Friday, January 30, 2009

Check out these stamps.....

We've ordered some great new stamps from Hanna Stamps and from Our Craft Lounge

I was on and was checking out their gallery''s the link :)
Watch here to keep posted of their arrival!

Hanna Stamps

Our Craft Lounge

Hope you Enjoy!

Looking to Un-du???

I have just opened up more boxes filled with lots of new goodies! Guess what, Un-du is finally back. We have just got some in and there is only a limited number of bottles. Un-du is an adhesive remover, it can remove glued down papers and pictures without any damage!!! You'll have to come in to check it out. We have also got lots of new heart punches for Valentines. Also some more KaiserCraft rhinestones, and some wood albums.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Are you ready????

Ok so due to internet technicallities I wasn't able to connect to internet at our hotel but I just returned home last night and WOW there are some great new goodies coming in. I can't wait until they all arrive! I took lots of pictures Tuesday and i've uploaded them on the flickr gallery. Here's the link

Quick Quotes had some great great canvas projects!

I fell in LOVE with Hanna Stamps and her cute friend Riley the moose! Cosmo Crickets Snorkle line was so fun for summer

I picked up a couple new paper lines, gotta root through my orders to find all the rest..LOL the unpacking begins.
oh wait I remember one of them Jillibean, they have fun prints on Kraft Cardstock!

I am so excited for it to all arrive, gotta go make room :)
Might just have to have a sale or something. wink wink!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Making Memories spiral journaling books

Hey everyone! I wanted to show you some of my projects using the Making Memories spiral journaling books.
I love these little pages. Each booklet has 30 pages - 6 pages each of 5 designs. They are fun to use on layouts with all the different shapes and edges.
You could use them for their intended purpose; a journaling spot, like I did on my 'Fabulous' layout.

But they don't have to be used just for journaling. With all those neat edges they make a fun photo matte. I used 4 pages, all different designs, on my 'Tem' layout.

On my 'Santa Hat' layout I used just 2 of the pages behind my photo. Some Basic Grey chipboard and lots of Prima bling finished off my design.

Lynette ~ we're all waiting on some CHA updates. Are you having a blast checking out all the newest products? When will all the goodies be in the store? And are you Paris Hilton's New BFF? LOL

Saturday, January 24, 2009

CHA....The travels begin!

So it's started. I've arrived in Vancouver and am just waiting on a connecting flight to get me to San Fransico and then on the Anaheim for the CHA show that starts tomorrow. I remembered to pack the camera so I can take lots of fun pictures of the new releases and am hoping to get online and post the tid bits as they come! I can't wait to see some of the new releases. We've seen a few trickle through with emails this week. I love the new Bo Bunny release and already have it ordered :) There are some great new goodies coming from PRIMA and Chatterbox/7Gypsies also have a great release.
I'm off to find new Camping, Outdoors, Hockey, Gymnastics, Baby Girl and Baby Boy lines; just to name a few.... If you have any wishes just leave a comment here or email me and i'll be sure to check it out :)
As I sit here in YVR it appears that even the birds are taking to cleaning up around AirCanada today...
In the mean time check out Crystals Class that is coming up next week! I love how many pictures you can use on this layout and all for $20 or less!

In the mean time check out Crystals Class that is coming up next week! I love how many pictures you can use on this layout and all for $20 or less!
I'll keep you posted!


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Prima's January Sketch

Check it out. I love this one!

The talented designers at Prima have made some beautiful layouts using this sketch. You can see their pages here.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Font fun ~ printing white text.

Ever wonder how to print white text on a dark background when your printer doesn’t have white ink? Like I did on this layout that I just dropped off at the store.

It’s easy! I’ll give you a brief step by step using Microsoft Word. If you have a different word processor program on your computer it should still be fairly easy to figure out how to do the same thing.

First open a new word document and select “Insert” on the menu bar. Scroll down and click on “Text Box” from the dropdown menu. You can resize the text box to fit your planned journaling spot on the layout simply by clicking inside the box and then dragging the sides outward with your mouse.

Next select the font and font size you want to use from the Formatting toolbar. Click inside the text box, and type your journaling.

Now for the magic. Click on the text box. If the text box isn’t highlighted the drop down list will show different options and “Text Box” won’t be one of them. Select “Format” on the menu bar. Scroll down to the bottom and click “Text Box” from the dropdown menu.

In the Format text box select the “Colors and Lines” tab if it’s not already selected. In the “fill” option, select black. Click OK. The text box should now be black, possibly hiding any typing. Now drag your mouse over your text highlighting it and select white on the Formatting toolbar; that’s the A at the top of your screen.

