Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Color Spot

Hello September!

Wow!  Where has this year gone too!!  I can't believe it's September already.  We are busy getting the kids ready for school and dotting the i's and the crossing the t's on the activities schedule for the coming months!!  Here, at LCOM, it's also the start of crop season!!  My favorite season!

I really had a hard time finding a color scheme for you this month.  Nothing was standing out.  As I was planning the crop schedule, I started looking at pictures on my phone and found some from my last trip to Scrapbook & Cards Today Crop & Create in Cornwall, Ontario last September.  OH! the memories... the wonderful memories from the most amazing weekend event spent with a couple of my scrappy besties!!  And as I'm getting ready to head back to Create & Create in a couple of weeks, I thought I'd share the some of the memories, the moments with you.  Here's a picture I took of the a small sample of the goodies we get to savor at Crop & Create!


I asked my super scrappy friend Elisa Delora if she would have a go at this month's Color Spot and I was so happy she said yes!  I love her projects.  She is awesome a clustering and adding so much detail to her layouts.  It makes her photos and story pop up.


Here is what Elisa had to say about this month's Color Spot.

"When I first saw the September Color Spot , the first papers that came to mind were part of the Timbergrove collection by Fancy Pants Design. It almost matched perfectly,less the navy papers. For a house full of boys and boyish layouts, I realized I don't have much navy... I found a 6x6 paper pack in my stash by Fancy Pants Design, Down By The Shore, containing a navy sheet.  As usual, when you stick with the same company, most usually, the papers will match, or at least compliment each other. 

Now as you may know, Timbergrove is a winter/holiday collection, quite full of hot chocolate, mittens, snowflakes and snowmen. It however perfectly matched my cozy, sleepy photo. Daddy and DS#3 had fallen asleep on the couch in a pretty cute pose. Those glasses are part of a costume, you know, the set with the fake nose and fuzzy moustache... The nose broke off, and the kids wear them, looking pretty goofy...or dapper, however you may see it. "  - Elisa Delora




How amazing is that?!   I love the her stitching is carried all over her page and the sprinkle of little hearts here and there, love!  Just like one cherishes the first bite into the chocolate covered strawberry, one can only cherish the father/son bond!!  She nailed the color spot perfectly!!

Thank you Elisa for sharing your talent with us this month!

If you are inspired by this month's Color Spot, make sure you share your project with by linking them below!  We love seeing what you create!

Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

LCOM Sketch #131 - Reveal

Good Morning!

We are still enjoying the great summer weather we are having and getting ready for school the start of school.  We hope you have taking the time for some R&R this summer and that you may still have some time to scrapbook your summer vacation!  If you can't find your mojo, we're here to help you along.  We have some great sketches by designer Shirley Mijares Mascarina that we are sure will inspire you.

Let's get to it!

Let's see what our amazing team came up with.  Inspiration all around!

Gisele Julien

Beatrice Lawson

Christine Perez

Elisa Delora

Brenda Caldow

How wonderful are those layouts?!  We love how everyone's take on the sketch is so different, yet follows the sketch.  

Let's see what our card team created with the coordinating card sketch. 
Majo Wybranietz

Cecile Lavoie

Cher Kosakura

Superb cards!  Who would love receiving these cards in the mail?!  

Now it's your turn!! Let's see what you create with these sketches. All you have to do is link your creation(s) using the link provided below and you'll get a chance to win a great LCOM prize! Plus, if you continue to submit your design(s) for sketches #131, #132 and #133, you will get a ballot for each submission you link to each respective reveal. 

September Prize:  A $10 eGift code to the Let's Capture Our Memories shop!

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 LCOM131. 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.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Product Shuffle : Elmer's Glue and Twine

Good morning everyone!

