#summer2018 #todolists #holiday2018 What’s happening in your craft room?

Happy summer holidays, All!  I know, I can’t believe it but it’s been almost a month since I blogged!! Well, if you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll know that I’ve changed gears a bit and am refocusing my crafty time on me :). That being said, I haven’t cracked my “on-going projects” bin since I was at the weekend retreat in May!!! So what have I been up to?

Travel and family!

  1. Well, July flew by and included an amazing trip to Barbados to spend time with my family from the East Coast!  Here’s a pic of me on the beach!! It was truly gorgeous and am thankful to have had to the opportunity to go!

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2. While I was away, Cory took the girls down the ranch and on some Saskatchewan adventures with Dad!

3. Then I packed us up and took the girls down the ranch and Olivia off to her first sleep away camp where she didn’t know a soul!  She’s so totally cool with that, she had a blast! The girls and I hit the pool at the Cypress Hills Park as we waited for Olivia which was followed by a full family weekend at the 11th annual Reno Rodeo in Consul!

Summer 2018 continued…

Next up the girls are all off to dance camp next week, I’m going to try and get some things done around the house and dig out the school supplies that  I ordered in June and haven’t opened the box!  I’m hoping to squeeze in some tent camping after that (when it cools down to a more reasonable temp).

Fall Crafting!

I just ordered my Stampin Up holiday pre-order yesterday!! Yes, that inspired me to do this post and get back at it!! I had mentioned in months gone by that I’ve decided I’m not offering a monthly Christmas card club this year, but am working on planning a 1 day weekend Christmas retreat to make 36 cards in 1 shot!  I have never planned a “stamp a stack” before so I’m going to plan the cards and try to post some ideas/samples by September.  Watch for the date to be posted soon!! It will be in November 🙂

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Also, keeping with the me-time crafting theme, I am already planning to attend a retreat weekend the September 22nd weekend with a friend near Cochrane.  I’m have opted out of the Scrapbook Carnival at Spruce Meadows this year, for this full weekend retreat instead.  More time for my money and not need to get childcare on the Friday.  I am still a huge fan of Creative Scrapbooker magazine, and will definitely be stopping by on Friday (on my way out of town to the crop) to shop and say hi!

So what’s on my to-do list… let’s have a look…

  1. Share some crafting love at the upcoming Millarville Fair (August 18-19) – watch for a post of all we submit 🙂
  2. Make new Outlander postcards for #droughtlander – OMG, did I mention the season 4 premiere date has been revealed??? November 4th!!
  3. Continue working on my UK April 2017 scrapbooking album
  4. Finish my travel notebook from Barbados
  5. Laminate and file all the kids’ work and projects that I have piled up from several years in the basement.
  6. Build a new ceiling fan and have it installed in my kitchen (the old one broke years ago and given the 30 degree weather, I really need to get on this!).
  7. Continue planning and working my new project for Christmas – the first annual Integrity kids’ Christmas party!  I wonder if there will be a Christmas card crafting station??? 😉
  8. Dig out and label the kids’ school supplies (not Olivia’s, just the kinder want it).
  9. Go school shopping for fall clothes, including new indoor shoes (this is on the list for next week when the girls are all at dance camp and I can shop solo!).

I’m sure the list goes on so do feel free to give me encouragement to just pick and start!

Anyway, that’s all for now.  Do watch for a Facebook Live of all my new fall goodies when they come, and a SAVE the DATE for my Christmas Card stamp a stack retreat!  If you are interested in more info on the event, please do message me or email: janleygrant@hotmail.com.

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Crop in Canmore Spring 2018 #yourstampinscrapbooker #scrapbookingtherapy #followyourpassion

This year I decided to change it up a bit on my cropping plans.  I have always wanted to go to a weekend away crop in the mountains, so I got on the hunt last fall using all my Googling skills and found Tasha’s Scrapbook Studio and went to work on getting myself booked.  I tracked down some comrades to go with and the countdown was on!! It met expectations, and then some!

I had big plans for all the scrapbooking I wanted to get done.  So where do you start? Well, I went back though the photos I had printed and not used from my last crop (in September) and started a list of what I still needed to finish from that crop, which was all 2016 stuff that I just wasn’t inspired to do at the time.  I started with that.

