Friday, March 23, 2018

April Bullet Journal Set Up - Cacti Theme

Not sure if I should say "Cactus Theme", or "Cacti Theme"? Anyone know?

First off, I would like to thank those that have commented to me in person that they do enjoy seeing something a little different on my blog, and love seeing other types of creativity. So with that in mind, I am going ahead with posting some more Bullet Journaling photos to share with you.

My son sent me plane tickets to go visit them in Phoenix for the first two weeks of April, and I have had to change my usual layout for that month, because I do not need to schedule and plan things related to teaching classes, or even church. I also had to take into consideration the number of pages I had left in my BuJo because I wanted to be sure I could have a third month in this one. In other words, I am trying to narrow things down just a little, and have come up with some ideas on that in another future post.

To start off with I wanted to come up with theme, better than the one I executed for March, and one that would reflect my visit to Arizona. That is why I chose 'cacti' / 'cactus' as my theme. I have never drawn or painted them before, and was worried how it would turn out. I am happy to say that I am pleased, not only with the drawing and painting, but with the colours I chose. I added a lot of gold to the month's setup.

So, let's begin with my "Hello April" page.

Here is just the image without the gold wash tape borders.

This is my April calendar or future log if you wish. (sorry about the light reflection off of the metallic gold washi tape). I used a stencil to colour in all the gold circles with my metallic pen and then when dry, write in the date numbers. See the cacti on either side of "April"? I painted those right over the marker fill-in I had for the header.

I decided that I only needed one page for my April goals for two reasons. 1) I was not working on my goals because I had too many. 2) Being on a trip would not allow me to work on some of them while away. And, because I was away, I changed my budget page to one as well. I have not yet drawn in a graph or table as I am still trying figure out the best one for my needs.

Even though I will be away, I figure that I will still be using my monthly "Brain Dump" page. I love having this each month.

Now, for my Habit Tracker.  I decided to still include some of the things I probably would not be marking off because I would need them for the times I will be at home. I did make some changes again, however, in the key, in using my gold metallic pen to draw in a line between each week, and adding an extra line in case I thought of something to add.

Now, this is the end of the monthly set up, and I go into the realm where I had to make a lot of changes. Remember my layout for the time I was away in Alberta? Well, I am doing something similar, but with some changes. I decided to use just a half page for the three days before I leave, as I will just be doing preparations for the trip and not require a lot of space.

However, you will note that the day I leave, and for the rest of the time, I have a full page set up in a more vertical set up. By just using lines to divide up the space, rather than boxes, I am saving on wasted space allowing for more writing. I still have a space for scheduling things, writing down something to be grateful for, track what I am eating and the water I drink, with a small expenses/spending section for each day, a little box to track the weather, and still have space for the photo of the day with a highlights section to journal in.

Do you like my plane silhouette? I have it on the day I leave, and on the day I return. I am thinking I should have made them a bit smaller, however.

Did you notice the little cactus in the highlights corner? I have one on each page that I will be away. So the next few photos are the same layout, but each cactus drawing is different, and I wanted to share them all with you, so I hope you do not mind.

When I got to this point, I decided that I might just want to do some colouring/painting while I was away. after all, I do need a daily creative experience. So the next photos are close ups of the penciled in drawings before I colour them.

So, I hope you enjoyed my layout changes and all my cactus drawings. I will be back with a few more pages to share with you. I just haven't finished colouring them yet. And I have pages set up for when I get back home, the latter half of the month. So look for another post for my April set up. I also have two mini Bullet Journals to share with you. I bought them for my 16 year old and 14 year old granddaughters. I set up the month of May for them, leaving the rest up to them. So look for them as well.

Happy creating everyone!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Third Card Kit!

Hello everyone!

I have been waiting for a while to post some cards for you, but have had to wait for some important info to include before I could share them with you!

So, today I am sharing with you the 9 cards I created using Pebbles "Sunshiny Days" 6 x 6 paper pad.

Card Kit # 3 
Limited Quantities - $30.00 plus taxes...

To reserve your kit or to order your kit, contact Stacey at  or  778-533-4290

OK, so know let's have a closer look at each of the cards.

This was a nice change of pace for me. I had a blast working this paper and creating simple cards for this kit.

Remember, to reserve your kit, or to order your kit, contact Stacey at  or  778-533-4290

I am thinking that everyone is beginning to look forward to the nicer weather that will soon be here. Have fun!

P.S. There is another card class that I have ready to post, but am waiting for info before I can share that one with you, as well. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spellbinders "Poppies" II Class - Different Cards

Welcome Friends!

Hope you are having a good week so far, and that you have some creative time scheduled for yourself. 

Today I am sharing with you another Spellbinders Poppy Class. We have so many Poppy dies that showed up, so we are offering another class with two different cards!

