Monday, November 22, 2010

A quick note...

We had a great day at our first ever Holiday Stop and Shop Fair this past Saturday! 30 vendors welcomed a large crowd of holiday shoppers and had fun in a festive atmosphere. We will surely be doing it again next year based on the great feedback we've had!

Based on feedback I personally received, I have added the ordering information for our Custom Holiday Photocards to our website, and will be adding the popular Copic Trio Marker sets to our shop in the next few days.

If you are in the Calgary area, I certainly hope you consider joining us at our next event - an all-day crop on December 4th. Come and craft some holiday cards or relax and enjoy scrapping the day away. For more info or to register, click here.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Gearing up for Christmas

First - my apologies for being awol in Blogger land.

Second - thanks so much for continuing to drop by even thought there hasn't been anything new in far too long!

Third - I never take the opportunity to sincerely thank my wonderful Design Team who graciously extended their terms for Sharing Memories Scrapbooking throughout the summer in order to help me finish off the Summer Scrapathon. Their hard work and creative talents made the scrapathon the success it was. Thanks and best of luck to all you wonderful women as you go on to new crafty ventures!

And fourth - I am really gearing up for Christmas! My colleagues and I at Calgary Crops have two upcoming Christmas events - a Holiday Stop and Shop on November 20th and an all-day crop on December 4th. I have been busy creating lots of new Christmas themed kits for both events. New Page and Project Paks as well as new Christmas embellishment paks. Can't wait to put them on display and see what you all think!

It has been a busy fall since going back to work, but now that my family and I are into a workable routine, I hope to resume posting - at least more often that in the past couple of months! Later this week I hope to share some peeks of the new Paks and some links to Christmas inspiration.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Summer Scrap-a-thon: Week 13 WRAP UP!

Today marks the first day of Autumn and the last day of our Summer Scrap-a-thon! How did you do? Did you get 13 layouts done over the course of our challenge? I sure hope so! We have had a lot of fun coming up with challenges to keep you going, and here is our last one - now that summer is officially over, Scrap Your Favorite Photo/Memory/Highlight of Summer 2010!

DT Member Joan scrapped her favorite summer photo of her daughter on the beach. What a great way to remember the hot, fun days of summer as we settle into the cooler days of fall!

 And you have one last chance to win! Take the final challenge and post your layout in our flickr gallery by this Saturday September 25th at midnight. Have fun and enjoy reminiscing about the summer gone by!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Summer Scrap-a-thon: Week 12

We are in full fall swing here in Calgary. I started to notice the leaves changing color last week and boy they are REALLY turning now! I guess that means we are officially coming to the end of summer, and also our summer scrap-a-thon. It's hard to believe that next week will be our last challenge! But, I don't want it to end quite yet, so let's have fun with this week's challenge, and not think about next week yet!

This week we have possibly the most challenging challenge of the whole summer - to draw or doodle on your layout!

I know it can be intimidating to draw, but perhaps you can take inspiration from the products you are using in your layout just like DT member Natalie did in this gorgeous layout:


And here are some closeups:


Natalie said " I decided to copy/enlarge the motif in the patterned paper by drawing it on the solid background with a gel pen. This was a real challenge for me, since I don't usually think to draw on my layouts! But now I'm inspired to try it some more :)."

I love the hidden journaling as much as I love the drawn details. Absolutely gorgeous Natalie! Thanks for the inspiration!

SO...why not try drawing or doodling on a layout? And if you do, please don't forget to post it to our flickr gallery so we can all ooh and ahh over it!

Have a great week and enjoy the changing colors in your neck of the woods!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Summer Scrap-a-thon: Week 11!

Before we get to this week's challenge, I promised I would post my own take on last week's challenge to scrap photos that are 5 years old or older. I dug out some pics of me at five, photographed with my new bike and a favorite dolly, playing happily in my parents yard.

I was happy to put together this layout in a matter of 15 or 20 minutes thanks to a CTMH Level 1 kit that had coordinating papers and embellishments. I purchased a number of these kits from my friend and colleague Carla (who is a CTMH consultant extraordinaire!) when they were offering Level 1 kits at an amazing $4.00 each! I grabbed as many as I could and I am excited that I will be able to put together lots of layouts really quickly! Although the sale is over, check out Carla's website to see the current Level 1 kits and all the other great CTMH products. You can also keep up to date with new promos and sales as they come up.

Anyway, it was fun to use photos of my young self and I love the happy memories I felt while I was creating it. Ahhh...the power of scrapbooking!

OK, on to this week's challenge! This week marks the beginning of the school year for students in my local school district and in this spirit of going back to school, your challenge is to scrap something to do with learning – a lesson you learned, your child’s first day of school - or your own first day.

DT member Michelle created this layout about how much she loves reading and why.

I love the graphic nature of Michelle's layout as well as the sentiment expressed. Is there something you have recently learned or learned ABOUT yourself? Why not document it this week?

And don't forget to post it! Yes, I know I'm a broken record, but we LOVE to see your layouts posted in our flickr gallery. And since we still have two prizes left we need to give one away this week! You have until the end of this week (Saturday September 4th at midnight MST) to post a layout in the flickr gallery and we'll pick one at random to receive the prize.

Have fun!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Summer Scrap-a-thon - Week 10!

My sincere apologies for not posting a lot lately. My computer is STILL down and we are awaiting a new motherboard from Dell to arrive. But my awesome hubbie temporarily switched out my hard drive and put it into his computer so I could do a little work tonight! Hopefully by the weeks end it will be resolved and I can get back to blogging more regularly again.

