Author Archives: Hannah Lemieux

What About Wednesday: Bloom

 

Aloha My scrappy friends!! Today is my last blog post in this design team season. It is definitely sad to see some of the ladies I have become really good friends with go. Though I am excited for them and the future adventures I know they will have. I am also so excited to see what this new team brings to the table. Pushing and inspiring each other to create and make even better projects and layouts.

Since we are thinking along the lines of new beginnings, I decided to make a spring layout. When we bought our new house this past year we didn’t really know all the flowers and plants the previous had planted in the yard. By the time we looked at the house it was summer and most of the spring flowers were gone. The owner had also used rocks to cover the flower beds.

I am not sure if this was to have a cleaner look or because of all the rain. But this spring as green shoots grew up from the rocks the kids and I started to get really excited about all the growth. What would be coming from these leaves and how many.

We got lucky and had some daffodils, some tulips, a lilac type tree, and these really pretty pink and purple flowers. covered in droplets of rain they just glimmer, I took out my nice DSLR and captured their beauty. I am glad I did because a few days later my girls picked over half the flowers and then the rain just knocked them down. They were gorgeous and regal looking for the short time they made their appearance.

 

I knew that when making a layout with this image, I wanted a collection that would really bring out the colors in the picture. The Pink Paislee Paige Evans Oh My Heart Collection has tons of flowers and purples. Starting with white cardstock, I cut it down to 8 1/2 by 11 and then matted it with a pretty green watercolor patterned paper.  Using this size really just makes the photo be front and center and the focal piece.

At the top of the layout I added some purple acrylic paint and a stencil with Shimmerz Paste-eez Salt of the Earth paste. I wanted a light stenciled pattern over the purple. I knew my photo would cover most of it so I only needed it to be subtle.

Under the photo I built an embellishment cluster on a white doily. I layered a tag, some die cut flowers, some chipboard pieces, and some small grey feltie hearts. I used my tiny attacher to adhere some of my pieces for some metal texture.

 

I used gold glitter thickers on the bottom of the photo for that WOW factor. These are my favorite thickers, they really add a punch of amazingness especially when you add them right on the photo.

 

On the bottom half of the layout I layered strips of patterned paper from the Pink Paislee Paige Evans Oh My Heart collection. I used colors that were already in my photo, except for the pink. I had wished that color was in there just because a dash of pink always makes things look better.

In different areas of the layers I added die cut flowers from the collection. I stapled some on, used my tape runner and also pop dotted some of the flowers. I really wanted to create a lot of dimension in the layers.

I also tucked in some wood hearts from the Wild at Heart collection and some Love U Tons Felt Hearts. 

with the chipboard and feltie hearts all layered in the papers everything looks all nestled in. Kinda reminds me of the flowers nestled in the rocks. Lots of textures going on.

All along the bottom layer I added A Mermaid’s Tale, Hot Right Now and Blues Travelers sequins on the flowers. I really like how this make those flowers stand out and adds something fun to that bottom layer.

I scattered sequins all down the left side of the left as well. I mostly used the little tiny silver stars. They are so cute and with my silhouette pick up tool, they are so easy to get on the layout.

Here is a look at the whole layout.

 

I also made a process video to go along with this layout for my personal youtube channel. Which you can watch right here below.

 

Don’t forget just next week the new SpiegelMom Scraps team will be starting, give them a warm welcome, they are so talented!! Also be sure to subscribe to the SpiegelMom Scraps Youtube Channel, that is where I will be posting this upcoming year and I am so excited to be making and sharing more amazing layouts and ejects with you.

I hope you have an inspired day!!!

 

Hannah

 

What About Wednesday: Watercolor Mixed Media

 

 

Aloha!!! I am loving the bright colors in many of the collections coming out this spring. the pastel and vibrant colors make me happy and ready for the warmer weather and longer days.

This week I really wanted to play around with the colors I have been inspired by. I started off with some white cardstock and some watercolors. There is just something about playing with paint and stencils that really help get my creative juices flowing.

Because I was using watercolor I used some clear gesso on the cardstock. I really like the way the paint flows on a gesso’d background better. I love the way the two colors mix and pool to form different colors, and darker or lighter colors depending on how the paint lays on the background.

I used the watercolor area as my focus area for behind on my photo. I almost wanted the watercolor to become part of the layering process.

After the watercolor dried, I used one of my favorite stencils from Amy Tangerine. It is a small 3X4 size stencil with triangles on it. I took a dark black pen and used it to outline around the triangles and draw lines inside the triangles to create a fun triangle. I used the stencil in many different areas across my white cardstock. I really wanted the pop of black on the white and colors.

