I worked on this layout while at a friend's house this week.

The photo is of my husband, his cousin and her daughter during his cousin's visit to Montreal in the summer of 2009. The reason for her visit was the Stevie Wonder concert at the Jazz Festival, which we all thoroughly enjoyed!!!

Her daughter was studying to become a pharmacist at McGill at the time ... she has since graduated.

The setting for the photo is a beautiful area beside the rapids on the St. Lawrence River in Lasalle, Québec.

I used the Basic Grey Origins collection for this layout. I also used my Gypsy and the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge to cut the shapes behind the photo and the shape on the border with the date block. I used the Nifty Fifties cartridge to cut out the word "family".

It's funny because I was not crazy about this paper line when the owner of a LSS showed it to me at first, but it grew on me over time.
My studio is coming along. We have had a bit of a setback in that paint matching was a disaster (long story) so I am going to have to repaint the whole room on Sunday, but after that, it should be full steam ahead.

All my furniture is here and most of it is assembled. I am really looking forward to getting my stuff moved in so I can start to play in there!!!! The basement is a total disaster now of course.

Here are some pictures of the room now. I hope to post pictures of the finished room very soon!!!

The plan is for my husband to build a shelf that will hold my Cricut and Silhouette cutters in this closet. My KNK Maxx will probably be placed on an a rolling Ikea drawer set.

 This is my large Expedit unit.

 This photo shows my JetMax cubes that are not yet assembled and a stamp pad rack I purchased online from a supplier in Ontario. I will be painting the stamp pad rack white.

 This is my small Expedit unit that is behind my door. Beside it will be a long white table for stamping, sewing and other detailed work. The table will be beside a window so I can take advantage of the natural daylight.

 This photo shows my Making Memories embellishment centre, the two table tops that will be my main work surface and some paper racks that I purchased from a LSS that was closing. Another long white table will go against this wall on which I will have my computer and video making equipment.

 The fan that started all of this!! I made my own pull thingies with beads from Omer DeSerres. If you look closely at the wall, you can see why I have to repaint the room. This was a 2nd matching attempt. The original colour is gorgeous, but someone at the store put the wrong label on the original can and now they cannot match my colour!!! I have chosen another very similar colour from their paint swatches.

This used to be my daughter's room and I had found this switch cover years ago when we first moved into our house. Her room was the very first room we painted (and made our mistakes in) and this switch cover was for her.

Once again, I was inspired by a layout done by Nicole Magouirk. She and her family went to South Dakota on vacation and I have many pictures from the same areas because my sister lives in South Dakota. I have lots of shots of Mount Rushmore, scenes from the Badlands (including at sunset), pictures of our fun activities like tubing, bumper boats and go karts, and lots of incredible scenery.

I will be using this layout as a title page for an album with all kinds of photos from our many trips there.

I used my Silhouette to cut the South Dakota frame. The "fun" and "Wet & Wild" texts were cut from heavy water colour paper with my KNK.

The stamps used are Ali Edwards stamps -- love, love love Ali Edwards stamps and cannot get enough of them.

Just be sure you have some time on your hands before you click the links to the blogs of Nicole and Ali. I guarantee you will want to spend some time looking around ... be sure to save the bookmarks!!!
I have started organizing the photos for my heritage layouts.

Amazingly, my aunt (my father's sister), wrote on the backs of every photo she sent my father and it is from her information that I discovered that I had an uncle I never knew about and many other things. Before I can scrap most of those photos, I will have to scan them, but I will also have to scan all the backs of the photos and use the texts for my journalling blocks.

The photos in this layout are of my father when he was in the German navy after World War II.

I found it difficult to find paper that worked for a navy theme, but then found this paper with constellations in an October Afternoon collection. I was telling our house guests about how difficult it was to work on a navy layout and one of them suggested compasses, ropes and anchors. Of course!!! The anchor and rope in this layout are from the Cricut Pack Your Bags cartridge.
I finally completed my Soccer Buddies layout. It has been on my mind for quite some time and now I'm happy with the result.

For those who know my husband, it would have been unthinkable that a dog would be sitting beside him on the couch, much less to see his arm around the dog. Well, things certainly have changed around here!!!!

It's all about the dog now :)))

I created the "soccer buddies" title with Make the Cut and cut it out with my KNK Maxx (the best cutter on the planet). I used my Silhouette to cut the soccer picture frame and flaming soccer ball.