Posts Tagged ‘Family’


Here was a quick challenge from PaperCraftPlanet’s Scappy Sunday folks.

Week 1: challenge –> Scraplifting

I chose to scraplift a beautiful page from the Scrapbooking Guru, Ali Edwards.  Ali had a traditional scrapbook page, which she stitched on the number & I went with a digital adaptation.

I still much prefers her layout; however I loved the idea of scrapping the grown ups in the family & a snapshot of us.  I took these photos with my iPhone on our  way to church yesterday.

The zig zag paper & dotted number I made & the freebie elements are from Chrissy (chrissyw_febfreebie_rec) and the antiques, another freebie, from Graphirehere.

Here’s a 4×5 of the numbers or you can download a free 9×11 .png (300dpi) set of numbers here.

Here’s a small version of my zig zags, for a 12″ 300 dpi band, you can download it here!

This year: “Going back to School” Update.

This year has been a busy one, but I’m in the final few weeks of school at Algonquin College with my post grad ePublishing Certificate.

For any of you who are thinking of taking the step of going back to school as a “mature” student, I won’t lie, it’s tough. When I went to University as a teenager/twenty something it was one thing, but as a mature student, it was a completely different trip for me with my young family.

If you’re thinking about it, go for it what do you have to loose?  I didn’t get to do as much of my hobbies & crafting as I normally enjoy & my kids, DH & friends made many sacrifices, of which I am very grateful.

I thought I’d show you a peek of some of my homework &  what I’ve been up to in Dynamic Media (1 of the 6 courses this semester):


To be honest, this CS5 flash Dynamic Type assignment, I loved doing & didn’t take too much time.

I’m starting a new chapter of my life & of learning & as hard as this year was & it was Totally Worth IT!

Also looking forward to getting back to the craft room to get my hands gluey again.  May …

Hard Knock Life

So, I’m pretty sure I’m past the deadline, but it’s Thursday here & here’s my go with Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #93, Annie.  Such fun songs in that musical & this was my favourite song of the movie.  It’s drawn up in illustrator using Clarendon Type.  Quick & simple & great for a friend who’s having a rough day.

Just had to have some quick fun with this challenge because, when I was about my DD’s age, Annie was the big musical.  Here is an ancient photo of in a ballet adaptation of Annie. LOL.  I love musicals!

August Scrappy!

Well, I fulfilled the promise I made to myself to get this month’s Scrappy Sunday Challenge done early.   Paper Craft Planet’s Jen Tapler provided all of the layered layouts, but you could also work in traditional paper scrapbooking too!  Give it a go, what do you have to loose.  For those who complete all four layouts & put them in the gallery, there’s a a $25 gift certificate to Sweet Shoppe Designs!

scrappy0810a (turned on it’s side)




Thanks for the fun inspiration, Jen!

Used Kits from:

scrappy b
Erica Hernandez (Time Marches on)
Jen Lessinger (Fall in Faded Orange)
Chris Ford (Future Rock Star)

scrappy c
Mary Ann Wise (Watercolour)
Kristina Werner (sentiment cloud)
Kate Teague (Damask)

scrappy d
Collies Corner (Fall Pickins)

scrappy a
Rhonna Farrer (Vellum)
Rhonna Farrer (Pink October)
Rhonna Farrer (Blue Title)
Vinnie Pearce (Dream)
Libby Weifenbach (alpha sliders)


Some more plucking at the July Scrappy Sunday Sketches from Paper Craft Planet.  I suppose I should have played with the Channel Mixer to change the pics to B/W, but it was just so Emma-Sian to have the multi colours, I kept them as is!  Hard to believe my oldest baby is 11.

Papers:  Crystal Wilkerson.

Quick Scrapping

I’ve started to work on Paper Craft Planet’s June Scrappy Sunday Group’s Sketches.  I must say, I do love digital Scrapbooking.  These first photo’s I took of Liam about 2 hours ago (on my PHONE camera lol) at the beach & now with about 45 minutes on the computer, some GORGEOUS papers from Crystal Wilkerson I have this LO here:

The other two layouts (left & right spread) are also part of Paper Craft Planet’s scrappy sunday Sketches for the month of June.  The “dot” technique is working with half tones & is a fun thing to try.  It gives it a newspaper/comic book look. Shimelle Laine from 2ps gave a step by step demo of how to do this technique here.

The photo of Emma-Sian, I used a filter to make it look a bit tonal 70’s.  (You can download FREE Photoshop Actions from the Pioneer Woman) The other kids are roughed up edges from Rhonna Farrer, Shimelle (hearts), & Brandy Buffington (HolidayParty).  Font:  DymoFontInvers



Cake Mum

Today is my oldest son’s birthday … 9 can you believe it?  Oh my, Malcolm.  Anyways, it’s a busy one, getting his favourite cake ready before the kids come home from school today.  I did manage to take a couple of pics (gotta love time delay feature on the D80).

I was playing around in illustrator (using Didot Font, Poplar Std Black, the pen tool & some canned illustrator brushes).  I had fun with this & if anybody ever watches Cake Boss, you’ll know why I’m giggling at this.

The Patterned Paper & Photo Edge masks are from Sande Krieger (French Laundry).

Wanna have some fun with a favourite family cake recipe?  Make your own “Cake Boss” Scrapbook page …

Click here to download CAKE MUM.

Click here to download CAKE MOM.

If you are workin’ old school or on a hybrid scrapbook page, here are a couple to print off:

May Scrapping





Another 4 page Blitz of Scrapbooking.   PaperCraftPlanet’s Scrappy Sunday Group, provided these 4 templates from Jen Tapler.  It really gets me motivated to actually get a page done, when the layout is there for you.  Especially when it comes to digital, you just drop in the photos & the elements & the page is done.  Love it!

I’ve used several different papers & kits above.  Here are the designers:  Betsy Tuma, Erica Hernandez, KImemories, Kristina Werner, Rhonna Farrer, Vinnie Pearce, Jennifer Pebbles.  Some of their work I’ve changed up a bit, but that’s where I started.

Okay, & just because I’ve been home for less than an hour from the Puppy Salon, AND have already scrapped it (that has to be my personal record lol), here’s a close up of Sparkle.  The photo IS NOT COLOUR enhanced, she’s actually a white dog, who knew.

April Scrapping





I haven’t done any scrapbooking in quite a while, but made up for it last night, when I did a blitz of 4 pages.  Woo-hoo!  PaperCraftPlanet’s Scrappy Sunday Group, provided a link to get these 4 templates from Bella Gypsy.  They were so cute, I had to give ‘em a go & really doesn’t take that long to put the page together, once you have the photos.  There are some wonder links to how to put together Digital pages in Photoshop Elements/ or any Photoshop program really (1, 2, 3) if you’re new to this kind of scrapbooking.  Otherwise, just use good ole’ traditional scrapbooking & these templates as a guideline:

I used some kits from MaryAnnWise, EricaHernandez, Crystal Wilkerson, Jennifer Pebbles, TiaBennett, & KateTeague

Miss U Scrapbook

So PaperCraft Planet had a wonderful 3d project this week, 3D51, Time Flies.  Inspired by Sunghee’s gorgeous Calendar Scrapbooks, I took out the calendar part & replaced it with some journaling.  I took some photos from around the house that reminded me of my DH, who’s been away on business.  It’s been hard on the family.  I have no idea how Army spouses do it for so long.

Like I said, for us it hasn’t so much flown, as gone really slowly these last weeks and each photo is a picture from around the house that reminds me of my love.  I know, I know corny, I have turned into a teenager hopelessly in love again.  Snap out of it!  I’m sure when he comes back I’ll be back to complaining about socks on the floor & shaving bits in the sink.  LOL.

It did take me longer than an hour to do, because I don’t have a printer, so I went to Costco & printed out one sheet of 12×12 with 3×3 photos.  The book itself is essentially 3×3, with a 1 inch spine.

Here’s what they say …