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It’s that time again – Scrappy Sunday – School Layout

For this Scrappy Sunday post I am still working on Milah’s school pictures.  This layout was done of her grade 3 picture.  I couldn’t find the one of her class but I had a few pictures of her with the Earth Care Club.  That was a huge part of her year and consumed alot of her recesses so I figured it was just as important to get in there.

 

I added some interest and texture by taking a strip of paper and folding it accordian style…

and I used a pearl for the period in Gr. 3…

 I was trying to use up stuff I had around the house so I can’t even tell you where any of the supplies are from.  I do know that the little trees are a two step stamping set from Stampin Up!  Happy scrapping everyone!

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New Art & Scrapbooking Store in Aylmer!!

I stopped by the Aylmer Mall and when I was parking I noticed a new burgundy sign off in the distance at the strip mall in behind the parking lot.  I decided to go check it out!!  You can imagine my excitement when I discovered that there was a new art & scrapbooking store in Aylmer that I didn’t even know about.  They have only been open about 3 weeks mind you but I was still shocked.  It is called CAFABRIK, which loosely means “to create”, I believe.

They will be offering all sorts of classes and just did one on quilling…

I look forward to seeing what else they have to offer.  In the meantime, go check them out as they have tons of pretty stuff and a great range of supplies for all your art and crafting needs.

Birthday Encaustic Class

Milah’s birthday was on Monday so we had our family celebration on Saturday, which was St. Paddy’s Day.  Of course the theme was all things green.  Our Ottawa family came for brunch and instead of typical birthday hats I had all sorts of green accessories for the kids to wear.  Here is the crew in their gear.

and our little Amelia with her little hat…

I don’t think she is too impressed with having to wear it, what do you think? hahaha!! She almost looks pained.

The guest of honour blowing out her candle…

For one of her gifts I decided she deserved a birthday encaustic class as she has been getting back into art lately.  I also thought it would be fun to have a mother daughter art day.  So, off we went on Sunday to St. Elmos Fire for the afternoon encaustic workshop.  I am not sure who was more excited, haha.  Here are our pieces..

This is mine, which I am not totally happy with.  It is my first one though so I am trying to be easy on myself.

This is Milah’s, which turned out awesome.  I was so proud.

I absolutely loved the process.  All the layering of the pieces and the wax.  It is hard to see but the wax creates such dimension, it is pretty cool.  You can get all kinds of texture in it, then highlight it with oil paints.

Christina was great as usual but made me totally comfortable with wanting to try this at home.  I have always been scared of fumes and such, but as long as you do it properly and have some sort of ventilation, all is well.  Not that I will rush out and get all the supplies tomorrow, but one day :)

Scrappy Sunday Layout

For today’s Scrappy Sunday layout I took my inspiration from Jen at The Scrapbox.  Every month she puts out an inspiration challenge in her newsletter then asks people to drop them by the store for all to see.  At the end of the month she does a draw for free stuff I believe, then you get your layouts and/or cards back.  Great idea!!!  Here is the one page layout that I used for this week…

This is what mine looked like…

I never do one page layouts so I turned it into a two page layout.

I thought I would continue to work on Milah’s school pictures.

A few close-ups of the embellishments…

The title and paper cut outs were done with my Cricut, such a handy machine!

Another layout done, WOOOO!!!

 

Webster’s Pages Grand Prize Giveaway

So exciting, new products!!! I know, I know, I am going on about them again but I thought I would let you know about a Webster’s Pages Grand Prize Giveaway over on their blog here. There isn’t much time left so head over and enter.  It is worth 500 beans worth of products.  Can you imagine how much yummy stuff you could purchase with that?????

Collage Challenge

So this very cool artist over on Itkupilli has a few blogs and one of them is Collage Obsession.  She puts out a weekly challenge for everyone and anyone in any medium you wish.  So this week, in honour of St. Paddy’s Day, the collage challenge was simply green.  So, this is what I came up with.

I entitled it “Sometimes we all need help to fly”.  With the lighting it is hard to see but all of the background papers have different tones of green in them.  This was fun, I think I shall try this collage challenge again :)

It’s Sunday, so you know what’s up… Ultrasound Layout

Scrappy Sunday is what is up.  I am not totally thrilled about my layout today, but it is what it is.  It is the second and third page to Amelia’s ultrasound pictures from when I was pregnant.  The first page I posted a while back here.

I used the same colour scheme and flowers as the first.  I wanted to use black to balance out the actual ultrasound pics again.  Here are the two pages together.  I included pictures of me at 3 and 6 months along with the ultrasound pictures.  I was a high risk pregnancy so I was lucky in that I got a lot of ultrasounds.  So, I got to see Amelia growing fairly regularly.  It was great!!!

