Sunday, December 29, 2013

Echo Park card class with Lorena - January 25

We have a card class with Lorena coming up at Auntie Em's! 

5 cards from the This & That line from Echo Park for a class on January 25th at Auntie Em's.  
So, call the store if you want to get in on this class - I have only 9 spots available, and they will go quick, so reserve your spot today!

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Well this is a first for Auntie Em's!!  Well, not the first  time for a SALE but first time getting caught up in all this Black Friday madness!! Kind of excited about this - I'm gonna fill the tables in the work area full, full, full of products - which will be 35% off but if you pay cash and read this and make sure to say "hey I want the real deal!"  I'll take another 5% off!!!  There are going to be lots and lots of really cool goodies - Christmas stamps, Christmas embellishments and Christmas paper - just to mention a few things.  Great Christmas Shopping Deals - for you or for someone on your list!

This SALE will be Fri. Nov. 29th 10am to 7pm and Sat. Nov. 30th 10am to 4pm. 

As the media has been telling me that Saturday is Shop Local Day - so I have another deal on top of the SALE - As all of you who know me - know I'm kind of active at my Church and this Sunday we have our annual Christmas Tea (1:30-4pm - you are all invited) which is our major fundraiser for the year! Well guess what I have raffle tickets to sell - the odds are good and the prizes are very good!  You could win $500 or 2nd prize is a Stained Glass Nativity Set - so if you buy 3 tickets for $5 - as a thank you for your support I will give you a gift!  

Monday, November 4, 2013

October has been the craziest month!!!  I haven't even unpacked from September's Crop and Create at NavCanada....that's just insane!  I haven't touched a piece of pattern paper, a photograph, washi tape, or even my precious circle maker. I never thought having my three kids in school would mean I would have zero time to scrapbook.  I wouldn't change any of it though.

So going back to Crop and Create. How fun was that? I loooved scrapping with my peeps, meeting scrapbooking divas, and seeing all of the different talent. And the goodie bag was pretty awesome.  It is definitely an event I will attend every year.

So here are a few layouts I created during my three days of play:

1.  I asked Emma to get this Dapper Dan paper for me. I love the browns and greens. Such a wonderful collection for boys. And of course I incorporated my beloved arrows...ha.

2.  Most everything I used on this page was from the goodie bag received from Crop&Create. I wanted my page to be soft since the picture (one of my favourites ever!) is so soft and dreamy.

3. Trying to keep with my resolution to scrapbook a page of me once a month, I created a page detailing the place I am at in my life today that I never thought in a million years I would be.  I cut strips of paper (don't ask me what line it is, I'm horrible at remembering), placed embellies that I got from Emma that weekend, and my beautiful letters that I again can't remember what they are but know that I got them at Emma's store...;0)  Oh, and I wrote my journalling on chalkboard washi tape, brilliant invention.

4.  My Joe Joe always provides me with tons of inspiration for page ideas. He's my last baby so every "baby thing" he does is the last time I will experience it. Like when we put away the highchair forever, when I had to get rid of the bouncy chair, when the rocking at night stopped, when I lost it when Shawn disassembled the crib and I was never going to have a nursery again...sniff sniff.  Ok, I'll stop before I go into a depression.  This page was done with a bunch of pieces of paper that I pinched at the corners. I threw in some Luxe line embellishments and some Thickers sparkly letters.

5.  Last is my Joe Joe's first day of school.  This page was kept simple by cutting strips of paper at different sizes but all the same length. I curled the bottom of the pieces of paper to give it some dimension. That apple is cut out from a paper that had a bunch on it and I popped it up with some pop up dots.  Different washi tape and cool letters finish the page.

Looking forward to Emma's all day crop on November 19th. Although there's a bunch of fun ladies going so I may not get as much done as I

See you all soon!!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Create a canvas at Auntie Em's - November 9th

You asked and we listened!  Auntie Em's had so many requests to make this canvas into a class .... so mark your calendars for Saturday November 9th.  All supplies will be provided with this class, but be prepared you WILL GET MESSY!  This is a project that will leave you with dirty fingerprints; and if you know me, that's not something I enjoy ... but the outcome is amazing.

