My Scrapbooking Cat

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Sunday, 22 December 2013

Merry First Christmas!!!

 It will be the first Christmas for my son and I am so excited to share my traditions with him. I made him a stocking and that was always the best part of Christmas for me growing up so I hope he will love it as much as I did! We took our family pictures with him in a santa hat- too darn cute!!!!
I made this layout using mostly Holiday Style by October Afternoon, which I am in love with this year! The background paper is by Imaginisce from this year's Christmas line. The letters are from Basic Grey (Papyrus).

The cards are mailed, the baking is done, the gifts are, time to wrap! I don't think I will be creating before Christmas so I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas spent with those who matter most! If I am lucky, I will be blogging again before the New Year. Cheers!

Monday, 16 December 2013

Doodlebug Christmas Cards 2013

 Doodlebug products are downright my favorite! I love the colours and the whimsical characters in the lines. The best part is that you can mix and match lines because the colour palette stays the same year to year. I added some bling, stickles, and twine to the cards. I also pop-dotted elements to add dimension. The final Christmas countdown is more week!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

More Christmas Ideas!

 I have not posted in a bit but I am still working hard on my Christmas crafts! I made this ornament which might be my yearly ornament for this Christmas- IF I can make more in time! Thanks to my Xyron and strips of paper I covered a paper mache ball. Then I sprayed it with glitter mist and added the decor.

 I was fooling around with washi tape last night and made this simple little card using Doodlebug- my fav!

Here is the last card I made using October Afternoon paper. Again stickles were used and the sentiment is chipboard. How can you tell I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that blue snowflake paper!!!

Well, it is officially less than 2 weeks until the big day...........EEEEKKS!

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Holiday Style Christmas Cards

I said I was on a roll and here I am with 2 more cards! Yahoo! With Christmas only 3 weeks away it is time to motor on these cards!!! I used October Afternoon to make these two cards. I really liked the sheet with all the pictures and words since they can be cut apart to make quick and easy cards. By adding some pearls, stickles, and a bow, I've got a pretty cute card! Pop dotting elements helps to give dimension and interest. The Scrapbook & Cards Today blog has the cutest project idea by Virginia Nebel posted today. I am hoping I can try it out this week.....we shall see if time is on my side!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

More Christmas Cards!

 Ok, so here are two more cards made with my old stash of papers. I started going thru my bins and I really need to use my supplies! They just keep coming out with the cutest papers- almost too cute to use! But I am determined to make use of some of these older lines to make room for the new. Above is Echo Park and below is October Afternoon, both from last year. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the pine branches and added some stickles. Below I added some pearls and some stickles, plus I pop dotted the snowman. I feel like I might be on a roll! Yahoo!

Friday, 29 November 2013

Doodlebug Christmas Cards 2013

 I managed to squeek these two cards out today between 30 minute naps! I do not know what I will do with myself when my son actually sleeps....knowing my luck, it will never happen! Oh well, I do manage to make a few things here and there. I used the new Doodlebug Christmas collection for these two cards. I added stickles to both cards and pearls. I also used washi tape on both cards. I saw a sign that said 26 days until Christmas...does that give anyone the chills???? Oh boy, time is flying by! I started putting up the Christmas decor and Christmas carols are on the radio now so it is coming, ready or not!!!!

Friday, 22 November 2013

Together - With So Much Colour!

 It took me 3 days to make this layout- good grief! I am still not sure it is complete but I figure I can always change things later. I have been making things- stockings! I am making my son stockings for his first Christmas. He will have one here and at his Grandma's and Grandpa's. I have made a total of 2 Christmas cards and I cannot believe that next weekend is December.......oh dear, I can feel the panic starting to come! Somehow I manage to get it all done but this year with a little one, I just do not know how I will fit it all in. It is so hard to shop with him and he demands my attention for most of the day so when will I get to make cards, wrap, bake etc. etc. I have no idea......a Christmas Miracle!!!
 I used Bella Blvd. Washi Tape on this layout. The stickers are also Bella. The epoxy dots are My Minds Eye. The paper was Carta Bella Christmas paper from last year.

My cat, Taz, always seems to be in my way when I take a photo of my layouts- he is so cute!

By the way, we have snow already and it is super cold so for sure Christmas is on its way!!!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Yearly Christmas Card???

