Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Happy Together

This was done to comply with one of the Sisterhood of Scrap's challenges this month. I started it at my monthly crop on the 8th, but didn't finish it until the 21!  It says what it needs to say and will make a welcome addition to the grad scrapbook.

If however YOU can see something I can do to make it better, drop me a line! I'm not entirely happy with it and would welcomeyour feedback...

Have a scrap happy day!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Too Hard?

This summer, one of Gabby's expressions was "too hawd"... things were always too hard for it seemed. She had so much of the "almost 3 years old" and wanting to do what she saw other kids doing, but still much of the "2 year old" that needs help.

Watching the neighbour boys and seeing how fun it was to use the slide to come down from their tree house, yet being afraid to go up on her own, it was just "too hard". One morning her mommy encouraged her to try... she took a lot of encouragement but found that it was not too hard after all!

So pleased with herself. :-)

Using the Friday font from Sept 21 and the Saying Saturday challenge from Sept 8, this layout came together quickly.

I hope you enjoy it! Have a scrap happy day!

Friday, September 21, 2012

This layout was done for the challenge Say What? September 1 at Sisterhood of Scrap. The quote to use is:

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

As you can see I'm using up old kits. This is all from the  Kaisercraft After Three kit I received from Scrapshotz several years ago. They have the BEST kit club! I'd still be getting them if my hoard.. uh I mean my stash.. yeah, my stash wasn't so big.

Hope you're all having a wonderful day!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A card!

Yes! I did it.. I actually made a card. I know, shocking isn't it? Stephanie challenged us over at Sisterhood of Scrap to use our coloured pencils this month. I decided to colour in this image and make a card since she also challenged us to use some plaid on our project!

I just hope that my son is ignoring my blog because he's getting this in the mail next week!

Hope you're all having a great day!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Backyard Bubbles

OK I'm going to step away from the September/Graduation layouts for a minute and share with you an adorable (if I do say so myself!) layout of my granddaughter blowing bubbles. It worked perfectly for Gail's August challenge at ScrapShotz.

Let me know what you think!  Have a scrap-happy day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hats off!

As you may have noted, our daughter graduated from college this past April. A couple of weeks ago, in preparation for the next leg of her life-journey, she decided to start scrapping all her memories from her Italian semester. I decided to scrap alongside her and do up her graduation scrapbook. The next several layouts are of graduation 2012!

We had a fabulously fun photo session of R and her two best friends after all the ceremonies were over. I hope you enjoy the results!

September at Sisterhood of Scrap meant a new month of challenges. Our Olympic adventure had come to an end and a new season began. Each of the DT were asked to provide a challenge to the membership - the theme appropriately enough is "Back to School"

My challenge:
The summer has passed us and left us all with unique memories and opportunities to scrap. You know the stereotypical writing assignment we all received in school answering the statement "What I did this summer", well we're doing that with a TWIST. I know that in our family we had some pretty big goings on so my challenge to you is to scrap a summer memory but make it BIG!

Big event, big photo, big embellishment, big journaling, big ??? whatever BIG means to you! I also challenge you to use ONLY cardstock! If you are up for a further challenge, let's see you work with ONLY cardstock. If you do, I'll put your name into a draw for a RAK from moi at the end of the month.

Enter as many times as you'd like for a chance to win a gift certificate from The Paper Passion.

That's right, folks! If you want to come over and play with us this month, we have a sponsor for our monthly prize! Of course there are the usual RAK and other "regular" contests, but do come and play with us for YOUR chance to win!

Have a scrap happy day!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Curveball! Another triathlon layout...

I was smug in the knowledge that by using Ali's sketch for the final Olympic challenge, I'd get two things done at the same time. Imagine my chagrin when Ali posted that she was putting off the final blog post of August for the next day - September 1!!

What was I going to do now? I'd almost finished. I *had* finished but couldn't post it yet! Nothing for it, but to do another triathlon challenge - and this time not think about it so much!