Anyway...can you believe we are TEN weeks into summer and we really have only about 4 weeks left? How come summer seems to fly by while winter drags on and one? I say no fair! This week our challenge is to get out those photo binders or boxes and scrap some pictures from at least FIVE YEARS AGO!

Now I love scrapping my latest photos while the memories are still fresh, but what about all those photos from years and events past? Pull some out and get a layout done! And, since I haven't scrapped older photos for quite a while, I am off to take my own challenge and work on a layout to share with you later this week.

Don't forget to post YOUR challenge layout in our flickr gallery...I am so pleased to see some new layouts posted recently! Thanks for sharing!

Speaking of sharing...I do have some exciting news to share. All the 2010/2011 crop and special event days for Calgary Crops have been finalized and are now posted! Go to the Calgary Crops site for more info and if you are in the Calgary area, make sure to mark your calendars and plan on attending. We have LOTS of great things planned for our scrappers and paper-crafters this year!

OK...I solemnly promise to be back in a couple of days to sharea layout using photos from at least 5 years ago. Well...that is IF hubbie takes care of me and my laptop!!!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Summer Scrap-a-thon - Week 9

Hi everyone...I have some access to the internet and email again, but hubbie is still trying to fix my computer as he has time. I feel like the cobbler who has barefoot children...here my hubbie is an IT specialist, but he is so busy it's hard to find the time to fix his own wife's computer! Sigh...

Anyway...this weeks challenge is to create a layout using at least one photo of yourself! I don't know about you, but there are very few photos of me (or layouts about me!) in our family albums. We scrapbookers have to make a concerted we get in some of the shots and onto some of the layouts, otherwise who will tell our personal story? It's up to us to make sure we include ourselves!

DT member Joan created a simple but striking page featuring one photo of herself along with journaling strips that tell some fun facts about herself.

So sweet...and I am right there with you on the coffee thing Joan - yup, anyday, anytime!!!

Go ahead - don't be shy. Create a layout with at least one photo of you and post it in our flickr gallery to win!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Summer Scrap-a-thon Week 8 Challenge

My computer crashed so I am really lost right now! I am posting this from hubbies iPad and it is very weird! Hopefully he can get my laptop up and running soon.

Anyway...the challenge this week is to use your favorite color in your layout. DT member Natalie created and sent in an amazingly gorgeous layout using her favorite color - RED! But, I don't have access to it because of my computer issues! I hope she reads this and will go ahead and post it to the flickr gallery. Then I can give you a link to it so you can ooh and ahh at it's deliciousness!

I'll keep you up to date on my computer challenges and we'll go from there!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Holidays

I can't believe I forgot to post yesterday! Sorry! We are actually taking a little break from challenges this week due to the Heritage Day Holiday here in Alberta, but I should have let you know!

Anyway, hope you take this week to "catch up" on any of our previous challenges. And don't forget to post them in our Flickr Gallery for upcoming prizes!

I will be back later this week to share some other projects I have been working on.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Have you been away on a holiday this summer yet? Even if you haven't, that shouldn't stop you from reminiscing about past great vacations, should it? Our challenge this week is to

create a layout of your favorite vacation or travel memory of all time!

DT Member Michelle created this "Vegas, Baby" layout just for this challenge. And even though what happens in Vegas STAYS in Vegas, that shouldn't stop you from remembering your vacation there in a fantastic layout!


I love how Michelle used a dark, subtly patterned background paper, playing cards for the title and one of our bracket journaling boxes to capture the date and names of the people she vacationed with.

My favorite vacation was also my wedding and honeymoon. I can't believe I still haven't scrapbooked some of the photos from that wonderful adventure eight years ago! My personal challenge this week is to dig them out of my storage binders and create a layout right along with you all and post it later this week. Don't forget to post YOUR layouts to our flickr gallery so you have a chance to win one of our prizes!

Happy Monday!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Weekend Web Round-Up - July 23rd

With renos happening around here I haven't had much time for posting or surfing for fun things to share with you! I did find a few tidbits for you to have a look at this weekend though...

1) With lots of warm summer days and tonnes of activities to do, you may not have as much time to devote to scrapbooking as you had anticipated. Scrapbooks etc. has lots of hints for fast and easy scrapbook pages that can be made in minutes.

2) OK, this is a long one, but I have been thinking a lot about creativity lately - why my own creative mojo ebbs and flows, how I can "teach" my kids to be more creative and the lack of creativity (not "the arts" per se) in our education system. I came across this article in Newsweek entitled The Creativity Crisis a couple of weeks ago and have been digesting it ever since. If you are interested in the idea of creativity, it is a long read, but a must-read.

3) On a lighter note, Noell Hyman was recently named as one of Ella's Most Influential Scrapbookers and rightly so. Her Paperclipping videos and Paperclipping Roundtable podcasts are fun and informative. If you haven't watched the videos, check out this one on creating your own handmade backgrounds for your scrapbook pages. Great tips and inspiring layouts. If you have some extra time on your hands, check out all the free videos on her site.

4) And here's something non-scrapbook related for you - some super summer recipes and ideas for easy summer entertaining from Kraft Canada. Yummy...I am trying that grilled bruschetta chicken this weekend for sure!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Summer Scrap-a-thon Week 5 Challenge and Winners!

I have been seeing a lot of fall themed scrapbook supplies out there in recent weeks. I know it's because retailers want to get rid of last year's fall and holiday products to make room for new products being introduced at the CHA in Chicago in a week or so. But it got me thinking that this week we should go back to LAST fall for this weeks challenge and
create a layout using Halloween or Christmas
photos from last (or any) year!

