Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dear Blog...I am sorry.....

Wow, so between finals and Christmas shopping/crafting I haven't blogged in forever!!!!! I have so many awesome things to show you all however.....they are Christmas presents for my family and in the off chance one of them checks this I don't want to ruin the surprise!!!! I went outside the box this year and went a little "Tim Holtz" on a few of my projects. It's fun to get messy but I'm not diggin the clean up.......

So I am very very very very very very very very (you all get the point!!) to tell you all I have graduated from SAIT!!!!!!!!!!! 2.5 years and it is all over. Unfortunately the ceremony isn't held until May but it's exciting anyway!! YAY MMMMMEEEEEE!!!!!!!!! It's such an awesome feeling to know I have accomplished something big, however at the same time it will be strange not going to school in January!!!

Today is a very strange day for me. Two years ago today my Gpa lost his battle with cancer. I woke up very early this morning and couldn't sleep again. I re play that day over and over and over again. He was such an amazing man. He as full of life and love. No matter what you did you knew he was always there for you. He was always good for a cuddle. I miss that man every single day!!! LOVE YOU GPA.

Well that is all for me. I wish you all a wicked Christmas and and a Rockin' New Years!!!!! Keep safe and be smart.


Monday, December 8, 2008


Oh My Goodness!! My baby sister turns three today!!!!! I can't even believe it. It seems like just yesterday we met my dad in the hallway at the PLC where he introduced all 7 (that's right a big blended family) to this amazing, tiny, beautiful little baby girl. Now, I have no kids of my own but it was at that moment that I understood what my mom meant when she said instantly fell in love with each of us. Chloe was love at first sight!!!

Now three years later she is totally smart with the attitude of a 10 year old....LOVE IT. She is my best little friend and my love for her grows every single day!!! Thanks to Dad and Jen for such an awesome little girl!!

This layout was made for Beary Box. Check out their site!! They hold an awesome contest every week with amazing prizes!!!

Still looking for Christmas Presents (for scrapbookers....!!!) come check out the awesome new stuff at the Scrap Yard. New Tim Holtz "stuff" stamps, stickles...There is an awesome new Basic Grey calendar kit. Robin and Lori always order such awesome stuff!!!!!!!!

That's me.


Thursday, December 4, 2008


We are working out some kinks for our first Scrap 4 It event comming up in the new year. As soon as details are finalized I will let you all know ASAP!! I can't wait!!!



Monday, December 1, 2008


Me and my good friend Jen have started our own company!! And we are both very excited about it. We will be running crops and selling kits to raise money for different casues and charities here in Calgary. The venue is booked....the date is booked.....and I am gettin excited to be able (almost) to announce our first big crop comming up in the New Year!!!! So keep an eye on this blog for deatails of our brand new (in the works) website for Scrap4it.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Before there was Chloe....

I always scrapbooked (is that a word?) Davy.... THEN IT STOPPED....but I made this for Beary Box. Hes soooo cute!!! Ha Ha Ha.

I so love Sassafrass paper. It was fun to scrapbook "boy" instead of "girl"....... and I freaking love that ASTRONAUT!!!!!! And Prima page pebbles are AMAZING!!!! so much fun....YAY....

Well I have a very important meeting with my friend Jen tonight.... man I am so getting excited to tell everyone about this!!!

That is all!!


Monday, November 10, 2008

How much do I love this job??

Ok so....CropnCruise put on a Crop-Crawl last weekend. Knowing Lori and Robin I knew they would deck out the store (and themselves) in Hawaiian paraphernalia but I did not expect all this!!! They even decorated me!! How amazing are these ladies??

Shrimp on the Barbie(doll)

All dressed up...waiting...

Waiting for the next bus of ladies to arrive

Robin with the Friday night ladies and Alison Orthner


The store looked amazing!!! Unfortunatly I had a very sick man at home and didn't stay for the whole day. That was also the night of the big Halloween party!!! Wow I have amazing friends!! So many came to help decorate...the true test was the clean up the next day...YIKES!!! How that much ends up on the floor.....???? The costumes were amazing and we had such an awesome time!!!

