Echo Park fun!

It’s been awhile since I played with my Echo Park paper collection ;) so I thought it would be fun to join them in their National Scrapbook day challenges.  I wanted to share the two that I completed for challenge 2 and 4.

Challenge 2 – Layout of Love


When my daughter was first learning her numbers, I was also trying to teach her how to respond to her dad when he said “I love you!”  I would say, “T, now you say – I love you too!”.  After a few days, she started to respond on her own…but she obviously mistook my “too” for the number too, as it came out “I love you two, 3, 8!”  It was awesome at the time, and it is still the way she responds to her dad’s “I love yous” a couple of years later.  I have  been waiting for an incentive to scrap this family tradition, and this seemed like a great challenge. for it!  For the layout, I used the awesome For the Record 2 collection – I thought the combination of feminine patterns with more masculine colours was perfect for this daddy/daughter layout!

Challenge 4 – 10X the Love


Splash has always been one of my favourite EP collections!  I love the playful colours, and the embellishments are awesome!  I was excited to pull it out again to scrap this picture of my hubby and our youngest on one of her first visits to the beach. The challenge was to include 10 of something, so I made sure there were 10 waves in the background, 10 banner pieces behind the picture, 10 rhinestones at the top of the banners, and 10 words in my subtitle.

Splash was also the collection I used when I tried my first ever interactive layout more than 2 years ago, so I had to make sure there was an interactive element to this one too:


The photo lifts up to reveal another picture and a spot for more journaling.

Well, that’s it for me today!  I hope you had some time to get crafty this weekend too!  Thanks for stopping by!

Beach Fun!

It Trendy Twine time again, and this month, the team was challenged to create a project with a “beach” theme, using the fun and versatile Krazy for Kraft twine.  This was a great chance for me to get caught up on scrapping some of those summer pictures, like these ones:

Last summer, we took our little ones out to beautiful Vancouver Island to visit my sister-in-law.  This was the first time my oldest had a chance to play in the ocean, so I had lots of pictures to choose from (especially since this was only one of many visits to the beach).  In fact, I had so many pictures that I had to venture into uncharted territory and create a double page layout (because I couldn’t possibly have narrowed the pictures down any more, right? ;)).

Anyway, I digress!  Back to twine!  My inspiration for the twine embellishments were knots!  This simple banner was created by punching evenly spaced holes across the layout and then simply tying knots with the twine!  I love the texture it adds, and I think it compliments the seaweed picture just below!

But my favourite is this Celtic heart knot that I tied with the Krazy for Kraft twine and applied to the sun embellishment.  There are so many tutorials online that show different knots – just be aware that twine works a bit differently than rope.  The texture isn’t nearly as “slippery” so you do have to work the twine into shape as opposed to simply tugging   ends.  But the effect is worth it!  Just think of all the boat themed projects that you could embellish with twine knots!

To support the challenge, I also added a bit (okay, more than a bit ;)) of washi tape.  Now, I have a confession to make – just a couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t sure I “got” the whole washi tape phenomenon.  I mean really – it’s patterned tape.  But, (and it pains me to say this) I was wrong!  ;)  I love it for flags, easy pennants, and in the case of this layout – even rosette suns!!!  It’s easy to work into projects of all kinds!   I think I need to work on some flower tutorials next! ;)

Oh, and in case you were wondering, I did make sure this was an interactive layout – because you know I love my flaps, pockets and tabs! :)

Hidden behind the cute Echo Park Paradise Beach paper are a couple more pictures and a spot for journaling!  I can’t wait to finish this off with a little story about the day at the beach!

Thanks for stopping by!  And don’t forget to check out what the rest of team has up their sleeve for this month, and participate in this month’s challenge!  See you soon!


Trying something new!

This week, the challenge over at CropChocolate was completely open – we could do whatever we wanted to do!  I used this as an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone and get in on the Kraftin’ Kimmie challenge this week too!  It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to do some colouring, and there are no stamps that are more fun to colour than KK stamps!!  So yesterday, I grabbed my Copics and the super cute Goldilocks stamp, and had some fun!

Echo Park’s So Happy Together collection was perfect for this little gal and her friends!

I also thought this would be a great chance to try something new, so I thought I would tackle paper piecing Goldi’s skirt.  If you have never paper pieced with a stamp before, it is really easy!