DT member Marcie has some fun revisiting last Halloween in this adorable layout:

I love the torn and distressed edges and the elegant black kitty accent! Thanks Marcie...not only does it make me want to scrap last year's Halloween photos, it also inspires me to start thinking about this years costumes!

Now...onto our first winner in the Summer Scrap-a-thon.

CARLA created and posted a fun spiderman layout during our very first week of the scrap-a-thon and she is our very first winner! Congratulations Carla! Drop me an email to claim your prize...any one of our Page Paks of your choice! Thanks so much for participating!

I know we have had lots of hits and views of the scrap-a-thon challenges each week, but have had very few layouts posted to our flickr gallery. That's OK...as long as we are inspiring you and you are enjoying it! We'll keep posting the challenges, but we would really like to hear from you as to what YOU want to see and participate in. Do you want more tutorials? Tips and ideas? Product reviews? Layout sketches/Page Plans? Let us know, because our mission is to help and inspire YOU! Drop us a line...anytime!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Weekend Web Round-Up - July 16th

Happy Friday to you all. Here are a few things you might be interested in checking out over the weekend.
  1. I have seen a number of Christmas in July posts and challenges around the web this week. It's hard to think about Christmas when the weather is hot and we're all wearing shorts, but just think how far ahead you'd be if you got some shopping done and a few cards made now! One site I love for card inspiration is Christmas Cards All Year Round. Go have a look and see if you don't pull out some Christmas-y papers next time you have a few minutes to craft! 
  2. For us scrappers, Summertime means CHA! The Craft & Hobby Association show will be held in Chicago July 27th to 29th and will debut new lines from almost all the major manufacturers. Why oh why do they do this to us? Just when you thought you had enough paper and embellies...they come out with more must-haves! Check out these previews of many new yummy collections that will be available this coming fall.
  3. For you digi scrppers, grab these fun, summer themed digital downloads from Scrapbooks etc. Oh, did I mention they're FREE?! There is a paper or embellishment to download at the end of each slide - 7 papers and 5 embellies in all!
  4. Here's another freebie for you...ScrapNFonts has 15 new FREE fonts and doodlebats for you. Go here to grab them! You will need to create an account with them, but that's free also!
  5. And just because this is cool and kinda out there - go check out these self-portraits created with ephemera and a scanner! Neat!
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tracy's Take

DT member Tracy posted this layout to our flickr gallery for this week's summer actitivy layout challenge and I had to share it with you in more detail here.

When I saw that Tracy had used this cool interactive page protector from Memory Book I was intrigued! Here's the front of the layout with both flaps closed:

The inside with both flaps open:

And the back:

Supplies:
Memory Book Swinging Shutter page protector
Frances Meyer letter stickers
Li'l Davis red labels
American Crafts heart paper
Close to My Heart chipboard 'good times'
Martha Stewart ice cream stickers
Various dollar store ice cream stickers
Cardstock


I absolutely love this idea...especially for an event or activity that has several photos you want to incorporate!Here's what Tracy said:

"A summer memory for me is eating ice cream on holidays. There is an amazing ice cream store 40 minutes from my aunt's house. There are also various ice cream, and now gelato, places in her town. So these are some pictures from the past few years.

I used a swinging page protector which is a 12x12 page with a 6x12 on each side. So the inside is 12x24. I choose this page protector because I had taken some pictures of the outside of this very long building and wanted them to all go side by side. They aren't the perfect pictures since they don't line up, but to our family they take us right there. I only put two pictures on the back and will keep working on this page by adding more group shots over the years."


Thanks for sharing this great idea and layout Tracy!

Don't forget you have until Saturday to post a challenge layout in our flickr gallery to be eleigible for our first prize! (But don't worry...if you don't have time this week there are still more prizes to be had all summer long!)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Summer Scrap-a-thon Week 4!

It's hard to believe we are four weeks into Summer already! It begs the question - how do you spend YOUR summers? What are your favorite things to do in the summertime? Swim? Do other sports? Spend time at the beach or cottage? Go on road trips? Garden? Read and relax?

Whatever it is, your challenge this week is to
CREATE A LAYOUT OF YOUR FAVORITE SUMMERTIME ACTIVITY - FROM THIS OR ANY SUMMER!

DT member Joan created this layout featuring a favorite activity and a favorite place!

I love the perspective of the photo and those blue toenails! The paper strips form a great summery colored background and the kraft cardstock sure reminds me of sand! It makes me wish my toes were in the sand right now! And I really like how Joan used part of one of our Perpetual Calendars to note the month. Thanks Joan...I hope you'll be able to indulge in your favorite acticity again this summer!

Since this marks week number 4 of our Scrap-a-thon challenge, I think it's time for our first prize! So, choose any of our challenges from the last four weeks, create your layout and post it in our flickr gallery by next Saturday, July 17th, and we'll pick one layout randomly to win our first prize! Of course the more layouts you post the more chances you have to win! We can't wait to see your take on the challenges.

Good luck and have fun!


Friday, July 09, 2010

Weekend Web Round-Up - July 9th

We spent some time at the Calgary Zoo this morning...it was nice and quiet at the Zoo since it was Parade Day this morning. Yup...it's the start of the Calgary Stampede - The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth! We are ready for lots of yee-hawing and pancake breakfasts in the next week! And, I am looking forward to a very special event tomorrow evening - we are lucky enough to be attending the Prime Minister's Stampede BBQ at Heritage Park. It is sure to be an event to remember!

