Sunday, October 4, 2009
This horrid photo doesn't really pick up the oranges, but yo get the idea. The title is Wanna Be Cowgirl. Based on a design from Scrapbooks ECT by Erin Clarkson.
We all have it... craft paper, left over packaging that we thought we might use, weird bits of leftover chipboard. Well, it's time to USE IT OR LOSE IT! I think this LO is much more effective on craft paper than it would be on plain old white. What do you think, try your own LO on craft paper and lets see it!
I have no idea where most of these papers are from. I don't sort by designer so everything is just all mashed in together. If you want to know about a product, I could probably find the origin if I looked hard enough. Leave a comment if you're curious. The stars are a cuttlebug die, and also the font in "wanna be". The blue sticker letters are CM (sent by Amy, thank-you very much!).
Monday, June 15, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Of course, my scanner has yet again washed out the beautiful tones of the paper, and given me red face, but you get the idea. All of these were scraps pulled from my stash. I didn't have to cut up even one new piece to complete this LO, and it was super-quick to finish!
Time: Approx 15 min
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Another of Mistra's SBS challenges. Loads of fun.
This one I made up. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the background PP. It was part of my "splurge" from the sale over at Mad Scraps. IRL the red paper with the journalling is actually orange. Not sure why the scanner didn't pick it up. Wierd.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Buttons don't have to be just buttons. You can make them into anything you want! Here I've used them to represent leaves on my trees, and on the ground. Thinking back I probably should have used some PP for grass, but that didn't occur to me until I was finished. This quick and easy LO took about 30min.
Friday, February 20, 2009
52Q#1 - What are your wishes for this year?
52Q #2 - Are you afraid of change?
I don't plan on spending too much time on this project, I like the idea of being able to complete something quickly... at least SOMETHING will get done. I did both of these in about an hour from beginning to end. Most of that time was spent messing around with my cuttlebug. Some of the completed tags are posted on *e*'s blog. You should definitely take the time to check it out. Some of them are absolutely stunning. Mistra has a couple on her blog too that are way cool. She's so talented!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
YAY! My new stuff has arrived! I ordered this last week from MAD SCRAPS. Unfortunately, Mistra is closing up shop, but it's a great time to catch some deals if you're looking... and of course we're always looking for cheap stash! Here's what I got:
- about 50 sheets of new PP. Most is heavy duty-double sided from various designers
- new chipboard letters in 3 different sizes
- shipping tags, which I plan to use on the 52 tag challenge that's featured on Mistra's blog (for more information, head on over.. there is a link on the LH side of my blog)
- A variety pack of chipboard tags
- A beautiful new acrylic album. SO EXCITED.
Needless to say, I'll be heading home tonight to check out my new stuff.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Today I want to showcase some of my friend Morgan's work. She has a unique style all her own, and I am simply envious of her ability to mix colour to make her photo's pop. Morgan and I get together about once a month to scrap and share ideas and stash. We have taken a break since Christmas, but I'm looking forward to our next scrapping night in March. These layouts are from her 'Catalina' album. Beautiful work Morgan!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I had an idea for a sketch today and thought I would share. I think I'll make this a weekly addition to Scrap Stash. If you would like to give it a try, email your results and I'll post it. If we get a few participants, I'll throw in a small RAK as a prize.
You can email your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to seeing this sketch brought to life. I'm giving it a go this weekend.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
- You can make them exactly the right size to suit your layout.
- You can make them any colour you want
- You can make them in any style to suit the feel of your page
Thanks to Penny for inspiring me to do this. I kind of surprised myself with the results.
Monday, February 9, 2009
I don't often get to use my super-intense-bright letters and cardstock. I love bright colours, and I love the way they look together, but sometimes it's hard to use them without taking away from your photo's and journaling. Because my photo's were on the weak side, I chose to take advantage and go crazy with my other feautres and have some fun. I'm happy with the result... I got to scrap one of my favourite places, and use all of my fun stuff too. This is one of the challenges in We Dare You if you've managed to get hold of a copy, check it out.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
This was a random photo taken in NOV 2007 in the early morning during a snow storm. I remember because it was the first big storm we had. I've moved since I took this, it's the view from the side door of my old house.
