Saturday, 19 October 2013

Elle's Studio Challenges

Happy Saturday!  I've been busy in my scrap room inspired by Elle's Studio's Thursday Sketch Challenge and their Wednesday Challenge.

This is the sketch:

This is my take on the sketch:

I had some fun with it and used my Silhouette to make the hexagon background, spritzed the Elle's Studio patterned paper with Heidi Swapp's Color Shine, and embossed the die cut with polka dots using Zing! Opaque by American Crafts.  The little stars and "love" paperclip are from Freckled Fawn Oh Deer Me Kit and the alphas are by Studio Calico and Doodlebug (both have been in my stash so long, I can't provide a link to buy).  

I just love the variety of tags from Elle's Studio and this sketch provided the perfect opportunity to break them out and use them up!  Here's a few peeks at the details:

I also did a layout for the Wednesday Challenge.  The challenge was to scrapbook a LARGE photo.  That was the only requirement :-)  So here's my large photo layout:

I believe the die cut files are a new addition to the Elle's Studio On Line Shop - I picked those up right away.  Love them!!  The I "heart" Our Family is from the October Die Cut Files.  The patterned paper is from Elle's Studio Saltwater collection - just love the colours and the versatility of the line.  I added minimal embellishments; the wood veneer cameras and hearts are from Scraptastic and the Geotag Paperclip is from Freckled Fawn's Oh Deer Me Kit.

That was a productive Saturday for me!  Thanks for dropping by!!


Thursday, 17 October 2013

Project Life 2013

So I have not yet posted my Project Life layouts, but Becky Higgin's latest call for the Project Life Creative Team has motivated me to post my work.  It would be SO amazing to be on her team ( I can dream can't I?) but mostly the call has created a great reason to share what I'm doing with Project Life.

I've been doing Project Life since it began as Project 365.  I completed one year using the digital version but have gone back to paper because I really favour the tactile aspect of scrapbooking.  I do like the digital approach because it's easy and enables the possibility of ordering multiple copies.  I love the idea of printing one for each of my three children, but since I'm not doing digital - I guess they'll have to fight for them :-)

I've been scrapbooking for 17 years and I do Project Life because I feel that the everyday pictures tell a complete and accurate picture of our life (in addition to the big events and holidays that traditionally get recorded).  I can start and finish it and feel GREAT when it's completed.  I continue to recommend Project Life to friends that are new to scrapbooking because it's a do-able way to scrapbook - budget and time-wise.

So here are the first four weeks of my 2013 album.  I'll continue to post the remainder as I take pictures of the pages.  Hope you enjoy a peek into our everyday!

Cover Page

Week 1 

Week 2

Week 3 

 Week 4

As you can see, I keep the pages fairly simple.  I've mostly kept to the original concept of Project Life because that guarantees I stay caught up.  I do get creative with it to participate in challenges from time to time, but the majority of the pages are simple.  I still do traditional scrapbooking but I just love the everyday moments recorded in my Project Life albums.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 7 October 2013

Memory Workshop October Kit

I picked up my Memory Workshop October kit when I attended BC Crop for Kids last weekend and I LOVE it!  I started creating with it right away and the only item I used from my stash was gold Stickles.  I didn't have a lot of time, so clearing off my desk and just using the kit made the process so much faster.  I also used photos that I had on hand; I didn't waste any time searching for the "perfect" photos.  I have tons more product to to use, so this is just the start!  I just love the colours in this kit and the cardstock included matches perfectly with the patterned paper and embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

BC Crop for Kids Layouts

I spent the past weekend with friends at a crop to raise funds for the BC Children's Hospital.  It was a great crop - tons of fun and lots to do (classes, shopping, spa treatments) and I was quite productive - so I'm happy to share the pages I finished.

 Elle Price attended and hosted a Make & Take table.  This layout was the Make & Take.  It took less than 5 minutes!!  I've never completed a layout in 5 minutes!! I only added the Basic Grey stars and the "super duper cute" stamp from Elle's Studio.

There was a twins/triplets contest on Saturday night and we dressed like our favourite super hero Glitter Girl.  We won the triplets category and had a huge laugh - and we were quite excited to share the news with Glitter Girl who said "This is AMAZING!"  That was the icing on the cake.

