Thursday, February 16, 2017

Yum! *** My Creative Scrapbook ***

You know those photos that you love, and you hang onto waiting for the perfect piece of paper to come along to complement them? I love this photo of my youngest, Colby, in Greece, waiting for our meal. The food there was sublime, and looking at this photo takes me right back to that cafe on the beach, and the Blue Fern Studios Heartland paper from the February My Creative Scrapbook LE kit was just perfect for it.

In order to carry over some of the blue from the photo, I added some stencilling in two shades of blue using Shimmerz Dazzlerz through the stencil included in the kit.

I fussy cut a strip from the Special Event paper from the Elegy collection in the kit, and layered it with corrugated cardboard, the cut strip from the base paper, lace from the kit and the clock and roses from the Blue Fern Studios chipboard wrapper. I then added Ceramic Stucco to the background, and added gold glitter to the background while the stucco and paint were still tacky.

I love these Blue Fern Studios roses! They are perfect nestled with the resin frame, gauze and tiny roses from the kit.

Thank you for stopping by today! If you haven't yet, remember to check out the February kits from My Creative Scrapbook.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Me & My Ball *** My Creative Scrapbook ***

I'm back today with another layout created with the February My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition kit. I love the dramatic reds of the Elegy papers by Scrapberry's paired with the neutral grays and blacks.

I selected a non-Valentines photo again this time; I think it's the fate of parents of young kids that either one or the other of you are in photos, but seldom both together.

To add a little colour and some added interest to the background, I started by colouring through the stencil from the kit using two Distress Markers (Candied Apple and Broken China) and a waterbrush. I didn't care if the effect was messy; I traced the shapes through the stencil using a journaling pen for some added definition. I fussy cut around the floral images on the top of the Happiness paper, and added torn strips from the Venus and Elegy papers underneath it. I layered the banners and words piece that I fussy cut from the Poetry paper under my photo (the photo itself is mounted on the cardboard backing of the Prima resin frames included in the kit - I loved the pop of blue and the distressed edges).


I had a lot of fun altering the Blue Fern Studios chippy included in the kit, but won't share any details here as I've prepared a tutorial on it for a future blog post. I love the versatility of chipboard; how you can do anything from naked chipboard to something layered and elaborate.


I finished everything off with the small resin frame (which I broke in half by hand so I could use the bit that would normally be hidden on a different project), one of the BFS glitter roses, a couple of the mini roses from the kit and a bow with the trim in the kit.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tender Moment *** My Creative Scrapbook LE Kit ***

I love the blacks and reds of this month's My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition kit featuring the Elegy collection from Scrapberry's. It is my first time working with Scrapberry's papers, and they did not disappoint!

The Elegy papers can be used as gorgeous standalones; most pages have a gorgeous decorative strip along one side. I decided to mix it up, cutting the damask/lace/rose border from the Tango sheet and adhered it to the Dreams sheet, along with some details from the Elegy and Baguette papers along the bottom edge.

For the background, I started by scraping white gesso roughly across the background, then spritzed the background with the Chrome spray included in the kit. Once that was dry, I added some stamping in black archival ink. I then applied heavy gesso through the stencil included in the kit randomly.

I fussy cut some of the frames from the Baguette paper for my background, and paper strips and butterflies from the Elegy paper, and adhered those as a background for my photo, a charming shot of my husband and youngest son courtesy of Brandie Coe Photography.

I love these beautiful blooms from Blue Fern Studios included in the kit; I tucked in some fussy cut leaves from the Elegy papers to plump up the cluster a little. To finish everything off, I dabbed some white gesso on the Thickers included in the kit for my title, and voila!

Thank you for stopping by today! If you haven't had a chance yet, be sure to check out this month's My Creative Scrapbook kits in their store.

My Creative Scrapbook February Kits On Sale Now

Have you seen the gorgeous February kits on offer from My Creative Scrapbook? It's another stellar line up for the month.

The Main Kit

The Limited Edition Kit

The Creative Kit

The Album Kit

I got a late start with the Limited Edition kit this month (featuring the gorgeous Elegy collection from Scrapberry), but I have been having a blast playing with it and can't wait to share my projects with you!

Remember to check out the My Creative Scrapbook blog throughout the month for tutorials and inspiration from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, January 20, 2017

My Creative Scrapbook Sketch Challenge

Do you love sketches? I do - they are a perfect jumping off point for creativity. My Creative Scrapbook has a new sketch challenge up over at My Creative Sketches, and I played along using the January Limited Edition kit.

Here is the sketch:

I had a lot of fun on the background for this layout, so much so that I used a lot of the same techniques when putting together my tutorial layout this month.

