I Am – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello and Happy Friday!

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

Today I’m sharing a layout that features the super hot Simple Stories I Am line. When I saw the reveal on this line I couldn’t wait to play with it and I was super thankful to find a bunch of it at ScrapMuch?! I know I probably shouldn’t be adding to my stash but this was so so so worth it (and I only bought a little bit!)!

This post comes with a bit of a warning, it’s not just about a layout. It’s about me. It’s about sharing. It’s about real life and being true.

So here is my layout:
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Supplies used: Patterned Paper – Simple Stories; Wood Veneer – Simple Stories; Ink – Tim Holtz Distress; Sequins – Teresa Collins; Punch – Teresa Collins for Fiskars; Washi – Gift from a friend! (Thank you Eileen!)

The picture is a selfie from an absolute moment of zen and relaxation. I snapped it on my mid-winter escape to Vegas when I was lying on a beach chair in the warm sun and finally able to just relax from all the stresses and emotional events that preceded that trip. I was So. Happy. The squares on the side truly are perfectly me – feeling happy, feeling blessed, and there’s tons of photographic evidence of me being happy in the sun.

I fussy cut the feathers from some of the other pages, as well as the flower. I used the black and white striped paper in the corner after I cut my pennant, just because I liked how it looked up there.

I used that great portion of word paper and intentionally left some parts visible.
I am enjoying the journey.
I am here.
I am going places.
I am on a journey.
I am loving.
I am enough.
I am beautiful.

I really struggle with the last two. “I am enough” was a mantra I was learning and starting to believe when I was routinely doing yoga with time spent on pranayama. It was finally quieting the voices of inadequacy that rambled in my head. My final thoughts on “I am beautiful” are far too heady for this post and for right now, but suffice to say it’s something I hope to feel and believe, truly believe, in my lifetime. That is a universal woman sentiment. We all want to feel beautiful.

On that fun note! Here is the sketch we had to work with this week:

And now it’s your turn! Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of the team has created for your inspiration this week. Then create your own layout and link up with us for a chance to win a fabulous ScrapMuch? prize! As always, I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Simply Tiffany – May 1st Stuck?! Sketch

While cropping with the ScrapMuch? ladies on NSD I created this wee little layout based on the May 1 Stuck?! Sketches sketch. I meant to post this earlier but time just got away from me this month, so here I am just under the wire!

This sketch proved to be a little more difficult to work with for me than I thought it would be, but in the end I’m happy with the finished product. Here’s what I created from that sketch:

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I managed to use up some more of my Graphic45 Raining Cats And Dogs (love this line!), some Simple Stories embellishments from their cat line, and a few other fun embellishments from my stash. The star however is truly Tiffany. She’s so sweet when she’s sleeping!

Thanks for stopping by! I plan on spending some time tomorrow cropping with the ScrapMuch? ladies because I think it’s the last time I’ll get to join them until the fall. Have a fabulous weekend and I’ll for sure be back next week with another ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday reveal!

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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:

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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:

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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!

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.

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

I’m Alive!

Hello blog hiatus, nice to meet you.  I’ve been creating a bit, but I’m not ready to share those layouts yet. That being said, any finger crossing you can do for me would be appreciated! 😉

I do have an old ScrapMuch? sketch challenge I did create, but again didn’t submit to their linkup in time.  It was created mostly with the Simple Stories Vintage Bliss collection. I’m becoming a very big fan of a lot of the Simple Stories products. I don’t have a lot of scrappy time, so anything that can make my life easier, while keeping my layouts (and mini albums!) beautiful is great in my books. Another bonus is, so many of my other embellishments work so well with their papers, so it’s helping me put a dent in the proverbial stash.

The layout takes me back to one of my last times at Aventura Spa Palace (now Hard Rock Riviera Maya) when we finally got the VIP treatment. Let me tell you, it was fantastic (and  big reason why we bought our membership in the first place). I even went pop culture with a hashtag!

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Thanks for popping by! I promise I’ll have more layouts to share soon enough!

Christmas Layouts

While I was scrapbooking and getting somewhat into the Christmas spirit, with SiriusXM Holly on in the background, I started to scrap some pictures of Christmasses past. I have a great habit of buying TONS of Christmas themed paper and then never scrapbooking Christmas. When I was away shopping on Black Friday I got a 12×12 pad of Simple Stories Handmade Holiday because clearly I can’t help myself. I haven’t used the pad yet because I made myself promise to use some of my older stuff first, so these layouts are from my paper stash.

Stuck?! Sketches has a new sketch posted to start the month and I was happy to be able to play along again.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:
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The cardstock is Stampin’ UP!, the paper is all Echo Park Reflections Christmas, washi is My Mind’s Eye, twine is American Crafts, buttons are Bazzill Basics and Doodlebug, frame is Pink Paislee, quote sticker is Bazzill Basics, the “be merry” tag and holly is old from stash and I think from Ki Memories (I pitched the original packaging). The photos are all from my super fun Instax mini! I love that thing!

My next layout isn’t from a sketch, isn’t for a challenge, was just for fun.

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Cardstock base is Stampin’ UP! (because their kraft now crumb cake is the best!), patterned paper is My Mind’s Eye, ribbon is Close to My Heart (isn’t it amazing!!), stamped with snowflakes from an Imaginisce stamp with Close To My Heart white ink, paper overall was misted in Tattered Angels glimmer mist in iridescent gold.