Throwback Thursday Page

I thought it would be fun to travel down memory lane on some scrapbook layouts, here is a page of my daughter and hubby fishing.   Fast forward ten years later, they still love their daddy-daughter  and will hop into the boat and take off in search of the the 'big one'!

Remember those little felt shapes by American Crafts? the ones that came in a little tin, loved them!

August PageMaps

August 1st!! and another round of fabulous PageMaps sketches are released today.   You can check out all August sketches along with some fabulous interpretations and layouts here!

I chose this sketch, I love the liner lines of this 12x12 sketch and followed it pretty closely.  I can so go for a little strawberry slushy on a hot day like today!

Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

One Crazy Stamper + class kits

Just wanted to pop in here to let you know that I have set another date to teach at One Crazy Stamper!
Save the date Saturday November 15!-  I have been keeping an eye on all the recent releases by scrapbook manufacturers and oh my the Fall and Christmas lines that are soon to be released are beautiful!!  I cannot wait to plan my next mega layouts (10 pages) class !

Lora, owner of One Crazy Stamper, has a wonderful store and crop space.  She will order just about anything in for you so if you have chance please check out her store.  She also has an on-line store and her inventory is real time so you know when you put something in your cart it will ship!  The Saturday that I teach my workshop, you can continue to stay and crop at her studio until closing- how awesome is that!!

I do have some extra class kits that Lora is selling, if you have missed my workshops in the past, you could find them here.  All class kits come with everything you need to finish with printed colour instructions.  I also (if possible) leave the class samples at the store.

Hope to see you in Bolton soon!

July + Pagemaps!

Funny thing, when I was growing up I use to turn my nose at cilantro, I just didn't like the peculiar taste or smell of it.  Fast forward years later (achem insert 'many') I have done a complete 180 and now LOVE this herb.  I could take a fresh bunch and throw it on a salad, soup, or any dish and I would be in my happy world.

Here is a page I created using a July 12x12 PageMaps sketch.  You can see the rest of newly released July sketches and fabulous interpretations by the PageMaps team and Jenni Bowlin designers here!

And not to forget carmakers, published quarterly is CardMaps , lots of creativity packed into a smaller format!

I made a little card with gold butterflies- loving' the gold trend lately:

Lastly, Becky has released PMU 2 (PageMaps University 2) and I was delighted to become a contributor again.  More details on class peeks and registration can be found here!

Have a wonderful day!

Sweet Summer!

Hey all, hope you are having a wonderful summer so far.  Just wanted to quickly share a card I made, loving that strawberries are sweet and juicy this time of year.  Here is a summer-y card to celebrate all things sweet and delicious.

I added a touch of burlap for the pennants, DCWV (Diecuts With a View) has a fabulous burlap collection pack!

Have you downloaded or viewed the latest summer issue of Scrapbook and Cards today?  It's an awesome issue, perfect summer reading to catch up on the latest and greatest scrapbooking inspiration! Download it for free here!

Crop and Create Delivered- Summer Kits!

Quick, grab them before it's too late...the Crop and Create Summer kits are HOT!  You can read all about them and how to purchase it here!

All you need is this Summer-in-a-box goodness and a few basic tools- pack it to up on your way to the trailer, boat, cottage or weekend away and you are ready to craft on a rainy day or summer evening to pass the time away from pesky mosquitoes outside!

I was super lucky for the opportunity to play and create a few summer-y cards for this kit!

June PageMaps!


PageMaps teamed up with Maya Road this month, check out June's sketches here and design inspiration here!

I chose this sketch here:

and here is my take on it using large Maya Road chipboard letters, Maya Road wood veneer shapes and Simple Stories Charmed Life pattern papers.

If scrapbook paper had a volume button, you would hear the sweet sounds of a baby's belly laugh.  They are the best kinds of laughs and little Weston here does them the best!

Have a roar-riffic day!!

PageMaps and Penny Black Stamps and SCT prize!

Happy Friday!

It has been a month long celebration over at PageMaps to celebrate their 8th anniversary! I have a really fun project being featured on their blog today, along with a fantastic giveaway from PennyBlack and Scrapbook and Cards Today. Stop by PageMaps to check out my creative challenge and be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win some new Penny Black Stamps and a year's subscription to Scrapbook and Cards Today!  Also, please stop by their FB pages - Penny Black's Facebook page and SCT Facebook to thank them for their generous donation to the PageMaps 8th anniversary celebration!

