Sunday, December 7, 2014

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas...

Today we went tree hunting at our local farm. Funny how we have made that place a regular stop for most of our holiday traditions. Summer berries on St. Jean Baptiste Holiday, Apples in the fall,  pumpkins for Halloween, and a tree for Christmas. We've certainly gotten our money's worth from the annual family passes.

This month at Scrap YOUrself challenge blog, we're all about those little family traditions we all hold so dear. Stop by and have a look at the beautiful creations from the design team.

We unwrap new jammies and stories Christmas Eve as do many families. Not only do the new pajamas make for nice Christmas photos that night and next morning, We love winding up the excitement of the night with some quiet time reading together before bed. I know that sooner than later, those little boys will be too big to fit on my lap, and The Gingerbread Pirates and other loved stories will be a faded memory.

Take the time to scrap your present or past Christmas traditions this month, and be sure to include yourself in the photos, so those memories can be passed on.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Affirmations- Challenge YOUrself #11 October challenge

This month, it's all about scrapping positive affirmations at Challenge YOUrself. The team has once again done a great job at providing a ton of inspiration. Head over to check out the pages. we'd love to have you join us, and link up your pages! This month's prize is a Swag Bag from from Paper Issues!

 It's been hectic around here lately to say the least. Always something new popping up to keep us on our toes. Despite the broken collarbone Parker suffered a few weeks ago, the black swollen eye that Ethan acquired just before school photos, the challenges of (not) potty training Rowan, who wants to figure it all out on his own with the bathroom door closed, and the sheer exhaustion and test of patience that only a very mobile,very curious and very tall toddler can bring ( did I mention he can reach more than halfway up the counter, and has a thing for coffee cups?).

The more crazy things get, the more I find myself being fully aware in the calm moments. Grabbing an extra hug and kiss from my ever growing 3 year old who is looking forward to being 16 so he can drive a red car with flames. Cherishing the rare quiet moments in the rocking chair when my 18 month old wakes me in the night.  I'm stopping to look at the colours of the leaves on the ground, cranking up the radio and enjoying a classical piece, or an alternative classic.

I'm finding the beauty in everyday.

Paper: Lawn Fawn ( Sweater Weather)
Montana Acrylic Markers
Letters: American Crafts, Bella Blvd, Jillibean Soup
Embellishments: Studio Calico, Maya Road, Lawn Fawn, Blue Fern Studios

have a good one,

Saturday, October 4, 2014

My Creative Space

Last week my friend Christine featured her scrappy space on her blog, and tagged me to do the same. I'm tagging my friend Lisa Wilkinson to share her creative space too. If you love seeing where others create, just follow along the blog tag for lots of inspiration.

I'll be honest, I love my space, but wouldn't normally have chosen to feature it for several reasons:

1. It usually always really really needs to be cleaned up.
I'm pretty organized,but I'm a messy creative. When I get on a role, things will get pulled out of every direction, box, bin, cabinet and drawer. Then there is the added chaos of trying to be creative with little ones around; always stopping mid creative streak, and never truly devoting enough time to cleaning up. I should also mention that my space is off of the kids playroom, conveniently sandwiched between it,and the bathroom/laundry room, allowing for trails of boy objects, clothing and toys to find their way in.

2. I have too much stuff.
Not only do I love scrapbooking and paper crafts, my room houses the tools and supplies for sewing, painting, drawing, beading, polymer clay, knitting, crochet and more. I love crafting, but I also love collecting supplies and tools. I also hate to get rid of anything!
 I'm sure there are many crafters out there with an even greater "collection" of supplies, but putting mine out on display makes me hyper aware of how much i really do own.

3. Time.
I haven't been able to make the time to blog for some time now. when moments do arise, I'd rather be spending them creating something or tidying up so that I can find the counters again.

Setting all that aside, I am really fortunate to have such a great space to work in, and I know that I really enjoy seeing others spaces, and organization. So here it goes:

This view is from the laundry room door looking ahead at my main scrap area where all the paper and embellishments live. I keep current papers and stickers in baskets right on my desk, where I'll think to use them.