You will get to play with Gelatoes and Acrylic paints and foam stamps.

Call the store to reserve your spot - space will be limited in this class.  613-938-4888 - Auntie Em's Scrapbooking, Cornwall


Monday, October 7, 2013


Just call the store to sign up asap 613-938-4888. Sorry for the delay - great to be busy but not fun when you don't have enough time to do it all!! If you can't make the class but would love a kit make sure to get your name on the reserve list as only so many kits will be made and Cari Fennell will be sure to include all the directions! Please note that payment is due on registration. Hope you can make it!!

Holiday Jubilee Cards and Tags
Tis’ the season for holiday cards and tags-Prima style! These cards and tags have creative features such as pockets for gift cards, die cut flaps and other fun elements. Plus, we will be making a bonus ornament project too. Join me for a festive night of creating and get a jump start on the upcoming holidays.
You will need your basic tool kit. The class kit is loaded with tons of products. The class cost is $50+HST.

Creative Canvas Layout
Canvas can be the perfect backdrop for any layout and it is especially wonderful for adding art mediums! In this class, we will spray, dab, stencil and layer to create a one of a kind layout that is sure to make your photo shine! There will be countless techniques and ideas shared throughout the class using a variety of art mediums.
Be sure to bring an apron or old shirt. You will need your basic tool kit. The class kit is loaded with tons of products. The class cost is $55+HST.

Optimist Layout Class:
Let’s create a couple of fabulous layouts using the new Optimist collection by Prima. This trendy collection features paper and embellishments that have a chalkboard look, perfect for color or black and white photos. And we will jazz up our layouts with lots of texture using burlap, felt flowers and wood icons. And when we put it all together, the pages will pop with dimension and color, perfect for showcasing special photos.
You will need your basic tool kit. The class kit is loaded with tons of products. The class cost is $55+HST.

This beautiful canvas album is perfect for altering and customizing! We will enhance the art on the front cover and add extra special touches to the inside pages. This 8x8 album is great for photos or art journaling. Each page can be uniquely designed with a mixture of art mediums and embellishments that are sure to make this album amazing!

Be sure to bring an apron or old shirt. You will need your basic tool kit. The class kit is loaded with tons of products. The class cost is $85+HST.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Happy September!!!  Back to school, cooler nights, closing of pools, Crop&Create, and did I mention back to school!?!  Yes, that means more time to scrapbook....yayyyy, for me!  I'm so excited. My youngest started school this year so that means all three are in school and I get the house to myself for 6hrs & 45mns per day, 5 days a week. I do realize that I am blessed to be able to have so much time to myself to do the things I enjoy.

So I haven't done any scrapbooking this month yet but I plan to very soon. Today I am posting what I created at Emma's last all-day crop, at the end of August. We had such a nice day. Some Ottawa ladies came to Cornwall to crop with us and we had a blast!  I love it when everyone shares what they've done, it gives ideas and inspiration. I love all-dayers!!

Here's what I created:

1. My love of circles (Emma teases me because I use circles on a lot of my layouts....and I mean A LOT!!)

I used all different sized circles I made from patterned paper to place in the form of a heart. I used buttons and brads randomly to add some interest. I placed my picture, title, and journalling around the heart shape and layout down.

I used different products I had in circles shapes (I should really keep track of what I use but I don't!) and placed behind my photo. I also used my new favourite product, chalkboard washi tape for my journalling. I like this page because it was super easy and things seem to flow.

2. Summer Fun

I wanted to create a page to show how my two older kids love the water and my youngest hates it. This was a challenging layout for me because I placed my pictures and background on a slight angle. I don't usually do angles...I like things straight. But I like the result and might do it more often.

3. Chevron

Created my own chevron pattern with different papers. I then added all kinds of goodies. I am a lover of arrows so I added some along with hearts, spray, paste with a mask, stars, brads, and of course journalling...can never create a layout without journalling!

Hopefully I can start something new real soon. My youngest will be attending school full time starting next week so then I'll be rolling...

