Monday, June 28, 2010

Summer Scrap-a-thon Week 2!

Hope you had a great weekend and are ready for this week's challenge:

Use a favorite quote, saying or music lyrics on your page.

That's it...pretty wide open, eh?

I love the layout DT member Michelle created for this challenge:

The colors Michelle used are so summery and perfect with the lovely photo of her and her hubby. She also used some of our embossed buttons and butterflies, and an Artisan Bracket Journaling Spot as the perfect place to record the perfect quote. Gorgeous, Michelle!

One thing I love about using quotes on layouts is how they can act as titles OR journaling. In fact, sometimes a quote can say something I wanted to say in a much more eloquent way.

Are you at a loss as to where to find quotes you can use on your scrapbook layouts? Here are some of my favorite websites when I am looking for just the right words:

Compendium. I have been receiving their quote of the week for awhile, so I have a nice little collection of favorites. Sign up and you can get inspirational quotes delivered right to your inbox each week.

The Creative Memories Project Center has a good selection of quotes that are organized by topic. Not a huge list, but easy to scan through.

Great Quotes. I like this site because you can search for a quote by type or subject, or by the name of the person who said it. There are a huge amount of quotes so you are bound to find one you like!

At Poem Hunter you can search for poems, poets, quotes, or musical lyrics.

And Quote Mountain has literally a mountain of quotes, sayings and even quotes from movies! Lots to choose from!

Ready? Great! Find a quote you like (if you don't already have one in mind) and pair it with a photo for a simple layout. Don't forget to post it in our flickr gallery so you can be eligible for prizes! (And speaking of prizes, I'll be posting more prize info later this week along with more inspiration for your quote layouts.)

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My Summer 2009 Highlight

Just stopping in to post my take on this weeks challenge. Since we were moving this past weekend,  I made sure I created the layout and photographed it a couple of weeks ago so it would be ready to go. The problem was I packed up my camera and couldn't find it among all the boxes to be unpacked on Monday! Anyway...I found it yesterday so now I can share it!


For me, last summer was all about having a one year old who was discovering the pleasures of the outdoors and everything that comes with summertime. Sam enjoyed being outside and crawling through the grass. He loved water-play and being taken to the park. And one thing that he enjoyed time and time again was watermelon! He just couldn't get enough of the juicy delicious fruit! I snapped these pics as he devoured yet another plateful. What Juicy Joy!

I used some some great striped paper from Stampin' Up! that matched the stripes on Sam's shirt perfectly. I love those colors together - they just scream summer! I also used one of our SMS Perpetual Calendars along with a Artisan Bracket Journaling Box and a die cut flower as some simple additions.

It's no secret that I love stripes and have done this mitred corner technique on a few layouts. I thought I'd offer a few tips on how to get the look. This technique really works well with regularly spaced stripes, but you can mitre any paper.

First start with four 1 inch strips, all cut in the same direction.


To make each mitred corner, overlap two strips at right angles to each other and
adhere with temporary adhesive.


Now cut through both layers of paper from the inside corner to the outside corner.


Discard the small triangle pieces you cut away.


Repeat with the three other corners. Adhere all four strips to your background cardstock.


Have you scrapped your highlight of Summer 2009? Take some time to play and have fun with it, then post it to our Summer Scrapathon flickr gallery.

Have a great day!


Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Scrap-a-thon Week 1

Can you believe it?
It's officially summer! 
Break out the sprinkler, the bubbles and the lemonade!

Let's celebrate and take advantage of the three lovely months we have stretched ahead of us by scrapping one layout each week, ok? Are you with me? GREAT!

So let's kick off our Summer Scrap-a-thon by revisiting LAST summer. Think back - what did you do? Was there a special event or activity you attended?
A great vacation you went on?
Or simply sweet summer days full of fun and relaxation?

Whatever it was, find a photo or photos that represent the highlight of your 2009 summer and scrap a layout about it. Then, take a photo of it and share it by posting it in our Summer Scrap-a-thon flickr gallery!

To get us started, DT member Amber scrapped a travel memory of her and her husband at the beautiful Biltmore Estate in North Carolina from last summer.


