Love – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday

Hello everyone and once again happy Friday! Don’t look now but it’s the last Friday in November and December is right around the corner! It’s also time for another ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday team A reveal. We’re ushering in the new month with a 2 page layout for your inspiration.

This month my page features a wonderful memory from my most recent trip to Las Vegas and the night I saw Cirque du Soleil Love. I usually make a point to see one Cirque show per trip, and this time I opted to see Love. I was blown away and sat in awe the entire time. It was purely magical. So without further adieu, here is my layout for this week:

Because it was Love, I got to dig out all my fun heart tools like my border punch and squeeze hand punch. I also added a punch of metallic red using my Heidi Swapp Minc machine. That card was just perfect for adding some journaling about the night. I used some paper from Bo Bunny that is wonderfully distressed and vintage, with some beautiful cursive writing and music paper, also totally perfect for the page and the event.

Here is the sketch we had for inspiration:


I know December is a busy month, but you now have an extra weekend to scrap your own version of the sketch and share it with us before the end of December for your chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize! Make sure you take some time during the holidays for some scrap-therapy. It’s so worth it! Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Pumpkin Everything – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello everyone and Happy Friday!

It’s once again time for Team A’s Sketch-y Friday reveal over on the ScrapMuch? blog.

This week I’m featuring the Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice line again. I just love this collection! Ironically it’s also the manufacturer spotlight over at ScrapMuch? and Laura has created a ton of amazing pages and projects with this line. I swear I did this layout up before I found out it was the feature of the month. Clearly I have great taste in paper!

Anyone else love pumpkin everything in the fall as much as I do? It’s always bittersweet for me because I love pumpkin but I hate that it means it’s the end of summer.

So, with all that intro, here is what I created for this week’s reveal:


Pretty much everything for this layout was from the Pumpkin Spice line. I did use my Tim Holtz coffee cup stamp to ink up the base, fitting since it is a layout about coffee after all. I also used a piece of cork from a DCWV paper pad to add more texture, as well as some patterned lines to go with the dots and florals. I cut the title with my Silhouette. I glammed up the chipboard pumpkin with my clear Wink of Stella marker. The twine for the bow is American Crafts.

Here is the sketch we had to work with for this week:

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 November 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!

Friends Always – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

I’m in denial that this weekend it’s November already.
I’m in denial that the clocks go back Saturday night.
I’m in denial watching the thermometer dip day by day.

So with the new month beginning on Sunday, it’s time for another Team A ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday reveal. In keeping with usual tradition, the first layout of the month is a double pager. I’m happy to share my layout featuring my Vegas Wolfpack! These ladies are awesome. We come from all walks of life, from all over the US and I’m the lone Canadian. I’ve known one of these amazing ladies since 2007. We always have so much fun together, bound together in our common love of scrapbooking, and travel, and travel for scrapbooking. We may not be able to all get together next year and that makes me very sad.


I used a mix of Teresa Collins, Simple Stories, Heidi Swapp and Amy Tangerine products on this layout. I loved going with the black, white, and gold palette. I even added in some chipboard pieces that I put through the Minc (love that machine!) – the ampersand on the big camera embellie, and the “good times” on the photo.

Here is the sketch we had to work with this week

So now it’s your turn! Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of Team A has created for your inspiration! Then create your own sketch inspired layout and share with us for a chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize!

Have a safe and Happy Hallowe’en everyone! I’ll see you in 2 weeks with my next ScrapMuch? creation!

Plaid Tutorial for ScrapMuch?

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing a super cool technique I learned from the awesome Paula Cheney at the Ready Set Create event in Burbank in August.  For those that don’t know, Paula is the Creative Coordinator for Tim Holtz brands.  And if you haven’t been fortunate to take a class or workshop from her, you’ll just have to trust me that she is awesome!!  I’ve been very fortunate to take a few from her over the years, even going as far back as to when she was with 7Gypsies (another one of my fav scrapbooking companies).

The technique involves making a DIY plaid technique using a Tim Holtz stencil, “Stripes”, as well as 3 Tim Holtz Distress Mini Inks of your choice. You will also need some water to spritz as well.


When we first did this technique it was with a shipping tag. This time I opted to first try it with some Ranger watercolor paper. The first step is to ink up your stencil with the minis in a random pattern. I recommend going with 2 dominant colours and one accent colour.


Then you are going to mist your stencil to make the inks bead up.


