What A Hoot and Once Upon a Day Layouts

The sun was out today so I snapped pictures of a few more layouts I made at the scrapbook retreat I went to. In my free time, when I can find it, I’ve been sorting through more of my pictures from Christmas 2011, editing them and saving them to a file for printing. My computer is having a meltdown or something, because I’ve been unable to use it for the last 24 hours! A blank screen stares back at me. Just plain white. Maybe it’s having its own Snowmageddon.  I rarely have the time to use it, but that hasn’t stopped me from feeling lost and disconnected. How can I scrap without it?!
And by printing, I mean printing at an outside place, such as Walmart or Shutterfly (or even Apple,  if I can figure out how to order single 4×6 prints). Walmart is surprisingly easy- I like that I can save the pictures I want printed to individual albums, titled anyway I like (for easy reference, I kept it to Christmas 2011. I know. I like simple). I was in the middle of editing January 2012 when my computer crashed. Boo!
Wondering about Snowmageddon?  If you reside in Alberta you’ll know what I mean. If you don’t, here’s a couple pictures for you.

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We got about 2 feet of snow in a 24 hour period. No, nothing as severe as our friends in Buffalo, New York, but it’s still enough to cripple us for a few days. We finally got our driveway cleaned up today. I’m no longer stranded at home- but now I CHOOSE to be. We’re in a severe cold weather front. My windows are all frosty and icy. It’s too cold to go anywhere.  My kids would beg to differ.

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The die hards.

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And mom. The scrapper die hard. 
While at our retreat, there were tons of goodies being sold at phenomenal prices, so the layouts I’ll be sharing with you for the next while will be a mixture of Stampin’ Up, Close to My Heart, and Carta Bella, etc (one of my favourite manufacturers). The embellishments are going to vary as well- from Recollections to Dollar Store finds (think paper doilies!!) to Martha Stewart (the adorbs flower brad in the bottom right on the second layout is from MS).

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Black Friday Sale

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Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends to the south ­čÖé

Carla Bella Layout & Call Me Maybe Layout

I have two more layouts for you today! Maybe they’ll help warm you up- they’re both from the summer of 2011.

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I used a mixture of Carta Bella papers on this layout- one of them is even from their Merry and Bright collection. Can you guess which one that is? You’ll also spot, with your keen little eyes, bits and pieces of Skylark patterned paper and embellishments. Once again, the paper flowers from Recollections found a home on a layout.

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It took me a while to think of a witty title for this layout. Miss M was playing with one of those old telephone toys with the string on it that you pull. Remember playing with it as a kid? (I’m dating myself here…) We tied a few extra toys onto it to make a long train. It kept her entertained for quite a while. I mention this because it heavily influenced my title…
After I had stamped the “Hello” embellishment, I thought of “call me maybe” by Carley Rae Jepsen. It was perfect! I used my Cricut to cut the first part of the title using the Plantin School book cartridge and stamped the rest and fussy cut it out, using CTMH’s Handwritten alpha stamp set. 
In this layout, we had finally reached Oyen (we were heading to a wedding in Calgary, but didn’t want to bring the kids).  The girls were happy our long road trip was over (as were mom and dad. We spent the night before continuing on to Calgary). 
Have you noticed a theme yet emerging in my layouts? I was hung up on the paper doilies that you can find at the dollar store and, of course, the paper flowers. They complimented this series of layouts incredibly well. Maybe because they’re so girly and sweet?

Pure Affection Layout

Before I share the first layout (of 9) that I created while cropping this weekend, I thought I’d also share with you the place we were cropping at.
It’s quite a beautiful spot- for those that are familiar with Edmonton and it’s surrounding area, our retreat was at Camp He Ho Ha, an hour west of Edmonton. (And, if you’re wondering about the camps’ unique name, it’s actually short for HEalth, HOpe, HAppiness. Neato, right?!)
We’ve got it good there- I hope the location never changes!

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I used a mixture of CTMH papers to create this layout of my second daughter on a road trip to Oyen back in 2011. (Ivy Lane and Balloon Ride). The rest is from a mixture of manufacturers, such as Carta Bella and Recollections. 
To tone down the bright pink in the large accent on the bottom right, I sprayed some green patina and copper ink on it. It did the trick!
(By the way, I’m loving the paper flowers I added as an accent. They’re Recollections and I MUST find more! They were adhered using my liquid glass).

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Pit Stop

I’ve got a layout to share with you today! I’ve been wanting to head down to my haven since my last post, but haven’t had the energy by the time I’ve got a few minutes to do so, late in the evening.
Hubs was home early enough yesterday, that I snuck in there for an hour before it was time to get the kids ready for bed. Not that I started and finished it in that hour. Oh, no. It’s been sitting on my desk for a while. I just finished adhering things, embellishing and getting the journalling done.

