Friday, January 25, 2008

wish I were scrapin'

I so wish I were at home and scrapin'. I bought some more chipboard to play with. Anyone have ideas on how to decorate? I am not a fan of covering with paper, so other ideas would be great.

I also purchased one last (hope not!) modular storage cube from Michael's. They are not necessarily re-stocking, so they have sold out in Calgary. I love them. So organized now.

I also can not wait to start my 365 album. I will be starting Feb. 1, as I did not find out about it until after Jan. 1. I am quite excited.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

card for my husband

An accordian card, adjusted, to give to my hubby tonight! To thank him for letting me do my own thing all day!

Crafty Sunday

So...I have made the cute purple and pink paper bag/box, as well as the so cute brown and pink gift card holder. I will thank Julie (Paper Pleasing Designs) for the gift card holder and I will go back and find out how did the tutorial on the bag/box. Very easy and cute.

My first layout for 365 Project

This is the opening page for my 365 project. It tells of my word for the year and just a shot I took the other day. Here I go!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

I am almost finished! Tackling my craft room and making it a usable space, rather than a storage room. I can actually sit and scrapbook! What a concept! Instead of just gathering (and hoarding) papers and other items, I can use them. I don't now have to wait for a retreat to get some serious work done. I can sit, in my own house and room, and work. Music on, computer there for resources and ideas...all while doing what I enjoy! Whoohoo!

I have a large bookshelf and on that I have put many photoboxes, that are now refered to as "project boxes", as they contain specifics for certain scrap projects. For example, my Italy trip...that box contains photos, embellishments, trinkets, and pamphlets....anything to do with that scrapbook. I can then grab it, sit and have everything I need. I have labeled them and they are all bright and cheery. I then have started buying units for the modular storage system (above). I currently have 6 units and would love at least 3 more. They are a perfect size. There is one unit with a large, deep drawer with dividers inside, creating 16 small spaces. I found spice jars (clear glass and silver lid) that fit as though they were made for each other. Bought those last night and will be putting embellishments, flowers and anything else into those. to finish my Las Vegas album...should be done in 30 minutes!

A cool contest!

A Cowboy’s Wife is having a contest on her food blog! You can win a Hamilton Beach® Stand Mixer and she’ll ship anywhere so everyone is eligible!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers -10

Well, this should help ensure that I post, both to the blog and my creations. My name is Lori and I am 35 years old. Goodness, that sounds like I just stood up at a 'meeting' and admitted something. Yes, 35 years old.

I live in Calgary, Canada and am married to a wonderful man. I have no children, but would like to change that fact this year.

I have scrapped for years and began making cards about a year and a half ago. Love it! I belong to a card club, where we meet once a month, create three cards and learn new techniques. I also take advantage of weekend crops and retreats. I will be attending a retreat in February, so will have many of my Italy trip pages complete, if not the entire album. Such a work in progress, as I get sidetracked.

I will try to upload some creations today. Ta ta!

Thursday, January 17, 2008


It just came to word of the year. As I am also about to embark on the 365 Day Scrapbook/Journal Challenge, I realized that the word MOMENTS is the theme. I feel that the word signifies what IT is all about. What we treasure, what we seek, what we remember. Tidbits of time, a small piece or fragment of an experience. Along the path, it is moments that we learn from and take with us.

My A-HA moment!

It is what I live for. A moment of complete serenity and peace. In my husband's arms, holding the hand of a niece, reading a book (for the hundredth time) to a nephew, a smile from a true friend...when Dad says "I love you". Happy moments, sad moments, being scared or alone, cold and nervous, angry or completely frustrated. For as many moments that we feel we could do without there are as many as we must experience and grow from.

Celebrate each and every moment. Learn. Grow. Believe that there are always more moments. I do.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

My Crazy 8’s

I found this on another blog (thanks Jen!) I think it is a neat idea. I am going to list it and over the next day or so, complete it. Cheers!

My Crazy 8’s
8 Passions in my Life:

~ My husband
~ family
~ friends
~ reading
~ children
~ freedom 9to be able to do what I want
~ scrapbooking/card-making
~ Diet Coke and I love coffee...does that count?

8 Things to do Before I Die:
~ have children
~ travel to Africa
~ travel to Australia
~ swim with Whale Sharks
~ grow old with my husband
~ go to a Spa retreat - alone
~ get a photo published in a magazine

~ feel satisfied - no regrets

8 Things I Often Say:

~ Aw, shitburgers!
~ Awesome!
~ This sucks monkey balls!
~ Dude!
~ Nah
~ Love you!

8 Things I’ve Read Recently:
~ Angela's Ashes
~ Time Travellers Wife
~ It's Never Too Late to Get a Life
~ 'Tis
~ Wifey
~ The Wedding
~ books and articles re: Autism/Asperger's Syndrome
~ Rachael Ray magazine

8 Qualities I look for in a Friend:
~ honesty
~ can make me laugh
~ common interests
~ adventure
~ can hang out and not have to say a word, still being comfortable
~ personalities compliment each other
~ similar tastes in many things
~ can be silly with each other

8 Things I have learned this past year:
~ it is ok to cry
~ I can travel with more confidence and less luggage!
~ I am okay with moving away from my family - if I must
~ That I love my husband more now than when I married him
~ many techniques for card making/scrappin'
~ change is good
~ adopt an attitude of gratitude
~ to laugh at myself and move on

My evening...

I spent time with Nini tonight, just shopping and hanging out. Dangerous, as I went to a new Scrappin' store (Scrapbook Pantry) and then Michael's. Nini and I decided to begin a 365 Day Challenge - scrapbook of a photo-a-day for a year! It will be fun. I found some lovely paper and a great scrapbook that I may get next week. As it is already into January, we are going to start Feb. 1. Isn't that just like me...a day late and a dollar short, I think the saying is. I feel like I am always playing catch up. life!

Another day....

Another day of work. Another day that I would rather be doing something else.

If I could be at home, what would I do? Hmmm...

I would do my dishes and tackly Mt. Washmore. I am so sick of laundry. But, how can I be sick of it if I never do it?!?!? I don't know how that works.

I would rather be in my craft room. If I could lock myself in there, life would be perfect. I can hide out and avoid all else.

As I sit here and avoid work, I realize I am only making it more painful. Get up and go to work!

I have found a blogger that I will be swapping with. I am quite excited. I will post when I receive the package. More later!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Gimme Your Stuff

Gimme Your Stuff

I just stumbled across this site, "Gimme Your Stuff", a swapping site to meet and swap with people around the world.

I would love to find someone to swap with...from anywhere!

Things I can offer:

  • craft items, especially scrapbooking
  • candies and treats from my area
  • material
  • yarn
  • trinkets
  • jewelry
  • magazines and books
  • letter from me
  • postcards, and
  • other items if you ask

Things I would like:

  • craft and scrapbooking items
  • makeup
  • magazines
  • music
  • letter from you
  • books
  • postcards
  • candies and treats from your area
  • anything!



I am so easily distracted. There...I said it. I had full intentions of doing some work around the house today and have not even made a move to begin. Instead, I find myself looking at what others are doing to get and stay organized. Brilliant.

I am a list maker and love the internet. So, maybe I make a list on here and follow that list. Perhaps...

I would rather be doing so many things, but if we truly are focused on cleaning and selling the house in the near future, I have so much work to do.

I will begin. Now. Here I go.