Sunday, March 31, 2013

New layouts! :)

Hi everyone, here are a few new creations for you! Enjoy!!!!!!!
"Calzone Supper"
layout created by Ali MacDonald
The sun here was cut from a greeting card!!!!! :)
"Happy 18th"  
layout created by Ali MacDonald
Journaling:    The year you turned 18…
You were riding and working at Rohan Wood Stables
You had a wonderful sense of style
You chose HIM program at NBCC & were accepted
You drove yourself everywhere in the old Camry
You changed your hair colour
Your favourite dessert was Pistachio Squares :)

 "Angus' Fiddle is Home"
layout created by Ali MacDonald
Journaling is a story written by my Mom, Cari Grierson.

A story from the Scotch Colony of New Brunswick

By Cari Grierson

Many years ago, in the early 1900’s in the part of the Colony called Kincardine today, a man called Angus Adam played the fiddle. His daughter, Carrie Irene, chorded for him as she had the gift of being able to play the piano by ear. Carrie married James (Jim) Alexander Grierson, a young officer in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and moved away from her home to live in many small towns in the Province, wherever her husband was stationed. There were three children born to this couple, Roy Allison, Gerald Alan and Carolyn Marie. And as time would have it, the children grew up and had families of their own. Carrie and Jim passed away and the items of their household travelled in many directions 

Much later, in the early years of the 21st century, Roy’s wife, Caroline also called Cari took an interest in learning the violin. She asked repeatedly where Roy’s grandpa Angus’ fiddle went. No one seemed to remember until one day it was found tucked away deep in the attic of Carolyn’s house in Long Island, New York. It was much the worse for wear, missing bridge, strings, large and small tuners, chin rest and bow but Carolyn packed it up and sent it back to “The Colony” where Roy and Cari now lived. They had given Carolyn the promise that the violin would be restored.

Cari and Roy met with Joe Farquhar, a fiddle maker in the Upper Kintore part of the Colony and asked him if he would be interested in repairing Angus Adam’s fiddle. Joe said he would be delighted to fix the fiddle and added that Angus was a really nice man and had worked with him years before. “But” said Joe,” get it to me soon, I’m 91 you know!” 

Within days Joe had begun to work on the fiddle. Soon he called with a list of items that had to be replaced. When asked where these fiddle parts could be acquired, Joe recommended that Cari go to Paul Smithkey’s house in Kincardine. Paul had many musical items for sale and had all the pieces needed for the fiddle. The amazing thing was that Paul Smithkey now lived in the house that Angus Adam had built in the early 1900s! It was at the very same home where Angus had played that fiddle with his daughter at the piano, that the pieces for his fiddle were purchased, many years later. 

The parts were bought. Joe finished his work. He called Cari one day to tell her the violin was ready and that she would truly love its mellow sound. The fiddle that had come home after so many lost years was ready to sound music in the hills of the Scotch Colony again! Cari plays Angus’ fiddle regularly now and is touched by its beautiful tone. 

"All Boy"
layout created by Ali MacDonald
Journaling is in a list format...

Daniel, age 12
Grade 7
Autumn 2012


Cards, Cards!!

This week at S: CY, we featured a sketch by Vikki Whittington.

Sketch by Vikki Whittington
 S: CY Card Sketch Artist
It lent itself to some very pretty cards!

Here are the two that I created!! Enjoy... and be sure to pop by the S: CY  blog!

TY Card created by Ali MacDonald
(Image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy)

Thinking of You card
created by Ali MacDonald
Hope you liked these, and TY so much for popping by here. Be sure to head over to S: CY to see what the Design Team has created! 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Recycling Scrap Cardstock for Labels!

Here's a way to reduce paper waste and to add an historic touch to your layouts for years down the road.

Using a “Handmade by…” reusable stamp [mine is by Inkadinkado (#6706-L)], I stamp a bunch of labels on scrap cardstock pieces.

To save "trees," I even use the back of cardstock where I have made “journaling mistakes” for these labels.

Then I trim these and store on my scrap desk in a little caddy, within easy reach.

When I complete a page, I turn it over and glue on a label in a CS colour that “coordinates.” Then I sign and date it.

