Sunday, February 28, 2010

It's Good to be Ugly

How can something as beautiful as this

be won from something as ugly as this?

I woke up this morning to find out that I had won the judged contest for the ugliest LO, over at The Poppy Paper Kit Co. Today was Aphra's reveal of her very first kit. There is also an add on kit up for sale. The kit is filled with new Jenni Bowlin and some Cosmo Cricket!! I am soooo excited. I can't help but think that little Emma is looking down from kitty cat heaven and purring, knowing that she is a part of this win!! LOL

Anyway, there will be so many fun things going on at the kit club. There is Aphra and Francis on the DT and then I think this month's guest designer is Liz Chidester! My sleuthing led me to notice her name in the designer gallery. ;) That is some wonderful kind of inspiration. :) There will also be tutorials and challenges. I can't wait! I think it will add a much needed change to my scrappy life. It will be fun to step out of my box and use some products that I would not ordinarily purchase for myself. Head on over to the site here, to take a peek!!

Thank you again to my scrappy friends and my family who helped me with my decision for my entry! {hugs}

Happy Scrapping!! Jen :)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Flower Tutorial

Just wanted to share that Trisha has an awesome and easy flower tutorial up at Sketch Inspirations. You can view it here.

These are the ones that I made tonight. I can't wait to use them on a LO!!

Happy Scrapping!! Jen :)

"Lush" Album

I just completed my 8x8 album using the MME "Lush" paper line. If you are into the monochromatic look, you will love this line. Jana Eubank did one in red and it was awesome. I did a bit of scraplifting! ;) You can view Jana's project here. I chose the blue colour which is really not like me. I just fell in love with the look of the blue damask and the flocking!! I kept telling myself that I really should buy the brown or green (my comfort zone) but finally just decided to go with what I found to be striking!! I'm glad that I did!! :)

I used all B&W's, so the album would look more consistent. I think that I have scrapped most of these pictures already, but was happy to have them all in one place. I used lots of gems and pearls and can say that I am ready to sew some buttons on my next LO!! I guess that old habits die hard and buttons are much more economical too! ;)

I think I need to take a small break from scrapping. The albums are coming along quite well, but my duties in my home have been sadly neglected, as of late! This neglect includes walks and sofa cuddle time with the pups. It's a good thing that my daughters are grown. The dogs can't verbally tell me that they are sick of hanging out in the "studio"! LOL I do tend to get on scrappy tangents. Boo to housework!! :( I'd rather be scrapping!!

Happy scrapping!! Jen

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Something Different

A new LO to share today. This is Lisa and her boyfriend, Andrew. I'm still loving B&W's lately and was happy to get this good picture during February. After all, it is the month of love!

I used sketch #65 from Creative Scrappers. I plan on using this site much more often now. I downloaded 75 sketches last night! Aphra has just joined the sketch team and I can't wait to see her sketches and give them a go!

The papers are by Prima. I have never used this manufacturer before and was just loving some of these papers from their new lines. One of my scrapping mentors, Pearl, does amazing LO's with Prima products. You can check out her blog here, for some inspiration and lots of eye candy! She is a very talented lady!! Her LO's are amazing!!

Okay, so this is what I did on this LO that I usually don't do. First off, I used a pearl bling flourish. I'm more of a button and stitching girl. I used the large pink flower from Pink Paislee. This is another type of product that I usually stay away from. I did change the button and replaced it with a vintage button by Jenni Bowlin. Those buttons are so beautiful. I finally used a fancy pin on a LO!! This is a new product from Jenni Bowlin also. I really had no idea where to stick this pin at first, but they worked well in the butterflies that I hand cut from paper. The lace flower, I made! I am really happy with the outcome. I just punched out a one inch circle and put a few large Zots on it. I then just overlapped my lace in a circular direction. Then I put the fancy pearl brad in the middle. Very simple. The vintage lace is from Melissa Francis.

