Sunday, 25 January 2015

Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits: Guest Designer!

Hello, everyone! I'm so happy to let you all know that I was recently asked to guest design for Boys Rule Scrapbook  Kits!! I was so totally stoked when the Boys Rule gals approached me to do this!! I've been a fan of theirs for quite some time now and have always loved the array of products that they put in their kits. Imagine when I received the awesome January/February 2015 kit in the mail and saw ALL this amazing scrappy yumminess:


Excited doesn't quite describe it, actually! It felt like Christmas morning all over again!! And for those of you who know me, you know how giddy I still get on Christmas Day or even my birthday. Hee!Hee! So, for my first Boys Rule layout, I decided to use Laura Whitaker's Boys Rule January 15th sketch as my starting point. Here it is:


And here is what I created:


Used tons of the Boys Rule kit on here - We R Memory Keepers and October Afternoon patterned papers, a Jillibean Soup Mini Placemat, a Carta Bella journalling sticker, a few Pink Paislee stars (that I inked with some Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Ink), some baker's twine, Authentique alphas, and that cork? I peeled it from some clothespins included in the kit. I also added some Creative Memories patterned paper, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, Studio Calico wood veneer stars, a piece of Creative Imaginations corrugated paper and some stitching using a Close to My Heart stitching template with some DMC floss.

Can't wait to scrap some more with this kit! There is SO much of it that I'll be able to do tons and tons of layouts with it for sure!! YAHOO!

Happy scrapping!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Stuck?! Sketches: January 15th Sketch and Reveal

Can you believe that it's already the halfway mark in the month of January? WOAH! We've been tackling some not so fun stomach flus and cough and colds since the beginning of the new year, and I am totally up to set that aside and get some scrapping done! And today's the perfect day as it's another Stuck?! Sketches reveal! Here's the awesome sketch created by the amazing Laura Whitaker:


I flipped it around a few times and designed this:


This is such a special layout for me as it's of a pic of one of my dearest cousins. Not quite six months apart, we pretty much grew up together. We've seen each other through all kinds of situations! I really wanted to find products that conveyed our relationship. And the Basic Grey Plumeria collection was absolutely perfect! A bit worn, a tad girly. Just like Lynn and me. I also added a Cosmo Cricket Tiny Phrase, a Close to My Heart hinge, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, old cardboard I particularly loved due to its smaller than usual ridges (which I inked with some Ranger Distress Ink), a bit of stitching using one of my Bazzill Basics stitching templates and some DMS floss, and the chipboard title (also inked) that I remember receiving in a kit of a Trisha Ladouceur class I took ages and ages and ages ago.

Want to see what the other Stuck?! Sketches gals came up with today? Hop on right over here. And if you link your own design based on today's sketch to today's Stuck?! Sketches reveal, you'll get the chance to win some fabulous prizes - a $25 gift certificate for Creative Embellishments and/or a newly released product package of Linnie Blooms Mixed Media Products. YAHOO!

Happy scrapping!


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Challenge YOUrself: Challenge #14 - One Little Word

Hi, everyone! Today is the day for a new challenge over at Challenge YOUrself, where we commit to scrap about ourselves. This month, it's all about that one little word. One Little Word was created by Ali Edwards and is defined as a word that you invite into your life and that you let speak to YOU. That's right, a word to focus on and reflect upon all throughout the year. There’s no right or wrong word. The main thing to remember is that it is YOUr word. And better yet, this month, we get to create a layout that celebrates that chosen word while including a photo of yourself in it! So, without further adieu, my chosen word for 2015 is TIME. And here is my layout:


I used a variety of stuff on this one - patterned papers by Glitz Designs, Crate Paper, Basic Grey, Bazzill Basics, and Fancy Pants, mesh by Magenta, alphas by American Crafts and My Mind's Eye, stitching using a Close to My Heart stitching template with DMC floss, banner stickers by Basic Grey, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, Making Memories staples, used cardboard a scrappy friend of mine gave me ages ago (she was quite floored that I was still hanging on to it!), and those black circles? The caps you take off from the Wink of Stella glitter brushes! I sewed them right onto the paper!! FUN!!!

Want to see what the other Challenge YOUrself design team members chose as their words? Hop on right over here! And if you play along and link your own OLW design onto today's reveal over at Challenge YOUrself, you'll get the chance to win an awesome prize. WOO!HOO!

With that in mind, may 2015 bring TONS of time to me, to you and everyone in between!!

Happy scrapping!

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Stuck?! Sketches: January 1st Sketch and Reveal

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! And for just about any scrapper out there, a new Stuck?! Sketches sketch by one of the best sketch designers out there, the oh! so talented Laura Whitaker, is just what the doctor ordered! Here's the new sketch:


And here's my design:


Tons and tons and tons of My Mind's Eye was used on this one from many collections - Lime Twist, Fly a Kite, Cut & Paste, and Stella & Rose. I also added a piece or two of Echo Park's A Boy's Life collection, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, Making Memories staples, Studio Calico wood veneers, a Jillibean Soup wire word, stitching using a Bazzill Basics stitching template and DMC floss, pieces of corrugated paper from a random box, and some very effective Avery circle reinforcements. Nothing like going in my everyday stationary stash and finding things that fit perfectly for a layout!

Want to see what the other Stuck?! Sketches girls created with this awesome sketch? Hop on right over here! This sketch was lots and lots and lots of fun to work with so, go, and head to your scrap space and scrap away! ;) When you're done creating, link your design to today's reveal over at Stuck?! Sketches and be entered to win some awesome prizes - 2 large pieces of chipboard from Scrapmatts and a $30.00 gift certificate to Big Picture Classes!! You have until January 29, 2015 to link up your designs to the Stuck?! Sketches blog.

Happy scrapping!

