Monday, June 29, 2015

A Day Full of Treasure

Yesterday was really hot outside.  It was one of those days where it might as well be the dead of winter, since it was too hot to go outside and do anything.  So it was a good day for shopping and thrifting.  I went back to my LSS to take a second look at the garage sale,  since a little birdie (Susan) told me that there was more vintage BG there.  Yay!!  Here's the score.

Some Lilykate...


and some Euphoria with embellishments!


This is a page kit for Porcelain.  I won't do their page but will add this goodness to what I already have of this collection.


I also found some Heidi Swapp albums that were not at the sale the first day.


I checked out the Heidi Swapp blog and actually found some free printables to go with the Christmas album as well as some photo prompts for a December Daily.  It's weird to be thinking of the holidays in June.  LOL

Next stop was the thrift store.  We were actually dropping off some donations but I decided to go in and take a boo.  I'm so happy I did because I found these beauties!


Yes, there goes that 70's tangent again.


Now there are four!  (The yellow one has undergone some surgery to repair his milky eyes.  Nail polish top coat did the trick.)

It was a great day for finding all things old!  I think that July might just be the month of scrapping Basic Grey!

Jen

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Best Kind of Garage Sale

My LSS hosted a garage sale this weekend.  People were invited to bring in items from their stash that they were wanting to purge.  I headed on over last evening to see if I could find some treasure.  I think that the best part was looking through table after table of totally different product.  You never know which table could have some hidden gems.

I was beyond excited to find some vintage BG for my "collection".  Yes, I really need to start cutting into it.  Remember this line... Urban Prairie.  I have used some of it in the past but am happy to use it again.  Very exciting that it is in it's entirety and even came with some brads and glazed brads.


Then there was some "Recess".  I only have a few sheets of this so was thrilled to have some of the more popular papers.  I have some plans for this line.  My brother-in-law just started driving a school bus this year.


Then there is Pheobe.  This one really dates back.  Some of the papers have really large patterns on them.  They will be a fun challenge to figure out how to use.


Romani must also be quite vintage.  Love this colourful palette.


These mini albums will come in useful now that I am all about the small canvas.


I also scored some Scenic Route.


Remember they were really into the big arrows.  Why doesn't any manufacturer bring this back?  I can't wait to use one on a page.


Then there are some items that I think are better left in the past.  haha  Yikes, these will be donated for some kids to play with.


I also found some newer items.  Here is some Crate Paper "Oh Darling" and some Project Life cards.



And a few more gems.



Who knew that Heidi Swapp was making acrylic letters as far back as 2005?  These are great in mini albums.


Lastly, I found some supplies that I can make some kind of December Daily with this year to record our Winter Solstice.  Not bad to be able to put together a mini for about $10!


It is always amazing to realize that one person's "junk" is another person's treasure.  I love the idea of one scrapper finding the old product that they have been searching for, while another scrapper finds a home for product that they have used enough of or that no longer inspires them.  It is a win win!

Okay, I'm off to admire my vintage BG again.  I really need to come up with some kind of scrappy challenge for myself to start getting these papers into my albums!

Wishing you all a fun summer weekend.  It is so hot here that sitting in the basement playing with paper sounds quite appealing.

Jen

Friday, June 26, 2015

Daily Planner Recap ~ June Edition

As June is coming to an end shortly,  I thought I would share my planner progress for this month.  My planner is really more of a "Memory Planner" since I use it document the everyday.  I have to say that I am totally enjoying this project.  This just might be the thing I do year after year.  I know, said the woman who is only two months into the process. LOL

I generally work on my planner about once a week.  So I don't forget any details of the days, I keep this journal handy and each day I jot down a few notes on what I want to record in the planner.



I think this page for special photos is my favourite page each month.


Since Rob and I celebrated our anniversary this month,  I used the 3x3 pocket protector to document it.  I used the thin daily list to write down things I am grateful for.


Some pages carry lots of photos.  I print them out on the Selphy.


Sometimes I will use an old photo.  I wanted to document the whole "tbt" thing.  It will be a great indicator of the time.


I am trying to use memorabilia.  I think it will give the planner a more real look and less manufactured.  Here I put in my hairdressers business card.


I've been using Project Life cards and stamps to add a variety,  instead of just seeing items bought from the planner line.


I'm also using scraps of paper.


I cut up a Father's Day themed gift card from Starbucks to mark Father's Day.  It was actually Rob's idea and he brought it home for me.  That poor man really is subjected to far too much of my crafty world.  ;)  The 4x6 Project Life cards add a nice variation in page size.  These are by Heidi Swapp and therefore lend themselves well to the planner.


