Sunday, December 30, 2012

Where has the Time went??!!!!!

I've kind of fallen off the blog train!!!! I can't believe it's been almost 3 months since my last post!!! I can tell you I definitely did not reach my goal this year but I do have several layouts done that I just haven't had the chance to photograph.
 I have to say that for some reason I have felt pressured to make cards and create pages this year, I'm not sure why??? I don't have any real deadlines, etc. Because I felt this way I didn't want to do anything ): I have been doing projects for my Hostess Club but those have instructions so it's easy enough. I guess the fact that I had to relocate my scraproom had something to do with it too. I am still putting on the finishing touches but hopefully I will have some pics to share soon.

  I do have something to share with you!! A few pics from my trip to Hawaii!!!!

Jen and I on the big plane to Honolulu 

First pics of palm trees - Honolulu

Mr. Crab on the beach in Kona where we went scuba diving

Yummy drink called a Lava Flow - on the ship

Beautiful Driftwood Beach in Kauai

Got a pic with Allison (Orthner -leader of the pack)

and a pic with Jill (Hildebrand)

It was a little windy (: That is the Waimea Canyon behind me

This is the Haleakala crater. 

Also at the crater but looking the other way. We were above the clouds. 10 000 feet up.

One of the fabulous scrapbook stores we found in Hawaii. This one was in Maui. 

Hibiscus- one of the many beautiful flowers in Hawaii

Another great scrapbook store. This one is in Hilo and run by a girl originally from BC

Well, I guess that's it for now!! I am going to attempt to do Project Life this year. I find that I forget the little things the kids say and do, so even if I do a weekly or monthly layout I can record these things. Have a fabulous New Year!!!!


Jenn (:

P.S. for those of you I usually follow regularly, I apologize for being MIA the last bit!!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dad's Birthday Card

 My dad's birthday was last Sunday. This was a quick card I put together for him. It was easy but I like how it turned out. I got the idea from a card I saw on Pinterest. It was made by Lyssa.

I used a Sizzix embossing folder, Tim Holtz and CTMH paper, the image is a SU stamp (Harvest Blessings) and the sentiment is CTMH.

 So I have some exciting news!!!! (if you are on my FB you've already heard) My friend Jen is taking me on the Crop & Cruise in Hawaii!!!!! My cc just got charged for my passport so I am on my way!!! We fly out November 9th and enjoy the beautiful Islands for 8 days!!! How lucky am I!!!? I'm so glad Jen's husband doesn't like to scrapbook (: So if you have any travelling advice for me, please leave it, because to be quite honest I haven't really traveled before!!

 Have a happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone!!!!! Enjoy your time with family and friends!!


Friday, September 28, 2012

Absolutely Fearless

 This is a layout of Kieran learning how to ride a two wheeler without training wheels. It was just last summer and he was 6, which is a bit older then the other two boys, but Kieran is just a little guy so it took him a while longer to be big enough (: As you can tell from the pictures, he was pretty excited!!!

 I used Graphically Speaking for the title, Bo-bunny double dot and I think Echo Park paper. The chipboard and cs are CTMH, which I stamped on with a background stamp.

 So with only supply teaching this year, I have had some time to start putting my new scrap space together. It isn't quite finished but as soon as it is I will post some pics, along with some of my old room transformed for Azelyn. I think I did a pretty good job transferring most of the room to a 6x6 space (:
 Have a great weekend everyone!!!!


 (I am a third of the way there with only 3 months left): I did manage to complete about 12 pages this past weekend at Fall Flurry  though!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Splash Zone

This is layout # 2 from the Footloose WOTG. The pics are from a few summers ago. My Aunt & Uncle came out to my parents' place and took the kids out on the tube. Azelyn was still only a little fart but she was bound and determined she was going too!!! We sent her out when her Daddy wasn't around to see her go (: He's a little overprotective sometimes!! Even our little chicken, Kieran, went out!!
(just looked and realized Azelyn isn't in any of these pics but she was there)

 I love how the letters for the title turned out!!! I stamped them in the lighter colour ink and then used the rock and roll technique to get the darker colour on the outside.

