Sunday, October 14, 2018

October Template Freebie

I love working with templates. 

I especially am drawn to this blocky type of template. 

There's nothing left to do, but pick out photos, paper and embellishments. 

This is the template from Sahlin Studio, available to download for free, through October. To check it out or download, click here on this link. 


This summer, we were able to get way camping with another family we've become close to. As with most camping trips, this trip was booked months in advance, to ensure we got spots. All we could do was cross our fingers and hope for the best weather-wise. 

Calgary was so smoky this summer. It was pretty awful actually. Several days, the visibility was so pour, we couldn't see things we can usually see, from our house. It also made going outside, gross. No one wants to purposely stand outside in campfire smoke...

The forecast weather-wise was good. The forecast smoke-wise was bad... But we made the decision to go anyway. Here are a few photos of our drive out to K-Country. 

First off, we had to drive all the way to Canmore, to pick up Mason from a camp he'd attended. After him spending a week outside at an outdoor adventure camp, he was less than thrilled to know he'd be spending yet another few days outside. 


A glimpse of the 3 Sisters in Canmore.


Once we turned down highway 40, it became pretty clear that things weren't going to get much better visibility-wise. It was super smoky. The air was just thick. Now having said that, on the bright side, once we got to the campground, though the air was still thick, you couldn't smell the smoke. And believe it or not, we were still allowed to have campfires. That one seemed kind of crazy to me, but I was pretty thankful at the same time. What's camping if you can't sit around a campfire? 

The campground was quiet, we figured a lot of people cancelled their plans. The lake was quiet, it was pleasant outside, though not warm enough to hang out in shorts and tanks. The light was incredible, the way it can be when the sky/air is filled with smoke. 

Here's my layout:


Thankful we got to spend time with friends, even though things didn't look super promising at first. 

The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 


Thursday, September 27, 2018

PL2018 - Week 33


Another super smoky week. I have to say from the 7th of August on, it wasn't great. 

One day, the smoke was so thick, visibility was terrible. Of course, that was the day, Madelyn was supposed to go to Calaway Park with a friend.  We were disappointed on more than one occasion this summer, because of forest fire smoke.  I hope this isn't going to be our new 'normal' during the summer. It's kind of gruesome. 

Week 33:

  • Dropping Mason off in Canmore for a week long camp. He fulfilled a grade 11 course, by taking it in summer camp form. He got to go horseback riding, river rafting, rock climbing. He also got to meet a whole group of new people, which was awesome for him. 
  • Miss Madelyn learned how to felt. She made the cutest little teddy bears within a couple of days. 
  • Just an idea how smoky it was one day, mid morning was so dark. That was the day you couldn't see Nose Hill from our house, it was bad.  
  • That was also the same day Madelyn and her friend, were supposed to go to Calaway Park. They ended up spending the afternoon at the wave pool instead.  
  • On our way to K-Country to camp for the weekend. It was super smoky in the mountains as well, but we were planning on meeting up with friends, so we went anyway. 
  • Photos of this crazy bunch. Despite the heavy smoke, we had a good weekend.
The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Disney Memories

One of the things about being a creative team member for Sahlin Studio, is the awesome product she comes up with. All the time.

Some of my favourites are anything that has to do with Project Mouse. Project Mouse is Disney themed, and there are many different elements to this. All the Project Mouse products are listed in one convenient place, click this link to jump right there.

In the past, I have created quite a few Disney pages. I've also created quite a few pages that have nothing to do with Disney. So the product is very versatile.

For the latest Sahlin Studio release, I dug deep into some Disney memories. This was our one and only trip to Disneyland, back in [gasp] 2011.

The kids were so little! It was one of our best trips as a foursome. We had so much fun, to say I wasn't a bit melancholy while creating this pocket page, would be a lie... I mean come on... Mason now towers over me! And I expect by the time she's in grade nine, Madelyn and I will be looking eye to eye. Currently, she's only a couple inches shorter than I am.

I'm so glad that I have digital photos and can go back and create a page like this, that everyone in our family gets so much joy from.

And we definitely need to get busy and make plans for another trip as a foursome, to the Happiest Place on Earth...

Project Mouse - Main Street
PM Main Street - Enamel Pins: https://the-lilypad.com/store/Project-Mouse-Main-Street-Enamel-Pins.html

Project Mouse product, doesn't always have to coincide with a trip to Disneyland, here are a couple of pages I created, using Project Mouse elements, but had nothing to do with a trip to Disney.

