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12/09/2016

I'VE MOVED

The new blog is finally live and ready to go. I'll leave this blog up because I have some pretty awesome projects shared on here, but I won't be updating it.
You can now find me over at my new site

www.alexandria-rose.com 

I'm so thankful for everyone who came by this site. Whether it was once or every time I shared a new project. I hope that you'll follow along on my other website and continue to encourage me to keep making. Have a wonderful day!

17/08/2016

Hunting Layout | 11/24

Today I'm sharing another hunting layout. This one was inspired by a different piece of pattern paper, but I made this one from papers I've been using for these layouts. I love how it turned out.

The photo was simple and I wanted the background to be the star. I love how it turned out. I love the labels at the corners. I used this digital set from Kellie Stamps and just coloured them in shades of brown, green, and grey.

I used my sewing machine to stitch the edges of each paper layer down. It took some time, but I love the texture it adds. I love the texture combinations of the different papers. Some are smooth, but the patterns add the appearance of different texture.

Thanks for coming by to see this spread. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

10/08/2016

Hunting Layout 10/24

Hooray another hunting layout. I'm sure you're all tired of seeing them, but I have this desire to share my work here whether or not it fits into the mold that has been created. I love making pretty layouts, but I also feel that it's important to tell as many stories as you can, even if it's just a bunch of photos telling the stories.

This layout uses a cut file from one of the very early rounds of Paiges Pages over at Big Picture Classes. I used the extra pieces for a the last couple of layouts as well. Here I just cut some random scraps to fit into the open sections and layered a few of the white pieces to create white on white dimension.

Here you can see some of the texture the corrugated and white pieces add to the layout. I also stamped the date into the lines. I don't have a specific date but the month is more than enough.

Thanks for coming to see this layout. Have a wonderful day!

03/08/2016

Hunting Layout 9/24

Today I'm sharing the second half of the two page spread I shared last week (here). I've arranged them to show that the pattern matches regardless of which page is on the left and which is on the right.

This side of the layout has a slightly wonkier flow to the pattern. It wasn't until I got to the second page that I thought maybe it would be a good idea to use a ruler to make everything straight, but even so some of the spacing between white pieces is seriously off.

I added more leaves and the same date stamp to this layout. I love that they just add a little something extra to the layout.

Thank you for coming over here to check out this page in all of it's imperfect-ness. One thing I love about scrapbooking is that I'm the only one who cares about the flaws. Everyone else just looks at each of the design elements and how the things I used worked together. They don't necessarily see the pencil lines I forgot to erase, or the crooked paper strips or the rough cutting around the leaves. Have a great weekend.

29/07/2016

Hunting Layout 8/24

Today's hunting layout is part one of a two page set. Today I'm sharing the piece on the left, but next week I show that the pages can be placed in either order and still fit together.

The background for this layout uses more pieces from the last hunting layout I shared (just the little pieces) and I created a scattered herringbone pattern with them. It's not perfect, but you get the pattern idea. We have a similar pattern on our bedroom wall with vinyl.

I added a few little leaves and a non-specific date stamp.

Thanks for coming by to see this layout. I hope you have a wonderful day. On Wednesday next week I'll be sharing the other half of the two page layout.

25/07/2016

Project Life | Week 23

Today I'm sharing week 23. I can't believe how much of my stash I'm making my way through. When I keep items on my desk I tend to use them more. Like that June wood veneer. This week I have 2 double page spreads because my sister graduated so I documented a spread of my week and a spread with photos from her graduation.

Left side; planning, sunshine, trip to the greenhouse, Supernatural, rain, Gracie being adorable (as always).

Right side; a layout, another book, a dead bird, a new solar light, wedding invitation, and planning for next week.

Graduation insert; I continued the blue/grey/black theme into this section of the spread. I love that it keeps things cohesive.

Left side; I stamped the date along the line of the t, added some stars and a chipboard banner. I pulled some chipboard pieces from various story kits and used cards from my stash. I chose some of my favourite photos, including that hilarious face swap of my sister and her boyfriend.

Right side; I journaled a little about the events of the day and made sure to include photos that included me. It was a great day, and while sometimes I look at these photos and see nothing but flaws in how I look, I embraced my One Little Word (brave) and got in front of the camera to be a part of these photos with my people.

Thanks for coming by to see this spread. At some point a scrapbook of photos for my sister will be made. She asked, of course I want to do it for her. Have a wonderful day!

22/07/2016

Hunting Layout | 7/24

Today I'm sharing another hunting layout. I believe in getting multiple layouts from the same cut file. The chevron or herringbone pattern on this particular layout is from the same cut that I used on another layout I'm sharing later.

I love the balance between the stitched chevron pieces (that make me think of feathers) and the photos. I feel like the brown frame just ties everything together.

To add some texture to the white pieces I stitched the little ones with the machine and white thread and hand stitched the bigger ones with green thread. I've recently fallen in love with the texture of white on white, but knew I needed to add some green to draw the eye to the chevrons in the first place.

I stamped this tag with the month and the year. The date these photos were taken isn't known to me, but the month at the very least is really helpful. I pulled some extremely old chipboard pieces from Studio Calico. I wanted all my hard work on the chevron to be the star of the show so I kept my embellishments pretty minimal.

Thanks for coming to check out this spread, I hope you have a wonderful day.

20/07/2016

Old & New

One of my goals this year is to use up some of the products I've been hoarding for what feels like forever. Including past Story Kits that I LOVE but think are too pretty to use more often than not. Like this Old & New kit.

 I decided that getting new business cards for the Motel was worth documenting and I managed to find one of the old ones and swiped some new ones. They're so different and it's so awesome that after having the same business cards for over 20 years we finally got something more modern.

