Monday, July 15, 2019

PL2019 - Week 23


I'm scheduling this post of week 23. 

When you read this, I'll be off and away on our family road trip!

We're going to cover a lot of ground over the next few weeks. And see a lot of things. I'm looking forward to taking lots of pictures, and having a lot of pages to document our trip. 

I'm hoping for decent weather, and good attitudes. Traveling with teens can be tricky. Especially if they're hungry... Or in Mason's case, hangry

I'm not naive enough to think there won't be a blowout or two... But I hope that we keep them to a minimum, and have great time. I'm sure I'll be documenting on Instagram.

For now, here's week 23 of my album: 

  • We've all been excited to watch this season of Alone. The arctic... Yikes. There was a contestant from Texas... Double-yikes. Good luck all!
  • Love capturing a different shot of our downtown. As busy as this city is getting, I still love it here. 
  • Dirty feet are our sign of summer. 
  • Love my front porch when the sun starts to stream in our front door. 
  • Another little felted bear for a friend, made by Miss Madelyn. Tried to encourage her to open an etsy shop, but she's not interested at all. 
  • Oh. Goodness. That. Angry. Sky. We've seen it so, so much this year. 
  • Madelyn and a friend, at their first movie, by themselves.  I remember the first time I dropped Mason off at the movies, with a friend. I think he was in grade 8 too. Maybe grade 7. I was sick to my stomach from the moment I dropped him off, until we picked him up. He paved the way for his sister for sure. 

The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Monday, July 8, 2019

PL2019 - Week 22


Well, we're a full week into July.

I'm trying my best to get into some sort of summer routine. 

The novelty of not having to be up first thing and get kids out the door has not grown tiresome yet. 

I'm still trying to put Monday's aside, to do some of my scrapping. I still have a ton to do on my week in the life. But I'm hopeful I'll get it done sometime this summer. Rainy days help, because then I don't feel guilty for being indoors. 

Today is lovely, and I want to get outside before the rain starts.

Here is week 22: 

  • When I journaled about Barry and his car, I was kind of kidding, and kind of not. One thing I have learned over the past 20+ years is this: if you're Barry's vehicle. He's going to take care of you. And if you're his spouses vehicle, he will take care of you too, but not with quite the same level of commitment. Which I'm totally okay with. 
  • Speaking of Barry, it dawned on me just exactly who he reminded me of with his longer hair.
  • She still brought me a dandelion, perhaps I'll get little bouquets this year too. 
  • What? Don't you wear eye patches to dinner in your house? 
  • Stopping to marvel at the wildflowers on Nose Hill. 
  • Katie and Tyson get married... Such a great time! 
The following Sahlin Studio products were used: 

Drift Away Kit - https://the-lilypad.com/store/drift-away-kit.html
Drift Away J. Cards - https://the-lilypad.com/store/drift-away-journal-cards.html

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Hurray for Canada!


With the arrival of July, the celebration of Canada Day on July 1st, and Independence Day on the 4th Sahlin Studio is featuring Project Mouse [World] USA & Canada for 40% through July. 

Over the past few years I've created several layouts using this kit. 

Looking at them all together, clearly I have some favourite papers/journal cards.  It might not come as a surprise, that I can't get enough of the cut wood paper... I take photos of stacked wood any chance I get. 

Here they are: 

2019:








Sahlin Studio product - highlighted above, follow link to download. 

Thursday, July 4, 2019

July Template Freebie

Happy Belated Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!

We celebrated by spending a wonderfully relaxing day in our yard [after all the yard work was done of course] it was splendid. Then late afternoon, a storm blew in and dropped the temperature from 25 degrees Celsius, to 11...

Lucky us.  

We decided to go watch the fireworks that were being released on the centre street bridge. I'm not going to lie, it was cool. Cool weather-wise I mean. I did wear my mitts, but wished I'd had my toque and a slightly warmer jacket. We all had long pants on at least, we saw an awful lot of shorts and tank tops pass us by... I'm sure they were regretting their decision. Oh the joys of Canada Day in Canada... 

