Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Christmas Concert - scrapbooking with Bo Bunny and Sparkalaphobia

We actually woke up to snow again this morning, so I figured this was a good day to post this layout, ha, ha!  This page was published in the December issue of the UK publication "Scrapbook Magazine".  It's not easy to get good pictures at a school Christmas concert, but I did what I could - then grabbed a photo of my boy after the show.  :)

(I adore Bo Bunny - I really need to play with this stuff more often.)

So - how does a glitter-phobe (Sparkalaphobia?  Really Google?) safely get glitter on a page?  Stickles, of course!

These Maya Road chipboard snowflakes are a favorite of mine.  This time around, they were coated with stickles and 'hung' from baker's twine.

(Seriously...  Sparkalaphobia?  I guess I can add that to my Arachnophobia...)


I will not sleep tonight...

PP. stickers, letters - Bo Bunny
chipboard snowflakes - Maya Road
bakers twine - Jillibean Soup
stickles, ink - Ranger
chalkboard mist - Tattered Angels
white pen - Uniball Signo
marker - Faber-Castell PITT pen

Monday, March 26, 2012

Australia/New Zealand Design Team Call - Ruby Rock-it

Ruby Rock-It Bella! Fundamentals is looking to add to their team!  We currently have 13 designers on the Ruby Rock-It team and we will add SEVEN more, will that be YOU??!!
We are looking for a variety of crafters:  simple design, clean design, mixed media, altered arts, gift, packaging, home decor, wedding invitations, cards....the possibilites are endless. 

As a design team member you will receive:
  • A package of Ruby Rock-It lines every 3 months including new product before it is released.
  • Your name, bio and photo on the Ruby Rock-It blog and website.
  • Sponsored product for blog hops, blog features, social media or other.
  • International exposure on blog, social media and website.
  • Elibigle to create designs for trade shows, website and social media.
We are accepting applications from Australia and New Zealand.

What are we looking for in a design team member?
Ruby Rock-It Bella! Fundamentals lines and products are vintage style papers and richly textured embellishments.  We want our team members to be able to design layouts, altered art, home decor and cards that are sure to compliment the product to the highest quality.
Social media and blog:  Designers must also be very savvy to blog and participate in social media to help represent Ruby Rock-It Bella! Fundamentals in a varitey of online outlets.
Photography and presentation is a plus!
Easy enough, right??!!
Don't be shy, we want to see your amazing designs.
What does it take to apply:
Please send a total of FOUR projects to:  Rachel Carlson at
Projects to include:
1 layout
1 card
1 altered project (mini book, small gift project, etc)
1 home decor project
We want to see how each designer does in each category so put your best designs forward.  Designs must be 'never-before-seen', non-published and contain at least 80% of Ruby Rock-It Bella! Fundamentals product.  
Please also include:
  • Full contact information.
  • Name, home address, phone number, email address, blog/website/social media links.
  • Online gallery to view past designs.
  • Any companies you have designed for in the past and who you are currently designing for.
  • Please share a little bit about yourself and what you feel is your best design qualities.
  • Finally, why do you want to join us on the Ruby Rock-It Bella! Fundamentals design team?

Deadline to apply:  All entries must be received by April 9th and designers will be chosen on April 13th.  Please direct any questions via email to Rachel (address above) directly at the aforementioned email address.
We are SO excited to see your designs.
Ready, set, GO...and good luck!!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Movie Date - twine with pins, Let's Capture These Sketches

Hi Everyone, the ladies over at Let's Capture these Sketches are working with my sketch this week.  We would love if you joined us!

I was playing with some yummy new My Mind's Eye for this page.

I love the twine that comes with this collection.  Nice and thick.

I added some twine to a couple of the stick pins for a little texture:

Did I mention I love the twine? ;)  

I used a lot of the rub-ons from the collection as well.  One of them in particular was a perfect spot to put my date (see above shot).  They are nice and opaque for rub-ons, which made them easy to layer with other elements.

Thanks for visiting!

PP, rub-ons, pins, buttons, twine - My Mind's Eye
letters - American Crafts
marker - Faber-Castell PITT pen

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Eat your 'Hart' out Corey...

I stumbled across this layout that I hadn't posted on my blog, and thought 'why not now?'.   I still like the bad 80's Canadian rock music pun, so I'm sharing it.

