Sunday, 6 August 2017

CVS | Hello Sunshine

Hello Everyone,
Lina here today sharing a project I created using You Rock. I'm having so much fun working with this new collection. It's so bright and colourful and because it's Summer here in Canada, it's perfect to use for the season!
Also, I used a bunch (almost all 😜) of the new Summer Cut Files available on the website. You can find them here :  http://cocoavanilla.com.au/shop/summer-freebie-cut-files/

I'm scrapbooking a photo from last week of my parents and my littles at the park. They're all swinging on the swings and this shot captures so much happiness... I'm not sure who's having more fun, the kids or the grandparents 😊


First, I cut the FREE cut files I mentioned above out of some of the patterned paper in the collection. I felt it appropriate to use the yellow pattern for the words Hello Sunshine. Then I cut it a second time in another pattern paper and cut the sunshine piece off using a pair of scissors. I glued them on top of one another, slightly offset, creating a "shadow". I love the effect this gives.

Next, my fave... matting my photo. I used so many pieces from the collection including scraps from papers I had already cut into. After adding a few layers, I popped all of it on some foam sheet for dimension. I just adore the way a bit of lift gives the photo a lot of depth.


Next, I dug into the Die Cut Ephemera and looked for pieces that I thought went well with the layout and colour scheme that I was going for. I decided to make the teal/aqua pieces the focal colour and so I put aside all those pieces as I was searching. I used pieces from the Accessory Stickers sheet, including the little words and phrases to embellish my page and clusters.


Behind the photo and matting as well as behind the Flair Button I used, you'll see some tangled and messy thread. I just love the look of some peaking through.
I finished off the layout with a heathy sprinkling of Enamel Shapes in aqua and yellow to make the layout more cohesive as a whole.


That's it for me today my friends! I hope you enjoyed my layout and my process. I appreciate you stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
xoLina

Thursday, 20 July 2017

CVS | Mamma's Happy Heart

Good Morning Friends!
It's Lina, today sharing this layout of my two babes using the Free Spirit collection.
This picture... this picture melts my heart! The two of them love each other so and I managed to snap a quick picture of the two mid cuddle. Both entertained by the iPad but loving each other none the less! It only lasted about 3.7 seconds, but I was quick enough to take this picture! Ha!


Let's jump right in... I started the layout by cutting two triangles and adhering them to my background sheet. Creating a diagonal quadrants. Then, I sewed around the perimeter and down the sides of the triangles with my little sewing machine. I used plain white thread, I like this look best. The papers I used for the background are Dreamy and Wildflowers.


Next, you guessed it... matting of my photo. LOL! I guess I have a routine and order to the way I do things. Haha!
I chose a variety of papers in the collection for my matting. I think they were all scraps to be honest. I don't think I cut into a new, whole sheet. Pretty impressive, right?  I used the corally-orange border in the Accessory Stickers sheet as part of my layering behind my photo.


Working on my title, I fussy cut the word "happy" from one of the cut apart sheets. There is also a lower case one in the Die Cut Ephemera pack but I liked this one better. Well, truth is that I cut out the one from the die cut sheet first and then noticed the other one. It worked out well though because I wouldn't have been able to arrange the letters the way I wanted with the pre-cut one since it was all one piece. For the rest of my title, I used the Alphabet Stickers and then sewed through them with my sewing machine.


To embellish, I used bit and pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera pack as well as some cuts from the cut apart sheet. I also used some Woodies, a Flair Button that I placed within a nest of mint thread and finished off with a sprinkling of Enamel Shapes. I have to admit that this layout is less embellished than my other layouts. It kinda felt nice to use less :P
To add to my love of tiny words and phrases, I created my own by cutting out some of the type patterned paper from the collection. The wording was perfect!

Hope you liked my layout! Have a wonderful day!
xoLina



Thursday, 6 July 2017

CVS | For I Know...

Good Morning Scrappy Fam!

Today, I'm sharing with you a layout I created using the ever gorgeous Wild at Heart collection. Gah, I don't think I'll ever get sick of this collection. I just keep finding inspiring ways to use it.

This week on the blog, we're focusing on journaling. Those who follow my YouTube channel know I rarely journal on my layouts. If I have something important to say or document, I write it on the back. I'm always afraid that if I do it on the front, I won't end up liking my writing and then won't love the overall look of my layout. Silly right? LOL!

But, I feel like I've found a creative solution... Hidden journaling, best of both worlds! Here's my layout:


Firstly, I chose this background paper, Artisan, knowing I wanted to cut out a huge title with my Silhouette Cameo and secondly, back it with another sheet from the collection. In this case, I choose that bold floral, Memento. Perfect combo! The cut file is something I found online. You can easily search it if you need to.


The matting of my photo was up next... This is one of the most fun (and important) for me when creating my layouts. I chose papers that would compliment my photo and layout but would not compete with it. I also used my layers as a way to bring in the additional colours of the collection such as the navy, to the top of my layout.

Also, I chose to scrapbook this photo in black and white instead of the colour version. I have two reasons for this; First, I didn't want the colours of the photo to get lost or blend with the colours of the papers. And, secondly, the black and white picture was a bit more dramatic ;)

My matting is also where I was going to "hide" my journaling. I used foam sheet pieces to create a slot where my tags would be housed. The tags are where I wrote my journaling and are aesthetically part of my layers. I added some baker's twine to my tags as well.


Next up... embellishing! I feel like I used some of everything here for my clusters: Die Cut Ephemera, Chipboard Frames, the tiny words from the Accessory Stickers, a piece from the Rubber Charms set, a Flair button that I surrounded with pink thread and finally, a healthy sprinkling of the Enamel Dots. I used the blue sparkle ones :)


I created a heavily embellished cluster on either side of my photo and then a smaller and simpler one at the top right hand corner of my photo. Seriously, I just love the tiny phrases and words that are included on the Accessory Stickers sheet. I could add those everywhere. And, theres always the right message to add.


I appreciate you stopping by today and letting me share this layout with you! Have a beautiful day!
xoLina

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Wonderful Winter

Good Morning Scrappy Fam,

Today, I'm sharing a quick layout I created with the wonderful Snow and Cocoa collection from Crate Paper. This photo has been waiting to be scrapbooked all winter, spring and now summer. I've had it printed and ready to go on my desk for ages and I'm just now getting the chance to scrap it. 😛



I started with some mixed media on this black and white print background sheet. I took some Dylusions Ink Spray in London Blue and Purple and used the packaging technique to smoosh it onto my paper.


I waited a bit for the ink to dry and hopped right into embellishing using the die cuts, sticker accents and chipboard pieces. I created a metallic gold nest for the button flair and glued that down.


Finally, I added some gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine splatters to the page and called it done!
Thanks for stopping by today friends!
xoLina


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!
xoLina


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 😊

xoLina





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!