KICKing it into summer gear

I have one more paper crafting class before my summer vacation really starts! Kids are wrapping up their schoolwork – just a little math every day until they get the last few lessons done. My boy turns seven in two days and we’re having a blowout party tomorrow night. With soccer (his on Tuesday & Thursday and mine on Friday) and gardening, we are feeling thankful for warmer days and gearing up into summer mode.Kick layout | Angela Fehr

I’m guest designing for Sketches: Creatively Yours this month and had fun creating a layout commemorating my son’s first year of soccer using Close to My Heart stamps and stickers from Simple Stories 24/7 line. I love layering stickers to create a unique look.

I also had a request via Twitter suggesting I teach an online watercolour course. I love the idea, and I’ve been toying with doing so for a while anyhow, so I’m thinking that could be a great summer project. I’ll keep you posted! My main issue is finding a quiet place to film so I don’t have background kid noise! 
Mom! Can I have a snack?
Mom! R— hit me!
Mom! Can we watch a movie?
Mom! Please let us in, there’s a BEAR outside! 

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!

PPC94: Growing Up layout with Indie Chick and Prima

Some of my favourite colours are included in the Scrapbooker’s Paradise PPC#94 colour challenge this week, and yet I had a hard time working with them. I’ve been making Christmas cards and projects for the past while and it felt strange to switch gears from green, red and gold and work with such soft, light colours.

I know a Christmas card done in these colours could be fun as well, in fact, I think I have one. (rummaging in files…)

Aha! So I could totally have taken it easy this week and just used this older card that I’ve never posted as my challenge project, but you get to enjoy a double feature, because I did make a layout as well.

We have just a tiny garden patch. It looks larger than it is, and so I’m always disappointed by our small harvest. But it’s good for us to be outdoors, learning to grow things, and we enjoyed our potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers (all six!) and strawberries this year. And my raspberries always produce well.

The kids were a lot of help this year and loved to be out watering and picking. Weeding, not so much.

I used pretty paper from My Mind’s Eye Indie Chick collections. The 6″x6″ pads go a long way for me and the colours are perfect for this challenge. And the stamps are so pretty – they are from Prima.

I love how with stamps you can create a huge variety of colour schemes, moods and designs. Definitely my favourite way to add interest to a project, and something I try to include in all of my classes.

Well, that’s it for me! Check out what the rest of the design team has done, join in the challenge and win some great prizes, and don’t forget to shop online or in-store at Scrapbooker’s Paradise. They have frequent sales and today it’s a Black Friday sale!

PPC90: Pirate Ship Cake & 6th Birthday

I’m posting with Scrapbooker’s Paradise today, and when I saw Nina’s prompt, I knew I was sunk.

I have hundreds, maybe thousands of stamps, but I have nothing nautical. We live in a landlocked region so it’s never been a priority. But pass on a challenge? I don’t think so!

Instead of channelling boats and seascapes, I went with the classic nautical colours of navy, white and red. I do love the classics! And I made this a quickie layout – scrapbook pages don’t have to take forever. I think I have a total of fifteen minutes invested in this page and it’s sweet, clean and effective.

My wonderful Silhouette SD has been down for a couple weeks. I accidentally cracked the little plastic blade holder and it wasn’t cutting right. Boy, was I glad to get it working today! I use it a lot and would love to buy a Cameo since I could really use a 12″ wide cutting area instead of the 8.5″ of the SD model. Anyhow, I tested out the repair (crazy glue to the rescue) and cut the title of my layout using a font called Doctor Soos Bold from dafont.com.

I love a white gel pen for adding faux stitching. My favourite is the Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. It glides smoothly and the ink is quite opaque.

Faux stitching is easy and adds a crisp touch!

I used papers from October Afternoon. I love their playful and clean retro style. I easily framed my photos with small, short strips of patterned paper. This is a great way to stretch a favourite paper since it uses so little but still packs an impact.

When my boy saw I was working on a layout about him, he was delighted (I believe his exact words were “Awesome!”) and insisted that I include that bicycle boy chipboard sticker into the layout. And it’s his layout, after all, so I did!

Sail on over to the Scrapbooker’s Paradise blog and check out Nina’s challenge, and then please consider linking up and participating! We’d love to have you!

 

PPC#88: Awesome Me & You layout

Today, I’m posting on the Scrapbooker’s Paradise blog. I share a few tips on how I achieve a balanced layout and tell you how you could win some great scrap supplies. Check it out here.

And I’m a little giddy – found out yesterday that four of five projects I submitted to a recent publication call were accepted! That’s just such a compliment.

