Sunday, May 31, 2009

Two Scrapbook Friends Design Team Call

Two Scrapbook Friends had a call for a design team running July 1st to December 31st. I have really enjoyed being on the team this last season, playing with new product and allowing my creativity to grow was very rewarding. That said, I debated entering the contest for the second season, mostly because I feel bad for my hubby having to run me to Waterloo a couple of times a month. But, I spoke to him about it and he thought that I should go for it and said he didn't mind the drive at all.

I am so happy that I did as I was chosen to be on the Design Team for a second "season"! Woo hoo!!

Contestants were required to submit 3 single page layouts or a double and one single, as well as an altered item and a card. Here are the projects that I submitted for consideration.....

This is my son Timmy and his friend Avery in JK.
This layout I did as a challenge to my self to use some scraps that I had left over from a class. I really loved the paper and wanted to use it up.

I loved the way the Prima flourish mimics the sprinkler in this layout.

I loved the photo placement in this layout.

This is an altered canvas featuring my two big boys when they were little.

This card was made with scraps left over from May's DT kit, I loved the paper and wanted to use more of it. I actually ended buying more of a lot of these papers! I gave this card to my friends Anita for her birthday this past week.

Thank you Two Scrapbook Friends for the opportunity to be on the DT again! I can't wait to meet the rest of the DT in person and/or online.

June Design Team Reveal!

I loved working with this months kit, the chipboard embellies, lace ribbon, ribbon flower and corduroy and rhinestone brads were a lot of fun! I added a Prima flourish, tiny gems and glitter alpha stickers to create the following 2 page layout, single page layout and card.

it's hard to tell in this picture, but the background is a soft creamy yellow.

card insets

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

April showers bring May flowers...

and some May showers don't hurt either! I took a few minutes to poke around my gardens and noticed how beautiful everything is becoming as it comes to life after a long winter's nap. Gardening can be a lot of work, but I thoroughly enjoy being surrounded by the beauty of it, it is such a peaceful place to relax.

We are big "porch sitters" especially when it's quiet after all the kiddies have gone to bed.... it's a great place to sit, with a glass of wine or cup of tea and while away an hour or two, catching up after a busy day and just enjoying each other's company. I am always amazed at what we have grown, as the yard was bare of anything green when we moved in 5 years ago. Whether on the front porch or the back patio there is always a lovely view.

The apple tree is full of blossoms, we may get some fruit this year! Last year we got one beautiful apple, lol. Timmy thought it was pretty awesome.

The lilac is stunning and smothered in blooms, when the family room window is open the fragrance of lilac fills the room. The spirea, a rescued shrub from a plot of land that was being bulldozed, loves it's new home and has a lovely array of colours depending on the season. the little Snowberry bush looks like a dead stick each spring and is already looking so soft and pretty, but as winter approaches it really holds it's own as the leaves take on a pinkish hue and it is covered with little soft pink and white berries.

This little rudbeckia, grows about 8 feet every summer and is covered in a mass of yellow daisy-like flowers. It is our little ode to Ian's Dad, our boys call it Poppa's flowers as he gave us a piece of this, from his own garden, prior to his passing almost 14 years ago, and we have taken a piece of it to every house we have owned and added it to the garden. At this house it was a starting point to the garden and it brings us joy to watch it come to life each spring and remember what an amazing man and excellent gardener he was.

Timothy's little oak tree is lovely and healthy, despite having to be move to accommodate his swing set. Poor planning on my part, what are you going do! Timmy has enjoyed caring for this tree since he was barely able to hold the hose.

The weigela are amassed with beautiful pink blooms, so many that you could never count them, and always make for a stunning display for a few weeks. They look so pretty next to my picket fence.

