Friday, November 30, 2012

Banners Galore

The following layouts are created using the newest Fancy Pants line available at Unforgettable Memories Foto Source.  This line is called The Good Life.  The paper and embellishments are fun, bright and versatile. 

Holy banners, Batman!  I just realized that there are a lot of banners on these pages.  I guess I was really feeling the banners when looking for inspiration.  Another great sketch to use with instagram photos printed to 4x4.

Wow! That's a lot of banners!  I love the way the banners create movement and force the eye to look all across the page.  This was really fun to create. 

 This layout is simple but still fun.  The paper is so bright and summery. 
I love getting my photos scrapbooked!  One layout at a time.  I know most of you don't want to hear this but I just scrapbooked my last bunch of pictures for 2012!  I have my December Daily built and ready to go for all pictures in December.  I also created several layouts in advance for my Christmas pages.  Can't wait to start decorating and getting into the Christmas spirit!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Parent and Child Christmas Class

You asked and we shall deliver!  Many parents have been asking for a parent and child class.  Join us on Saturday, December 15th to create two of these cute trees.  These trees are a great addition to any Christmas decor.  This class is $20.00 and all product is included.  Parents are required to stay and do this class together with their child.  The class starts at 1pm and should not take much more than  hour.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Simple Design

Throughout the years I have randomly changed my design strategies.  Sometimes I follow trend.  For example over the years I have cut photos into cute shapes, layered flowers, misted, inked, used buttons, matted photos, ripped paper, layered paper...

Currently I am trying to mix old with new stash and just get the important photos scrapbooked.  Sometimes it feels like I have not done enough or the layout is incomplete.  But really I am just liking the look of clean lines, more negative space, fewer but most important photos and journaling. 

I like how the beach photos pop off the Cosmo Cricket background paper.  The big chipboard wave is from my stash. Sometimes these large chipboard peices are hard to use.  This layout was so simple it needed something.  I think this wave adds movement and some dimension to the design.

Jen Louie challenged me to use this peice of paper.  I tried several photos and thoughts out for this paper.  Nothing was right.  Then I picked up this photo and it just seemed to fit.  I love how the photo and design is simple but so effective when added to this great peice of paper. 

Some great photos of swimming at the outdoor pool in Hudsons Hope.  A simple 10x10 sheet of blue dot paper and a large scallop that I cut free hand, a journal spot, some word stickers.  Bam, done!
Keepin it simple and getting caught up one layout at a time!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Summer Layouts

 I created the following layouts using We R Memory Keepers paperline Down the Boardwalk.  I just love the paper stacks and coordinating layered chipboard that WRM Keepers make. 

 The paper in this line is already distressed.  They have distressed the paper by adding a misted and inked look to the paper.  Easy to use and takes the work out of doing it yourself!  However, if you like to add this look to paper yourself, it is easy.  Everything you need is available at Unforgettable Memories Foto Source.  You will need a chalk ink and some spray (there are several brands to choose from).  My favourite for adding bold color is Maya Mist.  Perfect Pearls is great for adding shimmer. 
On this layout I did my famous fussy cutting.  Fussy cutting is a term I use for when I pull out the sharp scissors, craft knife and cutting mat.  I love to fussy cut when the paper has a pretty pattern on it and I just can't bring myself to covering it.  With the right pictures it just makes sense to tuck them in behind a fussy cut pattern.  In this layout I cut out the wave and tucked the picture in.

I just love this picture of Adalyn licking up some sunshine!  I took the camera course offered at Unforgettable Memories Foto Source last Spring.  So worth it!  I have learned how to play with all those buttons on my Cannon Camera.  If you are wishing for a new camera for Christmas and Santa brings you one, I recommend taking a class to learn the ins and outs of your new camera.  Stay tuned for a camera class coming in 2013.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

it's scrappin time!!

I am not a fan of winter, but one of the great things about it is all the scrapbooking that you a) have more time for and b) feel like doing because the days are short and the nights are long and dark and cold! I put these layouts together at the retreat that Unforgettable Memories hosted a few weekends ago. So much fun! So little sleep! 

Every time I go out to retreat i make tons of enlargements - my favorite is the 8 x 12 size. I trimmed this one down, but I often let them run across the whole page. They are a fun change in your album when you are flipping through, and it's nice to let the photos tell the story on their own.

Out of my box: i had a scrap sheet that i was using for misting overspray on other projects and I thought it would look cool as background paper for it's own layout. I had a hard time not lining that white piece up all nice and straight on the page. It's hard to do things differently than we normally would. Also used some really fun Studio Calico wood veneer shapes. The store is bringing in lots of different options and they are flying off the shelves.

8 x 12 again, and using a sweet metal flower accent by We R Memory Keepers. Inspired by vintage enamel pins, they are gorgeous embellishments - you could put a pin back on them and use them to dress up any of your gear!

Thanks for looking, have fun scrapping the winter away!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Instagram and Banner Fun!

