March 26, 2012

5x7 Photo Love :)

Back in 1999, when I was teaching beginner scrapbooking, one of the lines I used to convert the newbies was that by cropping photos into smaller shapes you could get more photos on a page, therefore saving storage space. HA! How far we've come!

We'll skip right over the fact that I cut my precious original wedding pictures into heart shapes, but I have so many pages with just one photo on a 12x12 page! And I love to scrap with just one 5x7 photo. In my mind, it can highlight a special shot or emphasize the story better than a bunch of similar photos, and it can stand up against a busy paper or lots of embellishments better than a 4x7 photo.

I had a couple 5x7's still left to scrap from our vacation, so I pulled them out this weekend and challenged myself to use up the many scraps that I have created making this album. I'm proud to say that not one full size piece of patterned paper was harmed in the making of these two pages. LOL!

I'm not sure I'm loving the flowers on this one, but it's done and it's going in the album..... or maybe I'll swap the large flower on top with a smaller one. Still mulling that one over. ;)

Paper: Bazzill Basics, Fancy Pants; Alpha Stickers: American Crafts Thickers, Fancy Pants, Pink Paislee, My Mind's Eye, Crate Paper; Flowers & Brads: Fancy Pants, My Minds Eye; Felt Border: My Minds Eye

Papers: Bazzill Basics, Bo Bunny, My Minds Eye, Tim Holtz; Stickers: Bo Bunny, Echo Park, Die Cuts: Bo Bunny, Crate Paper: Flowers: Prima; Miscellaneous: Glimmer Mist, Tim Holtz Film Tape, ephemera

Sorry about the lighting of the photos. It's still snowing here so the lighting is off. 

Thanks for looking!


March 19, 2012

Let's Explore Coba Together

I have to admit that I'm getting pretty tired of scrapping vacation photos. It's getting so bad, that I'm even looking forward to scrapping some Christmas photos..... and I hate scrapping Christmas photos!

So, in an effort to be finished sooner, I'm trying to get more photos on a layout. This page idea from Shimelle Laine, fit the bill, perfectly! It's from her 4x6 Photo Love series at Two Peas in a Bucket. Using her sketch, I managed to scrapbook 12 - 4x6 photos. Woohoo!

It's difficult to photograph, but I cut a divided page protector in half so that it would hold a strip of three photos between the two 12x12 pages. I have to be honest here and confess that this is my second attempt at this technique. My first page is okay, but not blog worthy. :)

So, this page protector is the left-over side. That meant that it didn't have the holes for the three ring binder. To remedy this, I used gaffers tape on each side of the page protector. To make sure the tape doesn't slip off the page protector, I stapled everything together, once the page was completed. So, the photos have a couple staples in them, but that doesn't really bother me. I could have run a strip of machine stitching down the side, but I was too lazy to pull out my machine. Then, using my Cropadile, I cut holes for the binder in the tape.

Now, I will place the altered page protector between my double page layout in the album. Here it is facing the right.

And here it is facing the left.

Papers: American Crafts, Bazzill Basics, Simple Stories, Crate Paper; Stickers & Diecuts: Simple Stories; Page Protector: WeRMemory Keepers; Miscellaneous: 7Gypsies Gaffer Tape, Stampin Up paper clips, Distress Ink, Staples, Cricut title (Home Decor & Printing Press cartridges)

I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Thanks for looking!


March 12, 2012

The Picture Tells the Story

It's been a busy crafting month for me. I haven't done much scrapping, because there were lots of birthdays in March, so that meant I made lots of cards.

I did manage to squeeze in a simple layout on the weekend. My vacation album is getting VERY heavy and thick, so I wanted to keep this page as one layer and with no dimensional embellishment. I misted the cardstock with Charcoal Chalkboard Glimmer Mist and then stamped the Prima brick patterned stamp on top. I really liked the effect. It's difficult to see, but I have a stamp that is the same as the title, so I repeatedly stamped it in the top left corner.

In the end, I thought that without a bit of dimension, the page looked too plain, so I added buttons and brads. Oh well, maybe the next page will be a one layer page. ;)

Paper: Bazzill Basics, My Minds Eye; Alphas: Bo Bunny, Crate Paper, My Minds Eye, Pink Paislee; Stamps: Prima Marketing, Sassafrass Lass; Studio Calico,  Scraptivity; Buttons: Fancy Pants Design; Stickers: My Minds Eye; Brads, Fancy Pants Designs; Miscellaneous; Glimmer Mist, Ranger Archival Ink, Distress Ink, Floss

And here are a couple of the cards that I made. The photos aren't the best, because as usual, the cards were made at the last minute and so the photos were taken at night. ;) Since I forgot to take photos of the other two cards that I made, I guess it's better than nothing.

