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Scrappy Sunday

First off, the winner of the Websters Pages goodie bag is Tracey – “How about cutting your lovely paper into strips and place along the two pages”.  I will be sending that off to you tomorrow!!!

This week I decided to start getting caught up on Milah’s school pictures.  Here is what I came up with.

Now the pages separately so you can see them a little more close up.

I felt the background paper was a little too plain so I used a mask and took a sponge to my navy ink pad and applied it over the mask.  Then I removed the mask and voila!  Just a subtle detail that makes a huge difference.

Aren’t those antique brads to die for???  I got them from Stampin UP!

Travel Themed Wedding

Getting back from my girlfriend’s wedding and just wanted to give you a few pics of the decor for the wedding in which I had done the invitations for here.  First the bride and groom.

Me giving my speech.

The centerpieces I helped put together.  The candle holders were plain vases from Dollarama which I covered in an eyelet lace material and the table numbers were cut with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die.

I also made a Mr. and Mrs. sign for the bride and groom’s table.

The cake pops the lovely bride made for her favours.  We put them in vintagey suitcases purchased at Michaels.  The thank you tags on the pops were punched from the same paper as the invitations with a Stampin Up! punch.

I wish I had a website for the cupcake lady so I could give a shout out to her.  She did an amazing job, super professional and the cupcakes tasted yummy.  She even brought us seashells to help decorate.  When I get a hold of her contact information I shall post it here.

Hope this gave you some ideas for your own wedding!!

Scrappy Sunday and Giveaway!!

Hi there, I trust you all had a fabulous weekend.  I, unfortunately, am back to work tomorrow after being off for over a year on maternity leave.  I might not go to bed so I do not have to wake up in the morning to leave my wonderful home and baby girl :(

On to more positive and happy thoughts, the cottage.  Some of you may recognize some of the photos as I did a blog post about our week away here.  Thought it was about time I scrapbooked (is that even a word?) it.

I had this gorgeous nautical themed page that looked like a postage stamp (which is from Webster’s Pages) but I only had one and wanted to do a two page layout.  I really wanted to incorporate it so, I cut it into two pieces.  A third I put on the far left side and the rest on the right page.  YEY!  I love the way it brings out the yellow flowers in the picture of me holding Amelia.

Most of the accessories are from Webster’s except for the ribbon which is from Stampin Up! and the title which was done with my Cricut (man I love that machine).

Now for the giveaway part…all you have to do is leave a comment on how you incorporate a single page into a double page spread and I shall pick one at random and send you a little goodie bag of Webster’s Pages stuff.  They seem to be my favourite lately so I thought I would share them with you.  Don’t you just love free stuff???

Kids Valentine’s Cards

I was asked by Milah’s art teacher to come in and be a guest teacher.  In that Valentine’s Day is coming up I thought it would be a good idea to do cards with them.  I tried to keep it simple and gave them the option of only two cards.  Here is my sample of the most popular one.

I got the template from Skip To My Lou.  I didn’t add a lollipop to mine though.  Just cut out a large circle with a punch for the head.  I also couldn’t find all red brads for the wing mechanism.  The only thing I could find were red brads with letters on them so I bought red glitter glue and had the kids cover them up.  I also had them cut out plain red circles (using the white piece as a template) then had all kinds of self adhesive glitter hearts for them to add a little bit of shine.  Of course some of the kids took the sample and ran with it, as kids do.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching the more daring ones come up with things like making the wings flap with a pipe cleaner contraption.  That boy was definite engineer material.  Here are some of the kids in action.

Milah going against the grain and doing her own thing entirely.

Zoe with her cute smile.

Kaitlyn really not wanting to get her picture taken.

Here are a few finished Valentine’s Cards…

Leila added antenna with some black card stock.

I had a great time and hopefully didn’t embarrass my daughter too much, haha!!

Scrappy Sunday

It’s Scrappy Sunday time again!

