Saturday, March 10, 2018

March Layout Freebie

This template is available from Sahlin Studio. It's free through the month of March. To check it out, click here. 

I've kind of gotten away from creating 12x12 sized layouts. Simply put, they're too expensive for me to print. I haven't found anywhere that I think do such a great job, quality-wise, that I feel like it's worth the money. I typically create these layouts, in the 12x12 size, but when I go to print them, I shrink them down to 8x8 size. 

Mason had asked me to bring my good camera to the rink. He actually 'asked me' to take pictures of him playing hockey. On several different occasions, he asked 'You're planning on bringing your camera to the rink, right?". So of course I took my camera to the rink and stood in the corner, and took photos. It was my pleasure actually. And I have to say, I have missed my Nikon something fierce

I really haven't used it a lot in the past year or so, and I realized what I've been missing. Needless to say, it's been pulled out, charged up, and used on a more regular basis lately. 

Back to the hockey photos... Once he looked through them all, he was like... 'Yeah.... They're okay...". Turns out, he was looking for some pretty specific photos to be taken. I told him to send me a couple of screen shots of the photos he was looking for, and I'd do my best to 're-create' those types of photos. None of them were these photos however. I, on the other hand, thought they were pretty decent pictures, so I created this layout. 

It's a pretty photo heavy layout and I'm okay with it. Usually when I'm creating a page like this, I would add some patterned paper into the grid, to match colours and add a little bit of interest. But there were so many photos to choose from, that I just included them. 

In the little banner on the bottom right,  the heart was originally red, I colour matched it to the orange in the jersey, so it tied in. 

I know years down he road I'll be glad i have these photos to remind me of Mason's first year in Midget.  

The following Sahlin Studio products were used: 

Currently Flair pack: 
PM - Classic - Elements:

Thursday, March 8, 2018

PL2018 - Weeks 5 & 6

These couple of weeks have of an usual amount of photos of Mason. 

He's 15. Enough said. He doesn't pose for the camera the way he used to. 

On a side note, last week I went through a some snippets of videos I had taken when the kids were much younger. I had my first digital camera, and there was functionality to actually take short videos. It's was so great to stumble across them. I'm thankful I have those little memories, and am attempting to learn iMovie, so I can hopefully do something with them. 

I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again. I love having all these documented photos and stories. LOVE IT. But when looking back at them, it's like you're life is just going by at super sonic speed...  

Here are a couple more weeks from my project life album. It's coming right along. 

Week 5:

  • Miss Libby in one of her favourite 'see all' spots in the house. 
  • Mason at hockey.
  • A Tim Horton's donut date, he's off school between semesters, so he's been around the house more. 
  • Home made donuts, that were pretty darn good. [Next I was told, should be chocolate]
  • An outtake in the ringette dressing room. Barry forgot his stick at a practice, and came to the next practice to find it totally 'bedazzled' with hockey tape and all the girls signed the stick. 
  • Reading and hot chocolate. She has a cup of hot chocolate every day after school.
  • Watching the snow fall with Libby. 

Week 6:

  • Mason has been practicing playing his guitar more lately.
  • Hanging out and playing Minecraft, the bonus, Miss Libby snuggles. 
  • Preparing for Valentine's Day, these peanut butter blossom cookies are awesome. 
  • Mason's before and after... Braces are gone! So exciting!
  • A car selfie with my boy. His first request once the braces came off, was for bubble gum. So we went and picked some out. [I think he chewed the whole pack that first afternoon]

The following Sahlin Studio product was used:

Week 5
Beginnings Elements
Beginnings - journal cards

Week 6  

Thursday, March 1, 2018

PL2018 - Week 4

This weeks layout was super simple. I didn't embellish the photos very much. I simply added the day of the week circles onto the photos. I also added my journaling right onto the photos, in strips.  

Week 4: 

  • This week there were lack of ice times, so the ringette girls met at a nearby outdoor rink for some practice. 
  • Miss Libby and I, on our way to pick up Madelyn from the bus. 
  • Mad was beyond thrilled to go to a Flames game with her Dad. The game was kind of a bore, Calgary played the Buffalo Sabres, and lost 2-1. So she didn't get to have the full electric experience that can happen at the Saddledome. 
  • Love the snapchat filters. Trying on my angry eyes.
  • Mad and Tess. Both play ringette/hockey, and they still hang out at the arenas while they're brothers play. 
  • Exam week for Mason, his schedule is all over the place.

The following Sahlin Studio products were used: 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

PL2018 - Weeks 2 & 3

Here are weeks 2 and 3 of my 2018 Project Life Album.

I'm still really enjoying using one 12x12 page protector to capture our week. It's quite simple if I feel like I need more space, I use two page protectors. But for now, I feel like I'm capturing all the 'stories' I need to, using one page. 

Here is a look at Week 2: 

  • Mason is on the curling team at school. On this day I dropped him off and went in to watch a little bit. He really seems to be enjoying it, which is totally cool. 
  • It's cold... Really cold. And I hate to be cold. 
  • Back in November I'd sent a Christmas card to the Royal family. I documented a screen shot of their Christmas Wishes on IG, so imagine my surprise to receive this in the mail this week! So exciting!
  • Madelyn and a team mate selling WestJet tickets at Sobey's.
  • Our boy, going for a goal. Have loved watching him play this year. 

