Sunday, August 30, 2009

September kit Release

OMG Can y ou believe it is almost September?????
Kids are back in school
The westher is cooling off (well, 28C today, so can we really say that?)
The days are getting shorter
Work is getting busier
man, time is flying!

Anyway, I am not going to lie to you. This kit scared me. Scared me silly! I think we all felt out of our comfort zone. But, we all rocked it! LOL As scared as I was with the papers, the layouts just seemed to come together.

We also had a challenge this month. Use a song title on your page.
My song title that I used is 1,2,3,4 by the plain white tees. As soon as I heard the song, I knew it was for a Kbear page. On this layout, I also used the bellies and made my own numbers (sorry Kari!).
This is a layout from my New York trip a couple of weeks ago. It is the view from the Top of the Rock at floor 68 and is of Central Park. Excuse the haze. The humidity while we were there was amazing.
Finally. my cards. I went google eye crazy! Too much fun. I played around wiht the words that were already on the paper and highlighted them a bit with a black pen. I put google eyes on all the dogs lol I also used on the bird diecuts from the chatterbox assortment that Kari had int he store and made it a smidge larger.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hey, how's it going? Ready for the rug-monsters to go back to school yet? Mine start on Monday, and it seems to me the summer just flew right by. This weekend in Taber, is Cornfest, so I'm thinking it will be a great way to wind down... It's not like my kids haven't been to the midway 50 times already since Thursday, but I think we'll all go again today as a family. There's a car show my husband would like to see, and arts and crafts, petting zoo, face painting, corn, and I have some ideas in my head for photos to take at the fair grounds.
We did so many activites this summer...

One of the things we did this summer was throw the kids into the car one Sun. and drove out to Lundbreck Falls - Frank Slide. We wanted to see Lundbreck's camping facility, but it's so beautiful out there, how can you not take in all the sights?

And if you've met me before, you know how camera happy I can get... way too many photos and I can barely part with any. I'm not much of a multi-photo scrapper... I do try to use lots of pics, but it doesn't always work for me. In fact, I'm very jealous of those of you who can and do use lots of photos on a layout. Heck, I can barely do a two-pager. So what's a girl to do?

I'm so glad you asked.
I make mini-albums. :D

Like the album cover? It's actually very easy to do. I started with a piece of chipboard, and I left room so I could punch it through my zutter. I put down my title first, and then just added other chipboard letters everywhere. Once they were down, I painted over the whole thing with white paint, and once that was dry, I outlined the title with a sharpie. I saw this done on-line somewhere (I wish I could remember where so that I could give proper credit), but that artist used gesso to apply the letters. I skipped that step.... I used some older Heidi Swapp letters that I'd had for forever, and I felt very satisfied that I was able to use them all up... I've never done that before.Now, I apologize for the image quality of some of these... I know they're a little yellow and a bit blurry, but it gives you an idea of what you can do too with all your great photos! The pages were made with some great Cosmo Cricket that had the wonderful bordered edges. I'd been hoarding that pp too for awhile, and it felt good to use that up.And remember what I was saying about all the photos? Well, I cut some of them down, and put them into baseball card protectors. They were easy to put into the zutter too to add them to the book.Fun eh? So I hope that gives you some more ideas of what you can do with all of your photos. Enjoy what's left of the summer, I'll see ya again soon!
~Ronni H.

Monday, August 24, 2009

9...13....14...23 What do these numbers have in common???


Do not be afraid to use more than one photo on your page. Do not be afraid of cropping a photo (dont like the results? Reprint it - it is 15 cents!). Dont be afraid of mixing different size photos on your layout (there are a ton of programs out there now to assist in resizing photos). Dont be afraid to mix black and white with colour photos on your layout.

  • If you know me and my scrapbooking, I scrapbook mostly my travels and my niece.
  • If you know me and my photography you know that I take A LOT of photos at any one time! (ummm over 2000 on my Disney Cruise, over 1500 in Ireland and a bazillion of K-bear!).
  • If you know me and my layouts, you know that I rarely (not never though) do one photo layouts.

I am not afraid to crop photos and print photos in different sizes. I use a mix of smaller and larger photos on a layout. Larger for more important ones, smaller to mix it up and tell more of the story or give/zoom in on details. I am not afraid to crop a photo...if I dont like the outcome, I reprint it (its 15 cents!).

Dont be afraid to mix up sizes, colour, black and white. Step outside of your comfort zone!!!!!

Belfast (9 photos)

A Year of Joy (13 photos)

Heritage Park (14 photos)

Dublin (23 photos - a record for me so far!)


Friday, August 21, 2009

Photo Printing Specials at Costco

Well well well....perfect timing!

I am looking to upload my New York City photos at Costco tonight to do some DT layouts with the September kit and viola! there are some promos. Thought I would share.

8 FREE 5x7 prints
Promo code cwfea817
Purchase by 06SEP09

300 4x6 prints for 10 cents each
Promo code cweya819
Purchase by 30AUG09
***Note any left over prints will not carry over to another order (ie if your order is 10 photos, you do not have 290 for another order) So make sure you make a large order at one time!



Tuesday, August 18, 2009

WHOOP UP SALE... August 18th to 22nd!
Come fishing for savings, it is our last chance to save them (Freddie, Forrest, Fiona, Frankie, Fanny, & Ferris) How it around the store and when you are at the till pull one of our fish, to find out what your SAVINGS of the day is. (sorry you can't go back & add, but you can go shopping again & see what you pull the second time. May not apply to memberships, classes, zutter or already discounted products.)