I have no idea where the "40 years" on the new one comes from, but the Motel has been owned and operated by Jon's family since 1993 and before that they owned a different motel, and before that I'm not entirely sure what his parents did. They've told me, but tired brain is tired.

Thanks for coming by to see this spread. I would love to see any of your old/new stories. I encourage you to tell a story about something that's different. Maybe your family moved out of your childhood home, or maybe they updated your childhood home. Maybe you got a new haircut. Tell your stories!

Have a great day!

18/07/2016

Project Life | Week 22

Today I'm sharing week 22. Simple, mundane details of my life.

Left side; I used some labels I made using this set of Kellie Stamps and the colours from the Craft Story Kit (which the title card came from).

Right side; I documented the beginnings of my coffee cup album, the succulents, the finishing of my week in the life album, new Kellie Stamps, breakfast with Gracie and my new favourite love story. Overall a great week.

Thanks for coming to see this spread. I hope you have a wonderful day.

15/07/2016

Fiasco Coffee Cup Album

There's just something about quickly throwing together a mini album that makes my heart happy. This one is no exception. We were in Calgary back in May for our anniversary. We do this every year and at this point (4 years) we don't usually take that many photos, we just enjoy the time away from work, visit some friends and have a good time.

I can't take full credit for creating the coffee cup albums either. That would go to Wilna and she sells pre-made pages (here) that you can print and add to your cups. I think they come with tutorials, if not she has a video (here) showing you how to put it together.

I kept mine really simple. The cup was already tearing a bit at the spine, and I chose to not reinforce my spine (possibly a bad idea, but we'll see). I used pattern papers from my stash and printed my photos 3x2 and cropped a couple of them smaller. I found a bunch of random embellishments on my desk and added those to it as well.

Here I used bits from the Notes and Things Value Kit by Becky Higgins and the Inspire Value kit also from Becky Higgins as well as some puffy stickers and a scrap of blue paper I had on my desk.

My favourite part of the city is the skyline. The funniest part of the trip was this red, black and white camo truck we saw coming out of the movie.

Little details; going to the zoo, trying a new place called Smash Burger.

More bits from the Inspire and Notes & Things value kits. I also think that you all need to check out this little place called Pie Cloud. It's fantastic.

I added an "awesome" flair to this page and once I stuck it down and tried closing the album, I thought maybe I shouldn't have added the flair, but it was too late. Plus I love how it looks on the gold foil doily.

I added a little chipboard frame onto the back cover so it framed #lovethis and it perfectly sums up the album and the trip.

This cup came from Fiasco Gelato in Calgary. One of my favourite places to visit in the city, plus they make AMAZING gelato. If you've been you absolutely must go. Just google them, or find them on Instagram. I love that we have the same favourite colour and their salter caramel gelato. Om nom.

Thank you all for coming to check out this album. I hope that you push the limits of your creativity. Turn something unusual into a mini album, or use a coffee cup to document some of your favourite coffee photos. I might go back and add some stamps, or other little bits to this album, and while it doesn't cover every detail of our trip, I love that it perfectly covers my favourite little details.

 Have a wonderful weekend!

13/07/2016

Love You

I'm so excited about this layout. I'm also excited about the above photo. I love how it looks. I love the little photo, the sketch that inspired this, the gold splatters, the little details, the story behind the photo. I'm learning to love traditional scrapbooking more and more every time I create a traditional layout.

I made this layout with a photo of my sister and our nephew. He'd just gotten up from this nap and was still in the mood to cuddle under the soft blanket while he finished waking up.

I used 2x2 squares in a horizontal line and added embellishments in a diagonal across the photo to draw the eye towards the photo.
I love the texture of the white thread across the flowers and onto the white paper. I really like the gold splatters and how they come up to/onto the flowers.

Little clusters of enamel dots, flower, phrase sticker, photo and pattern paper. I love the touches of gold.

Heidi Swapp phrase sticker, date stamp, vellum label, chipboard heart and pattern paper. I live for the little details.

Thanks for coming by to see this spread. I hope you have a wonderful day.

11/07/2016

Project Life | Week 21

Today I'm sharing week 21. This was the week that I chose to document Week in the Life, and instead of excluding it from Project Life I chose 1 photo from each day to cover the week.

Left side; I used some grey and gold stickers with the days of the week on the center of each photo. I cut the Sunday-Saturday card on the far left from 4x6 to 3x4. I wrote highlights, on the card next to it I stamped "week in the life" as a simple reminder that this was the week of week in the life.

Right side; more of the same thing I did on the left. I used the Movie Night Stats card to document the only movie I watched during the week.

Thanks for coming by to see my spread. I love that Project Life allows me the freedom to be as simple or as elaborate as I want to. I hope you have a wonderful day.

08/07/2016

Kellie Stamps | Can't Stop Won't Stop

 Today I'm sharing a layout made using the digital stamp set OBSESSED available now from Kellie Stamps.

When I saw this stamp (even with the typo) I immediately thought about how much we love the silly snapchat face filters. I could literally make a layout of silly snapchats every week.

I sized the photos to 2x2 and offset them so I could stamp the date on the edge. I added some chipboard pieces along the edges as well.

When I see things stamped over and over like this, in my head its just repeating over and over again. Kind of like a mantra, but more like "these faces are hilarious and we'll never stop".

This post is super short because my internet is being really wonky lately so it's taken me longer than usual to get this up. The NEW sets of Kellie Stamps are being released later this month on JULY 27th so mark your calendar and follow Kellie Stamps on Instagram to see what we're up to (here).