Category Archives: Scrapbooking

in love with linen

I’ve long had a fascination with fabric. Since I was a child really. My one grandmother was a seamstress, a mother of five who raised them single-handedly in post-war Britain. My other grandmother was a farm-wife with seven children who sewed and quilted, canned and gardened and never let the smallest thing go to waste.

I grew up watching these dear and talented ladies work magic with fabric, pins and thread and I was inspired to learn. Lately I’ve been enjoying marrying fabric and paper crafting together with canvas and linen mini albums. What could be better?

Today I’m sharing this linen mini album on the Maya Road DT blog. It’s full of my favourite quotes, lots of stamping and pretty embellishments. I hope you’ll join me!

To all my Canadian friends, wishing you a safe and wonderful Victoria Day weekend!

smiles & flurries

It’s cold outside and there are flurries in the air. I’m so thankful to have it as I love the beautiful freshness of winter. Might as well have some snow if it’s going to be cold, right?

The other day my daughter and I were enjoying the snow and she was kind enough to give into my nagging and allow me to shoot some photos before she left for school.

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Today I’m back in the CLASSroom sharing this layout, and details on how it’s created. I hope you’ll stop by and join me!

Have a creative 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 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!

Looking Back

With a new computer comes all the joys of reinstalling all your software. More of a hassle than I joy I should say. I did however, have some fun backing up and reloading some older digital photos. Looking back through them made me nostalgic and more than a little shocked at how quickly time is passing by.

Over the weekend we had some exciting news. My son proposed to his girlfriend in a hot air balloon Saturday night. We are so happy for them and looking forward to their big day. But I have to ask… How can I be old enough to be a mother-in-law?!

Here’s a photo of their hands that I snapped on Saturday night…

Flashback now seven years to the summer my youngest was born. It was a busy crazy summer and I was so thankful for my daughter’s help with her little brothers. Her love for them hasn’t changed and she has the biggest heart. Today’s layout is about that. She doesn’t care for the photos but I think she was so cute in that red surfboard tshirt and her mirrored sunglasses. So glad I found the photos.


Today’s layout was created for the Lily Bee Blog sketch challenge. It’s a wonderful sketch by Cindy Liebel and you can join us for more details here.

Quick Tip: It’s never too late to go back and scrapbook those older memories.

Happy Monday!

Circle Celebration

It’s been a while since I’ve created a layout. It’s hard to find the time to create them but when I’m done, I always wish I could make them more often. Scrapbooking is how I got into paper crafting and it will always call my name.

Recently we celebrated my “baby’s” 7th birthday. I’m so thankful for these days. He’s growing up, telling jokes, reading and broadening his horizons but I still get hugs and kisses, and the biggest thrill for him is for me to come on his school field trips. I know this isn’t going to last much longer so I’m hanging onto each sweet moment and tucking it away in my heart.

This fun layout features lots of prints and patterns from the Double Dutch line by Lily Bee Design. I’ve tied all the busy prints, colors and patterns together by punching them all with a 2.5″ circle punch.

Today I’m sharing this layout on the Lily Bee blog with additional photos. Stop by and say hello if you have the time.


Remember to celebrate each day…


I just cannot tell you how happy I am to have my daughter home for the summer. It is such a blessing that she is becoming one of my best friends and she brightens the house with her presence. We have a ton of creative projects planned for the summer. We’ve started sewing and stitching already and this afternoon includes a trip to the nursery to start a garden overhaul. Every big job is so much better when you have four hands instead of two.

Today on the Lily Bee blog, I’m sharing this layout as a second take on the Lily Bee Sketch Challenge #9. We’d love to have you play along. Check it out!


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