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July 22, 2017

Oh Happy Day

Hi there!

Today I'm sharing a layout inspired by the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine July sketch and Shimelle Laine's 25 Scrapbooking Words challenge.



While I love the Crate Paper Oasis collection, these cut apart cards frustrate me a bit. I liked cutapart cards when you could use them for journaling.  Now, manufacturers make them as embellishments with no room to journal and I have a difficult time using them.

When I saw the sketch, I had the idea to use the cards instead of a photo or patterned paper for the squares. I was able to stick pretty closely to the sketch, which is something I usually have difficulty doing.

Shimelle's challenge was to use the title "Oh Happy Day". It was perfect for this photo, as this was our first morning in Cuba and it just so happened to be my husband's 50th Birthday!

I was able to mix and match supplies from Oasis and Bloom collections. The cactus, leaf, pineapple, sun and palm tree are all die cuts using metal dies from Peach Cheap.  Aren't they cute? To give them a bit of pizzazz, I covered them in Wink of Stella glitter. The background paper was made using my new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in Broken China, Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick.  Those three colours work beautifully with the Oasis collection. I outlined all the cards, the photo mats and the white cardstock with a black pen to give them definition. To finish everything off, I added some old My Mind's Eye enamel dots and some machine stitching.

I apologize for the darkness of the photo. It's not as dark in real life. My camera settings must off and I couldn't fix it in Photoshop. And it doesn't look as crooked in real life.  lol!

Thanks for looking!
Sylvie 

July 7, 2017

Hello Sunshine

Hi there,

I'm up today with a page that is loosely based on a the June Sketch from Creative Scrapbooker Magazine and for a June challenge submission over at Paper Issues.



I started with this sketch.  I was inspired to us an old wave transparency from Fancy Pants. It was a scrap from a 12x12 transparency that was a scrap from another project. Using the transparency as a template, I cut papers from Fancy Pants "Down by the Shore" and Crate Paper "Oasis" to make more waves.

The Paper Issues challenge was to use certain items on a layout from a list provided. The items I used were: blue, tag, button, title, 2 or more photos, patterned paper, die cut, stamping, and circle.

The sun is cut from a Paper Issues cut file which I inked with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink and then covered in gold Stickles. I used more Fossilized Amber and water to make the splatters and paint smooshing.

This layout came together relatively quickly (even though I had to wait for the Stickles to dry). And I'm so happy to use up some older supplies.

Thanks for looking!
Sylvie

June 30, 2017

let's get away

Hi there!

I'm up today with the title page for a new vacation album of our recent trip to Cuba. When I saw this cut file from Paper Issues, I knew it would be perfect for this page.



This album will be made using mostly the Crate Paper "Oasis" line, but I also plan on digging through my stash and using some Fancy Pants "Down by the Shore" and Crate Paper "The Pier". I have lots of papers and embellishments left over from previous vacation albums and I think it's time to use it or lose it.  Luckily, it all seems to work together (especially the Crate Paper lines), so I should be able to make a dent in my summer/beach supplies.

There is nothing earth shattering here. The clouds were cut with my Silhouette and then backed with Oasis 6x6 paper pack.  The 3x4 card is from Pink Paislee Atlas.  The solid white clouds are machine stitched to give the page a bit more texture. This is where I discovered that I can not sew curves.  LOL!

I have to confess that I hate this photo of myself, but it's the only one we took on the plane. I'm going to be a big girl and post it on the world wide web. ;) Because I really do like the page.

Thanks for looking!
Sylvie

June 23, 2017

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Hi there!

I took a bit of a blogging and scrapping break. I find summer a difficult time to scrapbook. There's always so much to do outside, both socially and chore-wise that scrapping time is at a premium! But, in 15 minute increments, I was able to get these two pages done. ;)


I started with this page by using the hiking map as the background. It was a really large map, so I just used a piece of cardstock as a template to cut it down to size.  Since the paper for the map was quite thin, I sewed it to the piece of cardstock. My sewing machine is acting up and the tension is really off. I swear I'm a much better sewer than that! My machine is 28 years old so it might be getting tired.  :(

The title is cut from Paper Issues.  I love their free cut files! The photos were printed on my Selphy using the Project Life App.  They are about 2x3.  Because the map may not be acid free, I made sure to mat all the photos on scrapbooking patterned paper and then double matted them on cardstock.  I don't really worry about archival issues that much, but in this instance, I didn't want to take any chances.


