Tuesday, 20 June 2017

CVS | Cool for the Summer

Hello Friends!
Today, I'm sharing my latest layout with you, a 12x12 I created with the You Rock collection. This week on the blog we're focusing on Seasons. And, having just come back from the best vacation yet, I chose Summer. This photo is of my oldest daughter and my hubby, playing with sand on the beach.

I'm having too much fun pushing myself out of my own comfort zone using pictures of my daughters with such a masculine collection. But you can seriously use this collection for just about any photo, it's so versatile!

Here's my layout...

I had an idea in my heading before beginning this layout that I wanted to use strips of different patterned papers. All types f patterns and colours. The cut apart sheet was perfect for that concept... it already has strips of perfectly coordinating patterns. I happily cut into it and chose my favourite ones. The background paper I used is that gorgeous, multicoloured triangle. It heart it so much! I glued it all together and also contemplated even machine stitching across the butted seams but decided against it when I realized I wouldn't be able to fold up some of the edges to create dimension. I'm glad I didn't. 😛

Next, I matted my photo with you guessed it... more patterned paper and colour. Blame the tropical island I just left for all the inspiration! LOL!
I popped my photo with matting on some foam sheet for added dimension. I don't think I'll ever not use it. I just love the look of the lift.

I dove right into embellishing and created three separate clusters including my title.

To embellish, I used pieces from the Chipboard Stickers, the Die Cut Ephemera, the Accessory Stickers, and Washi Stickers. So, pretty much all the things! I also used some metallic silver thread to create a "nest" for my Flair Button. I used the cute Awesome one.
To create my title, I used two different sets of alphabets from my stash. A larger, woodgrain one and a smaller orange one. 

To complete my layout, I also used a couple of the Rubber Charms in and around my clusters. They were the perfect finishing touch! It took everything in me not to splatter some paint on the layout but I refrained because I wanted to keep the layout look "cleaner", if that makes any sense. 
And, that's it!
I hope you enjoyed my process and layout. I appreciate you all stopping by!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

CVS | Awesome Shaker Cards

Hey Friends! Welcome to the blog today!
I'm super excited to share something a little different with you. Something a little different then the layouts I make. From time to time, I like to create cards and that's what I've got to share with you today. I've been on a shaker card making kick lately and this collection, You Rock, is perfect for those masculine birthday cards.
I've made two so far, and I want so badly to make more. They're fun! I need to carve out more time to create cards. After all, they're always in demand as it's always someone's birthday! LOL! So, here's what I created...

Both cards measure 4.25 x 5.5 inches, one is landscape and one is portrait. First thing I did was create frames with dies for both. I used one that had a stitched detail. Then I cut some transparencies to fit the frame. To build up my frame, I used three sheets of foam each. I knew I needed some extra space in the shakers to accommodate the thicker pieces of embellishments I wanted to use to decorate the inside of the cards. I allowed everything to dry overnight so there weren't any sticky bits the sequins would stick to later.

 I choose background papers that wouldn't complete with all the fun shaker bits and embellishments I wanted to add, so I chose papers that were muted in design. Nothing overpowering in terms of colours or prints.

 To embellish, and add the sentiment I wanted to convey, I used the wood veneer pieces that I heat embossed a couple weeks ago. I used embossing powders in both black and pearl orange. Next, I selected pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera package.
I also used pieces from the Rubber Charms. The fit perfectly in the window since I had given myself enough space with the foam.
My cards *needed* that something else, So I liberally used the Enamel Shapes to add that punch of colour and design.

Now, for the fun part... the sequins! I wanted it to be a super festive card so I went to town with the sequins. I picked colours that screamed PARTY!!! Using colours that are already in the collection, I chose some Aquas, oranges, yellows, metallics and blues. I also added some small beads for another type of dimension and texture. I like the look of all these fun elements together!

Here you can see all the dimension both of the foam creating the actual shaker and the contents on the inside. I could stare at all the pretties all day!

I kept the inside super simple... I matted the inside with some patterned paper from the collection topped with some white card stock to write my sentiments. And that's it! The outside already has so much going on, I didn't want to add (or take away from) to the fun element of the card.

