Friday, November 23, 2012

Another combo revealed!!!

It's my fourth week being a Special Investigator over at CSI!!!!

This week we're working with this fabulous combo :

And here's my layout & some closeups!!!

This is my nephew Tyler. He is our family's resident expert on how to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. So when my sister sent me these pictures of him, along with the prompt to make an Etiquette guide, this fun page was created! I took the guide prompt pretty literally,  and created a small flyer with the help of a picture form the internet to tuck into my page. All the advice in the flyer was paraphrased from the book you see Tyler holding in one of the pictures.

You can find the book here :

Thanks for popping by today!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Another week, Another Combo!

This week over at CSI we're working with a combo that I found somewhat difficult to use. I like the colour purple, but I'm not big on creating with it, and this combo had not one, but TWO different shades!

Here's the combo :

And here's my page.

This is my bestie Janice on her wedding day. Isn't she beautiful??

The inspiration words surprise and glow helped inspire this page. She really surprised me when she became a girly girl during her wedding day planning, as she's never really been one before. In the largest picture on the layout she has such a beautiful glow behind her, that it, along with the word, inspired the title of the page.

All photos used on this layout are by M.E. Photography.

Thanks for popping by to visit today!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Family History & CSI #45

This week over at CSI we are working with this gorgeous palette, which I felt was perfect for a heritage layout :

The journaling prompt to go visit this website inspired this whole layout actually. I chose prompt #13 "Write a story of one of your ancestors in connection to a famous event in history." Right away, I thought about how my Grandparents (both from the Netherlands) survived both World Wars. That got me wondering about their stories from that time. I never met my Grandfather, and my Grandmother passed away over 13 years ago, so I asked my Aunts and Uncles if they would be willing to share some of their stories with me. They were, but I didn't receive their stories until after I sent the picture to Debbi, so I'll be posting some revised shots here on my blog. Here's the shot of the layout that's in the gallery:

And here's some detail shots of the layout as it is now with the stories from my Aunt Tjaltje added in. 

I made a little booklet that is attached together by a brad so you can fan the pages to read them. It's really quite small (about 2.5 in x 4 in), but I didn't want the journaling to overwhelm the layout. I added an extra piece of paper over the back after I put the brad through, so that the prongs on the back of the brad wouldn't scratch the picture when you take it out of the envelope.

I was surprised to learn that during the war, my Grandparents hid a Jewish woman and later, her two nieces as well. My Aunt tells me that they, along with many other people during that time, believed that they were God's chosen people and that they needed help. So they helped. Simple, and very brave. I am so very proud of them. There are other stories there as well; about being cold in the winters, about having to miss school and how, because my Grandparents always had a huge garden, they fared better then some other families when it came to food.

And the whole layout again as it is now (this is a bad shot, as the light is stinky here today):

I am really hoping that I get a few more stories from some of my other Aunts and Uncles; if i do, they will be added onto the layout as well. If I get too many, I think I might add them in pockets on the back of the layout.

I feel that it's important to write down your family history. When I think of the stories that are already lost because Pake & Beppe are gone now, I get a little sad.

If you've never tried out CSI, I really encourage you to check it out!
Thanks for popping by today!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

I'm a Special Investigator!!!!

I'm so excited to announce that I am one of CSI's Special Investigators this month!

My first case file is #44  - blue, yellow, orange, white & grey. I had such fun making this page!!

These are some pictures from Scrapfest Kitchener this past April. Thanks goes to my sister for lending me some of her pictures for this layout as well. The other person in the picture is Vicki Boutin, a Canadian scrapbooker that I admire. I purchased her book at Scrapfest, and she signed it for me.

Transparent element (hard to see, but there is a transparent sticker under my title block)
Something woven - I tried to "weave" my blue patterned paper into the grey card stock
Doily Pattern - my yellow patterned paper under the Doddlebug Frill

I wrote a fan letter (folded & tucked into the bottom)

If you're feeling un-inspired or need a new challenge, why don't you stop by CSI? I'm sure you'll find a colour combo or journaling challenge that will inspire! 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Something Scrappy.....

to share today!! I've recently been playing over at CSI : Color, Stories, Inspiration. Every week Debbi gives us a colour combo, and journalling prompts as well as a list of elements to include on your LO. It's really given me a good push creatively, plus it's a really fun group of girls over there. If you've never checked it out, I think you should! Go now. Seriously.

This week the colour combo is this GORGEOUS pallette - and currently some of my very faves.

So here's what I made :

I saw a LO over on Pinterest that had these rolled strips of paper on it and I wanted to give it a try. I LOVE how it came out! I just used my trimmer the same way you would scissors and got paper strips to start curling that way. It made the rolling easier. This was a great way to use up a lot of my scraps. I even cheated once or twice by cutting a roll in half to make it look longer under my picture strip. The roll at the very end of the row on the right hand side is special - I made it at the last Scrapfest that I went to in April. The photos are from our 12.5 anniversary (2.5 years ago) by the super talented Stacy Hayward of Stacy's Creations Photography.

Here's some closeups of my page & also the special piece before I rolled it : 

Otherwise, summer vacation is in full swing here in our house - I have the next 9 weeks off to do whatever! We've got camping planned and a trip for me and hubby to Stratford again to see another Shakespeare play as well. I'm also thinking of taking the kiddos to Sudbury for a couple of days to check things out there for fun as well. We also have a family membership to the museums here, so they are on the list for visiting as well.

What do you do in the summertime?? 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

I'm still alive.....

Yep I am!

I can't believe that I haven't posted in the last 6 months. It's not like there hasn't been anything to talk about. I guess it's because I've been so creatively challenged recently that I just haven't felt like blogging either. I am happy to announce though, that I have been getting back into it!!

In April (which was a SUPER BUSY CRAZY SCATTERBRAINED MONTH for me) my sister and I travelled to Scrapfest Kitchener. We had a GREAT time, learned some new things while taking some classes and shopped 'til we dropped. So very inspiring, that I'm thinking that this might have to become an annual event.

Also in April, my bestie and her fiance finally tied the knot! So happy for them! And to make the event even more special, my "best from out West" also came. We haven't seen each other since 1990, even though we've kept in contact for all these years. 

I'm trying my hand at submitting again, even though so far, no luck.

I've been participating in the challenges over at this site : CSI. You should go over and check it out! Colour AND Journalling challenge together?? Yes, please!! Here's some of the pages that I've made for the challenges : 

I'm still working, but I am looking forward to summer vacation & 10 weeks off. Oh, how do I manage 10 summer weeks off you ask??? I drive a school bus. It's a lovely thing having the summer off with the kids. =D 

This summer we are camping with my sister and her family again. Last year we didn't go because my parents had their 40th anniversary, so we all spent a week in Niagara Falls instead. This has been an almost annual thing for the last 10 years or so, and we love it!! Every year we try to pick a provincial campground somewhere in between us, sice we live 8 hours apart. This is where we are going this year.

And that's about it for now! I would promise to update more frequently, but I'm not sure that I can keep it! I AM going to try though! 

Thanks for popping by!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Slap My Hand.....

I am STILL a terrible blogger. You'd think that there's nothing going on in my life, but really there have been a few interesting things that have happened.

In October over the Thanksgiving weekend, my husband and I celebrated our 14th anniversary. To celebrate, he surprised me with an overnight trip to Toronto, where we stayed here. And we ate a FANTASTIC dinner here. This place has truly ruined steak for me. I didn't even order it, but the one bite that I had from my hubby's was the best single bite of steak I have ever had. Seriously. And then, after all that (which totally would have been enough) he sent me to the So You Think You Can Dance Live Tour. I know that that may sound silly, but I truly love that show. It really was the best anniversary present ever. But that's not even the best part. I got to enjoy all of these things with not just my hubby, but with 2 of our best friends as well, as they celebrate their anniversary on the same day that we do. And, the cherry on top? The weekend was so beautiful weather wise, that we took the motorbike down. Sigh. It was perfect. It made me feel really terrible that I just bought him a wallet. But in my own defense, we "decided" that we weren't going to get each other presents this year. He said that, but in truth he had been planning it since the summer, including my mother in law in the ruse. Well played, dear.

Also in October, I had another first - I went to ScrapFest in Oshawa! I took some classes, shopped until I couldn't take it anymore (although truthfully, I just ran out of money), did some make and takes, met some of my favorite scrappy "celebrities" and learned a whole bunch of new things! Here's the most exciting but also the most depressing thing - I went by myself! Now, I like that I went by myself, it's so rare that I do anything for just me. And it was so great to go away without my hubby(although I love him) and my children(yep, love them too). But I also missed having a scrappy friend along. There was no one to giggle and joke with, even though I met tons of friendly fellow scrappers. I would LOVE to go again, but I think that I will bring a friend - or perhaps a sister????? While I was there I got to spend some time with my forever bestie - I miss her and wish that she lived closer to me.

