Dwindling Supplies and a Growing Story Album

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Happy Saturday everyone!

And Happy Easter (Extra-Long) Weekend!

Earlier this week I started sharing the layouts I’ve made with my second Clear The Desk kit of supplies. To recap, it was a much larger kit than outlined in class but I knew I had a stack of photos from my eldest daughters Grade 7 Graduation Assembly to document. For me, having a kit of cohesive supplies to tell the story from one day or one event helps keep me focused. If I have to spend time hunting down papers and embellishments for each layout I tend to lose interest because I get bogged down with all the decision making.

So far I’ve created 8 layouts from this kit. The first two can be found in this post, the next three in this post. Today I am sharing the latest three, so let’s get going. (PS – my numbering system for my layouts is for the whole Clear the Desk class, not the number of layouts made from any one kit of supplies. I’m curious how many layouts I can make as I work my way through the class which I why I’ve done this.)

Layout #11 – Love Our Village

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Part 2 of My 10 Card Challenge

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Happy Monday!

Today I bring you the second half of my 10 Cards from 1 Kit Challenge and another video. To see Part 1 please visit this post.

My first 5 cards took me awhile to finish. I had a couple extra challenges thrown in there which probably slowed my creative process a bit. Plus I was trying to explain things as I went along. Hard to talk and think at the same time!! For these last 5 cards I decided not to try to talk as I worked and just record a voice over commentary after the fact. I think this format works much better but I’ll let you all have the final word. Let me know in the comments if you like this sped up version better.

Okay, here is Part II – Cards 6 – 10 from the January 2018 monthly card kit from Simon Says Stamp. Continue reading »


Challenged Answered! Part 1

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Hi everyone and Happy Monday! At least, it’s still Monday where I live …that counts, right?

Last week on my Instagram page I issued a challenge – well, two actually. First I showed off my January 2018 card kit from Simon Says Stamp and challenged myself to make 10 cards from it. Then, I upped the challenge by asking you, my viewers, to suggest types of cards to make! I only had two takers on a chance to receive a free card so … Heather, one of my ScrapHappy Sisters, and Aurela, my friend and neighbour, will be receiving cards from me in answer to their suggestions.

I decided to film the whole process to give you a really good look at just how inspiration strikes me. Today I’m showing you the first 5 cards I’ve made with this kit. Be warned, this is a longer than normal video! Guess I can’t commentate and create at the same time – LOL!  Enjoy! Continue reading »


A Sewing and Fabric Challenge

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#the20project with Alison Day Designs Welcome back to my version of The 20 Project.

To find out more about The 20 Project please visit Shimelle Laine’s blog. This is her concept that I am using as inspiration to get my own projects finished while challenging myself along the way. Shaking up the ordinary processes. Working out the cobwebs. Rediscovering old products. It is all going to happen during this project!

Today the jar prompted me to use fabric on a layout – something I’ve done in the past, but I’ve still got a fairly substantual stash to get through so clearly I need to remember to use it more often.

Take a look at how things came together.

Prompt #2 – Use Fabric On a Layout

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Using Both Sides of Your Paper

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Make it Monday - pinkI know, I know, it’s Tuesday now …  I swear I started this post with the intention of it going live yesterday. But … yesterday was one of those days where nothing seemed to work. As you will see in the video below, even my ability to glue paper to other pieces of paper escaped me yesterday. I think it was the Leap Day. My brain just knew that day wasn’t supposed to be there and threw a fit!

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!

The idea for this blog post came to me over a month ago. I was watching some older Shimelle Laine Sketch to Scrapbook videos and one in particular made me sit up straight and take notice. It also made me bookmark the video, the corresponding blog post, and a piece of acetate for me to try out her idea with.

Curious? Check out the video below. Continue reading »



LOAD216 – Days 1 – 5 Roundup

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There are so many different challenges out there designed to encourage you to get into good habits. Have you tried any of them?

But the original (for me anyway) is the LOAD challenge!

Create a scrapbook layout every day for a month. And it’s happening right now!

I have participated in so many over the years. Even if I don’t always make a layout every day, I still love making what I can, seeing how Lain’s prompts get me to look at my stories in a different way, and stretching my style with new techniques. I’m excited to be up to date so far this time!

Here are my first five days of layouts … Continue reading »