Wednesday, April 29, 2009


In febuary I went to this amazing retreat that was hosted at one of the summer camps I went to as a child. It was one of the best retreats I have ever been too, and it was much needed. I only get away by myself once maybe twice a year. There were some incredible scrapbook artists there including the owner and founder of Daisy Bucket and Carolyn Peeler from Melissa Frances (I love her work) Anyways registration for next years is getting started so I was inspired to do a layout about it. If you are anywhere near Vancouver Island next March, I highly recommend Camp Crop a lot put on by the girls at Treasured Memories. Products used were Bazzill Cardstock, dcwv cardstock, pattern paper by sassafrass lass, mm journal tag and brads, kajinkers flowers and leaves, dollar store bling, prima stamps, versa color ink, chipboard by mm and basic grey.


Monday, April 27, 2009

Hand in Hand {layout}

Good Morning Everyone, It has been a wonderful weekend around here and this week looks to be jam packed with excitement. We are waiting to here who will be the next members of the Core-dinations DT, Softball season has begun and I am playing a school yard sport called kickball. This weekend we went out motorbiking with all the boys, it is quite an adventure. We managed to find some really cool photo shoot places so I am glad that I brough my camera. Here is a photo of me with a good friend of mine, his boys and my boys. My husband is behind up the camera {Miracle}.
Mondays signal his departure and I am on my own again. With him away so often these days I really cherish the time we spend together. This layout was created for the Daily insparations design team, challenging us to journal around something.
Products used, Bazzill Cardstick, Daisy Dee's Stickers 7gypsies tag and Karen Foster brad. TFL:)


Friday, April 24, 2009

As Promised

Well today is the day that the Core-dination design team call closes, I am hopeful excited and anxious. Those of you who know me know that I am not afraid of color, this company is my dream team because you can’t go awry with cardstock. There will never be a release where I will say “you know I don’t think that I like that paper“. I am a self proclaimed tomboy and a mother of two boys and there is not many girly things in or around my home. With paper companies producing a majority of girl stuff, I am hesitant to apply for their design teams. Not that I won’t, but it does present a challenge. Anyways as promised I will share with you what I created for the DT call. All papers in the layout (except vellum) are made by Core-dinations. The random dots around the edge were dry embossed and then sanded. The C thru ruler company has a centering ruler with evenly spaced holes, I used this for the dots across the page on the bracket shape. Dry embossing on this paper, is a splendid way to add texture and dimension and it is so easy. Check back here for some more up and coming pages using this technique with household items, your punches and other scrap supplies. Have a great and sunny day. Here’s hoping!


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Sound of Music in my head

I have had the song, These are a few of my favorite things, stuck in my head for weeks. Seriously! So when Leah Fung posted her on assignment challenge, creating this page instantly came to mind. It is a little hard to see some of the detiails on the page it's pretty monocromatic,but everthing is edged with silver metalic ink, to play on the title.

I don’t many take pictures of the inanimate, (except my pages) so scrapping my favorite things is almost always about people. I am thinking of doing the challenge again and taking some pictures of stuff! Hhmm! Anybody willing to share with me some of their ideas for favorite things? What are your favorite things??
Products used are Core-dinations Cardstock, Kaiser pattern paper, bling by say it in crystals, and marvy snowflake punch


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Good boys {A layout}

I think a couple of posts back, I said I was done with Christmas , well I guess I fibbed. I have been working on some really fun challenges over at the Scrapbooks Etc. blog. I love the inspirational work that they post, how can you resist a lift challenge. My layout was based on this creation by Denine Zielinski. I had me some fun with circles. I used the neutral colors in my sons shirts, the red from Santa’s coat and a pop of teal to bring the layout to life. Thanks for looking, have a great weekend.Products used are Core-dinations & DCWV Cardstock, MM Brads, Walmart Buttons, doodlebug rub-ons, stamps by gel-e-tins and Fancy pants and punch byMcgill.


