PPC97: Love of Family layout

Hi friends! Today is the last day of school for my kids before we start Christmas vacation, and we’re all looking forward to a couple of weeks off school. I’ve got big plans to spend lots of time just hanging out. It’s been a busy fall/early winter.

Today I’m sharing a layout built from Allison’s sketch #97 for Scrapbooker’s Paradise. I love this photo of my son and his great-grandma. Grandma will be 93 next month and she’s always been a special part of my life, and now my children’s lives.

I handled this layout a little different, only using two pieces of patterned paper, and stamping with a distress stamp from Tim Holtz to create the large half-circle at the side of the layout.  Then I used several doily stamps from my large collection, heat embossing them on the page. The zigzag patterned paper is from Authentique.
I stamped the title on adhesive backed canvas and frayed the edges a little before adhering it to the page.

The rest of the design team has created projects inspired by Allison’s sketch as well. Head over to the blog and check it out and don’t forget to link up your own project for a chance to win!

Wonder & Delight layouts from Hobbysew Echuca

I was quite happy when I opened my Hobbysew Echuca design pack and was greeted with the lovely colours of Authentique.

Orange and blue are complementary colours, so they make each other “pop” but the shades used in this line are so soft that the effect is pretty rather than jarring.

The “tag” effect on this layout was inspired by a layout I saw in the Spring 2012 issue of Canadian Scrapbooker. It’s a great way to use a variety of paper without making your layout too busy.

I hand cut and layered the flower, then dotted the edges with Stickles glitter glue.

Authentique makes these little element cards that are really cute. For some reason, there always seems to be one or two elements on the card that missed being die cut and I have to cut it out with scissors. No biggie – I am a scissors expert, you know!

The colours from my photos of our trip through Utah were perfect for this paper line, and it felt really good to get a few more vacation photos scrapped. It’s been a year since we went on that road trip!

Visit the Hobbysew Echuca blog for more photos of my projects and to shop online!


Playing in Paradise Challenge #57

It’s Friday and there’s a new challenge up at Scrapbooker’s Paradise! This week it’s a sketch challenge and perfect for cards.


I used patterned paper from Authentique paired with some stamps from my stash to create a wintry blue birthday card. This card came together really quickly!

The prize this week is an assortment of goodies from Studio Calico – why not grab the sketch and whip up a card to enter? Or translate the sketch into a layout! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Have a great day!

Tree Tradition

Sometimes I wonder if the people who read my blog for the paintings are disappointed by how many paper craft projects I post. After all, it’s not real art, right? (And I wonder if everyone is disappointed when I post a “life” post but hey, I am a well-rounded girl – I write about a lot of things.)

The projects I worked on this week are all paper crafty items and I couldn’t be more excited by them than if they were real  art. To me, that makes my creative time spent worthwhile, and it couldn’t matter less whether I spent it painting or stamping. I’m also absolutely certain that the things I am learning about design and colour in scrapbooking, for example, will translate into stronger paintings in the long run. So it’s never time wasted and I can hold my head high whether I’m identifying myself as a painter or a crafter.

I found this layout on Pinterest and I absolutely loved it. And it’s a digital layout, but I had to make one in real life, if you will. And I had to change up the colours, though I love the original hues, so that I could scrap our family photo from just before Christmas.

Now it irks me that digital layouts always look better online because of the limitations of (my) photography. But I just love how my layout turned out. I used paper from Authentique and stamps from Unity Stamp Co. and then just scattered little details across the page.

I have a little crush on that baker’s twine tassel – I made it myself and it’s those little details that no one else may notice that make me smile. I’ve noticed that when a layout has a strong design, it can look “finished” almost right away, before any embellishments are added, and the right details are just icing on the cake – they take a layout from good to great!

Today I cleaned out some of my submission folders – stuff I’d submitted to different publications that didn’t get accepted – and so I have lots of stuff to post over the next little while. I’ve learned to keep submitting and learn from my own “misses.” Sometimes stuff isn’t chosen because of weaknesses, and I’m learning to see them, and other times  the project just may not suit the call, and is still great stuff. I’m not discouraged – creating is its own reward.

Ups and Downs

It’s been kind of a cool week for me scrap-wise. I won a little Unity Stamp Co. competition with these:

So now I’m waiting for my ten free Itty Bitty stamps to come in the mail. It says they’re itty bitty, but they’re really kind of a big deal.

And today my name was posted on the Spellbinders blog as they narrow down the entries for their design team search. I can’t believe I made it past round #1! How awesome is that? While I am dreaming of being chosen for many design teams, Spellbinders is pretty much the top of the list, and I would LOVE to win a spot on the team, beside some of my paper craft idols. (Kimberly Crawford and Lesley Langdon, you know who you are.) Unfortunately, I had to email Spellbinders today and decline to continue the competition. I found out recently that I have a prior commitment that prevents me from fulfilling the travel portion of the design team spot. Next year I will try again and totally knock their socks off. But I am also so disappointed that I can’t continue on – I was so sure that this was MY year.

With that in mind I’m sharing a little “feel better” card – who says it’s just for illness? When we have a disappointment, it can take a little time for the sting to fade. I love the cheery combination of yellow and the fussy cut flower on this trendy card made using papers from Authentique.


“What we have here is a failure to communicate.” 

Did you know where that quote came from? Wade and I both laughed so hard when we heard the line while watching Cool Hand Luke last night. It’s so weird to hear a famous line in its original context. I remember that feeling from A Few Good Men and I really want to watch some old Clint Eastwood movies – didn’t he coin some great lines? “Go ahead, make my day.” What’s your favourite movie line?

My printer is not working which is a problem. I’m trying to get some projects done for a craft sale tomorrow and I really need to print some templates. I’m hoping it’s not a cord gone kaput, cause I’m sure I don’t have extras.

I love the fact that scrapbooking never goes offline. I had such fun making this cute layout of my daughter’s seventh birthday.

The paper is from Authentique, and I cut it in chevrons just for fun.

I also really like the effect of using multiple journalling blocks – more fun layers!

One great way to unify a layout is to overlap and underlap elements. It just ties everything together just a little bit more!