envelope!

Thanks for letting me share! The supplies can all be found at Scrap Shotz :-)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Got Sketch 5th Anniversary Sketch Challenge #2

The Got Sketch 5th Anniversary Sketch Challenge continues with Challenge #2! Here is the sketch...

Here is my interpretation...

Supplies:  Authentique (pattern paper, die cut shapes, brads, word stickers); American Crafts (alphas, border punch); Prima (tulle flower, canvas butterfly shape); Tattered Angels (glimmer mist); BoBunny (gems); stitching; Hemptique (hemp); clothespins (source unknown) 

And a few close-ups...

Thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Spring Fever

There is no doubt or question in my mind that Danielle is my outdoorsy child. She loves everything there is about the outdoors; the freedom, the wide open spaces, the fresh air and the pure adrenaline rush of challenging herself to bike, climb or swing!!!

During the long winter months in Calgary, Danielle enjoys indoor sports and downhill skiing. But that shoulder season when skiing is over but the weather is too unpredictable to be comfortable outside....that is the challenge for Danielle!!!

Here is a layout about Danielle's cabin/spring fever! I have always wanted to document this...and here it is...I am so glad I did it. Everytime I see these pictures, I remember the day these photos were taken and I have a big smile.

Supplies:  Bazzill (cardstock); Jillbean Soup (pattern paper, alphas, die cuts); Little Yellow Bicycle (fabric banner); Want2Scrap (gems); American Crafts (gems)

 Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers Day!!!

One of the hardest but most rewarding jobs I have ever held is being a Mom! Some days are so joyous and filled with laughter but then the next day is complete frustration!

Then I see a picture as in the layout below and I melt...

Supplies:  Bazzill (cardstock); Jillibean Soup (pattern paper, dimensional accents, die cuts, alphas); Little Yellow Bicycle (fabric banner); EK Success (border punch); Want2Scrap (gems)

A close-up of the dimensional accents and die cuts...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Got Sketch 5 Year Anniversary Challenge

Did you know that Got Sketch is 5 years old? To celebrate, Valerie has created some more fabulous sketches! Here is the first one!

And my interpretation ...

Supplies:  Close to my Heart (cardstock); Echo Park (pattern paper, die cut stickers); Maya Road (chipboard dressform); Fancy Pants (pearl heart, paper crown, word sayings); Tattered Angels (glimmer mist); EK Success (border punch); WRMK (chomper); Kaisercraft (pink gems); Websters (butterfly hat pins); Prima (fabric alphas); BasicGrey (chipboard alphas)

A close-up of the accent cluster...

You have until May 13, 2012 to upload and link your project for a chance to win the BasicGrey package.

Thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Did you spend National Scrapbooking Day scrapping? Did you make it a weekend? I spent the day at the Scrap Shotz crop working the Make and Take table!

Here is a photo of the make and takes I was making!

The products profiled were the Spellbinders 3D Daisy Topper, The Crafters Workshop chicken wire template, Tsukineko Goosebumps Shimmer, Mister Huey mists, Kaisercraft sentiments stamp, WRMK Sew Stamper, Technique Tuesday stamp and American Crafts interchangeable punches. 

Many of you asked for the directions of the tea bag/gift card/place card holder. I found it on a blog during my world wide web travels...and followed her pictures. However, I have since found a more thorough set of instructions for you to follow. 

These make excellent gifts for Mothers and Fathers Day!