Thursday, August 21, 2014

Product shuffle : Twine

Good morning!

I went to my scraproom for the first time in almost 3 weeks this morning!  It was good to be back, to sit down and create after a long vacation away from home.  Only problem was, I could not see the top of my desk.  After cleaning a little I found an empty spice bottle on my desk.  I decided it was going to be my icebreaker challenge to get me back in the creative mood.  I struggle with finding my tools once I start creating and this pretty spice jar was to become a home for the tools I use most often and sometimes (or should I say always) get lost under piles of scrap once I start creating.  Here is the bottle in question
The project was super duper easy!  Step one was to peel off the label.  The bottle was still sticky afterwards, I left it that way and even added double sided tape on top and started to wrap Doodlebug Designs twine around the bottle.
After that I added a Prima butterfly, a Teresa Collins decorative brad, a few My Mind's Eye pins and dots and that was it!  A pretty bottle to keep my supplies in view
Wasn't it easy!  I hope you try it too. 
Don't forget to come by again on Saturday for another sketch reveal.  I know it will be awesome. 
Have a great day!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Inspiration Station - Here's Missy!

Hello, everyone! Aurelie here to share some inspiration with you all. I thought I would change it up a bit this week and have a special guest. Exciting, eh? I know! Can I have a drumroll, please? ... ;) TADA!


Hi there, scrappers!  My name is Missy Whidden, and I’m from Florida.  I started scrapping about eight years ago.  My mother-in-law asked me to help her make a baby book for my husband just before our first daughter was born.  I was instantly hooked!  My style has really changed since using just stickers and deco scissors, although those were very cool back then!  I love incorporating mixed media into my scrapbook pages, especially watercolors.  I love working with die cuts and patterned paper.  Honestly, I’ve never met a scrappy supply I didn’t love.  I currently design for My Mind’s Eye, Chickaniddy Crafts, My Scraps & More and Creative Scrappers.  I love scrapping for the creative aspect, but it’s also therapeutic for me.  I love working with photos of my family and friends, and I hope my work somehow inspires others to create something awesome!  Thank so you so much for having me!

No problem, Missy! The pleasure is all ours!! Yes, Missy Whidden has been a favourite scrapper of mine for a few years now. I have always been drawn to her bright colours, her funky way of adding mixed media to her designs... and what can I say? She is a layering and embellishment placement guru! Her style is so distinct! I can always spot a Missy layout a mile around. Love it!

So you can imagine how excited I got when I found out that she had been called to be a member of the My Mind's Eye design team. I mean, a favourite designer with a favourite manufacturer - who could ask for anything more? :) And ever since, she has been creating tons of MME eye-candy. Lately, she's been busy revealing her designs using the MME Market Street collections. Both Ashbury Heights and Nob Hill collections are some of my recent favourites - the gold foil throughout is absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! So, in no particular order, here are some of Missy's layouts with all this fabulousness:

MME - Product Spotlight - Market Street Chipboard Elements
MME - Pie Chart Scrapbook Layout by Missy for MME




MME - Product Spotlight - Market Street 3X4 Cards
Arent't they mind-blowing? Who can't be inspired when seeing these layouts?! Love, love, LOVE them!! If you'd like to be inspired some more by Missy, please head on over to her own blog right here and/or visit her online gallery right here.

And guess what? You can find these amazing MME products over at the LCOM store right now! GO! ;) For the Ashbury Heights, click here. And for the Nob Hill, click here. This is so much fun - I'm making it super easy for you to get your hands on these amazing products! LOVE it!

A big shout out to Missy who so graciously accepted to be featured in today's LCOM Inspiration Station instalment. We are so very grateful to you, Missy. You are a continuous source of inspiration for me and for countless other scrappers! Thanks a bunch of bunches for all that you share!