Friday, 12 December 2014

Stuck?! Sketches: December 15th Sketch and Reveal

Hello, again! Who's in for a surprise treat? We're not quite mid-month yet, but Stuck?! Sketches is revealing its December 15th sketch a bit early to coincide with a co-challenge done with Scrap Around the World. Here is another awesome, awesome, AWESOME Laura Whitaker original:


And the mood board proposed by SATW:


And ta-da! Here's my spin on both in one design:


Had a lot of fun making this one. Not only was I at a crop down home scrapping with my sister and some dear friends when I created it, but I got to mix and match a ton of products! For one that used to limit herself to one collection per layout, that's stepping out of one's comfort zone for SURE!! But what fun!! The background piece is a Basic Grey Plumeria patterned paper. The other patterned papers are from SEI's Winter Song and Carta Bella's Winter Fun collections. I also added some Stampin' Up lace ribbon, My Mind's Eye wood dots, SEI cardstock, Carta Bella alphas, Crate Paper rub-on, Making Memories staples, masking using some Tim Holtz and My Crafter's Workshop masks (Thanks, Stampy Pam!) along with some Ranger ink, stitching using my Tim Holtz ruler and some DMC floss and a few Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze splats. Those black flower embellishments? I'm thinking 7 Gypsies, but I'm not quite sure. Oh! And those metal embellishments? From my sister's metal embellishment case - heaven in a box! ;)

Would you like to see what the other Stuck?! Sketches girls designed for today's reveal? Hop on over here and be prepared to be inspired - BIGTIME!!

Now, for the best part of today's reveal - PRIZES! Stuck?! Sketches is offering two amazing prizes for this challenge:

1- Big Picture Classes is offering a $30.00 gift certificate to one lucky participant. In order to win this prize you must play along with both the sketch and the Scrap Around the World mood board. When linking up over at Stuck?! Sketches,  put SATW after your name so we know to include you in the draw.

2- My Scraps and More is giving away a $15.00 gift certificate, and anyone that plays along with the Stuck?! Sketches December 15 2014 sketch challenge is entered into the draw for this prize!

Now, GO! ;)

Happy scrapping!!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Challenge YOUrself: Challenge #13 - Traditions

Hello, everyone! I am SO excited to be part of the Challenge YOUrself design team!! Like so many of you out there, I am often the one behind the camera, taking pictures of my family's everyday lives. But with this scrappy blog, it's all about including myself in the photos so that I can tell MY story. LOVE IT!

So, for my first design team challenge with the Challenge YOUrself team, we were asked us to think of the traditions in our lives. And with Christmas right around the corner, I instantly thought of the Christmas ornaments my Papape made for me, my four siblings and our Maman, while he was recuperating from his first 'bout of cancer way back in 1988. Little did I know at the time that taking out those ornaments would be the one thing I most look forward to when we decorate the tree in our own home, year after year. It's like having a piece of not only my childhood with me (as I remember him making them!), but also like having him right there with me. And I find it especially endearing that I am writing this little blurp of my life as he sleeping just a few feet from me while he and my Maman are visiting us for a few days before the holidays... :)

Without any further adieu, here is my layout, dedicated to my dear Papape, AKA the drum maker:


Used lots and lots and lots of Basic Grey's Jovial on this one (patterned papers, buttons, chipboard elements, felt flowers, journalling pieces, and stitched tabs), along with a piece of patterned paper of its Aspen Frost collection. Also splattered my go-to Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, and used some American Crafts and October Afternoon alphas with some Making Memories staples, Stampin' Up washi tape and those beautiful stitched snowflakes using an old Bazzill Basics stitching template I've had for years with some DMC floss. Oh! And a HUGE shout out to my dear scrappy pal Pam who so graciously gave me that gold-foiled vellum. Can you say swoon? ;)

Would you like to see what the other Challenge YOUrself gals came up with this month? Head on right over here and see for yourselves how important and neat it is to scrapbook about YOU! Furthermore, if you link your own design using this month's theme (and including yourself in the scrapped photo, of course!) and link it to today's reveal over at Challenge YOUrself, you'll get a chance to win an awesome prize - a $15 e-gift card over at Peachy Cheap! WOO!HOO!

Happy scrapping!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Stuck?! Sketches: December 1st Sketch and Reveal

Hello, everyone! Another month has come and gone, and here we are in DECEMBER! Holy schnitzels! And you know what that means - a new sketch release over at Stuck?! Sketches!! Here is the wonderful sketch by the over-the-moon talented Laura Whitaker:


And here is what I came up with:


Fun pics of Louis-Olivier with some of his cousins during a great afternoon at my sister's pool during our Summer vacation in 2011. Used tons of Basic Grey's Oliver collection on this one (patterned papers, brads, chipboard elements and chipboard alphas), set on a Basic Grey Hopscotch background patterned paper. Also dashed some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze on there with some old Dollarama rubons I inherited from one of my sisters, some Making Memories staples, and some stitching using my Tim Holtz ruler and some good ol' DMC floss.

Wanna see what the other Stuck?! Sketches girls came up with? Head on right over here and be prepared to be amazed! Submit a design for this sketch on the Stuck?! Sketches blog and get a chance to win some cool prizes - a $15 gift certificate from Linnie Blooms and two large pieces of chipboard from Scrapmatts!! Woo!Hoo!

Don't forget, Stuck?! Sketches is hosting a Guest Designer call! If you are interested in applying for the call, please link up a layout with us and include GDT after your name. It is that simple! The team will be choosing the guest designer, possibly with some help from random.org if there is a tie. The winner will be contacted at the end of November and will be playing along with our January 1st sketch!!! (Blog owners will be given preference.) Watch for another GDT call during our December 15th challenge!
Happy scrapping!