Bye for now!

Friday, August 30, 2013


Saturday, Aug. 31st - Copic Classes with Lorena! 
Intro to Copic Class 
Are you curious about Copic markers and what makes them different than all the other markers that you already have in your stash?  Believe me, they are very different.  They are very blendable, and goof-proof.

I would love to show you how to use these markers and show you that you too can be an expert at Copic colouring in under two hours!

My Copic basics class is packed with techniques and includes 6 markers to get you started.  I provide you with a reference sheet with all the techniques and tips you learned in the class so that you can practice on your own at home.


Where - Auntie Em's Scrapbooking - 109 Eleventh Street, Cornwall
When - August 31st, Saturday at noon
What to bring - pen/pencil for note taking and paper if you wish, but not necessary
Cost - $65 + HST

The colours included in the class are as follows:

Contact Auntie Em's Scrapbooking 613-938-4888, to reserve your spot for the  class.  

Copic Sepia Technique Class
Join Lorena on Saturday, August 31st at 2:15pm for a Copic Techniques class featuring "Sepia" colouring using the E40's series of markers.
Enjoy the look of sepia coloured images by using your copic markers. This unique approach is easier than it looks, you will be impressed with your results. You will have 5 images to colour and practice.
As always you will receive a techniques instruction sheet for your notes. Please contact the store to reserve your seat in the class and your markers, today!
Class cost is $20 (markers not included) plus HST.
Colours required:
E40 Brick White
E41 Pearl White
E42 Sand White
E43 Dull Ivory
E44 Clay
E47 Dark Brown
E49 Dark Bark
I will also be running a Copic BASICS class the same date, if you are interested in learning the basics contact Auntie Em's Scrapbooking to reserve your spot!

Friday, August 16, 2013


I love using different shapes on my layouts. For those who know me, you'll notice I'm a little circle obsessed...but I can play with all shapes with the best of them. Here I'm showing you what I've done with the dearly beloved three point shape:

1.  Using it in your design...

Using the triangle in your design will always, and I mean always, be pleasing to the eye. Try it...bunch everything in a triangular shape on your layouts and you'll be happy with how it all works together. When I'm stumped for a page design I almost always revert back to this design style.

2.  Creating arrows...

I'm a huge fan of arrows right now. I like to point arrows at the focal point in my layouts...arrows are just cool. I love finding different ways to use my scraps so in this layout I cut out little triangles out of my scraps and used them in a straight line pointing to that ugly face on the page. I'm directing your eye to the main focus that is telling the story.

3.  Using arrows where you think arrows exist...

I used triangles (again with scraps) as the rays of sunshine. You could also use them to create the roof of a house, a star, grass, mountains, bows, skirts, anywhere you think arrows exist.

 I love creating my own embellishments with paper. It saves money on pre-made embellishments, it adds interesting elements, and you can control the size of the embellishment to work with what you have.

Stay tuned for the interesting..........square!!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Colouring with Tim Holtz Distress Markers class - Aug 21 2013

Create soft water colour images with Tim Holtz Distress Markers. Not just for
journaling, these markers are perfect for colouring a stamped image or using the
peel off sticker images to create a stained glass look. A less expensive alternative to Copic, you will fall in love.

You need not bring anything to the class, all supplies will be included - you will not come out with a finished product, this is a techniques class.  You will have many images to turn into fantastic cards, pre-cut card kits will be available for purchase.

Class will be taught
by Lorena August 21st, 6:00pm. $17 + HST. Call the store today to reserve your spot.


Space is limited - call Auntie Em's today to reserve your spot

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Oh washi tape...what can I say about you. You have filled a void in my life, you have warmed my heart with excitement, you light sunshine in me on the gloomiest days...oh how I love you my pretty, pretty washi tape.

This layout took me a whole 20mns to complete. Tore different pieces of washi tape for my border, added some flowers by my picture and added a few touches such as a word and enamel dots, then my journalling and presto, done! Easiest layout ever but beautiful thanks to my beloved washi tape...and the kids are alright looking...;0)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

So I call this layout "Use everything you can think of"  I sprayed, I stamped, I layered, I stamped again, I gelatoed, I inked, etc...  I go a little crazy sometimes but the end result is fun. This picture doesn't really show all of the layers involved in this layout. I need to improve my layout photography skills.

