Friday, 19 August 2016

easy DIY paperclips | #tgifc69


It's likely not surprise that this week's TGIF Challenge is a Back to School Challenge. It seems to be on everyone's mind these past few months. 


For many Canadians, kids don't return to school until after Labour Day so I have three more weeks of Summer Bliss... HOWEVER, I am currently filling the planner with our new schedules and figuring out when I can squeeze in swimming and skating, bootcamp, etc.

I thought about this challenge in the respect where I always want to make sure that my projects can be used in my real life.   I don't make Back to School cards.  I do like to make some lunch box notes (click link to see last year's example) and labels for different things.  

Stay tuned for more about how I am planning our schedules and how I am staying on task.

Cheers!
Cathy
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Thursday, 11 August 2016

thank you on a diagonal | tgifc68


Welcome to another Friday and another TGIF Challenge Design Team Project.

Today's TGIF Challenge is a sketch challenge.  What I like about this sketch is that its easy.  In fact, I looked at this sketch first and thought - "Well, obviously I need to washi this up!"  I didn't. As usual, my projects never end up to go in the direction I intended.



Make sure to play along with our challenge this week - we love seeing all your projects!
Cathy

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

List Your Quirks #24 | 52 Lists Project

Last year I bought a book called the 52 Lists project by Morea Seal.  I had heard of the book but I didn't think much of it until I had it in my hands.  It's stunning just to look at.

At the same time, I had listened to a TED Talk called the Miracle Morning.  I began realizing that when I got up before my kids, I was a nicer and better version of myself #reallife. The Miracle Morning essentially encourages you to do six actions before you start your day in order to be your most efficient self. Part of the Miracle Morning is to write as well as do meditation. For me, this book was like a reflection or mediation in a sense.  It put things into perspective and wasn't difficult to do.  And no, I don't do the Miracle Morning but I certainly had some take-aways that got me thinking.

Every time I write a list, I learn something new about myself.  I want to continue to grow and progress and this book helps me do that.

Note that some people go in order of the lists in the book.  Some people do this every week.  I don't put those pressures on myself.  I pick a list and go for it.


I ended my list there until I read my list to my husband - I asked him what he thought my quirks were... and so the list continued on the other side.  I will be adding that I also get over the moon excited when it's garbage day.  I love seeing bags of trash leave my house. 


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Friday, 5 August 2016

Feather Together | tgifc67


wow.
This stamp set was so easy to work with.  It seemed to bring everything together without me needing to play for hours.  The step stamping isn't necessary but its there in case you want to play with multiple colours.

This week's TGIF challenge is a colour challenge. A colour challenge simplifies things for me.  It sets limits that seems to give me permission to play. Usually it means I take out the inks and then a stamp set. It's a good idea to see if this could work for you too!


Tuesday, 2 August 2016


Make sure you drop by Creative Scrapbooker Magazine to check out the inspiration for today's project!

Cathy

Brenda + Darleen | Simple Scrapper


This layout began with one photo and a story that I wanted to tell.  I love this photo of my mother and my aunt - look how happy they are!  The truth is that they are happy - they live miles and miles apart yet somehow their connection doesn't skip a beat.

Could my sister and I be so lucky in twenty years?

Let's hope so.

The majority of the elements used in this 12x12 layout is from Ali Edwards Story kits.  I continue to use those kits as my "go to" for embellishments and Project Life cards.

Note: In order to get access to the sketch and story starters used to create this sketch, you must be a member of the Simple Scrapper community led by Jennifer Wilson.  I can assure you its worth it. Contact me if you would like more information!

Cathy



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