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30 July 2015

The August Blog Break

“This is actually a thing,” as my daughter would say.  “It’s not just me being lazy,” I would inquire? And then I would immediately jump on the idea as brilliant!  Brilliant. and timely!

I know there are long August bank holidays in Canada and Europe.  And I’ve seen August challenges, like Susannah Conway’s, to blog only pictures for August as a break. You can click on the image to get her list of daily photographs to take.


Given that I have yet to take even one photo for Rinda’s summertime photo scavenger hunt (click to see her list as well), I’m not sure I’ll even be taking photographs, although I really ought to be taking photographs.


I am taking a break!!  Over the past few weeks I have drafted and deleted more than a few posts.  I have let 350 unread posts stack up in my Reader, alhtough I have spent too much time in front of a computer screen.  I still feel a need to regroup from my printer breaking down on the heels of my lost pictures fiasco.  We don't have any trips scheduled for August, so I should do a little fall travel planning.  I should take some pictures.

The online world will be here when I get back, right.  This Internet is indeed “a thing”, not a fad.

So in August, you will 3 or 4 early posts from me - my design team commitments – and then crickets.  If I really miss the online stuff, I might pop onto the Snaps And Snippets Facebook page, about which I already gave you fair warning.

So no need to worry, S is just off playing, and maybe taking pictures. Back after the Labor Day weekend in early September.

Let the break begin!

22 July 2015

Bonjour, Bonjour – Be Inspired by a Dream

Blog friend and talented scrapper Lisa, of Recklinghaus Musings and Counterfeit Kit Challenge fame, has another scrap blog called Whimsical Musings.  She along with her cohorts Pam, Leslie and Lynnette (the latter two also of Counterfeit Kit Challenge fame) do a weekly challenge over there.  It has been forever since I had participated.

But just a mere two weeks ago (I know, I’m not as current as I should be), their challenge was to:

And then post your project on the WM Flickr board tagged WM#176. 

Well, anyone who has read my blog for very long knows I’m a bit of a Francophile.  I want to get to France someday – to see Paris, of course, but also to see Dieppe in Normandy from where my ancestors hail.


I have a penchant for French motif stamps too.  So this week I made a couple of cards.  I always think red and black are indicative of France (oo la la).  I started both cards by layering washi tape either directly on the card base or over a stamped collage.  Then I added a transparency, a stamped and cut-out image, and a few doo-dads.  Hmmm . . . I wonder what the French call doo-dads.  I bet their word is tres chic.


Card 1 Stampin Up Confetti White cardstock, Tim Holtz tissue tape, Kamoi washi tape, Hero Arts stamp and matching framelit for main image, Heidi Swapp ghost frame, Inkadinkado postage stamp, Stampabilities sentiment stamp, Jillibean Soup fashion button, American Crafts enamel dots

Card 2 Stampin Up Confetti White cardstock, Hampton Art background stamp, Tim Holtz tissue tape, Kamoi washi tape, Stampin Up Follow My Heart stamp set for banner and Eiffel Tower images, Maya Road doily transparency, Jenni Bowlin button/jewel, Colorbok black gems, Adornit mini alphabet
So what do you think?  Have a favorite?

Good of you to stop by - merci beau coup!

21 July 2015

Have you seen Snaps & Snippets on Facebook?

(click on the image to go the Snaps And Snippets Facebook page.)

There may come a time when there will be content there that is not content here.  Just sayin.

And if you miss it, you may be uncontented, no . . . that doesn’t sound quite right.  Malcontented, no . . . you’re not that type, definitely not.  Discontented, yep . . that is it.  And I wouldn’t want to be the cause of that!

There’s no need to add me personally as a Facebook friend, as I will be posting to the blog’s page not my personal FB page going forward.  Just like and follow the blog’s page and you’ll be in the know – contentedly so. 

20 July 2015

Me On Monday– Post Saturday Knight

We had a fab weekend; we travelled west toward St. Louis for a family gathering.


We enjoyed catching up with family at a shower for my niece and nephew-in-law who are expecting their first child.