Banners are a great way to fill empty space on a layout.  It also helps draw your eye across the page.  This layout uses My Minds Eye paper.  4x4 photos are easily printed at Unforgettable Memories Foto Source.  I printed these photos from my I Phone using the Instagram App.  Printing the photos 4x4 keeps the charm of an Instagram photo without losing the clarity of the image. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012


I have been on a scrapbooking frenzy!  After a very productive weekend away at the Unforgettable Memories Foto Source Fall Retreat in October I continued to feel motivated to get the pile of pictures scrapbooked.  The layout above is from Easter 2012.  I used bits and pieces of paper but best of all I love the medallion style flowers.  They are so easy to make. Cut paper to a 1 x12 inch strip.  Accordion fold the whole strip.  Use double sided tape to adhere the ends together creating a circle.  Attach to page using a large brad.  I also used glue dots to help hold the embellishment securely to the page.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Holiday Layouts

Okay, first off... I'm a little behind.  I know.  I was so happy when all the new Christmas papers started arriving in the store because I was able to finish off last year's Christmas.  This layout was so simple to do!  I used five 4x6 photos - I rarely use all 4x6 any more because I can't fit them all on a page.  I really liked this orientation though.  The paper and embellishments are Simple Stories Handmade Holiday.  I used two background sheets, six 2x12 strips (a whole sheet) of the green dots and a 1 1/2 strip.  I rounded the corners on the green pieces to soften the look a bit.  Three clusters of embellishments finished the page off.  This was super quick - I think about 30 minutes.  A good way to get things caught up!

I usually ink my pages.  My favourite ink to use is Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.  You can ink your pages by directly rubbing the pad against the paper, or, you can use a tool for a softer look.  The tool I prefer is Tim Holtz Blending Tool.  It's intended for Alcohol Inks, but you can buy foam pieces that allow you to ink with it.  The wooden block has velcro on it, so I have a rectangle of foam in all my ink colours.  It's really easy to switch out.  You have a lot of control and it creates a softer, blended look.  This tool is available at the store and is quite affordable.  The tool retails for $7.99 and the foam pieces are another $7.99.  Really reasonable for something you can use again and again.  Stop by the store to check out my layout on display in the Christmas section or to pick up the Tim Holtz tool and some ink!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

December Daily Class

Join Crystal on Saturday, November 17 at 1pm to create the beginnings of your December Daily album. This project is $55 for members and $60 for non members. December Daily is an annual project documenting the 25 days from December 1 throu...
gh Christmas Day. This project is open and allows you to adjust and fit the page to your content as you go about documenting the month. Feel free to use this album to document all your holiday photos too. Sometimes we take so many pictures over the holidays it is just easier to create a mini album versus several layouts.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Advent Calendar Class

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Prima's November sketch.

Have you checked out the Prima blog lately?  The November sketch is up.  I am definitely going to be shopping at Unforgettable Memories for some Prima product this weekend so I can work on this sketch. 

Go to the Prima blog to see what their talented Design Team did with this sketch.  Amazing!

If you play along be sure to share your layout at Prima and also here...

Sunday, November 4, 2012


These photos are from our Whistler vacation in August.  Many of my photos are 2 x 3 so I got two on a 4x6 sheet.  One went into the Smash journal I've been posting.  Because I've already scrapped these photos once I felt I could get a little artsy and try some new techniques on this layout.
I started with white cardstock and a piece of cheesecloth.  I scrunched the cheesecloth and glued it down across the bottom half of my pages.  I used my tree masks and went to town with the ink mists.  There are two shades of green and some brown ink mist.
I tried adding some white rubons, but they didn't want to stick to the inked paper.  I wonder if I would have had more success if I'd waited for it all to dry thoroughly.  Oh well, I don't mind the rustic look of the half stuck on rub ons :)
 The only patterned papers I used was the punched strip along the bottom and the wood grain under my left hand photo.  The matting under the photo beside 'hike' is packaging from some Prima flowers.

I love the chipboard circles.  You may recognized them from several other layouts I've done. I'm working on my second package.

The layout still needed something more so I added three big blue ink splotches and held up the paper so the ink would run down the page.  The big blue bling are Bazzill and the little blue bling are Kaiser jewels.

I had put my chipboard title on the page before spraying the background ~ going for a more monochromatic look.  The ladies around me thought I should paint the chipboard the blue of the splotches, so I did.  One of the great things about crops is all the input you get from other scrapbookers. Thanks Crystal, Lynette and Anna.  I love this page!


Friday, November 2, 2012

Echo Park and Bo Bunny boy layouts

 Who had a great time at the Blueberry scrapbook crop last weekend.  I sure did.  I managed to get five double page layouts and a couple of single page layouts completed.  That was my goal for the weekend so I was happy.  I also managed to eat way too much good food.  It is always delicious and this year was no exception. 
No distractions; just eat, sleep and scrapbook. 
Can't wait for the next one!
This first layout I completed is built on white cardstock.  I misted with green Mr. Hueys mist over a letter diecut. Then I randomly splattered some brown walnut ink and rubbed green ink around the edges of my page. 
The tan coloured cardstock was also plain until I stamped a text stamp all over it.  The great thing about scrapping with a big group is anything you forgot ~ like a text stamp ~ you can always borrow.  Scrapbookers are friendly people.
I used lots of stickers and chipboard on this layout.  I even used the negative from the chipboard sheet on the right hand side.  It made perfect little spaces for embellishments, names and dates.

The next time you are in Unforgettable Memories be sure to check out the latest Echo Park line. It's called For the Record 2 and it is perfect for boy pages. I used loads of papers, stickers and chipboard from the line, on these pages. Great colours and designs.

A third boy layout from the weekend. I started with green cardstock and drew in brown lines to make it look a little rustic.  I didn't take a brown pen with me to the crop so I used the edge of my ink pad.  Love how it turned out.  Not as perfect and straight as it would be if I had used a pen.

I used my mask letters to create the title.  Green and brown ink were misted over the letters before they were removed.
The brown patterned paper is BoBunny 'apple cider' line.  I scrunched up a couple pieces of 7Gypsies tissue paper.  Used a couple of tags stamped with leaves and tied with brown jute. Layered some stickers and strips of paper along the left and right edges of my page.  There are lots of bits and pieces from my stash on this page. 
Now I need to scan the rest of my pages from the crop and get them down to the store. I can't wait to see what new product has come in over the last week.