Monday, November 30, 2009
With December fast approaching it's time to shift my goals from my previous blogging goals to scrapping goals. Don't worry though I still plan on blogging frequently and offering freebies like I have over the last month. As I mentioned before I have joined Shimelle's Journal your Christmas and I would like to do a digital scrapbook page for each day during this holiday season. The goals above are to accomplish this LARGE task. Plus I just want to be able to recapture some of the magic of the holidays. The last 4 years have been really tough for me so instead of just allowing the holidays to run me over, I want to slow down and take steps to celebrate me, my family and everything that Christmas means to us.
Here's to a fun and festive Holiday Season.
Credits: Bella Bella Overlays by Carina Gardner, PP for the card Holiday Magic2 Papers by Carina Gardner, Flourish under photo Urban Chic Boutique Overlays by Jen Alysson, Ornament-Ornament Stickers by Jen Alysson (To be released this Tues.)
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
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There are 6 3.5x 5.5 and 2 11x11 Christmas Word Overlays/Frames. They could be used on a digital scrapbook page to pretty up a page or a photo. They could also be used to frame up your journeling. I should do some hybrid projects with some of these, so that any of you traditional scrappers could see how easy it is to add a few digital items to your page.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
- Thank the sender for nominating you.
- make sure you link to the person who nominated you.
- Copy the logo onto your blog
- List seven interesting things about yourself.
- Nominate Seven Kreative Bloggers
- Post links to their Blog
- Leave a comment for each letting them know of their nomination.
So seven interesting things about myself...are you sure you really want to know? Okay here goes Seven Things you may not already know about me
- I worked as a Manager for Starbucks for 10 years! Now I'm a total coffee snob.
- I participated in an Aquathon a couple years ago (a 1k swim followed by a 10 k run.)
- I have three children ranging in age from highschooler to primary school.
- My Grannie was awarded Guinness World Record for being the oldest female waterskier. (She was 86 at the time. She is now 90.
- I am Canadian and proud of it!
- I've only travelled to a handful of places- Hawaii, Las Vegas, Mexico, Bahamas.
- Someday I want to travel to all sorts of amazing places.
Now the hard part to nominate 7 bloggers. It 's not that I can't find 7 bloggers, it's that I need to narrow it down to seven because I know some really amazing Kreativ Bloggers.
- Heather at Scrapping Along
- Mary at Just Us Photography and Digi Stuff
- Jill at Clickclickcreate
- Janelle at Picnic Hill
- Jillian at Welcome to Jillville
- Debi at Debi's Dabblings
- Kim at Inside my Head (Kimosabe Scraps)
So thanks again Jo for the award and I hope you will all head over some of these lovely blogs.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Although I am of course proud of all my children, J is the sweetest. He is the first one to say Mom, sit down and relax. When I was sick he told me he wouldn't allow me to make dinner and made me lie down while he made dinner. I am not the only one that J takes the time to help. He is like that with all those around him, both friends and family. If he thinks you're sad, he'll come sit with you, when a neighbour had to go to the hospital, he offered to take care of their cat. Yes my J is a bit of an unsung hero.
I always say thank you when he helps me out but if anyone tries to go beyond a simple understated thank you, J gets very uncomfortable. I don't know if he realizes how unusual he is especially for a boy. He reminds me a lot of my dad who is also very caring. I wish I could show him how much I appreciate his very special personality, which brings me back to the beginning of this post. How do you celebrate and document the life of someone who doesn't really like to be in the lime light. I guess I'm going to have to get better at doing journal focused pages.
Not that long ago I created a page explaining to J why his sisters have double the scrapbook pages to his. It actually has helped a bit and now he is a little bit better about letting me take his photo. Truth be told though, I think he is only doing it because he knows it makes me happy. I love you son.
Supplies: Background PP-DigiKit - Paris & Co-French Solid 1 Paper Pack by Carina Gardner, Accent Paper @2peasinabucket.com- DigiKit - Watercolor Beach Papers by MaryAnn Wise @ 2peasinabucket.com, Card- DigiKit - Study Hall - School Cards by Jen Alysson @2peasinabucket.com.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Alice Wertz : Alice W
Audrey Neal : aneal
Barb Hogan : Barb Hogan
Christie Jurgens : chrispy_314
Christina Smith : soaring2him
Jennifer Hignite : mom2dylanNdrew
Holly Koenigsfeld : Holly Koenigsfeld
Iara Gomes-Bae : baersgarten
Janelle Miller : janellemllr
Karen Cole : coley k
Kathy Racoosin : kathyrac
Kerry Stewart : Busy.Butterfly (This is me)
Lucy Abrams : Lucy Abrams
Mary Jo Arthur : mj.johnston
Mary Rogers : SuperiorPea
Cheryl Manz Ametewee : Cheryl Manz Ametewee
Nicole LeBlanc : NicoleLeBlanc
Raven Edwards : flossiemae
Vanessa Matthyssen : Maithe
Wilna Furstenberg : Wilna
As I made my way to each new members blog I can't help but feel a bit awed and humbled by the amount of talent on this team and that I get to be a part of it.
