Please, Let’s Stay Home

Coronavirus arrived with speed and caught many of us unprepared for the changes we would need to immediately make. Our lives turned upside down overnight. Amid all this uncertainty and unknown, we must find strength. Strength to endure, strength to support others, and strength to find joy, everyday.

I am eternally grateful for everyone on the front lines of this virus. They too have family and friends they worry about every single day. Yet they bravely step up and out for us day after day to provide the services and support we need.  There will never be enough ways to say thank you.

So what can you and I do? Listen. Trust in our leaders and experts who are guiding us. It isn’t hard – wash your hands – stay home – respect social distancing. Staying apart today, means more tomorrows together. Stay well my friends. We’ll have much to celebrate when we can get together!

Let's Stay Home

Hits and Highlights – Scrapbook Layouts

Just popping in to share some of my favourite layouts. These first two were designed to document my practice of giving my two oldest grandchildren jokes for their lunch boxes. They absolutely love opening these jokes each day,  sharing them with their classmates during lunch, and bringing them home to test their parent’s skill at the end of the day.

When I was young, my Mom would occasionally send a love note with lunch as well – often by way of writing on a banana! Any kind of love note, is a nice way to let your loved ones know you are thinking of them throughout the day. With the We R Memories Keepers Envelope Punch Board, a new way to carry on the tradition was born! I find the jokes on Pinterest and simply print them off to insert into the envelopes each week.

Daily Lunch Box Laughs

This layout was completed using Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s Happiness collection. If you are not familiar with Cocoa Vanilla, they are an Australian company and they make AMAZING papers (https://cocoavanilla.com.au/). While they are not easy to find in Canada yet, I purchase mine through Scrapbook Your Joy (https://scrapbookyourjoy.com/).  Great prices on these premium papers, and excellent customer service! The beautiful papers and embellishments just seemed to fit so well with Madison’s dress. The cut file (Valentine’s Day Love Letter) comes from Handipaper (Inna Moreva). Stunning cut files for all your projects! You can find Inna’s shop on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/handipaper?ref=shop_sugg).

I do like to journal on my layouts in interesting ways. In this layout, my journalling wrapped around the envelope – another way of sending a hug to my granddaughter. The title was completed using American Crafts “Happy Life” thickers. I love these smaller sized alphas and often stock up on a few packs whenever I find them.

Lunch Box Laughs

In this second layout focused on the daily lunchbox jokes, I made multiple envelopes using the We R Memories Keepers Envelope Punch Board. Most envelopes were the same size, but I did make a couple of them slightly bigger to house my journalling and picture of Owen. Owen’s favourite colour is orange, so the Let Your Heart Decide collection from Pinkfresh Studio was perfect for this layout. All embellishments and alphas came from this same collection, making it quick and easy to pull the whole page together.

The Best

My last layout for this post features my youngest grandson Ben. He is such a cutie and adored by all of us! My daughter Lindsay gets credit for this lovely photo. The onsie Ben is wearing was my first attempt at putting vinyl on fabric. I was so pleased with how it turned out. The onsie was purchased through Loblaws on sale, so all in all, it was a pretty cost effective project!

Once again, I utilized papers and emphera from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. This is the Boys Rule collection.  The cut file comes courtesy of Confessions of a Paper Addict (COAPA). Virgina Walker owns this company and is very gifted at creating beautiful cut files for every occassion. You can find her etsy shop here (https://www.etsy.com/ca/search?q=coapa%20cutfiles&ref=auto-1&as_prefix=coapa). I resized the Star Streak 2 cut file to fill the page and then backed the stars with coordinating papers from this collection. I finished off the stars by layering a couple of the chipboard stars found in the Boys Rule emphera pack. The chipboard title came from the Happiness die cut titles pack. I love using the “teensy type” alphas and numbers from doodlebug designs inc to add dates to my projects.

Hope you’ve enjoyed these layouts. Be sure to check out these great companies for your projects!

This is Us – ScrapFest – April 2020

I’m very excited to return to ScrapFest in Kitchener! Spring’s not that far away, so it’s time to start planning your visit to ScrapFest at the Kitchener Aud on April 17th & 18th.

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Join me on Saturday, April 18th for a fun layout class that puts the spotlight on celebrating our unique personalities. These layouts will equally suit highlighting formal or simply silly moments in our lives. Show off your personality, tell your story, and celebrate life!

The delightful FANCY FREE collection, designed by Paige Evans, forms the foundation to these layouts. Participants will complete 1 double and 2 single scrapbook layouts, and will have plenty of paper left over to develop further layouts. Your kit will also include multiple die cuts, DMC floss and embellishments to complement your pages.

Fancy Free Paper Pad

Techniques used in this class will help you create dimension and texture to add layers and interest to your work. Try your hand at a little stitching to create a fun title; develop attention with angles and embellishments; direct focus and interest with subtle layering; and utilize large die cuts and journaling to create balance.

