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Monday Journal – Altered Photos

 For this week’s Monday Journal I did some altered photos as I was inspired by the theme for our upcoming Etsy Craft Party on June 6th.  I pulled out my journal that I had made out of a book to a spot that already had some yellow, blue and pink paint on it from previous projects.  Instant colour scheme.  I added some stars with florescent pink, aren’t they awesome?

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I didn’t take any in between photos unfortunately but this is mostly how is turned out.  It says “Be You, Be Happy, Be Free”

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I used one of my favourite photos of the girls and I on vacation in Quebec city for both techniques.  It took many tries to get us all off of the “jumpolene” (which is what Amelia calls it) at the same time to take that picture.

For the first technique I used paint pens and my favourite Faber Castell Pitt Pens.  Milah is flying away with her ankle wings and Ava sprouted horns.  Totally normal right?  It should be noted that all of the pens work better on photographs printed onto regular paper.

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Here is the same photo but I embroidered it instead.  So many different stitches you can do with both but this technique worked best with actual photographs.  I got bear ears and Amelia some pink socks.  I then just stuck the photos in with good old washi tape.  I really enjoyed this project and will definately be doing some more.

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 Hopefully you will come out to enjoy some photo fun with us on the 6th.  I am quite looking forward to it.

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Scrappy Sunday – Donna Downey Class

Happy Easter everyone!!!!  Last weekend I was lucky enough to be able to attend a Donna Downey class at Scrapbook Centrale in Montreal.  I was beyond thrilled.  I love going to Montreal for any reason but to be taking a class from Donna while there was pretty special.  We packed up the family and made a weekend out of it.  We even got to visit my cousin and her family.

We made a gorgeous little mixed media scrapbook album.  Here is the charismatic Donna in action.

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The album was filled with linen, burlap and book pages.  Three of my favourite things.  I brought pictures of our last anniversary snowboarding trip to Stowe, Vermont.  I printed them all in black and white on plain paper so I could wrinkle and distress them.

The framed picture on the cover is of Chris in front of the covered foot bridge in the village.

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The album was filled with Donna’s canvas goodies, some of which are no longer available like the letter titles.

Chris and I strolling around the village trying to take a picture of ourselves.

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The awesome watch piece is a Tim Holtz Pocket Watch.  I loved the feather wings and NEED to get my hands on some more of those.

The picture is of me at the Burton factory being inspired to go snowboarding, haha.

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Before adding all of the goodies we applied gesso to the cardboard pages.  I didn’t apply it evenly because I wanted some of the cardboard to show through which you can see a bit of on this page.  Isn’t that ruffle great under the title?  It is made from cash register tape, that Donna, so creative.

This is a picture of our favourite coffee shop that we head to every morning we are there.

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Donna is all about the masking tape and shipping tags which she calls “brown holes”, haha.  I am not daring enough yet to start using masking tape so when I got home I used washi tape here and there to ground the pictures a bit.

  The pic is of snow falling on the gondola at Stowe Mountain.  It was a beautiful day and trip.

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I never have any problem going to any of the classes by myself as everyone always tends to be pretty friendly.  They usually sit the “singles” at the same table as well so most people are in the same boat as me.  I was seated with a great group of ladies.  Here is one of my table mates Katerine.  She was pretty adorable as this was the first class she had ever taken and it was with Donna Downey, so lucky.  She seemed to enjoy herself and did an amazing job.

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Donna kept everyone laughing and thoroughly entertained.  Here she is helping another person at my table who was also from Ottawa.

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I forgot scissors so my lovely neighbor Nancy loaned me a pair.  Thanks lady!!

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Here are some more Ottawa ladies.  You might recognize the one on the left.  It is Stephanie Pouliot who used to teach at the Scrapbox.

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It was such a pleasure to meet Donna and her husband Bill.  I realized after I left that I hadn’t gotten a picture of him :(  True salt of the earth people.

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If you ever get a chance to take a Donna Downey class I highly recommend it.  You won’t be disappointed.

Hope you are having a great long weekend!  Don’t forget to get some creative time in to nourish your soul!

Scrappy Sunday – Paris Layouts

It has been a while but it is Scrappy Sunday time again.  I did a few Paris layouts in my new mini book that I made a few weeks ago.  I incorporated the inside of the front cover into the layout as well as some of the pages from the original book that I had cut up.  My first stop off the plane was L’Arc de Triomphe.

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I tucked some of my boarding passes into the ribbon and clipped a photo to it with an old school paper clip.

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The Champs Elysees starts right at L’Arc De Triomphe which is THE high street for labels in Paris and most of the world really.  I was pretty excited because it was very close to my hotel :)

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I added some princess petals from Webster’s Pages and various sized butterflies punched from old book pages that I am planning to continue throughout the entire book.

