Wednesday, 2 April 2014

lovin' seven

another amazing kit from the ladies at the Urban Scrapbook. this month the challenge was to use Faber-Castell Gelatos on our layout. i first used them on this layout for one of my classes. i loved them then and i still love them now.

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this time i wanted to try a watercolour look on the background that i saw on a layout by Anabelle O'Malley. if art has a watercolour technique i almost always fall in love with it. i just love the look of the imperfect and free form it gives the subject matter. i could have made the colours darker by adding more layers, but i preferred to have the lighter colour.

i used a gesso/gelato mix to paint one of the photo frames. the same mix was used to give a wash to the other frames. i am totally loving these trendy photo frames. now you can get a variety of sizes, styles and colours. they are a must-have.

another use for the gelatos is to rub them onto the surface of your embossing folder. mist with water and then wait a few seconds while the water mixes with the colour. add paper and emboss as usual. i used the doily embossing folder that comes with this paper line. {doilies by Crate Paper Styleboard} after it dried i cut out a few of the doilies and added them randomly.

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this is one of my favourite stencils. they need to make more like this design!

i also used the gelatos to add colour to the ribbon. then i darkened a few areas of it with some Distress Ink.

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some paper ripping. then some more gesso.

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you can rub the Gelato on your non-stick mat, then add any multi-medium of your choice. it will always be colourized to a tone of the gelato. for the flowers i mixed mine with gesso. using some of the white gesso allowed me to mix the white and pink to make these flowers more interesting. although they were still very pretty by themselves!

see the ribbon tucked behind the flower and bow? it started out as a length of bright yellow ribbon. i changed mine to a pastel by adding gesso. on another strand i used my pink gelato and gesso mix. the third strand had gesso and a green gelato.

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i added a few words to describe my daughter at this age.

see that little green banner under the photo? they are from Basic Grey. ever have a special document that you want to include in an album, but it didn't fit with the layout or in a page protector? these are designed to fold in half, be attached to the item - use at least 2 of them - and then it has holes to be held in place by your binder rings. they are sold in at least 6 colours. if you are a fan of project life, then these would come in very handy. i'm not a project life fan, so i cut mine in half and used them like an embellishment.

thanks for stopping by. i enjoyed creating this layout and accepting the challenge this month.

i hope you have made plans to stop by Urban Scrapbook and check out the layouts in person. so much inspiration in one little place!

Friday, 7 March 2014

live in the moment

this photo was taken in 2009. my babies seemed so grown up at the time. my oldest was just about to start kindergarten and my youngest would soon start her first year of preschool. their lives were so simple. as their parents, ours was not quite as much! however it definitely reminded us to enjoy each moment despite the quickly passing days.

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this has been a fun year for the design team at Urban Scrapbook. each month has a new challenge. this one was to follow a sketch. i did an entire year of classes creating layouts on a variety of sketches a few years ago. you can check them out here. if you have not yet tried creating layouts or cards using a sketch, you do need to give it a try. sometimes they end up looking exactly like the sketch and other times it looks nothing like it. as you go through the process of putting the papers and photos together, it eliminates the questions: "does this arrangement look ok? would this embellishment look better here....or here....or here...?"

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if you have not tried it yet, you MUST buy the Xyron sticker maker. i pop my letters inside and it puts dry adhesive on the back of them. it's seriously the best thing since sliced bread.
and if you have not tried the "Wink of Stella" glitter brushes....well....get with it! don't even bother to ask me which colour you should get. i'm still in debate over which one would be the best addition...because you definitely need them all.

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i confess that i tried a few techniques on a few other sheets of paper. did. not. work. like. i. wanted. sigh. i think they will work for a different set of papers....but i didn't have much time to mess around and bring them around from the dark side. some days are like that. onwards and upwards!

i hadn't made these pinwheels in awhile. they are just plain fun to put together. after making a big mess of things i needed a little pick me up! haha!

as you can tell blogging and scrapbooking have fallen through the cracks of my life for the past bit. it might look like i'm stepping away from one or both of them...but i'm not! honest. i'm trying to balance my life between work, family and this incredible hobby. i was just thinking that i should create a page comparing my first classroom to my present classroom. the differences are enormous.

stay with me. i may not be posting as frequently as i used to, but i'll still be here. living in the moment.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

so many of my smiles begin with you

another superb kit this month at the Urban Scrapbook!

