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!

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!


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!