Well this heat wave has kept me away from my scraproom but I was glad I was still able to find my way to create a bit.  It was quite pleasent to be in the cool basement and to play with my craft supplies.
This week I dug up some Simple Stories I Am collection goodies.  They are just so versatile and pretty!  Can't get enough of it.
Along with the stickers and self adhesive brads, I also used some Prima flowers, one of which I took petals away to make smaller.  Now for the Product shuffle part.  I took some good old Elmer's white glue and wrote my title directly on the layout.  I then added twine on top.
Another super easy product shuffle!  I hope you give it a try!  And here is my whole layout.
Other supplies used are CTMH button, twine and cardstock.
I love how such an simple product made the whole layout.  I hope you like it too!  Have a great day and I hope you get to enjoy the summer weather in your neck of the woods.  See you next month!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

LCOM Sketch #130 - Reveal

Hey there!

Welcome to another sketch reveal! We have some fabulous sketches this week from the our very own sketch designer Shirley Mijares Mascarina. The team did an amazing job creating with them! You are sure to be inspired by them and go off to your scrappy happy place and create!! Let's get right to them!


Elisa Delora

Christine Perez

Brenda Caldow

Beatrice Lawson

Gisele Julien

Pretty awesome layouts, right!!  Check out what the team did with the card sketch!


Cher Kosakura

Majo Wybranietz

Cecile Lavoie

Those cards are so yummy!!  Love that every single one as a different theme and yet was created with the same sketch!  Sweet!!

Now it's your turn!! Let's see what you create with these sketches. All you have to do is link your creation(s) using the link provided below and you'll get a chance to win a great LCOM prize! Plus, if you continue to submit your design(s) for sketches #129 and #130, you will get a ballot for each submission you link to each respective reveal. 

August Prize:  A $10 eGift code to the Let's Capture Our Memories shop!

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 LCOM130. 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!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Inspiration Station - Layering à la Terhi Koskinen!

Hello, hello! Aurelie here today for another round of Let's Capture Our Memories' Inspiration Station - where I aim to inspire by being inspired. With so many scrappy video tutorials out there these days, finding inspiration is as easy as a few clicks on the internet. That's exactly how I found the fabulous Terhi Koskinen


I'm a scrapbooker from Finland. Mother. Wife. Friend. Sister. Daughter. Horsebackrider. I'm a paper crafter with lots of inspiration and addiction to make beautiful things.

Scrapbooking is more than a hobby for me, it's a lifestyle - it starts with photograph session and ends when I get my creation where I wanted. And then it starts again. Surrounding myself with pretty things and my family is how I want to live my life. My creations are filled layers, straight lines, and techniques I want to try out. My biggest passion is to make scrapbook layouts (12" x 12"), but sometimes I'm inspired to alter some daily used objects.

I've been very lucky and honored to get myself into several design teams, you can find all current and past design teams and my published pages hereLately I've done some tutorials too, hope you get inspired by them. 

Now, for those of you who know me, you must me thinking, uh, Aurelie, you always layer. But Terhi brings layering to a whole other dimension, adding in mixed media elements to her work. And after watching a few of her tutorial videos, I fell in love with how she takes pieces of one collection (or two, or three!) and just starts piling one piece on top of each other with no worries. How many hours have I played with paper trying to find the right combo even when the papers all come from the same collection and perfectly match? It's fun, I know, and definitely part of the process, but following Terhi's lead, I dared myself to let go and not sweat the small stuff. And it totally worked! I didn't even use my cutter - just took my scissors and chopped pieces free-hand. Oh! And the doodling of circles with a pencil, embossing some more circles and creating texture with some stencils and gesso/paste!! Be still my beating heart!! I did have to pump myself up to get that going, but as soon as I started, I thought to myself, this is SO fun! Here's my layout followed by a few close-ups:





Tons of My Mind's Eye On Trend collection on this layout - patterned papers, stickers, chipboard buttons, and die-cuts. I also used a bit of Stampin' Up cardstock, Fancy Pants patterned paper, Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphas, Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off stickers, Prima crystals, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, Close to My Heart and Scrapbook & Cards Today stamps, Stampin' Up clear embossing powder and vellum, Magenta mesh, Freckled Fawn star paper clip, MME wood dots, Heidi Swapp stencil with some Liquitex light modeling paste, and yup, you guessed it, hand-stitching using a Crafter's Workshop stitching template and some good ol' DMC floss.

