Thursday, October 8, 2015

Shanghai with Aurelie

Hello, everyone! Aurelie here today. Already a week in, in October - can you believe it? And today's extra special for me and my little family because it's our sweet Éloïse's second birthday! YAY! But back to boys... ;) Hee!Hee! Here's my most recent layout using Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits' September/October 2015 kit:

Set on a 7 Gypsies piece of patterned paper, I was hugely inspired by an Ali Parris design I stumbled upon in my inspiration gallery. For my layout, I pulled some of the Kaisercraft Scrap Yard collection patterned papers and stickers from the kit and got my scrap on. Hee!Hee! As usual, I also layered a few things from my own stash - stenciling using a Tim Holtz mask and some Heidi Swapp paste (love that stuff!), a piece of Lily Bee patterned paper, a Maya Road metal clip from a previous BR kit, a Freckled Fawn wood veneer piece, American Crafts alphas, Make it Special by Dollarama rubons, Basic Grey metal stickers, Bazzill cardstock for my journaling strips, a piece of random corrugated cardboard, and yes, some hand-stiching using my Bazzill Basics stitching template and some DMC floss. Finally, two of those pieces of patterned papers were cut using some JustNick cutting files - and not by me, but by Nicole Nowosad herself! YAY! Oh! And the photo? That's a shot of one my dearest and closest friends, Denis, who's been working in China since 2011. Here he is exploring Shanghai in March 2012.

Happy scrapping!


Monday, October 5, 2015

Grateful with Laura

Hi there!

Laura here today sharing a Thanksgiving card that I created using some of the September / October kit contents.  The colours in the Kaisercraft papers and some of the stickers just spoke Thanksgiving to me, the russets and blue- greys are so earthy and perfect for this time of year.

I adorned the front of my card with this beautiful printable that I found here, I loved the colours of it.
The wooden button (dug out of my button jar)  was unfinished, I gave it a treatment of grey Gelatos and  it looks so much better on this project! I like to print most printables onto textured cardstock, it sort of makes them look a little more hand painted.

Supply List: From the Kit - Kaisercraft papers and stickers; cardstock and grey Gelatos.  From my stash - My Mind's Eye twine; misc. wood button; white textured cardstock.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Always - a challenge with Aurelie

Hello, again! Aurelie here today to reveal a brand new sketch challenge for Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits. A Laura Whitaker original, it does not disappoint - TRUST me. Here it is:

And here's my take on it:

I have always L-O-V-E-D this photo of my husband (well then boyfriend) with one of my nephews (now one of our nephews) way back in 2002. It was Christmas. And our nephew had received some underwear as a gift. Before we knew it, he had a pair on his head and was being the total goofster he is. It wasn't long before my husband was in on it with him. That's when this picture was taken. Priceless! So, as soon as I saw the colours of the BR September/October 2015 kit, it instantly reminded me of this photo. Love it when that happens! Set on a Jillibean Soup patterned paper from my own stash, I opted to layer the photo on some tissue paper I received from a scrappy friend of mine (thanks, Iso!) along with patterned papers and sticker pieces from the the Kaisercraft Scrap Yard collection and a Heidi Swapp wood veneer star included in the kit. I also just had to dab a bit into my own stash to jazz things up à la Aurelie, so I grabbed a stamp set by Stampin' Up with some Tsukineka VersaFine ink and got those awesome splats onto my background. I also used some Studio Calico, Tim Holtz, and Make it Special by Dollarama rubons, Creative Embellishments circle chipboard pieces, American Crafts title sticker (thanks, Iso!), Pink Paislee buttons and alphas (the year shouldn't say 2012, but rather 2002 - I've since fixed this! Hee!Hee!), a Basic Grey metal sticker, Bazzill cardstock for my journaling strips, and some good ol' hand-stitching using my very handy Bazzill Basics stitching template and some DMC floss.

And there you have it! Now, it's your turn! We'd love to see what you come up with! When you finish creating your own layout using today's sketch, make sure to link it up using the link below. And remember, happy scrapping!


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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Moments with Aurelie

Hello, everyone! Aurelie here - SO happy to be here with you today to let you in on what I've been up to lately with Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits' September/October 2015 kit. Here it is:

Wanting to use the Echo Park's My Little Boy pieces included in the kit, I opted to layer some pieces under my photo as my starting point. I then used a sticker from the Kaisercraft Scrap Yard pieces included in the kit as well as a few Heidi Swapp wood veneer arrows. You know me - I couldn't stop there, though. ;) I grounded the piece on a Jillibean Soup patterned paper and also used some Heidi Swapp and Imaginisce patterned papers as extra layering pieces. I then also added some Heidi Swapp banners and rubons, a Pink Paislee title sticker, a few Basic Grey metal stars, Tim Holtz stickers and film strip, October Afternoon alphas, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, hand-stitching using a Bazzill Basics stitching template and some metallic thread given to me by my dear scrappy pal, Pam, a Freckled Fawn wood veneer piece, Studio Calico wood veneer stars, and did some embossed stamping using a Stampin' Up stamp along with some of its clear embossing powder. And that photo? My husband and our son in 2012, during our annual family photo shoot shingdig with the very talented Philippe Dumas.

