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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tomorrow begins the Layout Challenge!

So tomorrow is January 1, 2010, and I am so looking forward to starting my challenge for 150 layouts! Unfortunately, I won't be able to post until probably the 20th, as I'm away on a road trip (read: travelling gong show) from Houston, TX, to Okotoks, AB. So don't give up on me, I do intend on posting some artwork as soon as I unpack and scrap it! Have fun!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Just in time for 2010 - National Papercrafting Month!

Start your new year off with a bang, with a fabulous exclusive papercrafting kit from Close to My Heart. It's called Felicity, (which means great happiness or bliss, which can definitely come from scrapbooking...), and it's gorgeous. I got mine in the mail today, and I can't wait to use it. With 6 die cut pages, 12 B&T Duos and a D-size stamp set, the possibilities are endless. But how can I get it, you may be wondering....

There are three ways to get this fantastic kit:

- Purchase it for $40.95
- Purchase $70 in stamp sets and receive it for free
- Place an order of $145 or more and receive it (and the stamp of the month) for free

If you've ever been interested in hosting a home gathering, you can also get this kit as a hostess with sales of $470 or more.

Start the new year in a state of happiness, with the Felicity papercrafting kit!

2010 Layout Challenge

Who else has tons and tons of scrapbook supplies, ideas that keep you awake in the middle of the night, and thousands of jpeg photos? I know I do, and so I've decided to challenge myself in 2010. I have made a goal of completing 150 layouts throughout the year (yes, 150, it works out to be about three a week), and posting them here on my blog complete with photos, journaling and the materials used. Possible even the story around the layout. I challenge you to do the same, to try new products, styles and expand your creativity. Check out the list on the sidebar of other scrappers who are participating in this challenge. If you'd like to join us, please email me, and I'll add your blog to my list of links. This is going to be a wonderful way to use our supplies, find inspiration in each other's art, and most importantly, get something done for ourselves! So have fun, I look forward to seeing what we can come up with!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mojo Monday #116 & Color Me Monday Picks

So as you may have noticed, I've started entering some contests with my artwork. Here's the latest one, a card sketch from Mojo Monday. I created it using Jeanette Lynton's Color Me Monday color choices for this week. I used some scraps from my scrap bin, and also the Snow Friends (D1244) stamp set. The paper scraps are from Perfect Day and Notebook, the reverse sides of the paper ( I love how the back side of the B&T Duos are monochromatic patterns, makes them very versatile...). If you have a card or layout from the same contests/challenges, feel free to post them in the comments. Thanks!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My Minds Eye Blog Challenge #6

So I've always wanted to try some blog challenges from my favorite paper companies, and My Minds Eye is at the top of the list. The challenge was to create paper flowers from MME paper and do a layout based on their sketch. So here's my attempt:

I used the die-cuts from Just Dreamy 2 as a base for the bigger flowers, and then wound 1/4" strips of paper around a pencil to create the centers, finishing it with a button. I really like how the bottom left one turned out, you can see the word 'princess' on the side of it. The flowers that aren't die-cuts I cut out of some of the paper from that line that is just amazing. I love it all! Check out the My Mind's Eye blog for more inspiration!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's a Holiday Heyday!!!

Who doesn't love good sales, especially on scrapbook supplies!!!! Close To My Heart is having a Holiday Heyday during the month of December. Log on to my website, and check out the deals under Shop Online!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

November Deals!

I know it's late in the month, but CTMH has a fantastic deal this month: Stampaganza!! Buy two stamp sets and receive the third one free! I will be ordering again at the end of the month, so if any catch your eye, let me know!

Shrek Pasta

So I had a bag of Avocados in the pantry, that needed to be used, and I came across this super yummy pasta recipe:

1 lb chicken breast, diced
1 tsp olive oil
2 avocados, mashed
500 ml whipping cream
2 cups grated cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 box fettucine

It's really simple, just brown the chicken in the oil, adding the nuts halfway through.
Mix the cream, cheese and avocados, and add to the chicken. Let it simmer until your pasta is ready, and voila! Shrek Pasta!

For a low fat option, I made a cream sauce (using a roux with flour and butter) with 2% milk and also I added fresh cilantro and basil and some roasted garlic from Epicure. It was so good, you have to try it!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

October Workshop

Hey everyone,

To all those who are faithfully checking my blog, you won't be disappointed! I'm updating it!

