Sunday, September 28, 2008

Wedding Plan Update

Well, things continue to be in the works for the plannning process. The two activites that took place this week included meeting with are photographer Jade. We heard about him through one of my sister's friends, who used him this past June for their wedding. Andrei and I met with him on Wednesday early evening to discuss his photograph style, pricing, and see the various packages that he offers. We booked him and are very happy with the services that he is offering. He has a website and a blog that you can check out to see the different photography styles. So, that is a relief to have the photographer booked, as they really seemed to be booking up very fast.

The next wedding item on the list of things to do was to meet with the priest. He wanted to meet with both of us, and fill us in on all the details of the process for having a Catholic wedding. In order to get married in the church we had to have to attend marriage preparation courses. There are different ways to have them work out. But, the challenging thing is to coordinate it with the weekend and Andrei's work schedule, as he doesn't always have weekends off. So, it looks like we will start in Janurary, and take our last class in April. Now, that is a long time in between, but that is the way our schedules jive with the schedules of the marriage preparation courses. We did find out though that flash photography and decorating of the church is permitted, so I would really like to make a point of decorating the inside of the church. I would like to have a border going down the centre of the church with tulle. White and some lilac. I have mastered the tieing of the bows from our engagement party, so hopefully that will work the way it is picutred in my mind.

The next wedding planning activity to take place, is the Welcome Wagon Wedding fair in Langley. Mom and I will be attending the bridal fair tomorrow. Hopefully my uncle and cousin will be able to atten as well, but with work schedules this might get a little tricky. However, I am bringing my book, pen, and camera to get as many ideas as I can from the fashion show and any vendours that might be there. I would really like to get a wedding cake booked.

Thanks for checking in!

Monday, September 15, 2008

I Have Been Published!

Well, I had quite the surprise today when I got home from work. In my mail box the weekly Chirp online magazine was waiting for me in my mailbox. I always enjoy looking at this magazine, as it gives weekly tips on how to better use my Cricut Machine (electronic die cutter). Well, to my surprise, the card that I had posted in a particular forum was featured in their online magazine that is sent to over 4000 viewers. The quote beside the picture was:

"Rachel designed an adorable bridal shower invitation. I had to include it in my list of projects that I loved created with Storybook. The design is so creative I was really impressed with it."

I wasn't planning on posting the card because I didn't want people seeing it before they may receive it. But, I just can't resist posting it. I am just tooo excited!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Metallic Cards

It is far too late to be up! But, I got the creative bug after making the bag below. So, I made a few more cards while having a cup of tea to relax. I also had to wait for my sheets to dry. I forgot they were in the dryer, so I had time to play!

Cuttle Bug Trick

Well, when procrastinating from school work. I find neat tricks online of projects to do with the cuttlebug. The possibilities are endless. Here is a cute project with endless possibilities. A decorated paper bag. I just used a brown paper bag, as it was all that had around the house. But, imagine how pretty a coloured paper bag or a plain white paper bag would look cuttlebugged.

This bag was cuttlebugged three times. It is important to make sure the design matches up each time. I then rubbed ink over both sides of the bag to have the embossed part pick up the colour. I used a bronze and pink colour. Use the lighter colour first, so you don't dirty your lighter colour ink pad. I then hole punched the top with my crop-a-dile. Used some ribbon, and finished the bag off with a butterfly die cut.

Cute Hey!

So many possibilities!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Interesting You Tube Videos

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Cards I Made After Class

Well, when I got home from class last night, I decided I needed to take a break and relax. So, I decided to make some cards. Well, I got quite a few done in a very short period of time. I think it was an hour and a half or so. What is my secret you ask? Well, this summer when I had a whole bunch of scraps, and goodies from the swaps I have participated in, I decided that I would do some planning and cordinating, and put the the pieces into a little ziploc bag to make a card kit. Well, what a great suggestion this was. As, I was able to just sit right down and make a whole bunch of cards without searching aimlessly for creativity or ideas! Thanks for checking out my creations!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Survived the First Week

Well, it's Friday night, and I feel like I have been thrown against a brick wall. Few am I ever exhausted. This week was a busy one. I went from no routine from extreme routine. Tire changing, many class changes, and a new class assignment. I am now a grade three four teacher at my school. I am really looking forward to this assignment. Friends from work are surprised with how my reaction has been, but to be honest I don't see any need to get into a panic about it. I have taught grade three and I have taught grade four, and now they are together! I have less letter grades to assign, and I have a very small class size, so for now it seems like a win-win situation. But, boy am I exhausted.

However, I did have a chance to do a little creating on Wednesday night. Here are some of the projects that I completed!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am an avid message board vister of the Candian Swap and Chat Board. I have met a lovely and creative group of ladies. As a fun little thing to do. We decided to pull names for an end of summer gift swap. You spend twenty dollars, and then send it to your pal secretly. To help buy the scrappy goodies, you fill out a list with a whole bunch of questions about scrapping and non scrapping, and then they use that to buy gifts. My secret sister went beyond that she even remembered my fiancee's first initial and bought that for our book, along with wedding goodies. She gave me a whole bunch of great gifties to do a whole bunch of scrappy things with. The one that I am looking forward to is the canvas. I think I am going to take an engagement picture this weekend and turn it into a canvas picture frame. We will see if I have time. If not it will be the following weekend project!

Monday, September 01, 2008

Splendid Engagement Party!

Well, it was a Splendid Engagement Party that Andrei's parents had thrown for us. And we couldn't have asked for better weather. It didn't rain all day or all night while the party was happening. We were able to easily decorate on Friday, as the weather cleared up and it was a great event.

It was wonderful to see so many friends and family members at this event, and have the opportunity to get to Party with each other before the big event next summer!

We had a fabulous time!

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