Friday, July 25, 2014

Christmas In July 25% OFF Sale!!

Lain Ehmann, "Scrapbooking Superhero" is having a FLASH "Christmas in July" sale to celebrate the opening of her new online store!

Using the code HOHOHO you can take 25% OFF almost everything in the store! Come see, browse and pick up the fun Scrapinars and classes you want at a BIG discount.

I am on my way there now, too. Here is the link:
Click here to view more details

Click the link,, choose your Scrapinar or class, use the code HOHOHO and away you go! Enjoy- The education Lain offers in second to NONE- you will NOT be disappointed. :)
REMEMBER to use the code HOHOHO to receive the 25% discount... what a great sale!
Have a super day-  and scrap something!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Magnets: UPCYCLED!

Today, I am reposting an older Blog post- just wanted to share a fun "upcycle" with you all. Here you go!

I was so excited to recycle these thin magnets that regularly come in the mail...(elections, carpet cleaners, financial institutions, cosmetic companies, etc...) and use them to show off a few of the kids' pictures!

I recycled small pces of Bazzill and Basic Grey Cardstock (CS) plus some bits of Fiskars and Accord Publishing patterned papers in order to complete these.

Used portions of regular sized photos- ie: the one of Bryan with his age 10 b'day cake was great b/c the rest of the photo was the "backs" of people's heads-- so I just used the part that showed Bry and thus saved an otherwise-unusable pic.

Used up a few "left-over" letters as small monograms. The K and the N are both from Debbie Mumm Designs. The denim-look B and D letters are from the Stickopotamus collection.

Blue satin ribbon on edge of Kate's magnet came from my Mom (Thanks!)

CM corner rounder used on Noah's magnet.

Noah's beautiful portrait was taken by Tammy Pyette of Enchanted Portraits. Hope you like these! They're useful and pretty. (I took the other 3 candid-kid pictures. )

ENJOY and Thanks for looking!!!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Stash-busting, Upcycling, Creating, "Kitting" and MORE

Hi there!! Just thought it was time for a creation post. Since chatting with ya'll on Jan 12th (YIKES!)  I DID finish that Christmas 2011 12x12 album, participated in LOAD 214 and LOAD 514... and have kept on scrappin' thru the graduation of 1 child from grade 8 and one from high school-- Safe Grad and Prom included-- PLUS a big Grad brunch for family AND the moving of my eldest child to a neighbouring town!!!  Now, I didn't scrapbook all that stuff yet, but I kept creating pages, KWIM?

Additionally, there were all the little things that made life busy and yep-- here I am-- finally!

It's summer, things have finally calmed down a little and and I have a couple of LOs to share with you today. BACKSTORY: While going thru some older pictures, I came across an envelope of pictures on my desk, and they were pics from 2002, taken 2 years before we went to a digital camera. Those were the days when we were parents of THREE, not FOUR kids, and because we were not digital yet we didn't take NEAR as many photos... so these are special!
I joined a private group on FB called Summer Scrapping Challenge. (You can ask to be admitted to the group- there's a box on the right side of the page where you can do so!) It's a great place for motivation! These are two of the LOs I created  with those particular photos for the challenges there. The day was Daniel's second birthday. The first one asked us to use triangles on our LO. Here you go:

"Little Guy- Oh Happy Day"
Daniel Cole on his 2nd Birthday, 2002
 Chocolate cake by Mommy! 

This one was a veritable stash-buster. I even used an overlay for the title!

"Little guy" overlay: Fancy Pants Designs (2010)
 "Oh happy day" sticker: 3 Bugs in a Rug (pre-2010)
PPs: "Kraft Fun" Collection from My Mind's Eye (2011)
Kraft CS: CTMH
Ink: CTMH "Desert Sand"
Pen: "Antique Burgundy" Zig Writer
Corrugated CB circle: CTMH
Star that says  "wow" inside: CTMH stamp set
Shiny CB arrow
Boat fussy-cut from pp I bought at a closeout sale
Ticket, string, "approved" rub-on (MM), button - ALL stash
Used some "Kraft fun" paper scraps to create the triangles... and for the rectangular patch to "anchor" the boat in the cluster.

