Saturday, June 21, 2008

~ INTRODUCING : SILLY THE BUNNY ~ ET VOICI :COQUIN LE LAPIN ~




Coquin le Lapin n'ecoute pas bien
Et comme au jardin, il ne craint rien
Il se retrouve souvent dans le petrin

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This little Bunny is so silly
His arms and legs are rather skinny
If he stays at home, he's pure misery
But when in the yard, he shows his creativity...



L'ete ne serait sans un feuilleton plein d'aventures rebondissantes et haletantes. Je vous propose donc de retrouver Coquin regulierement et tres prochainement...
We will follow Silly on more adventures throughout the Summer...

N.B: In the tutorial for the folder/portfolio, I should have mentioned that the paper bag should be ironed ( low setting, no water ) prior to being cut, this will give you a smoother result. A big thanks to my Mom who made a cool one using an old paper bag from the Gap and thank you to Lorraine whose I can't wait to see! ( your recipe sounds yummy ! )

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR INTEREST AND FEEL FREE TO ASK ME ANY QUESTIONS OR TO JUST LEAVE A COMMENT .

Friday, June 20, 2008

~ ALMOST ! ~

Summer is almost here!Today is the last day of school, we needed something sweet to celebrate!By the way, did you notice something, rather somebody new in the banner? Stick around for an official introduction coming tomorrow!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

~ DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! ~

We were so excited to finally have our blue recycling cart ( about time the city got on the recycling program )that we got a "little" carried away!
We have a good laugh but it didn't end well for Keelan who really bumped his head.I guess it was one of those games where you stop only when one gets hurt!
Any way I still had fun scrapping the pictures:

solid cardstock: Bazzill
blue p.p : doodlebug design inc.
brad:American Crafts
acrylic stamps: Making Memories
title:Quickutz "Abigail Classic"
stamping pad: Versa Fine

I love the new Making Memories acrylic stamps which I used for the page

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

~ CONFIDENCE ~

He's the reason I learnt English
He'll always be cool no matter what
He's 66 today and I've had a crush on him for the past 28 years!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIR PAUL!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

~ CORRESPONDENCE ~

It's time for another project that recycles a SHOPPING BAG.
This one is a folder made of two envelopes in which my son and daughter will keep their correspondence while at Camp.

TUTORING:
1. The 2 envelopes can be traced with a template if you can't have access to a die-cutting machine at your local store ( I made mine at Archiver's )

Make sure you score a hole in each envelope for the ribbon and add any embellishments on the cover BEFORE gluing the envelopes:

The dimension are: 4 1/2 x 6 1/3 inches.I cut blank pieces of cardstock ( 4 x 5 1/2 )to act as postcards.

2.Glue the lip of each envelope so as to make a folder:

The idea behind the "blank postcards" is that my son can illustrate them as he wishes or/and if he writes home regularly I'll make him a mini book using his words and pictures.( Hope he gets the message here!)

3.I added a "potty" man and wrote my son's name and address on the back of it.I traced it using the MAYA ROAD one as a template and used the piece of heavy cardstock that is usually at the bottom of the shopping bag.

Hope you find this project as fun as I did,I'm planning on making another one for a GRADUATION and I'm thinking it would work great for an invitation as well.
Let me know what you think, I look forward to your feedback!

Monday, June 16, 2008

~ PAGES OF MONTH ~

Each month I make a couple of pages illustrating the events of that month. I discovered this sketch by the talented Linda Barber ( Simple Scrap booking )in January and decided to stick to it for the whole year.

This is for our album of the year it's a 12 x 12:

This 8 1/2 x 11 is for my 5 year old daughter's album:

And this last one is an 8 x 8 and it's for a "coffee table" album:

I find keeping some sort of a journal really helps remembering the little daily events and certainly helps writing the journaling for these types of L.Os.
I also noticed that my children love these "pages of the month" and just yesterday Gabrielle ( almost 15 ) told me how lucky she thought her baby sister was to have her own album of pages of the month!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

~FUN WITH PAGE PROTECTORS ~



Page protectors of different sizes that have various types of pockets are so much fun.
Fun because visually they offer a break when one flips through an album and also fun in the making because of all the possibilities ( rub-ons, stickers, die-cuts,all kinds of embellishments can be used on them ).








