Wednesday, 28 December 2011

1000 YouTube Subscriber Giveaway!!! *CLOSED*

Thanks to everyone's support, I'm almost up to 1000 subscribers on my YouTube channel...I can't believe it!  Please go check out my YouTube channel to see all the goodies I'll be giving away:

As usual, the draw is open to internationals; however, I do have to ship overseas via ground transport, so it will take up to 3 months to receive the package.  If you're okay with that, please feel free to enter the draw.

Each person can gain up to 5 chances to win.  Here's how:

  1. Leave a comment on my "1000 Subby Giveaway" video on my YouTube channel AND be a subscriber to my YouTube channel.
  2. Leave a comment on this blog post AND be a follower of my blog.
  3. Post a video response to my "1000 Subby Giveaway" video to let all your friends know, and I will enter your name into the draw 3 additional times!
The draw will remain open until January 1st, or until I reach 1000 subscribers...whichever is the latest.  Thanks and good luck!

Friday, 23 December 2011

An Update and A Merry Christmas to All!

Well, I feel I've dropped the ball a bit on my newest pattern.  I'm sure many of you are in the same boat - frantically scrapbooking your way to creating a bunch of gifts for your loved ones for Christmas, and not quite getting everything you had hoped accomplished.  I've finally drawn the line, and pulled the plug...I'm as ready for Christmas as I'll ever be.

My plans for January include first cleaning up the incredible mess in my scrapbook room - oh yeah, I know you all can relate!  Then it's back to the pattern I enticed everyone with over two months ago...a vintage musical themed mini.  You'll be happy to know that the mini album is complete, and I am about half done the box.  I hope to release the pattern by mid-February, so I hope you all stay tuned.

For now, however, I am going to kick back and relax with my spiced rum and egg-nog, and wish all of you a very merry Christmas, and a spectacular new year!  Cheers!

Friday, 28 October 2011

Pink Minis for a Cure 2011 Silent Auction

Laura Denison is holding a silent auction to raise money to benefit the Susan G Komen Foundation through the Passionately Pink for a Cure Program.  Bidding will start on October 30th, and will continue through to November 5th.  To view all of the minis up for auction, and to place bids on any of the albums, please go to the pink minis website by clicking on the button on the sidebar of my blog, or by clicking on the following link:

I have donated one album that will be up for auction.  Please go check out the pink mini blog for pictures, or view a complete video by visiting my YouTube channel at:

Thank you to everyone for your support :)

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Think Vintage and Music...

So, you've seen my vintage camera and vintage chuck wagon mini albums...what next?  Well...if you like the vintage style and you like music, you'll love my next project!!!  I don't want to give too much away, but stay tuned and I may just post a few sneak peaks here on my blog :)

Saturday, 15 October 2011

YouTube 750 Subby Giveaway WINNER!!!

Thank you sooooo much to everyone for their comments and interest in my channel and blog.  Due to the incredibly positive response to my giveaway in the last week, I added a second kit to give away.  therefore, there are two names that I drew last night.

The winners are...my3girlz602 AND bearynice2u...congratulations!!!

I hope everyone has a great weekend :)

Saturday, 8 October 2011

YouTube 750 Subby Giveaway!!!

Well, I missed the mark a bit (I actually hit 750 YT subscribers a few days ago), but I don't care - I'm in the mood to give something away :)

So, here's the have up to 3 chances to win:

  1. Leave a comment on this post and become a follower of my blog;
  2. Leave a comment on my "750 Subby Giveaway" YT video and be a subscriber to my channel;
  3. Create a video response to my "750 Subby Giveaway" YT video directing other YouTubers to visit my channel and telling them about the giveaway.
So...what am I giving away, you ask?  I've put together a small kit that includes the following items:

  • 12 - 6x6 MME double-sided papers (Lost & Found - Madison Ave)
  • coordinating cardstock
  • #6 coin envelopes (3-3/8" x 6")
  • a variety of tags in different sizes
  • I Am Roses flowers and leaves
  • ribbon, lace, and fibers
  • metal hardware, charms, brads, and beads
  • bling
  • Sizzix Originals "Frames, Stamp Combo" die
  • your choice of one of my patterns
Here's a couple of pictures of what you'll receive:


To see what I am giving away in more detail, you can click on the following link to view the YouTube video I have posted:

This giveaway is open to anyone...internationals are welcome; however, please understand that shipping costs overseas is extremely expensive, so I will have to ship via surface mail, which can take up to 3 months to reach its destination.  if you don't mind the wait, please feel free to enter :)

This giveaway will be open until 9:00 pm Pacific Standard time (PST) on Friday, Octeber 14th.  Thank you so much for all your support, and good luck to everyone!!

