Friday, February 25, 2011

Bringing more into the fold

Last night, a new scrapbooking friend of mine held a workshop to introduce scrapbooking to people.  Diana held it at a yoga studio that a good friend of hers owns and her approach to it was how meaningful scrapbooking can be.  Not only do you express yourself through creativity, you can validate yourself and your loved ones through it.  She did a great job explaining what scrapbooking is and why it is meaningful to her. 

I had helped her put together some page kits earlier in the week for the ladies to work with.  There were 2 patterned papers, 1 piece of cardstock and a few simple embellishments.  Diana brought everything that was needed to create a page and the ladies did a great job with it.  It had been a long time since I'd worked with beginners so it was interesting to have to explain how to choose the papers, how to set up a design and how to cut the papers down to size.  But it was a good reminder of how we all started off.

Here's a link to Diana's blog.  You really should check out her work - it's beautiful:

Thursday, February 24, 2011

LOAD Day #3

So, I'm on Day 3 of LOAD over at Skrap 'n Chat.  Last night, I didn't really want to go up and scrap but I'm sure glad I did because I got the entire LO done!  Sometimes I just need to force myself to sit down and do it because I always can get going once I'm in the zone. 

Today's challenge was to use Blue, 3 Buttons, 3 Brads and 1 Bow.  It's so funny how I never know how things are going to come together until I'm in the middle of it all, unless I'm using a sketch.  I started off with the orange.  I wanted to put some orange on the second page and then it just morphed into a journal spot with yellow and blue brads all around it.  I really like how it turned out. 

Then, for the bow, I didn't want a big one as it didn't seem to fit the LO.  Then I got the brainwave to tie a bow in one of the buttons.  Just right!  I had these bathtime embellies from Jolee's (I think) and they fit just right. 

And with this 2-page LO, I've finished 20 pages in February.  Yahoo!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I Love My Baby Brother

I finished another challenge over at Skrap 'n Chat.  This challenge was to have a picture of hugs and/or kisses or x's and o's and to have hearts on the layout.  I decided to scrap this picture of Aidan and Kirsi; I absolutely love this photo and wanted a layout that showcased the photo and their relationship.

I absolutely love the background paper but I cannot for the life of me remember which DCWV stack it came from.  Now that I've separated all my stacks into colours, I can't keep track of which line it's from.  I went with the monochromatic look to have the classy look and to focus on the photo.  I used my Leave It To Weaver (Fiskars) border punch for the first time.  I only have two border punches but I knew I'd love the look of this punch and I was so happy with how it turned out this time.  I used a sheer green ribbon and ended off with a small "bow".  I also used my new Patina Stickles and I have to tell you, I love 'em!  The colour was absolutely perfect for this LO.  I wanted to highlight the word "love" in the title so I used the Stickles on it and I used foam mounting tape to pop the letters off the page.  I added the different coloured flowers for a little visual appeal.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What I Like About Me

At Club CK, there is a challenge to do a layout about yourself.  At first, I thought this would be a tough layout to do as I don't normally scrapbook myself.  I include myself on pages about our family or our travels but I've only ever done one other page about myself.  However, as I got going on the page, I realized that it wasn't difficult at all and in fact, I enjoyed doing it!

I started out choosing the kit that I wanted to use, which is Julie Billingsley's "Prairie Fields", and then I chose the photo.  After that, I just started playing around with the design and the papers and came with this:

I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to journal about but then it struck me.  I hadn't ever really written down what I like about myself so I thought this would be the perfect subject for the page.  I am a confident person and I know that there is plenty of good in me, along with the bad and the "needs improvement" bit.  So I figured that I should get at least some of it down in writing!  lol

Monday, February 21, 2011

Journalling Challenge #4

One of the things that I did back in October was to do an interview with the kids to see what their likes and dislikes were at this point.  Even looking back a few months later, it's so neat to see how much they've changed (and how much you've forgotten!).  I just hadn't put it into a LO so that's what I decided to finally do.  I have to admit that I love it!  And I plan on doing this regularly now because I know I'm going to love looking back on these later.

Once again, I used one of Julie Billingsley's kits, this time "Rambunctious".  I just love her stuff!

So, if you're up for it, here's your challenge.  Conduct an interview with someone you love.  Maybe your children, maybe your spouse, maybe one of your siblings, maybe your parents.  Maybe a grandparent who is still alive.  Maybe your favourite aunt or uncle.  You can ask any questions you want.  Here's the list of questions that I started out with:

How old am I?
Where am I living now?
What games do I like to play?
What activities do I like to do?
What books do I like to read?
What toys do I like to play with?
What songs do I like?
What foods do I like?
What foods don't I like?
What is my favourite animal?
What are my favourite clothes?
Who are my friends?
What do I want to be when I grow up?
What is a good memory that I have?
Something that is hard for me right now
What is my one wish?
What makes me smart?
I know how to
I can do ___ by myself
What are my chores?
What was my favourite vacation this year?
Picture of favourite silly face
Obviously you wouldn't have the same questions for an adult but this will at least get you thinking.  Just think of the memories that you'd like to record about this person and make your questions from there.