Friday, July 30, 2010

Sketchabilities Sketch # 21

It's time for another layout using the fabulous Sketchabilities Sketches. If you haven't played yet, I encourage you to. Their sketches definitely get your creative juices flowing!

Here's the sketch (sketch 21):

Cosmo Cricket's "Joy Ride"

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Aldous Clan

For the July 1st long weekend, Josh, Brodie and I jumped in the car and drove 7 hours to a tiny town called Elbow (Saskatchewan). We went there for a family reunion and I had an absolute blast! Here's a photo of my dad (2nd from the left) and my aunts and uncle. They're standing in front of my grandfather's boat which was restored by my cousin's husband. He did such a great job - it looks almost brand new!

This was completed using a sketch by Creative Scrappers

Sassafras Lass's "Nerdy Bird" collection

Sketch 21 Sneak

Here's a sneak of the newest sketch from Sketchabilities. Come back tomorrow to see the entire layout and the sketch!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sun, Sea & Shades

I've had Imaginisce's Scooter's Vacation line just kickin' around waiting for the perfect photo, and when I saw this picture of us in Naples, the blues and yellows just fit so well!

This layout was completed for the following challenges:
Magpie Club's sketch
BlueMoon Scrapbooking's "Blue" contest

Imaginisce's "Scooter's Vacatoion", Sassafras Lass alpha stickers, & the Girl's Paperie "On Holiday" dic-cuts.

Monday, July 26, 2010

SOS Blog Hop Winner

First off, I'd like to extend a HUGE thank-you to everyone who stopped by my blog - I thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone's comments.

Now, to the winner of my RAK:

Pink Cricut said...
I did mine, with a video too!! You can find it here!

Thank you!

July 25, 2010 10:22 AM

Congrats, Pink Cricut! E-mail me at b_aldous {at} with your shipping address!

Saturday, July 24, 2010


**If you're here for the SOS Christmas in July blog hop, see the post below =) **

Volterra is famous for their alabaster - and it's absolutely gorgeous. We bought some alabaster eggs and their currently showcased on our bar. I have a picture of all of the eggs that I'll post later when my camera battery is charged.

This layout was created for the following challenges:
Studio Calico's travel themed challenge
Creative Scrapper's Sketch 112
Bluemoon Scrapbooking's Blue Contest

Studio Calico's July kit

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Scrap Our Stash "Christmas in July" blog hop!

Welcome to the next stop in the Scrap Our Stash Christmas in July blog hop! If you've just happened to stumble across my blog, go back to the start so you can join in on all of the fun! Today I'm going to show a quick little tutorial on how to make a simple, but cute gift card holder.

First, you cut a piece of cardstock slightly larger than the gift card. I really don't like to measure, so I just eyed this. I used my Tonic Studios scoring tool to get perfect creases!

Second, you cut some patterend paper to add to the front of your piece of cardstock. Again, I don't like to measure, so I cut this out larger than I needed and then cut it down again. I also used a corner punch on both the cardstock and the patterend paper.

Here, I folded the creased cardstock and added another small strip of patterened paper to the bottom flap.

Now we need to make the paper "band" that goes around the gift card holder to keep it closed. I folder the holder and again roughly measured a strip of paper for the outside. I made it slightly larger than the folded holder.

I then wrapped the paper strip around the holder and then I folded the excess bit of paper over and glued it down.

Here I used my Martha Stewart border punch to make a scalloped edge for my paper band. Once I had the strip, I glued the outter edge of the scalloped pieces and inserted them into the inside of the band. Everything sticks so well with the ATG gun! I also added a gingerbread sticker to the front of the band.

On the inside I put a "Merry Christmas" sticker and a place to put the sender and receiver's names.

And here's the final outcome! It's so simple!

Now, here's the good part! If you decide to make one of these gift card holders, then link your project back here, and you'll be entered to win a small surprise RAK from me =)


a) The project must be new as of July 22, 2010;
b) Projects need to be linked back here by July 25, 2010 (winner announced shortly after); and
c) You need to become a follower of my blog

So, the word that everyone has been waiting for is "family" and the next stop on the blog hop is Stephanie!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Colosseum Details

I consider myself truly lucky to have had the numerous opportunities to head abroad. These photos are from our trip to Rome this past June. Once again it was fabulous, and I definitely suggest you check out the Eternal City if you get the chance!

This layout was done for sketch #20 over at the Sketchabilities blog. Come and join us!

Jillibean Soup patterned papers, American Crafts Thickers and brads and and Lilly Bee flower

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sneak Peek!

Ah, where has the time gone?! It has been a while since my last post. If only I could scrap and blog from work - now, that'd be perfect!

Here's a sneak peek of my layout that was done for the sketch that will be revealed on Thursday at Sketchabilities. It's such a fabulous sketch, and I hope you come and play along!