Monday, April 17, 2017

December Daily 2016 - Better Late than Never

I have mostly been done this album for awhile. There were just a few last things to add, sometimes it's the smallest things, that seems to take forever... 

It's always so great to look back on projects. When you're right in the midst of them, they can seem overwhelming.

This project, in the heat of the moment, is overwhelming. The best thing to do, is take it one day at a time. Getting somewhat ready beforehand, is also helpful. 

I love to look back at my past December daily albums. I love to see what changes. See what remains the same. This is the first year ever, in 15 years, that we didn't make a trip to see Santa... While it saddens me, I also understand that it's the natural progression. Mason didn't go last year, so I thought I had a few more visits with Madelyn. But she announced that she was too old, to sit on Santa's knee. She told me that when she'd gone last year, she observed she as the oldest girl in the line... It's funny what kids see, and what we see... Obviously that's not something I picked up on. She felt uncomfortable enough, that she didn't want to do it again.

This is picture heavy, here's my 2016 Album:














































I used a lot of different product for this . I used Sahlin Studio product, I used Ali Edwards product. I used a bit of physical product I've squired away over the years.  I did a little bit of stitching on the sewing machine. I used Madelyn's artwork. Everything and anything goes with these types of projects. There are no rules.

I love this project, and I love it even more when it's all done and on the shelf.






Thursday, April 13, 2017

PL2017 - Weeks 9&10

There are no rules, to my project life album this year. I'm really trying not to be too hard on myself, and just document stories.

I have missed a week, here and there. 

I have documented one story, rather than cover a whole week. [There are stories I haven't shared here, and won't] I'm taking a very laid back approach to this years album. 

I didn't have a lot of photos to share, for weeks 9&10. So, I condensed them into one week. 

All our winter, consists of sitting in cold arenas, for either hockey or ringette games. By this time of year, that's getting a little bit boring. For everyone. This is the time of year, that hockey and ringette are gearing up for playoffs. Ringette, were bounce back and forth between city play-offs and provincial play downs. They are two totally separate things. 

  • Snapchat... I don't use this app, except to take ridiculous photos that I save. All but Mason has fun with it. At nearly 15 years old, he now thinks his parents are crazy.
  • My little sidekick. If I'm sitting on the sofa, so is she. And she absolutely has to be touching me somehow. Has to sit on, not by.
  • Ringette party... Jello shooters for the adults, a tray of Bottle Caps and Porn Stars.
  • The girls won the silver medal in city play-offs. In the standings, our team came in first place in the division, but Cal-East played a pretty good game. We played them 3 times in play-offs, we won a game, they won a game, and then they won the final game. It's a pretty awesome accomplishment to do so well. 
The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 


Also, something to note, Ali Edwards A Week in the Life [WITL] is happening next week, April 17th-23rd. It's more than project life, it's going much deeper into your every day. For more information and to read what Ali has to say about it, click here.

I have followed along with a WITL since 2008. In all that time, I have missed one year. I have 8 years of in-depth looks into our ordinary every day. The first time I followed along, I had a 6 and 3 year old. My kids are now nearly 15 and 12. A lot has changed in those years. I do look back on the years. Some albums are very photo heavy, with little journaling. Some are very word heavy. It's a big job, to document your life in such great detail. But the results are SO WORTH IT. And looking back, I realize I really like the words. I need to add more words. So this year, I my focus will be on, more words and stories to accompany the photos.  

Last year, I played along, and made the project extremely simple. I was in kind of a slump. My camera wasn't working well, I was bummed out. I didn't know if I wanted to play along with WITL, but I knew I'd regret not. I used a 4x4 size, and followed the same format used by Stephanie Bryan. Looking back now, I wish I would have included more information, but at least I have the photos. I might wish there was more, but I have at least captured a snippet in time. If you're interested, last years WITL is here. 

If you're on the fence at all, about WITL, my recommendation is DO IT. Trust me when I say, you won't regret it. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

PL2016 - October

I still have a few more spreads to spreads to share, before I'm completely finished with 2016 project life album.

Here is October:  


In October, we used up some airmiles and made a trip out to the west coast. Despite the rain, we had  a great time. Barry and I have been to the coast during the storm season, so we did anticipate the rain. What we did not anticipate however, was that it absolutely POURED rain. We now know the difference between water resistant, and water-proof. Water-proof, most definitely, being what you want... 

Before our trip, I spent the day with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, making Lefsa, a Norwegian flat bread.

A few photos of our time away. The weather was crazy. While were there intact, we were lucky enough to see some storms! Eeks. Our trip up to Botanical Beach will always be remembered by us being in awe, at exactly how violent mother nature can be. The pictures will never do justice, what we saw/experienced that day.


  • We went to watch my nephew play hockey at the Saddledome. This past season he played for Prince Albert, so they came to play against the Hitmen. It was so fun to be there with all our family. 
  • Miss Madelyn was in a fashion show towards the end of October, and she did awesome, strutt'in her stuff on the catwalk. 
  • On-going trips to the orthodontist.
  • Halloween this year, Madelyn was a vet, perfect costume, for the perfect vet-to-be.
  • Grade 6 field trip to the Municipal Buildings downtown. 
  • Lastly, this years pumpkin creations. 

The following Sahlin Studio Product used:

Left side:

Right Side:



Monday, March 27, 2017

PL2017 Week 8

Here we are, with week 8 of this years album.

  • After I'd been cooped up in the house for a week or so, I was getting a bit squirrelly to get out. We took Miss Libby for a walk up on the hill. 
  • On the couch with Libby. She's been such a great little companion dog. 
  • The text with Mason, I love that my kids are getting to an age now, where we can have a few more 'adult-like' jokes. I mourn the ages they were, and look forward to the ages they're coming into. 
  • Mad's team kicked butt at our provincial play downs. We won both games in Rockford, AB, and got a buy, which meant we automatically qualified for provincials. Way to go Storm!
  • The epic night of the Oscars. The best picture faux-pas... The different options available on snapchat... Mason tolerates these shenanigans, but only just...
This page was created using the newly released Project Mouse Beginnings, a collaboration of Sahlin Studio and Britt-ish Designs. You have to check it out! There are papers, journal cards, elements and word bits. You can also get the bundle and save. 

I like to use this to showcase, that you don't have to have a Disney theme to use the product.  It's pretty versatile. Having said that, would love to make a trip to Disney, to use the product that way too! I have doubts that the kids would ever forgive us, if we made a trip to the happiest place on earth without them. But I have definitely thought about it...

The following Sahlin Studio product was used: 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

PL2017 - Wk7

Sometimes I have a shortage of photos.

This week, was one of those cases.

So, instead of stressing about what photos I didn't have, I created a 'currently' type layout.


For this layout, I focused on only what I myself was currently doing. I can see now, I didn't mention that specifically. Perhaps throughout the year, when I'm lean on photos, I could do this for other members of my family as well.

The following Sahlin Studio product was used:

Currently Journal Cards