Friday, April 18, 2014

Meet The Team - Part 3

Happy Friday!

Today, we are sharing another set of talented designers with you.  They are super excited and eager to get going!  Help us welcome them! 

Jocelyne Roy

My name is Jocelyne and I'm a scrapaholic... I'm also Maman to two beautiful, very intelligent daughters and wife to the love of my life and best friend. I am biology by trade but decided to put my career on hold in order stay at home with my girls.  My scrapbooking addiction started about 9 years ago when my mom introduced me to it not long after my first daughter was born. At first it was an excuse to get me out of the house and occupy my time when I was on maternity leave but it quickly turned into my sanity saver. I'm never as calm as when I'm cutting paper, stamping, and gluing pictures and pretty embellishments to layouts. I love the social aspect of it too and love all the friends I made in the scrapbooking community. But most of all, I love how my girls get to flip through the scrapbooks I made over the years and know the stories behind the pictures.


Kelly Carroll

Hi, my name is Kelly Carroll and I was born and raised in Miramichi, NB.  I am happily married to my best friend, Joe and we have 2 boys, Aaden and Jarett who keep me on my toes.  I started scrapbooking nearly 10 years ago and immediately fell in love.  I was hooked ever since a co-worker introduced me to classes at a local scrapbooking store and never looked back.  I joined LCOM just over 2 years ago and this opened my eyes to a whole new side of scrapbooking.  My love for the craft has never been stronger and I take every opportunity to attend crops in and out of town!


Lucinda Davidson
My name is Lucinda Davidson and I am a wife and mother of two daughters and to our new fur baby puppy (Buddy).  I have been Scrapbooking for about fifteen years starting with pictures of the children 
I babysat, then I went on to do my wedding album and now I scrapbook everything in my kids/family life.
I work part time at Michael's and have recently taken on their paper
crafting Instructor classes that I am so excited to teach.


Sher Brown


My name is Sher. I live with my husband and 2 sons in the wacky weather state of Michigan. I'm 42, and have been a housewife for the whole 24 years that I have been married. I spend my time making cards, and scrapbooking when my family is away at work, or off to college. I don't have a particular style, I really like to change it up. If I had to describe my cards I would say most of them are clean and simple, nothing too fancy.  I love to sit and color with my markers cutesy designs mostly.  I'm just now starting to play with Prismacolor pencils and getting into airbrushing too. I enjoy playing with different techniques and hopefully I will be able to share them and inspire you too. Don't be fooled though, I'm ready to learn from you also, so bring it on!  Let's inspire each other. 


Shirl Tait


Hi My name is Shirley Tait and I live in sunny Queensland, Australia with my wonderfully supportive hubby of nearly 20 years and my gorgeous children aged 16, 13 & 11 years.  I started card making and scrapbooking a decade ago when a friend held a party for a crafty company and I haven't looked back.  At the time we were living in a small country town & there were no scrapbooking stores close by so I consider myself to be self taught with no particular style.  Whilst I do like lumpy bumpy pages when both making cards & layouts I also like simple, clear cut lines as well.  I am hopelessly addicted to all things involving bling or glitz as well as flowers and I also have a small fascination with Magnolia stamps.  I love spending as much time as I can in my craft room creating and whilst my main loves are definitely card making & scrapbooking I have dabbled in ATC's and do enjoy making the occasional OTP as well.  I am tickled pink to be joining the  wonderfully talented ladies at LCOM again for another term.


Shirley Mijares Mascarina


Hello everyone, my name is Shirley Mijares Mascarina, some people know me as Probyte. Probyte is my username when I created my profile lab account back at University and I stick with it until now. I am Filipino and base now in British Columbia, Canada. Caregiver during the day and scrapper at night. Arts and Crafts have been my passion since I was a kid and finally join the world of scrapbooking in May 2012. I like to try everything, but I feel empty without textures and inks. I love playing with sketches and doing challenges.  They are a great source of creativity and offer so many possibilities you can ever imagine. To see more of my work, please feel free to visit my blog - www.mascarinashirley.blogspot.ca


Join me in welcome these talented ladies to the team!!

Happy scrapping!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Meet The Team - Part 2

Good Thursday morning to you all!

