Monday, June 27, 2016

Looking back

While going through a bunch of older photos I came across this photo of myself and my grandchildren at the beach here in Campbell River back in June of 2006. I can't believe how little they were, they're now 17 and 13, where did the years go?

I used the Kaisercraft "Coastal Escapes" collection for this  layout. It's a very simple layout with not much layering but I kind of wanted the layout to be more about the photo. I used the Coastal Escapes "Sea Grass" paper for my background paper and did some distressing and inking on it. I matted the photo on some navy blue cardstock and added some foam tape to pop the photo up. I picked the Coastal Escapes "Underwater" paper for the 2 layers under the photo and used the shells and beach sign from the sticker sheet. I added a few shells from the beach and a small sand dollar. The string is some I had in my stash that I always feel goes well on a beach layout and found the small gold button in my stash with an anchor on it to use at the top of the layered paper. I also added the "Memories" chippy which I painted white then sprayed it with a blue mist from Lindy's Stamp Gang. Here's the finished layout, TFL!



Well finally my first layout of our trip to Hawaii this past January. I used the Kaisercraft "Coastal Escape" collection. This paper collection is absolutely perfect for scrapping photos taken at the beach! This photo is of my grand kids, daughter-in-law and myself taken on our first full day in Hawaii. I used the blue side of the "Coral" paper from this collection. for my background! The sayings and embellishment sticker sheet from this paper collection were perfect for this layout. I used some seam binding from my stash which I sprayed with Lindy's blue mist to match up with my layout. I used an actual starfish for the layout and flowers from my stash.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Elk Falls

Back in February here in Campbell River, BC Hydro  was letting out 200% more water through the dam and the falls than usual. The Elk falls are amazing at anytime but to see so much power being let out through the falls is just amazing. My husband and I went to the falls back in February to see this and it was totally amazing to just watch this raw power going over the falls. I really wanted to make this layout of the photos fairly simple, yet still see the power of the falls. I was going to try and paint the falls but I'm really not artistic in that way. Then my friend Peggy over at Swirlydoos did a layout to show a beach theme using netting etc to work as the ocean/beach, and I thought what a great idea so I lifted it for my layout using cheese cloth to act as the falls. I was actually quite pleased with how it turned out, not a lot of embellishments, but enough to show the power of the falls.
I'd love to hear your comments

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Meeting Friends

Every year in May I have to go down to the mainland (Vancouver, BC, Canada) to see my neurologist at the MS Clinic for my yearly check up. I was the supervisor of the accounts payable department for a multi national chemical company in Richmond (suburb of Vancouver, BC) and I've been on disability from work with my MS since June 1997. When we still lived on the mainland I was able to get together with all the girls from work quite often. Since we moved to Vancouver Island 10 years ago I really don't see any of them. So last year we all got together for lunch while I was down, we had such a great visit. All of us but one girl are retired now so it was great to see them all and get caught up on all the news. I am headed down to the mainland this week so we are all getting together for lunch again, a couple of other girls we worked with are going to be coming along too so it should be a good time. Anyways, here is a layout I did of the lunch we had last year, as you can see I'm getting a little bit braver doing my drips. Click on the layout to see a larger view.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Family Time

I love this photo of my son and grandson taken back in April of this year. I just new I wanted to scrap it! I used quite a few layers, using the banners and rectangles and of course distressing. I used some blue and wine colored small flowers, the wine colored ones bring out the wine color in the papers. I'm also trying to use more misting and inking on my layouts. I love how the design team ladies at Swirlydoos use the mists and dripping, so I'm doing it in baby steps as I always worry that I'll ruin the layout, lol. So here's the layout, click on it to see a larger photo. I'd love to hear your comments!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Round Robin Layout

I joined in on the May Round Robin over at Swirlydoos. As Mother's Day is in May the Round Robin was all about Mothers, your Grandma, your Mother, you, Mother's of Fur babies, you get the picture. There was 3 teams, 4 people in each team and the idea is to lift the layout of the person in front of you. Of course there has to be some twists in the challenge to make it more interesting, here are the twists.
One extra point awarded for each of the following:
1. It would be great if you are in the photo (with your mother or as the “mother” with your “child”).
2. How about some distressing? Dry or wet(use those happy tears from remembering while going thru your photos to your advantage).
3. Flowers, bling, chipboard or metals. Let’s do some spring cleaning of these embellishment. Since it’s Spring, the more flowers, the merrier. You know FLOWERS and BLING are a must for Mother’s Day!!!
4. Remember, it’s still spring so let’s keep the colors light, bright and cheerful. 

So here's my layout for the May RR over at Swirlydoos, for team 1, week 2. Thanks for the great layout to lift Peggy! This is my daughter and I way back in April 1991, she was almost 2 months premature and was so tiny, she only weighed 4lbs when I got to bring her home. This photo was taken when she was 4 days old, my little miracle.

 I'd love to hear your comments! TFL

Monday, June 13, 2016

OTP Project

Well my family got some good news this past couple of weeks. My son and his girlfriend bought their first house (which believe me is not any easy thing if you live in Vancouver, BC with the crazy prices) and they took possession on June 1st and my son had it all set up to propose to her when they walked into their new home. He had their 4 kids to make up poster board signs with each one completed the words "WILL YOU MARRY ME" and his real estate agent put them up for him so Angela would see them when she walked in. He also gave his real estate agent rose petals which he laid out in the shape of a heart, as she read the posters Chris walked her into the heart then knelt down on one knee and proposed. My son had told me about what he was going to do so I couldn't wait to hear from him, he finally sent me a text saying "She said Yes!!"  It just brought tears to my eyes!

Anyways I had seen this quote on Pinterest and it just fit this situation so I made a plaque for them to hang out in their new home. The quote is "May your home be a place where friends meet, family gathers & Love grows!"

I picked up this plaque at the local Dollar store and painted it white. Once it dried I glued lace all over it with Mod Podge then used some pink and blue Lindey's Stamp Gang inks over it here and there. I then dug through my flower stash and pulled out all my pink and blue flowers. I had some pretty white Prima flowers from their French Riviera collection. I just wanted them to have a touch of pink on the petals so I stamped some of my pink ink pad on my craft mat and spritzed it with water and took a fine point paint brush and just brushed the edges of the petals. I quite liked the way they turned out. I also added a bow with some seam binding that I had dyed and a pretty blue butterfly stick pin that I handmade. I printed out the quote on transparency film and trimmed it as close as could to the words and glued them onto the plaque. On the right hand side of the plaque I added part of a Prima vine and a small key with a heart that said Love.  I hope you like the end result. Click on the picture to see a larger view.
 Here are a couple of close ups.