Tuesday 30 April 2013

Sweet Faces

Prior to joining The Memory Nest Design Team I had never participated in a Color Challenge. Why, I am not sure, because they are so much fun! I love seeing the color grouping for the challenge and then hunting for the right papers to work with. And then there is selecting the right photos: I usually have my photos in hand first and then choose my papers to match, but a color challenge forces me to work the other way around, and I love the opportunity to stretch my creativity. If you haven't participated in a Color Challenge yet, might I suggest you do so. So much fun, and such a great way to get creative!

Today I am sharing my latest Color Challenge Layout over at The Memory Nest. Here is the layout I made using the color grouping that Leslie provided:
When I saw the colors to be used for this challenge I immediately thought of the Abode collection by American Crafts. I bought this paper a few years ago and it has been waiting patiently in my stash to be used.

Since the patterned paper in this collection is so loud and busy, I used it in small quantities to make sure it did not overpower my photos. To help my photos 'pop' against the colorful background, I converted them to black and white. I also kept my embellishments to a minimum in order to keep the page clean and simple - a simple flower from Bazzill with a button in the center.

As I do most of the time, I cut my title out using my Silhouette (font: Ravie). Have I mentioned how much I love that thing?

Now for a few close up shots of my sweet girls:
Head on over to The Memory Nest today to see how other people were inspired to create using this color grouping. So fun!

The Memory Nest

Monday 29 April 2013

Card of the Week: Thinking of You

This week I made two 'thinking of you' cards:
Card Base: Recollections; Patterned Paper: Scenic Route; Cardstock: Bazzill; Sentiment Rub-Ons: American Crafts; Twine: We R Memory Keepers; Corner Rounder: EK Success; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives, 3D Foam Squares

This paper was so fun to work with - great colors, bold patterns.

I was going to embellish these cards a bit more, but when I searched my stash I could not find anything that really worked.

So I left them clean and simple, and just let the unusual patterns work together.

Tuesday 23 April 2013

Spring Flowers & The Sound of Spring

Another great week designing for The Memory Nest! This week myself and the other members of the Design Team were working with Simply Spring by We R Memory Keepers. What a lovely line of paper, perfect for Spring and Easter layouts.

This time around I was able to complete two layouts. The first is called Spring Flowers:
I used the perfectly coordinated cardstock (also by We R Memory Keepers) and the yellow and green patterned papers as the base for my page and then layered my pictures on top.

I cut my title out using my trusty Silhouette (font: Segoe Print). The butterfly and the branch are from the coordinating sticker sheet.
The second layout I did is called The Sound of Spring:
This series of pictures was taken when we went to visit some family at their farm about an hour and a half away from home. The weather was so completely different there - warm and sunny compared to raining and cold at home. The girls were thrilled to run around in the sunshine, shouting and laughing. It was a fun day.

I used quite a few of the patterned papers on this layout, in small pieces to keep the focus on my pictures.

In the top corner I made a little embellishment by layering patterned papers, a sticker, and a tag from the coordinating tag sheet.
My title is a mix of Thickers (by American Crafts) and letters cut with my Silhouette (font: Kristin ITC). The small dots that are scattered across this page are from the coordinating sticker sheet.
This is a lovely line of paper - so many possibilities for layouts and even cards. Yes, I can see a few cards in my future using this paper.

Please go and visit The Memory Nest to see what the other talented ladies of the Design Team have created.

Monday 22 April 2013

Card of the Week: [thank you]

On Saturday it snowed. I had hoped that the weather would be pleasant enough to allow me to go outside and work in the garden, but no, the cold and the snow forced me to stay inside. So I spent part of the afternoon at my craft table, sipping a coffee and playing with some pretty flower paper.

