Yer Best Kind, b’ys!

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Hahaha! Are all the non-Newfoundlanders confused yet? Roughly translated, that means, “You are all the finest of people!” Want to know some more traditional Newfoundland phrases and words? Check this out!

There’s actually a reason I started this post like that and it all has to do with Valentine’s. A local company here, Newfoundland Chocolate Company, made special Love Bars this year and they were hugely popular. As in couldn’t keep them in stock and they have been sent all around the world popular. And they’re delicious – milk chocolate (normally not my thing) filled with salted caramel. Seriously yummy!

They made several different labels – Luvs Ya, Kiss me Luh, Me Trout, and of course, Best Kind (side note: the most popular was Arse on Dat, hahaha!). I grabbed a bunch of Best Kind bars and made cards for the parents of the kids I look after.

valentine's cardsI had some watercolour paper I had painted and embossed and demoed on so I used that for my punched green hearts. Then I used old glitter wrap for the other hearts:\

valentine's cards closeupAnd inside, a sweet treat!

valentine's cards insideI love how they turned out – they still make me giggle, lol!

Cheers!

S.

December and Final Page | YLA2014

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This is it! The last Yearlong album class ever and the last LO’s for 2014.

12 - decemberThis one used loads of Simple Stories stickers for the banners along the top:

december bannersAnd the words along the bottom:

december wordsAnd the circles around the photos:

december stickersThen we finished everything off with October Afternoon chipboard stars and gold mist spatter:

december starsThe last page of the album mimicked the first with the paper choices and colours:

13 - final pageBut we added in a subtle crayon resist with Prima Color Bloom spray:

final page resistAnd we used the spray for regular misting plus a spatter effect:

final page splatterAnd that’s it! I filled two complete albums, which  means I need to do another cover page and final page, but there is another year in the books.

I’m super excited and stoked for the new class this year, My Favourite Things. I’ll be posting sneaks on Instagram and Twitter with #FaveThings2015 and there’s already a couple there, like this one:

FaveThings2015 sneak1

Hope to see some of you there, it’s going to be awesome!

Cheers!

S.

November | YLA2014

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We’re almost at the end of this album and for once I thought I’d do a fairly monochromatic layout. There is a bit of colour but it’s all fairly light and tone on tone.

11 - november

There is a super fun, and messy, technique on this one using stickles. If you look closely you can see glitter all around the small squares I punched out – Stickles!

november shimmer

I love the sparkle it brings, highlighting just those pieces. Of course, I did go in with my favourite Sakura Stardust pen to outline the title and chipboard hearts, plus add some shimmer to the wood veneer stars – you can’t have too much sparkle after all!

Cheers!

S.

October | YLA2014

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I sat down to do my final Yearlong Album post and realized that I hadn’t done several months – my mind is leaving me, obviously! So, rather than post the last one, I’ll catch up here this week and have them all in order for you. If you want to see what we’ve done this year just type YLA in the search bar and/or check out the Flickr album.

Here’s October:

10 - octoberWe had fun with one of my favourite techniques – Distress Ink and water for a blendy, watercoloury background. I also added another favourite in there, shimmer!

october shineAnd of course, layers of paper, die cuts, pop dots, stickers,  and embellishments:

october layers

We finished off the page with some doodling and a cluster of stickers with the date:

october clusterCheck back tomorrow for November’s page and don’t forget to check out (and sign up for!) my new yearlong class – My Favourite Things. We’re starting this month and it’s going to be all my favourite techniques and products, plus some of my tried and true journalling tips. Trust me, some of the new product ordered in for this class is amazing! I can’t wait to get started!

Cheers!

S.

A present for our beautiful Maya

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One last Christmas present to share and a confession – this one hasn’t actually been sent yet. Oops. It’s going in the mail this week though, I promise! #worstauntandsisterever

Anyway…….

I did another name for another gorgeous baby, my awesome niece Maya:

Maya frame

I found a frame big enough for this one but since you can see my fabulous crazy hair in the glare of the glass I thought I’d show it to you out of the frame too:

Maya unframedI like to keep these pretty simple so the letters themselves actually stand out. I do normally back them with patterned paper but the colours of these looked so good on the black fabric background that I left it as is.