We are in the swing of fall, and no doubt you all have some wonderfull fall photos with this nice weather we've been having. The next workshop is called Twitterpated, and you'll love it! Perfectly themed for fall and back to school, you'll enjoy creating with this set. We will be getting together on Friday October 23 at 7 pm to complete this project. There are two kits available for this workshop: $45 will get you the basic pack with the paper, guide, an exclusive stamp set and a full package of ribbon rounds. $62 will get you the basic plus a package of hemp and a pack of some really cute chipboard buttons to embellish with. Let me know by October 9 if you'd like to attend and which kit you want. See you there!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Top Ten Reasons to Scrapbook

Here's a very late Top Ten (I'm sorry - summer kinda got in the way...):

1. To preserve your memories: and the story that goes along with it.
2. To have a creative outlet: Sometimes you just need something to do!
3. For fun: what can I say, it explains itself...
4. To create personal gifts: Nothing says your feelings about someone more than something handmade from the heart.
5. Because you take so many pictures: In the digital age, there are lots of occasions to use a camera. Why not remember them?
6. It will be a legacy for your family: Have you ever looked at your grandparents photos, and wondered the story behind them, or wanted to see their handwriting?
7. It's a great way to meet people: There are lots of ladies, right in our own community, who love to scrapbook.
8. How about a little extra money?: CTMH consultant program is one of the best direct sales companies in North America, with our consultants earning 22% instant comission.
9. Did someone say embellishments?: You can turn the most basic and simple pages into fantastic works of art with the addition of embellishments, like flowers, brads, glitter and more.
10. Opportunities for relaxation: Like the upcoming Scrapper's Staycation, in Okotoks. Join us for a full weekend of scrapping fun, right here in our backyard!

Everyday Celebration Card Kit

This is a fantastic promo from Close to My Heart. From now until September 30, purchase $75 in stamp sets and you can earn this beautiful kit for free. Or, host a gathering with minimum $500 in sales, and you can get it for free too! If you like, you can also purchase this outright for $49.95, either by calling me, or by visiting my website. It includes exclusive patterned papers, an exclusive stamp set and a set of die cut card bases, as well as embellishments and complete instructions. I took a couple hours last night and created these cards, it was so easy! I followed the directions for the cutting, and made 16 cards in about three hours. Now I have 16 all occasion cards in my stash, perfect for those last minute events.

Monday, August 24, 2009

CTMH Product Spotlight: Flip Flaps

Have you seen these new doodads? They are great for adding little mini albums to your pages, with no effort at all. Designed to fit 4x6 photos, they are adhesive so that you can layer them. I really love this Fancy Pants paper, but I had 6 photos, and only one sheet of the paper. So voila, Flip Flaps! I also put Liquid Glass and Glitter on the main snowflake to make it stand out.

New Artwork!

Hey, how are ya today? I finally got some me-scrap time in, and so here's a peek at what I created. Enjoy!

Fancy Pants everything (can you tell I love it?), and I used my Cricut and Alphalicious cartridge to do the title.

October Afternoon (I really liked the paper with the writing on it, I think it looks really cool). The letters are from Making Memories.

My Minds Eye papers and embellishments. I tied the tags on with CTMH Hemp and eyelets. I also used my cool Quickutz Squeeze tool for the Peek A Boo.

Fancy Pants (again...) This paper with the fish on it worked out really good. I also used matching fish brads for the dots on the I's.

This layout was done with the help of Jeanette Lynton's book Reflections. I found it really easy to use the two patterned papers with her directions.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Scrapper's Staycation Sneak a Peek

New "Twitterpated" Workshop

That's Amore "10 Things I love about You" Mini Album

Here's a sneak peek at the projects we will be creating at the retreat in November. It will be a great way to get your scrapbook mojo going! Don't forget, when you pay in full, you'll receive a free stamp set ($28.50 value)!

Friday's Workshop

Hey ladies,

Just to let you know there is one space left for Friday's workshop: Back Country. The fee is $35 and includes all the materials you need. All you have to bring is a 12" paper trimmer, adhesive and your creativity!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Scrapper's Staycation

Join us for a weekend full of fun and cropping this November.  Get some scrapbooking done before the rush of the holidays.  

