Saturday, May 30, 2015

One Last Page

Well, here's the last page done with my amazing May kit from my LSS.  Loved this one and I'm looking forward to see what the June kit will bring.

I loved this amazing but fake tree that sat outside the hotel that we stayed at in Banff last November.  There is just something about a white maple leaf, even if it is plastic.  haha

I didn't use a sketch for this one.  I just went with it knowing that I wanted my title and journaling to be done in a circular fashion on the circular grid of the background paper.

I'll leave you with some of my recent thrifting treasures.  It was a particularly good month for my Dr. Seuss collection.  I usually pay between 50 cents and $1.50 a book so it is quite the deal.

I found this gem for the backyard at $2.  It holds water for the birds.  In the late summer I will put some peanuts in it for the Blue Jays.  I can't do this now as I fear attracting crows and magpies who may want to eat my little swallow families eggs.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by.  :)


Friday, May 29, 2015

Scrapping Little Pages

I've been having a great time working on 8.5 x 11 pages for my album about me.  These are all done with my kit from my LLS, which I totally loved working with.

Sorry, I'm not sure where this sketch is from.

I'll leave you with a photo of my current house guest and one who has been absent on the blog for far too long!

Yes, it's my grand kitty "Mo".  He is staying with us for a couple of days while Diane and Eric move to their new house.  The moving was freaking him out a little and so Rob will put up with sneezing for a few days for the love of a cat.  haha


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Scrapping From a Kit

I've been in a scrappy vortex.  Rob was on a photography course all weekend so it was the perfect opportunity to hide myself away and scrap for hours.  I finally cut into the June kit that I bought from my LSS.  I really enjoy working from supplies put together by a designer.  This kit had some Crate Paper "Confetti" and some of the new Pebbles collection by Jen Hadfield "Home + Made".

First up is a portrait of me that Rob took last January for one of his homework assignments for a photography course he was taking.

Here's the sketch that I used by Laura Whitaker.

Next I decided to do an 8.5 x 11 page for an album I am doing about me.  I started it a few years ago and so far had only done one LO on my knitting.  I really enjoyed working with the smaller canvas.  

For my birthday, last summer, the girls gave me a gift certificate for all of us to go and have a pedicure together.  It was such a nice afternoon with lunch out and then onto the spa.  They know that my favourite gift is when we get to do something together.  When we retuned with our pretty toes I took a photo.

Here's the sketch that I used from Sketchabilities.

I'll be back soon with more pages to share from the kit.  I used the entire kit up and in the end got two 12 x 12 pages and five 8.5 x 11 pages.  Not bad for a $35 investment.  Now I'm looking forward to seeing what the June kit has to offer.  


Monday, May 25, 2015

Sometimes it's Junkie

I have one last page to share using Shimelle's "True Stories" line.  As much as I love the subject of Thomas on his new trampoline, the page did not turn out as I had hoped.  I think part of it is the sketch I chose to go with this collection, part of it is the loud yellow side border that doesn't quite blend properly probably because I omitted the banner element of the sketch and part of it is the green background of the photos against the tone of the blue paper.   So there is the official critique.  Yes, it is junkie in a bad way, but you can't love them all.  And... since I love the photos it is still a keeper.  Years from now when I am looking at this page, it is Thomas who I will really be looking at (if I can find him in this LO) , not the page itself.

You know it is a fail when you enjoy the close-ups more than the page as a whole.  hahah

Here's the PageMaps sketch I used.  

So I have put this collection away for now.  After seven pages it is time to move on.  Next up, something calm and monochromatic.  Yes please.  :)


Sunday, May 24, 2015

This Old Gem

Last week I popped into the bargain scrapbook store to look around.  I don't go very often because the product is super old but once in awhile it is fun to take a trip down memory lane and discover some old stuff that just might work in today's trends.  It isn't a pretty shop and even has a bit if an old musty smell to it.  Not sure if it is the building or the product.  LOL  Anyway it is all good if you don't mind missing out on that awesome "new paper" smell.  This time round I found that old Crate line, "Toy Box Collection".  I'm guessing that it is from 2010 or maybe 2011.  I never had the full line.  Just a few sheets of paper and some sticker sheets.  I did one of my favourite Thomas pages with it.  So when I spied the whole collection pack for $9 it was a no brainer!  I had the perfect photo of Thomas just waiting.  The die cuts of the cars couldn't have been more perfect.  This picture makes me smile.

I'm playing along with Stuck? Sketches! for this one.  Here's the sketch.

Hope you are all having a relaxing Sunday.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

All It Took Was a Good Sale

So I've been known to jump onto the latest paper trend in scrapbooking.  So I guess it was only a matter of time until I jumped onto the "daily planner" bandwagon.  I look at the Heidi Swapp planner every time I go into Michaels.  I even bought some of the add ons to use in the mini album I am making.  Then this week happened.  A super good sale with 40% off and then another 20% off your total.  It just seemed too good to pass up.

I spent some time yesterday catching up on May.  I have to say that it was super fun.  I'm planning on using mine as more of a memory keeper for the everyday.  I figure if I can remember to write down one line of what the day brought, I can sit and add in the fun stuff at frequent intervals.  Here's a few pages.

So now I'm off to make a pretty label for my black planner box and then go through the stash to gather a few more supplies that might work into the colour scheme of the book.

Remember the last big craze... daily junk books and smash books.  Well this latest undertaking has me motivated to "smash" a few more things into the Smash Book of 2011.

I'll be back soon to share some pages of my favourite little guy... Tom.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Around Here

It is feeling like summer!

Trees are in bloom and our neighbourhood smells like fresh laundry.

There have been a few trips to the greenhouse to buy colourful annuals.

The patio table is set up and we've even had a meal outside already.

The sprinkler guy came today to blow out the lines and so now the big blue hose won't be laying around the yard ... quite as much.

Some off season activities are still happening, like a trip to the good yarn store in Stony Plain.  Lisa and Steve gave me a gift card for Mother's Day.  :)  This yarn will make for some cheery woolies for charity.

Thrifting is at a minimum but I was lucky enough to stumble upon these Corelle Pyrex mugs.  They are the "Ribbon Bouquet" pattern circa 1984.

And finally there has been some happy mail for Rob.  I got him a subscription to a "sock club" for his birthday last month.  Each month for a full year he receives a funky pair of socks.  He loves colourful socks and really looks forward to seeing what will arrive.  It is really fun.  Here's May's sock!

On the scrappy front, Susan and I have been working on our mini album.  I'll be posting some photos very soon.  Hope you are all enjoying some warm days.


Monday, May 18, 2015

A Jen Gallacher Challenge

Back again with another page from Shimelle's "True Stories" collection.  I played along with this Jen Gallacher challenge.  This is the first time that I have used small circular photos and it was fun.

I have just one more page planned using Shimelle and then it's time to finally clear my desk and move on to some other supplies.

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