Thursday, September 29, 2011


Two more pages... These two like yesterday's are very different from what I've been cooking up in the past... mostly because I got the Fall bug in my now so I turned to my Fall colored papers...

I also took a photo of what my book looks like up to now :)

I have not made a front page to this album!
Have a great evening everyone :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Autumn Foilage and LSNED

I feel like all I've been blogging about is LSNED... and that's because I'm still trying to keep up :) Today though I thought I would share a couple photos I took from my office window... I love this view of our beautiful tree lined streets and our vast river valley. You may not know this but Edmonton has the largest urban parkland in North America. We have over 150 km of trails in our river valley and about 7400 hectares of parkland. To put this into perspective... it is about 21 times the size of Central Park.  I am still hoping to get out there and take some photos, but I fear our window of opportunity to take Autumn pictures with the leaves still on the trees is a bit precarious.

Now... onto more LSNED pages! I have caught up to Sept. 22, but I am only going to share the 18-20.

I hope your Thursday is full of fun... as I know we are all gearing up for the weekend!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

LSNED 16 & 17

Two more pages done! I'm on a roll now :)

One of my favourite things about this class... I love going into my old stash of papers and finding new life. Maybe that's today's lesson! "What was once old can still be used". Works for me :)

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend... Are we really back to work tomorrow? Darn... I was just starting to have some fun... OK... I just looked at the calendar and it is only 2 weeks before Thanksgiving!! I can't believe it... anyone else feel like time is at warp speed these days?

Have a great evening friends!

Saturday, September 24, 2011


I am still managing to get my LSNED pages done albeit a bit slowly... today I managed to get several more finished...

Tonight we are having a BBQ. The weather is still quite nice and warm about 23C... So I best get the plates ready :)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Updates and LSNED11

I thought perhaps this would be a quiet weekend but as it turns out there has not been much rest what with all the cleaning and visiting with friends, cooking and catching up on blog reading :)

I have been writing my lessons for LSNED down in my notebook, but it's still hard to get at my art table...

I did receive some news this week after thinking long and hard about a decision that has been eating at me for some time.... a lesson has been learned... "never say Never". I received my undergraduate degree some 14 years ago and said I would never go back to get my masters , but it appears that has changed and I registered for my first class in January as a non-program student which in short allows me to take a class towards my degree (in Nursing with a teaching focus)... which I will start the application process for in the coming weeks. This was a really hard decision for me as I know how much work it will entail... but in the end it will be worth it. I plan to continue working full time while taking classes through distance learning... so I am giving myself 5 years and if I finish earlier, well then that's just a bonus. I know some of you out there have done this... do you have any advice to give? I am looking for any wisdom you would like to share :)

What about you? Have you ever said you will never do something and then change your tune?

Here is my LSNED page I managed to work on yesterday...

We celebrated my FIL's birthday last weekend... my SIL Carol made a beautiful chiffon coffee cake for Harry... My MIL Ingrid did set that bar high in the cake making department... Carol did a great job and Ingrid would have been proud!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Things have been a bit busy here... we are doing some smaller renos which involve removing drywall from our kitchen ceiling... so there is dust and plastic wrapping along with poor little animals that must remain in the basement not knowing what is happening... luckily they have several hours in the evening in which they get to play and have fun!

Here is another page for my LSNED...
Most of the items here are from an old Scarlet Lime kit... the  "do your best" is from a  Treasured Memories mini kit....

On the way out of town on Sunday, we came across these...

Have a great evening!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

LSNED 8 & 9

Thank you everyone for your well wishes. Some of you have asked what happened... lets just say it involved a cracked sidewalk, high heels and a cup of coffee :) I think you can visualize that!

Here are two more of my LSNED pages :) 

A lesson well learned :)
Friday I had a chance to meet some of our Canadian Military... although I have never set foot on the Edmonton Garrison I had a wonderful time and even met a couple female officers who enjoy scrapbooking. I did manage to get some photos but feel strange placing them on my blog as it was during work time and work related... you will just have to trust me it was fun!

We are off to visit with Marvin's family as it is his father's 75th... have a wonderful Sunday!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

LSNED 6 & 7

Well it is Saturday and we have had a beautiful above average temperature week! It has hit 30 degrees a couple times... and I love it... strange though how the trees continue to change colour... it's like they don't forget do they?

It has been a bit of a crazy week... I continue to make my LSNED pages for Shimelle's class...
September 6th was all about the drive to work... oh boy can you ever tell school is in session!

Wednesday I discovered what I already suspected... that I had sprained my foot... and so it has been a bit difficult to stand at my art table these days.... but, I LOVE physiotherapists and think they are a god send during these times when it's obvious no amount of home therapy on it's own will make a difference...

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Okay... I'm pretty tired but managed to get my page done... Amy... this one is for you as it only took me 10 minutes! A record I should think :)

Really I was counting on these 7 Gypsies journaling pages to help me out on nights like this... they don't require a lot of effort as they have such beautiful graphics on them already... nothing you'd like to hide.
Sticker from Bo Bunny, butterfly from K& Co.., journaling block from Studio Calico, stamps from Tim Holtz., journal card insert 7 Gypsies.

And that my friends is all the energy I have for tonight :)

Happy Hump Day tomorrow!

Monday, September 5, 2011


For yesterday, rather than reading Shimelle's prompt I decided to just go with whatever came up as far as a lesson for my LSNED class...

Continuing with the Art Journal theme from yesterday I decided to pull out my stamps and quickly came up with this... One thing I am also doing is keeping a notebook for the class and I'm writing out more specifically what has happened each day to get me to my lesson... it seems to be working well for me.

