Thursday, June 15, 2017

Camping and Case #232

Today is reveal day for Case # 232 over at Color, Stories Inspiration!!!

This one is a fun case, and really perfect for some camping or hiking pictures you might have waiting to be documented.

So, here's the Case file :

And here's what I made with it:

My sister and I live about 8 hours apart, and up until recently, every summer we would "meet in the middle" and go camping together for a weekend. The second year we started taking pictures of our kids together by the sign of the provincial park we were camping in right when we were leaving the park. Looking back at these pictures, it's amazing how much kids grow and change in a short period of time!!

Here's how I solved the case.


All the colours are there, plus I added in a little bit of green to the title and in some trees.


Wood Accents (buttons)
Stitching (on the red label on the left hand side of the page)


I chose the presentation prompt - Tuck your journaling in a pocket. The pocket is hidden under the photos.
I also used the inspiration word camp.


For many years, Monica's family and ours had gone camping together in the summer. It's the best and least expensive family summer vacation we've ever done! We live about 8 hours apart, so every year in April, Monica and I would get on the Ontario Parks website and the phone at the same time to book campsites for July right next to each other. Most of the time, we booked at campsites that were about midway between our homes.
We love camping with Ontario Parks - the amenities are just about the same at every campground and they are so pretty! In 2011, we missed going camping because our whole family was in Niagara Falls instead; celebrating Mom and Dad's 40th wedding anniversary.

When I look at these pictures of our children together, I can't believe how much they had grown and changed over 6 years! As time has moved on, and our kids have gotten older, we have stopped going camping. I'm sad that this tradition is starting to go by the wayside, in fact my whole family really misses these special times together. We need to get back to nature, and quick!!

Here's some detail shots:

I loved this little squirrel chipboard piece and he fit perfectly with the theme and the colour scheme!!

This is a closeup of the title work. Originally, the paper was green which wasn't one of the colours. I decided to paint it white and really love the texture that the quick paint job added to the title. Then I just starting layering things to the paper and I think it's my favorite part of the page. Isn't that owl super cute??

Here's what the original piece of die cut scrapbook paper looked like. It's by Creative Imaginations, and I've had it forever, but a quick search on the internet didn't return very many results. I also used a little of the inside plaid pattern as the colours fit well with the scheme.

And finally, a close up of the hidden journaling card. Using a pocket for your journaling is a really good way of fitting in everything you want to say without cluttering up the design of the page.

Thanks for popping by and checking out my page today!!

Friday, June 2, 2017

EXCITING News and CSI Case #231

I have some exciting news that I can now offically share!!

This month I debut as a "Detective" over at "CSI : Color, Stories, Inspiration!! That's right, I made the Design Team for a six - month term. And so, here's my first case as a design team member - #231 :

And here's what I created with it:

About 5 years ago my oldest and her best friend and cousin Sarah got together and we did a photo shoot here in Owen Sound at Morland Place. For extra fun, I invited a friend of mine who does photography on the side, and she took these great photos! When I first saw this combo I thought right away about these papers that I bought a couple of years ago from Reminisce. While I had the basics of the layout, I had some trouble finishing it up. I'm thankful for all the great suggestions from the design team and really love how this page turned out.

And here's how I solved the case:


All of the colours are there. I LOVED these bright primary colours this time! I tried to follow the sketch, adding in a third picture to the design.


Solid white cardstock background
Stripes (black diagonal)
Speech bubbles
Punctuation marks


I chose the presentation prompt - Write your story in a speech bubble, and also the inspiration word "super".

Here's some detail shots:

This photo is a closeup of the journaling. I printed it on white cardstock centered the wooden speech bubble around it, and then used my Exacto knife to cut the rest of the cardstock away. The speech bubble is popped up, and the dark blue strip of paper & main photo are as well.

Here's a closeup of the title block - every time I read it, I start singing the song "Super Freak" in my head.......

In trying to decide how to finish the page, some of the other DT Members suggested paint splatters, which I loved the idea of but when I looked, I had no paint left. Instead, I tried doodling in pencil some funky straight lines on the corners, trying to make it look a bit "comic booky". Then I went over those pencil lines with a thin black marker, erasing the pencil lines after, and I am in love with the result!!

And finally, this photo shows the lower right hand corner of the layout. Here also was another suggestion from the DT members - messy thread under the wood circle. I've never done this before, but I definitely love the texture it adds to the page!!

Thanks for popping by to check out my page today! I hope you join us over at CSI - this case is open until June 30th so you have lots of time to participate and be eligible for some really great prizes!

