Sunday, 24 August 2014

Scraptastic 4th Birthday Celebration


I'm back from a couple weeks of much needed holidays and am thrilled to have been able to scrapbook while I was away.  I finished a ton of layouts thanks to the Scraptastic Birthday Challenge held at the beginning of August.  I was even a winner for one of the games which is great news to come home to.

Here are the layouts I completed:

Challenge 1:  I used an old Cocoa Daisy kit for this one.

Challenge 2: Another old Cocoa Daisy kit.  (I already used up the majority of my first Scraptastic Kit, so am working on getting through some older kits)

Challenge 3:  Oh - how I love the new Shimelle line!

Challenge 4: Another LO using the new Shimelle line.

Challenge 5:

Challenge 6:  This was completed with scraps from the Scraptastic Summer Nights kit.

Challenge 7: Another old Cocoa Daisy kit.  I scrap-lifted this from a LO I had printed; but because it's a couple years old; I can't recall where I found it.  Sorry!

Challenge 8: Another LO using the Shimelle line.   Think I'll be buying a second round of the paper as soon as my LSS gets it in :-)

Challenge 9:  The papers  and word stickers for this came from my stash - it's by Glitz Designs.  Plus some Studio Calico and Two Peas embellishments.  The "RAD" alphas are by Fancy Pants.

These types of challenges always provide great inspiration to get me scrapping and the chance to win prizes is super fun.  Nothing like a deadline to make things happen :-)

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.  Hope you had a fantastic weekend!  My next project will probably be a mini book that I plan to make for my cousin who I just had a great visit with.  Going to try to get as much scrapbooking done as I can before the September chaos begins.


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

July Scraptastic Kit - Killed :-)

I've been sneaking in scrapbooking time.  I went for so long without getting much done; but it's summer and the kids are playing well together - so I've had some free time.  One of the benefits of having a kit is that it's easily portable.  I can take it to any work space to be near the kids and have everything I need.

I'm SO impressed that I made 8 traditional 12x12 layouts and 4 pocket style pages from the main July Scraptastic kit.  I did have some extra embellishments that I had purchased from the Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine collection before I saw the Scraptastic kit reveal.  I also ended up adding 2-3 extra sheets of patterned paper because I had so many embellishments to work with.  I still have 1 wood veneer, 1 die-cut, 1 overlay, 2 brads and a handful of ephemera still left.  My goal was to finish off those brads and I still have 2 left!!  I could probably do one more layout with the supplies I have if I add some cardstock.

This month's kit was FULL of goodies!  Even though this kit was so bold, I actually found it quite easy to work with.  Here are the layouts:

The white splatters are with Mister Huey's Opaque White.  My son wrote the journaling :-)  Everything else is from the kit.

The washi tape is from Doodlebug and the yellow alphas are from Studio Calico.

The woodgrain stars are Studio Calico and the alphas are Jillibean Soup; everything else is from the kit.

The blue base patterned paper and green alphas are from Jillibean Soup and I believe the washi tape is from Bella Blvd.

The white woodgrain pattern is from Elle's Studio and everything else is from the kit.

For this next layout I used a patterned paper by American Crafts as the base.  The blue striped photo mat was from last year's Simple Stories summer collection. Those were the only items not in the kit aside from the embossing powder.  I used the Scraptastic stamp set to add the green embossed ice cream cones.

This next one will be the title page for our Shuswap holiday section.  It was a scraplift from Irit Landgraf; I recently discovered her You Tube channel and am enjoying her process videos. They always make me smile :-) The four pocket pages that follow contain a bunch of photos from the same holiday.  

This is what is left of my July Scraptastic kit....I noticed the August kit was shipped today so I can't wait to dig into that one!

Hope you have a fabulous day and thanks for dropping by.


Friday, 25 July 2014

My First Scraptastic Kit!

Happy Summer!

I just finished my first layout made from my very first Scraptastic Kit.  I had been holding off subscribing to kit clubs the past few months as I have piles of old kits to use up and have not been scrapbooking as much as I would like to.

