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Monday, 26 October 2015

Crop & Create 2015

A little while ago I did a post on my experience at Crop & Create Moncton which can be found here. I'm just getting around to creating a lay-out in memory of that fabulous weekend.

I can not take credit for the photo's as these belong to the ever so talented, Vicki Boutin. I'm just "borrowing" them to capture the great time had by all!




Products: A variety of new and old paper and embellishments! Please don't be restricted in your creativity by sticking with one paper collection. Mix and match and see the greatness that can come!

I did use a 1" circle punch to pop up the bottle caps, Boarder Punch, Ink

Close ups:







Thursday, 22 October 2015

50's Era

These photo's were done by a class mate of our daughter, Abby. She needed a model to pose for a 50's shoot and asked Abby to be her subject.

Love the look and love our girl!




Products used:

A variety of paper, Heartfelt Creations Flower Dies and Stamps, Creative Embellishments Chipboard Flourish, Lace, Washi Tape, Ink, Sewing Machine, Liquid Pearls, twine and variety of embellishments.

Close up shots:







Sunday, 18 October 2015

Miley

Miley is one of our two very "fluffy" cats. This page was created using Bo-Bunny line, a little washi tape and some stitching.



I did a lot of fussy cutting around parts of the paper that I wanted to high-light. Goes to show that you don't need a lot of fancy tools to create a very nice page.



Monday, 12 October 2015

Gadget Girls Mega Crop Weekend

With the vast availability of paper crafting events to join and attend in our great Atlantic Provinces (feeling blessed about this), choosing which one(s) to attend can certainly be dependant on a variety of factors. Time, Location, Cost, Who will be there, past experiences, loyalty, etc all play largely into the decision we make.

Since closing my store, I've teamed up with a partner in crime sort-of-speak, and we have made a promise to each other to try as many crops as we can. Going to places that are not familiar to experience others peoples take on what makes a great crop weekend.

The below comments are my own personal thoughts, feelings and opinions which I will share with you. I plan on doing a little summary of all events I go to in the future :)

The Gadget Girls are a fun group of ladies from New Glasgow area. They are crafting friends who wanted to make sure scrapbooking crops continued and didn't become a thing of the past. So what better way then organizing them yourself!

This past crop (October 2-4) marked their 10th one. Each year they get bigger and bigger. hence the word "Mega"! This time there was roughly 150 women present for the entire weekend.


Photo owned by the Gadget Girls



What I liked:

  • Location of Crop, Truro which is centrally located

  • Two stores on site; My Stamping Studio and A Pile of Scrap

  • Both of these stores had a great variety of products to choose from

  • Attendee's had nothing less then 6 ft of table at their disposal (if you are an early register then you got an 8 ft table)

  • Snacks provided were awesome! Dips and chips as well as a cake

  • Everyone received a goodie package

  • Crop started at noon on Friday and went til Sunday at 3pm

  • Price very reasonable. $100 to register for the weekend (did not include rooms)

  • Games played at the table such as bingo and lucky squares

  • No limit on how late you could stay up

  • Personal items felt very safe when area closed up for the night as one of the organizers would stay up until the last person left

  • Great supply of Tea and Coffee

  • Tickets sold on "Win your Weekend"

  • Restaurant on site, avoiding leaving the hotel

  • Demo's available

What I didn't like so much:

  • Compared to other hotels, this one (Glengary) is somewhat outdated.The crop areas were great as the entire area was open, lighting not as bad as some but not great, breakfast included in hotel room however hours were not great (7-9:30am). With this said I do understand this was the largest venue available.

  • Games that were organized away from the table (Scavenger Hunts). Unless you were sitting directly in the centre of the room having a chance of winning was very slim.

  • How fast the weekend ended!

Would I go again? ABSOLUTELY:)

I thank the Gadget Girls for their continuous dedication in keeping  scrapbooking alive! Organizing a weekend like this is a lot of work and I for one appreciate it dearly.

This crop is for everyone regardless of your "level" of expertise or the papercrafting activity of choice.

Until next time


Thursday, 8 October 2015

It's a new year!

Fall for me has always been one of my most favourite seasons. It represents new beginnings, crisp dew covered mornings, cozy fires, sweaters and time for reflection.

This September I made the decision to leave the design teams I was on (Canvas Corp Brands and Magenta), both of which have been fabulous experiences! I've decided to dedicate more time to my Nursing career and more time spending craft time on doing things just for me, which I will gladly share with you.

I'm also attending a series of crops and events this fall which has me very excited! These I will also share.

On this note, off to work I go!

Have yourself a beautiful day.