I love, love, love the new chalkboard washi tape that I wrote on. First time I use it and certainly won't be the last. I'm thinking of using it in a future project of placing it all around my paper starting from the edges coming in. That will be for a layout with a lot of journalling involved but think it will look super cool...oh, I'm getting excited just thinking about the possibilities. Stay tuned for that one! Or I could create a bunch of journalling "boxes" by cutting even strips and making squares with it.  Or I could create a border with it around my photos and journal about the picture. Or ...ok, I'll stop now.

I'd like to point out my newest addiction...adding pattern paper corners to my pages. Such a nice touch. Good way to tie in colors, in my case I'm usually always trying to tie in some black.

Well, gotta go. Season finale of the Bachelorette is playing tonight and I'm anxious to see if she dumps both guys because she had her heart broken from contestand #3!!!  Love reality that's really reality that you would have 25 gorgeous guys to choose from and of course they all fall in love with you...barf, barf.

Catch ya next time.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Hey!!!  So excited to be submitting to this blog! I went in to Auntie Em's on Saturday and this "blogging" thing came about.  I've never blogged before and, I'll be honest,  am a little intimidated.  Please be patient since I'm sure you'll see half a post then the rest when I've figured out something is

I'm super pumped to be posting my work because sometimes I'll work on layouts and the only one who ever sees it is my husband. He tries to act interested but I'm sure he's VERY happy I now have all of you to share with.

Speaking of layouts, last night I decided to work with soft colors...all different whites. I actually bought all of this paper on Saturday at Emma's for 40% off. All of her Christmas goodies were on sale and I saw this paper and loved it. Sometimes, I try to think outside the box and use "seasonal" lines for different "non seasonal" layouts. I love the effect this paper has with the soft colours of Oskar, my Dad's beloved dog.

Notice how I wrote "My brotha". I'm not trying to be hip...I just ran out of the letter "r" and had to  Now I look cool and was able to use the letter stickers I wanted.

So, there we are, my first post is done...pheww! Be back soon...

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Happy News

Who doesn't like happy news??  I'm happy to introduce Michelle Pilon to Auntie Em's design team. I'll let Michelle tell you all about herself, but I must say I'm sure she will inspire you. Please help me in welcoming her to the team and I look forward to her upcoming posts!! Watch for her here and of course on Auntie Em's Scrapbooking facebook page -

Introducing Michelle, (in her words!)

I caught the scrapbooking bug when I attended my first Creative Memories party in 2002. I soon became addicted to all the pretty papers, tools, embellishments, etc., etc.,. I left this wonderful hobby for about four years after the birth of my second child. My third child turned three and that is when the craziness started. I knew I needed to get back into scrapbooking to keep my sanity.
I am a mother of three gorgeous boys who continue to give me daily inspiration. I try to not only scrapbook special occasions but daily life within our family. I believe that the little things that make me laugh and happy will be the memories I truly want to cherish.
I'm a lover of all things creative. I love photography, fashion, art, music, jewelry, literature.  I've never been a great oral communicator but give me a pen and paper and I am open about my feelings. Scrapbooking has helped me express myself and has become my therapy. 
I’m not sure what my style is. I like to try new techniques and products. I know what I’m not, I don’t do vintage and I’m not huge on flowers…probably because I have three boys. I’m definitely a paper crafter. I like to embellish using papers, all different kinds of papers. I usually throw a bunch of different things together and it’s a surprise to me how it will turn out in the end.
I’m super excited to be on Emma’s design team. I will keep challenging myself to bring new ideas to this blog. It is a huge compliment to think that Emma believes I can contribute to all of you talented scrappers.

and look at this pretty face (my words!)

NOW - no pressure Michelle - but show us your stuff!! lol 

Thanks for stopping by! And this is my promise to you all I am hoping to make this blog more active - so feel free to remind ever once and a while!!

ttfn Emma :)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Nat Noted -- July 8/13

Hello everyone!

