Monday, October 14, 2019

Color combo challenge

Hi everyone!!
It’s been a while!!
Last time I showed up here I was living in Paris. I am now in my new home near Cleveland Ohio. How fast things can change, right?!
It’s been tough to stay creative in the past year! I have to admit that 10 months in Paris weren’t nearly enough to empty all the boxes and put stuff away and get a good creating environment. So I did had my studio space, but I just didn’t go in there. Instead, I stayed in the dining and living area where the light was so much better and I colored stamps and made cards! That became my creative outlet. I’m not saying that I won’t get back to scrapbooking, in fact, I’m setting up my studio as we speak, but I now have a new cord to my bow. And I love it!!
Here’s the latest card I created, using a mood board as jumping point! I loved working this way.
Here’s the mood board. Visit her on Instagram!!

I used the gorgeous stamps from Hello Bluebird and watercolor for coloring. Lots of fussy cutting and dimension added with 3D foam squares. :)
Thanks for looking!! 


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Cutest Video Hop Ever!!

Hello everyone!!

Arielle, Maya and I are so happy to be participating in the 2nd Annual Cutest Video Hop Ever! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Emily from Art From The Heart who invited us to join in the fun!! ūüėė

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.

All of the artists' YouTube links are below. Please remember that comments here on the blog, while greatly appreciated, are not eligible for the giveaways below. You must leave your comments on YouTube. The more you comment, the higher your chances of winning.

Isn't it amazing to share a passion with our kids??! We hope that this hop will inspire you to start crafting with your little ones as well. The craft doesn't have to be perfect. All that matter is that it's a fun time spent together.

In our video you'll see three cards that we have made with the cute stamp set Simon Hurley sent us! You'll also see how we integrate crafting to our busy daily life, even when we're on the road, which we often are!

We're incredibly grateful to Ranger Ink and Simon Hurley for sending Simon Hurley create products to us.

Thank you so much to all of the wonderful individuals and companies who have donated over 30 prizes for this fun event! The winners will be randomly chosen from all comments left on each of our videos. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning! Comments will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on April 17, 2019 and winners will be announced on Emily's blog on April 24, 2019.

Ranger Ink, 2 Simon Hurley create. Goodie Bags
Jennifer McGuire Ink, 3 Share Handmade Kindness Goodie Bags
Catherine Pooler Designs, 2 ink pads per video
Simon Says Stamp, $50 gift certificate
Avery Elle, $50 gift certificate
Studio Katia, 2 x $25 gift certificates
Winnie & Walter, $50 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh, $30 gift certificate
Ellen Hutson, $25 gift certificate
Hero Arts, $25 gift certificate
My Favorite Things, $25 gift certificate
Newton’s Nook Designs, $25 gift certificate
Paper Smooches, $25 gift certificate
The Stamp Market, $25 gift certificate
Waffle Flower, $25 gift certificate

Have fun on the hop and don't forget to comment!! Good luck! 

Marie-Pierre, Arielle and Maya xox

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Get it Scrapped - a layout


it's been a while!
As I am preparing for the Cutest video hop ever (come back tomorrow to see this go live and have a chance to win one of over 30 wonderful prizes!!!) I thought I'd share with you the last layouts I made for Get It Scrapped:

The first assignment was to create a scrapbook page about what I love scrapbooking most. I chose: scrapbooking about myself. Now, I realize that this may sound a little self centered, but it isn't really. What I love most is scrapbooking about when I was a kid. I have so many good memories that I want to record, either for me to look at later on, or for my kids, as they might want to know how life was like when their mom was little.

The layout I'm going to show you is very special to me as it includes a piece of newspaper I appeared in as I won a story writing contest. I have carried this piece of ephemera with me forever now, in all our crazy moves (!!) and I decided it was time to give it a home in one of my albums.

As you can see, I have the Christmas story I won the contest with on this, and also a picture of me when I went to pick up my price. I didn't think I needed another photo of me at that time. The newspaper article does the job! I did add journaling though to explain the page to the viewer.

I decided to go with this busy background because I loved the rich dark color, the vintage feel of it,  and also all the Christmas song titles which to me made it look like a newspaper... My thinking was that my actual newspaper clipping was very bland. Although it's a little bit busy for the eye, I find that it makes the drab newspaper article pop out.

I used lots of Christmas die cuts to guide the viewer's eye toward what they needed to look at. Here the little bird is looking straight at the story.

This little owl is perched on the photo.

And that cute Santa and mice lead you to the sparkly title which, although it's sparkly, doesn't jump out of the page to get your attention.

I typed the journaling using my own handwriting and cutout strips of journaling. I used hot glue to adhere it forming waves and giving movement to that part of the page.

Here are more die cuts to frame the journaling. Notice how I sat the die cuts on that strips of gold paper? I added red stitches to reinforce the bottom line.

More die cuts directing the viewer's eye.