To give myself some comfort and familiarity I did use a ticket (ahhh, love tickets and tags) but for the very first time, I used Glimmer Mist!!! I'm not a misting fan. :( It just seems too random to me!! This is probably why, when we faux painted a wall in our house back in the 90's using the "smooshing" technique, I couldn't live with it and had to ask Rob to repaint it. I know, I'm a tortured artist, trying to control my work!! LOL

The title was cut with my Cricut. I like how it almost blends in with the page. I wanted a soft feel. This goes against my norm of titles that are bolder.

So, although I had an uneasy feeling while creating this LO, I am happy with my end result. I still have some Prima paper left, so who knows, maybe it is time for me to use up some of the gem embellishments that I buy but rarely use.

My next project will be an 8x8 album with the new MME Lush line. Be prepared to be dazzled with gems, pearls and flocking!! ;)

Happy Scrapping! Jen :)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Week #7

One more week done for Project 365. Since week #7 included Valentine's Day, I decided to use Valentine themed paper. This line is called "Vintage Valentine" by Fancy Pants. I have a soft spot for anything with a vintage vibe. What I especially loved about this line was its mix of printed kraft paper along with the patterned paper. There were shaped papers, a tag sheet and a sheet of borders! It was quite the deal!!

This first LO is based on a sketch by Jana Eubank. It is from her new sketch blog. The sketch is dated as November 10 2008.

The next LO is also from Jana's sketch blog. This sketch was dated, September 11 2009. If you are looking for some awesome sketches and lots of great inspiration, you can check out her blog here.

Hope everyone is having a good day with a bit of extra time left over for scrapping!

Happy Scrapping!! Jen:)

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Wintery LO

It's a gloomy , chilly winter day here today. The perfect day to work on a winter LO! I took this picture of Rob and the pups walking through the park. I love candid shots like this that just capture a single moment. I wanted to use a B&W to add to the winter feel. The papers here are Fancy Pants "Arctic Chill". I love the muted, grunge look of these. So different from what you usually see in winter supplies. The LO is based on sketch #112 at Sketch Inspiration.

I made the snowflake clusters by hand cutting patterned paper, making snowflake die cuts with the Cricut, using rub ons and brads. The border was cut from patterned paper and I also used my punch for added layering.

Both the title and journaling are rub ons. It was fun to find different supplies in my stash that worked so well with the line.

On an exciting note, I solved my problem of having cropped and scrapped some of my most precious photos in early 2000 when scrapbooking was in it's infancy stage and supplies and techniques were not what they are today. We have ordered a scanner that will allow us to scan in our old negatives into a digital photograph which can be printed any time I wish!! Very exciting. It is a three week wait until it comes in. I have already been preparing. I have spent hours going through my negatives and trying to put them in some kind of order of either theme (birthdays, Christmas) or chronological order. I realized that we didn't take a whole lot of photos back in the day. We just seem to have photos of celebrations and very little of the everyday events and moments. I think that scrapbooking has helped us all realize the importance of capturing the everyday moments that make up our lives. So, my DD's will no longer have to fret that there is not a single photo of them that has not been scrapped circa 1999!! LOL Their childhood photographs, as limited as they are, will be available for them to do with them as they please. Now I am a happy mom once again. :)

One last exciting piece of news. Jana Eubank, one of my scrapping mentors, has just started a new sketch blog. You can check it out here. I love everything that Jana does. She is such a talented lady!! It will be so great to have all these wonderful sketches to easily access in one spot!

Happy Scrapping!! Jen :)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Ugliest LO!!

After much thought and feed back from my blogging friends and my family, I have decided to go with this LO for Aphra's Ugliest LO contest at The Paper Poppy Kit Co.

I think the many colours I used, the little picture of Emma matted on that large cartoon cat, as well as my fancy scissor cutting all make it pretty ugly!! Thanks to everyone who helped me with this very important decision! ;)

Happy scrapping!! Jen :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Project 365 & Some Ugliness

I am finally caught up on Project 365 again! I hate to get too far behind on it because these LO's are not the most creative and are somewhat challenging. It is a bit hard to find sketches that will work with that many photos of varying sizes. I also like to keep the pictures in the order of the days of the weeks. This does not always happen. I feel that if I got too far behind on this project, it would be quite the chore to get caught up.

