Tuesday, October 21, 2014

PL2014 - Week 33

We have been having the most amazing fall. Aside from the freak snow storm we had in September, it's been awesome.


I love the colours of fall. My only complaint is that fall doesn't last long enough. Once the leaves change colour, one good wind, and sadly, they're gone. Scattered all over. It's just not quite as lovely with a bunch of bare naked trees...


And surprisingly enough, my sweet peas did come back after our snow storm. And they gave us a pretty impressive show. Loved that I could cut them and bring them inside, enjoying their scent for most of September and part of October.

Here is week 33 of my project life album:

This week included planning a backyard movie night [which sadly got moved to the living room because of rain, but was still fun!] Mason picking out school supplies for the first time. Working in the garden. Crazy kids in my kitchen. Mace and I taking a selfie during Madelyn's swim lesson. A little dog that finally got brave enough to go up and down the stairs on her own.

Sahlin Studio Products used:

Documentary

Friday, October 17, 2014

Reminiscing

We made a trip to Disneyland 3 years ago. We went at the end of September, just after school had started. Mason was in grade 4, and Madelyn had just started grade 1. The trip was awesome. We were  a little bit hesitant on whether or not we'd go, and it ended up being one of our most memorable trips with our little family of four.

When I came back home, I created a small 8x8 album of our trip. It was an idea I had gotten from a Simple Scrapbooks 'Short Cut Albums' magazine. Do you remember Simple Scrapbooks? Man, it was a sad day once that magazine went out of publication.

Any way, it was this mag [and shockingly, yes, I must have paid $23.25 for it...] Though, there was a time at Micheal's that you could use a 40% off coupon on books and magazines... And I put my name on it, because there was a time we used to get together, a group of us, and scrapbook. But I digress.


Here is the album layout idea I copied, from Rebecca Cooper. I absolutely loved the simplicity of the pages, with lots of photos, and just a tiny bit of journaling on each page, to keep the reader up with what was happening. 


And here is the album I bought. In Seattle, at Target in 2005, with my clothing club gals. I knew ONE DAY, we would take our kids to Disneyland. I adored this embossed Mickey 8x8 album. [Miss Madelyn was a mere 4 months old when this was purchased]


So I created a very simple album, to capture some of my favourite photos and moments.

It was super simple. Just a collage of pictures, and a few sentences to jog our memories.



Since then, I have become a creative team member for Sahlin Studio. If you don't already know, Sahlin Studio and Britt Design have collaborated together to create a bunch of different digital Disney themes. Check out all the Disney themes out by clicking here:

It has been so much fun to work with these bundles, and every time she releases something new, I go through my photos and select pictures, and reminisce again about our trip. Here are some of the layouts I've created with the latest kits:

 Project Mouse: Frontier
 Project Mouse: Frontier
Project Mouse: Tomorrow
 Project Mouse: Tomorrow
 Project Mouse: Villain

Project Mouse: Villain

What I know, Disneyland was awesome. We had a fabulous time. At 6 and 9 the kids were the perfect age, to be on the move, all day long. With every release from Sahlin Studio, of new Disney themes, my album gets more and more full. I simply can't wait to go back another time. Imagine all the layouts I can create from another trip. Dreaming of Disney...

Following Sahlin Studio Product Used:

Project Mouse: Frontier
Project Mouse: Tomorrow
Project Mouse: Villains






Friday, October 10, 2014

PL2014 - Week 32



Week 32 takes us right back to August. That seems like a lifetime ago... Since then we've had a ginormous snow storm, and fall...

Love to look back at these summer pictures. I wish summer were longer. It comes so late and leaves so early, and that seems so unfair...



This week we made a Menchie's run.  Did some bike riding. We finally got an exercise pen for the dog, so we can leave her a little bit more. The kids went to Lake Louise with my Mum & Dad for the weekend. That gave Barry and I TWO back-to-back date nights!! Love it!  We also walked up Nose Hill to check out the full moon.

Sahlin Studio Product Used:

Documentary Kit


Monday, September 22, 2014

PL2014 - Weeks 30 & 31

I used to use my blog as a space to capture moments. Now that I've been doing project life for a number of years, this space has fallen behind. Now I do capture those moments, weekly. And we look through them on a pretty regular basis. This isn't where I try to remember and reflect as much anymore.

Having said that, i still want to keep this space going. I have to figure out how to incorporate it into my week. Now that school is back and all of our extra curricular stuff is in full swing, I'm dead tired by 9:30. And so many times at 9:30, I'm still attempting to get Miss Madelyn to stay in her bed... It's a constant struggle. And truthfully, sucks my will sometimes. I have always been a night owl, but that has gone by the wayside. Lately I've just been so darn tired in the evenings...

