Monday, September 01, 2014

September 2014 Sketchy Challenge

It's time for the Canadian Scrapbooker Sketchy Challenge! I've posted the September 2014 sketch in the CS Sketchy Challenge gallery as well as here:


Here's the layout that inspired the sketch:


Supplies:  Bazzill Basics cardstock; Bo Bunny patterned paper and chipboard; Cosmo Cricket alpha stickers; myStamp BOX stamps (Symbols); StazOn ink; Tim Holtz filmstrip transparency; Martha Stewart Crafts border punch; McGill punch (tab); Glue Dots; Heidi Swapp distressing tool; WRMK Sew Easy too; American Crafts Slick Writer; Sharpie; staples.  Main photo by Amanda Lepage.  Other photos by Connor Sykes.


I popped the photos of people and left the others flat.  Connor's photo is mounted on a folded card, which hides journaling:


Using myStamp BOX camera stamp and StazOn, I added a small cluster in the top right corner.  I also distressed the edges of the layout and added a small tear to the upper edge:


Hopefully you find some time this month to play along!  Please head over to the Sketchy gallery and get inspired to create your own layout!  You can use the sketch as is or as a springboard for your project - the choice is yours!

{RAK ALERT!}
If you play along with the sketch this month, upload your layout in the gallery into the September 2014 Sketch section HERE, and then in your comment below, add a link to that layout, by 11:59 pm on September 30, 2014. On or around October 1st, 2014, I will randomly draw a winner from the comments here of those who participated, for a prize!

Stay tuned - I will be announcing our August 2014 Sketchy winner early next week!

**PLEASE NOTE:  In order to qualify for a chance to be published in an upcoming issue, your layout must be posted in the online gallery by September 30th, 2014.  To qualify to win MY prize, you must add a link to your layout BELOW, using the inlinkz tool, by September 30th, 2014.

Cheers,







P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)

Exhaust Your Excess! challenge blog - check it out!!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

July Sketchy Challenge Winner

Time to announce the July Sketchy Challenge winner!  Thanks to everyone who participated.  A winner was randomly chosen, using random.org...

List Randomizer

There were 7 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Darcy
  2. Sandy
  3. Michelle
  4. Rebecca
  5. Karen
  6. Nina
  7. Sandy
Timestamp: 2014-08-31 06:04:30 UTC

Congratulations, DARCY!  Drop me a line with your mailing address to sue[AT]canadianscrapbooker[DOT]ca and I will get your goodies out to you!

I'm also waiting for an email from our last month's winner so if you were the winner, please resend me an email, in case it got lost in cyberspace!

Thanks again to all who played along - and if you didn't get a chance to last month, you will have a chance each month!  September's challenge will be posted shortly!

Cheers,







P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)

Exhaust Your Excess! challenge blog - check it out!!

Summertime



Ahhh, I love summertime.

Vacation time, hanging with the kids, back to school shopping, visiting with friends… so much fun to be had.

Of course this leaves little time for other things.  Namely blogging.

(And cleaning.  But that's another story.)

So I'm back, but probably just sporadically.  I just finished with a two day audit at one of my stores, and am gearing up for three inventories, all within five weeks of each other.

I have also made a promise to myself (again!) to step away from the computer more.  I am seriously evaluating my responsibilities and have to make a decision on what will work for our family's needs.  No decisions made yet, as they will be difficult to make but I'm confident that they will be the right ones for me and my family.

In the meantime, I have a July winner to announce, Aili's birthday interview and photo, a studio tour video, some Fall issue layouts to share and the September Sketchy Challenge is coming up on Monday!  So be sure to come back - you wouldn't want to miss out on the fun, would you? :)

And don't forget to upload a link to your August Sketchy challenge - today's the last day for a chance to win!

Cheers,







P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
August 2014 Sketchy Challenge (deadline August 31st, 2014)
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)

Exhaust Your Excess! challenge blog - check it out!!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Hard To Believe...

that all this:


fit in here:


The flooring has all been replaced - photos to come  Now comes the arduous task of putting it all back.. :(  The good news is that a LOT of purging will be happening and I will be posting photos of items that I will be selling.  Wish me luck!

Cheers,







P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
July 2014 Sketchy Challenge (deadline July 31st, 2014)
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)

Exhaust Your Excess! challenge blog - check it out!!

Friday, August 01, 2014

Sketchy Challenge | August 2014

It's time for the Canadian Scrapbooker Sketchy Challenge! I've posted the August 2014 sketch in the CS Sketchy Challenge gallery as well as here:


For this sketch, I used another old photo of Aili - that girl made the funniest faces as a child!!  (Remember the old "Stink Eye" photo?!?).


Supplies used:  Bazzill Basics cardstock; Crate Paper patterned paper, title and stickers; Me and My Big Ideas puffy sticker (feather); Close to My Heart ink; Silhouette Cameo and sketch pen; Fineliner Script font; Heidi Swapp distressing tool; Stampin' Up! stitching template and doily; My Mind's Eye journaling card (Remember This); Lawn Fawn, Doodlebug Designs and miscellaneous sequins; Freckled Fawn wood shapes; KaiserCraft pearls; Recollections washi tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares.

There was a lot of everything going on here!  I find that I tend to do more fussy cutting when I'm at a crop (this was completed in February at Younique!) because I can concentrate on the socializing more! :)


I used the Silhouette Cameo sketch tools for the journaling - perfect for when you have to fit it into a designated spot!


Some confetti sneeze and clusters at various places and voilĂ !