So Sketch #2 is now up on the Beary Box blog. Check them out. There are some awesome designers over there!!! Here is mine.... It's Chloe....AGAIN....she's is so cute though!!!! I was having a minimalistic kinda day....... things will get more exciting in the future!! (Ha Ha....it's been one of those weeks)

Lynn Thune was in this weekend with her group....I have to say I am soooooo totally inspired by her!! I can't even explain her work. Its so 3D and touchable and AWESOME and she is one of the nicest people I have met!! Go see her work on her blog. http://www.memoriesbylynn.blogspot.com Just amazing.

Well that's all I got....wow two posts in under 24hrs.....I am on a roll!! I am going to get Jordan to help me finish my room tonight!!! Hopefully tomorrow I can make something in there!!!! I'm so behind the ball.


Sunday, November 9, 2008


I just want to say thanks for all the awesome comments on my blog last week!!! I love the support and love you get in this industry!!!!!

I had a couple of people ask me some questions and thought I would answer them for you!!!

1). Do you make a living designing?? NO!!! I SO WISH I DID!!!! I love to design and teach and scrapbook and if I could make a full time job of it I SO WOULD, however it's slowly becoming that way. There is something about sitting around playing in my scrap room that just makes my day. This is the second design team I have been on and I love it.

2). How do I get on a Design Team?? I am a big blog addict!! I am checking blogs everyday. I also check out facebook groups on a daily basis too. The best way to get on a design team is to watch on blogs and web sites. They will often put out a call for designers through sites. Watch in magazines as well. Make contacts. I know lots of awesome ladies in the scrapbooking community here in Calgary. It never hurts to know a lot of people.

Ok so moving on!!! I just sent in my second page for Beary Box today. I thought I would post the first one I did for you guys. I have to say that BASIC GREY, while it had always been my favourite, has totally out done themselves on this new line..... Granola is soooo my new favourite. It is sooo organic and sub-dude and........ I LOVE IT.

Well....I am still not finished my scrap room so no pictures to show you there!!!! Soon......very very soon!!!
Hope you all had an awesome weekend!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

TA DA!!!!!!

Yay!! I can finally tell everyone!!!! I have been accepted onto a new design team!!!! The company is Beary Box. I can't wait to get started!! I just got my first sketch in my in-box so I better get going....watch my blog for pictures!!!!


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Check Her OUT!!!

So my good freind Laura has a blog too!! AND SHE'S AWESOME!!! I totally admire her digital expertise!!! God knows me and digital just don't mix right now!! But Lauras digital pages are amazing. I love her photography too....Check out her Blog....


That's all for me!!

OOOOOOO I have some totally exciting news!!!!!! BUT....I can't tell anyone until the end of the month!! Let's just say I am soooo excited!!!!!


Saturday, October 11, 2008


Look at my new blog topper!! ITS AWESOME!!! The wonderful Janine Wahl made it for me!! She is sooo talented!! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!

I met Janine last may at the Camp Caroline Scrap Your Heart Retreat. She is so easy going and down to earth. She's on the Prima design team, a freelance teacher, and has contributed to many different publications....it goes on and on and on.....She is just AWESOME!!!

Check out her blog....




Friday, October 10, 2008

For the love of OWLS!!!!

So if you know me you know my obsession of OWLS!!! All shapes sizes, styles, real, whimsy, cartoon, stuffed, glass, paintings, sketches...you name it. I LOVE THEM!!!!!! Aren't they awesome!!! I found all these on line today. Just randomly surfing!!! I love the rubber boots!!

Well that's all. I just wanted to share some OWL eye candy!!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Not enough time...

Well I am back from another AMAZING retreat in Canmore!! I have to say I love Lorna's retreats. Really what is better than two nights in a BEAUTIFUL hotel (with the best beds I have ever slept in!!), no cooking, great friends, free stuff, and not to mention UNINTERUPTED SCRAPPIN!!!! We had such a good time. There were six of us this time and what an awesome group. Mom, Gma, Eileen, Tanya and my good friend Ash.

So this time we decided to challenge ourselves a bit. One hour....ONE HOUR....to finish a page, and to make this a little more of a challenge, we had to use a secret item! It was so much fun and it got pretty competitive. The second time around we ahd only an hour and had to use a crimper. I hadn't used one of thsoe in FOREVER!!! So it was alot of fun. However the crimping challenge proved a bit more difficult and took two hours!!

End of the first hour.

