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Whew…I forgot how nice it was to scrapbook on a regular basis.  So being a guest designer at Sketches in Thyme  this month sure has been keeping me busy.  Here is my 2nd sketch. 

I thought I would dig into my stash and only use whatever I had at home.  I found this cute paper from Doodlebug that I bought eons ago, and some lime green Thickers that I loved but never knew what to do with until now.  I hand-drew the pumpkins from two different colours of Bazzil and then hand-drew the purple bats – I copied the designs from the Doodlebug paper so it all coordinates.

BTW — these are pictures of Bel from her 2nd Halloween (she was around 1 1/2 years old).  It was the first time she had ever had candy and she loved it!




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I’m excited to be the October Guest Maven at Sketches in Thyme.   When they sent me the first sketch, I knew immediately that I wanted to do a layout with the Echo Park papers that I purchased a few weeks ago.  I loved how the bright colours of the paper perfectly matched the bright colours of the amusement park, and perfectly suited the mood I wanted to convey in the photos.

I wanted a row of tickets to go across the bottom of the page but couldn’t find any in my house at 10pm on a Sunday night.  So I decided to make my own.  I cut a strip of paper (12 x 1.5 inches) and then perforated them every 2 inches (with my Cutterpede cutter blade).  Then I carefully hand-drew the lines and wording using a variety of Zig pens.

For the sun, I just cut out a circle, and then using two different yellow cardstock, I cut out triangles.  I alternated the two colours around the circle, mimicking the sun in the pattern paper.


Supplies used:  Echo Park Summer Days, Bazzill, Zig Pens, Quickutz License Alpha, small circle punch, Cutterpede Perforated Blade, small balloon punch


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I’ve been fairly inactive with scrapbooking for the past year and a half.  Unfortunately life has been crazy.  First with being a VERY active PAC member, spending all my free hours coordinating fundraising activities so that the school had enough money for a brand new playground structure (we did it!!).  Then with the ins and outs of a brand-new job.

Now that I finally have a little room to breathe, I’m finding that I’m getting the urge to scrapbook and create!  So during my lunch hours, I’ve been browsing websites to get those creative juices flowing.  In doing this, I found this site that you scrapbookers may be interested in.

Sketches in Thyme is a fabulous website that posts a different sketch every Thursday and offers challenges theirs readers to create and submit their layouts.  They are also currently looking for Design Team Members for May – August.  Click on the link to check it out!

http://sketchesinthyme.blogspot.com/2011/04/sketches-in-thyme-dt-call.html or posted below:

A Sketches in Thyme DT Call!!!

The 4 month term for our talented design team ends the end of April, and we are looking for new members to join our Sketches in Thyme design team! If you enjoy creating layouts from sketches, partipating in blogs and motivating others to take part in fantastic challenges, this might be your chance to be a part of our fantastic Design Team! Your term would run May-August, and you would be asked to complete 3 layouts per month. If you would like a chance to be considered, here’s what you need to do:
1-Create a new layout based on our sketch below.
2-Post about our DT call on your blog, along with your take on our sketch.
3-Leave a comment here telling us that you would like to be considered for the DT, along with a link to your blog post! 
The deadline for this call is April 22nd, and our new Design Team will be announced on April 28th! We look forward to seeing what you come up with!!

So their sketch inspired me to create a layout based on the above:

Sketches for Thyme – Design Team Layout

 I raided my stash for this particular project.  I find that pictures work better with different shades of colour, so though I had a recent purchase of Little Yellow Bicycle paper that is similar to the one above, the shade of blue just didn’t do the photo justice.   For the acrylic heart, it didn’t stand out enough on the page initially, so I painted it white with acrylic paint.  As I wanted the texture to stand out a bit, I used a stiff bristle brush to dab the paint on, rather than brush it (with strokes).  Then to really make it shine, I outlines with Stickles.


I wanted to emphasize the “cold” in the title so added snowflake punches layered together and then added a different colour Stickles for each layer.  


I also changed the sketch slightly so on the horizontal photo, I added snowflake rain drops to 3 corners of the picture instead of all to the side — mostly because when I added them to the side of the photo, it detracted from my daughter’s face, whereas doing it my way seemed to make it stand out more.