7 Reasons to Try Digital Scrapbooking Right Now!

One thing digital scrapbooking has over traditional is that they look so much better online! I created several layouts using Close to My Heart’s Studio J program. I’m happy to promote the program now that they’ve done away with the membership costs and you pay only for the layouts you actually print or download. Studio J is easy to use but also very versatile. I want to be able to customize my projects to my heart’s content, and Studio J lets me do that as well. I love that the paper patterns that are available are never discontinued like they are in the catalogue, and I can use old paper lines that I knew and loved years ago, and can’t buy any more. While I’m a hands-on kind of person, I can see a lot of reasons why digital scrapbooking is a good idea.

  1. You can order multiples of your layouts to make matching albums for grandparents or children’s keepsakes.
  2. You can post digital images online to share with far away relatives.
  3. Your supplies take up no space, and with Studio J they don’t even take up computer space since the projects are done online.
  4. You save money – you aren’t buying supplies you’ll never use.
  5. With the layout designs integrated into the software, and coordinating paper and embellishments, you save time. With the express layout feature, you can actually create an entire coordinated album just by dropping in your photos!

I also scrap mostly with 4″ x 6″ photos but when I’m creating a digital layout, I can use the photos at any size I want without having to get them printed in that size – so much easier.
Why don’t you give Studio J a try this month? Through October they are having a promotion; buy 9 layouts and get the 10th for free. That’s twenty pages for your new scrapbook – you could get a year’s worth of photos done at that rate and be all caught up by November.

PPC83: FSJ Triathlon Layout

Today I’m “teaching” over at Scrapbooker’s Paradise. My challenge for the week is all about rules of composition, and why everyone should know and use the Rule of Thirds. Go check out the lesson, and then come back and see this layout in a new light!

 

I’ve been waiting to create this layout for a couple of months, documenting my first “real” triathlon, the super sprint I did in June. I needed two journalling cards to get all the details in, and I wanted to include my finisher’s medal and the number I wore in the race. Design-wise, I realized as I was writing the challenge post that my favourite spot to place my focal point is the bottom right “sweet spot” where the bottom third and the right hand vertical third intersect. The dot on the bottom right, if you need a visual.

Those little gold dots are examples of where to place your main project elements, and where the eye finds most pleasing to follow.

Journalling reads: After two years of running and swimming regularly, I felt ready to attempt a “real” triathlon and was so excited to start training 3 months before the race on June 3. That was the hardest training period of my life, but so rewarding. I lost weight, gained muscle and a defined waist and on race day I had a respectable finish in the top 60% of my age group/gender. My goal was just to finish, and my family was there to cheer me on in support.
Swim: 1 km in 21:39, Bike: 26 km in 1:12:05, Run: 6 km in 41:54
Total: 2:15:38

This week your challenge is to use the Rule of Thirds in your own project – check out the Scrapbooker’s Paradise blog for the design team’s examples, and I hope you’ll give it a shot! Have a great weekend!

Playing In Paradise: Sorbet Colour Challenge

My second daughter is quite a girl. She’s spunky and independent and very imaginative. She loves to draw and write stories and I fully expect her to end up choosing something artistic as a life path.

I just love the colour combination for this week’s Playing in Paradise challenge at Scrapbooker’s Paradise.

 I’d been dying to use a new sunflower stamp set, and so I inked it up and did a little colouring with my watercolour pencils.

Every one turned out slightly different! Copy this look with this poinsettia stamp from Stampendous and Faber-Castell Aquarelle pencils, both available at Scrapbooker’s Paradise.

I fussy cut each flower and curled the edges up for dimension. The look got a little fun & funky with the addition of button & sticker centres to each flower.

I’m loving little cute clusters on my layouts lately. I used strips of paper and one of my two! patterns of washi tape (I’m just starting to get into that trend; Scrapbooker’s Paradise has lots) to add further layers to my page. A white background looks so clean, but I like to frame my pictures with some colour.

You can see a little spatter here with glimmer mist, and a few rub-ons from an old Kaisercraft set. My priority was using the same beautiful warm colours that Merlie put into her challenge.

I have to tell you something about this girl – like I said, she’s independent, and imaginative, and these can combine to mean that when she dreams up something to worry about, she doesn’t always tell me. A month ago her brother accidentally hit her hand and bent her pinky finger back. You know how much that hurts! I jokingly asked if she needed to go to the hospital and have the doctor amputate. Just the other day I noticed that while her pain is gone, her finger is still swollen, and so I suggested we get the doctor to take a look. Well, she got all tense and insisted she DID NOT need a doctor. Then, after a while she explained that she didn’t want him to amputate! Oops. I guess she’s still learning her mum’s sense of humour.

A second oops came when we went to the doctor and she sent her for an x-ray. While we are still waiting on results, I could clearly see on the x-ray that there was a small break in the bone. I guess my little girl has a pretty high pain tolerance, and we’ll be finding out in a day or two how they treat a month-old broken pinky finger!

Thanks for checking out my layout today! Please drop by Scrapbooker’s Paradise and join this fun colour challenge. As always, great inspiration and even better prizes await you!