Saturday, September 10, 2016

Pretty Little Studio DT | Maya at 5

Hi everyone!

Maybe some of you noticed it, I am back on the Pretty Little Studio Design Team! Not only as a designer of collections for Pretty Please. :D I'm very happy about it because it will be the perfect excuse to use my collections! And I can't wait to inspire you to use my products as well. :)

So here's the first layout I have to show you, using my Here Comes The Sun collection. If you are following me on Instagram you probably already seen a part of it.

It's a layout celebrating Maya at 5 years old.

I used my papers divided in 4 4x4 squares and used them as small canvases to build don.

On some of them I have pictures, on some other I have journaling, die cuts and piles of pretty things. :)

I used my die cut letters to write my title which I splitter in two parts.
This little sun square makes me happy!!

I had to buy a new sewing machine when I arrived here. The different electricity had me leave my beloved sewing machine in the USA. :( And it took some weeks before I got a new one. It was not a priority for everybody in the family, you know?! ;) lol So anyway, now that I have one again, I used it!! Woohoo! So I stitched and teared the edges of my little squares. I really like the effect.

I paired some gold elements together like this flair button with the golden speech bubble and some gold sequins in the square right next to this one.

In the middle of the page, I made a pretty large cluster of hearts die cuts. I also added a golden paperclip (Dear Lizzy) and a small flower die cut that I just love so much

That little woden umbrella was waiting in my stash since a long time to be used on just the right layout. It time finally came and I now have it in my album to enjoy.

The small flag here was used to add some more details to the layout. I think my rain drops paper might be my favorite one of the whole collection. I hid it behind a picture but I really like the parts that are peeking out. They go perfectly with the sun and cloud paper. Did you notice that cloud die cut that I layered over one on the cloud that was on the paper? I adhered it with foam dots and it makes for a pretty interesting look.

The small with circle was perfect to add journaling!!

Here's a better look at the hearts cluster. :)

For the exact supplies list I used, you can go to my Pretty Little Studio blogpost where I listed everything.

Thanks for coming by guys!!
Talk to you again soon!


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Get it Scrapped DT | On the go scrapbooking

Hey everyone!

Wow, I don,t know if it's because of the move, the beginning of school, learning a new language and  getting settled in a new life, or all of these put together, but I can barely keep up with all my scrappy assignments even if I feel like I have so few of them! Phew!!

So apparently I had a layout published on the Get It Scrapped website yesterday and if you want to go read the article, it's called 3 Options for Scrapbooking On the Go!. So apparently keeping up and documenting at the same time is not only one of MY issues but some other people might find it difficult at times?!  So if you need some ideas and if you need to not feel so alone in that situation, you should definitely check it out. :)

My approach was to scrapbook in a Traveler's notebook.

When the movers came to pack up my house, and I knew I would be without a scrap room for several months (it ended up being 2,5 months) I kind of panicked and packed a mini kit to bring with me, just in case I would feel the need to create at some point, you know. :)

Here are some pictures.
Stickers, labels, paperclips, adhesive, tabs and even ink, date stamp and a travel themed stamp set from Citrus Twist Kits.

I bought my traveler's notebook when Trina (Citrus Twist Kits owner) told me: Hey, that could be fun for you while moving this summer. I didn't have to think twice. I bought the leather book + 4 inserts, just in case I would need more pages than the ones that were included in the original Traveler's notebook.

Here you can see some of the paper pieces I collected while on my trip to Prague, when I went house hunting.

I saw the idea of a prologue at the very beginning when I started scrapbooking. It was in one of Moon Ko's baby ally album and since then, I always write a prologue when I make a mini album. It's the best thing to put the following story into a context.

I then divided my story in  3 parts: the day we left (my daughter hit her head on the corner of a piece of furniture 30 min before we were leaving to the airport so this was kind of a big deal and had to be documented as part of the trip), the flight + first impressions when we landed and when I went for my first min tour of the city and finally the 10 days I spent in Prague.

I wanted to keep my album VERY simple!!! Because of the supplies I had available, but also because I really had no time to sit for a long period of time and also because I had my head somewhere else (the move!), I wasn't feeling very creative. I didn,t want to complicate things, I wanted to DOCUMENT. That's all.