I also played with foam tape to create dimension.

Here I added the foam tape only at the bottom of the die cut.

You will find all the die cuts and elements you see on this layout at

I hope you enjoyed this layout!!
It was a really fun one to make!

Don't forget to come back here tomorrow so that I can guide you over to the Video Hop and lots of fun prizes to win!! :)


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Team Spellbinders | January 2019 card kit

Hello everyone!

I've been invited to play with the January card kit from Spellbinders.
Have you seen their different clubs?! You might have not heard of it yet, as I hadn't heard of it before they contacted me. I was totally surprised when I saw the website and all they were offering! 
They have several kit clubs and they also have several Value Club options available for those who would like to join multiple clubs at once. 
So anyway, I received the box, which was filled with goodies: a 6x6 paper pad, a set of dies, a stamp set, a pack of pre-made die cuts and some 3D die cuts as well, a bottle of sequins, a sheet of enamel stickers, a sheet of letter stickers, some sheets of card stock and finally some card bases and enveloppes. There was also double sided tape and foam adhesive.

What?!! I know! Loads of stuff!!

I was excited to start creating and didn't even bother clearing my table before I sat down to create! lol

He are the cards I created:


This first card I would like to show you was made exclusively with the add-on kit of the month. You can find the products hereThese products, unlike their Club products, are available to everyone, not only Club members.

I used the XOXO die cut on patterned paper here and glued the little X's and O's behind my 3D bear. I stamped my sentiment on a piece of patterned paper that I cut into a banner shape. It's a simple card that you can make in just some minutes.

I loved that hot air balloon die cut and wanted to give it lots of space to breathe so I simply mounted it on one of the plain colored card stock and stitched sun rays behind it in the colors of the rainbow. I then added the die cut banner. Very simple, yet it is one of my favorite!

For this card I simply gathered some of my favorite die cuts and made a cluster like I often do on my scrapbooking layouts. I layered it on top of a piece of patterned paper where I had previously stitched a frame with pink thread.

For this cards I used the typewriter die. I backed it with patterned paper. I stamped my sentiment on vellum and die cut it with the rectangle die that came with the kit. It's the perfect size to make a note as it fits in the typewriter. I added some red sparkly stickers for the XOX and the end of my note. I used my sewing machine to stitch 2 pink lines at the left of the lined patterned paper and sprinkled some black ink. I adhered the typewriter using foam adhesive.

I used the rectangle die again to make this small polaroid frame. I simply cut out the rectangle, directly in the card base, and I then trimmed around it leaving more space at the bottom. I've then die cut the word LOVE at the bottom of the polaroid frame, but it would have been a good place to stamp something as well. I blocked the whole left in the card base with some pink card stock and offsetted the polaroid frame. I added the heart and birdies die cuts, some sequins and the YOU stickers which I ran through my sewing machine.

This card is also a base of patterned paper with a stitched rectangle. I used the leaves/branches die to die cut white flowers and branches. I love the mix of the white and the colors of the pre-made die cuts.

For this card I decided to use the camera and repeated the polaroid frame idea. I mounted the 2 elements on a piece of patterned paper and added different hearts and sequins to make it festive.

Voilà, 7 cards to inspire you!! I still have so much things left from the kit, that I could make many more cards!!

Thank you again Spellbinders for this opportunity!

Talk to you soon,

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Get It Scrapped | Our Dad

It was his birthday yesterday. And I had never made a layout specifically for him and him alone. So when the fatherhood assignment came up on the Get It Scrapped Creative Team, I jumped on the occasion. I loved doing this page.

I used die cuts from my collections: Here Comes The Sun, Potpourri and Home For Christmas to gather everything represents him...

I added a fair amount of text. :) Typed directly on the background with my fabulous 12x12 printer. I love when I use it to it's full potential!! haha! And i stitched around the page following the side of the text to create large frame. I then knew where to put my photo and the embellishment. It's called an organized chaos. :D

I played with icons, colors, shapes, sizes and materials (gold paper clip, gold foil, baker's twine with a thread of gold, flair buttons)

These letters are pretty cool! You can take the mille out to make outlined letters, or you could use the outline + the inside to have a full letter. The inside is white. The letters are from American Crafts.

I added some die cuts at the top and on the side to tie the bunch of die cuts and the photo together.
Oh and I had lots of pictures I could have used. My initial idea was to use many small photos showing Dad interacting with all of us, but I finally settled for one larger photo of all of us in a very happy moment. Love the colors! And that everyone here in genuinely happy. No fake posing.

I chose to stamp the date of the day I made the page.  Not the date of the photo (which was taken last summer)

Have you ever made a page about your husband? Or your dad??! Watch out for ways do scrapbook fatherhood on the Get It scrapped blog.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Get It Scrapped | Today I am Golden

Hey everyone,

today, Get It Scrapped is shining the light on every part of a scrapbook layout:

1) Canvas, 2) Photos, 3) Journaling, 4) Titles, 5) Embellishments

I am playing along by sharing a layout where the focus is on the title.

