Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Guest Design Team Member Contest over at SBCH!~

Are you Scrapbooker’s Club House’s next “Guest Designer?"

Each month at SBCH we will be choosing from your entries to see who our next Guest Designer will be. Sound interesting?
Here are the details:

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This holiday usually involves family gathering for the big meal so we would love to see altered items for the table.
Ex. napkin holders/rings, altered vases, place cards, candle holders etc.

Upload your entries in the “November Guest DT Contest” Gallery with your NAME before the deadline: Sunday October 26, 2008.

The winner will be SBCH GDT for the Month of November and will receive a Kit of the month to create designs with. Your creations will then be posted in our Guest Design Team Gallery.

You will also be able to participate along with SBCH Design Team in posting a monthly challenge to SBCH members.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me at peteali@eastlink.ca or Nicole at nicole@scrapbookersclubhouse.com .

Good Luck & have fun!!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Celebrate World Card Making Day!

*** Who can't use a NEW supply of greeting cards? ***

In honour of World Card Making Day, Scrapbooker's Club House is hosting some card-making FUN on Saturday and Sunday, October 4th and 5th, 2008.

Come on over for some FRESH NEW CARD SKETCHES and meet the friendliest scrappin' bunch on the 'net!

Here's where to find us: http://www.scrapbookersclubhouse.com/home.htm

We're looking forward to meeting you! For further information, please contact Ali at peteali@eastlink.ca or Nicole at nicole@scrapbookersclubhouse.com

Friday, September 26, 2008

2 articles...

Had the joy of writing 2 articles for the SBCH Blog. By happenstance, both ended up publishd today.

No. 1 is the floral embellie from a scarf technique: http://scrapbookersclubhouse.wordpress.com/category/tips-techniques/

No. 2 is all about Scrappin' Green:

Check them out and please share your ideas with us!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A card for Creatively Yours...

This card was designed with the inspiration of Noella's Card Sketch #16, which you can see over at "Creatively Yours: Sketches by Noella." Here's the link where the sketch and cards by myself and my fellow CY Card Design Team Member Jess are pubbed! ENJOY!! http://creativelyyours.wordpress.com/2008/09/22/card-sketch-16/

Friday, September 19, 2008

A floral embellie - from a SCARF!?? You can do it in just 10 SIMPLE STEPS!!

This flower is a silk flower cut from a scarf I purchased at Frenchy's, just for scrappin'!! I paid 35 cents for it, and it is COVERED with flowers! HAPPY DANCE!

Here's how I created this embellie in "10 Simple Steps!"

1. Find an old "silky" or silk scarf that you no longer wear.
2. Choose the portion of design you'd like to have on your page. Here I used a flower, and will refer to it as such thru this little "how-to..."
3. Carefully cut out the flower, leaving some border around it (this gives you some leeway in case the scissors slip... we are only human after all!)
4. Then, lay flower on top of some waxed paper (Yup, the stuff from the kitchen.)
5. Mod-podge well, using a paintbrush. Flower is flat at this point. (BTW, I use glossy Podge.)
6. Allow to dry COMPLETELY. You will note that the flower is sealed to the wax paper as the flower was/is somewhat porous. (It's supposed to end up like that.)
7. Carefully cut out flower which is sealed to the wax paper.
8. Add a couple of Scotch foam adhesive squares or a big flat button under flower to give dimension. I prefer the button.
9. Glue flower atop a medallion of fabric or patterned paper. The fabric medallion here was cut from a cloth table napkin with all those COOL circles on it! **GRIN**
10. You can then curve or bend the flower's petals a wee bit for your final "look," and even add leaves using the same technique!

Here's the page where the flower appears. Thanks for checking it out!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Tag

Made this tag for a Scrappy Island Challenge over at SBCH. Hope you like it! :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A Floral Card

Here is a card I made using the flower created below; some punches, a greeting stamp, and a little ink, plus my AC Slickwriter (Chestnut). Hope you like it!

A flower...

Sooo pleased with the way this turned out!!! I used scraps from FIVE different patterned papers. Four were scraps of BasicGrey. LOVE using up pretty scraps...
Thanks for looking!

What I love to do...

This page was done for a Treasure Chest Challenge over at Scrapbooker's Club House, right here: http://www.scrapbookersclubhouse.com/forum/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=9576&start=0
Journaling reads:
Writing + “Playing with Paper” =
Scrapbook Pages + Meaningful Journaling = Precious Gift

Who wouldn’t want their favourite activity to directly involve the creation of a precious gift?

I’ve been able to meld my interest in writing with a high-energy attitude and a dash of creativity to chronicle the tales of our lives in my scrapbooks. This paper-based art form strikes a vibrant chord in me. Memories are a legacy to be shared and I believe that they are a more-than-precious gift for anyone who is part of a family or a community of people who care about one another.

