Sunday, 28 September 2014

Daddy's Girl

I admit it. I'm a Daddy's Girl. Fortunately I've never had any completion being the only daughter.
This page is very special to me. It was 1996 and you might say I had a midlife crisis. I decided that I wanted to go to college and 'get the piece of paper' that showed I could do the job I'd successfully been doing for 20 years. Like I said it was a midlife crisis so, yes, I know it didn't make sense.
But I did it. I'd decided on Conestoga College in Kitchener. I'd never been to Kitchener and was a little nervous of finding the college. Dad said he'd take me to my first day of school, which by the way was a 3 1/2 hour drive. It was a great trip together.
Some two years later, as the family was getting ready to travel to my graduation ceremony, my Dad took my keys from me and said; "I was proud to drive you to your first day of school and I'm proud to drive you to your last."
The moment is one I'll never forget. It is so very special to me.

The sketch for this layout is the Sketch~N~Scrap #65 from September 15th, 2014.
I loved the suggestion of using so many different patterned papers.

I combined the sketch with the Colour Challenge from Scrapmuch?
I loved the tones of this colour board. It reminded me of summer skies and Muskoka lakes. The red made the blue tones 'pop'.
Some great handmade butterflies I'd gotten in a small shop somewhere, a bit of twine and a chalkboard style tag that let me journal the event and year, and I was done and thrilled with my layout.


Thursday, 25 September 2014

I Was Featured !

I'm so excited!

My layout @Play has been featured by Scrapmuch. Click this link and come see!

Did I mention I was excited?

I had a great time creating his layout from the Scrapmuch? first sketch of the month. There's still time to join in the fun and create your own pages. Post them on the Scrapmuch? site and you'll have a chance to win a prize through a random draw.

I get to add their "I've Been Featured @ Scrapmuch?" Badge to my sidebar. This just keeps getting better.


Cardstock: Hollo’s (Kraft; Midnight Blue, Sage)
Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs (Collecting Moments), Carta Bella (Well Played), We Are Memory Keepers.
Embellishments: Fancy Pants Designs (Collecting Moments; timepieces, blue tag, orange stripped envelope), Bazzill Chips (Garden Flowers; chipboard daisy), Carta Bella (Well Played – to make a tag)
Stickers: Fancy Pants Designs (Collecting Moments; tape strips)
Alpha: Jillibean Soup (Corrugated Words)
Ink: Powder Puff (Mocha Mama)
Fibers: American Crafts (orange/white, red/white cord)
Miscellaneous: Skip-bo cards and logo (scanned, reduced and printed on Canon photo paper with Canon inkjet printer)
Sketch Designer: Laura Whitaker (posted on Scrapmuch September 6, 2014)

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Gone Fishing

And go fishing they did; day after day after day of our 2013 summer vacation. They would leave so early in the morning I could barely see them out on the water. I swear they were up before the fish were.

They did catch lots of fish, and, because they 'catch and release', they might even have caught the same fish more than once for all I know. Yikes, if you were a fish, wouldn't that be 'adding insult to injury'?

Normally I'm nervous of cutting my photo where the pages join but this one worked out fine. My son, working by the motor, ended up on one side of the layout, and, the two girls, with lines in the water, on the other.

This two page layout was created by using two of the same kit (#262 Gone Fishin') from the

I did some rearranging from the layout suggested for the kit and added some fun embellishments. The Dollar Store is a great place to find some inexpensive and colourful lures. Be careful when you remove the hooks. Ask me how I know. (She smiles). I loved the brads for accentuating the eyes of the fish.

When I asked my fisherman son for some fishing line I came to understand there are any number of kinds of line. He brought me three types so I figured I best use them all.
The clear line I wound around the title, the three-colour line I wrapped around the photo of him running the boat, and the green line I put behind a button that resembled a fishing vest. I found the button at my local fabric store.

The sad news is that this kit is now out of production.
 You have to get them fast! They go so quickly. Scrapmuch? Collection of Kits

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

@ Play

Everyone likes to play games when they get together on holiday and my family is no different.
 Skip-bo has been a family favourite for many years. It can become a bit competitive but no one has been hospitalised as yet.
It's hard to capture all the laughter, strategy and physical threats, but, as an important part of our holiday, I had to try.

I used the September 5th sketch from Scrapmuch? created by Laura Whitaker. The first layout of the month is a double page and I had lots of pictures I wanted to use. This was a great layout for my project.
As an embellishment I scanned several of the Skip-bo cards, reduced them and printed them on photo paper. They have a photo quality about them so fit in nicely with the pictures.
An inked chipboard daisy, a few tags and string, an envelope, some buttons and two photographed paper Skip-bo logos and ta da! ~ it had all came together. The embellishments were a lot of fun to make/work with.


Thursday, 11 September 2014

JK's A Bear

Maybe that didn't come out right?

JK, prior boss and a great friend, has that sense of humour that makes you afraid you might some day, some very scary day,  learn what actually goes on in that mind of his.

It was a day that I'd have bet the farm, if I'd had one, that I couldn't possibly find anything to smile about. Then my cell phone began to deliver JK's latest reign of humour.

He sent me pictures of his invasion of my home. He'd drunk my wine, slept in my chair and goodness knows what else. I laughed and laughed.

I came across the pictures this week. The first thing that popped into my head was the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, which, as you can see, became the inspiration for this layout.

Thanks JK for making me laugh all over again.

I used the September 6th, 2014 sketch of Let's Capture Our Memories (#88), created by Ana Castro.

Not exactly how Mother Goose would have put it, but it's how I saw it.

Monday, 8 September 2014

You're Out !

"Mom I can't drive any further. Can you take me to the hospital?"
Words every Mother wants to hear...NOT.
To Richard it looked like a matter of scooping up a ground ball at 2nd base. He needed to get there quick but, unfortunately, a small error of distance turned into a body slam into 2nd base with an thumb-first lead.
Crunch! A broken thumb and damage to the palm.

To me however, once doses of pain killers and sympathy were administered, it looked like a great opportunity to try out my new Instax Wide camera. I remember the days of the Polaroid One Step and I'm glad that type of camera is back.

Talk about instant gratification! Picture to craft room in less than 5 minutes.

 I used the September 1st, 2014  Stuck?! Sketch created by Laura Whitaker. I knew immediately I would use outlines of baseballs for the suggested circular shapes. All the different coloured strips of paper made the design super fun to work with.
I used a lot of the co-ordinated papers from the September 2014 kit I got through the Scrapmuch? Kit Club .

A bit of journaling on a depiction of home base, and the addition of stars for my all-star player, and the layout became one of my favourites.
There's lots of exciting things happening over at the Stuck?! site in celebration of its 1st Anniversary. You really should check it out. I'm loving the free cut files that work on my Silhouette Cameo.
Happy Anniversary and thank you Stuck?!