Monday, June 25, 2012

Scrapbooking a Card Layout

Happy (early) Monday Morning Everyone,

Last week after the previous post I decided to set myself the challenge of creating a scrapbook layout from the card layout, see post below.

Here is what I came up with

This photo is of my daughter Melanie a few years back at a birthday party where they had a butterfly show.  The papers perfectly matched with the photo which was a bonus.

I used exactly the same products and virtually the same layout as the card just altering a bit to add the photo and adapt it to a 12 x 12 page.  Of course the sentiment was different.

For a list of all the supplies used to make both the card and layout, see post below.  Every item is linked back to the store, if you see something you would love to purchase. 

The only thing left to do on this layout is add some journaling.

I absolutely love the butterfly sticker sheet used above and as I have some butterflies remaining I will add them to the She Art Canvas below.  This is a work in progress and I can't wait to show you the finished project.

As I woke up really early today, and it was still dark outside,  I decided to bake some cookies for kids lunches and do a blog post.  Officially I am ahead of schedule for the day as I wouldn't normally add these things to my morning routine, first time ever...

Now to get the kids dressed and organised so we get out the door on time.

Just to put a little pressure on myself I have carved out a day this week to make another tutorial video woop woop!!, I figure if I write it here it may just keep me accountable.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Card Making Inspiration - Notebook Print Bitty Bags

Happy Wednesday everyone,

I thought I would pop up a cute idea for using the notebook bitty bags we have in stock on a card front.  My thought is that it would be great to add gifts cards into the pocket or make a matching tag using our Vanilla Shipping Tags and pop it inside.

You could add an extra special little note on there or an extra trinket to the gift you are giving.  Things like Hair Clips or a pair of cute earings.  Something small that may get lost in the big gift and it makes for an extra litte surprise.

Either way it makes a super cute embellishment to the card front.

Here is a before shot of all the supplies used on this card.  At the very end of this post there will be a link to the store for each individual product used.

Best Friend Card with a pocket front using the Divine Itty Bitty Notebook Print Bag

This photo shows the tag from the outside.  Perfect for a little added special message or a little trinket.

Close up of the details.  You can add any sentiment you prefer as there is a whole alphabet with some doubles and triples of the most common letters.

As you can see I covered half of the notebag with the red spotty vellum.  Love how its see thru.  I also used lots of butterflies to decorate you can use as many you like, there are heaps in the sticker sheet.  You could make a few cards like this with these supplies you may just need to alter the sentiment for each card as you will run out of letters.

Here is a list of supplies used

Aussie Scrap White Textured Cardstock
Basic Grey Konnichiwa Sui Sui Patterned Paper
American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Sparkling Smile Vellum
Jenni Bowlin Studio Butterfly Red Stickers
Vanilla Shipping Tags Large
Notebook Bitty Bags
Red/White Candy Striped Twine
Vandoros Peru Stitch Natural/Red Trim
Scalloped and circle Shapes were punched out using EK Success Punches.
Scalloped Circle 1.5'
Circle Punch 1 1/8'
Punches can be purchased in store

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See you soon


Friday, June 15, 2012

Soul Restoration

Hey everyone, its been a while....

It haven't been around much this week because I have been focusing on finishing an online course that I signed up for in January.  The course closes in a couple of days and I hadn't finished the whole currciculum becuase it has just been a crazy 6 months for me.  The course is Soul Restoration found on the Brave Girls site.  There are many courses to choose from and  I thorougly recommend them for self growth and to give you an excuse to get those art supplies out.  Lots of both included self development and art. 

Above is one of the truth cards I made, it is kind of like making your own set of affirmation cards.  These cards are meant to be the opposite of the messages you keep playing your head.  Messages like I am not good enough, I don't do enough, I am not skinny enough, I am not pretty enough etc etc.  These are some of the ones that roll around my mind and have for years.  It doesn't really matter how they got there it is just about healing these parts of yourself.  Accepting who you are right now and looking at the strong parts of yourself and celebrating those but also knowing that we ALL have weak parts to work on, some are more obvious than others. 

I know for me weight is a huge one, I loose weight I put it on and so the cycle goes.  I know what the right thing to do, I know about nutrition and healthy eating, I've read lots of books I own lots of books???? but and here is the but food is my emotional comfort.  I can get really angry and down about the fact that I am nearly 40 and I still don't have a hold on what I put in my mouth, that I am still struggling with that part of myself.  How can something that is so simple be such a challenge?? All of us have different fears and doubts we need  to work through it may be some other addiction or habit, or a thought holding us back from truly living our dream.  Either way working through it rather than stuffing it down and pretending it doesn't exsist or that it will go away, needs to be on everyone priority list and not just females either everyone.

 I understand now why I am so drawn to scrapbooking.  It is not so much about documenting your life but about discovering your life in the process.  Art is also a form of self healing and moving through those blocks in your life.  As you know art can happen in many forms and it is different for everyone.  I encourage you to take time out to journal and create and know that it really is important, it isn't a luxury, it is an essential part of being human.

I don't mean to go on but I just wanted to do a little heartfelt share as I haven't for a while.  I also wanted to let you know its okay to be real, to be vulnerable and to be open to others about your struggles.  We are here to grow and connect to each other above all else.

I hope I have inspired you to really question those beliefs and labels you put on yourself and challenge them.  Get some supplies out and journal and create. I am really excited about this process and it is definitely more of what I am going to do even after this course is finished.

Love and Hugs, and go find your inner self!!!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Mellow Yellow

Hey Everyone,

I thought I would pop in on this very busy saturday for 5 mins and share a custom card order I made earlier in the week for a customer.

The request for this card was that it was for a 3 yr old birthday boy who loves the colour yellow.  This is what I came up.  I actually enjoyed thinking outside the square as I don't usually create with yellow but it was fun, making a boy themed card with yellow.

Some of the supplies used on this card are available on site

We R Memory Keepers A little Note Stamps - image used on tag ( This was stamped and embossing with a clear versamark ink and glitter embossing powder)

Also added to the store this week are these adorable Confetti Gift tags.  These gift tags have a bit of unique flare about them and would be great for lolly bags, gift tags, birthday tags, customer orders and more.  The back is pictured below, you can add a little note on there or leave it blank, you choose.

You can find them in store here

Confetti Gift Tags

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and have some time to make something beautiful and crafty or do something that really makes you happy!!


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