Happy Thanksgiving!


To all my American friends – enjoy your Thanksgiving! I hope you all have lots of fun and laughter, tons of friends and family, and too much turkey!




Seasonal Canvas | A Year of Mixed Media


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A while ago I posted that I taught my last Seasonal Canvas class – the fall one – and so now I have a full set of four. I have to say, this might be one of my favourite classes ever! The finished product of each canvas is beautiful but to have all four together is just awesome.

year of canvas

Don’t they look great? I did a little kitchen rearranging to fit them in on a wall that doesn’t get direct sunlight. I used Luminarte Silks for the paint on each of these and unfortunately, they’re not light stable. :(

That being said, it was ok in this case because they fit perfectly here just above my scrapbooking island in the corner of my kitchen.

If you want closeups all the canvases are in my Flickr gallery and your can also check out the blog posts for Winter, SpringSummer, and Fall.



Distress Renewed – Alcohol Inks


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My love for Alcohol Inks has been seriously reinvigorated after designing this class! As a matter of fact, it was so much fun that I played around with some of the techniques on a Secret Santa gift – a canvas – that I’m making:

shoot for the stars sneak

I actually had to go buy more colours I’m that excited to play with them again!

We had such an awesome fun time last night at class one participant was even giggling with glee as we spattered Ink about. I think if we spent two hours flicking different colours on page she would have left happy!

The first page is pretty simple – some Translucent embossing paste and then a layer of Alcohol Ink:

cousin love

We added lots of layers with book paper and stickers:

cousin love top layers

And then we added some more!

cousin love side layers

The second LO was the most fun to do:


Awesome drips:

hmph spatter

And texture:

hmph texture and colour

And splatter texture:

hmph texture

I wish I had photos of the LO’s the class did because they were amazing! The colours they picked were gorgeous and the way everything blended was awesome. Unfortunately for me, that means I have a lot to live up to for the next Renewed class, gulp!

Hopefully, some of you will join us – it’s fun, creative, and a great night out with friends.



Christmas Card kit – Special Guest Designers!


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The Paperie has a brand new card kit out and it’s geared towards kids! To be honest though, I love it and had a ton of fun creating with it so trust me, it’s also adult friendly!


The best thing about this card kit? My kiddies were “guest designers” for it and they were thrilled!


Since I wrote a couple of blog posts for The Paperie showcasing all the projects we made, I’ll send you over there to check it all out – enjoy!

Molly & Gabe’s Creations

Sara’s Creations

Like what you see? They’re for sale now and they can also ship if you’re not in the area!



Alcohol, fall, and kids…



Yes, I’ve been MIA the past week or so. Everyone has been sick and it’s all viral so there’s nothing to do but deal and wait it out. Sigh.

Anyway, I wanted to pop in really quick and fill you in on my classes at The Paperie from now until Christmas – there’s a couple of fun ones coming up!

This Thursday night I’m teaching another Distress Renewed class and it’s all about Alcohol Ink!

alcohol ink distress class sneak

Look at the texture there – fun, fun!

Of course, I have the Yearlong Album class the end of this month and again in December.

october layers

During the November class I’ll be talking about the changes for next year – and I think you’re going to like them!

The second Seasonal Mini Album class is December 4:

fall album sneak

The great thing about this class is that you can take all four throughout the year  or you can pick and choose. This fall one is looking pretty cute so far and has some new fun elements that differ from the Summer one.

On December 6 I’m teaching along with some of the other members of the Paperie Creative Team at the annual Holiday Hoopla. This year it’s all ornaments! I don’t have a picture of mine, I forgot to take one before I handed in the project, but it’s cute!

Finally, I’m teaching a kid’s class on December 7 so any parents who need some shopping time, this is a great time for that! Drop the kiddies off, they make a great project and you get all your stuff done!


I taught this to some Paperie Retreat participants last weekend and I’m super excited to see what the kids do with it – they always have the best ideas!

There are loads of other classes happening over the next month and a half as well so make sure you take a look!



12 on Twelve | November 2014


november1. Student of the Week – 5 Incredible Days!

2. heading off to school

3. playing trains and watching the street

4. pomegranate seeds

5. time to break out the winter boots

6. porch selfie

7. hot chocolate for my sore throat

8. these guys are still looking good!

9. homework time

10. all labeled – these three WITL albums make me happy

11. the things you find out shopping

12. Instaweather is messed up – apparently it’s 9:20am and night time…..



September | YLA2014


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The September LO was a fun and interesting one this month – I had a lot of letters to try and fit on the page (September is a long word!) and I wanted to show how to use the Simple Stories Sn@p Photo Flips in a different way – I love how it turned out!

I chose to use patterned paper again, simply because the icon paper seemed to fit with the Back to School theme that is September around here!

