Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Sew Happy Layout

When creating a scrapbook layout using a photo dating back more than 50 years the natural inclination may be to look for some vintage-y patterned papers and embellishments.  I suggest trying the opposite,  lets combine bumblebee yellow, bubblegum pink and bright teal as a starting foundation!

The pretty florals, plaids and hugs/kisses pattern papers from Doodlebug's So Punny collection work wonderfully with the black and white photo of my parent's wedding day.

My mother had a successful career as a textile pattern maker so I thought the sewing references would be cute on the layout.  On the right side of the page I wanted to include a subtle layer of texture and added a strip of fringed card stock in the same colour as the base.  Kinda cool how the ends curl up a bit on their own.

To the left of the photo I cut out the Chinese symbol for 'love' using my digital cutter.  I cut out the character 3x from patterned paper and layered them all to achieve the thickness of thin chipboard.

The patterned heart shape glossy sprinkles are absolutely adorable and I used them throughout the page on scalloped circles punched from the the hearts 6x6 papers. Hope this inspires you to create a love-themed layout.  Have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Doodlebug- So Punny collection

Raise your hand if you love 6x6 paper pads! Me me me! I love the smaller sized 6x6 papers and Doodlebug's 6x6 paper pads are double sided- woot woot- double the fun! Not limited to just making cards, you can most definitely use the smaller scaled 6x6 papers on your scrapbook pages.

On my layout I used only 6x6 pattern papers.  You might notice that the pattern paper strips appear to be longer than 6 inches?  Shh...only you know the patterns are not that long and the breaks are hidden behind the photo mat for an appearance of a longer strip.

In this collection are some adorable shape sprinkles, check out the little soy sauce container and sushi roll, so adorable!

Thanks for stopping by today, be sure to come back for more awesome projects by the team!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Close to My Heart- Love Letter kit

I received a lovely surprise package from Close to My Heart.  For National Paper Crafting month they are celebrating it with some beautiful Love Letter kits!

Here's my pretty 'V' kit.  Swooning over all the flowers and gold-foil accents! There are three sheets of various die cut flowers, banners, gold foil leaves and a cursive alphabet sticker sheet, delicious!

The kit comes with assembly instructions and colour photos. An inspiration guide on how to decorate the monogram letters.

I put my 'V' together and with a few flower blooms and I placed an inspirational verse on the one side.  So easy and quick to put my monogram letter together!  Note, one of the die cut flower designs is a green succulent which I chose just to use the pieces as leaves under the flower blooms.

So many extras in your letter kit, just imagine these pretty blooms on your pages and cards and there is still a good amount of gold letters to use up!

Use the pretty negative die-cuts too, just back them with vellum, trim them out with scissors and your bounty of blooms have just doubled, woo hoo!!

These Lovely Letters are available for purchase from your Close to My Heart consultant, please check their website for one nearest you! Have fun personalizing your monogram!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2018 Greetings! hope you had a wonderful holiday season spending it with the ones you love.  Here in Ontario, Canada we are having one of our coldest Winters in a long time so I can't think of a better time than to stay indoors and do a little scrapbooking!   Do you remember the delicious Cream & Sugar collection? It oozes of cuteness with little sweet pastries, smiling sugar cubes and frosty beverages.  I took the beautiful teal and pink papers from this line to create a page about Christmas morning and a special delivery from Santa.

To create the base page I joined two patterned papers together, when I do this I always like to add a border on the seam where the two patterns meet.  The 12-inch border stickers on the 'this and that' sticker sheet are perfect for this application.

Although the Cream & Sugar is not specially a Winter line, I punched out snow-flakes from pretty blue paper and created a visual element that instantly shouts 'Winter'.

The sweet shoppe house die-cut found in the Odds & Ends package was about the same scale as the doll-house in the photo and I thought it was a cute way to emphasize the doll-house theme.

Have a wonderful crafty day!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mix it up with Doodlebug!

Hello everyone it's Virginia here to share with you my 'Mix-it-Up' project.  Even though our lives are becoming more and more paperless I still do find papers in my junk drawer piling up.  To tackle this mess, I created a fun file folder binder which I will use to keep loose papers better organized.  The foundation of my binder are pocket file folders available at an office supply store.

I used 3 pocket file folders (you can use as many as you wish as long as they fit your binder rings). and there are lots of decorating opportunites (front cover, back cover, inside cover etc.). Woot! I get to raid all my Doodlebug stash, that just makes my heart smile!

Here I used an 8.5x11 page I previously created, this way I can enjoy the layout everytime I open up my file folder! 

You can embellish the insides pockets too, you know all those cute Doodlebug clips, I clipped them to the inside and they are ready when I need some papers clipped together- so much fun!

Love this Doodlebug typewriter cutting file, so many ways to customize your message!

I have filed away a yummy recipe, now I have no excuse that I can't find it- LOL,  I guess I better go now to start some holiday baking!

Wishing you and yours the warmest and merriest Holiday Season!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Holiday Giving- Stockings!

December Greetings! Hope you are enjoying all the gift giving inspiration ideas.  Today I'm here on the blog to share with you a cute stocking that I made with some Silhouette cutting files from the Milk & Cookies collection.

In my stocking I have tucked in a little red money envelope called Chinese 'lai see'.  We give out 
these red envelopes during the Holidays, the New Year and other special occasions to wish luck and good fortune. 

Some assembly tips, to make the stocking I cut out two stocking bases and adhered them securely together all along the sides (leaving the top open).  I used a sewing machine to pierce the holes around the cuff. The blue snowflake is also a cutting file from the Milk & Cookies collection and I made a solid red mat under the snowflake by offsetting the snowflake by a 0.100 factor.  Some added details are the enamel dots and a scalloped green border.

Hope you have fun crafting some holiday gift ideas!