Saturday, February 13, 2021


Back in 1995 we were living back on the mainland of BC in Richmond, a suburb of Vancouver. In May when the cruise ships are doing a change over from doing cruises in the Caribbean to doing the Alaska cruises they usually do these short 2 or 3 day cruises going from Vancouver to Seattle and back. I took my son and I on one of these cruises along with my sister and another friend. This is a layout of a photo of my son and I taken on this cruise. 

I used the paper line "Broccato Estense" from the Ciao Bella paper company. I distressed all of the papers on this layout and used some vintage photo distress ink on all of the papers. I did fussy cutting of some of the flowers in the papers, along with cutting out some of the tags and envelope from the papers. I layered these and other papers underneath my matted photo. I added some pretty blue and white roses, die cut leaves and some pretty blue berry stems and a Prima bird nest and small metal dove. 

I was quite pleased the way the layout turned out and I would love to hear your comments on the layout.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

COVID-19 - let humor get you through this Pandemic!

So you're stuck at home during this pandemic that's going on, you've binge watched every show on Netflix, searched everything possible on Pinterest. Now what do you do? Well if you're like me I head to my craft room. I've really got into making things with my new CricutMaker machine. I've come across so many funny sayings while surfing through Pinterest and decided why not give people something to laugh about and put some of these funny sayings on T-shirts, coffee mugs etc. Here are a couple of T-shirts to do with Covid-19 that I've made. The "Covid-19" T-shirt is a Mens/Unisex large short sleeve T-shirt and the "Social Distancing" shirt is a men's large tank top. I sell the T-shirts and tank tops for $25 each and you can order in a different size and/or color.

The Social Distancing T-shirt went over really well with some of the guys my husband works with, I think I sold about 10 or 12 of these ones to them, lol. The saying is on the back of the T-shirts so while you re standing in line ups at the store etc it gives a good laugh to the people behind you. And if they are not social distancing themselves they'll get the message, lol. If you are interested in purchasing any of these items you can find them in my Etsy shop here: Scrapping Passion .

Or on my Facebook page here: Scrappers Heaven

If you have any ideas you would like on a T-shirt just leave me a comment or email me at: sdinnell @ (please leave the space before and after the @ sign out when emailing (this is to stop robots from sending spam). I look forward to your comments!


Sunday, June 21, 2020

Cork Board Coasters

At Christmas I had bought a friend of  mine some cute drink coasters with funny sayings on them. After making T-shirts etc with my new Cricut Maker I remembered the coasters and thought I could make some coasters like that. All I had to do was find out where I could buy cork board for these. I ended up finding thin 2' x 3' sheets of cork board at the local Home Hardware store in town which was used as underlay for flooring at a cost of only $4.99. I was able to cut these into 4" x 4" squares and used HTV or Heat Transfer Vinyl to make the sayings.

The four sayings I came up with for the coasters are:
"Dinner is Poured"
"Squats? I thought you said let's do shots!"
"I can't fix the Weather but I can fix a Drink"
"The first thing on my Bucket List is to fill the bucket with Wine!"
I'm sure I'll come up with more cute quotes to put on these coasters. I'm going to be selling these in my Etsy Shop "ScrappingPassion" here:

I'd love to hear your comments!
#cricutmaker #cricutmakerprojects #cricutcrafts #coasters #corkcoasters #corkboardcoasters #corkboard #drinkcoasters


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

My New Obsession

I was visiting my daughter back at the beginning of December and she introduced me to the "Cricut Maker" and the "Cricut Easy Press". Of course I knew all about Cricut being a scrapbooker but I hadn't heard about the Cricut Maker. They call the Cricut Maker – the ultimate smart cutting machine. It cuts vinyl, fabrics, leather, paper, and balsa wood.
The things my daughter had been making with vinyl were amazing. From T-shirts, canvas bags,  baby onsies to mugs, and signs. I could cut a lot of the vinyl with my Cricut Expression which I had done years ago to make some vinyl sayings for my walls in my craft room but really had not got into it that much. My Cricut Expression was getting a little old so I thought well maybe I should get the Cricut Maker. So my daughter then showed me that there were different types of vinyl. There was regular vinyl that you used to add onto mugs and signs etc, that type of vinyl was permanent adhesive vinyl and then regular vinyl that you could put on items that you don't want to be permanent such as putting on walls that you may want to take off at some point.  

