Monday, December 23, 2013

All Smiles Layout

Sharing another layout about our 25th Anniversary vacation.  Very simple layout, photos inside those file folders on the right, used a Sakura Gelly Roll pen to add glitter & glitz to the water, fish and tag (clear glitter that doesn't add color just shimmer), added a few tags, images & ribbon from scrapbook kits that were purchased on the Carnival Cruise Ship.  The beautiful paper is from the Club Scrap Cape Cod kit and work great with these photos!  That cool sea turtle is from the Close To My Heart Footloose Kit.  Thanks for stopping by my blog today!




Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta



Monday, December 16, 2013

Want even more ribbon storage??

Whenever I go on vacation, visit theme parks or perhaps attend a class we often get lanyards...being a scrapbooker makes me a 'non waster' so I have diligently kept each and every lanyard, rehung them every time they spilled off the hook....and now I have found a use for them!!

I have to simple ribbon holders purchased at Michael's Craft Store...each shelf has 2 ribbon rods and each holds plenty of ribbon however, I still had ribbon stashed in cupboards, baskets, bags, containers etc as they just don't make a ribbon rack big enough for it all!  Well as they say, out of sight means out of mind and so my ribbons stayed hidden in their cupboards instead of on my cards and layouts :(  Then I was struck with a billion watt spotlight lightbulb moment!  I got out my mini ribbon spools, strung them on the lanyards (the hooks or tag holders stop them from falling off the lanyard at the bottom) then I proceeded to evenly space the lanyards between the rolls on the ribbon rods!  Walla!  An amazing amount of additional ribbon storage!

(If you don't already have lanyards to do this, allow me to enable you to get an alternative...
1.  Dollar stores sell lanyards for $1 a piece!
2.  Tie a knot at the bottom of an old necktie string the rolls on then loop the end over the ribbon rod and staple, tie a knot or use an elastic to stop secure the tie to the rod.
3.  Use inexpensive cord from the bargain bin at the fabric store, add a noose at one end to thread onto the ribbon rod then add an embellishment to the end of the cord to stop the spools from falling off the other end!
4.  Got an empty ribbon spool and some 'ugly' ribbon?  Tie one end of the ugly ribbon around the empty spool thread on the spools you want to display then tie a large paper clip to the opposite end of the 'ugly' ribbon to stop the threaded spools from exiting :)

Ok here's a photo!

Thanks for dropping by today!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta



Monday, December 9, 2013

Totally Off Season!

Ok a break from Christmas...these are a few more cards I made from the Close To My Heart Dream Pop Workshop in June.  I love these 'pinwheels' for embellishing cards and layouts!  They add such dimension and just make your heart happy with childhood memories!





Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta



Monday, December 2, 2013

Pronged Embellishments! What a pain!

Hey my friends!

I have a tip for you today...

Every try using those pronged embellishments, sometimes called 'nail heads' etc.  If you are going through patterned paper then they are no problem, just put a soft pad beneath, like an old mouse pad or Close To My Heart's Grid Mat, then sit the embellishment where you want it, push down with your thumb and walla it pierces right through!  Turn over your paper and bend the prongs down, done and done right!  Well how about when you want to put them through thicker papers like cardstock?  Almost impossible to push them through, sometime you can't even dint the paper because pushing down causes the prongs to start to curl in...so what do you do?  Tap the prongs onto an ink pad then touch the prongs to the paper.  This will leave little dots where the prongs will go in and then come in with your piercing tool and walla the embellishment slides nicely into the pierced holes, ready for you to turn the paper over and bend down the prongs!  Works for me and I hope it helps someone else too!







Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta



Monday, November 25, 2013

December's Story

Hi Everyone!

I just finished a new project, I tried my hand at a December's Story Book and it was such fun!  I was inspired by Kathy Files & Scrapbook & Cards Today, as they both used this file folder lapbook in the past.  Here are a few pictures!


I used the 12 x 12 paper kit by Carta Bella 'so this is CHRISTMAS' line by Carina Gardner.

My wonderful Mom passed away from breast cancer last October and we just couldn't bear to celebrate Christmas without her.  Mom had a stroke when she was 40 and 8 years later my father passed away so Mom has lived with us for many years and therefore she was a huge part of my daily life.  I decided I just couldn't continue to 'Skip' Christmas so I needed to develop a new tradition and I chose this daily log of my journey to Mom's most favorite holiday of the year.  I can share with Mom what I did each day leading up to Christmas Day with pictures & journaling, taking it one day at a time, recording our new way of celebrating Christmas.

