Shimmerz Traveler’s Notebook Art Journal Spread

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Aloha!!!

Today I am sharing an art journal spread in a Traveler’s notebook insert. This is my first spread as a part of Shimmerz Paints Design Team. I am so excited too, because I love using their products. This is definitely a dream team that I joined. It is fun seeing where all the creating I have been doing these past few years has taken me.

Here is a look at my spread.

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Today I used :
Acritonez:
Tar, Tar
3 Sheets to the Wind
In the Navy
Pinkadelic
Overeasy
Jiven Jade

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Pasteez:
Putin on the Glitz
Lava Flow

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Creamez:
Cheeky Pink
Good Ol Summer Time

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Shimmeringz:
Goldie Lox

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You can purchase all these products right in the Shimmerz Store. Here is a link to the Store,

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To get more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team Check out the Shimmerz Blog:

For Over all info about Shimmerz Check out their website,
http://www.shimmerzpaints.com

Make sure to mention me when you shop at the Shimmerz Store and you will get a free product!!

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Other products that I used that I want to mention:
Scrapping Wonders Mixed Media Traveler’s Notebook Insert,

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You can watch my process video below:

 

 

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I hope this inspires you to play with your mixed media supplies!! I can’t wait until next time!!

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SpiegelMom Scraps September Blog Hop

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Aloha!!

You may have come from Suzanna’s Blog, if so Welcome!! If not, you need to get over there and check out her amazing layout!!

It has been forever since the Sparklers have gotten together and had a hop. I kinda missed it. I love spending a quiet (even if the quiet is in my head with coffee to dull the  sounds of children asking for their morning needs. See my kids still are on summer break. So mornings are definitely not all that quiet in my house.)

Like all the SpiegelMom Scraps blog hops I have joined in, I will list the line up down below.  There are a lot of us, so I will try my best to keep it simple and short with tons of pictures. That is my favorite part of the hops, if I am being honest. I love being inspired before I have even gotten started for the day.

Follow the hop and comment on all the blogs for a chance at to win a prize of the new September release of sequins. The winner will be picked and notified on September 2.

This month our theme as a group is Artsy Fartsy and all the sequins are designed to match different famous art works. Here is a look at the sequins released this month. They are gorgeous and our very own Lisa helped design some of them.

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Lately I have going back to my roots. If you have followed me throughout my scrapping journey, you know I have fully embraced the mixed media trend in scrapbooking. In fact I credit a lot of my artsy tendencies on my family. My great grandmother was really artsy, I grew up seeing her floral paintings around our house. My grandmother also dabbled in art and drew and painted a fireplace in our house as an accent wall. My mother has played with watercolors, painting lots of gorgeous Hawaiian sunsets. Playing with paints helps me really dig into the inspiration I need. It refreshes me.

I will admit though sometimes it takes a while to create these “works of art”. There is lots of drying time, getting over the fear of the blank slate, and just figuring out what you want to convey on the page you are creating. Sometimes pages come together really fast and easy. It seems the paint flows with the ideas. Other times you take you page one step at a time. Taking days to finish all the little layers you add to create interest on your page, and then you add pictures and embellishments.

I love this journey though. It truly has made me a better scrapbooker. And I have loved coming back to my roots.

Let’s talk about this layout I made for today.

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Because I knew this month was all about art, I will wanted to embrace it.  I started out my scrapbooking layout blank, like it was an art journal type of page. Just letting my products guide me into a direction. This means I had no idea what photos I would end up scrapping or what story I wanted to tell.

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I built some wash layers with watered down Shimmerz sprays. I used Jeni B Bleu, Razzle-dazzle berry, and Mama Sings the Blues sprays. They all have different amounts of shimmer and I love how they mixed together to on my Amercian Crafts White Card Stock. 

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I mixed some of the Razzle-dazzle berry spray with some acrylic matte, which helps seal in the spray so it doesn’t blend and mix with my next layer. It changes the spray a bit too so that it is intensified on the card stock. This step definitely needs to dry overnight.

I am still very much entranced with purple tones!! I don’t know what it is about the color but I am all about purple. I don’t have the Shimmerz purple acritonez. Acritonez, are acrylic paints with a primer in them. They are so nice for mixed media that is layered. It isn’t as opaque as regular acrylic paint so you can still see bits of other mixed you may have under it. I like this on projects like what I am doing. I don’t want all that work I did under to disappear, I want to enhance it. I mixed the pinkadelic and the in the navy Acritonez together to make some different shades of purples. Let me tell you this was so much fun!!

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I applied this layer with my palette knife. I used this layer as a base to doodle on. I used a variety of paint marker pens from my stash. I drew some flowers and leaves. This is my favorite part of the layout. I am so glad it worked because it could have been a disaster. This is one of the things about mixed media. You have to be brave. Many times you make decisions when you could ruin your work so far. If you don’t take the leap you won’t get the big pay off at the end though.

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This is what you are working for too, with mixed media and art journalling. This fact that all these little steps will come together and have this big pay off.

I knew this layout needed to make statement. I am not gonna lie, I still had no idea where I was going with my page from here. I scoured the silhouette store for something that popped out to me. A sentiment that fit with this spread, that I could make my own. Finally I found the perfect one. The part that made me chuckle was it brought me back to SpiegelMom Scraps too. I love how this can happen too. In this journey we travel in scrapbook page making we finally come full circle.

