Friday, January 20, 2017

Snow Day - Shimelle

WINTER is coming. Yep, I said it, and now it's full on here. We have been so lucky in our city as it hasn't really been cold. If you didn't know, I am from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.  We are known across the country for our cold winters. We are known as Winterpeg. HA!



As I type this, it is snowing big fluffy flakes outside, and really, it is about time.  As much as I don't like the snow, I really don't mind it either. It is just here so darn long!



Because it gets do darn cold, we don't actually venture outside enough to take photos most of the time. Winter photos are pretty rare here, which is pretty strange.



I managed to have one of my daughter on a "warmer" winter day last winter and decided to use it for a challenge on the Shimelle blog on "snowflakes"




I used the Frozen Windowpanes cut file from my digital cut file store - JustNick studio for this page. I like the modern rounded snowflake look and wanted to use that with some non traditional winter colors on my page.
 



You can see that I backed most of the cut file with various pink and blue toned papers, along with some vellum in spots too. I like leaving some empty spaces on cut files like this one, so that background pops through a little.




I added some tags and smaller diecuts along the top of my page, adding a title and some glittery asterisks from a Thicker set. They seemed to remind me of small snowflakes.





I really love how it all came together. Filling a background like this one is a little time consuming, but I love the result in the end.







I really must try to remember to get outside more this winter on the days that I am able ! Snow is quite pretty and I need to take advantage of that more!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Crop and Create spring 2017 class preview !



The winter season is always a busy scrapping time for me. This month, I have been finishing the details on my upcoming classes with Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine for the Crop and Create events  that are happening in Toronto, Moncton, Calgary and Abbotsford!

If you are thinking of attending one of these events, I would love to see you in class!

Here is a sneak of my upcoming class - Big, Bold and Beautiful, featuring the Amy Tangerine collection Oh Happy Day.


FYI, there is quite a bit of fussy cutting in this class and it makes the projects so pretty! Just love those pretty flowers so much in this collection.





I really feel that these 2 projects (a single and double page spread) are totally my style and super fun. I am excited to share how you can create these projects quickly and easily too!




Ah, my girl, so grown up now already - almost 8 in March! This single page is my fave!





I will have a sneak of my other class up next week, f you are interested in registering, you can find out all the information on the Scrapbook and Cards Today website - HERE


The Toronto event is sold out - but we would love to see you in Moncton, Calgary or Abbotsford too! We often have ladies travel far and wide to the events and it's always a treat to meet up with folks we have met online! Hope to see some of you there... if you are coming, I would love for you to let me know in the comments :)

I am off to Phoenix, AZ today for CHA 2017! I am excited to see all the new collections, meet up with old friends who just "get" what we do! An exciting trip for me! I should be sharing some video on the Scrapbook and Cards Today Facebook page as well as on their Instagram (@sctmagazine). Please stop by and say HI if you happen to check out the video!



Monday, January 16, 2017

Fancy Pants Designs sneak peek!



Hello! Just quickly stopping in to share a sneak of a project I have up on the Fancy Pants Designs blog today using the lovely Golden Days collection.


While this collection was made for fall, the coral color is perfect for a lovey themed project too





I used the Heart is Full background from my digital cut file store JustNick for the background.





http://justnick.myshopify.com/products/heart-is-full-background

Come back soon for the full reveal, or stop by the Fancy Pants Designs blog today!


Fancy Pants Designs - Joy Parade!



Hello hello! For the last 2 weeks we have been sharing projects on the Fancy Pants Designs blog using the fun new collection Joy Parade!





I created a bright and colorful page using this collection - I managed to use a lot of the bright, vibrant paper on my page.







I used some simple strips of patterned paper around the exterior of my page to draw the eye to the photos in the centre! A really great way to add a big impact of color and still draw the focus to the photos that you are using. Quite often the "stuff" we put on the page detracts from the photos! Not good, right?

This is a great way to easily mix up patterns too. Just use all that pretty color and pattern in smaller doses rather than large pieces mixed together.
 


I used a lot of the new puffy stickers and flair on this page. Love the cool vinyl like look of those puffy stickers. So shiny and pretty.


All in all, I love how this page came together. I find it really is about the idea to get the page going. Quite often for me that is a shape or size in my mind and then things just happen!

I love how this one came together and I hoe you do too!




I created a quick process video for this page, if you are interested - sit back and enjoy!












Friday, January 13, 2017

Jillibean Soup cards - Day 2 Day collection



Did you know that Jillibean Soup has come out with a new planner collection! Yup, it's true - it's called Day 2 Day! Now, if you are like me and not a planner person. ie. use a planner but don't "decorate it", then you try to find ways to use these items in other ways right?

Well, I created these 2 cards using some items from the Day 2 Day collection along with some other items by Jillibean Soup.


Check out those awesome clear stickers. Great for planners yes - but also great for card sentiments and to add to layouts too.

For this card, I used a lot of the Day 2 Day planner stickers as the "paper" for the card front, adding foam adhesive in behind each sticker to add a little dimension.





It's a really simple card, and NO STRESS! I like projects that happen that quickly! Stop by the blog today to see how our DT also used the Day 2 Day collection to make a whole lotta cards this month! 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

What we love about Lucas - Shimelle

Hello! Anyone out there? I took a bit of a break from blogging and only posted my projects on Instagram or Facebook, but wonder if that works for people? It's a tricky slope for me, wondering if people do read blogs anymore.. or are we saturating our social media "feeds" too much with scrappy stuff? I don't know.. what do you think?


At any rate, I have a project to share with you today as part of my catch up that I made for the as one of the contributing designers for the Shimelle blog. Our topic was all about embossing... and this is what I came up with!


I used one of the papers in the True Stories collection for most of this layout. Well, I ended up with more, but the intention was to use that one sheet - it's a multi color thicker striped paper  green/blue - and that  was it. In the end, I usually add more! HA!




As you can see, I trimmed that paper up into strips and then embossed the different colors with two different embossing folders - both polka dots to they work well together, but different sizes to make it a little more interesting. I added in some polka dot papers with other colors in there, to bring in a little of that red from my photo. I added some simple journaling strips to each of my embossed strips and then added some small embellishments throughout.






I added a really simple title along the top of my strips and LOVE those black thickers. Foam thickers are my favorite alpha by far. Chipboard is nice, but always falls off :(







That's it for me today! I hope you are a little inspired to add a little embossing to your next project !


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fancy Pants Joy Parade sneak!

I have a project up on the Fancy Pants Designs blog today using the bright and vibrant Joy Parade collection.




Here is a quick sneak peek for you since you were kind enough to stop by the blog today:












You can head over to the Fancy Pants Designs blog HERE to see the entire post. I will be back soon with the full project and process video for this page!




Have a great day!