Winter Moments

This layout makes me smile for so many reasons. Last winter, my grandson hated winter. Every time my daughter bundled him up and took him out, he’d stand there, stiff as a board and with the saddest face ever! I’m so pleased to say that this winter is a whole new ball game! Ben is in love with winter. He enjoys everything about getting outside to play in the snow. A new world of winter activities has opened up for this young man. This layout celebrates that feeling!

The Winter Market collection of patterned papers, stickers, ephemera and chipboard accents by Carta Bella was used to create this page. The design process for this layout started with the cut file, Winter Moments. It was an exclusive January Pearscription cut file from Peartree Cutfiles. The first step in preparing the cut file for this layout was backing the word Winter with a patterned paper from the Winter Market collection. Next, I carefully punched holes approximately every 1/4″ on the snowflake to prepare it for stitching. Because the arms of the snowflake were not very wide, I used a sharp needle and three strands of white DMC floss to complete the straight stitch. This step did take some time and patience! At this stage, I set the cut file aside to focus on the lower section of the layout.

I planned on ripping patterned paper to create hills to rest the photo. However, I settled on cutting the paper instead. I made a template of the hill shapes first and then traced the designs onto the patterned paper. Each hill was inked on the top edge to add dimension and then stitched with white DMC floss to represent snow. I used six strands of floss and a chain stitch to create a strong effect.

I was aiming for the illusion of looking over rolling hills in this layout. I placed fun foam between the top two layers to help achieve this effect. This also provided a convenient place to tuck the photo and some of the accents.

The next stage in completing this layout was to adhere the Winter Moments title to the layout. Given the layered hills at the bottom, I chose to pop up the title as well. I used double-sided adhesive foam to achieve this effect. I feel this provides better balance and weight to the overall layout. For the smaller letters in moments and the arms of the snowflake, I used Taylored Expressions Foam Sticky Strips.

The final stage in completing this layout was adding the ephemera and accent pieces. Coordinating blue and green sequins were glued to the tips of each snowflake. Taylored Expressions Bits & Pieces Snowflakes were arranged and glued to the dark background paper and picture. I used several Chipboard Accents from the Winter Market collection and tucked them in the rolling hills for a fun, playful effect. The snowman figure was a sticker from the paper collection pack. He was adhered to fun foam to provide the same depth as the chipboard accents. The blue HAPPY SNOW DAY! square came from the coordinating Frames & Tags ephemera pack.

I’m really tickled with how this layout turned out. Every stage was a delight to create and I hope Ben thinks it’s fun as well! Thanks for stopping by and until next time, stay safe, stay well, and Happy

Mr Grinch

Here we are one week away from Christmas, and thanks to Omicron, we’re facing yet another Christmas of restrictions. The recent developments in this new variant is a worry for the world. Here in Ontario, we are disappointed that our plans to try and return to a “normal” Christmas are dashed once again. I decided to turn my negative feelings from this recent development into positive creative energy. For me, Omicron reminded me of Mr Grinch, Dr Seuss’ immortalized character that tried to keep Christmas from coming.

The background paper for this fun layout came from an older collection of patterned papers called Mistletoe by Bo Bunny. I used Sophie Gallo’s Christmas Grinchy Ornament cut file found on Etsy to create this layout. The Grinch’s arm and hand were created by tracing the outline of the cut file onto coordinating coloured felt and cutting by hand. I adhered it to the paper cut file using Ranger’s Glossy Accents. To complete the preparations on the cut file, I used glossy gold cardstock to back the top of the Christmas ornament. I used Silhouette Studio software to accurately size my photo to fit the hanging ornament before printing. Once these steps were completed, the cut file was adhered to the background paper using large Glue Dots. To further the whimsical feel of the layout, I placed my journaling around the Grinch’s fingers. To emphasize COVID and MR GRINCH, I turned to colour coordinating letter stickers from Simple Stories. The text reads: Dear COVID, you are a mean one, like MR GRINCH. But you won’t keep our Christmas from coming!

The Christmas Tree, found in the bottom right-hand corner, was embellished with small red felt pompoms and a clear acrylic star.

The final element for the layout was adding a direct quote from Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas:

Christmas Day will always be

Just as long as we have we

Try as you might COVID, you WILL NOT stop our Christmas from coming! It’s going to look different for sure, but these happy faces will have a wonderful day, just the same!

Thanks for checking in today. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you and yours the merriest of holiday seasons!

Stay safe, stay well and Happy Scrapping!

Remember

Every year, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we stand together to honour those who fought and fell to protect our freedom. Their sacrifices were far-reaching and continue to impact many families today. A simple thank you one day a year is inadequate to the men and women who’ve made such a sacrifice. I will be forever grateful every day of my life.

