2016 National Scrapbook Day!

Wishing everyone a Happy National Scrapbook Day!  I hope you have a little time today to spend doing what you love!

This photo of my little girl just gives my heart a huge smile.  I love that she is taking a keen interest in our scrapbooks.  This photo was taken a l-o-n-g time ago when she was just starting to learn to read and the pages had a little more meaning than just pictures.

Scrapbook and Cards Today is having a huge interNational Scrapbook Day celebration.  The team was asked to create a project inspired from the Spring Issue.  Here is a peek at my page.
Be sure to check out SCT's blog throughout the day for lots of inspiration and prizes!

Have a wonderful crafty day!

Scrapbook and Cards Today Birthday Celebration!

Hey crafty friends, this month marks the 10th Anniversary for Scrapbook and Cards Today!  I feel very lucky to be a part of this amazing magazine, the inspiration and creative community is something I will always cherish.  Happy Birthday, hip hip hooray!  There is a big celebration over at SCT here!

Spring is definitely in the air, the sweet sounds of birds chirping, the grass a little greener and the daytime hours are longer, yay!  The 2016 Spring issue is blooming full of cheerful inspiration, you can view or download the entire issue free!

Here are some peeks at my projects in this issue:

Scrapfest Kitchener 2016!

I am super excited to be teaching again at Scrapfest Kitchener!  This is one amazing scrapbooking event not to be missed.  Just imagine an entire arena filled with scrapbooking stores, a huge crop area and educational class rooms dedicated to all things paper crafting!

I will be teaching 3 workshops in Kitchener (2 of them have sold out) and I have spaces left in my Disney Pocket Page workshop.  The Disney pocket pages is filled to the brim with fun inspiration to finish 22 pocket pages!  You will get an entire variety pack of Simple Stories pocket page protectors and you'll love how it all comes together to record your magical Disney vacation!   Click on the images below for a video link to the workshops.

Hope to see you in Kitchener!

Disney Pocket Pages Workshop

Summer Layouts Workshop (sold out)

Pocket Your Memories Workshop (sold out)

Gratitude Squash Album

Fall Greetings!  I love this time of year when the days are crisp and the trees are turning into their gorgeous autumn colours!   Speaking of Fall inspiration, have you curled up with the most recent Scrapbook and Cards Today's Fall issue?  There is so much packed in this issue and what better way than to spend some time at your craft desk scrapbooking your family memories!  If you do not subscribe to the hard copy of the magazine, you can download the entire issue from their website here!

For this issue, I create a Gratitude Mini in a squash album format.  A squash album is really easy and fun to make, I created a little tutorial here, you can click on the  video link here. hope you give it a try!

Scrapbook and Cards Today Summer Issue!

Today is reveal day for Scrapbook and Cards Today's Summer Issue!  This issue is just popping with some fabulous inspiration.  Some highlights in this issue are awesome lettering techniques, tips on scrapping souvenirs and fabulous tutorials on hot to add sparkle and shine using gold foil to your projects.

My page here is based on a sketch using fun papers from Pink Paislee and Bella Blvd.

You can pick up a copy of this issue at your LSS, get in delivered to your door by subscription or download the entire issue free here!

Happy Summer scrapping!

June PageMaps!

New sketches are up at PageMaps!  Definitely worth checking out some fabulous pages, this month PageMaps teamed up with designers from Pink Paislee.

I chose to work with this single 12x12 sketch.

The page I created is about a sushi restaurant minutes away from our house.  It's sort of like our 'Cheers' for sushi.  It's not an 'all you can eat' restaurant which I like because we all know what happens when it AYCE (too much of a good thing!).  We walk in and they give us our usual booth if it is available, they know to give us extra little plates because we order family style and the free crunchy noodle broth to start is always a favourite, okay now I'm hungry!

Fun DIY Photo Booth

Yay! FINALLY-Some nice weather and I think it is here to stay, woot!
Just wanted to share a quick photo booth I made for my daughter's birthday sleepover recently.  A photo booth is permission to be silly and fun, although I don't think you need much nudging when you have a gaggle of teenage girls together, lol.

All the images and designs were found on Pinterest by my daughter.  She was excited about some new emojis and if you are looking at the brown image on the lower left corner and thinking that looks like hmm..yes you are right, sigh (silly eh!).  The summer images are from Kristen Duke photography and you can download them here.  I also cut out some funky glasses with the Silhouette cameo.

Making the photo frame is pretty easy, all you need is a foam core board, an exacto knife and a ruler.  I found the foam core from the Dollarama way easier to work with than the Elmer's foam core board.  I could not get a clean cut with the Elmer's foam core because the outside layer is really thick and then the foam on the inside separates and spoils the clean edge.  Have a scrappy day!

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!

Yippee...it'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.