Next you need to place your stencil on the paper. I cheated and put the paper on the stencil.


Then you need to turn your stencil, or the paper horizontally.


And you will wind up with this:


I went a bit too heavy handed with the spritzing, but I definitely love the way the inks all dreamily ran together.

While I set that one to dry, I decided to try another with different colours and smooth cardstock. This time I actually did it the “right” way by moving the stencil not the paper.


You’ll see that the ink sits differently on the smooth cardstock vs the watecolour paper. The lines are also significantly more distinctive.

After some drying time, here are the 2 finished products side by each.


So now I decided to make some journaling tags, but you could definitely use this to DIY some custom backgrounds on your cardstock for layouts, or as matting for your photos. I just stamped directly on the paper.



And here is the end result:


I hope I’ve inspired you to try new techniques with your stencils and inks.  If you are looking for more inspiration with using Tim Holtz products I highly recommend following Paula Cheney‘s blog.  She is amazing!!!

Autumn – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello and Happy Friday!

It’s time for another ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Team A reveal! This week I opted to keep with the fall theme using the new super fab Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice line.  My photos are from this year’s visit to the Bellagio Botanical Gardens.  This year’s display did not disappoint. So without further adieu, here is my creation for this week:

Untitled// added some quilt style stitching because fall makes me think of keeping cozy. I also had a lot of fun playing with the many pieces in the collection. I actually have a few detail shots because there are some fun elements in the embellishments. I have become hooked on the amazing Wink of Stella markers, and there are 2 spots where I got to add their flair!



// that perfect hint of glitter on the lettering and on the tree trunk and branches. Here are some other detail shots. Lots of pop dotting and layering of embellishments on this layout.



So here is the sketch we had to work with this week:

So now it’s your turn! Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog for some more Team A inspiration! Then create your own awesome sketch inspired layout and share with us for your chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! I’ll be cropping with the ScrapMuch? gang for their annual ScrapPink fundraiser crop. I have a *lot* of projects to catch up on!


Bella’s 1st Birthday – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello October. Hello Fall.

Hello first Friday of the month, which means it’s time for ScrapMuch? Team A’s double page reveal for this month. So without further adieu, I do believe it’s time to share what I created this week (and it’s pretty stinkin cute if I do say so myself!).

This layout is of yes, my sweet girl Bella’s First Birthday celebration. The entire page uses the Bella Blvd Riley collection, as well as some Bella Blvd enamel dots. I also managed to sneak in a Heidi Swapp Minc chipboard embellishment that was gifted to me by a friend at this year’s Teresa Collins Vegas event because it just worked so purrfectly! I chose to outline the letters in the title just to help them pop off the page a bit better. I’m not so sure Bella was happy about this celebration, but I’m sure she’s long forgotten it. I wonder what her wish was…

Here is the sketch we had to work with this week:

So now it’s your turn. Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog to see what the rest of the team has created for your inspiration this week. I hope you feel inspired enough to join in and share your creations with us. As always, when you link up you have the chance to win a fabulous ScrapMuch? prize too!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

So Very Happy – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello and Happy Friday!

These last two weeks have been a crazy busy blur and here we are! It’s time for another ScrapMuch? Team A Sketch-y Friday reveal.

This week I took a lot of liberties with the sketch and I’m on the whole happy with how the layout turned out. That’s the beauty of sketches, they’re a guideline only and you can completely customize it to how you want.

So here is what I created this week:

I got to use the new Simple Stories We Are…Family line. As much as a lot of the colours in this line are great for fall photos, I feel like they totally work for this spring cherry blossom photo too. I also added in some chipboard elements for the Heidi Swapp Minc in the “Selfie” tag and the arrow on the happy card, foiled in rose gold foil. I am loving this new toy. We got to play with it at Ready…Set…Create and I wasn’t sure I’d use it much but I eventually caved in and I’m loving it.  I took some stickers from the sticker pages in the kit and pop dotted them to add some dimension, did some faux stitching, and outlined EVERYTHING. Layle Koncar from Simple Stories is a “chronic outliner”, so it was only fitting to outline this layout on Simple Stories paper.

So here is the sketch we had to work with this week:

As you can see, I slightly rotated the sketch so I could use a photo and card wth a vertical orientation.

So now it’s your turn! Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of Team A has created for your inspiration! Take a shot at your take on the sketch and share it with us by the end of the month for a chance to win an amazing ScrapMuch? prize! As always I can’t wait to see what you create!