 So Azelyn is now in her new room!! She's still not sure about sleeping by herself (her and the boys have always shared a room)
 After a bit of a battle with the hubby I think I won (: As we were taking everything out of my scrap room he was going to throw out the part of my counter top I wasn't going to have room for in my space downstairs. I asked him if he could put it in his garage (20x24) until I could find somewhere else to use it. He had a bit of a fit about everybody else's junk being in his garage and said it could go in the shed. I was ticked!! and PMSing!!! I'm giving up my one space that is mine!! and I can't put a little piece of counter top in his huge garage!!! So, the next day when I finished clearing out the room I loaded everything into the living room and kitchen and left it there (: I was going out before he got home from work so when he got home he had a nice little surprise (: You want to be a jerk to your PMSing wife, you're going to pay for it (:  You'll never guess where the rest of the cupboards and counter top ended up!!! Instead of one little piece of counter top in his garage he has cupboards, a desk and the rest of the counter top in there.
 My dad came and helped us put the wall up in the basement on Sunday, he also added a few plug ins for me (: Lee had Monday off so he got the drywall up and built my closet for me. We just have to finish sanding the drywall and then I can paint and move in!!!! I am so anxious to get my own space again!!!!
 Have a fabulous weekend everyone!!!! I'm going to see that cutie Dean Brody in concert on Saturday!!!

24/78 pages complete 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Scuba Kids

 This layout is one of CTMHs Footloose WOTG layouts (I will post the other one shortly). I absolutely love this kit!! The colours and patterns are perfect for any summer/beach layout.
 The pics are from a couple of summers ago. Kieran and Azelyn were having a good time with the goggles and snorkle. The one of Azelyn peeking in at Kieran (their faces smushed together) is one of my favs (:

 Well today is the day!! I have to be a good mom and start packing up my beloved scrapbook room ): It is time for Azelyn to have her own space (bedroom)! She still likes sleeping in the same room as her brothers but she is a little girl with a lot of junk and we need to keep it contained!!! I'm not sure what I am going to do with everything until my small space in the basement is ready but hopefully I'll figure something out! It will give me a chance to go through things and maybe purge a bit??

 Just remembered as I was typing this that today is my 3rd anniversary of blogging!!

 Have a great long weekend everyone!!!

22/78 pages complete

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Summer Days

 I must say I have been enjoying those summer days and haven't been doing much scrapping or blogging!!!
 I used one of Echo Parks fabulous paper packs for this layout. The colours are so vibrant and fun (: The buttons and cs are CTMH.
The pics are of my boys and my girlfriend's daughter a few years ago, they have been sitting in my to scrap pile for a while. My fav is the one of Aidan with his legs stuck in the tube, he was so ticked!!
 I am going to enter this in Creative Accents; Seriously Creative Challenge for August- Summer Sunshine. I was lucky enough to be the winner last month and have already went shopping at their store for a fabulous new stamp (:

20/78 pages complete

Monday, July 23, 2012

Stickin' Around

 Just home for a few days from camp and then we're out for another week. We had a great week out there even though we couldn't have campfires at night. It has been so dry that we are even hoping for rain on our holidays!!!
 My dear sweet Kieran, who is 7 but the size of his 5 year old sister, is picking up on how often people are commenting on how cute he is!!! We were sitting on our deck at camp the other day and this young couple walk by. As they go by the girl (young lady) smiles. Kieran says to me " she thinks I'm cute", I respond, "why do you think that? were you talking to her earlier?". He says "no, she just smiled at me". What a kid!!! already building up that ego!!!!

 These pics are of Kieran last summer. He thought it was really funny to have a snail crawling across his face!! Slime trail and all!

 For this layout I got to break into a brand new pad of paper and stickers I bought from Winners last year. I couldn't resist the cute little animals!! Because the paper was uncut and the stickers unopened, I am going to enter this in Seriously Creative's challenge- Un-Inked, Un-Cut, Un-Opened. I am also going to enter it in Scrap Your Crap's challenge - Floss or Twine. The title was stamped with CTMH's Pennant and Cocktail Alphas. The paper and stickers are DCWV.