Since we've got lots going on, here is a real quick list of some new things for you to enjoy over the weekend:

A new Paperclipping Roundtable Episode to listen to

A new issue of Scrapbook Ellaments ezine from Ella Publishing co. to read

A new line of yummy summer products from Taylored Expressions to play with

A new edition of Basic Grey's newsletter to drool over

LOTS of new multiphoto sketches from Scrapbooks etc. to scraplift!

Have a great weekend! Let the Stampeding commence! YEEE-HAW!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

The Graduate

To create my layout for this week's challenge I first went to my camera to check what my most recent photos were. Happily they were some sweet shots from Grayson's Pre-K graduation ceremony at the end of June. I knew when I saw them that I wanted to use some fun, school themed digital papers and embellishments from Creative Memories to create a layout featuring three super cute photos of my super cute graduate!


And I also was excited to try a Blueprint page from  Pixels2Pages. These free downloads are the equivalent of Photoshop Templates for Creative Memories Storybook Creator Plus software - you just download the blueprint, import it into SBC+ and pop your photos and choices of papers into the pre-designed spots. Quick, easy and foolproof! If you use SBC+ you will definitely want to check out their entire site for lots of tips, ideas and more blueprints.

Have you had the chance to scrap your most recent photos yet? Make some time and don't forget to upload them into our flickr gallery for your chance to win. Next week marks week 4 of our scrap-a-thon and our first winner, so make sure to post any or all of your challenge layouts! We can't wait to see your take on our challenges!

Check back tomorrow for your weekend reading links!

Monday, July 05, 2010

Summer Scrap-a-thon Week 3!

Quick...what is the last event or activity you took photos of?

Go print them or send them off to the developer so you can create a layout using your most recent pics! Of course if you are a digi scrapper you don't even have to send them off to the developer - you can get started right away.

I love the layout DT member Natalie created for this challenge:

Natalie used pics from a recent exciting event when she and her husband bought their first home! I love how Natalie layered the paper strips with decorative borders and used one of our Perpetual Calendars and Artisan Journaling Brackets.

"A House of Our Own" Supplies:

Jenni Bowlin Black Bingo Alpha**
Jenni Bowlin Black Banner Stickers**
date stamp: Elle's Studio**
journaling spot: Sharing Memories Scrapbooking
"May": Perpetual Artisan Calendars from Sharing Memories Scrapbooking
letter sticker: the Paper Studio
patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket "Sunshine"** and "Bloomers"** from Garden Variety; October Afternoon "Front Porch"** from Fly a Kite; My Mind's Eye "Life is Good"** from Quite Contrary
solid cardstock: Paper Reflections & others from my stash
border punches: Apron Lace by Fiskars, Doily Lace by Martha Stewart
1" circle punch: EK Success
brown pen: American Crafts Slick Writer
white pen: Uniball Signo
brown pigment ink
machine stitching
photo corners: Scrapbook Adhesives
foam adhesive

Thanks Natalie and congratulations!
 
I'll share my most recent photos later this week, but we can't wait to see YOUR freshest photos and stories put into a layout. Don't forget to post it to share in our Summer Scrap-a-thon flick gallery!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Weekend Web Round-Up - July 2, 2010

The Weekend Web Round-Up is the post I enjoy writing most each week. I love picking out and putting together a list of five fabulous places for you to visit each weekend!

 
  1. First up, photographer Kelly Willette has a great list of 100 summer activities to do with your kids that will result in many great photo opportunities! Enter your name and email address and it will be emailed to you right away. Print it out and hang it on your fridge or do as Kelly suggests and cut out the prompts, put them in a jar and pull them out whenever you need something to do! Either way, it's a great list and we are going to try to do one or two things each day!  
  2. Summer Driggs has a new free digital kit, just in time for our American friends' upcoming Fourth of July holiday. Of course the red, blue and white color scheme is great for so many other layouts - especially when you have boys! - and I am in love with the banner embellishments! Summer is so talented and so generous for sharing her creations.
  3. You know I am a big fan of Big Picture Scrapbooking. I was very excited that the LOM community started yesterday and will be a year long journey with like minded LOM'ers with lots of dicussion and challenges to keep our systems up and running. BPS also has a great FREE class coming up in August featuring 13 different teachers and lots of new ideas and inspiration - the BIG IDEA FESTIVAL! It starts August 12th, so be sure to find out all the details and register here.
  4. I don't know how Stacy Julian comes up with such amazing and inspirational ideas all the time, but she is hosting write.click.scrapbook's blog this week and is revisiting projects she has made in the past. One project she describes is an 8x8 album in which she captured a snapshot of her boys in 2004. It is brilliant in it's simplicity and is something all of us could adapt. LOVE it!
  5. And finally...the summer issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine came out last week and this one is super good! You can often get a copy at your local scrapbook store (usually free with a purchase) but you can always download it for FREE!  68 inspiring pages should keep you busy for the weekend! Grab a lemonade and enjoy!

 
Have a great weekend and be sure to check back Monday for the third challenge in our Summer Scrap-a-thon! (Psst...make sure you send off and pick up some recent photos at your local photo developers over the weekend!)

 
And Happy Fourth of July to all my American friends!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Soap-on-a-Rope

Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canucks! I am looking forward to Queen Elizabeth's address from Parliament Hill today and we are hoping to take in some early fireworks with the boys tonight. Other than that, it is busy-ness as usual around here (we are STILL unpacking boxes and finding homes for things, as well as getting the last few things from our old house. This is turning into the longest move in history!) Anyway...I hope you have a wonderful Canada day with friends and family!