Today I also recognize all our military members, past and current, who continue to put our safety before themselves. While we go about our day to day lives, they continue to focus on serving others. They make sacrifices most of us would never consider – including deployments and continual training in the field that keeps them away from their family and friends for months at a time, every single year. My son Sean has just passed his tenth anniversary in the military. I stand in awe of his commitment and passion for his career. One of Sean’s arms bears the tattoo DUTY BEFORE SELF. He embodies this motto every single day. A mother couldn’t ask for more than seeing her children follow their passion. Thank you, Sean, for following yours. Thank you for your service.

Anett Gelencsér of AnettsDesigns created this stunning Poppies cut file. It is the focal point of this layout in honouring past and current military members. After cutting the file from black cardstock, I backed it with red and green papers from the Rainbow Inks paper pad purchased at Michaels. I also used one of these papers for the background. These watercolour papers provided the soft, warm feel I was looking for in this layout.

I returned to the Peartree Cutfiles Always Remember This cut file for the title of the layout. As you can see, it has the versatility to be used in so many ways. I used the red watercolour papers from the Rainbow Inks collection pad to back the title as well.

I dug into my scrapbook stash to find the clear stickers that complete the layout. They come from Karen Foster Design and belong to the Heritage Quotes sticker sheet. While this sticker sheet is at least fifteen years old, the quote is timeless and perfect for this layout.

Thanks for joining me today. Let’s join together in remembering those who gave so much. “To the loved ones we have lost. You are forever in our hearts and minds. Your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

Lest we forget……

Giving Thanks

Fall is such a gorgeous season! It’s so refreshing to feel the temperature cool down and inspiring to see the leaves changing colour. There’s nothing better than spending time at the cottage during this season. It is a quiet time to relax and take in the beauty of our surroundings. We celebrate Thanksgiving at the cottage each year. It is the weekend we close for the season and say goodbye until the spring. We reflect on a great year of new memories and give thanks for such a wonderful summer getaway.

The Fall Words cut file from Marcy Milly SVG was the perfect compliment to the photo of my grandchildren on a beautiful fall day. This cut file is very versatile, providing multiple words for multiple layout options. I chose Cocoa Vanilla’s Legendary collection for the base page of this layout. The specific paper is called One Way. The large fir tree caught my attention immediately. I knew the tree would be one of the focal points on the layout. To provide some depth and texture, I layered the tree. First, I flipped the cut file horizontally to provide the proper placement on the left-hand side of the layout. Next, I enlarged the cut file to approximately 11″ in height and cut it from Bazzill Cardstock called Capers. I then resized the tree slightly smaller (3/4″) and cut it again. I made a 1/4″ score line along the straight edge of the smaller tree and used a 1/8″ Scor-Tape to adhere the two trees together. Before adding fun foam and pop dots between the trees for dimension, I adhered the tree to the layout first. I’m very happy with the overall effect this created, giving the feel of a real fir tree.

To help fill the blank space at the top of the layout, I used Paige Evan’s Leaf Banner. It can be purchased from the Silhouette Studio Store and is Design ID #383307. Brown cardstock was used to cut the file and I backed it with several coordinating fall colours of cardstock. The stunning brass folded leaf charm was a recent find at a Local Scrapbooking Store, The Scrapbook Shop in Listowel, ON. This was my first trip to this store, and my first visit to a Local Scrapbooking Store since COVID began. I will be back, it is a gem!

The layout was completed by adding the title using the Giving Thanks words from the Marcy Milly SVG cut file. It was so appropriate, as this picture was taken on Thanksgiving Weekend, 2017!

Thanks for popping in, and until next time, stay safe, stay well, and Happy Scrapping!

EEK

I hope you all had a wonderful, safe and fun Halloween yesterday. I love dressing up as a witch and handing out candy to all the excited children. Today’s post focuses on another picture from last year’s celebrations. With Covid restrictions and a ban on trick-or-treating, we celebrated in our driveway. Thank goodness for good weather!

I utilized Echo Park’s Halloween Party collection kit once again. The background for this layout is the backside of patterned paper HP250004 entitled Something Wicked. It is such a fun collection of papers and stickers. I’m sure I’ll be using it for many layouts.