This page started with a Silhouette cut file for the background. The edges where inked with my favourite Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give the cuts definition. I splattered the solid piece of cardstock with green, blue and brown mist.  In real life, it kind of looks like leaves. 

The rest of the page is pretty simple. Most of the supplies are from the Carta Bella Great Outdoors. Once again, I didn't have a lot of embellishments left in the package, so I bought the digital files and used the print and cut feature on my Silhouette.  It's an inexpensive way of stretching my supplies, without spending a lot of money.

I hope to be back next week with another page.  But, the flower beds need weeding and the mountains are calling, so I'm not making any promises.  ;)

Thanks for looking!
Sylvie

June 2, 2017

Ice Ice Baby

Hi there!

Happy Canal Days!  Today, I am keeping to my annual tradition of posting a layout of the previous year's parade float on the weekend of Canal Days.



I started this layout with the pieces of light blue paper (which are the same colour but for some reason photographed differently) and used some gel medium and a snowflake stencil to create the background.  When the medium was dry, I rubbed some silver ink over each snowflake to give them some dimension.

The photo collage was created in Photoshop using a really old Cathy Zielske template. Unfortunately, when I went to print my photo, I was out of photo paper! So, I just printed it onto white cardstock and I think it worked quite well. 

Every year I make the sign for the float. This year, I cut hundreds of snowflakes with the Silhouette for the sign and the float.  I still had the file saved, so I cut some more for the page. I used the same font for the title and made my own chipboard alphas by stacking three layers of cardstock. The swirls and date are from a very old set of Pink Paislee chipboard alphas. There are sequins and cotton puffs thrown in because, well, it's a parade theme layout. You can't have too much glitter or sparkle!

This is quite a simple page compared to most of my parade layouts, but it was a fun page to make. I was busy creating costumes and signs for this weekend's float, so this was made when I had a few minutes here and there.

Thanks for looking!

Sylvie

May 28, 2017

A funny thing happened on the way to the airport

Hi there!

Today, I am sharing the last layout in my Las Vegas vacation album!!  I'm pretty happy that this album is finished. But, I'm kind of disappointed in how this last page turned out.



I have been using the Shimelle Go Now Go collection for this album.  And on my desk sat all the branding strips.  So, I thought I better get them down on a piece of paper or I knew I would never use them.

So a few days ago, I created this mosaic with all the strips.  There are a few extras from Crate Paper thrown in that were also sitting on my desk.  It was very easy to adhere them to the full page of an older paper from another Shimelle line. I love how all her collections mix and match.

I fussy cut the flowers on the left side of the photo from a piece of 6x6 paper I had and added the Lilybee alphas to create the title. With all the business of the page, there wasn't much embellishment that needed to be done. I loved the layout so far, and I only had the journaling left to do.

Fast forward two weeks, and this layout was still sitting on my desk, waiting for journaling. I am expecting company this coming weekend, so I wanted to put this page away. I sat down to do my journaling, in a hurry and that's when I ruined my pretty page.  I made so many spelling mistakes.  And I hate how I went around the title with my writing.  Now, it has that funny space around it.  Ugh! Oh well.  It's done now.  And the album, is finished. I am happy with how the album turned out over all. And lesson learned.  If I don't have the time to tell a long story, I shouldn't even attempt it.

Thanks for looking!
Sylvie

May 19, 2017

First Class Dining and Show Time

Hi there!

Today I am sharing the last two pages that I made for International Scrapbook Day, using the  Paper Issues Challenges.

This first page was for the Pretty Patterned Paper challenge where only pattered paper could be used on the page.


Most of the supplies on this page are from the Shimelle Go Now Go collection, except for a the "First Class" 3x4 card, the camera die cut and the yellow star paper which are from Pink Paislee's Atlas collection. This page isn't overly fancy, but with that busy background page, I wanted to stick to a basic design.  That "delish" flair is a VERY old American Crafts piece.  I love it when I can use old stash on a page and it all works.

This next page was supposed to be for the Black and White + One which was to use black and white supplies plus one other colour. 


