Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Some cards
With some of the remnants of my November Sugar kit from Scrapdango, I made these really easy and super cute cards. The first one I like to call "hi." I think you'll see why:

My second card is called "4 u." (Again, I think you'll see why... LOL) :

Last, but certainly not least is my take on a dimensional card, called "Where does the time go?" For this one, punch several circles in the same size, layering them. Bend the top most layer of circles in half, to create the dimension on the card:

Saturday, November 20, 2010
My very first Scrapdango sketch!
So, I know I am not very good at drawing up sketches in Photoshop, but I'm trying! For my very first sketch for Heather at Scrapdango, I chose to make a sketch of my layout called "First Day". My sketch is pretty generic, so I am sure you could alter it to fit your needs.

I hope you like it!

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Easter 2008
Here's my third project, using the November Sugar kit from Scrapdango. It features papers from the Crate Paper Restoration line- which I am totally in love with right now!

This is a layout about my nieces, Sadie and Madison, and Easter of 2008. Yep. You read that right. 2008. I am finally getting around to scrapping some of the photos I've wanted to use but have missed during my scrappy hiatus. So, expect to see a lot of older holidays and pics from me...

This one is a two page spread, so here's the whole thing:

And then close-ups of the left page:

And close-ups of the right page:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Sweet little thing
Here's my second project for Scrapdango, using the November Sugar kit. This one uses a picture of me with my niece, Madison. Morgan took this pic after Madie and I got done dancing our hineys off at Sadie's Dance Birthday party. (What a fun idea that was, let me tell you! I think Morgan and I had more fun than anyone else! LOL)

Anywho, here's a shot of the page, uses mostly everything from the Crate Paper Restoration line:

And here are some detail shots:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
First day
I can finally reveal the layouts I've been working on for the new November Sugar kit from Scrapdango! This one is called "First day" and it's about my niece, Sadie's, first day of school this year and how she is just growing up too fast. All papers are from the Crate Paper Restoration line - I just love this one...

And some close-ups of the detail work & journaling:

Friday, November 12, 2010
Welcome to the Scrapdango Blog Hop Crop!!
It's finally time for the Blog Hop Crop to begin at Scrapdango! If you aren't quite sure what that is, check out the post here at the Scrapdango blog. If you know what this is all about - you can skip down a little ways and learn about me and my fun facts and my favorite scrappy items.

We have a brand new design team and we want you to get to know us while having some scrappy fun along the way. By completing our challenges, you can earn chances to win one of Scrapdango's awesome kits!

If you don't know me that well - my name is Sandi Minchuk. I've been in and around the scrappy scene for at least ten years now and I'm more than honored and excited to be a part of the Scrapdango design team. I've been published in a bunch of different magazines and idea books. I've even won a spot in a pretty big contest. I've been more than lucky. I'm always amazed when I have something picked up to be published. I was beyond floored when Heather picked me to be a part of her team. I used to own my own scrapbook kit club and used to love scrapbooking - but it all got to be just a bit much for me and I stopped, so I could concentrate on kits and shipping and everything that comes with running a business. At the end of last year, I decided that I missed scrapbooking far too much to continue doing what I was doing. So I quit. To make me happy. Looking back, it was very hard but it's been the best decision I've made in a long time. I love scrapping again and can't seem to get enough of it. I've been having so much fun creating with the November Sugar kit Heather sent me- I can't wait to share with you guys on the 15th- during our reveal date. Make sure you grab this kit while you can!

This past November 1st, I celebrated my 13th wedding anniversary with my husband, Jeff. He's stuck by me through think and thin and I really could not have a better guy. I'm very lucky. We don't have any children but we do have one very spoiled Weimeraner named Payton, who we spoil rotten. (P.S. He was named after Walter Payton. Yes, we're die-hard Bears fans.)

Anyway, most people don't know that I'm fluent in French and love anything and everything to do with that beautiful country. I hope to one day go back and explore more of it with someone I love. It's one of the things to do on my "bucket list."

Another fun fact about me is that (until recently) I hated to have my picture taken. Everyone always says I'm so photogenic but inside, I was DYING to have to have my picture taken. I stressed about looking heavy and the light catching too many of my fourteen chins that I'm sure were down there hiding, to come out and humiliate me at just the moment my picture was taken. ;) In the last year and a half, I've slowly (but surely) lost 98 pounds and now I love to have my picture taken - with all of my loved ones. And sometimes I'm brave enough to take one of just me. So, you should look for more pics of me soon - and I'll be using them on my scrapbook pages, so that I can finally be included in them! :)

I have a TON of things that I love to use while I'm scrapping but my favorites are all on this layout, called Winky McGee. It's a layout about my niece, Ava, and me. I took it when we went to a friend's and family day for the Bears a few years back. My current favorite things to use on a layout are #1- Patterned paper (and LOTS of it - as you can see, it's in the flowers and the rolls and in the background and in the foreground and well... just about everywhere.) #2- Flowers - of any kind. I chose to make my own for this layout and use some of my Prima stash. #3- Punches - I'm currently addicted to using my paper border punches. I think I use them on just about every layout I make anymore. #4- Corrugated cardboard - what better way to hide the evidence of a pizza binge than to rip up the box and use it on a layout? ;) And last, but certainly not least #5- Alphabet stickers. I will take alphabet stickers in every shape, size and color but I really cannot get enough of the Doodlebug ones. They are without a doubt, my most favorite. Here's a few pics of my layout:

So, for your challenge, I challenge you to use anything you learned about me in your layout. Use at least 2 facts (I used the fact that I hid behind Ava for the most part in my picture and that this photo was taken at a Bears game - my favorite NFL team.) I also used a whole slew of patterned papers and all my other 5 favorites on this layout. You can either use my 5 favorites or use 2 of my fun facts (you can interpret them any way you choose) OR you can use both and get two draws for the prize!

For the hop part of the crop, here's the order in which you should go:
-Scrapdango blog <----- GO here next
-Sandi (You are here)

Happy hopping!!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Blog Hop Crop
Scrapdango is having a Blog Hop Crop and you won't want to miss it!! Here are the details:

Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Hello card - with tutorial
Good morning, everyone! I just posted my November card challenge over at Scrapdango and thought it might be a good idea to give a step by step tutorial on how this card was done:

Ok, the first thing you are going to do is choose some alphabets for your greeting. As you can see, it doesn't matter if they match or not. I used two different alphabets so that the two l's in my greeting would not be the exact same. Stick them down and leave some room, because you are going to ink around them:

Next, choose a coordinating ink color and generously ink over your letters and onto the surrounding patterned paper:

Finally, peel up your alphabet stickers and discard them. You'll be left with a mask of your greeting and a really great new technique: