Friday, April 24, 2009

Optional Classes are up now ...

... on

No more Sneak Peaks!!!

Take a look and see what this FABULOUS retreat is all about.

And check out the fantastic vinyl title on my class layout -- compliments of Can you say {signal yellow} lettering ..... wow!!!! Love it.

Flights are cheap right now..............why not join me??

Warming up {on the farm},

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

always love the "Sneak Peek" ...

Want to see what I'll be teaching at the Scrapbook Your Heart retreat coming up in May? Check out in the next few weeks and sign up for my optional class.


totally up my alley -- playing with loads of patterns, textures, buttons, doodling & hand journaling. fun fun fun.

signing off {from the farm},


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter ...

... wish the weather was nicer today, but these layouts may cheer you up and make you all warm inside.


wishes for a wonderful day {from the farm},

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

What a Weekend!!!!!!!

This past weekend I instructed at the Brandon Charity Convention hosted by some lovely ladies that are just too cool & fun for words!!!! I always have such a great time at this convention with everyone and I want to personally thank Janet, Chris, Rose & all their family members and planning team for hosting such a SPECTACULAR Scrapbooking Event and being such wonderful people who think of others first!!!!! You girls are awesome and I feel honored every year to be asked to teach!!!! are just a few things that happened during the weekend and some stuff you should be checking out right now:

1. my "Frame It Big" class was a HUGE success and everyone loved the 18" frames that we stamped. If you are looking for a unique & beautiful piece of art to decorate, please check Laura Lee Harms' blog out at for awesome products.

2. The layout class I taught this weekend was amazing!!! Classes like these get me sooooo excited b/c everyone's layouts start looking so amazingly different {even though most of them are trying to copy the sample layouts}. I love how each layout has its own flaire & each person adds their own unique style to them. Thanks to all participants that attended my classes. I have made some great friends at this convention once again!!!!!

3. my sister-in-law, Heather Hildebrand was at the convention working in the Smalltown Scrappers booth and she was rockin' out the demos. If you were there & were lucky enough to chat with Heather about ANY product out there, you will agree with me that she is one of the most knowledgeable teachers in this industry when it comes to new products. She tries them all and then lets the rest of us know what they're like, what's great about them, what's not so great & how we can use the products on different projects & lo's. If you are ever at a convention where she yourself a favour & check out her classes or demos.

4. Smalltown Scrappers is closing their physical-store doors, but keeping their online store rockin' & rollin'!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!!! So you can imagine the great sales that were happening at the Brandon Charity Convention. If you are looking for ANY product at INCREDIBLY reasonable prices, check out

5. Coming up in May, I will be teaching at 2 different venues:

First, on the National Scrapbook Weekend (May 1-3), I will be instructing several classes at the Smalltown Scrappers Crop and Close Event in Pilot Mound, MB. If you are interested in attending, email for more details, or visit

Secondly, I will be flying to Calgary to instruct at Camp Caroline {just north of Clagary}. The "Scrapbook Your Heart" retreat is designed to provide scrapbookers with the perfect opportunity to explore various matters of the heart and include these important parts in your scrapbooks! I am so honored to be asked to be a Special Guest Instructor this year and join Allison Orthner ( for another weekend of fun again!!!! Check out: I am sooooooo needing a weekend like this!!!! Work, play, heart-to-heart chats, laughing, crying, EATING, sleeping, etc. Thanks for this opportunity, Al.

That's all for today.

smiles to all {from the farm},

Thursday, April 2, 2009

if you're in the area this weekend ...

... come see me in Brandon. I'll be teaching at the Brandon Charity Convention ( at the Victoria Inn on Saturday all day. I've been teaching at this convention for the past 4 years and I must is such a blast!!!!! The girls that organize it are soooooooo cool. I just love them!!!! They are so much fun -- some of them even participate in my classes and there are always a riot!!!

Thank you sooooo much, ladies, for organizing such a FANTASTIC event that fundraises so much money for some great organizations. You guys ROCK!!!!!!

Here are the classes that I'm teaching:

All You Ever Wanted to Know about Scrapbooking But Were Afraid To Ask.
Time: Saturday 9:00 – 10:00AM
Come and meet our guest designer, Jill Hildebrand--scrapbooker extraordinaire. Bring along an item to share with the group--perhaps an album, mini book, layout, card, altered item etc--that you are proud of and would like to share with the group. Make sure you have your questions handy as Jill will answer whatever questions you have about scrapbooking, techniques and ..............anything else scrapbooking related.

Frame It BIG
Sponsored by: Cut Your Way & Close To My Heart
Time: Saturday 10:15 – 11:45AM
Who ever said size doesn't matter? They never saw this!! Bring your creativity & join Jill's energetic class as you transform a plain MDF frame into a work of art that will showcase a favourite family photo. Using products from both CYW and CTMH, as well as my favourite Gel-a-tins stamps, class participants will learn the technique of layering acrylic stamping with water-based dye ink. After the paint dries & you can stamp no more, finish your Masterpiece with the latest in unique & beautiful vinyl rub-on appliques from Cut Your Way. You will leave this class with a finished 18 inch frame ready for that one special photo. Be the envy of your friends & family when they see your fabulous finished product. Come prepared to get down & dirty with paint and ink, be inspired by other framing creations, and have a blast creating with Jill.

One Kit -- Two Looks
Sponsored by: Upsy Daisy Designs, Riff Raff Designs, Smalltown Scrappers & Cut Your Way
Time: Saturday 12:00 – 1:30PM
Wanna get at least 2 layouts done this weekend? Come & join Jill's wacky, energetic & contagious personality as she guides you in creating two 12x12 single-page layouts using one kit. Using the latest products from Upsy Daisy Designs, Riff Raff Designs, Cut Your Way & Smalltown Scrapper's, you will create both a masculine & feminine layout using only ONE ?Jill-selected? kit. Complete with fantastic pattern paper (my fave), gorgeous laser-cut designs, unique rub-on vinyl images and fabulous embellishments, this class is sure to get your creative juices flowing. Jill's kits are all hand-chosen for you and are filled with amazing products ? ALWAYS with extras to use later. Trust Jill to come well prepared with goodies to use from her own stash!! Come with your photos in hand and personally create two layouts that showcase your favourite photos. You will leave this class with two finished 12x12 single-page layouts to adorn your scrapbook pages.

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Well.......if you can make it, come see me!!!!

My sister, Laura Lee ( will be there as well in the Close To My Heart booth. You'll love her AND her products too!!!!!

Also.....go by the Smalltown Scrappers booth ( and talk to Connie & Bronwen. These girls will have every product that you will ever need!!!! This store is my everything!!!! And check Heather Hildebrand's AMAZING demos out at the store as well. This girl knows her stuff and she will BLOW YOUR MIND with very cool product demonstrations on stamping, glitter spray, alcohol inks, and tons of new stuff that she still has to teach me to do (hint hint, Heather).

Hopefully I'll see you there!!

smiles {from the farm},