You & Me – MME Layout

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Today I am stopping by the blog with a sweet little layout I did about two weeks ago now, of my Grammie and Maria, the little girl I keep, who actually became pretty close this winter as we visited my 89 year old grandmother weekly. One day when we arrived for our weekly visit Grammie had crocheted Maria a scarf, it was so sweet. This is the layout that tells that story. I used an older paper collection that I still have a fair amount of because I really liked it, Adorbs by My Mind’s Eye, circa 2013. I really like the colours of this collection. Here’s the layout…..that’s definitely one that’s near and dear to my heart. All the supplies for this layout are MME except for some pink cardstock from my stash and the pink ribbon paperclip, which is from Michael’s. Everything is inked in brown as per usual as well. Lots of layers of paper, and lots of patterned papers used, which I love.

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Thanks for looking today. Remember to capture even the small everyday moments in life. “Cause someday you’ll look back and realize they were big things.

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Bo Bunny Altitude Layout

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Today I’m back on the blog with another wintery layout to share. This one is using the pretty collection called Altitude by Bo Bunny. I picked this collection up at The Cutting Garden on the weekend. Since purple isn’t really my boys’ thing, I had to use some pictures I took of the girls I keep for this layout. Here’s what I came up with:

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In addition to the papers from Bo Bunny, I embellished this page with a silver snowflake from Michael’s, a silver snowflake from May Arts Ribbon, some gems and pearls from my stash, some purple and ice blue cardstock and a few foam dots. It was fun working with such pretty papers and elements!

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Emma made a pretty nice subject don’t you think! What do you think of her pretty lipstick?? Goes nice with her snowsuit don’t you think? Thanks for looking and see you again soon!

Nessa

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This past weekend I spent in Truro, NS with 89 other paper crafting enthusiasts. Many many were scrapbookers, but some were card makers, and some were working on some very elaborate altered projects. It was very inspiring to walk around  the room  and see what people were creating, there was a great deal of talent in that conference room. It was plainly obvious that these people were serious about their crafts!

Throughout the course of the weekend I completed 14 pages. At one time, I would make 30-40 pages in a weekend, but they were far less elaborate at that time. Now I do a fair amount of layering of my papers and inking, thanks Tracy McLennon, and these things are time consuming. Talking is time consuming too though I must say…….did my fair share of that too. But that’s all part of the fun!

So here is the first layout of the weekend that I’ve decided to share. It’s made using Warm and Cozy by Carat Bella, released in 2014. I picked it up at My Stamping Studio in Windsor, NS. It features a photo of my dog Nessa.  Apart from the items that came in the collection I embellished this page with some wooden snowflakes (LOVE!!), a brass snowflake, some buttons and some tickets I bought, which were from Tim Holtz.  They’re becoming very popular these days as an accent to any page. All edges are inked in brown as well. Popping some elements of the page up a bit using foam dots is something I also love to do for added interest. Thanks for looking and have a scrappy day!

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Logan – Indian Summer Layout

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Sorry for the hiatus once again in my blogging, my travel business has taken over my life!! It’s a good thing though, busy busy. Havin’ lots of fun and making money doing it though, so that’s good.

Today I’m stopping by the blog with yet another layout using Indian Summer by We R Memory Keepers. This collection I actually ordered online from http://www.scrapbooks.com. It was from last Fall. This one showcases a picture of my son Logan! Indian Summer is one of my all time favourite paper lines I think I’ve ever used.

The layout of this page is completely and utterly copied and/or inspired by my friend, the fabulous Tracy McLennon. You can see all her beautiful, fabulous crafty work here www.scrappychick101.blogspot.ca. You should really check her out. Really.

Well here’s what I created:

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I used items from the paper line, a beige doily that came from Michael’s, some enamel dots from my stash, cardstock, and some wooden stars and hearts, from my stash. Not sure who made them as they were out of their package. Love them though, very cute!

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Well thanks for looking! Hopefully after spending this coming weekend creating with some great ladies, Tracy included, at the Gadget Girls Spring Mega Crop in Truro I’ll have some great new layouts to share in the coming weeks! So stay tuned!!

O Christmas Tree

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Today I’m quickly stopping by the blog to share a layout I did of our Christmas Tree of 2014. Always gotta document the tree!