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I found a sentiment that said snails & puppy dog tails. I made it huge so I could stitch around it one I cut it out on my silhouette. I wanted it to cover most of my layout. I want this phrase to be what you see. I also added an alpha with this title/sentiment that said Sequins. It would be perfect for the story I was now going to tell with this page.

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I printed out two very small photos. I usually like to use bigger images on my layout, but this just seemed to call for something small. I had two photos I wanted to use too. They are my two younger children Cayden and Samuel. They are holding up Spiegelmom Scraps glassine bags filled with sugar and spice and a bit of small sequins. They wanted them because they had been reading nursery rhymes and read the little girls and little boys are made of nurses rhyme. They want to create their own mix to create the perfect little girl and boy. The silly little things our kids do, I love their innocence they still have. I am glad I have been able to protect this a bit. Sam was quite upset that boys were made from snakes, snails and puppy dog tales and insisted I use his sisters mix because it was better for making the perfect boy. I told him I added a bit of pepper for a dash of fire and spiciness that makes boys a bit different. Just retelling this story it makes me smile. They were so cute. I wish I could keep them this age forever!! There scene of exploring and discovery is so fun to watch.

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After I stitched the sentiment, which took a while, but so worth it!! Thank goodness for Netflix when it comes to hand stitching. I used a variety of purple, teal, copper thread and then I added some of the pink and white baker’s twine from the store. I wanted to have a bit of color to match the colors I used on the background.

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After adding my photos with a bit of layers. I lightly embellished my layout. I added some of the Cocoa Vanilla Wild at Heart die cuts, I knew all the purple would work perfect with my colors. I also knew the florals would help tie in my own floral I doodled on the bottom of my layout.

I used some of the Love U Lots white felt hearts with some of the chunky cork hearts around the layout. I love mixing all these textures throughout my layouts for interest.

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I finished off with sequins, because I just don’t feel a layout is finished without them. I used the Painted Gardens sequins from the September Release. I also added a few Stargazer sequins. I wanted a touch of a clear sequin to reflect of the background. These were perfect for this layout!!

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You can watch me create this layout on my personal Youtube.

Here is a final look at my layout. It is so much fun. I will end up typing out my journaling and adding it to the backside of my layout. It will also help cover up all the stitching too.

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Thanks for joining in on this hop!! It is always so much fun, being inspired by so many great designers. Don’t forget to continue on the hop and comment so you can be added in the running for some free sequins!!

Up next is Daisie Scraps!! I can’t wait to see what she created, I know it will be awesome!!

September SpiegelMom Scraps Blog Hop Line Up
Sara Scraps with Raquel 🙂
Ali Scraps
Rachel Stewart
Khristina Sorge
Christy Harriman
Christine Beuzit
Sheryl Banares Briker
Suzanna Lee
*** YOU ARE HERE**** Hannah Lemieux       http://www.scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.com/blog/
Marie Friant
Have an awesome inspiring day!!
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SpiegelMom Scraps April Blog Hop

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Aloha My Scrappy friends!! Can you believe it’s April Already?!! I can’t, time is just flying by, and the days are starting to get longer and the air a bit less chillier. It feels like Spring here in The Pacific Northwest is finally on it’s way. Or at least today as I write this it is. The sun is warming the grass and the birds are chirping. Nature is coming alive.

You have probably found your way to my blog from Sarah’s blog. Isn’t her shaker so much fun?!! I am loving it and the colors.

Every month the SpiegelMom Scraps Design Team Meets up and joins in on a blog hop, sharing some stuff they are creating with their supplies. It’s always fun to check in with your friends and fave design team members. As a blog hopper, comment on all the blogs in the line up until April 3. Then April 5th Jody will announce a winner and they will receive a $10 store credit. Super awesome right?!

Down below my post you will be able to find the full lineup list so you can follow all the way through if you happen to get lost. Let’s get right to my layout, because that is why you are here right?!

This monthly scrappy friend and design team member Christy had a baby. A beautiful baby girl! I am so happy for her and her husband. Having a baby is such a fun and new experience each time.

Spring time always reminds me of births and rebirth of nature. The exclusive Spiegelmom Scraps Cut Files (which you can find of the Spiegelmom Scraps Blog) are perfect for this time of the year when many of us who are thinking about new beginnings. It has many sayings that about about babies too.

All of this makes me go down memory lane to the five, seven and eight years ago when I was lucky to have been giving the name of mother. It almost doesn’t even feel like all that long ago I was preparing for their arrivals and excited to see what they were going to look like.

Even though my journey to having children was quite easy and quick, It felt like forever in the moment. Maybe because I didn’t really know for a while what my future really would hold. I had always wanted to be a mother since a young child. It really was one of the only things I wanted to be. As a teen when I got quite sick and was dealing with all that stuff, my doctors told me they didn’t know what adult life would look like for me. At the age of 16 it was quite scary. My life really just begun. I wasn’t really ready to think about what it would be like to be an adult, even though at the time I couldn’t wait to grow up.

Looking back I realize what my doctors said was really based off of what they knew at the time (remember this was about 16 years ago) about my disease and illnesses. They didn’t know that with all the amazing research and medicine of the future would really make life so much better for people just like me fighting.

