Monday, July 26, 2010

Have you been away on a holiday this summer yet? Even if you haven't, that shouldn't stop you from reminiscing about past great vacations, should it? Our challenge this week is to

create a layout of your favorite vacation or travel memory of all time!

DT Member Michelle created this "Vegas, Baby" layout just for this challenge. And even though what happens in Vegas STAYS in Vegas, that shouldn't stop you from remembering your vacation there in a fantastic layout!


I love how Michelle used a dark, subtly patterned background paper, playing cards for the title and one of our bracket journaling boxes to capture the date and names of the people she vacationed with.

My favorite vacation was also my wedding and honeymoon. I can't believe I still haven't scrapbooked some of the photos from that wonderful adventure eight years ago! My personal challenge this week is to dig them out of my storage binders and create a layout right along with you all and post it later this week. Don't forget to post YOUR layouts to our flickr gallery so you have a chance to win one of our prizes!

Happy Monday!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Weekend Web Round-Up - July 23rd

With renos happening around here I haven't had much time for posting or surfing for fun things to share with you! I did find a few tidbits for you to have a look at this weekend though...

1) With lots of warm summer days and tonnes of activities to do, you may not have as much time to devote to scrapbooking as you had anticipated. Scrapbooks etc. has lots of hints for fast and easy scrapbook pages that can be made in minutes.

2) OK, this is a long one, but I have been thinking a lot about creativity lately - why my own creative mojo ebbs and flows, how I can "teach" my kids to be more creative and the lack of creativity (not "the arts" per se) in our education system. I came across this article in Newsweek entitled The Creativity Crisis a couple of weeks ago and have been digesting it ever since. If you are interested in the idea of creativity, it is a long read, but a must-read.

3) On a lighter note, Noell Hyman was recently named as one of Ella's Most Influential Scrapbookers and rightly so. Her Paperclipping videos and Paperclipping Roundtable podcasts are fun and informative. If you haven't watched the videos, check out this one on creating your own handmade backgrounds for your scrapbook pages. Great tips and inspiring layouts. If you have some extra time on your hands, check out all the free videos on her site.

4) And here's something non-scrapbook related for you - some super summer recipes and ideas for easy summer entertaining from Kraft Canada. Yummy...I am trying that grilled bruschetta chicken this weekend for sure!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Summer Scrap-a-thon Week 5 Challenge and Winners!

I have been seeing a lot of fall themed scrapbook supplies out there in recent weeks. I know it's because retailers want to get rid of last year's fall and holiday products to make room for new products being introduced at the CHA in Chicago in a week or so. But it got me thinking that this week we should go back to LAST fall for this weeks challenge and
create a layout using Halloween or Christmas
photos from last (or any) year!

DT member Marcie has some fun revisiting last Halloween in this adorable layout:

I love the torn and distressed edges and the elegant black kitty accent! Thanks Marcie...not only does it make me want to scrap last year's Halloween photos, it also inspires me to start thinking about this years costumes!

Now...onto our first winner in the Summer Scrap-a-thon.

CARLA created and posted a fun spiderman layout during our very first week of the scrap-a-thon and she is our very first winner! Congratulations Carla! Drop me an email to claim your prize...any one of our Page Paks of your choice! Thanks so much for participating!

I know we have had lots of hits and views of the scrap-a-thon challenges each week, but have had very few layouts posted to our flickr gallery. That's OK...as long as we are inspiring you and you are enjoying it! We'll keep posting the challenges, but we would really like to hear from you as to what YOU want to see and participate in. Do you want more tutorials? Tips and ideas? Product reviews? Layout sketches/Page Plans? Let us know, because our mission is to help and inspire YOU! Drop us a line...anytime!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Weekend Web Round-Up - July 16th

Happy Friday to you all. Here are a few things you might be interested in checking out over the weekend.
  1. I have seen a number of Christmas in July posts and challenges around the web this week. It's hard to think about Christmas when the weather is hot and we're all wearing shorts, but just think how far ahead you'd be if you got some shopping done and a few cards made now! One site I love for card inspiration is Christmas Cards All Year Round. Go have a look and see if you don't pull out some Christmas-y papers next time you have a few minutes to craft! 
  2. For us scrappers, Summertime means CHA! The Craft & Hobby Association show will be held in Chicago July 27th to 29th and will debut new lines from almost all the major manufacturers. Why oh why do they do this to us? Just when you thought you had enough paper and embellies...they come out with more must-haves! Check out these previews of many new yummy collections that will be available this coming fall.
  3. For you digi scrppers, grab these fun, summer themed digital downloads from Scrapbooks etc. Oh, did I mention they're FREE?! There is a paper or embellishment to download at the end of each slide - 7 papers and 5 embellies in all!
  4. Here's another freebie for you...ScrapNFonts has 15 new FREE fonts and doodlebats for you. Go here to grab them! You will need to create an account with them, but that's free also!
  5. And just because this is cool and kinda out there - go check out these self-portraits created with ephemera and a scanner! Neat!
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tracy's Take

DT member Tracy posted this layout to our flickr gallery for this week's summer actitivy layout challenge and I had to share it with you in more detail here.