Secondly, I listed all I wanted to start.  2017 was busy, including our trip to the UK in April, which I plan to have as it’s own album.  I went to town on uploading and printing and got that done in ample time.  If you are new to scrapbooking, and especially to planning for a crop, the most important piece to your prep, is getting those photos printed, because, if you don’t, what are you going to be doing anyway???

I also wanted to challenge myself to pack as little as I could, while at the same time being best prepared for 48 possible hours of scrapbooking.  Next tip: have lots of adhesive!! I went though about 6 refills and was just about on my last one as the crop closed 🙂 I’m not big on getting super detailed in my planning (some ladies will make kits and pick out papers, etc., that’s just not me), that being said, I do try to envision generally what I will need, for example, I select stamps that I might use, as well as inks that coordinate with any themes I have.  For example, my UK album will have lots of greens, browns and reds due to the London colors and the Scottish landscapes so I was prepared for those.  I go through all my papers and ensure I’m taking pieces I have purchases specifically for themes/events and away we go.

Here is a photo of my van packed and headed to the Rockies!

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I started with finishing up 2016 and getting a few key events done for 2017 before moving on to the UK album start which I did get about 6 pages done of that.  Overall, I felt extremely accomplished in what I got done and, more than that, was relaxed, content and inspired to come home and keep thinking about it all 🙂

Here is my work space as I’m working on a dance layout of the twins for 2017. Tasha does an amazing job putting this crop on!  The space is great, lots of table room, comfy chairs, an 80s theme and music and amazing food!!

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We stayed at the Best Western Pocaterra Inn and it was great! Here is pic of my view as I enjoyed my buffet hot breakfast before beginning a full day of cropping!IMG_6198

We were in the basement but the lighting was still perfect, I didn’t even dig out my Ott Light that I had packed.  Ladies came from all over, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Calgary and more!  We all enjoyed the prizes and fun games!!

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As the crop closed on Mother’s Day, I was a bit eager to get home to my girls, I knew that’d be excited so I was actually the first to leave, if you can believe it???? We would stay until afternoon on the Sunday but I left around noon to spend the rest of the day with my fam and head out for a Mother’s Day dinner with them.  I will soooooooo be going back next year!! She does do a fall crop too, however, that is the weekend of Olivia’s birthday so I will have to pass.  If you are interested in Tasha’s crops, check her out here: Tasha’s Scrapbook Studio.

One last stop before hitting the road home, some yummy Beamer’s Coffee of Canmore!

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My first love is scrapbooking and as I have seen myself spend more and more time on cards, I have had to do some soul searching and make some decisions about my time.  I will be pulling back on offering card classes in order to spend more time on “me” and my “therapy”.  I also have struggling to devote as much time as I would like to my Bible art journalling so that is also going to be pulled more to the forefront of my craft space.

Remember, when you turn your craft into a job, be sure to do what you need for you and don’t forget why you started!  Follow your passion and your heart.

A very special thanks to Tasha for a great weekend! Thanks to all my scrapbooking table mates and to all the new friends I met over the weekend!

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Myths & Magic Kids Birthday Cards Class #stampinup #yourstampinscrapbooker

FACEBOOK EVENT LINK!

May is going to be an exciting class! I haven’t been doing to many classes thus far in 2018 due to being busy enough with my monthly club but I’m really a fan of this suite in the Occasions 2018 catalogue and it ends May 31st!

You can find the suite including the bundle (stamps and dies), washi , designer series paper and glimmer paper on pages 36 and 37 in the Occasions catalogue or online 24/7!

Join me in my home on May 29th for a class where you will come away with 12 cards, 4 each of 3 designs.  Cards are inspired by other ideas on Pinterest and this is one of the many ideas with which I will start to create.  Actual cards will be posted on the Facebook event.  This creation is by Erin Gunson (www.paperaddition.co.nz).

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Product purchase + class options available:

Option 1: The Magical Day bundle + class = the class is only $5!! Total Cost: $74

Option 2: The Magical Day stamp set + class = the class is only $15! Total Cost $48

Option 3: Class Only
Cost: $25

RSVP required by May 13 (email or facebook event)
EMT janleygrant@hotmail.com

If you are not local and would like to purchase the material pre-cut and prepared for you to complete at home, contact me directly – janleygrant@hotmail.com

All supplies can be purchased from my online shop, 24/7 – SHOP HERE!