Another gorgeous day here in the Maritimes!  It's perfect weather to introduce more amazing, talented ladies from our Design Team!

Help me give a warm welcome to the following gals!


Cécile Lavoie


I am from Dieppe, New Brunswick, Canada and my husband, Serge and I, are the proud parents of our 17-year old son, Patrick. He is graduating from high school this year, which means more pictures to scrapbook.  I always needed to have a crafty hobby to relax after my regular days at work. I started knitting in my 20’s and then I made jewellery later on. In 2006, on the eve of my wedding, I discovered the beautiful art you could do with a bit of paper, glue and ink. I sold all my jewellery stuff and bought a Cricut right after the wedding so I could make a “nice” wedding album. I was hooked.  As I have quite a good collection of stamps, they are my “go to” tools when making cards. I also love to use ink and glitter on my cards. The creation process is a definitely my stress reliever but I also like the social aspect of this beautiful craft.


Diana Poirier


Hello! My name is Diana Poirier and I'm absolutely thrilled to be a part of LCOM Layout design team! I love paper, design, tidy spaces, scrapbooking, chocolate, bright colours, did I say scrapbooking?? LOL!!, my girlfriends, flowers, reading, writing, but most of all my husband, son and puppy and the wonderful life we have together! I've been scrapbooking now for 10 years and absolutely love how it makes me feel! My style - bright and clean! 


Elisa Delora


I'm the happily married Mom of 3 boys who fell in love with scrapping after my first son was born.  I've always been kind of artistic, but creativity was put on the back-burner while I was studying sciences.  Scrapping was introduced to me by my friend Marielle and has been a passion ever since.  I've never been much of a cardmaker, but there's always time to start.  My layouts are mostly boyish, colorful and bright and loud, like my boys!!  I love buttons, sewing and texture and I love hanging out online and at crops with kindred scrappy friends!  Other hobbies include running and cycling, mostly to stay in shape so the boys don't clobber and/or outrun this Mom!


Fernande Brideau


I live on the Acadian Peninsula in New Brunswick, Canada. I've been married to my very best friend for 28 years. We have a 23 years old daughter, Danika, a 19 years old son, Jérémie. We now have a wonderful four months old addition to the family: our lovely grandson, Tony.  I started scrapbooking six years ago and I have been hooked ever since. Scrapbooking is a therapy where I can really “escape” from the daily grind and relax. My style is mostly vintage. I start imagining the endless possibilities with any scrapbooking paper, embellishment or anything else I see that is “scrapbookable”. 


Gisèle Julien


Gisèle Julien taught in New Brunswick for 32 years and has been retired since June 2007.As her 1st trip after retirement, she took a scrapbooking cruise to the Caribbean. Scrapbooking has taken over her passion to create and to preserve family memories. It has been a big part of who she is since 2005 when this craft was introduce to her by a colleague. She has always been involved in crafts of some kind so this has fed her creativity.


Isabelle Elliott


I have always been crafty.  Ever since I can remember.  I have dabbled in all kinds of crafts, may it be painting ceramics way back when with my mom, woodworking, crocheting, sewing, quilting, cross-stitching, watercolouring... actually, name a sort of craft, and I've probably tried it!  And having done so many crafts throughout the years, I should have known that I soon as I scrapbooked for the first time, I would add it onto my list of crafty hobbies - but I honestly thought that I would make a gift and a few handmade cards and that would be it - HA!  For a good three years now, I have been papercrafting in some sort of way.  I have fallen in love in capturing life's event with mini albums, browsing through Pinterest for the ideas, and scrapping with friends I have made along the way.  I also enjoy to listen to e-books while crocheting.  I live in Moncton, NB, with my husband, our thirteen-year old son and our two dogs, Dougie and Lily.


Join us tomorrow as we share more Design Team Members with you!

Happy Scrapping!

Product Shuffle: Stencils and masks

Happy Thursday to you, Let's Capture Our Memories readers!  Aurelie here to talk to you about stencils and masks, and how we can all use them differently than how we usually do with mists and inks. Now, I know what you're saying - Huh? Use a stencil or a mask without mist or ink? But really, think about it. Some are just so, so pretty! I thought to myself, how can I use one in a new way to give it center stage in my design?