18/78 pages complete

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Sweet Girl

Happy Summer everyone!! I am off for the summer so hopefully I'll have a bit more time to catch up on blogging, and reading your blogs, in between spending time with the kids and being at camp. So far I don't have work lined up for September either, it's likely going to be a rough year for all of us teachers in Ontario, so maybe I'll have even more time???
 I am still posting pics of layouts I did at my weekend crop in April!!! I'm hoping I find my mojo again soon, something about summer weather just does me in (: I just finished ordering a few new Kraftin' Kimmie stamps, she has everything on sale right now!!, so hopefully they will get me going again.

 This layout is of Azelyn (the pic is from a couple of years ago). I copied it from the CTMH idea book (p 50). As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to do one just like it. All products are CTMH, the paper is Florentine.

 Off to my cousin's wedding today and taking Aidan out to camp on Sunday. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!!

16/78 pages complete

Friday, June 15, 2012

Relax - Use It or Lose It Challenge #8

This week at Use It or Lose It our challenge is Anything Goes. I made this card for an exchange we were doing in my Hostess Group. I was supposed to do a card for a man's birthday but with Father's Day coming up I left it kind of general so they could use it for Father's Day if they wanted to.
 I used the Relax stamp set (I believe it is retired) and Wings creative basics.

I hope you can join us this week!! and remember to use up your scraps (:

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

My Handsome Boy

 Man am I slacking or what!!! Work and nice weather have totally taken over my time!!! The countdown till the end of school has begun!!! 16 days!!!! Speaking of school, I ran into one of my students from 3 years ago at Walmart today!! She was that one kid in the class that gave me a reason to plan lessons every night (it was a jackpot class!!). She also gave me a beautiful card, with an even more beautiful note inside at Christmas that year (not to mention a  couple of boxes of chocolates) that I keep handy when things are nuts at work!! When she saw me she said "I can't believe it's you!!! How are you!? I want a hug". What a sweetie, eh!? She is now in her first year of college and doing really well (: It's really neat to see what your past students end up doing.

 This is another layout I did at my weekend crop in April. I have always loved this pic of Aidan at camp. It's so him.
 I used Echo Park's Little Boy collection for this one. Along with some Bo-bunny double dot cs (love that BoBunny dot paper!!) The journalling cards and buttons are CTMH. I bummed the twine from my dear friend Jen (: A big hug and thanks go to my sweet friend Stacey who did the beautiful zig zag stitch for me and then let me play/learn on her sewing machine. I did all of the purposefully messy stitching (:
 I am going to enter this in Seriously Creative's Challenge- Buttons and Twine, and Let's Get Sketchy's sketch challenge.

 So this Saturday is mine and Lee's 11th anniversary and we're actually going to get some time for just us. Our moms have agreed to take the kids for a couple of days so that we can either go to camp (and I will get to fish) or go out for dinner and a movie.... It will be a nice little break!!

Have a great weekend!!!

Jenn (:

15/78 pages complete.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


 When I was at the Spring Fling weekend crop, many of the girls were doing a workshop on a layout to put in a shadow box. I wasn't willing to give up the time needed to dedicate myself to the project so I didn't sign up, but after seeing some of theirs completed I thought I would give it a whirl. It isn't as fancy as theirs but I am happy with the results (:
 The picture isn't the best but I liked it for this paper. It is of my Dad and Azelyn just cuddling on the couch while they watch TV together.
 The pic is matted on pink velvet paper (thanks to Kathy for cutting it out on her grand calibur for me!!) the patterned paper is Prima, the flowers are mostly Recollections. I used Graphically Speaking to cut out the title, Art Philosophy to cut out the big butterfly and paper doily, and my SU embosslit and MS punch to cut the little butterflies. Bling is Eva and I think the doily is K&C company?? The pretty border at the bottom is Prima I think??

 It looks like my computer is back in business!! I got it back "unfixed" but they actually fixed what I sent it in for (the screen), they just found water damage (oops, darn coffee!!) on the keyboard and motherboard that I couldn't afford to fix ($900 to repair a $500 computer!!!)

 It is camp season though, so I'm not sure how much scrapping I'm going to get in!! Hopefully I'll stay ahead enough to have something to post each week.

