October 14, 2011

Coos Bay

Posted in 2 page Layouts, Trips at 2:18 am by Michelle

I decided to take a basic layout, using the same colours scheme but change it around a bit so that you can see how much of a difference it can make!

I actually did these layouts a couple of years ago… This first layout I started on October 5th, 2007 but I didn’t add the pictures until July 26, 2008…

This second layout was was started July 27th, 2008 & finished August 9th, 2008!

You are probably asking yourself – How can I be so sure of these dates? Well years ago, I decided to write this information of the back of every layout I ever do.

There are a number of reasons as to why I started it… I guess the main reason is because I can see how my scrapbooking skills have changed over the years.

I often start a layout, or at least get the general style of the layout done, I just don’t have pictures to put on the page right away. 🙂

FYI – if you look closely at the second layout, you will notice that the arrow located on the left hand page is one I made. I only had the one – which I used on the 1st page, so I had to make a second one. I traced out the shape using the original arrow & just added some white rub-on designs to it!! I thought it worked out pretty well don’t you!!

Hope you enjoyed all the ideas I provided in this post. Who knows, maybe you will give them try as well!!

Until next time… Happy Scrapping!! 🙂

October 13, 2011

Our idea of roughin’ it…

Posted in 2 page Layouts, BoBunny, Cosmo Cricket, Trips at 2:46 am by Michelle

We love to go camping… but our idea of camping isn’t the same as a lot of other people’s!!!  🙂 We’ve actually been told that we don’t camp, as we aren’t roughing it! We go RVing!! 🙂

As we don’t sleep on the ground & we don’t have to worry about getting all wet when it rains… we quite enjoy our idea of roughing it…

This paper used in this layout is old products/collections from both “Cosmo Cricket” & “BoBunny“. The chip board is also from Bo Bunny’s “roughin’ it” line!

Whether you like to camp or rough it like us…  thanks for stopping by!

Till next time… Happy Scrapping!! 🙂

October 12, 2011

Cozumel

Posted in 2 page Layouts, Trips at 2:46 am by Michelle

Have you ever had one of those pieces of paper that is sculpted around the edge but you just aren’t sure how to use it… Your worried that once you cut it, you won’t be happy with the way it looks so it just sits there in our stash of paper…!

Well as you can see from the following layout, I finally took this one out of my stash & created this layout… & I think that this worked out quite well! 🙂

One of the things I liked about this paper is the lines on the sheet. I’ve never been big on journalling, as I don’t really like my hand writing but I’ve been trying to get better at doing it on my layouts! As you can see with this layout I was able to journal directly onto the bottom half of the page.

Gotta run… so till next time… Happy Scrapping!! 🙂

October 11, 2011

Summer Heat Wave

Posted in 2 page Layouts, Fancy Pants at 2:45 am by Michelle

A number of months ago, I won 2 tickets to go Whale Watching! We had to go before the end of October and with school just around the corner & honestly, who wants to go whale watching late September/October when it’s cold & rainy… Not US!!  As Monday, August 29th was my flex day, Bruce & I finally went! Even though it was a nice sunny day, the water was rough & we were only able to find 1 whale… & lots of Sea Lions.

The paper I used in this layout is called “Beach Bum” by “Fancy Pants“.

I realize that the car with all the surf boards on the right hand side don’t really go with the “theme” of the page however, they do kinda go with the thin stripe piece of paper on the left side of the page! So it just ties everything together! Plus it fills in the space where nothing else did!! 🙂

Till next time… Happy Scrapping!! 🙂

October 10, 2011

Shell Seekers

Posted in 2 page Layouts, Fancy Pants at 1:26 pm by Michelle

I did something totally different when I created this layout… instead of starting with someone elses’ sketch, or even with paper…

  1. I took the pictures I wanted to use & decided which ones I could cut down to a smaller size.
  2. Organized the pics on cardstock, to creating a double page layout.
  3. Found some embellishments that went with the theme. I chose the “Beach Babe” paper embellishments from “Fancy Pants
  4. Now to find paper that would work with my layout. The matching Beach Babe paper that I had, just didn’t seem to work… that was until I took the “High Tide” paper & turned it sideways… So now I have a bit of a design in the bottom right hand corner of my large matt & the rest is all this pale yellow… kinda reminds me of sand!
  5. I trimmed the pics a little more so that they would all fit nicely.
  6.  Finally I clued everything into place, adding pop dots to some of the embellishments in order to add some dimension!

Next time you create a layout, why not give this a try & let me know how it works out for you!

Till next time… Happy Scramping!! 🙂

October 4, 2011

Our Little Lady

Posted in 2 page Layouts, Crate Paper Inc, Our Dogs!, Studio Calico at 8:32 pm by Michelle

Here’s the final 2 page layout I completed this past weekend! If truth be told though… I finished this layout first – yet I’m posting it last… & the one I posted first, was the last one I finished! Oh well… if I wouldn’t have said anything, you would have had no idea!!! 🙂

Out of all the layouts I did this weekend, this one is my favourite! 🙂 Again you can see that I still need to journal, but that will come!

