Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Blue Hour!

I had to share these photos I found on Flickr...

Aren't they amazing? The photographer is Brandon Godfrey and he lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Check out his Flickr stream... you won't be disappointed.


What inspires you to scrapbook? Do you look at a color and say... OMG... I love that color and need to incorporate that into my next layout? Maybe when you're at your scrapbook store, you see a color combination on a page of paper that you MUST buy because it is so gorgeous! This week for my Inspiration Defined class we looked at being inspired by the things that surround us daily... Here is my color rainbow.

Digital Template by Cathy Zielske.

Did you know that Pantone is the leading expert on color? They actually set the trend for the fashion colors of the season. They are who graphic artists and designers from all walks of life go to for accurate color coding... Our country quotes the Pantone numbers when manufacturing flags. This system ensures when referring to a color, it is the right one... anyway you can check them out here
Here is the Fall 2010, Pantone Fashion Colors...

Our second assignment was to take colors from this and make a layout. I did a digital layout so I would have the exact colors. I loaded this into PSE and was able to use my color picker to help design my layout below.

I used Oyster Gray as the background and then accented the edges with the Woodbine. The other colors I used are Lagoon and Golden Glow... even though I used the color picker to get the right RGB codes from the color list, they look more muddy... so I'm not sure what happened??! Also, it's been awhile since I made a digi layout and I had lots of fun playing around with this one... So you can see how something as simple as color can be an inspiration for creativity!

Have a great night everyone!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Nice Weather Eh?

Does anyone else feel like Fall is coming? I took this photo today of a fallen leaf in my backyard.
I have noticed it more this week throughout the city that lots of the Elm trees have yellowish leaves... Really? At the end of August, already? It was 8 degrees this morning and it's now only 10 degrees. Tomorrow we might wake up to only 4 degrees! Probably time to shut off the AC...

@ Home with Claudine Week 7

Wow, this class is flying by... I finished making my book of techniques last night! Woo whee this has been a fun class and I am learning so much from Claudine.  Here is my finished project...
I really like the collage feel this book cover has... I plan to experiment more with the techniques... If you google Claudine Hellmuth you should be able to see some of her videos on you-tube...

Happy Saturday Morning!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Here is the copy of Canadian Scrapbooker magazine with my published layout!!!
I was very excited to see it in the mail!
Hope you are having an awesome Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Inspiration Defined

There is a new class over at BPS called Inspiration Defined I decided to take as it is just a shorty (only 4 weeks) and I thought it sounded interesting... One of the challenges Elizabeth Dillow has asked us to do... take 15 minutes to list what inspires you to do the things you love... for me it's "what inspires me to create...?" Here is my list:
  • photos
  • a clean house (I can't create when the laundry is piled up! It's all I will think about!)
  • other people's blogs, galleries or work
  • my LSS - Treasured Memories, a walk through there will get the juices flowing
  • great friends (crop night! yeah!!)
  • classes
  • weather (the colder and more rain/snow the better!!)
  • magazines
  • on-line challenges (Twisted Sketches)
  • color
  • quotes
  • music
This is a list I'm sure I will continue to add to... so now that I have given you my list why not start one of your own... Once you know what inspires you then you can surround yourself with those things... to be where you want.
Here is a mosaic of my inspirations!
Digital Template - Cathy Zielske

Happy Creating!


Monday, August 23, 2010

Last Day!

Well my vacation is coming to a close end, I return to work tomorrow! Oh how I wish I could win the lottery... just so I could stay home and craft all day! That would be fun... but alas, I must return to work so I can pay for my addictions...
Here are a couple layouts I thought I would share with you....

Happy Monday!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Herd of Cows!

Yesterday was great! I had lots of fun celebrating this milestone... oh yeah and it will continue today... but first I must share with you some of my happenings yesterday!
I was planning on sleeping in, but Marvin said "You better get up, there is something on the lawn for you!" I knew exactly what he was talking about before I even got to the window. My sisters got me a lovely sign to celebrate my turning 40! I was fully prepared for this and would have been disappointed had they not been there... (similar things were done for Arlene & Carmen on their 40th)... One thing though... these are definitely "baby cows", to me they don't look like Big Old Cows...

