CTMH City Sidewalks Layout

Good morning! We had another 6 am wake up call in my house…isn’t summer for sleeping in? My word…


Hows this for layout blog content this morning? Much better than the deer meat layout?

This layout is all kinds of fun. I coloured in the paper doll (yes, she’s actually a paper doll!) using my Shin Han markers, and used a chipboard word From the City Sidewalks Complements pack in part of my title. When I fussy cut the paper doll out, I also cut off the tabs that would have held her clothes on. I glued the snowsuit to her body, and adhered her using some 3d foam tape.

Who doesn’t love a bit of glitter? I know my girls do. The more glitter used, the better in their minds! Its hard to see, but I also stamped a pattern into the word fun, just for some extra depth. What do you think?!

My girls were having fun playing in the snow (in Oyen!! That’s almost unheard of for that area!!), and the layout itself is a lot of fun, if I do say so myself. The City Sidewalks paper is perfect for this festive time of year (nearly…it was November).

Products Used:

-CTMH City Sidewalks Paper Packet (retired)

-CTMH Cranberry Card stock 1272

-CTMH Glacier Card stock X5770

-CTMH City Sidewalks Complements X7213C (retired)

-CTMH Shreddin’ The Slopes My Acrylix Stamp Set D1603 (retired)

-CTMH Shin Han Touch Twin Black Marker Z2446

-CTMH Shin Han Touch Twin Peacock Green Marker Z2461

-CTMH Shin Han Touch Twin Turquoise Blue Marker Z2465

-CTMH Shin Han Touch Twin Carmine Marker Z2448

-CTMH Art Philosophy (Cricut) (retired)

CTMH Lovely Birthday Occasions + Shin Han Markers

Do you like colouring? Have you jumped on the mandala/coloring/adult colouring craze? I have. Sort of. I have colouring books and pencil crayons, and I have my Shin Han markers for my scrapbooking, but I rarely do it. I color more in my crafting than I do in my colouring books. Everyone I’ve heard that does this all say that its calming. Honestly, I don’t see it. My peace and calming is scrapbooking. Mind you, I bought them specifically for something to do when we’re out camping and I’m bored. Bored as in its raining buckets and there’s nowhere to go but inside the trailer with two young kids that just want to watch movies anyways. Who has time for tv? Give me some music and something crafty, and I’ll keep myself entertained for hours. What activities do you bring when you’re camping and need something to do other than read?

I broke out my Shin Han markers for this layout and went to town on it, colouring in all the cupcakes. And the cake and candle, which is layered next to the title. It took a long time, but I like the effect. I wanted to give it a messy, rustic feel, so I didn’t worry about filling in all the white space. I love the finished look.

Before I matted the White Daisy card stock to the Smoky Plum card stock, I couldn’t help but feel there was way too much white space at the top of the page. I didn’t know how to fill it; nothing felt right. So, I left it for the day and came back to it another day. Inspiration hit, and I decided to trim off an inch from two sides of the White Daisy card stock, and then placed it inside the Smoky Plum. I’m glad I decided to give myself a break and return to it after my brain had time to relax. It feels much better, now! It feels finished. I doodled around the cupcakes to give it the illusion that another piece of White Daisy is matted inside the bottom corner of the larger sheet of White Daisy, then stamped a border near the top of the page with a variety of different coloured inks.

I chose colors for my layout based on the colors in the birthday cakes my husband bought for my birthday. (Back in 2013.) As a result of that, I’m in love with the purple, yellow (its actually a light green but appears yellow IRL) and light blue color combination. So yummy! I need to figure out a way to use those colors more often! I can now admit that I scrapbook based on the colors found in my pictures. I’m not sure I color coordinated my layouts in the past- I’m sure I did, but wasn’t aware of it. Now…no excuses. I do it and I openly admit it.