I used Stampers Anonymous, and Tim Holtz stamps, papers from Glitz and Bo Bunny, Tattered Angels mask with Ranger distress ink pads. The butterfly is unknown.

ok... so the weekend is done... sure hope the creative juices will keep flowing :)

Take care peeps!

Pie Booth - A Layout

What a great long weekend this has been... Happy Labor Day to those of you celebrating it!

Although this is the signal for back to school  and the last long weekend before the switch to Fall, our meteorologists have indicated we are to have Summer like weather this week with temperatures reaching the high 20's. Lovely!

I was inspired by Lisa's video from making one of her WITL layouts... she always has such great little techniques to share... I decided to make this quick layout loosely based on hers... the video might be long, but she is very entertaining and so it goes by quickly.

The layout I made is from the road trip of this past July1st... As a kid I remember the Canada Day Sports Day down at the lake vividly... one of those feel good moments was having a piece of pie... these women sure know how to bake...

Supplies: Papers: Websters, Scenic Route, Embellishments; Heidi Swapp, K & Co., Websters & Echo Park.

My mom happened to be in charge of the booth and so it was great to get these photos of her.

I hope to get my next LSNED page completed today, but I'm taking a bit of a break to do some reading!

Have a fabulous day everyone!

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Well I cannot believe I am managing to keep up with this! Tomorrow is a holiday so I plan to work on some more layouts and fun stuff :)

Yesterday's prompt for Shimelle's LSNED class had me laughing a bit because she wanted us to think of our feet and what lessons can we learn from them...

This was the first thing that came to mind....

I cut out those flowers from Basic Grey paper... love the art journal feel to this line...

I added a bit of doodling... this little page was fun... less details then the last couple days and so therefore took less time to complete :)

Where are all of you at with your pages? Was this prompt an easy one or are you still giving it a ponder?

The Case of the Disappearing Cat Food - Storytelling Sunday

I'm sorry I was not able to get some things together for a new story. I posted this almost 2 years ago...  I thought I would share it with you on Storytelling Sunday as I'm pretty sure most of you have not seen it :)

I have to tell this story...  We feed the cats their food on the cat tree in the spare room.  We put it up there so Edwin will not eat it, however, we do have a couch in the room and he will stand on top of it and eat the food if we don't put the gate across the doorway.  For a few months now I have been suspicious that he is able to get under the gate (I have a space of about 6 inches below, so the cats can easily get under it instead of jumping over).  So, I tested him.  I have done this twice.  I stand on one side of the gate and call him, he tries to wiggle under and is whining the whole time, but obviously he is not able to do it...!  The other day, I was heading out to work, and as I got into my car, I realized I had forgotten my cell phone.  When I went back into the house, Edwin did not come to the door... "strange", I thought.  I looked around the corner up the stairs, and sure as heck... there he was, on the OTHER side of the gate!!  Boy was he shocked to see me!  What a good little actor he is tricking me to think he can't get under the gate!  No wonder he isn't losing any weight (he is suppose to be on a diet)... and no wonder the cats are always looking for food! 

Storytelling Sunday is brought to you by way of Sian's, From High In The Sky . You can join in or stop by and read some other wonderful stories :)

Have a great Sunday evening.

Saturday, September 3, 2011


Hello! How is everyone doing with LSNED? I worked on Day 2 today and I actually finished Day 3 as well, but you will have to wait for that tomorrow :)

I am also partaking in Nadine's 30 Days of Creativity Challenge... she explains the details further in this post... May I suggest if you are doing LOAD or LSNED you might want to send her an e-mail with a photo of your work... She has prizes, and who doesn't want a prize??

Anyway, so back to LSNED... Here is the lesson I learned for Friday....

I love the striped MME paper which I sprayed a bit of Glimmer Mist on to give it a more vintage feel. The flowered paper is from GCD. The journaling tag is an old 7 Gypsies.
I tore the paper and used some embroidery floss to sew cross stitches. The little chipboard piece here is from the Authentique line.

I love the sticker packages the companies create to match  the paper lines. The "Take Note" sticker is from Bo Bunny!

Well there you have it! Day 2... See you tomorrow for Day 3.

Friday, September 2, 2011


Yesterday was my first day of Learn Something New Everyday... a class by Shimelle. Today I made my first page from yesterdays reflections... This theme came up more than once throughout my day...

I had a 7 Gypsies journaling pages package in my birthday gift so this was the perfect choice for this class. My booklet will be 5 x 7 and I can add some of my own paper pages for interest. I plan to work on the cover tomorrow and I decided not to pull any papers or embellishments together... I am just going to play it by ear and play with whatever moves me.

I look forward to working on tomorrow's page... 

Have a great evening :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Happy Days & LSNED

I am taking Nadine`s 30 Days of Creativity Challenge as well as starting Shimelle`s LSNED! I managed to finish this layout I created from our BBQ last weekend for the August Birthday`s.
I used Glitz`s Afternoon Muse line and created a little journal book that I attached to the layout so I could include more photos and some journaling.
I used my sizzix to cut out the butterflies and then used the cut out portion of the paper as a mask to create the butterflies on the book. I used Rangers distress pads. Also, I added an eyelet along with embroidery floss to keep the book closed.
Inside I added photos of all the birthday girls & boy with their celebratory age. It`s a great addition and easy to do.

As for Learn Something New Everyday... I did pay attention to the lessons of my day and will share that with you tomorrow :)
Take care!