Saturday, September 25, 2010

Welcome fall!

I am really behind in everything it seems - September has come and nearly gone in a whirlwind! It feels so much like fall - the mornings are cool and the nights are almost cold! And of course it has been rainy - welcome to fall and winter on the west coast - but usually we don't get much until November! Paying for our fantastic summer I guess!

I have been busy trying to get caught up on some projects - I am still scrapping photos from last fall and have got to get them done before we hit the pumpkin patch next week and take another 500 photos!!!

Here is is one of Joshua from last year - using my favourite fall line from Upsy Daisy:

I designed it for a class I will be teaching in October at Scrapbook Parade - it is a class all about using ribbons in different ways - this layout plus a card.

And if you need more seasonal inspiration - and you haven't had a chance to see pick up the new Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine at your LSS, have a peek at it online here. It has some great stuff in it - and it also has my first published card - check out page 48!!! I am so excited - my family just roll their eyes - but all the scrappers reading this get my excitement, I am sure!

I am working on some new projects now - and hopefully I will have a little Halloween treat tutorial for you in the near future!!

Happy Day everyone!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Blog Candy Winner!

And the winner of my Halloween blog candy is. . .

Congrats to Cher!!! Cher, please email me your snail mail address at scrapsoflifekits at gmail dot com and I will get your goodies in the mail!!

Thanks for playing everyone!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Falling for You

I am in love with the September Kit - Falling for You - from Scrapbook Parade - it is pretty amazing if I do say so myself!!!! I always have so much fun selecting product and putting the layouts together!!!

Fall is my favourite season - so I always have a TON of photos to scrap - and it was great to get some of last year's photos done so I will be ready for this year!!!!

Here are this month's layouts:

I think there were a few kits left in the store, so call or stop by the store to pick up yours! If you live out of town, we can send it to you!! Remember, step by step pdf instructions for these layouts are available for download on the Scrapbook Parade blog!!!
Happy Day everyone!!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Josh!

I can't believe that little face is now eight years old!!!!

Josh is growing up so quickly - he is tall and slim and full of stories about his world and the many imaginary worlds he loves to create!

I love how he always has a mischievous smile at the ready, and never fails to share his opinion- good or bad. When he looks at me over his glasses, my heart melts.

Happy Birthday little man - I love you to the next dimension!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

How many days til Halloween, Mom?? ( and some blog candy for you! )

The answer - 53.

Yes, it is that time of year. The time of endless discussions about Halloween costumes ( apparently witches are "lame", Luke Skywalker is "too old school", and puppies are "for kindergarteners"!)

I admit it , they come by it honestly! I love Halloween and have been happily ( and sometimes tearfully!) sewing costumes for 13 years. It gets a little harder each year - not sure I can keep up with all the flash of purchased costumes!!! I will keep you posted on what is on the agenda for this year!!

In the meantime, I have been having some fun with last year's photos and one of the new Halloween lines, Blackbird, from My Mind's Eye:

And then, of course, is the inevitable annual carving of the pumpkins:

Keep checking back for more Halloween inspiration, along with some layouts using the yummy One Fall Day collection from Bella Blvd!! And I would love to hear you favourite costume ideas - leave me a comment by Sunday September 12th at 11:59pm PST for a chance to win some Halloween goodies from me!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

First Day

The bittersweet feeling of back to school. Today was the day that my munchkins all went back to school after a summer of relaxation, fun and adventures. Sigh. I think today it was harder for me, than the kids! Actually I don't just think that - I KNOW that!!

Hannah is off to high school - which is unbelievable, because I really cannot be old enough to have a child in high school! ;) Ben is off to middle school, and Emily and Josh are in grades five and three at elementary school. Amazing! The were so confident and excitedly nervous as they made their way to their respective schools. Even Joshua, who is a rather notorious school despiser, seemed almost happy to get there and get settled in with friends and routines.

The first day of school is always a fresh start - not just for kids, I think, but for all of us. It always feels more like the New Year than January 1st - at least to me. So today I will kiss them goodbye, trust that they will be fabulous at school - even without me - and start my day off with a Grande Pike Place and a little prayer for a very Happy New Year!

Friday, September 3, 2010

A little Dusk and Dawn from My Mind's Eye

I love the look of black and white paper and the versatility it gives me when I scrap! I especially love the "Dusk" and "Dawn" collections from My Mind's Eye - these take inspiration from Trisha Ladouceur and of course my own twist on things! And if you are interested in seeing more of Trisha's amazing work, click on her name to check out her blog - she is coming in just two short weeks to teach some very special classes at Scrapbook Parade - I can't wait!!!! Click on the link to check out what she has planned - there may be a couple of spaces left in some classes!!!!

Now back to Dusk and Dawn:

The first one is of Ben - I thought it might be a bit too girly, but I am loving the result!

Next comes Miss Emily - this was a fun and non traditional way of scrapping school photos! ( sorry for the not so great photo quality on this one!)

I really love how this one of Hannah's Grade 9 graduation photos turned out - the blue of her dress really "pop" with the black and white.

If you haven't already - give scrapping with just black and white a try - I am sure you will love the result!
Happy Day everyone!