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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Autumn Arrives

Has it? Or not? The days are still unusually warm. Shorts weather at the end of September? Unheard of in northern Alberta. I am begining to long for the crispness of a frosty morning. However, the lengthening darkness signals the trees to change colour and the birds to pack up their nests and head south.

 Oh, little ladybug; where will you go when the frost arrives?

 A veiw of my home from the road.

The colours are changing on the inside too. What's on your kitchen table?

The carpenter pencils have been hanging about for a couple week. I always forget to take them with me when I head to the garage. I think I will keep forgetting for awhile longer.

Have a marvelous day, my friend. Thanks for popping around. Double thanks for comments.



Friday, 21 September 2012

Road trip!

 We had a surprise visit from grandson #2 this past weekend. The ensuing activity of a impromptu birthday party with cousins, visiting other relatives and then returning him home has kept me away from the regular routines.

   His home is about 9 hours away. That is, if you don't stop. But stop we did, to gaze and wonder at the beautiful mountains in Banff National Park.

And then through Kootney National Park. 

 With a stop for a dip in Radium Hot Springs

photo from tripadvisor.ca
 And home again, home again, jiggity jig.

 I got to view two vintage Shasta campers, on the way home.

 One in rough shape with all it's "shastaness" still intact. The other, in better condition but stripped of all identifying features except the magazine rack. :S

So today is laundry and catch-up and lots of emails and blogs to read. This weekend I hope to stay put at home. Although the leaves are changing colour, summery weather continues. Still no sign of frost in the forecast so I will feed and water the flowers again. And take some more pictures.
oops, my bloomers are showing!

Hydrangea, Lime Light

Hydrangea, Winky Pinky

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Thursday, 13 September 2012

At Kit's End

One week into CKC kit At Season's End and I am at the end of it! 22 single page layouts. Two double page layouts. For a total of 26 pages.

A stack of scrappy goodness

Pages made from my At Season's End kit
 Then there are the left-overs
 I will make some more journal cards from the bits.

However this pile goes back into the stash.
1. Did use more than six of my pre-made journal cards. yeah!
2. Used some of the lace borders. These ones were too feminine for the mostly boy related pages.
3. Didn't intend to finish the twine, ruler tape or the paper clips.  But they were all used on at least one layout.
4. The patterned paper, which was snuck into the add-on set because I thought it looked good with the other papers, never looked good with any of the chosen photos. Since it was not represented in the inspiration kit, I do not consider it a fail that I am returning it to the stash.
5. Two title stickers and the fabric flower invention are the only parts I feel should have got used, but didn't.
6. Also left over were journal spots and phrases from the Echo Park, Bella Road, For the Record, Noteworthy  paper. I will re-work them into the 3X4 journal cards before they go back into the stash
7. And there is about half a page of K & Company, Danny O, Polka Dots Flat. Hmmm...it could pair up with the fabric flower, felt paper clips and the Because of you title for one last hurrah. Maybe tomorrow.

One other thing that may be of interest to you. I believe I coined a couple of new scrapping terms. These layout are "cousins". They are individually unique of themselves and can stand alone. However, when they are placed together, you can't help yourself from comparing their similarities and differences.

Where as these layouts are "sisters" Again, single page layouts that are each unique but more similar than cousins. When side-by-side, they support each other and are possibly stronger as a unit.

 Any two of these three work well together as a two page layout.

For a look at each of this weeks 24 layouts, please go to my flickr photostream. There is a tab at the top of this blog, to take you there.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Mini Cards

The idea to make "Project Life" style journal cards came from a CKC blog in July and I jumped right in. The first round I made these. I have been using them on my layouts this month. Last night I just couldn't find the right "something, something" for the page under construction, so I whipped up some more.

 And because I have too much fun, making these little miniature layouts, I made these.

 How too? Cut your base paper, (the lined paper) to 3X4. Stick on some bits of off cuts in a pleasing manner. Add embelishments and/or stitching as you wish. Washi tape, button, fabric daisy trim, doodling are on the lower set.  Stitching, button, twine, fabric daisy trim on the top set. Snip corners with corner rounder and they are ready to enjoy!

Use to brighten your day! Journal cards, book marks, lunch box notes, to-do lists, shopping lists, gift tags. Do you have any other ideas, on how to use these? Please share.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

A Peek At Some Pages

This is the third month in a row, that I have participated with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. And it is exciting to see the pages develop. This month's combinations of patterned papers is stretching my creative muscle. Plus I am working with photos that haven't been scrapped because they had me stumped. They are mostly four years old and sit in a box on the desk. I flick through them from time to time and say to myself, "I gotta get these stories down." and then move on to something else that proves to be less challenging.

It turns out that odd (to me) paper combinations and left-over photos play well together. I have been snipping and pasting for a week now and have 17 layouts finished, with four more creations queuing up.

