Monday, November 29, 2010

Jingle All The Way

Jingle bells, Jingle bells

Jingle all the way

We had the Scrap Yard staff Christmas party on Saturday night; Lori ordered in some food and brought out a huge box and placed it in the centre of the table and told the 4 of us to take a look inside. We started to pull out wooden letters and began putting them together to try and spell a word. They were all mixed up and we had no idea what they were supposed to spell or how many there were. We were like giddy schoolgirls each of us pulling out large wooden letters and trying to match them up. In the end we realized that there were 6 sets of “JINGLE”…… Fantastic, beautifully cut, thick, very large wooden letters. We spent the next 7 hours choosing our own paper palette, painting them, cutting out the paper, gluing it to each letter, sanding the edges then adding embellishments. We laughed, told stories, jokes and had an amazing evening of “girl fun”. This is the result….

So nice to be appreciated, what a great gift..... Thanks to Lori, Amy, Susan & Jackie for a fun-filled evening!

Lori... the owner of the Scrap Yard.... always smiling, laughing and having fun!  You go girl!
 Til next time, enjoy!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Bucket List

  “Get busy living or get busy dying”….

As I approach another birthday I look back on my bucket list that I created when I turned 50 and can successfully cross off a few items . Creating my bucket list was one of the best ways to make sure that I could use my time and resources in order to accomplish and experience what I really want out of life.

My list is scrawled on a piece of paper torn from an old notebook and I add to it on occasion. I don’t look at it regularly but I do know what is on it and I don’t stress about fulfilling everything on it. These are just a few of the things that I want to accomplish in my next 50 years…… and are in no particular order……

The Eiffel Tower
Have a scrapbooking layout published
Play more golf
See Meagan and Craig graduate from university
Become a Grandma
Watch my children get married
Create a website for my business
Make 1 quilt a year
Do something nice for a stranger
Become a member of a design team
The Grand Canyon
Weekend in New York
Learn to play the piano
Participate in a flash mob
Broadway performance in a London Theatre
The Louvre, Paris
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Island hoping in Greece
Take up photography
Take a cruise
Watch every movie that has won an Academy Award for Best Picture
Learn not to take what others do or say personally
Own a VW “Bug”
Make a difference in at least one person’s life
Volunteer to serve dinner at a homeless shelter
Be a great wife, mother, daughter, sister & friend
Write a children’s book
To be an extra in a film
Shop at Harrods
Own a beach house
High Tea at Fortnum & Mason in London
Start a blog
Write a letter to each of my children telling them what I want them to know about my life and the lessons I’ve learned
Cherish every single moment of every single day

Take the time to create your own bucket list and remember to live each day as if it was your last…. After all….. “The journey is the destination”.

‘Til next time…. Enjoy!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Page of the Month

The Basic Grey Page of the Month is a "travel" theme using the "Wander" collection.
I'm teaching this 2-page layout on November 24th from 6-9pm at the Scrap Yard.  Give them a call at 271-2225 and book your spot.

Until next time..... Enjoy!

Sunday, November 7, 2010


by a moment...
a picture perfect moment...
captured through my lens.

After sitting through three sessions of my photography class I decided that I should get out on this beautiful Fall day and put what I had learned into action. 
I didn't sign up for these classes to become a professional photographer.... That's never going to happen.  I'll stick to what I know and that's not photography.  I want to be able to know what my camera is capable of and to take some good shots so that I can scrapbook them.
Anyone who knows anything about photography will find several flaws in each of these photos but they are memories on paper for me and I'm going to cherish them... flaws and all! 
The classes have been information overload for me so I just played around with all my camera settings, and out of hundreds of experimental photos I got a few good ones.... at least I think they are good...  after all, isn't that what counts?

Til next time... Enjoy!