Let’s Get Sketchy Reveal Day

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It’s Monday. The first Monday of December in fact! Can you believe that?! I am already behind on my December Daily (working all weekend tends to do that to a gal) but I did manage to get my layout done for Let’s Get Sketchy. This week Team A was working with this sketch.
Yummy, right? Here’s what I did with it.
These pictures are from last year (some of my loyal followers may recognize them for Day 7 of my DD last year.) They were also taken with my crappy camera phone but I am embracing them for the story they tell. A story which in another year and a bit won’t be repeated! Little Christine is growing so fast that these Mommy Dates will just be another memory once she starts Kindergarten. Sigh. As excited as I’ll be for that day (don’t get me wrong, the happy dance WILL come out!) I’ll also likely be one of those Moms tearing up as I watch her skip into class! Until then I think I may need to have more dates like this!!
Here are some close ups of the details.

The little silver dots are Liquid Pearls. I forget to use it a lot and then when I do I wonder why because the results are so pleasing! Go figure!

Be sure to pop over to the Let’s Get Sketchy blog (if you haven’t already) to see what the rest of Team A has come up with today. We always appreciate some love left … just sayin’!
Have a great week everyone!

Hallowe’en Mini Album for Practical Scrappers

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I posted a lot of pictures of this Hallowe’en Mini over at Practical Scrappers – I hope you are following us over there! We’ve got our spook on lately – did you see Kerri’s wreath from yesterday? ROCKING!!! Check it out here.
As I said in my other post, I got the original idea for this mini from a self-paced workshop called The Boo! Book over at Big Picture Classes. This was over 2 years ago and the instructions and materials have sat untouched in my stash since then! Yikes, eh? As a part of my One Little Word (there’s another project that hasn’t had it’s proper attention!) I have been focusing on my Scrapbooking this year. I’ve done a pile of layouts that I am really proud of! So many memories and stories put down on paper which makes me so happy!! Well, now there are a few more memories in the can!!
Without further ado, here is my All Hallows Eve Memories mini.

The letter stickers are Jenny Bowlin (from 2 years ago!!), the washi tape is new (Teresa Collins) and the buttons are from my stash.

The metal frame was in my stash and I wasn’t sure how I was going to use it. I really like the added vintage feel it gives to this album. The orange letter tiles are new Studio Calico.
Okay, now to the inside spreads. I used Jenni Bowlin large Bingo cards (also 2 years old) and backed them with patterned paper (old MME – Spider’s Web).
“Marley’s 1st Hallowe’en. Greg took her “trick or treating” to a few neighbours in the townhouse complex on 57th. Marley used an old black handbag as a loot bag. We ate her candy!”
Wasn’t she just the cutest little lady bug you’ve ever seen? Hard to remember her that small!
“We made the Ladybug costume fit for another year, got a real loot bag, put up some decorations and generally got “into” Hallowe’en a but more. Marley may look nervous (on the left) but she quickly got the hang of things!”
I was attempting to give the impression of a full moon with the circle of card stock and all the gems. 

“We added Paige to the fun this year. She also made a cute ladybug! Marley decided to be a cowgirl with her pink (Mark’s Work Wearhouse) cowboy hat! Marley was very into the treat getting this year. Paige not so much!”


More old Jenni Bowlin products – this time the black buttons. 
Below I took a piece of black card stock and ripped one edge before attaching the tag to it. The orange arrow is a Studio Calico sticky note that I doodled on.

“The Princess and the Ladybug – First year in our new house. We had over a hundred kids come by and Marley got her first “real” taste of what a trick-or-treating haul can be!”
I also got the mini Hallowe’en Bingo cards! I was keen!! The black tile letters are Jenni Bowlin mini chalkboard alphas – also 2 years old. Not sure why I’m telling all this but hey, I’m a sharer! Similar products are still available if you are keen to make something like this for your own family memories!

I took the girls to The Great Big Boo this year so these pictures were taken just before we went into the show. They were not taken on Hallowe’en night but are the cutest shots of my kids in their costumes from that year!


A Panda, a Fairy and Hannah Montana!

“This year Christine (a.k.a LC) joined the Trick or Treating fun. The Ladybug costume had been donated so LC got to be a Panda Bear. Griffin’s birthday is Oct 28 so we had a pre-trick or treating party for him. Going out with the cousins made the experience super fun for all!”

Another pre-trick or treating birthday party for Griffin. Greg’s sister and their cousin both lived in neighbourhoods that were not super family friendly so coming to our candy rich subdivision was a good deal for them. They’ve since moved to better neighbourhoods so we don’t do these parties any more. Kind of miss them!

“This year we had a Chicken, a Princess and Hannah Montana came back again. So cute!”

“The Good Fairy. Kitty Cat. Wicked Witch.”

I didn’t do any journalling but did include pictures from a new activity the girls got to do last year. Friends nearby had a fire pit going with marshmallows and sparklers. It made for a late night (and a school night to boot!) but the girls are already asking if we are going to do it again this year!