Project Mouse - Adventure
Artsy -https://the-lilypad.com/store/Project-Mouse-Adventure-Artsy.html
https://the-lilypad.com/store/Project-Mouse-Adventure-Enamel-Pins.html
https://the-lilypad.com/store/Project-Mouse-Adventure-Journal-Cards.html

Project Mouse - Wilderness
https://the-lilypad.com/store/Project-Mouse-Wilderness-Elements.html
https://the-lilypad.com/store/Project-Mouse-Wilderness-Word-Art.html

Here are some other layouts I've created using Project Mouse. Some from Disney, and others not. [This layout, from Thunder Mountain, remains one of my most favourites of all time]


Project Mouse - Frontier
https://the-lilypad.com/store/Project-Mouse-Frontier-BUNDLE.html



Project Mouse - Tomorrow
http://sahlinstudio.com/project-mouse-tomorrow/


Project Mouse - Halloween
http://sahlinstudio.com/project-mouse-halloween-edition/

Project Mouse - Christmas 
http://sahlinstudio.com/project-mouse-christmas-edition-freebie/

Monday, September 17, 2018

PL2018 - Week 32

This summer, we had some hot days. 

Really hot. Above 30 degrees Celsius. 

So not the norm for Calgary. If we get up to 30 degrees, that's usually something worth talking about. But to well surpass 30 degrees, for a number of days in a row, that is highly unusual. 

For another summer, I lay in bed many a night, unable to sleep, wishing we had air conditioning. 

Then, without notice, the weather changed.  I once again find myself bundled up from head to toe in polar fleece... 

8 degrees Celsius seems much warmer, almost tropical, after you've had a winter of negative double digits. 

However, when you're summer has consisted of temperatures in the high 30's, and seemingly overnight you plummet to single digits numbers, it's like you've been thrust into the arctic circle. 

At least I have my photos to go back and look at, to remember exactly how warm it got this summer. 

Week 32: 


  • I made pickles. I love that this photo captures the actual 'pickling process' in action. The pickles on the far right in the photo, are already changing colour. They go from being vibrant green little cucs, to well, pickles.
  • Today was a hot one. Captured the temp and the mileage in the car. 
  • Dill growing on the patio.
  • Madelyn and Barry, spent a super hot, not too smoky afternoon at the outdoor pool. 
  • The layouts I created for my guest member spot at Paislee Press. 
  • Cooling down with our feet in cold water. 
  • Capturing an unbelievable day at Bowness Park. The smoke haze makes for some pretty awesome photos. The light is often perfect. 
The following Sahlin Studio products were used: 


All About This - Digital stamp -https://the-lilypad.com/store/All-About-This-Digital-Stamps.html


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

PL2018 - Week 31


Here is the most recent page to my project life album. It's so, so simple, just basically photos and words. 

Sometimes that's all you need.

This week saw another big portion of our plumbing renovation done. After this weekend, we were definitely more than half-way done. 

Week 31: 

  • Always where I find her. Love, love, LOVE her passion for reading. 
  • Driving to pick Mason up from work, I glanced up and saw this dragon-looking cloud. I knew Madelyn would think it was awesome. 
  • Kitchen sink plumbing.
  • Pluming gadgets. All over the house. Literally.
  • First tomato of the season, and it was as yummy as it looked.
  • More holes in ceilings... Now, onto the basement.
  • Celebrating Baba's bday with burgers and cake, all enjoyed outside. 
The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Photo Rounds -  Routines: https://the-lilypad.com/store/Photo-Rounds-Routines.html
 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

School Starts and December Daily Thoughts

Well, we've got the first week school under our belts.

First day of school photos, taken 5 1/2 hours apart.

First day as a Grade 8 student. Madelyn leaves the house at 7:05 this year, which hurts. It's a smidge earlier than least year. School times and bus pick up times have changed. We made it though. She got up 4 mornings, without too much fuss. She even let me do her hair.


This one lucked out, he didn't have to be at school until 1:50. What's the point even? But he got to have one last sleep in, waking up well rested and ready to start school the first day of Grade 11.  Grade 11... That has happened shockingly fast. And that hair... Crazy boy definitely has the hockey flow going this year.


We've also been eased back into our schedule rather slowly. Just school this week, with no commitments in the evenings. We didn't have our first ice time until Friday night. In the past, we hit the ground running, the first day of school. So this was very appreciated. We will now be on the ice until March.

Last year, on the first day of school it was hot. 30 degrees Celsius. This year, it was not. I think the high was 13 degrees. It was chilly, rainy, windy and cold.

