Foodie cut file…and it’s FREE!!

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Who doesn’t love free stuff?! I know I do! While working on a secret Mother’s Day gift for my mom (I’ll have more on that project after Mother’s Day :D), I cut this adorable foodie file as a RAK (random act of kindness). How cute are these?! Want your own set? Download the cut file here…and it’s FREE!!

Free foodie cut file. Love it! :)

Free foodie cut file. Love it! 🙂


Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers

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Sorry I haven’t been around for a while. Life has completely taken over and I’ve lost my creative mojo. If you’ve seen my mojo or have any extra to spare, please let me know…I’d love to have it back! Reward offered!! 🙂

In the meantime, I’ve been practicing coloring with Spectrum Noir markers. I totally LOVE these markers and they’re only a fraction of the cost of Copics! I’m no coloring expert but I love how these markers blend together…completely awesome and so easy! Check out my attempt at the Spectrum Noir Colorist Accreditation Test. I think the results speak for themselves.

Spectrum Noir Accreditation Test using alcohol markers.

Spectrum Noir Accreditation Test using alcohol markers.

Spectrum Noir Accreditation Test using alcohol markers.

Spectrum Noir Accreditation Test using alcohol markers.

Coloring with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers

Coloring with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers

Until next time…


Sorry…

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Sorry I haven’t been around lately…life has taken over and I’ve been feeling miserable fighting an oncoming cold but it’s been a loosing battle. 🙁 Please bear with me. Hopefully I’ll be back real soon. Thanks for understanding!

Until next time…


Organizing Pocket Scrapbook Cards

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There’s been lots of “talk” on the Project Life/Pocket Scrapbooking forums and groups about separating kits by color or leaving them together. In my opinion, there’s no right or wrong. Do what works best for you. I like to be color coordinated so separating was definitely for me…it’s just how my brain works.

To start, I needed a container to store my cards. I absolutely LOVE photo boxes. They’re big enough to fit lots of stuff but not so big they take over my tiny craft area…and you can get them at Michael’s for cheap, cheap, cheap! They’re perfect! Since there’s no dividers with the photo boxes, I made my own using materials I had lying around the house. I’ll show that in a different post.

First, what themes and colors should I divide my cards into? I decided to separate my cards not only by color but match journal cards by color and also holidays/themes. I ended up with 11 colors and 9 themes/holidays…pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue/aqua, purple, brown/kraft, gray, black/white, multi, birthday, christmas, easter, halloween, thanksgiving, valentine’s, wedding, seasons, and travel. In hindsight, I should have added a school theme but since I don’t have any kids…it’s no big deal right now.

To make the dividers, I chose thick file folders I bought at the local dollar store…6 in a package for $1.25. I was afraid using card stock would be flimsy and tear when flipping through my piles of cards. I cut the file folders into 30-4×6 cards and 30-3×4 cards. Using Silhouette Studio, I created the tabs, printed and cut. So easy!!

Divider cards cut from heavy file folders.

Tabs designs, printed and cut using Silhouette Studio.

Tabs designs, printed and cut using Silhouette Studio.

Since I’m a visual person, I stamped each tab with a matching color or theme so I can pick it out easier. I then glued the tab to the folder and voila…done!! 🙂

Tabs printed, stamped and cut. Waiting to be attached to divider cards.

Tabs printed, stamped and cut. Waiting to be attached to divider cards.

Pocket scrapbooking dividers – both 3×4 and 4×6 cards.

I absolutely LOVE how this turned out! It’s so easy to find the perfect card without having to flip though boxes and boxes of cards. Now…off to create my first layout! 🙂

All done! Pocket scrapbooking cards organized by color and theme.

All done! Pocket scrapbooking cards organized by color and theme.

Until next time…


Valentine’s Day Card = Love!

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Happy belated Valentine’s Day! I hope your day was filled with lots of love…and candy! I spent my day with my mother and darling fiance. It was filled with flowers, chocolate, take-out and laughter…so nice!

Since the holiday of love is officially over, I can post the card I made for my hunny bunny. So quick and easy and it’s one-of-a kind…I love it!