Friday, 7 October 2011

Vintage Western (Chuck Wagon) Mini's here!!!

After a long couple of months, my vintage western-themed mini album is's the reveal, and I'm so thrilled with how this one turned out!!!

Ready for it?'s a mini chuck wagon!  I built the base of the album using medium and light weight chipboard, wooden dowelling, wood grain patterned paper, a little bit of grungepaper, a few brads and jump rings, a couple of Tim Holtz's small configurations boxes, and a whole lot of patience and creativity :)  Features of the base include horse harnesses, a small bench in the front, and a functional cargo box in the back.  The rails on the side help to hold the canopy in place.  Check it out:

So...where's the album?  Inside, of course!  The covers of the mini album form the canopy of the chuck wagon.  Removing the album is simple...all you have to do is lift the canopy.  Check out some of the pages from inside the album:

Here's the best part...due to the popularity of my Vintage Camera Mini Album, I knew this one was going to be a hit...especially because of the lack of western-themed albums out there.  Soooo...I have a pattern available right now for this album!  That's partially why it took me so long to get this album done, but you're all worth it ;)

The pattern is a whopping 96 pages long!  I make my patterns easy to follow with loads of pictures so that you can start building immediately...there is no need for a video tutorial.  The pattern includes instructions for the chuck wagon base, the canopy mini album, and eight different templates for pockets, frames, and picture mats - one for each page of the album.  I also tell you exactly what products work best in each step.

To order a copy of the pattern, just click the "Patterns & Such" tab at the top of this page to find all the details.  If you'd like a closer look at all of the details of this album, keep an eye on my YouTube channel for a video of this mini, which will be posted soon.

Cheers ;)

Monday, 3 October 2011

Pink Mini...Almost Finished?!?!

For those of you who know me, you know that I am an incredibly sloooooow scrapbooker.  For those who don''re gonna have to take my word for it!  I like all my i's dotted and t's crossed - a bit of a perfectionist.  Well, I was on a role this weekend because I've almost finished my pink mini!  Yup - that's right!  I can't believe it myself ;)

I created my mini using No. 6 coin envelopes (3-3/8" x 6").  It has a total of six pages; however, two of them are made using canvas envelopes.  The canvas pages were not my original idea, but I love them!  Check out faythchik777's YouTube videos for instructions on how to make them:

All I have left to complete are the tags, so in my true scattered brain fashion, I'm moving back onto my vintage western mini to get that sucker done and posted for all to enjoy :)  I think the pink mini was all I needed to rejuvenate me :)

Here are some pics of my mini:

Enjoy :)

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Pink Mini Fundraiser

So...I've put my vintage western themed album on the shelf...just for a week or two so that I can work on another project that I think is very important...and I invite everyone out there to join me.

Laura Denison from "Following the Paper Trail" is holding another fundraiser for breast cancer this month.  Anyone can create a mini album to include in a silent auction that will be held near the end of October.  All proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for a Cure Foundation.

So please...come join me and the many others who will be participating :)  All details can be found by clicking on the following link:

Monday, 26 September 2011

Vintage Camera Mini Album Pattern Correction

Well, it's official...I am NOT perfect!  ...don't worry, I already knew that :)

I have made an error in my Vintage Camera Mini Album Pattern :o  Not to worry...the error has been corrected, and I have emailed everyone who has purchased a pattern from me the corrected version.

If you have purchased a copy of the pattern from me, and were missed on the distribution, please send me an email at and I will ensure that you receive an updated copy.