I matted the white cardstock with a fun and funky triangle patterned paper from the Paige Evans Oh My Heart Collection.

This collection matches the attitude and feel for the picture that I wanted to scrap. A picture of my daughter, Cayden with a very high ponytail. I remember when I took that photo, too. She was really excited about having a really cool hairstyle and ponytail. She wanted it as high up as I could put it. Even though I didn’t understand why, I couldn’t help but help her. She always get so giddy about looking hip and in style, even if her fashion choices are ones I don’t understand. Maybe it’s part of being a mom, not understanding the choices but enjoying the experience and the smiles. My daughter looks so cute and I am glad to capture these moments of her and her personality.

On my photo I added a chipboard triangle patterned frame. I love how the triangles on the frame are colored and the background paper is mostly black and white. In the corner of the frame I added a big die cut piece.

Behind my photo I layered thin strips of patterned paper and a white doily.

 

Around my photo I added some more chipboard pieces and a big cork ampersand.

With the title, layers of paper, ampersand and A Mermaid’s Tale Sequin mix I love the way everything looks layered and peeks out from around the photo.

Another fun thing I decided to do to make this layout different, was alter some feltie hearts. I wanted to add some elements that were already on my layout like the mini staples I added to the bottom corner when I matted with patterned paper.

I took the larger navy, white and yellow feltie hearts and cut some of them in half. I layered the cut heart on top of the uncut heart. I then added two tiny staples on the edge of the cut heart. They look super cute, just like Cayden.

I added these feltie hearts throughout the layout. At the top of my layout I added some more strips of paper and some more sequins.

It really adds an unique embellishment and keeps it feeling fresh, just like Cayden’s top know hair style.

 

I love adding techniques like watercolor to make my layouts unique. It’s a way to be creative an make it me on a page. I use it to help tell my story. I hope you are inspired to use techniques and papers and embellishments to inspire you to tell your story. Use it to have fun on your layouts.

 

Here is one final look at my layout.

Have a great week!! I hope I see you around the Facebook group and the community sharing the projects and layouts using the SpiegelMom Scraps products you have bought.

Hannah

What About Wednesday: 8 1/2 by 11 Layout

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!! How is everyone’s spring going? I am ready for the warmer weather and enjoying the days it’s not raining. I have been spending a lot more time outside with my puppy, Kona, trying to get her energy out.

With all the rain, she gets antsy and into things when she doesn’t have that playtime. She loves to play fetch and run after a ball. She doesn’t always give my the ball, but she is starting to get the hang of it.

Speaking of her stealing stuff, that is what my layout is about. Her love to steal things that don’t belong to her and make me try to get them. Sometimes I think she thinks it’s a game. Sometimes she thinks she needs to guard it, especially if it’s anything paper or food.

In the pictures Kona stole my son’s light saber and kept trying to hide under our fireplace. She still thinks she fits under it, but she doesn’t. I, of course, took out my camera out to take a picture. Instead of saving my son’s light saber.

Here is a look at my layout.

 

I decided today to make a 8 1/2x 11 layout. I am using Two 3×4 photos which will fit nicely on my layout. I love the balance of open space to photos space on my layout. For me, I like more open space on the layout than photos. This gives me room to play with embellishments on my layouts too.

I started off with some white card stock. This has become my go for starting a layout. The artist in me gets all giddy about a blank canvas and what it can become once I add things. I used a black and white pattern so any of the colors that I used on the rest of the layout would pop. I knew at some point I wanted to use some colorful sequins. I may be a little obsessed with the colorful sequins.

On one of the medium shipping tags I added strips of various scrap papers from my desk to cover the bottom half. This is where most of the color is located on my layout. I like ow it becomes the focal piece. I added a die-cut word on the strips and some “Hot Right Now” Sequins. Tied some blue baker’s twine and made a cute little swirl with the twine.

Everything looks cuter with a feltie heart and tiny attacher staples.

In addition to the patterned paper on the tag I also added a few strips of patterns throughout the layout. One at the top, one at the end of the black and white Simple Stories paper and then another strip near the bottom of the layout.

I added a die-cut on both the top an bottom strips and added some feltie hearts and “Hot Right Now” sequins. Keeping it simple in the clusters was my main goal. I didn’t want to over embellish and take away from the photos.

I added the title around the photos, on the corner. I also added a die-cut as part of my title on the photos, near the chipboard alphas from Pink Fresh Studio that I used. I don’t usually do my titles this way, but i wanted to do something a little different.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was a really fun and cute layout that I made and I was really pleased how it turned out. I love that I can use my favorite photos to share and remember these moments that make up our lives. I really love when I can use cute products like sequins and feltie hearts!!