I know instinctively that working on my paper craft is more than a hobby: it’s a labour of love for my family and a way of showing respect for those who have gone before and for those who will come afterward. I take it very seriously, but treasure the joy it brings me! Because it combines so many of my interests and talents, I’ve realized that it is likely the direction in which my professional writing will turn. Soooooo exciting!

Writing and scrapbooking are my two FAVOURITE activities.
How blessed am I, able to do both?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

"Supply Salute!!"

I wrote this for Scrapbooker's Club House...


Scrapbook Shimmer (TM)

By Ali MacDonald

“Supply Salute” is an informative look at scrapbooking supplies available at the easy-to-shop-at Scrapbooker’s Club House online store. http://www.scrapbookersclubhouse.com/oscommerce/catalog/

The featured item today is Scrapbook Shimmer™ from Making Memories.

“Scrapbook Shimmer™”

Do you want to accent title lettering with a bit of sparkle? How about adding some shimmer to a snowflake or icicle? How can you add a gentle gleam to a flower’s petals?

A touch of magic can be achieved on a layout using “shimmer.” Available at the Scrapbooker’s Club House store are Making Memories Shimmer Kits. These are called “Scrapbook Shimmer ™” and they simplify the process of creating a little glimmer and gleam on your page!

“Colours run the gamut from soft pastels to hot pink; depends on which kit you get!” says store-owner Nicole Drewniak.

Look at the sparkly richness of the “Boho Chic” Shimmer Set … http://www.scrapbookersclubhouse.com/oscommerce/catalog/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=13&products_id=4389

…and check out the sophisticated glimmer of the “Cityscape” set: http://www.scrapbookersclubhouse.com/oscommerce/catalog/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=13&products_id=3779

“Scrapbook Shimmer ™” provides you with a fine, professional quality glitter that can be used with Making Memories Ready-to-Glitter stickers like these: http://www.scrapbookersclubhouse.com/oscommerce/catalog/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=13&products_id=4947.

Here’s a sweet LO of Michelle Vekved’s where this SBCH HOF member uses shimmer on the alpha stickers:

“Scrapbook Shimmer ™” is Ultra fine, and a small bottle of this quality sparkle goes a looooong way! A funnel tray is included with each shimmer kit to further simplify the glittering process. A tip from Michelle: a baby wipe is perfect for picking up any stray shimmer. Here’s another of her pages using shimmer on the tree and the lettering.

There’s still more fun to be had with this product! The shimmer can be used on any of your projects! Simply make your own embellishments by using this easy, quality shimmer over adhesive placed on chipboard, cardstock, stickers, tags or any other scrappy item you wish to sparkle and shine. Here’s an example of how Heather Hopkins, a SBCH HOF member used glitter in a very informative online class at SBCH: http://www.scrapbookersclubhouse.com/forum/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=8812&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

Shimmer ™ would be an alternative to the glitter Heather had in her class.

The Tsukineko glue pad that Heather used in her class is here: http://www.scrapbookersclubhouse.com/oscommerce/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=30&products_id=4915

Here is a LO where Nicole used shimmer on the circular chipboard pieces. Isn’t that gorgeous?


And here’s a page by another HOF member, Pam Sandy. Check out her customized shimmery stars, hearts, paisley and diamonds, plus the arrows!! http://www.scrapbookersclubhouse.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10269/normal_favoriteguy.jpg

Pam writes in her description that the MME Scrapbook Shimmer™ was “very fun to play with! Remember playing with glitter when you were little? Well, now you can play again! And there are fun stickers to use too!” Pam was referring to the “Ready-to-Glitter” stickers.

Making Memories has posted a demo using the shimmer with these stickers as well. Super easy! http://www.makingmemories.com/Ideas/how_tos_detail/shimmer-kits-ready-to-glitter-

So go ahead, get creative and make those embellishments sparkle and gleam with easy-to-use Scrapbook Shimmer ™ available now at the Scrapbooker’s Club House online store.

When the Shimmer ™ sparkle shines on your pages, you’ll be the star!

*Better get some soon, it’ll be gone in a flash—I mean…SPARKLE!!*

Two new pages!

I haven't done a 2-page layout in AGES and this one said "TWO PAGES" very clearly when I looked at the pics I had! I did this in response to a challenge set over @ Scrapbooker's Club House... go see! It was a BLAST!
And the biggest news is that I hit my 100th page for 2008 with this layout! Yaaaahhoooo!
Scrappy Tip!~
Guess how I made the acrylic painted borders!!
I carefully washed and dried a peach pit. Then I mixed the paint until it was the colour I wanted. I rolled the pit in in and then rolled it along the edges of both sheets of cardstock. Allowed to dry 15-20 min... Voila!!! So neat and fun to do.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Check this out...

A card I made with one of Noella's sketches is up at CY!
There's also an awesome one by my co-Card-DT member Jess, too!

Here's the link...


Be sure to show us your creations made with this sketch as inspiration. Put a link in the comments section over at CY, and we'll check it out! Love to see those creations!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Cherish your friends...

