Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Upscale Instant Scrapbook for Kara's Baby Girl

(14 & 15 of 20 pages)

Unlike all of the other pages so far in this album, I actually designed this quick 2-page first Christmas layout. . It incorporates a few of my new favs...HSN's 3 birds on parade "all dressed up" die cut paper (which I cut in half to use on both sides of the layout) ,thickers chipboard letters, ribbon tape, red circular zings by Fiskars, a handmade flower accent created by one of my fellow Cricut Circle members. We had a flower swap and although I had not made any flowers she still gave me one of hers. It took me a year to use it, but now it has a wonderful home! A simple layout designed to focus on the family's pictures first and foremost.

Shout out to ScrapbookChris who gave me this lovely reindeer paper. I love it! She also sent me 20 lbs of patterned paper that my daughter and I had to share. My daughter is an avid artist who makes creations all her own every day. We loved her random act of kindness! Thanks so much!

I hope you are enjoying this album. Only 5 more pages... but they are NOT to be missed! Happy Holidays!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Upscale Instant Scrapbook for Kara's baby girl

(pg 12 & 13 of 20)

This cute layout was the result of a class I took at the CKC valley forge this past summer called Think Ink. We learned how to use simple, unrelated elements to create cohesivness in the layout, how to carry elements across the layout in different ways and how to successfully incorporate different patterned papers in the same layout.

Once back at home, I added embellishments to fit the baby theme of my dear friend's instant scrapbook. Unlike the other layouts in the album, these two pages do not correspond in terms of content. The left page is about the baby's trip home from the hospital while the right hand page is about the nursery that awaits at home. With plenty of room to journal on this layout, it will be a treasured keepsake for the Walker family.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Upscale Instant Scrapbook for Kara's baby girl

(pg 10 & 11 of 20)

This layout is one of my favorites! The reasons I love it so much are 1. It is not done in my usual style, 2. Black is the accent color, which is usually hard to do outside of halloween layouts 3. I learned how to make a border out of patterned paper and a new distressing technique. This layout was the result of a CKC Valley forge class taught by Embellish It!

In order to make this layout fit into the baby theme of the album, I add the title first visitors and the dimensional sticker flourish at the bottom right of the page. This layout will house all of the pictures of the baby's first visitors either at the hospital or at home. It's cheery, yet grounded. I like it a lot. I hope you do too.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Upscale Instant Scrapbook for Kara's Baby Girl

(pg 8 & 9 of 20)

This lovely 2- page layout will display the baby's first pictures post birth (which was yesterday by the way... Yeah!!!!!!) Chevrons are all the rage in scrapbook and card design this fall. It's the orange wavy line design. Also everyone's into baker's twine (the yellow string). I learned how to make the rosette embellishment (which was way easier to make that I could have imagined!) And how to make the most out of one piece of paper. The yellow scalloped paper was cut into 3 and used in 2 different areas of the layout. CKC Scrap 'n Play was fun. That's where I met 2 lovely ladies...(you KNOW who you are) who are now friends today. Scrap friends are the BEST friends! Shout out ladies ... and your creative mom too.

With the addition of birth related stickers to give the particulars of the birth and the needed foot and handprints (love bling) this layout is an instant winner with it's vibrant colors.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Facebook Fan Page, Twitter and Pinterst

Faithful followers! I'm branching out... C'est La-Vie Designs now has a Facebook Fan Page, and I'm on Twitter and Pinterst as well. It will be easier for us to communicate, exchange info. And for you to help bring new followers by sharing all of my sites with your friends and fam. Please follow me at the following places...

Facebook -!/pages/Cest-La-Vie-Designs-Unlimited-LLC/175247459236018?sk=wall

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Twitter - @LaVieBordePerry


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Upscale Instant Scrapbook for Kara's Baby Girl

(pg 6 & 7 of 20)
I learned how to make this 2-page layout in a Creating Keepsakes class called "Think Ink." Craft cardstock, the brown cardboard looking base layer is hot right now in scrapbook design and cards as well. We learned to I learned the masking technique used with stamps. To leave empty space in the middle of the image we applied painter's tape to the middle of the stamp, inked it and then removed the tape before pressing it to the page. Amazing! The result is at the top of the right page. I also learned how to carry over elements from one page to the other to create a continuous scene.

We used ink to set apart aspects of the layout. The ornate umbrella was cut from Cricut Cartridge Tie the Knot and I added some bling to make it stand out. The layout will highlight Kara's co-ed shower of family and friends.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Upscale Instant Scrapbook for Kara's Baby Girl

(pages 4 & 5 of 20)

The base design was created by Embellish It! In the class at CKC Valley Forge we assembled the left-hand page. The materials for the matching page were available for sale and I finished it at a later date. I learned how to hand-pleat ribbon on a page - a new skill for me. This layout will highlight the intimate friends baby shower  called a "blessingway." The beautiful ritualistic afternoon was filled with meaningful exchanges from the mom-to-be's nearest and dearest as she enters motherhood for the first time. Adding fabric flower stickers, and other birth-related embellishments focus the intent of this layout. I love the vibrant colors of the layout that can be used for spring or fall.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Baby Shower Invite for Kara

Simple, clean, classy design. I love how this baby shower invite came out! While I wanted to create a pink with pink on pink invite, my client mom-to-be did not love the pink idea but loved fall colors. After having a tantrum (literally) I settled down and created this one-of-a-kind masterpiece. The square invite was housed in a vellum envelope to complete the look. The iconic pregnant lady is cut from Cricut Cartridge Everyday pop-up cards, grosgrain ribbon from Stampin' Up! The brown, orange (bazzill cardstock) and yellow paper (astrobright acid free ink jet printer paper) were hand cut. The gold metallic cardstock gives the pregnant beauty her healthful glow. Patterned paper from my stash worked perfectly as her designer dress & shoes.

