Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy Birthday (an adventure in paper rolling)

Hey Everyone!! 

I wanted to share a layout and tutorial I have up on the Scrapbook Nerd Forum. Our challenge this month is to use those 6x6 paper pads, so I've got a super easy way to use them up and give your projects some awesome dimension and texture!

I made this card using a fabulous Tim Holtz stamp that I got from the SN Store (It's no longer in the shop, but I bet if you asked really nicely they would order it in for you...because that's just how they roll!) Now, to see how I roll with my 6x6 paper pad in hand! lol

Once I chose my papers that I wanted to use from the pad I cut them up into 1x6 inch strips...then I cut them in half to make a final measurement of 1x3 inches.

You'll need more or less than this depending on what you're planning on making with these fabulously rolled pieces of paper. For my project I didn't even end up using all of these strips :) Once you've got them cut into 1x3 inch strips, you can run the paper through your fingers back and forth and give it a bit of a curve a few times. That will soften the paper up a bit and make it easier to roll them! Before you start rolling, make sure you've got your hot glue gun plugged in. I tried using regular adhesive for this, but these babies are strong and a regular adhesive runner just wasn't strong enough!

So now you're ready to roll! Just start at the beginning of the paper and roll the paper in between your fingers until it's all rolled up! The tightness of the wrap depends on what you want to do with it! For this card, I knew I wanted the pieces to kind of resemble candles and to cover the cupcake wrapper. So I made the rolls pretty tight. If you wanted to roll up some paper a bit looser and cut them into little pieces you could make some fun textured confetti for a layout or a card! Could be fun! I think I feel a layout coming on!! lol  When you get to the end of the paper, put a little line of hot glue on the paper and finish rolling it up! Now repeat it a million times...lol...kidding!

I also used my hot glue gun to attach the rolled paper to my finished card. I like how strong the adhesive is! You wouldn't want one of these pretties to fall off before you gave your card away!! 

There you go! It's a really easy way to add some super fun texture and added interest to your projects! 

I stamped this cupcake twice and fussy cut the frosting out to add on top too once I had coloured it. To get the watercolour look on the frosting, I coloured my non stick craft mat with some of those fabulous Faber Castel Big Brush Pens and then just picked the colour up with a water brush! 

Once it was dry, I used a Wink of Stella pen in pink to give it a little sparkle here and there!

I'm really happy with how this card turned out! My mom really liked it too! 

Summer Camp is still in full swing at Scrapbook Nerd!! Come and join us! We've got 11 different challenges for you so far and more to come!! 


Monday, July 28, 2014

Hey Mr DJ

 Hey Everyone!

I wanted to share a layout  with you that was up on the Cut Shoppe Blog a few days ago!! I just love this cut file "The X File"! It's so versatile! You can use it as a full background for your 8.5x11 or 12x12 layouts or make it smaller like I've done. You can also cut it apart and use the circles to make your own embellishments!

Here's a few close ups:

I love how you can back this cut file with different patterned papers to change the look too!

There's still a couple more days to play along with our Cut it Out challenge!! If you'd like a chance to win a 10 dollar gift certificate to The Cut Shoppe, get over there and join in! 


supplies: Patterned Paper, ephemera and wood veneer: Crate Paper. Alphabets: Heidi Swapp and Thickers. Enamel Dots: Studio Calico. Cardstock: American Crafts. Cut File: The Cut Shoppe. Epiphany Crafts Epoxy chevrons.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Clique Kits Pep Rally!!

Hey Everyone!

I'm so excited to be participating in my very first Blog Share using my fabulous kit from Clique Kits! I just recently became part of the Clique and I have to tell you, their kits are AMAZING! I am in LOVE with this month's kit!! You should have come here from Tess's blog, but if you just happened upon my blog, then head on over to the Clique Kits blog and start there! There are prizes to be won! Go check out the details HERE!

Clique Kits
                                Sarah   <-----you are here

I have to tell you that I can't get enough of Alison Kreft's Capture Life collection for Echo Park! It is one of my favourite lines right now! I love all the fun chevrons and wood grains and scripty goodness! Aaaahh! It's just so great!!  

The Honor Society's challenge this month (by the way, how cool is it that they have these fun challenges for kit club members?!) Anyway, their challenge for us this month is called "Captured on Film" and we are supposed to use filmstrips, viewfinders, or polaroids on our layouts or scrapbook something about a film/theater...you get the point! Anyway, I decided to play along with this challenge and I used this fun view finder from the sticker sheet that comes in the kit, only I altered it a little with a circle punch over the ampersand that was there and then I backed it with the same paper I punched the circle out of! add some flair for dimension and you've got a cute little embellie! ;)

 My second layout came about from me playing along with a one hour challenge over at Scrapbook Nerd, and I was surprised it actually only took me about half an hour including choosing the pictures and paper! That's the awesome thing about kits, they take all the guess work out of picking your papers and embellishments!

