Left My Heart – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hey everyone! Happy July!!

It’s the first Friday of the month, which can only mean one thing… ScrapMuch? Team A is up with their double page layout reveal!

Summer is all about vacations, so I went with a vacation theme for this sketch. Here is my layout for this week:

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I opted to dig in to my uber amazing Jillibean Soup Sightseeing Stew pack for the patterned paper, tags, and most of the embellishments. I added in a fun Maya Road airplane clip, some fun Evalicious puffy stickers, and a Studio Calico flair piece. Of course all that brightness needed a gentle kraft paper as a background. I also took this opportunity to scrapbook some of the many pics I take out the airplane window. I’m a window seat girl. I love to watch the world! The destinations featured in this layout are Arizona, Las Vegas and Cancun (aren’t those turquoises just stunning?!)

And here is the sketch we had to work with:

I kept pretty true to the sketch, aside from cutting apart the baggage tag page and using those as a ledge for the photos.

So now it’s your turn! Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog to see what the rest of the team has been up to this week! I’d love for you to make your own layout to this sketch and share it with us for a chance to win an amazing ScrapMuch? prize!

Have a great sunny weekend everyone!

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I Am – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello and Happy Friday!

It’s time for another ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Team A reveal!

Today I’m sharing a layout that features the super hot Simple Stories I Am line. When I saw the reveal on this line I couldn’t wait to play with it and I was super thankful to find a bunch of it at ScrapMuch?! I know I probably shouldn’t be adding to my stash but this was so so so worth it (and I only bought a little bit!)!

This post comes with a bit of a warning, it’s not just about a layout. It’s about me. It’s about sharing. It’s about real life and being true.

So here is my layout:
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Supplies used: Patterned Paper – Simple Stories; Wood Veneer – Simple Stories; Ink – Tim Holtz Distress; Sequins – Teresa Collins; Punch – Teresa Collins for Fiskars; Washi – Gift from a friend! (Thank you Eileen!)

The picture is a selfie from an absolute moment of zen and relaxation. I snapped it on my mid-winter escape to Vegas when I was lying on a beach chair in the warm sun and finally able to just relax from all the stresses and emotional events that preceded that trip. I was So. Happy. The squares on the side truly are perfectly me – feeling happy, feeling blessed, and there’s tons of photographic evidence of me being happy in the sun.

I fussy cut the feathers from some of the other pages, as well as the flower. I used the black and white striped paper in the corner after I cut my pennant, just because I liked how it looked up there.

I used that great portion of word paper and intentionally left some parts visible.
I am enjoying the journey.
I am here.
I am going places.
I am on a journey.
I am loving.
I am enough.
I am beautiful.

I really struggle with the last two. “I am enough” was a mantra I was learning and starting to believe when I was routinely doing yoga with time spent on pranayama. It was finally quieting the voices of inadequacy that rambled in my head. My final thoughts on “I am beautiful” are far too heady for this post and for right now, but suffice to say it’s something I hope to feel and believe, truly believe, in my lifetime. That is a universal woman sentiment. We all want to feel beautiful.

On that fun note! Here is the sketch we had to work with this week:

And now it’s your turn! Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of the team has created for your inspiration this week. Then create your own layout and link up with us for a chance to win a fabulous ScrapMuch? prize! As always, I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Maybe a Fork? – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Happy June everyone!!

It’s the first Friday of the month which means ScrapMuch? Team A is up with their double page layout!

I recently got this awesome October Afternoon bundle that I couldn’t wait to use on a few pages. I also managed to use this layout to scrapbook some older photos of a super fun night while away on vacation with friends. I even added in one photo that came out blurry but still captured the joy and laughter that it was too priceless not to scrap (or at least I think so!).

So here is my take on the sketch:

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Needless to say, I wasn’t very good with chopsticks at the time. I’m thankfully better, but not super proficient.

The ombre effect on the thickers was again the result of some inadvertent sun bleaching – but totally works with the washi tape from the line and the ombre journalling tag. And the paper line in general? Nothing but happy, which was totally perfect for the happy photos.

And here is the sketch we had to work with:

So now it’s your turn! Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog to see what the rest of the team is up to! Then scrap your take on the sketch and share with us before the end of the month for a chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize!

Have a great weekend everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

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Simply Tiffany – May 1st Stuck?! Sketch

While cropping with the ScrapMuch? ladies on NSD I created this wee little layout based on the May 1 Stuck?! Sketches sketch. I meant to post this earlier but time just got away from me this month, so here I am just under the wire!

This sketch proved to be a little more difficult to work with for me than I thought it would be, but in the end I’m happy with the finished product. Here’s what I created from that sketch:

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I managed to use up some more of my Graphic45 Raining Cats And Dogs (love this line!), some Simple Stories embellishments from their cat line, and a few other fun embellishments from my stash. The star however is truly Tiffany. She’s so sweet when she’s sleeping!

