Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Weekend in the Rockies

We are back from visiting our friends from The Scrap Yard in the Great White North!  The scrap event was held at Nokoda Guest Lodge about an 1 1/2 outside of Calgary, Canada.  Lori put on a great event for her customers.  The food was terrific, lots of prizes (even an iPad2 was given away!), and she had every machine in "scrapbooking world" there for the ladies to use plus tons of cartridges.  What a set up.

Deb took just a few pictures walking over to the classroom one morning.  Even though there was so much snow out, it wasn't that cold and every building was so very warm. 

This is where we stayed
And just up a wooden board walk was a big conference center where the almost 24 hour a day scrappin' was going on and where we taught the classes.
We were teaching the MY TEN class...apparently there are 110+ pieces in the kit and we made 42 cards when we finally finished.  I wanted to show this picture from Valery's blog that shows her drawer.
What you might not see in the first picture is that she used a TH Memo Pin and a red clock, that is an extra piece in the kit to decorate her bottle.  Love that!
So we had to take this picture of ONE persons table (they shall remain nameless, but we did ask for permission to take the picture).  All we could say was WOW! I have never seen this kind of set up at a crop before...she even had a sewing machine at the end of her table. WOW, WOW, WOW!

There is a lake right behind the Lodge for boating in the summer but right now it's covered with a sheet of snow and ice.
Friends of ours, Anne Marie and Anita drove the 2 1/2 hours from Lethbridge to come to the morning class.  I suppose that is not too far considering they flew to Phoenix for the Advent class last November.  Anyway, we were happy to see them, as well as many of the ladies from the Scrap Yard that we met last year and new faces. 
We did have a few hours off on Saturday so our friend Purcel drove us up to Banff (a place I have always wanted to go).  It was a beautiful drive, so relaxing, great conversation, and a beautiful destination. 
Purcel took us on a tour of the hotel and grounds...what a lovely adventure.
One of the big dining rooms was set up for a dinner.  The stained glass windows have a crest and flower that represents each of the Provinces of Canada.
  The back of the hotel that looks out to the valley.  All the big windows are restaurants with fabulous views of the river valley below (and in summer, a golf course).
 There were even lots of people in the pool!
 Look at the bathroom doors...how cute is that?
 What a great day...teaching and a great day trip to the Canadian Rockies...who could ask for more?
Thanks to Lori for inviting us again and being a great host and friend.   And of course all the ladies who came... Lynn, Marilyn, Lucie, Pam, Monica, Reesa, Valery, Linda, and Melinda, Anne Marie and Anita...just to name a few.
And just an extra note for Pam... Remember, you cannot re-ink your Distress Stain Stamp pad with Alcohol ink even if it is the same color. 


  1. Yay! So glad you got to go to Banff! Next time - the gondola up Sulphur Mountain is a must do! Thanks for the great class and so good to see you both again.

  2. that is a full table!
    i'm so glad you had a good time - next time you need to come to Saskatchewan! especially when the Saskatoon berries are ready!
    till the next time - cheers!

  3. Fabulous pictures of our secret mountain hideaway. I'm glad you guys had a great time - it was great that you could come. Thanks
    for everything. Lori (the madame of the scrap yard)

  4. Wow, that is gorgeous! Even with all of the snow (I'm totally over the snow this year), it's beautiful. I'm still pushing for a trip to the east coast. You have lots of fans out here just waiting to take a class or two.

  5. I've been to Banff and the scenery is surreal! Great pictures! It looked so fun :)

    Sandy from Toronto, Canada

  6. I haven't had this much fun in a long time, your class was amazing. you gals ROCK! Can't wait to see you again soon. Thanks so much!

  7. All I can say is: I am so jealous. Beautiful pictures and they brought back great memories of my parents going to Banff and bringing me wonderful gifts. Thanks for sharing and I am really not jealous. I am glad you had such a great trip.

  8. OMG, what a wonderful time you must have had. I LOVE Banff, went there with my best GF last year. Loved the hot springs on the hill overlooking the city.
    That mini drawer as wonderful, as are all the tags and things in it. I must try it. I also love the little book made with the tabs. Sweet Stuff!
    Happy Day,