 Have a great long weekend everyone!!! We are heading out to camp and I heard on the radio this afternoon that there is already a fire ban!! so I guess our first few nights at camp will be fireless ):

14/78 pages complete

Sunday, May 6, 2012


Wow!!! I didn't realize until yesterday that it has been a month since my last post!!!
 It has been a crazy month!! I started at a new school just after the March Break and while there I was shuffled between two jobs. I was just starting to feel settled in at work when THE COLD (fever, headache, which then turned into a sore throat, followed by a bad, pesky cough!!) hit our house. Then last Friday the invertor went in my new laptop and it had to be sent into the shop!!!
 I have been doing a bit of scrapbooking so I have had some layouts to show you, it was just a matter of getting some pics taken.
 This layout is the companion to the Captain America layout I did of Kieran a while ago. It is the second layout from the Superhero WOTG from CTMH. I changed it up a wee bit but it is pretty close to the original. The pics are of Kieran and his little buddy back at camp a couple of summers ago. His friends mom had painted their faces like Spiderman!! They were so happy and excited!!
 I don't know about you but when I'm scrapbooking and can't remember when the pic is from, I usually look at what the kids are wearing to help me. But this doesn't work so well with Kieran!! He doesn't grow very fast and so he wears the same clothes for a couple of years. For example, the shirt he is wearing in these pics, I just took it out of storage for him to wear again this summer!!!

I had to share the next picture with you!!! After a couple of years with no dishwasher and having to nag my teenager to do the dishes, we finally got a new one!!! I had plans of just going and getting the one that was on sale but nothing can ever be that simple!!! After going between 3 stores we ended up with a more top of the line/expensive one. Lee decided that because we have hard water we needed one that had stainless steel inside, and guess what!!? Only a few dishwashers have that option!! So instead of coming home with it that day like planned we had to wait a few days for it to come in. When it did come in, we got it all unwrapped and ready to go. When we went to put it in the hole that was there from the last one, it was TOO TALL!!! Lee wasn't sure how he was going to trim the bottom of the cupboard because he didn't have the right kind of saw. I jokingly said, " why don't you just go and get the chainsaw?!" (that is what he used to cut some of the floor out of the camper when we were fixing it up so I was teasing him)
Can you say REDNECK!!!? We had all of the windows and doors open to let the smell out. MEN!!!

13/78 pages complete and posted!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Altered Paper is...

our Challenge #5 at Use It or Lose It this week!! Find a piece of paper you haven't used, cause you just don't like it the way it is, and change it up so you do like it (: You can stamp, emboss (dry or heat), paint, distress....
My fellow DT members have come up with some gorgeous cards and layouts so be sure to head on over and check them out.

 For my layout I took a piece of CTMH patterned paper from an old paper pack that looked like this

 I stamped the whole page with the flower background stamp from Diverse Backgrounds in versamark and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then used my Tattered Rose distress ink to give it some colour. This is what it looked like before anything was added to it.

 I ended up having to glue it to a piece of cardstock to keep it lying a little more flat.

I scrapped another pic from Azelyn's first birthday. (It's hard to believe she will be 5 on Sunday!!) I glimmer misted the cs mats and the flowers. I painted chipboard letters (from my stash, non CTMH) with white and then Pearl paint. I then stamped on them with the same flower bg stamp. All other products are CTMH except for the butterflies. I used my SU embosslit and MME paper scraps.

 I was pretty happy with the way my paper turned out, but when I showed my hubby my finished layout, he said "it's nice but I'm not crazy about that paper you used for the background"  ): Go figure!!

Anyway, here it is. Not a tonne of scraps on it (cs mats and butterflies) but I did use up a lot of things that have been sitting around for a bit!!

 Here's a close up of a section

 Well I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!!! We have a couple of family meals and a few Egg Hunts on the schedule, not to mention baby Girl's birthday!!!

 I hope you have a chance to join us this week for our Altered Paper Challenge!!

Jenn (:

11/78 pages complete

Friday, March 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Azelyn!!

 I've been dying to ink up my fairies and after about a year of having them I finally did!! I have to say this was my absolute favourite release at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!! I am so in love with Annie's work! I actually hired Annie to design a tattoo for me based on these fairies. I still have to find an artist to do the tattoo for me though.
 I made this card for Azelyn for her birthday, which happens to land on Easter Sunday again this year (: Her favourite colour is purple so I think this will work (:
 I used BG paper ( I am entering this in Basic Grey's Girlie challenge), CTMH cs, bling, and the doily was cut using our Art Philosophy cartridge. The flowers are from my stash, and my Go Green part for the Kraftin' Kimmie challenge this week, is the ribbon which came on a gift a year or two ago. I also tried out my perfect pearls for the first time. It all went OK until I forgot about them drying and mucked them up ): I wiped off what I could and redid them.