Journaling was a HUGE part of the book. I brought a brush marker with which I wrote some kind of subtitles. I divided my notebook in smaller stories, in a way.

I really enjoyed stamping!! I have a lot of stamps in my supplies collection but I rarely think of using them on a layout. I was really surprise to see that for my Traveler's notebook, maybe because the kit I had was so small, I naturally looked and reach for my stamps.

Sometimes I was thinking just a little to far.... adding too many things.  I don't really like the look of the label for the title. Maybe I should have stuck to really simple all the way through the book, but as I said, my head was full, I couldn't think clearly. Today, looking back, I'm glad I have something. I'll take anything really.

I can see now that I was really stressed out. A lot of my journaling is me talking to myself and encouraging me. Let's do this! lol It's ok. It talks for itself. It's a phase I was in, and now I have it black on white, right there. :)

The journaling is mainly french at the beginning. But (if I remember correctly) it switches to English at some point. That too is not controlled. It just happened.

I documented day by day. (You have to know here that I didn't do this album while I was in Prague. I did it when I came back) The day by day approach made it easier  for me to  remember the whole trip. I had some small notes in my agenda, but not many, so I had to jog my memory. I also had my memorabilia to help with that.

I like the empty spaces throughout my book.  On some pages I have left less white space and it looks very full.

I printed all the small pictures in the same format one day before the movers came to our house to pack. I still had my printer and I made this in a rush. I had to work with with I had once I wanted to document. I didn't use all the pictures, it was just too much, but I'm glad I didn,t feel like pictures were missing.

And this would be the end of day 1. As you can see, I filled lots of pages with only the trip to there and one day in Prague! The other days are not as full. I kind of felt like it was too much. Too many details maybe, too many photos?! I don't know but I had that feeling of overwhelm. I knew I still had 9 days of documenting to do! I'll call it done for the blog for today and I'll show you the rest soon, ok? :)

Hoping that this could inspire you a little. :) Scrapbooking on the go is fun, but there's no magic. It has to be done somehow and it takes time and effort no matter how we do it. In the end it's up to you  to make it as complicated or as simple as you want! :) And there's no scrapbooking police either, don't forget that. Oh and, I've heard people say they felt a pressure because they were putting their work online, you know, a pressure to make things pretty, maybe I had it here, but I kind of let go of that pressure and self expectation because the documenting is more important than the following after all. Scrapbooking is a thing we should do for yourself first. Right? :)

Ok, gotta go get the girls at school. Have a great day, friends!!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Citrus Twist Kits | Project Life

Hi everyone,

as promised, here's the 3rd Project Life spread I made with my August Project Life Citrus Twist Kit.

Again, I added some white cardstock because I didn't want to let any journaling out. Love these owl stickers as the kids were called owls in our school in the US.  Also, I thought that this puffy sticker looked so much like a beach ball. :)

For this spread I felt like adding a little bit of layers. Just like we do on 12x12 layouts. I didn't go overboard though, I didn't want to overwhelm the page.

To get a polaroid look, simply leave some white under the photo when you cut it out from it's 4x6 canvas.

I absolutely loved that camera paper this month. Any scrapbooking project can use a little camera :)

I used the number puffy stickers to create some kind of story scheme.

And I carried the number over to the right page too.

There was a little piece of cork that said "Sleep in late". I used it to create a cute tiny frame around the "fingers crossed" piece of paper I cut out from a piece of patterned paper in the kit.

I did some stamping here with the before (which is right before the taxi picked us up at our house).

Saying goodbye to our lovely neighbors :'(

hat a sweet PL card! I wasn't sure if I could use it or if I should hoard it forever. So sweet these little pastel lines.

And I have the After stamp here, for when we arrived in Prague...

Some more layering and journaling. And the speed is done. I feel happy about it. Not too much, just enough. Perfect!! :)


Monday, August 22, 2016

Citrus Twist Kits | Project Life

Hi everyone!!

Welcome to my first month back on the Citrus Twist Kits team. I mean, I never left the team, but as you know, with the move, I had to take some months off. I actually took 2 months off. And I am back creating with the August Project Life kit. Ah how I missed my kits! And my studio!!!