PLUS, we are having a membership SALE!!! Come and buy your membership with us this week & get your membership for a $5.00 savings. Thats only $20 for a year.
As a member enjoy the following rewards...
Special Class Prices
30% off your purchase on your birthday.
15% off the following all the time, ez runner sgl, glue dots, maya road ribbon, pulp albums, & patterned paper packs.
10% off all products & services at downtown merle norman
Plus it is only $20 to renew at the end of the year, and you get another 30% off your purchase.

Till later everyone...:)enjoy the parade!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Surprise Contest Winners!

Layouts: 1. Sharon
2. Susan Stonehill

Cards: 1. Kathy
2. Tara

Thank you ladies for entering, all entries were amazing...just to let everyone know we are taking a break on our surprise layout/card challenges until mid September, to give everyone a chance to get back in the groove of kids back in school. You can pick up your layouts/cards & winning package by Wednesday.

Thanks again. from all of us @ embellished.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Well, it looks like another rainy Saturday. Summer is sure going by fast, and I don't have as much of a tan as I would like to show for it. In no time, my girls will be going back to school, and I start my second (and last) year of opticianary. I'll be glad when that's over... more time to scrap! lol!
So I wanted to show you a little technique that didn't photograph as well as it looks in real life: How many butterflies do you see in the layout below? See the red ones in the upper right corner? How about the kraft ones on the left middle? Now, how about the ones that are striped along the bottom? Can you see it now? It honestly looks a lot better if you could really see it, see it. Just a subtle hint of texture. I punched butterflies out of leftover patterned paper, and lined them up so that they would overlap just a little onto the flowered patterened paper. And speaking of the flowered pp, I also cut out a few flowers, and used pop dots and added them over top some of the ones on the pattern. And here's a layout of our new kitten, gosh, he's grown a lot already! The yellow circles on the background, I stamped with paint onto a transparency. While the painted circles were still wet, I put it onto the paper, and as it dried, it glued itself into place. I wrote "introducing" by hand, and traced around it with a black Zig marker, cut it out, and inked up the edges of it. I didn't have enough black matching letter stickers for the rest of the title, so I used some older, leftover basic grey stickers, and coloured them all black with a marker.

I'm hoping that if you double click on any of my layouts, you'll be able to see them a bit better. And if not, I guess you'll have to come down to the store and check them out! See you soon! Have fun playing!

Friday, August 14, 2009


Holy heck.
Where has summer gone? Not that I mind, I prefer the cooler temps :)
Work has been super busy lately and I have been putting in longer hours again. I guess that is good for me....but causes issues some evenings lol I havent updated my own blog in over a month and have been limited here too. Sorry to be MIA, but i will try to be a better updater.

Some friends came down from Calgary last weekend and i was a scrappin' machine! When I get back from New York on Wednesday, I will be sure to scan some of the layouts in to show you :)

Hope you are all doing well and everyone is out taking lots of photos to capture your summer memories!


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hey you! :D

So tell me, how is your summer going? Today is my last day of holidays, then it's back to the grindstone (quite literally for me, considering my job, LOL) tomorrow. Not sure how on earth I'll be able to get up before the crack of 8:30, but I'll sure have to try! We went to B.C. for most of the last week. We did tonnes of camping, and aside from the fire ban, bears, and going for walks in the rain and hail, we had a good time.... You can see a story in that holiday, can't you? I promise to work on the photos soon and tell you all about it.

So since there wasn't a kit last month, I thought I'd show you a few of the projects that I somehow found time for while I traveled across Canada and back... :S

This here is my hubby looking all fierce and mean like. He gets rather tired rather quickly of me taking his photo, and gave me a real "stink eye" look, hoping that I'd knock off the photos... I'm hoping that if you double click on the photo, you can see it larger... then you can see that I used some old postage stamps that I bought at the Ft Macleod museum many years ago under some of my journalling. I love that rub on of the weeds. And the white polka dots above and below Dave's head are heat embossed. And yes, that photo is blurry. I printed it off 5x7 even though it was blurry. I liked it... who says your photos HAVE to be perfect??

Next up is one of my very favorites. Just lots of junk all over the place, a neat (and true) quote. I even did some sewing on this one. I took a close up so I hope you can see what I mean. I added a few brads to add interest. I can never have too many brackets... I use them all the time it seems!

Isn't this a cool photo? I got myself another camera (I think I told you about it) And the day that I went out to play with it, I saw quite by accident, a dragonfly on the flowers at my mom and dad's place. It was so pretty! I'm not so sure if I like all the rhinestones that I put around it, but I couldn't pull them off after I started... oh well... Can't win them all!

And I can't tell you how long I've been hoarding this basic grey paper, knowing that the right photos would come along for it. I love love love all the designs on it.

And lastly (for today) is this amazing 7 Gypsy paper. Gosh I love that velvety stuff!! Simple layout, but I like it!

I dropped off a few other layouts before I left last week, so feel free to go down and check them out at the store.
Ok, here's one more, since it's me and my hubby's aniversary today. Three whole years... we've been together almost 19 years, but married for 3. Our oldest took this photo of us when we were in Lundbreck Falls, earlier this summer. It's a little blurry, but it doesn't matter, because I love the composition of it.
Anyways, have a great day... I've still got time to play with the new kit! And wow, it's so different for us! But that's all I'm saying....

Saturday, August 8, 2009

August Challenge of 12...
Sorry for the dilay in our August Challenge everyone...this is a great one, and can not wait to see what you come up with.
"Paths you have walked" you could have so much fun with this one.
If you are just reading now....check out our challenge of 12 on the side of our Blog for all the topics. Any questions you have please contact the store.

Have a great weekend everyone.