Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Little Project Life!

Ok I admit at first I was like Project life! Yeah ok, who has the time for that! I didn't like it for many reasons, It's not that pretty, well not as pretty as traditional scrapbooking, also I dont get alot of time on a weekly basis to go through my photos of the week and create chronological timelines of events and day to day life! maybe I just lack the organization skills although in some parts of my life I'm extremely organized and a little OCD, although in other parts of my life I'm just messy and well just lack the ambition to organize it all, scrapbooking is in that part, so it seemed very daunting to me to become that organized to make it work, However, time has passed and project life has started to pull me in... I subscribed to Studio Calico for Project life and had to wait a couple of months until I got my first kit, I received the kit looked through it, loved it, put it on the shelf! about 3 weeks went by and I saw the new kit was coming... Oh! Right I should try and use up some of that kit before the new one arrives!! So I did :)
Ok so like I said I'm not organized enough for the week by week events just yet so I am focusing on events this year that needed more documenting than just a couple of pictures on a page! I'm hoping to re-arrange my whole workspace to better suit the scrapper/project lifer I'm molding myself to be! And with that being said I would like to organize this part of my life! *shock*

So I've chitter chatted for long enough, here is my first project life page, and my second! :)

My Dad visited this winter and we surprised him with a trip to Shubenacadie Wildlife Park he has visited Canada many times but had never seen a Moose!!! Well he has now :)

This 2 Pager is 1 Page Scrapbook Page and the 2nd page Project life, I really love how they look set out in an album, I was always lazy to journal on a page, actually not just lazy but afraid I would mess up a layout I had spent hours on with messy handwriting or a spelling error! 

In May I participated in my first ever organized running event it was the Colour Run and it was to raise money for the schools in Springhill, I don't actually live in Springhill anymore but 3 of my children attended school there and they are awesome little schools.

Yasmin & I had a great time we will do it again and again, but next year the whole family will be in it!

Thats it for today :) I have one or two layouts to share in a day or two.

Saturday, July 6, 2013


Hey, so as you can see apart from my guest design spot at ScrapThat! last month I really have not done much scrapping! Not 100% sure why after 4 years of being on Design Teams and having deadlines all the time I needed a break! I have refocused on who I want to be a scrapbooker, I will buy the products I like and create when I want! Sounds like a lot to ask doesn't it? lol

So here's my plan (yes creating deadlines for myself, but not really) All I want to do right now is enjoy my scrappy supply and blog once or twice a week. I'm also on a weightloss journey and we are renovating our 3000 sq ft house so I may even share some of those pictures too! I want to reclaim my blog and make it about my kids, my husband, my house, my dog, my cat and my creative side.

SO I purchased the Echo Park Here&Now collection while in Halifax last month, I cracked it open a couple of days ago and finished a layout today, I found this freebie for the silhouette and I LOVED it so much I cut the shapes right away!

So this is what I came up with, lots of layers using the negative layers from the silhouette.

When vellum was a big thing all those years ago I hated it! Never knew what to do with it, but I actually love it now, it adds such a nice layer.

And I'm totally in with the sequin craze.

Well thats it, I love that my creative spirit is back with me! It's been too long! Have a great evening. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

ScrapThat! Main Kit Tutorial.

Hey there, Zoe here with you today, and I have a few techniques to share with you, I love details in scrapbooking, I've always believed that it's the little things that count. We always start with a plain piece of paper... so lets start with the background. I just so happened to order this checker stencil not knowing I would receive the sunrise kit from ScrapThat! I was pretty happy when I found out as the stencil is designed for the same line by prima... I love it! I think it's my most fav stencil to date. 

So I used this stencil to add ink first, I know it sounds simple but do you have any idea how many times I've used the modelling paste or gesso and then wished I had of inked first?? well thats just me... I see the final piece in my head and try and get there as fast as I can and forgetting all the steps. So always stencil with ink first and then add your paste, Trust me! I like to use Tim Holtz distress inks and applicator, I gently swirl the applicator sponge in a circular motion to get a nice even coverage a little bit of ink goes a long way.
I also use old credit cards for my modelling paste, and my favourite brands are liquitex and golden usually whichever is discounted :) 

We received this awesome ribbon in the kit, it is wired... which is great as we can have some fun with this... I wanted to scrunch the ribbon up, securing the scrunches with a sewing machine is usually the best way to hold them in place but we don't all have sewing machines (I do, but for now lets pretend I don't) so this ribbon you can slide it down on the wires and then tie once you have the right amount of scrunchiness!! 

Once you are happy you should have something like this :) just add dabs of glue to adhere it to your layout or sew it in place, if you sew, make sure to sew closer to the edges so it will not flatten your ruffles.

Ok I admit it... I'm a frugal scrapper... but I also enjoy layers and embellishments and flowers and and... you get the idea. So here is an idea to make your supplies go further. In the Main kit you will receive this awesome chipboard swirl. Well why dont we make that TWO chipboard swirls :) VERY carefully you can pull apart if you slide you nail or fine scissors around the outside edge and slowly peel away.

