Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Citrus Twist Kits | One Little Word

Hey guys!

First of all, I hope you caught our Cutest Video Hop EVER yesterday?!! How fun was it?? :) I looked at all the videos and was so happy to discover Simon, the 14 year old stamper and card maker! And Laura, the 20 year old who's already a YouTube pro since many years! Call me old, or even stupid, but I thought famous youtube were all Mine Crafter! lol Apparently not. And Arielle is really pleased with ALL the comments she received. Maya, less pleased, told me she was sad for me that everybody was congratulating Arielle and not me! LOL I also had a blast watching this 6 year old playing with his "prize markers" (his mom's copic markers) and emptying a bottle of glue on each spot he wanted to adhere a small die cut. It was hysterical and oh so cute! If you missed it, it's here and it a MUST SEE! lol


Ok, and now you're here for a new page I assume? ;) Well, what a coincidence, I do have one for you!! It's my 3rd project made with the Citrus Twist Kits Add-on and Pattern paper kits and it's funny as the pile of stuff to use grow leaner as the month goes on and projects are made, I still always have enough nice things to make another nice project. :) It's like magic! So here's my layout:

It's an 8.5x11 canvas, you are not dreaming! I made it for my One Little Word documentation. My word this year is Good and taking a mindfulness class was a must for me to get better and feel better. I didn't know that this "meditation" class would bring me just a little bit further and treat me with new friends and great tools. I am so thankful for this in my life at the moment!

So anyway, I used a 12x12 paper from Echo Park as my background. On the 12x12 canvas, the heart was right in the middle. I trimmed it down so that it would be off centered and even bleed out of the page on the left.

It was quite a challenge to find a piece of paper that could fame my photo nicely and sort of block the business of the background. Since the Echo Park paper is not a clean white, all the other papers in the kit wouldn't fit very well. The only one that was fitting was this yellow one, from Crate Paper, but I so wanted to use the other side that I really had to push myself to use it. Better used than hoarded, right?! :)

Here you see how the yellow really make a strong contrast with all the patterns and colors on the background. You also see that I distressed the sides and that I stamped "Days like these" and "where the magic begins". Such cute stamps every month in the kits! I use them all the time! I used another Echo Park paper, quite busy, to make a smaller mat between the photo and the yellow paper. The yellow alone was way too strong!

Over the photo, the wrote the name of all the ladies as seen on the photo. This is really the kind of detail I always omit to write down and that I am missing when I look at my album 5 years later, thinking it's not possible that i forgot the names of my friends! I added a big jewel (Maggie Holmes) and tucked it a little bit behind the yellow paper to give even more dimension than just the distressed edges. I also punched the whole side of the page to give it the look of a piece of paper I would have teared out of a notebook.  I finally added the "just be you" that I cut out from the bottom strip of one of the papers. You know, the space with the name of the company?! Yes, that. I fussy cut that tiny arrow from that same pattern paper.

 Here you se the punched border even better. That "wonderful banner was in the die cuts pack. The original piece says "wonderful you" but I trimmed away the you to have it say only "wonderful".

Right under it I spelled m"mindful" since it's a mindfulness class and I finished by trimming another die cut saying "mom life" to keep only the "life" part of it. :) One got to be creative, right?! I finished the page off with another jewel, this time a green little bow. Oh and I stamped the date. February 14th. Yes, I celebrated Valentine's Day with these friends. It was just plain awesome!! <3 nbsp="" p="">
Thanks for being here! I hope you also had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Marie xox

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Emily Leiphart | The Cutest Video Hop Ever

Hi everyone!

And welcome to the Cutest Video Hop Ever!

Arielle and I are excited to be joining my friend Emily Leiphart for this fun hop celebrating 5000 subscribers on her You Tube channel but, more importantly, inspiring the next generation of crafters! We hope you  have as much fun watching us craft with our kids, as much as we enjoyed creating these projects to share with you.  We are also proud to have two very inspiring young crafters joining us on their own YouTube channels.

Here are the crafters joining the hop:

1. Emily Leiphart
2. Catherine Pooler
3. Marie-Pierre Capistran
4. Samantha Mann
6. Laura Sterckz
9. Jill Dewey Hawkins
10. Laura Bassen

You'll find the link to Samantha's video on my You Tube channel, right under my video.