Very shallow drawers, but perfect for Craftmates containers and 4x6 photo boxes full of baubles.
Over my workspace,  tackle boxes and photo box storage  hold felt, chipboard, brads and diecuts. I also keep a 12x12 clear box for scrap papers.
drawers on either side of my workspace hold punches and tools
and more punches ( there are 2 more, but you get the idea)
Im so happy that I also have these really deep drawers ( 6 of them total)
on this scrap side of the room, they hold 12 x12 paper and letter stickers hung by file folders.

From my main scrap desk toward the laundry room door.
I have a small table with folding leaves that the kids use for crafts, or computer time. It also gets pulled out for crops with friends. There's a fridge on the right under all those magnets, that are meant to occupy my littlest, but mainly just serve as exercise for me when I pick them up several times a day off the floor.

The buckets come off the rail easily when it's time for crafts. I keep crayons, pencil crayons and markers here, as well as glue sticks, scissors and rulers. above, rolls of washi tape and ribbon hang from dollarstore pant hangers. 

On the same wall as the fridge is a deeper counter and cabinets where I keep all my "wet" media such as stamps,inks, paint and messy fun stuff. I use Ikea trays and bins for storage, as well as empty Chinese food take out containers.

 Since I have very little wall space, I use the inside of the upper cabinet doors to keep colour charts and such.
Polymer and cling stamps live in 8.5x11 clam shell packs, where they are as easily accessible for mixed media as they are for cards and pages.

I kept a zone of drawers under my manual die cut machine to house dies (thick and thin) as well as embossing folders, and my trimmer. I keep it tucked away, and use it right in the drawer. This protects curious little hands, and catches all my little scraps.

Since I think i've only just skimmed the surface when it comes to showing how I store many of my things, Im thinking I might do another post targeting specific storage solutions. I know I'm still trying to find a way to store certain things more efficiently, and solutions really depend on the space you have and how you work. I'm curious to know what items you are trying to find solutions for?

...and just in case you have cleanliness envy, this is how it all looked only a couple of hours after the photos were taken :

Sunday, September 7, 2014

TheJoys of Fall.

Last week my 3 oldest boys started back to school. Luckily, I got to be the parent on duty for my 3 year old's first day at preschool. At one point I stepped out in the hallway with him to put something in his bag, only to see my 5 year old seated in his classroom across the hall, and then turn and bump into my 7 year old who was on his way to the Gym. You could feel the excitement in the air; kids with new shoes and new books, meeting their new teachers and classmates in bright fresh classrooms. All at once, new routines as well as old familiar ones.

Every year, it surprises us how the two small Maple trees at the end of the parking lot always insist on starting to turn red before any others in our neighborhood. Its almost as if they have some duty, being connected to the school, to signal the official start of fall and of the new school year.

 This week I had my first Salted Caramel Mocha of the season, and keep testing the weather by repeatedly putting on and removing a hoodie. Soon it will be cool enough that a sweater will be more of a necessity than wishful thinking, and then I'll know that my favorite season is well under way.

This month at Challenge YOUrself the challenge is to scrap a page about our favorite thing about fall. Since I have so many things I love about this time of year, I focused on the people I love sharing them with.

You can join the challenge this month by scrapping about your favorite thing about Autumn, and linking your project upon the blog. I hear there is a very cool prize this month for one lucky participant ;)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Just a Number- and a winner!

Challenge #9 at Challenge YOUrself blog, is now posted. If you haven't already checked out the blog, now is a great time to jump in. Every month, a new challenge is issued, and the key is to always make sure YOU are featured in the photo; something many of us neglect to do. To make things even more interesting this month, we were asked to scrap our ages. I wasn't bothered much to show my age, and found everyone's responses to the assignment to be so very interesting. I don't have a problem being thirty-eight, and I don't think I'll have any issues turning39 or 40. As long as I can keep doing what I love,with those I love, it's just a number.

