Julie Tucker-Wolek had been running a wonderful scrapbooking challenge blog for the last two years called These are a Few of my Favorite Things. She has done a wonderful job of it all, and frankly, her prompts have been inspirational for me. Julie has moved on to many other scrapbook industry pursuits and challenges, and has realized that she doesn’t have the time she would like to devote to her blog. She will, however, keep her blog open for reference and inspiration for followers.
Her last challenge is to scrap your fave collection. Mine has to be my dolls. My father was a Canadian Air Force military member. He was transferred to Marville, France when I was a girl in first grade. I had a beautiful group of dolls, who were my babies. I had named each one, and they were special to me. Because of our transfer overseas, I had to give them all away. We could take very little with us on the plane. It broke my heart. Before we left, my mother let me choose a doll to take with me on the plane at a store we visited. I chose a stuffed Topo Gigio toy. Soon after we were overseas, there was a group who knocked at our door wanting donations for the poor. I gave them my toy. We tend to compensate ourselves and our children for what we think we missed in our childhoods, and well, I can buy a doll that appeals to me now, and I have when it has reminded me of something or someone. Fortunately I have not gone overboard, and have not bought a doll in years, but I would say they were my favourite collection.
The paper I used was from the Webster’s Pages Ladies and Gents collection, Framed Beauty and Groomed Traveller. I chose it because of the colour. I had been inspired from Tanya Tahir and Nikki Antonello’s challenge at Get Picky – the blues and tans of this paper were much like the hues in the poster they posted for inspiration for their latest challenge. I hope you enjoy this layout!
Please mark your calendars for the launch of my new challenge blog another freaking scrappy challenge … on the 30th of July. We are looking for guest designers for the launch challenge, and will be making a call for a design team after the launch. Please join us for fun and sharing!!
by Anne Pennington
Here’s the instructions I received for July’s challenge from Scrapbookers Anonymous: “What’s your hard to use color? Well pull out those sheets of card stock and pattern paper in your stash and force yourself to use them in a LO! Make it pretty monochramatic except for maybe some little accent colors” – yikes what a great challenge once again from Scrapbookers Anonymous!!! Terri Gillman and Lea Patterson are always encouraging their followers to use up their scrapbooking stash in interesting ways with their unique challenges.
Well, there are several colours that I find hard to use, so my choice was difficult for this challenge. Finally I settled on the colour brown. The paper I used with the photographer’s advertising also features some awesome roses that I could not resist using in spite of their colour. Well, I am using my stash, aren’t I, and we were allowed to use some accent colours, weren’t we? So it makes no sense to leave half the paper behind. Lol, so I didn’t. Paper is from Pink Paislee – Love Letters and Picture Perfect.
The girls at Scrapbooker’s Anonymous also challenge us to make a card with our leftover supplies from our layout. Well – I had no leftover scraps from this layout. I used two complete pieces of paper for this layout!!!!
My photo is of my daughter Mary Pennington, taken on the Go Train on our way to Toronto one fine day. Beautiful Dreamer …
by Anne Pennington
Little late getting this up today, as we have just come back from our favourite cabin, and now we are dashing off to Canada Day celebrations in Trenton. Hubby’s band is playing at 5 – yikes – need to jump in the shower and go!!!!
Sad to hear too that Julie Tucker-Wolek is finishing with These are a Few of my Favorite Things after a terrific two-year run of it. One of my favourite places to go for sure. She is a sweetheart. I’ll still see her around, but I will miss her challenge. There is time to participate in the last challenge if you go to her challenge website!!!! Please drop over to participate and leave her a comment letting her know how much you’ ve appreciated her challenges!! If you click on Julie’s name above, you can keep tabs on her and her adventures at her personal blog. That girl has a LOT going on!!!!
Julie over at these are a few of my favorite things always challenges me with her prompts. Her latest challenge encourages her followers to scrapbook their favourite art. I decided to feature artwork by my son Chris Pennington and my daughter Mary Pennington, because, really, their artwork is my favourite artwork. I love to see what is going on in their minds and what they put down on paper. My son doesn’t draw anymore, but then again, neither do I …
I wanted to capture a carefree and childlike with movement feeling in my layout, and what better paper than Sassfrass paper for that theme?????? I used Sassafrass Monstrosity Spot On as the background paper for this layout, and embellishments from the same collection. I used kites in a layout not very long ago, and decided to feature them again in my layout. I haven’t seen them in a layout before, and you know, I love using them, and I LOVE the bright ribbon tails that I put on them to match my layouts!!! New little signature for me … I absolutely love the whimsy of them, and the double whimsy of clouds in this layout just makes me smile :). That’s what I love, whimsy!!!
I hope you smile too!!!
by Anne Pennington
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!!!
When I got a message from Julie that I’d won the prize for the last challenge at These are a Few of My Favorite Things – a bunch of yummy Webster’s Pages Wonderfall Collection stuff donated by DT member Debbie!
I’ve got to check my lottery tickets!!!!
What a great week!
First Julie Tucker-Wolek asked me to be May’s guest designer on These are a Few of my Favorite Things – well that was a great honour, and set my week off to a great start …
Then my layout below was chosen as a fave on Sketchy Thursdays!!!
And thirdly – well it is freaking SCRAPFEST tomorrow in Kitchener. Can’t wait to see what Lisa Furtney has in store for us!!! I am meeting my friends Lee, Terri and Dani for lots of fun!!!
(pop out to These are a Few of my Favorite Things – Julie has a great blog hop and challenge on right now!!!)
Diana and Heidi at Sketchy Thursdays and Julie at These are a Few of my Favorite Things have a couple of challenges going on that I wanted to get involved in. Sketchy Thursday’s challenge is to make a layout based on this sketch:
Julie’s challenge is to scrap about your favourite scrapbooking tools. My take on the two challenges, using Sassafrass Life Is Beautiful Fawnd of You, Too is below:
by Anne Pennington
Oh yeah – another freaking sunburst paper !!! I just love them!!!