Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cards using the Lamp Post from Cheery Lynn Designs

Lamp Post die cuts are so much fun to use.  These simple dies are available from our Better Scrapbooking online shop or in-store.  The Cheery Lynn Designs Dies work with the Cuttlebug and Big Shot die cutting machines.
I really like this die as it cuts two lamp posts, one tall and one shorter.  Here are two cards that I made over the past week using the die.
For this card I used the smaller lamp post and attached it to a small piece of Jac paper then cut around the outside edge, leaving the areas inside the lamp and post sticky for adding glitter.  It was also then easy to attach the lamp post to my card as I just needed to peel the last side of the Jac paper to attach it in place.
For this second card I used the larger of the two lamp posts.  For this card I created a flower but cutting five flat flowers using my Cricut, then scrunched each flower, then layered and glued each flower in place.  I also used one of the lacy Martha Stewart punches for the lace bottom border and added some bling.  I was really pleased with the result.

This Cheery Lynn Designs Lamp Post die is a lot of fun to use and amazingly versatile.
To order yours just click here

Happy Scrappin'

Saturday, January 28, 2012

February Challenges

Great prizes up for grabs!! We are really trying to get more people involved so tell your scrappy friends and neighbours!! Come on over and get busy at the Better Scrapbooking Community!!

Layout Challenge: Copy this months Layout Guide
Use this layout guide to create your layout.  Either copy it exactly or let it inspire you.

Photo Challenge:  Favourite Holiday photo
Share with us your favourite holiday photo from this summer.  The way the weather has been it might even be a photo in the snow.

Colour Challenge:  Create a layout, card or other project using this months colour combination.

Have fun and I look forward to seeing all your creations in the Gallery soon!!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Getting Creative

Yes it's true, I have been taking some time to get creative and to scrap.
It is so nice just to sit down and create, not worry about anything else other than my photos, papers and embellishments.  It is a great way to add joy in my life.
I have finally managed to get some photos printed that I needed, especially for my 2012 layout.  I think I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted this year to be a year that I FOCUSED.  So my layout is about Focus.  I want to stay on task and not get distracted, to finish projects, job related tasks, cleaning tasks as well as my layouts (which means including journaling).

I have started the year well by focusing on finishing these layouts.
Grace helping to lead out in Zumba
It is great reminding myself why I love this craft so much.  In the above Zumba layout I used some rub-ons across the layout to help tie to two pages together.  Have the smaller photos all in a row reminded me a bit of a film strip.  I even added some journaling and names of people in the group photo.
In this birthday layout I do have some hidden journaling, can you tell where I have put it.  I might add another photo showing where it is in a day or two, lets see if you can guess.
I had fun using Glitz Designs stamps to create my banner.  While we were at the restaurant I took a photo of the front of their menu, then cropped the photo to use this as my title.

Monday, January 2, 2012

2012 is here

Happy New Year everyone.  Wow so here we are in 2012.  I wonder what is has in-store for each of us.  No doubt many highs, lows and challenges.  It will be what we make it.  I found last year was very challenging in many ways but there were also wonderful things that I will treasure forever.  This year I would like to be able to spend more time on my blog and document my crafting as well as the wonderful things I get to do with my family.

So lets start with my first layout of this year.  Kinda funny that it happens to be of Christmas, but there you go.  This happens to be one of my highlights this Christmas.  Celebrating at our Christmas workshop.  I had fun playing with some Pavlova papers, bling and cotton ribbon.
I have not had much time lately to do any crafting let alone scrapbook so being able to sit down today and complete a layout felt fantastic.
Also today when my darling hubby came home from a trip out (to order our new garden shed) and he had a lovely bouquet of lavender roses.  So pretty that I just had to take a photo so I could share them.  They even have a faint scent - mmmmmm.  Thank you Brad, they are truly lovely.
So what are the things you want to aspire to for 2012?
This year I would like to be more focused.  That is when I start a project, to get it finished.  To not get so distracted when working.  To spend less time sitting on my butt doing nothing. Hmm I can feel another layout formulating, I wonder if I can let it be created.  I hope so then I can show you.

Once again Happy New Year, I hope to be able to inspire you to focus on your scrapbooking this year.

Happy Scrappin'