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.



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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Hockey, hockey and more hockey….

Not the blog post title you expect to see here, is it?!  Well, it’s not your typical blog post/layout either.  It’s a two-pager!  Remember those??

A while back Brooke and Lori were talking about two-page layouts, and how we never do them anymore, and should we do some again, and post a challenge?  Since then, I haven’t been able to get the idea out of my mind, and wondered if I could even do it anymore.  They’re all I used to do…but it’s been a lot of years!  So I decided to challenge myself and see what came of it.


It helped that we were recently in Utah to visit our youngest son for a charity hockey event he was involved in.  And we took a lot of pictures there.  I started by printing all these photos in color.  But when I laid them all out on the cardstock, I got a bit freaked by the busy-ness of it all.  So I edited and reprinted in black and white.  And I was much happier with the results.  I decided to keep one photo in color to draw the eye to it, and establish it as the main photo.



One of the things I realized about doing a 2-pager, is that there is a lot going on and so I needed some structure to balance the visual circus (even in black and white!)  The best way I found to manage that, was to establish some strong lines.  To accomplish that, I laid the check-patterned paper along the bottom and visualized a horizontal line for the photos all to align with.  After adhering the photos, I ran the page through the sewing machine again, to emphasize that horizontal line, as well as to repeat the sewing I used to adhere the patterned papers with.  After that, I kept paper choice and embellishments to classic masculine patterns with minimal visual impact.  The hockey player and skate are appliques by Wright’s, that I found years ago in the fabric store.  (Glad to finally get them used!)



The journaling reads:  Working for the Dept of Corrections in UT, Ben gets to exercise his Canadian-born hockey skills playing for the Guns in the annual Guns vs Hoses  charity tournament.  This year we went to watch them play.  It was an entertaining day of hockey.  The Guns beat the Hoses badly in both their games.  Ben contributed a goal and two assists.

Some of the product I used is patterned paper by Photo Play (Mad 4 Plaid), label, alphabet and word stickers by Simple Stories (Bloom and Grow), alphabet stickers (red) from Jillibean Soup, die-cut alphabets (blue) by Sizzix/Tim Holtz, chipboard stars from the LiitD store, and epoxy hearts from Bella Blvd (Illustrated Faith).

So, if you’re at all inclined, feel free to take this as a challenge and see if you remember how to scrap a two page layout!  And have a great rest of your day!

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