Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye 2011. . .

Saying goodbye to a busy, crazy, chaotic, wild, and unique 2011!  Cannot wait to welcome a bright and shiny New Year - full of hope, goodness and fresh perspectives!!!  Happy 2012 to you all - and may it bring many blog posts from me to you!!

Happy Last Day of 2011, everybody!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

12 Layouts of Christmas

I know, I know, I have been MIA, but I have good reasons!  Health and life got int he way once again and so I haven't been near my blog for a while!  However, I have been doing a bit of scrapping (thank you Big Picture Scrapbooking for the 12 days of Christmas Class!).  Just wanted to share a few layouts of the sights and sounds of Christmas at my house!  Please note - I shopped my stash for all of these - nothing was purchased - love using up the older stuff I have kicking around!

Here is my Day One Layout!  (  I finally got a half decent family photo for Christmas! At least everyone is mostly looking and smiling!!)

Now for Day 2:  ( Still trying for that perfect night shot of the tree - I need a tripod!)

And finally, Day 3:  (Time for the annual gingerbread house making extravaganza!)

Stay tuned for the next layouts in my 12 Layouts of Christmas!  I hope you all had a very Happy Holiday and are ready to ring in 2012!

Happy day!


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Surprise! A Layout About . . .

ME!  Yup, it's true - I actually did a  layout about myself - and there are even photos!  I am pretty notorious for avoiding the camera, preferring, as I think most scrappers do, to hide behind the camera and take the pictures!

I recently decided to do a challenge over at WeScrap that was a layout about myself!  YIKES!!!
First, I really had to hunt to find a couple of pictures of me (  and ones that I actually was willing to scrapbook)!  I realized how few photos I have of myself and how I am pretty much absent from our family scrapbooks! 

We all need to create pages about ourselves.  Yes, we hate having our photos taken.  Yes, we are never completely satisfied with the photos of ourselves. Yes, it seem weird to do a page about me.  And YES, your family really wants to see you in the family scrapbooks - they want to know more about you, as a child, as a teen, as a young adult, as a mom, partner, sister, daughter and friend.

My friend Joyce always asks where the photos of me are - everytime I post photos on Facebook - but she is right! ( Do not tell her that though - I will never hear the end of it!)  I need to be in the photos more, and share a bit more of who I am in my scrapbooks!

So here goes - a page about me!

Now let's see one about YOU!!!

Happy Day everyone!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

WeScrap is having a Halloween Blog HOP

Come on and get your Halloween Hop on! Inspiration and fun!!! I am hoppin' - hope you will, too!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I couldn't resist this one. . .

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Autumn Splendour Class!

I am so excited to be back teaching again at Scrapbook Parade - I have missed all the lovely and talented ladies there! 

On Saturday October 22nd in the afternoon, I will be teaching a class for my favourite season - FALL!  This is a great opportunity to scrap your fall photos of pumpkin patches, Thanksgiving and leaves!!!

In the class we will make a double layout (using all 4x6 photos), and single layout ( you can use a 5x7 or a 2 horizontal 3.5 x 5's).  We will also make two fall cards to round out the class!
here is a peek ( but check in at Scrapbook Parade to see them in person - and to register!)

The cost of the class is just $50 and you will take home your completed layouts and cards, along with a great mini stamp and some new technique ideas for using your little bits of leftovers to create interesting square embellishments! Hope to see you there - call the store 250 727 0372, to register!

Happy Day everyone!!!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fabulous Fall at WeScrap!

Hi everyone! 
One of my favourite places on the Internet for scrappy ideas and inspiration ( as well as fun and wonderful women) is WeScrap!  They are having an amazing contest this month with challenges and a grand prize of a Tim Holtz Vagabond!!!
If you are interested in signing up (it's free and fabulous), please click this link, and sign up!  Please let them know that I referred you!!

I have been a part of WeScrap for a few years now!  Many of you will remember Jessica Aacs - she was a guest instructor at Scrapbook Parade a few years ago.  Shea was one of the original WeScrap people, then took a break to become an exotic animal trainer!  Now she is back and WeScrap is better than ever!!!

I hope you will join us at WeScrap - tons of fun, a great group of women, inspiration AND prizes - what more can you ask for!!!

Happy Day everyone!

Monday, September 26, 2011

From Blog Post to Layout. . .

I finally did a layout about Josh's amazing perseverance in Cross Country running last fall!  I wanted to use the text of my blog post, because I felt  like it really represented how I felt ( and still feel!) about how he inspires me.  It was tough to use that much text on a layout, but I am pretty happy with the result!

It has really inspired me to use more writing on my pages, and to utilize other writing I do ( blog, journals) on my pages!  Do you like journaling?  Or is it more of a chore?  I would love to hear how you use your writing to enhance your photo stories!!!

Happy Day everyone!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fall Class Coming Up!

Hi everyone!

