Saturday, January 31, 2009

February DT Entry

Wow! I really loved the kit this month! The papers from Little Yellow Bicycle were romantic but not fussy or girly, just perfect for my brood of boys! I created a one page layout, a two page layout, a card, a family day capsule and a children's valentine! I can't believe how much I managed to do with this kit! Thank you to Two Scrapbook Friends for a beautiful February kit!

one page layout - Table for 2

On this layout I distressed and inked all the edges of the patterned papers, I also added some stitching. I used the cricut and cuttlebug to create an embossed heart. I inked the letters in my title black.

Our son Jonathan snapped this picture while Ian and I were enjoying the New Year's Eve dinner Ian made for us.

2 page layout - 21 years 21 reasons

On this layout I used the same techniques at with the one page layout but added Pewter Stickled to my chipboard key, Diamond Stickles to my little white heart and made some faux brads using little round pop dots and some black cardstock that I whole punched.
journalling reads
I love that you truly co-parent * I love that you always, eventually, accomplish the things on your “to do” list * I love that you embrace my passion for scrapbooking * I love that you make us a quiet “dinner for 2” once a week * I love that you chauffer patiently while I shop * I love how you hold me in your arms * I love that you make me a cup of tea when you come home from work * I love your sense of humour * I love that you overlook my idiosyncrasies * I love the way you kiss me * I love that you are the father of my children * I love when we snuggle and watch tv * I love that you are a renaissance man * I love that you built me a scrap room * I love that you pick me wildflowers on nature walks * I love that you are a strong role model * I love that you embrace family traditions as much as I do * I love that you remember to tell me when our sons are on the ice, during their hockey games, because I can’t see far enough to know they are out there * I love that you don’t mind me putting a ton of decorative pillows on our bed and floral accents in our room * I love that you tell me I am beautiful * I love that you were strong and there for me when I became visually impaired.

i heart u - card

Family Day Capsule

An altered rum tin with cards for each family member to fill out their favourite food, game, sport, event, etc. for the year. And a recent picture of the kids.
I thought this may also be a good place to stash event tickets etc. for outtings we have taken during the year.
My hope is that we can fill out new cards and add a new pic each year on family day. It may be a good way to find out what the kids current favourites are and avoid commercializing this new holiday all at the same tiem.

Valentine Sucker Card
Timmy will be making a simplified version of this for his kindergarten friends.
You can check out the entries from all of the 2SF designers here.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Friendzy Friday

I have been asked to participate in a new weekly blog post for the Two Scrapbook Friends blog. Every Friday one of the three of us participating will post a tip, technique or storage idea under the title Friendzy Friday. This week was my turn, and this is my post....

How to Alter Buttons.....

Turning a button into an epoxy type embellishment with patterned paper is quick and seimply and oh so flexible.

Choose a neutral button and a piece of patterned paper that coordinates with your layout.

Trim the patterned paper, around your button using a craft knife.
You can tidy up your trimming with scissors if need be.

Coat your button’s flattest side with Glossy Accents.
Apply your cut out paper circle. The final step is coating the paper on top of the button with Glossy Accents, making sure not to allow any bubbles to form. Let dry a couple of hours.

Voila! You have a shiny little accent reminiscent of an epoxy sticker that perfectly coordinates with the paper you choose for your layout.

Alternately, if you don’t happen to have a button on hand that coordinates with your layout, you can make one very simply with a clear button and cardstock. On the occasion that I have not had a perfectly coordinating button, I can fake it!!

Trace around a clear button with a craft knife on cardstock.
Coat the back of a clear button with Glossy Accents, being careful to avoid bubbles.Affix your little cut out circle.

You will want to use a paper piercer to poke the button’s holes through the paper backing. I recommend putting your thread through the button before the Glossy Accents is dry just to make sure the button holes don’t get filled in with Glossy Accents.

Make them both for a beautifully matched set!

(Just an extra thought, I have also done the clear button technique and then sanded the top of the button for a frosted or sandblasted look, it took seconds and looked kind of cool. It will also tone down the colour a bit if you want your button less vibrant.)

Now I must confess, after writing up this technique. taking pics while I created these two embellies (which was no small feat with only two hands!) I ran across a similar technique when I sat down to read the latest issue of Scrapbooks Etc. magazine. Boy was I bummed! Oh well, c'est la vie!

Feeling Neglectful!

I have been feeling neglectful because I have not posted anything in a while, but computer issues and life are getting in the way of fun! However, I can report that I am almost done February's design team entry (hopefully today of tomorrow it will be all done) then I can start scanning and taking pics.

Once that is all done and ready to upload my trusted laptop is going in for a new ethernet card. It's funny to have it stuck in one place since I have to run it hardwired! Which is basically a closet as that is where I have my modem and printer stored. I have been uber busy trying to back up everything on my laptop in case anything is lost while it is being worked on. As well as transferring anything I may need during the next two weeks, to my old computer. The joys of technology! I am dreading being without my laptop, I use if for everything! Oh well, life goes on, might as well try to enjoy the ride.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Let them eat cake!

