Tuesday, 15 April 2014

pwp #19: gymnast wannabe

There are a few things my DD is passionate about.  And gymnastics is one of them.  I don't know if it's because of the chit chat time she has with her friends or the snacks that she gets to share during their breaks or the strict but fun coaches she has or the fact that she can jump, twist and roll to her heart's content when she's there.. but she loves going to her gymnastics class. She does not mind spending long hours there and prefers to be there than at home practising piano (but that's a whole other story).

Last weekend, she participated in her first ODP (Ontario Development Program) certification. It was a lot of fun and we were glad she completed it successfully.  Here are some photos of the event (which obviously will be scrapbooked later on :) )

So I thought it was fitting to share a layout I created back when she was starting out in the recreational program.  Here it is ...

I used Papertrey dies (Seeing Stars, Headline Alphabet, Double Ended Banner), journal card from Michaels and stickers from Simple Stories.

I am also linking this to Leigh Penner's Pages with Papertrey challenge here which is to use 3 different dies in the layout.  I love this challenge a lot as it gives me a chance to use my dies on something other than cards.

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Make It Monday #159: No-Sew Quilted Card

It's been a while since I last participated on a Make It Monday Challenge.  This week's challenge found here really spoke to me so I decided to give it a go.  The challenge is to create a project by impressing a quilted patterned paper onto a card element with a cover plate or impression plate.

Here is my card.

I used various neutral-toned patterned papers from Papertrey to create my quilt which I later impressed with the quatrefoil cover plate.  I then finished it off with flowers and a sentiment from Mum's the Word.  I kept everything pretty neutral and used Berry Sorbet ink for the flowers to give it a pop.

Here is a close up of the quilt...

I really love this technique and will probably  make a card set using this technique.

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

stamp organization

Over the long winter season, I did some spring cleaning and re-organized my stamps.  I had been reading a lot on stamp organization ideas and came across this method using Tim Holtz (TH) pocket folders.  I was drawn to it since it takes up so little space and makes flipping through my stash a breeze.  

Here is how I used to store my stamps.... I had most of them on CD cases...

Some were on the original packaging the Papertrey stamps came in and the newer ones on the TH folder... 

I bought a couple of packages of the TH  to test it out but did not commit right away since it was quite a big investment to convert all my stamps to this method.

But the OCD in me bugged me with the fact that they were in different methods. Plus,  I was running out of space for new stamps since the CD cases took up so much space.

So one day, I bit the bullet and bought the TH folder for all my big stamps (I will also explain later how I store my small stamps) 

And, here they are now...

I divided my stamps into categories and put my stamps per category alphabetically. The categories I used were:  Floral/Nature, Tags/Labels/Frames, Alphabets, Sentiments, Backgrounds, Holidays and Objects (for stamps like Pedal Pusher (bike images), On My Couch).

Here is how the individual folder looks like... I simply adhered the stamp packaging in front of a white cardstock. If there is a coordinating die, I just put it in the same folder.

The back looks like this...I adhered the sticker sheet on a piece of acetate and placed the stamps on the corresponding image. This goes on the other side of the cardstock.

For my older stamps that do not have the sticker sheet and packaging with the stamp images, I just printed out the stamp image from Papertrey's website like this...

Here is how the back looks like... It is just the acetate sheet.  Most of the stamps are pretty easy to figure out so I do not mind not having the sticker sheet.  I also tried to arrange it in the same order as the website image.

Now, for my small $5 stamps, I wanted to put them on individual folders but felt that the TH folder was too expensive for just one small stamp.  So I looked for a smaller folder that will do the same job.  And my choice for now is an inexpensive photo album from the dollar store.  I like this method because I still have my sets stored individually and can arrange my stamps alphabetically.  I do not have to decide which 3 or 4 sets will go together had I used a TH folder.

I put the stamps in a larger acetate sheet (acetate from my $15 stamps, cut to size) and stapled it to the paper packaging. This makes it easy for me to pull it out and put back.

It had a divider per page so I put any coordinating die at the back...

Hope it gives you some ideas you can use for yourself.  I am loving this system better.  So much easier to find what I am looking for and requires less space.

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Saturday, 5 April 2014

princess overload

I have never been a big princess fan.  But that is not the same case for my DD.  She has never met a princess she did not like.  So imagine her delight when one of the birthday parties she attended last January had a fashion show where guests got to strut down the runway wearing a princess gown of their choice.

Here is the layout I made of that event.  The photos were not very clear as it was really dark in the runway with lots of blinking lights, lol.  Everyone had a great time, esp my DD who got to be Snow White for the day.

I used Headline Alphabet dies from Papertrey, journal card from Simple Stories, ephemera from Fancy Pants and the Fun Flair stamp ("oh yes") from Ali Edwards. 


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Thursday, 3 April 2014

gift packaging anyone?

One of the things I love about Papertrey is how their packaging dies make it easy to create elegant-looking gifts that really take no effort to make.  For one of our exchange gifts last Christmas, I tucked in a gift card in a box filled with gift boxes.  Here's what I mean...

I arranged different packaging options in a box and topped it with a gift card.  All of them were made from Simple Stories patterned paper and Papertrey dies. The recipient can use these for her own wrapping needs throughout the year.

 Here they are up close...

Pillow boxes

Tiny take out box

GIft card holders

Favor It box

Get a Handle on It

And here is where I put my gift card...  I did a little sewing on paper (yey me!).

 And here is the sealed box...

It was so fun making this package.   I think I might make more one of these days.

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

everyday is an adventure with you

As we say goodbye to winter (it’s been sunny here with positive temps the past couple of days), I wanted to share one more winter layout with you.  It was one of our first few outings of the season when my DD and her bestie went tobogganing.   Both girls were fearless and unstoppable so the grown ups had to keep up.  Good thing we also loved sliding down the hill.

Here is my layout…

I used journal cards from Simple Stories, ephemeras from Fancy Pants, polka dot patterned paper from Papertrey and brads from MME.

A close up...


Don’t hate me when I say that I am sad to see winter go. Ah winter... I will just relish my fond memories of you and find comfort on the thought that it will not be long till you come again. 

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