Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dec & Jan Sketchy Challenge Winners!

Oh my goodness - my blog has taken a back seat lately!  Thanks to a reader for the gentle reminder that I need to post some winners!

I have December and January sketchy challenge winners to post!  A winner was randomly chosen for each, using random.org…

December Sketchy winner is:

List Randomizer

There were 2 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Rebecca
  2. Sandy
Timestamp: 2015-02-26 04:41:49 UTC

January Sketchy winner is:

List Randomizer

There were 2 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Michelle
  2. Rebecca
Timestamp: 2015-02-26 04:41:49 UTC

Congratulations, REBECCA and MICHELLE! Drop me a line with your mailing address to sue[AT]canadianscrapbooker[DOT]ca and I will get your goodies out to you!  I am behind in sending prizes at the moment, but if you have won something, please be patient - I will add extra goodies to make up for the inconvenience!

Thanks again to all who played along!  There are still three days left if you want to play along with the February challenge - you can find it here!


Cheers,







Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Feb Sketch reveal

Today I share my take on the February 2015 sketch on the CS blog:


Supplies used (I dug deep into the stash for this layout!): Bazzill Basics Paper cardstock; Fancy Pants, My Mind's Eye and Making Memories patterned paper; Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine; Sue Sykes cut file (circles); Sophie Gallo cut file (Mr. & Mrs.); Adobe Gothic Std font ("THE NEWLY"); Scrapbooks Adhesives by 3L foam squares; Sakura Micron pen.

I love this cut file from Sophie Gallo - it's so lovely!  And it cut quite nicely too, even though I resized mine to about 3.5" square.  The remainder of the title ("THE NEWLY") was so tiny and hard to glue down, but I love the end result:


And because I love you so, I've uploaded a free cut file of the overlapped circles - you can find it on my Paper Cuts page here (scroll down to the Other Personal Designs section)

Check out more info and upload your project on the original sketch challenge post HERE for a chance to win a randomly drawn prize!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Feb 2015 Sketchy Challenge

It's time for another Sketchy challenge!  You can view also view my February sketch in the CS Sketchy Gallery here.


I'll be back on Tuesday to share my project, both here and on the CS blog!

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 Feb 2014 Sketch section HERE, and then in your comment below, add a link to that layout, by 11:59 pm on Feb 28th, 2015. On or around March 1st, 2015, I will randomly draw a winner from the comments here of those who participated, for a prize!

**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 Feb 28th, 2014.  To qualify to win MY prize, you must add a link to your layout BELOW, using the inlinkz tool, by Feb 28th, 2015!

Cheers,









Seven Sunday Blessings | Feb 1


This week, I am thankful for:

1.  Wonderful friends like the Roberts.  I'm so thankful that Connor and Bailey have remained friends since Gr. 6 and have brought our families together.

2.  Water.  I'm not only thankful for its' wonderful effects on our health, but that we are so blessed to have access to clean drinking water, as so many have not.

3.  SuperBowl.  Football has taken over our lives in the last few years, replacing swimming.  I don't usually care for televised sports but football is one game I can understand and actually enjoy!

4.  Grande skinny soy extra-hot peppermint mocha.  Even though it's $1.00 for each word in the title… :(

5.  OverDrive.  I now can just download books right from our local library to my iPad.  Sweet!

6.  Homemade biscuits.  Especially when they are still warm from the oven.  Yum.

7. Weekends.  'Nuff said.

What are you thankful for this week?

Cheers,





P/S:  Sketchy challenge to be posted shortly!

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)
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