When I saw that Tracy had used this cool interactive page protector from Memory Book I was intrigued! Here's the front of the layout with both flaps closed:

The inside with both flaps open:

And the back:

Supplies:
Memory Book Swinging Shutter page protector
Frances Meyer letter stickers
Li'l Davis red labels
American Crafts heart paper
Close to My Heart chipboard 'good times'
Martha Stewart ice cream stickers
Various dollar store ice cream stickers
Cardstock


I absolutely love this idea...especially for an event or activity that has several photos you want to incorporate!Here's what Tracy said:

"A summer memory for me is eating ice cream on holidays. There is an amazing ice cream store 40 minutes from my aunt's house. There are also various ice cream, and now gelato, places in her town. So these are some pictures from the past few years.

I used a swinging page protector which is a 12x12 page with a 6x12 on each side. So the inside is 12x24. I choose this page protector because I had taken some pictures of the outside of this very long building and wanted them to all go side by side. They aren't the perfect pictures since they don't line up, but to our family they take us right there. I only put two pictures on the back and will keep working on this page by adding more group shots over the years."


Thanks for sharing this great idea and layout Tracy!

Don't forget you have until Saturday to post a challenge layout in our flickr gallery to be eleigible for our first prize! (But don't worry...if you don't have time this week there are still more prizes to be had all summer long!)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Summer Scrap-a-thon Week 4!

It's hard to believe we are four weeks into Summer already! It begs the question - how do you spend YOUR summers? What are your favorite things to do in the summertime? Swim? Do other sports? Spend time at the beach or cottage? Go on road trips? Garden? Read and relax?

Whatever it is, your challenge this week is to
CREATE A LAYOUT OF YOUR FAVORITE SUMMERTIME ACTIVITY - FROM THIS OR ANY SUMMER!

DT member Joan created this layout featuring a favorite activity and a favorite place!

I love the perspective of the photo and those blue toenails! The paper strips form a great summery colored background and the kraft cardstock sure reminds me of sand! It makes me wish my toes were in the sand right now! And I really like how Joan used part of one of our Perpetual Calendars to note the month. Thanks Joan...I hope you'll be able to indulge in your favorite acticity again this summer!

Since this marks week number 4 of our Scrap-a-thon challenge, I think it's time for our first prize! So, choose any of our challenges from the last four weeks, create your layout and post it in our flickr gallery by next Saturday, July 17th, and we'll pick one layout randomly to win our first prize! Of course the more layouts you post the more chances you have to win! We can't wait to see your take on the challenges.

Good luck and have fun!


Friday, July 09, 2010

Weekend Web Round-Up - July 9th

We spent some time at the Calgary Zoo this morning...it was nice and quiet at the Zoo since it was Parade Day this morning. Yup...it's the start of the Calgary Stampede - The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth! We are ready for lots of yee-hawing and pancake breakfasts in the next week! And, I am looking forward to a very special event tomorrow evening - we are lucky enough to be attending the Prime Minister's Stampede BBQ at Heritage Park. It is sure to be an event to remember!

Since we've got lots going on, here is a real quick list of some new things for you to enjoy over the weekend:

A new Paperclipping Roundtable Episode to listen to

A new issue of Scrapbook Ellaments ezine from Ella Publishing co. to read

A new line of yummy summer products from Taylored Expressions to play with

A new edition of Basic Grey's newsletter to drool over

LOTS of new multiphoto sketches from Scrapbooks etc. to scraplift!

Have a great weekend! Let the Stampeding commence! YEEE-HAW!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

The Graduate

To create my layout for this week's challenge I first went to my camera to check what my most recent photos were. Happily they were some sweet shots from Grayson's Pre-K graduation ceremony at the end of June. I knew when I saw them that I wanted to use some fun, school themed digital papers and embellishments from Creative Memories to create a layout featuring three super cute photos of my super cute graduate!


And I also was excited to try a Blueprint page from  Pixels2Pages. These free downloads are the equivalent of Photoshop Templates for Creative Memories Storybook Creator Plus software - you just download the blueprint, import it into SBC+ and pop your photos and choices of papers into the pre-designed spots. Quick, easy and foolproof! If you use SBC+ you will definitely want to check out their entire site for lots of tips, ideas and more blueprints.

Have you had the chance to scrap your most recent photos yet? Make some time and don't forget to upload them into our flickr gallery for your chance to win. Next week marks week 4 of our scrap-a-thon and our first winner, so make sure to post any or all of your challenge layouts! We can't wait to see your take on our challenges!

Check back tomorrow for your weekend reading links!

Monday, July 05, 2010

Summer Scrap-a-thon Week 3!

Quick...what is the last event or activity you took photos of?

Go print them or send them off to the developer so you can create a layout using your most recent pics! Of course if you are a digi scrapper you don't even have to send them off to the developer - you can get started right away.

