Simple Scrapper | July 2015

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Lots to show you and talk about this month – it’s Stash Bash time!

stashbashWhat is Stash Bash? It’s a week-long event designed to help scrapbookers use up, declutter, and organize their traditional and digital supply stashes. Registration is open now and the event opens on July 14. As well, there’s a special promotion to get a three-month membership with Stash Bash registration and that includes a lifetime discounted rate!

Go now, run, I’ll wait…..

All signed up? Good – you’ll love it!

On to the memberships materials for July. I actually made three LO’s, that’s how good this month was! First up, my Story Starter LO (this one made the cover of this month’s Spark magazine!):

wild thingI love how this turned out! So much fun to use song titles on your LO’s and it makes for super easy journaling too!

The horse is a diecut from a Dear Lizzy pack and it was perfect for this:

wild thing horseI also did my usual trick with the Thickers and simply added some basic doodling to amp then up a little. The gold heart is also from the Dear Lizzy pack:

wild thing titleMy template LO used an old Story Starter (they are so great when you need some inspiration and/or new ideas!). As a complete change for me, this was a two page template and it was fun to break out of my mold for a bit. The pocket pages are so awesome to play with!

biker babes

I like see-through elements so a lot of pieces were glued on top of the pockets:

biker babes loveor slipped into the pockets and stapled in place:

biker babes stapledI carried the gold onto the LO page with some flair and gold foil papers:

biker babes embelliesFinally, a super simple LO but I love how it turned out. Plus, it has three, count them, three pictures on it!

jumpFun times on the last day of school!

Don’t forget to go to my sidebar and check out the rest of the Creative Team – they do such amazing work every month! And go sign up for Stash Bash – it’s totally worth it!

Cheers!

S.

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Happy Canada Day! | Lest We Forget

*Sorry friends – this didn’t post yesterday!*

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Happy Canada Day friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful and relaxing day celebrating with family and friends!

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This is a bittersweet day for my fellow Newfoundlanders as it is also Memorial Day for us, commemorating the loss at Beaumont-Hamel of 90% of the Newfoundland Regiment in WW1.

Party hard today, and take a moment to remember.

S.

Da Bomb!

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Another LO that I did at The Paperie retreat – this one has a fuzzy, but funny, pic from that weekend and a phrase Cathy and I seemed to toss around a lot over those few days:

da bombI used some awesome silver molding paste over a stencil for the background and then layered my photo over silver thread and drywall tape for texture. I love how versatile drywall tape is! I’ve used it for texture on canvases, photo mats, as a stencil, and just as an embellishment:

da bomb textureTo finish it off, I heat embossed silver powder over Thickers and added a whole pack of Studio Calico cork stars, as well as a few Freckled Fawn enamel stars – I’m fully embracing the “use it all” mentality!

da bomb alphasI’m sure you can probably tell, but it was pretty late at night when we took this picture and there may *cough, cough* have been a little bit of wine involved! what happens at the Wilds….. :)

S.

We be Crazy!

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Way back in April I went to the Paperie’s 20th retreat. 20th!!!! We had a blast, and did crazy things, and made fun stuff, and learned cool techniques, and bought lots of new product, and drank Bailey’s at 5am (ok, that may or may not have been just me, in my tea). Anyway, it was good.

And here’s something I made! The retreats are really one of the only times in the year that I make LO’s just for me with no Creative Team or class deadlines in view. It’s when I get to play and go nuts. So I did!

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I love this insanely bad camera phone pic of Molly, Gabe, and so I turned it B&W to offset the terrible colour and so that I could use any and all colours I wanted. I also took a whole pack of diecuts and layered the heck out of them!

For the background I smeared paste over a stencil and overheated it to make it puffy. I sprayed lots of Prima ColorBloom over and let it drip.

crazy closeupLove the texture and subtle shimmer – so much fun! And those yellow foam alphas? They make me all kinds of happy. :)

Cheers!

S.

 

Snuggle Bunny | My Favourite Things 2015

This month was packed with two Fave Things classes. The second one introduced a fun new product that I’m  loving these days – Color Lab by Marion Smith Designs . If you’re new to mixed media, a fan of mists, want something easy and portable for crops or traveling or just want more colour options then this is the product for you! The class peeps loved it and had an awesome time picking out their colour recipes.

07 - bunny love

First up, we made mist and sprayed the background. Then we made coloured paste and made the layer under the photos. Next we heat embossed gold (or silver on the second LO) over Ranger Texture Paste. Finally, we added some awesome rubons and metallic thread. Layers, layers, layers!!!

