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Monday, November 15th, 2010
First day of school



I know it’s not the beginning of the year, but I love this layout I did when my oldest son started school (about 5 years ago) and I didn’t have a chance to post it on my blog until now.. This day was very special, it wasn’t just a first day of school; it was the first day of the first year in school with a new classroom, a new teacher and new friends. He was very excited and so was I; he didn’t cooperate with the camera so I only managed a few photos. For this layout I decided to use a book, as if this is part of a story. I cut the photos to fit the pages in the book and arranged the letters as if they were falling of the book. It is so amazing to watch how he has grown and learned new things. I am a very proud mother!

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
Vintage Mini Album



I made this Mini Album for a workshop I taught in “My Punch”. I wanted to teach a specific design style and since vintage is one of my favorites I decided to make a mini album full of fun embellishments and techniques. The mini album is made from 1 craft cardstock, 5 patterned papers and a few embellishments. I made most of the embellishments myself, as well as the cover, which was made from pieces of cardboard I took from a shoe box. The theme of the mini album is “Time goes by”. I used old photos of my mother and grandmother, as well as a few photos of me and my sister as little girls. For the final touch, I added a few sentiments and quotes about time and its meaning in our lives. Here are a few close-ups of the embellishments. Soon I’ll post a few tutorials! stay tuned!

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 1: Our house, Our treasures



The day is finally here! The Sizzix Triple Blog Hop starts today. A group of sixty (yes SIXTY!) all-star designers will create a new project, starting today and for seven weeks! Each of us will post the project on our own blog using that week’s featured die. You’ll be able to hop around and view all the creations. The featured Die this week was the 3D House by Eileen Hull. It was so much fun playing with this die and finding different ideas for its design. I had a lot of ideas, but my favorite idea was to create a treasure box from the house. Instead of adhering the roof to the house, I’ve added a hinge to create the cover of the box. On the other end I’ve attached a Velcro so the roof could be closed. If you want to try it yourself here is the materials list: Sizzix supplies:Sizzix Scoreboards Pro Die #656836 – House 3D, by Eileen HullSizzix …

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
It starts tomorrow!



The big day is finally here! Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop starts tomorrow. You will not want to miss it! A group of sixty (yes SIXTY!) all-star designers will create projects with the new dies. Starting Thursday, November 4th, each designer will post a project on their own blog using that week’s featured die. You’ll be able to hop around and view all the creations. The Hop will go on for seven weeks, with a different die being featured every Thursday. See you tomorrow!

Friday, October 29th, 2010
Craft for Health



I was so honored to share my story in Kathy and Barb’s blog: Craft for Health. Their motto is: “crafting is the secret weapon in helping people“, it is so true! I never thought what a great role scrapbooking and crafting played in my life, other than a job. It was only when Kathy asked me to write about it, I realized the healing power it had in my life and how much it helped me. I know now that everything happens for a reason and this is the path I was supposed to walk in. share my story in Craft for health

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
Mom, I'm bored…



In this age of television and computers we often hear the words: “mom, I’m bored”. But sometimes, as I found out, they can surprise you. These photos were taken on a trip to the beach with my son’s kindergarten a few years back. We were all sitting waiting for our guide to arrive and all the kids were complaining that there was nothing to do. My son found a solution…he started collecting snails. It was the season when all the shells were left behind and he collected them like it was the biggest treasure he ever saw. He kept himself occupied for a long time collecting and playing with the snails. A scene worthy of a photo, don’t you think? The layout is one of the projects I created using the October Kit of the Month club by My Punch.

Monday, October 25th, 2010
R we moving?



That was the question my son asked me when he saw all the boxes everywhere. A few years back, we lived in Kenya for a few years and when it was time to leave we packed the house in soooo many boxes I was afraid they would not fit in the container. As it turned out every box found its place in the container and luckily they even managed to close the doors. For this layout I created a special paper with my son’s drawings. He drew a house and a tree and I thought it would make the most adorable pattern for a paper on moving. I created the boxes from corrugated cardboard I cut from real boxes and I embellished the page with two types of masking tape.

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