On the way there, daughter thought it might be nice to stop at a scrapbook shop.  She was thinking of the times I had dragged her to Archivers on this route.  I told her Archivers closed, but that there had been another shop close by the whole time that we had not known about, until the Creating Keepsakes convention in the spring.

scrapbook factory outside

I had scouted it out once back in April, finding both the “occupants” and the contents to be quite colorful. 

scrapbook factory frog

It was equally so on this visit.

scrapbook factory albums

Daughter said it looks “less corporate” than Archivers, which she liked.


The very accommodating staff helped us find some themed items she wanted for her SMASH book.  And, of course, I managed to pick up a few goodies too:


Echo Park’s Selfie Collection – so bright and happy, I spotted it first thing.


Pebbles We Go Together – especially love that paper airplane sheet.


Simple Stories Fancy – the purple in this is fabulous – daughter liked it too.  I also liked the We R adhesive sequins.  I thought these were a brilliant idea - self adhesive!! and only available through Jillibean Soup, but I was wrong that second part.  I’m hoping I can color some of the white ones with Sharpies.


Speaking of Jillibean – there were some assorted sheets in the sale bin – fun florals, large and small.  I also spotted some farm themed paper from Imaginisce.   I suppose I picked up the latter because the county  fair is next week.  Just a few fun embellishments – tiny paper clips (daughter has called dibs on half) and summer tokens from Doodlebug and Simple Stories photo overlays, which daughter also has her eyes on.


And I couldn’t believe their Simple Stories I AM collection papers were in the clearance bin.  This has to be one of the most popular lines I have been seeing on the Internet this year.   I have a little of this collection, so a little more would be nice.  And I couldn’t pass up the Thickers that would work so well with it, now could I?

We sent the fellas out to scout around while we shopped.  They didn’t go far; they discovered a gaming/comics shop across the street.  It was a colorful place with colorful characters as well.


I enjoyed reading the names of the little pots of paint, (e.g., screamer pink and squig orange) while careful deliberation was required for the decision about the proper amount of Magic to take home.


I also had time to chat up this fella.  Alas I didn’t find out much about him.  I decided he is the strong silent type.  I couldn't get him lift an arm to wave at Sian and friends either.  I wonder what interesting types she has met on holiday.

A scrapbook store and a gaming store across the street – I think we will be back by this route again and again.  Probably in just a couple of months to visit an adorable new addition to the family!


17 July 2015

Quick Projects from a Quick Kit

Remember Jill Sprout’s challenge that I blogged about last month. 

Remember the quick kit I pulled together for the challenge.  Wonder what ever happened to it?

I set the kit aside, perfectly contained, looking unbelievably coordinated in an orange tray, on top of my cardstock files that roll under the desktop next to the window.  And I promptly forgot it was there.  Three weeks flew by.  I  remembered the challenge upon waking yesterday morning.  It was time to dig in.

First of all, my warm-up project was a fun, funky card.  I like that I used several of the stickers on this one.


Secondly, my main accomplishment was a layout of my kids, their cousin and grandparents on Thanksgiving 2006. I’m patting myself on the back for using the green swiss dot cardstock, as I am not really a fan of green.  Here the metal embellishments form a visual triangle.  I even went so far as to slip the metal ring off the product card holding the metal words and slip it onto the tag tied with ribbon. Another tag, less ornately beribboned, holds the journaling.


And third, and my most favorite, is this card that I created based on the current Retro Sketches challenge.


I like this no stamping card.  You will notice that I simplified the sketch too.
And then one more card using some chipboard I had picked up recently at Tuesday Mornings.


I added a few things to these projects that were not in my kit, the rubber band and epoxy arrow on the first card, the green epoxy flowers and extra large brad on the layout, the little gold metal swirls on the second card, and chipboard and twine on the third card.  I applied Stampin’ Up’s Bermuda Bay journal marker to the rubber band and their chalk marker on the wood veneer swirly-cue.

At that point, I had used up most of the patterned paper scraps.  I finished them off by making a pocket page header that will coordinate with my kraft travelogue album.  I have temporarily attached it and two other neutral scraps to a piece of cardstock.  I will slip it, the ribbons, a couple of the banners and the unused journal cards into a page protector as a mini-kit until I have travel pictures to fill up a pocket page.


I rarely do so many projects all in one day, but I was motivated by the deadline.  Also, hubby was working outside most of the day on a project, so I bopped back and forth between the studio and the laundry room.  As soon as I clean up the studio, I am going to hop over to Jill’s and see who else has completed the challenge.