I spread my title over the two pages and used one of my alphabet stamp sets and some rub-ons from Basic Grey to spruce it up a bit.  I even included a picture of the pregnancy test with the positive result…

And lots of flowers (with some brads and pearls for the centres) from my stash to make it girly…

 Almost finished my journal, so I shall post it soon!!

St. Elmos Fire

Thanks to my amazing man, I have gotten to do something I have been wanting to do for a while -take a mixed media workshop at St. Elmos Fire with the lovely Christina.  When I got there I was shocked that she knew who I was and flattered to find out that there had been some mutual stalking going on.  Here is Christina talking to one of the students…

The workshop space was gorgeous…

Check out this awesome chandelier Christina made, in Italy I believe…

I got to go with two of my bestest friends…                  STEPH (isn’t her painting so bright and cheery, just like her :)

and JEN, who’s birthday it was last week and who was a mixed media virgin (not to mention extremely pregnant)…

Then there was a mother daughter team (they even had matching aprons, how cute!) who I believe had been there before as their paintings turned out great…

She seemed like a bit of wild one, check out the bold use of paint, haha…

Now for my finished piece.  Which I wasn’t able to get done while I was there.  I got a little ambitious and upgraded the size of my canvas and had to finish it at home.  I knew I wanted something inspirational to possibly hang in my workshop space.

There were the most amazing vintage looking prints there, it was oh so hard to decide what to start with, but when I saw a random image of a swing and bike, I instantly was reminded of my childhood and choose the picture of the girl feeding a bird.

Sometimes it is good to be brought back to when you were a child and had no worries or stress and you could just be, maybe have a swing and feel the wind in your hair.

The entire experience was amazing, they even served me tea :)  I had forgotten how great it is to create with others.  So inspiring to see everyone else’s pieces evolve over the class.  I definitely must do this again.  I heard there is an encaustic workshop coming up soon.  Must sign up for that.

Scrappy Sunday – Baby Layout

It’s Scrappy Sunday time again and I am posting another baby layout!!

This week I went to a crop at the local Ottawa scrapbooking store The Scrapbox.  Jen, the owner, is always so sweet and helpful that I had been wanting to go for a while and just finally did.  Everyone was so friendly, it was great.  I worked on my art journal cover and got this baby layout done of Amelia when she was 3 months old.

I wanted the main colour scheme scheme to be teal and that vibrant pink.  As you can see, it is the colour of her dress and my shirt.

All of the metal embellishments are from the Ambrosia Trinkets set that I believe was just released at CHA by Bo Bunny.  Jen had just gotten her order in and they hadn’t even been put out yet.

I took a paper distresser to the picture frames and title circle, then applied some brown ink so you could see it a little better.

I then went through my stash of leftover papers to find some in the colour scheme and used different sized punches to make the circle border that runs along the bottom of the photos.  Such a great way to use up scraps.

The adorable pink rosette trim is called bloomers and is from Webster’s Pages.  I have it in a few different colours and have been dying to use them.  You would think I was sponsored by Webster’s the amount I mention them, haha.

Another layout done for the baby book.  YEY!!!

Time For An Art Journal

I am currently doing this fantastic on-line workshop given by Jeanne Oliver and in doing so I have finally been convinced that it’s time for an art journal.  Thought it might be a good place to practice some new techniques before committing an entire canvas to it.  Also, might be a good place for all of the ideas swimming around in my head.

I have combined a few of her techniques and thrown in some of my own.  This is what I have so far.  You will have to excuse the pictures as I wasn’t at home while I was working on this so I took them with my phone.  First, I cut the covers off an old book with an x-acto knife and modge podged (I am sure that is an official verb by now isn’t it?) some ephemera onto the front cover.  I even put an old map of Manhattan from a travel book.

I looked through some fashion magazines and found an image that appealed to me and took down the colour a bit with silver polish. Watered down white acrylic paint was applied to cover the ephemera.  I then needed to add some texture so I took out modelling paste (which is white) and added some teal ink to it and used one of my plastic doilies as a stencil to apply it.  I also took the end of a toilet paper roll and dipped it into the excess to make the circles on the upper left side.

I put colour back in by painting over the girl.  More texture was added with stamps, rub-ons and the felt butterfly.

I shall keep you posted on my progress.  I have some interesting ideas on how to bind it all together.  TO BE CONTINUED…

**UPDATE** See the completed journal here.