At that time though, I didn’t know if having kids would even be in the path for me. I do remember quite clearly hearing God say trust in him and I will get that family I really desired. So I lived that way, trusting God. That really is all we could ever do.

Years laters, I had been blessed with the children I had hoped and prayed for. With an amazing husband who walked through this journey with me, wanting the same things.

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As life who have it, we ended up having two girls first. Which I wasn’t upset about at all. I was excited to seeing their friendship because of how close they were in age (they are about 17months apart). When my husband and I were thinking of names for all our kids, we went with meaning and what those names represented. Being Christian and growing up reading the Old Testament, I had a strong understanding that names have such a big impact of who we are and what people think about us. Our name really is part of our character.

After long talks, like couples have together we talked about what these names meant to us. Trying so hard to find the perfect name fit for all our children. The easiest names would be for our son, Samuel Isaac.

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Just from my story and the fact that we wanted to work together in a ministry, the ministry of life or wherever God would lead us. Samuel and what he represented, How Hannah his mother wept and cried and begged God to give her a son, a baby. Someone to carry on the family line. God looked on her and smiled, and gave her a son. She then gave him back to God and his service and Samuel later became a great prophet and giver of advice for many great men in his time.

As with Isaac, he was the promised child of Abram who desired a family. God promised him ancestors as many as the Stars in the nighttime sky. Just like God promised me that things would work out for me, He did that for Abram and Sarai. That name seemed fitting for this son my Husband and I would have.

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It’s a strong name, a name with meaning, and i know his life will have great purpose. Just like all people. I am honored to be the one to give my soothe tools he will need to conquer this world we live in. To bring peace, joy, encouragement and love to those around him.

I can’t wait to see this life of his evolve!!

So I made this layout.

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I was looking through old photos, which are so disorganized, but that is for another post, and found this jewel!!

It was perfect for the exclusive cut files. I choose the Baby Boy cut file and cut it out of white card stock. I attached it to my layout with stitching. I made three passes of my machine in a light mint green color.

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I used the collection Little by Little from Shimelle. I love the little kid cartoon and spring feel. I thought it would go beautifully with my picture of Samuel, which happens to be the first set of images taken of him outside my tummy.

 

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I added Feltie Clouds and Hearts throughout the layout. I love how they help with that whimsy look. Along with puffy stickers and wood buttons I added Let’s Be Mermaids Sequins around the embellishment clusters.

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I kept my layers simple, by adding a few strips of paper around the layout. I also used the cut apart sheet with a lion and camera. The colors in this collection are so fun, and even though my son wasn’t born in the spring. I love the spring feel that is going on, because it reminds me of birth.

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I added a doily up in top cluster for texture. only a little bit is sticking out, which I really like. It doesn’t make the layout seem to girlie. I really try to think about that with my son’s layout, even though I know it really doesn’t matter.

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I also added a shipping tag (the top of it) at the bottom of my layout. I wanted to be able to connect the main part of the layout and flow all the way down. Even though I know I was adding quite a bit of journaling about Samuel’s name, I wanted something there. A tag with a feltie cloud was perfect.

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I hop you enjoyed seeing my layout as well as this blog hop. Be sure to stop by Khristina’s blog next and leave a comment.

I also hope you keep your eyes peeled at the SpiegelMom Scraps blog for the upcoming Design Team Assignment for the following, I for one am curious who will dazzle us in the upcoming year with their sequin love!!

Be sure to check out the SpiegelMom Scraps Store, there are tons of spring themed/colored sequin mixes to purchases. There is also tons of new Shimmerz products!! If you use my code Hannah15 for a 15% discount.

Here is one last look at my layout!!

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April Spiegelnom Scraps Design Team Blog Hop Lineup

SMS Blog www.spiegelmomscraps.com
Jody’s Blog: https://spiegelmomscraps.wordpress.com/
Lisa Kingston http://pinkglitterscrapper.blogspot.com/
Christy Harriman http://www.christysbeautifullife.wordpress.com
Sarah McClellan http://theadventuresofscrappysarah.blogspot.com
**** YOU ARE HERE****Hannah Lemieux http://www.scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.com/blog/
**** GO HERE NEXT**** Khristina Sorge http://redefinedkreative.blogspot.com
Sara Scraps https://sarascrapsblog.wordpress.com/blog/
Rachel Stewarthttps://wordsandpaperscraps.wordpress.com/
Laura Rumblehttp://beadsbuttonsandbirds.blogspot.com
Felicia Younghttp://rosescrapco.blogspot.com
Beth Solerhttp://scrappingwonders.com
Crafty Meggyhttp://www.craftymeggy.com/blog/
Thanks for joining me today and can’t wait to see you around!!
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Clique Kits March Pep Rally

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Aloha!! It’s me again!! You just can’t get rid of me can u=you?! lol!!

I have been super busy creating and making layouts and having so much fun, you guys!! I hope creating and documenting is really fun for you, and if it is not then you need to find a way to make it be if that’s what your really want.

When I look at that ever growing pile of layouts it fills me with satisfaction that I know I am being my family’s storyteller.

So Let me tell you what else I have to share with you all today.

Today is the Clique Kits Pep Rally. That is where both the design team and it’s members come together online and share their projects that they are making with their kits.

The March Play kit, has the Shimelle Little by Little collection. I love the colors from this kit, it is spring in a kit bag.

