Friday, July 13, 2012

Bon Fire on the Caribbean

For some reason, I never posted this over a year ago.  So, better late than never, right?  

We just got back this afternoon from a wonderful 3 days in Negril, Jamaica.  We drove that far on Saturday with the intention of dropping Grandma off at the airport Tuesday afternoon.  Unfortunately, we had some van trouble so Grandma took a shuttle to the airport in Montego Bay.  More on Negril later but Kirsi and Aidan experienced their first bon fire at the Westender Hotel, which was a great place to stay.

Kirsi and Aidan dancing at their first bon fire - Westender Hotel, Negril, Jamaica

Close up of bon fire

Bon fire at Westender Hotel, Negril, Jamaica

Enjoying the fire

Kirsi at the fire

Kirsi shaking it a the fire


I did this layout for Erika's issue challenge last week to use die cuts on your layout.  I stretched that to include chipboard shapes.  I love these two pictures of A - he looks so chilled out and relaxed.  :)

I used washi tape for the first time on this layout - it's pretty cool!  I can imagine getting a few different colours to expand my collection.  Thanks to my friend Laurie for starting me off with the washi.  Very cool.

Supplies:  patterned paper from "Nana's Kids" from DCWV
washi tape
chipboard die cuts from Pebbles
glittery letters from Recollections 

Thursday, July 12, 2012


This is another layout that I'd done while we were in Jamaica but hadn't done the journalling.  I scraplifted this from Noel Culbertson's "Lemonade" layout in CK's Tips & Tricks 2010 magazine.

The sand dollars, title and marine animals are all from the Life's a Beach cart.  I added some gems as an accent.

To make this border, I layered some very old CM stickers on some ric rac.  I stuck them onto cardstock, fussy cut them and then mounted them on some foam tape.

I outlined the title with a glittery gel pen to make it stand out more as well as mounting it on foam tape.

Putting together these little die cuts was very piddly but I do love the look of them on the layout.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


This was a layout I started when we were still in Jamaica.  I'd finished everything except for the journalling.  So, I decided to get that done!  I wanted to highlight a tradition that we started for Mother's Day.

I know I used a sketch for this but I honestly can't remember where I got it from - it was so long ago!  So, I apologize for not giving credit to that person.  The paper is from a DCWV stack and the die cuts are from the Create-a-Critter cart.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Ever since he was young, A has loved to play in the water and in the dirt.  I love these pictures of him sitting at the kitchen sink with the water running over his hands.  You can tell he's just so pleased with himself.

I started this layout over a year ago, when we were still in Jamaica.  I wanted to play with paint a bit so I tried making bubble-looking circles using a lid dipped in paint and "stamping" it on to the background paper.  When I looked back on the page, I just didn't like it.  At all.  So, I did what a rarely do and I pulled it apart.  Actually, I kept the three vertical photos and changed the rest.  I decided to mist the background instead to give a bit of a "spray" feel.  I cut circles out of the water paper and then mounted them on green circles to do a bit of a border along the main photo.

I punched the water paper with my circle punch to replicate bubbles and then I filled in a few holes with a sparkly sticker.

I have white foam Thickers so I decided to paint them with some sparkly blue paint.  It took three coats of paint but I finally got the look I was wanting.

Monday, July 9, 2012


Last Saturday, I did two layouts and this is the second of the two.  I love these pictures of A when he was just starting to laugh.  I decided to use this paper from "Baby Mine" by Fancy Pants Designs.  I'm not into the retro style but I couldn't resist this cute paper and the fabulous colours.

Hand stitching seems to be my favourite "technique" to use on my scrapbook pages.  I always tend to go to stitching for my pages.  I used the alpha stencils and the circle stencil I got from Bazzill to do both of my stitching.  I decided to add a few gems and sparkly brads to finish it off.