Sprinkles – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal!

Hello!! It’s time for another ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday reveal from Team A!

This post is going to be a bit short and sweet as I’m fighting a cold, and about to down some NyQuil and NeoCitran and try to kick this bug to the curb. I have no time for this sickness and I need it to be gone pronto!

I digress..

Here is the super fun sketch we had to play with this week:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Scrap Much Sept 19

Supplies Used: Cardstock-Bazzill Basics; Patterned Paper-Echo Park; Washi tape-Bella Blvd, Carta Bella; Ribbon-American Crafts; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Heart brads-Bazzill Basics; Wordfetti stickers-Girls Paperie; Diecut Machine-Silhouette Cameo; Mist-Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Sewing machine-Janome; Tab-Pink Paislee; Cupcake Brad-Creative Imaginations; Journaling pen-American Crafts

I returned to my one of my favourite palettes of pink and brown! Those used to be my go-to colours for scrapbooking a few years back, so it was fun to return to that. I also had a happy accident with the pink cardstock that it got bleached on my shelf and created the fun ombre look (note to self: scrapbook room should probably have curtains or blinds).

Yes, that really is a layout tribute to the best cupcakes ever!! When I used to go to Heidi Swapp’s Creative Escape event in Arizona, Sprinkles in Scottsdale was a must stop, and usually with some to bring home too! Thankfully TSA didn’t confiscate any of them on me on the way home! For the record, that is a red velvet with a cactus topper instead of the signature button, I had to do it! I can’t wait to get to Vegas and visit the new Sprinkles location there, and maybe even give the Cupcake ATM a try! :)

Important housekeeping notes!!! There is still time to get your submissions in for the ScrapMuch? design team call! If you don’t want to apply for the design team, but still feel inspired by this months sketches and team creations please play along and share your work for a chance to win an awesome possum 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 September 29th, at midnight to participate in any of September’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!

Have a fantastically creative weekend everybody!


I found myself with some free time(!!!) last week to create after I finished up some DT layouts for ScrapMuch? and I was still feeling inspired to create some more. I was loving the sketch that Laura had posted to Stuck?! Sketches because it was out of my comfort zone. I’m also trying to scrap some of my older photos before I print and move on to the new, but sometimes that’s a challenge after looking at them so much! I also felt the same way about a few of my papers in my stash that I’d been hoarding and now starting to grow bored of.

So here is the sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Yum Stuck


The paper company, Luxe is no longer in business but they did some really swanky & edgy designs. I even loved that this line was called Cocktail Dress. It was perfect for this layout of a monster sized mango margarita! What I also totally love is the whimsy olive pattern on one of the papers, and the hexagon pattern that was so in not so long ago!  The blurring of the outline was a happy accident as I used my Sharpie paint pen and moved the ruler before the paint was dry – and seemingly works with the unfortunately blurry photo of me with that margarita (that’s what happens when you hand off your P&S to someone who isn’t up on the nuances of it!)!

For the record, the margarita, like everything else at Arriba, was fantastic!!!

Stay tuned as I have another reveal for ScrapMuch? going live on Friday, and then it’s time for Inspiration Unlimited. So excited! For those not in the know, Inspiration Unlimited, or IU for short is an event put on by the amazing Teresa Collins every year in Henderson NV. I’ve been fortunate to attend for the last 2 years, and this year will be my third. As far as scrapbook events go this one is a bit on the small and intimate side of ~300 scrappers. It’s been sold out for a few years (if not all) and there is a waitlist to attend. If you want to join the waitlist please email EVENT@TERESACOLLINSSTUDIO.COM! I will do my best to blog regularly while there but the days are so full of fun that I don’t get a lot of blog time! And I love every second of it!!

ScrapMuch? Design Team Call!

In case you missed the announcement on Friday’s ScrapMuch? blog – ScrapMuch? is having a design team call. This has been an amazing team to be a part of, and if you like working with sketches, you should consider applying. Here are the requirements and you can visit the ScrapMuch? blog HERE for more information:

  • create 2 layouts per month, using the sketches provided
  • post our badge on your blog (yes you must be a blogger)
  • become a member of our private Facebook group (this is how we communicate as a team)
  • submit your layouts to us by the designated due dates
  • post the ScrapMuch? sketch and your layout, along with a link to the ScrapMuch? blog on your blog  on the day of our reveal (Fridays)
  • share your blog posts on your Facebook page
  • comment on entries, as assigned
  • you do not need to be exclusive to ScrapMuch?, you can belong to one other sketch DT or unlimited other DT’s, however you may not belong to any other scrapbook store DT’s
  • you must be loyal and committed to promoting ScrapMuch?

This call is open to scrappers in Canada and the U.S., you do not need to have Design Team experience to apply, all applications will be considered.  The term will run for 6 months, from November 1st, 2014 until April 30, 2015.  No compensation is provided.