Cardstock: American Crafts
PP: Echo Park
Die cut: Studio Calico
Stamps: Lawn Fawn
Ink: Hero Arts, Tim Holtz Distress Stains
Brads: Teresa Collins
Stickers: Bella Blvd.
iRESISTibles spray
Viva Decor Paper Pens
Melty Things

oh and speaking of numbers I was just reminded I was supposed to draw for a RAK last month, and totally forgot!
I got fancy, and used Psychic Science random number generator to pick number...

2 -Sue D!

Sue D said...
Very cute design and love all the colors of glitter.
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Sue D said...
Very cute design and love all the colors of glitter.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com
- See more at:

Sue D said...
Very cute design and love all the colors of glitter.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com
- See more at:

Sue D said...
Very cute design and love all the colors of glitter.
- See more at:

Random numbers generated Aug 7 2014 at 0:57:45 by 
Free educational resources for parapsychology and psychical research.

...and I'll also send a little something to Karenladd for bringing the slip to my attention.
must be the old age or something! e-mail me ladies with your addresses please :)


Monday, July 7, 2014

July Challenge YOUrself #8

Hi There. Nothing like a challenge to get something to post on the blog. This month's challenge at Challenge YOUrself is a colour challenge. Fun, fresh summer hues, and you'll be surprised to see how many different direction the design team took them in.

Here's my page:

I had fun trying out some techniques on this one. I used a combination of thin layers of gesso and Golden absorbant ground as a base, before adding stencilled Gelatos, splashes of watercolour and spray ink as well as a few stamps.

I couldn't resist topping it off with some iRESISTables sprays and some funky melted thingies.

Friday, June 27, 2014

June Scrapping our Stash Blog Hop

If you are following us on the Practical Scrappers Scrapping our Stash Blog hop, you should be arriving here from Wendy's blog 

It's not very often that I break out anything glittery to use on my pages. When I do though, I tend to go all out! Today's page is all about using up some Pebbles chipboard shapes that I've been hoarding for a few years now ( probably close to 6!). I added some new wood flower buttons and papers from the newer scrap pile to keep it fresh.

...thank goodness for cork and wood grain; without them I might have really gotten carried away (*wink*) I think they really help to balance out all that sparkle and colour.

Cardstock: American Crafts (woodgrain)
pp: Glitz Design, Doodlebug Design Inc.
Diecuts: Simple Stories, Impression Obsession ( cork bunny)
Letters: American Crafts
buttons: Maya Road
Cork: Little Yellow Bicycle, Canvas Corp
Tim Holtz Distress Stain

Don't forget to leave comments along the way for the chance to win some prizes!
I will be sending a little RAK to one lucky commenter picked at random from my blog.

Next stop to visit is Majken at

For the full hop list please visit

Saturday, June 7, 2014


It's a first layout today for me for the Challenge YOUrself Blog. I'm happy to be working on design team projetcs again, and this time with a great group of ladies, and with a great premise. All challenges must include a picture of you ( or in this case ME!)

It's about time I do something about not being part of the history and memories I'm recording.

 Challenge #7 for June is to scrap a photo of you and a man in your life. ( any male you choose- even your pet gerbil as long as he's a he).

We are being Sponsored by Paper Issues with a great prize- head over to the Challenge YOUrself blog for details!

Pp: Teresa Collins, Graphic 45
Dylusions Spray Ink, irRESISTible color texture spray
Die cuts: Teresa Collins
Washi Tape: Little Blue, unknown
lace: Love My Tapes
Brads: Teresa Collins
Chipboard: Studio Calico
Maxi Hama Beads ( tutorial Here)
stamp: Impression Obsession
Felt Flowers:
Transparencies: Fancy Pants

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Mixing it Up

Maybe it's my urge to start painting on canvas again, or maybe it's because I'm having a blast with new products like irRESISTible dimensional sprays, and my funky new DIY enamel accents, but more and more of my projects lately are using paints, inks and mixed media. Right now, I'm having fun with washes of colour. 

This page uses Staz On ink and Prima Marketing Stamps, 
Clear Embossing powder and Top Boss embossing ink, with Inkadinkadoo stamps to create a soft resist beneath the colour washes.

