Can you believe that it is already the end of July. The summer months are going by way to fast but I am trying to enjoy as much of it while I can. Hope that you are too. Here's a reminder of the sketch we used this month.
And here's my layout.
As you may know I visited my sister and her family in France back in June and I just could not get enough photos of my adorable nephew. I mean how could you resist that cute face.
I could not decided on just two photos to use and then I remembered what Francine had done for her layout last month to fit more photos.
I really enjoyed doing this layout as I very rarely get the chance to scrap boy or kid photos. I had fun playing with bright colors and finally got a chance to use some of the boy embellishments that I have in my stash.
It also dawned on me that everything that I used on this page has been in my stash for well over four years and it still makes a wonderful layout. Just goes to show that you really don't need to always buy the newest things out there to get great layouts.
Thanks for stopping by and now off you go to see what Francine came up with.
Also, please note that Sister Sketch will be on vacation for August as Francine is currently vacationing in sunny Barbados and I will be doing some travel for work. But we will be back in September so check back then.
So as you may or may not know I visited my sister in France in early June. The great thing about visiting my sister is that we have very similar hobbies - scrapbooking/crafting, crochet & knitting, reading - so I knew that I would have access to stuff for when the creativity bug hit me.
I had seen her blog post about making crochet hot pads and I knew that I wanted to make some.
I had originally planned to bring back some of the T-Shirt yarn with me, however, when I saw the size of the rolls I knew that I would be limited in how much I could stuff into, pack in my suitcase. Bummer! But then I was struck by the idea that I could make the hot pads and then just take yarn for the other projects I had in mind.
While I was there Francine also did a how to for a fun clutch bag for Make & Take (yes that's me modeling for her) and I just knew I had to make one too.
I opted for more earthy colors for my clutch. It was so easy to make.
I did manage to make it home with four rolls of the t-shirt yarn and I can't wait to play.
A good friend asked me to make cupcakes for a Curious George themed birthday party for her son. I of course immediately went to Pinterest to find some inspiration and also found this free printable. I dusted off my trusty Silhouette machine and got to work on the toppers.
I decided to just make a simple vanilla cupcake with a strawberry filling (using fresh strawberries of course) with white and yellow frosting on top. I try to avoid using artificial colors whenever possible and especially since these were for kids I really did not want to. Thankfully the google gods led me to lots of posts about what I could use for yellow and I decided to go with powdered turmeric.
And here's the finished product.
I could not assemble them before delivery but Kristen was kind enough to snap a couple photos for me. She said they were a hugh hit!
One of my friends at work was also about to celebrate her birthday so I made this card for her.
It was so much fun to put together. I found this birthday printed transparency that I have had in my stash like forever and used that as my jumping of point. And guess what? Those circles are actually left over from my Curious George toppers. I forgot just how much I enjoy making cards and I need to get back into doing them and building up my stash once more.
Well if you haven't guessed by now, yes, my latest obsession is crochet blankets.
I can imagine myself all cuddled up with my colorful, warm blanket on a cold winter's night while reading a good book! It's actually making me look forward to winter!!! Of course if I want this dream to come through I had better get cracking on actually making one of these. Time to dig through the yarn stash to see what I have.
Its amazing to me that June is just around the corner, but before we leave the month of May behind it is sister sketch reveal time. Hey that rhymes! Quick reminder of the sketch.
My layout this month is in honour of Francine's birthday and it also fits the throw back Thursday theme that is so popular on Facebook.
I think I am maybe three in this photo and Francine is about five. I also remember the outfits. They were a gift from my aunt Vera who lived in Canada and the tops were red and white and the skirts were green. My mum had us do a photo shoot so we could send photos to my aunt.
I loved mixing the black and white photos with the colored paper but keeping it to just one basic color.
And of course I had to add some bling to make it just a bit girlie!