It feels like ages since I've posted the last Nat Noted because, well, it's been ages. I've noticed that other bloggers have had the same problem I do: lots of time gobbled up by life.

But I'm back now just in time for CHA Summer 2013 (which has been renamed Create-N-Connect). I found some new releases that are must-haves, a few cool techniques, a few tips and one amazing layout. I hope you enjoy these finds!

1. Anna Dabrowska aka Finnabair is behind 7 Dots Studio which has released three new collections for CHA Summer 2013. My favourite is 9th Wave.
Photo credit: 7 Dots Studio
2. Anna Dabrowska is also a designer for Prima. Her newest collection is called Vintage Vanity. This preview has me very excited!
Photo credit: Prima
3. A few years ago, my scraproom was filled mostly with Bo Bunny products. Then, something happened and I moved to Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye and Little Yellow Bicycle. Then, Bo Bunny released some amazing collections at CHA Winter 2013. Now, the company has four new collections for this summer and I have to say they're really good. Love the Silver & Gold collection the most.
Photo credit: Bo Bunny
4. Stencils and masks are now a big part of my scrapbooking. I must have been living under a rock because I completely missed the release of Heidi Swapp's stencils. I have to have this 6x6 confetti stencil.
Photo credit: Heidi Swapp
5. Over at Pink Paislee, Danielle Flanders used Gelatos on the Artisan paper and embellishments collection. That's a match made in heaven! If you were ever curious about gelatos, this post is a nice introduction and will make you want to buy the whole set.
gelatos on artisan paper - 500px
Photo credit: Pink Paislee
6. I have to be honest, I don't have time to watch video tutorials. But I couldn't help but have a peek at Dyan Reavely's video. She showed a resist technique using a glue stick. Very cool!

7. Noell Hyman from Paperclipping has a wonderful post on Tim Holtz Distress Paints. She added Tim's video on how to use the Distress Paints on a tag, but she wanted to show us how to use this product on scrapbooking layouts. I have been asking this question all year. Thank you Noell!!
Philippines 10
Photo credit: Paperclipping
8. This is a stunning layout by Stacey Young. She created the apple (a genius idea for a school layout btw) with Shimmerz and Dazzlerz. Now I want to try these products. <sigh>
Photo credit: Stacey Young (My Boys, My World)

I hope you get some time this week to sneak in some scrapbooking, cardmaking, art journalling or other paper crafting.

Take care!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Crop and Create Cornwall!!!

SO EXCITED!!  I can't believe Crop and Create is going to come to little old Cornwall!! Ladies and gentlemen this is a good thing!!  Please make ever effort to support this event - we want more good things to come to Cornwall we must support them! :)


For all the details visit Crop and Create's website.  Click here

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Planes, Trains and Automobiles - TP Mini Album Class May 22nd with Lorena

Yup - you read that right! This album is made from up-cycled toilet paper rolls!  These rolls are perfect to create little pockets for tags and just the right size for wallet sized photos.  

Planes Trains and Automobiles - perfect for the summer vacation, or the little man in your life this mini-album is the right size for wallet photos and boasts 8 full colour pages of handmade embellishments and journaling spots for you to customize.  As well as 4 pull out tags for hidden stories or extra photos.

Lorena will be teaching this class on May 22nd at Auntie Em's Scrapbooking in Cornwall at 6:30.  Seats are limited so contact Emma today to reserve your spot!

Adorable Mini Album
Join Lorena on Wednesday May 22nd and create this adorable Mini Album.  Perfect for the special little man in your life or a new mother - or for Father's day or to record some of your adventures in.  Full of bright primary colours, airplanes, and boats.  This album boasts an incredible 8 pages and 4 double-sided tags for your wallet photos or journaling. You will never guess what this is made from - great upcycle project. You and your little ones can make these together - all summer long!! Please bring your tool kit including pop-dots. The class starts at 6:30pm and the cost is $25+HST. Please call to reserve your spot.