Rock Star Card

It’s a masculine challenge today at Scrapbooker’s Paradise! Doesn’t creating a masculine project feel like a creative challenge? I always enjoy going a grungy and creating something a little more edgy than my usual feminine style. It’s fun!

The trick is starting with great products. I will always love the Awesome collection from Simple Stories as one of my favourite masculine paper lines, and I’m having a hard time not hoarding the paper and stickers from that collection. In addition to the stickers, I used alcohol inks to add splatters that dried quickly and didn’t slow down creation of this card. It’s literally a five minute card!

I hope you’ll play along with the challenge this week! Check out the Scrapbooker’s Paradise blog for the details and the rest of the design team’s masculine projects. And have a great weekend!

7 Christmas Cards using Simple Stories’ Handmade Holiday

I’m teaching a Christmas card class tonight. I usually do one every year; this year I’m doing four! I guess that means my business has grown!

This year’s first class uses the rustic Handmade Holiday line from Simple Stories. I found the 6×6 pads were perfect for cardmaking – which is what they are designed for – and for people who are new to paper crafting, the element cards make it so easy to create great cards.

This year’s instruction sheet is not a step-by-step for each of the dozen sample cards I’ve made. Rather, it’s five sketches with design guidelines to encourage user creativity.

One sketch can be the jumping off point for a host of designs. One basic sketch can yield a dozen different designs, with a ton of variation.

I think this is my favourite of the dozen. It’s so dramatic, and I love the rusticity.

But I’m also partial to this “holly jolly” card. So fun, and all about the stamping! Do you see how the word “jolly” forms a holly leaf?


And speaking of creative uses for the holly icon, how about this one? Doesn’t need to be shaped like holly to read as holly! The stamps I used for the leaves are actually gift boxes!

To me, this card is very traditional. Large ornament, patterned background. It still works.

And I had to play with a take on the very modern “collage cluster” style. I love this style and it will be fun to teach it tonight! 

And because I love to share my enthusiasm for card making, especially Christmas cards, I’m sharing the complete instructions that my class will be receiving tonight! Just right-click on the link below and “save link as” to download the PDF of my 2012 Christmas Card Class Designs. And enjoy! I’d love to see what you make if you download the design sheet – just link up your photos on my facebook page!

2012 Christmas Card Designs

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.

Playing in Paradise #62: Biker Boy Layout

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I’ve been so inspired this week in my scrapbooking – of course when I’m scrapping I feel like I should be painting, but I go where the drive takes me as much as I can. Not to mention getting to use the new products I ordered over the last few weeks!

After finishing my son’s Golden Book mini album, I had a few photos I still wanted to document for my main scrapbook, and a sheet of stickers from Simple Stories “Awesome” line to play with. I like Allison’s Playing in Paradise sketch challenges, because her sketches are so open-ended that I find they work well as cards or layouts, and there’s a lot of room for clean and simple interpretations or a more layered look, which is what I gravitate toward.

My boy loves motorbikes. I have a feeling his teen years will be nervous ones for his mom! One night at bedtime I was asking him if he would want to drive a car or a truck when he gets his driver’s licence and he said dreamily, “How about a motorbike?!” I love our bedtime conversations!

These sticker sheets are such a great way to unify a layout. Too often I scramble through my embellishments trying to mix and match and it takes time and sometimes just more genius and creativity than I have. For this layout almost all the embellishments are from the same sticker sheet; I  just found a few more star charms to include to add a little more dimension.

Titles are hard for me. I always leave them until last and then don’t have space for them. I’m trying to do better, because I love a good title. For this one I stamped the word “Biker” and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I inked the kraft cardstock with cranberry ink, and stamped flames around the edges. Kind of rustic and definitely masculine. I just have to say also that I love the base paper I used for this layout – it’s My Mind’s Eye, of course!

Let Allison’s sketch inspire you and play along with us this week! There’s always a great prize, and the deadline is Thursday noon. Visit the Scrapbooker’s Paradise blog to see the rest of the design team entries and to submit your project.

One, Two, Three, Four, Five!

This post is brought to you by the number 5!

Once upon a time my house was full of babies and now my days are filled with the sounds of elementary school; in other words, bickering. Well, not every day, maybe. I love that my kids are all close enough in age that they love to play together (did you see the video I made of the three of them hula hooping?), though definitely I am required to do a lot of refereeing. Anyhow, my boy turned five last summer and he’s growing up so fast! Learning to read, dreaming of being big like Dad, and frustrated when he’s left out of things his older sisters get to do.

I used the Happy Day line from Simple Stories to create this layout and it’s a fun line to work with for a birthday theme! I even made a little pinwheel to add some dimension to the layout.

Banners are so hot right now though I often have trouble knowing where to put them.

Simple Stories collection kits include stickers and I love making embellishments by layering stickers and paper with foam tape in between. Cute, right?

I have been working on a mini album for my boy, celebrating his life at age five, and I hope to share that soon. Have a great day!

Year.o.graphy kit Class: Scrap a Year in One Night!

Happy Leap Day, friends! I used to brag about being “nearly” a leap year baby since I was born on the 27th but seeing as it wasn’t actually a leap year in 1977, my mum eventually set me straight on that one! Though I was supposed to be named April instead of Angela until I arrived several weeks early and in February!

Crop Event Recap:
My “crop for a cause” took place last night and was such a fun time! I was joined by dear friends and some new friends and together we raised $375 to buy sewing machines for people in India. This program is run by Gospel for Asia and it’s really cool that one can “shop” their catalogue and improve the quality of life for some of the most downtrodden people in the world. The money we raised will buy 4 hand-powered sewing machines, or 3 electric and I think that’s awesome!

New Class!
I’ve launched right into organizing for my next session of papercraft classes and it’s one I’m really excited about. Last winter I bought a paper pack made by Simple Stories, and after opening it up, realized that Simple Stories designs their paper a little differently. I did some research, and found out that in addition to using their products for “traditional” scrapbooking, their papers are designed to work with divided page protectors to make putting together a scrapbook album as easy as tucking photos and coordinating pages in the pockets!

We’ll be using the Year.O.Graphy kit to create a full year’s worth of scrapbook pages in one night. It can be done! If you are overwhelmed and “behind” on your scrapbooking, or if you want to start scrapbooking but are afraid to because you don’t think you can make the time to do all your photos, the Simple Stories system just might be for you!

You bring 30-50 photos, and I supply the rest. This kit can be as simple or detailed as you want it to be, using the gorgeous paper and stickers to create vibrant, energetic pages that document a year in your life.

A Simple Stories album makes a wonderful keepsake gift for Mom or Grandma, or to commemorate a special time in your life.

Cost for the class is $30 and includes the full paper kit and page protectors. Albums are available for purchase separately. Class takes place March 13th, 7-9pm at my home studio, and if you can’t make it but want the kit, contact me and I’ll reserve one for you.

I have several other Simple Stories paper kits available for purchase as well, and new ones on their way that cover all kinds of special occasions, from weddings to birthdays to baby’s first year and more. It’s going to be a great class and I can’t tell you how fun it is to inspire scrapbookers in new ways and get a new scrapbooker started with her first album. I hope you can join us!