Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Well, the Easter Bunny has come and gone.
The kids didn't get up until 7am!
We had a fun hunt here in the house for all of us and we all got treats!
We've had breakfast and candy is being consumed.

George has voluntarily loaded the dishwasher - don't let that face fool you!
I'm sitting here having my coffee and playing on the computer.
All in all, I'd say it's a great morning!

This is going to be a different Easter for us for sure.  Not much family stuff going on here and, to be honest, I'm not really complaining.  We had my family dinner last weekend out at my aunt and uncle's and saw everyone.  I was very thankful someone at work offered to cover for me because I really wanted to see my grandma who's 95 now!  She's so wonderful and I feel like I don't get to see her often enough. 

We were thinking about doing something with George's family tonight, but then those plans sort of changed because of the hockey game.  I think a few of them are going out to George's brother's place for a casual dinner and to watch the game, but I think George gas decided he doesn't feel like going out there and I'll leave that decision to him.  I'll be watching the game either way!!  Not sure what we're going to get up to the rest of the day, but we'll do it together!

Here's to a wonderful Easter to everyone no matter what you're doing today!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

A Reminder...

I miss scrapbooking...

I've been thinking about this a lot lately, but got a real reality check a few weeks ago.  I was asked by my boss to do a private scrapbooking project for a friend of hers.  The friend's dad was turning 70 and he wanted to be able to give him a scrapbook to celebrate that as well as let him know about the surprise family trip to Mexico they'd planned for him.  I scrapped about 14 pages in a week (a lot more than the original project request!), but it made me really realize that...

I miss scrapping. 
My personal pages...

I scrapbook pages for work for classes to teach and I do a lot of cards both for work and ans home.  What I don't do are pages at home and I miss it.  I'm making a conscious effort to try and get back to it as well as working on my Project Life. 

I love watching to boys grow and change, but they really are changing and it's happening at a rate I couldn't have imagined, so I want to remember to document that too.  And I like playing with all my "stuff"!  I like making a creative mess and doing it without a timeline.  My goal is to try and find some balance between my work stuff and my personal... 

It's a beautiful day today for Good Friday and I'm going to enjoy it.  Havea few things I'd like to get done, but mostly planning on relaxing and maybe getting in a nap.  Was up half the night with a stupid dry cough (the end of my cold) and hoping I can get rid of it soon without losing my voice as has been known to happen to me.  Have to teach at Spectacular next weekend, so I can't have that happen!

Since I'm working on layouts for a class, I'm going to end with a question today if you have a second to comment...

What are your favourite scrapbooking techniques? 

Have a fabulous long weekend!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Blog Changes and Layouts!

So, as you probably all now know, I'm taking this Beyond Blogging for Scrapbookers by Shimelle and have been thinking a lot about the look of my blog.  I've also been trying to decide what's useful and not, so I have another survey for you...

I'm also going to show you some creative stuff that's going on for classes this coming month at Precious Memories.  The new 3Bugs Dawson is so cute that we ordered the kits for a layout class.  You get 4 pages of layouts and then a ton of extra product to take home!

Perfect for your boys!

It's been a crazy week around here with a PAC meeting, a local council meeting for George, a preschool meeting, a class to teach tonight and being sick with a cold as well.  Looking forward to tomorrow and not having to work in the evening as usual since the store is closed early for Good Friday.

Looking to get a couple more things crossed off my to-do list today too! 
Have a good one!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Times Gone By...

So as some of you know from reading things around here the last couple of days, I'm doing Shimelle's new class.  One of the things we're doing is having a look back at some of our posts and finding ones we liked and thinking about the reasons why.  I have linked to some previous posts and have grouped them...

These are a combination of family stuff celebrating the everyday along with some creative stuff on many of them
Around Here... - idea based on one of Ali Edwards posts
Fun Monday - field trip recap, a card and a little about the day
Snow Day #2 - some snow pics, a layout and a conversation with my son
Mindful Gratitude - a personal reminder of how blessed I really am
Happy New Year - year in review
Photo Booth Fun - exactly that!
Happy Mother's Day - some cards and a recap of our Mother's Day!

