Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Here comes a new year...

...and with it, some long long winter months to...scrapbook! This is the BEST time to get to your crafty projects, I think. It's cold. Christmas is over. Spring is...I can't even picture spring in my mind, it's so far away. The store has some pretty cool Christmas and wintery-type paper and embellishments in, and now we have nothing but time to whip up those holiday and outdoor layouts, girlfriends.

This isn't a winter photo, but I loved the paper and the fact that there were six "spaces" on the Santa's Naughty or Nice List paper for everyone in my family.

Rather than check the naughty or nice sections, i used the arrows on clocks to subtly (or not...?) indicate who is naughty! All four of the kids of course. Trouble, I tell you. The black letters are shiny (you can't really tell in the photo) and font is a favorite. Lynette also has a nice big wall of American Crafts Thickers in all kinds of colors, textures and fonts. I am 100% addicted to buying any new ones that come along. I use them ALL THE TIME and I can't stop. There are also plenty of other alphabets by other manufacturers that you should check out too. Too many good choices!
So don't let the terribly cold weather and short days and the wretched snow get you down up here in the north. :) Just make a couple layouts about it. Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Another Winter Trees layout

I used the Christmas tree screen ~ though not as a Christmas tree.  I had a couple more photos from our summer weekend at Pillar Lake that I wanted to scrap.  It was a very woodsy setting so I thought the tree would be appropriate.  I put the screen on a piece of kraft cardstock and sprayed it with green Maya Mist.  Then I splashed some splotches of 'soot' Glimmer Mist over top.

The patterned papers are by QuickQuotes (brown spotty and blue stripe) and Doodlebug (green leaf).  The ribbon is recycled from one of my Christmas presents. 

I was going to cut triangles for my title banner but then found some old letter stickers in my stash and they were the perfect colour.  I like the rectangular shape.  It's a little different from the banners I've been making lately.

Some Prima leaves and flower, some buttons and a couple of Making Memory travel flag pins finish off my page.

And now I think I'll head down to my scraproom and create another layout around my 'winter trees' Glimmer Screens.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Tattered Angels 'Winter Trees' Glimmer Screens

Merry Christmas!  We've had such a great day from opening presents, eating way too much good food and I even got some scrapbooking time in while hubby napped.  He has to work tonight so I thought I'd put together a blog post before I wake him up and send him off.

Last week I picked up some Glimmer Screens.

I thought the tree on the far right would be perfect for Christmas layouts, but as I haven't gotten those photos developed yet I started playing with the other two images. 

I'm still playing with the BoBunny 'Midnight Frost' line.  I just love the colours; the blues and white with a little wine red thrown in for contrast.

I used the 'Frost' glimmer mist (the same one I used on my cards below) and sprayed over the tree screens on white cardstock.  I layered the patterned papers, Diecut and chipboard piece under and over my photos. The journaling is framed on one side by a sticker bracket.

The punched snowflakes are edged with blue ink and I've used a Bazzill glass button in the center of each. I love these buttons; the colours are so pretty, but it makes it really hard to scan and stitch the layout.  So just ignore the shaded line down the center; it's not there IRL.

After spraying the trees I could see there was lots of Glimmer Mist sitting on the tree Glimmer Screen so I flipped it over onto another piece of white cardstock.  So instead of a mask I have  stamp.

I used the edge of the 12 x 12 BoBunny 'midnight frost' chipboard shapes to frame my layout.  This was a really quick layout to put together.

Make sure you check out the BoBunny 'midnight frost' line if you have snowy photos to scrap.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Making Christmas Cards.

I'm a little late making my cards this year so these won't go in the mail, but I'll be hand delivering a few to friends locally.  Do you have a few more Christmas cards to make and hand out?  These are quick and pretty.

I used Glimmer Mist so the cards all have a nice shimmer and sheen to them.  The trim and snowflakes are punched from a blue metallic paper that adds even more shine.

I started off by cutting a piece of white cardstock a little smaller then my card base. I used a snowflake glimmer screen for my big image though you could also use a large snowflake die-cut or mask. I sprayed with 'frost' Glimmer Mist.

