Monday, September 1, 2014

my fives faves -- layouts from this summer

I had a great summer this year filled with trips and fun times with friends and family. We were busy -- in a good way -- which makes for a memorable summer. Of course, this means that I have lots to scrapbook in the next few months. It also means that I had less time to scrapbook.

I managed to finish 13 layouts, which I'm really happy about. Here are my five favourites, in no particular order.

1. Friends
I really admire how my friend Kiki Halbert distresses and layers papers on her layouts. She inspired me to do this layout of my son and his friend Gina.
Paper: My Family (Fancy Pants); Cardstock: Bo Bunny; Letters: American Crafts; Ink: Black Soot (Tim Holtz); Twine: Close to My Heart; Sprays: Black Marble Ink Spray (Dylusions), Black Magic Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels) & Bronzer Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); Medium: Liquid Glass (Close to My Heart)
2. Family Love
My daughter wore grey and black for her first communion. I found that The Story of Us collection from Simple Stories -- a wedding collection -- was perfect for the occasion. It had some black, grey, gold and lots of hearts.
Paper, title and sticker: The Story of Us (Simple Stories); Cardstock: Close to My Heart and Bo Bunny; Inspiration: Scrapbook Generation
3. At the Park
My friend Sylvie and I took our kids to the park during a long weekend. Her scrapbooking style is both simple & clean and playful. She knows how to combine patterns and colours like nobody else. Plus, she uses a lot of white space. In white no less! The Sweet Day collection form Echo Park gave me the opportunity to micmic her style a little. :-)
Paper: Sweet Day (Echo Park); Cardstock: American Crafts; Letters: Prima; Flower: Dear Lizzy Remarks (American Crafts); Enamel Dots: homemade; Inspiration: PageMaps
4. Friends in Art
The Beach Babe collection from Fancy Pants is one my all-time favourite collections. I love the combination of blues, pinks and oranges and got to use great embellishments here.
Paper and sticker: Beach Babe (Fancy Pants); Letters: Basic Grey; Ink: Ripe Persimmon (Tim Holtz); Spray: Squeezed Orange Ink Spray (Dylusions); Diamond Stickles; Buttons and dew drops: my stash; Inspiration: unknown
5. Apples!
My kids wanted to include this layout here because they loved the photos. I like the non-traditional blue for a fall layout -- it makes the orange pop, doesn't it?
Paper, title and stickers: Thankful (Bella Blvd.); Ink: Spiced Marmalade (Tim Holtz); Buttons and flowers: from my friends' stash; Inspiration: PageMaps
I have hundreds of layouts waiting to be scrapbooked. And, since some are predicted the Ottawa area will be hit with a long cold winter (again!), I know what will keep me busy.

Happy crafting! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

my five faves - new summer releases

1. Radiant (Authentique Paper)

The colour magenta seems to be popping up in scrapbooking papers this summer. I feel in love with the colour in the Radiant collection by Authentique, which is mixed with teal, orange and yellow. Delicious!
Photo credit: Authentique Paper
2. Coffee Break (Prima)

A lot of Prima's papers lend themselves well to the shabby chic style of scrapbooking -- which isn't usually my style. I did fall madly in love with Prima's newest collection Coffee Break. The collection includes beautiful papers, cork stickers, wood icons and these wonderful stick pins.
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Photo credit: Prima Marketing
3. Joyous (My Mind's Eye) 

There are a ton of wonderful Christmas releases that just came out. To be honest, I can't add them to my substantial stash of Christmas papers and embellishments. But a few of them have caught my eye, especially Joyous by My Mind's Eye. I love the blue in this collection. The collection includes washi tape which is a real plus.

Photo credit: My Mind's Eye
4. Finnabair's Art Ingredients (Prima)

I lost my mind a little when I saw these absolutely amazing new products, "art ingredients", from Prima designed by Finnabair (aka Anna Dabrowska). There's glitter, glass beads, mica flakes and something called "art sugar" which sounds wonderful and delicious. The colours are a little dark, but there is enough white (aka pearl or crystal), purple (plum or mulberry), gold and even some light pink to make me want to order almost everything.
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Photo credit: Prima Marketing
5. Pearlescents Pens (Bo Bunny)

Prima, Ranger and even Bo Bunny have released their own lines of mixed media. I'm not sure how I feel about this trend as I already have enough gel medium, texture paste, paints and sprays to last me a lifetime. I will give Bo Bunny kudos for coming out with their own pearl pens in 9 great colours.
Photo credit: Bo Bunny
I would love to know what's on your wish list right now.

Have a crafty week!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

summer challenge -- weeks 8 & 9

I am so close to finishing the summer challenge. You may remember that my friend Diane aka The Crazy Good Diva aka The Last Diva Standing issued a challenge to make a certain number of scrapbooking pages this summer. My goal was to complete 50 pages. And with this one, I'm at 49!!

I used to do one-page layouts all the time. With more photos, I've switched to doing more two-page layouts, but every once in a while I go back to one-pages where I can showcase one picture. I hope you like it.
cardstock: from my stash
paper: Creative Memories and Sakora (Creative Imaginations)
buttons: from my stash
distress ink: Vintage Photo (Tim Holtz)
inspiration: Main Frame-Quilt Blocks (Reflections-Close to My Heart)

This week, I really want to finish two layouts of my son during our apple picking outing last fall. Wish me luck!