Friday, October 28, 2011

Printable Vintage Tags

Do you ever wish you had a tag for journaling that was just so? Perhaps it's horizontal but you need it to be vertical or vice versa? I will always try to make do with what I have, but I thought I would try something different.... I decided to make a few journaling tags of my own and I wanted to share them with you... These are a set of vintage style tags, the brushes I used were from classes I took with Jessica Sprague and some were from a company called ScrapArtist which is no longer in business... Anyway you can download them from the link below and print them off...

Google Docs - Vintage Tags

This being the first time I have done this... I did try the link several times prior to posting... so please do let me know if it does not work....

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

You are my sunshine...

A few weeks ago Nadine over at The Beautiful Ordinary told me I won a prize from her 30 Day Challenge of daily creating... This is what she gave me!  Now how did she know I LOVE Glitz??!!

I knew immediately what photo I wanted to pair with these gorgeous papers... I took this picture of Miss Sophie this summer, and in the past it has been difficult getting any decent photos of her, but this one I just love!

She is such a little troublemaker and I'm certain being mischievous is her M.O... but I love her to bits!

Notice I managed to get a bit of purple in this layout? You can check out more purple phase posts over at Julie's blog...

Thanks Nadine for giving me some inspiring goodies! If you would like to sign up for a class with Nadine or any of the other Treasured Memories gals... check out the classes here... I might have signed up for a couple :)


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Purple you say???

How many of you like the colour purple? (no I'm not talking of the film!) Julie Kirk over at Notes on Paper is dedicating blog posts to the colour purple over the Autumn months... You can read her introduction to purple here... and you can see her purple phase pinboard here... I thought I would take some time and reflect on my own thoughts of purple and in doing this I went back into my archives to see just where did purple begin...

The layout below is one I did last year for the Textuality class at BPC... In the photo my grandmother is wearing lilac... when I was working on this layout at the weekend crop I was at, I remember telling my friend Wendy... my grandma loved wearing lilac or purple and that these were not colours I had an affinity to... first mistake! That night when I returned home I was looking at what I might wear to the crop the next day... low and behold... I found my lilac hoodie... since then... I have intentionally incorporated purple, magenta, aubergine and other various shades of the colour purple into my wardrobe! Thanks Grandma :)

A card I made this year that was sent off to Jacky... This was made using Ranger Inks.... Magenta and Turquoise... one of my most favourite colour combos!

Here is another example of using purple in a project I worked on this past summer... A canvas made from Christy Tomlinson's Creative Colour class which I absolutely loved! You can read more on this post here

Here is the layout I finished last night... I bought some of the Prima Moulin Rouge papers the other day at Treasured Memories and felt they worked well with the purple my mom is wearing...

There you have it... a few ways to incorporate purple into your projects... If you would like to see more purple coloured layouts or crafts I have created, click on my "purple" label...

Thank you to Julie for her inspiration and posts on purple!

Just in case you wanted to learn a bit more about purple, I googled "the meaning of purple" and came up with a list of sites... I found this one interesting.... And with that... I am off to make dinner... Enjoy your evening.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Then & Now... Yesterday & Today Week 7

This week I made another digi layout... I have decided since I started the class with digital layouts, I will finish it this way and eventually I plan to create a coffee table album... At least that's what they call it from where I plan to order it. What this means is the album will be 12 x 12 and it will look much like a picture book, the pages will not be printed separately like they would in a scrapbook album. I like the idea so I'm going with it! I hope to have this completed before Christmas and I will have to go back and re-create at least one double page spread. I might have to add a few extra layouts as the book requires 20 pages... it shouldn't be too difficult!

This page is about my career...

Template is Ali Edwards, Flower paper - Crystal Wilkerson, Graph paper - from designer digitals Haiti Kit.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thirty... Forty... Yesterday & Today

This is my layout for week 6.... I thought I would use Ali's digital double page template to keep things easy... I sometimes wonder why I do things the way I do... I'm really enjoying the lessons for this class, but I find when I take classes that have digital components to them it's hard for me to focus on keeping all the layouts consistent in design... and part of that is because I love digi, but I also love hybrid and traditional scrapbooking. Does anyone else do this? Please don't tell me I'm the only one! Anyway, I never seem to end up with a physical album that I can hold in my hands. I suppose I will have to make a point of having these printed off... What do you do? Do you always have your digital layouts printed off?

That's enough rambling... Here we go... Week 6, Yesterday & Today... I decided to do a comparison layout of 2 points in time and how things were different...

All of the elements on the layout are from Ali's class, the brushes are from House of Three, and some are unknown. The photos have had actions applied by Pioneer Woman.

Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

You Should Know...

I thought rather than starting any new classes this Fall I would try to finish one or two that I did very little with. In January I started Ali Edwards' Yesterday & Today through BPC and only made it through a few weeks. I'm going to try to finish it!

In Week 5, Ali had us create a layout without a photo. The lesson was to create a list of things you would like others to know or remember you for. I really like this lesson and think it could be used for others... I would love it if my mom and dad could write out something like this... It would be simple enough :)

Ali gave so many wonderful templates and word art in this class... it truly was worth the money spent and I regret not spending the time on it back then, but I suppose doing it now will allow me more time to reflect on the lessons.
This is a 6 x 12 page. The journaling was completed on a word template we received in class and then I printed it off on an 8.5 x 11 piece of white cardstock. I cut it down to 6 x 9.5 and then cut a piece of patterned paper and sewed it on to make it 6 x 12. I love how it turned out.

Tomorrow is already Friday... Yeah! Have a good one peeps!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

LSNED - Finale

I finalized my LSNED journal and created the front and back covers of which I will share today.

