Monday, 28 September 2015

Photo Filled Adventures & Haul

Here's a quick haul video tonight! This weekend I was at the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival here in Calgary at Spruce Meadows. I had a great time seeing all that is new (I got to see a couple demos of Heidi Swapp's Minc!) and met some new people. In the video I share the things that I purchased.

Here is the beautiful Spruce Meadows. It is typically used for horse jumping events, but they have a great facility that works for the scrapbooking carnival too. I just can't help snapping pictures everywhere I go at this time of year!
This weekend we went to Dutch Creek Alberta, Canada for some camping and offraoding. It is probably one of our last nice weather weekends, and we had a great time! I accidentally/on purpose ripped off our bumper while going up a steep hill (it was in terrible shape anyway). This is probably my favourite offroading picture to date! Handsome hubby and I are holding it up like a trophy.
 Here are several more pics of our crazy weekend! The landscapes are just breathtaking and pictures can't do them justice. Love the fall colours!


 Last week I went to a park near our house for some fresh air. The colours here are just incredible and I can't wait to scrapbook some of these!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you have a chance to enter my giveaway and create something with my free printable from last week! The next episode will be posted Thursday! Have a great week everyone.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Just Print It: Episode One - Pocket Page

I am so excited to kick off my Just Print It series! This is the first of 5 episodes that will be posted each Thursday. The idea is that I will create an original printable, use it on a project, post my process video, and give you the free printable here on my blog! I hope that you are able to participate in my giveaway challenge as well! For that, you just have to use any or all of the printables in a project and you could win the stash kit I put together. Please check out more details on that here.

So here is my first project- a pocket layout! I created the 4x6 "Love Like Crazy" printable to use this week. You could use this Lee Brice song quote on a project where you scrap about your loved ones or your faith. In my case, I used it with some wedding photos (done by Chris at Lets Reminisce) because this was our first dance song! It has a lot of meaning to us and our families, so we had to pick it!
 Here is the FREE printable! To use this follow these steps:
  1. Click on the image
  2. Right click on the larger image that appears
  3. Select "save image as" and save it on to your computer
  4. Print the image. I like to put it in a word document first. It will already be sized to 4x6" (not including the branding strip)
If you have any troubles, please email me at and I will send you the file.
 Here are a few more images of this week's project! Please check out the video at the end for more details on my process.

Thank you so much for visiting and I really hope you are able to participate in my challenge this week! Let me know if you have any questions!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Just Print It: Giveaway Details (Closed)

Hello all! I have some very exciting details to share with you today! I have created this stash kit for one lucky winner!
 To enter to win this kit, you will need to follow these instructions:
  1. Save the printable that I will be sharing on my blog each Thursday (the first one will appear this week!)
  2. Print the image. I like to paste it in a word document to print it on cardstock, but there are many other ways to do it
  3. Use it on any type of project you want! Layouts, mixed media pieces, or cards are all good ideas
  4. Post your project somewhere I can see it (your blog, Instagram) or email me an image of it at
  5. Don't forget to tell me how to find it!
You will be able to enter once per printable, so you have a possible 5 entries (there will be 5 Just Print It episodes). Any printable can be used at any point during the contest. The contest closes Tuesday October 27th at 11:59 pm Mountain Time (a few days after the final episode) and I will be selecting a random winner. I will announce the winner here and on Youtube on Thursday October 29th.

Please check out the attached video for a walk through of all the products! I have also added a written list at the end of this post.

Just Print It Schedule:
Episode One: Thursday September 24th
Episode Two: Thursday October 1st
Episode Three: Thursday October 8th
Episode Four: Thursday October 15th
Episode Five: Thursday October22th
Giveaway Closes: Tuesday October 27th at 11:59 am Mountain Time
Giveaway Winner Announced: Thursday October 29th

Kit Contents:

Paper (one sheet of each):
October Afternoon - Midway - Ticket Booth
Basic Grey - What's Up - Up and Away
Little Yellow Bicycle - Zach's Life - Solid Orange
EK Success - Wedding - Tender Love & and Care
TPC Studio - Ancestral - Key Stripe
Glitz Design - Cashmere Dame Traci Smith - Floral
Kaiser Craft - Technologic - Gigabyte
My Mind's Eye - Blackbird Deena Rutter - Trick-or-Treaters
My Mind's Eye - Lost & Found Jen Allyson - Market Street Love Demure

Pocket Cards:
Me & My Big Ideas (9 3x4, 2 4x6)

