Monday, January 12, 2015

Seven Sunday Blessings | Jan 11


er… Seven Monday Blessings!

This week, I am thankful for:

1.  My new iPad brain training app, Peak.  Just over a week and already my brain has already improved 1%!  At my age, I need all the help I can get… :)

2. Technology in general.  I am amazed every day at how much easier it makes certain aspects of our lives, specifically health and finance.

3.  Warm cozy throws.

4.  EOS lip balms.  Did you know they were 95% organic and 100% natural? And did you know that EOS stands for "Evolution of Smooth"?  I learn something new every day….

5.  My hubby, who, despite being sick, managed to get the kids fed every night this week while I worked late and caught up after the holidays.

6.  My hairdresser - I've had so many compliments this week! :)

7.  Chocolate Mint Oolong tea by Stash.  Yum.

What are you thankful for this week?

Cheers,






P/S:  Don't forget about the following challenges on my blog:
December 2014 Sketchy Challenge (deadline:  January 15th, 2015)
January 2015 Sketchy Challenge (deadline:  January 31st, 2015)

Monday, January 05, 2015

Leave Your Legacy | Hairstyle Evolution

More about LYL:  As always, with each issue, I challenge our readers to participate. (To learn more about the LYL articles and challenges, please visit my LYL page for more info) In every other issue, I share my challenge and invite you to link up your layouts completed for this challenge here to share with everyone. I am even going to throw in a prize for each challenge!

While some scrapbook simply for the artistic expression, many of us enjoy this hobby because it allows us to document the memories that we want to remember, and to pass on to future generations. The goal of the LYL challenge is to share ourselves with them.

The Winter 2014/15 issue is out and with it, another Leave Your Legacy (LYL) challenge!  (Sadly, I missed the editing error of the incorrect title - the correct title of this issue's LYL article is The Hairstyle Evolution)

In this issue, I challenged you to create a layout about your hairstyles over the years and how they have (or haven't!) evolved.  Be sure to include dates, if possible and any details that future generations might find interesting!

I have had SOOOO many different hairstyles over the years - Did you notice the sneak peek that our graphic designer snuck under my head shot in the article?  Here's the entire photo, so you can see just how different I was from my other fellow Grade 13s at St. Anne's High School (innocent parties have been blurred to protect their identity :) ):


Haha - what is that thing on my head?!?

I didn't create a layout for this article but have all my photos ready to go for my girls' scrappy weekend away next week, so hopefully I will be productive and have something to share with you!

I am encouraging you, my readers, to create a project based on this challenge and to please share a link below to your LYL layout or project that is posted in an online gallery or on your blog. I'd love to see what you create!

Because I believe in the importance of leaving your legacy, I am offering up a prize of some yummy scrapbooking/stamping goodies for one lucky winner!

Because this article will appear in every other issue, there's more time to complete this challenge!  It  runs from now until 11:59pm on May 31st, 2015. I will randomly draw a name from the entries submitted and post the winner on or around June 1st. Please feel free to email me at sue[AT]canadianscrapbooker[DOT]com, if you have any questions about linking your project.

Cheers,






P/S:  Don't forget about the following challenges on my blog:
December 2014 Sketchy Challenge (deadline:  January 15th, 2015)
January 2015 Sketchy Challenge (deadline:  January 31st, 2015)


Sunday, January 04, 2015

Seven Sunday Blessings | Jan 4


There's so much for which I am thankful that I decided that it was time to bring back my Seven Sunday Blessings posts.  Just to remind me, in case I forget to be thankful!

And right now, I am thankful:

1.  For the atypical weather we've been having.  I'm SOOO okay with a green Christmas, especially when family is traveling for the holidays!

2.  For Starbucks red cups.  Specifically, grande skinny peppermint mochas WITH whip.  Because it's not a peppermint mocha without it.

3.  Fuzzy slippers.

4.  That I have the willpower to bring the remaining boxes of candy and chocolate that we have left over from Christmas into work to share with co-workers.  It makes the whole "clean eating" resolution so much easier to stick to when it's not in the house!

5.  That we have become close friends with Connor's best friend's parents.  We celebrated New Years Eve with a delicious dinner at Mezzo's and drinks back at their place - even if we did miss the ball drop!  Gary is blaming Bell for their delayed feed… :)

6.  That there are less than 150 days to Disney!  We are so excited to spend this trip with the Kims.

7.  For Black's Photo and their great deals on photo books.  I created a small photo book, using a handful of Instagram photos to document our 2014 - for only $5!  I think I will do this every year!

What are you thankful for this week?

Cheers,






P/S:  Don't forget about the following challenges on my blog:
December 2014 Sketchy Challenge (deadline:  January 15th, 2015)
January 2015 Sketchy Challenge (deadline:  January 31st, 2015)

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Paper Cuts - Winter 2014/2015


In every issue, I will design themed cut files in .studio and .svg formats that will be available for download on the Canadian Scrapbooker website, as well as here on my blog, on my PaperCuts page.

In the Winter 2014/2015 issue of Canadian Scrapbooker, three of my cut files and projects are featured (pg. 78 & 79).