Well there you have it. My new Hallowe’en mini. I’ve got plenty more Bingo cards and papers etc so I can add to it over the next few years. I finished it off with some ribbon strands – not something I normally do but I quite like it on this!
Thanks for coming by today. Hope you are enjoying your weekend. I’ve got more scrapping plans for the rest of this weekend – hope I can get to them! 

LGS Challenge #29 – First Day of Preschool

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Hi everyone and welcome to another sketch challenge reveal for Let’s Get Sketchy! It’s Design Team A’s turn again which means … MY TURN!! 🙂 I hope you have already visited the LGS site and seen all the other  gorgeous layouts but if not, simply click here.

Here is the sketch we are working with this week.

And here’s what I came up with.

Continuing my theme of scrapping things immediately, these photos were taken last Monday on Christine’s first day of preschool. She is our “baby” so this is a pretty big deal for us! As I’m sure you can tell by her grin, it’s a pretty big deal for her too!
Some of you may know that our older two girls attended a Parent Participation Preschool here in Ladner but as it closed down at the end of Paige’s two years there we knew we’d be sending Christine somewhere else. We chose the Community Centre run preschool and so far are really happy. There are about 25 kids enrolled so Christine will have lots of playmates (to terrorize! LOL!) 

Some close ups of the layout – starting with the title cluster. I was originally going to use ‘1st’ instead of the whole word ‘first’ but with the style of lettering I chose it looked like ‘IST’. Gack! When pulling off the letters there was a bit of ‘stickage’ so the heart cluster had to go where it is! Sometimes these little mishaps work in our favour. Instead of using paper to create the circle in the sketch I used a combination of paint and glimmer mist. It was a bit too subtle so I added some doodling around the edges.

I tried to use themes that were “school-ish” hence the alphabet paper choice, the notebook punch border and the apple sticker.

More apples! I found this punch in my basket o’ punches!!
Thanks for coming by today to check out my layout in detail. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments section. I also hope you’ll play along this week. You’ve got til Sunday Sept 23rd at 8PM MST to add your link to the challenge post. To be eligible to win the monthly prize (a $20 gift certificate to ScrapTastic Club) you need to complete 2 of the 4 sketch challenges this month. This week is the third challenge for September so it’s not too late! I will be looking for your layouts over at Let’s Get Sketchy!!

Let’s Get Sketchy

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I’m trying to squeak in a submission for the Let’s Get Sketchy Blog Design Team call (click the link to read all about it). We were asked to create a layout based on their sketch. Here’s their sketch …

And here’s my layout.
I’m still working on ALL those Disney pictures I had printed last month. This time I’m telling the story of how Christine fell in love with the Teacups ride and EVERY time we entered the Park and/or Fantasyland we HAD to go on the Teacups. 

A close up of my title and journalling.

Close up of additional embellishment  and a secondary journalling card – notes that Paige is not in the cup with the rest of us but she did come around later and loved the ride as much as Christine!

Last embellishment cluster. Also, I added some ink splatters and painted the top right and bottom left corners with the same ink. 
Thanks for stopping by everyone! Be sure to head over to Let’s Get Sketchy and enter some of their sketch challenges! Wish me luck!!

Making a Start

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WAY back in July (sheesh, is it already August?!) I made my foundation pages for our Disneyland trip album. I thought I’d manage to quickly whip off a bunch of pages even after the girls returned from their week with their grandparents. Ha! Here we are a month later and I have finally made a start on the album. I was spurred to action by a couple of challenges. The first is the Creative Accents August challenge to use the colour yellow (features pretty heavily in my foundation pages) and the second was this week´s sketch at Sketch Inspiration.

Starting with the page for Creative Accents …

This will be the title page of the album. The yellow chevron circle is actually fabric – Stampin`Up Essentials Designer Fabric to be precise – which I cut with my pinking sheers. I loved the bright happy yellow and felt it was the perfect way to start the album. This page was created brand new for this challenge (i.e not one of the base pages I’d created) but it will fit in perfectly as I have kept all the patterns and colours consistent by using leftover scraps from my other pages. Also, none of the other pages have embellishments on them yet so I can create continuity that way too. 
The title. The Disney Vacation plus the balloons/fireworks was a title sticker while the May 2012 were added using glittery foam letter stickers. 

I figured the title page probably doesn’t need a ton of journaling so this little tag did the trick.

There are a few things I mean to add to pretty much every page I do and you can see some of them here. The fabric flower, the dots (I think they are called Candy Dots) and the Mickey head shaped bling. I’ve got a few different washi tapes that will get added here and there as well as little word phrases (cut out from a 12×12 piece of patterned paper.)
This next layout is for Sketch Inspiration using this sketch.

I wanted to use these portrait oriented photos so I made some changes to the sketch to accommodate them. It’s not too far off though.
This is one of my pre-made base pages but the paper strips in the background worked for the sketch. 

