I don't know.....

  ..where this month has gone, but it's almost over!  Usually I have my house decorated for fall the beginning of  September, but I haven't even started.  I'm blaming it on the weather, it's been so cold here, it feels like the end of October!  This weekend has been nice and warm, so hopefully it stays, and we have some nice fall weather.

Next weekend, on Sunday October 3rd, is the"CIBC Run for the Cure" for the Canadian Breast Cancer foundation. My sister Pat and her daughter decided to participate in honor of me, so I decided to join them(I won't be running, I'll be walking!).  So if any of you scrapbooking ladies from Edmonton are going, we might see you there! If anyone would like to donate to the Canadian Breast Cancer foundation, Pat, Kayla and I are registered on their website, www.runforthecure.com under Pat or Kayla Carson and myself, Janice Hobbins.  I'm hoping I'll be alright to go, it will be near the end of my radiation treatment, five more this week and three next week.  Then I'm done!  I have been feeling pretty good so far, just a bit tired, that's all.  I have been doing a lot more though, working a few days a week and more everyday stuff.  I still have no feeling in my fingertips or toes, I'm hoping that will go away soon!  My hair is starting to grow back, unfortunately there seems to be some gray(darn!) and so far, it's growing mainly around the perimeter of my head(something like the Friar Tuck look! hmmm, a new look?)  At least it's growing back, and hopefully my eyebrows and eyelashes will follow(I miss those!)  I hope that one day they will find a cure for this horrible disease so that all our family, friends and future generations will not have to go through this.  But in the meantime; remember ladies, check those boobies and get your mammograms!

I haven't had a chance to participate in "The Color Room" challenges lately, but I did do one last week for palette #24.  Here's my layout:

I used for the background paper, Bo-Bunny's Mama-razzi paper, also some of the embellishments from this line.  The yellow dot paper is from Pink Paislee, the blue patterned paper is from Creative Imaginations.  The letters in the title are from the Girl's Paperie and the journaling circle is Basic Grey.
I made my flowers, accordion style and the blue center on the bottom one is from My Mind's Eye (lost and found collection).  I wasn't sure if I liked the color combination in this palette, but once I chose my papers, I quite liked the blue, yellow and green combo.  The photos are from last summer on Urban Scrapbook's photowalk.  I really enjoyed the walk, hopefully we do some of these again, maybe next summer!
Other than that, I have been working on a few projects for Pat and next month's monthly layout challenge.  Here is a sneak peek!  

This is a busy week for Urban, Jen Starr, a certified Ranger educator, will be teaching all day at the store on Wednesday.  Her classes are the same ones that Tim Holtz teaches at Ranger U.  I think there are still some openings for the morning class and maybe one or two for the afternoon class.  If you are interested, check with Urban Scrapbook.  We are busy getting ready for the Edmonton Creative Stitches and Scrapbook show    on October 1st and 2nd.  We have a booth there, so come check us out!  We won for best booth last year, so the pressure is on to come up with something just as fabulous!  It's a great show to attend, especially if you are like me, I love sewing and scrapbooking!  Two addictions in one place!  Hope to see you all there!
Have a great week!


Little Black Dress ...

September kits are fabulous (as always) this month!

It's always fun to see what vintage goodies are included in these kits and the paper assortment  in this month's "Sweet Elegance" kit is amazing.  Here are my projects this month:

Here's a layout of my daughter, Cassandra, on her first day of school (Grade 1).  It's hard to believe she's now 28, where did the time go?!

The large cream flower was made from the October Afternoon paper.  There will be a photo tutorial on how to make the pink flower on the Little Black Dress blog in the next couple of days.

In this layout, I used Sassafras Lass for the background paper and glimmer misted it.  I made the bigger flower from the vintage book paper and tulle with my slice.  The circle with the polka dot paper was 
actually a poker chip that I put a hole through with my crop-a-dile and attached the paper with an eyelet.

My dog Roxy has the longest eyelashes I've ever seen!  I had to trim them almost an inch, because they kept catching on her hair, and she was having problems opening her eyes.  It's hard to see, but I gathered the tulle in the middle and attached the ends to the back of my layout.

I made two cards (the cardstock wasn't included in the kit).  I like making cards with leftovers from these kits, because now I actually have a growing stash of cards.  Usually I would be rushing to make a last minute card, so now I won't have to.

I have enough left from the kit for another couple of layouts, but I thought I had better get these posted, it will be October before I know it!
Be sure to check out the Little Black Dress blog for more fabulous ideas from their design team.
Bye for now!



