22 July 2014

Scrap yourScraps: Fall In Love With Your Old Stash Items Again


I loved to read Carlie's ideas on Scrap Your Scraps blog, because it reminded me what I love about this hobby: being creative and making do with what is at hand
I wondered if I've already used these ideas before, and yes I did... But I was suprised to see that it was not that often!
Here are some of my projects following Carlie's ideas, and you know what? I really like them! I will definitely do that again...

Alter It To Make It Feel New

On this layout, I colored some "blah" buttons (not really clear but yellowish) with alcohol ink and I doodled a faux-stitching over the letter stickers.

Consider Colours
I had these faux-silk flowers that you can upcycle from cheap home-decors, because at this time, real craft paper flowers were just too expensive for my new-to-scrapbooking budget.

I didn't like them, but when I did this layout (inspired by a color palette challenge), they happened to be exactly the right colors, especially when matched with some colored cardstock punchies and buttons! I think it turned great...


Just Use It
My husband offered me these papers (it was before he understood I really really prefered to choose myself anything scrapbooking related!) and I wanted to use them to please him, but... I really didn't like them!
They were thin, girly, with a satured color palette that I didn't like and busy patterns... As I happened to have lots of envelopes (thanks to dollar stores) with this same pale green, I decided to make some cards for a card challenge. I paired the papers with white cardstock and finally, I was really happy with the result!
So I made a matching cards holder, then a notebook, and even a mini album... I used almost all the papers. 

Sometimes, there is less pressure to make something great when using stuff you don't care about... 

Don't forget to read the full post by Carlie on Scrap Your Scraps blog.

19 July 2014

Set of cards: sketches & cutting diagrams!

Hello everybody!

Today, I have my first post up on Frosted Designs blog and I'm so excited to share it with you!
This is a tutorial for creating a set of 8 cards from only 12 patterned papers (6x6) and 3 cardstocks (12x12)! Almost no leftovers here...Need to have some greeting cards ahead (Christmas in July, anyone?) or maybe some all-occasions cards available? This tutorial also works great for making a set of cards to offer, and... You will finally use some of these cute 6x6 paper pads!

To show you how versatile this tutorial is, I made three sets of cards.
The first one uses the brand new Glitz paper pad "Brightside" and has a modern look:

 See larger pictures of the cards on Snapguide:

Don't you think that the flairs from the Lucky Charm collection match the color palette of the Glitz papers in a nice way?
And look at this stamp set by Elle's Studio: I bought it because of the sentiment (it looks really great on the cards), but my favorite stamps are the hearts, they look fabulous when layered (black ink for the outlined heart and colored ink for the solid heart)! 
I used pop dots for some of them. The sentiment is embossed with white embossing powder.

The second set of cards uses a Fancy Pants winter paper pad "Timbergrove" (and good news, it's on sale!), and the look is more traditionnal:

See larger pictures of the cards on Snapguide:

How to Create 8 Cards With 12 Papers (6*6): Set 2

For this set of cards, I wanted a more distressed look, so I decided to play with my brand new Magicals by Lindy's Stamp Gang.

These powders are supposed to be mixed with a medium before using them, but I plan to keep them in their powder form and to only mix the needed amount with different mediums when I want. This color palette is right up my alley, so I figured that I would have many uses for them!
So this time, I decided to mix my Magicals with my embossing powders.

First, I mixed some white embossing powder with clear embossing powder: it gives an interesting distressed look to the final result, because some of the pattern is white, and some is clear BUT it can't be colored because of the clear embossing, so you can see the color of the background.
(Note: mix only the needed amount of powder in case you don't like the look!)
Then, I added just a little of Time Travel Time Magicals powder and I mixed it carefully.

Even when heat embossing, there is not enough wet to make the Magicals react and color the embossing powder, but here is what I discovered: if you rub on the embossed stamping, then, the color appears, like by magic! You can use a very-very slightly wet wipe (be careful, the more wet you use, the more "painted" look you have!) or just your finger for a subtler look.

Finally, I added shadows with a brown pen, to highlight my sentiment. I am so excited to try my Magicals with other mediums and see what happens!
(For information, my sentiment means "Season's greetings" in french).

Finally, the last set of cards  uses leftovers of one of my all-time favorite 12x12 paper pack by Simple Stories: "Vintage Bliss" (this one is on sale too!), so I had to be a litlte more creative to make the cutting diagrams fit my leftovers, but it worked. 
Now, I can see more cards with my leftovers and this tutorial in my future!

See larger pictures of the cards on Snapguide:

In my sample above, I used homemade paper bows to embellish most of my cards, and I cut them from the leftovers. See a tutorial for making these paper bows (without any die) here: http://scrapyourscraps.blogspot.fr/2014/05/paper-die-cuts-paper-bows.html.

Or of course, you can use any other embellishments!


1. Choose 3 cardstocks (12x12) in neutral color and cut 8 cards (6x4). The remaining cardstock will be used to stamp the sentiments, add borders or make embellishments. Note that the card F also uses a (3-7/8 x 5-7/8) cardstock background.

2. Choose 12 patterned papers (6 patterns twice) from a 6x6 paper pad. See instructions about how to choose the patterns according to the cutting diagrams on the Snapguide.

3. Cut all the pieces following the cutting diagrams: don't forget to write the cardsketch letter on each piece (on the side you're not going to use)!

