Monday, May 26, 2008

A Weekend With Lots of Heart and a RAK

Phew! This weekend has been a busy one! Last night I got back from beautiful and awe inspiring Camp Caroline after an uplifting weekend of women, new friends, good conversation, great classes, lots of learning and scrapbooking! So much to tell you......

This past weekend was the Scrapbook Your Heart retreat hosted by the wonderful Allison Orthner. The weekend focused on four themes in our lives, family, friends, faith and fun. We discussed how truly meaningful they are in our everyday lives and how important it is to capture them in our scrapbooks both in pictures and words straight from the deepest parts of our hearts.

This weekend was also a fundraiser Allison's presentations were amazing. They were completely heartfelt. This little lady definitely has a gift of being able to move your to laughter and tears and deep contemplation, all in a twenty minute period! I was lucky enough to teach and speak a little about the friends in our lives.

I spoke about Trisha and Anam and how our path crossed through Canada's Scrapbooking Crop for Kids and our lives beyond that now. I also talked about how truly friends can spit out the most profound wisdom that impacts you in ways that you can never imagine.

I shared a time that Trisha and I were having a conversation about dealing with the tribulations of life and how we deal with them. It was a long talk to which her and I tend to think much alike on the matter. During this conversation, she articulated something, that although I knew in my heart, but summed it up in a nice little package.

"Everyday, when you wake up, you have to make a choice. You either lay there and ignore what is coming your way until you it piles up to an unbearable reality,

you can get up and go through your day and conquer it bit by bit and find out that it wasn't as bad as your mind is making it out to be.
Which would you rather do?"

And you know, that is what I came to realize a long time ago, but I just never said it to myself this way. And I take those words and I think about them often.

I also want to take the time to thank Upsy Daisy Designs for sponsoring the page materials and letting me add some Prima goodies to the mix.

The other gals also did a fine job presenting pages on the other three themes.

The fabulous Cari Locken from Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine did a beautiful page on "Family".

Allison did two beautiful page options on "Faith" in our lives.

And last but definitely not least, the charming and talented Christy Riopel, owner of Monday Night Class taught the last class on "Fun".If you have not checked this site out, you should! They sell wonderfully designed two-page layout kits ever! And in pretty much every occasion you can imagine. These classes truly hit their aim to make scrapbooking accessible to everyone.

I also got to meet the sweetest lady, "Calgary's Craft Diva" Christine Collier as well as the fun and bubbly Brittany Stephenson.

And that is just the beginning of all the ladies I got to meet! Thank you all of you wonderful ladies for making this a wonderful weekend.

I also want to say thank you to Camp Caroline and our wonderful host, Pam Morrow. You were truly an inspiration and beautiful soul to all of us. Thank you. And psst...if you come across this Pam, I hope you join us at the tables next year!

See! See! Look at all the other fun we had!

And take a look at what we looked out on.....

A gorgeous little chapel and in front of it ran this little brook. And as you can see, we also got the pleasure of watching a wedding. We all wish the happy couple lots of luck, love and many years of happiness.

Saturday night, I also taught a Prima Paintables make n' take that kept me busy and ever so slightly manic for an hour. Imagine this if you will, me teaching 100 ladies in an hour! It was insanity! But it was totally fun.

I also had the pleasure of teaching this wonderful, quirky and feminine purse-themed mini album, filled with Prima goodness.

And I want to let you know, that if you didn't get a chance to grab a kit at the retreat I have some that are available for $30.

They come with detailed, full-color instructions and are ready to go. If you are interested, you can email me at

I am also giving one away!
Just post on my comments your favorite girlfriend moment and I will randomly select a winner on June 1st.

Thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mr. T says Treat your mother right. Full of cheese. And My Stuff! My Stuff on TV!

One last thought on Mother's Day.....
So, today I have no idea why I this popped into my head, but a memory of this video popped into my head.

I remember Mr. T having this cheesy kids video and he had this song. I was laughing my butt off seeing it again! Hilarious stuff,

but heed the message people. Heed. The. Message.
Enjoy the cheese.

In my last post I told you that Allison Orthner would feature some of my Prima Paintables projects would appear and here it is!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mom's Day to everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful day and get treated like a queen! We truly are the person that ties a family together. Over the years, My experiences have proven this time and time again. We are indeed a powerful force to be reckoned with!

So I wanna take a moment to say Happy Mother's Day to all of you.

