Thursday, November 26, 2015

PL2015 - Weeks 35, 36 & 37

I'm attempting to catch up on my project life pages here on the blog.

My next few project life posts, will be grouped together. I haven't decided how I'm going to handle December yet. In the past, I've done both a December Daily Album, as well as kept up with my project life... Such a predicament to be in...

I'm already behind the ball with this years DD Album. So far, I've only created a title page. Eeks... Since I've done these albums, I've managed to have foundation pages done before hand. This year will be a slightly  new approach. I hope it works out. I adore going back and looking at past albums, so I know I'm going to do my best to complete this years album.

That said, there may be some late nights involved. And I'm okay with that.

Week 35:

This was the week I chose to follow along with Ali Edwards famous 'A Week in the Life'. To some it may seem redundant. But to me, it goes into our daily life in much greater detail that I normally document. This is another project I love and have been doing for multiple years. I love to look back and see how things have both changed and stayed the same over the years. Many of the photos on this layout, were also used in my WITL album. I've nearly completed the album, though I haven't shared it here on the blog. As always, it's a huge effort, but to me, totally worth it once the project is completed.

I didn't follow along the same week Ali did hers, because the kids were in summer camp. I thought if we were documenting the every day, it seemed to make sense to have the kids more included, since they're home for summer vacation. 

Week 36:

This week the kids started back to school. I started back to yoga. Ringette evaluations began the day school started. Hockey evals were later this year, due to the fact that Mason moved up a division into Bantam Hockey. We were definitely lulled into a false sense of 'non-busy' for the first few weeks of September. I have to say, it was a nice way to ease into the school year. I made home made cinnamon buns, that were devoured in 12 hours. Madelyn and I went to COP to watch the Calgary Wrath ringette team, as well as the Team Canada ringette team, play in an exhibition game. It was AWESOME.

Week 37:

We started off Labour Day with the Cochrane Parade. Once again we lucked out on the weather, but for the very first time, the parade was mediocre... As part of our ringette commitment, I had to spend 8 hours of my time, helping out during evaluations. I did a lot of time keeping... And I also spent a good portion of the month shivering. The boys did an early Scout Camp, and went to Johnston Canyon. They couldn't have hand picked a nicer weekend. Lucky for them!

Sahlin Studio Product Used:

Week 35

Paper Piercing Stitch Holes:
Washi Tape No. 2:
All About This:

Week 36

Everyday Routine Journal Cards:
Everyday Routine – Elements:
Tempatles:  Template:

Week 37

Documentary Journal Cards:
Documentary Kit:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Recent Layouts

I recently completed two layouts. I'm pretty well current with my scrapbooking, though I do have a load of pages to print off. To print 12x12 pages in Canada, it's gotten a little bit ridiculous cost-wise. In the past I have ordered from Persnickety, but they've increased their international shipping fee. The last time I ordered from them, I thought the product was just kind of 'meh'. Certainly not their best quality. Now, add our poor dollar and exchange rate. I simply can't justify paying for a product I'm not happy with.

I'm contemplating whether or not I should scrapbook my pages as usual, and then create a photo book with the pages once a year. It's not quite the same as looking through an album... But the memories come back, no matter what the format. Something to consider...

I have recently created a lot more 8x8 sized layouts. This size is a lot more reasonable to print off.

Both of these layouts are 8x8 size.

Both of these layouts are Sahlin Studio templates. Both originally 12x12 format. I just altered the sizing, and I'm happy with how they turned out.

This layout, Best Field Trips Ever, is Sahlin Studio Template Freebie, free for the month of November only. You can find it here: Sahlin Studio November Template.

I'm not kidding when I say these were the best field trips ever. It's taken until grade 5 and 8 to have 2 awesome field trips, both within a week of each other. They were also the best, because the weather was AWESOME. I doubt I would have enjoyed either as much, had the weather been foul.

For this layout, I used Sahlin Studio product Explore. Learn. Grow.

The next layout, Horse Camp is another template originally 12x12, that I altered to 8x8 size. It's from this bundle of templates.

I think templates are awesome. So simple when you want to capture a story quickly. The 8x8 size of this worked out well, because the photos I have were very small, and poor quality. Madelyn went camping with her uncle, and he took a ton of photos and sent them to me. I can't tell you how pleased I was to get these pictures of her having such a great time. Even through the pictures aren't great, I was still able to capture her first horse camping trip.

For this layout, I used Project Mouse Frontier Bundle. All the western elements tied in perfectly to her western weekend. Will she go camping again? I think so. Uncle on 'gave her' Lacy [the horse she's riding] She loves to tell everyone that she 'has a horse'. Poor horse though... She hasn't fed or groomed it since the first weekend in October.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

PL2015 - Weeks 32, 33 & 34

This takes us back to summer holidays. Not just summer vacation, but our actual holiday.

We were lucky again this year to have super weather. We had a few storms blow through while we were there, but they blew threw, and didn't last days and days. We were lucky that the forest fire smoke didn't bother us too much either, considering that a large chunk of British Columbia seemed to be on fire. The kids both met friends, that were there for the same duration as us. There was lots of play this year.

I did a double page spread, but cut the page protector down a little bit. I wanted to include more photos, but have there be a little bit of interest as well. 

This was the backside of the cut down page protector. I did the same for both weeks of our vacation.

So much time spent outside. So much fun had by the kids. Madelyn fished a ton this year, and finally caught a couple of fish our last few days there. Mason was able to use a kayak and paddle board, spending lots of time doing that.

Week 34, the kids were in a summer camp at COP. So I had hardly any pictures of them this week. They both got ball caps and both had great camp experiences. Madelyn is already hoping to do the Ringette Camp again next year. 

