Category Archives: Oscar’s (Deb’s) Scrapbook layouts

Pink Cloud Racing Stable

Back in July, Pink Cloud Racing Stable (brother Perry and sister in law Annette) hosted a remarkable event in Saskatoon.  My other brother Barry and sister in law Gwen helped out as did my cousin Brian to make sure the event went smoothly.   My sister in law from the other side of my family (Darlene) was the big winner of the night. Another sister in law Donna from the other side of my family also came out for the event, which made it truly special.

I wanted to preserve the memory and so I created this double page layout.


Kylie and Taya

I had a couple of pictures of my granddaughters Kylie and Taya that I thought were just plain lovely and deserved to have a scrapbook page to show them off.

I was also surprised to realize that I had everything I needed in my stash to produce a layout using lavender as the primary colour.  I remembered that  I had picked up some lovely Prima flowers in shades of purple when they went on sale,  because I knew this colour was a favourite of Kylie.  I had recently received the Downton Abbey Scrapbook Kit,  and the lavender papers in it had just the right feel and touch of elegance for the project.

I am happy enough with the results that I think I will be purchasing a shadow box frame, so that I can put it on my wall.


Supplies:  Crafter’s Companion  Downton Abbey Papercrafting Collection.  Prima Flowers and gold doilies,  Papertrey ink What the Doodle Feathers and Butterflies stamps and dies, May Arts heart ribbon, unknown pearl lace, Kaleidoscope embossing powder, Deco Foil gold, copic markers, Zva Creative pearls,  Darice Ostrich feather, Tombow tape runner and many pop up relief glue dots.

Spring Training

At Easter time my sister in law Cindy and her children Dustin and Nicole came to visit me in Phoenix.  Both my niece and nephew play ball so one of the things they wanted to do was to go watch one of the Spring Training games that was going on  at that time.

Now,  I have been to many many baseball games even though I don’t really like baseball.  How can this be true you ask?  I call it the price of admission. I often travel with my brother Perry and sister in law  Annette and Mom and they all love baseball, so if I want to play………I have to pay ………so to speak.

So once again I was off to a baseball  game.  The day was lovely as most days are in Phoenix, and we got to see the World Series winning Kansas City Royals play the Texas Rangers.  From that day, I made the layout that follows.  The pocket on the page serves as the journaling shorthand style.  Tucked inside are the ten reasons I love (?)baseball.  The tenth reason is the game of baseball itself.  There are nine other higher ranking reasons that cause me to want to go to a baseball game. These are listed on the tickets tucked into the pocket.  I had to find an image to stamp on each ticket that would represent my reasons.  This entailed a frantic search through some long buried little wooden stamps in the basement.  As an aside I found a stamp of a Jalapeno pepper!  Why??  Anyway, I really like how the double page layout turned out and have to admit that I really enjoyed that day at the ballpark, mostly due to the reason stamped “Family and Friends”.



Supplies: Recollections cardstock, Jillibean Soup corrugated cardstock, Echo Park patterned paper, Little Yellow Bicycle stickers, Pazzles cut files, Deco Foil, Crackerbox Palace popcorn die, Envirotex resin, Copic markers, Xpressit cardstock, Tombow tape runner, glue dots, pop dots

Hangover Baby

Hello, I am back after a very long absence and a very long drive down to El Mirage, Arizona.

I haven’t gotten my scraproom organized or the scrap stuff I brought down from Canada unpacked yet, but I wanted to get a post up before someone sent out the RCMP to look for me. I saw this layout I did last year of my Great Nephew and thought it would be a cute one to post.

He reminded me so much of the baby in the movie The Hangover, I just wanted to capture the moment in a scrapbook page.

Here is the layout:







A Brief Interruption in my Holiday Merry Making

Today I decided to finish doing something that I started in early September.  I have made a few layouts of my Alaskan Cruise but there are several more to do to complete the story.  One of the layouts  tells the story of me catching a lovely Coho Salmon on a fishing excursion in Alaska.  Now this fish may be the most expensive salmon ever caught and never eaten in the history of salmon fishing.    Five of us from the Celebrity Infinity signed up for a fishing excursion in Juneau, Alaska.  Excursions from a cruise ship are generally synonymous with expensive anyway, but this one especially so.  Anyway, off we go.  On the way to “the spot” we all have to get fishing licenses. Cha Ching,  cha ching!  Then we have to get an extra license specifically for King Salmon.  Cha Ching Cha Ching Cha Ching!  I protest saying I don’t need to catch a “King” salmon, a “Queen” or even a “Prince would be good enough for me.   Alas, no, it doesn’t work that way…… you need a “King” license just in case his crown gets caught on your hook, and the “Fishing Warden” is lurking nearby.  So then, we have to take turns fishing, one at a time.  Lucky for me,  I win the fishing equivalent of the lottery and I get to fish first.  The rest is history and documented on the layout below.