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the selection of Valentine themed papers this year are amazing. i probably said that last year too. i think this year is even better! choices of soft pinks and perfect reds. you can also pair it with a kraft paper or chalkboard looking paper. definitely some papers and embellishments worth hoarding and using for a few years!! you can't see it here, but i coloured over the "SMILES" and "begin" with a red Wink of Stella glitter pen. if you have not tried these pens, they are a new must have. the way a ray of sunshine captures the sparkle is incredible. they aren't messy, if this is an issue.

these are my 3 most favourite people in the world and my favourite pictures of them from last year.

i layered paper under a few spots of the chevron lace paper.

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one of the papers had a variety of hearts over the entire background. typical me i fell in love with it and waited to use it for a special part of the layout....set it aside so it wouldn't get messed with by accident....then found it again at the end of my design session. how many times must i make this mistake!?! despite my senility, i think it worked out okay in the end.

i absolutely love adding colour to seam binding. this time i used Spun Sugar and Antique Linen. it turned out better than i had hoped. i wanted it to be soft and aged looking, like the kraft/pink combination. and how cute is that Maya Road "love" heart?! someone must know someone who needs to make some wedding invitations.....these would be so perfect for the trendy cards being sent these days.

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the challenge for this month was to use stitching. my sewing machine and i spent a lot of time sewing around various pieces. then it went around the entire background page. since i had never done this technique yet, but always wanted to....i sewed over my title. those letter stickers are STICKY, so there was no need to ensure they stay in place....however it looks cute and homemade, like the rest of the embellishments. i also made a few "x's" with the red twine.

have you checked out the other layouts on the blog yet? they are amazing. as always they look even better in person.

well, i'm thankful for a blue sky and sunshine today. however this ridiculously cold air is not so exciting. the snow is no longer sparkly white and everyone in my house is tired of mittens and snow pants!! i think we are less than 90 days away from camping season... a big number, but we are already counting down.

Monday, 13 January 2014


January Monthly Kit at the Urban Scrapbook

the new BoBunny Woodlands Winter papers are incredible. i had trouble picking a favourite paper out of the kit. love original designs like this!

there is also a snowflake stencil in the kit that is a lot of fun!

here is my layout:

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i tried several techniques on the background page as well as bits of pieces on other papers.. lots of fun! a snowflake stencil is included in your kit, so it was a fabulous excuse to think of many different ways to use it.

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i cut some detailed snowflakes on my Cameo. then i added clear glass glitter. i love the look of the glass glitter against the white snowflake. it looks just like frost!
it is a bit difficult to see, but i also cut a snowflake from the Tim Holtz Frosted Film with my Cameo. it cuts it perfectly!

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to make the title thicker, i cut out 3 layers from chipboard and adhered them together. the patterned paper was adhered on top. it is hard to tell the glimmer on the title. i got that effect by using a Wink of Stella glitter pen. love that pen!! i haven't gotten the look from any other technique i've's totally unique.

another part of the kit are some clear rhinestone crystals. i kept some connected as they were in the package and cut others apart so that they were singles.

there are some more designs on display at Urban Scrapbook. as usual, the design team members have so many different styles and this kit was perfect for all of us. go, check it out and be inspired!

Friday, 10 January 2014

2013 - layouts in review

here is a summary of my 2013 Year in Review Classes at Urban Scrapbook:

February 2013
{using stencils and UTEE}

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March 2013

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April 2013
{ink, perfect pearls, water and UTEE again!}

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May 2013
{painting with a mix of mediums}

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June 2013
{Distress Paints}

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September 2013
{variety techniques using embossing and stencils}

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October 2013
{metal effects}

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November 2013
just White!
{frost effects}

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Bonus - January 2014
Colour against a white background
{page 1 of 2}

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Bonus - January 2014
Colour against a black background
{page 2 of 2}

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even though the focus was on a new colour each month, there were different techniques explored each month. those techniques could have been used interchangeably between any of the months/colours as well. i was trying to think of my favourite of the year. i can't pick!! there was something i loved about each layout that was unique to that month.

