Customs, Anyone?

Hello everyone! Today is the first day in awhile that my husband actually had work! Which meant that I could finally get back to my regular routine. 

Boy, it feels good 😃

So, y’all know that I’m crazy for paper crafting. I established that fact a long time ago.

And y’all know that I am proficient in card making and layout making. Also a long established fact.

It’s also well known that everything I’ve shared- to date- is meant for my personal use.

But, did you know that I accept custom requests, as well?

Times are tough, and I’m actively looking for ways to creatively supplement our income- hence the reason I am a Close to My Heart consultant and create and sell custom requested cards and albums.

Now, I know this craft isn’t popular and in high demand like other handmade products are. Scrapbooking and papercrafting is a lost art- “snail mail” is a lost art. Needing a card for different occasions in our lives never goes out of style. We’ll always need them.

Not very many people have requested hand made items, and of the ones that did, even fewer have come back for more than one purchase. I’m OK with that. The ones that have returned, I’m incredibly thankful for and sincerely appreciate their kindness. I know there are more of you out there- the trick is finding you!

They haven’t returned not because of the poor job I’ve done, or lousy customer service. It’s solely because there’s very little interest in this type of art these days. It’s a dying breed.

If anyone wants a scrapbook or handmade card, they usually can (and do!) make it themselves. I’m looking for the people that love the way it looks, or would love to create something themselves, but don’t have a the time, know how or patience to paper craft! I know you exist, and I know you can have pretty paper-made things with very little effort. The question is, are you willing to give in?!

In turn, help support a local, home-based business.

All cards and scrapbooks are made from high quality products (mostly Close to My Heart), and are affordably priced. All the work you’ve seen here are indicative of what your finished projects will look like. Scrapbook albums can be purchased through CTMH if you don’t currently own one; if you do, kindly send it along with your printed photos, so each page can be created around the theme of each photo/group of photos.

As I alluded to above, in order for a scrapbook album to be created, I kindly ask for your pictures to be printed and sent to me (I will pick up if you’re in or around Edmonton!) along with your scrapbook album and any other mementos you’d like included in your custom scrapbook album. If you opt to purchase a scrapbook album via Close to My Heart, the price of it will be included in your total. (Albums are $100 + cost of album and shipping from CTMH).

Cards are $2 each, but can be bundled into packs (of any denomination) at a discounted price.

All prices are in Canadian currency. I will ship across Canada; shipping charges will be included. If you live in or near Edmonton, I am willing to meet you to pick up and drop off all orders! 😃

Comment here or email me at theeverydayscrapbooker@gmail.com for more information.

I hope this appeals to someone out there. If it does, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m here and more than happy to help you out!

Now Available!

Hello crafty friends!

Did you know that I make greeting cards as well as layouts?

If you didn’t, you may be new to my blog. If you’re a keener and return frequently/occasionally, you may be interested to know that my greeting cards are available to purchase.

Yep, that’s right. They’re just $2 a piece,  or $7.50 CAD if you buy 5. That works out to $1.50 per card.

Sound reasonable?

Would you like to see them?  To keep you in suspense, I’ll share only a couple, but I do have a card for every occasion.

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To see all the cards I have on hand, please visit my Facebook page. Some of the cards are stamped inside, as well.

Like any of the cards you see but want to make them yourself? Let’s talk- I’m open to creating kits and organizing workshops too!

Now, the items I have for sale doesn’t end with handmade cards. I also offer scrapbook albums- by commission. If you don’t have a scrapbook album, don’t worry! I can order you one through CTMH (your choice of cover), which will be included in the overall price of your completed album.

I can also order your favorite papers from CTMH, too, so that the theme, colors and embellishments remain consistent throughout.

Most, if not all of the products used to create your special album will be Close to My Heart, though my other favorite products and manufacturers may find a place in it too.

You’ve already seen a lot of my scrapbook layouts, so you’ll have a good basic idea what your scrapbook album will look like once it’s completed. All I need are your pictures.

(My printer does not print high quality photos, so I suggest printing them via your favorite store and I’ll take it from there.)

