Thursday, April 30, 2015

We R Memory Keepers Cakes and Candles with Laura

Hi there!

Laura here, sharing my monthly reveal a day early so that their weekly sketch challenge doesn't get buried.

I was given some papers, wooden stickers and die cuts from the Cakes and Candles collection by We R Memory Keepers to play with. I love that while the colours are basically primary colours, they are more muted and not really so juvenile.  They are perfect to document birthdays for any age group!

I created a few birthday layouts and a card to share with you, though I am sure you will see more of this fun collection in future projects from me.

This first page celebrates my husband's 50th, which we did in Cuba, thus the Cuban band in the background.  They played several songs for him!

I couldn't resist sticking the party hat die cut to his head!

I added some twine from my stash to tie up these fun die cut balloons, as well as a few brads for a sprinkle of colour. The journal card was cut from one of the patterned papers.

I used the die cut numbers to create my simple title, and some floss from my stash to stitch a few circles - I love the texture they add.

More die cuts adorn the lower corner of my page, one is popped up for dimension.

This second page celebrates our puppy's second birthday (he will always be a puppy to me, I think). Timmy likes to buy the dogs special birthday treats and the boys had fun trying to get him to blow out the candle - Yes he totally did, in one big old Bulldogge snuff! Fun memory!

I used a mask to add distress ink and Gesso to the background, though I did this step almost last, just before adding the enamel dots. (Enamel dots were from my stash.)

I had fun adorning my opposing corners with die cuts and faux stitching !

Another trimmed journaling card and the number two to document Max's age.

The wooden stickers are so much fun, I jut love them!

My last page documents my middle son's 23rd birthday. I die cut a large open balloon shape with my silhouette in lieu of a circle, for some birthday fun!

The title was die cu, too and then grouped with die cuts from the collection and enamel dots to create a secondary focal area.

I flanked the photo with elements to draw the eye to my main focal area.

I used the centre of the die cut balloon from the layout above to create this LARGE card, adorning it with more die cuts and a large enamel piece from my stash.

You can see that I used small alpha stickers from my stash to change the phrase on the die cut so that I could use it for a birthday card.

Supply List: We R Memory Keepers: pattern paper, wood stickers, ephemera pack; American Crafts cardstock; misc. twine, floss and brads; My Mind's Eye enamel dots; Staedtler pen; Tim Holtz tiny attacher and distress inks; Smooch Spritz; Gesso; Crafter's Workshop stencil.

Thank you for visiting today!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Modifying Album Inserts for a Different Album - Tutorial

Hi there!

I have a tutorial to share today, another one from my recent Simple Stories mini album.

When I created this mini album, the only one I had in my stash that was not slated for another project was this one.  It was plain white chipboard, I think it is from an older Teresa Collins line and measures 8.25 x 9.5 x 1.5", and came without inserts.

I did have some extra Simple Stories inserts in my stash, but as you can see the holes do not line up with the binder rings inside the album.

I figured I could fix that, and thought that I would share the process in case you are ever in the same position.  Note, this tip is not just for mini albums.

First, I measured the width of the hole punched edge of the inserts.

And then trimmed two pieces of paper at this measurement, in my case .5" wide, one for the front and one for the back of each page

I used my regular adhesive to adhere these paper strips to the edge of the inserts, effectively covering up the old holes, so that they would not be visible and ugly.

And trimmed them to length with scissors.

Next I created a template to punch new holes.

I used my big bite to add the holes to all of my album pages.

And now they fit this album just perfectly!

Thanks for joining me today!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Kit Club Tuesday with Elaine

Hi there!

We are sharing the final round of projects for this months Kit club contents, and we just know you are going to love these cards and door hangers created by Elaine!

Aren't these just gorgeous?

And with Father's Day about 1 1/2 months away this kit was just perfect for getting a jump start on your cards.

Here are a couple of close ups.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Welcome to our new Design Team members!

Hello all!

We would like to introduce our new design team members to you, but first, let us tell you who we are welcoming back for another term.....

Barbara Greenberg
Danie Ramirez- Diakun
Jayne Morgan - Team B Leader
Laureen Baskerville
Rebecca Daly
Sandy Ross - Team A Leader
Tiiu Jaanusson

It's great to have you ladies back, we look forward to another term of fabulous inspiration!

Now let's meet our new members!

Kimberly Bush
Hi!  My name is Kim Bush.  I started crafting as a child making macramé plant holders for my mom.  I also used to make clothes for my Barbie and learned to crochet. Any kid’s crafting item on the market I so wanted for Christmas and/or my birthday and I so wanted my mom to buy these for me (she did).  I scrapbooked as a teen, however hated that within a couple years my items would turn yellow and fall out of my book and I stopped scrapbooking out of frustration and moved on to needle point and cross stitching.  As an adult I would cross stitch and read during the summer and crochet and read during the winter.  Then in 2005, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I decided that although I was always an awesome picture taker and I always kept up on my photo albums, my children did not really have that “piece of me” and the memories that I thought should be told.  So reenter scrapbooking!  By then oh how the craft had evolved and “oh, wow” my heart just skipped a beat.  So many changes and so many colors and so many cool tools!  I have been an avid scrapbooker since and have not looked back.