Today is my DH's, Ian, 47th birthday. Happy birthday, darlin'!!
As a result I get to use my favourite toy, outside of the scraproom that is, my Kitchenaid mixer, to make him one of my famous (well in my family anyway) chocolate cakes!

I love to bake and don't usually need an excuse but after so many goodies over the holidays, a birthday is a good excuse to bake again!

I usually don't share this recipe, but since it is an oldie and a goodie, so I thought I should pass it on! It is very moist and delicious. I am also going to include my own creation (or at least I think so since I made it up) milk chocolate icing, it is creamy and yummy. Enjoy!

Chocolate Cake

1/2 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1.5 tsp vanilla
3 squares unsweetened chocolate*
2 cups cake and pastry flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sour cream
1 cup boiling water
*substitution 9 tbsp cocoa plus 3 tbsp butter, melted and combined - this is what I usually as I always have a large container of cocoa in and don't always have baker chocolate.
Beat butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy. Beat in chocolate. Sift together dry ingredients and mix in alternately with sour cream to butter mixture. Carefully stir in boiling water. (Mixture is very slopp.) Pou into 2 greased and floured 9" cake pans. Bake at 350F for 35 minutes or until cake tests done.

Milk Chocolate Icing

2 2/3 cups icing sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
6 tbsp butter
1/4 cup milk (to start with)

Beat all ingredients together, then add extra milk as need to reach desired spreading consistency.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


This is a layout I completed a little while ago, but I thought I'd try scanning in the layout to my computer instead of taking a digital picture. I love that it is nice and straight but you can't really see all the distressing on the edges of the layout, oh well. Anyway, I took this pic one day while Timmy was playing with a little worm, I don't know what it is with boys and not having an "ick" factor but I won't even pick them up never mind put one on my face!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


A fun layout of Chris playing with Timmy and my nephew, Jakey, (both about 3 years old) in the backyard having some rough and tumble boy time!

Monday, January 12, 2009

My day in the Kindergarten!

Today, as is true for most Mondays, I spent my day as Miss Laurie, the helper in Timmy's kindergarten. It is usually a very busy day, and today was no different, I didn't stop even for a tea all day long. I typically spend the day doing prep work (loads of it), getting the weekly reading books ready, helping the kids with craft and pencil to paper activities and providing one on one time with anyone that needs it.

The kids are a joy, it amazes me that you can put 21, 4 and 5 year olds in a room and have no behavioural issues, at all. This is solely attributed to their teacher, Mrs Manzo, she is very kind and very fair, and amazingly loving and giving for a teacher today (I have had kids in the school system for well over a dozen years now and you wouldn't believe how many won't hug an injured child).

The children all know that Mrs Manzo does not accept poor behaviour, it's as simple as that! And that's all she has to say if a little one even thinks they may start something, "oh no "Billy", I don't accept that in our classroom." End of story, there is no issue. She keeps the kids busy and interested all day long, and is very aware of the need to balance learning with hands on fun activities as well as burning off energy. If the little ones sit for a long time doing "paperwork" she allows for extra free play time. If the weather is too poor for outside play, she ensures extra gym time. She always gives them extra time to eat, knowing they"socialize" a lot and that it affects how much they consume. And she wants to make sure they all eat enough to get them through the day.

Mrs Manzo also makes me feel very useful and needed, making a comment to the children every Monday that they couldn't do it without Miss Laurie. Of course, they could but it is very nice to feel useful, especially since when I had to stop working 9 (almost 10) years ago, I didn't feel very useful a lot of the time. This is in large part the reason I have been giving her a day a week for the last almost year and a half. And probably why another Mom, Miss Shelly, in my son's Monday/Wednesday class has started volunteering every Wednesday, and a Tuesday/Thursday class Mom volunteers in Mrs Manzo's other class one day a week.

I met our school's new VP when classes resumed after Christmas break and I think she was a little surprised at how many regular volunteers Mrs Manzo has. And yet you would think Mrs Manzo would take it a little easier, but she doesn't, she constantly pushes herself to do more and give more for the children. Spending many prep hours searching and organizing new things for the kids to do. Taking the basic curriculum and making it so much more.

Our kids have come a long way so far in kindergarten, and I am thankful she has her students with her for both JK and SK. The curriculum says that kindergartener's need to know about 30 sight words when they move on to grade 1. I can honestly say that most of our SK's are already reading, really reading, and the rest will be before the end of the school year! They love to perform for Mrs Manzo because she is so proud of them and thrilled for them when they do! And she gets results of many wonderful kinds in all areas of her classroom.

It is an honour to be there and I might just have to stick around for another year, of course, Timmy will have to move up to Grade 1 but I can definitely stay in kindergarten for a while longer!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

An evening of Scrapbooking!

