Tuesday, 1 August 2017

BEST FRIENDS - DT Case file 235

A new month is upon us. Tell me, what type of person are you?  The "Oh, no, it's August already. Summer is almost over." or, the  "I can't believe it's only August. Is this summer ever going to end !"

I'm the "Who in their right mind loves this heat and humidity. I want summer to be over already."

Can you tell I'm not a summer person, at all ?  Bring on the cool, crisp days. The fall leaves, the cold fresh air. Get rid of the humidity and the bugs. Lets take out warm cardigans,  and watch our favorite TV shows with knitted blankets on our laps. Can we fast forward to October, please.....

Well, in the meantime, for those of you who do enjoy summer, we have a new case file this month with hot weather, and friendship, written all over it.


I must admit I thought of skipping this one. Light, (and primary), colours are always a challenge for me. Especially if the base colour is white. I much prefer darker, neutral colours with a cream undertone. It took me a while to figure this case file out, and two goes at it before I finally settled on this layout of my grand-children's special bond.

I followed the Sketch fairly closely.

I'm trying to put my stamps to good use as well. I paid good money for them so my goal is to use at least one stamp per layout. This one features a pretty butterfly/flower stamp bought at Michael's, and a journaling stamp from Stampin' Up.

light Chartreuse (stripes on tags)
Turquoise (washi tape at the top of the layout, leaves, flowers)
White (patterned tissue paper)
light Grey (patterned tissue paper)
between a Periwinkle and Lavender ( floral pattern paper, matching pattern paper, phrase sticker)

I've also added lots of Black, Creams, and Beige as neutrals.
A darker version of Chartreuse can be found as well.

Evidence: Polka dots, flowers, and something circular with a hole in the center (eyelets on tags).

Testimony: inspiration words Laughter, and Together.

My grand-children, Victor and Violet,  always have lots of fun together. They are not only brother and sister, but best friends. My wish for them is that the special bond they have lasts their whole life.

I hope you'll join us for the challenge. Even if you don't have the exact colours called for, don't let that stop you. Choose colours from your stash that are as close as possible. For example, I had very little Light Chartreuse in my stash. I used the little I had, and added papers and embellishments in a medium to dark Chartreuse instead.

I can't wait to see what YOU create.

Until next time. À la prochaine,
Jacynthe ☺

Sunday, 16 July 2017


Next up is a layout I did for the Scrap-Our-Stash July Tic-Tac-Toe challenge. http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com

I chose the left column : Number, Chipboard, Striped Paper

Numbers (bingo card, clock, calendar)
Chipboard ( both letters "F")
Striped paper (behind photo)


Translated journaling reads:

"We are well aware that we have very little time left with Félix. So, we try to bring him to places he likes. Today we were at Hatfield Point so that he could refresh himself in the water and go for a walk along the shore. "

Thank you for stopping by.
À la prochaine. Until next time.
Jacynthe ☺

ICI - (Here)

It's time for the mid-month challenge at http://csichallenge.blogspot.com

The photo of Meeghan Cove was copied from the Town of Quispamsis' website.

 Colours:    Med orange ( pattern papers, flowers)
                    Skye blue/Turquoise blue (pattern paper, flowers, ink, "Life is good" sticker )
                    White ( scalloped border, brad flower center)
                    Bright yellow ( pattern paper circle, ink to stamp the sun)
                    Seafoam green ( paper for journaling strips, title letters)

  Evidence: Checker pattern, Flowers, Something transparent (title letters), Stamps, Sun, and Scallops.

For the Testimony I chose to Document a summer getaway, well kind'a. You'll see what I mean.
My journaling, attached to the back of my layout, was written in French. I printed it on an ugly piece of pattern paper whose colours matched the challenge. Yeah, me, for creative stash use ☺. The translated journaling reads;

"I've always asked myself what strangers think of our little corner of the world. What attracts them here? What brings them to Canada? Why have they chosen New Brunswick? Why do they decide to stay? Why do they decide to leave?

I asked myself those question on a visit to Meeghan Cove Beach last September. We were there with (our grand-daughters). Even though it was a beautiful day, there was hardly anyone there. However, a bit to the side, in the shadow of big trees, were two families of refugees. The men were having a conversation while the two women were watching their children playing on the beach.

For a brief moment I observed the scene before me. Were they seeing the same thing I was? Were they seeing this calm and peaceful place where people can gather without fear? Could they hear the laughter of the children or the birds singing? Were they admiring the view before them? Did they realise how lucky we are to live here?

I never want to take for granted the beauty of the landscape, the fresh air, and the peace of mind of knowing we are safe from war.  Never do I want to take for granted how wonderful life is here. "

Thank you for stopping by.

Jacynthe ☺


Tuesday, 4 July 2017


Another month brings a new case file at http://csichallenge.blogspot.com

I love the colours we were given to play with. That was the easy part. So were the items from the evidence list.