My day continued on by heading to one of my favourite breakfast diner, "the Highlevel Diner"... there is always a huge lineup on the weekends at this place and very busy during the week... a must if you are coming to Edmonton. I had the Huevos Rancheros... mmmm... very tasty!

After breakie... I went to Artistic Bakery to pick up my cake Marv bought me! Then.... I went shopping! That's right... what's a birthday without buying yourself something? So I bought a sewing machine!! Yes... I did... Now, I have been wanting one for a very long time and thought this would be a good reason to get one! I haven't pulled it out of the box yet... you will get more on that later...

 I also bought some clothes and when I told the salesgirl I am 40 today! She told me I looked like I was no older than 32... Bless her!! (Thanks mom for the good skin genes!).

Marvin then took me out for dinner to "Wasabi" for sushi!! Seriously, I do believe their sushi is the best in town... the tuna melts like butter in your mouth... mmmm.

We finished the night by heading to our very good friend Reinhardt's art gallery show... we saw friends we have not seen in some time and had an enjoyable evening!

There you have it... now the celebrations continue as we will be hooking up with some friends for dinner and then cake later this evening at our house.... so I must get going as I have quite a bit to yet!

Have a fabulous day everyone!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Bit of History...

When I was a kid, my mom would buy me drawing paper, pencils, charcoal and lots of books on "How to Draw". Every time she would come home from shopping in Saskatoon, she would bring me these things. Back then I was so excited and loved to draw horses, I did not own one... that's another story (wink)... but I always wanted one... the next best thing was being able to draw them... I practiced daily.
I only have a handful of those drawings, mostly because I believe they were discarded after submitting them to a fair we had in town... sigh.

When I was in Grade 4, I started drawing people, and my teacher, Mr. Smith encouraged me to continue.
There's one of those books my mom bought me to learn how to draw faces. This drawing was done when I was 10 years old. (Mr. Smith helped define the lips a bit as well as the edges of the eyes).

By the time I was 14 years old, I had a passion for fashion! Whew wee did I like clothes... I liked them so much I started drawing them... I watched Fashion Television weekly and idolized Jeanne Beker, she brought Yves St. Laurent, Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld into my world and I could not get enough.

When I was 19, I entered John Casablanca's "Fashion Merchandising" class and learned all about the industry. Here are some paintings and drawings I did for the Fashion Illustration class....

I was so excited.... however... I was also afraid to pursue a career in the industry... as it would have meant moving to a much larger city than Edmonton and at the time that was too much for me to think of...

When I went to university to become a nurse I completely stopped drawing... I spent 5 years there and found  there was no time for anything else. When I met Marvin... we got our apartment... I always felt there was something huge missing from my life... I could never figure out what it was...

We bought our house and shortly after, for my 35th birthday, Marvin bought me a drafting table... I cried... he knew exactly what I needed... I did some drawing... and it felt like I had never stopped.

Today I don't draw so much, but I definitely have creativity in my life... shortly after getting the drafting table some friends got me into Stampin' Up (card-making) and then I started scrapbooking... I feel like there is always something new on the horizon for me to learn... it never stops!
So there you have it... a bit of my history!
I hope you have time to exercise some creativity!


We stopped at deLux Burger Bar the other night and it was delicious!

After we were finished our waiter asked if we would like some complimentary cotton candy... hmmm let me think... why yes of course we would!

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I Loathe...

The Big Picture Festival is on and yesterday's challenge was to finish the statement "I Loathe..." mine was "cruelty to animals...". Today, Amy Sorenson is the featured teacher and so I used her layout idea to make this layout of what I felt and what I think after reading an article about people here in this city... you might feel as I do after reading the article... see Animal Attraction. If you click on the photo of my layout, you will be able to read my journaling.

