Sunday, February 3, 2013

Great Scrapbook Weekend!

It didn't start out that way, but it sure ended up that way .... I never take anything for granted.

On Jan 28th, a friend from Newfoundland that I have not seen for 6 years reported to work for a 2 month assignment with me!  We were on shift together, we we started talking about the natural beauty on the Rock.  So, I wanted to scrap a page from my 2005 Newfoundland vacation ... that I still have not finished!

Truth be told, I have a tough time scrapping my best pictures of the greatest places ... because I want them to be spectacular, and nothing is ever good enough ... but when I do scrap them, my passion and love for those places really shine through!  But I also have a tough time with my awful pictures of the greatest places, because whatever I do, it just won't cut it.  Well, happily I was able to turn some really crappy pictures into a layout I really like!

We were visiting Bay Bull's, taking a puffin and whale watching boat out to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.  Come on, you just have to give it up to whoever named some of the places in Newfoundland!  Anyway, the little boat pitched and rolled ... and even though we were viewing stunning seascapes, puffins and bald eagles ... the pictures SUCK!

I found a sketch from the 6X6 Paper Sketch Class by Alison Davis that I downloaded last year ... using just small pictures ... I substituted a 12X6 picture of a puffin in flight (which I printed onto cardstock) for the 2 6X6 papers in the sketch.  I like how the textured cardstock made the picture look like a canvas painting.  I'm so happy with this layout!

Witless Bay

Puffin Detail
So, way back, I was working on a layout for Sketch Support using 2 page sketch 28 ... and I lost the pictures!  I hate that ... I had the paper and the embellishments ready to go ... but the pictures just disappeared.  Yesterday I was looking through my "idea" bin for my tickets for the puffin boat tour (which I kept!), and what should I find ... THOSE pictures ... never did find my ticket though. 

I pounced on the pictures and finished the layout.  These are pictures from 2006 ... my nephew Chris, just 5 years old, and a total Natural on skates!  Even then he was being scouted for triple A teams.

he's a Natural
Star Detail
OK, another long story.  During the summer of 2011 my nephew James was into spray-paint art.  I was so impressed with his work, he gave me the piece he was working on.  I brought it home and put it into a "safe place" ... and then totally forgot where that place was!  Well, it turned up ... and I decided to scrap it and put it into an album ... that should be safe enough!  The problem was ... he just painted on any old thing ,,, in this case a chunk on cardboard ... the thing wasn't even close to square ... so I evened up the sides and decided to matte it.  I used a 1 page sketch from the Winter Bundle by Allison Davis for the left page.

U R outta this world
I made little planets from cardboard circles and stitched "orbits" to guide them.  I used a gel pen to carry the "stars" from his painting to my layout and then I used a border stamp of stars to tie it all together.

And finally ... my friend from work had her second child ... a boy, a big boy (10lbs, 11 oz).  I wanted to continue with the theme that I used for her first child.  I made a 1 page layout, and included the baby's card (signed by all her friends) as an embellishment on the layout.  So I made the baby card this weekend.  I needed to go back to my tutorial for accordian hearts ... I really love the finished card.  I sewed in 4 little heart shaped pages for everyone to sign ... adorable!  I know she'll love it!

extra pages
PLUS I see that Sketch Support is back!  Yep, Allison has had to move the sketch support site because some leech is trying to extort $8,000 from her ... but it's all at now so go check it out, it's all there to inspire us!

Thanks for looking!

1 comment:

  1. I love the accordian heart! I would love to see the tutorial you made but don't know how far back it is. Can you share the link too?