Tuesday, November 25, 2014


I just can't get over how much I love Maggie Holmes' newest line, Open Book. I have made so many layouts with it in the last two weeks. It has definitely sparked some creativity in me!

And those Thickers? They are just perfection. I could definitely use a few packs of them.


The ''love this'' sticker is actually from Crate Paper's Notes & Things line, which is my other new favourite line. I thought the right side of the photo needed a little something extra, so I added a row of gold gold sequins.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

last week of october


This spread was hands down the hardest spread I have ever photographed. I just could not get good photos of it. I actually photographed this on two separate days in two different locations in our house. This spread is also one of my favourites ever though, so I had to share it, bad photos and all. 
This week consisted of municipal election, dinner with friends, pumpkin farm, painting pumpkins and Halloween itself. It was a busy week and there were so many photos to choose from.

The #pumpkineverything printable from Paper Issues was just perfect for photos of our pumpkin donuts and pumpkin sausages from the pumpkin farm.

I just love American Crafts' Haunted Hollow line. I got the layered tags and ephemera pack. This is definitely my ideal Halloween line. I love the shade or orange and that it isn't cutesy at all. I like a little spook to my Halloween products. :)

 I just love that 'October 31' card from a Studio Calico kit from 2013. I completely forgot to use it last year and have been waiting to use it again this year. I love the spooky font.


I used a Simple Stories Photo Flip with a card from an older October Afternoon line. When you flip it up, there is another photo of Andy at the pumpkin farm and journalling on the back of the card. I love those photo flips

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

board games

board games

I made this layout for the Get Your Game On Issue at Paper Issues. I am far from you would call athletic and Andy isn't in any sports yet, but board games? Oh, we play a lot of board games in our house. We have a very large game collection and cannot wait until Andy is old enough for family game night!

I have had American Crafts' Chap line in my "maybe purge" pile for awhile now. I love this line, but it's three years old now and there is always a new line that I want to use. I thought the colours in Chap would be perfect for a layout about board games and I'm really happy with how it turned out and that I was able to use some stuff from stash!

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I really love the way tags and labels look layered under photos and paper on layouts.

The chipboard frame is from Crate Paper's The Pier line, but it was the perfect colour for this layout.


Funny story about those Thickers. They came in a pack I bought from Winners (Canadan Marshalls) that were 5 for $10. That is an amazing deal for Canada! To put it in perspective, a pack of Thickers from Michaels here is $8.49! Anyway,  because this deal was so great, I didn't mind that there was a pack or two that I didn't like. And I did not like these ones. I have never used them and put them in my purge pile.

When I was looking for a Thicker to use for this layout, I knew I wanted a bold font. This pack was just perfect and I feel they go really well with the 'board game' theme. Well, wasn't I surprised when I looked up the Chap line on the American Crafts website to see that these are actually from that line. No wonder I thought they went well together.

Wow. That is a very long story about a pack of Thickers.

Do you have a scrapbooking product that you didn't like at first, but you either ended up loving or was perfect for a particular project?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

her heart was an open book

This is the layout I made for Paper Issues Sketchy Saturday. I inverted the sketch as I've been dying to cut that file folder paper apart for ages. 

The layout is about my sweet niece, Ruby Sky and the hilarious things she says. She is the most articulate three-year-old and she is just too funny.

I just love that gold vellum. I bought two pieces and it's definitely not enough.


'Her heart was an open book" is definitely an appropriate title for this layout. Ruby Sky says whatever is on her mind.

I really loved this sketch as it allowed me to really show off some of my favourite papers from Maggie Holmes'new line.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

captured 2

captured a

Maggie Holme's new Open Book collection with all of its camera/photography images was absolutely perfect for a photo of our first family photos we had taken a few weeks ago.


I started by centering my photo and just pulling every little bit from the epehmera pack, chipboard and flat sticker sheets that I loved and just layered them around.


I can't seem to make a page these days without including a chipboard frame. Can't stop. Wont stop.

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I love the gold Thicker works in this line so much. I'm such a sucker for gold glitter.

the little things

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This is the layout I made for last Sunday's sketch on the Studio Calico blog. I especially loved this sketch because of all the tags. I just got the layered tags from both Maggie Holmes' and Crate Paper's new lines and I was dying to use them. This sketch was the perfect excuse to show a bunch of them off. 

Both Open Book and Notes and Things were perfect for a photo of my sister and I dancing in our matching pink dresses when we were little

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I love layered bits so much. And that pink ruffled crepe tag is just perfection.  

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It was very hard for me to use something other than white cardstock for my background. I really love how this small polka dot looks though. it's a subtle enough of a pattern that it wasn't too far of a leap from plain white. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014



On Saturday, I got my first order from Paper Issues and I could not be happier with my order. I got lot of Crate Paper Notes and Things and Maggie Holmes Open Book. I definitely found my scrapbook line soul mates. I've already completed one layout and am working on a second one for Sketchy Saturday at Paper Issues. I also got the November Swag Bag from Paper Issues and  am so excited to make a mini album from Andy's first fall using it.

This order from Paper Issues was my first time buying scrapbooking products- that wasn't a kit of some kind, in well over a year. It was so fun and I just loved the selection they have. Paper Issues is definitely going to be my go to online scrapbooking store from now on.


I just love seeing Andy's imagination at work. It is one of the greatest joys as a parent. We bought Andy this dollhouse and a mish-mash of furniture at a thrift store and he just loves playing with it. He pretends the people are members of our family and acts out that they're coming over to visit and gives them food and puts them down for naps. It is so adorable to watch. Santa might be bringing Andy a bigger dollhouse for Christmas if he continues to enjoy it this much.


Eek! One of my layouts is Featured Project at Studio Calico and I am so honoured and excited.


There is a house around the corner from us that goes all out for Christmas. This is our fourth holiday season in this neighbourhood, and each year their display gets bigger and more elaborate. I just love their holiday spirit, however I do not envy their hydro bill. Tonight is the first night that they had the whole thing set up and I just had to take some pictures. It really got me excited for the upcoming season. Christmas is just my favourite. Bring on the christmas carols and merry making!