Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Paislee Press = Guest Member Layouts

As a guest team member, I got to work on creating a project with a new release, and I got to pick product that I wanted to showcase. 

This was not an easy decision. Paislee Press has so many awesome collections, that it would almost have been easier to chose by closing my eyes and pointing at the screen.

Having said that, I have been drawn to this Autumn Vibes collection, since it was released last year. 

I think part of the reason for that, our hot summer. 

Our summers are lovely. But they're not typically HOT. I mean we get a sprinkle of hot days throughout the summer, but not day after day after day. 

However, the past two summers, have been hot. Consistently. 

By the time August rolls around, I've had a number of nights with little sleep, due to how hot our room stays. I hate to say it, but I begin to look forward to slightly cooler temperatures. 

I think that's what drew me to this collection. 

Here are the layouts I created using Autumn Vibes: 

The following Paislee Press product was used: 

Autumn Vibes - Templates https://the-lilypad.com/store/Autumn-Vibes-Templates-by-paislee-press.html

Sunday, August 12, 2018

PL2018 - Week 26

Week 26 goes back to the last week of June. Oh... the last week of June. Remember it?

June is what I consider it to be, Friday... 

Here's my take on summer vacation:

June is like Friday. The growing anticipation of having the whole weekend [or summer] ahead of you. You can stay up late, and you have sleep in days. 

July is like Saturday... The days are long and hot. It's everything. You can kick back and relax, just enjoy yourself, but in the back of your mind, you know Sunday [or August] is looming. 

Then August hits, boom, a it feels a little like Sunday, doesn't it?  Days are noticeably shorter. It cools off [sometimes] slightly, all of a sudden.  The back to school commercials start up. It's easy to get into a bit of a funk in August, just like Sunday, knowing that the beginning of the hectic year ahead is on the horizon. 

So right now, looking back at the last week of June, gives me all the happy feels. Remembering just what the last week of school felt like. 

Here's week 26:

  • The birthday boy... Mason turns 16.
  • Last field trip of Grade 7, the kids went to the zoo, and of all the field trips I volunteered for this year [6 or 7] this was the best.
  • Eye Retina specialist appointment with the girl. The spot on her retina appears to be a pesky freckle, but will have to continue to go back to have it monitored.
  • Canada Day! It was windy and cold, actually kind of miserable, we had a BBQ with friends.
  • We set up our trailer to do a clean, and both kids came and hang out there with us. 

The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

For Real Journal Cards - http://the-lilypad.com/store/For-Real-Journal-Cards.html
4x6 Templates Vol 1.: http://the-lilypad.com/store/4x6-Photo-Templates-Vol-1.html

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Summer Stories - Paislee Press

I've been excitedly waiting for quite a few months for my opportunity to be a guest member for Paislee Press. As August grew closer, the more excited I got.

Last week I received Liz's new Aloha Collection. It did not disappoint.

If you pop over and take a look at it, you can see it's full of tropical flair. It makes me want to visit somewhere with palm trees and rolling waves, in a big way. The colours are perfection. Different hues of green and a yellow that totally pops. Since I haven't been anywhere tropical lately, I knew I had to create something that didn't necessarily say island life.

I created several different projects.

This one, a 12x12 pocket page style, documenting our recent camping trip.

And this 12x12 layout, also using photos from the same camping weekend. Madelyn loves all critters and things. She was determined to catch a frog in the little lake. She didn't, but we did end up getting caught in a downpour. No pictures from that however!

I hope this shows that you can use product in a variety of different ways. Just because Aloha was created with more of an island vibe feel to it, doesn't mean I couldn't use it.

I love how these turned out.

The following Paislee Press products were used: 

Aloha Elements: https://the-lilypad.com/store/Aloha-Elements-Pack-by-paislee-press.html
Aloha Paper: https://the-lilypad.com/store/Aloha-Paper-Pack-by-paislee-press.html
Aloha Journal Cards: https://the-lilypad.com/store/Aloha-Journal-Cards-by-paislee-press.html

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

August Template Freebie

It's August, and that means the new template freebie from Sahlin Studio is available! To download it for yourself, click this link.  Here is what August's template looks like: 

And here's what I did with it. 

Love that this page, can be a fun, quick story about our first camping trip of the season. We had a great time, even though we had one day of not great weather. On that day, we huddled inside the trailer and played games and listened to music. We might have even had some snacks. 

