Monday, June 18, 2007

Just a little quickie....I entered the Bigi Digi Contest!!

Just a quick entry for tonight. It is late and I have to rest up. Got a horrid cold and the cough is killer! stopped raining for more than five minutes. It was actually nice today, until it started raining again. Blah.


For the heck of it, I entered a creation in Bigi Digi Contest. I am super stoked because I looooveee this page. Sadly, I can't post it directly on the blog, but I will link the page to you!

Take a look right here! Wish me luck, I could use a nice and pretty 12x12 printer.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

I am building an ark and gathering two of every animal

I really shouldn't start this entry out negatively but here it goes....

I am completely disgusted by the amount of rain that we are getting here in Alberta. You speak to most everyone and we are bewildered by it. We have all started to wonder if we didn't just wake up in Vancouver. But I think the worst part about it that it was a long winter and many, including myself have had the worst case of cabin fever. I know that I had been looking forward to my awaking from hibernation to enjoy the scenery of Sylvan Lake. Now with this rain, it has prolonged the feeling of confinement and quite frankly, I am going snaky!!!! I only hope that the sunshine decides to hang out on my vacation.

However, when I do manage to venture out, I make sure I don my waterwings before I go anywere.

Being cooped up isn't complete horrible. It has motivated me to get some scrapping done. I am working on a Father's Day page for Trevor. And yes, it is Father's Day and I am not done, but Trevor is working. By the time he gets home, it will be done. But no fretting here by Trevor. He got his Dewalt cordless drill that he was hounding me for.

Yes, he has hounded for that thing for quite a while. And then I saw the Dewalt tools on sale at Rona and figured that it meant that it was meant to be.

And I gotta tell ya...

Trevor is out in the patch, freezing and soaking wet, working is butt off on some god forsaken oil rig. As much as he'd rather be here, sitting on the big fat lazy chair watching sports and enjoying a day that is completely devoted to him, alas he is working so that we can enjoy the luxuries that we have. That's a great father.

So, from Jake and I, we say that you are the bestest dad in the world and we love you! Come home soon so we can smother you with hugs.

Speaking of wonderfulness in my life, lately I did a project that has the most fun result. I had a brainfart to use lightswitch plates to create a mini album that highlights how lucky I am. The end result is incredible!

I love it! I spray painted the covers with black and covered it with Basic Grey Scarlett's Letter paper and tags and some Fancy Pants and American Crafts rub ons. Top it off with my favorite, a Prima flower and this is what you get.

But take a closer look at the cover. It has two shaker boxes! That is the coolest part of all. I didn't even think of that until I started creating. It just came together. Nothing like the feeling of success through experimentation.

So, to wrap this up, I may have started out today bitching and whining, but really, I am trying to make lemonade out of the lemons the weather has handed us. I certainly hope I redeemed myself.

Friday, June 15, 2007

My Last Class....Piggy Tales

Not much going on with me, just a little stressed by the old day job. Nothing to worry about, the weekend is here!

I am impaitiently awaitng my holidays! I start on Friday. Next Friday that is.....and it won't come soon enough.

Anyhow, as promised......onto my last class for Canada's Scrapbooking Crop for Kids. I am doing a fall-themed mini album mad from paper bags and the very fun Goldilocks & the 3 Bears from Piggy Tales.

I gotta tell you, this class is gonna be fun and once you make one, you'll find it completely addicting, not to mention super easy. I had my brother-in-law constructing this and if he can do it, anyone can!

So, I hope that you consider registering for Canada's Scrapbooking Crop for Kids. We are all working very hard to make this an incredible event for the Stollery Children's Hospital and all you crazy scrappers looking for a great time!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

I need to say thanks

The site One Little Word is a fun little challenge blog. They give you the word of the week and you take it and make a page. Love it! It has been a great place to visit and particpate because it has given me a weekly reason to keep practicing my digi work and I get the chance to see other scrappers' work as well. Double the inspiration!

So, last week's challenge was the word "stop" I came up with this page:

Yesterday, I popped by there to see the results, well lo and behold, there is my page among the favorites!

How cool is that?

So thanks ladies of One Little Word for giving me some props!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Faffing About with the Girls.....

You know, I was really wanting to post last night, but by the time I pulled out the ol' laptop I was way to tired to fiddle around. It was 11:30pm. I got caught up in playing with new scrap goodies! My friend Trisha gave me some Stix 2 adhesives and foils. I love this stuff! It stick like crazy, which being the lumpy scrapper that I am, you need stuff to stay.

