Thursday, September 30, 2010

ScrapRoom Challenge #39

I've had this tiger photo on my desk for awhile. I found a great challenge site called The Scraproom which hosts weekly challenges. This was my first entry...something scalloped. It was fun to do, cause you all know I love Bo Bunny!
On a side note...I'm off to buy a new camera today, I'm so excited because it's an anniversary present from my husband and we are going away for a little holiday to celebrate. I'm so excited to take my new camera and see how many photos I can bring home lol. Life is good!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Scrap-a-little #32

This is my take on a sketch by one of my favourite artists, Helen Croft  who has a blog called scrap a little. When I saw the sketch I knew exactly which photos to pick. I think the story behind the layout is pretty funny (or maybe you had to be there, lol). I like shabby clothes! When I bought my "holy jeans" my mom looked at them and said "who would pay money for jeans with holes in them?". I said "Mom, they are holy jeans"...She then looks at me and says "Are you telling me you had them blessed?". I then had to explain lol. So this is my tribute to my "holy jeans" and just me being me!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Inspired Blueprints #55

Another take on a sketch from Inspired Blueprints. These are photos from the butterfly gardens in Victoria. They are the most graceful, calming and beautiful insects. The journaling reads: Beautiful and graceful, small but approachable, varied and enchanting, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.

Inspired Blueprints #56

This is my take on a great sketch from Inspired Blueprints. They have some awesome sketches on their site! These are some photos from our trip to the zoo. We decided to take a day off and my husband surprised me with a day at the zoo. I love seeing all the animals. It was such a perfect day. Lots of sun, lots of smiles and just time for us to be together. Life is good!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Chocolate Brownie Loaf

This is my latest yummy loaf recipe. My kids are crazy about this one, I think because of the chocolate! My newest thing is baking mini loaves and freezing them for breakfast. Having two kids in University, they sure come in handy when the morning rush hits. This recipe came from Company's Coming cookbooks. They are a great Canadian cookbook company. Hope you enjoy this one!

Chocolate Brownie Loaf
1/4c. butter
1/3c. cocoa
3/4c. sugar
1 egg

1c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

2c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1c. chocolate chips

Combine butter and cocoa in small saucepan. Heat and stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Add sugar and stir. Add egg and mix well.
Add milk and vanilla stir.
Measure flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in bowl. Add to chocolate mixture. Add chocolate chips and stir until just moistened.
Place in greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 50 min. This also make 8 mini loaves which I bake for about 40 min. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Creative Scrappers Sketch #122

This is my take on the sketch by the very talented Carla Tarabus at Creative Scrappers. This was so fun to do! When we go to the zoo, the first thing I want to see are the monkeys. We grabbed some ice cream and I sat down to watch their antics. They are almost human in the things they do. It was such a great day and I loved seeing my monkeys!

I won Challenge #15!!!

I just wanted to say THANK YOU to Sketches In Thyme for choosing my layout as the winner in their challenge. It was so exciting when my sister called and said "You Won, You Won". Her layout was chosen as one of the top 3 for the challenge so Congrats Char and to the other winners!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sketches In Thyme Challenge #15

I'm having such fun doing sketch challenges. It really helps when your having a creative block! These are more photos from Nicole and Chris' trip to the coast. They took tons of pictures for me, so I'm ready for more sketches. This one came from Sketches In Thyme and the sketch was done by the talented Helen Croft. This sketch is also on her blog scrap-a-little-sketches #24. It was so much fun to do, I can't wait for the next one!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Thanks to my sweet friend Cindy sent me this award! Your so kind and supportive of my scrapbooking! To receive this award I have to answer two questions.....

1. What's the best project I ever made?
I guess for me it would be my family albums. I can't choose just one. I love to scrapbook all my family's accomplishments and celebrations.

2. Why do I scrapbook?
Scrapbooking gives me a wonderful creative outlet. It also gives me a way to preserve my memories. As I do a layout I think about the people in the photo ,and what a wonderful way to relive those moments. It's my quiet time, my reflection creative time!

Now to pass this on....