It was super inspiring.

Here is the layout I made for the Pep Rally.

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I used my new sewing machine on my layout!! It was crazy but it looks so cool, doesn’t it?!Because of all the stitching I kept the rest of the layout simple. I added some black Heidi Swapp color shine, a few embellishments and a few strips of papers to layer.

Here you can watch my Process video:

If you are joining in the Pep Rally this month, make sure you use the hashtags on social media #CKPepRally, #Click_Connect_Create, #Cliquekits, #CKMarchKit, #CKPlay and link us @cliquekits

I hope if you are a member of the Clique Kits you play along!!

Have an inspiring week!!

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If you are in the Clique Kits Store  use my code Hannah10 to get 10 % off your order!!

Don’t forget to also check out the Clique Kits Blog for the April “Jelly Bean” Clique Kit Reveal!!

 

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Clique Kits March Blog Hop

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Aloha!!!

I hope you are finding yourself warm surrounded by beauty today as you hop along with all the Clique Kits Design Team Members. (I don’t know about you but I am so ready for warmer weather. Of course coming from Hawaii this summer, this is my first real winter in 6 years. I am just not used to the concept of winter being more than a week, and I find it quite sad. The cold and I just don’t get along. Thanks Goodness for hot coffee because it has kept me company during many of these cold mornings!!)

You should have come from Reku’s Blog and I bet you learned so much about her!! Isn’t she so much fun?!!

I will make sure down below the Design Team Blog Hop Line Up is posted. That way if you happen to get lost you can find your way through the hop. I am really excited to get to know all the amazing ladies and crafters I will be working with this term.

I was just thinking about when I first started scrapbooking a little over three years ago, this February. I was so obsessed with consuming so much of the scrapbooking knowledge I could find throughout the social media online world. Back then I couldn’t watch enough Tracy Banks (Mercy Tiara), Irit, Sandy (Ohsnapgonzo), Lisa (Maggie Mylow), Jill Sprott, Shimelle and many other Two Peas ladies. I was so inspired by them that I just had to share the things I was making. I seriously just jumped into this scrapbooking world that I really didn’t know much about. It wasn’t long before I got immersed in the scrapbooking community sharing and learning and building relationships with so many scrapbookers. Many of these ladies still have made a big impact on me and how I scrap today.

Even today, three years later, I am still so in love with scrapbooking. I may not be infatuated with scrapbooking like when I first started, but I still hunger and crave to touch paper everyday. Though sometimes being an adult has to come first, scrapbooking has just become a part of me. I am a storytelling, memory keeper and family historian who uses pictures and paper to tell those stories. Some of these stories are big moments and some are just pretty little moments that remind me to stop and smell the roses.

I never even imagined three years ago that I would be able to be where I am now on this scrapbooking journey I am on. It’s an amazing wild and fun and awesome ride I am on and I am loving it. I am loving be inspired by the little things and the big things in my life!

Okay let’s get to know a little more about me with some fun little facts

  1. What is your Favorite color?    Right now I have been so inspired with teal and grey and a touch of pink. I am buying clothes these colors, organizing my scrap room these colors and I may be purchasing these colors more over other colors too. (Though I really just love all colors, it’s really hard to pick a fave color for all time 😉 )
  2. What is you favorite song right?  Since I scrap mostly listening to music I love this question. A few of my fave songs that get me moving on my play list are, ‘Empy Gold’ by Halsey, ‘Hurricane’ by MsMr, ‘Let Me Love You’ by Justin Bieber, and ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore” Charlie Puth . If I want to listen to some classics I will pull out some Hanson (This Time Around), The Who, and POD just to name a few. I think I will stop before I end up naming all the songs I love!!
  3. Who inspires me? This is a hard question, because I am inspired by so many people. My daughter, Leilani inspires me as she smiled and played through Chemo treatments. My friend Jenney inspires me as she lives with having to control the thoughts in her head that try to destroy her life. She has dealt with mental illness and I have seen her conquer and defeat it with grace and poise and in her own way, not taking no as answer. I am inspired by my grandmother who has been able to see and be a part of women having voices and choices. She stood up for herself and her family doing what she needed to without handouts and worked hard. She is one of the strongest people I know. People like Joan Of Arc inspire me, many years later we still hear about this young woman who wasn’t afraid to stay up for what she thought was right! She took on so many things and stood tall. She took that faith with her tis death, many people wouldn’t do that. When staring death in the face we tend to back down and she didn’t, she didn’t let anyone tell her what to believe. That fire, so inspires me!! I also am inspired by so many crafters that I have gotten to know these passed few years, ladies like Victoria Calvin, Jen Schow, Susie Fishburne are just a few strong women taking a stand for crafting their story and going back to others. Another Big inspiration is Amy Tan. (I will share a little more about this later with my layout)
  4. Favorite Book?  This year a few of my favorite books have been Gemina (Illuminea Series), The Martian and A Court of Thorns and Roses.
  5. Favorite Movie?  Of all time my favorite movies are Back to the Future, and I am actually going to pick a show that I watched this past fall, Containment.
  6. Favorite Snack? Umm is there a choice here, chocolate. Of any kind!! Pair that with a glass of wine and you are my new best friend 😉 HAHA, just joking, sort of. I really love chocolate and wine together combo.
  7. What is your favorite food?  Fried dough pizza. No Parmesan cheese! I don’t get it often. Actually I think my mom was the last one to make this for me. She used to make this for me on my birthday because I loved it so much. Oh man, now I am hungry.
  8. Where would you like to visit someday? I am a big family ancestry researcher. I would love to go to Germany and find where my Grandfather’s family came from before heading to Upstate New York. Plus Germany is just so pretty. My next second is a tour of England, Ireland and Scotland.
  9. Who got you into scrapbooking? My husband was the one who suggested it to me to try. He may now mildly regret asking me, if he had realized how much money I would spend. Though I know he is happy knowing I have something that is for me, plus it uses all those photos I take 😉
  10. Fave Manufacturer? I really love Crate Paper. I love the mix of vintage with a modern flair. (American Crafts is probably number two, because I really love Dear Lizzy and I adore Shimelle.) Though It really is hard to pick between companies and styles, because I like to mix things up.