Monday, April 17, 2017

CSI #228 - Happy Together

I'm back again with another great case from CSI : Color, Stories, Inspiration. Here's the case file:

This colour combo is a great one - and I LOVE the scene photo! I really want that living room in my house. It feels kinda summery and light, doesn't it?

And, here's the layout that I created.

Last summer we celebrated my parents 45th wedding anniversary with them at the "home farm". Part of the celebration weekend included updating our family photos. This layout showcases a few of the photos that were taken of my family during that time.

And here's how I solved the case :


All of the colours are there.


Solid Background
Arabesque shape
Embossing folder - I did not use a folder but did use an embossed solid white cardstock as my base. The embossing pattern reminded me of the photo frames/mirrors in the scene photo.
Silver Metal


I used the April question prompt

#9. _______ makes me happy
#11. List the people you live with

And also used the inspiration word "home".

The journaling reads as follows:

Richard, Renee, Ethan, and Erica
Spending time with you makes me so very happy.
Wherever we are together, that is home.
I love you all.
04 . 17 . 2017

All the photos on the layout were taken by Danielle of Vallis Photography.

And here's some detail shots:

This photo shows the title work a little closer. I've had those flower stems (I think they're Prima) for a long time. I'm not usually a flower girl but I loved them when I saw them. After bringing them home though, I couldn't figure out how to make them look good on a layout until now. I really like them here. Also here you can see the "16" highlighted by the belt buckle - that's a play on the year that the photos were taken. Once again, I pulled my mini stapler into service, and discovered that you can staple wooden hearts with it. Speaking of which have you ever seen wooden hearts so TINY?? I love them!

This photo shows the left hand side of the layout. I really loved this family photo - it's an outtake, and I'm pulling a funny face, but truly shows what every family photo shoot ends up like for us. Love that our photographer captured the "real" for us.

And finally, this photo is showing the fussy cut arabesque shape at the top right of the layout. I cut out a second middle piece and then popped it up for a little dimension.

As I look back at my pages, I'm noticing that a few things always seem make it on to my layouts - I always have a bow or knot, always have something metal, always pop something up, and usually have something fussy cut. How about you? Is there something that you always do or a signature element that you always include?

Thanks for popping by to check out my page today!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Great Day to Fly - CSI Major Case #225

I'm back again with another page created for CSI : Color, Stories, Inspiration. I'm always thankful for the way Debbi tries to push us to make our pages more meaningful by including the story behind the photos. And the combos?? Gorgeous!

Here's the case file for this combo. It's is open until the end of the month, so there's still plenty of time to come play along!!

Here's my layout :

And here's how I solved the case :


All of the colours are there - and I loved them all! Red, blue and yellow?? HEAVEN. I had enough photos to make a 12x24 layout this time. I tried to incorporate the sketch a little on the left-hand side of the page but kind of mirror-flipped it if that makes sense.


Washi tape - the blue plaid pattern on the red strips around the page
Things that fly


Journal about an adventure and the inspiration word "fly"

The journaling reads as follows :

In April of 2015, Dad bought a sightseeing flight from Owen Sound Flight Services at Timothy Christian School's annual fundraising auction. He decided that he would treat his 5 oldest grandchildren to an awesome experience. In fact, for 2 of the 6 passengers, it was the first time ever on a plane! But there isn't enough room for 5 people in a Cessna 172. Dad solved that problem by buying an extra sightseeing flight, and that made room for 6 people. So, the three oldest granddaughters went up first, and then Dad joined his grandsons for the second flight. Renee took pictures during the girls flight, but they were lost when she switched phones. As a result, all the photos on this page, with the exception of one, were taken by Dad. I think one of the best photos is the one taken while the pilot was flying over the "home farm". The whole afternoon made for an extra special experience indeed.

And, as always, here's some close ups of the page.

I popped up the letters for the word "FLY", which I punched from a patterned paper.

All the stars are cork - a really fun texture to add to a page. Here you can see where I used my old Heidi Swapp Edge Distresser - I distressed all of the circles which I rough cut from a different patterned paper.

The small picture is popped up - that's my son and my nephew with the pilot. Also here you can see the canvas wings, and where I used my new Tiny Attacher for an interesting design element. (plus I just really wanted to give it a go - LOVE how easy it is to use!)

This photo shows the property where I grew up - the pilot flew over it and my Dad snapped this great photo! In it you can see the HUGE garden (to the left side of the houses) that my parents plant every year. When we were growing up Mom put a lot of the produce that we grew into the freezer and we ate from it all year long.

