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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Scrappy Resolutions for 2017


Happy New Year!!!
Every year around this time, I look back at my scrapbooking resolutions that I publicly posted for the year and write new ones for the upcoming year. Obviously, some years are better than others. This year, I didn't do too bad.

My 2016 Scrappy Resolutions

#1 Finish scrapping 2015.

#2 Create a Christmas 2015 album. I am considering a pocket-style album for this which I have never done before.

#3 Learn the Design Space Android App as soon as it is released.

#4 Take more photos!

#5 Have fun with vinyl. I have been playing a bit with vinyl and would like to try some HTV.


My biggest fail was not learning Design Space for android.

My 2017 Resolutions and Aspirations

#1 - Scrapbook the rest of 2016. I am up to the month of May.

#2 - Share more projects (layouts, cards and cutting files) on my blog and Facebook.

#3 - Play with pocket-style layouts a bit more. I have dabbled a bit in this type of scrapbooking but have found it difficult to fill all the pockets and remember to print the photos the correct way. Practice needed. I still think this is a great way to memory keep.

So, what are your scrapbooking resolutions?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Day twelve of Christmas Projects - A Christmas Story card


Okay, tell me the truth, can you tell that is a bar of soap? I am hoping you can tell it's a bar of Lifebuoy. It kind of looks like a red hot dog to me.


Thank you so much for stopping in today. I must admit I love making twelve Christmas projects every December and sharing them with all of you! Now that I am done and it's five days until Christmas I should wrap a gift or two...

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Day eleven of Christmas Projects - Get your Jingle on


Welcome to day eleven of Christmas projects!


Thanks for stopping in!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Day ten of Christmas Projects Waiting for Santa Claws


My sister and her husband have two sweet cats and I have always wanted to make them a cat Christmas card.


It is so easy to design cuts like this using the slice feature on the Cricut Explore. My best piece of advice when slicing is to do that action first before anything else on your Design Space and slice each item one at a time.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Day nine of Christmas Projects - vinyl pillow quote


I love this free svg that was shared on Facebook. I was excited to put it on a decorative pillow for the holidays. I even drove to IKEA to purchase the pillow and case (GURLI). As I was prepping, I thought to myself, maybe I should use regular 631 Oracal vinyl and then I can remove the quote after Christmas. **this was a dumb idea** I have used this type of vinyl on canvas before...


The vinyl would not adhere to the fabric. This beautiful pillow case will be a very temporary feature in my home.

Here is last year's vinyl project. I had no trouble with it.


I guess you win some, you lose some. Next time I will iron on HTV!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Day eight of Christmas projects - Clark Griswold's wagon as a gift tag


Maybe it's just me but when I saw this card, on my Design Space Access subscription, it really reminded me of the movie Christmas Vacation. I cut out all the layers, even added tires, but the card isn't very big. It's more of a tag. This awesome station wagon from the Cricut cartridge Crazy Cute Cards, would fit better in a business envelope than a card one.


"Is your house on fire Clark? No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights."

Monday, December 12, 2016

Day seven of Christmas Projects - Candy Cane card


Welcome! Want to make a quick and easy card design? Use your Design Space and your Cricut Explore to weld two candy canes to form a heart.


So easy! So love-ly and sweet!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Day six of Christmas Projects - Stranger Things card


This is without a doubt the "strangest" card I have ever created. I like making trendy cards with themes of things people are talking about. If you watched the Netflix series Stranger Things, then you probably understand. Our family loved this series and can't wait for season two. I only made one of these cards for a fellow fan.


The inside reads, "Wishing you JOY this holiday season!"

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Day five of Christmas Projects - vinyl ornament


Good day! I knew I wanted to made a puppy's first Christmas ornament for our 7 month old Chloe. I'm posting this project as she is recovering from her spay surgery on Monday. Poor girl has had a tough week with some side effects.


This ornament only took minutes to make and I love it! You will find me today cuddling our puppy.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Day four of Christmas Projects - Team Canada Mittens Card


Our family still loves our Team Canada mittens so I thought they would be cute on a holiday card.


This card was quick to put together so I think it will be one to mass produce. I used a sentiment that would be appropriate for all even those who do not celebrate Christmas.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Day three of Christmas projects - Merry Fitness


Welcome! Today's card is for the girls I work out with regularly. Love them and thought this funny sentiment would be perfect for the zumba ladies.


Merry Fitness and a Happy New Rear!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Day two of Christmas Projects - A shaker card


Hello and welcome! I love this funny sentiment as my neighbours enjoy drinking prosecco.

