Saturday, January 24, 2015

Big News #1

I've got so many exciting things on the go that I'm just about bursting! I'll be sharing more Big News in the next few weeks, but here is Big News #1...


Including new & retired:  
 Creative Memories
Close to My Heart
Lia Sophia
...and lots of other crafty & creative stuff from various brand-name manufacturers, 
and even some handmade stuff too!

Come pick up some great deals – buyers will be entered to win prizes & giveaways!

Sale attendees will also be given first chance to register for the next Calgary Crops weekend retreat in Canmore being held April 24 – 26th. Online registration will begin February 1stwatch the blog for more details!


I am still patiently waiting for the new CM group to open for business in Alberta and as soon as they do I'll be signing up as an advisor so I can once again provide quality scrapbooking supplies. I am excited that Carla and I will be once again hosting a great weekend retreat in Canmore this spring and will be looking forward to reconnecting with the great ladies who usually attend.

I also have another new venture on the horizon and some big plans for my little blog! I hope to share that Big News with you soon! 

Have a great weekend...

Monday, January 12, 2015

1-2-3 Sketch of the Month - January

In the past, "Sketch of the Month" features were always among the most popular blog posts here, especially when I started sharing my 1-2-3 formula  - a layout that uses 1 piece patterned double-sided paper, 2 pieces of cardstock for the base and has only 3 main cuts to do. I plan to offer a 1-2-3 Sketch of the month each month this year, so make sure you check back for more fast, easy layouts.  (And check out previously posted 1-2-3 layouts here.)

I've always loved the layouts designed by Allison Davis. She and her mother Debbie Saunders own and run Scrapbook Generation a family run company that sells scrapbooking supplies, creates their own kits & classes and even publishes books and a monthly magazine! Allison's style is very linear (which I relate to) and I love the fact that she regularly plans to incorporate many photos. I was inspired by her work to create a layout with space for 5 photos. Here's the sketch I came up with:

And believe it or not, it really only uses one sheet of double sided paper and two pieces of cardstock! The magic of using so few supplies is the double-sided paper, so make sure both sides of the one you choose works with your photos and/or theme. (Most manufacturers today do such a great job of coordinating that it's pretty much foolproof!) Then, start's the cut diagram and instructions:

Make your first cut across the page at 7 inches to give you a 7 x 12 piece. This will be piece "A". Set aside.

Your second cut will divide the remaining 5 x 12 piece of paper into two 2.5 x 12 pieces.

Finally, stack the two 2.5 x 12 pieces and cut through both at 1/2".

The two 2 x 12 pieces are pieces "B" and "C", and the two small 1/2 x 12 pieces will be "D" and E".

Flip pieces "B", "D" and "E" pieces over to the opposite side. This will give you all 5 pieces of paper needed for the layout.

Now assemble your layout following the sketch. The three vertical 4 x 6 photos are mounted on the 7 x 12" piece and then bordered by the two 1/2 x 12" strips. Note that I made the two 2 x 12' strips into pennant strips by cutting a triangular piece from each - and adding those pieces to the first page of the layout as shown. (Oops...I guess this technically makes 5 cuts all together, sorry! Well, we'll pretend that minor scissor cuts don't count - wink!) Finally, add your journaling, a title and/or embellishments. I used four die cut embellishments that came in the stack pack with the paper, one of which serves as the title.

Here's my finished layout...

The photos were taken up in Banff on Canada Day 2012 and I used paper and die cuts from the "Freedom" kit by Creative Memories, which was released only a short time before they went under in 2013. I see that the new Creative Memories has just released some new papers, albums, slide in cards and custom cutting system blades! And, cardstock packs, and a revamped corner rounder and photo trimmer are all set to be released soon! I can't wait for my province to give the green light for CM to sell here...I'll be signing up as an advisor as soon as that happens! And you should definitely take a moment to check out this sweet CM video...their renewed mission statement reminds me why I love scrapbooking and helping people preserve their memories and share their stories!

I hope you like the sketch and that you give this 1-2-3 formula a try. Leave a comment or link below if you do...I'd love to hear what you think and see what you create!

Have a great week...

Friday, January 02, 2015

Up-cycled Organizer

Happy 2015!

We had a quiet New Year's Eve at home, and one of the snacks I had set out was a refrigerated/prepared dip assortment. Yesterday as I was cleaning up and rinsing out the dip container for the recycling bin, I thought, wow, that would make a great little tray for organizing nails/screws or scrapbook embellishments!

The small fruit or veggie trays that you can buy in the deli sections of supermarkets are great for this as well as the plastic trays from chocolate boxes and cookies. If you've been entertaining this holiday season, consider those treat containers before they hit the garbage or recycling just might be able to use them again in the craft room!