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

Natalie used pics from a recent exciting event when she and her husband bought their first home! I love how Natalie layered the paper strips with decorative borders and used one of our Perpetual Calendars and Artisan Journaling Brackets.

"A House of Our Own" Supplies:

Jenni Bowlin Black Bingo Alpha**
Jenni Bowlin Black Banner Stickers**
date stamp: Elle's Studio**
journaling spot: Sharing Memories Scrapbooking
"May": Perpetual Artisan Calendars from Sharing Memories Scrapbooking
letter sticker: the Paper Studio
patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket "Sunshine"** and "Bloomers"** from Garden Variety; October Afternoon "Front Porch"** from Fly a Kite; My Mind's Eye "Life is Good"** from Quite Contrary
solid cardstock: Paper Reflections & others from my stash
border punches: Apron Lace by Fiskars, Doily Lace by Martha Stewart
1" circle punch: EK Success
brown pen: American Crafts Slick Writer
white pen: Uniball Signo
brown pigment ink
machine stitching
photo corners: Scrapbook Adhesives
foam adhesive

Thanks Natalie and congratulations!
 
I'll share my most recent photos later this week, but we can't wait to see YOUR freshest photos and stories put into a layout. Don't forget to post it to share in our Summer Scrap-a-thon flick gallery!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Weekend Web Round-Up - July 2, 2010

The Weekend Web Round-Up is the post I enjoy writing most each week. I love picking out and putting together a list of five fabulous places for you to visit each weekend!

 
  1. First up, photographer Kelly Willette has a great list of 100 summer activities to do with your kids that will result in many great photo opportunities! Enter your name and email address and it will be emailed to you right away. Print it out and hang it on your fridge or do as Kelly suggests and cut out the prompts, put them in a jar and pull them out whenever you need something to do! Either way, it's a great list and we are going to try to do one or two things each day!  
  2. Summer Driggs has a new free digital kit, just in time for our American friends' upcoming Fourth of July holiday. Of course the red, blue and white color scheme is great for so many other layouts - especially when you have boys! - and I am in love with the banner embellishments! Summer is so talented and so generous for sharing her creations.
  3. You know I am a big fan of Big Picture Scrapbooking. I was very excited that the LOM community started yesterday and will be a year long journey with like minded LOM'ers with lots of dicussion and challenges to keep our systems up and running. BPS also has a great FREE class coming up in August featuring 13 different teachers and lots of new ideas and inspiration - the BIG IDEA FESTIVAL! It starts August 12th, so be sure to find out all the details and register here.
  4. I don't know how Stacy Julian comes up with such amazing and inspirational ideas all the time, but she is hosting write.click.scrapbook's blog this week and is revisiting projects she has made in the past. One project she describes is an 8x8 album in which she captured a snapshot of her boys in 2004. It is brilliant in it's simplicity and is something all of us could adapt. LOVE it!
  5. And finally...the summer issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine came out last week and this one is super good! You can often get a copy at your local scrapbook store (usually free with a purchase) but you can always download it for FREE!  68 inspiring pages should keep you busy for the weekend! Grab a lemonade and enjoy!

 
Have a great weekend and be sure to check back Monday for the third challenge in our Summer Scrap-a-thon! (Psst...make sure you send off and pick up some recent photos at your local photo developers over the weekend!)

 
And Happy Fourth of July to all my American friends!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Soap-on-a-Rope

Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canucks! I am looking forward to Queen Elizabeth's address from Parliament Hill today and we are hoping to take in some early fireworks with the boys tonight. Other than that, it is busy-ness as usual around here (we are STILL unpacking boxes and finding homes for things, as well as getting the last few things from our old house. This is turning into the longest move in history!) Anyway...I hope you have a wonderful Canada day with friends and family!

Since all my traditional scrappy supplies are still waiting patiently to be unpacked, I thought I would do a digital layout for this week's challenge to use a quote, saying or lyric.


I use Creative Memories Storybook Creator Plus for my digital pages, projects, books and design work. I like Photoshop, but SBC+ is quick and easy and very user friendly. I also used some of the CM Celebration Digital collection for the papers and embellishments. (Check out my friend Julie's website for all the CM digital info and don't miss the NEW CM Disney Collection, complete with TOY STORY papers!!!)

As I started on this challenge I experienced a bit of the old Chicken & Egg syndrome. I wondered which should I start with - the quote or the photos? Of course you can start with either, but as I was searching through quote lists I came across this humorous quote by Bill Cosby and immediately remembered that I had taken a few pics of Grayson giving his dad Soap-on-a-Rope for Father's Day and how we had giggled at the stereotypical (but lovely!) gift. Later I joked with Shane that his days of getting only ties, socks and soap-on-a-rope had officialy begun!

So go with whatever triggers an idea for you - the quote or the photos - there's no right or wrong! Make sure to upload and share your layout in our flickr gallery.

See you tomrrow for a Weekend Web Round-up...yes I know it's been a couple of weeks since I posted one, so I have some fun things to share with you.

Happy Canada Day!