Dry embossing

I love the look of dry embossing and with all the beautiful designs out there I really should use this technique more often and not for just cards, dry embossing could add another beautiful texture to my pages too!

I love this Sizzix window diecut, it is a Tim Holtz alterations design.  I didn't do this for my card, but I think this would look awesome if you diecut some chipboard and use crackle and white acrylic paint to make it look weathered.

I made this easy-peasy card using a Sizzix embossing folder (pears and vines set) and matted it under the window for that 'look out the window' scenery effect.  The possibilities are endless with using the window---> think any images for any season, so versatile!

The negative from the window panes are fabulous chipboard tiles that you can use for matting alphabets and other stuff- so remember 'negatives' from your die cuts are worth keeping.  Would you believe it if I told you I have a filing system for all my negatives throw-away stuff, lol!

Have fun using your embossing folders!

Summer ,Summer and Summer pages!

I am so excited to share that I'll be teaching this Summer Bliss layouts workshop at One Crazy Stamper on Saturday July 5!  I had so much fun creating this class using Echo Park's Summer Bliss collection, everything is loaded in your class kit to create 5 double page layouts!  I wasn't shy about using large summer icons because nothing says how much we love summer than being a little crazy and loud!

Lora, owner of One Crazy Stamper, has an amazing crop space and is the perfect place for you to spend some time crafting!  Plan on finishing most of the projects in class and should you wish to stay longer Lora will leave the classroom open for you until 5pm- woot!

Here is a quick peek at some class images, you can register for the workshop here.
I would love for you to join me!!

For those that have already registered for my Homepun Happiness (sold out) workshop on May 31- looking forward to seeing you very soon!  We are going to have fun with lots of Simple Stories goodies!

Happy May- New PageMaps Sketches!

It is May 1st so this means new PageMaps sketches are available, woot!  You can find Becky's amazing sketch inspiration here, it is also PageMaps 8th Anniversary this month - Happy Anniversary!!

I chose to use this sketch, I love the 'T' design for a couple of photos and vertical journaling below.

The team was given a sketch challenge this month, I chose to rotate the sketch 90 degrees left, ie. the 'T' design is rotated and I thought the vertical element would be perfect for a single photo clustered with some embellishments.  I still utilized the journaling area for horizontal journal strips.

This layout was a little out of the box, firstly I took a selfie, and secondly scrapbooked it!- still feels a little awkward to do this but I think I will appreciate it years later when I look back on it.

Have a wonderful day, hope you can squeeze a little crafting time in for National Scrapbook Day (May3)!

CardMaps 4!!

Huge wave to everyone I met this past weekend at the Creativ show!  It was a buzzing and I was tickled pink to be a part of it teaching a couple of classes at Scrapbook and Cards Today's inter-active creative booth!

CardMaps 4 is fresh off the press and available today!  You can find it at your LSS or can purchase it on-line here.  I was lucky enough to take a quick browse through it at the Creativ show.  The first thing I noticed was how HUGE this issue is, actually 24 pages more! wow that's a whole latta card card sketches and inspiration packed into this issue.

 I have a few cards in CardMaps4- thank you Becky Fleck for your awesome card sketches!

Toronto Spring Creativ Festival

Chirp chirp...tweet tweet...quack quack...ah the sweet sounds of Spring.  Even with the light snowfall yesterday I am seeing (my tulips) and hearing (the ducks are back in my pool) signs of Spring. Sweet!

I am super excited for the Toronto Spring Creativ Festival next weekend at the Toronto International Centre.  I'll be teaching a couple of mini classes at the Scrapbook and Cards Today booth next Friday April 25th, hope you can drop by and say hello!

I am teaching a double page layouts class where we will use pretty papers, trims and a little bling to surround the photos you love and cherish.  The second is a card class where we will make some pretty cards and create a cute little box from scratch to hold them.

Double Page Layout class

Card with box class
You can register for my classes here.  We are going to have a wonderful time getting crafty!

An amazing time at Scrapfest Kitchener!

