Family Memories-2013 Album Share

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I am sorry it’s been so long since I posted a layout from my 2013 album! Life has been a little crazy this summer. But I am back and hope to get a layout a week if not more done so I can catch up and move on to my 2014 album (which of course is not actually done yet but lets not go there)

This was one of the layouts I created towards the end of completing this album and when I look at it I can kind of tell. Don’t get me wrong my style is still there but it has a rushed look to it as I was just really wanting to finally have an album FINISHED!

It was also a hard layout to create as this was the last photo I have with my Grandpa who has since passed away.

My entire life they lived way up north Quisnel in the winter and Kelowna in the summer, so when they decided to move down to the mainland to be closer to everyone it was so nice. I was able to come and visit them almost every week.

This photo is also really special because it was taken right before I found out I was pregnant with Jaxon. I can tell by the roundness in my face now but back then I had no idea such a miracle was on its way.

This was a very simple layout with a simple message about loving how close they are to me now but I am happy its in my album so I can always remember that time with them.

xoxo.Christy

 

SMS Sparklers Squads Unite-August Blog Hop

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How is it August already, I swear I was just making new years resolutions!

I hope you have been having a fantastic morning hopping along with all the amazing inspiration from my fellow sparklers!  You should have hopped over here from the lovely Felicia Young.  This month I really wanted to highlight a layout using the awesome NEW Cloudy Days Felties and the sequins Jody so beautifully puts together.

DSC05116At first I wasn’t exactly sure where I was going to use them in my layout until I came up with the idea to incorporate them into my title! I knew I wanted a fun and summery look because my photo just screamed for it (you can see the photo in the final layout), which made me decide on the hand stitched title in different colours.

Then I went to my bags of sequins and letters I thought would match the colour scheme and painstakingly placed them to fit into each letter! I ended up with three letters being decorated like that.DSC05119

S- with the orange sequins from A Day in the Woods

M- with the beautiful shinny blue from Magic Day in the Park

E- with the shinny gold stars that I’m in LOVE with from Hot Right Now

After that I decided I didn’t want to add too much more as I was afraid it might become a little overloaded so I simply added three of the clouds and small alphas from my stash to finish of the title and read “Sunshine & Summer Time ’16”.

WitDSC05121h so much going on with the title I knew I was going to keep my photo area as simple as possible, but I wanted a little texture so I grabbed my favourite shimmerz colour Sea U in the Mornin’ and my Shimelle heart stencil to create the desired effect I was looking for. Then added a few pieces of pattern paper and a few pieces of ephemera from my Cocoa Vanilla bowl and called it good. I did want to add a little more texture to the bottom or the photo area so I added a strip of Amy Tan washi and then painted one of the heart banners from my Red Felt-Fetti Hearts with some Gummy Berry Blue shimmerz so the colour helped play off my sons shirt.

Then added my journaling on the other side so it helped make the triangle effect that is so pleasing to my eye and called it good.Layouts2

I had a lot of fun with this layout and I feel like I was able to make that summery feel come to life with the help of the sequins and felt clouds. Don’t forget you can find all of the fun product for yourself to try at SpiegelMom Scraps Shop!!

I’d love for you be in the running for the $10.00 shop credit, so be sure to leave comments on all the blogs to be entered! You have through August 4th to comment and enter. Sharing on social media will also earn you an extra entry. Just leave another comment letting us know where you shared the blog hop event.

Now hop on over to Rachel’s  blog, your going to love what she came up with!

Scrap It Off…SMS Design Team Reveal & 6th Anniversary

Welcome to my very first blog hop with Spiegel Mom Scraps!

I hope you have been enjoying your morning of hopping through all the awesome inspiration.You should have arrived here from Beth Soler. (Isn’t here mixed media techniques just to die for!!! I am so excited to announce that Jody choose me to be apart of her Sparklers Design Team for this term. And what better way to kick it all off then celebrating her 6 year anniversary of she shop.

We hope you’re as excited as we are about this event! Jody is super excited to reveal all the amazing women for the new Design Team, three new sequin mixes, a FREE cut file designed by one of the fabulous new Sparklers and prizes! So awesome! If you’re just joining me here on my blog, be sure to check out the line up and all the other goodies over at the SpiegelMom Scraps blog

I wanted to play off the fun filled feeling that a celebration has with my layout for today. I started with grabbing my stencils and some texture paint for a little mixed media. I didn’t want the whole page to be covered so instead I just randomly added the texture paint to a few of the crosses. I had never used any type of shimmerz products before (yes I know I am way behind on this trend) but let me tell you these are the yummiest paints ever! DSC05103(Yummiest brought to you by my 2 1/2 year old) They were all dazzlerz so there was shine to them and the five colours I used were…

After that it was just simply picking my three favouDSC05108rite sequence shapes from the Magical Day in the Park . I added the white stars to the black and the black diamonds to the teal. I loved how it was just the added interest I was looking for.  I wanted to ground my layout as well so I chose a teal pattern paper from the Pink Paisley Fancy Free Collection and then my all time favourite technique of stitching around the edges. To finish it all off I added the light blue circle sequences from the same pack Magical Day in the Park.