Since all my traditional scrappy supplies are still waiting patiently to be unpacked, I thought I would do a digital layout for this week's challenge to use a quote, saying or lyric.


I use Creative Memories Storybook Creator Plus for my digital pages, projects, books and design work. I like Photoshop, but SBC+ is quick and easy and very user friendly. I also used some of the CM Celebration Digital collection for the papers and embellishments. (Check out my friend Julie's website for all the CM digital info and don't miss the NEW CM Disney Collection, complete with TOY STORY papers!!!)

As I started on this challenge I experienced a bit of the old Chicken & Egg syndrome. I wondered which should I start with - the quote or the photos? Of course you can start with either, but as I was searching through quote lists I came across this humorous quote by Bill Cosby and immediately remembered that I had taken a few pics of Grayson giving his dad Soap-on-a-Rope for Father's Day and how we had giggled at the stereotypical (but lovely!) gift. Later I joked with Shane that his days of getting only ties, socks and soap-on-a-rope had officialy begun!

So go with whatever triggers an idea for you - the quote or the photos - there's no right or wrong! Make sure to upload and share your layout in our flickr gallery.

See you tomrrow for a Weekend Web Round-up...yes I know it's been a couple of weeks since I posted one, so I have some fun things to share with you.

Happy Canada Day! 

Monday, June 28, 2010

Summer Scrap-a-thon Week 2!

Hope you had a great weekend and are ready for this week's challenge:

Use a favorite quote, saying or music lyrics on your page.

That's it...pretty wide open, eh?

I love the layout DT member Michelle created for this challenge:

The colors Michelle used are so summery and perfect with the lovely photo of her and her hubby. She also used some of our embossed buttons and butterflies, and an Artisan Bracket Journaling Spot as the perfect place to record the perfect quote. Gorgeous, Michelle!

One thing I love about using quotes on layouts is how they can act as titles OR journaling. In fact, sometimes a quote can say something I wanted to say in a much more eloquent way.

Are you at a loss as to where to find quotes you can use on your scrapbook layouts? Here are some of my favorite websites when I am looking for just the right words:

Compendium. I have been receiving their quote of the week for awhile, so I have a nice little collection of favorites. Sign up and you can get inspirational quotes delivered right to your inbox each week.

The Creative Memories Project Center has a good selection of quotes that are organized by topic. Not a huge list, but easy to scan through.

Great Quotes. I like this site because you can search for a quote by type or subject, or by the name of the person who said it. There are a huge amount of quotes so you are bound to find one you like!

At Poem Hunter you can search for poems, poets, quotes, or musical lyrics.

And Quote Mountain has literally a mountain of quotes, sayings and even quotes from movies! Lots to choose from!

Ready? Great! Find a quote you like (if you don't already have one in mind) and pair it with a photo for a simple layout. Don't forget to post it in our flickr gallery so you can be eligible for prizes! (And speaking of prizes, I'll be posting more prize info later this week along with more inspiration for your quote layouts.)

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My Summer 2009 Highlight

Just stopping in to post my take on this weeks challenge. Since we were moving this past weekend,  I made sure I created the layout and photographed it a couple of weeks ago so it would be ready to go. The problem was I packed up my camera and couldn't find it among all the boxes to be unpacked on Monday! Anyway...I found it yesterday so now I can share it!


For me, last summer was all about having a one year old who was discovering the pleasures of the outdoors and everything that comes with summertime. Sam enjoyed being outside and crawling through the grass. He loved water-play and being taken to the park. And one thing that he enjoyed time and time again was watermelon! He just couldn't get enough of the juicy delicious fruit! I snapped these pics as he devoured yet another plateful. What Juicy Joy!

I used some some great striped paper from Stampin' Up! that matched the stripes on Sam's shirt perfectly. I love those colors together - they just scream summer! I also used one of our SMS Perpetual Calendars along with a Artisan Bracket Journaling Box and a die cut flower as some simple additions.

It's no secret that I love stripes and have done this mitred corner technique on a few layouts. I thought I'd offer a few tips on how to get the look. This technique really works well with regularly spaced stripes, but you can mitre any paper.

First start with four 1 inch strips, all cut in the same direction.


To make each mitred corner, overlap two strips at right angles to each other and
adhere with temporary adhesive.


Now cut through both layers of paper from the inside corner to the outside corner.


Discard the small triangle pieces you cut away.


Repeat with the three other corners. Adhere all four strips to your background cardstock.


Have you scrapped your highlight of Summer 2009? Take some time to play and have fun with it, then post it to our Summer Scrapathon flickr gallery.

Have a great day!


Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Scrap-a-thon Week 1

Can you believe it?
It's officially summer! 
Break out the sprinkler, the bubbles and the lemonade!

Let's celebrate and take advantage of the three lovely months we have stretched ahead of us by scrapping one layout each week, ok? Are you with me? GREAT!

So let's kick off our Summer Scrap-a-thon by revisiting LAST summer. Think back - what did you do? Was there a special event or activity you attended?
A great vacation you went on?
Or simply sweet summer days full of fun and relaxation?

Whatever it was, find a photo or photos that represent the highlight of your 2009 summer and scrap a layout about it. Then, take a photo of it and share it by posting it in our Summer Scrap-a-thon flickr gallery!

To get us started, DT member Amber scrapped a travel memory of her and her husband at the beautiful Biltmore Estate in North Carolina from last summer.