The viburnum are doing well, they flower a little later in the season with flat white clusters of flowers that remind me of Queen Anne's lace, the flowers then turn to clusters of deep blue berries in the fall which are equally pretty to look at. This bed used to hold 3 equal sized vibernum but two summers ago the peat moss in this flower bed spontaneously combusted because of the hot dry weather we had been having (I kid you not there were a few of these in our neighbourhood that week, some of which were so bad the fire department was called in) so the roots of one of the vibernum were badly burned, the shrub itself suffered a lot of smoke damage and the whole thing died off. As it was late in August we decided to trim it back and see what came of it the next spring... amazingly a small section survived and it is making a slow but healthy come back and even tho my anal retentive side is a little bothered by the lack of symmetry in these shrubs I could not bear to move it and plant a bigger shrub because the poor little thing has come through so much. These vibernum make the porch feel secluded and private when you are relaxing in one of our black wicker armchairs... see you can't even tell they are there! And everyday one of the perennials starts shooting up in the bed beneath.
The Sandcherry tree has loads of tiny pink flowers on it that are so pretty and delicate, I'd love to be able to use them on a scrapbook page as an embellishment.
Even the planter boxes and hanging baskets are well on their way. The gardens are coming along very nicely this year ... and I haven't even mentioned the two side gardens with hosta, daisies, dogwoods, lily of the valley, ferns and holly. Nor have we put our seedlings in the ground that Timmy started for us, they will have to go in this week if the rain stops for a while. Not to mention the herbs and veggies that will be planted in the next couple of weeks.
Oh, I think I need to make a pot of tea and take out a scrapbook magazine and sit and enjoy the beauty and fragrances while it lasts and while it's quiet at home (it is a school day after all). And I can plan the next things to do on the garden "to do" list.... add more soil, pull the weeds, plant veggies, herbs and seedlings, choose what type of edging to put on the side beds, choose some sort of awning or canopy for the back patio, mow the lawns.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Playing with Chipboard

I was asked to create a tip or technique for the 2SF Friendzy Friday post, and this is what I came up with....

Chipboard comes in so many shapes and sizes, as well as colours. But sometimes it's fun to play with it just a little bit more! Here are a few techniques you can use to tweak the chipboard piece you add to your next layout.

1. Crackle paint it - Using Tim Holtz's Distress Crackle Paint. On this piece I used a couple of thick coats of crackle paint and tied a little tool to it, as I thought it went well with my tool and builder themed page.

2. Wrap it - wrapping fibres around your chipboard piece can help create a specific theme. I used this black fuzzy fibre on a Halloween layout, Glue Dots work great to hold the fibres in place..

3. Paper covered - adhere patterned paper or cardstock to your chipboard accent with a liquid style adhesive (such as Tombo's Multi Liquid Glue). Allow the glue to dry, then to achieve nice clean lines lightly sand the edges. You can then ink the edges to add more visual depth, if you choose. This helps coordinate your chipboard to your specific layout colours.

4. Stamp it - random stamp single or multiple images onto your chipboard piece for a custom look.

5. Ink - ink only the edges of the chipboard accent to create a look that is simple and effective.

6. Paint and more - paint your chipboard piece with a paint such as, Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber, allow to dry and further embellish it with Stickles and Alphabet stickers, to create a title or focal point.

7. Emboss it - simply turn your chipboard accent upside down and press it into your Versamark Ink Pad, then flip it back over and sprinkle it with embossing powder (Gelatins make yummy smelling embossing powders) and heat set it.

8. Glitz it up - cover your piece in liquid style adhesive, then sprinkle with glitter (such as Pixie Stix) and allow to dry completely. To keep the glitter contained to your chipboard piece and off the rest of your layout, cover the entire piece with Glossy Accents and allow that to dry.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Hoping all you amazing Mom's had a great day.... you deserve it!!!

Mom, Mommy, Momma and Mother are some of the most wonderful things a woman can be called. Although being a Mom is the most challenging "job" there ever was, it is also the most rewarding, and one that will continue through the ages.

These challenges change with the day, the week and the year... depending on the needs of our children at the time. This job keeps us active and our minds racing with how to best meet the needs of our family at any given time.

This week I am dealing with how to best meet the needs of my little handsome (Timmy) who is asthmatic. I am struggling with feeling like he is a human guinea pig, trying out different meds to find one that meets his medical needs without giving him undesirable side effects. The last med he was on made him hyper and too aggressive. I had a wonderful, amazing, lovely little boy until he needed his inhaler and then he was a completely different child. Now it is a new week with a new med and he is complaining of a headache almost hourly and cannot sit still through dinner if his life depended on it.

While I appreciate that he is breathing easier and that this is crucial to his existence, I struggle with him having headaches (little ones should not have headaches on a regular basis), this is compounded by the fact that he is a migraine sufferer and has a seizure disorder.... where does a Mom draw the line? This is the most challenging aspect of being a Mom to me .... making the best choices I can for my sons. Sometimes I wish I had a medical degree, but I am thankful I was given a healthy dose of common sense. Something I inherited from my Mom, and today as I have been many times before, I am grateful to my Mom for passing it on to me. I did some research online and called the pharmacist and made an educated guess as to which med was most likely the culprit this time, and tonight we will eliminate that one from his nighttime ritual and hope for the best.

