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Monday, 30 July 2012

FUNDRAISING SUCCESS!

Good Morning!
Well it's Monday morning and my kids have returned after two weeks of silence and clean! I have to say it's a bit of a shock to my system! I mean I missed them and all, but having a clean house for longer then 24 hours was nice!!

Well this past weekend was a huge success for our fundraiser for the Saskatchewan Burn Fund! With over 30 ladies joining us at the store, it was a crazy & fun time!! I want to thank you all for coming and helping us support this great cause! Here are just a couple pics of the event!


A huge thank you to some very generous people and businesses for donating some great prizes!


A croproom full of fun!


A very sweet, funny and entertaining lady!! Thank you Lana for coming!


Jennifer cracking the whip!! Making sure everyone stays in line!!! LOL



Of course the husbands would stick around to make sure us wives behaved ourselves infront of the Firefighters!!! LOL!


Lana with the Firefighter that is featured on the cover of the calendar!!! 


My nephew got to sit up in the fire truck! He was so happy there and did not want to get out!! 



The Firefighters doing a "Fire Demo" with MY BBQ!


The Staff!! (Jennifer, Me and Laura)

Thanks once again to everyone for coming!! With your support we were able to raise almost $2000!!!!! Way to go!!

Monday, 23 July 2012

SUPPORTING A CAUSE...

Hi all! I just wanted to put a quick little post on to let you know about the event that will be happening at the STORE to raise funds for the Saskatchewan Burn Fund this Friday and Saturday! All details can be found by clicking HERE or by calling the SCRAPBOOK STUDIO.

It is sure to be a fabulous time and we hope you can come to help support such a great cause.

That's all for now!
 :D

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

MY TAKE

For this week I am completely kid free!! Wahooo!! 
With my daughters in Calgary with their dad and my son spending a week with Grandma, I have so much freedom that I am not sure quite what to do with it! 
Hahaha,  that's so not true! My list is endless with stuff I could be getting done without the constant craziness of a house full of kids! But who the heck wants to do housework and chores when I could be doing things like wasting my morning dying my hair, shaving my legs and scrapbooking!! Which is exactly what I did, without a single interruption!!!! Oh I could so get used to this!

So this is a layout I finished this morning using the new Simple Stories "AWESO[ME]" line!
I will absolutely admit to being a scrap-lifter!! I could not scrapbook without the help of magazines, Google, Pinterest and all of my super talented scrappy friends! Don't get me wrong, I have my moments of creative genius without the help of my inspirations! But for the most part it is nice to have resources to look upon and help get the creative mojo going! The majority of the time my projects don't even turn out to look anything like the original and sometimes they do!

 So with this post I decided to just fess up and show you how I get it done!
I started with my photo and finding the best paper to go with the photo. I then grabbed some magazines and started flipping through until I found something that I liked!

For instants, this is the layout that I chose for a picture of my super cutie nephew! This layout can be found on page 76 of Scrapbook Etc's very last issue (BOOOOO!!!! I will miss you Scrapbook Etc!!!). 
What caught my eye the most about this layout is the super plain background with all the color kind of centered in the middle and of course the cute banners! (I love banners!)




And now here is my version of the layout!! 
This is one of those times where my layout pretty much looks like the original and I am ok with that! I would never try to pass off anything that I had copied as my own either (I will do a better job at trying to give credit where credit is due in my next posts)! People work hard to be creative and original and they deserve the credit! If it wasn't for them, I would take forever to scrapbook a single layout! Lol!


Now in the original, buttons, twine and other embellishments were added, but this is why I love Simple Stories papers! Everything you need to scrapbook a page can be found on all their papers! I think this is why they never go overboard on creating all the extras that most companies put out with their paper lines. Don't get me wrong, sometimes you just need that different texture of buttons and stickers and other embellishments. But Everything on this particular layout was created by cutting out bits and pieces from the pattern papers.


The only thing that I added that was not paper was the brown border I traced around some of the edges and the inking I did on most of the edges. I used pop-dots to add dimension as well!


Now I'm off to do more of nothing and enjoy the silence of my house!!
Thanks for stopping by!



Monday, 9 July 2012

SUMMER

Well summer as hit my home full on and that means that some things get put on the back burner, such as housework, scrapbooking, my blog... There is just so much to do to enjoy this weather while it is here, so sitting indoors just doesn't happen alot! But I started catching up yesterday on the things that have been forgotten, such as my filthy bathroom and some vacuuming! Having only one bathroom at the moment (as my husband renovates the other) is a little tricky. I am just thankful my daughters aren't home for this month or there could be all out war!

The last few weeks I have been busy with the yard work, keeping my son entertained, enjoying the sun, planning summer getaways and coordinating a crop at the store. Yyyaaayyyy!! At the end of this month we will be having a two-day retreat as a fundraiser for the Saskatchewan Burn Fund. It is going to be an awesome event!! Just what we need... an excuse to scrapbook and help a great cause at the same time! For anyone who is interested in attending, please let me know or stop by the store to register. 
You can get the full details for this event by clicking HERE!

I never realized just how much work goes into fundraising and I now have a new respect for the amazing people that do it all the time! But it has been exciting to get it all prepped and I am looking forward to seeing it all come together.

If you are unable to come to the event there are still opportunities that you can contribute and get in on some of the fun! There will be a basket of handmade cards at the store that will be for sale throughout this month with all the money going towards the Burn Fund. Also, on the day of the crop we will have a raffle table set up with loads of awesome prizes, so stop in and purchase some tickets and get your name in for a chance to win!!
We are also working on getting a BBQ organized so be sure to keep an eye out for more details on that!

And now for some projects that I was able to get done before school ended and summer took over my life! 


The Teresa Collins Everyday Moments collections is one of my absolute favorite lines ever!!! I love the yellow, blue, grey and white color combo! I would probably have to say that Teresa Collins is one of my most favorite scrapbook product designers!

This picture was taken last summer while on vacation in Manitoba visiting my bother & sister-n-law. And the paper worked perfectly with the colors in the photo.



I love being able to cut out different elements from the pattern papers and using them as embellishments. I am just not a sticker person, so paper elements work great for me! And then this way you can make embellishments that match perfectly with the rest of your layout.


The banners in the above picture are actually tucked under the quote that was on the background paper. I just cut slits in the paper using a craft knife above and below the words and slid the banner through. That way I still can see the quote.

The next piece was something I did up for the store using Inky Antics Honeycombe paper. I have to admit that when I first saw this unique paper, all I could think of was those tacky wedding bell decorations you see at weddings. It wasn't until I watched a Tim Holtz video on YouTube that I was able to see the possibilities!


The background of the canvas was made by laying down a chicken wire stencil from Crafters Workshop and spraying with a glimmer mist. I then painted on some glimmer glam from Tattered Angels.

I cut the dress form from chipboard and then from the honeycombe paper. I colored the chipboard piece with a brown ink and then attached the honeycombe dress form piece.


I inked the dress form with brown ink and then adhered tulle and lace using a hot-glue gun to make the skirt (the tulle is under the lace to make it a little more poofy) and tied on some hemp string for a finishing touch.


So give this product a try and I would love to know what you think of it!
Thanks for stopping by!