Christmas Time in Nigeria

Hello all

A few years ago my husband worked in Nigeria for Chevron. It was a rotation job so every other Christmas he would be at work and not at home.

Well, 2005 was his year to be Santa for the local kids. The guys in the office also had fun, and you can see in the photos it was a happy and silly occasion.CHRISTMAS-TIME-1My hubby was all ready with his Santa suit, beard and boots, sweating terribly because of the high temperature. Ready to spread the joy of Christmas, he went out with a deep “HO HO HO” and the kids gave him one look and started crying.

Baffled he looked at all the adults laughing, and they explained that the kids were scared because he was white. Luckily there was another Santa…a black one to calm the small ones down.

He was also featured on Nigerian TV to give a message for Christmas.CHRISTMAS-TIME-2I made this a manly page, well……….. they are all men after all, so no little flowers and bells. The title came out very nicely on this page. It is made with chipboard alphas and after painting them black I gave it a coat of glossy accents.CHRISTMAS-TIME-3I added names with my Dymo machine, and the journaling in strips all over the page. Rub-ons also added words of Christmas cheer.CHRISTMAS-TIME-4

CHRISTMAS-TIME-5Stamping is one of my favorite things to do on a page, even if it just the date on a strategic place.CHRISTMAS-TIME-6Hope you all had a fabulous Holiday Season and that you’re all scrapping away at the ton of photos you took.

Till next time,

Happy Crafting.

Springtime in Creston

Hello all.

Well, winter, what can I say. It rushed upon us with a bang.

When I looked through my photos I just had to scrap something green with great memories and warmer promises to come.

Creston is a small town in British Columbia Canada. By  far my most favorite place I discovered in my new home country. We visit there often and made a bunch of great friends. I am a country girl at heart you see, and I can only describe it as my “happy town”.SPRING-1I used paper from Kaisercraft, from the “Pickled Pear” collection. The paper and the collectables were a perfect mach  for my photo. This layout came together with a lot of layering… much fun.SPRING-2A little more interest on the background paper were achieved with splatter and spray with ink and a dot stamp lightly stamped on the white area.SPRING-3Inking is always advised when there is torn paper and a little ink rubbed lightly on some elements give it that vintage look we all love so much.SPRING-4 The roses and framed definition is from Prima, and I used some chipboard swirl to complete the corner. Nature is so inspiring and the definition was just right for my message on this page.SPRING-5Again my title is made up of  stickers from Basic Grey. The color relates  nicely with everything.SPRING-6This photo was taken on Webbers Mountainside Cherry Farm in Wynndel just outside Creston. (It is a pear tree in bloom)  Take a look at their site . Michele and Wade Webber own the farm and they are some of my favorite people.

To every one in the cold winter regions, bundle up and stay safe.

Happy crafting everyone.


Hello dear friends!

After a long absence (I won’t bore you with details) I am back in the saddle making some art and of course scrapping, scrapping, scrapping.

Winter arrived this week and boy is it cold here in Calgary. Snowing and sub zero temperatures keep us bundled up, but the dog must get her walk regularly. So, what to do? Get her some boots of course!

Zoe has a love-hate relationship with her gorgeous red boots. She loves to walk and hate the boots with a passion.Boots-1We had a great laugh at her expense when we first put them on, she walked as if her GPS was malfunctioning. We must have offended her way to much, because when the boots come out she hides in her kennel. Poor baby still gets her walk, but a short one as to not freeze those pretty doggy feet.Boots-2This layout was done on some nice snowflake winter paper and I added some red splashes for repetitive color. The dots are really pretty they’re made by Prima and called “sugerdot stickers”Boots-3Of course a lot of stamping and splashes of red ink give some interest. Something to try: put down an interesting stencil ( I used circles)  and then stamp on top of it. The stamp will show only where the open patches are.Boots-4Add some texture with cotton thread bundles peeking out from underneath objects, and add a little pizazz with flowers and gemstone swirlies. Remember to stick down some washi tape.Boots-5Just look at how these snowflakes make the page come together. Remember to try and always work in odd numbers.

I just love Basic Grey alphabet stickers. They make adding a title so easy.Boots-6Hope this inspires you some.

Those having summer, enjoy the heat, and for all my winter friends stay warm and enjoy the beautiful winter wonderland.

Till next time

Happy Crafting.

Happy Feet

Hello everyone.

At last summer arrived, and with that, summer holidays. My son just finished grade ten! It feels like yesterday that I took this photo of his first day to high school.Happy-Feet-#1This was a big day for both of us…, biting my nails, not knowing if he would be alright without help on the bus and train, and for him going to a new school.Happy-Feet-#2As soon as he entered the door home I took this picture of a very brave young man’s feet. Happy-Feet-#3He adored that pair of jeans, but like most good things they came to an abrupt end one day as they tore. I took a different but very similar pair of jeans and ripped them apart for this layout. I used the buttons and some fabric for accent pieces. First he was a bit shocked at the sight of me tearing his pants apart, but the end result gave him a nice big smile. Happy-Feet-#4Washi tape, sewing and a lot of metal embellishments were used here. I also used some texture paint with a stencil for the background, and a few drippies and splashes with Dylusions ink spray.Happy-Feet-#5

Happy-Feet-#6Thank you for visiting and being so awesome as to write some comments, and Pin my work.

Have a great week you guys, and enjoy the crafting.



Hello all you beautiful people.

