Wednesday, August 26, 2015

That 70's Tangent ~ Its Been Some Time

Geez, I can't remember the last time I did a 70's Tangent post.  Since doing my house purge last month, I have been avoiding the thrift shops in an effort to stop bringing things back into the house.  But, that 70's vibe is alive and well and I may have wandered into a thrift shop or two recently.  ;)

As the house painting project winds down, we saved the best colour for last.  The bathroom is now gold!  Bring on the 70's!


I had to really contain myself to not paint the entire upstairs this colour.  You know me with gold.  Hind sight has me happy that I only indulged a small space with this saturated colour.  I think it would have just been too much for the entire upstairs.

These thrift store finds also took me back to the day.  I found this set of three "Old Orchard" Pyrex bowls for $12.  They now have a home in my kitchen cabinet of favourite Pyrex.



Then there was this package of gift wrap.  I'd buy this as a patterned paper for scrapping!


The final 70's touch that I added to the house was found at HomeSense.  I was thrilled to find this pattern in my favourite brand of bed sheets.  (So these sheets are sitting on my kitchen floor waiting to go into the laundry.  Hey, where is Lady and why is she not sitting on this pile of softness?)


It's feeling pretty gold around here and I love it!

Jen


Monday, August 24, 2015

Fall Leads to Halloween

So I'm thinking that fall is creeping up on us in my neck of the woods.  Mornings are chillier, nights come quicker and the light is changing.  That beautiful crisp orange light is streaming through the windows most days.  Last night I had to put the second blanket on the bed and then today, while on a walk, I spied these!


Yup... fall is on our doorstep and I love it!  All of the stores seem to have out fall decor and even some Halloween stuff.  It is no wonder I had a sudden interest in scrapping photos of Thomas from last Halloween.  I got my hands on the newest Halloween line from Carta Bella and it is so vintage and fun!

Here's Thomas playing with some Halloween goodies!  Spooky stuff!


I used a sketch that I found on Pinterest created by Janice Daquils-Pardo.  Her blog is The Constant Scrapper.  She has a link on her blog to her sketches on Pinterest.

Next up is Tom in his Mario costume.  A last minute costume change had him actually go out as Optimus Prime.  Oh the decisions to make when you are 4 years old.  ;)


I used this sketch by Scrapbook Challenges.

Next up is to try my hand at some Halloween cards.  This collection seems perfect for cards!

Jen

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Mini Tag Album

I recently signed up for a mini album course through Studio Calico.  Maggie Holmes was the designer and we got to make this adorable mini album out of a variety of tags.  This was the perfect project for using the Fuse tool, as we custom sized Project Life protector sheets.  The Fuse is an amazing tool to have especially if you are into pocket pages.  Bring on the confetti pocket pages!  As far as the class goes, I didn't order the kit as I felt it was a bit expensive for what came in the kit.  I gathered my own supplies and made sure I had the patterned paper used in the kit.

I decided that the theme of my album would be documenting my walks.  So I took my camera along and took a variety of photos of us on our walking adventures.  Here's a peek of some of my favourite pages.


I love the way the album fans out.


Finally found a use for that plastic bird from Maggie Holmes "Confetti" collection.


Still loving my Martha Stewart's doilies.


Of course I had to get in a photo of the Alberta rose.


Did some heat embossing to copy a tag used in the kit.


I punched out circular elements from a cork patterned paper to duplicate the wood veneer in the kit.


This is my favourite element!


 A little pocket that holds journaling tags as well as a tiny album created with the Fuse tool.


So much fun!


Happy embellished tag.


The confetti pocket was created with the fuse.  Love how it is fused on an angle!  There is a tiny glassine envelope at the back that holds tiny photos.


Vellum envelope with sequins!


The last tag was the largest of the bunch.

This little album of memories sits in a book shaped tin, keeping it safe from dust and ready to enjoy for years to come.

My next mini album course with Studio Calico is designed by Marcy Penner.  I'm so excited to try to replicate her very minimal style.  I have been a huge fan for years even though it is the other end of the spectrum of how I scrap.

Jen

Friday, August 21, 2015

I Laugh Every Time

Have you ever had one of those pictures that makes you chuckle every time you look at it?  This was the case when I received this photograph of Thomas, heading into his shallow wading pool.  I couldn't wait to scrap it.




I was pretty excited to find that little wading pool card in the October Afternoon collection I was using.

Here's the sketch I used created by Debbie Burns.

Jen

Monday, August 17, 2015

July Daily Planner Recap

August is well under way so I figure I had better post a few pictures of my Heidi Swapp memory planner from July!  I am totally loving this ongoing project.  It amazes me how many memories and photos I am getting in one tiny little book.  This just might be my thing.


The "Photos of the Month" page is always one of my favourites.


The perfect place to record Rob and Steve's love of Clash of Clans.




Ephemera from Ikea.


This added tag holds a photo of Tom.


A sticker from a cupcake company.


Rob's sock of the month!


That little cake embellishment is punched out of a gift card envelope.  There really is free scrappy stuff everywhere if you look hard enough.


This is the back of Diane's seating cards for her wedding.  She ordered them from Vista Print.

So that is what July looked like in a nutshell.  I think that this planner will be lots of fun to look back on in years to come.

Jen

Friday, August 14, 2015

The August Kit

There has been lots going on around here.  Rob is still painting.


Mo is still with us.  I think he might be staying close by the phone incase his mother calls from her holiday to say hello and see how he is doing.  And yes, she did call to make sure her best kitty was happy.  ;)


While Rob works on the house, I've been getting some creating done.  This month, Susan gifted me with the August kit from my LSS, for my birthday!   It is an amazing kit with so much goodness!


So far I've created three pages.  All were inspired by sketches in Kristine Davidson's sketch books.  A really great resource to have when the internet is unplugged due to the painting project!







Next up on the blog will be the July memory planner recap.  I'm just a little behind this month with my blog posts!

Jen


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

This Summer's Photo Challenge

One of my favourite things about summer is participating in Rhinda's Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt.


I have completed the list including substitute photo options, with the exception of finding three or more flags on one flag pole.  Oh we did search and we did find two flags on a pole.  Close... so close!
Here's my finds.

A bouquet of flowers


An ornate door knocker


A person walking a dog


People playing a board game


Architectural columns


A metal bridge


A turtle


Someone "plugged in" to social media


A tent


A college or university


A cellular tower or t.v satellite dish


A public restroom

A carousel


A traffic signal


A panoramic view


Matching uniforms


An overloaded truck


A ticket booth


A natural body of water


Me with my sign


Substitute Options:

People eating outside


Someone holding an umbrella


A rocking chair


Oh it was so much fun.  I have plans for a tiny 4"x 4" album for these photos!  Thank you Rhinda for another very inspiring list of prompts!  :)

Jen
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