I usually use them to showcase an event or a holiday.They're also perfect to incorporate pieces of a catalog, an add, a ticket stub, a drawing...
The novelty here for me is that I played with dimensions, inside/outside of the pockets (see the 1st two pictures).Let me know what YOU do with page protectors, any tips?



Monday, June 9, 2008

~ FATHER'S DAY GIFTS II ( details ) ~






I find that the Paper Source PVA is an excellent medium to both adhere the papers and add a few protective coats to the bird house.It can be found there:
http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/470005.html?cm_id=2240.050

~ FATHER'S DAY GIFTS ~


BEFORE


AFTER


My Father-in-Law is a singer and loves birds ( he's the only person I know who has Humming birds come and feed in his backyard). That gave me the idea of making him gifts around the theme of SINGING: the birdhouse is made of plain wood and was found at a local craft store, the 2 old Cd's were used with the Bind-It-All machine to make a card and the naked board book has pictures of Jack's latest concert ( hence the initial "J" on the cover).

Sunday, June 8, 2008

~RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW / ICI ET MAINTENANT ~



I can't hold on to this perfect moment so I capture it with my camera. Later, I will add pretty papers and words to it, I will choose a background and a title, I will "nourish" it until it's ready to stand on its own, for others to see and relate and it will join other perfect moments, away from light and dust, ready to be "discovered" again.

This is the reason I scrapbook.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

TAG ME ! ~ 5 "TRUCS" SANS AUCUNE IMPORTANCE

I 've never been tagged, so I decided to share 5 things about me that are completely irrelevant:
  1. i love my vacuum cleaner ( especially its pivotal head ).
  2. i always floss and brush my teeth because i can't stand feeling my mouth dirty.
  3. i fall asleep if i drive on the highway.
  4. i love the smell and taste of fresh cilantro.
  5. i drink strong tea with 1% organic milk and a teaspoon of turbinado sugar.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

FISHY ~ P'TIT POISSON



I found the idea for these little fish in the latest issue of Scrapbooks etc...
The impression is made with a cat ( no pun intended ) eye shape ink pad onto white card stock.
This creates an elliptical shape that you can cut out and embellish to your liking.
I'm thinking they could make cute bumble bees as well ( think yellow ink with black stripes, a little stinger and 2 white wings on top...hmm...I should have thought about that earlier! )

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

IT'S FUN TO REUSE ~ VIVE LA RECUP'






As far as I can remember I've always loved to recycle / reuse. Growing up in the 70s' and 80s' I used to love reading my Mom's 100 Idees , a wonderful French magazine that had the coolest ideas for creating something new with something old. That publication had a great impact on me and this project reminds me of it.

I've often marvelled at Whole Foods' brown paper bags. First of all I love Kraft paper and they usually have very cool designs on them.This one is no exception. As soon as I saw it I knew it was going to be a mini album for some summer pictures and memories.

I cut the " Destination Summer" out and adhered it to Creative Cafe blue cardstock.
I applied a layer of PVC ( Paper Source ) on it and let it dry.
I then cut out around the lettering more precisely and use that as a template for the background.
The cover page was cut in half as the interior pages whose width have to be a little bit smaller due to the binding coils.
The next step was the binding which was done with the bind-it-all machine.
Rubbans were added as embellishments et voila!
Let me know if you have any questions or comments, I'll be happy to answer them.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

SUCCESS


As you might see on the picture, I replaced part of the flour by some oats and as my tough judges said that initiative got me a 9 instead of a 10!the only other alteration was less sugar,they were still very sweet.
A vos fourneaux!