Friday, April 29, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Layout #18 for Scrap-tures and Creative Scrappers

OK, I'm loving this layout, just sooooooo much!!! Hope I don't sound arrogant by saying that, but it just turned out way better than I expected, not least of all because of this sketch from Creative Scrappers:

What do you think of the background paper? The pink Bazzill cardstock was a bit bright for my photo, so I dipped a wet paintbrush in Perfect Pearls, and brushed it all over! Isn't that so cool? The photo's not that great, and nothing was really going on that I can remember, so I just journaled about how it was to bring home our new baby Brenna (even though she's a month old in the pic). I guess maybe I'm a bit nostalgic seeing we won't see this place, maybe ever again, and Brenna won't remember it at all! I think this will be a nice page for her to look at when she's all grown up (sniff).

Supplies (from Scrap-tures kit): My Minds Eye Stella and Rose patterned paper and journaling card, Bazzill cardstock, Maya Road trim, Ranger Perfect Pearls

Other: Creative Memories pen, American Crafts Thickers, Basic Grey fibers

Monday, April 18, 2011

Layout #17 for Scrap-tures

This layout has been in the works for, I don't know, 2 weeks? First I chose the photos. Then, I sketched it out at work (the kids were supposed to be silent reading, so it wasn't like I was shirking my work duties or anything!) It took me a while to figure out which of the beautiful patterned papers I was going to use from the Scrap-tures April kit. I was going to stick with the blues, but they just weren't a perfect match for Ailis' shirt. Once I chose this lovely piece of paper from the Stella and Rose line by My Minds Eye, I had a problem - how to use both sides of it? I cut it, flipped one piece over, then stitched it together. I sketched the sun, tree, and clouds on scrap paper, then traced them onto other paper. The sun and tree top were stamped with the Stella and Rose acrylic stamp set that came as the kit add-on, then I brushed Perfect Pearls (also in the add-on) over the stamping. If you dip a paint brush in water, then in the Perfect Pearls, it makes an irridescent paint, and that's what I used for the outline of the clouds. They looked too white at first, so I sponged them with some blue ink. I had a pretty hard time deciding what to do with title and journaling, so I just kept it simple with a couple of stickers, brads, and stamped embellishments. I really love the end result, and in this case, I think all the extra effort was worth it! (Plus, I adore these photos of Ailis, she just looked soooo cute in this outfit! Not sure what was up with the red socks, but they definitely tie in with the red in the pp, right?)

I've scheduled a couple of posts as I know I am going to be crazy busy this long weekend with moving (have I mentioned that I'm MOVING???!!! Yes, I know I'm stressing, but it's almost over, big sigh at the end!) but I want to wish everyone a happy Easter, eat lots of eggs and junk so that you can start fresh on the healthy eating plan on Tuesday, haha! It's been snowing here in Burns Lake off and on for the last, I don't know, week or so, and if I ever had regrets about leaving before, I sure don't now! Buh-bye snow, I don't want to see you again until at least November!!!

Supplies (from Scrap-tures kit): My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose patterned paper, brads, stickers and stamps, Bazzill cardstock, Ranger Perfect Pearls

Other: CTMH White Daisy cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Shabby Shutters and Broken China), Ranger Perfect Medium, and Creative Memories pen

Friday, April 15, 2011

Layout #16 for Scrap-tures

Ta-dah, here is the layout in its entirety! What do you think? The photo was taken at Femsport before the first event, and I was really super nervous, but I'm glad I remembered to take this shot. It goes so great with the patterned papers from the Scrap-tures April kit. Just about everything on this layout is from the kit, although I did add the Thickers, crocheted trim, and little star bead from my stash. This month's add-ons to the kit were a beautiful acrylic stamp set from My Mind's Eye, and some Ranger Perfect Pearls (in white), mini mister, and brush, so I used those along with some Ranger Perfect Medium ink (much like Versamark) to make my own PP on the yellow Bazzill cardstock. Don't you love the shine? All of the patterned paper is from the new MME Stella and Rose line, and I really loved both sides of the ledger paper, so I cut a chunk from behind my photo to save for later. Every month's kit comes with an exclusive sketch from Kristine Davidson of Creative Scrapper's fame, so I used the sketch for this layout but flipped it around to suit my photo. Then all I had to do was add some journaling and a couple of accent pieces (some gorgeous brads, a date sticker, and a chipboard piece, all from the Stella and Rose line) and it was a done deal. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out, so I hope you like it too. Starting tonight at 8 p.m. I believe, Scrap-tures is having their Retro Road Trip Crop. It's an online crop, and there'll be all sorts of challenges suited to get those old, old photos scrapped. I hope you'll join us in the forum - it is free and open to everyone (meaning you don't have to be a kit club subscriber to join and play along). This might be my last chance to scrap for a while, because the move day is fast approaching and my stuff is getting packed, aaaahhhh! I'll feel like I have a piece of me amputated without my scrap stuff!!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

A little smidge of a peek!

Here it is, just the tiniest little peek of my Scrap-tures layout. What do you think of the Perfect Pearls, yum yum, and that GORGEOUS patterned paper?! Seeing I can't share the whole layout yet (rules, ya know!) and I don't have anything else scrappy to post, I thought I'd show you this photo I took on my way down to Kamloops last week. Just before Cache Creek, I spotted these guys beside the road. My teammate and driver drove a little further, then said, "Hey, do you guys mind turning around so I can get a photo of that?" I didn't think they'd still be there, but they were! I felt like titling this photo, "How you doin'?" But you have to say it in that Joey Tribiani voice. And if you don't know who Joey Tribiani is, there's no hope for ya! Okay, I'm slightly delirious from the stress of my life, so I will end this post now. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


This was how I felt when I found my Scrap-tures kit waiting for me at the post office!

Just a quick post to say that I'm back from my little spring break holiday, and rarin' to go with my new Scrap-tures kit. It is jam packed and totally awesome! Still can't show it to ya, but I can show you this:

Here's me pushing a car (well, a 4,000 lb Jeep Cherokee, if you want to get technical!) and flipping a 250 lb tractor tire at Femsport in Kamloops on Saturday. And that's what I do on my Spring Break. Not exactly relaxing, but fun just the same! Stay tuned for more deets!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Scrap-tures Guest Designer

I am on a bit of a holiday right now (spring break and Femsport), so this is a scheduled post to let everyone know that I am thrilled to be a Guest Designer over at Scrap-tures ( this month! Woo-hoo! I won a previous kit from this new Canadian kit club a while back, and I just loved it, so now I am totally stoked to return from my trip to find a brand new April 2011 kit waiting for me at the post office! I have an idea of what's in it, but I can't tell ya yet, it's still a secret. The team at Scrap-tures have plenty of challenges for me this month, as well as an on-line crop (whaaaat?) so stay tuned for my creations. Also, Scrap-tures has a wonderful forum ( and gallery ( (that I'm just starting to figure out!) that anyone can join - that's right, you don't have to be a kit club member. I hope you'll play along with me!