The fireworks were great. Though we couldn't wait to get back to our vehicle and our heated seats, I know we're all glad we made the effort to go. Pretty soon, the kids aren't going to want us to go with us anymore...

The beginning of the month also means a Sahlin Studio template freebie for July. Here is this months template: 


I did a slightly different take, I shrunk mine down to 8x10 size. [No surprise there if you've followed me for a while]

I used this template to document my nephew's wedding.

Tyson and Katie had an outdoor wedding, always a bit risky when you live in a climate that has the potential for snow, 12 months of the year. A few days before the wedding the forest fires in northern Alberta were so bad, there was an air quality advisory out. On Thursday, visibility in the city was almost non-existent. I think we were all a bit worried about the wedding. But Saturday morning, the wind had shifted, and there was very little smoke.

The day couldn't have been more perfect. All that planning paid off.

The following Sahlin Studio product was used:

https://the-lilypad.com/store/Me-and-You-Elements.html
https://the-lilypad.com/store/Me-and-You-Papers.html

Thursday, June 27, 2019

PL2019 - Week 21

Diving right in to week 21: 


  • A few years ago, if you'd have told me I'd love avocado toast with a soft poached egg on top, I'm sure I would have laughed out loud, but now, I'm absolutely loving it. 
  • So nice to see some green leaves. It's been slow going this year. 
  • Texting with Barry while he's away on a golf tourney. [Love to look back and see snippets of conversations that I've had with my family included in my album. Plan to make more of an effort to include more of these]
  • Cousin reunion. My heart... These two hadn't seen each other in a year and 9 months. I nearly sobbed at their greeting. It was so, so sweet. Madelyn missed her cousin so much. 
  • Included a photo of the golf course Barry sent. Love that he sends me photos. 
  • Wedding shower for Miss Katie, she and my nephew are getting married. 
The following Sahlin Studio product were used: 


Snapshots - photo templates - https://the-lilypad.com/store/Snapshots-Photo-Templates.html

Monday, June 24, 2019

Favourite Villain

Sahlin Studio just released Project Mouse [Princess] Classics.

As soon as I saw it, specifically, as soon as I saw the set that pertained to Snow White, I couldn't help but think of the show Once Upon a Time.

That show pulled me in hard. The first season was fantastic. I think because I'd never seen anything quite like it. A story, based on a fairytale... I was hooked from episode one. 

And Regina Mills... No one could play a villain as well as she could.  She even had the power to make us feel a bit sorry for her. It really didn't seem to be her fault she turned out so wicked...

The first few seasons of the show were the best, in my opinion. But as soon as I saw the product, I knew I wanted to add this bit of documentation to my album. One day I'll have long forgotten about this show I'm sure. But one look at this photo, and it should all come rushing back to me.  


I created this as an 8x10 size layout. 

The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Monday, June 17, 2019

PL2019 - Week 20

I can hardly believe that the first day of summer is this week.

Eeks. 

It feels like spring literally just arrived.  

The countdown to summer vaycay has officially begun. Mason is nearly finished school [last exam today] and Madelyn has a couple of weeks to go. These last few weeks for her are the hardest ever... It's light out at 10:30 pm and she just wants to hang out...  I'm worn out trying to get two teenagers into bed at a decent time. To say they can outlast me is indeed, an understatement. 

The days are long... Delightfully so. The birds are singing late into the night, and begin again first thing in the morning. Usually around 3:30 am.  The grass is green, and the trees are finally full of leaves. Let summer begin... I'm so ready for it. 

Here is week 20 of my project life album. 


  • National chocolate chip cookie day, so I made a batch of cookies for the family.
  • Love so much, that she loves to read.
  • Calf-stretches with Dad. 
  • Rockbound challenges met head on, successfully. 
  • Trip to Ikea with Mum and Dad. It was SO busy... 
  • Dinner with my brother. 


The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Photo Journal No. 3 https://the-lilypad.com/store/Photo-Journal-No.-3-Templates-and-Stamps.html