Sunday, October 19, 2014

New Love

This weekend, I spent time with "my girls". You know the ones, who share your passions for paper crafting and memory keeping, love wine and good food, and know how to freak you out with a good scary movie and creepy looking dolly!

Wait, what?  That last part is only my friend, Sharon?  Oh okay, never mind...

Although this trip was planned in advance, I wasn't sure until the last minute if I would be able to go.  At a photo shoot a few weeks ago, I injured my foot - turns out I have plantar fasciitis. :(. But I missed the girls, despite our crazy fun weekend at the Encore Dance Crop a few weeks ago:


So luckily, my bags were still packed from that trip so the stress of a last minute decision to go was reduced slightly.  I did, at the last minute, throw in my Gelatos and some art journaling materials in case I didn't feel like working on something that a required concentration (or sobriety).

Once there, we spent so much time catching and laughing that we didn't get started until late on Friday.  I got an idea in my head to do a quote and some Zentangling ( is that a verb?) so I searched my Pinterest boards for a quote.

And then the fun began.


Once I had all the lettering done in pencil, I used a combination of my Sharpie and my favourite journaling pen, PaperMate Flair marker.  Once to lettering was done I started to add some tangles to a small circle... And immediately hated it!  So I cut a circle out of book paper and used Gelatos for a watercolour look - instant love!!

Unfortunately, I had a spill and discovered the Flair is not waterproof! :(

However, those who know me know that I always say that there are no mistakes in art, only happy accidents!  I used the bleeding to inspire me to add some strategic circles and rearrage a few letters. The smudge on the outer border was instantly covered with washi and voilĂ !


I think I've found my new love...

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

October 2014 Sketchy Challenge

It's time for the Canadian Scrapbooker Sketchy Challenge! I've posted the October 2014 sketch in the CS Sketchy Challenge gallery as well as here:


(I completed my layout this weekend but still need to photograph it - I will add it soon!)

Hopefully you find some time this month to play along!  Please head over to the Sketchy gallery and get inspired to create your own layout!  You can use the sketch as is or as a springboard for your project - the choice is yours!

{RAK ALERT!}
If you play along with the sketch this month, upload your layout in the gallery into the October 2014 Sketch section HERE, and then in your comment below, add a link to that layout, by 11:59 pm on October 31, 2014. On or around November 1st, 2014, I will randomly draw a winner from the comments here of those who participated, for a prize!

Stay tuned - I will be announcing our September 2014 Sketchy winner in a few days!

**PLEASE NOTE:  In order to qualify for a chance to be published in an upcoming issue, your layout must be posted in the online gallery by October 31, 2014.  To qualify to win MY prize, you must add a link to your layout BELOW, using the inlinkz tool, by October 31, 2014.

Cheers,







P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)

Exhaust Your Excess! challenge blog - check it out!!




Friday, September 05, 2014

More PaperCuts Projects

Sharing another layout created with the Fall 2014 Paper Cuts - seems appropriate during this time of year to share a school-related photo!



Supplies used:  Bazzill Basics Paper card stock; Scenic Route patterned paper;  Martha Stewart Crafts scoring board; Fiskars embossing stylus; Silhouette Cameo die-cutting machine; Sue Sykes cut files (apples, title); Alaa Studios cut file (notebook paper); Marvy Uchida heart punch; Ranger Glossy Accents; Craftwork Cards Candi paper dots; PaperMart Flair marker; 3L foam adhesive, Glue Dots; miscellaneous sequins.

So many things I love about this layout:

1) the scored background - I used the scoring board to score the card stock in 1" intervals, both horizontally and vertically, for added texture and visual interest.


2) Candi Dots - I discovered these little gems while at Younique in February and am obsessed!  I bought about 6 packs... *grins*


3) Creative covering - I have a perverse aversion to letters without centres so the tiny Marvy punch was perfect to use as a centre for my "O".


(The small, centerless vowels still makes me twitch a little bit, though...)

4) This photo of Connor in SK - journaling talks about how he always had that big grin on his face - such a happy boy!



I also used the Nerdy cut files to create this quick card:


Supplies:  Bazzill Basic Paper Cardstock; Recollections and unknown washi tape; Artistic Ribbon ribbon.

I used washi tape for the book pages and heart.  


Cheers,






P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
Sept Sketch Challenge (deadline Sept 30th, 2014)
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)

Exhaust Your Excess! challenge blog - check it out!!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

August Sketchy Challenge Winner!

Time to announce the August Sketchy Challenge winner!  Thanks to everyone who participated.  A winner was randomly chosen, using random.org

List Randomizer

There were 6 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Karla
  2. Sandy R.
  3. Michelle
  4. Darcy
  5. Nina N
  6. Rebecca
Timestamp: 2014-09-04 02:33:34 UTC

Congratulations, KARLA!  Drop me a line with your mailing address to sue[AT]canadianscrapbooker[DOT]ca and I will get your goodies out to you!

I'm also still waiting for an email from my winner of the June's challenge so if you were the winner, please resend me an email...!

Thanks again to all who played along - and if you didn't get a chance to last month, you will have a chance each month!  September's challenge will be posted shortly!

