Category Archives: Papercraft projects

Imagine Paris Chalkboard Tag

I’m a big fan of the chalkboard trend. It’s been around awhile now. I first noticed it three years ago on the home decor and DIY blogs. I made my out chalkboard for our kitchen with some paint and an old frame I had in the basement. It still hangs there and I smile thinking about all the messages, menus and love notes that have graced its surface.

I’m seeing chalkboard more and more these days in advertising and it has finally hit the paper crafting circles.

Today I have a tag version of chalkboard style paper crafting. It has a yummy vintage Paris flavour and I hope you’ll join me today in the CLASSroom for more photos and all the details.

Have a fabulous weekend!

An Art Journaling Mini

So this is it.

My favorite project in a very long time.



Bright & fun.

Having stained fingers just makes me happy. Bizarre, I know!

I created this tag mini art journal for my daughter. She loves to journal and I hope the beautiful colors will inspire her and also remind her of how much she is loved.

Today I’m sharing all the inky details of this mini in the CLASSroom. I hope you’ll join me!

Happy Good Friday!

Decked Out for Spring

Anyone besides myself addicted to Pinterest?

It’s such a great place for inspiration.

A few months ago I saw a bunch of great wreath ideas that were made from picture frames. I knew it had to go on my must-try list.

The next couple weeks on the Maya Road blog, the Roadies are sharing some Wreath Inspiration. I hope you’ll join us!

My wreath was created from an old picture frame. It was purchased at Michael’s years ago and since then has been a few different projects. Don’t you love when you can recycle and reuse things?

My frame/wreath is all decked out for spring in a shabby goodness style. I’m loving all those Maya Road goodies mixed together.

Today I’m sharing this project on the Maya Road blog with projects lists and how to’s. Check out the details here.

Have a fabulous weekend!

2012…the recap

2012 was a busy year. An eventful year. It brought some of the best of times and many perplexing ones.Thinking back to sitting at my desk one year ago, I never could have predicted the twists and turns this year has brought. It brought creativity and well, a rather long dry spell. It brought great joy and also tears. It brought the first overseas trip I’ve ever had with my hubby. A time I’ll always treasure.  2012 brought opportunities. A few of them I am thrilled to have taken. A few I’ve turned down. A year ago I wouldn’t have done that but it was the right thing to do. No is a hard word to say to a dream.

I’m still learning to find balance. I’ve learned a lot in 2012,  about myself and life. I’m still learning to let go.

Placing my life and the lives of my loved ones in the hands of God each day is something I need to continually remember to do. I am not in control. It’s a good thing too as I’d just mess it up. A close friend told me that there is a quote something like this….”a mother is only as happy as her saddest child.” So true! I always want to fix things. I think perhaps that has been the biggest struggle of 2012. I’m looking forward to moving forward.

2013 is a shaping up to be an exciting year. My oldest son is getting married mid-February. Just a few more weeks! (Can I really be that old?!) Hubby and I are also grabbing another week together early in the year. I’m counting down to it. Bless my dear mother-in-law for helping make this happen. The past couple days I’ve been spending sorting and cleaning in my craft room. I’m feeling much more positive and excited about getting back in there for 2013.

I thought I’d share a few of my favorites from 2012 again with you this year. Last year I highlighted my top 10 non-published designs and I’m doing it again. If for some reason you want to look at 2011, here’s the link to that post.

These designs are in no particular order but I did have a lot of fun creating this first one for a feature on the CASE Study Challenge Blog. It’s a card design with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. My favourite way to create.

I love creating layouts of my daughter and this one is extra special as it uses my Victoria Park line that was released early 2012.

This card features a little mini canvas that is stamped and painted. I loved creating my own little piece of art and shared this design in the CLASSroom.

This card is special as I created it for Shannon, my daughter-in-law to be as an engagement card.

I haven’t created many layouts in the second half of the year. I’m thinking I’m going to have to remedy that in 2013 as I really miss it. This design came from a Lily Bee release at CHA Winter 2012. The folded corners on the squares was an idea I had that I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

Back to another CLASSroom project, this dotty background had me giddy with how it turned out.

Dots, dots and more dots. I just can’t seem to get enough!

Perhaps my favourite creative part of 2012 was joining the Maya Road Design Team. I’m a Roadie! A year later I’m still pinching myself and just can’t get enough of MR product. I’ve been busy creating a lot of mini albums and this is one I really love. It’s chock-full of yummy details.

paper piecing + journaling cards + Victoria Park + vintage paper posies


Lastly, one thing of the things I did learn to do this year was to create videos. I shared a couple on my blog and created a couple for Maya Road. This window card video can be found here. I have a few ideas in mind for videos next year and can’t wait to get started.

I’m looking forward to 2013. When I look back and see God’s hand on my life over the past year, I know He’s led me through and is slowly shaping me into the woman I am supposed to be. I’m hoping for a peaceful and creative year and pray for a year of joy and blessing.

Have you taken some time to stop and reflect on the past year? Do you have some favourite projects? Lessons learned? Goals for 2013? I’d love to hear if you’d like to share!

Wishing you many blessings for the coming year!

the countdown continues…

Another day closer to Christmas!

I’m back with another holiday project and yes, another advent/countdown project. I know these are typically started at the beginning of December but I’m betting there just may be a few of you like me….a little behind this year.

I’m sharing this project as part of a Maya Road and Tombow Blog swap and I hope you’ll join me today here. There’s a great giveaway so don’t miss it! Who wouldn’t want a little gift for themselves this time of year?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

the time of your life

Mini albums are one of my favourite ways to scrapbook. The cuteness factor is part of the attraction. All things small are cute. (except bugs! but let’s forget about those!) I also love small projects as they quick to put together. Let’s face it. We all have a limited amount of time for crafting so making things doable is a big plus. Journaling is also not my forte and as there’s not much space, well, that’s just fine with me if I have to keep it short and sweet.

Today’s project is a mini album that I’ve created as a gift. The interesting thing about it is that it’s not quite complete.

See? No photos! There’s a reason for that.

I created this tiny album as a gift for my daughter. I’m leaving that part up to her.

She needs to take the photos. She needs make the memories.

As you know if you’ve been reading my ramblings, she’s off at university working on her nursing degree. I know that it’s hard work but I also know that these are some of the best times of her life and I want her to remember that.

And so, to my dear girl, I hope you can cherish these days, make some wonderful memories and I hope you have the time of your life.

This project was also created for a Maya Road and Jillibean Soup blog swap. I’m on the blog today with more photos and details on this album. Be sure to check out this week’s projects while you are there as they are beyond stunning. There’s also a great prize up for grab’s so make sure you check out the details here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Canvas Bliss

There’s nothing quite like a canvas to make you feel artsy. For today’s altered canvas project I’ve gotten messy and used lots of paint, stamps and mist. It’s a little shabbier in style than I usually try but it turned out to be a lot of creative fun.

This beautiful Vintage Edge Mum is my favorite part of this project. I thought outside the box and used my Maya Mist is a totally different way to color it. I’ll be making a tutorial soon so stay tuned!

Quick Tip: Step outside your comfort zone now and then. If you don’t try, you’ll never expand your creative horizons.

Today I’m on the Maya Road blog sharing this canvas project. The Maya Road blog is always full of amazing inspiration. Why not stop by?

Have a blissful weekend!