A Minute Short!

And just as she clicked submit link.. the linkup was closed. This was *supposed* to be a layout for Stuck?! Sketches and I barely finished creating it, zoomed to photo it, the fastest photoshop crop on it ever, rapid publish with no words.. and poof.. In any event, since this has already been seen on Facebook and twitter because I didn’t have time to edit my publish settings..

Here is the inspiration sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Stuck 2
Supplies used: Patterned Paper, star stickers, letter stickers-Pink Paislee; Washi tape-My Minds Eye; Shoes and Gatorade Jug-EK Success; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Quote-Rusty Pickle; Star Pin-Little Yellow Bicycle; Journaling card-Prima; Stamp-Tattered Angels; Ink-Stampin’ Up!

I’m an unapologetic Patriots fan, and it’s training camp time, so it was as good a time as any to finish scrapbooking my pictures from when we went to camp a few years ago. The last camp Tom Brady and Randy Moss, 2 future hall of famers, had together. I had a ball at camp (pun not intended) and really enjoyed watching the various drills. Best part was there was no stress in watching camp, I knew I was going home happy because there was no win or loss on the line!

Note to self – just use iPhone next time to rapid pic and blog the layout when down to the wire.. ;)


ScrapMuch?! Sketch-y Friday Lawn Fawn Reveal

It’s Friday! It’s Team A’s turn for another ScrapMuch?! Sketch-y Friday reveal!

This week I played with more of my Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine pack that I got from ScrapMuch?! What can I say, I have been loving the Lawn Fawn paper collection packs. They’re the right amount of whimsy without being too cutesy, you can class them up, and the sequins and flair are just amazing! I actually used this line for my “audition” sketch with ScrapMuch?! and here I am back to it again.

So – here is the sketch for this week:

And here is my take on the sketch:
Tiiu July 18 SM
Supplies used: Cardstock-Bazzill Basics; Patterned Paper-Lawn Fawn; Sequins-Lawn Fawn; Flair-Lawn Fawn; Chipboard tag-Bazzill Basics; Pin-Little Yellow Bicycle; Clip-Fancy Pants; Mist-Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Twine-Stampin’ UP!; Arrow clip-Freckled Fawn; Title stickers-Sassafras Lass; Pen-Stampin’ UP!; Die cut machine-Silhouette Cameo; Ink-Tim Holtz Distress Ink for Ranger; Sewing machine-Janome

I opted to go spanish for the title – Sonrisa is spanish for Smile – and smile I did! I went very random with the sequins because it reminded me of bubbles in the ocean water. I used my Cameo to cut the striped paper to simulate the ocean waves. I used my cameo again to make the viewfinder from the patterned paper. Viewfinders are very much my go-to circle shape right now. I inked it a little to help the squares stand out against the orange paper backing piece.

Here are some detail shots:
Tiiu July 18 SM detail 1 Tiiu July 18 SM detail 2

As for the moment in the photo – it was an unexpectedly super fun once in a lifetime moment that I didn’t expect to love as much as I did. Before I went I worried about how cold the water would be, how well cared for the dolphins would be, how much of a tourist trap it would be (it is but didn’t have to be, the CD of photos was for me money very well spent). The water wasn’t cold at all, the dolphins were well cared for. I remember how amazingly silky their skin is, how friendly and social they are, and how smart they are.

I would love for you to pop over to the ScrapMuch?! blog and see what the rest of the team has created with this sketch. Then of course you need to play along and share it with us too! :) And if you do.. there’s a chance to win a 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 Tuesday July 29th, at midnight to participate in any of July’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!

Speaking of ScrapMuch?!, I’m super excited to be spending my day tomorrow cropping with them again. Now I just need to figure out what on earth I’m going to work on while I’m there! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Triangle Mania!

I took the opportunity to create a little last weekend when I had a little bit of time off of work.

My first layout was inspired by a Scrapbook and Cards Today freebie cut file. The file can be found here.

Here is the file:

And here is what I created with that file:

I went pretty stash bananas and had a lot of fun with it. It’s a busier layout than I normally create, and I seldom mix products as much as I did here, but I had a lot of fun using stuff I’d been holding on to for so long. I’m posting from work and forgot to note down my supply list .

Also, Laura has a sketch up at Stuck?! Sketches that’s a triangle based layout, so I wanted to play with that too.

So here is Laura’s sketch:

And here is my take on Laura’s sketch:

All of the paper is from an Echo Park collection I’m still working my way through. And I had a lot of fun pulling out some of my pink embellies to go with the pink paper and my pink hoodie. Same deal on my supply list here, posting from work and forgot to jot down before I left for work.

