Thursday, 22 October 2015

Back to the Blog

It's been quite a while since I've posted!  Since it's mainly family and friends reading my blog, you'll know it's because we moved across Canada last winter and then embarked on months of house renovations.  I didn't get a lot of scrapbooking done during that time (I unpacked and packed my office two whole times during the move and renovations).  However, over the summer I did get back into my scrapbooking and I do have some projects to share. 

I also have some fun news!!  I am published in the Fall 2015 issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today and will also be published in the upcoming Winter issue of Canadian Scrapbooker.

So when I last left off, I said my next project would be a mini album for my cousin to document her summer visit with us.  It's a fun little album with lots of little layers & I sent it to her as a surprise after her visit (a whole year later to be exact - better late than never, right?) So here it is:

One of my goals this year is to work with my stash and make room for all the wonderful new releases that I am terrible at resisting.  With this mini album, I used a lot of items from older summer collections by Bella Blvd and Carta Bella.  All the little flower-like sequins are by Teresa Collins.  I believe the album base was by Dear Lizzy.  Anywhere you see embossing, that was done with my Teresa Collins Cut'n'Boss
More sharing to come; up next is an album I made in a class with Ali Edwards.
Thanks for dropping by :-)

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Scraptastic 4th Birthday Celebration


I'm back from a couple weeks of much needed holidays and am thrilled to have been able to scrapbook while I was away.  I finished a ton of layouts thanks to the Scraptastic Birthday Challenge held at the beginning of August.  I was even a winner for one of the games which is great news to come home to.

Here are the layouts I completed:

Challenge 1:  I used an old Cocoa Daisy kit for this one.

Challenge 2: Another old Cocoa Daisy kit.  (I already used up the majority of my first Scraptastic Kit, so am working on getting through some older kits)

Challenge 3:  Oh - how I love the new Shimelle line!

Challenge 4: Another LO using the new Shimelle line.

Challenge 5:

Challenge 6:  This was completed with scraps from the Scraptastic Summer Nights kit.

Challenge 7: Another old Cocoa Daisy kit.  I scrap-lifted this from a LO I had printed; but because it's a couple years old; I can't recall where I found it.  Sorry!

Challenge 8: Another LO using the Shimelle line.   Think I'll be buying a second round of the paper as soon as my LSS gets it in :-)

Challenge 9:  The papers  and word stickers for this came from my stash - it's by Glitz Designs.  Plus some Studio Calico and Two Peas embellishments.  The "RAD" alphas are by Fancy Pants.

These types of challenges always provide great inspiration to get me scrapping and the chance to win prizes is super fun.  Nothing like a deadline to make things happen :-)

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.  Hope you had a fantastic weekend!  My next project will probably be a mini book that I plan to make for my cousin who I just had a great visit with.  Going to try to get as much scrapbooking done as I can before the September chaos begins.


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

July Scraptastic Kit - Killed :-)

I've been sneaking in scrapbooking time.  I went for so long without getting much done; but it's summer and the kids are playing well together - so I've had some free time.  One of the benefits of having a kit is that it's easily portable.  I can take it to any work space to be near the kids and have everything I need.

I'm SO impressed that I made 8 traditional 12x12 layouts and 4 pocket style pages from the main July Scraptastic kit.  I did have some extra embellishments that I had purchased from the Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine collection before I saw the Scraptastic kit reveal.  I also ended up adding 2-3 extra sheets of patterned paper because I had so many embellishments to work with.  I still have 1 wood veneer, 1 die-cut, 1 overlay, 2 brads and a handful of ephemera still left.  My goal was to finish off those brads and I still have 2 left!!  I could probably do one more layout with the supplies I have if I add some cardstock.

This month's kit was FULL of goodies!  Even though this kit was so bold, I actually found it quite easy to work with.  Here are the layouts:

The white splatters are with Mister Huey's Opaque White.  My son wrote the journaling :-)  Everything else is from the kit.

The washi tape is from Doodlebug and the yellow alphas are from Studio Calico.

The woodgrain stars are Studio Calico and the alphas are Jillibean Soup; everything else is from the kit.

The blue base patterned paper and green alphas are from Jillibean Soup and I believe the washi tape is from Bella Blvd.

The white woodgrain pattern is from Elle's Studio and everything else is from the kit.

