Friday, July 27, 2012


Since I had pulled out the Christmas photos for Laura's challenge, I figured I'd kept working on them.  This layout is based off Kelly Purkey's "29" layout on p. 44 of CK's Simple Scrapbooks special issue.  I wanted to highlight the fact that we were in the outdoor pool during the Christmas season while living in Chile, very different to our Canadian Christmases.  :)

Supplies:  DCWV Christmas stack, baker's twine, Smooch Spray, washi tape

I did lots of fussy cutting for the embellies for this layout:

I wanted to draw some attention to the title so I decided to use twine:

I used paper strips, washi tape and a little strip of twine to this part of the layout:

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree

Last week's challenge at Club CK was to do a Christmas layout.  I have many, many Christmas photos that have not yet been scrapped so it was a good challenge for me.  Since I've been on a paper scrapping kick lately, I stayed with it.  I chose some pictures from A's first Christmas and started thinking.  We had two Christmas celebrations, one in Chile and then one in Canada when we went home to visit.  This one is from our Chilean celebration.

I hadn't done the pennants/banners before so I thought I'd give it a shot.  I didn't want to pop them off the page with foam dots so I decided to ink the edges to help them stand out.  Thank goodness for Fantastix to help me get into those tricky spots!

Supplies:  DCWV Christmas stack, scallop border punch from EK Success, 
ribbon, gems 

I added some gems to bring some interest to the title.

 And some more gems to the bottom right of the photos.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


This is another layout based on one of my Thanks Living statements.  We spent the first few days of July with my husband's family and it was wonderful, particularly after having lost his little cousin to leukemia at the end of June.  Having gone through that experience, we all realize how important family is.  I just wanted to highlight some of the fun times we had over the Canada Day weekend with that side of our family.

Supplies:  "Summerfun" kit by Just So Scrappy
Border by Splendid Fiins

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Oh Canada!

For the July Thanks Living challenge, Erika talked to us about the principles of grounding and anchoring.  I guess it's something that I do much more naturally now but I never took the time to think about it.  So, while doing this layout, I let it come together as I wanted it to but then I checked to make sure that there were both aspects. 

The Thanks Living Statement that I chose to scrap was about my appreciation for the country I live in.  It's serious journalling for a "cutesy" layout but I planned it that way; I wanted to "offset" the seriousness with some playfulness.

So, how did I incorporate grounding and anchoring?  I grounded my layout with the three paper blocks underneath my photo, along with the mist on the background.  I also grounded my title onto the photo and paper blocks so it wasn't floating alone on the background.  I used my embellies, the ribbon and the journal spot to anchor the block to the background.

Supplies used:  digital kit "Canada Eh" from Peppermint Creative, scalloped border from Splendid Fiins, 
white ribbon from "Busy Little Boys" by Heather Roselli, 
digital mist by Gennifer Bursett and the dashed line by Cathy Zielske

Monday, July 23, 2012


When A was little, he loved flinging clothes out of the laundry basket and scattering them around the room.  I have a few pictures of this little escapade and decided to scrap them.  I have enough pictures to do a 2-page and a 1-page layout so this is the single one.

I used Ashley's July sketch for the "Sketch It Out" challenge over at Club CK.  Here is her sketch:

And here is my layout:

I stayed quite true to the sketch, though I did add one more strip of ribbon on the RH side and I used two smaller photos rather than three.

I also did this layout for Jenn's July challenge at Skrap 'n Chat.  She challenged us to use some of our collections that we have.  Anyone who scrapbooks knows what this means.  *blush*  I have so many different collections that it was hard to narrow it down.  So, rather than narrow it down, I embraced the challenge and used a lot of my collections!  In fact, I used three different kinds of ribbon, three flowers, three buttons, seven brads, two different mists and some washi tape.  Yep, all on one layout.  And it was surprisingly easy once I pulled everything down.  I just started laying things all around and seeing what would work together and voilĂ , this is what I came up with.

I cut the title out with my Cricut - I am so glad that I got SCAL when I did.  If I weren't able to use SCAL with the Cricut, that machine would pretty much be useless for me.  I don't use a ton of die cuts on my pages but I do use it for my titles - love it for that!

I decided to incorporate a little bit of deep red to pull that colour out of the one patterned paper that I used.

I layered three flowers and topped them off with a mini brad.  I also layered some washi tape onto cardstock and then punched out a border: