Sunday, May 29, 2011


There are so many cute baby-related collections on the market - I just love Little Yellow Bicycle's new Baby Saurus collection - so I grabbed some of it to scrap some photos of my son. This layout is based on Creative Scrappers Sketch #154. The photos of my son are the "progression of a yawn" and were taken when he was almost 3-weeks old.
This is a very simple layout -- not a lot of techniques -- just some distressing and misting. The main papers are from Little Yellow Bicycle's Snugglebug Collection. The photo mat and title use Bo Bunny Double Dot paper and the title and journaling have some Bazzill Basics textured cardstock as well. The Chipboard Stickers are from the Little Yellow Bicycle Baby Saurus collection. I lightly distressed the edges of all the papers. I cut the dinosaur tracks on my Silhouette and used the negative cut-out to mist the tracks onto the page.
 I printed the journalling and cut it into strips and matted it on the Bazzill textured cardstock. I used 3D foam adhesive to attach the journaling to the page. The title was cut on my Silhouette - I thought it looked a little flat so I grabbed my Sakura Glaze pen and added the orange dots on top of all the dots in the Bo Bunny paper (I  then went back and added the orange dots to the photo mat too).


Materials Used:
Papers: Little Yellow Bicycle Snugglebug Collection - "Boy Green Flannel" and "Girl Orange Flannel"; Bo Bunny Double Dot Paper Powder Blue Dot; Bazzill Basics Textured Cardstock (Orange); Recollections White Cardstock; Little Yellow Bicycle Baby Saurus Chipboard Stickers; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Forest Green; Sakura Glaze Pen in Orange; 3D Foam Adhesive; Xyron 1.5" Create a Sticker; Memory Tape Runner XL.

Friday, May 27, 2011

"Remember" - Our First Dance

This layout is my interpretation of the May 15 sketch from Once Upon a . . .Sketch. I used The Color Room's Palette #59. The picture is of my husband and me  -- our first dance as a married couple.
The background paper is from Pink Paislees Butterfly Gardens collection (love this collection). Ive added some chocolate brown textured cardstock, which I punched with a Fiskars edge punch, and some green and white polka dot paper from Making Memories Vintage Findings Home Kit; the sheer envelope is also from this kit. The postcards are cut from a Making Memories Embellishment Paper (Passport Collection). The "Remember" card is from Glitz Designs Love Nest Whatnot. All the papers were distressed and I inked the edges of everything except the background page with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain.

I printed the journaling on vellum and then cut it to fit the shape of the fancy circular green and white polka-dot cut-out.  The journaling reads, "Our first dance together as husband and wife. Our song was Andrea Bocelli's Con te Partiro."
The floral embellishments on this page are handmade – simple gathered ruffle flowers. I saw some lace flowers on a layout by IngridG on – I fell in love with them and just had to try making my own. I love how this flower turned out, especially how the cameo centre completes it! I added a couple of peek-a-boos at the edge of the layout using the same lace as in this flower. The green flowers are made with some ribbon from the Making Memories Vintage Findings Home Kit and Ive added a simple glass pearl as the centre. The pearl sprays are from A Brides Wish Wedding Collection.
I love the Dusty Attic hinges and have been wanting to use one on a layout for a while. I thought the heart shape of this one was perfect for this layout. I first inked the hinge with  Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain and then misted it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Marshmallow. I then gave it a thick coat of Ranger Crackle Accents. I really like how this turned out – but I think next time Ill try Irene Tan's tutorial for creating a metallic hinge look.


Materials Used:
Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee Butterfly GardensBotanical Gardens, Making Memories Embellishment Paper – Passport collection Making Memories Vintage Findings Home Kit – Green and White Polka Dot Paper, Sheer Envelope and Green Ribbon; Bazzill Basics Chocolate Brown Textured Cardstock; Vellum; Glitz Love Nest Whatnot; Creative D├ęcor Lace, We R Memory Keepers Cameo; Glass Pearl Beads; A Brides  Wish Wedding Collection Pearl Sprays; Dusty Attic Hinge; Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Walnut Stain; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Marshmallow; Ranger Crackle Accents; Fiskars Edge Punch; Memory Tape Runner XL; Glue Dots – Memory Book and Mini.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


This is my LO to play along with the Scrap That! May "Misting" challenge. I based my LO on the May 1 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches. This layout is a total departure from my normal style (way more white space than I'm used to) but a good exercise to get me out of my comfort zone. The photo is of my cat when he was about 15 weeks old.
I started this layout by misting the two corners of the white background page with Smooch Spritz in Log Cabin. The paper strips were simply some leftover scraps I had saved. The layout looked a little flat - so I used my paper crimper on the strips to add some texture and dimension. The pattern paper is from Basic Grey's "Max and Whiskers" collection; I love the cats on this paper and made sure to cut the smaller circle with the orange cat as the central image. I cut the "meow" title using my silhouette - I cut it twice and layered the two titles to make it stand out a bit better. The small letters in the journaling (if you can call it that) are by Jillibean Soup - I love these mini alphas they have out right now.