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The patterned paper is from the Carta Bella collection Home for the Holidays from 2014. The brads, cardstock and brass snowflake were from my stash, and the title was cut on my friend’s cameo. I used a punch for the circles.

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Thanks for looking! Have a great day! I think by the feel of things Spring is on it’s way! The days are getting longer, the temps are closer to zero than -20 degrees celsius, and there are no more snow storms in the immediate forecast. Fingers crossed! Although I kept pretty busy this winter my two sons’ birthdays, snowmobiling and downhill skiing, movies and binge watching all four seasons of The Good Wife on Netflix, learning to knit, sewing some infinity scarves (I’ve made over twenty), and a career change…. becoming an independent work at home travel agent. Keep your head up, spring’s just around the corner in NS!

Home for the Holidays – Echo Park

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I am very sorry that I’ve been away from the blog for a couple weeks, but I’ve been making a major life change/career change…I’ve been taking a course and setting up my home office to become an at home based Independent Travel Agent with the Destination Experts! I am very excited about this new endeavor, it’s something I have always contemplated doing, and I love travel in all shapes and forms, so I took a leap of faith and signed up! If you ever need any travel services please feel free to contact me at jparker@thedestinationexperts.com or by calling 1-866-899-8969 ext 363, or simply 902-751-0778.

So now you know why I haven’t had much time for posting lately, but I made some time to touch base with you today. I certainly want to keep my blog going, so let’s just consider that a little hiatus. I’m going to share two layouts with you today that I completed in January, using the Home for the Holidays collection of 2014 produced by Echo Park. I am not a fan of scrapbooking Christmas, but I had to do a few layouts at least of some of the highlights of our holidays. Here are two of them:

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The sight and mood of the living room on Christmas Eve is a favorite of mine, those twinkling lights and everything all set for the big day. The title “Believe” was made by my friend Renee on her cameo, I just love it!!! I also like the sparkling strip of red tape down the side. It’s glitter tape from My Stamping Studio, which is also where I picked up this fun paper pack, and I just love to add it on my holiday layouts when lots of things sparkle and shine! It just seems appropriate!

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Here’s the next layout: The boys all dressed up in their favorite news duds ready to head out on Christmas day!!

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This layout again is made with Home for the Holidays by Echo Park. I threw in a little triangle on the bottom of this layout….triangles are trending right now in scrapbook world. Buttons and sequins and circles round out this simple layout.

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Thanks for stopping by the blog today! See you again soon!

Snow Fun by Simple Stories

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Good afternoon! Today I am stopping by the blog to share two layouts I created recently using a newly released kit by a hot company in the paper crafting world right now, one of my personal faves, Simple Stories. This kit is called Snow Fun. I love the colours in it especially! My family does lots outside in the winter so you’d think I’d have lots of winter pics to choose from, to put on this layout, but alas the kids and my hubby are always dressed in camou and Helly Hansen heavy winter work wear and they just don’t make for the most “attractive” subjects for such pretty winter paper collections! Printing your pics in black and white or sepia often helps when your pics just don’t go great with the paper collection you’re desiring to use. One of these days I’m gonna get my “men” to dress up nice and go outside near some snow laden trees or on a pretty snowy bridge and I’m gonna take their pictures for some “nice” snowy layouts. Until then, I’ll have to settle for the real them, mismatched, dirty, heavy work wear and camou and all. After all, that’s who they are!

So here’s the first layout, it’s just a single page layout for one 5×7″ photo. I just love the little “tickets”, I love using them to embellish!

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The little journalling box down in the corner is all ready for me to tell the story of what we were doing that day! Some of the tickets are raised up a bit with foam dots to add a bit of interest. Finish it off with a bit of green ribbon and a few enamel dots and pearl dots, and presto, all ready for a special photo.

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Here’s the second layout I did, I made this one following a sketch from My Stamping Studio. Kelly used it during one of her Layout Frenzy’s. It will eventually contain a minimum of three photos so that’s great! The paper cut and adhered on an angle adds a little something different visually to this layout.  Thanks for looking and get out and do something wintery today and create a layout about it!! Winter layouts are fun! If you live somewhere where there is no snow or winter, consider yourself lucky! There’s lots of other layout topics out there! LOLDSC_0207

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