  • Simply start by stamping your image once onto your colouring paper, and decide which parts of the image will be pieced.  Colour your image as desired. This will be your base stamped image.

    From this angle, you can see the layers on her skirt how the bows actually stick out from her hair!

  • Stamp the image again onto patterned paper (for this little gal, I actually used two different patterned papers so I stamped her 3 times).
  • Then, use some great scissors to fussy cut the shapes from the patterned paper that you would like to adhere onto the black and white image.  For Goldi, I cut out each of the diamonds and partial diamonds as well as the bow for her hair.
  • Glue the patterned paper shapes on to the base stamped image.

Goldilocks and her three bears! I love this stamp!

For this little gal, I also wanted the bows in her hair to sick up a bit, so I only glued down the centre to create more dimension.  However, this also meant that I had to colour a bit behind the paper piecing so you wouldn’t see white.  I also wanted to create a bit more depth on the layers of her skirt, so ended up cutting and paper piecing the ruffle at the bottom edge of her skirt, and then layering them under her skirt, but over top of her bloomers.  I love the effect –  the truth is that you can create the effect with colouring shadows, but I love that this adds a bit of texture to the card as well!

If you haven’t tried paper piecing a stamp before – GO FOR IT!  It was a bit of work for this gal, but I think it was worth it!  What do you think?

Create and Celebrate!

This month, for my CropChocolate Design Team project, I was inspired to create a project that would help celebrate the little crafters and artists in our lives!  My two-year old loves to paint (especially with glue and glitter), and always feels so special when her artwork is displayed on our fridge.  I thought it might be a fun (and easy) to create a magnetic frame that we could use to feature her artwork on our fridge.  The fun thing about the magnetic frame is that you also do not need to worry about the size or direction of the artwork that the frame helps feature – the magnets simply hold the frame over top of the art in any direction you want, and it actually looks really interesting when parts of the art are sticking out on each of the side.  So, if you have a little one in your life that would love to be part of a fridge gallery, grab your scissors, some liquid adhesive and follow along!  Oh, did I mention there is a fussy-cutting tutorial?  Don’t worry – not only is it an optional part of the project, but it is also painless!  I promise!

- wooden frame (the lighter the better)
- at least 2 strong magnets
- Approximately 2-4 sheets of 12X12 patterned paper (you may need more or less depending on the size of your frame – For this project, I used Echo Park Life is Good
- Liquid adhesive
- Sharp scissors
- Twine for edging (Check out Trendy Twine’s Chocolate Truffle)
Step 1 – Covering the Frame
Cut your 12X12 paper in strips to cover each side of the frame. Use a strong liquid adhesive (to glue in place.  Note: I also used some Distress Ink and some faux stitching around the edges of each panel to provide a bit more contrast between the sections.
Step 2 – Fussy Cutting the Embellishments

a. Cut a rough outline around the shapes you would like to cut.  You want to take off as much paper around the shape as possible to make it easy to cut closely.  
b. Now that the majority of the paper has been removed, it is time to get in and cut precisely around the shape.  Open your scissors, and place the edge of your paper as far into your scissors as possible.  Apply constant pressure, and do not cut all the way to the end of the scissors.  

c. When cutting a corner, always cut in from both sides instead of trying to turn your paper while your scissors are in the corner.

d. For any sections that need to be cut that are surrounded by the shape you would like to keep, use a utility knife to carefully cut out the piece.  

e. Always move and turn your paper instead of your scissors.  This will help you get a smooth cut even around curves!

e. Run some ink around the edges of your cut.  This will disguise any imperfections in your cutting (not that there will be any ;)).  Adhere your embellishments onto your frame.
f. For a great layered, 3D effect, fussy cut two versions of the same shape and glue one on top of the other, leaving the edges free to fold and curl.

Step 3 – Apply the magnets

Artwork courtesy of T. Hanson! :)

Apply at least two magnets to the each side of the middle of the back of the frame.  This will allow you to place a variety of sizes and shapes of paper behind the frame, and have it held in place in the middle.  I also used some liquid adhesive to run some twine (Trendy Twine’s Chocolate Truffle) along the inside and outside edges.  You are all set to go!

Don’t worry if the piece of art you are featuring behind the frame is not the right size or shape – it actually looks really great if parts of it are popping out from behind the frame!  Have fun celebrating the creations of the special people in your life!