Oh, yes I did! I totally did! I used one as an embellishment!! I've had this Christy Tomlinson vintage doily mask for some time now and never actually used it - I think it was one of those scrappy purchases I did because the product was so darn cute! ;) I know you understand... Hee!Hee! Chances are if I hadn't used it until now, I wouldn't ever use it. So... I went for it. Took it out of the package and realized it was a perfect match for Carta Bella's Wildflower collection! Two birds with one stone! I dropped it on my background piece and instantly thought of a Kristine Davidson sketch I actually scrapped with a long while ago:


And off I went. Added some American Crafts Dear Lizzy brads with some punched circles from a piece of Stampin' Up gold foil paper, splattered some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze here and there and everywhere, sticked some American Crafts Dear Lizzy alphas on my photo, embossed some of those yummy, new Jillibean Soup beanboard alphas in my Cuttlebug, tacked on some black We R Memory Keepers staples, and stitched some DMC floss using a Bazzill Basic template. Want to see the finished project? Ta-da!


But wait! There's more! While I was preparing for this blog post, I stumbled upon a few websites that talked about other different ways of using stencils and masks. Stitching? Embossing? Layering? The possibilities are endless! I must admit that the stitching and embossing options are very tempting... must try that sometime. See? I'm already seeing stencils and masks in a new light!

Can't wait to see how YOU use them differently! Please feel free to link your design on our Facebook page here. Get those stencils and masks out and get 'er done! Hee!Hee!

Join us again on Saturday when three designers show us what they created using the same set of products with the the same sketch. You'll just have to "Sketch it Out!" for yourself! ;)

Happy scrapping!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Meet The Team - Part 1

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday!

It's the middle of the week and it's starting to feel like Spring!  This time of year sure makes me happy!  You know what else makes me happy?  Our new design team!!  Let's get to know a few new talented ladies and some very familiar ladies, shall we?

Alicia Hill


Hi, my name is Alicia Hill. I am from Puerto Rico, but I live in Douglasville, Georgia. I am a mother of 2 and I have loved card making since I was a teenager. I love everything about papercrafting. I love to draw and love coloring. I practice yoga and love music. 


Ashley Hamm



I started scrapbooking when I was 16.  In July, I'll turn 30.  This hobby of mine has led me to many new people and places.  I've been part of the LCOM team since December 2012 and I just love this little community!  I'm so grateful to Isabelle for this opportunity.  My real job is a registered nurse and this year marks my seven year anniversary.  My other hobbies are reading and running.  My boyfriend is an attorney and we rescued a black Lab, Bentley, who keeps our hands full.  I also recently just bought my first house so there are plenty of projects filling up my "spare time" these days!  


Aurélie Cormier


I originally hail from Cheticamp, a beautiful Acadian village right on the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, NS. Studying in Moncton, I quickly fell in love with NB and have been a permanent resident since 2005. I now reside in Dieppe with my husband, Mathieu, our five-year old son, Louis-Olivier, our newborn, Éloïse, and our cat, Caillou. Since 2007, I am a public servant by day and a full-fledged scrapper by night. Scrapbooking has become an integral part of my life. I try doing something scrapbook-related every day, may it be working on a layout, browsing through online galleries or reading scrapbook magazines. Published in a few editions of Canadian Scrapbooker and most recently in France's own Histoires de Pages, my style has been known to be called "rustic", which is fine by me as it enables me to relish in fattening things up with dimension, tearing and texture. Other than scrapbooking, I have recently rekindled a romance with reading through a monthly book club I joined at work in February 2012. I also tutor, teach voice classes and sing most weekends at a few church services around the area.


Beatrice Lawson


My wonderful, supportive husband encourages my passion for crafting, and our son is the apple of my eye and my main source of inspiration. After our lives were derailed by my chronic illness, I fell in love with the beautiful papers and accessories that allowed me to escape reality. I have been blessed to meet lovely scrappers near and far, and documenting happy moments saved both my sanity and sense of humor. Now I cannot imagine a day without scrapping! 


Brenda Caldow


Hello my name is Brenda and I'm a married mum with two lovely boys who manage to keep my life very busy and happy. We live in country Victoria, Australia and run a beef cattle and cropping farm. I also drive buses but mainly now just for our local primary school. Scrapping, card making and Off the page are my passion and my boys, family and friends are my inspiration. My other passion is taking photo’s. When I leave the house so does my camera. Since my boys are now 10 and 11, I replaced the nappy bag with the camera bag and all its extras.



