Sunday, 15 March 2015

Stuck?! Sketches: March 15th Sketch and Reveal

Mid-month already! And that means that another awesome sketch by the fabulous Laura Whitaker has just been revealed over at Stuck?! Sketches!! Wanna see what she's sketched for us this time? Here it is:

In love with this sketch doesn't really cover how I L-O-V-E this sketch!! It's absolutely AMAZING! Here's my take on it:

I've always loved this family photo a scrappy friend of mine, Sandie Dunn, took of us way back in 2010. Funny how I've had it for years and never thought of scrapping it with Echo Park's Note to Self collection. The colour palette is just so perfect and brings the attention straight to Louis-Olivier. Layered tons of bits and pieces of that collection onto an OLD piece of Basic Grey patterned paper from their Origins collection and added a bit of BG's What's Up red patterned paper. Also splashed some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze on there and scattered some gold Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-off stickers here and there. That title? A foiled thicker title from American Crafts. Stitched a bit using gold DMC floss and a Close to My Heart stitching guide, stapled a few Making Memories staples and glued a few strands of Hemptique crafter's cord directly onto my photo. I also tucked in a few pieces of good ol' corrugated cardboard I inked a bit with some Ranger Distress ink. And that die-cut heart in the background? It's a downloadable cut file I found on the Scrapbook & Cards Today website designed by the über-talented Nicole Nowosad - and it's totally free right here!

Wanna see what the rest of the Stuck?! Sketches design team created with this sketch? Hop on right over here! And if you play along, you'll get the chance to win some awesome prizes from Creative Embellishments and Linnie Blooms Mixed Media Products!!

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Challenge YOUrself: Challenge #16 - The Bucket List

Hello, everyone! Today is reveal day over at Challenge YOUrself, where we are all challenged monthly to get in front of the camera and scrap memories that include us in the photo. This month, it's all about the bucket list - a series of experiences and/or achievements one hopes to accomplish during a specific length of time. Here's what I came up with:

Used oodles and oodles and oodles more of Crate Paper's Storyteller collection on this one. Set on yet another MME kraft patterned paper b-side, I also added some Basic Grey brads and alphas, Making Memories staples, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, Queen & Co. washi tape, a few wood veneer dragonflies (American Crafts? Prima? Studio Calico? Not sure!), a few extra alphas from MME, a Jillibean Soup sticker and some stitching using my newest favourite tool - one of two Close to My Heart stitching templates - with some DMC floss. And those pinwheels? Made them myself by cutting different-sized squares, cutting lines towards the centre from each corner, and folding every other flap. Easy peasy! But really, this layout was HUGELY inspired by the January 2015 My Creative Sketches sketch:

Isn't it a great sketch? As soon as I saw it, my scrappy senses soared! Hee!Hee! I know this will become a go-to sketch for me. On that note, please feel free to hop on board with the rest of the Challenge YOUrself bucket lists and link up your own design to today's reveal over at Challenge YOUrself. There is a sweet, sweet prize up for grabs so... go, go, go!

Happy scrapping!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Stuck?! Sketches: March 1st Sketch and Reveal

Hello, hello! Another month is here! Can you believe it? And in my scrappy world, that means that it's another reveal day over at Stuck?! Sketches!! WOO!HOO! Here is the sketch by the wonderful Laura Whitaker the team played with this time around:

And here's my layout:

I must admit that at first, the sketch did intimidate me a tad, but once I started flipping it around, it came to me. Used tons of Basic Grey's Bow Ties collection on this one, stuck on a My Mind's Eye b-side piece of kraft patterned paper (L-O-V-E the natural fibers you can see it in!). Also used a Jillibean Soup word sticker, an American Crafts chipboard title piece, Making Memories black staples, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, a Martha Stewart border punch, a Close to My Heart metal hinge, pieces of Stampin' Up cardstock, and why, yes, some stitching using a Close to My Heart stitching template and some DMC floss. Oh! And my favourite part of this design - a Nicole Nowosad cut file made available for free over at Scrapbook & Cards Today, that I layered right over this awesome photo of my son, Louis-Olivier, taken by Philippe Dumas way back in 2011. The cut file just brings the focus right back to his sweet, little face.

Wanna see what the rest of the Stuck?! Sketches design team concocted with today's sketch? Hop on right over here. And if you are inspired to scrap a design of your own with it, please link your finished product over at Stuck?! Sketches - you'll get the chance to win some amazing prizes from Big Picture Classes and ScrapMuch? A Scrapbook Paradise.

