Sunday, 27 April 2014

Family - April Create to Live Challenge (layout 102)

I am so happy that I am able to submit an entry in this month's Create to Live Challenge. Susan K Weckesser is so incredibly talented  and I love following her on her blog and seeing her and her amazing team's design work. They are so inspirational and I hope one day my scrapbooking talents will be at their level.

Here is this month's inspiration:
Create to Live Challenge April

When I saw the inspiration I knew it would be fabulous for a page for the album I am working on for my grandparents (more so for my grandma since she is 80 this year). I was inspired by the colours and words. This is what I came up with:

This is based on a page draft sketch.

Supplies used:
papers: DCWV (primrose stack)
glitter: martha stewart (saphire blue)
flowers & leaves: prima (rags to riches princess)
alphas: thickers (serenade), little yellow bicycle (natural)

thank you for stopping by, and hope you can play along this month:

Flinstone Park - Creative Scrappers Birthday Bash (layout 101)

It is hard to believe that Creative Scrappers is already 6 years old, so many fabulous sketches. I have only known about them for about 2 years and became an instant fan!!!! To celebrate they released 12 (yes 12!!!!) sketches. You have lots of time - until May 30th to get your layouts done.

I used the 8th sketch and this is what i came up with:

Of course it is another page for my grandparents album I am making them for their anniversary :)

Supplies used:
paper: DCWV (primrose stack)
wood: teresa collins (hello my name is & daily stories)
paint: distress paint (antique bronze & salty ocean)
alpha: authentique (journey)

thank you for stopping by and for your wonderful comments, I truly appreciate them. There is still time to play:

Family - LCOM #69 (layout 100)

This week Let's Capture our Memories sketch challenge is a sketch by Kimberly Figures:

I took quite a bit of liberties with this layout but I guarantee this sketch was my inspirational starting point. Anyways here is my layout:

Supplies used:
papers: DCWV (primrose stack)
flowers: K&company, prima, recollections, dollar store, Jolee's (purple and yellow pansies icing flowers & green icing flourishes with wite flowers)
rub-ons: kaisercraft (family)

thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments, you still have until the end of this month (3 days) to get your entries in for a great prize!!!

Grad - LCOM #68 (layout 99)

Another week and another fabulous sketch from Let's Capture our Memories. This week is a sketch from pagemaps:

Here is my take:

journaling reads; Grandma and Grandpa attended mine (1998) and Kent's (1999) high school graduation. Port Alberni, BC

papers: DCWV (primrose stack)
flowers: dollar store
bling: flourish with a bling (pearl, copper)
punch: EK success
stickers: reminisce (graduation)
alphas: studio calico
rub-ons: K&Company (ancestry)

thank you for stopping and for your wonderful comments, hope you can play along (you have until the end of the month to submit your layout):

New Pjs - WW1 April Challenge (layout 98)

I cannot believe that it is already April 27. . .where did this month go?? I am quite happy though that I was able to get this month's White with 1 colour - mint done. Mint is one of my favorite colours to work with (although usually I mix it with browns or blues).

Here is my entry for WW1 + mint:

To start I misted the background with Lindy's Stamp gang starburst (sea grass green) and Tattered Angels (moss).  I then splattered distress paint (mowed lawn) all over the page.

Other supplies used:
papers: crate paper (doll house), teresa collins (save the date: bouquet), martha stewart (vintage girl)
buttons: recollections
rub-ons: fancy pants
alphas: pink paislee (enchanting)
ink: distress ink (evergreen bough)

Thank you for visiting and for your kind comments, they mean so much. Hope you have a chance to play along this month at White With 1 (mint):

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Family Fun - Papercrafting Challenge Magazine Monday Week 48 (layout 97)

Here is this week's magazine monday challenge:
Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 48 Inspiration Piece (image)

And here is my take:

I have never been to new york (although it is on my bucket list - - well actually Times Square is on my list but that's in New  York so I guess by default New York itself is on my list). But from what I heard it is amzing and one day will get there myself :)

I was inspired by the board by the bright colours and the idea of travel. And this is what I came up with. This pictures of my grandparents and their 3 kids the morning my aunt was moving across the country with her new husband to Ontario. I don't remember much of that weekend (as it was 18 years ago), but what I do remember is everyone trying to stay upbeat while not thinking about the face that auntie julie was leaving and we didn't know when we would see her next.

