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Monday, 24 August 2015

Good Enough

Two mantras I've adopted through my scrapping journey:

1. Done is better than perfect.

2. Good Enough is Good Enough.

Lately, between working at Riddle Used Store and running a direct sales business with Thrity-One Gifts (and helping the beautiful women in my downline) there is little time/energy for the scrappy part of life. The best way to keep actively scrapping (atm) is to not be as intense about it as I might have been previously.

So here is a "lazy" post from me.

August Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit is from Scrappy Canary.

Introducing "Good Enough"

 Those two on the bottom (angle stripe and navy) snuck into the photo. Not part of the kit but wanted to hang out with their friends.
And the details:

Arrows, I forget. It is from S&CT Summer 2014 kit; Floral, CM

Arrow, CM; Stripe|MME

Wood, Glitz; Plaid unknown
There is a lot of grey in this kit. Not too sure
 if I like that or not.
Frames, MME; Pink CTMH

Lattice, Recollections; Chevron CM

Mini Dot, MME; Written on Red, Carolees Creations
 Chevron paper made with Washi tape and CM paper ribbon.
Chevron Breezy's own; Dot circles, unknown.

The "B" sides (of those papers that have one.) They look so good together, they could be their own kit.
Alphas: Wood veneer from Prima and the dredges of two sets of Thickers.
 Corky itemes. I cut the "HELLO" and the >>> with a craft knife, from a cork placemat,
 Words and frames. Mini envelopes made from a patterned paper. No fancy pattern used. Just cut and fold with a few dots of glue.
 MME, Now and Then, Mixed Bag, ephemera package.
 Fancy Pants, As You Wish, Decorative Bags.
CTMH, Washi. They make the best washi patterns and colours. I can't resist buying them.
Once more, the whole kit'n'kaboodle.
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Saturday, 22 August 2015

What a difference a decade makes.



Ten years. One decade. More than fifty albums. Over two thousand layouts. And still counting.

This summer marks the 10 year anniversary of when I said I was going to make AN album.

Having always been one to flit around through different crafting capabilities, no one could have foreseen how big a role scrapping would play in our lives. Or how much money it would consume. Besides scrapping supplies, there is furniture, lighting, paint, cameras, printers, and let's not forget retreats. I am fond of the quote, "Most of my money is spent on scrap supplies and good wine. The rest is just wasted."

Around the five year mark, darling daughter commented to me that I had not, as I would normally do, moved on to something else. She was surprised I was still doing this. "So am I." I replied. "So am I."

It is interesting to note how this discipline slowly reveals your inner self. One small layer at a time is pulled back and every once in a while you get a glimpse or insight to what really makes you tick.

Lately I am wondering about "to what end do I do this?" I like to play with paper and make a page that supports the photo. Sometime taking a rather dodgy shot and turning it into something quite special. As I keep doing it, the layouts pile up, the albums fill the shelves. I wonder, how many albums is enough? How many is too much?

When I started, I used to have  six or eight ideas each day. Now I have a couple of ideas a month. Am I moving towards the end of my love affair with scrapping?

Recently I came to the conclusion that I really like to collect paper and alphabets. And the rest I can pretty well live without. Had I figured this out sooner, we might have save hundreds or even thousands on such peripherals as cricuts and copics and way too many embellishments.

I have to thank Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog and the master forgers for the help they have been over the past three years. As I move into my second decade of this craft, I hope they will continue to be there to assist me with inspiration and motivation. I have come a long way. Yet I have so much further to go.

A layout from 2008,


and a more current layout.
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Saturday, 13 June 2015

Round up and Review, Good ol' Days

While February IS the shortest month of the year, May feels like it is the shortest. May! May!! Marvelous May!!! You are the month we wait eight months for. You bring spring with renewed growth. The birds return. And best of all, we can go outside without a coat. Sometimes. It has been an on again, off again Spring for us. Never the less, seeds are planted, bedding plants are hardened off.

Ah, how I love May. Except perhaps, for how I find the outdoor life, cuts into my ever dwindling creative hours. This month, I completed only three layouts. None of them are about the old farmstead that inspired my kit. However, I have taken lots of photos of the buildings at different times of day, including the two golden hours (just after sunrise and just before sunset) It is my intention to visit my childhood piano teacher, who lived here for all her married life, and get some insight into the history of this place.

 The first layout was inspired by a collection of three plastic hangers. They were in my hand, one day at work. The colour combination was so remarkable, so of course, I remarked about it. They ended up coming home and hanging (snirk) around my desk for about half a year. Last month's kit took care of lots of pictures that had been gifted to me from the "to scrap" stack, however, this birth announcement didn't work with the Messy Box style. One month later, the kit, the colour inspiration and the photo all came together in a synergistic symphony. The last addition of the bingo card with baby's birth month in robin's egg blue took the page to exceptional. And that "27" in the middle of the card (baby's birth date) is serendipitous perfection. I will stamp it with a circle outline to highlight it and call done.

