I started out the page thinking I would use white, black and gold.  But, I had a crazy weekend and could not get the page done it time for the challenge submission.  Since the photos were so red, I felt like the page needed a bit of pink and red to tie it together.  It doesn't show well in the photo, but the star wreath is shiny gold paper that I cut from a Paper Issues cut file.  It does look much better in real life. ;)

Thanks for looking!
Sylvie

May 12, 2017

M&M Store Hijinx

Hi there!

Today I am sharing a layout I made during International Scrapbook Day with the help of the challenges over at Paper Issues.

This challenge was to use Ampersand, Alphabet and Arrows on a page.  Considering the subject of my page, I was already a third of the way there! ;)


Most of the supplies for this page are from Shimelle's Go Now Go collection.  The Vegas album is almost finished and there are only a few pieces of paper left in my stash.  I have used almost all of the embellishments from the stickers and ephemera packs.  I wanted some of the flowers for my embellishments, but I had used them all up on previous pages.  That is my only complaint about Shimelle's collections - never enough flowers! So, I checked out the ACDigitals site and purchased a couple embellishment packs and printed my own. Now I can print out as many flowers as I want!

Thanks for looking!

Sylvie

April 28, 2017

Out and About

Hi there!

I have a quick blog post today, sharing a 12x12 page and pocket page spread from my Vegas album.  Well, it's sort of a pocket page.  This is the last set of photos that I wanted to use in pockets.  I knew the following layout would be a full page so, I scrapped my photos as if it would be a pocket page, but then adhered them to a 12x12 piece of cardstock.



There are no fancy techniques here, other than the fact that I used the backside of a very old single sided piece of patterned paper for the pocket style page.  Since you see so little of  the paper, I didn't want to waste a full piece of good cardstock. I was able to cover up the branding information on the page with a photo and no one would ever tell it's the backside. If anyone remembers Arctic Frog, this is the back of one of their papers.  ;)

I am trying to use up all of Shimelle's Go Now Go collection before I finish the album, since I'm itching to start the next travel album and this collection won't work. I don't have much left, so it's starting to be a challenge all on it's own.

Thanks for looking!
Sylvie

April 21, 2017

Fabulous

Hi there!

I'm up today with another entry in my Vegas Vacation album. I only have a few more pages in this album to finish. But, I'll still be scrapping vacation photos because my husband and I just came back from another vacation, last week. So, I have two vacation albums to do; one for a Cabo San Lucas trip and now to Cuba.

When the kids started getting older and left for college, I worried that I'd have nothing to scrapbook. But, it seems like I've found a new subject to scrap about: Me!!


When I first saw this scalloped paper from Crate Paper, I thought it begged for some stitching. It took a long time to do, but I just love the texture it gives the page. Pretty much everything here is from Crate Paper with a few items from Heidi Swapp thrown in.

I used to be an avid cross stitcher and I still have all the DMC floss, so I was able to go through my stash and find matching colours to the paper.  Another reason to never throw away craft supplies!

Thanks for looking!
Sylvie

March 31, 2017

You & Me and Sidewalk Canasta

Hi there!

Today, I'm sharing some more pages that I completed during the Paper Issues Spring Crop a couple weekends ago. I was pretty happy to have completed four layouts during that weekend. I managed to complete a couple more before the challenge deadline.  I'll share those next weekend.



The "You & Me" layout was for the Follow the Leader challenge.  Through Facebook Live, Annelie Maddock gave us instructions and measurements to create this page. It was a lot of fun! The design is a bit different than what I'm used to creating, but at the same time, it looks like my work.  Funny how that turns happens! It was nice to use a photo that wasn't from the Vegas album.


This page is for the Sketch challenge. These photos are of us in Vegas playing Canasta. I used some notepad paper for the title and journaling and I have an old deck of cards that I pick from just for scrapbooking.  Nothing fancy about this layout, but the photos just make me smile.

Most of the supplies for both pages are Crate Paper or Pink Paislee.  Both manufacturer lines coordinate so well together

Thanks for looking!
Sylvie

March 24, 2017

So Adorkable

Hi there!

I'm up today with another layout I made during the Paper Issues Spring Crop.  The challenge for this layout was to use one of their free cut files.


