Mar 6, 2014

March 6, 2014

I seem to always start my blog posts with "I can't believe how long it has been since I last posted"! Seriously though it is true! My good intentions get overruled by life! Maybe this will be the year that I improve on my BLOG skills...seeing how we are already into month #3, I wouldn't place any bets on me!

Regardless I am here, and I am sharing my layout created using Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's March Sketchy Challenge! Love this sketch provided by Sue Sykes and I stayed true to her design. No flipping or rotating as I often do!

I used papers from the DCWV Vintage Collector stack. I ADORE all the papers, colours and embellishments offered up with this collection. I find myself going to it often to add to projects I have been creating! A little May Arts Ribbon, Stampin Up's chevron punch and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L were some of the added touches to the layout.

I love how it turned out and adore the subject! Sadly we had to put Java to sleep in January, this will be a well loved memory of her cherished life! She was such an amazing, gentle soul.

Jan 5, 2014

January 5, 2013

Brrrrr...feeling like -38 with the windchill today. Not going out unless I absolutely have to, so I might as well catch up with some scrapbooking!

New Year, new January sketch for Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's Sketchy Challenge! Here is a look at the sketch Sue Sykes designed for us:
Here is my completed page. I rotated the sketch around, because it just seems to be what I do!

FabScraps patterned paper & chipboard / Sizzix dies / May Arts Ribbon / Stampin Up stamps with acrylic paints / Bazzill Basics word stickers / Heidi Swapp sequin stars & buzz words

Looking forward to seeing all the uploads to the gallery, everyone always has such a different look to the same sketch! Stay warm!

Oct 22, 2013

October 22, 2013

Quick blog post to share my completed layout for Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's October Sketchy Challenge! I liked this sketch from the first time I saw it and stayed pretty true to Sue Syke's design! ALL products used were from Stampin Up, the only exception would be the staples that attach one of the tags!

The snowflake stamps with matching dies are truly a favourite! I can see using them time and time again!

We'd love for you to join in on the fun! Who might even get published in a future edition of the magazine!

Sep 25, 2013

September 25, 2013

Time for a quick blog post! Sometimes I have to push myself to post here, Facebook is so much quicker! This is the place to be when I have a few more words to say!  :-)

Two weeks ago while helping out at The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival In Edmonton, I bought a neat little portable scanner called the Flip Pal! It's perfect for scanning lots of photos! I have been playing with it (SO EASY!) and am quite impressed. It's small enough that I will be taking it to Nova Scotia next time to scan some pictures that my parents have. I'd love copies of those "blasts from the past"! It comes with a great little stitching program so you are by no means restricted to a 4x6 photo!

During a burst of scanning, I came across some pictures from Bill's collection of work photos. I don't often scrapbook his pictures as they are his stories to tell if he chooses. However I think it's still important to add them to our albums. His days of geology fieldwork were some of his favourites times! The pictures I used in this layout were buried in a pile...out of sight, out of mind!

Karen Foster patterned paper  / sticker embellishments / coil brads
stamps from: Bo Bunny / Technique Tuesday / Unity
Colorbox Chalk ink
Webster's letter stickers
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

These photos were perfect for Kelly Klapsteins's Double The Fun Sketch for Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine. The papers are all from Karen Foster Designs...a great fit for the pictures, all of the words on the one paper were just what I needed!

This was a fun sketch to work with! For a chance to be published in Canadian Scrapbooker with it and share your layout!

Sep 20, 2013

September 20, 2013

Back in July I received an email explaining Tombow's "100 Days of Tombow". I immediately loved the idea and started the very easy process to become involved!

Tombow is celebrating their centennial year! WOW! [hands clapping, confetti falling] They set a goal to raise $10,000 to be donated and used by the Council for Arts Education. This nonprofit company will use the money to promote and support art education and programs nationwide! LOVE THAT! By me participating in the program, they will donate $100 to this wonderful cause!

After returning from summer holidays, I received a package containing a few Tombow products to work with. To do what I love to do and have a donation made because of that...NO BRAINER! So on with my reveal:

My first card was made and published on Canadian Scrapbookers Blog. I used the Tombow Markers to add the teal & brown  [ "Groovy" collection] directly to an Obsession Impression stamp. I used the Tombow Colored Pencils [light grayish tone1] to add some subtle color to the stamped image. Tombow Glue Dot runner keeps all my layers together and securely in place!

My second card was made using all the same products! I used the brown marker directly on a Heartfelt Creations stamp. The detail of the stamp was colored with the markers and pencil crayons to add soft and bright color! The image background was created using the the markers directly on the stamp, however I "stamped off" on a scrap piece of paper to use the third impression for a lighter, less intense image! Once again the Tombow Glue Dot runner keeps everything adhered securely. A bit of bakers twines add some dimension and holds the sentiment tag.

Thanks for dropping by to see I easily used Tombow products for my cards. Now it's your turn. HOW DO YOU TOMBOW????

