Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Sneak Peek

Happy Wednesday friends!  I'm up on the A Flair For Buttons blog today with a super cute layout based on this Citrus Twist sketch.

Here is a little sneak for you.

I hope you'll pop over to have a peek.  You can see the full layout with details here.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Moments In Between

 Another instalment for you today: Week: September 29 - October 5
This was my first week using a legit Becky Higgins PL kit.  There are so many cards in the main kit, I don't know that I'll ever use them all, haha  Also messed up on the date, I skipped a whole day.  Oh well, scrapping à la Sherri it is.

Left Side:
Added a A Flair For Buttons Flair here from this set.  Also some Studio Calico embellies, and Cre8tive Cre8tions and, Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday stamps.
Right Side:
Date on title card was created with my Silhouette Cameo, Stamps are from Scraptastic, Studio Calico, and Becky Higgins.
I really enjoyed working with the kit.  I have a couple of mini kits, as well as the Dear Lizzy main kit to break into.  I am so excited to get to work with them.  This Project Life Style of memory keeping has been such a wonderful experience.  I love that I'm getting more photos out, and onto the page.  I love that my kids enjoy looking through the pages as soon as they've been completed.  Most of all I love that I get to scrap the same photo more than once, and most of all that I am currently enjoying both styles of scrapping, I had worried that I may begin to enjoy one over the other leaving me scrapping only a portion of the photos I take.

Thanks so much for popping by today friends, I always appreciate it.
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Creative Scrappers Reveal

Another great sketch to reveal to you today.  

Here is the Creative Scrappers sketch #254 by the talented Jenny Evens

Products Used: Flair: A Flair For Buttons, Alphas: American Crafts, Stamp: Glitz Design, Mist: Heidi Swapp, Envelope: Fancy Pants, Cork: Studio Calico, Tags: Chic Tags, Jillibean Soup, Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye, Freckled Fawn, Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye, Simple Stories, Cardstock: American Crafts

Hop over to the Creative Scrappers site to see how the rest of the talented dt used the sketch.  

  • To win a prize package from our sponsor Die-Namites complete at least one layout from sketch 252 -253 and upload it using our inLinkz at the bottom of the appropriate reveals. The deadline to submit your layout(s) for 252-253  is October 31 2013 (You are free to enter as many times as you like, simply create a new project each time)
  • The deadline to submit your layout for 254-255 is November 30th 2013 - Our Sponsor(s) will be posted November 1st ;-)
  • *** We have another special reveal coming November 1st! We've partnered up with White With 1 challenge blog and we'll be here to give you more inspiration! ***
Thanks for stopping by today friends.  I hope you've had a wonderful weekend thus far.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sketchy Thursday

It's that time once again at Scraptastic.  Susan created a fun sketch for us to work with, and the October Kit made it super easy and quick to create a layout for it.
I used a fun freebie cut file created by Juliana Michaels as my mat.  You can download the file here.

Here is the sketch that Susan created for us this month.

 Isn't that wood veneer card so cute?  It's actually from the This Life Noted Kit, I really wanted to save it to use in my Moments In Between Album, but it just looked so great on this layout, that I had to use it.
 Love these oversize letters from Fancy Pants.  I thought sanding them up a bit would be a nice touch to this layout.
The Never Tear Us Apart stamp set is awesome, I especially love the hearts.  I used gold embossing powder to create this one.

So many great products in this kit, I'm just itching to play with it some more.  You can check it out for yourself here.  Playing along with the sketch could win you a $20 gift certificate to the Scraptastic shop.  You can check out what the rest of the dt created, and link up your own creations here.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Some Catch Up

I've been working this week.  That means I'm pretty exhausted when I get home.  I find it tricky to flip from doing everything I need to do during the day while the kids are in school to doing everything I need to do in the evenings after working all day, coming home to cook dinner.   I don't know how some are able to work full time and still manage to keep the house in order, laundry to a minimum, kids fed, and still pound out a month's worth of projects for dt work.  My hat goes off to all of you in that boat, truly.  

How about some Moments In Between pages today?  Up until last week I was up to date.  With Thanksgiving, and a really busy week last week however, I'm suddenly 2 weeks behind.  Well, it was nice while it lasted.  

This is the first time I've used a Studio Calico kit.  I can't even remember which one it was, either the August, or September kit.  I like the kit fine, the cards are a nice weight, and there are some pretty fun embellies (crazy confetti aside).
Week: September 15-21
 Left Side:
I created that arrow filler card with my Cameo Silhouette
 Right Side:
The title card was made with the Cameo

This week was done with the August We Are Family Kit from Scraptastic Club.  It was one of the Main kits for the month, NOT the This Life Noted kit.  I wanted to use up as much of my kit as possible, and love doing it this way.  It takes a little more time than using a "Project Life" style kit, cutting down the sheets and such, but it sure feels good to know that you gotten the most out of one kit as possible.