The next LO is one I created using yet more old stash! The challenge was to be inspired by a photo that  was summery & boasted a lot of blue. Here's what I  created. The pics were of our older 2 kids, their Uncle Gil, and their cousin Garrett in 2002 at my sister Mary's backyard pool.

"Hello Backyard Tropics"
 Kids having fun with their Uncle Gil.
PP: "Mediterranean Summer" collection- TPC "Grecian Blue" (pre 2010)
Dotted pp, "Hello" accent: Studio Calico "Darling Dear" Collection
Ink: "Autumn Terracotta" - CTMH
Journaling Block & photo mat:  "Autumn Terracotta" - CTMH
Brads: BasicGrey- "Curio" collection (2010)
Banners: Paper scraps from CTMH and Studio Calico
Flowers: Stash
Sunburst button: Frenchy's (my stash)
Font: Ariel bold

Journaling: On Daniel’s birthday in August 2002, we spent the afternoon at a pool party hosted by Tante Mary & Uncle Gil. These are iconic photos of Uncle Gil jumping into the pool with his nephew Garret (Gallant), niece Kate and nephew Bryan. The kids all look so young here! J It was a great “family” day and these photos make us grin!

Photos- August 2002
Journaling by Ali (Mom)- July 2014
Pics taken before we got a digi camera (2004).  

I also joined a FB group called GinaZeeUpcycle. It's a fun thing to upcycle things and I do it all the time, so I'm really enjoying this group! The following LO has an item that I upcycled in it-- you will have a peek at it when I explain.

In addition to the Summer Scrap Challenge group and the Upcycling group, I am a member of the Scrap Stash Kit Club.

This month, I went into it full bore and with great enthusiasm! I have created a kit! It's called "Squeeze" (named as suggested by leader Margareta Carllson.)
 Here itis- I separated the parts a bit so you can see it easily.
Cardstock kit  for "Squeeze" SSKC Kit #1
 (12 sheets- 2 of each)
The green is MUCH more lime-y than it appears here, BTW! 
 Patterned  Paper Kit for "Squeeze" SSKC Kit #1
(18 sheets) 
Patterned Paper Mini Kit for "Squeeze" SSKC Kit #1
(all partial sheets)
The lime-y green is true in this photo, BTW! LOL
Embellie Kit for "Squeeze" SSKC Kit #1
See the cardboard "tree"? Well, it was a protective "insert" I found in a set of glasses we'd bought at the department store. There were several, and I envisioned them as trees! All have been used in scrap projects except this one. Here's a closer view of this cardboard insert:

Close-up of cardboard piece in the embellie kit.

I created my first "Scrap Stash Kit Club" layout using my version of the  "Squeeze"  kit. Here you go!

"I am Blessed" Layout
by Yours Truly 

This is my UNB Grad photo...I am most proud of the pics of me in my nursing uniform and cap, which have already been scrapped... but I do LIKE this photo and it needed to be safely kept, so here it is!

Journaling Block:  Colonial White CS- CTMH
Dotted PP: Studio Calico "Darling Dear" collection
Small geometric print: SU!
Swirly Print: Tim Coffey (K&Company)
Zigzag print: Studio Calico "Darling Dear" collection
Brads:  BasicGrey "Curio" collection (2010)
Washi Tape: Forever in Time (leftover strip from roll- no adhesive left)
"I am Blessed" title tag: "Simple Pleasures" collection 3 Bugs in a Rug
Ink: Autumn Terracotta: CTMH
Tree "trunk" - Copic marker E55 Light Camel
Flowers for tree: Dollarama #02-3021452 (self-adhesive)
Large Ric-rac- Savvy 'n Sassy (2010)
Font: Arial bold