 

Picture Perfect Panda Birthday Cards #StampinUp

My most recent class was fun and games with the Picture Perfect suite and the Party Panda from sale a bration!! All inspired by other demos on Pinterest with my minor spins 🙂 I hadn’t use vellum in a while so this one was guided by wanting to incorporate that into the creation 🙂

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I’m also super in love with the sale a bration framelits, they are AMAZING (yes, pun intended since one of the words is “amazing”) 🙂 The celebrate in each of these cards is one of the framelits in that set.  Also contact me asap if you want in on these with a $120 qualifying order or shop online 24/7!! 

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Party Pandas is going to be a fav in my craft room for years to come, especially since the Pandas are coming to the Calgary Zoo this May and it will be perfect for scrapbooking our first trip to see them!! Contact me ASAP if you want these little guys!! Sales a bration ends March 31st and with an order of $60 or more, you can get these little guys for FREE!

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If you are interested in any of the products in these cards, please contact me 🙂 Things have been crazy busy around my house so I haven’t been on much this month and just don’t have time to do up some product lists but please touch base if you want any of these products!! #yourstampinscrapbooker

ONLY 16 days left of sale a bration!!! SHOP HERE!!!

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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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Class Schedule 2018 #yourstampinscrapbooker

What’s going to be happening in my craft room?? So much!! In between my monthly team meetings, my newly created monthly club night, making swaps for the OnStage convention in April, learning about traveller’s journalling for our trip in March and the Bible art journalling learning curve, I will still be running at least one class per month!!!

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I find if I do not make a schedule, time flies by and I will not get anything done!! My first class is coming up at the end of the month, and closed for registrations, the coffee cafe framed sampler for display!! I will post more photos and tips after the class on the 30th!!

So here is the rest of the schedule:  January – June 2018

2018 Your Stampin Scrapbooker Calendar – Click here for a download! 

Your Stampin Scrapbooker – 2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS Jan-June

2018 January February March April May June
 

Themed/

Technique Classes

 

*all classes are pre-pay only

 

Coffee Frame Class

 

Jan 30

7pm

 

RSVP

Before

Jan 14th

Fee: $35 or $25 no frame

Picture Perfect Birthday Cards Class

 

Feb 27

7pm

 

RSVP

Before

February 11th

Fee $25

 

Sympathy Cards

Class

 

March 27th

7pm

 

RSVP

Before

March 9th

Fee $25

Mother’s Day Cards (stamps TBA)

 

April 24th

7pm

 

RSVP before

April 8th

Fee TBA

Myths & Magic Birthday Cards

 

May 29th

7pm

 

RSVP before May 13th

Fee $25

 

Sunshine & Rainbows Layout & Cards Class

 

June 26th

7pm

 

RSVP before June 10th

Fee $25

 

Monthly Club Dates January 9 February 13 March 13 April 10 May 8 June 12
Stampin’ Stars

Coffee Dates

(Current & Interested Demonstrators)

 

 

 

February 8

10am Location: 94 Take the Cake, Okotoks

 

March 8

10am Location: 94 Take the Cake, Okotoks

*****OnStage in Red Deer April 7th!

 

April 12

10am Location: 94 Take the Cake, Okotoks

 

May 10

10am Location: 94 Take the Cake, Okotoks

 

June 7

10am

Location: 94 Take the Cake, Okotoks

Where to sign up??? Email me: janleygrant@hotmail.com OR you can find all of the events above on my FACEBOOK PAGE, click here to check it out!!  Also, be sure to subscribe to my mailing list on the right hand side so you don’t miss a blog post!

Watch for an upcoming summer class or two in July/August!! I may even think about offering a retreat day, you never know!! 

Future posts:

  • traveller’s journal
  • Bible art journalling
  • my trip digital book, Heritage Makers
  • planning for a crop

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July – Watch for a summer class option, or 2!

Monthly club returns on September 11!

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Coffee cafe Sampler 12×12 Frame CLASS

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Just a quick post to share what is happening in my craft room, I know it’s been over a week since I posted and that was only a shameless post about the dance fundraiser LOL

From the moment I saw this coffee cafe suite I was in love!! Last July I did my first ever summer card class and it was a real hit, click here to see the post from that class!

Then I spotted this framed display creation by a demo in the US, Sherahl A. Weadon, and was sold once again!! I’m not actually sure I have ever done so much with a suite as I have with this one. So my upcoming class is this January 30th where I have a couple of ladies coming to create their very own!  Mine is currently a work in progress, almost done, so I will post it with the template and my class photo after the class has been completed.