This was my first year doing Learn Something New Everyday... I enjoyed it and feel I have learned more than my share of lessons... I hope to try this again next year... I love how my album turned out and I know I will love to page through it from time to time.

Have a good evening everyone :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

10 Things - October Edition

I'm not sure about you, but I had plenty of Turkey, stuffing AND cranberry sauce yesterday so much so that I didn't even have the pumpkin cheesecake! Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians... and for those of you doing it all over today... don't forget to wear your stretchy pants!

Today is the 10th of October which means it's Shimelle's 10 Things on the tenth of the month... I already mentioned Thanksgiving... Each year I say the usual things I am thankful for... like family... friends etc., but this year I thought I would share 10 everyday things I am thankful for.

1. Coffee! Now for those coffee lovers out there... you understand right? It is very difficult to make it through a day of work without it... I know because I tried that one day last week (long story)... I was pretty much unable to function.

2. A lovely glass of wine on the patio.

3. Trees... I love trees... they make me smile everyday...

4. The changes in the seasons...I love these changes and everyday the little changes that happen to let us know the next season is coming.

5. My art room and everything in it... it's my happy space :)

6. My new little "net book"... Marvin bought me this a couple months ago and I LOVE it! It means I don't have to sit in the office at the computer in the evening... I can sit on the couch with the animals surrounding me, or I can use it in the kitchen for looking up recipes... it has a webcam so I can use Skype and I can have it in my art room to look up things like Shimelle's prompts... plus there is no more arguing who gets the iPad :)

7. Music... I love listening to music... all kinds... today I am listening to...

8. My Blackberry for keeping me organized and more specifically "Be Reader" which helps me keep up on  blog reading!

9. Tea... Here is my current selection... at work we have many little shops in the surrounding neighbourhood and many I've not been in before. So each week we will be visiting a new shop... On Wednesday it was "Acquired Tea"... I love the coconut and with just a bit of cream... yum! yum!!

10. Statutory Holidays... Need I say more?

You can read more 10 Things from other bloggers... just head on over to Shimelle's and click on the linky's.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Remember the good times....

This week has been nothing short of difficult and today even harder... This is the day I said goodbye to one of my good friends... We were scrapbooking buddies and every time we would meet up there were always two things I looked for... what color was her hair.... and what new coach bag was she carrying today? Often Brenda, Wendy and I would go to Treasured Memories and catch up on each others life... there was much laughter... you know the kind... the deep belly laugh that takes your breath away... usually this kind of laughter would come on its own, but would always be precipitated by a trip to Tim Hortons for Ice Caps (cappuccinos).

This week... each time I would walk into my art room I stared at my things not feeling very inspired... I looked at a few photos and layouts, and even went back to the posts here on my blog to read the ones that I wrote about our times together... Today I listened to her eulogy told by her sisters... there were stories that made me smile and stories that made me cry... those stories helped... they gave me comfort.... I thought I would share a layout that I made of Wendy and me at a National Scrapbook weekend crop... Now you need to know that she was one of the most colorful people I know and very creative at putting together a costume on such short notice... the story is that we were going to be getting our photos taken on the Red Carpet as it was a Gala Event... well we had nothing to wear... so Wendy decided we needed to create a bodice and well why not just put it all together with some ribbon and then make some bedazzled crowns and of course we needed purses and she called us the "Dimensional Divas".  Needless to say... it was quite funny and she was very excited! See for yourself...

I am so very happy to have these memories... they are good ones to have.

On our way home from the funeral today... Brenda and I made a detour... we stopped at Tim's and yes you guessed right... we bought ourselves one of these....

Cheers my friend! You will be missed but never forgotten :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Tom Cat Howl - Storytelling Sunday

Note: This may be a bit of a sad tale, but it does have a happy ending :)

Growing up on a farm taught me all kinds of lessons. As a young child I loved to play with the animals, mostly the kittens... and lord knows there were lots of them. Every Spring and Fall a new batch would be born and most never survived due to many various dangers. One of them being the Tom Cat.

It was not unusual to have the window to the bedroom open during the Spring in the night hours. On one such night I recall hearing a high pitch scream... I did not know what to make of it, but it continued for about an hour, or for what seemed like an hour to a young child. I soon fell back to sleep thankful the noise had stopped.

The next morning when I woke up I went outside to visit with the kitties and to give them their breakfast. What I saw horrified me to this day. All my kittens were mutilated and laying by the dog house with the momma cat meowing beside them. I ran inside the house to tell my parents what I saw. My dad came outside and said it was likely a Tom Cat... that made no sense to me back then... I did not know what a Tom Cat was... Why would another cat kill kittens?

Well as you can imagine I was fairly distraught... Everyone told me not to worry, there would be more kittens.... they were right.... but this time I would be prepared.

The next time I heard the "Tom Cat" howling... I walked down the stairs to my parents bedroom... "Dad?" I whispered... "are you awake?", "What's wrong?" he asked. I told him I could hear the Tom Cat. He got up out of bed and we both went outside. There were the kittens in the dog house... they were all okay. Dad said we could go back inside now, but I wouldn't go for that. I told him I wanted to take them inside with me. So we found a large box and placed a towel inside it. All of the kittens were brought into the house and placed on the floor beside my bed. I never heard a Tom Cat howl after that... and that my friends is how I learned one way to keep my kittens from danger.

I hope you enjoyed today's story by way of Sian's Storytelling Sunday. If you would like to read more of the stories, please click on the link. You can also participate by linking up to Sian's "linky" at the end of her post.