Breakfast At Gabi’s – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

The shortest month of the year is almost in the rearview and we’re already rolling with the March Sketch-y Friday reveals at ScrapMuch?

Since this is our first March reveal, it’s a 2 page layout to start the month! Today’s layout features a spectacular breakfast I enjoyed on my last trip to Las Vegas at Mon Ami Gabi. They have amazing coffee, my blueberry french toast was incredible, and so was my patio view as I watched the strip slowly wake up. I’ve had dinner on the patio at Mon Ami Gabi on a previous trip and it was a treat to watch the Bellagio fountains and people watch, but breakfast has an entirely different feel. Both were amazing though. The reason for all the Eiffel Towers on my layout is because Mon Ami Gabi is at the Paris hotel.

Here is the page I created:
Breakfast At Gabi's
Supplies Used: Cardstock-American Crafts, Bazzill Basics; Patterned Paper-Heidi Swapp, Stampin’ UP!, Teresa Collins; Embellishments-Simple Stories, Teresa Collins, Fancy Pants, Basic Grey; Mist-Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Silhouette Cameo; Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

I even have a few fun detail shots for you this month!

Gabi Detail 2
Gabi Detail 3
I cut the Eiffel Tower with my Silhouette using some Teresa Collins dictionary paper patterned paper. Since the paper was really stark based on the rest of the palette I just inked it up.
Gabi Detail 1
Another fun Eiffel Tower brad from Teresa Collins that I cut the “wings” off and just pop dotted the brad.

Here is our inspiration sketch:

And 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 and make sure you link up and share with us by the end of the month for a chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize.

Thanks for popping by.

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bloom – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Happy Valentine’s weekend everybody!

It’s time for another Team A ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday reveal, and the last February reveal for Team A. Which means spring is right around the corner. I hope.

It’s another week that I’ve dug into my stash and finally started to scrap things I’d been planning for a while. If only I had all the time in the world to scrapbook all my ideas I’d have no stash, full albums, and likely no job (hah!).

I’ve noticed somewhere in my archives that the inspiration sketch becomes a broken image, so I’ll be sharing the sketch last because the broken image irritates me a bunch.

So here is my layout for the week:
bloom
Supplies used: Patterned paper – Teresa Collins; Cardstock – DCWV, American Crafts; Stamps – Teresa Collins; Ink – Stampin’ UP!, Ranger; Tab Punch – Teresa Collins; Die Cut Machine – Silhouette Cameo; Twine – CTMH; Button – Teresa Collins; Mist – Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Chipboard – Teresa Collins

This picture has a ton of meaning to me, and I bought this paper to go along with this phase in my life. It was a page of tremendous growth and self discovery after a very difficult time. It’s from my first time at High Park for cherry blossom season. It was a time where I was starting to bloom, yet ever fragile, just like the cherry blossoms. There’s a little bit of hope to go with that too – that the trees survive the cold, bitter winter and produce beautiful blooms anyway. So just like life – you can go through some harsh, bitter times to a time of great beauty.

The paper blossoms were cut with my Silhouette and then I used some Tim Holtz distress ink on my splat mat and a waterbrush to create the multi-toned flowers. I learned the technique quite some time ago at one of my scrappy events. Laura has posted a waterbrush tutorial on her blog here.

Here is the inspiration sketch:

 

So now it’s your turn, of course! Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog to see what the rest of the team has created for inspiration this week. Then create your own and link up with us!

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 February 28th, at midnight to participate in any of this months sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!

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!

*note – If you are playing along using Flickr the team will no longer be leaving comments, due to changes in Flickr policies and passwords.  However, we will be checking out your entries for sure and you are definitely eligible for the prize draw. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Santa Jingle 5K – ScrapMuch Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello! Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing holiday, and made lots of happy memories with those who matter most to you! Hopefully you took a few pictures to scrapbook later too! I had a nice lovely break from work, got to make all my cards and send them out all across Canada and the United States, got some scrapbooking done, spent time with all my close family, caught up on naps with my kitties, caught a cold, went to all my pole classes, ate far too much good food, visited friends… it was glorious!

We’re already at the first Friday of the year, and it’s time for another ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday 2 page reveal!

Here’s our first sketch to kick off the new year:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Santa Jingle 5k
Supplies used: Cardstock-Stampin’ UP!, Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper-Simple Stories; Ribbon-Stampin’ UP!; Stickers-Crate Paper, Bazzill Basics; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Vellum-Stampin’ UP!; Staples-Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Die cut-Tim Holtz Alterations; Die cutting machines-Tim Holtz Vagabond, Silhouette Cameo; Roller Stamp-American Crafts Dear Lizzy; Ink-Stampin’ UP!