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I matted a lot of my pictures with old vintage papers.  Here are my pictures of the cafe I ate dinner at and the smallest car that I had ever seen which appeared to also be the smallest home I had ever seen.

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I, of course, went to see the huge Louis Vuitton store.  I strolled around so long I came back at night and wanted to incorporate both photos.  So, I stuck card stock quality paper to the top back of the photo and put a crease in it so it would fold upwards.

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I then added a little tab to the bottom right hand corner of the photo to encourage lifting :)

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And underneath… Louis at night with all the impressive art work on the windows (matted in old meter reading paper).

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I am enjoying remembering such a great trip and it kinda makes me want to go back and I haven’t even printed off pictures of my favourite spots.  Have any of you been to Paris? What was your favourite spot?

Scrappy Sunday – Baby’s First Days Layout

It has been forever since I have done a Scrappy Sunday post or did any scrapbooking.  Craft fairs have taken priority lately as it is that time of year.  I had my first day off today (over a weekend) in a couple months.  I had no obligations, wasn’t teaching or in a fair.  So, on the agenda, a scrapbook first days layout for Amelia’s baby book (before she graduates from high school, haha) and decorating the Christmas tree, WOOO!!

Before decorating, a layout about Amelia’s first days on this earth.  They were a little rough.  She ended up in the NICU for her first 24 hours then had do light therapy for 2 twelve hour sessions as she had jaundice.  Those 12 hours sessions were some of the longest hours of my life.  I just sat and stared at her crying.  I wasn’t allowed to take her out unless it was to feed her.  So brutal and doing this layout brought it all back.  Which I believe is the point of scrapbooking, to let your kids know about their past and remind yourself of the memories.

Almost all of the paper and accessories are from Webster’s Pages.  I am in love with this animal/baby page.  Couldn’t wait to use it.

I didn’t want the second page to match exactly as it would have looked a little silly having the animals with the scale on the second page as well.  So I found a background page and overlaid a large die cut with the same colours.  I then used that same paper to matte my pictures on the opposite page (see above).

Sorry about the quality of the photos.  I just missed the daylight by 20 minutes.  I must set something up in the house for good lighting.  (Tips are always welcome if anyone has any :)  Here is the title with all of the trim.

Don’t forget to hand write on your pages, it is almost as important as the photos.  You might not have the perfect handwriting but it will certainly mean more to them.  Look how tiny her hand was around daddy’s finger.

Daddy had taken notes of the day on his blackberry and I am so glad he did.  He e-mailed them to me a long time ago and I printed them off on card stock when I was ready to do my layout.  Check out that feather flower and push pin, aren’t they gorgeous?

A string of pearls and some little whimsy flowers here and there and it is all done.

Now for the Christmas decorating.

Scrappy Sunday – 18 Month Layout

For today’s layout I wanted to do something to help remember the everyday for Amelia.  There are so many milestones as our babies grow up, but it is the little things I want to remember as well.  Those little adorable crazy faces she makes or her favourite food at the moment.  So, I did an 18 month layout of a day Amelia and I were hanging out by ourselves and she was goofing around with a mini slinky.  The title of the layout was…

She was wearing her little Tommy Hilfiger dress that was black & white with red.  I didn’t have many embellishments in those colours so instead of running to the store, I thought I would just make my own.  So much faster and cheaper that way.  The first thing I did was take a couple white paper doilies and rub the outside edges right onto a red ink pad.

I didn’t really have any black and white paper either but I did have some mistables paper from Pink Paislee.  It had a cute chevron pattern and I took my black ink pad right to it and just rubbed it on until the paper was covered.   I took a paper towel to rub off the excess and voila, the pattern appeared.

Here is the entire 18 month layout.  I added some pretty pins and a flower from Webster’s Pages.  The black flowers I had in my stash (luckily) but I am not sure where they are from.

Here is the left side.  Check out those adorable faces she makes, haha.

Here is the right side, with Amelia’s foot covering part of it, the little stinker.  God forbid I should be trying to do something without her.  She just had to involve herself some how :).  I used a lot of vintage items in this layout such as the red buttons, the old flash card and an old explosives card for the Pennsylvania Railway (I ordered a bunch of cool cards off of e-bay for my art).

Here is the card that her foot was covering.  Just a few things I thought we might want to remember as she gets older.

Hopefully these are things she will want to know as she gets older as well and let her know how much she is loved.

