Monday, December 31, 2012

These are the Moments I want to Remember




Hope you have your coffee handy...this is going to be a long one!!

I was sitting her reflecting on what happened in my life in 2012. Wow..what a year! As I was thinking about it I thought...geeeze, this is going to sound like I'm bragging about myself. About all the good things that happened this year. Why do we do that? Why can't we "blow our own horn" once a year? I guess I just don't want to come across the wrong way. But then I thought..no you have to document this..for YOU. My friends will cheer! They have shared my tears, my joys and my silly sense of humor, so they will share this too with me. So on my art journal/smash page I wrote about a few things that I was proud of, remembered and laughed about in 2012. So for Me, for you and for us...here is my list!

* We lost our family pet Tessa in January after 16 years of love and cuddles. I still miss my girl.
* In February we adopted Daisy. After a month of crying my hubby turned to me and said "you need a puppy don't you?". She fills my days with smiles.
* We then adopted Jax in April after a late night phone call from Sonia. Now life was getting fun. Two puppies in two months.
* We spent a lot of our summer out at the cabin, playing with the puppies and having late night chats out on the deck. Chips and Dips and tons of movies made for a great summer.
* Clint and I got away to Victoria for a few days in September. It was a trip full of memories. From the wine tour, to new friendships and I was most impressed that I got on a boat and went whale watching. Something you may not know about me...I'm terrified of water!
* I set a goal for myself for 2012, and that was to design for a manufacturer. I'm so blessed and still pinch myself when I say I'm part of the Bo Bunny Design Team as of August. I met my goal and am so proud of myself ( and I don't say that often)
* I was also so excited to win a scrapbooking contest in February. I didn't even think I would make the top 75, and was shocked when it came down to the top 3. Then I was getting nervous. When they announced I had won, I couldn't believe it. Yes, many of you remember it I'm sure...all the voting, lol.
* I was on 8 different design teams from January thru August. I guess that's where the 250 projects came from on my blog, lol. Gosh, that's over 20 a month!
* I was also thrilled to be published in several magazines this past year and was honored to guest design for a few manufacturers.
* I also got to design for my local scrapbook store, Urban Scrapbook. It's so fun to walk into the store and see some of my layouts showcased.

Now 2013... what will it bring? I would love to be published more, be on another manufacturer team and try new things with scrapbooking. Maybe tutorials, or combine my mixed media with my paper projects. I guess I should mention that I should exercise more, eat healthier and learn life balance too right? Well, if you've read this whole post, Thank You!! I really wanted to document my year, and I appreciate you staying until the end, lol. Your coffee cup must be empty...and your saying..is she ever going to stop talking?? Another thing ( but you probably already know this) I love to talk!!! So Here's to the New Year and all the good things it will bring!!! Cheers!!!!!


Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate your scrappy support! Have a wonderfully happy scrappy day! Lynn

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Top Ten of 2012 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Top Ten Blog Hop!
I was so honored that Christine asked me to be a part of her hop. Along the way you will meet amazing ladies who are all so talented and are sharing their projects with you. You should have just visited Malika's blog, she is oh so talented. If you get lost along the way or want to start at the beginning head to Liz's Blog Now welcome to my blog! Hope your having fun!

These are my Top Ten Favorite Projects of 2012! I didn't realize I've done 250 projects this year. It was fun going through them all again. Each of these are my favorites for different reasons, some it's the paper, some the design and mostly I just loved the photos. So hope you enjoy your stay and Thank You So Much for stopping by.

"Thankful Always"
 Love this one of the kids. They love taking "non traditional" family photos and always make me smile.
"Big Boy Jax"
 This is Jax! What can I say...he's a bundle of energy and only about 6 months old in this photo.
 
"Snow Day"
Daisy and Jax..my two new puppies!! They make me smile and laugh every day.
"Promises"
 One of my favorite engagement photos of Nicole and Chris
"She Art"
 This fall I began playing with mixed media and this is one of the first She Art Girls I made.
 I've always wanted to Alter "Something"..and so I tried  making a shadow box.
"Butchart Gardens"
 This just brings back the memories of my vacation to Vancouver Island
"The Best Days are With You"
 Playing with some fun colors and I Love the Photo of Ryan and Ashley
"Toil & Trouble"
 Laya and Aaron love Halloween, and I fell in love with this photo.
These are my two girls, Nicole  and Tessa just before Tessa passed in January. I will always
remember her love, her warmth and her cuddles.

