12 on Twelve | April 2015

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It was a busy, go all over the place kind of day so for the first time ever I put down the big camera and went for my camera phone to capture the day. Here’s how it went down!

04 - april1. porch selfie

2. Let me out!

3. groceries

4. Nana finishing Molly’s sweater

5. watching movies on Nana’s computer

6. playing blocks

7. spending gift cards at Chapters

8. Don’t take Foxy’s picture!

9. brushing

10. Don’t take my picture!

11. laundry

12. bath, book, and chocolates

Cheers!

S.

Simple Scrapper | April 2015

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Simple Scrapper and the Premium Membership just keep getting better and better! Not only has Jennifer increased the value (you get so. much. stuff. for your membership!) but she’s updated the whole look of the members area and it’s amazing! If you’re a member and haven’t checked it out, you really should. If you’re not a member yet – why not?!? :)

One last thing before I share my LO’s for this month – there’s a new FREE class at Simple Scrapper called Photo Crush. It’s all about organizing your digital photos so they’re easy to find and use. You definitely want to sign up this one!

photo crushOnto the layouts!

The Story Starter theme this month is In Good Faith – anything and everything to do with faith, spirituality, and what sustains your soul, religious or otherwise.

The pictures are of my best friend and I, with our four kids (there’s now five, her belly isn’t so big anymore!) at Salmon Cove where my family has a cabin. We spend at least two weekends there every summer. It’s such a fun and important time for us that we actually plan the weekends in January every year to make sure going is a priority!

right here - right nowI added a bunch of phrase stickers rather than handwritten journaling:

right here - right now word stickers And made my plain chipboard alphas shimmery:

right here - right now shimmer titleMy template layout this month is pretty fun! I turned and flipped the sketch to fit what I wanted and took an awesome floor level pic to tell the story:

my everydayWhen  saw the parrot in the picture, I couldn’t resist stamping, colouring, and adding a  bird from the new Tim Holtz Bird Crazy set – they’re so kooky!

my everyday kooky bird

Don’t forget to go check out what’s going on this month and ogle the eye candy on our Team Pinterest page too!

Cheers!

S.

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Just Cuz…

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Edit: The post is up now!

When I first started blogging I used to do a weekly series called Tuesday Techniques. I loved it but it was super time-consuming and I just couldn’t keep up. So they stopped. However, those posts are still my most visited and pinned, by far and that’s why this post should make many of you very happy. :)

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Sam, Brittany, and Sarah from DIY Just Cuz contacted me a little bit ago to ask if I’d consider doing a guest post for their Scrapbook Series. And then they gave me free rein, as long as I stuck to a current trend, or tip and tricks post. Seriously??? How could I turn that awesomeness down?

So head on over to DIY Just Cuz and check out my step by step tutorial for watercolour backgrounds. Then go take a look at the rest of their blog, it’s a ton of fun!

Cheers!

S.

Book of Me – Kid Style!

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I was making a LO for something special (check back tomorrow!) and Gabe, of course, wanted in on the action. I set him up with a sheet of cardstock, his box of supplies and told him to go to town!

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Don’t you love that moustache? He asked for “the right kind of picture pen” to draw it on! Also, he obviously likes the shimmer as much as his mama does – not only did he add silver alphas and use a silver gel pen:

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He also insisted on ColorShine mist and star sequins:

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I did the mist tapping – I let him one other time and I’m still cleaning up the mess, lol! – but he told me what colour and exactly where it needed to go.

Naturally, when Molly came home from school, she had to do her own LO:

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Unlike me, she likes the multiple photo, interactive idea:

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And finally, a sneak peek of Gabe’s birthday plans. I borrowed a stamp set from my friend Cathy to make the invites and Gabe wanted to make a poster. Apart from me lining up the buildings along the bottom, he did everything else himself – I think he’s going to be a darn fine stamper!

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See you all early tomorrow for something fun! It’s also something I haven’t done here in a while! :)

Cheers!

S.

What a Charmer| My Favourite Things 2015

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I stuck with my plan and used Ranger alcohol inks for this month’s Favourite Things class. These inks are made for use on non-porous and slick surfaces where they move and blend beautifully. Although I do like using that technique, my favourite is to use the inks on porous elements, like watercolour paper and sticky back canvas.

The first LO was simple blending of colours to make a striped effect. I love the intensity of the colours – I can’t get such richness with any other product I’ve found yet!

