Thursday, April 11, 2013

Inside the cover

If you happen to pick up a copy of the spring issue of Canadian scrapbooker you will see this layout within the first few pages, as another take on the cover. If you take a close look you will see that it is almost ALL Core'dinations, the only piece of pattern paper is at the top. The layers of mauve are created with Core Vintage Cardstock that has been embossed and sanded, and then topped with the sewn chevron layer. I really love the effect.  

Just Sharing, Thanks


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Do you like it?

Oh do you like it? The fresh new look of my blog, it was a wonderful spring surprise from my incredibly talented friend and designer, Day. She has custom designed almost all of my blog headers. She knows me so well, she did them to totally suit my style. I requested that they remain some what similar and just change a little for the seasons.

This was the first

This one was for fall 

This one was for Christmas

This one was for Spring

and yesterday she surprised me with the stunning new one you see now. I love it!
I am so lucky to have such a wonderful friend, she totally made my day.
If you want to see more of what she does you can visit her at



Monday, April 8, 2013

Trail Blazing

I love going through my photo's, flipping through my scrapbooks or scrolling through the pictures on my computer. It has the ability to lift my spirits and remind me of  how truly blessed I am. Most of my photos focus on the good times so it is like looking at the fairy tale version of my life. Yesterday I came across this wonderfully exuberant photo of my little man. It practically screamed scrap me.

I used a mix of October Afternoons  Happy Camper and 9 to 5 collections.
Also another beautiful button from Greatest View, I love her simple graphic flairs, {she's having a give away right now, if you feel like popping by ;) }

I used some beautiful colors of Core'dinations to add that embossed touch. I thought it kinda looked like chicken wire, yeah I know they're hexagons, but chicken wire was what I was going for. LOL!

Enjoy your moment's


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Using the mistake

 My boys love to use my punches and my cuttle bug, so they were going through my scrap pile and embossing and punching random pieces of paper. One of those pieces of paper was a copy of Pipers birth story that I had printed in a pretty font. However after printing it I discovered it was to small and to scrolly to read, so I tossed it aside. I need to give my kids some credit here, because once they sanded it, embossed it and punched it into circles, they made a wonderfully creative element for my card.


The sentiment is one of SRM's I love those stickers, they completely disappear on every kind of paper. and the whole card is made with my favorite Cardstock. These are some of the colors from Core'dinations new Graphic 45 signature series.



Thursday, April 4, 2013

Your Birth, Your Story

Well it only took me eight months to the day to write it, but I finally got down to writing and scrapping Pipers birth story.

There was a lot of writing with this and I did not want the whole page to have to be text so I created a hidden folder.

I made sure that I had a little more width to my journalling page and made a paper hinge

I added a few sparkly touches with punched flowers and Queen N Co's twinkle goose bumps. I love these!

I am not sure if you want to read the story, but I love reading about other peoples experiences so here it is. Joyful Spring to you all


Your Birth, Your Story

You were due August 7th but on the morning of the 2nd my water broke, however nothing happened. Your Dad had gone to work so there was no need to rush things. I took it easy and called the midwife, I let her know that she was on standby and went about my day. Duane arrived home at 7pm and I then set about trying to get labor going, I stomped down the driveway, I stretched, I paced, I did everything that I could think of and still NOTHING, at midnight I gave up and went to bed. I woke up in the morning and Joanne my midwife came to check on me, she told me because my water had broken over 24 hours ago that she needed to advise a pediatrician, however since fluids were clear and my baby showed no signs of distress, we were still ok to stick with our home birth plan.

At around 10 o’clock my Mom came by and we had a cup of tea and a game of scrabble, she beat me for the first time in a long time, I am sure it was due to my distracted state. Duane was home and working on the drywall in the garage, Levi was with us. At this time I still felt nothing, not a pain, a twinge or a tightening, nada. I was getting anxious for labor to start, I so wanted to meet you and find out who you were and have this pregnancy come to an end. At 12:30 I had a bite to eat and since nothing was happening I thought I may as well have a shower and a nap. I stepped into the shower, washed my hair and then closed my eyes and tried to relax. I stood under the warm spray with my eyes closed and rocked my hips back and forth. I must have been standing like that for a few minutes, because when I opened my eyes Duane was directly in front of me. Needless to say it startled the bejeesus out of me and just like that the first contraction hit. I got out of the shower toweled off and had another contraction, I then texted my midwife “apparently to get labor started your husband needs to scare you in the shower. Contractions have started” Joanne wrote back “Ok I am on my way” The time was 1:03.

She arrived 15 minutes later and my contractions had picked up to every 2-3 minutes. While the midwife set up, I walked around a bit, but things were moving fast so it was only a few minutes before I felt the need to be close to the bed. At 1:45 my contractions were less than a minute apart. For the most part they were intense, but not that bad, I was able to breath through them fairly easily. At 1:50 I had this sensation that is hard to describe, I felt the same thing with Levi, kind of like an elastic snapping back and I knew you were very close to being born. I climbed into bed and let the next few contractions take me, these ones are the hardest and then it was time to push, one push, two, three you crowned, breath, breath, four you were born. At 2:03 I lifted you onto my chest and glanced down to see your perfect little girl parts and my soul soared, “ I have a daughter, we have a daughter” My eyes welled up and I repeated it. Duane who was right next to me thought he had seen something different, so he leaned over to me and quietly asked “are you sure?” in a moment of disbelief, I lifted the blanket that covered you and double checked, yup you were a perfect, beautiful little girl, Daddy had just seen the cord. He ran out of the room and called EVERYBODY, his mom, his sister, my best friend Shelley who had Tannin, and told them you were here. All the while I held you in my arms and let all the love I possessed pour into you. Daddy was so excited we had to call him back to cut the cord.

As soon as you were weighed, looked over and wrapped up, your brother was allowed back into the room. My Mom had escorted him out when labor got serious and they went to the kitchen to make tarts. He clambered up beside me and the first thing he asked was how you got here, I said “Levi this is your new baby sister,” and he looked at me bright eyed and said “Oh that is just what I wanted” We spent a few moments together and then Daddy and Levi got you dressed while I went to have a shower. When I was all cleaned up, I nursed you. You nestled in close to my heart where you found a spot to forever reside. You stayed there until you fell asleep, all the while the rest of your family poured in to meet you, Your biggest brother Tannin came home, your Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nana, Papa, Dama and Friends all wanting to hold you, and glimpse our little miracle. My Piper your birth was as beautiful as you are and there is a life time of love awaiting you.

Forever and always


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