Once I saw the July kit, I gave in!   The kit is the July 2014 Summer Nights kit.  It is full of amazing bold rainbow colours and woodgrain patterns.  My layout is based on the July Scraptastic Club sketch challenge.  Here is the sketch:

The photo was taken at my friend's birthday pool party near the end of June.  The kids played in the pool for hours and had a blast.  The pool was at a house that belongs to a member of my friend's family.  There was an amazing view of a beach and the Pacific Ocean from the pool deck, yummy summer food and great company - just close friends and family.   It was the first real summer activity we did right after school was out.

I was also inspired by a recent Paperclipping podcast "A Team Effort" which is a discussion about including the family in our scrapbooking.  So I had my daughter write her memory of that day on the journal card and it's my favourite part of the layout. Here's my layout:

I spritzed the sunshine wood veneer with Heidi Swapp Colour Shine (Mustard).

The "Just Chill" sentiment is from the July Summer Nights stamp set.

We've been having an amazing summer so far and have been enjoying wonderfully sunny weather.  I know I'll be using up the rest of my kit really soon!

Thanks for dropping by.


Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Mother's Day Weekend Scrapbooking


I had an amazing Mother's Day weekend - it started on Friday when two of our long-time friends showed up at the door on Friday evening.  Our husbands had been planning a surprise for us and planned a weekend together where they did all the cooking and took the kids out of the house so that we could scrapbook all weekend.  They also occasionally delivered Starbucks and wine!  Yes, I'm a lucky girl :-)

I finished a couple more layouts for the Paperclipping Romantic Scrapbook Course and even scrapbooked a photo that was emailed to us while the kids were at the park on the weekend.

For the first layout I used an older Cocoa Daisy kit.  The patterned paper is October Afternoon and the chevron overlay is by Allison Kreft for Webster├Ęs Pages (Sweet Notes), the Tickers are American Crafts (Baby Girl), the smaller text stickers are October Afternoon (Chalk and Slate Mini Market) and the journalling tag is by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper.

The layout is telling a bit about how our paths crossed before we met.  Long before we worked together, our paths had crossed many times including swim club family picnics.  We had found old photos in family albums where Mark's mom had taken a picture of Mark's sister in a potato sac race and I just happen to be in the photo participating in the same race.   I didn't have a copy of that photo but the one above is from my family photos and my mom had taken this picture of me and Mark's sister just happens to be sitting on the grass with a friend. 

Last week I picked up bunch of the new Teresa Collins collection - Something Wonderful.  I love that my LSS Clipperstreet carries the entire collection.  They carry all of the Teresa Collins goodies!  I believe the Thickers are by Dear Lizzy and the enamel dots are a mix of Freckled Fawn and My Minds Eye.  This LO is based on a sketch from the Creative Scrappers Birthday Bash sketches.

I forgot to add the journalling before I took the photo, but this is another favourite place layout.  We don't live in the same city as this restaurant anymore, but when we visit family, we always go for dinner.  Last summer we went for our anniversary - which explains why we took a photo of our wedding rings for a different sort of selfie :-)

This LO is also based on a sketch from the Creative Scrappers Birthday Bash.  The tags, sequins, stars and cameras are from Studio Calico (Oh I love their newish Colour Theory line!) and the patterned paper was selected by my friend (can't recall the name but it's the newest summer collection by Echo Park).  She used the exact combo of papers and I loved it so much, she gave me all the same strips.  This sketch is great for times when you love both the A & B sides and/or want to really stretch your patterned paper.  She still had tons left even after doing this layout twice.

This LO was based on a sketch from Creative Scrappers : Creating with Sketches book 1st Edition (page 7).  I purchased both editions as E-Books and then printed and bound them at Staples. This picture of my daughter was taken by my friend's husband while they were out on adventures with the kids all weekend. He texted the photo to us and it was sooo cute, I just had to print it and scrapbook it right away :-)  This LO uses patterned paper and embellishments mostly from Pink Paislee's Switchboard collection.  The heart paper is from My Minds Eye - Now & Then.  The sequins are from Studio Calico.

