Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Not a Traveller

I'm definitely not a traveller.  I'm a homebody.  I like being home.  I like my familiar places, things and people around me.  But a couple of times a year, Rob plans a little get away for us.  I bargain for the vacation to be less days rather than more.  Then I whine a bit about organizing, packing and leaving my dogs.  I'm fine once I get there and I always enjoy my time away.  My dogs survive and just basically replace us with the young couple who comes to stay at our place to mind them.  I'm always thrilled to get back home but I'm also grateful that Rob has dragged me away.  I know it is good for me.

This time we went to Victoria B.C.  We stayed on the harbour.

We drank tea.

We visited my favourite craft shop, "Buttons and Needlework" which specializes in yarns and cross-stitch supplies.  I found a new seeing apparatus which might just make cross-stitching easy on the eyes once again.  I'm anxious to give it a go!

I found a new place called "Knotty By Nature".  The owner was spinning in the back.  As well as yarn, this place sold raw fibres for spinning.

Check out this amazing shelving unit to house sock yarn.

We admired the Pacific ocean and enjoyed that good water smell.

We also took time to smell the flowers.  Everything is lush green and in full bloom.  Unlike Alberta which is still dry, brittle and brown.  haha

We spent some time at the Robert Bateman museum.  It was amazing!

Then we spent some time with an old school friend of Rob and his girlfriend.

We went back to the Butchart Gardens to enjoy the spring season.

It was full of tulips and daffodils and trees in full colourful bloom.

Rob had a great time taking photographs.

It was great spending time with my favourite person in the world.  

And the best part about travelling is the photographs that are captured.  Next week I will be starting a mini album documenting this holiday.  I enrolled in an on-line course with Kim Jeffress through Papercut Labs.  Kim's mini albums are always so amazing.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pretty Paper Party

Susan came over yesterday and we worked on another prompt from Shimelle.  This one was all about how to use a piece of busy patterned paper.  These are often the papers that I love most and yet they often prove the most difficult to use.  I took much inspiration from one of the guest designers.  Actually, it is really more of a scraplift.  The busy paper really takes centre stage and so embellishment remains neutral as well as minimal.  This was really a change from my scrappy style but it is always fun to try something new.

It was really fun to do one of those layered distressed flowers.  It has been far too long.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

This & That

I've been MIA lately.  There hasn't been any scrapping going on but there is lots of scrappy stuff in the works.  My LSS in Sherwood Park is closing next week.  No worries.  The one in Edmonton that I adore is still going strong.  But I do love a bargain and so I have been popping in to look for deals.  The older stuff is on at 50% off.  Since I haven't bought much in the past couple of years there was lots that was new to me!  They also have a section with 70% off which they are continuously putting stuff into.  It really keeps a person going back.  ;)

I got my hands on a very vintage stash of BG "LilyKate" papers.  Just 5 sheets but this lead me to deciding that it was high time to organize my two bins of vintage BG by line.  It was quite the task but I thoroughly enjoyed looking at all of those amazing patterns.  BG is always a classic.  I combined lines that pair so well together.  Hopefully this organization will encourage me to use some of this up.

Then there have been some new purchases too.  October Afternoon's "Saturday Morning" called my name as well as Crate's new "Confetti" collection.  I couldn't pass up a few bits from Studio Calico's new dog line, "Baxter".  Too cute!

The big score for me from this CHA was getting my hands on Shimelle's new line, "True Stories".

I was disappointed that I had to buy the paper pad which gives you 2 each of 24 different single sided sheets.  It is much better to be able to buy the sheets individually where you get 24 double sided sheets giving you the often more calm "B Sides", as well as the choice of 48 patterns.  Being the weird paper hoarder I am, I had to research what I was missing in the line!  In the end I gathered this pile from my existing stash that totally goes with the line.  Crisis solved!  Yeah, no paper shortage

I have also been gathering supplies for a mini album that I plan on making in May.  I'm taking an on-line course.  More on that later.  Needless to say, I am on scrappy supply overload.  I'm well stocked and can now wait for some of the new stuff to become outdated so I can pick it up for a steal.

So you know you are in total scrappy mode when a small pile of yarn scraps suddenly looks like a great colour palette for a page.

On the knitting front I have started this little baby blanket that fits perfectly over a carseat.  Now I just have to find a baby who needs it.  LOL

A lovely part of my week was receiving these flowers from Rob.  It was such a nice surprise!

