Saturday, July 26, 2014

LCOM - Sketch #82 - Reveal

Another glorious week has come and gone, here in New Brunswick. And we were on vacation, so we did all kinds of super dooper things with the kids all around town. It was terrific! And another Let's Capture Our Memories design team reveal to cap it all off? Well! It's like putting the cherry on the sundae, now isn't it?! ;)

This week, the girls had awesome sketches by LCOM's very owner, Isabelle Perreault-Doucette, to work with. SPOILER ALERT: They rocked it! ;) Here is the layout sketch:


And the team's designs:

Ashley Hamm


Beatrice Lawson


Elisa Delora


Gisèle Julien


Lucinda Davidson


The card sketch:


With the team's designs:

Fernande Brideau


Jocelyne Roy


Now, it's your turn! It's your turn! 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! More specifically, you can enter as many designs as you wish for sketches 79-80-81-82! Each entry will get you a ballot to win the monthly prize!!

July Prize
A Copy of the wonderful Scrapbook and Cards Today's CardMaps 4!

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 LCOM82. 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, July 24, 2014

Product Shuffle : Double Sided Paper

Good morning everyone!  Jocelyne here with another installment of Product Shuffle.  I have a question for you!  Have you ever purchased a paper that was so pretty and when you turn it over to apply the glue you discover that the reverse is just as pretty?  This happens to me a lot.  I was recently faced with the dilemma of choosing which side of the paper to actually use.  Of course I only had one sheet of said paper.  What to do?  Thankfully I was scrapping with a group of very brilliant ladies and one suggested I use both sides!  And that is exactly what I did!

First things first, let me introduce you to the paper that was being discussed.


There it is.  It is part of Echo Park's Capture Life collection.  One side is a gorgeous pink ombre and the other side a very cool out of focus lights polka dot.  You might recognize the ombre from last week's Product shuffle. It is the very same sheet of paper! Click here to view again

Let's take a look at how I made it possible.  First of all, I  like to frame my layout with a sheet of 12X12 cardstock.  To save on paper and to make sure my photo mats match perfectly my outside frame, I take my trusty paper trimmer and cut the inside of my cardstock.   I then have a sheet of 10X10 cardstock to use as mats, like this :

It looks like a frame doesn't it?  I adhere my background paper over the frame and it covers the hole.  But on the other side I have a wider frame with the reverse side of the paper peeking out.  For this layout I used the back side of last week's product shuffle layout.  That's right!  Two layouts, back to back on the same paper!  Once inserted in my page protector in my album, no one will suspect!
I had at my disposal some Jillibean Soup Chalkboard Banners.

These, alone, would be awesome as a mini album!  But for this layout. I fanned them out and used them as a focal point in the middle of my layout.


I used a white pen to write my journaling all around the layout and also on the edges of the chalkboard tabs.

Last year, we had the chance to be the host family for a Colombian student.  She became another daughter for us and before leaving my husband wrote a very touching letter on Facebook.  This was the script I used for this layout. 


Once again I used Echo Park's Capture Life collection.  The chalkboard stickers included in the collection kit and the square cutouts in the paper were a perfect addition to this layout.


To finish the layout I then added a Webster's Pages ribbon, some Kaisercraft flowers, a few Prima butterflies and American Crafts alpha stickers.


And there you have it : a layout honoring our Colombian princess.

Well that's it for today.  Join us again bright and early Saturday for another awesome sketch reveal. You will not want to miss it!

Have a fantastic day!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Inspiration Station - Take Two!

Hello, Let's Capture Our Memories' fans! Hope you had an awesome weekend!! For me, it was a true birthday extravaganza, celebrating our son's sixth birthday! One word: Pokémon!! Hee!Hee! But, amidst all the planning, gift-wrapping, party favours making and picking up odds and ends all around town, I did make time to sit down and scrap a bit. Couldn't let you guys down, now, could I? Hee!Hee!

Ever fall in love with a sketch, sit down, start scrapping, but end up not liking what you come up with? Ever take the time to ask yourself what might be the problem? That's what totally happened to me this week. I had an awesome Emma Stafrace sketch over at PageDrafts that I oh, so wanted to scrap with ever since I first saw it:


But when I tried it, with a collection I absolutely LOVE, it still just wasn't working for me. Once upon a time, I would've given up and that would've been the end of that. But this sketch is SO nice! I couldn't give up! So I tried again, but with a different photo and a totally new set of products. And it totally worked! Woo!Hoo! Moral of the story, if you love a sketch or a colour combo or a mood board as much as I loved this sketch, it's probably because it's speaking to you in a way that your creative bug just won't go away. So, don't give up! Give in to that feeling. Change it up, keep smiling, and have fun! Here's what I came up with followed by a few close-ups:





You guessed it, Simple Stories - A Charmed Life (12X12 Simple Basic Kit, 12X12 patterned papers, Bits & Pieces, Expressions Stickers, and Fundamentals Stickers). I mean, who can go wrong with an awesome collection like that?! Not that the other collection I used for my first attempt using this sketch was not pretty, but I mean, really. This Simple Stories collection has the same type of patterns as the sketch suggests for goodness sake! It can't get much easier than that! Hee!Hee! Also used my very handy Bazzill Basics circular stitching template with some DMC floss, a few splats of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, some Making Memories staples, and some super dooper old Basic Grey chipboard alphas (which were part of my very first alpha shopping spree way back in 2008!). Ah! Yes! And the infamous no-name buttons - in my stash, patiently waiting to be used anonymously... Hee!Hee!