It truly was a great weekend. I didn't want to come home. I even won two door prizes!! I never win anything. None of us did!!! We all got so creative on Sunday (of course) and had to pack up. I finished 13 layouts this weekend. Which I thought wasen't that much until I spoke to others who only finished 5 or so!! Here are a few pictures of my layouts on the last day. The pictures aren't that great but I wanted to get some pictures taken before I got home and they got lost in the insane mess that is my house ( we are currently under construction!!)

Well that's all I have to say for now. OH!!!! I am so excited!! My mom and I (at her house) are hosting our own crop. The Grey Cup Crop (it's the same weekend!!) I can't wait. I love getting together with friends to scrapbook all weekend long. FUN FUN FUN!!

Ok now I'm really done!! Going to bed now.


Monday, September 29, 2008

Found these.....

I had taken pictures of some of my layouts I have up at the store a while ago and TOTALLY forgot about them.....

I am ususally not a "theme" paper kinda girl....however....this monkey paper from Daisy D's was sooo cute I HAD to use it. And look at Chloe's little monkey face!! So cute...I used to make the same one when I was little.

This is Studio 45 paper. I loved the green houndstooth paper.....Who wouldn't???? But I wasn't sure about the rest of it. I loved the ladies, but I hate the paper they were on...so I cut them out...I LIKE IT!!!!

I went to the Craft show down at the Round Up Center this weekend. It was good...Glad to see scrapbooking is making it's way in there!!!! It was good to see some of my friends in the industry and to make some new ones. I got to meet Katharina Doyle, co-founder or Canadian Scrabooker magazine, who was awesome. There were also other stores down there so it was nice to meet them to!!!!

I am frantically trying to get my stuff together for the crop in Canmore this weekend. I CAN'T WAIT!!! But seeing as we are still working on our house...my scrapbooking stuff is kind of all over.... SUCKS!!! But wow is this place gonna look good....back to scrapbooking....I still have to pick up all my pictures (from Costco, where else??) ...thank gosh i don't match my paper to my picture, so my paper is all ready to go. But that's all I planned...I am taking everything else this time.

Well I should get on with my day. Have a good one!!


Thursday, September 25, 2008

I found a new one!!!

I have a seriouse blog addiction....I was doing my daily rounds when I hit Janine Wahls Blog. While reading her new post she had a link to another blog. Naturally I checked it out.....
This is Anam. I LOVE HER STYLE!!!! Found it really inspiring and if I was not at school right now I may have had to scrap!!! However....I am at school so I will have to save it for home.... BOOO!!!

Thats all.....


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Back at Er!!!


Well school is back in!! Only one more semester and I can't really complain because I am only here two days a week!!! I have the boring classes this semester but I am acutally liking them!!! Crazy Hey??

I haven't scrapbooked at home in FOREVER!!! My scrap room is under construction...our whole upstairs is under construction....but its OK!!! NO MORE UGLY BLUE CARPET!!! I am also going to re-paint my room and change it up a bit. I can wait to post pictures when it's all done!! It's going to look amazing!!!

So what else is new??? My friend Jen just started her own blog....I LOVE BLOGS!!!...check her out.... http://www.jenniferrowsell.blogspot.com/.

I am teaching lots of classes and crops at the store this month...and we have a new web site!! It's very Robin and Lori..... http://www.thescrapyardcalgary.com/. It looks awesome!!!!!

I had two pages go up for Monday Night Class this month.... Summer in the City and Fall Favourites... which......was also in CANADIAN SCRAPBOOKERS!!!! YAY....page 72..... its in the add....thanks Kristy and Cindy!!!!

Well thats all for me....Can't wait to show off my new scraproom... It's going to look amazing!! Oh I taught my sister, aunt and cousin last night at my Scrapbooking 101 Class!! It was fun....I love passing this hobby onto others!! Everyone seemed really enthused by the time the class was over!!

Oh on another note...I am never really finished....... I sent pictures into Costco for be printed...12 cents!!! I was sooooo excited.....LOVE COSTCO for pictures!! They do an awesome job. Now I can't wait for Canmore. This retreat is going to rock...I am so excited I could pee my pants!!!! (not litterally!!)

K see ya.


Saturday, August 16, 2008


So I am trying to get a little Organized around here!!! I figured it was time to put some layouts in albums!! No one's gonna see 'em while they sit on my shelf. While I was doing this I figured I would take some pictures of a couple of them and post them on here!! Only two are new.....the last two...but it's been so long whats the difference!! Ha Ha!!!

It's ME!! Love all that Elsie stuff, and Prima Tape!!!