I added doodled stitches around the patterned papers, and outlined the letter stickers for a little extra definition.

I was just starting to embrace ribbon on boy pages - twill seemed to be easier for me.  The felt is from Queen & Co, and I loved it so much more when I decided to cut apart the border strips.

And the story:

PP, cut-outs, letters, journaling spot - Jillibean Soup
twill - Prima Marketing, My Mind's Eye
wood brad - Chatterbox
felt - Queen & Co
ink - Ranger
marker - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner
other - safety pin, buttons

Monday, March 19, 2012

A masculine Birthday card

Today I would like to share a card with you - a birthday card suitable for a guy.   I don't know about you, but I find it easier to make cards for women than men (I don't think I'm alone in this).  However, I do have many occasions to give cards to guys, so practice is a good thing, right?  ;)   I used some Love My Tapes products on this project.

The faux-leather fabric sheet makes a great accent for masculine projects (cut here in a gear shape)...

and it pairs well with many of the checked fabric tapes (shown here in chocolate).

Thanks for visiting!

Supplies (Love My Tapes):
Fabric tape - brown faux-leather (FS010)
Fabric sheet - Chocolate mini-check (FT015)

Other Supplies:
PP - Scrap Within Reach, Dream Street
Rub-on sentiment - Creative Imaginations
other - brads, sewing thread

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Pirate Cookies - using transparencies instead of rub-ons

Canadian Scrapbooker sent me this collection from Simple Stories, and it was fun to try something different.  I really liked the colours in this collection.  (The layout appears in the Dec 2011 issue of Canadian Scrapbooker).  The papers were travel themed, but were perfect for my pirate photos (and actually, the theme was subtle enough to use on general masculine pages, I felt. Versatility makes me happy).

The collection pack came with photo overlay transparencies.  I rarely print my photos 4x6, so they weren't a good size for me as-is.  However, they were still nice and I wanted to use them, so I cut them apart and placed them they way I would use rub-ons.  I quite like how they turned out.

I wanted to use the darker letter stickers for the title on this page, but they didn't show up well against the burgundy paper, so I mounted them on a lighter paper, cut around the title, and pop-dotted it.

How do you like to use transparencies?  

PP, stickers, transparencies, letters - Simple Stories
marker - Faber-Castell PITT pen

Thursday, March 15, 2012

"i-dorable" - stitching through chipboard? Sure!

I made this layout sometime last summer, and it got picked up for publication (in Canadian Scrapbooker) before I had a chance to post it here.  But - it's been long enough since the issue came out, so I can post it now. 

I stamped some images on patterned paper, then fussy-cut the shapes.  Totally worth the extra effort - I liked it a lot better than if I had simply stamped on the background.

I think this was one of the first layouts where I started to really use the sewing machine much.  I figured if it could go through several layers of denim, then a little bit of chipboard should be a breeze.  It went pretty smoothly, actually.  Just go slowly, and use a denim or leather needle (not the regular general purpose needle).

and the story behind the title...

PP, letters, felt, chipboard, stamps - American Crafts
glimmer mist - Tattered Angels
acrylic ink - Liquitex
ink - StazOn
marker - Faber-Castell PITT pen

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fresh from God - Ruby Rock-it

The soft colours in the new Ruby Rock-it "August Moon" collection are lovely for a number of themes, but my first thought was to use them for this baby picture of my daughter.

Some of the flowers and letters from the Fundamentals line work perfectly with August Moon.

I added a bit of sewing, and lots of the lace trim from the collection.

Of course, August Moon has it's own gorgeous pearls and cardstock stickers.  I die cut some flourishes from the glitter cardstock sheet, for a little more shine.

What would you choose to scrap with this collection?

Supplies (Ruby Rock-it):
Other Supplies:
ink - Ranger
marker - Faber-Castell PITT pen

Friday, March 9, 2012

Making Valentines - Ruby Rock-it, Let's Capture these Sketches


The team over at Let's Capture These Sketches is working with one of my sketches this week.  Please hop on over and see what everyone has created - I'm always so happily surprised by the wide variety of layouts created from just one sketch.

I love all the possibilities with the Ruby Rock-it  "Vintedge" collection - it was perfect for a Valentine layout that isn't girly (you know how some Valentine lines are just too pink?).  I added in a little corrugated cardboard, and paired it with some felt hearts from the Fundamentals line.


