Stamparatus Time!! #StampinUp’s NEW stamp positioning tool!

Hello UPS, mine is arriving today!! Can’t wait to play and get creating with the NEW Stamparatus by Stampin Up!! Yes, there are other out there, the Tim Holtz version and the Misti, but I’m glad I didn’t get those yet as this one is a great price point and the plates are moveable! You’ll see from the videos how it all works, and the help it can be to all levels of stampers!!

Ok, first of all, what is the Stamparatus???

So here is the top 5 things to know about the Stamparatus from Stampin Up:

Next, tips and tricks and all the ins and outs of the Stamparatus….

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Sold yet?? I know, it’s a long wait until June but will be worth it!! Contact me today to pre-order your Stamparatus, and I will be ordering on June 1st for all those ready to rock this new tool!! Email me to chat: janleygrant@hotmail.com – Canadians only for this demonstrator ūüôā Thanks!

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Bible Art Journalling #finallygettingstarted

So as many of you know that have followed any of my posts about Bible art journalling over the past year, I have wanted to do this for so long but just hadn’t actually got started… I have read, collected, bought lots of stuff, joined Facebook groups, discussed, done a make n take with Bible art journaling guru, Allison Orthner, and prayed, but just hadn’t found my confidence to take the plunge… So here goes – my first official creation all on my own!!

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And the double page view where I made some notes as to how I was inspire by my priest at mass and knew I had to follow the calling!

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So what’s next? ¬†I have purchased the newly created Catholic journalling Bible but before I feel worthy of that beauty, I thought I better do some practice in my regular Bible. ¬†I have set a goal for myself of completing at least 1 art journal per week during Lent. ¬†It may be inspired by the weekly mass readings/homily or there are lots of scripture guides out there. ¬†I do think that I’m going to focus on reading Mark as was the suggestion by my priest and see where that takes me.

CLICK HERE to see the NEW Catholic journaling BIBLE!¬†I will do a future post on it as I explore it’s contents.

Are you new to Bible art journaling? Would love to hear from you and follow your journey too!  I will pray for you and please pray for me!

Check out a of my previous posts about Bible art journaling.  

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Scrapbooking – Where do I start? #scrapbooking

Time flies when you are busy, sorry for the gap in posts! ¬†This week I was inspired to get back to my roots, scrapbooking…

This year I have started a monthly club of crafters in my Stampin Up club.  The group is a mix of newbies and veterans to the craft.  I have had the pleasure of meeting with one of them that would like to learn about how to scrapbook in order to preserve the memories of her children as a gift to them.  So where do we start?  That is a common question in scrapbooking world, as I know with all the ideas, social media, and products out there, it can be a bit overwhelming in even get started.

I remember when I started in 2005, yes, that’s 13 years ago, I walked into Scrapbooker’s Paradise in South Calgary (which is no longer there) and was so overwhelmed by the size and magnitude of products, I almost turned around and left!! ¬†But my love for creating and my desire to preserve the memories I was making with my boyfriend, and now husband of eight years, pushed me to explore, ask questions, take classes and make many new friends in the process.

So here is an early layout from 13 years ago when I first started out – it’s a process so I enjoy looking back at what I did and seeing how my technique and style has changed over the years. ¬†Firstly, I thought a scrapbook was a coiled book that you just stick stuff in and write with a gel pen! ¬†Oh, how I have come!!! That being said, you can start with whatever you feel comfortable, do not let the information out there and the variety of product, (or Pinterest!) overwhelm you, just keep in simple. ¬†Keep reading for my basic list of getting started directions.

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So here I am 13 years later and still doing what I love and sharing that enthusiasm wherever I can!! So when I was asked to sit down and help guide others on where to start, I’m excited to walk through the process. ¬†So as we brainstormed and discussed last night, I decided why not share my ideas/process with the world?

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Disclaimer: These are my words, advice and opinions, not as a rule or of anyone else.

So here is my process and ideas, hope they are helpful to anyone out there that is just starting out.  Also, please feel free to comment below or contact me directly if you need any scrapbooking advice!

Question: Where do I start when I want to make a scrapbook?

  1. Size/Album – Identify what you want to accomplish. ¬†Is it a 12×12 layout to frame? ¬†An 8×8 album or a 12×12 album? ¬†Traditional scrapbooking tends to be creating layouts using photos, papers and embellishments on 12 x 12 paper to insert into an album that has plastic page protectors within.
  2. Photos – Identify the photos you want to scrapbook. ¬†This is my technique, there are others that will start with papers and go from there but my method is always based around the photos since scrapbooking those is really my whole purpose in the process. ¬†There are events or experiences that you take 100s of photos of and picking just a few can be very difficult. ¬†This is why double page layouts exist ūüôā That’s when you create two 12 x 12 layouts side by side and can then scrapbook more pictures and have more room to embellish and journal.
  3. Papers/Embellishments – Pick papers and embellishments (ribbons, chip board, stickers, etc) to match, enhance your photo and memory keeping process.
  4. Momentos – Collect and momentos of the memories you are scrapbooking to add to the layouts.
  5. Journal – Make sure you have a title for the layout and any good scrapbook has journalling on the layouts. ¬†Yes, the picture is the focal point of the layout, but scrapbooking is not complete without some journalling. ¬†Even if it’s just the date, location and any small highlights, it really adds to the memory keeping process for future generations as they get to flip back through the album for many years to come.
  6. Supplies – I will do another post on the basic supplies needed but keeping it simple: scissors, adhesive (tape runner, glue stick, liquid glue, pick whatever you feel most comfortable with but do keep in mind you want archival safe if you are using photos that don’t have digitals or older souvenirs), paper trimmer, and a journalling pen. (Sales plug for the day, I love our Stampin Up paper trimmer, it has a scoring tool attached! Link to my shop, here!)

Get started!!

Here is a layout I created about five years ago, oh my sweet babies, I love having these layouts to go back to. ¬†This layout shows my love of pink, glimmer anything, and is a part of an album in which I created a layout for each month of their first year of life. ¬†This a great souvenir for them to flip through and say, “oh, cute”, to themselves! haha

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Lastly, as I have shared previously, a more recent creation (2017) where I have tried to step out of my safe and comfortable style for a more modern layering look.

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Thanks for reading, please comment below if you found any of this helpful and if there are post ideas that you would like to see me blog about.  Thanks!

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Scrapbooking Stampin Up style!

Thank you, Mary Haugen, demonstrator out of the United States for sharing this gorgeous layout!! I love scrapbooking with our products but as many of you know, I devote much of my time to my card classes and monthly commitments so MY scrapbooking tends to get put aside for those weekend retreats that I occasionally get to go on, then I put my head down and scrapbook up a storm!!

So when I saw this beautiful layout this morning, I just had to share!! I love the embossing paste and the sale a bration framelits will be a fav in my craft room for years to come so putting them together is brilliant!!

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To see Mary’s full blog post, click here! ¬†

So what’s next? ¬†I think the first priority is to get our Valentine’s done for school and then back to planning my next class using the Picture Perfect suite!!

I’m also here to make myself accountable to a weekly schedule of committing time to reflection and Bible art journalling. ¬†Every time I see the amazing (oh, I will have to use our cut out in my Bible!) I kick myself because I have all this stuff, and just don’t make enough time to do it. ¬†How can I not be making time for God?

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Here are just a few of the products Mary used in this gorgeous creation:

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