Saturday, August 20, 2016

Summer Love

As you can see in this photo of my son and his fiance that they have water behind them. Although this is not the ocean, it's a lake on the mainland called Harrison Lake I still decided to use the Couture Creations "Sea Breeze" collection. I just kept out any ocean type things on the paper not on the layout. 

For the background paper I used one of the pieces that  looked like wood strips. I distressed and inked the paper. I then took one of the pieces that was a light blue color and tore a large corner piece and added that to the background paper after I distressed and inked it. I then used 4 of the bottom strips off of the papers, distressed and inked them and laid them from top to bottom of the background paper. I then cut two pieces of the paper from the collection, one approximately 2" x 9" and one 1¾" x 9" and cut them both like a banner at either end. I distressed and inked both pieces and laid them from left to right on the layout. 

I matted the photo with one of the dark blue papers from the collection and then added a piece of cardboard to the back of the photo to pop it up on the layout. I added some Prima flowers from my stash along with a small metal bird in a bird cage and then added the sparkly chipboard title "Love" to the layout. Here's the finished layout.

Friday, August 19, 2016


I love this photo of my granddaughter, soon to be DIL and myself that my son took of us in Hawaii while we were sitting waiting for the grandson's to catch up with us. I also love this paper line from Prima, "Tales of You and Me". So of course I had to use this paper line for this photo, all the colors were perfect!

For the background paper I used the "Notre Amour" paper from the Tales of You and Me collection. I distressed and inked the paper along with using a heart punch on the top edge and again on the right hand side. I cut out pieces from three of the other papers as well as two of the tags from one of the other papers. I distressed and inked all of these papers and layered them on the background paper. I matted the photo with some pink card stock and then used some cardboard on the back of the photo to pop it up.

Now I just had to add the embellishments to the layout. I used some pink Prima flowers from my stash. I had one white flower that I inked the petal edges with some pink ink. To the flower cluster on the bottom right corner of the paper I added one of my own handmade stick pins. I added a little resin fairy from my stash along with a couple of other ephemera pieces from my stash. Here's the finished layout and I'd love to hear your comments on it!

Baby Blues

Okay, so I may be a bit prejudice but have you ever seen a cuter little guy before! This is our newest grand baby born Dec 2nd, 2015. He just turned 8 months on August 2nd. We've decided he's going to be a real lady killer when he's older. Who am I kidding, he already is, lol!

I've had this Scenic Route "Metropolis Idea Kit" in my stash like forever. As I was digging through my stash to find papers to go with the photo I cam across the kit and knew it would be perfect for this photo! I kept the layout very clean and simple. I layered a few of the different papers from the kit and fussy cut out a few of the stars from the paper and I used one of the arrows to point to Liam's eyes. I dug through my stash of chipboard  letters for the title. For the "Blues" part of the title I had the letters but not in the same color so I just painted them...that's the advantage of scrapbooking, there are no rules, lol! Anyway I hope you like the layout and I'd love to hear your comments!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Island Time

I hope everyone is having a great weak as well as beautiful weather. Here in Campbell River, BC (on the East coast of Vancouver Island) we are in a major heat wave. We broke a temperature record here when it reached 33 Celsius today. Thank goodness we live by the ocean and many lakes, the beaches were pretty busy today, that's for sure!

I decided on scrapping this photo of my son and grandson fishing last year when my dh took them fishing. The layout is a fairly simple one but I like the way it turned out. I basically used Kaisercraft's "Coastal Escapes" paper collection for this layout, along with one other piece of paper from my stash, the ones with the fish, they went perfectly with these papers. 

 Lately I seem to be into cutting papers in a banner shape and this layout was no exception. I distressed and inked all of the papers in this layout. I also used some Prima flowers from my stash along with shells from our beaches here and a bow using some seam binding that I hand dyed with blue ink from my stash. Here's the finished layout, TFL!


So this is a scrap layout of another one of my vacation photos from our Hawaii trip back in January of this year. I used the Coutour Creations "Sea Breeze" paper collection on this layout also.  This is a lift of Bec from Swirlydoos Saturday tutorial which you can find here:  

I distressed and inked all of the papers on the layout. All of the shells etc. are from our beaches here in Campbell River, BC. The scallop shell is from a fisherman friend of ours and the star fish I picked up at one of our local gift shops. The bow that I have tucked in amongst the flowers and shells is some seam binding that I hand dyed with some blue ink from my stash. The corner embellishments are also from my stash.

So this is my layout, I hope you like it and leave a comment. Also check out Bec's tutorial along with other tutorials on Swirlydoos You Tube channel, they have lots of great tutorials! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fish On

Seems I've been on a roll and managing to do a number of layouts, I guess I'm making up for the no mojo patch I had earlier this year. Now I just have to play catch up and get all of these layouts posted on my blog, lol. This layout is a photo of my grandson fishing when my husband took my son & grandson fishing last summer when they were up visiting. I used papers from Couture Creations "Sea Breeze" paper collection. 

I really like the way some of the scrapbook companies on the strip at the bottom of the double sided paper where they have the company name and collection name on the other side they have one of the other papers in the collection on that strip. So for this layout other than the background paper and the paper behind the photo all of the other papers were the strips from the bottom of the papers in the collection. This makes for a very cheap way of making a layout. I added a small doily that I inked up with some light blue ink. I cut one of the tags out of one of the other papers as well as one of the fish that I popped up with pop dots. From a duplicate piece of paper I fussy cut out the anchor and shells and popped them up with pop dots over the other one on the paper giving it a 3D look. I also distressed and inked all of the papers on this layout.
I hope you like this layout and I would love to hear your comments, good or bad.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summer Fun

My grand kids come up & visit with us every summer for about 3 weeks so we always spend lots of time at the lake. Last summer my friend and her grand kids came with us to the lake and they were showing my grandson how to do the skim boarding. It didn't take to long for my grandson to catch on to how you do it. I just managed to take this photo at the right moment to catch him looking like a pro landing on the board in the water.....of course it doesn't show the wipe out 10 seconds later, lol.