Papers: Pink Paislee, Recollections; Embellishments: Crate Paper, American Crafts,
Pink Paislee, Thickers, Stickles, unknown gems, sequins

This cut file was fun to use.  Even if it did take me three tries to cut it.  My Silhouette just did NOT want to cooperate! And I kind of gilded the lily here by adding so many other embellishments to the wreath, but just love how it all came together.

Thanks for looking!
Sylvie

March 19, 2017

Hop On Hop Off Double Decker Adventure

Hi there!

One of the things I miss the most is being able to attend scrapbooking crops. There is nothing like being in a room with like-minded people, sharing ideas, supplies and laughs.  So, on this rainy and grey weekend, I decided to join in an online crop over at Paper Issues

They are having a huge crop with 24 different challenges!  Here is my first submission to the challenges: Pocket Full of Posies.


I used a bunch of different supplies, but namely Shimelle products.  The double decker bus sticker is from her very first collection and I had been saving it for the these photos all these years.  Feels good to finally use it!

I've got two other layouts on the go and hopefully will get a couple more completed.  I am hoping to get this album finished before we head out on a new vacation in a couple weeks!  Argh!  The pressure!

Thanks for looking!
Sylvie

March 10, 2017

My first painting

Hi there!

I recently attended a painting class with my friends at Black Star Studios in Invermere, BC.  So much fun!! We had some wine, we had some gossip and we made some pretty art!


We had two similar paintings to use as a sample. It was funny to see how different the five of us interpreted our paintings.

And fitting with my personality, when I got home, I knew it was missing some flowers.  So, I put my mixed media supplies and training and added more flowers and the splatters. I was up until midnight playing away with the paint!

I just love it!  I am already inspired to combine what I learned in this class with another sample they had at the gallery. And we already booked another class for the end of April.  This time we will do pottery.  Oh boy!  I'm not sure I can afford ANOTHER hobby!

Thanks for looking!

Sylvie

February 25, 2017

Happy Hour

Hi there!

Here's a quick and easy layout I did using a Paper Issues sketch.  I rotated the sketch and did the mirror image but basically, I stayed true to the sketch. ;)

Papers: American Crafts (Shimelle, Pink Paislee), Bazzill Basics Cardstock; Embellishments: American Crafts (Shimelle), My Minds Eye, Basic Grey, 2 Peas In a Bucket, Simple Stories; Unknown die cut


Nothing fancy here.  I wanted the title and the photos to be the focus especially the big Vegas beers! LOL!

Thanks for looking!
Sylvie

February 17, 2017

Looking Back On Our 25th Anniversary

Hi there!

I'm up today with an anniversary layout that also doubles as a Las Vegas vacation layout.



I knew when I saw this paper from the Shimelle Go Now Go collection that it would be perfect for this photo of my husband and I at the Bellagio, on the evening of our 25th Anniversary.  The whimsical images of a house, car and travel spoke to me about the life that we have built together and matches the whimsical photo.

The flower stickers and diecuts that are part of the Go Now Go were all used up in previous layouts, so I started hunting in my stash.  I found these My Little Yellow Bicycle diecut flowers and thought they matched perfectly.

The journaling is stamped with a set of alpha stamps from Close to My Heart.  It took a good hour to stamp, but I am really happy with the results. The glittery title was made with a Tim Holtz/Sizzix die. It was cut from silver glitter paper and fun foam to make my own glitter thickers.  It was a bit lost on the busy page, so I outlined the letters with a blue Zig marker to give them a bit of a boost.


The little people are made from a very old punch.  I only have the boy shape, so I made the little girl a skirt and glued it on top. To make them look like chipboard, I glued many layers of punches together.  The heart and sun are made the same way.
                                              
This page is busy, but I think it matches how our lives have been for the last 25 years.  We have a busy life. But, we wouldn't have it any other way.

Thanks for looking!
Sylvie

February 10, 2017

The Day I Became A Beer Drinker

Hi there!

