Playing Along With Let’s Get Sketchy – February Week 2

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Welcome to another Monday morning and another Let’s Get Sketchy challenge. This is the second sketch for February and it seems like a great time to remind you all that to be eligible to win each month’s prize you need to complete 3 of the 4 weekly sketches. You’ve got all month to get those sketches in so don’t panic if you think you’ve already missed a week!
And now onto my contribution. 
I sort of switched the photo placements around but kept to rest of the sketch pretty much. This is Paige’s Kindergarten pictures. She’s still got those chubby little kid cheeks – so cute!! I liked the back ground texture in the sketch (below) so I used my Mister Huey’s to create a similar feel. Then backed it with a full piece of Stampin’ Up DSP. The blue totally matched the blue background in Paige’s picture! Plus it meas I’m using 2 full sheets of 12×12 paper! Woo hoo!! Stash bustin’ baby!!
Here’s the sketch TeamB is using this week.
And some detail shots.
I am really loving digging through my stash and finding (and USING) the products in it. These may not be the most recent releases but I truly don’t think that matters! I am compiling them in a way that is fresh and current so they feel fresh and current too.

Oh, and yes, the two hearts on this layout were leftovers from this layout. I always keep any extra shapes I’ve punched or die cut (and now I have a pretty little container to keep them in – see here) so when a layout calls for a little something, I have a stash at hand to dig through.

The journaling is on this little tag that I tucked behind the photos at the bottom of the layout. I liked that the card was a yellow grid because the colour matched Paige’s shirt and it felt “school-like”. Like a yellow legal pad or something. It’s the littlest details sometimes!
Thanks for coming to visit today. I’ve got several wonderful posts lined up this week and on Thursday I will also have an exciting announcement to make. Hope you come back for it!!
Happy Monday everyone. Hope you have a great week!!

Let’s Get Sketchy – Last January Sketch

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Welcome to the last January reveal for Let’s Get Sketchy. You know what that means right? If you are at all interested in the $40 GC from Artful Delight then you’ve got to get those layouts submitted! To be eligible you need to have submitted to at least 3 of the 4 challenges. This week it was Team B’s turn to wow us (hope you’ve checked out the blog for their versions of the sketch this week) but I am playing along too. Here’s the sketch we are working with –  it’s a gorgeous one from our very own Bev Code.

And here’s what I did with it.

Last year I scrapped a picture of Marley at 4 – they were both taken at the same time so this is me “catching up”so to speak! I was hoping to post a link to the other one but I can’t find it anywhere and it’s among my lost photos now (hard drive blew up, remember?) Ah well. Doesn’t matter!
It’s amazing to me that Paige used to look like this! All chubby baby cheeks!! Sigh. They grow so fast!
Anyway, the orange swirly paper was one that I found during my inventory. It’s an old Theresa Collins that came in her Gratitude mini album set. (For some reason I have 2 of those sets! Guess I’d better get busy!!) There’s barely any orange in the picture of Paige but for some  reason when I put it underneath the photo it just felt so right! I’ve added a few highlights of pink to tie in the pink in her shirt and to keep it from feeling too “fall-like”.
Here are some close up shots for you.

I had a lot of fun creating this floral detail. It’s not my usual style but I really felt the sketch called for more than what I would normally do so … sometimes you’ve just got to step out of your own box!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my layout this week. Hope you will play along with us! 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! 

S.H.O LOAD1012 – Day Two Prompt

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I was totally floored to be asked by my pals over at ScrapHappy to come up with a prompt for this year’s S.H.O (ScrapHappy Only) October LOAD (LayOut A Day challenge). It took me awhile to figure out what my prompt/challenge was going to be but I eventually decided to do a Starting Point layout like the one’s I’m such a fan of over on Shimelle’s Lain’s site. Her last Starting Point challenge was on my “scrappy to do” list but life got away from me and it never happened. Anyway, here’s what I came up with.

The opening credits of this month’s LOAD had a very Theatre-esque vibe to them so my added challenge to everyone was to use this Starting Point AND scrap some live event photos plus memorabilia. I’ve had the programme and tickets from Marley and Paige’s first dance recital in my “to be scrapped” pile for a while so this was the perfect opportunity for me to finally get them onto paper!
This is what I wanted to include on my layout.
Originally I went in a very sweet pink, purple and yellow direction but it wasn’t feeling right. Then I found the MME Lost and Found collection that I won ages ago and it all fell into place. Gotta love that!!
Here’s the layout I submitted.
As I was writing up my post for the group I realized that I’d forgotten to do any journalling. What?! I’d love to say that I have the revised version of my layout for you right now but that is just not the case. I will add it to my formidable list of things to do today and post it to Flickr.
Thanks for stopping by today. If you are new to my blog I’d love for you to poke around and perhaps become a follower. I just celebrated my birthday and am having a giveaway – read all about it here. If you are a ScrapHappy member and you win, I may even throw a little something extra into the mix!! Family perks so to speak!!

Playing along with LGS Challenge #28

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I took some time yesterday to play along with this weeks sketch challenge over at Let’s Get Sketchy. As a reminder, here is the sketch for Challenge #28.

And here’s the layout I came up with.

I am attempting to scrap moments shortly after they happen (as well as catch up on older stories) so these pictures were taken on Tuesday of this week. This is Paige showing off her new desk and posing with her new teacher. She is in a split Grade 1/2 class this year which I hope will challenge her just enough!

