Creative Scrappers – Birthday Bash

Welcome to the Creative Scrappers Blog Hop! We are celebrating 6 years of Creating with Sketches.


We’re so excited to share 12 new sketches for you today, and some inspiring layouts as well.

We’ll be giving away a few prizes, so be sure to play along and check back on Saturday night, April 26th, to see if you’re the lucky winner!

Here are the different ways you can play along:
1. Like Creative Scrappers on Facebook
2. Giveaways will be done on our Facebook page all day!
3. Help spread the news!

Since I’m all about the grids lately, I was super happy to be working with this sketch (click on image for a larger version):

BB Sketch

And here is what I did with it (click on image for a larger version):

BB Layout

I love that Creative Scrappers puts ideas in my head that simply would not have existed. I was able to take this sketch and make it completely my own, which is important!

Here is the blog hop order:

Amanda Johnson
Ashley Horton
Danielle de Konink
Jenny Evans
Jody Rogers
Kathy Skou
Kristine Davidson
Michelle Whorwood
Missy Whidden
Sherri Funk
Stephanie Hart
Tara Elias (you are here!)

Back to Creative Scrappers

Head on over to the Creative Scrappers blog and download our sketches from today’s birthday bash blog hop! We have tons of giveaways on our facebook page today thanks to our our awesome blog hop sponsors :

Creative Scrappers, Let’s Capture Our Memories, Paper Camellia, Creative Embellishments, My Scraps & More, Scrapbook & Cards Today, Simple Stories, Jillibean Soup, Pinkfresh Studio, Davida Stafford – CTMH, Paper Issues, My Creative Scrapbook

Thank you for playing along today, and check in Sunday with us for more layouts using Sketch 267.

Thanks for visiting today, and enjoy the Blog Hop!

In a New York State of Mind


Less than one year from now, I will be joining some cherished friends in New York City to do what we all love to do together. SING. We will be joining a group of esteemed singers and musicians from Europe, the USA and Canada, and be performing the show at Lincoln Centre. That’s right, I said Lincoln Centre. You know, the home of the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera and let’s not forget Julliard.

Back in 2009, I participated in an Oratorio about events that took place during the Holocaust, called “I Believe”. Composer extraordinaire and my former high school music guru, Zane Zalis, composed the entire orchestral score and lyrics. We spent 5 months rehearsing, 3 nights a week nearing show time. It was a huge undertaking (5 years on his part, to be exact) and on May 21st, 2009, we premiered it alongside the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at the Centennial Concert Hall, under the direction of Alexander Mickelthwaite. It was a magical evening that took something as profoundly unimaginable as the Holocaust, and made it understood by men, women and children of all ages, races and languages.

I Believe” takes you from Kristallnacht in 1938, through to the disbelief of what was beginning to happen and the race to survive, to the final solution that was decided upon by the Nazi hierarchy and the concentration camps. To the Death Marches, liberation and freedom and finally, with the feeling of unbearable loss and wonder at how and where to possibly start over.

It was an incredible and moving experience, and I feel honored to have been a part of it. It has since premiered in Toronto and Stuttgart, Germany, both to sold out crowds.

The crazy thing is… when I was first invited to come to the rehearsals in 2008, I considered not going. I hadn’t sung with this group in a very long time and was nervous to show up after all those years since my graduation. I can’t even fathom that I almost didn’t go. It has brought some wonderful people into my life, and afforded me some wonderful opportunities.

And I’m so happy it isn’t over, and is still continuing into 2014.

You can check out that first live performance on iTunes here.

While I don’t talk about the music part of my life a whole lot, it’s something that’s deeply a part of me. I don’t know why I don’t talk about it a lot, no particular reason, but maybe because it feels like a part of my past life. Something I was passionate about when I was younger and wanted to make it my future. You know how the story goes. You get older, you get a job, a family and reality kicks in that you’re probably not going to be a famous singer ;) which is why I feel so blessed that every so often, I get an email from Zane to participate in whatever cool thing that he has going on. And we all gather again in that room at Miles Mac and it all comes together again, like we had been doing it all along.