The other type of vinyl that you could use is "Heat Transfer Vinyl" or "HTV". This type of vinyl you would use for putting on T-shirts and canvas etc. To apply this vinyl you would need a source of heat such as an iron or better yet, the "Cricut Easy Press".>
Cricut has a Heat Transfer Guide that gives you proven time and temperature settings for virtually any project. Just select your base material and your heat-transfer material, and the guide walks you through a perfect application. 

So after seeing how these all worked I thought I have to buy myself these two machines. Well it was December so I was busy Christmas shopping for the family so I wouldn't be able to buy anything like this for myself for some time. That didn't stop me from searching on Amazon and Michael's for the best prices. I did find that Michael's had the best prices. 

So I do all the Christmas shopping for us, so the only gift that my husband has to shop is for me. We all know how much men like to shop so I usually end up getting a gift card or cash. My husband had so much work the past year so we had been able to put big lump sum payments against our mortgage. My Christmas gift from my husband was almost $1,000.00, to say I was excited hardly came close to what I was feeling. On Boxing Day I went online and ordered my Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress! Of course since I ordered these I would have to order myself some of the vinyls to use with the machines, so back on Amazon I go and order myself some vinyl!

Well I've been busy making T-shirts, canvas bags, baby onsies, and mugs. I've been selling a lot of these items on my Etsy Shop "ScrappingPassion" along with different Facebook groups. Here are just some of the items I've been making and selling.

These are just a few of the things I've made with my new Cricut Maker and I'd love to hear your comments on them! stay safe everyone!

#cricutmaker #cricut, #cricuteasypress #crafts #hobbies #scrapbooking  #etsyshopScrappingPassion #tshirts #mugs

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Lovin' the Blues

How's everyone doing during this Covid-19 pandemic. I hope everyone is staying home and staying safe during this crazy time. We've been lucky that our spring time has finally showed up with warm temperatures and not much rain so we've been able to get out into the yard getting it cleaned up, getting some of our vegetable garden and hanging baskets planted. Still waiting on getting more plants for our baskets and vegetable garden though.

In the meantime I've been doing some more scrapping. I absolutely love Ciao Bella's "Broccato Estense" paper collection with all of the beautiful blue colors. I thought this collection would be perfect for this cute photo of our youngest grandson Henry. I did so many other layouts for Henry's first year album but of course that album went to our daughter and family. So I figured I better make some layouts for ourselves. I did some layering with the different papers and some tags I cut out of the collection. I cut one of the metal flowers I had in my stash in half and attached them to the matted photo which I had popped up with some cardboard. I then made some light blue and navy blue flowers using a set of dies that I had. the small light blue and navy blue rosebuds were from my stash. I also cut out a hexagon die chipboard that I cut apart and added those to the layers. I had these small glass flowers in my stash for ages and I used those to dot around the layout. To finish the layout off I added the small chipboard frame onto the photo. I was quite happy with how the layout turned out. Here's the finished layout, I'd love to hear your comments!
 #scrapbooking #scraplayout #grandson #family #CiaoBellaBroccatoEstense #ciaobella #broccatoestense

Sunday, April 12, 2020

New Year New Post...finally!