I started by doodling through the Crafter's Workshop stencil with watercolour pencils, then used some gold mist as the liquid to blend them in (you can see the sparkle on the rings in the photo above). To give my stencilling crisper edges, I traced loosely around it with a black journaling pencil. This helps the stencilling to not look like an amorphous blob in the background and helps to tie it in with the stamped stitched circles I added next.

I outlined my banner pieces with a gold leafing pen, which helped give them definition but also integrated them with the background paper because of the shimmer. I trimmed some of the chipboard pieces from the kit, and layered those under the banners and also at the sides of the layout to ground the clusters I wanted to build there.

I then splattered the background with first orange mist and then the blue mist included in the kit, coating the still-wet droplets with clear embossing enamel and heat setting it before adding the next colour. I love the dimension the embossing enamel adds; instead of the drops looking two dimensional and getting lost in the background, they look like wet droplets.

Be sure to check out the My Creative Sketches blog for more inspiration. The challenge runs through February 14th, and there is a gorgeous prize up for grabs for one lucky participant. And if you haven't already, be sure to check out the My Creative Scrapbook store to see all four beautiful January kits. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

My Creative Scrapbook LE Kit - January Tutorial

Hi there! It's my turn on the My Creative Scrapbook blog today to share a step-by-step tutorial for completing this mixed media layout. If you aren't following the MCS blog, you're missing out on tons of inspiration and tutorials. Be sure to check it out and follow!

Start by tearing a strip out of the centre of the C'est La Vie paper.

Adhere the Oui Oui paper behind it.

Adhere scraps from other projects (mine are scraps from the second sheets of Oui Oui and C'est La Vie). I adhere the centres of the scraps, but leave the edges loose.

I print many of my photos in 4x6, only to later decide that I want them to be a different dimension. By printing them with a border, I can trim them down later and adhere the border back on for a smaller print that still looks finished.

Trim the centre piece to the proper dimensions.

Adhere the two edge pieces under the middle piece without trimming them any further, and voila, you have a smaller print with finished edges, and no one will notice that you pared it down.

Next, add some stencilling through the Crafters Workshop stencil. I painted in the circles and splatters with mist and a fine paintbrush.

Don't worry if it isn't perfect - you are going to add tons of layers on top of it. Add in some splatters.

Trace around the dried stencilling with a black journaling pen.

Repeat with another colour of mist, and trace around that as well once it is dry.

Add some mesh stencilling using the same stencil in another colour. I used pink to tie the pink in the centre of the layout to the rest of the layout. I didn't have any pink paint, so I mixed mica powder with gel medium to make my own paint.

Layer on pieces of the tear strips from the bottom of the sheets in the collection.

Add stamping. I used a round stich stamp set to complement the stencilled circles.

Add in some more splatters of mist (I used the teal Color Bloom spray from the kit along with a pink mist from my stash).

While the mist is still wet, sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set for a wet look and some added texture.

Adhere chipboard pieces from the kit.

To make the flowers go farther, and to prevent all of your flowers from looking the same, tear some of the flowers apart into layers.

Cut the bottom layer apart, and adhere the layers on top of one another for a more dimensional flower.

Add the dark resin Prima frame from the kit, and adhere your flowers around where your photo will be.

Position your photo (but don't adhere it yet), and add extra layers of paper and chipboard at the bottom, and finish it off with a flower.

Cut one of the dark Cartographer flowers in half and add to the top left and bottom right of the photo.

Don't be afraid to customize your embellishments to fit your layout.

The medallion from the kit is easily transformed by folding the ribbons under and adhering one of the druzzy stone brads (I cut off the metal fasteners and hot glued it on).

Add your medallion and other brads to the background.

Adhere sequins from the kit to the background.

I use Gel Medium to secure them as it dries clear (pictured here wet).

Add splatters of white paint to the background. This is why I didn't adhere the photo earlier - I find it easier to splatter without having to worry about getting paint on my photo.

And the completed project:

If you haven't picked up your January kit yet, be sure to check out the My Creative Scrapbook store.

Thanks for stopping by today!  

Monday, January 9, 2017

Brothers *** My Creative Scrapbook LE Kit ***

Hello Bloggers! I'm back today to share another layout made with the January My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition kit.

We struggle every year to get a nice photo of our boys on the dike following breakfast with Santa, with varied results. This is the best that we got this year, and though it isn't perfect, I love the little bit of attitude the boys are throwing our way.

I added a bunch of media to the backgroud, including modelling paste, sprays, stamping, watercolours, doodling and coloured pencils.

In addition to the gorgeous chipboard, druzzy stone brads, metal accents and flower vines in the kit, the trims are amazing, and I chose to highlight them on my layout by layering them as a horizontal strip and building the layout around them.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you haven't already, be sure to pick up your kit in the My Creative Scrapbook store, and be sure to follow the blog for tons of inspiration from the Design Team all month long.