Thursday, August 21, 2008

We are now back to our regularly scheduled programming...

Boy! That was a break and a half.  I have wanted to post so many times but there has been SO MUCH going on that I just haven't had the chance.  Plus I had so many pictures to upload from my camera etc...

All that to say I'm back baby!  Grab a cup of java, I think this is going to be a lonnnnng one!

First things first.  A few weekends ago I managed to squeeze 6, yes 6, layouts into one weekend. Here they are!

These first two pages are pics of D and I doing fun shots with the photographer along one of Ottawa's main streets.  I wasn't too key on traditional portraits so we did these instead...

I think I'm slowly gravitating towards a new style - I'm still pretty basic with clean lines but I'm starting to layer more and more.  I used FABRIC for the first time on a layout - just love it.  This is Amy Butler - fabric swatches.
So in love with my new Martha Stewart punch...
Next I did a few pages with the wedding party...I LOVE this paper (also Amy Butler I believe) but it was a kit and I have to be honest - it had the thin cheap paper inside...not a huge fan of that!
For this page I got inspiration from the package the kit came in - love how it turned out.  It's hard to see all the details - there are lots of quotes and fun things!
My next two pages are with a line I just recently discovered and IMMEDIATELY fell in love with!

It's called Webster's Pages

I tried something new - SO out of my comfort zone.  I keep things quite simple when I'm scrapbooking.  I'm known to get glue and SPARKLES everywhere so I generally avoid anything messy!  Well that has changed!  I started using crystal lacquer YEEEE HAW!

For the word "promise" I had wooden craft words that I inked with CTMH ink.  Unfortunately they colour ended up much darker but that's ok.  I then added the lacquer and LOTS of sparkles!!!

I love words - can't help it, I'm a translator!  I got these words last year and this is the first time I've used them (hmmm - what else is new!)
For the second page in this double layout I did a picture of us with our parents. Denis' dad is deceased and well, I had to do a little "crafty surgery" to take someone out of the picture who is no longer in the picture, so to speak.  I think it worked pretty well.
I called it "time flies" because I'm sure for our parents on that day it was hard to believe just how fast time had flown.

There are SO MANY details on this page and honestly the pictures can't do it justice.  I have probably at least 10 Heidi Swapp acrylic butterflies (of all sizes) but they are hard to see. 

I also added a ton of ??? - no clue what they are called.  They basically look like coloured water drops. LOVE THEM.  Once again, first time using them.

Once again I went nuts with the lacquer and glitter (made paper butterflies and "enhanced" them).
You'd be amazed at the things (or people) you can hide behind a clock!  

Ok - now on to some fun stuff!

Last Saturday we decided to take a day trip with Steph2 (Stephanie and Stephane).  The original purpose of our trip was to get Denis new hunting gear for his birthday.  We turned it into a day trip for the four of us and what a WONDERFUL day we had.

Waking up was a bit tough as the four of us (and some others) had gone to Yuk Yuks the night before so we got to bed pretty late. 5:30 a.m. came pretty quickly!  The drive down was fantastic, conversation just flowed. The chemistry between the four of us is amazing.

We dropped the boys of at Gander Mountain for hunting shopping while Steph and I went to explore a scrapbooking store we'd heard about.  I think We B Scrappin is quite possibly one of the best scrapbooking stores I've ever been to.  We didn't know what to expect because the website isn't the greatest.  It was FULL OF GOODIES.  I didn't know where to begin!  I ended up "controlling" myself as best I could because I knew there would be many other stores that day.  I did manage to pick up the Tinkering Ink line I've been craving (Al Fresco) along with another line that is new to me Collage Press.  I'm not sure if it's new to the world or just new to me but I LOVE it!
How could a girl resist papers in her signature colours pink and green???
I also got my hands on some yummy Hambly stuff - I'm totally becoming a Hambly junkie! 
I won't bore you with the details of the entire day but basically we hit many stores and spent lots of moolah!  Here are some other scrapbooking goodies.

We found sweet deals at Target -  lots of Ki stuff - Steph and I split two paper packs

For the girl who can never have enough glitter....GOD BLESS JOANNE'S!  They were having a 40% off sale on all of their scrapbooking stuff that day! Life is good 
Another new line I discovered and feel instantly in love with (probably has something to do with the "sweet" packaging)...

I also managed to buy lots of clothes (all also at 40% off) and....the best part of all...a rather unexpected purchase to go in the Scrap studio...

A    P L A S M A    T E L E V I S I O N

It's probably hard to believe given that I'm married to the "ultimate" gadget guy but we do not have any "cool" tvs at our place - they are all BIG AND CHUNKY.  That is until now!  Denis may never see me again (hey - maybe that's why he agreed to pick up this baby)...

It was a very good deal even with the exchange and duty so we just couldn't resist. 

I've decided that I won't be doing the damask wallpaper on that wall afterall - I think it may give me headaches while trying to watch tv.  I've got a few other ideas up my sleeve instead...

Here she is! (I must apologize for the blurriness and the fact that that's Ben Mulroney on the screen)...

Well, I think my tales of Montreal are going to have to wait for another night.  I've got a few things brewing in my head and I'd like to get to them tonight!

It's great to be back lovelies!


Kataroo said...

Ok first things first: The first 2 LO's featured are FLIPP'n STUNNING!!!! I love them, my very fav's. The rest are awesome, love the colors, the color blocking, lines...and the fun stuff.

I love that sweets stuff you got, I have never seen that.

Man I was so GREEN with envy while reading this post :)

Kataroo said...

Oh and I wanted to say (only it took like an hour to scroll down to the comment section LOL) that I can't wait to scrap with you at Navcan, its going to be so fun. Although I am scared that you pack as much stuff as Stephanie :) LOL

Stay funny said...

hihihihihi Katie's last comment is one point for her!
What a great w-end we had the 2 couples! It was really perfect! Lots' of shopping and just a perfect day! And that scrap store is amazing! Ohhhhhhh how can I not comment on your pages... Laurie they are amazing!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE them all espescially the on with the fabric swatch!
Buig hugs and hope to scrap soon in your new and improve room with the TV!