Sledding Fun…

Hi, hello!

I’ve got another layout to share with you today!  Remember when I said I planned our New Years family activities with a certain paper line in mind?  And you rolled your eyes and thought I was kidding?  Well, nope!


I was so happy to get these pictures off my daughter’s camera and get to play with the A Perfect Winter line, from Echo Park.  It has so many cute images and papers that easily work with any winter activity photos.


I was also really pleased with that precious photo of my grandson (who is almost ready to turn 1!) sitting in his little red sled, and all the white snow that surrounds him.  It makes a perfect amount of white space (literally in this case) and I love the look of journaling right on a photo and with an American Crafts Slick Writer pen, it’s an easy thing to do.


The weather was in the deep freeze for the week our whole family was together over New Years, so we were stymied in our attempts to get out to play.  But one afternoon, we just bundled up and went outside.  For 7 minutes.  But I got my pictures and Archie got a little tiny toboggan ride down the hill in front of his house.  Which was concerning for him at first but which he warmed up to (pun intended) after a couple of two-second long runs!  But to give him an idea of what was in store, I pulled him around the front yard a couple of times first.  And he thought it was ok!


So this fun title detail was accomplished by the use of one of the stickers from the Perfect Winter line, and by stamping the alphabet letters with white paint, and the Tim Holtz/Ideology foam stamps onto kraft cardstock.  After it was dry, I just cut them out and adhered them to the bottom of the sledding sticker.  The clear enamel moose and mitten stickers are also from the Perfect Winter line.  Aren’t they so dear??


All I’m thinking after this fun adventure, is 11 months is fun….but a year or two from now when he’s a little older and really gets the snow/skating/sledding thing, we are going to have SO. MUCH. FUN.

Thanks for checking in today!  Enjoy your weekend and I’ll see you again on Wednesday!

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In the meadow we can build….

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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.



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.




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.


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.


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.



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!


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


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.


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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