The cardboard was nicely upcycled into a tree-- I am so happy with it!!
Here's a closeup:
Upcycled cardboard  pce redesigned as a tree! 
Journaling: I am incredibly blessed to be an RN. My nursing career has spanned a brief but rich and varied 20 years in the field-- loved it. Being an RN it has enabled me to care for my large family and better deal with our special needs. Yes, we have a heavy load, but I understand that situations can be MUCH, MUCH worse than whatever we’re facing. That understanding stems from nursing. It helps me take it all in stride and be thankful for what we have despite unexpected challenges: we’re still so richly blessed! I am lucky to be able to talk to medical personnel without fear or lack of understanding… and yes, to “stand up for us” the odd time it’s been needed. I’m thrilled to be able to connect with the teachers who help educate my children. With a strong background in social sciences, I “speak the language.” It makes everything easier. I simply “GET” the fact that others have challenges. Being an RN makes it less difficult to develop strong ties of trust with other human beings. I am blessed to be a strong communicator. Because of this, I am able to understand and feel more clearly what may be going on in the minds of others and to get the clarification needed to move forward. I am able to develop trust with almost everyone I meet because I have good people-skills. Being an RN has made me a good judge of character. Nursing taught me that! I am a decision-maker, a teacher, an advocate, a do-er and a helper. I push forward. I don’t wait for things to happen, I make things happen. It all stems from being an RN. I am thankful- but most of all- yes:  I am blessed.

Photos: UNB Graduation April 1988 (taken Oct 1987)
Journaling by Ali:  July 12, 2014

Thanks for popping by everyone! I am so happy you were here, and SO happy to be back to regular blogging and creating. Makes my heart SING! 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

My Process..."Getting it Done!"

Yep!! LOL! I'm happily shouting it from the rooftops!

I got all of our Christmas 2011 photos scrapped!

As promised the other day, I wanted to share some of my "process" with you.

To start, I must explain that I'm not an event scrapper, and Christmas is an "event" to me. I avoid scrapbooking events because I "overthink" the pages. At least, that's what I suspect!

I've come to the conclusion, though, that sometimes you have to keep things simple, not complicate them, and just get them done. This was a case in point. Those photos needed to be scrapped! They'd been patiently waiting. Our family loves photos, and we deserved to have them saved in a way that would enable us to enjoy them!

Would you like to know how I did this? I took some photos of my "steps" as I worked, and  will use them I'd explain how I planned, and then got this ALL done.

Main premises for this Christmas Album:
Simple, clean
Crisp graphic embellies
Linear design
Minimal layering
USe of white space

Keep it consistent by using:
One colour CTMH ink
One computer journaling font
One title style (Sizzix "Sizzlits"- Nouveau)
One colour CTMH cardstock for BOTH background and journaling
One CTMH paper collection


Gather the photos for the event you want to scrap.

Decide on size of album based on your preferences and the number of page LOs you want to compile in order to document memories of your event. I chose to go with a 12x12" size.

Choose a paper kit or group of papers that you know will set off your photos. I chose the beautiful "Sparkle and Shine" Paper Collection from CTMH.
"Sparkle and Shine"  from CTMH

There were 6 pieces of double-sided paper in this pack. Additionally, there was plenty of coordinating cardstock including Ruby and Juniper in the collection.. Seen above are the three patterned papers I used exclusively on my pages.

Choose one solid cardstock colour. Be sure you have enough sheets in your stash as this will be the background for each page. I chose White Daisy CS from CTMH for my page bases.There was White Daisy in the paper pack, but I added more from my stash as I needed 13 sheets. Thankfully as a CTMH consultant, I had lots on hand!! LOL. I rarely use white as a background colour, so this was a fun idea.

Choose one ink colour to use throughout your album. I chose Archival Black from CTMH: a nice rich black goes well with Christmas colours and the white background I had planned. Black ink was my choice.

Next, gather some old photo envelopes to use in the sorting process. You know, the ones that photos come in when you pick them up at the photo lab. :) I always have a few laying around on my desk. These were really old ones, so I was happy to give them a new life for this project. You can use any recycled envelopes you have on hand and you will need ONE envelope for each page you plan to create for your project.
Photo lab store envelopes were repurposed
 for sorting
Sort your photos into layouts or "pages."  The number of pages will depend on what you have planned and how many photos you use on each page.

Decide which photos you will use on each page.

Crop the photos to feature the people and things you want to showcase. I tend to crop my photos  in similar or same sizes, this way I can group them in ways that appeal to my linear-thinking brain.

Sketch a design you can refer to later when you create that page. Use the size and number of pics available, already cropped, to guide your sketch.