Here are the LO's for Week 5. I have been in a BG kind of mood (shocking) and so I used Nook and Pantry here. These LO's were not based on a specific sketch but, I did base them on two different LO's that I found on Jana's blog. Take a peek! She is sooo amazing!! So I looked at these two LO's of Jana's and just tweeked a few things to make them work for my photos. Jana is one of my scrapping mentors!

For Week 6, I used some Urban Prairie. Such a fun spring feeling to this line! I used some sketches by Helen Croft for these. Helen has a sketch blog also! You can find it here. I used sketches #1 and #10.

Now onto some ugly business!! LOL Aphra is holding a contest for the chance to win March's kit at her new kit company The Paper Poppy! All you have to do is post a link to your ugliest LO. This is not a random draw but will be judged instead! What fun!! I went looking at some of my old albums last night and here is what I found.

This first LO is of our cat, Emma. Emma is long gone now but was the nicest little feline a person could ever hope for. Keep in mind that all these ugly LO's were done in 1999 or possibly 2000 when the industry was new and there was very limited supplies. Most pages were done in 8.5 x 11 too. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! ;) I love the way I have the tiny photo of Emma mounted on that huge cartoon cat! I also love how I did my "fancy" lettering with the dots. Yuck!! It was so in back then with such a country vibe!!

This LO is of Sam, who is also long gone. Not as friendly as Emma was and had a history of climbing onto the roof top of our apartment building, catching bats and then bringing them into the apartment as a gift for me! You never saw an 8 month pregnant woman roll off a sofa and run to the bathroom for cover as quickly as I did that night! I left Rob to deal with the flying bat! It was after that event that we bought a little shovel that we named, "the bat shovel". Rob would run around the apartment trying to get the bat to fly to the patio door. I don't know why we just didn't keep the patio screen shut??? Oh to be young and foolish. Anyway, back to the LO. Just love this mat! It is almost like a Where's Waldo to find the actual photo! Love that yellow die cut too with the punched out eyeball!

Now here is Toby! He too is no longer with us. :( Sweetest dog!! I love how I have cropped around his actual image to make it look like he is actually standing in that cartoon dog house! That was some pretty fussy cutting around some spots if you get my drift. ;) I have the purple mat (cut with my fancy edge scissors) so his white fur would not blend into the white background. I also love those heart shaped paws on the dog dish! What was I thinking? Oh, and the doodling of the ball rolling into the LO!! Lovely!!

This LO just makes me sad. Don't get me wrong, my wedding day was one of the best days of my life, but look at what I did to that photograph!! Would you want this LO in your wedding album??? This is pretty much how my album looks. :( I love how I have decided to once again trim around our bodies but I have the section of curtain showing in the background. Did I do that because I didn't have a proper cutting edge??? Oh and the floating minimal embellishments. Not to mention that the next page in the album is glued to the opposite side of the same piece of card stock!! So sad. The trimmed edge of the LO, once again cut with my fancy scissors, really ads an elegant feel! NOT!! (No laughing at my cowboy hat veil! It was the 80's and I live in Western Canada. Well okay, you can laugh! :) My DD's still bug me!! )

So this trip back to my early work leaves me to ponder. Am I just totally wreaking all my life's photographs? My girls' baby books look pretty much the same. :( I try to realize that this is what scrapping was a decade or so ago and be thankful that the events and dates and memories are recorded. But when I think of wedding photos or my precious baby photos it makes me feel sad. Then I started thinking..... in 2020 what will we think when we see bingo cards on LO's. What does bingo have to do with a page about love???? What will we think of the buttons and brads and large flowers that dominate pages. Where is the vase to put those flowers in??? Will our adhesives stand the test of time?? Susan and I have visions of us sitting in the old folks home trying to reattach our embellishments that are sitting at the bottom of our page protectors and not being able to remember where they went originally!! But, we sure think that these pages rock right now!! But... I thought these last 4 LO's were awesome back when I created them! LOL I'm thinking that I may be cracking open that huge box of negatives that I have hiding up in my closet and having some prints redone! Scary thought and possibly costly too. At least we now have digital!

