Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Getting up to date with Project Life

Hi everyone!

Ah, it feels so good to be back scrapbooking again! This long withdrawal (for those who don't know, we just moved and I was without my studio for over a month!!) wasn't funny but I used my time wisely and got working on some scrapbooking related projects for which I was only needing a pen and some paper. :) More to come on that very shortly, I hope.

Ok so what I missed most while "on the go" was my computer and my printer. Had I been able to print pictures, I think I could/would have worked on my Project Life. Although….in our small hotel room, it would have been hard. So anyway, when we got our office back, that's what I started doing: printing pictures and putting them into pockets! My head was spinning with all the memories that were fresh and that I didn't want to lose grip of.

When I got my album back, my first idea was to go and see where I had stop. And I was surprised to see that my last week done was the first week of May. For sure we were only one month in a hotel room, but before the move I had many assignments to do for my design teams (had to finish all the pages for all the design teams and commitments for until the end of August!) So that, plus the never ending showings of the house to potential buyers that were happening weekly during 3 MONTHS!!! And there was my husband who was traveling every week so that I was left alone with the kids and the house needing to be tidy, all the time! ….. I really hadn't had time (or the head) for my Project Life album. But now I am back and I am motivated to fill every single missing week! Oh yes!! :)

So my plan?! Well, I will work backwards from now until May and I'll be careful to stay up to date in the current month. I already filled some weeks. Let me show you weeks 34-35-36. I also did week 33 but since it was a week spent at Disney, I'll keep it for a separate blog post. So here we go:

WEEK 34


Week 34 was the week I came back from Disney with the girls and my parents. The day we were on the road, Patrick was getting all the furniture and boxes at the new house. We still had one night to sleep at the hotel and then we could enter our new home! :) After 21 days as homeless.


For this week I used the new Dreamy kit from Heidi Swapp. I love the soft colors and positive words. It makes my album look very calm.


I mixed it with some Studio Calico Project Life kit's elements, like this specific card at the bottom right.



WEEK 35


I'm very pleased with week 35 which is a good mix between the cards and the pictures and which is, again, very soft and calm. I like that feeling to document an event that is quite exciting and stressful.

 I love the colors. I still love the gold!




I love adding just small labels to add a few details directly on the pictures.




WEEK 36



 I included lots of pictures this week!! Maya got an underwater camera on her birthday in July and now that we have a pool, we could put it to great use! :) And since we had so many fun and funny pictures to chose from, I decided to keep mostly all of them. They don't need much journaling anyway. :)

 This was the first project I did in 1,5 months, remember. I started slow and kept it simple, but still had the urge to play a little bit, hence the use of the rub-on. :)



The Studio Calico monthly Project Life kit was very handy and helpful since everything was right there, in the little box. :)

Voilà for now. As I told you, next time I'll show you my week 33, spent at Disney with my parents. I was so very lucky that they came to help and support me during that time!

Oh and before I leave, one last thing, Tchoubi will be opening her store next week with loads of fun products in FRENCH!! So if you don't want to miss anything, make sure you go over there and subscribe to the newsletter! :) I'm excited about it. I have a scrapbook page over there that I'll be showing you very soon! :)

Big hugs,
Marie

PS: oh and a big thank you to everybody who is still subscribing at my blog and asking for my die cuts. I still have them and I can still pass them on to you if you want! You only have to go here and follow the directions. :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Get it Scrapped | A tree made out of gold

Hi everyone!

Today on the Get it Scrapped blog you'll find inspiration about using negative space on your layout.

I love getting assignments for Get It Scrapped because it ALWAYS makes me think further than I normally would. For this page, I was trying to find an original and creative way to used a silhouette cut out.

What came to my mind was this tree layout I made a couple of months ago. I loved it so much and worked quite a bit on this tree cut file so I wanted to used it once more. This time I thought it would be perfect to document Arielle's tree that she was so sad to leave behind when we moved. Here's my page:


This time, I've cut the tree slightly larger than I did last time. I backed it with a beautiful green patterned paper and I cut the tree a second time on some gold textured cardstock so I could use the leaves as layers. I glued some leaves in a random pattern over the green leaves, making sure to leave one end of the leave unglued. It gives lovely dimension to my page.