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

LCOM- Sketch #81 - Reveal

Good morning everyone!  Welcome to another awesome sketch reveal. What can I say about this week's sketch?  Page Drafts makes awesome sketches, but this one is one of my all time favorite.  I love the layering, the flowers and did I see some butterflies?  I might just have to retreat in my scrap cave and create a layout or two!  Check it out!


Amazing isn't it?  So pretty!  And speaking of pretty, check out the awesome work our design team did this week inspired by this very sketch.

 Brenda Caldow


 Diana Poirier


Brianna Marshall


Shirley Mascarina


Kelly Carroll


And now let's take a look at this week's card Sketch.  Another pretty sketch by Page Drafts.  

 


Our card design team did a fabulous job!  Who wouldn't love to received one of those amazing cards. 
 
Cecile Lavoie 

Alicia Hill


Isabelle Elliott


Now it's your turn to try these sketches out! When you link up your design(s) based on today's sketches right at the bottow of today's reveal, you get a ballot to win an awesome prize from LCOM! You can enter designs for sketches 79-80-81-82! Each entry will get you a ballot to win that prize!!

July Prize
A Copy of the wonderful Scrapbook and Cards Today's Card Maps 4


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 LCOM81. 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, July 17, 2014

Product Shuffle : framed transparencies and push pins

Good morning everyone!

Jocelyne here with another twist on how to use your scrapbook stash in fun new ways.  Today I have a 2 in 1 combo.  I played with Maya Road framed transparencies and some My Mind's Eye push pins.
Transparencies are fun to add over top pictures to give them that Polaroid retro look and these Maya Road ones are super fun considering they have sayings on them. 


I sometimes struggle with the push pins.  I ususally just add a couple under a flower or cluster of embellishment.  Those My Mind's Eye pins are really very pretty and they come in so many different shapes and color.

So the first thing I did was make little flags using the pin as my post.  I have seen some done with toothpicks, I though using some of these pins would be prettier.  Are they not cute!


I did some fussy cutting of  a tag from my Echo Park Capture Life paper and glued it on itself wrapping it around the pin. 

Now for the transparencies.  Like I said previously, we usually use them over pictures.  To mix things up I decided to use them underneath.


It created the base onto which I laid my pictures.  I love how it framed everything without hiding the layers underneath.

Here is another view of the transparency mat and the push pin flag.  I adhered my mini alpha stickers to this flag

Here is the entire layout.


I actually cut the middle transparency in half to make it visible from both side of the picture.  Along with the Echo Park Capture Life collection, I also used some CTMH cardstock, Jillibean Soup's Soup Staple paper. and a My Mind's Eye wooden button.

I hope you liked it and are inspired to look into using your stash in an unconventional way.  If you have any ideas of products you would like to see me use, please let us know in the comments below.  You know I love a challenge!

Have an awesome day!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Inspiration Station - The sketch came back!

Hello, everyone! Aurelie here with another instalment of Inspiration Station - where I try to inspire you by being inspired myself!! This week, with the busyness of Summer and all, I had to find inspiration somewhere very dependable. And that spot was my binder full of sketches. You know how it works: you find a sketch, fall in love with it, print it or save it, and look for it when you need it. Well, as it so happens, I have a sketch or two on hand that are go-to sketches, sketches that I can work with and end up with something I like every time. It's like the song, The Cat Came Back, but in this case, it's The Sketch Came Back! And this one, by Becky Fleck, over at PageMaps, is definitely one of them:

A friend of mine was actually scrapping with it a few weekends ago and a few layouts after, I found myself gravitating towards its grid design that is so infectious. Here is what I came up with, along with a few close-ups:





Yes, that's a photo of what seems like an ugly pair of sneakers. But to me, it's a photo of my mother's feet, wearing her pair of sneakers she always uses to mow the lawn. Priceless, if you ask me. So, I used tons and tons and tons of Simple Stories' Homespun collection on this one - totally à propos if I do say so myself (12X12 Simple Basics kit, 6X6 patterned papers, chipboard stickers, bits & pieces, and expressions stickers), but also added some Tim Holtz rubons and foliage, a My Little Yellow Bicycle cork heart pin, and a Stampin' Up arrow paper clip. I also punched some tiny hearts from the Simple Stories Homespun 6X6 patterned papers using a Martha Stewart punch (graciously lent to me by a fellow scrapper - you know who you are!). And that green triangle on the bottom left? It's totally hiding a scrappy blunder as I was finishing another layout. Scrappy opportunity at its finest! Hee!Hee!

Want to see a few other layouts I've made using this sketch? Here they are:



Please join us again on Thursday, when Jocelyne will show us how to use a certain scrappy product in a whole new different way!

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

LCOM - Sketch #80 - Reveal

Hello, to you all! Hope you had an awesome week and that you'll find some time to relax à la YOU this weekend. Why not start it off with a great Let's Capture Our Memories design team reveal? I though you'd like that... ;)

This week, the fabulous Laura Whitaker provided the sketches for our team to play. Here's the layout sketch:


And the layout team's designs...

Ashley Hamm


Beatrice Lawson


Elisa Delora


Gisèle Julien


Lucinda Davidson


Here's the card sketch:


And the card team's designs...

Fernande Brideau


Jocelyne Roy


Totally awesome, right? Different colour palettes. Different themes. Different styles. Anyone can use these sketches and make them their own! So now, it's your turn! When you link up your design(s) based on today's sketches at the bottom of today's reveal, you'll get a ballot to win an awesome prize from LCOM! You can enter designs for sketches 79-80-81-82! Each entry will get you a ballot to win that prize!!

July Prize
A copy of the totally terrific CardMaps 4 by Scrapbook & Cards Today!

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 LCOM 80. 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!