Thanks for stopping by! I plan on spending some time tomorrow cropping with the ScrapMuch? ladies because I think it’s the last time I’ll get to join them until the fall. Have a fabulous weekend and I’ll for sure be back next week with another ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday reveal!

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Happy Memory – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello! It’s the Friday of the long weekend here in Canada. It’s time for ScrapMuch? Team A to reveal  their Sketch-y Friday creations.It also happens to be my Mom’s birthday this weekend. So I thought it was fitting to scrapbook a picture of my Mom and I for this week’s layout. The picture is from a wonderful Mother’s Day lunch a few years ago.

Without further adieu, here is my layout for this week:
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And here is the sketch we had to work with:

I took a few liberties with the sketch but stuck to it’s true essence. I’m super happy with the end product and I got to use up a bunch of my stash in the process!

Have a great weekend everyone! I hope you get some time with your family, some great fireworks and memories to scrapbook!

Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog to see what the rest of the team has created for you this week and then make sure to share your take on the sketch with us for a chance to win a ScrapMuch? prize!

Here is a run down of our Sketch-y Friday rules.  Just link up your creations in our sidebar to be entered into a random draw for our monthly prize.    You have until May 29th, at midnight to participate in any of this month’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!  You may take some artistic license with your adaptation of the sketches, however if you choose to use a double page sketch for a single page layout you may only enter once per sketch, not once per side.

If you are playing along with more than one challenge you will need to link each of them up via a separate blog post for the link up tool to work. (International participants may be required to pay some shipping fees.)  Good luck, we cannot wait to see what you create!

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“Tie Dye” Ribbon Technique Tutorial

Hey everyone!

I did mention I may have a wee surprise this week, and here it is! A rare technique tutorial post!

I’m sharing the technique of how I created that fabulous “Tie Dye” ribbon in my Botanique layout. ScrapMuch? is also sharing this same post for those following along.

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It’s a technique I’ve used in a few different ways on a number of projects that I made at various events – mostly Inspiration Unlimited and at Creative Escape too.

So here’s what you need: A Ranger Ink Non-Stick Craft Sheet (This is a MUST!!); 3 or more colours of Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads; Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Crinkle Ribbon; and a water spray bottle.

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I chose 3 different greens for the ribbon to stick with my monochromatic botanical feel.

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Take a length of ribbon you’d like to use and crinkle it in your hand, then spritz with water to get the ribbon well wet as it will help the colours to blend on the ribbon.

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Then take your inks and ink up your craft mat so that the edges are close enough to touch. Try not to overlap so that the ink pads don’t pick up the ink from the other.

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Then take your water and mist the ink on your mat. The inks are water-based and will react nicely with the fine mist of extra water, and will also help to draw it along the ribbon.

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I fold my ribbon evenly, and then just move it back and forth through the lines of ink and watch the ink work it’s way through the ribbon. At this point you control just how much or how little colour and white space you want your ribbon to have.

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That’s seriously it. Then just set it aside to dry, or if you are impatient you can gently use your heat tool too.

Here are some projects where I’ve either done this, or a similar technique, with the ribbon.

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On these next three projects I have run the ribbon dry through a small bowl of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and then scrunched after, or a quick dry scrunch, dip and remove to dry. It gives a slightly different effect as you’ll see, but for the most part the end result is the same.

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Does anyone else have problems with curious kitties while crafting or is it just me?

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I hope this inspires you to find some fun new ways to work some ribbon in to your layouts (and get your fingers wonderfully inky!).

Thanks for stopping by!

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Christmas In May?!

I hate to do this after the winter we’ve had, but I really want to share another layout I created a long time ago based on another Stuck?! Sketch. Sometimes I’m really good at creating a layout but less good about photographing, editing, posting and blogging. That’s totally the case here!

So using this Stuck?! Sketch as my jumping off point:

I created this layout:

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Supplies Used: Patterned Paper – American Crafts; Cardstock – American Crafts; Rub-Ons – American Crafts; Buttons – American Crafts; Sequins – Teresa Collins; Marker – Stampin’ UP!; Washi – My Mind’s Eye; Ribbon – Target; Mist – Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Die cuts and machine – Silhouette Cameo; Border Punch – Stampin’ UP!; Die Cut Cardstock – Bazzill Basics

I totally dug into my stash I’d been hoarding to create this page. I loved this Merry-Mint line and I was again waiting for the “perfect” pictures because I didn’t want to “ruin” the paper. Well, I used pictures from a super fun crafty day with two of the most amazing ladies, so I’d say they are the perfect pictures. We used to spend many an afternoon crafting together, laughing together, crying together, laughing until we cry together, bitching together, wrecking things together (oh I guess that was just me and the heat gun)… I miss those days terribly. We’ve all geographically moved in many different directions, and let’s face it, nothing will ever be quite the same as “The Manor”.

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