The coolest part is that I’ll be experiencing all this with my two besties – One bestie is in the show with me and the other is coming along for the ride. There will be many things seen and done, including a couple of Broadway shows, visits to Saks, Bloomingdales and of course, the Louboutin store (where I will watch in a mix of half-horror, half jealousy as said two besties make shoe purchases), WTC tours, Museum visits, cocktails and pizza consumed (not necessarily in the same sitting, but I can’t guarantee anything), Central Park visiting… the list goes on.

I’ve been to NYC before, but probably didn’t even scratch the surface, so if you have any restaurant recs, send em’ my way!

Creative Scrappers Sketch 265

Good morning! Back with another Sunday morning reveal for Creative Scrappers!

You know, when I first saw this sketch, I knew immediately that I wanted to work with Amy Tan’s Plus One line. Why? Because the sketch is bold, just like AT’s newest collection. Here it is:


And here’s my take on it:

CS265 Tara

So basically a PL spread on a layout – love it!

This month, our sponsor is Scraptastic Kit Club! Play along to win!

Check out the full reveal here.

Happy Sunday friends!

Five on Friday

Back with another Installment of Five on Friday, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite things to blog about… mainly because it allows me to get these random thoughts out of my head and out there in the world :)


1) I received this print this week from the lovely Elise Blaha Cripe. I love the concept of her new business, Make29, and I truly look forward to what she’s going to be putting out there all year. Already super excited about her March release :)

2) While we’re talking things I love – Studio Calico released these WRMK 4×4 Mini Albums in their shop this week and I picked up a grey one. I’m not sure just exactly I’m going to document with this little beauty, but I love LOVE what Tracy is doing with hers.

3) I am having so much fun this week being MOH in my best friends wedding. Not that I haven’t enjoyed it all along, but I’ve had some opportunity this week to do some planning for some of the fun little traditions that go along with a wedding. And we all know how much I like planning! For those of you that don’t know me personally, the correct answer is “a lot”.

4) One Little Word is coming along swimmingly. Inevitably, there have been times I have not felt all that connected with my word (which is goals, by the way), but this process keeps it at the forefront of my mind, so that if I do happen to feel disconnected, getting reconnected is a priority. Loving Ali’s chill, laid-back approach, love that it’s focused on writing, love that it gave me the opportunity to do something really fun, like making a vision board and sharing that experience with my Stepdaughter. She made her own Vision Board, and while I’m pretty sure she didn’t know what she was getting herself into that Friday night, her words to me when we were done were, “I am so glad I did this, that was super fun!”.

5) I’m excited to be travelling to NYC this coming November to sing at Lincoln Centre with a group I perform with from time to time. I’ll have a blog post about that coming soon!

Happy Weekend!

Easy Peasy Salad

I’ve been eating this salad for a month straight. I don’t want to eat it so much that I tire of it, but I can’t stop. It’s so good.


• Greens (I use half spring mix, half spinach)
• Diced up Strawberries
• Feta Cheese
• Pecans
• I use a Berry Vinaigrette for added flavor, but any old Vinaigrette would do.

No measurements required :)

Enjoy your day!

Project Life Olympic Recap

Being that the Olympics only come around once every 4 years, pretending in my PL binder like it didn’t captivate my heart and soul for two weeks just wasn’t an option. I pondered how I was going to highlight this experience, and actually, it came together pretty easily once I had some key components:

– Screenshots and Google Image
– Mini Keychain Version of the Red Olympic Mittens that The Hudsons Bay Co. sells every 4 years
– The Wooden Maple Leaf I had saved from a Michaels visit months earlier
– Red Paint and Red Labels

That was all fine and dandy, but then my Office Hours PL Kit came and didn’t that “Golden” card just jump out at me. I said to myself, “self, what a perfect card for your Olympic PL spread!”. And then I remembered the labels. The glorious gold trimmed labels that a lot of us over at SC have been hoarding. I finally found a use that was worth finally putting them down on paper (er, photo).