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There were some awesome colour combos used in class for this! Although I generally use black and white photos when doing mixed media and/or colourful backgrounds so I can go with whatever colours I want at the time, many people brought colour photos and picked inks to work with them. I love seeing all the different preferences and ideas!

Once the majority of our background was done, we used Alcohol Blending Solution and extra ink to add some splatter and texture:

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We finished it off by inking enamel chevron stickers to use as embellishments:

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The second LO was made by using the alcohol inks over a stencil:

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We brought the chevrons back in on this LO but with wood veneer instead. We still coloured them with the alcohol inks and then added some shimmer because I’m obsessed, lol!

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I’m sorry I’ve been a terrible blogger lately – I know I’ve been totally AWOL! – but I can’t seem to get around my own self lately; I think winter is taking its toll! I do have posts for tomorrow (some fabulous “guest artists” will be featured!) and on Friday I have something fun to share so come back and check out all the eye candy!

Cheers!

S.

12 on Twelve | March 2015

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03 - march1. I finally sent the Christmas gifts to my brother, sister-in-law, and niece. Yes, I procrastinate. No, I’m not the worst relative in the world (I included handmade presents and birthday gifts, that should count for something!).

2. Selfie!

3. Gabe’s sign for his couch cushion fort: “no babies”  For the record, they didn’t pay attention to it!

4. Saucy face!

5. my boy #mistergabe

6. Foxy in the fort.

7. We had a crowd for lunch!

8. Watching movies and eating popcorn during naptime (I was at a funeral, Jennifer gives treats!).

9. Sweet girl.

10. Regular floor mess.

11. KTOL class – tap, tap, tap

12. New stamps – love these kooky birds!

Cheers!

S.

Always Remember | My Favourite Things 2015

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In 2009 (I believe) I went to the owners of The Paperie and asked to teach a yearlong class – one that people would sign up and commit to for an entire year, once a month. Although I’m sure they were more than a little hesitant, they went for it. I’ve been teaching the Yearlong Album class ever since.

If you ask anyone from the original class most will probably say it was their favourite one. I was into some basic mixed media back then, when it wasn’t the popular thing to do and it was much harder to get product, and boy, did we have fun playing! That first year it was a small 8×8 album, if I remember correctly, and we used every single little bit in our kits. Right down to the paper pad cover and sticker sheet leftovers. We literally had nothing left. It was actually kind of stressful for me, lol!

We moved onto a 12×12 LO plus pocket page system the next year. Then an 8.5×11 album. 2013 was all mixed media and last year it was sketch based. 5 years of albums and photos. And I loved every minute of it!

But it was time for a change so this year the class has been overhauled. It’s now called My Favourite Things and that’s exactly what it is – all my favourite items, techniques, and stuff! Plus, you no longer have to commit for a full year; it’s month to month so it works better for those people who travel or know they’re going to miss a bunch of classes. We’re also focusing on journaling and how I add it in, since I hate doing it! What hasn’t changed are the awesome people (thank you to all of you who have stuck with me from the beginning, or who have come back after taking a break, or who are brand new this year) and the fun times we have in class. Plus, there’s new product, and what’s more fun than tearing into a brand new package of stuff? Nothing!

The first 2015 class was last month and we played with one of my top 3 faves – Distress Inks!

Our cover page used one of my favourite colours in the Distress line, Evergreen Bough, and a wet on wet watercolour technique.

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We added lots of layers with some October Afternoon speech balloon and label diecuts:

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Some shine with Studio Calico silver star rub-ons:

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And a bit of bling with embossing powders on the Thickers:

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The layouts were made with the use of Distress Ink though a stencil and then more ink through another stencil layered over the first:

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My journaling trick here was to use a quote – I do that all the time! Google is my friend!

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We also used hidden journaling here, written on one of the speech balloons and tucked in the top corner:

01 - texture and hidden journalingThe second layout used the same techniques but we added in some drips too – I love drips!

02 - #mistergabeThe water and stencil layering, plus a glitter pen and some enamel elements added lots of texture:

02 - textureSo we’re off to a good start! If you want to join us anytime, just give The Paperie a call and they’ll sign you up. If you want sneaks of what’s coming up in class, I try to post them to Instagram with #FaveThings2015. I’m still debating exactly what we’re doing this month but I’m leaning heavily towards alcohol inks!

Cheers!