Tomorrow, or next week, I will move on to a different challenge, like the rest of you Moms, dealing with another of my sons' or fostersons' needs, and I will again be thankful to my Mom for what she has given to me. Happy Mother's Day Mom, thank you for what you have given to me over the years .... I continue to put it to good use.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Seamus is here!

My good friend Heather, had a beautiful baby boy, named Seamus, on May 1st. Isn't he sweet....

Ian and I visited Heather and Seamus in the hospital on the 2nd and this is what I took for him.

Seamus is a lovely little bundle, he is content and good natured and I have loved holding and feeding and even changing little diapers again. He is the final member joning us on our Disney trip, and we are so happy he is here safe and sound.

Monday, May 04, 2009

First Ever Scrap Page

Joanne has invited me to play this game, and much I appreciated the invite, it is a little intimidating to play - but I am going to play anyway, so here goes (nothing)!

1. Show us your first scrapbook page (oh my, I thought they were archived, never to be viewed again)!

2. Write a couple of lines about the page - associated with your thought, feelings and when you did it.

3. Pass the game on to five people.

So here is my page, I cannot say it is my first but it is definitely one of my earliest pages.

I had started scrapbooking as part of being a foster parent (we make lifebooks or scrapbooks for our foster children) and I decided to also make some for our children. This layout has crazy colours, no resting spot for the eye and no depth or embellishments. But my son was a cutie!

Boy am I thankful that I have come so far with my personal style and that scrapbooking has evolved to what it is today. It is much more of an art form now, and I am so glad that I am addicted to it!

Now I am passing this on to Patti, Cheryl, Michelle, Jac, and Donna. I can't wait to see what you ladies come up with!

Saturday, May 02, 2009


Joanne of TSF challenged us to incorporate pinwheels into a project this week, well anyone that know me probably understands my love of pinwheels. Pinwheels are very symbolic, they represent moving forward. When we had our adoption party for Timmy we used a lot of pinwheels in our decorations and had little pinwheel charms and a note about their symbolic reference attached to the favours we gave out. So of course, I jumped right on this challenge! Karan also challenged us to use chipboard in our project and Carolyn challenged us to use a favourite colour. So I added them all together and this is what i cam e up with......

the journalling reads ...

July 5, 2005 - Adoption Day - Pinwheels are symbolic of moving forward. Today we are moving forward as a family of five!

Unfortunately, I am not really thrilled with this layout, I wasn't feeling very creative last night and it was like pulling teeth to get it out of me. But, the meaning and sentiment hold true, so I will still cherish it.

Happy National Scrapbooking Day !!

Woo Hoo! I can't believe there is a day just for us scrappers! I am hoping to do some scrapping today, of course, but first I must take care of some stuff that I have been neglecting all week (because of scrapping)!

My challenge for you today is two-fold, first a sketch, try this out and let's see what you come up with, and second try to incorporate some embossing somewhere on one of your projects. Leave me a comment with a link so that I can see what you have created during this week long National Scrapbook Day celebrations!

here is my take on it ....

Friday, May 01, 2009

May's Design Team Reveal

This month we had a beautiful collection to work with, I loved these papers, they were fresh and spring and of awesome quality. Very, very fun to create with.

First, I altered this "Mom" word book, so much fun!!

Then I created this 2 page layout, using pictures taken from the April Scrap Retreat, hosted by Two Scrapbook Friends in Grand Bend.

journalling reads...
I am a lucky girl! Through scrapbooking I met these wonderful women, who have become so very important to me. We meet once a month of so to scrap, laugh, eat, shop, cry, support one another and laugh some more. I consider this group of women among my truest joys. They are smart, kind, warm, funny, and giving and I am honoured to call them my friends.

NSW Friday's Challenge

Morning Scrappers! My challenge for today is to use three different types of glittery products on your layout, card or altered item. You can use things such as, stickles, glittery paper, glitter, glittery alpha stickers, etc.

Here is my take....

I have used stickles, glittery alpha stickles and glitter. Have fun with it and have a scrappy day!