Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Mini Album

I have waited awhile to post this Halloween Mini album on my blog after teaching it at the Canadian Scrapbooker Carnival in September and then another version of it at The Urban Scrapbook last weekend. A big thank you and shout out to Graphic 45 for sponsoring my class at the Carnival!  Everyone really enjoyed making the album.

Lots of photos coming grab your pillowcase filled with candy, munch away...and enjoy :)

The full moon is embossed with a Tim Holtz Sizzix folder and then lightly inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink.

  The bats are cut from Clearly For Art black modeling film, using a Sizzix die.  When you heat the bats with a heat gun, you can curve their plastic wings.
The cheesecloth fabric clouds are coloured with Black Soot Distress Ink (you can also use Stain)

Now let's look inside... 
I cut the stars with a Sizzix die and also embossed them.  The Oct. 31 is a Graphic 45 stamp.
This pocket insert has a fussy cut moon tab.
 Each page is made from a 6" x 12" piece of black cardstock folded in half into a pocket.  The pages alternate pockets opening at the top and at the side in the album.  A big thanks to Michelle who advised me how to make these pages!  Click HERE to visit Michelle's blog, where you will find more fabulous mini albums! One of my favourites is her travel mini album designed with Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue.
Pages 2 and 3

Page 2 has a slide out pocket as well.
A paper pieced pumpkin I designed using Bazzill cardstock in Raven and Marigold

Space for photo and journaling

Page 3 side pocket has this clock pull-out
Pages 4 and 5
The clock is also a Sizzix die and the corner webs were stamped with an Inkadinkado set called "All Hallow's Eve" (and embossed with Clearsnap)
The clock is on a paper hinge and flips up.
The page 5 pocket has a tag with stamping on it.

 The black manila tag is stamped with more Graphic 45 stamps, pumpkin and vine border.  Then I used Clearsnap Donna Salazar Mixed Media Inx in "Leather" to achieve this copper effect.

The reverse side also has Graphic 45 stamping.

Pages 6 and 7
The spider web is cut with my Cricut from the Teresa Collins Halloween cartridge "Chic & Scary"

The web flap lifts for more photos.

The doors open with paper hinges.
I used Black Soot Distressed card stock and embossed it with a Sizzix wood grain Tim Holtz folder.  Then I sanded it and lightly inked with brown.  

The door knobs are Graphic 45 brads glued onto grunge board pieces that are painted with metallic Gold Adirondack dabber by Ranger.  I clipped the corners of the grungeboard piece with a hole punch and inked a little with black.
Page 8 and the inside back cover
The fence is a pocket, and this page is a side pocket that holds 2 tags.
 The tags are tied with black ribbon and black tulle.
I cut some words from one of the patterned papers to add to both tags.

The crescent moon is cut freehand and then embossed in a Sizzix folder and lightly inked.
 This beautiful black cat is another Graphic 45 stamp.  Did you know that this Happy Haunting Halloween collection has THREE amazing stamps sets?  Beautiful images and all rubber cling mount!

I cannot wait to fill up this album with photos of Halloween....I was able to snap pics of all 3 teenagers before they left for school this morning in their costumes.  

BabyOfTheFamily is a 1950's Diner Waitress...

Serving up a bloody finger hot dog...
DramaQueen is Annie....well, a more "grown up" version of Annie

She spent ALOT of time curling her hair
And BoyGenius...uh oh.  Please don't judge me as a mother for his politically incorrect costume [or send me hate mail].  
Oh look. It's Bob Marley.  [eek]
Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Christmas Classes

This time of year is a busy one for classes at The Urban Scrapbook.  I'll be posting my Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Halloween mini album later this week, but today I thought I'd share what I've designed for Christmas classes coming up soon.

First, here is a set of 5 cards I created using the gorgeous Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet collection.
After this class runs on November 22, I will share the techniques and details on these cards here on my blog.

The next class is a Holiday Recipe Mini Album, perfect for a gift or family keepsake.  My friend Sandra and I collaborated to design this mini album  using Simple Stories.
Once again, after the class date of December 15, I will post photos and techniques used in this album.

Click HERE to check out the classes at the Urban website and register!

And prepare for Halloween!  Look out candy, here I come!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fun with Fancy Pants

Today I thought I'd share a couple of layouts I designed for the Fall issue of Canadian Scrapbooker magazine, using the playful collection from Fancy Pants called "Childish Things."

This collection comes with wonderful embellishments, which I used on my two layouts:  ribbon, rub-ons, stickers, alphabet, and glitter cut-outs.
"Wish Upon a Star"

  I thought these fun bright papers were perfect for some photos of Disneyland.  Here is BabyOfTheFamily in Toon Town, a trip we made a few years ago...when she was still interested in playing with fake TNT.

This flower "glitter cut" serves as my pinwheel centre.