Stuck?! Sketches has also paired up with Frosted Designs for this challenge. The Frosted Designs component is you had to use a punch or die cut on the layout. My smaller triangles I made with a square punch and then cut them in half.

It’s been a super busy month for me with a mini vacation, and a lot of work so it was good to get some extra creating time in. Hopefully I’ll get to share a bit about our mini-trip this week. And I’ll definitely be back with this Friday’s ScrapMuch?! reveal!


Love This Life – July 4th ScrapMuch? Reveal

Hello! Happy July!

Hello sunny days, late nights, flowers, enjoying the outdoors, BBQ, suntans, smiles, time to relax, shorts, sandals, fireflies, fireworks, vacations, staycations, road trips…

It’s Sketch-y Friday time, and Team A is up again at ScrapMuch? with a new sketch challenge. Of course with the start of the month, that also means we’re working with a 2 page layout.

So here is the sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:
Scrapmuch July 4
Supplies used: Cardstock – American Crafts; Patterned Paper – Teresa Collins; Sequins – Teresa Collins; Chipboard Tag – Bazzill Basics; Pearls – Melissa Frances; Chipboard Cutouts – Pink Paislee; Buttons – Pink Paislee, American Crafts; Embroidery Floss – Bazzill Basics; Ink – Tim Holtz for Ranger Distress Ink; Mist – Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Ribbon – stash ; Rosette Die – Tim Holtz for Sizzix, cut with Vagabond; Title – Silhouette Cameo

As always I made a few of my own little modifications. Instead of journaling I used a part of the patterned paper with a phrase I really liked – “Cherish every moment”. I may add some hidden journaling later.

This layout is from New Year’s Eve a few years ago when we spent it at my favourite resort, Le Blanc Spa in Mexico. It was a beautiful, swanky evening. Think caviar and foie gras. For the record, I don’t like caviar nor foie gras. I loved the dress I bought special for the night, and got the salon to do my hair for me too. Canapes and cocktails were served on the terrace with a beautiful view across the lagoon in Cancun. We shared many laughs with friends we’d just met that week, and keep in touch with many of them still. It was my first fancy New Years Eve party. I wore open toed shoes because I didn’t have to worry about traipsing through snow and ice. That night is one of many reasons I have to be thankful for so many amazing things in my life, and one of many reasons to love my life. That was my second trip to Le Blanc (there have been 3 or 4 since) and I truly feel like it is my home away from home. It’s a very very special place.  I can’t wait to go back.

I would love for you to visit the ScrapMuch? blog and see the rest of the amazing design team reveal for this week. And then of course you need to play along with the sketch too! ;) Make sure you link up and share with us what you create for a chance to win an amazing ScrapMuch? prize. I can’t wait to see what you create!

Have a wonderful weekend! Thank you for stopping by! And Happy Independence Day to all my visitors from south of the 49th parallel!



ScrapMuch?! June Colour Challenge

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was spending Saturday cropping with the lovely ScrapMuch?! ladies. I took that opportunity to tackle some UFOs (Un – Finished Objects). Admit it, I know you have some UFOs too!!! I actually have a bin, with projects likely dating back to 2008, just waiting for the “perfect” pictures to complete them. I also admit that I have gone back to the bin, thought “what in the heck was I thinking with this one”, and pitched it outright. Some UFOs are best to stay UFOs.

Since I made tremendous progress with them, I opted to do a layout for the colour challenge.

And here is my take using the colours in the challenge.

Supplies used: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Carta Bella; Twine: Stampin’ UP!, Jillibean Soup; Rosette: Pink Paislee; Pearls: Basic Grey, Prima; Button: American Crafts; Paper Clip: Fancy Pants; Stickers: Echo Park, Carta Bella; Distress Ink: Tim Holtz for Ranger

I’m slowly working my way through the Carta Bella Hello Again collection kit. It’s a pack I’ve very much loved and been tempted to hoard, but I’m finally in a space of wanting to use paper while I still love it before it grows old and stale on my shelf. Thankfully, the papers pretty much had everything from the challenge so it was easy to use them and then add embellishments to go along.

You still have a little bit of time left to play along and link up for your chance to win a fabulous ScrapMuch?! prize. Here are the rules from the ScrapMuch?! site:

To play along, all you have to do is create a new paper crafted project, of any type, that uses the colours from the challenge and post it on your blog or any other online forum  (ie. your Flickr Account) that you can link us up to, by our deadline.  Then link it using the Inlinkz tool in our sidebar.

