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Friday, May 6, 2016

Happy Mother's Day 2016

I'm happy to say I was chosen to enter a Mother's Day card challenge for the The Paper Garden. They specialize in beautiful papers for special occasions.
I made this card using the cardstock The Paper Garden sent me. This paper is nice and thick! I actually had to change the setting to a heavier paper on my Cricut Explore to cut it.

I wanted to design a garden for my card.

*You know, a paper garden.*

I have never actually made my own cut file for a box card. I started by welding four bits of fencing together and then added score lines for my score pen. The fence cut is from the Cricut cartridge The First Few Years. I then cut out a thin rectangle to hold my flowers in place. This was my first attempt creating a box card from scratch, now, I want to make more with different plants and flowers, a gnome and a garden sign. Maybe, after Mother's Day...

Here is the link so that you can also enter this Mother's day card challenge or so that you can vote for your favourite card.

Thank you for popping by my blog and The Paper Garden. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Adding a QR code to your scrapbooking - Winnipeg Jets layout

I have wanted to learn how to add a QR code to a layout for awhile now. Thank you to everyone that has posted a tutorial on this. I created this page almost a year ago to remember our family's excitement to have our hockey team in the playoffs. Our entire city was cheering them on! Each day, the kids and I listened to the Jets Playoff Anthem that a local radio station wrote and produced. We loved this song and would blast it in the car to drive to school passing by Winnipeg Jet signs and flags. I still smile when I think of it. I felt that I wanted to include the YouTube video for this song as part of my scrapbook page. Yes, I pulled out a page from a year ago and added to it today. The website I used to create the code is GoQR. I copied the YouTube URL and within seconds my QR code was there. The scrapbooking possibilities are endless. I could add anything to my pages.

*Note my cute cupcake toppers and yes I do have a goal horn in my family room**

My hope is that many years from now, my family or a friend will see this layout and understand how thrilled my kids were to experience this playoff frenzy for the first time and the video link will add to the story.

*Cross your fingers the Winnipeg Jets will make the playoffs again... next year.*

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Paercrafting supply donation for Cross Lake, Manitoba

A local radio station in Winnipeg, Virgin 103.1 FM, is asking for donations of arts and crafts supplies to be flown up north to a community called Cross Lake. Cross Lake Cree Nation (Pimicikamak) officials have declared a state of emergency due to a great number of suicides and attempted suicides in their community since December.

"six suicides since December and 140 attempts in the last two weeks alone"

As soon as I heard this, I knew I could tidy up my scraproom a bit and destash some supplies! I am a firm believer in the therapeutic healing that crafting can provide. This area may not have a local scrapbook store but I certainly could provide some paper, adhesive, stickers and diecuts.

(Anyone else cut multiples of a Cricut cut and then just stuff them in a drawer? Am I the only one who cuts out something because it is pretty and then stuff it in a drawer?)

I am happy to say that drawer has been emptied and will soon be flown up North to a town in crisis. If my items give even one person the joy they have provided me, I will be so happy.

Here is a link with more info on their supply drive - Virgin 103.1.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

December mini album

I have always liked the idea of creating a December Daily mini album. I have admired all the albums posted on blogs, Facebook and Instagram. So much inspiration! I am amazed that some people actually are able to create a page each day even with the insanity of the holiday season.

This January, I printed all my Christmas photos and then found this Document December album by Heidi Swapp on clearance (such a great buy).

This is a kit that includes the album, pages, alphas and ephemera. I decided to use the photos I already printed to create a "December Not Daily" album. It was a lot of work but I feel that an album like this really captures the spirit of the season with more photos and journaling.

I think, I'm hooked! I just need to figure out how to scrap next December, daily or not. I learnt a lot about creating this type of album and hope to use this information for next year!

Note to self, take more vertical photos they fit better in an album that is approximately 6X8 inches. Always adhere your alphas even if they are stickers.

How do you guys capture your holiday memories?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Valentine box card

Happy February! Here is a card I made for my grandmother. I used a simple box card file and just filled it up with love! Now we shall see what Canada Post thinks about this card and what my postage will be. Eek! *Update* Postage was $1.90 within Canada.

Have a "love"ly day!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Welcome 2016!

Anybody out there make some scrappy resolutions? I try to make some each year. Last year, I did well. I am up to August 2015 in our family scrapbook. I think the only reason I'm not more up to date is because Christmas projects take so much time. Therefore, my first resolution is to take less time on Christmas projects! Just kidding...

My 2016 Scrappy Resolutions

#1 Finish scrapping 2015.

#2 Create a Christmas 2015 album. I am considering a pocket-style album for this which I have never done before.

#3 Learn the Design Space Android App as soon as it is released.

#4 Take more photos!

#5 Have fun with vinyl. I have been playing a bit with vinyl and would like to try some HTV.

Here is a coffee station with wall vinyl that my husband and I created this December.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Day Twelve of Christmas Projects - Canvas Quote

Day Twelve is a canvas I made for my mantel. I have not done many projects like this so I was still learning as I went.

Lesson 1 - Transfer tape is your friend
Lesson 2 - Placing a book in the middle of the canvas makes the vinyl stick much better

Yay! All twelve projects are complete which includes 50 handmade cards, 20 tags, 6 pop up gift card holders, 7 hot cocoa sliders, 1 scrapbooking layout and 1 canvas!