  • Brown layer - top 6 x 5" and the bottom 6 x 4"
  • Orange layer - 11 x 5 3/4"
  • yellow layer - 6 x 11"
  • score at 5" and 7 1/2"
  • pregnant lady and layers cut at 5.25"  - Cricut Cartridge Everyday pop-up cards
Give me some luv on this one people (in other words...some comments)


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

CLDU Christmas Cards for Sale

I have been hitting the road with my cards, scrapbooking services etc. since September. I am slowing down with the vendor shows so I thought I'd share what I have for sale with all of you. Christmas cards has been the order of the day so feast your eyes on my stash.

I have 16 of each variety (unless otherwise noted) sold in packs of 8 for $35. Please contact me if you'd like to make a purchase.... they are selling quickly! And of course I am taking custom orders if you want something special designed just for you this holiday season.

These cards are created using Cricut Cartridge Christmas Cards. This is my first time using this cart and I was pleasantly surprised. Although a lot of the cards had many layers, I love the results.


Custom orders only! This one sold out right away.

I have 8 of these ...another great seller

Monday, November 14, 2011

Upscale Instant Scrapbook for Kara's Baby Girl

(Page 2 and 3 of 20)

I love a good 2 page layout! This base design was designed by Embellish It! During the class we put together the left hand page. I then bought the kit for the right hand page at the vendor show. I learned how to extend design elements so that the two pages look seamless even though there actually is a break between the pages. This type of layering, flowering making and design esthetic are now a part of my repetoire. It was a fast-paced fun class. I highly recommend Creating Keepsakes conferences.

I never create layouts without a purpose. So all the layouts from the classes I attended sat in my cabinet for months. Then, the opportunity to create a gift album for my friend Kara came about. She was a mom who wasn't as in to the pink baby girl themes. This type of sophisticated layout was just what the doctor ordered! So I added several embellishments, including the pregnant lady on the right, to create the 9 months layout. The pregnant lady, cut from Cricut Cartridge Everyday Pop Up, has followed Kara through her pregnancy. I used her on the congrats your preggers card, her blessingway invite and now in her instant scrapbook. These pages will highlight the 3 trimesters of pregnancy to show how the mom grew over the months. An opaque pen could be used to journal in untraditional places. This layout was perfectly received.

Stay tuned...


Friday, November 11, 2011

Upscale Instant Scrapbook for Kara's Baby Girl

My good friend Kara and her husband are having their first baby, a girl, this month. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the planning to shower the parents. One of my gifts for the family was an instant scrapbook. I had planned to make it super baby themed and pink, with added pink on top of pink....until she told me ...

she doesn't care for pink or baby themes!

Can you imagine??? Dreams deferred, I decided to use layouts I created during classes at the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Valley Forge PA and the Creating Keepsakes Scrap 'n Play in Lancaster, PA to create the look I knew this family would love! Here we go....

The first page of the scrapbook will highlight the couple's love story. This scrapbook page made out of chipboard, paper, ribbon and acrylic accents started as a make 'n take at the Quick Quotes booth that I assembled at home. They had really cool spritz that gives this layout a gold tone. We colored the acrylic accents with ink as well.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Trick or Treat?

My first grader is an avid reader, so when the oppotunity arose to lead the Halloween craft at her school, I signed up. With a 15 min. timeframe tops for 23 children it was a hard decision to make. I wondered which craft can I effectively lead in such a short time? I decided that a bookmark would be an efficent craft with an effective use.

This is the first bookmark I've made using the Cricut. It was so quick and easy. The bookmark base is cut from black DCWV chipboard. The Cricut Circle exclusive cart Sophie has many bookmark shapes. I used LABL10 cut at 6" and used a Stampin' Up! stamp from the holiday best set. My new favorite opaque white ink is archival brilliance - moonlight white. It stamped a vivid white impression on the black chipboard without fail.

The bookmark was topped with a 2-layer monster from Cricut Cartridge Mini Monsters - gross cut at 2". The top layer is blue DCWV metallic cardstock. Adding the 4mm google eyes just set it off! The children went to town decorating the bookmark with designs using opaque colored markers and pens by American Crafts, Marvy and Inkssentials. Lastly, we added a shimmer to the bookmarks by adding Tsukineko sheer shimmer sprtiz - frost.

I cut and stamped the bookmarks, ran the blue layer of the ghost through the xyron and added the google eyes to mini glue dots ahead of time, but the children assembled and adorned it all in class.

good planning + good execution = huge crafting success!