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

LCOM - Sketch #85 - Reveal

Hello everyone!
Only a couple more weeks of summer.  I just got back from vacation, and besides a little jet lag, I am ready to take advantage of the next 2 weeks to take as many pictures as I can to get me scrapbooking during the colder months.  What better way to get motivated than with an awesome sketch!  My challenge will be to take 3 pictures to incorporate in this beautiful Laura Whitaker sketch.  I bet it would great with portait pictures too! 
Here is what our very talented team created using this sketch as inspiration :

Shirley Mascarina


 Brenda Caldow


 Kelly Carroll


 Diana Poirier



Brianna Marshall


Awesome work ladies!  Once again showing off their individual styles with the same sketch!  I love it!
Now for the card sketch.  Thanks again to Laura Whitaker for the sketches.  


Cecile Lavoie

  
Alicia Hill



 


 Isabelle Elliott



Inspiring work isn't it?  I now challenge you to do like those ladies and print out those sketches and make something.  If you do create something using one of these sketches, don't forget to link them up.   When you link up your design(s) based on today's sketches right at the bottom of today's reveal, you get a ballot to win an awesome prize from LCOM! You can enter designs for sketches 83-84-85-86! Each entry will get you a ballot to win that prize!!

August Prize
The August prize will be a grab bag of embellishments from the many great manufacturers out there!

How to Play Along:
1. Make a newly created project using the provided sketch and upload it to your blog or online gallery.
2. Then leave a link to your project using the Inlinkz widget at the bottom of this post. Please use a direct link to your LCOM Sketch post and not just your blog address.
3. If you upload to online galleries, please also use tag/keyword LCOM85. LCOM products are NOT required to participate, and you can enter as many times as you want. If you don't have a particular shape indicated in the sketch, feel free to substitute.
4. There is no time limit - you can always play any week at any time, but the linking form will close on the last day of the month at 11:55pm (Atlantic Standard Time) to allow us to find a prize winner.

Happy scrapping! Link up your Sketch 85 creations!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Product Shuffle : 3D foam squares

Good morning!

Jocelyne, here, and welcome to another installment of Product Shuffle, where I try to show you a different way to use some of our scrapbooking supplies.  This week we are going to take something that is always hidden and bring it to the front of our page.  That's right!  We are going to showcase some 3D foam squares!


How are we going to make the foam square pretty and not so sticky?  Easy!  Simply by taking one side of the already sticky side and dipping it in glitter!  Since the 3D foam square is like a double sided sticker, I simply left one side of the protective backing on one side, took the other side out and dipped it in my glitter.  I used my finger to brush the excess glitter while making sure it was not sticky anymore.  I then added small My Mind's Eye alpha stickers on top for my title.  Do you see it? 


I wanted lots of sparkle to the rest of the layout, so I used the very pretty American crafts gold letters thickers, a strip of Fancy Pants metallic paper that I passed through a scallop border punch, and some My Mind's Eye enamel shapes.


Those glittery hearts are so pretty!


The butterflies, frames and chevron cutouts are from Pink Paislee's cottage farm collection.  They went perfectly with the My Mind's Eye Now and Then and Ashbury Heights and Echo Park's Capture Life paper I used.  I also used some Bo Bunny, Prima and Kaisercrafts flowers, Basic Grey enamel dots, CMTH cardstock and Webster's Pages ribbon.

Here is my finished layout!


So there you have it!  I hope my new twist on 3D foam squares inspires you.  Don't forget to tune in right here next Saturday for even more inspiration when we unveil another sketch.  I can't wait to see what our talented designers have created!

Have an amazing day!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Inspiration Station - A little bit of home decor!

Good Monday to you all! It's time for another Inspiration Station feature - when I get to try to get your scrappy mojo going by being inspired myself. This week, while browsing through a few of my favourite blogs, I landed on the My Mind's Eye blog, where Tina Walker (I have been following her via her scrapbook.com gallery for years!) revealed an awesome home decor piece (to see it, click here). But then, after a few clicks, I landed on yet another piece she had done for MME. Here it is:


Isn't it fantastic? Done with the awesome MME Market Street Ashbury Heights, it immediately struck me on how simple, yet so very perfect for a birthday gift I had to do for a birthday party for one of our sweet Éloïse's friends. Tina even had some tricks and tips on how to create it (to see original blog post, click here). Besides, I had an old frame lying around that I was "saving" for this very reason. So, I Facebooked the mom, and asked her about her daughter's room - what colour, any theme, etc. and off I went into my scrapcave to get creatin'. Here's what I came up with:





