Using Some Twelve Inspiration

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I have been participating  (or trying to anyway) in Stacey Julian’s Twelve class over at Big Picture Classes all year. I was really good up to about May and then I sort of fell off the wagon. I was still creating layouts (as evidenced on my blogs and galleries) but I was forgetting to use my designated Twelve embellishments (we all pulled out minimum 144 different embellishments in 12 colours and keep them stored in a muffin tin to be added one to each layout completed) and I was definitely not thinking about what I was creating or why. Anyway, I just finished the first layout of the year using a piece of Inspiration from Stacey herself. At the beginning of every month Stacey posts 12 new Triggers on the class site. They are designed to inspire us to create, think or just for our viewing enjoyment. As soon as I saw the triggers this month I jumped up to create this …

It was inspired by this layout by Stephanie Howell.
I knew I had multiple doily stamps that I could use to recreate the look of her background paper and the doily Sizzlits dies in the catalogue would be perfect for the embellishments. I used Gossamer Lace, Lacy & Lovely and Artistic Etchings in Craft White on Crumb Cake (the Amour stamp is also from Artistic Etchings and is in Crumb Cake ink) to create my background image. 

We used accents of purple at our wedding so I looked for some purple patterned paper and found this one in International Bazaar. I knew that I wanted a different title work than my alphabet stamps or my alphabet dies could give me so I had to turn to my non-Stampin’ Up stash for some glittery AC Thickers. 

I cut out several different doilies using the Delicate Doilies and Paper Doily Sizzlits. I cut them out in both Whisper White and Vellum intending the layer them. In this picture you can see the large Paper Doily with a smaller doily from the Delicate Doilies both tucked behind the picture block. The purple ribbon is also not from Stampin’ Up – it’s actually leftover from creating our wedding invitations! I accented the bow with one of the Vintage Faceted Designer buttons. The yellow heart behind is punched from Echo Parts Dots and Stripes and is my Twelve embellishment indicating that this layout was based on some sort of Inspiration. (Yellow is my Inspiration colour.)

I tucked my journalling behind my picture on a little tag I created from a leftover scrap of Whisper White card stock. 

Here’s what that tag looks like.

Last but not least is the embellishment cluster behind the title. One of the smaller doilies from Delicate Doilies in Whisper White  with a couple vellum ones over top. Another couple Vintage Faceted buttons, some more ribbon to ground everything and a little hand written label that adds a bit to the title.
I am really pleased with this layout. I haven’t scrapped any of my wedding pictures yet and now kind of feel inspired … we’ll see! I will for sure be creating more customized background papers though!
Thanks for stopping by today. I’d love for you to become a follower and leave a comment telling me if you’ve ever created your own background papers before.  Here are your links to Stampin’ Up! supplies featured in this layout.


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Well, I did it again.
I signed up for Lain Ehman’s LayOut A Day Challenge … LOAD for short. Last time (i.e. February) I didn’t post each layout on my blog but this time, I think I’ll try. We are going to Disneyland with the kids and their Grandparents on Saturday so LOADing will be a challenge … but that is what digital scrapbooking is for and I’m going to try it out. Stampin’ Up! sells a digital design software which I have purchased but had problems installing so never used. Now I will be forced to call Tech Support and get it dealt with once and for all.

But I digress … DAY1 … the prompt was to take a self portrait. Yuck! Lain also gave some additional ideas of how to interpret the prompt and one of them was to take a picture of a body part. Hmm .. I figured that was doable. I set up my trusty tripod (thanks Grandpa Day!) by my drafting table and …

Journalling reads: “My hands … I’ve always seen my Mum in my hands but looking at this picture I realize they are definitely all my own now. They create. They cook. They change diapers and put in pony tails. I think I love them!”
Some close ups for you.

Thanks for stopping by!

C’est Magnifique sketch challenge

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A couple days ago I created the following layout for a “new to me” blog – C’est Magnifique. Here is the sketch they gave and my interpretation of it.

Lain’s prompt for Day 21 was “My Hometown”. Anyone who knows me knows that I moved around A LOT as a kid (literally all over the world!) so pinning down a hometown is a bit difficult. Before now, I probably spent the most time in Prince George but while there I lived in 3 different houses. Currently, Greg and I have lived in Ladner, BC for about 9 years – the longest stretch I’ve ever lived anywhere! So I could have scrapped about any of those places. But … I had come across the picture at the top left of this page earlier this month and I knew this was the story to tell for this prompt. 
The journalling kind of tells it all so here it is: “The story goes that wen I was 2 weeks old my parents dragged me, my brother (3 1/2 at the time) and my Aunt Jean “house hunting” in a little village near Cambridge called Bar Hill. This was the house. We lived in this house whenever we were in the country – in between trips to Indonesia and Iran – up to the time we immigrated to Canada. I have many houses that I think of as “home” but this was the first and still holds the dearest spot on my heart. In 1985 we visited friends in Bar Hill and went to see the “old house”. I took the picture above that has my Dad in it. In 2004 when Greg and I brought Marley to meet the British relatives, we again went to see the “old house”. I hope that we can visit it again the next time we’re in Britain – whenever that is!”