There are a couple of things on this layout that I don’t normally do… I don’t usually group a lot of embellishments together in one general area as I find that it has a tendency to look crowded and takes away from the pictures. I like simple layouts!  And truthfully, I think that this is a simple layout as I don’t think that I over did it with the grouping of the embellishments. Probably because I didn’t use large embellishments!

I actually used 2 lines of paper for this layout… the “Neighborhood Collection” from “Crate Paper Inc” as well as “Countryside Collection” from “Studio Calico“.

One of my favourite embellishments on this page are the Wood Veneer Hearts (& Buttons) also from Studio Calico! I also really like the gem accents that I added to the page! I might have to start using those more often!

I hope to get more layouts completed next week as I have the week off!! 🙂

Till next time – Happy Thanksgiving!!

October 3, 2011

Playin’ Around… Gotcha

Posted in 2 page Layouts, Crate Paper Inc, Our Dogs! at 5:11 pm by Michelle

Hey All,

As promised here is another layout I did this weekend!

I love the way it turned out…. even though it’s not quite finished. As you can see I haven’t been able to write anything on the card yet & there are a couple other things I will probably add over time.

This was a tough layout to work on… not because of the layout itself but because of who this layout is about… These pictures were taken roughly 2 months before we lost Mia torenal dysplasia (which is a type of Kidney disease). She was only 7 months old.

The line of paper I used was the “Neighborhood Collection” from “Crate Paper Inc“. I inked the edges of the large square & then roughed up the edges. I then inked the edges again but this time with a darker shade of the colour. I also used this technique on the mat. I find that by doing this, it just give the page a bit of texture.

The layout I plan on showing tomorrow is a variation on this layout.

Well till then, Happy Scrapping!! 🙂

October 2, 2011

Lazy Days

Posted in 2 page Layouts, Echo Park Paper Co, Our Dogs! at 1:13 pm by Michelle

Hey there! What a summer… lots has happened, created some happy memories as well as some very sad ones… 😦

With Summer coming to an end, all the regular fall business seems to have taken over. That means that I’m back in school… so between work, school, housework & all the other things that come with being a “Mom“, I was finally able to sit down this weekend and get my creative juices flowing again!! 🙂

I was able to get three 2 page layouts done this weekend but I won’t have time to post them all today. Hopefully in the next day or two…

This first layout is actually a very easy one & as you can see, you can use a number of your photos!!

I like to take lots of consecutive pictures (I like to call them “Action Shots”)… so this layout worked really well!

The inspiration for this layout came from “Sketch Support“. As you will see when comparing my layout with their sketch, I used only 9 photos instead of 10.

The paper I used is the “Sweet Summertime” line from Echo Park Paper Co.

Well I should get back to studying… so till next time… Happy Scrapping!! :-)

August 8, 2011

Happy 18th Birthday!

Posted in Cards at 8:13 pm by Michelle

My “Baby” turned 18 today… I know, I shouldn’t really call him a “baby” anymore as he has grown into a very handsome young man! But he is my youngest, and as I’ve discovered, no matter how old we get, as parents we still see our children as our little children…

OK – so before I start getting all sentimental here & start misting up, (Yes – I have something in my eyes…) let me show you the card I made for him…

The paper I used was called “Bits A Bella” from the “Man of the House” collection by Bella Blvd. I first inked the paper using ColourBox Harbor ink before matting it to a Bazzill Cardstock  – Bahama (turquoise paper). I matted it a second time using Bazzill Cardstock  – Kraft before mounting it to the Bazzill Cardstock  – Pinecone base. I also used 3 brads to add some dimension.

As you can see, I used the same 2 cardstock colours on the inside, that I used on the outside, but this time I reversed the order, placing the Kraft cardstock on top of the Bahama cardstock in order to see the inside note more clearly.

Don’t you just love the “lacy” corners! Not to long ago, I came across this old EK Success punch I picked up when we were in Oregon a couple of years ago, but for some reason just never seemed to use… until recently!! This has become my new favour punch, especially when making cards! So don’t be surprised if you see it again soon!!!

Well I’ve rambled on enough for one day, so till next time… Happy Scrapping!! 🙂

July 10, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Posted in Cards at 2:33 pm by Michelle

In one of my 1st posts, I said that cards are something that I have just started doing. Well, I’ve found a very easy card design that I just love and here’s a Birthday Card I made this afternoon…

This card is called a “Center Step Card” and the instructions/tutorial can be found at “Splitcoaststampers“. Trust me, it might look like a difficult card to make but it’s not!! 😉 Your imagination is the only thing holding you back when you make this card!!

Normally I would have put the paper through my printer in order to print the message on the front of the card, but I’ve been having trouble locating ink for my new printer… so I thought that I would use some of the sticker letters from my stash!!

When I first spelt out “Happy Birthday!” it was too long for the card, so I staggered them in order to get them all in & I think it turned out pretty well!! 🙂

I hope that you have a great rest of your weekend!

Till next time… Happy Scrapping!! 🙂

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