Sunday, January 30, 2011

Loving KI Memories Calender Die Cut Paper

Ok, so when I first saw these absolutely adorable die cut calender pages from KI Memories....I had this vision, that I would like to try and use one every single month for the next year. I mean, how cool could that be? Twelve sheets of paper, twelve different ways...not to mention twelve guaranteed layouts for a year. C'mon now, that could really be more than some of us actually do. So this is my "January" layout!

I have to say that I really do like this paper. When I first took it out on my desk, I kinda thought "MMM", but after looking at it, placing my picture where I did...I then looked at the empty little squares as a kind of grid, which made it easy for me to then move forward. I also pulled out some really old KI paper, that I always loved enough to never want to part with.
Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead, filled with some tiny little time to create!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Using some Stamping Bella "Scrappy" stamps

Well I honestly have to admit that I am not such a stamper on layouts. I kind of forget that I do have some "scrapbooking" stamps, and I neglect to use them. I also have to say that I am not so confident when stamping directly onto the layout. I always have this fear, that the stamp just won't stamp quite right, and then that will be the end of what was, and the beginning of an internal rage (that I ruined the layout, forgetting its just paper.)
Now you see, Emily challenged me a little....asking me to use some "Stamping Bella" stamps on a few layouts, that she could take along to CHA with her. CAN YOU SAY PANIC!!!!!!!!
Well this layout was inspired by a teeny weeny little sketch that Emily drew out for me. With her idea to use the "Labels Collection 1". So here it is.......



I actually stamped the labels on a second piece of paper first, cut them out, and pop dotted them on the layout....that way there allowed ZERO chance for anger to reign within.
I will be posting a few of the layouts that I did using "Stamping Bella" stamps over my next few blog entries. I encourage you to include some stamping on the next layout that you do!
Get stamping, get scrapping, get happy!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

First Layout of 2011

Well what better way to start a first layout of the new year, by reviewing the previous year?
So here it is..... SNAPSHOTS TO REMEMBER 2010.

I have to say that I have definitely been a devout fan of Cosmo Cricket for quite some time, however I can also honestly admit, that I have not really loved there last few releases. AND THEN....I saw Circa 1934. I fell in love with it! Not sure if it was because the names of the papers were after old movies stars like Gable and Chaplin, or the colour scheme or the patterns...I will just say ALL OF THE ABOVE. I think that when I bought it, I did have the idea to do a year in review page with it (which I do every year)...but I was NOT exactly sure what.
Now because I am also such a devout fan of Studio Calico can just guess what happened next. Yep, you guessed it! Circa 1934 made the sketch! AND HERE IT IS.
So here's to hoping that YOU to, do a year in review day you will be glad you did!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Never Say Never to Starting Something New




Yep, like I have said before...I never believed that quilting is something that I would ever be interested in, or caught doing. Well, I was wrong. I love the whole process of choosing the fabric, piecing it together and coming out with something finished in the end. You know, kinda like a scrapbook page. I am finally finished this quilt that I have made for my daughter, Hannah, and I can honestly look at it and say to myself "well done". I know that she is only fifteen, I know that she loves the quilt, and I know one day she will appreciate it and treasure it even more than she will now. I also hope that one day, my children will find hobbies and interests that are as fulfilling to them, as mine are to me.
I encourage that this year maybe one for YOU, to try something NEW....something that you may never have thought you would or could.....give yourself the opportunity.