With all my background work done I wanted to make sure my photo stood out as who couldn’t resist these adorable photos of my little guy after getting his hair cut. I found the white lace doilies was the perfect addition to tie in with the random 3×4 cards I used for layering. Added my journaling and title and with that my first layout for this amazing shop was complete!!
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Congrats again to Jody for 6 amazing years of providing us awesome scrappy goodness and I am so excited to be a part of this terms Sparklers Design Team!!

Thank you for spending your time with us today! I’d love for you be in the running for the prizes that Jody is giving away on this blog hop, so be sure to leave comments on all the blogs to be entered! You have through July 31st to comment and enter. Sharing on social media will also earn you an extra entry. Just leave another comment letting us know where you shared the blog hop event. Easy Peasy!

NOW KEEP ON HOPPING!!!

You are off to see the ever so talented Lea Biccelli

 

Capilano Suspension Bridge-2013 Album Share

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Oh this layout and all the fun I had with creating it. It is the first layout I made when starting back up with scrapbooking where I really felt innovated and like I was creating something very personalized to my style. The pattern paper came in a scraptastic kit club with the design of circles already one it but with a lot of red tones to it. Now I am not a fan of scrapping with red because I find it so hard to do. My idea was simply to take each circle as a chance to decorate on its own and add in pink with the teal to make it more me. I also looked at my three photos and found that they would work being cropped down into circles as well and added into the pattern instead of making them the traditional 4×6 and really sticking out on the layout. I was so pleased with how it turned out in the end with all the little elements added that were also from the scraptastic kit. My favourite part was adding the washroom people to help define Sean and I as a couple. This was kind of our last big date that hooked us in and helped us realise we wanted the committed relationship with one another.

I actually can still remember the drive up to the bridge in his truck. I just had this feeling that day that this situation of us being together was going to become a routine. I also loved that he was adventurous and wanted to walk along the glass opening which went out over the river and the skinny walkway to get there. We walked all along the paths and just talked about random things as we were still getting to know one another. And then that moment when you know you have your man hooked in (now your all going to pretend like you have no idea what I am talking about but it’s a lie you have). I was walking up the steep steps in front of him and I could just tell he was checking me out, you know that weird feeling you get. When I turned around I totally caught him and he turned bright red, which of course just made the whole situation that much better.

It was a really fun day and I love being able to document these small moments that when you look back can say this day helped bring us together and to where we are now. That is what I wanted to represent with this layout and I think I did a good job with it.

Thanks for reading along with my adventure today

See you next week.

Xoxo…Christy

 

You & Me-2013 Album Share

DSC04060Every time I flip to this layout in my 2013 album I just simply smile. Not because of the layout itself but because of the story behind the photos (if you read my four dates layout post you might catch on).

When Sean and I first started dating I was still living in Washington and every year in April there is a Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon which was about 45 minutes from where I lived. I really wanted to go and thought it might be a fun thing to do as its not something we could just go out and see whenever.

Needless to say he agreed and we went. It was fun to walk around and take pictures together, he even let me take multipule shots to make sure I liked them. But that is not why I love this layout so much. I love it because it shows how interested he truly was into me at the beginning of our relationship. How many guys would just up and travel 45 minutes away to see flowers… not many (and trust me he probably wouldn’t do it now that we have been together so long); and he did it happily without complaint. It just made me so happy that he was willing to do something I wanted to do. And now every time I see this layout I simply smile because I found one of the good guys and am always so thankful about it.

As for the layout itself, I pulled in things from a kit club I was working with at the time; If I recall correctly it is mostly Scraptastic. I knew there wasn’t really enough to make it a full 12×12 so 8 1/2 x 11 it became. Looking back at it now I love how I did the horizontal split with the two main pattern papers. I think it helps bring a happy feel to the layout. Then the rest was just a matter of layering things. I was just starting back out with scrapbooking at this time so you may be able to tell my layering is a little on the lighter side compared to what you would see me do now. My title was simplistic with using a wood veneer but covering it with washi tape (I thought this was very clever at the time). And finally the splatters, now if you look not so closely at the photos you will see little white dots on our faces, this was one of my very first attempts at splatters and at the time it never dawned on my to cover the photos. Let me tell you Lesson Learned!