Creativescrappers #120

This is my son Ryan who just graduated from highschool. He is my baby, so it was a tearful day watching him receive his diploma. He grew up so fast and now he is on his way. I'm so blessed to have him as my son, he is just a joy to be around. He is such a positive, funny and caring young man. Ryan....I love you and am so proud of what you have accomplished. I can't wait to see what your future holds.Thanks to Creativescrappers for the wonderful sketch, and thank you Aphra Bolyer for the amazing design.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sketchabilities #26

I just had to do another sketch from Sketchabilities. This one is from the talented Karan Gerber. I really love her sketches! I'm also in love with Bo Bunny lol. This Mamarazzi line was just the thing these photos of Nicole and Chris needed. They took a trip to Victoria & Vancouver and came back with over 400 photos for me. They are so wonderful! When we picked them up from the airport, Nicole said "Mom...we have lots of pictures for you to scrapbook". Now I'm off to find another great sketch!( I do have 397 left to scrap).

Sketchabilities #27

I did this layout based on the beautiful sketch #27 by Karan Gerber on Sketchabilities. It is the first sketch I have tried from the site, but now I'm hooked! We took these photos on our trip to the Calgary Zoo where they have this amazing butterfly garden. I could have stayed there for hours. I wasn't sure what to do with these until I found this sketch and the layout just came together. It gave me a chance to make a flower and use my slice to make some pop up butterflies. The photo of the layout is a little "rough" seeing as my scanner "bit the dust", but I wanted to post it anyways. I guess I'm off to buy a new scanner today!

Monday, September 13, 2010

I just can't get enough of wildflowers lol. We took so many photos when we were in Waterton. Clint was just snapping picture after picture on all our hikes. I think I have at least a hundred. Wonder if I could scrap them all? They are such fun because of all the bright colours. I think I am moving on to zoo photos now, lol. Always on the hunt for layouts. I'm excited because we are going away for our anniversary which means more photos, more layouts...more memories! Wonder what my husband has planned...all I know is when we are leaving!!! I love surprises!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Mud...and not just any mud...this is LAKE MUD! This mud doesn't come out of anything. It sticks to your clothes, it sticks to your hair, it sticks to your quad! Ryan and Shelby had alot of fun at the cabin quading, but came back full of mud. We laughed so hard at them. It was a muddy weekend but it was a fun one. Anytime they are around you can't help but smiling.....

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Well my creative block is on the mend, lol. I've been trying to use this Bo Bunny line for awhile now and finally found the photo for it and the sketch!  My husband and I went on a little getaway and as we were driving I saw a wildflower meadow. I just had to get out and dance and just sit in the meadow for awhile. While patiently waiting he took the camera and took a few shots ( now here is a man that appreciates scrapbooking lol). The holiday was a wonderful romantic getaway, the meadow soothed my soul and it gave me a chance to use my favourite paper line. The fun part was making the was a first for me, now I'm hooked. My sister told me about Helen Croft and her sketches. She  has such an inspiring blog called.Scrap a Little .Her sketches are amazing. This is my take on #22. Thanks Helen.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Today is such a beautiful day. This photo was taken on a drive  home from holidays just after we hit a storm . The rainbow reminded me of life. Sometimes storms of life hit and we can't see past the rain and hail. Little do we know that after the storm comes a beautiful rainbow. Life is about the little things. It's about waking up next to someone who says "I love you" each morning. It's about Saturday mornings with all the kids in your bed laughing and talking about their lives. It's about going for a walk holding hands and having your  husband stop to pick you a wild flower.It's all about the little things that we take for granted. It's not about how many pairs of shoes you own, or if you have a Coach purse. It's not about your clothes and what you own. Each day your going to wake up, look in the mirror and see a new wrinkle, but is that what defines you? I heard a woman say she didn't want to have children so she didn't wreck her figure. WOW. I like to look at my tummy and think what beautiful, compassionate, funny, smart, loving children came from that tummy. I couldn't imagine my life without them. All the shoes,clothes and purses can't replace them. You can't hug Gucci at night now can you?.  I like to stop and just reflect on just how blessed I am to have my family,and then I find everything I need is right here. Think about how many miracles and blessings are in your life today. Remember...behind every storm is a rainbow waiting. Blessings!
This is the first layout I have done in months. I just couldn't get my "groove" back. My niece is always an inspiration so I decided to do some photos of her. She is always ready to "pose" for the camera. Now if I could only find my desk amongst this mess...maybe I could start another layout! It was fun to be creative again.


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