Colours: Carnation pink (Papers, flowers, fibers, letter stickers, and watercolours)
                Pale sage green (leaves)
                Sage green (watercolour and journaling strip)
                White (punched border and embossing powder)
                Light golden yellow (paper, button, and cheese cloth)

Evidence: Flowers, Leaves, Text print, cursive font lettering (journaling), and Watercolour

My challenge was the Testimony choices. I don't have a week-end ritual per se. The mental health prompts, or the inspiration words, did not work with the photos I had chosen. That left the Free Verse Poem. I thought I was in trouble for sure. But no, the way Free Verse poetry was explained made it easy to write the few lines I needed for my journaling.

I watch lots, and lots, of YouTube videos on mixed media. Since watercolour was one of the evidence items, I thought I'd give it a try. I'm quite happy with the results. And, I've had those Basic Grey fibers in my stash FOREVER. The colours were spot on, so why not.


I hope you'll stop by and check out the challenge. I'd love to see what YOU create.
Thank you for looking at my layout, and for any comments you may care to leave.
Bye for now. À la prochaine,
Jacynthe ☺

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

La La Land

Here we are in June already. Where did May go?

I am really pleased to have been added to the talented group of ladies on the design team at http://csichallenge.blogspot.com  I've been thinking of giving it a go for a while now, and decided to try it out for the 6 months term. Thank you Debbi. ♥

If you haven't played yet, why not give the challenge a try. The rules are simple;

*Use all 5 colours. Neutrals such as black, white, and kraft (tan) are allowed.
*Choose at least 3 items for the Evidence list as your embellishments.
*Choose one (or more) of the prompts from the Testimony list to write your journaling.

It's that easy.

Debbi posts new challenges on the 1st, and on the 15th, of every month.
You'll be challenged and surprised at how beautiful your layouts will turn out.

Ready to play ?

Here's the challenge for the month of June.

I have to admit, when I saw the colours and the Superhero theme I thought, "Oh, oh...".  Royal blue has got to be one of my least favorite colours. I had none of it in my stash. A trip to Michael's fixed that. I did, however, know exactly what my layout would be about, and it had nothing to do with superheros.

Here's how I solved the case:

The colours Royal Blue, Turquoise, Bright Buttery Yellow, White, and Primary Red are all there.

From the Evidence list: Stripes, Twine, StarburstsStars and tiny Hearts.

I chose the Inspiration Words, Super, Awesome and Wow, as a kickstart to my journaling. Those words clearly represent the way I feel about La La Land.

I would say that the journaling is the most important part of my layout. If you haven't seen La La Land, and plan on seeing it, you might want to skip the journaling as it contains spoilers.

A few up close details:

And there you have it. I enjoyed working on my very first Design Team assignment, and hope you'll find something that inspires you to join us.
I'm leaving you with the movie trailer for this magical movie. Enjoy !
Jacynthe ☺

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Look at that hair !

Hello ladies,
I thought I would combine two challenges in one layout this month. The first is Case File 229 at CSI, and the second is the Tic-Tac-Toe board at Scrap Our Stash.

Here they are:



And here is my layout
From the Tic-Tac-Toe board I chose the left column Journal card, The Colour Yellow, and 3+Pattern Paper.


For the CSI Case File, I incorporated the five colours: Turquoise, White, Lemon Yellow, Pale Blue, and Grey.

The Evidence include:
- Plain cardstock
- Flowers
- Word/phrase stickers

For the Testimony I wrote my journaling in a loopy cursive.

The translated journaling reads;
"Look at that hair !"
It's no wonder that is what most people say when they see Coraline. Not all two year old little girls have such long hair.


I hope you can take inspiration from all of the beautiful layouts posted on both sites.

Thank you for taking the time to look at mine.

Jacynthe ☺

Friday, 21 April 2017

CSI Case 227 - Lovable

We have a beautiful case file over at http://csichallenge.blogspot.ca/ this month. Here it is:

Here is how I solved the case:

The colours; Pale yellow, Orange, Light cream, Pale olive green and Dark walnut brown are all there.

From the Evidence list I used: Floral pattern, stripes, something fuzzy, animals, flowers, fabric, and a circular element.

On this close-up you can see that I used some white mulberry paper for my fuzzy item. I've had that small piece in my stash forever. I really like the soft effect if creates. The circular element was cut with my Silhouette. The twill tape (also ancient) counts as the fabric evidence and the stamped owl counts as the animal.

And lastly the journaling, which describes my grand-daughter Rosalie's lovable disposition, was written inside a frame.

She's funny, not one bit shy, loves telling stories and making us laugh. She'll have no problem fitting in once she starts kindergarten in September.

That's it for now.

Hope you'll join us for an upcoming CSI challenge. I always love seeing everyone's take on the challenge.

'Til next time,
Jacynthe  ☺

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

SMILE - Bash It Challenge Round 2

Hello ladies,
For this week's Bash It Challenge at 2Peas Refugees, Crystal suggested the items below;

At least one PAPER : A piece of Basic Grey floral paper that has been in my stash for a long time.

