Excited to have the new challenge up at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge – it’s a sketch this time around. Come on out and play along with us!!!!
Because I was looking for some more fun after playing along with AFSC’s sketch challenge, I decided to play the challenges at Scrap Around the World and Once Upon a Sketch this time around. I was inspired by the luscious colours of the mood board at Scrap Around the World , and especially by the chevrons!!! Those chevron colours just SPOKE to me!!
Here is the sketch at Once Upon a Sketch – and a lovely one (as always) it is:
The journalling for the OUAS challenge was to be around the theme of “totally addicted to” – my journalling reads:
You two are totally addicted to having fun together. I am totally addicted to the two of you.
The layout features my daughters Stephanie Pennington Clifton and Mary Pennington doing what they do together. I used Crate Paper The Pier Sunscreen for the background, Doodlebug Design Inc. Take Note, and Basic Grey True Love Giddy for the borders under the photo.
BREAKING NEWS – We are re-opening the challenge blog at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge and are looking for design team members. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Please send me a link to your blog, your design team experience or anything else that may be of interest. You don’t need to have had experience to apply.
Here is a layout of my son Chris Pennington, who dressed up as the Nintendo character Ness from the game Earthbound for Hallowe’en this year. He had some fun going to the game store just down from his place, where people stopped by that evening dressed up as game characters. He did a great job of the costume, and of dyeing the hat he wore to go with it.
I used the Canadian paper line Bizous (BZoo) for the black strip, Crate Paper Farmhouse Collection Apple Pie for the yellow strip, and Cathie Allan and Canadian Scrapbooker’s Super Stock for the white background. I made this layout for Scrap Africa, whose challenge this month is to use a recycled item in a layout. My recycled item is the oval coaster I used as the base for the title of the layout. I also used the January 2014 Sketchy sketch made by Sue Sykes for Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine as inspiration.
The challenge for 1 April over at Scrapbookers Anonymous is to use maps and brads in your layout. I decided to download a map of the area of Canada that my daughter Mary Pennington and I visited last summer. Our road trip was a blast, just full of adventure. We started out in Quebec City with my husband Scott Pennington and son Chris Pennington. Chris turned 18 while we were there, and so was legal age to order a beer with his lunch. We found a great outdoor cafe for lunch, because it is not a perfect summer day in Quebec City without having a drink in an outdoor cafe. The boys went home after our visit to Quebec City, and Mary and I carried on to New Brunswick where she met my aunt, uncles and cousins for the first time. We then carried on to Nova Scotia where we visited friends and Peggy’s Cove, Cape Breton Island and whale watched. We carried on over to Prince Edward Island where we visited all the Anne of Green Gables sites and saw the Anne play in Charlottetown. I may post about a couple of the adventures we had along the way at a later time.
Here is my layout using Crate Paper Toybox Collection Story Time and Basic Grey.
And now for the sad announcement. Theresa and Lea have announced that they are closing Scrapbookers Anonymous because they are finding that life is full, and the blog takes a big time commitment. They have provided many of us a forum to showcase our work, and use up our stash. They are lovely ladies who have really inspired me to use up my stash and not simply hoard it, and for that I am very grateful! Good luck ladies in all your endeavours, and I hope to keep in contact with you and all the talented design team.
… that’s how I often feel when I remember my twin brother, Gary, who died when we were only 35. He lay dying in hospital in Toronto, while I lay in my hospital bed in Belleville very sick the last month of my pregnancy with our son Chris. We lied to each other every day when we called each other to chat – oh yes, we were both doing very fine we would say. Gary died August 9th. When they brought me the news that evening (I knew inside all day that he had died and I was screaming inside that no one in my family came to tell me – don’t tell me there is no deep bond between twins) I went immediately into labour for Chris. A labour in shock and grief with a sick mother and baby is not a good thing, but that is another story.
My journalling reads: “You were my friend my whole life, always with me – you were my buddy since the womb. You had always been with me, my friend I brought with me whenever we moved with Mom and Dad. We were both in hospital miles apart that last month of your life after having had a wonderful weekend camping at Presqu’ile in early July. You were never to come out of that hospital, and I left my hospital with Christopher Gary Ronald Robert in my arms. He was named Gary for you. I didn’t think I’d ever recover that loss, but time helped strengthen me. I had another child to add to my family. I dressed them both in the sweater and hat you made for Chris and snuggled them in the blanket you made. I wish they’d have known you too! Attending our 40th high school reunion this year was so sad without you!! I’ll never forget you, my twin!!! ”
Here is my layout using the prompt word “Time” from Bird is the Word and Crate Paper School Spirit Collection Geometry paper, a Cosmo Cricket embellishment (My Best Friend scroll) and Heidi Snapp clock faces. I love to use sunburst design papers, they give so much energy to a layout. Please go to my posting here at my challenge blog another Freaking scrappy challenge … for a tutorial on how to use these papers. I meant to get this done sooner, but as you can imagine it was a hard layout to tackle, sometimes the emotions still run very deep.
design by Anne Pennington
Over at Scrapbookers Anonymous, the amazing Theresa and Lea have their 15th of the month Alphabet Challenge on. This month’s challenge is the letter C – use paper, embellishments or whatever that begin with the letter C!! I used Crate Paper Toy Box Collection Story Time as the background for my layout of our son Chris Pennington’s band. Why don’t you play along with the challenge? The girls at SA are a fun and encouraging group to play along with. And they encourage us to use paper and embellishments in our stash for each challenge in order to use them up.
Little Shop of Sketches has their new sketch up right now:
I was the designer of the sketch to play there this time, and designed it very sparsely in order to allow more room for interpretation for players this round. I owed it to everyone, as the last one I designed there (Sketch 89) was a busy one!! Come on over and play with us!!!
Here is my interpretation of that sketch:
I used photos of my son Chris Pennington, along with both Crate Paper papers and My Mind’s Eye embellishments for this layout. I wanted Chris to pose for my camera – well, he’d rather ham it up than smile for a photo … boys …
how my son Chris Pennington has grown. And I’ve discovered a blog that is new to me this past week or so called Bird is the Word. Their challenge this week is to use the word “amazing” in a layout. Well, our son went to his first prom this past week, and frankly, I found it amazing how he was transformed when he put on his grandfather’s tuxedo to wear for the event. It has been a year of changes for sure with him. Loving how he is turning out.
The sketch I used for this layout was from Sketchy Thursday’s challenge this week. I used a bit of Crate Paper Toy Box Collection Story Time paper, Basic Grey lettering, Jinni Bowlin pennant stickers Sassafrass paper and a border, and an October Afternoon Fly a Kite Wild Card.
Here is the sketch from Sketchy Thursday:
Here is my layout based on the sketch and on the challenge word from Bird is the Word:
by Anne Pennington