After punching my pieces I layered the snowflakes and put a blue jewel in the center of each one.

I stamped my greeting in the center of my large snowflake.  I used the mini snowflakes that came out of my border on a few of my cards.

After sewing around the border of my decorated card front I glued everything down to the card base.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

And the November Blog Challenge winner is...

Congratulations to Teresa Haarsma. You are the winner of the November Blog Challenge. Stop by the store and pick up your prize!

Now on to the December Blog Challenge. This months blog challenge will be to create a project that has to do with the days of December. So your project can be anything that has the numbers 1 through 25 or 31 depending on what you choose.

Enter to win a collection of Bella BLVD goodies by posting a picture to our new facebook page Unforgettable Memories Foto Source

Happy scrapping! I will post pictures soon of two projects that I have made.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Fun with glitter.

There are so many sparkly embellishments available. I love them. When I picked out the glittery Prima butterfly to go on this layout I decided I needed more glitter on my page. This is what I used...

  1. Glue Pad.
  2. A tin with the right circumference for the circle I wanted. (This one is a Maya Rd tin; I think it had felt birds in it.
  3. Glitter. I used Making Memories glitter in a copper colour.

I laid out my page and then used the tin and a pencil to lightly mark where I wanted my circle.

I dipped the edge of my tin into the glue pad; just like you would a stamp.  After I moved the photos and mattes out of the way I stamped down with my tin on to the pencil mark I had made earlier. After lifting the tin off the paper I sprinkled a good thick layer of glitter over my circle.

This is how my pages looked after I shook off the excess glitter.

And here is the completed layout.

I think the circles really add to the finished page. And it was a really quick easy addition to create.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Photo Mugs......

Are now available the next day!!! I am happy to say that our machine is up and running you can now get custom photo mugs in store!!! Orders placed by 1pm are ready for pickup no later then the next day!! Prices start at just $9.99
Email or stop by for more details!

Friday, November 5, 2010

I found another colour challenge blog.

It's called Color Combos Galore.  It is set up very similar to the Color Room I showed you last month but instead of a sketch this one has an inspiration challenge.  Here is last weeks challenge combo and inspiration.
I love pink and green together so I had to play along.  I started with a white sheet of Bazzill cardstock and used my mask letters for the title.  You could place chipboard or even paper alphas you had cut out yourself for the title.  Just lay it down and spray with Glimmer Mist.  I also used the backing from a Prima felt border  to create a border along the lower part of my page.

I planned on putting an acrylic sheet with green butterflies over my background (you can see it below) so I roughly sketched where the butterflies weren't so I had a place for my journaling.

Once I had my journaling all written out I adhered my acrylic butterfly sheet (by Hambly Screen Prints) down to my background and began building my matting and other embellishments for my layout.

And here is the finished layout. The doily was one I inherited from my Grandma.  It had a 17c price tag on it, from Woolworths.

I love the acrylic overlays.  Unforgettable Memories has a variety of designs.  Make sure you ask about them the next time you're in the store.
The pretty flower spray is by Prima.  There are few colours in the store.  This pink spray was packaged with a purple spray.  I can't wait to use it on a layout.  They are so sweet.
The buttons are Jenni Bowlin.  There must be half a dozen colours in the store.  I've used the green ones on a few layouts recently.
I used 3 different border punches on my papers.  I think the border punches are the best value for the money when it comes to scrapbooking tools.  I use mine over and over. I never get tired of them.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November Blog Challenge

November Blog Challenge:

Create a project, layout or card using the colours orange and black. This does not have to be a Halloween creation. You are also not limited to using orange and black paper. Get creative and try using flowers, bling, ribbon, buttons, ink or chipboard to add dimension to your creation!

Submit a photo of your project to the unforgettablememories facebook page to have your name entered for a draw. You can also particpate by stopping by Unforgettable Memories Foto Source with your project or with a photo of your project the staff there will be sure to get you entered. This months prize is a Making Memories Passport arcylic stamp set.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Scrapbook Trends Giveaway

Scrapbook Trends is giving away their sold-out 'Holidays 2009' magazine to everyone that wants it.  Just click on this link to download it.
I'm checking it out right now.  They have some neat Halloween pages and projects.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

One week to Halloween.