Anyways getting back to my layout. It is based on a sketchabilities sketch (#104). This is actually going into an album I am making for my grandparents to celebrate their 61st anniversary (coming up in a couple of short weeks). I wanted to keep it quite soft except for the title and embellishments (just to give it a little POP). New York is cramped together with lots of people so I layered quite a bit (to give it that feel). I added the flags and the circles (buttons/stickers) to give it some shape and movement.

I am quite pleased with the way this one turned out, thank you for stopping by and if you have a chance, hope you come and play this week at magazine monday:

Friday, 25 April 2014

Family - A2Z Scraplet's April Challenge (layout 96)

This month's A2Z scraplet's challenge is a sketch from pagemaps:

Here is my take:

journaling reads: celebrating Grandma & Grandpa's 40th Anniversary. May 05 1993

Supplies used:
chipboard: A2Z scraplet family (painted with distress paint spun sugar & antique linen)
paper: DCWV (primrose stack), stampin up cardstock
sew easy circle
brads & bling: unknown
flowers: recollections

thank you for stopping by and all your thoughtful comments, hope you can play along this month at A2Z Scraplets:

Anniversary - April DCWV Stack-a-holic challenge (layout 95)

Another month and sketch for Die Cuts With a View stack-a-holic challenge:

Usually as soon as the sketch is released I create one; however, this month as soon as I saw the sketch I knew it would be perfect for pictures I had picked out for the album I am working on for my grandparents' anniversary. The problem is that the pictures that usually take 24 hours to get printed took 10 days so although I am longer than usual, I still made it before the deadline.

Here is my take:

journaling reads: for my grandparents' 60th anniversary, my parents invited them to the Dinghy Dock Pub on Protection Islan for lunch. What they didn't now is Uncle Hal, Auntie Win, Auntie Janet, Uncle Graydon & Auntie Sue, and Uncle Bill & Auntie Rhondda were waiting oat the ferry to join them. May 2013

Supplies used:
paper: DCWV primrose stack
wood: dear lizzy veneer set, painted with distress paint (vintage photo) and then sprayed with Tattered Angels (sun sisters)
flowers: recollections
title: unknown

thank you for stopping by and hope you can play this month:

Friday, 18 April 2014

Good Friday Layouts (layout 92-94)

Cute Boy - Let's Capture Our Memories #67 (layout 91)

Another fabulous sketch from the very talented Laura Whitaker:

And here is my take:

Supplies used:
papers: authentique (journey)
twine: amerian craft
embellies: crate paper (boys rule ephemera & vellum), authentique (journey icons)

Thank you for stopping by and hope you can play along this month at Let's Capture our Memories:

Papercrafting Earth Day Challenge (layout 89-90)

Over at PaperCrafters Corner they have had a month-long challenge to celebrate earth day. The challenge is:
1. Create something, anything, with a previously-used or long-languishing paper-based item from your stash, or something that is begging to be repurposed - no buying anything new!
This includes, but is not limited to: stamping, art journaling or layout “mistakes” that you incorporate into a new project; bits from cards you’ve received; patterned paper you had to have, but have never used; “unloved” patterned paper left over from a paper pad; all the chipboard, cardboard, tags, envelopes, stickers, embellishments that are taking up room in your craft space; boxes; and, books.
2. Create something, anything, with an item that is eligible for recycling – again, you must use something you already have in hand!
This includes, but is not limited to: craft product packaging; magazines or catalogs; plastic produce containers or netting; packaging labels; drink cartons or bottles; food boxes or cans; bottles; and, aluminum cans.
3. Create something, anything, with something you would normally throw away – again, use something you have in hand and show us how you are reducing waste!
This includes, but is not limited to: mailing envelopes or packaging you’ve received; product packaging; sticker backings; chipboard frames (the piece left when you pop out game pieces, letters or shapes); and, those scraps of paper most of us save, but don’t always use (despite our best intentions!).

And, there are Three Bonus Entry Options:
1. Incorporate the world, or any country other than your own, into your papercrafting project for one extra entry;
2. Incorporate “peace” into your papercrafting project, in any manner you see fit, for another extra entry.
3. Include instructions (the teaching element), including photos or a short video, with your submitted papercrafting project for a third bonus entry.
- See more at:

Here are my entries:

First I thought I would show you my scrap paper container (yes these are all scraps [i pretty much keep everything] from leftover pages):

My first entry: Family (using scraps & bonus "peace") is a scrap page my Auntie Julie sent me in my Christmas card this year. It is a picture of her and my dad visiting santa in 1957. I have been waiting to scrap this picture because I was wanting to do it justice because it is such a special picture.