This photo shows my current home from the air (top left hand side). It's turned out to be unplanned but special that I have a bit of "then & now" documentation going on on this page.

Thanks for popping by today to check out my page!!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

I'm on a Roll !!!

I'm finally feeling like the dry spell might be over - my 3rd page in a month?? WHAT?

Anyways, here's the latest case from Color, Stories, Inspiration - isn't it great? These colours are some of my favorites!

Here's my layout :

And here's how I solved the case :


All the colours are there. The photos make the red look more orange, but IRL, they are very very close. Consistently dull weather here in Ontario isn't helping much either. While I liked the sketch, I found that the subject of this page didn't work well with it.

Stripes - blue patterned paper
Food - a stretch maybe, but I'm counting the silverware on the left side of the page for this clue
Animals - the foxes on the title tag
Pleats - red patterned paper on the right
Transparent Stuff - clear tag on the title tag
Fabric - the date tag is made of a jean-like fabric

Journal about a meal

This page isn't really about a meal per say, rather it documents my feelings about how little time we're spending around the table eating meals together as a family. The journaling is as follows:

when i was a kid, almost every meal was eaten around the kitchen table. the six of us ate dinner together just about every night. my dad started each meal with a prayer of thanksgiving and ended them with a time of family devotion.
this table - purchased second hand almost 20 years ago when we were young and full of dreams.
this table - so many stories and meals and so many memories created together around it.
this table - fewer and fewer meals are being eaten at it as a family of five - someone is leaving for college soon, another one working, and evening activities seem to be taking up this precious time together.
i miss being here - around this table.
february 5, 2017

Here's some detail shots :

This photo shows the title work. The little card with the foxes is actually from the packaging of a bookmark I bought last year. Those foxes are so super cute and just the right colours, so I couldn't resist using it on this layout. I love it when non-scrapbooking items that I am inspired by are able to be part of my pages.

This is the little cluster at the top left hand side of the page. I fussy cut the flowers out and stacked them using some pop dots to add dimension. I tried to make sure that all the colours in the combo were in this cluster as well.

This photo is showing the pleating on the right hand side of the page. I actually used 2 strips of paper, hiding the seam under the photo.

Thanks for stopping in and checking out my page today!

Friday, January 20, 2017

CSI : Case #222

Another case finished!!

Here's the beautiful case that was revealed January 15.
This case is open until January 31 so come on out and play!!

And here's what I came up with!

This is page for a friend - this cutie is her little guy.
Isn't he just SO sweet????
I loved this picture when I saw it and feel like the colours in this combo suited it very well.

All the colours are there.

Floral Pattern
Chevrons - red patterned paper under the photo
Snowflakes & Stars
Jewels & Pearls - I added 2 jewel beads to the star stick pin
Something fuzzy - the red letters in my title and the pom pom trim are both fuzzy
Ribbons and Bows
Flowers & Leaves - fussy cut under the title work
Stamps & Rub ons - the date stamp and the frame rub on around the photo
Glitter - the button on the large snowflake & the fussy cut flowers under the title are both glittery, although it's hard to see.

Document something about winter

Here's some detail shots :

I layered and popped 2 different sizes of chipboard to make this main embellishment.

Here, I layered and rolled 2 patterned papers to make the corner and layered on a clear black snowflake die cut as well.

This shot shows the title work - I wanted to have the title reflect the story which is why the N & the O are red.

And finally, this shot shows the large snowflake again as well as the rub-on frame that I added around the photo.

CSI never ceases to be an awesome source of inspiration for me!
You should pop over and give any of the fabulous combos a try!!
CSI : Color, Stories, Inspiration

Thanks for popping by to have a peek at my page!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Um, it's only been 5 years.....

I cannot believe that it's been FIVE years since I posted on this blog.

That is ridiculous!! I want to be able to say that it will get better, but I like to try and be honest. I hope to be posting somewhat more regularly in the future.

Many of you that have read this blog before know that I play along over at a Ning page called CSI : Color, Stories, Inspiration. Recently, Debbi, the owner of the site, has moved the whole community over to Blogger and now I have a real excuse to begin using this blog again.

I think that posts will be mostly about my crafty pursuits, with a few tidbits of life thrown in for comic relief.

So 2017 over at CSI begins with this great combo, Major Case # 221. Here's a photo of the Case File :

I am not usually a lover of pink.

Actually, I really hate trying to create with pink.

Plus my mojo has been on vacation for about 4 months.

But I really love playing along with CSI.

So, a problem with no easy solution forthcoming.

Enter my scrappy friend with littles!!