Page 1

Flap 1

Page 2

Page 3

Flap 2

Any pictures depicting a gold medal win got a gold label, and all other medal wins or important highlights of the games got red labels.

Did you document the Olympics and if so, how? Link me up!

Creative Scrappers Sketch 264

I’m back with another Creative Scrappers Sketch on this fine Sunday… diving right in, here it is:


This was an easy one for me, and don’t we all love those easy layouts once in awhile? For me anyway, I’m a slow scrapper by nature, so every so often when one comes together quickly, I am super happy! Here’s my take:


Chic Tags (love me some Chic Tags) is our sponsor for March and a $30 prize pack will be awarded to the winner!

Check out the full reveal here.

Happy Sunday

Day Planner Saga

Probably this post should have been named #firstworldproblems.

Those who know me well can attest to my love of planning and organizing. Every winter, I’ve delighted in picking a new planner that I’m going to use for the upcoming year, creating labels for any pre-scheduled activities (with pictures, obviously) and getting all ready so that on January 1st, I can officially open it up for business.

That is, until I got an iPhone. It became increasingly inconvenient to have a paper planner, when everything was in my iPhone calendar. Being that this device is in my hand or right beside me all the live-long-day, it was highly unlikely that I would bypass this to go over to my purse in the evenings and open up a paper planner. “But self, you love paper!”, I would argue with myself. (in case you’re wondering, yes I do know how ridiculous I sound).

Then the filofax rage began, and I decided to buy one. Because of all of the above. I was going to fight the urge to use my iPhone calendar and stick with paper. I purchased printables from the talented and uber-organized Marcy Penner and printed and cut until my heart was content. And then it sat on my desk. Because again, in this fast paced life, it doesn’t make sense for me to use a paper planner. I am on the go constantly, it’s just not going to work for me.

Solution: I’ve re-embraced my iPhone calendar for life planning. It’s really the only way for me. All appointments, dance classes, hockey games, reminders and events stay in there. But I decided creative planning was really what was lacking in my life, and holding me back from some of the things I want to accomplish. And there the idea of my creative planner was born.

I bought this beautiful Russell & Hazel mini binder from Tiny Feast originally to use for OLW. But after I decided to switch to full size 8.5×11 for that, I had this gorgeous gold mini binder sitting there, unused. Neglected.

I definitely had a few must-have categories, like Project Life Planning, Layout Planning and Blog Ideas/Scheduling. I also knew I wanted to keep track of online shopping, and meal planning. I realize that last one doesn’t exactly fall under the category of “creative planning”, but it is something I write down once a week, so I needed to make a divider for that. Neither does online shopping really, but lets face it, most of what I buy online is for creative purposes :)

So here’s a little of what I came up with. I only have a few pictures, because it’s not quite complete yet.


First Page

Tiny Feast has a beautiful rainbow of these little Paperway Notebooks, but I was most drawn to the pink. I removed the cover to add the “notes and ideas” title. This is where I write down all my ideas. Currently the ideas I have in there are mostly related to the craft room move, the new guest room and most importantly, my IKEA shopping list for said guest room. I house this little notebook in an almost-perfectly sized ziplock bag.

Page 2

The plan for this section is to add inspiring quotes, images, color combo’s, you name it, as I come across them. I can already see this is going to take some effort, because most of my inspo is carefully organized into categories in my Pinterest board, but I want to be intentional about a little cutting and pasting once in awhile.


Love these planner pages. If I use a different Page Protector Style, I just use correction tape and a pencil to draw new lines. Easy peasy.

I will definitely be updating with more pics soon!

How do you organize the creative side of your life (if at all)?

Thanks for looking!