All materials from my stash:
the background paper (paper pizzazz) I have had for about 10 years but didn't really like it (too busy for my liking) but when I put it together with the vintage looking embellishments (k&company tc Christmas die-cut cardstock & acetate; that i've had in my stash for almost two years) I thought that this would be the perfect paper. I wanted to break it up a bit so I used another larger piece of paper from my stash and turned it around (so i could use the white side). The red piece of paper is also from my stash. The candy cane border (k&company visions of christmas) I have had for probably four (or more) years and the snowflake border (recollections) probably two years. The presents (jolee's boutique presents) under the tree were actually a present from my mom who found them at a garage sale last summer. The title (Kaisercraft family rub-ons words) I bought from an online store from their clearance section. The date (diy thickers with distress paint festive berries) were added to show the date. I wasn't completely happy with this layout so i showed my husband who suggested I distress the background (his words were "it looks old but the white looks too new so can you do that thing where you make it look older??") so I took distress ink (evergreen bough) and a blending pad and blended it all over he white paper. I also have the added twist of "peace" as a sticker under the title.

My second entry: Away I go (using scraps & recycling - aluminum foil)

The second layout I painted the border with distress paint (mowed lawn, antique linen, vintage photo). I then went through my stash box and picked out a couple of papers that went together (authentique, uknown, gcd studios, blitzen collection, dcwv cardstock), then trimmed and layered them. I cut them with scissors I have had for over ten years. I then traced a circle out of aluminum foil. The background I painted with distress paint (salty ocean) and misted with lindy's stamp gang starbursts (sea grass green, whale watch blue). The stickers I've had about four years (bought at a garage sale). The letters (studio calico) and words (authentique diction), I got at a grab bag at a local scrapbooking store.

Thank you for stopping by, hope you have time to play (you still have a couple hours to enter. . .i know i work so much better under pressure):

Sunday, 13 April 2014

First half of the month layouts (layouts 82-88)

Here are some of the layouts I have done the first half of the month:







Merry Christmas - Magazine Monday Week 47 (layout 81)

Another week and another fabulous inspiration from Magazine Mondays :)

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 47 Inspiration Piece (image)

I was immediately drawn to the black and white with pops of red. Also inspired by the idea of eating and all the differnt words and fonts.

Here is my take:

Layout is based on a page drafts sketch. Journalling reads: food for our annual Christmas Eve party. December 24 2013.

Supplies used:
tags: basic grey (blitzen collection), bo bunny (note worthy mistletoe)
twine: american crafts
brads: bo bunny (silver and gold brads)
sticker: imaginisce
flourish & border: recollections
wood pieces: studio calico (wood veneer)
paint: distress paint (festive berries)

Thank you for stopping by and hope you play along at magazine mondays over a Paper Crafters Corner:

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Flower - April Scrap Around the World (layout 80)

Another month means another wonderful mood board from Scrap Around the World:

This was such a motivating board, specificaly the quote "don't overthink, just let it go." This is kinda my mantra when I am scrapping (especially when I get my paints out) because I just want to let loose and not follow any conventional scrapbook "rules." I also took inspiration from the colours and stayed mostly with the greens but then added some pinks to bring out the beauty in the photo. I was also inspired by the doodled circles and incorporated twine behind my photo in a "circular" pattern.

Here is my layout:

To create the background: First I painted doily stencil with silver glitter paint, then misted it with sea grass green, then painted mowed lawn over faded dot stencil and black soot paint over burlap stencil. Then used prima stamp with black soot distress ink to stamp randomly around page. then I blended forest moss distress ink around the page. Then distressed around the entire page. Also blended forest moss over the back-background page

Supplies used: 
papers: Authentique (suave: foundation two & crisp), crate paper (dollhouse), k&company
inks: Lindy's Stamp gang starburst (salt water taffy, sea grass green, cape cod coral), tattered angels (creme de rouge), distress paint (black soot, mowed lawn), distress ink pad (black soot, forest moss)
stencils: tim holtz layering stencil (doily, dot fade, burlap)
flowers: prima (rags to riches), petaloo (color me crazy), sei (juliette)
stamp: prima
floss: dmc
bling: flourish with a bling (pearl, copper)

Thank you for stopping by and for your wonderful comments, they truly are heartfelt and appreciative. 

Hope you can play along with Scrap Around the World:

This face makes my heart smile - Canadian Scrapbooker April Sketchy Challenge (layout 79)

Another fabulous sketch from Sue Sykes:
Apr 2014 Sketch

And here is my take:

This sketch was SO much fun to play with!!!!