Along with silk flowers and pearl accents Amber used some SMS Embossed Daisies and Butterflies from our spring line. I love how her layout showcases not only the vacation memory, but her relationship with her wonderful husband! Thanks Amber!

We'll have more DT layouts to share this week along with some great tips so make sure to come back and check them out. (Or follow our posts so you won't miss any of the scrap-a-thon fun!)

Try to take some time on this first day of summer to recall and scrap special memories of last summer, and perhaps make a list of things to do this summer! We can't wait to see your layouts posted in the flickr gallery!

Let the scrap-a-thon begin!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Summer Scrap-A-Thon!

Sorry for the late post...I spent time in the hospital today with my dad who was admitted for some heart problems. He will be fine, but it's always a scary place to be.

Anyway...as promised, here are all the details for our super fun Summer Scrap-A-Thon!


Here's Why...
Last year I made the naive assumption that I would have lots of time during those lazy days of summer to scrap and work on projects that I had been putting off throughout the rest of the year. Oh, I was so wrong! Other lovely opportunities beckoned and projects got put on the back burner. By the time fall rolled around I had only completed 2 pages and none of the larger projects I had wanted to devote time to. Sound familiar?

Here's What...
So THIS year, I have a plan to help me and you get TWELVE layouts done this summer. That's ten more than I did last summer! We'll do one layout per week, and, we'll take a break on the weeks that have a long weekend so you can still enjoy lots of those lazy days of summer as well! Sound good?

Here's How...
Each Monday starting June 21st (except for August 2 and September 6) we will be posting a challenge, idea or prompt for you to create a layout with. Once you finish your take on the challenge, take a photo of your layout and post it in our Flickr gallery. If you post you are already a winner because you got another layout done, but you'll also eligible for the prize draws! Easy, eh?
 
Oh yeah...and each week we'll also have inspiration to share from our design team as well as new tutorials and techniques. We'll also give you a hint at what's to come by telling you what kind of photos to pull for the next challenge.
Here's what's in it for you...
  • get 12 layouts done! 
  • share your work with others and be part of a like-minded group!
  • win great prizes!
  • have your layout showcased on our site!
  • have a tonne of fun!
Here's what to do now...
  1. Follow our blog postings by becoming a friend in the right-hand sidebar. That way you won't miss the new challenge each week!
  2. If you don't already have one, create your own free Flickr account, then become part of our SMS Summer Scrap-a-thon 2010 group
  3. Grab our blog button from the sidebar and post it on your own blog. Invite your readers to join us!
  4. Finally, pick out a few of your favorite pictures from LAST summer and you'll be ready to go!
I hope you are ready to go the distance and join our Summer Scrap-a-thon!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Weekend Web Round-Up - June 11

I don't know about you, but we have a busy weekend ahead of us! Shane and Grayson are presenting the family trophy at the Royal Canadian Air Cadets Annual Ceremonial Review tomorrow and we are celebrating Sam's second birthday on Sunday! We'll also try to get some boxes moved to the new house and finish up some final yard work if the weather holds. Here are some great links to check out this weekend no matter what the weather in your area is like!

1) Are you a basic scrapbooker? Basic Grey that is!? Oooh...I love all things Basic, and their June Newsletter has some fabulous inspiration and ideas, geared specially for weddings using their stunning Capella line. So lovely! And don't miss the Basic Sketch by Kelly Goree. All in all it's a great weekend read.

2) Father's Day is next Sunday! If you have some time this weekend, why not create a special card just for him? Scrapbooks etc. has some cool original ideas.

3) One of my favorite digital designers Crystal Wilkerson has recently had her designs made into a traditional scrapbook supply collection called "Sweet Summertime" by Echo Park.


I love this collection and since the shipping to Canada was expensive, I opted to buy the digi version instead! (I love the little banners and the tree!) Crystal and her friend Kristina Proffitt also design blogs and share freebies in the same fun whimsical style. Visit Kristina's blog for some free word art created for the Cards for Kids drive. You can download it, print it out and use it on a variety of cards. So cute!