Now my job is to choose 6 more people to challenge:
So I choose:
Can't wait to see!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
If you're looking for a good challenge book, I highly recommend We Dare You by Kristina Contes, Meghan Heath Dymock, Genevieve Simmonds, and Nisa Fiin. It challenges you to scrap the good, the bad, and the ugly. It's a subject based book, rather than a sketch challenge. I find their ideas refreshing and unique. I have tried three so far with amazing results. They also have some great techniques that will inspire you to stretch your scrapping wings. Cost: $20 CAD. But who can really put a price on inspiration? I plan to try all of the We Dare You challenges.
Friday, February 6, 2009
When I first pulled out this photo, I had NO idea what to do with it. I tried various papers, pink to match the dress, red for the flowers, grey (too depressing), no luck. Finally, I decided that the paper I used didn't necessarily have to match the photo. I looked at the photo and thought of my Grandparents. My grandmother loved all things floral. She loved printed wall paper, and big prints. I remembered I had a vintage scrap pad collection that was collecting dust at the back of my shelf. I have rarely used it. Vintage is not usually my thing. I flipped through the papers and found a lovely robin's egg blue. 'There is no blue in my photo!' I thought, but it just felt right. I selected the other PP from the same collection because it reminded me of the duvet cover that was on my grandparents bed for as long as I can remember. I chose flowers and embellishments that matched the paper and I was off! The journaling came easy for once. I don't think I did any editing at all.
So. What is the moral of this story you ask? You don't have to choose paper that matches the colours in your photo. Try concentrating on what the photo makes you feel and go from there. I guarentee you it will be much more personal and meaningful when you're finished.
Here is a copy of my journaling. It's tricky to ready in the photo.
My Grandmother and Grandfather played a huge role in my life. They were the center of my world for my entire childhood. I can’t even imagine the person I would be without their influence. There was a hole in my heart when we lost my Grandpa to lung cancer, and then my Grandma a few years later to a heart attack. Life without them has much less colour.
We called my Grandmother “Ma”. Mostly because that’s what her children called her, and when she adopted my cousin Jason he called her Ma as well. It stuck. I don’t think I ever called her “Grandma”, unless talking about her to someone else. On weekends she would pick me up and we would go into town to shop. She would always buy me some small trinket and we would have lunch in a diner (and of course, pie!), then journey home. In the afternoons I would watch cartoons with Grandpa while he did his puzzles. His favourite was the Bugs Bunny and Tweety show, but he would never admit it. I think he just used me as an excuse to watch it. Ma would be in the kitchen getting things ready for supper. The meals I remember the most were side pork and fried potatoes, and a completely wonderful thing she called Goop. Goop consisted of spring vegetables, and new potatoes from the garden all mixed together in a wonderful white crème sauce. There was always desert. If she hadn’t baked anything special my Grandpa would pour the supper tea into two saucers, add brown sugar, and we would dunk homemade bread in it. It was wonderful. Sometimes we would dunk the bread in fresh maple syrup.
Wednesday was bread day. Ma would get up early, (ok, she ALWAYS got up early), and start making the bread dough early in the morning. My Grandpa would not eat store bought bread. It had to be homemade. Ma would use the leftover bread dough to fry scones and get a dish of strawberry jam for me to dip in. I cannot even describe the flavour. To this day I cannot find one as good. Eventually she got a bread maker and her Wednesday traditions stopped, but I can still remember the smell of the bread baking. Sometimes when I wake up in the middle of the night I can smell it and it is almost as if I’m back in the yellow sided house in Cordova.
When I was very small, my grandparents lived in
Now that they have passed, I hope they are together and that there is a yellow sided house on a river with a green bridge in heaven. I know that is where I want to be when my time comes.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I try to save the programs for all of the shows we see. I like to pull bits and pieces out of them to use on my pages. For this LO, I didn't have many photos, but too much for just one page, so I did a double layout. I wanted to pull everything together a little closer to the center to make it look "fuller". By layering the cardstock I created simple borders for a nice quick "blocked" look. I kept them off center because everything just looked too "report-like" when I had them straight. Nice terminology I have eh? <---- for all of you non-canadians, that is the proper way to use the typical Canadian "eh" in a sentence. We don't actually say it everyother word (well, unless you're an east coaster eh?).
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
It's a two for one post day. Please ignore the horrid photography skills for this pic... the lighting in my basement is very sad.
This is my current collection of chipboard letters... well, the ones I've opened anyway. Like buttons, I love chipboard for it's texture and ease of use. I lose paitence with cutting out letters all the time, so this is a simple solution. Each set is placed in a baggie and pinned to my corkboard. Not a very elegant solutions, but cheap. These are all things which I had around the house. I'm still looking for a new plan, but this will do for now.