It has been quite a process from when I first started digital scrapping two years ago until now. I find it so interesting looking through my gallery at 2peas. I can pinpoint exactly when I took a class or stumbled across a new inspiration. I thought you might find it interesting seeing my first layout posted at 2peas and a recent Layout.
Here is my first Layout posted at 2peas. Not too bad I guess, especially for a newbie. I created it for a challenge at 2peas. It's still an okay Lo but if I did it today I would probably tackle it differently especially the photo processing.
I created this Layout a couple of weeks ago. Today I love the photo processing. I love the colors and the design. I wonder where I'll be in another two years.
Credits for Baby Mine: Brown PP a freebie at Designer Digitals and the pink overlay a freebie from 2peas. Brush Work from Design Fruit.
Credits for Trick or Treat: PP from Spider's Web Papers 1,2, and 3. by Carina Gardner @ 2peas in a bucket. Flourishes from Always Corner Brush Set by MaryAnn Wise @ 2peas in a bucket.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I'll try to touch on a few of the interesting things. I have always loved drawing since I was very little. Over the years my creativity has led me down many paths and sometimes life has pulled me off those paths. Some of my favourite creative pursuits have been drawing/sketching, water colour painting, calligraphy, photography, (are you really surprised?) sewing, home decor, and of course scrapbooking. I started with paper scrapbooking and I think that is reflected in my digi scrapbooking even now. I have been digi scrapbooking for two years and I have ended up loving it even more than paper scrapbooking. I'm not sure why because sometimes I do miss the feel of the paper and the full textures. I don't miss the supplies covering my living room table though. I do intend to do a bit more hybrid scrapping in the new year but for now I'm very content with what I'm doing.
Over the last year I found myself often creating items for my pages. At first I did it to say that I could. Then when I knew I could, I would only create my own things if I couldn't find what I had in my mind in any of the digi stores. Then a month ago I began to think, maybe others would like what I make too, hmmmm I think I'd like to take this designing a little more seriously. This month has been like a month of rediscovery for me. I haven't drawn in ages. I had wondered if my drawing ability disappeared with the birth of my first child but apparently it was only lying dormant. I had totally forgotten how much I love drawing. Who knows where things will go from here but I'm glad that I've been able to create some cool things that people are enjoying.
I really am truly overwhelmed with the response and support of my design work thus far. Thank you everyone so much for taking the time to visit me, comment and download my designs. Please do drop in and let me know if you create anything with my designs, I'd love to see.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Hi again just editing this to let any of you who downloaded my Chipboard pieces this morning (Nov 18) that I had to replace the file because the PNG had a white background instead of a transparent background. I fixed it all up now! Sorry about that to many LATE nights! I'm still paying for it.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Supplies: PP from my Winter Wonderland Collection: Snow Day and Nordic paper packs, Round Alphas are my Mini Round Alphas (available free here on my Blog). Stitching Basic Stitches no1 by MaryAnn Wise @2peasinabucket.com.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
This year circumstances in the income department, are not really much better. In fact with the economic downturn things are worse. However, I refuse to let a small bank account ruin my Christmas and more importantly my children's Christmas. In the end our memories are about the small things, not the big gifts.
When I was young, my parents could generally afford to give us really nice gifts but that is not what I remember. The memories that stand out the most are the year my Mom and Dad made me a barbie house themselves. I remember the huge family dinners we had at each of my Grandparents place. Another favourite was watching the holiday specials on TV.
My commitment this year is to connect with those small special things that make Christmas so magical. Not just on Christmas Day but all those days leading up to it. Cool no!