 I haven't added a sentiment because I'm not sure where to put it?? I'll likely just put one inside.

Have a great weekend!!

Jenn (:

3/12 fancy cards

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Happy 7th Birthday Kieran!

  My little guy Kieran turned 7 yesterday!! He is such a little sweetheart (: When I asked him what he wanted for his birthday he said, "You just get me what you think I will like and I will like it!" He just melts my heart. Then he added that he would like a big thing of Smarties (:

 I started colouring this image for my hubby's birthday but then never got around to finishing it, so I took it with me this past weekend to the crop I was at and finished it up and made a card. I used the sketch over at the LOTV Challenge site so that I could enter it for a chance to win some of the new release stamps that come out today!!
 I am also going to enter it in Cute Card Thursday's Anything Goes Challenge.

The image and sentiment are LOTV, the paper is MME, cs, ribbon and buttons are CTMH. I used my spellbinders to cut him out and copics to colour him in. I also used my wonderful new cloud template again!!

 I am counting this as one of my fancy cards for the year (:

 2/12 cards complete

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Use It or Lose It Challenge #4- Paper Piecing

 Our challenge this week at Use It or Lose It is to paper piece somewhere on your card or layout. I have used paper piecing on layouts before but couldn't think of something this time, so I decided to make a card instead. I used my CTMH Sensational Season stamp and paper pieced the bunnies dress and apron using the Mayberry paper. I used my copics to colour the rest of the bunny but just used regular cs to colour on, man what a difference good paper makes for blending!! I should have used my Neenah!!!
 My dear friend Kirsty ordered me the fabulous cloud template I used to do the sky with! Isn't she the best!!? I love how the sky turned out!!! I cut my image out with a spellbinder. The ribbon was just from my stash. The pink ribbon is actually off of a box of Godiva chocolates 2 of my wonderful students gave me before I left Lockerby (:

 Well, I hope you can play along with us this week at Use It or Lose It!!! Remember to use up some of your scraps!!!

 I'm off to a fundraising crop for the Sault Ste Marie Search and Rescue this weekend!!!! I will catch up on your posts when I get back (:


Jenn (:

Monday, March 19, 2012

Quick Birthday card

 Codie's girlfriend had her birthday just over a week ago. When my hubby asked him if he got her a card, Codie (a typical teenager) replied, "Why? That's what I have Mom for."!!!! I told him to keep dreaming, but then I caved and made this quick card for him to give her. I found the idea on Pinterest (I think I added the original to my board if you want to see it)
 I embossed the cs with my Swiss Dot folder, punched the circles out of random (mostly MME) paper with my SU punch (& popped them up), stamped the sentiment with a CTMH stamp set, and tied ribbon from my stash around the side. It didn't take long at all (:

 My contract was done when the March Break started, so today I got to send the kids to school and have some me time!!! I went and spent part of the day with my good friend Deb and we crafted up some cards!! The one I completed today is for the Use It or Lose It challenge this week, so you will have to stop by on Friday to check it out.
 I have some work at another high school starting next week  (for a week or 2) so I am going to enjoy the bit of time I have this week for sure!!!! Crafting, cleaning ): and soaking up some of that gorgeous sun!!!

 Have a great week!!!

Jenn (:

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Use It or Lose Challenge #3 -Inchies

 Our challenge this week is to do a project (card,layout) which includes inchies. They don't have to be exactly an inch, mine are actually 1.75"
 To be really honest I had a crazy busy week at work this week. It was my last week at Lockerby (it sure was tough saying goodbye today!! I've been teaching there since September) and along with all of the things I had to finish up before I left, we also had our monthly staff meeting, Parent teacher interviews and all of my classes wrote tests (which I had to mark) so they can start fresh after the break. So, scrapbooking was kind of on the back burner  (I also had a hard time getting my pics printed) so my layout is a bit simple, but I like how it turned out. I almost didn't go with the black background but it was the one "colour" I knew would work with all of my little squares. All of the products used are CTMH except for the glitter letters I used for the title. They are MM.
 These pics are from this past New Years Eve. We just hung out at home and had some fun with the kids. They thought the Shirley Temples were the best things ever (: As usual my kids are half naked, we wouldn't want them to keep all of their clothes on!!