I tried my hand at taking a close-up.

Then Rob came home and saw the opportunity to put his latest macro class knowledge to work.  Yeah, I lose all photography competitions now.  LOL

And finally, tonight I found this on my doorstep.

We have an upcoming provincial election.  Evidence of a brilliant campaign idea.  If politicians can kiss babies, why not give family dogs a bone cookie?  Hmmm will it buy the PC's a vote?  ;)

Wishing you all a great weekend.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Who Knew?

Yesterday I sat down to create some cards.  Who knew that it could actually be enjoyable?  It was the first time ever that it didn't feel like a chore.  I struggle with cards.  It's the tiny canvas.  So intimidating.  For this reason, I usually buy card kits.  My LSS puts together amazing kits.  They are a treat to buy but they are pricey.  I understand this, as you are paying for someone's talent in designing them, as well as all of the timely preparation work that goes into them.  As much as it is fun putting the cards together, there is no personal creativity involved which makes it a rather unfulfilling task.

The last kit I bought, I realized that the main paper for the cards came from a mix of papers from a 6x6 pad along with a sheet of 3x4 cards from the main line.  I had an aha moment that this would be an amazing way to create cards easily.  The next time I was at the LSS, I picked up just this, in the Carta Bella "Yesterday" collection.  Then for inspiration, I looked at a variety of cards that I had previously made from card kits bought at my LSS.  This model to follow took the scary out of the process but it was also creative choosing what would work with these papers.  I had so much fun!  I think I could actually get into this card making thing.  The key definitely is that "less is more".  Clearly this was the root of my troubles.  I don't do less on pages.  ;)  Here they are.

Now I just have to learn how to capture better blog photos of cards!  Wishing you all a wonderful week.  :)


Sunday, April 12, 2015

"@ the Park"

Last night I was killing time waiting for SNL to start and decided to get a page done.  Well the show was a bust and I think I should have just kept scrapping.  I love this photo of Rob, Susan and her husband Richard.  My brother Andrew took it last summer.  He has such an excellent eye for composition.  He sees things through the lens in a way that I would never.  I think he gets it from my father.

I used a Pebbles line from last summer, "Front Porch".   I think that this palette is my all time favourite, especially when used with a B&W photo.

Here's the sketch I used created by Susan Stringfellow.  I love her sketches and always find them so enjoyable to navigate through.

Hope you are all getting some creative time in this weekend.  :)


Friday, April 10, 2015

Reduced to Mere Scraps

So my awesome kit from my LSS is now just a tiny pile of scraps.  Waaahh.  I tried to prolong it's life span by adding more paper but ... all good things must come to an end.  These are my last two pages completed with it.

First up is little Diane.  Yes she was always a colourful girl.  She could mix and match floral patterns like no other.  She was usually wearing some kind of hair accessory and party shoes were not just for parties.  Why not wear them to the park?

I didn't use a sketch for this one but was inspired by a LO I saw months ago that Alena Grinchuk did for Fancy Pants.

This next page I struggled with.  The supplies were running low.  But, that is always a fun challenge.  Here's Lisa and Steve.  I love being around these two because they have a great energy.  I knew early on that Steve would be Lisa's forever.  Their connection is so evident.  Lisa has this "thing" about knees.  They totally gross her out.  Only Steve could get away with squeezing her knee and live to tell about it.  If you look closley in the first photo you can see that Lisa's arm is blurry.  Yeah, she was just about to smoke him one.  LOL

I used this sketch from Citrus Twist.

Wishing you all a great weekend!


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Partying with the Unstoppable Zeba

Susan came over this past week and we got busy with Shimelle's "Pretty Paper Party" once again.  I worked on the second LO using ideas from the first prompt.  It is still all about using up strips of paper.  This time they are in a horizontal design.

So here's an old photo of Lisa also known as.... "Zeba".  When Lisa came home as a newborn, Diane was only 21 months old and could not say Lisa.  She always called her "Zeba".  It kind of stuck and even sometimes now, we refer to her as "Zeba".  I'm still using a mix of Crate's "Craft Market" and Simple Stories "I Am".  I started off with a kit and have been adding more paper from the two lines to make it go even further.  I love the mix of these two collections.

Sorry, but once again no sketch to share.  :(  This course is still out there and it has some pretty good ideas for using up paper and mixing papers.

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