Anyway, I want to mention (and you may remember) that I took a class by Amy at BPS. It was called "Textuality"... it definitely was one of the best classes I have taken... She covered so much information about text; how to journal with Word (creating wrapped text, text grid blocks, creating interest with text), using quotes;  and using simile's, homonyms & idioms (stuff I haven't thought of since grade school!). So I looked up my class information to see how I could make this journalling fit around the title and voila! There it is.

I hope your day is a happy one!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Weekend Highlights (Aug.14 &15)

Saturday night we went to our good friends John and Tammy's home. The evening was nothing short of fantastic... and I have to say the food was outstanding... right from the single servings of shrimp cocktail (garnished with chives, parsley and cabbage) to the soy marinated chicken breasts and everything in between. We started the evening with some boccincini, basil & tomato skewers, smoked salmon with capers and cream cheese, and a tray of beautiful meats & cheeses (including a VERY aged Gouda - my fav)... All of this, along with some fresh sangria made for a fabulous start to the night.
I could tell they put a lot of time into planning the meal... They BBQ' d Beef tenderloin and  this amazing Peruvian marinated chicken, a beautiful French salad with romaine lettuce, dill, parsley and chives with a balsamic vinaigrette. I could go on... but I think I have painted the picture... once again... I was focused on the good company and did manage to forget to take photos of the dinner table...

Sunday we spent recuperating from the wine and overindulgence's... We watched a couple movies... one of Marv's favourites (total guy flick)... I had never watched it and was told "It's a classic... you have to watch it!"
Don Johnson and Mickey Rourke were eye candy back in the day... they are total bad asses in this flick and I'm sure that's why women watch this movie! Okay... moving on....

Then we got to watch.....
My expectations were not high for this one... Don't get me wrong... I LOVE this series... and like many women I do own the DVD's.... but I thought the last movie was it... Carrie and Big got married and to me that was the finishing point... I did enjoy parts of this movie... but thought Samantha's sex-capades were getting a bit old and boring... and the whole karaoke thing was just a bit much... honestly... they should not make another one... finito!

There you have it!

Have a wonderful evening!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Salted Peanut Chews

The other day I found an old recipe book I bought when I needed to make squares for a potluck. This book has so many favourites and I can't believe I forgot all about it! You know those little recipe books you see at the checkout line at the supermarket... well sometimes they are the best little gems... Here is what I made...

If you need a sweet and salty treat... this should do the trick! I will share the recipe below...

If you click on the photo it will get larger and you will be able to copy the recipe.
Have an awesome Saturday!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Gift Wrapping Ideas

Saturday we are going to our friends, Tammy & John's for a summer BBQ. I wanted to do something special for Tammy, so I decided to fancy up one of my jars of jam as a little thank you for having us over for dinner.  Here is what I came up with!
I could not help myself and I knew immediately when I saw the new Summer Junque line from House of Three that I wanted it! I love the mix of navy with the pretty coral and grey... Gorgeous!! This is so easy to do and I will show you step by step.

First you will need to gather some paper, in whatever colors you choose. When I saw these paper strips I knew they would be perfect for this project so I purchased and downloaded them this morning! These are pdf files so you do not need any special program to print them out. The great thing about Hof3 is they allow you to access these downloads for what seems like forever (I am still able to re-download stuff I purchased over a year ago, so if you are one of those people who never backs up your computer files... you will be happy to know this!).

Sorry for the dark photos, it was raining here this morning and so therefore the lighting was not so good! You can see here how pretty the paper pattern is.

This next photo shows what I cut out...

Now, my printer does not print to the edges, and for this project that is okay. I really like the coral color printed strip so I used it on both sides of the navy patterned paper, you will need to tape it to the back  of the paper. I just eyeballed it when lining it up...

You can see here how perfect the fit is for these 250 ml jars. Tape the strip onto the jar.

I pulled out my sizzix and large scalloped circle die cut....
Then I cut out 2 layers of tissue paper and placed it on the die cut and rolled it through the sizzix...

I also purchased the Summer Junque tags and cut out one I thought worked well with the theme.

