Wednesday, 22 March 2017

PI | Product Spotlight | Sleepy Heads

Hello and Welcome!
Today at Paper Issues, the product spotlight is on any new MME collection. They're all perfect but I just happen to love and buy the Meow collection. It's cat themed, I don't have a cat but I loved the B sides to the papers. They could work anywhere.
If you'd like to see what the other ladies have created in this spotlight, you'll find the link below 😊
http://paperissues.blogspot.ca/2017/03/product-spotlight-my-minds-eye.htm




I started with some mixed media on my background and did the "packaging" technique. It's simple and fast and I use it often. I used some Dylusions Ink Sprays to create the perfect shade of green. I chose that multicolour polka dot paper to start.
Next, I matted my photo with various papers from the 6x6 paper pad. I only chose a few and decided not to go nuts, like I usually do with my matting. 😛 

To soften things, I added a white doily from my stash.


To embellish, I used pieces from the ephemera die cut package, the stickers, and the chipboard 12x12 sheet. It all came together pretty easily. The colours of this collection make it simple to use.

For my title, I used two different types of alphabet letters. The glittery pink ones are Thickers in the font Doll and the simple pink ones are from Jillibean Soup in Pickled Pink. Their pink tone matched perfectly.

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Monday, 20 March 2017

CVS | Hello Beautiful

Good Morning Lovelies!
So excited and happy to share with you a wonderful layout of my mamma I created using the stunning Wild at Heart collection. It's still my fave collection of all time and I plan on using it until it's not in production anymore! 😛 It's truly a gorgeously, stunning assortment that's not only beautiful to look at but very versatile in use.
Like I mentioned above, this photo is of my dear mamma and was taken earlier this year at my sister's bridal shower. After I took it, and looked at it in my camera roll, I knew it was one of those photos that needed to be documented and not just sit on my computer. So here's how I got started...


I began with the gorgeous Double Dot paper. It's a beautiful light aqua blue sheet with random white dots on it. The back is just as fun, a white background covered in fun, colourful dots. It's so festive and celebratory in style. I knew I wanted to use some spray mists to add some "mixed media" to my background. I used a darker, denim blue and a more turquoise-y colour and used the packaging technique. I let that air dry for a few minutes and worked on the rest of my layout.
I matted my photo with a few of the other papers in the collection including Fussy Cuts and Bohemian and then added some dimension to my photo with some foam sheet that I cut down. I just adore the lift it gives any layout.


I decided the embellishing was my next step. I sorted through the die cut ephemera and chose a few that would co-ordinate with my photo and background. I placed them around my photo, creating two clusters, one on the top left and the other on the bottom left of the photo. I also embellished with the Rubber Charms, Flair Buttons, and the Enamel Dots in the darkest sparkly blue. The Accessory Stickers were the last thing I added to complete my embellishing. They just add that perfect little something!


For my title, I knew exactly what it would be after looking at the Chipboard Stickers. It was the amazing "Hello Beautiful" words from the set. They screamed at me and were the perfect colour and size for my layout! Without hesitation, I added them and then continued to embellish the title with a few floral die cuts, an xoxo and a coral rubber charm. This created my third and final cluster and a visual triangle.
I also knew that the butterflies in this collection would compliment my layout and draw the eye to strategic areas wherever they were placed. So I sprinkled with love <3
Lastly, and to finish my layout, I used some gold spray mist and added some splatters in the places where I had already placed my clusters.


Thank you so much for stopping by today and reading. I hope you enjoyed my layout today and will be back again soon! 💜

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

CVS | Happy Heart

Hello Friends! I'm so glad you're here!
Today, I'd like to share a layout I created with the fabulously created, Wild At Heart collection. It's the first layout I have created with it and let me just tell you... It's incredible! 

I'm smitten by the entire collection, all of it!
The photo I decided to scrapbook is of my younger daughter, Juliana. She's such a happy, smiley baby and this photo captures her bubbly personality perfectly!
Before I even chose my photo to scrapbook, I knew I wanted to use this gorgeous coral ombre paper called Luscious. What an absolutely perfect name of this divine sheet of paper. I also used strips of paper from Memento and Artisan. I adhered the strips down with just a bit of tape and then sewed them onto my layout with my small sewing machine and white thread.
I must note that I felt that I needed to use a black and white photo for my layout. I just adore all the colours of the line and wanted the colours to speak volumes about my layout. I feel I've accomplished that in doing this.


The focus this week at CVS, was Chipboard accents and frames and I knew I wanted to showcase this photo with all the frames available in this collection. I decided on a large floral frame to actually frame my sweet photo. And then I went to work on my foundation or base of my layout. I took my favourite frames and built the bottom of my layers. I also chose smaller frames that would accentuate and compliment the shape of my layout. For the smaller slide looking frames, I used some of the pattern paper from the collection to back them and add another pop of colour and dimension to my embellishments.


