Archive for Scrapbook Pages

Live With Passion – Scrapbook Page

I have let my scrapbooking get away from me and it is time to get a handle on it and begin creating again.  Recently my husband and I went out for the day to get my hair done and do some clothes shopping.  Yes, my husband is a willing participant! He is usually the one suggesting we go out to do these things and yet he doesn't go to buy clothes for himself.  He is stubborn! I am however grateful that he doe shop with me as he has great taste in clothing (not always perfect but close) and I am still getting a grasp on "looking good". Now perhaps you are like me, always behind the camera, rarely in front of it. Even for those few occasions I am in front of the camera, I often don't like how the photo turns out.  However, while we were out and stopped for lunch, my sweet husband managed to snap a great shot of me. I love the floral print on this dress (I won't lie, I have a matching purse and matching shoes!) and decided I would put together a page using the Lovely Friends Bundle and this picture!  To think, my husband picked out this dress for me.... and the necklace! I was looking for a clean layout so as not to take away from the photo.  The small flowers in the Lovely Friends set suited the task well.  I stamped randomly over my 12 x 12 Whisper White cardstock base, using the two-step stampin' technique. I also did the same on some scrap Whisper White using the larger of the two flowers and die cutting. While the flowers are not identical, I was still able to make them look similar by using the same colours.  As you can see in the above photo, I used Wink of Stella on the centre of the flowers that have been die cut and popped up on my page, while the flowers stamped directly on the page base feature the the Clear Faceted Gem. The leaves were stamped in Old Olive ink to match the leaves on my dress as well. I also die cut a few leaves using the Lovely Laurels Thinlits dies from Old Olive cardstock and placed them randomly on the page. I did cheat a smidge and used the Live, Laugh, Love sentiment stamp from the set Beautiful You as my 'title' on this page.  This was stamped in Archival Basic Black ink and then die cut using the Lots of Labels.  I was worried this would blend into the page background, so I sponged the edges with Old Olive ink and attached one of the die cut leaves. The last thing I have yet to do is add a bit of simple journaling, such as the date and what we were doing that day. I am not a huge fan of my hand writing or printing. That along with writing on an angle and not in straight lines tend to make me hold off until I trust myself not to mess it up! LOL I hope I'm not alone in this! I hope you enjoyed todays scrapbook creation.  Is the Lovely Friends Bundle an item that you have on your wish list?  

It’s In the Details – Wedding Details

I love traditional scrapbooking but I won't lie - I don't scrapbook nearly as much as I should. Is it wrong to admit that my wedding album (project life style) is still incomplete! Yikes.  I want to add so much to it that I get hung up on all the details. Now think of having over 800 wedding photos and selecting just a few to create a traditional page about the "details".  Talk about hard! Our wedding was an incredible time for my husband and I and a day that we will not soon forget. Chris went out of his way to make this day as special as possible for me.  He had so many surprises the evening before and the day of our wedding.  He is truly a romantic at heart and thinks of all the finer details.  From his own custom made suit, to a custom tartan cloth with his pledge to me embroidered on it, to an antique Holy Bible that now sits on an old music stand at the foot of our bed.  These are just a few of the surprises he had in store! This page shares only a few of the details outside of the ones mentioned earlier.  I am still working on ways to photograph scrapbook pages well.  I have a 12" x 12" light box but that doesn't help me when my page is 12 x 12.  If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them 🙂 We were fortunate to be able to use the 1939 Lincoln Limousine that had been used in the original Black Beauty movie.  Chris' family had been friends with the cars owner for well over 40 years.  My oldest step-daughter designed all the floral arrangements.  She hand made all the fake arrangements and ordered the fresh floral bouquets which include ostrich feathers.  Since no one could see my shoes under my dress, I went with black shoes which featured a gold and rhinestone buckle. Chris designed my wedding ring to fit against my engagement ring and we found a link ring for him.  He was super thrilled as he had been looking for one for several years.  The band is like a watch band with links all the way around. I kept the colour palette as simple as possible. Black, white and Peek-A-Boo Peach.  Using the Rose Wonder stamp set and the Rose Garden Framelits dies, I was able to add a pop of colour to the page.  I used the retiring Decorative Label punch to punch out each of my letters from the Layered Letters stamp set. TIP: Stamping with our foam ink pads on Whisper White, the ink stays wet long enough that you can add Clear Embossing Powder and heat set for a glossy appearance. A few Basic Rhinestones here, a bit of Ruched ribbon there and this scrapbook page pulled together beautifully.    