So make sure you share your creation to the InLinkz tool on the ScrapMuch?! site! It can even be a card, or a home decor item if you aren’t feeling up to making a layout! I’m looking forward to seeing what you create!

13 Years

13 years ago today I was sitting in my first day of orientation. It was the best job prospect I had since graduating 3 years prior when there were minimal jobs in my field. I had been working in a “volunteer” position but it was terminated 9 months after I started due to a restructure. And then this opportunity came along. It was part time to start, but they made it sound like full time was a very real possibility very soon. As it turns out, full time started about a month later. I was feeling a mix of excitement, nerves, uncertainty and relief. I was beginning to think I was going to have to go back to school and seek out a new career. I was done with working food/retail. I didn’t love my brief foray into admin and software programming.

Like any job, it’s had it’s ups and downs. Thankfully the rewards still outweigh the tough times. Our former director suggested the average lifespan in this career is 5-8 years. I feel like the first 13 have been such a blur. Some amazing moments are permanently etched to memory. Some horrendous moments I’d rather forget are also permanently etched to memory. This career has changed me, changed my outlook on life, forced me to re-evaluate what is important in life. I won’t lie, I do still have moments of “if I knew then…”, and I probably always will – especially as it pertains to things like health risks of shift work, PTSD (thought I might have dodged that bullet, alas, no), and even things like what it’s truly like to be an outside worker (Hello bitter cold, driving rains, sweltering heat, impromptu hikes deep in the rough, etc.). I’ve also been so lucky to have met and worked with some of the best people you’d ever want to meet.

I don’t overly want to dwell on my memoirs. It’s still far too early in my career for that, and OMERS tells me I still have ~19 years to go. That being said, I do have a work related layout I thought today would be a perfect day to share. It was a selfie I happened to snap last year when I was having a good hair day! ;) I wanted to use some of Simple Stories 24/7 line for the layout because the job is 24/7/265. A rare layout, just for me. No challenges. No sketch inspiration. Just a selfie and a collection pack.

Supplies used: Cardstock-American Crafts; Patterned Paper, Stickers-Simple Stories; Wood hearts-Studio Calico; Twine-American Crafts; Paper Clip-Freckled Fawn

Hard Rock Cancun – ScrapMuch? Reveal

Can you believe it’s ScrapMuch?! reveal time again?! Where have the last 2 weeks gone? I feel like June is just flying by, and I hope that summer slows down and doesn’t go anywhere near as fast as June has. Speaking of summer, I’m so happy that summer officially arrives tomorrow! We’ve had such a long, cold, hard winter that the arrival of summer is extra sweet this year.

Inspired by summer and sunshine I decided to scrapbook some pictures from a trip to Mexico for this week’s sketch.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:
Tiiu SM June 2A
Supplies used: Cardstock-Bazzill; Patterned Paper-Pink Paislee, BoBunny; Most circle elements (brads, rosettes, chipboard pieces, gems)-Pink Paislee; button-Bazzill; Floss-Close To My Heart; Ribbon-Pink Paislee; Tile-Pink Paislee; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Washi-Tim Holtz, Bella Blvd; Pearls-Melissa Frances; Distress Ink-Tim Holtz; Title letters-American Crafts, Heidi Swapp; Paint-Claudine Hellmuth Studio; Stickles-Tim Holtz, Mist-Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist

I went with a lot of purples because it’s a common decor colour throughout the resort at Hard Rock Cancun. I went a little wispy with the distress ink because it reminds me of the wispy clouds. The music washi tape is absolutely perfect for a resort focused on music. And it really is a beautiful life. I’m very blessed I’ve been able to take so many incredible vacations.

I only visited Hard Rock Cancun for a day shortly after it rebranded and I admittedly took TONS of pictures as the resort is FILLED with music memorabilia. In keeping with my new love for pocket page scrapbooking I added a second pocket page of some of the pictures I took that day.

Here are the two pages together:
HRH JuneB2

I just pulled some of the patterned paper and embellishments from the left side to add some cohesion to the right, and on the back of the right I’ll add more pictures and journaling and ephemera (aka “stuff”). The Christmas tree there was done up in music themed ornaments. That fancy decor on the wall is all cymbals. And the drums on display there are John Bonham’s from Led Zeppelin.

I would love for you to pop over to the ScrapMuch?! blog and see what the rest of the team has created this week, and then play along with any of the sketches this month. Be sure to share your creations with us in the link-up tool for a chance to win an awesome 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 Sunday, June 29th, at midnight to participate in any of June’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!

Thanks for popping by! I will be cropping with the awesome ScrapMuch?! ladies tomorrow! Have a fantastic weekend!