Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Heritage Layout - My Great Grandmother

It's taken me a lot longer to get this layout done than I had planned but I finally finished it tonight. It's another heritage layout, this time of my Great Grandmother Ann Brisco. As you may remember a while back I did a layout of my Great Grandfather who was Ann's husband. I had a lot of journaling to do and I was having trouble finding a way to hide it to make room to put another picture and keepsake on the layout. Retta, a friend in my Scrapbooking Class yahoo group, suggested a steamer trunk and was kind enough to make me a svg. that I could cut out with my Cricut. Its so nice to have friends who are willing to lend a hand when needed. Thanks Retta. I used grunge board paper and walnut distress ink for the straps on the trunk. The buckles, brads and lock were made to look rusted by using glossy accents and alcohol ink and then using the heat gun on them. I got the idea for the rusted look from this tutorial Magnets hold the buckles down and the bottom closed. I did a lot of distressing and some tearing of the paper. The paper is from the Graphic 45 line. I just love their paper for my heritage pages.

Karen, another cyber friend, had mentioned that when she did her heritage layouts that she was going to put a key of some sort on each layout to create some continuity. I loved the idea but couldn't decide which item from my Great Grandfathers layout to use for my Great Grandmothers so I used three items instead LOL. I put some butterflies, the ticket stub and if you look closely at the three flowers on the first page you will see a small clock in the centre of one of them.

Some of my siblings, nieces and nephew's are interested in the heritage layouts I do so I've put a close up of the journaling so that they can read a little about their ancestor. Anyone else that is interested please feel free to read it to. The pictures in the locket have yellowed quite a bit which is understandable as it was left to my grandfather in 1914 but was probably worn by Ann for many years before that. I hope that everyone enjoys the layout. I know I had lots of fun making it.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Blog Anniversary Giveaway

Do you want a chance to win this fabulous blog candy, then visit Jessica's blog "Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping!" She's celebrating the 2nd anniversary of having of her blog and you can get up to 3 chances to win.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

My First Blog Award

I had a fantastic surprise yesterday when I found out my friend Denise had sent me the Ms Bright Side Award. Its my very first blog award and I am so excited to get it. I met Denise in one of my Yahoo groups and became a follower of her blog and since then her friend. Denise is a true Ms Bright Side always so upbeat and friendly. Getting an email from her, or going to her blog and seeing her latest creations or hearing what her 2 beautiful children are up to just brightens my day. You can go check out her blog and become a follower here You won't be sorry.

If you are given the award you are have 3 things to do. You are to list 10 things that make you happy, provide 5 pieces of trivia about yourself and then pass it on to 5 of your blogger friends.

10 Things That Make Me Happy
1. My children Andrew and Jason
2. My sweet little grandson Jacob
3. It makes me really happy that both my boys have found wonderful girls to share their lives with (Katie and Amy)
4. My 2 Jack Russel dogs - Harley and Daisy
5. Going to crops and classes at my local scrapbook store, Memory Lane.
6. Checking my email everday to see what all my cyber friends are up to.
7. Working on a layout or card and having it turn out just the way I had hoped.
8. Reading the latest suspense novel.
9. Sitting by a river watching the sun go down and listening to the loons.

5 things you didn't know about me
1. I made and rented costumes for over 11 years.
2. I hate driving and only do it if I have to.
3. I almost drowned twice when I was young. One of the times was at a church picnic and the minister saved my life by giving me mouth to mouth.
4. I love little dogs but am afraid of big dogs.
5. I love the spring and watching the plants poking through the earth.

Now to pass the award to five of my fellow bloggers. Make sure to go and check out these wonderful blogs.
1. Olenka at Memories by Olenka
2. Wendy at Wendance Designs
3. Michelle at Homespun Scrapbooking
4. Kimba at Kimba's Kreations
5. The Paper Princess at Create With Joy

Thank you again Denise for this wonderful award.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

You're Dino-mite

Last year my husband and I went out to White Rock, British Columbia to get to meet our week old grandson for the first time. The day after arriving I went shopping at their local Scrapbook store and bought several different kinds of paper I could use for layouts of the new baby. One of the kinds was the dinosaur paper you see in the layout above. It wasn't until later that I learned that Jacob had a sleeper that looked almost identical to the little dinosaur paper I had bought. I'm not one to have people dress up to match my paper but I couldn't resist this time. At least I waited until his mommy had him in the sleeper to take the pictures instead of him being changed into it just for the picture LOL

Jacob and his parents moved back to our little home town in Ontario several months ago. It is so wonderful to have him so close now and of course I have taken tons of pictures of him. Now, if I could just find the time to scrap them all.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Little Miss Sunshine

I'm back with a another layout I did for Amy's book. I got the initial idea from a layout I found here I had a lot of fun making these pages. I used my Cricut and SCAL program to cut out the 3d flowers that I had purchased from I did some inking and folding of the petals to make them stand out really well. I used the cuttlebug and the swirl folder to make the clouds. Wasn't Amy a little cutie.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Prom 2007

Here is a layout I did for my future daughter-in-law's album. The pictures are of Amy and my son Jason at their prom. It's hard to tell but the black and silver stripes are glittery and really stand out. I used lots of bling and silver stickles to go with the paper. The flourish was all one piece and was a bit tricky to get it centered and then cut up the middle to separate the 2 pages. It's the first time I've tried to do something like that and am really pleased with the way it turned out.
Jason really doesn't like to have his picture taken so it is often hard to get him to smile, so I just love the picture of Amy giving him a kiss on the cheek.
I hope you like the layout and had a great St. Patrick's day.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lets go blog hopping for some great Blog Candy

I met a wonderful lady in one of my yahoo groups and I have been following her blog. Check out the picture of the wonderful blog candy Denise is giving away to celebrate her 35th birtday on April 1st. If you would like to see some fantastic scrapbook pages and cards and also have a chance to win her blog candy go check it all out here

Good luck everyone.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

My Great Grandfathers Hertiage Scrapbook page

It's been a while since I last posted but have been very busy lately and also hurt my back which has made it hard to do any scrapbooking.
I went to a scrapbooking crop yesturday at my LSS, Memory Lane and had a great time scrapping and visiting with Verna and Wendy. I have been wanting to get started on my heritage album so did up a 2 page layout for my Great Grandfather. I used Graphics 45 paper and lots of distressing. The little butterflies were cut from the paper and then I put glossy accents on them. The key was from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grunge board pack and I used the Drunken Scotch Tutorial I found here to make it look old and rusted. I'm really pleased with the way the layout turned out. I hope everyone is having a great day and hopefully I will be back soon with some more layouts.

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