Ladybug Layouts Weekend Retreat

2011 Retreat Dates

June 3-5 (CANCELLED due to location issues)
October 21-23, December 2-4 (BOTH CANCELLED due to family committments)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

September 21, 2011

WOW, where does the time go.  Been so busy this year with working in a new location (temporary) and having no boss, to now having a new boss.  New grandaughter, fun with great-nephew, etc.  I think I need to win the lottery.

That being said, LOTS of learning and GREAT people in my life.

Hope all is well with YOU!

Sunday, August 28, 2011


I'm sorry to report that I've had to CANCEL both the October and December dates due to family committments.  I apologize for this and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!!!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

August? Already????

Oh, dear, this year is FLYING by and it seems I am falling a little behind.  It's already mid-August, you say?  WOW!!!!!

My craft room has been a lonely place lately.  Maybe when the weather goes bad, I will get down there, but I really don't see it in the foreseeable future.  I do have one craft project on the go, but my sewing machine requires a little tune-up.

What are you working on?  Where did you go on vacation?  Are you able to join us for the retreat in October?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sad News from Scrappers' Anonymous

Just received the following email from Scrappers' Anonymous......

Dear Scrappers' Anonymous Customers:

Regrettably, we must give you, our customers, some sad news.

We love the art of scrapbooking, stamping, and the many forms of papercrafting, that is what inspired us to open this store. We did our best to have a successful business, however, over the past two years, we have been under financial strain. We're sure that you are aware, retail businesses all over Victoria have been closing due to high operational costs and a significant decrease in consumer purchasing. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in this same grave situation and it is with heavy hearts that we have no choice but to close Scrappers' Anonymous.

All items storewide are presently marked down. Starting tomorrow Thursday April 28th, MEMBERS will receive a 40% discount off all regular priced products. All NON-MEMBERS will receive a 35% discount off regular priced products. So to get the best selection of product, come in soon. Supplies available only while they last! Please note that COPIC markers are not included in the sale.

We hope that you will stop by and take advantage of our store wide discounts. Not only will you be purchasing product at lower prices, you will also be helping us to pay down our debt. More importantly, we hope that you will all stop by to say farewell to Teresa as sadly tomorrow is her last day. She has been a positive influence to us and has inspired our creativity as I'm sure she has done the same for you.

A special note from Stacey: Although Scrappers' Anonymous retail brick & mortar store will be closing forever, there is an upside. I would like to announce that I will be continuing in the scrapbooking, stamping and papercrafting business. It has been made official today, that Scrapbook Essentials BC will soon be open for business. Run by both my husband Keith and myself, we will have an on-line and mobile store. We will be continuing on with the BasicGrey Page of the Month and Card of the Month Programs. We are also honouring all of Scrappers' Anonymous memberships and they are all being transferred to our business. We will announce the benefits that will come with the memberships in a special e-mail directly from Scrapbook Essentials BC. As well, we will also be honouring all COPIC club cards. We will have competitive prices and offer different services. There will be a special side to our business that is exclusively owned by us! Let's just say that you will see artistic talent. Avid & want-to-be stamp enthusiasts are sure to be interested! Keith and I are excited to be offering a LOCAL on-line business and we look forward to doing business with you. We can only hope that when you decide to shop on-line, you will look to us first. Stacey

Futher points to note:

• If you have Scrappers' Anonymous Gift Certificates please come in and use them before everything is gone
• All sales are final. Not applicable on previous purchases.
• Discounts not applicable on already held items, further note if you have items on hold they must be purchased by Sunday May 1, 2011 or they will be restocked.

Most store fixtures will be for sale: cash only and appointments must be made with Stacey or Susan (these will go for sale starting May 2nd after we have everything priced)

• Starting Monday, May 2, we will be having different hours depending on our availability and how long the stock lasts.
• Here are our upcoming hours:

Thursday April 28th 10am-9pm
Friday April 29th 10-5pm
Saturday April 30th 10-4
Sunday May 1st 11-3

As there may be details that we have overlooked and as there will be further details to update you with, please keep an eye on your email!


Susan Thomas and Stacey Rumsby

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Prima: Candy & Cinderella Gems

Prima: Candy & Cinderella Gems

Oh, these are GORGEOUS and I will need some of these!!!!!!  What would YOU do with them?  I’m thinking layouts, cards, mini-albums, wall art!!!!  What else????


Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Miss Fancy Pants: Fancy This: St. Patrick's Day Decor

This was just TOO CUTE to not share!!!!!


