Thursday, September 30, 2010

Check out our Ears!

When we went to Disneyland last July, I told my family that I don't care what they say, we are all getting ears! So.. on Carsyn's birthday, we entered the gate, walked right over to the store and got fitted with our Mickey ears.

We had so many comments from Cast members and random strangers... we loved every minute of it!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Pictures from 2008, we got a huge dump of snow the week before Christmas, and had to give the kids an early Christmas gift - their sleds.

It was a fun day with their cousins.

This layout was received in a swap. If you were the creator (Jenny I'm pretty sure it was you or your sister) please let me know! :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Disney Family Time

Just some random pics around Disney.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Critter Challenge #33

So this is the last post of the current design team term at Critter Sketch Challenge Blog. Make sure you check out the blog on October 1st for the new design team. Some of us will be staying and some of us will be leaving, which means there will be some fantastic new members hopping on board.

On to today's challenge. This week, we had a sketch, designed by my dear online friend Kelly. This girl is super talented so make sure you hop over to her blog and check out her stuff!

As I usually do a scrapbook page, I really used this sketch as a starting point, and took quite a big of creative license with it. I tried to keep it the same, but it just kept changing. Instead of the "brads" in the corners I use the stars - some are flat stickers and others are chipboard. I loved the patterned paper and it just didn't lend to a photo being placed square in the middle like the sketch so I moved it over a little... I added a few extra chipboard embellishments and the journaling block. I am really happy with how it turned out. My boys totally love that #1 we didn't get mad when it happened and #2 that I actually scrapbooked it!

Here's Kelly's Sketch:

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Art @ Disney

My hubby just loved these pictures. We couldn't afford to bring one home... so I did the next best thing... scrapbooked them!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Elephants - San Diego Zoo

I loved the exhibit of Elephants at the San Diego Zoo.

This paper is all from DCVW - Safari Kids. Such a fabulous paper pack for zoo pictures! I cut the three elephants on the left from one of the pages, rounded the corners and matted them. I thin popped them up. The strips along the top were cut from another page. They are hiding a tear in the paper - which is the only thing I hate about paper stacks - sometimes the glue makes it next to impossible to take the pages out without tearing them.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

California Screamin'

This was by far our favourite ride. It took lots of convincing to get Brayden on, but he finally went, and loved it.

These pages were made for a swap, by Lorrie, (SCS Cre8tingMemories).

Monday, September 20, 2010

Blog Group Challenge - Competing Princesses

Hey... 2 posts in one day! Shocking right?!

Well.. I totally forgot to post this card for our blog groups competition... although it isn't really a competition, no winners.. but just fun.

This month, Colleen, sent us this fabulous card kit. I added the pink and white matting and the yellow base.


PS... sorry about the lackluster photo - had to use my cell phone.. and well.. it just doesn't take as nice of photos as my Nikon D90, which needs to be fixed.. uggh!!

Monster's Inc.

Pictures from the Pixar Parade at California Adventure.

I have decided to do a page for each "movie" from the parade.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Lego Safari

More pics from Legoland... my hubby is a huge Indiana Jones fan... he just had to have his picture taken with Lego Indy!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Disney Police

My kids loved this funky little Police Car.. certainly nothing like we have here in Canada!

I used the Cricut Design Studio.. and Mickey Font to weld this title together... I'm loving DS for titles!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Grizzly River Rapids

Another one of our favourite rides... we got absolutely soaked, and even though it was hot we went back to the hotel to dry off and have an afternoon rest.

I loved how I was able to piece to two photos of the Grizzly Bear together to make it look like one big photo.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Critter Challenge #31

So this week our challenge was to create something school related. Melanie said that by now most school aged children have returned to school for the year. So she thought it would be a fun to create a school project.

This week she also really challenged us to step it up.... something other than a card ... think altered item for a teacher or special school friend... but since she's an amazing person she also gave us an "out" ... if we had a difficult time thinking outside of the box, then we could make a school themed card. Well, since I usually make scrapbook pages, I took that I shouldn't make a scrapbook page for this week. I really struggled to come up with something.. and had decided that I would scrap my boys' (last years) back to school photos... but couldn't find them. So, while doing some organizing this week, I came across these little mint tins and thought... oh.. I could make something for ME!

Not only does September mean back to school for the kids, it means back to work for me. I'm a teacher and currently teach "on call" (or substitute as some people call them). In our province we are officially called TTOCs (Teachers Teaching on Call).. but I always just say TOC.

So.. I made myself a little tin for business cards and made up my own business cards that I can leave for teachers when I've been called into their classrooms and I'll also put them up in staff rooms of the schools I go to so other teachers can call me!

This is the top of my tin.. and I positioned it in front of the business card... (don't want all my info out on the net - so I covered up my phone and email addy).

Here is the business card. And... I just have to clarify - as my 13 year old niece asked me why it said "BABED" after my name.. it actually stands for Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Education.

And here is the side view - I wrapped some alphabet twill ribbon around it and attached it with Sookwang tape.

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Sunday, September 12, 2010


DARE stands for Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education. All Grade 5 students must take this training in our School District. It is a fabulous program that is taught by an RCMP member. The kids have a lesson every week for 10 weeks and then have to write an essay in order to 'Graduate'. This was Carsyn's graduation.

This was the very first layout I used my sewing machine for. I sewed along the red strips... definitely need some practice - but I love it!

White and red paper is Coredinations, blue is Bazzill. I cut the letters from the Varsity Cricut Lite cartridge.

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Pumpkin Patch

I'm sure you must all be sick of seeing my pictures from the Pumpkin patch.. I seem to do a ton of layouts from there... but it has become such a fun family tradition.. I just need to document every moment of it.

These pictures were put on a layout I received in a swap. Unfortunately I don't know the creator.. if it was you, please let me know so that I can give you proper credit.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Girls... The Boys..

A nice layout of the cousins from my husband's side separated by gender!

I cut out the "girl and boy" words from "A Child's Year". I had to cut the s' out separately and just added them to it. The "the"s were cut from Graphically Speaking. Added ribbon from my stash and the brown half pearls from Kaiser. I also outlined the letters using my White gel pen.

Monday, September 6, 2010


Here is a layout I did of all the cousins on my hubby's side of the family. The photo is 8x10..

The paper and words came from an album kit I received at Christmas. I added the brown ribbon and half pearls.

Saturday, September 4, 2010


My oldest loves to play hockey.. this is a photo that was taken by a professional photographer at a hockey tournament. I just love this pic.. it reminds me so much of how he gets right down low at a face off.. watching, and waiting for that puck to drop!

Super simple layout.. the title and sticks were on the paper.. I added the photo mat and ribbons to embellish it.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Crazy Hair Day? Nope.. just another day on the ...


Okay.. I needed these pictures to help me cool down.. as I'm typing this it s 33 degrees Celcius on a very hot August Monday evening at almost 8PM!! (Yep - I scheduled this last month)... I was really hoping by looking at some snow pictures it might have cooled me down... it's not working so far.

Anyways... this was such a fun day... these were taken in the winter of 2008, just before Christmas. I absolutely love the picture of me with my wild hair. It also makes the boys laugh!

These pages were done for a swap and were created by Lorrie (SCS - Cre8tingMemories) .. LOVE THEM!!!