Friday, September 16, 2016

It is with deep regret that we announce that Christy passed away on Aug 21, 2016.

Condolences and messages can be left here:   http://www.mhfh.com/riopel-christina-ann-joy/

Thank you,

Christy's family.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Upcoming Events and Classes


I have received several emails about upcoming classes and retreats so I wanted to post a little update about where there is still spaces in retreats and some upcoming workshops.


Want to get away to the edge of the Rockies and experience a weekend of luxurious creativity there are two spaces available in the Feb 12th - 15th, 2016 weekend.  For more info go here:


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Art Escape At The Lake

Pigeon Lake Alberta - Apr 08, 2016 - Apr 10, 2016
 Join Me and Chelsey Kasha,  the weekend of April 8-10, 2016, for 3 days and 2 nights at The Village Creek Country Inn, in The Village of Pigeon Lake (less than an hour SW of Edmonton) for an amazing private retreat of fun, intensive and amazing classes full of art journaling and mixed media techniques. 
For more info and to registrar go here: http://www.creativeeventsscrapbooking.ca/events/art-escape/

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Art Journal Girls Night Out - 

First Tuesday of every month
 My Home Studio in North West Calgary
 7pm - 10pm

$45 - all you bring is a journal and BYOB
Includes: all supplies, snack, tea and water
Each month we will learn one or two pages in your art journal using different mediums and techniques.

To register Email me at: me(at)ChristyRiopel.com 

Any vacancies in the class will be opened the day after the previous class 
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Remember that Private Classes and workshops can always be booked by groups of four or more.

for more info go here:

Monday, June 8, 2015

A Grad Guest/Scrapbook Keepsake Album

I am so proud of this Boy....


This is my nephew Nicholas who graduated this last week!! He has had many obstacles thrown into his life but he never lets them stop him! His curiosity of the world reminds to stop and count my blessings and to truly appreciate all the wonder around me.

For his grad my Sister asked if I could make him a scrapbook with his Senior photos, his Grad photos and I also suggested we make it into a guest book for his celebration, having each guest add a bit of life advice for him as he joins post school life.

Here are some pics of the finished Project. 



I made cards from Bazzil smooth cardstock and this great Magenta Stamp, that everyone added their advice to the book with!!

The rest of the book is a huge hodge podge of product that I had on hand!! See having a great stash can really pay off!

Monday, March 23, 2015

My new project!


One of the best things about my life and what I do is all the amazing people I have come across and have had the pleasure of getting to know and work with. I really feel that this is the greatest blessing in my life. It lets me do crazy projects like this one. I was looking into getting involved in more art shows and an Idea struck me that I had enough amazing contacts and know how to just arrange one for myself. Of course I like to do good whenever I can in my life so I partnered up with an amazing cause as well to help give back. 

I am hoping you will all join me for an incredibly fun night, a drink, and a chance to buy art from local emerging artist, and take part in a few ways we are raising money and awareness for 
the Hope For Haiti project.  

Sunday, February 15, 2015


I was very conflicted to be asked to join this blog hop this month. Happy to have been a part of this amazing adventure, sad that it is over.

Here is the challenge:


After some thought and consideration, the time has come to retire Inspiration Elevator. But before we go, we need to hold a big retirement party, so we've invited everyone who's been involved with Inspiration Elevator back for one last reveal, and to our delight most were able to accept! We are so delighted to have so many IE alumni along this month! Thank you to each of you for helping us end our elevator ride with so much fun and creative energy!

This month's challenge is posed by one of IE's co-creators and team admin, Ann.
This month's challenge is simple, but I hope, challenging as well. 
Here's the challenge: Inspiration Elevator launched on May 15, 2012 and at that time, we explained our purpose as, "Welcome to Inspiration Elevator! What a thrilling day! Today is the launch of Inspiration Elevator (IE), a challenge blog created by my dear friend Christa Uttley and me. We chose the name Inspiration Elevator because it is our intent to raise our creativity to heights through challenges issued every month. We want to raise our designs from the ordinary to the extraordinary. We hope you'll join us on our journey!


IE is a group of like minded scrappy friends who want to raise the bar in their own creative process through unique challenges that we issue to each other once a month. These won't be run of the mill challenges and we hope you'll join us each month and be inspired by the creative designs we've created." 
That vision has remained unchanged over the last (almost) 3 years. The challenge this month is to just create - no holds barred. Take some time, or challenge yourself to do it in 1/2 hour if time is tight, but think about what you'd like to create if there were no agenda, no design team requirement. In other words, create for you, and enjoy the process!
We hope you'll take the time to hop through and visit each of our participant's blogs, beginning with our guests, then our current team, and finishing off with our co-founders. Feel free to leave comments and lavish each one with appreciation for all that they each brought to the Inspiration Elevator challenge over the last 3 years!




 Here is my layout and I need to say I found this challenge very hard. I am definitely a person who works better under some constraints. I guess the biggest change would be that I grabbed old stuff, new stuff, stuff from many manufacturers and I used it all together.... and unlike everywhere else where I meticulously keep track and annotate every item used in making the layout I did not do this time. So no materials list with this one, because when you are creating for the sake of creativity the materials don't matter, just enjoying the process does.

  I also wanted to say a big Thank You to the girls of Inspiration Elevator for their amazing efforts that made this a great Inspiration in many scrapbooker's lives. You girls ROCK!!