30! – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello and Happy Friday! It’s Team A’s turn on the ScrapMuch? blog again, this time with a one page layout.

Since I have a birthday looming I figured it was fitting to do a layout from a birthday I celebrated just a year ago *wink wink*.

Here is the sketch we had to work with this week:

And here is my take on the sketch:
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Supplies used: Cardstock-Bazzill Basics; Patterned Paper-October Afternoon; Feather-Bella Blvd; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Border Punch-EK Success; Crochet Flowers-Stampin’ UP!; Enamel Dots-Teresa Collins; Wordfetti-Teresa Collins; Thickers-American Crafts; Journaling Spot-Teresa Collins; Roller Stamp-American Crafts Dear Lizzy; Ink-Stampin’ UP!; Ribbon-Stash (Purchased at the totally amazing Ruffler’s Roost in Arizona!).

I think it was last month(?) there was a submission to the ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday challenge by a scrapper who used their stash of October Afternoon Cakewalk and I commented I felt like I should stop hoarding my stash and use it. And here we are… I definitely still have some Cakewalk left because it was a little too cutesy to use on this layout (yes, really!). I stuck with a pink palette because it’s my favourite colour. I actually found this sketch a bit challenging because of the “wraparound” look/feel and I’ve never done a layout with this type of sketch, so I stuck pretty true to the image with a few small additions.

So what can I say about this layout? I think this was the last time I shared a same room with both my parents together. This was a family dinner party held a little before the day because I was spending the actual day at Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun. I found 30 to be a very difficult and challenging birthday, and I journaled about it in the hidden journaling spot. Let’s just say I’m definitely glad I’m never turning 30 ever again!

So now it’s your turn, of course! Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog for some Team A inspiration, make your own creation and share it with us for a chance to win a ScrapMuch? prize!

Here is a run down of our Sketch-y Friday rules.  Just link up your creations in our sidebar to be entered into a random draw for our monthly prize.    You have until January 29th, at midnight to participate in any of January’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!

If you are playing along with more than one challenge you will need to link each of them up via a separate blog post for the link up tool to work. (International participants may be required to pay some shipping fees.)  Good luck, we cannot wait to see what you create!

*note – If you are playing along using Flickr the team will no longer be leaving comments, due to changes in Flickr policies and passwords.  However, we will be checking out your entries for sure and you are definitely eligible for the prize draw. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thanks so much for popping by and have a fabulous weekend!

All The Cool Kids are Doing It…

On Wednesday my Feedly was filled with scrappers sharing their top 10 or 14 fav layouts of the year that passed. I never thought I’d be more of a “scrappy blogger” than an “every day life blogger”. However, 43 posted layouts would say otherwise. Yes, 43 posted layouts! I never in a million thought I’d be capable of coming close to a layout a week, but I have as those are just the ones I’ve photo’d and posted. I know there are more I haven’t photo’d and posted. Wow. I feel like this year I really started to find my scrappy “voice”. I’ve embraced my clean and simple style. I’ve embraced my love of sequins, mists and ribbon. I’m actually fine with being linear! One of the most linear scrappers I know has built herself one heck of an empire – I see you Becky Higgins! Long before she was rocking Project Life, she was the sketch Queen. Guess who else is clean, simple, linear and graphically beautiful? Ali Edwards. This I know for sure, most of my favourite layouts are based on sketches. Anyways, I wasn’t going to do this, but figured it would be a good look back. 2014 was actually a big year for me (scrapbooking wise). I’d never had the confidence in my work before to apply to a DT. I’d barely had enough confidence to post my work to the challenge sites. I’ve become more selective about where my submissions go. Also, I’ve taken a lot more care about getting cleaner pictures of my layouts because I’ve already put the work into making them look nice, and the pictures should do them justice.

So, in no particular order, here are my 14 fav layouts of 2014. (Including some of the poorly photographed ones…)

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SM Oct17

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Dolphin Swim

Tiiu July 18 SM

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Our Vacation

ScrapMuch DT 1

Fall Fun 2

Route 66

Scrapmuch July 4

ScrapMuch October 3

Autumn

 

Santa Jingle 5K – ScrapMuch Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello! Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing holiday, and made lots of happy memories with those who matter most to you! Hopefully you took a few pictures to scrapbook later too! I had a nice lovely break from work, got to make all my cards and send them out all across Canada and the United States, got some scrapbooking done, spent time with all my close family, caught up on naps with my kitties, caught a cold, went to all my pole classes, ate far too much good food, visited friends… it was glorious!

