Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pretty- Video Process By Michelle!

Hi, My Creative Scrapbook fans!  Design Team member Michelle McDonald is treating us to a fabulous process video today. A gorgeous mixed media scrapbooking layout with ouMarch Limited Edition kit!

 Here is Our March Limited Edition Kit !

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Video Process with Laura!

Hey there!  I am sharing another layout as well as a process video today.  This page was created for  My Creative Scrapbook using the March main kit!

I love the blue and orange combination of some of the elements in this month's kit, so I combined it with the fun bird and chicken elements also in the kit to document this story of the time my youngest son got to visit the school my husband worked at before his retirement, to play with the baby ducks they were hosting.  Our son was homeschooled at the time so this was a real treat!

After creating the layers of photos and patterned paper behind them off of my page, I used it to determine where to add the mixed media on my background. First I came in with some Faded Jeans Distress Ink and afterward I added some Ranger Texture Paste, both with the same polka dot stencil that came in the kit. I was hoping to achieve a light and bright look to my mixed media elements.

I love layered and clustered embellishments so of course I had fun with the die cuts and puffy stickers from the kit!

I also added in some machine stitching for another fun bit of texture.

Feeling like my page was missing something, I added in a corner element with some patterned paper and a small cluster of embellishments.

I also added two strips of patterned paper to the bottom of my layout and stitched them in place.  Final steps were a splattering of orange paint and yellow mist, as well as some handwritten journalling.

You can watch my process video below or on my You-Tube channel here.

Here is a look at the kit contents!

Supply List: (from the kit) Simple Life patterned papers {Blue Meadow, Bike Ride, branding strip from Growing Floral}, clear stickers, puffy stickers, phrase stickers, and die cuts; Heidi Swapp Polka Dot Stencil. (from my stash) Hemptique twine; Ranger Texture Paste; machine stitching; Faded Jeans Distress Ink; American Crafts white textured cardstock;Plaid orange acrylic paint; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Gathered Twig Distress marker; yellow Smooch Spritz.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Monday, March 27, 2017

15 min Layout with Tracy!

Hey, it's Tracy here and I'm back with another 15 minute layout. Life gets busy, and sometimes we can only carve out a few minutes for crafting here and there. So I thought I would start a series of tutorials, sharing layouts that can easily be created in about 15 minutes.
My layout this month was created using My Creative Scrapbook's March Main Kit. Don't you just LOVE it when you're favorite paper companies add that little bit of coordinating pattern on the back side of the barcode strip. Well for this layout, I saved them all up and used them.
Cream cardstock is my 12x12 background, then I cut the woodgrain patterned paper to 11x12 and adhere them together. Cut 2 strips of the red gingham that are 1x12 and adhere to the top and bottom of the layout.
I layered those little barcode strips along with a couple of pieces of leftover patterned paper. Cut them to different lengths and adhere to the background. Cut the pink polka dot patterned paper 1x10 and flag the bottom and adhere to the layout.
Mat your photo in kraft, cream and blue cardstock. Adhere to the layout using 3D foam tape.
Now it's time to embellish. I added "smile" down in the bottom right hand corner of the layout. Then added a few die cuts and stickers around the photo.
There you have it, a quick and easy layout! Thanks for stopping by!

Check out Jackie's Scrapbook Room!

* Warning - photo heavy post! *

Every month, one of the Design Team members for My Creative Scrapbook conducts a scraproom tour, and this month it's my turn! I would love to tell you that my scraproom (and especially my husband's side of "the office" - I'm not supposed to call it "my scraproom as it's a shared space and that isn't very manly LOL) always looks this neat and tidy, but truth be told, it took me several days of cleaning, organizing and decluttering to get it to look like this (and if you could see under my husband's desk, you'd see I just piled a lot of his stuff on the floor!). I'll try to keep it looking this way, but truth be told, by the time this post goes live, every flat surface will likely be piled with scrappy goodies again. I'm not a clean scrapper, and I tend to take out everything I think I might need for a project so that I have it close at hand.

Our office is located in the basement of our home, just off the entryway. It thankfully has its own door, so I can close that if it's a mess and we're having company over, or leave it open for people to admire my work. Here's the view from the doorway:

Fair warning, this tour might look like an IKEA advert; we did a major renovation of our upstairs 5 years ago, and though furnishing the scraproom was a priority for me once we were done, Ikea was what was within our budget. And it has worked out well for us.

