Creative Team Introductions | Tori Bissell

Hello lovelies! Today I am so excited to introduce to you this amazing talented lady on our Creative Team, Tori Bissell! You can find out more about Tori and connect with her on social media on her page: Tori Bissell.


Larkindesign 2018 Creative Team Introductions | Tori Bissell!!!

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to pop in on the blog to introduce myself and say hi!  My name is Tori and I'm so excited and honoured Theresa asked me to join the Larkindesign Creative Team. Not only is she an incredibly talented designer she's such a great scrappy friend too, so I'm excited to work with her. When I saw the line-up of the rest of the Creative Team, I was blown away by the talent and uniqueness and creativity... gah there's so much inspiration - I'm so thrilled to work with these artists. I'm also a little shocked that I'm one of them. 

Today I am working with the Larkindecember Digital Mini Kit. Click on the image below to purchase!

I thought today, I could pop in and tell you a bit more about me and show you the first project I've created as part of the Creative Team. 

Larkindesign 2018 Creative Team Introductions | Tori Bissell!!!

If we haven't met, I'm a fellow memory keeper who adores sparkles, buttons, glitter, sequins, doilies and PINK!  I love collecting memorabilia and documenting the details.  Recently I stumbled upon hybrid scrapbooking and fell head over heels in love.  I love that I get the opportunity to make things my own and play on my computer BUT I still get to play with all the pretty supplies. It's the best of both worlds!  I adore scrapbooking, project life, and mixed media. I also dabble in planner decorating and junk journals. If it includes pretty papers - I'm in! I truly aspire to inspire others... that's why I created my YouTube channel a few years ago and why I love sharing the things I'm working on with others. I have just been so blessed and inspired by the creativity others share and I hope I can share a bit with others too. I'm looking forward to sharing more inspiration with you via the blog. 

 

Larkindesign 2018 Creative Team Introductions | Tori Bissell!!!

Anywho, I thought today I could share one of my most recent creations with you. Throughout the whole month of December I've been working diligently on my December Daily - my favourite project of the year. Oh by the way, I'm Canadian - just in case the extra "u" in favourite didn't give it away. 

When I saw the Larkindecember Digital Files I just couldn't wait to play with them. My favourite designs were definitely the florals... the 4x6 floral heart and the floral wreath ... be still my beating heart. I knew immediately I needed to print those off and stick them in the album. So I printed off a few of the Larkindecember Files on my Cannon Selphy while I was printing of my photos for today's spread. 

Larkindesign 2018 Creative Team Introductions | Tori Bissell!!!

Today In my Decmeber Daily I wanted to document my David's Tea Advent Calendar and the crazy, goofy text message conversations my sister and I have been having as we taste test the daily teas. I decided to use this plastic envelope form Ali Edwards a few years ago and I began by fussy cutting out the floral wreath and adding my woodveneer #5. I then created 3 different 4x6 cards with the photos, the 4x6 floral heart print and the Advent Calendar image. I was really inspired by a project Brandi Kincaid had shared where she made a little flip book, peek-a-boo of her advent calendar. I love that it creates an interactive element for day 5. 

Larkindesign 2018 Creative Team Introductions | Tori Bissell!!!

By the way, I used the picstitch app to create the photo collages of the text message conversations. I also used the Rhonna app to shrink the size of the 4x6 floral heart. I love that hybrid scrapbooking can be as quick and easy as playing with the jpegs on my phone and printing them off on my cannon selphy photo printer. I think sometimes "hybrid scrapbooking" and "digital scrapbooking" get a bad rep... oh that's too hard. But honestly this project couldn't have been any easier to create and the whole project only took about half an hour or so. 

I did create a process video of my project if you'd like to check it out here:

I hope you enjoyed checking out my December Daily Day 5 and reading the ridiculous conversations between my little sister and I. I had so much fun sharing it with you. 

If you'd like to check out some more about me, you can visit the Creative Team page on the blog or you can come visit me at YouTube, my website, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Can't wait to see you.

xoxo Tori

Larkindecember | December Daily Album 2017 Days 12 and 13!!!