I confess, I watched a few YouTube videos to figure out how to create a shaker card and I played with the Design Space program to write the sentiment and slice out the champagne glass. I used tiny white beads to look like bubbles instead of sequins.


I think I'm hooked. I need to buy more foam tape!
See you Monday for Day Three of Christmas Projects!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Day one of Christmas Projects - Pikachu card


Welcome! I'm so happy to be making cards again this year!

This card is for my children's cousins. They are crazy for Pokemon Go. The card will have their Christmas gift inside.


I also made this Pokemon inspired Christmas card in July when everyone was gag over the app.


Please come back tomorrow. I will share my first ever shaker card. I have seen so many amazing ones posted that I had to try and create one.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Twelve Days of Christmas Projects 2016!!!


Ok. Let's start off with an excuse/confession. I really have not been scrapping this fall at all. This is the reason.



She loves to eat paper just as much as I like to create cards and layouts. She treats my scrap room as an all you can chew buffet! B-U-T, I still want to have a Twelve Days of Christmas Projects series on my blog. Am I crazy?

Probably. Please stop back in tomorrow for Project #1!!!

Friday, August 19, 2016

How durable is vinyl cut with your Cricut?


A friend asked me recently if she thought she could use vinyl on her speed boat. "Would it last in the water?" She wanted to cut out the boat's registration number because they must be displayed in Canada.


This is a photo of an oval cut in Scotchcal 220 vinyl three years ago. This oval, cut in non-permanent vinyl, is on my POOL! The pool used to have plastic covers but eventually they all broke. The vinyl has lasted longer. Keep in mind, I also live in "Winter-peg", Canada. The vinyl has withstood the elements of nature as well as the "element" of my children splashing in the pool.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Puppy Pictures


I haven't been crafting for awhile but I have a wonderful excuse! Our family has adopted a puppy! She is 11 weeks old and her breed is mixed. We named her Chloe and our family is completely smitten. Her mother was brought in to a local rescue in labour. Her puppies, including Chloe, were born later that day. My craftroom is gathering dust this week as I am busy with her training.

Here are some shameless puppy pics.




The other thing I have realised this week is that I need puppy themed scrapbooking supplies and lots of them as we have been snapping photos like crazy!

My son thinks we have upped our game when it comes to family photos with this adorable new addition.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Christmas in July - Pokémon GO inspired card


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Every year, I try and make at least one Christmas card design that is based on current trends. I love how easy this is to do with my Cricut Explore. Pokémon GO is definitely all the rage right now! I keep seeing teenagers (and adults) walking around playing in our subdivision and the app just launched in Canada today.

I created my pokeball using circles (add shape feature on Design Space) and just played with Cricut fonts for my words rather than downloading the actual Pokémon font. (Yes, there is an actual font out there.) The word "GO" is from Cricut Keystone and the word "SANTA" is from Zoo Day. The Santa is from the Simply Charmed cartridge. I chose him because I thought he looked the most cartoon-y.



Does this get you thinking of Christmas projects? Don't forget that Cricut is having their Christmas in July sale until Tuesday. It's like Black Friday in the summer! Thankfully, without the snow or cold.



Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Pineapple images in Design Space


Yesterday, I read an article in Scrapbook and Cards Today about the scrapbooking trend of pineapples.

Here is Vicki Boutin's article.

After I read the article, I was folding laundry and came across my daughter's brand new pineapple print shirt. Hmmm. Pineapples are all the rage and now I keep noticing them.

Sooo, I made a card.


Here are the pineapple images in my current Design Space Cricut Access Subscription. There are many options for layouts, decor, cards and even three dimensional cards.



So cute! Now I just need one of these.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Happy Canada Day 2016!


Happy Canada Day!


Isn't this a great cut from the Word Collage Cricut cartridge? I used the negative image thinking it might be easier to adhere in a straight line.

Did you guys hear the good news? I was thrilled when Cricut announced flat rate shipping of $14.99 to Canada with a minimum purchase of $75 in May. But.... even better, they lowered the minimum purchase to $50!!! This is amazing! In the past, I have put Cuttlebug folders (just Cuttlebug folders) in my shopping cart at Cricut.com and my potential shipping charges were $38. So glad those days are over. I feel Cricut is making a genuine effort to accommodate Canadian customers and I like it.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Canada Day Printables



I love this printable! It's perfect to scrap your pictures celebrating July the 1st.


It is available free for personal use at Rhonda Steed's website.

I also found this great, free printable.


You can download the file at We 3 blog.

I searched high and low for "Canada" scrap supplies this year. There really is not much out there. Please leave me a comment if you know of any paper lines. In the meantime, I will happily scrap with these awesome 3X4 cards!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Graduation card using Create a Friend



My daughter and I love the Paperdoll Dress Up cartridge. I am sure we have cut out every character multiple times over the years. I was so excited to get the second Paperdolls cartridge and we have had fun with that one as well. Today, my favourite Cricut cartridge is Create a Friend. I made this graduation card for a family friend and I wanted to mimic her cap and gown photo. Easy Peasy with this fun cartridge!



I used the attach and hide contour features to write on her diploma so it could be personalized. I love how it resembles her!

The Create a Friend cartridge is included in the Access Design Space Subscription.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Father's Day BBQ Card



I have seen some fabulous cut files to create a BBQ card for Dad. I wanted to see if I could create my own and make our own barbecue/grill.


Here it is! All cut with Cricut cartridges other than the box card file. The food is from Block Party and the sentiment is from Father's Day. The grill *hee hee* is actually a crib rail from Everyday Paper Dolls. (It is called Paper Dolls for Everyday on my Design Space.) I just sliced off the top and bottom and then sized it to my paper barbecue.

I am entering this card for a Father's Day Challenge at Die Cuttin Divas.

Thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

End of the school year cards



It's THAT time of year again. The end of the school year card-making session. These cards were quick and easy to make with the Cricut Explore and my Design Space access subscription. The pencil cards are for my high-schooler to give to each of his teachers. There is a Tim Hortons gift card affixed to each one.


I also made the band teacher a canvas for her office. This cut is from the Quarter Note cartridge.


You may notice there is no Father's Day card in that pile. Therefore, I am heading back to my scraproom.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Father's Day cards through the years



Are you sitting in front some card-making supplies looking for some Father's Day inspiration? Here are some of my cards I have made for the hubs. If you click on the father's day label on the right, you can get more info. ----->






Have fun making a Father's Day card for your father, grandfather, step-father, foster father or children's father! (I think I covered all the Dads)

Monday, June 6, 2016

Doctor Who Cricut cut and layout


Last week, I opened up Design Space and couldn't believe my eyes. There is a TARDIS! It is on the Trendy T-Shirts Cricut cartridge, included in the subscription. I had to cut it for my daughter who still loves this series. It is a beautiful cut but be patient there are many tiny pieces. *68 cuts but who's counting* I cut my tardis at 10.5 inches and I wouldn't recommend going any smaller.


I added the call box info onto the door. I tried to create a "Doctor Who" effect by sanding some Core'dinations paper as my background.


I love it!
Can you believe all the Doctor Who projects I have made with my Cricut Explore? Here is a roundup of them.




Friday, May 6, 2016

Happy Mother's Day 2016



I'm happy to say I was chosen to enter a Mother's Day card challenge for the The Paper Garden. They specialize in beautiful papers for special occasions.
I made this card using the cardstock The Paper Garden sent me. This paper is nice and thick! I actually had to change the setting to a heavier paper on my Cricut Explore to cut it.


I wanted to design a garden for my card.

*You know, a paper garden.*

I have never actually made my own cut file for a box card. I started by welding four bits of fencing together and then added score lines for my score pen. The fence cut is from the Cricut cartridge The First Few Years. I then cut out a thin rectangle to hold my flowers in place. This was my first attempt creating a box card from scratch, now, I want to make more with different plants and flowers, a gnome and a garden sign. Maybe, after Mother's Day...

Here is the link so that you can also enter this Mother's day card challenge or so that you can vote for your favourite card.




Thank you for popping by my blog and The Paper Garden. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Adding a QR code to your scrapbooking - Winnipeg Jets layout



I have wanted to learn how to add a QR code to a layout for awhile now. Thank you to everyone that has posted a tutorial on this. I created this page almost a year ago to remember our family's excitement to have our hockey team in the playoffs. Our entire city was cheering them on! Each day, the kids and I listened to the Jets Playoff Anthem that a local radio station wrote and produced. We loved this song and would blast it in the car to drive to school passing by Winnipeg Jet signs and flags. I still smile when I think of it. I felt that I wanted to include the YouTube video for this song as part of my scrapbook page. Yes, I pulled out a page from a year ago and added to it today. The website I used to create the code is GoQR. I copied the YouTube URL and within seconds my QR code was there. The scrapbooking possibilities are endless. I could add anything to my pages.



*Note my cute cupcake toppers and yes I do have a goal horn in my family room**



My hope is that many years from now, my family or a friend will see this layout and understand how thrilled my kids were to experience this playoff frenzy for the first time and the video link will add to the story.

*Cross your fingers the Winnipeg Jets will make the playoffs again... next year.*