Thursday, July 1, 2021

Happy Canada Day!! - Video hop

Hi everyone! I'm happy to welcome you here again (this means that something big is happening!) :) 

Happy Canada Day! I’m joining a group of Crafty Canadian YouTubers and we’re celebrating this special day by featuring Canadian craft products and shops. A total of 16 shops and 2 Canadian papercraft magazines have generously sponsored today’s event and we’re giving away over $1300 in prizes! After you’ve finished watching my video, please leave a comment for your chance to win, and then click on the link in the description below the video for the next person in the hop.

Don't forget to follow me, that would be highly appreciated! <3

Read further before you join the hop!

This year I've discovered a new Canadian brand: Pigment Craft Co.

Check out their IG account to automatically fall in love with them!

It could also make you win 100$ in gift certificate since while we are video hopping, they are IG hopping!! Head there when you're done with our video hop. Their IG handle is: @pigmentcraftco

Here's my affiliate link to Pigment Craft Co if you want to shop there after the hop!! It won't cost you anymore and it will give me a little something so that I can continue to inspire you!

A lot of our sponsors are also offering discount codes!! Find them at the end of this blog post and on  Emily's blog with the full list of prizes and participants:


The more you comment, the higher your chances of winning. (Please indicate if you are in Canada or elsewhere as a few prizes are restricted to Canadian addresses only.) All of the giveaway details are on Emily’s blog. Comments close at 11:59pm EST on Sunday, July 11, 2021 and all winners will be announced on Saturday, July 17, 2021.

Have fun hoping, being inspired and shopping!! :D

And Happy Canada Day eh!



Creative Scrapbooker

Contest Entry Form

codeword: CANADA21

Ecstasy Crafts

$25 off $50+ order using code BLOGHOPCA

Jennifer Edwardson

15% off with CANADADAY

Valid July 1-11

The Paper & Ink Boutique

20% off with CanadaDay20

This coupon code is valid July 1-31 and can be used once per customer during that time period. Gift certificates, classes, take&makes, Jennifer Edwardson Creative Kits, Big Shot Machines, Gemini Jr Machines, pre-orders and Scrappy Hour are excluded. 

Penguin Palace

20% off using code CDAY20OFF

Valid from 30 Jun 9:00pm to 11 July 11:59pm PDT

Pigment Craft Co

15% off using code CELEBRATECANADADAY

Valid July 1st 2am EST - July 4th 10pm EST on all products in the Pigment Craft shop. Cannot be used towards free shipping minimums or to cover shipping fees.

Scrap ’n Stamp

20% off with Canada20

Scrapbook & Cards Today

10% off using code SCT10

This exclusive offer valid through July 15, 2021 can be used on any online classes, stamps and dies sets and kits on the Scrapbook & Cards Today website. This offer is not valid on events, subscriptions or the SCT Sampler.

Scrapbook Cottage  

or our Warehouse partner site

15% off using the Code - CanadaDayHop (case sensitive)

Two Scrapbook Friends

20% off with VIDEOHOP21

Valid July 1-10

Code is valid on most items in our store. There are a few things that are excluded and those can be found under our FAQs.

Your Next Stamp

30% off with CANADA

July 1-11

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Kutna Hora

I have another video up on my YouTube channel.
This layout is about the day we spent at Kutna Hora, in the Czech Republic, a city where there is a church decorated with with human bones!!

You can read more about Kutna Hora and it's churches here:

And reading this, I know that I owe my scrapbook a more accurate description of the town.

Here's the link to my Yout tube channel process video:

And here are some close ups of the details.

These vellum leaves and sequins are from my Pot Pourri collection and they are now 50%. 

I hope you get to scrap and treat yourself to some creative time! 

Stay safe and see you again soon!


Thursday, September 24, 2020

First impressions of Prague

That conversation with Tiffany and Tracie (The Scrapgals) really made an impression on me! Here I am with my 2nd layout in 3 weeks (!!) that will make up my Prague album! I'm so excited!

