Monday, 20 October 2014

Manon loves soccer! - Pretty Little Studio

Today my post went up on Pretty Little Studio's blog! I used their Silly Monkey collection to create this girls soccer layout. My daughter and a couple of her friends are enthusiastic soccer players and a while ago Manon had to play against one of her best friends. It was a fabulous game to watch, so of course, I had to scrap it! The colors of the Silly Monkey collection were absolutely perfect!! And although you wouldn’t think that this collection would be perfect for photos of two 17 year old girls, it totally is!!

And a few close-ups: love these Bingo cards:

The file cute is from Kerri Bradford. She has the most amazing cut files!

Supplies: Silly Monkey: Papers, Phrase Strips, Bingo Cards, Tabs, Polaroid Tags, Vellum, Paper Ribbons. cardstock: American Crafts; cut file: Kerri Bradford.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Creative Scrappers Reveal Day Sketch #280

Happy Sunday, everyone!  I'm so excited to share the newest sketch from Creative Scrappers as today is reveal day! The awesome sketch is by the wonderfully talented Juliana Michaels today. Love it!

Here's my page using lots of Simple Stories:

The photos were taken earlier this year when we were in Benidorm, Spain.
Some detail pics: love love love these brads!!

And some awesome wood veneers from Scraptastic Club:

Now let me show you the sketch:

Great sketch right? Pretty Little Studio has provided us an amazing prize for one lucky participant! To Win a prize all you need to do is create a layout and enter the challenges using the inlinkz widget at the end of the reveals for Sketches 279-280 on the Creative Scrappers blog. Deadline to submit your layout is October 31st at Midnight EST.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! and if you like to use Kristine's sketches as a jump start for your pages, why not order her brand new sketchesbook volume 3:

Click HERE to order one if you want.

Have a fabulous Sunday!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Scrapbook Magazine #80 - American Crafts & Crate Paper

Tough by now it has been a couple of months when issue #80 of Scrapbook Magazine UK was on the shelves in the stores, I haven't shown the pages I made for it on my blog yet (although you might have seen the first one on Instagram!). 

The first layout I created was for the "Scraplift Challenge": a feature showing readers an example of a page they can copy the design of.

And this is what I created, a layout using AC Amy Tangerine's Plus One collection: the photo is my youngest son and our Cocker Spaniel on Queen's Day (hence the orange).

and a couple of detail shots:

Materials used: patterned paper, stickers, die-cuts: Amy Tangerine American Crafts (Plus One); cardstock: American Crafts; wood veneers: Scraptastic Club; stickers (“smile”, man): Jillibean Soup; pen: K&Company; color mist: Studio Calico; distress stain: Ranger; foam dots: American Crafts; glue runner: Scrapbook Adhesives. Tools: die cutting machine: Sizzix Big Shot; Die-set: Amy Tangerine American Crafts (Plus One) sewing machine: Aigger; date stamp: Trodat.

And the second layout I had in the magazine was a feature demonstrating a basic technique to the readers, which was in this case paper-pleating. 
And this is my layout, using Crate Paper's Styleboard collection: this photo features my daughter being as happy as ever!

and some details: 

Materials: patterned paper, die-cuts, vellum, stickers, frames, chipboard elements: Crate Paper (Styleboard); cardstock: American Crafts; doily: Jenni Bowlin; washi tape: Scrapbook Magazine UK. Tools: Silhouette Cameo; sewing machine: Aigger; border punch: American Crafts. 

For this last layout I created a step-by-step tutorial which you'll find in the magazine. If you'd like to order one, here's the link: Scrapbook Magazine UK

Thanks for stopping by and hope you'll have a lovely weekend!!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Not An Ordinary Day - Pretty Little Studio and Homecoming!

