Monday, December 24, 2012

holiday wishes

May you & your family find
 peace & joy
this Christmas Season.
Wishing you God's blessing for a
Happy New Year.
keep creating,

Monday, December 17, 2012

winter beauty

took a few "winter wonderland" photos of daria last night.
she's so easy to photograph -- what a beautiful girl i have .......
....... inside & out.

enjoy your wintery day.
it's so gorgeous outside this morning.

Saturday, December 15, 2012


i've been meaning to use my opa's typewriter more.
i just love the look of type on a page, tag or card.
i whipped off some layouts the other day.
here's a sneak peek of the typing first.
can you guess what each layout "theme" is?

enjoy your day,

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

holiday home

it's starting to look like Christmas around the house.
the amy grant Christmas music is playing in the evenings.
the tree is picked from the bush, decorated & looking wonderful.
the wishlists are made.............

.................although I have no presents purchased yet.
Better get on that!  I think my kids are starting to panic a little.

"But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."
{Luke 2: 10, 11}

remembering the Reason for the Season,
- jill

Sunday, December 9, 2012

number one fan

Have you heard?  Have you visited this newly designed blog?  It's got the latest & greatest for all your scrapbooking and cardmaking projects.  You will wonder how you ever crafted without vinyl!!?!

You have got to go check out the latest vinyl designs that have been created for your Halloween projects!!!  My personal favourite is the "Moonlight Owl".  I know, I's almost Christmas (Halloween is over)....but are you really caught up already?!?  Besides, I've personally seen the new Christmas vinyls........and my order is going to be in by the end of the week.  Check out the "Ordering Information" and the "Colour Options" on the sidebar.  Your order is just a quick email away.  You will definitely want to get your hands on these.  I shared a ton of designs and colours with all the Crop and Cruis-ers in November.  If you were one of the lucky ones........send me a link to a page where you used them.  I'd love to share your projects here as well.

Click here to go visit this cool blog.....and order today!

On more of a Christmas-is-right-around-the-corner note.......I created a few tags this year.  I thought I needed to inch my way back into scrapbooking after the cruise.  It had been a while since I created something "NOT for the purpose of instructing others". 
I used plain manilla office tags, Tim Holtz Distress Inks (with water and my craft mat), some cute stamps, black ink and I sewed on some little felt embellishments.  Happy Holidays to's right around the corner (and I have only ONE gift in my house right now that I've purchased)......yikes!!!........(and it's not for one of my kids).

 See you soon.
- jill

Friday, November 30, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

pinch me.....

still can't believe i was in hawaii just last week. 

we had such a fabulous time -- playing, crafting, snapping hundreds of photos (to honest....1,556 to be exact), beaching it, laughing, crying, making new friends & the list could go on & on & on & on................

Here are a few photos to start you off (there will be so much more to come).

I can't even begin to tell you how this whole "crop and cruise" thing started.  Actually people ask me all the time -- about the story when I was hired by "some lady in Calgary".  I tell them all about how we actually had never met before I was hired (she hired me over the phone); about how we were destined to be friends (by some power from above); about how we are sooooooo different & how we are soooooo alike in so many ways; about how I couldn't imagine my life with her; and about how her life stories have changed my life.  That's what I tell them.  I tell them about Allison and all the many wonderful things about her & I & crop and cruise & our adventures.

And I could never forget Christy.  She is one of the most beautiful people I have ever met -- inside & out.  And I know it sounds so cliche, but she is truly so incredibly kind & generous & gracious & nurturing & patient & talented (oh my word, you know have no idea!!!!!!!) & physically b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l.  I miss her more ever time I spend time with her because we have sooooooo much fun together.  It's so easy to laugh when she is around (more at her than at me though) -- j.k. Christy. 
{photo taken by Lindsay or Brittney}

The sun, the palm trees & the ocean......(sigh).......oh, Hawaii.

Waikiki Beach (near our hotel) at night.  So incredibly beautiful.

So......come back soon to see some more photos of Hawaii.  I'm going to struggle to pick all the best photos to scrapbook.  I have soooo much product from the events that I can't wait to play.


- jill

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

2 more sleeps

Staying at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel for the first week.
It looks gorgeous.
And then boarding NCL's Pride of America for the second week.
It won't be long now............
Pray for me & my family as we venture out in the next two weeks.  It's a long time for me to be away from home right now (the kids are nuts busy), but it'll be great to get away as well. 
- jill

Monday, October 29, 2012

countdown to PARADISE

The countdown is on........leaving in 4 days for a fabulous Hawaiian adventure.

I want to take this opportunity the THANK all the wonderful sponsors for this event!!!  We could not do this event without them!!!

Our FEATURED Sponsors are:

Other Important Sponsors are:

I can't wait to spend some quality time with these two fabulous friends in a few days as well.........

........ Allison Orthner and Christy Riopel.  We'll be meeting up in Vancouver, BC before we head over the ocean to paradise.

You had me at ALOHA!!!


Saturday, October 20, 2012


a little peek at a layout i created for the upcoming Crop and Cruise event.
i'll share some more soon.

you could create this too.

Friday, October 19, 2012

starting over i am.....creating a new blog for unknown reasons.  lately, i have not been able to log into my other blog -- {} -- so i made the choice to not be frustrated anymore, and start again by creating this new blog.

there are so many things i need to start sharing with you again -- exciting news, fabulous ideas, new scrapbook creations & wonderful photos.  i'm ready again to become a blogger.......

so.....visit me again soon to hear all about my latest adventure in Hawaii with Crop and Cruise.  we leave in only 14 days.

in the could create this.