I also number my layouts using this method. For example, the latest page I created says:
~Handmade by~
"Ali MacDonald" (Signed, not stamped)
LO #56 in 2013 (= Layout #56 created in 2013)
March 19, 2013 (That's the date I created the page.)

Sometimes I also add a "~(HEART) Mom"  (= Love, Mom) to the back of the page. :)
Stamp, ink, scraps of cardstock and pen for the backs of layouts. 

Have a great day everyone! Thanx for popping by! 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Sketches: Creatively Yours- A NEW SKETCH!

I created a new sketch this week for S: CY.  :)
S: CY Sketch 3-13

Here's the Color challenge inspiration piece:
Inspirational Image
The Graphics Fairy
And... Here's my layout! I was inspired by the beautiful greens in the peacock's tail. I also flipped the Sketch  2 "turns" to the left.
"Last Blast"
In April 2012, when spring had almost arrived in the Annapolis Valley, we had a good old-fashioned snowstorm. Usually winter gives us a rip-roaring “last-blast” in March….but April?! Brrrrr!
Of course the first thing Noah asked for was to go outside. Bryan, as always, was game to help his little brother, and out they went. :) 
"Victory" paper collection (plaid)- CTMH
Outdoor Denim cardstock- CTMH
"Victory" star strip- CTMH
Mat under Star strip- "Footloose" paper collection: CTMH
Arrow and star corrugated shapes- CTMH
Olive ink- CTMH
Twill- Unknown: my stash
Title lettering- Dollarama: my stash
Chickadee sticker- POSSIBLY American Traditional Designs 
Sweet Leaf CS (CTMH)- sticker mat, lrgst photo & journaling block 
Font: Arial Unicode MS, bolded

We have a contest running right now over at S: CY. You'll have up to March 31st at 9PM AST to share the link to your layout with us. If you do this, we'll enter you in the draw for this wonderful CTMH Stamp set and send you an "I Played Along..." blog badge for joining in!! Go HERE to read all about how YOU can enter!! It's so easy!

And... here's our page on Facebook.
Enjoy- be sure to like us, join in at the Blog and on FB to say hi and let the DT know you enjoyed their work!! Don't forget to enter the contest! Have a super weekend all!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Fun, easy layout!

"SPRING is finally here!"
Layout created by
Yours Truly

Hope you are having a wonderful day!
Here's a new layout to share with ya'll...The journaling on this one is done in my own handwriting, & is basically part of the title.
It says:   
Time for the zoo, Spring is finally here!
April 2012
Noah, almost 10
Oaklawn Farm Zoo

Lots of older supplies used here—Basic Grey lettering—2007 stash Patterned paper from Imagination Project—again, 2007 stash
New Products: 
CTMH cardstock: Gypsy; Goldrush. 
Ink: CTMH Goldrush
Pens: Zig Millenium 0.5 mm tip for doodling  (Another thing that relaxes me! LOL) 
Fiskars edge punch used for scallops.

Enjoy! Have a super day! 


Friday, March 1, 2013

Sketch #2-13 at S: CY... AND a contest!

Hi everyone! I posted a brand new Sketch over at S: CY this AM, along with a Sketch Challenge and the interpretations of all our designers. There is also inspiration from our March Guest Designer Lynnette Nagle.


This Sketch was a fun one to create!!
S: CY Sketch 2-13 created by
Yours Truly
Here's my interpretation!

"A Folk 'Tail'" created by
 Yours Truly
using S: CY Sketch 2-13
Thanks for coming by -- please pop by the S: CY Blog for a treat in terms of inspiration- and a chance to win a CTMH prize at the end of the month!
See you there!


Hello to all my Close To My Heart clients, and friends who scrapbook, or make cards….

Just wanted to let you all know that there is a wonderful chance to win an ENTIRE “Close To My Heart” collection including stamps, ink, patterned paper, embellishments, cloth, scissors, an idea book and so much more!!!
Just go HERE: and then leave a comment on the post for a chance to win.
You have UNTIL MARCH 1st at MIDNIGHT to enter! Do it today! It’s easy peasy.

Good Luck everyone! 
Happy FRIDAY! J