When: November 6 @ 6 pm to November 8 @ 5 pm
Where: Lakeview Inn & Suites, Okotoks

Your $215 fee, with a $20 non-refundable deposit, includes three catered meals, late night snacks, contests and challenges, goodie bags, and over $130 of fabulous CTMH product.

On Friday night to get into the scrappin' groove, we will be creating a beautiful mini-album called 10 Things I Love About You.  Then on Saturday, we'll get to play with a gorgeous new paper line called Twitterpated (it's not even released yet!)

Register by copying the form at the bottom and returning it to me with your deposit.  As an added bonus, if you register and pay for the retreat in full, you will receive a free stamp set ($28.50 value)!  Don't delay, as space is limited.

Watch the blog for more information as we get closer, as well as a sneak peek at the projects!

Scrapper’s Staycation - November 6-8, 2009 - Lakeview Inn & Suites, Okotoks


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August Workshop - Back Country

Many families camp as an affordable holiday.  This month you can scrap those memories right away, so you don't forget the funny things that happened on your camping trip.  Join us on Friday August 21 at 7 pm for the Back Country workshop.  Your $35 fee includes all the supplies needed to create three beautiful layouts to preserve your memories.  Register asap, as space is limited, and don't forget your paper trimmer and adhesive!


You do so much for everyone else in your life, so let Close To My Heart do something for you! From Aug. 3-17, place a minimum $124.95 order, and you will not only receive the August Stamp of the Month "It's Your Day", but you will also receive a current Level 2 Paper Packet!  That's $44.45 in retail value for free!  But wait, there's more! As an added bonus, CTMH will pay the shipping and GST on the stamp set and paper pack.  Time is running out, so don't delay! Shop Online to place your order, or contact me directly at

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Looking for some cash?

Have you thought about turning your hobby into some extra cash?  Or how about just getting a great discount?  This month, you can join the Close To My Heart family and get some amazing extra free product!  For just $115, you can get all the products that you need to get started on preserving your memories and building a profitable business. Click here for the rest of the details! 

Saturday, July 4, 2009

First Ever Summer Camp!!!

Well, we are in the swing of summer, and I bet you are wondering already what to do with your kids....

I have the answer: A Scrap Diva Day Camp!!!

On Tuesday July 21, I'll be hosting a fun filled day for your kids.  The cost is $55, and it includes all the materials needs to create a beautiful 9x9 album (with room for 48 4x6 photos) all about themselves.  Also included is lunch and snacks, because no day would be complete without them.  Your child will have an opportunity to make a keepsake all about themselves, including journaling and an introduction to using embellishments and ink.  No cutting required.  This is perfect for ages 9-14.  Register by July 7 to secure your child's spot.

A Very Belated Top Ten....

I have to apologize, I have been neglecting my blog, and here are the top ten reasons why:

1. Facebook: It's terrible, there's this awesome game on there called Farmtown, and I love it.
2. I haven't scrapbooked in a while:  I've had a creative block, which hopefully will be resolved soon.  I think I need some new paper...
3. Laundry: Have you every had that drowning feeling, except you are clinging to a laundry basket and there's a stinky sock stuck in your face?
4. Life: Sometimes, life just gets you involved.
5. Work: Yes, I have another job, I work part time at Sobey's.
6. Amish Friendship Bread: that's a whole other story, for another post.
7. My lovely children: I love them. Really, I do.
8. Family visiting: My aunt and uncle are here from Nicaragua, they only come once a year.
9. Summer: It's summer time, and the living is busy.
10. I really don't have any more good excuses.....

Monday, June 22, 2009

My First Blog Award!


I feel so honored!  I have received my first blog award from Sheila.  Thank you so much!

I have had a blast looking at different blogs this morning, and I want to pass this honor along to those who put the time and effort into their creativity, and also to those who blog about their life and how it relates to scrapbooking.  It's really cool to get to know the blogger through their art.  The rules for this award are pretty simple:

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and their blog link.

2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered.

3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

So here's my list: ( I don't have 15, but this is a start!)

Give these girls a gander (hey, look at me rhyme!) and check out some amazing art!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Animal Cookies Workshop

The date has been set for the next workshop, Animal Cookies.  It's so adorable, and perfect for your photos of playgrounds, backyards and general cuteness.  The class is going to be on Thursday June 25 at 9:30 am.  The cost for this class is $30, and includes everything to make 6 beautiful layouts.  You will need to bring a 12" paper trimmer and adhesive.  Only 6 spots are available, so please rsvp quickly to get a spot!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Top Ten Reasons why I love Naptime!

