Tuesday, January 16, 2018

For the LOVE of Disneyland!!!!!!

Who doesn't LOVE Disneyland???
I have been lucky enough to have visited twice in my life.  Once as a young teenager and once as an adult with my oldest daughter.  And honestly, going as an adult was is some ways more fun than going as a child LOL  It truly is a place to enjoy at any age!!!!

I now get to enjoy the fun through my granddaughters and the photos from their trips to Disney.  Late last year I finally got my act together, and gathered all the super fun Disney scrapbooking supplies I have been collecting for years, and started creating an Album for my daughters family.
It has been a bit of a struggle for me as the colours are not my favourite to create with.  However, it has made me think outside my comfort zone and I am starting to enjoy the process. 

Today I am sharing the first 2 layouts that I created.  Although they took forever LOL.....I really love the outcome.  

This layout is from my daughters family's first trip.  And I totally love this pic of just the girls!!!!
(sorry for the poor pic and bad lighting......not much sun where I live when this pic was taken)
AND I LOVE the title!!!!

Here are some close up pics so you can see the detail better :)





And here is the second layout I created.

This layout is from their second trip, and I melted when I saw these pics!!!  My amazing daughter Kelsie is a lifestyle photographer, and I am blessed to have a continuous supply of incredible photos to create with.

Again here are some closeups.



Hope you enjoy these layouts and if you are looking for Disney inspiration, check back here and hopefully I will have a new layout every few weeks.

As always THANKS for stopping by and remember
"Creativity is contagious, pass it on"
                               ~Albert Einstein

Also, if you have any questions please feel free to ask
      ~Cathryn

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Paper Girls Challenge Blog.........WATER COLOURS

YEAH!!!!  I am back creating for 

How wonderful and fun is that???  This past year has been so full of uncertainty and stress that my creating in any form really took a beating.  And my health only added to that.  But now it's 2018 and things are starting to look up.  I am slowly getting ahold of how to handle and live with my health issues and I am determined to get back to creating daily.  Creating is something that has always brought happiness and resolve to my life and I know that it will be something that will improve my daily life.  Although in the coming months I still have some serious challenges to get through I know that the end is near, and I truly believe that 2018 will be an amazing year!!!!

So let's get back to this challenge........water colours.
Over the past year scrapbooking has become so much more than paper, adhesive and embellishments.  Although I have not done a huge amount of scrapbooking this past year I have spent a lot of time with mixed media, and playing with all different kinds of paints and mediums.

Water colours have certainly become one of my favourites to  incorporate into my scrapbooking.  Playing with swirling colours and creating my own backgrounds is totally addictive.  I am by no means an expert LOL!!!  Far from it in fact.  But water colours are easily found at craft stores and many scrapbook stores these days.  They are inexpensive and because of that fun to just play with.

GESSO is the one thing that I have learned that is very important to use while scrapbooking.  It is like a primer for your paper.  Gesso comes in white, clear and black.  And can be applied using any paint brush or even something like a gift card is you want a heavier coverage.  My favourite type to use is a spray gesso like the one pictured below.


It goes on very smoothly and lightly.  Once dry you are ready to use your water colours. And just have fun.  After choosing the colours for my layout and getting them on my paper I thought it looked like a total mess LOL!!!!!  That actually happens often.  But don't give up or think you need to throw it away.  Once you start putting your layout together things fall into place.

This is my final layout.  And it turned out to be one of my favourites!!!


...and here are a few close ups!!!








This was a really fun layout to create.  I have been working on this Disney Album for my daughter Kelsie's family for a few months.  And it has been a bit difficult for me since the colours are not ones I usually work with.  But I am getting there.  

Using a cut file for the title from Silhouette Cameo really pulled this layout together fast.  The 3 little Mickey heads are also cut files.  Once you back everything with patterned papers, it is just a matter of adding a few embellishments!  Easy peasy!!!!

SUPPLIES
CARDSTOCK Bazzill
PAINT Watercolour pens by Jane Davenport Lagoon and Octopus
& water colour palette Neutrals sand
PATTERNED PAPERS Simple Stories Say Cheese & Echo Park Magic & Wonder
EMBELLISHMENTS Simple Stories Say Cheese
GESSO Krylon Spray
AC THICKERS Black foam Delight
THREAD Coats Light Blue Yellow & Red

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you have any questions please ask.
~Cathryn

Friday, October 20, 2017

Happy Halloween and October

What fun I had creating this super fun Pumpkin Layout!!!!  And it was created for a very special reason.  I am back as a designer with the Paper Girls Challenge Blog!!!!  This group of amazing talented girls is so special to me.  I was lucky enough to meet them through an online scrapbooking site and I love them all dearly.  And I am super excited to be back creating with this incredible group.  Check them out when you can, you will find a ton of talent, challenges, and inspiration.  This last challenge was call Pumpkin Spice.  At the risk of being sent  packing I must admit the I have never really gotten into the Pumpkin Spice rage.  So I wasn't sure what to create.  But then I got to thinking that my granddaughters bring lots of spunk and spice into my life!!!!  So I figured I should create a layout that included one of them.  And this picture of my sweet Taylor was just perfect.  Her sister Blake was The Little Mermaid so she became the most adorable Sebastian that I have ever seen!!!!  


Since moving to a smaller home, I have decided that before I can buy any new paper I have to start using up a lot of my large hoard.  So I went searching for the perfect collection to use with this picture.  And this Bella Blvd. Hello Autumn Collection was just perfect.  I love all the bright colours and the addition of some blue's as well.  

The pumpkin and leaves are from Silhouette. I cut a pumpkin in a deep orange sheet of Bazzill cardstock and a cream colour.  I then painted the cream one with watercolours, and layered them on my back round paper.   So much fun!!!!!   I also used the watercolours to splatter some of the paint on the background.

I just love this layout!!!  Fall is my favourite season and the colours on this layout turned out beautifully!!!!  I added a doilie, and some leaves and flowers I fussy cut from one of the patterned papers.  And then 2 flair buttons from Doodlebug with a little bit of twine behind them.

Here are a few close up photo's.





The dimension from those gorgeous leaves is so pretty.

Thanks for stopping in and taking a look.  
~Cathryn

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Wild Whispers Inc and CATS CATS CATS

I'm not sure what is going on with me of late but every week there seems to be another disaster in my life LOL!!!   Things were finally settling down after my move, when I had a serious encounter with a cat in my new neighbourhood!!!  My cats and I were minding our own business when this grey kitty decided to jump onto my screen patio door!!!  He shocked the pants off me and my cats!!!  There he was hanging and caught on my screen.  I slowly opened the door, trying to be reassuring and kind, and gave him a little scratch behind the ear. He rubbed against my hand all calm, so I held him and unlocked his claws.  Seconds later my smart ass kitty Atlas decided to hiss at him, sending him into a psycho attack tiger!!!!  Before I knew it he was clamped to my right hand.......teeth sunk into my thumb and claws wrapped around my arm digging in with all of his strength!!  It happened so fast I was in total shock.  I shook to release him, and he thankfully took off running.  He was no worse for wear, but I was left with horrible injuries.  Looking on google I learned that cat bites can be incredibly dangerous.  So off to the hospital I went.  After IV antibiotics, and some pain meds I thought I was in the clear.  No Such luck. A few days later it got worse and after seeing my doctor I was sent back to the ER.  A week later, and days and days of IV antibiotics and meds for swelling I can finally feel my hand again LOL!!!!


Yup that's my ugly paw 2 days ago.  Look out for killer attack cats......they can do some nasty damage!!!!

Somewhere in the past week I totally lost a day and thought today was the last day of September!!  Wow all these days back and forth to the ER have caused havoc!!!!

Anyways what I wanted to share with you all today is a layout I created using products from an amazing Canadian company that I discovered while at the Canadian Scrapbook Carnival. Who could not fall in love with these gorgeous products!!!!  And best of all they really cater to the Canadian within.  Lots of whimsical outdoor woodsy themed products.  So I picked up a few Collections and products to create with.



OMG I can't get enough of these beauties!!!!!!  The wood veneer and the stamp set are just to die for!!!  And the quality of their products are top notch.  I can't say enough about how wonderful they are.  So go check them out.......you will NOT be disappointed!!!!


This is the first layout that I have created with Wild Whisper products.






This picture collage of my granddaughters on a scavenger hunt were perfect for this collection.
I did a lot of fussy cutting, including the word ADVENTURE!!!

I can't wait to share more creations using Wild Whisper Designs
Thanks for dropping by!!!
~Cathryn

Happy October Friends!!!!!!

Oh my goodness what a hectic life I have led in the past few months!!!!   I don't even know where to start explaining all the changes.   After living in my home for the past 29 years, it was finally time to move and get my new life started.   It was difficult and I really thought that I would have a hard time making this move.  But by the time everything was said and done I was actually more relieved than sad.  I am in my new home now, and even though it is probably not my forever home, I feel settled and comfortable.  As many of us crafters know, thinking about packing and moving an entire craft room strikes fear and terror in our hearts LOL. I moved to a much smaller home and no longer have my large beautiful studio.  But all is well and I still have a beautiful space to create.

Right after my move I attended the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival.  I look forward to this amazing event every year and this year I took my oldest granddaughter Blake as a gift for her birthday.  She LOVED it!!!!!  And I look forward to taking her again next year. 




The cutest scrappers at the crop!!!
Blake and Kaja

I also managed to get my creative juices flowing and created a few layouts!!!! Yeah!!!!