We’re already at the first Friday of the year, and it’s time for another ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday 2 page reveal!

Here’s our first sketch to kick off the new year:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Santa Jingle 5k
Supplies used: Cardstock-Stampin’ UP!, Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper-Simple Stories; Ribbon-Stampin’ UP!; Stickers-Crate Paper, Bazzill Basics; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Vellum-Stampin’ UP!; Staples-Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Die cut-Tim Holtz Alterations; Die cutting machines-Tim Holtz Vagabond, Silhouette Cameo; Roller Stamp-American Crafts Dear Lizzy; Ink-Stampin’ UP!

I admit I’m not very good about taking pictures around the Christmas time, so I don’t do a lot of Christmas themed layouts (despite loving the amazing paper lines). Thankfully, I had a photographer for this run I did a few years ago in Burlington. One chilly December Saturday morning, with about 3000 other Santas, we ran the streets of downtown Burlington. I had a pitiful finish time, the beard chafed the heck out of my face, the pants were falling apart by the time I was done, but it was still strangely a lot of fun. I do admit I almost veered off course and didn’t finish when I passed a house where they were welcoming the morning with coffee in the hot tub on their deck. That looked like a far better way to spend my morning, but I doubt they’d have appreciated company!

I’ve really taken to using my date stamp as often as possible on my layouts. I reorganized a bunch of my layouts while I was off (yay for 3 ring albums and the ease of doing this!) and found myself trying to remember the year of the event. I’m also making more of an effort to journal on my layouts for the same reason. It’s important to know why the photos were scrapbooked. What was important about those photos or that event? I’m also loving printing at home. I’m actually really impressed with the quality of my Canon Selphy, and Santa brought me the Canon Pixma iP8720 that printed off a stunning copy of one of my favourite cherry blossom photos. The cost is a little higher per print than Costco BUT I’m printing far less now and just the ones that are going on a layout. Because of that, I’m more inclined to do nice edits in Photoshop Elements (Santa also gifted me the newest version) before I print too.  That totally awesome ribbon? I’ve been hoarding it for years! I’m so glad I finally used it on a layout instead of “saving” it. The snowflakes? Leftovers from my cards because I cut too many. Happy accident!

So now it’s your turn of course! Pop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog to see what the rest of the team has created. Little hint? I think you’ll find a lot of inspiration to scrap your Christmas photos! Make sure you link up and share your work with us for the chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize!

Here is a run down of our Sketch-y Friday rules.  Just link up your creations in our sidebar to be entered into a random draw for our monthly prize.    You have until January 29th, at midnight to participate in any of January’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!

If you are playing along with more than one challenge you will need to link each of them up via a separate blog post for the link up tool to work. (International participants may be required to pay some shipping fees.)  Good luck, we cannot wait to see what you create!

 *note – If you are playing along using Flickr the team will no longer be leaving comments, due to changes in Flickr policies and passwords.  However, we will be checking out your entries for sure and you are definitely eligible for the prize draw. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for popping by!

Ordinary Day – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Happy almost mid-December! I’ve got a short and sweet ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday reveal for you today! My uber busy weeks of work are over, and I’ve kept busy at home this week trying to get caught up, as well as playing nursemaid and warden to Matisse (who had to be confined to restrict her movement) after her surgery last week. I’m happy to report her stitches are out and she’s on the mend, and now I’m sick in bed. Figures.

I digress…  Here is the sketch we had to work with this week:

I flipped the sketch by 90 degrees because it just worked better with my pictures (and I seldom do a title on a vertical like that).

Here is my take on the sketch:

Ordinary Day
Everything in the layout except for the stamp in the lower right, and the cardstock, are all Simple Stories 24/7. The cardstock is Close To My Heart, and the stamp is American Crafts Dear Lizzy. I used lots of stickers from the sticker sheets in the paper pack to add fun accents all over the page. For a change I didn’t mist this page, nor did I use sequins, no ribbon, nor any inking. Needless to say it’s a bit of a departure, and I still love the end result!

Again, this line is totally perfect for my few work layouts because my job is 24/7/365. It’s also fun to look back on days at work and see how much things have changed in such a short time. Fun times, good memories, this is what life is all about.

So now it’s your turn of course! Pop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog to see what the rest of the team has created. Little hint? I’m a bit of an iconoclast again. I’m good with that!