Have you ever had one of those days when you couldn't wait until lunch was over?

1. It's quiet.
2. It's quiet.
3. I get to do whatever I want.
4. I get to have a nap.
5. It's quiet.
6. I get to play with her older brother.
7. She wakes up way happier...
8. The sound of silence is amazingly relaxing.
9. I can clean and it'll be clean for longer than 5 minutes.
10.  Did I mention it's quiet?

Update: 20 Cards for $20

There are still a few spaces left for Friday's class: 20 Cards for $20.  We will be creating 20 unique cards for you to have in your stash, ready and waiting for you to give.  Your $20 includes a level 2 paper pack and all the embellishments to complete your cards. We will be starting at 6 pm. RSVP via email or phone( (403) 939-1332 as soon as you can!  See you there!

Today's Deal of the Day...until 7:59 am tomorrow

Check out Today's deal ~ a fantastic goodie box with a retail value of $99 for only $49.95!  This deal is valid until tomorrow morning at 7:59 am.  Visit and click on the Deal of the Day!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Top Ten

This weeks Top Ten is brought to you by Close To My Heart!

My Top Ten CTMH Products:

1. Liquid Glass: This is an amazing adhesive.  It dries clear, and can be used on anything or for anything.  Like adding glitter, flocking, highlighting something in a title, the possibilities are endless!
2. Ink: I love this ink.  It comes in 60 colors, that perfectly co-ordinate with all of the papers and embellishments that CTMH has.
3. Dimensional Elements: Can you say chipboard?  I love all the different ones you can get, from alphabets to monograms to the new borders.
4. Level 2 Paper Packs: I am a paper addict. I love it, and when it comes with 12 sheets of double sided paper, and 10 sheets of matching cardstock, I love it even more.  My favorite:  Emporium.  Lovely blues and greens with a bohemian flair.
5. Buttons: Buttons are great little embellishments that can really make your layout or card pop.  And when they come in color coordinated packs of 100, including clear ones, it's even better.
6. Brads, brads and more brads: Bitty brads, regular brads, bigger brads, pewter decorative brads (that coincidentally match the Emporium paper...), corduroy brads, square brads...I could go on for hours....
7. Ribbon: I love adding a little bit of ribbon to my projects.  The texture, whether it's ricrac or organza or grosgrain, is awesome.
8. Stamps: What can I say about stamps?  They are fantastic.  The CTMH stamps are clear, so that you only have one set of blocks, and you stick the stamp to the block, stamp your image, clean it and put it back.  They are also great for layering different colors, because you can see exactly where you are stamping.
9. The 'How-To' books: A recipe for scrapbooking! These books (there are 5 different ones) make scrapbooking way easier.  They tell you what papers you need, how to cut them, where to glue them and when to embellish.
10. New products every four months: I love how they release new stuff every four months.  It keeps it fresh and in the loop with current trends.

Stay tuned for the next edition!

20 Cards for $20

Have you ever gone to buy a greeting card, and been disgusted at the price?  Look no further than the next class: 20 Cards for $20!  It's happening next friday night, June 12 at 6 pm.  Join us for this fun class, and you'll go home with a stash of all occasion cards, perfect for those last minute gifts, or celebrations.  RSVP as soon as you can, as space is limited.   

Monday, June 1, 2009

June Challenge

Good morning, welcome to June 2009!

June always brings rain, school ending, and the beginning of BBQ season!  For this months challenge, tell me what your scrapbook plans are this month.  Are you going to a retreat? Have you set a goal for the number of layouts or cards you want to complete?  I want to hear all about it.  Post your comment for a chance to win a mini embellishment pack and a coupon for your next order of CTMH product!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Check out my new artwork!

'Sir Buildsalot'
Supplies: My Mind's Eye papers, transparencies, American Crafts brad, CTMH brads, cardstock, ink and alpha stamp

'Rosy Cheeked'
Fancy Pants papers, chipboard flowers, rub-on, binder clip, brad,  journaling card; 
Scenic Route chipboard alpha

'Jimmie Faux Hawk'
supplies: CTMH cardstock and brads, Karen Foster striped paper, Scenic Route chipboard letters, Fancy Pants binder clip, & assorted ribbon scraps.

