Sunday, February 12, 2017

I'm on a Roll !!!

I'm finally feeling like the dry spell might be over - my 3rd page in a month?? WHAT?

Anyways, here's the latest case from Color, Stories, Inspiration - isn't it great? These colours are some of my favorites!

Here's my layout :

And here's how I solved the case :


All the colours are there. The photos make the red look more orange, but IRL, they are very very close. Consistently dull weather here in Ontario isn't helping much either. While I liked the sketch, I found that the subject of this page didn't work well with it.

Stripes - blue patterned paper
Food - a stretch maybe, but I'm counting the silverware on the left side of the page for this clue
Animals - the foxes on the title tag
Pleats - red patterned paper on the right
Transparent Stuff - clear tag on the title tag
Fabric - the date tag is made of a jean-like fabric

Journal about a meal

This page isn't really about a meal per say, rather it documents my feelings about how little time we're spending around the table eating meals together as a family. The journaling is as follows:

when i was a kid, almost every meal was eaten around the kitchen table. the six of us ate dinner together just about every night. my dad started each meal with a prayer of thanksgiving and ended them with a time of family devotion.
this table - purchased second hand almost 20 years ago when we were young and full of dreams.
this table - so many stories and meals and so many memories created together around it.
this table - fewer and fewer meals are being eaten at it as a family of five - someone is leaving for college soon, another one working, and evening activities seem to be taking up this precious time together.
i miss being here - around this table.
february 5, 2017

Here's some detail shots :

This photo shows the title work. The little card with the foxes is actually from the packaging of a bookmark I bought last year. Those foxes are so super cute and just the right colours, so I couldn't resist using it on this layout. I love it when non-scrapbooking items that I am inspired by are able to be part of my pages.

This is the little cluster at the top left hand side of the page. I fussy cut the flowers out and stacked them using some pop dots to add dimension. I tried to make sure that all the colours in the combo were in this cluster as well.

This photo is showing the pleating on the right hand side of the page. I actually used 2 strips of paper, hiding the seam under the photo.

Thanks for stopping in and checking out my page today!

Friday, January 20, 2017

CSI : Case #222

Another case finished!!

Here's the beautiful case that was revealed January 15.
This case is open until January 31 so come on out and play!!

And here's what I came up with!

This is page for a friend - this cutie is her little guy.
Isn't he just SO sweet????
I loved this picture when I saw it and feel like the colours in this combo suited it very well.

All the colours are there.

Floral Pattern
Chevrons - red patterned paper under the photo
Snowflakes & Stars
Jewels & Pearls - I added 2 jewel beads to the star stick pin
Something fuzzy - the red letters in my title and the pom pom trim are both fuzzy
Ribbons and Bows
Flowers & Leaves - fussy cut under the title work
Stamps & Rub ons - the date stamp and the frame rub on around the photo
Glitter - the button on the large snowflake & the fussy cut flowers under the title are both glittery, although it's hard to see.

Document something about winter

Here's some detail shots :

I layered and popped 2 different sizes of chipboard to make this main embellishment.

Here, I layered and rolled 2 patterned papers to make the corner and layered on a clear black snowflake die cut as well.

This shot shows the title work - I wanted to have the title reflect the story which is why the N & the O are red.

And finally, this shot shows the large snowflake again as well as the rub-on frame that I added around the photo.

CSI never ceases to be an awesome source of inspiration for me!
You should pop over and give any of the fabulous combos a try!!
CSI : Color, Stories, Inspiration

Thanks for popping by to have a peek at my page!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Um, it's only been 5 years.....

I cannot believe that it's been FIVE years since I posted on this blog.

That is ridiculous!! I want to be able to say that it will get better, but I like to try and be honest. I hope to be posting somewhat more regularly in the future.

Many of you that have read this blog before know that I play along over at a Ning page called CSI : Color, Stories, Inspiration. Recently, Debbi, the owner of the site, has moved the whole community over to Blogger and now I have a real excuse to begin using this blog again.