Thank you so much for stopping by...now hop on over to Kristine's blog to see her Top 10 for 2012!!!

Before you go I have a little RAK you can win, but of course there is always rules right? lol. If you would like to become a follower of my blog, and leave a comment letting me know which of my Top 10 is your favorite and why ( yup, I wanted to make it hard, lol), you will be in the draw to win a little something from me. The deadline to enter is December 31st!  I will announce the winner here on my blog on January 2nd    
It includes: Bo Bunny Powder Mountain 6x6 paper pad, jewels, brads, rub-ons and stickers!


Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate your scrappy support! Have a wonderfully happy scrappy day! Lynn

Bo Bunny - The 12 Days of Christmas

 Morning Everyone!!! How was Christmas? Was Santa good to you??? I know I'm stuffed and have enjoyed the holidays with my family. Today at Bo Bunny our assignment was called "Pinspiration". Now, you know I am on Pinterest here and there (ok, I'm ALWAYS on Pinterest), so it was easy to find some holidays inspiration. I chose this photo because I loved the greens and reds with that pop of white! I tried to incorporate that into my layout with the white stitching and white doily. I was excited to use the Rejoice Collection. The vintage colors and elements were just calling my name. This is a photo of my family ( see the kids trying to look all innocent and sweet?). It's our holiday tradition to put on those Santa Hats and take some fun photos under the tree!! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and here's to a Joyous New Year!


Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate your scrappy support! Have a wonderfully happy scrappy day! Lynn

Bo Bunny Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Glad Tidings, Stripe, Crossword, Wonder, Snowfall / Rejoice
Chipboard: Rejoice
Brads: Rejoice
Blossoms: Clover Pansy, Wildberry Zinnia

Friday, December 21, 2012

Gift Card Holders





Hi Everyone!!! Four more days!! I'm on the countdown!!! lol. These are a few little gift card holders I made for Christmas. The Starbucks coffee cup I found on Pinterest and thought it would be fun to try and reproduce it. On the inside I just used a little bag I had and decorated the front and slipped the card inside. Those are for the coffee lovers in the house. The stockings..well I made 5 of them, all each a little different. I did the same thing with the little bag, but it's just glued to the back of the sock. Those are for all the other yummy gift cards! My favorite thing was playing with the white distress crackle, trying to make it look like snow. I found out I really like making little things like this. Can't wait until the next holiday!


Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate your scrappy support! Have a wonderfully happy scrappy day! Lynn

Starbucks Gift Card Holder
Bo Bunny Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Snowfall, Jubilee/ Rejoice
Stickers: Rejoice Combo Stickers
Noteworthy: Rejoice
Misc: Cardboard, Felt Snowflakes, Twine

Christmas Sock Gift Holders:
Bo Bunny Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Crossword, Jubilee, Wonder, Adorned,Days, Stripe
Petals: Rejoice
Chipboard: Rejoice
Noteworthy: Rejoice
Misc: American Craft Bits, Distress Crackle

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Remember


Morning!! The countdown has begun. Only 5 days until Christmas. Are you ready? I'm as ready as I'll ever be, lol. With this page, it just started with some patterned paper, and I had no clue what was going to happen after that, lol. Smudge, smear, paste, lol. I painted the doily, didn't like it, ripped it up and stuck it here and there, lol. Remember...anything goes! It's fun, it's bright and it's  something new right? Have an awesome day everyone!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate your scrappy support! Have a wonderfully happy scrappy day! Lynn

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Good Life

Good Morning!! Just sharing another Art Journal page. This one I played with some Washi tape and some lace. Just had to try something new. One day I will settle in with a "style" but for now I'm just having fun and playing with everything. I just got some new stamps from Unity, so I'm ready to start on another one. The possibilities are endless, so I'm excited to see what the next one will be. Have a wonderful day everyone!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate your scrappy support! Have a wonderfully happy scrappy day! Lynn

