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Monday, 22 May 2017

May Be Yes

May! May! Beautiful May! Your warm mornings bring us outside with a cup of coffee. The swallows flit about. One little fellow sits on the power line near us and sings to us. At least that's what we tell ourselves. If we had a universal interpreter, we would learn that in bird speak, he is actually telling us this is his territory and we should move along.

This May long weekend was the first truly fine weather of the month. Besides the morning coffee, we had a steak barbeque yesterday. And this morning, Robin and I planted the vegetable garden.

And now with my back, protesting that it is time to sit a spell, I am here to show and tell about my scrapping.

The kit this month, with Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog is Gossamer Blues March Main Kit.

While I have been trying to get my scrapping world under control and have not made a kit for longer than I care to remember. This month, the blues and yellows called out as I pulled a few things together. The next thing you know, it's a full blown kit. Will I get to scrap much with it this month? Maybe yes, maybe no.

As May is so full of potential and possibilities, I am saying "May Be Yes"
The papers in the kit jump-started my mojo.
Gossamer Blue March papers

First some cardstock. The camera mis read the colours. The two on the left are actually blues.
Then a specialty paper. Made from a banana leaf and a patterend paper from Creative Memories.
Toss in a cut apart sheet. Notes & Things from Crate Paper
Then Alphas And post-it type notes in cute critters and speech balloons.
A few off cuts of paper for patterns and very old paper ribbon from Creative Memories. Very, very old.
Die cut, camera Epoxy doodle square. White brads. Dew drops.
Mostly used, sticker sheet from Creative Memories, and white foam Thickers. The script title "Magic" I have no idea how to use. And the epoxy dots from Simple Stories, So Fancy.
May Be Yes
How about some close ups?






To get going, I chose a picture, saturated with the colours of the kit. It is of Rebecca sitting outside the music room at her school, with her father. The stained glass wall behind them is jaw dropping and crowd stopping. In an effort to mimic the wonky design of it, I tried to let my layout run askew. Drawing on challenge #2 for the month, Mix It Up, I incorporated an overlay and a word tab along with the alphas in the title.

One lucky shot, here with you. Mom says, "Trying to get a decent photo of these two actually looking at the camera at the same time is virtually impossible. Like father, like daughter definitely rings true in that regards."
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Happy to have completed the minimum requirement I have set for myself of one layout per month. If more happen in the next 9 days, I will be back again to share with you.

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

April's Round up and Review

Hello friend. I want to tell you about my April. It was a wonderful month for me, as far as scrapping goes. There was a weekend crop and a day crop, in my home town, that I was able to participate in. The weekend one, coincided with a trade show that Lolly Pop Thrift Shop had a booth in, so I missed about 8 hours of paper play but that didn't hold me back. Seven layouts were in various states of completedness by Sunday afternoon. Then the next Saturday, I spent the afternoon with friends and as they pumped out cards, I worked on the partial pages and put together two more. Then last Sunday, I worked on setting up my studio at work. It is looking like this:

 Keep in mind, this move is all about minimizing my space used and product stored. Not sure where most things will end up, I have used painters tape to label drawers while I get things out of totes and boxes. As I recognize that something is higher or lower in importance to my style, I can switch the drawers up or down.  Hey! I can walk into the office now, instead of stepping over the stash.
 On the desk top. Totally Tiffany's Ditto tool caddy. Pampered Chef utensil stand for pens and such. Must haves: CTMH mat; CM personal trimmer; Westcot 12" Trimair, on the last shelf of the hutch.
 And just enough paper, kits, and cardstock to get started again. You can see I have one of my old CKC kits here. When it is done, I will bring another from home.
And how about some eye candy? Spring blossoms from Prima, I found at the weekend retreat.

Now that the space is ready to work in, (no complaints of poor lighting. All LED in this office!) today I was able to finish up all but one of the layouts from last month. But first, let's take a look at the April inspiration kit from  Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog.
Cocoa Daisy's February 2017 kit, Ashton Court
So bright and playful. Whimsical critters. Scripty words. Multi coloured alphas. What's not to love?

I have five layouts to show you that were drawn from this inspiration. Although my interpretation is more pinky than red. A couple of papers from Shimelle were my spring board and this is what happened:

 Girl you are amazing; Shine on you crazy diamond.
 At age 3 the favorite game to paly is "Make up a story about Piggy" Rebecca's stories go like this:
"Once upon a time, Piggy went to town. Then Piggy bought some groceries. Then Piggy went home. Then Piggy played outside. Then Piggy had a shower......THE END!!"
Emphatically declaring the end of the story is Rebecca's favourite part. After a round of giggles it's Grampa's turn to tell a piggy tale.

Is there an award for letter saves? "piggy" is all 5! Upside down d. Altered j. Two 6s turned over. And an altered x.

Next, another tale about Piggy and what happened when he got left behind. This one comes from gleaning facebook posts. Lately they have been showing what you posted last  year, or two or three years ago. I love it. If the story grabs my heart when I see it again, there's a good reason to get it into an album.
 Don't forget Piggy Love. April 21 2013 Naughty Piggy stayed an extra night at Gramma's. Rebecca had to call and help tuck him in.

Then I pulled together photos of Robin enjoying Rebecca (my granddaughter) and his granddaughter's. Putting together photos from different events is new to me. Think I did ok?
Thank Heaven for Grampa's girls. Rebecca (you are a diamond) Brooklyn (have vision for you life darling girl) and Sydney (shine your light, amazing girl!) Don't you just love that game of peek-a-boo going on in the bottom corner?

Then the last bits of the Shimelle paper was used up on this one. The photo comes from a Throwback Thursday post one of my daughters made. In it, Rebecca's mother, Nadine is standing next to her older sister. I bet you would have thought it was Rebecca, if I hadn't told you that.  Again....facebook is a treasure trove for story ideas.
A typical Sunday road trip takes us from Edmonton to the Borody farm in Richmond Park. Dinner is almost always chicken in dilled cream sauce. On the way home we stop at the Semrok farm in Perryvale for coffee. On this sunny day in August, Baba (Vera Borody) and the girls made a bouquet of sweet peas and marigolds for Oma (Irma Semrok) We love the Flower Girls.

On the scripty cards, I want to add "to" to tie them together as a thought. This is my day to make things happen. Also, I love the bit of paper with the repeated teeny, tiny type face word "Beautiful" that is on top left corner of the photo.

Number 6, also pulled from the inspiration kit but makes a departure with some graphic black and white paper to ground the elements. I checked in with Facebook again and found this photo of Rebecca greeting Cohen after a week apart. How excited she must be.The energy in her body language says it all.  Cohen who saw the joy in her face, and will remember it each time he sees this layout in his album. A reminder of just how much he is loved by his sister even if she claims otherwise, as they get older.

The photo is matted on paper that has multi coloured triangles much like the one in the inspiration kit. My favorite bit is how the colours on the die cut "HECK YES!" reflects what Rebecca is wearing.

Welcome back Cohen. Love this. Did Rebecca miss you? Heck Yes! Edmonton International Airport August 2016 with Codie and Lebron Jendruk

The last three layouts were made with page kits I made at a crop a couple of years ago. I had a handful of papers with me, and I kept sorting through a smattering of photos, trying to ignite an idea. With an obvious case of scrappers block, I changed my approach to opposite of what I usually do and started matching the papers to the photos. Tucked each photo with it's papers and any bits and bobs that I felt might go well with them, into separate Ziploc bags. I completed and shared some before, but here are the last three that were started on that day.

 Cloud Spotting

The sky is perfect blue. The clouds are perfect too. And here I am with you. -A.A.Milne

Michael has moved my 10,000+ photo collection to "The Cloud" So they are there......somewhere...

It's all about reflection and refraction of light. May there be just enough clouds in your life to make for a beautiful sunset.

 Shine

Any day spent with you is my favourite day. -A.A. Milne

Another glorious winter sunrise, looking east/southeast, on the deck. This view of the east side, crest of the Tawatinaw Valley has been a touchstone landmark for me for over 50 years. I never tire of it.

And finally, a casual portrait shot taken during the Christmas season of 2013. The filler card, says it all.

What a wonderful thought it is. Some of the best days of our lives haven't happened yet. Happy day at Athabasca Native Friendship Center.

And now it is time to say good bye to April's inspiration kit and get working with the next one. Why don't you join me in the fun?

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Cawfee Bird

It is a lamby sort of day here in mid/central/northern Alberta. And time for me to get this posted if I am to maintain consistency with my commitment to participate with Counterfeit Kit Blog and share each month.

This layout began in January with the kit from Kaisercraft, Ubud Dreams.


Silly story alert. During January, I pulled papers that would have make a nice kit but never completed or posted said kit. I did however come up with the plan to create (at least) one layout per month based on that months kit. To make up for lack of creative time irl, whenever I get to the city, I go  shopping for supplies. At the end of January, I stopped at LSS and asked, "Hey, have you got any Udon Bliss?" The nice young man didn't bat an eye. Took me over to the correct display. What a great salesperson. Give them what they want, not what they say they want. Anyways as I looked at the display and recognized my error, I was filled with mirth, realizing that if I made a kit and shared it, I would have called it "Happy Noodles"

While deciding on what to drag home with me, I remember sassy scrapper Lynnette teaching us that if you are shopping on a budget, a package of die cuts is an excellent value and offers you trendy bits to keep your layouts looking fresh and up to date. I chose some 12x12 papers and the ephemera die cuts package and skipped all the way home (in my head of course.)

