Monday, 16 January 2017

Lets Bust Some Stash!

Hey everyone!!! So it's round 2 of our January Stash Buster series over at Paper Issues!  This time we were challenged to dig deep into our stash and use up some of those products that maybe we had forgotten about, or had been hoarding!
So for myself, I have a tendency to buy lots of beautiful products with full intention of using them and then they just kind of sit there, mostly because something newer comes along and I always tend to gravitate towards my newer stuff.  I decided to grab lots of products from the Maggie Holmes Shine Collection, which is definitely a few collections old, but I still love the vibrant bright fun bold colours and patterns of this collection!  I even used up a little bit of the Open Book collection, which is definitely on the older side!  The glittery accents of the Shine collection fit in perfectly with a layout about my husband and I on New Years Eve 2016.  I even broke out my fringe scissors for some extra texture and visual interest!  Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look and be sure to check out the Paper Issues blog and Facebook page to see what some of the other DT members have been up to!

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Cuttin' it up in 2017

Hey hey what's up?!?!?  So first things first,  I had day surgery on Thursday, and I'm still recovering, and am in a bit of pain, but that hasn't stopped me from creating!  I have been loving that being on the Paper Issues Design Team means that I get to participate in as many of the challenges as I want, and so far I have wanted to participate in all of them!
Since I love using cut files  I knew I had to participate in this challenge.  I already new exactly what photo I wanted to scrap, and after tweaking it a bit to get the colours just right I got to work.  I wanted to keep my layout bright, and funky, with lots going on, and I decided, on a whim, to delve into mixed media.  Now mixed media is not my forte, I am no expert in it, and the few times that I have attempted to do the "packaging technique" I have failed miserably, but this time I love how it turned out!  Since I was using a big title I kept my other embellishments to a minimum and just let the pic and the title shine through!  I love the carefree silliness of this layout and as usually I used a mish mash of lines, including Crate Paper Cute Girl, Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life, and Paige Evans Take Me Away!  Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the Paper Issue blog for even more awesome inspiration!

And here is my process video so you can see how I made my layout!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Love This Baby, and This Cut File!

Hello hello hello!  So I'm back into the full swing of creating for the various teams that I'm on in 2017, and I absolutely love that I still get to work with Nicole Nowosad's amazing cut files over at the JustNick shop!  For my layout this time I grabbed her sweet hot air balloon cut file called Up In The Air.  There are six different hot air balloons all with different patterns that are great for backing with patterned paper!  I decided to choose 3 that I thought had a similar style and I resized them to 3 different sizes to create a depth of field for my layout.  I backed them all with vellum first, and then with various patterned papers from my stash.  I scrapped 2 square black and white photos of my littlest one Rhys and used quite a bit of ephemera and chipboard from the older Little You collection from Crate Paper! Thanks so much for taking a peek!

Thursday, 5 January 2017

My Not Always Happy Story - Paper Issues

Hey everyone, I wanted to share one of the many layouts that I am creating as part of the Paper Issues design team!  I am loving my time on the team already and can't wait to make tons more layouts!  In the meantime though here is one I created for the Working Title Challenge.  This is a great challenge for me because I love the chance to mix and match alphas or use a cut file to create a large title.  This time around I decided to go with using a few word chipboard embellishments instead of individual letter stickers.
I decided to get a little deep and create this layout, not only about going out on a date night with my husband, but what doing something like that meant for me.  I wanted to focus on how doing this made me happy, but that not every day is a happy day for me, and that's okay, but it's also important to take a moment to enjoy those days that do make me happy.  Since I had no actual pictures from our date night I went with one that I had taken as I was getting ready to leave.  I had gone out of my way to do my hair and makeup and I wanted to take a picture to remind myself that I am beautiful.  I used a black background to help everything stand out, and I fussy cut out large florals from the Paige Evans Take Me Away collection.  I absolutely love how this layout turned out!

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Wrapping up 2016

Hey everyone, 2016 is quickly coming to a close.  It's been quite a year for me, as I'm sure it has been for you too!  It was a year of extreme highs and crushing lows.  It was a year where started a great many journeys, where I went from barely even stepping foot inside my craft room to being on some fantastic design teams and starting my own YouTube channel.  It's also been a year when my depression reared it's ugly head and I am still working on managing it as best I can, in whatever therapeutic ways I could find, as well as realizing when it was time to reach out for help.  I decided this year to try and be happier with myself and happier with what my life is offering right now.  As always it's a work in progress, but by being vocal about it I feel I've gained so many kindred spirits!

So in wrapping up this year and moving forward to the next I have created my favorite 16 of 2016.  Below I'm showcasing 16 of my personal favorite layouts that I've created over the year.  Some of them are from design teams and some are ones that I created just for myself, but they are all ones that I am especially proud of!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Let it Snow - Freebie Printable

Didn't think I'd be back so soon did ya?  Well I'm back, but not with another layout or process video, but with a special gift for all of you.  So before I was scrapbooker I was an designer and illustrator.  After a while I stopped drawing and creating, and moved on to other hobbies.  It's been at least 2 years since I actively sketched or worked on a piece, but just recently I have had the motivation to create again, so I started with a cute printable!  Since it's so snowy where I am right now I created a cute snow kitten.  She is in 5x7 format, but can be scaled down to 3x4 to make a cute Project Life card.  Click on the picture to download her!


Saturday, 10 December 2016

Tis the Season Day 10 - My Favorite Things

Hello hello hello!  This holiday season I got a chance to be part of an awesome Christmas collaboration with 11 other amazing YouTubers, all organized by the wonderful Audrey Yeager!    We are doing 12 days of Christmas and Holiday videos and we want you to join us.  I'm up today with my layout for Day 10.  I decided to take my number prompt of 10 and use it to create a top 10 list of my favorite Christmas activities!  Make sure you pop by my channel to check out my process, and don't forget to check the description of my video for links to all the other fantastic ladies!  Oh and did I mention there was a prize?  Yeah, there's a prize, so make sure you check out the video below and check out the descripton for your instructions on how to participate!  All you have to do is create a layout inspired by any of the layouts in the series and leave a link in the comments of that video!  A winner will be chosen on December 15th!
So here is my layout for Day 10!