I added enamel dots and hearts, plus wood and enamel buttons from Freckled Fawn to the “M”:

Maya frame m

And to the “Y”:

Maya frame y

The “A”‘s have cork stars layered with gems and cork arrows:

Maya frame a

At the last second I also added little vellum phrases from Freckled Fawn to each letter as well – I love how they look, all vintage-y and translucent.

That’s it! Super simple and pretty for my pretty girl! Hope her parents like it when all their presents finally arrive! :)

Cheers!

S.

Something Special for Sweet Baby James

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My best and oldest friend had a baby this past year – I posted pics of him when he was born – and for his first Christmas I knew I had to do something super special.

James canvas

I’m very glad his name wasn’t Michael John, or something else just as long – not sure where I would have gotten a frame/canvas big enough!

I started with basic wooden letters and added a little something to each one:

James canvas - dude

I love these boy themed flair, the dude one made me laugh!

I also added blue stars to every letter – even boys need some shine, right?

James canvas - flair

The only problem I ran into was at the end when I went looking for a frame. I have these made for my own kiddies and they fit perfectly in a shadowbox. Do you think I could find one when I needed it? Not a chance.

I scoured the stores and finally ended up at Walmart with my fingers crossed.

Nothing.

As I turned to leave I noticed premade canvas pictures. And one was long and skinny – woohoo!

I grabbed and ran. I simply painted it over (sorry existing picture!) then added some paper and adhered my letters. Not exactly what I originally had in mind but I love how it turned out. Even better, so did James’ mom. :)

Cheers!

S.

December Daily 2014 Wrap-up | Days 19 – 25

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We’re at the end of it! Sorry it took a few days to get this one up but there’s a lot of pictures to edit and add in these posts! If you want see the whole mini album you can check out the Foundation, Days 1-9, Days 10-18, or you can see everything in my Flickr album.

day 19Gabe made me a snowman with a stripey hat that he cut out and it needed to be included today. I simply slipped it into a 6×8 page protector.

day 19aBecause I date stamp just about everything that comes into this house he added that information to the back himself. :)

day 19bThe two big things that happened today were both Santa related – letters came in the mail for the kids and they each got a video message from the man himself! I added some text in Photoshop Elements and then put the number and “hello Santa” sticker on over the page protector.

day 20

My final YLA2014 class for the year. The cork frame is from the Freckled Fawn kit and the rest came from the DD kit. Another half sheet of printed transparency to split the two days.

day 21The kids made faux stained glass Nativity scenes in Sunday School and also had another visit from Santa.

day 21 transparencyI used another see through piece and lined up matching size stickers front and back. The transparency is Stampin’ Up! And the Freckled Fawn kit came through again with the epoxy stickers.

day 22One of the best nights this Christmas – The Once concert! Another local band who is making it big, they’re currently touring around the world with Passenger, we have loved them for a long time but this is the first time we’ve made it to their annual Christmas Show. It didn’t disappoint!

day 22aIf you look closely you’ll notice that some members have too many arms and hands, oops! We were in the very front centre and too close for my camera so Darrell took some pano shots with his phone. They came out great except for the moving musicians! More DD and FF kit embellishments over the page protector to add a little bling. And yes, it’s in my album sideways – that type of thing doesn’t bother me at all.

day 23Last day of work and so we had some fun making tiny little gingerbread houses! I’ve learned that life is much easier and happier when everyone has their own house to decorate! We also started putting decorations on the tree, one of the things the kids love to do  themselves. I added glitter and velvet ribbon and trims to the date card, then finished it with another FF cork piece. The wood veneer number is also FF and heat embossed silver then layered over two heart transparencies and added to an old Studio Calico tag.

day 24One of our favourite days, Christmas Eve. We always spend it at my Dad’s house for Salt Fish and Brewis with Drawn Butter and sides of Raisin Bread and Boiled Raisin Cake – true Newfoundland tradition. Following our own family tradition the kiddies got new jammies. Molly and Gabe also started a new one for them – sleeping together. Molly has bunkbeds so they often have sleepovers together but they got it in their heads that they needed to be in the same bed on this special night. It brought back lots of memories because my brother and I did the same thing for years. Even after we got older we still camped out in my room for the one night a year. It must be genetic!