This first card uses a VERY old button from my stash. It's glued onto a piece of white cardstock to make it stand out a bit better against the brown. And in order to hide the adhesive underneath, I painted the button with Stickles. It looks very cute in real life.

Papers: Bazzill Basics, Colorbok; Button: Bazzill Basics, Stamps: Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday, Scraptivity; Ribbon; We R Memory Keepers floss, Basic Grey; Miscellaneous: Kaisercraft Rhinestones, Stickles, Cricut scalloped diecut, Distress Ink

This card idea is lifted from the Finally Friday video from Two Peas in a Bucket. I covered the background of the card with Tim Holtz tissue tape and I really like the results. I have to use that technique again and use that stuff up!

Paper: Bazzill Basics, Echo Park, Crate Paper; Transparency: Fancy Pants Design: Stickers: Echo Park, Karen Russell for Creative Imaginations; Stamp: Scraptivity; Rhinestones: Kaisercraft, Machine stitching

Thanks for looking and have a great week!


March 5, 2012

As Seen in Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine!!

I was truly honoured and excited to be asked by Canadian Scrapbooker magazine to be part of the Passport to Creativity section of the Spring 2012 edition!

The Passport to Creativity article features three scrapbookers from a particular province and this time it was beautiful British Columbia. My work has been published in the magazine before, but I never in a million years did I think they'd ask me to be part of this article.

And I'm not embarrassed to say that the words of Sally Field... "They like me! They really like me!" may have entered my brain when I got the email. ;)

So, without further ado, here are the three layouts that were used in the article.

Paper: Bazzill Basics, Bo Bunny; Stickers and Rubons: Bo Bunny; Ribbon and Key: Bo Bunny; Miscellaneous: Cricut Alphas (Base Camp), jute, rhinestones

Paper: Bazzill Basics, Bo Bunny; Stickers, Rub-ons & Diecuts: Bo Bunny; Stamps: Technique Tuesday and Autumn Leaves; Alphas: Tim Hotlz Grungeboard; Miscellaneous: Tim Holtz Idea-ology brads and tag, unknown tag, washers and chain

Paper: Bazzill Basics, My Minds Eye, Fancy Pants Design; Stickers: My Minds Eye; Alpha Stickers: My Minds Eye, Cricut (Kerri Bradford cut file); Stamps: Technique Tuesday, Heidi Swapp; Journaling Card: Crate Paper, Miscellaneous: Ticket Stub, Ranger Distress Ink (Pumice Stone), Fiskars Punch

My thanks go out to Jackie and the team at CS for this honour. You've helped me convince my kids that I'm famous!

If you want more information on the magazine, you can find them here.

Thanks for looking!


March 2, 2012

I won a Liebster Award!

Okay, I have to admit that I'd never heard of this until today. But, now that I've received one, I think it's pretty cool!! ;) My friend, Becky Litz presented me with this award and I'm very flattered because I think she's an incredible artist.
Here is how it works:
Liebster is German for 'dearest' and this award is a 'share-the-love' arrangement. It is given to inspirational bloggers with less than 200 followers.
Here's the to-do list of any Liebster award recipient:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your five blogger picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Hope that those you award forward it to their favorite bloggers.
So without any further ado, here are my favourites:
I've known Becky Litz for a long time now and have always admired her work. She does some amazing things with a Cricut machine!
Connie Nichol is known to many as the Frugal Scrapbooker for Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine. I love her creativity and how she can take everyday items and turn them into scrapbook supplies. And as a frugal scrapper myself, we speak the same language. ;)
I have had Raechelle Bellus' blog in my favourites list forever. She scraps like me: lots of paper, embellishments and techniques, but always keeps the focus on the photos.
I found Heidi Smith's blog through Two Peas in a Bucket, quite a while ago. I have since started following her on Pinterest, as well. She has a great eye and when I need a little inspiration, I always check out her blog.
Shilo is a wonderful scrapper and former owner of the LSS where I used to shop. I was so sad when the store closed, but am happy to have found her blog! Be sure to check it out. She's making videos!!
And these are just the ladies I follow who have less than 200 followers. There are many more that I follow who have lots more. No wonder I don't get a lot of blogging of my own done. I'm too busy reading and looking at others' pages. LOL!