I’ll hand deliver or mail your cards or album when it’s completed. It’ll be done in a timely and efficient manner. The size of album is negotiable, too!

So, if this interests you, let’s talk! I’d love to help you out!

CTMH in January

Close to My Heart has some great deals on this month, and you really shouldn’t miss out!
First and foremost, when you host a gathering, and your total sales reaches $350 or more, you qualify for up to 50% more hostess rewards, making your total free product $90, instead of $60!

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To host your own gathering, all you need to do is contact me!
Secondly, when you make a qualifying order of $50 or more, you become eligible to purchase CTMH’s Year>> Noted paper packet for the low, low price of $5. Alternatively, add the mini album to the paper packet for an extra $5.

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Lastly, in addition to making your $50 qualifying order, you can also purchase this months’ stamp of the Month- This Moment. I personally love this stamp set- I’ve used it already on a few projects. It’s just $5 with your qualifying order (regularly $19.95–all funds CAD). That’s incredible savings!

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I can help you make your CTMH orders too. Just shoot me a comment or message to theeverydayscrapbooker@gmail.com.

Also, don’t forget about the scrapbook class I’m hoping to offer starting January 15. We’re going to make a Christmas mini album using the My Crush Holiday Happenings kit from Close to My Heart. The fee is $35, and it’ll cover all the materials you need, excluding adhesive and your pictures!

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I’m also hosting an online challenge- recording what we’re thankful for in 2015. One item per day. When I’ve completed a few other pre-scheduled projects, I’ll dive into creating a mini album for this beautiful idea! To learn more, visit me here.

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December Daily Day 24

To learn more about December Daily, visit this post: https://theeverydayscrapbooker.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/december-daily/

It’s the eve before the most joyous day of the year. How do you do happy?
Here’s one way I do it:

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My husband was home today. While I waited on my laundry to dry, I played with paper for a bit! {I can HARDLY WAIT to share this layout with you!!! It’s got a fun and unique way to fit lots of pictures into your layout.}
Speaking of sharing with you, I need your help. For an upcoming post, I’m looking for handmade and/or DIY FROZEN party decoration ideas. Share with me what your fave ideas are and they could be featured on my blog (including a warm, friendly shout out to your blog, too!) Once I’ve collected enough great ideas, I’ll share the goods with you. Sound good?!
Lastly, have a very Merry Christmas and a hearty cheers to 2015! Thanks for visiting my little corner of the internets; I hope to see you again in the new year!

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December Daily Day 23

For more information about my December Daily challenge, go here: https://theeverydayscrapbooker.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/december-daily-day-one/
I’m also hosting a scrapbook class, starting in January. For more info, visit this link!

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A person can’t help but feel festive when mother nature jumps in and decorates nature with hoar frost.

I did!

December Daily Day 22

There’s still lots of room in my scrapbook club! For all the details, visit this post!
For more info about my December Daily challenge, visit this post.

I search for excuses to make the recipe I’m about to share with you. If you’re in the mood for delicious wintery comfort food, I’d say this recipe fits the bill. It’s potatoey, cheesey and definitely tasty. And, although I look for reasons to make it, this dish doesn’t grace my table near often enough. It only seems to make an appearance when company is coming over. It’s a good thing we’re having company tomorrow!
In the spirit of giving and sharing, I thought I’d share this yummy side dish. A special thanks (and thumbs up) goes out to Kraft Canada for the creation of this wonderful dish- and many more, that have become favorites in our house!

Cheddar-Mashed Potato Casserole

INGREDIENTS:

-2 lb. Yukon gold potatoes (about 6), peeled and quartered
-2 tbsp. Margarine
-1/2 cup sour cream
-1 cup Kraft double cheddar shredded cheese
-2 tbsp. Oscar Mayer real bacon bits

METHOD:

Cook potatoes in boiling water in large saucepan for 20 minutes or until tender; drain. Return to pan.
Heat oven to 350°F. Add margarine and sour cream to potatoes; mash until smooth. Spoon half into 1.5 L casserole dish; cover with layers of cheese, remaining potato mixture and bacon bits.
Bake 30-35 minutes or until heated through.
*For a slight variation, add 1 tsp. minced garlic along with margarine and sour cream.