I dove head first into the kit for layout #2. Have been doing a layout on Robin pretty well each month. The past 10 months have been hard for him. He can no longer work in his trade. Reestablishing your personal identity, outside of your work,is daunting at best. As Robin works through this part of his life's journey, making a layout each month, just for him, is the best way I know of to show him that he continues to be appreciated and admired.

 It started by choosing the cardstock. My over sized collection of cardstock lives in here:
Except for shades and tints that have only one or two sheets left. They are in the work station, and are in "go to first" status. So in considering a one page layout, I tried the photo on each colour in the "last sheet" pile. It is fascinating to me to observe how the different colours and shades effect the character of the photo. I settled on a dusty turquoise. The contrast made the photo pop. Then I splated black reinker, followed by some grey Mister Huey. I played with the burlap alphas, trying out several titles, finally landing on the one used. How many alpha saves can you spot? Layered the photo on inked doily, scrap of vintage shopping bag and a page from a Second World War rations book. The "Meat" page, of course! Since these items are not scrapbook safe, I placed a layer of "acceptable" paper under the photo to protect it from direct contact with the contraband. The second bingo card from the kit seemed a natural on this layout as a reminder for the when the photo was taken.  The "A is for" stickers were mounted on patterned paper and trimmed out. 7 Gypsies tape was laid down for the left border and the right one is off the echo park boarder sheet in my add-on kit. Later I was rummaging in the stash for another project when the rub-on chicks surfaced and jumped right onto the page. Layout finito.


Layout three came together so quickly, I almost missed it's process! The photo led to the paper, which was too flimsy without cardstock, but I didn't want a solid coloured boarder. So the red lace paper moved into place. After the layering of bits under the photo, the title fell into place. Then I used kit items for the embellies that surround the photo. The Kiss the Cook clip art was in a book of titles. So here I have a layout almost done in under half an hour. I asked myself, what is this page about? And the journaling came to me. Done but not satisfied. Normally I spend 2 hours or more on a layout. A quick and easy one does not take me to that scrapping zen zone that makes this hobby irresistible to me. I left it and came back to it the next day. Looking at the other two layouts, I realized how much I liked having the punch of black from the paper doily on each of them. Grabbed another doily. Added some ink. Lifted the title and layered it up. Yup. That was the bit of inspiration I needed to get my jollies. 

May's kit, Good ol' days has lots of life left in it. It now joins my growing collection of part used kits.


I also finished a layout started a while back. It draws from three kits. January technique, piercing and stitching on title. February, small alpha stickers. March, washi tape and photo frame and patterned paper. Also the layout inspiration "Borders" was from March. As January's Good Intentions was morphed into the Feb kit, the only aspect left of it was the piercing technique and that has now been featured. So January is officially done. I still have February's kit, One Good Turn, and March's kit, Good Heavens relatively intact, with a few more projects in mind before they can be morphed or dismantled.

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Good ol' Days CKC 0515

Can you say "delighted"? Every month end as I anticipate the reveal on the next CKCB kit to copy, I always wonder (and ask if I have the chance) if there will be green in it. Hurrah! This month the kit features REAL GREEN! I was looking at the kit, on screen, then looked out the window and realized the colour was spring grass green.
The view of the barn, and the green grass poking up in places over the dead, yellow grass certainly got me in the mood to capture some stories about this wonderful old farm. And this is the kit to do it with.

The kit to copy is from Jenny Bowlin. No wait, it is from Counterfiet Kit Club, as we are copying the first kit CKC revealed back in 2011. Check out the original post details here. 
 And the challenge to copy ourselves is here.  
The JBS kit looks like this:
Jenny Bowlin Studios; Mercantile
My papers look like this:
 I had so many great papers to choose from for the theme, and I usually use neutral card stock these days so in place of coloured card stock, I chose patterned paper.
Reminisce, Farm Life, The Barn. <take special note of this one. It sets the mood for the month.
Green with small cross hatch, (muk)
Close to My Heart, Notebook
K&Company, Brenda Walton, Brianna Large Dots Flat Paper
DCWV, Vintage Collage Stack
Basic Grey, Laser cut paper, Doilies
Pink Paislee, Pretty Lace <exact match to original kit. Fun Fact: this paper is printed with soy inks.
Basic Grey, Porcelain, Dresden
Red and Cream lace, I am pretty sure this is a Jenny Bowlin paper.

