Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday inspiration & Happy Mother's Day

Happy Friday! I have been away from posting for awhile. Sometimes life gets so busy that before I know it, a month has gone by and my blog has been ignored. Well, it's the Friday before Mother's Day and I want to post a new layout that features pictures taken on Mother's Day last year. Hopefully this will inspire some of you to get out there on Sunday (the weather is supposed to be awesome!) to take some pictures in this beautiful sunshine to scrap. Even though I'm not in these pictures, I still love it because it features the 3 most important things in my life.






Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and Mother's Day!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Shadow box

Happy Thursday! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. Today in Southwestern Ontario, it's a beautiful sunny day, albeit a bit cold, but not unseasonable at all, so who can complain? Looking at the sun out my window makes me want to be out there in the garden, or lounging on the deck, or anywhere but in the house. But alas, it's still a bit chilly to do any of those things so I am going to share another project of mine with you instead.

This is a shadowbox I created with my FAVE picture of my boys. When you are creating with pictures that you love, you really can't go wrong. So here it is, I absolutely love it and definately have to find a spot for it on a wall.



Enjoy your Thursday! Life is GOOD! :-)
Mat

Monday, April 2, 2012

Best Scrapbook retreat EVER!

Hey all, I have been away for awhile so it is high time for another post. I thought today I would let you all know (for those of you who don't already) about the BEST scrapbook retreat ever. If you live in Northern Michigan or South-Western Ontario, a visit to Memories Manor is a MUST.  The house is a late 1800's mansion located in beautiful St. Clair, Michigan and caters to scrapbookers with stunning accomodations and exemplary service. Here is a photo of the house itself:





Visit their website HERE to find out more about the history of the house, see more pictures, and also to find out how you can book a retreat with them. They are completely booked (if you've been, you know exactly why this is the case!) for more than a year, so if you want to be a part of the Manor experience, my advice to you would be to get a few girlfriends together, decide on a weekend and book for whenever you can, because I can guarantee you will not regret it. I can't wait to go back myself later this month! Yay!

Happy Monday and Happy April everyone!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Rare single-page layout

Do you scrapbook single-page layouts or are you a double-page layout person like me? I always scrap double-page layouts except for when I need a front or back page for a book. I love doing single pages when I get the opportunity because I find them so much easier than a double-page layout is to create. I'm sharing one of my favourite single-page layouts with you today, I love how it turned out and I think it may end up on my wall instead of in a book! Let me know what you think.





Happy Tuesday!!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Using a 12 x 12 photo in a layout

Have you ever used a 12 x 12 photo for one side of a double-page layout? Some people don't known that they can get their photos printed in specialty sizes, including 12 x 12 (perfect for scrapbooking) from places such as Costco.

I have done this on a few of my layouts and let's just say the impact of the 12 x 12 photo on a layout is just wow! Lots of people comment on it and the truth of the matter is that it is really easy to create a double-page layout when you're using a 12 x 12 photo because well, half of your layout is already done for you. I just try to add a little something to pull the two sides of the layout together, but when compared to a regular double-page layout, it is super easy!

Today I will share a layout where I have used a 12 x 12 photo to hopefully inspire some of you out there to go and get a 12 x 12 photo printed to use in a double-page layout. Good luck and let me know how you make out!




I hope you like it! Happy Saturday!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Signs of Spring

I continue to be amazed at this glorious weather we've been lucky enough to be enjoying for the last couple of weeks (couple of weeks? But isn't it only March?). Today is the first day of spring (hurray!) and we are definately surrounded with signs of spring, thanks to the unseasonally warm weather. I thought it was appropriate to post some pictures from my garden to share to officially welcome SPRING.




Happy Spring!!!!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

I've been MIA

I have been MIA for most of this week and have been unable to post. Not because I chose to be, but because I've had the worst bug I can remember in a long time. It's finally on it's way outta here and I just want to say good riddance! :)

I thought today I would post some pictures of one of my favourite projects, which I also taught as a class on two separate occasions. I love the black and white and sepia colour scheme. I think it makes it look super classic. What do you think?





Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Do you Pinterest?

By now I think most people have heard of pinterest. If you haven't, you are missing out. Pinterest is a virtual pinboard where you can go and create an account, "pin" things that interest you, from hobbies you are interested in to smart household tips. If you are like me, you have files upon files on your computer of things you have saved, and a favorites list that was hard to navigate because it was simply too long. Well that's a thing of the past because now you can have all of your favorite things in one place.

Check out my pinterest boards and Happy Pinning!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hello hello.

Well hello.

I am new to the blogging world so I hope I am doing this right. Let's see, where to start... well it's March break this week and so far this March break, I've had a sick boy and have now also managed to catch the bug that he has... wonderful.

It's not all bad, my son's on the mend and I'm sure I will be following in his footsteps as well in a day or so. I can't really complain when it's sunny and beautiful outside, and it's only MARCH 13th!! The garden is a hub of activity, with everything from tulips peeking out to perennials already starting to bud. I'm sure we're still in for a blast of winter but I will just enjoy the spring-like weather we are currently enjoying.

So along with being a mother of 2 beautiful boys, I am an avid scrapbooker... I want to share some of my projects with you today to kick-start my blog and also hopefully inspire others out there... let's see if I do this right ;-)

Happy Tuesday everyone!