Week: September 22-28
 Left Side:
Right Side:
I apologize in advance for the glare on these pages.  I usually take my cards out of the pockets to photograph, but on this particular day it was just too windy.  I used a few of the stamps for the kit here also, they were awesome last month.
I'm pretty excited about catching up with my missed weeks.  I picked up the Project Life: Dear Lizzy - 5th and Frolic set last week. It is so cute, I anxious to break into it.  I also have the brand new Scraptastic Club October kit, that's beautiful as well.  Both collections are going to make catching up a breeze.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sunday Sketch Challenge

Chic Tags blog has a sketch challenge for you today.  I had fun playing along, and created this layout of my girls.
This is another photo from our little photo shoot a few weeks ago.  I could scrap and re-scrap those photos over and over, so don't be surprised if you see them a few more time here on the blog before the snow flies.
And all the tags are from the Happy Place Collection, except for the green file card which is from the School House Collection
I used some of the new Chic Tags patterned paper to create the chevron pennant.  This is one of the rare layouts I've created without journaling.  Because I'm scrapping several of these photos from the same shoot back to back, it seems redundant to keep journaling the same thing each time.  

Here is the sketch that Ashely created for us to work with
Jump in a play along with the sketch for your chance at a Chic Tags prize pack.  Hop over to the blog to see how some of the other designers interpreted the sketch, and to link up your own creation.  You are not required to use Chic Tags products, but you may win yourself some by playing along.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

School House Rock

Here is a layout I shared on the Chic Tags blog the other day.
I was so happy when my girlfriend emailed me these photos of Eden.  This was her first day of Kindergarten 6 years ago.  She has always loved the camera...anybody's camera apparently.  These photos so wonderfully capture her sweetness, and spunk, and most of all her sheer excitement about FINALLY getting to go to school like her older sisters.

I've popped dotted one of the Photo Toppers, right over the File Card here, as well as the Mini Icon. The file cards are my absolute favourite Chic Tags product.  I considered making this one removable so I could include my journaling on it, but decided I liked the look of it sticking out the bottom of my paper strip too much.
 Another Photo Topper here, backed with one of the pennant stamps from the co-ordinating stamp set.
 A couple of the sweet hashtag stamps here.  I love stamping right onto my photo.  I find that Rangers Archival ink is the best ink for that.  And that strip of ruler paper is actually the top portion of a Mini Tag.

And the rub ons...oh the rub ons.  I'll be honest I gave up on rub ons years ago.  I gathered up the whole lot, including my pricy rub on tool and gave the entire bunch away at a crop several years ago.  I was tired of them cracking, and not coming off the backing nicely, and then leaving you with a mess to have to fix up on your layout.  But these rub ons....these are lovely.  They come off so nicely, and cleanly (the red stars and "FIRST DAY" are rub-ons), I found myself wanting to use them more and more as I scrapped the other night.  Veronica and Albert have done a wonderful job providing the industry with top of the line product all along, and these are no exception.  Each of the new collection has a co-ordinating package of rub ons.  Oh and that wonderful atlas flair is from A Flair For Buttons Etsy shop.

I was given these photos in June, and have been saving them until now to scrap them with the School House Collection I think the wait was worth it.  You can find the entire School House Collection in the Chic Tags store.

If you're interested my first post for A Flair For Buttons is up today.  Here's a little peek for you.
You can see the rest here if you'd like.

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you leave inspired to create something beautiful!
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

The In Between

....that's where I feel I am.  Not quite where I am suppose to be, but not still where I once was.  Ever feel like that?

My life is moving along fine, maybe it's that the kids are getting older and I can see a glimpse of what it will be like around here once they are all off living their own lives in college or university, or living abroad.  I think I'm trying to find myself still.  In my professional life (or lack thereof to be more accurate), in my home life, as a wife, and a mom, as a scrapper, and friend.  I just feel I have so much more to give, but don't know quite what it is.

So I wait.  I wait on the One who has promised to give me a hope and a future.  I wait on the One who says I am fearfully, and wonderfully made (Ps 139:14).  I wait for His still small voice in me to rise up out of the noise and distraction, and self doubt to lead me in the way I ought to go (1Kings 19:12). And in the meantime I do what I have been called to do at this point in time.  I will fulfill my duties here in the home, on my design teams, in my church, in my Dance class, in the school as I supervise over the lunch hour.  I will do it all to the best of my I wait for what's next.

It's been awhile since I've pulled back the veil of "me", not because I was hiding anything but simply because there really wasn't much to reveal.  These days there's just an unsettled feeling that I'm dealing with, and I want to be honest and forthright with you as I share not only my scrappy adventures, but also a bit of the person behind the pretty paper and stickers.  I never want to be one dimensional in this space.  I never want to make it seem as though my life is all roses and lollipops. Life just doesn't work like that for anyone.  I want us to be able to identify with one another.  So this is it folks real life, uncensored.  

I do have some pretty paper and stickers to share with you today.  It's not all gloom and doom.  These photos were from a week that was a little less "in between" and a whole lot more grateful for the 'here and now'.  The last week of summer was a fun filled one around here.
 We were hosted by my friend and her girls at their cottage for what I believe were the two most beautiful days of the summer.  Lots of sunshine, boat rides, knee boarding, trampoline jumping, and all around soaking up summer happened during this last week.

