Friday, April 29, 2011

"Quiet Time" - Sketch #152 from Creative Scrappers...

...and with this layout comes the end of my counterfeit kit - mostly scraps left now, so it's time to say good-bye to it.  :-(  I did four layouts using this kit and thoroughly enjoyed doing each one. 

Here's the last LO using a photo of my father with my brother's dog, Mia, taken while my parents visited Montreal about a year ago to meet the newest addition to the family and the first baby to come along in such a long time - cute Thomas.

The sketch I used is from Creative Scrappers:

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cards Galore!

Just a quick post to share what Jen and I are now working on during our weekly scrapping get-togethers.  We are on a quest to make all the cards we need for this entire year plus a supply of Get Well, Thank-You and "just because" cards.

Jen put together some amazing packets of co-ordinating scraps for us to use and the goal was to put a serious dent in this supply.  However, after making several cards each today, we realized that it really doesn't take much paper to make a card and it'll probably take several years of card-making to use up the supply of scraps she has!

Here's what I accomplished today:

It is such a good feeling to create something so nice from bits and pieces!  I got many of the ideas for my cards from an issue of Paper Crafts Card Creations magazine.  I left it at Jen's place so can't say exactly which volume it is, but this is the best place for card inspiration in my opinion! 

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Beautiful Day...

The weather is wonderful here today - finally warm and very spring-like! We took advantage and went to a park to do some geocaching.  It was great to walk around in the fresh air and we were successful in finding six geocaches.  The park was full of Canada geese too!  Back east I'd only ever seen these birds passing by overhead as they were either leaving Canada in the autumn or returning in the spring, but had never seen them so close up.  I really enjoyed watching them walk around and they are definitely not afraid of people as they would come within a couple of feet of you. 

On a scrappy note, yesterday Jen gave me a gift of Echo Park's awesome For the Record paper pack.  I LOVE this paper!  So many wonderful sheets and fun stickers to play with, including some really original alphas.  I can't wait to cut into some of this goodness, but usually when I adore a paper line this much I tend to hoard it for a while first so I can just admire it. ;-)

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

"Funny Face" - Sketch #216 from Sketch Inspiration

I'm still creating layouts using my counterfeit kit and finished another one last night, finally using that funky sheet of Basic Grey Offbeat paper that inspired the whole thing.  The photo is of me, taken long, long ago.  It seems lately I've been scrapping nothing but old photos!  When I was packing for our move out west I found lots of pictures that had been stored away in boxes for years.  There are some really good b&w's taken by my father and they are just calling out to be scrapped. There was no date written on this particular photo but it's probably from around 1963.  Once I verify this with my mother I'll be able to add a date to the layout.  I just love the goofy expression on my face here!

I used this great sketch from Sketch Inspiration and really enjoyed working with it!

We're off to Jen and Rob's for a steak BBQ today (yum!) and we've actually got sort of summer-ish weather for it!  Yay!

Until next time..
Susan :-)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Ice Cream Anyone?

Looks like summer has arrived here in Edmonton!  It's a balmy 9 degrees celsius with 24 km/hr winds today, and while I'll admit that it IS a pleasant day, it isn't exactly summer yet.  But, people are outside without jackets, wearing shorts, even flip-flops.  This surprises me since in Quebec people don't generally pull out their summer wear until the thermometer hits at least double digits.  More surprising than that was seeing the ice cream truck roll into our condo complex, jingly music playing full force!  I haven't seen an ice cream truck since I was a kid and didn't even realize that such a thing still exists....especially at this time of year....but, people came out of their units and actually bought ice cream.  I guess eventually I'll get used to life here in Edmonton!

While I'm on the topic of summer, I thought I'd share a layout I did many months ago from my vacation with Jen and Rob last summer.  I love the Graphic 45 papers I used in this and it is one of my all-time favourite layouts.  It's been so long since I finished this LO that I don't remember which sketch I used so I can't give credit where credit is due.  :-(

Wishing you all a great long weekend!

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"Jen at 10" - Sketch #116 from The Scrappiest

I've finished a layout using this week's sketch from The Scrappiest.  What a great sketch this was to work with, and it seems that the DT at The Scrappiest had fun with it too because they all produced amazing layouts to inspire us!  I continued working with my counterfeit kit that I put together a couple of weeks ago and made some fun embellishments to use on my LO.

First, I used one of the kraft paper birds that I had cut with my Cricut.  I stamped the body of the bird with a text pattern, inked the beak and edges and added a tiny pearl for the eye.  I really like the finished product and think it added a nice touch to the LO.

Next, I made yo-yo flowers with the little piece of black and white houndstooth fabric that I had added to my kit.  These were amazingly simple to make - much easier than I had imagined.  I stitched a yellow button to the center of each flower to finish it off.

Here's my finished layout:

And this is the sketch from The Scrappiest:

I've also been busy putting the finishing touches on my scrapping area and am happy to say that the re-organization is finally complete!  This is now a very functional space, tailored to my needs and the way I like to scrap.

I loved Jen's idea of storing punches in a hang-up shoe holder so I found one at Walmart and used the same system of attaching tags to indicate which punch is in each pocket.

My journaling and title tags are now all sorted by colour family and stored in plastic containers.  This will make it much easier to find the type of tag I have in mind for a layout.