This if the first layout I created. I love this photo so much!!! My middle granddaughter Taylor and my niece Denae's sweet little guy Gabe were enjoying some bonding time at a family reunion a few years ago!!

Lots of mixed media going on in this layout.  Also a Silhouette cut file that I backed with paper. With the move I don't have my supply lists available, but I will share as soon as I find them <3



This layout came about after I purchased some Dina Wakely Acrylic Paint (colours : Turquoise, Magenta, and Lime) at the crop.
I decided to just play around with it on some textured white cardstock. The next morning, I punched out a bunch of circles, and this layout then fell together pretty darn fast!!!!  
The only thing I added after that was a Doilie from Doodlebug, Enamel Dots, a couple chipboard pieces, a couple tiny butterfly from Doodlebug, and an Acrylic Title from Bella Blvd.
This turned out to be such a fun layout. I just LOVE it!!!!!

Thanks Creative Scrapbooker for another amazing Carnival!!!! I am already looking forward to next year
~Cathryn

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Stuck Sketches and SISTERS

Stuck Sketches have been a life saver for me lately for inspiration.
My life has been pretty darn chaotic and stressful and I have been using art and yoga as my stress relief.  I have also been on a scrapbooking spending freeze for quite some time.  My Art Studio is filled to the brim and now that I am having to move, and probably not going to have nearly as large a space to create in......adding to my large stock of product was not a good choice.  So, all of my 
creations, at least until I move, will be with older product.  Which is tough because there is so much amazing new stuff out there enticing me every day!!!!!

This is the Sketch I used today.
Stuck Sketches July 1, 2017 Sketch


I Love this sketch so much!!!  And I had so many ideas runny through my mind.  
 I have always wanted to cut out letters on my Silhouette and back them with patterned paper.  I have seen this done by many amazing scrapbookers, and it looks so beautiful!!! So I gave it a try.  I think it turned out pretty good for my first time!!!!!

So this is my creation!!!!!


These precious little girls are my two oldest granddaughters Taylor and Blake. Two of the loves of my life.  And the pictures were taken by their Mom Kelsie Kelly who is a incredible lifestyle Photographer.  I am incredibly blessed to have such gorgeous pictures to scrap!!!!
I LOVE how this layout turned out. And I really LOVE the large lettering.  I  will certainly we using this technique again!!!  The only thing I don't like is the black smudge I accidentally made in the upper left hand corner my mistake.  But mistakes are part of life, so no biggie. 


SUPPLIES
Cardstock : Bazzill
Patterened Paper : OA Farm Girl & Woodland Park, Fancy Pants Nautical
Thread : Coats
Ink : Tim Holtz Distress Ground Expresso
Stencil : The Crafters Workshop
Small Letters : Studio Calico 
Doo-Dads : October Afternoon
Brad : OA Woodland Park
Stickers : Sticky Pix Paper House
Wood Veneer Hearts : Simple Stories Enchanted
Mist : Lindy's Starburst Tiffany's Blue

If you are in need of some inspiration yourself check out Stuck Sketches. There are 2 sketches a month and an array of super talented scrapbookers that never fail to surprise me with their exciting creations!!!

Thanks for stopping by <3

~ Cathryn

Monday, June 26, 2017

Catch of the Day

I can't believe it has been over a year since I have posted ANYTHING!!!!
So many changes in my life......and sadly I just didn't feel much like creating.
In the next few months I will be selling and leaving my home.  It will be a difficult change because I have lived and raised my family here since 1990. 
But I am ready for new adventures and looking forward to all that it brings into my life!!!

While sorting and packing and deciding what to keep, I decided that I really had to go through the many boxes of photos.  Most of my scrapbooking has consisted of photos of my granddaughter, pets, and recent photos.  When my kids were younger there was no digital photos.  You just took a picture and hoped that when you got them back that it turned out OK.  Because of that you ended up with a ton of not so great photos.  And you just hated to throw any of them out.  But now that I will be moving to a smaller home it was time to ditch the crappy pictures and organize or scrapbook the others.

So here is one of these photos.  I decided to use Stuck Sketches June 15, 2017 #2 Sketch.


I think this is the first time I have used a sketch from Stuck Sketches. Not sure why because I really love their sketches.  And I am looking forward to use them more often.

I changed the sketch up a little because in the photo my daughter is holding a fish.  So I decided to use outdoorsy element.  It took me awhile to get the creative juices flowing, but I really love how this turned out. 


It sure feels good to sit and create!!!! THANK YOU
Stuck Sketches 
for inspiring me!!!

PRODUCTS 
Cardstock : Bazzil
Patterned Paper : My Minds Eye
Enamel Dots : My Minds Eye
Chipboard : Pebbles & MME
Decorative Bags : Fancy Pants
Tag : Cosmo Cricket
Mini Paper Clips : Tim Holtz
Watercolour Paints : Jane Davenport 
Thread : Coats