And, that's it! These cards took a little longer to create because of all the extra steps involved, but they are soooo worth it! I can't wait to see the faces of the recipients when they open their cards!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have an amazingly, creative day! xoLina ❤️

Saturday, 20 May 2017

CVS | Awesome

Hello Loves!
Welcome to the blog today, I'm happy you're here!
So, I love the layout I'm sharing with you all today... Just LOVE! I used the all new You Rock collection and I am smitten! Smitten with the entire collection. I thought that just maybe, maybe I'd have a difficult time using it since I have two girls I mainly scrapbook about but boy was I wrong! All the collection's components are just perfect and so easy to use! I can't wait to document photos of my girls with it.
But, this week, we're sharing and focusing on our boys. And, with that, I am sharing a layout of my dear husband, my boy 😛
Here, he's playing in the snow like a big kid... which he really is. LOL!

I started my layout by choosing my papers. For my background paper, I chose that incredible dark teal ombre paper. When I saw it, I knew I needed to use that bad boy first! And so I did.  I knew going into it, I wanted to use that cut file from Paper Issues. I mean c'mon... it's perfect! I cut it several times with my Silhouette Cameo. Once for my background, that sheet is called Experimantal. Second for the yellow outline, called Inline. And third to fill in the letters, Plus One.
I created a small cluster on the top right of the page to bring the eye upward into that beautiful light aqua ombre. I used some of the new Washi Stickers, some enamel shapes, and some word stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet.

Next, I chose the papers to matte my photo with. I used that same yellow sheet to bring over some of the same shade to the right side of the page and then just a few others from the collection. I brought in some black as well for a couple reasons... first, I love black and secondly it acts like an anchor and gives weight to my photo. Kinda makes it pop off the page. I popped the entire photo and mattes on a piece of foam sheet for dimension.

To embellish, I used something from almost all the collection components. I used pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera, the Chipboard Stickers, and the Accessory Stickers. Those Accessory Stickers kill me... I just love them soooo much. It's the tiny words and phrases that get me every time!

When creating the cluster around the bottom left of my photo, I included some metallic silver thread. I made it into a small, circular nest and placed a Flair Button in the center to anchor it in place. Just adore the thread and always forget to use it. I used to use it a lot more often before. I'm making a mental note... LOL!
Lastly, I placed some Enamel Shapes around my layout, focusing mainly on adding them to my clusters. I used the black ones to tie in the black matting of my photo.
I just adored using this collection and getting the chance to actually cut into it. It's a fun and cheerful collection. I'm off for now... going to head into my craft room and create some more. Have a wonderfully scrappy day!   xoLina

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Timeless Beauties

Good Morning Friends!
Today I'm sharing this layout I created with the gorgeous Magnolia Jane collection by Heidi Swapp. It's full of neutrals and blush pinks and I'm loving the versatility of this collection.

I used a free digital cut file from Paper Issues. You can find it here: https://paperissuesstore.myshopify.com/collections/free-files/products/bloom-free-cut-file
I cut it out of white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo and layered them on top of the florals that I fussy cut from the collection. I really like the overall look this gives. 

For my title, I used a mix of a word from the Acetate Word Pieces and some Thickers from my stash. They were the perfect shade of chunky gold glitter.

I matted my photos using more patterned papers from the collection and used some foam sheet to give the whole piece some dimension. I also used a rectangular white doily from my stash as a layering piece. I love using doilies because they give a softness and femininity to layouts.

I also created a small cluster of the same die cut flowers and fussy cut florals in the top left hand corner. I added the date on a little blush tag and added a couple of ephemera pieces to the cluster.

Lastly, I embellished with some of the ephemera from the collection. I tucked in some pieces and layered with others. Overall, I feel like I kept this layout quite simple and tried not to over do it with the embellishing since there was already quite a bit going on with the die cuts.

Thank you  for stopping by today! I appreciate you being here 😊

Saturday, 6 May 2017

CVS | Sweet You

Hello Gorgeous People!
This morning, I'd like to share with you a layout I recently created using the Wild at Heart collection. I am having a wonderful time using it and creating wonderful layouts with it. I'm still totally in love with it!
The photo I decided to scrapbook is one of my dear hubby and our littlest meatball, who just turned one. I thought that the colour of their outfits fit well with the navy of the collection. They matched perfectly!

I also have a process video recorded for this layout which you can find below.

Hope you'll watch!

I began with a white sheet of card stock that I cut down a bit. I took about 2.5 inches off of one side and mounted it onto the gorgeous navy floral you see strips of at the top and bottom of the layout. 
Then I went in with some mixed media and applied the ever popular, "packaging technique". I used three different colours of ink to achieve the golden yellow colour. It picks up perfectly the golden tones in the floral sheet. I then took another ink spray in gold and splattered some paint around my page. 

