SWAT Drill #9 – Colour Palette Challenge

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Good Saturday morning everyone!

When you read this I will be relaxing in the sunny Okanagan with some girl friends.


A Girls Weekend!

No kids.

No husband.

Nothing to do except relax, read a book and have adult conversations.

Sounds like heaven!! As I write this I still need to pack but I had to make sure this was all set up to go as I’m not sure what, if any, wifi access I’ll have. Unplugging sounds nice too!

Today also marks the first day of June (when did that happen?!) and another challenge over at SWAT. This week’s challenge is a colour combination one. And this one got me in the mood for my weekend away. Check it out.

SWAT Drill #9 colour combo

Doesn’t that just scream summertime and pools?

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Do You Consider Yourself Creative?

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An on line friend of mine shared this post with us this morning and it really resonated with me. She has graciously allowed me to share it with all MY readers too. If it resonates with you I would ask that you pop over to her site and tell her as much. You can find here here.


Do You Consider Yourself Creative?

So very often when encouraging moms to craft with their kids or cultivate an artistic hobby, I hear reluctantly: “But I’m not creative. I can barely draw a stick figure, and my three-year old fingerpaints better than I do!”

And the thing is, I get it. Just a few short years ago I was even on that same team, making those same claims.


In high school and college I watched friends take art classes, guitar lessons, and participate in drama club–and wished for the courage to join them. But making art was for talented people, I thought, and privately doodled and daydreamed in dozens of journals while taking “practical” classes and an after-school waitressing job.

Teaching elementary school helped me rediscover some of the long-lost childhood creativity as my views became tinted with the fresh perspective of first graders. Creating bulletin board displays, student portfolios, and sample art projects were a bonus, not a chore and I loved that part of my “job.”

Then I left the classroom to become a mom. I’d take my newborn baby to the craft store for an afternoon of reading creative magazines and picking out pretty scrapbook papers. Still, though I loved creating pretty things, I never considered myself creative or an “artist.”



It’s almost default to feel if we’re not an expert, earning income from original creations, well-known for our innovations, or “abundantly blessed” with that “creative gene,” that we can’t claim the creative title. And so we minimize ourselves and our abilities, cheating ourselves from owning that we (simply because we are living, breathing, human beings) are creative.

I’m saying this because I believe inside every one of us is a spark of creativity. We all have that creative potential because we were made in the image of the ultimate Creator–to be like Him.

My perspective has changed over the past couple of years, and once I got over the fear of creative failure, developing my creative side  began to feed my soul.

If you feel you’re not creative, I invite you to consider why you feel that way.

Is there an experience, or series of experiences that influenced these thoughts?

Continue the conversation by letting me know your thoughts in the comments section (scroll back to the top of the post), or comment on the Facebook page.


So what do you think? Do you consider yourself creative? I know I do … NOW, but this was not always the case. Actually, perhaps I should clarify. I always liked to create things (growing up I sewed, knit, made friendship bracelets, you name it) but I never considered myself creative because I associated “creativity” with “artistry” and I most definitely didn’t consider myself an artist! Now that I have been practicing my creative artistry (see what I did there?) I consider myself both creative AND an artist.

Go and create something today – a card, a layout, a killer cookie, a wickedly organized pantry. We are ALL creative! We are ALL artists!

Big BIG news!!

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I’ve been waiting and waiting to share this news with you all! I applied for a position that I never in a million years thought I’d get. It was one of those “what the heck, the worst they can say is ‘no'” moments.

Guess what?


Who said what, you ask? You are looking at one of the brand new Staffers at Scrapbook News and Review, an online magazine dedicated to all things paper crafting.

Can I get a little “Woot! Woot!”?

Right now I really don’t know what all this will entail beyond submitting several projects each month for publication in either the magazine, blog or for the various classes offered through their classroom called The Art Studio. I will also be responsible for coming up with a tutorial once in a while. I’m still wading through all the intro stuff but once I know more you can be assured I’ll share it here.


Oh, and the best part? I will occasionally be sent new products to review and create with!!

I’m a tiny bit giddy about this! My OLW in 2012 of FOCUS is paying off in spades!

Okay, off to make sure the spaghetti sauce doesn’t burn.
See you later!

Canada Day Blog Hop Winner

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Tara has crunched the numbers and come up with a winner for the Canada Day Blog Hop.

THE WINNER IS: Romaine! 

Please email Tara at creativeaccents@telus.net to get your $20 code to use at creativeaccentsonline.ca 🙂 

Bonus: Tara is offering ALL OF US a coupon code so we can save 10% in the online store this month. Just use the code CANADA10

Thanks for hopping along with us!

Starting Point layout – Bookclub Retreat

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Is bookclub one word or two? Hmmm … perhaps two. Oh well.

This week’s Starting Point layout with Shimelle Laine was a lot of fun to work with. Click on the link to be taken to her site and the inspiration for my layout.

Here is my finished layout.

And where I started from.

These papers are from Fan Fair. I loved the map print and the keys (the girls in my book club were Sorority Sisters and our symbol was the key). The bicycles are just for fun!
Oh, and the text paper isn’t from Fan Fair but is a piece of First Edition Specialty DSP. I liked the little type writer image and felt the paper went with my story about a book club retreat. 

One of the most exciting papers in Fan Fair is a sheet of cut-a-parts. The back side is a gorgeous pink lace pattern which I will use on a different layout but for this one, there were two images that I wanted to cut out. The little journalling tag with the red type writer and the one you see above of the quote with a lovely scroll-y border. 

Here’s a look at the journalling tag.

I don’t usually position my titles vertically but as I was playing with my stamped title (seeing if I wanted to cut it all apart or leave it as is) I really liked how it looked placed vertically between the photos and the journalling embellishment cluster so … what do you think? Does it work? I wanted to play on the theme of type writers so created the second word of my title to mimic type writer keys. 

To get the ink splashes I took my re-inkers, squeezed a little bit into an old yogurt container and then used a well saturated paint brush to get the ink splotches. You could also use your Aqua Painter.

As a pop of colour I picked up the More Mustard from the bicycles images and used my Quint-Essential Flower stamp to create these flower images. A More Mustard Designer button and some Jute finish it off. I am planning to enter this into the Creative Accents buttons and twine challenge.
Thanks for stopping by. Please be sure to leave a comment so I can come and visit your site to do the same.
Here are your links for this project.