Any way, with that said, here are weeks 30 & 31 of project life:

Week 30


Still getting into the routine of having a dog around. We've spent more time in the kitchen than ever. Enjoying the great weather. [Yes... sadly I made a spelling error...]

Week 31


This week the kids were in summer camp. [pool picture] I went and watched their swim lessons. Mad got to go to the farm with her uncle. Loving our city. Celebrating my Dad's birthday.



The following Sahlin Studio products were used:

Weeks 30 & 31 

Documentary Kit

Sunday, September 21, 2014

PL2014 - Week 26

Oops-a-daisy!! I forgot a week!!

Here is week 26!


Week 26 included the grade 6 farewell. Teacher photos. Last lunch date with my grade 3 girl. Last patrol duty, and a boy turning 12.  It also included the announcement of Two Peas in a Bucket closing it's doors. A sad time indeed.

PL2014 - Weeks 27, 28 & 29

Better late than never, here are a few more of my project life weeks 27 through 29. I kind of clumped these weeks together, as we were on our summer vacation at the time.I wanted to include these couple of weeks, knowing I could only touch on a few things. I also ended up making a double page collage to capture more. 

Here they are:
  

We celebrated Canada Day, all dressing in our patriotic colours. The breeder sent us a photo of Libby, we haven't seen her since she was 5 weeks old. So excited to see her looking like a miniature schnauzer! Our arrival at the beach. Not a cloud in the sky, but there was a jet trail. We took the 'x marks the spot' as a sign that we were exactly where we were meant to be.
 

The weather on our holiday was FANTASTIC. Aside from two pretty impressive storms. We watched one come down the valley towards us, and the sky was impressive. The storm passed by quickly, and the remainder of our vacation time was HOT. 


Mason learned to captain the boat this year. Baba gave him boat driving lessons. He did great, even pulling Madelyn in the tube! We also left 39° weather and arrived home to 17°. Seriously, one extreme to another in this country!!

The day after we got home from our vacation we picked up our new puppy, Libby. Barry had to go to work, so the kids and I went and picked her up. Of course we had to do a 'selfie' with our new pup!!
So I added a lift up flap to include a couple more pictures of her adjusting to her new house, and new life.

Barry is smitten. This is the first time he's had a puppy. I grew up with dogs in the house. But this little bean quickly melted all our hearts. And found a favourite place to lay in the sun.

Insert Side A:

I wanted to include more photos of our vacation, so I created a collage. This is just a few of the photos that made up our vacation. I made the collage 8x12, and cut down a 12x12 page protector. I
simply used washi tape to close the page protector off.

Insert Side B:


We had a fantastic vacation. This year we tried a new place, and Ama & Baba ended up joining us. My kids are so lucky to be able to spend such quality time with them. It was great.


The following Sahlin Studio Products were Used:

Weeks 27, 28 & 29

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

PL2014 - Weeks 23, 24 and 25

Here are a few more project life pages. This is all I have right now. So I'm caught up, but I'm behind. We're currently in week 32... So I have a little bit of work to do.

We managed to get away for a few weeks, to the sunny Shuswap, where the temperatures were in the high 30's... Too hot for this girl. But we spent lots of time in the boat and in the lake, keeping cool. We also welcomed a new addition to the family...

Meet Libby.


She is a miniature Schnauzer, and she joined our family the day after we arrived home from vacation. And to say that we like her is an understatement.


We are all head over heels for her... She is the sweetest little dog ever. Her only fault, in the nearly 2 1/2 weeks we've had her home, is her morning wake up time. That has been a little hard. She wakes up anytime between 5 and 6 AM, and is ready for the day to start. Much to my horror... A morning person, I am not. But we're bravely soldiering through. Hoping that as the days grow shorter [not that I'm anxious at ALL for that to happen] but perhaps that will trick her to sleeping a little later... Once school starts back, the early mornings won't be quite so shocking. But right now, on our summer holidays, they are. 

Onto my project life layouts:

Week 23:

This week was my yoga retreat, on the west coast. I've said it before, but it's so awesome to go and hang up the 'mum' hat for a few days, and just be. Such a great group of ladies, and we had awesome weather and a great time.

 Week 24:
Week 24 we were gearing up for the end of school. A lunch date, Stanley Cup Playoffs, rocking climbing, and visit to the breeder to visit a 5 week old Libby. The scouts helped with a community clean up. Father's Day. We watched the last Star Wars... Finally. Nearly a year in the making, but I can now say I've seen them ALL.

Week 25:

My bi-annual haircut. Chalk play, dreaming of warm days. Hanging on the couch. An impromptu date night. Independence beginning to strike in a nearly 12 year old. And a girl in her glory at the park. 

The following Sahlin Studio Products were used:

Week 23:

Retro Mod
Paint Swatch

Weeks 24 & 25:

Flashback