Race Day – Scrapbooking Page

Last Saturday I was supposed to be off to the races to compete in the ONDR (Ontario Nostalgic Drag Racing) competition at the St. Thomas Dragway.  I'm blessed that I have a husband who supports me in my love of drag racing.  Unfortunately my husbands accident injuries flared up and he was unable to get around the house on his own, so I spent the weekend caring for him. He knows I was disappointed but he is my number one priority.   I made the most of it by crafting at the little table in the living room so I could watch over him. Many changes have occurred to my race car since the pictures on my scrapbook page were taken last year.  My car has a new stripe package which has completely changed its appearance and with a bigger horsepower engine, new tranny and more, my times are getting faster and faster.  I'll admit I have only been out twice now since putting in the new engine and I'm being safe by slowly getting used to its power.  I always keep in mind that I have to respect the car. race car I created this scrapbook page a few months ago when I got the set Swirly Birds from the new Annual Stampin' Up! Catalogue.  I loved how the large, fairly solid swirly image looked like a race slick (large rear racing tire). race page The small swirly image was perfect for creating the lights on the "Christmas Tree" or staging lights.  The spatter image was perfect for spraying rubber.  I did use a stamp from Gorgeous Grunge to replicate tire marks for this page but most of them are from the Swirly Birds set.  For the title, I used the Layered Letters Alphabet set. I love how versatile this set is! MargaretdeWittHavenSignature

OnStage 2016….. here I come!

I'll be honest… I am super excited and super nervous all at the same time.  I am attending OnStage in Salt Lake City next month and I have decided to challenge myself to apply to be a Stampin' Up!  Display Board Stamper.  The application requirement was to design 3 card fronts, 1 scrapbook page and 2- 3D projects.  In my free time this week I have been dreaming about what I would create and then putting my thoughts into action. The following are all the projects I have designed.  I hope you like them and I hope Stampin' Up! does as well!

Balloon Celebration

balloon celebration I was looking to create outside the box with this card.  All the stamped images are from the set Balloon Celebration which can be found in the current Occasions Catalogue. The wooden wagon was created using the Color Me Irresistable Specialty Designer Series paper.  The hook & eye on the wagon and the end of the pull handle were made using the top portion of the bow stamp.  I love how this card turned out!  

Sunset at the Seashore

seashore   Have you ever created a background using Shaving Cream?  Needless to say, my stamp room smells like Menthol right now 🙂  One of the wonderful things about using this technique is that every single background you create, will be different!  For this card I created a beach scene with the sky turning bright pinks and reds as the sun is about to set.  This paired well with the Picture Perfect set from the current Occasions catalogue.  

A Touch of Elegance

butterlfy one   butterfly two   There is a simple beauty and elegance in butterflies. Seeing one flutter by is enough to make most people stop and take a moment to appreciate this beauty.  The Swallowtail stamp was the perfect choice to create a delicate wedding themed card.  I also selected the Timeless Textures and Rose Wonder stamp sets to complete this card.  Although it may be hard to distinguish, the butterfly is stamped on Vellum card stock.  I first stamped it with Versamark Ink, applied Silver embossing powder and heat set it.  I then coloured the back side of the vellum using sponge daubers and re-inkers.  