Fast forward to March 1st the kit to copy is Hip Kit Club's February kit. This is mostly Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Chasing Dreams collection.


Drawing on the shades of teal and medium wood tones in the main kit (above) and the embellishment and project life kits, I made this layout:


The Cawfee bird is a common species easily recognized by its stumbling gait and wailing, drawn out call of "CAWFEE." Usually seen in the early hours of the day, the Cawfee bird can also be sighted near beverage emporiums in the afternoon. Creatures of habit, their ritualistic behaviour of feeding and grooming is practised with unwavering regularity. Once one of these sites is located, they can easily be studied. Watchers should disguise themselves as baristas and carry a tray of tasting samples to encourage a good display.

Size: Grande
Plumage: Dishevelled in the A.M.
Habitation area: Kitchens, coffee bars, coffee shops
Population: Dense in urban areas. Less so in rural.

Bubbles are epoxy dots. Alphas are thickers.
The "documented" tag is from the Ubud Dreams ephemera pack.

Happy Noodles indeed!

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

February and CKC

Hello dear friend.

Back again. Twice in one day!

During the January Members Hop, I shared some thoughts that were not too clear. Maybe I can flesh it out here.
The goal of one page per month, using the CKC kit as the inspiration was off the cuff. I think what I really meant to say is that I will make, at the least, one layout. Instead of building a kit, I will find something from the inspiration kit to jump off from. This way, I won't be adding to the kits on the shelf. Hopefully I won't feel left out, when the new kit with all it's yummy bits is enticing me to dive in. I do so love building kits. But I also want to use up the ones already waiting for me. Also, I hope that by doing a little bit within the pallet of the month, my cravings will be satisfied and I can keep from buying new stash in lieu of scrapping.

The kit to copy, at Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog for February 2017 is "Little Things in Life" from Scrapdelight which is located in Holland. It is full of small patterns and little embellishments. The colours are soft purple, soft green, grey, dark blue and a hit of yellow.


At first it was a "no go" for me. Reminds me of a baby boy's nursery. Also, I have a real problem trying to work with purple layouts. Although, I do like purple in my wardrobe.

Anyways, using my one layout personal goal that started  last month, I went through my purple paper pile. It is by far, the smallest section in my rainbow of paper.  After comparing a few, I settled on this one.
The blue is actually lilac, like the purple in the kit. Guess my camera just saw it differently.
It is Splendid, Sweet Branch Collection by Crate Paper and I have two sheets of it. I like that it hits most of the colours in the kit.

The next step was to choose photos that worked with the paper. And then it all fell into place. Twice!
So I have two layouts and no kit to put on the shelf. Well done, if I may say so, myself.

Precious People
Uses one of my counterfeit PL cards with thumbnail prints. "All my darlings, you make me happy"
Letter save on the foam thickers is 3 Qs turned upside down and trimmed into Ps.
Interesting to me is the use of photos from three unrelated events. I don't usually mix it up this way. Mental note to try this more often.
Also you can see here that the paper is really purple, not blue like above.

A little bit of Heaven.
Letter save on the second i and a 3 for an E.
Flowers are fussy cut from another page to make counterfeit die cuts.
Wellington Garden Center, has since gone out of business, but oh what a wonderful place it was. You could point your camera anywhere and you got a beautiful picture. There will probably be more layout paying tribute to the place, and a few stories I would like to get told. I certainly have enough photos of the place to work with.


Leftover is a 4x12 strip of Splendid. The month is yet young. It may find it's way onto a layout. Or, it will go back to the stash. Either way, my goal for February scrapping has been completed.

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Focus on Hope Round up and Review

This post was started last fall. Then it sat in drafts until I stumbled upon it again. No time like the present so here it.

Focus on Hope was assemble in March of 2016.
The kit was created here: http://sherriesmuddlepuddle.blogspot.ca/2016/03/focus-on-hope.html

The inspiration kit looked like this:
It is an interesting twist. There is no patterned (12x12) paper in it. Designed for pocket style albums, the cards are 4x6 and 3x4.


My counterfeit kit looked like this:

The layouts I worked on in March 2016 look like this:







And then life changed for me. In April I learned that the location I wanted to rent for the store that I was planning to open was to become available a year earlier than expected. Throwing caution to the wind and with the cart before the horse, we plunged into a new adventure. Opening Lolly Pop Thrift Shop in Athabasca Alberta has been nothing short of FANTASTIC!! Robin and I are kept busy from 9 am to 7 pm every day. No time to mope about feeling sorry for one's self. Robin gets to talk to lots of people everyday. I get to sort, clean and price donations. No end to the organizing! If you haven't learned this about me yet, let me tell you a secret. The only thing I like to do more than play with paper is to "organize" ( If I were an animal, I would be a sheep dog. Or maybe "Babe" the pig. )

So with all our time and energy focused on a new start up, scrapping not only took a back seat but was almost shelved for good. I still followed the CKC blog and clicked through the hops, whenever I could. But actually doing any scrapping was out of the question.

