May Greetings!

Sorry I have not posted here lately, it has just been so c-r-a-z-y!!!

April was a busy month for scrapbooking events.  I taught at Kitchener Scrapfest, Winnipeg Crop and Create and attended the Toronto Creativ Festival.  Teaching and inspiring others to create something with their hands out of paper and glue is always a wonderful time.  Had awesome classes at both Scrapfest and Crop and Create, it was fantastic to see familiar faces and meet some new ones too!

In the last while, I've been thrown a little curve ball dealing with some health issues, suffice it to say when you get lemons-make lemonade!  I'm happy to say that I'm feeling much better, more sweet than sour 'lemonade' in the future.  I will say that during some low times, keeping busy with my crafting was very healing as being in a creative zone puts me in a happy place.  Yes, scrapbooking is good for the mind, body and soul!

Here is a page I created using May PageMaps sketches.  Since it was National Scrapbook Day May 2, there are some fabulous free cutting files offered by PageMaps.  Click here to download them.

The free cut file I used was this really cute heart tag that I made into a shaker tag.

May PageMaps 12x12 Layout

Hope to see you at Crop and Create!
I am stoked to teach at two Crop and Create events this coming Fall.  I'm so happy to be returning to Thunderbay Crop and Create on September 18 and then teaching at my first Cornwall Crop and Create the following week on Sept 25!  All the details for these fabulous events can be found here!

I am also super excited to be teaching workshops at One Crazy Stamper on Saturday May 23 and at Two Scrapbook Friends on Saturday June 6!

One Crazy Stamper- Pocket Full of Memories Workshop- Create a 6x8 pocket style album.  You will love the ease,  simplicity and versatility of working with pocket style scrapbooking.  You'll play with a plethora of goodies and to create some beautiful foundation pages just waiting to hold your cherished memories.  More workshop details here!

Pocket Full of Memories Album workshop

Two Scrapbook Friends- Photo Collage seminar and Mega Layouts workshops!

1) Photo collage - This is a demonstration on how to use a computer tool called Photosheet to create unique arrangement of photos within a certain template size.  You will learn how easy it is to size multiple photos to fit 6x4, 4x4, 12x12 print formats just to name a few!  Seminar details can be found here.

2) Memories Records Mega Layouts workshop- Nothing is more important than to record your family stories.  I've included lots of goodies from some of my fav companies (Simple Stories, Crate Paper, American Crafts, Carta Bella) in your class kit that are perfect to create fabulous and fun pages  (5 double layouts!) to record everyday moments, milestones, celebration or anything in between.
Workshop details can be found here.

Memories Recorded Layouts Workshop

April PageMaps!'s a beautiful Spring day and April PageMaps are here!  You can check out April's sketches here.  PageMaps teamed up with Simple Stories this month for some wonderful inspiration.

I chose to use this sketch:

I love the different pattern pieces in the background of this sketch.  Instead of pattern paper pieces I opted for journal cards.  This fun and colourful pack is from Bella Blvd, they are double sided which is a bonus because I was able to use both sides of the cards.

Here is my 8.5 x 11 page, using just journal cards, it came together very quickly!

Have a wonderful day!

Stickers and Twine!

Who's love stickers? who has twine?

I do!

Picking up the coordinating sticker sheet along pretty pattern papers go hand in hand for me.  I also like to pop up stickers for added dimension.  The downside is that sometimes the sticker dips down in the area where you don't have foam adhesive.

No problem, some twine to the rescue!  Place your foam adhesive first behind the sticker and then use some twine in the areas around the foam adhesive.  Easy peasy!  This little trick came in handy when I wanted to pop up this pretty cursive word.

Some of you may recognize the background of this layout, it is one of the pages from my Family Layouts class I taught a few weeks ago at Markham Crop and Create using Simple Stories papers.

The couple in the photo are my parents from their wedding 50 years ago, I love how the photo fits perfectly with the page's theme.

PageMaps U - 2015 Card Class!

Calling all cardmakers and PageMaps fans!

PageMaps U’s first cardmaking class of 2015 is here! This class is brimming with 32 exclusively designed cards and sketches, techniques and how-to's, full-color instructions, complete supply lists (including paper names!) and free die cutting files.  This four-week, self-paced, online class begins Monday, March 16th. Stop by PageMaps to see all of the sneak peeks, try out a freebie class, and then register for this one. It’s going to be so much fun!  You can read all about this class here.

I was tickled pink to be a contributor for this class, here is a sneak peek of some cards I created:

Would you like a chance for you to win a free spot into this fantastic cardmaking class! Just leave a comment on this post or my FB page and tell me what your favorite embellishment is. That easy! I’ll draw a random winner on Wednesday, March 11th. Good luck!

Edited- The winner of PageMaps Card class is Kerri C!  Please contact me with your email info, congrats!

March PageMaps!