Along with silk flowers and pearl accents Amber used some SMS Embossed Daisies and Butterflies from our spring line. I love how her layout showcases not only the vacation memory, but her relationship with her wonderful husband! Thanks Amber!

We'll have more DT layouts to share this week along with some great tips so make sure to come back and check them out. (Or follow our posts so you won't miss any of the scrap-a-thon fun!)

Try to take some time on this first day of summer to recall and scrap special memories of last summer, and perhaps make a list of things to do this summer! We can't wait to see your layouts posted in the flickr gallery!

Let the scrap-a-thon begin!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Summer Scrap-A-Thon!

Sorry for the late post...I spent time in the hospital today with my dad who was admitted for some heart problems. He will be fine, but it's always a scary place to be.

Anyway...as promised, here are all the details for our super fun Summer Scrap-A-Thon!


Here's Why...
Last year I made the naive assumption that I would have lots of time during those lazy days of summer to scrap and work on projects that I had been putting off throughout the rest of the year. Oh, I was so wrong! Other lovely opportunities beckoned and projects got put on the back burner. By the time fall rolled around I had only completed 2 pages and none of the larger projects I had wanted to devote time to. Sound familiar?

Here's What...
So THIS year, I have a plan to help me and you get TWELVE layouts done this summer. That's ten more than I did last summer! We'll do one layout per week, and, we'll take a break on the weeks that have a long weekend so you can still enjoy lots of those lazy days of summer as well! Sound good?

Here's How...
Each Monday starting June 21st (except for August 2 and September 6) we will be posting a challenge, idea or prompt for you to create a layout with. Once you finish your take on the challenge, take a photo of your layout and post it in our Flickr gallery. If you post you are already a winner because you got another layout done, but you'll also eligible for the prize draws! Easy, eh?
 
Oh yeah...and each week we'll also have inspiration to share from our design team as well as new tutorials and techniques. We'll also give you a hint at what's to come by telling you what kind of photos to pull for the next challenge.
Here's what's in it for you...
  • get 12 layouts done! 
  • share your work with others and be part of a like-minded group!
  • win great prizes!
  • have your layout showcased on our site!
  • have a tonne of fun!
Here's what to do now...
  1. Follow our blog postings by becoming a friend in the right-hand sidebar. That way you won't miss the new challenge each week!
  2. If you don't already have one, create your own free Flickr account, then become part of our SMS Summer Scrap-a-thon 2010 group
  3. Grab our blog button from the sidebar and post it on your own blog. Invite your readers to join us!
  4. Finally, pick out a few of your favorite pictures from LAST summer and you'll be ready to go!
I hope you are ready to go the distance and join our Summer Scrap-a-thon!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Weekend Web Round-Up - June 11

I don't know about you, but we have a busy weekend ahead of us! Shane and Grayson are presenting the family trophy at the Royal Canadian Air Cadets Annual Ceremonial Review tomorrow and we are celebrating Sam's second birthday on Sunday! We'll also try to get some boxes moved to the new house and finish up some final yard work if the weather holds. Here are some great links to check out this weekend no matter what the weather in your area is like!

1) Are you a basic scrapbooker? Basic Grey that is!? Oooh...I love all things Basic, and their June Newsletter has some fabulous inspiration and ideas, geared specially for weddings using their stunning Capella line. So lovely! And don't miss the Basic Sketch by Kelly Goree. All in all it's a great weekend read.

2) Father's Day is next Sunday! If you have some time this weekend, why not create a special card just for him? Scrapbooks etc. has some cool original ideas.

3) One of my favorite digital designers Crystal Wilkerson has recently had her designs made into a traditional scrapbook supply collection called "Sweet Summertime" by Echo Park.


I love this collection and since the shipping to Canada was expensive, I opted to buy the digi version instead! (I love the little banners and the tree!) Crystal and her friend Kristina Proffitt also design blogs and share freebies in the same fun whimsical style. Visit Kristina's blog for some free word art created for the Cards for Kids drive. You can download it, print it out and use it on a variety of cards. So cute!

4) The Scrapbook & Cards Today blog has great tutorials every week. This week find out how to glitz up your plain die cuts. While you're there, make sure to download your free copy of the Spring 2010 Magazine if you haven't already. And make sure to enter for your chance to win the Friday Freebie of some Quickutz Dies!

5) Summer is just around the corner  and every year Stacy Julian has great ideas on how to organize her family of five AND have a great time doing it. This year she is planning to create 7 mini-albums all about favorite things from this summer. Super cool idea. I don't know how she does it! (PS...if you don't have a CTMH consultant and you want to order the mini-albums Stacy is using, please visit my friend and Calgary Crops colleague CARLA's CTMH site to order!) 

Speaking of Summer, yesterday I mentioned that I was finalizing plans for our SMS Summer project and told you you'd have to wait until Monday for all the details. But just to give you a little hint, it's a scrap-a-thon...a Summer Scrap-A-Thon! Yes...we'll be scrapping all summer long, with lots of prizes and great inspiration! Watch for details next week and get ready to join in starting the first day of Summer...June 21st!


Oh yeah...it's gonna be a great summer! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Just checking in...

Just a quick share while supper is cooking! I'm sorry for the lack of posts this week...chalk it up to pre-move busy-ness. I have been interviewing tenants for our rental property, supervising painters and contractors at our new house, packing boxes whenever I can and planning for Sam's second birthday party which we are hosting at our old house this weekend. Sigh...

