May Arts & Helmar Blog Hop!

Hi everyone! Welcome to the May Arts and Helmar Blog Hop! I would love to share my latest card with you. I created this card with the November Kit from Artful Delight. I also used this month’s card sketch at Artful Delight. Here’s a copy of the sketch. Play along with us on the Artful Delight Blog!

Here’s my take on the sketch. I used two different kinds of May Arts ribbon, my favourites, the Twill Stripe and the Burlap String.  I adhered them to my card using Helmar 450 Quick Dry, another of my favourite products. If you want to glue a fabric to paper, this is the glue to do it!

Smile Card

Here’s a close up.

Smile Card Close Up


Blog Hop Schedule

Day 1 – November 19th

Day 2 – November 20th

Thanks for visiting! Your next stop is Christina Colón at Happy hopping!

Simple Stories Layout for LCOM and an SFTIO Escape Kit Layout

Hi everyone! I thought that I would share a Simple Stories Summer Fresh layout that I blogged about a couple of days ago over at Let’s Capture Our Memories.

This layout is of my youngest daugher in her cute little strawberry bathing suit from Gymboree.  Unfortunately, she has already outgrown this cute little suit. We were at Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls in these pictures. She loved the outdoor pool and wanted to spend most of her time there. I loved the outdoor pool too, it has a shallow wading-pool area at the front with a tiny slide and some fountains. The toddlers love it. Unfortunately, they also love to poop in it! Ewww! The pool was closed for contamination almost as much as it was open! LOL!

Hello Sunshine

Here’s a close up of some of the details. If you are interested in learning more about my process, please check out my post over at Let’s Capture Our Memories.

Hello Sunshine close up


I’m also sharing a layout that I did with the Escape Kit over at Scrapbooking From The Inside Out. I hope that you like it. These photos are of my daughter jumping a horse for the first time. I was so proud of her in that moment. She was pretty proud of herself too! She’s a bit timid, so this was a big deal for her.

1 2 3 4 Jump

Here’s a close up of some of the details.

1 2 3 4 Jump

You can win the Escape Kit by commenting on Rachel’s post over at the Creating Keepsakes Blog. This is a great kit, so don’t miss this opportunity! Here’s another picture of the kit to entice you.

Thanks for looking and good luck! I hope you win the kit!

Scrapbooking From The Inside Out Blog Hop!


Welcome to the SFTIO Design Team blog hop!

First, I have a layout to share with you using our July kit Communication. Some of you have seen this layout already, as I have already blogged about it, but I had to show it off again. I really like this one. I just snapped a few pics of my kids on our various gadgets (my iPad and iPhone and my eldest’s iPod) in our backyard, knowing full well what I was going to do with the pictures. I love it when impromptu photo shoots turn out well. Coincidentally, our patio furniture coordinates with the October Afternoon 9 to 5 papers. Why yes, I do purchase my patio furniture to coordinate with the latest releases, nice of you to notice!

Each month Scrapbooking From The Inside Out has a theme that helps you as a starting point for your layouts and for your journalling. On the Communication theme, I decided to talk about communication through devices, telecommuting (which is how I ‘get to work’ on most days), talking to animals (a type of silent communication), how art communicates messages and makes us feel and how my daughter never stops talking! There are so many forms of communication and so much that we can say about it.


I’m not allowed to show you the whole kit for August yet, but I can show you a little sneak peek. Don’t tell Rachel that I showed you! LOL! This is a very pretty kit and I’m sure that you’re going to love it! I spy some Pink Paislee, some Cosmo Cricket and is that American Crafts?


Don’t forget to leave me, and all of the other girls, a comment for your chance to win! Here’s a photo of the prize, a full kit from Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker, from her Messages collection!

Blog Hop Order

Melissa Elsner
Mary Jo Rhoda
Nicole Martel
Diana Brodeur
Jen Mattot
Kate Vickers — You are here.
Scrapbooking From The Inside Out (SFTIO) Blog  – This is your next stop.

Thanks for dropping by!

NOTE: Contest is over. Winner has been announced on the SFTIO Blog.

The Paper Variety Sketch Challenge

Yes, it’s that time again… for another challenge over at The Paper Variety. This one is a sketch, created by guest, Diana Fisher. Here is the sketch. I found this one came together quite easily.

Here’s the prize!

Bo Bunny “Sun Kissed”

Here’s my take on Diana’s fabulous sketch.

Let her eat cake

I used American Crafts’ Amy Tangerine Sketchbook line. The papers and embellishments, along with the hot pink Prima flower, all came from Scrapbook Queens in Mississauga, Ontario.

Thanks for looking!

Scrapbook Queens Online Crop, a Sketch & Some Happy News!

Hi everyone! I created this sketch for this week’s challenge over at Scrapbook Queens. We are having an online crop on Friday, April 25, starting at 6 p.m. EST to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day. For those of you living in the Greater Toronto Area and surroundings, we would love for you to join in. There will be prizes, games and fun for all. Join us on the message board at Note that prizes must be picked up at Scrapbook Queens in Mississauga, Ontario. Prizes include really awesome scrapbooking and card making supplies such as this cute stamp from Unity Stamps.

Unity Stamp

Here is the sketch! Good luck!


Here’s my take on the sketch. Note that this is also one of my layouts for Scrapbook Queens this month. I used Little Yellow Bicycle‘s Saturdays collection with some ribbon by Maya Road, both are available at the store.


Now, onto my happy news! I have been asked to join Helmar for the month of August as a Guest Designer. Here are the details:

Thanks for stopping by!

My Mind’s Eye April Challenge and a Reveal for Scrapbook Queens

I have to keep this really short and sweet because I’m up to my eyeballs in work and there’s no time to play today! LOL!

I didn’t know it at the time, but I created a layout that would work well for this month’s challenge over at My Mind’s Eye. My friend Sherri suggested that I enter it into the Challenge (thanks Sherri!). I haven’t had time to read many manufacturer’s Blogs lately, so I didn’t even know about the challenge! The challenge theme is to create a layout featuring hexagons. It must be 80% My Mind’s Eye products and must have hexagons prominently displayed (check! and check!). Here is a link to the challenge:

Don't Bring Me Down





And… here is this month’s first reveal for Scrapbook Queens. I used BoBunny’s Ambrosia line. I love this line! It’s all available at the store, so get yours while it lasts.

Friends for Life

Friends for Life close up 3

Friends for Life close up 2

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope that you will leave me a comment – I love comments, and I will leave you one too!