Sunday, September 21, 2014

PL2014 - Week 26

Oops-a-daisy!! I forgot a week!!

Here is week 26!


Week 26 included the grade 6 farewell. Teacher photos. Last lunch date with my grade 3 girl. Last patrol duty, and a boy turning 12.  It also included the announcement of Two Peas in a Bucket closing it's doors. A sad time indeed.

PL2014 - Weeks 27, 28 & 29

Better late than never, here are a few more of my project life weeks 27 through 29. I kind of clumped these weeks together, as we were on our summer vacation at the time.I wanted to include these couple of weeks, knowing I could only touch on a few things. I also ended up making a double page collage to capture more. 

Here they are:
  

We celebrated Canada Day, all dressing in our patriotic colours. The breeder sent us a photo of Libby, we haven't seen her since she was 5 weeks old. So excited to see her looking like a miniature schnauzer! Our arrival at the beach. Not a cloud in the sky, but there was a jet trail. We took the 'x marks the spot' as a sign that we were exactly where we were meant to be.
 

The weather on our holiday was FANTASTIC. Aside from two pretty impressive storms. We watched one come down the valley towards us, and the sky was impressive. The storm passed by quickly, and the remainder of our vacation time was HOT. 


Mason learned to captain the boat this year. Baba gave him boat driving lessons. He did great, even pulling Madelyn in the tube! We also left 39° weather and arrived home to 17°. Seriously, one extreme to another in this country!!

The day after we got home from our vacation we picked up our new puppy, Libby. Barry had to go to work, so the kids and I went and picked her up. Of course we had to do a 'selfie' with our new pup!!
So I added a lift up flap to include a couple more pictures of her adjusting to her new house, and new life.

Barry is smitten. This is the first time he's had a puppy. I grew up with dogs in the house. But this little bean quickly melted all our hearts. And found a favourite place to lay in the sun.

Insert Side A:

I wanted to include more photos of our vacation, so I created a collage. This is just a few of the photos that made up our vacation. I made the collage 8x12, and cut down a 12x12 page protector. I
simply used washi tape to close the page protector off.

Insert Side B:


We had a fantastic vacation. This year we tried a new place, and Ama & Baba ended up joining us. My kids are so lucky to be able to spend such quality time with them. It was great.


The following Sahlin Studio Products were Used:

Weeks 27, 28 & 29

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

PL2014 - Weeks 23, 24 and 25

Here are a few more project life pages. This is all I have right now. So I'm caught up, but I'm behind. We're currently in week 32... So I have a little bit of work to do.

We managed to get away for a few weeks, to the sunny Shuswap, where the temperatures were in the high 30's... Too hot for this girl. But we spent lots of time in the boat and in the lake, keeping cool. We also welcomed a new addition to the family...

Meet Libby.


She is a miniature Schnauzer, and she joined our family the day after we arrived home from vacation. And to say that we like her is an understatement.


We are all head over heels for her... She is the sweetest little dog ever. Her only fault, in the nearly 2 1/2 weeks we've had her home, is her morning wake up time. That has been a little hard. She wakes up anytime between 5 and 6 AM, and is ready for the day to start. Much to my horror... A morning person, I am not. But we're bravely soldiering through. Hoping that as the days grow shorter [not that I'm anxious at ALL for that to happen] but perhaps that will trick her to sleeping a little later... Once school starts back, the early mornings won't be quite so shocking. But right now, on our summer holidays, they are. 

Onto my project life layouts:

Week 23:

This week was my yoga retreat, on the west coast. I've said it before, but it's so awesome to go and hang up the 'mum' hat for a few days, and just be. Such a great group of ladies, and we had awesome weather and a great time.

 Week 24:
Week 24 we were gearing up for the end of school. A lunch date, Stanley Cup Playoffs, rocking climbing, and visit to the breeder to visit a 5 week old Libby. The scouts helped with a community clean up. Father's Day. We watched the last Star Wars... Finally. Nearly a year in the making, but I can now say I've seen them ALL.

Week 25:

My bi-annual haircut. Chalk play, dreaming of warm days. Hanging on the couch. An impromptu date night. Independence beginning to strike in a nearly 12 year old. And a girl in her glory at the park. 

The following Sahlin Studio Products were used:

Week 23:

Retro Mod
Paint Swatch

Weeks 24 & 25:

Flashback












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