Sunday, September 7, 2014

Poet Society | My picks

In an effort to keep this blog going, I thought I'd take a little moment (even though I am super late to the game), to share this month's Poet Society goodies that stole my heart away. Many of you have already received your kits but perhaps like me, you are still waiting to get your grubby hands on one or a few of these beauties...


The first item that made it's way into my cart this month is the Main Scrapbook kit. I am notorious for buying something to get my hands on one specific item and this is a perfect example. The alpha is so beyond colourful and girly, yummers!

What attracted me to Whitman is the fact that I could get my hands on that veneer alpha, the orange acrylic paint (my mint tube is getting a little lonely) and that awesome stamp set. The "Rad" from the set reminded of something I had seen on a favourite Marcy Penner layout of mine, therefore it took little convincing on my part to add this one to my stash ;).

Oliver's diamond shape veneer piece and rub-on transfers…need I say more…the answer is no lol.

Holy bright! What's not to love about the Yeats PL Add-on? I fell in love with the bright yellow PL cards (my favourite colour) and the Crate Paper ephemera pack. Those pieces of goodness are sure to look perfect on every page.

So tell me, what are you waiting for?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Favorite scrapbooker blog hop

About a week ago, I was contacted by Shanna and was asked to participate in this wonderful blog hop. I am terrible at keeping my blog up to date, but Shanna is like a bag of skittles (without the added pounds)…I just can't say no :p. She is the ONE and ONLY reason I started paper/hybrid scrapbooking. Without question, I knew I had to take part.

1- What am I working on right now?

For the past few weeks, I have been working on my mini album for Marcy Penner's class at Studio Calico. It's still very much a work in progress but I am nearing the end. Hope you were able to sign up, this one was a MUST for me!

2- How long does it take me to create a project?

When it comes to digital scrapbooking, I can easily finish a project in under an hour but when it comes to paper or hybrid, it tends to vary. Inspiration is everywhere, but sometimes my project just doesn't come together like I would like it to. When this happens, I can easily let something sit on my desk for days or weeks.

3- What are my favourite things to create with at the moment?

I am absolutely obsessed with sequins, vellum, veneer and bright papers.

4- How does my writing/creative process work?

I rarely incorporate journaling in my layouts but when I do, I tend to print some text on a simple sheet of printer paper, cut it out and glue it to my page or project

5- How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest!!! I spend a lot of time on this site and I always find the most wonderful things to incorporate one way or another in my layouts. Studio Calico and The Lilypad are also wonderful resources. Talk about talent!

6- What is my signature style?

Ha! I'd like to say my crooked stitching but I'm not sure that would count. I can honestly say that I don't believe I've discovered my signature style as of yet. I have mostly done digital scrapbooking (up until a few months ago) but based on the mix of both, I can say that I tend to stick to simple layouts; a heck of a lot of white space and not much in between

Now, enough about me!

The world is full of wonderful creative people. Some are so beyond talented and yes, I tend to get a little jealous :p…but I promise, in a good way. It was very hard for me to single out only a few ladies for this blog hop but I am so excited and cannot gush enough about the ladies below!

Carolina Orellana (aka cariilup)

Carolina's pages often remind me of my most carefree moments. They are filled with whimsy and very feminine touches. I love her simple compositions…she makes it all seem effortless.

Kelly Waterman (aka iscrapmyworld)

I became aware of Kelly when I started spending more time at Studio Calico. I love her clean, fun and simple style. Her PL spreads are always chalked full of stuff to look at.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The holiday of all holidays

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Well technically I AM a day late but who's checking right? Although it was my plan to take part in the festivities like no other, I completely forgot to take into account that I work on Saturday's. This being said, things didn't exactly go as planned although I did manage to grab Studio Calico's mini NSD kit and make this layout today. I had also signed up for the National Scrapbook Day 10K class at Big Picture Classes but there's just not enough time in a day and I would also need to make my Instagram public in order to be eligible for any of the prizes and well...there's a reason why it's a private account. What did you guys think of NSD this year? Yay or nay?

Digital | Beyond The Basics

Next month my friend Shanna Noel will be hosting a brand new AMAZING class at Studio Calico. Digital | Beyond The Basics will teach you how to take you digital skills to the next level. You'll learn twenty great new techniques that will enable you to make the most of your Studio Calico digital goodies. The ladies and I will be covering techniques for templates, stamp brushes, digital paper, printables and digital die cut files so if you've ever wanted to expand your Hybrid/Digital scrapbooking skills, then this is THE class for you!

Hope your able to join us! The first lesson will be posted on June 3rd, 2014.

photo courtesy of Studio Calico

Friday, May 2, 2014

Fall Instagrammed

I've always done digital. It's how I learned and started to preserve my memories. I remember browsing Catscrap and the hesitation I felt at purchasing something I was not able to physically touch. It's very odd, like I didn't quite believe in the system of Digital Scrapbooking or how it worked. I also remember the elation I felt when I submitted my first order for some of Creashen's products. It was in the end, an amazing feeling!

Although I am still playing around with those digital goodies, I've somewhat transitioned to paper and I am in love...perhaps even more so. In my opinion, it DOES take more time and can be frustrating on a whole other level for me (as I am a perfectionist) but the result is that much more rewarding. I adore being able to incorporate digital elements by some of my favourite artists with traditional paper products from my monthly Studio Calico kits. I've now somehow managed to have one of my recent hybrid layouts, Fall Instagrammed, featured at Studio Calico of all places. I am still in shock. Yes indeed, scrapbooking is a magical thing.