Thursday, 28 July 2016

"Adventure" Layout Process for Emerald Creek

Today I have another project with the Emerald Creek Design Team! The newest challenge over at the Emerald Creek Dares blog is all about summer activities. This could be any kind of sport, but it also includes camping, beaches, kite flying, ect. I hope that you head over there to participate in the challenge for your chance to win an awesome store credit to the Emerald Creek shop!

I love this challenge because outdoor activities are probably my favourite part of summer! I could have chosen from any number of subjects, but because I have some new and fun camping photos, I just had to scrap one of those. It was fun to also challenge myself to use the Emerald Creek products on a 12x12 scrapbook layout. Check out my process video too!

I love the shiny raindrops on the background that were created with the new Rainy Days Stencil. It was so much fun to test out this new product!
Emerald Creek Supplies
Weathered Wood Embossing Powder
Eldergrove Cling Mount Stamp
Rainy Days Stencil
Vintage Feather Charm
Metal key Charm

Other Supplies
Broken China Distress Ink

I hope that you enjoyed this project! Please don't forget to check out the other talented DT member projects here too! Claudia Cathy Cassandra Thank you for stopping by today!

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

My Second Emerald Creek DT Package and a GIVEAWAY!

My very first online class went live yesterday! I am so overjoyed and excited! Thank you so much to everyone who has sent me encouraging comments and wonderful support. I truly appreciate all of my virtual and real-life friends who have helped me throughout my journey.

Today I am excited to share my new products from the Emerald Creek shop that I selected for my Design Team package. I also hope you can check out my Instagram giveaway here or follow me on Instagram as @staybeautiful84 for more information on how to win a month long membership to Big Picture Classes where you can take my new art journaling class, "Beneath the Surface". Start your free two week trial now!

Visit the Emerald Creek shop and check back here on Thursday to see my project using these products! Thank you so much for stopping by today and showing me your continuous support.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Mixed Media Tag Process Video!

This is our first weekend that we are home and do not have any solid plans in what seems like such a long time! The rest of the summer is pretty packed already so I am looking forward to some down time and a bit of dirtbiking. I would love to hear how your summer plans are going!

Today I'm sharing a tag that uses just a couple of the many techniques I share in my upcoming class: "Beneath the Surface". I hope you check out the class link here. The class will be live on Big Picture Classes on Monday July 25th!

I hope that you enjoyed seeing my process for this birthday tag! What are some of your favourite or most used mixed media techniques?

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Big Picture Class Info - Beneath the Surface

I am so excited to provide a few more details about my new art journaling class - "Beneath the Surface"


I really hope that you are able to sign up for a two week FREE trial membership with Big Picture because there are so many other amazing classes on there too! It is only $10/month after your trial and I think that is totally worth it! Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Friday, 15 July 2016

My Current Thoughts About Photography

Hello blog readers! Unfortunately I don't have a video or even a crafty project for you today because this week just got away from me. I am currently on my way to Manitoba for a big family reunion, so I thought I would at least give you something here so that you don't have to wait all day for a video to be posted (I doubt that many of you actually do that, but I better be safe!).

These photos are from our recent trip to Livingstone Falls, AB which I mentioned recently. There is just something about these photos that makes me incredibly happy when I look at them. The trip was nothing extraordinarily special as we go camping quite a bit, but somehow they make me very sentimental looking at them now. Do you ever find this happens to you when looking at photos? I can certainly understand reminiscing about older photos that bring back great memories, but these are very recent. They do make me want to get back outside and do more camping because that is something I love, but it seems like there is more to it than this that I can't really explain.
I am having another internal struggle or thought about these photos- I really really want to scrapbook them because i love them so much, but I want to be sure to "do them justice" on a layout or mini album and this brings on some fear or apprehension about actually doing it. Scrapbooking has always been primarily for fun in my case and I know I would enjoy the process of making a project with these. Worst case scenario is that I could always scrapbook them again if the project doesn't turn out as good as I want, however it is still hard to get past this feeling and just START! Do you ever encounter this issue and how do you deal with it?
My sister-in-law took the above photo on my camera of me in the river after I showed her a few that I took of her. I love that she got low to the ground to capture a unique angle and that there is so much of the beautiful scenery in it too! I rarely have photos of myself like this because I am always the one behind the camera. I challenge any of you to hand off the camera to a friend or family member and get them to capture some moments of YOU. You are as important of a subject as anyone else and the photos may help you to tell a valuable story about yourself. Don't be afraid to describe what kind of photos you are looking for, and if you have a willing photographer, make them take several shots until you get the right shot.
This photo was taken by my sister-in-law again. She asked me to take some photos of her and her boyfriend and they looked so freaking adorable that I decided I wanted some with Andrew too. I am so glad she asked for her own photos, because otherwise I wouldn't have thought to take these shots either.

This was a bit of a random post that turned into me talking about how I feel about some aspects of photography. I hope that, in one way or another, this made you consider how you feel about some of your own photos. I will be back next week with more projects, so stick around for that, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Project Life: April Continued

Hello all! I am excited to be getting back into Project Life the last couple of days. Lately I have been spending my creative time on other projects, or I have been too tired to craft, so it felt like I took a very long break from Project Life. I think I am back in my grove though, so hopefully it will be easier to move forward. I still plan to do a video full of tips for staying on track, so keep an eye out for that too. I am still not done April because it was a big month, but lets just face it - I say that for every month! It is hard to narrow down my photos when I like so many of them!

Anyway, I hope that you enjoy the video (with a tiny vlog at the end) and be sure to check out all of the photos below!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope that you enjoyed seeing some of my album, even though I am working behind now. Have a great week.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

I'm Teaching my First Online Class!

Hello all! I am so excited to tell you more about my very first online class that I will be teaching for Big Picture Classes and it is all about art journaling!

Whether you are a beginner or advanced mixed media artist, I hope you will find some inspiration in my techniques and challenge yourself to try something new. In this class I am going to discuss, in detail, all of the typical steps that go into making my art journal pages. I will be breaking down the steps for four different pages in each lesson and you will get to see the progression of how they become an individual artwork as you progress in the class.

The class includes 6 lessons which cover the details of backgrounds, layering paper, visual texture, physical texture, defining the focal point and finally, journaling. I will also discuss my art journaling mantra and how I inject concepts or deeper meaning into each page.

The self-paced class will go live on July 25th 2016 and will be available indefinitely. New members will be able to sign up for a two week free trial period where you can take as many classes as you like and you definitely should because there is so many other wonderful classes to try! I hope to see you in the classroom on July 25th! You can follow my teacher profile here to easily find my class when it arrives.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Layout Share: Episode Six

Hello blog readers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! In Canada we celebrated Canada Day on Friday July 1st, so most people had this day off of work. Andrew and I decided to go camping with some of our siblings and we had a wonderful time offroading and dirtbiking too. I got a lot of great photos as there were many spectacular mountain and river views, so I can't wait to get those scrapbooked. I might even do a mini album of the trip because I love the photos so much!
Last Thursday our beautiful nephew, Easton James Ulmer, was welcomed into the world! We are so excited to be an Aunt and Uncle for the second time and it is so incredible to see Ariella, his big sister, with him. Our hearts are so full!
Now that you are updated on some of my life events, I will get right into the crafty part of this post! I decided to record a layout share today because I have been doing more 12x12 layouts than normal (which is wonderful!). In the video I have shared 9 layouts, 5 of which have never been seen before.

If you would like to see more details of the previously shared layouts, you can check out these links:
This layout was inspired by the June Jot Mood Board. As I mentioned in the video, it turned out a bit more brightly coloured than the mood board, but I still quite like it.
Below is an image of the mood board.

This layout was inspired by a sketch, but sadly I haven't been able to locate the original source! Sorry about that! I really enjoyed the challenge of using some papers on a diagonal.

This layout was inspired by the Creative Scrapbooker April Sketch. I loosely interpreted the grid layout and made it my own.
As you can see, the original sketch below was much more grid-like.

This layout was just a fun one that I created without a sketch. I really love this photo from our wedding photographer Chris, from Let's Reminisce.

This final layout was created using the sketch below, but again I sadly do not know the original source. I believe it was found on Pinterest though. I love the fun blue and yellow colour scheme here!

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my layouts from the last couple of months! Feel free to let me know which was your favourite and why.