At least one Item you can use repeatedly (stamp, ink, mist, stencil, dies, something NON CONSUMABLE): Stamps and ink.

At least one CONSUMABLE (meaning once you put it on the page it is gone) (i.e stickers, alphas, enamel dots/shapes, twine, ribbon etc): Flowers

Something you have not used in at least 3 months: a Martha Stewart small flower punch and a Stampin'Up stamp set.

Something that makes you SMILE : Our dog Félix

5 items of your choice : Buttons, Thickers, something Tim Holtz (stamp), Tags, Silhouette leaf die-cut.

I managed to make one layout from the items I had gathered using the suggested list.

The quote reads: If I had a dollar for every time you made me SMILE I would be a millionaire.  -Author unknown.
Look at that sweet face ♥
Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave.
Bye for now. À la prochaine,

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Lady - Bash It challenge

⧫⧫⧫  If I had to describe myself,  the first thing I would definitely say is that I am an animal lover, especially dogs. Animals are often the subject of my scrapbook pages. Case in point, Lady. She's an 11yr old miniature goat whom we adopted last summer. My husband and I bought a small hobby farm three years ago. Since then, the animals and chickens have somehow multiplied. We now have three goats, two sheep, thirty-one hens, one rooster, a pair of bantam chicken, two barn cats, one house cat, and our dog Félix. They keep us busy that's for sure.

This month a new challenge popped up on http://2peasrefugees.boards.net/board/3/general-scrapbooking-papercrafting called the Bash It challenge. We had to choose five old, and five new items from our stash and see how many layouts we could create. Here are the items I chose;

Old (some items have been in my stash for years) :

New (to me) :

And here is my first, and possibly only, layout using mostly the items from my old stash.

I'm so glad I finally used that busy piece of Basic Grey paper. It's been in my stash forever. The title letters were made with the set of clear alphabet stamp, only ever used once. The "guest of honor" flair seemed appropriate. The blue banner, blue journaling paper, and the greyish paper were all from the
6 x 6 pad I recently purchased.

Here you can see the metal brads and clip from the Stampin'Up Hodgepodge hardware kit.
Finally, the journaling.
Hope you like it. Thank you for dropping by.
Bye for now,
Jacynthe ♥

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

14 - February challenges

 I recently discovered a challenge blog called Scrap Our Stash.http://scrapourstash.blogspot.ca/ . They post two challenges monthly. I thought I would give the Tic-Tac-Toe board a try.
I chose the top line : The colour Red, Polka dot paper, and Tag. I killed two birds with one stone by making a tag out of a scrap of polka dotted paper.
I also played along with the February Stash and Bonus challenges at 2Peas Refugees.
From the Stash challenge I used: Something with text, Paper scraps, and heat Embossing.
From the Bonus challenge I used the colours of the mood board.

I decided to scrapbook a photo of our 14yr old Cairn terrier, Félix. We are so lucky that he is still with us. We can't even imagine our life without him.
You can easily see the mood board colours ( Off white, burnt orange, golden yellow, medium teal and navy ) in my choice of papers and embellishments. 
The SOS items; the colour red, polka dot paper, and tag, are also easy to find.
Here's a close-up of the details. I did some copper heat embossing on the navy cut-out in the background.
Thank you for taking a look at my layout. I appreciate you taking the time to do so. Your comments are always appreciated as well.
Bye for now. À la prochaine.
Jacynthe ♥

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Play mom & baby --- CSI case # 221 / January Stash Challenge

Hello all,
I can't believe it took me three weeks to finish my layout for CSI case # 221, and for the January Stash Challenge at 2 Peas.  I kept changing papers, couldn't quite place the flowers, and I didn't really know what to say in the journaling. If that wasn't bad enough, I had to replace a large piece of turquoise paper after everything was glued down because I dropped a big glob of brown paint on it trying to add a few splatters. I almost threw the whole thing out ! Thankfully I found another piece of turquoise patterned  paper in my stash. Turns out it's nicer than the one I had originally chosen. Go figure ☺.

Here's the CSI challenge:

The colours: pale yellow/ivory, turquoise, watermelon pink, yellow green, dark chocolate brown are all there.

From the Evidence list I have: tiny dots, grid pattern, string, different coloured letter (word) stickers, and leaves.

From the Testimony I chose to mix my handwriting with some letter stickers (on the hidden journaling card).

I also followed the sketch fairly closely.

For the January Stash Challenge at 2 Peas I chose three items from the list;
 * Something floral : the background frame border, and the washi tape.
* An unloved tool : my corner rounder, and 2 different Stampin'Up flower stamps. I haven't used those particular tools in quite a while. A shame really because I love the extra touch they give to my page.
* Your handwriting : on the hidden journaling card.

The photos of my grand-daughters were taken by their mom. I journaled about Rosalie's dream of being a mother and how much she takes good care of all of her "babies" which include her little sister, Coraline.

Thank you for stopping by and for any comment you may care to leave.

Have a great week,
Jacynthe ☺