Friday, December 31, 2010

Project 2011Scrap Our Stash and My 2011 Scrapping Goal

     I hope all of you had a fantastic New Years Eve.   Things have been quiet here.  I did a bit of scrapping and watched re-runs on TV. Wow pretty exciting wasn't it.
     My good friend Denise from Lala's World has started Project 2011 Scrap Our Stash.  One of her New Years resolutions is to only scrap her stash for the next 6 months.  Wow not sure that I could handle that without going into major withdrawals.  But to make it a bit easier she is going to let people sign up for it at the first of each month so if you feel you can't do it certain months or just can't handle it (lol) then you don't have to sign up for the next month. Now that I think I can handle. Once a month we well visit each of the scrappers blogs that are participating to see how things are going and to give each other encouragement.  So I decided to give it a try and have signed up for January.  She even has this cool button for us to put on our blogs.

     I remember last New Years seeing several ladies putting their scrapping goals in their sidebars.  When I started my blog in February I thought about doing the same but at that time I was only scrapping a couple of times a month at my local scrapbook store so figured I wouldn't have much of a goal to put down.  But them in April I joined the group Let's Scrap and with the help of their wonderful layout and card sketches I started scrapping a lot.  I was looking through the layouts I put into their gallery and  realized that I did 113 pages last year.  I mainly do 2 page layouts but I counted each side as one. I don't make a lot of cards so I figured out I probably only did about 15 of them. I also belong to a couple of other groups and have done a few layouts and cards in them.  I can't believe I did that many this past year. 
     So this year I decided that I am going to make myself a goal.  I am going to try for 150 layouts (each page counting as 1) and 25 cards.  I think that's possible especially when I still have lots of pages to finish for Jason and Amy's wedding and my Grandson Jacob's album is far from done.  With a new Grand-baby due in June I am sure I will have lots more pictures to scrap too. 
    So its 12:15 am, hubby has been long asleep as have my two sweet doggies.  So I guess it is officially 2011 and I brought in the New Year doing what I love to do, talking about scrapbooking.   I wish you all the very best in 2011.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A couple of New Layouts

I have gotten behind on posting my layouts with the busy holidays.  Here are a couple I did recently.
The first one I used this weeks sketch from Let's Scrap

Isn't that a fantastic sketch that Cheri did.  The layout I did using it, is of my beautiful Niece and her family. The little one is only 4 months old and was born with all the glorious hair.  I used my Cricut to make the poinsettia's and added a bit of stickles to them. 

The next layout was done using this sketch of Cheri's over at Let's Scrap

The pictures were taken last year for my Grandson's first Christmas.   I was able to use the first side for a Pet challenge and the second side for a Traditional Christmas color challenge that Melissa O'Neil had going on in the group Sketches 4 All.  I had lots of fun doing the groups monthly challenges as well as the ones they had for their blog hop.  

Only two more days to enter my Special Friends Blog Candy draw, don't miss out getting your name into the draw.  I will announce the winner on January 1st. So make sure to come back and see if you won and also to hear about some exciting new's about something I'm organizing over at Let's Scrap. 

Have a great week and Happy Scrapping.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Family - I Made Top 3

                                            Frosted Designs

Things are still pretty busy here but I wanted to add a note that my Family layout made one of the Top 3 Picks over at Frosted Designs. Woo hoo I'm so excited.

It has been a busy week trying to get last minute shopping and wrapping done and food purchased for Christmas dinner for 13 people. There are also some challenges I want to finish this week for some of my favorite groups.  I did the following layout for the group Frosted Designs.  They have two challenges going on right now.  One is a sketch challenge and the other was to use the word family in a layout, card or project.  I decided to combine the two challenges together.
The picture of my family was taken at Jason and Amy's wedding this past October.  We haven't done a family portrait in a very long time so I am so glad that we got this one. 