Here a quite look at the layout I made for this Design Team Hop.

We were asked to make a layout that shared our styles and a bit about us.

I decided to pull out some mixed media, in the form of watercolors. I really love adding something colorful or playful on my layouts. I did a technique that is one of my favorites. I used a stencil with a pen and traced it to add a pattern on my background. On top of the watercolor it really looks striking. Paired with some Shimmerz Dazzlerz paste with a silkscreen, I get a unique background that you can’t just buy in the store.

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I love that thought that I have something in my album that is unique and me on a page. Mixed media is more about what you feel in the moment. Mixing what flows from the paintbrush or palette with your emotions at the time, creates something different each time you come to your scrap desk.

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I backed this on some Pink Fresh Studio pattern paper. I used lots of layers behind my photo. I added some foam in between the layers to create dimension and shadows in these layers. There is something fun about mixing and matching bits of paper and making them fit together to create something cohesive and beautiful.

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I tucked in some ephemera, washi tape and stickers in the layers.

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I mixed the fonts for the title so it would stand out. Plus it just says fun to me, and really I like to have fun when I am documenting my memories.

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Take this layout, I am using a photo that I have been putting off scrapbooking. I think I wanted to make sure I had the “perfect” papers, embellishments and set up to tell this story. Which is definitely not how it works, right?! We can never have a perfect everything to tell a story except for right now. If it inspiring you right now, it should be told. Whether it’s a small moment in time from your life, like a flower from your garden, a fallen leaf with frost or the lego toy your son put together on his own. It could be big moments, like when your child gets married, telling the story about aunt’s passing and how that brought your family together, or your Childhood best friend. All these memories, pictures and stories are perfect the minute they come to mind.

I seen this photo of Amy Tan and I. This day I knew it was time to scrap it. It makes me smile. I remember the breezy drive down H1 to get into downtown Honolulu. I remember seeing many familiar faces and many new faces, from the last time meeting in this conference room. I remember see Amy in that flows dress watching her son playing on the floor with his cars, smiling. I remember so much from that afternoon just from looking at that photo. These things are things I don’t want to forget.

Taking a class with Amy Tan is amazing. She just leaks inspiration and passion. When I see what she does and how crafting really is everything to her, I think, I want to be just like her when I grow up!! I want others around me to be inspired to tell their stories when they look at the things I share. When I talk with them and I tell my story, I want them to feel that passion for getting these moments that mean so much to us down on paper, however that looks to them.

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Taking those two classes were so worth the money I paid. I left feeling refreshed and ready to keep sharing. Ready to keep crafting and being creative. I love that Amy really pulls this out of those around her.

If there is one thing I am sad about leaving Hawaii, is the fact I won’t be able to take classes with her there. Hopefully I will get the chance to see her again and borrow a little more of her enthusiasm for story telling and staying creative.

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When making this layout, I really wanted that emotion to come through, fun, passion and creative!

You can watch my Youtube Process video down below too.

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I hope you continue through this Design Team Hop and get to know the rest of the Clique Kits Design Team. My good friend and amazingly inspiring friend Victoria Calvin is next to visit. Enjoy her post and soak up all the knowledge and passion she shares today!!

2017 Design Team
Maryam Perez http://maryamperez.blogspot.com/
Melissa Elsner http://theprofoundbrunette.com
Vincenza (Enza) Gudor https://creativefindingsblog.wordpress.com/
Caroli Schulz www.carolinaschulz.com
Nathalie DeSousa http://tachita55.blogspot.ca/
Candace Perkins http://findingeverydayperfection.com/
Audrey Yeager http://audreysreflection.blogspot.ca/
Stephanie Gold http://goldensimplicity.com/
Nicole Martel http://nicolemartel.blogspot.com/
Donna Espiritu http://scrappydonna.blogspot.com/
Reka Turoczi http://laceandcase.blogspot.hu/
>>> Hannah Lemieux https://scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.com/<<< YOU ARE HERE
Victoria Calvin https://victoriamarieblog.com/
Taina “Evi” Cortes http://www.lifewithevi.com/blog
Sheryl Banares www.sherylbanares.com/

Have an Inspired Day!!

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PS If you decide to shop at the Clique Kits Store (there is a ton of cute stuff in there right now too) Use my code Hannah10 to get a 10% discount.

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SpiegelMom Scraps March Blog Hop

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Aloha!!! Welcome Everyone!!