I have a stash of pet themed papers and embellishments - so I raided it for this layout. In addition to the paper, I've used some heartsy/pawsy ribbon, cat brads, a "best friend" brad that is actually from a Dog brads collection, and a large image brad from Karen Foster Designs' "Cat" collection.

That's it - a short list of materials and techniques. I still think its a darn cute layout though...


Materials Used:
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey - "Max and Whiskers" collection - Lightening, Coloured Cardstock - misc. from stash, Smooch Spritz in Log Cabin,  Jillibean Soup Kraft Mini Brown Alphas, Around the Block Paper Treats - "Best Friend" Brad, Eyelet Outlet Cat Back Brads, Michael's Special Value Ribbon, Westcott Paper Crimper, Quickutz Silhouette, Memory Tape Runner XL.

Monday, May 16, 2011


I got my May Scrap That! kit this weekend and just love the Pink Paislee papers (alliteration anyone?!) - they're so romantic and perfect for a Wedding layout. I created this layout, which I've entitled "Beloved", based on The Color Room's Palette #58, as well as my interpretation of Sketch #155 at Creative Scrappers.
The Butterfly Garden papers by Pink Paislee are so gorgeous that they need very little embellishment; I used one sheet as the base page and fussy cut sections from another sheet to create the cluster of images on the lower left side of the page. I used a corner rounder on the papers and photo to soften the look and then inked the papers with Distress Ink in Walnut Stain. The doilies (behind photo and title card) were misted with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Denim Blue, which was the perfect colour to match the hints of blue in the base page.

I found the paper flowers at a local surplus store for less than $2/pkg (wow!);  they're all from A Bride's Wish  (Wedding Collection).  I love the soft blue and white combination.

The title card is a Glitz Designs Whatnot piece from the Love Nest collection. The shape perfectly mimics the shape of the "Rose" emblem from the larger paper cutout and was just right for this page.


Materials Used:
Patterned Papers: Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden - "Botanical Gardens" and "Flower Blooms"; Glitz Love Nest Whatnot Card; EK Success Sticko Stickers - Mini Black Letters; Paper Doilies by We R Memory Keepers; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Denim Blue; Zva Creative Self Adhesive Pearl; Flowers - A Bride's Wish  (Wedding Collection) - Wild Peony, Essentials, Wild Open Rose;  Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain; EK Success Corner Punch; Glue Dots - Memory Book; Memory Tape Runner XL.

Friday, May 13, 2011


It is not often I find a photo of myself that I really love and definitely not often that I would scrap a photo of just myself - but I just love this photo that was taken by our wedding photographer when my husband and I were on our honeymoon! So, I decided to use the photo to play along with a couple of challenges:  I've based the design of this layout on The Dusty Attic May Sketch and am using The Color Room's Palette #57.
I just love the Laura Ashley velvet paper (base page) - it is so elegant and has such beautiful texture. On top of the velvet paper I've used some My Mind's Eye (MME) paper from the "Lost and Found" collection.  I stamped a row of flourishes along the left side of the MME paper; I also randomly stamped some smaller flourishes around the page. I added Distress Stickles in "Walnut Stain" to the stamped images to add some sparkle and texture. I edge distressed the MME paper and added some "Vintage Photo" Distress Ink and then scrunched the bottom left corner so that I could really bring attention to the Dusty Attic Chipboard Corner.
The red and cream circle is also a MME paper and was also distressed and inked. The paper on top of the circle was created by using simple kraft cardstock, a Prima mask and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in "Candy Apple Red". After the misted image dried, I fussy-cut around the mask's pattern and inked the edges of the cut-out shape. The velvet border behind the circle was made with a Fiskar's punch and some crushed velvet cardstock.

Most of the detail for this layout is in the papers - so I made some simple lollipop flowers out of coordinating papers as embellishments. The flower centres are simply some old brads from my stash that I painted with Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink in "Snickerdoodle".
I painted the Dusty Attic Ornate Corner with Distress Crackle Paint in "Tarnished Brass" and then added some Smooch in "Snickerdoodle" to portions of the corner. The title was cut out of plain white cardstock (using my Silhouette) and then also painted with the "Tarnished Brass" Crackle Paint.


Materials Used:
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Collection - "Union Square Home Sweet Home Collage Paper" and "Union Square Favorite Union Station Paper"; Laura Ashley Velvet Paper; Doodlebug Designs Crushed Velvet Cardstock; Recollections Cardstock in Kraft and White; Bo Bunny Timepiece Collection "Moments"; Prima 8x8 Mask; Dusty Attic Ornate Corner #5; Fiskar's "Lace" Edge Punch; Tim Holtz Distress Ink in "Vintage Photo"; Distress Crackle Paint in "Tarnished Brass"; Distress Stickles in "Walnut Stain"; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in "Candy Apple Red"; Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink in "Snickerdoodle"; Kimberly Poloson Clear Stamps - Flourishes; Memento "Rich Cocoa" Stamp Pad; Xyron 1.5 in. create-a-sticker; Terrifically Tacky Tape; Dot Glue Runner (AdTech); misc. brads.