Friday, December 28, 2018

2018 was a paw-some year!

I hope you had a wonderful Holiday season spending it with your loved ones.  2018 year is a wrap, I thought it would be fitting to share with you my Year-in-review page from my puppy's perspective.

I created a four-season page design with horizontal bands representing each season.  The horizontal bands are cut from the pretty petite prints dot/stripe papers as the backdrop.  A small scalloped border was added for extra detail and separation between the seasons.

This is a great time to dig into your stash and use up all those cute ephemera bits and pieces that you have been saving!  For my page, cute little elements from the Spring Things, Sweet Summer, Pumpkin Party and Christmas Town were used. 

I love that fun shape sprinkles are included with each Doodlebug collection and I'm so addicted to them.  Whee! on this layout I used them across all the seasonal bands!

On this single page, I was able to fit 10 photos, if you are a double-pager scrapbooker, this horizontal design would totally work on a 24x12 footprint. Placing the embellishment clusters and journaling in a staggered pattern encourages your eye to move across and down the page, a wonderful way to stroll down memory lane! 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Happy December Birthday!

Raise your hand if you have a December birthday? As a Christmas Eve baby myself I am shouting out (with both jazz hands) 'Happy Birthday' to all those turning one year wiser this month!

I am in the midst of holiday paper crafting and it's no wonder my desk is piled high with Christmas themed supplies.  That being said I had the intention to make a festive December birthday layout without it being too Christmas-y.

I scrolled through the super cute Doodlebug Christmas Town digital cut files collection and this standing bear stood out (literally!).  What is better than a cute bear? how about a supersized 8-inch bear on your page!  This standing bear is perfect to hold a banner or sentiment to emphasize the celebration theme.  Imagine doing this for any happy occasion eg. Valentines day (with a heart string banner), baby birth announcement, retirement etc.

The circle die-cut background is from the Smitten Kitten collection and the patterned papers under the die-cut circles are from the Christmas Town 6x6 paper pad.  The smaller scaled patterns are a great way to add pops of colour to the background.  I added sequins and the #5 on to the circles to record this special boy's 5th birthday!

Thanks for dropping by the blog, hope you have a bear-y special day!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Ho Ho Ho!

I love Doodlebug patterned papers and especially when the 'B' sides are just as awesome as the 'A' sides.  Are you loving the newest Christmas Town patterned papers? I had so much fun 'B'-eing creative with these darling 'B' sides!

The kraft paper and elements are fabulous and really adds a lot of warmth to your projects! To make the title stand out from a busy pattern paper block I like to use a contrasting title mat.  Here I opted for  black cardstock,  it's great way to ground elements to your page.  I can never get enough chit chats- love these little sentiments!

Thanks for dropping by the blog today, hope you can fit a little Christmas crafting into your day!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

December memories

It's early November and as I'm writing this blogpost we are having our first snowfall!  It's so magical when the rooftops and trees are lightly dusted with white fluffies!

Do you have lots of holiday memories to document in anticipation to Christmas? My layout records receiving Santa's letter, a fun snow day, a family gathering and Christmas Eve all in one 12x12 layout!  Using one of the Daily Doodles calendar pages as the page base makes it easy to tell the story line of many events occurring in the month.

Have you seen some of the adorable washi tape rolls with this collection? I used a few patterns throughout my page and are a great way to draw attention to embellishment clusters and journaling strips.

I added some Christmas twine borders around the photos for some extra texture.  On this page I used pattern papers mainly from the 6x6 pad to keep everything small in scale.  The cut-apart square cards paper is perfectly scaled smaller to fit in one of the daily grids on the calendar page.

It's a busy fun-filled page for a busy month! Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Gingerbread houses!

Happy November! Hope everyone had a fun Halloween night and that you had a chance to sneak a few treats for yourself too!  Is it too early to ask 'Are you excited for the Christmas and holiday season?'  The Christmas Town collection is certain to have you 'fa la la' in love with all the cute Winter and Christmas themed icons!

For my page, I went with a repeating circle shapes to surround the photos for my page. I used a 1.75 inch circle punch to cut out various cute images from the 12x12 Countdown paper.  The asymmetrical placement of the circles gives contrast to the square gird placement of the photos.

For a little extra lift I curled the edges of the circles up to add a little dimension and interest.

I kept the negative space simple and just added a little texture with some dry embossing of a piece of card stock that matches the page base and added a few sequins for a touch of sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by the blog, hope you are inspired to do some holiday crafting!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Pumpkin Party!

