Just the right paper

I have some pictures of my little gals that have been waiting around quite awhile to make their way onto a scrapbook page.  I love it when my pages can help tell a story about the girls – it’s really why I create them in the first place – and while, for me, the paper is not “the story” it really can be one of those really important supporting characters.  So sometimes, waiting for “the right paper” is worth it!

When the new “Honey Chic” stack from DCWV arrived on my door step, I was immediately struck by the fresh colours.  Here in Canada, it can take awhile for the full transition from winter to spring, so while we start to see bright pops of green around April, there are still lots of browns and deeper colours to provide lots of contrast.

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This stack is full of that fresh contrast in patterns and colours, so I thought it was a great support to some pictures I have of my youngest daughter – our little spit fire who is all about fun, playful adventures!

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I love that there are some really feminine patterns and colours in this stack without being overly girlie.  There are also a bung of great journaling tags that are even bold an bright enough to double as a title or feature for your page – like this one with a great “Hello Gorgeous” graphic.

Layout-detailsOh, and now a days, a layout simply would not be complete without some fussy cutting, so this one features some great little flowers that are cut from one of the patterns – easy little shapes that can be bent up on the edges for a bit more dimension.

So there you have it.  I love these pictures of my little gal, but I think this paper really helps to make them pop and tell the story of my littlest character!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Cerealisly Cute!

Although I have been scrapping away in the background, it’s been awhile since I shared a layout with you here at SCS.  Today, I thought I would grab one of the new stacks from DCWV called Linen Closet and create a layout to capture the smile and fun of my youngest daughter.

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These photos were taken just as she was learning to eat solids, and I just love the expressions on her face, as well as the fun little (big) mess on her high chair!

This is a relatively easy layout to create because all of the shapes that you see are simply embellishments that I cut from the different patterned papers in the stack.  No die cuts or fancy electronic cutting machines needed – just a good pair of scissors!

Materials:

  • Linen Closet stack – DCWV
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Optional – ribbon (I used May Arts)

Instructions:

  • Matt a couple of photos with white paper.
  • Cut a piece of dark paper from the Linen Closet stack at about 7″x5″. Glue down to a 12×12 sheet of patterned paper slightly to the right and at an angle.
  • Cut about about 7 of the hexagons from the patterned paper and arrange in so that they move from the bottom of the left hand side of the layout up to the top. For added dimension, adhere some of the hexagons with foam adhesive so some are higher than others.
  • Adhere your pictures to the layout, overlapping the hexagons.
  •  Fussy cut some of the floral patterns and adhere at the base of the photos.  Add some ribbon loops for a bit of texture.
  • Add your title and a date tag, and then finish the layout with a bit of journaling around your photos.

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Now after all that, I have a bit of a confession to make – this layout almost ended up in garbage!  Just as I was finishing up my first version, I ended up smearing the Liquid Pearls all across the top of the page.  Now, this is not the first time (or second, or third) this has happened, so I am getting pretty good at working around my foibles.  For this one, after a bit of fiddling, I decided just to trim a smaller square that included all the pictures and embellishments in the hopes that I could just place that on a larger 12×12 and be done with it.  Great idea, except I cut the side with the title so crooked that now there wasn’t even a way I could save that piece.  So everything got carefully pulled off (hence the title stickers that are a bit wrinkled, and I started again.  I was so proud of myself for getting it all apart and back together (without ripping anything in frustration), so I went off to show my hubby my accomplishment.  And then he found the error in the journaling…let’s just say, I took my little layout and walked away without a word. In the end, I decided to leave it and write about the experience on the back…perhaps my daughter will get a laugh at it when she is older! ;)

Well, that’s it for me today!  Thanks for stopping by!

One+Sun=Fun

A few weeks ago, I came across a monthly challenge hosted by DCWV (Die Cuts with a View). I love challenges because they often give me that extra little push to get a layout or card finished, and often even challenge me to try something new!

In this case, I have had a layout sitting partially finished for over a year now!  Actually, if I’m being completely honest, “partially” is a bit of an overstatement.  The truth is that I had my paper pack chosen, my pictures mounted on white paper, and…well…that was about it!  Since the paper I had picked out was the super bright and cheerful Cotton Bloom Stack from DCWV, I used this as the little (???) kick in the rear that I needed!