A simple layout with a happy back story.

See you next week

xoxo. Christy

My Sister-2013 Album Share

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Welcome to the layout of a million stitches. It took me a long time to create but I think the time was well spent for such an important person in my life.

Here’s the story:

My sister and I never lived in the same house growing up as we have different mom’s and she is 7 years older then me. We were never really close because of that but she has always been my “idol”. This being said as I have gotten older and don’t see things through rose coloured glasses anymore I have come to the realization that she is not superwomen just my big sister who makes mistakes and bad decisions from time to time…

So when I learned that she was pregnant with her third child from a guy I had never heard of before I was a little taken aback. Then she explained it all and she went from someone I was a little shocked and surprised by to someone I admire greatly. You see this guy was not just anyone. She had a long distance relationship with him for sometime and was finally going to North Carolina to visit him and his family for Christmas (her two boys were at their dads that year). A month later she found out she was pregnant. When she went to tell this guy he said to her I can’t do more kids so its either this baby or me…

Now let me state the fact my sister is in her thirty’s with two boys she has full time and raises by herself. My ex-brother-in-law rarely helps out and both boys are very active in sports.

My sister told that guy to get lost!!!

Nine months later my beautiful niece was born and my sister is a happy mother of three doing her best to provide a nice life for her children who are all thriving.

At the same time my sister was pregnant with Keira, Sean and I also started our family and I was four months behind her and she was there for me in full support since day one.

There was just something special about being pregnant at the same time and it brought us closer together then I had ever been with her. We now have a bond like none other and I get to talk to her on a weekly basis.

And that’s why I created this layout. I wanted to showcase a time where she made the choice to let her daughter live.

The layout itself was actually pretty simple to make. I just punched a ton of little holes in a sunburst effect and then used my stash of embroidery floss. I didn’t want the floss to be too bright that it took away from the photo which is why I went with the ombre yellow. I then used three pieces of pattern paper to mat my photo along with the wood-grain frame and a transparency under it all just for a fun texture.

Then it was just the task of embellishing and bringing your eye into the photo. At the time I was subscribed to the scraptastic and citrus twist kit clubs and used their products to help bring it all together. And of course who doesn’t love pink sequence.

All in all I am proud of this layout because I am proud of my sister.

See you next week!

xoxo…Christy

 

Apartment Love-2013 Album Share

DSC04516 Right before I met Sean and moved to Canada, I was living in a little two bedroom apartment in very rural Lynden WA. I loved everything about that place because it was all mine. It was the first and only time I ever truly lived alone and though I wouldn’t want to do it again, I truly loved that time in my life.

When it came to documenting my apartment I had tons of mini stories but nothing that really warranted a whole layout on its own. This is how I came up with the three photo layout and mini journaling just to remind myself of this time. But when I really sit and think about it there is so much more behind this layout then just these three photos.

  • The first one is of a frame in my washroom that just reminds me to keep calm. I also loved it because it really represents the colour theme I had throughout my place.
  •  The second photo is of the neighbourhood cat that always came to visit me. He was so sweet and I loved having a little friend. He use to sleep under my jeep and wait for me every day when I left for work just for a little petting session.
  • The last photo just helps remind me of the love I have for anything bird themed and let me tell you it was everywhere in my apartment. I probably had at least twenty bird themed decor items scattered around my place. After I moved I downsized that collection and I now have maybe 5 or 6 as I find they are more meaningful when you just keep the few with a true meaning.

These photos definitely help tell the story but what it doesn’t share were things like how I loved to have my bedroom window open at night as I could hear the berry pickers working away and the smell of the fields drifting in with the summer breeze. Or how pulling out of my parking spot was always a guessing game as you couldn’t see around the corner and if another vehicle was coming (thankfully I never had a bad interaction with anything other then some bushes). And how I loved going for long walks down Northwood road and just seeing the farms as I walked by. All the small town things I know miss living in the city.

To help try and put that “happy time” feeling onto my layout I picked a light pink spray mist and did a little package technique to smear the mist on my background. I then went into my stash bin and picked 3 pattern papers I thought went well not only in coordination with each-other but also helped my photos stand out.The rest of the layout just sort of came together by me scraplifting from the fabulous Nicole McMakin on youtube.

In the end I decided  to add a border to help frame the rest of the layout into itself and used a wood-grain pattern as I found it helped bring out the filters I had on my photos. This is not the most exciting layout I have ever made and it is not crazy embellished but there is something to it that I love.  All three photos just bring a smile to my face and bring me back to that short time of alone and happiness I had. I am so happy to have it as an addition to my album.

Thanks for coming along with me today, I hope you enjoyed!

See you next week.

xoxo. Christy