Thursday, December 25, 2008
The hubs totally surprised me...who would have thunk it??? Now off to Ebay to find some great dies and embossing folders. Merry Christmas everyone!!!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Anyway, I taught at the Boys and Girls Club last night and decided to do one of Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas. Which I am going bankrupt doing because I really want the kids to learn the cool techniques featured this month. They LOVED it! It was a messy good time playing with all my alcohol inks. And a big thanks to Laura at JSI for helping me prepare some of the stuff. Which funny enough we didn't need because the Tim Holtz stamps I ordered came yesterday morning. Are you kidding me??? I just ordered those last weekend. Oh how I LOVE living here. No more waiting 3 weeks for mail. That is my dream...the postman/woman coming right to my door. Oh wait a minute...they do now! I guess I am living the dream. *wink*
Here are a couple of the tags the boys did last night. Go boys!
Unfortunately, the pewter charm that Tim used on his tag (gorgeous!) was too cost prohibitive to buy for all the kids. That was a fabulous final touch on his tag but ours turned out great just the same. I won't post mine yet...I'll wait until the end and post them all. Happy Christmas scrapping everyone! xox
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I'll blog again later in the week with a bunch of stuff you MUST see. Tim Holtz is having his "12 tags of Christmas" and I teach at the Boys and Girls Club tomorrow night! Lots later! Be blessed! xo
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
We're starting out slowly...right now it's the concept of "Paper, photo, decorations and journaling". Here are a few different versions of that:>
Friday, November 7, 2008
This lovely photo (and I use that term loosely) was taken at the very end of the night. Why do I do that??? Leica must have been super tired but you sure couldn't tell...that girl can look good in a wind storm let me tell ya. I stayed until the very bitter end...I was the last one to leave at my table. I wanted to squeeze as much alone time out of the day as I could!
So those are all the sweet ladies I had to brag about. Next time I'll snap some shots of the projects. And I swear, I'm almost done. Sure Kate, SURE. (insert eyeroll here)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Although I don't have all the photos to prove I was actually there yet.
But courtesy of the sweet April, I do have a few photos of Trisha Ladouceur and I dying laughing after her class "Pint-sized paintables". I did a cute double canvas all aglow with as many colours of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist as I could get my paws on. It was a dirty good time, let me tell ya. I can't remember exactly what we were laughing at here but I'm pretty sure it had something to do with my Dolly Parton sized chest as I hadn't nursed in about 12 hours at that point. Don't you just love my profile...thanks for the great nose Dad. (Insert dry sarcasm here) It's not an attractive photo...I really don't know why I am subjecting myself to staring at it like a bad train wreck but it really shows how hard I was laughing. Like squint your eyes, make three chins, all the teeth showing to the back molars laughing.
And us calming down (just a bit) and looking pretty normal...
I have to tell you how much of a RIOT this girl is...Primadonna, My Minds Eye "It girl", Tattered Angels Design Team Member, Crop and Cruise Instructor, 50% of Fire and Ice Designs, seriously the list goes on and on and what does she say? She puts on this sweet little grin and says "You're so funny, I'm just Trish." Well "Just Trish" I was so thrilled to meet you and take your class! Thank you so much!
Others I loved meeting but have no actual proof of said meeting yet were Jill Hildebrand, Amanda LePage and Corinne Braun. So I will give them their very own blog post later in the week complete with photos. Actually, I never did get a photo with Amanda or Corrine!!! Girls, I'll be stalking you extra hard at the next event...just to give you fair warning. Amanda just happens to be on the Just Cr8 Design Team and I am happily scrapping my way through their 5 week long idols contest. I have low expectations for scoring a lot of points but super HIGH expectations to come out of it with 5 layouts I love and a whole lot more inspiration. Plus, with the deadlines looming it forces me to actually sit down and work which is always good.
Almost 3am, seriously? I need to get to bed. I'll blog my little heart out again soon.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I'll name drop and flash some goodies later in the week. (oh get your mind out of the gutter, you know what I mean!)
I have to recover first.
Friday, October 17, 2008
to-die-for vintage buttons. THANKS SHARON!!! xox
***Photo disclaimer*** The flash was not nice to me! This is just one of many, many posts where I will throw in that I NEED a DSLR!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
1) Turn camera on
2) Point at the subject
3) Press button
4) Nothing happens
5) Swear under breath and fiddle with the flash setting
6) Point at subject again, completely missing the original picture but still wanting to at least get something for your efforts
7) Press button
8) Series of flashes and whirring followed by the photo blinking onto the screen
9) Notice the red eye reduction wasn't on because of aforementioned flash-fiddling
10) Start again with #5
But I digress...