I loved all the ephemera die cuts in this collection but made sure to choose just my favourites. I seriously could have used them all on this one single layout. I liked the addition of the floral pieces in the top left corner of the photograph. I feel it add a bit of balance and femininity to the harder lines of the frames. The doily tucked into the background frames helps with that as well. It's a good contrast to one another.


For my title, I knew I wanted to use the Wood Veneer as the entire title. I chose 2 words, Happy and Heart. So, my title is Happy Heart. I just adore this wood veneer, it's just the right shade of wood and super thin. It's perfect! I also placed some wood veneer hearts around my layout, tucked into clusters for visual interest and to tie that same wood colour in other aspects of my layout.


You can see all the great lift and dimension I get by layering those chipboard frames. I just love it! To embellish, I used many pieces from the Ephemera Die Cut pack, Chipboard Stickers and the Accessory Stickers. I just adore the tiny word stickers included on the Accessory Stickers sheet. I chose my favourites and adorned my page with them. The pop of white from the word stickers makes the other colours really pop and stand out off the page.


Finally, finishing off my layout, I picked a Flair Button that worked well with my layout and for me, it was this one that says Hello. It added the perfect colours right where I needed them to. The last things I did, was add some gold splatter with some gold mist and that was it! Voila, done!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, 4 March 2017

PI | March Sketch | Best Life

Hey Guys!
Today I'm playing along with the March Sketch over on the Paper Issues Blog and decided to create my layout using the new collection from Shimelle, Little by Little. The purples in the collection worked well with this trio of photos of my younger daughter playing. It's nice to see a collection with some purple in it. I have 2 girls so there are many photos I take that have purple in there and I don't always like to scrap in black and white photos.

This is the sketch created by Amy Coose for Paper Issues:
http://paperissues.blogspot.ca/2017/03/march-sketchy-saturday.html



And, here is my take on it:



There is a ton of paper layering in this sketch and you know me... I love that!
For my background sheet, I started with that gorgeous star paper called Shine Bright. The I wanted more purple so I picked out that lavender piece called, Grinning Badger. Cute! I also used a piece from the 6x6 paper pad for more of the patterned paper layers.


For my title, I used the word Thickers that are part of this collection and created my title, Best Life. The Thickers are called Hello Joy and come in two colours (one package) white and black. It's nice to have options. To embellish, I used pieces from the ephemera pack as well as some of the sticker accents. It's all so cutesy! The Thickers package also contained stars in various sizes and I added them in and around my layout as embellishments.

I also felt that my layout needed some typed word stickers so I pulled out my TH Idealogy Small Talk stickers from my stash. I used the ones that I liked best and placed them around my layout, very stratigically of course!
I finally finished off my layout with some HSCS in gold. And, voila, done! 
Thanks for stopping by friends! I hope you enjoyed my take on this layout.

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Friday, 24 February 2017

Paper Issues | Book Worm

Hey Guys,
Thanks for joining me today, I'm glad you're here!

Today, I wanted to share a layout I created for Paper Issues, with the newest Maggie Holmes collection, Chasing Dreams. As always, her collection is divine and jam packed with so much sweet paper goodness. 


I started with two 12x12 sheets, one I cut on the diagonal and adhered it to the other and stitched around the entire sheet, fusing the two. I sewed around the entire perimeter and then across both sides of the diagonal seam. I'm really liking sewing on layouts at the moment. I feel like it gives a bit of extra texture.

I knew I wanted to add some mixed media to the layout so I covered my background in a light coating of clear gesso. This is to limit the amount of warping to the paper. It still warped but not as it would have had I not gessoed. I used the "packaging technique" for background and used some blue ink spray diluted with water. For the blue splatters, I used the same blue spray but used a lot less water for a more concentrated effect.



Then, after it was dry (I used a heat gun) I got to play with all the pretty papers by layering and matting my picture which is of my oldest daughter, sitting on the couch, reading.
To embellish, I used pieces from most of the collection: the ephemera, chipboard, word stickers and accent stickers. 



The title was also created with Thickers from the collection in Cloud. They are the most gorgeous, light grey-ish blue in colour and puffy! Adorably cute!


Lastly, for just a bit of sparkle and shine, I added some ink spray in gold which I splattered around the page and called it done! I love the way this layout turned out!



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Monday, 20 February 2017

PI: February Issue, Let's Play Post Office | Round 2

Hey Friends!
Today, I'm sharing a layout I created for the second round of the February Issue at Paper Issues, Let's Play Post Office. The challenge was to use these suggested prompts:

-Use office supplies like binder clips, tags, push pins, postage stamps and envelopes. 
-Alter a clipboard. 
-Include stamping on your project. 
-Document a piece of mail or a love letter. 
-Create a layout about your latest Paper Issues package (either a photo of the box and/or contents). 
-Show us your kids, grandchildren, etc. at play. 
-Share something about Valentine's Day/love.

You can find all the other ladies inspiration here on the Paper Issues Blog.