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New in 2015!

Ever use the excuse that you’ve got no time for scrapbooking- or crafting, period- after all your work, chores, kid wrangling, meal cooking, errand running, not-enough-hours-in-the-day whirlwind of a day, week, month, or year typically happens?
I have, too. I think about doing it- quite frequently, honestly. When my kids are home, there’s no ever-loving way I would even THINK about scrapbooking when they’re around. We inevitably end up doing a craft for THEM. Not me. And, scrapbooking has become more than preserving my memories. It’s become a way to preserve ME. I’m a mom, too, and kiddo and mommy responsibilities severely cuts in to my personal time. Often,  when I do get time to play, I don’t feel like it anymore. The reasons why are numerous- it’s too late in the day, I’m too tired, stressed out, the list could go on.
And, you’re thinking, “yeah, right. This is a scrapbook blog. Of course you’ve got time, and can MAKE time to scrapbook”. Granted. But, have you seen any scrapbook layouts or projects that I’ve made recently- as in the last month?
Gotcha!
What if we could change that?  What if we scheduled time for ourselves, and time for crafting? The only catch is that you have to WANT to make time for yourself. Make yourself a priority. One evening per month, for most of the calendar year) to sip on wine, munch on good food, chit chat with other ladies- ADULTS!!!- and do what you love, all at the same time, is the first of two requirements. Scratch that. Three requirements.
Secondly, there’ll be a mandatory, minimal related fee.
Lastly, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!!
Here’s how it would work:

As I mentioned above, a fee is required. Starting in January, I’ll be hosting a SCRAPBOOK CLUB. With a few breaks throughout the year to allow for holidays and summer vacation, this class will run for the remainder of the calendar year. The fee will cover the materials you’ll need to complete an entire scrapbook album. Assuming that the participants have previous experience scrapbooking, you’ll only be required to purchase whichever Close To My Heart kit we settle on (I’ve currently got two possibilities in mind). I’ll purchase any supporting stamps and tools, etc. required to complete our album. We’ll create one double page layout per class (unless we’re feeling ambitious and think we can complete two per class).
If you’re unfamiliar with scrapbooking, but want to learn more, you’re welcome to join us too! I can help you make the necessary purchases you need, or an experienced friend can help, instead!
Of course, you’re more than welcome to order more Close To My Heart product as you’re able to, as well.
I’m unsure, at the moment, if I’ll require additional orders throughout the month. I’d love to offer hostess rewards to my club members (each month there’ll be a new hostess).
At the end of the year (likely November) we’ll have a completed scrapbook album!

So…we have two possibilities before us and a decision needs to be made:  create a Christmas album OR start with a valentines themed half album.

What do I mean half album?

Rather than one entire album that’s dedicated to the Valentines holiday, we’ll create one double page spread for valentines, then make a second order to scrapbook with a more “general” kit until the next holiday (Easter or Thanksgiving). Any subsequent holidays may require additional CTMH orders. 
What are your thoughts? I’m leaning towards doing a Christmas album- or mini album. Since I’m already going to be ordering the Holiday Happenings kit,  you should join me!

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What do you need?

1. Yourself!
2. CTMH Holiday Happenings kit {for example}; OR scrapbook album (should we decide against the mini album)
3. CTMH kit
4. Paper trimmer
5. Adhesive
6. Pictures

I’ll supply the rest.

Now it’s your turn. Do you want to join and which direction would you like to take? Sign up here. Or via a comment on this blog post. Our class will start mid January. Don’t miss out!

December Daily Day 21

If you’d like to know more about my December Daily challenge, please visit This post.

If you’re wondering why there’s a large gap in December Daily posts, there’s a good reason! Find out why here and here.

What comes to mind when you think of gear? It’s another word that’s got a broad and generic definition.
I could have used our winter gear to fulfill today’s photo prompt, but decided to take it in another direction, instead.