I admit I’m not very good about taking pictures around the Christmas time, so I don’t do a lot of Christmas themed layouts (despite loving the amazing paper lines). Thankfully, I had a photographer for this run I did a few years ago in Burlington. One chilly December Saturday morning, with about 3000 other Santas, we ran the streets of downtown Burlington. I had a pitiful finish time, the beard chafed the heck out of my face, the pants were falling apart by the time I was done, but it was still strangely a lot of fun. I do admit I almost veered off course and didn’t finish when I passed a house where they were welcoming the morning with coffee in the hot tub on their deck. That looked like a far better way to spend my morning, but I doubt they’d have appreciated company!

I’ve really taken to using my date stamp as often as possible on my layouts. I reorganized a bunch of my layouts while I was off (yay for 3 ring albums and the ease of doing this!) and found myself trying to remember the year of the event. I’m also making more of an effort to journal on my layouts for the same reason. It’s important to know why the photos were scrapbooked. What was important about those photos or that event? I’m also loving printing at home. I’m actually really impressed with the quality of my Canon Selphy, and Santa brought me the Canon Pixma iP8720 that printed off a stunning copy of one of my favourite cherry blossom photos. The cost is a little higher per print than Costco BUT I’m printing far less now and just the ones that are going on a layout. Because of that, I’m more inclined to do nice edits in Photoshop Elements (Santa also gifted me the newest version) before I print too.  That totally awesome ribbon? I’ve been hoarding it for years! I’m so glad I finally used it on a layout instead of “saving” it. The snowflakes? Leftovers from my cards because I cut too many. Happy accident!

So now it’s your turn of course! Pop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog to see what the rest of the team has created. Little hint? I think you’ll find a lot of inspiration to scrap your Christmas photos! Make sure you link up and share your work with us for the chance to win an awesome 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 January 29th, at midnight to participate in any of January’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!

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!

 *note – If you are playing along using Flickr the team will no longer be leaving comments, due to changes in Flickr policies and passwords.  However, we will be checking out your entries for sure and you are definitely eligible for the prize draw. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for popping by!

Autumn – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

I know it’s not quite November yet, but it’s time for ScrapMuch? Team A’s first of the month reveal. In keeping with our routine, the first sketch of the month is a 2 pager.

Here is the sketch we had to work with:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Autumn
Supplies Used: Cardstock-Die Cuts With A View, Stampin’ UP!; Patterned paper-Teresa Collins; Ink-Tim Holtz Distress for Ranger; Wood embellishments-Teresa Collins; Sequins-Teresa Collins, Fancy Pants, Lawn Fawn; Stickers-Teresa Collins; Washi tape-Bella Blvd; Die cut machine-Silhouette Cameo; Mist-Maya Mist by Maya Road; Journaling pen-American Crafts

I had so much fun playing with this week’s sketch! Honestly, when I took Scrapbook 101 at my LSS in 2005, the layout we created was a 2 pager. So I’ve never really found 2 page layouts all that difficult to work with.

For me, the biggest challenge was finding the “perfect” fall themed paper without being too cutesy to showcase these awesome pumpkin dudes! I bought the Teresa Collins Nine and Co. collection (paper and wood embellishments) from ScrapMuch? because it really was the perfect palette for these fall colours. It is an elegant line, so it also met my criteria of being not too cutesy. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy cutesy, it just felt like most fall lines this year were on the cute side. I opted to leave the wood pieces “naked” because I wanted to keep their rustic feel. The flowers that bracket the layout are indeed fussy cut from one of the papers in the pack. The title is half cut on the Silhouette, and the other half stickers from the collection pack as I’m trying to be better about using those. The quote for the title is a beautiful Albert Camus quote, which I thought was fitting given this fall display was all done up in flowers. As for those awesome pumpkin dudes and mum displays, they were in the middle of The Shops at Crystals, which was essentially attached to my hotel on the strip in Vegas (yes yes, I still need to get that trip report up). Not only were they beautiful to look at, but they were very fragrant and aromatic too.

Here are a few detail shots:

autumn detail 1

autumn detail 2

So now it’s your turn! I’d love for you to pop over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of the team created this week, including a warm welcome to our newest member from the design call, Barbara. If you haven’t tackled a 2 page layout yet, maybe this is the one you start off with. I promise, it’s not as scary or overwhelming as you may think! Remember if you play along with any of our sketch challenges or colour challenge (or maybe even combine the two and enter both!) and link up with us, you have a chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize!

I can’t wait to see what you create! Happy Hallowe’en! Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting!

