Thursday, May 29, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Our theme was "Express Yourself", and from Friday evening until Sunday at noon, that's exactly what these ladies did! They created 477 scrapbook pages! WOW! I even got 8 layouts done myself! (I'll post some of them as soon as I get a chance to take pics of them.) It was wonderful to see their various styles and approaches and to get ideas from each other. Two ladies spent a good amount of time sorting through YEARS of pics as well, tossing and organizing and getting so much accomplished! Julie and I taught some sessions on digital photo organization and scrapbooking and creating gifts (especially for Father's Day) using scrapbook supplies and techniques. Everyone had a great time and went home refreshed. Here are some pics:
We will definitley be holding another retreat sometime in late October or early November, probably at the Westridge again, so watch my blog for more info.
Only 2 or 3 more weeks until our second baby comes along, and I have to admit that I am ready to meet him! This pregnancy has been fraught with many issues, big and small, and I won't miss being pregnant this time around! I will be sure to post the news and pics as soon as he arrives!
Monday, May 5, 2008
1) First up...BIG PICTURE SCRAPBOOKING! If you like Simple Scrapbooks magazine (who doesn't???!!!) and Stacy Julian, then you may already know about this great learning resource. Stacy founded this site as a sort of online classroom where scrappers can come and take courses on various aspects of creativity and scrapbooking. There are ever changing workshops, projects and classes being offered, some of which are FREE! I encourage you to have a look and download some of the free offerings - they are truly inspiring!
2) Another awesome online learning site...FISKARS TV! I love Fiskars tools, but I had no idea that they had a site with great how-to video episodes! I watched about 10 tonight and there are lots more I am going back for! They feature big names in scrapbooking - like Stacy Julian, Wendy Smedley and Leah Fung - sharing project ideas and demonstrating how to use Fiskars tools. And after each new episode there is a giveaway of Fiskars products that is to die for! Love it!
3) It's silly, I know, but I am pretty excited about actually being featured on someone elses blog! I had emailed LECIA FORREST a week or so ago because I read on her blog that she had taken the same beginners digital scrapbooking class that I did back in April during Scrapbooker's Paradise "Camp Croppin"! So I dropped her a note to agree with her and I included my first digital layout from the class (see my blog post from April 14). Well, wasn't I surprised to see her feature my layout on her blog today! Back in January when I started this blog I talked about becoming part of the scrapbooking community and sharing my work and ideas, and it is so exciting to actually have that starting to happen! I think I might start posting and commenting in a few more places so I can continue to SHARE! It's addictive!
I love scrapbooking and I love scrapbookers who also want to share and build community!
Saturday, May 3, 2008
One of the things I love about digital scrapbooking is it's immediacy...after G. went to bed tonight I downloaded the photos from my camera, chose my papers and embellishments right from my computer, got started with my layout and was done within about 1/2 hour! I did buy some cute Thomas themed paper though, so I think I will probably do a traditional layout for G's album as well! Here's the digital LO I did:
"Day out with Thomas", 12 x 12 digital double page layout by Noreen Smith. Storybook Creator Plus software; Primary Digital kit by Creative Memories; Arial Narrow and Gill Sans Ultra Bold Condensed fonts.
Next weekend is Mother's Day as well as my semi-annual scrapbboking retreat in Canmore for my Creative Memories customers. I am really looking forward to it, but I have a lot of prep work to do for it, which will be my task for this week! (PS...I am so excited by some of the new traditional and digital Creative Memories products that will be coming out next month, but I can't spoil the surprise here yet!)
And, I am still working hard on my new website, but it will still be a few weeks before it is up and running - I want to get it right before I go live, but I'll make sure to post the link here as soon as it is up!