Monday, September 22, 2014

Scrapbooker's Blog Tour

Blog hops are so much fun. They are a great way to find inspiration and to be introduced to new scrapbookers, so when I was asked to be a part of the Scrapbooker's Blog Tour, I was super excited.
I was invited by Diana Poirier.  I have had the honor and pleasure to work with her on a design team.  Thank you, Diana, for including me in the blog tour!

Now it's time for me to answer the blog tour questions:

1. What am I working on right now?
I am currently working on some Design Team Projects for Scrapbook Nerd with the new collection from Crate Paper - Notes and Things.

2. How long does it take me to create a project?
It really depends on what I am making and what products I am using.  Sometimes I am so inspired by a collection I can get a layout done in an hour or a mini album done in a couple of hours.  On average it usually takes me a few days to complete a project.

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
I really love the new Crate Paper Notes and Things collection and have made several projects with it.  I especially love the chipboard frames - they have become a staple for me.

  I also still love using my Silhouette Cameo to create fun titles and shapes that I couldn't find in a store.

And of course gold accents, I seem to add them to everything these days.

I am in love with these gold Thickers from the new Shimelle collection!
 4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Again this really depends on what is inspiring me in the moment.  Sometimes I fall in love with a photo that I just have to scrap and start with that as my inspiration and sometimes I see an idea or picture and it inspires me to try something new.  I really try to stay away from rules and try to live in the moment, it keeps me more creative.

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I get inspired by so many different things, TV shows, Pinterest, my favorite scrapbookers.  I just look for inspiration all around me.  It's hard staying inspired when you have to clean the house and cook dinner lol.  To stay inspired look around you at everday items and try new things or do things outside the box and just go with it.

 6. What is my signature style?
I always have a tough time answering this as I always just think of myself as a scrapbooker.  I can be clean and simple, I can be messy and funky and I can add lots of layers and embellies. I just want to have fun scrapbooking and playing with pretty paper!  Here are a few of my recent layouts that are so different from one another but yet are all 100% me!


Now it's time to tag three scrapbookers I love. I have gotten to know these ladies and I love their scrapbooking style.  I hope you will find them as inspiring as I do.

Barbara Clayton -
Thanks for stopping by today I can't wait to hop along and get inspired.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Easy Cards

I always try and use up my stash to make cards and using the MAMBI Cards in an Instant pad made making these cards even easier.

For my first card I used the MAMBI Pocket Pages journaling cards and layered a 4x6 and 3x4 card. For embellishments I added 3 Epiphany Crafts Button Round 25 in coordinating colors.

For my second card I used the MAMBI puffy frame stickers and filled two of them with the Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Tool 25.

For the last card I used the MAMBI Pocket Page 4x6 card and added the Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Tool Star 25.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Embellished Envelopes

Here in BC our teachers are on strike so no back to school for us, yet, but the other extracurricular activities are on as usual so I made some fun back to dance and singing gifts for my son's instructors.

I used the Crate Paper Notes and Things and my Silhouette to create the envelope and embellished them with lots of die cuts, and tags.

I hand cut the butterflies from patterned paper and used some old clothes pins to keep the envelopes closed.

I added the coordinating back side of the paper to the top flap and a strip along the bottom.

Then I just added layers and layers of paper, die cuts, sequins, punches etc.

I am going to fill these with some homemade cookies for them.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

More of Linden's Porfolio

My favorite routine from this year was Company Musical Theatre - Nicest Kids in Town.  I loved Linden's Corny Collins!

The costumes were great and he loved performing this one.

For Stage they did a song from Wreck it Ralph and Linden was the arcade nerd.  He was perfect for the roll :)

He loved having other boys in this class with him.  Usually he is the only one.  He also loved his huge prop that his teacher Courtney made for him - a big arcade machine.
He also took voice lessons this year and did Footloose for the year end recital. It was awesome.

We came up with the idea to throw balloons at the audience to make it more fun.  Everyone said he stole the show.

Well that's it for last year - finished just in time to start a new year :)

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall Is In the Air

This month Scrapbook Nerd and The Cut Shoppe have teamed together for some awesome exclusive cut files.  The first set is called Fall is in the Air and has some great leaf patterns and titles.

I used the Fall is in the Air as my title and cut leaves from 2 papers from a 6x6 paper pad to create a simple layout. I took the picture I used at the end of August and I couldn't believe how many colorful leaves I found.  I guess fall really is in the air.

I hand stitched around the paper and on two of the leaves.

I used the new Crate Paper Notes and Things collection for this layout as I don't have any fall themed papers in my collection.


I love these new cut files and I can't wait to use the triangles in my Project Life soon :)
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Watercolor Fun

For my Scrapbook Nerd technique week I decided to try my hand at some watercolor techniques I have seen in videos and make some PL 3x4 journaling cards.

I tried 2 different ways. The first was using Gelato's.

I rubbed the Gelatos over the paper and then added water and used my fingers to rub it in.

You could also use a brush but I found my fingers easier.  I wanted an ombre effect so I started heavy and lightened it up as I went down the paper.

Then to finish it off I added a sticker from the Crate Paper Notes and Things collection.

For the second attempt I used an old set of watercolor paints that were my sons.

I did the same ombre technique and started heavier at the top then added more water to the color as I moved down the paper.

I really love this look and it was really easy to do.

I think this one is my favorite.

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