January 23, 2012

Fine Feathered Friends

Usually, trying to scrapbook photos that I really love sends shivers down my spine. The pressure to make the page as special as the pictures can be overwhelming and I am very rarely happy with the page when I'm done. But, for some reason, this page just fell into place. And I just love it! I love how the bright colours of the patterned paper make these photos pop. And as an added bonus, the papers are from a very old Scraptivity kit!

It's nothing fancy, but I'm so relieved that the photos are finally scrapped. I'm sure it's no accident that I've left them to the end. ;)

Papers: We R Memory Keepers, Fancy Pants; Die Cut: Echo Park; Alpha Stickers: Echo Park, Pink Paislee, American Crafts Thickers; Miscellaneous: Stickles, Fiskars Border Punch, Making Memories Packaging used for title.

Thanks for looking!


January 16, 2012

One Little Word - January

The One Little Word phenomenon has always been something that I thought about doing, but never got around to it. Then, last month, I heard Ali Edwards on a Paperclipping podcast and I was really impressed with her explanation. So, I bit the bullet and signed up for the class. 

For 2012, I chose the word "peace". This year I'm going to try to find peace in my life, my relationships and my mind.

Here is the cover page of the album. (Sorry about the poor colouring. The lighting at this time of year is horrible! LOL)

Paper: Basic Grey & Bazzill Basics; Alphas: Webster's Pages; Digi Element: Ali Edwards; Butterly: Cuttlebug; Rhinestones.

 And here is the page for January.

Paper: Close To My Heart, Bazzill Basics; Sticker: Studio Calico; Ribbon: Making Memories; Digi Elements: Ali Edwards; Punch: Martha Stewart; Brad: Bo Bunny; Diecut: Colorbok

Thanks for looking!


January 9, 2012

It's Mexican Wipeout!

How I wish every page could come together like this one did! I started it a few days ago, but I just got the basics done like photo placement and background papers.  Then last night, Julia wanted to work on her Smashbook, so I thought I'd try to finish it. There is something about creating with someone else that just brings out the creative juices. I mentioned that I didn't know what to title the page and Nick came up with the perfect title in two seconds! And once we had that, everything else just fell into place.

The photos aren't the greatest because they were taken with a disposable underwater camera, without a zoom. I've zoomed in as best I can by scanning the originals and editing them with Photoshop, but they just turned out okay.

Papers: Fancy Pants Designs, Bazzil Basics; Rub-ons and die cuts: Fancy Pants, Cricut; Stamps: Studio Calico, My Stamp Box; Alphas: American Crafts Thickers, October Afternoon; Miscellaneous: Hemp, Magic Mesh, Glossy Accents, Acrylic Paint, Brad.

My Thickers weren't the correct colour, so I peeled off the top layer to expose the chipboard. I then painted them with acrylic paint and Glossy Accents. And then I thought the little fishies needed a touch of something, so I added a big blob of Glossy Accents to their eyes. It doesn't show very well in the photo, but the effect gives the fish a "googly" eye.

Thanks for looking!


January 4, 2012

Happy New Year!

Well, in the hustle and bustle of December, I had to neglect my blog. There were Christmas cards to make, hockey tournaments and Christmas parties to attend and of course all the regular shopping and preparing for the holidays. Needless to say, there wasn't much time to scrap, let along blog about how little I was doing. LOL!

But, because I had almost two weeks off from work, I did manage to get some scrapping done during the holidays. And so without further ado, here they are.

If you regularly read my blog, you know that I am a huge fan of Shimelle Laine's. I've taken a few of her online classes and have followed her work on Two Peas in a Bucket.  In 2011, she did a video series "4x6 Photo Love" where every month, she would provide an example of how to scrap a certain number of photos per month. ie/ March had 3 photos, April had 4 photos, etc. So, as it would come to pass (heehee) December would be a layout with 12 - 4x6 photos.  Here is my take.

I thought the way she suspended her photos from a ribbon was the perfect way to showcase my ziplining photos. Her sketch was for twelve photos, but I managed to squeeze in thirteen in by cropping a couple. Here is the layout front:

And here is the layout with the photos open. (and a bonus shot of my kitchen floor LOL!)

Papers and Stickers: My Mind's Eye, Echo Park; Chipboard Flowers: Sassafras Lass; Alphas: American Crafts Thickers, Cricut & SCAL; Miscellaneous: Provo Craft Eyelets, String, Stick Pins; Studio Calico Stamps

 I will cut the page protector a bit to allow the photos to sit on top so that the photos can be flipped through.

This one is a page about how Nick peer pressured his dad into jumping off a cliff. Something Brian wouldn't do on his own, but Nick basically harassed him into it. Gotta love those father/son relationships. ;)
Papers: Fancy Pants Design and Bazzill Basics; Stickers: Fancy Pants, Simple Stories; Alphas: Pink Paislee, Basic Grey, American Crafts Thickers; Misc: Making Memories Buttons, Floss

And here is a page for Julia. She fell in love with these little creatures at Xelha. They are coati. Basically a racoon type animal. They were EVERYWHERE in Xelha and Julia wanted to catch some and bring them home.

Papers: Fancy Pants Design, Canson; Brads: Fancy Pants; Alphas: American Crafts Thickers; Leaves: Cricut & SCAL; Misc: Twine, Uniball White Gel Pen.

Thanks so much for looking. I really appreciate all the kind words and comments. 

From our house to yours, may your year be filled with health and happiness. Happy New Year!