TIP!! Be sure the paper you sketch on is small enough to fit into your photo envelope. In the past I have sketches on post-its, but this time I had a perfectly-sized notepad handy! Use the approximate shape and size of the pics you have already cropped.

TIP!! Be sure you leave space in the design for journaling. (In my personal sketches, I use a "J" to mark the journaling area.)

Rough layout sketch  by A. MacDonald

Place your photos and the rough sketch in the photo envelope.

Label the envelope and sketch with same number, just in case they happen to get separated. Use pencil so you can erase and use the envelopes again if you wish, once this project is all finished.

I do my sketches "roughly" because I do not know which are "keepers" yet. LOL! If it turns out to be a keeper, I will draw it out properly later for future use! :) I know his is different from the way some folks create, but it's the way I chose to proceed in order to design make the pages I wanted to complete. Works for me!

Envelope containing photos for one layout.
Accompanying sketch will go inside envelope.
(Notice that envelope and sketch are both numbered the same. )
It may be of help to write a suggested title for the page on the envelope containing the photos and sketch.

Place each envelope of pics and its' accompanying sketch in a 12x12" ziplock bag. Place a piece of White Daisy CS in each bag.

Make a bag like this for each page you intend to create.

Write the journaling to go with the photos in the envelope. I do this with my computer. I used Arial unicode MSw for my journaling. I love that font!

Bring your photos over to the spot where you journal so you can refer to them as you write.

Print and place journaling in the bag, ready to roll. (You can handwrite journaling if you wish, just be sure to place in bag.)

TIP!!! Choose one journaling font and one cardstock colour for journaling at the beginning of the project. For example, I decided to use Arial Unicode MS and to repeat the background White Daisy CS for my journaling. This created consistency within the project and kept it simple.

Save your journaling on your computer. I created a folder for this purpose, to keep things from the same project together.

Here is how I created a folder to keep my journaling in:

After I typed my journaling for each page into MS Word, I titled each file and saved it to a folder called "Christmas 2011 Journaling."

Each file of journaling within it was numbered and titled.

This is the way I do all journaling intended for a specific project.

With regard to this particular project, let's say I had just journaled for page/sketch #10. I would call the file "10 Christmas 2011 Journaling."

Journaling for page 1 was called "1 Christmas 2011 Journaling" and for page 7, it was called "7 Christmas 2011 Journaling."  Easy-Peasy!

My "Christmas 2011 Journaling" folder
showing all the files within it.
The numbering of my journaling files corresponds to the numbers on the envelopes and sketches.

Once I had printed the journaling I needed for a specific page and placed it in the Ziplock bag, I wrote DONE in the title of the file.

File title was changed AFTER I'd printed out the journaling
The next part is more about my own process, so for the rest of the tutorial. I will talk about this as MY project and not in steps.

I took my 12x12 bags of journaling, CS, photos and sketches over to my scrap desk. I placed them aside for a moment and went hunting thru my stash for some Christmas-y embellishments.

I found chipboard, 3-D stickers, trees, some angels and bling. I set it close to my scrap area to have it handy, either to USE or as inspiration for my pages.

I laid out the sheet of White Daisy CS. I had a gander at my sketch, what papers were available and how much space I would need for the photos placed as they were in the sketch.

Gathering what I need to adhere

I put the photos on the plain white piece of CS to look at the space available. I cut out a title, wiggled things around, slid things back and forth, then decided on what patterned paper I wanted to use.  After that, I just cut it to size, arranged everything, and adhered it all.

I wanted a linear style with lots of white space so I kept that in mind. For example, I decided to mat one photo in this set, as I placed it.

Here's what this particular page looked like when complete. I repeated this process for all the pages.

It was fun, simple and satisfying to get these done!

 Page 9 of our 2011 Christmas Album, all completed! 

Would you like to see the set of layouts I created for my album?
Here you go! I will be working on a title page soon!

 "Christmas Tree Joy"
Our beautiful tree came from Stork’s Landing in Kingston, NS. It had been grown locally at Lake Paul and was fresh as could be! Noah gave it the “sniff of approval”- and once Daddy had placed it in the stand, he proceeded to decorate it with shatterproof ornaments! He was so happy. Then, he went to sleep. We took the ornaments off and Daddy put the lights on the tree.  Noah woke the next day to a tree with shining lights on it, all ready for him to start decorating for real! (Noah was not upset as we always do it this way so that he doesn’t have to wait for lights to go on and gets to decorate it with the ornaments. Tree-day is so exciting for him!)

