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.


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!


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!


The Pout


January is such a crazy month, and I have to admit that I am always a little glad when it is over! Up here in Calgary it is usually cold and snowy, and the short daylight makes for a long month.  So, when I was going through photos of my girls, I had to laugh when I saw this one!  This picture of my youngest is probably how I looked all month! ;)  It was time to get this one scrapped!


You might remember earlier in the month, I was singing the praises of a fun new collections of papers and embellishments from DCWV.  Well, I couldn’t help but pull it out again for this layout.  The colours were a great fit with the photo, and I thought the alphas would be perfect for the simple title!


As usual, I did a fair amount of fussy cutting for this layout.  There are lots of fun shapes that are perfect embellishments with a little foam adhesive on the back.  

If you haven’t been over to Michaels to check this one out yet, it really is worth the trip. Although my projects have all been on the “girlie” side, there really is a lot you can do with the textures, browns, blues and yellows for more masculine projects too!  It’s a great stack, and the embellishments, cards and stamps just add a little bit of extra fun!

Well, that’s it for me this weekend!  I hope you enjoy your Sunday and thanks for stopping by!


Be Sparkly!

Sparkly-closedI am so excited to share with you a new layout I created this last week with the new Vintage Collector collection from DCWV (available now at Michaels even up here in Canada- I know, I checked! :)) This is a fun new collection of embellishments and a variety of paper stacks (including fabric papers and matt stacks) that all coordinate with the awesome Vintage Collector stack.  I have actually used this stack before for projects (including this fun card), and it is one of my favourites!  The addition of all the other prudcts to this collection has just made it that much more fun to work with!

The layout I am featuring today is a picture of my oldest little gal when she received her first big girl ring (made by her dad who happens to be an awesome goldsmith – I think every girls should have a dad who is a goldsmith, don’t you?) I thought the “Be Sparkly” tag was a perfect title for this layouts theme – and pretty darn cute as well!  I simply cut it out of the Vintage Collector stack.

I actually wanted to add a few extra pictures and some hidden journaling to the layout (you know I love my interactive layout) so I actually tried something a bit new for me.  Instead of just folding up some paper for the flap, I actually just used one of the coordinating card bases for the collection as the matt for the pictures.


This is the “open” view!  With a little paper tab that I added, it just flips open like a card would to show off a few extra elements.

Speaking of extra elements, you know that I am a bit of a braddict, so I was tickled to see some beautiful brads and rhinestones to add to my projects in a variety of sizes!



I also love the bottle cap embellishments (this one is just fussy cut from the paper stack, but there are adhesive 3D versions available as part of the collection), and there are some really fun stamps as part of the collection too.  I used one behind the layers of paper to add just a bit more interest on the paper.

Sparkly-angledI will have a number of other projects to show you with this collection in the new couple of weeks.  I really haven’t been able to put it down, so I have lots to share!

In the meantime, if you are in an area of bad weather today over on the east coast of Canada and the US, or in the UK, stay warm and stay safe!  Thanks for stopping by!


So, I took a little break from blogging the last week and a bit to enjoy the holidays with my family!  And while there was not a scrappy thing under the tree for me, I cannot say that I am unhappy as I sit here sipping my Chi tea latte courtesy of my new Tassimo brewing system.  YUM!!!

Speaking of something sweet and spicy, I thought I would share a layout I just finished this afternoon using one of the great stacks from DCWV called Sweet Tangerine.  This stack is filled with all sorts of bright, earth colours, and fun banner shapes, flowers and journaling tags.  Although the stack would be awesome for anything spring, I actually decided to team it up with a fall-themed picture!  Take a look:

Together-fullThis is actually a picture of my two gals hanging out in a very large wooden chair at a pumpkin farm just outside of the city.  This was a layout that took just under an hour to put together start to finish.  Usually, I have a sketch in mind before I begin, but for this layout, I actually let the paper do most of the work for me.  I fussy cut a few patterns that I really loved, and then used the many banner-themed pieces in the stack to inspire the rest. I then spent some time layering the pieces in different ways until I liked the dimension.


The patterns in this stack really are cute, but also refined!  And I am not sure that these pictures do justice to the colours!!

Together-dateI think my favourite part is the journaling across the top and the date in the arrow tabs.  This whole section was just fussy cut from one of the pieces of paper.  You could actually get the same effect with less cutting simply by using the whole piece as the base for your layout.  I tend to like a few more layers, but this could really be a 30 minute layout just by eliminating that one step!

I hope your holiday was as fun as mine!  I’ll be back tomorrow with another little spicy number from this fun stack – a little card to ring in the new year! In the meantime, pop by the DCWV blog to check out a few project using this stack! 

Thanks for stopping by!