I really had fun with this sketch and since I’m also entering it into the Seriously Creative September Challenge, I used several textural elements (there’s a close up at the end of this post). There is cork behind the two photos, the clocks are cut out of a canvas piece of patterned 12×12 and the cardboard I found in my stash. It’s probably old packaging material or something. As far as the text print … I kind of forgot that was one of the challenge elements to be honest. But I do have numbers on one of my patterned papers so maybe that can count!! 🙂

I have had these alphas forEVER and they are seriously depleted and lacking in stick now so I made an ‘r’ out of an upside down ‘j’ and an ‘a’ out of a ‘d’. It’s always fun to see what you can make out of what you have!! Oh, and to ensure they stay stuck I used micro glue dots on the back.

Here’s that close up I talked about showing all the different textures. And what do you know! A text print in there after all!! On a recent trip to Michael’s I found piles of cool textures. The sheet of sticky back cork was one as well as the canvas clock prints. Love finding cool products like that!

Last close up for today – just showing more of my fun circles.
Thanks for stopping by! You’ve still got a little bit of time to get in on the fun over at Let’s Get Sketchy! To be entered into the monthly draw you need to complete 2 of the 4 weekly sketches. I’d love to see one of my friends win the prize which is a $20 GC to Scraptastic kit club. Layouts based on this sketch are due by 8PM MST on Sunday the 16th. 
Have a great weekend everyone!! 

Grade One Tradition

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Two years ago when my eldest daughter, Marley,  was about to start Grade One I surprised her with a fun cone of goodies hanging on her door in the morning. I’d heard about the idea from Big Picture Classes Big Idea Festival (actually a combination of two different ideas) and ran with it. I almost forgot to do one for Paige this year but managed to squeak out this little beauty after she’d gone to bed. Sorry about the quality of the pictures but it was pretty late!!

The two ideas I combined were 1) to make a paper cone and fill it with summer goodies and 2) in Germany it is tradition to give a gift to your child on the first day of Grade One. Marley actually reminded me several times to do this for Paige!
Paige got to pick the paper but had no idea what it was for. She chose a paper from Floral District and I picked out some coordinating papers to make the butterflies. I made them using my Beautiful Butterflies Die for the Big Shot. Here’s a close up so you can see the layers and the added rhinestones.

I kept the wings popped up by using Snail adhesive in the centre of the butterfly and Stampin’ Dimensionals under the wings.

This butterfly was found at Michaels – it’s a little clip. So ridiculously delicate (it broke pretty much immediately!) but so beautiful too!

I filled the cone with school-ish related supplies – a Hello Kitty mini white board, a journal with some matching pencils and another smaller journal with attached pen. All things I knew Paige would love to have and use. She is my little artist and as such is always looking for paper to draw and write on!

Another view looking deep into the cone.
Thanks for stopping by. It’s been a crazy week and a half since school started. I am WAY behind in my crafting, my blogging and just about everything! Hopefully this is the first post of many as I catch up. 
Have a wonderful rest of your day!! See you soon.

Continuing with Disney

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I realized I had several assignments due today for various scrapping commitments but before I got to them (sorry, can’t show you them yet) I wanted to finish off the Paige and Pooh Bear story. On Tuesday I shared two pages with you and mentioned I had more pictures and another story I still wanted to tell. Here it is.

I’ve been wanting to try out scrapping in these divided page protectors for awhile and I’ve got to say, I really like them. What a fun and easy way to add a ton of pictures while still allowing your creative juices to flow!
Anyway, here the story is about Paige overcoming her fears of mascots and people in full body costumes. This trip would not have been possible if Paige had been her old scared self! As I said in the post on Tuesday, Christine was fast asleep and Marley uninterested in getting Pooh’s autograph so it was just Paige and Pooh Bear. She did awesome and I am so glad I had a ton of pictures of the event and could properly celebrate this developmental milestone in my scrap book pages!!
Speaking of which … here is the layout side by side with the first of the Pooh Bear pages – this gives you an idea of how it will look in the album. 
And some close ups – sorry about the glare. It’s next to impossible to take a picture of something in the page protector without getting glare!

There’s the Mickey bling again! 🙂

I wanted to make sure this page looked like it belonged next to the other one so I tried to use similar colours. I didn’t have anymore of the Pooh Bear paper or the yellow striped Echo Park but when I found this yellow hexagon (an older Echo Park) I knew it was serendipity! Honeycombs for a honey loving bear?! Are you kidding me? How perfect!

The back side of the paper has these cute bees on it plus it’s blue which ties back to the slight bits of blue in the original pages. To further tie everything together I introduced papers seen in the other pages as well as design elements like the border punch and the alphabet stickers, washi tape, flowers, bling, etc.
Here is the back side of the divided page which has the continuation of the story on it. I basically just put an arrow at the bottom of my journaling on the one side (see above) and an arrow at the top of this page and kept writing!

And this is how it will look in the album next to the second of the original Pooh Bear pages (the one about Christine sleeping through the whole thing!)

I used Elle’s Studio journaling tags for all the journaling on these two pages. Love this one with the doily image on a yellow chevron!

Another tying element are these word stickers (I used “Celebrate” in the title on the other side). With another Elle’s Studio tag, it creates a nice little addition to the photo and the story.
Well, there you have it. What do you think? Do you use divided pages in your scrapbook albums? I’d love to see how you’ve used them if you can leave a link in the comments section I’ll come check them out. 
Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll try to get another family update posted tomorrow but if not, have a great weekend!