Here is my first blog post since March. It’s been a whirlwind. I had a few challenges earlier in the year. Then I retired from my public service job, then took another position in my former field, decided to end my challenge blog Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge (that was such a hard decision to make, and I do regret it – although I just cannot make the time for it now.) And when I did have time to sit down at the computer, I’ve had computer problems.
For some time now I just have not had the time to pursue any of my creative outlets, including scrapbooking. Today is a great day – I have finally been able to find time and be able to create.
I found this new blog in a very roundabout way. I attend Lisa Furtney’s awesome event, Scrapfest twice a year in Kitchener and in Oshawa, and I always take a look at the teacher line-up to see who interests me. This year she announced that Agnieszka Bellaidea will be teaching in Oshawa in the fall. Following the link to Agnieszka’s blog, I found a blog posting where she announced the challenge this month at Scrap Around the World – Helen Tilbury’s new challenge blog.
Helen’s blog uses a mood board and sketch this month for the challenge. I was inspired by the two photos on the top line of the mood board – the colour, and the mood of the two photos led to the photo and the Webster’s Pages Country Estate paper that I chose and used. The paper reminded me of the sketch, and I have remained true to the main elements within it.
Anyway, here is the layout. I’m so happy to have been able to create a bit again. I hope you like it.
Scrapbookers Anonymous is continuing with their Alphabet Challenge on the 15th of every month – September 15th is the second in the series and we are using the letter “B”. This month I did not use a manufacturer that begins with the letter “b”, but I used a paper line that does!! The paper is My Mind’s Eye Breaking Free Adventure Series Lighten-up Baby “Best Buds”. The layout features our daughter Jacqueline Pennington. Embellishments are K & Company Sera Fera and Websters Pages Sparklers. Here is my layout:
design by Anne Pennington
Please come on out to the blog and play with us!!!
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
Our daughter Stephanie Pennington loves to spoil her nieces and nephew and younger siblings. These photos are taken at her place when she had our grandchildren Brynn and Kieran Zwanenburg stay with her for a while. They made cupcakes, put family member’s initials on them with icing – then Steph uploaded the photos on Facebook and tagged each member whose cupcake was featured in the photo. Was a cute way to alert us all that there were some real sweet photos online about their fun week that we should peek at!!
I used Webster’s Pages sweet as cherry pie … let’s celebrate and … little nibbles in my layout. I did some fussy cutting and used that to embellish my layout, along with some photos of patriotic cupcakes and cherries that I found on the internet. The little bit of zig zag border that I used in the top left of the layout is from Sassafrass. It was done for yet another entry into the guest design team challenge for Sketchy Thursdays. Contest closes tomorrow night just before midnight. Applicants had to use their sketch and feature 2 of 3 themes in their layout: patriotic cupcakes, juicy fruits and cool popsicles. I used juicy fruits and patriotic cupcakes as my two of the suggested themes. Here is the sketch to use for the guest DT spot:
I am killing two birds with one stone this week. Julie from these are a few of my favorite things has a challenge to scrap your favourite quote going on right now. Sketchy Thursdays has their weekly sketch challenge happening. This is their sketch:
I decided to combine the two challenges into one layout. Here is my take on the challenges, using my fave quote of “if you love something, set it free. If it comes back it’s yours, if it doesn’t, it never was”:
Layout by Anne Pennington
I used Webster’s Pages Hollywood die cut paper and Webster’s pages embellishments, as well as items from my stash.
Diana and Heidi from Sketchy Thursdays have another fun sketch this week:
I just love Sassafrass papers, especially their funky ones like this:
But then I have been known to have a weakness for papers with sunbursts:
Little cup of sunshine
… and I especially have a weakness for anything that looks like the illustrations from the old Dick and Jane books … so this line of Sassafrass and the female version of same just makes me nostalgic for my early years …
Oh yes, I snuck a little bit of Webster’s Pages in there too, can you spot it??????????????
Here are my parents Bob and Mary Wride, circa 1956 at an unnamed beach. The beach is likely near or at Cold Lake Alberta, where they were posted during their courtship and early marriage. I used Webster’s Pages Seaside Retreat diecut for this layout. The embellishments were cut from the design on a sheet of Graphic 45 Botanicabella Collection paper, an economical way to make embellishments for a scrapbook layout. I used foam squares to raise the cut-outs up, giving a layered look to my layout. It is a real pleasure capturing these treasures of our family’s early life.
Design by Anne Pennington
Well, I tried out for the design team for Webster’s Pages – along with a gazillion others – but the only way to stretch yourself creatively is to S – T – R – E – T – C – H yourself doing something different. Cards are not my usual palette, but well, they asked for a card or altered item/home decor thingy, so I decided on a card.
I used Webster’s Pages Waiting for Santa fa-la-la line of scrapbooking paper. The Christmas ornaments and flowers are from one side of the paper, and the music notes are from the other. Hope you like it!!!
Design by Anne Pennington
Paper by Webster’s Pages
Here is the Sketchy Thursdays sketch this week:
Dianna and those ladies have an awesome contest every week. Their takes on the sketches are out of this world. Here is my take on this week’s sketch:
Paper Webster’s Pages Nature’s storybook: violette wings.
My parent’s wedding October 20, 1956 at Cold Lake Alberta. Design is from a sketch we designers were asked to use to create a layout with Scraptivity’s February 2010 kit. I would have preferred to simply use this elegant paper from Webster’s Pages for my design, without any other to border it! Background Bazill Quicksand Grass Cloth, then place Webster’s Pages Postcards from Paris Romantique Chic next. I used a stamp and glitter for interest, and used my Exacto knife to cut into the design of the paper to frame my photo corner with. I love to work with, instead of against their elegant designs!!!!
All materials, except green flower, from Scraptivity February 2010 kit.
Design by Anne Pennington