Then I added the "stuff"
Bingo Cards: Simple Stories, Year.o.graphy
Daisies: K&CO, Wild Saffron, Grand Adheskons
Lables: Prima, The Goods, is for stickers
White flower, EK Success, Jolee's Boutique
Cream and brown flower, muk

accidentally missing from this photo is CTMH waxy flax in yellow, and two antique stick pins. The waxy flax got it's self stuck to something else and I didn't notice it missing from the final picture until posting. 



 Black doilies are white with the addition of ink.
 Add on Kit: 
 
And mine:
 PP in place of cardstock again.
Green hex, and boarders are sides A and B of Echo park, For the record by Bella Road.
Embossed Cream, Core dinations with Jenny Bowlin. Red Soda Label, Jenni Bowlin Studio.

Stuff: Big red buttons, Gramma's button box.
Felt flowers, Basic Grey, Oliver, Bloomers.
Foundry Numbers, CTMH.
Paper tape : 7 gypsies, postale.
Vintage bits, bottom right, Graphic 45, Commuique Collection, Typography.
Brown paper bag from gift shop with vintage ads on it.
Random die cuts and journaling spots from stash.
Dictionary sheet, Glitz
Crowning vintage find: A world war II Canadian Rations book.

Found in a boutique scrapbook store in Edmonton. What made them extra cool is that they were from Boyle, which is a town in the county, in which I live. Also the surnames on them were familiar to me. Ok they are not just cool or extra cool, they are SUPER cool!

Finally the Magpie Kit:
JBS Magpie Kit

 This kit reminds me of Rose Mille Studio's cachette collections. Beautiful to inspect on line but not in my budget.
I struggled somewhat to put mine together. Sometime you have to give up on on piece by piece comparisons and just try for the "feel" of the kit.

I like the monochromatic trend that is surfacing. Hard to follow it to the letter when you LOVE colour.
The large frame is an unused marriage certificate. I fussy cut out the middle part which had one signature on it. Perhaps someone changed their mind?
Gold dresden frame will be constructed out of fussy cut bits from a gold paper doley.
Washi tape in place of satin ribbon.
Assorted pearlized buttons.
Spool labels were from a freebie print out for a kit a couple of years back. These, I gotta use or loose.
The stamps are genuine. From France, no less. I ordered a t-shirt for the grand kids from Poisson Rouge. If you have preschoolers in your life. You will want to check out  "Red Fish Soup"   
Sheep die cut, in place of the rabbit.
Vintage paper doily. Very intricate, and of higher quality than the ones currently available.
Journal spot on top left, 29th Street Market, Spirit Sisters, Foliage.

And that is my take on this month's kit(s)  Or is that on a 2011's kit? Oh I almost forgot. These are the Alphas I am focusing on using:
Rusty Pickle Moulin Black and White
Fancy Pants, Its' the little things.
Dream Street, Tea for Two.
Thickers, Hello, Burlap letter stickers. They smell so good. Like potato sacks under the August sun.

And once more, my inspiration photo for this month:
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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Round up, Good Friends, CKC 0415

Quickly now, as I don't have much time. Scheduled to be at a trade show in 89 minutes. In an effort to squeeze 36 hours into each day, I try to work using the 80/20 rule and not sweat the minor imperfections in my work. Typos be darned!!

Aprils Kit to copy was messy box by my messy life.

Messy Box
 My version, Good Friends has many (for me) counterfeit parts to it.
Good Friends 
The "Today is a Gift" overlay did not get onto a layout but I am enoying it on my bulletin board.



Lots of "messy" work on ^this^ one. I bought soft pastels because I couldn't find Gelatos last month to add to kit. Then when I finally found Gelatos, they gave me sticker shock! The package of 24 soft pastels cost about the same as one Gelato, and the G's didn't come in the colours I was looking for.

Any ways, I smudged blue and pink pastels on the background paper. Then dropped black re-inker, and then a couple of spritzes of Mr. Huey in pinstripe. It is the first use of my first Mr.Huey. I really like it!

|Anyways, note to messy box creators. If you don't have to wash your hands and clean your desk top, after, it is not being messy.

Barely can be considered a kit page. The only kit items used were Heidi Swapp stickers.
Reads: Have you seen this man? Wanted in more than three counties for his quick wit and gentle charm. Loved by dogs and children everywhere. Legendary for his ability to fix that which is broken, ("(fla) mingo") build winning parade entries (with duct tape and binder twine) and leave his DNA signature on every project. If you haven't seen him, you should! He is amazing.

And the last layout that "killed the kit"
I was very please with the youthful quality of this kit. It contributed to getting most of the photos, gifted from friends and family into albums.

And now I have 50 minutes to get myself presentable and show and tell Thirty-One Gifts at the trade show in Athabasca. Nice to squeeze in a little visit with you.

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