For this next layout I used a patterned paper by American Crafts as the base.  The blue striped photo mat was from last year's Simple Stories summer collection. Those were the only items not in the kit aside from the embossing powder.  I used the Scraptastic stamp set to add the green embossed ice cream cones.

This next one will be the title page for our Shuswap holiday section.  It was a scraplift from Irit Landgraf; I recently discovered her You Tube channel and am enjoying her process videos. They always make me smile :-) The four pocket pages that follow contain a bunch of photos from the same holiday.  

This is what is left of my July Scraptastic kit....I noticed the August kit was shipped today so I can't wait to dig into that one!

Hope you have a fabulous day and thanks for dropping by.


Friday, 25 July 2014

My First Scraptastic Kit!

Happy Summer!

I just finished my first layout made from my very first Scraptastic Kit.  I had been holding off subscribing to kit clubs the past few months as I have piles of old kits to use up and have not been scrapbooking as much as I would like to.

Once I saw the July kit, I gave in!   The kit is the July 2014 Summer Nights kit.  It is full of amazing bold rainbow colours and woodgrain patterns.  My layout is based on the July Scraptastic Club sketch challenge.  Here is the sketch:

The photo was taken at my friend's birthday pool party near the end of June.  The kids played in the pool for hours and had a blast.  The pool was at a house that belongs to a member of my friend's family.  There was an amazing view of a beach and the Pacific Ocean from the pool deck, yummy summer food and great company - just close friends and family.   It was the first real summer activity we did right after school was out.

I was also inspired by a recent Paperclipping podcast "A Team Effort" which is a discussion about including the family in our scrapbooking.  So I had my daughter write her memory of that day on the journal card and it's my favourite part of the layout. Here's my layout:

I spritzed the sunshine wood veneer with Heidi Swapp Colour Shine (Mustard).

The "Just Chill" sentiment is from the July Summer Nights stamp set.

We've been having an amazing summer so far and have been enjoying wonderfully sunny weather.  I know I'll be using up the rest of my kit really soon!

Thanks for dropping by.


Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Mother's Day Weekend Scrapbooking


I had an amazing Mother's Day weekend - it started on Friday when two of our long-time friends showed up at the door on Friday evening.  Our husbands had been planning a surprise for us and planned a weekend together where they did all the cooking and took the kids out of the house so that we could scrapbook all weekend.  They also occasionally delivered Starbucks and wine!  Yes, I'm a lucky girl :-)

I finished a couple more layouts for the Paperclipping Romantic Scrapbook Course and even scrapbooked a photo that was emailed to us while the kids were at the park on the weekend.

For the first layout I used an older Cocoa Daisy kit.  The patterned paper is October Afternoon and the chevron overlay is by Allison Kreft for Webster├Ęs Pages (Sweet Notes), the Tickers are American Crafts (Baby Girl), the smaller text stickers are October Afternoon (Chalk and Slate Mini Market) and the journalling tag is by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper.

The layout is telling a bit about how our paths crossed before we met.  Long before we worked together, our paths had crossed many times including swim club family picnics.  We had found old photos in family albums where Mark's mom had taken a picture of Mark's sister in a potato sac race and I just happen to be in the photo participating in the same race.   I didn't have a copy of that photo but the one above is from my family photos and my mom had taken this picture of me and Mark's sister just happens to be sitting on the grass with a friend. 

Last week I picked up bunch of the new Teresa Collins collection - Something Wonderful.  I love that my LSS Clipperstreet carries the entire collection.  They carry all of the Teresa Collins goodies!  I believe the Thickers are by Dear Lizzy and the enamel dots are a mix of Freckled Fawn and My Minds Eye.  This LO is based on a sketch from the Creative Scrappers Birthday Bash sketches.

I forgot to add the journalling before I took the photo, but this is another favourite place layout.  We don't live in the same city as this restaurant anymore, but when we visit family, we always go for dinner.  Last summer we went for our anniversary - which explains why we took a photo of our wedding rings for a different sort of selfie :-)

This LO is also based on a sketch from the Creative Scrappers Birthday Bash.  The tags, sequins, stars and cameras are from Studio Calico (Oh I love their newish Colour Theory line!) and the patterned paper was selected by my friend (can't recall the name but it's the newest summer collection by Echo Park).  She used the exact combo of papers and I loved it so much, she gave me all the same strips.  This sketch is great for times when you love both the A & B sides and/or want to really stretch your patterned paper.  She still had tons left even after doing this layout twice.