4. Gather all the patterned paper pieces for each sketch (looking at the letter on each piece) and put the cards together. Here are the sketches:

5. Using the remaining patterned paper, make your own embellishments and/or add embellishments from your stash.

6. The card F mainly uses paper strips onto a cardstock background (3-7/8 x 5-7/8), so leftovers are perfect for that, they are not included in the cutting diagrams.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and please, let me know if you used it!

16 July 2014

Homemade ribbon flowers

Scrap Your Scraps

Hello everybody! Today on Scrap Your Scraps blog, the creative team shares ideas for using these small pieces of ribbons leftovers...

Bonjour! Aujourd'hui sur le blog de Scrap Your Scraps, l'équipe créative présente différentes idées pour utiliser ces petits bouts de ruban qui nous restent...
En général, je range les miens dans ma boîte à tout et n'importe quoi
Pour cette page, j'ai cherché l'inspiration sur Pinterest (mon tableau "ruban") et j'ai trouvé cette jolie carte avec des fleurs en ruban!
Comme j'aime beaucoup les embellissements fait-main, j'ai pensé que ce serait parfait pour mes petits bouts de ruban.

I usually store mine in my scrapbooking odds & ends box.
For this layout, I decided to look at my Pinterest "ribbons" board for inspiration and I found this beautiful card with ribbon flowers!
I love homemade embellishments, so I thought it would be perfect for my small pieces of ribbons and here is my layout:

Scrapbooking layout with Basic Grey Persimmon papers
Papers: Cardstock by Bazzill and American Crafts, patterned papers by Basic Grey (collection "Persimmon") - Tools: alphabet and tab dies by Quickutz and leaf die by stampin'Up - Other: machine sewing, ribbons, buttons, brads and twine.

To make things easier, I first stuck the gathered ribbon flowers on a punched paper circle, and then stuck them on my layout.

scrapbooking homemade ribbon flowers

Pour faciliter les choses, j'ai d'abord collé le ruban froncé sur un cercle de papier perforé, et ensuite j'ai collé le tout sur ma page.
J'ai utilisé un sketch de Donna Jannuzzi (tiré de sa classe "Sketch Solution").
Et vous, que faites-vous de vos petits bouts de ruban?

I used a sketch by Donna Jannuzzi, from her Big Picture class "Sketch Solution".

And you, what are your favorite ways to use your ribbons leftovers?

04 July 2014

Happy Fourth of July and a happy new!

Happy Fourth of July to all my American friends! 

Joyeuse fête nationale à tous les amis Américains!
Aujourd'hui, j'ai une très bonne nouvelle à vous annoncer : je fais partie de l'équipe créative de Frosted Designs pour les 6 prochains mois!

Today, I have a happy new to share with you: I am on the Frosted Designs DT!


Frosted Designs is a a scrapbooking store that also hosts a challenge blog and a monthly kit (subscriptions for 3 or 6 monthes). Each kit comes with a clean or messy option, your choice! And there is free shipping over 50$ on all US orders.

Frosted Designs est une boutique de scrapbooking qui propose aussi un blog de challenges et un kit mensuel (abonnements de 3 ou 6 mois). Chaque kit est proposé en version "clean" ou "patouille", c'est vous qui choisissez! Et les frais de port sont offert à partir de 50$ pour les Etats-Unis.

I'm so excited to be part of this wonderful team (check their blogs on my sidebar!), and I have tons of scrapbooking and papercrafting projects for the upcoming months...

But first, here is the Friday-challenge for today: Frosted Designs is partnering with Stuck?!Sketches, and the challenge is to follow the sketch AND to include a die-cut or a punch!

Je suis ravie de faire partie de cette talentueuse équipe (vous pouvez découvrir ou redécouvrir leurs blogs dans la colonne de droite), et j'ai des tas de projets à partager avec vous dans les mois à venir!
Mais d'abord, voici le challenge du Vendredi : Frosted Designs fait équipe avec Stuck?!Sketches, et le challenge est donc de s'inspirer du sketch ET d'utiliser un pochoir de coupe ou une perforatrice!
Sur ma carte, j'ai utilisé un pochoir de coupe papillon, coupé dans du vellum et embossé. Vous avez vu? J'ai utilisé une bande de papier imprimé "texte" pour le sentiment de ma carte!

On my card, I die-cut butterflies from vellum and I dry-embossed them. Did you notice? I used a strip of text paper for my sentiment!

Card inspired by Stuck?!Sketches
Products used from the Frosted Designs store:

Here is the sketch (so versatile...):


Voici donc le sketch (facile à adapter à n'importe quel projet!). Et que serait un challenge sans prix? Que diriez-vous d'un bon d'achat chez Dies R Us
N'oubliez pas de mettre un lien vers votre projet dans les deux blogs de challenges pour avoir une chance de gagner! Vous avez jusqu'au 15 juillet pour participer (heure française). 
Vous n'êtes pas obligé de faire une page, ça peut aussi être une carte, une toile ou tout ce que vous voulez, du moment que vous vous inspirez du sketch et que vous utilisez un pochoir de coupe ou une perforatrice. 
Bonne chance à tout le monde!

And what's a challenge without a prize? How about a Gift Certificate to Dies R Us?

Don't forget to link up your project at both challenge blogs for a chance to win! You have until noon, July 16th to submit your entry.  It doesn't have to be a layout:  try it on a card, journal page or canvas... The possibilities are endless so long as you use the guidelines: sketch + die-cut/punch.
Good luck to everybody!