Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Last of the Sneak Peeks...

Things moved along very nicely at our weekly get-together today and Jen and I finished up the last of the layouts for our parents' 50th wedding anniversary album.  Phase I of this whole project has been completed! Yesterday we both finished our "homework" from the previous week and today we were able to get two layouts done each.  Lots of sneaks to show you!


You can check out Jen's peeks here.   Phase II starts next week when we'll be working on a smaller 8"x8" album that our parents can fill with photos taken on the day of their anniversary.  That's still 20 more pages to create but it should go faster since they're small and there won't be a lot of room for embellishments. 

The anniversary is not until this summer so it'll be a few months until we can fully reveal all of our work.  We really appreciate how you've followed along with us and left such nice comments.  And that's where Phase III of the project comes in.  We'd like to make the reveal fun and rewarding for you.  And that's all I can say for now!  ;-)

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Friday, March 25, 2011

"Summer Fun" - Sketch #112 from The Scrappiest

I'm really enjoying these weekly challenges from The Scrappiest.  It's a good way for me to finally work with some older photos that I'd put aside to be scrapped a while ago.  This layout was a lot of fun to do, trying to give it a bright summery feel. 

Here's what I came up with:

I used some miscellaneous papers that either Jen gave me recently or I found for 25 cents in the LSS sale bin - can't remember which.  The plaid and the orange sheet are from October Afternoon.  The yellow sheet is from American Crafts.  My title was looking a bit plain so I cut a sun sticker (from Echo Park's Sweet Summertime line) in half and put it behind the word "summer".  I think it added a nice subtle touch to give a summery feel.

This is sketch #112 from The Scrappiest:

The weather still seems unseasonably cold here but we have a fun and busy weekend planned with visiting my parents on Saturday and then a "game day" on Sunday with Jen and Rob.  Wishing you a great weekend too!

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

"Little Me" - Sketch #111 from The Scrappiest

Since Jen has made the design team over at The Scrappiest, I've decided to play along and try to complete the weekly sketches.  I miss those days of working on the same challenge from back in 2009 when we both faithfully did the weekly sketches at Julie Bonner's 52 Sketches...52 Weeks blog.  This will be fun even though I'll always be one week behind Jen since she has to complete her LO to be revealed at the same time the sketch is put up for everyone to see at The Scrappiest.

For sketch #111 I thought I would finally cut into some of my coveted Sassafras Lass Indie Girl paper.  This is the line of paper for which Jen and I gave up a daytrip to Jasper last July on our way back from our vacation in Banff.  The night before we were leaving, Jen received a notification from the LSS that Indie Girl was finally in.  We kind of looked at each other, with the same thought in our heads, and decided right then and there that patterned paper was more important than seeing the wonders of nature at beautiful Jasper!  Hmmmm...addicted to paper?  Possibly.  However, while Jasper will always be here for us to visit (and we will definitely be taking a trip there this summer), Indie Girl might have sold out in a day and we'd have missed out on that wonderful paper! ;-)

I struggled a lot getting this LO done.  That bottom right-hand corner gave me lots of grief.  My initial vision of vertical rows of flowers stitched down just didn't work out.  I decided to walk away from the LO (yes, Jen, I walked away from it), came back to it yesterday and played around with different ideas but still wasn't sure what to do with it.  Finally this morning I got an idea that I liked. 

I have to give credit to Mary of Southern Moments for using her flag banner idea in the top left corner.  Thanks Mary. :-)  I also liked the way Jen added stitching to that corner so I scraplifted that idea too but added additional stitching on other sides of the LO.  Thanks Jen. :-)  It was fun to use some of my new products - the Maya Road kraft mini ticket and doily are really cute and Cosmo Cricket has tiny butterflies that layer perfectly with a larger butterfly that I made with a Martha Stewart punch.  I also used some of the twine that Jen gave me last week from The Twinery.  It is really good quality and ties very nicely.

Here's sketch #111 from The Scrappiest:

Tomorrow is scrappy day with Jen so we should have more peeks of the anniversary album. 

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Displaying Layouts

What do you do with a layout after it's finished?  If you're like me, you admire it for a few minutes, leave it at your workspace overnight so that you can look at it a bit the next day and then put it away in an album that rarely gets taken out.  This is the part of scrapbooking that bothers me.  I put so much effort into creating something that ends up being ignored. 

