CTMH Happy Holidays Layout

Good morning! Its a bit cooler here today- I broke out my fleece pj pants and a sweater this morning because I was cold when I got out of bed! Its a welcome change to feeling sticky and wet after waking up in the morning.

In honor of the cooler weather today, I have a festive Christmas layout to share with you.


I look forward to all the big events that the twins’ school puts on throughout the year. They have a spring concert and a Christmas concert. The spring concert is pretty huge- they put on a black light show every year. Coming up (in the future- more recent future, like 2016 and this year) I’ll have pictures of the black light shows we were at. Lots of fun! Only the grade 3 class gets to do it…it builds excitement for the little ones as time goes on, so when they reach grade 3, they’re super excited about getting to do the black light show. I think its awesome they have something so special to look forward to. Their concerts are also in French, since our school is bilingual. We offer a French program, so all the French kids are able to take part in the concert, as well. (My children are in the English program. My French is way too rusty to be able to help them with their homework).

I used City Sidewalks again, and sadly most of it is gone. I think I have just a few sheets left. But, that’s good, on the other hand, too. This Christmas I can stock up on the new collections CTMH comes out with! In yesterdays order, I also stocked up on the Little Dreamer and Jack paper packets, so that I have extra of my favourite papers to play with until the new collections come out in September. I have lots of planning to do coming up- my card classes start in September! I know what technique I want to introduce at our first one, but I don’t have a design figured out yet! Or the paper we’ll be using. All in good time. August is going to be a busy month! If you’d like to join, comment at the bottom of this post, or email me at theeverydayscrapbooker@gmail.com. (Just a note, I don’t currently have any Jack papers because I ordered the wrong workshop in June! Oops! So, I’ve ordered it this month, and will begin playing with it once its made its way to my doorstep! Can’t wait!)

Did you know that the small strip at the top of CTMH’s paper- we call it the ‘zip strip’- is also useful in your paper crafting? Other companies call it other things, but that’s what we call it; it is meant to be used in your crafting, as well. You’ll notice that one side of it is always printed with a pattern that coordinates with the collection it comes with. The other side has collection- pertinent information on it, such as the collection name, what colors coordinate with it, the product number (for easier ordering), and the size of paper it came from (such as 12×12 inches). Our paper is always 12×12, just so you know. I’ve gotten in the habit of keeping them all instead of throwing them out. You never know when they’ll come in handy! I snuck the City Sidewalks zip strip in this layout right at the bottom of the mat layered behind the pictures. I snuck some washi tape into the mix, too. I do not think its CTMH washi. The zip strip is always 0.25 inches, and it adds just the right touch to any project. Have you ever used them in your crafting before? If you haven’t, because they’re not printed to be used in your crafting, maybe its time you tried out some CTMH paper!

What is your favourite thing about your kids being in school? What do you look forward to throughout the school year?

Products Used:

-CTMH City Sidewalks (retired)

-CTMH White Daisy Card stock 1385

-CTMH Juniper Card stock X5752

-CTMH Happy Holidays My Acrylix Stamp Set (retired)

-CTMH Juniper Exclusive Inks Z2865

-CTMH Outdoor Denim Exclusive Inks (retired)*

-CTMH Pomegranate Exclusive Inks Z2854

*Note: Replace Outdoor Denim ink with Pacifica Z2892. Its dark, too! Any other light blue colors will work, too, such as Glacier Z2841, Crystal Blue Z2817, Lagoon Z2895, Peacock Z2849 or Sea Glass Z2813.

 

CTMH Scrap Paper Layout

I hope all my American friends- expats and natives- are enjoying their 4th of July celebrations today! I can’t wait to see all my friends’ and family’s pictures.

I’ll be doing celebrating of my own- in my own special way today- I’m sharing more of my artwork with you today! I’m also doing it while the kiddos still sleep, so that in itself is worth celebrating!

I made quite a few layouts in between this post and my last post from last week, and I’m not quite sure where to start! Should I share them all, or start with my most current one? My heart is telling me to start with the oldest one, which means I’ll have lots of catching up to do! Is everyone in agreeance? If so, lets get started!