I think that posts will be mostly about my crafty pursuits, with a few tidbits of life thrown in for comic relief.

So 2017 over at CSI begins with this great combo, Major Case # 221. Here's a photo of the Case File :

I am not usually a lover of pink.

Actually, I really hate trying to create with pink.

Plus my mojo has been on vacation for about 4 months.

But I really love playing along with CSI.

So, a problem with no easy solution forthcoming.

Enter my scrappy friend with littles!!

We recently had a conversation about being crafty over Facebook Messenger and she lamented about not having the time to scrapbook anymore with small people in the house. So I offered to make a page for her, as I have no photos that currently inspire me. She finally took me up on the offer and, TA-DA!!! Here's the result :

All the colours in the combo are there. However, I think that I have about 5 different shades of pink. One of them has GOT to be close!! I tried to incorporate the sketch a little. While not exact, the outlines of it are there. I really like using a sketch to help get a page started.

Tiny dots - the brown background paper is a small dot print
Triangles & Circles
Different coloured letter stickers
Stamped phrase - I'm not sure this one counts as it's just a date stamp, but I'm claiming that clue anyways.
Pleats - the pre-pleated paper at the top left hand side of the page
Leaves - in the fussy cut flowers on the lower left hand side of the page

This page documents this littles 2nd birthday "Paintsplash" photo session. Isn't she just the cutest 2 year old EVER???

Here's some detail shots of this layout that I wanted to share :

These two shots show how 3D those fussy cut flowers are. I love using pop dots to give a page dimension! The largest photo is also popped up off the page.

And just a few more closeups on the details of the page.

I loved learning her nickname and chose to incorporate it into the title. I also added the date stamp (from Heidi Swapp) to the sticker over the largest photo. And, lastly, the little pleated paper trim cluster at the top of the page.

If you've never played along over at CSI, you should totally give
it a try! Here's a link : Color, Stories, Inspiration

Thanks for popping by to see my page today!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Another combo revealed!!!

It's my fourth week being a Special Investigator over at CSI!!!!

This week we're working with this fabulous combo :

And here's my layout & some closeups!!!

This is my nephew Tyler. He is our family's resident expert on how to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. So when my sister sent me these pictures of him, along with the prompt to make an Etiquette guide, this fun page was created! I took the guide prompt pretty literally,  and created a small flyer with the help of a picture form the internet to tuck into my page. All the advice in the flyer was paraphrased from the book you see Tyler holding in one of the pictures.

You can find the book here :

Thanks for popping by today!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Another week, Another Combo!

This week over at CSI we're working with a combo that I found somewhat difficult to use. I like the colour purple, but I'm not big on creating with it, and this combo had not one, but TWO different shades!

Here's the combo :

And here's my page.

This is my bestie Janice on her wedding day. Isn't she beautiful??

The inspiration words surprise and glow helped inspire this page. She really surprised me when she became a girly girl during her wedding day planning, as she's never really been one before. In the largest picture on the layout she has such a beautiful glow behind her, that it, along with the word, inspired the title of the page.

All photos used on this layout are by M.E. Photography.

Thanks for popping by to visit today!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Family History & CSI #45

This week over at CSI we are working with this gorgeous palette, which I felt was perfect for a heritage layout :

The journaling prompt to go visit this website inspired this whole layout actually. I chose prompt #13 "Write a story of one of your ancestors in connection to a famous event in history." Right away, I thought about how my Grandparents (both from the Netherlands) survived both World Wars. That got me wondering about their stories from that time. I never met my Grandfather, and my Grandmother passed away over 13 years ago, so I asked my Aunts and Uncles if they would be willing to share some of their stories with me. They were, but I didn't receive their stories until after I sent the picture to Debbi, so I'll be posting some revised shots here on my blog. Here's the shot of the layout that's in the gallery:

And here's some detail shots of the layout as it is now with the stories from my Aunt Tjaltje added in. 

