Author Archives: ladyvaleen

a few new layouts


Please excuse the colouring on them, my camera underexposes and I haven’t quite mastered the art of the brightness tool in photoshop yet.

I had found quite a few old pictures of myself in my grandmothers photoalbums a few months ago, so I took them to scan and scrapbook. These are a few of the ones that I’ve done of them so far.

me at one month:

me just under a year, I think:


ridiculous shipping costs


I have an addiction to magazines. I usually am able to keep it under control because I’d much rather spend money on actual books, but I’m still always very tempted to buy more magazine subscriptions.

I’ve noticed this magazine around more and more lately, and that it was so cheap to subscribe to!!


and yep – for you US residents it is super cheap – $10 per year for a subscription of 10 issues. Isn’t that a grand deal???

Well, now, as Jennifer knows I have an incredibly hard time purchasing items from American companies and trying to ship it into Canada a) at all or b) for a reasonable price. Well ladies, this lovely magazine is no longer cheap for those of us outside the US — for a one year subscription the price has jumped to a cost of $34 per year. I don’t even pay that much for Creating Keepsakes or Martha! There is no way in hell you can tell me what it costs an extra $14 to send a magazine in the mail each month. And there are no extra handling costs for the company – the shipping label gets printed off in the exact same manner as a US address.

I am so incredibly fed up with the cost of shipping items to Canada. Wake up company people and USPS!! Its only across a border, not across an ocean. We are not “overseas”, we are an adjoining neighbor!

On this note, I was going to sign up for this beautiful full scrapbooking monthly kit the other day, one I’ve heard fabulous things about and always enjoy seeing the layouts creating through it. As I went to sign up, thankfully I checked the shipping costs. Canada was listed under the “overseas” international countries and the cost of shipping one kit each month was $18. I’m currently subscribed to a kit club that charges me $8 (which I find more than reasonable) and the kit box always arrives each month with a cost of $7.36 attached the shipping labe. No $18 there.

Blurry Backgrounds


howwwwwwwwwww do I get blurry backgrounds in my pictures??? I just can’t seem to do it.

Like this photo – (this was from Caroline’s blog, of a photo she’d taken, I just wanted to use it as an example)

Do you see how she’s been able to completely focus in on the cupcakes, and everything else is blurry??

Can anyone explain to me — very very simple like, LOL — how to do this? I have a Nikon D40, and would love to be able to use it better.

Kitchen Renovation



 My kitchen renovation is finally complete. Like any renovation, it went on for much longer and much more money than I’d originally bargained for. But of course, when you change one thing, fourteen more things need to be changed because either a) it needs to look good or b) is worn out and doesn’t work anymore.

So in the end, I’ve changed the floors, painted, put in new counters and backsplash and bought a new table. I’m so in love, although my picture didn’t turn out that well you’ll get the idea.

So I’ve gone from this:


To this lovely kitchen, well what I think is great anyway! For my little house.

Daily Finds


Just some fab finds I’ve found through some other bloggers today: 

For all of your scrappers out there, you’ll know just how much a Clip-It-Up actually costs, and how we’d love to all have one. Well check out this amazing at home project that costs about 10 bucks and does the exact same thing. I acutally already have somethign similar posted underneath of my shelves, but I used a five foot dowel, and curtain rod holders on the ends. But I’m definitely goin to by the rubber grommets as mine keeps falling out of the holders.

 I love this layout ––mak.html

And I’ve been so excited over my new scrapbooking monthly kit I joined up for at Studio Calico. some of the latest trends, and I love how its all put together to coordinate for you. I’m a “stealer of layouts” of a sorts, although I do give credit when needed, so I lovet hat they also have a gallery each month from the design team.

And check out this website that offers free graph paper that you can download and print to use in your layouts, that I found through Dina at her ponderings blog.


My very first 6 by 12 …


This is most definitely not a format I looked at and thought I’d love. But hot damn, a 6″ x 12″ layout was the fastest and easiest way that I’ve ever scrapped before. I couldn’t believe it and I”ll definitley be using this format more often.

 Just a little layout from The Dares book, for “Favourite Things”



You Are Beautiful


This morning in an ezine I subscribe to there was a link at the bottom showing this website:

You Are Beautiful

Isn’t that a wonderful idea???? I don’t really see an explanation, even after exploring the site but I do believe its simply that you stick these stickers whereever you think they may be read, just to simply give a kind message to someone who will see them. I think I may order some.