To apply, create a layout using one of our September 2014 sketches.  Link it up using our Inlinkz tool, adding DT call after your name.  Yes, you will also be entered into our monthly prize draw! We will be sure to visit your blog and leave you some love.  We will contact all those we are interested in during the first week of October, at which time we may ask for more information.

As always, I can’t wait to see what you create!

HP 10k – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello September!

It’s hard to believe the dog days of summer are behind us and the crisp fall days lie ahead.

With the start of the new month, it’s time for the ScrapMuch? team A reveal! We had an amazing bunch of submissions last month, both in quantity and quality! Wow! In keeping with routine, the first sketch of the month is a 2-pager.

Here is the sketch we had to work with:


And here is my take on the sketch:


This sketch was great to work with the multitude of photos I have from the Harvard Pilgrim 10k run I did 4 years ago. The race began at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA and ended on the 50 yard line in the stadium. It was also on July 4th of 2010, so I got to experience a lot of Independence Day festivities afterwards too! That was my second stadium run that year; the other being the Soldier Field 10 Mile in Chicago, IL. This was also my unexpected retirement run. As in, I haven’t willingly run another kilometre since. The day was hot and humid, I developed GI upset early on in the run and opted to not push it, and that my goal wasn’t a decent time, but just for the experience to finish on the turf of my favourite team. That being said, I did get to run through the inflatable helmet like the players do, and I cued up my iPod to Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train when I entered the stadium; the same song the players run in to.

On to the layout. As you can see I made a few modifications, but I’m still happy with the end product. It’s also very clean and simple, and the focus for me is in the journaling on the tag behind the photos on the left side page. I used the quote on the lower right as my jumping off point for the journaling. I wanted to address why that was my final run, and force myself to think deeper about life (yes, really). The quote reads: “All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.” ~James Thurber

I’ve also used a collection of products on this page and even dug into my beloved Scenic Route stash for the word strips and polkadot and grid paper. I thought it was fitting and well worth using. Thankfully, red, black and kraft are neutral and generic and work so well together no matter the manufacturer. Years ago when I took one of my first Ali Edwards workshops she said that was her go-to palette to have on hand, and I’ve since followed suit and agree.

I’d love for you to hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of the team has created with this sketch. Don’t forget if you play along  and share with us you will have a chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize! Check out the ScrapMuch? blog for the deets on our monthly sketch challenge!

Have a creative weekend! See you again for sure in 2 weeks for my next reveal!

ScrapMuch?! Sketch-y Friday – Melt My Heart

This is the reveal that almost wasn’t for me. You see, when it came time to post my layout for the team, my laptop hard drive died before I could even edit the photo. Thankfully I was able to work on DH’s laptop that still had an old version of PhotoShop Elements installed. Needless to say this week has been filled with a lot of anxiety over the hard drive, as the last 10 years of my life in photos were on that drive. Thankfully the amazing tech at IC SuperComputers was able to get me up and running in just over 24 hours including salvaging 99% of my data. HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF.  So let me be a cautionary tale to all – have 2 copies of everything!!!

So here we are!  Happy Friday! Team A is up again with another Sketch-y Friday reveal at ScrapMuch?!

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

And here is my take on the sketch:

Supplies used: Cardstock-American Crafts, Stampin’ UP!; Patterned Paper-Teresa Collins; Texture Paste-Martha Stewart; Stencil-Tim Holtz; Mist-Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Ribbon-American Crafts; Flair-American Crafts; Die Cutting Machine-Silhouette Cameo; Pearls-Pebbles; Tab-Pink Paislee; Arrow Clip-Freckled Fawn; Stickers (banners, circle)-My Minds Eye; Circle Punch-EK Success

This week’s layout is dedicated to my very special girl, Socks. Socks is my happy. Socks came into my life some 17 years ago when I was just starting college and in my first apartment. I adopted her from the Upper Credit Humane Society as an adult cat. She was found abandoned with a litter of kittens. By the time I got to meet her, her kittens had all been adopted, and there was just Socks. A beautiful tuxedo cat, with delicate white paws, a white bib and tummy and adorable white whiskers. Giving credit where due, Mom had actually found her at the local Super Pet in their adoption area, and within the week I was there signing papers to make her mine. It’s been a match made in heaven ever since. We’ve truly been the best of friends. Doing the math, she is approx 19 years old now and doesn’t have much longer on this earth. So for now we take full advantage of every snuggle moment we get. She is always with me on the couch, and at night she sleeps on my pillow – The pic was taken one morning when I woke up to find her face next to mine. She is a chatterbox, always has been. She is the kindest, gentlest kitty ever. She’s been through some very uncomfortable procedures at the vet and never once did she get angry. She’s amazing. She’s spoiled and gets anything she wants, because at 19 years old, she deserves it, and then some. There will be other kitties in my life, but there will never be another Socks (Socksie, Socksinator, HRH Socks Rotundo).

