Christmas Memories Folio Workshop

Yes, you read that right...Christmas!  Please know that I am very torn about fast tracking through Autumn and into Christmas.  I love them both- who am I kidding!  And my excuse is that I'm always working a season or two ahead when planning for workshops.

I have been wanting to create a countdown to Christmas mini album workshop for some time and so when I was searching for the latest products and inspiration I came upon Tim Holtz's video from CHA 2014 introducing his kraft Collections folio album.  Well, my jaw just dropped because within minutes into his video my mind was racing...and fast!  The basic construction of the folio album is just begging for adding in fun flips, flaps and folds-totally rings the bell for me ding! ding! ding!

My idea for the countdown album is that you could use it to document one Christmas, everyday leading up to Christmas, a collection of Christmases past, family holiday traditions, your favourite holiday recipes...see the list just goes on and on!  And as a little bonus I've include extra supplies and instructions to create a double page Christmas layout in your class kit, woot!

I'm stoked to share with you some peeks at my Christmas Memories Folio workshop that I will be teaching at One Crazy Stamper on Saturday November 22, 10am to 1pm.

You can read all about the class details, what supplies to bring and how to register here.

A peek at some products that we will be playing with  ( I've added more since I took this photo)-  A 7x9 folio album, a mix of Carta Bella and Teresa Collins holiday papers, some specialty fabric paper, die cuts,  trims, sequins and jewels.  Mix these beautiful products together and you are going to have one treasured keepsake!  The projects samples are on display at One Crazy Stamper if you would like to check it out.  In the meantime here are a few close-up images.

Thanks for stopping by!

A pretty card using envelope seals

I have to admit I really get a kick going to an office supply store, so when Anna needed to head to Staples for her back-to-school supplies...twist my arm LOL!  Seeing rows and rows of products all neatly organized in columns  just makes my heart sing...I tell you it's my need for being linear, clean and organized!  Did I ever tell you one of my summer student jobs was working at the shoe department at Woolco's (you might remember them? they are gone now and replaced by replaced by Target).  So my job was to keep the shoes organized and boy did I ever take that challenge seriously smaller sizes on top, by colour and style.

Back to papercrafting--> This was a card I posted for the SCT blog last week.  I came upon these envelope seals (and yes I hate licking envelopes...ew...gross so I like to use pretty envelope seals)!   They also make great accents for cards, just peel and stick.  The ones shown here are clear and silver rimmed, love that!  Hope you are inspired to dig through your office drawer and create!

Colour Suite Challenge

This month I was invited by Summer  Fullerton to take part in her Colour Suite challenge.  She sent me this awesome colour palette and said to 'create whatever fancys me' just using the colour as the jumping off inspiration point.  I was immediately drawn to the the blue she chose, I love the intensity of the navy blue, it is such a classic and timeless colour. I also love the chartreuse green and red so I wanted to use that on my page for pops of brightness and colour.

Here is the page I created.  I gathered all the navy blue supplies from an array of collections in my stash- Teresa Collins, Carta Bella, and Little yellow bicycle.  Isn't the photo of this little boy the best? I don't often do one photo layouts but in the case he is the star of the page!

Thanks Summer for this wonderful challenge, I had so much fun.  Summer also creates a project for this, please check out her blog here!

Scrapbook and Cards Today Fall Issue

Just a few more weeks to go and Scrapbook and Cards Today's Fall issue will be here!  You are sure to love all the delicious Autumn inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.  This magazine is available hard copy via subscription, at your local LSS or you can view it for free on-line!

This particular issue is even more exciting for me.  I am thrilled, honoured and tickled pink to be part of Scrapbook and Cards Today's magazine design team and my first DT assignments are in this Fall issue!

The Fall Crop&Delivered kits went on sale this week and are selling fast so don't wait too long before deciding to pick one up.  These kits are over-top filled with gorgeous, rich and beautiful Autumn inspired products and exclusive stamp set, videos, downloads and much much more!  You can read all the details on the Fall kit here.

Throwback Thursday

Here is a page that definitely makes it a throwback-the colour pink!  I haven't seen pink in Anna's wardrobe in many many years.  She pretty much declared herself a 'blue girl' since grade 1 and said bye-bye to anything pink.  I remember creating this layout using fun ways to add texture on the page, I sewed with embroidery thread (this is when I had to buy the embroidery thread in the yarn section of the craft store vs the scrapbooking aisle) and I made my own pattern paper thickers by running the fun foam through my Quickutz (now Lifestyle crafts).  I also remember trying to come up with a catchy title and liking 'knot-ical helper' thought it was pretty clever if I don't say so myself- ha!

Here is another throwback page using emboss-ables.  Do you remember these?  For the life of me I cannot remember the manufacturer who made these embossed 12x12 sheets- they were mainly themed and you would either fussy cut out elements or sometimes they were pre-cut for you.  There was a sheet of 12x12 embossed alphabet tiles which I loved and used on this page.  Also a throwback is that I have angled my photos which is a huge departure of my typical linear and straight style today.  You know looking back, I'm liking the non-linear-ness (word??) of this page, lol.

Thanks so much for dropping by! xo

September PageMaps

September PageMaps are available so if you are needing fabulous inspiration check out some new sketches here!

For my assignment I chose this sketch:

I whole heartedly mean when I say using Becky's sketches (owner and creator of PageMaps) really jump starts my creativity when I begin page.  These photos were taken in the morning, I printed them at home (love my Epson Charm Picturemate photo printer!) and then completed my page in very little time on the same day- love it when the process comes full circle!