One of the fun things about going to visit Grandma M is all the fun things she has planned for the kids to do while we visit. This time, in particular, we were visiting so that my husband could get his hunting fix in; once that’s done, we sit down and make deer sausage from it. It sustains us throughout the year, when we come back again for more! All four of us loves our wild meat. Having children this time around, threw a new kink into our tradition. Somehow we had to keep them entertained while we worked, and this was grandma’s solution. Grandma M to the rescue!

I used up a mixture of scraps to create this fun grid style layout. Finding layout sketches like these online and on Pinterest are a wonderful way to use up a variety of sizes of scraps, not just large ones. I store all my scraps in three drawer Sterilite containers, and keep them underneath my scrap table for easy and quick access. If you’re wondering, I also store them by color, making finding what I’m looking for a breeze. I have one smaller container and one larger one, and I find the larger one is perfect for storing 12×12 size papers, if I need to. (Sometimes I pull a sheet of card stock out that I think I want to use, then come to find I don’t want to use it. I am lazy, so usually just throw it in one of my paper containers. If its too large, I store it ontop of my garbage can, which is right next to my craft table, or on my desk, which is next to that. Yes, I am lazy.)

The scraps I used came from three different CTMH collections and Fundamentals papers. See how flawlessly collections can work with each other? And, the sizes of papers are just large enough to direct your eye to them without overwhelming the layout. I just love it! Its just enough drama to be noticeable, but not over the top. Something like my twins’ personalities.

And, as you can see, I doodled some more on this layout, as well. Doodling makes my heart so happy.

Products Used:

-CTMH Workshop Your Way Charlotte (retired)

-CTMH Workshop Your Way Some Kinda Wonderful (retired) *The paper packet is still available X7217B

-CTMH Adventure Fundamentals Z3253

-CTMH White Daisy Card stock 1385

-CTMH Whisper Card stock X5929

-CTMH Slate Card stock X5930

-CTMH Puffy Stickers (retired)

-CTMH Skylark Complements (retired)

-CTMH Seaside paper packet (retired)

-CTMH Choose Happy SOTM S1503 (retired)

-CTMH My Acrylix Stamp Set My Life D1572 (retired)

-CTMH Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2805

-CTMH Slate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2873

-CTMH Bitty Sparkles Z1263

Just as a side note, I used my Cricut to cut the title and crown, and the washi tape may (it may also not) be CTMH. I don’t remember anymore! Part of the title was cut using Cricut CTMH Art Philosophy (the word ‘queen’); the rest is Sophisticated and A Child’s Year, neither of which are CTMH products.

Free Fall Layout

Hello on this blizzardy and treacherous Friday! The snow seems to have stopped falling for now, but my husband is still out there working, and I’m worried about him! Well…worried about him driving in these poor conditions. No one should be out there, for any reason.

This was what my street looked like before I got out there to shovel. It’s deceiving- it’s wet and heavy snow, and it’s made driving conditions in the north part of the province very tricky!

This is my last airshow layout! I was able to snap a few pictures of the airplanes doing their thing during the show. It was impressive to watch!

I used a mixture of CTMH and Recollections papers to create my layout, and you’ll notice I even snuck in a bit of washi tape for a cute little border! I haven’t used my washi in quite awhile. It felt good!

Lastly, I used a Carta Bella journal card and Echo Park (I think?!) balloon sticker for embellishing the top left corner. I raided my button stash, and added some of my grandma Murray’s old buttons for a small cluster also on the left page.

On the right page, I adhered a couple more journal cards, a button and a cricut die cut to complete it. 

This sketch inspired today’s layout spread.

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.  

Oh, Hey Card

Hi everyone! When you’re reading this, I’ll be heading into Edmonton…again…to run more errands with my husband. It’ll be another whirlwind trip. Wish us luck! Lol

Instead of a layout, I have a card to share with you. I made it three months ago, but I’m just now getting around to sharing it.

I used a mixture of washi tapes to create the background, layering it ontop of a white cardstock mat before adhering it to the polka dot green base. I stamped the sentiment, then dovetailed each side to create the pennant. The ink and stamped image are both from CTMH  (Close to My Heart). 