But, in the midst of the chaos I HAVE managed to complete a couple of layouts for my BPS class which is so much fun. It has become my late-night stress relief! The layouts are not my usual style or subject matter, but that's part of the fun! I have enjoyed following prompts and gathering items that I would never have put together and then scrapping in a completely new way.


I have also been busy planning a fabulous summer scrapping project for you...but you'll have to wait until Monday for all the details!

See you tomorrow with some must-check-out links!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Winners!

Wow, the odds were good on this giveaway...I had three prizes and three commenters! Congrats ladies!Noelle Reese, JoannaG and Julie - please email me to arrange your prizes to be sent/delivered!

Another busy weekend filled with packing, moving, cleaning, gardening and cooking for the troops has sapped my creative mojo and unfortunately I didn't have any time to play. I hope to get a couple of layouts and cards done tonight to share with you soon.

Heading over to the new house now to clean and check in on the painters! Have a great day!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Weekend Web Round-Up - June 4th


It's been a busy week and I haven't had a chance to peruse all my favorite blogs this week (I have 483 items in my Google Reader!) But here are a few things that did catch my eye this week that I wanted to share with you. Check them out over the weekend.

I love Ella Publishing!

They publish e-books especially for scrappers! I have several and they are all well done. The also publish a free monthly e-zine called Ellaments, which offers articles and inspiration. The June issue is available here.

You may remember that Pantone deemed Turquoise to be THE color of 2010. I love turquoise and aqua and all shades and variations, so I have been pleased to see this color used so much this year. Scrapbooks etc. Magazine created a slide show of 20 scrapbook layouts using turquoise in various ways, and I loved ALL of them!

It seems that lots of companies these days are using videos to teach techniques and demonstrate their products. Here are some links to videos that I have really enjoyed. If you have some down time this weekend check them out:

Close to My Heart TV offers videos called Art & Soul. Each one provides thematic or technique based ideas for using CTMH products. Check out the the most recent episode featuring a really cool technique called overstamping!

Fiskars has changed their website (which I don't find as attractive or intuitive unfortunately) and has lots episodes of Craft TV, each demonstrate a different project and product. On another note, I think the new Fiskars Everyywhere Window Punches will be very useful...I just have to find a Canadian retailer who stocks them!

And finally, in addition to publishing a great magazine with a Canadian focus, the gals at Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine have started making bi-weekly webisodes! You can watch editor Jackie Ludlage as she demonstrates techniques and projects using the latest new products. Catch up with all six webisodes here.

Have fun browsing and have a great weekend (meanwhile, I'll be cleaning cabinets and baseboards all weekend!)

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Dad's Day Inspiration


Now that June is here, Father's Day is just around the corner and I have two quick things to share with you today - a wonderful gift idea and a new Page Pak!

If you have never visited Compendium, you need to! Their motto is LIVE INSPIRED and they offer a variety of items such a books, stationary, gifts and picture frames to help inspire you in your daily life. They'll even send you inspiring quote each week right to your inbox. This weeks quote?

The minute you begin to do what you really
want to do, it's really a different kind of life.
-R. Buckminster Fuller

So true. Anyway...reading the quote made me hop on over to compendium to see what was new, and I was so pleased to find these great gift ideas for dad:

If you have been wanting to capture your dad's story, this "My Dad: His Stories, His Words" book would be a great way to do it. He can go through it and answer questions to record his story in his own words.



This "His Life" journal is another lovely option. There is a quote on each page and lots of room for him to record thoughts, events, dreams and goals. I would say this would be a great journal to add photos to since the pages are blank.

And finally, the "Dad, My Hero" book is full of sentimental and inspiring quotes on fatherhood - a wonderful way to share how much he means to you.

I love the idea behind each of the Compendium porducts, as well as their clean-lined design aesthetic. Make sure to visit and sign up for their weekly email quote. And if you want to order gifts for dad, do it soon so the items make it in time for June 20th.

Clean lines and masculine colors were the inspiration behind our new Page Pak, simply titled "DAD".


Page Pak Contents:
3 Sheets Patterned Cardstock (Scrapbook Sally)
2. 5 Sheets Solid Cardstock (Scrapbook Sally and Paper Co.)
COordinating Journaling Box (SMS)
D-A-D Title letters (SMS)
4 Brads (Making Memories)

When I was making up a sample layout to show off the Pak contents I was inspired by and scraplifted a layout that appeared in the latest Creating Keepsake issue by the super talented Laina Lamb! I love Laina's straighforward designs and how she uses lots of photos (mostly 4 x 6's!) on her pages. Here's the sample based on her layout:

Love it!

As always, our Page Paks are only $5.00 and you can make at least two 12 x 12 layouts. Use the idea shown or create you own! And you'll usually have enough leftovers for other projects, like a Father's Day card.

There are limited quantities of the "Dad" Page Pak, and it's available here.

Got some layouts about or cards for Dad? We'd love to see them! Send us an email or link to your blog post to share them with SMS readers! 

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

New House, Boy's Toys and GIVEAWAYS!

So sorry for the absence...we took possession of our new house on Monday and have already started on the renovations! Here's a pic I took back in March after we purchased it. (Yes, we still had some snow on the ground when we took possession, but not quite this much, and everything IS finally greening up!) I think it looks like a happy smiling house!


We have also been busy showing our old house to possible tenants. It's been a busy few days and I can only imagine that it will not be slowing down until after we officially move later in the month, so please bear with me if I am away from posting occasionally!

The boys in my house got some new toys over the past few days. We got the boys a new inflatable bouncy house that was meant to be for outside play, but what do you do when you still have snow on the ground? Put it in the basement of course!