I have to admit that my layout finished way more loaded than how I thought it would. But I still think that my title gets the focus because of all that white space around it. The empty pulls the eye away from the business of the rest of the page.

I used 2 different alphas. Both are foam, both are capital letters, one is smaller and white while the other one is much taller and very shiny and sparkly. I added a golden puffy sticker on top, right in the middle and I also added a giant balloon that I stamped over some gold leaf I had previously applied.

My main photo is right next to the title and also pulls the eye in with the golden balloons and again, the empty space in the photo. I added a subtitle right next to this photo: a giant 9 gold puffy sticker.

Separating the title and main photo from the smaller supportive photos, I layered 3 ribbons. One solid pink with some dark pink and glittery leaves motif, a transparent tule kind of ribbon. It was very wide so I folded it in 4, which gave it more consistence than a single layer would have had. And I topped all of these with a narrow gold ribbon that I glued in place forming circles.

Under that shelf of ribbons, 4 photos developing the story a bit more.
And my journaling, of course! I printed it on white cardstock and cut it out into stripes. I glued them loosely, creating small hills to give movement to the page. I also added some gold leaf here in that corner.

I finally added a gold foiled label with the date.

Visit the Get It Scrapped blog to see how the creative team made their layout part stand out! 


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Get It Scrapped |Best Costume Award

Hey everyone,

Here's a layout I made for Get It Scrapped using my new Potpourri collection (available at Pretty Little Studio).

If you follow me on Instagram (@mpcapistran), you'll probably know that I now have a very talented team of designers working playing with this collection. So for inspiration, check Instagram out!

Here's my layout:

The story:

This year just before Halloween I found a makeup artist on Instagram (@classycozmetics) and I started following her. She had a video of her as this wooden doll. I fell in love with that make up and decided that's what Arielle would be for Halloween. I gathered the supplies and right after school, I got to work! I took me 2 hours to get this together! Thanks to my friend Lisa, Maya transformed into a cute little lion! Were usually not very big on costumes but this year, we went all in! :)

The page details:

Here's the main picture and the journaling. Short and sweet. I stitched around the polaroid frame.
The die cut word October doesn't work as the title, but add an element of journaling as well as works as a shelf on which my photos lay. I hid a small sticker label under there with the location and the date. We move a lot, so the location has to be on my layouts.

I perched that small owl on the card which is backed with all sorts of fall twigs and leaves. I added some wooden elements as well to give it a full feel: a clip, a slice of wood, and 2 wood veneers I had in my stash.

I finished that small cluster off with 3 blue sequins to tie the blue twigs with the rest of the layout.
If you look closely, you'll see that there is a date on this small Fun wood veneer. The date is NOT 2017! lol but I simply hid the end of the date under the leaves and no-one knows (this is just a way you can still use these older and dated products you probably have!)

Someone asked me how I used sequins on my layouts. Most of the time, I scatter them all over my layout. I a controlled way I would say. I pay attention to where it needs what color. I create cascades, lines, or triangles with them.

Here, I made a cute "shaker element" using patterned paper form the collection, which I've cut out in the shape of a pumpkin. I gathered sequins, topped it with a plastic sheet (I used a part of the packaging) and stitched it in place. Behind it, I added one of the vellum die cut leaves. I stitched around the leaf to give it the same texture as the shaker-pumpkin. I added a small pumpkin sticker in front of the shaker-pumpkin, again, to tie everything together and to the page. It's important to have elements in the front and also in the back to give dimension and to give the impression that everything belongs together.

You can see that I added wood here as well.

When I started adding wood to my layout I thought it would be fun to add another material: metal. so I tied this tiny metal camera charm I had laying around for YEARS! Tied to a twine bow, along with the acorn die cuts, I find it really heart warming and pretty. :) Notice too a strand of golden ribbon. Gold is always winner when making a fall layout.

To add even more texture, I stitched on all the vellum leaves. I only stitched the veins on the leaves, and not around the leaves. I feel like it gives the leaves an aspect of reality.

Again, see the purple sequins tying the leaves and the label together.

Here a cascade of sequins to pull the eye out of that huge cluster in the middle of my layout.
The red of our Elf didn't really fit with the other photo, nor with my fall theme, so I added the mushrooms from the collection as well as some red flowers from the flower die cut pack.

I like how the sequins run through my title and fell like falling leaves.

And that flair button, the smiley without a mouth, was the closest I could get to a surprised and creeped out smiley. :)

A small label to add even more details about the story.

 And one last detail shot of the embellishment cluster.

I hope you like my layout and I most importantly hope that it might have inspired you to use products in a different way.

If you want to see more creative ways of stitching on a page, head over to the Get It Scrapped blog post and be ready to be blown away!! :)

Thanks for watching!!