Brianna Marshall


Hello, My name is Brianna Marshall. I am so happy to be joining the team, making new friends, and sharing new perspectives. I am married to my high school sweetheart going on 10 years. Mommy to three sweet little girls, and one furry dog, Chester Blu. I am a lover of Starbucks, music, hot baths, photography, being barefoot, and of course paper and glue sticks.


Join us tomorrow as we introduce more of our talented team!

Happy scrapping!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Design Team Reveal

Good morning!

We are so excited to share with you today an amazing and talented group of ladies!  The response to our call was superb.  It wasn't easy choosing from such a pool of talented scrapbookers!

Please help us welcome, returning and new members to the team!

Alicia Hill
Ashley Hamm
Aurélie Cormier
Beatrice Lawson
Brenda Caldow
Brianna Marshall
Cécile Lavoie
Diana Poirier
Elisa Delora
Fernande Brideau
Gisèle Julien
Isabelle Elliott
Jocelyne Roy
Kelly Carroll
Lucinda Davidson
Sher Brown
Shirl Tait
Shirley Mascarina

We have an amazing team and they are so excited to share with you they're love of scrapbooking in the next months to come!

Join us all this week as we share with you a little bit about each of them!

Happy scrapping!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Inspiration Station: Carta Bella!

Hello everyone! I'm back with an inspiration post today featuring Carta Bella's So Noted patterned papers and sticker sheet. If you're unfamiliar with these papers, you can view them in the store HERE. The specific pattern papers I used are: Dear Jane, Script & Scribbles, Note Cards, and Always You.

Here were my inspiration pieces:
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I especially loved the Jimmy  Buffett quote (even though there is no doubt about Heaven for me). In the second inspiration piece, what I really liked was the splash of orange at the top and the bottom. So with those pieces, are you ready to see what I came up with?

If you're unfamiliar with these Carta Bella papers, they are thick and textured. You can view larger photos of the patterns on the Carta Bella website HERE. I also have a couple of close up shots so you can see the layers, patterns, and stickers.

I hope you can find some inspiration in my pieces this week. Hope to see you share your work in the LCOM gallery. For more details about my page, be sure to stop by my blog today.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

LCOM - Sketch #67 - Reveal with a surprise bonus!

Hi, everyone! It's that time again - reveal day at Let's Capture Our Memories!! It's always so exciting to show you what the girls have created and this week is no different. The team worked with awesome sketches by the ÜBER-talented Laura Whitaker. Here's the layout sketch:


Awesome, right? And here are the layout team's designs:


Brenda Caldow

Elisa Delora

Gisèle Julien

Shirley Mascarina

Aren't these all fabulous? I L-O-V-E how each designer interpreted the sketch and created elements that oh, so tell the story of their photos!!

Want to see a surprise bonus? Laura herself designed a layout with her own sketch! Here it is:
Laura Whitaker

Isn't this absolutely beautiful?!? Her use of texture on this layout is nothing short of scraptacular and those text rubons tucked so cleverly behind her blocked pieces of patterned paper and other elements are just screaming my name. ;) Laura, you are such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your talents with LCOM and its followers!! If you'd like to see more of Laura's sketches, hop on over to her sketch blog right here.

And we're not done yet! We have the card sketch to reveal!! Here it is:


SO versatile! And totally adaptable to any occasion. Here's the proof!


Aurélie Cormier

Cécile Lavoie

Isabelle Elliott

Jocelyne Roy

I just can't get over all the different themes and textures used on all of these cards!! Sketches are truly so much fun and Laura's are so easy to work with. Want to try them for yourselves? You totally should! And when you do, link your design to this post and get a chance to win a prize! All submissions to sketch reveals 66-67-68-69 will be entered to win a fabulous loot for the month of April. There you go - scrapping with a mission. Hee!Hee!

April Prize

A set of 4X6 transparencies by Simple Stories.

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 LCOM67. 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 8:00pm (Atlantic Standard Time) to allow us to find a prize winner.

Please visit the blog again on Monday, when Ashley will dazzle us with another inspiration piece design.

Happy scrapping!