7 Gypsies - Travel Mini Label Stickers (1 sheet)
Jillibean Soup - Soup Labels - Funny Sayings (2 labels)
Circle Labels (6)

Jillibean Soup - Pea Pod Parts - Irish Farm House Soup
We R Memory Keepers - Travel Light - Vintage Travel Tags (1)
Bingo Card (1)
Kraft Paper Tickets (2)

Doodlebug Design Inc - Doodle Twine - Halloween Assortment (3' X 2)
Mint Teal Lace
Red Stripe Ribbon (12")
Black/White Stripe Ribbon (12")

Tim Holtz - Kraft Glassine Envelope
White Glassine Envelope
White Vellum Envelope
Mini Die-cut Envelope
Grid Pattern Envelope with insert

white tags (3)
damask paperclips (2)
vintage gold photo corners (6)
black and white transparencies (4)

Thank you all for stopping by! Please let me know if you have any questions!

Monday, 21 September 2015

Just Print It: Series Announcement

I am doing my first ever video series! The first episode will be posted on Thursday September 24th, so please watch out for that! All other info is in the video below, so please also check that out. Spoiler alert: there is going to be a giveaway! More info to come soon!

Thank you for visiting! I hope you all have a great week!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Capstone Project

Hello blog readers! If you read my most recent blog post, or watched my video, you will know I have graduated from the Interior Design program! I am really happy to be finished, but I am actually feeling pretty lost right now and don't quite know what the next step for me will be. I have not yet figured out what kind of design I would like to specialize in (residential or commercial), so I will just have to see where life takes me! This is a very hard thing for me to accept because I typically always have a very detailed plan for how things will go.

I also really want to give more attention to my blog and Youtube channel, as they have always been a passion of mine. I hope you will continue to follow me as I have some exciting new ideas! I plan to launch a video series starting in the next couple weeks, so please stay tuned for that!

Andrew and I just got back from Vancouver Island this weekend and I am still in beach mode! It was super relaxing and we got to see so many new things! (new to me anyways, he had been before with his family many years ago). I am planning to do a video, or possibly a few, on how I organize my trip's memories and photos in order to assemble them into an album. Stay tuned for more on that soon too!

Today, besides giving you a little update, I want to share my capstone thesis project for school. This is something that I poured my heart into for the past 8 months, and these images really don't convey the level of detail that I put into it. I have done so much research and planning that is not even visible here, but I hope you enjoy it anyways! Though interior design may not interest you, I'm sure a 10,000 square foot scrapbook store and restaurant might!
The following is my concept statement and was taken from my website,
"This 10,000 square foot space is located in the Calgary Board of Education. The intention of this project is to build a creative art hub where clients can feel comfortable bringing any level of skill to the table. The primary use of this area is a scrapbooking and mixed media retail store which is supported by a restaurant and bar, and two flexible classrooms used for teaching creative classes.

The concept embraces the ideas of home, community, warmth, and the secret domain. It is a sanctuary for crafters and artists that incorporates Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas about the home. It will have an inward focus that creates closeness in the community. Smaller, more intimate retail spaces within the larger space mimic the use of the Arts and Crafts inglenook that Wright loved, creating a boutique feel. Each individual will experience a different journey as they move through each space at their own pace. Warm lighting extends into all areas of the space, making clients feel right at home. The design is intended to be responsive to its users and will develop a soft patina over time as each user leaves their mark. The colour palate was inspired by the classic red barn that contrasts against a brown fall prairie. For me, this barn embodies the ideas of teamwork, community, and pride.

In North America 85% of scrapbookers are female and are typically between the ages of 30 - 50. Because women are creating scrapbook albums in their home, I believe that it is seen as a domestic craft and therefore not valued as a true form of art. I have never seen a scrapbooking layout in an established art gallery, yet Marcel Duchamp’s “readymades” received huge publicity, along with countless other artists who used unusual or cheap materials in their art. I believe this has been, and will continue to be, an issue of equality. The community of Running with Scissors is intended to be very sensitive to this topic and will continually fight for the recognition of its artists, as scrapbooking should be considered more than a craft."

The ideas that I have expressed in this project are truly my own, I do believe that scrapbooking is undervalued as an art form. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments! Please visit my website if you are interested in seeing more of my design work!

You may also notice my blog has had a bit of a makeover! I have been practicing my hand lettering and decided to add that touch to my blog header. I have also changed things to match the look of my website to create a consistent brand.

Thanks for stopping by!