December 2011
Here is our beautiful tree on Christmas Morning- December 25, 2011

Here are our 3 oldest kids peeking around the corner as they arrived upstairs on Christmas Morning! Great anticipation!!
Although, to be honest…I think Daddy and I were even more excited than they were! (Shhhh!! Don’t tell!)

December 25, 2011

"Big Day" 
December 25th was always a very special family day!
Here are a few different views of the kids while we were having fun relaxing, eating delicious treats like chocolates and “scranwiches” and just being silly. J

Christmas Day, 2011

Bryan was opening a gift from Noah, who was super-interested- carefully watching, then HELPING his big brother unwrap the gift!
The fun expressions on Noah’s face as he helped his big brother were soooooo photo-worthy! **

December 2011

**Translation: darned cute!

"A New Friend"

Daniel was very excited on Christmas morning because he was given a video camera!
Iris was enjoying a snuggle on his lap…
Daniel really loved being her buddy while she was staying with us!  
Such a great day!
Dec 25, 2011

"Happy Guy" 
Daniel enjoyed his time with Iris, and looking at his new gifts!
The various books he was given were things he’d asked for, but the Vivitar camera was a total surprise! It was so comical to see the look on his face when he opened it!** He was super-excited because he LOVES to make movies!
December 25, 2011
**See other photo

"Enjoy, Smile, Relax"

(For this one, I created an "equation.")

Kids’ anticipation of Dec 25th
Pretty tree
Yummy treats
+ Critters
Things that make Christmas fun!!


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Christmas Photo Layout Process

I'm so excited!

I've started the layouts featuring the photos from Christmas 2011! Yes-- I did! I don't know WHY I procrastinate doing Christmas photos, but I do.


Maybe I procrastinate because it is such a BIG day for us, and very special. I hesitate to create pages for the photos as nothing could imitate the feeling of Christmas day!

I decided to throw that thought out the window, take the bull by the horns, and get those memories scrapped. I have made getting Christmas 2011 photos on the page my January 2014 goal.

I'm organizing to create these event-based page process in a neat, step-by-step way, and I'm taking photos so I can create a tutorial about it, which I will post on my Blog. I have figured out there will be about 12-13 pages about that holiday.

I'll share the process with you as soon as I have all my ducks in a row! Just wanted to LYK that this is coming very soon!

Happy 20th Birthday to our one and only daughter, our eldest- Kate Lillian. Love you, sweetie, and am so proud of you!


Friday, January 10, 2014

Scrapbooking Goals: 2014

Hi everyone!! Happy New Year!

 WOW-- can you believe: 2014!!? We're well into the month now.
I love a brand new year.
In general, I work better if I am organized and have an end point in mind, so every year I set myself some Scrapbooking Goals. This year I am adding card goals, too. Here is a list.

Goals related to papercrafting:
155 LOs (12x12" or 81/2x11" pages)
200 cards
12 layout sketches
12 card sketches
Complete Christmas 2011 pages
Complete Christmas 2012 pages
Complete Christmas 2013 pages

Finish creating LOs using greeting card photos from friends/family

Place completed LOs in WRMK albums chronologically

Purchase new WRMK albums when on special at Scrappin' Great Deals

Use heat embossing  (which I just learned how to do!)
Stamp on LOs (I never do this and it is a great idea!)

Complete 2 of the many BPC classes I have in my account

AND: Start using the Picture My Life system from CTMH as my "Project Life". COMING SOON- check with your CTMH Consultant!

Do you set goals for your Sb'ing or cardmaking? I'd love to hear about them, or your thoughts on this topic! Leave me a note!
Thanks for popping by!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Crock Pot Inspiration!!!!

I love my Crock Pot! it saves me oodles and oodles of time. Look what I just ordered!
Slow Cooker

This is just the boost I need to get some new meal ideas for my Crockpot now that fall is in full swing!

 :)  It was ONLY $5.00- well worth it.... Why not order yourself a copy?!