And as an avid scrapper I can't let these moments simply slip into oblivion, I want to document them and enjoy that process as well. Many scrapbookers have been involved in a Dec Daily the last few years and some tackle it on their own and others tackle the process with the support of a class. When I decided I wanted to do this I was surprised by the number of classes there are, but I have narrowed it down to two. The first is Shimelle Laine's class Journal your Christmas and the second is Jessica Sprague's class Stories in hand. There are many wonderful classes and I encourage you to shop around.
I was so excited about my decision that I created a Christmas Layout. (Eeeeckkkk did I admit that out loud!) Okay the picture is actually from last holiday season. I know there has been lots of buzz about these classes....is anyone else doing a project like this?
Credits: PP-Holly Joly Mini Kit by Jen Alysson at 2peasinabucket, Swirl Brush- Flourish Borders by MaryAnn Wise at 2peasinabucket, Ornament embellishment by Carina Gardner at 2peasinabucket. The quote is from the Holiday Movie "Elf"
Friday, November 13, 2009
or maybe just take a few moments to be silly.
Have an excellent weekend everyone and stay tuned for another freebie soon...
Credits: Frame: Vintage Frames by Rhonna Farrer @2peasinabucket
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
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When I was a little girl we loved to here stories about my Grandad's experiences serving as a pilot in World War Two. The one often retold was his final flight in S for Sugar and how it was shot down over occupied France. While he was thankful to survive, I know it always bothered him that he was the sole survivor. He was able to parachute out of the disintegrating plane and somehow made it safely down in the middle of a potato field. (We often teased him later that this is why he loved potatoes so much.) My Grandfather spoke very little french, but with the little bit that he had learned in high school he was able to communicate with the Farmer. They courageously kept him hidden at their farm for several months until they were able to acquire some forged documents to smuggle him back out of the area. My Grandfather was one of the lucky ones, he came home, married had children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He lived a long productive life and passed a few years ago.
It wasn't until I grew up that I realized that it was never my Grandfather that told this harrowing story, it was always recounted by my Gran or my Dad. Even my Mom could tell the story. I of course have told my own children about my Grandfather and the men that sacrificed their lives so that we could have a better present. In fact my daughter told the story of my Grandad (her Great Grandfather of course) for an important school speech competition. Not only did my Grandfather not retell this story, he hardly talked about the war at all. He would sometimes reluctanly talk about his plane S for Sugar and the men that were with him that fateful day.
The one thing that seemed most important to my Grandad is that no one forget the men who had fallen or the sacrifices so many made. Every year my Grandad dressed in his uniform and attended the city's Remembrance Day services. He never missed a year, even the year that he was diagnosed with cancer and he was thin as a rail from the chemo treatments. I admire my Grandad's steadfastness in keeping the memory alive and I feel that I need to do my part in keeping his story alive for my children. I want them to know how lucky we are to live in a Country where we can have our own opinion and that we can feel safe from violence. I miss my Grandad terribly and it is at this time of year that I think of him the most.
Above I have posted a Freebie mini kit that I created in honour of my Grandfather and to all veterans all over the world.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Credits: Card- Spot Color Journal Stamps by Jen Alysson @2peasinabucket.com
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
- The first on my list is Ree Drummond the pioneer woman. I first stopped at her blog because someone mentioned that she has some great photo actions. Of course they were right, she does have awesome actions available for FREE. That isn't what kept me coming back. For one her photography is A-MAZ-ING,and her photo editing is even more fabulous. Furthermore, she has some really cool tutorials and suggestions on how to make your photos better. The real reason I go back time and time again is that she cracks me up. I love the way she writes about even the most mundane of things. I love that she can laugh at herself and that she is just so passionate about her life. I often stop by and read about her cooking, or home schooling or just her regualr observations about life. When I grow up I want to be Ree Drummond. Okay maybe not but could I live on a farm and take cool photos just like that.
- The second lady on my list is Rita at coffeetea photography (Coffee shop Free Actions). Even though I rarely use actions I love to stop by and see what she's added. I think what I like the most is the fact that not only does she offer these wonderful actions but she often post the actions deconstructed. I've learned so much by reading through these. It has really helped me to process my photos in different ways to create unique and emotional looking photos.
- Kim Boustany at Kimi Kreations is another inspiring photographer. I love the color rich and subtly textured portraits that she post on her blog. It was particularly her post that started me into the wonderful world of textures.
Now I've saved the best for last! These last two ladies are woman that I have known online for about a year and a half. I have never met them in person. (But if I had the chance I would take it in a heart beat.) They are both amazing artists and truly caring people.