Are you creating anything fun in honor of the Green Holiday?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Found some deals!!!!!

Went to Michaels last night and got the tin of Primo Calypso flowers for only $4.99!!!!  I got pink, purple, and blue…… so pretty!!!!!!

Primo Calypso

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Prima: Prima Peek 7-Scrapbooking By The Yard

Prima: Prima Peek 7-Scrapbooking By The Yard

Oh, the Cabachon flowers are SO pretty!!!!!!  Almost YUMMY!

The Ultimate Crafter's Companion

The Ultimate Crafter's Companion

How neat is THIS!!!!  My friend LOVES it, but I’m wondering if how much I would use it.

What do you think?

Rain Boots from Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker LLC

Scrapbook & Cards Today From Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker LLC "It's raining I thought these might be perfect to post tonight...Diva Jen Matott made these rainboots from the "It's Raining, It's Pouring" Collection"....they are made ENTIRELY out of paper!!!!! ♥ Katrina

LOVE them!!!!!!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Happy Friday!!!!!!!

This weekend I have many, many plans!!!!  Things to get caught up on!!!!  And projects to work on!!!!  Some are craft related, and some are not.

Above all, gotta try and recoup some of my energy!!!!  Have been feeling "off" for just too long!!!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Shaving Cream Technique

Sauder Craft Organizer

I have this, does anyone else?

What do you think of it?  The handles suck.... I think I have 3 broken?

Happy Tuesday!!!!!

What a difference a day can make!!!!

Yesterday morning there were big snowflakes which led to a beautifully sunny day.  Last night, we were again bombarded by huge snowflakes and this morning, a calm, green morning.

But watch out!!!!  Wind Warning today!!!!!!  I think that tonight will be a good night to focus on some paperwork.  Need to get this project completed so that I can do something FUN!!!!

Hope you all have a GREAT day!

And, Happy Birthday to my Artist Cousin Nikki!!!! 

Monday, February 28, 2011

Michaels' Craft Cruise - What do you think?

I've been reading about the Michaels' "Where Creativity Happens Cruise" and wonder what you all think about craft cruises?

Have you ever been on one?  Would you like to go?  I do like the weekend getaways, but, personally, I think I'd be way too side-tracked on a cruise to get any crafting done. LOL

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy Friday!!!!!

Working on finishing some projects this weekend, but hope to squeeze in some fun in the snow, before it's gone!!!!

And some time with my GREAT niece and GREAT nephew (catch up on some birthday presents!)

What are your weekend plans?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Happy Tuesday

Oh, Happy Tuesday!!!!  Feeling better and better!!!!

I didn't make it to the Scrapbooking Garage sale on the weekend at Scrappers Anonymous.  Did you?

What deals did I miss?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Monday

Okay, let's make this week ROCK!!!!!

Feeling better and it's all gonna get even better!!!!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Happy Thursday!!!!!

Work, home, exercise class, paperwork, bed..... that is my day today.  Please tell me you are doing something WAY more interesting.  Oh, well.....

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What is Scrapbooking............?

Today is Customer Appreciation Day @ Stampers!

Reminder, today is Customer Appreciation Day at Stampers!

15% of your purchase of any regular priced items
(20% off for GOLD customers!)

Happy Wednesday!!!!

I'm hearing reports of SNOW in different areas of Victoria.  None here in my neck of the woods, but the sideways rain is pretty yucky!!!!!

Nothing should stick.... way too warm, but interesting just the same!!!!!

Hope you have a GREAT day!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What a Beautiful Mess blog and Happy Tuesday!!!!!

Happy Tuesday!!!!!

While out blog-surfing, I came across this blog, What a Beautiful Mess, which has some GREAT layouts I will definitely be using for inspiration in the next little while.

Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Good Morning!!!!! Happy Sunday!!!! ENJOY

Hope you have a great day and get all the stuff done that you NEED to, yet still have time to RELAX!!!!!!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Oh, Friday. BEAUTIFUL......

Oh, Friday has arrived!!!! I have great plans for weekend projects.  Things to accomplish and clean.

And VALENTINE'S DAY is right around the corner..... do you have any crafty plans?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ah..... Thursday. Almost the Weekend!

Another busy day today.  Alas, no crafting for me for a bit, too much paperwork to do.  But maybe I can sneak in a moment or two over the weekend.  Fingers crossed......

Monday, February 7, 2011

Happy Monday!!!!

Today will be a busy work day and tonight an evening of errands,  Hope to get some creative time in after that!!!!

What about you?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

SO excited!!!!!!

