Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Multi Challenge Layout

I was able to combine three challenges, from three different sites for this layout.

First, I came up with the idea for the immunity challenge at Two Scrapbook Friends this week. Our challenge was to create a layout about ourselves and have it uploaded by midnight last night. Due to my Mom having to go to Emergency (she's okay) last night, I didn't actually get to this until after 11 p.m. I think it turned out quite well for a hastily done layout. We had to include a photo of ourselves. I couldn't get one I liked of just me, so I used this one of myself with Sara.

Second, one of the challenges for Summerfest at The Scrapping Nook this week is "Big Title, Bit Impact" so I hauled out my Quickutz Diesel font (love that font!!!!) and created my title. I used Chocolate Box Coredinations paper for the title and sanded it to reveal the green colour. I really like how the big title draws attention to the layout.

Third, Tara challenged us to "Hide It" on her blog. That meant creating a layout with hidden journaling. I decided to take the Making Memories journaling paper, add a big flower folded in half to the front, and put my journaling on the back. The flower flips down to reveal the journaling.

The journaling was actually the most difficult part of this layout to do. I wanted to share a very personal part of myself, something that I haven't told everyone. Yet at the same time I didn't want to go into too much detail as some things are meant to be personal. So it is a bit of a personal glimpse into my life right now.

I didn't win immunity in the challenge, but I'm still very happy that I did the layout.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


It's going to be another great summer full of fun and fabulous challenges on The Scrapping Nook message board. We are already one week into the fun, with some great challenges.

Challenge 1 was an Ad Challenge. As soon as I saw the image I thought of the new Mango Luau line from Bo Bunny. I hand cut several elements from the paper and put them together with this photo of Sara at Port Elgin last year. It is called "Welcome To Paradise" and the journaling reads "It may not have been a tropical location, but it didn't bother Sara. The second her feet touched the sand in Port Elgin she was in paradise. August 20, 2009"


Challenge 2 was Don't Get Edgy. The rule was that we couldn't use any squared off corners on our project. I created "Sweet Flower" using scalloped cardstock, two flower shaped cardstocks, a flower cut from Bo Bunny's Mango Luau line, a Heidi Swapp bling circle, Bo Bunny flowers, American Crafts Thickers, and a flower shaped brad. The photo is of Sara holding a flower from one of the plants at the front of our house.

Challenge 3 was It's All In The Touch. We had to use texture in our layout. I created "Grow" using handmade papers, Making Memories Jumbo brads, embroidery floss, paper ribbon, Scribbles 3D paint, Ranger Stickles, and a chipboard title from K & Company. I also added a bit of texture to the photo using my edge distressor and a cool tool I have from Tim Holtz that scratches the photo surface (can't remember what the tool is called). The photo is of Sara posing with our neighbour's roses. Don't you love the outfit she chose for herself?

Challenge 4 was a Colour Challenge. I created my "Thank You So Much" card using Bazzill cardstock, Jillibean Soup paper, Doodlebug paper, ribbon, and my new Quickutz embossing folders. This is one of the smaller folders that come four in a package. I love these embossing folders!!!! I sanded it lightly after embossing.

Challenge 5 was Lift This, a sketch challenge using a sketch from Pencillines. I created "Moments Like This" using Little Yellow Bicycle's Zinnia line, some Ranger Stickles and Doodlebug Loopy Lou alphabet stickers. The photos are of Sara and Samuel at Grammy's house posing with her beautiful flowers.

Our photo challenge this week was a still life. I took a picture of my slowly growing stash of Copics.

June Monthly Mystery Challenge

The June kit from The Scrapping Turtle was a bit of a challenge for me. I wasn't sure at first what I was going to do with the sports themed tag sheet that came with the kit. My little ones are into playing baseball or football quite yet. Then I remembered these great photos of Samuel and I had my idea. Everything on the layout is from the challenge kit with the exception of the alphabet stickers which are EK Success.

Friday, June 26, 2009

20 Favourites

Joanne posted this on her blog and I thought I'd have some fun playing along. I enjoy these types of things and enjoy reading the answers people give. So here goes.

My 20 favourites are:

1. Colour - purple
2. Dessert - trifle
3. Smell - fresh baked bread or cookies
4. Flower - Heather, roses and lilacs
5. Animal - hedgehogs and owls
6. Month - October
7. Beverage - water
8. Pair of shoes - sandals (but I'd rather be barefoot)
9. Snack - M&Ms
10. Song - Deep In Love With You by Michael W. Smith and I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me
11. Place - with my family
12. Fruit - strawberries or pineapple
13. Hairstyle - loose curls
14. Piece of clothing - pjs
15. Store to clothes shop - Cotton Ginny
16. Season - Spring
17. Hobby - scrapbooking
18. Things to collect - anything Winnie The Pooh (especially Eeyore)
19. Movie - What Dreams May Come
20. Restaurant - Mexicali Rosas

Now it is your turn. If you decide to play along, please leave me a comment so that I may read your answers. Enjoy!!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Need H20?