You just came from Sara’s blog, isn’t her posts so beautiful and creative.

This month the  SpiegelMom Scraps Design Team and the Creative Embellishments Team is doing a product swap. Today we are sharing what we made with the products we swapped!! I hope you are super excited, because I am soon excited to share the layout I made we the products I got from Creative Embellishments!!

Make sure to follow the hop and comment along the way until March 9th and you can have a chance to win a $25 credit to the SpiegelMom Scraps Store and $30 credit to the Creative Embellishments Store. 

I will have the SpeigelMom Scraps and Creative Embellishments Blog Hop Line Up down below at the end of this post. If you lose your way you can always came back and find your place again.

I am so super excited to share this layout with you today. This might just be one of my favorite layouts I have made this year, but even collectively.

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This summer in the process of our move from Hawaii to Washington State our family did some fun outings to pass the time and have some time together. Being in a hotel for a little over a month we needed to get out and do something fun.

One of the things we decided to do was visit one of the local towns and train museums. We were able to actually ride a railroad train to the buildings where the lumbar and train workers lived and worked few weeks and months at a time.

IMG_3069I love history so for me I was in heaven, seeing all the replicated housing and the train building where they fixed and worked on the train parts to keep the train working to transport the lumber to the coast where it would connect to other parts of the railroad at the time.

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My kids were in heaven because they LOVE trains!! They were in awe to be able to ride in one, to climb up the steps of the train. They loved looking at the window and watching the world pass by as the steam train blew it’s whistle.

The only thing that was a bit sad was that because of all the clouds in the distance the view of Mt. Rainer (which is only about 10 or so miles away from us) wasn’t clear. You really could only see glimpses of the grandeur mountain and volcano. I actually hope this coming summer we can go back out there to see Mt. Rainer up close and take this train ride out again, just was the views along the way.

All this spurred this layout, which ended up having a mind of it’s own. I was only planning on doing a 12×12 layout in this sitting. Then maybe do another layout later with some other photos and tell some different stories from this day or of our life with them. I love that when given the chance scrapbooking can become it’s own force. It grows and becomes much more than we could even imagine, and in these moments I find I get lost in the process and grow so much from it. I also tend to love these layouts so much more as well.

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I started off with a really big image of the train. I think it was around  8x 10 in size. I also used this time to print off many smaller 2×3 size images from this day. My thought was to use 5 of these smaller photos at the bottom of the big photo.

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This is when it become apparent that I was’t going to have much room for journaling of any embellishments to tell this story. I didn’t really want to cover up much of the images. I wanted to have enough space so you could actual take in what was in these photos. Many of them are some of my favorite images I have taken with my DSLR.

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In came in the second side of this layout. I added a few more images I had printed off and put off to the side thinking I wasn’t going to use on this layout. I guess they were calling out to me to be used!!

One other thing I knew I wanted to try was to make some shakers. One of the things I received from Creative Embellishments was a pack of different size circles cut in chipboard. They reminded me of the wheels of the train on the railroad track. I thought these would be a fun place to contain sequin shakers. What isn’t more fun than a train wheel filled with sequins?! I used some old acetate cut a parts from my stash as the cover of the shakers. I filled the circles with some new March Release sequins, Pandora’s Ombre and Green Acres. I knew these colors would really compliment the colors throughout this layout. Because these pictures were taken in June everything out here was so green and full of life and color.

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Making these shakers were definitely a labor of love. Figuring out the best glue because of the clear acetate was really difficult. These shakers took over a day to get right. They are so worth it though. I absolutely love how they turned out. I was surprised that you can barely see the glue I used last. I ended up using the red line AC double sided tape. I cut it in half and used lots of small pieces to have a really good seal all the way around the shakers. I know if I had used vellum or a glassine bag I might have not had a hard time with the glue and fit, but I am so glad I used the manly clear acetate. You really can see the colors on these sequins in the circles. They really add to the layout and provide a fun embellishment without having a lot of pieces .

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Of course I added more layers of embellishments throughout the layout. I used the SpiegelMom Scraps Cork Stars throughout the layout as well. I really enjoy these stars. I love the texture they add, and really brings a bit of nature into the layout. Adhering them with staples brings in the metal that I think of with the Railroad train and tracks.

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As well as using the Creative Embellishments Circles with sequins, I also added a few around the layout bare. I found that the wooden buttons fit in them nicely and looked playful.

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I used lots of tickets throughout my layout as embellishments since we needed a ticket to get on the train. I really tried to think of these types of aspects when putting together my layout. I think it helps tie that layout together better and more cohesive which is really important when you are doing a double page spread.

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I hope this layout has inspired to think outside the box and try to let the layout tell you where it’s going while making it. Also to not be afraid because it is going in a direction that you didn’t expect!!

I also have a process video for this layout, Which you can check out down below!
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Now don’t forget to check out Heather’s blog. I can’t wait to see what see has made for this product swap! I am sure it will be stunning!!

Here is the list of all the crafters joining in on this SpiegelMom Scraps and Creative Embellishments Product Swap blog hop. If you comment along you will be entered into the giveaway.

