Saturday, 30 March 2013

Later Sk8r

Here are the rest of my Later Sk8r pages as requested from the blog hop.  I appreciate all the kind words I received and the interest in more of my work.  I am happy to share.  These are the pages that we did at our last club meeting.  If anyone else is interested in joining our monthly club then just let me know and I will send you the details.  It's great fun and we accomplished a lot this past month. 

This first layout if the workshop kit layout.  I changed up the title a little and used some dimensional elements and the tiny epoxy letters.  I love these little letters.

Here is a close up of the title.

These two layouts are both from the stickease pack.  I love that these layouts can be done so fast.  It only takes about 40 minutes to complete each of these layouts.  Super fast and super easy.  The hardest part is selecting your pictures. 
Thanks for looking and as always I love to get comments and I'm happy to answer questions.  Stay tuned for some workshop posts, hopefully before the end of the weekend.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Welcome to our first team Blog Hop featuring product from the current CTMH Idea Book.  If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you get lost you can find your way by going to Brae's blog at for a full list of participants. If you came from Rosalynd Kelly's of In My Scrappin' Room then you are in the right place!
We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop! 

I had a hard time deciding what product to feature so I finally decide to show off two of them.  My first is the Canvas Art Kit.  I just love how this turned out and how fast and easy it was.  It comes with everything you need except the ink, acrylic block and adhesive.  I am planning an upcoming workshop so stay tuned for dates and details about it.
My second product is the Later Sk8r paper.  I just love, love, love this paper pack.  I have completed four double page layouts and still have paper left over for some more.
I copied this layout from page 45 of the CTMH Idea Book.  It is a studio J layout but I figured out the sizes and changed up the papers a little.  I think it really suits the boys suits!  I also added some of the Green & Blue Epoxy Bubbles which came in my Workshop on the Go kit, some Outdoor Denim bakers twine from the Harvest Assortment, and a few items that are now retired.  I used the Pure Adventure stamp, Kudos from theCricut Artiste Cartridge collection and a couple of other retired stamps. 

The next stop on the Hop is Cheryl Peyton of Peyton's Paper Place
Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own projects using some of the designs and paper seen along the way. Join us again in next month when we will be featuring special techniques.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Upcoming Workshop

I'm still working out the details for this upcoming workshop and will provide them when they are available.  This is a little matchbook mini album with lots of room to add pictures and journalling.  It's a great gift for Father's Day.  I am thinking that I might pair it with a gift for Mother's Day and have both workshops at the same time.  I'd love to know if you might be interested.  The cost for this will be under $10.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Another inspired project

Here is another project that I completed just last weekend. It was inspired mostly from Heidi Swapp and most of the product is hers.  I'm so happy that some of her product is now available at Michael's stores.

This is my first official Memory File project.  I decided that it was time I scrapbooked some of myself.  I went through my boxes of old pictures and this project includes some of my favourite ones.  The cover has a little bit of all my favourite lines.  The black mat is from Teresa Collins' Vintage Finds.  The banner is from the CTMH You & Me kit.  The letters and ribbon are from (Mist)-a-bles and the rest is Heidi Swapp.

So, I love Mustard Colorshine.  If you don't know what Colorshine is then you really need to see it in person.  It has a wonderful iridescence.  I used a ton of it on this project but the mister broke somehow and I didn't manage to exchange it until I was almost all done.
The inside of the memory file is packed full of pictures and journalling.  It is very interactive with flaps and pull outs.  I love how that works. 

For this page I cut a mini chipboard memory file and layered it to create a little photo stack. I added a CTMH Journalling Spot, some rub-ons and paper from the Sweetheart paper pack.

I also added a Heidi Swapp Jumbo Tag folded to hide some journalling. 

The centre of the memory file holds a ton of photos.  It's all about my college experience and a trip to New York City in my final year. 
I added a Heidi Swapp Foto stack to hold all of the photos from the trip. I couldn't believe how many spaces there are for photos and journalling. I had to go back to my photo box and find a few more to add.  

I added another Jumbo tag folding it in half and tucked it behind the banner Jumbo tag that I misted with CTMH Cranberry ink. 

The last page has more interactive areas and some random pictures from various times. 

The little zebra striped pocket is a bag that I got when I purchased some jewellery somewhere. I've been saving it for quite a while and finally found a use for it. I tucked a little tag inside that show's what I used to look like a long time ago in a bikini.