I created this layout for the June Product Challenge at Two Scrapbook Friends. Everything on the layout, except the photos, was provided in the kit.

The patterned papers are from My Mind's Eye. I used my Cropadile to add the eyelets to the big chipboard N, then pop dotted it. The rest of the letters are cut using my Quickutz and my Diesel font. The 2 and the ? are pop dotted. 

Journaling says "It's never too early to start helping around the home. Sam loves to get me a bottle of water from the fridge when I need one. June 7/09"

This is a skill that Sam taught himself. One day he heard me say that I need a bottle of water and the next thing we knew he trotted out to the kitchen, opened the door and crisper, took out the bottle, closed everything up and brought it to me. He loves getting water for people and showing off his skill.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Scrappers Island Week 3

I safely made it to week 3 of Scrappers Island at Two Scrapbook Friends. Woo hoo!!!!!! This is quite exciting!!!!!!

This week we were given another wonderful sketch by Karan Gerber to work with. Additionally, our layout had to done completely in black and white -- photo, papers and embellishments. We also had to include some stitching.

I pulled out my sewing machine and gave it a go --- two different styles around the outside of the paper. I definitely need to practice my sewing technique LOL. Papers are from Daisy Bucket and Cherry Arte. Additional supplies are from Doodlebug, Making Memories, Kaisercraft, and Ranger. There are also some manufacturers that I'm not certain of because the items were either bulk purchases or I don't have the packaging anymore.

I hope I make it into week 4 of Scrappers Island. I'm enjoying the challenges. Thanks Karan for another great sketch!!!!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Wishing all the Daddy's a very Happy Father's Day!!!!!!!

Happy Father's Day Gary!!!!!!

Daddy, I miss you so much. I love you!!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Technique Tuesday Classes Part 2

Remember this post? Those were the images from the kit for the first week. I now have some more images to post of the projects created using the Technique Tuesday class kits from The Scrapping Turtle.

I was able to locate some white twill, which I need in order to finish the layout from week 2. It isn't done so I can't post it yet. I do however have the lovely card that was created with the same kit. I really enjoyed stamping and creating the pretty flowers.

The kit for week 3 also involved creating a layout (double page thanks to the wonderful Lori) and a card. I am posting the layout without photos, since I am going to wait until the end of the year to add photos highlighting the entire year. The penciled squares indicate where the photos will go. It is my intention to make it a layout about both of the children and use a picture of them together from each month in 2009. This was my first experience stamping on twill. I was nervous at first, but I know it is something I will try again --- especially since I need to do it to complete the layout from week 2.

I altered my card very slightly from the example in the kit for week 3. I matted the words "love" and "everyday" then pop dotted them to the card. I think I know who I'm going to be giving this card to :)

As for the layout from week 2 --- I still need to stamp the twill and attach it (BTW: if you happen to need 1" wide white twill Len's Mill Store in Hespeler carries it), and find just the right photos to finish it off. I am hoping to have a photo shoot with the children on Monday, so hopefully there will be some perfect photos to complete the layout. Gary and I took the children shopping today and found some nice outfits for the photo shoot --- let's just hope things work out for doing it on Monday.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Scrappers Island Week 2

Everyone who completed the challenge from week 1 was able to continue on to this week's Scrappers Island challenge on the Two Scrapbook Friends forum. This week we were given another fabulous sketch by Karan Gerber to base our layouts on, with the additional challenge that we had to get creative with our title. That meant that we had to create a "mixed media" title. For me that was the biggest challenge, but I am quite pleased with the results.

The photos on my layout are from a day Samuel was outside playing in the rain. He was quite pleased to tell us "It is raining again" -- hence the title of the layout. The journaling (on the umbrella on the lower left) reads: Sam loves getting into his raincoat and boots so that he can play outside in the rain. He's quick to tell us it's raining again. June 11 2009.

I used the fabulous Basic Grey Lime Rickey line for this layout. I had a lot of fun with the colourful and fun papers. I hand cut the birds from the paper and pop dotted them, adding Stickles for the eyes. I also used one of the border element stickers from the line (yellow one). I hope my friend Mellissa will be impressed with my Basic Grey efforts :) Instead of using a scalloped edged paper, I cut two half circles of different patterned papers, then surrounded them with umbrella tops I cut using my Quickutz Revolution and umbrella die. 

