Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Stuck?! Sketches: I'm in!

Hi, everyone! Just a quick peep today to let you all know that I was recently welcomed in the Stuck?! Sketches design team!! Stuck?! is a twice-monthly sketch challenge site that brings you tons of inspiration and offers awesome prizes from its generous sponsors. I am so, so, SO excited about this new adventure. Using sketches by the fabulous Laura Whitaker, you'll be able to see some of my latest designs on the 1st and 15th of each month. Can't wait to start on May 1st!! Here's a sneak peek of what's coming your way soon!


Huge thanks to Laura for having me. And to the entire design team, thank you so much for being so welcoming. Hope to make you proud! Here's to you, Stuck?! fans!!

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Let's Capture Our Memories: Sketch #67 (and another set of extras!)

Good Saturday to you, my scrappy peeps! So happy you dropped by! I've been kinda incognito from my blog lately, but that's because I've been busy blogging away over at Let's Capture Our Memories. I've been coordinating the LCOM design team since January and honestly, it's a blast. A new term is coming up, and that means lots of scrappy newness on the horizon. FUN!

But back to today. It's all about sketches. Laura Whitaker sketches to be exact. I just love her way of putting her ideas on paper. And what's even better, is that she shares those ideas with us so that we can design our own projects using them! She even has her own sketch site right here. This week, I used Laura's card sketch up on the LCOM blog to make a Mother's Day card. Here they are - the sketch, followed by my design:



Using a Stampin' Up cardstock piece for the base of the card, I then turned to Echo Park's For the Record 2 "Tailored" collection. Yes, those flowers are fussy-cut from a piece of patterned paper! I finished the design with a few Kaisercraft pearls, stitching using a Bazzill Basics stitching template and DMC floss, and a Stampin' Up sentiment stamp using StazOn ink. Voilà! A Mother's Day card all ready to go!!

While I'm here, I figure I best show you what I've been up to lately - and to be fair/honest, it's for my own recording purposes. ;) Here are a few designs that I've done since the last time I saw you (for more information on each layout, click on the link below each photo):

February 22, 2014 - Boys Rule Scrapbooking Kits: Jan 15/14 Extreme Sketch Challenge

February 24, 2014 - Inspiration Station: Embracing the "white space"

February 28, 2014 - Boys Rule Scrapbooking Kits: Feb 15/14 Extreme Challenge-Sketch Style 

March 17, 2014 - Inspiration Station: Being the inspiration

March 22, 2014 - "Sketch This Out!": Sketch #64

March 27, 2014 - Product Shuffle: Pocket Page Protectors

March 27, 2014 - Product Shuffle: Pocket Page Protectors

March 29, 2014 - Sketch #65 (card)

April 5, 2014 - "Sketch This Out!": Sketch #66

April 7, 2014 - Inspiration Station: Inspirational Quotes

And there you have it! Phew! With a six-month old and a kindergardener, I've been scrapping a lot, haven't I? Hee!Hee! I promise, though, you will see me here a bit more on a regular basis come May... Why? You'll just have to wait and see of course! Hee!Hee! I love scrappy surprises!

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Let's Capture Our Memories: Sketch #63 (and a few extras!)

Hi, everyone! I know! It's been awhile, but I was away on vacation with the kids while our oldest had his March Break. But I'm back, ready to blog away about my latest scrappy adventures. This week, I played a bit with Let's Capture Our Memories' sketches by Kimberly Figures that were revealed today. First off, the layout sketch:


And my creation:


Now, I know, my design totally went on an adventure of its own on this one. But do you see those three pieces of patterned papers behind the photo? They started off in that diamond-shaped pattern on the sketch - honest and promise! Used tons of Basic Grey's Mint Julep collection on this which you can see right here. Also added a piece of Ruby Rock-It patterned paper, as well as some Pink Paislee, My Little Yellow Bicycle, Tattered Angels, Heidi Swapp and DMC floss with, you guessed it, one of my many Bazzill Basics stitching templates. And yes, the photo (of my eldest nice) was taken by Philippe Dumas.

And now for the card sketch:


And my take on the sketch:


I made this card while visiting my parents with the kids over March Break. All of the card was done with Basic Grey's Hipster collection (which you can find right here) and a few dashes of American Crafts and DMC floss using my Crafter's Workshop stitching template. The piece of cardstock I used is actually from my sister's scrappy stash and she had no idea who was the manufacturer - she's had it that long... :) I was supposed to give this card  to a dear friend this week as a belated birthday card, but she hasn't it seen it yet... hee!hee! If you're reading this, you know who you are... ;)

I also prepared a few blog features for LCOM before I left for vacation that showcased a few of my layouts. Here they are:




For more info on these layouts, please hop on over to the LCOM blog here and here.

So, do you want to see what the awesome LCOM design team created with today's sketches? Head over over to today's reveal and see how they adapted the sketches for their designs. Once again, if you play along with LCOM, you'll get a chance to win an awesome prize. Go! Go! Go!

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Let's Capture Our Memories: Sketch #61

Good Saturday to you all! I hope this post finds you all in good cheer and enjoying your weekend. Let's Capture Our Memories revealed some awesome designs this morning and I thought I would show what I created using Laura Whitaker's amazing sketches.



Don't you just love these sketches? I have been a fan of Laura's for some time now - her sketches are so versatile and user-friendly! Anyone can scrap with them, really. Here is what I came up with:


Used tons of Basic Grey's Mint Julep collection on this one - patterned papers, alphas, stickers, mixed brads, woven labels, and canvas stickers. I have been wanting to scrap this picture for the longest time - the colour palette and the patterns were just perfect to highlight this sweet photo of our Éloïse at seven days old. I also sprinkled some American Crafts alphas, Stampin's Up cardstock, and Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze as well as used my Stampin' Up scallop punch and my Crafter's Workshop stitching template with some DMC floss.


