Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve

And then it was 2011... I am perusing my cyber friends blogs and I have been thinking about this past year and what have I done... one thing is certain... I have met many interesting and great people I call friends and most of them live far away... isn't it great to be able to connect to those you share interests with?

This was the year I discovered Big Picture Classes, where I have taken 10 classes and have just signed up for Ali's Yesterday & Today's along with Lisa Cohen's Wellness Journey... I am hoping to be able to learn some story telling tricks from Ali's class, and to live more healthy with the Wellness class... I was just at Sian's blog where she shared her favourite layouts of 2010 and so it inspired me to look back at the scrap pages I created this past year and I have two favourites I will share with you now...

This was completed while taking Cathy's Zielske's, Design Your Life class. I love this layout of my grandparents and the story told with it... I really miss them and there is not too many days that pass that I don't think of them... I believe my grandfather was adventurous for moving to Canada from Germany as a young man when he had no family here, only friends, people from his community who made that leap too,  to another world. To read more, you can see the original post here

I love this layout as well, another story, simple yet fun from my childhood. I have very little photos of me as a child and this is one I cherish... I took May Flaum's Adventures in Scrapbooking: Go Hybrid, and I learned so many things that I still use today. You can see the original post here.

I could say more, but alas, I must get ready for our guests who will be arriving shortly.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy New Year!!


Journal Your Christmas

Hello my friends! I finally completed my JYC book. I have chosen to use Boxing Day as my final page, although the class does not end until Jan. 6th. I have found my book will not make it another 10 days as it is way too fat with all the dimensional goodies inside. LOL! I have to say I really enjoyed this class immensely... it is well worth the money and now that I paid my $35, I have forever access and can join next year without paying anything. If you were not able to make it this year, may I suggest you think about it for the next time, you will not be sorry!
I will share the remaining pages with you over the next several days. I would have had these posted earlier, but tis the flu season and I fell ill prior to Christmas as I'm sure many of you have had a similar experience!
Without further adieu...
Day 12 prompt was to share a time when Christmas changed for you and your family. Was there a time when you vacationed elsewhere, do you have the same people celebrating each year, or has there been any new additions to the festivities. I chose to tuck my journaling in a little pocket I made.

Day 13 is pretty straight forward. I made a list of all my favourite childhood Christmas songs which I loved to sing (and still do).

Day 14 tells the tale of how gifts are opened; who passes them out; are they opened all at once or does each person have there chance to open their gift while others watch? We pick someone to pass them out to each person and the individual opens while everyone watches. This definitely allows for picture taking of each gift being opened.
Day 15 prompt asks you to journal who will be visiting you, or to tell if you are visiting others.

And there you have it... I will share more over the next couple days!
Enjoy your New Years Eve!


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Digi Supplies: papers & ribbon (Carina Gardner), template (Crystal Wilkerson). All can be found at Jessica Sprague

I had a few moments this morning (before the house awakens) to make this as it has been very busy here! The Turkey is in the brine, the stuffing and desserts all made, and so I wanted to take this time to wish you and your family a VERY Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

JYC Day 7 - 11

How is everyone's Christmas preparations going? Are you getting ready? I'm almost caught up on my Journal Your Christmas class over at Shimelle's. Here are a few more pages... I apologize for the darkness of the photos, but there is no sunlight by the time I'm able to take these photos... the sunrise was at 0843 this morning and sunset at 1614! That's about 7 hours of daylight, that will be changing soon though... yes the first day of Winter is coming next week and with it is the change in daylight hours, a celebration in itself.

Day 7's prompt was to help make a list of things that still need to be done, mine is short and sweet! I must be pretty prepared, well not really... but never fear... we always seem to manage, don't we?

Day 8 is a reflection of all the sights of Christmas... I did not have any time to have photos printed so I made a little pouch to put them in... I have taken a few pics of some of my favourite ornaments etc.