'Cold Nose, Warm Heart'
supplies: Fancy Pants papers & brads, CTMH cardstock, chipboard shapes, ink, liquid glass and glitter, Heidi Swapp chipboard heart, Making Memories felt alpha stickers. 

supplies: Bazzill Bling cardstock, SEI papers, ribbon, floss, brads, epoxy stickers, Basic Grey chipboard alpha.

There's Still time...

There's still one spot left for tomorrow nights workshop, Bella!  Come and join us for some treats and some great scrapping!  The layouts are all about friendship, and are absolutely beautiful.  We are even going to bling it up a bit, with some glitter and flocking!  Let me know asap if you can make it, I'd love to have you!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Top Ten

This weeks Top Ten: 10 Layouts I want to do:

1. She's so tech savvy: My mom's iPod holds more stuff than mine!
2. He's so Rustic: My husband grew a goatee on our holiday, and I can't wait to scrap it!  mmmm....
3. Bananaphone: Okay, so does anyone remember the Raffi song "Bananaphone"?  My kids love it, and I have all these photos of them singing into a plastic banana.
4. Dream a little Dream: I took a picture of my daughter asleep in her bed cuddling a dolly, and she just looked so peaceful.
5. Our Holiday in Hawaii: It was a few years ago, but I found the black & white pics I took of the North Shore surfers, and the CTMH Moon Doggie paper will be perfect for it.
6. At Last: My fabulous Auntie Sandi sang this song at our wedding, and I want to scrapbook it.  I love all the lyrics, they are so perfect for Trevor and I.
7. Our Deck: Trevor and James built our deck last summer, and I found this awesome Karen Foster construction paper that will be perfect for it.
8. Baby photos: I've started Emilie's book, it's a 9x9 using the Making Memories Animal Crackers paper, but I need to finish it and start James' book.
9. Arizona: We went there in 2003, and as soon as I find the album the photos are in, it's #1 on the list! (It may take some time to find them...they're in the garage...
10. Our go-to Girl: This one is dedicated to our babysitter, Jenna, who is amazing.  I have some great pics from last summer when she was over playing with the kids in the back yard.

Stay tuned for next week!d

Friday, May 22, 2009

Awesome CTMH deals in June!

I am so excited about the upcoming promo from Close to My Heart. It's called Deal-a-Day! Every day in the month of June will be a different deal. They range from free product when you purchase a stamp set to amazing goodie boxes! They are even offering discounted shipping. To see what the days deal is, log on to starting June 1 at 9 am, and check it out! I'm looking forward to seeing all the exciting specials. If you have any questions, please let me know. This promo is only available online, so warm up your fingers and get ready!

Click here to see the details!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Top Ten

This weeks Top Ten is brought to you by the letter 'H'!

Top ten reasons I love being on Holidays:

1. I get to sleep in: That's self explanatory....

2. All day doing nothing: Isn't it lovely to have no schedule?

3. There's no clock: Well, there is one, but all the numbers are at the bottom and it says "whatever".

4. Unlimited play time with my kids: I love being able to play with them and do whatever they want to do. This week James is catching bugs.

5. Eating: mmmm, all the great food, and cookies for breakfast!

6. Campfires: It's so relaxing to sit by a campfire, and stare into the coals and say nothing.

7. Scrapbook Stores: I love going to scrapbook stores in other places, to see what they've got. We went to Scrappy-Do's in Invermere yesterday. It's tiny but it's got some cool stuff. I picked up some Piggy Tales paper, which is really hard to find in Calgary.

8. My husband lets his beard grow: He looks so rustic, I love it!

9. No phone calls: There's a phone here, but no one knows the number, and my cellphone is dead!

10. Enjoying the great outdoors: There's always things to see outside.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Top Ten

Top Ten reasons I dislike the weather today:

1. I have to have the lights on.  What an energy waster!
2. The kids can't go outside.  All that pent up energy is now in my clean living room.
3. There's no sunshine.  I don't know what it is, but the sunshine makes everything better.
4. It's cold.  Come on, it's May.  We should be in shorts....wait a minute, this is Alberta....
5. It makes me feel like shopping.  That's never a good thing.
6. My children turn into little monsters.  Hello Treehouse!
7. I feel like baking.  With lots of sugar and butter and calories, all the things that taste good.
8. The dog turns into a barking thing.  Because she can't go outside, and if she does, she's no longer white....
9. All the chores start begging to be done.  When all I want to do is scrapbook.
10. I feel like napping all day.  Hey, that kinda goes with #6!

