October 30, 2015

Grad March

Hi there!

Today I am sharing a page that uses some VERY old paper, but in a new way. It's another layout of my son's graduation.

Papers: Fancy Pants, My Minds Eye; Embellishments: Fancy Pants, My Minds Eye,
iHeart Studio cutfile, Echo Park cutfile, Unknown doily, Kaisercraft Rhinestones,
American Crafts date stamp, Ranger Stickles

I'm having a bit of a time finding papers that work with blue dress. In real life it was a lovely shade of royal blue. But in the photos, it looks a bit purple. There are no papers in my stash that work with this colour. And I think I looked at every piece in my collection! When I stumbled on this very old piece of Fancy Pants paper, I decided to ignore the royal blue and just use this pretty piece of paper that I had been hording. I also found some newer (but still older) papers from My Mind's Eye that matched the background page, and leftover diecuts and stickers from both collections. Once I was able to gather all the supplies, everything just came together.

The glittered leaves were cut from an iHeart Studio cut file and then stamped with silver ink and painted with silver Stickles.  They are very shiny in the photo, but in real life there is just a hint of glitter. ;)

Thanks for looking!


October 23, 2015

Cherish These Memories

Hi there!

Today, I'm sharing a quick and simple grad layout of my son and his grad partner. I was inspired by an embellishment cluster I saw online. Unfortunately, I can't remember where I saw it, but it stuck in my head and that was my starting point.

Papers: Fancy Pants, American Crafts; Embellishments: Recollections flowers,
iHeart Studio cut file, Prima rhinestones, unknown sequins, Kaisercraft chipboard,
Bo Bunny Alpha stickers, Tim Holtz stencil, Stampin Up ink
The background paper was made using a Tim Holtz stencil, some foam and stamping ink. I wanted to use some "leafy" paper but I didn't have any in my stash so I made my own. Will definitely be doing that again.
I'm still playing with my new Silhouette Cameo and had a try at a print and cut file. Oh my!  How cool is that option! I love that flower die cut and the colours worked perfectly with the lovely Araleigh's dress. 


Thanks for looking!

October 9, 2015

Families are Forever

Hi there!

Well, I've been playing with my Silhouette and I have to say.... I am in LOVE!! It has a steep learning curve, but it cuts like a dream! And I've been able to so some things with cut files that I haven't been able to do with SCAL. Like the big flower in this layout.

Papers: American Crafts (Dear Lizzy, Shimelle), Jillibean Soup, Fancy Pants, unknown vellum; Die cuts: iHeartStudio, Silhouette; Embellishments: Shimelle, Punches: Fiskars, Martha Stewart, McGill; Stamps: Fancy Pants, Close to My Heart; unknown button & pearls

I wanted to use the cut file from Wilna Furstenburg, but her flower  had only one set of leaves and they were in the wrong spot for what I wanted to do. So with just the Basic Edition of the Silhouette software, I cut off the leaves and repositioned it. Then I copied the leaves and placed it on the opposite side of the flower.  Welded it all together and voila!  The flower I had pictured in my head.

Thanks for looking!

October 2, 2015

Leave a Trail

Hi there,

Scrapping formal photos are not my favourite. Grad photos are no exception. The photos usually lack any creativity and I find it hard to get inspiration from them. So, I played around with the background of this page until I had something I liked and kind of ignored the photo.

Papers: Bo Bunny, Basic Grey, Echo Park; Alphas: American Crafts,
Prima Marketing; Stickers: Echo Park, American Crafts; Brads: Echo Park, Bo Bunny;

I started with the Basic Grey school paper.  I used some gesso to glue down some old dictionary pages. Then I used Gelattos and a piece of plastic to "smoosh" some colour onto the page. I still wasn't happy with the background (it was a bit blah), so I mixed some texture paste and silver paint together, and applied it using a chevron stencil. I cut the stencil from a Kerri Bradford cut file a long time ago.

My Cricut is still dead, but I was lucky enough to find all these alpha stickers in my stash to make this long title. It's a quote from one of Nick's grad cards that he received. The minute I saw the card, I knew it would be perfect for this page.

The rest of the page is pretty simple layering so that it didn't look too busy.

Thanks for looking!