Friday, April 17, 2009

Life is wonderful

So where I am the sun is shining and I am in need of a road trip. So shhhh, don’t tell, I am going to drive out of town to surprise my husband. He has been working over 300km away for the last couple weeks, came home for Easter and then was off again. I miss him! His work brought him a little closer to home this weekend (only 2 hours away) so I am going to drive up there with the boys to surprise him. I am constantly reminded how truly blessed I am to have such a wonderful life, friends, family and activities. I was feeling a little blue and lonely last night so I created this layout to remind myself that life can be and truly is wonderful. Products used are Cosmo Cricket girl Fridayand Scenic Route Pattern Papers, Core-dinations Cardstock, American craft Rub-ons, and walmart buttons. TFL :)


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Keepin it simple

My days seem very long now, as my hubby is gone again, leaving me with the evenings to create. This is just a simple layout, catching some of my favorite moments from the fall fair. I am really hoping to get to some of the more "Springy " Layouts on the go tonight. I got a bunch of new papers with some bright and wonderful colors that I am finding very inspiring.Products used are Scenic Route Pattern Paper and chipboard letters, Bazzill Cardstock, MM tiny alphas, Basic Grey chipboard, Gel e tins Stamps and 7 gypsies stickers.


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Fitting scrap time into Easter

So far my Easter weekend is going great, the boys Easter hunt was really cold, but it was a lot of fun. As I sit here, my 31 pound turkey is cooking in the oven, my table is set and the house smells like stuffing. Amazingly, I still found the time late last night to scrap a page for the On Assignment Challenge for SBE. I have said it before and I will say it again “ I love these things”. Pop over and check out all the great ways to use them. Happy Easter everyone.
Products used Core-dinations Cardstock, October Afternoon Pattern Paper, Doodlebug Brads, Adornit it letters, and Walmart buttons.


Friday, April 10, 2009

Sunshine on a cloudy day

I am so incredibly happy, this layout shows off my new family photo. I haven’t had a photo with the whole family since the night my youngest was born, a year and a half ago (shame). A personal friend and excellent photographer Amanda O’Brennan took this photo, she was amazing considering the day we chose to shoot was a rainy, blustery and a nearly freezing day. In the creation of this layout Daily Inspirations challenged us to use the neat bracket tag on bottom. This is one of three versions that you can download for free today on the blog . I love that my title really reflected the weather on the day of the shoot. My family really is my sunshine on cloudy day. Products used are Scenic Route Pattern Paper, Tag by Day, Foof a la button, Acrylic tag by Fancy pants, rub ons by Basic Grey, Doodlebug and American Crafts, ribbon by Making Memories and Bazzill Cardstock.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Going for it!

This is has been a year of firsts for me and it has been encouraging and inspiring. I have always wondered about being on a design team and when I was invited to be a part of Daily Inspirations, I was so excited to work with others and so creatively charged, that I made the decision to apply for other design teams. This is one of my first DT applications, I wanted to apply for teams whose product that I love and use and what could be more essential to a scrapper than Cardstock. Core-dinations card stock comes in hundreds of beautiful colors and with a color in it’s core, it is excellent for adding texture and dimension. I am going to give you all a sneak peak at what I created for my entry. I will reveal the rest when the call is over on the 24th. Wish me Luck!


Monday, April 6, 2009

Alright after this I promise I will move on from Christmas, but I thought this layout was such a good idea. Like many families my house is a mess Christmas morning. Well actually it is stunning when the kids open there eye’s, but it takes only moments to cover the whole house in toys, paper and goodies. Not that I mind it is a part of Christmas magic. I created this LO to honor that mess.Products used are Imaginisce & Cosmo Cricket Pattern Papers, Bazzill Cardstock, Ribbon by We R Memory Keepers, stickers by MM, Chipboard letters by Chip Chatter.


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Local Magazine

I was asked to write an article on Scrapbooking in our local magazine, The Valley Concierge, and the editor of the magazine wanted some of my work to accompany the piece. This is the one that I created, I love the balance of shapes and I love that I got to put flowers on it. With so many boys, and being the Tomboy that I am, I sometimes find it difficult to use flowers, but I think on this layout , they are perfect.Products used are Pattern paper by Junkitz and Crate, Carsdtock by Scrap Sally, Flowers by Prima, and stamps by Maya Rd and Stampin up.


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Stars up close

Good Morning, well where I am it has snowed again. I have had just about enough of Jack Frost and his mischief. With that being said I am still working on a number of LO's from the Christmas season. In this LO featuring my son and his visit with the Big man in red, I wanted to use some acrylic stars. It is always a creative adventure to try and find ways to attach them to the page and not have your adhesive showing. One way that I think looks kinda groovy is covering the back with a rub-on. It does a great job of hiding the glue and adding something special.
Products used Bazzill Cardstock, Doodlebug& Basic Grey rub ons, Heidi Swapp acrylic stars

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