I adhered the picture with foam dots.


The green letters are vellum sticker letters from Pretty Little Studio. And the gold "GOLD" is my handwriting and was cut out in the same gold cardstock I used for the leaves and the frame around the page using my Silhouette.

I layered some white, gold and green ribbons that I adhered with hot glue to give the impression that they are flowing (vs stitching them down).


I stitched around the page with some golden thread.

Voilà. :)
Hope I could inspire you to use your Silhouette. There are so many other ways I could have played with the negative space! If you do something that was inspired by this blog post, please link me up! :) I'd love to see it.

Marie

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pretty Little Studio / Pinkfresh Studio blog hop - Day 2



Hi everyone!!

Pretty Little Studio is so excited to join Pinkfresh Studio to inspire you with some cute creations!!

Pinkfresh Studio is known for their unique embellishments which are so fun and colorful. Mixing them up with Vintage inspired Pretty Little Studio products definitely has created awesome projects.

Today is day #2 of our blog hop combining designers from both companies to share their projects with you. Make sure you visit each blog and comment on each blog INCLUDING PRETTY LITTLE STUDIO BLOG to enter a giveaway. TWO winners will be  chosen for each day and they will receive $30.00 worth of goody bag from Pinkfresh Studio and a $30.00 gift certificate from Pretty Little Studio.      Winners will be announced on 9/15. Good luck!

Here are my projects:


This page is the first one I made in over a month and a half. For those who are following me, you know that I'v been moving. I couldn't wait to get my studio back and to get back to creating!! During the move, my printer was damaged and so for these 2 projects I had to work with pictures I had on hand. This one is one of the rare pictures I have of my grand-parents. I don't have a digital file for it and I was seriously wondering if I should put it on a layout, just like that. Finally I decided to go for it. I'd rather have in on a page that might age awkwardly than to have it somewhere in a box. And that story that I'm telling with it is one I wanted to tell for a long long time.

Here are some details of the products I used and things I've done:


These labels and gold foil letters stickers are from Pretty Little Studio and are some of my GO TO products for every project I make!


Here, the cloud is from Pretty Little Studio, as well as the yellow flair I used to create the sun. The sun rays are made with the cutest tinniest wooden triangles from Pinkfresh Studio. So so cute!!


These letters that i mounted on a golden glittery ribbon are from Pinkfresh studio. There are mint green and the stripes are a gold foil. Just GORGEOUS!!!


This cute little house is a puffy sticker from Pinkfresh Studio. It's the cutest!!!


On the side of my picture I layers some vellum from the Marigold collection by Pretty Little Studio as well as some patterned papers, a golden doily and some cute little woodgrain tabs also from Pretty Little Studio. I use these all the time. They are so versatile!

Here's a glimpse at the journaling, if you can read French. ;)


Here's my second layout:


This is a page about my daughter's 3 year. I decided to pinpoint some main things that happened when she was 3. (She just turned 4)


My favorite part about this layout are the bright and colorful strips on which I wrote my journaling. They are patterned papers from Pretty Little Studio (Baby Claire and Baby Jack Collections) that I cut and arrange to give an ombre effect. Simple enough. :)


The wooden triangles I used on my previous page are here used as bullet points. :)


Here I used different little pieces from Pretty Studio and Pinkfresh Studio (stars and sequins, butterflies, brads) and some more pieces that were on my table.

 Here too, I just added some more cute awesomeness (enamel stickers, butterflies, sequins)


The I love you… came from a journaling card that I cut out with my scissors.


Voilà! I hope you enjoyed my small part of the blog hop. :)

Now hop on to the next blog which would be:

ElsBrige from the Pinkfresh Studio team.


Here's the whole list from day 2:




Don't forget to leave comments on every blog including Pretty Little Studio and Pinkfresh Studio!!
And don't forget your codes if you shop at Pretty Little Studio:


and at Pinkfresh Studio:



Happy blog hop!! :)
Marie-Pierre

Monday, September 8, 2014

Pretty Little Studio / Pinkfresh Studio blog hop - Day 1



Hi everyone!
And welcome to our Pretty Little Studio and Pinkfresh Studio blog hop!!
I'm so happy to be taking part in this. :)
My turn will come tomorrow so for now here's a sneak peek at what you'll se here tomorrow.


