Sunday, 31 January 2010

Friday, 29 January 2010

Sketchy Thursdays ~ Jump for Joy

I found this sketch site last week through Diana's blog via 2peas.  Loved this weeks sketch so I decided to play along.
Here's mine using more of the Quick Quotes papers from yesterdays layout.  I used the Prima bling stems and leaves for my flowers. The flowers are short strips of pp threaded onto a brad and scrunched.  So easy and cute.

The journaling got cut off on the bottom by my scanner. It reads: The jolly jumper hung between the living & dining rooms.  From there she could see everyone as they came and went.

So go check out Sketchy Thursdays and play along!  I'd love to see your take on this sketch.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Tag, You're It.

I've been hanging out at 2Peas lately.  Checking out all the challenges in the forums.  I started this one for the January Scraplift challenge.  It began life as a scraplift of this layout, but I couldn't keep it this clean and be satisfied with it.  So it evolved.
And then I stumbled across the 52 more scrapbooking challenges #3 thread  ~ to sew on photos within a layout ~ and the ScrapJacked site that had the sewing but with a twist.  I love the way the sewing meanders across Caroline Rondel's layout. I saw her twisty turny stitching and it all came together.  Love it when that happens.
My sewing machine has been sitting on my dining room table since I did a little mending a couple weeks ago.  Yes, Rick has complained about it a few times, but it was still there.  So I threaded it with red and stitched my butterfly flight paths.  I really like how it turned out!

Photos are from this summer when my brother and his family came up for a visit.  We took them to the WAC Bennett Dam for a tour.  It's a couple hours drive so the kids needed to get rid of some excess energy before the long drive home. 

The patterned papers are all Quick Quotes.  The background was too pink for me so I brushed some paint on and then swiped my black ink pad around the edges.   The title is some chipboard I got at CKC in really wierd colours and patterns ~ I bet Mum's is still untouched.  I covered them with some of the Quick Quotes paper.
Lots of Prima flowers and jewels.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Deary, deery me.

Look who's living in our backyard.  There are five of them and they come by every evening for dinner.  They feed under the birdfeeders.

This little guy is one of last years babies.

I took the photos through the kitchen window so they're a little out of focus.  I played around in Corel PaintShop to get rid of the blue tinge, lighten them up a bit and to try and sharpen them.  I'll try and get some better shots this evening before it gets dark. 

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Uncle Kim's backhoe

Both my boys got to drive my brothers new toy last summer ~ or at least they got to sit in the drivers seat.
I did this layout a while back, but didn't scan it before taking it in to Unforgettable Memories.  So here it is...

The papers are all Cosmo Cricket.  I covered the Maya Rds chipboard trees with paper and inked them.  The clouds I sketched free hand on to patterned paper and then cut out.

Monday, 25 January 2010


I had this hanging in my entryway for a few days.  I kept looking at it, loving the colours, but feeling like something was missing.  I pulled it down over the weekend and stuck some bling on it.  Much better!

Now I need to take a trip to my LSS and restock my bling tin.  I'm running low on the pinks.

Sunday, 24 January 2010


We're having a quiet day at home today.  Rick was on night shift last night so he's sleeping.  Daniel, Breanna and I went out and shovelled the driveway.  It's been snowing for three days, but only very lightly so there was only an inch or two to scrape off. And I've spent the rest of the day in my scraproom working on this page.
Breanna looks so grown up in this photo.  Only 10 years old, but she's got a wonderful, confident smile.

I used some left over Creative Imaginations pirate paper and Bo Bunny product on this page.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

"Like the rambling footsteps of a wandering child"

I found a challenge blog called Scrapping the Music last week.  I didn't have time to join in last week, but this week I checked them out again and loved the song they had chosen. I thought the line "Like the rambling footsteps of a wandering child" were perfect for this photo of the kids exploring on the river this past summer. 

The background paper is Creative Imaginations, the rest of the paper and the 12" laser cut scroll is Little Yellow Bicycle.  The brads are Basic Grey 'Origins'.  The chipboard alpa is also Basic Grey.  Flowers are Prima.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

my 'TWEET' girl

I had some scraps of Basic Grey 'Sugar Rush' left over from my last layout, and there were these two cute birds on the sticker sheet so I came up with this title for the photo of Breanna.  I photoshopped this a while ago.  I took a lot of the colour out of it (and my messy kitchen in the background) and then rouged her cheeks.

The background is made with Heidi Swapp masks and orange Maya Mist.  I love this colour.  It looks like ornage sherbert in a bottle. Yummy!

I really need to clean my scanner bed.  :)

Monday, 18 January 2010

Daniels turn for a layout

When I picked out the Basic Grey 'Sugar Rush' line I was pretty sure I'd be scrapping pictures of my little girl with it.  Turns out it works great with boy pictures too. 

I used my swiss cheese hole border punch around the purple pattern. I edged all the holes with white ink so they would stand out more. 
I love the stickers that come with these papers.  I layered and pop dotted them. There are some gel stickers on their also; the corners and the swirl around the title.
I handcut the fun scalloped border than drew a dashed line along the edge with a red marker.
Journaling reads:
Every summer since he was 10 years old Daniel has flown by himself to Victoria to visit
Grandma and Grandad Lewall. He always has a great time. On this day they went to
“The Rez”. They hiked around the lake before taking a cooling dip. Kona made Daniel
laugh when he kept ‘swimming’ even though Daniel was holding him out of the water.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Blue skies

I just upgraded my blogger account so I'm not sure how this post will turn out.  Hopefully it's 'better'.