Monday, December 17, 2012

Santa's List - Let's Get Sketchy



Ho Ho Ho!!! Is everyone ready for Christmas? Gifts all bought and wrapped? I know you must have some free time then to play along with us at Let's Get Sketchy, lol. This was a fun sketch to work with. I grabbed my photo box and the first thing I pulled out where these studio photos of Ryan back from 2005. I took him for his school pictures and when he saw the Snowman backdrop, he just had to have the photo taken. I thought it was so darn adorable! Wish I could convince him to do it again now that he's 20! So Merry Christmas friends and family!!! Have a very Happy Holiday Season!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate your scrappy support! Have a wonderfully happy scrappy day! Lynn

Supplies:
Simple Stories Handmade Holiday
Vertical Journaling Card Elements, Handcrafted, Page Elements,Handmade Holiday Flash Cards,Border Title and Strip Elements, Expressions Cardstock Stickers, Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers

Friday, December 14, 2012

Trust in HIS love

Morning!! Just sharing another Art Journal page I've done. Ohhh what a process this was. I tried playing with Distress Stain but was unsure if I should gesso or not first. I tried it both ways and was not to happy with the results, so I grabbed some old patterned tissue paper and tried a new technique with some sprays and my new heart template. Just having fun playing around, but this is what this journal is for. Having fun and learning new things. All trial and error right? lol. Hope your all having a wonderful Tuesday! The saying I found on Pinterest and just had to use it...it reads:
Trust - In HIS timing
Rely-On HIS Promises
Wait-for HIS Answers
Believe- In HIS Miracles
Rejoice-In HIS Goodness
Relax-In HIS Presence


Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate your scrappy support! Have a wonderfully happy scrappy day! Lynn

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Bo Bunny - Holiday Gift Tags





Morning!!!! Are you all ready for Christmas? I'm getting there with a little help from Bo Bunny! Our project today was to create Holiday Gift Tags. I had never made a tag before, so I was up to the challenge. I have been wanting to play with the Rejoice Collection, so this was the perfect opportunity. For the stocking, I used some chipboard and blooms and finished off with some crackle paint for a snowy look. The tree was all paper pieced then the bling came out along with the Noteworthy pieces and a chipboard star. The last tag was a cutout from the patterned paper collection along with some chipboard and lace. Tags are FUN to make!!! When I hung them on my little tree, I thought..wouldn't it be fun to make these for my Christmas tree? A scrappy tree..hmmm.. now there's an idea for my studio!!! My hubby also came up with a great idea, take the tags and make them into Christmas cards..so that's what I did!! A card with a tag you can take off and hang on your tree!! I know two friends who are going to recognize these today!! Do you make tags? What do YOU use them for? I would love some good ideas because these are fun to make!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate your scrappy support! Have a wonderfully happy scrappy day! Lynn

Bo Bunny Supplies:

Stocking Tag
Patterned Paper: Jubilee, Snowfall/ Rejoice
Blossoms: Plum Purple Daisy
Noteworthy: Rejoice
Chipboard: Rejoice
Lace: Wildberry

Tree Tag
Patterned Paper: Jubilee, Snowfall / Rejoice
Jewels: Rejoice
Petals: Rejoice
Chipboard: Rejoice

Joys of the Season Tag
Patterned Paper: The Season,Snowfall/ Rejoice
Lace: Wildberry, Denim Blue
Trinkets: Rejoice
Chipboard: Rejoice

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Time


Morning Everyone!! Just sharing another art journal page that I've done. This one is all about Time. I love trying new techniques, but I still want my journal to reflect me and my thoughts. I always wonder about what someone will think when they see this, maybe the great grand kids or even grandkids (if I ever have any..hint hint..I know Nicole reads my blog daily, lol). I want them to know a little about me through these pages. First I hope they say...wow Grandma was too cool...and then they will say...wow..I didn't know that about how she felt, or how she thought. It's different than scrapping, because there is rarely a photo on the page. It's technique and words. On this one I hand wrote...Time to pray, time to laugh for example all over the page. So that's my thoughts for the day. Hope your all relaxed, the holiday shopping is done, the cookies are baked and your just enjoying your blog surfing!! See you tomorrow!!!




Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate your scrappy support! Have a wonderfully happy scrappy day! Lynn

Monday, December 10, 2012

This is My Wish

Afternoon Everyone!!! When I saw this challenge at My Mind's Eye, I just knew I had to play along. The challenge was to scrap your "wish list". I know I have a scrappy wish list which is a mile long, but what is it that I Really Wish For?  My one wish is to be Happy and Enjoy the Journey that I'm on. I love doing layouts where you really have to stop and think. It gives me time to reflect. So enjoy your journey my friends..it's going to be great!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate your scrappy support! Have a wonderfully happy scrappy day! Lynn

Supplies: Patterned Paper, My Mind's Eye "The Station" 6x6 Paper Pad, Basic Grey Designer Cardstock for Background, Misc. Buttons.

Life is Music

Morning! On a cold and snowy day last week, I was playing in my art journal again! What a surprise right? I love to play with all those goodies!! I'm still trying out ways to do photo transfers and today, one worked and one didn't..hmmmm. I'm trying to find my "style". I love the cute and fun, the vintage and the watercolor look.  I love all kinds of colors, and I adore bubble wrap, lol. But I tend to always head back to something that starts with the color brown. I guess it's the vintage look I like. I have a ton of old piano books, so I can see those showing up in tons of pages!!! It's a process, and I'm loving this journey! Now bring on the bubble wrap!


Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate your scrappy support! Have a wonderfully happy scrappy day! Lynn

Friday, December 7, 2012

xoxo


Morning Ladies and Gents! Another break last night found me on the Page Maps blog again! The sketches are just so amazing. I always get so inspired when I see them. I'm always stumped when making cards, so I was excited to find a card sketch. I used some goodies from the Bo Bunny collection " Love Letters". Not your typical pink or red valentines collection. I love the blacks and greens with the soft pinks and reds. Your thinking...un huh...we all know she loves those vintage colors! Well, you know you would be right, lol. Ryan spent the day yesterday with me in my studio studying for his finals so I told him I just made  a card to give to his girlfriend on Valentines Day...he rolled his eyes, lol. I guess I'm suppose to be shhh when he's studying! Have an awesome day my friends!


Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate your scrappy support! Have a wonderfully happy scrappy day! Lynn

Bo Bunny Supplies:
Patterned Paper; Air Mail, Banners, Notes, Journal,Flowers/ Love Letters
Noteworthy: Love Letters
Brads: Love Letters
Lace: Denim Blue

Thursday, December 6, 2012

It's A Snow Day

 Hi Everyone!!! How's your afternoon? I've been wanting to play with the "Snow Day" collection from Bo Bunny since it came out. I love the blues and greens, and all the embellies that come with it! Well today was the day. With this awesomely amazing sketch from Becky Fleck at Page Maps and the blizzard we had yesterday, I had just the right combination. Jax & Daisy were the only two that wanted to go outside during a blizzard. They think it's amazing that all those toys that were in the yard yesterday where now buried. Most pictures I was taking had Jax's head buried in a snow bank digging for his bones, lol. I know the photos look fuzzy, but that's how much snow was falling all day! I wasn't thinking blizzard...I was thinking...photo opportunity!! Have a wonderful day my friends!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate your scrappy support! Have a wonderfully happy scrappy day! Lynn

Bo Bunny Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Snow Day, Journal, Flurries, 6x6 Paper Pack/ Snow Day
Brads: Snow Day
Stickers: Little Letters Cardstock Stickers
Noteworthy; Snow Day
Chipboard: Snow Day

Spread Your Wings and Fly

Morning!! Happy Thursday! I've been playing again, lol. I saw this You Tube video by Donna Downey demonstrating how to do an image transfer. Well..you know me. I just had to try it. Really fun technique. All you need is some Matte Medium or Gel Medium and a ink jet photo printed on plain old photocopy paper. It's definitely something you have to try a few times, I rubbed off some paper and took away the butterflies wings, but it was a new technique I learnt and I got to have fun. In the middle of life's chaos, art journaling seems to keep me balanced. In between deadlines and projects, this helps me focus. Hope you enjoyed this one, and I'm off to find a new technique!!! If you art journal, please leave me a link to your blog, I would love to stop by and see what your creating!





Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate your scrappy support! Have a wonderfully happy scrappy day! Lynn

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Art Journaling With My Girls!

Good Morning! I have a fun story to share with you..I'll try to keep it short!!!

The other day my daughter tells me she made a "Vector"...a WHAT? Well I guess it's a process of Photoshop and Illustrator where you take a photo and turn it into this art piece.. I of course say SEND IT TO ME!! When I see this, I go...WOW..that is incredible. Which photo did you use? SENT IT TO ME!! When I saw this I immediately thought...I want to turn this into a canvas! So Nicole did the photos, then Ashley and I made the canvas. Ashley is my son's girlfriend who also happens to be an artist. I learnt So much from her about shading, drawing and painting! So thank you girls for helping me out with my project! Are we a great group or what? lol. I see another canvas in the works!


 This is Nicole!!
This is her Vector

And this is the canvas that Ashley and I did!! It's a gift for Nicole and when I sent her a photo of it she said SEND IT TO ME!!! ( Like Mother, like Daughter).


Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate your scrappy support! Have a wonderfully happy scrappy day! Lynn

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Happy Everything

 Happy Tuesday Everyone! How's everyone's day? I took a break from my usual design work when I saw this sketch on the Scrapbook And Cards Today blog. How cute is this sketch? I wanted to use some of my Bo Bunny Mistletoe collection and I thought this would be the perfect sketch. I tend to use more earthy tones for my layouts, but these photos just called for cute and fun! This is Ashley posing with Daisy & Jax after we decorated the tree. Nicole keeps saying he looks like the dog from the movie "The Grinch"..really? lol.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate your scrappy support! Have a wonderfully happy scrappy day! Lynn

Bo Bunny Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Boxes, Santa's List, Wrap,Stripe,Dots,Greetings, Countdown/ Mistletoe
Stickers: Combo Stickers/ Mistletoe, Elf Type Stickers
Brads: Mistletoe
Petals: Mistletoe



Monday, December 3, 2012

Baby It's Cold Outside - Let's Get Sketchy




Happy December!!  I can't believe it's less than a month to Christmas. I guess I should start getting ready, lol. This is our new sketch reveal this week at Let's Get Sketchy. This is my adopted niece Kinslee. Her mom and I have been friends for a long time and little Kins always calls me Aunty! So Aunty I am. This is her photo from last Christmas, and I've had it on my desk now for almost a year, waiting for the right layout, and here it is. Love these papers from Authentique, I can't get enough of the textures and colors from this collection. I did a little modeling paste and stencilling around the edges, then added some chalking. Thought it just needed a little something, somethin!. Hope you can join us and play along!



Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate your scrappy support! Have a wonderfully happy scrappy day! Lynn

Authentique Supplies:
Peaceful Collection
Patterned Paper: Solitude, Chill,Cozy
Stickers: Details
Flowers: Recollections, Color Me Crazy

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Why? To Believe In Me

Morning!! I wanted to share a layout I created  for a very unique challenge. This one was interesting. It was just for the design team at Let's Get Sketchy. We were suppose to do a layout to answer the question "Why Do You Scrap". This is one of the hardest layouts I've done. I really had to stop and reflect. I will share what my journaling reads so you can see my answer.

When I asked myself why I scrap I really had to think. It started as a way to preserve my families journey., but it became more than that. It became...about Me. It's about letting my creative side come through. It's about believing in myself. It's expressing myself through my art. It's being that creative person who has been hiding for so long. To shy to say...this is who I am, and I love myself again.


Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your comments and I appreciate your scrappy support! Have a wonderfully happy scrappy day! Lynn

Supplies: Fancy Pants Winterland, Prima Flowers

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