July week 2 layouts

I’ve got two process videos up this week for you to check out.

First up I am playing with my Counterfeit Kit for July and using the very (overly!) bold painted paper I created in a previous video. Small doses make it more “friendly” to my senses! Plus you can watch a quick tip on creating DIY enamel dots. (Photos below)


Next up is a mixed media layout using a stamp ink bleeding technique. If you enjoy a bit of artsy ink on your pages, you should give this one a try. (Photos below)

So that is it for this week. I hope you have an artful weekend and I’ll be back soon with more crafty goodness.

Free Cut Files: May + June

Since I was busy creating, filming and editing a layout a day for the month of May my free cut files for that month got delayed. So I am here in June to offer you the cut files for both months.

May’s files are photo-realistic flower medallions. These were an interesting creative process. I took my own photos from my garden, digitally manipulated them and turned them into cut files! Be patient with these files as they are very intricate and thus take more time and patience to cut. Using a fresh blade and a newer mat will give you better results. And if you cut them at least bigger than 2.5 inches, you’ll do even better. However, I’ve been trying to fine tune them to get better cuts at smaller sizes. Let me know what you think of this photo-real style. There are surely pros and cons to this look!

From Top Left: periwinkle, bleeding heart, foxglove, clematis, daffodil

Click here to download this file.

So I cut these files out of 140 lb watercolor papers at about five inches and then watercolored them with distress ink. I kept them monotone as I was using them for a layout challenge featuring the color yellow. And below is the final result.


For June I went simple! I’ve got speech bubbles for you in several styles. I needed some speech bubbles for a layout I was working on so I whipped some up, created a few different styles and made a package deal to share with you. I hope you find them useful.

Click here to download this file. And below you can see many speech bubbles in action on this layout.

I always put together a YouTube video to show off the cut files I’ve got on offer for the month.

Until next time, have an artful day!

June week 1 update

The time is just marching along. I’ve been busy already in June creating projects. At the beginning of the month, as is typical for me, I create my scrapbook kit for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge. Normally I will also play along with the Best of Both worlds kit but since my CKC kit ended up so big, I decided I had enough to play with!

You can quickly see what I’ve got going on in this kit. The watercolor cards were a product of what CKC calls Forgery on the 4th. I’ve got one video of my kit build and one process video of my watercolor forgeries, so I hope you check out both of those. And keep reading to see the projects I’ve created so far with this kit.


Then I got to work with my kit and did two layout process videos using these supplies. As you can see I have enough variety of items in my kit to get different moods of projects!

You can see my processes in action in these videos. The Feline Chat layout involved some design helpers using my Cricut, if you like to see ways to put your electronic die cutters to use.

I hope you enjoyed a look at what has kept me busy so far this month. I’ll be back in a couple of days with a DIY organizational project, so do come back!

Busy May

I participate in the month-long LayOut A Day challenge in February, May and October. Since May just came and went, I wanted to show you what I’ve been up to. I did indeed create a layout every day. Some days it had to be Project Life on my phone since I was running short of time (or almost forgot!) but most days were traditional layouts. I even filmed and posted a layout every weekday over on my YouTube Channel. And even when some of those layouts were not stellar, I posted them anyway. I just wanted to give you a brief look at just some of my projects projects before we head into Junes business.

You’ll notice that there are not 31 layouts shown. I don’t have photos of everything, particularly weekend layouts. But this represent a good portion of them. I’ve broken things down into categories. And the final category features my favorites of all of these, so if you want to see what I consider the best of the best, then head to the bottom 🙂


DOUBLE PAGE LAYOUTS


MIXED MEDIA PAGES


ALL THE REST


FAVORITES

Second Mojo Booster

It is unusual for me to be feeling low in the springtime. I was really surprised that my creativity sort of vanished. And it did so after coming off an exciting card making event that had me super jazzed. So, where did “it” go? I don’t really know and while tracking down a cause could be helpful, turning to tactics to move past this phase is more productive. Last post I talked about using a sketch as a mojo motivator. This time I going to use a scrappy challenge.

