Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Oh Scrappy Day!

The creative juices were really flowing today as the White sisters got together to continue working on our parents' 50th wedding anniversary album!  No struggles with design this week, minimal paper wastage, easy embellishing and to top it all off - lemon meringue pie for dessert at lunch!  What more could we ask for? Here's a little taste of what we created today.

It was a great day and to make it even better I got to bring home the leftover pie! ;-)

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Apple Hat

There's still lots of knitting going on around here!  I visited my parents this weekend and had lots of fun with my mother - talking knitting, looking at patterns, checking out all her needles and doing a bit of show and tell.  It's nice to share a hobby with somebody.  My mother has been knitting "forever" and is quite accomplished with it.

I thought I'd show you my latest creation made for charity since it's so darn cute!  I hope some little person enjoys wearing it.

Nothing much scrappy going on here.  My scrapping room tends to be cold and with the extremely cold weather we've had here lately it's not a very inviting place to be.  But tomorrow I'm off to Jen's again to work on the anniversary album so I'll get my scrapping fix there!

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Friday, February 18, 2011

My First "Binderie" Punch Project - A Knitting Journal

This has been a really good scrappy week!  Jen and I got together and finished two more pages for the anniversary album.  Amazing really, considering that we also shopped at Michael's and Home Sense, went out for lunch with Robert and then, when we finally got down to some "serious" scrapping, struggled with the design of the layouts.  It's a good thing that Jen is great with embellishing and that I like doing titles where everything has to be placed "just so" - because at a certain point we just traded LOs and finished off each other's!  We make a good team, that's for sure.

I also spent some time this week playing with my 7Gypsies Binderie punch.  I was anxious to see how it worked and being the type of person who likes to keep track of things and write lists, I decided to make myself a journal where I can record things about my knitting "adventures". 

The beauty of this journal is that because it is bound with metal rings that open, I can rearrange the pages at any time or add new ones when I need to.  Here's what it looks like so far:

I added a pocket to one of the pages so I could tuck in the label from the yarn and a photo of my scarf and mitts.             


Teri from The Pursuit of Scrappyness had asked me if I could do a tutorial on what the Binderie does.  There are already lots of video demos out there on the web including one from 7Gypsies which can be found here, so I figured the best thing would be to just give my personal opinion of the Binderie.

For me, purchasing a tool like this is usually based on whether I can justify its cost versus how much use it will actually get.  The Binderie retails at my LSS for $54.  For the amount of books I'll probably make with it I would never be able to justify paying that much, but I was able to buy it online for $20 and I know that I will also be able to share it with Jen, so for what I paid that's a great deal.  Also, if you don't purchase the power adapter which is sold separately, you have to run it off of 6 AA batteries which could be costly depending how much you use it.   Luckily, I was able to get the power cord on sale for $9 at my LSS.

I found that it takes some time getting used to figuring out how to place your pages for punching.  The instructions that come with the tool are very minimal so until you're very familiar with how it works, I strongly suggest that you test punch on regular paper before punching your actual covers or pages.

I wanted to bind my journal with 3 rings but after punching the initial two holes I couldn't figure out how to get a third one between them without also punching a "half-hole" near the bottom of the cover.  Thank goodness I was testing on scrap paper or I would have ruined my decorated cover!  There's probably a way to do it but so far I haven't been able to figure it out.

This is an excellent tool for someone who makes a lot of mini-books or journals from scratch and needs to be able to punch consistent holes, especially through thick chipboard or book board.  Keep in mind that many of the chipboard mini-books we can buy already have the holes punched in them so the Binderie would be unnecessary in this case. 

All in all I am happy with my Binderie.  I know that with a bit of experimentation and practice I'll figure out better how it works.  It did a really nice job on my journal and I got it for an excellent price.

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Being Home...

This week was pretty much a stay at home week.  Circumstances prevented Jen and I from getting together to work on the anniversary album.  I missed our scrappy time together.  :-(  But on the upside it meant I actually accomplished a bit of my own scrappy stuff and got a layout finished.  When I was at Jen's last week she was showing me a box of awesome photos that my mother gave her a few years ago and I discovered two great photos of my grandparents taken over 50 years ago.  I knew I had to scrap these so I scanned them and had them printed at Costco.