Are you ready?  Have you had fun decorating?  I found some fun ideas on line to show you as well as a couple projects my daughter and I have been working on.
First is a wreath.  It's square so can we still call it a wreath?
It was super easy to make.  I cut out the rectangular shape from a shoe box lid.  Wrapped it all in orange halloween paper.

I glued some Chip Chatter chipboard letters together to make my 'SPOOKY' word and tied it to the frame. Then I started glueing on black vellum circles I had punched using my scalloped circle punch. I scrunched the circles around the eraser end of a pencil and used a glue gun to adhere them to the frame.

Once I had finished covering the frame with scalloped circles I found a sticker title by Little Yellow Bicycle to add to the bottom right corner.  I have it hanging beside my front door and I love it. Remember if you hang it on a window you will need to finish off the back neatly.
My daughter is hosting a halloween party and one of the acitivities she is planning is makeovers; spooky makeovers. She created this banner for the door to her makeover room.
We cut the triangles 8" long and 6" wide at the top.  Breanna chose a Karen Foster halloween paper I bought last year.  She used a new border punch I picked up last week, to create the black border.  The green around the letter circles is ribbon we bought for this project, as is the green trim she used to hang the banner from.  Both are available at Unforgettable Memories. She put eyelets in the bottom of each triangle and strung some pretty beads from there.  The little figures (ghost, witch and skeleton) she cut from a Bo Bunny Halloween paper.
This project would look just as cute with 'BOO' as the title, or make a longer banner with 'Happy Halloween' on it. Lots of possibilities.
I've found some other fun Halloween ideas online.  I love the BOO banner Keisha Campbell created for the Jenni Bowlin website

And how about these coffee filter cobwebs.  I could see them sprayed with 'soot' Glimmer mist or maybe some stickles for extra sparkle and shine. 

This garland would be fun and easy to make with the kids.  It would look extra special using double sided Halloween patterned paper. A leaf punch and some brads to attach the pumpkins to the raffia or Halloween trim and it's all done.

The Gluearts Blog has some great ideas for Halloween blog like these magnetic bottle caps.  Full instructions are on their blog.

I hope there is something here that will get you creating.  If you try any of these projects please let us see pictures.  And have a very Spoooooooooky Halloween.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pentax Optio RS1000 Review

Click here to watch a YouTube video review on the Pentax Optio RS1000. This fun camera allows you to change the front with different skins and has some great features including Face Detection, 720p HD Video and much more.

Learn about this exciting camera today. Stop by the store and we'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I just dropped this layout off at Unforgettable Memories. I used the We R Memories school line available at the store. Check it out!

Monday, October 18, 2010

New Harmonie

Have you checked out the new Canadian company, Harmonie. There is a lot of product from this company in the store. The film strip on this layout is a chipboard precut shape from Harmonie. I painted the chipboard and used glue to adhere it to the layout. You can check out this layout at Unforgettable Memories!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Photos to help ladies in today's class

Here are the photos for you ladies that were in today's class. Sorry it took so long to get them uploaded. Between computer issues and kids this is the best I could do. Good Luck!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Help with colour

One of the most time consuming parts of scrapbooking for me is deciding on what colours work together.  So when I came across this website I immediately bookmarked it.  The Colour Room puts out a different palette each Friday. 

Here is this weeks palette...

The Color Room also provides a sketch for those of you that like sketches.  I didn't use the sketch on my layout but it's an option I might try in the future.

Did you notice my two little birds?  I made those with the new stamp and punch set I mentioned in my last post.  I'll show you some more examples and how I did them in my next post.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Family Tree papers

I was working with a piece of Bella Blvd's 'Family Tree' line last month.  Before the challenge was posted, but I thought I'd show you anyway. It's the orange patterned paper directly under the photo.  I mixed it up with a bunch of different scraps I had.  Theres some Little Yellow Bicycle, some 7 Gypsies, some Bo Bunny, some Cosmo Cricket and some I can't place. 
I sprayed the Tim Hortons grunge numbers with 'Soot' Glimmer Mist.