A Marriage Made In Heaven

scrapbook page   I'm really not sure my photography skills have done this page or this wedding photo justice.  The Rose Garden Thinlits and Rose Wonder stamp set, along with the Large Numbers Framelits were the perfect products to use to create this wedding themed scrapbook page.  Is it bad for me to confess that I have been married 1 1/2 years and this is the first traditional scrapbook page I have created from our wedding.  Since I have my Project Life album assembled (minus embellishments and journalling), I decided to use the sequins from the Love Story Accessory pack on this page. They added the perfect touch to the page.  The coloured rose in the bottom left corner was also stamped and embossed on vellum card stock using White embossing powder.  Rather than sponge daubers, I used a Blender Pen to colour the back of the vellum.  

Tags to Go Pocket

tags 1 tags 2   Okay so it appears I went on a bit of a Vellum binge!  Funny how you don't notice these things right away.  I created a tag pocket using Vellum card stock and the super fun Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper in the Occasions catalogue.  I completed the pocket itself with a belly band, a Mint Macaron honeycomb embellishment and a bow created from the Blushing Bride 1/4" cotton ribbon.  I then created tags for the pocket using Watermelon Wonder and Whisper White card stock and the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. I embossed using the Simply Falling and Large Polka Dot Textured Impressions embossing folders, added more designer paper and embellished with 2015-2017 In Color Blossom Accents, Basic Rhinestones, Basic Pearls and an assortment of ribbons and threads!

Springtime Keepsakes

keepsake bos   Are you ready for spring?  I hear so many people longing for it already.  With spring is coming an early Easter as well.  This cute Curvy Keepsake box would be the perfect springtime/ Easter gift to give to a friend with a treat inside.  With its bright, cheerful colours, really who wouldn't smile when they see this adorned keepsake box!  The flower was created using the Pansy Punch and Watermelon Wonder card stock.  I spritzed the flower with water and scrunched it up, gently undid the scrunching and allowed it to dry.  This allows for some great texture and dimension to your flower projects.  And do you see the burlap wrapped around the box, just in behind the flower?  A perfect touch to complete this charming little box!   Well I hope you enjoyed seeing these projects, as much as I enjoyed creating them!  Wish me the best!  I hope to be hearing from Stampin' Up! soon 😉   MargaretdeWittHavenSignature

Project Life

Have you heard the exciting news?   Project Life is creating an exclusive line of products for Stampin' Up! Project Life has revolutionized scrapbooking for busy moms, making it easy to create scrapbooks and get back to the art of capturing those incredible life moments that we don't want to forget. project life   You will be able to order some of these exclusive products beginning May 1st!  The full line of products will be available with the release of the new Stampin' Up! catalogue on June 2nd!  Stay tuned for more information!   MargaretdeWittHavenSignature          

BFF – doggie to doggie!

I created a scrapbook page of the first day that Madden and Karma met.  They became instant buddies and love to play together. I titled the page BFF. Although it is really difficult to see in this photo, the black around the top half of the title is actually 5/8" Satin ribbon pleated just under the edge of the die cut label.  It looked so much prettier in person.

I sent this page in to Stampin' Up! as part of the Artisan Challenge. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

God’s Beauty – Scrapbook Page

For the Artisan Contest we were required to create three scrapbook pages, two 3-D projects and five cards.  I decided to make three different size scrapbook pages so show some variety. This particular scrapbook page is 6" x 6".  I thought it would be fun to create a page background that tied in to the photo, so I sponged a piece of Whisper White cardstock using colours from the photo to create a similar landscape. I love this photo and I'm happy with the way this page turned out.  It is not too simple yet also does not have too much detail.


I have many wonderful friends but one thing I have noticed is that I never seem to get photos of my wonderful friends and I when we visit.  I need to work on changing that as capturing great moments with them is really passing me by. Today's scrapbook page is ready to go, it simply needs a great photo or two of one or some of my friends.

  I used the Vintage Vogue stamp set on this page to create the Friend title at the bottom right of the page. I also used the Very Vintage Jumbo wheel along the bottom of the page.  I inked the wheel with Versamark ink, added Detailed Black Embossing Powder and heat set it with the Heat Tool. The actual page looks FAB with the heat embossing and I thought it would pop even more if I used my Stampin' Write markers to colour in some of the flowers. This page was super easy to put together and will be totally fun with the right photo(s).  

