Monday, July 30, 2007

This morning's layout

After a morning of computer problems and restoring my husband's identity in his internet browser and email programs,
(Just a reminder: back up your favourite sites and your email addresses if you don't want to start from scratch)
I finally have some time to post the layout I finished at 3am this morning.

Can't sleep

Arthur is working all night, the kids are asleep and I'm too restless to settle down. I'm craving chocolate (must be pms) so out comes the chocolate chip muffin mix. While the muffins are cooking why not do a scrapbook page? I'll post it in the morning after I've satisfied both my addictions.

What made you start scrapbooking/stamping?

I had some scrapbooking kits in our garage sale and a sample of pages made with each kit. So many people stopped to admire them and the comment I heard over and over again is "I'd like to start scrapbooking but .....,"
So the question I have for you is why/when/how did you start scrapbooking or stamping?

I started when my son was born 11 years ago. I didn't like any of the prepared baby books. Went to a Creative Memories party and was hooked. Didn't have the money to buy an album so worked on a package of refill pages tied together with ribbon. When Aaron was old enough to turn the pages my husband told me I'd better go and buy an album before our little guy destroyed it.

I was introduced to the world of stamping by my sister in law who as a graphic designer created some stamp designs for a local stamp manufacturer. I took some stamp classes in a scrapbook store and have never looked back. I had my own online scrapbook business and worked in a scrapbook store. My best friends and my daughter are all scrapbookers/stampers so I think it will always be part of my life.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Today's stamp/scrap day projects

Thanks Eliz for coming up with today's projects. Lunch was as usual fabulous. Had a great time. Even had a chance to continue to work on the layout this afternoon but am waiting for a photo to be printed and to come up with a title. I will post the layout and the Christmas cards when I finish.

Card making resource

I received a copy of the Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Card and if I can pry it out of my husband's hands long enough I will have a better chance to review it.

My unromantic fellow turned right to the romantic section of the book and the first thing he read was
"Can I have your picture so I can tell Santa what I want for Christmas"
Not quite sure how to take it but I am sure he was trying to be sincere.
I'll let you know if I like it as much as the
Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Word which I have used over and over again for verses for my scrapbooks.

Monday, July 23, 2007

And the winner is:

The winner of my blog candy for giving me the pages of the latest issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today is Eliz. I'll deliver her candy to her on Thurs.
Thanks Barb and Leeny for leaving a comment on my layouts.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Scrapping Saturday

As promised. Some of what I accomplished yesterday. It was a great day. Thanks Shannon for hosting.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Scrap room to die for

I got my new issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine through a subscription offer from Home Interiors and showed Arthur a page with a peg board scrapbook area and he said they didn't know that scrapbookers had too many supplies to hang on one peg board.
Well I got blogsurfing and look at this room. Its to die for.
She had some great ideas though. I especially like the embellisments organized by colours. Hmmm will have to make some changes to my scrap room.

Thanks for cropping today.

Thanks to my friends who came to crop while I worked today. It was great to see all of you and made the day just fly by.

Some Scraplifts from latest issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today

Ok girls, I admit it. I scraplift like the best of you. What's really great is I found the ideas for each of the pages on different pages of the lastest issue of Scrapbook and Cards today. Go find your copy today and if you can tell me which page number was the inspiration for each of the the 4 pages, I will enter your name in a draw for blog candy.
(Not sure what it will be yet but Carolyn and I are going to the Scrapping Bug in Kitchener tomorrow and I'm sure I can come up with something.
Carolyn, thanks for the wonderful photos. You get an extra ballot.
If you don't have the magazine in front of you leave a post with your favourite summer memory and I'll enter your name into the draw too.
I will draw the winnning name on Monday July 23rd. So here's the chance for all of you blog stalkers to become a poster. If you have any trouble posting just use the email me link on the right hand side of my blog.

But do go and check out the free magazine given out by participating scrapbook stores. (I got mine at Scrapaholics in Mt Brydges) This issue and past issues are available for download in pdf format at

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Wedding Card

I did this card for our last Stamp/Scrap Day but hadn't posted it yet. Sorry for the quality of the photo. I just can't seem to get it right.

Pocket double slider cards.

There is a story behind why I bought this stamp set. I always thought it was cute but didn't really think I'd use it much. I was at a Stamp Camp at Heather's and she used it for a Father's Day Card. I didn't realize there was a stamp for the pocket so I traced a piece of paper where the pocket was cut out and then started drawing the lines when Heather noticed what I was doing and gave me the stamp. Then I had to have it.

What better to do on a rainy day than to stamp with a friend.
When the cards are closed , you just see the pockets. When it is opened a frog or friends pop out. What cute kid birthday cards.

Here is a link to tutorial for the double slider card. I just tweaked it to fit the size of the pocket.
I'll post my changes when I get a chance.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Stampin Up Party

Went to a Stampin Up party at Jan's this evening. Love the projects Lizz.
You did a great job!
The scrapbook page was done using my current favourite stamp set, Baroque Motifs. I cherish the moments when my 11 year old still cuddles with us. I know soon he will be too big to do that and it will make me very sad. I'm going to do a corresponding page with Jenna and each of us.