The prompt for December 9th was to look at your traditions. What do you do year to year to celebrate the season? I added Christmas baking, Christmas cards, trimming the tree and my new tradition "the Cookie Exchange"! I think this class has encouraged me to start some new traditions, I am already thinking about next year!

December 10th's prompt was a quick and easy page to do... we were to think about our gift wrapping, do you go out to find the perfect paper for each gift, or do you just buy the paper in bulk? I'm not usually too picky, there are a few requirements... the paper must be colourful and of good quality.

December 11th is all about the Christmas Tree! We bought a new tree this year and I love it!!
There you have it!

I hope you are able to partake in some Christmas Festivities in the days to come!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

JYC Day 6

I'm a bit behind in my JYC class but that's okay, I plan to catch up this weekend! Day 6 prompt was difficult. The idea was to journal about two different Christmas memories, one maybe not so perfect... I wrote about how travelling at Christmas is not so easy at times and how now we choose to stay closer to home (Edmonton).
 A Tale of 2 Christmases

My two sisters Arlene and Carmen, and I live here, while the rest of our family live near mom and dad in Saskatchewan. For more than 20 years, many of my memories of Christmas are related to the excitement of travelling to visit family. However, the last time we attempted to travel home for Christmas it was not meant to be. After the furnace breaking down twice, and my car having a malfunction, we attempted the drive in -35C with Marvin’s SUV. We were 2.5 hours outside of Edmonton when we stopped to get a coffee and as soon as the vehicle was turned off we could smell oil. We still had another 4.5 hours to go, so we turned the vehicle around and drove back to Edmonton. Even though I had not put up a Christmas tree that year, we made the best of our Christmas Eve by making some of our favourites such as pancakes for breakfast, a tasty chicken Caesar salad for dinner, and for snacks we baked Marvin’s mom’s famous Nuts and Bolts recipe. On Christmas Day we drove to Barrhead and shared the afternoon with his family.

Our Christmas traditions have changed. Instead of switching off every year between visiting my family or Marvin’s, we now stay home here in Edmonton, and see both my family and his. This will be our second year trying this. This is not to say we will no longer travel at Christmas, but more that traditions change and it is okay to accept that.

Here is a photo of my journal page, as you can see I printed off my journaling on white presentation paper with a red font and placed it behind the pocket I created.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend full of fun Christmas celebrations. 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Journal Your Christmas Day 2, 3, 4, & 5!

Whew!! This has been a crazy weekend packed full of Christmas preparation and parties! Lots of fun! I am having a cookie exchange this week so I have been busy baking and packaging up my cookies... Saturday night I was at a staff Christmas party which was very relaxing and enjoyable! We did a gift exchange and I got a beautiful red Starbucks mug with some coffee and Gingerbread biscotti... Yum Yum!

This afternoon I was able to finish my JYC pages and I thought I would share them with you...

Here is December 2...
The prompt for Day 2 was regarding the weather... what is the weather like for Christmas where you live? Do you live in a hot climate or cold climate? It's definitely cold where I'm from. LOL! I made a little pocket behind the Snow Day card and wrote down what the weather was like on Thursday, placed the journaling in the hidden pocket so I can look back...

Day three was about Christmas cards... what type of traditions do you have related to Christmas cards? Do you make your own? Do you purchase cards and send them off? I typically make my cards, I love to do this.

Day 4 prompt was to share what your dream Christmas would look like... Of course I actually love the fact that we have snow on the ground at Christmas, it just would not be the same if there wasn't... however; I would like to experience Christmas on a beach with a big tropical beverage in hand. Again, the journaling for this page is placed in a pocket behind the photo.
Day 5... How do you count down the days to Christmas? Do you mark the days with an Advent Calendar? I remember we did that as kids, but these days I don't typically have a tradition related to this. If there is one thing I am finding with this class it's that I would like to start some traditions of my own... so I am taking notes on this and will look back at them and incorporate them next year...

