Saturday, October 11, 2014

Canadian Scrapbooker - October Sketch

Back again with the October sketch from Canadian Scrapbooker. And it is another great sketch that was fun to use! I am also entering this one in the UmWow Studio anything goes challenge.

                                  October 2014 sketch

Love how this turned out!!


Bella Blvd - Summer Squeeze papers; Snapshots papers; Daily Chevvies paper
Simple Stories - DIY Boutique typeset alphas
American Crafts - thickers
UmWow Studio - star and confetti star chipboard

Friday, October 10, 2014

Canadian Scrapbooker - September

Better late than never, right?! I finally got to the September sketch from Canadian Scrapbooker! And I love how it turned out!

                                            September 2014 Sketch

And a close up so you can see the glitter on the title!

I'm really happy with how this one turned out! Such a fun sketch!


Echo Park - Happy Halloween collection
K & Co - Spooktacular alphas
Doodlebug - ghost brads

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Little Red

I keep saying that I am going to get back into scrapping but it just keeps on not happening. I think this time may be the time though. I did 3 layouts yesterday! The one I am sharing today is for the Scrapbookin' Adventures facebook challenge. The new challenge is an easy one: use a fall theme. I love scrapping fall photos and I have lots of those to catch up on! I also used the sketch from their last challenge (that I didn't get done).

It's pretty clean and simple, but I love the mix of patterns.


Basic Grey - Paper Cottage paper
Echo Park - Homemade mini collection paper
American Crafts - thickers
MME - Lost & Found enamel dots

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Is summer over yet???

Falling behind my summer goals again! I need these kids of mine to get back to school so I can get back on track here. The joys of a teacher's strike. School ended 2 weeks early and so far is going on 1 week into the new school year....

But I do have a couple of things to share today. One is super exciting! Who has picked up a copy of the fall Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine? Recognize anything in there???

That's right!!! Page 45 has a back to school layout from me! Seriously SO exciting! This is (obviously) my first time being published.

The second thing is a card I made with my sister for a wedding she is attending this weekend. We used a sketch from Card Maps 4.

I love the hexagons and colours on this card. We even added a few on the inside.

Now hopefully this dispute is settled soon and I can have my sanity and crafty time back!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Canadian Scrapbooker August Sketch

Back again with the August sketch from Canadian Scrapbooker. For this layout I did things a little differently than I normally do. I knew I really wanted to use the Solstice papers from Pink Paislee so I had to find a picture that worked with them. My eldest daughter has just finished a week of sailing camp so I looked through those photos and then added a vintage filter to it before printing.

The sketch:

August 2014 Sketch
My layout:

I love the title on top of the photo like that! I just wish I had started the journaling up one line. Ah well.

Pink Paislee - Solstice - papers & puffy stickers
Enamel dots - YNS, MME & Recollections

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Come Sail Away

Well I sure have not been doing as much scrapping as I would like to this summer! I'm just trying to keep up with the challenges that I like to do now. This is the most recent challenge from Scrapbookin' Adventures. This challenge was to scraplift a past challenge entry. I chose an Easter layout from the Spring themed challenge. I won't post the original here since it's not mine, but if you are curious you will find it here.

My layout:

It was fun to pull out a bunch of newer summer product from my stash and one of my favorite photos from last summer!


Echo Park - Walking on Sunshine - paper and stickers
Simple Stories - DIY Boutique Burlap stickers & tiny type alphas
Thickers - Amy Tan

Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer Crop & Create Kit

I received my Summer Crop & Create Kit from Scrapbook & Cards Today, last month and I finally had a chance to sit down and make something with it! I like to use the layout sketches provided with the kit to make some quick and easy layouts. But this time I decided to switch up a few of the papers to make it more "me." I purchased the kit last summer as well and made the layouts as instructed but when I see them in my album I am not thrilled with some of the colour choices (so much red and yellow).

This one was supposed to have a very red cardstock as the background and the strip of paper airplanes was supposed to be other side of the paper which was more a paper airplane blueprint. Everything else I kept the same! It really is a fun layout!

I hope to get a the double layout done next but will be changing some colours again. Too much yellow.....

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer continues

I'm back! We all survived our driving half way across Canada road trip and I've managed to find a little scrappy time again.

Scrapbookin' Adventures posted a new challenge while I was away, but luckily they run for two weeks so I still had time to get an entry in. The challenge is a card sketch.
Photo: Time for our next challenge ....

CHALLENGE #13: sketch

Everyone loves a sketch right?!  Well, this week we're throwing something different your way ... a card sketch!!  This doesn't mean you have to make a card ... it can be a layout too!  Use your imagination and creativity; expand the sketch, add photos, etc.