Sorry I have been absent from my blog for so long! I have been playing around with ideas for my yearly Christmas card and had a REALLY tough time putting something together. I bought some of the new Memory Box dies and was trying to come up with ideas. My glitter paper does not seem to work with the dies because the back of the paper is too waxy. So that was making me mad since I wasted a bunch of paper trying to make it work! The snowflakes were done with glitter Doodlebug paper which works best, as far as I have found. I cannot even say where these papers came from- just random stuff in my boxes of Christmas paper....I really need to wittle down my stash!

The goal of my yearly Christmas card is one that is fairly easy to replicate many times and it has to be one that I would not be absolutely heart broken if someone threw out....although I think I would still be sad and just prefer not to know if anyone does! A little side note- I have kept almost every card I have ever received!!! Yes, I have a BIG box of cards!!

So this could be my yearly card..or not, I am still playing! Hopefully I will be back to more regular posting as the Christmas season approaches!

Monday, 28 October 2013

Christmas Cheer With Doodlebug

 Making cards with Doodlebug could not be any easier! Last year they came out with these mini cards and all I did was use the Doodlepops and Mini Doodlepops to create these litle cuties! I added some sparkle felt that I had left over from a stocking I made. I used a stamp for the sentiment at the top.

Yes, it is time to start thinking Christmas for those of us who make our own cards! Hard to believe that November is knocking on our door. The flurries are flying but will hopefully stay away until after Halloween......then it will really be time to think about Christmas!

Friday, 25 October 2013


 I have much to be happy for today- it is my anniversary of 10 beautiful years with my loving hubby and my baby boy is my sunshine! He makes me so unbelievably happy! I used Bella Blvd. to make this layout. It is a mixture of Daily Chevies, the new Christmas paper, washi tape, and old ciao chipboard pieces.

                                                                 Here is a closer look!

I also made a card from the new Doodlebug line called Day To Day. I added bling to the star bursts and the heart in the middle of the pixie flag.

It is definitely fall here and I have taken some very cute pictures of my son in the leaves. I cannot wait to scrap them......just finding the time is going to be my challenge!!!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Happy Harvest Card

It was my mom's birthday yesturday and this was her birthday card. I used the new Doodlebug Fall collection. The lil' critters are SOOO cute! I used leaf washi tape too- super fun! The sentiment and the hedgehog are pop dotted. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Over Due!

 It is crazy to look back and see this picture of myself taken 5 months ago! I was a week overdue when I snapped this photo. I can't believe how big I was!!!!! Since then my body has gone through dramatic changes with breastfeeding and healing from a c-section. What a journey!

I used Doodlebug products from the baby boy line to make this layout. I cut the banners from paper and used a binder border punch on the blue cardstock- which just so happens to be Doodlebug as well!

Friday, 27 September 2013

You + Me Fall Layout

 I am not sure if I am loving this layout but oh well! I decided to post it anyways. I used Bella Blvd.'s Fall line from last year. I pop dotted the cozy cuddle sticker. It was a pretty basic layout to make using the stickers from this line to embellish. Hopefully I will have some cute fall pictures with my son this year! I was pregnant at this time last year and feeling awful with all the nausea etc. This year I am sleep deprived but madly head over heals crazy about my little man! What a difference a year makes.....

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Bella Blvd. Cards

 I made these five cards and submitted them to try out for Bella Blvd's Design Team but I don't think I got picked. Now I am sharing them on my blog! I used all Bella Products and combined new and old lines.
 I am in love with the five new lines that came out. They are VERY cute with the bright colours and lots of awesome embellishments.

 Can you believe it is basically 3 months until Christmas.......time to start planning those handmade cards!!!!
 The Play Date collection is not just good for kids! Aren't cards great- I love making them because I can do it pretty quickly and I don't spend hours agonizing over where to place things.

I made a Halloween card but I have never given one away. Do people send Halloween cards??? Oh well, maybe my son will be the lucky recipient when he is older!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Bella Thank You

I made this card for my mom to say Thank You for a wonderful dinner/babyshower she held for us last night. I used Bella's Thanksgiving/Fall line from last year and the line Finally Fall. The twine is American Crafts. The Washi tape is all Bella too. I love cloud paper and I have been hoarding it so I am glad I finally used a cloud paper from my stash!!!