The title for the layout, EEK, is a Silhouette Design Store cut file by Jillibean Soup (Design ID #386850). I resized the file to make it a bit bigger and cut it out of black cardstock. I love creating layers, textures, and stitching on my layouts. The spider webs in the cut file provided the perfect backdrop for adding in some soft stitching. The first step was to pierce holes in the spider webs found in the letters E and K. The spider webs were stitched using three strands of light silver DMC floss (#762). To enhance the spooky feel of the layout, the title was backfilled using Lawn Fawn’s Metallic Cardstock in Holographic 2.0. Ranger’s Glossy Accents was used to adhere the stitched cut file to the holographic background.

The large cut file at the top of the layout is entitled Halloween Corner by StudioIlustrado. It is also in the Silhouette Design Store (Design ID #65854). It was cut from black cardstock and the pumpkin eyes, noses, and mouths were kept to create a shadow effect. I choose to highlight the pumpkins and the ghost, leaving the bats flat on the page. This created continuity in the layout as the bats in both cut files appear to merge into one big cut file, encircling the photo. I used the knife tool in the Silhouette Studio software to isolate the ghost and pumpkins. This allowed me to cut the specific part of the cut file I desired, rather than having to waste paper by cutting out the entire cut file in another medium. The ghost was cut from vellum and adhered slightly offset with vellum tape. The pumpkins were cut from heavy orange textured cardstock and adhered with 3D foam squares by Scrapbook Adhesives.

A few simple elements were added to complete the layout. Two spooky spiders from Doodlebug Designs shape sprinkles were placed in the upper left and lower right spider webs. The small black and white sticker entitled Halloween Fun was placed above the picture on the right-hand side. The sticker was included in the Halloween Party collection pack.

Thanks for stopping in and until next time, stay safe, stay well, and Happy Scrapping!

My Rose Garden

Thank goodness Spring has finally arrived in all its glory! Our gardens are beginning to grow and we can look forward to beautiful summer days ahead. These two beauties make me smile every day. They are my perpetual garden that just keeps blessing me day after day. The Bouquet of Roses cut file from Marcy and Milly SVG was a perfect fit for this recent photo. It is a 3 layer cut file and I found it very easy to assemble.

The pink blossoms in the photo and the peach in my granddaughter’s shirt were the inspiration for the colours in this layout. I chose the soft peach/pink combination background from the Vicki Boutin Ready-to-Use Mixed Media Paper pad entitled Enjoy Today. I love these papers, they have beautiful colour combinations and a lovely texture. They are also perfect for scrapbookers like me who remain a bit intimidated by the whole mixed media process! I matched the colours of the roses in the cut file to this pretty background paper.

To create some texture and dimension on this layout I cut the base leaf section of this cut file twice. The bottom level is sage coloured (formally the Green/Black paper) and came from the Carta Bella Flower Garden coordinating cardstock package. The top leaf level was cut from the backside of the 3×4 Journaling Cards paper found in the same collection. I liked the small flecks of white in this patterned paper. These papers were layered one over the other. To create the dimension, small foam squares were added between the leaf layers in the areas that fell outside of the centre roses.

As I create a layout I usually get all the elements ready first before committing to adhering them in place. This allows me to move things around and decide on the final positioning and determining if anything else should be added. I always find that the final layout is not exacting what I envisioned at the beginning. This process is something I love about creating, it allows me to continually grow and develop skills. When I laid out the cut file and photo on this beautiful background paper, I felt the edges of the layout were missing something. There was just too much white space on the borders for my liking. I settled on a stitched border to fill this void. I’ve stitched for many years and find it very relaxing and rewarding. It also provides another level of texture to the completed layout. To create this border I altered the Stitched Diamonds cut file from COAPA Cut Files. I removed all the cut lines from the centre of the file to leave the scalloped border. This scalloped border was stitched using DMC floss that coordinated with the background paper and roses. I used colours 605, 760, 893 and 895. I changed the colour for each singular scallop, so it did take a bit of time to complete the border. I feel this border helped pull the whole page together.

With the border completed the photo and cut file were added to the page. It was at this stage that I added the foam adhesive squares to the leaves. The final touches included adding the title and date using Thickers Happy Life foam letter stickers. These pale rose coloured stickers blended in beautifully.

I’m so glad you stopped by today and I hope I’ve inspired you to create with this gorgeous cut file! Until next time, stay safe, stay well, and Happy Scrapping!

You Are Some Bunny Special

Did you know the Easter Bunny is 6′ tall and that he has a kind and generous heart equally as large? I am very lucky to have a dear friend Gerry, who rented an Easter Bunny costume to spread some joy to young and old this past Easter. He offered to come and surprise our grandchildren and even brought the chocolate eggs to spread more cheer! We were very honoured to be on his list of visits this past Easter. Maddy and Owen couldn’t figure out who was in the costume. Owen asked me where he came from and I replied that I found him hopping around in my backyard. Owen quickly responded with “No Nana, he drove here – I can see his van in your driveway!”. That boy doesn’t miss a trick! Ben was quite taken with the Easter Bunny. After the visit was over, he kept asking his Mom if the Easter Bunny could come to Easter Dinner! Wouldn’t that be something to see!