March greetings!  It's a new month and new PageMaps sketches are here!  This month Fancy Pants designers teamed up with PageMaps and you can check out all their beautiful inspiration here.

I chose to use this vertical 8.5 x11 sketch.  I think I've mentioned this before, I am enjoying scrapbooking with this smaller format and I don't think I am giving up too much creative canvas space at all so if you are on the fence I say try it!

Anna recently achieved a new karate belt level, purple! you might have guessed that from the colour scheme of the page.  At every belt level, there are 2 photos that capture the moment, the time she receives her certificate and a photo of her and her Sensai.  I have these same photos of her at every belt level so when I saw this 2 photo sketch I knew it would be perfect!  

I shrunk her certificate down to 30% size and essentially that was my journaling done!

PageMaps3 Registration!

PageMaps University (PMU) 2015 registration is open!  I was delighted to be a contributor again along with some uber talented ladies.  Please check out the PageMaps site here for all the details.

This class is loaded with 18 layouts, sketches, techniques and how-to's, full-color instructions, complete supply lists (including paper names!) and free die cutting files.  This four-week, self-paced, online class begins Monday, February 16th. Stop by PageMaps to see all of the sneak peeks, try out a freebie class, and then register for this one. It’s going to be so much fun! 

Want to win a chance for a spot in this class? Just comment here and tell me what your favourite colour is!  I'll draw a winner on Wednesday Feb. 11, good luck!

Here is a little sneak peek of my layouts.

Edited on February 11, 2015
The winner by random generator for all who posted on FB and this blog to win a spot in PMU3 is Rona Thompson!  Congratulations Rona, please send me your email address.

February PageMaps!

Happy February!  new sketches are up at PageMaps, you can check them out here!

I created a 12x12 page about a trip to Costco and coming across the biggest bear ever!  I am sucker for stuffies and I oohed and aahhed over this gigantic soft cuddly bear.  I seriously contemplated stuffing it into my shopping cart as an early birthday gift to me (this justifies it right, lol) but I didn't go through with it.  Our next visit to Costco I had in my mind, if the bear was still there it would likely come home with me, but alas I should have known the 'Costco rule'- if you see something and you really like, buy it because chances are it won't be there on your next visit.  The Costco rule holds bears to be seen, oh well at least I have a fun memory of it.

Hope you have bear-y wonderful day!

Scrapfest Kitchener 2015!

Save the date, April 10/11 2015 for Scrapfest Kitchener

Just imagine, cropping, shopping and crafting over 2 days all under one roof!  I am thrilled to be teaching alongside these talented and fantastic teachers -Cathie Allen, Vicki Boutin and Agnieszka Bellaidea!

Here are some classes that I'll be teaching in Kitchener, you can check out some video links  for more class images.

The last workshop, Let's talk photos, size matters! is a new format that I'm eager to teach.  This is a seminar style class where I'll share with you some creative options to resize your photos before you send them to your photo lab or print at home.  I'll demonstrate a free software utility called Photosheet (for Windows PCs).   With a few drags and clicks you get some awesome photo collage configurations.  Combine free digital journal cards alongside your photos are just a few benefits of using this photo collaging tool.  Walk away with know-how and fresh ideas for creative scrapbooking possibilities with photo resizing.

Hope to see you at Scrapfest Kitchener!

Scrapbook and Cards Today- 2015 creative team!

The official announcement went out yesterday and I'm absolutely honoured and thrilled to be among this group of amazingly talented ladies.  Looking forward to this awesome creative journey!

Here is the official announcement:

"With a brand new year comes exciting news that we have been bursting at the seams to share!  Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine is both thrilled and honoured to announce some great changes to our team that we just know you’ll be excited about too!   Bringing a wealth of knowledge in the publishing field and in the design world, these women are all about inspiring YOU, our reader.  Please join us in congratulating each of the wonderful ladies in their new roles and welcoming some of our 2014 team members back too!

With these changes we say goodbye to Becky Fleck, Kimber McGray and Summer Fullerton.  Each of these women has left an indelible mark on Scrapbook & Cards Today and certainly a warm place in our hearts.  We wish them all the very best as they move forward with their next creative chapter!

2015 is a year full of creative possibilities and we intend to be there with you every step of the way with inspiration, ideas and insight.  YOU are the reason we do what we do...and we LOVE doing it!  You can learn more about each of our team on our website HERE.  Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube! 

Happy New Year SCT friends!"

~  Catherine Tachdjian, Publisher
Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine

New! Basic Grey Adrift and Prism collections

Was super excited to be asked by Basic Grey to create a few projects using their 2 newest collections Adrift and Prism!

Let talk Adrift!  this is an aquatic and nautical themed collection.  Spending a lot of time 'adrift' on Georgian Bay during summer months I see many projects in my future with this line!