These containers are stackable (they just twist on to each other). I purchased them from dollarama (isn't that the best store?), they come 6 in a package - for 1$. You can also purchase a smaller size for brads and tiny beads.
How do you store your buttons?
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Over at Scrap Witch, Josie Dean has issued a Use Your Stash challenge involving that gigantic box of small scraps we all have. She wanted us to sort, and organize our stash so it was accessable and easy to use, not to mention neat. Here is my effort:
I got these stackable bins for $1 each at Dollarama. I have sorted PP and cardstock by colour and made a bin for each colour. Black, white, and grey are together. This is the same system I use for my 12x12 shelf. I was hoping for something a little bigger, but these will work just nicely for any thing in the 6x9 range or smaller. All of my bigger scraps are in one large bin together and I save them for card making and 12x12 layouts.
I like the fact that I can now reach all of my scraps easily from my chair and can easily unstack the bins if I need to really search for something special. Originally I had them all in one large basket and was easily frustrated while searching for a specific print or colour. This should work out much better. Thanks Josie, and yes.... I will take the stickers off of the backs of the bins.... someday.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
First - Paper Storage. If you are a 12 x 12 scrapper like I am, the first thing you'll discover is that finding storage for 12 x 12 is neither easy, or cheap. A friend advised me to build one (and helped, thank god).
This shelf to the left was built from white malomine board purchased from home depot. I managed to get one that had pre-drilled holes in the sides for the shelves at small intervals that would allow me to adjust the shelf height. I also purchased the little plastic shelf supports from home depot. The individual shelves are 13 inches wide and the sides are 4ft. You can build to suit your needs though, which is the best thing about this shelf. The sides were cut and screwed to the top, the shelf supports put in, and the shelves snapped into place all in about 2 hrs. Beware though... it weighs a ton! I use it to separate my paper by colour. I put my cardstock in with my PP for simplicity. I've had this same system for a long time and it seems to work great!
Total Cost of Shelf:
Malamine board (2, 1 with predrilled holes) $30
Shelf supports - $.05 each = $3.00
Compare to pre-built cost of $140 - $299 and what's not to like?
My other storage shelf was purchased from Canadian Tire. I no longer have the facilities or the tools to build my own since moving. This shelf is adapatable to your design. There are more vertical and horizontal shelves that I could add, but I like having space for my various baskets. You could also use this model for a paper storage shelf, but since I already have one, took advantage of the shelves other features. The drawers are lovely. In the shallow drawers I have my letter stickers, finished cards, and my embossing powders. In the deep drawers I have my ribbons, flowers, buttons ( yes, I need a whole drawer.. see previous post), and my larger print photo's and photo cd's. I purchased this shelf for approx $150. The assembly was time consuming and a little trying - but since I made Jeff do it there wasn't much frustration on my part!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
This is one of my favourite LO's created from a sketch originally done by Penny Hackney over at Scissor's Paper Pen! (There is a link to her blog on the left hand side of Scrap Stash). Her LO was featured in the Blog over at Scrap Witch a few months back. A few of us have had a go at it. Marineland was my first attempt, but I've also tried it in black...
The photo's are 3x3. I think it is just such an effective LO, and so easy! Big thanks to Penny for inspiring me, and a big thanks to Jill over at Scrap Witch for featuring it in her blog so I could find it! If you have a moment, head on over to scrapwitch to check out Penny and Jill's version.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Ok. I'll admit it... I am a self-proclaimed button addict. I love the different shapes, colours, textures... and of course the price! I first discovered buttons on a sketch challenge for Scrap Witch last year (sorry ladies, I can't remember which one). I cut them off of an old shirt (ok, maybe not so old... but I'm sure it wasn't missed...), and was completely happy with the way they worked. I then found a small stash at the dollar store, but quickly graduated to the wide, wonderful world of EBAY. At which time I suffered from temporary insanity and went a little crazy with my bidding ending up with about 10lbs of buttons!
Primarily I use buttons for flower centers (easier and faster than using brads), and sometimes I make the entire flower out of buttons. Lately I've become addicted to using them for borders... even if it is a little over the top sometimes...
This is the sketch challenge for January at Scrap Witch... well, it started out being the sketch challenge anyway... now it resembles ATTACK OF THE BUTTONS. I can't help it, they are so versatile! As an after thought, I wish I had of made my title a little more distinctive, but I like the cut and paste look.
Speaking of buttons, anyone interested in a swap?