Here’s to more time for scrapbooking!

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Cathy and I have been selling cards and things at the local craft fairs around town.  At the Dunbar show, a lady walked up to our table and gave us a business card.  She was one of the owners from the “Room for 2 Maternity & Baby” store on Commercial Drive and was interested in perhaps selling some of our baby cards in her shop.

So after revising our samples slightly, we set up an appointment and met with Lillian and her daughter Lorena.  They purchased an assortment of cards from the both of us, and are now currently selling them in-store!  Yay!

So if you happen to be wandering down Commercial Drive with a coffee in-hand and looking for the perfect baby shower gift (or maybe something for yourself and the baby), they have a ton of yummy stuff there.  I’ve been in there many times when my girls were babies and the staff there are very knowledgeable.  They will even let you test your baby out in the slings/backpacks and walk around the store to make sure it’s a good fit.  (I actually bought a small pile of mini Robert Munsch books there that will be perfect as stocking stuffers and then to throw into my purse for those times the kids need a distraction when we’re out).  The prices are good (though you won’t see Wal-Mart type prices there) but you’ve got to remember that quality and expertise are needed when it comes to your babies!

Here are some photos of the cards that are currently selling in-store.

pacifier-purple-card pacifier-blue-card baby-card-giraffe-girl baby-card-giraffe-boy pink-onesie blue-onesie yellow-onesie green-onesie

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I’ll be teaching a new class at Remember Me Scrapbooking, just in time for Father’s Day.  Though I’ve designed it with my hubby in mind, the colours I’ve used are gorgeous shades of deep brown, dusky blue, white and a light mossy green, it is virtually useable for anyone, whether it be a male or female. 

For more detailed pictures on each page, check it out at https://belori.wordpress.com/scrapbook-classes/, just under Scrapbook Classes.


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I’ll be teaching a class at Remember Me Scrapbooking on April 23rd (space still available).  We’ll be making a mini book that will be a PERFECT gift for MOTHER’S DAY!!  We will be using Basic Grey pattern paper, stamps and vellum, and of course,the Zutter Bind-It-All to bind it all together.

 Below is how the mini book will look.  Please keep in mind that there will be coils in the middle of the pages as we are using a Zutter machine to put it together (the pages below have not yet been binded).  I had the opportunity to use the Zutter when I put the book together at the store on Sunday and I have to say, this is a dream machine.  It cuts through cardstock and chipboard easily and I binded the book together in less than 5 minutes…considering this was the first time I used it!

 #1 Mom Mini Book - Front Cover  Front Cover

#1 Mom Mini Book - Pages 1 & 2 Pages 1 – 2

#1 Mom Mini Book - Pages 3-4 Pages 3-4

#1 Mom Mini Book - Pages 5-6 Pages 5-6

#1 Mom Mini Book - Pages 7 & 8 Pages 7-8

#1 Mom Mini Book - Pages 9 & 10 Pages 9-10

#1 Mom Mini Book - Pages 11 & 12 Pages 11 – 12

#1 Mom Mini Book - Back Cover Back Cover

 Stay tuned….I will be designing a project for Father’s Day as well. 

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Here are two layouts I’ve designed for Remember Me Scrapbooking — using products from the store.

This first one is using the Making Memories Christmas kit. It is fantastic!  It comes with 3 different paper designs, letter stickers, epoxy buttons, and 2 sheets of stickers.  The only thing I’ve used other than what is in the kit, is a bit of Bazzill and ribbon.

Gift or Wrap

 Here is another layout I’ve made using the new Making Memories Flocking and Foil kit.  This is such a cool item — it comes with 4 sheets of transfers which are like sticky rubons.  Then you use the flock or foil sheets, place over top and rub on.  The final effect is very, very cool — the witch on the layout is black flock and the haunted house is silver foil.  Then I cut some May Art ribbon (ghosts, bats and pumpkin) and glued them onto the Bazzill cardstock.  The title is a combination of the New American Crafts Thickers in giggle and Remark Stickers in Lax.

Snow White Halloween

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