I decided that I needed to find a way to display my work and enjoy it until I was ready to put it away in an album.  I came up with a plan to make a small ledge above my work table.  We bought two different strips of molding at the home renovation store and made this:

I can fit about seven layouts along this ledge.  It cost less than $20 and took about an hour and a half to finish. It should probably take less time than that but we're not very good handypeople and tend to backtrack at times!  It decorates my scrappy space nicely.  My layouts are on display for everyone to see.  Most of all, I'm happy to be surrounded by what I've created until I decide it's time they went into an album. 

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

No Escape for this Cat!

We let Stripo escape the humiliation of wearing a goofy St. Patrick's Day hat...until this morning.  She was laying on the sofa looking very relaxed and comfortable and the hat was just sitting there on the coffee table beside her...so we figured since Jen and I had already put Tabby, Gus, Maggie and Lady through this humiliation, it was Stripo's turn!

Poor kitty!  LOL And now I promise to stop with the "Pets in Hats" theme on this blog and get back to some scrappy stuff soon.  Can't say the same thing for Jen though! ;-)

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Friday, March 18, 2011

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure...

...or to put it another way, one woman's scrappy castoffs are another woman's scrappy windfall!

Jen recently did a bit of a clean-up in her scrapping room to purge some paper and product that she no longer wanted and I was the lucky recipient of all of this.  Score for me!  Included in this little stash were a sheet of red grid paper and a yellow sheet with apples.  These papers looked so nice together and matched well with a blue/red/yellow striped paper that I had just picked up for .25 in the sale bin at the LSS.  I went looking for a photo and found one from 1995 taken of Matthew on the morning of his first day of kindergarten.

I wanted to create a layout that was different from what I normally do.  I found this unique sketch by Julie Bonner:

Then I got to work to create this layout:

It's totally busy and not my style but I love it!  And, I'm so happy to have this little moment of Matthew's life documented.

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

While Tabby was relaxed and happy to be "stealing the warmfs"* from Matthew's laptop, we took the opportunity to dress her up in one of the goofy leprechaun hats that he had picked up at the dollar store - five to a pack, one each for our two cats and Jen's three dogs- because everybody knows that all the cool pets want to be wearing these this St. Patty's Day! ;-)

Now, doesn't she just look totally thrilled to be wishing you all a Happy St. Patrick's Day?

* "stealing the warmfs" is cat-talk from YouTube's lol cats where cats speak with really bad grammar and pronunciation.  eg: if Tabby could talk and wanted to say, "I'm enjoying the warmth of your laptop", it would translate to something like, "I's stealing the warmfs from your button machine".  Gotta love those lol cats!

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Two Days of Scrappy Bliss!!

It has been a total scrapfest for Jen and I the past two days!  Apart from taking breaks to eat (and sleep last night!) we did nothing but work on our parents' 50th wedding anniversary album.  We managed to complete three layouts each and almost finished a fourth before I had to head back home late this afternoon.

The layouts are coming along very nicely even though we're at the point of having to dealing with lots of hodge-podge mismatched photos that we need to somehow make look amazing on the page.  Yesterday we spent at least half an hour choosing papers for one of Jen's LOs.  Luckily, we work really well together and are happy to help each other out when we can.  I often rely on Jen to give me embellishing advice!

Of course, we always have the lovely Lady ready to lend a hand...uhmmm...I mean, a paw.  She likes to be up on one of our laps, pawing at our supplies or at our hands or chins when she wants to be petted.  Since I've been going over to Jen's on such a regular basis lately, Lady has finally decided that I am her friend and she'll come to me just as much as she does Jen when she wants some cuddling - which is most of the time!

Gus and Maggie, on the other hand, are very content to just nap on the floor amongst all the chewed up scraps of paper that the pups have pulled from the trash!

Not only did we have a great time scrapping, but Jen finally received the baker's twine that she ordered from The Twinery.  She gave me this wonderful packet of eight colours - mandarin, lilac, cappuccino, lemondrop, maraschino, caribbean, pink sorbet and peapod.  We have twine for life!  I can't wait to use these on some layouts.  Thanks Jen!