 Anyway, I hope you have a chance to join us this week at Use  It or Lose It!!! You will also have to check out the blog each Wednesday for ideas on how to organize your scraps!! Each member of the DT will be taking turns sharing their organizing ideas with you (:

10/78 pages complete

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Captain America!!

 So are you out from under the snow yet!!? We just got a dump!!! At least a foot if not more fell through the night Friday until yesterday afternoon and our lovely city still has not plowed our street ): Gotta love it when a little town like Massey has their streets plowed first thing in the morning and we are still waiting the next afternoon!!!
 Here's a pic of outside our house today. That's Lee snowblowing. If you look at the truck and camper you can see how much fell. I don't think there was any snow on them Friday afternoon.

 Anyway, have I told you how much I fell in love when I saw CTMH's new Superhero paper!!?? I am a chemistry geek and have been searching for Jelli Bean Soup's Atomic Soup paper for months (with no luck) just to get my hands on that periodic table paper. I was so excited when I open the new Idea Book and there it is in my own catty!!! On top of that I had the perfect pictures to go with it!!!! Kieran had to be Captain America for Halloween and I have to say I hate spending $25 on a little cheap costume, but that is all he wanted to be, so I did. He did look darn cute in it though (: I cheaped out on the shield, there was no way I was paying another $20 for it, so I went to the dollar store, bought a silver platter and some coloured duct tape, used my cricut to cut out the star and Lee put it all together. I think it turned out pretty good (:

 This layout is the main one in the WOTG. I made a few little changes but for the most part it is the same.

 The stars are chipboard that are stamped on with one of the images in the stamp set. The cute little badge buttons come in the kit. I stamped the title with Rustic Alpha because I don't have the Super Hero Alpha yet.

 This is my last week of work. My contract is up at the March Break (I was covering a mat leave) so maybe I will have a bit more time to scrap over the next few weeks!!!
 Have a great week!!! and don't forget to check out Use It or Lose It's new challenge on Friday (:

Jenn (:

 9/78 pages complete

Thursday, February 23, 2012

EGG HUNT - Use It or Lose It Challenge #2

Our challenge this week at Use It or Lose It is a photo inspiration challenge. I love the colour combo along with all of the texture options!! The green is actually pretty close to my scrapping room walls (:

 So, along with using this photo as inspiration, you should also try to use up some of your scraps or older scrapping supplies that have been gathering dust.

 For my layout I used a mix of paper packs (Miracle and ??I couldn't for the life of me find the name of the other one) and scrap cardstock.  All products are CTMH except for the Thickers, the twine, an MS punch, and a spellbinder I cut the circle with. I used the Stitched Together stamp set around the edges of the page and on the circles (love how it looks and am so glad I ordered that one!!). The little flowers were stamped with June's SOTM-Life is Tweet. The layout is from my Page maps calendar (I finally finished the January sketch)!!

 The pics in my layout are from this past Easter. Every year my aunt invites a bunch of us for an Easter egg hunt and then we decorate eggs. This is the highlight of Easter for my kids!! Searching for candy and then getting all colourful dying eggs with their cousins and friends (: Who could ask for anything more!!? The middle pic is the group shot and then I cut the one of my 3 kids in half to go on either side. 

 I hope you can play along with us at Use It or Lose It, remember you have 2 weeks to link up!! Head on over and check out what the rest of the DT has created!!

Have a great weekend!!

Jenn (:

7/78 pages complete!! and more to come after the weekend!! I get to go to a crop on Saturday (:

Friday, February 10, 2012

Use It or Lose It- Challenge #1

 I am so excited to be part of the DT for the new Challenge Blog, Use It or Lose It!! Where the objective is to use up your scraps designing a new card, layout, or altered item (: Along with using your scraps there will always be one other twist. This week we are using our very first CTMH stamp (: Now for me it was difficult to remember which one was my first, it has been 6 years after all!! but I'm pretty sure if Flutter didn't come in my kit I got it shortly after.