So I grabbed the sketch that was provided for the challenge, and went for it!  Although the sketch was great as is, I decided to have a little fun and try turning it 90 degree clockwise!  It actually worked a bit better with my pictures (the emphasis changed a bit), to I stuck with it! This is actually a great tip if you are working with a sketch that just doesn’t quite fit for the project you are working on – try rotating or even flipping it and see what happens!  It took my brain a few minutes to comprehend where all the embellishments would be, but the fun thing about sketches is that anything goes – they really are just designed to be an inspirtation, not necessarily a specific map that cannot be changed or altered!

So with the help of some buttons, the Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge, some Trendy Twine in Kraft,  and my handy-dandy- scissors for some fun fussy cutting (need some tips and tricks for handling fussy cutting???  Have I got a post for you!), One+Sun=Fun was created!

This was T on her first birthday enjoying some fun in the sun with her Oma and Opa!

Now, it kind of feels like a layout isn’t complete right now unless there is a little hidden element somewhere in there, so let’s see if you can spot the difference:

Oh wait, I’m not quite finished:

So, a little hidden spot to place some jounraling and an extra hidden tab for another picture and I was ready to clean up my scrappy space…just remember, clean is in the eye of the beholder!! ;)  My goal was to try to create as much dimension as possible without having the elements stick up, and I think it was pretty successful!!  Oh, and I think I finally understand why banners seem to be all the rage right now – what an easy way to use up scraps and tie all of the colours together on your layout!  I think I see more banners in my future!

As for other things in my future, I think I will take on the July DCWV challenge as well for another layout I have had on the backburner for awhile!  How about you?  Care to join me?

Post #100!

I can hardly believe that I have finally hit post #100 here at Scrappy Canuck Studios!  In just about two years (with a little bit of a break during the first few months), I have had a lot of fun sharing project ideas and tutorials here on the blog.  Some of you have been with me on this journey right from the beginning – and to you I say – thank-you! There is nothing more encouraging than posting and knowing that there is actually someone out there reading what you have to say! :)

Pages 110 and 111!

The timing of this post is really great, because I have two fun layouts to share with you today, featuring each of my little gals, and inspired by Dr. Seuss.  I have been holding these ones back from sharing on the blog as they were both published in the newly released Summer 2012 edition of Canadian Scrapbooker!  It’s a huge honour to appear on CS’s pages, and to be able to have both layouts appear side by side is really beyond imagination.

Created with MME Quite Contrary, a few BasicGrey buttons and a bit of twine.

If you look closely, you can even see the “blinged out” dust speck, hanging out on the clover!

The first layout was inspired by a quote from the book Horton Hear’s a Who.  Horton is one of my favourite Seuss characters, and I thought the quote, “A person’s a person no matter how small” would be perfect to capture some of the first pictures we have of our youngest – little toes, little ears, little fingers!  The paper was all My Mind’s Eye Quite Contrary, with some alphas from Echo Park’s Life is Good collection.  The pompom “clover” was created with a bit of Twinery Twine, and the stem was simply free-hand cut and colored with my fabulous Copic markers.  And you will all be so proud of me – for once, I was able to create a layout in which the pictures were not “straight”

A few layers add a bit of dimension

A few layers add a bit of dimension

The second layout has become one of my favourites!  I love Dr. Seuss not only for his intriguing stories, but also for his whimsical illustrations. His style is so recognizable, and there is something about the “freeness” of his work that I enjoy looking at!  So, for the second layout, I wanted to try to emulate his style as best I could for a fun picture we have of our older daughter (her dad was using the pillow to make her hair stand on end, and stand on end it did).  Inspired by the quote, “From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere,” I used an illustration from the book Mr. Bown Can Moo as a guide for the background.  All of the plant shapes were drawn and then cut out of Sassafras Nerdy Bird paper, and then layered one on top of the other.  I then took a my black Zig pen, and doodled away.  I fussy cut the letters for the title after printing a “Dr. Soos” font onto the patterned paper (I definitely could have used a Silhouette), and voila – a playful Dr. Seuss inspired page.

So, that’s it for post #100!  If you have a chance to pick up the latest Canadian Scrapbooker, you won’t be sorry!  There are some amazing layouts inside!

As always, thanks for stopping by – I really do appreciate it!!