{Not Quite} Trailer Trash

I have a couple layouts to share with you today. I’m pretty excited about sharing them- they’re layouts for my personal scrapbook. It’s been ages since I did my own scrapbooking,  and I have to day it felt pretty darn good!
Two different sketches inspired the two layouts I want to share with you; the first from Sue Sykes over at Canadian Scrapbooker.

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Sweet and simple, right?? I was drawn to the straight edges and clean lines, as well as the whimsical placement of the pictures. I didn’t have three pictures to put into my version of the layout, so instead added one 4×6 photo and one 3×5 photo. 

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I have to go back and adhere my paper again because I spritzed the base with Ranger Ink spray inks (in sunflower, patina and bronze). I also sprayed the large teal photo mat with spray ink in sunflower. It gives the paper a really pretty, sparkly yellow/golden shine to it.
The rest of the layout was made using up my CTMH scrap papers as well as a sheet from a 6×6 Memento paper pad. The title was created using the Schoolbook Cricut cart; the butterflies were punched from scrap papers.

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This sketch inspired the second layout I created last night. It’s saved to my Fave Sketches board on Pinterest, along with other sketches I’ve used in the past that I definitely want to use again! Next time you’re on Pinterest, look it up!

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When we first moved to White court,  we had no place to live. We had driven out to Alberta previous to our move, in order to house hunt and maybe buy before we came back, but the house we desperately wanted fell through. (And four years later, I’m still choked it fell through. It was “the one” as they say- but a house).
We hunted for quite some time before actually settling on a house. So, while we waited for another one that suited us perfectly, we lived in our fifth wheel.  I took the “trailer trash” stereotype and gave it a fun twist to explain our living situation when we first moved here. We didn’t live in a trailer park, in the traditional sense, but one could argue our campground was trailer park-ish. Lots of oilfield men- and their families- lived the same way we were.
Our fifth wheel was big- large enough to accommodate a family of four. Luckily, two of our family were still babies.  Bigger children wouldn’t have been fun. The girls slept in their playpens (pictured in the layout above) and bathed in a rubbermaid container.  My only regret: not getting a picture of the girls in their makeshift bath tub!!
I used a mixture of scraps and new sheets of patterned paper on this layout. The girls’ crib sets were pink and chocolate, and I tried to carry that color scheme throughout the entire layout. Instead of chocolate, I used kraft (only because it coordinated better with the cloud patterned paper!)
Here’s an interesting little tidbit for you- the elephant was up cycled from packaging or a card I received at one point. I discovered that it was a sticker! I thought it was just a postcard. Of course, it helps that it coordinates with my layout. Ha!
Lastly, the stamps I used to create the little embellishment are Stampin’ Up (from back in the day- 2004-2005).
I hope you enjoyed the layouts I made! I hope they inspire you too!

Etsy Tips

Do you own an Etsy shop? Whether you’re a new Etsy shop owner, or you’ve been open for business for a while, we all want business. We want to get noticed. How does one do that?
I came across this article via Pinterest,  and it’s full of great (helpful!) information!
Visit LizMarieBlog here: http://www.lizmarieblog.com/2014/03/i-opened-an-etsy-shop-now-what/
I pinned this article so I could go back and read it when I’ve got more time- and when I can really study it and apply what I’ve learned to my own Etsy shop!

Flash Sale

As it turns out, I’m not able to attend the craft show I wanted to vend at today. Although I’m slightly disappointed,  I thought I’d brighten my mood with a FLASH SALE!
TODAY ONLY, between now (11 am) and 4 pm purchase the Halloween scrapbook kit for just $20 (regularly $25). Snag yours before the sale ends- there’s only a couple available!

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Poll

Good morning, friends! I just need your opinion- and I’d love to hear what you think!

As you are aware, I created a Halloween themed double page layout kit for our little ghouls and goblins. I’ve heard from a number of people that its adorable (and that’s like music to my ears!!) Pre-orders are still open for this kit- don’t miss out! Pre-orders will close at midnight (MST) October 31. That’ll give you enough time to go and get your pictures printed; your kit will be on your doorstep before you know it!

I’ve been asked if I will be creating newborn themed kits (boys and girls), as well as kits for other holidays. So, I want to know- what would you like to see? I began with Halloween because its right around the corner, but if there’s enough interest, I’ll create another one (more, in other words).

Also, I just want to let you know that I’ll be participating in another craft show on Saturday. Join me at St. Mary’s school at 10 am- I’m bringing TEdS and Close to my Heart with me!

How It’s Made

Curious to know how I created the layouts I shared yesterday- which are up for grabs, if anyone wants them!? I’m quite impressed with the finished product- I love the effect the pearl spray ink adds to some of the elements found on both layouts. Can you guess which elements those are?
To refresh your memory, here they are again:

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To start, I was inspired by a sketch I found on Pinterest. It actually only inspired page A (top layout); page B just sort of followed suit.

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Clean and simple lines, as you can plainly see. I also liked the use of dots around the sketch as an embellishment. It translated to sequins in my double page layout.  It provided just enough “something” to complete my project, without being too bulky and overwhelming.
When I saw this sketch, I immediately thought of using the spider Web to replace the pennants. I found the page flowed more naturally with the spider web placed off to the side. Underneath the pictures felt awkward.
Once again, I used CTMH’s Scared Cat patterned paper for the background, and prevented adding to the scrap pile by using the portions of the paper that I trimmed off (you’ll find them at the top and bottom of the patterned paper mat, creating a frame. You’ll also notice that I used the B side of this patterned paper. The black strip of card stock that rests just below the top orange strip was sprayed with Ranger Ink Perfect Pearls spray ink in Pewter. I also used a (Recollections)woodgrain mask, which I thought would help support a spooky-spider-in-the-rafters theme. I also gave the spooky spider, the spider webs and the white paper doily (on page A) the same treatment. The doily more to give it some color, since I didn’t want stark white on my layout).
I created all the embellishments using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge (including the Boo title); and as mentioned above, I used some slate colored sequins to further decorate each spread. 
Page A accommodates two 3×5 inch pictures, while page B allows for one 4×6 and one 3×3 picture.
So there you have it!

Scrapbook Kits Now Available!

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Want to create this double page layout? You can own it- I’m offering this two page layout as a scrapbook page kit.  Pre-orders are now OPEN! Purchase this double page 12×12 scrapbook kit for $25, shipping extra. Pre-orders will stay open until 12 am MST October 31, 2014. Please send payment via email transfer. Comment on this post with your email, or private message me on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TheEverydayScrapbooker) if you’re more comfortable with that. If you know someone that might like this, please send them my way!

Insomnia Can Be Productive!

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Happy Sunday! It’s going to be another gorgeous day- how are you going to spend it? If my kids are good, they’ll get to go to the park today. (Nothing like parental threats, right? Lol)
As you can see in the picture above, I’ve finished my pirate themed layout. A sketch designed by Susan Stringfellow inspired my layout; you’ll find it in yesterday’s post ( http://wp.me/p4MAhC-3M)
I used a couple different Cricut cartridges to create the embellishments on this page- the first being the Artbooking cart (skull and cross bones). The next was the Create a Critter cart (pirate octopus and Ahoy sentiment). I also layered a mixture of patterned papers, including Close to My Heart and Recollections.
This (and a post I had seen scrolling through Facebook the other day, from a friend and fellow CTMH consultant) got me wondering. Would anyone be interested in purchasing scrapbook layout (and card!!) kits that I make myself? I want to know! They will include all the materials you need, excluding adhesive and paper trimmer (scissors too!), and for a slight additional cost (every so often), extra embellishments, such as ribbon, brads and/or rhinestones would/could be included. If this happens (as in there’s enough interest in it), I would take PRE-ORDERS to ensure I have enough/appropriate coordinating product, etc. for those that want them. And, of course, instructions and a visual sample of the completed product will be shared/included.
(Who knew- insomnia in the wee morning hours can actually be productive!)

Arrr, Matey

I’ve been trying for the last few days to get back into the haven to get more scrapping done, but without my husband here, it’s been tough!
Where’s my husband? Gallavanting around Saskatchewan with my father in law. His uncle, my father in laws brother, passed away after a long, arduous battle with cancer. I’m not sure that’s what ultimately took him away from us, it sounds like he went into liver failure, and passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side. Also, rather than mourning his death, I think the family is more relieved than anything else. It’s sad, yes, but it’s also a blessing that his (and theirs) pain is gone.
I made a point of going downstairs this morning- kids or not- to get some work done. I’ve got most everything assembled, just not adhered yet. There’s always something I wind up thinking of adding, or changing, so it’ll remain layered as it is until I’m certain this is the final product.
For now, here’s a sneak peek:

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This sketch, by Susan Stringfellow, was my inspiration:

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Haunted House

Personally, I do not like the hype around halloween. Well…most of it. I love dressing my kids up, and I love the idea of getting myself dressed up (living vicariously through my children, obviously); but, as far as decorations goes, I think its tacky. I personally prefer to decorate in a more “harvest” style or theme. Its much more my taste. That preference also translates to my scrapbooking, though I have very few harvest and/or halloween themed layouts. Of the ones I do have, they are decorated more “cutesy” than anything else. Maybe its time to remedy that!

Creating this layout completely brought me out of my comfort zone, making me incredibly thankful I have the tools necessary to create a fun- and child friendly- halloween layout!

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To cut the haunted house scene, and bats, I used Close to My Hearts’ Artbooking Cricut cartridge. Oh my word- so much fun! There are a ton of different scenes to create (festive occasion or otherwise), and a number of variations within each of those scenes. I used the Potpourri Basket Cartridge to cut the clouds out and the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge for the moon. I lucked out creating the moon- I just happened to find the perfect patterned paper (Recollections) for it! I wanted to find something that would give the illusion that it was real, and the marble effect in the paper did just that! The rest of the patterned papers are Close to My Heart (Scaredy Cat), both A and B sides. To finish it off, I matted the cream patterned paper on black card stock.

Next on the docket- a pirate themed layout! And, to keep you in a little more suspense, the next project after that (which I’ve been alluding to for a while now), will involve burlap in one way or another. Stay tuned- lots more goodies on the way shortly!

You’ll Never Guess

Phew what a crazy day I had yesterday!  I had originally planned to straighten up the house and start preparing for Thanksgiving, but I wound up having to drive to Edmonton to get my passport renewed! I had a funny feeling that’s how things would unfold (I was hoping to get it done through Canada Post), but was strongly advised against it. The kids and I finally pulled into our driveway just before 9 last night.
So, you may think that renewing my passport has nothing to do with being crafty. On a normal day, you’d be correct. Not this time, though! My reasons for renewing it closely relates to an upcoming project I’ll be sharing in the near future- materials for which I managed to pick up yesterday before leaving the big city.
In suspense yet?
One last note: HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my Canadian friends!! Enjoy your weekend!