April 29, 2016

When Cougars Take A Selfie

Hi there!

I'm up this week with a page that just makes me laugh out loud. I came up with the title and the rest just fell into place.  It only took me two hours to complete, which is a really fast page for this slow scrapper.

Papers: Simple Stories, We R Memory Keepers, Staples Cardstock; Embellishments:
Simple Stories, Crate Paper, Unknown camera stamp, Kaitlin Shaeaffer diecuts, Bella Boulevard;

The page itself is pretty simple.  I fussy cut the cat from one of the 4x6 cards and I sketched a speech bubble around "The Struggle is Real" and cut it out. The little labels are a free print out designed by Kaitlin Shaeffer.  They come in a bunch of colours and if you have a Silhouette, you can use the print and cut feature to cut them out. Unfortunately, I found the site and printed a dozen pages of them before I bought my Silhouette.  So, hand cutting it is.  :)  However, by leaving them on the sheet, I was able to run them through the typewriter quite easily first. I always look for a silver lining!
Thanks for looking!

April 22, 2016

50th Anniversary

Hi there!

Today I am up with a page I made about my parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary using Pink Paislee C'est La Vie.

Papers: Pink Paislee, Studio Calico Vellum, Unknown vellum bag, Recollection
metallic paper; Embellishments: Pink Paislee, Crate Paper, Heidi Swapp, My Mind's Eye;
Stamps: Heidi Swap, Kaiser Craft; Miscellaneous: floss, doily, thread

I just love the C'est La Vie collection. Since my family is French, this just seemed like a bit of an homage to our heritage.  ;)

The gold elements just pop with the colours in the papers.  I cut the pieces of the title from the metallic paper and my Silhouette.  The font is Pacifico which I manipulated in the software to work in the space I had available.

Thanks for looking!

April 9, 2016


Hi there!

I'm up today with a grad layout that isn't really a grad layout. ;)  These are photos of me and my parents after the grad ceremonies.

Papers: My Minds Eye, Crate Paper; Embellishments: My Minds Eye,
unknown rhinestones, Kerri Bradford cut file

The design of this page is based on a sketch from Shimelle Laine

My page is a lot busier that Shimelle's design, but I think the basic design is pretty obvious.  I just love this My Mind's Eye collection. Some of the florals are chipboard pieces and some are fussy cut. As are the butterflies.  It took some time to cut it all out, but the page really came together quickly for me.

Thanks for looking!

April 2, 2016

Never Grow Up

Hi there!

I am up today with my last grad page!  Woohoo!!!  I'm pretty happy that I only have two kids to scrap. Between the two, I have scrapped 42 graduation layouts in less than two years. I'm glad I have a few years before I have to scrap university graduation photos!  :)

Papers: Crate Paper, Bazzill Basics; Embellishments: Simple Stories, American Crafts,
Unknown sequins, unknown felt clouds; Studio Calico mists

The photos were taken by a professional photographer who came to the elementary school for a photo shoot. Only a few kids showed up, but the kids had the run of the playground and the school. Since the photos were quite bright, I wanted to  keep the background page a bit softer to let the photos pop.

There aren't a lot of techniques here. I used my Silhouette to cut the "Grow Up" from the paint swatch paper from Crate Paper.  I just placed the cutting mat over the paper to use as a guide to determine where to place my letters. Then I made sure to place the paper on the mat in the same orientation, ran it through the machine and I have multi coloured alphas. Easy peasy!

I had originally written my journaling directly on the background paper, but I couldn't read it through the little plus signs.  So, I used my typewriter to type the journaling and cut it into strips.  It's not the look I wanted, but at least you can read the writing now.

The papers are from Crate Paper's Shine collection. And the embellishments are mostly Simple Stories Carpe Diem.  Looking at the two collections side by side, you would never think they go together, but the water colour balloons and the quote strips were a perfect match. The bicycle is from Shimelle's True Stories.

There is a companion page with more photos of the kids inside the school.  They are acting naughty in the photos, so to protect the innocent (or guilty), I will keep that page private. It's inappropriate teenage humour, but it's pretty funny. What a great group of kids!

Thanks for looking!