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Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 2017 Round Robin

 I joined in on the Round Robin over at Swirlydoos this month. This was the challenge "It’s April, the month of Spring. This month we are going to embrace Spring cleaning, with a “Clean and Simple” layout but it has to be Swirly Style. How, let me explain it to you. Create a “Clean”(no mixed media)and “Simple”(minimal embellishments) layout but make it Swirly Style (flowers and embellishments)." I was on Team 2 for week 4 and my team mates gave me some great layouts to lift. The main things to lift off of my team mates was using some punch around the page punches, three photos and some chippies. You'll have to ignore a few little slip ups as I haven't quite mastered using the punch around the page punches yet. I've used three photos of our kids from a photo shoot they had done and chippies that I used under the edges of the photos as well as a chippie from my stash for my title. Here's the finished layout:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Time Flies!

I came across this photo of my girlfriend and I a few weeks ago and thought it was a great photo of the two of us and decided I should scrap it. I was thinking it wasn't taken that long ago until I actually sat down and thought about it. It would have been when my daughter was 2 or 3 years old. Well she just turned 26 this month. No wonder I thought we looked so good,it was taken 23 years ago, lol!

So for the background paper on this layout I used the Blue Fern Studios Stillness paper from the Tranquility paper collection. For the different layers of paper I used Blue Fern Studios  Jubilation paper from the Tranquility collection and also papers from Prima's Tales of You & Me collection. I popped the photo up with card board. I added Prima flowers from Prima's Princess Castle and Prima Blumen collections. I cut the title out on my Cricut machine and the Cameo was from my stash. I distressed and inked all of my papers and added the paint drips. I was quite happy at how the layout turned out. I'd love to hear your comments. Here's the finished layout....

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Guest Book

Doing another project for my son's wedding in June. I was in one of our local thrift stores in town picking up some plastic hangers and was walking back to the front counter to pay for them when I walked past this box with a bunch of miscellaneous things in it and saw a small book. I picked it up and found out it was a guest book that had never been used and they only wanted $1.00 for it. Since my son and his fiances had asked me if I could decorate up a guest book for their wedding, I thought this was perfect. The fabric store was next door to the thrift store so I went in there and picked up some lace and ribbon and came home and went to work decorating the book. The lace/ribbon/pearl string flower in the top left corner was one I made using a tutorial by Vicki Alberto a few years back. I kept wanting to use it on a layout or project but never quite found the right project to use it on until now and knew it would go perfect with this guest book! On the bottom right corner is this very pretty lace flower that I had in my stash from Meg's Garden that I had left over from when I was on their Design Team. For the back cover of the book I just used the lace and ribbon for tieing the book closed. I was really pleased at how it turned out, here's the finished project:

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mini Album

I finally finished my mini album! I say finally because I started this back at the end of November, lol. I was kind of working on this in between other projects that I was doing. The main thing that held up the finished project was because I was waiting for some small magnets I'd ordered off eBay from some company in China. So that saying "Coming on a slow boat from China" is so true. I ordered these magnets back in December and I just got them last week, yeah a real slow boat, lol. So of course I couldn't really put all the pages together because I needed to have the magnets on first so they would be covered by the paper. I worked on putting the album all together last weekend and I was quite pleased at how it turned out since this was my first time making a mini album from scratch. Rather than posting all photos of the album (and there would be a lot) I did a short video showing all of the pages. I've never done a video before so I'll apologize now for how bad it might be, lol. I'd love to hear your comments on my album! Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Wedding Cake/Card Box

My son's wedding is coming up on June 24th and my future daughter-in-law, Angela, asked me if I would be able to make a card box for them. This is used for quests so they can drop their cards off into the box rather than just putting them on a table with the wedding gifts and maybe getting lost. I hadn't heard of them before but Angela sent me a couple of samples that she found on Pinterest so I was quite excited about the project.

Since the town I live in (Campbell River, BC) isn't huge we don't have a Michael's so I had to take a drive down island (Vancouver Island) to the Michael's to pick up what I needed for the project. I managed to find a set of round craft boxes to use, and bought some silk roses, some small white flowers, and some navy blue tulle. I bought some white satin at our local fabric store and some pretty iridescent sparkly white card stock from the small scrapbook store we have in town.

I took the smallest box, turned it upside down and laid it centered onto of the bottom of the second box and traced the smaller box around the other box. I did the same thing with the second box but traced it on to the lid of the largest box. The reason I did the tracing on the lid of the largest box was because I was going to use the lid of that box so that you could lift it off so you could get the cards that were dropped into the box. I took my box cutter and cut the lid about an inch inside of the tracing. I did the same thing on the bottom of the second box. For the top box I cut about an 8" x 3/4" slit in the bottom of the smallest box for any cards to be dropped into the cake. 

