Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Adventure Layout

I signed up for Catherine Davis' Design School Preview Class (which is free!) It's a sneak of her new class Design School 2. 
This is the layout I made from Lesson 1: Catherine Davis. I love using lots of alphas on my layouts in a creative way. I made so many layouts since spring trying to use up full alphas (since I'm a bit of an alpha hoarder). So this lesson was right up my alley. 

The background paper is an older Studio Calico patterned paper. I honestly didn't know what to do with it. I've pulled it out many times to use but came up blank. It was the perfect colour for this alpha. I decided to just go with the green from it ignoring the earth. It ended up working great with the photo of Milly from a trip to Vancouver Island.

I love layering and have a hard time making a layout without something being layered on it. It's also a great way to use up all these paper scraps and 4x6 paper pads from Studio Calico. I love those things!
The little shovel is from a vintage October Afternoon collection. I. LOVE. October Afternoon!!!! (I'll take any and all hoarded OA stashes out there if your purging your stash haha!)

I cut an old Studio Calico paper pad paper in half. Used the map part tucked in under the photo and the other for the journaling.

I wanted a little bling but didn't want to add much in terms of embellishments so I tore a little strip of Maggie Holmes' metallic silver washi tape and guess what, layered it on the layers! ha. Yay for layers.

Go check out the free class comprising of 3 lessons if your in need of a little self time or inspiration.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Inspiration Now That Summer is Over

Summer is officially over here. The leaves are turning gorgeous jewel tones, the air is crisp in the morning, the apples are turning up in groves to my local fruit man and the peaches are coming to an end.

I don't know about you but we had a jam packed summer. We did manage to sneak in some relaxation and lazy days too but it felt mostly super busy! I had a really hard time fitting in any creative time this summer but I have to admit I wasn't feeling super inspired. I'm still not there yet. I thought maybe I should go through the layouts and projects I did make and do several posts about them. To inspire some creativity in me as well as maybe you!

The first layout I'm sharing is one of my favs from the summer! It's actually a super simple layout. I used a photo from last summer, that's how far behind I am ;) The paper is AMAZING. By Alexandra Renke.  Found at one of our local stores called The Scrap Yard, here in Calgary, AB. I bought several of a few of the designs. This one and a magnificent orange pattern.

The background alpha are some older Doodle Bug Design alpha stickers I hadn't used in ages. I placed them in a somewhat random but organized pattern. I had some scrap paper sitting on my desk that I had inked off some purple ink onto. I decided I really like the pattern and cut out two small flags from it. The bottom right corner has "Like" stamped repeatedly using purple ink, inking off once or twice in between inking. "Like" stamp is designed by Tina Aszmus of Life Love Paper for an old  Kelly Purkey kit called Currently Loving - seen here on pinterest. It's one of my favs!
Like a Boss is from an old Studio Calico stamp set. I stamped it with versa mark and used gold embossing powder, heated it up to melt of course.

I felt the page was busy enough with the bright coloured background and didn't want to take away from the typographic feel so I kept the embellishing to a minimum.
I hope you find some simple inspiration from it!

If this has given you any inspiration or want to see some process videos making layouts like this let me know. I'll do my best to make that happen :)

PS: Hope your back to school has been going smooth! Happy Fall!!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Midway through May Inspiration

Hi guys! I've been a little preoccupied over here with our 4 month old Schnauzer Gus Gus and just life. Not a whole lot of time for scrapbooking lately. Which is ok :)

I wanted to pop in quickly to give a little inspiration and share about a new class I'm taking. I just started Studio Calico's newest class - Summer of Sketches 2017.  I love sketches! They really do have the ability to drag you out of a scrapbooking rut, if you've been in one. I like sketches because they are a blank slate full of inspiration. They are simple and allow you to use whatever colour palette and products you choose. There is no theme to follow. Just plain and simple, a sketch. I could easily come up with 5 layouts for one sketch! *I am promoting this class completely on my own because I really do think it's a great deal - free awesome stamp set with class while they last - and because I think it's FULL of inspiration. Below image from Studio Calico showing the stamp set you receive with class (while supplies last).

Here is one layout I made up after creating a few layouts for the week one sketch inspiration. My last post talks about the more you create the more the ideas flow and the better they get. It's so true. Once I get started I can scrapbook for days on end! It's true. The ideas just come flowing!

This layout was inspired by the colour palette from an older A Beautiful Mess Messy Box (found in their shop) that I bought from a Studio Calico friend. I had been looking for the kit since it was sold out and she graciously sold hers to me! It arrived yesterday and I immediately took it to my studio to make something quickly with it. That washi tape!!! In. Love. (sidenote: I booked our babysitter yesterday to get some spring cleaning done but sneaked in some self love time instead. Much more important than cleaning!)

Everything used on this layout, with the exception of that fabulous orange/lavender washi tape, was sitting on my desk. It took me 15 minutes to make. Simple, pretty and done. I did have to print out the photo too, which didn't take any time. My phone is connected to my computer via wifi. Super fast to print through the canon app. My printer is the Canon Pixma MG7720 (I also have the 7100 - the short of it is it won't print photos larger than 4x6 without having lines through the image. It's old though. So I bought the new version on sale for $100 and use both now).

The little flower illustration is from my doodling on scrap paper. I had tried to take part in the #100daysof ... project but I failed miserably haha! I just can't do challenges like that. Too many people need my attention in our house in this season of my life. Down the road I can't wait to try to make it to 100! I think I made it to 11? haha

I matted the 8.5x11 layout on a Studio Calico grid paper that I trimmed to 9x12. I plan on including it into my 9x12 Project Life album. I try to plan pages with an album in mind. Thinking about where I want to ultimately have a layout live. This one was just a fun one about me. Perfect for my PL album. Which I am so not up to date on btw! But that's ok. :) 

Happy May Long Weekend!