WHEN: Saturday, April 21st
WHERE: Langford Legion (at the Crop)
TIME: 2:30 - 5:00
COST: $45.00 + GST (includes $28 die)
To register for this class, contact Stacey at  or  778-533-4290
For those of you that wanted to get the Spellbinders "Poppies" die and make cards with it, but did not get the chance in February, we are offering you another chance to have fun with this die. We will be making two entirely different cards this time using the more traditional red Poppy. 
If you already have the die and wish to make these cards, you are welcome to sign up at a reduced price since you already have the die.
** We will be giving priority to those that do not have the die yet. 
You will learn how to line up dies for a three layer cut that lines up perfectly, how to double layer dies cuts for added depth and strength, and how to use your alcohol markers on coloured card stock to add detail and dimension.
PLEASE BRING TO CLASS: your die cutting machine and plates, double sided adhesive tape, white & black foam tape and pop ups, non-stick craft mat, liquid glue, Nuvo Crustal Drops Ebony Black, Spectrum Noir markers DR5 (red) & CG2 (green). If you are bringing Copic markers, you will require a darker red without brown tones, and an olive-like green in the mid range.It might be a good idea to bring wash tape, just in case you need it. A class notebook and pencil to take notes if you wish.

Before I show a closer look, I must acknowledge that I cased the black card created by Elena Salo. She created many stunning projects with this die set.

Here are more photos of these two cards.

First I will begin with the white card. I love cards that use a script background stamp. The next best thing is to show the handwriting of the sender. Now I know some of you will say, "Oh no. My handwriting is not the greatest." And I say, "Have you seen some of the script writing on stamps? Some of them do not have great style either," So as long as you use a black ink pen (gel is the blackest) it will look wonderful! Trust me. That is why I designed this card with a cut through all the front layers. The black ink script you write in the card, will really make this card, and poppy, pop!

If you are observant, as most creative people are, you will have noticed some embossed tape lines on the front of the card. This had never happened to me before, and I can only say that it is one of two reasons. 1) I used Post-It tape which is paper and thicker than Washi tape, which is much thinner, or 2) because I thought the two layers of card stock where thin enough to to die cut together creating a thicker layer between the plates and imprinting the tape into it. I will not do that in class, ladies! L.O.L.

So on to the ceased card from Elena.

I did not mention with the last card, the additional colour and detail done by using an alcohol marker. But then you may have noticed since  you are a creative person.

Well, that is it for this class posting. For those of you that live here, I look forward to seeing you in class. 

Happy creating, and have a great day!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Class Photos - G45 Fairie Dust I

Hope your week is off to a good start. Also hoping that you will have a little time set asisde to be creative this week.

Saturday was a great day at the crop, where I also taught the Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Diorama card class. I took a few photos that have since been posted on the Scrapbook Essentials BC Facebook page, but am posting them here on my blog as well.

Everyone enjoyed the class and look forward to creating their own diorama cards. Here are the photos from class.

We decided to put everyone's cards together at the end, so you can see how they all turned out and see their different creativity. Did they not do a wonderful job!

Well that is it. If you wanted to be there, we missed you. 

Happy creating everyone!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Another G45 Fairie Dust Card Class!

Today we are having our G45 Fairies Dust Diorama card class, and the good news is that we are having another Fairies Dust Class in April! And these are the cards we will be making!


WHEN: Saturday, April 21st
WHERE: Langford Legion Crop
TIME: 9:30 - 12:30
COST: $35.00 + GST
To register for this class, contact Stacey at  or  778-533-4290

We have had the Fairie Dust Diorama card class, so now lets have a class creating more traditional types of cards. These pretty colours and fairy images make great cards for girls, Mothers' Day, and more. What can be more fairy-like than using gauze. And what is more fun than creating a "Z" card!
There will be homework which will be available after March 28th. Sabrina will be away the first 18 days of April, so that is why the homework will be available sooner than usual.
PLEASE BRING TO CLASS: your fussy cut homework, paper trimmer, scissors, double sided adhesive tape, mini-glue dots, white foam tape or 3D Squares, a score board and scoring tool, and a shimmer pen or Wink of Stella.

Let's have a closer look at the cards, shall we.

On this card all four stamps from the theme page 'Fairies Dust' are used along with one of the violet stems.

This card focuses on the little card on the same paper along with fussy cutting from the page border.

We are making a 'Z' card as well with a bunch of fussy cutting from the theme page (Fairies Dust) as well as mushrooms from 'Tiny Toadstools'. 

On the blank space above, as well as on the back, a person may write to the receiver of this card.

The last and fourth card, has a few popped up layers.  I think it is amazing that with one leftover fussy cut mushrooms, popped up layers, and a sentiment banner with some gauze, you can make an eye-catching card.

These are the card for this class on April 21st. It will be just 2 1/2 days after I arrive back from visiting my son and his family down in Phoenix. 

See you there! And happy creating!