I turned to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog for some inspiration. They offer crafty challenges on the 12th and 18th of every month to help boost our creativity. And I really needed that. April 12th’s challenge was titled “Al Fresco” and it was about finding inspiration in the outdoors in some way. I took on that challenge with some mixed media on a double page layout about a beach trip.

Playing with product I haven’t played with in many years, namely modeling paste, did help get my brain going a bit. Plus I combined the product with a new technique I just saw on a demo video. So combining those two gave me a new way to play. Not everything was successful, but it did feel good to experiment.

If you want to see the whole process, you can check out my YouTube episode. Until next time, I hope you find artful ways to be happy!

Mojo gone missing?

I have to admit that my mojo is missing. In fact the last video I posted to my YouTube channel was not making me happy at all. So for todays project/video I decided to take a step back and use one of my go-to methods for those creative slumps: sketches! I love sketches anyway, but I tell ‘ya, when the magic is gone sketches are a life saver.

My sketch today is from Sara Scraps for our ScrapHappy.org membership group. Sara is a fun, talented and prolific scrapper so I suggest you go check out her channel.

With due credit given, let’s dive into my project. Take a look at the sketch side by side with my layout. I stuck pretty closely to the sketch interpreting the “sparkles” as embellishment clusters. I did move my journaling since my pattern paper was too busy and pretty to cover up. Other than that – and a sketch flip – I stayed true to the idea.

This is the perfect way to get crafting when you don’t feel that creative drive. Just let someone else inspire you to make something pretty. Don’t worry about “copying”. This isn’t copyright land here, it is just crafting. To hear more of my point of view on that idea you can check out the video.

And if you are not a video lover, here are a few closeup views of the project before you go.

Productive March

I did a lot of crafting in March. That was due largely to a card making event I attended online. Titled “Crop & Create Delivered Cards March 2021”, this event was put out by the Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine, affectionately known as SCT. They’ve done live events for years in Canada and covid saw them shifting to an online event model and I am so grateful. Traveling to Canada is not really in my budget, but doing an online event is. Plus I get to stay in my pjs if I want. Plus my teen can join me for some of the event for no extra cost. Plus I get to sleep in my own bed. Plus I get a box jam packed full of supplies to ooh and ahh over. Plus the online teaching includes live Q&A with the teachers. Plus everything is recorded to go back and revisit at my own pace. Can you see why I’m excited??

SCT will continue to host online events even once covid is under control and that has been a huge silver lining to the difficult year. If you want to get in on their events, they will be opening registration soon for the card event in October as well as a scrapbooking event offered in November. And they mention a “Holiday” event which is new to their line up.

Okay, enough gushing about the fun I had at this event. I did other crafting this month as well! I will just drop a bit of a project gallery for you to peruse. I hope you enjoy and find something I created will inspire a project you make.

Process videos for the week

So I’ve got three new videos up for you this week. And they will be linked here. But if you prefer text and photos, stick with me because I have that for you to!

First up I took my mystery box basket of supplies and pulled out three crafty items. The surprise items were two Christmas/winter themed die sets and a rainbow stamp set. So how did I mix rainbows and snowflakes. Like this…

I love thinking outside the box and putting themed products to use in alternative ways! Want to see how those gift boxes were made from a snowflake die? Then watch the video.


Next up I used my scrapbook kits for this month for layout process videos. My Best of Both Worlds kit got used to create a coral and navy color palette and showed off our pandemic chickens. Plus I took a die cut circle product and used is as a temple to create my own circle design to my page.

You can see it all in action.


Finally, using my Counterfeit Kit Challenge supplies for the month I created a beachy layout with out using beach themed items. Instead I turned to color, texture and ambiance to create a summery feel to this layout.

And of course you can watch me create and hear my tips along the way.