4) The Scrapbook & Cards Today blog has great tutorials every week. This week find out how to glitz up your plain die cuts. While you're there, make sure to download your free copy of the Spring 2010 Magazine if you haven't already. And make sure to enter for your chance to win the Friday Freebie of some Quickutz Dies!

5) Summer is just around the corner  and every year Stacy Julian has great ideas on how to organize her family of five AND have a great time doing it. This year she is planning to create 7 mini-albums all about favorite things from this summer. Super cool idea. I don't know how she does it! (PS...if you don't have a CTMH consultant and you want to order the mini-albums Stacy is using, please visit my friend and Calgary Crops colleague CARLA's CTMH site to order!) 

Speaking of Summer, yesterday I mentioned that I was finalizing plans for our SMS Summer project and told you you'd have to wait until Monday for all the details. But just to give you a little hint, it's a scrap-a-thon...a Summer Scrap-A-Thon! Yes...we'll be scrapping all summer long, with lots of prizes and great inspiration! Watch for details next week and get ready to join in starting the first day of Summer...June 21st!


Oh yeah...it's gonna be a great summer! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Just checking in...

Just a quick share while supper is cooking! I'm sorry for the lack of posts this week...chalk it up to pre-move busy-ness. I have been interviewing tenants for our rental property, supervising painters and contractors at our new house, packing boxes whenever I can and planning for Sam's second birthday party which we are hosting at our old house this weekend. Sigh...

But, in the midst of the chaos I HAVE managed to complete a couple of layouts for my BPS class which is so much fun. It has become my late-night stress relief! The layouts are not my usual style or subject matter, but that's part of the fun! I have enjoyed following prompts and gathering items that I would never have put together and then scrapping in a completely new way.


I have also been busy planning a fabulous summer scrapping project for you...but you'll have to wait until Monday for all the details!

See you tomorrow with some must-check-out links!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Winners!

Wow, the odds were good on this giveaway...I had three prizes and three commenters! Congrats ladies!Noelle Reese, JoannaG and Julie - please email me to arrange your prizes to be sent/delivered!

Another busy weekend filled with packing, moving, cleaning, gardening and cooking for the troops has sapped my creative mojo and unfortunately I didn't have any time to play. I hope to get a couple of layouts and cards done tonight to share with you soon.

Heading over to the new house now to clean and check in on the painters! Have a great day!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Weekend Web Round-Up - June 4th


It's been a busy week and I haven't had a chance to peruse all my favorite blogs this week (I have 483 items in my Google Reader!) But here are a few things that did catch my eye this week that I wanted to share with you. Check them out over the weekend.

I love Ella Publishing!

They publish e-books especially for scrappers! I have several and they are all well done. The also publish a free monthly e-zine called Ellaments, which offers articles and inspiration. The June issue is available here.

You may remember that Pantone deemed Turquoise to be THE color of 2010. I love turquoise and aqua and all shades and variations, so I have been pleased to see this color used so much this year. Scrapbooks etc. Magazine created a slide show of 20 scrapbook layouts using turquoise in various ways, and I loved ALL of them!

It seems that lots of companies these days are using videos to teach techniques and demonstrate their products. Here are some links to videos that I have really enjoyed. If you have some down time this weekend check them out:

Close to My Heart TV offers videos called Art & Soul. Each one provides thematic or technique based ideas for using CTMH products. Check out the the most recent episode featuring a really cool technique called overstamping!

Fiskars has changed their website (which I don't find as attractive or intuitive unfortunately) and has lots episodes of Craft TV, each demonstrate a different project and product. On another note, I think the new Fiskars Everyywhere Window Punches will be very useful...I just have to find a Canadian retailer who stocks them!

And finally, in addition to publishing a great magazine with a Canadian focus, the gals at Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine have started making bi-weekly webisodes! You can watch editor Jackie Ludlage as she demonstrates techniques and projects using the latest new products. Catch up with all six webisodes here.

Have fun browsing and have a great weekend (meanwhile, I'll be cleaning cabinets and baseboards all weekend!)

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Dad's Day Inspiration


Now that June is here, Father's Day is just around the corner and I have two quick things to share with you today - a wonderful gift idea and a new Page Pak!