 I used Dr. Martin's India Ink combined with Dylusions Spray ink, diluted with water and applied with a brush. 

I finished off with splatters of iRESISTible spray, Dylusions and some enamel accents.

additional supplies:
Bazzill Basics Paper
Prism Simply Smooth
American Crafts Thickers
Viva Decor Clear Gloss

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Melting Things

I'm not usually one to run out and try the latest Pinterest craze, since many of the really cool ideas seem too good to be true or require too much time or money. However, since I already had all the materials on hand, I thought I'd better try making some of my own enamel dots- à la Pinterest.

Only I didn't have exactly what I needed on hand...

Of the million things you will find to make enamel dots from when you do a search on Pinterest- mine does not seem to be listed. You see perler beads seem to work fine, and what I had were just really big versions of perler beads (My First Hama Maxi Beads). I liked the idea of really big fun dots, so I decided to give it a go.

So at 375 degrees ( Farenheit)  on a foil lined cookie sheet, I baked my beads... and baked them..and baked them. They just didn't want to close up in the centers. ( photo above shows unbaked in my hand, and probably 20 minutes baked on the cookie sheet).  I returned them to the hot oven and checked every 5 minutes or so until they resembled smooth Life Saver candies.

 At first I was feeling like a Pinterest failure, but I realized how awesome these cute little rings would be on my pages.

Then I played around with a medium sized bead I found at Michaels made by Creatology that was labeled as a pony bead, but just looked like a medium straight sided perler bead. **( This is also where I discovered that foil is not the best choice for baking, as the beads were hard to remove).

These made rings as well, but smaller thinner ones. ( baked at 375 for approx 15 minutes).

Then of course I made a ton of tiny beads from real perler beads this time using an old heat resistant splat mat in lieu of foil.

...then I discovered I could place a small perler inside the center of the medium bead and make duo tone dots!!

Here's a little breakdown of the sizes achieved from each bead:

 I've also read tips that you can cut the beads in half to get yet  another size variation.

I'm all set now, and have already used these on several projects. Unfortunately my kids might have to find a new favorite craft since I've acquired their supplies!

Friday, May 30, 2014

digging into the old stuff! Scrapping your Stash blog hop

Thank you for joining us for another monthly blog hop where we all dig into the craft supplies, and dust some off.  Many stops along the hop may be offering small prizes, so be sure to visit them all, and leave a small comment.

Although the washi tape and goodies made with my Silhouette Cameo are new ( arrows and "Awesome"), the chipboard arrow and circle have probably been in my collection for at least 6 years now, the Queen & co adhesive  border, the brads, and the red background paper are all things that normally would never have seen the light of my scraproom. Its such a great feeling to use stuff you've forgotten you had, or things that might have lost their novelty. Paired with some trendier things, old becomes new again.

If you would like to start the hop at the beginning, please start at:
 Practical Scrappers

Next you should head off to see

Friday, April 25, 2014

Scrap your Stash blog hop

It's the last Friday of April, so that means it's time for a Scrap Your Stash blog hop! If you are following the hop, you should have arrived here from Wendy Coffman's blog:

I've really been digging into my stash lately, trying to incorporate some older supplies in with newer, and I'm loving the challenge. This page is more about using some brand new things BEFORE they get old lol. and it's about using tools and embellishments I may have overlooked for some time.

Like those stickers and transparencies...and it's been awhile since I used that twine...(oh and I may just have started hiding bunnies on all my pages again :) leave me a comment if you find him!)

paper: American Crafts
Stickers: Me & My Big Ideas
Washi Tape: Little B
Transparencies : Simple Stories
( glued on seamlessly with Helmar's Gemstone Glue)
Twine: The Twinery
Die Cut: Silhouette
Button, Staples
Enamel : Viva Decor Paper Pens
Wood arrows: Crate Paper
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Stain

Keep hopping!  Up next is the talented Bobbi Smith:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

March Scrap your Stash Blog Hop

It's time to have a blog hop again with Practical Scrappers!
No theme this time, so I just did a bit of digging for some very old product ( ok I didn't have to dig very much). Couple the blog hop with some of the daily product challenges from Mojo Hunting, and I came up with a page that is a perfect mix of old and new. The die cut paper with the animals is ancient Creative Imaginations, but I still love it, and had to use it somehow.