I started by designing the heart and sentiment in Silhouette Studio making sure it was sized to fit my card. Since I wanted to watercolor the heart, I decided embossing would be the best way to go. Embossing makes thing so easy since it resists the color and I didn’t have to worry about painting within the lines. I used the Silhouette pen holder and a clear Ranger embossing pen to sketch the design on white cardstock. Watercolor paper would have been ideal but I HATE that all my watercolor paper has a yellow tint. My next Simon Says Stamp order will definitely have white watercolor paper.

One-of-a-kind greeting designed in Silhouette Studio and embossed in White Pearl.

One-of-a-kind greeting designed in Silhouette Studio and embossed in White Pearl.

After my design was sketched out, I embossing using Stampendous Stamp-n Stuff White Pearls embossing powder. I had this embossing powder sitting in my stash forever but when I heated it, it turned a semi-transparent yellowish color. Does embossing powder go bad? Do they still make this brand? (Note to self…add white embossing powder to craft NEED list.) Next, I watercolored the heart using Distressed inks. I wanted to make sure the card was “manly” so I decided on Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean.

One-of-a-kind greeting designed in Silhouette Studio and embossed in White Pearl.

One-of-a-kind greeting designed in Silhouette Studio and embossed in White Pearl.

Now…time to put it all together! I used a piece of pattered paper from the Pink Paislee “Pen Pals” paper pack and mounted it on a a plain white 5.5″ x 4″ card. After the heart was dry, it was cut down to 3.75″ x 3.75″ and the edges distressed with a pair of scissors. Using foam tape, I mounted the heart to the right on the card giving it some dimension. Cutting a teeny, tiny slit in the top of the card let me wrap twine around the card and secure it with a knot. Using the Simon Says Stamp “Paper Hug” stamp set, I stamped the heart cluster on a scrap piece of the patterned paper in Simon Says Stamp Island Blue dye ink and fussy cut a bunch. Then I attached clusters of 3 hearts with Ranger multi matte medium and gave them some dimension and gloss with Ranger glossy accents.

One-of-a kind Valentine's Day card all finished. Can you say love?! <3

One-of-a kind Valentine’s Day card all finished. Can you say love?! <3

On the inside of the card, I stamped the greeting from the Simon Says Stamp “Paper Hug” stamp set using Momento Tuxedo Black ink. Then I attached one of the hearts I fussy cut earlier on top of the heart on the greeting to give it some color. And viola…Done! 🙂

Stamped sentiment on the inside of card.

Stamped sentiment on the inside of card.

I hope you like this card. If you use it as inspiration for one of your projects, I’d love to see it! As always, post your link in the comments below so I can have a look.

Until next time…


I Have Issues…Paper Issues!!

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It’s official! I’m truly, absolutely in love with everything about Paper Issues! The cost, the amount of stuff in each bag, the shipping time, the handwritten thank you note…LOVE IT ALL!!

In my last post about the “Swag Bag” I admitted to getting a little carried away and ripping off the tissue paper in my excitement before taking a picture. This time I remembered and look how cute it is! Who wouldn’t get excited after receiving a this pretty little package…right?

Paper Issues "Swag Bag" is wrapped in tissue paper and tied with a bow!

Paper Issues “Swag Bag” is wrapped in tissue paper and tied with a bow!

So here’s both the January and February “Swag Bags”. How awesome are they?

The January 2015 Paper Issues "Swag Bag"

The January 2015 Paper Issues “Swag Bag”

Contents of the Paper Issues February 2015 "Swag Bag"

Contents of the Paper Issues February 2015 “Swag Bag”

This is one subscription I’ll be sticking with! Now to convince myself to use these goodies in my projects and not just look at them! 🙂

Until next time…


Take Ten…Again!

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A while ago, I posted about my love/hate relationship with Take Ten Kits. Since that post things have changed. Purchase of the kit club is no longer a subscription but a “first come first serve” basis. From what I have read, there were a lot of mixed reactions with many “subscribers” concerned they would be left in the dark and miss getting a kit. Since I’m no longer a subscriber, I don’t know if there were any problems with the change and I have not seen any posts stating there were. Another change I noticed is the cost of international shipping. It has increased from $7 to $8 a month. So a $10 kit now costs Canadian “subscribers” $18 not including the exchange rate. So disappointing!! 🙁

Always one to look for a deal, a couple of months ago I was able to take advantage of a sale at Take Ten Kits. I bought the November 2014 kit and the Plan Today stamp set for $10. 🙂 The $7 shipping was still too high for my liking but hey…I basically got a stamp set for free!! I’ll be keeping my eye out for more deals and hopefully be able to get all the kits…fingers crossed! 🙂

November 2014 Kit & Plan Today Stamp Take Ten Kits/Studio 29 Designs

November 2014 Kit & Plan Today Stamp Take Ten Kits/Studio 29 Designs

Until next time…


Drug Store Prints…Yay or Nay?!