Another glitter cut for my journaling spot
I outlined the title with a black marker so it would stand out more.  Isn't this "Glitter Girl" adorable?

The next layout is actually about one of my passions in life:  community service.  But the photo is not me! ha ha ha!  It's the teacher of the preschool on the first day of class.
  Since we moved into our neighbourhood 12 years ago, I've been involved in our community league and a number of projects. Organizing a preschool for our neighbourhood is something that was near and dear to my heart.  I am passionate about Education!

Some close-ups...
Love this quote!  It's a rub-on.
A sticker layered on top of Sizzix Accordian Flowers (Tim Holtz collection)
 It's funny, but I haven't created with Fancy Pants papers in quite awhile...but I used to use them ALL the time.  

I think you can relate:  Too many papers....too little time!

I even felt a bit like a preschooler myself, working with this bright colour palette, cutting and pasting. be a child again! 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Halloween Mini Albums

Here's a shocking announcement:  I designed 2 Halloween mini albums!

The first album I made was for the Canadian Scrapbooker Carnival in September, using the Happy Haunting Graphic 45 collection.  I will post this album on my blog at the end of the month after I teach a similar mini album class at The Urban Scrapbook on October 27.  I think you can still register for this class...

The second album just sort of happened... after I received my October staff challenge kit from The Urban Scrapbook.  Most of the kit consisted of the spooktacular Halloween collection from We R Memory Keepers called "Black Widow."

I don't have any Halloween photos in the album yet, but I thought I'd share the pages as is...
This October kit also includes black, silver and orange card stock, some gems, ribbon, tulle, a little WRMK "Cobwebs" stamp set, raw chipboard pumpkins and "Black Widow" chipboard stickers. 
The pumpkin is raw chipboard cut from a Sizzix Tim H. die.  I inked it with Distress inks.

One of the 3 stamps in the WRMK "Cobwebs" set, stamped with Versafine Onyx Black.
The little wrought iron fence is cut from black card stock with a Memory Box die.

The bats are stamped onto the photo mat.
The witch is the 3rd stamp in the set.
I adhered a half circle of black card stock to both the front and back inside covers of the album so they would be more durable.

Some of you already know that I'm a very sloooow scrapper.  But these papers lent themselves so well to this mini album that I created it in one evening....actually during the first night of the scrapbook retreat/crop in Newfoundland last month!  I think I was inspired by all the talented scrapbookers surrounding me :)

Click HERE to visit the Urban blog and see the other wonderful projects from the Design Team. 

There's still time to pick up this October kit at The Urban Scrapbook.  You'll love it!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sketch Inspiration

Summer is over and fall weather is here...which also means that Canadian Scrapbooker magazine is planning the Spring 2013 issue!  

I know, I is soooo hard to type 2013.  But that's how the magazine industry rolls :)

This also means that my new sketch for the "Double the Fun" Spring issue is on the Canadian Scrapbooker website, along with my sample layout [which might look familiar]

Here is my sketch....

And here is my layout[which most of you have seen before]
Designed with the beautiful Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue paper collection.

I would love it if you would give a 2-pager a whirl and design a layout based on my sketch.  There is still time to submit....the deadline is November 15, 2012.

Just click HERE and you will find out how to easily submit your pages online....and who could be published!

Some of my scrappy friends have already completed their Double the Fun layouts based on my sketch.

Michelle Marks used these wonderful photos of her nephews...
You can see this layout on Michelle's blog HERE
Another friend of mine, Paula, used the sketch to create a really cute layout of a day at the zoo...
To see more, please visit Paula's blog HERE
Lastly, my sweet friend Sandra designed this layout while we were at the Great Canadian Scrapbooker Carnival last month...
Sandra's family visited the amazing Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona during a holiday there.
Two-page layouts are a fantastic way to scrapbook multi-photo events and activities. 

Canadian Scrapbooker magazine also has posted their October Sketchy Challenge online, and here is the single page sketch, designed by Sue Sykes...
If you link up your sketch layout on Sue's blog HERE, you can win a prize!

And here is my layout, designed with the wonderful Simple Stories "Harvest Lane" collection.The awesome cardstock stickers made this page come together really quickly...

BabyOfTheFamily is acting so grown up that I am feeling a little sad.  And I was really surprised on the first day of school when she got up at 6:30 am, dressed up in this cool outfit and straightened her hair with a flat iron. 

 This is a HUGE change from a few months ago when she struggled out of bed a half hour before school started, wore the same clothes 8 days in a row and argued with me about brushing her hair!

I think you'll notice a significant difference in BOF's appearance in the upcoming photos and layouts I post here.  sigh.  I know it is inevitable, but it's hard for me to watch my little bird perched on the edge of our nest, getting ready to fly away.

In the meantime, Mama Bird is going to keep scrapbooking the moments that matter and hold on tight to the fleeting existence of childhood.