Thursday, December 31, 2015

ScrapMuch? January 2016 Reveal | Bo Bunny

Today I am sharing my latest reveal for ScrapMuch?, a smidgen early so as not to conflict with their newest sketch challenge starting tomorrow! So stayed tuned for that.

I was given some goodies from the Sleigh Ride Collection by Bo Bunny.

Basically, I got most of the papers from this collection pack and the stickers, too

Plus this great chipboard pack!

This collection is perfect for Christmas and winter photos, and has a unique blue, brown and gold colour combo.  It was super fun to play with!

Just prior to creating my pages I was playing with my Silhouette software and I created a few Celtic designs, beginning with a knot and getting a little more elaborate from there.  Turns out they were perfect for my creations with this collection!  I guess I was embracing some of my Irish and Scottish sides


I based this layout around the wreath I created from a ring of Celtic knots.  We actually snapped this photo the weekend before Christmas, it is not often that I scrapbook something that fast!

I added a pretty blue button from my stash as well as some Doodlebug twine, to help finish off the holly leaves that I die cut from two of the patterned papers. I added a bit of Ranger texture paste to the leaves, background and the trees.

The wood-grained trees were fussy cut from a patterned paper and I just love them. The numbers stickers are left over from the Simple Stories collection that I created with for my December reveal.

I layered two other patterns below the Celtic knot wreath, a beige colour behind the whole design and a softer blue beneath just the heart shapes.  I really like the way they look together all layered up.


For this next page I was so excited to use this Celtic knot tree that I created!  It is cut from a wood-grained paper and it actually looks like it has snow on it!

Again I added a button as well as some Doodlebug twine to adorn this page.  I turned down one of the corners just to pull in an extra bit of pattern.  It is an easy, old school trick when your page needs just a little something.

I added a bit of dry embossing to the grey cardstock frame that I layered behind all of my other elements.

'Joy" was fussy cut from one of the papers, it is a little hard to tell but I added Glassy Accents to the letters to help them pop.

I cut a few stars and covered them with Cinnamon coloured Stickles to adorn my tree, they look so pretty!


I couldn't resist trying out a double pager, I really wanted to use some of these great patterns as a bold background! These photos were taken last year, I hope to get more this year!

I used a lot of the chipboard embellishments on this page, layering them up for lots of impact.

The tree that I used as a title piece was fussy cut from a pattern, as was the deer head.

Here are some more of the fabulous chipboard accents layered up.  I couldn't resist adding a Doodlebug twine bow around the reindeer's neck.


When I snapped this photo and posted it online a friend mentioned that Timmy shovels like a Zamboni, ironically it was his nickname the first year he played hockey - mainly because he fell a lot!

I created a pine bough cut file just for this page, I love the soft wispy look it adds.

I added some texture paste behind the central focal area on this page, I love the way it mimics the snow in the photo.

Thank you so much for visiting me today!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Top 10 | 2015

Around this time last year I posted a list of my favourite layouts from 2014.  This year I thought I would post your favourites from the projects that I created this year! I could have gone with the projects that had the most visitors, but decided instead to go with the projects that had the most comments.  So thank you to all of you that took the time to leave me some love, I so very much appreciate it!

Never too old - July 5th

Hello, Let's be friends forever - December 15

I am - February 14

Selfie Time - February 15

Riding the Waves - September 1

Oh  Happy Day - July 5th

Happy Birthday Timmy  - March 17

Dreamers gonna dream - November 15

Hello World - March 1st

Masculine birthday card - October 8th

Not so ironically these are a lot of my favs, too, for the year!  I would have maybe had to add a few more, but then I have the sentimental attachment to the subjects, unlike you. Anyway, this has been such a fun trip down my 2015 crafty memory lane! Thank you for sharing it with me!

Embossing Buttons | Tutorial

I have a new little tip to share with you all today!

A while back when I was making this card, I didn't quite have the right button to use.  Well, okay I have hundreds - but none were what I wanted, you know how it is!

