Thursday, October 13, 2011

Crafty Links

Every once in a while (well, maybe a bit more than that, I admit..............) I get totally carried away on the internet and before I know I have 20 different pages open with all stuff I'd like to do, make or participate in. Useless to say that I don't even have time to do any of these.
Since I got invited to Pinterest I became an avid Pinner and have my links and projects more organized than I ever did. But: When I don't start making stuff those lists will only get longer and longer. Maybe I should go for a different approach?
While browsing I came across some great projects and tips I wanted to share with you!

I have more shoes and boots than I will ever be able to wear out in my entire life so this post was very interesting to me. Make your own custom clips for your shoes so one pair can be 20 different ones. I must admit I am not too fond of animal prints but you'll get the point. Maybe this is a great excuse for buying those little black shoes I saw. The clips would be perfect for those! You can find the complete tutorial her at Thanks I made it

With Canadian Thanksgining last weekend and Halloween and American Thanksgiving coming up I always get tempted to buy cookie cutters. I have many but you can never have enough cookie cutters (please tell me I am right!) Each year I want ot bake cookies for all the teachers, friends and family but never have the time. Cookie cutters are not a normal thing here to have or to buy. So when I really need a particular shape I have to accept the fact that I won't be able to get it. Way back I looked at tutorials on how to make your own but that was way too complicated for me. I needed  way to many supplies and tools and I could just see myself not being patient enough for making them properly and then end up with all those supplies and NO cookie cutters! I came acroos this blog and this AWESOME tutorial at Happy Find: Make you own cookie cutters with supplies most of us will have in their homes anyways. Thisi s one of those things where people will say: Why did I not think about this before? Wel, simply because we did not! I will be doing this tutorial for sure and I'll post mine here, I promise!

I love all kinds of crafts but my favorite passtime is and will always be scrapbooking. There's tons and tons of inspiration to find on the internet so I am not going to put any of those links up here but I do want to share this one: The Art of Photo-less Scrapbooking by Paula Gilarde at Debbie Hodge. Sometimes you do have a memory you want to scrap but no photo's. This article is filled with great tips!

And with Halloween close by I wanted to share this awesome project I found on Aly Dosdale's blog. It is such an easy thing to make and it would even be fun doing it with the kids. I love the classy look it has and I can imaginem aking these in different colors for different seasons. You can find the detailed instructions HERE.

And while I was waisting time again on my favorite time waister Pinterest (But oooooh, I LOVE pinterest!!!!!) looking for tattoo ideas I came across this great idea for DIY male jewelry. Not like my DH is going to wear it but maybe DS wil....... These bracelets for men, or even for yourself, they look pretty cool, are made out of zippers! Such an awesome idea and they seem pretty easy to make. Well, maybe except for the candle part, I might be burning down the house. Mmmmmh, maybe someone is willing to make them for me???? You can find photo's and a great tutorial HERE on Thanks I made it! And while you are there anyway you might want to take a look at all the DIY jewelry, such great things.

Thanks again for popping by and I hope to 'see' you again!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

My Memories Memory Suite WINNER

Thanks you all for participating in my giveaway and reposting, announcing, following and all those other things I made you do!
For those who are also a member of Let's Scrap my drawing of the winner won't be a new thing: Got the salad bowl out again! For those who don't know: I get my salad bowl out and a bunch of little papers and start writing names. Put them all in my salad bowl and depending on the time of day it is either my DS Joram or myself who'll draw a winner. That is how I draw the winners from our weekly sketches.
Today Joram was way too busy starting a fire in the back yard with a magnifying glass so I picked a name out of the 'hat'.

And the winner is (can you hear the drums????): Jeaunes

Congrats Jeaunes! Please send me an e-mail so I can send you the code to download your own version of My Memories Memory Suite.

For all of you: Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll have a great weekend. I am so ready to scrap, so I think I will put the kids ot bed earlky and scrap the night away. Since hockey season started again there no such thing as feeling guilty towards my DH Richard! 

Friday, September 23, 2011

My Memories Memory Suite Giveaway


I am really thrilled to announce my first sponsored giveaway! A couple of weeks ago someone form My Memories contacted me and wanted to know if I was interested in doing a sponsored giveaway on my blog. The first thing I did was checking out their site and their products. You got to know what you are giving away right? 

I can right away tell you that I was impressed and I wondered why a digital or hybrid scrapper could live without this software. 
The product that I am going to give away is My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software. I was able ot try it out prior to this giveaway and let me tell you: YOU WANT TO WIN THIS! 

And even if you don't win: I have a coupon code that will give you an instant discount of $10 when you purchase the software and another $10 discount when you buy some of their other products. That is a amazing total of $20. So I guess you are all winners in the end! I'll give you more specific details later on in this post.

Here's a little about the software:


Create in minutes

Fast, and easy to use. Simple enough for beginners, yet powerful for serious scrapbookers.

Not just looks

Take your scrapbooks beyond traditional photo albums with interactive features.

Speaks for itself

With video and narration features you can experience your memories all over again.

