Friday, 12 February 2016

Let's Celebrate - WM #200 Guest Designer Kathy

Welcome to day 5 of our Whimsical Musings WM#200 celebrations!

Today, I'm thrilled to have Kathy as Guest Designer.

I know Kathy through Scrap Happy and via LOAD. We connected. I do that a lot! We chatted via email, exchanged cards, admired each other's work and generally became firm internet friends. So imagine my delight when she informed me that she was travelling to Europe and could we meet up? What can a girl do? Travel to London to spend two days together of course! We had an incredible time and chatted away for what felt like days and days, as if we'd been friends for years. It was a wonderful time and really sums up for me what strong relationships we build through this hobby. I've long admired Katyh's pages which often feature her extensive travels - I live vicariously! I was happy to persuade her to join in with our 200 prompt celebrations with an ulterior motive of initiating her into the WM family! Join me in welcoming her today:


So many interesting prompts to choose from but this one jumped out at me. I love maps of any kind but have actually never made a LO using one. However, I found it to be challenging as I didnʼt want to cover up the map at all. Hence, all the tiny photos. This prompt was also perfect for the upcoming LOAD theme of travel and also a little nod to Valentineʼs Day with the addition of the heart.

My hubby and I took a road trip to Lake Louise/Banff in October 2013. Perfect time of year to do that with all the fall foliage. It was one of those vacations where you arenʼt expecting anything and it turns out to be one of the best. It is beautiful country... if you havenʼt been, put it on your bucket list!

Nothing too fancy about this LO. I used the Tim Holtz Adventure Thinlits for the title, Basic Grey Carte Postale flair button and the Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil for the background.


Banff and Lake Louise...Honestly, I cannot think of a prettier place than Lake Louise. The stunning aqua color of the lake against the snow covered mountains. No words. I have always wanted to go there so when Bruce got a week off it was a perfect destination.

Who Am I?

When Lisa asked if she could “feature” me on the WM site, I was quite surprised (but honored) as I have only lurked and never participated. But, being a big fan of Lisaʼs, both personally and scrapping wise, how could I say no???

So, here goes...My name is Kathy and I go by codaKathy on the boards. I live in the Pacific Northwest part of the United States, am married (28 years), have 2 sons in their 20ʼs (both have jobs :) ) and have one cat (would have many more if there wasnʼt such a stigma to being a cat lady). I have many loves...birding, reading, quilting and Xstitching, traveling, dancing, music. And, of course, scrapping.

Iʼve been scrapping for a long time but Iʼd say that participating in LOAD (Layout A Day) in February 2012 was a turning point for me. It was the first time Iʼd participated in an online group and it did 3 things for me. One, it introduced me to so many inspiring scrapping styles, to so many creative ways of that point, I had no idea what flair or bling was or layering, oh, my!). Two, it made me think about and write about my story more. And three, it introduced me to the world of online friendships that even sometimes turn into in real life friendships, to the people who really ”get” why I scrap!

I am a slow scrapper, I over think EVERYTHING (in real life,too). I am definitely techie challenged (I would love a Silhouette but that is connected to the computer, better not!). I have way too many supplies (scrapper disease). BUT I do love this obsession...and I am happy to be included in this group of Whimsical Musers! 


I'm so happy that Kathy agreed to join in and with a page about Lake Louise including maps, how could I not be in love with this layout?!? Having spent my Sugarmoon there, I can only concur with her love of the place.

Thanks Kathy for jumping on board for me! You made me a happy girl.

Don't forget to check out the other posts this week and join in over at the Whimsical Musings Flickr group here or the Facebook group here. We'd love to see you there!


  1. Gorgeous page - I love the rough, ripped edges to reflect the rugged nature on view.

  2. Beautiful page and 8 photos to boot!

  3. Hiya Kathy! Soooo happy you've joined us here. :) This LO is gorgeous- I concur about the area. It's stunning. I spent the first few years of my marriage to Pete in Alberta and we adore the place. AB is such a happy place for me. So--your 'map' LO made me smile. Great prompt BTW! Also- get another cat. A {heart} kitty rescue would be so lucky, & would adore you. And it is so worth it to have more than one!! xoxo TYFS and being here with us.

  4. What a fantastic page. Thank you for sharing your adventures.

  5. A layout about my backyard! Beautifully done. Tearing the map and the journaling to resemble mountains. Strips of map, under the mini photos to tie them together. And layering the heart with textural burlap and off set at that. From my vantage point, this layout had just the right amount of thinking put into it.

  6. I have that same problem with map paper which is probably why there is so much of it in my stash! You handled it beautifully! I will have to add this one to my bucket list.

  7. Clapping my hands - so happy to see you here, Kathy! I love how you've given that great kraft space for you uber-clever title & journaling, letting the map shine. Also loving the texture of the background stamping & the burlap heart. We fell in love with Banff from the air the first time we flew over to the British Isles & it is definitely on our bucket list, so I may need some inside info from you & Lisa! Welcome to WM :-)

  8. Loved reading about you Kathy. Now, after seeing your LO I want to travel to Banff.

  9. Beautiful page! Your words and photos have definitely convinced me to add Banff to my travel bucket list. It was nice getting to know a little more about you too!

  10. Kathy such a great layout :) I too like maps and I like exactly how you did this layout so much fun :)


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