Apr 22, 2017

CSM April Sketch

Just a quick share today of the layout I created using Creative Scrapbooker Magazine’s April Sketchy Challenge. Once again Kerry Engel designed a fun sketch to work with.
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I had the opportunity to play along with my good friends and CSM team members to do a 3 designer / same product challenge. You can see their finished projects on the CSM blog.

Here is my completed layout using the Multicraft product provided and the April sketch.

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Happy Earth Day! Thanks for stopping by!



Apr 10, 2017

Got Eggs?

Easter is coming quickly!

Here is a quick share of a card I made for Creative Scrapbooker Magazine's Tuesday With the Team.

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To find out more about the products used in this project, head over to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine's blog...hint - I really LOVE Ranger's new Distress Oxide inks 😜

Mar 30, 2017

catching up...

Man!  Here I go again starting a blog with where has the time gone! Life just seems to be plugging along these days, weeks, months…it’s busy!

Work fills much of my time. When I’m not at the dental office, I can be found helping out behind the social media scene for Creative Scrapbooker Magazine, working on scrapbooking or card projects for the blog or next issue! It’s a pretty fun “gig” and a FUN team to be associated with!

Here are a few projects I’ve done in the past months!
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For more details: https://creativescrapbooker.ca/blogs/time-well-spent-by-kim-gowdy/

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For more details: https://www.creativescrapbooker.ca/sketchy/displayimage.php?album=lastupby&cat=0&pid=112&uid=6#top_display_media

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For more details: https://creativescrapbooker.ca/blogs/christmas-details-with-kim-stampin-up/

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For more details: https://www.creativescrapbooker.ca/sketchy/displayimage.php?album=lastupby&cat=0&pid=179&uid=6#top_display_media

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I've been dabbling with some art journalling and enjoying the process...so much to learn!



Stayed tuned…maybe I’ll be back before the end of the year! LOL. Here's a link to my Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Sketchy Gallery: 

Jul 30, 2015

Canadian Scrapbooker Blog » May Sketchy Challenge: Hello Summer!


I've been having lots of fun with the many old photos my Dad has been scanning and sharing! Bringing back lots of memories and smiles from days gone by! This scrapbook layout was created using Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's May Sketchy Challenge. More details can be found on their blog!

Canadian Scrapbooker Blog » May Sketchy Challenge: Hello Summer!:


Apr 12, 2015

Blog slacker!

What a blog slacker I am! Really.....six months between posts??? What's with that? Actually, my blog falls pretty low on my priority list, but I do like to keep it going. It's a nice place to come for a sneak peek at what's going on in the big picture, unlike Facebook which is so in the moment. I like Facebook because it's so quick and easy, sometimes I think life is too much about easy!

Most often my blog has been a place to share my layouts that I have created. These days blog posts, page calls and assignments with Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine keep my creative juices flowing. It gets a bit unsettling a times though when the mojo takes a break! Fortunately there are always sketches to fall back on.

Here are the layouts I have created using the Sketchy Challenges through Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine since I last posted:





Here's a link to my member gallery if you are interested in knowing what products I used for each layout.   http://canadianscrapbooker.ca/sketchy/member.php?uid=10&protype=1

Oct 30, 2014

October Sketchy Challenge...DONE!

Quick post to share my completed page for Canadian Scrapbooker's October sketch; designed by the talented Sue Sykes. This was a really easy sketch to work with and I didn't stray much from the original design!
I pulled out lots of Stampin' Up product to use, of course it plays well together making putting a page together so easy! My titles are cut from purchased SVG files from Wilna Furstenberg's site: my current "scrapbook crush" - I LOVE her style! Another trick to easy pages...having FUN friends who love getting in front of the camera! FUN pictures inspire FUN pages!

So get out that sketch and create! Even if you don't have time this month, the sketches all have a home on Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's Website...24/7!

Aug 1, 2014

August 1, 2014

August 1st already! Summer is moving right along! Here's hoping July's weather is a preview of August! So gorgeous, lots of sunshine...just WOW! Although I'd like it just a tad cooler, I won't complain because I'd rather this than -30C any day! Fortunately I can find air-conditioning at work and other places if I truly need  a break!

One thing about me and heat, it kind of sucks my energy, so I haven't been overly creative...too hot to sit in my craft room when the house feels like an oven. Still managed to get my "homework" done and worked on the Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's August sketch.

Sketch Design by Sue Sykes.
For whatever reason this was a tough sketch for me...I'm not sure why. From start to finish it tested my abilities, guess that's why we call it a Sketchy Challenge! I saw it through and am satisfied with the results despite not wanting to use this design again.


I pulled out lots of Stampin Up papers: cardstock, patterned papers, and vellum metallics. I adore these metallic, pattered vellum sheets and can see lots of potential use! They are the hearts and stripes papers on my layout.

I like to try to use up some older pieces from my [ever growing!] stash along with new product. Here I pulled out some old Riff Raff chipboard and painted it with Viva Decor's Inka Gold paints [LOVE!] and some quotes I had left over from Tattered Angels - they just seemed to fit! Of course Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L keeps it all together...always!

Thanks for stopping by. Drop by Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's Sketchy Challenge throughout the month to see how others have used the sketch or of course to upload your layout!

Happy August!

Jul 5, 2014

July 5, 2014

This has been a funky week! My works days are slightly changed as my boss is on holidays and then throw in a holiday on a Tuesday and I can't seem to remember what day it is! I missed two appointments because of this...I HATE MISSING scheduled events...it's so NOT me! Fortunately the weekend came and next week is all back to normal! Routine can be good.

July means a new sketch up on the Canadian Scrapbooker Sketchy Gallery. This month's was another that I really loved.
I stayed pretty true to the sketch design although I opted for one photo instead of three. I really liked how it turned out and had fun putting it together.


I used the "Collecting Moments" collection from Fancy Pants; paper, stickers and alphas. I layered the page with papers, May Arts Ribbon, Magenta's chipboard die cuts, ink and stitching. I plan to add a bit of journaling with black pen around the center block, but haven't decided what. I may just list everyone's name.


This hot air balloon is a Heartfelt Creations stamp. I coloured it in with Stampin' Up markers and added a diluted coat of gesso the the top to tone the colours down. Ending up being just as I had hoped! The gears are from Magenta. I coloured them with Viva Decor's Inka Gold metal paint, I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVE these paints. Once dry they love to be buffed for a gorgeous shine and the colours are beyond yummy. Bet you can't buy just one!


I wish I could make perfect ink splatters...but I can't. Who knew making a "mess" could be so difficult. Fortunately I have a wonderful stencil from The Crafter's Workshop that has gorgeous splatters. I have this stencil in a 12x12 and 6x6 version...it gets pulled out lots! LOVE IT!


To each of my Fancy Pants alpha stickers, I added three little dots for interest. I used smooch to get the job done, I love the stiff, small brush that comes with the bottle. So great for little details.

I hope in the craziness of our summer you get a chance to work with this sketch. I can see using it often.