So I made 3 Project Life spreads (for now).

For the 2 first one, to get back onto it, I took advantage of the photos I had left, unscrapped, in my album. It brought me back to the beginning of April where we went to the Zootastic zoo in North Carolina and where we had an encounter with baby Li-Liger (dad is a lion, mom is a Liger - half lion, half tiger) and with baby hyena who was pushed aside by his parents from the day he was born. :( He quickly became friend with baby Li-Liger and we had so much fun with them.

I played with dimension by adding foam adhesive. I thought the contrast was pretty cool with the transparency of the clear Amy Tangerine stickers.

I also placed puffy stickers under and over the label which also gives more depth.

I kept things really simple. I was trying to find my groove and get back to it. Leave my sorrows behind and let the creativity flow.

I used the pictures that were there, didn't dare to print new ones.  I guess the task of looking back to my thousands of photos I take monthly was too daunting. And that is why I have mixed some pictures from a field trip with my daughter to another zoo with the Zootastic experience.  I don't love it. I don't love that we can't clearly see what is what, but it's ok. I gave myself permission to just go with the flow and not worry about anything.

The second spread brings us to Atlanta, where we had to go to renew the girls swiss passeports. With my husband being in Prague often at that time, we didn't have much family time. That weekend was a good one spent all together.

Again, we went to the zoo...

And I'm finding my groove to create this time. I love that!!! :D

I've cut out some & in a piece of patterned paper, layered them with foam dots again and added clear stickers from the Amy Tangerine clear sticker booklet. I printed that small label with my computer on normal typing paper. I don't have my typewriters anymore :( One had a broken key (I should have brought it anyway! mhhh, why didn't I think of that?!!! and the other one was electric so I had to leave it in the USA)

Another clear sticker adhered directly on the photo, while I layered the little clear sticker hear on white cardstock before adhering it with foam adhesive so that it pops out better.

When I saw the million tiny things quote I thought of all the things we still had to do before the move! I wanted to used it in a pockets with a "million" tiny things like sequins for example and then the paper with the tiny cameras caught my eye and I figured I could use these instead of sequins. I decided to glue them in place on a card instead of leaving them floating loose in a pocket. I don't know yet if my fuse will work here. Suspense...

Some photos don't need much to shine!

For my journaling, I decided to use white cardstock. I rarely do this but I quite love the result. I dressed the white card with a piece fo patterned paper that grounds my yellow cab sticker. I wrote my text and added a cork star and some stamping.

I then spotted the yellow clear "weekend" sticker and added it to the card with some more stamping. The tiny stamps that always come in the Citrus Twist Kits are very versatile! I always find an interesting way to use them.

Meet Melissa, owner of Pretty Little Studio!! Melissa is the one who gave me the opportunity to become a paper designer. I already told you this I think so I won't make it too long here, but after I was on the Pretty little Studio design team, I stayed in touch with her and we became friends and she offered me to become a designer under the Umbrella Pretty little Studio. A dream come true!

So when we came back from Atlanta we basically drove by her town and I texted her, out of the blue, and she came and met us in a Chick-Fil-A. :) This was our first time meeting in person. It was so nice!!!

In the Amy Tangerine sticker booklet I found a Pretty and a please, which is the name of my brand. I paired them together to put on this photo. :)

Here are some more clear stickers and a puffy sticker on a couple of PL 3x4 cards.

On this plain white card on the right I added a small piece of patterned paper that i stapled in place and I added a clear sticker and a puffy sticker. I journaled a bit and finished my card with a feather clear sticker.

To add more journaling here i used a 4x6 card (I never have enough of these!!!! Love them for journaling!) and I added some small clear stickers to embellish. I really love the look of the clear stickers touching each other a bit. I also let one of the circle lead a bit out of the card. I find that it looks more organic. 

Join me tomorrow for my third Project Life spread made with my August Citrus Twist Project Life kit and go visit the Citrus Twist Kits blog for more inspiration or the Citrus Twist Kits website to get your own kit for next month! :)

Thanks for passing by and leave me some comments if you feel like it! :)

Talk to you soon!