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I’ve been seeing lots of conversation on Facebook about the quality of “drug store” photo prints vs professional prints. From what I’m reading, most of the complaints are about certain companies. So, it made me wonder…where are the best places to get awesome photos without breaking the bank? Are there any tricks and tips professional photographers use? Hmmmm…

I should first say that I believe results are based on location and on user experience. My full time job is with a large Canadian retailer and at my store location I work in the photo department…so I have a little experience. I am by no means a professional…this post is based on my opinion and experiences, nothing more! 🙂

Since I’ve admitted I’m not an expert, if you came here hoping to see what a real, live professional photographer has to say about the subject check out this post. It’s really well written and gives a ton of insight into some things I would never know…or even think to look for!

Ok! So…here goes! There are a few things I see happen on a regular basis in the photo department at my day job. As a customer, please understand that when you get photos printed at a “drug store” you will more-than-likely not end up with professional quality prints. Customers must also understand that employees are not miracle workers. We can not make that guy in the background disappear or turn your 60 year old 4×6 black and white photo into a color 11×17 without loosing the details. As well, the employee and the photo equipment are not able to read minds. Just because you THINK you would like a 2×2 print, if the smallest photo the equipment can produce is 4×6 and you choose 4×6…you will get a 4×6. This is not the employees fault and does not mean the equipment is “crap”. ALWAYS remember, photo employees are people too! Ok…rant over!! 🙂

There are a couple of tips I’d like to mention. First…depending on the settings of your camera, photos may look great on the computer but they, in fact, may not be true 4×6, 5×7, etc. Always check to be sure photos are not being cropped at the photo kiosk. The process is different for each type of kiosk however, always click on the “edit” button. It’s here that you can see any cropping that may occur. Second…NEVER choose “color correct”. This will ensure your photos stay as close to the original as possible. Third…talk to your “drug store” photo employee about what you may need or expect. Depending on the system, employees are able to make some changes to photos. Other changes MUST be made directly at the kiosk. Don’t be afraid to ask questions…they are there to help!

Until next time…happy printing!! 🙂


Handwritten Calendar Months

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It seems like forever since I’ve had a day to do nothing but catch up on my ever growing “to do” list! Well, ladies and gentlemen, it appears today was finally the day to do just that and it worked out fabulously! No emergencies to tend to, no pile of dishes screaming my name, no laundry staring at me from across the room…actually there is but my darling fiance has promised to take care of it this weekend. 🙂

Last week I posted my free blank monthly calendar printable. You can see that post here. This week I’ve designed some handwritten calendar months. I printed them on heavy 110lb white card stock and cut them using my Silhouette. Having them on white will allow me to try different techniques and decorate or embellish depending on my mood and co-ordinate with the calendar I want to use for that month. Yay!!

Months - handwritten and cut out.

Months – handwritten and cut out.

So, for those of you who love these handwritten months as much as I do, the digital files are available for purchase in my store for only 99¢. And if you don’t have a cutting machine? I haven’t forgotten you! You can also purchase the cutouts printed on that heavy 100lb white card stock for $1.99.

Handwritten months

Handwritten months

Buy the digital file here
Buy the physical product here

I can’t wait to get my creative juices flowing with these! Hope you enjoy them and, as always, please leave a comment with a link showing how you’ve used them. I’d love to see your work!!

Until next time…


Here’s to the New Year!!

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Happy New Year!! I know, I know…I’m almost a week late but hey, better late then never right?!

I mentioned in a previous post that I had decided to give Project Life a try. So…I gathered some supplies at the beginning of 2014. Album? Check. Page protectors? Check. Core kit? Check. Number of pages done? None. Yup…none! Last year was the worst for me and while I have 90% of my photos printed and in a neat little pile, I just couldn’t find the time/inspiration to put it all together. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! 🙂

For 2015, I decided on a different approach…more of a journal/about me album. My life is pretty boring, to be honest, so I also scaled down my album to a 6 x 8. The big plan is to do a monthly layout with a calendar highlighting the important events in my life.

