Scrapendipity : scrap·en·dip·i·ty

The gift of making fortunate discoveries by accident, a talent for making discoveries while searching for other things.

Monday, November 11, 2013


Yay my minions finally have a home!!!! The last day of work, the girls gave me ( Gru ) a minion for each of them, and now they have a home! LOL I love my little minions! The box is as industrial as I could muster. Faucets and gears and bolts with steel floors and walls.

Much fun!!

One more Tim Holtz box brought to life. My happy little family back together! 

Have a happy scrappy day!! 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Trick or treat

Hello all :-) Last year at our Halloween party we had "Lothar" come and conjure up the spirit of Edgar Alan Poe in our living room! The night was a success and a huge hit! This year Tim Holtz made a die that screamed at me to remake this page and use the writing desk die! Why is a Raven like a writing desk? The Mad Hatter asks Alice.... to which there is no answer...... 

This paper is from the Teresa Collins Halloween Pack called Masquerade Party. It is filled with glorious haunting tidbits and gorgeous papers!

I cut the jar out of plastic and inked the edge of the feather to give it some "life" I used a real pen nib on the end, although the die does cut nibs as well. 

I just love this paper line! So spooky!

close up of the writing desk die cuts. I used slate colored alcohol ink on the plastic so it looked filled with ink.

Thanx for stopping by, have a Hauntingly scrappy day! Pop over to Scrapbooker's Paradise for the shopping list. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

a little Boo

 Hello All, only 15 days til Halloween!! Time to post a Spooky page!


 This is the Bo Bunny Line Fright Delight. For the most part it is just bringing the actual paper to life. The top piece and the Boo banner is cut out from the tag sheet.

 A chair in the middle of the forest? Yep and it's spooky isn't it. Lol truthfully, I loved the chair, and wanted to use it.... the chipboard was covered with Inka Gold, orange.To apply, use the best tool you have, your finger :-)  just rub it on to cover the entire piece. Give it a minute to dry, and buff with a paper towel. There are many gorgeous colors, and you can mix your own. Just add a color or two on a splat mat, and mix. The color combos are endless!!!

Here is an example of bringing the paper to life. The bat was already in the moon, but by fussy cutting the wings, and placing black foam dots behind the wings, they now have life, and shadow, and come off the page at you!

Hopefully you can see the effect on the tree trunk here. Crackle accents were used to make thin lines all along the tree trunk and branches. Usually when you cover with crackle you would have a smooth coating so that it will crack over your image. In this case I purposely wanted to see the lines; AKA bark. So when it dried there are definite lines, and each line has cracks in them. So the effect is quite kewl!  Dollar store googly eyes finish this page off, peaking thru the tree! 

Have a spooky week! Thanx for popping by. Hop over to Scrapbooker's Paradise to see the shopping list. 

Friday, October 11, 2013


 Time to play again in the Scrapbooker's Paradise challenge! Hop over to play and add your own page or card layout.

This is "The Avenues" from Bo Bunny, here the doors were cut and the windows removed, then the photo was placed behind and the doors popped with foam squares 
The finished layout. Thanx for stopping by, have a Happy Scrappy day!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Avenues

This paper is the Bo Bunny line called "The Avenues"

Tim Holtz Sizzix die, wall clock.

 Page 2

close up the clock. The face is cut out of one of the papers. and covered in crackle accents. 

the bird cage is traced with diamond stickles. 

Have a Happy Scrappy day, thanx for popping by. Hop over to Scrapbooker's Paradise for a shopping list. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Vintage Christmas

 Hello all, ok it's a little early to do Christmas pages, but I don't have my Halloween pictures yet! lol so I thot I would play with this pretty line from My Mind's Eye, Vintage Christmas.
If you can see the top right corner, there is a subtle star there. I got a new mask and I wanted to test it, I sprayed a dark brown over the image, just to give the corners a hint of  something special. 

This was the template, script star. I love it! 

Closer shot of the star. 

I fussy cut both corners of the paper, and slipped a mat under it, the opposite corner is Santa. then I used Tim's tattered poinsettia die and added a flower. I also used the Deer die also. 

layers of matting, and it is already for pictures.... how many more shopping days??

Thanx for popping by, hop over to Scrapbooker's Paradise to get the shopping list, and have a Happy Scrappy Day! 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Challenge PPSC #5

Hello all, here is my version of the sketch on the Scrapbooker's Paradise challenge.

I used the new Prima line.... but lol I forget the name and I used the title strip to make the zig zag!

Prima flowers, I brushed Victorian Velvet over them, and changed the color 
of the pearl center using a copic marker. 

I fussy cut around the flower and feather, and also in the top left corner also. Then I slipped the cut out center under the fussy cut image. Hop over to Scrapbooker's Paradise to play along!

Have a Happy Scrappy Day!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Enchanted Fairies

Hello all.It's time to do a page that I can put a picture of my kitty on. I think when he sleeps he dreams of chasing fairies and butterflies, so here he is.

Kaiser has had the best paper lines lately. They are just beautiful, and here is another one from them. The paper was so gorgeous all by itself, so I didn't cover much of it up. The image is so light and airy, so I chose to accent with some flowers made out of vellum. There are 3 different kinds of patterns on the flowers. They turned out so pretty, and the cheery lynn die even embossed the outlines of the petals! I also used a cut out of vellum behind the butterfly, so it is shimmery inside and out. 

I added a small rhinestone to the flower center, very simple, not distracting. 

another beautiful die from Cheery Lynn, the flourish which I love putting behind butterflies, as their " swoosh" 

Thanx for popping by, hop over to Scrapbooker's Paradise to see the shopping list, and have a Happy Scrappy Day!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Farewell to the North Store

Hello all, as some of you may have heard the North Scrapbooker's Paradise store is closing. This week has been hard since the words were uttered last Friday. I have always known that the staff and customers were a tight bunch, and everyone got along so well. But until I became the "fill in" manager I didn't realize HOW close. It's funny to call where we work a "store" because I now see that it is really a community. Today the customers ( friends ) threw US a farewell party! Everyone wanted to gather round one last Thursday, but instead of a make and take which was the usual norm, today was about sharing  hugs and laughs. I was overwhelmed by the kind words and heart felt stories. We really are one big family!   I personally wanted to thank each and every one of you for being there for us thru the years, the classes the make and takes and helping build our confidence. I avoided teaching like the plague, and only surfaced as a teacher every October.... for you know what! But now because of the support I got when I taught,  I feel like I actually can teach! I no longer  have sleepless nights before a class or break into a sweat during class. Now I have fun and look forward to classes. Sometimes even, it's hard to leave, we just hang out and talk afterwards! So I just wanted to say back to you who have told us you learned so much from us, that it was a two way street, we also learned from you. I cherish all the memories, and look forward to seeing you again.


I may have just started working at Scrapbooker's Paradise, however I have felt like a part of this place for a long time. Everyone was always happy to be here, it became its own little community.The staff works hand in hand as a team, The customers are known by name, Scrapbooker's Paradise was a wonderful place.  I am so sad too see the store close down. 


I want to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of the customers who have visited the North Store.  You all taught me alot and gave me the confidence to teach.  I enjoyed our weekly make and takes and will miss seeing you every Thursday and thru the week. You are more than customers you have become my friends. I wish you all the best in your scrapping journey and hope that I will see you in the future, maybe at a crop or a class. 

Best wishes to all of you.
And thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! Thank you to all of you for the very special day!   It was so touching.  I will take this day forward and look forward to the future with each and everyone of you.


Well after being part of the store for over five years is very sad to see the doors soon close. I have grown so much creatively while I have been there. I have worked with ladies who have taught me, challenged me, encouraged me....and I have found not just co/-workers but wonderful friends!! Then there are all the wonderful ladies who have been in classes with me - you all have become good friends too. To all of you I say thank you for so faithfully coming to classes and cheering all of us at the store on!!! Love you!!


Well as you know, our store is soon closing. It has been an amazing 7 years for me. When I had leukemia, the staff and customers supported me then and it was a small little community. Now, all these years later it has snowballed into the best ever place to work and hang out on days off!
These last few months have been the best thanks to you Selena! You became our role model, shaping us into beautiful little minions! With Holly by your side, and the rest of our team following suit, it was a natural fit for you to become our hero!
Your attitude towards us and life in general is simply a breath of fresh air. Positive, self assuring, huggable, all became your everyday manners. Never a day without hugs!!! Really? Where else can you work and get away with hugging your "boss" or minion manager??
I love you Selena, I look up to you Selena, and you really ROCKED it!!! Looking VERY forward to new beginnings!!!


Some of us will be teaching at the South store so this isn't goodbye, it's see you later :-) 

Staff and Friends, Thankyou everyone!!!

Then something happened??? we kinda felt like zombies all week, and now we have started to turn into them??
 Keep smiling,  having fun and scrapbook everything!!!

Love and Hugs, North Store Girls :-)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Always radiate sunshine

Hello all, here is page 2, from the chalk studio line of My Mind's Eye. I love this paper!!!

Ok, the 4 main papers on this page are: "Beautiful Ride", but we use the back side of it - the green stripes. "the best day ever" which we are going to fussy out all along the chalk line. "just be" and "chalk talk"

Distress the edges of Beautiful ride, and ink the edges with Pumice stone distress ink. Glue the cut out "best day ever" piece to the center of the green stripes. Spray the doily and flowers with a black or dark gray glimmer mist.

Choose a postcard from the sheet, trim it, distress the edges and mat with a green cardstock. The corners of the postcard indent ( like a ticket ) so make sure you trim the green mat to follow the indent. Ink both pieces with pumice stone, and glue together. 

Glue down the doily, I found it easier to glue the paper and lay the doily down, It was fragile and kept ripping with the tape runner. Then layer a strip of the words, you can use your favorite part of the :just be" to layer across the page. Then place your photo mats, pink mat - 4.5 x 4.5 and a smaller gray mat 4.25 x 4.25, then your photo will be 4x4 and the photo over lay can be glued with vellum adhesive to the edges of the over lay. The smaller photo is 2.5 x 2.5 and a gray mat of 2.75 x 2.75 and the pink mat 3x3. I placed pearls or rhinestones into the indent corner of the postcard, and adhered the flowers. Some of the flowers had centers, if they didn't I used either a gem or a mini rosette flower. String the banner and attach near the top. Done! Happy chalking! 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Alfred Hitchcocks The Birds

Lasting memories has another great challenge.... the great thing about challenges is they force you to do a page a week..... any push at all in getting the pages done is awesome! This week was perfect timing for my Comicon page, I went as Tippi Hedren from the Birds and it just so happens it was definitely a ONE PICTURE PAGE!!!
 In Calgary it's called Calgary Expo, either name means an awesome! fun! weekend!!!! 
 my attacked paper and birdy footprints....

birds on a wire..... just waiting....... 

Thanx for stopping by, have a Happy Scrappy Day :-)

Friday, August 9, 2013

MIss Empire

Hello fellow scrappers! Here is a page from the Kaiser Miss Empire line.

I love the rich colors of these papers. For this page I did a bit of fussy cutting. The frame where you see Maddie, is cut out of one of the papers. I fussy cut around the outside and the inside. When I first cut it out I left all the little pieces that stuck into the frame, the clock, stamp and tag. I was lucky that they fit around my picture, but if they had interfered I would have just cut them off. Nobody would be the wiser! There is a great cut apart paper where all the extra pieces came from. They are all inked with Rusty Hinge. 

Everything is layered a few times on this layout. The photo has a cardstock mat, and a larger flower frame. The little strip that goes under the green square, is actually the strip off the bottom of the paper where the price is!

The post card is the top scrap cut from the paper with the frame. Matted with orange, and a few more cut aparts added. A tear reveals a hidden tag, and a little rosette adds some dimension. 

Have a happy scrappy day, thanx for stopping by :-) 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Montana Bound

A couple of weekends ago, we had our family reunion in Montana, and as you can guess, there were allot!!! of pictures taken. Especially of the rope swing, and the tubing. I  just hit rapid fire on my camera, so that in 100 pictures I can capture the mid air and drop of doom moments! Because of this, it's very hard for me to not save every picture, But I would have 100's of pictures within seconds of each other, sometimes tho' expressions are priceless and I will print a few in the same time frame. So.... I thot this would be a great chance to try project life. I could get lots of pictures on a page, and break them up so it's not so obvious, and it's a time saver! So I had some fun, at the reunion, and scrappin' it afterwards!

First I'll show you the finished page

now a close up of each pocket. They don't have to have allot of stuff in them, otherwise it wouldn't be very fast any more. Many paper lines have cut apart papers that will fit the different size pockets with no need to add anything. 

a few chipboard letters so add some fun. and a wee bit of bling

that's my brave girl in that photo!

and not all pockets have to have photos...

see, simple...

a bit of washi tape.... and voila..... on complete page.

I also did a traditional 12x12 so you can see how you can add project life to any theme or book. The pages can easily be mixed and matched!

more washi tape....and thickers letters. I cut a few surf boards and used glossy accents for embellishing the corner.

I also added a few pop dots to some of the surfboards on the side so they have some dimension

more thickers, and YAY I have 2 pages done, with lots of pictures! Thanx for popping by, Have a Happy Scrappy day! Hop over to Scrapbooker's Paradise to see a shopping list.