Cheers,






P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
Sept Sketch Challenge (deadline Sept 30th, 2014)
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)
Exhaust Your Excess! challenge blog - check it out!!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Back To School 2014

The kidlets went back to school yesterday - Connor to Gr. 10 and Aili started Gr. 5 at her new school (due to re-zoning for French immersion).  I thought it'd be fun to do a little Back-To-School interview on the first and last day of the school year.  Here's the first day results:

photo by Gary Sykes

Your Name:  Connor Sykes
How tall are you? 5'8"
What are you MOST excited about this year? Football
What do you hope you will learn? Coding
Who do you want in your class(es)? My friends
What is your favourite subject? Dunno yet
What do you like to do in your spare time? Read
What is your favourite colour? Green
What things are you good at?  Football, reading, video games
What is your favourite thing(s) about yourself? Funny
Favourite sport? Football
Favourite food? Fooooood
Favourite lunch snack?  Foooood
Favourite book?  Sweetness:  The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton
Favourite TV show/movie? Friday Night Lights/Remember the Titans
Favourite song? Jungle by Jamie N Commons and X Ambassadors
Who is your best friend? Bailey
What do you want to be when you grow up? Dunno



Your Name:  Aili Sykes
How tall are you? 3.5 feet (Mama's note - she's closer to 4.5 ft tall!)
What are you MOST excited about this year? Seeing my friends
What do you hope you will learn? Everything
Who do you want in your class(es)? Natalie
What is your favourite subject? Homeroom
What do you like to do in your spare time? Draw
What is your favourite colour? Green
What things are you good at?  Drawing, playing, reading
What is your favourite thing(s) about yourself? Funny, kind, nice
Favourite sport? Cheerleading
Favourite food? Coconut Curry Chicken
Favourite lunch snack?  Brownies
Favourite book?  Harry Potter
Favourite TV show/movie? Camp Rock
Favourite song? Club Can't Handle Me by Flo Rida ft. David Guetta
Who is your best friend? Natalie
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be an engineer

As you can see, both of them were highly impressed with having to take a photo on the porch…  At least Connor is smiling in a photo!!

Check back tomorrow for more Paper Cuts projects and the August Sketch winner!

Cheers,






P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
Sept Sketch Challenge (deadline Sept 30th, 2014)
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)
Exhaust Your Excess! challenge blog - check it out!!

Paper Cuts | Fall 2014



In every issue, I will design themed cut files in .studio and .svg formats that will be available for download on the Canadian Scrapbooker website (coming soon!), as well as here on my blog, on my PaperCuts page.

Have you checked out the new Canadian Scrapbooker magazine?  Our new graphic designer has done a beautiful job with our Fall 2014 issue - visually engaging, updated graphics  - and I LOVE how the Scraps of Info includes a  photo of the technique/item in question!

Here are this issue's cut files available for download:  



Here's one of the projects created with them:


Supplies used:  Canadian Scrapbooker SuperStock; Bazzill Basics Paper cardstock; CraftSmart and DecoArt acrylic paints; Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine; Sue Sykes cut files; Heidi Swapp paper piercer; The Crafter's Workshop stencil; PaperMate Flair marker; Marvy Uchida heart punch; Recollections washi tape; American Crafts photo turn and brad; thread.  Photo taken by Karen Ellis.

I created the funky background to this page by just pouring pools of paint onto my page.  Once it was dry (about two days - the paint was pretty thick!), I used the same colours, slightly watered down to get some good "fling" and just threw it at my paper - and all over my desk, I might add!  Some washi tape added to the bottom edge and a couple of hand stitched circles and all that was left to do was to mat my photo on a folder cardstock card which contained my journaling.  The photo turn keeps it closed but is easily available to read with just a quick turn!



I'll share the other two later this week!

You can find the links to download these and other files on my PaperCuts page (CLICK HERE!)

Cheers,






P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
Sept Sketch Challenge (deadline Sept 30th, 2014)
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)

Exhaust Your Excess! challenge blog - check it out!!

Monday, September 01, 2014

September 2014 Sketchy Challenge

It's time for the Canadian Scrapbooker Sketchy Challenge! I've posted the September 2014 sketch in the CS Sketchy Challenge gallery as well as here:


Here's the layout that inspired the sketch:


Supplies:  Bazzill Basics cardstock; Bo Bunny patterned paper and chipboard; Cosmo Cricket alpha stickers; myStamp BOX stamps (Symbols); StazOn ink; Tim Holtz filmstrip transparency; Martha Stewart Crafts border punch; McGill punch (tab); Glue Dots; Heidi Swapp distressing tool; WRMK Sew Easy too; American Crafts Slick Writer; Sharpie; staples.  Main photo by Amanda Lepage.  Other photos by Connor Sykes.


I popped the photos of people and left the others flat.  Connor's photo is mounted on a folded card, which hides journaling:


Using myStamp BOX camera stamp and StazOn, I added a small cluster in the top right corner.  I also distressed the edges of the layout and added a small tear to the upper edge:


Hopefully you find some time this month to play along!  Please head over to the Sketchy gallery and get inspired to create your own layout!  You can use the sketch as is or as a springboard for your project - the choice is yours!

{RAK ALERT!}
If you play along with the sketch this month, upload your layout in the gallery into the September 2014 Sketch section HERE, and then in your comment below, add a link to that layout, by 11:59 pm on September 30, 2014. On or around October 1st, 2014, I will randomly draw a winner from the comments here of those who participated, for a prize!

Stay tuned - I will be announcing our August 2014 Sketchy winner early next week!

**PLEASE NOTE:  In order to qualify for a chance to be published in an upcoming issue, your layout must be posted in the online gallery by September 30th, 2014.  To qualify to win MY prize, you must add a link to your layout BELOW, using the inlinkz tool, by September 30th, 2014.

Cheers,







P/S:  Don't forget about the challenges on my blog for a chance to win:
Leave Your Legacy challenge - Don't Stop Believing (deadline Nov 30th, 2014)

Exhaust Your Excess! challenge blog - check it out!!


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