Sorry for any inconvenience!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Vintage Western Mini Album Update

I had all the best intentions to get my vintage western mini album posted by the end of this month.  Well, things around here have been hectic to say the least, and it would take a miracle for me to have this album completed by the end of September.

I absolutely hate not keeping my commitments, so at the very least, I want to share a sneak peak of my creation:

I know, I know...these pictures are soooooooo close up!  I need to keep a little mystery so I don't ruin the whole surprise ;)

Monday, 15 August 2011

Coming Soon...Vintage Western Mini Album!!!

So I had a request for a "vintage western" themed album a while back.  The request suggested possibly making the album in the shape of a boot...well, the gears have been well-greased because I absolutely LOVE what I've come up with.  It's not a boot, but if you like my vintage camera mini album, this one is sure to please, as well.

Not only does this project offer a unique way to display your album, it is also packed with several custom tags, pockets, and picture mats and frames.  Sorry, I don't want to ruin the surprise, so won't give any more details for now, but I will tell you that I am writing a pattern that will be available immediately after I have released this album :)

Due to a busy summer, I won't be sharing this album as soon as I would like, but do plan to have it complete by the end of September (but hopefully sooner).  I hope you stay tuned :)

Friday, 29 July 2011

Thank you everyone for your support!

I just wanted to post a quick note extending a big "THANK YOU" to everyone who has supported me by purchasing a copy of my Vintage Camera Mini Album pattern.  This is the first pattern I've written and I have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of people interested in purchasing a copy.  I've also noticed that I have several new followers of this blog...thank you, thank you, thank you!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer :)

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

IT'S HERE!!! My Vintage Camera Mini Album Pattern is Now FOR SALE :)

So, I promised that my first "scrapbooking" priority would be to finish writing the pattern for my Vintage Camera Mini Album...and that's exactly what I have done :)  Between working full-time, completing renovations on a rental property, and preparing for my son's month-long visit coming up this weekend, I managed to get this finished :)

I know you'll love this pattern.  It's packed with 43 pages (wow!) of detailed instructions, and tons and tons of photos and diagrams.  Here's a sneak peek of what's inside:

 If you're interested in making one of these beautiful albums for yourself, just click on the "Patterns & Such" tab at the top of this page to find out how you can purchase one of these patterns.

Please be mindful of the fact that I put many, many hours into creating this pattern, so please do not share it or create .svg files of the pattern pieces for the Cricut without my written permission.  If you are interested in teaching this to a class, please contact me...I'm sure we can work something out.

Thank you so much for your understanding :)

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Update: Vintage Camera Mini Album Pattern

I know many of you are wondering..."so what's up with that pattern you promised us, anyway?"  Am I right?  ...I'm sure.  Well, I just wanted everyone to know that I haven't forgotten about it.  It's just that sometimes life gets in the way.

You'll be happy to know that finishing this pattern for all of you VERY patient fans is now my top "scrapbooking" priority.  I have the text complete for both the construction of the camera box and the mini album that fits inside.  I am now going to build another complete album for two reasons - to test the written instructions for assembling the camera, and so that I can take tons of photos to add to the instructions and make them easy to follow.  If you're anything like me, it's all about the pictures.

Thank you to everyone for all your will all be worth it in the end :)

Monday, 11 July 2011

"Baby Steps" Shabby Chic Mini Album

Wow!  It's been a month already since I last made a post on my blog...shame on me!  Well, the good news is that summer is here...the bad news is, as I am sure everyone can relate, life has gotten crazy busy!  Summer seems to do that to me.

Well, I finished another mini album...finally!  (Even if I have said this before, I'm still gonna say it again...I am a very slow scrapper!!!)  This album was created using Laura Denison's pattern of her "Special Delivery" baby mini album; however, I had to add my own special touches :)  You can purchase a copy of Laura's pattern on her website by clicking on the following link:

So, as you can see, I switched the album up immediately by creating a traditional cover for the album instead of making it into a diaper bag:

I also added features that give the parents to be some direction as to what to put into the album.  I've added a small book in the front cover for journalling to baby before he/she is born, a place to write details of baby's time and place of birth, a spot for hand and footprints, and a second mini book in the back cover for recording baby's milestones.

