Friday, August 27, 2010

5 Senses of Summer Challenge - Link up here!

Hello - TGIF, and TGI New Challenge Day!

Just as Chriss said, summer is a rich sensory season! For smell, I think of sunscreen - we use a lot of that in my house! I also think of salty sea air at the beach - I can't get enough beach come summertime! For sound, how about waves lapping at the shore, seagulls crying, happy children calling and playing around the neighbourhood - or the oh-so-annoying drone of a mosquito somewhere in your room at night? Touch - bare feet on grass, the 'peach fuzz' of little boy summer buzz cuts, cold droplets of water hitting your skin as you duck into your neighbour's sprinkler...Sight - the flip flop tan lines on your feet, the riotous colours of a flower or vegetable garden, and the butterflies, dragonflies, or honeybees busying themselves there? And taste...oh yes. Berry season! Fresh peaches. Watermelon. Sweet corn on the cob! Iced coffee...Yes, summer is definitely a rich sensory season! What do the senses of summer mean to you? Share with us!

Senses Of Summer Challenge By Chriss Hird

Summer is such a sensory rich season, don't you agree? There are so many beautiful colours in the garden, at the beach or the park. The fair grounds ring with sounds of delight and joy, nevermind the scents wafting through the air ( donuts---I can smell those a mile away!) Then there's the feel of waves crashing around you at the beach, the sand in between your toes, or the warmth of a campfire at dusk. Scrapping about your senses really invites you to take a close look at the little things, and you really get a new appreciation for them!

This photo, taken at the PNE a few years ago, really got me going. The title was a given - I really didn't have to think hard on that one! Then I thought of each sense: sight, sound, smell, touch and taste, and came up with this layout.

Most of the elements used on this page are old stash. I adhered some of the chipboard letters here in the title with my Around The Block Paper Tagger.

I used Stickles to make the spider's line, as well as adding some around the title letters. I used odd scraps of ribbon I had left over from other projects, you know those teensy bits that you think aren't big enough for anything? Well, they worked here! And the little spider's legs were made with the Fiskars crimper. Very simple!

And here are the summery senses that this photo made me think of! Again, the tags are fastened with the paper tagger so they jingle-jangle a bit. I love a bit of movement on a page!

Take a moment to think of the senses you've experienced over the summer, and I'll just bet you that you'll take notice of some of the special little things! I can't wait to see your creations!

Senses Challenge by Debby Visser

Summer....the smells, the sights, the feel, the sounds and the tastes are wonderful! From beach sand, to fresh veggies, birds chirping...............and on and on.
There is just so much goodness in summer!
I was going to try and do a layout that incorporated all 5 of the senses, but that was hard! I had way too many photos for each sense!
But I did manage to get 3 on one layout.
and Taste

Every year we plant a small veggie garden and then wait for all the goodness to start appearing!
One of our favourites is cucumbers. The kids just love them, and they taste sooo good!
But they like me to peel them first because they grow these little spikes on the outside. I guess it is their attempt at defence. :)

October Afternoon papers, stickers, journal cards.
DMC floss for stitching
Maya Road chipboard
Maya Mists
Kaiser Craft little letter stickers

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are inspired to try this challenge! And if you are don't forget to share with us!

Summer Senses by Karen Thind

This week we are playing with the theme of "The Five Senses of Summer".  Over here at our house the month of August has been filled with new sounds of music.  The girls have started to take music lessons and so we (and since the windows are open, the neighbours too) have been privvy to many beginning sounds and songs.  With one taking piano and the other choosing the violin, we are ready for a duet!

Supplies : Bazzill cs, Jenni Bowlin pp, Crate Paper pp, Prima flowers,
Marth Stewart Butterfly punch, ribbon, gems, Artsylicious letters

The ribbon is just wrapped around the flowers and over and under the butterfly wings. I added a few glue dots to keep it in place.

We'd love to see your take on "summer senses" and join in by linking your project so we can all enjoy it!


Friday, August 20, 2010

Sketch Challenge By Susan Tutt

Happy Friday everyone! This weeks challenge is to use a sketch by the wonderful Becky Fleck. This is the sketch I used.

I copied this sketch using all of its elements to create "Family Game Night". Our family loves game night, it is such a great way to spend time together. I used Studio Calico papers which worked perfectly with the brightly colored game boxes!

Sketches are a great tool to use whether you copy it out right or just use some of its elements to enhance your page.

I hope that you will create a layout using this great sketch and link it to Mister Linky so we can see what you come up with!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010 - Music Inspiration

This week's challenge is to use music as your inspiration. I think it's safe to say that music plays a fairly significant role in most people's lives in one way or another. The soundtrack of your teenage years, your first dance as husband and wife at your wedding, the theme song to your child's favorite TV program or movie that wedges itself annoyingly in your brain...Or perhaps you play a musical instrument, or you wish you did...And what about a song whose lyrics mean something to you, or crazy karaoke nights, or the lullabies you sang to your baby?

