Tuesday, June 23, 2015

For The Love of the Beach - WEEK 24

Hi everyone!  Here is my layout for the month of June.  I live on an island (albeit a very large one) and the part that I LOVE the most about that is having such easy access to the beach and the ocean at anytime I want.  I find visiting the ocean to be the most relaxing and stress-relieving thing in the world and whenever life gets to me... that is where I go.

This photo is from earlier in the spring but the message is how we all love the beach and that the weather has now improved so we can go again.  Don't get me wrong... we go year round here (and are grateful for that) but being able to go and be warm and not worry about layers is awesome. As is walking in the surf or day-dreaming on a log.

Here is my layout:

I wanted to keep this layout fairly simple although I will confess I had planned to use a heart stencil and modeling paste to add a few hearts or some texture behind my layers.  Oh well! I did however want to tone down my background paper so I applied a fairly liberal coat of gesso to it (thus the curly edges, sorry!).  I used a scraper to put it on and as it dries pretty quick I layered it on as I went just working from top corner to bottom corner and once I went back up to the top it was dry enough to add a bit more. I think I added it about 3 times to get to this level of opacity.

I also, as you can see in the video, used my very old Heidi Swapp distress tool on the edges of the top and bottom strips. I just didn't want them to be too flat.

And a few close ups:


And a video!!

Supplies List:
Patterned Paper: Webster's Pages Ocean Melody
Cardstock: Michael's
Vellum Frames and Tags: Webster's Pages Ocean Melody
Embellishments: Stickers -Webster's Pages; Puffy Stickers - Evalicious; Wood veneer - Evalicious; Burlap hearts - Simple Stories; Fabric hearts - Amy Tangerine; Enamel hearts - Lilibee Design; Arrows - Crate Paper.
Alphabet: Thickers - Alyx.
Pen: Project Life.
Date Stamp: Heidi Swapp.
Mist, Ink and Paint: Color Shine - Gold; Ranger - Pumice Stone distress ink; Ranger - Cracked Pistachio distress pain; Making Memories - Banana, acrylic paint.
Tool: Heidi Swapp - Edge Distressor.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

THE HERO IN MY LIFE - WEEK 24





Highlighting a male figure in your life is our post for this month, so I decided to do a layout of my husband.  This man has been an awesome father and husband to our family.  He is the hardest working man and I have never known anyone who works as hard as this man does in my life.  He has gone through some health challenges and has prevailed leaving no excuses for any of us to use.  He is the hero in my life and has proven it over and over again.  His major health challenge was that he needed a liver due to some serious challenges with his own and unfortunately his liver challenges were passed down through family heritage.

Today, he is doing absolutely wonderful and is back to him self and we are all thankful for that.  I can honestly say that he is the true hero in my life and deserves to be honored every day.




In this video I use a sketch and I tried not to make too feminine so I used masculine colored pattern paper.

Who is your hero in your life?  Is it a father, husband, or brother?  Try creating a layout featuring your hero or father figure in your life.  Highlight what makes them your hero and let them know how much you love them everyday.  Be sure to visit my blog for more inspiration.

Take Care!


Supply List:
Pattern Paper: Graphic 45; A Proper Gentleman
Cardstock: Blue, black, and white: Stash
Die cuts: Simple Stories
White circle die cuts: Silhouette cut file
Enamal dots: Teresa Collins Urban Market
Enamel arrows: My Mind’s Eye
Spray mist: Studio Calico Mister Hueys calico white
Thickers: Dear Lizzy











Tuesday, June 9, 2015

WEEK 22 - SUMMER 2014 LAYOUT


Sometimes when I have so many events or things I want to scrapbook I feel overwhelmed with the thought of being so far "behind" and trying to play catch up, while still living life and continually making more memories.
So when I was sitting at my desk trying to think of what layout I wanted to do next, I thought what better way to tackle many events at once, and put them all on one layout.  So now instead of a layout for all 20 of these things, I have one .