Here is a list of the products used (I’m not sure what stamp set she used for the “enjoy”, so that is not listed, as well as the green washi in the upper right corner, my creation will be a sight modification on this one):

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Welcome to 2018, a busy few months coming up!! Watch for future posts on the following:

  1. Class Schedule
  2. OnStage & Join my Team during Sale a Bration
  3. Picture Perfect Birthday Class
  4. Upcoming Crops!

AND DON’T FORGET IT’S SALE A BRATION!! THAT MEANS FOR EVERY $60 YOU SPEND YOU GET TO PICK A FREE ITEM FROM THE SAB BROCHURE!! SHOP HERE!

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Christmas Card Class #3 Christmas in the Making #ChristmasSweaters

Over the next 3 days I will post the 3 cards we will be making at my last Christmas card class, stay tuned for videos too!

Card #1 Christmas in the Making

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Check out my Youtube channel for an upcoming video on Stampin blends!

Supplies to create this card:

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SHOP Here and don’t forget to check out our ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA sale and clearance!!

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Your Stampin Scrapbooker November Madness!

Wow! 9 days since my last post (okay, except that brief post this am about the deals! that spurred me to get on the ball!!), already?  Things have been a bit crazy around my house!  Between doing a Christmas card class for some of the teachers at Olivia’s school, which was so fun to see people wowed by the Big Shot for the first time, and then just yesterday helping out with the children’s Christmas card making at her school, this week has been pretty focused on those 2 events.

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Yesterday’s Christmas card making at Good Shepard has been a tradition at the school for years so it’s a fairly well-oiled machine.  It was pretty much what I expected (having been there last year as a parent) but was still has its moments of stressfulness.  That being said, seeing faces smile and be wowed by stamping and then punching out our little gingerbread man made helping 200 kids make cards worth it!! It was quite the experience!! I definitely learned a few lessons on how to improve next year.  I did take all advice into account and think it was good, but I will definitely make a few changes to make life easier on myself in the future! What I think will be boring, will still be fun for the kids, keep that in mind!! The fun is not for them!  So next year I will have everything punched/cut and in bins ready to go.  So all I have to do is pass them the pile and then they can assemble/stamp.  At one point there were like 20 people around the table all wanting attention and now…. let’s just say, I was sweating! LOL But, overall, it was super fun and I’d definitely do it again!! And next year, all 3 of my girls will get to go!!

We also had Light Up Okotoks on Friday night, our annual town holiday light up of the Christmas tree and Christmas kick off.  It was a bit chilly at -15 but not unbearable, I was thinking it would feel worse but we had lots of fun, goodies and even a photo with Santa!!

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Hubby and I went to the dinner theatre Saturday night for my birthday dinner and then, just to add to the scheduled weekend, we took the girls to Dinsey on Ice yesterday!! So, overall, it’s been a jammed week…

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So what’s on my to do list?? Well, cookie dough! LOL Sunday is my annual Christmas cookie exchange so need to get on that… I also have some samples to make for my last Christmas card class!  Throw in glueing on some Brownie badges and the list goes on!

Hope this finds you all well and getting into the holiday fun!  We also are pretty much all decorated, just have to finish up the tree this eve… yes, I got that done in the mix of all that 🙂

Happy Holidays!

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Carols of Christmas #Stampin Up Card Class #3 Card #2

Card # 2: Peace on Earth #2

Card credit to JENNIFER CERIZO of World of Jen Craft.

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When I started my inspirational search with the Carols of Christmas stamp set on Pinterest, I found a beauty in a creation by World of Jen Craft.  Actually, her whole group of creations using the Carols of Christmas stamp set were mesmerizing!! I chose to dive into one quite like the one we have done in my class, seen above.  Jen’s had a few more details, including inserting more of the red start cut-outs into the spaces and more pearls.  In order to allow for time, so as my attendees wouldn’t be there all night, I opted for a bit less work, but of course, you can make this one as much or as little work as you like.

Paper Dimensions:

Whisper White CS – 4 1/2 x 11 (score at 5 1/2 for card base), 4 x 4, 2 7/8″ stitched circle

Garden Green CS – 4 x 4

Basic Black CS – 4 1/8 x 4 1/8, 3″ scalloped circle

Cherry Cobbler CS – Scrap for flower insets

Click here for the complete instructions!

Click here for the video by Jen!

Supplies needed to create this card:

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Happy Holidays and happy stamping!!

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