Kristin Fougeron
I'm married to my hubby of twenty five years, I have two rowdy boys ages 8 and 16 years old and I love to read other peoples blogs, go on adventures, pin stuff on Pinterest, cook, craft, and am a reality show junkie. I 'm a sucker for a little romance or a sappy chick flick. I would say my scrapbooking style would be "organized chaos". And this hobby has become a way for me to connect with others, express myself, preserve memories and relax with my friend. 

Lyne Schnable-Blodgett
Hi, I'm Lyne.  I'm a wife, mother, accountant and lover of all things paper related.  I started scrapping about 12 years ago, and boy has my style changed.  I still love mostly clean layouts, but I feel like they are more purposefully clean than I don't know what I'm doing clean...haha...if that makes sense to anyone else.   I only started sharing with the online scrapping community about two years ago, and was on YouTube, before even starting a blog.  I look forward to sharing with you during my term, and also seeing what you all create!

Sharlene Nye-Petrone
Hi, my name is Sharlene Nye-Petrone. I am a wife, a mother, a teacher, a quilter, and a scrapbooker. I currently live in Cambridge, Ontario with my husband, Robert Petrone of 15 years and two boys; Tyrone and Jayron.I love spending time with my family, taking photographs, and scrapbooking!  I was introduced to the world of scrapbooking at a Creative Memories party back in 1997 but I didn’t start scrapbooking until I gave birth to my eldest son, Tyrone. So I have been scrapbooking for 13 years. Over the years, my style has changed; I like to try new techniques. I also like to work on layout with variety of colours as I like to add different embellishments to play with until the page meets my satisfaction. I am learning as much as I can and get inspiration from other scrapbookers.

Our new team members will be divided between our two existing teams and starting on either the first or second Friday in May.  We are so looking forward to sharing their first reveals with you!

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

National Scrapbooking Day Crop Reminder

Hi there!

Just popping in quick today to remind you of our upcoming National Scrapbooking Day Crop!

Each year, on the first Saturday of May, scrapbookers across the globe gather together to celebrate the art of paper crafting. ScrapMuch? has decided to honour this day with a full day of cropping - a 12 hour crop!! read that right!!  We are hosting a 12 hour crop full of fun, games and prizes!!  The cost of this crop is ONLY $25 + hst and includes dinner, snack, refreshments and a small gift for all attendees.  Bring your own lunch, your scrappy supplies and get ready for a day of scrappy fun!

When: Saturday May 2nd 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Where: Salvation Army Church
33 Diana Ave. Brantford, Ontario

Cost of the crop is ONLY $25+hst and includes dinner, refreshments and a small gift for all attendees!  Bring your supplies and get ready for a day of scrappy fun.

Registration Required. Register Here.

Don't have time to crop for the day?  Don't worry!!  Our on-site store is open to everyone (not just croppers).  Stop by to visit and shop anytime between 7am and 7pm.   

Looking forward to seeing you all, thanks for visiting! 

Friday, April 24, 2015

April 24 2015 Sketch-y Friday challenge

Hi there and happy Friday!

It seems so hard to believe that we are bringing you our very last sketch for April, before we do that, though, we would like to take this opportunity to say good-bye to a few of our DT members that are leaving us. Ashley, Jessica and Karen have been incredible sources of inspiration and valued members of our team, we wish them all the best in their future crafty endeavors - thank you for everything ladies!

Let's get our Sketch-y Friday challenge started, here is this week's sketch....

And here is your Team B inspiration!

Here is a run down of our Sketch-y Friday rules.  Just link up your creations in our sidebar to be entered into a random draw for our monthly prize.    You have until  April 29th, at midnight to participate in any of this month's sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!  You may take some artistic license with your adaptation of the sketches, however if you choose to use a double page sketch for a single page layout you may only enter once per sketch, not once per side.

If you are playing along with more than one challenge you will need to link each of them up via a separate blog post for the link up tool to work. (International participants may be required to pay some shipping fees.)  Good luck, we cannot wait to see what you create!

 *note - If you are playing along using Flickr the team will no longer be leaving comments, due to changes in Flickr policies and passwords.  However, we will be checking out your entries for sure and you are definitely eligible for the prize draw. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thanks for visiting!
Your friends at ScrapMuch?!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Inspiration on Thursday

Hi there!

Today we are sharing two gorgeous pages created by Elaine, to inspire you!

We love the spring colours of this page.

And the gorgeous texture and journaling of this page!

Thanks so much for visiting today!