It warmed up by Thursday and Friday [the photo below was taken Thursday morning, it's of the Peace Bridge downtown] but the damage has been done. Trees are changing colours and the leaves are dropping like dead flies.



I want to love this time of year, I really do. But I know what comes after fall... The colours are lovely, and it's so pretty, but once the leaves are gone, the snow comes. My entire backyard was full of snow back in April. So much snow, I thought it would never all melt. And people, I don't have to tell you, that was only 5 months ago...

So the idea of snowfall and shovelling, well it doesn't really appeal.

Speaking of snow, Ali Edwards December Daily is all the rage and trending currently. Kits went on sale Wednesday. I LOVE Ali. She has been such a huge inspiration to me over the years. I realize that this is her business, her bread and butter. It just seems like her prices are always creeping up.

Initially, you bought the December Daily kit. The first time I did that, it included an album, page protectors and all the papers, journal cards, embellishments etc.

Then it was changed up, and you could buy all the pieces separately. You could choose between different albums, main kits, mini kits, embellishments, it became quite the ordeal.  Why would I not automatically want an album to house everything? It seemed strange to me, that the album didn't come included. [And if you remember, last year, my album fiasco, I thought I'd ordered one, but somewhere along the way, de-selected it during the ordering process] Last year, the December Daily seemed rather crazed. Only 'limited amounts of this and that'. Only so many albums. Stock was not being replenished. I got caught right up in it, and it was stressful.

This year, I watched a bit warily, as the December Daily hype started to build up toward the end of August. Again with the limited product available. Again with the mark the date and time of release on your calendar. Now you were to 'refresh' your screen lots, in case something became available, after another customer 'accidentally removed it from their cart' [I joke]

But here's the thing. 6x8 albums this year are selling for $24.99 each. Yes, it includes page protectors, but that seems really steep to me.

Plus, international shipping is a $15 flat rate. So that becomes $40 for me to just order an album. And that's $40 in US prices. So, like Heather Land says, "I ain't don it". I'm out.

This year, I'm going to create my own December Daily album. I have several album options. I will plan on preparing it before hand, like I have in the past. I have enough left over DD supplies from past years, that I'll be able to add a bit of flair here and there.

What I've realized, is the most important thing, is to get the stories down. It really doesn't matter what I use to do that, as long as I do that.

I'm already looking forward to this year album and stories.


Monday, September 3, 2018

PL2018 - Week 30


Today is September 3rd. And it's a miserable day. Cold, grey, rainy. Just yuck. But it seems right in line with the 'mood' around here. 

Tomorrow school starts back. Grade 11 and Grade 8. Eeks! No one seems overly thrilled to get back at it. Though I'm ready to get these kids back into a bit of routine, I'm not looking super forward to 6 am get ups... Gross. 

We had a great summer. Could have definitely done without all the forest fire smoke, that settled over the city in August. But temperature-wise, no complaints here. It was hot enough, that Barry and I wondered yet again, if we should invest in an air conditioner for the house. The upstairs was above 28 degrees Celsius more than it wasn't, this summer. Or so it seemed. So hot to sleep. 

The last week or so, it has cooled off considerably. Leaves on the trees are beginning to change. Which seems earlier than usual. Wondering if it's the cooler temperatures, and perhaps the smoky days that has helped this process along.  It was dark and dreary on a few of those bad smoky days. Perhaps that's all the trees needed, to nudge them towards fall. 

I do hope we get a reprieve. I hope today's grey and chilly morning is just a blip on the screen, and that we have a great September and October. Rumour has it, that we're in for another killer winter... So it only seems fair, that we get a nice fall. Fingers crossed. 

This layout is using Septembers featured product Simplify. I have included the links below. Through September, the kit and journal cards and be picked up for 40% off! Awesome! 

Here is my layout for Week 30, which takes us back to the last week of July. A warmer time for sure! 


  • Ama and Madelyn made a trip to the zoo this week. 
  • Mason had a friend over and they played a board game, in person... 
  • My on-going quest to find glasses to read things. All the things. Everything... Only to find, I already have glasses on. 
  • Mad and I went to see Infinity War, have to see it before going to see Ant Man and the Wasp.
  • Helping Dad solder some wires.
  • Camping trip, which was so much fun. Created a layout about it here
  • These kids, and their video game playing... I hate it. Desperately trying to minimize the time spent staring at screens with game controls in their hands. 
The following Sahlin Studio products were used: 

Simplify Kit: https://the-lilypad.com/store/Simplify-Kit.html
Simplify Journal Cards: https://the-lilypad.com/store/Simplify-Journal-Cards.html