I covered the 3 boxes with the white satin and on the edge of the lid of the largest box (I didn't use the lids of the two smaller boxes). I then took the sparkly card stock and covered the top of the boxes. Once the glue had dried on the paper I took my box cutter and cut out the centers of the cut outs of the middle box and the lid of the largest box. I then glued the smallest box to the second box and then those two boxes to the lid of the largest box. 

On each box I took the navy blue tulle and wrapped it around the box pinching it in the center and adding a small red rose from my stash onto each box where the tulle  was pinched.
Once this was all done and dried I could start adding my roses and flowers down the one side of the cake/box. I started with the red roses and layed them down the side, then I added some of the navy blue tulle and layed that down amongst the roses. When I got down to the bottom box I had to make sure that the roses and tulle runing from the top of the cake to the bottom of the cake stopped on the lid of the third box and the next group of flowers and tulle were not attached to the lid but attached to the bottom box. This way the couple could lift the top of the cake off at the lid and take the cards out of the bottom box. I then added the other flowers to the bottom box. Here are a couple of pics of the whole card box. I'd love to hear your comments. Have a great weekend every one!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Old Photos

I came across this photo in my box of "Photos to Scrap" the other day and I was like "Holy crap this is old!" Mainly because my dh Rick is not to gray yet (I can cover my gray with dye, lol). I looked at the back of the photo and it was from March 2007, that's like 10 years ago...where the hell did the time go? 

For this layout I used the Bo Bunny "Bella Rosa" paper collection. The top left corner of my layout is a bit of a lift of one of Gabrielle Pollacco's layouts. I just really liked the way it looked on the layout. I popped up the photo with some cardboard to give it a 3D look. For the bottom right corner of the photo I did some fussy cutting of the roses in one of the papers from this Bo Bunny collection which I also popped up with cardboard. For the top left corner of the photo I used some of the Prima Blumen flowers, I love these flowers, they come in a few different colors and just make perfect flowers clusters for layouts! I added a bottle cap embellishment that I made using a flower I punched out from the Graphic 45 "Secret Garden" paper collection. I used a few other embellishments from my stash, did some distressing until I was happy with the way the layout looked. I'd love to hear your comments, TFL!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Swirlydoos February Round Robin

So this month's RR over at Swirlydoos is all about "Love"....what else could it be about in February! Our layouts should be about something/someone we love and to use those scrappy items that we love to hoard, use red, pink, black or white colors (or all 4 of these colors), lots of bling, flowers, well you get the idea.

So my layout is of my granddaughter (who I love to pieces), she's all dressed up for her grade 12 Winter prom back in December. For the colors I've used pink, light pink paper matting the photo and then the dark pink Prima butterfly. I've got a pearl flourish and a butterfly stick pin that I made for my bling. One of the things I love to  hoard are my chippies so I used this one "Chase Your Dreams", which I painted with some mauve paint and also used some Diamond Stickles to give it some sparkle, not that you can tell in this photo, lol. So this is my layout for Team 2, week 3. You can click on the photo for a larger view. I'd love to hear your comments, have a great week!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Another Liam layout

I was digging through my photos the other day to find one to scrap and I came across this picture of myself holding onto our grandson Liam the day he was born, December 2, 2015. I decided I had to scrap at least one photo of me with Liam. I used the Swirlydoo's October 2015 "Garden Harvest" scrapbooking kit (except for the background paper)for this layout. So here it is...
Thanks for stopping by and I'd love to hear your comments!

Monday, January 30, 2017

January 2017 RR at Swirlydoos

So January's Round Robin over at Swirlydoos was layouts for "New Beginnings" whether that be New Year Resolutions, new jobs, new relationships etc. My layout is of my son and soon to be daughter-in-law Angela. They just bought their first home and the day they picked up the keys to the home my son had it all arranged to have his friend playing their "song" as they entered the house and the kids had all made signs saying "Will You Marry Me" that the real estate agent had hung up for him and he had rose petals from the door to the center of the room  in a circle that he walked her to and as she was reading the sign he bent down in one new and proposed to her. So these photo's are of the engagement party they had in September and my son was giving a speech and I think you can see by the one photo that he brought Angela to tears with his words. The small photo on the top right was the two of them kissing after the speech. The saying says "Marriage is a new beginning of life, a new starting point of happiness". Thanks so much to Linda for her design, and for Linda,  Annie and Kathi's inspiration for my layout!  Here's the final layout!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Card Mojo is Back

Well yesterday I actually managed to get 4 cards done, I know I'm so slow! This first card is the same as the one I did the other day but changed the top layer of the hearts with a different paper and I'm quite pleased at how it turned out.

 These next two are pretty simple but I like how they turned out.

This is a lift of a card I found on Pinterest by Scrappin' and Stampin' in GJ. This one is another simple design but I just think it's very pretty.
Here is the Stampin' and Scrapin card I lifted.
I hope you like all of these. I'm off to go get started on my layout for the Round Robin at Swirlydoos, have a great day!