Hi everyone, Today I want to share a new Pretty Little Studio layout I made. The photo I used is my oldest son on his 6th birthday when he got this “big boy” bike. He was so proud of it! So when I saw the Silly Monkey die-cut with the bike I knew which photo to scrap! I so love this collection with the bright colors and the fun designs and I adore the vellum! In this layout I used the vellum with the yellow stars beneath my photo and it was just what it needed!

and a few details: isn't the monkey on the bike cute?!

Love the vellum in this collection:

Products Used: PLS Silly Monkey: Phrase Word Strips, Pennant Flags, bunting flags, monkey die-cuts, Tabs, Polaroid tags, Vellum, Pattern Paper, Bingo Card; cardstock: American Crafts; enamel arrows, Teensy Type alpha stickers: Doodlebug; wood veneer: Pinkfresh Studio and Studio Calico.

An now on to something else entirely: As most of you know my 17 year old daughter left last August to attend High School for a year. So for the last 2.5 months she's been in Louisiana having a great time. Yes, she's homesick now and again, but most of the time she's immensely enjoying herself. 

Last week was Homecoming week and for us in The Netherlands this is a totally unknown concept. I decided to look it up and found this: Homecoming is the tradition of welcoming back alumni of a school. It is a tradition in many universities, colleges, and high schools in the United States. It usually includes activities for students and alumni, such as sports and culture events and a parade through the streets of the city or town. 

I really love the idea of celebrating this and wish they would do that here too! But I guess if they did it wouldn't have been so special for Manon, lol. Here are some photos of my dd in her Homecoming dress: 

with two other exchange students: 

with lots of her new friends: 

And of course a photo at a football game: 

Thanks for stopping my blog today! Really appreciate it!! 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Creative Scrappers - Creating With Sketches Volume 3

I'm super excited to share that I've got a layout in the brand-new Creative Scrappers Creating With Sketches V3 book!

I just had a peek at this book, and it's fantastic! So many talented scrappers in there, along with 120 fab sketches! Let me show you the page I contributed to this book:

I used October Afternoon's "Public Library" and a cut file from Kerri Bradford for the title. The sketch I used can be found in the book, it's not available elsewhere, so I can't show it to you on my blog.

The book is currently available for purchase in digital format for only 10$. If you'd like to purchase this book, you can get a 10% discount by using my coupon code: V3MONIQUE

The Printed Version is also available for sale 18$ plus shipping.

And now some detail pics of my layout:

Isn't this collection fabulous?! I love everything from October Afternoon, so much so that I have trouble actually using it. As I know that's pretty daft I make myself use it and this was the result!

In the photo you see my youngest reading his very first "real" book to us!

Thanks for stopping by and I would really appreciate it if you would use my code if you decide to purchase a copy of this sketches book!! V3MONIQUE


Sunday, 12 October 2014

Two Fall cards - Imaginisce

Last week my two Fall cards were up on Imaginisce's blog and today I'm sharing them here too. They feature Imaginisce's fabulous “Bushel o’ Fall“ collection and a little bit of “Good Dog”. 

First of all the “Autumn BLessings” card. For this card I used a fun pumpkin Silhouette cut file I found on Pinterest from Lisa Dickinson. I matted it with a piece of orange patterned paper from the Good Dog collection and adhered a lot of rhinestones in the pumpkins to make them “glow”. 

Then the “Thankful” card. For this card I used another Silhouette cut and layered this on several pieces of patterned paper, both from the Bushel o’ Fall collection and the Good Dog collection. I machine stitched these papers before I adhered them to the cardstock card. For the finishing touch I added 2 butterflies and a few rhinestones. 

To adhere the rhinestones (“Glam Rock”) on both cards I used Imaginisce’s I-Rock tool. This worked awesome! 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Hope I’ve inspired you to scrap a little today! 

Imaginisce: patterned paper, die-cuts, sticker stacker (Bushel o’Fall), patterned paper (Good Dog), glam rocks; American Crafts: cardstock, adhesive runner. Tools: Imaginisce I-Rock Tool, Silhouette Cameo, Aigger sewing machine and Martha Stewart butterfly punch.