Monday, August 15, 2011

Jacob Love's Trains

I have a group over at Let's Scrap called Let's Scrap Our Stash.  We try to encourage each other to use the stash we have instead of buying new things.  We also post a couple of challenges each month that use up lots of stash. Because I wasn't feeling the greatest for a while and then life got real busy  I have been very fortunate the past few months to have my good friend Kathy Perry posting the challenges for me.  I figured it was about time that I gave Kathy a break and I did the challenge for a change.
For the challenge this time around I wanted the members to use lots of chipboard and use at least different techniques on them to alter the look of them.  I was very fortunate to have been gifted a lot of the Enmarc Crafts white chipboard pieces "chippies" last month. Enmarc is a business in South Africa and they have amazing products.  They started a scrapping group a couple of months ago and each month they have a sketch challenge. You can find there group here. So I decided to use this months sketch and several of their "chippies" for the Scrap our Stash Challenge.
Here is what there sketch looks like:

and here is the layout I made using it

     Where I live there is a rail line right beside us so there are trains passing by several times a day.  My grandson has always been fascinated with them and every time he hears one he runs to the window to see it.  I decided that he was finally old enough to go visit the Railway Museum that we have here in town.  Although it was one of the hottest days this summer that we picked to visit he still had a fantastic time.  He got to go inside a bunch of the old trains and check out the buttons and phones.  He also got to see a huge  train set that they had all set up there and loved watching all the different trains traveling around all the houses and people.
     I was thrilled that Enmarc had sent me the train mini album because it worked perfectly to hold my journaling in and was light enough to be attached to the layout.  I also loved all the chipboard gears they sent.   I used different techniques to color all the chipboard.  Some I used embossing powders on, some I painted, others I stickled and I even used markers on one of them.  I find the "chippies" so versatile that you can use just about anything on them.  I also decided to use the Timeworks Tim Holtz masks on my background paper because they looked like gears and used blue skys glimmer mist to make them show up.  I had a blast doing the layout.
I hope all of you are having a great week and Happy Scrapping.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

My Little Love Bugs

     Things continue to be busy here at home and also with helping run Let's Scrap.  I always plan on doing lots of scrapping but then life takes over and I don't get anything done. Last month my oldest Son Andrew and his family, including my grandchildren Jacob and Ava moved down to Nova Scotia. I am really missing all of them especially  little Jacob. I was used to seeing him a couple of times a week so am going through Grandchildren withdrawal.  Ava turned 1 month old a couple of days before they left and Katie brought the two of them over to spend some time with me. I was thrilled to see that Ava was wearing the little outfit I had given her as a gift.  So of course I had to take some photo's.
     I finally finished a layout last night for a hidden journaling Design Team challenge that Lynn posted for us on Let's Scrap. The photo's I used were the ones I took the day they visited.  Jacob looks like he was giving his sister a loving touch but he was actually trying to get a ladybug button off little Ava's headband.  He had seen me attach it and decided he should have it instead.  I laugh when ever I see the photo of the two of them because he is acting so sweet and innocent while trying to sneak that button for himself.

     I used a Let's Scrap sketch for the layout.  I found a free file on the internet with the cute letters with the ladybugs on them I used in my title and I bought a couple of ladybug files from Country Clip Art for the little bug embellishments.  When I printed the ladybugs off the colors were very faded, probably because my ink is getting low, so I used my markers to color them again.  I pop dotted them in a couple of spots to make some of them show up more.
     Hopefully I will get a chance to do some more scrapping soon and I won't be away for so long.  I hope all of you have a Happy Scrappy weekend.

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