Last August, the 4 of us made a trip to Quebec City to celebrate the 18th birthday of our son, Chris Pennington. We stayed overnight in Levi Quebec, and took the ferry over to Quebec City in the morning. The morning was rainy and cold. Chris had dressed for summer weather, and it soon proved uncomfortably cold for him. When we arrived in the city we searched for a sweater for him to wear. We made the best of the day, and the weather improved somewhat. We enjoyed an awesome breakfast in the old city, watched musicians, visited sites, and finished with a wonderful dinner at Aux Anciens Canadiens restaurant. But first – I wanted Chris to experience a lunch in an outdoor café where he could have his first LEGAL beer. In the province of Quebec, the legal age to drink alcohol is 18. We enjoyed our day, and ended the evening with a performance of Cirque de Soleil underneath the bridge in the city, traveling home on the last ferry ride to Levi. My layout is for the 15th April challenge over at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge where we challenge you to:
Using sketch 9 – April showers bring May flowers – scrap about a rainfall, or storm. Perhaps the weather ruined your plans, or perhaps you were experiencing a drought or dry well and were relieved to see the heavens open. Or you can scrap about anything in the springtime, how it makes you feel after the long winter, new life, whatever speaks of this time to you!! You might not want to scrap about your garden though, as you may be doing that soon here – hint, hint!!
Here is my take where I used the sketch for the original inspiration, but went off wacky on my own!! But sketches are for inspiration – not to tie your hands!
design by Anne Pennington
I used American Crafts Day Dreams Great Day paper for the background of my layout!
We were invited to a resort/hotel in Collingwood for a free weekend – well, free for those who would listen to their time share sales pitch. On our way home I insisted we drive over to Wasaga Beach to see what it was all about. I had heard of it for years. Well, it was miles and miles and miles of … beach … endless beach. Ok, so now I’ve seen Wasaga Beach. Lol!
Anyway, over at Once Upon a … Sketch, Nadia Cannizzo’s latest challenge is to scrap about a holiday using her latest sketch. I used Bo Bunny Sun Kissed Heat Wave Die Cut for this layout and I’m loving the bright colours!!
The challenge over at Get Picky was to use their photograph for inspiration (I was inspired by the colours), make a multi-photo layout and to use fabric in the layout. My green flower is made of fabric. I combined this challenge with the one over at Stuck Sketches where I used their sketch posted 5 November 2011. I used My Mind’s Eye Quite Contrary Little Miss Muffet “Hello Beautiful” Little Flowers” paper as well as Sweet Little One. Here is my layout, featuring my daughter Mary Pennington and her Teddy along with her doll Rachel:
I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, and well … i’ve decided to dive in on the 30th of July … i am going to launch another freaking scrappy challenge … … mark your calendars!!!!!!
Should be a blast – a new forum to showcase your scrappy-ness, meet friends, learn stuff, win some prizes, and most of all, have some fun. Why don’t you plan on stopping by and playing with us on the 15th and 30th of each month??????????? Come visit us here, click on Mr. Linky to leave your blog address. I’ll stop over to “meet” you and see your scrappy stuff …
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
Took these photos in a store window in Toronto – love them and wanted to scrap them. I have a large blow up of the landscape photo over my Mom’s buffet, but was not finished with it or the other photo. There is a third I will do something with some day. Found the Sassafrass blog thanks to my new friend Sarah Groen and realized they have a sketch challenge every month. Here is their sketch this month:
My take on it is using Sassafrass Anthem Ticket to Freedom, Anthem Sing Loud and Monstrosity Mash. I cannot get enough of Sassafrass products, and I mean that literally – it is hard to find here, and I really love to work with it. I made the flowers from circles cut from the Sassafrass products, and the only extra non-Sassafrass product I used was some blue rhinestones. This layout is quite different from my usual …
This layout is my first first as a design team member for Little Shop of Sketches, Tanya Leigh’s awesome sketch blog. We used her Sketch 87 for our layouts:
For my layout I used Cosmo Cricket Salt Air Coral Bloom, Salt Air Sea Garden and Salt Air Elements, along with Salt Air chipboard embellishments. I love that line of paper. The green of Sea Garden is a gorgeous muted green. My fishing net is an onion bag from my kitchen – I love it. The swimmer in my pool is my son Chris Pennington, photos taken in June 2009. Seems so long ago, he has changed so much.
by Anne Pennington