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My daughter is about 18 months old in these pictures. We hadn’t been living in Whitecourt long before we headed down to Calgary for our nieces’ wedding. We decided against bringing the kids, so drove to Oyen first, allowing them to “vacate” for their first time- without their parents. (Their grandparents live in Oyen). We stopped at a campground to get diapers changed and energy burnt off. M was pretty happy to sit on the road and play in the dirt. The other layout I shared last week, along with the card, is my second daughter, from the same trip. You can find it a few posts back (sorry I’m on mobile, so can’t share the direct link).
I used a mix of papers here- some Close to My Heart and Recollections. All stamping was done using CTMH ink and stamps. The flower is Recollections. (Beautiful, no?!) I used up some scraps to make up the title and mat the 4×4 picture; I also used a pink scrap for matting in the background.
I should also mention that all the stamping (except the sweet flowers) all came from this months’ CTMH stamp of the month. How awesome is the love notes stamped image- and those arrows?! My fave is the feathery one. Yum! There’s still time left to order yours! Contact me for more details!
I most likely won’t have anything more to share with you until next week. I’m heading to a scrapbook retreat on Friday and won’t be back until Sunday night. Hopefully I’ll have lots to share next week, though! Enjoy your weekend!

Thoughts Appreciated!

December is fast approaching, and since the snow has started falling today, it’s got me thinking ahead to Christmas. One of the items I’d like to cross off my scrappy bucket list is creating a December Daily album. Have you ever created one? Have you thought about it, but haven’t taken the plunge yet? Why not start together?! Even if you have created December Daily’s before, why stop at just one? You don’t need to create a mini album each time- incorporate it into an existing scrapbook album!
I’m thinking of having fun with the December Daily. Each day, starting on December 1, I’ll post a photo prompt. Use the prompt literally, or get creative with each photo prompt.  Having a photo prompt will take the guesswork and consequent frustration out of the equation; the hard part will be remembering to take one photo a day to make up your album! It’ll also help you develop eagle eyes- you’ll be on high alert looking for ways to work that days’ prompt into your schedule!
My personal plan is to use Close to My Hearts’ Picture My Life cards when I assemble my December Daily album. You don’t need to- order your kit from Ali Edwards or Simple Stories Sn@p! or your favourite manufacturer.  If you’d prefer not to, use what you’ve got on hand to create your very own unique version of December Daily.
Note: Close to My Heart does not have any December Daily kits or products currently, nor did they in the past. If enough interest develops,  that could change in the future! All it takes is one person to plant a seed…
I am not interested in purchasing kits from any other manufacturer (at this time). I have been trying to think of a unique way to use CTMH’s Picture My Life system, and I think this may be the way to do it. If you’d like more information about how I plan to use PML in this way, please contact me and STAY TUNED! More information will be shared in the days to follow!

Playing with Burlap

Just wanted to share a sneak peek at one of the last few custom projects I have lined up. I promised a dear friend I’d make this for her- quite some time ago- and realized yesterday that time had run out to get it completed! Oops! I’m not quite done it- I’m just waiting on it to dry before I can add a few embellishments.
And, for those who were waiting to find out what my mystery project was- this is it, finally!

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If you’d like to make your own burlap banner, the easiest way to get it done is at Michaels! Along with Martha Stewarts’ line of crafting products, is the Recollections banner kits. They are pre-cut, edges are sewn for minimal fraying, and string is included for adhering each pennant together. It’s inexpensive too!
I cut the alphas using my Cricut (School Book cartridge) then painted around the letter using antique white acrylic paint, leaving the negative space in its neutral state. I’m going to outline each letter using a black permanent marker once the paint is completely dry and adhere some flowers for a bit of bling.
A picture of the final product will be posted soon!

A Good Mix

Wow, things have been busy around here! A friend is quite sick, so between getting my kids to school and their sports, I’ve been helping her out by taking her to appointments. When I’m not doing that, I’m babysitting another friends kids so she can get appointments out of the way. She’s got a trip coming up, just like I do. (Two days and counting…) I’ve been beat the last two days, especially!
I have two projects to share with you- the first is a card I made for my friend. I looked up gate fold card tutorials on Pinterest and after floundering for a bit, finally came up with this:

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It isn’t easy to see in the picture, but I used my Close to My Heart Liquid Glass to bling up the focal flower.
Here’s a little secret- the flowers that appear very faint– I stamped on the reverse side of the card stock then flipped it over to create a shadow. (Its on the thinner side). It works, though!
Here’s the second project I made:

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I used a sketch to create this page

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Sadly, SBE (or Scrapbooks Etc.) is no longer with us, but you can still find this sketch on my Pinterest boards, such as To Scraplift. (You can find me by searching using my given name,  Alison Krogsgaard). I’ll also be adding it to my Fave Sketches board.
I used a bottle cap for embellishing the top left corner of my layout, and used a CM sticker for the title work. The little tag underneath the main part of my title was stamped using SU, then fussy cut. (It’s hard to see- squint and you’ll see it- but it says “always” on it).
I used Lollydoodle (CTMH) and a bit of Carta Bella for a good mixture!

Prima Ballerina

I have nothing too exciting to share today, other than a glimpse into our Halloween last night.
Did your ghouls and goblins have fun? Did you join in the fun?

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Tomorrow, I’ll have a sneak at a layout I’m working on!