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!

Totally Tim! ScrapMuch? Reveal

Hello! Happy June! It’s the first Friday in June which means Team A is up again for Sketch-y Friday at ScrapMuch? with the 2 page layout to kick off the month! I’m not going to lie, doing a 2 page layout monthly is making it so much easier for me to get back in the groove of doing 2 pagers. Between you and I, I’m loving doing these multiple photo spreads. So, here is the sketch we had to play with this week:

And here is my take on the sketch:
Tiiu SM JuneA
Supplies used: Cardstock-Bazzill; Patterned paper-My Mind’s Eye; Embroidery floss-Close To My Heart; Photo corners-Scrapbook Adhesives; Pearls-Melissa Frances; Title stickers-Crate Paper; Paint-Making Memories; Mist-Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Die cut-Silhouette; polka dot washi-stash; TIM HOLTZ STUFF-metal flowers, safety pin, grungeboard t and flourish, washi tape, distress ink, token, journaling tag!

I have been very very lucky to take a few workshops with Tim Holtz over the years. He is truly amazing. The pictures in this layout are from Heidi Swapp’s Creative Escape 2009 where he taught, and the day before Creative Escape officially started all teachers had a meet and greet and trunk show to display their personal works. His table was incredible! So many amazing items of interest, vintage finds, beautiful creations, etc. That was also the year of the lamps where Creative Escape teachers and alumni were invited to style the same lamp and then they’d be raffled and auctioned off for charity (the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society). Tim’s lamp sold for an amazing $29,000.00 for charity. Tim gave an amazing write up of the event on his blog.

There’s also a YouTube of the auction for charity. Note to my fellow CE alumni this will make you miss CE (and if you’re lucky enough to be attending Inspiration Unlimited create MORE excitement for Heidi!!!!).

I took a little bit of license with the sketch adding an extra photo and a journaling block, as well as the washi on opposite corners. I really wanted to capture the grungy, vintagey feel of Tim’s work. I also wanted to make sure I did journal about the event, about Tim’s trinkets and treasures, and of course, about the $29,000.00 lamp! I have *so* many photos from the Creative Escapes over the years and I’m still scrapbooking them some 5 years later. I refuse to believe I’m “behind”.

Make sure you pop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of the team is up to! Then get inspired, play along and link up by the end of the month for your chance to win an awesome prize! Have a fabulous weekend!

Hard Day’s Night

I’m not sure what happened in the last few weeks since my last reveal, except that I’ve been working a bunch, and sadly not creating a heck of a lot. I admit I’ve been taking a bunch of overtime shifts to add to the coffers for my Inspiration Unlimited trip in September. Vegas isn’t exactly an inexpensive city, and I’m a girl with expensive tastes too! I’m also spending a few days at Aria, which is connected to Crystals shopping center (HELLOOOOOO LOUIS AND TIFFANY!!! COME TO MAMA!!)… You get the idea..

Today I’m sharing 2 projects I whipped off my Silhouette for Mother’s Day (that was about a month ago wasn’t it?). I made 2 of the pop up cards (with slightly different patterned paper); one for the mom, the other for the mother in law. I also made a little K-cup gift box for Steve’s mom because she wanted an ECS giftcard, and of course that had to come with a K-cup or two!

Here is the box (Design ID #51960); cut out of my signature kraft cardstock, and with some Prima flowers and washi tape. The washi adds both decoration and stability.


And here is the adorable pop-up card that are currently all the rage. I love that they fold flat and fit in a standard envelope, and look super cute when unfolded.(Design ID #59704)



Have a fantastic day. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s ScrapMuch?! reveal day! It’s a 2 pager because it’s the start of the month!