Scroll down and see how Chriss, Jo, and Virginia have all provided wonderful examples of musical inspiration - and please share yours with us too!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Music Inspiration ~ Jo West

"If music be the food of love, play on" this has got to be one of the most famous quotes about love ... it is believed that Shakespeare truly felt that music was the food of love ... and I believe it as well. And isn't that what we usually celebrate in our scrapbooks??? love??? family love, sibling love, marriage, soul mates, first crushes, puppy love ... the love in all forms that is the basis for our lives and our families. So why not celebrate it by using the words to establish the "soundtrack" to our layouts.

I listen to a lot of music when i create ... it fuels my creative fire ... and sometimes a song will come up that just works with a photo i am looking at. and it doesn't have to be a terrific photo, a huge moment, a life changing event ... just a photo.

In this case, a not very good photo ... seriously, daughter didn't even want me to scrap it because it was her just taking a break on a walk ... you know, the walk you have early in the day, no make up, wearing sweats ... yeah, that kind of walk ... but i did want to scrap it and remember it because it was one of the first really beautiful days of the summer, and because it was a walk filled with laughter & buttercups ... and what better journalling that the lyrics to a song that I will always associate with this photo ...

so this is my layout and my soundtrack ... I hope it will inspire you to use music in some form in some of your layouts ...

I used the last of my IOD for Creative Imaginations paper, i really loved this line with all of its soft colours and lovely ladybugs ... yup, lots of glossy accents used on the cut out lady bugs and little red dots that appear on the paper.

detail ... i love using ribbon and tulle ... i just wanted texture and movement on the page ... to me, its the breeze that was in the air that day

I did this one last year using Basic Grey ...

One of my first layouts using a "soundtrack". Everything except the transparency is Scenic Route.

Thanks so much for stopping by ~ Jo

Music Inspiration Challenge by Virginia

Hello everyone! Are you enjoying the summer? We certainly are! My family and I are often caught singing snippets of summer hits like California Gurls by Katy Perry or composing sweet ditties throughout the day.

The layout below is a collection of photos from the past 10 years. They feature my girls with my Mom, their Grandma. Whenever they see their Grandma, together the 3 of them make up songs about how much they love each other. They always end the song with "I will love and forever..." This layout celebrates the beautiful relationship between my girls and their Grandma.

Supplies: October Afternoon (pattern papers, rub ons, cardstock die cut stickers), Heidi Swapp (jewel crown); Making Memories (mini alphas); American Crafts (alphas), Close to my Heart (cardstock)

I look forward to seeing your interpretation of this Music challenge! Thank you for letting me share my family story :-)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Music Inspired Challenge by Chriss

When I sat down and really thought about this challenge, I realized how much music is a part of our daily lives. We aren't a musically talented gang over here, but we do love to listen to it, crank up the volume at times and of course dance like crazy fools! We agree some of the same music, but we also all have our own likes and dislikes as well. This got me to thinking about each one of us, as an individual, singular, one. But when you put us all together, we create something spectacular - a family. And like the writing of a song, we may not get it right the first time, the second time, or even the twelfth time, but we'll keep writing and re-writing. What we end up with is a beautiful song. The song wouldn't be complete without each distinct component, each note...each family member.

My "piano" needed a punch of colour. I created my own coordinating brads with Stampin' Up's Build-A-Brad. The patterned paper is old Collage Press from my stash. I used black satin ribbon to define my "piano keys".

And I found I needed little journaling - just enough to get my thought across:

I found these music notes, used on the bottom of the page, on my Cricut cartridge, "Joys of the Season".

This is a simple layout, but one of the most endearing I've ever completed. It means a lot to me, and my family as well.

Here's a layout from a few years ago that fit the bill! I'm the type of music listener who pays attention to the lyrics, whereas my husband hears the music itself. These lyrics, from one of my favourite Dixie Chicks songs, summed up my love for my eldest daughter:

I absolutely love this layout! I know its rather busy, but it fit her at the time! Notice the pink streaked hair (the only way I could bribe her to go to school in Grade One!), the pierced angel wing, the grunged up text. Yet at the same time, it's flowery, feminine, and pink! At this stage, she was growing up too fast for me. She wanted to streak her hair (I used wash out, coloured hairspray), pierce her ears (for the second time - which I said no to!) and generally be a teenager in a six year old's body. Yet she was still very much a little girl who wanted to play house, be read to and cuddle with mommy. I wanted to tell her, through this layout, that I will love her always, no matter what. We may not always like all the things our kids do, but we'll love them forever and ever...and then a little bit longer.

So whatever music means to you, let it enter your soul, and come dancing out onto your next page!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Link Your Outdoor Projects Here!