Prima Products Used:
Steel Toe Mary Jane Collection #602116 in Stomp #602123, Chintzy #602154 and Miss Adventure #602147
The Baby Boy Collection #601560 in Celebrate #601607
The Morning Song Collection #810528 in Skip A Beat #810429
Flowers: Belle Fleur Collection Gold Embossed #520199 and Beauty to Behold #520977, Pixies #516512, Baby Girl Essentials #515270
Brad Nails: Cavalier #810238 and Velvet #810948
Jewels: Say It In Crystals in Pink #514440
Letters: Flocked Whispered Words #812041, Letter Perfect Felt Alphas in yellow green #811860
Other Products Used:
Stickles by Ranger Ink

As for me, my husband is off on a job which is par for course. As I have mentioned before, Trevor is in the oilpatch, so if he isn't on days off, he is out on a job. So, it is me and my boy and it is quiet.

But considering the circumstances, earlier this week I non-chalantly asked Trevor what he was doing for me for Mother's Day, to which he responded in a smart ass tone,

"I'll let you call your Mother."

Oh thank you oh so much darling! How can I ever repay you? hee hee

And knowing his first remark made me giggle, I asked him again a couple of days later as he was putting together a lawnmower. "What are you getting me for Mother's Day?"

"I'll let you use my new lawnmower."

But he jests. So what did he do for me? He got me this Sauder storage organizer from Canadian Tire. Perfect for storing scrappy things! And if it is not too late to bug your hubby's or you want one for yourself, it is in this week's flyer.

I will warn you, it is a bit tedious to assemble, but way worth the effort. Organization in my scrap room, I see the light!

And in the spirit of Mother's Day, I created some Prima Paintables projects for Allison Orthner's scrapbooking segment on Calgary's Breakfast Television.

She featured Paintables because it can be a great products to create with you kids.

I'll make sure that I post the video when Allison posts the clip. I am impatiently waiting to see myself!

Thanks for stopping by and may your day be absolutely...............

Prima Products Used:
Papers: The Coquette Collection #601973 in Tawdry #601980 and The Baby Girl Collection #601119 in Baby Story #601195
Flowers: Sweethearts #523251 and Chatres Lace #519070
Jewels: Say It In Crystals Centers #521998
Brad Nail: Tea and Silk #810252
Stamps: No. 4 by Christina Renee #850036
Ribbon: Elysee Ribbon #519506
Rub On: Rhonna Farrar Keywords by Autumn Leaves
Ink: Versamark and Versa Magic Chalk Ink in Spanish Olive by Tsukineko

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Hey Scrappers! Popping in to wish everyone a day of great scrapping and celebrating such a wonderful hobby! I am going to sneek some scrapping in this evening when life is a little quieter. I have 2 very michevious 3 year-olds in my midst and I am going to let them loose outside because it is such a beautiful day!

However, I will pop in to Two Peas in a Bucket our very own Prima Design Team Member Extrodinaire, Sharon Laakkonen as she teaches you a fabulous class sponsored by Prima!

Class information

Chat here

And..... in honor of the day, I am gonna leave you with a couple of projects that I have done lately.

First, a card for all you fabby fellow scrapping babes with some pretty Prima - Baby Girl, Elysee and Say It In Crystals products!

Patterned Paper: The Baby Girl Collection in Freshness by Prima Marketing
Die Cut Frames: The Baby Girl Collection by Prima Marketing
Flowers: Essentials from the Baby Girl Collection by Prima Marketing
Ribbon: Elysee Lace by Prima Marketing
Jewels: Say It In Crystals Centers by Prima Marketing

Second of all a page using some beautiful Luxe papers, including the new, bright and fun Simply Line. I also got some Cocktail Dress, Sarong, Classic Black, Polo Shirt and some Jotters (psst...I cut them up for fun) and Here's the Rub rubons thrown in for a bright and fun page. Oh and I gotta tell you, it goes awesome with some good ol' Hambly.

Add a touch of humor, because I am a joker that way.

Luxe Products Used:
The Simply Line in Red (paper) and Epoxy Stickers in green, The Sarong Line in Santorini, Classic Black in Chicory, The Polo Shirt Line in Polo Stripe , Jotters Journaling Spots in Right Now, Here’s the Rub Rub Ons in Feeling Words and Hearts
Other Products:
Hambly Screen Print overlay in Mod Circles

Font: Georgia

Have one heck of a scrappy day!