Thursday, January 30, 2014

Head Over Heels with BoBunny

There are few Valentines collections that I design with, but when I saw the Bo Bunny "Head Over Heels" release, I wanted to have it!
This is one of my projects that was on display in the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L booth at the CHA tradeshow a few weeks ago.  
Today my layout is being featured on the Crafty Power blog, so click HERE to visit and see more close-ups.

This photo of my daughters is from 10 (gulp) years ago.  It is definitely one of my fave photos of them of all time.

Actually, I created a layout 10 years ago called "Sisters" with a timeline of photos. Here is the right page of the double layout (Don't laugh)

Their relationship has changed and evolved just like they have.  Sometimes they seem distant from one another.

And sometimes I can see how close they really are.
I've always wanted a sister, but I do have a pretty fantastic brother who means the world to me!

I've witnessed my mom's close relationship with her sister, and they don't live in the same city but talk on the phone every day.
They try hard to get together to celebrate birthdays and understand that their time together now is precious.

I hope my daughters will cherish each other like this in their twilight years.
For now, they cherish their iPhones and friends, but I'm confident that will change.

Monday, January 27, 2014

January Sketchy Challenge

Once again I'm squeaking in my January Sketchy challenge layout.  Hmmm.  Maybe I should make a resolution about getting that done on time!
Here is Sue Sykes' awesome sketch, which I rotated 90 degrees counter clockwise:

Winter layouts are almost becoming a thing of the past for me.  That's because my teenagers don't really go outside much in the winter anymore.  If they do, it's only to take a bunch of goofy selfies. ha ha! Luckily, BabyOfTheFamily agreed to some pics a couple months ago.  I LOVE winter photos!

For my frosty layouts, I often use Bo Bunny, and each winter I'm excited about seeing their new papers.  I just love the colours and patterns in the Woodland Winter collection:

I put baby powder on the backs of my snowflake stickers so the edges would lift off my background.

BoBunny's matching embellishments and stickers always make designing so easy.  I must admit, I'm kind of a matchy-matchy type of girl :)

The navy twine is May Arts.
Every season I say how much I don't like winter, but I love creating winter layouts! 

I hope you have a chance to design a layout for Canadian Scrapbooker's Sketchy Challenge!  In a few more days, the February sketch will be posted.  Click HERE to visit the Sketchy Gallery and be inspired!

Stay warm...

Thursday, January 23, 2014

This Year...

I always become reflective when a year ends and a new year begins.  I've come to a few realizations and thought I'd share them today.  In fact, I will be sharing more of myself on my blog than I usually do.  I love to write, so I plan on expressing a little more "me" in my words. Hopefully, we'll have a few laughs along the way!

So, this year...

I will make more time to play and experiment.
My first art journal page of the year.
I will relax and do something creative every day.
Graphic 45 Alpha stamp set; Golden acrylic paints; Faber-Castell Gelatos

I will step outside of my box and leave my comfort zone.
Stamps: Prima; LaBlanche
I will scrapbook the heritage and vintage photos that I hold so dear and share the stories.
Staz-On ink and Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous
I will push the boundaries of my artistic abilities.
Prima stamps and Golden Molding Paste
I will work on my novel every day and finish it.  (fingers crossed. lol) This has been one of my resolutions/goals every year for the past 10 years.
I will nurture my friendships.
and be open to new ones.

I will slow down and breathe.
Hermosa Beach, L.A. California January 2014
I will let my kids see that I can have fun too….and really really try to worry less about them.

I will strive for excellence and joy in my scrapbooking pursuits.
Hermosa Beach L.A., California (Jan 2014)
LOVE being a part of the Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine team! (Anaheim)
LOVE designing for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L!
I will have more date nights with my guy.
Oops. Wrong guy.
I will feel less guilty…about everything.  (What can I say? I was raised Catholic! LOL)
Now I'm looking forward to the great adventure called 2014! I hope you are too :)

Monday, January 6, 2014

And the WINNER is...

Wow!  I am so overwhelmed by all the wonderful comments from everyone who visited during the Seasons Givings blog hop last week!  Thank you so much for taking some time to stop by my blog!

The winner of my prize package is...

  1. Happy New Year Kelly. Your card suits you, bright and sparkly LOL I have my cup of coffee and am off to visit on this hop.
Congratulations!  I'll send this big package of Fancy Pants goodies to you next week after I get your mailing address. Please email me your contact info.
Once again, thank you also to Latisha Yoast who organized this fantastic blog hop! I hope many more of you were lucky enough to win a prize too!