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.

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:
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

Friday, 3 February 2017

Pinspire Me February: Cake Pop Princess

Hey Friends!
I hope you'll play along this month with Paper Issues' Pinspire Me, it's such a fun mood board this month... I just couldn't resist!

For my layout, I used a FREE cut file from the PI SHOP. You can find all the free files, HERE.
This one here is called Heart Wreath and I just ❤️ it!
The paper collection I used is Pink Paislee's, C'est La Vie. Yes, I dove deep into my stash and unhoarded this collection. It was time to use it! LOL!

I cut the file with my Silhouette Cameo and backed the open hearts with pattern paper. It was pretty easy and didn't take longer than 20 mins. Just a bit of layering using the 6x6 paper pack and some alphas for my title and voila... done! This is one of my fave layouts in a long time. 💜

Thank you for stopping by today! 
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Sunday, 22 January 2017

SBS: Say Cheese

Hey Friends!
Today, I want to share a layout I created for the Paper Issues Swag Bag Sunday challenge. You all know how much I love the Swag Bags from PI. They're just wonderful and jam packed with so much scrappy goodness!

For my layout, I used a photo of my husband, my youngest daughter and myself, out at dinner. The Swag Bag I used is from December and full of gold, sparkly yumminess. I used quite a few of the papers for layer and matting behind my photo, and embellished with the rest.

It was difficult not to use up the entire bag, obviously! I wanted to cram it all onto my layout. I just love it! I managed to save some of it for another layout I have in mind :)

I just love all the sequins and confetti included in the December Bag...

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Training Chopsticks

Good Morning Friends!
Today, I'm up on the Paper Issues blog showcasing this layout I created with the We R Memory Keepers collection, High Five. I am sooo loving this collection at the moment even though it's been sitting in my hoard for a couple months! I finally used it and here's what I created:

I am loving the colour scheme os creamy whites, black, yellow, chartreuse and powder blue. You can use it for both masculine along with feminine layouts. It's wonderful! And, I decided to document a few photos of my daughter using (training) chopsticks for the first time. She was adorable and so proud of herself!

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Friday, 13 January 2017

Designing For....

Hey Friends!
I am super excited to announce that starting February, I will be designing for Cocoa Vanilla Studio!
Eeeek! How exciting is that! I am over the moon, excited... it's a dream come true!

I'll be joining such an already talented team of ladies. Look out for me and my work coming to the blog and other social media soon!

Thank you for stopping by today!