Wow I haven't posted on my blog since the end of December 2019! Who knew back in December that right now we would be in the middle of a world wide pandemic with "Covid-19". It's a pretty scary world out there right now. I hope that everyone is doing their best to "stay home to stay safe". I feel really bad for all of the people who have lost their jobs because of this pandemic. We are lucky that my husband is a truck driver so he is still able to work and I'm retired now so I have my retirement monies coming in. But there is so many families who don't have that luxury of having monies still coming into the household. It's the small business owners who have had to lay off their workers and may not be able to recover from this and have to close their businesses down that I feel really bad for, so we try to shop and support these businesses. I also hope that the people who can afford it will still be able to help by purchasing from crafters on-line like myself  who don't have the opportunity to go to craft markets that have been shut down because of this pandemic. I would just like to say a huge thank you to all of the nurses/doctors, and first responders who are putting their own health at risk to hep everyone else!

Luckily being a crafter I am able to keep myself occupied doing my scrapbooking/card making. I have also got into making t-shirts and mugs etc which I hope to get listed on my website soon and hope that you will check it out. For now I am just going to post the layouts that I have been making.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Christmas Mini Album

Welcome to my blog. I hope everyone has been having a great holiday season! I'm finally getting around to posting my first "Christmas" mini album. I used Prima's "Christmas in the Country" paper collection. I just love this paper collection, it's so pretty with an old fashion feel to it.The album is 6"x 6" with a 2" spine. It has a red ribbon closure with a "Memories" chipboard title on the front which I painted red. I also made a poinsettia flower for the front using one of my dies. On the spine I made a little dangle with Santa's face on a flattened bottle cap with some little Christmas bells hanging from it. Here are some photo's of the album:

I have also made a video of the mini album:

Monday, November 25, 2019


I hadn't made a layout for awhile since I was working on my "Crafty Companion". I've had this photo of  my daughter sitting in my box of "photos to scrap" for about a year. My daughter's friend took this photo of my daughter back in October 2018 just before she had surgery for breast cancer, almost 20 years to the day since I had my surgery for breast cancer. Now a year has gone by and she's finished all of her chemo and radiation and we can now say she's is cancer free! I am so proud of her and how strong she was going through this whole ordeal. I love you Caitlynn!

For this layout I made it pretty simple as I wanted the photo to get all of the attention. I used Prima's "Tales of You & Me" paper collection. I think the colors went perfectly with my daughters dress. I did some fussy cutting of the flowers from a duplicate of the background paper and used some foam pop dots to pop them up for a 3D look. I also found a small metal tag in my stash that says "courage", which was a perfect finishing touch to the layout! Here's the finished layout. TFL!
 #daughter #daughterlove #courage #cancerfight #prima #primatalesofyou&me #love

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Crafty Companion

I purchased the templates for making this project from "JenofEve" Designs through her Etsy shop which you can find here: and you can find her You Tube chanel  where she has the step by step tutorials on putting her projects together here:  

It took quite awhile to finish the project but most of that was waiting for the papers that I ordered off Amazon to arrive. It's not perfect but I'm still happy with the finished project. Now to get it all filled up with my crafting goodies and hope I'll have a bit more organized work station in my craft room! Here's the finished project
Thanks for stopping by! 

#craftycompanion #craftytrays #craftycubbies #jenofevedesigns #craftroomorganization #craftstorage #Ciaobella #ciaobellaboccatoestense #scrappersheaven #scrappers-heaven #scrapbooking #handmade


Thursday, October 17, 2019

New Wall Hangings

I'm still in love with the Ciao Bella "Time for Home" paper collection but now I've found the Ciao Bella "Sound of Winter" paper collection which I've fallen in love with too! So I decided to make a heart wall hanging using both collections. I've done lots of fussy cutting of both collections and layered them on the wooden hearts that I picked up at my local dollar store. I'm quite happy at how both of them turned out. Here's the finished projects, I'd love to hear your comments!

#ciaobella #ciaobellapapers #ciaobellatimeforhome #ciaobellathesoundofwinter #scrapbooking #papercrafts #crafts #scrappers-heaven #handmadepapercrafts #wallhangings #scrapping #homedecor