There is a Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp to create a 'Christmas Countdown' so if you decide to make a countdown project be sure to enter it there for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta



Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween Decorating

Hi Everyone,

Sorry that this is a bit late but better late than never is my motto :)


My daughter Courtenay Ball with the ghost town

This cut is free this week using Cricut Craft Room!


Haunted House Design ID #34010 from Silhouette Designer  Samantha Walker


Graveyard Design ID #48307 from Silhouette Designer Megan Hardy


3D Scary Ghost Design ID #22390 by Snapdragon Snippets

3D Scary Bat Design ID #22484 by Snapdragon Snippets

Witch crow with moon & fence Design ID #48920 by Stinkin Cute Paper Piecings

That's all for today folks!  Thanks for stopping by!


Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta
Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, October 14, 2013

We simply love Grand Turk!

Hi there!  Thank you so much for allowing me to share my blog with you today!

This is the last layout of our time in Grand Turk while on our 25th Wedding Anniversary!  I have really enjoyed scrapbooking these pages as it is like going there all over again!

This is the last of the Club Scrap March 2007 kit!   I cut the coral and conch shells from the 'Life's a Beach' Cricut Cartridge.  Grand Turk has a fun, unique way of forecasting the weather, using the conch shell, and I just had to scrapbook about it, so these cuts from Life's a Beach help to tell the story for me.

I applied adhesive to the coral cuts and layers of the conch shells, then covered them with glitter by Glitter Ritz.  If you haven't tried this product, why not?  This is the best glitter you will ever find!  You put it on, it stays put and you and your pets won't be eating it for days on end!  Promise!  I wish the photo of the layout did it justice because the sparkle is breathtaking! 

To purchase Glitter Ritz locally in Cranbrook BC, head to The Hobby Shoppe.  Elsewhere in Canada you can find it at Scrapbook City in BC Canada and in the USA you can find it at many retailers and online.

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, October 7, 2013

Our Love Boat

Hello my friends!
Thank you for letting me share my blog with you today!  As you can see, I'm still working on getting our 25th Anniversary Cruise scrapbooked, I'm way behind but making ground and that's all that matters!

 
 

Again I'm using the Club Scrap March 2007 Rhapsody kit.  I would never have put these colors together myself and that is why I love their kits, they really open me up to bolder color choices than I would have ever used!  If you need help with color choices there are some great blogs & forums out there, note down the great color combinations they have used and then add those color schemes to your own scrapbooks!

I used the following Tim Holtz Distress Inks to add the shadows around the edges of my papers: Ripe Persimmon, Faded Jeans, Scattered Straw and Antique Linen.

A cool tool that Tim Holtz and Ranger have provided is a color chart that you can download and then add color from your inks to create a great swatch book!  Once you have color on your swatch sheet, you need only hold it next to the project you are working on and you will be able to see what color inks will work with your project!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, September 30, 2013

Look Good Feel Better

This is a layout about a program that my Mom took part in while at the cancer clinic in Kelowna BC in July 2012. Women who are fighting cancer can take part in this evening of education and beauty.  Mom was one of about 12 ladies that evening, and the volunteers provided them with a kit of all sorts of beauty products from face cream to mascara.  The education part is how to take care of your skin when it is battered by the horrible drugs they had to endure during their cancer battles, and encouraging that the patients to take time to make themselves look good which in turn helps the patient feel better.  A wonderful program and Mom had such a wonderful evening with all of the ladies.  It couldn't have been timed better either, as Mom had her 72nd birthday while there. The papers are from an old Club Scrap kit. 

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, September 23, 2013

Animal Actors

Thanks for letting me share my blog with you today!

Today's layout was made from Club Scrap's March 2007 Rhapsody Kit.

The embellishments were all cut from the Cricut Locker Talk cartridge and I designed this layout to teach Cricut users to get a great layout from elements from this cartridge, it's not just for school photos!

This is a layout about a visit to Universal Studios Florida and to one of my favorite attractions, the Animal Actors!  These animals are so very smart and love to perform!  Recognize the pug dog as Frank from the Men In Black movie!  He was sooooo cute!




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Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, September 16, 2013

Grand Turk's Margaritaville

Thanks for letting me share my blog with you today!

This week's layout is made from Club Scrap's March 2007 Rhapsody Kit.  Using up that stash stuff :)  In addition, this layout is one of the projects I designed to teach Silhouette users to create print & cut embellishments and alter files to create the parrot on the tree branch.

Grand Turk is one of our favorite cruise port stops!   Beautiful white sand beach and Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville is a great place to sit in some shade, enjoy a beverage by the pool and you can even surf in the man-made surf maker!  Grand Turk really is all about relaxing!