 Have  a wonderful day!


Thursday, October 3, 2013

LOAD DAY 1 and 2

Hi Everyone! 
I have a couple of layouts to share with you today as we are doing the ScrapHappy LOAD this month! 
Here goes~
LOAD Day 2
"New Camera" 
This layout really shows Noah's sweet personality!


These photos were taken by Daddy before Christmas 2012, when we knew we needed photos of you for family, teachers and friends. We wanted the photos to show your personality, which these certainly do! You were an amazingly patient and fun subject to photograph! Love you, buddy.

Noah: age 10 ½ yrs
November 2012
Kingston, NS

CS: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Pembroke Collection - CTMH
Ink: Twilight- CTMH
Camera: Mamarazzi Collection - Bo Bunny
Flowers: CTMH and Dollarama
Brads: CTMH and BasicGrey
Font: Arial unicode MS

LOAD Day 1
This is Kate and her mare, Grace. Grace is a Hanoverian Thoroughbred horse. They are a lovely team! this pic was taken by Danique Rowsell.

So exciting- used pps from 3 OLD collections here! Some I've been hoarding- LOL;  used them here (fussycut) to make the fantasy garden on this LO!!

CS: CTMH Lagoon
3 Collections of pp: Phoebe, Blush and Oh Baby! by BasicGrey were used here
Stickles: Mermaid
Glitz gel: Clear and soft green - CTMH
Sequins: My stash
Wide striped ribbon: My stash
Lettering: Daisyd's- coloured with CtMH ink in Smoothie and coated in Glossy Accents
Font: Amazone BT

LOAD is so much fun and we get PAGES DONE!!
 Have a wonderful day! :)

Monday, September 30, 2013

TOTAL: 24!

Well everyone, my total number of pages in the September 2013 informal Layout A Day (LOAD) that I set for myself was TWENTY FOUR!! YAY-- 24 pages!! Lots of photos scrapped and at least 24 stories told! :)

I even got NINE of the boys' CLASS GROUP PHOTOS scrapbooked! Those were the last ones I needed to do up. Wahoo! Then I sorted out the remaining school pics and got them all into nice envelopes. :) THAT was quite an accomplishment. Just need to decide where to store the left-overs and we'll be DONE with the school pics til this years' come in!

Obviously I didn't get the chance to post each of my 24 September layouts for you to see here on the BLOG but I am hoping that I will get them posted for you within the next few days. Will do my best!

 I made abut 19 pages kits to "have prepped" for the October more "official"  LOAD, too. I mainly:
1) Wrote the journaling and typed it out (I find this slows me down, and when it is done ahead of time, I can just FLY!)
2) Chose my patterned papers (lots of scraps too!) and CS
3) Trimmed photos (I always have several photos on a layout)
4) Gathered any ephemera that needed to be saved on the page
4) Put everything a BIG Ziplock bag

Then I piled them all up, ready to use! Some fun new pages are on the roster for October LOAD!

Have a great evening.


Monday, September 2, 2013

LOAD-09: DAY 1

Here's the LOAD-09: Day 1 layout... remember, this was before we got the kids their BIG (15ft) pool. It got set up a couple of weeks later. This was a HOT day--  we filled the tiny pool with water so Noah could cool off. What ensued was layout worthy! LOL So cute and funny...enjoy!

LOAD-09: DAY 1
 "C'mon Argo!" 

Also fits Whimsical Musings Challenge #13: Colour Triad 
(I used colour scheme #3.)
For some odd reason, Argo thought  the pattern on the bottom of the tiny pool was "real." He kept trying to "chase" it by walking around & around in the water and sticking his nose in! It was a rather comical situation!  The photos don't do it  justice, but it was 100% hilarious to see Argo hop in the water right beside Noah and work soooo hard at "catching" the intriguing pattern printed on the bottom!!!
Our backyard, Kingston, NS
Noah (10) and Argo (3)

June 2012

Cardstock: CTMH "Gypsy"
Ink: CTMH "Petal"
Patterned paper: MME
Bracket: MME
Lettering: BasicGrey
Buttons: My stash
Thread: 100% Polyester-"Feature Value" from my stash

Thanks for looking! :) 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

A Challenge for September!