So I pulled out my Zing metallic gold embossing powder...

... and gave a plain old wood button a quick coat.

Now it is glam!  Such a s easy way to get coordinated buttons!

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

December Daily 22-25

I am sharing the last few pages of my December Daily album today, although I do hope to make a video of the entire second half very soon!

Since he was off on winter break, my youngest wanted to cook for us. His favourite is loaded Nachos so of course that i what he made, they were excellent!

A little gingerbread man cookie decorating helped to fill an afernoon.

The best day, all my boys home for the holidays! I think this little house is from FabScraps - I have had it forever-- I embossed it to coordinated and then coloured the door and windows.

For my last day, I created a double pager, using this great spread from Simple Stories.  It ws perfect for documenting the days events, traditions and highlights - love that!

Supply List:  Simple Stories patterned paper; page inserts; album sleeves; washi tape, enamel dots, chipboard elements, bradz, photo sticker; Freckled Fawn wood veneer numbers; Hemptique twine; Evalicious puffy stickers, wood veneer, flair and page tabs; Staedtler pen; American Crafts Thickers; Your Next Stamp enamel dots; Echo Park stickers; Stampin' Up embossing powder; Faber Castell red marker; Painters gold paint pen; My Mind's Eye glitter stickers; Fabscraps chipboard house.

Thanks for visiting! 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays and one last card! | A Holiday Wish

Hello there!

I would like to share one more card with you, before Christmas. 

I had a lot of fun working with non traditional Christmas colours, in fact this is not even a Christmas collection.  But I think it is super adorable!

The papers are from Simple Stories' DIY Boutique collection and the image is from Tiddly Inks.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for visiting me this past year.  I wish you all the happiest of holiday seasons!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

December Daily | Days 18 -21

Hi there!

I am back again today sharing a few more pages of my December daily.

The 18th was the last day of school before winter break and pj, which is always fun!  My little guy wanted to wear his new one piece pj's which has many buttons and an actual trap door.  I spent an hour or so the night before sewing a few strategic buttons closed  - to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions.  Of course he had on underthings underneath but he was a little nervous of the trap door coming open ;) !

We have made good friends with one set of neighbours in particular who are super sweet and super helpful.  They check in on me, but always make out like they are calling for something else! I appreciate them a lot! Anyway, last weekend we went to their annual Christmas open house and met a few neighbours that we had not met yet and a couple we had.  It was a nice time.  Of course I requested a photo opp with the husband and little guy before we went.

On Sunday I made loaves of banana bread for a few of the neighbours.  One in particular was delivered to the sweet neighbours I had previously mentioned, who were puttering around their house when we brought it over.  A nice chat and glass of wine rounded off the visit to perfection!

Monday I spent baking all my boys favourites things!

I added this small banner page beside the photo of the baked goods listing what I made.

Supply List:  Simple Stories patterned paper; page inserts; album sleeves; washi tape, enamel dots, chipboard elements, bradz; alpha stickers stickers, photo sticker; Freckled Fawn wood veneer numbers; Hemptique twine; Evalicious puffy stickers and page tabs; Staedtler pen; My Mind's Eye glitter stickers; misc. doily and glittered washi; CTMH fabric labels; American Crafts Thickers; Teresa Collins washi.

Thank you for visiting!

Silhouette Studios DIY Print and Cut Feature | Tutorial

Hi there!

I recently mass produced some Christmas tags using a DIY print and cut feature, and decided that I should share the process with you, you can use this technique to mass produce cards or invites or party decor - so be sure to think outside of the Christmas box - or even to produce a single custom item!  But if you are in need of a bunch of tags in a hurry - you will know how to get them without getting dressed! lol!

For the sake of this tutorial I will be using a digital stamp as my image, please note that wherever you see the word "image" you can use any jpeg or pmg image of your choice.  The possibilities are endless really: you could use an actual photograph to make a personalized item; you could use an image of a favourite character (say for a party invite); you could use a free clip-art; anything really - let your creativity lead the way!  Or if all else fails ask a little person, they are full of great ideas! hehe!