And Shane treated himself to an iPad when they came out in Canada this past Friday. He didn't have to line up for it, but I think he would have anyway - he really wanted to play with the technology! It didn't dissappoint - it's great, and he played all weekend!
No new toys for me, but that didn't stop me from playing...I sat down late last night to put together a layout for the Baker's Dozen class I'm taking over at BPS. Fun, fast and cute. (Sorry for the lousy pic...I took it last night after finishing it up!)


Now, something fun for YOU! I have been sorting and purging and packing for the past few weeks, but will be kicking into high gear now that we can actually start bringing our belongings over. Last week after I shared Stacy Julian's thoughts on purging, I started going through my own personal scrapping supplies and found a bunch of stuff I would love to share with you! There are some discontinued SMS products too, like older page paks that I only have one-ofs left. Anyway, I gathered three wonderful prize packages to giveaway!!!

All you need to do to win is leave a comment on this post as to what supplies you have the most of. What do you "collect" - patterend paper? Tools? Stickers? Buttons? You have until Sunday June 6th at midnight (Mountain Time) to leave your comment and we'll post the winners next Monday. Good luck - I can't wait to share!!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Weekend Web Round-Up - May 28th

Wow...that was a short week! Here are a few finds from all over the web for you to peruse this weekend!
  1. Liz Tamanaha from Paislee Press was a guest blogger this week over at Ella Publishing. She offered great advice for buidling your albums two pages at a time as well as some free digital templates in her signature clean style.
  2. If you haven't explored Ella Puiblishing, do so while you are there. Make sure to check out their May E-Zine issue and download their free Super Sampler E-Book!
  3. Robots seemed to pop up everywhere this week...DT members Jamie and Amber were making them and so was I. They are so cute!
  4. You already know I love Stacy Julian and her new video series on sorting, organizing and scrapping by color. But this video (which features WHITE) also talks lots about purging our supplies. Yeah...that's something I'm not so good at! (Hmmm...maybe I should do a little purging on the weekend and have a GIVEAWAY next week? Yes? Well, OK!)
  5. Last but not least is an easy little photo tutorial on making 3-D flowers with twill tape by Summer Fullerton. SO cute and so full of possibilities! 
Do you have a favortie technique for making embellishments? We'd love to hear or see it! post your tips in the comments or link to a favorite tutorial so we can all learn!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

GROW Page Pak

This past long weekend marked the beginning of the growing season here in Calgary as it supposedly is the last day we could possibly have frost. (BUT, today it's calling for rain mixed with snow and a high of only 6 degree, so you never know!) We are classified as Zone 3, so many plants just won't grow here. I am always a little envious when I see posts from friends in more temperate climates who have blooming flowers and lush foliage all year long (or at least a good few months more than us!) It's no wonder then that I am a sucker for floral papers as they tend to make me think of those warmer growing months any time of the year. With this in mind, here is our newest Page Pak, simply titled "Grow".

The Pak contains 2 patterned papers by K&Company, 2 Sheets Solid Cardstock, 4 Photo Mattes, Title Letters(GROW) and 8 Gems to add a little sparkle!



As with our other Page Paks, there is enough product to complete 2 12 x 12 pages all for only $5.00! Create two layouts of your choice, or use the sample layout shown below (and included on the Pak Insert) as your guide.

Here's the instructions for this easy LO:

1) Cut your floral and butterfly papers in half so you will have two 6 x 12 pieces of each. Cut one 6 x 12 of each paper in half to create two 6 x 6 squares. Cut one 2 x 12 strip from the floral paper.

2) Mount the 6 x 12 butterfly paper across the bottom of one piece of cardstock. Mount the 2 x 12 floral strip above it. Mount one 6 x 6 butterfly paper square on the lower right hand corner of the second piece of cardstock. Mount a floral 6 x 6  square on the upper left hand corner of the same piece of cardstock. Set aside the rest of your patterned paper for decorative elements.

3) Cut two of the yellow 4.5 x 6.5 photo mattes down to measure 4.5 x 4.5 each. Mount these in the empty squares on the second piece of cardstock. Mount the remaining two full size photo mattes so they overlap the butterfly and floral papers on the first piece of cardstock.

4) Mount two 3.5 x 5.5 or 4 x 6 vertical photos on the photo mattes on the first page of the layout. Trim four photos into 4 x 4 squares and mount as shown on the second piece of cardstock.

5) Get out your scissors and hand trim a few flowers and butterflies from your leftover pieces of patterned paper. Position as shown or wherever you like! I cut a butterfly and flowers that were already half off the edge of my leftover patterned paper and placed them on the edges of my page and used a small flower to replace the O in GROW. Cut out some leaves or smaller elements too if you like.

6) I added the gems to the center of some of the flowers and to my main butterfly accent.

7) For journaling, you could use one of the four 4 x 4 spaces or simply write captions under each of the photos.

8) To punch up and finish off my layout I created a faux stitching effect by using an opaque white pen (not included) to make small dash marks all the way around the individual elements. I also swiped the edges of the photo mattes and letters with a white ink pad (not included) to create a softer look to blend in with the papers.

After creating your two page layout, you will still have enough leftovers to use on other projects such as a cute card...

Simply cut additional butterflies and flowers and add them to a card base made from white or colored cardstock from your stash. Stamp or write a greeting, maybe add a little glitter and you are done!

You can purchase the Grow Page Pak (and all our Page Paks!) here in our shop!
Happy growing!