 

Thanks for joining me today!! I hope I see you around the Facebook group sharing the projects and layouts you are making using the SpiegelMom Scraps sequins and products.

Hannah

What About Wednesday: Scraplifting Yourself

 

Aloha!! It’s Hannah here today! I thought I would do something fun today. I thought it would be fun to pick a layout I really liked from my pile of layouts.  (Yes, I said pile. Maybe some would say it’s more like a stack. Though many of them are actually in my kit boxes, so maybe I could find another fun term to use. However at the end of the day they are not in albums yet.)

I am scrap lifting myself. I love to do this from time to time especially when it comes to using a design that I enjoyed. I don’t have to put as much thought into the design and with a change of papers and embellishments the layout could look so much different from the original.

Here is a look at my original layout that I made last year for a series I had on my Youtube Channel called “For The Love Of Homemade Kits”, where I made a stash kit with a recipe.

 

This time I focused more on the layering aspect. I really wanted more layers be behind my photo. The layout above I really was playing around with self perspective type photos and loved the playful aspect of it. This layout I am doing today is more about sharing and remembering books my daughter has been reading lately.

I want to be able to look back and see what the book covers look like to her favorite and most read books. She literally will ask to stay up late to read a few more extra chapters. It makes my mom book loving heart smile.

I pulled out a ton of book themed embellishments that I have in my stash and in some new collections that I have just bought. Some of the stuff made it to the layout. Some did not, like the stacked books from the Shimelle Little by Little collection and the library journal cards from the Simple Stories Reset Girl Collection.

The key is to try all these pieces out and have them ready and see how everything looks together once you start layering. This original layout doesn’t have a ton of stuff, but it the way I have it layered behind the photo and in some key places that make everything come together.

In the original I also used a really fun cut file that I overlapped with different patterns. I used the cut file as part of my title. This time I choose to go with a big white acrylic word Read from Ali Edwards Story Kits. I really like the simplicity of the white word on the multi colored dot pattern paper. By adding Rockin Pink Ombre Sequins from the store around the title it really draws your eye there.

I layered some ephemera, tags and some speech bubbles at the top of the photo. I finished by adding more Sequins around that cluster. The pink sequins just matches perfectly with the colors in my daughter’s books.

Some small touches I think really finished off the layout, which were a hand drawn border around the layout. Some washi tape in the layers near the embellishment clusters and an extra dose of those Amazing Rockin Pink Ombre Sequins.

 

Here is one last look at the whole layout!

Be sure to check out the SpiegelMom Store and see all the amazing bright spring themed sequins and the new felt and cork shapes.  Then Share with us the layouts and projects you make with your new purchases. Make sure to tag us so we can be inspired too!!

Also below is my process video from Youtube. You can see my thought process as I put together my layout!!

 

Have an Inspired Week!!

Hannah

What About Wednesday: Forming layers

 

Aloha!!! It’s Hannah with you here today! I hope all is well. It has been real busy here, but I am excited for the spring and with that season change more busyness. With that busyness comes more sunlight, weather weather and spring flowers. Oh and let’s not moon rocks. We have those too.

Haha. Ok maybe you don’t have moon rocks.  My five year old son is convinced that he found a real life moon rock. He was so proud of himself for exploring and finding this moon rock.

As a mom, it was so cute. Seeing his face light up in wonder was priceless. So like any other scrapbooker mom I took a picture of this moon rock. Even though I knew this moon rock was not what he thought it was, there was something in me that couldn’t just break his heart and lighten his discovery. I too played along. Now I am making a layout about this infamous moon rock too.

Let’s take a look at the layout I made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I knew right from the start I wanted the photo of this moon rock to be the focus of the layout. I also wanted to make a loose grid design, by having two smaller squares under the photo. I knew I wanted to try to add layers to these two grid squares to add to the tone of the layout. It’s all about being fun and searching and finding bit and pieces, like my son had explored and found a major discovery for himself.

I used lots of different patterned papers mixed with a glassine bag, shipping tag, vellum and an acetate ephemera amount the layers. I love the way each of these pieces look sticking out in different spots.

On the corner of the shipping tag I added some Navy and grey feltie hearts. I wanted lots of texture among the layers too. I really helps lift the squares of papers and create shadows that look really cool. I mixed tiny staples with big staples to hold down the feltie hearts in other areas on the layout.

 

This second square I added a gold doily within the layers. I also used dimensional foam in between a layer to pop it up a bit.

