Wednesday, December 12, 2012


It's 12/12/12 today!!  This will be the last repeating date in our lifetime.  Have a little fun with it and take a picture of what you are doing at 12/12/12 @ 12:12pm.   If you can't be together with your family have everyone take a picture at that time and combine them on a layout.  So many fun ideas to document the everyday and even the not so everyday!
Speaking of having fun, Paper Issues is having a 12/12/12 or 12+12+12 discount promo today.  Receive 36% off your entire purchase using this promo code TWELVE.  And you thought this was going to be just another day!!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

PaperHaus Winter Edition

I am so excited to be a contributor in the winter edition of PaperHaus ezine.  There are so many beautiful layouts and projects in this issue. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy! PaperHaus winter edition  Have a great weekend!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bling It On Canada - Teresa Collins

This weekend I had the pleasure of teaching at "Bling it on Canada" a weekend of classes at the Hyatt in the heart of downtown Calgary!  I had the honor of teaching with two very talented ladies,  Teresa Collins and Lynn Thune!  The ladies who attended this event were Fabulous and I enjoyed getting to know each of them!  Definitely a weekend of laughter, sharing and FUN!! 

Me teaching a lovely group of ladies.

The sweet Teresa Collins.

Working on a mixed media canvas!

The fabulous view from our classroom at the Hyatt in downtown Calgary!

Hard at work!

Teresa Collins is one of the sweetest most genuine ladies you will ever meet!

Lynn, Teresa and myself  posing for the paparazzi!!!  Ha ha

My weekend helper and good friend, Miss Darlene Smith!  She was such a great help to me this weekend!  Thank you Darlene!!

Miss Lynn Thune teaching one of her fabulous classes!

Miss Teresa doing her thing.

This is the AMAZING group of ladies who made this weekend so Fabulous!!!

Thank you to Lori at The Scrap Yard for creating and executing such an amazing event!  She has just announced our next event "Imagine 2.0",   another weekend of classes,  in April 2013!  You won't want to miss this creative weekend.  Only 20 spots available!

Monday, November 5, 2012

No Limits File Mini

Tap, tap, tap anyone out there??  It has been so long since my last post, I'm wondering if anyone is still visiting my blog.  But I am back with a fabulous "NO Limits"file folder mini album.  Can I just say that I love this collection!! It is very hard to find products that are boy friendly, but every so often one pops up and this one by Heidi Swapp is FABULOUS!!!  I Love It.  I created this file folder mini of my boy using her "No Limits" collection.  

The polaroid frames are great and the sequins arrows are to die for.  Lots of layering of burlap, tags, tape and of course fabulous papers. I used gesso, distress ink and sprays to grunge up the front of the file.

This mini has a ton of room for photos! I cut the file folders to create a photo stacker, a pocket in the center for tags or memorabilia.

This photo stacker opens up to hold 6-8 photos as well as room for journaling!

There is also a mini album with lots of tags, interactive pages and a page of 2x3 photo sleeve.

Lots of tags and different sized pages in the mini.

This file folder mini was such fun to create.  I love the colours and patterns in this 'No Limits" Collection!
Thank you for stopping by and I will be back soon, I promise!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

PaperHaus Ezine Reveal!!

Today is the launch of a Fabulous new publication, PaperHause Magazine.  I am so excited to have one of my layouts included in this issue!  This magazine is packed full of creative inspiration and great articles.  You must check it out here, you are going to love it!  

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Summer Fresh Mini Album and Blog Hop!

Happy Summer everyone!!  I'm back with a fun little mini to showcase all of my fabulous summer photos, using a great summer line "Summer Fresh" by Simple Stories.  Paper Issues is having a Summer Lovin Blog Hop that will feature some great summer inspiration.  

I created the cover for this album using 2 5x7 canvases which I painted and added lots of mixed media goodness.

I love all of the texture!

I filled this album with simple but adorable pages, tags and pockets.

Such cute tags!

The prize for the Summer Lovin theme is a whole bunch of Summer Fresh goodness!!!

Here is what you need to do to win this fabulous prize:

1. Become a follower of my blog. (If you already follow my blog just leave a comment.)
2. Leave a comment on my blog letting me know you are a new follower.
3. Follow Paper Issues blog.
4. Like Paper Issues Facebook page.

You will also want to check out these fabulous blogs for some more summer inspiration!

 1. Susan (you are here!!)
                                   2. Bethany
                                   3. Melissa
                                   4. Sara
                                   5. Wendy
                                   6. Amy

Remember to link up your summer layouts, cards and projects to the Paper Issues blog, we would love to see what you have created!
Also be sure to check out Paper Issues Etsy shop, because it is full of scrappy goodness!!  And if you make a purchase be sure to use the promo code "SUSAN" to receive a 20% discount.

Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Mixed Media 4 Seasons Canvases

I have been teaching these cute little canvases at The Scrap Yard over the past 4 months.  We just finished the winter canvas last night.  I had a great group of ladies, in this class, who had fun getting messy!!




Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great weekend.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Paper Issues New Theme Is Sponsored By Canvas Corp!!