Here is my first page,  I used the ocean page as my base and by strategically covering up ocean labels, you get a realistic Georgian Bay background.

My second project using Adrift captures the memories of a visit to Ripley's Aquarium.  You get many letters in the chipboard tile alphabet set, I still have lots left over after the long title on this page.

Next up is the Prism collection.  This is a really versatile collection of cute geometric shapes and is great for girl or boy pages.

My cousin's daughter Ava here, she is so cute playing school and lining up her stuffies for story time!

Last project using Prism, selfies (of course!) of my daughter.  Love her fun spirit!

Had so much creating these projects, thanks for dropping by!

2015 Greetings!

Happy New Year!
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Holiday season making many memories! is cold today, maybe because we have had a warmer than normal Winter and the drop to -10C just makes it seem that much colder!

I do want to take the time to thank you for dropping by this blog and reading what I've been up to,  I am looking forward to another year of creating, teaching and scrapbooking!

January 2015 PageMaps are up, you can check them out here.
I chose this sketch to create a birthday layout for the sweetest little boy that just turned 2.

Okay, silly confession, you know when you think you have a catchy title and proud of it? I am surely not the first to do this but I just couldn't wait to play up the number '2' to coin phrases like '2 cute' and '2 awesome', ha!

The paper is from My Minds Eye (an older birthday collection), Spellbinders speech bubbles dies (Becky Fleck's PageMaps collection) and Penny Black stamps/numbers dies.

Have a wonderful day!

December Daily - progress!

I thought I would share with you my December Daily update.  As mentioned before in my previous post the foundation pages of my album are completed.  Just need to wrap up the completion with some photos.

Taking a daily picture.  Yes easy-peasy, my iPhone is awesome for the daily impromptu clicks and they are automatically photo streamed onto my computer.  Love Apple for this!

Printing pictures.  Yes easy peasy- I have my trusty Epson PictureMate (10 years old) and the quality is amazing.

Determining the picture size.  Hmmm , mixed opinion here.  I am limited by the size of my album and the pre- constructed pages.  I decided to print all my photos 3x4 and there were instances I would have wanted a larger picture.  I know I could print a larger photo and just hole punch it and place it into the binder as another page.  There's nothing to say I have to be confined to the pre-made foundation page right?

Journaling.  Mixed opinion here again.  Do I adhere my photos to the pre-made page and then just write where there is room or do I make another page for the journaling?  Should I handwrite my journaling? (btw I dislike my hand-writing).

Am I over-analyzing this documenting December process? likely yes.  It is probably because I am not a creative 'carefree' scrapbooker as much as I want to be, LOL.   In my scrapbooking workshops, I always say 'there is no right or wrong way to scrapbook' - I should take my own advice, hahaha.

I will take some time to plan how I will include my journaling, thinking flip outs, pockets etc. in the meantime here are my daily December photos.

Day 1: We like the Advent calendars by Lindt.  The photo doesn't show it, this is a pretty big countdown,  the chocolate portions are very generous!  I always have 'big plans' to make our own countdown, little pretty burlap packages or banners...sigh...yeah big talk no action (hanging my crafty head in shame).

Day 2: No snow yet, but this is when I dig out some Winter decor.  I love my little snowman, he stands about 3 feet tall.

Day 3:   After dedicating November to attending high school open houses to look at regional programs, arts programs, IB programs, Advance placement etc. we have narrowed our choices down submitted our applications.  A tad 'stressful' but not nearly as stressful in 4 years time when we are considering college or university.  Okay so Day 3 is not so festive...but part of daily December life!

Day 4: The anticipation of Christmas means making fun-foam Christmas houses.  We use to make the houses from the gingerbread kits.  Having done both,  Anna (me too) prefer the foam crafts because we get to use stuff from my scrapbooking stash, i.e. more glitter!

Day 5: Home decor outside.  These planters are artificial and yes they do look very artificial up close but when there is a nice blanket of snow, it all blends together!

Day 6: December 6 will always be special because we have a birthday celebration for the most cutest and handsomest little boy!

Day 7: Anna infused a little Christmas spirit into her fish tank.  I wonder if the guppies are thinking why is there a jolly bearded dude in submarine in their home!

Day 8: Bethany Mota's launch of her winter clothing line was very much anticipated in our household! To learn she was bullied when she was younger and then finding her own voice on YouTube which led her to become a confident, courageous and empowered personality is very inspiring.  Also loved her on Dancing with the Stars!

Day 9: Pomegranates are in season and a favourite snack of ours.  One word, delicious!

Day 10: Today I don't have a picture, I think I'm going to journal about the fact that this is the first year we are officially celebrating the 'Magic of Christmas' in spirit.  Yes, please read in between the lines what that means, LOL.   I have to admit this gave me a little sad twinge in the heart (boohoo).

Thanks for hanging in, this was a long post! I've been busy working on a few projects which I'm excited to share with you later!