I don't think I will get a chance to post again before Christmas so I want to wish all my friends Peace, Love and wonderful times with your family and friends during this holiday season.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Two Best Friends means Two Best Men

     I've done several layouts of Amy and the ladies in the wedding party so though it was time I did one for Jason and his Best Men.
     When it became time for Jason to decide on his best man for the wedding he found it very difficult.  He had two best friends who he had known for years.  While his many other friends disappeared after his accident these two wonderful guys stuck around visiting  him while in hospital and rehab and after his discharge taking him fishing, coming to the house to play video games or to accompany him to the rugby. He knew that picking one of them would hurt the others feelings and that is one thing he would never want to do. So he finally decided to have two best men. 
     I used one of Cheri O'Neill's sketches from my favorite group Let's Scrap

and here is the layout I made with it.

It's getting really busy around here trying to get all my decorations up, buying and wrapping last minuite gifts and planning the meal for 13 of us on Christmas day.  I hope everyone's plans are coming together and that you have a very Happy Holiday.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Scrapping Up A Storm

I know I haven't posted many of my projects lately but I have been so busy scrapping and also getting ready for Christmas that I just haven't had time to blog. I've been scrapping up a storm for several different challenges and blog hops. So I thought I would share a couple of layouts today.  Here are a couple I did for Let's Scrap challenges.
This first one was done using one of Cheri's fantastic sketches. Alhough these aren't traditional wedding colors I wanted to use fall colors to go along with the mum's, hay bales and pumpkins in the picture. Bev a Dt and friend from Let's Scrap also had a challenge going on to do a layout with flowers you make.  I remembered that I had a quilling kit for a chrysanthemum that you use your cuttlebug to make.  It made the perfect flowers to go with the pictures. If you want to have a closer look just click on the picture.

The picture on the left was one of my favorite pictures taken of Amy taken on the day of her and Jason's wedding.  Amy's, Aunt Debbie, was the wedding photographer and as their wedding gift did all the pictures for them and even let me have them to.  That was a scrappers dream.  Debbie is a fantastic photographer and we have several nature pictures hanging on our livingroom walls that she did a couple of years ago.

This next one I did for another challenge on Let's Scrap.  We were to do a layout with the theme being Something old, Something new, Something borrowed and Something blue.  Of course the first thought is a wedding layout.  So I did a layout of Amy getting ready for the wedding and in the bottom right corner are her items for the old, new, borrowed and blue.  But I also took it a bit further.  I used paper I bought last spring, a new Martha Stewart punch and a borrowed corner punch on the mats behind the pictures.  I stuck with the blue in the pictures for the something blue.  I can't say I am totally thrilled with the way this one turned out and may end up doing another one using the same pictures, but for now it will do. 

I'm going away for a couple of days to Quebec to accompany my son Jason to a Wheelchair rugby tournament.  They are calling for snow so hopefully it won't get snowed in there.  Here's a picture of Jason taken at his last tournament in London, Ontario.  It was so cool when they gave him the #7 jersey because that was the number he wore all the years he played hockey.  I think his smile says it all - he is having a blast and it is so great to see him play.

I'm off to pack.  I hope everyone has a great weekend and happy scrapping.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Frosted Designs Blog Hop

Sorry I haven't posted any new layouts recently. I have been doing lots and lots of scrapping but just haven't had time to post any of them here.  I took part in the Sketches 4 All blog hop and completed something for every one of their challenges.  I had an amazing time and even won some prizes.  Its a great group so you might want to check it out.

I just found out about another great blog hop going on over at Frosted Designs Blog Hop. The hop ends tomorrow but you still have time to enter it so don't miss out. They want you to do a layout, Card or project using glitter so I decided to enter a Christmas card. I used micro glitter to make it and it was so much fun. I plan to send it out to one of my cyber friends, I hope she'll like it.

You have a chance to win some great prizes so you should hop right over there and take part.  Here's a picture of some of the great scrapping goodies you can win

 I better get back to wrapping Christmas gifts.  Happy Scrapping my friends.