I may not drop in tomorrow- it depends on how today goes in the city! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Snapshot

Hello friends. Wednesday already. Crazy how fast time flies!

I was talking on the phone with my husband yesterday, and I was astonished to learn I’ve had my current car for a whopping 4 years already. I had just begun looking at September, 2012 pictures as we talked, and the proof was in the first picture in my queue. I had to ask him if that was true! So, yes, time does fly. You’ll see a layout about Sassy (my car) in the near future- and who she replaced (Yuki, in case you were wondering).

Today’s layout is a blast from the past, too. Miss A was two years old in the picture above; before we headed out to the Airshow, I caught this snapshot of her. (Hence the title, lol).

I began by watercoloring the background and layering scrap patterned papers on top once it was dry. My heat tool helped speed up the drying process. 

I matted the picture onto more scrap paper, then added some washi and a bit of twine for a bit more flair. 

The title was cut with my cricut, and adhered on its side using my CTMH Liquid Glass. 

To complete this layout, I used random bits and pieces from Jillibean Soup and stamped and stamped and fussy cut everything else. 

I was inspired by this sketch.

Beautiful

Good morning friends! 

It’s another cool day, with more rain (possibly) forecasted, so the twinlets and I are laying low and just vegging today. 

This layout is a companion to yesterday’s layout- in that it continues telling the story of putting the finishing touches on our bedroom- mainly, converting my husbands watered frame to fit our current non-waterbed mattress and box spring. Before the bed was reassembled, I hung curtains in our room too- which hadn’t been there before. 

I began this page with some blue water colors, then spritzed ink over circles that were randomly placed around the paper. Once it was dry, I stamped the hounds tooth background and layered matted photos over top. 

I cut the title with my cricut, and stamped then fussy cut some of the embellishments around the page. (Some elements were just stamped directly to the page). 

Lastly, I added some washi, puffy stickers, enamel dots and a couple wood veneer embellies to complete the page. 

I was inspired by this sketch by the Memory Nest.

Sanctuary

Good morning, dear friends! The weekend is finally here, and with it came my husband, and soon to be my parents, and maybe- Just maybe- the chance to actually scrapbook for a bit. I’m really, seriously, desperately hoping to scrap for a bit. Still, my schedule has not allowed it. If this weekend won’t allow for it, I’ll neglect some chore next week to indulge myself.  I deserve it!

The layout I’m sharing today was made using a mixture of CTMH paper collections. I also used an ancient cling stamp to create the stitching in the top right corner, and added stamped then fussy cut images to various places around the page to embellish it. 

The title and palm tree were created and cut using my cricut and scrap cardstock from my stash. I also punched a couple pieces of cardstock strips with a border punch. 

I was inspired by this sketch. 

As you can see, I turned and flipped the page; the original orientation of the pictures didn’t feel right to me. After moving them around a number of times, I finally settled for what you see above. 

The Plan

Good morning, friends!

I’m dropping in today to quickly share this patchwork layout I created; my husband came home last night, and I really want to make the best of our day together. Who knows when they’ll ship him off again, and for how long.

I was inspired by this sketch that I found originally at Scrapbook.com. You can find it saved to my Pinterest, if you find it inspiring, too!

I wanted to include some glitter in this page, so used some CTMH glimmer tape in Teal. I think it’s so pretty! 

To create the large circle at the top of the page, I first cut the shape using my cricut, then adhered the scallop border underneath the circle. The color of the inner portion was created by brushing watered down acrylic paint to a previously white cardstock circle. 

I embellished using some stamps (which are all CTMH), and the odd chippy sticker. The squares were all cut from scrap patterned papers. One was embellished with strips of Teal glimmer tape. 

Puppy Love

Happy Sunday, dear friends! I have another layout to share today!

I love the colors I chose here- the pop of Thistle (purple) against the Teal is gorgeous! I used a CTMH embossing folder for the background, then layered some washi tape and cricut die cuts on top. And, for good measure, I added some stamping and fussy cutting, as well.

I was inspired by Creative Scrapbookers’ June sketch challenge.