Scrapbook Retreat in Canmore Sept 25-27

Would you like to have a weekend getaway and scrapbook at the same time?  Look no further!  Girl Talk Events, out of Calgary, is organizing a scrapbook retreat at the beautiful Creekside Country Inn in Canmore, AB.  I'll be there with a cash and carry table, as well as a cool make n take.  It's happening on September 25-27, and it'll be so much fun.  Visit their website and click on upcoming events for more info.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May Challenge

Here it is, what you've all been waiting for: the May Challenge!!!  

I challenge you to create a layout featuring chipboard accents.  They can be inked, covered in paper, painted, distressed, anything goes.  Post the photo of your layout by May 31.  As layouts are posted, vote for your favorite by posting comments!

The winner will win a mini embellishment pack and a $10 coupon off their next CTMH order of $75 or more!  Have fun!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Top Ten

Top Ten Things I can't Scrap Without: (in no particular order)

1. Chocolate covered pretzels: Everyone needs a scrappin' snack - the perfect combo of sweet and salty!
2. Norah Jones or the Spa Channel:  Soft soothing tunes keep me going.
3. CTMH Liquid Glass: I love this adhesive.  Love, love, love it!  It works on anything, except maybe plastic to plastic ( I tried that once, and it turned into a huge sticky peel apart mess - not recommended!)
4. My mom: I love to scrap with my mom, she's the best!
5. Ink: Every page needs ink (and my fingers too!)
6. Organized Chaos: You know how you always need every single item in your stash just to complete one page?
7. The latest mags: CTMH Idea Book, Scrapbooks Etc., Creating Memories.  I think I need a room to store all the ideas I have!
8. My paper piercer: I use it on every page, and sometimes not for holes!  Have you ever stuck something down in the wrong place....?
9. My computer: No, I'm not a digi scrapper, but I love to be able to look at my photos and match them to my layouts as I'm creating them.
10. My husband: I love all the support I get from him for my habit!  I definitely need it!

That's all for this week's Top Ten, tune in next week!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

New Features!

Stay tuned for some new features on the blog - a weekly top ten list covering anything and everything and a new challenge for the month of May.  Check out the May class schedule, I'll be ordering for the Bella workshop at the end of the month, so register soon!

Winner of April Comment Challenge!

I'd like to congratulate Anja, who posted a really nice comment on my blog in April. This lovely lady will receive a mini-embellishment pack and a $10 coupon off her next order!

Anja, I don't have your email, so as soon as you can, email me and we can arrange to meet so that you can get your goodies!

Thanks for entering!

Upcoming Beginner Scraps Class

Coming up this week on Friday night is a new class: Beginner Scraps!  This is a great way to try out scrapbooking, or get started.  We will be completing a 12x12 layout entitled "Who I Am".  If you are able to join us, you'll have a blast.  The cost is only $5, and you'll go home with some foundation skills to start your scrapbooking hobby .... or addiction!  Please RSVP by Friday morning so that I can have enough supplies prepared.  Bring a friend and get a free gift!  

The supplies you will need for this class:

12" paper trimmer (if you are just trying this out, I will have a couple extra to share)
Adhesive (a glue stick is great)

A 5x7 photo of yourself.

I look forward to seeing you all there!

Email me for directions or any questions!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

May Classes

Check it out: the new schedule for May is posted!  It includes a beginner class and a workshop.  More classes will be added as people request them, so start asking!  Click the link on the right where it says "Class Schedule".  Have a great day!

Monday, April 20, 2009

An Evening Mommy Fair!

Come out for an evening of great shopping and prizes!  It's located at the Crystal Shores Beachouse in Okotoks.  Check out all the great local vendors with everything from tea to beauty products to scrapbooking supplies. Visit us from 6-9 pm at 403 Milligan Drive in Okotoks.  If you need directions, let me know! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

National Scrapbook Day ~May 2~

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Join us at Sheep River Scrapbook Company for National Scrapbook Day!  This year it falls on Sat. May 2.  It's only $35, and it includes 20 hours of crop time, and a fabulous catered lunch plus make and takes, prizes and contests! You will also be able to order from the latest CTMH Idea Book, which starts May 1. Enter to win a "Tickled Pink" Scrapbook Kit! Call Sheep River Scrapbook to register.  Space is limited, so make the call today!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Calgary Women's Show

This weekend I will be at the Calgary Women's Show at the Round-Up Center in Calgary with Close To My Heart.  Come down and check us out, we are in booth #530.  You will have an opportunity to shop from a selection of product, check out the new class schedule and enter to win a fabulous gift pack with over $75 of awesome scrapbooking supplies.  Also in our booth is Amy Holinaty, with Time for Tea.  Time for Tea is a locally owned loose-leaf tea supplier, with over 50 different flavours of loose tea, all in stock.  You will be able to sample some blends and smell all the different kinds.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email!  See you there!