09 - septemberThis time I layered the paper on watercolour paper to get a border. I added the usual grey Project Life arrows and some extra stickers, along with a doodled border, around the edge:

september clusterAnd, believe it or not, these pages hold 10 pictures! I specifically made sure to add both landscape and portrait orientations so everyone could see that either would work.

september photo flips - leftAnd it’s a super fun interactive element, especially when you add all the great Simple Stories stickers to the pics:

september photo flips - rightSee that picture of Mister Gabe? That’s his best friend Hannah – we kind of like her a lot, and her little sister (who I take care of) is the cutest thing you ever saw. Just for proof:

spider heidiI mean, seriously. She kills me. Hannah is the hilarious Gingerbread Man behind her – love these two. But Halloween is for another day……

Anyway, that was September – hope you liked the fun tip about Photo Flips!

I’m off this weekend to The Paperie Fall Retreat and I. Can’t. Wait. Really. I’m writing this the day I’m leaving and I woke up at 5am. It’s like Christmas to a 5-year-old. :)

Hope you all have  a fabulous weekend and come back early next week to check out the Halloween craziness that happened here!



August |YLA2014


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Well. I was just going to post my September Yearlong Album LO’s and realized that I haven’t shown you August yet. Oops! So, to keep these in some type of order, here’s August – you’ll get September tomorrow! :)

08 - augustThis month it was fun with strips and drips! We cut a bunch of papers into different length strips which we layered behind photos and diecuts:

august layersYou can see I added my signature doodling to the diecuts to make them pop a little more.

The drips were made with three different shades of Heidi Swapp ColorShine mist. We made a pool of mist behind the photos then let it drip to either side:

august strips and dripsThe shimmer and the slight colour variation, plus the bit of added texture and dimension from the strips is pretty awesome.

We finished the LO with the usual arrows and some bits and bobs:

august heartsHave I mentioned how much I love those cork hearts and gold stars? Love. Them.

See you tomorrow with the September LO!



Simple Scrapper Show & Tell | November 2014


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I don’t know where the year is going but here I am again with new Simple Scrapper material. The rest of the Team, as always, knocked it out of the ballpark so make sure you check out the November Team Gallery. Also, we just announced some new Team members so go give them a big hello!

My Story Starter LO for this uses a picture that I’ve scrapped before but it’s one of my faves and it was perfect for this LO:

hello baby girl

The sketch was so much fun to use and I love how my old, hoarded Basic Grey paper worked for the circle element:

hello baby girl circle

I also got to break out some Prima alphas that I love and, of course, I added my usual black pen work to them:

hello baby girl title

My template LO was a fun mixed media one:

corn maze

The picture of my kiddies from this fall cracked me up – Molly makes it looks like Gabe is choking her to death, she’s such a drama queen – and I wanted it to be a fun LO to match. I used a different resist technique from my normal faves and traced a stencil with a glue pen:

corn maze resist

And then I mixed alphas for my title:

corn maze title

Now it’s your turn to play! Go check out all the Show & Tell links and then add your own – I love seeing what everyone makes each month, and it doesn’t have to be Simple Scrapper material so go share whatever you have!



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Week in the Life | 2014 – midweek roundup


So yesterday was the midway point in this year’s Week in the Life Journey and, as is normal for me in all parts of my life, the midway point was the hardest. Wednesday’s are always the worst at bootcamp – I have no energy – and the same goes for this project. I took less pics than usual (though I still had tons!) and I wrote less on my daily sheets. I just hit a wall in the middle of things!

But today is a new day and it’s Halloween so I’m sure there will be too many pictures today to make up for yesterday!

Here are my favourites of the week so far:

On Monday my mom’s cousin sent her some old pics:

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My grandmother – Molly is named after her. She’s Molly Nora.

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My grandfather – the best man, best person I’ve ever known. He was truly one of a kind. So was my grandmother, they were two incredible people.

Tuesday, according to Gabe, was the worst day ever:

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I love that he took a selfie while keeping the pout, ha!


witl - wednesday2Love it when she’s silly.

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Love it when he stays in his footie jammies all day – makes me feel like he’s still a baby. :)


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Week in the Life has brought out some camera smiles with Molly – normally she’s a definite no to pics!

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Would have missed this moment if not for WITL – I was waiting to take a pic of him going to school so had my camera when I normally wouldn’t have.

And that’s it so far. Three more days left and then putting it all together happens. I’m lucky to work from home so whenever I get a chance I upload and edit pics. I also add times and a few words to each one in Photoshop before printing. By the end of the night I have the day done and I send them off daily to be printed. It keeps them organized for me and I don’t feel overwhelmed at the end of the week. I just need to add some bits and bobs then and I call it done!

How is your week going? Let me know if you’re still snapping and writing!




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