I added a CTMH 4x6 Flip Flap so that I could fit a couple of larger photos on the page and additional journalling.  I also used a piece of patterned cardstock from the CTMH You & Me kit to create another spot for more hidden pictures.  The back isn't decorated but I may still decide to put something on it. 
Now that I've started creating Memory Files and captured some of my childhood memories I want to do more and more.  I have a few more ideas on what I'm going to do and I'll share those with you once they are complete.
Thanks for looking at my work and I appreciate any feedback you might have.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

I've finally made it back to my blog to try again.  I'm really excited about the recent art work that I've created.  It's very different than what I usually do with my scrapbooks but it's so much fun.  I've had a lot of inspiration which I'm not sure I can accurately relay here.  I signed up for Natalie Kalbach's Creative Jumpstart 2013 this past January and it was amazing.  Hopefully she will do this again next year or maybe even sooner?  There were so many great ideas on these wonderful videos you really should check it out.  You can find it here

My other inpiration has been Heidi Swapp.  I discovered her on  I love this site and go to it everyday.  Heidi has a ton of shows that you can watch and be inspired like I was.  You can find her shows here
So here is my first project that I created with all of this inspiration.  I hope you like them and I'm more than happy to help by hosting workshops for anyone who is local to Barrie, ON.
I found the stand at the Goodwill and thought it might be something I could use.  Turns out it was a perfect fit for a kit I had bought a few years back and never used.  I can't even remember the brand of this kit but it came with 3 sheets of black felt, 3 sheets of acrylic and 3 sheets of cardstock.  So far I have only used 2 sheets of the felt and acrylic and I added 2 8x8 canvas boards I bought at the dollar store.  I still want to add at least one more canvas and maybe another acrylic. 

There really isn't a first page, as it is circular, but here is the page I keep on the top. It is a canvas which I applied a couple colours of paint onto with a brayer.  Then I stamped over the entire surface with CTMH White Daisy pigment ink using CTMH's Universal Background musical stamp. Over that is the fleur-de-lis images that I stamped using CTMH's You & Me stamp but this time I used watered down acrylic paint.  I highlighted the fleur-de-lis with some more paint for a shadow effect.
I really love this page for a lot of reasons.  I like the black felt page, it coordinates great with the My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline collection.  I love the  Heidi Swapp chipboard mini memory file that I used to allow me to add a bunch of photos on the inside.  I really like the colours in the Miss Caroline collection and the fact that I could use florals on something for a change. 

This next page is the first acrylic one.  I completed the one behind it first so that I could coordinate the acrylic one with that one.  The dots and grid were on the acrylic sheet already.  I kept the elements on this page quite minimal so that you could see through to the next page.  I love the little moustache with is cut using the CTMH Circut Artist cartridge.

This is the second canvas.  This time I used a stencil and some watered down acrylic paint for the background.  I used a stencil that I created with a punch to create the little squares by spraying on some CTMH reinker (in the spray pen).  Then I sprayed a little more over the entire canvas.  Finally I added some stamped images with CTMH's Universal Background handwriting stamp and CTMH's A Journey banner stamp.

This next page is another favourite.  I really like the black felt as a background.  This time I used Teresa Collins' (I love her stuff now too) Vintage Finds.  This is pretty much just from the sticker sheet.

I also added this little chipboard flower from Vintage Finds.  The arrow and bracket are from my CTMH stash.

Here is the back side of one of the felts.  These items are from my stash of stuff that I bought so long ago I don't know what it is or where it came from.  I love this picture of "Poor Howard".  It was taken a few years ago now and I can't believe how well I captured him jumping over the snow bank.

This page is the back of one of the canvases.  I used more product from my stash.  This from a line that Kelly Panacci did for Sandy Lion with a little bit of CTMH paper thrown in.  I love the dimension on this one.  It is all stickers so it was really fast to put together.

The back of one of the felt pages.  I borrowed this layout from
which was originally a memory file layout.  I used more items from my stash and a few CTMH stamped images.

This is the back of the other canvas.  I covered it with a  piece of Pink Paisly (Mist)-a-bles paper that I inked with CTMH Clover Meadow.  Then I embellished with more of the CTMH stash including Badge Buttons, Sparkles, Sweetheart epoxy stickers and some Irresistibles Eclectic Die-cuts.  The title background is cut using the CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.
Check back later this week for another exciting project I created with a ton of Heidi Swapp product.