Coordinating papers from 3 separate Doodlebug Designs collections were used to complete this layout; Springtime, Hello Spring and Easter Parade. Two cut files were used to create this fun page. The large title cut file comes from Cut to You and is called Some Bunny Special. You can find it here https://createdbygwen.com.au/product/some-bunny-special-title-cut-file/. I selected 5 coordinating patterned papers from the 3 collections listed above to back the title and add further whimsy to the layout.

The bunny cut file in the bottom left comes from Peartree Cutfiles and is called Floral Bunny Ears https://www.peartreecutfiles.co.uk/product/floral-bunny-ears/.

I only wanted to use the head and ears of this file and did not want the floral sections. To achieve this and minimize wasted paper, I positioned the cut file at the bottom of the white cardstock, leaving the floral portion outside the cutting area of the Silhouette mat. Hopefully, this tip will have you looking at some of your cut files a bit differently and get you thinking about how you can manipulate them to fit the vision of your project. The bunny ears were cut from white cardstock and backed with a soft textured white cardstock and coordinating pink patterned paper. This picture provides a closer look.

The banner in the top right of the layout was made by cutting 5 triangles from coordinating patterned papers. Each of these was backed with fun foam to add some dimension to the project.

The finishing touches on the layout included adding sticker hearts (between the bunny ears) and sticker arrows to the left of the word SPECIAL in the title. The photo was matted with 2 coordinating patterned papers. The journaling found in the bottom right was printed on white cardstock and cut to size. These strips were also backed with fun foam. The 3 hearts found at the end of the journaling come from the Rainbow Hearts Shape Sprinkles by Doodlebug Designs. The date was added using Doodlebug stickers called Sunshine.

It has been such a tough year with COVID, the ongoing restrictions, and multiple lockdowns. Thank you Gerry for providing a welcome diversion from our current situation. Your kindness and generosity were so deeply appreciated! This visit by the Easter Bunny was such a bright spot this Spring and a reminder of better times to come. Maybe next year the Easter Bunny will get to come to Easter Dinner! Until next time, stay safe, stay well, and Happy Scrapping!

Star Explosion Box

I’m back with another wonderful project from Les Pensées en Papier called the Star Explosion Box. This project was made for my grandson Owen, who turned 8 yesterday! We did our best to make this a special birthday for Owen – his second year in a row without a “kids” party. I’m glad to say, he had a lovely birthday, and I was touched when he asked me if I made him a special box for his birthday.

As with all of Giuly’s amazing projects, the purchase of this project will provide you will a full supply list and all the necessary cut files for both Cricut and Silhouette users. It is also supported by a clear, easy to follow YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm59Kwl_iH8. If you feel the previous Tower Explosion Box might be a bit intimidating to start with, I highly recommend the Star Explosion Box as a first project. It will introduce you to concepts you will utilize in other projects by LPPSVP.

To complete this project I used 4 sheets of 12″ x 12″ black Precision Cardstock from American Crafts, the Birthday Boy Wishes paper collection pack by Becky Fleck from Photoplay Paper, and 1 sheet of 12″ x 12″ coordinating cardstock to create the bows on the top of the boxes. The paper pack includes twelve double-sided papers and a full coordinating element sticker sheet. I used three of the patterned papers and approximately 1/2 of the sticker sheet to decorate the project. To create the fun stars found in the corner of each explosion level, I used Lawn Fundamentals Metallic Cardstock in “Holographic 2.0” by lawn fawn. Glossy Accents by Ranger Ink was used to construct and attach the bows seen in this project. I have always found it a reliable, strong bond for projects like this.

The bottom layer of this project creates a large box that conceals all the other hidden layers, or explosions. The following pictures provide examples of the detail found in the large box.

Once the lid is removed three explosion levels and a small independent box is revealed.

The small box in the centre is concealing a little surprise for Owen. I’ve been reading Harry Potter to both Owen and Maddie for years now. I found a small Lego figure that fit perfectly inside this small box. When the small box was opened it revealed “Ron Weasley”. Owen was thrilled to add this little surprise to his Lego collection!

I hope I’ve encouraged you to try an Explosion Box. Les Pensées en Papier has so many options to choose from https://www.etsy.com/shop/LesPenseesenPapier. They are as much fun to make, as they are to give! Until next time, stay safe, well and Happy Scrapping!