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Scrappy Sunday – It’s Almost Easter!!

This one is a little late as I had a day of shopping in Montreal, so awesome!!! Car full of girls, some great clothing stores and sushi for lunch.  What more could you ask for?

Today’s Scrappy Sunday layout was loosely based on the second sketch for March from the Scrapbox.

Since it is almost Easter I thought I should scrapbook last year’s celebration.  Instead of using circular shapes for the centre and right, I chose squares.

 One page at a time…

It is always a good idea to ground your photos with a solid coloured border when you have patterned papers in your layout.

The cut out flowers and eggs were from a digital download on itkupilli’s shop.  She has some adorable Easter stuff.

This layout has gotten me excited for this weekend and the kid’s big Easter egg hunt.  Have a great short week everyone!

Gypsy and Company

Just wanted to let you know about a cute little vintage shop that is downtown off of Elgin called Gypsy and Company.  When I find somewhere I like, I just have to share.  They have a great mixture of vintage and handmade items in the store.  It is full of personality and so is the staff.  Every time I go in everyone, including the customers, are so chatty.  It is awesome.

Very interesting art work done with 35mm film I believe and check out the lamp…

Some vintage goodies…

Some handmade goodies…

Some homemade goodies…

They have it all, haha!!  I must go back and have one of those yummy looking ginger cookies!!  I have vowed to spend more time there, like sit and stay a while as it is close to my work.  I’m bound to have some interesting conversations and great food (which is vegan and vegetarian btw!).

Collage Challenge – simply White

This week’s challenge over on Collage Obesession is simply WHITE.  Hrm, this was a difficult one for me in that I usually incorporate tons of elements to my pieces to add depth and texture.  I had to step out of my usual comfort zone.  Which is the point of all of this I guess, it is called a challenge right??  So, this is what I came up with…

I cheated a tiny bit as I added a touch of blue to my white for the background so not everything melded into one.

Check out all the lovely texture I created with one of my vintage doilies and some gesso…

Hope everyone is having a good week, half way to the weekend.  WOOO!!!

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!!