One of my most vivid memory of us arriving in Prague is when after dropping all our things at the hotel and resting a little bit, we brought the girls to the main square in the city to show them OUR NEW HOME TOWN! 

This sight of Tyn church always gets me and moves me! Arielle's reaction was:
"Mom! Why are there so many people in my city?" Precious.
I always imagined that she already felt like home.

We wandered the streets and tried to find all the good things the girls would love:

The Prague candies at the Chocolate Museum.
The Trdelnik.
The street artists.

There are so many impressions when we travel, right? But when we move, we feel lost and we find ourselves looking for some good things to grasp. That's what my layout was all about. I'm not sure I could capture it very clearly in so little words and photos. I might need many more pages to explain more...

But for now, here's my layout.
You can se my process video here, on YouTube.

Saturday, September 19, 2020


My first ever scrapbooking process video is online! 
Please go and give it a thumbs up and maybe a comment?! :)
You can also subscribe to my channel. I'm intending to do more. 

If you are arriving from my YouTube channel, thank you and Welcome to my blog! 

This layout, Bailey, was born from a stamp set. I fell in love with that cute little clipboard stamp by Catherine Pooler Designs.

Since I haven't scrapbooked in a while, I also haven't shopped in a while. These products are all pretty "vintage" lol I used colors I love and subtle patterns.

Some acrylic embellishments from past Citrus Twist Kit kits.

I fussy cut some stamped details, stitched with my sewing machine and used stickers and puffy stickers from my stash.

A piece of vellum scrap with hears in it, a tiny trombone, some chipboard pieces...

I also used a letterboard die from Mama Elephant. 

I'm glad to be back and productive in my studio. Scrapbooking really keeps me alive!
I'm glad you're here to share this with me. :)


Thursday, September 17, 2020

3rd Cutest Video Hop Ever

 For the 3rd time in a row, Maya, Arielle and I are participating in the

instigated by Emily Leiphart, 4 years ago.

This year we played with products from Catherine Pooler Designs, Ranger ink and Lawn Fawn.

We had some serious fun!

To see our 3 cards, I'll invite you to head over to my YouTube channel.

There are so many sponsors this year and so many prizes to win! Over 1000$ in prizes! Isn't that incredible?! To win, simply like and comment on as many videos as you'd like. Arielle, Maya and I would also appreciate a follow. :)

See you over there!! 

Marie with Arielle and Maya (and Bailey) xo

Monday, September 14, 2020

The Scrapgals Podcast

 Hey everyone!

Last Monday I was so happy to jump over my fear and be a guest on the Scrapgals podcast! Yay for being brave! Right?!

If you want to listen to the episode you'll have to register for the podcast and you can do so right here.

The episode is called Marie's dilemma and was prompted when I talked about having not scrapbooked in 3 years and being kind of lost as of where to start again.

After looking at all my already created albums/layouts, and after making some switches of some layouts that should live in different albums, I came up with the list of what I have, which is always a good starting point:

My Childhood (birth to 20 years old - right before I met my husband) | 2 albums full

Vancouver/Meeting my husband | Some layouts

Switzerland (1999 to 2010) | Some layouts

Travels (occurred while living in Switzerland + after kids) | 1 album full

Our wedding | Some layouts

Our honeymoon | Some layouts

My oldest daughter | 3 albums

My youngest daughter | 2 albums

Project Life/Day to day life | 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (half the year)

Prague and Paris | some layouts (more than I thought)

From there, I decided to write down what I wanted to have in my library of memories, in other words, what I want to add to my collection:


Teenage years - jobs, cars, brother, synchronized skating, Highschool - 3 schools, prom, graduation, summers with brother and friends 

Vancouver - friends, family, school, private classes, activities

Wedding - civil

Wedding - religious Guests, flowers, music, colors, invitation, menu, photograph, ceremony, reception

Honeymoon - Camping trip through USA

Honeymoon - Cruise

Honeymoon - Canada with the inlaws

Honeymoon - Canada with the friends

Travel - one layout per place visited

Switzerland - moving to... German classes, friends, outings with the boys, job

Bachelor degree in Canada (4 years)

Back to Switzerland (before having my baby)

Young mom - 2 babies away from home, expat life but not really

Travel after kids (take out of family album and gather as travel instead)

Moving to USA - life in USA (other than Project Life) - moves to Farmington, Avon, NC

Prague - special stories: house, villae, school, friends, concerts/dance, city, visits, special events and visits


Travel while living again in Europe (2016-2019)

Move to Cleveland/summer (2019)

Everyday life - Covid

Since the podcast appearance and talk with the two hosts (Tiffany and Tracie), I have much more clarity as you can see by my "want-to-do list" and with clarity comes Mojo and motivation! Woohoo! I have to say that I have had Tiffany watching over my shoulder and steering me in the right direction every day of the week! lol 

Here's the first layout I made and that will go into my Prague album:


Some comments in this layout: 
- I had so many photos that I had to use 2 pages. 
- Some photos didn't make it on the layout
- I liked playing with different size photos. I print at home and resize my photo with Photoshop.
- I was overwhelmed by the products because I haven't used any in a very long while! So I opened an armoire, grabbed a pile of stickers, chipboards, letters and just started! My intuition did the rest and knew how to guide me to the right products. I had been a 24/7 scrapbooker for 9 years after all. Can't really lose that experience it seems like!
- Starting with a white background is ALWAYS a good idea. It's a neutral canvas and you can always add more colors to it with embellishments and photos!
- When stuck, just continue. 
- Sometimes, more is more ;) Trust the process. And a story told is always better than one untold! <3 

Now a little bonus, coming directly from the podcast: 

I talked about a layout I made about my childhood. My neighborhood and the different places making it up. Here it is with some close-ups.

I've cut out my address in black paper with my Silhouette! 

I took these pictures one summer, when visiting my parents in Canada, I went back to my childhood neighborhood, 2 hours drive away!) and snapped pictures of my school, grandma's house, babysitter, etc... But you could do the same using Google Earth and screen shoting the different places of your childhood.

Stitching on a layout makes everything better!! Take your sewing machine out of the wardrobe and try it! :) 

The map was screenshotted from Google maps. You can see here the starting point.... A.

On the right page I added more photos of the street, the inside of the house, the backyard, the schoolyard... places where I played and hung out! I wrote the name of the place or street and added some childhood stories as the description of the photos. 

Hope this can inspire and motivate some of you to scrapbook, no matter how long you have been stuck! If I could, you can totally do it too. Assess what you have, find out what you want, and start!! :)

Have fun memory keeping!


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Canada Day Video Hop

Hey everyone!
Happy Canada day!

Happy to see you here.

Welcome to the Canada Day Video Hop where Canadian crafters and crafting companies have gotten together to celebrate!!

I’m joining a group of Crafty Canadian YouTubers and we’re celebrating this special day by featuring Canadian craft products and shops. A total of 13 shops and 2 Canadian papercraft magazines have generously sponsored today’s event and we’re giving away over $1000 in prizes!  

We have 25 individual gift certificates ranging from 25$ to 100$, a one-year subscription to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine, and a grand prize package worth 150$ from Scrapbook & Cards Today to give away.

In total there are over 1000$ in prizes!

You will find my 3 projects on my You Tube channel.
Here are some sneak peeks.

Digital image by

Stamps by Penguin Palace

Digital image by Angie Blom

After you’ve finished watching my video, please leave a comment for your chance to win, and then click on the link in the description below for the next person in the hop. The more you comment, the higher your chances of winning. (Please indicate if you are in Canada or elsewhere as a few prizes are restricted to Canadian addresses only.) All of the giveaway details are on Emily’s blog. If you get lost along the way, please head to Emily’s blog for the full list of participants:

Comments close at 11:59pm EST on July 17, 2020 and all winners will be announced on Monday, July 20, 2020.

Enjoy the celebration and Happy Canada Day!! ;)