Sunday, November 17, 2013

Going Bold With Stencils!

Yes my usual style is can be quite vibrant, so I guess this layout is no exception! LOL!

This is actually one of my favorite stencils. I believe it is a Studio Calico! Anyhow, I mixed orange acrylic with Golden Medium Heavy Gel (Matte) and spread it across the stencil.
Paper is Crate Paper Maggie Holmes from TSR April 2013. The die cuts are made from the Silhouette from scrap paper.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Smokin' Silhouette

I am in awe of the stuff I can create on my Silhouette. This week-end I have been cutting up chipboard. I really wanted to make something custom for this layout!

So, I began with an boring old cheerios box! Cut an arrow out the size I wanted and covered it with silver paint. Then used a template and dabbed on black paint.

Still needing some more of "something"...I then added some glimmer mist and distress ink to the arrow.
You have to love days like this. . . getting messy and playing with new scrappy toys!
Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Easiest Travel Album EVER!

I love scrapbooking our family travels. REALLY...I do! BUT....sometimes the whole thought of tackling a TRAVEL ALBUM is daunting. SO...this year, when we were preparing for our trip, I decided to try a DIFFERENT APPROACH! And HERE is what I did:

1. Reasearch...yes because I love research (said no one ever)! I went to the most trusty, reliable site that has the most valid  CREATIVE research ever...PINTEREST!

2. KISS...Keep it simple silly! Yes this time I went really SIMPLE...using SCRAPS from previous travel albums (paper, stickers, tags) and cut everything into various sizes NO larger than 6X12 and bound them with 2 plain binder rings I had on hand.
3. PREPARE...all the legwork for this album took place beforehand. I estimate it took me 2 hours MAX to cut the various scraps, punch binding holes in them and throw on some stickers. I also made a few pocket pages by stapling some scraps together, because I knew I would like to stash stuff later.
4. DOCUMENT...once we were on the trip (with the album), I documented in it every day. Usually that night as I was reading in bed, or the next morning over my morning coffee. Nothing fancy, but documented. (I always figured, if I didn't like it, I could re-do a page once I got home).
5. ADD-ONS...because I bound this with 2 large binder rings, I chose larger sized rings, so that I could continually add to the album while en route. This gave me space to add pamphlets, tags, tickets, postcards, and eventually pictures.
6. ALMOST DONE...The best thing about doing THE EASIEST TRAVEL ALBUM that it was ALMOST done when I got home. All I had to do was print and add pictures to my stories...
SMALL PICS added as a group
AND 4X6's added as a single page
I hope you find this little story inspiring!
Thanks for looking!!!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A profound statement to share...

I am at home these days doing some serious soul searching. Last night DH and I were watching a show on TV and one of the characters said something that has really got me thinking...

"We are put on this earth with nothing...and we leave this earth with only our memories."

When my DH and I first heard it, we both looked at each other in!

This morning, I am still pondering this statement and I am honestly finding it profound...not only as a person, but also as a scrapbooker/family memory keeper.

For whatever reason, this statement has really hit me at this point in my life and I just wanted to share it with my blog friends! What are your thoughts on this, I would love to hear from you!

I will have more thoughts on this later!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Where, Oh Where Have I Been?

Where, Oh Where Have I Been?

Somehow, when some nice weather hits, I head outside after a long, long Winter! Between yard work and the last few months of school for the year, things have been busy!


not too busy...

to not make a trip to IKEA!!! Yes finally we have an IKEA in our province. It is only 2 hours away! Not 8, not 12, 2!

Since it opened in December 2012, this was our first trip in, June 21st!

This trip was for my scrap room, and here is what I found!

The big Billy bookcase!

A Raskog Cart for my painting stuff:

A Raskog Cart for Project Life stuff:

Two expedits for paper storage:
There is so much storage now in here with my new shelves and carts!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Finally Complete...Florida 2012

I have included a few bits and pieces in my blog of our 2012 Florida/Disney Vacation. It is now finally complete and I want to share with you some of the finished highlights.  Thanks for Looking in advance.

To start with these albums are a little out of my comfort zone, being a 81/2 by 11. I commonly work in 12X12 and 6X12, so it had been a long time since I had worked in this size. I wanted to try something different for this trip.

The entire ended up being 2 albums, and I was prepared in case it would have been three. I started with the blue, then moved into the green. If I were to keep on going the pink would have been my next choice.

Here they are here:

I had the hardest time deciding on the tags to put on the sides of these albums. I ended up using 2 Tim Holtz white cards, covered them in glimmer mist and then added letters and embellishments. A closer look at the tags here:
Now we get into the nitty gritty of the album. Most of the album is pocket pages from We R. However,  for the parks that we went to I decided to use altered Heidi Swapp folders (from her Destination/Travel line).
 These folders were so much fun to do, and each is decorated according to the park it covers. So here we go.
Magic Kingdom front cover:
For this folder I wanted to use some of the traditional Disney colors like red and black. I also added lots of pink and bling.
Most of the journalling is done on Disney post-it notes that I picked up while I was there.
Inside of Magic Kingdom folder:
Back cover of Magic Kingdom:
Next up was Hollywood Studios:
I gave this folder a yellow and blue look. I also wanted to capture the movie clip or filmstrip theme in here. Use of the Tim Holtz film strip, several stars painted and then covered with Glimmer Glaze.
Front cover:

Back Cover:
Next Park, Animal Kingdom:
I tried to capture a more natural and earthy look with this folder, in the greens and the natural looks of wood and cork. I thought the Animal Kingdom in cork look letters went perfect.
Inside cover:
Last Disney park we visited was Epcot. In the Heidi Swapp folder I left the map and travel theme of the original folder, as it went so well with the worldly theme of Epcot:
Inside: At the bottom I incorporated a list of all the national pavillions as they occured in the park: Mexico, Norway, China...
Back cover:
Our next, and last park in Orlando to visit was the Discovery Cove. I had a blast working with this nautical/tropical theme. I was also able to incorporate several tags and brochures we were given, including our lanyards and passes that we carried.
One of my favorite parts of this folder was the puffy fish...
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Project Life Updates

This past week-end, I headed to a crop at a friend's house. This time I only took PL. As a result, I completed so many pages, and scrapped so many pictures. This album was about half this size when I left Friday. By Sunday morning this was the finished product.
Below are some of the pages completed over the week-end!

As a filler, I put this in last night!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Vegas Baby...

I am so excited to share this mini with you gals!!!

This is something I have had in my stash since like...2008...or even longer...the 7 Gypsies Accordian Purse Mini!

So it is not the real Vegas, but DD's Grade 8 Graduation June 2012 was a Vegas theme. How awesome that was as I already had a stash of Vegas stickers and such.

Side A...the formal side...

Side B...the fun side...

Start of the formal side...with DD's grad picture in sepia

DD's main picture...DD's snapshot in our back yard...I was able to use lots of bling here!

...also added a quote to the side...

Another backyard snap of DD being fun...

quote beside...

The exterior of the purse...

I was able to use lots of scraps from the accordian part of the album, added some riboon and of course bling and stickles, stickles, stickles!!!
Thanks for looking!!!