Thursday, November 16, 2017

PL2017 - Week 34


I know back in my PL2017 - Week 29, I talked at length about seeing the milky way and the rings of Saturn. It was truly one of the highlights of summer for me. Another much anticipated event was the eclipse that was happening on August 21st. Some parts of North America were going to experience a total eclipse. 

I did a blog post on our eclipse experience. You can go back and read it here. 

Spoiler alert. It was a little disappointing. For us any way. The change in light was so subtle, that if you hadn't known this was happening, you would have totally missed it. Having said that, watching the moon move across the sun with our special eclipse glasses and home made eclipse viewers, was very cool. It shows you just how strong our sun is. It does tend to leave you in awe. 

We'd all like to be somewhere to check out a true full eclipse. Who knows, maybe we'll plan all our vacations and trips around seeing eclipses... 

Probably not, but it would be fun to do, if money were no object. 

Here is week 34:


  • Our little eclipse party. 
  • Starting our plumbing project. The first cut was definitely the hardest. 
  • Our orange sunsets because of forest fires throughout Alberta.
  • Madelyn still eager to play at the playground. [Please stay little forever]
  • Trip to the trampoline park before school heads back. 
The following Sahlin Studio product was used:

Pause Kit - http://the-lilypad.com/store/pause-kit.html
Pause Journal cards - http://the-lilypad.com/store/pause-journal-cards.html.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

PL2017 - Week 33

The downfall to being 12 weeks behind in my project life album is this:

I'm currently sitting in my house, dressed pretty much head to toe in fleece. I've got on my coziest slippers, I'm sipping hot tea, and outside my window I'm watching the snow fall...

These pictures absolutely do not coincide with our current weather. That makes me two things: 

1] Glad, I get to relive our awesome summer days.

2] Sad, that we're a long, long way away from awesome summer days... 

Here is week 33 of my project life album, and to awesome warmer days:


  • Mason rescued a baby robin from our deck. It got flustered and stuck on our glass railed deck. 
  • August birthday celebrations
  • Sadly, Mad's little dwarf frog only lived a week. Another devastation...
  • Picking our girl up from her week long sleep away camp.
  • A pretty common scene, a teenage and preteen, on their iPads.
The following Sahlin Studio products were used: 



Thursday, November 9, 2017

PL2017 - Week 32

Moving right along, and trying to catch up a little bit. Here is week 32 of my project life album.

The highlight of this week was the weekend trip we took to Vegas with friends. [I also documented our one and only trip to Calaway Park this summer. I got pulled in and bought the pass, then used it once... Will try to remember that for next year.]

Having never been to Las Vegas before, it was quite an eye opening experience. If I had to describe it in two words, it would be sensory overload. We arrived late Thursday night, and flew home Sunday night. I wanted to capture as many photos of our time away as I could. We had a lot of fun with our friends. 

The following Sahlin Studio product was used:





Monday, November 6, 2017

PL2017 - Week 31


We just had our first real blast of winter. 

It's a bummer. It's cold. It's snowy. And at this time of year, I really do feel like hibernating. It's getting dark earlier and earlier each day. Yesterday we changed the clocks back. 

On the bright side, we did have our first fire in the fireplace last night. Nothing like the sound of crackling wood, and smell of cedar, snuggled under the blanket. 

It makes me glad to go back to summer photos and warmer longer days. 

Here is week 31: 

Another camping trip to the mountains. This time Mum and Dad joined us. It allows us to go on family bike rides. [We can't leave Miss Libby alone at the campsite] The weather started off amazing [read HOT] and then got colder and colder. By the day we left, it was miserable. Glad we had lots of warm clothes, as well as the furnace in A&B's R.V. The night before we left, we played games and all sat around inside their RV. Also, the fire ban was still on.  We were lucky enough to use Dad's propane powered 'fire pit'. It was better than nothing, but not quite like roasting marshmallows over the fire. Barry also ended the trip by getting a pine branch in the eye. Scratched his eyeball. It was pretty scary. We got in to see the eye doctor a few hours after we got back. They take eye trauma very seriously. He was given ointment, and by the next day had nearly healed itself. [Apparently the eyeball heals amazingly rapidly] We were so lucky it wasn't worse. 

