Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ski Bum

A morning on the slopes with our littlest skier...SO MUCH FUN.  Our Owen is a pretty sensitive boy, so taking him this far out of his comfort zone could have been quite the tale to tell, but he surprised both Mommy and Daddy and took it all in stride.
I wasn't able to take my "good" camera on the hill with me (please cut me some slack...a 20 month old on skis and a 34 week pregnant belly was enough baggage for one morning... ;) ...so the ol' iPhone was our weapon of choice.  A little photo enhancement made these two photos "scrappable" (because this memory was intended to be scrapped no matter the quality of the photos) and when I saw the Authentique January layout sketch, I knew exactly which paper to grab!  Journey's fantastic cool colours are the perfect combination for my Ski Bum layout without screaming, "I'm a winter themed scrapbooking collection!"
I was SOOOOOO lucky to have been spoiled rotten at the www.scrapbooksteals.com scrapbooking retreat in October and couldn't have been more fortunate to be whisked away one evening for a visit to the Authentique warehouse.  Sam, Bret and Melodee (the whisk-er away-er) were so generous taking the time to show us around, answer our questions and even pick our brains that night...and to top it off, sent us home with some AMAZING Authentique to try out ourselves!
So that's how I ended up with this fantastic collection!

For starters...here is the January sketch layout on the Authentique blog...

And here is my take...

From the Journey collection, I used "Jaunt," "Explore,", "Voyage," "Itinerary" and the date tag from "Tabloids." AC minimarks for the date, AC Thickers for the title, MME True Blue bling on the date tag and journaling tag.  Some unidentified ribbon and starburst bling (both from the dollar store) and "Forever in Time" deco border under the dollar store ribbon.  The teal blue trim came out of my stash...and also didn't have packaging...so I love it, but I don't have any idea where it's from (hangs head in shame).  To bring down the brightness of the white journaling tag (plain white cardstock), I sprayed "Tattered Angels" Glimmer mist in Sand and inked all the papers in Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink (dark brown).  I also used Sew Easy glitter floss to "stitch" the thickers and stitch the top brackets (just arrived in the mail yesterday)!!!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Little Help Would Be Greatly Appreciated...

Please don't pretend like you've never held off on helping out one of your kids in need...to snap a photo first.  Okay, well, maybe I'm just asking for a little bit of back up here from my fellow moms...lol...to ease my guilty conscience.

We were playing outside and Owen's snowsuit is a little snug.  I ordered a size 2T at the end of last winter thinking that would offer plenty of room for him to grow. Well, not so much.  It's really quite snug and I'm 100% regretting not buying him a one-piece ski suit like Joely's Jupa (which I loooooooove...and she's on her second year wearing it).  The jacket fits okay, but the pants are very tight around his rather robust waist, so getting the button done up...is a challenge.

His snug ski pants on top of the general waddling principles of a toddler in a snowsuit, make for a less than an enthusiastic boy heading outside (mostly during the "getting dressed" phase).  Getting down to play in the snow is no easy task when you are sausaged into your clothing, and apparently getting up from a fall proves to be no easier.

When Owen was stuck in this position, I grabbed the camera before helping him up (his frustrated tears and all) and snapped a photo.  He was not impressed.

To scrap this photo, I used EP Wintertime (love that collection) along with a few little tidbits I had been hoarding in my craft room.  All the paper and the journaling tag is from Wintertime, but underneath the photo I used plain ol' twine from the hardware store.  Kristy Lee (www.scrapbooksteals.com) used cardboard in her fabulous layout based on her awesome MWM Garnet #5 sketch and I loved the look of it, but didn't want to copy every element, so decided to try out the twine. Underneath the twine you see MME Laundry Line Natural "My Boy" trim and some white AC ribbon hiding underneath the snowflake sticker border (also EP).  You see the same style ribbon in red, also AC.

The single foam snowflakes are from the dollar store and were purchased for my two-year old's crafty stash...I wonder if she'll notice that there are a few missing...  I blinged up all the snowflakes on the layout with little gem stickers from the dollar store (I think).  They aren't fantastic quality, but didn't have a label...so I'm just assuming. I love that there's so much bling on my boy's layout...not just for girls!

One strip of felt ric rac along the *seriously inked* vertical paper strips seemed to finish off that section of the layout for me.  I love Colorbox Fluid Chalk inks...I used Dark Brown all over this layout (I'm an inkaholic).  Lastly, American Crafts Remarks make up the word "help!" in the title and Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type fill in the blanks!

Another amazing sketch by the talented Kristy Lee!  Thanks Kristy!!!  My first layout of 2012!

Thanks for taking a peek!