Mention my blog at the show and get a new Summer Idea Book! (not available to purchase from until May 1!!!)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

April Specials From Close To My Heart

Hey gals,

How is everyone's month going so far? There are some fantastic specials this month that I know you will love. First off is the Stamp of the Month. This month's is great, it's called "World's Best Dad". It's perfect for any of your layouts or cards that feature Dad's or Grandfather's. Check it out here.  

Secondly is the promo for National Scrapbooking Month, which is the month of May.  Celebrate your love of scrapbooking and stamping with this awesome set, called "Tickled Pink".  It features a stamp set, glittered paper, die-cuts and a cool foam tool, along with some embellishments and a project guide.  Click here for a sneak peek! If you'd like to take advantage of any of the current specials, email me or check out my website Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Oh My Goodness...

I just got the new CTMH Idea Book today, and it is AWESOME!!!! New papers, new embelishments and a new How-to book too! Stay tuned for the upcoming class schedule, with workshops, altered items and some unique works of art. If you would like to be on the list for a new Idea Book, send me an email, and you'll be the first to get them. Any suggestions? Anyone who posts a comment will be entered to win a mini embellishment pack. You must post your comment by April 30 in order to get entered. Have a scraptabulous day!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Tell me...

Hey there everyone,

I'm getting ready for the next class schedule, and I want to know what you want to do! There are so many choices for classes, and I'd like to customize them to fit with what you like to scrap or craft. Some ideas that I had are a paper cupcake gift card holder, a phone rolodex for your counter, layout workshops, or altered items. Let me know what you think, by responding to the posting, or emailing me at I look forward to hearing from you!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Okotoks Scrap Convention Make and Take

Hey there, as promised, here are the directions. I don't have pictures at the moment, but I will upload them in the next few days. If you need any further help, please email me at or call me at 403-939-1332.

1. Lay out your textured cardstock strips so that they are textured side up, and the piece that has three scoring lines on it is in the middle.
2. Apply adhesive to the two end pieces of your middle strip (they are 2"x4" between the edge and the score line).
3. Attach your other two pieces of cardstock, textured side up, so that the edges meet the scoring line, and you have a 2" overlap on the bottom.
4. Accordion fold your long strip on the scoring lines.
5. Adhere the first and last square to itself, forming a heavier piece to be the front and back cover of the flip book.
6. Turn the strip so that the textured side is against your work surface. Your piece should form a mountain shape with three folds facing up. If it isn't like that, re-fold your accordion the opposite direction.
7. Apply adhesive to the bottom only of the middle two sections. This forms the pockets for the tabs.
8. Fold your book up so that it makes a book, with three folds on one side, and four on the other. Now is when you attach the ribbon to be the spine.
9. Rub the ribbon firmly to make sure the adhesive is secure, and slowly peel away from the paper. Lay your ribbon down on the work surface so that the adhesive is up.
10. Place the book on the ribbon so that there is about 1/4" on either side of the edge of your book. Press firmly on the ribbon to form the spine for your book. Cut of the excess on the ends.
11. Now adhere your front cover piece, remember it's a different dimension than all the other pieces.
12. Apply adhesive to your other seven pages, including the back page, and adhere them to the pages in your book.
13. Do the same for the tabs, adhering the white cardstock to the patterned paper.
14. Attach the file tabs to the top of the pocket inserts, and place your flower on one of the tabs.
15. Add photos (mine were 3-1/4" square) and journaling. Decide on a title, if you want, and enjoy!!

If you have any more questions, or if you wish to receive a kit for this project, please email me at, or call me at 403-939-1332. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 14, 2009


Hey there everyone!!

Don't be alarmed by the lack of info, a whole new look is coming to the scrap diva soon! Stay tuned, and check back soon!