We recently had a conversation about being crafty over Facebook Messenger and she lamented about not having the time to scrapbook anymore with small people in the house. So I offered to make a page for her, as I have no photos that currently inspire me. She finally took me up on the offer and, TA-DA!!! Here's the result :

All the colours in the combo are there. However, I think that I have about 5 different shades of pink. One of them has GOT to be close!! I tried to incorporate the sketch a little. While not exact, the outlines of it are there. I really like using a sketch to help get a page started.

Tiny dots - the brown background paper is a small dot print
Triangles & Circles
Different coloured letter stickers
Stamped phrase - I'm not sure this one counts as it's just a date stamp, but I'm claiming that clue anyways.
Pleats - the pre-pleated paper at the top left hand side of the page
Leaves - in the fussy cut flowers on the lower left hand side of the page

This page documents this littles 2nd birthday "Paintsplash" photo session. Isn't she just the cutest 2 year old EVER???

Here's some detail shots of this layout that I wanted to share :

These two shots show how 3D those fussy cut flowers are. I love using pop dots to give a page dimension! The largest photo is also popped up off the page.

And just a few more closeups on the details of the page.

I loved learning her nickname and chose to incorporate it into the title. I also added the date stamp (from Heidi Swapp) to the sticker over the largest photo. And, lastly, the little pleated paper trim cluster at the top of the page.

If you've never played along over at CSI, you should totally give
it a try! Here's a link : Color, Stories, Inspiration

Thanks for popping by to see my page today!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Another combo revealed!!!

It's my fourth week being a Special Investigator over at CSI!!!!

This week we're working with this fabulous combo :

And here's my layout & some closeups!!!

This is my nephew Tyler. He is our family's resident expert on how to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. So when my sister sent me these pictures of him, along with the prompt to make an Etiquette guide, this fun page was created! I took the guide prompt pretty literally,  and created a small flyer with the help of a picture form the internet to tuck into my page. All the advice in the flyer was paraphrased from the book you see Tyler holding in one of the pictures.

You can find the book here :

Thanks for popping by today!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Another week, Another Combo!

This week over at CSI we're working with a combo that I found somewhat difficult to use. I like the colour purple, but I'm not big on creating with it, and this combo had not one, but TWO different shades!

Here's the combo :

And here's my page.

This is my bestie Janice on her wedding day. Isn't she beautiful??

The inspiration words surprise and glow helped inspire this page. She really surprised me when she became a girly girl during her wedding day planning, as she's never really been one before. In the largest picture on the layout she has such a beautiful glow behind her, that it, along with the word, inspired the title of the page.

All photos used on this layout are by M.E. Photography.

Thanks for popping by to visit today!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Family History & CSI #45

This week over at CSI we are working with this gorgeous palette, which I felt was perfect for a heritage layout :

The journaling prompt to go visit this website inspired this whole layout actually. I chose prompt #13 "Write a story of one of your ancestors in connection to a famous event in history." Right away, I thought about how my Grandparents (both from the Netherlands) survived both World Wars. That got me wondering about their stories from that time. I never met my Grandfather, and my Grandmother passed away over 13 years ago, so I asked my Aunts and Uncles if they would be willing to share some of their stories with me. They were, but I didn't receive their stories until after I sent the picture to Debbi, so I'll be posting some revised shots here on my blog. Here's the shot of the layout that's in the gallery:

And here's some detail shots of the layout as it is now with the stories from my Aunt Tjaltje added in. 

I made a little booklet that is attached together by a brad so you can fan the pages to read them. It's really quite small (about 2.5 in x 4 in), but I didn't want the journaling to overwhelm the layout. I added an extra piece of paper over the back after I put the brad through, so that the prongs on the back of the brad wouldn't scratch the picture when you take it out of the envelope.

I was surprised to learn that during the war, my Grandparents hid a Jewish woman and later, her two nieces as well. My Aunt tells me that they, along with many other people during that time, believed that they were God's chosen people and that they needed help. So they helped. Simple, and very brave. I am so very proud of them. There are other stories there as well; about being cold in the winters, about having to miss school and how, because my Grandparents always had a huge garden, they fared better then some other families when it came to food.

And the whole layout again as it is now (this is a bad shot, as the light is stinky here today):

I am really hoping that I get a few more stories from some of my other Aunts and Uncles; if i do, they will be added onto the layout as well. If I get too many, I think I might add them in pockets on the back of the layout.

I feel that it's important to write down your family history. When I think of the stories that are already lost because Pake & Beppe are gone now, I get a little sad.

If you've never tried out CSI, I really encourage you to check it out!
Thanks for popping by today!