A huge wave and shout out to everyone that came out to Scrapfest Kitchener!  I was lucky enough to be teaching in the viewing lounge which had a bird's eye view of both the cropping are and the market place. Pretty cool to see one arena filled with busy vendors setting up their mini stores, doing mak'n takes, demos etc. and then turn around to see another huge arena lined with cropping tables with lots of scrapbookers getting creative!

Huge hugs and thanks to all who joined me in my classes.  All you gals rocked the classes and I hope you had fun picking up a few ideas and inspiration along the way.  Please let me know if you would like the pdf files for the class images, my email was included in the set of your class instructions.
Thank you Myra (plus a few know who you are!) for being my indispensable TA all weekend long! 

Disney Layouts using Simple Stories.
It was an awesome treat for Kelly Panacci (and Mario!) to drop by my Craft Fusion workshop.  We loved working with Kelly's beautiful Eclectic products in this class and it was amazing to hear how she started designing this collection, her inspiration and the design process of her art getting manufactured by K&Company.

Thanks Kelly Panacci!
Lastly, thank you to Lisa Furtney and her wonderful team for another success Scrapfest Kitchener!  

Winnipeg Crop and Create wrap-up

Just came back Winnipeg, fantastic meeting some lovely creative gals at Crop and Create Winnipeg!
Thank you to all who came to my classes and a huge thank you to amazing sponsors Be Creative and Glitter Ritz for your  wonderful products, after the Glitter-licious card class, we were a little sparkly and glittery all weekend long!

For my make and take we coloured glitter and I just wanted to share that here today.

All you need is some double-sided Be Creative tape, Glitter Ritz microfine transparent glitter, outline stickers and some Copic markers.
Apply the tape to white card stock, peel away the tape liner to expose the sticky surface, pour glitter over the tape, brush away the excess with a brush and burnish (rub) the glitter onto the tape with your fingers.
Using tweezers grab an outline sticker and adhere it on top of the glittered surface.

Use the brush end of your Copic marker, lightly brush the colour over the glitter, you do not need to over blend or colour because the alcohol from the marker will begin to remove the adhesive under the glitter.  

Just think back to grade school when we could sit for hours on end just colouring with crayons, it is as relaxing and easy as that!

After you have finished colouring just trim out the bird and use on your card or scrapbook page! 

Thank you to My Minds Eye for sponsoring my Delightful Double Pages class, you Winnipeg gals rocked it! Thank you Sherri Funk for being my awesome TA- you were amazing!

Have a wonderful day!

Crop and Create- going to Winnipeg!

A shout out to all the lovelies I met this past weekend at Crop and Create Moncton!  This was my first time teaching at C&C and thank you to all who made it such wonderful experience.  It's has been a crazy March for me and this time away was the perfect therapy (in so many ways!).

Hello Winnipeg! looking forward to travelling your way for a weekend of creative inspiration and fun.  

Crop & Create Winnipeg is a special event that includes:
  • 24 hours of cropping time with over 3ft of table space per person
  • two delicious evening dessert buffets
  • a gourmet soup/salad/sandwich lunch on Saturday
  • A-MAZING prizes from our industry partners
  • special make n’ takes and teacher meet and greet
  • event challenges
  • a coordinated attendee kit "goody bag" you will be talking about for a while!
REGISTRATION:  Dec.2, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m.  EST
(Alumni - Dec. 1, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m. EST)
Event Date & Location:
April 4th & 5th, 2014
Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport Hotel (formerly the Greenwood Inn), Winnipeg, MB
All this for only $149!
Classes* are only 3 for $109 or 1 for $45!

Wow, wow and wow.  Hope to see you there!

Shake it up with a window card!

I'm up on the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog sharing  a very quick and easy window style card, this is a great way to use up your sequins, rhinestones and beads stash.  

All you need is a clear cello bag and your choice of filler.   I’m going with green sequins to coordinate with some fabulous Simple Stories Charmed Life pattern papers.  You can purchase little clear cello bags at a packaging store or save them from the packaging of your craft purchases.

Scoop some sequins into the cello bag.  Grab your card front and punch a small circle, this is your window.  Imagine the possibilities if you have a digital cutter- you could cut a fancy shape or title element.

Flip your card front over and adhere the cello bag filled with sequins lining it up to the window.
Use foam adhesive to glue the card front to your card base and voila you’ve just made a cute little shaker style window card!

Didn’t I say that was easy? have fun adding shaker windows to your cards, have a wonderful day!