Thursday, November 29, 2012

First Time Published in Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine!

I am honoured and over the moon excited today because I received an email from Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine that they will be publishing two of my layouts in their Spring 2013 issue!

This great news is a dream come true for me as I have never been published in a printed magazine before.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Tree - Mixed Media

Last Christmas I made this for a special friend and I thought I would share it again this year.

I am starting to make some Christmas gifts and I am posting this because I know this friend doesn't read my blog.  Christy Tomlinson, a mixed media artist has a wonderful free tutorial online at:

Here is my Christmas Tree:

I hope you enjoyed this post and try one.  You will surprise yourself.  I would love to see your work so if you decide to make one, please email me and show me your mixed media tree.  Have a great day!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #323

I hope you all had a great weekend.  It's hard to believe that Christmas is only a month away.  Have you started your decorating, baking and shopping?

Sketch #323 is revealed today at Scrapbook Challenges

Sketch #323 Single

Sketch #323 Double

I love the simplicity of this sketch and challenged myself to do a two pager of my close friend Anna, who has been my friend since junior high school, was my bridesmaid and still a good friend that I am grateful to have.  She is a blessing to me.  This layout is of Anna as a nonna (grandmother in Italian).

I used Graphic 45's "A Ladie's Diary" as I wanted something shabby chic/vintage.  The lacy paper border was cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  Here are some more closeups:

Have a great day!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Hawaii Layout To Share

Last week, I was on a scrapbooking/photography cruise in Hawaii with Allison Orthner, Jill Hildebrand, and Christy Riopel. What an adventure!  There were around 70 ladies from all across Canada and a sweet lady from the U.S. Some brought their significant others, their families, some went with friends, and some went as singles. It was fantastic!

I must admit, I didn't do much scrapbooking, but I did take lots of photos which I will share soon.  For now, I wanted to share a layout that I created.  One night we had a challenge to select some patterned papers, card stock and embellishments and create a layout in one hour.  Now this is a challenge for me as I am a very slow scrapbooker and quite often leave a layout as a work in progress and come back an hour or two later to add some more details.  Here is the layout I created from some patterned papers from Susan Weckesser.  

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu Hawaii

I used my black ink pen to outline the white cardstock and flowers.

It makes me want to be back there in the beauty and warmth of Hawaii.  Vacations always go way too fast.  Have a great day!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Scrap It With A Song - Keep It Together by Madonna

The Rock Chicks have another song for you called "Keep It Together" by Madonna.  I chose some of the lyrics to the song "don't forget family is gold".

Don't Forget Family Is Gold

You can see all the other takes on this song here.

I hope you are inspired to try your own spin on this song.  It would be awesome if you could play along and upload to the link by November 30 for a chance to be one of our guest designers.

Have fun creating!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Let's Capture These Sketches Sketch #159

Another Thursday is here and that means Let's Capture These Sketches has another awesome sketch brought to you by the talented Jocelyne Roy.

I love these photos of this cutie that happens to be my daughter's nephew.  I used the 2008 Haunted Collection by Cosmo Cricket and it felt good to use up some of my stash.

Come play along with us at Let's Capture These Sketches.  Have a wonderful, creative day!

Sketches In Thyme Sketch #94 Team A & B

 It's time for another sketch at Sketches In Thyme and both Team A and Team B are participating.

This layout is of my niece and nephew this past Halloween.  I used October Afternoon's Witch Hazel Collection for the papers, stickers and buttons and my trusty Silhouette Cameo to cut the large spider web die cut.  Don't they look scary?

Sketches In Thyme Sketch #94 
Left Page

Right Page

You can find the sketch at Sketches In Thyme here.  Come play along and the November winner will win this cute 6X6 Harvest Lane paper pad from Simple Stories.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I'm A New Design Team Member At Practical Scrappers!

Was super excited to learn that I made the Practical Scrappers Design Team for the first half of 2013!  The team was announced a little early because of Thanksgiving and Christmas making things a tad busy in the next few weeks.   It is going to be great! I will be on the "Ten Things" team bringing you some inspiration.  You can find all the ladies and different design team categories here.

I hope you will enjoy following me and Practical Scrappers.  You can check out the website here and the Practical Scrappers Facebook page here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #322

It has been a snowy November so far and since I am a seasonal scrapbooker, I pulled out the old stash of winter papers I had laying around and created this layout of my oldest son skiing last winter.  He hadn't skiied in years and had a blast but was stiff and sore afterwards.

