Boys Rule…Girls Too!

Happy August Long Weekend!  I hope everyone is taking some time to enjoy the extra day off and some sunny weather this weekend!

A couple weekends ago I headed to Winkler for a day crop, it was a very last minute decision and I’m so glad I went.  Got to spend the day visiting with friends and playing with new scrappy supplies!  What could possibly be better?!

While I was there I managed to pick up paper and embellishments for a new line called Boys Rule from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  We all know that boy themed lines are rare and ones suit teenage boys is even more rare.  Well this line is perfect and VERY popular!!  Lori does have more on order but it keeps selling out so fingers crossed she can get more soon!

I have two different projects to share with you today, a scrapbook page, something I haven’t made for a long time, and a 5×7 canvas.

Now that my boys are teens it’s not often they allow me to snap their picture, but with both them celebrating school graduations I finally got them in front of the camera!

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Sean finished grade 8 this year and moves onto high school next month.  This line was an absolutely perfect match for this picture of him all ready for his graduation celebration!

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I had so much fun digging through all the embellishments and die cuts that came with this line, I had to stop myself from trying to use them all on this one page!  Oh and the ‘Mr. Fantastic’ made me giggle, my Dad used to call my oldest son Mr. Perfect, so I thought why not call my youngest son Mr. Fantastic!!!

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The scribble circle piece at the top right of the photo is one of the fabulous Laser Cut Chipboard pieces from the store!

This line can easily be used for girls too, the papers are fairly neutral in pattern which makes them so versatile!

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This little canvas came together pretty quick!  I covered the canvas with one of the papers from the Boys Rule line and added some of the tags as well.

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That cute camera peeking out is another piece that came in one of the die cut packages for this line.  And of course the ‘Love You Forever’ is one of Lori’s Laser Cut Chipboard pieces covered with white embossing powder!

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I have to say it was fun playing with this line, I’ll be pulling it out again in the near future!  I do have some amazing photos of my oldest from his grad that are just waiting their turn!

Enjoy your weekend and try to get some creative time in!

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This post was written by Lisa on August 5, 2018

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I am EXTRA excited to share something that I’ve been keeping secret for a while now!

As you have seen Lori has brought back laser cut chipboard into the store, which we are all so excited about!  Chipboard is so versatile and you can finish it in a variety of ways…..which is why we all love it!

The piece I’m sharing today I designed for the store!  I have worked with so many different products from lots of designers & companies over the years but this is my FIRST time working with something I designed!!  OK coolest experience ever to watch it go from idea in my head, to hand drawn to eventually being cut!

When Lori sent me a photo of the cut piece I was jumping with excitement!!!

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I really wanted a background piece that could be cut up and used in parts, or as a whole piece!  Yes I said CUT IT UP, don’t be shy!  The finished piece is about 8″ high.

This chipboard could be used as a subtle background piece creating fun texture, or more of a statement piece.  I really wanted it to be the star of the show (next to the photo of my family) on my canvas though to show it off ;)

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This is an 8×10 canvas, as you can see I cut it up to create the visual triangle around my photo.  Now the chipboard didn’t start as black, originally I had covered it in Broken China Distress Embossing powder, but changed my mind deciding to black was better!  The embossing powder did give the chipboard a nice texture, sadly I wasn’t able to capture that in the photos.

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I started the background of my canvas by adding some newsprint sticky back canvas strips, then covered it in white gesso allowing some of the print to show through.  Then I added some Finnabair Concrete texture paste, which also got a coating of white gesso, more texture is always good in my world.

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I used two different shades of blue mist to color the background, being sure to leave some white space.

img_1813-1024x682For extra texture I pulled out some rubons and randomly added bits around the chipboard pieces.  And added a little random stamping too!

For the title on the canvas I used another laser cut piece that Lori had designed and cut for the store. I love the arrow on it, adds an extra bit of fun!

Thank you for joining me in my excitement today!!!  I hope Lori will let me design some more fun chipboard pieces!  I’d also love to see what you make if you pick this one up!

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This post was written by Lisa on May 27, 2018

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