I also started up my free classes for kids again this week!!! This is super exciting for me because I have hooked up with the Boys and Girls Club. So I will be there every Wednesday night with all my amazing donations from YOU to teach them how to cut, paste and sew their way towards a personal scrapbook (and blissful happiness, right?). On the very first day one of the guys showed up with a whole stack of photos! They are eager to learn and I am eager to teach. More on that in the upcoming weeks!
My blog hopping travels this weekend also led me to this through Leica's blog. And now all my dreams are coming true. I usually lurk around Scrap in Style...which I love but I always had one complaint. Not enough Canadian Content. And really, why would they? They are American...so they cater to the American scrappers. So when I popped into Leica's blog and saw the Just Cre8 stuff I was thrilled! I'm hoping my week allows for some scrap time so I can enter their new challenge. I'll leave you with a fairly new layout...I finally dusted off the sewing machine. I think it was beginning to wonder where I had gone.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
In other news, I was on hand for the amazing Elton John concert! The hubs and I went as an early anniversary gift to each other (6 years this month!). Left both boys at home with a sitter for the first time. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa L. I could sit back and enjoy it far more this time around...saw him for the first time a couple of years ago and spent most of the concert choked up and emotional at the fact that I was actually there. So going again was more than awesome. Now I can check that off my "Bucket List". The pictures are less than spectacular as we had good seats but the camera can only do so much...you get the idea, right?
I've been trying to think of what else I have on my list...going to Europe, more specifically seeing Culloden Field. Taking my kids to Disneyworld. Going on a cruise. Finding the Soup Nazi in New York and eating Crab Bisque. Eating a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery. There are other things...but those are just the ones that fly off the top of my head right now. Funny how most of my list either has to do with travel or food. My 2 fave things. I challenge you all to write a "bucket list"...and scrapbook it. I'll get back to you with mine. Maybe I should see the movie.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
*Disclaimer* The pictures suck...I snapped them in 3 seconds before I threw it in the bag and dashed it out to Connie before they got into the car.
Looking back on the photos, we went through a lot of changes with the Dyck family. We'll miss them like crazy!!!
Other great scrappy news has me sending in entries to various competitions. I know, shut UP! Hard to believe I could actually get my act together long enough...I'm not expecting grand returns within a day but the important part is to get out there and get my feet wet. With the amount I am doing all at once, consider me soaked. Diving-in-head-first soaked. Ciao for now.
Friday, June 20, 2008
I LOVE on-line shopping. A little addiction I have picked up living so far North. I love browsing the sites. I love filling a cyber shopping cart. And I LOVE the 3 easy clicks it takes to pay for something. Maybe that's a bad thing...
And then Voila! Beautiful things show up on your doorstep. Well. OK. I don't have doorstep service per say but it shows up at the office and Hubs drags the boxes home. Did I mention he walks to work? What a trooper. Especially when donation boxes arrive. His face was 3 shades of red the last time that happened. "What is in this sucker?" He barely made it up the stairs! Turns out it was another great donation from Patty Rose and her group of crazy, generous scrapbookers from Ontario! But I digress...
Here is my latest purchase from Land's End and as a Mum on the go I am SO jazzed to try them out:
It's also GARAGE SALE DAY!!! Woo HOO!!! I love going to sales but I have to admit even with all the work involved, I love having them too. It means I am getting rid of a whole lot of stuff I don't need. If I have clutter around me it squishes the creativity right out of me. I don't know where it goes but it certainly doesn't hit a scrapbook page. So over the last month I purged every single room and closet in the house. Including the basement. As FLYLady says, just take babysteps. And if you don't know what in the world I am talking about...check this out.
So all my purged scrapbook supplies went into my class boxes, getting all ready for my new project to be started in September!!! SO excited about that too. And everything else is tagged and stacked in my dining room. My house looks like an episode of Clean Sweep right now. And as of 5pm tonight everything will be gone gone GONE!
It's going to be a gooder. We are so remote that people jump on stuff like this. They should be called garage stampedes! No need to stay open for the whole weekend or even the whole day. No need to advertise very heavily, a few signs at the grocery store will do. And I guarantee at least 85% of it will be gone in the first hour and a half. So think of me between 5pm and 8pm. I'll be wading through a throng of people trying to keep an eye on my 3 year old. Who also loves the thrill of the sale!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Check out Leica Forrest's Blog for more details. There will be some freakin' FANTASTIC Canadian talent there to teach their scrap-tastic projects. I am SO excited to meet Jackie Ludlage. Like I'm-a-geek-can't-speak-properly-in-her-presence-will-probably-embarass-myself-EXCITED. Jackie is the co-founder of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine which published a layout by Leica Forrest last December featuring my Great White Scrapbooking program for the kids up here. Excited doesn't begin to describe!