SMS Blog www.spiegelmomscraps.com
Creative Embellishments blog- http://creativeembellishments/com/blog
Jody’s Blog:
Laura Whitaker blog (March Guest Designer)
Nicolle Kramer’s blog:
Lisa Kingston http://pinkglitterscrapper.blogspot.com/…
Doris Widder’s blog: http://www.distressedscrapper.com
Christy Harriman http://www.christysbeautifullife.wordpress.com/…
Maggi’s blog: http://scraptravelbark.blogspot.com/
Sarah McClellan http://theadventuresofscrappysarah.blogspot.com/…
Sarah’s Blog: http://sarahs-scrapbook.blogspot.ca/…
>>>Hannah Lemieux <<<<< YOU ARE HERE
Heather’s Blog: https://heifer21.wordpress.com
Khristina Sorge http://redefinedkreative.blogspot.com/…
Marci’s Blog: http://ascrapfrommarci.blogspot.com/
Evi Cortes http://www.lifewithevi.com/blog
Bev’s Blog: http://beeceecreativity.blogspot.com/
Sara Scraps https://sarascrapsblog.wordpress.com/…
France’s blog: http://fringuetteart.blogspot.com
Rachel Stewart – https://wordsandpaperscraps.wordpress.com/…
Nanné’s blog: http://nannes-creations.blogspot.com
Laura Rumble – http://beadsbuttonsandbirds.blogspot.com/…
Laetitia’s blog : http://triniti59760.blogspot.fr/
Felicia Young – http://rosescrapco.blogspot.com/
Lisa’s blog: http://lisasscrappyhideaway.blogspot.com/
Beth Soler – http://scrappingwonders.com/
Nadine Carlier’s Blog: http://www.myscrapnstuff.com
Crafty Meggy – http://www.craftymeggy.com/blog/
Shona Keehn blog: http://suchawonderfulmess.blogspot.ca/

Have an inspired day!!

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The Crafty Maven Stash It Monday

Aloha!!! It is my personal goal to blog more this year. I am very happy that last year I really up’ed the amount of posts I did and how I was more consistent, even while I was moving. I have some fun ideas for how I think I want to change my posts up a little more. Some it is because of choices I have made this year, and thinking outside of the box to tell my stories better. I really love having a story driven blog and layouts.

Not that I don’t like fun fluff layouts. Because I do, I love taking photos and often there is n’t much of a story behind that image except that it is pretty. I think I have some ideas for those kinds of pictures this year too.

Now that I am completely of topic, let’s reign you back in…. I want to share a layout I made for The Crafty Maven Getaway yesterday. If you didn’t realize, I am the creator of that channel. I love that there is a place where you can expect to see something inspiring every day or just about everyday.

The mood board this week is this,

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It was created by Sara Scraps. I love that The Crafty Maven can inspires my peers in the community to be even more creative in different ways!!

This piece really inspired me this week. I love the colors and how they pop. I wanted that for my layout too. I wanted a big POP on my page.

One way I did that was to use a Black and White photo. IMG_2055

I love the story behind this photo too. My oldest daughter was in love with bees this summer. She was hoping to get the bees to meet her on the Bee Express. It was really cute. I love this age of discovery in my kids.

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On the bottom of the layout I layered some embellishments and papers to create some interest under the journaling.

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I collected lots of my die cuts and stickers that were similar colors. This kind of layout is a great way to layer and get rid of pieces that have been in my stash for a while.

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I added doodling along the whole layout in silver to match the silver in one of the branding strips I used on the layout. This helps tie things together.

Here is a look at the finished layout. I really love how it turned out.

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You can also watch the process video for The Crafty Maven Getaway Youtube Channel here.

 

Hope you come back later this week for some more inspiration!!

Have an inspired Week!!

Hannah

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SpiegelMom Scraps What About Wednesday: Pumpkin Soup

Aloha My Scrappy Friends!!!

I hope you October has been going well? Mine has been flying by, I feel this way every year. The days fly by and before we know it, it will be Christmas :0

In hopes of slowing down I am still scrapping Autumn. Plus I just can’t seem to get enough of all the cool tones, glittering frost, and cozy fussy socks. I may be over scrapping Autumn this year but I am loving every minute of it!!

This week I am sharing a new project I am starting over at the SpiegelMom Scraps Blog.

I am making a Cozy themed 8 1/2 x 11 album, where I am making layouts of Autumn and Winter things that center around cozy. I am adding recipes and other traditions we have at our household that we mainly do in the Autumn and Winter months.

My first entry I share today over at the SpiegelMom Scraps blog. I hope you check it out. Also don’t forget that if you use my code Hannah15 in the SpiegelMom Scraps Store you can get 15% off of your order.

Here is a little sneak of my layout!!

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Stay inspired until next time,

Hannah

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The Crafty Maven Getaway Stash It Monday

Aloha!!

It’s definitely feeling like Autumn here this week. low to mid 60s during the day, lots of clouds are rolling in and the leaves in my yard are really start to change their color. It is so nice to have this season changing, but it is also hard to get used too as well. There are moments i sit and think, it wasn’t all that long ago that I was in Hawaii. Not Cold!! I have a feeling I will have that feeling many times this season and next!!

I wanted to get on real quick today and share with you the layout and video I posted for Stash It Monday.

I love looking at all my scraps!! They are just so pretty. Sitting in the drawer that is overflowing. I pulled out a few pieces that I thought went with the pastel inspiration piece.

I pulled some older Dear Lizzy and some scraps from a past scraptastic kit and went to town.