I made a little booklet that is attached together by a brad so you can fan the pages to read them. It's really quite small (about 2.5 in x 4 in), but I didn't want the journaling to overwhelm the layout. I added an extra piece of paper over the back after I put the brad through, so that the prongs on the back of the brad wouldn't scratch the picture when you take it out of the envelope.

I was surprised to learn that during the war, my Grandparents hid a Jewish woman and later, her two nieces as well. My Aunt tells me that they, along with many other people during that time, believed that they were God's chosen people and that they needed help. So they helped. Simple, and very brave. I am so very proud of them. There are other stories there as well; about being cold in the winters, about having to miss school and how, because my Grandparents always had a huge garden, they fared better then some other families when it came to food.

And the whole layout again as it is now (this is a bad shot, as the light is stinky here today):

I am really hoping that I get a few more stories from some of my other Aunts and Uncles; if i do, they will be added onto the layout as well. If I get too many, I think I might add them in pockets on the back of the layout.

I feel that it's important to write down your family history. When I think of the stories that are already lost because Pake & Beppe are gone now, I get a little sad.

If you've never tried out CSI, I really encourage you to check it out!
Thanks for popping by today!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

I'm a Special Investigator!!!!

I'm so excited to announce that I am one of CSI's Special Investigators this month!

My first case file is #44  - blue, yellow, orange, white & grey. I had such fun making this page!!

These are some pictures from Scrapfest Kitchener this past April. Thanks goes to my sister for lending me some of her pictures for this layout as well. The other person in the picture is Vicki Boutin, a Canadian scrapbooker that I admire. I purchased her book at Scrapfest, and she signed it for me.

Transparent element (hard to see, but there is a transparent sticker under my title block)
Something woven - I tried to "weave" my blue patterned paper into the grey card stock
Doily Pattern - my yellow patterned paper under the Doddlebug Frill

I wrote a fan letter (folded & tucked into the bottom)

If you're feeling un-inspired or need a new challenge, why don't you stop by CSI? I'm sure you'll find a colour combo or journaling challenge that will inspire! 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Something Scrappy.....

to share today!! I've recently been playing over at CSI : Color, Stories, Inspiration. Every week Debbi gives us a colour combo, and journalling prompts as well as a list of elements to include on your LO. It's really given me a good push creatively, plus it's a really fun group of girls over there. If you've never checked it out, I think you should! Go now. Seriously.

This week the colour combo is this GORGEOUS pallette - and currently some of my very faves.

So here's what I made :

I saw a LO over on Pinterest that had these rolled strips of paper on it and I wanted to give it a try. I LOVE how it came out! I just used my trimmer the same way you would scissors and got paper strips to start curling that way. It made the rolling easier. This was a great way to use up a lot of my scraps. I even cheated once or twice by cutting a roll in half to make it look longer under my picture strip. The roll at the very end of the row on the right hand side is special - I made it at the last Scrapfest that I went to in April. The photos are from our 12.5 anniversary (2.5 years ago) by the super talented Stacy Hayward of Stacy's Creations Photography.

Here's some closeups of my page & also the special piece before I rolled it : 

Otherwise, summer vacation is in full swing here in our house - I have the next 9 weeks off to do whatever! We've got camping planned and a trip for me and hubby to Stratford again to see another Shakespeare play as well. I'm also thinking of taking the kiddos to Sudbury for a couple of days to check things out there for fun as well. We also have a family membership to the museums here, so they are on the list for visiting as well.

What do you do in the summertime?? 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

I'm still alive.....

Yep I am!

I can't believe that I haven't posted in the last 6 months. It's not like there hasn't been anything to talk about. I guess it's because I've been so creatively challenged recently that I just haven't felt like blogging either. I am happy to announce though, that I have been getting back into it!!