Love this crew of mine. 

The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

You are Here - Elements: https://the-lilypad.com/store/you-are-here-elements-ss_youarehere_ep.html
You are here - Journal cards: https://the-lilypad.com/store/you-are-here-journal-cards.html
You are here - Paper: https://the-lilypad.com/store/you-are-here-papers-ss_youarehere_pp.html

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Exciting News

Back in November, Paislee Press put out a 2018 Creative Team Call. I submitted some of my work, and then guess what happened?

I got invited to be a guest Creative Team member for the month of August. 


I have been a long time fan of Paislee Press and of Ms. Liz Tamanaha. Love her sleek and simple designs. Love all her products. 

So excited to be joining the team this month. Can't wait to share some of her fabulous products on some of my pictures! Pinch me!

Stay tuned! Hoping to share soon!

Monday, August 6, 2018

PL2018 - Weeks 24 & 25

There is currently a fine layer of drywall dust everywhere in my house.

Not from putting up walls. From tearing down walls and ceilings. 

We're more than halfway through our "Replace ALL the Water Lines in our House" project. The reason for that is the dreaded Poly B... Tubing that was used for the water lines in all the houses in my area. Tubing that as it turns out, has a life span.  

We know that from first hand experience. We've had 7 separate water 'events' in 11 years. They've ranged from pinprick water leaks, to an actual burst pipe. That one, was the messiest and most shocking. It was on a holiday and required an emergency trip from a plumber. Thank goodness we were home when it happened. 

I can't stress this enough: Know where the main water shut off valve is in your home. 

That has come in handy for us. On multiple occasions.  

We have two more ceiling sections to open up. To replace old Poly B with Pex. This is something that had to happen. We've planned our summer around it.  We're nearly done. And although the aftermath of what a mess we have to deal with, hasn't quite hit yet, we're feeling pretty good about the pipe replacing. 

This morning there's a certified plumber in our basement, welding/soldering what Barry can't handle. He's checked our work, and given us a thumbs up. [insert huge sigh of relief here...]

I am so grateful for family and friends that have helped us with this gigantic task. I'm also so grateful for my handy husband, who had taken this on, and done a pretty successful job at it. Saving us thousands of dollars that was quoted to us several years ago to do this very job.

Looking forward to getting ceiling back up.

It's been a while coming...

Here is my layout for combined weeks 24 & 25 of my project life album:

This layout was created consisting mostly of Paislee Press product, the product links are below: 

Paislee Press Layered 4x6 templates - Vol. 6 [couldn't find a link]

I also used the following Sahlin Studio product: 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Weekend Camping & PL2018 - Week 23

We just got back home from an impromptu camping trip. 

Since we've had our little trailer, we've booked or reserved sites on-line. Most campgrounds we've been to, are full to capacity. Not a chance of getting in. If you haven't planned in advance, forget about it.

25 years ago, you could decide you wanted to go camping on a wednesday for an upcoming weekend. You could head out after work on Friday and have no problem finding a spot. Those days seem to be far behind us. If you've driven on any highway and watched the steady stream of RV's driving by, you see what I'm talking about.  

So, for us to decide to camp last minute, and then have it work out, was most pleasant. 

For the most part, we had great weather, three of us and the dog got caught in a down pour, but we all lived to tell the tale. 

This little campground had no services, and only outhouses. We camped with my parents and my brother, who all have RV's larger than ours. M&D were kind enough to let us use their RV for the occasional bathroom break. A hot mug of coffee handed to me first thing each morning, was awesome. 

I think my other favourite thing about the weekend was there was no cell service. So we were completely unplugged for 3 days. That doesn't happen very often these days. I'm surprised at how nice it was to get away from everything for a few days. 

Here are a few photos from the weekend: 

On to week 23 of my project life album: 

  • We may have underestimated how long it would take us to get the girl to school, but she asked if she could do, 'Ride your Bike to School Day' and I said yes. 15 km for her, and 30 for me...
  • Field trip downtown. Such a nice day. [Though I did misplace my group of kids for a bit... Much less stressful when they're grade 7 and not seven years old]
  • Mad was part of the choir that sung a few songs for volunteer appreciation night. 
  • We're seeing so many little baby goslings on our thursday walks. The baby's are cute, the parents are pretty cranky.  
The following Sahlin Studio products were used:

You Are Here Kit - http://the-lilypad.com/store/you-are-here-kit.html