This is totally selfish and has nothing to do with Scrapbooking, but I am SOOOO excited!!!!!

Yesterday we bought a new couch, loveseat, and ottoman.  Big changes coming to the current livingroom..... hmmmmm...... what to do!!!!

Friday, February 4, 2011


Oh, thank goodness it's Friday.

I did manage to buckle down on Tuesday and Wednesday and make a "Baby Sleeping" wall hanging.  I had no recipient in mind and then someone needed it and there it was, so it's gone.

A good creative outlet done and gone.

What did YOU create this week?

And I just realized that I forgot to take a photo!!!!  Ooops!

Monday, January 31, 2011

How wonderful does CHA look!!!!!!

I was lucky enough to spend some time over the weekend perusing some of the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) show unveilings.  OMG, what GREAT stuff!!!!!!

Tuesday I will have to buckle down...... AND Wednesday!  LOL

Friday, January 28, 2011


Okay, this week is NOT going as planned.

Work has been CRAZY!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday Craft Night turned into shopping at Michaels night.  Some great deals and fun, but not very productive.

Wednesday Craft Night was cancelled and I did NOTHING and don't even feel guilty about it.

Yesterday I had an appointment after work and then stopped at the mall.  Lucky me, I found the boots I wanted on sale, and then I found some much needed clothes at one of my favorite stores.  Turned out to be my best day all week.

But I wonder what today will hold.

TGIF...... Happy Friday!!!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday Craft Night

Okay, so Craft Night was not very crafty but I did go to Michaels with my cousin and we purchased a bunch of grab bags for $2.00 each!!!!

Some good stuff and AWESOME deals!!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Today's Tip! - Just GOOD Ideas

  • Running out of ideas?  Check out magazines or catalogs.  There are plenty of ideas here, including colors, patterns, even layouts.  Such a great source of inspiration!!!!
  • In baby scrapbooks, include labels from formula, baby food, cereal, etc.
  • Save your scraps.  The can be used to mat a photo, create an embellishment, or even make photo corners by cutting them in half diagonally
  • Take your child's shirt or favorite blanket to the copy store and make a color copy (on acid free paper). You can use it as personalized background paper.

Crafting Tuesday

It's Tuesday and tonight is Craft Night.  Fun!!!!  What shall I work on?  Need some ideas!

What are YOU working on?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Happy Monday!!!!

What a Wonderful Weekend!!!!!  Happpy Monday, All!

Had a WONDERFUL time at my Sister's Weekend!  Lots of laughs, lots of fun, and some good times!  So tired today!!!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hello, Thursday!

Busy day!  Work, then appointment, then home stuff/packing for a weekend away with my sister!  What fun we will have!!!!

Okay, so last night was not all that productive for me.  But I had fun, and got to play with Baby Zoey!!!  :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Happy Hump Day

Ah.... Wednesday, the halfway point.

I didn't do any crafts last night but did get caught up on a couple of things.  Tonight is another Craft Night and this time I will work on a project or two.

So looking forward to it!!!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Good Morning, it's Craft Night Tonight.... shall I?

Hope you all have a GREAT day.  It's Craft Night tonight but my Craftin' Cousin is in Mexico.  Perhaps I'll still go down and work on some canvases.  Or maybe I'll make something else.......  I haven't decided yet.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Happy Friday!!!!!

Oh, Friday..... I have missed you so....  Welcome back!

My plan for tomorrow morning.... sleep in.  Other than that, some house stuff, paperwork, and some crafts.

Last night I attended the finale of Victoria Idol and, while I am no where near an expert in the field of music and, admittedly, did not attend any of the events leading up to the finale, but were the judges in the room?

Really?  12 "finalists"?  One should never have made it that far and, while the other 11 were good, I think the top 3 were really the top 2 and maybe number 5 or 6.

Oh well, I was disappointed last year, and again this year.  Don't think I'll be back to watch... but, never say never!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Valentine's Day

Is anyone planning projects yet?

Anyone willing to share their plans?

Happy Thursday!!!!!!

Alas, no crafting for me tonight for it's VICTORIA IDOL NIGHT!!!!!

So looking forward to a night at the Royal Theatre and seeing "my girl", Ashley singing in the finale!!!

But have a GREAT day!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Cricut Cartridges

I got TWO and, even though the were advertised in the flyer at $16.99, the were only $14.99!!!!!!!

I got "Paisley" and "Simply Sweet". Can't pass up THAT kind of deal!!!!!!

-- Denise

Friday, January 7, 2011

Michaels Coupons

-- Denise

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