Hello lovelies, today I am continuing on past the half way point in my 2017 December Daily Album with Days 12 and 13! I hope you will be patient with me as I recover from this stupid cold!

Let's start with Day 12. Here is the layout as foundation pages:

Larkindecember | December Daily Album 2017 Days 12 and 13!!!

For the previous day I had removed the full page protector on the left and added an insert. For Day 12 I added one of the 4x8 foiled tags from Ali Edwards.

Larkindecember | December Daily Album 2017 Days 12 and 13!!!

On the back of the tag I adhered a photo of Addison placing his ornaments on the tree. I added my journaling on the right hand side and numbered the day using the wood veneer tree and black number stickers in the Paislee Press Mini Kit. The story for today is for Addison, who particularly loves hanging the ornaments every year!

Larkindecember | December Daily Album 2017 Days 12 and 13!!!

Here are the elements outside of the album:

Larkindecember | December Daily Album 2017 Days 12 and 13!!!

Day 13 as a foundation page:

Larkindecember | December Daily Album 2017 Days 12 and 13!!!

This may be one of my all-time favorite layouts ever. For my story and photo I wanted to be sure to document what our wrapping papers and tags looked like this year, so I spread a few on the kitchen floor and snapped a couple of photos. 

 

Larkindecember | December Daily Album 2017 Days 12 and 13!!!

There was a lovely transparency there already from Felicity Jane, with the number 13 already added. I positioned my photo underneath the number and then clustered my embellishments above the photo.

Larkindecember | December Daily Album 2017 Days 12 and 13!!!

One thing you will notice different from the process video is that I went back and added a few white splatters to this page! I didn't capture that on film, but when I went to photograph this page, I realized it needed some white to tie in the photo border with the background paper. 

 

Larkindecember | December Daily Album 2017 Days 12 and 13!!!

I am loving this project so much again this year! I hope you are inspired as well!

~Theresa

Creative Team Introductions | Hannah Lemieux!!

Hello lovelies, today I am so excited to introduce to you one of our incredible Creative Team members, Hannah Lemieux! If you'd like to learn more about her and connect with her online, follow this link: Hannah Lemieux.

Larkindesign 2018 Creative Team Introductions | Hannah Lemieux

Aloha!! I am so excited to be here today and share with you what I have been working on lately. Like many of us throughout the scrapbooking community I have been working on the project called December Daily. It is one of my favorite projects probably because Christmas is my favorite holiday.

***December Daily is an album concept designed and marketed by Ali Edwards. Learn more about this project via the following link: Ali Edwards.

I am working with the Larkindecember Digital Mini Kit, which is available by clicking the image below.

I have always struggled with the reasons why page in my album. Maybe I feel like my reason really doesn't change. In all reality, I have only been scrapbooking 4 years so right now in this stage of my life and scrapbooking journey my reason for documenting my holiday season hasn't changed much. I imagine as my kids grow and as I grow even more as a scrapbooker my priorities will change just like life has a way of doing. I just am not sure I need to focus on that much. I love how we are allowed this freedom in our hobby, the ability to make our own rules to fit our style. 

Creative Team Introductions | Hannah Lemieux!!

This beginning of the season I have been thinking a lot about the focus of my life, holiday season and my album. The song Joy to the World, has been running through my head as I start to pull out the christmas decorations. As I start to mark up our family planner with activities and appointments and start to rearranging and deep clean our house all in preparation for the holidays. In reality we do this every year in different ways, but this year it has just seemed even more important. 

I created this intro into Day 1 with this theme and Christmas carol in my mind. 

Creative Team Introductions | Hannah Lemieux!!

I started off by adjusting the 4x6 Hello December card from the Larkindecember Digital Mini Kit  in Photoshop and adding to the bottom of a 6x8 template. I then printed this off on extra thick media paper. My intention was to add tons of things we do throughout and think about during December and then cover that all up with gesso and mixed media. This way the words would be faintly showing throughout the color and clutter of texture. 

I used a Shimmerz Christmas color kit, that has some amazingly bright and bold colors that you associate with the holiday season. I did try no to cover up the Hello December to much, one it is colored with printer ink and could bleed and get smudged but also I wanted that to be visible so you now in fact it is December. 