Now print your journaling on white cardstock and Presto Chango, you have white text on a black background. Cut around the black rectangle and adhere to your layout.

What you’re really doing is making your journaling transparent so no ink is being spit on the page where your text is. Instead we just coloured the background around the text. Can you see the possibilities?
Try different coloured backgrounds instead of black. Something to coordinate with your patterned papers.
Or instead of printing on white cardstock, print your journaling on a patterned background so it shows through in your text. This would be really effective if you used a big blocky text like this one at

Lots of options for creative journaling. We'd love to see how you use this technique.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Challenge blogs

Challenge blogs are a great way to get your mojo flowing. I've pointed you towards the ScrapJack challenge blog before, and the sketch site Inspired Blueprints.
Yesterday while staying indoors and keeping warm, I stumbled across another challenge blog and decided to play along. The blog is Dreamgirls and their first challenge of 2009 is to create a layout using the word "NEW" in the title or journaling. And layout must be Black and White. And handmade embellishment being the only additional color.

I don't usually scrap black and white photos because I feel we live in the twenty-first century and we have the technology to produce colour photos so we should take advantage of it. Black and white photos can look very artsy on a layout, but I scrap mostly to preserve the memories. And colours are often a big part of those memories. Who doesn't remember the colour of a favourite outfit or toy from their childhood?
This challenge didn't specify that the photo had to be B&W, but I decided to make it so just to give my colourful embellishments more impact. So I guess this layout is more about the artsy then the memories. LOL
The polkadot paper is Doodlebug. For my handmade embellishment I layered gold vellum circles on black paper. Added a red circle with some rub-on stitch corners I've had forever and a white button in the center. All the edges are crumpled and distressed.

And I finally got around to playing with my new Revolution. It's only been sitting on the floor of my scraproom for six weeks now :) I used the 12" swirly die to cut the lacey piece under my photo. Love it!

If you know any fun challenge blogs leave a comment with a link so we can check it out.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

New Classes for 2009

Crystal has new classes that are coming up soon. Check out her Chick a dee layout that she is teaching on January 20th. Christmas Memories is a layout that will be on January 29th.
Also she is going to be teaching her I Love You chipboard book just in time for Valentines Day! On February 10th at 7pm. On February 26th she will be doing a Winter Fun layout, more details closer to the date.

New layouts in the gallery today!

Hey everybody I just put out some new layouts in the gallery. I thought that it was really cute how Crystal added Haileys Christmas letter into her layout! Heather used the Reminisce glittered circle stickers on her layout to frame her picture, I thought that made it look neat and fun. Heather also used the Reminisce glittered snowflake, how she cut it and used the other half on the other side of her page!
Ohh and check out Crystals Layout with the new Basic Grey Wassail!
Just check them out in the gallery at the bottom of this page. Hope you enjoy!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Blog Candy

Who doesn't like free stuff? Especially if it's scrapbook related! There are lots of blogs offering chances to win fun 'stuff' with nothing but a posted comment from you. I've been web surfing and finding all sorts of good stuff. Here's a couple links to get you started.

The Scrapbook & Cards Today blog has 'Fabulous Freebie Friday' every Friday so be sure to bookmark the site and enter every week. I keep thinking this week might be my week to win :fingers-crossed:

Spellbinders is having a fifth anniversary celebration during which a different Spellbinders’ Designer will preview one new die template set to debut at Winter CHA. So far this month the projects have been gorgeous! And you have a chance to win the die of the day by sending in an email. Check out the Spellbinder website for full contest rules.

If you're willing to put a little more effort into it this if from the latest Basic Grey newsletter.
"We’re ringing in the New Year with a new contest that’s all about love — it’s the “Valentine Card Contest!” Here’s the scoop: while you do not have to use all BasicGrey products on your entry, we’d like to see how you use our products in unique, fun card-making ways. Please make your card Valentine themed.
The contest starts January 5th and ends January 17th. To enter, upload your entries to the BasicGrey gallery with “Valentine Card Contest” in the title. The winner will receive a collection pack of our popular Bittersweet collection and will be featured in the February 2009 newsletter. Help spread the love and earn some free BasicGrey merchandise!"

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sneak peak

I wanted to show you some sneaks of my latest layout. I used some of the Doodlebug papers in yellow and green. The velvet paper is wonderful to use. I used my corner punch to scallop the edge and it looks just like ribbon on my layout (without all the creases from being folded around cardboard, that I'm always too lazy to iron out. LOL)I also used the Doodlebug glitter paper. WOW! It's sparkly and pretty. Some Basic Grey rubons and buttons accent one corner of my layout.

I like to layer embellishments without creating too much bulk on my layout. The Scrapworks Chipboard and matching stickers are perfect for this. They are thinner then regular chipboard so even after layering flowers and more stickers on top it's still a flat layout.