And finally, I found a great way to re-use this square vase given to me a couple of weeks ago by Jen and Rob.  The beautiful red flower lasted a week and once it was gone I decided to use the vase to hold chipboard die-cuts.

Sorting through and organizing my "stuff" gave me a real appreciation for what I have, and more importantly, how much I have and I realize that I really don't need much of anything for quite a while until I make a dent in this stash of products.  Participating in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge each month is the perfect way to put together amazing kits and be inspired to create with what we already own!

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"Play!" - Sketch #115 from The Scrappiest

I'm playing along at The Scrappiest this week and used the kit I put together for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge to do the layout.  It was lots of fun to dig into the supplies I'd gathered to create something with them!  I used photos of myself taken when I was a little over a year old - a long time ago!  ;-)

Here's this week's sketch - #115:

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Counterfeit Kit Challenge for April

I've been wanting to try the Counterfeit Kit Challenge for a while now and last night I finally spent some time putting together my first kit based on their inspiration kit for this month - "A Little Birdie Told Me" from Front Porch Kits.

These are the papers from the inspiration kit:

I decided that the best way to proceed would be to choose one sheet of paper from my stash which would be the basis for selecting everything else.  After looking at that very busy multi-coloured floral sheet (top center) in the inspiration kit, I found a paper in my stash called "Radical" from  Basic Grey's Offbeat line.

And three hours later this is the kit that I had created:

In addition to the cardstock and kraft paper, I used the following:

Basic Grey - Offbeat - Radical
My Mind's Eye - Lush - Blue Diamonds Paper
Crate Paper - Restoration - Slipcover
Crate Paper - Portrait - Pearls
Webster's Pages - Sweet As Cherry Pie - Little Nibbles
We R Memory Keepers - Merry January - Branch
My Mind's Eye - Alphabet Soup Boy - Ziggy
Basic Grey - Lime Rickey - Hoboken
We R Memory Keepers - Merry January - Slush
Scenic Route - Sonoma - Grove Street

It was SO much fun putting this kit together!! The biggest problem was trying to figure out when to stop adding stuff to it!  My new way of organizing my paper by colour made it very easy to know exactly where to look for a certain type of paper instead of having to wrack my brain trying to remember which paper line by which manufacturer had what I was looking for.  I knew I didn't spend all those hours changing things around for nothing. ;-)

I have big plans for that little piece of black and white houndstooth fabric - yo-yo flowers.  I've never attempted to make these so it's possible that none will ever make it to my layouts!  We'll see.

And now, it's time to start playing...

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring is in the Air...

Most definitely.  It's a beautiful sunny day today, the type of day that makes you feel alive and good.  Most of the snow has melted in our area.  This being our first winter here, we're not used to seeing such an accumulation of sand and stones in the streets - in Quebec they mostly use salt on the roads.  But I know that once the road crews have cleaned up this mess that's been left behind,  it'll be looking pretty good around here.

There are other small signs that better weather is upon us.

Matthew has an array of seedlings scattered around the kitchen - cucumbers, broccoli, tomatoes and peppers.  Gardening is his passion in life and he's worked the past two summers at the organic garden at his college where all the produce was donated to shelters for the homeless.  He was disappointed to leave this behind when we left Quebec, but as luck would have it he discovered that the church across the street from us has a community garden!  He signed up for a plot right away and has been busy preparing for the growing season.

The cats are hanging around the front door now.  They know spring is here.  They can feel it.  They can smell it.  They want out there!  They've lived their entire lives as outdoor cats but in this condo complex they're not allowed to roam free.  We haven't broken that news to them yet. ;-)  I think collars and leashes are in order here but I'm not sure how that'll go.  Poor kitties.  In the meantime it's quite the thing trying to keep them inside every time the door is opened!

And finally, some scrappy spring cleaning!  My entire paper collection has been sorted into piles by colour.  In doing this I've learned that green and blue are definitely my favourite colours and that I own exactly two sheets of purple paper.  Oh, and also that I have a lot of paper!  No more trips to the LSS for this scrapper for a while!  Hmmmm...wonder if I'll be able to stick to that promise? ;-)

I know this new way of organizing my paper will work much better for me especially as I try out the Counterfeit Kit Challenge for the first time.  The April kit was revealed this morning and I can't wait to dig into my stash and see what I can come up with.

I hope the sun is shining in your corner of the world too!

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Tandem Scrapping #2

Once again Jen and I decided to create a challenge that we could work on at the same time.  We both recently got the new Social Club line of paper from Cosmo Cricket, so we thought it would be fun not only to do a layout using those papers, but also to work from the same sketch.

We chose this interesting sketch, #149 from Creative Scrappers:

 And here is my take on it using CC's Social Club line and a cute photo of my niece, Sarah:

I absolutely love every paper in this collection but working on this layout confirmed for me that I have a hard time using just one specific collection.  I'm happier when I'm mixing up paper lines and manufacturers to create a unique look.  So with that in mind, I plan on reorganizing my entire paper collection by colour - a big undertaking but I think it will work better for my style of scrapping.

And now, I'm anxious to see what Jen created with this challenge of ours! You can check it out here.

Until next time...
Susan :-)