To create my mixed media title I used the following:
I - clear plastic sticker with added Stickles and outlined with black marker
T - Pressed Petals Scrap Metal
I - Martha Stewart chipboard letter doodled with black marker
S - Doodlebug sticker outlined with white Signo ink and covered with Glossy Accents
R - Scenic Route die cut letter, pop dotted and highlighted with Glossy Accents
A - chipboard disc (unknown) distressed with sandpaper
I - metal brad (unknown)
N - Scrabble tile (unknown)
I - K and Company Que Sera Sera metallic letter
N - American Crafts Remarks cardstock letter sticker accented with white Signo ink
G - Maya Road naked chipboard letter inked with ColorBox Cats Eye ink, outlined with Gelly Roll Clear Star pen and covered with Glossy Accents
A - felt letter left over from Samuel's first Christmas stocking, outlined with white Signo ink and highlighted with Stickles
G - American Crafts Thickers foam letter doodled with black Zig marker
A - American Crafts Thickers vinyl letter outlined with Gelly Roll Clear Star pen
I - Pressed Petals Scrap Metal letter
N - diecut paper letter (unknown), outlined with white Signo ink and covered with Glossy Accents

I had a lot of fun with this challenge and hope I am still on the Island for next weeks  challenge.

Thanks to Karan Gerber for the sketch and to all of the wonderful ladies from Two Scrapbook Friends for running Scrappers Island and offering us these great challenges.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Technique Tuesday Classes

The Scrapping Turtle offered four weeks of Technique Tuesday stamping classes on Tuesday nights. I wasn't able to join the classes, taught by the fabulous Lori, but I did purchase all of the kits. So far I have finished putting together the first kit and I'm almost finished the second (just having a small missing product problem with it). The kits were nice enough on their own, but Lori went a step further for us -- thank you Lori!!!!! She adapted each layout in the classes from a single page to a double page!!!!! Isn't that awesome!!!!! Lori is the best!!!!!

The layout from the first class is titled "Together is a wonderful place to be". Photos are of Gary and Sara, Samuel and myself, and Sara and Samuel. Journaling reads: "It doesn't matter where we are or what we are doing, being together is the best thing in the world. Whether we are out at a restaurant, spending time at the park, visiting some exciting place, or even just hanging out at home, nothing beats the time we spend together as a family. Sara, Samuel, Mommy and Daddy -- it really is a wonderful place to be. June 2009". Here is the layout:

Here is the fantastic card from the first class:

Hopefully I will get the next kit finished soon so that I can post it in the near future. Thanks again to Lori for this wonderful kit!!!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Free Photo Editing Class

I love most things that are free and this one sounds really exciting. I plan on registering -- I hope some of you will too. Check it out here.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Scrappers Island

It is week one of Scrappers Island over at the Two Scrapbook Friends Forum. Our challenge this week was to create a layout based on a fabulous sketch by the wonderfully talented Karan Gerber. As soon as I saw the sketch I knew what photos I wanted to scrapbook and what paper I wanted to use to do it. I LOVE the White Bean line from Jillibean Soup -- especially those really cute frogs. Gary took these adorable pics of Sara at the library for her last session in May. I think they are so adorable. I hand cut the frogs for the layout. Each one of the big ones is holding a brad (we had to use at least ten brads). We also had to use at least three buttons -- mine are on the hand cut flowers under the one photo. I used my Banana Split font for the title. 

Thanks for the sketch Karan and thanks for the challenge!!!! Looking forward to week two :)

Monday, June 8, 2009

I'm Still Here

I'm here ... still kicking ... had a rough weekend, very tired, but hopefully will be feeling a bit better tomorrow. I have several things I'm working on, but nothing finished just yet. I hope to have something to post very soon.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Woo Hoo!!!!!

I entered a layout in the May Product Challenge at Two Scrapbook Friends. There were a lot of fantastic layouts entered into the challenge. I am thrilled to announce that my layout was chosen as the winner for this month!!!!!!!! I'm so excited --- I'm doing a major happy dance!!!!! 

Thank you Two Scrapbook Friends -- Joanne, Carolyn, Karan and the Design Team. I'm so honoured!!!!

Here is the layout I created for the challenge:

I'm looking forward to seeing this month's kit and deciding what I'm going to create with it.

Thanks again Two Scrapbook Friends!!!!!