Here is my layout.

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If you head over to The Crafty Maven Getaway Youtube channel you can watch it over there.

 

I hope you have an inspired Week!!

Hannah

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For The Love Of Homemade Kits: Round 3 Kit Share

Aloha!! I am super excited for another round of For The Love Of Homemade Kits!! It has been so much fun using up some of my stash and creating a kit from the fun and cool scrappy things I have collected.

For this series we start each round with an inspiration piece of pattern paper. This piece helps give us an idea of how to pick other pieces and patterns to form a kit. Because we each are using our own stash, each kit is different, but similar. (By we, I mean Crafty Meggy, Felicia Young and Khristina Sorge are working together to use our own kits this month.) We then use a recipe to help pick out papers and embellishments.

Let’s get right into the Recipe we are using this round. It’s a little different from the last one. (We felt it would be good to twist it a little.)

Inspiration Paper: Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine Lucy

Paper Recipe:

  • Bold Pattern Paper
  • Texture Pattern Paper (watercolor, woodgrain, fabric, etc)
  • Dot/Circle Pattern Paper
  • Freebie Pattern Paper
  • 2 Scraps or 6×6 Papers

Embellishment Recipe:

  • Cut File
  • Stencil
  • 2 Alpha’s
  • Sticker Sheet
  • layered embellishments
  • embellishment pack
  • frames
  • buttons
  • washi tape
  • thread/twine/ribbon
  • free embellishment

 

This round I really did try to be a little more conservative with my embellishments, especially last round I had plenty of embellishments over. I still wanted variety too, so I won’t be tempted to add to my kits.

Here is what I choose for my papers

  • Inspiration Paper: Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine Lucy (I have about a half of a sheet, I am just going to make that work.
  • Bold Pattern: Dear Lizzy Documentary Love This ( I love this black, white and gray look. I think it will look good with all the color in my kit too)
  • Texture Pattern: Simple Stories Sn@p! Basics Aspen Wood/White Notebook (Not a full sheet)
  • Dot Circle: Hip Kit Club Exclusive Paper Just Dream (by Kim Watson) Explore
  • 6×6 Papers/ Scraps: Pink Paislee Fancy Free by Paige Evans (6X6 Paper) and green Scraps (I am not sure what it’s from, I think it was in an old Scraptastic Kit in the Fall a while back) and a branding strip from We R Memory Keepers Love Notes XOXO
  • Freebie Papers: Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine Mia (not a full sheet), Dear Lizzy Documentary Fresh Start, and Dear Lizzy Happy Place B-a-n-a-n-a-s

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Embellishments

Alpha’s:

  • Basic Grey Mint Julip Alpha Sheet (this sheet actually has three smaller alpha’s on it)
  • Chickaniddy Crafts Alpha (black and white stripe)
  • PinkFresh Studio Cooper Script ABC

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Sticker Sheet: Maggie Holmes Shine Sticker Sheet

Layered Embellishments:

  • Pink Paislee Fancy Free Layered Stickers
  • Heidi Swapp Layered Bows
  • Bella Blvd Felt Bows (Hot pink, green, white)

 

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Frames:

  • Simple Stories Live In Color Frames
  • PinkFresh Studio Epoxy Frames
  • Amy Tan Better Together Frames
  • Pebbles Frames
  • Pink Paislee Bella Rouge Chipboard Frames

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Free Embellishments:

  • Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine Epoxy Stickers
  • Pink Paislee C’est La Vie Puffy Stickers
  • Pink Paislee C’est La Vie Phrase Stickers
  • Pink Paislee C’est La Vie Washi Stickers (This goes in the Washi group too

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Buttons:

  • Crate Paper Poolside Button and layered embellishments
  • Shimelle True Stories  Wood Buttons
  • Pink Paislee Fancy Free Buttons

 

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Embellishment Pack:

  • Amy Tangerine Better Together Die Cuts

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Washi Tape:

  •  from my stash when I first started  scrapping so I don’t know who made it
  • PinkFresh Studio Washi from their embellishment kit (there are two)
  • Amy Tangerine Better Together thin glitter washi
  • Shimelle Starshine Washi

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Thread: White, mint green and pale yellow (it isn’t in the photo)

Stencils: Amy Tangerine 3×4 stencils and Studio Calico silk screens

Here is a look at the whole kit together.

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I am super excited to jump in and use this kit. Don’t forget that I will be making four layouts with this kit (or more if I can) and sharing them in the next four weeks. Also check out the other ladies Kit Shares as well, they will be sharing them on their Youtube Channels.(I link have a link for them at the end of this post)

I also wanted to give a heads up that I am completely in the misted of a move. my stuff is getting packed and then I will be out of my house this week and next. I am hoping that all my layouts will be ready for Youtube by the time I leave, but they may not. So I will keep everyone updated on my new Facebook Page (which is like a blog on Facebook) what layouts will be in video forma and what will just have a blog. I am hoping to also in my moving process to be doing some Vlogs and fun stuff on my Channel. I hope you stay tuned for that, and lets hope that I have enough access to internet to upload my stuff to Youtube!!

Have a great and inspired week my scrappy Friends!!

Aloha, Hannah

 

To check out the other ladies Kit Share videos click on their names.

Crafty Meggy

Felicia Young

Khristina Sorge

 

 

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