I was tempted to create it with the same MME collection, but since Éloïse's friend was turning one, I thought I'd find something with a bit more pinky pinks in it. I turned to Basic Grey's Fresh Cut collection. I also used some Bo Bunny patterned paper, Stampin' Up cardstock, Glitz Design washi tape, Pink Paislee tab, and some of my Maman's old buttons stitched on there with some good ol' DMC floss. Circles cut with a Fiskars circle punch. And those butterflies? As per Tina Walker, a Silhouette cut file - click here. Gotta love my Silhouette - one of my favourite scrappy tools E-V-E-R! And finally, all together now - HAPPY BIRTHDAY ISABELLA!! ;)

Join us again on Thursday when Jocelyne will be a shufflin' a product once again!

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

LCOM - Sketch #84 - Reveal

Hello, everyone! Another Saturday, another awesome Let's Capture Our Memories design team reveal. This week, the girls worked with sketches by the talented Vicki Saulnier. First up, the layout sketch:


And the designs:

Ashley Hamm


Beatrice Lawson


Elisa Delora


Gisèle Julien (She actually designed two layouts with this sketch! AWESOME!)




Lucinda Davidson


Here's the card sketch:


And the design:

Fernande Brideau




Awesome inspiration all around, eh? Don't you just want to head on over to your scrap corner and get creating? I know! Me, too! When you're done creating with these sketches, please remember to link them up at the bottom of this reveal. And yes, you'll get a ballot to win an awesome prize for doing so! Please feel free to enter your designs for sketches 83-84-85-86, and get a ballot for each of your submissions. Woo!Hoo!

August Prize

A grab bag of embellishments from a variety of awesome manufacturers!

How to Play Along:


1. Make a newly created project using the provided sketch and upload it to your blog or online gallery.
2. Then leave a link to your project using the Inlinkz widget at the bottom of this post. Please use a direct link to your LCOM Sketch post and not just your blog address.
3. If you upload to online galleries, please also use tag/keyword LCOM84. LCOM products are NOT required to participate, and you can enter as many times as you want. If you don't have a particular shape indicated in the sketch, feel free to substitute.
4. There is no time limit - you can always play any week at any time, but the linking form will close on the last day of the month at 11:55pm (Atlantic Standard Time) to allow us to find a prize winner.


Happy scrapping!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Product Shuffle : 5X7 kraft envelopes

Hello!

Jocelyne again with another product shuffle.  This week's product shuffle came about after I mistakenly ordered 300 envelops instead of 30!  Yes!  That's 270 envelopes more!  An honest mistake; they came in packs of 10 and a friend of mine said to order 30, I though she meant 30 packs, but she meant 30 envelops.  OOPS!!  So as I stared at my big box of envelops, I had an idea!  Those envelops would be perfect for making a Mini Album!

To make the album, I used my scraps from my stash of Simple Stories Say Cheese and 24/Seven collections.  I had loads of pictures from our Disney trip that was just waiting to be organized.  This was the perfect project for it. 


The first step was taking my hole punch and punching out four holes in the bottom of 6 envelops.  I then tied them together with ribbon I found in the bottom of my ribbon box. 


I embellished the envelops with twine, stickers and also scrap of  Fancy Pants corrugated sheets.
 

Lifting the envelop tab, you discover pictures from each of the parks.  Isn't this fun!  All my leftover pictures all organized in this fun album.


We had sent ourselves a post card from the park.  It was a little too big to fit inside the envelop, so I decided to glue it on the envelop tab.  If you lift Mickey's hand, you will find more pictures hidden inside the other envelop. 


I love how every page is interactive.



Plus, I was able to store so many pictures!



Not every envelop was used for storage, I simply used some as an interactive flap. 



I even added picture to the back cover.


There you have it!  A completed Disney envelop mini album using envelops.  I really had a blast making this, reminiscing about our trip and dreaming about our next one. You could use this type of album to store picture from any event.  It would also make a wonderful gift.  Plus, I have enough envelops to make 26 more just like it!  Hahaha!

Thanks for joining me today!