Its May! (Soon, anyways)

Good morning crafty friends! What a busy week we had! I hosted another successful Scrap Your Stash event- the next one is coming up in a couple of weeks, and then we celebrated my husbands’ birthday and Easter. We spent a day at home, a day with my father in law, and a day with my parents. What did you do for Easter? I even found some time to create an Easter layout amidst the planning and creating I’m doing to prepare for Crafturday- which is just two short weeks away. Are you coming?!

If you do plan to attend Crafturday, registration is here! The last day to reserve your spot is Friday, April 26. Its just $25, so if you’re not doing anything on May 4, consider coming out and get your craft on! Join the dark side- we’ve got food, fun and more! There will be artwork samples on display with new product, so come on out and check it out! As well, I’ll have my own supplies on hand for you to use, a small selection of product and handmade goodness to purchase, refreshments and loads of inspiration! Its going to be a relaxing, fantastic day.

Since you’re reading this, you’re in for a surprise. You get a sneak peek of the artwork I’ll have on display at Crafturday. Aren’t you lucky? 😉

Everyone that arrives at Crafturday will receive their own thank you gift, complete with a sweet 3×3 inch greeting card, a layout (with a technique demo) they are free to complete at the day crop, and other goodies. Those will be a surprise. (I actually need to figure out what those are going to be. Lets be honest, I need to get my poop in a group!)

Sweet Girl and Bunny Trail C1761
Sweet Girl
Sweet Girl
Feels Like Home
The World is Yours
The World is Yours

With the exception of Feels Like Home, everything seen here is absolutely new product, and will be showcased at Crafturday on May 4. I created all these layouts using inspiration from the Seasonal 1 catalog, workshop instructions, and Pinterest. Inspiration can come from anywhere! Did you know there’s only one week left to order from SE1? Everything from it retires on April 31. May 1 Seasonal Expressions 2 goes live, and all the product in it. Not much (read everything is expiring, except 1 or 2 items). If there’s anything you missed, or don’t want to miss out on, get your orders in now. Once the new catalog goes live, the Feels Like Home artwork will be available for purchase. Comment below or message me for more details.

Did you notice the card hidden amongst the layouts above? That card, and others like it, will be part of a small card buffet that’ll be available to participate in at my Crafturday day crop. Make as many cards as you like for $2 a piece. Its totally optional; have fun with the day!

So, since May is right around the corner, here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming up next month. I’ll share more details next week (that includes The World is Yours, too).

Story Starter- Story by Stacy
May Stamp of the Month

Are you part of my Try it Out Techniques group? If not, you may want to consider joining. We explore new crafting techniques together, and starting in May we’re going to explore the Story by Stacy range. I have not ordered my workshop kit yet, so the date we’ll commence the workshop is yet to be determined. Here’s how its going to work: once a week, we’ll meet via Facebook Live to assemble the mini album together. Each person that participates will need to purchase the album kit (its $19.50) and the coordinating stamp set (which is $24.75); they’ll also need ten to fifteen 4×4 pictures of a special woman in their life- their mom, grandmother, aunt, or a male figure that filled the role of mom in their lives). Save on shipping, and add your workshop kit to my order! If you’re local to Whitecourt, I’ll deliver! Bulk order goes in April 30.

Mother’s day is quickly approaching. This would be a sweet memento to give to that special lady in your life, or a special way to pay homage to her. If you’re new to scrapbooking, this would especially be a workshop you should look in to. The Story by Stacy workshops were designed with you in mind, teaching you step by step, in its most simplified form, the art of scrapbooking. Each instalment in her collection of workshops broadens the scope just a little bit more, so eventually you’ll confidently and easily be able to create stunning and interactive scrapbooks that you can be proud of. If this sounds interesting to you, join me here.

Lastly is the new stamp of the month! (See above). The two girls and the balloons are the most popular icons in that stamp set; did you know that? All the artwork I’ve been privy to seeing all showcase the two girls. Its perfect for any pick-me-upper your gal pals need. The scallop border stamp is super adorbs, too. I can’t wait to play with it! Don’t forget, if you purchase this stamp set from me, I’ll mail three handmade cards as a thank you, absolutely free! When you place an order of $50 or more, the stamp set drops to $6. That’s a savings of over 70%! Its regularly $24.75. Place an order any time, but this stamp of the month is not available until May 1. Until then, the current stamp of the month is available (with the same fantastic deal, as well!)

Thanks for sticking with me for this long. I know this post is another novel, but I hope you found something inspirational in it! See you again soon.

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Free Fall Layout

Hello on this blizzardy and treacherous Friday! The snow seems to have stopped falling for now, but my husband is still out there working, and I’m worried about him! Well…worried about him driving in these poor conditions. No one should be out there, for any reason.

This was what my street looked like before I got out there to shovel. It’s deceiving- it’s wet and heavy snow, and it’s made driving conditions in the north part of the province very tricky!

This is my last airshow layout! I was able to snap a few pictures of the airplanes doing their thing during the show. It was impressive to watch!

I used a mixture of CTMH and Recollections papers to create my layout, and you’ll notice I even snuck in a bit of washi tape for a cute little border! I haven’t used my washi in quite awhile. It felt good!

Lastly, I used a Carta Bella journal card and Echo Park (I think?!) balloon sticker for embellishing the top left corner. I raided my button stash, and added some of my grandma Murray’s old buttons for a small cluster also on the left page.