It has been a super busy week ( welcomed 2 beautiful babes into the world!) - so not much scrappy time!

I did want to let everyone know that I will be back teaching a class a Scrapbook Parade  - and I am excited to be using the fall line Autumn Splendor from We R Memory Keepers!

This paper is so pretty - perfect for those photos of pumpkin patches, family gatherings and playing in the leaves!  The class will have us creating a double page layout, a single page layout, and a couple of thank you cards!  I just picked up this bundle of scrappy goodness, but I will have samples available at the OPEN HOUSE at Scrapbook Parade next Sunday! ( Click the link for all the details of the Open House!)  Hope you will be able to join me!!

Happy Day Everyone!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Multiphoto madness!

So I took another 1000 photos this summer - it really is ridiculous how many photos I take!!! So I am determined to use lots of photos on some double page layouts this fall, in an attempt to get through the literally thousands of photos I have!

I started with a double page layout using 8 photos  ( all wallet sized) from our (gasp) Spring Break trip to Cathedral Grove, BC.  It is a pretty amazing place - an old growth forest with enormous trees that have been there for hundreds of years! 

I used another great line from Authentique - this one called Splendid :

I haven't been doing a lot of double layouts, but my goal this fall is to do more and to use a lot of photos on each one - we will see how long that lasts!

Are you a single photo or multi photo scrapper?  Do you prefer single or double pages?  Whatever your preference, why not step outside your box and try something new?

Happy Day everyone!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Back to Class - 2011

It is hard to believe it is September and the first week of school is behind us!!  It is always a bittersweet time for me - I miss the kids when they are at school, after having them home for a fun filled summer!  But I also love getting back in to the routine that September brings, and the feeling of a fresh start that comes from the September "New Year"!

My kids still consented to one picture for the first day of school ( actually I threatened and bribed them, but hey. . . I got my photo!)  And I managed to get down to work and actually get the photo scrapped!

Using Pink Paislee's Old School line from 2010, here is my layout:

I am so glad they agreed to this photo - as they continue to get bigger, the opportunities for these special photos become fewer - so thanks to my kiddos - you make your mom proud!

Happy Day, everyone!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

From a Sketch!

The lovely weather of late has convinced me to be outdoors rather than scrapping, but I have managed to get a couple of layouts done in the past few days!  These I did using sketches from WeScrap - each week they have a great sketch on Sketchy Saturday! 

Check them out for some great inspiration - and PRIZES - I won this great kit for doing their August Challenges!

Happy Day everyone!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A "Wild" summer layout!

Well, my scraproom is really usable again so I have jumped into summer scrapping with both feet!  I popped into Scrapbook Parade this week and picked up some really cute paper from My Little Yellow Bicycle - their summer line called "Sweet Summertime".  Turns out it is absolutely perfect for my fave summer photo ( see my last post) and I had so much fun putting this layout out together with just a few buttons and a couple of coordinating embellies from this fantastic line!

Hopefully now I have got my scrappy mojo back and I can get busy scrapping some of the great times we had on our road trip this summer!

I would love to see some of your summer layouts - post a link with your comment so we can all check out your fabulous work!!

Happy Day Everyone!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Crazy Summer Fun! ( And my fave summer paper line!)

I am so enjoying our holiday this summer and the past few days I have managed to get the camera out at the lake for some fun photos of our lakeside adventures!  Here are a few of my faves:

I am hoping to get a hold of this Bo Bunny paper for layouts from the cabin!!!

What is YOUR fave paper line for summer photos???  Leave a comment and let me know!

Happy Day Everyone!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Check out the Upsy Daisy Blog Today!

PSSSSST - why not check out the Upsy Daisy Design Team Blog -  The Daisy Diaries  - today for a quick little challenge to get you scrapping off the page!!!

It is my day to post - and I thought a little notepad holder might be just the thing to inspire and challenge you!!!

Happy Day Everyone!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Heritage Park Adventures

I love Heritage Park in Calgary, AB.  We haven't been there with the kids since they were little, so this year we decided to make the trip to on of my favourite places! 

It has changed a lot, but some things never change including my favourite house:

And of course the steam train!!!  Everyone loved riding on this beauty!

And what trip to the park would be complete with out a trip to the general store -

For an amazing array of CANDY!!

Lots of fun was had on the old fashioned ferris wheel:

I liked the fudge:

And the SS Moyie!

Couldn't resist this for a shot:

And at least one sign - with my very "un-smiley" kids!

Next stop -Naramata Centre!

Happy Day everyone!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Little Bit of Summer Fun!

We have been having an amazing vacation this summer, so I thought I would share a few photos of what we have been up to!

For the first installment - a visit to the Calgary Zoo:

A new penguin friend:

These signs were all over - and I found them hilarious!!!

A couple of adorable joeys:

And a few family pics:

We had agreat time - stay tuned for more vacay photos and fun!!!

Happy Day, everyone!