Fall Fun – ScrapMuch? October Colour Challenge

I’ve found myself with some extra scrappy time this month. I also had a bunch of awesome leftovers from one of my Inspiration Unlimited project kits that I couldn’t wait to play with. Amazingly enough the papers in the pack fit the ScrapMuch? colour challenge perfectly. Even after creating the Inspiration Unlimited project and this layout I still have a ton of leftover product. I know I know, so much build-up right? The papers are all Fancy Pants Designs True Friend collection. When I get my Inspiration Unlimited post done, (I’m waiting to finish a few of the projects before I blog it) I’ll share the super cute project we made with this kit. Mr & Mrs Fancy Pants (aka Jodi and Jared) were super sweet too! Really great company, really great products!

So here are the colours for this month’s challenge:

And here is what I created:

Fall Fun 2
Supplies used: Cardstock – Stampin’ UP!, Bazzill Basics; Die cut machine and shape – Silhouette Cameo; Punches – EK Success, Marvy Uchida, Carl; Sequins – Fancy Pants Designs, Teresa Collins Designs, Lawn Fawn; Chipboard Embellishments – Fancy Pants Designs; Letter Stickers – Fancy Pants Designs; Stickles – Ranger; Jute – Stash; Card, Stickers, Tag – Fancy Pants Designs.

This paper line is so much fun! My Cameo decided to have a bit of a fit when it was cutting the bubble placemat, hence the less than clean cut. I think/hope I got it fixed but I was having a mini panic attack wondering what I was going to do if my Silhouette was broken!

Here are some detail shots:

fun detail 2

fun detail 1

As for rules about the colour challenge:
To play along, all you have to do is create a new paper crafted project, of any type, that uses at least 4 of the colours from the colour board and post it on your blog or any other online forum (ie. your Flickr Account) that you can link us up to, by our deadline. Then link it using the Inlinkz tool in our sidebar.

One lucky participant, drawn randomly, will be winning a prize!! It doesn’t get much better than that! Everyone is welcome to play, though there may be some shipping charges to our international winners.

The deadline for linking to this challenge is October 29th 2014 at midnight.

So if you want to play along and possibly win a prize, you still have time! I hope this fun whimsy layout inspired you to create one of your own!

Thanks for popping by!

 

Triangle Mania!

I took the opportunity to create a little last weekend when I had a little bit of time off of work.

My first layout was inspired by a Scrapbook and Cards Today freebie cut file. The file can be found here.

Here is the file:

And here is what I created with that file:
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I went pretty stash bananas and had a lot of fun with it. It’s a busier layout than I normally create, and I seldom mix products as much as I did here, but I had a lot of fun using stuff I’d been holding on to for so long. I’m posting from work and forgot to note down my supply list .

Also, Laura has a sketch up at Stuck?! Sketches that’s a triangle based layout, so I wanted to play with that too.

So here is Laura’s sketch:

And here is my take on Laura’s sketch:
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All of the paper is from an Echo Park collection I’m still working my way through. And I had a lot of fun pulling out some of my pink embellies to go with the pink paper and my pink hoodie. Same deal on my supply list here, posting from work and forgot to jot down before I left for work.

Stuck?! Sketches has also paired up with Frosted Designs for this challenge. The Frosted Designs component is you had to use a punch or die cut on the layout. My smaller triangles I made with a square punch and then cut them in half.

It’s been a super busy month for me with a mini vacation, and a lot of work so it was good to get some extra creating time in. Hopefully I’ll get to share a bit about our mini-trip this week. And I’ll definitely be back with this Friday’s ScrapMuch?! reveal!

 

Hard Day’s Night

I’m not sure what happened in the last few weeks since my last reveal, except that I’ve been working a bunch, and sadly not creating a heck of a lot. I admit I’ve been taking a bunch of overtime shifts to add to the coffers for my Inspiration Unlimited trip in September. Vegas isn’t exactly an inexpensive city, and I’m a girl with expensive tastes too! I’m also spending a few days at Aria, which is connected to Crystals shopping center (HELLOOOOOO LOUIS AND TIFFANY!!! COME TO MAMA!!)… You get the idea..

Today I’m sharing 2 projects I whipped off my Silhouette for Mother’s Day (that was about a month ago wasn’t it?). I made 2 of the pop up cards (with slightly different patterned paper); one for the mom, the other for the mother in law. I also made a little K-cup gift box for Steve’s mom because she wanted an ECS giftcard, and of course that had to come with a K-cup or two!

Here is the box (Design ID #51960); cut out of my signature kraft cardstock, and with some Prima flowers and washi tape. The washi adds both decoration and stability.

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And here is the adorable pop-up card that are currently all the rage. I love that they fold flat and fit in a standard envelope, and look super cute when unfolded.(Design ID #59704)

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Have a fantastic day. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s ScrapMuch?! reveal day! It’s a 2 pager because it’s the start of the month!