Have fun adding centers to Prima flowers. I tore scraps of my patterned paper into little circles, inked the edges and put a brad through all layers. So fun and easy. I also found some Making Memories star brads and some flower brads in my stash for other flowers on my layout.

If you're thinking this is a girl layout because of the glitter and flowers I used, you'd be wrong. It's a boy layout. If you don't believe me check it out at the store after tomorrow when I drop it off.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Baby it's Cold Outside....

Brrrr... I wish the winter weather would calm down just a bit! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. It was a fun and enjoyable time for me and my family as we took time to spend the holidays together with Family and Friends. Jeff and I took the kids Ice Fishing at Inga lake on Boxing day, I'd love to show you some pics however it was so chilly that the Camera was frozen and wouldn't take any pics, Some friends came too and it was a great day! Headed back to the house for some holiday cheer and fun! The rest of our holidays fell along the same path, visits with friends and family and just all in all a wonderful holiday season!

I've been having a blast processing photos for customers with the new digital photo lab, I'll try and get some more info on the list of services we have available for it. It's been fun printing all sorts of custom sizes and we've been playing with the 12"x24" prints today! Love the layouts! They are a blast and been making some digital photo books too!

There are so many new things where do I begin,
Well we received a shipment of Cricut accessories including the Embossing Sheets and Custom Embossing folder sets that allow you to create your own personalized Embossing Folders.
Then there are the new embellishments and Rubons and Patterned papers from KaiserCrafts! They have some beautiful goodies at really afordable prices!

Also lots of new Christmas Stickers, Rubons and such, Here's a peak at the SEI Blitzen & Glitzen and we also received Basic Grey Wassail and the new Bo Bunny Holiday Cheer
We also received a huge shipment of border punches and Paper shapers in many different designs.

Oh and Here is a peak at the Layout Crystal mentioned in her earlier post. It's available in a blue version as well and of course you get to choose the title you would like cut for your layout. :) Email us at to register, or you can call (250) 785-2711 or just pop by!

We'll be keeping ourselves busy getting lots of goodies into and on the shelves here. We have a few new boxes I'll work on getting out over the next few days!
Until then Keep Warm and see you soon!

Check Out Crystal's Upcoming Classes

Here's a peek at my upcoming classes...

On Tuesday, January 20th is a two page layout using SEI Chick a Dee paper. This class is designed as a baby page but it doesn't have to be. It can also be done with either the pink or blue version of this line. The layout is at the store so come in and check it out or stay tuned for a photo in an upcoming newsletter.

The next class will be "Christmas Memories". It will be on Thursday, January 29th. We will be using Cosmo Cricket, Oh Joy paper and embellishments as well as these really pretty poinsettia flowers. This layout is designed to showcase a lot of wallet size photos but if you didn't get that many photos you could easily change it and use a few 4x6s or one 5x7 and a couple of 4x6s.

So I was just going to share the paper that I had picked out for the Christmas class,

And then I have just about finished the layout so I figured what the hey, I'll share the whole layout. I just have to glue the title down and type up the instructions...

Any volunteer's to type these instructions? Just kidding. I don't think anyone could figure out this chicken scratch!

The next class will be an "I heart YOU" Bo Bunny word book. We will be using Bo Bunny Flirty paper and embellishment stickers as well as ribbon and flowers. You will learn to take flat stickers and dress them up to add dimension and some spunk to your pages. This class will be on February 10th. This book would make a cute gift for a special loved one on Valentine's Day.

And last but not least...

On February 26th we will create a two page layout using Bo Bunny paper. The title will be Winter Fun. We get to use these super cool sparkle snowflakes. I can't wait for the paper to come in and start working!

I look forward to working with you to create something beautiful. Why not it's freezing outside!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year and Wordle

Are you scratching your head wondering what in the world is Wordle?

It is a fun word art site that you can use to create your own unique backgrounds for your layouts. My daughter made a fun/funny gift for her brothers this Christmas so I went to Wordle, clicked on the 'Create' button and typed in the title of her booklet, her name, her brother's names, Christmas 08 and several other appropriate words and phrases in to the text box. Then I hit the 'Go' button. On the next page you can play with the font, colours and layout of your piece. When you are happy with the arrangement hit the print button and follow the instructions.

I glued my 8 1/2 x 11 Wordle page to a 12 x 12 piece of patterned paper. Applied a strip of Queen and Co felt lace, added my photo, wrote my journaling on strips, and embellished with chipboard, brads, and Primas.

So go check it out. Wordle. It's a fun program to play with. There are lots of examples in their gallery, where you can see all the different possibilities.