Monday, January 16, 2012

Another Birthday!

I notice my last blog was on Jonathan's b'day and now today is my dear husband's special day.  We had a busy day yesterday.  First going to watch Jonathan play in a hockey tournament, which his team won, then the family all went out to dinner to celebrate both Jonathan and Ron's birthday.  We came home for cake and tea and opening of gifts.  It was funny to watch as the cards were opened and Jonathan was looking carefully to see what techniques had been used on his cards, lol.   Not many thirteen year olds would be concerned or even think to do that.  I don't have any of Jonathan's cards to show you, but I thought I'd show you some of the handmade cards that Ron was fortunate enough to  receive they may give you some inspiration.  We have a really talented family in both England and Canada.

Did you get into the store for the Christmas stamp sale?  There's not too many left now and Linda's putting it into the  newsletter for tomorrow, so hopefully the blog readers got the pick of the bunch.  Linda's also adding some Christmas  stickers and paper on sale too.

We have a date and venue now for the Crop Weekend as well as the all day Card Class.  The Mega Crop is on April 20,21 and 22 at the Turner Centre on Taylor road, we'll announce early bird registration soon now so clear your calendar.  The Card Class will be held on Saturday March 3rd at Gagnon's Independent Grocer.

I was supposed to be working today on some of the cards for the all day class, but I couldn't get the juices flowing so instead worked on my craft room...LOL.  The upper shelf and moulding were cut today ready for installation once I get the walls painted.  I had the paint mixed as well, it's taken me foreverrrrrrrrr to choose the colour, but I finally decided on a Baer paint and it's called Restful a pretty green.  I'm like Rachel (Linda's daughter)  in that I like green very much.

Speaking of Rachel, here's a page I just finished of her foray into sewing.  I tore the large heart from mulberry paper and machine sewed it along with the two  smaller pink dot hearts onto the page.  The dressmaking form and the title I cut from my Silhouette Cameo.  The form was a free shape from Silhouette some time ago and the font was a free font on my computer called MTF Stamping Rachel now how appropriate was that!  The yellow shell like border which is also machine stitched onto the page, I created with the EK Success Arched Scallop border punch, cutting the cardstock an inch wide and punching both sides of  it.  The scallop green borders were cut using  the Classic Scallop Edgeabilities die by Spellbinders and my Cuttlebug.  Also the scallop circle mats for her headshot were cut on the Cuttlebug with more Spellbinders dies.  I was after a different look to my page than I usually achieve, so had to change what I usually do.  One thing is the journalling.  You'll notice I hand journalled which is something I rarely if ever do and of course got to the very last few words and skipped a letter in "".  So now what I said to myself!  It wasn't a difficult fix though, because I simply cut some of the paper away behind the large photo.  Chose, wrote out and raised particular words to focus on a "sub-title" from the journalling portion.  Now the overall effect is that it says...Rachel busy learning to sew like gamma.  I still don't like my hand journalling, but am pleased with the overall look. 

This was my inspiration page created by Danielle Flanders.  I kept quite close to it, but "busied" it up a good bit. 
I hope these samples will inspire you to get busy recording your life events again.

My friend Edie is happily making a Disney album of her daughter's recent family trip to see Mickey.  My niece Angela has just returned from a family trip there too, so we're looking forward to seeing lots of princess pages as she has two really girly girls.

I have another page on the go, but am stuck with just what I want to say in the journalling, so will show you that later.  I always tell people to just pretend that someone is standing beside them and describe to them the content of the page.  Hmmm....not working for me this time.

There should have been an order arrive at the store today, so will look forward to seeing if there's anything exciting in it, but I think it was pretty much a re-stocking order this time.  We are still busy doing some re-merchandising in the store, so our back room is pretty full and overflowing as we change-up the fixtures a little.  Some of it you won't even notice, but hopefully the overall effect will be more efficient.

Take time reading the newsletter tomorrow, because Linda has put some interesting "stuff" in it.



  1. Your Sewing page is amazing Lilian, and I dont know what's not to like about your hand journaling?? I think hand writing/printing is an important part of a page. Its part of "US"

  2. Thanks for your kind words Audrey. I totally agree that hand writing is a very important part of who we are. I particularly recall seeing the signature of an aunt who had died many years before I was born and thinking that it was my signature it was so similar.
    Hope you were inspired to dig out your supplies if they aren't already out.