It would be great if I could say that this fish fought me so hard, it took hours to reel him in, but no he sort of co-operated and accepted his fate.  He got back at me though, as I was forced to hold him up by the gills for the obligatory picture.  EWWW!

The end of the story is that it is also difficult and expensive for Canadians to be able to get their “catch” shipped home.  The answer was that it would be at least three times the cost of walking into Safeway and buying the same fish.  As a result, the fish was “donated” to the boat crew for a barbeque they were attending that night.  All is well that ends well though, and we had a wonderful day out on the water and met some fabulous people.

Fun at the Red Dog Saloon……….Juneau Alaska

This past weekend, Sandra and I attended The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival at the beautiful Spruce Meadows Horse Jumping Facility.  While our wallets took a severe beating, we had a wonderful time.  The theme was “the 80″s” so the Crop area was aglow with Neon and Leg Warmers and Big Hair!  There was even a prize for the person with the highest bangs.  The most amazing thing of all…………………………………..well two most amazing things…………………… that I actually got quite a few layouts of my recent Alaska Cruise completed……………………and one of my layouts was selected for the Winter Issue of Canadian Scrapbooker.  I cannot post this layout until after it is published but below is  a layout I did of the Red Dog Saloon, Juneau Alaska.

Now the Red Dog really knows how to budget on a shoestring.  I should ask them for lessons on how to do this………………hmmm.  Anyway, they have saw dust on the floor and the rest of the decor consists of graffiti left by the patrons of the pub.  It is everywhere……………walls………tables………….stairs……….bathroom stalls…………..pipes.  They also don’t waste much time with customer relations.  They just have a big sign that reads, “If our food doesn’t meet your standards……………..lower your standards.”  Gotta love it.  Well my travel partners and I did our part for the decor by leaving some more graffiti.


Here is a couple of pictures from the Carnival…………….just because.



Where’s Waldo??

You probably think I dropped off the face of the earth as there has been no posts for the last few days.  Well, no such luck, as I am back today with a very quick post.

What happened was I broke one of my own rules……………………..that rule states…………….”do not do a computer upgrade until 96.6% of the rest of the world has already done it and worked out the kinks”.   Only then is it safe for me to upgrade without catastrophe!  Broke the rule and now my computer is in sickbay.

I noticed that my friend Selena has slacked off her job as one of my drug of choice (scrapstuff) dealers and headed off to Vegas,  It is ok as I understand Holly is manning the Scrapmobile while she is away. though.   I thought I would post a card celebrating Selena’s trip to one of my favourite places.


Edit to post…………….I had been working on a Halloween card when I realized it was perfect for Selena AND Las Vegas so I decided to add it.

image This is a stampendous stamp that I bought from Selena’s fabulous “Little Green Truck” “Scrapmobile” “Memories in Motion” Scrapendipity Way of Life” mobile scrapbooking shop.  Her selection of Halloween items is amazing as Selena is a Halloween Fanatic!


Gotta Wear Shades

This is a layout of my Niece’s son, dear sweet Maddock who obviously took to the Phoenix lifestyle when he came to visit us last winter. You just cam’t get much cooler than this!


The Sun and the Moon and the Stars Line Up

In a blog post a while back  I complained about Sandra “outpublishing ” me (ok so I complained in more than one blog post).

Later in the year before last, I finally got some Happy Mail.  I got an email informing me that it was time find a pizza box that wasn’t covered in greasy cheese to use for mailing, because one of my layouts had been chosen for publication!  Oh Happy Day!

This layout was published in the Canadian Scrapbooker:



Canadian Scrapbooker Winter 2013-2014

The category was using resin on a layout.  My friend, Kim H. had introduced me to using resin back in the day when we worked together at Scrapbooker’s Paradise.  She is totally amazing at using this stuff.  In fact she made me not one but two name tags to wear at the store.  The first one reflected what I thought I looked like and the second one, was what Kim thought I looked like.  No matter, I love them both!


Merely Meerkats but Oh so Adorable

I have loved these little creatures ever since the movie The Lion King came out.  Meerkat Moms do some amazing things to protect and raise their young.  One of the craziest is that they find scorpions  AND bite off their stingers before  giving the rest of the live scorpions to their young for lunch.   Now that is Mom-ism at its’ finest I would say.  They live in groups called mobs.  Really?  The tough teenage meerkats must like that……………yeah I live with the mob!!


Supplies: Bo Bunny Safari Collection, Bo Bunny Noteworthy Safari ephemera,  Bo Bunny Safari Chipboard,  Papertrey Ink tiny type die and stamp, glossy accents, Hemp cord Hemptique, Simon Says Stamp Giant Geotag die (Bargain at $1.00 if you have a need for a giant geotag.  Guess both Sandra and I felt the need because we both got one), Envirotex Lite Epoxy, Souvenir 3D postcard (photographed better than I expected),Scor tape and Tombow tape runner.