I added two of the transparent pieces – the tree and word – to the date card and embellished with DD puffy stickers.

day 24 flipThe date card flips to see another pic of the kids eating, wearing their Christmas cracker hats and I embellished with more of those transparent words and shapes.

day 25The final transparent words – “december” and “twentyfive” – made it into the pocket along with plastic stars and confetti. I added a heart and the “twinkle” transparency to that gorgeous gold foil 25 paper. Only one picture for Christmas Day but I love it – they were so excited!

photo a dayI finished off the book with all the pics from my Photo a Day prompts. I don’t have them all printed yet but this is how they look. I always like adding that project in this mini.

That’s all, folks! A lot of pictures, I know, but I hope you got a little inspiration or enjoyment.

Cheers!

S.

December Daily 2014 | Days 10 – 18

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Ready for some more eye candy?

day 10

Molly had her school Christmas concert on the 10th and I just love this picture of her and two of her friends – the word art is another digital oldie from Ali Edwards and I added some star sequins from my stash.

day 10a

A picture of Molly singing at the concert and another with her beloved teacher (she was filling this fall for the regular teacher who was on maternity leave and she will be sorely missed!). I also added a Stampin’ Up! transparency and some Freckled Fawn stars to one pocket but forgot to take a close up – sorry!

day 11The night of the 11th was our last Keeping Track of Life class before Christmas and a couple of us decided to take advantage of the fact we were out anyway and go grab some food – love doing that after classes! The awesome script paper is from the DD kit while the wood veneer and red metallic alphas are from the SU! kit.

day 12This is one of my favourite spreads in the album for two reasons: it’s got my 12 on Twelve pics, which I love each month, and it’s got that amazing chipboard page from the DD kit which I heat embossed using gold, silver, and gold glitter powders. It’s super awesome. I added a transparency which I stapled on and then I added bits and pieces to the holes.

day 12 holesThat’s the front and back. Isn’t it great?!? I really love how it turned out!

day 13I used another 1/2 sheet of printed transparency as a divider between the chipboard and the photos for the 13th. The kids had breakfast with Santa at church and then their Christmas pageant rehearsal.

day 14Christmas Pageant day! M&G were two of the three “wise people” plus Gabe lit the Advent Candle and Molly did a scripture reading. Then my Dad took us all out for lunch – big day all around! The “JOY” letters were simply stapled to a page protector that I cut up and slipped into the pocket.

day 15One the fun nights each year is The Paperie Members party.  There’s always a group shot plus Heather and I always manage to have crazy pictures together – I think we’re the wacky ones. :)

day 16

A couple of months ago our new fitness centre and pool opened – a *huge* upgrade from the place we were in and the kids are loving their lessons in this big bright place. Luckily, most of the instructors made the move over too so we still have the same awesome swim coaches for the kids.

day 16a

Today also had a fun little visit to Gabe’s classroom to see all the Christmas art projects he’s been working on and to hear the songs he and his classmates have learned. All those four- and five-year-olds singing and dancing? The best.

day 17Day 17 is my other favourite spread. I convinced the kids (Molly required bribery) to let me get some pictures and I love how they turned out. I’ve already shared Molly’s and Gabe’s here on the blog but they needed to make it into my album too. I’m pretty sure you’ll also see them on a LO or two in the future! I kept things super simple with a large gold initial in one pocket and a puffy heart sticker in the centre of each page.

day 17aMolly had her last climbing night of the year and managed a 5.8 overhang, with a little help. I have no idea what any of that means since Darrell is the one who takes her wall climbing but they were both very happy with that news when they got home!

day 18

One of my favourite things to do each Christmas is to go see a local group, The Ennis Sisters, do their Christmas show. They travel right across the island part of the province, singing in churches, and they donate part of the proceeds of each show back to the communities they perform in. They’re amazing and I always feel like Christmas truly starts once I’ve gone to the concert. I added the playbill and ticket in one of the pockets.

Woah! Another long one but only one more post to go – tomorrow I’ll finish it off!

Cheers!

S.

December Daily 2014 | Days 1 – 9

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Ok people, grab your favourite cup of something and settle in! Even though I’m breaking this up into several posts there are still lots of pics. I’m give a quick rundown but if you have any questions just ask in the comments and I can answer in more detail. Enjoy!