Stay tuned as the Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits design team has ton up its sleeve to keep you inspired using this kit! YAY!

Happy scrapping!


Monday, September 28, 2015

No. 30 with Laura

Hi there!

Laura here sharing a new page using some of the September and October kit.

I was recently sorting through an unfinished mini album that I started about a hundred years ago, thinking it would be nice to have one spot for one photo a year for each child - to see how they had changed.  I don't know why but I didn't continue on with it.  Anyway, I came across this photo of my eldest son taken a lot of years ago, I have to look back in some old albums but I am going to guess he was about 8 or 9 (he just turned 26), I love this photo and I thought it would work really nicely with the Kaisercraft elements in the kit.

I started my page with the thought that I wanted to add some Gelatos to the background with my Tim Holtz Splatters stencil, so I began by building up the patterned paper layers behind my photo.  I adhered them all together but did not adhere them to the background page just yet.  First I eyeballed where the photo would sit and then I added the Gelatos using a water brush and the stencil.

Once that was dry, I added my photo and patterned paper layers, and then the fun part begins!  Playing with and layering up embellishments.  Although, this page is pretty light on the embellishments.

I did dig into my stash for a few things, do you remember these Tim Holtz rubons we got in a previous kit?   Well I love them - a ton - but had sort of forgot that I had them, so it was great to play with them again! I think they look really cool on the photo itself - they really pop!

I used them to create my title, my sons jersey number was 30 - he was a goalie and in our league goalies were always number 30.

As you can see, I also added these rubons randomly around my page - it is my favourite way to use rubons.

Along with stickers from the kit and my old rubons, I added in a few buttons from my stash to pull out the maroon of his jersey, and this die cut word "boy" that was in my "junk" bin.

The tag and Polaroid die cut were also in my "junk" bin.  I also used the Gelatos to colour the wooden Heidi Swapp arrow, I mixed all four colours from the kit to create a maroon colour - that was fun! I have to go back to this layout and add the date, as I mentioned I still need to look that up, but I really like to look of the layered stickers over the tag. It might seem odd, but I usually add my mist last, as was the case for this page.

This boy is definitely a unique soul, probably why he played net - goalies area  different bread of people!  Man do I love that kid, quirks and all - I would love to still be watching him on the ice.

Supply List - from the Boys Rule Kit:  Kaisercraft Scrap Yard papers and stickers; cardstock; Gelatos; Heidi Swapp wooden arrow.  Non Kit elements: Tim Holtz rubons, Tiny Attacher, and stencil; DMC floss; misc buttons and die cuts; Mr. Huey's mist in black.

Thank you for visiting today!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Papape with Aurelie

Hello, hello, everyone! Aurelie here today to let you in what I've been creating lately with the Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits September/October 2015 kit. Wanna see? ;) Here it is:

The Kaisercraft Scrap Yard collection pieces included in this kit - patterned papers and stickers - are more than awesome - they're A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!! I also used one of the Heidi Swapp wood veneer arrows. And then, I just had to add a few odds and ends from my own stash - Magenta mesh, Tim Holtz stencil (used with some Distress ink and Stampin' Up clear embossing powder), film strip and metal gear, Prima wood veneer clock piece, Maggie Holmes by Crate Paper alphas, Making Memories staples, some hand-stitching using a Close to My Heart stitching template with some DMC floss, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, and a random piece of corrugated cardboard from a box I saved years ago. Oh! And that small Papa wood veneer? I have no idea where that comes from - except that I scrappy friend gave it to me - thanks, Gisèle! - but I do know that I covered it with the grey Faber-Castell gelato included in the kit. Love the effect over the gold alphas. And that photo? Taken in the Summer of 2011, that's my Papape, my father, doing what he loves best - working around the house and the cottage while we are home to visit during the Summer months.

Stay tuned as I will be back in a few days to let you in on some new designs using the BR September/October 2015 kit. Can't wait! Until then, happy scrapping!


Monday, September 21, 2015

Magnetic Bookmark Tutorial with Laura

Hi there!

Laura here today sharing a fun little DIY for a magnetic bookmark, inspired by this 'back to school' season. My youngest reads every day after school and we somehow manage to lose our page on a regular basis so this little project has managed to save us from having to find where we left off this past week!

All you need is a scrap of cardstock that measures 2.5" x 8", and a few scraps of patterned paper and stickers from the kit, plus a bit of magnetic tape (dollar store stuff works fine or you could even recycle the fridge magnet business card things (yes that is the technical term!) that come in the junk mail.

Once you cut your carstock to size,give it a nice crisp shore line and fold it in half.

Now round your bottom corners.

Attach magnets to the bottom of the front and back inside edges.

And then decorate anyway you wish.

Easy peasy and it gets the job done!

Thanks so much for visiting today!