Products Used:

-CTMH White Daisy card stock 1385

-CTMH Smoky Plum (retired)

-CTMH Shin Han Touch Twin Lavender Marker Z2453

-CTMH Shin Han Touch Twin Turquoise Blue Marker Z2465

-CTMH Shin Han Touch Twin Pastel Green Marker Z2459

-CTMH Shin Han Touch Twin Tender Pink Marker Z2464

-CTMH Shin Han Touch Twin Light Orange Marker Z2455

-CTMH Shin Han Touch Twin Golden Yellow Marker Z2452

-CTMH Some Kinda Wonderful Scrapbooking Stamp Set D1716

-CTMH Lovely Birthday Occasions B1462 (retired)

-CTMH Celebrate With Cake S1605 (retired)

-CTMH Cutie Pie S1412 (retired)

-CTMH Exclusive Inks Flaxen Stamp Pad Z2842

-CTMH Exclusive Inks Crystal Blue Stamp Pad Z2817

-CTMH Exclusive Inks Smoky Plum Stamp Pad (retired)

-CTMH Adventure Fundamentals Z3253

-CTMH Workshops Your Way Little Dreamer Scrapbooking Kit (scraps) G1126

 

Chillin’

Today’s layout was inspired by a lovely sketch found at Sketch Support. I used this lovely patterned paper for my background, and layered cardstock ontop. I cut the banner using my cricut and stamped the leaves then colored them in using my Shin Han markers. The title was also cut with my cricut.

Grandchildren Layout

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I’m finding I’m turning more and more to Pinterest for title and journaling inspiration. After I have my sketch inspiration decided upon (this was today’s inspiration), I start mulling over title and theme ideas as I start getting the bones of my layout together.

Sometimes, that process stalls for a day, until something inspires me or I decide that the ideas I had aren’t good enough.

By not good enough, I mean they don’t really tell the story I want this spread to tell.

When that happens, I turn to Pinterest. In this case, I wanted to highlight what my moms- the twins Oma’s- feelings are towards my children. I’m fairly certain this would be a universal feeling between all grandma’s, worldwide.

I kept my design very simple and clean, so the pictures would do the talking, rather than the embellishing. All products in this spread consist of CTMH products. I colored the title in with my Shin Han markers- I love how it pops against the craft background!

Join me again tomorrow for another SMS (Snail Mail Saturday) post. I’ll be sharing a few more snail mail letters I wrote this week, and how I packaged them up to be mailed. I hope to see you then!

Best Day

Happy hump day, friends! I’m just dropping by with a quick post.

I’m sharing another layout I created using sketches over at Scrapbook Generation.  This one was posted on January 15 for Free Sketch Friday.

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And here’s what I created using it:

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As you can see, I flipped the sketch around and made it my own.

I used a mixture of 6×6 papers as well as CTMH stamps (Woodland Romance and Ballet Safari). How cute is the giraffe in the top left?! I stamped it using Staz-On ink, then colored it in with my Shin Han markers once it was dry.

She needed a purple tutu in homage of my youngest twin- it’s her favorite color.

Thanks for stopping by!

CTMH Fast & Furious

I came across a really cool quote recently:

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“I love you to the moon and back” is something we say to each other in our family.

Frequently.

We’ve personalized it even further to include “and everywhere inbetween” to make sure we leave no place left out. It all started when my daughter asked me if there were places inbetween earth and the moon.

I suppose there would be- buildings, mountains, birds, clouds…air… You can never be too literal when kids are involved.

So, to leave no stone unturned, we’ve broadened our definition of this phrase.

It’s pretty deep when you really stop and think about the implications of the quote above. That’s why I love it so.

It’s the absolute truth.

My children don’t understand what it means yet, but they will. And yes, I’ve read it to them. I’ve watched for their reactions and the confusion is plain on their sweet faces.

It inspired me to create a layout using it.

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Disclaimer: Please, pretty please, try to look past the poor, blurry quality of this picture. I’ve tried a few times to take a clearer picture- to no avail. I don’t know if this pic is as blurry as I think, or if it’s because my vision is weakening.