I'm really pleased at how this layout of my daughter and her two best friends turned out. You'll start seeing more graduation layouts of these three beautiful young women because I am working on the graduation scrapbook. I hope to have it done before she leaves for the next leg of her life-journey (which will probably be before this blog post is published!)

There's that Twig paper again. I also used a new embossing folder from Darice. Let me know what you think!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Opening Challenge for last!

Well our Olympic Crop was nearing the end, it was almost the 31st of August and I had one more challenge to do. I saved the Opening Challenge for the last!

I was actually working away at the scrapbook on the 1st of September when Gail from ScrapShotz posted this challenge a little early.... It was funny to me because as she was posting the challenge, I was working on this layout that worked perfectly.

I'm really happy with the way this layout turned out. It was the beginning of the end for my ScrapShotz Twig kit, in the next few blog posts, you'll be seeing a lot of it!

Have a scrap-happy day!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Olympic Triathlon challenge (that turned into almost a real Olympic event!)

One of the last Olympic challenges I tackled was the Triathlon. It was hard because of the way it was worded. I wanted to do it right but it took almost all month to figure out just how I would go about getting photos to meet the challenge posted.  I had (what I thought was) a brilliant idea about how technology has changed in my lifetime. I remember wooden phones on the walls and black plastic rotary dial phones and party lines! This past Spring we had to purchase a new car (long story) and shortly thereafter purchased a new cell phone. I finally came into this decade but....



Yes, this shocking state of affairs of the future, made me want to document this phenomenon.. So using the final sketch I had from Ali at Sketches: Creatively Yours, I completed this layout to match the trampoline layout I posted yesterday:

Here's the sketch:

I thought they made a great two-pager...

However... things didn't turn out as I'd planned...  Tune in tomorrow to find out what happened with this layout!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Olympic Trampoline

For some strange reason, this sketch for the Olympic trampoline challenge never really "struck" me. I think it's the fact that they want such small photos and such small journaling. As you know, my faithful blog readers, I am never short of words and do love my pictures!!

It took me a long time to get it done and as you can see, we're nearing the end of our Olympic challenges. What do you think of what I came up with? This photo shows my mother in law holding my eldest son in her arms looking out the window. To the right of her in the photo, you can see the old wooden phone that hung by the door for as long as they lived in that house. The phone was a working model and calls were made and received regularly, despite having a "new fangled black rotary phone" in the house!

This layout also fulfilled Jamie's challenge at ScrapShotz in August. It's always nice when challenges can be combined!

I hope you enjoyed today's post! Have a scrap-happy day and feel free to let me know what you think!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Olympic Wrestling

I knew I had until August 31 at midnight to finish all the challenges for Sisterhood of Scrap's London Olympic crop so kept working right till the last minute!

This photo of my sweet little Hugo was scrapped for the wrestling challenge at the site. Isn't he just a doll? I am using more bright colors this summer again because he's kind of a "bright color" kid! The Bo Bunny Ad Lib papers aren't easy to work with but they sure make an impact!

Let me know what you think! Have a scrap-happy day!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Has it really been this long??

I knew that I'd been procrastinating about putting up blog posts but when I look at the last date here, I can hardly believe that two weeks have gone by with no posts! I've been busy scrapping, but not posting... this room gets hot during the day and with our weather lately, it's been almost unbearable to be here very long. Today "fall" arrived with its cooler temps. I also woke up at the crack of middle-of-the-night so will grab a coffee and post a few before the day really begins.

Completed for the Sisterhood of Scrap Closing Ceremonies Challenge

Completed for Sisterhood of Scrap Volleyball Challenge
I was tasked by Tina at Tina's Scrapbooking to use some Vegas paper. Since I have no Vegas photos of my own, I "borrowed" some from a friend. It's interesting trying to scrap someone else's memories, that's for sure!

I hope you enjoyed these layouts. There will be more to come but in the meantime, have a scrap-happy day.