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! :)


Monday, January 16, 2017

Citrus Twist Kits | Back at scrapbooking

Hey everyone!

After taking a long break (3 weeks in Canada + jet lag when we came back + a long to-do list!) I am finally back at scrapbooking! yay!

I will be on the Citrus Twist Kits blog in a little while with a sketch but meanwhile, I'd like to show you another page I made with the Citrus Twist Kit January 2017 Scrapbooking Main kit.

This page is about the moment we left my parents and the kitty cats to come back to Prague. Sadness is what we felt. For me it was not too bad because my parents are visiting in a couple of months and knowing when we'll see each others next always makes it easier. The kids will miss the cats and their cousins most.... unfortunately, the cats and the cousins are not visiting in May.

For my title I combined a piece of paper that was at the bottom of one of the papers with some puffy alpha stickers. I made the string of the tag underline the paper part of the title to give it importance. It's way paler than the rest of the title so I wanted to make sure it wouldn't be lost in the page.

I fussy cut the globe and added 2 enamel dots to show where we and my parents are. I used the cute little stamp that says "us" with white ink and wrote home with the white gel pen. I used a tag and a ticket stub (sort of) to write some more details.

On top of my photo I wanted to add our plane ticket. I took what I had on hand. I would have preferred the montreal-frankfurt flight but it doesn't matter. The cluster of embellishments is only to add color to the page.

I made one list very small cluster right in the top corner.

What about you? What did you do over Christmas? Did you document it? Did you document the comping back? Everytime I look back at my pages, or when I write these blog post, I kind of realize that i could (and should!) write way more details on my pages. Like what it made to me to come back to Prague. I mean, not the leaving Canada, but mostly coming back "home". And what I was eager to see again, or what made my coming back easier.... and what I will miss most... these are just small ideas of more things that I should document.

ONE MORE THING I would like to talk to you about is the Style is Leverage class going on this week at Get it Scrapped. I've been asked by Debbie Hodge to be a guest teacher for that class and I couldn't be more happy! Why? Because Debbie is such a good teacher and interviewer! She knows how to pick one's brain and how to inspire someone and I can't wait to talk with her this coming Friday at 4pm ET. If you're not registered to the class yet, you still have time to join us. IT'S RIGHT HERE!! I really hope to see you there. :)