Here are some pictures showcasing my favourite pages from the album:

If you are interested in seeing the complete project, you can view my youtube video giving you all the details:


Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Solution to problems posting comments...

I have had a couple of people emailing me with regards to not being able to post on my blog.  It seems that when they wanted to post a comment, Blogger kept taking them back to the sign in page and the comment was never posted. 

You can try using an internet browser other than Explorer 9.  Otherwise, you can try this solution:
  1. Go to the blog post, and make the comment as usual.
  2. When the "sign in" window appears, sign in with your info... BUT UN-CHECK the "Stay Signed In" box.
I hope this works!  I know it has worked for others :)

Sunday, 5 June 2011

500 Subby Giveaway WINNER!!!

I just want to say "thanks" to all my new blog followers, and announce the winner of my 500 Subby Giveaway hosted on my YouTube channel.

...and the winner is...Dsscrapie!  CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Thursday, 2 June 2011

"Shabby Chic Garden" Coffee Sleeve Mini Album

I have finally finished my "Shabby Chic Garden" mini album created using coffee sleeves for the last swap that I entered over at Life on the {Scrap}beach.  This swap was hosted by Irene Cordova...Thanks, Irene, for being such a fantastic hostess!!!

The swap included two parts.  In part one, Irene put us in groups of six.  Each member of the group was responsible for creating six identical kits for one page of the album.  We then each sent in five of the kits, and received five back - one from each of the other five members of our group.

In part two of the swap, Irene assigned 3 sets of partners within each group.  We then created a mini album using only the supplies in our kits and mailed it to our partners.  My partner was Ginger can check out the beautiful mini she created for me on her YouTube channel at "MySistersScrapper", and by clicking the following link:

So, you say, "What does your mini look like, Monique?"  Well, my mini looks so completely different than Ginger''s crazy!  We had the same supplies!  Here are a few pictures to give you a sneak peek at the album:

If you would like to see the complete mini album, I have posted a two-part video on my YouTube channel.  You can find these videos by clicking on the following links:
Part I:
Part II:


Tuesday, 31 May 2011

*CLOSED* - 500 YouTube Subby Giveaway!!!

If you've visited my YouTube channel lately, you'll know that I've almost reached 500 subscribers!!!  Therefore, I am having a giveaway :)

To be entered into the draw, all you have to do is be a subscriber to my YouTube channel and comment on my "500 Subby GIVEAWAY!" video at:

For a second chance to win, you can subscribe to be a follower of my blog and comment on this post.


Thursday, 26 May 2011

BoBunny "Timepiece" and "Steampunk" Bottle Cap Swaps

I have been so busy with life lately that I've put the scrapbooking aside a little...but alas...I was able to get caught up a bit over the long weekend.  I have completed my commitment to two more swaps...only one more left to go, then I'm retiring from swapping for quite a while.  My head is buzzing with so many ideas that I can't put them down on paper fast enough!

BoBunny "Timepiece" Swap

One of the swaps I recently participated in was based on the BoBunny "Timepiece" paper collection.  It was hosted by Krystal Booth over at Life on the {Scrap}beach.  Everyone was to make six identical pages using one of the papers from the collection, send five in and get a different page back from each of the other members in the all know how it works.

Well, I chose the "Paper Stripe" paper from the stack to work with and am quite pleased with what I came up with.  I incorporated a corner pocket on the front embellished with a vintage clock face, foil and fabric leaves, paper roses, and (of course) some of my wire-work and a handmade crochet flower:

On the back, I used a Tim Holtz glassine envelope (cut down to size) to create a pocket under a usable frame cut from the Tim Holtz "Baroque" die.  I added a crackle paint effect on the frame and embellished it with another of my handmade crochet flowers and stickpin, and some more paper roses.  A small strip of lace and a key with a chain attached to the decorative edge finished my page off:

"Steampunk" Bottle Cap Swap

The second swap commitment I was able to finish was also hosted by Krystal Booth over at Life on the {Scrap}beach.  We were to make six sets of three bottle caps for the group (one to be kept for ourselves).  The challenge was to incorporate at least one extra embellishment on one of the bottle caps.

Well, I couldn't stop!  I incorporated several extra embellishments on each and every bottle cap, and am so thrilled with how they turned out!