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(Personally, I like this interpretation better!)
For Christmas, grandma M gave the girls new princess “slippers”, as miss A is fond of calling them. Real play shoes no longer fit my children (only because they’re too tall for it!!); so, the next logical solution was to buy proper dress shoes. Apparently, we made the right choice- they LIVE in their new shoes! Now to find (one day) proper princess dresses that actually fit them, to complete our princess gear!

December Daily Day 20

For more information about my December Daily challenge, please visit this post.

Are you wondering why there’s a big gap in my December Daily posts? Go here and here.

Gregory is a rescue. He’s also a surrender. If you go back even further, he’s a survivor. (If you’re new to my blog and don’t know who Gregory is, or if you’ve visited before but don’t know who he is, I’ll enlighten you. He’s my cat- a sweet, loving, dog-caught-in-a-cats-body fixture in our home).
It’s taken a number of years for his true personality to shine through. Moreover, I think it’s finally broken through because he’s found a place where he feels comfortable and truly happy. That’s with our family.
When I first brought him home, I was told to never let him outside and never have other pets in my home. He came from a home where he was terrorized by another family pet. He found himself at the Humane Society until Extendicare took him in as the residence cat. He had a good life there- it would have been any pets’ dream come true- free handouts at every meal and when he visited his favourite residents. He got to have a sleepover with someone different every night and never had to worry about other animals pestering him.
Then, one day, the social worker finally had a severe allergic reaction to Gregory (he got into her office one too many times), which required a trip to the hospital and a new home for kitty. Being the unit clerk, and because my permanent bench was at the centre of all the nursing activity, I overheard what happened before the rest of the nurses aides. If no one wanted him, I offered to take him as my own pet. Sparing him a repeat visit to the Humane Society (not that I think that would have happened). He was well loved by nursing staff and residents alike. He was incredibly anti-social though. Like I said, he had his favorites. Otherwise he was scarcely seen- never during the day.
As time went on, after I “adopted” him, he ventured outside, eventually hunting and leaving his spoils at the door for us; he learned to {grudgingly, but never aggressively} reside with a dog 3 times his size, mellowed out enough to allow four grabby toddler hands “play” with him, and now, more recently, co-habitate with a dog about his same size. He “talks” to us frequently, begs when there’s any sort of meaty smell wafting through the air and loves his cuddles. He is patient, affectionate and incredibly special to me. Other than my husband, Gregory (and now Freddie) are the only other males in my life that have captured my heart. Completely.
What’s special to you?

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A Memory Becomes a Treasure

Family is a pretty broad term, isn’t it? When I first thought of using this word as part of my December Daily challenge, I never dreamed this word would wind up holding as much importance as it does- or that it would resonate so deeply with me. Family doesn’t just mean you’re related by blood or by name to another individual; friends, if they’re close enough, can come to be like family too.
In part, this post is a tribute to J, a dear friend my husband lost contact with, but never stopped loving like a brother. J’s family was like my husband’s second family- either K was at J’s house, or the other way around. We got married around the same time (J’s was just 11 months ahead of ours) and J’s firstborn is 2 months older than my own firstborns. Yes, K and J were cut from the same fabric.
Our loss is heavens’ gain. The details surrounding J’s death is somewhat of a mystery yet, aside from knowing for certain he was involved in a fatal car accident. What we don’t know yet, is what caused the accident. Its speculation right now, but some kind of medical trauma may have occured at the time of the accident. According to the other individual involved, nlthing was out of the ordinary until the very last second. No swerving, erratic driving or skid marks. He didnt even hit his brakes. Dear, dear J. Im still trying to make sense of such a senseless accident. Poor L, his wife, is still numb with shock- as we all are.
Rest in peace, dear friend. Don’t start the party until K joins you and L. ♡

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So, in addition to good friends becoming family, family is family. We’ll be going to Edmonton to spend Christmas with these beautiful faces:

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It’s just a few short days away! Are you ready?!

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                               J.H.
     November 1976-December 2014