We set up the room so that we can spend time together (though I have to admit, I have more fun in there, as I'm usually scrapbooking; hubby enjoys it less when he's paying the bills). I tend to work best when I have the TV on (even now as I blog I have a documentary on in the background), and the TV makes the room more inviting for hubby to come spend time with me.

My favourite feature of my scraproom is all the space to display my work. I think it's a pity to put so much work into something only to hide it away in an album (and besides that, my current scrappy style doesn't fit in albums!). My husband hung some curtain wire from Ikea (which can be found here) to the right of my desk, from which I can hang 14 of my current favourite layouts on display (using these curtain clips; Clip-It-Up clips also work well). It has worked out so well that he says he regrets that he didn't string it across the entire wall instead of just over my side.

As it is, though, it all works out; we use the blank wall beside his desk to hang some of the kids' favourite art projects. As you can see, I also have canvases and altered frames arrayed along the windowsill; every available space is filled.

Here's the view toward my desk from his. As you can see, I pack a lot into the space I have. Organization is the key - everything has a place, most of it within easy reach (I'm lazy that way!). For the most part I manage to keep to my side, though you may notice that my two-tier Clip-It Up has intruded onto the corner of his desk.

I love my desk, also courtesy of Ikea. Regrettably, they have retired my tabletop, which is a real loss - it is two tiered, with a glass top over a wood base. The glass top is perfect: I can spray, paint, cut and heat set embossing powder directly on my tabletop without worrying about ruining the table top (I previously melted an indent into a plastic table - eek!). Although you can see dried paint on the tabletop in the photo below, it does come off easily when scraped with a gift card.

You can see the space between the tabletops in the picture below. I can tuck supplies I plan on using for my project, my laptop, remote controls, or anything I don't want to get messy under the glass while I work, providing extra space and keeping things safe. (You can also see the space heater tucked under my desk - it gets chilly down here in the winter!)

The legs for the table are also from Ikea (they are the Alex drawers).

I wanted a really big L-shaped desk to maximize my workspace. I used two Micke desks, you guessed it, from Ikea, set end-to-end to create the desk along the wall (see the desks to the right on the picture above).

As I mentioned earlier, I like to have everything within easy reach. I store supplies I like to have quickly to hand in the drawers under the main desktop.

To the right of me:

Drawer 1: Pastes, Gels, inks, foils, mica powders.

 Drawer 2: Adhesives.

Drawer 3: Assorted tools (and lots of wet wipes!).

Drawer 4: cutting mats, gauze, extension cords.

Drawer 5: Stamps!

To the left of me:

Drawer 1: My general (non-scrappy) junk drawer.

Drawer 2: Embossing powders and enamels, glitters, flock, beads. (Tip: Notice the embossing powders in the centre; to get an accurate impression of how the EP looks once heated, I punched circles, applied embossing ink, heat embossed them and adhered them to each bottle - no more guesswork!).

Drawer 3: Inking supplies, pens, washi tapes. (Tip: to the left of the photo are empty matchboxes that I use to store my blending foams. Each is labeled with the name of the Distress Ink it corresponds with).

 Drawer 4: Punches, corner rounders, crimper.

Drawer 5: Ephemera, glass pebbles, and lots of metal embellishments.

Under the desk along the wall are cupboards (intended for a computer tower).

Cupboard 1: Dry embossing supplies (dies, cutting plates), embroidery floss and a spray bottle for water when painting with acrylics.

Cupboard 2: Liquid adhesives, pencil case with coloured pencils and markers for travelling, Bind-It-All, drywall tape, foil tape, edge distresser, Wishblade.

There are three accessible drawers above these (the fourth is obscured by the main desk, but it houses all the manuals and extra hardware pieces in case we ever need to take it all apart).

The larger drawer contains painting supplies, Gelatos and pastels.

The two smaller drawers contain printed photos I may want to scrapbook on the left, and images for colouring and specialty papers on the right. (Tip: To be able to do something crafty when traveling, I stamp images on watercolour and marker paper and keep them in folders in this drawer; when I'm packing up I can just grab a folder of uncoloured images and my pencil case and be on my way.)

Beneath this desk I keep my recycling box (after all, scrapbooking creates tons of recyclable waste!), mending basket, chipboard for traveling (I love chipboard; the black plastic box under the mending is packed full of it), and an old pizza-style shipping box I use for misting in to contain the over-spray.

At the very end of my desk there's room for this paper tower from Costco, in which I store papers by manufacturer, as well as some embellisments that don't really fit anywhere else, and above it a little plastic drawer unit that stores random embellishments (stamen, shells, beaded baubles), loose flowers, fabrics and more dimensional embellishments. And to the left of it you can see my hand-me-down sewing machine, which only ever sews paper. To the right, you can see my Liquid Pearls and Stickles, hung upside down with velcro from my Martha Stewart wall unit, so that when I'm ready to use them I don't have to shake down the paint or deal with bubbles.