Paper Issues is having a mini blog hop for the new theme "Burlap" and it is sponsored by the Fabulous Canvas Corp!!!  I so love working with Canvas Corp products.  Oh did I mention there is a PRIZE involved? An amazing package of Canvas Corp products!!!

I received a box full of Canvas Corp goodness and this is what I created, A canvas mini album.  In Calgary we will be celebrating The Calgary Stampede's 100 year anniversary this year.   So this adorable mini is the perfect album for all of my Stampede photos!

The album base is made of Canvas Corps 12x12 canvas.  I have sprayed it with Tattered Angels and Stamped it with my favorite Chicken wire stamp. I inked Pink Paislee's wooden letters to give them that western feel.  The canvas star is stamped and stitched, which I LOVE by the way!!  And the thick twine wound around like rope is one of my favorite details on the cover!

I used Canvas Corp 12x12 kraft tissue paper to create the banner and the ruffle on the bag.  This tissue is great to stamp on.

Cute little clothes pins hold this tissue paper banner.  The nail heads hold down the burlap and give this page a great western feel.  I used a brown paper bag to create a pocket for journaling.  I love the stamped tissue ruffle and the seam binding ribbon.

Basic stitching adds to the theme here.

An adorable burlap pocket to house all of those odds and ends or some journaling.

And of course you know how much I LOVE banners!  This banner is especially cute with the tissue ruffle across the top!

Now for the fun stuff, THE PRIZE!!  This is the fabulous Canvas Corp prize you could win.

To win this amazing bunch of goodness you need to do the following.

1. Become a follower of my blog. (If you already follow my blog just leave a comment.)
2. Leave a comment on my blog letting me know you are a new follower.
3. Follow Paper Issues blog.
4. Like Paper Issues Facebook page.

Now go check out the other fabulous projects created by my fellow Paper Issues Design Team members!

4. Izzy
5. Jodi
7. Tamara

One last thing, be sure to stop by Paper Issues Etsy Store and if you use the code "SUSAN" you will receive a 20% discount!  What a great way to end your weekend.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Paper Issues Abroad Blog Hop!!

 At Paper Issues we are having a little blog hop to start our new theme which is "Abroad", in honour of Studio Calico's Abroad collection. Travel, travel, travel...I love this theme!! To celebrate this theme we are having a mini blog hop.  Sounds fun, hey!!
For this layout I used an old photo of my BFF and I celebrating our first night in Maui, in 1993.  Those were the carefree days of our youth,  Oh what fun we had! For this theme I created a layout using a map paper from Pink Paislee's Daily Junque collection.

 To create the sun rays I cut a triangle template and used moulding paste then applied colour spray to highlight the ray. For my title I used song lyrics from Fun's new song "We Are Young".

 I used lots of texture with the cardboard, stitching and plastic grid.

Now for the real fun Paper issues is having a GIVEAWAY to celebrate this fabulous theme!  

To enter:
You must follow My Blog  and leave a sweet comment so I know you stopped by!
You must follow Paper Issues on Facebook
You must follow the Paper Issues Blog
Leave a comment on the the Paper Issues Blog
The winner will be selected at the end of this theme on May 12.
And to sweeten the pot Cassie is offering a 20% discount off your entire purchase at Paper Issues Etsy store.  You must use the code "SUSAN" to receive the discount.  Have fun shopping!!
Here are the fabulous girls participating in the "BLOG HOP"

Have fun Hopping and enjoy this wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Teresa Collins Is Coming To Canada!!!

I am so excited to be teaching at this event with TERESA COLLINS!!  

There are more details on The Scrap Yard's web site here.  This is going to be a fabulous event you won't want to miss!  Hope to see you there.

Monday, April 16, 2012


This weekend I was away for a scrappy weekend with the girls!  I always come back with sore cheeks from all of the laughing we do and a few finished projects, yay!  I am definitely not one of those people who do 80 layouts in a weekend (not really my style) but I love what I get done and I enjoy being away from all responsibility for an entire weekend.  Thanks to my hubby!!
These are a few of the projects I worked on this weekend. 

@ 11 is a simple layout using photos of our family that were taken on November 11, 2011 at 11:11am.  I have been wanting to use this Bobunny paper for a long time and these photos were perfect, as the script on the paper talks about documenting everyday life.

I absolutely love this layout, it has to be my favourite layout of the whole weekend.  Again I used Bobunny paper, but a much newer line.  This photo of Miss Taylor was taken by my Maddie girl. She did a fabulous job and she did the impossible, got Taylor to smile for a photo.  Something I haven't been able to do for a long time.  Taylor hates having her picture taken, what a stinker!

And this layout is about Miss Taylor and how she won't stand still for a photo.  This is the typical photo I get of T these days, either blurred or partials because she is trying to avoid the camera.  I printed the photo on canvas photo paper.  The top photo lifts like a book and a plastic sleeve houses two more crazy pictures of Miss T, with journaling under that.

I also worked on some other projects that aren't complete yet, I am hoping to finish them soon and then I will post them. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
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