Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the ladies out there - none as hard working as my own mother though! My mom even taught dance for a few hours this morning before we started our Mother's Day. We went to the Value Village 50% off day and I cleared the racks lol, got tons of stuff. Then we had a nice lunch at Alice's Village Cafe in Carp that we've been meaning to go to. It's very cute there and they have an adorable light fixture that everyone seems to know them for.

I thought I would also share the little flower pot card I gave my mom today, inspired by a similar one I saw on Pinterest but there are many different versions of it all over the web. 

So very cute...
Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

DIY Honeycomb/Hexagon Stamp

Recently I've been doing a lot of collecting of scrapbook supplies in any way I can find them. I'm trying to keep from spending a lot of money on this hobby by using things I already have and wouldn't think to use for scrapbooking. The other day while washing the dishes I had kind of an epiphany when I saw the BBQ chicken container - you know, the kind everyone is always talking about on Pinterest. You get the chickens for about $7 (or less in the US)...

Well something I never noticed about these before was the bottom - it's a honeycomb shape that would be just perfect to use for a background stamp in scrapbooking! So I just cut in to the centre and took out the part that had the honeycomb pattern...

And within ten seconds you've got a great little stamp you can use on all kinds of pages!

Stamps of this size are usually around ten bucks and up, but making it this way is free :) You just ink it up and end press it down with the palm of your hand and you've got a great textured background. 

You can make it fairly transparent or very thick depending on how hard you push down on it. Hopefully I can find some more ways to make my own free scrapbooking supplies this summer :) For ideas on how to incorporate the honeycomb stamp into page layouts, check out my Scrapbooking Inspiration board on Pinterest here:


Another year of university has come to a close and it's been a pretty successful one. While it was full of my usual last minute assignments, up all hours the night before the due date... it paid off and I will be getting a scholarship for next year because of it! :) But now it's summer vacation for me and there are quite a few things I'm hoping to do this summer...

One thing is fitness. I am working (slowly) into many different things. Every Wednesday this Summer Tasha and I are doing yoga on Parliament Hill which Lululemon hosts for free with several yoga teachers from the Ottawa area. There have been two classes so far and they've been awesome. The first week there were 511 people and the second week there were over a thousand! It's a great experience and requires a lot of sunscreen cause you sure do cook out there with no shade in the noon sun, and that's just in May. Below is a picture from the first week, it's a beautiful site. Besides yoga Tasha and I are also planning on getting memberships to the leisure centre near us and doing as many of the classes as we can handle. And I am also going to do some Jillian Michael's work outs on my own like the 30-Day Shred which I did partly last summer and somehow stopped half way through. But hopefully I can commit this year.

Another thing I want to do a lot of this summer is scrapbooking. I've amassed a huge amount of supplies in the last few months which I saved a lot of money on by getting them through Kijiji and finding and making my own in many different ways. I'll be putting up some of my own posts about DIY supplies that have worked out really well for me, but this post has also been really useful for ideas about how to reuse things and save money on supplies - I love the main photo of how they used a juice can lid as an embellishment and there are so many other good ideas to try that are all pretty much free things you have in your home.

Well Spring in Ottawa doesn't really exist so welcome to Summer!