The black flowers (also from the Fundamentals line) work well with the Vintedge collection, and the paper twine really pops against it.

Supplies ("Making Valentines layout"):
Other Supplies:
ink - Ranger
marker - Faber-Castell PITT pen
other - corrugated cardboard, staples

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012

    Fancy Jewelry - Love My Tapes

    This is another layout I made for the Love My Tapes CHA booth. For this layout I used strips of fabric tape in place of patterned paper.  If you repeat the fabric choices it doesn't get overwhelming.

    I stitched over the title letters because they were a little older and I didn't trust the adhesive to stay put in transit.  Seems to have done the trick!

    I die cut some tags and hearts from the lavender fabric sheet.

    Even though the tapes don't need any help staying put, I love to add a little bit of stitching.

    Thanks for visiting,

    Supplies (Love My Tapes):
    Fabric tapes - Lily (FT002), Baylee (FT004), Madison (FT005)
    Lace tapes - lime 12mm (LT4019)
    Fabric sheets - lavender dot (FS017)

    Other Supplies:
    PP - Basic Grey, Karen Foster, Harmonie
    flowers - Prima Marketing
    letters - Pink Paislee
    ink - Ranger
    marker - Faber-Castell PITT pen
    other - sewing thread, brads

    Saturday, March 3, 2012

    10 Days - Green Tara

    and in stark contrast to some of my recent 'boy' pages, here's something a lot more girly.   This page features mostly Green Tara products, including the handmade paper background.  I used stencils and mists to give it a little colour.   (By the way - have you visited the Green Tara blog recently?  They've recently had a lovely new makeover, and my team mates blow me away with their talent - check it out!  Plus - don't forget to 'like' them on facebook).

    I also misted the lace (which started out off-white), in both pink and silver mists.  The ivory 'cobweb' trim is its original colour - it was already perfect for the page.

    I know I say this every time, but I love, love, love the flowers from Green Tara - lots of dimension and texture without overwhelming the page. (Ivory Gardenia (FDV054Iv5), White Gardenia (FDV054Wh5), Aubergine/White Apple Blossoms (FDV044Au), White Apple Blossoms (FDV044Wh5) )

    The small roses come on a wire stem, which I normally trim down.  This time I wrapped a few around a paintbrush handle to make them look like part of the greenery.

    I combined a couple of floral sprays with one of the beaded sprays for a little added shimmer.

    I added one of the tiny roses to the title - why not? 

    Supplies (Green Tara):
    paper - Handmade mulberry paper (12123DW)
    lace - 4.8cm Off White (L2976OW)
    trim - 50mm Cobweb Ivory (RB6772Iv)
    blooms - Ivory Gardenia (FDV054Iv5), White Gardenia (FDV054Wh5), Aubergine/White Apple Blossoms (FDV044Au), White Apple Blossoms (FDV044Wh5)
    roses - 1.5cm Roses Ivory (FDR003Iv), 1 cm Roses White (FDR001Wh)
    stems - Flower Sprays Cream (PFSTC)
    beaded sprays - 21cm Silver/Acrylic/Spray - Flowers and Leaves (XP0636)

    Other Supplies:
    glimmer mist, chalkboard mist - Tattered Angels (Silver Sugar, Spring Rain, Lemon Grass, Route 66, Tattered Rose)
    letters - American Crafts Thickers
    marker - Faber-Castell PITT pen
    stencils - The Crafter's Workshop, Prima
    stamp (on tag) - Prima
    ink - StazOn
    other - office supply tag

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

    Day at the Museum - Ruby Rock-it


    This layout features the Ruby Rock-it "Paper Boy collection", and with all the rockets and trains, it turned out to be perfect for our trip to the Science and Technology museum in Ottawa.

    The felt and chipboard shapes layer well together:


    I started the layout with a sheet of the new embossed cardstock, and sanded it in a few places.  The kraft chipboard was just the right size for my longer title (and I snuck in a little of the Vintedge mini-letters, too).


    I'm still loving gears, and the chipboard and felt ones in this collection don't disappoint.  I added a few die cut gears as well.


    Supplies (Ruby Rock-it):
    Other Supplies:
    ink - StazOn
    markers - Faber-Castell PITT pen