This LO is a total scraplift from Nancy Damiano.  I believe it was posted on the Scraptastic Kit Club blog and it uses a lot of October Afternoon's Daily Flash collection and Elle's Studio.  I'm really loving this new grid  approach that is popular right now.

This LO is based on Creative Scrappers latest Sketch # 268.  It was released on Mother's Day and I was just wrapping up and thought this would be quick and simple.  To be honest I'm not happy with the splatters; I was hoping for a more random, spread out splatter, but it just wasn't working for me.  I'm not one to fix or start over, so I just moved onward :-)

I love scrapbooking older photos of my kids - these photos are from when my son was seven months old which was nine years ago!

That's all for now.  I never finish as many LOs as I think I will, but it was still a productive weekend and lots of great visiting with a good friend. If you want to check out her blog, it's Scraps by Jen.

I'm still working on LOs for the Paperclipping Romantic Scrapbooking Course and will continue to post those.

Thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Paperclipping Romantic Scrapbooking Course LO4

Happy Tuesday!

I'm so excited because today I had the opportunity to chat with Noell and Izzy Hyman of  I was a guest today on their podcast Paperclipping Rountable where we discussed scrapbooking about our significant other!! If you click on the link, the show will be posted later today.  I listen to their podcast ALL the time, and it was so much fun to be a part of it - thank you Noell and Izzy!  Here's a selfie I snapped just before the recording started...

I was truly inspired by the videos and prompts in the Romantic Scrapbooking course.  I've been digging for old photos, asking Mark questions, jogging my own memory and having fun spending time documenting our relationship.  I'm not completing the layouts chronologically; mostly the order is based on when I found the photos.  As I find more, I will keep making pages and posting here and linking to the segments of the course they relate to.  If you haven't checked it out yet, take a look at the Romantic Scrapbooking course.  It has provided me with tons of inspiration to tell our story which I think our children and grandchildren will enjoy one day.

My layout today is a bit about first impressions.  Mark and I lived in the same neighborhood (a block away from each other), he was one of our paper boys and we attended the same elementary school, but he was two years older than me.  Our paths crossed in various ways, but we never actually met each other until my first shift at McDonalds!!  Yes - he trained me on fries...not the most romantic story...but funny nonetheless.  Also significant as my life changed forever after meeting him, so I better tell the story :-)  My layout was inspired by sketch 267 at Creative Scrappers and  Noell Hyman and Beth Quiroz.

Looking at the layout now, I realised I forgot to add some speech bubbles!  Hmmm...I might still add as they were kinda cute.  I'm now off to find speech bubbles and more photos.  As discussed on the show today; if I can't find a good photo or any photo, I'll scrapbook a page without a photo to make sure I tell the story - that would be a first for me.  We'll see what happens....stay tuned!

Thanks for dropping by,

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Paperclipping Romantic Scrapbooking Course LO3

Ok, so this is my last layout for today.  This one is for the "Grateful" challenge in the Paperclipping Romantic Scrapbooking Course.  It's not too serious at all but very true.  I'm grateful for many other meaningful things which I will have to document as well, but this was the first thing that came to mind today when I thought about what I was grateful for.  May have been the lack of coffee...but it's definitely a true story.

Here's the layout (based on Creative Scrappers Birthday Sketch):

The tag has the journalling written on it.  The layout was already so busy with my patterned paper choices; so I decided to hide the journalling.  The tag reads, "It's no secret that I do not love laundry.  I especially hate and avoid putting socks together.  It only takes a few days for this family of five to produce a HUGE mountain of loose socks.  The bigger the pile - the longer it sits.  Until the love of my life, my husband tackles it!  I am truly grateful when he makes the mountain disappear."  Which is more often than I like to admit.

I still have a few more  layouts to try out from the class.  Stay tuned for more!