 My 8 year old is getting to the point where he's not super stoked to have his picture taken all the time, but every once in a while I can catch him doing something silly still! 

My third layout I did about the start of our vacation this year. I always seem to take a selfie of Chris and I whenever we're in the car on our way to whatever vacation we're taking, so I thought I'd document that!

Can I just say that I am IN LOVE with these awesome Pink Fresh alphabets that came in the kit?! They're soooo fab!! 

And my last layout I had in my last blog post, but I had to share it here again because it's part of the kit too! This thin gold washi tape might just be my new best friend!! I've used it on EVERY layout I've done since I got it!

Well that's it for me! I hope you enjoyed the Blog Share and got some major inspiration! Maybe next time you'll join us too! I'm off to check out the rest of these fabulous ladies' blogs!!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Go. See. Do. (Scrapbook Nerd Summer Camp)

Hey there Campers! 
I hope you've been playing along with us at the Scrapbook Nerd Summer Camp! If not, get your butts over there and get scrapping! There's a ton of challenges going on, including this new one: On the Road! We want to see your travel inspired creations like this one. I have to admit, I've never scrapped a picture that didn't have a person or an animal in it, but I quite like it!

I gave my Cameo a workout with this layout! I got out my trusty silhouette sketch pens and used it for this spiral circle that's part of the "going in circles" cut file from The Cut Shoppe. It reminds me of a spirograph! Then I grabbed out my Faber Castel Pitt Pen and my water pen and colored in the lines (mostly) to give it that watercolour kind of look. I really love the way it turned out!

I also used my Cameo for the title. I just LOVE this file from the "Let's Talk Summer" cut file in The Cut Shoppe.

Come and play along with us at the Scrapbook Nerd Summer Camp! You will have a blast!!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Hello World (The Cut Shoppe)

Good Morning Bloggers!

I wanted to pop in and show you a layout that was up on The Cut Shoppe Blog a couple days ago! I am having so much fun with these cut files! They are just amazing! 

I love that the Preppy Plaid cut file adds so much interest and texture to your layouts and there are sooo many fabulous titles at the shoppe! You really do need to go check it out!! 

New cut files went into the shoppe yesterday, so head on over there and do some shopping!!

You can see detailed shots of my layout over at The Cut Shoppe Blog! Head on over there and check it out!

There's still time to play with our

for a chance to win a 10 dollar store credit to The Cut Shoppe!! You have until the end of July (which I can't believe is coming soon!!)

Cut Files Used: 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Vacation (Southern Ridge)

Hey Everyone! 
The smoke is finally clearing here now and I couldn't be happier about it! The last couple days have been so nasty! We've had ashes floating in the air from all the forest fires in BC! 

I wanted to share this layout I made using the fabulous chipboard from Southern Ridge Trading Company! They make some really amazing and intricate chipboard that can be altered to your liking! 

If you want to see all about how I altered this chipboard and gave it that ombré look, then head over to the Southern Ridge blog and check it out! There's up close and detailed pictures and instructions!

Thanks for stopping by! 


Supplies used: Southern Ridge chipboard:  FLW-005 and summer vacation title, Patterned paper: October Afternoon and Basic Grey, Cut Files: The Cut Shoppe, Washi: Pink Fresh Studios and Hazel and Ruby, Epiphany Crafts Round 25 punch and bubble, basic grey yoyo embellishment, Studio Calico Roller Stamp and enamel dots, Gelatos, Inks: Prima, distress ink and archival ink by Ranger, Tattered Angels Mist, Heidi Swapp Colour Shine.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer and Slurpees

I wanted to pop in and share a layout with you that I made for Fleur's Scrapbook Nerd Summer Camp Challenge: "Summer Photos". All you have to do is scrap something that means Summer to you! 

When I was a kid, summer meant slurpees! So I thought this picture of Kieran slurpin back on his slurpee like it was going out of style was a perfect picture to use for this challenge! 

There's so many fun challenges going on at Summer Camp right now! I hope you can join us! 


Monday, July 14, 2014

Scrapbook Nerd Challenge: Use 6x6 paper pads

Hi Everyone!

The Challenge this month at Scrapbook Nerd is to use your 6x6 paper pads, so I thought this was an excellent time to catch up on my project life album since I'm dreadfully behind! I used the Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm paper pad for this spread! I love using 6x6 paper pads for project life and it's also really handy for die cutting with!

I used a few fabulous cut files from The Cut Shoppe too! Love that pie chart heart and the hello speech bubble!

We're camping all summer at Scrapbook Nerd!! We'd love to see you stop by and play with us! Don't forget to join our 6x6 challenge over there too!!