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:
My WHP
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!!