Monday, June 08, 2015

Easy layering with scrapbook embellishment packaging!

A great way to get layering on your scrapbook pages is to re-use the paper and cardboard printed packaging that your embellishments come with! 

Way before I was a scrapbooker, I loved all things involving pretty paper. This meant that I'd save bits of packaging if it was pretty, and other little scraps of paper. As a child, I spent many hours "cutting and pasting"... trimming up bits of paper and gluing them to construction paper. So, it's really no surprise that once I started scrapbooking that I continued to save bits of paper! 

I've actually used packaging in a few different pages... like this layout of my cat Delilah has pink striped cardboard from a set of stickers, and this sweet baby page uses photo corners punched from some silver foil from a box of face wash.
I challenged myself to use as many packaging pieces as I could on this page. I started by going through my scrap paper bin and pulled out all of my saved packaging. Once I laid them all out, I decided to pull out similar colours -- for this page, I obviously chose cool colours plus a few neutrals. I trimmed off, flipped over, or otherwise hid any of the printing or company logos. 

Then I just started layering! An ancient scalloped border, a bow-punched scrap, a few tags, and some journalling cards were added in as space and colour necessitated. 

And I **finally** used these amazing aqua foil grungy, distressed letter stickers from Making Memories. These might be the most amazing letter stickers ever. And I only have one sheet. *sigh*

Do you use packaging on your pages? Link me up -- I'd love to see!

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

bold, bright, and geometric washi tape set

This washi tape set is full of bold, bright, geometric prints! I love the play of the different lines in all of the patterns together! I always include some freebies with every washi tape order from Things That Shine, and for this particular set, I tried to keep to the simple, bold geometric patterns and colours she favoured, but threw in a solid silver for a punch of glam. :) 
Washi tapes shown here (top left to bottom right):
yellow quatrefoil washi tape
green zig zag washi tape
dark grey quatrefoil washi tape
red and white quatrefoil washi tape
grey triangles washi tape
metallic silver solid colour washi tape
yellow off-set horizontal zig-zag / chevron washi tape

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Monday, June 01, 2015

It was a MARVELous superhero party for a super girl!

Last week I threw a MARVELous party for a great girl who turned 11. It was Addie Blue's birthday, and as she's in love with all things superhero and comic book, we thought a MARVELous party was in order!

I started party planning by making a Pinterest board for all of my superhero inspiration. I stalked blogs, Googled, Pinterest-ed all sorts of superhero party ideas and saved anything that I liked.

I asked Addie Blue what party colours she had in mind and she said she really loves aqua and gold. (This is not the first time I have heard this!). We added in white and pink for some of the decorations. I think, no matter what, I will never, ever, ever get tired of aqua, gold, and pink.

I made invitations with a Super AB logo, because she really is super. :) I cut the superhero logo out of white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo and backed with solid aqua paper. Easy-peasy!

On the day of the party Summer Lily, Addie Blue, and I hung up decorations. Ruby Sky spat into some balloons. Evie Grey ran around yelling "pop! pop!" and stomping her foot in delight, after discovering balloons do just exactly that. We hung streamers and balloons and tissue pom poms and gold tissue fringed garland.

I made a comic book inspired city scape out of cardboard boxes and wrapping paper. :) Addie Blue and I glued the windows on together. (P.S. Her's are the straight ones).

And, finally, the cake! I used the Super AB logo I made and cut it out of homemade marshmallow fondant. The cake itself is two 9*13 cakes layered with lemon curd filling. I made a paper template to cut out the logo cake. It's not perfect, but the kids loved it, and that's what really matters to me! :)

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

May in my garden

It's May, my favourite month for the garden. Everything is still alive and full of promise. :)

A dark purple iris. One of my faves. :)

Pretty frilly pinks.

A light blue-y purple iris.

Small assorted pinks

I love how there are dark and light versions of this pink growing together.

This is the closest thing to a peony I've had in my garden in years. When we moved, our peony bushes did not do very well. They've made a few pathetic buds but have yet to ever open. I'm hoping this one is going to make it this year. :)

Dark pink thrift flower.

Sweet william.

White iris! My fave!!! I have four or five of these at the front of the garden right now.

Wild phlox, a garden volunteer.

This funny shade of purple iris has a touch of brown and dark gold in it.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Free download: page idea organization card

Do you ever feel like you've run out of page ideas? Or that there's just nothing new and notable to record? 

Maybe it's because I've got 4 kids now, or maybe it's because I've been scrapping for over 10 years now, but I've hit a brick wall in the inspiration road -- and hit it HARD. Everything's a struggle.. page ideas, journalling topics, what letter stickers to use (I really beat myself up over this one; seriously, struggling over stickers? Get a life.), having no photos, having too many photos. Or maybe I'm just tired. I don't know.

I feel like every day is full of great and amazing moments, and despite the thousands of photos and hundreds of layouts, I'm letting each one slip away. 

But last night I took an index card and a pen into the bath, and came out with 16 page ideas. Here's how I did it: I made a chart. 

I started with each of my girls' initials across the top, to make columns of WHO, and then in rows I made these WHAT topics: SAYS, LOVES, DOES, and IS. And I filled in the corresponding box for each one. Now I have 16 page ideas and I can see that these 16 will easily jump start more ideas! 

I made this free printable that you can adapt to your own family members or favourite topics. Don't forget.. the WHO across the top doesn't have to be a person, it could be a pet, or by modifying the WHAT rows you could easily jot down page ideas for your favourite places, things to do, colours, etc. 
You can save it by right clicking and saving to your computer. Or, if you prefer, you can download the PNG and .studio files here

This kind of stream-lined, organized brainstorming was just what I needed for an inspiration boost!

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