Monday, December 7, 2009

Sleep or "to-do" list

Finally I have a little time to myself to craft, wrap, prepare or play however I want and all I seem to want to do is go to bed. This does not bode well for the mountain of cards I still have to make this holiday season.

I am blog hopping like mad hoping to find some inspiration to do something, somewhere. Tim Holtz - -has a few nice tags, but way too much work for me, Melanie Louette - -has great pages, but I can't just COPY her brilliance..(can I?)..Kristine - - is so ahead of the game I am way too intimidated to attempt her level.

I am pretty tempted to watch Christmas tv and eat a little chocolate...

We shall see....

Monday, October 19, 2009

Getting my groove back...

Had fun this weekend, FINALLY getting some pages done...
Many thanks to Ann for her thoughtfullness and inspiration. I was able to get 5 little projects completed in just under 10 hours... please bear in mind that this includes lunch and dinner breaks and trip to Ann's LSS!

The smaller picture is the inspiration for my picture - artist unknown.

This is a little recylced packaging I used to make a door hanging for Hannah.

Later I will add the 5th page, it needs a little editing...

Monday, August 31, 2009

And They're Off!

Hannah and her buddies headed back to school today!

We said goodbye to daddy, ate "egg-in-the-hole" and waitied for the bus with her future husband, Brandon. (Long story, I am hoping they grow out of it).

Brandon and Hannah both wore a red ribbon so that the teachers know which class they are going to be in! But we already know that we are having the fabulous madam Helene again this year! I was not sad to see her go, I was proud that she was ready and fearless! if she comes home in tears tonight, I will rethink my position, but for now I am content that she was prepared and happy to be a "Grade-One-er".

I have spent the day painting our livingroom, FINALLY, after 7 years in the house we have colour on the main floor. Ok, beige is BARELY a colour, but we are happy for now.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Celebration of Six.

Same picture, two sized layouts, 12x12 and 8x8; one pack of rub-ons. I have been in a slump as you all know, so imagine the thrill of finding out my pictures were in as I headed off to a crop night!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


A little something created from a little bit of waste...

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Party Hannah!

This is what six looks like in our house!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

It Seems to Have Been a While...

The after effects of all this rain!

Hannah with her gerbera plant and a ladybug!

Lately, although I have taken lots of pictures, I really have not been particularly inspired to scrapbook them, so here are a few of the latest shots, which will make it to albums eventually I am sure!

A Little too cold to jump right in...
Hannah in her dress and bathing suit from Grandma.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Wow! Yesterday I had a great time at Scrapbook Centrale, getting into the groove and sharing space with three very generous women who really know their stuff. I was finally able to create a little something I thought I would share with you. Actually it is a few little somethings. Your comments are welcome!
I worked with patterns and colours that really filled the pages and I feel that I have really stepped up a level in my abilities. Now, I know ,there is a lot that can be said for inking and edging etc... but I purposely turned up with ONE BAG for the day and for the most part made myself scrap from that and well, inks were not part of the picture. Also I did not journal, but I think that, that is something I prefer to do alone and I also think I will try to take pictures of my layouts BEFORE I add journaling in future. I will keep the journalling between me and the recipient of the scrapbooks.
Meanwhile, here they are and with thanks to Beata, Marlene and Lea for their input and company!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

First ever scrapbook page...

Well it seems this is the time of year to share our first efforts in scrapbooking, so here is my little "Strip and Triangle' masterpiece. I wonder who came up with the concept and how they scrapbook now!
Look I even used a corner rounder - URGH! what was I thinking!?

But in reality I suppose the first scrapbook page was for a colouring style paper scrapbook of a trip to Sweden I took when I was 13, (1979). I have no idea what I used, but I guess at that age it was probably bostik glue and it must have been strong because I even glued coins with it! It is still holding together here somewhere and has travelled very well from England to the many, many homes I have ahd in Canada - no page protectors either!@

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sometimes, all I need is right beside me!

Happiness comes in many shapes and sizes. . .
Mine comes in a four-foot-ish package of energy and delight. It moves and jumps and screams and cries, it runs and twirls and swings and slides and sometimes, once, in a very small while, it rests...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Fiskars Border Punch

A border punch idea origianally posted on Scrapbook and Cards Today and mentioned in the Scrapbook Centrale forum by Scrappin'Barb.

I tried it with my fiskars punches and it worked like a charm...see

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Card Positioning Systems CPS116

Well have I ever been a busy girl today.

This is a little card I created from the CPS Site Sketch Challenge...

Stamping Bella

My sister and I worked on our cards together, over 3,000 miles and five hours apart!
This is my take on the Sketch Challenge.

I hope she is posting hers too!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

American Crafts Wedding Week Challenge

A lovely lady over on the Scrapbook Centrale Community told us about the latest American Crafts Challenge and I thought I would take a stab at it.