4. One of the two is Heather T from Ooh la la Artsy! Not!. I remember when I first met Heather online. She was just beginning to design her own digital kits. I love Heather's kits and especially her scrapbooking pages. Heather usually posts pages about 3 of her loves; her son, her DH, and the ocean. All her pages are brilliantly designed but the ones I admire the most are her ocean layouts. She combines stunning photography, her own poetry or quotes and soft beautifully blended papers. I adore her work, I have tried to emulate it in the past and failed miserably. Heather also posts tutorials on her blog and she is quick to help out if you have a question
5. Last but not least is Stefani at StefStyle. I first met Stef online at two peas a year and a half ago. She is a toy designer, an illustrator and a rockin digi scrapper. One of the things that I admire about Stef is that she creates everything on her page, from paper to textures. Her style is graphic and clean. When you see her work in the gallery it's hard not to be awed. Her extractions are seamless perfection. Over the time that I've known her I'm not sure how many times I've seen her answer the message board post "How can I extract and image from it's background." (I was one of those eager scrappers at one time too.) She is so generous with her knowledge. The other super interesting thing about Stef is she loves and often collects old things. I've seen gorgeous LO's and photographs of old buildings, post cards, antiques, heritage photos. Her work has definitely influenced my own, especially when it comes to extractions, shadow work, and graphic work.
I don't often think about the ways in which my own work has been influenced and inspired by others. If you have never thought about it I invite you to do so. Not only has it made me appreciate other artists that have touched and guided my art but it has also helped me appreciate my own work. The above is certainly not an exhaustive list of all the wonderful artists that have crossed my path, there are so many people that would be worth mentioning but it just leaves more for me to post another day....
The story that I included in my Lo are the details of how when I was pregnant, we (My DD's daddy and I) had thought we would name her Noah whether we had a boy or a girl. Of course this persisted throughout my pregnancy until close to my due date. Then I started to have misgivings about the name Noah for a girl, and it didn't take long for both her Dad and I to come up with the name Autumn.
My dd loves this story she makes me tell it to her over and over again. I think it's so cute that kids like to hear about their early years. So even though she could probably tell the story herself, I always give in and retell the story again.
I knew this story was something that I needed to get down for her but since these memories have been coloured with a tinge of sorrow for me it can be so hard. You see around the time of my pregnancy my husband began to struggle with depression and a mental illness. Rather than address it directly, he chose to self-medicate. Eventually it spiralled completely out of control and when my dd was about one I was forced with a very heavy heart to make him leave. I wish it had been different, I wish that he could have sought out help but there is only so much one can do when the other is unwilling. I feel sad that my dd has never had the chance to know the man that I originally fell in love with. He really dropped out of our lives after that day. He phones me from time to time but my dd hasn't had any contact with him for a long time. Maybe one day I will share more with her but I want her to be able to enjoy her early stories because although her Father has disappeared it does not diminish the joy I had at the time of her birth.
Credit for the above LO: Urban Chic Boutique Wrap Around Ribbon, Study Hall Blank Cards, Fall Jamboree Festive Borders, Fall Jamoboree Solid Papers, Fall Jamboree Owl Papers all by Jen Allyson at 2peasinabucket.com, Great Outdoors Glitter Leaves and Word Lines Brush Set by MaryAnn Wise at 2peasinabucket.com
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
It seemed fitting for this post to mention these habits because for one I just think they are totally cool and one of the habits happens to be, begin with the end in mind. I am at the beginning: the beginning of my blogging journey and (drum roll please) the beginning of a new class called Blogging for Scrapbookers by Shimelle Laine. One of our first tasks is to set some goals for what we will accomplish for the next 3 weeks.
Here are my goals for the next 3 weeks.
- Set up/create a blog.
- Develop and add to that blog a bit everyday so that in 3 weeks I have an interesting, pertinent and visually stimulating blog.
- Blog 3-4 times a week.
- Share some awesome free digital scrapbooking goodies. 1 per week.
- Share at least one LO per week.
- Interact and participate with the class and their blogs everyday.
This goal starts November 3 2009 and will be completed Nov 22, 2009.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Now I have something that I want to share. I hope to be able to share my knowlege, my passion and my designs with you in the coming months ahead. I have scrapped for over seven years. The first few years were grounded in paper scrapbooking and then two years ago I began digital scrapbooking. In that two years I have served on several creative design teams and have now begun creating my own designs. I hope you love them as much as I do. Very soon I will set it up so that I can share some digi freebies with you.