Maybe my phone is due for the trash can.

Anyway, this is the best I can do, for now. My apologies.

I typed the quote using my computer, then printed it out and adhered it to CTMH Daisy White cardstock. I created the title using CTMH Handwritten (alpha stamps) and Blush, Saffron and Thistle inks.

Next, I trimmed my photos to 3×3 inches and adhered them in a random, haphazard manner on the page. I cut the moon using my Cricut, then stamped stars around it in CTMH Whisper ink. I also stamped the truck in CTMH Thistle and Saddle inks. I fussy cut the purple truck (CTMH Fast & Furious) and the (Saddle) wood box for the bed of the truck and adhered them together. Next, I stamped the hexa “tread” with CTMH Basic Black ink. I covered the wheels with black buttons out of my stash.

Lastly, I stamped planet earth with Staz-On ink and fussy cut it out. While it dried, I stamped it again and fussy cut the banner out, flipped it and traced it onto scrap CTMH Sweet Leaf cardstock. (I wanted the banner blank). Once planet earth was dry, I used my ShinHan markers to color in the oceans and pennant portions of the banner.

Most of the products used in this project are available to purchase on my website. Find my website here. (Fast & Furious is retired, I believe). If you have any questions or need help, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Thanks for visiting with me today! TGIF- enjoy your weekend!

CTMH Cutie Pie Cupcake

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Creative Scrapbookers’ January sketch inspired this layout of eating out with the grandparents. They treated us to dinner in order to celebrate the twins’ birthday back in 2012.
Rather than use circles, I swapped them out for cupcakes, which I stamped with Staz-On ink then shaded in using my ShinHan markers. I also dug deep in my stash, and pulled out some old Jillibean Soup patterned paper, making sure my CTMH cardstock coordinated with the colors found in the patterned paper. I stamped on the Whisper cardstock with Whisper ink to give it a slight pattern and some depth.  The title came from the Cutie Pie stamp set, once again.
Thanks for dropping by! I’ll be back again soon with another layout and a card.
Till next time!

Heartstrings Valentines

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Just dropping in with valentine’s I’m making for the twins’ school classes. I stamped the cupcakes with permanent ink then colored it in with my ShinHan alcohol markers. On the flip side, I’ve stamped Happy Valentine’s day with the Heartstrings stamp set. (The front side is stamped with Cutie Pie).
Everything here is CTMH- including the washi tape!
Stay tuned for the finished product, which I’ll share in the near future.

CTMH Cutie Pie Birthday Card

Hello again, dear friends! I’m dropping in today with a card I created using a sketch that I found on Paper Issues Facebook group page. It’s part of their January sketch challenges. You should check it out- their page is full of fun activities that’ll keep you crafting and entertained! (Type Paper Issues into your search bar on Facebook and you’ll find them easy peasy).

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My daughter is going to a birthday party tomorrow, so I created this card to give to her friend. I used CTMH Balloon Wishes for the message at the top of the card (stamped with Outdoor Denim ink), as well as Cutie Pie SOTM (retired).
To color in the cupcake image, I turned to my CTMH Shin Han markers, and for a little extra Bling,  I used purple glitter glue to create sprinkles on the icing. You’ll also find a Pink Flamingo adhesive dot in place of the cherry at the top of the cupcake.
Please join me again soon! Enjoy your weekend! (TGIF lol)

Coloring with Shin Han Markers

Phew, who would have thought life would take over once the kids were in school full time?! I finally had the chance to sit down at 2:30, only to get back up and pick up my kids from school at 3!
There was also a long weekend here in Canada, so we took the kids camping in our own trailer for the very first time last weekend. It was cold, but an absolute riot!

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Sunday, pictured above, was rainy. Thank goodness I thought ahead enough to bring books and movies and play doh for the twins to play with. I colored to keep myself entertained.

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As you can see from both these layouts, I did a lot of stamping and coloring! Absolutely everything here is CTMH!