Once I used my watercolor paint brush to drop big splatters and sprinkle little spatters I then used a semi dry brush to blend colors together and also pick up a little color to cause variations. 

After the watercolors all dried I added modeling paste mixed with Gold Inklingz from Shimmerz and Gold texture luxe from Faber Castell. This created a very muted gold paste I could use through a cobblestone type stencil. I added the paste in a few spots not filling up the whole stencil space. After it dried I was ready for the next step. Though this part this me is the hardest step. The waiting can take some time. I find air drying to be my preferred method for air drying to help the paper not warp as much. 

I ALSO added triangle christmas trees in thin paint with a fine line bottle to mimic the triangle tree in the christmas collection. Sometimes it's these little things that really can tie your project together too. 

I also added triangle Christmas trees in thin paint with a fine line bottle to mimic the triangle tree in the Larkindecember collection. Sometimes it's these little things that really can tie your project together too. 

I searched through my stash of find alphas that matched the feel of the Christmas Season as well as colors that matched with the media I used. I then adhered them to my media media page with a liquid glue. You want to use a strong glue, when adhering anything that isn't going into a pocket. 

Larkindesign 2018 Creative Team Introductions | Hannah Lemieux

I love the way the various alpha's and how they pop off the media on this page. It really feels Christmasy to me. This is important to me in my December Daily album too. 

Larkindesign 2018 Creative Team Introductions | Hannah Lemieux

Here is a look at the rest of my Day 1. 

Again I used another 4x6 digital card from the Larkindecember Digital Mini Kit and added it to a 6x8 template in Photoshop. I placed the 4x6 in the middle of the template so the heart would be centered. I used the eye dropper tool and collected a sample from the mint color Theresa had added. I then used the paint bucket tool to add that color to the top and the bottom of the template. Super easy way to make a 6x8 sheet. I then printed it off on cover stock paper.

I added the word Joy from Pink Fresh Studios with huge chunky black glitter. I wrapped the word around the outside of the heart. I love how the black stands out against the greens and red in the heart. I also added some stars above the Joy. 

I added the word Joy from Pink Fresh Studios with huge chunky black glitter. I wrapped the word around the outside of the heart. I love how the black stands out against the greens and red in the heart. I also added some stars above the Joy. 

Larkindesign 2018 Creative Team Introductions | Hannah Lemieux

I am using a layered number cluster for each of my days. This cluster consists of a label punched tag, a circle, a silhouette cut snowflake (in buffalo plaid) with a cork number from Ali Edwards December Daily Main Kit. These numbers I painted various colors of metallic paint. 

I added some washi tape to my cluster with some more stars from Color Cast and Ali Edward's Store. I added in tile alphas "To the World" to finish the Christmas Carol I referenced on the page before. I really wanted to tie them together and have this concept of preparation flow from page to page. At least at the beginning of my album. I think when we take a couple extra moments to carry certain themes throughout our album it really feels much more complete and cohesive. 

Larkindesign 2018 Creative Team Introductions | Hannah Lemieux

In my last pockets I added a picture I took early on December 1st. It was chilly and gorgeous. I did not even mean to get up early enough to see the sunrise, but as if the December Daily angels were looking down on me, I had this perfect opportunity. The opportunity to capture my world before the holiday season begins, in the silence I could remember the reason for the season and find pure joy. 

I added some chipboard to my picture and then I added a journaling card in the other 4x6 pocket. It had hearts and some words that I covered up with a gold and black word strip and another chip board phrase piece. I added another Color Cast heart (which matches perfectly with Larkindesign cards). This journaling card is filled with lines and has plenty of space to journal about my day. 

Check out the process video I created for this page!! 

Thanks for joining me today and taking a peek into my December Daily Album. I am so excited to use more of the Larkindecember Digital Collection in my album mixed in with Ali Edwards December Daily Kit. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see more peeks of my album as it comes together. Also, you can connect with me on my About Me Page here as well: Hannah Lemieux.

I hope you have a wonderful and simply magical Christmas Season this year!!

Hannah