Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hip Kit Club - Hello - Process Video

Hey everyone! Nicole back on the blog today sharing one last page with the February Hip Kits! I used mainly the Main Kit on this page and challenged myself a little bit with this one. Hello cl1 Truth is, I am a patterned paper person. I can't even imagine a page without some patterned paper on it. Well, except now, I can.  I only used one piece of patterned paper on this page and that was just for the base of the layout. For me - that is unusual as I am not a mixed media person with the ability to jazz up a simple sheet of paper into an artistic creation! Hello cl4 Instead, I used ephemera as my jumping point. Sometimes you just need to let the kit do the work for you - in this case, it was the Crate Paper Chasing Dreams Ephemera Pack that did the work for me. The great thing about using an ephemera pack like this - it all just goes. The guess work is totally removed from the whole layout planning process and you can just play! Hello cl3 To see how my page came together, I created this process video for you! Sit back and enjoy!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fancy Pants Designs - Ps I love you

Good morning! I am excited to share a lovey dovey project with you that I completed for the Fancy Pants blog last week using the Golden Days collection.

The Golden Days collection is full of rich gold and navy, but also has some great touches of coral and to me - that is close enough to PINK!

I diecut a background and went ahead to fill it with several papers from the Golden Days collection. Filling each heart with little scraps of pieces of paper here and there.

I could resist adding a clear tag to my photo as well as behind it for a fun and easy layer.

Lots of pattern in a confined way. Lots of fun for me. Some people think it's "nit-picky" work, but I love it.. and to me, it's all worth it in the end.

In case you are interested, I used the Heart is Full Background from JustNick for the background of the page.

That's it for me today! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Jillibean Soup - Wood Plank project

Good morning! I have a SUPER easy wood plank project to share with you, using a 12x16 wood plank from the Mix the Media collection by Jillibean Soup.

My house doesn't have a lot of room on its' walls for home d├ęcor, but at certain times of the year, I always find room to add a little something on top of a cabinet in our front entrance. I made this really easy DIY piece with just a few supplies.

I used the 12x16 wood plank (in raw pine) by Jillibean Soup. It is perfect for adding your own color too, just do a light sanding and add some acrylic paint! I used the Witty White  Happy Hues paint by Jillibean Soup and let it dry.

While it was drying, I cut the images for the wood out of black adhesive vinyl. The designs are both from the Silhouette online store.

Once it was dry, I lightly sanded the edges of the wood before applying my vinyl cut design. I should have distressed it a bit more, but it still looks pretty decent in the end.

As you can see, I simply added on my vinyl to the dry wood surface once it was completely dry. There are some tricks to getting it on (check out YouTube for tips), but once you get the hand of it, it's pretty easy!

I added in some bling to the center of the snowflakes for a little sparkle and I was all done! I figure this is something that can stay around our house beyond the holidays since we have "winter" for almost 4-6 months of the year! HA!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Jillibean Soup - Let It Snow layout

Hello! This month on the Jillibean Soup blog, the DT was challenged to use the new Day 2 Day planner items on non-planner projects!

I started my page by grabbing some of the great Day 2 Day planner stickers. I used those as a grid for the bottom of my page, and as you can see, I added in some stamped rectangle in the same size for the remaining spots. Those were stamped using the Day to Day planner stamps!

I filled in the top of my page with some Mini Placemats (diecut shapes) from the Sew Happy Sunshine Soup collection - I thought they kind of looked like snowflakes. I added in some star sequins and some cute little puffy stickers from the Day 2 Day planner collection too.

A die cut title completed the whole page quickly and easily! (from the Silhouette store)

Stop by the Jillibean Soup blog today to see how some of the rest of the team took on this months' designer challenge!

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!