So I would love some feedback on which of the four LO's is the ugliest to you! I still have some time before I have to post a link to Aphra for the contest. If you want to have a good laugh, visit Teri's blog here. Her commentary of her two ugliest LO's is hilarious!! This girl should be writing comedy!! Head on over to The Paper Poppy Kit Company and play along too!! There are still days left of giveaways!

Happy Scrapping!! Jen :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

This & That

I have a few things to share today. Robert and I went on a walk today with the pups and brought the camera along which always turns into a photography competition. ;) Okay, I can admit that once again Robert wins! He just has got a really good eye and seems to get good angles! In my defense, he did take photography in High School. I was probably busy in home economics and did my school even offer photography???

This is my favourite of Rob's shots. It was taken looking right up into the hanging pine cone. I just can't wait to scrap it.

Now, here are some of mine. I'm still trying to rock the winter branch and I think it is time for me to find a new angle! LOL

Now on to my latest LO's. This first one is based on Sketch #111 at Sketch Inspiration. I used Pink Paislee papers called "Cupid". I was really happy to get to use so many of the fun embellishments and tags that came with the line. I made the scallops for the heart with my one inch punch. I saw an amazing heart on a LO on the PP site. Take a peek at it here. I was not quite that motivated to take on the challenge of this, but I LOVE the look.

This next LO is of my Gussy. I just love the look he gave me here. He is sitting in the kitchen, trying to will me to give him a treat, which is sitting on the counter above him. This LO is very much inspired and in some places just down right scraplifted from a LO that Jennifer Findley did. She is one of my scrapping mentors. I love her style and her paper choices. I did leave a comment on her blog letting her know that I was feeling a major "scraplift" coming on. ;) Check out her blog here for some wonderful inspiration. I also used Pink Paislee "Cupid" on this.

This last LO was made using the very last scraps of "Cupid". It is all gone now. So sad. :( This is based on a sketch by Julie Bonner that I found on her blog . I love how so many of Julie's sketches use many photos. This is Gus once again. I haven't done a LO of this furry little fellow in awhile, so I was happy to get these done.

Well, this ended up being a really long post! Until next time, Happy Scrapping!! Jen :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Wishing everyone a happy {heart} day with lots of time spent with the people you love!!

Happy Scrapping!! Jen :)

Saturday, February 13, 2010


I'm noticing some exciting activity around my bird houses! I am so hopeful that this is the beginning of the nesting process. Last year it was in early March that my houses were claimed. Two separate Sparrow couples spent two months feathering their nests. This may just be a random and temporary visitor but, I sure am hoping that this little bird has decided that this nest is best!!

Happy scrapping and bird watching too!! Jen :)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Still a Scrapping!

Well, my scrapping mojo is still flowing so I have another LO to share. This is my sister Susan, and her family. My brother Andrew, took this photograph just before they left the hospital after meeting Thomas. It is so great to have a picture of the whole family. Often, when the kids reach this age, these opportunities are rare. I am really enjoying the B&W photos lately. It sure does make the paper choices very simple. There is just something about B&W that is timeless and classic! I used another one of Julie Bonner's sketches. The paper line is from MME call "Oh La La for Him". I love the soft vintage look to these papers.

One of my scrapping mentors, Aphra Bolyer, has started a new web site called "The Paper Poppy Kit Co." Her first kit reveal will be in March. To celebrate, Aphra has 17 days of giveaways! Head on over and take a peek. Aphra is so very talented so I am excited to see what she comes up with for kits. I'm sure they will be awesome! There is even mention of homemade embellishments. I have never joined a kit club before because I am lucky enough to live near some amazing scrapping stores. Well, that and the fact that I have often times used a paper line before I see it featured in a kit. However, there is something special about how talented people can mix lines and embellishments. A kit would also push me to use items that I may not think of buying for myself. I may be hooked on this kit idea after getting my prize kit from JuJu Bee's. I was lucky enough to win on week #4 of Sketch Inspiration. This win mixed with Aphra's new company may be opening a Pandora's box for me!! LOL

Happy Scrapping!! Jen :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My Favourite Scrapping Subject

Here is one more LO of Little Thomas. I just LOVE this photograph! What a cutie in that little white hat. I used a sketch by Julie Bonner. You can find it and many more on her blog here. I used Sassafrass Lass papers. I always find these papers a challenge to use because they are super busy. I definitely chose papers with limited pattern. The journaling card is from Fancy Pants. I finally did some zig-zag hand stitching and liked how it tied the borders in and I made one more title on the Cricut with my New Arrival cartridge.