Have you ever had something so sweet, decadent and  addictive you could not forget your first encounter?

Well, here is a whole layout dedicated to that wonderful swirly, cinnamony, sticky roly poly of a bun that stole my heart.CINNZEO-#1I chose three photos for this layout. A nice big one, and to enhance the roundness off the bun, one was cut into a circle.

I used Prima flowers with some twine for accent points. Some whine red organza ribbon created some color spots, and of course some sweet words all over the page.




The title was stamped using Tim Holtz alpha stamps, and inked with Vintage Photo ink. It was fussy cut and placed on the title strip at the top.CINNZEO-#4

CINNZEO-#5Some washi tape was placed here and there and I constructed a little angel swirly with wings and a brad. CINNZEO-#6Before I printed my photos I decorated it with some digital flourish brushes and words in Photoshop. It gives it a nice soft touch don’t you think?CINNZEO-#7Thank you for visiting and as always keep on crafting friends.

Till next time

Alana xox

The Great Outdoors

Hello every one.

This layout brings back so many good memories.The-Great-OutdoorsWe “camped” in our living room, and I am sure almost all parents do this at some stage.

Thank goodness it was inside, I am a creature of comfort and would not survive a real camping adventure.The-Great-Outdoors-Detail-#1I combined Bo-Bunny papers with Seven Gypsies stickers. My title is a cutout from my Silhouette Cameo.The-Great-Outdoors-Detail-#2I even stitched on this one! Remember to tell the story, here I filled in a “check list” and handwritten some key information.The-Great-Outdoors-Detail-#3I shall always remember my happy little camper watching television from his tent.

Guess he takes after me.

Have a great week and thank you for visiting.

Happy Crafting Every one!

The Cat’s Back

Hello dearest friends.

Don’t you just love this time of year? I am so confused by the weather I don’t know if it is spring, winter or summer! Every day is a surprise.

After a lovely 20 degree day yesterday we woke up this morning to a blanket of snow.

It keeps us on our toes!

A little scrapbook share this week.

Remember those days when face painting was a big thrill for the little ones.The-Cats-Back-LayoutThe imagination at that age is priceless don’t you think?The-Cats-Back-Detail-#2I used Bo-Bunny papers for this one, and lots of  stamping.The-Cats-Back-CollageThe leaf border is an EK-Success  punch, and the title is from Tim Holtz sticker books.The-Cats-Back-Detail-#1Must say I miss those innocent carefree days now that my son is a teenager.

Enjoy your weekend and hopefully spring will return soon here were I live.

Lots of good wishes to you all.

Happy Crafting Everybody!


Hi everyone.

Today’s layout title says it all….BEWARE, Don’t mess with Grandma!

This is my mother in law on the farm. It seems when all the house work is done they play dress-up.BEWARE#1My mother in law is a great lady, and we all love her very much. She is tender and caring and will spoil us all rotten. But don’t mess with her or her family, she can get mighty feisty if she wants to. BEWARE#2I liked the curves of the paper and how easy it makes it to bring in more pattern paper.BEWARE-#-3I used Crate Paper’s Lemon Grass Collection paper and die cuts. Die cuts make it so easy to embellish a page don’t you think?BEWARE-#-5A little bit of stamping and inking, and brads rounded off the whole page in a jiffy.BEWARE-#-6Thank you for visiting, and have a lovely creative week.

Happy crafting everyone.

Limited Edition

Hello every one.

Welcome to this week’s post.

Again my little Zoe is the center of attention on this pinky layout.LIMITED-EDITION-#1I recently bought a “Distrezz-it-all” from Zutter. It is a fantastic little machine that heavily distresses from paper to chipboard.

Just look at my fancy torn, curly edges! And it didn’t take all day with a piece of sanding paper tearing up my nailsLIMITED-EDITION-#2A little stencil detail with a mister for the background, and watered down ink splatters and drips for the background made things interesting.LIMITED-EDITION-#3Off course stamping here , there and everywhere as usual gave even more detail. I kept my background not too busy. The photo and title is my focus.LIMITED-EDITION-#4This is my first doily! Sprayed it with some color so it would blend in and show some texture.LIMITED-EDITION-#5The embellishments is from a wide variety of product names. It went well together although they are not all from the same brand.LIMITED-EDITION-#6A little bling for the girly element and remember the date. I thoroughly enjoyed doing this page, hope it inspires some ideas.LIMITED-EDITION-#7Enjoy a crafty week and thanks for visiting.

Happy Crafting.

Cool Dude

Hi every one.

I am so fortunate to know my in-law stepfather.

What a nice guy with a big smile ready with some quirky comments ever so often. I love him to bits and although we have an ocean between us, he will always be my special Dad.COOL-#1These pictures were taken with a visit to the beach close to where we used to live. Just to show you his funny side he decided to do some “beach surfing”.COOL-#2I loved the colors of the paper, and must say I am starting to warm up to my own handwriting. Small journal pieces are so much faster to do by hand than typing it first.COOL-#3Borders are a favorite among some of us. Why not enhance them by stamping and some brads or other embellishments?

Sometimes paper is the right color, but could use something extra. Here I used the orange paper and stamped on it. COOL-#4Tearing paper and stapling gives a very rustic, grungy look, and remember to ink your edges.COOL-#5

COOL-#6Thank you so much for visiting and have a great creative week.

Happy Crafting Everyone.

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