"Sketches-they are a good thing"- (in my best Martha Stewart impersonation, lol)

Scrapfest Richmond Hill and Cropfest Cambridge!

September greetings!  Today is a day of many 'firsts' for many of us!  First day back to school, first day back from summer vacation, first day back to battling traffic rush hour...etc.  Looks like Summer weather may be with us for the first part of this month, yay!

So let's get back to some scrappy planning.  Did you know that Scrapfest is heading to Richmond Hill this coming September?  Should be an awesome event, there will be lots of shopping and inspiration for you all under one roof.  You can check out all the details here!

I'll be teaching at Cropfest Cambridge! So excited Lisa invited me back again this year.  I have 2 classes planned for Saturday November 8, 2014.  You can find all the details and registration for Cropfest here.  Hope to see you there!

Here are some images and details of my workshops here:

A Charmed Life Layouts workshop (3 double pages)

Discover how fun it is to play with beautiful patterned papers, make some fabulous DIY accents and achieve beautiful layers in your scrapbook layouts using journal cards, die cuts and much much more.  Learn to make a beautiful starburst pattern technique, a shaker box tag, and pinwheels are just a few awesome ways to pizzazz to your scrapbook pages!  Lots of beautiful papers and embellishments from Simple Stories A Charmed Life and My Minds Eye collection in this class! 

A Christmas to Remember (File Folder mini album)

My second workshop is a little Christmas mini album!  Perfect little project to make ahead for the Holiday season.  I love designing things from everyday items, and this album template is made using file folders, with a little scoring and folding you have the perfect folio for your special memories. This awesome little mini album fits perfectly into a mailing envelope so you can send your gorgeous creation away to friends and family.  Guaranteed that once you learn to make one you are sure to make a few more!!  

Have a wonderful day!

Throwback Thursday Page

I thought it would be fun to travel down memory lane on some scrapbook layouts, here is a page of my daughter and hubby fishing.   Fast forward ten years later, they still love their daddy-daughter  and will hop into the boat and take off in search of the the 'big one'!

Remember those little felt shapes by American Crafts? the ones that came in a little tin, loved them!

August PageMaps

August 1st!! and another round of fabulous PageMaps sketches are released today.   You can check out all August sketches along with some fabulous interpretations and layouts here!

I chose this sketch, I love the liner lines of this 12x12 sketch and followed it pretty closely.  I can so go for a little strawberry slushy on a hot day like today!

Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

One Crazy Stamper + class kits

Just wanted to pop in here to let you know that I have set another date to teach at One Crazy Stamper!
Save the date Saturday November 15!-  I have been keeping an eye on all the recent releases by scrapbook manufacturers and oh my the Fall and Christmas lines that are soon to be released are beautiful!!  I cannot wait to plan my next mega layouts (10 pages) class !

Lora, owner of One Crazy Stamper, has a wonderful store and crop space.  She will order just about anything in for you so if you have chance please check out her store.  She also has an on-line store and her inventory is real time so you know when you put something in your cart it will ship!  The Saturday that I teach my workshop, you can continue to stay and crop at her studio until closing- how awesome is that!!

I do have some extra class kits that Lora is selling, if you have missed my workshops in the past, you could find them here.  All class kits come with everything you need to finish with printed colour instructions.  I also (if possible) leave the class samples at the store.

Hope to see you in Bolton soon!

July + Pagemaps!

Funny thing, when I was growing up I use to turn my nose at cilantro, I just didn't like the peculiar taste or smell of it.  Fast forward years later (achem insert 'many') I have done a complete 180 and now LOVE this herb.  I could take a fresh bunch and throw it on a salad, soup, or any dish and I would be in my happy world.

Here is a page I created using a July 12x12 PageMaps sketch.  You can see the rest of newly released July sketches and fabulous interpretations by the PageMaps team and Jenni Bowlin designers here!

And not to forget carmakers, published quarterly is CardMaps , lots of creativity packed into a smaller format!

I made a little card with gold butterflies- loving' the gold trend lately:

Lastly, Becky has released PMU 2 (PageMaps University 2) and I was delighted to become a contributor again.  More details on class peeks and registration can be found here!

Have a wonderful day!

Sweet Summer!

Hey all, hope you are having a wonderful summer so far.  Just wanted to quickly share a card I made, loving that strawberries are sweet and juicy this time of year.  Here is a summer-y card to celebrate all things sweet and delicious.

I added a touch of burlap for the pennants, DCWV (Diecuts With a View) has a fabulous burlap collection pack!

Have you downloaded or viewed the latest summer issue of Scrapbook and Cards today?  It's an awesome issue, perfect summer reading to catch up on the latest and greatest scrapbooking inspiration! Download it for free here!

Crop and Create Delivered- Summer Kits!

Quick, grab them before it's too late...the Crop and Create Summer kits are HOT!  You can read all about them and how to purchase it here!

All you need is this Summer-in-a-box goodness and a few basic tools- pack it to up on your way to the trailer, boat, cottage or weekend away and you are ready to craft on a rainy day or summer evening to pass the time away from pesky mosquitoes outside!

I was super lucky for the opportunity to play and create a few summer-y cards for this kit!

June PageMaps!


PageMaps teamed up with Maya Road this month, check out June's sketches here and design inspiration here!

I chose this sketch here:

and here is my take on it using large Maya Road chipboard letters, Maya Road wood veneer shapes and Simple Stories Charmed Life pattern papers.

If scrapbook paper had a volume button, you would hear the sweet sounds of a baby's belly laugh.  They are the best kinds of laughs and little Weston here does them the best!

Have a roar-riffic day!!