07 - sparkle Look at that texture and all the fun bits! Love it!

08 - snuggle bunnyFor a bit of a change, I went with green and silver here, with the same base mist colour.

08 - sparkleAnd look at the sparkle on those alphas! I kind of liked them a lot. :)

I have some fun ideas for the next class – thinking cheesecloth, drywall tape, and watercolour pencils….. Should be fun!

Cheers!

S.

Simple Scrapper | June 2015 & SALE!

Today I not only have layouts to share but Simple Scrapper Sale info too! Now’s the time to join friends! I’ll give you more details later so keep reading. :)

saleMy template/sketch LO this month uses an old Story Starter but it was perfect for this picture that Molly took when we went hiking and iceberg watching a few weekends ago:

family photographerI kept it pretty simple and left lots of white space. I used Amy Tangerine kraft Thickers (totally love these!) and coloured them with black Wink of Stella for sparkle and colour. I also added some black embellishments below the photo for another pop of black:

family photographer - embelliesFinally, to add some more interest and texture, I layered cheesecloth and drywall tape behind the picture:

family photographer - textureI’m definitely going to need more of this drywall tape which isn’t available in Canada. What?!?!? I have to give a big thank-you to Cathie who gave some of her stash (and thanks to her hubby who had to go shopping while in the States, lol!) So…. any US friends want to ship me a package? :)

My Story Starter LO uses a background I made while demoing in class and an old, old pic from an awesome exchange trip I took in high school. It’s a really grainy photo but it has some of my favourite people in it and brings back the best memories!

back of the bus 5I used some old fabric frames from Dear Lizzie and layered them sideways to mat the photo. Then I added a bunch of phrase stickers from Simple Stories Dear Cheese line – it’s not just for Disney memories!

I actually hand wrote my journaling – shocking – and used the last words as my title, which I highlighted with Thickers:

back of the bus 5 - title and journalingAnd then I added enamel dots, a camera, and cork heart to finish it all off:

back of the bus 5 - embelliesAs always, check out my sidebar and go visit the other girls on the team because they made some beautiful layouts this month!

Now, SALE!

Here are the details:

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The spring membership sale ends Sunday. This is your last chance to save 20% on 6 months of purposeful tools and genuine community support for your memory keeping hobby.

 

Looking forward to seeing you in the forums!

Cheers!

S.

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Beanie Baby | My Favourite Things 2015

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One of my all time favourite products are the Ranger Distress Inks. I use them all. the. time. And one of my favourite ways to use them is as if they were watercolours. And look at how gorgeous that works out::

06 - yup hes mineI added some awesome Amy Tangerine Thickers directly on the photo for the title:

06 - titleAnd on both LO’s I added tons of stars, sequins, and gems:

06 - embelliesThe second LO uses the same technique but the placement was quite different:

05 - beanie babyI still used the Thickers and coloured them with my Sakura Clear Stardust pen for some shimmer:

05 - titleAnd for both LO’s, I added hidden journaling behind the photo:

05 - journalingAs always this year, the pictures are black and white for a couple of reasons:

1. I like the look of black and white these days, and

2. I can use whatever colours strike my fancy to make my backgrounds.

We have another class next week and will be using an awesome new product! Make sure you check back for those layouts!

Cheers,

Sara

12 on Twelve | May 2015

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05 - may1. Selfie

2. “I see the sun! The sun is back!”

3. counting down the days

4. Rosie

5. #heidibadboots

6. how to dry clothes when the clothes dryer is broken

7. printing pics for Simple Scrapper LO’s

8. reading in their couch cushion fort

9. walking to swimming lessons

10. showing me the chicken dance while she waits

11. he’s learning the front crawl

12. waiting at the pool

 

Cheers!

S.

It’s all in the stance

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From time to time I get questions regarding how I shoot my LO’s to make them square. I have a pretty very low-tech set-up around here so I thought I’d take today to share. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you!

First up, here’s my photo booth:

lucky - setupYup. That’s my kitchen floor. I’m lucky in that it has square tiles to help with keeping everything straight. In the morning, all the light comes through here so I just open the back door and voila! Good lighting! On the rare occasion I shoot in late afternoon I take my LO’s to the living room at the front of the house. The hardwood floor gives me straight lines to use as a guide and the light is perfect there. Better than the kitchen but 90% of the time I need to take pics in the morning (because I’m slack and don’t think about it in time to do it the day before – truth. Total slacker.).

