Wednesday, February 27, 2013

2 Days Left To Enter To Win!!!

Just a quick post to remind you that you only have 2 days left to enter to win my 200+ followers giveaways!  Yes! 2 giveaways!  To celebrate my gratitude for you all, i am giving away a prize to not only 1 but 2 lucky followers.

Click HERE to enter!

Make sure to read ALL the instructions on how to enter at the bottom of this post.  I will only pick among the people who did all 3 requirements!

Giveaway #1
Giveaway #2
Winners will be announced on friday March 1st!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Sky's The Limit (February GDT for Berry71bleu)

 I was totally elated to win the January challenge at Berry71bleu with my layout 'More Me Time', and as a result i was asked to play along as a Guest Designer with their February challenge which is all about...

White Space

Because i loved this challenge so much, i had already started my layout when i found out that i had won the January challenge and was invited to be a GD. Click HERE to see my feature at Berry71bleu!

More and more, i find myself leaving lots of white space on my layouts and i love it!  It makes the pictures and all the embellishments stand out even more by contrast.
My layout was inspired by 2 other challenges as well... the February sketch by Dusty Attic which i absolutely adore:
And one of the 'love-themed' playlist songs at Scrap It with a Song, Justin Bieber's "As Long As You Love Me" that obviously inspired the title.

All the chipboard pieces on this layout were distressed using various mediums like Distress Inks, acrylic paint, Liquid Pearls, GlitterRitz, gesso.  I just kept on adding layers of one or another until i reached the desired effect.  I also did a little whitewashing with gesso on the flowers and the background.

Well, i hope you love this layout as much as i do... and i'm hoping you'll participate in Berry71bleu's White Space challenge.  You still have a couple days to get your entry in to have the chance to win a wonderful prize.  Click HERE for all the details!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Published in Canadian Scrapbooker Spring 2013

This is my 2nd post today.  To see my DT reveal for Creative Scrappers Sketch # 249, click HERE

No adjective can describe how happy i was this weekend when i received my copy of the Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine for Spring 2013!  What amazing works of crafty art contained in one single issue!  There sure is a lot of talent in Canada!

I was extra happy because a layout and a card of mine are featured in the 'Birthday' section of the magazine...

on page 59

and on page 62

Thank you so much Canadian Scrapbooker for showcasing my passion for scrapbooking!

And all you followers, do not forget to enter my 200 followers Giveaways that end this Thursday, February 28th.  Click HERE for details on how to enter.  I will pick 2 lucky winners on Friday March 1st!

Adventure (CS#249 DT Reveal)

This is a bittersweet reveal as it is my last for Creative Scrappers' DT.  Team B's last reveal will take place next Sunday.  Kristine, the owner of CS, has decided to put the challenge blog on hold for a few months.  I'm hoping that when it comes back live, i'll be able to be part of it again as this was an amazing experience!

Here is sketch#249 created by Heather.
I decided to create a double-page layout and base the right side on the CS sketch.

I used Echo Park's Note to Self collection which i thought went perfectly with these pictures of little Tristan having his very first walk outside with his dad.

Heather's sketch inspired me to add so many fun elements on this layout like the ticket banner on top and all the corrugated arrows from Magenta.  A fun layout all around!

I hope i inspired you to play along with us at Creative Scrappers this month!  You can be in the running to win a great prize from Scrapbook and Cards Today!  The deadline to submit your layout is March 1st!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

My Scrapbook Space

There's a new feature on My Creative Scrapbook blog and it's called Scrap Space Saturdays!  Today is my turn to share with you my scrapbook space.

When my fiance and I were shopping for a house in 2011, it was a requirement for him and for me to each have our own 'studio', a room to make our own! Since we don't have any kids, it is a bit easier to be a little selfish – hehe We found the perfect home with a big den in the basement and 2 extra rooms (on top of the 3 upstairs). So I consider myself very blessed to have my own scraproom. Last month, I decided I desperately needed some reorganizing so I started moving furniture around, bought fancy baskets and went on a total OCD organizing rampage! I am still not finished – I want to add artwork on the walls and a little decorating elements here and there, and god knows, I can always use some more organizing tips to make it even better.