As for the layout, it’s a lot busier than I’d normally do, but for some reason it just all worked for me. I absolutely loved this Teresa Collins line, You Are My Happy. The circles at the top were punched from one of the pieces of paper that fit my EK Success circle punch perfectly. Teresa just does some amazing things with her papers and each line just gets better and better. Have I mentioned how excited I am to be at her Inspiration Unlimited event for the third straight year in a mere 41 days??!?!?! So close! I digress.. I misted the textured hearts because I didn’t like the stark white, then spread some excess paste on the black background because the hearts otherwise looked really stark in the middle of the page.

I’d love for you to pop over to the ScrapMuch?! blog to see what the rest of the team is up to this week, and then play along with any or all of the sketches. Make sure to link up with us if you do for a chance to win a totally fab ScrapMuch?! prize! You have until August 29th at Midnight EST to link up your creations. I can’t wait to see what you create! Have an amazing weekend! :)


Tales From The Pole

Since I discovered some odd bruises on my legs today that I can only attribute to last week’s shenanigans, I figured I’d share their story…

Ever since we moved to Brantford, I’ve really struggled with finding my fitness niche. Before we moved I loved my gym, I loved my trainer (Hi Cindy!), I loved all the classes I’d go to that totally fit within my schedule, with just enough variety to keep me interested. I’m still yet to find a gym I love that is convenient, has classes I like, where I feel totally comfortable. I tried running. I truly hated it. I found an amazing local hot yoga studio. It closed. (Miss you Manifest and Jennie!)  I go to another one but it’s far enough away to be inconvenient, and expensive.

You can imagine my delight when Allure, a fitness club that opened in Westdale a few years ago, was opening a Brantford location, with hot yoga too. I’d admittedly always been curious to try their pole fit classes but couldn’t commit to taking their weekly workshops as a shiftworker. So, when I found an intro 2 hour workshop, I signed up! I didn’t expect it to be a cakewalk but I was admittedly surprised at how difficult (for me!) even the basics were. I’m not going to lie, I had high hopes of leaving the workshop being able to do all of this…

Instead, it was probably more like this…

I learned spins are tough yo! I found myself walking very funny the next day after using muscles that have probably never been used before. I also now have bruises on my legs I can only attribute to using them as part of my death grip on the pole in total fear of hitting the ground with an unpleasant THUD! All that being said – I had a lot of fun. I was amazed at how good this class could be for my psyche even though I really struggled with a lot of the basics. I didn’t do a good job at all. But, I’m stubborn and want to keep at it. So I will be going to another drop in class or two. I did sign up for their intro month special so I can try more pole fit, zumba and hot yoga classes and then I’ll decide if I’ll keep a monthly membership or if I go to a class pass.

Some final thoughts…  Pole fit is challenging, a great full body workout, and a lot tougher than I thought it would be. It’s a good thing I’m reasonably competent in my day job because I currently have zero future as a pole dance stripper. I am incredibly thankful there is no photo or video evidence of my lack of pole competence. See you again soon Allure Brantford.. And to my pole – I will conquer you one day…

Sun Sand Sea – ScrapMuch?! Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello August!

In my world, we’re now at the mid-point of summer. It feels like time is just flying by. I’m very thankful to be healthy and active this summer. However, that also means that I’ve been scrapbooking and cooking less than I did last year. I just can’t have it both ways!

It’s the first Friday of a new month, which also means it’s Team A’s turn at ScrapMuch?! And of course, that also means our sketch this week is a two pager!

Here is our inspiration sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:
TiiuSM August 1
Supplies used: Cardstock-American Crafts; Patterned Paper-Heidi Swapp, Simple Stories; Transparency-Hambly, Little Yellow Bicycle; Ribbon-Stampin’ UP!; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Washi-My Mind’s Eye; Buttons-Doodlebug; Twine-Jillibean Soup; Ink-Tim Holtz Distress; Title-Silhouette Cameo; Journaling Marker-Stampin’ UP!; Mist-Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Card, Tags, Stickers-Simple Stories; Flair-American Crafts.

Since I have an abundance of sunny beach photos from so many vacations, I was really excited to scrapbook a summery theme. Let’s face it, in paradise it’s summer every day! It goes without saying I LOVE using my stash and having it all come together so serendipitously!

It’s a long weekend here in Ontario and I’ll be doing a mix of working and spending time with my Dad. I hope to sneak in a little crafty time too on Sunday night!

Now it’s your turn. Pop on over to ScrapMuch?! to see what the rest of the team has created. Now is a great time to visit, maybe play with this sketch, maybe give the colour challenge a try, maybe even combine both! Of course, as per usual, you have until the end of the month to linkup and share your creations with us for the chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch?! prize! I can’t wait 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 Friday August29th, at midnight to participate in any of August’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!”

Have a great weekend!