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Maintaining Continuity When a Project Drags On

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Happy Saturday everyone!

It’s the weekend … finally! I’m not sure what that signifies in your house, but around here it means chores, birthday parties, field hockey, soccer, more field hockey, and hopefully, some crafty me-time. I’m lucky that I can get into my Scrap Cave whenever I want during the week as I am home with the kids right now. I am working strictly from my stash though as the budget doesn’t allow new purchases. This can create different challenges and today I’d like to share one solution to prevent burn out.

This post is also about how to keep things interesting and feeling fresh when you’re working on a project over a significant length of time.

These two challenges came together recently as I was working on my youngest daughter’s First Year album. I explain what I mean by that pretty well in my video introduction so let’s get right to it.

Here is my completed layout. Continue reading »


Double Sided Layout - Side 1 - Coach Daddy by Alison Day Designs

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 »




A New Idea for Using Buttons – SWAT Drill #24

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Today I am sharing my last project for SWAT. Yes, you read that right. I hinted that I was easing my Design Team commitments in 2014 and this is the second team I am stepping down from. It’s hard. I’ve been with Lanette’s team since the beginning but … they don’t call them ‘hard decisions’ for nothing! I have loved my time with this team and will miss the behind the scenes interaction and comraderie. I hope you all continue to play along with their challenges!! I know I will!

And speaking of challenges, we have a new one for you today. We’ve got a sketch with a twist for you. Here’s the sketch.

SWAT Drill #24- use buttons Continue reading »



Snow Much Fun layout

January’s Sketch for Practical Scrappers

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It’s a new month, a new year for that matter, and we have a new sketch for you to use over at Practical Scrappers.

It’s another wonderful one! For the past many months the incredibly talented Liz Chidester has provided the Practical Scrapper Design Team – and you, our readers – beautiful layout sketches. I know I have created some of my favourite layouts using her sketches. She’s decided to step down to pursue other endeavours and we will all miss her on the team. Here is my layout and Liz’s last sketch for Practical Scrappers.

Snow Much Fun - a layout for Practical Scrappers Continue reading »