Saturday, February 28, 2009

My Little Bit of Whimsy

Here are a few more layouts created with beautiful and unique My Little Bit of Whimsy buttons. I just love the big pink textured buttons, heart buttons, sweet little cupcakes that look yummy enough to eat (confirmed by Larissa who thought they were candy!) Also, My Little Bit of Whimsy just so happens to be having a SALE on right now so you should cruise on over and pick up some of your favourite buttons for a great price!

Her Prince: Larissa and her cousin, Keaton, are always playing Prince & Princess or even 'wedding'. He fiercely protects her and she looks up to him even though he's a mere 3 months older than her.

Cupcake Love: These little cupcake buttons were PERFECT for this photo of Larissa and her little cousin chomping down on some cupcakes I let them make for Valentines Day. Most of the paper (and clear embellies) on this layout are K&Company.

Friday, February 27, 2009

My Pouty Princess & a give-away

You just have to check out Tracey Taylor's blog for a great give-away from her and Paws on Scrapbooking. Tracey is a fabulous kit and project designer and you can get three ballots to win one of her awesome kits... just check out her blog for how to win!

Here's a layout showing the infamous pout of my little princess. She sure does know how to throw a dirty look... I get this look countless times a day! LOL In this photo, I had the backdrop up because I was taking pictures for her 4th birthday. I didn't have a chance to take it down and her and her cousin Keaton were having fun posing (they dressed themselves LOL). Well Keaton wouldn't get in this particular photo with her..hence the pout. The pattern paper and cardstock stickers on this layout are all Basic Grey Urban Prairie. Urban Prairie was my favourite Basic Grey line until they came out with Bittersweet...they are now tied in first place for my favs :) The little black dots around the pink circle are make just with a Zig marker and the I added little drops of black Stickles to the dots.

Monday, February 23, 2009

A couple new things...

Happy news: Last night I received an email from Canadian Scrapbooker requesting 3 of my layouts for their Summer 2009 issue. My sister Jocelyne also had a layout picked up by them :)

I'm still under the weather and haven't managed to crank out anything new so I'll share some stuff that I already had done but just didn't get posted until now.

Field of Flowers: Paws on Scrapbooking held a cyber crop a while back and Diva Jenn challenged us to use yellow... I was a little late to get to the challenge (better late than never!) I did enjoy working with yellows for a change. Lots of different paper lines here: Pink Paislee, K&Co, Sassafras Lass, KI Memories & October Afternoon. I used Prima voila felt as well as the backing from the felt. Title letters are by October Afternoon. These photos are some of my all time favourite of Larissa. This field of dandelions wasn't far from our house so we just had to spend some time there getting some cute photos. Hopefully we'll do it again this spring (which seems very far off right now)

Here is another card that I made using some more Pink Paislee papers. The cherries are cut from Pink Paislee pattern paper. I've really been enjoying using corrugated cardboard lately. I love the extra texture and dimension it adds to projects.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


I used to be into cardmaking...a lot of cardmaking. I used to make hundreds and hundreds of cards every year and swap them with other cardmakers around the world. That all faded when Larissa was born and scrapbooking took over. Sometimes I journey back to my cardmaking roots .... I did these this weekend because I was feeling miserable and sick and making a layout was just too much effort. So this is what I ended up with instead:

The pattern papers used here are by Pink Paislee and the rub-ons are some old Scenic Route ones that I was trying to use up.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

A couple layouts...

Here are a couple layouts that I haven't shared on my blog yet. The first one, I did based on Prima's January Build A Page sketch. My sister Jocelyne and her family on her wedding day. I used mostly Prima's First Blush collection on this page as well as quite a bit of lace from the fabric store. I made the butterfly by stamping unto pattern paper and then cutting the image out carefully and adhering the butterfly in the centre only (with hot glue) so that I could raise the wings.
This was a layout that I did last month for Tracey's cyber crop challenge as at Paws on Scrapbooking. The challenge was to use multiple photos on a page, something that I have been doing a little more of lately. I do realized that our national anthem is actually "O" Canada, not Oh Canada but I wasn't titling the layout after the song... it's just the title that came to mind when I did this layout ;) Boy are my circle punches ever getting a good workout. I think they have been my best scrappy purchase in a long long time!

Oh Canada was just picked up by Canadian Scrapbooker for their Summer 2009 issue. :)

Friday, February 20, 2009

I've been busy...

Despite the fact that I haven't added much to my blog lately, I have been scrappy busy! Most of the layouts I have been working on, I can't share just yet so I thought I would post this layout that I did back in January. It is based on a Becky Higgins's a double layout *GASP* not something that I normally do. I took these photos last fall while on a walk with Larissa..she was picking up grains and seeds and yelling for the birdies to come eat LOL.

I just had a layout requested by Memory Makers magazine which is really exciting. It will appear in their special edition wedding publication in June or July. I also just found out that layout that I made for the summer cover of Canadian Scrapbooker has been requested as well. I don't know for sure if it will be on the cover or if it will be in the 'other takes on the cover' section. One more sure to check out PageMaps when it comes out in March!! :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Budget Savings Tips

Most scrappers want to stretch their dollar a little further. I throughly enjoy spending money on my favourites like Prima, Basic Grey, Pink Paislee... My list could go on and on... But I still love a good deal when I can find one. My local dollar store (Dollarama) has all kinds of treasures to be found and used for scrapbooking. I recently found these cools flowers and laces. (click on individual photos for a larger view)

The flowers were not in the scrapbooking section. I found them in packages of 2 being sold as shoe charms. Now, as far as shoe charms go, I think these are fugly but as scrapbooking embellishments...very pretty!
Look at these really cool laces. I also found other ones with floral patterns in a variety of colours and widths.