Make sure you link up and share your work with us for the chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize! There’s also a colour challenge posted and the palette is AMAZING!

Here is a run down of our Sketch-y Friday rules.  Just link up your creations in our sidebar to be entered into a random draw for our monthly prize.    You have until December 29th, at midnight to participate in any of December’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!

If you are playing along with more than one challenge you will need to link each of them up via a separate blog post for the link up tool to work. (International participants may be required to pay some shipping fees.)  Good luck, we cannot wait to see what you create!

 *note – If you are playing along using Flickr the team will no longer be leaving comments, due to changes in Flickr policies and passwords.  However, we will be checking out your entries for sure and you are definitely eligible for the prize draw. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for popping by!

My Wild Horse Pass – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Don’t look now, but December is right around the corner! Seriously! I haven’t even assembled my “December Daily” album yet, nor have I started on my cards. I always have the best of intentions with December Daily, and usually fall in love with at least one Christmas collection each year, but I lack the followthrough on the album, and ditto to taking pictures and scrapbooking Christmas.

With the start of a new month (we’re launching it a bit early at ScrapMuch?), it’s time for Team A and the 2 page layout reveal!

Here is the sketch we had to work with for this week:

And here is my take on the sketch:
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Supplies used: Patterned paper-Close To My Heart; Cardstock-Close To My Heart, DCWV; Journal Card-Teresa Collins; Post Card Sticker-Bazzill; Twine-Close To My Heart; Button-Bazzill; Flair-Studio Calico; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Stickers (banner, letter, sentiment)-Teresa Collins; Tag-Pink Paislee; Washi-My Mind’s Eye; Ink-Tim Holtz Distress; Pearls-Melissa Frances; Mists-Tattered Angels, Maya Road, Tim Holtz Distress; Butterflies-Gift; Punches-Marvy Uchida, EK Success; Pen-American Crafts

I have played with a similar sketch a few times in the past, and it’s truly the perfect sketch if you have a lot of photos of an event, or if you have say a 6×6 pad of papers you love and want to incorporate some of them all into a layout!  In this case, I have a ton of pictures of Sheraton Wild Horse Pass where Creative Escape was held the years I went. There is no way I could possibly scrap all of the pictures, but I did manage to take snippets of many photos with the help of my square punch, and create one layout full of many different memories. I have so many wonderful memories of Wild Horse Pass and used to spend a few extra days either before or after the event just to relax and enjoy the grounds and the amazing spa.

Here are some detail shots:
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I think what’s pretty remarkable to me is how long the supply list was for this layout, and yet it is still very true to my clean and simple and linear style.  Another thing I’d love to note is it’s totally fitting that the silver butterflies used on the layout were gifted to me by a friend I met at Creative Escape, Suzy, from her travels. Suzy has an awesome eye for the coolest embellishments and trinkets and it was totally sweet of her to think of me. She’s also been a big part of me finding my own scrapbooking “voice”. I used to stress about my projects not exactly matching the teacher’s sample, and then I’d watch her take every single project, make it her own, and it was always awesome. It took a few years of sitting next to her to finally start to relax and make the projects my own too.

So now it’s your turn, and you get the same jumpstart on December too! Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? site and see what the rest of Team A has created for inspiration, find your “voice”, make the layout your own, and share it with us. And as always, sharing with us gives you the chance to win your very own awesome ScrapMuch? prize! I can’t wait to see what you create! Have a fabulous weekend!

Matisse

I figured I’d blog this since not everyone is a Facebook friend, and it’s part of what has kept me a bit on my toes lately.

Many of you will know I’m a furmomma to 2 amazing kitties. I’ve shared my stories about Socks, my 19 year old tuxedo cat, here. However, I haven’t shared much about Matisse. Matisse is my 12 year old feisty torbie. She’s got the most beautiful markings I’ve ever seen in a cat. We adopted her 12 years ago at 8 weeks old and she immediately stole our hearts. Her first moments in the house involved a fight with the “furry dumb blonde” Chow who just wanted to be her friend, and she wanted no part of that. Tortitude.  She loves to play fetch with anything projectile, she loves to snuggle and drool when she’s happy, she has an unending appetite (to the point where I had to have baby locks on the cupboards because she’d rifle them for carbs every night), she’s terrified of strangers and the doorbell, thunderstorms and fireworks. She loves to burrow under the duvet for her naps. Most of all, she loves her “Big Guy”. She’s very much Steve’s cat and I am but second fiddle. She used to mewl about the house after he left for work in the mornings.