The title is the address of the house. The street, that is. When I figure out which number it was, I will add it on but right now I can’t remember that detail.
This layout is also for my Apron Strings Bake Your Cake challenge – I used lots of stickers (fruit filling) on this layout, mostly of the word variety but the quilled butterfly – which is also my Twelve embellishment – is a sticker too. Here is a close up of that.

Another close up of the stickers. This time a journalling spot, a heart and an expression tab.

I had a lot of journalling and didn’t want it to overtake the layout by being a huge white rectangle on the bottom of the page. So I cut it up into strips to lighten its visual weight.
Well that’s it! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve got a birthday party to get ready for today so will probably get even further behind on my LOAD layouts! Oh well. I would dearly love to accomplish the 29 layouts in 29 days goal but since I am currently at 22 done so far this month, I think I’m doing pretty well! Have a great weekend everyone.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Today I have some fun pictures for you. First off, this is what I made for the girls this years.

I found these little tin buckets at Dollarama and couldn’t resist. I’m going to put more detailed descriptions about the heart cards on my Stampin’ Up BLOG so if you’re interested please follow this link.

I think the girls could care less about the cards or the buckets, they just wanted what was inside them!
And Greg got this card which I made at an Upline meeting a couple weeks ago.

And now for something a bit fun!
Today’s LOAD prompt was “Love Lasts” and I could have gone in so many directions but I took it in a totally fun one. Greg gave me a Toblerone rose this morning and while I was listening to Lain’s video message I was reminded that my love of Toblerone goes back to when I was a kid. We didn’t get a ton of candy so whenever we did it was a special event! Santa used to bring us a Toblerone in our stockings and if anyone came to visit us from overseas they’d inevitably bring one from the Duty Free. 
THEN I opened Stacey’s Twelve email which contained a picture of a heart made out of ribbons and stuff. She included a link and I’m going to encourage you to follow it too. Here it is.
Instantly the words “Toblerone” and Love” came together in my head and led me to create the following layout.

I cut up the box to use as the title, created a heart out of buttons like in the blog post and used a sketch for Elle’s Studio Sketch Thursday. The picture is one of me in Switzerland on our Honeymoon pretending to take a bite out of a monster sized Toblerone bar. What the picture doesn’t show, is the fact that the Toblerone bar is actually the top part of a bike rack!! Ah, the Swiss!!

The red tag with the second part of my title on it is my Twelve Personalities embellishment. I figure this story paints a pretty good picture of my personality, don’t you?!

And a close up of my heart. I must say, I do love this!
Well, there you have it.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.
Hope you are all as high on sugar … er … love, as the girls’ and I are!! 🙂

Been too busy to post!

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Sorry everyone, I’ve been neglecting this blog and visiting other people’s blogs in favour of crafting my little butt off! What have I been crafting? Well, I’m still working on my Twelve layouts, as well, I had two Stampin’ Up! group meeting this week in which we swap cards so I had to come up with two different designs and then make a total of 25 cards over 2 days. (‘Cus you know I tend to do these things last minute!) What else … LOAD has started (see blinkie in my side bar to find out what that is) and I am actually caught up. In fact, I’m sort of ahead of the game … keep reading to have that one explained!

Here are quick pictures about my most recent layouts. For more detailed info please visit my Flickr Gallery. Thanks. Oh and to those of you who don’t give a you-know-what about my scrapping … I will endeavour to do better about taking regular life pictures and posting them too. I was looking through my January pictures and  was appalled at how few I had taken of life last month! Pathetic!!!

But I’m digressing … back to the layout pictures …

This was done using a sketch from Studio Calico (see below).
In my “to be sorted/scrapped” basket are a stack of team photos of both Marley and Paige (although, mostly Marley!) so this is me trying to get them scrapped!
This was also inspired by the Studio Calico sketch below but since this one actually used some Studio Calico products, this was the one I submitted to their Sunday Sketch challenge. (By the way, I just have to add that I actually WON a Studio Calico Sunday Sketch challenge for this layout. Yay me!) 
Aren’t the apples so cute?

Next we have this one.
This one was a bit of a slog for me. I spent about 3 days fiddling with it but now I am pretty happy with it. Please check out the details on my Flickr Gallery – there are some subtle ones that you can’t see from this picture. 
In Twelve Stacey encourages us to celebrate the every day things and I decided it was time for a layout about LC’s blanket – Dee-tee. It’s been such a part of her and we are slowly asking her to give it up. I wanted to have something for her to look back on when she’s older so she can remember the love she had for her blanket.
Journalling reads: 
Ah, Christine and her “Dee-tee” …
It’s a gorgeous cream coloured (when it’s clean!), satin backed, furry blanket. My dear friend Shalan gave it to her at birth and for the first few months it just sort of hung out in her crib. We started to encourage her to cuddle it at nap times and bed time – especially when we realized that she wasn’t going to take a soother. She’s the only one of our kids to suck her thumb! And oh, how she loves that thumb!!