I finished of the 100 Days of Summer paper pack by Simple Stories with these two pages.  Such a great collection.

Thanks for sticking with me through this one friends.  Hope all is well in your world, and that you are living with a sense of gratitude for the day.
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Monday, October 14, 2013

These Are My People

I finally got my fabulously, jam packed Chic Tags box the other day.  Veronica and Albert are so incredibly generous.  You would not believe how much product the packed into it.  One of the things was the fun new October Kit, and I finally had a chance to work with in on Friday night.
(please, please excuse the poor lighting on these I had to take them while it was grey and rainy out)
This is one of the 200+ photos I took of us all last weekend.  And boy am I ever glad we went out and did them, because after today's 70 km/hour winds there will not be many leaves left on the trees.
All the tags are from the new kit, except for the yellow pennant tag which is from the tear strip at the bottom of this sheet of paper from the brand new Happy Place Collection.

Here is a close up of the great paper. I used my paper trimmer to cut apart the sheet.
I freehand drew the two hearts, and then used my sewing machine to stitch the blue one.  The red one I hand stitched, just for a bit more texture.

Aren't those flair buttons cute?  I am so glad Veronica has added them back into the Chic Tags product.

There are still a few of these kits available in the Chic Tags shop. 
 You can get yours here.
It's holiday Monday here, so I am hoping to be holed up in my scrap room all day long getting caught up on projects.  I hope you're having a great Monday whatever your plans for the day may be.  Thanks bunches for stopping by today.
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Creative Scrappers Reveal

It's that time again!  Another reveal is live over at Creative Scrappers.
My apologies for the less than stellar photo
I just adore this photo of the girls dressed in their Hip Hop costume before taking the stage at CNDC this past spring for their competition.  They look so much like twins, don't you think?  And their expression is hilarious, hence the title of the layout.  They think they look so hard core, haha.
I created the background using my Silhouette and a Silhouette store purchased file.
I moved the cluster from the bottom right of the sketch to the top left
This pennant cluster came in the ephemera package of the Crate Paper The Pier collection.
Here is the great sketch we had to work with.
Wanna play along with us?  Hop over to the Creative Scrappers Blog to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch, and check out our sponsor info.  You have until October 31st to link up your newly made creation here to qualify for the monthly prize. Did you know you can also share your creations with us on our Facebook Page, and even on Instagram by tagging #CSsketches.  We love to see your work.  NB: winners will ONLY be selected from layouts linked up to the blog post using the Inlinkz tool, so be sure to link up there too.  Be sure to pop over to the blog to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch.  I am so lucky to work with such a talented bunch!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friend!  May you live in an increasing awareness of all that you have been blessed with, in the good, the bad, and all the moments in between.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Missing Summer

It's a grey, cold, rainy, windy, and all around less than spectacular weather day here in Winnipeg.  A perfect day to share some fun summer Moments In Between album pages, I say.
 I've had this collection by Simple Stories for 3 summers, and barely cut into it.  It was so pretty, I just wanted to keep it in pristine condition.  I did share a layout I created with it back in the middle of summer.  After that, I decided that I was put all those pretty papers and stickers to good use and create some MIB pages with them.  I just love the fun feel they have to them.

Left Side
I created the "enjoy" and "love" frames with my silhouette.

 Right Side
The Selena Gomez concert was definitely a highlight for us, but more for Emblem 3, than for her.
And check this out....
You can get your digital (or a paper copy, while supplies last) for only $6 right now.  These books are loaded with great sketches, and fabulous takes on them by designers from all over the world.  To get yours just hop over here.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Picture Perfect

Happy Friday Friends!

This week I celebrated my one year anniversary with Chic Tags.  And thought it would be fun to document the occasion using our brand new Happy Place Collection, and a photo from my CHA experience.
I was fortunate enough to be able to use some frequent flyer points to fly down to Vegas for the event. It was like a dream come true meeting Veronica in person, and helping out in the booth introducing CHA goes to Chic Tags products, and meeting so many great people from all around the world.  An added bonus was meeting fellow DT member Malika and connecting with several Instagram friends in person for the first time, like Chiao Tan pictured here.

One of the biggest hits with our new collections is the clear tags.  I've used 2 on my layout and adhered them both by holding them in place with just a teeny bit of adhesive, and them sewing around the inner border.  Love the way it turned out.  I used this idea of "happy" to create the design of my layout.  To me, all the circles give the layout a happy feel.

The Happy Place collection includes 8 - 3x4 journaling style cards, perfect for both traditional layouts, and project life style scrapping.

I think my favourite thing about the new collections are these mini icons, and the perforated strips at the bottom of the 12x12 papers.  I love the little sayings and sentiments, and the fact that they are pre-set to different styles, like this "good times" one shown here.  All I had to do was use some 3D foam dots to pop it off the page, easy peasy.

Hope you've been inspired to create something great today.  Come back on Sunday for our next Creative Scrappers reveal.   Have a wonderful day friends. Pin It