The first bottle cap was inspired from the Graphic 45 "Steampunk Debutante" paper collection.  I used some of the paper for the background and printed one of the ladies from the collection to a size that fit in the bottle cap.  After fussy cutting around the debutante, I attached her to the background using pop-dots to add a little extra dimension.  I also added the "Rock Candy" stickles to her hair before finishing with some Glossy Accents and a variety of daisy spacer beads in her hair.  To add that little extra "something", I looped a chain along the bottom of the cap, and tied a small piece of fibre and added a little bling to one of the jump rings.  I also used alcohol inks to colour the bottle cap:

I started the second bottle cap by using alcohol inks to colour the edge of the cap.  I then printed a picture of an old watch face to size, added Glossy Accents, and sprinkled watch parts on top.  After the Glossy Accents had dried, I added a small Time Holtz game spinner and a small daisy spacer bead to the smaller dial.  Although you can't see it in the picture, I did glue a small circle of patterned paper on to the back of the cap to conceal the back of the brad.  (I don't like leaving those things exposed):

I struggled with the last bottle cap.  I thought I had a great idea when I decided to create a light!  But, man did I struggle with this one!  In the end, I'm satisfied with it, but it's definitely my least favourite of the three.

I first printed a light bulb, and punched the centre of the bulb out...just so that you could see the filament.  I then used Ranger's "Scattered Straw" and "Mustard Seed" distress inks to give the bulb a glow around the edges.  For the first go around, I just added Glossy Accents over my image and dropped in a small filament that I made with my wire-wrapping supplies (big surprise, eh?) ...yes, I'm Canadian  ...and, yes, it's true  ...I say it ALL the time (even when I'm!)

Back to the bottle cap...I wasn't too thrilled with the results, so I then sprinkled some glass sugar beads and glitter on the Glossy Accents while it was still wet.  At this point, I was still not happy with the results, so I added yet another layer of glue...this time Crackle Accents  ...and voila!  I finally got it to a point that I liked.  To finish the bottom of my "bulb", I just made a wire spiral and hung it from the bottom of the bottle cap with a few short lengths of chain:

Check out the tag I created to display my bottle caps:

I have also posted videos of both of these projects on my YouTube channel:

Thanks for staying tuned!

Monday, 16 May 2011

May "Timepiece" Stick Pin Swap

So little time...yet so much to do!  I've been out of town the past 2 weekends in a row, which left me falling behind when it comes to...well, EVERYTHING!  I still have bills to pay, but I finally sorted through my hundreds of emails and thanked all of my new YouTube subbies...a big "thank you" to everyone for their support!

If you've checked out my "Sneak Peek" page here on my blog, you'll know that I've also signed up for a ton of swaps.  I am finally catching up on this front as well with only 3 more to fulfill, then I'm going to retire from swapping for a while.  I finally finished and packaged up my May "Timepiece" stick pins for a swap hosted by Trudi Hutton over at Life on the {Scrap}beach:

You can also find the video of my stick pins on my YouTube channel at:

Lastly, I have officially started writing the pattern for my Vintage Camera Mini Album.  I can tell already that it's going to take a while, so please be patient with me.  I'll be sure to keep everyone up to date on my progress.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Well, here goes...

Well, this is my first attempt at blogging.  I had a weak moment back in February when I spontaneously opened a YouTube account and posted my first video...and I can't believe the response I've had!  It's been just over 3 months, and I've accumulated almost 400 subscribers to my YouTube channel, have had several requests to develop a pattern for my "Vintage Camera Mini Album", and even received a shout-out from Laura Dension at Following the Paper Trail!!!

Sooooo...the inevitable has happened.  I've started a blog!  What I am hoping this blog develops into is a place where anyone can feel comfortable asking any question, make requests for showing my take on various themes and projects, and a place where I can make my patterns available to all those interested.  Of course, I need to write these patterns first.  I will start with my very popular "Vintage Camera Mini Album" pattern and post when it is available.

If you haven't seen my "Vintage Camera Mini Album", you can preview it on YouTube by clicking on the following link:

Thank you all for your interest in my work!