Friday, July 25, 2014

PL2014 - Week 22

Spent the last couple of weeks on vacation. Home now, and playing catch up.

Here is my layout for week 22:


Week 22 included a well deserved, dinner out with girlfriends. Ama & Madelyn blowing bubbles. Rock climing and tennis lessons. A killer whale sighting off the ferry. A trip to the West Coast.

The following Sahlin Studio Products were Used:

Life is Better with You - mini kit

PS - I Love You

Magical Photo Overlay



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

PL2014 - Weeks 19, 20 & 21

I've finished reeling over the Two Peas in a Bucket announcement. ready to share a few more week of my project life layouts.

Week 19:


Well, week 19 we woke up to snow again, after thinking it was over. Madelyn loved her rock climbing class. She also moved up to Girl Guides. Mason had a sick day at home. We celebrated a 9th birthday party and Mother's Day.

 

I've been creating little flip ups using page protectors. Loving that it gives me a little bit more space to add more photos or stories.


Adding the flip up, I was able to take a picture of the girls faces, some impromptu pictures, and tell the silly story of all the girls standing with their backs to me when I first asked them for a picture. 

Week 20:

This week included heading to Dairy Queen for Blizzards... A boy with a haircut. First dandelion bouquet. Finding out our puppy to be was a girl. A trip to Medicine Hat to meet up with friends.

Again with the flip up. Loving the flip up.

Underneath, a few more photos. An awesome way to include a few more pictures. 

Week 21:


A date with my girl to go to a year end dance show. First family bike ride. Playground fun. Orthodontist appointment. Tennis lesson. Trying out ringette for the first time. A lunch date with Mum. Playing tennis with Mace. 

Sahlin Studio Products Used:

Week 19


Week 20


Week 21

 








Monday, June 30, 2014

Farewell Two Peas...

I was deeply saddened to learn that after July 10th, Two Peas in a Bucket will be closing their doors.



I got an empty feeling in the pit of my stomach when I found out the news last week. I couldn't believe it actually, when I read the words. Over the next few days, more and more girls, whom I admire so much in this industry, responded to the news, as well, these are just a few:

Ali

Cathy

Gluestick Girl
Marcy



I still remember stumbling upon this website. It happened while I was at work. After Mason was born, I went back to work part-time [you didn't have computers at home after all, back in those days...] I adored this website. It completely changed the way I scrapbooked.

I had been scrapping for awhile, in fact, I completed my first scrapbook in 1998 which happened to be of our wedding/honeymoon... A lot of circles and squares. A lot of stickers. A lot of cutting around pictures. A lot of curved papers. Not at all what my layouts look like today.

But to see other peoples examples. To see other peoples ideas... It truly spoke to me.

It still speaks to me. I scrapbook a lot. I began to submit my layouts to 2Peas on a regular basis after getting being asked to be apart of the Sahlin Studio Creative Team last year.

I still love to scrapbook. Though I'm mostly a digital scrapper now. I love all aspects of it. Capturing all of our stories. It makes me happy. I love to look back and remember. This form of art, will never not speak to me.

I don't know what happened. And part of me wishes I did. Though I realize it's none of my business. Not a single bit of it. I just think it would make it easier... To know why. I guess I feel like I've lost a friend. And I wish I knew why.

So, to 2Peas: Thank you for changing the way I scrapbook, and for having so many awesome tutorials, challenges and contests. Thank you for the most awesome Garden Girls. Thank you for the inspiration you gave to me and many others. This memory keeping thing, will never not speak to me.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

PL2014 - Weeks 17 & 18

I have been terrible about blogging lately. Not just lately. I've been terrible for not getting to it, for quite awhile.

I'm envious of all the people out there, who seem to have their act together. The ones who have multiple kids, and have jobs, document their lives, and have time to blog. I started blogging, back when I did, to remember all the little things. The every day stuff, that I knew I wouldn't remember if I didn't write it down. Though I never blogged daily, I did keep fairly current. When I began creating my project life albums, the blogging slowed down considerably. Because that was where I began to document the little things. The every day stuff I knew I wouldn't remember if I didn't write it down.

I'm not sure if I just don't manage my time well... I've been a stay at home mum for 9 years. 9 Years...  I worked full-time for 11 years before Mason was born. I got a one year maternity leave after he was born and when I went back to work, I worked part-time, for 2 years until Miss Madelyn was born. I haven't been back to work since. Do I miss working? Nah. I don't. What's to miss? The commute downtown each and every day, in a city that is getting more and more congested with traffic? Nope. Looming deadlines? Absolutely not. Four weeks of vacation a year? Uh-uh, think again. I don't miss working at all. What I do miss is the socializing that went along with work.

However, I think being at home has sadly affected my ability to 'get 'er done'. From what I remember about my 'working days', I was fairly organized. Stuff got done. Now... If something doesn't get done on Monday, I've got Tuesday. If it doesn't get done on Tuesday, I push it over Wednesday. You get the picture. Cleaning bathrooms, washing floors, doing laundry etc, doesn't have quite the same time constraints around it, as say, getting a well package finished and sent off to partners...

