Sunday, 24 August 2008

Home grown productions

The next door neighbours have moved. Their house is for sale. $600,000! Prices just keep going up. Wow. Unfortunately with them leaving another of Breanna's girl friends has left the neighbourhood. We're keeping our fingers crossed that someone with kids the same age as ours moves in.

We had them over for dinner the night before they left.

The two girls decided they were going to make the evening special with a karaoke show performed from the porch Rick built on to the kids' fort. The audience was to sit on the back deck and applaud. They made invitations for everyone... even their brothers.
They rehearsed for a couple evenings prior.

Unfortunately the show got rained out. So the rehearsals were all we were subjected to.

Watching Breanna and her friend rehearse bought back memories of some of my own childhood performances.

I think I was about 13 when my siblings, a couple friends, and I put on 'Henry Vlll' for our parents' viewing pleasure. The performance was held in the basement of our home on 110th Ave. Low ceilings, wood panelled walls, and orangy brown carpet set the stage. Our ping pong table put up, with old sleeping bags draped over the legs was our backdrop.

And check out our costumes rigged from our every-day clothes, a halloween costume and some artfully altered pieces of cardboard.
Tanis is wearing my old, winter, school uniform from Murrays Bay Intermediate School(without the green knit tie) and a crown I think she made and decorated herself. I'm guessing she was King Henry. My school friend is wearing the yellow cardigan I crocheted for myself when I was 12 and she has a white slip draped over her head. I still remember her cats eye glasses. She must have been one of the wives. As was I and another friend. Both of us have skirts on our heads.
Kim is wearing a home made clown costume with some kind of hand knitted toque. If he wasn't the court jester he should have been. What a get-up.
I'm not sure how Bernard got out of participating?

I think I feel a scrapbook page coming on.

Here's a couple of CJ pages I've been working on. These are 8x8 pages that are done for the recipients photos on a theme of their choosing. Teresa's theme was 'About Us'.

Carla's theme was 'Travel'

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Brotherly pranks.

I'm sure I told you about Duncan's "secret admirer" last year. The boys were just starting Grade 8 in a new school (Junior High and almost teenagers) and Duncan started finding raunchy notes in his locker.

Daniel, knowing his Dad would be the biggest tease of all, made sure all of us at home got to hear about those lecherous, handwritten missives.

One of those notes was a D. U. N. C. A. N. note...
D is for darling,
U is for ultimate,
N is for neato... You get the idea.

Another of the notes was straight from a romance novel and went on about his manly chest and muscular arms. A bit much for an almost 13 year old, I thought.

The girl finally came forward and Duncan ate his lunch with her for about a week. Then he broke it off, telling us she was moving too fast for him.

So last night the subject of girls came up... and popularity... and who was the best looking... and eventually Duncan's love notes were mentioned.
Daniel started smirking and then choking on his giggles. He was obviously trying to hold something back. So Rick went to work on him...

and the truth finally came out.

Daniel and two girls the boys have gone to school with since kindergarten, had collaborated to write the raunchy notes. They sneaked them into Duncan's locker and watched for his reaction. They found a girl, who had a bit of a crush on Duncan, to own up to the notes. Apparently she quite liked Duncan and was more than willing to play along if she got the chance to be his girlfriend, if only for a week.

That Daniel can keep a secret. If I ever have any big secrets he will be the one to keep them. We had not a clue that he had set up Dunc for months and months.

Duncan is promising a payback.

I'll let you know when and where.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Shimelle's 25th of the month class layout

July was the month to play with B & W photos. I desaturated mine to 90% so there is still a little colour in my photos. And I didn't leave a couple in full colour like I was supposed to just 'cause I liked the uniformity of it all being the same. And I didn't get the pictures of my deck and everyday stuff at home, because we weren't at home. We were on the road. The morning was spent in Whistler with Mum and Dad; we'd been there for a couple days. We left after our mornings Starbucks and drove to Merritt to stay with Tanis and her family for a couple days. The kids had a great time playing with their cousins.

Breanna is counting for Hide 'n Seek; not pouting as I was asked earlier today :)

Sunday, 17 August 2008

It's hot out there

It's 30* outside. My scraprooms in the basement so it's the coolest place to be right now. I've done 3 layouts today; all of my childhood.

Here's me at 3 months old...

and the puppy we had way back then...

Photo's of a home in progress...

I love the Fancy Pants 'glitter cut' on the right hand side of the Home layout. The papers for all three layouts are doodlebug; loads of texture with the flocking and glitter.

My Daniel

Another layout for Scrapbookers Clubhouse Olympic Crop Challenges. This one had to have arrows and a circle element. The paper and embellies and alpha stickers are all Little Yellow Bicycle.
I jotted the quote down in the back of my planner ages ago and thought it was perfect for this photo of Daniel; Tired and cold after a long, fun, exhausting day on the water.

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Scrapbookers Clubhouse Olympic Crop

It's going to be fun all week long and beyond. Here's my first layout for the challenges. Action photos and green...

Friday, 8 August 2008

Mini Transparency Book

This is a quick easy fun little book I made, for my Mum, after our weekend in Vancouver.

• Wallet sized photos
• 12 x 12 transparency
• Photo corners
• Rub-ons
• Stickers(my sheet had hole reinforcers, alphas…)
• Blooms
• Bling
• Ribbon
• Transparent journaling spots

How To:
Cut the 12 x 12 transparency into quarters. You now have four 6”x6” pages.
Stack them and use a hole punch to make 3 holes down the right side. Use hole reinforcers on the outside of the first and last page.

Now design your pages. I used photo corners to adhere my photos. I also made sure to put horizontal photos back to back and vertical photos back to back. Rubons are perfect for transparent pages because they are black on both sides.

If you use transparent journaling spots they can be seen from both sides BUT your writing will be backwards on one side. I got around this by strategically placing my blooms and bling. I would write my journaling on one side at the top of the journaling spot. Put blooms below. Flip the page over and cover the backwards writing with blooms and bling, then write my journaling on the bottom of the journaling spot.

Tie your finished pages together with some pretty ribbon.