Another Pinterest Inspired Project for Practical Scrappers

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Today over at Practical Scrappers, we are sharing some projects inspired by posts seen on Pinterest. Are you on Pinterest? If so I would love to connect with you there. Here’s  a link to my boards, you can leave yours in the comments section.

Pinterest has become a fantastic way to gather images that inspire you and share your own projects and products in the hopes of inspiring others. I admit to losing myself a little bit when looking for said inspiration! Things like a 15 minute time limit are excellent tools to remember when surfing the internet!

For today’s post I created an art journal page. I’ve been horribly negligent of my 365 to 40 Art Journal!! With my 40th birthday now only 2.5 months away … I’d better get cracking!! Here’s my page.

Find Your Wings and Fly art journal page

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Be Fearless

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I am in the midst of a craft room re-boot so really shouldn’t be crafting … right? Ha!

Yesterday I watched one of the new video classes from Two Peas (this one) and was so inspired that I added a row of brads to the layout that I was making using this Elle’s Studio sketch. It all came together to look something like this.

The sketch is designed to be used by those doing Project Life but as you know, I don’t do that. But I liked the segmented nature of this and knew that I could use one of the uglier pieces of card stock I have just finished counting and organizing! The only papers showing are a couple pieces from a new (purchased before January 1st, with a 40% coupon and with Christmas money!) 6×6 MME pad, and an Elle’s Studio journaling tag from my stash.
I like the recap feel to this layout. A couple smaller shots of our decor and then the highlights from the day – new stuffies, all the Day/Nielsen cousins together and the adults Christmas Dinner table. The kids are getting old enough that things are starting to feel almost civilized!

Here’s a close up of the row of brads I added to the title block (above) and then (below) I added brads to the centre of some of the garland images on the journaling tag. Only one of those brads was from a Christmas collection. Man  it feels good to use a pile of stash items on a layout!! I think I am really going to like the new Scrap Your Stash series at Two Peas! 
A couple more detail shots for you.

And then my other crafty endeavour today … a page in my 365 to 40 SMASH book!
I started following Krystal Norton’s blog at the end of last year and today she had a new post all about being fearless. It really spoke to me and I just pulled out my SMASH book and got busy. 

I started with a base layer of gesso, then green acrylic paint slapped on fairly messily on purpose. I also pressed some of this packaging material we got from Disneyland into the wet paint to add texture but I think I may have covered it up with the flowers. Oh well. I know it’s there!! I wanted images of wings but couldn’t find them. These pictures of peonies I found in old magazines worked (I think peonies are such gorgeous, showy flowers – it’s as if they don’t care that they are overshadowing all other flowers in the garden!) 

I grabbed some letter stickers from my stash and spelled out my title. I still have a few supplies from The Upstart Crow at home, one of which is this gorgeous wing stamp that I am totally in love with. I stamped it then added the SOAR tag on top, smudging the stamp in the process so I stamped it again! I scribbled a bit of gold Gelato around the edges of both pages then once things were mostly dry, I did a bit of journaling.
The peony image was bigger on this page so a couple of tags, some Gelato and a phrase finished it.
It’s nothing super awesome but it makes me happy to look at it!
While we are on the subject of my 365 to 40 SMASH book, here are a couple pages I forgot to share with you last month. In the chaos of attempting to do a December Daily, work close to 30 hours some weeks, keep track of my kids and all their Holiday activities …. it got lost in the shuffle! Better late than never, right?

Purely playing and experimenting!
Thanks for popping in today. Have a great weekend!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

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Always like saying that!!

Okay, so I think I am a week behind in posting this (not so good on keeping track of things!!) but I have picked a winner for my 354 to 40 giveaway.

Drum roll please …

(My super high tech winner choosing device! LOL!)

… and the winner is … MARYA GRANT!!! 
Congratulations Marya! Please email me (alisonday at eastlink dot ca) with your address so I can get your prize out to you.


LOAD Day 28, a SMASH update and a GIVEAWAY

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Hi everyone. Hope you’re all enjoying your Sunday. We are experiencing a rare sunny Sunday today!! The girls are super thrilled to NOT have to play soccer in the rain … finally!! While various girls and Greg have been out of the house, I’ve been working on today’s LOAD layout. It’s not my typical layout. It is in fact another page in my 365 Days to 40 SMASH book! Remember this?

I first posted about it here and here. In the post in the second link I mentioned a GIVEAWAY … I got a whole 2 responses so I am extending it for ONE MORE WEEK! If you would like to be entered to win a supply from my stash which will include 39 pieces of patterned paper, 39 assorted stickers and 39 pieces of ribbon (plus whatever else my little heart desires to add!) please do the following by midnight Pacific on Sunday November 4th:
1 – Become a follower of my blog – if you already are just leave me a comment to tell me so.
2 – Read the two linked posts and tell me which layout from the first (the one at Practical Scrappers) is your favourite in the comments of this post.
If you are one of the two ladies who have already entered to win this giveaway, you may enter again if you like or just know that your entries are assured! Also, if you would be so kind as to email me your mailing address (alisonday at eastlink dot ca) I have a little thank you gift I’d like to send your way!! 
Okay, back to your regularly scheduled (Ha! that’s a good one!!) programming …
Today’s LOAD prompt was to use a mask. Either on your layout with mists etc or to talk about the many masks we wear. I decided to pull back the mask so to speak. Yesterday I did a layout with lots of misting and doodling for which I used a mask (see it here) so didn’t want to repeat myself today. Thinking of the masks we wear made me remember one of the lists I’d started for my 365 to 40 project. It’s a list of 39 things I like about myself right now. Surprisingly hard to come up with 39! Really scraped the bottom of the barrel with some of them!! 
When I flipped the page over I saw that it was already printed with the giant FABULOUS so rather than cover that up I used it as part of my design. I am pretty fabulous after all!! 🙂

Here’s my title. I even used a rub on. A RUB ON people!!! I usually run screaming in the opposite direction from rub ons but not today! I must be evolving!! (Gosh, I hope so! It’s about time!!)

I added the doodling to the letters. Totally fun!

I was trying to get a close up of all the different textures on my page … not sure it was successful. I have mists – both Glimmer mists and  Mister Huey’s, Gel medium and paint on there plus the word strips were glued down with Modge Podge. 
Well, that’s it. I really hope you like this as I am kind of a little bit in love with Art Journalling now! Sheesh! More things to add to my stash. Thankfully I now work at a place that sells all these supplies!! Don’t forget to enter my giveaway. If you have done any art journalling of you own please leave me a link in the comments. I would LOVE to come and see your work!

A Practical Scrappers Feature Post – Are you Scrapping Yourself?

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Hi there! I have a feature over on the Practical Scrappers blog today and I’m asking the question “Are you Scrapping Yourself?” I’d love for you to head over there and check out what this …

and this …
have to do with my answer.
If you’d like to come back and tell me which of my ME layouts was your favourite and become a follower, I will pick a random winner to send a little surprise. Not sure what it’s going to be yet. Maybe 39 punched butterflies!! LOL! Just kidding, I’ve got quite the stash to pull from so it’ll be good, I promise!!