Playing Along With LGS … Finally!

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Do you ever find yourself so swamped with all the items on your “to do” list that things slip? This week has been a week of letting things slip for me! Starting with not getting a layout ready for Let’s Get Sketchy‘s Monday reveal. It IS Team B’s turn this week so playing along is really a bonus for me but it’s something I told myself I would do as a way to have regular posts on my blog. But … I dropped the ball this week. I also completely forgot to take my girls to their hair cut appointment on Monday. Not sure where my head was that day!! 
Without further ado, here is the sketch that we are working with this week.
And my interpretation.
I have a tiny confession to make. I looked at the sketch, saw that I needed two landscape photos (I went with 4×6 to keep things simple) and then totally forgot to look at the sketch again while building my layout. What?!?! I am not advocating this as a way of following along with a sketch challenge by any means! I count it as a lucky coincidence that my layout resembles the sketch at all – albeit mirrored. This is just how my week has gone!
Here are your detail shots.

My title is made up of 3 different components. A word tag, small letter tiles and more traditional letter stickers. Remember that you can have fun with any component on your pages. Don’t get locked into one way of thinking. Like, “My titles must be made up of Thickers!” When you’re using up your stash like I am you quickly realize that you’ve got to get creative with your resources or pretty soon you’ll run the risk of thinking you can’t make another layout because none of your Thicker sets have enough letters in them to spell “Thickers”! Mixing and matching styles, manufacturers and products keeps things feeling fresh and new – no matter how long the product has been sitting on your shelf!

From that same Teresa Collins set as the “family” word tag was a 12×12 sheet of month journaling cards. I cut out the February one to use on this layout. The clocks are also from a Teresa Collins collection pack (for whatever reason I have a TON of Teresa Collins packs – must have bought them on sale or something!) I liked the symbolism of time passing for a child’s birthday layout.

The row of little clocks looked a bit bare so I dug out some mini brads to fill the centres. Now it looks finished and I love the pops of red and hints of shimmer with the gold.
In fact, I loved the gold so much I knew I needed to add it somewhere else – the centre of the large clock embellishment seemed like the perfect spot! Kind of wishing I had some of that Heidi Swapp gold lame colour shine spray too …
Well, that’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by. Are you playing along with Let’s Get Sketchy this week? There’s a $10 GC from The Paper Bakery up for grabs this month. All you need to do is enter 3 out of the 4 challenges by the end of March. Good luck – hope to see you on the blog.

Let’s Get Sketchy Monday Reveal

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Is it really Monday again?! Must be because there is another sketch up at Let’s Get Sketchy. It’s Team A’s turn to share our layouts. Please be sure to stop by the blog to see all the beautiful examples from my team.
Before I get to my layout I wanted to let you know about our sponsor this month. We are pleased that Moments of Tranquility is donating a prize pack full of paper and Dusty Attic chipboard and flowers – read all about it here. Remember that in order to be eligible to win you need to complete 3 of the 4 sketches this month. Don’t panic though as you have all month to get them in!
Here is this week’s sketch 
Don’t you just love those hexagons?! I was inspired to get a little artsy with my layout.
I have a template with hexagons so I slapped it down and added some gel medium to the page. 
I have created a layout using school pictures for each LGS sketch this month – feels so good to cross that task off my to do list! Today is Marley’s turn again. I took my colour cues from her dress and then went digging in my scrap drawer. The square sheet behind the photo is actually a Christmas paper from Stampin’ Up but since the pattern is subtle, it completely works for a non Christmas project.
And now my details.

These are super old Martha Stewart tag stickers which I dressed up with some 1″ circles of the papers I’d used already. It makes a fun alternative to more traditional triangular or pennant banners.

My title was a little lop sided but I couldn’t move the letters once I’d stuck them down so to fix things I added that little ‘photograph’ banner sticker to the right side and now everything looks intentional. Easy peasy!

There was some residual ink on it from another project on my stencil but I liked how it added shading to some of the hexagons. To further emphasize the pattern I used my trusty Gelatos in silver and a deep red. Gelatos are super easy to use. Here I just added a few swipes of colour where I wanted it and then used my finger to rub it in and spread it around.
Thanks for stopping by today. Remember to check out the layouts by my other talented team mates and then  go and make your own layout using this sketch. Hope to see you in the links!!

Let’s Get Sketchy Monday Reveal

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Can you believe it’s February already? As I type this I am watching my nephews while my sister and brother-in-law celebrate their 9th Wedding Anniversary. We are all staying at a resort in Neuvo Vallarta enjoying a break from the cold of BC! Seems appropriate then (and completely by accident!) that the subject of my layout for today’s Let’s Get Sketchy reveal is Marley. Nine years ago today she wasn’t quite born yet. What a lot of changes in those 9 years!
But I digress, I hope you’ve checked out the rest of Team A’s examples for this week. This is the sketch we are all working with.
Another gorgeous one from our fearless leader, Brenshevia!
I came up with this.
I finally found pictures to go with some of the Teresa Collins line I bought last summer!
Here are some detail shots.

Well, I guess I don’t have too much to say today. Must be the sunshine addling my brain! Thanks for stopping by though and don’t forget to go to the LGS blog and see what my fellow designers have made for you. Hope to see your layouts entered this month!

LGS Reveal Day – November Week One

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It’s Monday which means there is a new sketch over at Let’s Get Sketchy! Please be sure to pop over there and see all the inspiration that Team A has come up with this week.

Here is the sketch we are working with.

And here’s what I came up with.

I interpreted the blocks of patterned paper behind the photo as paint – that’s what happens when you attempt to create in a dimly lit room and can barely see the sketch you’re supposed to be using! But, I really like it so … happy accident then!
This is a picture of Marley’s first visit to see a real mall Santa. I found it while organizing my scrap room in the summer and this sketch seemed like the perfect one for it. She had no clue what was going on but in true Marley fashion she took it all in stride and has been insisting on seeing Santa every year since!

I added some Mister Huey Opaque White splatters to complement the painted block.

And then I journalled in a white pen to keep things all the same.

I was wondering what to call it and had a sheet of random words I’d created from leftover letter stickers. One of those words was CHILL which I added to to make CHILLIN because that’s what she seems to be doing in the photo. Just hanging out and taking it all in!
Well, thanks for stopping by today. Remember to pop over to the Let’s Get Sketchy blog to see all the wonderful layouts the Design Team has created for your inspiration. It’s a new month which means there will be a new prize so I hope to see some of you entering layouts into the challenges! Good luck to all!!
Oh, and before I forget, join us this weekend for Let’s Get Sketchy’s first blog hop! Things get going on Friday November 9th and there are going to be lots of challenges to enter and prizes to win so I hope to see you all! I may even have an RAK to give away … haven’t decided yet!! 
See you then!!

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!!