Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Get It Scrapped | Cute Paper Crafts

Hi everyone!!

I would like to introduce you today to a dear friend of mine: Sunghee Chon.
I met her online, through a contest I was participating to when I first started scrapbooking in 2008.
Her work for the contest was amazing and I've been following her blog since then. What she does amaze me every single time!! :)

Today I decided to use one of her template that she uses for one of her project. It's a bird house template. You can get it for free by following the link to the template.

I made 2. One for each of my girls. :)

Voilà. Maybe this could inspire you for some Easter gifts…coming up! :)
Thank you Sunghee for being my friend and for being a crafty magician. You rock!


Monday, April 28, 2014

Ruby-Rock-It | April's Guest Designer

Hi everyone!

I am so happy and proud to announce that I am the April's guest designer over at Ruby-Rock-It!!
I met the Ruby-Rock-It team at CHA in California back in January and they are such fun and nice people!! :) So I was more than happy to create with their beautiful new line: Empire Bebe!

Here's what I came up with.

(If you come from the Ruby-Rock-It website, scroll down to the bottom of the post to see some bonus Pocket Pages layouts!!) 

Traditional Scrapbooking:

The colors of the line are all neutral. There is lots of white and grey and there's an old pink and a blue grey. This makes it easy to pair with very colorful photos, or with black and white photos like I did here.

To create my starry sky, I used my beloved Silhouette and some silver cardstock. I cut out some stars in various sizes. (The ones I didn't use went straight to my stash!!) :)

I place them on my background, making sure none of them were in line with the others and I adhered them down. After that I just used my sewing machine to stitch right over each star. Easy peasy!! :)

Under my photo, I layered several cards from the Pocket Pages kits I had. I played with the colors and the motives. Look, there are even some clear cards.

I used the lines of the cards to write my journaling. Using the prompts given.

Look at this Twinkle Twinkle card. So lovely!!!

And I cut out my title in the same silver yardstick i used for the stars. The #untilshefallsasleep was already printed on my photo. I made it with the A Beautiful Mess application on my iPhone.

A little white ink for the date and voilà!. :)


Whit the collection you can find two sets of stamps. I'm telling you, they are Soooooo cute!!! I decided to choose one and to make three different cards of three different colors.

Head over to the Ruby-Rock-It blog for a tutorial on how I achieved this background.

I already know who's going to get the pink card. :)


Pocket Pages:

The biggest part of the collection are 3x4 and 4x6 cards. Slip them in, add pictures and maybe some embellishments/stamping and you're done! You can create a baby book in (almost) no time!

My daughter is now 3 years old and for the first 2 years of her life I religiously took monthly notes of everything that was happening in her life, thinking that some day, these informations would go in her scrapbook, but until now, I had done nothing with them. She does have an album with traditional 12x12 pages recording snippets of memories here and there, but nothing chronological showing all the little details as I had taken note of them. When Ruby Rock It asked me to be guest designing with this line, I new that I would finally get to do my daughter's baby album. I must say that I'm not done at all, but at least I have put a couple of pages together and I am now motivated to go forth with my project.

My original plan with the pocket pages was to file them in an album of their own, but when I finally got started, I figured it would make more sense to only incorporate them to my daughter's actual traditional album and so they start right next to the imprint of her little feet.

This first page is dedicated to my daughter's very first moments of life.

Here are some detail shots of what I did.

I played with the colors of the cards to create interest and I added some small and fun details to the cards. Here I drew a string and a added a heart (that I punched out into some glittery cardstock I had in my stash) to the beak of the stork. I used the gold glittery alphas from the collection to write the name of my daughter and I added the date with an office roller date stamp.

I used two of the stamps from the stamp sets to create a cute design (the stamps are clear and are easy to position) and I stamped and embossed with black embossing powder directly on my photo. I was careful with the embossing. I made sure that my heat gun was warm enough before I started heating my powder so that it would go quicker and I didn't leave the heat very long in one spot so that I don't burn the photo. It worked out perfectly. 

Pocket page scrapbooking is the ideal way of adding ephemera to an album. Here I added my daughter's hospital bracelet.

I stitched a 3x4 card to a square photo. It's a great way so add some extra journaling. I also cut out the word "moments" from another journaling card to add an home made embellishment. 

The second spread is dedicated to the week we spent at the hospital. 

I loved that the journaling cards prompted me to write not only about events, but also about my feelings.

Here on the card "this moment" I started every line of my journaling with these words. I used a second card without title to continue my thoughts. 

The collection has some very cute glittery stickers, perfect for a subtle embellishing touch.

Here I sewed a square picture directly onto a 4x6 card and I added a small label on which I stamped the word "precious".

This is an embellishment I created with a simple polaroid frame die and two of the journaling cards and a label sticker and I added some sequins from my stash.

I love that the cards are perfect to write basic and important informations.

The next spread is dedicated to the moment we went home. 

Here again, the cards prompted me perfectly to write not only facts, but also my feelings.

The last page I would like to show you is a summary of my daughter's first month of life. It contains mainly photos. I use one journaling card.

I ended my spread with the sheet I used to write down all the dates and details that happened during the first month. I simply slipped it into a 12x12 page protector and on the other side I have my traditional scrapbook pages.

I hope I could inspire you to use the new Essence Empire Bebe collection in many ways and that you feel motivated to start this baby album you always wanted to make!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!! 
I hope to see you again. :)


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Art Impressions | Watercolor Thank you card

Hello Ai Fans!

For this card I decided to think outside of the box and to use the flowers stamps in a slightly different way.
Here's my card:

I just stamped a couple of flowers and drew a little lace to hold them together. I flicked a couple of droplets of pink ink that was left of my palette. I added lots of water so that it would drop from my brush.

I mounted my little piece of art on a green mat and adhered it on the card base with dimensional adhesive. I used a quill to write "thank you" with black india ink.

Hope you are inspired to try some watercolor the Art Impressions way yourself. It's really fun and the result is fabulous even when we can't draw!! :) That's really cool!