Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Encore En Francias

So the Mega Challenge has proven to be pretty big for even me. Emma provided two members of her Design Team with 8 sheets each of patterned paper. My collection is the En Francais line from Prima.

I still have heaps of it to get to, I think 8 sheets is a lot. This line is great for boy photos, and if any of you watch my blog, you will know I tend to scrapbook my daughter way more than I do my son. So, here is perfect opportunity for me to scrapbook The Boy!! I love the rust browns and the greys and blues in this collection. And some of the new Magnolia stamps that Emma has in the store are fantastic for pulling out the blues and browns.  Can you believe that the first two images are the same stamp - amazing how colouring them up with different colours changes them so much!

So here you go ... so far ... more to come, so stay tuned!


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

More from the Mega Challenge - En Francias ...

Um yeah, I'm not writing this blog post En Francias - but it's all about the Prima paper line En Francais collection! This is part three of my projects created with this line - and I'm still not out of paper or inspiration. It truly is a versatile collection.

Lost A Mitten

I used some gesso to create white space then stamped over the gesso with the script stamp from this collection. Some Tim Holtz tickets in the corner, and a combination of Prima alphas and Thickers for the title. Sepia photos are particularly perfect for this line.

Mr. Serious

I used a Prima mask on this layout with modeling paste and Pan Pastals to give texture to the feather in the corner. I used another mask and tinted gesso with gelatoes and then painted with gelatoes for the bricks. You see that folk - more BOY layouts, LOL and flowers on every single one of them too *grinz*

Monday, March 25, 2013

Nat Noted - March 25/13

Photo credit: Czekoczyna

It's Spring! (Even though we are still buried under 7 feet of snow.)

The only respite: more scrapbooking!

I found five great blog posts which have inspired me with their beautiful and innovative creations. I hope you too will find them interesting!

1. I really love this photo frame wreath by Julia Stainton. Wouldn't this make a beautiful Mother's Day gift? Or teacher gift?

Photo credit: Julia Stainton (Belle Papier)
2. Easter is just around the corner and I love love love this card by Paige Evans. 

Photo credit: Paige Evans
3. These adorable pinwheels by Patricia Roebuck make me swoon!

Photo credit: Patricia Roebuck (Roebuck Adventures)
4. Glitter Girl aka Shimelle Laine has a great video on mixing papers from different companies and collections. She makes it look so easy! 
scrapbook page by shimelle laine @
Photo credit: Shimelle Laine (pretty paper.true stories)
5. I love using different mediums on my layouts. You may think the mixed media trend is all about "grundy", but Sharon Laakkonen shows that using different mediums can help you create something soft and beautiful. 
Photo credit: Sharon Laakkonen
Have a wonderful week!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

My Mind's Eye Micro Mini Album

My my my, that's a mouthful isn't it ... lets see, My Mind's Eye micro mini - say that 3 times fast!

Believe it or not this tiny little album is made from something we ALL have in our homes, it's my form of up-cycling (which just happens to be my One Little Word in 2013) they are toilet paper rolls! I used the My Mind's Eye Collectible-Unforgettable collection in a 6x6 pad. The 6x6 pad was perfect for this mini - I had lots of leftovers too. Each page turns into a pocket for a tag to pull out from. I used Prima chalk ink edgers to colour co-ordinate with the papers.

I will be teaching a class at Auntie Ems most likely in May with a similar album. You will NOT be disappointed. Keep an eye on the Auntie Em's blog for details.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Nat Noted - March 18/13

March break has just ended and I'm trying to survive returning to the routine. Thankfully that includes scrapbooking!

I found five wonderful ideas online which I hope will inspire you.

1. Virginia Nebel posted a very clever way on Scrapbook & Cards Today on how to store her washi tapes.
Photo credit: Virginia Nebel (Scrapbook & Cards Today)
2. I love this grundgy layout by Natasha Naranjo Aguirre.
Photo credit: Natasha Naranjo Aguirre (A Painterlady's View)
3. It seems mint and coral are the hot colour combo right now. Will you use them in your layouts and cards?
pinterest board
Photo credit: Basic Grey
4. Christy Tomlinson has wonderful new rubons, which she uses for texture in her art journals. I haven't used rubons in ages, but I want to know. I really love her new printed coffee filters.
PP00900_CT_CoffeeFilterDoodlesPack copy
Photo credit: Christy Tomlinson
5. My Mind's Eye is all about washi tape this week. I love how they transformed pens, journals and this table. Wow!
Shelly Jaquet for MME
Photo credit: Shelly Jaquet (My Mind's Eye)
Have a wonderful week!

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Nat Noted -- March 11/13

I'm baaaack!

Christmas, work, family, and life have gotten in the way of blogging. I've missed it! I've really missed scanning my favourite blogs and finding cool things to share with you.

Even though it's been a while, I've tried -- really tried hard -- to keep this list as short as possible. I hope you like it!

1. This castle mini-album by Irene Tan from 7 Dots is gorgeous!

Photo credit: Irene Tan (7 Dots)
2. Basic Grey released the most adorable storage barrels. 

bg barrels
Photo credit: Basic Grey
3. Corrie Jones (You Me & Crazy) is my new favourite designer. She posted on Shimelle Laine's blog five way to use Heidi Swapp's Color Shine sprays. I love all of these techniques, especially the way Corrie draws with mists. It's so cool. This post includes photos of her great layouts and a video tutorial. Check it out! 
scrapbooking tutorial by Corrie Jones @
Photo credit: Corrie Jones (You Me & Crazy)
4. Juliana Michaels has a great tutorial on how to give doilies a vintage tea dyed look using Distress Stains and a water mister. 
Photo credit: Juliana Michaels (Bo Bunny) 
5. May Flaum has 10 great photography tips for the "craftographer." My favourite: take a minimum of  12 pictures. 
Photo credit: May Flaum

6. Jennifer Pebbles (Studio Pebbles) posted tips for organizing paper. I love the Ikea rolling cart! 
Photo credit: Jennifer Pebbles (Studio Pebbles)

7. Heidi has a great tutorial on My Craft Channel on how to to mix colours using her Color Shine sprays.

I hope you enjoyed this list. I will try my very best to bring you my list every Monday.

Happy crafting!

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