{i purposely didn't list all of the techniques we used on the layouts. just the main technique that the class often referred to when we talked about previous classes. the rest of the just had to take the class to learn and play! respect that the techniques taught in each class were part of the class cost and not to be shared publicly. i do not share the methods of achieving the techniques outside of the class and expect that my students will use those techniques only on their own work and not use it for teaching purposes. some techniques were based on publicly known techniques, but refined for my class. i spent many hours researching and testing before they were chosen for a specific month, and in some cases had to be changed to work with different products.}

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

January Year in Review Class!

2013 was another unique year for my Year In Review classes.

my "bonus" class for 2012 was opened up to my new 2013 students as well as spaces for my 2012 group. that was fun! i put my "bonus" layout pages in my 2012 album, but they would also work for 2013. {Celebrate Today and Always Remember This}

my first year for teaching this set of classes was in 2010. each month followed a monthly theme.

in 2011 i kept an intentional focus on techniques for each month.

2012 had each layout following a sketch, and using non-layout sketches to get inspired designs.

and 2013 was focused on COLOUR!!

for the "bonus" class to close up the 2013 year i thought it would be fun to play with all of the colours we used during the year. with a change up!

here you go....

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taking some paints, gesso and coloured papers on a white background.

but what if....

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we used those same products on a black background?!

then put the pages side by side....

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this is the first time i have created a "bonus" layout where the pages could potentially be displayed side by side in the album. yet they could still work as the "first" and "last" pages.

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a close up....

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and another...

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and another.

it can be a challenge to take "blank" canvases and "naked" embellishments and use them. however, with an open mind it can also be very relaxing.

i think this will be a great culmination to our year. techniques we have used on various layouts, so an opportunity to use what we have already been practicing.

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it is so interesting how the background paper changes the effect of the colours.

{if your photos work....and you have the time to sort through them.....i think it would be a really neat look if your photo colours could match the backgrounds. such as a sunrise/sunset against the yellow, summer green against the green, etc. i chose black because i didn't want more colours to distract from the overall look.}

those registered for the 2013 year should be getting an email about the specifics by the end of next week. classes will be the last Thursday and Saturday of this month.

stay tuned for the focus of 2014. {don't won't have to wait too long for this news....but you will love it!!}

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

just for fun

i hope your Christmas was joyous and peaceful.

in our home, we were all very excited for the holiday this year. all four of us will have had an entire 2 weeks off, and we're at the halfway point today. i know we will all enjoy returning to work and school next week, but for now we are pretending that this week will be the longest ever!

we had a virus hit the kids, so that part wasn't so fun. however it does make the house a bit quieter and we are forced to slow down and take things easy. no complaints about that.

i cleared off all of my unfinished projects and got out some photos to scrapbook. it was fun to mess around on some layouts that are only for our family. this time i used the school class photos from last year.

this year i chose to use Crate Paper for the majority of their pages. vintage Crate Paper! haha!! why do we save the prettiest papers? i need to get out of that habit.

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my girl loves glitter. nothing really gets measured when i put my personal pages together. i usually lay my photo onto the photo mats and trim until i like the look of the papers. often they end up crooked, or i cut off too much. or i have the "perfect" paper…but not enough to make a "proper" mat. this was what happened with the gold dot vellum for this page. this vellum had been in my scrap bin since March….loved this paper. i hope they make similar styles to this next year. i think it was one of those papers that sold out fast everywhere.

those glitter letter stickers bright! i chose loose glitter and sequins to balance them a bit.

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i often have trouble getting my embellishments together for "boy" layouts. this time i chose the papers first. and got most of them cut apart for the base. then i went on a treasure hunt through my drawers, baskets and jars for anything that might work. surprisingly i ended up using most of the things i pulled out. which is not typical of me!! it is definitely easier to find a spot to glue it onto the layout rather than return it to it's storage spot in my desk. ha! Crate Paper sold 12x12 sheets of adhesive tissue paper….also known as Washi Tape. you can die cut out shapes from it, or slice off strips/squares as you use them. they look super bright on the shelf….but they are transparent when you put them against the papers. the chevron, typewriter and woodgrain strips are some of the ones i used. if you are like me and don't like to use the same paper or elements from a package more than once, then these sheets of tissue are ideal. the splatters are from a mix of re-inker, water and some perfect pearl powder. so easy to make your own and match it to your layout.

i'll share my next class layout later this week. and there is a new month for the Urban Scrapbook design kit too. January has always been my favourite kit to create with, and this one is no different!


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