Friday, September 25, 2009


Here's my last layout from the September kit from Crazy Daisy Kits. I LOVED working with this kit - every paper was something that I would have chosen myself, and they were great to scrap with. I hope you managed to snag a kit for yourself!

'Omnivator' is how Liam says 'elevator'. He's such a 'button kid' that I wanted to scrap this little quirk of his. That's a lot of letters for a larger chipboard alphabet, so I layered some of the letters in the title. I like the dimension that this technique gives, and it sometimes makes a larger title fit better.

I found lots of spots to add a few rub-ons to this page. Such an easy way to add a little detail.

All the tags in this kit made it easy to find places to write my journaling. Gotta love that!

Supplies (from kit):
PP - Jenni Bowlin, 7 gypsies, Collage Press
bingo card Jenni Bowlin
stickers, chipboard letters, ephemera tag - 7 gypsies
office supply tag - Staples
rub-ons - Basic Grey

Other supplies:
ink - Ranger
marker - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Road Trip mini-album (part 2)

Here's the rest of my mini-album that I made with the September kit from Crazy Daisy Kits.

I continued to be 'heavy-handed' with the "Tattered Leather" glimmer mist on the pages in the album. On this particular one I added some of the Basic Grey rub-ons from the kit. I think they almost look like they were part of the paper.

Transparent pages are always an interesting challenge. You see the pages behind - but I kinda like that effect.

Finally got to dip my baby's toes in the Atlantic. I miss living on the coast.

I love a sunset over the water.

I wasn't expecting to see these scottish thistles on the path down to the beach, but they were beautiful and I couldn't resist snapping a few pics. The photos don't do the colours justice (I was loosing the light).

While we were on our trip, my baby girl turned 1 year old! We had a party for her with the family. She liked the balloons and the wrapping paper...

... she wasn't a fan of the cake. This page is actually an envelope, and I'm going to put some souvenirs from the party inside.

We don't normally get hurricanes this far north. Just our luck - Hurricane Bill was supposed to make landfall while we were there. It ended up moving a little further off the coast, so we just got a lot of rain and wind. Rhys was fascinated with it.

Mmmm... ice cream. Liam loved it (as usual). Rhys refused to try it - which led me to ponder if she was really my child...

Dinner out with my Mom and brother. All those glasses in front of her? Water - I swear.

(It's really all about the food with us, can't you tell?)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Road Trip mini-album (part 1)

The September kit at Crazy Daisy Kits included an awesome 8x8 mini-album. (Is 8x8 still considered mini?). There was a nice variety of pages in the album - it has the typical types of pages, but also has envelope pages and transparent pages - fun to work with! I covered the front of the album with one of the gorgeous 7 gypsies papers from the kit.

I decided it would be fun to use the album to document our trip out east to visit my family this summer. A quick way to get some of the pictures and memories down on paper, in case I don't get around to making full pages on all of the topics. As always, click on the images for a larger view.

A technique that I used repeatedly in this album was spritzing the cream coloured pages with glimmer mist in "Tattered Leather". I sprayed in uneven coats to make it look a little more weathered. This particular colour isn't really shimmery like some, so it worked out well with the papers from the kit.

Um, yeah - the size comparisons of a moose vs. a car on those warning signs? NOT an exaggeration. We saw a lot of these warning signs. Don't mess with a moose - the moose always wins.

Is it just a Canadian thing to see wacky 'folk art' at all the pit stops?

Love my Ray-Bans...

I can't believe how blessed we are to have such good travelers for kids. It's a 14-hour trip and they were awesome.

Tim Horton's coffee is dreck. But at least it kept me from falling asleep at the wheel. I think there might actually be more Timmies along the Trans Canada than gas stations.

Hey, if I'm doing all the driving, the least he can do is pump the gas... :P

I'll show the rest of the album in another post.

Most of the supplies were from the September kit. I added a few things from my stash:

small chipboard letters - Heidi Swapp
small letter stickers - My Little Shoebox
transparent embellishments - Little Yellow Bicycle
grungeboard - Tim Holtz
ink - Ranger, StazOn
glimmer mist - Tattered Angels
markers - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner, American Crafts Slick Writer
plus a few random brads and buttons

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Bottom's Up!

Today is reveal day over at Creative Scrappers challenge blog. Surf on over and see what the rest of the team has created!

This week's sketch was a very clean sketch, but I managed to grunge it up anyway. :)

PP, letters, swirl - Bo Bunny
journaling sheet, felt - Fancy Pants
ink - Ranger
marker - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

Friday, September 18, 2009

So Big (Don't forget the crop!)

Come join us over at Scrapbook Star all weekend for the on-line crop! This month's theme is "British Invasion". I have a fun mystery challenge cooked up for you - I hope you'll come try it! (This is the layout I did based on the challenge.)

I'm always a little nervous to stamp directly on a layout, so once again I stamped on a transparency with StazOn ink. Makes it super easy to add stamping to a page, without the fear factor.

I stamped the apple image from the set on a piece of cardstock and trimmed it out to use as an embellishment on it's own. (Yup - another Jenni Bowlin ticket tucked in there. I'm really beginning to love those things).