For my layout, I used the incredibly cute collection from Fancy Pants Designs, Sweet Nothings. I mean, c'mon.... it was absolutely perfect for this challenge with all it's mail and postage icons. I couldn't have been more excited to rip into it for this reason.

I used bits and pieces from almost everything in the collection, including the 6x6 paper pad, puffy stickers, tags and labels and of course the ephemera pack. It was all just too perfect to pass up...



At the end, I decided it needed some paint splatter and that's when I reached for my trusty Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold.


I really like (and wanted) dimension on my layouts. I feel like some pieces scream to be lifted off the page and so for those pieces, I used foam sheets cut into pieces. I popped up the center postage stamp piece with foam along with various other pieces around my layout.

 To see my entire process, be sure to head over to my channel and watch the video 😊

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Sunday, 12 February 2017

SLS: Timeless Beauties

Hey! Welcome back!
Today, I'd like to share a Scraplift Sunday layout I created with the Pink Paislee, Moonstruck collection. We lifted Annelie this week and her original work is fantastic. I just had to give it a go.


I started with a tiny bit of mixed media, using the packaging technique, I used Dylusions Ink in Vibrant Turquoise and HSCS in gold.  After letting that dry, I began with fussy cutting all the floral pieces from a sheet of 12x12 paper from the collection. I embellished using some of the ephemera pieces and matted my photo with white cardstock. I think it really pops this way!


The alphas I used for the partial title are from SN@P letter stickers. They were the perfect shade of navy and complimented the collection perfectly.

Hope you enjoyed my take on Annelie's layout :)
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Thursday, 9 February 2017

CVS | Wild At Heart Unboxing

Hey Friends!
Hope you're all well! I'd like to share with you today my Design Team package from Cocoa Vanilla Studio featuring the ever beautiful, Wild At Heart collection. It's a stunning collection full of gorgeous ephemera, accent stickers, labels, rubber charms and chipboard frames. Every pieces was meticulously designed and put together. I'm in LOVE!

I cannot wait to begin designing with this collection, all of it!
Thanks for watching!



Look how gorgeously packaged it comes! I love the details!




Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Take 5 Tuesday: Adorable Sisters

Welcome back to my blog Friends!
Today, I'd like to share a layout I created with the ever cute and adorable Crate Paper, Cute Girl. I just can't get enough of this line. I could really use it for every layout I create. This layout is created for the Take 5 Tuesday Challenge we have today over on the PI BLOG.

It's a photo of both my girls, playing nicely with a few stuffed animals, particularly a cat named Pablo. They both love this plush cat and I had to buy an extra one because one of the littles didn't want to share 😛

Here is the challenge:


Here's my layout:


The 5 items I used were:
1.White
2.Heart
3. Cardstock
4. 2 Pattern Papers
5. Sequins




I hope you'll stop by the blog and take a peek at all the other inspiration pieces the other design team members created :)

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Monday, 6 February 2017

CVS | Best Ever Smile



Hello Everyone!
I'm super excited to share with you today my first official layout and post for Cocoa Vanilla Studio! Thank you all for joining me!

Today's layout is created entirely with the Make A Wish collection and I just adore how this collection is birthday and celebration themed but there are such gorgeous elements added to make it totally useable for everyday layouts like this one. This photo is one of my youngest daughter, with a great big toothy grin. She's such a happy babe!

I started the layout with a white sheet of cardstock in which I cut a cut file using my Silhouette Cameo. I used the geometric heart file and leafy file from the Colour Me Happy Cut file. The geometric heart was cut out of the white cardstock and then backed with the gorgeous Daydream paper, popped up with a foam sheet for dimension and then adhered to my layout. I adore all the dimension on the layout!


I decided to use a black and white photo for my layout. This way, all the pretty colours of the collections could stand out and not compete with my photo. I then matted the photo with various layers and papers from the collection. Love the contrast of colours and patterns!

To embellish, I used pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera pack. So much goodness crammed into one gorgeous packet. I wish I could have used it all! I also used pieces from the Accessory Sticker sheet.

For my title, I used a bit from the ephemera pack, <<Best Ever>>, as well as letters from the Alphabet Stickers to spell out Smile. So, as a whole, my title reads, Best Ever Smile.

For the first time ever, I used my sewing machine to add a bit of stitching on my layout. I've had my sewing machine for over a year and this was the first time I actually used it. Life happens!

For much of my layout, I used foam to add dimension and I simply adore using it. It just adds that pop to a layout and makes certain pieces jump off the page.

That's exactly what I wanted with the circular piece above you see that says, "Love that Smile". That is a sticker from the Accessory sheet that I layered on top of a piece of foam that was backed with a circular piece of patterned paper from the collection. And Voila! Now that piece of ephemera totally stands out!

Finally, to finish off my layout, I added some gold spray mist to accent all the gorgeous ephemera I used.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I look forward to "seeing" you all again! 💜 xoLina