The deadline to post your card or layout is 9pm on Sunday, July 27.  Everyone is welcome to participate, full rules and guidelines can be found under 'Notes'.  Everyone who posts a project will get their name entered into the draw for a prize pack ... and remember, the more people who enter the bigger the prize is, so tell your crafty friends!

We can't wait to see your take on this sketch!

Bianca :)

This would make a very pretty card but I decided to remain focused on my scrapbooks so I turned it into a layout.

I decided to combine it with the July sketch from Canadian Scrapbooker which is pretty much exactly how I planned to turn the card sketch into a layout. I have never combined sketch challenges before, so hopefully I'm not breaking any laws.

July 2014 Sketch

 I just rotated the sketch to match the card sketch moved the title and embellies to suit my layout.

The title may seem a little odd, but those are the words that run through my head every time I see these pictures. I'll have to give the sketch a try as a card to.



Bella Blvd - Snapshot (camera) paper & Lucky Starz sticker
Amy Tan - Plus 1 (black) paper
Doodlebug alphas
YNS - enamel dots
October Afternoon - enamel heart

Friday, July 4, 2014

Summer Vacation

Summer started 2 weeks earlier than expected this year due to a teacher's strike, so we are full on into 'entertain the kids so they don't drive you crazy(ier)' season. I managed to sneak in a quick crafting session this afternoon, but I won't be doing anything for the next 2 weeks, except filling in my summer journal with lots of notes.

This layout is for the new Scrapbookin' Adventures challenge that was posted today. It is a super simple one, just a summer theme. I used a mix of Bella Blvd papers, Thickers, Webster's Pages alphas and an AC cork sticker.

Hopefully this won't be my only layout for the month of July, but we'll see how it goes!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Diaper Trike

I thought it would be fun to share a non-paper craft I made with my mom today.
She is going to be a baby shower and saw this cute idea online. And she found a couple of easy to follow tutorials too. I don't have the links, but I'm sure if you did a search they would be easy enough to find (tip: use one that uses a round cake pan to form the wheels).

This turned out soooo much cuter than I thought it would! And we came up with the idea for using a facecloth for a bow on the front. I think it so much cuter than a ribbon bow (or the one that had nothing). We also covered a tp tube with a face cloth to hide where the receive blanket joined between the back tires. I guess the blankets we used were not as long theirs.

If you have any questions about how we did it or what we used, please ask!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Canadian Scrapbooker June Sketch

This layout use the June sketch from Canadian Scrapbooker and challenge #10 from Scrapbookin' Adventures. The challenge this week is to use just 5 products: patterned paper; alpha stickers; wood veneer; flower and ink.

The sketch:
                                     June 2014 Sketch
My layout:

I'm wishing I had used a bolder alpha for the title now, but it's still pretty cute.

Bella Blvd ~ papers
Thickers ~ cork
Studio Calico ~ wood veneer shapes
white and gold ink (on wood pieces)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Interview with a Toddler

Don't you just love it when a project just falls into your lap! Scrapbookin' Adventures newest facebook challenge is to interview someone and create a layout about it. Lucky for me, I just happened to have "interviewed" my son last summer but had yet to do anything with the info.

This was so much fun! I'm going to have to remember to do another interview with the same questions next month and see what has changed!

American Crafts - 'Daydreamer' paper; cork stars; puffy hearts; enamel dots
Studio Calico - cork circles; cork chevrons
MME - enamel dots
Lawn Fawn - flair
Doodlebug - alphas

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Pop-up Birthday card, part 2

Here is the second pop-up card I made last week. This is actually the very first pop-up card that I have made, but I couldn't share it until after the birthday.

This card took a lot longer than the second one to make. I pulled out my Big Shot and cut out flowers and butterflies to go on it. And also the panel with Happy Birthday on it.

I really do love how this one turned out. It's not quite how I pictured it but I am still very happy with it!

And of course a matching envelope. I added the leftover die cut butterflies to it too.

I used a sheet of blue and cream cardstock plus papers from the  Lily Bee Design "Pinwheel" collection.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Pop-up Birthday Card

I've been wanting to give these pop-up birthday cards that everyone is doing, a try for a little while. I have 2 birthday's happening this week (not counting my own!), so I thought this would be the perfect time to try!

This is the second one I made (I will show you the first, after I have given it to the birthday girl), and I kept the embellishments fairly simple. I used the embellishments that came with the collection.

This card makes me happy to look at! It is so darn cheerful!

I even made a matching envelope. I love my envelope punch board!!

I used the tutorial for pop-up cards from Splitcoast Stampers. You can find it here if you would like to give it a try! And they really are very simple to make. I had the base for this second done in about 10 minutes. And that includes the time it took me to pick out the paper!

I used Echo Park's Summer Days collection to make this card. The papers, cardstock stickers, alphas and even the thicker cardboard stickers (sun and roller-coaster).

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The messed up card...