 I have created a layout of Azelyn on her first birthday. I have used a mixture of new products with old, but other then the cs all of my paper was scraps from old CTMH kits. The butterflies are the Flutter stamp which I have added a bit of glitter glue to to bling them up (: I also used a mixture of buttons, bling and the new Garden Wooden Shapes (I'm really loving these!! they look great just the way they are but you can also ink them up or stamp on them!) The title is one of our Make It Count Irresistables Numbers, which I inked up and then glimmer misted. The mat was cut with the cricut.

 The inspiration for this layout came from one I saw on Pinterest. You can check it out for yourself on my boards.

 Make sure you check out what the other Design Team members have come up with (you can find them on my side board, or click on the link above to go to the main page for Use It or Lose It) I hope you can join us in our challenge to use up those scraps!!! Feel free to grab the gorgeous blinky my fellow team member Mandi has created for us!!

Have a fabulous weekend!!!

Jenn (:

6/78 pages complete

Sunday, February 5, 2012


 I started scrapbooking 6 years ago when I signed up to be a Close To My Heart consultant (Feb 2nd was my anniversary) The reason I signed up was that I wanted to do a scrapbook of our wedding pictures. Well, 6 years later and 10 1/2 years married, I have made a total of 12 pages for our wedding album!! ): and some of those still have to be journalled. On the upside though, I have scrapbooked a lot of other things along the way (:
 This layout was done using the CTMH Sonoma workshop on the go. I debated for a bit about getting it but I am so glad I did!! The colours and theme work perfectly with out wedding pictures. I have started the second layout so hopefully I will have it finished in the next week or so to show you. This was the first time I have done the scalloped border with a corner rounder, I have to say it wasn't too difficult!! The only catch is that you have to have one that you can take the guard off of. The title was stamped with the Bohemian Alpha, definitely one of my favs!!

Off to finish up my plans for the first week of the new semester!! I'm really going to miss my students from last semester!! on the whole they were a good bunch (:

5/78 pages complete!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Birthday Gamer!

 I have had this image coloured for a while but haven't had the chance to get the card put together. It was my nephews birthday on the 5th (a little late I know!!) but I haven't seen him to get his gift ($) to him, so this weekend I found a bit of time to make this card!!
 The image is LOTV and the challenge over at their  blog this week is Oh Boy (to make a masculine card) so it worked out perfectly for me (:. I also used Basic Grey paper (Oliver) so I am going to enter it in their Favorite Things challenge, I have to say BG paper is one of my fav things (: along with LOTV stamps!! I used the sketch from CPS and Cute Card Thursday's challenge was You're a Gem, which explains the bling on a boys card (:

 Other products used: Spellbinders, SU and CTMH cs. CTMH sentiment and bling, copic markers, momento ink.

1/12 cards

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Winter Nights

 Well exam time is here for the kids!! All of my classes wrote their exams yesterday so I have one huge stack of marking to do this weekend!!! Between that and visiting my MIL in the hospital (she had surgery yesterday) I am hoping to get some scrapping done this weekend. One of my CTMH sisters is starting up a new challenge blog this week and she has invited me to be part of her DT (: The blog is called Use It or Lose It, there will be a new challenge each week and along with the challenge you are supposed to use your scraps to create your layout. I think it will be good for me because I can tell you I have lots of scraps just dying to be used (: We will be showcasing CTMH products on this blog. The first challenge will start on February 10th. I will post the link then.

 Anyway, back to today's layout. These pics are from almost 3 years ago already!!! Man time flies! Sometimes in the winter Lee will have a fire for the kids in our front yard. This night we even had sparklers. The kids had a blast!! I love how Kieran is holding Azelyn's hand!! They always got along so well back then, mind you Azelyn wasn't really talking/bossing yet (: They still get along pretty good but they have their moments too!

 I used BoBunny paper. This is the 4th time I have used some from this line for a layout! I guess it's one of my favs eh!? I just love the mix of bright colours, they work for almost any type of picture. I also used some CTMH and BoBunny double dot cs. The title is MM alpha stickers and the twine is Jillibean soup. I doubt you can see it but I used liquid glass on some of the circles just to give it a bit of dimension. I also used a couple of SU punches and my uniball pens.
 I am going to enter this in the challenge over at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge. They had a sketch (I altered it a bit) and the theme was winter. As well as at Seriously Creative Challenge with their
Let it Snow challenge. (thanks Rox (: I knew there was another one I was forgetting!!)

