honour for me – to be chosen as one of the new design team for Little Shop of Sketches. Tanya Leigh has an awesome blog where she features her sketches for scrapbookers to play along with her challenges. The design team chosen is awesome – check them out. I am honoured to be amongst them.
Julie, over at These are a Few of my Favorite Things has a new challenge on, and that is to scrap your (or someone else’s) favourite childhood toy. Go on over and check out the her challenge. (I LOVE THEM!!!).
My Mom took me to see the Mary Poppins movie when I was 6 or 7 years old, then bought me the record of the soundtrack. I sang every song and danced every dance from the movie every chance I had. That Christmas I was so thrilled when she gave me a Mary Poppins doll for Christmas. I treasured her. Unfortunately she disappeared, as did most of my childhood momentos, during one of our moves. We were overseas in France when I was given her, and we were not allowed to move much back to Canada, I suspect she was one of the items my parents purged. I found a similar doll on Ebay – but sure wish I could find the same doll again …
Here is my layout for Julie’s challenge
by Anne Pennington
I based the layout on this week’s Sketchy Thursday sketch:
I used Crate Paper Emma’s Shop Collection Inventory paper and embellishments for this layout.
A layout of our daughter Jacqueline Juranics using a Basic Grey kit that I modified a little bit. Basic Grey paper line is Hello Lucious. Photos were taken 27 Feb 2010 on a visit to our place when her grandfather Ron Pennington was also over for a delicious supper. Good visit!! Jacqui is beautiful and always so photogenic – wish she’d let me take her photo more often!
basic design by Basic Grey
We used to dress our two youngest children as Evangéline and Gabriel and decorate their wagon with Acadian flags to march in the Brighton, Ontario Canada Day Parade for years. (For my non-Canadian friends, Canada Day is the day we celebrate our country – July 1st). Dressing the kids as the story and flying the Acadian flags was a way to honour my Acadian roots.
Chris and Mary always looked so cute, and as they got older, they got involved in the wagon or bicycle decorating themselves. They often won first prize for their participation, and have the trophies to help them remember the days!!
Sketchy Thursdays has their weekly challenge on right now, and Little Shop of Sketches has a design team call out. Participants are to use their sketches in order to participate. Well, I found that the two sketches were very similar in the way they inspired me – and so I based my layout on them both.
I used Basic Grey June Bug Vintage Plaid paper for my background, some leftover Sassafrass (LOVE THAT SCRAPBOOKING LINE) scraps, along with Basic Grey June Bug designer chipboard pieces. I added the white to the background and the clouds using white gesso, and had a blast making the banner. Gold trim was added to many of the pieces using some gold coloured Smooch. Love that stuff!!! Ribbons from my stash.
Here is Sketch Number 82 at Little Shop of Sketches – the sketch that design team applicants are to use for their layout:
Here is Sketchy Thursdays sketch this week:
For me – once I turned their sketch the design elements were similar. I used the white painted clouds and the coloured clouds and sun as well as the banner to symbolize the circles in both sketches, and here is what I ended up with:
Julie over at These are a few of my Favorite Things has a challenge on right now to scrap your favourite photo. That girl has to be one of the most fun and encouraging people out there in the scrapbooking industry. Pop on over to her challenge blog and play along!!
My photo is scrapped with pretty much all Sassafrass products – I love their stuff. The photo is of my 5 children. I ask them to pose together often when they are all home for a photo shoot. At the end of the shoot, the girls love to torment their only brother. I don’t think he minds at all … they are all a lot of fun!!!
Over at Scrapbookers Anonymous they are now challenging their followers to make a card from the remnants of the layouts they make for their challenges each month. What a great challenge for someone like me who rarely makes cards. I always wish I had something on hand for a special occasion for that special someone.
My card was fairly easy – I had made my layout for them this month out of Kraft paper. The challenge this month was to stamp a background paper, and make 3 embellishments from stamps on contributor’s layouts. From the remnants of my submission, I stamped a background paper to resemble a letter ( like I did in my layout), made the same envelope that I used in my layout, then stamped a banner for a little message. I added a tiny butterfly for balance, distressed with a distress tool and some distress ink, and voila, glimmer misted the banner … a simple, yet elegant card made. Oooo I like doing this !!!!
by Anne Pennington
I am soooooooooooo freaking happy. Jackie Ludlage at Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine contacted me today to let me know that one of my layouts has been chosen to be published in their September 2011 issue.
I have removed it from this blog as per their wishes until after they have published it. It features my daughter Mary Pennington and our family on our annual Thanksgiving pilgrimage up the hill in our village and was based on a Sketchy Thursday sketch. You can find their original sketch here.
Wow – ended my week happily for sure to hear that news!!!!!
Just back from the Great Lakes Mega Meet with my friend Colleen Halpern, then packing up my aunt’s apartment with her for 3 days. Was turning into my driveway last night at 9:30 when I realized – I HAVE BEEN GONE A WHOLE WEEK!
Holy cow. Way behind in my scrapping!!! Lol, did get a few layouts done while in Novi Michigan for the meet. And speaking of meet – well I met Jenni Bowlin and Melissa Frances – awesome ladies! Learned a thing or two as well from these and other ladies.
On the way home I stopped in Clinton, Ontario and took some photos of our old house. My dad was in the Canadian air force and had been posted there – some of my best childhood years were there. Went down to my old fishing hole – and around the neighbourhood. Took a few photos of my best friend when we were 10 years old’s home and some of the view she would have had from her porch. Can’t wait to get them posted for Karol. Hopefully tonight that will happen. She was such a dear friend and was just around the corner from me …
I’ll be back …
Sometimes I just am not satisfied with a layout after I am finished – so I add to my layout after a bit of time has passed until I am happy with it. Such was the case for this layout. I had finished it in a hurry to make the deadline for a competition. Here was the original:
Here is the layout re-worked a bit until I was happy with it:
Designs by Anne Pennington
The layout was done as part of my application for the design team for Scrapbookers Anonymous. I am very pleased to say I was one of the lucky winners and will be on their DT for the next six months!!! Yay!!!
Scrapbookers Anonymous is a terrific challenge blog that I’ve discovered recently. They challenge their readers to use up items in their scrapbooking stash that they might not otherwise use. So many of us collect scrapbooking supplies and just never have the time to use them, or move on to the next released line of supplies in the stores before we have done justice to what we already have. Often, I think, it is just because we are stuck and cannot imagine what we can make with what we have on hand. Scrapbookers Anonymous is great – they give me lots of ideas of how to get going and get a design onto paper!!!!
How many stamps have you bought and never used???? Or used once or twice????? For May`s challenge they ask participants to use a stamp to make background paper, and also to make 3 embellishments with stamps for their layout.
I used a script stamp to make some background paper to resemble a letter, made an envelope with a stamped postmark, a stamped dressform and stamped some titling as an embellishment on my layout. Creating embellishments with stamps was so much fun, that the second time around I added a bird that was stamped with a musical note stamp that I had in my stash. This GORGEOUS paper is Timepiece by Bo Bunny. Hope you like it.
Oh yes, the gorgeous timeless beauty is my mother Mary Allain Wride who will remain forever young in my memory!!!