There you have it! I hope your weekend was filled with fun and joy!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Day 1, JYC

Here we go! Day 1 of Shimelle's class... I am thrilled at how organized I am... LOL! Have a look, this took me 10 minutes to do...
The manifesto and #1 are from Shimelle's downloads from class and the journaling circle is from Elle's Studio, the rest of the patterned papers are from the Cosmo Cricket kit I purchased (see yesterday's post).

Happy December 1!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Color Blue & JYC

Here is a quick post! I thought I posted my blue layout for my Colour or is it Color class... but I hadn't so voila! (Sorry for the bad photo color).

I don't think I'll be able to get to a purple layout (this weeks colour) ... will see.

Here is my journal cover for my Journal Your Christmas class which starts tomorrow! You still have time if you'd like to give it a go... I have decided to keep this very simple... my journal will be 5x7 as this will be manageable... I just need to purchase some rings...
and the back side of the cover...

I have purchased the Cosmo Cricket Jolly By Golly kit  and it is fun!! Below is the elements kit as well... I have printed off the papers and journaling cards so I feel I'm ready!

There you have it! Hope you are having a fabulous evening...
Until next time!


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Journal Your Christmas!

I just signed up! I loved Shimelle's True Stories class and thought I would take the plunge into JYC!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sketches to Scrapbook Release

You might remember this post... Well the app is now available for iPods, iPhone and iPads! You can purchase the app here.
Anam is giving a free app away to one lucky winner...if you join the facebook page... see more at the Sketches to Scrapbook website.

Welcome Rider Nation!

Alright you Rider fans... welcome to Edmonton and the 98th Grey Cup! Good Luck tomorrow and show the Alouettes who's boss... oh yeah and make sure that 13th man stays at home!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Treasured Memories Crop

Yesterday I was able to spend the day at Treasured Memories where Chantel & KC held a weekend crop... Here are a few photos... The first two are of Chantel's adorable daughter Scarlett (Kirsten is in the photo too)... check out those funky legwarmers!
 We are so fortunate to have Tattered Angels design team member, Trisha Laduoucer living in Edmonton... she has some of the most amazing classes at Treasured Memories... she is also on the My Minds Eye & Graphic 45 design teams... and every now and then when TM has a weekend crop... Trisha will pop in and do a demonstration... yesterday we were able to practice our glimmer misting, glimmer glaze and glimmer glam skills with the beautiful new Christmas colors... Here is a close up of what we made...
I was able to get a few things accomplished yesterday... one is a gift for a friend that I will share at a later date. The other is a project from Claudine Hellmuth's class she had at BPC this summer. This is a photo of my Grandpa that I did some color tinting with Claudine's paints and the extra time... I made it into a bit of a collage using the gloss gel medium all of this is on the sticky back canvas which as you can see I transferred a patterned paper to. This is then placed in/on a hoop which will allow for easy hanging.
Other supplies: 7 Gypsy papers, Tim Holtz paperclip, key and typewriter keys from the Cabinet of Curiosities at TM.

Grandpa loved birds... One of the things I remember the most about him are the bird houses, bird feeders and bird bath... he would watch the birds from his kitchen window with a big smile on his face...

Hope you are all keeping warm on this cold Alberta day!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Week 3 Colour (Green) & 21 Challenge

Hello Friends :)

I have to tell you I won't be posting as often as I am suffering some issues with my back and neck... so I am limiting my time on the computer :(...

I have however, been able to get a layout done that encompasses Colour Class which is Green and the 21 Challenge (now at Day 12). As per Nic Howards class she indicates that Green is the colour of healing, it relaxes, soothes and makes us feel calm... I think I will be surrounding myself with green!

As for the 21 Challenge, I am still going strong and feel pretty good... I have lots of things to focus my time and energy on and the cravings have subsided... I did look at those darn chocolate chips again in the cupboard... I even pulled one out... but I did not EAT it! I could not help but think if I had eaten one I would not stop there so it was easier to just put it all away and close the door! Rhonna's encouragement for today is to "imagine the end result"... so that is where I am sending my thoughts...