 

Scrappy Sunday – Graduation Layout

This week I decided to do Milah’s grade 6 graduation layout.  She is my oldest and as Milah gets older, there seems to be less and less milestones to document.  Not to mention she has started scrapbooking herself.  Looking at these pictures reminds me how quickly time passes.  This gorgeous tall leggy blond used to be my baby girl, my Milah Moon (which she refuses to acknowledge, haha).  Makes me proud and sad all at the same time.  Just a reminder that we should all ENJOY THE EVERY DAY!!  I am certainly trying to do that with our youngest Amelia. I do not anxiously await the next milestone as I did with Milah but I try to enjoy every stage.  Then document it through their books so we have them to look back on and remind us of the special moments.

Here is the double page spread.  I used some of my free goodies I received last weekend.

 All of the circles I punched out of a 12×12 Jillibean Soup page with a circle punch.  Except for the black and white clock ones which were a stamp using the same punch.  I also took a butterfly stamp to a book page and fussy cut it out.  Both are easy and inexpensive accessories.

Both papers on this side are from the Core’dinations collection and I took sand paper to the green one.

Such a pretty girl who makes us so proud :)  The brown fabric flower is from Maya Road who was a generous sponsor at Crop & Create last weekend.

A couple of the photos were a little blurry so I printed them in black and white then just coloured Milah’s dress in to make her stand out with one of my Faber Castell PITT big brush pens (that are my absolute favourite).

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, we are in Peterborough and having a great time!!

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Scrappy Sunday – DIY Vintage Flowers

My brother and his family were here for the weekend from New Brunswick.  They hadn’t been here in about 6 years, so I had no creative time this weekend.  So, I thought for this Scrappy Sunday I would share a little DIY vintage flower tutorial which was posted over on the Canadian Scrapbooker website.   It is a super versatile embellishment that you could use for many different projects such a layout, invitations, an art journal even a mixed media piece.

I know what I will be making this week.

Scrappy Sunday – Friend Layouts – Part Trois

Not a lot to say tonight as I am trying to keep these simple and it has been a very busy weekend.  I just wanted to share a few more friend layouts I did for my girlfriend Steph’s bachlorette weekend scrapbook.

 

It’s almost done!!!

 

Scrappy Sunday – Friends Layouts – Part Deux

These layouts are a continuation of my last Friends Layout post I did.  I started a scrapbook of my friend’s bachlorette and I was trying to get it done for the rehearsal dinner.  However, it is not looking good, haha.  I still have other wedding paper goodies to prepare so I likely won’t have time.

The first friends layout is for the Maid of Honour, it is a picture of them when they were in University, super cute and young.

I tried to keep the embelishments simple as I wanted the focus to more be on the picture and words.  I did make sure each page had some bling.  I am loving this orange trim from Webster’s Pages.

My next and last layout for today was mine.  I love adding red to black and white, it just pops.

A little shine and check out the awesome red trim.  The material is velvety and reminds me of a 70’s jumpsuit, so cool.

A good way to add visual balance is to have three points (in a triangular form) of visual interest or colour.  So, I added an embroidered little red bird to finish off the page.

Oh, oh, before I forget, I got my order from Dick Blick the other day.  Odd name, I know, hehe.  They have the most amazing variety of art supplies.  Felt like it was Christmas when I got it.  I am going to do a little video in the next couple of days to show you my stash.  You are going to be jealous, I am sure.

Scrappy Sunday on Monday – Friend Layouts

Hope everyone had a great Canada Day!!  I was lucky enough to be out at a cottage for a bachlorette for one of my bestest friends.  The weather was amazing.  My plan was to put together a scrapbook of the weekend so the bride could have a permanent keepsake with a ton of friend layouts.  First I must share a pick of the view from the deck of the cottage which was on Lac Sinclair.  Beautiful!!!

My idea for the book was that all the guests would write a little something for the bride, ie. favourite memory, qualities or words of advice and next to it I would put a picture of them from over the weekend. The first thing I did with the book was make a friend oriented title page (since this is what the whole theme of the weekend basically was).

I took all of the background pages from the same collection called “all dressed up” which was from DCVW.  The first layout was for the bride, but I still have yet to decide which picture to use as I got a few good ones.

The right side of the layout was for the venue, I inserted a picture of the cottage that the owner sent to us ahead of time.

The cool summer themed stickers are from Penny Black.  They are appropriately called “vintage friends”.  I totally love them and had been saving them for the perfect friend layouts.

Here is the ‘bride to be’ (looking adorable in the veil we made her wear) reading the Maid of Honour’s contribution to the book (with the MOH).

Now that the weekend is sadly over I have to sort through all of the awesome pictures and finish it.  Hopefully it will illicit more of such amazing emotions.  I shall keep you posted on my progress.