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:


Gorgeous patterned papers.


Diecuts & wood veneer.simple-life-puffy

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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Love Everyday

Good morning!

Brooke here with a layout to share :)


After my post last week I wanted to continue documenting my engagement photos. For this layout the 2 pictures I’ve used are from the day we got engaged in April. The picture on the right is just before Ryan proposed; we were hiking on the Sleeping Giant and going for a picnic. The second picture is from when we were hiking back to our car. On the Sleeping Giant there’s a small beach right off the path with a rock cliff that forms a sort of wall. Over the years, people have written messages on flat rocks and displayed them like a gallery so we decided to add our memory, “BROOKE + RYAN ENGAGED 2016″. I’m so glad we snapped a picture of it because it’s one of those things that NEEDS to be scrapbooked and remembered. Since then, I’ve actually had multiple people text me pictures of our rock while they were hiking! LOVE that.

This is the colour palette I went with:


I like to have the colours I’m going to use planned out before I start. Having a set colour scheme (whether it be from a patterned paper, new product, or palette that just inspires me) keeps my messy creative process a little more organized. Because let’s face it, EVERYTHING goes with gold.

I also wanted this layout to vaguely match my other engagement layout as far as products and colour scheme went so I could display them together.


As usual, I started out with a piece of white cardstock. Pulling out my “starting point” just gets my creativity flowing, ya know?

I set up my pictures together so I could treat them as “one photo” while I scrapbooked them. I cut the 2 pictures to the same size and popped them up with foam squares for dimension on white cardstock/vellum then simply outlined the whole thing¬†with a black pen. It’s the little elements like outlining or inking edges that make a layout look finished for me.

I used my Prima watercolors to make my background. I used a slightly different technique this time because I knew I wanted something that really LOOKED like brushstrokes for my page. I used my wide, flat paintbrush to create my brushstrokes in a vertical motion. I’ve wanted to try this technique for awhile but I knew that with my old watercolors they would have all blended together and gotten muddied because they weren’t super pigmented. The Prima paints, on the other hand, are ¬†heavily pigmented so the lines stay crisp and straight. I used minimal water on my brushes for my initial strokes, varying the length and speed to give the strokes definition. It might be a bit difficult to see in the picture but the colours from left to right are pink, gray/silver, and navy. Pardon my poor picture quality…sunshine just wasn’t on my side for these ones. Once I had my initial strokes down…my base…I dipped my brush in water to blend the lines together where I wanted them blended, being careful to rinse my brush between different colours. Nobody wants navy mixed into light pink. Unless you’re into that. I mean, you do you.

Once the background dried I mixed a bit of the navy paint with one of the darker colours from the palette and flicked my paintbrush over the paper creating the dark spatters. Once the layout was finished I also added pearls with a pearl pen for added dimension. You could also use the new Nuvo crystal drops Lori has in the store for the same look. Get ‘em before they’re gone because they’re AH-maze-ing and hold their shape so well. Let me know if there’s anything you’re wondering about the Nuvo drops or a way you’d like to see them used! Psst…I have a project in the works with a different way to use them and I’m planning to share it here.


I layered a strip of woodgrain paper behind my photos with a strip of gold foil on top to incorporate the gold in my title. I then stuck a strip of be creative tape onto the paper then gently pressed and rubbed Ranger foil sheets on top. I like that it made a kind of “anchor” for the rest of the elements on my page.

The title. Ah, that title. I made it with my Versamark pen and gold embossing powder. And hand cut it from cardstock. And ripped it like 3 times with my clumsy little fingers. BUT IT WAS WORTH IT. I love the statement a handwritten title makes. I really should take pictures as I go so you can see the process. Plus, Lori has new embossing powders in the store that would look fabulous using this title technique. See all the new embossing treasures here.

The triangles are cut from the Maggie Holmes Elsie paper, that wood veneer piece is from the Kaisercraft Just Landed wood piece set, some prima flowers, and a bit of handwriting. Handwriting on my layouts makes me WAY nervous but I really wanted a personal feel on this layout so…I bit the bullet and jotted down my thoughts. Don’t be afraid to handwrite on your layouts! Make a mistake? Well, that’s a great place for a sticker! ;)


Thanks for visiting today! If you create something with my colour palette I’d love to see it!

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