 Have great weekend!!!  (:

3/78 pages complete

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree!!

 Finally!! My first layout of 2012!! I've had it pretty much done for a week or so, I just needed to add my journalling, I finally got to it yesterday.

 These pictures are from the day we went to get our Christmas tree. We hopped in the truck and took a drive down the back roads near our house. There weren't a tonne of nice trees down the road we went, but Aidan spotted this one and was so excited to cut it down (: It wasn't the normal pine tree we normally get, I think it was a spruce. The branches aren't as strong as a pine but it didn't lose as many needles, which was really nice for cleaning up (:
 You'll notice that one of our family members is missing ): He is the typical teenager, time with his girlfriend comes before doing things with his family, but we had fun anyway!!
 The picture of Lee in the antlers doesn't seem to fit in so well with the other pics I used but I finally got one of him with a normal smile, I even blew that pic up to maybe use on a layout all by itself (:

 This is the other layout I did with my group last weekend. It is the layout from the samples for October's SOTM Holiday Magic,  at the back of the CTMH Idea Book. The actual sketch comes from our  Magic Book. It was a nice quick layout to put together. We used the Elemental paper pack, October's SOTM along with the eclectic alpha, some buttons and glitter glue. All products used were CTMH.
 The flourishes were stamped and then traced with Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel, just in case anyone is wondering (:

2/78 pages complete

Friday, January 13, 2012


 I was trying to organize and clean a bit over the holidays and I came across my many envelopes of Sears pictures. Some I haven't seen in a couple of years. I found this sweet pic of Azelyn when she was just a few months old and decided to use it for my sample for my club this month. We are duplicating the layout found in CTMH's idea book on page 29. I've changed up the colours a bit but that is about it. All product used is CTMH. I really like the little journalling pockets, they are simple but add so much!! I also used the new cork board alpha and the Love Life stamp.

 This is my final layout from 2011!!! 78 pages total (:

Sunday, January 8, 2012

5 in the bed and the little one said...!!!!

 My kids and my 2 nieces had a sleep over at my parents' house. In the morning they took over Hunny & Poppa's bed. Aidan had a run in with a bunk bed that weekend which resulted in his beautiful black eye you can see in this picture!!

 The paper is MME Fine and Dandy (boy and girl), the flourish is Eva, the pearls, chipboard, ink and stamps are all CTMH.

77/78 pages for 2011

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


These pictures remind me of the Robert Munsch story, Angela's Airplane!! except for the fact that Aidan is in a firetruck instead (:

These pictures were taken on Mother's Day a couple of years ago. The volunteer firefighters, in my little home town of Walford, ON, always put on a pancake breakfast to give all of those men an out for cooking breakfast for their wives and mothers. This time they brought out their "new" firetruck for everyone to check out. The kids just loved it.

 I used BG Oliver paper and brads, Bo-bunny cs and CTMH stamps and cs. The title was cut using the cricut. I am a big fan of the Bo-bunny double dot/swiss dot cs! I find reds so hard to match but the fact that this paper has two tones makes it so easy!!

76/78 pages for 2011

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 Challenge!!

Happy New Year!!!
 Cheers!! I apologize for the half naked kids!! We spent the night at home, drinking Shirley Temples, making pizza, eating treats and watching movies!! All 3 kids stayed up till the New Year (: Codie was out with friends.

 I was supposed to go and visit with friends and family today but the weather isn't looking so great (between rain and snow!) so we're at home instead. It has given me a chance to peruse the new CTMH Idea Book and make my wish list (:
 Lee is gone fishing, so in between blogging and shopping, I've been breaking up fights!! Aidan is getting restless and bugging the other two, so today would have been a good day to go somewhere and be with different people!! I keep threatening to throw them outside if they don't cut it out (:


I am starting my new challenge for 2012 (even though I'm not done posting 2011) So who is in for the new year!!! You can challenge yourself to cards, layouts/pages... and the rest of us will be there to comment encourage you (:
I am going to challenge myself to 78 pages, 12 fancy cards and 30 "quick" Christmas cards (maybe if I start them now I might be done by next December!!)
Let me know if you are in and I will add you to my side bar (: