#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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@CSMscrapbooker call for #Bibleartjournaling

Call for submission!! The deadline to submit your creations to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine for the spring 2018 issue to November 1st!! Allison Orthner shared on her Facebook that there is a call out for Bible art journaling, specially revealing “life lessons”.  This really caught my eye as I’m super excited to see the creations that are out there!! These creations will be so honest, true and inspiring!! Don’t be afraid to step out of the comfort zone and share your work!

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CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SUBMISSION REQUEST LIST FROM CREATIVE SCRAPBOOKER MAGAZINE! I have been published in their magazine many times and you do get a FREE copy of the magazine if they publish your work!  I will have to really start working on some Bible art journalling and be brave enough to submit 🙂

What to read more about my Bible art journaling journey? I’m due to share an update, I’ll get on that! Here is my last post, click here!

Have a great weekend! Take time for you!

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#GreatCanadianScrapbookCarnival was amazing! #shoptilyoudrop scrapbook style! @CSMscrapbooker

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This year’s theme was Canada 150 and it was absolutely perfect!  This 2 day crop is a favourite of our group for many reasons.  The shopping, socializing, scrapbooking…and the shopping! When that many scrapbook vendors are brought together in one place, it can be very dangerous for us lovers of all things scrapbooking!! I went thinking, I don’t “need” anything… hahahahaha

First of all, we get a goodie bag of surprises!  There is a minimal registration bag and then a larger “embellished” bag, if you so desire the element of surprise!! I went for the cheaper bag and here is a pic of some of the fun goodies I came home with!! Disclaimer: There are a few extra items I got that were given to me by other croppers that were not in the cheaper bag.

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Big thank yous were sent out to all the amazing sponsors of the event that support each year!! Avery Elle, KaiserCraft, Scrapbook Adhesives, Spellbinders and more…

Here is some of the new goodies I bought: (I posted a Facebook Live this morning where I walked through it all briefly, check out the video here).  

Being as I went to scrapbook our Canada 150 celebrations (which I never did get done) I was falling in love with more and more of the Canadian themed papers and stamps.  Earlier this year I bought the Canada 150 stamp from Close to My Heart, so I was prepared for my layout, and had gathered some gorgeous papers along the way, but of course, when you come across the newest suppliers in town called Wild Whisper Designs, who can resist these?

The Wild Whisper ladies are based out of Calgary and their products are just gorgeous, can’t wait to play! In the photo below, the Wild Whisper products are in the upper right corner, include the journey chipboard, maple leaf die cut, Canadian stamps, papers and chipboard animals of the moose, etc.  Seriously, it’s all gorgeous.  I will be sure to share the layouts I create these beauties!  I think the ‘journey’ chipboard will be used on my Scotland trip layouts, when I finally get to doing those 😉

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In the above photo, the bottom right is all the Illustrated Faith and Vicki Boutin products I bought to put in my Bible art journalling bag.  I played with Ranger Distress Oxide inks for the first time so just HAD to have some, right?  I’m excited to dig into my Bible art again, even ran to Michaels today with the 55% off coupon to get some clear gesso, as I only had the white (rookie mistake on that purchase), as I want to be able to see through it to be able to still see the scripture.

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I fell for some other beautiful Canada-themed papers from Treasured Memories, found in the upper left with the Canada tag.  Some Thickers, can never have too many of those with a silver shine!  I also got the dance paper pack at the top right to put away for future dance layouts of the twins.  On the middle left I got a steal of a deal in the pack with the watercolour pencils at 40% off, since it’s from 2015, but who cares?  It’s going to be put away for my favourite craft room friend for Christmas.  I’m going to steal out the mini spray for myself as that will go into my Bible art bag too.  Lastly, the chipboard pile in the centre bottom.  From Scrap & Bean, I think since that was the card in the bag, so hopefully I didn’t mix things up, the brand is Southern Ridge Trading Co.  I have bought stuff from them in the past and here I am again, stocking up.  I got rodeo/cowgirl/cowboys/cows, as well as the create one, first day of school and a dragonfly (for an upcoming Outlander layout, I had to find Outlander there somewhere, right?

Overall, was a super fun scrapbook carnival!  I take issue with the Friday/Saturday, but I get that it runs alongside the quilting expo, and most attendees of that do not work on Fridays.  Each year but husband says, do these people not work on Friday?  I love the shopping, the atmosphere, the friends and the Creative Scrapbooker team, however, having to pay for childcare in order go, makes it an expensive two days for me.  That’s my issue to deal with and next year I will reevaluate it yet again.  I will still go in some form, even if it’s just for the shopping on the Saturday.  If it was just longer days, I’d feel like I get more for my money.  That being said, I’m back to the fact that it is an amazing two days of fun and smiles!! Love you Guys, @CSMscrapbooker!!

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#scrapbook – A layout to remember.. #yourstampinscrapbooker memories

The day I took this photo, I knew it was every scrapbooker’s dream to get to create a layout of that very moment.  That moment when the wee ones flip through the layouts you have created of them growing up over the years, is one to remember.  As I watched them pointing and discussing and admiring the layouts, I was thrilled to experience seeing them appreciate the scrapbooks, even if they don’t know what appreciation is yet.

Paige was asking Olivia questions about what was happening in the photos and layouts, and Olivia was reflecting on the events and what she remembered.  She would even read the journalling to the twins.  I didn’t get a whole lot actually scrapbooked this past weekend at the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival hosted by Creative Scrapbooker Magazine (@CSMscrapbooker), but I did get this one done and am so proud of it!  It is already on the wall in our craft room to cherish for years to come!

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As I’ve mentioned before, in recent years I have become so busy with my Stampin Up classes out of my home, and the million other things that I want to create, I have not been actually scrapbooking at home, I’ve been doing it all at crops.  Be that at a one full day crop (like the Rowan House fundraiser in March) or a 2 and 1/2 days of cropping (Crop & Create in March/April by Scrapbook & Cards Magazine), I have been able to keep up with my memory keeping hobby.  I make sure I’m well-planned with pictures printed and ready to go.  As I went to his crop, I had photos ready for a list of events from all of 2017, a new Canada 150 album by Creative Memories, as well as Canada 150 stamp by Close to My Heart, and many more goodies planned for layouts.  As I quickly realized that between shopping, make n takes that caught my eye (see previous post about Bible Art Journalling), and having to leave to go take my daughter to swimming and losing 2.5 hours, I was going to have to be selective about what I was going to get done.  I opted for what I was most inspired to do, the layouts that often get put to the side because there are so many other “things that need to get done”, like the birthdays, Christmas, etc.  I started off with a double layout of the bachelorette for my sister in law back in May to Scottsdale, followed by a very simple double of our trip to Drumheller to the dinosaur museum and finished with this beauty!!

#scrapbook says it all and I added #lovemom to it symbolize my love of them and this craft and I can only hope they will enjoy all my creations for years to come.  As I write this, the three are behind me at our craft room table drawing and colouring.  I will be forever grateful to God for the many blessings in my life and moments like these that I will cherish forever.

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#BibleArtJournaling @AllisonOrthner @CSMscrapbooker…the journey has been revived.. #yourstampinscrapbooker style

This past weekend I attended an annual crop at Spruce Meadows in Calgary hosted by Creative Scrapbooker Magazine called the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival, and a carnival of fun it is!  Between the usual scrapbooking, socializing, eating, shopping, and prizes, I had time to think.  I’ve been meaning to do more scrapbooking at home, create more things just for me, and have really wanted to dig out the Bible Art journalling supplies I have acquired over the past year, all still in the packaging.  After my recent craft room make over resulted in the Bible art journalling getting its very own drawer, I it was been starring at me for weeks.  I knew the day would come very soon when I will sit down with it all and dig in.  That day was this weekend.

If you’d like to read my previous post of my Bible art journaling journey, please click here so you can read the background story to this post.

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As the days drew closer to the crop, and I watched Allison Orthner’s (that’s Allison in the photo above) posts regarding her excitement about having a Bible art make n take table, I knew the Holy Spirit was really trying to work his wonders through both Alison as well as my love of all things crafty.  I went through the first day of the crop doing some scrapbooking, and shopping up a storm (watch for an upcoming post of all the goodies I bought!) but as I left at the end of that first day, and walked past Allison’s table, I knew that I had to rethink my plan for the next day.  I went home and dug out a bag and packed up all my Bible art journalling goodies and off I went for day two of the crop.

I started the day off with Allison and playing with gesso, Ranger oxide inks and water, as well as stamps, washi, and stickers by Illustrated Faith.  Alison had brought some old hymn books from her church for us to be inspired by as well as to play with the products.  Stamping or doing any form of art in the Bible can be scary.  No one wants to do something to a book so special that they are not sure will turn out as they hope.  That being said, any time you get out the gesso to do mixed media, it will be an adventure and you will never be able to do the same thing twice, accept that now!

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We played on the hymn book sheets and I also created a beautiful bookmark too.  What are Distress Oxide inks? Check out this video from Creative Scrapbooker with a quick overview of what they can do! 

I bought an Illustrated Faith Praise book (had been debating for a while but the shipping to Canada is insane) so when Scrap Addicts had it for cheap, I was sold!! I was so excited, proud and inspired by the experience!  Here is a glimpse of my creations:

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Today I reflect on what I have begun and am revived and inspired to continue this Bible art journey!  Today I even discovered (via the Canadian Bible Art Journalling Facebook group) there is a Facebook group for Catholic women that do Bible art!  So, after saying it hasn’t really been something the Catholic world has embraced, I am proven wrong but this social media discovery.  As I write this, I’m awaiting approval to join the group, so I will follow up with my thoughts and feelings on the group.

#dowhatmakesyouhappy is something I’ve tried to keep in mind as it is easy to become bogged down with all the “have-tos” of teaching classes.  There is always another class to prepare and supplies to organize.  It can easily become a “chore”.  Years ago (in my younger fitter days), I feel in love with aerobics and even went on to teach for several years.  However, by the end of it, I was tired of having to be accountable to my classes.  I wanted out.  I really don’t want that become the case with my Stampin Up classes and crafting.

So last night I told myself I to need to make myself accountable to me!  I know myself well enough to know that that will be good for me on many levels.  My crafting skills will grow, and my relationship with Christ will grow.  Not teaching and being in the Catholic schools on a daily basis, does lead me away from the church since I’m not involve in it on a daily basis.  I know I have to more actively take ownership of that part of my faith journey.  I would love to hear about your faith journey surrounding the Bible art journalling experience.  I would especially like to hear from other Catholics that are Bible art journalling, so I don’t feel so alone in this journey.

Want to learn more about Bible art journalling?  Click here for Allison’s blog post on how to get started!! 

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#StampinUp Labels to Love #MerryChristmas Card Class #1

“All I want for Christmas is you!”, yes, Mariah will be belting out her tunes in my house soon enough, especially with snow headed our way tonight…. Okay, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, no, I do not put up my tree until after Remembrance Day and usually my birthday on the 15th, then it’s free game!!! But in the mean time, my Christmas card club starts next week!! For several years I have run a club consisting of 3 classes of 12 cards each for a total of 36 cards completed over 3 nights.  A class at the end of the months of September, October and November so they are done early enough for that that want to send in the mail.

I always plan my classes based around a combination of what inspires me (if it doesn’t, who is coming up with the ideas for the class?) and what I think the ladies that have been coming to my club for years will enjoy.  This year I chose the Label punch with the Labels of Love stamp set to match the punch, the Carols of Christmas bundle, the Christmas sweaters and the Christmas in the Making (I love to color and so do many of my ladies) so there had to be a set where we get to color.  I am loving the new embossing paste so that will get in the mix and I always do some heat embossing in my classes too; there is so much wow factor to heat embossing, it makes anything pop!

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So where are my three samples for my upcoming class that is this Tuesday.

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I have decided that I don’t really like this on the soft suede card stock so I’ve decided to stick with whisper white.

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Posts to follow with detail each card with the supplies required for the card.  I’m working on becoming a YouTube sensation (yeah, right!) so once I have that under control I will regularly film as well.  Here is my YouTube channel, click here!!

So as a reward to myself for getting my samples done and all my cutting/prep work, tomorrow I get to pack to head of to a 2 day crop!  On Friday and Saturday you will find me at Spruce Meadows in Calgary at the Scrapbook Carnival hosted by Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.  Watch for a post of all the fun!!

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Oh, happy day!

Haven’t been feeling well, again, this time with a sore throat and just quite tired and sluggish… So if these 2 favourites arriving today can’t cheer me up, nothing can!! Fed Ex brings the 30 minutes of fun, Paper Pumpkin, in the orange box and things are looking up… then, I realized via email and social media (before going to the mailbox) that the new issue of Creative Scrapbooker magazine should be waiting for me!!

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Also, this is another extra exciting issue for me, since, if you look carefully, you will see my name in lights TWO times in this issue!! and for cards this time, a first for me as I’ve been published in this magazine several times over the past years but always for scrapbooking layouts, so this is a fun first!! If you’ve never purchased a Creative Scrapbooker Magazine, it’s so amazing!! They have recently as just last year expanded into the United States where you can purchase it at Barns and Noble.  Here in Canada you can find it on the shelves at Shoppers Drub Mart, usually Michaels (for a while) and maybe Chapters… that being said, since I have subscription I don’t pay too much attention but I know for sure you can get it at Shoppers Drug Mart as I saw the last issue on the shelves there recently.

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