This is what the flowers look like on the back. They come with a little clip on them.

If you are careful, you can just pry the clip off the back without damaging the flower. After the clip is peeled you are ready to use the flower on your layout. You can adhere your flowers with terrifically tacky tape, glue dots, pop dots or hot glue.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Some Bittersweet and a bit of metallic

I finally opened that new package of Basic Grey Bittersweet that I received in the mail a couple of weeks ago. I LOVE this new paper line. I made a couple layouts with these photos of Larissa and her cousin Jaedyn. I plan on using up every little scrap of this paper pack. This layout is a based this beautiful sketch by Liz Qualman's (aka Q-diggity). Liz is hosting a Valentines Sketch Challenge at you have until February 28 to come join in the fun! Liz made this beautiful layout to go along with her sketch. I just loved the fact that she used a flower punch in the scalloped part of her cool eh!? I dug around in my scrap room for my very old heart punch and put it to work. I really like this effect and will definately be putting to good use on more layouts.

Jouranling reads: Larissa just loves Jaedyn so much that she is constantly squeezing her and kissing her. They make the best of friends. Feb '09

These letters (XOXO) are Heidi Swapp chipboard letters. I used Glossy Accents and Martha Stewart glitter to cover them (Tourmaline and Brownstone)
The chipboard is Maya Road and I also used the Martha Stewart Brownstone glitter on it. I am trying to use up a little bit of my huge chipboard stash.

Here's another thing that was kicking around in my stash for some time...these various heart brads and eyelets...there's even a heart in there that I made with a stamp and polyshrink.
Just Like Sisters:
Another project with BG Bittersweet! Journaling: You 2 are often mistaken for both look alike, get along so well and spend oodles of happy hours together. I'm so glad you both have each other. Rissy & Jaedyn. Feb '09

The hearts on the left were totally inspired by Gabrielle Pollacco's You're Beautiful layout. Gabrielle is a very talented scrapper who just so happens to have the highest viewed and voted on layout on!!


Sometimes I sit down and scrapbook just for the creativity. I'm not thinking about the memory of anything or capturing a certain emotion or feeling... I just feel like making something pretty. So I found this butterfly and decided that I wanted to make a big froo-froo layout.. just to go in a shadow box or perhaps on a stand on my kitchen. I used loads of metallic stuff on this page..something I rarely do. I used metallic flowers, ribbon, brads, brown glitter and of course the big butterfly that started this layout. The photo is Larissa and her cousin. I used a Mindy Bush action on it (Cocoa Shine). I picked up the butterfly from Michaels in one of the $1.50 bins :)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Feeling Lovey Dovey ? My Creative Scrapbook reveal

Here is the reveal for two of the kits at My Creative Scrapbook. I really enjoyed working with these kits... the Fancy Pants Splendid ad on kit was my favourite because these colours are so me!

Here is a little tin of candies that I made. I used a K&Co empty tin that used to have chipboard in it. I covered it in the Splendid paper. Added velvet trim to the edges, glittered up the chipboard and added black Zva crystals (everything seen here came in the kit except the candy and the tin of course!) I just love the alphas that came with this kit...Pink Paislee Holly Doodles. I added some tissue paper and smarties to finish it off. Now it's sitting pretty in my kitchen waiting for Valentines Day.

When I opened this kit and spotted this robot I squealed with delight. Now granted, a robot would not be something I would seek out to use on a scrapbook page but I instantly knew what layout I wanted to use him for. I knew he would be a perfect addition to an 'out takes' page. We are always goofing off and doing 'the robot' exceptions during our pre-christmas photo shoot. It was very hard to be serious in the photos when it was just Jason and I (as you can see LOL)

A close up of my favourite little robot man and the embellies clustered around him.
Here is another layout done with the Fancy Pants ad on kit. This is my brother, Daniel and his new finance Jennette. We were so excited when they got engaged on their trip home to PEI last summer...and this summer coming ('09) they will have thier wedding here.

Be Mine: Here's my favourite little Valentine. This layout was also made with the Fancy Pants ad on kit. I plan to journal on the little journaling spot underneath the title. I just loved the KI Memories glittered lace cardstock that came with this kit!
These layouts were made with the main kit featuring My Little Yellow Bicycle. This kit was many wonderful elements to it. It even included a gorgeous sheet of shimmery Hambly textured paper, Prima cyrstals, Prima flowers, rubons, chipboard... it keeps going.

This is my other brother, Richard and his girlfriend Kristin this past summer. Hopefully they will be home this summer for Daniel & Jennette's wedding but it's still kind of up in the air. Both of them have committments in Europe and the Middle East... but I'm stilling hoping they will be able to make it home for a visit before they leave.

Another one using the main kit... me and my sweetie pie. I don't often do layouts of just us but I did two this month alone! I just couldn't help myself since the kits were geared around a Valentines Day theme. The little black dots were punched from the black Hambly paper.

Everyday 3: I just love this die cut was so pretty that I didn't want to cover it up. All these lovely goodies came in the main kit. A lot of the chipboard and die cuts in this kit came with a beautiful black flock on them...they are even prettier IRL.

I made some more of my decorative mason jars with leftovers from the main kit. Well, these are actually old baby food jars. I still buy the baby sweet potatoes and sneak them into Larissa's spaghetti sauce for a little added vegetables. These altered jars get used in my scrappy room...they house buttons, pins, little bits and sometimes they just sit on the shelf and look pretty.

To see lots more beautiful projects with these (and more) kits head on over to the DT gallery at MCS.