Here's a close-up of the journaling. I used a 'spiral note pad' border punch on the journaling tag.

Supplies (from the September Kit):
CS - Bazzill
PP, journaling tag, brad - Nikki Sivils
ink - Tsukineko
stamps - Scrapbook Star
buttons - Rusty Pickle
flowers - Petaloo
ticket - Jenni Bowlin
letter Stickers - Jillibean Soup

Other Supplies:
ink - Ranger, StazOn
blank transparency - 3M
marker - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

At Least She Wakes Up Happy

Here's another layout that I created using the September kit from Scrapbook Star. This kit sold out on the first day! So if you love their kits, think about subscribing so you don't miss out.

I used two shades of glimmer mist on the white cardstock to create my background. It's a shame that I wasn't able to capture the shimmery effect with my camera. It's subtle, but a nice addition.

I wanted to use the letter stickers from the kit, but I didn't want that much orange in my title, so I coloured the letters with brown StazOn ink - worked like a charm!

I changed the shape of the acrylic stamp (from the kit) by distorting it when I mounted it to the acrylic block. A fun way to get more use from a journaling stamp!

Supplies (from kit):
CS - Bazzill
PP - Nikki Sivils
big letters stickers - Jillibean Soup
flowers - Petaloo
stamp - Scrapbook Star

Other Supplies:
glimmer mist (tattered leather, coffee shop) - Tattered Angels
small letters stickers - My Little Shoebox
crystal flourish - Prima Marketing
ink - Ranger, StazOn
marker - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Back 2 Class

Another layout using the September kit from Crazy Daisy Kits. I'm really loving the versatility of this kit - it works well for boy, girl, and grown-up pages.

I used glimmer mist in "Tattered Leather" to darken and grunge up the twill ribbon. I wanted the back to school look, but in a more grown-up version. I think this did the trick! I then folded and stapled the ribbon to my page.

I had these Tim Holtz gears and washers in my stash, and with the screw head brads, they were a perfect accent, since my husband is going to technical school.

The Jenni Bowlin papers reminded me of school note book papers, so I used a note book punch on the edge.

I love that these 7 gypsies ephemera tags are 2 sided, and really thick. You can use one side just for the design, or the flip side as a journaling spot. And the thickness allows for distressing without tearing it apart.

Supplies (from kit):
PP - 7 gypsies, Jenni Bowlin
gaffer tape, chipboard letters, stickers, ephemera tags - 7 gypsies
twill ribbon - Foofala
office supply tag

Other supplies:
glimmer mist - Tattered Angels
metal gears and washers - Tim Holtz
brads - Karen Foster, Imaginisce
paper clips - KI Memories
ink - Ranger
marker - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner
other - staples

Saturday, September 12, 2009


Here's another layout using the September kit from Crazy Daisy Kits. You know what I had trouble with, using this kit? There were so many pictures that I wanted to scrap with these papers, that it was hard to choose. That's a pretty good problem to have!

I added some Queen & Co felt trim to this layout. It was a great match for the kit - the texture was perfect. In this photo you can also see some of the places I used the stickles, including on the buttons.

I am not a glitter person (just ask the people I crop with...) but I do love Distress Stickles. They come in great colours, have just the right amount of shimmer without being overwhelming, and the best part - they don't end up in my eyes like loose glitter always does. (*sigh*) I loved getting a bottle in the kit this month - the colour is perfect.

This kit has so many elements that are great for layering. I love the visual texture that layers give. I used pinking shears on the fabric (from the kit) to get the zig zag edge shown here.

Yup - my little girl certainly mugs for the camera. Can't imagine where she learned that...

Supplies (from kit):
PP - Pink Paisley, Collage Press, 7 gypsies, Jenni Bowlin
chipboard letters, stickers - 7 gypsies
glitter glue - Ranger Distress Stickles
other - upholstery fabric

Other supplies:
felt - Queen & Co
buttons - vintage
ink - Ranger Distress Ink
marker - American Crafts Slick Writer

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Papa - Please Bring Me With You?

Here is another layout that I created with the September kit from Crazy Daisy kits. This kit won't last long - get your hands on it while you still can! (As usual, click on the images for a larger view).

These papers work perfectly with my style - I love the grungy look. I added some flocked letters from Prima to help make room for my longer title. It's a great way to make chipboard letters go further, and chipboard is frequently too large for long titles.

I never glue right to the edge of my papers, because I realized a long time ago that I like to tuck things under the edges as I go. Here I've tucked in some rub-ons, and then I added Distress Stickles (included in this month's kit, I might add, Woot!) I love the more subtle glitter that Distress Stickles give.

Supplies (from kit):
PP - 7 gypsies, Collage Press, Jenni Bowlin
chipboard letters, journal tag, gaffer tape, circle stickers - 7 gypsies
rub-ons - Basic Grey
glitter - Ranger Distress Stickles

Other Supplies:
flocked letters - Prima
paper clips - KI Memories (I think these are the same as the ones in this month's Add On kit)
ink - Ranger
marker - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner
other - staples