Once I cut it out I glued it to the jar... I added the scallop circle die cut of tissue paper to the lid and found some ribbon in my stash (from Stampin' Up) and glued that to the rim.

We are close to being done now! I took a piece of the tissue paper and cut it out (perhaps 1 1/2 inch by 12 inches long) and made the rosette you see (before folding it I sprayed it with glimmer mist). You can see how to make these here. The mini banners are also from H of 3, the one I wrote friends on is from the tag kit... this video from the ladies at H of 3 will show you so many other projects you can make with this awesome line, well worth the time... and there you have it... It only took me about 20 minutes to make this, I'm sure it will be faster now that I have completed one. Also, if you don't want to be so ornate, then cut back on the little extra embellies and you still have a great gift idea.

I hope you enjoyed my little project and take some time out of your day to exercise some creativity!


Blueberry Jam Mam!

The last few days have been busy.... our computer has been acting up and between calling Telus and Dell... I have had little time to blog... however I will share what I have been up to...

The other day I decided to make some Blueberry Jam... Now, I have never canned before in my life... I know... I can hear you all saying "Ginger... you're almost 40 years old and you grew up on a farm where that was the norm... what happened to you??" LOL! Well, let me tell you... I did not get the green thumb... in fact I don't particularly care for the whole gardening or picking veggies or fruit... I think our raspberry patch at home was at least a 1/2 mile long... and it took us (5 kids) a whole day to pick it... Alright, perhaps I'm exaggerating a tad... (wink!)... but I know my sister Carmen would agree with me about the raspberries.... Anyway, this week I got a bee in my bonnet and decided to can some jam... at first I thought the recipe was just going to be cooking the berries and putting them in the jar, but once I sat down to read it... I realized... Wow! This is the full meal deal! Here are some pictures to prove I did it!
I was proud of myself! Let me tell you, if you are like me and you've never done this before, I challenge you to try it... This was so much fun and satisfying... I will be trying it again... I know Marvin would like us to make some salsa... so stay tuned!

Also, these small jars will make great gifts... I will show you in my next post how you can jazz up the jars and give them to friends and family....
Happy Thursday everyone!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Folk Fest Wrap Up...

Alright, I have to say attending the Folk Fest for 5 days is a big commitment... one we just could not quite complete... yes that's right... we couldn't get our butts there yesterday... so I missed seeing Jacob Dylan... (sigh)... I guess I will just have to settle for his CD...

Friday night there was a thunderstorm warning in effect throughout the region... it missed us by a hair (at least that's what the weather man said)... I was ready though and I'm sure it didn't rain because of how prepared we were...
Some favorites from the rest of the weekend.....

 Levon Helm was incredible... the horns were outstanding and the New Orleans sound was amazing...He played "The Band" favourites... like "Ophelia", "The Shape I'm In", and had "The Waifs" help end the set with "The Weight".
Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys...

Joe Pug, a poetic singer/songwriter... beautiful music!

John Hammond... old school blues baby! Awesome.

Luis E. Mejia-Godoy... a band from Nicaragua showing us the sound from Latin America!

There you have it... I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Folk Fest (Day 2)

Yesterday was a hot and gorgeous day to hang out at Gallagher Park... Here are a few photos I thought I would share... I really need a new camera.... oh the pictures I could have had... One thing though, we have a haze covering the city due to the forest fires in British Columbia, so it did not help my picture taking opportunities...
Here is a photo of Edmonton born Jill Hennessy... you may know her more from "Crossing Jordon" and "Law & Order"... She was definitely on my to see list and she does not disappoint.... she is a VERY talented singer/songwriter....
You cannot remove the sound of "the Hip" from the great Gord Downie... he was quite entertaining... the set was recorded live for the CBC and will be heard one evening next week...

Ben Harper was amazing... well worth the time spent on the hill with a sore butt! Ha!

Tonight is Levon Helm... and Calexico... not sure how long we will last though as the thunderstorms are suppose to roll in before he starts...

Enjoy your Friday night!