I cut some of the circles from one the of patterned papers and scattered them throughout the layout. Everything was on top of the dictionary patterned paper from the Cool Kid Collection from Crate Paper. I really liked all the words it defines and thought it was perfect for this kind of layout about exploring and make believe.

Also scattered throughout the layout I added both My Clementine and Pandora’s Ombre Sequin mixes. These both had colors that were used in both the Shimelle Little by little collection and the Cool Kid Collection.

I formed the title around the photo. I kept the layers around the photo minimal. I wanted the layers to be focused in the the other two squares. This really makes them pop out more.

These Thickers are so cool. They really make this photo stand out.

 

The journaling was written on the shipping tag and tucked in the layers. I know it could be harder to get in the protector, but I really lobe how it looks tucked in the layers.

 

This was such a fun story to tell and layout to make. I love how these little pieces that happen daily throughout my life make up my families’ lives. Our Story. It’s so precious even though the rock wasn’t a real one, it still tells of how my son loves to play and has a great imagination. I am proud as a mom that I can help him remember his story.

I love how these products can help tell that story!!

You can also watch my process video from Youtube here below

I can’t wait to see what you all create and the story you tell about your life. Please make sure you head over to our Facebook group and she all the projects you make with your things from the SpiegelMom Scraps Store.

Until next time Stay Inspired!!

Hannah

 

 

 

 

What About Wednesday: Using a Spring Colored papers

Aloha!!! I have been spending time looking through photos I took last year and didn’t scrap yet. Seeing what stories I still want to tell in my albums. It has been fun looking through the years memories.

For this layout I decided to scrap about our trip to the pumpkin patch. This was my kid’s first time going to a pumpkin farm and picking out a pumpkin to carve for Halloween. I had lots of pictures of the brightly colored pumpkins and vibrant rich colors of all the other local produce. Bins full overflowing of amazingly fresh pumpkins, squash and gourds,

In the end I ended up picking a close up picture of a ladybug on my daughter’s hand. I love when I get to take pictures of my kid’s interacting with nature. Cayden wanted to keep that ladybug. Take him home. Take care of him by feeding him and giving him water to drink. I love how children are so willing to learn and appreciate the little things around them, like that lady bug. These are moments I don’t want to forget.

Scrapbooking gives me the opportunity to do that. Telling these moments I would definitely forget as we get busier and the kid’s grow older and become more interested in other things.

I debated pulling out some older Autumn colored papers for this layout. The rich colors would really help the story of this Autumn story. Only except Cayden was wearing a bright pink zip up sweater and that was in the background of most of this picture.

This year many of the newer lines have lots of bright springtime colors, more so than some past years after CHA. These colors are fun and cheerful. They are happy and really inviting after a long winter.

I knew these types of colors and patterns would be perfect for this layout. I decided to use a Clique kit that had lots Shimelle’s little by little collection. I wanted to use the playful and bright theme to help tell my story.

I layered my papers and attached them using my sewing machine with a teal thread. I added stitching to the sides papers for added texture.

I also added a medium shipping tag to a glassine bag. To the tag I added a hot pink ampersand . All of these were held in by more stitching. I knew I wouldn’t be adding my journaling to the tag but that you would be able to see it’s contents inside the glassine bag. I also added some puffy stickers and die cuts to the top of the tag, along with a mini clothespin. Seriously these clothes pins are so much fun to use.

I wanted to add something delicate to help tie in that fact that this little tiny bug is so fragile. I layered the picture with a wood grain paper and the doily. On that corner of the picture I added some die cuts, a puffy sticker and some wood chips I bought from the clearance section of the store.

Also to add more texture I used the cork butterflies . I stitched through the middle part of the body to add something fun and cool. I may be a little obsessed with using my new sewing machine lately. It looks so cool though, I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

For the title I added an acrylic phrase at the bottom of the photo, I used it along with the phrase on a die cut tag at the corner. I love the way it is layered together and fits snuggly around.

I sprinkled My Clementine Sequins around the cork butterflies. I wanted to give the illusion that the butterflies are flying just like the lady bug does.

I wrote the journaling around the big layer of patterned paper. I really like how the journaling emphasizes the big cluster of papers and layers.

 

Here is a look at the finished layout.

 

I hope you are encouraged to pull out papers that have a different theme from your photo and use them in a different way. Also don’t forget to add texture to your layouts.

I also hope you stop by the Facebook group and share the layouts and projects you are working on with the SpiegelMom Scraps products you have.

I can’t wait to see you around.

Hannah

 

 

 

What About Wednesday: Mixed Media Layout

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Aloha!! It’s Hannah here today!!