Our generous sponsors with a total of 13 prizes are:

Catherine Pooler Designs, two $25 gift certificates
Ellen Hutson$50 gc + 10% discount code “craftykids”
Just ME Digital Stamps4 digital files, winner's choice
My Favorite Things$25 gift certificate
Neat & Tangled$25 gift certificate
Paper Smooches$50 gift certificate
Pretty Little Studio$25 gift certificate + 10% discount code “prettylittle”
Simon Says Stamp$25 gift certificate
Sunny Studio Stamps$20 gift certificate
Technique Tuesday$25 gift certificate
Winnie + Walter, two $25 gift certificates

You are encouraged to shop at Ellen Hutson and Pretty Little Studio using the 10% discount codes provided above. Ellen Hutson's code is valid on February 14-15, 2017, cannot be combined with other coupon codes and is valid on in-stock items only.

The winners will be randomly chosen from all comments left on each of our videos. Comments will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 and winners will be announced on Emily's blog on February 24, 2017. Winners must be subscribed to Emily's YouTube Channel.

Arielle and I will show you how to make these adorable candy boxes!

Perfect for our favorite valentines or for upcoming birthday parties! Look out for the cute labels you will find over at Pretty Little Studio! And don't forget to use the 10% discount code when you shop!

Good luck to you all and most importantly, HAVE FUN hopping with us!!!

Marie and Arielle xox

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Citrus Twist Kits | She Glows

Hello everyone!!

This morning I would like to show a page that I truly adore!
I made it with the February Citrus Twist Add-on kit and I also used some elements from the February Project life kit.

I wanted to document the story of Maya being such a good little friend and receiving lots of love and of compliments from her schoolmates. She's rather a shy kid and she is calm and doesn't go towards others easily, but somehow, light is coming out of her tiny body and she attracts people. I really to have that in her album.

I started with a white background and a photo that I snapped on New year's eve that I absolutely adore (and that photo makes me think that I really should perfect my abilities of using my "big girl" camera and I should use it more. Way more!!!).

Then there was this paper from one Canoe two in the kit that looked like a bee hive. The colors were great and because of her name, we always connect Maya with anything bee related, so I wanted to use it. I didn't want to have the black bees on the page though, and I thought that using a whole piece of paper as is would be too much. So I started cutting the small hexagone shapes and placing them down on the white background. I suddenly saw sort of a little path forming. Thats when I decided to stitch all the forms. It was a lot of work but it was so worth it!

I then reached for that little fox and placed him on the path.

There was another paper that was interesting. The one with the books. I started to look at each of the books and when I read that title I thought it was SO perfect for my story! So I cut 3 books out. I chose the two others for their color. I cut the upper part of the cover and slid a "bookmark" made with one of the leather stickers from the PL kit. I put the top book, the one with the nice title about friendship a little bit on the side to make it stand out and I also used 3d foam tape under the cover, adhering the sion the book right to the background with double side tape to make it look like an actual book and not only a picture of a book. I added a small leather like stick in that shade of blue to attract the eye there. 

In the end, there was this large empty space in the upper left corner. It felt really awkward. That's when I decided to add this cute heart in the same colors than the path. The flair button was also just perfect for the page and the story!

I used some flower die cuts (Paige Evans) to frame the picture. I really love the bronze foil accents. It's really warm and  precious. I also added a couple more heart leather stickers in pinks and blues. I added my title to the top and under my photo and filled in the gap with my journaling. I always have Cathy Zielsky's voice in my head that there shouldn't be any trapped space! lol That's from my design class I took with her when I started scrapbooking, 9 years ago! ha!! ::)

There you go! Another finished page and a lovely story. I hope this could inspire you in many ways!!
Have a lovely weekend!


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Pretty Little Studio | December Daily and Winter Joy

Hello everyone!!

Today I'm on the Pretty Little Studio blog with so many pictures that I just can't post them all here!!! I'm sure you'll understand. I was working on my December Daily and came quite forward. So here are a couple of pictures of the full pages but if you don't mind, I'll let you go over to my original blogpost for all the details and more inspiration!! :)

I'm long from done with this album! I can't even tell you on which day I am since I'm not doing the number thing this year but one thing I know is that I'm almost done with the "Prague" part of the on to the "canada" part, with the snow and cousins!!! :) FUN!

See you on the Pretty Little Studio Blog!!!

Oh and, maybe you noticed here but I only used my new Winter Joy collection so you'll see more of that too when you head over to the blog!! See you there!! :)


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pretty Little Studio | Here comes the sun

Hello everyone,

today I would like to show you a card I made with my Here comes the sun collection, which you can get at Pretty Little Studio. We had just come back from Canada when I made it and I hadn't been in my studio in like 3 weeks and maybe more, so I was rusty and I decided to make a card to get my acquainted again with my space. 