Next, I mounted my photo with patterned papers from the collection. I just used smaller pieces and staggered them behind my picture in kind of a hap-hazard manner, showing just bits of each of the patterns used. The entire piece, photo with matting is all popped up on a piece of foam sheet, creating dimension.

For my title, I eagerly reached for the Wood Veneer Words. I just love the texture the wood gives to any layout. I choose the words Sweet and You, creating Sweet You 😊  C'mon, look at those faces... the title was fitting. I may be a bit biased.  LOL!
Next, to start my embellishing, I started with the Die Cut Ephemera and sorted through them, choosing the one's I thought would compliment my layout best. I also fussy cut some larger florals from one of the patterned papers. I purposely left a navy border around the images to create contrast against my white card stock paper. Working on my visual triangle, I added clusters of embellishments to both sides of the photo plus the top left corner. I also added pieces from the Rubber Charms and a Flair Button that reads, "You make my heart sing". Perfect!

Still working on embellishing, I added some of the Chipboard Stickers to round it all off. The clusters are full (just as I like them 😛) but not over done.

Lastly, the most wonderful finishing touch to any layout... Sparkle Enamel Dots in the gorgeous amber colour. I sprinkled and tucked them in and around my layout and peeking under the embellishment clusters. I used the entire bit of them! I couldn't get enough!

Thank you for stopping by today and sharing in my layout.

Have a wonderfully creative day! xoLina

Friday, 21 April 2017

PI| So Happy Together

Hey Peeps!
So, this is such a bittersweet post for me today... It's my last blog post as a Design Team Member for Paper Issues ☹️ I've enjoyed my time on the team and working along side the most amazing and encouraging group of ladies I've ever had the pleasure of meeting! Before I start crying, again, let's move onto my layout and what I've created.

I lovingly used the latest Maggie Holmes collection, Chasing Dreams. But, instead of using it the way it was intended and by this I mean with all the florals and more of the girly side, I decided to use it mainly for the colours. I mean look at them all, aquas, pinks, yellows and blues. It was perfect for a more modern and simplistic layout.

For my background, I started with that black on white plus sign sheet and added a half sheet of the triangle grid to it. I love the pattern mix of it. Then I decided to pull my favourite, bolder, non floral patterned papers from the collection and added a ton of layers. My picture is matted with a ton of random papers and then popped up with some foam sheets. I love the dimension!

Many titles ran through my mind but ultimately, I decided on So Happy Together. It was a great excuse to use up the chipboard word Thickers. Those are always the last to be used in my stash. For the "So" part of the title, I used the Thickers that were created for the collection in Cloud.
Then, to embellish, I used the donut Thank You cards that come with your order. I fussy cut both the donuts and donut holes and used them as embellishments on my page. can you spot them? They were just PERFECT for this layout! Glad I hoarded them for a bit 😛

I used a doily from my stash underneath all my layers of patterned paper. It added just a touch of softness to all the hard and linear lines of my layout.

I also continued to embellish using the accent sticker words, accent sticker, chipboard, and ephemera. I like the bold look of my layout using a line that is very soft and feminine in style.
I finished off my layout with a sprinkling of Dylusions Ink Spray in Lemon Zest and called the entire thing done!

Thank you for stopping by today and for all the love throughout my two terms. My heart is full!

Friday, 7 April 2017

PI| April Pinspire Me | Pitch Fever

Hey and Hello!
Today is the start of a new Pinspire Me challenge over on Paper Issues and I'm playing along this month. The colourful moodboard was irresistable, I just had to! Below you'll find the exact moodboard we all used for April. I just love it!
You can find the blog post here on the Paper Issues blog:

When I saw this gorgeous collage of colours and patterns, I knew exactly what photo and paper collection I wanted to use. The photo is of my oldest daughter at her first MLB Blue Jays game. She is their biggest (littlest) fan! And, the paper collection I used is Amy Tangerine's newest, On A Whim. It totally works with all it's bright colours!

To embellish my layout, I used various pieces from the entire collection including the Ephemera, the Chipboard Phrase Stickers, and the Clear Stickers. I mean who could resist it all? I couldn't! LOL!
I also used a couple pieces of paper from the 6x6 paper pad to matte my photo and the mounted it all with a foam sheet for dimension.

