Monday, August 30, 2010

Pinwheel Pursuits

During Scrap hour this month, Denise showed us a quick and easy way to make pinhweels. I used her technique on this fun - hopefully "moving" - layout of Gabby's first Canada Day experience!

She certainly doesn't like hats of any sort! Not even the ones with flags on top! LOL

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Catching up

Went scrapping with the girls on Saturday and managed to get three double page layouts started despite my crazy tiredness.

Catching up!

May Project 12

June Project 12

July Project 12

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pajama Scrapping

I haven't been doing a lot of scrapping the past few days while I'm looking after Miss Rebekah. So in the meantime, I thought I'd share a blog post I wrote for another blog. It was published on Feb 4, 2010 and the Pajama Scrapper referred  to is Denise from Scraptures!  I hope you enjoy the post and the concept! Let me know if you do. :-)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A few years ago, I met an online woman known only as “pajamascrapper” a name I found fascinating. Over the years since, I’ve come to know her real identity but the concept behind her nameis truly appealing to me!
One of the greatest things about scrapbooking I think is that it is often done in the privacy of my own home. I have a great scrap room with custom-built shelves and desk so nobody but me (and my online friends) can “see” what I’m doing. This means that I do not have to dress for the day OR in any certain manner. Nobody cares what my hair looks like or if I’ve brushed my teeth or not.

Pajama scrapping is one of the reasons I love this hobby. It suits me and allows me to relax in a manner I see fit. For me the time of day when the bra can come off is unlike no other. To release my “girls” gives a sense of true freedom and putting on my long nightie or my loose flannel pants and sweatshirt seems to release my creativity as well. It is then that I venture into my scrap room to play with my paper and create.

This relaxed concept may not suit everyone but for me it’s perfect. I no longer have children at home and my husband knows how to cook for himself. He is happy when I am otherwise occupied because it leaves him free to pursue his own past-times. This past weekend I participated fully in the online crop here at Scrapshotz. The design team outdid itself once again with their challenges (check the gallery if you don’t believe me!) and the fact that the theme was “FASHION”, is what caused me to think about dressing (or undressing).

Seriously, I have been hanging around this scrapbook world for a few years now and I’ve YET to hear anyone say, “Man, I can’t wait to get home and do my hair and nails for a great evening of scrapping!” Generally, what you hear is something along the lines of, “I can’t wait to get home and into my comfy clothes (aka pajamas in my case), and after the kids are in bed, watch some mindless television while I scrap.” In preparation for an online crop, often questions asked in the forum ahead of time are, “Do you have your photos? Do you have your snacks? Do you have your comfy clothes?”

Even when you participate in a day crop outside your home – especially in a group of friends - if you look around, you probably won’t see anyone dressed to the nines (so to speak). Most of the women there will be in stretchy pants (or loose jeans), hair pushed back (certainly not done at the hairdresser before she arrived) and little if any makeup. Hey! Maybe you run in fancier circles than I do but that’s how my friends show up for a day of scrapping!

When I go to weekend crops, what I see as far as dress is even MORE relaxed because you see your friends in all manner of dress and undress. We do shower (one of our friends even brings her own toilet paper for comfort!) but the dress code is always casual. As you’ve learned if you read this blog, packing for a crop is a complicated business so if you do manage to find room for a small bag of your clothes it’s a real bonus!

So back to this whole concept of pajama scrapping, whether you wear your actual pajamas to scrap, or just put on some pseudo-pajamas in the form of comfy clothes, the concept is the same. Scrapbooking is not a hobby you need to dress for. In fact, an argument can be made that it’s a hobby that you undress for. And before anyone starts thinking about naked scrapbooking, I have to say that is a whole other topic and something you probably “should” do in the privacy of your home… and please stay from that heat embossing tool if you do!!!

Just an FYI, I'm headed to an all-day crop on Saturday and expect to be fully dressed.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tea Light card

I've been intrigued with the concept of a tea light card since seeing one on a scrapbook forum a few months ago. I saved the link to where the lady found the instructions and yesterday made my own! What do you think?

Tea Light Card

I posted a challenge and a few photos of how I created this at Scraptures here if you're interested in making one. Let me know if you do! It's a great little Christmas/event/teacher gift so why not try. :-)

August Reveal - Bo Bunny Block Party

I had a GREAT time with this kit from Scraptures the colours are so fun and vibrant and perfect for some of my summer vacation photos. Tell me what you think! I know the layout photographs aren't the greatest but I'll get better. :-)

Obviously recognizable as one of the most fun photos. She had a great time in that car!

Ds and dil on their 2nd anniversary. Aren't they gorgeous?

Ds and dil on their 2nd anniversary, recreating one of their wedding photos!

The neighbour dog having a great time in the water. This is our first summer without Chance so I enjoy Callie instead.

Leave me a comment and tell me what you think!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Summer Scrumptious Scrappy Give~Away

Come on over to Scraptures and participate in our

Summer Scrumptious Scrappy Give~Away

Are you excited????

I sure am...I mean honestly, who doesn't like the chance to win some scrappy goodies~~~

Kristine Davidson of Creative Scrappers has designed this sketch  which is exclusive to Scraptures.

Here's my take on the sketch.  You can see the rest of the team's take on the Scraptures blog .

All you have to do to enter to win this amazing prize pack

Included are various sheets of American Crafts paper, a sheet of AC self adhesive fabric, a crafter's workshop 12x12 doodle template, 3 bottles of stickles, Heidi Swapp photo corners, imaginisce flowers, a dark brown Colorbox ink pot, a pack of AC fabric brads, a roll of AC ribbon, a MM vintage findings tin, a Ranger white pen, a box of mini dots and a set of Jillibean Handmade stamps.

is complete the sketch above and use Mr. Linky to give us a link to your interpretation of the sketch!!

Deadline for leaving us a link is August 31st...Denise will post the winner on the blog on September 1st..

We can't wait to see what you do with this amazing sketch~


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Something special is planned

The team at Scrap~tures has something absolutely awesome, amazing and downright creative planned for the weekend of September 24 - 26.... so mark your calendars and stay tuned for more info...YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS OUT..

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

My Inaugural Monthly Challenge for Scraptures!

We're at the mid-way point in what has been a very warm and sunny summer in most parts of the country. Let's see your SUNSHINE layouts (or cards). Just use the word "sun" or use a photo of fun in the sun or anything that screams SUNSHINE to you.

Here are two of my sunniest family members, dressed in yellow on a Very Sunny Day.

You can find the challenge pospted here at the Scraptures website. Come on over and play! 


I've got a secret!  Well it's not much of a secret anymore, I've been asked to be part of the design team over at Scraptures ( for the next three months. This means that I'll be using their lovely kits to scrapbook and provide inspiration for the members.

I can't wait to get started! My term officially began on Aug 1 but life has been so crazy with dh away and my cute little gd and her mommy sticking around for the month, that I've not had a lot of time to spend letting you all know what's going on.

I'll be working on the blog more in the coming weeks as little Miss Cutie goes home next week just after her first birthday. Wow, time flies! Anyway, in the mean time, check out the forum. It's a nice little place with a lot of inspiration.