CTMH Scaredy Cat Halloween Layouts

Good morning! This is my second attempt. I don’t know why I’m having so much trouble with blogging this time around! This platform just doesn’t want to cooperate with me! GRR! Maybe the universe is telling me now is not the time for blogging. Well, universe, I’m going to anyways….cause I like it.

I’m super excited about today’s post because I can finally share the good stuff- the stuff I’ve wanted to share for a long time. Layouts! Housekeeping posts are boring; project-filled eye candy posts is where its at. They’re my favourite! I’m sure they’re yours, too. You can’t share the boring stuff without sweetening it with the good stuff. So, today is our day.

Don’t panic. I know that we’ve just welcomed summer into our lives. I have moved on from the baby-toddler stage of my children’s lives to the school-age toddler-age of their lives. Previous to this layout, the twins had just started Junior Kindergarten. Just thought I should catch you up on our lives. (This is also 4 years in the past, too. The twins are now 7 years old). Gaaah- weren’t they adorable?! A lot of work (still are), but super duper cute  (and still are, LOL).

While I was creating this layout (and the next one I want to share with you), I couldn’t help but think that I need to beef up on Halloween products from CTMH. I’m not a huge fan of the creepy, scary aspect of Halloween lines, but I see (now), how important they are to documenting our kids’ halloweens. I found myself wishing that I had some halloween stamps to go along with the paper that I had on hand. Fortunately, the paper that I used (some of it) is halloween themed. I guess I know what to do when the next Annual Expressions comes out! Add that to the bucket list, alongside school themed stamps and papers! What are your must haves?

Luckily, Ballet Safari was perfect for highlighting the twins’ halloween costumes (in 2013); for the rest, I used my Cricut to cut the title and bats. Those bats are pretty cute, too. I coloured the giraffes in (Safari Ballet) with my ShinHan TouchTwin markers, then fussy cut them before matting them on black card stock and fussy cutting again. It was a lot of work, but well worth the effort. I like the effect- they jump off the page better now than they did before I did this.

I’ve fallen hard for a clean, minimalist design as of late, and here’s evidence of it. I also really like doodled lines on my layouts, too. And, still true to nature, my designs are linear. That’ll never change. Which is ok, because I’m totally ok with it. I think its because I’m fairly ‘black and white’ by nature; this fits well for me. Going crazy and blurring the lines is chaos for me. I adore the look, but can’t achieve it myself .

We were lucky this year. It isn’t often my husband is home early enough from work to join us as we go trick or treating, but this year he was. We even convinced him to dress up, too. He went as ‘static cling’. I love it! LOL I can’t remember if I dressed up or not. If I did, there is no pictorial evidence of it.

Once again, the title was cut with my Cricut, which I layered overtop some scrap CTMH patterned papers cut into pennants. I stamped some stars in various shades of ink. (Its a CTMH stamp, but the set it goes with has lost it). The rest of the stamping comes from a set that is not available to purchase unless you’re a new consultant and have reached certain sales levels. (Which my wonderful downline has done! She doesn’t think she’ll use it, so she gave it to me. I love her!)

Stay tuned for more layouts (maybe cards) in tomorrow’s post!

Products Used:

Happy Halloween layout

– Cricut

-CTMH Scaredy Cat (retired)

-CTMH Urban (retired)

-CTMH Eggplant card stock X5774

-CTMH Ballet Safari A1180

-CTMH Kraft card stock Z1375

-CTMH White Daisy card stock 1385

-CTMH Black card stock 1386

-CTMH Shin Han TouchTwin markers (available to purchase!)

Trick or Treat layout

-CTMH Urban  (retired)

-CTMH White Daisy card stock 1385

-CTMH Black card stock 1386

-CTMH Scaredy Cat (retired)

-CTMH Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2805

-CTMH Peacock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2849

-CTMH Goldrush Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2823

 

 

Spin Layout

Hello everyone! It’s a slow day here, so I’m taking the time to drop in and share a layout with you! 

I just realized it’s been quite awhile since I dropped in last. Last week, we spent time with my in laws so my husband could go hunting for deer. Deer is scarce this year, but luckily get found his muley (mule deer). We will have wild meat now until next November.  Yum!

The layout above was created with Recollections and CTMH cardstock and Momenta patterned papers. I created the pinwheels using my cricut. 

Peaceful Layout

Just  wanted to drop in really quick to share another layout with you.

I began by creating a watercolor background, then layered my matted photos ontop of it, on the right side of the page. I added stickers, ephemera and stamping to complete my page.

Try New Things PML Layout

Good morning, friends! 

This is the first time all week there hasn’t been something planned or on the go. I’m elated I have the chance to spend a few minutes with you and share another project!

This layout sure makes me pine for frost- free days! I created this layout to mimic a PML (Picture My Life) or Project Life layout, without using the proper page protector for it. So, you’ll notice the page is divided equally into your sections- three along the top and three along the bottom.  In the first column on the farthest left of the page, I used PML journaling cards to embellish, title, and create a spot for the eye to rest from the bright and vivid colors in the pictures. 

I added another (third) journaling card to the top far right on the page for some journaling. (Also, because the top most photo was cut to a 3×4 inch size.)

Lastly, to complete the page, I cut a trio of hearts using my cricut and adhered them to the centre of the page.

Free! Pony Rides Layout

Welcome to the start of a brand new week! 

I used up more scraps to create this layout. There’s a mixture here of CTMH, Jillibean Soup and My Minds Eye. I cut the title using my cricut, as well as the little pony. The rest, I stamped and fussy cut!

Treasured Moments Layout

I began this layout with a watercolor background, then layered paper and photos ontop of it. I used a 3×4 CTMH journaling card and some chippy embellishments for a little bling; there’s also two large chippy embellishments at the top of my photo cluster. They’re also both CTMH. 

Love Layout

Hello friends. It’s a holiday weekend here in Canada- we’re celebrating Thanksgiving on Monday. I’m cooking dinner for my family, my FIL and one of my husbands’ buddy’s. You won’t see me here Sunday or Monday, but I’ll catch up with you again on Tuesday!

Since it’s a holiday weekend, it also means my kids get an extra long weekend. Today is a PD day for the teachers. Yay for extra long weekends!

I hope my kids will let me play for a bit today! Maybe they’ll come for a walk with me too! (A mom can dream!)

I began with this sketch, using a stamp to create the grid in the background. (The ink is CTMH). 

I layered strips of scrap patterned papers to create two focal points- one to mat my photo and the other as an embellishment cluster. 

The title was cut with my cricut, and I completed my page using various stickers and ephemera.  

Hello, Life Layout

Hi everyone! When you’re reading this, I’ll likely be well on my way into Edmonton to pick up my computer. It turns out the fan pooped out. Thank goodness for small miracles! We didn’t want to have to buy a new computer (or pay to fix what we thought the issue was!)

Even though I’m not here, you can still enjoy a layout I made. 

My little lady wasn’t a very happy camper here. It was wet and cold, and I think she’d had enough socializing for one afternoon! 

I picked up the yellows in M’s raincoat and carried it into the rest of my layout, as well as the pink. I began by creating a watercolor effect in the background.

Next, I layered MME and Jillibean Soup patterned paper scraps ontop of the watercolor and on the right edge of the page. 

I stamped some of the embellishments with ctmh stamps and ink, and used punches to create the rest. 

Lastly, I journalled directly on the layout base, creating a border along the right edge of the page.

This layout sketch by Laura Whitaker inspired my layout.

Hometown Heroes Layout

OMG! How many of you saw the typo in my title?! I’m SO sorry! LOL (Insert blush face here).

Happy Thursday morning, friends! The twins just asked me how many days are left until they get a day off- which is one, of course. From the living room, I could hear them squeal in delight. They’re looking forward to a day to sleep in, I think. Lol. Truth be told, me too. 

I have another layout to share today, of our afternoon at the Whitecourt airshow in 2012. The ephemera I used here has been occupying space in my stash for far too long, but happily they were perfect for this layout!

Once again, the title was cut using my cricut, and the cardstock base came from CTMH. I scattered stickers around the page and journalled directly on the cardstock to complete this project. 

This double page layout sketch inspired today’s spread. 

Surprise! Layout

Good morning! How does a layout sound today?

So, there’s a funny story behind this layout. At the time these pictures were taken, I didn’t know anyone on the bus with us- we were heading to the airshow in 2012. The only people I knew was my family, who was with me. 

When I sat down to scrap these pictures, I realized as I looked at them, that the woman’s arm in the top photo looked strangely familiar. So, I looked at the second picture, and realized the little boy looked like my friends’ son B. Since it was 2012, her youngest wouldn’t have been born yet (she was likely pregnant with him in these pictures), so it must have been a very young B (her middle child also has a name that starts with the letter B. Just so you’re not confused, lol).

I sent her a screenshot of the two photos, and we both had a good laugh over it. She was in my pictures even before we became besties! (Proof showing we’re kindred spirits).

The other little head in the same seat as hers is her eldest daughter, A. My mom and the toddler twins are in the seat directly behind hers in the bottom photo, and my husband and M are in the seat ahead of hers in the top photo). 

I created this layout by stamping the floral border along the lefthand side of the page using CTMH Pear ink. Next to it, I layered a 0.5 inch strip of patterned paper and layered the pictures next to that. 

I cut the title and arrows from scrap cardstock using my cricut, and adhered the title ontop of ephemera from Jillibean Soup. For extra flair, I adhered a button from my stash in the centre of the circle, and tied a small bow using scrap twine from my stash. 

To draw attention to the journaling, I watercolored the right hand portion of the page and wrote directly ontop of it once it was dry. I added a few other stamped and stickers odds and ends to complete this layout. 

This sketch was my layout inspiration.