Here are this issue's cut files available for download:  





Here's are my projects created with them:


Supplies used:  HalCraft card base; Canadian Scrapbooker SuperStock; Core'dinations ColorCore cardstock; Bo Bunny patterned paper; Tsukineko VersaMark ink; Stampendous embossing powder; Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine; Sue Sykes Let It Snow cut files; Martha Stewart Crafts border punch; KaiserCraft rhinestones; Artistic ribbon; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares.


Supplies used:  HalCraft card base; Glitz Designs and Bo Bunny patterned paper; Bazzill Basics Paper cardstock;  Ranger Distress ink; Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine; Sue Sykes Rudolph cut files; Artistic ribbon.



Supplies used:  Bazzill Basics Paper card stock   My Mind's Eye patterned paper; Tsukineko VersaMark ink; Stampendous embossing powder; Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine; Sue Sykes Wonky Heart cut file; Prima Marketing crystals; American Crafts Thickers; Making Memories bookplate; Tim Holtz ticket; Michaels butterfly; Tūl marker; sewing machine; thread.

You can find the links to download these and other files on my PaperCuts page (CLICK HERE!)

Cheers,






P/S:  Don't forget about the following challenges on my blog:
December 2014 Sketchy Challenge (deadline:  January 15th, 2015)
January 2015 Sketchy Challenge (deadline:  January 31st, 2015)

Friday, January 02, 2015

Jan 2015 Sketchy Challenge

I've been MIA around here again, as it's always busy around here with the holidays, and Connor's birthday but it's time for another Sketchy challenge!  You can view also view my January sketch in the CS Sketchy Gallery here.



Sadly, no creative time for me this month but I'm meeting with my scrappy girls next weekend so I hope to crank a few project out, in between the giggles and wine!

Hopefully you find some time this month to play along!  Please head over to the Sketchy gallery and get inspired to create your own layout!  You can use the sketch as is or as a springboard for your project - the choice is yours!

{RAK ALERT!}
If you play along with the sketch this month, upload your layout in the gallery into the Jan 2014 Sketch section HERE, and then in your comment below, add a link to that layout, by 11:59 pm on January 31st, 2015. On or around February 1st, 2015, I will randomly draw a winner from the comments here of those who participated, for a prize!

There's still time to play along in the December challenge (more details found HERE)!

**PLEASE NOTE:  In order to qualify for a chance to be published in an upcoming issue, your layout must be posted in the online gallery by January 31st, 2014.  To qualify to win MY prize, you must add a link to your layout BELOW, using the inlinkz tool, by January 31st, 2015!

Cheers,







Thursday, December 04, 2014

November 2014 Sketchy Challenge Winner!

I'm not going to make you wait for our Sketchy Challenge winner till the end of the month again!  It must have been a busy month though, because I only had TWO people share their layouts...  A winner was randomly chosen, using random.org…

List Randomizer

There were 2 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Rebecca
  2. Elaine
Timestamp: 2014-12-02 01:40:54 UTC

Congratulations, REBECCA! Drop me a line with your mailing address to sue[AT]canadianscrapbooker[DOT]ca and I will get your goodies out to you!

Thanks again to all who played along- even if you didn't get a chance to share!  I know December is a busy month so I'm extending my deadline to January 15th!  You can find the December sketch challenge here!


Cheers,






P/S:  Leave Your Legacy challenge to be posted soon!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

December 2014 Sketchy Challenge


December 1st already!! You know what that means…. only 24 days til Christmas!!  AND it's time for another Sketchy challenge!  you can view also view my December sketch in the CS Sketchy Gallery here.


Here's my layout which inspired the sketch:


Supplies used:  Bazzill Basics cardstock; Echo Park, My Mind's Eye and Basic Grey patterned papers; My Mind's Eye ('happy' tab), Simple Stories alphabet ('liquid panty remover'), October Afternoon alphabet ('aka') and Girls' Paperie alphabet ('pull') stickers; Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine; Kolette Hall Studio cut file ('and'); Albermarle Swash font ('G', 'T'); Tim Holtz tiny attacher & staples; Evalicious badge button; Maya Road banner flag and sheer doily; Americana acrylic paint; PaperMate Flair marker; Jenni Bowlin ticket; Nobility household twine.

More details and journaling on the Canadian Scrapbooker blog here!

Hopefully you find some time this month to play along!  Please head over to the Sketchy gallery and get inspired to create your own layout!  You can use the sketch as is or as a springboard for your project - the choice is yours!

{RAK ALERT!}
If you play along with the sketch this month, upload your layout in the gallery into the December 2014 Sketch section HERE, and then in your comment below, add a link to that layout, by 11:59 pm on December 31st, 2014 (extended to January 15th!!). On or around January 16th, 2015, I will randomly draw a winner from the comments here of those who participated, for a prize!

Stay tuned - I will be announcing our November 2014 Sketchy winner in a few days!

**PLEASE NOTE:  In order to qualify for a chance to be published in an upcoming issue, your layout must be posted in the online gallery by December 31, 2014 January 15th, 2014.  To qualify to win MY prize, you must add a link to your layout BELOW, using the inlinkz tool, by December 31, 2014 January 15th, 2015!

Cheers,







P/S:  New Leave Your Legacy Challenge to be posted soon, too..



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