Just a quick layout because I wanted to list all my sons favourite things at this time in his life; his music, computer games, practicing driving, working out with friends...

A 'favourites' page is a neat theme for a yearly layout.  Things come and go in childrens lives and it's fun to look back and remember what was 'in' as they were growing up.  Do you remember your favourite music at 15?  I remember listening to the Grease soundtrack over and over on a little portable turntable.  That ages me ;)
Look what I bought the last time I was in Unforgettable Memories.

It's a punch with 3 matching stamps so you can add detail to the punches. 

What a great idea.

I was stamping little brown birds on some tan coloured paper last night, and then punching them out.  I have quite the flock ready for my next layout. I'm thinking they would look cute perched randomly on a banner or lined up across the top of a journaling block or tucked in amongst some Prima blooms.  I'll show you next week what I decided to do with them.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Family Tree Paper for Challenge!

Ok folks, here is a photo of the papers to be designing with for Cyrstal's Blog Challenge!

Be sure to get your entries in for a chance to win some free goodies!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October Blog Challenge

This months blog challenge is to create a layout or card using the Bella Blvd. Family Tree line. This challenge ends October 31st. Enter to win your choice of a 12x12 album or a stamp kit. Check out a picture of this paper line in this weeks newletter coming soon to your email account!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Blog Challenge Update

We will be posting the September Blog challenge winners tomorrow here as well as in the weekly newletter. Thanks to everyone who participated. Be sure to check back to the blog tomorrow as well to see what this months blog challenge has in store for you!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Is it finished?

I was working on this layout last week.

When it was done I hung it up in my entryway and looked at it for a few days trying to decide if it was really finished.
Then I spotted this layout of the very talented Ingvild Bolme had done for Prima and loved the edging she had done.
My sewing machine is still sitting on my dining room table from a hemming job I did last week so I threaded it with some cream coloured thread. I used my heart border punch along the bottom edge of my layout. I found some black cardstock with white text printed on it, (it's been in my paper stash forever) and stitched my layout down. Then I roughed up the edges and swiped some brown ink across the tops.

What do you think?  Would you have left your layout plain or do you think the edging treatment really adds something?

Patterned papers are Bo Bunny and 7 Gypsies.
I bought the Making Memories metal travel pieces just for this layout. Journal spot is also Making Memories.
Hambly Screen Prints rubons ~ love the turquoise swirls in the corners.
Karen Foster jewelled brads. 
And what layout would be complete without Prima.  Blooms and ferns.

Off to work on my '9' layout. 
If you missed the post it is here.
This months prize is a random draw for NINE Gift Card prizes. Woo hoo.  Who wouldn't want to win that?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

keep Out Halloween Mini Album

Here are some sneak peeks of one of my October classes. I am super excited about this project. For $33.00 (members) 0r $38.00 (non-members) you can come to class and create a mini book. As a bonus you get the instructions and all you need to complete a two page layout.

This class is on Saturday, October 23 from 1-3 in the afternoon. The classroom will remain open for you to continue working on the bonus layout.

We will be using the My Little Yellow Bicycle House mini book and the all new My Minds Eye Blackbird paper line. Stop by Unforgettable Memories to see both projects.

Fun with mists

I love how my background turned out on this page.  I used my big Glimmer Screen; first on the left hand side, then on the right, overlapping the edge of the pages.  And I used three different colours of Mist; Frost Glimmer Mist, Green Maya Mist and yellow that I made myself using a yellow reinker and my mini mister. 
It looks so much better IRL. You will have to take a closer look the next time you are in Unforgettable Memories.

The title and various other rubons are by Crate Paper.

I like how much texture the tree adds to the page.  It is a Jolee sticker.

The cork paper is also great for adding texture to a layout, as is the burlap. I cut little squares and adhered them randomly to my page grouped with some of those Crate Paper rubons and some green buttons.

My sewing machine was hanging out on the dining room table after I finished hemming some pants so I quickly stitched a couple butterfly trails with the brown thread.  The butterflys are punched out of some packaging.

The wood leaves are by Harmonie.