When she started talking we realized she called her little blanket, her “dee-tee” and ever since, the name has stuck. She had to take Dee-tee everywhere! It’s been to Maui (and thrown up on – but that’s another story), to the PNE, to visit Santa, to the Fire Hall and to Granny Camp. Now she only gets Dee-tee at nap time and bed time. All other times of the day it lives above the fridge in the kitchen so there is no “sneaking a thumb suck” in the middle of the day.”

And now for my LOAD212 layouts.
Day One’s prompt was “You’ve got good taste” with the suggestion of scrapping a favourite restaurant, recipe or other food related memory. While going through my pictures I came across the Guinness is Good For You postcard (picked up in Ireland back in the late 90’s)  and remembered the St. Patrick’s Day feast I made last year. So, my totally simple, totally fast layout was done before I knew it. So fast in fact that I had time to scrap another very important food memory …

… my Mum’s shortbread recipe. This one took a bit longer but not much.
All in all, Day One was a huge success!
Onto Day Two and the prompt of “Favourite Photo”.
During my sort of the aforementioned basket, I’d come across this picture of me and Marley from 2004. It has always been one of my favourite pictures of myself so I knew it would be perfect for this prompt. The layout took awhile though and I’ve realized I’ve forgotten a title. But it’s done for now … a title can be added later, right?

Why do I love this picture? I’ll be honest, it’s because I love how young and thin and happy I look. 
Life with one kid was SO easy!!! (comparatively!)
 I was running, I had been playing Ultimate. I had a great haircut. 
Anyway, there you have it . I have to put the kids to bed and then I will try and get some pictures up on my other blog showing off my cards but no promises!
Talk to you later.

Layout for Get Picky

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I’m determined to enter at least one (preferably more) scrapbook challenges each week. Today I have a layout to show you that I did using a sketch from Get Picky.
Here’s the sketch and my take on it.

I’m still working my way through my basket o’ memories (see this picture) and these pictures seemed perfect for this sketch. I replaced the 3rd photo in the sketch with a journaling block.

I don’t normally embellish my journaling blocks but this one was crying out for a couple touches so … voila! 

And finding a piece of ribbon with the words “ma ma” on it was serendipitous to say the  least!

Close up of the title. I added the subtitle because I really wanted to high light that milestone in Paige’s history.

This was a fun embellishment to make. I’d punched out 3 circles from a piece of transparent paper I found in my scrap drawer intending to use them as the sketch showed but felt this corner of the layout needed something … more … if you know what I mean. So I took a Jillibean Soup journaling spot and added the circles to it. Then it needed something in the centre so I started playing with another piece of the same ribbon from the journaling block and made this little rose bud type thing. Then I knew I needed to add one of my Twelve embellishments for Family Stories and found this orange flower in my tin. It all started coming together! Once the rose bud was glued on it looked a little lonely so I cut out some leaves and added them. 
There you have it. Thanks for stopping by!

Latest Twelve works

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I’m not going to bombard you with a ton of angles of these layouts or even my thought/design processes, if you want that please visit my Flickr gallery. Quickly, here are the last two layouts I’ve completed this month. If you’re keeping track, I’m up to 8 so far. Woo hoo!! Only 4 more to go to reach my Twelve goal of … wait for it … 12!!

Okay, this one is of Paige’s first taste of “solid” food.

Wasn’t she just so cute! Sigh.
This is for my Family Stories category.
The second layout is this one from Thanksgiving of 2006.

I realize that the colours look more Hallowe’en than Thanksgiving but I admit to fighting with it a bit. Anyway, this is for my Holidays category.
And now for some shots of life lately …

Greg. Poor Greg. 
This was taken on Wednesday after he came home from work because he realized he was NOT as better as he thought he was! He had come down with a flu bug the Friday before and missed most of the week because of it. I think he is finally feeling human again but it’s been a long slow recovery. I thought I was coming down with it this past Friday too but for whatever reason (maybe it was the 4 hour nap I took in the afternoon) I woke up Saturday feeling fine. Go figure! 
It’s really a good thing … you all know that Mom’s just don’t GET sick days!! 

Thursday was Paige’s skating lesson day. She complained before leaving, fought me as I put on her skates and then spent most of the lesson skating on her own while the teacher focused on skaters worse than her. Sigh!
Love the tongue though!

Oh yeah, she also spent a huge amount of time on her butt on the ice! I swear she was a better skater last year when it was completely new to her! At least she’s smiling!!

Marley and LC were very vocal cheer (or is that jeer) leaders.
Last night we got to hang out with the old Ultimate crowd. It’s so nice and familiar and easy to get together with these people. We’ve known them for (in my case) 10 – 12 years (okay, except my brother!), we’ve all gotten married relatively close together and had our kids at approximately the same time so even if we don’t see each other for months, conversations seem to start up where they left off. 
Of course, even though I took my camera, it sat unused in the diaper bag while I visited. Sometimes you have to get busy MAKING the memories rather than RECORDING them! Right?
Here is a sneak peak of what is new on my Stampin’ Up! blog – it’s a card for my niece who turns 3 tomorrow! Click the link above to see it in more detail.

Okay, thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.