Another Basic Grey project! Yes, I know! I am a Basic Grey fanatic, but isn't the Bowties collection perfect for boy birthday cards like this one? Also stenciled some Stampin' Up ink using the Splatters stencil by Tim Holtz and added some Stampin' Up buttons I have had in my stash since the very beginning of my scrappy years. Attached them with some DMC floss. Oh! And I also used my very handy Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz for those staples you see on the top right corner of the card.

Want to see what the LCOM girls designed using these sketches? Hop on over to today's reveal and see just how versatile these sketches are! Of course, if you play along, you'll get a chance to win a fabulous prize!! Oh! And you'll find a special guest designer - Laura herself! So cool to see how a sketch designer uses her own sketches. If you'd also like to see more of Laura's sketch portfolio, hop on over to her very own sketch blog here. From there, you'll be able to visit other blogs she designs for. Amazing stuff!!

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Let's Capture Our Memories: "Sketch This Out!" Sketch #60

Good Saturday to all! Yes, that means another reveal day over at Let's Capture Our Memories!! Woo!Hoo! This week, Jocelyne, Ashley and I got to work with a sketch by Kimberly Figures and pieces of BoBunny's Zip-A-Dee-Doodle collection.



At first, I was truly a bit at a loss for words with this one. The patterned paper patterns were so big for the sketch!! Think outside the box, Aurélie, think outside the box - that's what I told myself in order to see the challenge before me in a brand new light. And boom! It hit me - take out your scissors and start fussy-cutting! Here is what all that cutting turned into:


Once I got over my initial, silly first impression, I had a blast putting this layout together. Actually, I L-O-V-E how it turned out!! It's probably just that - I had to rethink not only the sketch but the products to make it work for me. Youpi!

Other than the BoBunny Zip-A-Dee-Doodle pieces, I also used some Core'dinations cardstock, American Crafts and October Afternoon alphas, Maya Road and Studio Calico embellishments, a Tim Holtz stencil with some Stampin' Up ink, as well as some DMC floss and Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze. And of course, you'll be able to find most of these products over in the LCOM store right here.

Please hop over to today's reveal over at LCOM and see what Jocelyne and Ashley came up with. And go for it for yourself! Create something using this sketch and link a photo of it to today's LCOM reveal. We'll get to see your awesome design and you'll get the chance to win a great prize! It's a win-win type of a thing!! ;)

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Let's Capture Our Memories: Sketch #59

Hello, again, everyone! WOW! It's been a busy week!! Between school closures, vaccinations, and Éloïse's four-month checkup, it's a miracle that I got the chance to sit down and scrap. But, scrap I did on Thursday! I thought I would prepare a little somethin' somethin' with this week's sketches over at Let's Capture Our Memories (one of the perks of coordinating the blog is that I get to see the sketches ahead of time! YAY for me!). This week, the design team got to play with some Becky Fleck/PageMaps sketches. Here they are:



I just love that patchwork behind the spot in the layout sketch! I couldn't wait to sit down and have a stab at it!! Here is what I came up with:



This is a photo of my niece, Lilianne, taken last Summer in Cape Breton while we were home for a long weekend. We don't spend nearly as much time as we would like to over there and I try to take as many photographs I can to hold me through our next visit. It's actually become kind of a tradition with Lilianne to take some photos before we leave. I've been doing this since 2008 and love to see how she's grown up throughout the years. She is so amazing! A wonderful niece and cousin!! I love her to bits!!!

On this layout, I mostly used pieces from Basic Grey's Knee Highs and Bow Ties collections. The patterned papers of these collections are so happy-looking. It's like they celebrate all the great things about being a kid. I also dashed some Maya Road, Prima, Tattered Angels, and DMC floss using my Crafter's Workshop stitching template. And of course, we have a Heidi Swapp cuttable file I did on there, using my Silhouette Cameo and some Stampin' Up cardstock.

And that card sketch? SO user-friendly and totally versatile for any occasion! Here is my take on it:


Louis-Olivier has been invited to a few birthday parties lately, and I just love using the Close to My Heart Superhero collection to make birthday cards for boys. It's just so perfect! Here you see pieces of that collection with some Stampin' Up cardstock, stamp, and die-cut, Studio Calico wood veneer stars, an ACCO paperclip along with some DMC floss using my Bazzill Basics stitching template.

And there you have it! Another set of creations using LCOM's awesome sketches as inspiration!! If you want to see what the design team did with them, hop on over to today's reveal and see how great their designs are. If you feel your scrappy mojo a comin' with these sketches, by all means, create something and link it/them to today's post over at LCOM. You'll be entered to win a beautiful assortment of Bo Bunny embellisments from its Love Letters collection.

Happy scrapping!

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Let's Capture Our Memories: Product Shuffle - Wood Veneers

Hello to all! Another quick post to let you know of my recent reveal over at Let's Capture Our Memories' Product Shuffle blog feature. It's all about using scrappy supplies differently. This week, it's all about refurbishing the ever-so-popular wood veneer. Yes, I'm guilty! I never alter wood veneer shapes. They look awesome au naturel. However, when the time is right, they can look even better if you give them a boost in colour. So, without further adieu, here is the layout I designed using a Susan Stringfellow sketch created for Sketch Savvy:


See them? My wood veneers? Yes, that's right! I coloured those wood veneer arrows with a good ol' fashioned Sharpie marker! It was so much fun that I coloured the chipboard alphas, too! For more info on this layout and other ways of altering your wood veneer stash, hop on over to today's feature over at LCOM right here.

Oh! And Susan from Sketch Savvy just featured this layout on her blog! How fun!! This is what it's all about!!

Happy scrapping!