Orlando, incoming!

I’m headed to Orlando tomorrow, where I will be taking a TON of great classes from Friday morning until Monday afternoon – including a 2.5 hour long Copic Workshop on Sunday! Good thing they’re calling for thunder showers; no need to worry about missing out on the Florida sunshine ūüôā

Hopefully I can fit in some shoe shopping, mama needs a new pair of shoes!

It’s been a Calendar Year

Hooray, A Muse Calendars are now available for download by donation. This years cause is to support Charley’s Fund¬†–¬†read¬†more about it here.

This is my first time actually finishing an¬†A Muse Calendar, if you can believe that. I was going to use the Bind-it-All but then I thought “what else could I do with this?” Then it came to me. A tear-away calendar!

Click to enlarge

I started with the A2 A Muse Calendar pages mounted on black cardstock, then perforated with the Scor-Bug 0.5 inches from the top (it’s best to go back and forth a few times for extra perforations because there are two layers). The top of the calendar pages were punched with the Crop-a-dile and then taped together with Scor-tape above the holes so you can easily tear away the pages one month at a time. The ribbon is threaded through the back of the calendar out through the lip of the matchbook and tied in a bow.

Click to enlarge

Click to enlarge

Click to enlarge

It stands up nicely on its own, but once¬†I start tearing pages away each month I will likely prop it up on a little easel or a CD jewel case. I went fairly basic with the stamping because I had it all taped together before¬†figuring out what¬†I wanted to put on each page¬†– talk about doing things backwards! Definitely not recommended ūüôā

30 goals for 30

I¬†started reading back through Sarah’s Blog and came across this list that I decided to “borrow”.¬† I’ve¬†actually been making¬†mental notes of my goals since I turned 30 in August,¬†and this week I even crossed a few items off the list – woot!¬†I’ll check back once a week to see if I have anything new to cross off my list. Some¬†items will need to be worked on throughout the year, so I’ll have to repost on August 1st¬†when I turn¬†31 and see how I did¬†ūüôā

http://www.criminalgrace.com/?p=2247 (check out the rest of her blog for tons of inspiration).

30 Goals for my 30th Year:

  1. get my learner’s permit and learn how to drive (september 10th)
  2. figure out how to use my canon rebel
  3. do something that terrifies me
  4. get my taxes done (shocking, i know) (april 10th!)
  5. make at least two cards a week
  6. redesign the website at work
  7. live by myself (as of may 1st!)
  8. keep a camera in my purse for all those kodak moments
  9. sell things that i just don’t use (ie: my computer desk)
  10. buy my very own brand new laptop Рno more hand-me-downs!
  11. get a grown-up comforter for my bed  (august 18th)
  12. quit drinking diet pepsi (do i have to?)
  13. see the northern lights
  14. travel outside canada (september 23-28th, flew to orlando, back to toronto, took a bus to buffalo)
  15. read at least one book per month
  16. weed through my belongings
  17. go to deep water fitness every week
  18. learn how to cook and eat healthier
  19. get 8 hours of sleep a night
  20. start a savings account (april 15th!)
  21. make jewelry to sell
  22. sell my handmade cards in stores downtown (2015! FINALLY!)
  23. go somewhere to see built to spill live (a girl can dream) (september 28th, 2010 in buffalo, NY)
  24. sort out my dual (american) citizenship (september 14th)
  25. see my niece more often
  26. keep a paper journal
  27. drive across the country (okay, so that probably won’t happen this year)
  28. get a credit card  (april 15th!)
  29. rely on myself more
  30. contribute something to a charity (september, it wasn’t a lot but i donated to the¬†a muse calendar project and emailed others to participate as well – hopefully made a small difference in donations). organized a charitable bake sale at the work on valentine’s day weekend and another on easter weekend. donated to heavenly creatures when their donation boxes were stolen in march).

(updated on april 15h, t2011 – crossed a few more off the list!)
(updated again in August, 2015 – crossed a lot more off the list!)

I’m going to Orlando!

Guess what!¬†The Paperie is sending me to Orlando to take classes and attend a trade show! I really¬†appreciate Chris & Janna’s¬†continued¬†support¬†to make me the¬†best instructor that¬†I can be. I will be¬†attending¬†COPIC classes with Chris, one of the owners of The Paperie and¬†we will be ready to teach you more about these wonderful markers in the Fall – I can’t wait!

We are¬†also taking classes¬†with TIM HOLTZ! But the excitement doesn’t stop there; I’m taking a class from Claudine Hellmuth of Ranger,¬†and both Chris and I will take classes with¬†Sally Traidman¬†of Hero Arts! We are actually signed up for over 15 classes altogether and can’t wait to bring back some exciting class ideas to The Paperie.

When my mom told me to find my passion and turn it into a career, she really knew what she was talking about. I ‚ô• stamps. I have a secret ambition to one day illustrate a stamp line. I always joke that if I knew how to draw, I wouldn’t stamp but that’s not quite true – I actually can draw! I’d just rather stamp. ūüôā