To keep the page fresh and up to date, I used some washi tape that worked well with the colours and patterns of the paper,  and new Beanboard Alphas from Jillibean Soup. I paired them with matching yellow Wise Words stickers- I love, love, love yellow alphas, and this shade of yellow is my favorite. I love the look of the new wooden buttons with enamel centers, but didn't have any on hand, so I made my own using wood and plastic buttons and Viva Decor pens.

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
PP: Creative Imaginations
Letters/font: Jillibean Soup, Echo Park
Trim: Green Tara, Queen and Co.
Die cuts: Creative Imaginations, Silhouette ( Jillibean Soup)
Buttons: October Afternoon, pebbles ( altered with Viva Decor Pens)
Washi Tape
Viva Decor Pearl and Paper pens

Since this is a scrap your stash hop, I'll be giving away a small selection of product from my own stash to a lucky commenter. 

Many designers are giving away small prizes on their blogs, so visit as many as you can and leave some feedback please. You will be visiting my fellow Canuck Lee-Anne Thornton next!
Practical Scrappers Blog Hop List

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Kick in the Pants

I have a friend who is an amazing scrapbooker, and does the most innovative things with supplies.  The problem is, she needs a gentle reminder every now and again of what she has, and needs a nudge to use it. While she was searching for an app, or a blog that gave daily product challenges, I remembered a blog template that I created back in 2010, and never made public. Mojo Hunting was initially supposed to be filled with funky challenges, and ideas to help when you just don't know where to begin anymore...well now it's been brought back to life,  but on a very simple scale. Every day I give a different item to use on a page. 

Since I'm not at the point anymore where I can complete a project a day, I've combined the first few items in a page.

First item 02/19: Felt (at least 3 pieces if possible)
second 02/20: Number stickers
third 02/21: 2 colours of ink

So if you are stuck, or just need a reminder of some of the cool things you've got hidden away, come visit me over at 
You can also find Mojo Hunting on Facebook

I'd love to get some product ideas from you!
Happy Hunting!

Saturday, February 22, 2014


The winner of my little giveaway from our Scrap your Stash Valentine's day Blog Hop was chosen via Random Number Generator.

#9 Kim Ryden!

Kim, thanks for leaving a comment on my post, just send your mailing address to justaskerin(at)gmail(dot)com.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's blog hop


Welcome to the Practical Scrappers Blog Hop 
where we are Scrapping our Stash.
If you're participating in the Blog hop, you should have arrived from Majken Pullin's Blog
This month the Practical Scrappers Team are using up the old Valentine's day product we had almost forgotten we had! Be sure to visit the Practical Scrappers Blog to learn about our sponsor Kiwi Lane Designs and find out how you could win a prize.
I didn't even think I owned any older Valentine paper when I started out on this challenge. Turns out I have a substantial selection in addition to the new papers I bought this year.
What I also have a ton of are hearts! Felt, chipboard, wood, satin, glitter, pins, buttons etc. I mean I use hearts on my pages, but with 4 boys, I tend to grab more stars and circles before the hearts get used- especially the pink glittery ones!
Pp: Fancy Pants Design, Echo Park
Chipboard and felt hearts: American Crafts
Satin and plastic heart: Dollarama
Tag: American Crafts
Buttons: Doodlebug Design Inc.
Border strips: Doodlebug Design Inc, Bazzill Basics Paper
Stickers: Pink Paislee, October Afternoon

Then I grabbed the new papers I had from Crate Paper's collection Love Notes. To make another Valentines day layout. I decided to use up some more of the hearts, some brads , and Jillibean Soup Die cuts (Arrows) that I made with my Silhouette.

I love how the chalkboard papers work with my blurry black and white photo. I loved this picture and just had to find a way to make it work.  

