Wednesday, November 25, 2009


On Sun, we decided to take our kids to the pool and of course I had to hang out in the hot tub. A young man, probably only around 19 or 20 yrs old came and sat next to me and started talking. You could tell he was a little different just by the questions he asked me. My daughter was sitting next to me and he asked what her favorite movies were. He also said that girls are sure strong nowadays and wondered why they are so strong. He mentioned that he worked at Safeway and I asked him what he did there and he said they keep him very busy bagging groceries, price checking, cleaning, just very busy. We laughed and had a great time chatting.

Well, my husband got out of the hot tub and some lady came up to him and said that she almost didn't get into it because of him. I was shocked! I said what? Why, just because a guy who is a little different wants to talk? He's just a friendly adult/kid who likes people and wants to talk. He had absolutely no intentions of harming me or my daughter.

I was floored, but really not surprised. I know people have gotten out of the hot tub because I've gotten in. I think they think my scars are contagious or something. I don't know. I just don't get it. I know we have to protect ourselves and kids nowadays, but we don't have to be over protective. I think it would have been rude of me to just ignore the guy. All he wanted to do was talk!

Have a great week! And hopefully those camera purses should be in soon, very soon!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fabulous Camera Purses

This fabulous Camera Purse is so awesome, I just can't wait to get mine and show it to everyone!

Faux leather, with a Hot Pink interior. Three exterior pockets with magnetic closures for your phone, keys, batteries and more. Interior has movable dividers: one with a mesh pocket, one with a cut-out to cradle your on-camera lens. One zippered pocket for pens or memory cards. Interior adjusts to fit DSLR camera, an extra lens, external flash, wallet or other supplies. Looks like a handbag...but disguises your camera! Use it for a camera bag or your everyday handbag!

Only $75, you choose whether you want the giraffe or zebra pattern.

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Have a great day! I'm so excited, I can't wait for my purse to come, no more hauling around a purse and camera bag at the same time! AND, just in time for Christmas.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Fall is Here

I know it's been a long time since I've written and so much has happened, but I just haven't taken the time to write, so now is the time because my favorite time of year is happening. Yep, Scrapbooking Retreat season is here and I'm excited about getting going again.

I also have an exciting announcement to make and that is the welcoming of Kelly Walton to the team. She is the exciting new owner of MIM Scrapbooking Online division. She is the owner of our online store and will be working on developing the online portion of the website. We are so excited to have her onboard and she is a great addition to the team. She has been riding with me on the truck for the last 6 months and eventually wants to purchase my truck and service the Alberta area. In 2 weeks our online store should be up and running. We'll make a big announcement when it's ready.

I'm also back to teaching at the Unity Centre by Londonderry Mall, every Fri from 12 - 2 pm. Very excited about that. I love my regulars there, they make me feel so special and it's such a stress-free environment to teach in. We have fun making new projects and laughing and teasing eachother. That to me is what scrapbooking is all about.

Kids are all in school now. It feels really weird for me having the twins in grade 1 and going Mon to Fri. I don't have to try and remember which Fridays they have off. Twice last year I sent them to school on a Friday when they weren't supposed to be. lol. Oh well, can't always remember everything.

Well, time to get back to work on the new website, will chat again soon. We're starting to get bookings for the fall, so if you would like us to come to your retreat or crop, pls send us an email at

Kelly F and Kelly W

ps - I know, the name thing is going to definitely be confusing. lol

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Yearly Garage Sale

Well, it is that time of year again and it's time to clear out the old inventory and bring in the new yummy stuff. This year our annual garage sale is going to be in Edmonton on this Fri and Sat at: 10629 - 154 Street. My friend is also going to have a regular garage sale going on at the same time, so there will be scrapbooking goodies plus her goodies too.

Everything is 25% off in the truck and if you bring a friend you both get 30% off. We're also going to have a draw for a goodie basket and if you would like to donate items to the Children's Burn Camp, that would be awesome. I am going to do some scrapbooking projects with the kids this Aug, so we are looking for gently used products that the kids can play with to make their own burn camp albums.

So, here's the details again:

10629 - 154 Street
Fri, Aug 7 - noon - 5 pm
Sat, Aug 8 - 9 - 5 pm

And bring a friend so you both get 30% off everything.

I hope everyone is having a great summer! I'm looking forward to getting rolling again this fall, we are starting to get fall bookings. If you refer someone to us, you will get a $20 gift certificate plus the retreat/crop organizer will get a 10% discount on her order.


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

My Zoo Book

This is my second attempt at digital scrapbooking with Heritage Makers and I have to say that I love the templates. I will always truly be a traditional scrapbooker, but when I want to do a quick book and don't have all the supplies handy, this is definitely a great option.

The first digital scrapbook I made was when my dad was in the hospital and the nurses told us to let our dad have a rest so my sister had her MacBook at the hospital, we signed up for internet and then signed up for Heritage Makers and worked on a baby book for her daughter. We had a lot of fun working with the templates. Fortunately, my sister had about a thousand or two pictures on her computer which made it even more fun.