Week 3:

  • Got in some baby snuggles today, meeting new baby Levi. 
  • On a field trip with Grade 7's, checking out architecture. We went up the Calgary Tower, and did a program with them that was really informative. The glass floor on the observation deck is scary, even though it can apparently hold several hippopotamus or rhinoceros. [Seems like a tough theory to test] But all the kids, had their photos taken laying on the floor. 
  • The start of Esso Golden Ring, I had to volunteer at checking in teams. Our girls lost all their games. The boys were out of Esso Minor Hockey week quickly too. Made for a quiet weekend. 
  • Mum and I went to see Shaping Sound. We treated ourselves with wonderful seats. Great night out with my Mumma. 
The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Week 2

Week 3 
Me and You - Elements:

Monday, February 19, 2018

2018 February Template Freebie

If you've followed this blog for any time, you know that Sahlin Studio offers a freebie template each month. This is February's free template. [If you're interested in downloading it, click here ] It's available as a freebie through February only.

The new year always seems to be a time when we're more likely to re-evaluate how we take care of ourselves. That seems funny to me, because we're smack-dab in the middle of winter, and quite frankly, at this time of year, I can totally understand why animals hibernate. I often wish we could hibernate as well.

But the more I looked at this template, the more I wanted to create inspiration for myself. Something to remind me to 'do it'. Even when I don't feel like it. So, I came up with this layout.

Very simple. With a message that encourages me.

Being healthy is something that happens one day at a time. When you look at it like that, it's much more manageable.

The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Love your body - Paper:

Monday, February 12, 2018

Project Life 2018

Well, here I go again!

I am continuing my project life album, and here is week one for 2018. I am still working on the title page, so haven't got that ready to share yet. 

  • Happy New Year! A quick family selfie as we rung in 2018 as a foursome. 
  • Last minute tickets to see the hockey game, so exciting to see the Kings play against Calgary. Calgary even won!
  • Little Miss Libby, once she saw the Christmas tree coming down, she decided to lay under it. 
  • Winter wonderland walk with the walking ladies.
  • Date night with matching jerseys.
  • Mason returning bottles at the bottle depot.
  • Miss Madelyn was enthralled with the typewriter, typing out stories and thank you notes. 
The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Finished December Daily Album

I did it!

This is indeed a labour intensive project. 

Once I'm finally finished it, I can then look at it lovingly. This is one of my most favourite DD's to date. 

This year I ordered product from Ali Edwards. I ordered the main album kit once before, DD2013. [I loved that album too] But if I'm totally honest with myself, I find it hard to incorporate physical product into my albums. I've been a digital scrapbooker for the past 5 years. I love the everything about digital. I do miss 'using' product. However, once I have it, I question everything, and all my pages and layouts seem to take me longer to do. 

I ordered this years album from Ali, because the 6x8 sized albums and page protectors are hard to come by. The supply seems to dwindle a little bit more each year. This year I had an album ordering fiasco. Once December Daily was live, I went onto the website and selected all the things I wanted to purchase for this years album.

Sadly, there is a little bit of 'get-it-before-it's-sold-out' mentality. That is my only complaint about December Daily. Things sell out ridiculously fast. It's easy not to be in the mindset to order Christmas product in September/October. To make a long story short, when my order arrived weeks later, there was no album in my shipment. 

2017 Paislee Press Mini kit - check.
2016 Paislee Press Mini kit - check.
2017 Ali Edwards chipboard letters - check.
3x8 page protectors - check. 
Extra Package of 6x8 Page protectors - check. 

But no album. I checked my invoice, no album. Colossal mistake.  

Talk about the wind rushing out of your sail... 

Obviously in my haste/mad rush to 'get-it-before-it's-sold-out' I must have unintentionally de-selected the album, not noticing upon check out. 

I know for a fact the album was the first thing I put in my cart. I knew there was a limited amount. 

Of course, by the time product was shipped, albums had long been sold out. So no chance getting one of Ali's albums. [The thing I like most about these is they are 6 ringed albums] Gives lots of flexibility for adding smaller size product to the album.

Once I realized I had no album, and got over being bummed out, I was able to order another 6x8 sized album from It came within a few weeks, and I was good to go. 

I put together foundation pages and then just waited for December to roll around. 

There are a few things I wanted to do with this album. Firstly, I wanted to do my best to use physical product for this album. There are a few exceptions, but the majority of this album is created using the product I received or already had from past years. 

Secondly, I wanted to use a typewriter for my journaling. [thanks Mum!] There were a few challenges with this. Journal cards were thick. Hard to use with the typewriter. But for the most part, got the cards in and typed on them. How dependant I am on spell check and the backspace key became apparent almost instantly. There are typos on these pages. And that is something I have to be okay with. Once I used a journal card, it was used. Couldn't print another one.  The spaces between the lines of journalling aren't all the same. I really struggled with getting the paper to move. There are a few mistakes [which my eye goes to immediately] but even with the mistakes, I love how this album turned out. 

As far as DD2017 goes, that's a wrap!!

I'm missing a page 13. I received both kids hockey/ringette photos, and planned to add them on the 13th. But as of yet, I haven't done it. I'm not stressed out about it. If the page gets done, fine. If it doesn't, well, I'm fine with that too. 

I'd also like to add something on the flip open page of Day 24, but I'm still not sure what. Journal a story of the skating day? Maybe. Again, I'm okay with walking away from it right now. So it may or may not get finished. 

This is something that has to be fun. If I start to stress about the things that don't get done, it sucks the fun away. 

I'm perfectly happy with my imperfect album.