Pp: Crate Paper, BBP
Chipboard Hearts: Scrapworks
Satin and felt heart: Dollarama
Brads: Simple Stories
Stamps: Prima Marketing
Die Cuts: Jillibean Soup- Silhouette

In honor of Valentine's Day, and our Scrap your Stash Blog Hop, I'm going to give away a selection of heart embellishments from my stash for fun. Just leave me a comment to qualify for the random draw.
Next you should be headed to see what Lisa Peeples has done with her love themed goodies...

This is a big list of blogs, with many offering prizes of their own, so visit as many as you can. 

 Practical Scrappers Blog Hop List
Happy Valentine's Day!!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Die Cutting Demon!

I'm still at it, and I'm really really happy that my husband decided to go to my LSS to buy me a Silhouette Cameo for my birthday. I had been thinking about getting one for almost 2 years, but since I already have a Cricut Expression collecting dust, I just couldn't justify the expense. I'm not sure why I never really clicked with my Cricut. I found finding cuts that I wanted long, and difficult, even with all my cartridges linked to my Gypsy, I still struggled. Hopefully I can find a good home for the Cricut, and all my cartridges, because after having the Cameo less than a month, I am hooked, and loving it!

Here's a layout I finished last night using a photo from our annual Christmas Eve jammie photo shoot. I love seeing the boys so full of excitement that they can hardly sit still, and the resulting photos are usually hilarious. This one though is just sweet, capturing all of their little personalities.

I used a Scalloped circle cut file, and wrapped it with green twine from the Twinery for dimension. Papers from Alison Kreft Designs "It's Christmas" collection and Studio Calico.A bit of washi tape, and wood shapes from Studio Calico coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Stain( I especially love the Tarnished Brass on the splatter and stars).

Just wondering how many of you own cutting machines, and how often you use them? Any tips or fun techniques for the Cameo?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Digging In.

 We're still in the post holiday purge/clean and organize trend that seems to happen every New my house. I'm slowly starting to go through my craft supplies, and realized there's a ton of good stuff that's been waiting for me to get back into creating. I've found just a "few" paper collections that I bought during my pregnancy when I had little energy to scrap, and some that I bought after the baby was born, when there was no time. Now I've got just a bit of time, a bit of energy, and a whole lot of stuff!

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
PP: Studio Calico ( Memoir)
Felt: Prima Marketing
Wood: Studio Calico
Canvas Stickers: My Little Yellow Bicycle
( Coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Markers)
Letter Stickers: October Afternoon, Basic Grey
Washi Tape
Silhouette Cameo- Custom design, and "Heart" by Amy Tangerine for American Crafts.

I'm still having fun experimenting with my Cameo. I decided to design the funky scalloped rectangle I used over top of the scalloped piece of Bazzill cardstock (which I almost purged because I thought I'd never use...then my friends challenged me to use at least 3 pre-cut cardstock pieces). One down 2 to go!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Practical Scrapper Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Practical Scrappers Blog Hop 
where we are Scrapping our Stash.

I haven't had loads of time to scrap lately, and seem to be simply accumulating more and more product without getting to use it. Digging into my stash simply meant using some products like India inks that have been sitting in the drawer for ages, and also diving into a pile of already printed photos that never made it onto a page. 
( I'll be replacing these photos with better ones shortly)

 Dear Santa
( based on PS January Sketch)
PP: October Afternoon 
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
Die Cuts: Maya Road, Silhouette Cameo
Stickers: October Afternoon, American Crafts
Wood: Studio Calico

Rainbow Love

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, unknown
Ink: Dr Ph. Martin's India Ink, Dylusions Spray Ink
Gems: Prima Marketing, Theresa Collins
Washi Tape
Letters: American Crafts, Making Memories, Bella Blvd, Doodlebug Design Inc.
handmade felted clouds
Die Cut: Silhouette Cameo

  We recognize that this is a huge list for the blog hop and would love for you to visit as many as you can...but we are not making that mandatory to qualify for the prize at Practical Scrappers.  That said, many of the designers are offering prizes of their own so I do recommend seeing what you can get in on :).

Practical Scrappers Blog Hop List
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