Thanks again for dropping by,

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Paperclipping Romantic Scrapbooking Course LO2

I'm back already!  Just finished this layout for the Date Night Challenge as a part of the Romantic Scrapbooking Course at Paperclipping.  We do go on regular date nights and for the past year it has involved a lot of theatre because we have seasons tickets for a local theatre company here in Vancouver, BC.

We have a wonderful babysitter watch the kids and out them to bed for us while we go out for dinner and enjoy the latest production together.  I always feel so refreshed after these nights and it's a great way to connect with Mark and see how life is going (without all the inevitable interruptions that happen when you have three children under the age of 8).

The second layout talks about how many of our date nights also involve going to concerts.  We've always loved going to concerts; since when we first started dating as teenagers to now (late 30's).  I've listed some of the recent concerts we've been to and some of our favourite restaurants.

Loving this course for motivating me to get these layouts done.  I rarely scrap stories of just the two of us.

Thanks for dropping by,

Paperclipping Romantic Scrapbooking Course


I've been busy scrapbooking about me and my highschool sweetheart today.  I was inspired to get some stories and thoughts on paper after signing up for the Romantic Scrapbooking Course over at   I regularly listen to the Paperclipping Roundtable when I'm scrapbooking by myself - makes me feel like I'm at a crop and they're always a fun bunch to listen to.

There's a series of challenges throughout the course.  My take on the first challenge was based on relationship strengths. My layout includes a pocket with ten relationship tips.  It is based on a sketch by Creative Scrappers.  Mark and I have been married for 18 years and have been together for almost 23 years.   Still, it felt kind of funny writing them because I don't feel like an expert, but Noel's comment in the video about writing them to my kids worked for me.

My tips (in no particular order) are:
1.  Nurture your friendship.  Make sure you're getting updates and continue to get to know each other.
2.  Appreciate each other.  Be grateful; don't take your partner for granted.  Remember to give compliments.
3.  Compromise.  Practice not being stubborn on issues you don't feel extremely invested in.
4.  Don't take yourself too seriously- remember to laugh.
5.  Always make time for date nights.  They're like oxygen for a marriage.
6.  Go on adventures together; experience new things together.  It strengthens your bond (not to mention fun!)
7.  It's the little things that make a difference.  Back massages, bringing a cup of tea (or wine!), little notes - all show that you love & appreciate each other.
8.  Memory keep.  Make a photo book of all the fun times you've had together (without the kids).  It's a wonderful reminder.
9.  Don't forget manners.  Sometimes we get so comfortable that we let this slide from time to time.
10.  Remember you're a team.  Have common goals and protect the refuge that you provide for each other.

Now I'm off to work on the next challenge....stay tuned.


Friday, 25 April 2014

Happy Birthday Creative Scrappers!

I'm happy to be one of the sponsors of the Creative Scrappers' Birthday Blog Hop.  It's so great to see a thriving website dedicated solely to sketches.  It's my 'Go-To' website for inspiration and the chance to win prizes is always a fantastic bonus.  Tons of sketches to keep you scrapping and the Design Team is pretty fabulous too!

If you would like a chance to win this great prize valued at more than $50 - check out the Creative Scrappers Birthday Blog Hop today!

Also, while you're here I wanted to let you know that if you've ever been interested in joining Close to My Heart, now is the time.  The Consultant kit is already a fabulous value and for the month of April,  you will also get your choice of Close to My Heart's exclusive Cricut Cartridge for FREE - that's an extra $99 value. I have the Art Philosophy and Artiste cartridges and I love them.

To sign up or shop for Close to My Heart products (delivered right to your door), visit the online shopping link HERE or click on the badge to the right :-)  Time is running out - this rare offer is only good until the end of April.

Happy Birthday again to Creative Scrappers - I'm looking forward to many more sketches to come! Thanks for stopping by my blog :-)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Memory Workshop April 2014 Kit

My goal yesterday was to see if I could use up an entire kit in an afternoon. I managed to get five single page layouts completed - each took less than an hour.  I was scrapbooking while visiting family over the Easter weekend.  This forced me to stick with the kit contents.  There are a few bits from my stash but these layouts are made mostly using the April 2014 Memory Workshop Kit.

