Make Your Own Sunshine!

Recently, DCWV sent me a new stack called Blossom Couture available now at Hobby Lobby.  If you have ever had a chance to stop by my blog, you will know that I use a lot of bold and bright colours when I am crafting.  But this new soft, crisp, clean stack has me wanting to do away with the pinks and purples and embrace cream, teal, green, grey and white full time!  Let me tell you – this stack is a beauty!

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For this layout, featuring my youngest daughter with her toothy grin (and complete with one of those new walker head bruises),  I decided to showcase one of the pretty journaling tags available in the stack as a title for the layout.  I really love these tags for both the graphics and the well placed embossing that takes each of them from flat to fabulous!

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On top of all the embossing, you will also find all sorts of great patterns, blossoms, and a touch of foiling on elements like a great page filled with alphas. And this stack, with its neutral colours, is perfectly complimented with some of DCWV’s specialty material stacks like the Printed Corrugated cardstock.

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Finally, I wanted to share with you one of my favourite parts of this new stack – a page that includes a couple of beautiful cards that you can cut out, fold and use just as they are!

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It’s hard for me to give away anything but a homemade cards now, but I have to admit that sometimes I find myself pulling one together at the last minute.  This is a great combination of quick and homemade.  While the designs are pretty enough on their own, you can also embellish them a bit with products like DCWV adhesive pearls  or even a bit of ribbon and you are set to go.  Add one of the cute tags from the same page on the inside of the card, and no one will know that it took you less than 5 minutes to pull it together.

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Well, that’s it for me today!  I am off to finish another layout that I started with this stack.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Triple Threat Blog Hop with DCWV, May Arts and Tombow

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Welcome to the DCWV/May Arts/Tombow Triple Threat Blog Hop! I am so excited to be participating in today’s hop!  All this week, designers from these three great companies are sharing projects they created by teaming up some fun paper from DCWV’s Honey Chic stack, with a variety of adhesives from Tombow and some beautiful ribbon from May Arts.

If you have come here from Melissa’s blog, then you’re on track! If not, you can go back to any of the company websites and start the hop from there!

It’s been a long time since I did any scrapbooking, but I had some recent pictures of my youngest that I was really looking forward to working with!

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The background piece of paper is one of my absolute favourite ever – it happens to be the lyrics from “You are my Sunshine”, which is one of my daughter’s favourite songs (we sing it every night).  The colours in the papers are bright and cheerful, and I thought they were the perfect match for these photos!

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If you’re new to my blog, you might not know that I love, love, love itnereactive layout elements.  For this one, I decided to use my Tombow Stamp Runner to create a pocket for a little tag.  The top of the tag is embellished with some of the fun May Arts ribbon – some Satin/Grosgrain Doubleband in Teal, and some burlap ribbon (love the texture on this stuff)!

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Then, I had so much fun using more ribbon to embellish the journaling tag with some more of the Satin Grosgrain Doubleband, and some cute Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon…

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Finally, I pulled out my Cutter Bee scissors and fussy cut some circular elements and flower to layer.  My Tombow foam adhesive square were a perfect way to add some dimension on top of the pretty white burlap ribbon.

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So there you have it!  Another layout for the album!  It’s about time!

Be sure to visit all the blogs today and leave comments for your chance to win some great prizes! Three lucky readers will win a Triple Threat prize pack of you own, including a stack from DCWV, a spool of ribbon from May Arts and Xtreme Adhesive, Power Tabs, Removable Adhesive and Fastener Tabs from Tombow. Winners will be chosen from comments throughout the week, so make sure you check back daily to increase your chances of winning! Also, please make sure you have popped on over to Facebook and “liked” each of the company pages (DCWV / May Arts / Tombow), because really, what’s not to like?!

Now, head on over to Rachel Kleinman‘ s blog to see what kind of spring craftiness she has in store!

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Sister Love – Part 2

Yesterday, I shared a page inspired by my younger daughter, and I also promised that I would share a second layout I created for my older daughter using paper from the same DCWV stack (called Coral and Navy), but inspired by all the things she likes!

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So, let me tell you a little bit about T!  This little gal is all things girly – fairies, princesses, ballerinas, pink and purple!  She is so observant and notices all the little things, and is very particular about the way things should be done (usually – her way)! ;)  She has the best belly laugh ever, at the end of the day, gives the best bedtime snuggles ever!

So, when I was designing this page, I decided to focus on pink (papers and patterns), feminine (patterns and pearls) and particular (lots of details and fussy cutting)!  Even though I was using the same stack as yesterday, I think this layout has a totally different look to it!

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One of my favourite parts has to be the combination of the oval, doilies-like journaling card, and all the fussy cut flowers.  All of the flowers are simply adhered in the middle so I could fold the petals up a bit more added dimension on the layout.  I also embellished the journaling card up a bit by using some of DCWV’s mini pearls.

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My other favourite part of the layout (besides the pictures of course ;)) has to be the lone blue flower perched on top of the two, thin blue stripes.  The stripes were actually inspired by T’s glasses – a pair that she has had now for over two years (yup – the same pair – bent a couple of times, but never broken…which really tells you something about the kind of kid she is).  I though the flower on top softened up the two bold lines running down the side of the page, and creates a bit of movement through the details.

So there you have it – two layouts from the same stack with, what I think, is a different look. What do you think?  Do you see the two different girls in the two layouts?

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Sister Love – Part 1

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For the next couple of days here at SCS, I thought I would celebrate sisters – in particular, my two little gals who make great sisters for each other.  Back before Christmas, I had pictures taken of the girls together, and I thought it would be fun to create a page for each of them for their scrapbooks.  I decided to try using the same stack of paper, but instead of making matching pages, I thought it might be neat to see what would happen if I used each girl individually as the inspiration. Similar pictures, the same great Coral and Navy stack from DCWV, and a different person in mind!  First up – G’s page!

Now, let me just say that G is the younger one of the two, and as you might be able to tell from the pictures, she is my little monkey.  Life is fun for G, and if she could play all day and night, she would! You might also be able to tell from those expressions that she loves getting into mischief.  What you might not be able to tell is that, although she does like pink and dresses, she adores blue and anything having to do with cars and trains – oh, and bouncy balls!

So when I was designing this page, I decided to make blue the focus, and include elements that were feminine, but not overly girly. There are so many great patterns in the stack, so there was lots to work with!

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These hearts were simply cut by hand from a variety of the patterns in the stack.  If you have a punch or a cutting machine, that will work great as well, but for me, I love the actual act of cutting (as you might be be able to tell from the fussy cut flowers), so it was just as easy to cut one, and recreate it with the other papers.

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This title was also cut from the stack – a simple tag element from one of the back pages.  I have to admit that I am a bit lazy when it comes to cutting out letters for layouts, so I LOVE IT when I can just use an element from the stack.  This one seemed to suit G – nice and bold and graphic, with that hint of “girly” at the bottom.

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And buttons- seriously, I am not sure there is a cutter element on a page about little girls than buttons.  To create a bit more dimension, I simply cut think strips of the pink page and looped it to sit underneath the buttons like a banner.  If you prefer a flatter page, just substitute those loops with flat pieces and you are all set to go!

So, that’s it for me today! Tomorrow, I’ll share the page for my older daughter, a little girl who is all about the pink, princesses and ballerinas!  In the meantime, I am off to get these two munchkins up for the morning!  Have an awesome day, and thanks for stopping by!