Now that I am on Christmas vacation, I am looking forward to creative time. I want to wear my pjs and drink endless amounts of coffee. I want to stay up late & sleep in like I haven't been able to do for a long time. I want to watch tons of movies and take time to really enjoy my children.

I think that in the next year coming. I will try to get a bit more serious about being published. This has been a scrappy goal for some time, but I have not tried all that hard really. I have been planning a few things in my head, but am unsure as how they will translate to paper. Any advice that my scrappy friends have to offer would be greatly appreciated. So cross your fingers for me would ya; that 2012 would be my year?

I'll leave you with a layout that I made for a Colour Suite challenge. Thanks goes to Stacy of Stacy's Creations Photography for this great photo of my family.

Friday, November 11, 2011


I am grateful.
Thank - you.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

An update, dreaming & something scrappy.....

Just quickly - my hubby and I are doing well. I think that this is the closest that we've ever been in the 20 years that we have been a couple. We've grown up a lot in the last month & I think we really needed to.

Now on to some dreaming.

So lately I’ve been dreaming about owning my own business. I know that it would be something scrappy, but I’m just not sure whether or not I should have a store, or a kit club.

Having a store means crazy hours and a very high chance of failing. That’s not something that I want to have happen – if I’m going to own a business, I want it to be a success.

Owning & running a kit club keeps me working out of my home, while still allowing me to work outside of it. But, the market is saturated with them, don’t you think? I’m not sure that a new club would be unique enough to work in the long term.

But I still dream of doing something with this passion (obsession) of mine; something for myself. Perhaps the place to start would be to try out for another design team or get serious about being published.

Any thoughts or advice to give, scrappy friends?

Onto the sharing.

I’m still being inspired by colour & the fabulous girls over at CCG.

These next few LOs showcase some of the pictures that Stacy took for my family on our Niagara Falls 40th anniversary/ Family reunion weekend.

My DS being his silly, cheeky self. It took forever for him to cooperate with Stacy so we could get this sweet shot. However, that smile and those freckles will take him far, I think. =D

I loved this combo - the colours were just so striking together. My ODD turned 12 (that’s right, TWELVE) the day before this picture was taken, and I wanted to document how I felt about the years going by so quickly. When I really think about it, in FOUR short years she’s going to be starting to drive…..I’m not ready for that.

More from our trip to Niagara Falls. I went on the SkyWheel with the kids despite the fact that I’m terrified of heights. Yay, me! But I’m not doing it again. I can proudly say though that I took the picture of the Canadian side of the Falls while we were at the top.

And more from the Niagara Falls photo session - love these guys!!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A challenge.....

I read Stephanie's blog this morning and she challenged us to Blog Our Hearts.
So, here goes, as pain - filled as my heart is lately.

Right now my husband and I are walking through a dark place together. The worst part of it is that I have caused it all. I never planned on telling him about my feelings, but it came out and it really needed to. Selfishly, revealing my feelings to him means that there are no secrets between us now, and that feels good, even though this time right now is painful. I am blessed with a husband, who, although he has been crushed by this unburdening of my soul, loves me and wants to work it all out. I'm hoping and tentatively praying (because my faith is somewhat lacking at this point in my life) that in the end we will be stronger. We have spent the last 20 years of our lives loving each other and he and I are not willing to let that go.

Right now I'm thinking a lot about 2 friends who are dealing with two separate extremely hard things. I wish that I could do more to help them, but there really isn't anything to do other than offer a listening ear if that's what they need.

Right now I'm thinking about what I really want to do with my life. I feel like I'm supposed to be doing something more, but I'm not sure just what that is yet.

Right now I'm looking forward to a weekend away at Scrapfest Oshawa next month. It will be my first time going to an event like this; I'm so super excited!!!! I am taking 2 classes, one with Becky Fleck and one with Vicki Boutin - really looking forward to them!!

Right now I am helping my very best friend plan her spring wedding. I'm so super excited and happy for her!

Right now I'm trying to un-clutter my house. This is a long arduous task, and one that I really hate. I'm a bit of a pack rat and letting go of things is hard for me.

Right now, I don't feel like I am a good mother.

That's it. That's my right now. That's what's real in my life.
I hope you take up the challenge of Blogging your Heart.