Sep 1, 2013

September 1, 2013

Man...I just had a long blog post done and LOST it! ARGHHHHH!!! This will be shorter! Here to say I haven't dropped off the face of the earth and hope to get her more often now that summer is transitioning to fall! Great holidays were had in Nova Scotia, three weeks goes by way too fast! 


Have a great Labour Day Weekend! Hope your weather is as spectacular as ours here in Alberta!


Jul 13, 2013

July 13, 2013

Playing around with a new app that I bought which just may make it easy to write a post or two should the  urge arise while we are on holidays. This app seemed to have some good reviews, I know I tried in the past to blog on the go and it wasn't easy. We'll see if "BLOGGO" works.

Inserting a picture was pretty easy too. How about a link???   Well...that was easy does it look when it's posted???



Jul 12, 2013

July 12, 2013

I should really sign in here more than once a month...but c'est la vie! This is just a quick post before I get moving for the day, Bella is needing a walk and it certainly won't hurt me either! Java will stay behind for now as I want to go farther than she should go. At 13+ years she still wants to do all that we do, it's our job to monitor so she doesn't over do it! Bella needs overdoing to calm her down!

I never did share pictures of Taylor's Graduation Ceremonies. I was a long, lovely day surrounded by his friends and their families. People we have grown to love our the years! I was more emotional than I thought I would be during the ceremony. Seeing all these kids that he went to school with, some since kindergarten, made me appreciate how they have all help to mold Taylor in to the fine, young man he has become. Some of these friends have moved on to different groups of friends as their interests have changed and some have remained constant companions through the good and the bad!

They clean up well
Taylor is still  undecided as to where the next few years will take him and has chosen to work for now and upgrade some marks [hopefully by 2nd semester]. We are okay with his decision as long as he makes productive time of his out of school life. He has a great full time job lined up for now that will take him at least until November. If he plans well,he can save some good money during this time!

As for me, not much is new. I am doing a Phone Photography workshop online through Big Pictures Classes an really enjoying the process. There are daily prompt to stay creative, lots of app reviews and and opportunity to learn lots form the online forums! Two friends have joined me in the workshop, so it's fun to compare ideas! Having lots of fun with the many apps I have purchased!

Jun 8, 2013

June 8, 2013

My life feels like it's been a whirlwind for the past month and a half. With that, lots of things get put on the back burner! First off the to-do list becomes my blog! It easily gets put aside, but I eventually like to get it updated because it is a good overview of what we have been up to! An online diary of sorts...with nothing private included!

The month of May introduced us to my cousin's daughter Anja! She stayed with us for 5 weeks and went to school with Taylor on an exchange program [of sorts] with her school - in Geneva, Switzerland! We quickly fell in love with her and her easy manner and found it tough to say goodbyes! While she was here we tried to show her some of the highlights that Alberta offers! Drumheller, Muttart, Banff and wildlife were some things we fit into our schedule! Taylor toured her around with his friends as well and they took in West Edmonton Mall, school play, Whyte Ave. in the evening! It was a busy month of entertaining!

The last week of May, my friend Connie and I headed to Bull River, British Columbia for a week of hummingbird photography! We had signed up with the Gerlach Workshop over a year in advance and were excited to finally see it as a "to-do" on on our calendars! Having been to Bull River Guest Ranch before we knew the accommodations and food would be wonderful...the rest wast to unfold!

Once we got settled in, we were greeting by the Gerlachs and got to meet the rest of the group that we would share our week with, 11 photographers and 2 spouses. We quickly became a pretty close knit group considering the short time we spent together. Having a common interest is an instant way of bridging gaps!

The week flew by with thousands of photo opportunities and lessons learned! Several "ah-ha" moments will make my photography skills better for years to come! The Gerlach's have a great, relaxed way of explaining concepts so they are easily understood!

One event of the week which should not go unmentioned was the opportunity to spend time with Susanne, the Hummingbird Bander! She travels to different locations and literally bands hummingbird legs so they can be tracked. She collects data, such as weight, fatty deposits, lengths, etc... All of this helps to determine migratory information, mating  & nesting's really a labour of love. Her work is all done voluntarily, and is fascinating to watch!

All of this led up to Taylor's grade twelve graduation ceremonies on June 1st, 2013...which will be shared in a separate blog post!

Signing off for tonight!

May 8, 2013

May 8, 2013

I think that just possibly...Spring is here to stay. YAH!

So with the arrival of May we have the arrival of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's May Sketchy Challenge! Another great sketch put out to the world by Sue Sykes! While my partner's in crime were having a blast at Bull River [*sigh*] I worked this month's sketch! I wasn't able to make the trip this year due to other commitments and the fact that I will be  heading there at the end of the month for a photography trip! Next year I will be at the scrapbooking name already on the list!

So here is the May Sketchy Challenge and my my take!

Heartfelt Creations: pattern papers / Spellbinder Dies [Heartfelt Creations] / unknown Vellum / May Art Ribbons / Clearsnap Ink / Unity Stamps / Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L / thickers / Martha Stewart micro beads / unknown magic mesh