I use the back of the card to document a bit more about what's been going on. (You can see my assistant, Lady, standing near by!)


Here I have added an extra 3x3 pocket protector so I can add a few more photos.  My Swallows are back and feeding babies right now.  :)


Some pages are just for fun and total embellishment.  I use the gold Hambly acetate as a book marker.  I found the idea on Pinterest.


So that was June and I am all set up to start July!


In July, I am using the thin daily list to document a great day.  Hope there is something epic next month!


I made this little flip element.  I'll likely use it for a photo and some hidden journaling.  I got the idea from Heidi Swapp's latest video.



The Month at a Glance pages are my least favourite.  Maybe it's because I don't write much information on them.  I guess I need a more exciting life.  LOL  I do try to embellish them to make them more attractive.


So I was only about a month into this project when I started worrying about how bulky the pages were getting and thinking that I might run out of room in my binder.  I was just trying to keep things as slim as I could and basically ignoring the problem.  Anyway, Heidi Swapp addressed the same problem in her last video.  She is six months completed and the binder is full.  Her suggestion was to either take half the contents out and store it in a box, or to buy another binder.  Urgghhh  Apparently, next year the binder will be made wider.  As much as I hated the idea of investing more money into this project, I ran out and bought a second binder at Michael's for 40% off.  Better to get it now then to regret it later and not be able to find it.  The inside content is a bit of a waste.  I am using the basic pages for everyday lists and notes.  I hope to incorporate the beautiful foiled divider pages into some scrapbook pages.  The extra 3x3 pocket protectors have been split up between the two albums.  Any thing gold and beautiful has been cut out and added into my album.  Oh well, what can you do?

Well, thanks for saying with me... if you are still here.  LOL  I'll do another planner post at the end of July.

Jen

Monday, June 22, 2015

It's Scavenger Hunt Time

For the second year I am participating in Rinda's 2015 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt.  It is always a great motivator to get out and take photographs.  The hunt and then checking off the list is the best part.  Rob's playing along this year too.  On Saturday we ran around Edmonton looking for photo opportunities.  It was such a fun day.


Here are a few of my photos.

A merry-go-round or carousel


A metal bridge




A traffic signal


Here are a few of Rob's photos.  I love the quality of his photographs.  The classes are paying off.

An orante door knocker


Architectural columns


A cellular tower or t.v. satellite dish


But the best part of the day was meeting this friendly little cat.


She had been sleeping on her doorstep and came over to say hello.  She was so affectionate and it didn't take her long to jump up on my knee and make her way up on my back so she could rub her head on the side of my face while kneading my upper arm.  Oh she was a sweetie.



I am only a few photos away from completing the challenge.  I have plans for a tiny 4x4 inch album for them and am really looking forward to getting started on it.

Jen

Friday, June 19, 2015

Bad Blogger Bad Blogger

Yikes, it's been some time since I've popped in here.  It isn't for lack of creativity going on over here. I'm stuck in a paper kind of vortex and couldn't be happier about it.

Susan and I have started a mini album inspired by this album found on the Heidi Swapp blog.  We are following Lindsay's album very closely and then adding in a few pages along the way.  We are only one day in and have lots more fun ahead on this one.

Here's the title page.


One more fun embellishment page.  More on this later.


What has me really inspired is working on this baby!


It's my art journaling mini album based on a Studio Calico course by Tina Aszmus.  I've been working through the prompts and adding some stuff in that I have been saving up for some time in hopes of finally getting into art journaling one day.  The tiny 4x6 inch pages are really fun!

Here are a few of my favourite pages.


This page features a photo transfer technique using a laser printed photo, packing tape and water.


This page uses a vintage knitting pattern and a card found at the thrift shop.


This page features ephemera or journaling to represent each day of the week.


Some tiny pockets here to fill and a very elementary watercolour painting.  I'm no artist but it sure is fun to play.


Some washi tape love here.


This was my favourite prompt.  We had to empty our purse, take a photo of it and list what we found. After the photo was taken,  I cleaned out my purse.  LOL


Another tape transfer page using ephemera that came with the course, printed on a laser printer.


Some tiny photos of little Thomas documenting his love of Lego.


And lastly,  a butterfly transfer and a little photo.  I still have a few prompts to complete and then this book will still continue to be a work in progress.  I'll be popping things into it as I find them.

I have also been working lots on my Heidi Swapp Daily Planner.  I'll share some peeks from that soon also.

Hope you are all well and enjoying some creative time.

I'll leave you with a photo of Lady "helping" Susan type journaling on her vintage typewriter, last Tuesday.  Lady always NEEDS Auntie's love at the most busy times.


Jen


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