The next BC Crop for Kids is already scheduled for the last weekend of September 2014.  If you're looking to attend a well run, fabulous crop, take some classes, shop and support a great cause, I highly recommend registering for this crop.  I know I'll be going next year :-) 

I took a great class with Kristine Ponte from Close to My Heart.  Wow - so many layouts and the class kits were full of die-cuts and pre-stamped items.  Four layouts and a card for only $25 - super great value and a fun class.  I believe all the instructors donated their time, so a big shout out to the class instructors for giving their time & talent.  I'll post those layouts as soon as I finish adding photos.

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, 27 September 2013

Winner of Freckled Fawn Giveaway!

So the lucky winner of the Freckled Fawn Geotag Paper Clips is Melanie Martin.  Thanks everyone for visiting & participating :-) Stay tuned for another giveaway...I added extras to my recent purchases :-)

Happy Friday

Friday, 20 September 2013

The New Oh Deer Me Kit from Freckled Fawn

I wanted to share my latest find today (Oh Deer Me kits) but first wanted to talk about why I LOVE kit clubs...

I have been subscribing to a monthly kit through Noel Mignon for about a year and a half and love it.  It's bigger than most kits (about double the size of other kit clubs) but at $70 the value is great.  I've done the math and know that I could not buy the individual items for less on my own and that doesn't account for all the other benefits of a kit club.

The benefits include: you get an assortment of products from various manufacturers that compliment each other, plus they break up packages so that you don't get more than you really need of a particular embellishment.  Plus there's a blog, Facebook page and various events hosted by Noel Mignon to connect with other scrappers and get inspiration.

Other kit clubs I have tried and would recommend are Cocoa Daisy, Memory Workshop (Canadian - yay!), Scrapbook & Cards Today (Canadian as well) and Scraptastic.  Citrus Twist is on my bucket list as I have seen some great kits from there as well.

So what do you do when you're already subscribed to a great kit club but addicted to supplies and STILL need more??  Well you find another kit club of course!!  I needed one that would compliment Noel Mignon and not result in duplicate items... I was so excited to find the new Oh Deer Me kits from Freckled Fawn!

It's all embellishments and some items are exclusive to kit members.  It comes in a CUTE tin and it's full of goodies.  I received my first kit last week and I am SO excited about it - just love all the items and the fact that they will compliment my existing kit club.  They also have additional items (some exclusive) available to members in advance of non-members and the service has been great.  I had sent a message looking for more information and received a reply right away plus a follow up to make sure all was good.

Sorry for rambling on  - may have had one too many cups of coffee today...  I can't wait to get busy with this kit!  Here are some pictures:

If you like what you see, leave a comment by September 27 and I will enter your name in a draw to win this package of cute geotag paperclips. I will mail these anywhere - no restrictions.  I ordered an extra one to share :-)

Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Boys at the Fair!

We went to the local fair with Alex's best friend last year. The photos of Alex and his friend are priceless.  We packed in so many rides, treats and games - the boys were just ecstatic.  I decided to dig into my Bella Blvd stash because the bright colours and happy themes paired perfectly with our day at the fair.  All the product is Bella Blvd except for the Stickles on the title and embellishments (which doesn't show up so well in the photo) and the American Crafts Precision Pen used for journaling.  

I completed the next layout a few months ago with Echo Park's All About A Boy ( which is on sale at Two Peas right now).  The arrow clips and orange tag are Freckled Fawn from Two Peas in a Bucket and the kraft stars are Studio Calico. The photos are similar to the layout above, but when I have lots of photos that I just LOVE, I will make a layout for our family album and my child's album as well.  I have a collection of albums for each of my three children that they can keep one day.  They mostly record their individual stories and events.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Day 6,7,8,9 of Shimelle's LSNED

I've been recording my daily lessons but not getting as much creative time in because we have been having a gorgeous September! We've been breaking records with warmer than usual weather and aside from back-to-school routines, it still feels like summer!  I gave my self  a 30 minute limit to see what I could get done. I already had the photos printed, so it was do-able.

I fit 4 days into one layout thanks to the pocket page approach and I'm happy with the results.  There was one particular day where I had so many great photos of "taking in the view" I couldn't fit them all.  We spent the day in Victoria, BC with friends and then took the ferry home that early evening.  So many moments of just taking in the beauty that surrounded us; my lesson was SO obvious that day.  Here is the layout:

I love the Dear Lizzy blue sky/cloud brad!!!  Wish I had 100 of these - cute is that?

I'm on a roll with this 30 minute limit approach, but I need to print some more photos before I can do my next layout.  Unfortunately my printer stopped working last week and Epson is sending me a replacement (still waiting...).  I've gotten use to printing photos as needed and not having a printer definitely slowed me down.  I managed to work on some other projects in the meantime and I will post those soon.