Hopefully you find some time this month to play along!  Please head over to the Sketchy gallery and get inspired to create your own layout!  You can use the sketch as is or as a springboard for your project - the choice is yours!

{RAK ALERT!}
If you play along with the sketch this month, upload your layout in the gallery into the August 2014 Sketch section HERE, and then in your comment below, add a link to that layout, by 11:59 pm on August 31, 2014. On or around September 1st, 2014, I will randomly draw a winner from the comments here of those who participated, for a prize!

Stay tuned - I will be announcing our July 2014 Sketchy winner early next week!

**PLEASE NOTE:  In order to qualify for a chance to be published in an upcoming issue, your layout must be posted in the online gallery by August 31st, 2014.  To qualify to win MY prize, you must add a link to your layout BELOW, using the inlinkz tool, by August 31st, 2014.

Cheers,







P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)

Exhaust Your Excess! challenge blog - check it out!!



Monday, July 21, 2014

EYE Challenge #2

If you've not been following my challenge blog, Exhaust Your Excess (or EYE), I shared a layout today for Challenge #2:  Patterned Paper.

As an aside, if you've not followed the EYE Challenges blog yet, you should!! :) Some of my talented former Just Cre8 design team members have joined me and they are SO inspiring!!  Plus we will encourage you each week to use up some of the stash that you've been hoarding.

Which is good, because then we can buy MORE, right?!?

Wait, no,  that's not what I mean.  But if we DO manage to bring it to a manageable, foreseeably-usable-in-this-lifetime level, then we CAN buy more, right?!  Right??

However, if your husband/partner (or mine) asks, that is not the case.  The objective is to reduce!

Frankly, I'm in the what-he-doesn't-know-won't-hurt-him camp on this one…

So, anyways - check out the blog and play along!  I'll be giving out prizes each month to a randomly chosen winner!

Here's my layout for Challenge #2:  A Plethora of Patterns:


Visit EYE Challenges HERE for a complete supply list and more photos!

Cheers,







P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
July 2014 Sketchy Challenge (deadline July 31st, 2014)
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Inspiration Elevator: Guest Designer July 2014

Look where I'm guest designing!


Our main purpose here at IE is to challenge ourselves, each other and YOU to take the creative process to the next level; to inspire growth and change in our scrapbooking; to stretch, sometimes uncomfortably, to create something fresh.  You can view all of the challenges at the Inspiration Elevator blog, found here.  You can also find them on Facebook!  My individual challenges from prior IE challenges are found on my blog here.

The IE team is thrilled to welcome back as guest designer, the delightful Denise Morrison.  Denise's artsy style conveys layers of artistic and emotional significance, and we love her artful scribbles!

I am honoured to be a guest challenger this month - Here is my challenge:

We all know that the contents of our bags, whether it's a handbag, a satchel, a clutch or a backpack, reveals a lot about ourselves. This month, create a layout about the contents of your bag on any given day. Be sure to include the stories behind any unconventional items.

As a further challenge, use one of the items on your page somehow!

My project this month strays a bit from the challenge (gosh, I can't even follow my OWN directions! haha)  However, once I get an idea in my head, I'm done - no amount of mojo is going to change it.  And this month, my mojo has got up and left - we had flooding issues and our lower level (where my studio is located) is in complete turmoil.  I cleared out a teeny two-foot space and had limited access to supplies.

When all is said and done though, I like the simplicity of this layout - and it's a two-pager, which is very rare for me (excuse the wonky layout photos - my printer is acting out!):


Supplies used:  Bazzill Basics and unknown cardstock; Cheery Lynn die; Just Cre8 stamps (Floral Flourishes); Martha Stewart Crafts scoring board and punch; Fiskars stylus; Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine; Lori Whitlock cut file; Loni Leah Designs cut file; Sizzix Big Kick; Sizzix and Stampin' Up! embossing folders; EK Success punch; American Craft glitter Thickers; Tsukineko VersaMark ink; Multicrafts half pearls; Recollectins washi tape; American Crafts Memory Marker; embroidery floss; Imaginisce metal embellishment; Craftwork Cards Candi dots; Lawn Fawn sequins; miscellaneous beads and sequins; various mini brads from my stash; unknown heart clip; plastic re-sealable bag.

Here's a close-up of each page:



The little purse was created by using a Lori Whitlock cut file for a treat bag topped.  I re-sized it to fit my bag (2" wides) and filled the bag with a coordinating mix of sequins, beads and Candi Dots.  I snipped the bag to the size I wanted, sandwiched it between the topper and stapled it closed.  Isn't it adorable?!


I'm killing two birds with one stone with this layout, as it also coincides with Challenge #1 on my new challenge blog, Exhaust Your Excess! (or EYE! for short!)  Each Sunday, one of our design team members will challenge you to use up some of your stash!

I was inspired by this fabulous colour palette by Design Seeds (you need to check out this beautiful site!):


Here's a complete list of this month's participating IE designers!  We encourage you to check out each designer's creation this month, then come on back and give the challenge a try yourself!

Guest Challenger: Sue Sykes  - you are here!
Meanwhile, if you'd like t to participate as a guest designer with Inspiration Elevator, just contact team lead, Ann at annjobes{at}bell{dot}net.

Now it's your turn to get creating about what is in your bag, and share your blog link at the IE blog. We would love to see what you were inspired to make!
Cheers,







P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
July 2014 Sketchy Challenge (deadline July 31st, 2014)
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)

Exhaust Your Excess! challenge blog - check it out!!
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