If you have never visited Compendium, you need to! Their motto is LIVE INSPIRED and they offer a variety of items such a books, stationary, gifts and picture frames to help inspire you in your daily life. They'll even send you inspiring quote each week right to your inbox. This weeks quote?

The minute you begin to do what you really
want to do, it's really a different kind of life.
-R. Buckminster Fuller

So true. Anyway...reading the quote made me hop on over to compendium to see what was new, and I was so pleased to find these great gift ideas for dad:

If you have been wanting to capture your dad's story, this "My Dad: His Stories, His Words" book would be a great way to do it. He can go through it and answer questions to record his story in his own words.



This "His Life" journal is another lovely option. There is a quote on each page and lots of room for him to record thoughts, events, dreams and goals. I would say this would be a great journal to add photos to since the pages are blank.

And finally, the "Dad, My Hero" book is full of sentimental and inspiring quotes on fatherhood - a wonderful way to share how much he means to you.

I love the idea behind each of the Compendium porducts, as well as their clean-lined design aesthetic. Make sure to visit and sign up for their weekly email quote. And if you want to order gifts for dad, do it soon so the items make it in time for June 20th.

Clean lines and masculine colors were the inspiration behind our new Page Pak, simply titled "DAD".


Page Pak Contents:
3 Sheets Patterned Cardstock (Scrapbook Sally)
2. 5 Sheets Solid Cardstock (Scrapbook Sally and Paper Co.)
COordinating Journaling Box (SMS)
D-A-D Title letters (SMS)
4 Brads (Making Memories)

When I was making up a sample layout to show off the Pak contents I was inspired by and scraplifted a layout that appeared in the latest Creating Keepsake issue by the super talented Laina Lamb! I love Laina's straighforward designs and how she uses lots of photos (mostly 4 x 6's!) on her pages. Here's the sample based on her layout:

Love it!

As always, our Page Paks are only $5.00 and you can make at least two 12 x 12 layouts. Use the idea shown or create you own! And you'll usually have enough leftovers for other projects, like a Father's Day card.

There are limited quantities of the "Dad" Page Pak, and it's available here.

Got some layouts about or cards for Dad? We'd love to see them! Send us an email or link to your blog post to share them with SMS readers! 

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

New House, Boy's Toys and GIVEAWAYS!

So sorry for the absence...we took possession of our new house on Monday and have already started on the renovations! Here's a pic I took back in March after we purchased it. (Yes, we still had some snow on the ground when we took possession, but not quite this much, and everything IS finally greening up!) I think it looks like a happy smiling house!


We have also been busy showing our old house to possible tenants. It's been a busy few days and I can only imagine that it will not be slowing down until after we officially move later in the month, so please bear with me if I am away from posting occasionally!

The boys in my house got some new toys over the past few days. We got the boys a new inflatable bouncy house that was meant to be for outside play, but what do you do when you still have snow on the ground? Put it in the basement of course!

And Shane treated himself to an iPad when they came out in Canada this past Friday. He didn't have to line up for it, but I think he would have anyway - he really wanted to play with the technology! It didn't dissappoint - it's great, and he played all weekend!
No new toys for me, but that didn't stop me from playing...I sat down late last night to put together a layout for the Baker's Dozen class I'm taking over at BPS. Fun, fast and cute. (Sorry for the lousy pic...I took it last night after finishing it up!)


Now, something fun for YOU! I have been sorting and purging and packing for the past few weeks, but will be kicking into high gear now that we can actually start bringing our belongings over. Last week after I shared Stacy Julian's thoughts on purging, I started going through my own personal scrapping supplies and found a bunch of stuff I would love to share with you! There are some discontinued SMS products too, like older page paks that I only have one-ofs left. Anyway, I gathered three wonderful prize packages to giveaway!!!

All you need to do to win is leave a comment on this post as to what supplies you have the most of. What do you "collect" - patterend paper? Tools? Stickers? Buttons? You have until Sunday June 6th at midnight (Mountain Time) to leave your comment and we'll post the winners next Monday. Good luck - I can't wait to share!!!