>Music scrapbook pages – Pages scrapbooking de musique


November is here. Which means I will be spending the better part of my waking hours attempting to write a novel. I’m still planning to create and post here every weekday. But I will keep most of my written words for my novel instead of my blog.
Le mois de Novembre est ici. Ce qui veut dire que je passerai la majeure partie des mes heures éveillées à essayer d’écrire un roman. J’ai tout de même l’intention de créer et d’afficher ici chaque jour de semaine. Mais je garderai mes mots écrits pour mon roman plutôt que mon blogue.

>Shaved head scrapbook page – Page scrapbooking tête rasée


I can’t believe that this is only my second scrapbooking page this year (the first one was back in January!) At the beginning of the year, one of my goals was to scrapbook more. So, to achieve this goal, I will be doing at least one page per month until the end of the year. And I will mostly be using photos that are already printed.
J’ai peine à croire que ceci n’est que ma deuxième page de scrapbooking cette année (la première était en Janvier!) Au début de l’année, un de mes buts était de scrapbooker plus. Alors, pour atteindre ce but, je ferai au moins une page par mois jusqu’à la fin de l’année. Et j’utiliserai surtout des photos déjà imprimées.
 This page is about an event that took place in June of 2007. I had raised money for Leucan and was participating in their Shaved Heads challenge. I had wanted to do that for a long time and that year was the right time to do it. Especially since I knew someone who had a very sick granddaughter at the time. In fact, the big white block is an envelop in which are letters and a photo from that person and her family. It was a very emotional experience for me and I was happy to be surrounded by my friends, my family and even some of my students.
Cette page est à propos d’un événement qui a eu lieu en Juin 2007. J’avais amassé des fonds pour Leucan et je participais à leur défi Têtes Rasées. Il y avait longtemps que je voulais le faire mais cette année-là était le bon moment pour le faire. Surtout que je connaissais quelqu’un qui avait une petite fille très malade à l’époque. Justement, le grand morceau blanc est une enveloppe dans laquelle se trouvent des lettres et une photo de cette personne et sa famille. Ce fut une expérience très émotionelle pour moi et j’étais heureuse d’être entourée de mes amies, ma famille et même quelques-uns de mes élèves.
For this layout, I used Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White as well as patterned paper from The Write Stuff Specialty DSP. The alphabet stamps are from a discount store, I believe and the brads are American Crafts.
Pour cette mise en page, j’ai utilisé les produits Stampin’ Up! suivant: carton en Rouge-rouge, Noir nu et Murmure blanc ainsi que du papier à motif de la trousse Pages d’écritures Spécialités. Les étampes d’alphabet proviennet d’un magasin à rabais, je crois et les attaches parisiennes sont d’American Crafts. 

>Too often, like many people, I tell myself that “starting right now I’m going to take better care of myself.” You know, exercise, healthy food and all that. And every time, like many people, it lasts a couple of weeks and then I fall back into my old habits. I’ve tried using visualization and positive thinking to reach my goal. But I guess I’m still not getting it, for this anyway. I don’t know. Maybe I need to read The Secret again.

Doing my Daily Art Cards is really helping me in trying to step out of my comfort zone. I’m giving myself permission to try new things, new products (in moderation), to make mistakes and messes. Anything goes on these. My intention at first was to use a different size for every month but I don’t know that I can find a total of 12 different card sizes. We’ll see. For March, I want to do more of a postcard size.

Recently, I found that my little drawings speak to me. Like the girl below. She didn’t like the dress I picked for her so she let me know with that little line. M’kay.

My thoughts are all over the place tonight. Sometimes I wish my blogging were more profound or witty or something else. But it isn’t because, well, it is me, my thoughts, my memories, my ideas. I have so many ideas brewing in my head that I don’t always know how to get started. For instance, a few weeks ago, I suddenly had a flash that turned into a story which I want to turn into a book for kids à la Neil Gaiman, with grungy looking illustrations and dark humour. But I don’t know how to get it all started. Not yet anyway.