Wanna see some of Terhi's work up close? Here are a few close-ups of some of her work that totally inspired me for this reveal (I've included the link for Terhi's video tutorials below each photo):

https://youtu.be/eiV4ykiqUrk
https://youtu.be/YkgSclGYwnU
https://youtu.be/Zohf-_SaMAg

If you'd like to see even more of Terhi's work, just hop along right over here:

Social media: FacebookInstagram (terhi_koskinen), YouTubeTwitter (@terhi_koskinen)
Online galleries: Scrapbook.comCSIPinterestFlickr

Huge shout out to Terhi who so kindly allowed me to lift some of her ideas and post some of her own work onto today's feature. You are truly an inspiration and I look forward in seeing what you come up with next! ;)

Happy scrapping!

Aurelie

Monday, August 3, 2015

August Color Spot

Good morning!

Welcome to the August Color Spot!!  We waited a couple of days to share with you so to not take away from our Sketch Reveal on Saturday and to give our Color Spot center stage.  It's a beautiful one and I'm positive you you will agree!

When I saw this image on Design Seeds, I did not hesitate to download the image and create the Color Spot!  It just screamed summer and those Popsicles, YUMMY!!!  The colors are so fresh and beautiful!   





I've mentioned before how grateful I am to have met some pretty amazing people in this industry. I've made some awesome friends and I'm so lucky to have so many (literally) live in my backward. This month's guest is very special to me and I'm really grateful to call her my neighbor, my friend, my true.  Please welcome the very talented Aurélie Cormier to this month's Color Spot.

"As soon as I saw the August 2015 Color Spot, I thought of Amercian Crafts' Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection. It's an older one, yes, but I knew it was just perfect! And when I found these early pics of our sweet Éloïse at a mere few days old, that was it! The scrappy wheels started to move!! ;) For this one, it was all about layers - no sketch involved. I wanted it to be soft yet cozy, just like Éloïse in all those new blankets when she came home from the hospital. I grounded everything with some hand-stitching and added extra texture with linen thread, wood, chipboard and metal embellishments, and splats of different mixed media products. I even took out my good ol' Cuttlebug to give some extra oomph to a piece of plain patterned paper. Sweet!" - Aurélie Cormier





Super sweet layout, right?!!  I love how all the layers of paper ground the photos.  And that heart paper clip? Adorable!  Did you know that Aurélie hand stitches all of her stitching details?  I hear it's very therapeutic.  I love how it lends a gentle frame around the photos.

Thank you Aurélie for sharing your talent with us this month.

If you are inspired by this month's Color Spot, make sure you share your creations by linking them using the link below.  We always love seeing what you create!

Thanks for stopping by and see you next month!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

LCOM Sketch 129 - Reveal!

Good morning!

It's August already!  What ever happened to July?  We sure love the warm weather here and hope you are enjoying the weather in your neck of the woods.  It's a civic holiday here this weekend which means a three day weekend!  Woohoo!!  A whole extra day to invite scrappy friends over and create together!  We have the perfect sketches to get you in the creative mood.  Our sketches this month come by the lovely Shirley Mijares Mascarina.  Let's get to it!


It's a great layout sketch, right?  Let's see what the DT has done with it.



What great pages!  Let's see what our DT created with the card sketch.




Majo Wybranietz

The recipients of these cards will be so lucky.  These cards are amazing!

Now it's your turn!! Let's see what you create with these sketches. All you have to do is link your creation(s) using the link provided below and you'll get a chance to win a great LCOM prize! Plus, if you continue to submit your design(s) for sketches #129 and #130, you will get a ballot for each submission you link to each respective reveal. 

August Prize:  A $10 eGift code to the Let's Capture Our Memories shop!

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/keywordLCOM129. 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!