Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Sketch and Crafty Challenge at Two Scrapbook Friends!

Happy Canada Day to all my scrappy friends!

It's my turn to inspire you with a sketch and a challenge for the month of July at Two Scrapbook Friends!

Here's PART ONE of this month's challenge; the SKETCH. It is very simple but should inspire you to add lots of personal touches and make it your own!
 PART TWO of the challenge is to use a nice BIG NUMBER on your design. Last year my hubby and I celebrated 19 years of marriage and my daughter thought of this title based on one of her favourite TV shows "19 Kids and Counting". 

 So, remember....you must use the sketch and the crafty part of the challenge to qualify.  

Please remember a few simple rules:

1.Enter as many times as you like as long as each NEW project shows an interpretation of both the Sketch and Crafty element.
2. Each creation will gain you one entry in the draw to win. (Please enter a double page layout as only one entry).
3. Projects must be linked up using the tool at the TSF blog in order to be entered to win.
4. Projects must be entered no later than July 31st, 2014 by 11:59pm.

Until next time, keep doing what you love!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

There is Sunshine in My Heart

Good Morning scrappy pals!! What gorgeous summer weather we are having and it looks like the Canada Day weekend (etc) is going to be amazing! I admit that long weekends really help me get y mojo going rain, snow or shine! Something about that extra day free of life's rat race makes me feel freeeeeee! Truly! So even if the weather's good I open a window or head out to the deck and create a summery page! Here's one I created with Simple Stories Summer Paradise from Two Scrapbook Friends...see if you cans pot my piece de resistance!

Yep! It's that super weird (yet very characteristic picture of my Dolly) AND the sequin heart! The title from my Cameo really was the starting point. You know how that happens right? You have a cute picture but can't figue out what to call the layout and start paging through your online files and VOILA! Inspiration. The Blue and red are really dynamic. Take a closer look!
I sanded the title to to get  beachy weathered feel:
And it seemed apropos to add a Sunshine (duh!) and a cloud with rainbow sequins to round out my theme. The paper lent itself to a banner perfectly. Be sure to pop over to the store to see if you can get your hands on this line it's summer and fun all in one!

I hope you get your mojo flowing this week and enjoy the sunshine too. Until next time, keep doing what you love!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Remington Saving Grace

We got our sweet new puppy on February 14, 2014. I was in the middle of a severe case of pneumonia and couldn't really take the time to train our rambunctious new family member. Many of you know how heartbroken I have been over the sudden loss of BoBo our first Boston Terrier, so Remy really saved me. He made me smile and he was a soft warm fuzzy little body in my lap. We decided to call him Remington Saving Grace.  (not that my husband agreed AT ALL!)

So here is a layout I made using the Bo Bunny Happy Tails line for Two Scrapbook Friends.
I loved the background paper with the subtle stamped images and the title on the chipboard frame. I used a variety of letters and a chipboard phrase to create visual interest. The washi and the twine are fun too!
I also included the date of his birth in the same letters as his full name. This element of repetition leads the viewer to know see the important elements of my design.

I hope you are inspired to scrap you favourite furry friends! Until next time,  keep doing what you love to do!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

You Colour My World!

Good day, bloggeritas! Dance season has just finished up and we are returned from our summer vacation in Walt Disney World, so I wanted to share with you a few designs I created for Two Scrapbook Friends with SIMPLE STORIES Summer Paradise.

My first of a few designs features our newest family member, Remy. Many of you will recall my sadness over the loss of my Bo-Bo and Remy has done lots to help our family heal. He is a WILD doggy and I understand this is a sign of great intelligence! But whatever the reason behind it, he keeps me on my toes and fills my days with laughter. I had hoped this design would help me to remember this stage of his life where his exuberance often out weighs his commonsense!

The plain white background allows for contrast between the bright colour palette and the sharp black accents. The wavy part in the middle is actually set into the two white halves of the design and framed by the black/washi border.
I added the black afterwards..can you tell? and the journalling is on an old stamp. My kids tell me they truly appreciate my handwriting o their pages so I am trying to do more.
Finally, I really tried to draw attention to my witty (yes, I am awesome), title ad play on words. The colourful letters are cut from old scraps that closely matched the palette of the Summer Paradise line.

I hope you enjoyed this design and my selfie + dog photo! There may be more.....

Until next time, keep doing what you love!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Stuck Sketch and Remembering Love

It's time for another sketch at Stuck?! and a layout inspired by the wonderful relationship I have with my very bestest friend (my PERSON) Carey. It's a wonderful thing that our daughters have found that same friendship. I love this photo and wanted to give it the treatment it deserves.

My usual style asks for usually one larger photo and this sketch was easily adaptable. Although if I could have found three photos I liked I would have loved to challenge myself, but alas, to no avail!

I used some wood veneer here and sewed right over top. I couldn't believe that my sewing machine would take the beating and keep on ticking but it did! The contrasting thread in aqua is a great accent for the other shades of blue..

I hope you will play along and link up over at Stuck?! Blog so you can win! This month's prizes are donated by Creative Embellishments.

So get creative, and inspired by Laura's wonderful sketch. Until next time, keep doing what you love!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Home Sweet BoBo

Good morning! This is my second creation for Two Scrapbook Friends using the Bo Bunny Happy Tails line.

It features my beloved BoBo again and is one of my favourite photos.

I used the letters and the chipboard phrases to make my title:
I chose to write the journalling as if he was still with me, rather than as if he had passed on. It shares thoughts I want to remember for the years to come.

I hope you are inspired to scrapbook your beloved pets whether they are still warming your feet or just your memories. Until the next time, keep doing what you love.

Monday, May 5, 2014

TSF, Bow Wow WOW and Stuck Sketches

Good morning! Very recently I was asked by Two Scrapbook Friends to create with Bo Bunny's Happy Tails . I have a brand new puppy in my life and a few photos of my beloved BoBo to finish up too, so I was excited to get creating.

The first layout I designed features BoBo and one of his favourite toys! It was very cathartic to create this layout of BoBo and I admit to tears as I chose photos. But I adore the finished product.
I used Stuck's May 1 sketch:

I added some chipboard banner pieces and stitching with the date in lieu of lots of journalling.

I cut the first part of the title on the Silhouette and used the wire title clips from Freckled Fawn. I stitched by hand to hold it down.

I hope I've inspired you to find your creativity and check out these great products and the Sketch at Stuck!  If you use the sketch be sure to link up at the website and you could be entered to win a great prize from The Scrap Circle!

Until next, keep doing what you love.