Taking Inspiration From Shimelle Laine … Again!

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#the20project with Alison Day DesignsWelcome to the first of 20 posts in which I take inspiration from Shimelle Laine’s newest class, The 20 Project, to inject some  life into my scrapbooking!

What is The 20 Project?

You’ll have to head over to Shimelle’s blog to read all about it, and if you want all the inside details, you’ll just have to take her class … but suffice it to say, it’s a way of taking twenty different prompts and using them as inspiration to make a layout. Those prompts may be wish list items of products to use or techniques to try, or they may be twenty different UFO’s (UnFinished Objects) that need to move out of your crafting space! Shimelle has her own jar of twenty prompts, I have mine.

In the video below I explain all this plus pull out my first prompt … and it’s a doozy! Check it out!

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Experimenting, challenging myself and having fun!

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After Friday’s depressing post about my lack of mojo-ness, I decided to do something about it. I went crafty blog surfing and came across one of my favourites – Apron Strings. They are a Kit Club and are having a Birthday Party to celebrate 6 years in the biz. Way to go Apron Strings!! I don’t go in for the kit thing. I have WAY too much “stash” to justify adding a new kit-load every month. Maybe one day but not until I seriously whittle down!! But if you’re looking for a great monthly kit club you should definitely check them out.
Anyway, the Birthday Party is going to last all March long and be full of challenges and goodies. So I decided to play along. I’ve tried to play along several times since I found the Apron Strings blog but one thing or another has held me back. Not last night! There was nothing good on TV and the movie Greg had taped was not up my alley so I got creative!
The first post I came across was for Birthday Party Day #4 but as soon as I saw it was the second half of a challenge handed out the day before I quickly scrolled down so as not to ruin the surprise. In their Prep post you got to pick your cake ingredients and then bake with them once you knew what they were. I picked vanilla cake (white or kraft cardstock), strawberry filling (patterned paper with dots or circles), buttercream icing (buttons) with fresh fruit topping (paint). The paint really threw me! I’ve been wanting to get messy for awhile but … well, I guess I was a little afraid of it, to be honest. But I dragged out my old guache from Interior Design school days and got messy.
Want to see it?

And here are some close ups.

I had so much fun with the paint and the colour scheme that I decided to use it again to tackle another of the Birthday Party challenges. This one was from Day #3 and the challenge was to make our journalling more than an afterthought. I painted a giant number 7 on my kraft cardstock and used that as my journalling block to write some thoughts down about Marley. See for yourself.
I splattered some paint around the 7 and the edges and then made the butterflies for a simple embellishment.

I tell you, I think I have found a new love! Look for more painting on my layouts in the future!!

It’s Finished!!!

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Just a quick post to say Yip, Yip, Yippeee!!! I finally finished Marley’s baby album (actually there were so many pictures/layouts that I had to split it into 2 albums)! I will try and figure out how to make some sort of slideshow thingy and post that so you can see the completed albums.
Thanks for sharing in this process with me!!

Aug 27th – UPDATE: I did up a little video in Picasa for you to see Marley’s albums. This has taken me all day today – in between other Mommy tasks, that is! I had to take some pictures of layouts I’d forgotten to photograph or wanted to rephotograph because of flash glare etc, and of the album covers. Then getting all the pictures into the correct order was a little time consuming. Phew! I’m very happy to be finished and free to move on to other projects. Paige is already pestering me to start HER album …. soon, honey … soon! I’d like to tackle our trip to Hawaii first though. Stay tuned, as they say!! And enjoy the movie!

Sketchy Thursday – Bathing Beauty

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Time for another Sketchy Thursday submission. I think I can just barely squeak this one in on time!!

Here is the sketch:

And here is my layout:

I’m not feeling too good right now so won’t blab on and on about it. All I will say is that I am just a few layouts away from finishing Marley’s Baby Scrapbook and am SO HAPPY about it! I’ve done a bunch of layouts since I last posted but decided not to post them because … well, who cares about them besides me, really? I will put together a slideshow of the completed album and put that on my blog – assuming I can figure out how!!

Off to make dinner for the family and then go and lie down. Ugh!

