Monday, July 21, 2014

EYE Challenge #2

If you've not been following my challenge blog, Exhaust Your Excess (or EYE), I shared a layout today for Challenge #2:  Patterned Paper.

As an aside, if you've not followed the EYE Challenges blog yet, you should!! :) Some of my talented former Just Cre8 design team members have joined me and they are SO inspiring!!  Plus we will encourage you each week to use up some of the stash that you've been hoarding.

Which is good, because then we can buy MORE, right?!?

Wait, no,  that's not what I mean.  But if we DO manage to bring it to a manageable, foreseeably-usable-in-this-lifetime level, then we CAN buy more, right?!  Right??

However, if your husband/partner (or mine) asks, that is not the case.  The objective is to reduce!

Frankly, I'm in the what-he-doesn't-know-won't-hurt-him camp on this one…

So, anyways - check out the blog and play along!  I'll be giving out prizes each month to a randomly chosen winner!

Here's my layout for Challenge #2:  A Plethora of Patterns:


Visit EYE Challenges HERE for a complete supply list and more photos!

Cheers,







P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
July 2014 Sketchy Challenge (deadline July 31st, 2014)
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Inspiration Elevator: Guest Designer July 2014

Look where I'm guest designing!


Our main purpose here at IE is to challenge ourselves, each other and YOU to take the creative process to the next level; to inspire growth and change in our scrapbooking; to stretch, sometimes uncomfortably, to create something fresh.  You can view all of the challenges at the Inspiration Elevator blog, found here.  You can also find them on Facebook!  My individual challenges from prior IE challenges are found on my blog here.

The IE team is thrilled to welcome back as guest designer, the delightful Denise Morrison.  Denise's artsy style conveys layers of artistic and emotional significance, and we love her artful scribbles!

I am honoured to be a guest challenger this month - Here is my challenge:

We all know that the contents of our bags, whether it's a handbag, a satchel, a clutch or a backpack, reveals a lot about ourselves. This month, create a layout about the contents of your bag on any given day. Be sure to include the stories behind any unconventional items.

As a further challenge, use one of the items on your page somehow!

My project this month strays a bit from the challenge (gosh, I can't even follow my OWN directions! haha)  However, once I get an idea in my head, I'm done - no amount of mojo is going to change it.  And this month, my mojo has got up and left - we had flooding issues and our lower level (where my studio is located) is in complete turmoil.  I cleared out a teeny two-foot space and had limited access to supplies.

When all is said and done though, I like the simplicity of this layout - and it's a two-pager, which is very rare for me (excuse the wonky layout photos - my printer is acting out!):


Supplies used:  Bazzill Basics and unknown cardstock; Cheery Lynn die; Just Cre8 stamps (Floral Flourishes); Martha Stewart Crafts scoring board and punch; Fiskars stylus; Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine; Lori Whitlock cut file; Loni Leah Designs cut file; Sizzix Big Kick; Sizzix and Stampin' Up! embossing folders; EK Success punch; American Craft glitter Thickers; Tsukineko VersaMark ink; Multicrafts half pearls; Recollectins washi tape; American Crafts Memory Marker; embroidery floss; Imaginisce metal embellishment; Craftwork Cards Candi dots; Lawn Fawn sequins; miscellaneous beads and sequins; various mini brads from my stash; unknown heart clip; plastic re-sealable bag.

Here's a close-up of each page:



The little purse was created by using a Lori Whitlock cut file for a treat bag topped.  I re-sized it to fit my bag (2" wides) and filled the bag with a coordinating mix of sequins, beads and Candi Dots.  I snipped the bag to the size I wanted, sandwiched it between the topper and stapled it closed.  Isn't it adorable?!


I'm killing two birds with one stone with this layout, as it also coincides with Challenge #1 on my new challenge blog, Exhaust Your Excess! (or EYE! for short!)  Each Sunday, one of our design team members will challenge you to use up some of your stash!

I was inspired by this fabulous colour palette by Design Seeds (you need to check out this beautiful site!):


Here's a complete list of this month's participating IE designers!  We encourage you to check out each designer's creation this month, then come on back and give the challenge a try yourself!

Guest Challenger: Sue Sykes  - you are here!
Meanwhile, if you'd like t to participate as a guest designer with Inspiration Elevator, just contact team lead, Ann at annjobes{at}bell{dot}net.

Now it's your turn to get creating about what is in your bag, and share your blog link at the IE blog. We would love to see what you were inspired to make!
Cheers,







P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
July 2014 Sketchy Challenge (deadline July 31st, 2014)
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)

Exhaust Your Excess! challenge blog - check it out!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Who's The Boss?


So… the topic today all started because of this mop of unruliness.

If  you've ever had a child with fine, crazy-curly hair, you understand my pain.  Now that she's grown older, it's even worse.


Trying to drag a comb through this without any tears or wiggling is like trying to tame a caged tiger.  I find that distracting her is key.  And while I don't usually use television as a distraction, the other night we decided to try to find a cooking show to watch together while I combed.

(She discovered cooking shows like Jacques Pepin's on PBS a few years ago and loves watching them!)

After flipping through the Roku unsuccessfully, Gary came in and said he had the perfect thing… and a love affair has begun.


The kids were equally fascinated by the intricate cake decorating AND family dynamics! LOL.

Fast forward to several days (and episodes) later and they are both still talking about fondant, modeling chocolate (said with a Jersey accent!) and lobster claws!.  Aili insisted on spending time with some modelling clay tonight.  I was working downstairs, trying to clean up some of the mess from the flood (more on that later this week!) and she came down to show me one of her finished products:


Isn't it adorable?  She plans on painting this mama dragon and her baby dragon eggs - I asked if she was making this for a project in mind and she answered…

"Oh no, Mama, I'm just pretending it's fondant.  I'm going to be a cake decorator"

Does anyone know if Michaels' has a Wilton class for kids???

Cheers,







P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
July 2014 Sketchy Challenge (deadline July 31st, 2014)
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)

Exhaust Your Excess! challenge blog - check it out!!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Off the Cutting Room Floor

I have a few more projects that I haven't shared with you yet!  Today I'm sharing an old layout that was half-finished for about a year before I decided what to do with it!


Supplies used:  Bazzill Basics cardstock; Fancy Pants patterned paper; Cricut die cut machine and Songbird cartridge; Stix2 glitter paper; Unity Stamp Co. and Just Cre8 stamps; Ranger distress ink; Tsukineko Versacolour ink; Heidi Swapp distressing tool; Martha Stewart Crafts and EK Success punches; Sakura marker; Bazzill Basics large brad; American Crafts glitter brads; Maya Road trinket pins; Ranger Stickles; Stockade wooden heart; Prima and miscellaneous flowers; Stampin' Up! doily, feathers and half pearls.  Photo Credit:  Amanda Lepage

I love this photo of Renée and Aili - especially the near-toothless grin!

Journaling reads:  "You and Renée immediately hit it off when the Lepages came to Ontario in 2011.  In fact, by the end of the trip, you were referring to each other as "Big Sister" and "Little Sister"!  Sharing a room enforced this and after 12 days together, you were both sad to part, as we all were…"

The cluster of flowers is a mishmash of "vintage" (read: product that is more than two years old!) flowers and brads, mixed with some craft feathers from my stash.


The stamp from Unity was blinged up with some Stickles:


I also covered the wooden heart with Stickles.  It was originally inked and stamped, but the stamped image started to bleed and I didn't really like the result so when in doubt, add sparkle, right?!  The reflection makes it look like the colour's off but in reality, it all matches! :)

Cheers,







P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
July 2014 Sketchy Challenge (deadline July 31st, 2014)
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)

Exhaust Your Excess! challenge blog - check it out!!

Monday, July 07, 2014

Two Days


That's how long it took me to sort through my studio and gain some semblance of order.

And truth be told, I still have my worktable to clear.

