Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July Happenings!

Howdy! hope everyone is enjoying their Summer, hard to believe July is almost over (insert sad face). We spent most of July on the road and on water but as much fun it is to be away it's also feels so good to just be at home for a change.  One past weekend we had a reunion at the Timberhouse Inn.  This is a B&B located in Brighton, Ontario (just east of Picton) and we've been coming here for our family event the last 5 years, six families in total and we book the entire Inn for a weekend stay.  Definitely worth checking out if you wanted to organize a little scrappy get away with friends, this would be a perfect venue (tip: you'll need to bring your own portable lighting).

After a fun day at a nearby beach, I set up a little crafty project for the girls to paint canvas bags, they turned out fabulous!

Here we are on Georgian Bay.  I was mesmerized by the dancing shimmering Sun sparkles over the water, good thing I was not captaining because we would be going around in circles.

Yup, that is a coconut tree on our boat.  If you can't be in the Carribean, why not bring the Carribean to you!

We had some freakish weather in the last part of July- some days were glorious and then there were a couple of storms too.  Thankfully we were tied securely to a dock through the 60 km/hr wind gusts and I was prepared with my little ziploc bag of crafty supplies to scrap the storm away.  I worked on an upcoming class for Scrapfest Oshawa.  Here is a peek at my Halloween mini album workshop.  Halloween and Christmas are neck and neck in our household in terms of anticipation and excitement.  I love making Halloween projects, the bright colours and silly ghoulish elements makes it so much fun!

Feathers are making their way onto scrapbook pages lately, tickle, tickle....these bright orange and greens are boo-ti-ful!


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Love is in the air!

 It’s July and love is in the air! A recent Canadian celebrity wedding buzz was Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne tying the knot.   When I read about how Chad proposed to Avril (scrapbooking related) I thought awwhhh how sweet! Here’s a quote from Avril about her proposal (excerpt from an interview with Ryan Seacrest):

“The only thing that was weird was we usually go to the studio together and he had gone before me. And I have been making this scrapbook of my time in the studio with a Polaroid camera and the only thing that was weird was I walked into the studio and he was putting a picture in to the book and I was like ‘What is he doing?’…And all of a sudden I walk over and he had taken a photo of himself holding the ring box and put the Polaroid in my scrapbook and because I had stickers everywhere he put in ‘Will you marry me?’ It was really romantic.”

How awesome to read Avril Lavigne scrapbooks, woot!!

I have a similar story to share.  I was contacted by a gentleman to create a scrapbook for his marriage proposal to his girlfriend.   He saved letters, cards and photos of their time together.  The plan was to create an album capturing their history and ending it with a “will you marry me” proposal page.   I kept the page very simple to just using hearts, a few vellum quotes and lots of pink (her favourite colour).  

A few days before the deadline he let me know he wanted to incorporate the engagement ring onto the page.  I admit I was a bit stumped, I tried a few options such as using a sheer drawstring sachet and a vellum envelope to wrap the ring but it just didn’t work.  I stared at the page hoping inspiration would hit, then my eyes rested on the quote “knit your hearts with an unslipping knot” and ding ding ding the bell went off!  The answer was so simple and perfect, just tie the ring onto the page.  I fastened eyelets and ribbon onto a heart shape cut out and adhered this to the outside of the page protector.  This would make it much easier to untie the ring than having to pull the page out first.  I made a faux ring by threading a jewelled button through an o-wire and tied this to the heart.  I wanted to give my client the option of tying the actual engagement ring or just having a ring there as a symbol on the page.

You might notice the ring shown below is not the faux ring in the earlier photo.  I switched it out at the very last minute due to a brilliant idea from my daughter.  Anna suggested I should use a real ring and mentioned Claire’s Accessories sold rings for a very reasonable price.  She was spot on, the ring is the perfect finishing embellishment to the page (thank you Anna!).

One of the pages in the album was dedicated to her 'favourite things' and I included logos and images of these random items. 

If you can imagine a room filled to the brim with pink flowers, pink decorations, groupings of her  favourite items, and then presented with a scrapbook celebrating their memories together I am pretty sure she knew something very magical was going to unfold.

And the rest is history, in case you are wondering he did tie the real engagement ring onto the page and not surprisingly the answer to his proposal was 'Yes'!

Didn't this story just warm your heart a little? Hope you have a wonderful day!