I combined all my photos from all our fun summer events and made this collage in photoshop.  I printed it on one piece of paper.  When I trimmed it down I left a little white border around all entire thing. I just like the look, to me it gives it a little more finished detail look.  


 I started with the photo collage and built the rest of the layout around that.  I cut the photo grid apart and added the turquoise banner strip, which spread the photos across the page higher, Seperating the photos with the banner in there, gives a more cohesive look.  It groups all the sides and elements together in some way.
I used my favorite font sweet pea for the word summer and cut that and 2014 out of pink patterned paper and white cardstock.  I used the white cardstock as a mat for the title, to make it stand out just a bit more.  


I wrote out my journaling in my microsoft word program and printed it on kraft cardstock, then turned it sideways and added it right next to the photos.  I used tiny number stickers I had on hand to number each photo, and in my journaling I used those numbers to tell what each picture is. 


I added some tickets to the side of the journaling, which add a fun little element to that side of the page.  I used a little washi tape in a few places and some enamel dots for a few pops of added color on the left side of the page. Lately I don't think I know how to make anything without washi tape and enamel dots.  But they are so fun, so go with it I say.  I found in my stash the cute little wood veneer bike and since I had a photo of the kids on their bike I just had to use it.  

Something I have really been embracing over the years is using papers and embelishments from different manufactures on a page.  I used to "think" I could only use the same line of stickers, and papers and embellishments together, like I was breaking some kind of unspoken rule if I used one from a different company mixed with another on a layout.  Well I don't know why I was like that, but now I am completely embrassing using whatever works together.   So now I shop my stash for whatever color, or look I am going for and let me tell you it is amazing the things I find right in my own stuff.  That is how I found the good times this way sticker (that was in a set of back to school stuff), and the days of the week were in a fall themed kit.  See just look in your stuff you would be surprised how things work with other things that you may not have thought of.  


Do you use collages to combine multiple events on a scrapbook layout or do you prefer to just scrapbook one event per layout?  

Thanks for stopping by to check out my layout.
When I am not here , you can find me over on my blog at RANDOM RAMBLINGS .  If you stop by make sure to say hello.  :)






Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Daddy Snuggles - Week 21

Hi everyone!  In June, we celebrate Father's Day!  I wanted to take this opportunity to scrap some pictures of my husband with our daughters.  I found these pictures of my husband snuggling in bed with my girls when they were babies and my heart just instantly melted!  I love making pages about my girls with the same type of picture from when they were around the same age.  Just seeing the difference in their looks and personality is so cool to witness!  My girls are about 3.5 years apart, so seeing them at the same age is so interesting for me.  I challenge you to find two pictures that were taken at different times and put them together on a page.  Please check out my video to see the process.  Enjoy!





Supplies:


  • Patterned Paper: Glitz (background), Bo Bunny (blue dots), Crate Paper (font), Echo Park (cut apart)
  • Stickers: Crate Paper Notes & Things
  • Alphas: Thickers - Bree, Teresa Collins
  • Glassine bag


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'd love for you to head over to my blog as well: www.thescrapangel.blogspot.com

Have a great week!


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Our Story: Me and My Mom - Week 20

Hello again everyone and thanks for joining me for my reveal of my Layout-A-Week layout for May.  This month we were asked to look at the theme of Mom's as it is Mother's Day this month.  I decided to go WAY back to how I made MY mom a mom.

For this layout I decided to step out of my comfort zone of colours and use more vintage-y themed products and also use some more feminine touches of ribbon and flowers.  I am really quite pleased with how it turned out and think it really compliments the photo well.