Over at ScrapHappy, there are a few of us doing a LOAD ("Layout A Day") Challenge for the month of September.

Just for blogging purposes, I am calling it "LOAD-09"

We do have a ScrapHappy member-generated LOAD coming in October, but some of us wanted to start early and get into the groove. :)

So, we are!

Excited to see what we all come up with... I am going to try to blend Whimsical Musings challenges with the daily LOAD-09 prompts from the ScrapHappy 09-LOAD group. The girls are using the iphone LOAD App that Lain started to post the daily LOAD-09 prompt.

I know there are more Argo an Noah pool fun pics, for sure! Keep an eye out- I'll be posting them!


A Summery Layout

As you probably know I've been playing along with  prompts from the Whimsical Musings blog. Just love it! They have a "weekly scrapbooking challenge with an inspirational twist" as the blog header says.

It's really fun because you can look back at the Past Whimsical Musings Prompts over at WM and have fun fulfilling them with a layout or other project.

Why not make it YOUR project to fulfill some of the former WM prompts?? it will definitely help you get pages done!

There is a contest going on over at Whimsical Musings right now with some great prizes- be sure to enter, just by creating a layout for the 100 celebration OR for a past prompt. :)

I created a summer fun layout using the July 2013 sketch by Lain Ehmann (over at the ScrapHappy community) to meet the requirements for Whimsical Musings Challenge #26-- I used a different Sketch than suggested in the WM prompt, but it was inspiring just the same!

"Water Fun" layout
created for WM #26 using a sketch by Lain Ehmann
This one was a stash-buster!!!!
All the paper used is My Mind's Eye. Have lots of MME paper in my stash!
The cardstock and inks were from CTMH.
Flower was cut from CTMH patterned paper
Title Lettering:  Crate Paper
Font: Arial
Ribbon: My stash- originally from SNS

Hope you enjoyed this fun summer LO... head on over to Whimsical Musings to get your scrap on!! See you there!


Monday, August 26, 2013

Another couple of stories told!

Hi scrappy peeps! I've been playing a little bit over at Whimsical Musings, where there is a 100th Post Challenge going on! Participants have til Sept. 16th to get their layouts in, so get on over there and have fun! 

Here's what I created for the Whimsical Musings Centenary challenge (WM #100):
"But She's Home Now" layout
 Whimsical Musings Challenge #100

(WM #100)

The little chipboard flowers are APPLE BLOSSOMS. Apples are a major crop and traditional emblem here in the Annapolis Valley area of NS. :) 

 XYZ is the initial of the lady who gave us the piano- I cannot  state her name as her CLIENT gave the piano to her and it would be a breach of confidentiality somewhere down the line. The XYZ initials are explained  on the LO's reverse for my family. :) 


She's between 85-100 years old & may even have seen TWO World Wars. Who Knows?  69-84 years are unaccounted-for...
"Upright Orchestral Grand" Manufactured by Amherst Pianos Ltd.  1913-1928... in Amherst, NS
"Gap" of 69-84 years... 
Until approx. 1997... Bought at auction by family in XYZ, Kings Co., NS,     who also had a sheep farm. 
Approx. 1998: Piano given to XYZ's's client whose daughter was taking piano lessons.
Approx. 2003: XYZ's client GAVE her the piano & an SPCA donation was made (in exchange).  Sept 2011: XYZ's sons were no longer playing. She found the piano a home. 
January 2012: Piano came to us on a horse trailer-----> (Gives our address in Kings Co., NS). Local moving companies dropped the ball!  


All cardstock, patterned papers, both types of lettering, and inks: Close To My Heart.
White gel pen: Uniball Signo- Broad tip
Apple Blossoms & flourish chip stickers- BasicGrey Curio collection

Then I went ahead and told a couple of other stories that needed recording.

These are both 8 1/2 x 11" pages and will go in the big album beside the 12 x 12" page seen above.

"Happiness is Homemade" layout 
Whimsical Musings Challenge #100-3 
(WM #100-3)

I wanted to do something nice for the person who gave us the piano and the folks who came to help Daddy move it.
I used a tried and true, FAVE recipe for Sugar Cookies. I tripled the batch. It was hard ‘cause kitchen stuff is tough on me – I admit that my legs were really tired afterward. Luckily, they cooperated for most of the work time!  Made over 150 cookies and gave almost all of them away, much to the kids’ dismay! (LOL)
The gal who gave us the piano told me in an email that she had to stop herself from eating those delicious cookies for BREAKFAST! 