Talk to you later!!

Sketchy Thursday – Parks and Bunnies

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Sketchy Thursday challenged everyone to a double page layout (my personal favourite kind of layout!) and since I’m all PDS (Post Directed Studies) and stress free (sort of) I took on the challenge. Here is my two-page layout :
Yes, I’m still working on Marley’s baby album …
These pics were taken in Victoria when we took Marley there for a long weekend in November 2004. Greg’s parents live near the University of Victoria which is completely over run by bunnies – the bane of most residents and the delight of my daughters!! Here Marley got her first taste of chasing the bunnies! There are also pictures of her at the play area at Beacon Hill Park. The ones of her in the train are just too cute!!
The sketch shows circles in the lower left and upper right which I didn’t notice until I’d started putting everything together. So I decided to draw them in. I quite like the effect. I kept the embellishments simple this time and in fact used fewer than is shown in the sketch. But I felt the paper was so busy that I wanted to keep the rest of the layout pretty simple.
Well that’s all for now. We are off to Point Roberts to watch a 4th of July Parade! Happy Birthday USA!
Supplies: cardstock from DCWV Neutrals stack; all patterned paper from MME glittered paper stack; white photo matte is from BG basics white; journalling lines is a Studio Calico stamp and I used chocolate brown ink from Craft Smart; ribbon is Celebrate It from Michael’s and the alphas are Recollections in bittersweet.

Got MY Groove On!

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Okay, now that’s out of the way I can show you my latest completed pages. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when the whole country’s on holiday, the weather outside is frightful (read; early spring-like cold and rain. where, oh where is SUMMER?!?!), and you don’t have any stressful classes keeping you from your scrap table. So far in my PDS (Post Directed Studies) state I have completed 3 layouts! Wowee!
This first one is for the latest Design Dollies Colour Challenge – dark green, light green, kraft and pink. Such a cute combo, how could I refuse?! I’ve been itching to try another Dollies challenge again so I’m really glad I was able to.
I am still completing pages for Marley’s baby album (she’s now “graduated” from Kindergarten … do you think I’ll mange to finish her album before she graduates Elementary School?!) All my kids were born with a full head of dark, dark hair so first haircuts came pretty early in their lives. Marley was a trooper and even let me cut her bangs somewhat straight!!
Materials used: kraft paper – Jiilibean Soup – Split Pea; dark green paper – Jillibean Soup Liced Bacon; light green paper – from my stash; pink butterfly paper – SEI – Chocolate Cherie; flower and button embellishment – from my stash; green metallic alphas – Thickers by American Crafts in Tinsel.
This next page was started before I started my Directed Studies and was for a challenge but since I had to set it aside before I totally finished it, I now can’t remember which challenge it was for or what products I used. Sorry. You’ll just have to enjoy it for what it is!! I DO love this colour combination though, don’t you?
Marley started walking at about 11.5 months but before that she was ALWAYS moving. Once she started to crawl I couldn’t get her to stay in one place! Here she is at about 8 months old cruising on the furniture.
Well, thanks again for stopping by to check out my humble blog. We are off to a Canada Day BBQ – let’s hope the rain stays away! Happy Long Weekend Everyone!

Too Sweet For Treats

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Just a quick post to get my latest scrapping creation submitted before the deadline. I’ll come back after dinner and add details. It’s for Sketchy Thursday’s latest sketch which I instantly fell in love with and can see myself using over and over! This was Marley’s first Hallowe’en party with her baby group. It was quite the experience!! Enjoy!
I’m back – Happy Canada Day!! I don’t normally add which materials I used but I think it’s something I’m going to start doing so ….
Paper: yellow & green – Jillibean Soup chicken broth & sliced bacon; black – from Recollections Hallow’en pad
Pumkin candy bowl sticker – Jolee’s by You dimensional stickers.
Cordouroy flowers – MyHouse Corduroy Craft Fair by American Crafts
White Alphas – Recollections (they weren’t really showing up too well so I added the black marker with my Copic marker.)
Journalling sticker – Remarks journalling stickers book by American Crafts (Journalling Veggies in Chestnut & Leaf)