Here are some sneak peeks of the layouts in this class:

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This class is generously sponsored by ScrapFest!

Registration opens on Tuesday, February 11th at 8:00pm. Make a date to come and have some fun with me at ScrapFest this Spring!

http://www.scrapfest.ca

 

Beginner’s Essentials – ScrapFest April 2020!

Are you new to scrapbooking or looking to begin this creative hobby? Do you love the thought of creating your own pages, but feel a bit overwhelmed at where to start, what tools to purchase, how much product to buy, or how to design a page? If you answered yes, to any of the previous questions, this course is for you!

Join me at ScrapFest on April 17th and learn the essentials of scrapbooking. This beginner’s class with help you sort through the basics, including the jargon, essential tools, standard products and design principles to kick start your creative journey.

Me and My Big Ideas Paper Pad

Participants will create 4 single page layouts as they build their confidence with tools, technique and design. Paced for the beginner, this class will show you how to use basic supplies, embellishments and design principles to showcase your memories. Each participant will receive a Me & My BIG Ideas, MAMBI QUOTED 12″ x 12″ paper pad with 48 papers, a coordinating washi tape set (7 washi tapes included), a box of wooden heart die cuts, paper flowers, white doily, and pearl bead embellishments.

Here’s a preview of the layouts participants will complete during the class.

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I’m looking forward to making some new friends who are eager to jump into this exciting paper crafting journey! Come join me for some fun and watch your creativity soar!

This class is generously sponsored by ScrapFest. Registration for this class opens on Tuesday, February 11th at 8:00pm.

http://www.scrapfest.ca

 

ScrapFest – Kitchener 2020!

Who’s planning on attending ScrapFest in Kitchener?! April 17th and 18th are going to be two fun filled days of crafting!  Looking for inspiration, motivation and creativity? Look no further – this event has it all –  an incredible selection of vendors, the newest products, the BIGGEST crop area, and many classes offering a range of techniques and projects for the beginner to advanced paper crafter.

Stay tuned for some “sneak peaks’ on two classes I’ll be teaching at ScrapFest. One is designed specifically for the beginner, called “Beginner’s Essentials” and the second class is a layout class called “This is Us”. Hope you’re making your plans to join us – I’d love to see you there! Registration opens up Tuesday, February 11th at 8pm! http://www.scrapfest.ca

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ScrapFest – Fall 2019!

I’m very excited to return to ScrapFest this Fall at their “Exclusive” event in St. Catherines, ON! It’s been Christmas in July on my crafty workspace, while I created a Holiday Themed Album to display your favourite seasonal memories. The finished album is full of beautiful holiday themed electronic die cut files, embellishments and hidden pockets/envelopes for special pictures and/or messages.

You album is housed in an 8 & 1/2″ x 11″ burlap album. Just perfect for the rustic papers in the American Crafts “Hot Cocoa” paper pad that forms the foundation of your album.

Front of Album

You will build an album full of textures and techniques. A truly special gift that will display your holiday memories for years to come. Enjoy a few more “sneak peaks” – and follow the ScrapFest website for upcoming details on registration for this fun paper crafting event and classes this October! http://www.scrapfest.ca

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Ho, Ho, Ho! Hope to see you on Saturday, October 5th – let’s make some Holiday memories together!

ScrapFest Kitchener – It’s a Wrap!

What a great weekend at ScrapFest! Fun, fun, fun from beginning to end. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and delightful to meet so many new crafting friends! I was privileged to teach a class on Saturday morning with 20 enthusiastic crafters – from those just beginning to learn, to those who’ve enjoyed scrapbooking and card marking for many years. Thank you all for joining me and positively participating for 3 hours of fun! You are all very talented ladies, and I appreciated learning some new tricks and tips from you as well.

I love this class shot showing off the fruits of your hard work on the “Dear, sweet wonderful YOU” butterfly page!

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DEAR, SWEET, WONDERFUL YOU

The two page layout for this class involved several techniques that included hand stitching for added texture and creating a felt bow.

Happy Birthday

We transferred the techniques in these layouts to 3 cards showing participants how to stretch their crafting supplies between the two.

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My deepest thanks to my best friend Denise and my beautiful niece Brooke, who both worked by my side on Saturday morning to help make the class run as smoothly as possible – you two are the BEST!

To round out the weekend I also enjoyed lots of personal cropping time in the GIGANTIC crop of 315 fellow crafters. If you weren’t there, just imagine a hockey rink full of croppers and all their treasured crafting goodies! The Marketplace filled the second hockey rink and offered everything a crafter could ever want for their next project…or two…or more! I might have done a bit of shopping myself (but let’s keep that just between you and me)!

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Another treasure of ScrapFest was seeing old friends who share the passion of crafting. It was truly wonderful to catch up with each other and also get some AMAZING hugs as well. So make some plans to attend a future ScrapFest event. You will leave truly inspired by some very talented fellow crafters! Check out the list of events at scrapfest.ca.