March break is coming up next week. (Our version of Spring Break.) There are so many things I want to do but the week won’t be long enough! I need to spend less time on the computer and more time in the world. Or at least in MY world. You know, the one where it’s okay to talk to animals and imagine they talk back. Where it’s okay to have paint splattered on your hands and arms and clothes and maybe in your hair too. Where it’s okay to dance in the rain and chase snowflakes around.

I’m ending today’s post with another image. A new layout for my scrapbook. It’s completely different from anything I’ve done before. I love that cluster of vintage buttons at the top.

>Back to scrapbooking

>It’s been a while since I’ve done any real scrapbooking. This page has been waiting to be done for months (since last spring I think.) I finally decided to do it yesterday. To start off, I sanded the edges of the pictures because I felt they looked too perfect (_I_ don’t even know what I mean by that but whatever…) I layered them over a cinema-themed paper and then assembled everything on another cinema-themed paper. Die-cuts, embellishments, journaling (in french) and voilà!

It’s not my best and not my favourite but at least it’s done and now I can move one. I also made an ATC last night for the 7/30/365 Art Card Project. I still don’t now how long I’ll do it but at least I’m doing it. I’ve also started a daily journal like this but instead of calling it a gratitude journal I call it “Every Day Brings Something New.” So the idea is to write down something that I’ve done, seen, heard, etc during the day that was completely new. I’ll try to post pictures soon.

Don’t forget to comment here for the giveaway. I’ll pick a winner Friday around 10 PM EST. Thanks for visiting!

>2-page layout


Last wednesday, I went to Catherine’s house for her Stampin’ Up! “open house” party. It was fun. We did 2 make-n-takes. We received a piece of cardboard cake with goodies inside. And I won a paper pack! I usually don’t win anything! Yippie! So these two pages are done with said papers from the pack. I love the colours! This is for my 8.5″ x 8.5″ album. I’m liking this 2-page spread a lot! What do you think?

>Layout + Card


I made these, this morning, to give to our school’s principal because she’s going to another school next fall. The pics aren’t the greatest but it’ll do for now.

All patterned papers are from Costco (the 3rd series) and cardstocks are Bazzill. On the card, I stamped the face (unknown source) on glossy paper coloured with alcohol inks and then mounted it on a 1-1/2″ square chipboard. I did some paper piercing, added gold Stickles and used a gold leafing pen for some edges.

On the layout I used my Van Dyke Brown ink on the frayed edges of my stripped paper. All pictures are size 3-1/2″ x 5″. Ribbon is unknown source and all metal embellishments are from We R Memory Makers (bought the hardware kit yesterday.)

These aren’t my greatest creations but they are still pretty nice. I especially like the card. (BTW the inside reads “… il y a une fin.”)

Hopefully, this summer, I’ll be able to do some of my own scrapbooking.

>When inspiration strikes…


…it’s best to follow. For a week, I’ve been looking at my pictures from New-York, wondering how to use them in a layout. I finally decided on a 2-page layout but then was stumped for colours. I brought my New York paper with me to SC and asked Catherine for some help. She suggested this gorgeous blue to match the Radio City neon sign and some white for matting and journaling. I picked up some Thickers for the title. But I still felt like it was missing something. Yesterday, as I was shopping with mom, I found the perfect gray to match with the page. Yep! That’s what I needed. On a whim, I decided to cut up one of the pictures (an original no less) because there was a big spot of light in the corner that annoyed me. And lo and behold, that was what pushed me to finish these pages! I spent all of today’s afternoon on it but it’s done, scanned and now posted online! Yay me! For the journaling, I searched my old diaries to find only a small entry about the trip, which was mostly about what I had bought instead of what I had seen! Darn teenagers!!! Oh well, at least I remembered some of the stuff already. I’m really happy with the final product. This was my first 2-page spread done all on my own!

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