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Matisse has been seemingly invincible, until a week and a half ago. When she was young she was mis-diagnosed by a vet as having FIP (feline infectious peritonitis), and the vet refused to spay her and sent her home with a very cold “enjoy her while you can”. Five years ago, when we moved to Brantford, we found an amazing cat clinic and got the “enjoy her while you can” cat reassessed. She was showing no signs of FIP and we went ahead and finally had her spayed. Unfortunately, because she was spayed at such a late age, her risk of feline mammary cancer increased exponentially.  About a year ago we found a mass on her abdomen that has slowly been growing. We knew the prognosis for feline mammary cancer is generally very poor and we wanted to spare her the trauma of the surgery, and us the expense for something with such a futile outcome. So, we opted to keep her home until she started to show signs of pain or deterioration. A week and a half ago she came to bed for snuggles like she normally does and her mass felt different. I turned on the light to find that it had ruptured. She went to the vet that week and we discussed our options.

While cancer is awful, our amazing vet, Dr. Kelly St.Denis, mentioned that Matisse may be a candidate for a new clinical trial going on at the Ontario Veterinary College.  This clinical trial is very much in it’s infancy, but completely fascinating and showing some positive results. And, what’s even more exciting to me is the potential future application towards human breast cancer. Today Matisse met with the study oncologist, had a biopsy and got her first vaccine to start in the trial, and will have her mass removed in 2 weeks. The goal right now is to buy us some time with our wee girl, and buy her a better quantity and quality of life. She’s on pain meds for now, which is going well if I hide it in her food. She hasn’t lost her energy, her spunk, nor her insatiable appetite. Me, I’m crying the happiest tears that she was deemed a candidate for the trial because that gives us a small glimmer of hope.  And the science geek in me is chuffed that my kitty, yes my kitty, is a part of such groundbreaking and potentially revolutionary research and care. Keep fighting little ’tissey! The Rainbow Bridge isn’t ready for you yet!

Tiffany’s – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

I know I sound like “old tapes” but seriously, where has the time gone between Hallowe’en and today?! It’s Friday! It’s been 2 weeks since Team A’s last reveal for ScrapMuch?, and it’s time for some new sketch-y inspiration to jumpstart your creativity this weekend!

So here is the sketch we had to work with this week:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Tiffanys
Supplies used: Cardstock-Stampin’ UP!; Patterned paper-Lawn Fawn; Twine-Stampin’ UP!; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Sewing machine-Janome; Thickers-American Crafts; Ribbon and plain blue circles-Tiffany!!; Ink-Tim Holtz Distress; Mist-Mister Huey’s; Journaling pen-Stampin’ UP!; Punches-Ek Success and Stampin’ UP!

I admit this sketch was a bit of a challenge for the very linear me! My clean and simple ways will generally try to straighten out lines, but I didn’t really want a filmstrip look for this either. I also moved the journaling onto a card and used the other space for embellies. I compensated for my struggles with the whimsy placement of photos by sticking to a very monochromatic palette, appropriately the Tiffany colours. The plain blue circles on the layout are actually punched out of the Tiffany bag, and the ribbon is the ribbon from the box. When I travel I tend to collect a lot of “stuff” and ephemera and generally find a way to scrapbook it or use it in my mini albums or pocket pages.

I know I still haven’t blogged about my Vegas trip nor Inspiration Unlimited yet, but I am slowly scrapping and sharing some memories in these reveals. This page is from my Vegas trip as well. On my last night there, I decided I was going to leave Las Vegas a winner. Let’s face it, going home with pretty jewelry is pretty much hitting the jackpot amirite?!? I had been coveting some Tiffany earrings for a while and pretty things make me happy. Since there was a Tiffany in The Shops At Crystals that was attached to Aria where I was staying, it would just be wrong of me to not go there and get them!! They went on my ears when I got home the next day, and I haven’t taken them off since!

I would love for you to hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of Team A has created for your inspiration! Little hint? There are are some pretty darn amazing layouts for you to see! And of course, as always, I would love to see what you create!

Here is a run down of our Sketch-y Friday rules.  Just link up your creations in our sidebar to be entered into a random draw for our monthly prize.    You have until November 29th, at midnight to participate in any of November’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!

Have a fabulous weekend!!