Besides the photo and white mat EVERYTHING else is American Crafts.

Having a bit of a creative ~buzz~

Well today has been quite inspiring.

I have created in my craft area and browsed around the craftblogs. I am looking forward to completing a challenge this evening. on the {behind the pages} website. we shall see what develops.

I have completed a Sketch Challenge from scrapbook Centrale - finally. I was a little slow off the mark, but got it done in two hours once I was finally on a roll.

Here it is...

Slideshow up and running

Good morning.

Finally figured out what my user name is and have been able to post a slideshow. (most of which you have probably seen already), but enjoy for now while I get myself organised to add the new photos from our FANTASTIC trip to the Museum of Civilisation in Ottawa!

Hannah was amazing to go through the museum for almost 6 hours. There is so much to see we only got through half of the museum in that time....WOW!

It was national Museum day and entry was free for everyone. You can imagine it was rather crowded and there were some lines to wait in, but all in all it was a fantastic day!

Pictures will follow shortly!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Well I am on hold as far as the water in our yard goes.

So Hannah and I spent our forced indoor time making scrapbook pages with owls and shiny stickers. Just so that you know the day was not completely lost, I thought I would show you the masterpiece Hannah Created.

I had created a base page of two corner owls and a strip - Hannah added all the good stuff...

And so it truly continues...

Good Monday morning!

This morning Stinkylou went to the window and told me it was "terrible" outside. I know she did not mean the rain - we like rain. What she meant was the tremendous accumulation of rain in our back yard! I had seriously considered opening the shed today and taking out a few chairs and toys for Madam.

Our street is "new construction" and three houses went up last fall right behind our house. All three gardens seem to run off into ours so I THINK I will be on the phone a fair bit today trying to get answers!

Wish me luck - banks and contractors do not make for a very good morning at all!


Friday, March 27, 2009

Spoolie Groupie

Have you ever made a Spoolie?

This is the first spoolie I ever made, it was a little "purse album" for Grandma.

Sort of a year in review using leftover Photo Studio prints - I find I always have lots of the little ones left!

I LOVE these tiny little treasures. I have made them in different sizes, but thought I would show the you one I made from a mini-ribbon spool. The dollar stores usually have them and the Scrapbook store has baskets of them.

If you would like more information on how to make the spoolie please let me know. I found the directions online after a search, but I could be persuaded to write out a breif directive! I used the Creative Memories Circle Punch and Circle template and they fit beautifully in and on the ribbon spool core!

Woo-hoo I did it


I have revisited a blog first created many, many months ago - perhaps even years. The purpose of this bog is to share ideas and creations with friends and family near and far!

I am presently organising my computers to better access my stash of photographs and ideas files. Please be patient, this could take days!

For now I will tell you a little bit about my scrapbook beginnings...

In 2004 a "new neighbour" arrived who just happened to be both a Pampered Chef AND Creative Memories consultant! Oh dear! Can you see the danger lurking? I went to my first scrapbooking Get Together and really was completely hooked. Now, I was always very good at keeping my photographs in albums, so everything was very well organised and sequential - which has saved me a lot of bother as I back tracked my way through the first few months of motherhood. She later moved and now I get help from a new friend

To date I have created an album for each year starting with the pre-natal stuff! I am current with my christmas album and way behind with the pre-school album. My intention is to have a school album seperate from the yearly albums up to pre-kindergarten. I have a Christmas album up to and including age 5 and will possibly go to age 10 before I decide to put christmas in the regular yearly album too! (This is mainly because I have one more Creative Memories Christmas album to use.)

Card making seems to have taken over a great deal of my time and fro this I blame my sister. I was keen to introduce her to scrapbooking from way over here! She lives in England and I am in Canada. She liked the idea but found her passion in card making. Her passion put me a whole year behind in my scrapbooking because I started to spend my time making cards too.
Some times I invite "newbies" over - with some experienced friends too - to make cards and all of them are interested in starting to scrapbook, but so far lives have gotten in the way!

I am a seat of my pants kind of scrapbooker and buy lots of miss-matched unrelated papers that I hoard until I have a massive inspiration to organise! My photography is not particularly inspired, I tend to take the standard family shots, I am however genuinly awed by my photographer friend who does some amazing digital artwork!

At my last get together I sorted and prepared 46 pages - which are now all glued, embellished and journalled! WOO HOO! It was a Creative Memories event that was great for CATCHING up on pages. I went with a theme - Christmas - and the idea was to sort 150 pictures using a power layout box. BRILLIANT!

Now I work at Scrapbook Centrale, in Dollard, Quebec It is a little part-time thing that feeds my little habit and I love it. There was certainly a sence of overwhelming and I find that my choices are changing after looking at all of the fabulour works hanging around, watching what people are buying and talking about their passions.

So for now I think this is enough. I will look around atsome other blogs and see how it goes. thank you for tuning in,