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.

Jun 21, 2014

Summer Solstice

Longest Day if the year! We'll get over 17 hours of daylight today here in the Edmonton area! You've got to love that! Last night we had a stunner of a sunset...almost a celebration to summer. I hope there are more on the horizon. I captured last night's from my craft room, through the window...I'd really like to get out with my good camera to capture one...but that means heading out in the car as my upstairs window is my best vantage point! Fortunately I had my iPhone handy!


While enjoying the view I finished up with my take on Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's June Sketchy Challenge.

I stayed pretty true to Sue Syke's sketch and am really pleased with the end result. I LOVE Simple Stories, and found their I {heart} Summer Collection was perfect for the feel I was looking for. I also used some Stampin' Up cardstock and Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L.


Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine features more Italy inspired layouts in the Summer Issue, you should check it out!

I'm off to enjoy the remaining 8 hours + of daylight...Happy Summer Solstice!

Mar 6, 2014

March 6, 2014

I seem to always start my blog posts with "I can't believe how long it has been since I last posted"! Seriously though it is true! My good intentions get overruled by life! Maybe this will be the year that I improve on my BLOG skills...seeing how we are already into month #3, I wouldn't place any bets on me!

Regardless I am here, and I am sharing my layout created using Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's March Sketchy Challenge! Love this sketch provided by Sue Sykes and I stayed true to her design. No flipping or rotating as I often do!

I used papers from the DCWV Vintage Collector stack. I ADORE all the papers, colours and embellishments offered up with this collection. I find myself going to it often to add to projects I have been creating! A little May Arts Ribbon, Stampin Up's chevron punch and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L were some of the added touches to the layout.


I love how it turned out and adore the subject! Sadly we had to put Java to sleep in January, this will be a well loved memory of her cherished life! She was such an amazing, gentle soul.

Jan 5, 2014

January 5, 2013

Brrrrr...feeling like -38 with the windchill today. Not going out unless I absolutely have to, so I might as well catch up with some scrapbooking!

New Year, new January sketch for Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's Sketchy Challenge! Here is a look at the sketch Sue Sykes designed for us:
Here is my completed page. I rotated the sketch around, because it just seems to be what I do!

FabScraps patterned paper & chipboard / Sizzix dies / May Arts Ribbon / Stampin Up stamps with acrylic paints / Bazzill Basics word stickers / Heidi Swapp sequin stars & buzz words

Looking forward to seeing all the uploads to the gallery, everyone always has such a different look to the same sketch! Stay warm!