It got me to thinking… I have So. Much. Stuff.  More supplies than I have time, definitely.  So I decided to do something about it.

I started a new challenge blog, Exhaust Your Excess!, and each week, I will post a challenge to encourage fellow scrapbookers to let go and USE their supplies, instead of hoarding.  I am also making a conscious effort to curb spending until the challenges are complete.

That's 100 weeks without new paper or the latest tool.  It will be hard, and of course, it won't take into account my current Cocoa Daisy kit subscription (which I won't renew until after the challenge) and any manufacturer supplies that I may get for any editorial work.  Or any digital cut files - because those don't really take up much room in my studio, do they? :)

But I'm determined.  And maybe I can use the saved funds to take our family on a nice little vacation!

The biggest boon will be the time that will be spent scrapbooking, instead of organizing and re-shuffling products, trying to find a home for them all.

So, how about it?  Are you willing to join me?  Even if you can't bear to give up your shopping, you
can still join me for my weekly E.Y.E, challenges, right?

And because I'd appreciate your help in spreading the word, I'm giving away a $15 Starbucks or Tim Hortons gift card!  All you have to do is share the blog link on Twitter, Facebook, your blog, Google+, etc - see details on the E.Y.E. blog HERE!

Cheers,







P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
July 2014 Sketchy Challenge (deadline July 31st, 2014)
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)

Saturday, July 05, 2014

June Sketchy Challenge Winner!

Time to announce the June Sketchy Challenge winner!  Thanks to everyone who participated.  A winner was randomly chosen, using random.org...

List Randomizer

There were 7 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Kelly B.
  2. Nina N.
  3. Rebecca D.
  4. Lee-Anne T.
  5. Patricia & Co.
  6. Sandy R.
  7. Michelle H.
Timestamp: 2014-07-05 00:59:54 UTC

Congratulations, Kelly Brandt!  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 - and if you didn't get a chance to last month, you will have a chance each month!  See below my signature for a link to the July challenge!

Cheers,







P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
July 2014 Sketchy Challenge (deadline July 31st, 2014)
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)


Friday, July 04, 2014

Me at 47

On Wednesday, I celebrated 47 years on this wonderful planet - seems so surreal to me!  I got spoiled with flowers, dinner at Mamo Burger and… an iPad Air!


Do you remember when I interviewed Connor and Aili on their birthdays last year?  I thought it'd be fun to continue the tradition and interview myself... with a few alterations! :)

1. What is your favourite colour? Orange
2. What is your favourite song?  Currently, it's Stay With Me by Sam Smith
3. How do you get to school work?  Lola, the Mustang convertible - she's a beautiful thing in the summer!  Not so much in the winter...
4. What chore did you do last?  Folded laundry
5. What do you want to be when you grow up?  Writer
6. What is your favourite TV show?  Orange Is The New Black and 24
7. Who is your best friend?  I have many, but I'd have to say Amanda is my closest bestie (but probably furthest, geographically!)
8. What is your favourite cereal?  Crispix
9. What makes you mad?  Injustice
10. What's under your bed?  New bedroom set - so it's just been vacuumed!
11. If you could have any pet, what would it be?  A horse
12. What do you like best about yourself?  My sense of humour
13. What's your favourite joke?  Q: What's a nosey pepper do?  A: Gets jalapeño business!
14. What is your favourite holiday?  Christmas
15. What vegetable do you like best?  Red peppers
16. How tall are you?  5'2"
17. What size shoe do you wear?  Usually 8
18. What's your favourite subject in school part of your job?  Payroll
19. What's your favourite sport?  Football.  As a spectator, of course!
20. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?  Teleportation - no commuting time!

Cheers,







P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
July 2014 Sketchy Challenge (deadline July 31st, 2014)
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)

Inspired by an interview that Nicole conducts with each of her children every year on their birthday, I used a combination of Nicole's questions, questions from a special issue from Simple Scrapbooks, Scrapbook Shortcuts with Quizzes and Questions, along with my own and came up with my own list. 
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