Here is the card that I made:
Card Base: Recollections; Patterned Paper: Dulce; Cardstock: Bazzill; Rub-On: American Crafts; Brad: Making Memories; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives, Glue Dots, 3D Foam Squares

This paper is fairly busy, but rather than just put it on the front of the card in one piece (like I often do with busy paper - see here), I cut it in strips and then placed them on the front of the card slightly apart from each other. This is a technique that I saw used over at Paper Owl; Cassie is an amazing card designer and when I saw her card I knew I wanted to make my own. It was a bit painful to line everything up evenly, but worth it - I really like how my card looks.

So still no flowers in the garden, but pretty flowers on the front of a card. Not a bad compromise.

How was your weekend? Did you spend time crafting?

Thursday 18 April 2013

Crafts from the Past

A few weeks ago I was going through boxes in the storage room when I came across some counted cross stitch pictures that I made years ago.

I finished this clown when I was 13 years old. I was sitting in the orange plaid chair at my Oma and Opa's house when I completed the last stitches - funny how I remember that.
I worked on this bear for years, thinking that I would hang it in my baby's room. I never did.
I can not remember exactly when I made this ice cream sundae...or why.
I am not sure what to do with these.

I can't see me hanging them in my house. And yet they are too sentimental to get rid of.

Maybe I'll just put them back into storage - part of my craft archives.

What crafts did you do when you were younger?

Are there any old crafts of yours that you are still holding onto for sentimental reasons?

Tuesday 16 April 2013

So Happy Together

Today I am over at The Memory Nest sharing this layout that I made for the Sketch Challenge.
The paper I used for this layout is Granola by Basic Grey. The brown flower is from Bazzill and the button in the center is from a large jar of buttons I have on my craft table. The small cream flowers are from Making Memories.
The biggest challenge for me in following this sketch was to keep my title turned on its side. I normally put my title at either the top or the bottom of my page, so putting the title on its side was a bit of a departure from my usual style. But doing something differently is not at all bad - one of the greatest benefits of sketches, in my opinion, is that they encourage you to do so. A title on its side...I like it.
I invite you to visit The Memory Nest to see the layouts that others made for the Sketch Challenge It is always inspiring to see how differently people interpret a sketch and create from it.

Monday 15 April 2013

Card of the Week: May you Always Walk in Sunshine

Card Base: Recollections; Patterned Paper: Crate Paper; Cardstock: Bazzill; Quote Tag: My Mind's Eye; Twill Ribbon: my craft stash; Ink: Ranger Inks; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives, 3D Foam Squares

Isn't this sentiment beautiful?

As soon as I saw it I knew it would be perfect for the front of a card.

I think this card would work well for a birthday, a graduation, or to congratulate or encourage a friend.

May you always walk in sunshine: a wish for any occasion.

Thursday 11 April 2013

Silly, Playful, Happy

Today I would like to share with you another layout I did using a picture from the summer of 2012.
This picture was taken on Labor Day weekend, which we spent with my sister-in-law and her family at the lake. The weather was absolutely perfect and the girls had so much fun playing at the beach with their cousin.

I pulled together supplies from many companies in making this page. The patterned paper is from American Crafts and so is the swirly rub-on that is underneath the photo. I like how the "stitched" look of the rub-on ties into the style of writing on the title tag (by Stella Rose).
I also used some of the chipboard clouds that I first used on my camping layout. I really like the whimsical patterns on these clouds and how they add some dimension to the page.
To add some detail to this corner, I used some sunburst stickers from October Afternoon. I also made my own photo corner which I embellished with a rub-on from Imaginisce.
Anyone else want to go to the beach right now?

Tuesday 9 April 2013

Too Tempting

This week myself and the other creative ladies of The Memory Nest Design Team were asked to create a layout using Paper Cottage by Basic Grey.
When I saw this paper I immediately thought of these pictures of my daughter Claire. We were at the beach last summer and what was supposed to be a walk along the shore turned into her swimming in the lake with her dress on. The water was too tempting for her to just stand on the shore, so in she went. This is of course why I called my page "Too Tempting". I cut my title out using my Silhouette - the font I used is called 'Care Bear Family' which is an adorable font, especially the little heart to dot the 'i'.
I wanted to use as much of this lovely patterned paper as possible while still keeping the focus on my pictures, so I added each pattern in small amounts. All the patterned paper in this line is double sided so there were many options to choose from. I used the honeycomb paper along the bottom of the page and cut some circles using the grid paper and the medallion paper to tuck in behind my photos.