To create my title, Pitch Fever, I used two different alphas... For the "Pitch" I used an older set of Thickers from Amy Tan called Memento and for the "Fever" part of my title, I used Jillibean Soup's alphas in Tart Teal.
I really enjoyed creating a layout for this challenge and I hope you'll play along with us this month :)

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

CVS | Grow Wild

Good Day Everyone! I'm so glad you could join me today in sharing this layout I created with the ever gorgeous Wild At Heart collection. I have decided to scrapbook and document a photo of my youngest daughter from last summer, it's amazing how quickly they grow! Both my girls are growing faster than I can create scrapbook pages of them! I'm sure you mom's know exactly what I'm talking about!

Jumping in, starting my layout, I knew I wanted to use the gorgeous coral stripe in the collection called Fussy Cuts. I've been eyeing it since I got the collection and saving it for the right picture to scrap. Going in, I also knew I wanted to "frame" out the sheet so I chose the lovely Bohemian sheet to do that. I cut out the middle and put it aside to use as not to waste any of this incredibly gorgeous collection. Behind the Bohemian sheet, there is a lovely navy on white polka dot. I cut a strip and placed it on the left hand side of my background sheet, running vertically.

After adhering everything down with tape runner, I took it all to my sewing machine and stitching using white thread along the entire perimeter of my layout. I also stitched around the polka dot strip to it all looked cohesive.
For my photo, I knew I wanted to matte it with that gorgeous aqua dot paper, but also wanted to keep it all simple. 

I chose a couple papers that I thought would compliment the idea I had in my head for the overall look of the layout.

For dimension and added depth, I added some of the chipboard frames behind my photo and off set them a bit. I really like the look of how they're placed.

Embellishing this layout was easy... I just used all the things! I mean, how could I not? LOL! I used the Ephemera pack, Rubber Charms, Button Flair and the Wood Veneer for my title. I thought the "grow wild" was a perfect title for this photo and layout. Especially considering how I mentioned how quickly they grow, literally like weeds!
I also adorned the page with little accents from the Enamel Dots. They're the perfect amount of sparkle for the page. I used them in the darkest blue in the package, it just matched all the navy perfectly!

I then thought it would be a cool idea to add some frames to the right right of my layout, coming right off the page, to create some balance. I added two chipboard frames along with some ephemera and some tiny word phrases to complete this side of the page.

I also wanted to create a third cluster to create a visual triangle. to I created a tiny one at the top left of my page, just above my photo. I think it added the final bit of something my layout needed. Plus, let's be honest, it gave me another opportunity to add more embellishments to my page. :P

I hope you enjoyed my layout share today as I totally enjoyed creating this. This line is incredible in the way it's created. I don't think I'll ever bore of it! Head over to the shop now and have a looksee for yourself! 💜  Thanks for stopping by! xoLina

Friday, 24 March 2017

PI | Dolphin Play

Good Morning Friends!
Today, I'd like to share a layout I created for my monthly Paper Issues post using the brand spanking new collection from Crate Paper, Oasis. I'm really digging this collection as it's got a weekend getaway- Miami nights feel to it. It's kinda kitschy!

The photo I used for my layout is of my husband on our trip to the Riviera Maya in Mexico 2 years ago. Yes, I am that behind in scrapbooking photos. LOL! Actually, I don't scrapbook in chronological order, I scrapbook what I feel like depending on the day or challenge.

The background paper I used is the white and light aqua blue ledger looking type called Postcard. It was perfect! I matted my photo with the pale woodgrain that's included in this collection. I knew that when I opened the collection and looked through it, that the ombre pink and purple chipboard frame was something I needed to use first. And I did. It was the first thing I took outta this collection and based everything else around the use of it. I wasn't too concerned with using a feminine frame with a picture of my husband. I think it works well!

For my title, I decided to go stash busting and pull both alphas from my hoard vault. The mint green alpha are from OA and the Thickers are a fabulous wood grain that complimented the rest of the woodgrain in the collection. It's called Boardwalk.

The tags in the background were cut out from the vellum sheet in the collection. I just chose ones that worked well with the rest of the colours on my layout. To embellish, I used pieces from the Ephemera package, pieces from the chipboard sheet and finally some of the sticker accents. All of the pieces are so bright and colourful and I just adore this collection!

There's that frame! Swoon! ❤️

Finally to finish my layout, I used some gold spray mist for splatter and a bit of black as well. What would one of my layouts be with out the use of gold spray mist? LOL

Thank you for stopping by today! I appreciate you being here! Remember that if you're shopping in the Paper Issues Shop, to use code LINA for 20% off your entire order 😊

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 😊

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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