Demonstrator Fun

I love being a demonstrator and having the opportunity each day to not only do what I love but also love what I do. I have the chance to join other demonstrators for fun get togethers, to learn new techniques, to get new ideas and the list goes on. I am so very lucky to be able to share this with my customers.

To think that 7 1/2 years ago I joined as a demonstrator strictly for the discount and here I am today having decided that I love what I do so much that I have made it a goal to eventually do this full time.  I love being able to see the looks on my customers faces when I show them a new product, a new design, a new technique or even a new fold.  The memories that have been created over these years are priceless. If you have ever wondered what is involved in becoming a demonstrator then please feel free to contact me to have your questions answered.  I would love to have you on my team!

Snowman Page

Looking for a fun winter page?  This was quick and easy to put together. The base of my page is Crumb Cake cardstock.  I tore a wide strip of 12" long Whisper White cardstock along one edge to create snowy mounds and adhered to my page base.  Once I have pictures added to this page I will place my journaling along the curvy torn edge.

I stamped my snowflakes onto my page using White Craft ink and images from the set Snow Swirled.  The snowman was created using White Craft ink and a Stampin' Sponge. The hat was made by punching out a 1" square, trimming two sides on a bit of an angle and adding a shortened Word Window punch out from Basic Black cardstock. The eyes and buttons are added simply with a Stampin' Write marker and the ribbon is retired Real Red Gingham. The snowflakes were die cut from Whisper White cardstock using the Northern Frost die and some Basic Rhinestones added to make them sparkle. Prepare to capture the memories of this years snow days by making your pages ahead of time.  This page is a great starting place. To order products shown here please feel free to visit my On-Line store or contact me directly.

Vintage Style Scrapbooking

Modern and vintage collide.  So much of this page gives off a modern vibe and then you get the embellished tag and it is so vintage. I love this page using the Elements of Style stamp set.  The colours used are River Rock and Jet Black Staz On. I used Stampin' Write Markers to colour in my images using Garden Green, Rose Red and Regal Rose markers. The patterned paper is the retired Night and Day Designer series paper currently available on the Clearance Rack 

The tag was created using Whisper White cardstock and trimming the two top corners.  I added some First Edition Designer Series paper over a bit of Rose Red cardstock and tore the top edge on both these pieces.  I also distressed the tag using Crumb Cake ink and a sponge. The top of the tag was hole punched with the Crop-a-Dile and and a retired Antique Jumbo eyelet was inserted. I was going to use the Victoria Lace on the tag but being as I am out of stock on it, I used Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon instead. I also added a few flowers using the retired Triple Flower punch.  Yes I would say this is a page that is largely created using retired products. I hope you enjoyed today's scrapbook page and hope you come back soon for more inspiration.      

Flutter by..

My photography skills did not do this page justice.  Wow, how bad can my photo taking get!  This page is actually quite beautiful in real life and everything is straight even though this photo makes it look like I layered things crooked. This is a 12 x 12 page using Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip cardstock  (and a smidge of Vanilla) The long strip of Melon Mambo was run through the Big Shot machine 3 times to cover the entire piece with embossing.  Since the embossing folder is not large enough to emboss the entire piece in one step it left narrow strips of flat areas.  This is where I placed the 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon. I stamped a few images of the elegant design in the SAB set Bliss onto the base of the page using Melon Mambo ink.  I added two Chocolate Chip mattes to place photos on.

Of course you need some embellishments, so I added the now retired Vanilla Hodgepodge hardware with the title "Bliss" stamped in the frame.  To make the card more frilly and light, I added several butterflies cut out using the Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die and to some of these I added Basic Pearls. Really a  lovely page but as I said my photography did not do it justice. If you would like to learn more about scrapbooking please feel free to contact me, Margaret de Witt.