Xtreme Biking

I wasn’t expecting to do a layout of my son and nephew using the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook papers, but that’s exactly what I did here.

They went mountain biking at Bromont, QuĂ©bec. You can’t imagine the trails!!!

Their outfits and bikes had fluorescent yellow on them so this paper collection worked very well.

The sketch I used was from ScrapbookSteals mid-week mojo.


Eyes of Love

I used the MWM (mid-week mojo) sketch on the ScrapbookSteals blog for this layout.

The photo is my daughter and her boyfriend.

The papers are from the Brook collection by Crate Paper and I used Overdue and Plum Thumb sprays by Mr. Huey. The doily is an actual cake doily from Wilton.

Studio Calico exclusive stamp set giveaway

I just remembered that I promised I would give away an exclusive stamp set from the September 2012 Studio Calico kit so I’d better do that 🙂

This stamp set would be particularly fun for those of you who are doing Project Life or similar types of albums because it contains stamps for all the days of the week and the numbers 0 through 9.

To include your name in the draw, all you need to do is subscribe to my blog and leave a comment below with your name or nickname. On Saturday afternoon, I will use random.org to choose a winner. Good luck everybody!!!

Halloween Frame

I have a number of these types of frames and have been wanting to decorate them with pictures, papers and cuts for various holidays and events so I am happy to get this first one done.

The spiders, candelabra, cat, tombstones and the word “spooky” were cut with my Silhouette Cameo. The witch, skull & crossbones and “you put a spell on me” stickers are from Authentique. The papers (except the purple one) are from Stampin Up. The purple paper is from SEI. The pumpkin die cut is also from SEI.

The photo is my daughter and her friend about 10 years ago.


You may have found the photo I had in my original post about having a photographer on hand to take our pictures a little strange.

There was a story behind that.

For the VIP Evening at Michaels, there were lots of Michaels employees on hand — employees from the Lasalle store and from the head office in Dallas, Texas.

Well, at some point, a bunch of employees wanted to get their picture taken as a group. One sat in the chair, some sat around and the rest stood around or sat in front of the chair. Someone reached out her arm behind her and tore the white paper backdrop. That’s why you see ripped paper in my original photo.

Below are the blooper photos I didn’t include in my original post.

Pearl 10 – Central Park Layout

This layout has a picture of my daughter and her boyfriend in Central Park during a recent trip to New York City.

I used the papers and embellishments from my Studio Calico kit almost exclusively. I think the only elements that were not from the kit were the yellow grid paper used for 3 circles, the Tim Holtz “Love” ticket and the date stamp. I even used the glassine envelope that contained embellishments for the kit (under the journaling block).

It was a huge challenge to use only materials from the kit so I stayed quite close to the sketch on the Scrapbook Steals blog for Pearl 10.

Michaels VIP Evening

It was fun to be considered a media VIP for a couple of hours!!! As a blogger, I was invited to Michaels VIP Evening tonight, the night before the official opening of the 7 stores in Québec tomorrow morning. They rolled out the red carpet for us at the Lasalle store and we had a wonderful time looking around and talking to instructors and other Michaels employees.

I brought my scrappy sister Peggy and we were treated to hor d’oeuvres and wine, demonstrations and picture taking.

We were only a small group — maybe 40 (not including the many Michaels employees on hand), but we ran into two cropping buddies.

There were 5 demonstration areas throughout the store and activities for children in the classroom.

We met a number of Michaels executives, the three people who did most of the legwork to set up Michaels Québec from Dallas, Texas and Michaels creative ambassador for Québec, Micheline Petit.

But most importantly, we got to have a good look at the store.

The store is absolutely beautiful. Everything is brand new, spacious, and filled to capacity with the most wonderful products. We were not allowed to buy anything tonight. We will be back there first thing tomorrow morning for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and official opening, and to be sure we are among the first in the store to take advantage of the great special they will have, including Cricut cartridges at “great prices” (they wouldn’t tell us how great though).

Here are some pictures from the VIP Evening.

Lots ‘n lots of products … actually, 35,000 inventory items …
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This was a scrapbooking demonstration. She was demonstrating an easel card.

Lots of Cricut cartridges and Cuttlebug folders.

A professional photographer was on hand to take souvenir photos for us.

The official part of the evening was about to begin.

Ginette Lorrain

Lasalle store manager

Tom Making, President of Michaels Canada

With the 3 people from Dallas, Texas who did most of the legwork to set up Michaels Québec, including having close to 3 million words translated.

Micheline Petit, Michaels creative ambassador for Québec