The last layout is based on Sketch 265 by Creative Scrappers.

I have quite a bit of cardstock left and lots from the Bo Bunny Ephemera package but otherwise I have used up the entire kit.  I have piles of kits - so I can't tell you how awesome that feels :-)

I can't believe what a difference it made not having my entire stash on hand.  Working with only the kit helped me finish my layouts at record speed for me.  Hope you like them!

Items used that were not in the kit were:
Dear Lizzy Hearts
Dear Lizzy Thickers
DIY Shop Burlap Bows
Amy Tangerine Ribbon
MME Wood Dots
MME Twine (no longer available for purchase)

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

CTMH Skylark Team Blog Hop Winner!!!

Thanks to all who signed up to follow my blog.  All new subscribers signed up via email last week;  I have no idea how to show the count on my blog - that's ok  :-)  I did a random draw and congrats to roxannek2262.  I will contact you via email to arrange delivery.

This will be on it's way shortly:

Thanks to everyone who is following - it's fun to share this hobby with fellow scrapbookers out there :-)


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Creative Scrappers Sketch 265

I love using sketches to kick-start the creative process.  Creative Scrappers is one of my go-to places to get sketches and you can win prizes for participating - which is always a nice bonus for playing along!

Here's Sketch 265:

Here's my take; I used mostly a new collection called Boys Rule by Crate Paper, plus Pebbles patterned paper, flair by October Afternoon, cork by Scraptastic, wood veneer by Two Peas in a Bucket and banner by Evalicious.  Alphas are Thickers and October Afternoon.  I ended up doing a double layout:

Thanks for stopping by to view.  To see more takes on this sketch, visit Creative Scrappers website.


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Close to My Heart Skylark Team Blog Hop

Hello & thanks for stopping by today.  Welcome to the Skylark Team Blog Hop!!  I'm SO happy the Skylark collection was chosen as it is one of my favourites in the Spring/Summer 2014 Catalogue.  I also wanted to say thank you to Pam Klassen for organizing this blog hop.  They're always a fun way to explore new blogs and it inspired me to get back to posting after a crazy few months.

I used the Skylark Paper Packet, Skylark Complements, Resin Flowers (teal), Twist Ties (slate), Shimmer Trim (teal), Dots (aqua) and Zipper Lace (lagoon).  I used other Close to My Heart items from my stash such as coordinating inks and hemp twine which I believe is no longer available to order (glad I stocked up!).  Everything coordinated so nicely.

I also love blog hops for the chance to win prizes!!  If you would like a chance to win a little prize, sign up to follow my blog by midnight on Sunday April 20th and you will be entered to win: the "You are My Happy" Stamp Set (Alphas, Icons & Sentiments), My Creations All-Sorts Mini Album, Glue Pen and an assortment of embellishments including ribbon, buttons and resin flowers.

My layouts came together quickly and I was on a mission to see how many layouts I could get out of one paper packet.  I'm at three layouts so far but have enough for 1-2 more.  I'm hoping to complete and post later this week because I'm on a roll :-)

For my first layout I used only the Skylark collection and some items from my stash (wood veneer, cork cameras, mists and vellum heart paper).  This layout was inspired by a recent layout by Mercy Tiara .

My second layout is quite simple and after looking at the photo for posting, I decided to add stitching.  The stitching added a little more interest to the layout.  My goal was to have straight lines but I need to practice - I'm not that good with the sewing machine :-)  Everything in this layout is from Close to My Heart.

I'm quite pleased with my third layout.  I believe it's the first time I've ever taken the photos, went straight to my printer and printed them and then sat at my desk and scrapped them while my daughter continued to nap - whoa!  I'm not sure that will ever happen again...but the stars aligned for me today.  All of the product is Close to My Heart except for the tags, the flair and the green numbers.

I am hoping to get some more scrapbooking in this week to finish off the paper packet - I'm so close!   

For more inspiration, keep hopping over to Famida's blog to check out the gorgeous layout she created with Skylark.  

Thanks again for hopping by :-)