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Winner of My Little Project Life Giveaway!!!

I had a little giveaway for anyone, anywhere to win a Project Life mini kit for leaving a comment by September 6th on my very first blog post.  I used a random number generator to choose the winner and I'm happy to say HeidiandJer is the lucky winner!!  I will contact you to arrange delivery.  Thank you SO much to everyone for your kind compliments and for checking out my blog.  I hope you continue to tune in :-)


Day 3,4 & 5 of Shimelle's Learn Something New Everyday

I'm out of town staying with friends on Vancouver Island and was able to get some scrapbook time in (Jen loves to scrap just as much as me).   Just enough to scrap day 3, 4 & 5 of LSNED.

I had one photo developed and then my printer quit on me.  So I used my Instax Mini 8 to take the rest of my photos.  It doesn't have the same image quality, but it's so much fun and easy to use and I love the little credit card size Polaroid look.

I used bits and pieces from Studio Calico Project Life kits and Studio Calico cork arrows, my Dear Lizzy Project Life kit from Michael's, Elle's Studio monthly kit, wood veneer and ombre enamel dots from Freckled Fawn, American Crafts Dear Lizzy brads, Basic Grey stars, Fancy pants cork stars and Doodlebug Designs pink twine.

My lessons were:

Lesson 3:  Don't be afraid to try something new; it's worth the effort and you just might have fun too!  The picture is a snapshot of my blog overview showing where people have been viewing my blog from.  There's Canada, United States, Sweden, Russia, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, and Malaysia. This new adventure in blogging is turning out to be a lot of fun.

Lesson 4: If you have to be somewhere on time and have 3 kids in tow- add 10 minutes to the schedule.  I didn't plan as well as I should have and we were late for the first full day of school.  Lots of little delays getting out the door that just an extra 10 minutes would have fixed.

Lesson 5: It's always a good idea to eat cupcakes and scrapbook with a friend.  We could have done a lot of things but we decided to indulge and enjoy mini cupcakes and coffee while scrapbooking  - which we do not often get to do together.

Nothing too deep, but little thoughts I pulled from each day.  I'll be home tomorrow, so I should be able to post my next three days right away.

Thanks again for dropping by and have a beautiful day!


Thursday, 5 September 2013

Day 1 & 2 of Shimelle's Learn Something New Every Day

So far LSNED is going really well.  I'm sticking to the supplies I pulled and the lessons that I am reflecting on each day are coming easily - ha!  I've been able to sneak in some creative time during my 3 year old's afternoon nap and I actually  have two versions of my first two lessons.

I've been checking out vintage typewriters on eBay and am hoping to get one for Christmas ;-) (...yes I subscribed my husband to this blog...).  I always use my own printing but I do love the typewriter look when I see it on layouts.  So I tried using a typewriter font on my computer and printed it on to cardstock.

After putting it all together, it just wasn't working for me.  Too busy, didn't look right, it's not the perfect typewriter font and I took it off.  So here is my first attempt with adding a typewriter look to document the lessons:

Here is a look at the revised version using journal tags from a Studio Calico Project Life kit.  I think I like this better, seems less busy to me.  Also a little trick I learnt from Amy Tangerine is to use a Fiskars Fingertip Detail Knife to trace the bottom half of the heart (granola bar photo) so that I could slide the photo underneath.  I didn't want to cover up the heart and now it looks like an embellishment.

Sorry about the quality of the photos; I'm taking them at night in my office and tried to make them as clear as possible.  So next I have my photos and lessons ready for Day 3 & 4.  Looking forward to sharing those with you.  

I rarely go back and make changes to layouts once their done, but I just couldn't walk away from this one today.  How about you?  Do you ever go back and make changes?

Thanks again for dropping by and have a fabulous day :-)


Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Getting Started with Shimelle's Learn Something New Every Day

It's September and time for the kids to go back to school.  For me, September means another round of Shimelle's Learn Something New Every Day class.  For me, it is a fun scrapbooking activity, but more importantly it is a means to take the time to be more reflective.  During the month of September, I take a few minutes at the end of the day to determine what I learnt that day.  No pressure for big discoveries, it can be the smallest thing that sometimes goes unnoticed.  And not to worry; if you can't come up with a lesson, Shimelle is providing prompts called "Something To Ponder Today."

So the first thing I did was gather my supplies.  I find if I limit my self to supplies I choose at the beginning, it takes less time to create.  There are some extra alphas, for some reason I could not make a final decision, so I pulled my favourites and I will decide as I go.

As you can see I pulled quite a bit, but I really did try to limit my self (I'm sure there's a lesson in there somewhere...).  I'm using the pockets and my base is the Becky Higgins Project Life Dear Lizzy Edition that was exclusive to Michael's craft store in Canada.  I have Dear Lizzy stickers and buttons, just released Studio Calico chalk board stickers, Amy Tangerine Life letter stickers, Snap by Simple Stories letter stickers, Heidi Swapp letters, Fancy Pants cork shapes and Sassafrass stickers.

 I then had to add some limited edition Elle's Studio and exclusive wood veneer from Two Peas in a Bucket.

I promise I'm almost done!  I then decided to add some items that came in the latest Woolf kit from Studio Calico  - the cut outs from Hello Forever and the My Minds Eye Cut & Paste tiny word stickers.  The enamel dots from Freckled Fawn are quite new and the pink twine, Studio Calico cork arrows and label stickers are a bit older.  All of this seems to be coordinating quite nicely with the Dear Lizzy Project Life Kit - it's getting hard to stop!

I finally sit down to assemble my title page.  Just like Shimelle, I plan to store these pages within my regular 2013 album, so there will be a title page and an ending page.  This took me about 30 minutes and that included my Glossy Accents adhesive disaster.  Lesson today - don't use a paper piercer to unclog the tip.  It's too big and it tears the tip almost in half.  I've seen others use a needle - this is definitely the recommended tool to use.  Oops...  Anyhow, here's what I ended up with:

One little trick I learnt from Mercy Tiara is to use wax paper to place stickers (especially alphas) when you're afraid to commit or unsure of placement.  This was super handy when I did the title card with the different stickers.  You can see how the stickers changed from when I took the picture to my final layout. So easy to change your mind with the wax paper! 

I've been taking a bit of time to record my lessons in a notebook so that when I sit down to scrap I will not have to rely on my memory.  I am also noting the photo I took because every little bit helps and it will save time down the road.  Now I need to go and scrap some photos :-)

Thank you for dropping by and have a wonderful day!


Friday, 30 August 2013

A New Blog & A Scrap Room Tour

Well hello!

I am excited to be starting a blog about my adventures in scrapbooking.  Why start a blog?  Well, I love to see the layouts that other people create as they give me SO much inspiration.  I browse a lot of blogs looking for inspiration and it looks like a great way to connect with people.   I also enjoy sharing my layouts - it's fun to share ideas, inspire and share the stories on my pages.

I belong to a few kit clubs, love to attend crops & retreats, participate in classes (both on-line and in-person) and I have to admit - some days I'm not sure which I love more - scrapbooking or SHOPPING for scrapbooking supplies.

I'm a busy work at home mom of three to Alex (8 yrs old), Ava (5 yrs old) and Maia (3 yrs old).  After a crazy day, there's nothing more therapeutic than sitting down to document life and reflect on all my blessings through scrapbooking.   I love being creative, I love documenting the big moments AND everyday moments and I love sharing this hobby with my friends and family and anyone else who shares my passion.

So to kick this off, I'm going to share some pictures of my scrap space and offer a giveaway (I know it's mostly friends who will be reading why not do something fun to celebrate?!).

 If you comment on my very first post, you will be entered to WIN a Becky Higgins Project Life Mini Kit : Seasons Edition.  Project Life is one of my very favourite scrapbook items and it enables anyone to document life without investing a lot of time or money.  My kids love using the mini kits for their albums and I use them to add-on to my regular Project Life kits or my traditional layouts.

Leave a comment by Friday, September 6th for a chance to win:

Now for some pictures of my scrap space.  I only acquired this office 2 years ago.  Prior to that my supplies lived in a closet in the basement and when I wanted to scrap, I had to take everything upstairs to my dining room table where if often sat for a week.  This space is a dream come true for sure!!  I've been scrapbooking for 17 years and have accumulated quite the stash :-)

My work space - made sure I had room for friends:

Love Heidi Swapp's Colour Shine and have left space for new colours!

I think I'm going to upgrade to a 5x5 Expedit from Ikea.  I need the space!  What fun things could I put in that tiered basket?  Think I might paint it too!


 Recently purchased items that I want to keep separate from my stash.

 Do you want to see inside my drawers too?  Here's my adhesive drawer...if you want to see more let me know and I'll post more pictures.

Thank you for dropping by & welcome!!