With a plan in place, I went on the hunt for a blank monthly calendar that I could decorate and had spaces big enough to write in. Free is always good but I have no problem paying for things I absolutely love. I found an amazing free blank calendar on the Heidi Swapp site but there was a problem. (Isn’t there always a problem when you really want something?!) The problem…I found lots of links to the download but the download itself was nowhere to be found. Since I couldn’t find anything that met my criteria and caught my eye, what is a girl to do? Design my own, of course! So…here it is! Free for personal use! Yay!! Just click on the image to download. Easy peasy!! 🙂

Free Blank Monthly Calendar - Personal Use Only

Free Blank Monthly Calendar – Personal Use Only

I hope you enjoy! Please leave a comment with a link if you use any of these calendars. I’d love to see your work!

Until next time…


Paper Issues…I’m in Love!!

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In my last post, I wrote about my frustration with Take Ten Kits. I love the kits but hate the shipping costs so I went on a search for a new, cheap replacement to the Take Ten Kits. I’m thrilled to say that my search paid off and I found a new kit for just $10 and only $4 shipping to Canada! Sign. Me. Up!

Paper Issues has a “Swag Bag” that contains lots of goodies. Their website description is:

Each month you will receive a package full of awesome-delivered right to your door!  It will include the latest embellishments from the manufacturers we carry in the store and sometimes some exclusive products.

Umm, YES!! Just what I’m looking for…yay!!

I ordered my “Swag Bag” and it arrived in record time. That may have something to do with Christmas being just around the corner. I’ll find out for sure next month. Impressed in an understatement. It came wrapped in tissue paper with a pretty red bow. I, of course, ripped the paper off before taking a picture. I promise to try to control myself next month and get a pic first. 🙂 There was even a little thank you note from Paper Issues owner Cassie. Love those little details!!

Everything in the December 2014 Paper Issues "Swag Bag"

Everything in the December 2014 Paper Issues “Swag Bag”

The amount of stuff in this little $10 pack is amazing! There was lots of “Oohh’s” and “Aahh’s” as I went through everything. I can’t wait until next months package!!

Until next time…


Take Ten Kits…Love or Hate?

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I’d written this post weeks ago and though I published it…nope! Ugh! Anyway…

Earlier this year I made the decision to give Project Life a try. I’d always wanted to have a scrapbook/journal but found the idea of 12 x 12 pages quite intimidating. Seriously, what are you suppose to put on such a big page without taking away from the photos or the pages looking too cluttered or bare. Project Life was just what I was looking for. I could beautifully document life without feeling overwhelmed!

A couple of months ago, I joined a Facebook group devoted to Project Life. The talent of these ladies is beyond incredible. Their work is so inspiring! It was here that I heard about a small company offering monthly pocket scrapbooking kits at only $10 per month…amazing! And shipping was a mere $4…thrilling! As a Canadian, there’s nothing worse then finding an awesome online store only to realize their shipping costs are inflated. I mean, $32 to ship a $5 pen…you’ve got to be kidding, right?

September 2014 Kit - Take Ten Kits

September 2014 Kit – Take Ten Kits

Christmas 2014 - Take Ten Kits

Christmas 2014 – Take Ten Kits

As a Canadian with only one Michael’s store in my province, I purchase 90% of my crafting supplies online. It’s fair to say I know reasonable shipping costs when I see them.You can imagine my disappointment when I was suddenly invoiced a shipping charge of $7 for a $10 kit that weighs 3 ounces and fits in a small padded envelope. The reason for the higher shipping, I discovered, is kits are shipped as a package instead of a large envelope. A package ships for about $8 and includes a tracking number whereas an envelope does not include tracking and ships for $3. Understandably, the owner of Take Ten Kits will not ship as an envelope since she has had problems with lost packages. Call me cheap but I’m unwilling to pay $7 for shipping and have cancelled my subscription. I’m beyond disappointed! I absolutely LOVE the Take Ten kits. I HATE that the shipping costs are so high. I DESPISE that I wasn’t able to pay the cheaper shipping cost even though I was more then willing to risk the package getting lost or damaged. Oh well…c’est la vie!! The search is on for a replacement subscription!!

Until next time…