Go ahead, show off!

Countless ways to share your creation with friends & family again and again... and again.
My Memories Suite version 2 software is a complete digital scrapbooking solution that provides a powerful set of creative tools and multiple sharing options that no other software can offer. Its intuitive workspace and enhanced time-saving features are perfect for a beginner to build an entire album in minutes, or to empower the design pro to build a scrapbook album masterpiece.
Share your album

Share Your Creativity

Once you have made your scrapbook album, you want to share your creation with others, right? My Memories Suite can help you show off your scrapbook in so many different ways-and as many times as you want. Print your pages and share them as a traditional scrapbook-or use the one-click share option to turn your album into professionally-printed and hardbound book. And not just one book either; you can make 3 or 4, or even a hundred published books from your one album. Turn your scrapbooks into treasured keepsakes by giving copies to family and friends.
You're not out of options yet...Take advantage of a full suite of sharing options and turn your scrapbook into a movie to watch on a DVD-or view on an iPod. My Memories Suite allows you to share an interactive album on a disc (DVD or CD) that will automatically play on a computer (PC or Mac). Viewers can interact with your scrapbook by clicking on video, playing narration or navigating through your scrapbook like a website. You can even place in web links for them to visit or embed hidden files like Grandma's secret cookie recipe.
With My Memories Suite you can even create and share professionally printed and bound calendars, make posters or trading cards for your son's soccer team, post a movie of your scrapbook on your Facebook page-all with the click of a button. If you are serious about creating the ultimate scrapbook that preserves and shares your memories with a serious amount of "wow" factor, then My Memories Suite is the one-stop solution for you.
Build beautiful scrapbook pages.What can Your Software Do?
My Memories Suite will help you build beautiful pages from scratch or to make a page using one of the many professionally-designed scrapbook templates provided within the scrapbook software. A large collection of papers and embellishments are available at your fingertips to help you make each page uniquely your own. Drop in your in pictures in seconds-then crop, edit, retouch and rotate them right on the page. If this were any other scrapbooking software, you might be finished. But with My Memories Suite, the real power-and fun-of this software is just beginning.
You can make a beautiful scrapbook an interactive memory experience for anyone who sees it. Use simple one-click options to enhance your scrapbooks, with music, narration, video, and even the Internet. Go beyond pictures by showing off video of the birthday party, or record a narration to capture the memories that pictures alone cannot. With My Memories Suite you simply don't look at a scrapbook-you experience it!

As I told you I was able to try the software prior to this giveaway and I can tell you it is so easy, fast and even though I was perfectly happy with the software I used to have I am going to use My Memories suite from now on. Many of you know that I create the card sketches for Let's Scrap so from now on these will be created with this software. 

To make a little more exciting I added a little pizzaz and you can earn more than one chance to win this great software. 
  1. Become a follower of my blog 
  2. Share this post on Facebook
  3. Blog about this giveaway and share the link in your comment
  4. Visit My memories and tell me what your favorite product is
  5. Use the special coupon code below to get $10 credit in the My Memories store
  6. Follow My Memories on Facebook
Please leave a comment for each entry. So if you do it right you can have 6 draws! 

As a special for all of my readers, I am giving you my very own share the Memories code that provides a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the store - $20 value! Please use the following code during checkout: STMMMS46599

You are free to pass this code on to your family and friends and even share it on Facebook or your blog. This is such great and easy to use software that My Memories probably won;t mind me sharing the code, LOL.
Oh yes, for those die hard Photoshop fans: All their kits and digital products can be used in Photoshop and all other common software.

Geeh, I hope I covered it all and got everything covered. Please feel free to ask questions of you have any. 
Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the draw!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Using those old eyelets!!!!!

A few weeks ago one of our design team mebers Kathy hosted this great challenge at Let's Scrap. Use those eyelets. But there was more to it than just using eyelets. These were the requirements for the challenge:

1.  Use a transparency.  It can be ready made, or you can design one yourself using a clear printer transparency.  
2.  Use some eyelets to hold your transparency in place. 
*As an extra twist, you will get an extra draw for every 20 eyelets you use.  You will also get an extra draw if you use more than one shape of eyelet on your pages.  If you use  5 or more different shapes, you will also get an extra draw!!!    How's THAT for something different!
*You must use traditional eyelets, the kind that have to be 'set'.  Brad eyelets, snaps, or conchos that look like eyelets will not count.
3.  Use big letters for your title.
4.  Use a Let's Scrap sketch to create your layout   (NO CARDS)!
5.  This challenge cannot be combined with any other challenge.

I have so many eyelets in my stash, I think I can cover a whole sheet of 12x12 with only eyelets and then you still won't see a dent in my stash. So this was the perfect challenge for me! 

This is what I came up with
I really like how this turned out, but not totally happy with my title. It should mean that DD is our second child and not that she is 2. Mmmmh, might add the # to the title.