The page above incorporates patterned paper from the following BasicGrey Collections: "LilyKate," "Two Scoops" and "AcidWashed." The brocade at the bottom of the photos, going across the page, is ribbon from another BasicGrey Collection called "Urban Couture." It was so much fun to mix all of these BasicGrey Collections on this page.
Many thanks to my friend Noella Arsenault for the "My Friends" rub-on from Making Memories. Love it Noella! It's so perfect here.
In order to make the flower petals curl nicely, as you see above, glue flower in place in the centre. Then, gently push the petals upward with your fingers until you're satisfied with their position.
Next, using a small paintbrush, apply mod-podge to the flower from the centre out, coating the petals.
The petals will stay nicely curled, and may even curl a bit more as they dry.
If you use gloss podge as I did on this page, you will also see a nice sheen on the petals.
Give it a try! It's so pretty!

The layout you see above is based upon a sketch created by Jen R., way back in in March 2008 over at Scrapbooker's Club House.

A Parrot in his all his Finery!!!

Daniel created this beautiful artwork in Grade 2, in Ms. A.'s class.

I thought it was awesome, and when I saw this crazy parrot patterned paper at Carshand Mosher, I just HAD to have it! It was in a bargain bin: 10 sheets of any paper in the bin for $1.00... So I paid 10 cents for the paper. Too funny!! As soon as I saw it I knew it was perfect for the parrot, created in June.

I am so proud of Daniel's artwork!


Scrapbooker's Club House is taking off...to...


Do you fantasize about leaving it all behind and going to a tropical island with friends and your scrappy supplies? Do you love a creative challenge? If this sounds like you, join us at Scrapbooker's Club House as we head out to Scrappy Island for 9 days of online scrapbooking fun! We will be kicking things off on Saturday, September 13th so pack your bags: Scrapbooker's Club House's Scrappy Island awaits you!
Please do join us, it'll be a blast!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Found my Bliss...

This month, I was thrilled to set the "Quote Challenge" over at my favourite hang-out, Scrapbooker's Club House.
Here's the Challenge:
I decided that my layout would be the 6x12" size, which I LOVE to do.
Above is the sample layout I created for my challenge, based on a sketch by Noella Arsenault, over at Creatively Yours! (I flipped the sketch 1/4 turn, by the way, to come up with this.) Here's the sketch link... http://creativelyyours.wordpress.com/
Journaling (point form) between the brackets reads:
Heart to Heart

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A Clipboard Creation!

Here is something I did just for fun. Had always wanted to do one of these!

Everything used was recycled: scrappy "scrap-paper," yarn bits, flowers, etc... The turquoise flower on the upper right of the clipboard pic came from my good friend Sherry, on a card she sent awhile back. Thanks Sherry!

The clipboard is going to hang on the wall right next to my work area so I can get to it easily. It is totally useable with just a few (2-3) sheets of paper clipped in over the flowers, which actually aren't bumpy at all. I made sure of that, cause I wanted this to be handy and fun to use with no bumps under my paper when I am jotting notes!

Thanks for checking out my first ever Clipboard Creation! Hope you like it!

My First Car

This layout was done in response to a "Book of Me" (BOM) challenge posted by Mary C. in her monthly Design Team challenge over at SBCH. As I was saying to the gals over at SBCH, the car key here is worn, but NOT rusty. Weird how it appears that way!
Also, of course the LO is straight in real life... :O) Pictures can be funny that way! Drives me nuts! LOL
This is a simple one, but I felt I really wanted to get this scrapped, and it didn't need anything fancy. I had saved the key and photo for AGES! Hope you like it!
Journaling reads:

My First Car

I bought this 1984 Pontiac-6000 from my Dad in 1989.
I paid Dad the $2500.00 that he asked for it. He helped me navigate getting a personal line of credit at CIBC, and I was on my way.
I didn’t know how to drive at the time. I learned after I’d bought the car!! I was 21 years old, and my best friend (Helen) taught me. This was a huge step, a “key” to my adult independence.
Sometime between 1989-1991 I also had the car repainted. I took my “6000” out to Alberta when I moved there as a single gal to be with Pete. We got married in 1992....
In 1995, we had 4 new (salvage) doors put on the car, and had it fully repainted. It did us proud when we moved to Greenwood, NS in 1996 and were a "single-car family-of-four" for awhile. The military contractor wrecked the car transporting it here on a flatbed when we were posted in, but they did the repairs and my car lasted us until the year 2000 before our last 2 children were born. The engine in it was still good, but the frame “discombobulated” itself in the driveway: it couldn’t handle the 16 years and 350,000 KM the car had on it!
Brown’s Auto Salvage came & took it away, paying us $50.00 for it. I was so sad to see it go.
I’ve loved Pontiacs ever since owning this car. Pontiac has stopped making the 6000-model of course. (Probably b/c it was such a good car!)
Since 2006, I have owned a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am, which is also a dream to drive.