Friday, June 28, 2013

So Much Kindness In Such A Difficult Time - Southern Alberta Flood 2013

Hello sweet friends!

I can't tell you how much this week has affected me and so many other Southern Albertans to the core. It made me realize so many things.  It showed me that there really is compassion in a time of need.  The Flood Of 2013, here in Alberta, is the worst natural disaster in Canadian history.  A total of 100,000 people had to evacuate and some, as I write this, in a town south of mine have still not been allowed to go back into their homes until it is safe.  My family have been one of the lucky ones that haven't lost their home and haven't been evacuated, but know people that have lost everything except for their clothes on their back.  I have had a case of  survivor guilt and I haven't been able to do anything but think of who I can help this week and that is what I have done along with   thousands of other people.  It's been overwhelming how people have come together for people in real need.  I found a video online today that I wanted to share compiled by Heather Rankin.  She did a beautiful job and it touched me so much that I had a good cry.

I hope you enjoyed this video.  Thanks for stopping by and please keep my area in your thoughts and prayers as it will be a huge task of rebuilding for so many.  If you would like to help, please donate to the Canadian Red Cross at

Hugs to you all!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

More Photos Of Flooding 2013

Things have been quite chaotic the past few days with all the flooding around my area.  I had to see for myself some of the flooding so I took some photos of my area.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Flooding Of 2013

Good morning friends!

I am thankful that we are safe and sound but all around me there has been terrible flooding and I normally write on my blog about scrapbooking and happy things but am totally saddened by all the devastation due to the heavy rains we have had and the melting from the mountains.  People have literally seen their homes washed away and there are thousands that have been evacuated.  All I can think of his how can I help?  The army has been called in to help with rescues as some people need to be plucked from their rooftops.  I grew up in Calgary and here are some photos:

I now live in a town just outside of Calgary and we have had flooding as well.  Last night, I took this video and some photos.

Canadian Armed Forces Cormorant Helicopter arrives to rescue stranded residents
The Town Of High River

I took this video of my area:

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Practical Scrappers Ten Things Team - Washi Tape

Have you ever been wondering how to use that washi tape in your stash?  Today the Ten Things Team at Practical Scrappers will give you lots of ideas how to use it.

I created this mixed media layout and used my washi tape to embellish the rosettes that I cut on my Cameo.  This works great because I always put a strip of tape on the back of my rosettes to strengthen them before folding them because in my experience they tend to tear.  For the washi tape, I placed the washi tape on the right side of the rosette.

Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Cardstock - American Crafts
Distress Inks - Tim Holtz (Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive, Worn Lipstick)
Embellishment (Butterfly) Michaels
Flair Button - The Paper Bakery
Foam Letters - American Crafts
Ink - Ranger
Mask - Prima
Modeling Paste - Liquitex
Rosettes - Silhouette Cameo
Stamps - Bo Bunny, Tim Holtz, Amy Tangerine
Threading Cord - Michaels
Washi Tape - Queen & Co. & Michaels
 Here are some more close ups

Thanks for stopping by!  Check out what the other ladies created with washi tape here.  Have a great day!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #349

Hi scrappy friends!  I hope you had a nice weekend.  Today I am sharing Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #349.  There is a single and a double page sketch for this week.

Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #349

Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #349 Double

Since this past weekend was Father's Day here in Canada, I wanted to do a masculine layout of my husband and son.

I loved creating this layout because I used the Farmhouse Paper Company's Market Square "Barbershop Collection" and it is perfect for masculine layouts.  I love all the little embellishments that come with it.

Here are more closeups

To see what the wonderful Sketch Crew created with these sketches check it out here.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you can carve out some time in your busy day to scrap.  Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

40,000 Page Views!!!

Wow!  Today is a milestone.  My blog has had 40,000 page views!  I am blown away!

I started this blog to share my scrapbooking, my photography, some recipes, art journaling and mixed media.  It is so much fun to blog and it is also a way to record this creative journey that I am on.

Two years ago, I was having some personal issues and a special lady that has been my motivator and friend, suggested that I start creating and see where it takes me.  Well I am blown away to say the least. It was very intimidating to blog and to apply for design teams and submit to magazines.  She also suggested that I put myself out there and also to go to crops.  The big assignment was to go to Hawaii on a scrapbooking cruise.  I did know some of the ladies, but my family wasn't with me and if you really get to know me, I am very shy in person and have a bit of social phobia so that is probably one of the biggest things I have done.  I survived and overcame that fear.  Somehow it is so much easier to hide behind a computer than to be face to face with people.

Sylvia has changed my life and the way I look at life.  She has helped me to see the beauty and to live each day to the fullest.  That is why I named my blog "Love The Journey".

Thanks for supporting me and my blog and I hope you come back often and read my blog.  I really love to inspire people to do what they enjoy and  be creative.

Have a wonderful day!

I'm A New Design Team Member At Scrap Our Stash!

Just wanted to share some exciting news.  I will be joining the team at Scrap Our Stash in July!  So excited to be part of the team.

I love being challenged and being on design teams really pushes the creativity and keeps me busy and it makes sure that I take the time to scrapbook and stay creative.  It's always great to meet new people too and in the past two years I have met so many wonderful people in this creative journey.  Be sure and check out the challenges at Scrap Our Stash and play along.

Have a creative day!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

My Art Journal Page For June

Happy Thursday everyone!  I hope you are having a pleasant day and get to do something creative today.

Once a month, I take an art journal class by the sweet, talented Lynn Thune.  I love her shabby chic style and it is a nice time to get out for a few hours with some great ladies and create.  This is what I created for June.

This art journal is created in the actual book "Happier At Home" by Gretchen Rubin.  It is created on a bag and then folded and glued on some pages of the book.  I first used a brick stencil with some modeling paste and let it dry.  Then I inked the entire page with Tim Holtz Scattered Straw Distress Ink, then Crushed Olive Distress Ink and then Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.  I also inked a small file folder and adhered it to the bag.  I then started stamping, applying different washi tapes, lace, book page flowers, the butterfly, photo corner, string and ribbon.  Finally I added the three identical 2x3 inch photos, the cabochon and cut out some words from the book.  I love the colors and am happy how it turned out.  Now I have to write what makes me happier at home and tuck it into the bag.

I hope you are inspired to create an art journal page.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Scrap It With A Song - Cruise By Florida Georgia Line & Nelly

Today at Scrap It With A Song, the Rock Chicks are rocking to the tune of Cruise by Florida Georgia Line & Nelly.

My layout for this song is of my hubby's Camaro.  My husband and I go cruising almost every day in the summer on our days off.  I chose the Farmhouse Paper Company Market Square Barber Shop Collection for this collection.  I also used some stencils and modeling paste for the arrows and the circular design below the photo.  The sketch is from Kristine Davidson's Sketchbook Volume 2.

I hope you are inspired to create a layout to the tune "Cruise".  It can be the title of the song, or a word or lyric.  Don't forget to upload it to the Scrap It With A Song website by June 30 to have a chance at being guest designer for August.  Scrap It With A Song is also having a DT call so now is your chance to apply!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Practical Scrappers Ten Things Tuesday - Bags

Hi friends!  Well another Tuesday is here and that means that Practical Scrappers are showing many different ways to use bags on a layout.

I created this layout with a glassine bag that holds journaling as well as the title and also wanted to make it look like a flower pot for the flowers.  I used drinking straws for the stems of the flowers and ribbon for the leaves.

I hope you are inspired to create with glassine bags or any kind of bag on your layout.  Come check out what some of the other ladies at Practical Scrappers came up with here.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a scrappy day!