I used 37 round eyelets (and there's 8 more behind the photo and embellies), 12 star ones (and four covered), 4 heart ones, 2 apple ones and 1 strawler one. A grand total of: 56 (and 12 hidden)

CS: Bazzill
PP: My Little Shoebox
Chipboard: Making Memories
Transparency: Hambly Screen Prints
Eyelets: Bazzill, Doodlebug

As administrator at Let's Scrap I don;t have al ot of chances to win something. For most drawings we are excluded. Which is okay, but sometimes those prizes are so cool and I really feel like joining and posting as a Jane Doe. But I guess they would recognize my kids by now. mmmh, got to find a different option.
But for the weekly challenges we are egible to join and this time I won! Thanks again Kathy!

For all of those who popped by: Thanks and have a great Sunday!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

It is Saturday!

I had a few scrap less weeks but I think I got it going again! At Let's Scrap we had a monthly sketch (besides our weekly sketches) from Julie Bonner and this is what I did with it: 
I love the combination of the blackish and the blue.

These photo's were taken during our summer vacation in Brittany, France a few years ago. On that beach DS Joram decided he wanted to do gymnastics. He started that fall and is still doing it. 
PP: Fancy Pants, Doodlebug, My Little Shoebox
Stickers: American Crats Thickers, K&Company, My little Shoebox
Tickets: Pink Paislee (House of 3)
Silver bling: Autumn Leaves, Prima Marketing
White pen:
Signo Uniball Misc: Turquoise bling, sewing machine

Thanks for popping by and I hope you will all have a great weekend! Don't forget to enter the giveaway! You still have lots of time to enter! You can find all about it HERE

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Another sketch Wednesday at Let's Scrap

It is Wednesday again and that means we have the reveal of a brand new sketch at Let's Scrap. We also have the month long challenge with a Julie Bonner sketch and the weekly DT challenge so there's tons of inspiration! Let's just hope it gets me scrapping too. My SB room has been such a mess no wonder I did not scrap at all the last week. Last night I cleaned of a lot of it and hopefully I will be able to get some scrapping done tonight.
Other than that life has gone back to normal, DS Joram is totally used to biking to school every morning and back in the afternoon. DD Jinte will will start playgroup for two mornings a week in two weeks. I can not believe I already have to 'let her go' all by herself. I hate those milestones where you get confronted with how fast they grow up.

I would also like to tell you that I will be having a GREAT give-a-way tomorrow! If you like hybrid scrapping (don;t we all do that in a way?) or when you are a digital scrapper please come back tomoroow: There's a great opportunity to win something awesome!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Scrapping wallet sized photo's

Every year I think the house will become nice and peaceful when school has started. Well, somehow that never happens and the first few weeks I all stressed and way too busy. It happens every year and I am still not sure what causes it. Mmmmmmh, time for some scrapping?????

The last LO I did was one with wallet sized photo's. People with young children probably have many of them lying around. I sure have. We had this perfect sketch for it at Let's Scrap and this is how it turned out:

CS: Making Memories
PP: Autumn Leaves (Foo-Fa-La)
Die-cuts: Autumn Leaves (Foo-Fa-La)
Ribbon: Autumn Leaves (Foo-Fa-La)
Stickers: American Crafts Thickers
Epoxy sticker: Autumn Leaves (Foo-Fa-La)
Brads: Hobby Cafe
Misc: sewing machine, home made glimmermist

The word 'time' in my title was cut with my Silhouette machine. I used the border function, soooo cool.

And did I mention that I have to clean up my SB room? Just showing you a little part of my desk.................
Thanks for stopping by and have a great and scrappy week!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Lazy Sunday Links

I don't think the rain will stop today. When I came out of bed this mornong it was raining cats and dogs and now it is still not dry. DH Richard went ot the movies with DS Joram, they are going to see The Smurfs and DD Jinte is taking a nap. Instead of doing something useful I have been on Let's Scrap, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and many other time wasting web sites. I can;t help help, I go from one site to the other and before I even know I have 25 tabs open with all interesting stuff.
I am just going ot share some of my finds on my Lazy Sunday:

Thanks for stopping by and have a great and lazy Sunday before another busy week starts!

via ffffound
Via Likecool

via Etsy

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Ribbon challenge at Let's Scrap

A couple of weeks there was a challenge from one of our design team members at Let's Scrap and it was about ribbon. Remember those days where we scrappers bought every little piece of ribbon available? Well, I was one of them and have tons and tons of ribbon. I think I can weave my own carpet if I wanted to. So I thought I should challenge myself and participate in this challenge (Thanks Teresa!) But no matter how hard I tried I just could not find the right way of using my ribbon to make it a layout that I liked. Way after the due date of the challenge I finally finished it.
The photo from DD Jinte is one where she is wearing DS Jorams sock monkey hat that he bought in Canada last year. Don't ask me why, she just loves that hat even though it is not pink and with jewels, ha!

This is what I came up with:

Stickers: K and Company
Tickets: Pink Paislee (pairing up with House of 3)
Border punch: EK Success
Misc: Felt stickers, sewing machine, buttons, brads, ribbon, date stamp 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!