Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pretty Jar

A quickie post today to share a little jar I decorated from the latest challenge at the Scrapbookin' Adventures facebook page. This challenge was to re-cover something. We have about 3 or 4 mugs sitting around the house with change and other bits and pieces in them so I thought this would be a good chance to spring clean that clutter!

Jars are not easy to photograph! I wanted to keep this fairly simple so that it will last a little while! I wrapped the jar with a piece of paper from Fancy Pant's Trendsetter line; punched a circle of paper from the same line for the lid; wrapped the lid in a denim ribbon (to hide the bright red and yellow metal); added a few pieces of washi tape; wrapped some jute around the jar; and then stuck on a couple of wood butterflies.

Scrapbookin' Adventures had this same challenge way back in 2012. I thought I'd share a pic of the card box that I recovered for that one.

I still use this one. It quickly became too small to hold the cards and tags I have made, so it now holds store bought cards (I still have a few of those kicking around).

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

UmWow Studio April Sketch Challenge

This month's sketch at the UmWow Studio blog is another great one and I was eager to do something with it, but when I was almost done my layout, disaster struck. A huge blob of white pain on the top left corner of my page. Luckily it missed the photo. I tried so hard to make it work. I grabbed a toothpick and dragged the paint around in what was supposed to look like overlapping circles. That wasn't working so I dragged it around some more, hoping for a blustery leaf feeling. That didn't quite work either. So I walked away in hopes that I would love it the next day; that didn't work either.

But then today, a special something arrived at my door.

The prize I won from the Lawn Fawn blog. Swoon! I knew I had to do something with that grey heart paper and then I remembered this disaster:

Sorry for the bad cell phone picture. I loved this layout at first. And then I didn't love how the confetti on the left side was looking. And I really didn't love the spilled paint and the attempts to work with it. So I pulled up the main part that I still loved (which luckily all came off in one piece). And now I am in love again.

Lawn Fawn ~ Let's Polka grey/hearts paper

MME ~ Lime Twist 'you and me' stickers
Echo Park ~ This & That chevron paper, wood paper, yellow sticker and circle sticker
Tim Holtz Distress Paint ~ Picket Fence
UmWow Studio ~ flair, star chipboard, star confetti, leaf confetti and chevron confetti

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Canadian Scrapbooker April Sketch

I certainly didn't waste any time getting to the April Sketch for Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine! I really like the simplicity of this sketch and that it has multiple photos. You can check out the gallery for this month's sketch here.

The sketch:


My layout:

I just received the MME Now & Then line 'Milo' and was eager to use it! So many beautiful papers in this collection. And yes, my son is eating a leek. I don't know why. He's strange.

MME Now & Then 'Milo'

Amy Tangerine Thickers
Studio Calico tiny type
Um Wow Studio flair
unknown washi

Friday, March 28, 2014

Five Product Challenge

The latest challenge from Scrapbookin' Adventures was to only use 5 products (not including ink, adhesive or tools) on a project. We can only use patterned paper, cardstock, alpha stickers, die cuts and cork. These challenges always seem easy until you start working on your project. It's hard not to add other products that you know would look good too!

This layout was inspired by one I had pinned a couple of months ago. You can see it here. I love the chalkboard look of the background paper with the bright colours on it. I was originally going to also use black cardstock for a background and see if I could get a similar chalk effect with white ink, but I changed my mind and went with a kraft cardstock. I wasn't sure how it would look with the white ink on it, but I really like how it turned out!

Kraft CARDSTOCK; Fancy Pants "Down by the Shore" PATTERNED PAPER; Thickers ALPHA STICKERS;  DIE CUT circles; Studio Calico and American Crafts CORK.

Friday, March 21, 2014

That Face!

This is a layout I have been wanting to do since I first saw this picture. The look on my son's face is just priceless! It was his first birthday party and his cousin was playing with one of the new toys. I promise that he did not actually get mad at his cousin. He just gave him the death glare and then moved on. I am so glad we captured the moment on film, though!

I was having trouble finding a way to use these pics that really hi-lighted both of them, so I turned to my layout board on Pinterest. That's when I came across this lovely and so sweet layout be Maggie Holmes and thought the photo placement would really work for my pics. Plus the confetti was a perfect addition for a birthday party layout!

I love how this turned out and I am so happy I waited and found the right design for it!

MME ~ Hip Hip Hooray collection
MM - alphas
unknown washi

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Crazy for Snow!

We live on the West Coast, so we don't see a lot of snow in the winter and the first snowfall of the year is always so exciting! Lucky for me, I was able to capture the look of (crazy) excitement on my eldest daughter's face. It only takes a light dusting of the white stuff to get my kids excited!

I used the colours chosen for the Scrapbookin' Adventures newest challenge; robin's egg blue, hot pink, leaf green, navy blue and kraft. I also used the October 2013 sketch from Canadian Scrapbooker. It's one that I have had pinned for a while and am happy to have had a chance to use it!

The sketch:

My layout:

These bright colours are hard to photograph! I love how this turned out. The little touches of navy make me happy!

Imaginesce - Colourful Christmas collection
Pebbles - Sunnyside navy paper
Kraft paper
Doodlebug pink alphas
MME tiny type alphas
October Afternoon - enamel dots
Recollections - epoxy snowflakes

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Um Wow Studio ~ March Sketch

It was so nice to spend a rainy Saturday working on some layouts! And it was really nice to finally have a chance to work with Um Wow Studio's March sketch. I did a little digging to find just the right picture for this one. I came across a set that I have been wanting to scrap for a little while now.

The sketch:


My layout:

I love the look on his face in the center picture! Clearly he is also not amused by daddy's handiwork. As you can see, I stuck pretty close to the sketch. I just enlarged the photos and shifted it to the edge of the page and then moved the embellishments beside the photo over further so that I could include a larger title. And I added a spot where I could include the details of my son's terrible hair cut!

DCWV - Timeless Type Stack
UmWow Studio - star confetti chipboard & sidewalk chalk flair