SUPPLY LIST:
Vellum
Patterned paper: Pink Paislee
Alphas: Thickers, Pink Paislee
Mist: Heidi Swapp Color Shine Gold, Bronzer, Seafoam, Mint Green, Tea
Other: Ribbon, Flowers, Enamel dots, Ranger: Gesso
You can also find me at my blog:
http://scrapsbyjen.blogspot.ca/
Or on Instagram as "ScrapsbyJen"

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL? - WEEK 19


Hi everyone!  Felicia here with a layout of two women in my life that have given me lots of awesome examples of what it takes to be a mother, a wife, and a friend.  My mom and her best friend have been friends since their mid teens years and are still friends today and I consider these special notes from the past!  Although they live over 3,000 miles apart, you can hear them on the phone with each talking for hours on end.  They are inseparable and to have that kind of friendship for as long as they have had is priceless.  In this layout they are dressed to go to the Potentate Ball, which is located on the east coast and where they grew up together.  This photo of the both of them was taken in the late 60’s and I just had to scrap it and make it look as distressed as possible and that was a fun process. When making your pages look distressed, you can use brown inks, burn tools, or a distressed tools, which will give you great results for distressing.  Sometimes crinkling up the paper and ironing it on a light temperature works too!  Making something look distressed or aged is a fun process and you can never make mistakes, remember there are no mistakes in scrapbooking, that is what embellishments are for. 




What are your notes from the past?  Who are the women in your life that were role models for you, a mother, grandmother, or sister?  Find an older photo of a female role model that has played an influential part in your life or has been a positive role model for you (make sure you make a copy of the original photo) and scrap it.  Tell the story about how they have influenced your life in some way.  These memories are treasures for the next generation and priceless notes from the past. 



Here’s a process video for you!  Have a wonderful day!

Felicia 


Supply List:
Chocolate cardstock: Bazzill
Cream yardstick: Bazzill
Pattern paper: BoBunny
Die cuts: BoBunny
Buttons: stash
Ribbon: stash
Doily die: My Favorite Things
Chip Board: BoBunny
Letter stickers: My Mind's Eye





Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WEEK 18 - BACK TO SCHOOL

I thought that in honor of school almost being out, I would get this layout done from my sons first day of school this year.  I try to always make their own scrapbook layout to go in their Project Life School Albums.  I got Caleb's done, but I never got around to Jacob's.  So I told myself I had to finish it before this school year was finished, which for my boys is next week.

I came across this grid patterned paper and I loved it.  I love a grid looking layout.  There is something so clean about the way it looks to me.  I loved most of all the little sections on this paper, and I decided the ones I didn't care for the most I could cover up or embellish.


 I made myself some notes in pencil as to which ones I wanted to add photos to.  I also added some information that was perfect in some of the sections.  There was a spot with the days of the week listed, and since the kids have an nontraditional schedule, I thought this was a perfect spot to put this in there.

Another thing I always make sure to do on each of the kids school layout is their grade, school name and teachers name.  Then I make sure that somewhere on the page I have them hand write their name.  I love this element, so that we can compare each year to how their writing changes.  I always have them write it in pencil first and I carefully trace over it in pen.  Especially if they are writing right on the layout itself, this has saved us some major disasters a few times for sure.  



I printed the photos I wanted to use from thier first day so that they would fit in the boxed I wanted them to go in.  I love this too because it makes it look like they now have perfect borders around the photos. 


For the rest of the boxes, I tried to just add some basic embellishments that went with my back to school theme.  I added some word stickers all together to form somewhat of a subway art look, which I love.  I added some text stars, because to me anything with text says school and the same with stars.  
I die cut a 4 from some yellow grid patterned paper that matched the rest of the layout, and the "th" and "grade" using black cardstock and attached those right in one of the boxes. 

I finished off the last of the final touches with some yellow ruler washi tape on each photo, to give it the look that the tape was holding on each photo, and a small tiny paper clip on the top left card, that I also added to the layout.  I added a little journaling in a box that was lined and that completed my layout.  

I am excited to be able to add this to his school album and maybe this coming year I can get it done before he is about done with the school year.  

~NICOLE

You can always find me on my blog HERE at RANDOM RAMBLINGS