I meant to post this a couple of weeks ago and just realized I hadn't! I have some pretty fun birthday cards to post later this week, but for now I will share with you the card I made a mistake on and didn't notice until after I had given it away.

 I have seen quite a few versions of a pocket card floating around the internet and I really wanted to try one with flowers.

So cute! I even prettied up the inside!

Did you spot my mistake??? Did I mention I made this card for our amazing Brownie leader, who just happens to also be a teacher??? So embarrassing!!!

With the magic of PicMonkey, this is how it should have looked:

Oops! I can't be the only person to have made a silly mistake like this, right???

The papers for this card are all from Simple Stories (last year's summer line, I believe).

Friday, May 16, 2014

Revisiting a sketch...

Since I first used this sketch for such a small (8x8) layout, I thought it would be nice to give it a try at my usual size (12x12). Of course the 3 photos I want to use are in a vertical orientation, so I had to switch things up a bit to make them work.

The sketch (from Scrapbookin' Adventures):

Photo: Happy Monday Everyone!!  It's time for our next challenge ...

CHALLENGE #8: sketch

We all love sketches, right?!  We want to see you use the sketch below to create a layout or even a card!  Use it as your starting point; you can copy it as is or make it your own, rotate it, convert to a double layout, etc.

The deadline to post your project is 9:00pm on Sunday, May 18.  All participants will get there names entered into a random draw ... and remember, the more people who enter the BIGGER THE PRIZE WILL BE!!  We give away a new prize pack every two weeks.

Can't wait to see what you come up with!
Bianca :)

My layout:

I used papers and an overlay from the Fancy Pant's Design collection 'Be You.' I love that green colour.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Canadian Scrapbooker May Sketch

ETA: I forgot that I also wanted to add this layout to the National Scrapbooking Day challenge, "Scrapbooking Rocks Challenge in the Moxie Fab World."

I printed the May sketch from Canadian Scrapbooker last week, and have looked at it a few times trying to think of a way to make it's "messy" look work for me. It was tough, and I may have strayed a bit far from the sketch, but I think you still get the same feel.

The sketch:


My layout:

As you can see, I switched the patches underneath for photos. You can also see that I straightened the photos on the bottom layer and let the top photo fall askew. I tried my hardest to make it work the other way, but it just wasn't happening for me. I also added a skewed paper underneath the photos to add a bit more of that same feeling from the sketch.

If you want to play along, you can see the sketch here and also find the previous sketches!

The papers are all Amy Tan 'Plus One' and the alphas are from Doodlebug :)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Scrapbookin' Adventures Sketch Challenge

I sat down to work on the sketch challenge from Scrapbookin' Adventures, fully planning on doing my usual 12x12 layout, when I came across my daughter's 8th birthday pictures. I have a small album (8x8) that I am currently using for the girl's birthday photo layouts. It is a little bigger than the the first album which is just 6x6 and is also how I started scrapbooking. :)

So I shrunk the sketch down to fit an 8x8. It lost a few elements but kept the same feel.

The sketch:

                                                          Photo: Happy Monday Everyone!!  It's time for our next challenge ...

CHALLENGE #8: sketch

We all love sketches, right?!  We want to see you use the sketch below to create a layout or even a card!  Use it as your starting point; you can copy it as is or make it your own, rotate it, convert to a double layout, etc.

The deadline to post your project is 9:00pm on Sunday, May 18.  All participants will get there names entered into a random draw ... and remember, the more people who enter the BIGGER THE PRIZE WILL BE!!  We give away a new prize pack every two weeks.

Can't wait to see what you come up with!
Bianca :)

My layout:

It is the second page of a 2 page layout. Here they are together:

I am a little behind with posting projects, so you will see a couple more posts from me over the next few days. You'll have to come back to see the embarrassing mistake I made on a card I gave a friend!

Amy Tan - Sketchbook papers

Thickers - Dear Lizzy

Friday, April 25, 2014

Double the Easter Fun!

I have a couple of projects to share today. The first is a quick Easter card I whipped up last week. Well, not as quick as I hoped. I'm really out of practice with the card making and find that I am really not enjoying making them anymore!

Sorry for the awful picture. I just snapped a couple of quick ones before taking it to Easter dinner.

 I used an embossing folder on white cardstock and some old Imaginisce spring papers. And some of the pretty lace in my stash.

The next project is for the Scrapbookin' Adventures facebook page challenge. The latest challenge is to do a spring project. So I did a double layout with some Easter pictures from 2012. I used a PageMaps sketch from the Spring issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today.

Pebbles Inc ~ Sunny Side papers and washi stickers
Lawn Fawn ~ Let's Polka ~ badge flair and yellow stripe paper
Doodlebug ~ headlines titles ~ Easter
MME ~ Lime Twist alphas
white gel pen

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.