I'm posting two days in a row!  Actually, I was getting too tired yesterday to finish my post so I decided to leave the rest until today.
Well, this morning was my first zap of radiation.  Never mind worrying about the radiation, I think the worst part is trying to leave the house by 7:30 a.m. to get to the cancer clinic!  It's been a long time since I've had to drive in early morning rush hour, but at least it's only for a month.  It's not too bad getting zapped, it's just like getting an xray.  The worst part is holding the same position (your arms above your head, holding a bar) for about 10 - 15 minutes.  Ten minutes doesn't sound long, but it seems longer and of course some part of your body cramps up immediately!  Just like when you're at the dentist and you get a tickle in your throat as soon as he starts working on you!  Never fails!

Well, that's about all that's happening with me, now to show you the mini book Pat and I have created.  Pat used the "leaves" mini album AccuCut diecuts from the store to cut out corrugated, chipboard, canvas, acrylic, wood, and cork paper.

The top cover is acrylic, edged with microbeads.  The small leaves are diecut metal, acrylic, and paper.  The leaves were then embossed, using Tim Holtz embossing folders.  I then used alcohol ink to color the 
acrylic and metal leaves.

The wood leaf page was spritzed with teal "Radiant Rain" shimmering mist. The letters were cut out, using cork paper, with the Tim Holtz alphabet diecut and then inked with green. The leaf was edged with smooch pumpkin paint.

This cardstock covered leaf is embellished with small diecut leaves. The cream colored one is canvas, embossed with a Tim Holtz folder. The chipboard one was painted orange and then the one side covered with three different colours of microbeads.

This corrugated leaf was edged with orange paint.  The flowers were cut out with Tim Holtz flower diecut, using canvas  paper.  They were then embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder and lightly  inked with purple and green ink.

This leaf was accented with metal and paper embossed leaves.

This corrugated leaf has embossed paper and acrylic leaves.  I also used Tim Holtz tissue tape on the left side. This tape is great, it's very sticky and blends well into the paper. I just tore strips off and placed them side by side.

I embossed this small corrugated diecut leaf and lightly painted with orange paint. The chipboard leaf is covered with microdots and edged down the middle with smooch paint.

Cork paper covers this leaf. Alcohol inked acrylic leaves and a canvas flower accent.

Small embossed leaves are lightly inked. Tim Holtz tissue tape covers the left side.

I made my own masks using Tim Holtz blank mask sheets and my Slice machine. The leaves are from the slice cartridge "Fall Back to School".

The back of the book is covered with canvas paper and the edges inked. I used the leaf masks again, with different colors of ink. The bottom right side is Tim Holtz tissue tape again.

That's it for our fall book.  It's a great way to showcase all those autumn photos! Once I started embossing the different papers, I didn't want to stop! I especially loved how the canvas paper looked, I was surprised it took so well to the embossing.

I now have to finish up my "Little Black Dress" kit club projects, I'm late with those!! Hopefully, I will be sharing those in the next couple of days.
Have a great day tomorrow!

Hello there...,

I've neglected my blog the past couple of weeks and haven't done much scrapbooking, I just felt I needed a break.  That, and I seemed to take longer getting over my last treatment, especially the numbness and pain in my fingers.  Could be too that I'm just impatient to get this all behind me!  It has been nice, the last week to be able to go out more, taste my food again, and best of all, work a few hours at Urban Scrapbook!  It is tiring, but it feels good to surrounded by creative people(the ladies I work with are amazing scrapbookers) and we have the best customers!  Everyone has been so thoughtful and kind; they all truly feel like friends rather than customers and work colleagues.

I haven't been feeling very creative lately, maybe being at the store again will get me going!  I know I will definitely be trying to catch up on my buying, especially because all the new releases are arriving!  Also, Jen Starr from Ranger Ink and Tattered Angels is coming to Urban on September 29th.  She will be teaching three classes that day, so check out Urban's website  for information.  I believe these are the same classes that Tim Holtz teaches at Ranger U!  I'm looking forward to learning new techniques!

I did manage to get my Urban Scrapbook September challenge layout done, using the wonderful new Sassafras lass.  The photo is my daughter at around age 2.  I laugh whenever I look at this photo, she always had to accessorize her outfits, even at this age; and she had her book upside down!

Our word this month was "Adore".  I used the backside of the stickers (with the backing still on) as masks, and inked  them on the canvas paper.  These September kits are available at Urban, also check out the other fabulous layouts from the design team!

Tomorrow I will be posting a fall mini book that Pat started and I finished off.
Have a great evening!
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