More fabric flowers on this one as well as a word sticker.

Instead of the horizontal element shown at the top of the page in the sketch, I chose to anchor my photos with a horizontal element at the bottom of the page. You can also see the Mickey gem too!

My title may be a little hard to read so I’ll write it out here again – Up Close And POOHsonal. Ha, ha, ha!! A little play on words there!! The journaling explains it. It reads: “Christine was fast asleep and Marley was saving room in her autograph book for Princesses so Paige got some one-on-one time with Winnie-the-Pooh!”
I have quite a few pictures of this particular event and had created a companion page during my base layout stage. This is not a double page spread but they will face each other so there is more “communication” between the two single page layouts than you’d normally see. Here is it – While You Were Sleeping – and tells the other half of the story.

I used a sticker journaling spot for the title and wrote my journaling directly onto the back ground paper. To further anchor the photos I added the other half of the strip of black card stock from the layout above as well as some washi tape and white border punched card stock. The word sticker seemed appropriate!

Here’s a better look at the anchoring line.

I added the Mickey gem to the flower accent in the top right corner. I also repeated the washi tape and punched white card stock up here.
I still have more pictures of Paige with Pooh Bear and more story to tell (like how awesome it is that she will now hug mascots when she used to run away in terror!) so I will likely add a divided page protector between these two layouts with those photos. I didn’t get to that today though.
Well, that’s all I have for you today. Thanks for stopping by!

Celebrating the number 3

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Practical Scrappers is celebrating their 3rd Anniversary all week and today the Design Team created projects highlighting the number 3. Since I have 3 gorgeous girls, I decided to feature them in this layout.

I have been wanting to do something like this for awhile. I’ve seen lots of examples on various sites but I’m afraid I can’t give a specific shout out. I’d say I’ve been inspired and influenced by many!!
During  my pre-garage sale purge I found a few packs of these large glittery white alphas. One was complete and unopened so it went into the garage sale pile but the incomplete ones stayed in my stash. I pulled them out for this layout and prayed I had the letters I needed. Well … I had almost all the letters! I took the L, O, V, Y and U and sprayed them with a couple different Mister Huey’s to get a reddish pick colour. It’s a pretty close match to the patterned paper which was my goal. I wanted all the design elements (photo, title and journalling) to read as one block in a sea of white alphas. 
Here’s a closer look at the title and journalling tag. I used an Elle’s Studio tag – the journalling reads: “My {heart}. My soul. My Life. All in 3 beautiful packages.”

I tucked 3 punched hearts under the letters to represent my 3 daughters.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this. I had a lot of fun doing it and may try this technique again. I am never at a loss for half used alphabet sets!! Remember to enter the giveaway over at Practical Scrappers!
Have a great week everyone!

Latest Twelve works

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I’m not going to bombard you with a ton of angles of these layouts or even my thought/design processes, if you want that please visit my Flickr gallery. Quickly, here are the last two layouts I’ve completed this month. If you’re keeping track, I’m up to 8 so far. Woo hoo!! Only 4 more to go to reach my Twelve goal of … wait for it … 12!!

Okay, this one is of Paige’s first taste of “solid” food.

Wasn’t she just so cute! Sigh.
This is for my Family Stories category.
The second layout is this one from Thanksgiving of 2006.

I realize that the colours look more Hallowe’en than Thanksgiving but I admit to fighting with it a bit. Anyway, this is for my Holidays category.
And now for some shots of life lately …

Greg. Poor Greg. 
This was taken on Wednesday after he came home from work because he realized he was NOT as better as he thought he was! He had come down with a flu bug the Friday before and missed most of the week because of it. I think he is finally feeling human again but it’s been a long slow recovery. I thought I was coming down with it this past Friday too but for whatever reason (maybe it was the 4 hour nap I took in the afternoon) I woke up Saturday feeling fine. Go figure! 
It’s really a good thing … you all know that Mom’s just don’t GET sick days!! 

Thursday was Paige’s skating lesson day. She complained before leaving, fought me as I put on her skates and then spent most of the lesson skating on her own while the teacher focused on skaters worse than her. Sigh!
Love the tongue though!

Oh yeah, she also spent a huge amount of time on her butt on the ice! I swear she was a better skater last year when it was completely new to her! At least she’s smiling!!

Marley and LC were very vocal cheer (or is that jeer) leaders.
Last night we got to hang out with the old Ultimate crowd. It’s so nice and familiar and easy to get together with these people. We’ve known them for (in my case) 10 – 12 years (okay, except my brother!), we’ve all gotten married relatively close together and had our kids at approximately the same time so even if we don’t see each other for months, conversations seem to start up where they left off. 
Of course, even though I took my camera, it sat unused in the diaper bag while I visited. Sometimes you have to get busy MAKING the memories rather than RECORDING them! Right?
Here is a sneak peak of what is new on my Stampin’ Up! blog – it’s a card for my niece who turns 3 tomorrow! Click the link above to see it in more detail.

Okay, thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.