For the simple love of cards!

As you probably know I love cards. I love to receive them (hint hint!). I love to make them. And I especially love to give them!

One company that makes card-making super-easy is Simple Stories. I am a MASSIVE fan of this company and for as long as I can remember I have had a decent stash of Simple Stories papers and embellishments. Their papers are so easy to work with for layouts but what I love more is that they are ideal for card makers too.

I find it so easy to pick up scraps from a page and whip up a card with the left overs. The prints and images are perfect for easy cards and tags. Here are a few of my faves from Pinterest at the moment:

 

I think what I love the most is that none of these cards are complicated. They are all simple designs without a whole lot of fancy. And the sentiment gets across loud and clear, which to me, that’s is the most important bit!

So what do you think? Do you like to be at the giving or the receiving end of a handmade card? — Natalie

Heading Back to Basics

I love scrapbooking. I love everything about scrapbooking: the creativity, the photos, the storytelling, the art, the paper, the products, the pretty…

But I’m loving the current trend I’m seeing coming out of the States where people are going back to basics. They’re stepping away from mixed media and using paper on their layouts!

Don’t get me wrong. I love adding misting, masking, stencils, texture paste and gesso to my layouts as much as the next person but to be honest… I’m kinda over it and I love seeing stickers, frames and paper again!

This is what I mean:

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I love everything about these – simple and effective. It’s all about the photos. I think this is something we often forget. So many pages of late are more about the technique and not as much about the photo and the story.  Continue reading

Pin down some titles!

If you are like me then the title or header of your layouts are the very last (and often most painful part!) of finishing off your work. I admit I seriously struggle to find the perfect words to capture the feel or the mood of the layout or photo to describe how I felt at the time of the photo or how I feel about the layout subject.  So!, when in doubt turn to Pinterest! Even if I don’t scroll across the exact title I am looking for I am usually inspired and can come up with my own after a good Pinterest session 🙂

Here is a few I thought were cool:

 

How do you select titles for you work?

Luv Renee xoxox

Sunday “Love”

The blog is back in business! Now that I’m finally finally on the other side of whatever dreadful headcold sickness got me down last week, I can spend the time and love that this blog (and you) deserve.

To inspire you for your own weekend of scrapping (and to distract ourselves from the fact that we’re not at Escape2Create–something I am so very jealous about), my favourite pin from recent days:

“painted background + layers of die-cut cardstock. by wilna furstenberg.”
via Kayla MacAulay

What are your favourite CHA releases?

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There are so many new releases that I loved at this year’s CHA. I am ridiculously jealous of everyone who was there this year — can you imagine walking around that venue: the people, the prettiness, the scrappy idols?

Anyway, here are a few more things I’m looking forward to getting my hands on!

Tim Holtz – I LOVE these scissors, looking forward to adding these to my collection of tools. I love my Tonic scissor and love the idea of longer blades.

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These are also rather nice, I’m pretty sure I need them too.

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I’m pretty certain this will be a number one hit with all lovers of mixed media.

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Stampin’ Up!: These are the BEST punches – I’ve managed to get my hands on them and I love them.

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So, that’s the last of my faves from CHA. I’m sure there are so many more products out there that I need but will have to just hang out until they hit our shores. — Natalie

CHA Winter 2014 Wrap-up!

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CHA has recently  finished and I am loving some of the new products that are about to hit the market. Today, I wanted to share a few of my fave releases.

We R Memory Keepers
I am totally addicted to Instagram and I think this will only support my addiction: “Store your Instagram photos with style in an album uniquely designed for them. These adorable little albums come in five bold colors – Greige, Mint, Coral, Black, and Gold, in addition to Photo Sleeves that hold both 4×4” and 2×2” photos.”

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We R Memory Keepers also have some stunning paper collections coming out too.

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Simple Stories
I am a massive fan of Simple Stories. I LOVE their ranges and the new releases are AMAZING — lots of room to move.

First up, the DIY Range – this has so many possibilities.

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Secondly, DIY Boutique:

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American Crafts have released some gorgeous stuff too. These have to be my favourites.

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And I just love these ranges from My Mind’s Eye.

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So what do you think?  I can certainly see a few gorgeous projects coming up! — Natalie