The marriage of digital and traditional

Now that the dust has settled after my parents’ party and we are about halfway through the parties the kids have been invited to, I’ve had a chance to start on the physical scrapbook for my parents.  Having put so many hours into the digital slideshow, I’m not about to let that go to waste.  Yes, I will transfer it onto DVD to share with my folks and siblings but I’ve also printed off several of the digital pages and am using them in the scrapbook.

I’ve shown you a hybrid card now here are some hybrid scrapbook pages.  Like what you see?  Let me know.

Family pg hybrid

 I love the way Versamark ink creates such a gentle look.

Family pg versamark  See what a few lovely flowers can do.

P1050669 Don’t tell Shelli but that’s not SU! ribbon.

Mom & DadNow that’s SU! ribbon with the Versamark ink again.

12 and counting? 12 and counting? closer

What’s an 50th anniversary without mentioning the grandkids?

Now this next one isn’t a hybrid and it cracks me up!  No, there is nothing funny about the invitation to the celebration for Mom and Dad’s 50th or about the layout.  What is funny is that my eldest sister created a memory book for our parents and her first page is EXACTLY the same as mine!  Great minds, fools, whatever – you decide.  So you ask, why are you making a scrapbook if your sister has made a memory book?  They are two totally different animals.  Mine is being created with pictures and hers with words.

For years now, my Dad has declared that we are to buy no gifts for him for any occasion and instead requests that we write down a memory of a special event or even an ordinary day that has stuck with us through the years.  He has a binder (or perhaps it’s two by now)  in which he puts all of these ruminations.  For the big day, each of us – including our kids and most of the spouses – wrote a special something to be included in the memory book.  Doreen took these pages and whipped up her magic in the form of 12×12 patterned papers with embellishments and created a masterpiece.  This was the perfect gift for the event and Mom and Dad loved it!

P1050667It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.

~Rita Rudner


50 years and counting

Friday night my siblings and I hosted a party at my brother’s place in honour of our parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.  Tents were put up in the backyard, complete with white twinkle lights, tables and chairs.  The caterers produced a fabulous feast and one sister ordered a gorgeous cake from the Bon Bon Bakery.  Another sister put together an amazing book of memories that most members of the family had written for the occasion.

I spent quite a while putting together a slideshow of their wedding photos and pictures from the following 50 years – including many of us kids as we grew.  I’m just putting a few on here as there were almost 120 pages in the slideshow!

Enjoy, and if you like what you see, let me know!!







That’s all for now, but I’ll share more another time.

Party on!

The season of birthday parties is in full swing!  While I work tomorrow, Pete will once again perform the parental duty of dropping a kid and presents off and keep his fingers crossed that she doesn’t melt down when left with a crowd.  Like her dad, Heather is not a big fan of gathering with large amounts of people and gets rather emotional – as you can see in the previous post picture.  Oh well, que sera, sera.

Here are the cards I made for her friends’ party tomorrow.  Yes, my punctuation is correct there – the birthday party is for twins.  So, as they were at her party last week, I happen to have pictures of them which I used on their cards.  Not that you will see their faces.   They aren’t my kids, so I’m not posting them without permission.  And just to prove that Heather did enjoy her party, I temporarily stuck her happy, shining face over those of the twins.

As the twins are not identical, the cards aren’t either.  Actually, I wouldn’t have made matching cards even if they were identical!  It’s okay for me to dress my girls the same as they aren’t the same ages (and they like it) but I suspect (hope) that parents of identical twins try to assist them in becoming unique individuals?!  Anyone care to comment?  Anywho, back to the cards.  Here they are individually.

Not only are the cards not identical, one is pink based & the other is blue.  Yup, you guessed it!  The twins can’t be identical ’cause they are not even the same gender!  Fortunately, their mom doesn’t dress them the same – the school tunic wouldn’t look as good on the little guy as it does on his sister.

I used some retired Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up (of course), Old Olive ink. chipboard that I made to look like faux metal and a mini library clip.  Can anyone tell me why they are called library clips??  I’ve worked in a library for almost 12 years now and never, ever has anyone here used a clip so tiny, teeny nor ever referred to the big black bulldog clips as library clips.  Anyone?

Th’ first thing to have in a libry is a shelf.

Fr’m time to time this can be decorated with lithrachure.

But th’ shelf is th’ main thing.

~Finley Peter Dunne

I survived and finished 2 books!!

I take it all back!  Not only did I survive the weekend of kiddie parties, including hosting one with 10 Kindergarteners and 5 other kids of various ages, but I made 3 (almost identical) cards and finished two books.  Granted, I started Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes on Tuesday and finished it Saturday evening and the other book was the teen novel When Lightning Strikes by Meg Cabot, but clearly there was some me time. 

The cards I made were pretty easy to put together but as they are spinners cards, they never fail to impress the kids.  Heather asked that I give her the third one.   Like what you see?  Let me know.



So, the party was controlled chaos.  I’m a firm believer in limiting the uselessness of goody bags and keeping the kids busy.  At our parties, the kids make crafts and that becomes the main part of the goody bag.  Add a granola bar or rice crispy square and a couple of fruit leathers and voila, you are done!

Yesterday, the kids decorated picture frames with sequins, buttons, stickers and whatever they could grab.  Once that was done, I snapped a shot of each kid with the birthday girl and printed it off on our fabulous compact photo printer.  Then the photo was put into the frame as an instant memento.  Later the kids decorated their own goody bags.  I found some great coloured paper bags on the cheap and again let them loose with the glue, stickers, buttons, brads, papers and sequins.  One of the Kindergarten girls did such a bang up job that I thought my 12-year-old niece had made it!!  That’s high praise ’cause my niece is an amazing crafter.



A baker I am not, so do not submit this picture to  Heather’s class is working on a teddy bear theme for the next two weeks so the day before her party she asked for a teddy bear cake.  Here is what I came up with!  No comments about pink goo and  leakage please – it’s supposed to be a six – not pink diarrhea.




And, of course, what party would be complete without tears??

“It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to”

Lesley Gore