Mum sent a packet of photos home with Duncan after his fortnight down in Victoria visiting.  I've been slowly working through the photos getting them scrapped.  This is the last layout I will do with them.  It's a group of random photos that shows all the fun he has while down there.I was checking out Maya Roads 'sneaks' yesterday.  They have come up with these adorable mini chipboard pendants. I coudn't wait for them to get to the store shelves so I made my own using two different patterned papers. We're having a winter blues crop over at and I did the pendants for the 'stuck' challenge.  I pulled a pair of scallop scissors out of retirement to edge the bottom layer. The papers and stickers are all Bo Bunny.
Did you notice how the photo mats are cut to look like polaroids.  I decided that would give me enough room to label each photo with who, what and where.
This was a scraplift challenge from Two Peas.  I scaplifted this layout... kshenkar. I loved the dark background and you know I like two pagers.
The journaling reads:
"Ever summer, since he was 10 years old,
Duncan has flown down
to Victoria, by himself, to visit
Grandma and Grandad.
He is 14 yrs old in 2009.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Fruity Tooty Baby hats

I crocheted my first fruity hat out of an old craft book years ago. I lost that book and haven't picked up a crochet hook in years. It's hard to do any kind of needle work when you have curious little hands always inspecting your progress and pulling on yarns. I don't know how many times I picked up my knitting bag only to find tangled wool, bent needles and/or unravelled knitting. So I gave it up for a few years.
Breanna started me crocheting again when she asked me to show her how to do it. And then a coworker had a baby and I thought of my strawberry hats. I searched high and low on the internet for a pattern with no success so I made my own. They're really quite simple. I crochet a basic beanie style hat and then add leaves.
I have trunks full of wool. It was almost as big an obsession as scrapbooking.
I picked a red Pingouin cotton for this hat.

Then I tried a mohair.

It knit up into a bigger hat, maybe for a toddler.

I had some pretty blue cotton so I thought of trying a blueberry for a little boy.

I like it plain, but it doesn't look particularly fruity so I searched for a leaf pattern. Again I came up empty so again I made my own.

I can't decide if the leaves look like leaves or propeller blades. Either way it's a very cute look for a boy beanie.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

In stitches

I pulled out the sewing machine last night because Breanna had some pants that needed mending. I immediately noticed the machine was threaded with a spool that was the same pinky peach colour as the hue in the Cosmo Cricket paper scraps I was using on the layout I was working on in my newly cleaned scraproom.

So instead of mending I sewed paper. I stitched a border around the edges of the page, then I stitched the green piece to the page, and I stitched the journaling spot down.
Tonight I'll do the mending.

Monday, 11 January 2010

My budding photographer

Or maybe model. Breanna took a photography class in school last semester. The photos from that class were blown up to 8" x 10" and displayed in the hallway untill last week. She got to bring her photo home, as well as the one her friend took of her. We picked up frames for them last weekend.
Breanna took this photo of a shrub in the school yard. Then she played around in photoshop and turned it purple. We got a mirrored frame for it.(that's the white stucco ceiling you can see reflected around the photo). The picture looks amazing on her bedroom wall ~ remember she painted her room in pinks and purples last year.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Another Little Yellow Bicycle layout

Missy Munchkin. I still call her that though she's lot bigger. This photo is from 1999.
She still has that cute smile and red hair.

Unforgettable Memories has a good selection of the LYB Valenties product in stock! I'm loving all the pink :)

Friday, 8 January 2010

Using up my scraps

When I went to scrap this photo from last summer I dropped it on the table amidst my 'mess' and discovered the scraps from my last layout (the buggy one) went perfectly with the sepia tones. Instead of running out and buying some more BG Origins I decided to use the scraps.
And I did use them. All off them. I punched the butterflies out of my last little piece.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Pretty papers.

I wonder how my boys feel being surrounded with pink?

The Valentines product has come in so when I stopped by Unforgettable Memories a couple days ago I chose some Little Yellow Bicycle papers and stickers. I pleated some red satin ribbon and added a Prima flutter vine. This was a really quick layout. I like it.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Bug Zoo

Daniel's holding a big grasshopper or praying mantis in these photos. Not sure, but they're more creepy crawlers. Ewwww. Not my thing, but Daniel loves going to the Bug Zoo.

Monday, 4 January 2010


I don't know how Daniel could let this 'creepy crawly' crawl all over his face. I know I couldn't!

I called it 'The Travelling Moustach'. The papers, brad and felt stickers are all Basic Grey 'Origins'.

Daniel wrote the journaling. It says:

"It was strange
having a millipede
crawl along my face.
It felt kinda cool
but I would do it more than once
and was happy when
it was taken off.
Not very many people
can say that they've
had a millipede
mustach or unibrow.
Daniel 2009"

Saturday, 2 January 2010

I scrapped today

for the first time in a long time.

The pictures are from last summer. Duncan really enjoyed skimboarding while in Victoria.

The patterned papers are by Quick Quotes. Prima felt branches & 'Sprites' flowers. Kaiser brads. Walnut ink. Quickutz 'splash' diecut. Hero Arts bling. Journaling stamp is Inque Boutique.