The thing that I am excited about and want to share today, though, are the "counterfeit embellishments" that I have made. This it the first time I have followed along with the tutorials on CKC and also copied items directly from the inspiration kit at Birds of a Feather. Here are some of the dandies:

Paper Bows on paper clips

Paper Bow clip, on layout

White frame on kraft

White frame on craft, finished.

kraft note envelope and ribbon bow on paper clip

fabric banner

felt flower

bow on paper clip

another bow on paper clip

Kraft note envelope

Another note envelope

fabric banner

another fabric banner
making the fabric banner
Patterned Washi

The one thing I didn't try to counterfeit, was the wire hangers. But since I did mimic so many of the kit items, when I got to shop at a scrapbook boutique yesterday, I picked up these:

 Also picked up up this whole pile of  scrappy goodness.

The coolest thing was the war time ration book. What a delightful piece of authentic ephemera.

Hope you enjoyed the peek at the pages. Full reveal will be made soon.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

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Excues me while I try some administrative stuff.  I want my blog to be on bloglovin' so as usual, it is by the seat of my pants........hmmmm, what do I click now.

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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

At Season's End

Photo from Birds of a Feather

The Counterfeit Kit Challenge reveal for September is the Birds of a Feather kit for August 2012. I gathered my papers and embellies in record time. As always, I am intrigued by the colour combos and pattern mixes as left to my own devises, I would never combine these products, yet here I have it all in my abundant stash. Excuse me while I take a moment to reflect on the acronym on the post-it, I keep beside the computer. S.E.L.E. (Stash Exceeds Life Expectancy)

Ok, i'm back. When I put the papers together, it brought to mind the brights and the darks of my pots of annuals that are getting tired here at the end of summer, yet still pushing out blossoms. To honour the beauty they have given of themselves since May, (pansies since April) I am calling this, my September CKC kit, At Season's End

The patterned paper and card stock:

Websters' Pages, Streussel
Green with lines, uk (unknown)
ColorCore Impressions Jenni Bolin, this is actually a cardstock
American Crafts, Simply Chic, Squared
Crate Paper, Esason Collection Winter
Blue with dots and swirls, uk
K & Company, Danny O, Polka Dots Flat
My Mind's Eye, Candywrapper paper
ColorBok, from a Pattern Pack
Mottled Red, uk
Green cardstock, uk
Yellow Cardstock, not sure, Bazzil or DCWV.

The embellies:

|Felt Flower on Paper clips, Making Memories, Paperie Rouge
Banners and Triangles with eyelets, to be made using natural cotton and eyelets shown.
Metal frames, American Crafts (in place of mini kraft jotter tags)
Kraft note envelopes, to be made using dotted paper shown.
CTMH pewter paper clips. (in place of vintage trinket love hangers)
Twine, lime twist by My Mind's eye and two bits of baker's twine, bought in bulk, manufacturer uk
(oooo...manufacturer uk. I like that. Hence forth, "uk" is now "muk")
Three button's that positively pop. Blue with brown, muk. Turquoise and Celery are Gramma's button box.
Four fading beauties, Two fabric with buttons, made by me. Blue, Bazill. Kiwi, Prima Marketing
Ruler Tape, 7 gypsies
Green Painter tape, Scotch 3M. I am going to try stamping on it for a patterned washi look.
Alphas, Thickers, Hardcover
Woven burlap cord, Eighteen Karat

Then because it is so much fun to find the matches, I went on to duplicate the add-ons.

Echo Park, Bella Road, For the Record, Noteworthy
Basic Grey, June Bug, Daydream. This didn't really match the kit, but I like how it worked in with the rest of it all.
Creative Memories, Black and White
Neutral with small writing, muk
Echo Park, Bella Road, For the Record,Advertisment. The black with small white dot is the "B" side
Scenic Route, worn lined paper
Basic Grey, Hang 10, Maui
Dream Street, Clubhouse, Bull's Eye
Robin's Nest, Sea Floral
Grey baroque pattern, muk
Blue cardstock, CTMH
Red cardstock, Bazzil
White cardstock, Bazzil. With little holes punched in it. Watch for stitching.
Puce cardstock, muk

That brings to mind a time when I was about 5 or 6 and I told my mom I wanted a beigey purple coat. She said there was no such colour. It was a long time before I learned that my imaginary colour had a name. There might be a layout on that.

Add-on embellies

In the add-on papers, there is a page of tickets and tokens. I will use tickets I got off etsy.
Stickers, Glitz, love games titles.
Replacing the kit's memorabilia pockets with journal cards I made a while back using bits and snips. I will aim to use 6 of these cards.
Felt flowers, Hero Arts
Adhesive boarders, K & Company, Que Sera Sera

And so I present, At Season's End

And we are ready to roll.

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