Following Sahlin Studio Products Used:

Week 32 & 33

Flashback Elements
Viewpoint Elements

Week 34
Create - Kit Sampler
Create Journal cards 

Friday, October 30, 2015

PL2015 - Week 31

At this point, we were full swing into summer. We had 4 weeks under our belts, and were in the routine of 'laid back'. It was also the week we were looking forward to heading away on our summer vacation.

Week 31:

This week we did a test bus run. We found out that starting in Grade 8, Mason would be required to get himself to school on his own, via city transit.  We looked up the route he needed, where he'd have to transfer, and took ourselves on a little adventure. I wanted him to be familiar with the stops he'd need to get on/off at. When I explained to the bus driver what we were doing, he was incredibly kind. He told me I was a great Mum, and then didn't let us pay our fare. He gave us transfers, and said kind words to us the whole time we were on that bus. This week was also the week Madelyn decided she wanted to cook supper. It went surprisingly well, and we have had them again since. I also realized this week that Mason has shot up in height quite a bit, since May. We also headed west, towards BC for our annual summer vacation. Traffic was insane, but thankfully thinned out by the time we got to Lake Louise.

Sahlin Studio Product Used:

Like A Boss Kit
All About This - digital stamps
Photo Templates Vol. 1 - landscape

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

PL2015 - Week 30

Week 30 fell in the middle of the summer.

This was the week I took the kids camping with a friend.

This is the week I felt kind of empowered because 1) I took the kids camping with a friend. [I was the one that loaded the vehicle with camping stuff, coolers of food, bevvies (both child and adult friendly) I gathered clothes and extra blankets. I loaded bikes onto the bike rack [which is a lot trickier than it looks]

and 2) Because I went camping. In the woods. with my kids. Without Barry.

I did stay in a tent trailer, which kept my bear anxiety at bay. Well, between the trailer and the wine, that was what kept my bear anxiety at bay...

Any way, here is week 30: 

Sahlin Studio Product Used:

Composition Elements
Composition Journal Cards
Composition Paper

I also used these Photo Templates, Vol. 1 in Portrait.

I created the 8 picture collage by altering one of the templates. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Template Freebie

I wanted to share with you, that every month Sahlin Studio has a freebie template, which can be downloaded for free, for the month. You can find October's template here. Stop what you're doing, and go and get it. Now. I'll wait.

Now that you've done that, here's what I did with this months template freebie:

I just wanted a quick page, to document our summer trip. All the colours were fighting with one another, so I changed all the pictures to black and white, and just had one colour photo on the page.

I also created another quick page, to document our anniversary. We actually went to the mountains, because that's how Barry wanted to spend his birthday, but our anniversary happened too, so we combined them. We drove up to Moraine Lake, which I've heard about countless times, seen so many pictures of, that I know immediately where the picture has been taken, but have never actually seen it with my own eyes.

This particular day [also our Lake Louise day] we had every kind of weather. We ate our picnic lunch outside in the sun. [It was very pleasant] We got whipped by snow and wind, as evidenced by this photo below. Then we mooched around Banff with sweaters on, later in the day.

 The following Sahlin Studio Products were used:

October, template freebie - link above.

Celebrate Elements and Paper:

And, Reflection Kit & Journal Cards:

Friday, October 2, 2015

PL2015 Week 28 & 29

Now that fall is in high gear I'd like to zip through my summer pages a little bit faster. 

We have been so fortunate this year. We had a mild winter, which was lovely. Though, too bad we bought ski passes... A beautiful spring, that in my experience is not very typical. Summer was fantastic, though a bit hazy because of all the forest fires throughout BC and the states. And finally, fall. It's been splendid.

Last year, after our freakish September snow storm, our fall was virtually non-existent. Leaves simply died and fell off the trees. This year, we've been able to marvel at the colours. Sadly, this weekend the forecast is for about 3 degrees with a rain/snow mix. Any leaves remaining, will come down I'm sure.

Nose Hill has looked awesome too. I took the kids up last week, and even with the dreadful wind  blowing, the leaves stayed put.

We even made a trip to Banff/ Lake Louise last weekend because [gasp] we had no ice times! The larch trees where changing and I really wanted to see it. The weather was cool, and we did in fact get snowed on. We were dressed for mountain weather, many were not. I guess we had the advantage of knowing how quickly the weather can change. But even with the frigid temperature, the scenery did not disappoint.

 There's the snow!

She loves nature. She kept saying how beautiful everything was all day long.

This is the first time I've been here [aside from the winter months obviously] that there was not a single person out on the water in a canoe.

 A glimpse of the larches along the tree line. [With Madelyn looking inland...]

It was definitely snowing down the valley.

Another glimpse of the larch trees along the treeline.

Any way, now that we've looked at fall and our current weather situation, back to my summer layouts:

Week 28:

This week we went to Qarry Lake in Canmore with friends. It was super hot, and  a dip in this refreshing mountain lake was perfect. Eating ice cream with a cousin, trying to stay cool. Mad, outside reading. At 10 pm, it was the coolest we'd been all day. Mason went camping this weekend with another family. I loved that the Mum sent me texts and photos of him having a great time. A big deal for Madelyn, I surprised her and took her to get her ears pierced. A back yard camp out. You two slept out there all by yourselves!

Week 29:

This week we went for a picnic to Sibbald Lake. Madelyn caught frogs! So there was much excitement about that. We took Miss Libby, who had a great time. Mason is hard to pin down for pictures these days, so I take them when I can. Mason took over flyer delivery for a friend while he was on vacation. Bar and I got a quick golf game in while the kids were at sleep overs.

Sahlin Studio Product Used:

Week 28

Like a Boss - Kit
Like a Boss - Journal Cards

Week 29 

Celebrate - Elements 
Photo Journal No.1 - Word Art