The first spread in my book has pieces from the Freckled Fawn Christmas Embellishment kit and the Ali Edwards December Daily kit. Those two, along with a mini Project Life Christmas Kit from Stampin’ Up! made up my supplies for this year.

opening spread

I love the full-page papers from AE and thought this was the perfect way to start the season, with the addition of a little bling, of course!

day 1Another full-page paper with some embellishment additions and the sheet Molly had to fill out for school listing her Santa wishes.

day 1aAnd December 1st is not complete with Advent Calendars – Lego ones here, as always! I used an old Ali Edwards overlay in Photoshop for the picture.

day 2On the third I started decorating and Gabe brought home a colouring page from school. He loves to look through the mini albums and see his things so he asked almost every day to have his school work added in.

day 2 open

I wanted to show more of the decorations but not have them a focal point so I used a Simple Stories flip pocket to add in a couple more pictures.

day 3

Whenever I have two days on one spread I try to separate them with an acetate divider. I totally stole this idea from Ali Edwards – I loved how the transparency overlays looked when cut in half.

day 3aI added Gabe’s end-of-session report from Gymnastics and I still have to include the reindeer the kids are making in the picture. The washi tape is from the Freckled Fawn kit and I gold embossed the circle of stars and the “3”. Almost all the wood veneer numbers are gold, with a few silver thrown in for some change!

day 4A bunch of odds and ends for Day 4 – Stampin’ Up! wood veneer embossed with gold and silver, a glitter tree stickers, lots of diagonal stamping and a small pocket from last year’s DD kit to hold a lunchbox note I gave Molly. It cam back with a heart and a note on it for me. :)

day 5

Day 5 was all about the Santa picture. I think I’ve figured out the timing to get at Santa without the huge lineup – I’ve manged to beat it the last two years! This is my favourite Santa picture ever – I’m sure the photographer thought I was nuts when I said I didn’t want the kids looking at us but it turned out perfectly!

day 6This year, my sisters- and mother-in-law decided to have a girls only Christmas shopping trip. I decided we were doing a Santa picture and yes, I totally bullied them all into it. Isn’t that a great keepsake though? All the girls on my husband’s side of the family – that doesn’t happen very often!

We also went to the Bowring Park Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and naturally Molly and Poppy would only pose together if they were crazy pictures. Someday I will have a nice one of those two together!

day 6 star

The see-through element here is made up of the bokeh star, a piece of tissue confetti, and a number from Freckled Fawn. I added more confetti and a puffy heart sticker to the back. Those puffy stickers in the DD kit? Maybe my favourite embellishment this year!

day 7-8

Another double day spread for 7 and 8. I taught a kid’s class at The Paperie on Sunday and we put up the tree (minus decorations) on Monday. I had originally stamped that card with numbers 1-8 but ended up attaching the big gold 8 instead and just stamping some sentiments.

day 9 I had a chance for some fun with Lori on the ninth and it took us forever to get a decent picture of the two of us – I’m not sure we ever succeeded! I pulled an Ali Edwards and journaled some notes to M&G with different size pens on the large paper page – I love how it looks! To highlight the “9” I coloured it with my red Wink Of Stella pen and doodled with Sakura’s Clear Stardust Gelly Roller.

Whew! Are you tired of pictures yet? I  hope not! Tomorrow I’ll have some more of the album, including my two favourite spreads of the year!

Cheers!

S.

12 on Twelve | January 2015

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This is the one project in my life that seems to get finished every year and that I don’t get tired of. This year I’m going to try and get these days into my scrapbooks as well, instead of just on my blog!

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1. standard porch selfie (apparently I don’t get tired of that pic either!)

2. typical daily playroom floor mess

3. working on his fave – a tag bookmark – with a new Prima Boy Doll Stamp, Skylar

4. Sweet Holly came to visit

5. little boy bedhead

6. “Take my picture like this, Mama!”

7. Working on a blanket for bunny, using the peg loom Daddy built out of pencils

8. couch cushion fort

9. Kayleigh-Bug

10. Bad Boots has serious bedhead!

11. Something special for Nana and Grampa Ken

12. night-time snack – so much for healthy eating!

Cheers!

S.

P.S. I’m working on the December Daily blog posts and I promise they’ll be up this week. There will be at least three since I don’t want to overwhelm you with pictures and there are a lot! Check back tomorrow for eye candy, inspiration if you don’t have yours done yet, or ideas to Pin for next year’s album!

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