I am particularly lovin' those Stix 2 foils too. I am using them for a clear mini album in progress. They are so easy to use. Just press it on the adhesive and voila the foil comes off the plastic. I will definitely be using it on more projects in the future.

Anyhow, I gotta say that I try to pop up to Edmonton about once a month now. Not only do I go to discuss Canada's Scrapbooking Crop for Kids with Trisha, I have got to be friends with her and many of the wonderful and talented scrappers in Edmonton. They really are a fun bunch and I am lucky to have found them!

This past Saturday, I drove up for a night that was just all about relaxing and being with the girls. I started the tour by stopping at Ikea for yet another Goliat drawer set (amongst other treasures). They are cheap and attractive and are some of the few drawer sets that will hold scrapbook paper.

So there I am in one of the aisles wheeling my cart full of stuff, when a lady approached holding out a gift card with areceipt tucked neatly underneath. She gave me a spiel. She said that she had this gift card that had $160 left on it. She was leaving the country and had no more of a need for it. And just to get it off her hands, I could have it for the low, rock-bottom price of $100!

Now, at first I think, what a smokin' deal, but quite honestly, I never arry cash, getting some cash was a hassle, I was kinda in a hurry and I wasn't done shopping. So, I declined. I got a weird look, but I simply couldn't be bothered.

And I thought about it afterwards and questioned the logic of the whole scenario. This woman was from the Far East - Asia, Sinapore, India, doesn't matter where really, but it has a point. So I think, you are shopping for stuff at Ikea to bring it home with you. Heavy furniture. Extra stuff you have to pay to ship? Why? With air travel as tight as it is and even if it wasn't, why would you do that? Well, because she wasn't! Scam.

And I can thank lack of motivation for that one. Who says being lazy is all that bad!

Onward and forward, I met Trisha and Tracy at Treasured Memories. Went a little crazy on the Hambly Studios overlays and papers but I have a hard tome finding it anywhere else and it was a "treat yourself" kind of a day. So I did.

Then off to pick up Anam, with a trip directly to Urban Scrapbook and a pitstop at Fabricland. Lots of goodies.

When we got to Trisha's house, we met up with yeat another friend, Lea. We ate. We scrapped and we geeked out on our computers. It was a fun night of talking, laughing and enjoying ourselves!

We ate thanks to Tracy!

That girl can come cook for me anytime!

Lea played with Kota.

Anam snapped pictures.

Trisha played with Anam's new 'do.
That Anam broad is a real smart ass too! LOL
That new do of hers looks great!

And Trisha played with her Picture It Pageframes goodies. Cool stuff, she made us drool!
While we're on the subject of Trisha and Picture It Pageframes, I'll mention that she is teaching some way cool classes at CKC in Florida in July. If you are there, I'd check it out. I think it is going to be all the rage!

And a special THANK YOU to Trisha for being the hostess with the mostest and letting me crash on her comfy couch!!!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Summer is Arriving In Sylvan....

I love the emergence of summer in Sylvan Lake. Now that the weather has been sunny and warm, it is like this town suddenly awakens. People begin to walk the streets and enjoy the beach and shops, the trees bloom and explodes in greenery. It almost seems like Sylvan Lake emerges from a mass hibernation, townfolk included!

And for our family it means that this red beast emerges from our garage.....

The big bad boat. And the whole family itches to get it on the water. But frist, Trevor must go through the ritual of prepping it for its first run and I know that it is one of his absolute favorite things to do. Well, besides getting pulled behind it.

This past weekend our boat made its 2007 debut. It couldn't have been a better weekend to get it started and get it on the water. And Sunday we did just that.

Off we went to the busy marina with our neighbours Mark, Dayna and their son Caden. We went and just had a burn around the lake and enjoyed the warm weather. And I also know that as much as Trevor and Mark would love to enjoy the "art" of wakeboarding, the water was still a little too cold to bother with out a wet suit.

A few more weeks of this kind of weather and we'll out there tubing, wakeboarding and dodging other boats that have the same notion as us.

This has now been Jacob's 2nd year enjoying racing along the waters of Sylvan and this year he was happy to be spending some time with his little neighbour buddy, Caden. The two of them loved wind rushing past furiously as they giggled and yelled as loud as they could, "This is FUN! WEEEE!!!!"