I'm grateful. I'm not complaining. I love being a stay at home mum. Even though the kids are both in school full-time, I love it. I love my house, I love my kids, I love my life. What I don't love is my inability to get tasks done in a timely manner.

I am going to work on that, starting in September. The kids have 7 and a half days of school left. We are going to have an awesome summer. It's going to be intentional. Then, come September, I'm going to work on being more accountable to myself.

Now, with that said, here are my project life spreads for weeks 17 & 18:

Week 17:



This week:

- It started to look a little bit like spring.

- Kids did some backyard clean up, and we got out the scooters.

- Mace was chosen to attend the Young Writer's Conference in Calgary, he was one of fifteen chosen to attend from his school.

- Seeing work along our river banks and praying that this spring we don't have any flooding problems.


Week 18:


This week we:

-Went in search of the crocuses on Nose Hill , and weren't disappointed.

- Went on a field trip to Fish Creek Park with the Grade 6's, both Barry and I.

- Celebrated Miss Madelyn's birthday



Keeping with the one page layout, I've been cutting up page protectors so that i can 'flip up' and have a little bit more room to either journal or add a few extra pictures.  


Sahlin Studio Products Used:

Week 17

P.S. I Love You

Week 18

Life is Better with You - mini kit

Monday, May 26, 2014

PL2014 - Week 16


This week was all about Mason's performance in Treasure Island, as Jim Hawkins. This kid has been in rehearsals every lunch hour since the middle of February. He dedicated so much to his role, and he did fantastic. So, so proud of him for taking this on and following through with it. He even had to sing a solo, and he did amazing. He didn't appear nervous at all, and to say the house was packed, is an understatement. I don't know how he did or, or any of the kids for that matter. It was awesome.



Using some washi tape, I created my own flip pocket. The last photo includes dying Easter Eggs, Easter Morning and Easter clothes. A lot of people have been using the flip up method. I like it because with my one page format, it allows me a tiny bit more of space to include stuff. 



This is what's under the flipped up part. They both got dressed up fancy for Easter Dinner at Ama & Baba's place.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Project Life Weeks 14 & 15

Madelyn and I were talking the other day, and she said something along the lines of "Gee Mummy, I can't believe the school year is just about over already. Time just seems to go by so fast"  I thought, wait until you hit your 40's little girl... Then we'll talk about time going fast...

We are well into May. And yes indeed, time goes by fast. I'm so glad I've captured all these every day things. I love how a photograph can immediately take you back to something.

Looking back at this layout, to some it might seem shocking to see snow... But we saw snow just last weekend... We're still waiting for spring.  I'm pleased to say, that we've had a handful of warm seasonable days this week, and thankfully, things are beginning to green up.

Week 14:


This week we:

- Got [hopefully for the last time this year] some sledding in.

- Cut 10 inches of hair off a certain little girl. She's been wanting to do it for over a year, and I managed to hold off this long.

- Had a lunch date with Madelyn, we went to... You guessed it, Tim Horton's.


Week 15:


This week 15 we:

- Went to meet a breeder. We're on the wait list for a Miniature Schnauzer... Eeks...

- Picked up Jim Hawkins from dress rehearsal after school.

- Went door to door selling Girl Guide Cookies with our Brownie Group.

- My M&D came home from their trip to sunny Arizona.

Sahlin Studio Product Used:

Week 14 & 15:


Worth a Thousand Words
Arrow paper clips

Also, on Week 15 used:

Reflection


Friday, May 2, 2014

PL2014 - Week 13

Gosh, week 13 took us back to spring break. We planned a little ski get away. After spending a lot of time hoping that the snow would disappear, we actually wanted to see more of it.

I decided to create a 2 page layout with this week.  Aside from Miss Madelyn selling Girl Guide cookies, the Saturday after we got back, this whole spread was photos from our little get-away.

I apologize for the quality of these pictures, it's not great this time around. But I'm not re-taking them.



I also included a couple of inserts.



Week 13 - Left Hand Side:



Right Hand Side:



Insert 1 - Side A: [I cut down a Design A page protector]


Insert 1 - Side B:


Insert 2 - Side A


Insert 2 - Side B


I rarely add memorabilia, though I love it. I included a couple of our ski tickets, adult and kids. We picked up discount adult tickets at Costco, which was a great deal. I also included a map of the hill. The kids love to look back at the map, to check out the runs we went down.  I sewed an 8x8 page protector to hold what I wanted it to.

We rented a condo in Radium, and drove back and forth to the ski hill each day. It was a little bit more driving, we had a 3 bedroom condo. We were able to put kids to bed, and then enjoy some time alone. I don't know about anyone else, but staying in a hotel with kids, is not really that much fun... For our little family, it generally means we all go to bed at the same time. Because my kids are NIGHT OWLS, that will stay awake as long as there is something going on. I digress... This was awesome, and although Barry didn't love the drive back and forth each day, I thought it was totally worth it. 

Sahlin Studio Product Used:

Worth a 1000 Words
Arrow Paper Clips
Freebie Stamp Set