Friday, June 26, 2015

Project Life - The catch up :)

Good afternoon,

I wanted to hop on here and share 3, yes THREE, PL layouts I did today.  None of them have videos as I did my "lay it out, work on it on breaks" method of getting them done.  All were done today in a likely time of 30 mins or less each layout.

The first I used up the last of the scraps of my Simple Stories "I Am" collection 6x6 paper pad and sticker sheets (still have some stickers and other embellishments as you get TONS).

These 2nd two are using up the scraps and embellishments from my May Citrus Twist kit.  I have my June kit and definitely had enough left to do more layouts but as I really wanted to get my PL done first... I used it up for this.  I have about 1/2 a 12x12 sheet left of one pp and the rest are little bits.

Hope you enjoy! I will be back soon with some news and a new schedule for my You Tube channel.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Quick update!!!

I just wanted to pop in and say I have a layout and video up on the Layout-A-Week blog today here:

You Tube:

I just posted this Project Life video on Monday:

This third edition of my "Lifted" series that featured Irit Landgraf: (her YouTube)

And this Open the Box video of my June Citrus Twist kit:

AND... last but certainly not least... drum roll please....

I have a layout in the Summer issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine!! So excited. I am on page 65!!!!  (literally totally thrilled)

Coming soon...

I have 2 new videos (a new Lifted and a 12x12 from a Citrus Twist sketch) coming soon.  Here's some sneaky peeks:

Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I AM...

Boy, this is a popular phrase lately.  I saw this challenge over at Felicity Jane and I had to play along.   I loved their kit this month and went into my stash to play along with similar colours (I hope they don't mind).  And I have to say (if you don't mind me going deep for this post!!), I think this is fabulous.  I think scrapbookers tend to not get out in front of the camera and something like this gets us on the page.  It gets us thinking about who we are, not just who are our kids are or what event happened.  I sat down and wrote down a TON of answers to this and then narrowed it down to the ones that I thought described me most.

I wrote:

I am tidy... Chaos makes me crazy.  Organizing settles my brain.
I am imperfect... And that is ok.  Makes me more interesting.
I am quirky... But shy, so not everyone knows this about me.
I am creative... Scrapbooking is my passion.  It is my outlet.
I am aspiring... To better myself.  To follow through.  To be the vision I see and want...

There is also some private journalling on a 3x4 card behind my photo.

I also DELIBERATELY chose a photo that was no make up, sweaty, can see my worry wrinkle, my hair is messy.  This is me.  You can tell I'm not 20 anymore.  And I am okay with that.  I earned those smile lines.  Those crinkles beside my eyes are from laughing.  That, ahem, extra chin is from having 2 babies and stress eating ... cause I worry about every damn thing!  But I am working on all of it. But I'm keeping the smile lines :)  And I am working to smile more and laugh more and worry less.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Weekend Fun Challenge - Victoria Marie Facebook Group

HI everyone!! I am a new member of the very first Victoria Marie Challenge Team and here is my very first challenge for the Weekend Fun challenge.  These challenges are posted twice a week (Hump Day challenge and Weekend Fun challenge).  Come on by and check them out!!!

Here's the group:

And here is my challenge...

"I challenge you to find inspiration from your everyday travels. I found 3 things to share with you just from my wanderings (Starbucks, the actual road on a walk and a towel from a home store window). I have included a layout and a process video on how I used the Starbucks sign. You are welcome to find your own or use one of these!"

(pssttt... Canadian ladies... do you spy what the reflection is in the window?  I was going to crop this but left that in just for you!!)

And here is my layout and a process video:

I really hope you play along and show me what you make!!


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Planning makes me a happy happy girl...

Hi guys, this is a fast post that I decided to do on a whim so please excuse the poor photos and lighting!!

This morning, while I was watching a YouTube video (which also spurred me to invent a new YT "series" I am going to start doing), I saw this neat Page Planner that Jen Schow uses.  She had linked to it and a light bulb went off for me.  I already use a Design A page planner (sorry looks like it is no longer available but did find THIS  and THIS for you) to do my PL but what I was struggling with was planning out my layouts too and how I wanted to put them in my albums.

BUT... yesterday I cranked the music and did a bit more of a purge and reorg in this nasty mess I call an office my scrappy space and found this super cute gold polka dot notebook.  And, as most of my brilliant (to me) ideas happen, I saw exactly what I needed to do.

Now, this was a problem because I literally felt like this idea slapped me on one side of the face while the idea for my YT series was slapping the other.  So the actual "go and scrap something" idea won out but as soon as I was able this morning, I bought, printed off and implemented this.

So here is the book: (just added some Thickers and tiny tile alphas)

Isn't that cute??  I am pretty sure I bought it at Chapters and it is Kate Spade (which means I paid too much for it but it was super cute).

And here is what I did inside the book!!  I took my Design A 8x5 x 11 planner (for me this is a month's worth of PL pages as I only do 1 12x12 page protector per week) and folded it in half and stuck onto one side and then trimmed the page planner done and stuck that to the other. VOILA, I can pretty much plan out a months worth of PL and layouts and see it all together.  If I need more than 4 layouts for a month I plan to just use washi to attach another sheet along the left side so I can flip them.

Here is a close up of how I use the design A planner. It is SUPER rough but it gives me enough of an idea when I am cropping the photos in PhotoShop and when I got to actually do that week I have the layout ready to go. This REALLY has sped up my PL planning, prep and execution.

Here is the page planner in action.  AGAIN, super super rough.  I just want an idea for photo cropping and to refer back to when I am ready to actually do the layout. I needed to order photos today and did a week of PL and 2 layouts in 10 minutes.  It was awesome.  And after a session on Monday of photo ordering I am now planned out for 5 weeks of PL and 6 layouts. 

I gotta say, you might be going, this is a no-brainer Jen and I do NOT know why you are so excited but for me??!!!  This just made a problem that has been bugging me for 2 years just disappear.  Happy happy girl!!

Thanks for stopping by,


Monday, June 1, 2015

500 Subscribers GiveAWAY - LAST DAY TO ENTER!!

Last day to enter (today, June 1st, 2015) for the $50 GC giveaway to Mei Li Paperie. I chose Mei Li as they do an amazing job with international packages and as an "international" in Canada, I know how very hard it can be to find good products at a good price (hello insane exchange rate) AND at shipping that doesn't break the bank!!!!

Here are the entries thus far: (I will add to this if more go up today)

Rachel Dutko
Alejandra Flores
Leonor Carrilho
Moira O’Reilly
Karen Lai
Crafty Meggy

Heather Wedan

Good luck to you all and thanks so much to all my 654 subscribers (NOW!) for your support. More videos coming soon. I have 3 PL ones coming this week and filmed 2 more DT ones this weekend for Layout-A-Week and my new gig Victoria Marie Challenge Team!!!