One of the things that I like about digital scrapbooking is that someone like my sister who tried traditional scrapbooking and hated it, really enjoyed doing Heritage Makers. She really enjoyed how easy it was to drag and drop the pictures, resize, rotate and scale them. She will never be a traditional scrapbooker like me, but totally enjoyed that she could do some scrapbooking quickly and easily.

The Zoo Book was made because I have been invited to go to the Children's Burn Camp and teach the kids how to do scrapbooking plus possibly do a "Girl Talk". The purpose of the Girl Talk is to let them know about how I got burnt and how I eventually found my husband and had kids. Plus, the kids will be invited to chat about their own story. While I was growing up, I never thought I would find someone to marry and have kids with, so I never even thought it would be an option.

So, this Zoo Book was made using the Heritage Makers template and if you like it, you can click on the link and make your own, or just search for the other great products they have.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Kids Summer Scrapbooking Day Camps

Summer is coming and what are you going to do with those kids?

We have decided to host some summer camps and teach your kids how to scrapbook. The camps will be one week, in the afternoons from 12:30 - 3:30 pm. Each day your kid will make some sort of mini-album or scrapbook layouts. After we finish scrapbooking, we will have a snack and then the kids will get to play in the sprinkler or go to the park.

The dates are as follows:

Stony Plain - July 13-17 ($99) (Click here to register)
Stony Plain - Aug 4 - 7 ($80) (Click here to register)

Sherwood Park - July 13-17 ($99) (Click here to register)
Sherwood Park - Aug 10-14 ($99) (Click here to register)

Kids are encouraged to bring their digital cameras so we can take pictures during the week and scrapbook them, plus their swim suit and towels.

Want to get your camp at a lower cost? Refer your friends to our camp. For every friend you refer, you get $20 off your registration up to 2 friends.

Send us an email at: if you are interested. If the weeks don't work for you, and you have other friends with kids who would like to do a day camp, let us know. We'll try and organize more.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Life is Too Short

Yes, that is right, life is too short and we need to take more pictures and make our memories more permanent and if you're a scrapbooker, we need to scrapbook more too. Many of you know that I have made three trips to Toronto in Apr and May. One for business and two for my dad. In April, we had the truck/store shipped to Toronto to attend both Scrapfest and Creativ Festival. I spent 12 days in Toronto with my dad and I didn't think those were going to be my last 12 days with him. I got home from the shows and then a week and a half later got a call that my dad had a massive heart attack. My sister and I flew back to Toronto and spent another 5 days there in the hospital. Before we left, we did get to see him awake, but he couldn't talk to us. I told him that he should of just asked me to stay longer if that was what he wanted instead of having a heart attack to get me back and bring my sister. I told him that I guess I didn't drive him crazy enough, he had to get me back for more. lol He just smiled and then shook his fist at me. lol. My dad still had his sense of humor even in the hospital.

I know it was really hard for him to wake up and see his 2 daughters and wife standing around him wondering what had happened and fortunately he had his heart attack in the hospital. My sister and I found it really hard to leave him especially since he couldn't talk to us. We know he wanted to tell us how much he loved us. My sister missed her first mother's day, but not once did she complain about it, she knew she would get to celebrate many more in the future.

Every day my step mom and step sister would phone or email us and give us updates on my dad and eventually they decided to do open heart surgery and fix his leaky valve. He came out of the surgery well, but the next day developed a clot in his stomach which ended up killing all the rest of his organs including his kidneys, lungs, bowels and heart. My sister, husband and I rushed back to Toronto and fortunately my dad was able to hold on until we got there. As hard as it was to see him pass, it was also good for us to be there.

While I was there, I decided to do an 8x8 album of my dad and his life. I made 34 8x8 pages and 3 12x12 pgs plus I also did the Slide show presentation for the Memorial. The fortunate thing is, I actually had too many pictures. My step mom loved to take pictures and my dad had no problem posing. Very rare when you have too many pictures to choose from. My step mom also still had my Dad's boxing shoes from when he boxed in the Pan Am games in 1971. That was so cool, and I made sure I had pictures of them. One regret I do have is I remember when Dad was taking me to the airport in April and I thought, I should get a picture of dad and me and I didn't. My lifelong lesson is that from now on, whenever I think I should take a picture, I should! No more regrets about taking pictures. Needless to say, my camera got overworked this weekend, only about 700 pictures plus had to be charged twice while I was in Toronto. Hey, I finally got to the Toronto Zoo. And if you ever get there, make sure you check out the new stingray pond, that was so awesome. Stingrays are like little puppy dogs, they love to be pet and when you put your hand in the water, they come right up to it and lift your hand up. They're also very playful and love to splash water on you. I got splashed 3 times.
Thank you to all my friends and family, you were all so supportive and sent us so many kind messages. It was so great to see how everyone was praying for us and helping us through this difficult time. I also really want to thank my friends Trisha Ladouceur and Kelly Walton. While I was gone, my store was booked to go to Lessard Hall to a charity event and both of them were able to get the truck ready to go. Thx everyone! And like I said, life is too short and too precious, take more pictures and create more memories.