I shared a tutorial similar but different to this at about the same time last year, focusing more on how to used your cut files as digital stamps.  This time we will go into a little more detail, and you will be using other images, opposed to cut files, to adorn a custom shape.

The first step is to get the image of your choice onto your computer's hard drive, if you are using a photo from your camera it is pretty basic, you could download an image from the internet or like me if you are working with a digital stamp you will need to scan your coloured image via your printer into your computer  (see scanned image above, note I coloured two of the same digital stamps).

Next you will open your Silhouette software and click FILE, OPEN and then look for your image on your hard drive. Once your image is in the software program, you can resize it to suit your project.

I used the knife tool to trim off a little of the excess white space around my images, this helped me to snug them up a little closer together.  You may or may not need to utilize this step.

Now open your "design page settings" window; this is where you will configure your page to your printer settings.  For example, my printer only prints a max size of 8.5 x 11 inches so that is what I chose, and I opted for the portrait view.  If it wasn't already, the piece of "paper" on your "mat" on the screen will now appear as 8.5 x 11 inches, in the orientation of your choice.

Next you will want to open your "Registration Marks" window. it is necessary to add registration marks to all print and cut creations.  Your printer will print the lines and squares as shown on the above image.  Then your Silhouette will scan then or "read" them to determine where to cut.  It is a super cool option within the software and I am sure your will figure out many uses for it down the road!  There are two style of registration marks, it doesn't really matter which you choose, I keep it simple and most often choose option 1.

Now we are on to the fun part!  From your library of cut files choose (or create) the shape you want to work with.  As I mentioned I am making Christmas gift tags, so I chose a tag shape.

Bring your shape onto your working area ("mat") and place it over your image and resize it using the corner handles around the shape. Or choose a specific size using the "scale"  tool window 

Once your shape and image are set up as desired you can duplicate them on your page for as many cuts as you want or can fit.  **Be aware that you must have all of your shapes remain within the Registration Mark boundaries or the shape will not cut properly. (You will notice that I set my tag so that it trimmed off the bottom and the left arm of the snowman, because I wanted to leave some white space on the right side to add in my handwritten to's and from's.)

Now you are ready to send your page to your printer.  There is a printer option at the top left side of your software screen (in case you were not aware) to the left of the copy and paste buttons.

I typically print on smooth light weight cardstock for this type of project, but the choice is yours.

Once you have your printed sheet place it onto your Silhouette cutting mat as shown in the image above (providing that you chose portrait mode for your printer), and feed it into your machine.

Now you are ready to cut, but if you are concerned that the Silhouette may cut around your image and your shape, you can double check it by opening the "Cut Settings" window. The areas that will actually cut should become highlighted in red.

Choose your paper type and then hit the "send to Silhouette" button.

As it is coming out of the Silhouette I can see it has cut exactly where I had envisioned when I was planning this whole project!

Here is a little closer look at the cut lines.

And after pulling off the excess paper you can see that I am left with 4 prefect tags.  You may want to make your tags smaller, I like them on the larger side.  Now I just have to repeat these steps until I get enough tags.  **Note - you can print as many copies as you need at once and then feed them through the cutting process afterward.  You do not need to print and then cut one page at a time. I did 20 tags, or 5 pages in one sitting.

Are they not the cutest!  Don't forget to save your work to your hard drive, that way you can use the file again.

And check this out I already put them to work! I love that I only really needed to colour one image to get an endless supply of tags.  I even revisited my file to create Christmas cards a week after creating my tags.  I simply changed out the tag shape and used my coloured image again!  It saved me so much colouring when I was short on time!

Now you can see how easy this really is, and how you can use this function to create so many wonderful custom things.  I use it to make sentiments for my handmade cards (because I do not love stamping); you could make a card with the recipients image on it, or party decor in your little ones favourite character or theme. And on and on!

Thank you so much for visiting today!