One of the challenges of combining 12x12 pages and pocket pages in one album is when you have enough photos for a pocket page on one side of the page protector, but only a single photo for the other side. I decided to try scrapping a 12x12 layout in a pocket page.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!
Papers: Maggie Holmes, Pink Paislee; Embellishments: AC Digitals (Pink Paislee), My Minds Eye brads, unknown rhinestones; Close To My Heart alpha stamp, American Crafts date stamp

I started with a piece of Maggie Holmes Bloom background paper and cut it to fit the pockets.  Luckily, my page protector had a 4x4 opening in the centre, so I printed my photo to fit and embellished all the remaining pockets as if it was a regular 12x12 layout.

I ADORE these flowers from Pink Paislee. I love the colours and the whimsical shape of them. But, there were none left in my stash. I went searching on line for a digital version and was delighted to find them on the AC Digitals site.  I printed them onto white cardstock and fussy cut them. Doing embellishments this was is great because I was able to print as many as I wanted and in whatever size I wanted. 


The small pink letter stickers are done with a Close To My Heart Alpha set and the "a beer drinker" was cut with my Silhouette. I cut the title four times out of cardstock and glued them together.  Then I covered them with glossy accents to give them some shine.  Once it was dry, I used a Micron 03 pen to outline the letters.  It's pretty rough, but it gives it a funky look that matches the subject.  ;) I added glossy accents to the centre of all the flowers to give them a bit more interest, as well.


I just love how this turned out. It was so fun to do. In real life, you don`t even notice the pockets of the protector.  And the silly photo is certainly centre stage. I`ll be doing this technique again!

Thanks for looking!
Sylvie

February 4, 2017

Take Me Away

Hi there!

I'm back to working on my travel album of our trip to Las Vegas.

I had hoarded the pink map paper from the Crate Paper Shine collection for almost a year to use with these photos.  It was quite satisfying to finally get them out of my stash!


The nice part about using Crate Paper products is that it usually works with all the other collections and even some American Crafts lines. There are products here from a couple Crate Paper  and Shimelle collections. The filler cards are from the first Shimelle collection. I used a veerrry old shoe print stamp to stamp the footprints on the green card. I had quite a long story to tell, so using some washi tape I made a flip card and tucked the journaling side into the pocket and will leave the flap on the outside of the pocket.



I didn't have a photo of Terry Fator or the Fashion Mall, but Google did!! I love using Google images for filling in any missing photos of vacation albums.

Pretty happy that I hoarded that map paper!

Thanks for looking!
Sylvie

January 27, 2017

December Daily 2016


Hi there!

It's been a crazy few weeks, but I managed to squeeze in some scrapping here and there and I finished my December Daily for 2016.  I'm pretty happy with it. 

I uploaded most of the album to Flipagram and created a little video of it.  I can tell this is going to be an addicting new program!

Flipagram

Here are a few my favourite layouts in the album.






I really enjoyed using the Simple Stories Classic Christmas collection.  It made putting my pages together quite easy.

That makes 4 December Daily albums.  Yeah me!!

Thanks for looking!
Sylvie

January 6, 2017

Let it Snow

Hi there!

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a lovely holiday.  Ours at the Hoobanoff household was busy and kind of last minute.  For some reason, I just could not get organized for Christmas. So, I was quite behind in my December Daily album.  Crafting always seems to come last on the "to do" list. And then one day, just before Christmas, I watched a video from Shari Carrol from Simon Says Stamp, and that pushed me even further behind! 


The minute I saw this project, I knew I had to try to recreate it. I have amassed quite the collection of buttons, so it's a great way to use them up. I didn't have the same type of mixed media but I made due with metallic Gelatos and the colours of mist in my stash.


Shari used a circle stencil, but I chose to use a snowflake stencil that I received with my December Creative Scrapbooker Magazine. And I used cheese cloth on the bottom instead of the threads.  Because the clip is so large at the top, I thought a larger title would  balance the clip at the top and keep the tree as the focus. I cut the title with my Silhouette and sprayed it with Perfect Pearls to give it shimmer. There is a lot of shimmer all over the project, but it doesn't show very well in the photos.

Here is Shari's project.


I loved working on the project.  It was quite time consuming having to let all the mists and gesso dry.  But, I love it and was happy to make the changes I did for my own spin on it.  Thanks Shari, for the inspiration!

I have now turned my attention back to December Daily. I will hopefully have a post next week with my favourite pages and that I will be able to report that the album is complete.  Fingers crossed!

Thanks for looking!
Sylvie