Hello, and welcome to this week's challenge - 'The Great Outdoors'! Scroll down to see the inspiring examples from some of our Design Team - we showed you ours, now you show us yours!

Happy Scrapping,

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Great Outdoors - Jo West

This week's theme is "the great outdoors" ... I sat for ages wondering which one of the thousands of pictures I should use of my daughter outdoors ... and then I thought that maybe a different take was required. Scrapping the Great Outdoors doesn't always have to be a kid focused page ... you can scrap landscapes, seascapes, heck even cityscapes ... the list is endless as long as it involves the outdoors! I chose to scrap a picture of a dear friend ... on this somewhat cold and but sunny late winter/early spring day we grabbed our cameras and met at a local park .... hoping to get some great beach or seaside shots ... we did ... but we also got some great shots of each other ... we decided the day called for acting totally goofy, which is pretty easy to do when you have almost the whole park to yourself! So here it is, my friend, being totally goofy & fun! I used light coloured papers because the photo is so dark ... and because when looking at the photo, the eye gravitates towards the area of the photo that is light, i used heavy embellishments to draw the eye down the photo so you could actually see the subject of the photo. I added bling ... those little strips of pearls by Kaisercraft ... and made some of my own by hand cutting daisies, adding glossy accents and sprinkling on Martha's tinsel glitter. I just have to have something blingy and shiny on every page ... i just feel that it helps move the eye around the page. I finally got this page scrapped, which thrills me, and I can't wait for my friend to see it ... we had a great morning ... ending with a 2 person tailgate party eating sandwiches and juice ... so i want to make this suggestion ... instead of doing the same old "lets meet for coffee" ... grab your camera, grab your friend and meet up at a park and shoot, act goofy and laugh. It's a great way to free your inner child and leaves with great memories, and something different to put in the scrapbook. As always, have fun out there ... and no running with scissors!

The Great Outdoors by Erica Perkins

This week's challenge was to scrap with the idea of The Great Outdoors in mind. What a great theme for the summer seeing that it can incorporate pretty much anything outside. The backyard BBQ, a hike, playing at a local playground, or roughin' it in the woods the options are endless.

I'd have loved to do a mini album like Debbie put together, but I just did not have any time, so last night I sat down with some papers from 3 Bugs in a Rug that I picked up earlier this year and some photos from a couple of our summer getaways. The first is a layout of my son enjoy a colossus marshmallow after roasting it himself.

This second layout is me with my two kids after a short hike a local look out point up on the Sunshine Coast in BC.

Can't wait to see how The Great Outdoors inspires you this week. And don't forget to link us up so we can see what you've been up to.

The Great Outdoors

This Friday our challenge was to scrapbook the 'Great Outdoors'. I think 'outdoor' photos are some of my FAV to scrapbook! Great colours, great light and great family times together.

Today I have a few things to share with you. First is a set of 3 different classes all being offered at the BC Scrapbooks 4 Kids fundraiser in October. I beleive there is still room in some of the classes if you are in the area and want to join us. Check them out HERE. There are WAY more classes than just the 3 samples you see below!

The best thing about these classes is 100% of the class fee is donated to Childrens Hospital. Last year we raised over $20 000!!! Isnt that awesome! :)

The first layout was done with pictures from Minter Gardens. Such a beautiful place for pictures! Even my 3 boys enjoyed the day there. There is so much to see and so many awesome props for photos, check me out pretending to pull the kids in the wagon. Hm hm, goes with something I say all the time; Moms are personal calenders, maids and pack mules. teehee You will create 2 double pagers in this class. Visit the site via the link above to see each class in more detail.

The next one is also being offered as a class and in this one you will create 3 layouts using October Afternoon and FABRIC! Soo much fun! The pictures were taken at Boundry Bay. We love going there, soooo much fun ocean stuff to see, feel and be grossed out by! Okay, maybe I am the only one that gets grossed out, the boys love it. lol
Check out those fun fabric strips!!

And the third class is a mini album featuring Bo Bunny's Roughin It line. If you are a camper, or fisher, or just love being outdoors, you will love this line!
I have not filled it with pictures yet, but will! ;)

Here is a layout I did for the Memory Workshop, it is my family with my husbands parents, all being silly at a local park. And like the title says; they are CRAZY PEOPLE! lol Yes my husband is attempting to throw each kid off the bridge, but each kid asked to be! Crazy I tell ya! teehee, then you see my fil 'trying' without success to do the same to him. lol

And the last one is from the winter, done for Scrapbooking Fanatics.
It is my cute hubby in the snow, love his blue eyes!

Soo grab up the family and head out to a local park, or trail or lake or anywhere and snap photos like crazy. Maybe plan to have a picnic dinner! ohh I like that idea.................hhmmmmmm lol
Enjoy the day!
Thanks for stopping by - and sorry my post is so long, I just had so much I wanted to share! :)