To top it all off, I stopped by the LSS on my way home this evening to pick up some of the new Maya Road Kraft Doilies for Jen and discovered that they had just received a shipment of all the new Cosmo Cricket products that were released at the recent CHA show. They hadn't even unpacked the boxes and it was pure yumminess looking at all that product sitting there!  We had been waiting to get some of the Butterflies & Doilies embellishments.  They come in three colourways to match the new CC lines Salt Air, Social Club and UPcycle.  What a deal at only $2 per pack!  We each got a pack of Social Club because those blues and yellows are so gorgeous and we'll share the other two packs.  These will be so much fun to use!

The weather was very dull here today so we weren't able to take any sneak peek photos of our anniversary album work, but hopefully Jen will be able to post those tomorrow.  We were sad to see our scrappy sleepover come to end - it went by way too quickly - but at the same time it always feels good to be back at home with your family.

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Loving my Scrappy Space!

We've been living in this house now for almost three months and I've finally just settled into my scrapping space.  Being in the basement, this room tends to be cold and not very inviting, so last weekend we finally went and bought a space heater.  What a difference a little bit of heat makes!

I've spent a lot of time reorganizing my stash and my work space.  Being the uber-organizer that I am, I like to keep things sorted and stowed away in boxes and drawers and storage containers but I realized recently that this is not always conducive to scrapbooking because I can't see what's available to me and seem to forget what I have.  So, I've changed tactics and have tried to surround myself with as much of my "stuff" as I can - out in the open, right in front of me, where it's visible and easily accessible and will inspire me to be more creative.

I feel very fortunate to have this cozy little space to call my own!  I spent some time down here today creating this layout:

This photograph of my brother, Andrew, and myself was taken by my father back in the 70's when he was doing a lot of photography.  He would take us along when he went out taking nature pictures and we would explore and have fun just doing what kids do.  As I was organizing my paper stash I came across these sheets of MME paper from four totally different lines.  I loved the way the colours looked together so I went searching through my photos to find something that might work.  This picture was just perfect!

I used sketch #144 from Creative Scrappers.

Well, if the weather stays as cold as it's been lately, this might be a real scrappy weekend, but I'm hoping it will warm up so we can get out for some geocaching.  Wishing you all a fun weekend doing what you like to do!

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Tandem Scrapping

A couple of weeks ago Jen and I decided it would be fun to scrap the identical photograph and then reveal what we came up with on our blogs.  We chose a photo of Thomas and then got to work, not revealing anything at all to each other about what we were using for a sketch, paper, etc.  Of course Jen finished her layout soon after and she's been patiently waiting for me to finish mine!  Today is the day that we publish our blog posts at the same time and get to see the results!

Here's what I came up with:

It was difficult to choose papers to compliment the photo so I decided to keep it very simple and used two sheets from Basic Grey's Basics line and then matched the butterflies to the other colours in the picture.  It was an easy LO to do but the hand stitching around the border and through the butterflies was time-consuming.

I used sketch #143 from Creative Scrappers.

And now I can't wait to check out Jen's blog and see what she did!  You can find her LO here

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Anniversary Album Peek

The brutally cold weather continues to plague Edmonton but I ventured out yesterday in spite of that for my weekly scrapping get-together with Jen.  Can't miss my scrappy day with my sister!  Lucky me got to work on my baby photo page while poor Jen struggled along trying to make five totally ordinary and mismatched snapshots look good.  She did a pretty good job of it considering what she had to work to with!

Here's my sneak peek of the anniversary album for this week -

I've also recently scrapped a gem of a photo of our paternal grandparents that I found at Jen's one day while looking through a box of photographs our mother gave her.  It wasn't often that we saw these grandparents while growing up and other than their wedding photo I don't have any other pictures of them so it was great to find this casual shot of them together.

My vision for this layout was to use Crate Paper's Restoration line but I really struggle with those papers so the vision ended up morphing into something totally different!  While searching my stash for a piece of pink paper to mix with Restorations I found these three totally unrelated papers and decided they were perfect for the photo - a Pink Paislee christmas sheet, tiny dots from The Girls' Paperie and lovely pink swirls from MME's So Sophie line.  Funny how things change like that but I really like the end result.

I used this sketch from Pagemaps:

Until next time...
Susan :-)