Sunday, October 31, 2010

Challenge #13- Sewing

This week's Challenge at Lasting Memories was to "SEW" on our layouts. This is a technique I love, but rarely do. Mostly because I have limited space so I never have my sewing machine out at the same time as my scrapping. Anyway... this was a fun challenge! These are some pictures from a big family get together in Saskatchewan this summer... what a bunch of cuties!
I used and zig-zag stitch and sewed around the title words:
Down the first page as a "border":
And around a feature piece of paper with the words "cute as can be":
And there you have it... an adorable page with some very simple and fast "sewing" embelishments.
Do you sew on your pages? Do you want to? Show us your work at Lasting Memories!!
You have until this coming Saturday to link your layout for the "sewing" challenge!

Happy Scrappin'!

Friday, October 29, 2010

"Wig Out" Day!

The crew at the office... today is "Wig Out" Day!!
Don't forget to enter your "Flip Flap" layouts at Lasting Memories! You only have until TOMORROW to enter!!
Happy Scrappin'!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Challenge #12: Flip Flaps & Page Protectors

Challenge #12
Guess where I am??? On my bi-annual SCRAPBOOKING RETREAT!!! I look forward to my fall and spring retreats all year...and this year should be amazingly-super-de-duper fun because my sister-in-law, cousin and Aunt are all coming! (Although my best-friend and partner-in-craft could not make this one because she has a new baby!). I am sure we are having a blast and getting LOTS scrapped!

Anyway... on to the challenge!
I had never even heard of a "flip flap" until I became a member of the Lasting Memories Design Team. I happened to get a promotional package from Close To My Heart in the Spring and there were these strange little picture sized page protectors that I didn't know what to do with. When Karen suggested a "flip flap" challenge I thought she was crazy...then I remembered those little things.
These added so much to my page, not to mention I was able to add 4 MORE pictures to my layout without it looking stuffed and overcrowded!
Want to know how they work? Read on!

During the Christmas holidays we held a surprise book-signing and book-reading to celebrate my Mother's latest novel "And the Beat Goes On." I chose to use these pictures because I had a few extra shots that I wanted to fit onto the page, but didn't seem to have room. A flip-flap was the perfect solution!
For this layout, I began by picking my pictures and colours and came up with a basic layout.
Then I chose the pictures to be used in the "flip-flaps" and layered them several times. You will need to leave one side "un-stuck" so that you can insert the flip-flap like so:
Attach your flip-flaps. You will end up with 3 pictures that take up the space of ONE on your layout!
I didn't only put pictures in the flip-flaps... I used some memorabilia and a beautiful sticker poem I found called "She Who Believes in Herself."
I used my "Paper Doll Dress Up" Cricut cartridge to make a city-scape and a pterodactyl. "Dream Big" and "Extra Extra!" are Creative Memories stickers.
The toughest part about useing the flip-flaps is making sure that they will be accessible even once your page protectors are in place. Because I use Creative Memories pages, this was not very hard. They are side-loading, and therefore if you position the flip-flaps right against the edge of the page, there is no need to create a hole for them to go through.
Carefully slide your pages into the protectors, leaving the flip-flap open until the page protector is in place.
And there you have it... a great page with some extra pizzaz!
Flip-Flaps CLOSED
Flip-Flaps OPEN:
Have you ever used flip-flaps?? I'd love to see what you have come up with! Link your "Flip-Flap" layouts over at Lasting Memories...and be sure to have until Saturday for this challenge!!
Happy Scrappin!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Challenge #11: Handmade Flowers

 Here we are on Challenge #11 at the Lasting Memories Layout Challenge Blog
This week's theme is " Handmade Flowers."
To make my flowers, I used my Cricut and the "George & Basic Shapes" cartridge and cut out two different flowers in several sizes.
 I then took a sponge and some 'Close to My Heart' ink to the flowers, giving them a distressed look.
 Then...crumple, crumple, squich, squash! Make them look like real petals by adding some dimension...
Now carefully unfold the squished flowers!
 Attach them together using a brad and tada! A beautiful handmade flower!!
 I used my lovely new flowers on a layout I have been working on for a "pre-wedding" book for one of my Hubby's cousins who just got married.

Hope you enjoyed learning how to make flowers! It is super fast and easy, so give it a whirl and then let me know how it went!
Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Design Team came up with at Lasting Memories!
Happy Scrappin'!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

It's Your Day!

This last Friday was my little brother-in-law's birthday so I made him this card...

I am really getting into this whole card making thing and loving it!!!
Don't forget to stop over at Lasting Memories and enter this weeks "Fancy Folds or Folders" challenge!
Happy Scrappin'!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Happy Birthday Mum!

Today is my dearest Mummsy's birthday! I made this card for her. Hopefully she has received it already, otherwise this post may spoil the surprise. If you haven't gotten the mail yet, don't read this Mum!!

Check out my Mum's blog and wish her a Happy Birthday!!

Happy Scrappin'!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Challenge #9- Fancy Folds & Folders

I am a little late with this challenge... sorry!!!
This was a cool challenge for me. I like to make folders and pockets to keep memorabilia on my pages.
This was the perfect opportunity for me to scrap our "Home Coming." Last weekend marked ONE YEAR that we have been in our very own home! And we still love it!

So, I decided to make a little folder/pocket to put the house brochures in. I have also attached our Realtor's business card, or Mortgage broker's card, and a cut out from the first "house warming" card we received. This is such a fun memory for me, and I used the colours we have decorated most of our house in... red and black! Love it! (sorry the picture colour is so bad!)


Don't forget to stop on over at Lasting Memories and check out what the rest of the Design Team has come up with!!! You have until this Saturday to link your "Fancy Folds & Folders" layouts!

Happy Scrappin'!

Friday, October 1, 2010

"The Versatile Blogger" Award!!

Wow, I am so blessed to have such great readers and friends in the blogging world! Today I received this wonderful award: The Versatile Blogger!
First of all, I want to say a HUGE thank you to my new friend MANDY over at Mandy's Escape for passing the Versatile Blogger Award on to me. I have just recently begun following Mandy and have enjoyed her blog very much!! Check it out!

So, here's the drill for all award winners:

a) Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
b) Share 7 things about yourself.
c) Pass the award along to 10 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic.
d) Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.

AND SO... seven things about me:

1. I am married to the most amazing man in the Universe!
2. I am proud to be Canadian!
3. I LOVE to scrapbook!!!
4. I lalso LOVE to read! Sometimes it is hard to decide between the two hobbies!
5. I just started a book blog: The Benterud Bookshelf and am having SO much fun writing reviews!
6. I have the most incredible family... in-laws, out-laws and all!
7. I am a Christian and love Jesus with all of my heart!

It is my pleasure to now pass this award on, in no particular order, to:

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Happy Scrappin'!