I will give you the tour of the room, which i have revamped recently, going from left to right…

This is a view from the door:

Right as you walk in, there is a big 9-cube shelf on the left wall. I store all my albums in the bottom cubes (I have ever since given up on putting my layouts in albums – all my layouts from the last 2 years are stored in big plastic containers in another room). In the middle cubes are bling, gems and miscellaneous embellishments. In the top cubes are flowers and leaves.  

I have 2 baskets full of Prima goodies, and the other basket is full of any other brand of flower you can think of.
On this furniture, I showcase a few of my creations and I have little glass jars holding all my buttons sorted by color.

Next to the huge 9-cube furniture, I have 2 paper racks that I bought from an old LSS that closed shop and a shelf with brads, eyelets, trinkets, floss, crystals… In the corner is my media center and Cricut!

Where I emboss, distress, paint and destroy! :)

I keep a lot of my larger punches on this shelf, and the ones that I use most often. The rest are in one of those plastic shoe organizers hooked to the inside of my door.

Right in the corner in the small plastic shelves, i have 3 baskets full of twine, ribbons, lace, etc

I bought these cubes at Michael's just last month (thanks to my best friend Christine who picked them up for me) and I love them! I keep all my ink pads, stickles, mists, stains, stencils, pictures here.

I picked up all these cute little baskets at the Dollarstore. Aren't they perfect?

My Distress ink pads and some mistable flowers and leaves.

Another look at my creative corner, featuring the Queen of the room… no, not ME, but Sugar the cat! :)

Here is the wall to the right of door, facing me when I'm sitting at my creative corner. From left to right, you can see plastic drawers on wheels which mostly holds wood-mounted rubber stamps, pictures, and unfinished layouts. The basket on top is filled with mini chipboard albums of various shapes. I then have an old dresser (that needs repainting!) with all sorts of miscellaneous stuff inside that i'd rather keep hidden – haha! Next is my 'sticker cart' as I call it. The plastic double-drawer on top holds printed inspiration such as sketches, tutorials, layouts, etc. The basket is filled with blank cards with matching envelopes. On the next shelf, you can find anything from flowers I use a little less to acrylic stamps to finished cards (in the wicker baskets) to corrugated cardboard to magazines. 

Then I have 2 small cube shelves that hold anything alphabet and anything chipboard. The fancy fabric baskets on top are filled with paper collections, all kept in 13x13 inch ziploc bags (that I paid a fortune in shipping costs to get here) and sorted alphabetically by manufacturer.

Here is a close-up of one of my paper baskets!

And that is it, friends! My little piece of 'Heaven on Earth' :) Thanks for dropping by!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Natasha's Huge Dusty Attic Giveaway

One of my favorite designers, Natasha Naranjo Aguirre, is hosting an excellent giveaway on her blog, Moments of Tranquility!  If you are in love with laser-cut chipboard as i am, you will want to check this one out!
Click HERE to find out how  you could win!

Also, check out Natasha's online store where she sells a wide variety of DA chippies!

Thank you Natasha for the chance to win such an awesome giveaway! :)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

My Creative Scrapbook Tutorials Feature

Today is the day that I share with you on the My Creative Scrapbook blog a few tips on how i created certain elements on my GDT projects for MCS this month.

Be sure to visit My Creative Scrapbook throughout the day to see my 3 tutorials: 

It's a Snow Day for me today (they're pretty rare but it's really nasty out!) so i'm off to create some projects with my MCS March kit. Full reveal will be on March 5th!  :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Snow Time (BoBunny February Sketch)

The latest Layout Challenge from BoBunny features this wonderful sketch by Juliana Michaels:
And here is my take:
 As  you can see, i decided to indulge in my love of double-pages!  The left side is based on the sketch.

How appropriate it is to be sharing this 'Snow Time' layout today because where i live, we have just recently been blanketed with 30some centimetres of snow and for the first time in a couple years, yesterday was a 'snow day' for me and my boyfriend. No work, so that meant a lot of extra crafty time for me! :)

Lots of BoBunny products were used on this layout, including papers, layered chipboard, noteworthy die-cuts, jewels and brads from the Snow Day collection.  Also used were the new BoBunny doilies in their various sizes.

Here are some close-ups of BoBunny eye candy:

Thank you for dropping by!