Scrapbook Kit Builds

New month. New kits! I love the beginning of a month because it means I get to pull out scrappy products – either brand new, or more often hidden gems from my stash – and get to work putting them together in pretty kits to play with for the month. By the beginning of the month I’ve played with my previous kits enough that I am tired of them and ready for something new. So the energy from putting together a new kit is a nice refresh at the start of the month.

I don’t build a kit from nowhere. I usually take inspiration from something to get me going. Right now I am playing along with two kit projects to draw my inspiration. So let’s take a look at each.

Shimelle Laine’s Best of Both Worlds kit
While she provides a kit that you can buy outright, she also has the flexibility to do it your way. Here is how it works. Visit her shopping list at Scrapbook.com. Add the items on her shopping list to your shopping cart. Leave off any items you already have or don’t like. Add in any extras that you need for your craft supply (it is a full service paper crafty website after all). Boom. Done. Scrapbooking kit created by a designer to coordinate nicely, no commitments to subscription programs and flexibility to make it your own.

But I rarely follow the basics. I just have to be a rebel and go my own way. That usually means looking at her kit, finding what inspires me – perhaps icons, or a color pallet or a certain mood – and then I build my own kit. Often I do this from supplies I already own since I have plenty. But this month I was inspired by a color pallet that isn’t in my stash so I shopped very specifically for those supplies (and Shimelle still gets credit as an affiliate!). See where my brain took me this month.

I started with navy and coral colors, added in yellow and then build out the kit with embellishments featuring circles, flowers and gold. See my whole process in the video below.



Counterfeit Kit Challenge
This group offers a blog and facebook group to bring you an actually scrapbook kit as inspiration that you can then mimic, or as the title suggests, counterfeit. This means that you can completely use supplies you already own. And the group offer community, design team inspiration and challenges through the month to get you scrapping.

I did have a face-palm moment when I realized I didn’t include an alphabet in this kit. But since i have a good stash of those I will just go to my supply when I need something. That will give me a little more flexibility on each layout. In fact I created this page with my kit right away and grabbed the alpha out of last month’s kit. It was running low on letters so I couldn’t make the full title I wanted, but getting more of the supply used up makes me feel less guilty when I have to throw away unused letters and number.

If you’d like to see my whole build process you can check out this video.

Do you like to build kits? What is it about the process you enjoy? Or do you struggle? What makes it hard for you? Leave me comments and we can talk about kit building.

Goodbye February

Looking at the blog today I realized I haven’t posted since February began. I am going to give myself a pass since this has been a particularly busy month. And while I’m here I will just recap for you all that has been happening in my crafty world.

First off I’ve got a new position on the Creative Team for ScrapHappy.org! My first blog post on the love of learning scrappy techniques is now available. ScrapHappy is a membership based scrapbooking group. On offer are big events like the Layout A Day challenge as well as several monthly live stream events. With a focus on connection and education, it is a great group to be a part of. You can learn more about the group by visiting the ScrapHappy.org website. They also have a few free public events that include Calvinball (a wacky scrappy challenge), Scrapbook Live (live crop time – check out February’s crop) and a few other fun things. So you can try before you buy so to speak.

Noticed I mentioned the LayOut A Day challenge – also known as the LOAD challenge. Well that is happening right now. This challenge is included with membership but available for separate purchase for non-members. While we are wrapping up February now, the next challenge is in May and you may want to join us. So anyway, I’ve been staying busy keeping up with that project. I even ran out of printed photos! I had to bust my butt to get more photos ready to go.

Below you’ll see a gallery of every layout I made this month. And I confess to get through this project I do add in digital layouts – Project Life app on my phone and a couple of Photoshop layouts on my laptop. You can scroll past the photos to see what I’ve been up to on YouTube.

In other news here is a rundown of what happened on my YouTube channel this month…

Whew. I’ve been busy! I will be back next month with a similar schedule but of course all new projects. Hope you have an artful day!