Get ready to celebrate your ghoulish Halloween memories with Pumpkin Party!  You'll find the ghosts, pumpkins, spiders etc. irresistibly cute!

For my layout I flipped through all the great patterns in the 6x6 paper pad and stopped at the 5x5 cards paper. I cut apart the little squares and created a mosaic 'wall' to bring attention to all the cute Halloween sayings. 

To create dimension and interest on the mosaic wall, I took the 2nd duplicate paper in the paper pad, circle punched out a few images and then popped them onto the matching mosaic card. I also placed some smaller photos on the wall to record the many fun moments. 

The spider shape sprinkles are the perfect addition to kick up the spooky factor. Where I placed the spider sprinkles I machine stitched a small line and let the threads hang loose to create that creepy web look. 

Thanks for dropping by the blog today, hope you have a boo-tiful day!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Petite Prints!

I am loving all the new Doodlebug floral/grid and dot/strip petite prints, talk about a rainbow of happiness!  The smaller scale patterns on these papers are a wonderful way for add a colourful backdrop to your craft projects.

Remember those one-sheet wonder templates for card makers?  I created a very simple one-sheet cutting template and used the same cutting template for two contrasting petite print papers.  I chose the yellow dot/stripe and the blue floral/grid patterns.  If you follow the cutting template you will create a pile of double-sides squares, rectangle and strips that can be layered to create nine A2-sized card fronts.

I dipped into all the awesome So Much Pun ephemera elements to embellish my cards.  My pile of ready-made birthday cards are running low so this is a great way to restock my birthday card stash!

I'll quickly run through each trio of cards and indicate which pieces are used to create the backdrops.

The first trio is simply taking rectangle and square pieces to create a simple pattern base.
Card 1- It's Nacho birthday is it?- yellow 2x4, blue 2x4 
Card 2- Have a Dino-Mite birthday!- yellow 2x4, blue 4x4
Card 3- You mean the world to me!- yellow 4x4, blue 3x3

The second trio will require a few tools - a circle punch, your favourite border punch and a trimmer.
Card 4- You're gum-believable!- blue 4x4, 4x2, yellow 3x3 (circle punched out).
Card 5- Hot dog- it's your birthday!- blue 1x12 (border punch out two 4" strips), yellow 4x4, blue 3x3
Card 6- Poppin' in to say Hi!- blue 4x4 (cut on a diagonal).

The last trio uses up the rest of the pieces, if you have a favourite die cut or punch- now is the time to use it!

Card 7- yellow 2x4, 4x4, 3x3 (circles punched out to highlight shape sprinkles).
Card 8- blue 2x12, yellow 1x12 - adhere to the card base on an angle and then trim excess.
Card 9- butterfly punch used on remaining pieces left over to cover the card front.

Hope this gives you some ideas for your next card making playtime!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Doodlebug So Mun Pun!

If you fell in love with the So Punny collection, get ready to fall big time again with So Much Pun because there is just so much clever humour over tacos, hedgehogs, dinosaurs, french fries, space ships etc. There is a large range of themes and it's definitely worth checking out!

I was inspired by the 'feel better' part of this collection. When I saw the 12x12 band-aid paper I rewinded my memory tape to the bandaid commercial tune 'I am stuck on bandaids cuz bandaids stuck on you'!  I cut the band-aid strips out and created a lattice weave background on my page.

I love the little smiles on the band-aids, if you are going to scrapbook some icky, not feeling so good times, every little bit of light hearted humour helps!  My page is about this little munchkin going into the hospital to get his ear tubes put it.  He was a brave little boy and is now happy to hear better and say good-bye to painful ear infections.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Layout in minutes!

Imagine a hot sunny day with kiddos splashing in pool, the adults too busy chatting to notice the overdone burgers on the grill and then throw in a couple of pooches running around stealing and hiding the kid's toys.  So much going on and yet time held still for a few seconds to record the love between a girl and her dog.

This layout came together very easily because much of it was already done!  No, I didn't get a visit from the scrapbooking fairy, LOL (although sometimes I wish one would!).  Remember those photo props and the chit chat tags I previously made?  I re-used them and created a simple grid design to highlight the photo on my page.

For an extra 3D fun effect I layered my photo to give it that extra oomph.  This is done by printing out your photo in the same size 3 times, just trim away 1/8" on all sides each time as you build up to the 3rd layer.