Supplies used:
paper: studio calico (ever after), crate paper (produce), stampin' up (cardstock)
bling: basic grey (bling it nutmeg)
title: 2crafty (face)
border: k&company (lion sleep)
wood: teresa collins (hello my name is), dear lizzy (veneer set)
journal block: bo bunny (barefoot & bliss note worthy)
inks: tattered angels (rum punch, patina), lindy's stamp gang (starburst whale watch blue), distress stain (picked raspberry, dusty concord, crushed olive, peeled paint)
other: heidi swapp (buzz words, ephemera) 

You have all of April to play along so come have fun with us Canadians (we really are fun people):

Cousins - Flourish with a Bling April Challenge (layout 78)

hello again, I cannot believe that it is aready a week and a half into April (i'm so far behind in my posting so there will be a bunch today to update all I've done in the last little bit).

Starting off is April's Flourish with a Bling (FWAB) challenge. If you aren't familiar with FWAB, they are a wonderful company out of Australia with wonderful bling and flourishes (among other fabulous products). They come in a variety of shapes and colours and I definitely recommend checking them out if you haven't already.

Without further adieu here is April's inspiration:

Here is my take:

Supplies used:
backgroup paper: stampin'up
placemat: jillibean soup circle placemat (white)
circle paper: dollar store
embellishments: recollection, webster pages (polka dot modern romance collection), my mind's eye tiny word sticker (remarkable, perfect, unforgetable), promise and elegant diction, heidi swapp (ephemera), teresa collins (wood veneers), dear lizzy (wood veneers)
inks: Lindy's starburst (franken-lime, salt water taffy), tattered anges (patina), distress stain (crushed olive, picked raspberry)
flourish with a bling: jasmine, orange & pearl, mango

thank you for stopping by, hope you can play along this month:

Saturday, 5 April 2014

I'll be yours & you'll be mine - Papercrafting Magazine Monday Week 46 (layout 77)

One of my new year's resolutions was to start participating in Papercrafting Magazine Mondays. Well I am happy to say that it's the first week of April and I'm submitting my first piece (yay me)!!!!!!!!!

If you are not familiar with Magazine Mondays (from papercrafting's blog):
What is Magazine Mondays All About? It’s a weekly dose of papercrafting inspiration courtesy of magazines. We’ll be offering you peaks at their covers, pages, topics, typography, colors and type in hopes of inspiring you to create. And, most importantly, it’s a chance for you to show off your papercraft creations and win fun papercrafting prizes! PaperCrafter’s Corner (PCC) has been known for being a papercrafting information resource (store, event, retreat and kit club directories; industry news; product roundups, etc.) and provider of entertainment (product sneak peeks, challenges, giveaways, etc.). Now we want to become your number-one source of inspiration…more specifically, papercrafting inspiration!   

Magazine Mondays - How To Play Along Each Monday we’ll post a magazine here on our blog and encourage you to use it as inspiration to create something of your very own. You’ll create something (ANYTHING papercrafted) and add a comment on the blog post, including a link to your inspired papercraft creation, before midnight (central time, GMT-5) the following Saturday. We’ll “pin” each week’s magazine – as well as everyone’s creations – to our Magazine Mondays Pinterest board to provide even more inspiration for our community. And, we’ll link to all the creations from our Facebook page so everyone following our Facebook timeline can click through and see the creations our community has shared! - See more at:

This week's inspiration:
Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 46 Inspiration Piece (image)

My take:
I knew exactly what photos I wanted to use as soon as I saw the inspiration. These pictures were taken back in June 29 2012 when we went on a family road trip to a family reunion and when we stopped to take a lunch-break we put Kyle in the grass for the first time (we have snow on the grass until april and then it rained so no opportunity yet to let him lay and experience grass).

I stayed with a monochromatic colour scheme and added words around the layout. I also used the nature as inspiration.

Supplies used:
papers: stampin' up, dcwv (cardstock stack), basic grey (velvet stocking)
inks: distress ink (black soot & forest moss), distress stain (peeled paint), lindy's starburst (franken-lime)
stamps: basic grey (love), just cre8 (it's a date)
border: K&company
buttons: recollections
flower: dollar store
stickers: Flourish with a bling (trent's fence)
gems: flourish with a bling (pearl, olive green)
clip: smash (tiny flag)
other embellishments: heidi swapp, heidi swapp (ephemera), dear lizzy (veneer set icons, phrases)

thank you for stopping by and hope you can play along (you still have a couple of hours to submit):