A Good Weekend

It was a good weekend and went by too fast. I took a card and gift wrapped in paper stamped with the swirl from the Baroque Motifs set to a housewarming party and received compliments on it. Didn't think to take a photo though. I'll have to play with that set some more and see what I can come up with. I'll have to clear off my crafting table before I can do that so I'd better get at it.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

4 " round and square blank chipboard coasters share

Anyone interested in purchasing 4 " round and square chipboard coasters? We thinking of putting in an order with a Canadian source. Minimum order is quite a substantial number so we will have them available in lots of 100 (50 round/50 square). Reply to this post if interested and I'll send you further details.

Wedding card and Jacob's Ladder

The girls were here for our Stamp/Scrap day. We did a Hidden Message Slider, a Wedding card and a Jacob's ladder mini album. We laughed so hard trying to get the mini album together. Then we couldn't figure out how it works when all of a sudden Eliz's started to flip as she held it. Here are some photos of the mini album.

The far left picture is side 1 of the ladder. The 2nd one side 2 flipped. When you turn it over you would think that side 1 would just be upside down but that's not the case. Its magic. The 3rd one is what you get.
The pictures are in reverse order.
If you want to make your own Jacob's ladder here are some tutorials:

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

I've been tagged by Heather

I've been tagged!
I have been tagged by a very talented blogger, Heather check out her blog!!!
Here are the rules:
I must post 7 random things about me
Tag 7 other bloggers to do the same.
Leave tagged bloggers comments on their site so they know they've been tagged.
I've let you know my favourites already on my blog so will have to come up with other information
1) I was born in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia and emmigrated to London Ontario when I was 3 with my parents and brother. My sister was born here.
2) I have both my E.C.E. (Early Childhood Education Diploma and an Honours BA in Social Work) which I plan to use shortly
3) My mother tongue is Dutch and I can still speak, read and write it. My husband says I'll revert back to it when I get old so the kids better learn it too.
4)Got married when I was 37. Had my first child on our 1st wedding anniversay and my 2nd one a month before I turned 40
5)Will travel on a moment's notice and would never pass up the opportunity to going somewhere exotic.
6)Can find a million things I'd rather be doing that housework
7) Enjoy white wine and tropical drinks.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Fishing Derby in Port Glasgow

The fish were nibbling on both minnows and worms but we were unable to catch them. We tried a few places to fish. Despite that we had a very nice day at the Fishing Derby in Port Glasgow. The kids all received embroidered hats, minnows, a bobber, fridge magnet, pamphlets and a lunch ticket when they registered. They participated in a casting contest and after all was said and done they also received door prizes. Great day and the weather was perfect.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Girl's night in

Jenna and I have a date with our new digital cable service for a girl's night in. We have cool beverages, comfy pyjamas and some treats usually reserved for movie nights.

Bathroom Reno almost complete

Here is the light fixture that started it all. I'm really pleased with the results and I don't have my border or print yet. It's all all coming together nicely now.

Because of the large mirror over the vanity it is difficult to photograph.
Eliz, do you recognize your shells? I painted the shadow boxes with the same paint as the walls to get an exact match. I need the border up for the correct placement of them.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Look what I bought from Ebay

Look what I bought from Ebay. I've been looking at them for a while and have had several unsuccessful bids. This one I caught just at the last minute. All in my overall goal of getting things organized this summer before I return to the workforce.
It is 22" wide x 3 1/8 deep x a little over 18" high and will hold 75 ink pads. Better start buying the rest of the Stamping up colours to fill it.
The seller is in Brantford and I had considered going to pick it up but the shipping was only $12 and I can drive both ways for that.
Not sure if the parcel delivery man will remember me. I haven't had anything delivered since my Wishblade.
Updated: Impressive shipping. Was here the day after it was shipped.

Monday, July 2, 2007

What do you think of this print?

I've done it again. I've gone searching the internet for something for my bathroom. I'd love a print for the larger wall across from the mirror. Originally I had thought of one of children playing along the water's edge but fell in love with this one.
Its called Looking to Sea by David Schock. I think it might compliment the new decor perfectly. Here is the room so far: See even Jenna matches!
I'm happy to announce that now finishing the bathroom is up to me.

The boys are going on a canoe trip

The boys are getting ready to go on a canoe trip this week. Aaron has done a little canoeing with Scouts and I don't know how experienced Arthur really is but they are going with some family members who had done the trip before. Hope the weather is good. They are canoeing from Wed. morning to Thursday evening. Jenna and I will meet them in Paisley and she may join them in the canoe from the town to Saugeen Bluff Conservation area if all goes well.

They are going from Walkerton On. to Paisley On. along the Saugeen River.

There is a description of the route from
Walkerton to Paisley - 39 kilometres -- 7 to 10 hours

Day at East Park Layout

Here is my version of Barb's Yummy layout. (Here is a link to hers. Personally I like the vibrant orange in Barb's layout better than the green in mine.
The photo is of Aaron, Jenna and our friend MacKenzie in a mushroom water shower at East Park Water Slides. We had a great day with Carolyn, Braedon and Calum. Great way to start off the summer