Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is always such a magical time. The wonder and excitement in the children's faces. So excited to get to bed, to finally see what is wrapped in all those presents. For me, it is a time to reflect about the true meaning of Christmas as well as enjoy the excitement the children bring to it. I love looking around my home with the lights off, and just enjoying the twinkling of the lights on the tree and on the mantle, in the peace and quiet of the night.

I will miss this time of year, but I will try to take some of that reflection with me into the New Year, and remember the importance of life's little moments. This is a digital layout I did of two pics I took on Christmas Eve.

Many blessings to you and your family in the New Year.
Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!! It was a busy day in our household. It started off with Christmas eve, when the kids were so excited they could barely contain themselves. Here is a picture of the house just after Santa left, and before the kids attacked LOL

And of course one of the reasons Christmas is extra special and extra busy, is that Caiden (my fourth child) has a birthday on Christmas day. He turned 4 this year, and requested a Star Wars party. Below is a picture of his R2D2 cake. It was awesome, and he loved it. The party was a lot of fun, we managed to fit Christmas and a birthday into one day, fun but exhausting!

I hope you all had a blessed Christmas, and I wish you many blessings in the New Year!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Birthday cards

I think I am finally done with making Christmas cards. I decided to replenish my everyday cards, so here are a few birthday cards I made. I still love pink and brown together, and I also like to sew on my work. Here is some examples of both.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Home for the Holidays

Webster's pages has a gorgeous Christmas line out, Home for the Holidays, and it is so hard to get! My LSS had stocked it and made a beautiful kit with it, but they sold out quickly. So I was on the hunt to get this paper, but it is sold out everywhere. Then tonight, Christmas came early. My LSS happened to get some more in, and made a few more kits. Well I got mine put away for me, and I am so thrilled to get it. If you are interested, check out Two Scrapbook Friends for more info.

Boy cards

I always tend to get so many girl cards done, I thought it was time to do some boy cards. I used Stamping Bella stamps again. I really need to get some more boys from their line. I used the same stamp, but notice how I made both cards so different. That's what I love about stamps, they can be as unique as your own creativity.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Girl cards

I just love my Stamping Bella stamps! They are so cute and fun to colour using my Copic markers. Here are a few cards I made for some birthday parties that were coming up for my 6 yr old daughter. I used Stamping Bella stamps, Copic markers, and Basic Grey patterned paper, and Bazzill cardstock.

Sunday, December 13, 2009


If I ever want to get the latest scoop on new products, or how to's and techniques, I head over to It is an internet video show that showcases all those and more. I can always find out how to use the latest tool, or get reviews on some new product. And most of the techniques I have learned I get from Christine on Scraptime. She is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers, so her reviews are unbiased, and have helped me many times determine whether I really want the latest and greatest product.

If you have a favourite website you visit to get your scrapbooking tips and techniques, I would love to hear about it!
Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas music

This is the cover of my daughter's Christmas CD.

With the Christmas season in full swing, the sounds of the season can be heard in the malls, the radio, and in homes. I love Christmas music, it really gets me in the spirit. My absolute favourite CD is one you won't find in stores, not yet, anyways ;-) My daughter has a beautiful voice, and recorded a CD of Christmas music last year, when she was 12. If you want to hear a sample, check out her blog at Cassaundra's blog and you will see the download link on the right hand side, half way down, it says 'download song'. Listen to that, and you will be amazed at how good she is, especially for a 12 year old. She sold a few hundred CD's, and I have had people ask for more for gifts. So if you enjoy Christmas music, download her song, and enjoy!

Lots of scrapping material, November pics

Well it's been a busy November, and December is about to get pretty busy too. In November Brennen tested and received his green belt in karate. My kids have been in karate since they were 4, and I am so glad they stuck with it. Below are some pics of Brennen receiving his green belt from his Sensei. Congratulations Brennen, we are very proud of you!

And it was Chelsea's 6th birthday, and her first 'friend' birthday party. It was a ballerina party at her ballet studio, and was a big hit with the kids. And there is also a pic of the three little ones having a tea party. Think the boys will want me to take this pic out to show in about 10 years? LOL So I have lots of scrapping material to get busy with, before December's photo ops start stacking up.

The Tea Party

The birthday girl at her ballerina party

Budding ballerina's

My karate kid

Bowing as he receives his belt and certificate

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas cards

Have you sent your cards yet? Or are you still finishing them up? I have made about 50 so far, and still have more to go, I will finish them up this weekend. I made a few different styles. These ones I am showing you today are my cutesy ones. I had fun putting these together.

I find that not everyone sends Christmas cards these days, but I still like to. And I do love to receive them, I make sure to display them all over my home. I already have a few of them for this year that have been sent to me.

Now that I am almost complete my Christmas cards, I have started on my thank you cards that I will send out after Christmas, to thank family and friends for gifts received or other holiday cheer that my family and I may have enjoyed.

The countdown is on

Here we are in December, and my kids are so excited because the countdown has begun! And in my house, advents are a big part of December, especially when chocolate is involved. With my two older ones, we used to do the ritual in the morning, but with my 3 younger ones, I find it is easier to start the bedtime routine if I promise a treat from the advent countdown first LOL.

I didn't buy the typical advents, this year I wanted to craft my own. So I bought the Karen Foster countdown, and the Kaisercraft. I love how they both turned out. Here are pictures of each. The Kaisercraft (the one with the gold embossed numbers) was a little more work, as it had to be completely assembled, but well worth it!

Finally, my scrap blog!

Hopefully I blog better with this scrap blog than I did Blockquotewith my personal blog. I just made the design team at Two Scrapbook Friends, so it was time to create a blog. I plan to share my creations, as well as inspiration I get from other blogs and fellow scrapbookers. For example, I found this cute idea for ballet cupcakes from a blog called parties and holidays. So I used it as inspiration for my own daughter's ballet birthday party, and I created invitations and my own version of ballet cupcakes seen here. They were cute and fun to create, and I got a lot of comments! That's what I love about blogging, the sharing of great ideas!