Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Saturday Sketch Club

This past weekend I had the privilege of posting my first Saturday Sketch Club Challenge at The Paper Passion. I have been a big fan of Becky Fleck's page maps for a long time so it was no surprise that I used one of hers (October 2009)as the basis of my challenge. I like how it all turned out and hope you do too!

Why not give it a try and link me up to your creation! Or put it in The Paper Passion gallery for us all to love!

Have a great day and happy creating!

Weekend of scrapbooking

I participated in an online crop this past weekend and got several pages done. I thought I'd share them with you.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


The October Kit is now available at The Paper Passion! You can view it here

It is chock full of goodies and I had a great time playing with it! You can check out what three other girls did with it here  This month Rosa instituted a "mystery kit" for the other three DT members and you can see how they used the Sassafrass kit here as well.

Here are the five (yes FIVE) layouts I created using just the kit contents and one sheet of white cardstock. I still have plenty left over to play with :)

I hope you've enjoyed what you see! Happy Scrapping and don't forget to check out the other gals' creations at The Paper Passion!

What a week!

Last time I wrote, I was telling you about the upcoming crop. Well the crop is over now and the tallying has been done for prizes and such. Here are the three challenges I offered up for the weekend and my sample layouts:

For this challenge I wanted people to use the birthstone colour "bling" from whatever month they were capturing in their layout.

I chose these photos of gd's first photo shoot (I was the photographer) and since she was born in August and the shoot took place in August, I used peridot for the butterfly and the trail.

This layout was all about distressing. Some folks are distressed about their birthdays so I used some heritage photos (my grandfather, my father and myself) to create a distressed "heritage" layout for gd's scrapbook.

I used a lot of distressing techniques including sanding, ripping, inking, aging, Ranger Industries "Rock Candy", fabric and metal. I really like how this one turned out!

This challenge was all about numbers. Pretty simple. Use a number (i.e. the candles on your cake) in the title of your layout.

I chose this sweet photo of my ds and dil on their 1st anniversary this summer. The Bo Bunny Calypso paper, flowers and rub ons added to the fun, summer feel.
My final challenge was to create a masculine birthday card. I find it easy to make "pretty" cards but doing boy cards is a real challenge! This is a card I made a while ago but it worked perfectly for this challenge and for the time constraints I was under at the time.

I also did a game. I love the easy "guess how many" games at crops so I decided to do one for this crop as well. The person who came closest without going over was "inspiredscrapper" and she has a RAK coming her way in Monday's post!

I was sorry I couldn't be around the crop more. I did have a great time getting ready though. I love the push to create.

Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, October 8, 2009


I'm really excited about a few things today. The most exciting is of course the start of The Paper Passion's one year birthday/anniversary crop. I've had a chance to see some of the "behind the scenes" work being done and it's amazing. You'll love it and for scrapbookers/card makers you'll get a LOT of inspiration.

In order to be considered for prizes (Rosa gives the best prizes!) Please upload your newly created page in the gallery and into the challenge thread no later than Wednesday October 14, 2009 at 11:59 PM EST to get 1 entry into the prize draw!

You'll have to register for the forum and the gallery in order to participate but I promise, you won't be disappointed.

Here's a sneak peek of one my challenges. It's not what you think. :-)  Just saying...

Am excited about my ds arriving tomorrow, Thanksgiving weekend and our trip south this coming week. Have a good time while I'm gone and as a dear friend of mine likes to say, if you can't be good, be interesting!


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

LO tag! (October 2009)

This is one of my favourite scrapping games to play. Last week we played a round at The Paper Passion. Here's my take on the tag:

I used the Webster's pages "Postcards from Paris" line of paper and added ribbons (unknown), butterflies (from $ store) and some flowers (Prima) attached with MM brads for dimension. This is my dil at 39 weeks pregnant. Baby was born two days later!

Cards! (October 6, 2009)

I participated in a card crop this weekend and while I didn't get a lot done, I am pretty pleased with the challenges I was able to complete.

This was a "tag" challenge. I used a tag that I received in a RAK from a friend on The Paper Passion.

This little gift card holder was a snap to make. I can see making more of them for Christmas and other occasions.

This is a "joy fold" card. It is comprised of two pieces of cardstock the smaller one is folded over the larger one to form the front "flap". I used a kit I received last December and hadn't broken into yet!

I really like "non-traditional" Christmas colours.

This was a challenge that I provided for the crop. I used two photos that we took at the pumpkin patch a couple of weeks ago and asked that people use them as inspiration to create their own. I really like this card and was happy with the ones that others created as well.

So that's what I did this weekend!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Saturday, October 3

I wanted to tell you all about our upcoming crop at The Paper Passion but I couldn't word it any better than Rosa did on The Paper Passion blog  so I'll just copy hers:

To celebrate The Paper Passion's Anniversary, we are hosting a huge Birthaversary Online Crop from October 8, 2009 to October 11, 2009. Join us in the Forum for great challenges, prizes, give a ways and so much more. We understand it's the Thanksgiving long weekend and most of you are pretty busy but if you do have a minute to stop by, there may be a challenge or two you may be able to squeeze into your weekend. We hope you do. The fabulous new design team have set up an amazing weekend of events which you sure won't want to miss!

I sure hope you can stop by! We have great challenges, games and prizes. There is going to be lots for everyone! I'm looking forward to providing some challenges and may even be able to give you a sneak peek of my challenges later in the week.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Well this is a first..

I guess I never did tell you officially that I've been asked to be part of the design team for an online community called The Paper Passion. I first heard of them back on National Scrapbooking Day when a group of us were scrapping together at a local community center. Some of the girls were already involved in the site and when I found out it was local, I was quite excited! The owner and founder of the store and site, Rosa, came out to visit us and she was a super nice lady and so easy to talk to and so friendly. It didn't take my friend Stephanie and I long to go and check it all out and we were hooked!

Being asked to be on their team was a surprise since I have always looked at other people's work and thought it ever so much better than my own. My dil who is living with me right now and who has gotten to know Rosa and family over the last several weeks highly encouraged me to apply and it was pretty shocking to find out that they thought my work was good enough to inspire others. I told my dil that since she got me into this, she now needs to join the forum and start posting her own creations. She's a FANTASTIC card maker!

Anyway, I'm really looking forward not only to being a part of this team but to being pushed to create. I am such a huge procrastinator that it's easy to let too much time go by in between scrapping sessions because my room isn't "perfect" enough or some other lame excuse.

The other team members are Nicole (our co-ordinator), Deborah, Vanessa, Dorrie and Katie. I can't wait to get to know them better and look forward to a great working relationship! :-)

I got this image from Dorrie at The Paper Passion. She shared it there for those of us who are participating in a "thankful card swap" in honour of National Card Making Day. I wanted to share it with you too. :-)

I'm really excited about this day. I am providing a challenge for a crop over at another scrap site on Saturday. I'm not even a real card maker, but I'm still excited. I'll be sure to share my card with you.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

first post - Family

Well I didn't think it would ever happen but I do in fact now have a public blog. I want to dedicate this blog to my passion for preserving memories for my family as it stands now and as it will be in generations to come. "Family" is a funny term and can mean many things but one memory that will always be a part of our family is our beloved family pet, Chance, who passed away September 23, 2009 at the age of 13. She had been part of our family for that whole time and moved everywhere with us on our gypsy-journey called "life".

She'll be missed and mourned for a long time to come.