Enjoy your Tuesday night! Marvin is gone to Virginia again this week... so that means I can watch "The Good Wife" in real time!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

21 Challenge - Day 5

Temptation got the better of me last evening and I ate a small bag of my favourite cheezies and two fingers of  a Kit Kat bar... so rather than give up on all that I have accomplished I am "seizing every opportunity" as Rhonna puts it and because of it I am a better person. Today I was so busy at work I had no time to think about sweets and treats! I should mention that I have returned to my 0530 am workouts at the gym... upon my return from Vegas I had gone a couple times, but was still trying to recover from the bad cold I had post-vacation. Getting up at 0500 is not that hard anymore, as I am awake anyways and it all seems to work out. It does help though knowing my sister is waiting there for me... Alright, so here is my Day 5 art journal page...

Remember to Love Yourself!
Have a great evening everyone!

Monday, November 8, 2010

True Stories Prompt 11

So today's prompt was about journaling in a different format. For example writing an event as though you were the sportscaster, or writing as though you were reading a classified advertisement... So what I have chosen is to write in the format of a policy. I work with policies on a daily basis and thought this might be fun. We sometimes have issues with laundry in our home... this is meant in good humour!

Interdisciplinary Policy & Procedure Manual on Home Management

Definition of "Interdisciplinary": Husband, or Wife

 Policy: 1.0.0  Laundry
Procedure:  1a.0.0

1. The occupants of the home will do the laundry which includes sorting, putting in the washing machine, taking out of the washing machine and placing in the dryer or hanging to dry if required.

2. Upon finding the clothing dry, it is BOTH occupants responsibility to fold the laundry. The wife will direct when uncertain.

3. The wife will direct which clothes will NOT go into the dryer. If uncertain consult the wife.

4. Laundry will be placed in the proper organizational structure i.e. closet/dresser. (Not left on top of dressers).

5. If the husband does place the incorrect laundry in the dryer it does not mean he will no longer be required to do laundry, but may have to write a test created by the wife.

In the event of incapacitation where bedrest is required, or at the discretion of the wife.

Have a great night everyone!

21 Challenge - Day 4

So today is # 4... I have to say... what I would not do right now for a sweet treat!! There were chocolate covered cookies at work today that a client gave to the staff, but I did not stop, I browsed as I walked by...Yikes!! I just got home from work and this is always the bad time of day! But... I am going to be my BEST self! See Rhonna's blog for more encouragement you 21'ers!! We can do it and we can do it together!
Here is a photo of my Day 4 Art Journal...

I chose the word POWER for day 4... I love the wise old owl... he is watching over me!
Hope to hear from you and how your challenge is going!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

21 Challenge - Day 3

Hello again! I am happy to see some of you joining me on this journey! Let's support each other. So this afternoon I took the time to decorate my 21 Challenge Journal, I thought I would try to get ahead of the game that way for the next three days all I need to focus on is the journaling aspect! I will continue to share pictures with you of my art journal. Here is what I designed for Day 3 (today)...

My catch phrase for today is "enjoy the process"... that is what I have been telling myself all day... things have been going very well... I did however look at the chocolate chips in the cupboard whilst cooking lunch... but I am happy to report thus far I have not actually touched them... or eaten them... Yeah me!
 Here is another photo of the journaling area under the little flaps...
I recycled some Prima packaging. I thought it would work well as it is already lined for writing.
Tomorrow I will share Day 4... Remember... Enjoy the Process!... Have a lovely evening!

21 Challenge & Orange!

If you would like to change something about yourself but are not sure, you might want to check our Rhonna's 21 Challenge. It takes 21 days or 3 weeks to make or change a habit and Rhonna creates and environment to encourage you by creating an art journal. If you art not into art and would prefer to journal, that is completely up to you, but the idea is to pick one goal and make it happen. My goal is to stay away from sugar... pretty difficult when sugar is in most things we eat. I have decided to not eat things with added sugar, so no chocolate bars, no cakes, no cookies. No cereals with added sugar and no juices. I figure if I can give up wheat (I started eating rice pasta and it is tasty) then it's time to give up sugar... I'm already feeling strong because of it!

