The new spring season means fresh new scrapbook layouts and a spring cleaning mentality! I was so excited to do a layout completely devoted to bright pastels and best of all, I got to break out my sweet treat cardstock and matching stickers and embellishments by my favourite scrapbooking brand, DCWV (Die Cuts With a View)! It was like stumbling on treasure when I found the sticker, embellishment, and rub-on set of cupcakes, candies, and sweet in a rainbow of colours during a random trip to Winners last year, and I’ve been holding on them for the perfect layout. I haven’t purchased any new scrapbook materials in months and I’ve been doing a pretty decent job of using up my very large stash of scrapbooking goodies! It’s always so tempting buying new things for future layouts, but it feels even greater using up things I already have and being forced to be creative with only those materials.
Cupcakes are always so much fun to scrapbook but this layout I did of The Wedding Cake Shoppe was special in a different way. The Wedding Cake Shoppe is a visual representation of memories, the passing of time, and the documentation of milestones – in this case, weddings! At this point in my life, there’s wedding fun and happiness (and yes, stress!) all around me as friends get engaged, plan and have weddings, and attend as wedding party guests. Each person has their own unique way of memoralizing this new chapter in their lives whether its through photos, wedding favours, videos, cards, or memory boxes.
The Wedding Cake Shoppe captures the essence of this through visual cues throughout their space. In the shop, there are wedding magazines on magazine racks, dainty framed photos of wedding magazine covers and pages, past and present, in crisp white lacquered frames, and beautifully decorated wedding cakes in styles that span the decades.
What really warmed my heart though during that first visit was an entire bottom wall by the front window display solely devoted to, and covered in, wedding thank you cards from happy brides, newlyweds, and Wedding Cake Shoppe customers. Each and every one of these special points of reference inside the wedding cake and cupcake shop tells a story, a story about the role weddings have played in our society at different points in time and the cultural significance in using food to celebrate and symbolically represent this occasion. Finally, it demonstrates the joy we have in capturing and preserving special moments in our lives through photographs, scrapbooking, and decor, and sharing this joy with those around us.
Scrapbooking materials used: teal cardstock (Best Occasions); watermelon pink, lavender, pale pink and yellow, and powder blue cardstock (Recollections); dessert printed cardstock (The Sweet Stack with glitter by DCWV); cupcake, candy, and dessert stickers and embellishments (The Sweet Stack embellishment pack by DCWV); rhinestone embellishment (Crafts by Dollarama); pink scalloped lace heart stickers (Martha Stewart Crafts); vintage postcard patterned paper; black and white floral patterned paper; blue and white speckle dotted patterned paper; pink and blue plaid patterned paper; powder blue, yellow, and gold floral paisley patterned paper (Anna Griffin); wedding cake stickers (Sticko); brown twine; medium scallop circle paper punch (ek success).
The Wedding Cake Shoppe is located at 859 College Street, just west of Ossington Ave. They are open 6 days a week (closed on Tuesdays) and their weekday hours are from 11am-7pm, weekend hours from 11am-5pm. You can check out their official website here, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.