I have to say that I am so excited because on Saturday, I am making my way up to Edmonton to meet up with Anam and Trisha! I'll make sure we all take pictures. It is going to be a day and night of scrapping and having Anam teach me and Trish some phunky schtuff with Adobe Photshop Elements 5.0. However, I am diligently reading Photoshop CS for Dummies and so far, I have learned the basics.
However, I have experimented with this new knowledge and thought that I might experiment a little bit. And this new found digital obsession has prompted me to go crazy finding some great digital downloads to play with. As you can see, I added a new catagory of links to some great resourse sites for digi scrappin', and more will be added. Take a peek at these sites, I think you will agree with me how wonderful they are.

So once I get alittle better at this digi thing, I'm going to play with some hybrid layouts. Yes, yes, no fear, I will never permanently move to digi. What fun would that be?

And now, like I promised, I'll tell you about another class that I am teaching for Canada's Scrapbooking Crop for Kids.
Memorabilia Matters
Scrapbooks are not always just about the pictures of life. It is also about memorabilia and reflections which rightfully belong on a page as well. In this class, you will construct a page with a couples theme that incorporates two different and unique techniques to add memorabilia and hidden journaling or a fun and exciting way to get people to interact and discover your pages in ways they never expected!
Sponsored by Serendipity Scrapbook & Gift Company, Sylvan Lake
Like I said, check it out at!

Friday, June 1, 2007

Parenting Gold, I Tell You... and a class debut for CSC4K

So this year, Alberta has been wet and thus we have been plagued by hoardes of mosquitos that are thirsty for every last drop of blood pulsing through your body. Seriously. Spend 5 minutes outside without bathing your body in Deet and you are toast. Mind you, Deet only seems to be doing so much too.
Now Jacob has learned the itchy truth about these horrible little beasts. Itches and welts and bein eaten alive. He's not overly fond of those darn mosquitos and is now fascinated with the thought of killing every single one that he possibly can. Good to see him make the attempt to do his part in the mass genoside of the mosquito population. Sadly, it will hardly make a dent.
Anyhow, being bitten. Nope hates it as we all do. But we learned a clever little game and for four nights in a row is has been heavenly putting him to bed. I found a piece of parenting gold.
We taught him to get away from those "skee-toes" is to go to bed, put the covers on you and shut your eyes. They can't find you that way. Really? It works that way? No kidding! I gotta tell you, I've never seen a kid go to bed so fast in my life. Not a peep not a word and off he goes to slumberland for a full evening of rest. And parental relaxation! Do try it, and I hope that it will work for you too....

And onto other things.....

So, I decided to become a volunteer for Canada's Scrapbooking Crop for Kids . I am completely excited about this ground breaking charitable event. It is being held in six cities (Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, London and St. John) October 12 14, 2007. I am going to be working the Edmonton venue being hosted at West Edmonton Mall for 1,000 scrappers and all proceeds we raise will be given to the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation .

It is going to be the coolest event ever! There is going to be great teachers like Creating Keepsakes 2007 Hall of Fame Kristina Contes, my friend and Pencil Lines design team member Anam Stubbington , One Little Word design team member Jessi Lute, Scrapbooks, Etc. editor in chief Melissa Inman, Basic Grey's Creative Director Kelly Goree, the fabulous Heidi Grace for Fiskars, Editor in Chief Jackie Ludlage for The Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine and me! That is just off the top of my head! Amazing line up, there are so many more to mention, however just go here for a complete list. I am utterly thrilled to be teaching alongside the best of the best.

So for the next three blog entries, I'll show you my projects that I got going on for Canada's Scrapbooking Crop for Kids.

First up........

Scrapbooking is meant to tell a story. As the one that is probably behind the camera, telling the story of others, it is important to take the time to tell the story of the storyteller. From the mundane, to symbolic, to deep thought, this class explores it all by creating a sweet little keepsake box using the technique of acetate transparancies for the most important person in your life - YOU.

- Sponsor: Serendipity Scrapbook & Gift Company

I can't Wait to do this class, it is going to be fun! Learning to alter boxes with a touch of making ATCs, working with tranparencies, painting and lots of flowers! I want this to be a project that you can refer to when you want to create a page about yourself. Yeppers, a nice little project that inspires you create some fun journaling and tell the world who you are.

So seriously, go check out the website and I hope to see you at the event in Edmonton. I think you should. Grab a group of girlfriends, and mix your love of scrapbooking with a worthy cause and throw in the World's largest shopping mall and you got yourself on fabulous weekend!!!!