Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mid-December Daily Update 2014

I have had a very busy month so far which makes for a very exciting December Daily, but no time to update it! I have finally caught up (I only had about 5 days completed before today!), so it was nice to just sit down and craft all day! I haven't done that in forever! Here are a few peeks at the work I have done so far. I love seeing all of your December projects too, so let me know if you have any inspiration for me!

If you haven't seen my recent Youtube video, I am using one of the Simple Stories Snap albums for the cover of my book. I typically make all my albums and have never used one of these before, but I am really enjoying it! I still have to decorate the cover so let me know if you have any inspiration for that too!
I am loving this stamp from my Michaels haul (part of my latest Youtube video). It was on for 50% off so I only paid about $6 CAN for it! Deer are very trendy right now and I am loving it! The gold bling are also from my haul.

I like how this page turned out a lot, likely because the pictures are nice and clear. This was a date night that hubby and I decided to do on a whim!
The plastic page does not do this layout justice, without the glare it is really quite nice. The kraft doilys are also from Michaels and I love these photostrips from a photobooth that my friends and I were at. The "Peace" wood veneer is a Recollections Christmas one.
I punched holes and added eyelets to the red burlap bag from Michaels so that it could fit in the binding. It is very thick in the book, but I like how it adds some extra texture.
On Monday we got our wedding photos back and I am really excited to share some of those! Our photographer did an amazing job capturing all the special moments and we are beyond happy! I used some gesso on the typewriter paper to tone it down a little. The number 15 here was stamped and embossed using red powder.
This is one of my current favourite wedding photos so i decided to include it. The "Love" embellishment is actually a Christmas decoration from Michaels.
For days that I only have one photo and a little bit of journaling I like to put it on a mini page, or a tag in this case. Yesterday we got almost all of our Christmas shopping done!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are having a great, festive season.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Life Update

It has been too long! I miss blogging, making videos, and most of all of the amazing people that I have gotten to know through these things. It has just been a very crazy few years of my life. Crazy good that is, but also crazy busy. I am in my final year of the Interior Design program and it has never left me much time for anything else. On top of that I managed to find the time to GET MARRIED this summer! I love my husband so much and I am so delighted that i get to spend the rest of my life with him. I look forward to all that life will bring us! In this post I just wanted to talk a bit about our wedding and the great honeymoon that we had. I will soon be posting updates about my December Daily that I am starting and I am currently uploading a video for that on Youtube!

Above is a pic from our engagement photo session with our wedding photographer, Chris. You may remember engagement photos that were done 2 winters ago right after we actually got engaged (done by my lovely friend Paige) but these came with our wedding package and it was great to have summer photos done too.
 Chris really captured some great shots!
 One of my favourites from our wedding! We are still waiting on more to come, can't wait to see them!
 For our honeymoon we went on a two week road trip to the US. We camped most of the way and only stayed in hotels for two nights. We drove south from where we live (Calgary, AB) and down through Montana. We then drove West across Idaho and the top of Oregon to get to the coast. We drove North up the West Coast (the furthest South we went was to Newport) and then headed back home through BC. We stopped in the Canadian Rockies to meet up with some of Andrew's family for a fun offroading weekend trip to end our big trip. It was a wonderful experience and we both had an amazing time!
 Sunset pic by Andrew taken at Boardman Park, Lake Umatilla, Oregon
 Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport
 An amazing place where we ate at the Newport Bayfront, loved it! (Ocean Bleu at Gino's)
 The Bayfront, Newport
 Steven's State Park Campground beach, Astoria, Oregon
 Golfing at a very casual place in Astoria, my first time! (We were terrible)
 Seattle, Washington
Pike Place Market, Seattle
 Pike Place Market, Seattle
On the road home!

We saw so many beautiful things on our trip but I don't want to bore you with too much at once! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Design Final Third Semester

I completed this project for my Design class in my third semester of my Interior Design Degree. We were to design a house for a client living in the community of Marda Loop in Calgary. My concept was "Rising from the Ashes"; that the family had gone through some kind of unexpected loss. The new house symbolizes their new beginning. The verticality of the living area represents the growth that they have done. The finishes are a combination of rustic (to represent their past that they do not want to forget) and contemporary (to represent their optimistic future). I know this is very different from my usual posts, but this is the sort of thing I have been focusing on all semester while neglecting everything else. I hope you enjoy peeking into the other main part of my life besides crafting!

All drawings for this project were done using Copic Markers, pencil crayon, and fine liner on Copic or Canston marker paper.

The photos were all taken with my phone, so sorry for bad cropping and quality.
Dining area bench seating.
 Double height living area and LED lit glass stairs.
 Exterior view or NW corner.
 Materials board, a mix of rustic and contemporary.
The final presentation boards: 1. Site Plans and Exterior, 2. Section looking East, 3. Section looking West, 4. Section looking North and Dining Perspective, 5. Living area Perspective and Master Bedroom Perspective

Monday, December 16, 2013

Class Projects

So much has happened in the last several months and my blog has been severely neglected! I feel as though I am only able to really give one thing my full attention and that has been school lately. I hope to catch up on many things over this Christmas break; one thing being my blog an Youtube channel. I have done several projects but almost all have been for the purpose of teaching a class. I have loved diving into teaching at Scrapbooker's Paradise, it has really been a blessing. I have included pictures of several of my class projects below.
 This was my latest class: 6 Christmas tags. Simple yet very useful.
 The first class I taught (which actually ran twice) were these mixed media tags. They were a lot of prep work, but very fun to get mess while creating.

 I also did an Art Journaling class where we created the journal and completed 3 pages inside of it. Again, a very fun and messy one! (click to view larger size)
And finally, the pocket page class. This was a new realm for me too and i really enjoyed trying something new. We created four travel themed pages. (click to view larger size)

I have been working on a December Daily this month and I hope to share the progress here and on Youtube soon. I hope you keep an eye out for that! I am also thinking about posting some of my Interior Design projects as they have made a very large leap in progress since last year. I am thrilled to have completed my third semester and am looking forward to finding a job for my internship this summer!

Thanks for reading and I hope you are all having a great holiday season!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


What is normal anyways? It is certainly different for everyone! I created this art journal page with this idea in mind.

Just a quick post today as I am still trying to catch up on rest and relaxation! I have been very busy working two jobs, but loving every minute of both! I have finished planning 3 new classes that I will be teaching at Scrapbooker's Paradise in the fall! If you have been following my Youtube videos, you would have heard this exciting news. Please let me know if you have any advise for this new and excited teacher!