Here are a few photos from my journal...

Would you like to take the challenge? You can start now... it doesn't matter that we are on Day 3, you can begin today or tomorrow but just be sure you start at Day 1... come join us!

As for Colour class... we are now onto Orange and Yellow... I love orange... it is a happy colour, it is warm and friendly! Here is my orange layout...
Sketch from Nic Howard. Papers from Scarlet Lime kit, alphabet Maya Road chipboard, flowers Prima, key hole Dear Lizzy, black lace transparency from Collections, transparency frame from Hambly, bead - unknown.

This is a layout about my sister Arlene and how she loves beading and jewelry making.

Today I will see if I can get a yellow layout completed, and sadly I have fallen off the True Stories wagon... but that's okay... my goal is to get at least one True Stories layout/journaling completed this week... and as Shimelle says, there are no deadlines and this is a class where you can take the prompts and apply them anytime!

Have a fabulous Sunday and hopefully you enjoyed your extra hour for those of us who "fell" back!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

True Stories Prompt #7

Yesterday's prompt was memories and flashbacks and journaling about what you were feeling. I chose to make a layout about my parents' recently selling their house and how that has impacted me, how our lives are changing, and how we can embrace these changes as they are inevitable. I did this quickly this morning, so the journaling may not fit the prompt exactly!

I have also made this work with my Colours class as we are still focusing on the colour Red! The layout is scraplifted from Nic's inspiration e-mail this morning.

Digital supplies: Jessica Sprague & Anna Aspnes.

Hope you all have a great Wednesday!

Sunday, October 31, 2010


Wow! How is everyone doing on this Hallow's Eve? Things are good at my household! Just finished a couple layouts, one is digi and the other traditional... just in time to think about dinner and start preparing for the little kiddies!
The first layout is for my Colour class (well actually both ended up in the Colour Gallery!)... Had tonnes of fun making this... I actually used some old scraps (big pat on the back for me!) and made some accordion flowers (as if I didn't get enough with the Halloween wreath from last week) LOL!

Supplies: My Minds Eye paper, red flowers Prima, alphabet Thickers, Brads - MME, I'm not sure where the black swirly flower paper came from but it was definitely a freebie from Treasured Memories.
The photo is from a beautiful bridesmaid arrangement of a friends wedding back in 2005.

Here is the second layout... this is for Shimelle's class and is from the prompt related to letters and numbers. Shimelle had a great idea to use numbers when creating a layout for a concert event, so I copied the idea and used it with my Van Morrison concert photos.

Digital Supplies: Kit from Jesse Edwards at Designer Digitals, Brushes from class at Jessica Sprague, Kit from Songbird Avenue (Port Au Prince).
There you have it... two fun layouts!
Have a Happy Halloween everyone!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

True Stories Prompt #4

Today's prompt for Shimelle's True Stories class, was to write a letter to someone, I did not hesitate to write this while I was getting ready for work this morning... it's not a pretty letter. It was prompted after dealing with my phone company last evening and after getting nowhere with them I was completely frustrated... it felt good to get it off my chest... and I know some of you out there have had similar difficulties with this company.

Digital Layout Supplies: C. Zielske template, Papers from Port Au Prince kit at Songbird Avenue.

The journaling reads:

"Dear Telus,
Why do you have sub-par customer service? Do you actually care? You don’t. I know you don’t because if you did, I would have received a phone call from a living, breathing, speaking human being. NOT an automated telephone call saying “this is a call from Telus... we are sorry for your inconvenience, blah, blah, blah.... if you wish to discuss this further please call us at...”  Really?? You think I want to call you again?? You are calling me 2 1/2 weeks after my concern, and now after tonight again, dealing with your inefficiencies and ineptitude only has me thinking one thing.... “The Future Is” NOT “Bright” with you... and the only phone call I will be making is to SHAW.

