Thursday, November 12, 2009

In 3's...Everything always comes in 3's...

First Emilie Ahern, then Leah Killan and now Allison Cope.

Emilie was the first to declare she wasn't going to scrapbook anymore. I became a fan of her's when she was on the design team at Bad Girls Kits. I would hop over to her blog on a nearly daily basis. I loved her work...And her blog is a great read. She's an extremely funny lady with a huge heart. Plus her daughters are so stinkin' cute. I was sad when she announced she quit all her design teams and was no longer going to scrap. Just today, I read she was giving up paper scrapping all together. Sad news. Although I will still stalk her blog to see her craft of the month.

Leah Killan then declared she was no longer going to scrapbook. For now. She hasn't completely given it up. She said on her blog post that she needed a break. I will still visit her blog too. She, too, is funny and her children are adorable as well. Plus, she does awesome reviews once and a while.

Then I opened my hotmail this morning to find an email from Ally. She has decided, with what seems like a heavy heart, to end So Sketchy. I was so sad to read this email, but knew it couldn't be an easy decision for her. Then I visited Ally's scrapbooking blog and it broke my heart.

Emilie and Leah wouldn't know me from the next person. Although their news was sad, Ally's news hit home a little more. I respect her decision to close down So Sketchy, but I do hope she doesn't stop creating.

For those of you who don't know Ally, she is fabulously creative. One of my idols, for sure. She has been ever since I got to know her work at The Scrapping Bug about a year or so ago. I have been honoured to work along side of her at weScrap (she is the co-president now); and have had the honour of creating with her wonderful sketches at So Sketchy since June.

Ally has posted that she fears her creative days are numbered. I hope she just needs a break. If not, she will still always be one of my scrap idols.

And just because I think Ally might read this...I mean every word, Ally! You are a great inspiration to me. Whatever your decision may be, I'm here for you.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

So Sketchy!

I totally missed posting my last So Sketchy layout last month. So here's my first one this month. I have one more coming up later this month.
Check out Ally's fun sketch here.

Mega Layouts


I have totally neglected my poor blog. Between being being and unmotivated, it has suffered. I've been online plenty. Maybe more than I should have been. But, like I just said, I was unmotivated.
Two weeks ago, weScrap hosted a Think Pink crop. We had a great turn out and the gallery is just brimming with inspiration. Everyone had a great time. If you were there, thank you!
Here's some of my layouts from that weekend...

All Star Uncle - I ~heart~ Cosmo Cricket. I always have, but some of the past few lines have really knocked my socks off. It's been a blast playing with them. This is a mix of Boyfriend and Early Bird (which was my favourite line until Nutmeg came out)

Grandma - I was playing with my manual settings on my camera one day. I was trying to get Monkey to smell the flowers. My mom came over to help. Instead of just Monkey, I got a lovely picture of Grandma and Grandson. I've also ended up falling in love with the dividers from my notebook. I've ripped them all out. This was the first I used.

So Girlie - She really can be. This is Steve's oldest.

Hope - I was sick with the flu, but was completely inspired. I've had that Prima vine for months now. It was just waiting for the perfect layout. I found it. I really want to frame this one.

You Bless My Life - Yep...I ~heart~ Cosmo Cricket. And I ~heart~ Nutmeg. Just look at that gorgeous wood grain! And the colours! I also love that picture of Monkey. I think he was singing when I snapped this one...And in case you didn't know...Cosmo Cricket was sweet enough to post this on their blog. It totally made my month!

So Thankful - Again with the Nutmeg. The colours, the wood grain, the funky alphas. This line rocks in my world! I couldn't find anymore kraft cardstock in my stash (mental note...go shopping) so I used a piece of cardboard. Cosmo Cricket also put this one up on their blog too.

High in the Sky - I really wanted the pictures, although not perfect, but still sweet, to shine. I kept everything else down.
Remember I was asked to guest DT at the Scrapping Bug last month? Well, Kim has asked me to stay on this month and the next.
I was so excited when some more yummy, yummy Nutmeg arrived at my door. My mojo decided to take a vacation though. Here's what I came up with...

Thanks - Pretty self explainatory, eh?

I Heart You - A special moment between Monkey and I. And I got to use pink!
I have had this picture for a while. As soon as I saw this paper with the peek a boo bunnies, I knew I wanted to use this picture.
Walk - After finishing this layout I was singing "over the river and through the woods, to grandma's house we go" for a week!
Fall Down Autumn - Is there anything better than a child playing in leaves? It's almost magical!
Along with my guest DT spot, I had my kit from weScrap to play with too. I was having difficulty with my mojo while creating with this kit too. I really feel like I could have done better.
Thinking of You - A quick and simple card. I love my typewriter alpha stamps. They're so cute.

This Picture - I've scrapped this picture over and over again. And I'll do it again someday. It's my all time favourite picture of Monkey. He's 6 months old here. I love those little mushrooms. I cut them all by hand.

Little Pumpkin - Since I was going into the picture vault, I decided to pull this one out too. Love watching little ones explore the world!

You - The picture does this one no justice. It's lovely in real life. I sprayed the brown cardstock with glimmer mist. It's all sparkly and pretty.

Sweet Boy - I had a hard time with this one. I need to stop cutting and gluing as fast as I have been and plan out my layouts a little bit better.

Earth Love - This was a 12x12...It looked wrong. I trimmed it to an 8.5x11 and it looked better.