Saturday, October 31, 2009

November reveal...

It's that time again! I loved working with this month's design team kit from Two Scrapbook Friends. There were so many beautiful papers and embellishments to create with. I am thankful to all my friends who shared their daughter's fall photos with me! I used lots of stickles and glossy accents on these layouts but it doesn't really translate well on here.

For this layout of Mia at the pumpkin patch I hand cut a leaf patterned paper then layered it with stickers and other embellishments. I used stickles to accent the veining in the large orange leaf and the vine along the right side.
Just wanted to add that this layout has been selected for the Basic Grey gallery

I came across this pic of my friend's daughter, Juliet, apple picking and knew I wanted to use it with this line. I traced patterned paper onto the tree then inked the trunk. I used the pom pom ribbon to look like grass. When I thought I was finished I took another look and added the little grouping on the top right.

For this layout of Laney I went for a linear look with a few little girly details. I used some Tim Holtz snaps as flower centers and a Prima felt vine. The chipboard letters were inked, then I used pink, red and cinnamon coloured stickles. Once they were dry I coated them in glossy accents. I love how they come out looking epoxy like.

Thanks again to Jenny, Melinda and Shanah for lending me your girls. It's so fun to scrap feminine. These papers would work for boys too but when I saw these photos I knew they would be perfect for this month's kit.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I remember when I was little....

It's almost Halloween and the kiddies are busting with excitement. I've got my fingers crossed that it doesn't rain despite what the weather network is telling me. Wyatt got to dress up for school today (he goes every other Friday so will miss out on the school dress up). I've been working away this week on putting together his costume and was so happy to see it all come together. Now I know some people may think I'm crafty but I can barely sew a button on so this was a big undertaking for me. All in all it turned out ok and I only sustained one minor injury in the process. When I was little we always had homemade costumes; cheerleader, hobo, baby, bride, witch etc. Looking back on those photos makes me smile and I hope that when the boys are older they'll look back and smile too.

Consider this my PSA for how not to use a hot glue gun.
Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 26, 2009

many moods

We just got home from our last weekend away at the cottage for this year. As I was loading my pics onto the computer I was having a good chuckle at all the different facial expressions Holden has. He has definitely mastered the pout! His moods change in the blink of an eye or in this case the flash of my camera. This little collage is only a small sampling of his repertoire. At least there are a few smiles in there.

Monday, October 12, 2009

my baby turns 3...

Yesterday was Holden's third birthday and we celebrated it at the Grandparents house during Thanksgiving. Like all parents I wonder where the time goes. It seems like I was just bringing him home from the hospital, worried about how his big brother would feel about a baby invading his space. Now he's such a big boy. He is my cuddle bug, my singer, my ouchie-kisser. He is a sweet, sensitive little guy. Don't get me wrong he can beat on his big brother and throw a tantrum with the best of them but he can wrap me around his finger with his perfect pout.

Happy Birthday baby.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Friday night crop....

I decided last minute to attend the pizza crop at TSF last night. I'm so glad I did! After it rained, all day, it was the perfect way to lift my spirits. I had lots of laughs and had a great time cropping with the girls. Andrea, I'm glad you decided to come back!! I even managed to get two layouts done.

It was a late night for me but so worth it. Hopefully I'll get to do some more scrappin' this weekend!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

je t'aime Montreal...

I went away this past weekend with my friend Jenny for a quick trip to visit our friend Jennifer in Montreal. I haven't been on a train since I was 5 and haven't been to Montreal since I was 16. I really enjoyed travelling by train and would highly recommend it. I was impressed with the leg room, wide aisles and the fact that every set of seats had an outlet for computers and free Wifi.

Jennifer and her husband Michael (he generously played chaffeur for us, but not in the Rolls!)

It was great to visit my friend Jennifer who moved to Montreal in the Spring. I've really missed her and it was so nice for the three of us to have lots of girly talk and to get some shopping done too. Three days went by far too quickly but thankfully Jennifer and family are coming to Kitchener for Thanksgiving so I'll get to see her again this weekend!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

October Design Team Reveal

Time for another reveal!

This month's kit had some awesome Fancy Pants papers, Pink Paislee letter stickers, buttons, chipboard stars, tire track ribbon and loads of card stock to work with. I had already purchased some of these papers prior to getting my kit so I was super excited to work with it. I love Kraft papers. I like the muted tones and earthy feel and I especially like them when they are distressed. Be sure to check out all the other designer's layouts in the TSF gallery.

Just Cruisin' is a simple layout that leaves the focus on the photos. I used some bling to create a road then cut out all the little cars. The large car is chipboard and the window has glossy accents on it to look like glass. I used the Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge to create the title.

(Items not from the kit: kraft cardstock, screw top brads, brushed metal brads, Fancy Pants chipboard car)

For the 'so full of wonder' layout I wanted a rough, distressed look so I crumpled some papers and used an edge distresser. I used George on the Cricut create the star that mimics the ones in the paper. The ledger frame was cut from around a die cut sheet, crumpled then stapled to the background.

(Items not from the kit: jillibean soup letters, green cardstock, rose moka mini letter stickers, star brads)

For 'attitude what attitude?' I used some raffia to tie the buttons which brings out the hay in the photos. I sprayed the chipboard stars with tattered leather glimmer mist and distressed the background cardstock.

(Items not from kit: maya road mini chipboard alpha sprayed with glimmer mist, we R memory keepers rub ons)

I tried something a little different on this card. I made a tag on my Cricut then added an eyelet and some jillibean soup twine and hung the inside message.

( Items not from kit: jillibean soup twine and mini monogram letters, brads, fancy pants chipboard arrow.)

Have I mentioned how much I love all the new products from Jillibean Soup?? So many unique pieces to add to layouts. Most of my layouts use Tim Holtz distress ink in vintage photo and I also use a lot of Glossy accents which isn't always easy to see in photos.