First of all, the day before, I had introduced my kids to Copic Markers. So I had this little image from Penny Black all colored already. I just fussy cut it and I was ready to start.

I don't feel really comfortable making cards so I decided to approach it like a scrapbook layout. I chose a background (the golden polka dots was calm enough for my eye) and another paper with more color to mat it. And then I made a small cluster with some loose gold thread, a label and 2 small die cuts. 

I like how it turned out.

Do you guys sometimes use your scrapbook supplies to make cards?


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Citrus Twist Kits | Happy New Year!

Hello everyone!

I'm here today to inspire you with a layout and a sketch! You'll find the sketch on the Citrus Twist Kits blog! And you'll also find all the details to play along with me and maybe win a prize!!!

So here's a layout about how we celebrated the New year:

I used a vanilla cardstock as my base. I already had this discussion with my friend Tracie Claiborne about white backgrounds, if white goes with anything. Well, here, for this page and these photos, it was looking way way way better with an off white creams background! And that even if there's a lot of white in my pictures!!

For my title I used this large sticker word "delight" and I added lots of details around it. The title read: Hello 2017, delight & a bit of magic. :)

I could fit my journaling right in there, between the photo and the title. And I added a label down there for the date.

I stamped a little bit too, on the page and on the label. It adds some texture and interest. Love the stitching on the label.

I also sticked around the patterned paper and I added lots of bits and pieces around this photo. I didn't fill the space under the photo. It gives a nice place for the eye to rest.

I really love the pictures I found. Everybody was happy clinging their glasses and I was just snapping away and I feel like even though I was taking pictures in addition to try and connect and celebrate with my family, I was very mindful of the moment and I'm so happy that I now have nice and natural photos of happy people. The photo sizes are 4x6, 4x4 and 3x4. The small one on the top is pretty small, but I could put it in evidence by printing it with a white frame. I really prefer these real life action photos which are ALWAYS imperfect to the posed and perfect photos. But that's just me and my own style. :)

Thanks for being here, friends, all catch you again real soon!!


Friday, January 20, 2017

Citrus Twist Kits | What stories do you tell?

Hey everyone!

Tonight I'm having a conversation with Debbie Hodge, owner of Get it Scrapped, about style. It is part of a class called "Style is Leverage". The class has been going all week and I've learned and got inspired a lot...

This brings me to ask you: What kind of stories do you record?? I have a couple albums a add stories to. These are: 
  • our travels - it's my album with less pages! I sometimes will make 1 single page or a double page about a trip we took
  • my relationship story - this album includes stories of when my husband and I met, the weeding, honeymoon, and other things we do as a couple, not including the kids....not that it happens a lot!
  • our family - everything that includes both girls or the whole family (our move to Prague, for example, would go in there)
  • my daughters - they each have their own album and the stories goes from their birth to now
  • my story - this album includes stories from my childhood, stories from now and stories from in between. The stories in there tend to be more profound.
This layout here, although there's a picture of Arielle on it, goes into my story  album. The story is about that little raccoon which Arielle found in my stuffed animals bin and made her own. That raccoon is bringing back feelings and memories. I didn't want to go too deep in the details on the page, but I wrote enough to know what it's about when I read it. 

I used the January Citrus Twist Kits scrapbooking main kit to make it.

I tried to pick the elements that were soft and tender. The white doily represents the moon. I layered some yellow stars paper with a very subtle flower patterned paper and some soft pink. My longer journaling under the photo tells the story of the past while the green label holds the details of the photo, if that makes sense.

I stitched silver thread and made some little bows to make the letters sort of hang into the air. I added a wood veneer saying "something new" (the raccoon is new to her and and old friend to me) and some paper star which look like wood veneers as well.

A simple and delicate page with a heavy story and lots of meaning for me.

So, here I ask again, what kind of stories do you document? And where do they live? How do you keep track of what you documented and of what you still want to document? I'd love to hear more about it.

I hope you will check out the details of the "style is Leverage" class and maybe consider getting a membership to Get it Scrapped. It's totally worth the money! The blog is also full of inspiration for stories to tell. I love love love reading the articles! So inspiring!

All right, thanks for stopping by and I'll talk to you real soon. Sunday, in fact, with a sketch to inspire you! :)