Thanks for looking!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, September 2, 2013

Sunrise till Sunset-San Juan Puerto Rico

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This layout was created with Close to My Hearts Magnifique Workshop On The Go from 2010..  The Koki frog, flag, stone looking pieces and Puerto Rico name  and paradise found were all from Jolee's.   The Sunrise title was a rubon from Making Memories.  The subtitles above the photos on the right were from my stash so sorry but no info for you on that one.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
December 2, 2009, was the 3rd stop on the 1st leg of our 25th Anniversary cruise.
We have ported here many times but never tire of the beauty & history we
encounter and the warmth we Canadians are shown by the people!


Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, August 26, 2013

Grand Cayman - Fun in the sun!

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This layout was created with the Close To My Heart Magnifique Workshop On The Go from Autumn/Winter 2010.  The embellishments are from an old Jolee's (Seaside Serenity), from Carnival Cruise Scrapbook Kits (Dolphin, splash & 'fun in the sun'), gems from the local $ Store and ribbon slides from Stampin' Up.  The bare foot paper clip was from Staples.  The words 'Grand Cayman' are gold rubons that were purchased from QVC many years ago, and I think because of this age they bubbled in areas but that was easily covered with gems which brightened the who look anyway.  The fun tip here is to cut strips of ribbon to feed through the ribbon slides!  They lay flat and feed easily.
This Carnival Cruise took us to Grand Cayman!  We had never been and we just fell in love when we swam in the ocean with its warm, crystal clear waters!  I want to go back again soon!
Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, August 19, 2013

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

Back today with another layout made with Club Scrap's Rhapsody set March 2007.  I had some fun playing with stencils & using vellum to mute some of the stenciled images.  The brown ink was laid down on plain cardstock through the stencil and once dry covered with vellum.  On the vellum I continued to add the rusty colored ink, again through a stencil, to encircle the brown images showing through.  'it's all good' was also stenciled on.  I put some Fastinater staples on the corner of the photo mats, manually as I don't have the actual 'fastinater tool', just a few staples I inherited.  Stickers & 3D drink were from Carnival Cruise Line Scrapbook at Sea kits (you can purchase 12x12 albums from their website but the actual papers and embellishments are only available on the cruise ships).  The plastic embellishment is from my stash (read as so old I don't remember where I got them or who made them :() and the ribbon slide numbers are from Diecuts With A View but were purchase many years ago (I'm using up my stash :)).


Thanks for letting me share my blog post with you today!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, August 12, 2013

Gettin' Silly in Key West

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Today's layout is still another from the CTMH May Workshop Deal called Dream Pop!  Best $10 I ever spent!

This layout is based on the pattern Mesmerize in the CTMH Magic instruction book!  Ummm maybe I'm over using it LOL?!?   I really do have the other instructional books but I just can't get enough of this one!

The title is a mix of the Keyboard Kraft Alphabet and the Canvas Alphabet.  The little word captions were actually on one of the 'zip strips' back of the papers informational strip at the bottom of each 12x12 paper.  The 12" x 1/2" strip on the right page layout is also a zip strip.  The round plastic elements 'princess' & 'spirit', the rubber embellishment (Sweet with hearts), the 3 metal expressive words and the flowers were all from my stash so I'm sorry I don't have a company name to give you.  I have made a commitment this year, along with almost everyone I'm sure, to use  4 of what I own to one newly purchased item, and this layout got a dose of that commitment LOL!  The orange polka dot center of the white flower is a piece I broke off of a type of paper clip I found in Staple's last year.  I just took my hubby's pliers and twisted it of, quite easily, then used silicon (Clear Silicone adhesive sealant for glass & ceramic in a yellow tube, I use for paper tole etc) and it is good and stuck!  The profile went down a lot once the 'paper clip' type piece was removed too so I'm not worried about the 'bulk' in the scrapbook.

This is my beautiful daughter and I goofing around in Key West at this great little shop at the pier!  We have such a good time together!




Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, August 5, 2013

Courtenay's Little Zoo

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This is another layout from that great Dream Pop Workshop!  I can't believe how many papers came in that promotion for only $10!!  Yup, spent $35 dollars then was able to get the workshop for $10!  Love those kind of deals!

The layout was based on the Ta - Da! pattern in the CTMH Magic instructional book!  Have I told you how much I love these books?!?!  LOL!

The pinwheels came from the May 2013 SOTM (Stamp of the month in case you are not familiar with CTMH) called Pinwheel.  The word 'Everything's' is made from the Tiny Type Epoxy Alphabet the word 'Beautiful' was on the 12x12 sheet, 'in' from the Keyboard Kraft Alphabet,' Courtenay's' from some rubons from my stash, 'little' was hand written with a Micron india ink pen and 'zoo' is punched from a 12x12 paper of typewriter keys, from my stash, with the large flower on the Stampin' Up Boho Blossoms punch.  The large shape behind the title was cut from the CTMH Cricut Cartridge Art Philosophy on page 62. All other images were printed on the paper.