In April (which was a SUPER BUSY CRAZY SCATTERBRAINED MONTH for me) my sister and I travelled to Scrapfest Kitchener. We had a GREAT time, learned some new things while taking some classes and shopped 'til we dropped. So very inspiring, that I'm thinking that this might have to become an annual event.

Also in April, my bestie and her fiance finally tied the knot! So happy for them! And to make the event even more special, my "best from out West" also came. We haven't seen each other since 1990, even though we've kept in contact for all these years. 

I'm trying my hand at submitting again, even though so far, no luck.

I've been participating in the challenges over at this site : CSI. You should go over and check it out! Colour AND Journalling challenge together?? Yes, please!! Here's some of the pages that I've made for the challenges : 

I'm still working, but I am looking forward to summer vacation & 10 weeks off. Oh, how do I manage 10 summer weeks off you ask??? I drive a school bus. It's a lovely thing having the summer off with the kids. =D 

This summer we are camping with my sister and her family again. Last year we didn't go because my parents had their 40th anniversary, so we all spent a week in Niagara Falls instead. This has been an almost annual thing for the last 10 years or so, and we love it!! Every year we try to pick a provincial campground somewhere in between us, sice we live 8 hours apart. This is where we are going this year.

And that's about it for now! I would promise to update more frequently, but I'm not sure that I can keep it! I AM going to try though! 

Thanks for popping by!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Slap My Hand.....

I am STILL a terrible blogger. You'd think that there's nothing going on in my life, but really there have been a few interesting things that have happened.

In October over the Thanksgiving weekend, my husband and I celebrated our 14th anniversary. To celebrate, he surprised me with an overnight trip to Toronto, where we stayed here. And we ate a FANTASTIC dinner here. This place has truly ruined steak for me. I didn't even order it, but the one bite that I had from my hubby's was the best single bite of steak I have ever had. Seriously. And then, after all that (which totally would have been enough) he sent me to the So You Think You Can Dance Live Tour. I know that that may sound silly, but I truly love that show. It really was the best anniversary present ever. But that's not even the best part. I got to enjoy all of these things with not just my hubby, but with 2 of our best friends as well, as they celebrate their anniversary on the same day that we do. And, the cherry on top? The weekend was so beautiful weather wise, that we took the motorbike down. Sigh. It was perfect. It made me feel really terrible that I just bought him a wallet. But in my own defense, we "decided" that we weren't going to get each other presents this year. He said that, but in truth he had been planning it since the summer, including my mother in law in the ruse. Well played, dear.

Also in October, I had another first - I went to ScrapFest in Oshawa! I took some classes, shopped until I couldn't take it anymore (although truthfully, I just ran out of money), did some make and takes, met some of my favorite scrappy "celebrities" and learned a whole bunch of new things! Here's the most exciting but also the most depressing thing - I went by myself! Now, I like that I went by myself, it's so rare that I do anything for just me. And it was so great to go away without my hubby(although I love him) and my children(yep, love them too). But I also missed having a scrappy friend along. There was no one to giggle and joke with, even though I met tons of friendly fellow scrappers. I would LOVE to go again, but I think that I will bring a friend - or perhaps a sister????? While I was there I got to spend some time with my forever bestie - I miss her and wish that she lived closer to me.

Now that I am on Christmas vacation, I am looking forward to creative time. I want to wear my pjs and drink endless amounts of coffee. I want to stay up late & sleep in like I haven't been able to do for a long time. I want to watch tons of movies and take time to really enjoy my children.

I think that in the next year coming. I will try to get a bit more serious about being published. This has been a scrappy goal for some time, but I have not tried all that hard really. I have been planning a few things in my head, but am unsure as how they will translate to paper. Any advice that my scrappy friends have to offer would be greatly appreciated. So cross your fingers for me would ya; that 2012 would be my year?

I'll leave you with a layout that I made for a Colour Suite challenge. Thanks goes to Stacy of Stacy's Creations Photography for this great photo of my family.