Now let get some paint going and make these chipboard pieces become part of our page. I used a yellow heavy body paint by liquitex, you don't have to use heavy body but it was the closest to my desk!  And I know it's bright... it wont stay like this for long :)

Once your paint has dried you can add some alcohol ink I don't have many colours but these are hazelnut and wild plum... they actually worked really well for the colours of my page.

I decided the bright yellow was wayyyy too bright so I dulled the colours down by using a white distress stain... love this stuff! Just dab it on.

Last but not least I added crackle glaze this is definitely an optional stage, keep in mind the drying time is overnight for this stuff to crackle fully. Once dry add to you page.

Add some dimension with pop dots and pop your titles off the page.

One of my most favourite things to do with wire stemmed flowers is to twist them into spirals... again... details :)

And here is my final page and a couple of detail shots.

I also LOVE to add little spots of Gesso to my finished layouts, you can really see it in my detailed shots here.

I really hope you enjoyed my tutorial. Happy Scrapping.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Scrap That! Blog Hop

Welcome to our ScrapThat!
 June Kit Reveal and Blog Hop!! 

We are so happy to see June after the long winter and excited to show you our creations with our beautiful Prima Collection !
Our Blog Hop features fabulous hop sites including our Design Team blogs. 
We have been scrapping away and are so excited to show you our  creations! 

If you came here from:
you are on the right track!

If not, go back and start here: Scrap That!   
Then follow the rest of the order:
We are so happy to welcome the amazing 
Zoe Nemburt
as our June Guest Designer!!!


Hey, my name is Zoe Nemburt, and I am absolutely thrilled to be asked to design as a guest for ScrapThat! this month. I started scrapbooking in 2009 and seriously never looked back. I felt I had finally found my crafty passion!! Super Excited to be here for the month of June with the ScrapThat! team and I really hope to inspire you to create something fabulous.

Be sure to stop by Zoe's blog, Designs by Zoe, to be inspired by her gorgeous work! 
Now, without further ado....  

Introducing our June Kit,
 "From Sunrise to Sunset"

Featuring the designs of the fabulous Anna Dabrowska (a.k.a. Finnabair) we present a  collection of rich colors and designs that run from brights to neutrals. Whatever your scrapping style is, you will love this kit that is just chock-full of Prima goodies!

Take a look:

Main Kit

Paper Add-On

Flower Add-On

 Embellishment Add-On

More details on this collection can be found here:
ScrapThat! Store 

We are currently accepting new
Kit Club Members.
For more information,
complete the form on the link below:
New Subscriber  

Look at the beautiful sketch Amarilys has created for June:

See details about the challenge here: Sketch Challenges

We have something new for June!
In addition to Amy's sketch challenge,
 other members of the DT will also be hosting challenges!
  • Tracey G.'s challenge: "Scrap out of your comfort zone"
  • Laura's Challenge: "Using a long title"
  • Sandi's Challenge: "Color Challenge"
  • Tracey S.'s Challenge: "Use a stencil"
Check them out here. 

Everyone is welcome to participate.
Entries for all challenges are due by Wednesday, June 26.
 All winners of our challenges, including Layout of the Week, are eligible to receive 10% off any 2012 Kits ~ including Add-ons!

Here is my first layout using the Sketch with the Main Kit and Embellishment add on.

Love these butterflies!

Oh and those Gems!!!

This layout is using items from the Main Kit Only, and you will see a tutorial for this layout later in the month ;) 

Love the colours in the kit 

Yes... you do see me using my silhouette!!! :)

This layout is with the Main Kit and using the Embellishment Add on. The Title is a play on words. "Little Rascal"... Old dirty rusty car... "Little Rustcal".

The textures within the papers are breathtaking.

I hand drew those little hearts and cut up some of the crystals.

The June Blog Hop Prize is our "Life's Muse" Main Kit featuring Webster's Pages Everyday Poetry Collection (Webster's Poetry)

To qualify for this month's FABULOUS Prize, you must complete the following:
  • Visit each blog listed on the hop to see what each designer has created using this month's kit and sketch (comments are very much appreciated).
  • Each designer's blog hop post will feature a word or two that will make up a secret sentence, collect these words along the way.
  • You must become a FOLLOWER of each blog along the way and LIKE us on our Facebook Page!
  • Subscribe to Kelly's YouTube Channel at
  • Post the ScrapThat! Blinkie on your blog.
  • For your last stop on our Blog Hop return here to the ScrapThat! Chat Blog. Leave a comment letting us know you have completed the hop.(Please do NOT include the secret sentence in your comments.)
  • Email the secret sentence to Tracey Sabella:
The Blog Hop ends Sunday, June 2 at Midnight EST.
The prize MUST be claimed within 3 days of the forum announcement which will also be made on the ScrapThat! Blog.
~ If left unclaimed a NEW winner will be chosen ~
**Winner will pay actual shipping costs for sending the kit from Canada.**
Shipping costs will be invoiced via PayPal unless you are a kit member,
 then your prize will be shipped with your monthly kit.
Prizes won during the month will be mailed out the first week of the following month.
Due to Customs clearance, International mailings sometimes take 30-75 days to receive.

My secret words are:
spark of

Next hop over to

For your final stop, return to the ScrapThat! Blog 
to let us know you have completed the hop.
Remember ~ only send the secret sentence to
Happy Hopping!