Friday, May 25, 2012

"On The Go"

I recently came across another challenge series which Shimelle Laine is hosting at UKScrappers called "& now for something completely different".  On the 10th of each month she posts a list of supplies which will be needed to create a scrapbook page and then on the 20th she posts a 20-step tutorial of how to create that page.  The link to the current challenge can be found here.

I was intrigued by this month's challenge since it uses a photo strip and Shimelle provides a link to a very cool online tool which you can use to create one from your own photos.  I had several photos of my little nephew Thomas' first real steps and I thought that displaying them in photo strip format would be perfect.

The layout was very quick and easy to put together since I just had to follow the step-by-step instructions.  I deviated from the plan a bit by not using a plain cardstock background as was suggested, but I felt that this one worked better for my page. 

I really like the finished result and I'm happy to have this milestone in Thomas' life documented - he's been walking for well over a year now so it was time to do something with these photos!

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Coldplay...Capturing the Concert

In our twenty-seven years together Richard and I had only been to one music concert together but this past Christmas he surprised me with a pair of tickets to see Coldplay, one of my favourite bands, and one that I really wished to see live.  April 17th finally rolled around and we were off to see the show.  It was thoroughly enjoyable and definitely did not disappoint!

Each person was given a wristband as they entered the stadium.  We didn't know what to expect of these but they turned out to be one of the amazing parts of the show.  At various times throughout the night the wristbands, which contained tiny lights inside, lit up and flashed creating a sea of various-coloured glowing lights in the stadium.  It truly made for a special atmosphere and made you feel like you were part of the show.

Since I'm a rule-follower and our tickets clearly stated that we were not allowed to take photos of the show, I left my good camera at home fearing that it might be confiscated.  I so wanted to be able to capture a moment of the evening that I threw caution to the wind and "smuggled" in my tiny digital camera.  ;-)  I figured I'd risk losing that one for the chance to take a photo even though I knew the quality wouldn't be as good.  As it turns out nobody seemed to care that I was using a camera and I was able to get a few blurry shots.  It sort of made me wish that I'd risked bringing my good camera but even though my photos are less-than-perfect they are still my souvenir of the night and I love them!

I wanted to create a scrapbook page that reflected the atmosphere of the show and recorded all of the little details so that I would remember it all in the future.  I decided to use black cardstock for the background and brightly coloured patterned papers which would remind me of all those glowing wristband lights in the crowd, and I chose a sketch which uses chevrons because their sharp points remind me of the lasers that were used.

The only problem was how to include all the details of how the show unfolded.  I finally came up with the idea of taking an online concert review and printing it onto a fold-out leaflet.  It sits beside the two photos with a paperclip to keep it closed but can be unfolded to read all the details.

This is the sketch I used from Creative Scrappers:

Seeing Coldplay live was a dream come true for me.  I know people say we should Dream Big...but I say dream small and more of your dreams come true!  LOL

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Knit One, Purl One, then Knit Some More...

I recently fell into that knitting vortex, the one that's hard to escape from once you've been sucked in.  I hadn't meant to start knitting again.  In fact, I had spent a few days totally organizing my scrapping space, putting away the piles of paper and embellishments that I had acquired from Jen over the past couple of months.  I had photos and paper laid out on my work table ready to be scrapped.  And then, before I could get to work on scrapping, I decided to take a trip to the thrift store.

I found a nice ball of yarn for a really good price and that was the beginning of the knitting.  I couldn't resist the urge to make something.  So I knit.  I made a nice pair of mittens to give to charity next winter...

It had been quite a while since I'd knit anything and my hands and one finger in particular were sore but I knit through the pain and kept going!  LOL  I went over to Jen's for one of our weekly crafty days and she gave me two balls of really great yarn called Bravo Jacquard Color.  This amazing yarn is dyed in such a way that it knits up into a beautiful striped pattern.  The knitting had to continue and I made two more pairs of mittens, one which I gave to Jen for a friend's daughter, and this pair (that still needs a bit of final seaming) which will be donated to charity....isn't that pattern great?

I also made a hat which I decorated with a crocheted flower.  When I showed it to Jen yesterday she told me that I had to put a photo of it on my blog so here it is...

And the knitting continues...there are mitts to match the hat pictured above and a second hat currently in progress to which I'll be adding a cute flower...I'm not sure how long this will last but I'm also getting the itch to make another pair of socks for myself and have borrowed three knitting books from the library.

So much to create, so little time.

Until next time...
Susan :-)