In the meadow we can build….

Hey, hi!

I’m back today with a couple of layouts to share with you!  Last year (one month ago in early December) when I drove from Winnipeg to Minnesota via Winkler (seems like the logical route, no?) I stopped in at the Love is in the Details store and stocked up on supplies.  Paper, stamps, stencils, watercolor pencils, and more.  And the two paper lines I fell in love with were both winter themed.  Which, if you know me at all, I don’t “do” themes very much or very well.  But these were too cute to pass up.  One is, A Perfect Winter by Echo Park and the other is Carta Bella’s Cabin Fever.  Well, ever since then I’ve been planning the activities we would do when our family was all together in St Paul for New Years.  They would be directly related to both of these scrapbooking lines!  Don’t roll your eyes at me, I’m pretty sure the same thoughts have crossed your mind!  Sadly the insanely frigid temps foiled many of my plans, hopes and dreams, but I’m making it work with what I have anyway!

New Years Eve, we built gingerbread houses.  One house for each couple to work on.  For this layout, I printed the photos in black and white, because they were taken at night, indoors, with incandescent lighting.  Which never makes for great photography.  I used the Cabin Fever line for this page, with it’s dark plaids, knits, greenery, snowflakes and woodgrain.

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I used several stickers from the Cabin Fever sticker sheet, as well as heart die cuts from My Mind’s Eye (Now & Then), a wood veneer word from Jen Hadfield, gold glitter alphabets from Bella Kraftastic, and a white glitter snowflake that I die cut.  A white, Signo Uniball pen made it easy to write on the dark patterned paper and still have it be visible.

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So the next morning I got up and looked outside to see that some jokester (Mr B) had planted our houses in the snow in the yard!  They looked SO cute like that!  Of course we had to take some pictures.  And then we brought them inside and ate them for breakfast.  You think I’m joking.

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It was a bit tricky photographing this layout.  I love subtle patterns and texture, and I went really subtle on this layout by smearing Gel Medium through a snowflake stencil.  I realize it’s probably not what gel medium was invented for but I love to use my supplies in more ways than I bought them for.  Even though the label says matte, the gel medium dries with the slightest bit of sheen.  I wouldn’t call it as shiny as gloss.  But you can feel it and in the right light, you can see it too.  Straight on with a camera, not so much.

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So after the gel medium dried, I sponged over it with a couple of colors of distress oxide inks (Iced Spruce and Faded Jeans) to add some definition.

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For this layout I used paper and stickers from the Echo Park - A Perfect Winter line.  This line is lighter and brighter than the Cabin Fever line, with a color scheme of red, aqua and brown - a sure fire winner with me!

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I matted the photos with the red polka-dot paper from A Perfect Winter, and a piece of torn edged vellum.

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Another of my favorite techniques is to type my journaling on my vintage typewriter (whose space bar sticks so that I have to manually advance the page between each word.  That doesn’t get at all tedious.)  Then I cut the journaling into strips and adhere them to my layout by gluing only the middle of the paper.  I love the “temporariness” of the look of the edges of the paper strips unstuck from the cardstock.

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And finally, that title word.  I created a cut file for “gingerbread” in the Silhouette program by typing the word and changing the font to the Watermelon Script font that I got for free on the internet, and downloaded.  I fused each letter to the next, traced the image and voila, I had a cut file I could use to cut the word from kraft cardstock.  I tinted the edges a little with some of the brown distress inks and a sponge dauber.  The “village” alphabet letters are the same as the ones I used on the above layout, but in silver.

The snowflake stencil I used is from the Echo Park - A Perfect Winter line (there’s also one for the Cabin Fever line.  I bought it too.  It was just enough different that I couldn’t decide between, so I didn’t.)  And the kraft chipboard snowflakes are last year’s product from BoBunny.

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you have any questions about products or techniques, please leave them in the comment section below and I’ll be sure to respond.  If you just want to tell me how adorable I am licking frosting off my fingers, the comment section is good for that too!

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Honey, I’m Home

I love the little altered wooden houses that Lori makes…so much so that I wanted to put my own little spin on them.

I love mini ANYTHING so these are right up my alley.

I’ve used the new Pebbles - Simple Life by Jen Hadfield line that is available in the store. Actually, every single thing I used to make these houses is available in the store. This line is homey and cozy - perfect for the weather here in Southern Manitoba this weekend.

The whole line is available in-store but I used these products specifically:

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Gorgeous patterned papers.

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I am loving puffy stickers right now, aren’t you? They add that extra bit of dimension that I love!

So I started out with 3 plain wooden houses - the perfect little canvas. I knew I wanted them to be a dark wood to match the woodgrain elements in the paper collection. I didn’t have walnut stain so I used watered down walnut stain distress ink to stain the wood. I am ecstatic about how it turned out. I applied it with a wide, flat brush and only needed one coat. Once the stain was dry I cut paper pieces to fit on the faces of the houses, adhered them with BeCreative tape (my fave double sided tape!), and sanded the edges a bit to match the distressed looking wood.

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Next came little strips of corrugated cardboard for the roofs (rooves?). I lightened up the edges of the cardboard with a bit of white Tim Holtz Distress paint as well.

Now the fun part - decorating.

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I tried to keep it simple (ahem, simple life, ahem) as far as embellishing went. Minimal embellishments to keep the layering clean with pieces going over the edges of the wood for interest. The “home” word on the grey house is from the wood veneer package; I just painted it with white distress paint to make it match.

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Let me just say, I’m not a big mixed media person and vintage/distress isn’t my preferred style, but I do love the Tim Holtz distress products. At first I was intimidated by them but now I’ve learnt how to adapt them to my scrapbooking style. I love that crafting products don’t have to be used for a specific thing/style and ANYONE can use them!

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The last step was adding a few Viva Decor Pearls (’member those??) to the tops to fill in the white space.

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Aren’t they sweet? They would make a perfect little gift for a housewarming or even Mother’s day. Maybe they should be a class? Either way, this line is lovely and next time you’re in the store be sure to check it out!

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