Then I joined a group of quilting ladies on the first weekend of September, for two days. My sewing projects are quite small (meaning quick to complete) and I have only sewed twice in the past year (which is twice more than I did the year before). While these ladies skillfully zip together intricate tops, I put scraps together to make coasters and mug rugs. The point is that at this outing, I saw many colourful quilt tops being assembled with white boarders and banding. They were so light and airy. The colourful blocks just popped!

Now I would never want to use white fabric in my sewing as country water turns it to tea stained in a couple of washings. But on paper! What potential! Using the pocket cards like quilt blocks, I wondered if I could capture the look and mood of these modern quit tops.

So for the rest of September I pulled from this inspiration and worked some paper magic. These layouts came together so quickly. I went from one to the next in record time. All be it, there is journaling and other details to be added. Ah but that can be completed another day.

A bit about Chuckie. Used two of the cards I made that used thumbnail prints.
The only time Chuckie "meows" is when her food bowl is empty. Chuckie likes to sit in the window and watch "Nature TV". I like to sit on the sofa and watch her. #live entertainment

Pintrest Fail! Oh well...a girl can dream....can't she? Top photo is stock picture of Buchart Garden's on Vancouver Island.

Weather Watch. Run Dorothy! Run! Today's weather: Sunny, Cloudy, Rainy, Windy, SCARY!
With a nod to the September CKC kit, the alphas are coloured with a French Manicure pen, to mimic being dipped in paint.

This makes me smile. Journaling to be added. This was the place I stayed for a week, while Robin had his surgery in Jan 2016. Bottom Picture, Best Day Ever was when Robin was released from Hospital.


January through March 2016 Getting Better Every Day. #Day By Day. #Recovery
Daily Routine listed, and a hidden photo of Robin's incision. Not to be Viewed by those of a delicate constitution.


Wonderful Woofs. Stock photo of wolves. Robin needs to help me get down the story of the puppy he found in a ditch, that turned out to be a wolf. True Story!


This next layout needs a title. Maybe "The Real Thing" or "True Love" I used two more of my pocket cards. Journaling reads: At the beginning of our relationship we had to navigate some bumpy patches. One was the differences in how we show our love and interpret it. You feel loved when I spend lots of time with you and I show love by making things for you like these slippery slippers.


These are the days. Green pen on green paper didn't work so well. This amazing light as the sun breaks through the clouds after a late afternoon shower in August, gave us a rainbow...so close.... you could almost touch it.


It's a Beautiful Day. Needs some journaling. When we both get our hair done at the same time, we become the best looking couple in the mall.


Live for Right Now. This is Robin's older brother who died at a young age. When I showed R the layout he said, "That about sums it up" We will have to work together to get some stories down on this one, also.


Robin's grandchildren on Christopher's graduation day. Still need dates and journaling.


Robin's younger granddaughters.

Loving Every Minute of it. From Ellscott to Tiger Lily and places in between, 31Gifts takes me places I have never been before. This photo is at Ellscott Hall, April 2015.
Also the large dot pattern and the floral below it are fabric samples from my kit.


Chuckie you make me laugh. Today's Menu, Breakfast-Kibble. Lunch-Rodent Sashimi Dinner-Fresh Fowl Dessert-Kibble


Sponsor a thermal lunch kit 2015. The ample counter space in our kitchen was put to good use while packing 25 lunch kits. (Once again, I used bits of fabric samples that remind me of the kits we made.)
"Dream then make it happen," reminds me what can result with a little passion and a bit of networking. Going to need another layout to tell the whole story.


The next two, I used a Heidi Snap stencil and Mr. Huey mist. At first I put it on the craft paper but the photo didn't gel with it.. So I did it again on the white and the freshness of the day is reflected well.

So what to do with the out take base paper? Why, make another layout, of course!

Happy Life. This is us. Best Friends. We are quite a pair.

Happy with you. What a lovely day with you. You are my Anchor.
 And yes, those are eyelets. Talk about using OLD stash.

Last one for the kit. Yet to be assembled. Lucy and Kiwi, before and after a day at the groomers.

So that is 7 layouts in March and 17 in September and one to put together for a total of 25.  Used up more than 10 of my counterfeit project life cards. And lots of pocket cards from my stash.  Such a nice pile of layouts. Now to finish with the details and file them in albums. The March 2016 kit, Focus on Hope has been retired. Remaining supplies put back in the stash. All said and done, I am really happy with the lot. 

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