On the right page, I adhered a couple more journal cards, a button and a cricut die cut to complete it. 

This sketch inspired today’s layout spread.

Hurray For You Card

Hello! What a miserable afternoon it is! There are weather advisories for my area…hubs is headed outside of town at 2 am tomorrow morning, and I worry it’s going to be slick with all the snow and freezing rain there is around me. If any of you’s have to go out, be extra careful!

For a change, here’s a card I made awhile back to beef up my birthday card stash. I was running low and needed more. This card is super simple to make and is a fantabulous way to use up scrap papers. 

Begin by trimming your papers to 0.5 inches wide. Arrange them how you like, then glue them down. Stamp yoyr message on scrap cardstock, trim to size and punch the corners. Add stars (die cut or ephemera), and you’re done! Quick, easy and super cute, to boot!

This birthday card I found on Pinterest inspired my set of cards. (I made a total of 5).

Play Layout

Good morning! Are you enjoying your weekend so far?

It’s looking like another day to play inside, unlike the day we spent with Oma in the picture above. Any day spent with our grandparents is a blast!

My inspiration came from this sketch over at Let’s Get Sketchy. I cut the file folders with my cricut (two of them), then layered them slightly askew. Next, I added 3×4 inch scraps if paper to the inside of the top file folder, adding my photo ontop lastly. 

I finished my page with a few other odds die cuts and stickers.

Love Layout

Hello friends. It’s a holiday weekend here in Canada- we’re celebrating Thanksgiving on Monday. I’m cooking dinner for my family, my FIL and one of my husbands’ buddy’s. You won’t see me here Sunday or Monday, but I’ll catch up with you again on Tuesday!

Since it’s a holiday weekend, it also means my kids get an extra long weekend. Today is a PD day for the teachers. Yay for extra long weekends!

I hope my kids will let me play for a bit today! Maybe they’ll come for a walk with me too! (A mom can dream!)

I began with this sketch, using a stamp to create the grid in the background. (The ink is CTMH). 

I layered strips of scrap patterned papers to create two focal points- one to mat my photo and the other as an embellishment cluster. 

The title was cut with my cricut, and I completed my page using various stickers and ephemera.  

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

Hello friends! It’s make it Monday. How does a new recipe sound?

Now that fall has arrived, my slow cooker will start getting its seasonal workout. I tend to use it more during the cold fall and winter months than I do over the summer, and I’ve quickly built up a list of favorite slow cooked meals. My favorite dessert list is substantially shorter, and it’s that recipe I’ll share with you today. (Our favorite slow cooked dessert recipe is only one recipe long, so far). What are your favorite treats that come from your crockpot/slow cooker?

Om nom nom…Apple Crisp! Is there nothing more fall than having an apple crisp for dessert?! I think not. I’m planning to make it again (third time already, in the last month) for Thanksgiving. Eep- so excited!

Here’s the recipe link. If you make it, let me know! I’d love to know what you think of this wonderful dessert!

Go. See. Do. Layout

Hi everyone! I’m dropping in with a layout today. I am finally done cleaning, organizing and purging my haven…There’s a ton that is getting recycled, and nearly as much that I’m hoping to sell. I’m keeping my fingers crossed on that one. Wish me luck!

Still in the 2012 airshow vein, I added a few miscellaneous pictures of everything else we saw and did while at the show. Miss A was awestruck by the giant balloon Smyl had at their booth (the local Ford auto dealer).

I created this layout using a mixture of CTMH papers and stamps, and I began with inspiration from this double page layout sketch from sketchsupport.com.

Hometown Heroes Layout

OMG! How many of you saw the typo in my title?! I’m SO sorry! LOL (Insert blush face here).

Happy Thursday morning, friends! The twins just asked me how many days are left until they get a day off- which is one, of course. From the living room, I could hear them squeal in delight. They’re looking forward to a day to sleep in, I think. Lol. Truth be told, me too. 

I have another layout to share today, of our afternoon at the Whitecourt airshow in 2012. The ephemera I used here has been occupying space in my stash for far too long, but happily they were perfect for this layout!

Once again, the title was cut using my cricut, and the cardstock base came from CTMH. I scattered stickers around the page and journalled directly on the cardstock to complete this project. 

This double page layout sketch inspired today’s spread. 

Make it Monday

Hello friends! 

I am not a huge fan of seeds. I don’t often eat sunflower seeds or any others, for that matter. And, if I find them in bread (such as whole grain types), I flat out refuse to eat them. It grosses me out. The texture, the taste…no thanks.

There’s flaxseed in the recipe I’m sharing with you today. That wouldn’t generally be an issue, except for the feelings I have towards seeds that I outlined above. 

Having said that, I put my reservations aside and gave it a try. And, I’m happy to report that I don’t mind this recipe at all- and neither do my kids! Score!

Did you know flaxseed is very high in fibre? 3 TBSP of flaxseed equals 8 grams of fibre, or 32% of your total daily requirement for fibre intake. Hello?! (Facts straight from the nutritional info on the side of the package).

I found this Oatmeal Energy Bites recipe on Pinterest, which was originally pinned by @Hip2save. The pros for this recipe? It’s no bake, all natural ingredients (or can be), is full of fibre and protein and has chocolate in it for those of you that have a sweet tooth, like me. 
The only con? Waiting an hour for them to chill before you can eat them. I’d send them in my kids’ lunches if they weren’t in a nut aware school. I suppose I should make more, since I finished the last two last night. Pro: they make great bedtime snacks!