I used the Heartfelt Creations "Under the Sea" paper collection for this layout. I distressed and inked all the papers and added a bit of cheesecloth behind the papers. I used the Heartfelt Creations "Open Vintage Floret" pre-cut stamp and die set to make the two flowers on this layout. I added a few other goodies from my stash and called it done. TFL!


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Another Beachy Layout

Although the photo isn't taken on the beach it is a photo taken of my granddaughter & I when we were in Hawaii back in January. I don't know if anyone has heard of "Couture Creations", I hadn't until just recently, the papers used for this layout is from their "Sea Breeze" collection. The papers are all gorgeous, as soon as I saw them it was love at first sight, lol. My layout is a bit of a lift of someone's sketch but I can't remember who's sketch. If anyone knows let me know so I can give credit to them for it. All of the papers used are from this collection except the pink arrows. Shells and netting are from my stash. I distressed and  inked all of the papers. TFL!


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Father & Son

Another photo from our Hawaii trip back in January 2016.This is my son and his Dad taken on one of the beach's on the North side of Oahu in Hawaii.I used the Heartfelt Creations "Under the Sea" paper collection for this layout.  I distressed and inked all of my papers as well as adding a couple of fish that I fussy cut from the papers and popped up with foam dots. I used the Heartfelt Creations "Open Vintage Floret" pre-cut stamp and die set to make the two flowers on this layout. A few shells from my stash were added to the layout and I called it done.  TFL!


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sand Dollars

Here I am with another photo from back in 2006. This photo is of my grandson when we were at the beach one day here in Campbell River. While the kids were playing on the beach they found a big bed of Sand Dollars. We told the kids what they were and it seems Scott thought that they were real $'s. He would go and collect a handful of them and put them in his bucket. I'd tell him that he couldn't take them home, that they were actually alive so it wouldn't be fair to do that to the Sand Dollars. So he'd dump out his bucket then just go get another handful of them. It went on for quite awhile, I finally was able to get him to leave the live ones alone when I found a couple of ones that had already died and he was able to take those ones home. So this photo  is of Scott showing off his Sand Dollars.

I used the Heartfelt "Under the Sea" paper collection for this layout. I used three different papers from the collection to layer underneath the photo. I distressed and inked all of the papers I used. I did a lot of fussy cutting of the fish and turtle from the paper collection which I popped up with foam dots for a 3D look. I also cut out the port hole window from a duplicate paper of the background paper and popped that up with foam dots. I added some fish net to the bottom right corner of the layout which I glued on some shells from our beaches around where we live. I also added some string from my stash that has the little yellow ties on it that I laid out on the fish net. I added a few Prima flowers along with some other shells, a small sand dollar and a scallop shell. I also cut out the seagulls on my Cricut machine using an SVG file I made and popped them up with foam dots also. 


Tuesday, July 12, 2016


I love this photo I took of the waves in Hawaii crashing up against the rocks on the North side of the island. I used the same "Coastal Escapes" papers along with the one with the fish on it from my stash. I added a couple of dollies, along with a starfish and small sand dollar from our beaches here in Campbell River. A few things from my stash including the pearl flourish which kind of mimics the ocean crashing against the rocks. It's a fairly simple layout but I was still happy with how it turned out. TFL!

Hawaii #2

Okay I'm on a role now with our Hawaii photos. This photo is of my son and granddaughter taken on Waikiki beach on our first full day in Hawaii. The Kaisercraft "Coastal Escapes" paper collection are perfect for the Hawaii photos. 

I have distressed and inked all of the papers on this layout. The only paper that is  not from this Kaisercraft collection is the paper with the fish. This was some left overs in my stash and it goes perfectly. I cut three of the papers into banners and then one rectangle shaped. I added bits of lace to different areas, shells from the beach's here in Campbell River, Prima flowers, text strips from the paper collection and a small metal palm tree embellishment from my stash. I'm quite pleased the way the layout turned out. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Looking back

While going through a bunch of older photos I came across this photo of myself and my grandchildren at the beach here in Campbell River back in June of 2006. I can't believe how little they were, they're now 17 and 13, where did the years go?

I used the Kaisercraft "Coastal Escapes" collection for this  layout. It's a very simple layout with not much layering but I kind of wanted the layout to be more about the photo. I used the Coastal Escapes "Sea Grass" paper for my background paper and did some distressing and inking on it. I matted the photo on some navy blue cardstock and added some foam tape to pop the photo up. I picked the Coastal Escapes "Underwater" paper for the 2 layers under the photo and used the shells and beach sign from the sticker sheet. I added a few shells from the beach and a small sand dollar. The string is some I had in my stash that I always feel goes well on a beach layout and found the small gold button in my stash with an anchor on it to use at the top of the layered paper. I also added the "Memories" chippy which I painted white then sprayed it with a blue mist from Lindy's Stamp Gang. Here's the finished layout, TFL!



Well finally my first layout of our trip to Hawaii this past January. I used the Kaisercraft "Coastal Escape" collection. This paper collection is absolutely perfect for scrapping photos taken at the beach! This photo is of my grand kids, daughter-in-law and myself taken on our first full day in Hawaii. I used the blue side of the "Coral" paper from this collection. for my background! The sayings and embellishment sticker sheet from this paper collection were perfect for this layout. I used some seam binding from my stash which I sprayed with Lindy's blue mist to match up with my layout. I used an actual starfish for the layout and flowers from my stash.