Sister Love. I used the Indy Art cartridge on the Cricut for this page... and added some wings.

My Daddy!!! Love Hambly Transparency sheets!! The grid is my ABSOLUTE fave!!!

Good times on 17th Ave. Used coragated cardboard to make the brackets...love it!!

This one says "U R My Sunshine" I used to sing that to her when she was little. I think we all did!! You totally can't see it on the picture but I used masking tape on the left side of the photo. It was my first time and I looks cool on the real thing.

Well thats all. I feel so much better getting these up!!! Like a load lifted off my shoulders!!! Had an awesome time scrapin with my friend Ash today!!! Love scrapbooking with her!!!!
Thats All!!!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Just Playing Around

So...I LOVE LOVE LOVE reading blogs. Its becoming worse than my facebook addiction. One blog in particular though gets me every time!! Adrienne Loomans!!! Her work....her photography...it was amazing. I love the way she edits her photos. So quite by accident (I double clicked or somthing!! ha ha!!) the other day...I found that the lap top has a program do that!!! I WAS SOOO EXCITED!!!! So here are some of the photos I was playing around with.

Back ally in Victoria. Love the way it turned out.

MY FAVE!!!! She is soo cute to start with though!!!

This one was just fun to change the colors.

Anyway...now I am editing EVERYTHING!!! ha ha. So there will be more I am sure. I haven't been scrapbooking lately....I think I am in a scrapbooking RUT!!! Any advice???? I have also been teaching kids camp all week. It's alot of fun!! Those kids are crazy!! I will have some pictures up next week hopefully!!!

Thats all folks!!


Friday, July 25, 2008

Faves, Tricks, and News!!!

Since I can't get around to acutally taking pictures of new layouts I thought I would just show you some of my new (and old) favourite products!! Some aren't even out yet but oh I can tell they are gonna be awesome!!!

Hambly Screen Prints....I LOVE THIS GRID!!!! It looks awesome how ever you use it and it's a transparency!!!

I love anything with brids and owls so I LOVE LOVE LOVE these rub-onz!!!

Very cool trasparency tape from prima! Love the bar code and the crowns!! Looks awesome over top of pictures!!

American Crafts Paper

Prima "A is for..." Stickers...Usually not my thing but I really like these craft colored stickers.

Two new lines from the 5 that Basic Grey introduced at Summer CHA show in Chicago!! I love them all but I especially love Ambrosia and Urban Prairie (which is a little more girly that I usually go for but it's soooo pretty)!!! So can't wait for those to come!!

And then there is always my good old roll of dry wall tape...and aluminum tape....and CRAFT cardstock!!!! Those are my tops!!! If I could just use craft cardstock everytime...I am going to buy faux wood contact paper (you know the kind they used to line cupboards with...)...Elsie Flannigan uses it all the time and it is for sure somthing I want to try!!! Who knows maybe that will end up in my favourites!!

I just learnt somthing new the other day!! I have never been a big "Cuttle Bug" fan... however.. one of our regulars came in and used it to emboss ACRYLIC!!!! It was sooo cool!! She embossed Heidi Swapp Ghost Letters. It just makes them stand out a little more than they normally would. TRY IT!!! Now that I found a cool use for it I may have to buy one!! (this is where Jordan would roll his eyes). I did a layout using this trick and I will post it ASAP.

Robin and Lori just got back from CHA Chicago and I CAN"T WAIT FOR EVERYTHING TO GET TO THE STORE!!! Robin showed me everything they baught and WOW!!! Some AWESOME AWESOME stuff comming up!!

Me and Jen R. are still in talks about our big "THING" as I call it right now.......I CAN"T WAIT....to get seriously into planning and working on it!! It's going to be amazing and fun and crazy!!!

I also have to add that I was looking at Donna Downey's blog yesterday and she looks AMAZING!!!! She has been doing the Nutrisystem thing and has lost 45 pounds!! I was so inspired when I saw her before and after pictures on the web that I am going to start trying harder!!! Wow she is INCREDIBLE and looks HOT!!!! WAY TO GO!! ( I love her!!!)

http://donnadowney.typepad.com/ Check it out!!! JUST AMAZING!!!!!

Anyway....me and Jordan go on holidays in less that a week!!! YAYAYAY!!!! Can't wait....Love going out of town!!!

That's all I got for now!!!