Hope everyone is having a good day!! Happy Scrapping!! Jen :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

That Face!!

I had a wonderful afternoon scrapbooking! Who wouldn't when they get to look at this cute little face. Just makes me smile. :)

I used Sketch #110 from Sketch Inspiration and some new papers out by "Three Bugs in a Rug". I don't know much about this manufacturer and have only used papers by them once before. The background sheet is by October Afternoon. I love the look of the text for background papers. I'm still in a stitching mood and was happy to get to stitch a border around the shaped paper. I actually used my Cricut twice in this project. Both for the shaped paper and the title. I have been getting lazy lately and using stickers and Thickers for title work. With Thomas here, I can finally get some use out of my "New Arrival" cartridge.

Happy Scrapping!! Jen :)

Monday, February 8, 2010

A Small Sign of Spring

I am so happy to be noticing the return of the Sparrows to my backyard! It is always my first sign that Spring is just a mere three months away. ;) I can see the activity and hear the sounds of chirping. It is music to my ears! Last year, the Sparrows began nesting in the bird houses in March. I wonder if I will be lucky enough to have more house guests this year.

I had so much fun yesterday, putting together these cards for Valentine's Day! I used a card kit from Basic Grey featuring the Sugar Rush paper line. It was my first time using a kit and I have to say I LOVED it! I felt like a little kid looking for all the embellishments that had the number that matched the card number I was working on. It is definitely an easy project with very limited creativity, but it was an awesome break from the norm. It was "card making for dummies" for sure. Now the trick will be trying to stay away from purchasing more of these fun kits. I have so much amazing scrap paper to use up by making cards!!

I'm hoping to get a bit of scrapping time in later today. I have some amazing photographs of Thomas that I am so excited about scrapping and an amazing new sketch by Trisha that I am so excited about doing! But first, I have to go for a dentist check up. :(

Happy Scrapping!! Jen :)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Blog Award from my Friend Cori

Thank you Cori, for giving me this awesome blog award! Very exciting! :)

The rules of the award are that I have to tell you 10 things that make me happy and then pass the award onto 5 more friends.

1) My husband, Robert
2) My daughters, Diane & Lisa
3) My pups, Gus & Maggie
4) Emails from my sister, Susan
5) Scrapbooking
6) New Basic Grey releases
7) Bird watching
8) Taking pictures of nature
9) Listening to John Mayer
10)Reading a good book

Okay, now I am to choose 5 friends to pass this award on to. This is a hard decision.

5) Beth

Check out their blogs!

Happy Scrapping!! Jen :)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

First LO of Thomas

Well, here is the first of many LO's of my sweet little nephew, Thomas!! He has the face of an angel!! Susan is holding him at the hospital when she and her family went to meet him. He is only one day old here. The sketch is #109 from Sketch Inspiration. I used Pink Paislee papers from the Cupid line. I did some paper folding which I really liked the effect of. I decided on a lollipop flower after I saw one on the PP site done with the pink gingham. I used Jennifer Findley's idea of the stitched circles, once again. I'm loving that look.

I was recently checking out LO's done by Kelly Gore with some of the new BG lines. I love how she uses those products. I was busy taking notes for inspiration a.k.a scraplifting. You can visit her blog here.

I think I will begin putting together some Valentine's Day cards, for my next project. I bought the BG kit using Sugar Rush. I have never used one of these kits before. I know it will not be a very creative project but I am still looking forward to putting them together. I might add some extra embellishments! Shocking!! LOL

Happy Scrapping!! Jen :)
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