Wednesday, June 6, 2012

National Scrapbooking Day/Month

So May is National Scrapbooking Month and there was a ton of fun things happening in the scrappy world. Lots of blog hops, challenges, scrap fests, and cool prizes to be won! I did as many blog hops as I could (boy there are some talented scrappers out there!) and tried out some of the challenges. The layout below was for one of these challenges. Over at Swirlydoos we had a challenge to take the Swirlydoos logo with us on one of our typical days and take photos of it to scrap. So my photos start out at my first stop of the day at the post office, next stop was Walmart (that's the Walmart greeter holding the logo). Then I did my daily stop at Starbucks for my frap and then finished off at the beach walk by the "50th Parallel" sign. I asked some poor German tourist if he could take my photo holding the logo by the sign. He looked at me kind of weird but he still took the photo. I can just imagine the conversation he has when he gets home to Germany and is telling his friends and family about this weird Canadian woman he met, lol!

I used some of Prima's pretty "Sun Kissed" papers for this layout and the yellow checked paper is from Websters "Western Romance" collection. The bigger flowers I made following Gabrielle Pollacco's "Paper Flower" tutorial that you can find here: "Paper Flowers"  The leaf vine I cut on my cricut machine after taking the leaf graphic (courtesy of Lisa G at Swirlydoos) and making it into an SVG file to use in the "Make the Cut" program, The orange satin flowers I had in my stash. the yellow butterflies are also courtesy of Lisa G (aka starsailor) at Swirlydoos. I cut them out and added glossy accents to them, I love how the glossy accents makes things look! The butterflies pearl path I made using some pearl drop paint I found in the fabric painting section at Michaels. Super good deal, I got four different colors for $8.99 and the tubes are quite a good size and the end result looks great! So here is my finished layout....

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

June already?

Wow, it really has been awhile since my last post! We finally got some good weather so I've been out in the yard doing all of my gardening that is normally done in March but our spring weather has been terrible. Now I'm back down on the mainland taking care of my daughters dogs for her while she and a cousin go off to Europe for three weeks.

Anyhoo I have done a couple of layouts and a canvas during all of this time away from my blog. This canvas was done using my friend Paulien Van Den Bosch's tutorial over at Swirlydoos here: Beach Card This tutorial is for making a card using some sticky back canvas but I didn't have any of that but I did have a couple of cheap canvas frames from the dollar store so I decided to use that instead and make it a wall hanging. I was really quite pleased with how it came how so I gave it to my MIL for Mother's Day.
Paulien always comes up with such cool ideas for her cards and layouts. Like on this one where the material around the edge of this is just cotton bandage material and the white netting is the kind of netting they use to put over a bandage to keep it in place. Who would ever think to use something like that and that it would look so good? Since this canvas was a lot larger than a card I decided to make a title for it to add to all the blank space in the middle. I also added some seagulls that I cut out with my cricut machine and popped up with foam pop dots and some fencing that I had in my stash.

This next layout is photos of my granddaughter - I can't believe she's 13 already! Seems like just yesterday that she was born. I have been wanting to do a layout on my granddaughter for a while as I have all of these letters and drawings etc that she as done for me and I wanted her to know how much I loved these things and have a special spot (behind the photos) that I could slide all of these keepsakes into so I wouldn't lose them. As soon as I saw these photos of her I knew they would be perfect for this layout. I used the Websters "Western Romance" papers "Love Notes" that went perfect with this whole layout. The papers even matched my granddaughters shirt she is wearing perfectly! I did some fussy cutting from some of the papers of the cowboy hat and letters and the corner piece that says "Love Letters" and popped them up with foam pop dots. The butterflies are courtesy of Lisa at Swirlydoos. I cut them out and added some glossy accents to them.

I have another layout to post but I will do that this afternoon. Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!