Here's the rest of the wall unit. I have interesting wine bottles and bottles I may want to alter on top. My Prima Chalk Edgers are stuck onto the side with velcro dots, making it easy to see what colour I'm grabbing, and easy to put away neatly.

I love looking at the rainbow above this portion of my desk. Here I keep most of my sprays (I have a bit of a spray addiction), sitting on top of a rail from Ikea which is designed to hold little pots, which I use to hold laces and trims (which long ago stopped having any semblance of order), alcohol markers, paintbrushes and palette knives and scissors and cutting tools - all within easy seated reach.

An Ikea Raskog cart stores my small/textural background stamps in a basket hung on the side).

On the top shelf, I store Prima embellishments I want to have close to hand to riffle through.

 On the second shelf I store big stamps I want to be able to riffle through - Bloom Girls, Julie Nutting, and Santoro, as well as boxes of Prima flowers.

I have added a stacking drawer liner to the lowest shelf; here I keep my Silks, Prima Alchemy paints and various individual watercolor paints.

On top of my desk I have two Clip-It Ups. The smaller one contains Prima flowers (who can ever get enough flowers?) while the larger one contains an assortment of flowers from other manufacturers and embellishments.

 Last but not least, my 4x4 Ikea Expedit. I use this to display off-the-page and altered items, as well as to store my completed scrapbooking pages.

I store my completed layouts in soft-sided bins that are designed to fit into the Expedit. All four are crammed to bursting, so I'm going to need to come up with another solution soon, but considering they hold about 6 years of layouts I'm pretty happy!

In the top left cubby, I have two K-cup storage units from Costco (designed to hold the little Keurig coffee thingies). I flipped the sliding drawers upside down and made a base out of chipboard, and use them for storing more paint. My Big Shot fits nicely out of the way on top.

 Thank you for stopping by and letting me share a little bit of my happy place with you!


Friday, March 24, 2017

XOXO -Mixed Media Layout Video Tutorial By Marilyn Rivera

Hi, My Creative Scrapbook fans!  Design Team member Marilyn Rivera is treating us to another fabulous process video today.  Enjoy l  watching  her design! Another gorgeous mixed media scrapbooking layout with ouMarch Limited Edition kit!

                                       Here is Our March Limited Edition Kit !

To see more beautiful creations made with the contents of this kit, please visit our inspiring Design Team Gallery

For more information about our kits, visit our website at

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Process Layout Video Tutorial by Katty Miranda!

Hi, My Creative Scrapbook fans!  Design Team member Katty Miranda is treating us to a process video today. She will be showing us her process to recreate this layout using our March Main kit!

                                                   Here is our March Main Kit!


To see more beautiful creations made with the contents of this kit, please visit our inspiring Design Team Gallery

For more information about our kits, visit our website at

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Friends -Mixed Media Layout Video Tutorial By Marilyn Rivera

Hi, My Creative Scrapbook fans!  Design Team member Marilyn Rivera is treating us to another fabulous process video today.  Enjoy l  watching  her design! Another gorgeous mixed media scrapbooking layout with ouMarch Limited Edition kit!

                                                    Here is Our March Limited Edition Kit !

To see more beautiful creations made with the contents of this kit, please visit our inspiring Design Team Gallery

For more information about our kits, visit our website at

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March Sketch Challenge!

It's time for our March sketch challenge!

We have another beautiful sketch and a fabulous prize package to send to the randomly drawn challenge winner!

Have a look at the prize:

Wouldn't you like to have a chance to win all of that?!

For a chance to win, create a layout based on this sketch using any products that you'd like to use, and link it up on our sketch blog.  The challenge is open to everyone, everywhere (you do not need to be a kit club member!) and ends at midnight Eastern time on April 14th.

All of the details can be found on the My Creative Sketches blog >>> HERE<<<

We have some super talented designers on our sketch team!  Check out the beautiful layouts that they created based on the sketch:

Veronica Goh- Sketch DT

      Shizuka Hirano - Sketch DT

Debbie Weinhold - Sketch DT

*** You'll find more samples from our MCS Team on our sketch blog ***

A great big THANK YOU to our sketch team for all of their time and effort toward creating beautiful layout samples to inspire you!
Now... it's YOUR turn!  Head over to My Creative Sketches for all of the details!