Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Emerald Creek Design Team Package

Hello blog readers! I hope that you had a lovely weekend and a good Memorial Day for my friends in the USA. Andrew and I went camping at my parent's acreage with both of our families for our annual get-together. I am so thankful that we all get along so well and every time I think that we need to do it more often! I will be posting some pictures of the festivities soon on my Instagram, so go follow me there if you like!

Today I am very happy to be sharing my Design team package for Emerald Creek! Later this week, on Thursday, I will be posting my first project for the team over on the challenge blog! I will be sharing a process video for that project here on my own blog too, so be sure to check that out. Emerald Creek manufactures rubber stamps and a huge range of embossing powders and they also carry charms, mixed media products, and a lot of the Tim Holtz Distress products. They are a small Canadian business and the owner, Kim, actually lives in my city (Calgary)! I had the pleasure of meeting her the other day and she is such a passionate and inspiring woman! I am so happy to be promoting her brand and I can't wait to share what I have created with her awesome products. I hope you enjoy the video where I share the things that I received and demo the powders and crayons.

I hope you go check out Emerald Creek because it is a great time to buy Canadian. Our dollar is low, so it is a good deal for Americans and as Canadians we will save on shipping and support our local economy. There will be no video this Friday because I will be posting my Emerald Creek project on Thursday instead. Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Friday, 27 May 2016

My Photo Printing Process for Project Life

Hello all and happy Friday! I have had a few questions about how I print my photos, so I decided to make a tutorial! In this video I will go over how I select and gather my photos in one place, how I edit my photos, and how I print them. I hope you find this helpful and can use some of my steps to help refine your own process! Please let me know what you think!

Written Photo Printing Process:
1. Select and gather all photos from all devices in one folder.
  • I email my phone pictures to myself and save them into my Project Life folder for each month.
  • I copy my camera photos from their original location to my Project Life folder.
  • I narrow and purge my photos by considering these questions: is the photo meaningful, is there a story to tell about it, and is it a photo that I love? (I try to make sure each photo is at least two out of these three things, though it is just a guideline!)
2.  Optional: edit the photos.
  • When editing on my phone I like to use the "A Color Story" app (free) and I typically use the curves, contrast, brightness, and saturation tools.
  • When editing photos on my computer I use Pic Monkey. I like the crop and rotate functions and I also adjust the exposure and colour. This is a great free resource!
  • Editing the photos is optional! I like the way that it makes them look, but it is a time consuming process. If you hate it, just skip this step. I wouldn't want anyone to not scrapbook their photos because the editing process takes the fun out of it!
3. Print the photos.
  • I place my edited photos in Microsoft Word and size them accordingly. I print onto Staples brand glossy photo paper using my Canon MG5520. I recommend finding a photo paper that works well with the printer you have.
  • You could also use the software that comes with your printer instead of Word, but I find that mine is too slow and doesn't work efficiently on my laptop.
  • I occasionally print directly from my phone using the Canon Print app, but I find this doesn't work as well when I'm printing large quantities (like I do for Project Life).
I really hope that you found this information helpful. I can't wait to get my April photos into my album because there are so many fun ones this month! Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by today!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Pink Paislee Fancy Free Layout Process

I haven't created a process video in a little while, so I am extra excited to bring you this Fancy Free layout! I literally received a request for this video while I was already filming it, so I am very glad that at least someone will enjoy this. I had a lot of fun following Sketch Savvy's sketch for this page and I especially enjoyed incorporating all of the hexagons! As I mention in the video, I was able to use my friend Karen's Brother Scan & Cut to cut out these shapes. It was so easy to use and I was able to scan the paper and then place the cut lines exactly where I wanted them on the pattern, all right on the machine's display screen!

 Below is the sketch that I followed. It is a couple of years old and perhaps hexagons are no longer trending in scrapbooking, but they are still very big in interior design!
 For my title I performed a couple of letter surgeries! In the word "unity" the u was once an m and the N was once a w! In the word "candle" the E used to be a 1 and i corrected it with a white gel pen.

 Below you can see the subtle gold chicken wire print that I created using a stencil stamping technique.
I hope that you enjoyed seeing my process for this page! I certainly had a lot of fun creating it and the photo is very meaningful to me. I am excited to finally be working away at my wedding photos. Thank you for stopping by the blog today!

Friday, 20 May 2016

Pink Paislee Fancy Free Haul and Layouts

Yesterday was my 23rd birthday! I got to watch my sister-in-law walk the stage at her high school graduation and we are all so proud of her. This weekend is a long one in Canada as Monday is Victoria Day, so we are having a bit of a gathering with some of my family. Next weekend we will be having our annual camp out at my parent's acreage with my in-laws as well. I am really looking forward to enjoying all of these events and hopefully the weather improves soon.

In scrappy news: I am so excited to share some of the Pink Paislee Fancy Free products that I found at my LSS! This collection by Paige Evans is so colourful and fun! It typically wouldn't be something I am super attracted to because of all the pink in the papers, but I have found so many beautiful inspiration pages (many from Paige herself) that I have come to love it. I am also sharing two of the layouts that I created using these products. I couldn't stop myself from using it, even when I hadn't filmed my haul video yet! I hope that you enjoy.

Links I mentioned in the video: Scrapendipity Store and Jen Schow's Collection Disconnection

I am so happy that I have gotten into a 12x12 kick! I have a couple more to share soon, but I hope you enjoy these for now. These layouts are made using our engagement photos that were taken by the very talented Chris Simon of Let's Reminisce. I am not very worried about telling a story on these pages, because they will be part of our wedding album that tells a larger story!
Below is the sketch that I followed for this page. It was found on the Hip Kit blog where there is a lot of other inspiration! I moved the embellishment clusters around somewhat and the triangles are not exactly copied either. The flexibility of following a sketch is something I really love! It can be followed literally in every detail, or it can be used loosely as a starting point!

 Below is the second layout for today. I had so much fun cutting out the circles and arranging them on the page! I selected phrases that would be appropriate for this "love" type theme and also tried to balance the colours around the page.
 This layout is based on a sketch from Creative Scrapbooker Magazine. Instead of using paper for the rectangles, I stitched some rough ones and filled them in with gelatos.

I hope that you enjoyed watching my haul and seeing some of my recent Fancy Free projects! If you are still looking to purchase this collection, I recommend checking out some online stores or calling your local scrapbooking stores. It will be completely gone in a short time, so i wish you the best of luck! Thank you for stopping by today!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Outgoing Pocket Letters and Happy Mail: for Marie, Tori, and Katie

Hello blog readers! Today I am sharing two outgoing pocket letters and a happy mail card. These were sent out awhile ago now, and I hope that their recipients enjoyed them! I truly appreciate all of the wonderful people in the crafting community! I have not had a bad experience with a swap yet! Everyone has always come through and sent me a beautiful creation. I hope you enjoy seeing these things that I have created for others.

This letter is for Marie who lives in the USA and really enjoys Paris! I attempted a bit of a Paris theme for her.

This card is for Tori Bissell, who you may have seen on YouTube! She does wonderful videos and you should definitely check her out! She generously surprised me with some happy mail, so I had to return the love!

This pocket letter is for Katie who lives in the USA and said she liked bright summer colours, so that is what I was going for here!

I loved making these projects because I know the recipients will understand the amount of time and love that goes into them! Again, I really appreciate having such wonderful swap partners!

Friday, 13 May 2016

I've Been Shopping Haul!

Hello all! Today I'm sharing a haul that I have slowly purchased over the last couple of weeks. I purchased things from Studio Calico, Michaels, and Dollar Tree (which we do have in Canada!). I hope you enjoy seeing the new things that I will be playing with soon!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Project Life: March Completed with Process Video!

Better late than never... right? Well according to the schedule I have been holding myself to, I am a day late with this video, but my video goals are meant to be flexible so I have forgiven myself. Today i'm sharing my completed March Project Life! I will be starting on April very soon and I hope to have it done before the end of May. I like working behind because then I can print the whole month's photos at once. March was a big month as we had our first camping trip, Andrew's birthday, and all of our Easter celebrations! I hope you enjoy the video (I even shared some process!) and please let me know if you have any questions!

***Video will be linked here soon, but please check out my YouTube Channel while you wait***

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my Project Life album! This has truly been so much fun to work on and I love that I can easily document these "daily life" events.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Emerald Creek Design Team

Hello all! I have good news and bad news to share today. First the bad- I won't be posting my usual video today because I got really busy with work and haven't had time to film,edit, save, or upload it yet! I will hopefully get to it tomorrow, so you can look forward to a Project Life share :)

Now for the good news- I have been asked to join the Emerald Creek Design Team! I am beyond excited to start sharing projects based on their bi-weekly "dare" challenges. Emerald Creek is a fairly new product manufacturer and they are actually local to my city! I hope you are able to check out some of their awesome products in the online shop.
I will be getting my design team package soon and will certainly share all the awesome goodies in an upcoming video. I will of course be sharing how I use them too, so I hope you enjoy seeing that. Thanks for stopping by today :)

Friday, 6 May 2016

Photo Transfer Mini Series: Episode Three

Hello all! Today I am sharing the third and final episode (for now..) of my Photo Transfer Series! I hope that you have enjoyed seeing me experiment with different gel mediums and photo transfer techniques! Please let me know what you thought of this series!

I am quite happy with how this page turned out! It is better in real life, as the photos don't quite do it justice, but they do convey some of the fun colours and texture! If you would like to see the previous episodes of this mini series, check out Episode One here and Episode two here. You can download Jen Schow's FREE "Painted" cut-file here.

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a super happy international scrapbooking day tomorrow and a wonderful Mother's Day!