Thursday, 12 September 2013

You Are Boo-tiful!

 I am getting excited for my favortite time of year....FALL!!! I love the feel of the cool air, the falling leaves, the smell of September, and of course my favorite holidays! I love decorating and dressing up for Halloween and this year will be even better because I get to dress up my son for his first Halloween!!!! This is me last year- I love anything zombie- so naturally I dressed up as a zombie scientist. My husband bought this crazy skeleton at Menards one year for really cheap and the kids enjoy making it talk.

I am loving the new Bella Blvd. collections and for this layout I used old and new Halloween papers and embellishments from Bella. I put my circle punches to good use for this layout!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Bella Today = Halloween

 I have been working on a Halloween album for some time now and every year I add to it when all the awesome Halloween lines come out. I love Bella's new line this year- soooooo cute!
The embellishments are very cute with the tabs and quotes.

Remember when you made your own Halloween costume using this and that from around home??? Kids don't really do that anymore which is too bad because it was all part of the fun I think. My sister and I are dressed up as a witch and a princess here. We had this ugly rubber nose with a wart on it which I am wearing and I am also wearing a wig! The makeup was the best- we loved putting it on our whole face and then it would stain, even after scrubbing it forever with Noxema!!!

In case you haven't read before on this blog- I am a Halloween nut! I love decorating the yard and I especially love zombies. Maybe Callum will be a baby zombie this year!!! You can guarentee I will be using Bella and Doodlebug to document my son's first Halloween!

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Baby Fabric Toy

 I made this for my son before he was born. He loves it and it was so easy to make. They sell them in the store but you can easily make one yourself with some leftover ribbons pieces and leftover fabric.
I used flannel dinnosaurs on one side and cotton on the other. Cut two pieces roughly the same size and place design side facing each other. Pin to hold together while sewing.

 Add ribbons to the inside, folding them in half to form a loop, and pin. Make sure they face into the center on the inside of the two pieces of material. This ribbon is just for show- it should be inside!

 Once you have placed ribbons around all sides, sew around your material but leave an opening on one side. You will pull the material through this opening to get the fabric on the right side.

 Once you have turned the material the right way, sew around the edges to close the opening.

 Now you have a ribbon toy that your child will love to pull and chew on! Well, at least my son loves to! Remember to wash it first!

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Take A Hike!!!

 I made a layout at 5 am. For some reason I could not sleep on Thursday could have been the Mocha from Starbucks that was supposed to be decaf and wasn't!!!!! GRRRRR....
But I guess at least I got something accomplished!

I used the new Imaginisce camping line to make this layout. Some of the stickers are from Echo Park's camping line. A camping album is on my "to-do" list of scrapbooking. One day......

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Hello Sunshine Card

Can you see my cat Taz trying to bite my card? He is such a little monkey!!! Just a simple little card using the Doodlebug line Fruit Stand. I pop dotted the stickers. I cut the flags myself and I used a binder punch from EK Success on the plaid paper. The lime green scallop is a fancy frill sticker and I also added bling to the flowers.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Baby Boy

 I have finally begun my son's baby album. I am pretty impressed with myself since he is just 3 months old today and I am already on page 5! It has been really hard to find the time to scrap, especially since he does not like to sleep during the day and I am not energized enough to stay up past 9:00!!! But I am able to sneak in a few moments here and there.

I used Bella Blvd. for both layouts. This is the baby boy line they came out with a few years ago.
I am using a Doodlebug album with the divided page protectors so hopefully it will help me to put it together faster!

I love that I used a feather in my layout! I bought them thinking that I was not really sure where or how I would use them and voila! I think it looks pretty cute!

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Cow Birthday Cards

 I have rediscovered my Cricut machine! I think it is the easiest way for me to make cards right now. I used the cartridge Create a Critter for this first cow. That cartridge has to be one of my fav's since the animals are just so cute and versatile! I also pulled out my cuttlebug and embossed the background. I used a wobble on the cow so he bounces around when the card moves.

 Here is the sentiment inside which is actually from the cartridge Birthday Bash.

 This cow is also from the cartridge Birthday Bash and I added a Bella Blvd. flag. The woodgrain paper is WeRMemory Keepers from the Happy Camper line.
I used the same sentiment as above in this card too!