Happy scrapping!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Stuck?! Sketches: February 15th Sketch and Reveal

Hello, everyone! Mid-month already, can you imagine?! But... that means that it's reveal day over at Stuck?! Sketches! WOO!HOO! Here is the amazing sketch the fabulous Laura Whitaker provided to her design team to work with:

This sketch was so great to work with! I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it and knew I wanted to scrap pics of my daughter, Éloïse, using it. So, without any further adieu, here's my design:

TA-DA! ;) Tons and tons and tons and yes, more tons of My Mind's Eye's My Girl on this one (patterned papers and stickers) and Basic Grey's Knee Highs collection (patterned papers, stickers, chipboard and alphas), a Bo Bunny piece of scribbler paper, a few splats of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, stitching using my Tim Holtz stitching template/ruler and some DMC floss, and a few Making Memories staples. SO love how this one turned out - a sweet memory of our Éloïse's very first birthday!

Wanna see what the other design team members created with this sketch? Head on right over here. You won't be disappointed, I promise! And if you link your own design over on today's reveal over at Stuck?! Sketches using today's sketch, you'll get a few chances to win some awesome prizes - a stack of the winner's choice from DCWV and/or two spools of the winner's choice from May Arts! YAHOO!

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Challenge YOUrself: Challenge #15 - Color Challenge with Affirmation

Hello, everyone! Today's the day for another reveal over at Challenge YOUrself, where we are all challenged to scrap photos of ourselves!! This month, CY blog owner, Lynn Lefebvre, challenged the design team with a bit of color. Here's the Fresh Hues color palette she chose:

Beautiful, eh? She also gave us an affirmation challenge - I am ____. So I started digging around for photos, found one of my son and me, and came up with this:

Yes, I am truly lucky. This photo was taken on Mother's Day 2011, and after having taken some more formal pics, this one is my fave because my son and I are doing something we both love to do - read together. And when I stamped the date on my layout, it made me realize that the photo is even more special as it was taken on the day my grandmother passed... 

What do you see on this layout scrappywise? Fancy Pants patterned papers for the background and paper hearts, with some Pebbles patterned papers as accent pieces along with some American Crafts banner alphas and a title sticker. I also added some Queen & Co. washi tape, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze splats, American Crafts brads, Making Memories staples, Basic Grey alphas, Studio Calico wood veneer hearts, stitching using a Close to My Heart stitching template with some DMC metallic floss, Stampin' Up cardstock, and a piece of unknown baker's twine I receive as a gift ages ago. Some pieces were also inked with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger. Oh! And I was also very much inspired by this JJ Sobey sketch - it's one of my all-time favourite sketches:

Want to see what the other Challenge YOUrself design team members came up with for this color challenge topped with an affirmation? Hop on right over here! And if you play along and link your own design based on these challenges onto today's reveal over at Challenge YOUrself, you'll get the chance to win an awesome prize. WOO!HOO!

Happy scrapping!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits: Guest Designer - February 1st sketch

Hello, everyone! Back again to show you another layout I recently designed using the January/February 2015 Boys Rule Scrapbook Kit. It's truly oh, so perfect for my layouts of my son, Louis-Olivier. This kit is sorta geared for winter layouts, but I've been scrapping a storm about our Summer vacation in 2011, so it works for everything! This time around, I used Laura Whitaker's Boys Rule February 1st sketch:

And here is what I designed:

Once again, I used tons of the kits on this one - We Are Memory Keepers and Bo Bunny patterned papers, Pink Paislee stars, Carta Bella arrow stickers, American Crafts and Authentique alphas, and baker's twine. The background is another piece of Creative Memories patterned paper (I know, eh?). I also added some splats of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze and a few American Crafts brads and cork stars. The journalling is written on a few strips of Stampin' Up cardstock. And those stitched circles? Yes, they are hand-stitched (I am THAT crazy!) using a Bazzill Basics stitching template and three colours of DMC floss.

My scrappy cave is calling... I think I'll go make another layout using this great kit! ;)

Happy scrapping!

Stuck?! Sketches: February 1st Sketch and Reveal

Hello, hello! Here today to show you my latest Stuck?! Sketches design revealed today on its blog. Look at this awesome sketch by Laura Whitaker:

And for this reveal, Laura threw in a great colour combo by Design Seeds to add another element of fun to the mix:

And here is what I designed:

A mish-mash of all kinds of things on this one - a Basic Grey patterned paper for the background piece, tons of My Mind's Eye Lime Twist patterned papers, alphas, and stickers, American Crafts alphas, Stampin' Up cardstock, Creative Embellishments circle chipboard (I L-O-V-E that set!), Making Memories staples, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, unknown bakers twine, and a few stitches using some DMC floss (Imagine! No stitching template!! Hee!Hee!)

Once again, the Stuck?! Sketches design team created some awesome layouts for you to see. Click here to see for yourself! ;) Oh! And if you design your own layout using today's sketch, please link it up over at the Stuck?! blog to be eligible to win some fabulous prizes by some awesome sponsors - 2 large pieces of chipboard from Scrapmatts and/or a $10.00 gift certificate to ScrapMuch?. So, what are you waiting for? Get your scrap on and GO!! ;)

Happy scrapping!