We also got to celebrate Baba's birthday. We're always glad to have the opportunity to eat cake and sing. 

The following Sahlin Studio products were used:

Friday, October 27, 2017

2017 - Week in the Life -

I'm 98% finished with my Week in the Life Album. I documented April 17th - 23rd, 2017.

I still need to do my title page. My intention was to have a Madelyn draw a picture of each of us, then on the back side I have a little blurb about each of us. Madelyn is not agreeing to this. She keeps telling me she draws terrible people. So, it's possible it might never happen.  

I had also planned on adding a little 'intention page', to start my album. [The blank space on the right, in the first photo] It hasn't happened yet. And it might not. What I've learned about creating these albums, sometimes you have a to let things go. I would rather have it 98% complete, and put it away, than not finish it at and have it there nagging at me every time I see it. 

Going through past albums, what's most important to me, or what I like to reflect on the most, are the stories. So I have lots of words. Most photos have words. Each day I have either one or two pages, mostly in time intervals, of what the day looked like. 

This year, I used a 6x6" format. I used an old Heidi Swapp chipboard album that I've had in my stash forever. I also used some different embellishments I've collected over the years. I like the idea of adding physical memorabilia, but am not always super successful at it. This years format is very simple, and mostly digital. 

Here is my 2017 Week in the Life album, mostly done: 

























By Sunday, I'm usually struggling a little bit. I've kind of had enough. Not many photos to capture our Sunday this year. But as is the case, when I'm done, I'm so glad I did it.

I had to get this finished, because my December Daily Kit just arrived!! This will be my 9th year doing a December Daily album. I am excited to get this process started as well.



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

More CZ Inspiration

A few weeks back I wrote a blog post about the fact that I was re-taking CZ Design Your Life class. It was a 'go at your own pace' type class. It was over a 4 week period, each week there were two new layouts introduced. 

I got busy, as life does, and didn't get the chance, or rather, have the time to watch the videos or complete the layouts. I had only completed 2 of 4 weeks.

Here are the two layouts I created from week 2, which I guess I forgot to post here on my blog:





These are both 8x8 sized layouts. I like them. I got a couple of stories down, which makes me happy. But I don't love them. Sometimes I feel a little like I'm 'reaching'. With these two layouts, that's how I felt. 

This past week I found I had some free time. So I went ahead and watched the week 3 videos and got right to work on my layouts. Now I'm not sure why... The pictures themselves... The subject matter... The layout size... [8.5 x 11 compared to 8 x 8 size] But I love how these two layouts turned out. Love, as in they make me absolutely giddy.

Here they are:




I'm looking forward to seeing what week 4 brings. Hopefully I can set some time aside sooner rather than later.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

PL2017 - Week 30 [and a Halloween Layout]

Here is week 30 of my project life album. 

  • This week Madelyn was in an art class each afternoon. She spent a few days at my M&D's house. Mason and I went for a few bike rides which would have been a little bit more strenuous for Mad. 
  • Barry and I went on a date night, ended up downtown. 
  • Madelyn's artwork came home and it was awesome. 
  • Grandma and the kids after they came over for dinner one night. 
  • Movie night in the back yard, we watched Robots which has longtime been a favourite. 


Also created a Halloween layout from last year. Sahlin Studio has just released it's new Project Mouse (Halloween) Enamel Pin and Artsy kits. Check them out, they are so much fun. Here is the 8x8 sized page I created. 


Each Halloween, all four of us decorate our own pumpkin. We always have fun, and I like to include our jack-o-lanterns on layouts. Last year was also the first time Madelyn had ever gone out with a friend. It also marked the first time she'd used a pillow case to collect her candy. I really don't understand why that is such a novelty. I'm sure it will be in vogue again this year as well...

Also, I got word that my December Daily stuff I ordered from Ali Edwards is on it's way!

So excited about that. One of my favourite projects for sure. 

The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Week 30

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For Real Paper - http://the-lilypad.com/store/For-Real-Papers.html

Halloween 2016

http://the-lilypad.com/store/Project-Mouse-Halloween-Kit.html