Friday, 29 April 2016

Trius Winery

The Trius Winery at Hillebrand was the site of my first winery tour while vacationing in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
I really wasn't prepared for the amazing structures, machinery and wine cellars that make up a winery. I was truly in awe. During the tour we were taken through every step of the process from the vines to the completed product. It was Trius that started me on my quest to tour as many wineries as possible, and taste as much of the product as I did, while in the Niagara wine region.
I love double-page layouts because I always have so many pictures I want to use.
On the 1st Friday of each month Scrapmuch? shares a great double-page sketch. I wait for it every month. Scrapmuch? also shares a single page layout each of the remaining Friday's of the month.
This is today's double-page one designed by Laura Whitaker for Scrapmuch?
It was a great sketch for featuring my favourite Trius photos and the memorabilia I collected during my visit. 
Don't forget to incorporate all those "little things" you pick up during your travels. They all add to the memory you're creating of your experience.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Niagara Apothecary

On the main street of Niagara-on-the-Lake museums can be found forming an integral part of the streetscape.
The Niagara Apothecary was one of my favourites. It building and interiors were not only all original, but much of the medicines and powders could be seen in their original bottles and papers. I was fascinated by what I saw and before I knew it two hours had flown by.
None of my pictures turned out well in the little shop so I bought this great postcard to scrap for my album.
I wanted to keep the Victorian feel so embellished with things that were so popular during the period. Things like a birdcage and butterflies fit in perfectly. I added a little brown ink for aging. I came away very pleased with my layout.
The inspiration for my layout is from the May 15th Stuck?! sketch designed by Laura Whitker. When I saw the sketch I immediately visualized my treasured postcard surrounded by a variety of pastel patterned papers. Thanks Laura for such a great sketch.
There's a new sketch at Stuck?! on the 1st and 15th of each month.

Saturday, 16 April 2016


There was scrapbooking before there were photos so a layout with no pictures should be considered traditional.
Instead of photos I salvaged the labels from a number of wineries I visited while on vacation in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
I considered it a labour of love consuming the wine to get to the label. If I were honest that's probably delusional justification but it works for me.

I had such a great time with embellishments on this layout. Sometimes you just need to root through the bottom of your embellishment stash. There are always treasures to be found.

This layout is based on the Scrapmuch? sketch designed by Laura Whitaker. I knew right away it would work for my hoard of wine labels.

There's a sketch every Friday at Scrapmuch? You won't lack inspiration if you drop in.
Another great take on this sketch is the one done by my mentor Danie. Check out her Little's first haircut. So cute!

Friday, 8 April 2016

1st Buck'in Shot

Yes, Erica got her first buck in one shot.
Not only in one shot, but with her first shot.

This is her first year of hunting and we are very proud of her. She has been well trained and, as a lot of northern women do, hunts for sustenance not sport.

I loved working on this layout. I was able to incorporate a bit of the woods into my page with the use of birch bark and kept things 'earthy' with cork patterned paper, some jute and a wooden flourish.

The sketch for this layout came from Stuck?! sketches and was designed by site owner Laura Whitaker. Stuck?! will be releasing another single-page sketch on the 15th. Watch for it.

I just knew this sketch would work for my photos. The open space at the bottom is what suggested to me that I dig out those pieces of dried birch bark.

I've been away from scrapping for a bit but with my trusty mentor, and amazing friend, Danie encouraging me, I've got the bug again. I guess we all take some away time from our projects but fortunately that urge to create always resurfaces.