This LO was based on a sketch from Creative Scrappers : Creating with Sketches book 1st Edition (page 7).  I purchased both editions as E-Books and then printed and bound them at Staples. This picture of my daughter was taken by my friend's husband while they were out on adventures with the kids all weekend. He texted the photo to us and it was sooo cute, I just had to print it and scrapbook it right away :-)  This LO uses patterned paper and embellishments mostly from Pink Paislee's Switchboard collection.  The heart paper is from My Minds Eye - Now & Then.  The sequins are from Studio Calico.

This LO is a total scraplift from Nancy Damiano.  I believe it was posted on the Scraptastic Kit Club blog and it uses a lot of October Afternoon's Daily Flash collection and Elle's Studio.  I'm really loving this new grid  approach that is popular right now.

This LO is based on Creative Scrappers latest Sketch # 268.  It was released on Mother's Day and I was just wrapping up and thought this would be quick and simple.  To be honest I'm not happy with the splatters; I was hoping for a more random, spread out splatter, but it just wasn't working for me.  I'm not one to fix or start over, so I just moved onward :-)

I love scrapbooking older photos of my kids - these photos are from when my son was seven months old which was nine years ago!

That's all for now.  I never finish as many LOs as I think I will, but it was still a productive weekend and lots of great visiting with a good friend. If you want to check out her blog, it's Scraps by Jen.

I'm still working on LOs for the Paperclipping Romantic Scrapbooking Course and will continue to post those.

Thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Paperclipping Romantic Scrapbooking Course LO4

Happy Tuesday!

I'm so excited because today I had the opportunity to chat with Noell and Izzy Hyman of  I was a guest today on their podcast Paperclipping Rountable where we discussed scrapbooking about our significant other!! If you click on the link, the show will be posted later today.  I listen to their podcast ALL the time, and it was so much fun to be a part of it - thank you Noell and Izzy!  Here's a selfie I snapped just before the recording started...

I was truly inspired by the videos and prompts in the Romantic Scrapbooking course.  I've been digging for old photos, asking Mark questions, jogging my own memory and having fun spending time documenting our relationship.  I'm not completing the layouts chronologically; mostly the order is based on when I found the photos.  As I find more, I will keep making pages and posting here and linking to the segments of the course they relate to.  If you haven't checked it out yet, take a look at the Romantic Scrapbooking course.  It has provided me with tons of inspiration to tell our story which I think our children and grandchildren will enjoy one day.

My layout today is a bit about first impressions.  Mark and I lived in the same neighborhood (a block away from each other), he was one of our paper boys and we attended the same elementary school, but he was two years older than me.  Our paths crossed in various ways, but we never actually met each other until my first shift at McDonalds!!  Yes - he trained me on fries...not the most romantic story...but funny nonetheless.  Also significant as my life changed forever after meeting him, so I better tell the story :-)  My layout was inspired by sketch 267 at Creative Scrappers and  Noell Hyman and Beth Quiroz.

Looking at the layout now, I realised I forgot to add some speech bubbles!  Hmmm...I might still add as they were kinda cute.  I'm now off to find speech bubbles and more photos.  As discussed on the show today; if I can't find a good photo or any photo, I'll scrapbook a page without a photo to make sure I tell the story - that would be a first for me.  We'll see what happens....stay tuned!

Thanks for dropping by,

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Paperclipping Romantic Scrapbooking Course LO3

Ok, so this is my last layout for today.  This one is for the "Grateful" challenge in the Paperclipping Romantic Scrapbooking Course.  It's not too serious at all but very true.  I'm grateful for many other meaningful things which I will have to document as well, but this was the first thing that came to mind today when I thought about what I was grateful for.  May have been the lack of coffee...but it's definitely a true story.

Here's the layout (based on Creative Scrappers Birthday Sketch):

The tag has the journalling written on it.  The layout was already so busy with my patterned paper choices; so I decided to hide the journalling.  The tag reads, "It's no secret that I do not love laundry.  I especially hate and avoid putting socks together.  It only takes a few days for this family of five to produce a HUGE mountain of loose socks.  The bigger the pile - the longer it sits.  Until the love of my life, my husband tackles it!  I am truly grateful when he makes the mountain disappear."  Which is more often than I like to admit.

I still have a few more  layouts to try out from the class.  Stay tuned for more!

Thanks again for dropping by,