Monday, August 20, 2012

A Colour Challenge

Les Papiers de Pandore has this month's colour challenge up.

I love a monochromatic palette and was happy to play along.  Here is Diane and Eric in Italy.

I used a mix of collections.

The circular "love" stamp is from the "Invitations" collection.  I am enjoying using stamping on my LO's and finding some creative ways to incorporate them.

This LO is based on a sketch from Kristine Davidson's eBook.

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen  :)

Sunday, August 19, 2012


A sad day for us on Friday as we said good-bye to our Gussy.

Gus became ill recently and Rob and I made the decision to put him down before suffering began.  We would rather his life be shorter but happy.  A dog's life is to be wonderful every day.  We stayed with him as he was put down peacefully.  We miss him terribly.  The house seems too quiet without him here.  He was the leader of the pack and kept the girls on schedule and me too, I think.  :)

We were worried for Maggie as she has had Gus with her since she left her birth brothers and mama.  She appears to be fine.  She paused and looked into Gus's empty kennel before going to her own on the first night.  I wondered if she was looking for him.  I am thankful that she has Lady and is not alone.  We were not too worried about Lady as she is quite resilient and has endured much change in her life.  Those two poodles were partners in crime and were quite close.

Maggie has been having knee problems for the past month and we will find out this Wednesday if surgery is in order.  It has been a tough go for the past month and I have been spending lots of time at the vet's office.

I sometimes question the value of all of the LO's I create and albums I have.  I have to say that I am feeling so thankful that I have such a great documentation of Gus's life with so many memories recorded.  When I get in the new house and am unpacked, I plan on collecting all of my LO's of Gus and compiling them into albums as a remembrance of his life and the joy he brought us.

I'll leave you with a photo that Rob took of me and Gus having a little cuddle time before his appointment.  He was a good boy and I am thankful to have had him as a constant companion for the past 7 years.   But... all dogs go to heaven.  (A favourite movie of my girls when they were little.)  I know he had a good life.

February 5, 2005 ~ August 17, 2012

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen  :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

It Happens Every August

The Ikea catalogue arrives on my doorstep!  I open it up with anticipation to slowly look through and see what the designers have come up with for a new year.  It isn't the furniture I am interested in,  it is the organizational items and home decor items like candles and glassware.  It is always fun to see the prints of the new bedding and fabric.  If I was young and single I can see myself with an apartment fully decorated in Ikea products.

So what has caught my eye this year?  Hmm Something worth sharing on a mostly scrappy blog.  It's this...

I think I NEED this for my scrappy room.  Vertical storage, on casters  and the colour turquoise.... it is calling my name.  Think of the items that could be housed on this unit and then just wheeled over when in use. It reminds me of the little carts that they use at the hairdressers.   It is metal and goes for $69.99, in Canada anyway.  I hope it does not disappoint when I see it in real life.  Catalogue pages can sometimes be deceiving.

Is it calling your name for your scrappy place?

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen  :)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Alpaca, Silk and Bamboo

I'm making mittens.  I didn't make even one pair last year much to Diane's disappointment.  She loves her woolies and was considering asking her Aunt Susan if she would be willing to whip her up a pair.   Well, I am making up for it this year.  So far I have made two pairs for Diane and two pairs for Lisa.  I am on a roll.

Today I am making a pair with "good" wool.  The good stuff comes from the "good" yarn shops.  Susan and I have found a new yarn shop to frequent, thanks to my dental hygienist who is an avid knitter.  Wool Revival is a quaint little spot in Edmonton. The owner does not keep regular hours so it is best to go mid-day in hopes of finding her open.  She  also only takes cash and hand writes the bill.  Upon entering, she can be found sitting in a comfy chair in the middle of the store, knitting, of course.  There is often other ladies sitting along side knitting away.  It is like taking a step back in time.  The only downfall is the disorganization of the store.  The front counter is one foot deep in "stuff".  The clutter dips in the middle where the payment process is done.  I do have to admit that my first visit haunted me a bit.  I had an overwhelming desire to go back and ask if I could spend a week there organizing.  hee hee  The best part about this shop is the low price of the yarn.  About 1/3 less than it's competitor.

The wool I am using is 80% Alpaca and 20% silk.  Oh there is something so satisfying about knitting with natural fibers.  Throw in a pair of bamboo needles and I am happy!

Susan is coming over  tomorrow for a day of knitting.  The needles will be a click click clacking.  It is predicted to rain all day long and I can't think of a better way to spend a rainy day.  :)

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

I've Been Thrifting

I have a new love for finding treasure.  It all started months ago when Rob and I visited an antique mall in Edmonton.  It is such a fun place to spend an hour or so going back in time.  There are items that remind me of my childhood like seeing a Barbie case that was the exact one that I owned as a girl.  Then there was finding Miss Piggy.  Not sure what happened to my old Miss Piggy puppet.  The one at the market was in very rough shape and had been given a home haircut.  :(  Sometimes I see kitchenware that brings me back to the 60's and 70's.  My main reason for going is to search for milk glass.  I am acquiring quite the collection of these lovely white pieces in a variety of shapes and sizes.  I plan on displaying them together once we move into the new house.  (I'll try to remember to do a post on them.)

We have a terrific thrift store in Sherwood Park.  It is called The County's Clothes-Line.  We have been frequenting the back donation entrance quite often as we go through the house packing.  I love that we never have to throw anything in the landfill.  There is always someone who can find a use for an item that we no longer need or use.  I also love to frequent the front door.  You just never know what you might find.