Journaling:  If you don't want the cabin steward to dismantle your towel animal zoo, write a very nice letter to him explaining your goal to love and keep them forever! or at least until you have to go home!

Thanks for looking!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, July 29, 2013

Come Fly With Me

Thanks for taking a look at my blog today!

Today's layout was made from the Close To My Heart Dream Pop Workshop!  I wasn't sure what to think when I saw this paper and the color combinations but I loved every layout I completed with this workshop!  That is one thing that I love about Close To My Heart, they really open your eyes to new colors, combinations and techniques along with providing great quality products!

This layout was inspired by the "Showtime" sketch in the CTMH Magic instructional book.  If you have ever been stuck for inspiration, pick up these instructional books as you will never run out of ideas!  There are 3 listed now but as of August 1st you will be able to purchase (4) scrapbooking books; Cherish, Imagine, Magic & Reflections, (2) card making books; Wishes & Originals and (2) different volumes of "Make It From Your Heart" which are a mix of scrapbooking & card making.  These books are very reasonably priced, $14.95 each and the "Make It From Your Heart" volumes are only $7.95 each. I find their instructional books so helpful as they offer full color artwork, cutting & assembly diagrams!  I love them!

For this layout I used the awesome zip strips which are the back of the 12x1/2" strip which identifies the paper name & info!  Isn't that cool?  No waste and they look great too! The embellishment flowers, circles & paisley were cut from one of the 12x12 sheets that came in the paper pack so if you don't like busy papers, cut out the elements to embellish your layouts.  The title was spelled with CTMH Color Ready Canvas Alphabet. The canvas takes ink beautifully!



Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Friday, July 26, 2013

From Pit to Pool, Hope to Happiness

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Taking a trip down memory lane here, back to 1975!  The summer of 1975 we dug out a pit to the right of our home, in Silver Creek Estates, and after a lot of hard work we installed a swimming pool!  We spend all of our summers in the pool and this year our cousins Rick, Michael & Jason Green came to stay with us for a week and spent a month!  We lived in the pool and Mom sacrificed all her time to be the lifeguard to keep us safe.  After these photos were taken, we built a huge deck that surrounded the entire swimming pool but it seems there are no pictures that include that bright red deck :(

The layout and all of the embellishments were from the March 2007 Rhapsody Kit from Club Scrap.  The titles were cut on the Cricut Expression 2 using the Winnie The Pooh Font and the Mickey Mouse Fonts.


Thanks for looking!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, July 22, 2013

6x6 Mini Album from Close To My Heart

My brother, Dean Archibald along with his wife Brandi and their son Brandon, went on their very first cruise in February 2013 and they loved it!  Brandi's birthday is was in May and I wanted to make her something she could put some of those vacation photos in to keep on her desk at the office (for those daily 'mini vacation' we have at work everyday when daydreaming LOL).  Close To My Heart makes these fabulous 6x6 Memory Showcase white with chipboard covers and 4 pages inside, so that along with some 'beachy' papers & chipboard embellishments from the Footloose WOTG I made her this gift.
Front Cover
Page 2&3
Page 4&5
 Page 6&7
 Back Cover 

Thanks for dropping in to see my blog today!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, May 20, 2013

Just Horsin Around in Aruba

Hi Everyone!



Another layout with products from Close To My Heart and this time it's the Workshop-on-the-go Footloose but sadly it is now unavailable.  I loved the color scheme and it suited the colors in Aruba too.  A few of the embellishments are also from a Carnival Scrapbook At Sea kit.

I really love the distressing on these last few projects, which rather than inking everything to give it a 'grunge' look, I actually sanded the paper which reveals this wonderful white edging that to me, look like sand!  Of course this only works with white core papers, of which the paper offered at Close To My Heart is and you can also find other brands like Black Magic from Core'dinations, where the cores at the center are many different colors, not just white.

I also colored these thin wooden shapes with first a coat of CTMH Create-a-shade pearl paint then just sponging dye ink on to give it beautiful, sea-like coloring.

The turtle and the sea horse are done with the rock & roll technique.  Working from your lightest to darkest inks, I covered the entire stamp with Creme Brulee, then literally rolled the stamp up on it's edges with Sorbet, then using a sponge I added a round of New England Ivy.  I only had to sponge because I was using three colors, if you are only using two just cover then roll the edges in your darker ink.  Be careful not to put a stamp or sponge with dark ink to a lighter ink pad as it may be ruined if contaminated.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog