Sunday, December 4, 2016

Citrus Twist Kits | November Kits

Hello everyone!

Here are 2 more pages I made with my Citrus Twist Kits November kits.
This one is another one from my Disney series.





Loved all the small elements in the kit this month.

And this one is documenting our first Halloween in Prague:


I kept it very simple, but with the 3 pictures and the journaling I'm capturing the essence of the event.


And I still have texture and dimension:


All the kits come in kraft paper bags tied with a string that I love to use on my layouts. :)


I loved pairing the die cuts with the cork shapes of the same color.

Thanks for looking!

Marie-Pierre

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Pretty Little Studio | December Daily

Hello everyone!


Here's another update on my 2015 December Daily that I finished this November.


I really loved working with my Winter Joy collection. I didn't have every product on hand but even with the small loot I had, I found it easy to embellish and journal.
This little tag must be one of my favorite product of the collection.


I used some pages from my little notebook from Ali Edward's kit last year to add some journaling.


This is the other side of that small pocket.



Here I used lots of my Here comes the sun collection, which is a summer collection but I think in the back of my mind I created it with my december daily in mind. lol So the letters and numbers are just perfect for a stunning title or the number of the day. I also used the gold star paper as the background of my page.




I don't know if you caught that on Instagram but at the beginning of November I was the lucky winner of some really cute acrylic Christmas lights and stars from Color Cast Design. Here they are! I like that the colors are complementing my picture so well! I also love that even though the picture is really dark, we see the transparency of the pink light very well. I adhered them in place but in a way that it would look like they are not glue down. I used my white gel pen to write directly on my photo and it worked great!




My friend Kareen Dion from Accent Scrapbooking was so nice and sent me some beautiful flair buttons she designed. My absolute favorite one is that fleur de lys one because it's the emblem of Quebec, where my home is. I love that the metallic blue goes hand is hand with my house tag. The theme of "home" was so obvious that I used them on the day I was going home for the holiday.


Look at the beautiful acrylic stars, again from Color Cast Design.


A very simple page which consist of a large photo of my mom's cat, hiding from us. I like that we see the tree and the Christmas village.... everything in my mom's house is so beautiful and Christmasy.


In the center pocket I have some journaling, the numbers (from my Here Comes the Sun collection) and I just dropped lots of red sequins. The pocket is very deep so I didn't bother to close the pocket with my fuse.

You might have noticed the Tim Horton donut box peeking under there. I'll keep it for next time. ;)

Have a great day guys! And keep up documenting, it's so worth the effort!! 

Marie-Pierre

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Citrus Twist Kits

Hello hello!

Wow Christmas is approaching so fast and I am so busy!! It's a good busy, but it's still busy. :)

I don't know if you've followed along on Instagram/Facebook, but last week I received my car! I have been waiting 4 months to get it. 4 months in a new country with only one car for the family to share. I have to say that I had the car all the time except these 2 random days where I didn't have it and then I realized how I missed my car!!


So anyway, I was happy to pick up my car, as you can see here. Like, over happy! I was so nervous to get there and drive in the big city of Prague for the first time (I've been driving around school and the house only up to then).


So overjoyed that I even took a picture while taking gaz for the first time. Yep, you can roll your eyes!

And well, I was that happy until 20 minutes later, when white smoke started coming in the car and it started to smell like burnt breaks. That's when I was really really happy that a friend came with me! She told me where to park and we then asked for help...because we couldn't,t open the hood! Yep, roll your eyes as much as you want. The two men we asked also took a good 5 minutes to get it open. ;)

And then, we had a discussion.... in Czech! Well, they were speaking Czech. Like a waterfall! I caught a couple of german words that were thrown in there and they said that it was normal for a new car. No Problem. This seems the be the words when a Czech can't speak English. So we drove home, with all the windows open.

When I got home I called the garage and the salesman told me it was No Problem. Of course not. He said to drive the car a couple of days and within 3-4 days, the smell should disappear. And that if it didn't, I should just drive to the garage and they would check it out. Insert an emoji with really big stunned eyes right here!

And then I remembered that when he gave me the car, between all the words he said, the man said that if I had any problems with the car, battery or what ever, I should call Mazda assistance. And that's what I did. From home, I called them.

The girls who took the phone call spoke English. Phew!!! I explained and she didn't say no problem. She said: "I'll send you a towing.Tomorrow." See, that's what happens when a Czech can speak English. :) So the next morning, I didn't have my car for a full day yet, I saw it go away...


It was a very sad and grey foggy morning.

To make this already too long story short, the car had nothing. The salesman drove my car (What?!! The car didn't go to the service? Apparently not...) and said it was No Problem. I picked up my car the same day. And it smelled like...burnt breaks. No smoke this time. 4 days later I have a nice blue car. It almost doesn't smell anymore. Everything will be ok. No Problem!


And so that story (and the headaches that came with the fumes) prevented me to do my layouts for Citrus Twist Kits earlier. But I did them this weekend and here they are! :)


Using a white background, I stitched (not without difficulty) 2 frames with golden thread around my photos.


I wrote the place with my calligraphy brush pen.


Added a title with my beautiful foam thickers. And added some really cute accents such as this golden leaf shaped paperclip! How cute is that?!!!


For my second layout, I used a black background. I'm still not sure about the look, but my foggy picture somehow screamed for it! And I backed the picture with some viid colors so I guess it makes the black background disappear a little.


I really love all the little bits and pieces that were in the kits this month. Wood, cork, ribbon, twine, puffy stickers, sequins, golden metal. Just perfect!




I really like all these fall colors when standing together.


I printed my journaling with the computer onto vellum. It lets the background show just a tiny little bit. It also helps keep the black in proportion.


What do you think if we stop here for today and I'll show you two more layouts this week? I think so. :)

So thanks for stopping by and see you again real soon!

Marie-Pierre 



Sunday, November 20, 2016

Pretty Little Studio | December Daily

Hello everyone!

My goal this November was to finish my December Daily from last year (2015). I had to stop doing it when I left to visit my parents in Canada and left it untouched at day 12, knowing that I would want to finish it this November to get in the Christmas spirit! If you can remember, last year in November I re-did my 2009 December Daily and I really enjoyed the process of looking back and of slowly getting fired up for the coming Christmas. Read all about it here.

This year was a different situation though. I was pretty busy with the Christmas collection coming out in November so I felt like I had to catch up and I was afraid I could never do it! But today (I'm writing this blog post November 18th) I can tell you that I did reach my goal. Last night in fact I made the finishing touches to the last pages! :)

Today on the Pretty Little Studio blog, you can see the pages 13 to 17. Here are some pictures of what you'll see over there. Please head over for a list of the products I used and more detailed shots. :)





One thing I particularly enjoyed this year was to use my own collection Winter Joy which you can pre-order right here. I hope you'll check it out.


All right, see you later for some more December Daily updates. :) 

Marie-Pierre

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Pretty Little Studio | 4x4 layouts

Hey everyone!

Look at these cute tiny 4x4 layouts I made with my collection Here Comes The Sun!


The paper containing 4 4x4 squares was PERFECT for that! It made the perfect backgrounds!


Here's my first layout with a space for my friend to put a picture of us. I only attached the empty photo paper with a paperclip so it will be easy to substitute.


I added lots of cute die cuts and Wrote part of the title on this small pink banner and the rest I spelled with tiny letters from Maggie Holmes.


I really love the multiple borders of stitching all around the small canvas. :)


I made my second page similar to the first one starting with a background paper and building on top of it with embellishments.



I love that space in the circle frame to write the journaling. I used the vellum tape to add some words to the title.





I stitched my title and curled the top and bottom of it to give it lots of dimension. I really like them in real life. They look really cute and I can't wait for my friend to get them. :)

You can find a list of the specific products I used on the Pretty Little Studio blog post or you can simply visit the Pretty Little Studio shop and pick and choose what you like most from the collection. 

Thanks for stopping by!!

Marie-Pierre






Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Get it Scrapped | Convey an idea with design

Hi everyone!

Today on the Get it Scrapped blog you will find many examples of how to convey an idea with your design. It means, how can you reinforce and illustrate what you want to say not only with the pictures and the words, but also with your layout design.

Here's my take on it:


You can read about my design choices on the  Get it Scrapped blog. 


I used almost exclusively products from my collection on this page. This 12x12 paper though is from Studio Calico and the paperclips are from Dear Lizzy, but the rest is from the collection Here Comes The Sun and you can find it here.



I really liked playing with my collection. This is the second layout I made with it. :) As you can see I used lots of die cuts.


And word stickers. I'm really happy with the selection of phrases I chose to be made into a product! They are very versatile. I also love that some of them are pink and some of them are blue. It makes for a cute detail.


On the left of my photos, I have a cute cluster of embellishments: a High 5 flair button, the number 6 in gold foil which is one of my favorite product in the whole line the gold foil numbers (and letters!)  I added a golden bow paperclip (Dear Lizzy) and a small p.s. cork embellishment from one of my Citrus Twist Kits. I love to pair several round embellishments together. I also paired the small heart die cut with a word sticker to create a really interesting "love you". :)


I layered 3 pieces of "paper": the Sunset paper, the clear Tiny Hearts, and the vellum Flowers. It's great to have many kind of see through papers to play with!


I layered a white doily that I had in my stash and added some speech bubbles: one with gold foil and a pink one with a heart inside + a very cute golden flamingo paperclip (Dear Lizzy).


I added some black foam quotation marks and I think it's cute that one of them is on the left page of the layout. :)


Here you can the the beginning of the journaling.


And the rest of the journaling down there.


Not only did I use the number 6 but I also spelled it out to put more emphasis on Maya's age. More on that in the article on the Get it Scrapped blog post.


On the right page, because i wanted to leave lots of space to the words, I added only some die cuts clusters. They ind of finish the page off and also bring the left and the right pages together.



The final touch: a really cute cloud flair button and a small flag die cut where I've added the date.

I hope you enjoyed my layout. If so, leave me a comment and subscribe to my blog. :)
Thank you and talk to you again soon.

Marie-Pierre


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