This was all created with Echo Park's Winter Park Collection and lots of little dimensional adhesive squares to give it dimension and then inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Weathered Wood and I used my antique sewing machine to stitch around the edges.  A simple, grid style layout.  Here are the sketches for Scrapbook Challenges this week

Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #322 - Single

Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #322 - Double

I used the single sketch for my inspiration.  Come play along with all out sketches at Scrapbook Challenges.  Have a great day!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #321

Another reveal at Scrapbook Challenges and I loved the simplicity of this sketch.

Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #321 Single

Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #321 Double

I thought this would be a great sketch to create a layout on my country. I love Canada and am very proud to live in a beautiful, free country.

Canada, My Country

I used the Echo Park's Sweet Day Collection for the patterned papers and my trusted Silhouette Cameo for the title and the maple leaves.  I also finished off the white space with a spattering of Smooch.

While you are here, check out Scrapbook Challenges to see what the entire team created with these sketches and play along.  Have a great week!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Scrap It With A Song - "Our Country"

The Rock Chicks at Scrap It With A Song are back with another reveal to the song "Our Country" by John Mellencamp.

I am proud to live in Canada, a beautiful, large, free country.  Here is my layout that I created for the challenge:

This has been removed for publication in Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine Summer 2013 Edition which goes on sale June 1, 2013.  

Come play along with us and link up your creation by November 30, 2012 here.  You could win this adorable Harvest Lane 6X6 Paper Pack from Simple Stories.

Have a wonderful day!

Let's Capture These Sketches Sketch #157

It's Thursday and that means it's another sketch reveal at Let's Capture These Sketches.

Since last week was halloween, I thought I would scrap a halloween layout of my niece.   This great sketch was designed by Jocelyne Roy:

Let's Capture These Sketches - Sketch #157

You can find the sketch at Let's Capture These Sketches.

I hope I have inspired you to scrap some halloween photos.  Have a great day!

Sketches In Thyme Sketch #92

It's another sketch reveal at Sketches In Thyme and I couldn't help but scrap this photo of a little pumpkin that I know.  Isn't she adorable?

You can find the sketch over at Sketches In Thyme.  Come play along with us and link up your creation.  The November winner will receive this cute 6X6 paper pack of Simple Stories Harvest Lane.

Have a great day!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #320

It's November and it's Monday so it's time for another reveal of Sketch #320 over at Scrapbook Challenges.

This sketch, designed by our own Chanell Rigterink,  is great for lots of photos of halloween, birthdays, vacations and other events where you want to scrap a lot of photos.

SC Sketch #320 Single

SC Sketch #320 Double
I chose to do the double sketch with all halloween photos.

I used the new Witch Hazel Collection from October Afternoon.

Here are some closer images of the layout:

Left Page

Right Page


Haunted houses and ghost

Spider web and spider

October 31 and spider web

This was so much fun to create.  Several of the diecuts are cut with my Silhouette Cameo. I can't tell you how much I love my Silhouette Cameo!

I am so glad you stopped by my blog!  Come play along with us at Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #320 and have fun!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Pumpkin Art

Happy Sunday everyone!  In Canada, where I live, we moved our clocks back one hour after midnight today and it was nice to get an extra hour sleep.  Did you get to change your clock back too?

Back to scrapbooking....sometimes it's just nice not to have design team assignments and to do a layout on whatever suits my fancy.

I saw a layout created by Corrie Jones on the Little Yellow Bicycle blog that I just loved and was inspired to create a layout on a pumpkin that my husband carved with a hand drill last year.

Pumpkin Art
Have I mentioned that I love my Silhouette Cameo?  It has totally changed the way I create and for this one I cut all the leaves and the pumpkin with my Cameo.

The papers are older papers from My Mind's Eye called the "Spooked" collection.  I used letter stickers and some stickers from October Afternoon's Witch Hazel Collection and a white gel pen to outline the leaves and the pumpkin.  It was a lot of fun to create.

I hope you like it and I always appreciate comments on my blog.  It is something I work very hard on and would love if you would leave a comment.  It means a lot to me and I know some of you visit regularly.  I have disabled the thingy so you don't have to try and read the letters and numbers to try and leave a comment and then give up on it after two or three attempts.  So please let me know what you really think of my blog.  I am always willing to follow your blog as well.

Have a great Sunday!

Friday, November 2, 2012

I've Been Published In ScrapN'Art Magazine!

In the November issue of ScrapN'Art Magazine, my layout "Thankful" is published. This is the first time I have been published in this awesome magazine.  You can check it out at the link below:

"So Thankful" Reader Submissions | Scrap n' Art Online Magazine - Information. Inspiration. Education. Since 2008.

I love Farmhouse Paper Company.  Their Fall collection is one of my favorites.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!