Last night I was invited to my friend Elaine's house, most of the "Scrappin' Bitches" were getting together for an evening of scrapbooking. So I packed up some stuff to work on, made a lemon loaf to bring, settled in the kids for the evening with a movie and big brother, Jon, in charge (Ian was also going out with friends) and off I went. I had great intentions of completing a layout, but after trimming my photos and making only a couple of cuts of my patterned paper, that's where my good intentions ended. I enjoyed good food, a nice red wine, catching up with the girls and lots of lots of laughs. In the end the 'girl time therapy' was much more important and beneficial for me than a completed layout. After a long and busy week it was exactly what I needed and has given me the energy to get through a couple of more weeks. I must say all this snow and bitter cold are not on my top ten list of favourites, when the kids don't want to go out as much to burn off steam and energy the house becomes a much noisier place. And I can't really blame them, for I am a summer baby myself! I know it's only January and this is Canada, but I am looking toward spring and missing my years in Florida a little more this year. Maybe it's an age thing!!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Fabulous Blog Award!

thanks to Karan for another wonderful (sorry fabulous!) blog award!!

the rules are simple... I need to list 5 addictions and nominate 5 blogs for this award

Addictions.... 1/ papercrafting 2/ chocolate 3/ blogging 4/ hanging out in the kindergarten on mondays 5/ organization

Blog nominees

sorry, there are lots of blogs I check out routinely, but it's all part of the addiction!

Some work from the fall retreat...

Been thinking a lot about the spring retreat coming up in April, that will be hosted by Two Scrapbook Friends, in Grand Bend at the Oakwood Inn, and some of the layouts that I would like to accomplish. This gave me the push to upload some of the work I completed at the last retreat they ran in November.

Journaling reads...

People say … “If I had it to do all over again…I would change this or that.”
I never want to do it all over again, it was way too difficult the first time! But I definitely wouldn’t change a thing because I’d be too terrified that changing one thing would change everything. Terrified, the outcome would be totally different… that I wouldn’t be who I am … that I wouldn’t love who I love and that my children wouldn’t be the children that I have now. This prospect is way too scary to fathom.
I don’t know that I wholly believe the line of reasoning that says everything happens for a reason, some things are just beyond comprehending that there was ever a reason for it to be. However, I do believe that your experiences, good or bad, happy or sad, easy or challenging culminate to make us who we are. I am the sum of my past, present and future. And when I grow up I want to be at peace with all of these.
My friend, Michelle ( who is a photographer took these pictures of me, while doing a family shoot for us. They are some of the few photos of me that I actually really like!

Love Anyway
Journaling reads...

Allowing yourself to fall in love is a risk.
Sharing your heart and soul with another can be a terrifying proposition.
There are more “what if’s” than answers.
So what’s a girl to do? …
(Inset title) LOVE ANYWAY
It’s the best thing I’ve ever done!

Timothy Tree
Journaling reads...

Summer '05 - To celebrate Timmy's adoption, Grandmama bought him a tree, a little oak. Timmy does a great job taking care of his tree! The Oak is a living legend, representing all that is true, wholesome, stable and noble. Much like the family unit. Mighty Oaks from little acorns grow.

Wild n Free

En Guarde

Tuesday, January 06, 2009


My latest layout, that I created last night. I really need to improve my camera and photo editing skills, but I did have some fun with this layout. I stamped the flourishes then traced them with glue and sprinkled micro beads over them. Turned out cute I think. Next time I will stamp in a darker ink, I was worried about it showing thru, I'm sure it won't so I'll have to remember that and save my eyes by using a darker ink.

Monday, January 05, 2009

This is where I belong

I have been meaning to do this layout for quite sometime, although in hindsight I am glad I waited... The journaling reads as follows.....

Timmy, after we found out that you were going to be ours forever, Dad & I began to make plans to give you a room that was perfectly you.

Dad made you a window seat to store your toys under and curl up and read on top of. I made a cushion for the seat and stacked lots of comfy pillows on it.

Dad added a chair rail and display shelves for your collections, then he painted them all out white.

I chose a beautiful quilt that was fun and spunky just like you and Dad painted the walls two colours from the quilt, to make it a bright and cheerful place.

Dad built a window valance and I upholstered it to match your quilt then I made curtains to match your window seat.

The icing on the cake came when we found an old sign that read “This is where I belong”. Dad and I knew that we had to buy it to hang over your bed. For you are where you truly belong.

Just like your adoption, our forever boy, your room is built with love. 2005

Friday, January 02, 2009


While reading Joanne's (of Two Scrapbook Friends) blog ( ) I was inspired by the post she wrote telling all about her shopping trip to the states and all of the beautiful scarves her and her family purchased. I do a fair bit of crocheting, making mostly baby gifts (blankets, little sweaters and hats) for friends and family with new additions. I have made 1 (and a half) sweaters for myself, as well! I quite often give scarves and hats as gifts but wear a fairly ugly acrylic one myself (blah)! Anyway after reading what Joanne wrote I decided I should make myself a scarf. I purchased some bamboo yarn in three pretty shades and this is what I created this week.......
Of course, I probably should have washed it before wearing it as my good coat is now all fuzzy! Oh well, live and learn.

If you ever can't find him LOOK UP!

I went down to my scraproom yesterday afternoon

to make a few birthday cards. Once I was done, I was

still in the mood to play.. this is what I came up with.

(Boy, do I ever wish it was tree climbing weather!)