1 cup margarine
1 c white sugar
1 egg
2 cups all purpose  flour
2 tsp Cream of Tartar
1 tsp soda
dash salt
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients.
Roll into 1” balls, roll balls in sugar. 
Press down gently with a fork.
Bake 10-12 min at 350 degrees.

"Only in the Valley" layout 
Whimsical Musings Challenge #100-6 
(WM #100-6)
Supplies for the two pages above: 

All cardstock, patterned papers, lettering, and inks: Close To My Heart
Horse punch: Regal
Cork medallion (used as a title block): CTMH
Stamps: CTMH "Country Born" set: D1543
'Kissing' horses a scrap fabric swatch - I frayed the edges to make it more sturdy & to fit this layout.


Only in the Annapolis Valley would a PIANO be delivered on a HORSE TRAILER.

Yes, the Amherst Upright Orchestral Grand Piano that had been given to us was brought to our home in Kingston from Berwick---- using a horse trailer!
TY to M.J. for the loan of her trailer- otherwise “The Old Girl” (as I call her) may never have arrived at her final destination!

Notes placed on the back of this LO: 

1. Some of the guys from Daddy’s work at 14 Wing Greenwood came to help move the piano, which weighed 600 lbs.

2. The piano, given to us by  XYZ was a real treat. Although it’s been 20 years since I TOUCHED a piano, I’m hoping to get some of my piano-playing skills back

These are NOTHING FANCY but a few more stories were told in the process. :) I feel really good about that! 

Be sure to hop on over to Whimsical Musings and play with us- it's a nice little spot for Challenges! 
Oh, and I should probably mention that there is a prize for the Whimsical Musings Centenary Celebration! Lots of fun! Get those LOs in by Sept 16th-->See you there! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Summer fun!

Hi everyone!! 

Since it is so gorgeous here in NS- it's the middle of summer, and it's our "family birthday season" again (Bryan: July 28th, and Daniel: August 4th) I'd like to share some LOs I created of the kids enjoying 1) Daniel's birthday, and 2) the backyard pool. These LOs were JUST created the past few weeks and are all from last summer! 
Here you go!
"B'day Bliss '12'"
Journaling reads: Daniel, we celebrated your 12th birthday in August 2012 with a pool party for some of your friends. It was a hot, beautiful summery day. Before we went outside, there were gifts and a delicious DQ ice-cream cake depicting a big green sea turtle to celebrate summer. The turtle on the cake also commemorated your Leatherback Sea Turtle project from Grade 6.

"Gifts, Cake- 2012"
 [Daniel's 12th birthday]

"Play Hard"
Pool party fun! 

"Swim, Play, Enjoy"
August 4th, 2012 pool playtime: birthday fun! 

"Most Favourite"
Journaling reads:  Daniel told us that the most favourite part of the birthday party, for him, was swimming with his friends.  :)  
It was obvious that ALL the kids had a blast playing ball, goofing around in the pool and enjoying the sun-- it was a beautiful day! 
How awesome to have a pool in your own backyard!

Journaling reads: Daniel said the kids all enjoyed playing “Monkey in the Middle” with the red ball when they were swimming! They swam for about an hour before it was time to head home. This was a “definitely will-be-repeated-party” idea!

"Cool Pool Time"
 Noah in the pool!

"$-Store Shark"
More pics of Noah-- and the shark!
Journaling reads: The “Dollar store” shark gave the kids SO MUCH extra fun in the pool! They swam with him, “rode” him, chased one another with him and generally had him within arm’s reach the entire time they were in the pool. In the summer of 2012, we had a bigger (15’) pool and they had a blast with Mr. Shark yet again! Not bad-- for a dollar!

Photos of Noah: August 2012

Hope you have all enjoyed these watery-fun layouts! Have a super day... 
What's coming next? A horse/riding layout, and some pics of the Prom 2012 mini-album that I created for Kate! 
See you soon!