And here's the list of blogs you can hop to today.
Leave a comment on every blog (including the Pinkfresh Studio and Pretty Little Studio blogs!) to have a chance to win a price of $30.00 in the Pretty Little Studio shop or a grab bag worth $30.00 of Pinkfresh Studio products!!

There you go!
Go blog hopping and make sure you come back here tomorrow!!!
You'll see the 2 first pages I made since the big move! I'm pretty excited about them. :)

Marie


Pretty little Studio… http://prettylittlestudio.com/plsblog/
Lisa Spiegel….. http://lisaspiegel.typepad.com

Pinkfresh Studio… http://pinkfreshstudio.blogspot.com/

Oh and just in case you get tempted by some Pretty Little Studio cuties, here's a 20% off!! ;) Enjoy!!


Oh and one for Pinkfresh Studio as well!! :))) Isn't it great??!


Monday, September 1, 2014

A very special blog tour

THE FAVORITE SCRAPBOOKERS BLOG TOUR

I am so honored today! Amy Kingsford, a dear friend I met through Get it Scrapped and a fantastic designer and scrapbooker that I admire, just designed me as one of her favorite scrapbooker. She is also one of my favorite scrapbooker!!!! Thank you for that, Amy!!!

Now it's my turn to share a little bit about my scrapbooking. 

WHAT AM I WORKING RIGHT NOW?

To be honest, I haven't scrapbook in a month! We are moving (can it take 4 weeks to move? yep, it sure can) and my scrap room just came out of the boxes this morning! :) So right now I am working on organizing my new studio and getting ready for my next assignments! YAY! 



Coming up in the next weeks I have a blog hop (stay tuned for more details, but here's a sneak peek)


and some fun projects to create for a French-Canadian company which I am so happy to be part of. 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE ME TO CREATE A PROJECT?

Once I have my idea and my photos, it takes me about 2 to 5 hours depending on the technique I decided to use. When I work with my Silhouette or with watercolor, it can take me a long time!!

WHAT ARE MY FAVORITE THINGS TO CREATE WITH AT THE MOMENT?

What I love right now are gold embellishments of all kind! 

Gold ribbon, thread and bakers twine


golden flair and gold splatters


Gold foil and gold color shine


Gold rub-ons


Gold letter stickers and thickets


gold velum embellishments


HOW DOES MY WRITING / CREATIVE PROCESS WORK?

My writing is the center of my pages. To me a story is told with words so once I have my story, I choose a picture, or lots of pictures to illustrate the story and I leave room for the words, always! And then I choose papers and embellishments. When choosing my papers and embellishments, I'm not looking for the products to match the colors of the picture, I'm rather looking for some colors that won't make me cringe. lol I'm looking for colors that complement my pictures.

You can see here how I used greens and gold  and the purple of the patterned paper isn't the purple of my daughter's skirt and the blue of the button isn't the blue of the chair but the triangle created by the 3 blue elements leads the eye around the page.


HOW DO I BECOME INSPIRED AND STAY INSPIRED?

I am very inspired by stories I hear from others. Ali Edwards is very generous with the stories she tells from her everyday life and most of the time, when I read her writing, it sparks an idea in my head about my own life. I won't tell it the same way though. I have my own way of telling a story and my own words. I also am very inspired by articles I read from the hands free mama and by a book called Writing Motherhood. These are both about living with kids and they hold great subjects to scrapbook about.

I'm also inspired when I look at other scrapbooker's pages that I love. I have them all together on my Pinterest board and my favorite scrapbookers have their own board. A couple of them are Wilna Furstenberg, Celine Navarro, Heidi Swapp, Dear Lizzy and Amy Kingsford to only name a few. :)


WHAT IS MY SIGNATURE STYLE?

Oh my, that's a tough question. I don't really know what my style is. I know that I always start my pages with a story and that I like vibrant and crisp colors. I also love to use lots of smaller pictures on one layout. And I love to mix stories together....


Now I get to tag 3 of my favorite scrapbookers who will continue the tour. I hope you'll go check their blog and their blog post next Monday!! :)

Céline Navarro

Caroline Elliam

Delphine Potier aka P'nky Dee


Have a great day!!

Marie-Pierre