I pulled out my Fancy Pants Designs "Road Show" papers and found just the perfect ones, including that terrific Jane Austen quote that I put under the photos!  I really enjoyed embellishing this layout and finally used some of my coveted items like the fancy kraft paper envelope, the Jenni Bowlin "Buttons" journaling card and that cute metal key.

Here's the Jana Eubank sketch that I used for inspiration:

Today is my hubby's birthday so I'm off to make him a card and bake his favourite pie - lemon meringue.  Happy Birthday Richard! 

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Get Ready for Some Serious Cuteness!

Here's the latest layout I've done using a photo of my nephew, Thomas, who truly is "as cute as a button" !!

The patterned papers are from Pebbles "Tree House Collection".  I thought the kraft paper background would make their bright colours stand out even more and I'm happy with how it looks.  I hand-stitched the double circle - a bit time-consuming - but I love stitching on paper.

I used sketch #93 from The Scrappiest:

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Miracle Pot

The great thing about blogging about a small problem you're having is that somebody is bound to offer you some advice.  Terry from Rusty Bucket Designs left me this comment concerning my burned pot dilemma:

"a suggestion for your pot - dry dishwasher detergent - sprinkle it - lots - over the bottom of the pot - add a bit of water - let it soak - overnightish - then add more water and boil it on the stove - should work."

Should work and DID work!  I did exactly what Terry suggested and now my pot is looking as good as when I first bought it.

Thank you, Terry!!

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My Misadventures in Water Conservation...

Things are different here in Alberta.  In Quebec we didn't have a water meter to measure our water usage.  Ever.  I realize that we paid for our water indirectly through our municipal taxes, but when you don't have a meter it gives you the impression that you're getting it for free and you don't really think about how much water you use every day.  Here, every drop is counted and added up and billed to us on a monthly basis, and it's freaking me out!

Yesterday we received our utility bill and I saw how much water we had consumed in 43 days and how much it's going to cost us.  Today I decided we should make more of an effort to use less water and this is the mess I ended up with tonight while cooking supper!

My brilliant idea was to use a little less water for steaming the carrots and broccoli.  Bad idea.  As I walked back into the kitchen I said, "Hmmm, smells like something's burning.  Smells a bit like coffee grounds."  And then we discovered the pot - not a trace of water left in it and burned black like I've never burned a pot before.  :-(

I used huge amounts of water trying (unsuccessfully) to clean the pot, so not only did I NOT end up conserving, I've ruined my really good Lagostina steaming pot and if steel wool doesn't fix the problem (I know, I'm not supposed to be scrubbing this pot with steel wool) I'm going to have to shell out money to replace the pot.  Not to mention the fact that there were no vegetables for supper.


Like I said before, it was a really bad idea.  I've been told to stop obsessing so much about the water and just live.

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My Newest Toy...and a Secret Project

Today my newest toy finally arrived in the mail!  The 7gypsies Binderie punch.

I got it for only $19.99 from the Peachy Cheap website.  What a deal!  I have visions of all the wonderful books I'll create using this little tool - a book to log all the books I read, a book to list all the books I want to read, a book to log all the things I knit, a book to list favourite quotes - yes, I'm that type of obsessive person and this little machine will be drilling perfectly round perfectly spaced holes through all the covers and pages!  Does it get any better than this? ;-) 

I took a trip to Jen's house this morning - no small feat for me, the person who doesn't like to drive and has a morbid fear of getting lost!  But I made it there and back successfully and we spent the day working on our "secret project".  We spent hours planning the whole thing (kinda like doing an outline for English class -  now I can understand why my teachers always insisted on those being done!)  As much as we'd love to share the whole process of it with you in detail, out of consideration for the recipients of said project we can't reveal much about it right now, but we'll be showing tiny sneak-peeks now and again.  After working together today we learned that we are very different scrappers with very different ways of working and we had a lot of fun in the process.  How lucky am I to be able to share this great hobby with my sister? Very.

Until next time...
Susan :-)