S.

Simple Scrapper | March 2015

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Back again with more for Simple Scrapper! I say it every month but really, they team outdid themselves and I love this company more and more all the time. Amazing people, super talented Creative Team, and fabulous product. Case in point, I did an entire LO in twenty minutes this month – trust me, that’s a bonafide miracle!

My Story Starter this month – the theme is You’ve Got Mail (social media/technology) – uses an old film pic from waaaaay back. It’s my friend Karen and I doing the “laundry room dance” on some street in Winnipeg. Those were fun times!

dance partnersI made this one on a sheet that I had used for cleaning off my stencils after using them on another project. Between that and the kraft doily, there’s some awesome texture going on!

dance partners textureMy template LO from this month is one of my favourites in a long time – and it’s the one that only took 20 minutes!

window pane loveOf course, using my all time favourite Balzer Designs stencil and one of my fave colours for the background helps, but really, this one is all about that picture. Gabe draws one of him and I every time the windows fog up and I love them!

I pretty much emptied a whole pack of puffy stickers from Freckled Fawn for the embellishments and added their enamel hearts and a few cork hearts as well:

window pane love embelliesTo see what the rest of the Creative Team has designed, check out the Gallery and the Pinterest page – lots of eye candy! And to see what’s going on at Simple Scrapper this month, check out our page for March (the gallery is here too!). Want more inspiration? Here’s the Gallery Archives!

Cheers!

S.

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Simple Scrapper | February 2015

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I’ve been missing in action. It’s that time of year when I’m cold and completely, utterly, totally sick of winter and I just want to hibernate until spring. You know, blah time. Ick.

But this past weekend was my birthday and we celebrated in grand style which kind of pulled me out of the winter doldrums. And I’m back, very late, but back with February’s Simple Scrapper Creative Team work. Check back tomorrow for the March layouts!

The first is inspired by February’s Story Starters – the theme was What Kind of Day Has it Been.

cutting boardThe fun part of this one is where the journaling is. I’m sure most of you know by now that I”m not a journaler and when I am, I usually hate having it actually on my layouts. So for this one I used the perforating blade on my Cutterpede:

cutting board perforatedAnd wrote the journaling on the back of the photo mat!

cutting board journallingCome on now! How much fun is that! It’s especially awesome if you have a lot to say, or something personal to say, and nowhere to put it on the main layout.

I finished it off with some doodling and embellishments at the top. I covered the heart stickers in Rock Candy Distress Stickles for a little shine:

cutting board clusterMy second layout used one of February’s new Premium Membership templates and a background I made while prepping for a class I taught a while ago. I keep all those backgrounds and either cut them up for embellishments or use them on later projects, like this one:

snow day joysI typed up my journaling (yes, it’s on the front for once!) which is actually a couple of quotes I combined, and then used silver Thickers for a couple of the words to make my title. My favourite part is the silver snowflake:

snow day joys snowflakeI had some silver doilies on hand and used my scissors and a decorative corner punch to turn it into a snowflake embellishment! Simple, but I love how it turned out!

If you want access to your own inspiration, including five new templates, 12 new Story Starters, and a full length e-magazine every month, plus all the previous templates, Story Starters, and magazines, go sign up for a membership. Trust me, totally worth every penny!

Cheers,

S.

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Yer Best Kind, b’ys!

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Hahaha! Are all the non-Newfoundlanders confused yet? Roughly translated, that means, “You are all the finest of people!” Want to know some more traditional Newfoundland phrases and words? Check this out!

There’s actually a reason I started this post like that and it all has to do with Valentine’s. A local company here, Newfoundland Chocolate Company, made special Love Bars this year and they were hugely popular. As in couldn’t keep them in stock and they have been sent all around the world popular. And they’re delicious – milk chocolate (normally not my thing) filled with salted caramel. Seriously yummy!

They made several different labels – Luvs Ya, Kiss me Luh, Me Trout, and of course, Best Kind (side note: the most popular was Arse on Dat, hahaha!). I grabbed a bunch of Best Kind bars and made cards for the parents of the kids I look after.

valentine's cardsI had some watercolour paper I had painted and embossed and demoed on so I used that for my punched green hearts. Then I used old glitter wrap for the other hearts:\

valentine's cards closeupAnd inside, a sweet treat!

valentine's cards insideI love how they turned out – they still make me giggle, lol!

Cheers!

S.

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