These really are scrapping related and I wish I can done more of the scrappy year in review type posts to be honest!
I Did A Page!
I Scrapped!
My Scrappy Year 2007

These are tutorials and samples that I've done.
Ribbon Pleating Tutorial
File Folder Tag Album Tutorial
Unmounting Rubber Stamps

I'd love any feedback you have on the ones you liked and what you prefer to read/see when you're blog hopping!!  Looking back at my blog and a lot of the posts made me very thankful for having posted what I have even if it's not everyday as it's a glimpse into our crazy lives and my creative life as well!

Thanks for popping by!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

More class sneaks and a survey!

Yes, it's another crazy weather day around here, so I thought I'd try and pop in again!  Today, I've got another question for you and a first on my blog - a survey!

These are two of the 8 cards that we'll be doing in the new Gabrielle class at Precious Memories if you're local as well.  If you can't make the class on the evening of the 12th, there are kits available too!

Well the pouring rain just started again and now that the kids have had lunch, I'd better go get some chores done.  Got some errands done this morning and ordered my sister's birthday present, so it's already been a productive day.  Kyle has karate after school, I have a PAC meeting tonight and George is going to a council meeting about a property in out neighbourhood that wants to subdivide!  Things never seem to slow down!

Have a great evening and enjoy the hockey game if you're in BC!

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Class for Me and Some Cards!

Well, hello again!  Hard to believe it's Monday again already.  I'm embarking on a new little project for the next few weeks and having fun with the new class from Shimelle about Blogging for Scrapbookers. 

One of the things I'm wondering about after seeing all of you out there that pop by once in a while is how you actually found my blog?  Would you mind leaving me a quick note and letting me know!?  I need to satisfy my curiosity if you don't mind and it'll help me a little in terms of knowing who you are and what you're looking at when you pop in!  Thanks so much to those of you that do!

OK, for those of you that are local, I wanted to let you know that the May class schedule is up and you can sign up for classes anytime either in the store or by phone.  The cards above are from the Black, White and Pink All Over - Second Edition since the first one was so popular!  I'll be showing you a few more samples over the next few days too!

It was a busy morning at preschool since I was on duty and I didn't get anything done around here, so I'd better run!  Need to get Kyle from school shortly too and I'm  looking forward to the little walk in the sunshine.  Maybe we'll play outside there for a bit even since it's so nice.

Have a great evening and I look forward to hearing from some of you!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Another Birthday Card!

Well, was quickly checking some blogs this morning and saw the ICS sketch this morning and decided to ship up a quick card with the new Basic Grey 6X6 pad of "Life of the Party" that I just got!  Amazing that I managed to once again make something with product I just got.  I haven't been getting much lately and trying to use what I do actually get!

It's been crazy as usual and here's a random list...
 - new washing machine and dryer finally got her on Saturday
- we had to have the brakes done on the car Saturday as well
- Kyle got his yellow belt at karate (might have already posted this?!)
- the kids has a dinosaur dig yesterday for their preschool field trip
- Kyle's other front tooth is finally really coming in now
- Sophia just had her 5th birthday and her party!
- we took the boys for a walk at the bird sanctuary a couple of weeks ago
- Spring Break went by in a blur!
- George had the second week of Spring Break off
- I finished a week long massive scrapbooking project for someone
- getting ready for Scrapathon coming up at the end of the month
- we booked an overnight cruise for my birthday weekend
- I went to get my Enhanced Driver's License and am now waiting for it!
- had Kyle's student led conference at school last week: so proud of him!

Oh and the list goes on, but I'll stop there for now!
Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Reality Check...

As many of you know, I lived in Japan for about 3 years and have wonderful memories of the people and the country.  I too lived through one of the large earthquakes there and it was probably the most frightening thing I've lived through... 

I have been keeping a very close eye on what's happening in Japan as a result and though there is't as much in the media these days, people are suffering.  They are not a people who readily ask for help, but please help if you can

I was reading a blog that was an amazing reality check this morning... From Japan With Love and you should go have a look.  She also linked the an unvelievable YouTube video of Urayasu, the city-best know for Disneyland, that was built on reclaimed land that basically liquified during the earthquake.

As if what's happening directly in the area surrounding where the earthquake/tsunami hit isn't bad enough, there are other things going on.  Other parts of the country are feeling the effects too and though it may not be front and center on the news every day (as with so many other troubles in the world around us), it's something they'lll be dealing with for a very long time to come...

Just a little reality check for when you think you're having a bad day...