The trick to getting a straight photo, and thus, a square picture, is your stance:

lucky - stanceGabe was nice enough to take this picture for me. He thought it was pretty funny that I wanted a picture of me like this!

Basically, stand right over the LO, and shoot straight down. Most cameras have guidelines you can line up with the edges of your project but if yours doesn’t, just eyeball it. You can usually easily tell if the sides are square of if they taper off at the top. The problem most people tell me they have is that the pictures of their LO’s are narrower at the top than the bottom – that simply means you aren’t directly over the LO, you’re getting the “tapering into the distance” effect.

Also, to get the best quality picture, shoot at the highest resolution you can and get as close to the item you’re photographing as you can. Here’s the picture I took, straight out of the camera (SOOC). All that means is there’s been no editing, no cropping. If this was film, this would be the picture I got back from the developer:

lucky - SOOCSee? Very little left to crop and generally square and true. It’s not exact, of course, but once I edited for white balance and cropped (I use Photoshop Elements 11), I lost very little of the actual LO:

luckyYou can see the white is a little brighter, as are the colours, but with good lighting coming in from the door, it was pretty good to begin with. It’s always better to have good lighting to start with than to try and fudge it too much.

This page was made for a LO tag I did with a bunch of friends. I love these because it’s so much fun to see how it changes as it’s passed from person to person. If you’ve never done this before it’s a simple concept – one person makes a LO and shows it to the next person who scraplifts it. They then show their own LO, but not the original, to the next person in line who scraplifts that, and so on until you’re all done. The difference from the first to the last LO’s are always amazing! If you don’t have a group of friends close by, there are groups online who do this as well. Since you only need a picture, participants can be anywhere in the world!

Hmmmm, maybe I should start one here!

Moving on….

Lots of dimension with foam adhesive, wood veneer, roughed up edges, and layers:

lucky - dimension clusterAnd texture with doily elements and drywall tape (love that stuff!):

lucky -embellie clusterSo that’s it, you too can take straight and square pictures, I promise! And you can always ask if you have any questions or if I just completely confused you! :)

Cheers!

S.

P.S. Don’t forget about Photo Crush, the FREE class over at Simple Scrapper! It starts on the 11th and you don’t want to miss out!

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Simple Scrapper | May 2015

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Yes, I’m the worst blogger in the world lately,  I know! But I have eye candy today, plus a new FREE class to tell you about (yup, I said free!), and I promise there’s lots more new stuff to share – I just need to get time to write it all up!

The LO I did from this month’s templates was full of inky, painty fun:

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I took the sketch and sized it down, plus rotated it so it’s quite different from the original but still follows the template. I loved the title in the corner on the sketch:

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Plus, look at the sparkle the sequins add!

My Story Starter LO uses a picture from a few years ago when Kelly Purkey came to teach a couple of classes here. Although it was freezing outside, we took her to Signal Hill for a jumping picture. This LO uses the template in a very different way – I sized it way down to about 6×6 and then matted it on a 12×12 background. I love how it turned out!

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Since there was a story to be told that I want to remember, but I hate adding journaling on LO’s, I added some hidden journaling:

because of them journaling

And I used up some flair badges and wood veneer I’ve been hoarding as well:

because of them embellies

You should definitely check out the Simple Scrapper team on my sidebar and visit them today to see what the other girls have created – they are such an awesomely talented group!

Now, onto the free class I teased you about!

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Jennifer has put together an amazing class called Photo Crush and this is what it’s all about:

7 Days to a Photo Library You Love

Are your photos disorganized? Fall head over heels for your digital photo library when you join simple memory keeping expert Jennifer S. Wilson in Photo Crush, a free week-long photo organization challenge May 11-17, 2015.

The membership at Simple Scrapper offers tools and support to help you enjoy scrapbooking more – to use the supplies you have, tell your stories, and have some fun among like-minded friends. 

 The best way to experience our community for yourself is at the upcoming Photo Crush event. During this 7-day challenge, Jennifer will help you streamline your photo library so that memory keeping is even easier. 

 Click here to sign up for FREE.

Seriously friends, this is going to be incredible! You’ll get your pictures organized, be able to find what you want when you want it, scrapbook easier, and it’s free! Go on, sign up now, I’ll wait…..

Ready? Good! I’ll see you there on the 11th!

Cheers!

S.

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.

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