Here is what I came upon on my last visit.  Score!

A quality novel for $0.50.  I love that books have a life of their own.  One person buys and reads it and then it is just passed along.  Susan and I will both read this book and then I will donate it back to be resold.  Three balls of cotton yarn for knitting dishcloths.  I haven't been able to find this brand for years.  Each ball will make 2 cloths and I have already knit up one ball.  "Admit One" tickets for scrapping!!  I love finding things for my pages that are not from the LSS.

Then there is the amazing jug!

I had actually already made my purchase when I spied this on a shelf on  the way out.  It was marked at half price and cost me $5.   I have the perfect place for this once we move to the new house.  In the main bathroom, there is a built in shelf.  It will look terrific grouped with some towels and soap products.  I love the idea of finding something old and giving it a new life!  

I'd love to hear of any of your favourite thrift store finds!

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen  :)

Friday, August 10, 2012

A New Sketch

Today, a new sketch went up on the Les Papiers de Pandore blog.

I loved the circular elements to this one so I had to give it a go!  Then I remembered this photo of little Thomas and knew it would be perfect with the large tire showing.

I have to give my brother, Andrew, credit for this title.  It is what he named the photo when he emailed it to me.  It really does seem that Thomas is having a conversation with the Jeep.  Thomas always seems to have a vehicle of some sort in his hand in any recent photo I see of him.

I used the Urbanessence collection for this LO.

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen :)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Baby Tom and "Stuff"

I have been hoarding this amazing B&W photo of little Thomas for a long time.  It was taken by his very talented Auntie Carolyn.  I finally decided to scrap it using the Urbanessence collection from Les Papiers de Pandore.

I used this sketch designed by Julie Bonner.  I have used it before and love it.

As of yesterday, my scrappy room is mostly packed away.  Wahhhhh!!  ;)  I have kept out a small selection to keep me going through the next month.  It seemed stressful to pack things away and take everything out of order.  I think this might be a sign of "scrapping addiction".  ;)

 I did learn a few things yesterday whilst packing.

 I have too many albums.  I know I have whined about this before on the blog but here I go again.  I know logically that I have to slow down the scrapping process.  I can't continue to accumulate these albums at this rate.  There are boxes and boxes of packed up albums sitting in my basement.  Maybe the solution is to mostly scrap for other people.  If I could stick to just scrapping two LO's per month for me, that would be about one album per year into the house.  That is doable.  Oh, if only.  ;)

I have too much "stuff".  It really hits home how much you have when you see it all packed up together.  I need to start using this supply.   I think that Green Peace will soon be after me for the trees I am killing. ;)  I know that the solution to this one is to stay away from the LSS.  Well, I have taken the first step and have unsubscribed from my two local stores.  If I don't get the email telling me what is new in the shop, I will be less likely to run down and buy it.  I know that I have plenty of supplies to record any memory that needs to be recorded.   I still love all of the supplies that I still have to use.

The bulk of the stuff in our house is my "crafty stuff".  Yes, moving would be much less work if I didn't have all of this crafty stuff.  There is scrappy stuff and cross stitch stuff and knitting stuff and lots of magazines about all this stuff.  Jennifer's Knitting Emporium is sitting in boxes..... in my basement.

Well, enough of my whining.  I never lose sight of how lucky I am to have all of these wonderful supplies to keep me inspired to create each day but, sometimes I question how I will house the end result of this addiction.  At least with knitting, the woolies are given away and put to good use by others.  Where do I draw the line at creating albums for myself?  Could my time be better spent creating less for me and more for others?   Do you guys ever feel the same way about this crazy addiction?  Does it overwhelm you at times?

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen  :)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Recording the Everyday

Yes, even the weekly laundry routine is to be documented in my scrapbooks.  After all, it is a part of life for all of us.  I used the Echo Park "This and That" (the girly one) collection for this one.  A fun mix of colour and lots of little tags and bits to be found in this pack.

I used this sketch from Stuck?Sketches!

 I had originally made this LO with the idea of applying for the next DT.  I have decided against submitting.  I think I have enough on my plate with our upcoming move.  The scrappy room is soon to be packed up.  Short term of course.

Well it is a day of packing.  Susan is coming over to help so it will be fun.  How does each household have so much "stuff"?  Would life be easier if we lived very minimal lives with just one pot, one set of bedding and two outfits of clothes?  Oh here I am again dreaming of the pioneer life.  Maybe I was a pioneer woman in a previous life.  hee hee

Happy Scrapping!!  Jen  :)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Be Free

I have a LO to share today using some new papers from Les Papiers de Pandore.  The Urban Essence collection has a lovely palette of yellow, grey, blue and deep red.  I love the chevrons in the collection as well as all the little tickets and tags.  Here's Diane and Eric in Italy enjoying gelato.  Lucky them!

I used the July sketch designed by Bente.  Lots of layering in this one so I am a happy camper!

Life has been busy as of late.  Our condo is officially sold as of last evening.  It was a long process as the deal with our original buyers fell through.  There has been lots of cleaning and upkeep going on over here and many many people through my nest.  :(  Our new nest is being inspected right now and if all goes as expected, it will officially be ours this evening!  I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  ;)

There hasn't been too much time for scrapping but I have gone to a couple of amazing pre-CHA sales where they are trying to make room for all of the new stuff to soon come in.  These 30% off everything in the store sales are always a great time to stock up on adhesives, card stock and a few pricey things that you couldn't justify buying at full price.

Wishing you all some fun crafty time in your scrappy spaces!  Happy Scrapping!!  Jen  :)
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