Monday, October 16, 2017

Scrapbooking finishes in September 2017

The fan paper piecing is available at

Helen challenged us to create a card while we were at Windswept.

Most of the leaves on the page are paper piecings which I distressed.  You can find them at

I love this adorable little duck paper piecing.  You can buy your own at

This spooky tree can be seen at

Love the jack o'lantern paper piecings?

You may recognize this layout idea and awesome paper if you are a fan of Close to my Heart.

This layout was made using the papers and embellishments from a recent swap.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

2017 Craft Space Organization Challenge Take 2 ~ Challenge #9

You may recall that Challenge #8 was organizing your paper cosmetics.   I have a rather large collection although I am pretty sure there are lots of you with even more.  But mine ARE organized.

So I am more than ready for Challenge #9 . . . 

Inspiration for scrapbook pages is everywhere.  But what is the best way to organize it so that it's actually USEFUL?

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First consider cutting up your magazines and idea books, and only saving the ideas that you really plan to use. Magazines and idea books only sit on your shelves, they aren't really useful. It can take hours to go through your books to find the one layout you remember. Having your ideas in a condensed form, arranged in a way that makes sense to you is much more effective.  If you are able to cut up your magazines, here are some ideas for arranging them:
  • theme (holidays, birthday, babies, pets, travel etc)
  • number of photos used in the layout
  • journaling ideas
  • colours
  • quotes
  • techniques

Now that you've decided how to arrange them, where to store them?  A few ideas:
  • a composition book or some other kind of sketchbook: you can sketch in here and adhere page ideas into it It's also portable, so you can take it with you to crops!  
  • an index card box: adhere your ideas to index cards
  • idea file folders. Place your ideas inside file folders and label the index tab.  Store in a portable file box.  Add categories as needed.
·       binder with page protectors: tuck clippings into the page protectors

If you have decided you are NOT cutting up your magazines . . . 
SORT: Make sure that the magazines and books are still relevant to you. If you are holding onto magazines more than a year or two old, REALLY make sure they still interest you. Sort them into piles: KEEP, DONATE, SELL, TOSS

PURGE: Trash the TOSS pile.  Arrange immediate drop-off or pick-up of the DONATE pile. Bag up and assign a price and your initials to the SELL pile.

ASSIGN: sort your magazines/books by title/date of issue, and consider storing your books and magazines down low due to their weight.

CONTAINERIZE: store in boxes or magazine holders.

EQUALIZE: Consider getting varied colours of post-it flags, and setting up categories for ideas. Each time you get a new book or magazine, flag the pages you like according to your system, s
o that you an easily see from the outside of your books which one might have an idea applicable to the project you are working on.

Only one week left of our challenge . . . how's your space looking now?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Top Movies of All Time according to IMDB ~ #19 Seven Samurai (1954)

It seemed to take forever to find this movie online but I finally did.  It has subtitles which is good but subtitles are difficult to read when you are watching an action scene.  Of course, who cares about the words when it is an action scene?

This is the story of a village that was being attacked by a powerful gang of bandits.  The villagers recruited seven samurai who were down on their luck to teach them to fight and help them defend against the bandits.  Apparently the movie ends with a fantastic fight scene but, sadly for me, the streamed video ended abruptly before that point.

What I did see of the movie was very interesting, humourous in a very comic book sort of way, and I haven't given up on finding a more complete video online.

Apparently this movie has been remade at least a couple of times.

Academy Awards, USA 1957

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White
Takashi Matsuyama 
Best Costume Design, Black-and-White
K├┤hei Ezaki 

Aylmer ON ~ Pinecroft

Last stop on our most recent road trip in the Aylmer area was to the tea room at Pinecroft for a snack and coffee.  I've been to Pinecroft a few times over the years.  The dining rooms are beautiful, rustic, and quite eclectic.  One dining room has huge windows so you can sip your coffee and enjoy the scenery.

Our server shared the dessert offerings with us and we decided to split an apple crepe.  I was surprised but delighted that our dessert was split between two plates.  The coffee was excellent, served in handmade cups from the nearby pottery.

I have not always enjoyed my visits to Pinecroft, but other than not having a teaspoon to stir our coffee, this visit was nice.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

2017 Craft Space Organization Challenge Take 2 ~ Challenge #8

I have not yet finished Challenge #7.  There . . . I said it out loud . . . LOL.

In my defense, I was busy packing for a scrapbooking cottage vacation last week and now I am on that lovely vacation with a great group of ladies.  I promise to post photos of my finished Challenge #7 as soon as it is done.

On the other hand, I have all my paper cosmetics organized . . . but no photo to share until I get back home.  

I would love it if you would share your organization photos with us either here in the comments section or in our Facebook group.