The 'lovely' tab and the 'happy' strip are from the coordinating sticker sheet and the large yellow flower is from my stash.
I really liked working with this paper line - lots of pretty patterns in beautiful colors. And I have to say that I enjoyed working with pictures from the beach; what better way to remind me that it will eventually get warm here in my neck of the woods.

Stop by The Memory Nest for Design Team Tuesday to see what the other members of the Design Team created using this paper - so beautiful and so inspiring.

Monday 8 April 2013

Card of the Week: Let's Go Play!

When I am busy creating my craft table is a complete disaster. I like to refer to it as "organized chaos" because even though it may look like random piles all over the place, I know where things are and can easily find them. And sometimes, like this week, the mess works to my advantage.

Here is this week's card:
Card Base: Recollections; Patterned Paper: Crate Paper; Cardstock: Bazzill; Circle Punch: Fiskars; House Die Cut: my craft stash; Sentiment: October Afternoon; Ink: Ranger Inks; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives, 3D Foam Squares

I first saw the die cut house lying on the table and thought it would look good on a card. The turquoise cardstock was nearby and matched perfectly. Then I found some scraps of paper from last week's color challenge, which also coordinated well with what I was working on. Add a little brown cardstock and a silly sentiment, and I was done.

So you see, from the piles of supplies lying around on my craft table I was able to make something cute...which proves that creativity can arise from a mess and that the chaos that usually surrounds and covers my craft table is organized enough for me to work with.

What have you made using the scraps and bits you have lying around on your craft table?

Wednesday 3 April 2013


I have been very busy lately trying to get all my pictures from last summer scrapped....you know, before this summer rolls around.

Using some incredible paper from Pebbles Inc. (the same paper I used to make these cards) I made this double layout using pictures from our family camping trip.
When I create double layouts I almost always bring my patterned paper across both pages. For me, this works to visually connect the two sides together. In this layout I not only carried the green background paper and the striped patterned paper across the pages, but I also added the red arrow (from Scenic Route).
I kept the right side of my double layout simple - just a large family photo and a journalling block. The flower embellishment is from Scenic Route and adds the perfect little detail.
The left side of my layout is more photo heavy, but the photos are smaller. I love the little chipboard clouds that I added to the top corner. I bought these at the epic scrapbooking garage sale I keep mentioning. They were in a large bag of stuff so I am not sure who makes them (anyone know, because I would love to get more).
Relaxing at the campsite, the warm sunshine, roasting marshmallows, eating smores....these are the incredible memories of our camping trip that I am very glad I was able to record so beautifully on this layout.

Have you got all your photos from last summer scrapped? With this layout done, I only have two more to do..not too bad, and it is so much fun to look back at my pictures as I go and remember how much fun we all had.

Monday 1 April 2013

Card of the Week: Hello Spring

The signs of spring outside my window are quite mixed. The huge snow piles are melting and there is the constant sound of water dripping, but at the same time the robin I saw weeks ago has not made another appearance, and the other night there were snow flurries and I needed to scrape ice off the windshield before I drove home.

Until the outdoors gets itself sorted out, at least I have this lovely spring card propped up on my craft table.  
Card Base: Recollections; Patterned Paper: my craft stash; Cardstock: Bazzill; Border Punch: Fiskars; Butterfly Die Cut: my craft stash; Sentiment Rub-On: Basic Grey; Ink: Ranger Inks; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives, 3D Foam Squares 

Now if only these flowers were blooming in the garden as well.

Hope everyone had a lovely Easter.