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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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:

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!

Thank you so much for joining me here today! And, remember that if you're shopping in the Paper Issues store, be sure to use discount code LINA for 20% off your entire order 😊

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 😊

Thanks so much for stopping by today. And remember that if you're shopping at Paper Issues, use discount code LINA for 20% off your entire order.