Saturday, May 10, 2008
And I will never, never again show pictures of myself like this...nobody should have a record of what they look like in the hospital!!! Little man shot into the world in 2 hours. Went from 5cm to baby born in under 28 minutes. Boo YAH! We are currently renovating...stay tuned for more regular blogging. And maybe a little scrapbooking? It's going to be a busy month, bear with me.
Monday, April 7, 2008
This was Sasha's very first 12x12 scrapbook page. Photos have not been added yet. This photo does not do it justice...she added some Mod Citrus rub ons, Stickles and gems. In this particular class I was encouraging the students to use what they had and invent their own title letters. Sometimes when dealing with used supplies (or my own for that matter!) we often end up with an E missing, etc. This was Sasha's take on the class, she decorated each individual letter.
For the Valentine's day class, we were just making cards but Sasha decided to start another paperbag album. We had done them a few weeks prior to this so she knew what to do. I loved the layering of the paper flowers on this!
Hopefully, after the birth I'll still have one or two opportunities to teach card classes but it depends on how I am feeling. I will for sure be starting more classes when we move in the summer! I am looking forward to seeing what unfolds. More class pictures to come in the next couple weeks...we did some great stuff at Easter! Happy Scrapping!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
So what's new and scraptastic in my world? We are winding down the Great White Scrapbooking Club for the Easter break. Today will probably be our last class for a while as I have a little appointment to give birth soon. Well, not so much an appointment as the baby will come whenever it darn well feels like it. Only God knows. So I'll finish up this session with a great little matchbook album project...I'll post pictures of that next week.
We have been going strong with the ladies class at the Dene K'oe program as well. Last night was fun, we worked on Spring/Easter cards even though it was blizzarding outside!!! Gotta love the North baby. Last week we were fooling around with doodling and made a little cardstock album with a ribbon or fibre closure. My favourite book right now for doodling is called "Doodling for Papercrafters" By Maelynn Cheung but I really want to get my hands on a copy of "The Doodle Formula" By Adrienne Looman.
A few of the ladies brought their children and even 5 year old Hailey got in on the action. She has been a solid fixture in the class and participates as well as the older girls! What a great time. The donated supplies are a real blessing. We've been able to do several different projects each week. When I move this summer, I will be staying in contact with the program coordinator, Leona so I can continue to send her supplies to keep the scrapbooking class going. We have a good core group and I certainly don't want the program to dissolve with my departure. So we really, really appreciate all the generosity that let's me distribute supplies to the 2 seperate classes we have going on right now. Thank you all so much. Here are just a few finished projects from last week...
No pictures yet, but easily added later. The doodle on this was inspired by "52 Scrapbooking Challenges" By Elsie Flannigan.
Here is what little Hailey came up with...the kids love the stickers. They are always a huge hit at the card classes as well. She said she wanted to put a picture right on the front, so she made her own photo mat.
Other than my regular classes, I'll be over at the elementary school next week doing Easter cards with the Pre K to Grade 6 classes. 2 mornings, trying to fit everyone in! I'll take some photos of the finished work there...should be interesting. I have big plans with ribbon for those projects!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
This morning I was up before the sun (which up here right now means about 8:30am) to teach a card class to some highschool students at Dene High. My close friend Denise teaches a Functional Intergrated Program which is a program that teaches life skills. She asked me to come in and do some Valentine's stuff with the kids for the better part of the morning. It took us all a while to get going but boy, when we started busting out the fancy paper and bling, these kids really started to shine. We did a bunch of embossing which everyone (even the crazy teacher) caught onto really quickly. In just one demonstration the kids were manning the embossing gun themselves. Check out some of the mad talent in these rookie papercrafters:
And we even got the teacher and tutor in on things!
Denise (Oops, I mean Ms. Dewling)
Again, I have to thank a whole bunch of people for sending donations of scrapbooking supplies... from the SISters and MISters at Scrap In Style to all sorts of scrapbookers right across the country courtesy of the amazing layout Leica Forrest did about us for Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine in the Winter 2007/2008 issue. The call for supplies they put out has kept a steady stream of packages arriving every couple of weeks. This is how these programs stay running. THANK-YOU!!! For the first year I did the card making classes at both the elementary and highschool and I used all my own supplies...things were getting a little slim! But with the absolute outpouring of generosity I've not only stepped up the card classes but the Great White Scrapbooking Program is going strong (HUGE Thank-you to Dayna and Denise for all their help this week!) and the adult and family craft classes at Dene K'oe have started. I am really looking forward to seeing what happens this summer...I have MONSTER plans for an inner city scrapbooking program in Saskatoon. Stay tuned...you never know what I'll come up with next!