Challenge #8


It is time to organize our "paper cosmetics": paints, inks, embossing powders, mists, and other products that add a little something special to our pages.

SORT: first go through each of these items and make sure your colours haven't expired.  Are ink pads still juicy?  Are lids still intact? Do paints still mix together when shaken? Are your chalks still intact enough to use?  Sort all of your paper cosmetics into TOSS, KEEP, SELL, DONATE

PURGE: Throw out the toss items.  Bag up and assign a price and your initials to the SELL pile, and put them immediately in your garage sale box.  Arrange for pick-up or drop-off of the DONATE pile.

ASSIGN: Sort your KEEP pile into categories that make sense to you.

CONTAINERIZE: Inks last longest when stored horizontally, upside down (that's why Stampin' Up ink pads flip that way!) on a shelf, in a drawer, or maybe a cassette tape holder?  Paints could be stacked on a narrow shelf, on a tiered rack, in spice racks, etc.  Embossing powders, chalks and other cosmetics could be stored in well-labeled drawers.

EQUALIZE: take a few minutes at the end of each scrapping session, when you return from a crop, or return from a shopping trip to put your paper cosmetics away where they belong.

Top Movies of All Time according to IMDB ~ #18 The Matrix (1999)

You know I don't like scary movies but I have to say I thought The Matrix was pretty cool.  Of course I like the stars of this movie -- Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss.  Humanity is being used as energy to keep machines alive.  They think they are having a real life but their minds are actually locked into an artificial reality known as the matrix.  Neo (Reeves) finds Morpheus (or did Morpheus find Neo?) and learns about the matrix.  Now the Machines are after them as they foment a rebellion.  There is lots of great  CGI and larger than life cinematography.

Academy Awards, USA 2000

Best Film Editing
Zach Staenberg 
Best Sound
John T. Reitz
Gregg Rudloff
David E. Campbell
David Lee 
Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
Dane A. Davis 
Best Effects, Visual Effects
John Gaeta
Janek Sirrs
Steve Courtley
Jon Thum 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Top Movies of All Time according to IMDB ~ #17 Goodfellas (1990)

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Apparently I love gangster movies.  Of course this another one that was shot back in the day when we didn't have to see all the gory details.  Most were just suggested.  Ray Liotta  plays Henry Hill, a quiet young boy who gets involved in the mob and works his way up through the ranks.  When drug addiction and a couple of mistakes torpedoes his career he decides to not be so quiet.

Goodfellas is a movie that typecast so many actors as mobsters for the rest of their acting careers.

Academy Awards, USA 1991

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Joe Pesci 
Best Picture
Irwin Winkler 
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Lorraine Bracco 
Best Director
Martin Scorsese 
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Nicholas Pileggi
Martin Scorsese 
Best Film Editing
Thelma Schoonmaker 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2017 Craft Space Organization Challenge Take 2 ~ Challenge #7

So how did you make out with Challenge #6.  I'm not a huge fibre user on my pages so I was pretty sure this was an easy challenge for me.  It was fun re-discovering just how much pretty ribbon, floss and washi tape I actually have.

Are you ready for Challenge #7?

Embellishments are some of the easiest things to buy.  Everything looks so good, and you really believe you NEED everything!  Embellishments are also one of the supplies most affected by trends.  Careful consideration is really needed here.

It's also important to find a system that will help you store all of your embellishments in a way that won't overwhelm you, yet also is visible enough that you don't forget to USE them.  

Let's S.P.A.C.E. them.

SORT: As always, bring all of your embellishments together.  Touch every piece that you have and ruthlessly sort through them, deciding what to KEEP, TOSS, SELL, DONATE

PURGE: Immediately throw out the TOSS pile. Bag up and assign a price and your initials to the SELL pile, and put them in the garage sale box. Set up a drop-off or pick-up of the DONATE pile.

ASSIGN: Sort through the KEEP pile in a way that makes sense to you.  Some ideas for sorting your embellishments
1) by category (buttons, brads, alphabets, charms, etc.)
2) by colour
3) by manufacturer
4) by type (metal, acrylic)
5) by theme

CONTAINERIZE: Now that you've decided how to sort your embellishments, the next step is decided how to store them, and how to label them!  Research online will give you great ideas. Talking to other crafters may give you an idea what worked for them.

EQUALIZE: take a few minutes at the end of each scrapping session, when you return from a crop, or return from a shopping trip to put your embellishments away where they belong.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Aylmer, ON ~ Howe's Farm Market

On our recent road trip our first stop was at Steed & Company Lavender and our second stop was to Howe's Farm Market.

The store is so clean, attractive, and well-stocked.  We needed nothing and yet still managed to make a few purchases.  The staff were extremely personable and helpful.  Thoroughly enjoyed this stop.