A not so happy customer!"

 A bit out of the box for me as my layouts have more a positive theme, this is a bit negative, however, it is a "True Story"!

I have an idea for Prompt #2 which is about letters and numbers, but I need to get a photo printed so I will work on that one this weekend and look forward to sharing with you.
Have a great evening!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Frequently Asked Questions?

Supplies:  Paper; Scribble Scrabble, Bella Blvd, Glitz, Journaling Cards; Jenni Bowlin, 7 Gypsies, Other;  Basic Grey - Doilies, LYB - borders, Thickers alphabet, buttons?. Sketch from Shimelle.

Here is my attempt at our very first prompt in Shimelle's True Stories class! I have never thought of this before, but it is quite funny how people really do you ask me these three questions. Shimelle is so right with writing versus typing on the computer. I wrote out my questions and answers twice and then even when I went to formally write them out on the cards, I changed some of the wording. I loved writing and scratching and crossing out things! Lots of fun.

Here are my frequently asked questions:

Q: Is Ginger your real name?
A: Yes it is - and it is not short for Virginia or Genevieve.

Q: Why did your parents name you Ginger?
A: Most people assume my mom watched Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire movies, but that is not the case... I asked my mom why? Her response was that she liked the name... as simple as that!

Q: Do you think you and Marvin will ever marry?
A: I don't believe we will - and I am okay with that! :)

Do  you have any other questions for me?

What are your frequently asked questions?


Monday, October 25, 2010

True Stories

  I'm stepping out of the box and taking a class from Shimelle. I received my first journaling prompt this morning and I'm very excited to start this... You can check out a really cool video here.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Halloween Wreath

Here is the wreath I made from Kara's class at Treasured Memories. I wasn't able to make the class so thankfully KC made me a kit... I absolutely love this!
Sophie was very interested in the ribbon... If you would like to know how to make these flowers, have a look at the Rhonna Farrer & Heidi Swapp video (hint - it's about 1 hour into the video), they are tricky to start but once you make a couple they get easier.

Hope you have an awesome week preparing for Halloween!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Grand Canyon Tour

I promised more photos of our trip to Vegas... Well as you know, I made a promise to myself that I would make seeing the Grand Canyon a priority for this trip... and so we booked a vehicle and drove there... it was breathtaking!
There is something I've always known about myself, but somehow it was more evident on this trip. I am afraid of falling off the side of a mountain... yes that is true... every time we drive through our Rocky Mountains this wave of anxiety comes over me... when driving to the Grand Canyon, as we were approaching the Hoover Dam, I had this extreme sense of anxiety as I could see over the edge... well you can just about imagine what I felt when I stood on this....

It took me at least 5 minutes to take that first step out there... the walkway has glass down the middle so you see the bottom of the canyon... hence the name "Skywalk"... The hardest part was that first step because I did not want to step on the glass... around both edges it's steel, so you do not see the canyon... therefore; I stayed walking on the edge and did not look down... They do not allow you to take any cameras out on the walk, so they have photographers that will get you to lie on the walkway while they take your photo! Once I managed to get out there I told the photographer I wanted some photos of Marv and I, but "Nothing Crazy". We bought one of us giving the "thumbs up" but I don't have a big smile! LOL! I found it easier to look down over the edge of the walkway then looking through that glass, it really freaked me out!
 We only managed to see the West Rim mostly because there was lots of road construction on the way and this added an extra hour to our travels. I would suggest if you are in Vegas and want to see the Grand Canyon, leave really early in the morning (try to book a vehicle from the hotel - we booked late so we had to wait for the car rental place to open at 0830), or you could definitely take a tour and that will get you to the South Rim. The South Rim has even more beautiful views... perhaps next time!
Enjoy your weekend!