This week I have continued on with Ava’s book and have done a layout of the two proud grandma’s holding their new granddaughter for the first time.  I tried to keep it fairly simple, but added a bit of bling with the glass and rhinestone baubles.

a close-up of the accessories…

A girl has got to have some bling.  The second one is of her first Christmas – she was so tiny…

and a close-up of the gorgeous flower…

Almost this entire layout was done with Webster’s Pages products.  Their products lend themselves well to little girl pages.  SOOO cute!!  As this scrapbook is only 8X8 I have been able to do a couple layouts at a time.  Not sure if I will be able to keep that up for the 12X12 ones.  Hopefully though, at this rate I shall be caught up in no time, haha.

Hopefully this inspires you to get cracking!  Have a great Monday tomorrow!

Reverse Canvas Tutorial

Thought I would do a quick reverse canvas tutorial on a way to change up your typical canvas.  Just turn it around!!  Using a reverse canvas this way is great when you have bulky items you want to add to your piece or like the look of having a built in frame around your art.

So, you take this….

Reverse Canvas Tutorial

Then add this with a medium or Modge Podge…

Reverse Canvas Tutorial

It should be tissue paper, a sewing pattern or something equally thin and light so that it easily gets into all the cracks and crevices.  7 gypsies have some amazing tissue papers.

Then you can make this…

Reverse Canvas Tutorial

Reverse Canvas Tutorial

and this…

Reverse Canvas Tutorial

Reverse Canvas Tutorial

You should really use something a little more substantial when gluing larger pieces such as the nest and zipper circles.  I used my trusty glue gun, one of my favourite tools.

I shall be posting a more extensive video tutorial on incorporating zippers into your work soon, so stay tuned…

To see my other tutorials, check the Tutorials section.

 

Introducing Scrappy Sundays!!

Welcome to my first Scrappy Sundays project!

So, I have three daughters for whom I am trying to document their lives through scrapbooks, just so they know how much they are loved and appreciated. However, I have been falling behind with this. So in order to keep myself on task, I am going to institute Scrappy Sundays which will force me to get at least one layout done a week that I will then post here on my blog.  This will hold me accountable and hopefully inspire you as well.  These are my firsts…

Scrappy Sundays - Childrens Layout

Scrappy Sundays - Childrens Layout

Scrappy Sundays - Childrens Layout

 

I have actually done a couple but they are 8X8 size pages.  It is a baby scrapbook I am doing for my step-daughter.  Unfortunately I did not know her as a baby.  I am hoping through her book I will get to see her personality developing and all the things I missed. 

Travel Themed Wedding Invitation

Happy New Year all!!   I have so many new things on the horizon for my artsy self.  I am soon back to work as my maternity leave is almost over.  Sort of unbelievable how quickly the time has gone.  Anyway, I will definitely need a creative outlet and as such have a few things planned to keep myself balanced.  In the meantime, my friend Rachel’s invitations have all been mailed out so I can now share them with you :)  They got married in Jamaica and are having a small reception here in town so she asked me to make her invitations and wanted them to look like airline tickets… TAA DAA!!

Travel Themed Wedding Invitation - Image 1
Travel Themed Wedding Invitation - Image 2
Travel Themed Wedding Invitation - Image 3
I love all the yummy colours of the card stock. The front was a bit plain so I added a strip of the inner pattern on the outside, along with a vintage stamp in brown ink. If you are interested in my template to make the boarding pass just leave me a comment or send me an e-mail and I shall get it off to you.
*UPDATE* Check out their travel themed wedding here.

Goodbye Fall

Wow, where has the time gone?  Christmas is but days away.  Here is a glimpse of my Fall in pictures.
My little muffin at the park…

I went back home to NB to spend some time with my ailing grandmother, my lovely Mimi.  I took the girls to Daly’s Point…

Here are the apple trees I use to love to climb at my grandmothers house…
 
I felt so adventurous being so high up in those trees hiding from the rest of the world (or more likely my brothers) As I looked at them, all kinds of childhood memories came back from when I would spend the weekends with my grandmother.  She used to get up at the crack of dawn, bake fresh bread and make me this huge spread for breakfast (fit for a queen), including freshly squeezed orange juice.  Being the strong, hard working lady she was, her clothes were always hung out to dry, no matter what the weather…
This is the first of a series of clothes line pieces I am doing in honour of my Mimi.

Savoir Faire Pics

Finally got a few pics from the Savoir Faire on our facebook page if you want to check them out.  We are currently on the lookout for a better space for the Spring edition of The Art & Crafts Savoir Faire.