How is your week going? My hubby had a 4 day weekend and that always throws my week off. But I thankfully got an extra day off to scrap all day. As much as the week is all crazy, I can never say no to an extra day of all day scrapbooking. I know I am lucky to have a spouse who kicks me to my scrap room.

Since I had all day to play I decided to play with some mixed media. I like to my time and really play. I used to use media a lot more than I do now, and when I pick up my paints it’s like riding a bike. I love the ride playing with mixed media takes me on.

I started with some clear gesso on white card stock. I wanted a little protection since I really didn’t know what I would end up using on the background. I like to go into my layouts open to whatever feels right. Sometimes this works well for me, sometimes it doesn’t turn out quite right. I am ok with this journey though. It helps me learn and grow as a crafter and scrapbooker.

I grabbed some acrylic paints and cup of water. Typically on a canvas you wouldn’t want to mix water and acrylic paint. The water effects the structure of the paint. On a canvas this could mean the paint could not adhere properly. I think in the case of paper though, water mixed with the acrylic paint it really helps it be more fluid, and dry quicker. I haven’t noticed that the water has affected my paint on the paper in the layouts I have made in the past. ( I say this as a warning, that any media that isn’t photo safe, could have an effect on the photo if you don’t use enough layers between the paint and the photo. Use your gut, with this info. If you feel weird and wrong for any unknown product and it’s ability to effect your photo, don’t do it. For me I make many of these layouts for my enjoyment and it doesn’t bother me. That is just me though.)

I used my paint brush to add drops of the watered down acrylic paint. I do this technique often. It is easy, and it’s hard to mess up. You can add as many or as few droplets to your page for the look you want. I like to mix big and small paint drops.

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This is an image I took while my paint was drying.  I added each color. Then dried it for less than a minute with my heat tool. I then let it air dry for about 15 minutes. I added blue plus signs with a thin watercolor brush. I thought this would be fun. Seeing plus signs sticking out throughout the layout. I also added paint lines on the corners of the layout. To tell you the truth this is part I wish I would have left out. I wished I would have hand drawn lines with a black ink pen. But I didn’t and This is where you have to decide to keep going and see how the layout will turn out or stop and toss it. It really is a personal thing to choose. Some days I have been known to start pulling things off a layout in the middle of making it because I hated it. It again is part of this process of learning and growing and becoming the scrapbooker you want to be.

Once dry I started to build my layers. This is my favorite part. I love finding, searching for all these bits and pieces and fitting them in like a puzzle.

For this layout I used one 4×4 square photo. I really enjoy this size for building layers. I really try to switch things up and not use it all the time though, because it is easy for things to feel the same when I use this size all the time. Even though depending on the papers you layer each layout can look completely different.

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I love this photo of my puppy!! At the time of this picture (when I took it) she was about 5 or so months. So curious about everything I was doing in my scrap room. One day I was trying to take pictures of my layout with her inside. She wanted to be in on the action. I am so glad I took this image while trying to hold her in my legs to keep her away my layout. It really makes my smile. Having a small puppy can be so much fun, even though it really makes everything much more difficult to get done. Haha!!

While building my layers I grabbed papers I thought would match the photo and papers that I had laying around. I love mixing sizes and fitting them in around.

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I added a white doily and a medium shipping tag in my layers. I love the texture they add. Also the shapes are much different than the strips of patterned paper which works really well the pull everything in, but make it unique.

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I tucked die cuts in my layers too. This is the fun part of layering, finding pieces that are odd and  making them fit. Sometimes all it is a color that works. Like this die cut.. Hello.

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The color worked and I love how it just fits.

I added some grey feltie hearts on this layout. They are my favorite!! Literally they are amazing. Paired with some white thread and a flair badge from The Spiegel Mom Scraps collab with Accent Scrapbooking. I love how the green in you is picked up by the strip of green paper I used.

I scattered some Holly Berries Sequins around the whole layout. I really like how this holiday inspired mix works because of it’s nature feel.

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Especially with these wood pieces that I picked up in the clearance part of the shop.

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I really played up on the fun and silliness of the photo with this layout. I really like when the tone of the photo matches with the layout.

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I love using stickers for titles especially when I mix that with Thickers. These white ones are so puffy and fun.

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Here is the whole layout.

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Look out for the Process Video on my personal Youtube channel. You can see it below.

Also don’t forget to head over to the SpiegelMom Scraps Facebook group to share with us the layouts and projects you are making with the products you get from the Store. There is always so much inspiration there!!

I hope you have an excellent and inspiring day!!

Hannah